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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

20 October - Blogs I'm Following

Baghdad Streets
Baghdad Streets (Photo credit: البصراوي)
Adlocutio Scene: Column of Marcus Aurelius, Rome
Adlocutio Scene: Column of Marcus Aurelius, Rome (Photo credit: ortygia)
The Euphrates River near Ar Raqqah More images...
The Euphrates River near Ar Raqqah More images of Syria are available on www.zeledi.com, my web site. Check out the following direct links: A collection of pictures shot in 2003 in various places in Syria. A picture gallery about a 2005 trip in Syria. Beeing the creator of this work I hereby publish it under the following licenses: Creative Commons, Some Rights Reserved --Zelidar 06:16, September 4, 2005 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Deutsch: Tripoli -Marc-Aurel-Lucius-Verus-Boge...
Deutsch: Tripoli -Marc-Aurel-Lucius-Verus-Bogen 163 erbaut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Portrait of Emperor Lucius Verus. Marble, ca. ...
Portrait of Emperor Lucius Verus. Marble, ca. 161-170 AD. From Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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From Switzerland, With Love

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 2 minutes ago
Just a little something I put together just now. Believe it or not, it's not that hard to find pictures of Romney looking like something out of *American Psycho II: 20 Years Later*.

Spirit Bear, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 minutes ago
This shot was specially commended by London's Museum of Natural History. An amazing photography

Marcus Aurelius - The Philosopher King

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 minutes ago
*Wikipedia: * Marcus Aurelius (April 26, 121 CE. – March 17, 180 CE.), was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 CE. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the "Five Good Emperors", and is also considered one of the most important members of the Stoic philosophers. During his reign, the Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire; Aurelius' general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon in 164. Aurelius fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, and Sarmatians with success during the Marcomannic Wars, but the threat of the Germanic tribe... more »

British protesters demand end to "failing" austerity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 27 minutes ago
Tens of thousands of British protesters marched through London on Saturday calling for an end to public spending cuts and tax rises launched by a government they accuse of elitism and ignorance about the plight of recession-hit voters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/20/us-britain-unions-march-idUSBRE89J0C220121020

Italian workers rally against job losses, spending cuts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 27 minutes ago
Thousands of Italian trade unionists rallied in central Rome on Saturday to protest against public spending cuts, job losses and factory closures, urging Mario Monti's government to do more to help workers hit by recession. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/20/us-italy-protest-idUSBRE89J0C020121020

Al Qaeda warns Hollande against French hostage rescue

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 27 minutes ago
A leader of al Qaeda's north African wing warned France on Saturday that any attempt to forcibly rescue six French citizens held hostage by the militant group could lead to their death. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/20/us-france-qaeda-hostages-idUSBRE89J09Z20121020

Twin Iraq blasts kill eight in Baghdad Shi'ite district

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 27 minutes ago
Two bombs killed at least eight people and wounded 38 more in a busy market in Baghdad's Kadhimiya District on Saturday, police and hospital sources said, breaking weeks of relative calm. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/20/us-iraq-violence-bombs-idUSBRE89J0B920121020

Readings ...

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 30 minutes ago
I feel sleepy today. So I'll just link to two books that I'm reading. Brian Greene's *The Elegant Universe*. It was on sale at a reduced price. It's from 2003, before the Large Hadron Collider, so there you go. Some of the ideas about String Theory were good. It's a very good intro to theoretical physics for cretins such as myself. But towards the middle, it began to be a defense of string theory against some rather esoteric challenges that were met with equally esoteric counter-arguments. There was a part where advanced string theory ideas were used to solve very high-level mathem... more »

Ad Hominem Attacks Explained - Say It's Not So, Paul! (Delusions of Wonkhood)

And now for a few other memory joggers on this gorgeous Fall weekend . . . The Problem Is Not Romney - It's the Republican Party Tuesday, 16 October 2012 Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan. (Photo: The New York Times) Mitt Romney is catching a lot of flak from his own side lately, which seems premature; this is by no means over.

Trial delay

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 56 minutes ago
R. v. Papandrea [2012] O.J. No. 4880 has disturbing language about delay: *43** * Trial dates are now being set in this jurisdiction at the outer limit of tolerable delay. Trials are being added on to impossibly overbooked lists in the hope that some trials on those lists will collapse and the trial list will thereby become manageable. Some days this works and other days it does not. We are seeing more days now that it doesn't work than when it does. *44** * As such, I expect that we can anticipate an increase in 11(b) applications being advanced in this jurisdiction. As more... more »

The Academic Job Market and The Draft

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 57 minutes ago
No, not conscription (see what I did there), but sports drafts where teams take turns picking the next generation of superstars/busts. I am inspired to think about this as October is when anxiety of academic job aspirants begins to spiral. The thread du jour is whether the job market is “fair.” As some get heaps [more…]

An official Daily Howler endorsement!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 57 minutes ago
*SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012* *Kevin Drum’s Q-and-A on Benghazi:* If it’s basic information you want, Kevin Drum presents a good Q-and-A regarding Benghazi. Just click this. Regarding the press, CNN’s twenty-minute report last night was truly disgraceful. It had everything, including a muffled report from the New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick, who seems to be scrambling back from the naughty information he put in play this week. That New York Times! On Tuesday, Kirkpatrick’s report involved new information—new information which tended to support Susan Rice. Result? Buried on page ... more »

Caturday Blogging: Open Thread

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 58 minutes ago
What's up in your neck of the woods? I was going to tell you what's going on with me but I've suddenly developed Romnesia.

Free and Equal Presidential Debate

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 58 minutes ago
Historic Presidential Debate Don’t miss this historic Presidential debate, broadcast online, and via satellite worldwide! Unlike the “debates” between Romney and Obama, these candidates aren’t afraid to provide more than rehearsed talking points for answers. Our debate is sure to feature some heated exchanges and a wide array of viewpoints. Buy Your Tickets Now, Before This Historic Debate Sells Out Please join us for the historic 3rd party Presidential debate in Chicago this Tue. Oct 23rd: http://t.co/5bqVfozN — freeandequal Enjoy this article? Vote it up the 'Vine! You can su... more »

Moussa Ibrahim Captured in the town of Tarhouna, 40 miles south of Tripoli.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
They are taking him to Tripoli to begin interrogation, Phone call, Lawyer and Fair Trial Excluded http://news.sky.com/story/1000338/gaddafis-ex-spokesman-moussa-ibrahim-captured

Mass Demonstration in London Against Spending Cuts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Over 100,000 protesters take to the streets in London - as Labour leader Ed Miliband is booed by a small section of the crowd. http://news.sky.com/story/1000171/mass-demonstration-against-spending-cuts

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA - 20th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 16:29:50 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:29:50 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 3.546°S, 100.573°E Depth 35.8 km (22.2 miles) Region KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA Distances 185 km (114 miles) SSW of Sungaipenuh, Indonesia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF PANAMA - 20th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:56:41 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 05:56:41 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 2.649°N, 79.765°W Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region SOUTH OF PANAMA Distances 130 km (80 miles) WNW of Francisco Pizarro, Colombia

Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
As early as 1964, Gene Roddenberry drafted a proposal for the science fiction series that would become Star Trek. Although he publicly marketed it as a Western in outer space—a so-called "Wagon Train to the Stars" (like the popular Western TV series)—he privately told friends that he was modeling it on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, intending each episode to act on two levels: as a suspenseful adventure story and as a morality tale. Most Star Trek stories depict the adventures of humans and aliens who serve in Starfleet, the space-borne humanitarian and peacekeeping armada o... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION - 20th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 10:38:20 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 04:38:20 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 7.378°N, 91.870°E Depth 30.3 km (18.8 miles) Region NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION Distances 172 km (106 miles) WSW of Mohean, India

KILLING THE PIG: David Ignatius stands and speaks!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012* *Ambassador Rice was right:* Last night, David Brooks became a traitor to his class. Jeffrey Brown asked him about the ugly attacks on Susan Rice. Brooks basically said it’s a big pile of crap. He cited David Ignatius: BROWN (10/19/12): What do you think? Is this [the focus on Benghazi] hurting the president, as it kind of drags on? BROOKS: I personally don't think so. I think the hardest argument—the argument that they could make, the Republicans could make of the president is, you spent four or eight years criticizing Dick Cheney for misleading the... more »

Mike Kelly (R-PA) Tied to Voter Fraud Arrest, Continued Lack of Leadership And Ethics

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Brad Friedman--on the case Colin Small, 23, of Phoenixville, PA was arrested Thursday night for throwing thousands of Democratic voter registration forms away in a dumpster. He now faces eight felony and five misdemeanor counts related to voter fraud. Republicans are always claiming they're looking for voter fraud-- and they finally found it... in the mirror, as usual. According to the *Los Angeles Times*, Small was “working as a supervisor as part of a registration operation in eight swing states financed by the Republican National Committee,” run by a company called Strategic Allie... more »

Baseball in the Time of Cholera, Money, and Mud Pies in Haiti.....by Roger Annis

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 2 hours ago
*1. Two years of the cholera epidemic in Haiti* October 18, 2012 Dear Reader, Two years ago today, in the center of Haiti's verdant agricultural region, an innocent man fell victim to cholera; he was dead within hours from an illness never before known in Haiti’s history. Over 7,500 deaths later, the epidemic, brought to Haiti by UN troops, continues to ravage Haiti's poor, killing hundreds each month and most recently re-surging in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaac. Thanks to you, our committed supporters, IJDH and BAI continue fighting to end the epidemic by calling upon ... more »

Who’s moving in? Adult kids, aging parents

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: The share of Americans living in multi-generational households is at its highest since the 1950s, a survey finds. Thinkstock] By Haya El Nasser 16 October 2012 (USA TODAY) – Almost a third of homeowners expect their grown children or aging parents to eventually move in with them, according to a survey by one of the nation's largest home builders. About one in seven say they already have a "boomerang kid" – an adult child who moves back home – or elderly parent living under their roof. The survey out Wednesday of more than 1,000 homeowners by PulteGroup, builder of everyt... more »

KILLING THE PIG: The AP bungles some new information!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012* *Gets helped by baboons at Salon:* Yesterday, right around noon, new information surfaced about the killings in Benghazi. The AP’s Kimberly Dozier reported. Here’s the way she started: DOZIER (10/19/12): *CIA found militant links a day after Libya attack* *The CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate that there was evidence it was carried out by militants, not a spontaneous mob* upset about an American-made video ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, U.S. officials have told Th... more »

How do you move 100,000 people off a disappearing island?

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: The rising ocean encroaches on a village in Kiribati, 13 March 2007. Herve Damlamian / flickr] By Tereza Jarnikova 18 October 2012 WHEN YOU LOOK AT A MAP, Kiribati seems to be at the end of the world. From one of the nation’s largest islands, Kiritimati, it is well over 2,000 kilometers to the nearest international airport. With a population of 113,000 people and a landmass area totaling 717 square kilometers spread over 33 islands (for comparison, Manhattan’s land area is 87 square kilometers), Kiribati shows up as a set of tiny dots in a sea of blue on a tabletop map of... more »

Vukmir - Let ALEC Crash Wisconsin's Economy

2old2care at Because I Can - 2 hours ago
*From the Journal* *Vukmir: In defense of ALEC* *ALEC helps lawmakers learn from one another* *By Leah Vukmir Oct. 19, 2012Email Print (11) Comments * According to a national study that examines the economic policies of all 50 states conducted by economist Arthur Laffer, Wall Street Journal reporter Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams of ALEC's (American Legislative Exchange Council) Center for State Fiscal Reform - Wisconsin ranks near the bottom for economic performance. Funny how she doesn’t mention the name of that report “Rich States, Poor States” might be a little bit contenti... more »

Afternoon Video

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
PG-13 lyrics. Via Kieran Healy.

Wissam al-Hasan: War in Syria expands into Lebanon as car bomb takes out anti-Syrian intelligence officer

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago

Courageous Swedish politician ignites coverage of the chemtrail issue in mainstream papers

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
News Beacon Ireland R. Teichmann The leader of the Environmental Party (Miljöpartie) in the town of Vingåker, Pernilla Hagberg, ignited a discussion in the Swedish mainstream media about chemtrails. A broad public discussion about the mysterious trails forming artificial clouds over our heads is long overdue. In Sweden as well as here. The discussion started when this courageous politician commented on a photo depicting a chemtrail but titled condensation trail. Here is the translation of the newspaper article that started the discussion [1]: *Politician convinced of strange phe... more »

Saturday Scumbag Blogging

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 4 hours ago
See this? This is pond scum. This is what Republicans can only aspire to. And as much as I disrespect Democrats, if I had my way I'd shanghai every self-identified Republican on the planet earth, stuff them in a Saturn V rocket and aim them into the heart of a red giant 100 light years away. And the first one in this one-way ark would be Darrell Issa (R-GTA). And why do I have a problem with Darrell Issa these days? Well, let's start with the fact that, in his racist hatred of the Obama administration, he'd made a document dump of 166 pages that outed certain Libyans by name, a dis... more »

Saturday Morning Stuff

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
As readers have likely noticed, we’re in the process of shifting from our temporary template to what will likely be our permanent one. Laura S. is still working out some of the glitches created by the shift, such as the fact that our sidebar is displaying below the main blog! It will probably be a [more…]

US-Supported Free Syrian Army Are Salafi Jihadists From Saudi Arabia

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Susanne Posel, *Contributor* The UN sent a peace envoy headed by Lakhdar Brahimi, toassess the damage being inflicted on Syria by the US-supported terrorists called the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Brahimi requested a temporary cease fire while he was in Syria; as well as for the Muslim holiday beginning October 26th. The FSA, being leaderless, is expected to have a difficult time signing an agreement of ceasefire. Last week, the Human Rights Watch, a UN non-governmental organization (NGO) claimed that the Syrian government had used cluster bombs against the FSA. Assad denied havi... more »

Confidence Fairy Alert!!!! Tell Us It Ain't So, Joe! (Snow Job From the Charming Cheap Rich Liars on Jobs)

Tell us it's not so, Joe DiMaggio! Jesus tells us that only the dumbest could fall for this sick joke (and their deep cunning charm). October 18, 2012 Snow Job on Jobs Paul Krugman Mitt Romney talks a lot about jobs. But does he have a plan to create any? You can defend President Obama’s jobs record — recovery from a severe financial crisis is always difficult, and especially so when the

Political Prisoner Leah Lynn Plante Released!

