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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

23 October - Blogs I'm Following II

The Connected EducatorThe Connected Educator (Photo credit: aforgrave)
English: Madang lagoon, Papua New GuineaEnglish: Madang lagoon, Papua New Guinea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Earthquakes in Japanese ReligionEarthquakes in Japanese Religion (Photo credit: timtak)
English: U.S. President Barack Obama meets wit...English: U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Speaker of the House John Boehner during the debt ceiling increase negotiations. The official White House caption says "President Barack Obama meets with Speaker of the House John Boehner on the patio near the Oval Office, Sunday, July 3, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(en) John Boehner and President Bush in Troy, ...(en) John Boehner and President Bush in Troy, Ohio for the 2004 Presidential Campaign on September 15, 2003 (de) John Boehner und George W. Bush auf einer Wahlkampfveranstaltung für die Präsidentschaftswahl 2004 in Troy (Ohio) am 15. September 2003 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Official portrait of United States House Speak...Official portrait of United States House Speaker (R-Ohio). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

10:05 pm MDST

Prisoner Votes: Tory Anger Over Reported Plan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 minute ago
Prime Minister David Cameron has previously said the idea of giving prisoners the vote made him "physically ill". Ministers are preparing to launch a draft bill to comply with a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) despite Parliament voting overwhelmingly to maintain a blanket ban in February. http://news.sky.com/story/1001821/prisoner-votes-tory-anger-over-reported-plan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake COSTA RICA - 24th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 01:55:27 UTC Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 07:55:27 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.049°N, 85.500°W Depth 11.1 km (6.9 miles) Region COSTA RICA Distances 9 km (5 miles) W of Hojancha, Costa Rica

Barney Frank Has An Important Message For The LGBT Community

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 minutes ago
A vote for Tisei is a vote for this duo leading Congress John Boehner, who the DCCC paid sure would have no opponent of his own to force him to campaign in Ohio, has been stumbling around the country, getting drunk and doing fundraisers for vulnerable Republican incumbents and for promising GOP challengers who will help him carry out the toxic right-wing agenda. He even wandered up to Massachusetts to campaign for the conservative gay Republican, Richard Tisei. I was wondering if he and Gay Victory Fund head Chuck Wolfe and Boehner campaign together for Tisei. We've been explaining w... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 5 minutes ago
Change The World Wednesday will be back on October 31, 2012. Until then ... click HERE for the current challenge.

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 24th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 01:36:43 UTC Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 08:36:43 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.581°N, 97.336°W Depth 46.8 km (29.1 miles) Region OAXACA, MEXICO Distances 36 km (22 miles) N of San Miguel Panixtlahuaca, Mexico

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake COSTA RICA - 24th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 minutes ago
Magnitude 6.5 Date-Time Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 00:45:34 UTC Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 06:45:34 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.121°N, 85.314°W Depth 20.1 km (12.5 miles) Region COSTA RICA Distances 10 km (6 miles) NE of Hojancha, Costa Rica

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 24th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 00:02:52 UTC Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 10:02:52 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.750°S, 145.221°E Depth 45.7 km (28.4 miles) Region NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. Distances 82 km (50 miles) NW of Madang, Papua New Guinea

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 minutes ago
Magnitude M 5.3 Region OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Date time 2012-10-23 22:21:31.9 UTC Location 36.97 N ; 145.81 E Depth 10 km Distance 425 km SE Kesennuma, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 22:15:28 UTC Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 10:15:28 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.423°S, 177.822°W Depth 628.7 km (390.7 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 263 km (163 miles) NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 21:55:16 UTC Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 06:55:16 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.755°N, 142.351°E Depth 42.2 km (26.2 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 64 km (39 miles) ESE of Ofunato, Japan

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind “Adagio for Sleep”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 42 minutes ago
Liquid Mind “Adagio for Sleep” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quFgHlfQAuo&feature=related

hell broke loose

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago

End of The Obamney Universe And The Rebirth of Real American Leadership

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, and their brainwashed, dumbed-down followers live in a fantasy-based universe where independent thought and the free expression of opinion are forbidden. It is a universe filled with *hate*, ignorance, collective insanity, and totalitarian propaganda. And apparently they still have horses and bayonets in this crazy universe. This makes sense because it is socially, culturally, intellectually, technologically, and politically sterile and backwards. In the Obamney universe, smoking marijuana is a legal offense, the Federal Reserve and big banks are respon... more »