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
JG Vibes Last week Leah Lynn Plante was arrested and placed in solitary confinement for remaining silent during a grand jury trial. Due to the secrecy of the proceedings, little information has come to light about her or her two friends, Katherine “Kteeo” Olejnik and Matthew Kyle Duran since the story went viral last week. However, word was just sent out from Leah's supporters that she had been released, although unfortunately her two friends still remain behind bars. At this point it is unclear how this turn of events has transpired, but it is highly possible that the video th... more »

KILLING THE PIG: Begala throws Susan Rice under the bus!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 4 hours ago
*SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012* *On CNN, a remarkable statement:* Last evening, CNN’s Anderson Cooper program opened with a 20-minute segment on Benghazi. There were no commercial breaks. Tape of the segment should go straight to the Smithsonian, where it could be used in the future to educate American children: School kids could study a textbook case of cherry-picked quotations. They could study the ways our news orgs disappear basic facts in service to preplanned attacks. We’ll get to those points a bit later today. For now, let’s examine a remarkable statement by Paul Begala near ... more »

How Mitt Romney cheated his way to the GOP nomination

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
Doug Wead New evidence is coming out about just how tough and dirty the Mitt Romney campaign fought to block the Ron Paul takeover of the Republican Party at the State Conventions last summer. It may offer a little sneak preview of what a Romney presidency will be like. And make no mistake, barring war with Syria or some other dramatic October surprise, Romney will now win this election in a landslide. At least, that is my humble opinion, as one who loves and reads history. The economy will decide that. It turns out that Mitt Romney and other Republican operatives were apparent... more »

Israel lobby groups press sat providers to ban Iran channels: Report

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
PressTV Israeli lobby groups have reportedly contacted two communications satellite service providers to force them to take Iranian radio and television channels off the air following a recent ban on the broadcasters in Europe, *Press TV* reports. The lobbies have recently approached International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (Intelsat) and Hispasat -- a group of Spanish communication satellites -- and called on them to stop the broadcast of Iranian channels. In a flagrant violation of the freedom of speech on Monday, European satellite provider Eutelsat SA ordered... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Five things to watch in the LSU-Texas A&M game ~Jeff Palermo, WWL* *Environmental groups oppose BP settlement ~Nikki Buskey* *SPCA suggests pet law updates ~Danny Monteverde* *New Orleans Nonprofits, Activists Try To Build Up City's Food Deserts ~Kevin McGill* *'World's Least Energy Efficient Home' Sends Chills ~NOLA DEFENDER*

Top 10 Most Influential Whistleblowers

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
image source *Activist Post* The subject of insiders -- or "whistleblowers" -- is somewhat tricky; anyone on the inside is often presumed to be compromised by their former allegiance. Nonetheless, the nature of government work is rooted in compartmentalization. So, perhaps the best indication as to whether whistleblowers have something valid to say is the level of persecution they have endured. The following whistleblowers have endured a varying degree of pushback from the system, but are still around to reveal key points of information that make us all question what we are being... more »

10 Ways to Stop Being a Slave and Bring Down The Pyramids of Control,

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Freedom - Wiki image *Activist Post* There are very real conspiracies in the world, and those conspiracies are always conducted by people "in the know" against those who are ignorant or naive of backroom machinations. Past slavery was largely based on force (thus was much more obvious), but modern-day slavery is actually more widespread because global slave masters use all of the scientific tools at their disposal to win hearts and control minds, convincing us that our hands and feet are free, so we must be living self-directed lives. There are signs that the mind-pyramids that... more »

5 Principles for Money and Banking in a New World System

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
image source Eric Blair Increasing numbers of global citizens are becoming aware that the monetary system and international cartel of banks are rotten to the core and represent the root cause of all economic disparity to mankind. They can literally print all the wealth they need for their cabal, while at the same time transferring the interest attached to each monetary unit created to the general public. It's a scheme that has given them ownership of nearly every material object on earth, while placing the chains of debt servitude on the whole of humanity. Knowledge of this sch... more »

Alternative Markets, Barter Systems, and Local Co-ops are the Lifeboats That Will Save Us

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
*Interview with Brandon Smith, founder of Alt-Market.com* Eric Blair More and more people are becoming aware of the complete system failure we're experiencing in the United States and around the globe. As the true nature of the control system is revealed, people tend to feel as Howard Beale did in *Network* when he said, "first, you've got to get mad...and scream, I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" But once that anger at being lied to for so long subsides, then we must get on with the business of taking action to make the world more just and hopeful for our c... more »

FBI no-fly list strands Mississippi man Wade Hicks in Hawaii

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Clarion Ledger [image: Wade Hicks, Jr. poses for a photograph outside the pass office at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The 34-year-old from Gulfport, Miss. was stranded in Hawaii for five days after he found out he was on the no-fly list and wouldn't be allowed on an airplane until he was abruptly removed from the list with no explanation.]Wade Hicks, Jr. poses for a photograph outside the pass office at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The 34-year-old from Gulfport, Miss. was stranded in Hawaii for five days after he found out he was on the no-fly list and would... more »

EUSSR: a reality, not a paranoid fantasy.

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 5 hours ago
The above poster produced by the Social Democratic (Marxist), Europe 4 All, really does highlight how a picture can be worth a thousand words. Europe4all, according to its own documents (linked here) exists to destroy all vestiges of nationhood and identity. If one wished to see a manifesto for Cultural Marxism, expressed plainly, Europe4all provides such a document. In the poster, the major religions of the world are featured, including Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Sat in key prominence amongst these faiths lies Communism. One would w... more »

31 Days of Photo Props: Cocoons

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 5 hours ago
*Have you entered the Owl Necklace Giveaway yet?* I love baby cocoons. These darling little sleeves surround the baby, scrunching them up, just the way newborns like. They are many different types of cocoons, there are ones that look a lot like a mummy type sleeping bag and then there a cocoons that come in two pieces a little sleeve for the baby and a hat. I personally like the former. I like that the cocoon is one complete set and there aren't any extra pieces to worry about. I own two cocoons one in a neutral color and one that is hot pink. Although I love my hot pink cocoon, I u... more »

5 Reasons NOT to Pay Your Credit Cards

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
*Are you one of the millions of Americans trying to decide between paying your credit card bills and eating? * *John Galt* We live in a matrix that goes to unspeakable expense to nurture us from the teat to be good consumers. You are issued a tax collection number at birth (SS#), another artificial number for your credit worthiness (FICO), and then you're extended a certain amount of tokens to play "life" based on those numbers. This virtual currency, not unlike your earned *Farmville* coins, only has value because you give it value. It is a brilliantly designed game: th... more »