Important Health News: University Study Shows Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Claims Are Wildly Exaggerated!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
There are many in the real truth movement that have questioned why I constantly put up articles concerning health issues instead of concentrating on material that fingers the criminals responsible for our demise.... I say to critics that the issue of our health is to me absolutely paramount in this fight against the criminal Jewish elite. It is important for everyone to understand that the primary reasons why people have not risen up against these criminals is due to the poisons that these criminals have put into our food and water supplies, along with their use of poisonous chemica... more »

Are You Ashamed Yet? Silly Damned "Democratic" Candidates Expose Their Values

Did I mention how much I luuuuuurvvvve campaigns? And it may all come together in the next two weeks for Obama. No matter what. Watch it. And bet against me. Did I mention that I sussed out (finally) the appeal of NCIS? I love that show, and not least because it's blatantly antiwar. Against all odds. Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 A Debate To Be Ashamed Of On drones, Israel and Iran, Obama and

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"An intriguing and beautiful nebula, NGC 3576 drifts through the Sagittarius arm of our spiral Milky Way Galaxy. Within the region, episodes of star formation are thought to contribute to the complex and suggestive shapes. Powerful winds from the nebula's embedded, young, massive stars shape the looping filaments. * Click image for larger size.* The dramatic false-color image also highlights the contributions of hydrogen, sulfur, and oxygen, energized by intense ultraviolet radiation, to the nebular glow. But the glow also silhouettes dense clouds of dust and gas. For example, t... more »

Third Debate Shows Scumney Isn't Ready For Prime Time

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 1 hour ago
By Manifesto Joe What seemed to emerge clearly from Monday night's final presidential debate between incumbent Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Scumney -- er, Romney, may have to get used to that if the bozo really gets elected -- is that he doesn't seem ready for prime time. Oh, he was very well-coached for all three encounters, and did well enough each time. An overscholarly Obama held him to a boring draw in the first debate, then showed a clear edge in the second. In the third, he administered a pretty thorough spanking, exposing some amateurish sides to Scumney ... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Russian Nazca Lines: Elk-Shaped Structure Discovered in Russia"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Russian Nazca Lines:* *Elk-Shaped Structure Discovered in Russia"* by Paulo Coelho "A huge geoglyph in the shape of an elk or deer discovered in Russia may predate Peru’s famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years. The animal-shaped stone structure, located near Lake Zjuratkul in the Ural Mountains, north of Kazakhstan, has an elongated muzzle, four legs and two antlers. A historical Google Earth satellite image from 2007 shows what may be a tail, but this is less clear in more recent imagery. Excluding the possible tail, the animal stretches for about 900 feet (275 meters)... more »

Online advertisers know you better than you think

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Web Marketing] By Sarah Wenger, MBAOnline.com 22 October 2012 Online advertisers know you better than you think Technorati Tags: propaganda

Chet Raymo, “Finding It Where You Are”; Mary Oliver, “Going To Walden”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Finding It Where You Are”* by Chet Raymo “Yes, I've been to Walden. Been there several times, in fact. With students. We sat on the earth at the site of the cabin and read from the book. And the wind stirred the pines, and the hickories, and the oaks, and rippled the pond that shone like silver in the early morning sun. And then, to honor the spirit of the man we came to visit, we sat silently, as if on the stoop of his cabin with friends, knowing that any words, even his own, intruded on the haunting beauty of the place itself. Walden Pond Mary Oliver has a poem called "Go... more »

Graph of the Day: Oceanic pH, 24 million years BP – Present

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Oceanic pH, 24 million years BP - present. The rapid change in ocean pH since the Industrial Revolution is likely the fastest in Earth’s history. Turley, C., et al. 2006] The oceans absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions each day. As a result, their pH has declined by 30 percent since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. This rapid change in ocean chemistry, called *ocean acidification*, is already threatening habitats like coral reefs, and the future of shellfish like oysters, clams, and mussels is also in jeopardy. This means that nations that rely heavi... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Compiègne, Picardie, France. Thanks for stopping by.

#RoadTrip - Where am I now?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
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Paul Craig Roberts, "What Obamneycare Really Does"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
* "What Obamneycare Really Does"* by Paul Craig Roberts "Dr. Robert S. Dotson points out [in the following post- CP] that Obamneycare is two versions of the same thing. A person has to be gullible and uninformed to believe the claims of Obama and Romney that their replacements for Medicare will save money and improve care. What the schemes do is convert public monies into private profits. The exploding costs described by Dr. Dotson and the rising profits for private corporations are paid for by reducing health care. For example, Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New... more »

"Obamneycare – Another Win-Win for the Oligarchs"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Obamneycare – Another Win-Win for the Oligarchs"* by Robert S. Dotson, M.D. “Mitt Romney is a wolf in a wolf’s clothing. Barack Obama is a wolf in a sheep’s clothing, but they both essentially have the same agenda.” – Jill Stein “Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.” – George Carlin “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of controversy.” — Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties prior to passage of PPACA... more »

Black Box Voting's Jim March Identifies MOVE Act as an Opportunity to Rig Upcoming Election

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
PRN: Green Power And Wellness Excerpts from radio broadcast include Jim March, Craig Unger, Mark Crispin Miller and Jill Simpson. In the last six years, Jim March has focused on Arizona election fraud, especially in Pima County's rigged two billion dollar bond measure in 2006. He identifies the MOVE act a precise mechanism for how the upcoming 2012 Presidential race can be rigged through Karl Rove and his operatives. Towards the end of the clip, he lends his expertise about what to specifically watch for this election season. Click the link above to catch the whole show. Good addit... more »

#RoadTrip - Where am I this afternoon?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
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Lesson for the GOP (including you, Tommy Thompson): If you live by the high-priced lie, you better watch your butt

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*GOP slug Dan Lungren says: "What I'm trying to do is transform the system so people participating as candidates can be held responsible for what is said." Ha-ha-ha!* *by Ken* My goodness, this would be hilarious if it were . . . no, let's go with hilarious. Here's the start of a report by the NYT's Jennifer Steinhauer and Jonathan Weisman, "Mauled by Ads, Incumbents Look to Declaw Outside Groups": WASHINGTON -- An expansive onslaught of negative political advertisements in Congressional races has left many incumbents, including some Republicans long opposed to restrictions on ca... more »

Iraqi vice president: Iran supplying Assad through ground convoys

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago

Iowa - Here's Your ALEC Answer

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
*Found this on the GlobeGazette.com “Ask Us” Section * *No membership list* *Q:* Are or have any of the current candidates for the Iowa’s four congressional districts, either incumbents or challengers, ever been members of ALEC, The American Legislative Exchange Council? *A:* ALEC is a non-profit organization which describes itself as “a constructive forum for state legislators and private sector leaders to discuss and exchange practical, state-level public policy issues” that “focus on free markets, limited government and constitutional division of powers between the federal and st... more »

The Economy: "Approaching The Terminal Point"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Approaching The Terminal Point"* by Monty Pelerin, EconomicNoise.com "Two events are racing at us — an important (possibly existential) election and a fiscal cliff. The fiscal cliff is overrated. Under normal conditions politicians always raise the debt limit. After going through a political dance, they will do what they always do. Whether they actually comply with spending restrictions is another issue. Compounding the so-called fiscal cliff issue is the tenuous condition of the country’s finances. The fiscal cliff will not kill the country although the country is dying. Marke... more »

Time for sleeps

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago

Harper Government Winging It With Canada's Future

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 4 hours ago
The Auditor General has slammed the Harper regime for spending tens of billions of dollars without cabinet, much less Parliament, knowing the long-term consequences. *In his fall 2012 report released Tuesday, Auditor General Michael Ferguson concluded the Department of Finance Canada often does not take into account the impact of tens of billions of dollars of spending and tax measures on the government’s long-term fiscal sustainability.* ** *Furthermore, the lack of federal reporting about long-term economic consequences of major government decisions means parliamentarians are for... more »

Photography Class Giveaway! ($139 Value) Two Day Giveaway

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 4 hours ago
After you ever wanted to get your nice camera out of auto mode and take better pictures? Then taking this class Mastering Manual Mode is perfect! This 8-week course is taught by Elisha Snow through Big Picture Classes and will teach you everything you need to know it taking the plunge to switch your camera to manual mode. Some of the class content includes aperture-priority, shutter-priority, all about ISO, shutter speed, white balance and information on camera equipment and accessories. Classes start THIS Thursday and I am lucky enough to offer one of my fabulous readers a spot... more »


During the third debate moderator Bob Schieffer asked the candidates a question about reported talks between Iran, the US and other parties. Obama answered thus: *Well, first of all, those were reports in the newspaper. They are not true. But our goal is to get Iran to recognize it needs to give up its nuclear program and abide by the U.N. resolutions that have been in place, because they have the opportunity to re-enter the community of nations, and we would welcome that. There are — there are people in Iran who have the same aspirations as people all around the world, for a better... more »