U.S. steps up support of Turkey amid Syrian conflict

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Washington Post Craig Whitlock The U.S. government is intensifying its intelligence sharing and military consultations with Turkey behind the scenes as both countries confront the possibility that Syria’s civil conflict could escalate into a regional war, according to U.S. and NATO officials. The Obama administration has said it wants to avoid getting drawn militarily into Syria and for months has resisted pressure from Arab allies and some Republicans to back Syria’s rebel groups more forcefully. But as Syria’s internal conflict has increasingly spilled across its northern border... more »

Inequality 14: 99 Percent to Support the 1 Percent

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
Here's another simple, down to earth discourse on inequality, economic growth and government, from a known climatologist, Dr. Roy Spencer of the University in Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). The guy is known more for his analysis of the feedback system given by CO2 forcing to the planet's clouds and climate, in interpreting the monthly global air/tropospheric temperature as measured by satellites, many others. His foray into economics and a few social commentary is most likely a result of his observations of the role and misrule of governments and the UN in climate science and researc... more »

Hemp Can Save The World

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
*Youtube* * *Read today's *excellent article why hemp is still illegal.* Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below. Sharing on Reddit and Newsvine will help the most.

Low-Tech Solutions To High-Tech Tyranny

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
Give the finger to High-Tech Tyranny Brandon Smith, *Contributor* Imagine, if you will, a fantastic near future in which the United States is facing an unmitigated economic implosion. Not just a mere market crash, or a stint of high unemployment, but a full spectrum collapse driven by unsustainable debt spending and hyperinflationary printing. The American people witness multiple credit downgrades of U.S. Treasury mechanisms, the dollar loses its reserve status, devaluation of the currency runs rampant, and the prices of commodities and imported goods immediately skyrocket. In th... more »

British Democracy: Living in Fear, Kept in the Dark

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Global Research Colin Todhunter *Earlier this year, I watched the BBC’s main political debate programme that allows an audience of members of the public to put questions to a panel of politicians and so-called experts. Syria was on the agenda. A member of the panel referred to the Syrian rebels as ‘freedom fighters’. Within a few minutes, all panel members and the audience were using this term to refer to the rebels. It led me to ponder why so many people were willing to accept at face value an agenda that portrayed the insurgents in such a wholly positive light.* It also led me t... more »

5 Ways to Improve the Public School Experience with Unschooling Techniques

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
Bohemian Mom As an unschooling parent, I often struggle with the thoughts of what happens to all the other children that are still in the public school system. While we believe very strongly in the benefits of having our children at home and following an unschooling lifestyle, I know that it is simply not possible for everyone. What can be done to help those children? How can we care so much about our children while knowingly walking away from the other kids that are stuck in what I feel is a completely inefficient model for gaining knowledge? We can’t completely ignore these ch... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 5 hours ago
Local Farm Labor USA: A History, *In the USA in 1900:* The vast majority of American women went out to work. The USA "had the highest divorce rate in the world." Roughly 10% of American children grew up in single-parent households. *USA early 1900s* Hundreds of thousands of American children were abandoned, "due to shortages of money." American families "were plagued with disease and death". Between 35% and 40% of children lost a parent or sibling before their 20s. *Source: Tim Stanley at History Today.* * * *BAD FOR YOUR COUNTRY - INEQUALITY* *In the USA in the 1950s:* In 19... more »

Those Eyes

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 6 hours ago

What Happens When A Boss Gets Bossy About Democracy?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Last week we saw how West Virginia's most notoriously reactionary coal baron, Bob Murray, was illegally pressuring employees to write checks for his pet congressman, anti-environment fanatic David McKinley. He has been forcing-- by way of threats to employment and bonus considerations-- his staff to contribute 1% of their pay to back right-wing candidates. Campaign finance watchdogs in West Virginia say the charges against Murray are particularly important because of his history. Julie Archer is project manager for the West Virginia Citizen Action Group. She says Murray uses hi... more »

Lebanon Bombing is Impetus for West's Planned Sunni-Shi'ia War

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 6 hours ago
Repost: Saad Hariri Aides Western Syria Destabilization from Lebanon. *by Tony Cartalucci* *October 20, 2012 -* It was, starting at least in 2007, the goal of the US, Saudis, and Israelis to trigger a region wide sectarian war with which to overrun the governments of Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. This was documented in detail in Seymour Hersh's 2007 New Yorker article, "The Redirection" which was covered in depth in, "Syrian War: The Prequel. A recent bombing in Beirut, Lebanon left high ranking security chief Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan dead. Al-Hassan is described as "anti-Syr... more »

People died in Libya, why and when did Barack Hussein Obama know the real reasons?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
I'm sick and tired of the lies, let's kick Obama out of the White House.

Chemtrails, “The Spraying of Poison over Sweden”: Politician Ignites Controversial Debate by R. Teichmann

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
Pernilla HagbergChemtrails, “The Spraying of Poison over Sweden”: Politician Ignites Controversial Debate *by R. Teichmann* ** Global Research Canada, 20 October 2012 *The leader of the Environmental Party (Miljöpartie) faction in the Swedish parliament, Pernilla Hagberg, ignited a discussion in the Swedish mainstream media about chemtrails. A broad public discussion about the mysterious trails forming artificial clouds over our heads is long overdue. In Sweden as well as here.The discussion started when this courageous politician commented on a photo depicting a chemtrail but ti... more »

Israel seizes pro-Palestinian activist ship off Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The Israeli navy seized an international pro-Palestinian activist ship in the Mediterranean sea on Saturday to prevent it breaching its blockade of the Gaza Strip, a military spokeswoman said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/20/us-palestinians-israel-gaza-ship-idUSBRE89J05W20121020

Six Afghan police killed in insider attack, officials say

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, saying they had despatched a "mujahid who had infiltrated and penetrated the police ranks", spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/20/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSBRE89J06420121020

Canada blocks Petronas' $5.2 billion bid for Progress Energy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Canada has blocked Malaysian state oil firm Petronas' C$5.17 billion ($5.22 billion) bid for gas producer Progress Energy Resources Corp, a surprise move that could signal problems for a much bigger offer by China's CNOOC Ltd for oil producer Nexen Inc. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/20/us-progress-petronas-idUSBRE89J02X20121020

Israeli Navy Boards Gaza-Bound Boat

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Soldiers went on to the Estelle vessel peacefully after passengers ignored calls to change course, says the military. http://news.sky.com/story/1000267/israeli-navy-boards-gaza-bound-boat

Panama Canal Riots: 10-year-old boy killed during violent protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Police and protesters in Panama clash over a new law selling off previously rented land in a duty-free zone by the Panama Canal. http://news.sky.com/story/1000234/panama-canal-protests-over-land-sell-off

Planet discovery reignites search for alien life

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
It remains in the realm of science fiction for now but the discovery of a new planet just four light years away will reignite a race to find a twin of planet Earth that may host extraterrestrial life. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-science-newplanet-aliens-idUSBRE89H16H20121018