Veterans Today: Romney Tobacco Deal With Russian Mob and GOP

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
http://www.veteranstoday.com/?p=227055 Romney Tobacco Deal With Russian Mob and GOP Begun as Smuggling Operation Through GOP and KGB, Later Became Russian Mob Partnership Veterans Today By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor Stories hitting the press today about Bain Capital and the Russian cigarette market tell only a small part of the story. Stories say that Romney sent representatives to Russia to aid them in selling cigarettes but this is quite misleading. The real deal was between the GOP and Russian Mafia with Bain only acting as “consultant.” The GOP organized cigarette smuggl... more »

#RoadTrip - where am I *this* time?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
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On losing a compass, Russell Means

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Russell Means perceptions and wit were a compass, and his words were rich fuel for the movements By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Looking back through Russell Means statements, I've found a favorite. Means describes the dogs, ponies and smokescreen of the US 'Listening Conferences' on human rights, which terminated in the usual, watered-down babble of the US

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Life... is not about how fast you run or even with what degree of grace. It's about perseverance, about staying on your feet and slogging forward no matter what." - Dean Koontz

Hunter S. Thompson, "Security"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Security"* by Hunter S. Thompson "Security... what does this word mean in relation to life as we know it today? For the most part, it means safety and freedom from worry. It is said to be the end that all men strive for; but is security a utopian goal or is it another word for rut? Let us visualize the secure man; and by this term, I mean a man who has settled for financial and personal security for his goal in life. In general, he is a man who has pushed ambition and initiative aside and settled down, so to speak, in a boring, but safe and comfortable rut for the rest of his... more »

NYPD paid teenage informant THOUSANDS to 'bait' Muslims into talking about terrorism and jihads

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit was under orders to 'bait' Muslims into saying incriminating things as he lived a double life. Shamiur Rahman, a 19-year-old American of Bengali descent, was paid up to $1,000 per month for snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam, he told The Associated Press. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221993/NYPD-paid-teenage-informant-THOUSANDS-bait-Muslims-talking-terrorism-jihads.html

Autumn Pasquale Murder: Teenage brothers arrested for murder of bike girl, 12, who was strangled and stuffed in recycling bin - and their MOM helped turn them in

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Two teenaged brothers have been arrested in the strangling death of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale, who was found in a recycling unit in Clayton, New Jersey yesterday. The boys' mother played a part in cracking the case, coming forward with information about a posting on a son's Facebook account, leading police to the boys, authorities said today. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222149/Autumn-Pasquale-Teenage-brothers-arrested-murder-12-year-old-girl-stuffed-recycling-bin.html

Ron Paul, "The Internet Liberty Revolution"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Internet Liberty Revolution" * by Dr. Ron Paul "Until the late 1990s, individuals interested in Austrian economics, U.S. constitutional history, and libertarian philosophy had few sources of information. They had to spend hours scouring used book stores or the back pages of obscure libertarian periodicals to find the great works of Mises, Rothbard, Hayek, and other giants of liberty. Local library and university collections ignored libertarian politics and economics. Today, however, the greatest classics of libertarian thought, libertarian philosophy, and libertarian econo... more »

On Fighting Against Hegemonic Urban Development

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Disinfo Jacob Sloan BayOfRage reveals infrastructure and redevelopment projects in Oakland (and beyond) as a means of reshaping cities for social control: Further development will not open space for meaningful social activity and will only constrict it — In the slew of development projects coming down the pipe, residents will be free to consume, travel to and from work, or stay inside to not bother anyone. Mistakes in architecture will never be repeated in future developments. The UC system learned the danger in building large plazas where dissident students could gather during the... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 19:11:52 UTC Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 01:11:52 AM at epicenter Location 2.150°N, 92.447°E Depth 29 km (18.0 miles) Region OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA Distances 491 km (305 miles) SW (221°) from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

Muzzling The Media-- Standard Operating Procedure For Corrupt Republican Incumbents Like Buck McKeon

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
This is the one of the ones we're running on the KHTS website This is Free Speech Week and Buck McKeon (R-CA) has a peculiar way of celebrating; he has censorship in mind-- and it's another attack on the free functioning of democracy. I met reporter Mark Archuleta in an odd way. He had just been fired by KHTS, the big radio station in Santa Clarita owned and run by a longtime Buck McKeon crony, Carl Goldman. "So you're Down With Tyranny," he said when we shook hands. He first got an inkling he was going to be fired-- and he's a family man with a son who just got into Yale-- when Buck... more »