Livescribe Smartpen

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 7 hours ago
I just learned from Technet, a Czech sci-tech server, about the Livescribe Smartpen – something I've never seen before even though it has already arrived to the Czech market. It's kind of cool. I feel that many students may want to buy such a gadget, it starts at $100 or so. The product on the left is more expensive because it has more memory. It is an intelligent pen that allows you to draw a calculator or a piano and play it or compute with it. You may write "Hello beer" and it easily translates it (in audio) as "Hola Cerveza" to Spanish. ;-) However, most importantly, it is ... more »

Lazy Saturday

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN REGION - 20th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 08:49:38 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 04:49:38 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 24.447°N, 122.525°E Depth 78.8 km (49.0 miles) Region TAIWAN REGION Distances 48 km (29 miles) W of Yonakuni, Japan

Lazy Saturday

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago

Northwestel curtails expansion plans after CRTC decision Company was to get $40 million for improvements under proposed BCE deal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago
Northwestel is scaling back plans to expand its services in the North after the CRTC denied an application by its parent company Bell Canada Enterprises to buy Astral Media's radio and television services. Under the plan, all communities in the three territories would have had access to new services, including high-speed internet access and 3G or 4G wireless, Northwestel had said. Flaherty added the company will still spend $233 million on expansion and upgrades by 2017.

Bucyrus, North Dakota town destroyed overnight in devastating wildfire whipped up by 70mph winds

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
By Thursday morning, the 27 residents of Bucyrus had been forced to abandon their homes and take refuge in surrounding communities. Miraculously, no one was hurt in the blaze, but Adams County state's attorney Aaron Roseland described the town as 'pretty much completely lost'. The county commission chairman said the fire destroyed four homes and two abandoned farms in the town about 60 miles south of Dickinson. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220384/Bucyrus-North-Dakota-destroyed-overnight-devastating-wildfire.html

Three wise monkeys?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
It would seem that of the last Labour *mis*government, one was blind in one eye (Gordon Brown) and one had partial deafness (Jack Straw). So that's 'see no evil' and 'hear no evil'. Somehow I don't think I'll find a 'speak no evil' amongst that lot.

Chuck Close, "Inspiration"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, someth... more »

ADHD Drugs May Cause Heart Failure and Sudden Death

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
*ADHD Drugs, Heart Failure Sudden Death, Nutrition by Natalie* Both the FDA and the AMA are recommending heart checks for for children on stimulant ADHD medications. This is because a number of young children have had heart attacks after taken drugs for ADHD. The FDA has put warnings on medication guides for stimulant ADHD meds like Ritalin and Concerta. Distributed by Tubemogul. *http://www.ritalindeath.com/* *Some possible alternative treatments:* *Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPBo2cstNMI&feature=relmfu *

George Zimmerman: judge allows Trayvon's school discipline records in trial

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Nelson ruled that the defence can subpoena the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Martin under case law: Because Zimmerman is making a self-defence claim, any evidence that supports possible aggressive tendencies by Martin is valid. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220498/George-Zimmerman-looks-fat-latest-court-appearance--judge-allows-Trayvon-Martins-school-discipline-records-trial.html

Geoffrey Counsell charged with seven counts of manslaughter a year after horrific M5 crash

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
- Geoffrey Counsell, 50, from Somerset, will appear at Bristol Magistrates Court next month accused of seven counts of manslaughter - Counsell was operating fireworks display at Taunton Rugby Club at the time of the smash on the M5 last November - Collision described as one of the worst British motorway crashes in memory http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220532/Fireworks-organiser-charged-manslaughter-M5-motorway-deaths.html

Brussels paying thousands of young jobless Europeans to come and work in Britain

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
- The European Commission will pay £250 towards the cost of crossing the continent for an interview and £830 in moving expenses if they get a job - Critics will ask why Brussels is offering to subsidise unemployed Europeans to travel to the UK when nearly a million young Britons are without work http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220417/Brussels-paying-thousands-young-jobless-Europeans-come-work-Britain.html

Karina Menzies dies after 'hit-and-run' white van driver 'mows down' TWELVE people in just 30 minutes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A driver of a white van allegedly smashed into vehicles on at least five different roads as he tried to escape from the scene of an accident in Leckwith, Cardiff. The victims were injured within a three-mile radius before police stopped the van. There were then soon reports of hit-and-run collisions in several locations in the west of the city, including Grand Avenue, Cowbridge Road West and the Leckwith Retail Park. - Driver accused of tearing through Cardiff streets 'after knocking down pedestrian and fleeing scene' - Karina Menzies, 32, was among seven children and four... more »

Crisis strains Hollande and Merkel's unity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
When François Hollande and Angela Merkel marched shoulder to shoulder into the EU summit on Thursday night, their public show of unity was undermined by the German chancellor, with a stern look on her face, vigorously shaking her head. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ad222a9a-19ff-11e2-a379-00144feabdc0.html#axzz29pPwgPFW

UK: Union leaders call for national strike over Government's austerity measures

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*PROTESTS against the Coalition Government's austerity measures are set to be held in Glasgow, London and Belfast.* http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/union-leaders-call-for-national-strike-1388303

Returning from Iran, Terrance Nelson says Harper is the new Crusader

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
*Upon return from Iran, Terrance Nelson says Harper is the new Crusader* ** *"I will be the target but the Chiefs must get stronger if they want real change," former Chief of Roseau River Ojibwe Terrance Nelson.* *By Terrance Nelson* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Chief Fox, The meetings you will have with Chiefs will be significant.The anger of the people is real. Cuts and the lack of any real progress on our right to a share of our own resource wealth is something that must be addressed. What I ask Canadians is how many Iranians are you prepared to kill. Are you... more »

Protesters Block Roads in Lebanon After Car Bomb

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Protesters burned tires and set up roadblocks around Lebanon on Saturday in a sign of boiling anger over a massive car bomb that killed a top security official and seven other people a day earlier — a devastating attack that threatened to bring Syria's civil war to Lebanon. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/blast-rattles-beirut-black-smoke-rising-sky-17515981#.UIJngG_R4Qo

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF COLOMBIA - 20th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 03:42:05 UTC Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:42:05 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.936°N, 74.136°W Depth 49.7 km (30.9 miles) Region NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF COLOMBIA Distances 13 km (8 miles) ESE of Cienaga, Colombia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake KYUSHU, JAPAN - 20th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 02:49:15 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:49:15 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 30.113°N, 130.983°E Depth 24.9 km (15.5 miles) Region KYUSHU, JAPAN Distances 69 km (42 miles) S of Nishinoomote, Japan

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE - 20th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 00:25:51 UTC Friday, October 19, 2012 at 09:25:51 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 32.208°S, 71.931°W Depth 21.4 km (13.3 miles) Region OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE Distances 100 km (62 miles) NNW (346°) from Valparaiso, Chile

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE - 19th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Friday, October 19, 2012 at 22:48:19 UTC Friday, October 19, 2012 at 07:48:19 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 31.772°S, 71.959°W Depth 17.3 km (10.8 miles) Region OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE Distances 76 km (47 miles) WSW of Illapel, Chile

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 19th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Friday, October 19, 2012 at 22:10:52 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 01:40:52 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 29.175°N, 52.581°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHERN IRAN Distances 20 km (12 miles) WSW of Akbarabad, Iran

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 19th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Friday, October 19, 2012 at 21:27:29 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 12:57:29 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 29.402°N, 51.289°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHERN IRAN Distances 64 km (40 miles) NE (43°) from Bushehr, Iran

Ari Misha Ligget Accused Of Killing And Dismembering His Mum

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A Colorado man found with what turned out to be the body of his mother in his vehicle has been accused of her murder. http://news.sky.com/story/1000029/man-accused-of-killing-and-dismembering-his-mum

Chief Constable Gordon Fraser Found Dead On Railway

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The officer faced allegations of gross misconduct and fraud, and was due in court next week in relation to a separate Probe. http://news.sky.com/story/1000118/suspended-police-chief-found-dead-on-railway

Drones over Tohono O'odham land

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Border drone at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Photo by Border Patrol*The most censored in Indian country: Drones, spy towers and the militarization of Indian lands* * By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News copyright* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The use of drones on the border, and the militarization of Tohono O’odham sovereign land, heads the list of the most censored issues in Indian country. Tohono O’odham activists who fight the militarization of their lands, and abuse by Border Patrol agents, are oppressed by the elected Tohono O’odham government, and targeted and abused by the US Bord... more »


Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago

Paulo Coelho, "A Man Lying On The Ground"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
* "A Man Lying On The Ground"* by Paulo Coelho "On 1st July, at 13:05 hrs., there was a man aged about fifty lying on the promenade in Copacabana. I passed him with a glance and went on my way towards a stall where I always drink fresh coconut water. Being from Rio, I’ve passed hundreds (thousands?) of men, women and children lying on the ground. As someone who travels, I’ve seen the same scene in practically all the countries I’ve been to – from Sweden to Romania. I’ve seen people lying in the street in all seasons of the year: in the biting winter of Madrid, New York or Paris... more »

"What Can We Know? What Are We All?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
"What can we know? What are we all? Poor silly half-brained things peering out at the infinite, with the aspirations of angels and the instincts of beasts." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Young Blood Factors Restore Cognition

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
The very good news is that a key blood factor declines as a result of aging that if supplemented, should improve brain function among the aged. It sounds like it may be readily identified and brought into therapy. Many other avenues are now been explored but this one promises to be quick of the mark the moment we identify the key molecule(s). We can be optimistic and it is also likely something we already know a lot about. Blood chemistry declines with age and we know that. Just restoring what we know may just be good enough. It may even be bone simple. I would like t... more »

Simply Invisible

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
Size matters but it is possible make inconvenient metal objects invisible to the microwave energy we use. Since plastic does the trick, it is easy to imagine appropriate sleeves for specific applications. Thus we have a simple fix to a real problem. It is noteworthy that invisibility at visual ranges need nanoscaled sizes. Yet we are in possession of multiple reports of unidentified intruders and UFOs that do disappear. If we accept that possibility, then it appears that this is not the end of the story in terms of active cloaking. It would be certainly possible to p... more »

Strange R-Sculptoris Spiral

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
It is always nice to gather real data rather than rely on the best guess theory can produce. This is a star in its last stages of active life with most of the hydrogen long gone. It leaves quite a signature that will also be dissipated in a relatively short time. It is a nice addition to our knowledge of a star's life progress. *Strange Star Spiral Offers Clues to Sun's Fate* *by Nola Taylor Redd, SPACE.com Contributor * *http://www.space.com/17996-strange-star-spiral-sun-future.html * *An intriguing spiral structure surrounding a pulsing red giant star may ... more »

The Carnivores Next Door

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
None of these creatures are stupid. They have been making their accommodations with humanity and staying out of our way while food falls of our tables. I have watched while even raptors have made their homes in the urban environment in the last few years. We obviously do not want bears or wolves around either but the treat is there and has been a source of conflict. We have learned to protect our pets and are a bit more careful with our children. Fortunately they all hunt at night when we go indoors anyway. What they are doing for us is controlling the wild small ani... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
Savile abused his own sister's grandchild - Daily Mail *Jimmy Savile: 'He was the tip of the iceberg' - Telegraph.co.uk‎* According to former police officer Lenny Harper: "Savile chose his victims with great care; vulnerable and often troubled youngsters many in care homes. "If they complained they were labelled troublemakers, or *brutally put down. * *"We know from court cases and statements made to my team (during the 2008 inquiry) that children in Jersey care homes were 'loaned out' to members of the yachting fraternity and other prominent citizens on the pretence of recreati... more »

Osama Bin Laden Was Not On Obama's Secret Kill List Or Any Other List

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
* Obama Got Osama, and Santa Claus Is Real. Source of photo.* Of all the terrorists that you would think would be on President Obama's secret kill list, the one terrorist that was never on it was Osama Bin Laden, who was made the *scapegoat* for the 9/11 tragedy. Bin Laden wasn't on any White House kill list or terror list or FBI list. President Bush considered him unimportant, *telling reporters* on March 13, 2002, that, "the idea of focusing on one person indicates to me people don't understand the scope of the mission. Terror is bigger than one person. . . I just don't spend t... more »

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, “Song of the Odyssey”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
Adiemus, “Song of the Odyssey” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhzwwpYPZMM&feature=related

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, "Cu Chullain"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
Adiemus, "Cu Chullain" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJTu2azaDf0&feature=related

Archaeology: “Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods” by Dan Eden . "Ask most people who are the oldest civilization or where the oldest civilization lived and you'll hear answers like Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt or Iran. While these cultures can be traced back to 4000 B.C., the mysterious ruins of Tiahuanaco, in Bolivia, could be 14,000 years old! If you think the Great Pyramid in Egypt is a technological marvel, wait until you see what artists and engineers were doing in Tiahuanaco. This culture thrived at the breathless, oxygen deprived elevation of 13,000 feet. They managed to somehow move stones w... more »

Fine Young Whipper-Snapper

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 14 hours ago
Since its been forever and a day since I've posted any photos of the boy, I figured I would share a few of my more recent ones from my Facebook page here for those who may not be privy to it. The first two were taken at 17 months and the last two at 18 months. One of my favorites. I love that drooly, teething smile. The highlight of my weekend came yesterday when I got a simple message from him on my cell phone....a simple "Hi Dadda!" It made my day.

Friday Baseball Post

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 14 hours ago
That was fun! The Giants beat the Cardinals to stay alive. Baseball is, as they say, a funny game; Barry Zito goes 7 2/3 scoreless, somehow or another, and in the best thing ever, drops down a bunt for a hit with two outs and knocks in the 4th run. 5-0 Giants, and back to China Basin for game six. I don't have much to say...it's postseason. It's a lot of fun. Bruce Bochy, as usual, is doing a fine job; perhaps the key to tonight's game was walking the bases loaded in the second to get to the pitcher with only one out. GIDP, and really, that was pretty much the ballgame, as it turned... more »

Another "home" state rejects Romney

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 15 hours ago
This strikes me as a pretty BFD. Salt Lake City Tribute issues stinging condemnation of Romney and endorses Obama: Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world... more »

Sunday Classics preview: So I was slogging through Episode 2 of Season 2 of the new "Upstairs Downstairs" . . .