Nunavut legislature reconvenes in Iqaluit

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
MLAs will debate the capital budget for the coming year — it contains money for buildings such as schools, arenas and community halls, as well as sewage lagoons. Story

"Obama the Muslim:" Ploy to Cover-up Years of US-Al Qaeda Support

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 7 hours ago
US establishment admits arming Al Qaeda, but blames it on "Obama the Muslim." *by Tony Cartalucci* *October 24, 2012* - Neo-Conservative Frank Gaffney thinks you are stupid. After plotting for the better part of a decade, arming Al Qaeda across the Arab World in a documented conspiracy to use the notorious terror group as a proxy against Lebanon, Syria, and Iran, Gaffney and his colleagues are attempting to jettison responsibility and all the blunders that have come with the plot, on US President Barack Obama. President Obama for his part, faithfully and knowingly carried out this ... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 18:00:43 UTC Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 04:00:43 AM at epicenter Location 6.583°S, 147.923°E Depth 38.3 km (23.8 miles) Region EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 104 km (64 miles) E (80°) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG

“Once When We Were Free”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Once When We Were Free”* By Jon Rappoport "We’re so much more sensible now. We don’t live our lives as much as we arrange them and organize them. B follows A. D follows C. We take our medicine and our shots because the doctor says so. We’re careful, because accidents happen. We don’t say what’s on our minds a lot of the time, because other people might pass that on, and who knows? We might get into trouble. But once upon a time, when we were young, we were free. We didn’t take any shots and when we got sick we recovered. We were stronger than kids are now. We didn’t ask for m... more »

Obama 'insulted, patronized, mocked' his opponent

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Romney won the third presidential debate – and how he did it was encapsulated in a single exchange. The candidates were discussing military spending and Romney had just accused Obama of making harmful cutbacks. The President wheeled out what must have seemed like a great, pre-planned zinger: “I think Governor Romney maybe hasn't spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed.” The audience la... more »

The last debate -- 2012

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
To the extent victory can be declared in these things, Obama clearly won the debate last night. He was fully present, well versed on policy and well prepared to parry every cheap shot Romney could possibly take at him. Mr. Romnesia, despite his best efforts to fake peace lovin' Mitt, who just happens to have hired nearly every one of the Bush era neo-con foreign advisors, was reduced to a puddle of flop sweat by the end. (And where, I ask, was that famous handkerchief when he really needed it?) Willard Romnesia very nearly duplicated McCain's awkward lolling tongue exit from the ... more »

Diogenes the Cynic And The History of Cynicism

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Painting: Diogenes the Cynic telling Alexander the Great to stop blocking the sunshine*. An excerpt from, *"Greek Philosopher: Diogenes"*: According to a popular story, on one occasion Diogenes had an interview with Alexander III, King of Macedonia. The king opened the conversation with "I am Alexander the Great", and the philosopher answered, "And I am Diogenes the Cynic". Alexander then asked him in what way he could serve him. "You can stand out of the sunshine," the philosopher replied. Alexander is said to have been so struck with the Cynic's self-possession that he went ... more »

Gerry Bello, Bob Fitrakis, and Harvey Wasserman : Do the Romneys Own Your E-Vote?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 8 hours ago
Photo by Brian Snyder / Reuters / Salon. Does the Romney family now own your e-vote? A candidate for the presidency of the United States -- and his brother, wife, and son -- have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall's election. By Gerry Bello, Bob Fitrakis, and Harvey Wasserman / The Rag Blog / October 23, 2012 See Thorne Dreyer's interview

Climate scientist Michael Mann files defamation suit against The National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 8 hours ago
[image: Professor Michael Mann, who became a chief target of the climate change denialists for being the outspoken author of an iconic graph of global warming science. AP]By Michael Mann 22 October 2012 Today, the case of *Dr. Michael E. Mann vs. The National Review and The Competitive Enterprise Institute* was filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Dr. Mann, a Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, has instituted this lawsuit against the two organizations, along with two of their authors, based upon their fa... more »

New Stanford/NYU Study Documents the Civilian Terror From Obama's Drones

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
Glenn Greenwald: "A one-day attack on US soil eleven years ago unleashed a never-ending campaign of violence around the world from the target and its allies." Photograph: Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/25/study-obama-drone-deaths *New Stanford/NYU study documents the civilian terror from Obama's drones* *New research shows the terrorizing impact of drones in Pakistan, false statements from US officials, and how it increases the terror threat* *Glenn Greenwald - guardian.co.uk,* Tuesday 25 September 2012 08.18 EDT A vitally impor... more »