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Charles Dutoit conducts Tokyo's NHK Symphony in 1998 in "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity," the middle movement of the seven that make up Gustav Holst's beloved concert suite The Planets.* *by Ken* Yeah, I wish the picture and sound of our clip were better, but at least Dutoit *gets* the piece, which you wouldn't think would be all that difficult. But this sets him apart from some very famous conductors you can see on YouTube. (I don't want to mention names, but it's a shame that as grand a conductor as Eugene Ormandy, especially in splashy orchestral display music like this, will... more »

U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan Is Surrounded By Al-Qaeda Suicide Bombers

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 hours ago
Photo: Al-Qaeda suicide bombers, or, as they're known in Afghanistan, "opium poppies," are seen here surrounding an American soldier. For more details, visit *Washington's Blog*.

Darrell Issa is worse than a terrorist

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 15 hours ago
No seriously. This Darrell Issa belongs in Gitmo. This just in from Imani. In his never ending quest to prove he's the world's biggest asshole, Darrell Issa signed a death warrant for Libyan activists working with the US: But this afternoon, Darrell Issa—in a stroke of sheer idiocy—published reams of State Department documents, and this woman’s name appears in the documents—unredacted. And now her life is in danger. The lives of several other Libyans named in the documents are in danger. And House Republicans, specifically Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz, are to blame. Republican... more »

Zane Grey, "Recipe For Greatness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"Recipe for greatness- To bear up under loss, to fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief, to be victor over anger, to smile when tears are close, to resist evil men and base instincts, to hate hate and to love love, to go on when it would seem good to die, to seek ever after the glory and the dream, to look up with unquenchable faith in something evermore about to be, that is what any man can do, and so be great." - Zane Grey

Obama: 'Not Optimal' Americans Getting Killed In Libya

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 hours ago
What a poor choice of words. Lazy. Stupid. Obama is half-assing everything: his debates, speeches, everything except his *comedy routines* at dinners/roasts. He'd make a better comedian than a president. He is not a serious president. Never been, never will. The problem is that it is hard to take Obama seriously. The whole world knows by now that he is just a puppet. The office of the Presidency has no credibility so it doesn't matter who fills it. Until the office regains its pre-Kennedy assassination credibility and legitimacy, nothing will be fixed in America. Gerald Celente *te... more »

"Pay It Forward: Elevation Leads to 'Altruistic Behavior'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"Pay It Forward: * *Elevation Leads to 'Altruistic Behavior'"* by Barbara Isanski "Seeing someone perform a virtuous deed (especially if they are helping another person), makes us feel good, often eliciting a warm, fuzzy feeling in our chest. This positive, uplifting emotion, known as "elevation," might make us feel great, but is it enough to get us to go out and perform good acts ourselves? According to new findings reported in "Psychological Science," a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, the answer may be yes. Psychological scientists Simone Schnall from t... more »


Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 15 hours ago
I've been offline all day doing travel prep. Travel tomorrow so I'll be offline until late. So stealing shamelessly from mistermix at Balloon Juice. This is very good. Don't know if it will catch on, but I'm definitely stealing this meme from POTUS. Romnesia is the perfect definition of Rmoney's latest pander to the ill informed. [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“NGC 2623 is really two galaxies that are becoming one. Seen to be in the final stages of a titanic galaxy merger, the pair lies some 300 million light-years distant toward the constellation Cancer. The violent encounter between two galaxies that may have been similar to the Milky Way has produced widespread star formation near a luminous core and along eye-catching tidal tails. *Click image for larger size.* Filled with dust, gas, and young blue star clusters, the opposing tidal tails extend well over 50,000 light-years from the merged nucleus. Likely triggered by the merger, ... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Incompetence Behind Authority"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Incompetence Behind Authority"* by Paulo Coelho "Jean was walking with his grandfather through a public square in Paris.At a certain point, he saw a shoemaker being mistreated by a client, whose footwear showed a flaw. The shoemaker listened calmly to the complaint and apologized, promising to correct the error. Jean and his grandfather stopped to have coffee at a bistro. At the table next to them, the waiter asked a man to move his chair a little in order to make space. That man burst into a torrent of complaints and refused to move. “Never forget what you have seen today,”... more »

11 Reasons To Get Your Kids Out Of The Government Schools

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
Michael Snyder, *Contributing Writer* It should be painfully obvious to everyone by now that it is time to get all of our kids out of the government schools. The public school system in the United States has been dramatically declining for a long time, and in most areas of the country the public schools are open sewers at this point. Yes, there are some U.S. public schools that are still very good and that do a decent job of preparing our young people for their adult lives. But those good schools are the exception to the rule. Hopefully the school shooting that just happened ... more »

8 Reasons to Say NO to College

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
Bohemian Mom You may already be wondering, “what parent in their right mind would not want their kids to go to college?” I half expect the Child Protective Services to beat down my door just for writing this. It was not that long ago that I myself would have shunned this article, and concluded that its author is an unfit parent. But a measured look at the reasons why college may not be the best choice reveals another side of the story that most parents aren't usually exposed to. I must state upfront that if our children desire a profession that requires college, of course we... more »

Chet Raymo, “Matters of Life and Death”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“Matters of Life and Death” * by Chet Raymo “For the past few days I've have passed this poor bedraggled creature on the sidewalk. I cannot help but think of that essay in Lewis Thomas' "The Lives of a Cell" called "Death In the Open." How rare it is, he writes, to see a dead wild animal. He mentions squirrels in particular. They teem in his backyard, he says, all year long, but he has never seen, anywhere, a dead squirrel. "It is always a queer shock, part a sudden upwelling of grief, part unaccountable amazement. It is simply astounding to see a dead animal on the highway... more »

Roswell Minutia - Negative Investigation

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 17 hours ago
As the Roswell investigation spreads, we come upon some strange information. I was told, not all that long ago, that the negatives of Ramey, Ramey and DuBose, and Jesse Marcel, in the Special Collections at the University of Texas – Arlington, had been sold. It was suggested that someone at Microsoft had bought the negatives but to make it worse, those negatives were now gone. They had been lost. This was big news because it is on one of the negatives of Ramey and DuBose that the message clutched in Ramey’s hand could be seen and partially read. Over the years, as technology improv... more »

Lebanese Intel Chief Assassinated - Who did it? - Lebanese Girl

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
Here is more info about the blast in Beirut that killed a high-level Lebanese intelligence/security official. The Angry Arab *writes*: Update: he is dead. It has been confirmed that Hariri security chief (and coordinator of Saudi intelligence work in Lebanon), Wisam Al-Hasan has been targeted in Beirut explosion. A reporter on the scene reports that Hasan has been seriously injured. Al-Hasan has been tasked with Saudi intelligence of facilitating arming and funding of Free Syrian Army from Lebanon. His name has been linked with the ship, Lutfallah II, which was intercepted as it... more »

Apologies if you've already encountered the Owl Jolson Story. It's still the best story I can offer tonight

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 18 hours ago
*It turns out that the little owl dubbed Owl Jolson isn't a youngster but a saw-whet, a species of owl "that only grows to a height of 7 or 8 inches and to a weight of about 3 ounces."* *by Ken* It turns out that I don't even have to explain why I'm offering this story, even though I'm coming late to it, of an owl-in-a-shoebox turned in at the NYC Parks Department's HQ in the Arsenal in Central Park. For once it's not only safe but gratifying to venture into the comments sections, and here's a comment that explains as well as I could why I'd rather spotlight this story tonight tha... more »

Drake Alert

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 18 hours ago
Those inclined to following Drake or otherwise interested might want to click here for his latest update. I'll let him keep you updated as his updates will probably come fast and furious now. No pun intended. Also this site here.

Drone Warfare

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 18 hours ago
The inevitable blowback to high-tech warfare. Walter Pincus Oct 15 The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-inevitable-blowback-to-high-tech-warfare/2012/10/15/dc4c1496-147f-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_story.html [Excerpted] A Jan. 3 Congressional Research Service report noted that last year there were 680 drone programs worldwide, up from 105 in 2005. The United States has about 7,000 drones. the Pentagon is looking toward developing drones as possible replacements for strategic bombers and eventually fighter aircraft. And there are even smaller ones... more »

This Is What Sask Premier Brad Wall Calls A 'Boom'

leftdog at Buckdog - 18 hours ago
*"Saskatchewan reported a 6.2-per-cent decline in wholesale trade in August, the largest sales decrease among the provinces and the third consecutive monthly decline. [...] Sales rose in eight provinces in August, with Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec accounting for most of the national increase."* © Copyright (c) Saskatoon Star Phoenix

#RoadTrip : Where now?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 18 hours ago
And now? [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

#RoadTrip : Where now?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 18 hours ago
So where the hell am I now? [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

GAIA PORTAL: Grids and Portal Points Have Aligned… Revelations Come at Quickened Pace

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 18 hours ago
* * * * *Grids and Portal Points Have Aligned… Revelations Come at Quickened Pace* by ÉirePort Revelations come at quickened pace within and without for and from all those aligned with Gaia grid upgrades occurring at this time. Grids and portal points have aligned correctly for enabling and supporting revelation phase prior to Gaia ascension. Openings of doors and windows into all Earth planet operations will begin in short order on the 3D. Current Higher Receptivity and Visualization is desired from all Ground Light Crew, which will allow and support coordination of all events. ... more »

Rancourt blasts the Canadian judiciary on Progressive Radio Network USA -- Radio interview

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 18 hours ago
PRN (October 19, 2012; 11:00 EST) Denis Rancourt gave a riveting live interview with radio host Stephen Lendman, based on his personal experiences with the Canadian courts as a self-represented defendant in a private lawsuit funded from public money by the University of Ottawa...::: Link to the PRN web page

Lights, Camera...Propaganda!RT: Hollywood beats the war drum

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 19 hours ago
Last week, I was interviewed by Russia Today reporter Ramon Galindo for a short piece on how Hollywood depicts foreigners and serves the interests of U.S. foreign policy by demonizing whatever Washington's enemy du jour happens to be at any given time. The piece is short (3 minutes), but very well done, and I was lucky enough not to be left completely on the cutting room floor. (Sadly, though,

SaLuSa, October 19, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 19 hours ago
SaLuSa, October 19, 2012 As channeled by Mike Quinsey Here we are on the verge of a great episode in your journey through duality, that will end with those who are ready to ascend leaving your present dimension. It does not mean that everything will change at once, but it will result in you being elevated to a higher dimension where you are with other souls of a similar vibration. It will ensure a life in which you experience a close harmony and joyful relationship with all souls. The harshness and confrontation you experience now will disappear for good, as those beings who ca... more »

Joseph Farah - Neo-Con, Cognitive Infiltrator

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 hours ago
Faux alternative media figure peddles Neo-Con agenda, sits on advisory groups with PNAC signatories. *by Tony Cartalucci* *October 20, 2012* - Joseph Farah and his World Net Daily (WND) project attempts to fill a niche, straddling the alternative media, and feeding inquiring minds back into servitude toward the greater corporate-financier agenda. He represents a retrenchment of the right - of the false left-right political paradigm - alongside other disingenuous media personalities like Glenn Beck, and on the left led by the forces of convicted criminal George Soros. Farah's propag... more »

Now Mexico Bans Cash

Intercept at The Intercept - 19 hours ago
The Daily Bell *Large Cash Transactions Banned In Mexico ... Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon has signed into law a ban on large cash transactions. The ban will take effect in about 90 days and it is part of a broader effort to control monetary flows within the country. Under the law, a Specialized Unit in Financial Analysis operating within the Attorney General's Office will be created to investigate financial operations "that are related to resources of unknown origin." For real estate transactions, cash payments of more than a half million pesos ($38,750) will be forbi... more »

"A Message from the Hopi Elders"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"A Message from the Hopi Elders"* "You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour. Here are the things that must be considered: Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Know our garden. It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift, that there are those who... more »

"Arguments: Stepping Back from Anger"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"Arguments: Stepping Back from Anger"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "The emotional trigger than begins an argument may have little to do with your present situation, but has dug up a wound. When we find ourselves in an argument, we may feel like we are losing control of emotions that have taken on lives of their own. When we can become aware that this is happening, taking a deep breath can help us step back from the situation. Once we can separate ourselves from the heat of the moment, we may find that the emotional trigger that began the argument has little to do with the pr... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
Travelers Rest, South Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Viruses and Scams"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"Viruses and Scams"* by John Toth "A while back, I clicked on the wrong place of a pop-up that warned me that I had lots of viruses on my laptop. I meant to click on the exit button, but accidentally clicked on scan. That was a big mistake. It was a virus, and it took over the laptop. The virus prompted me to pay $80 to remove it. But, someone I know had done that before – and nothing happened – except that she lost $80. I used another computer to go online and started searching for solutions, and in a couple of hours I had my computer back. I found a program that killed it out... more »

"Welcome to Ted Nugent's Gun Country!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
* "Welcome to Ted Nugent's Gun Country!"* Discovery Channel and TV's Descent Into Total Idiocy By Alexander Zaitchik "Discovery is chasing the lowest common ratings denominator by pandering to survivalist gun nuts. If one scene defines last week's premiere of "Ted Nugent's Gun Country", set in the survivalist-thick scrublands surrounding Waco, Texas, it is the show's unnervingly giddy and pony-tailed host standing behind a .50-caliber Browning armor-piercing machine gun and blowing a bunch of holes in the four-inch reinforced steel door used by a team of local "preppers" t... more »
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