You Don't Own Me

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
Yes. Sing it, women! Funny. I was thinking of this very song recently. Lesley Gore. One of the original Riot Grrrlz in music. And. Also this, too. via Sherry's tweet. *from Pat's tweet, merci!*

Autumn Pasquale's Body Found in recycling unit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Autumn Pasquale was reported missing from her Clayton, New Jersey, home on Saturday evening, and had been the subject of a large search over the last two days. Bernie Weisenfeld, spokesman for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, said her body was found at 10pm last night, but he did not give an exact location. Autumn's family has been notified of the discovery, which came a short time after a candlelight vigil was held for her. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221745/Autumn-Pasquale-Body-girl-12-disappeared-riding-bike-recycling-unit.html

Sorry Mr President, but troops DO need horses and bayonets: How U.S. forces are STILL using 'old-fashioned' fighting techniques mocked by Obama

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
- Obama mocked Romney's complaint about size of Navy fleet by comparing ship numbers to 'horses and bayonets' - But bayonets are still standard issue for Marines and used by some soldiers - First U.S. troops in Afghanistan entered on horseback in 2001 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221873/Obamas-horses-bayonets-zinger-Mitt-Romney-final-presidential-debate-goes-viral.html

Aya Hadir Ghais dies in fireball crash in Abu Dhabi after losing control of her high-powered Lamborghini

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Authorities in the United Arab Emirate's capital said that the American Law Student Aya Hadir Ghais, 19, was travelling in the high-powered vehicle alone when the horrific accident happened. Despite firefighters arriving on the scene in Defence Road within four minutes and extinguishing the fire, the teenager could not be freed in time. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221874/Female-student-19-killed-crashing-high-powered-Lamborghini-Abu-Dhabi.html

less is more

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
Gratitude is the key to abundance

Rats getting their cheese

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Video: First payday for Syrian rebels in Aleppo [Source: AFP]* These terrorists target civilians and commit robberies. "Freedom" is not in their vocabulary. They are running around in the Saudi-Qatari-Israeli-Turkish-NATO maze and destroying Syria for these corrupt governments.

Germany insists on regular checks on gold held in foreign vaults

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The German Federal Court of Auditors have called on for the country’s central bank to carry out a physical inspection of the gold reserves it stores at foreign central banks because the precious metal holdings have never been fully checked. Germany's Bundesbank owns nearly 3,400 tonnes of gold. Like many central banks, it stores part of its reserves in vaults at foreign central banks, including the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Banque de France and the Bank of England. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2221996/Do-know-dont-Germany-insists-regular-checks-gold-he... more »

London 2012 comes in £377million under budget (but still £6.5BILLION more than originally planned)...Suppose it sounds better than 6.5 Billion Over Budget

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The London 2012 Games ended up £377million under budget, new figures showed today. The overall cost of the Games is forecast to come in at £8.921billion from a budget of £9.298billion. But this was still much higher than the original £2.4billion cost forecast when the bid was won in 2005 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221875/London-Olympic-Paralympic-Games-come-377million-budget-6-5BILLION-originally-planned.html

Air passengers to get cash handouts if delayed for three hours after EU court victory

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Short-haul air passengers who are delayed by more than three hours can expect to be compensated after airlines lost a legal fight in the European court today. A number of airlines, including British Airways and easyJet, had challenged a 2009 ruling that passengers on flights to and from Europe should be compensated if they are delayed for more than three hours. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221897/Air-passengers-cash-handouts-delayed-hours-EU-court-victory.html

Britain's 60-hour blanket of fog forces cancellation of nearly 500 flights with hundreds more delayed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Fog affected journeys as Britain was cloaked in a light fog, but the Met Office said that they were not issuing a severe weather warning as the impact was not widespread. The poor visibility led to disrupted flights at London City Airport, and 49 flights being cancelled at Heathrow Airport in west London. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221857/Flights-disrupted-Heathrow-London-City-airports-foggy-morning-causes-transport-nightmare.html

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude M 5.0 Region EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G. Date time 2012-10-23 18:00:44.0 UTC Location 6.74 S ; 147.93 E Depth 10 km Distance 19 km SE Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea

#RoadTrip - Let's make this one easy...

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
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4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 16:34:18 UTC Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:34:18 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.809°S, 113.654°E Depth 25.9 km (16.1 miles) (poorly constrained) Region SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA Distances 250 km (155 miles) SSW of Sidorukun, Indonesia

How I'm Following the Polling for the Last Two Weeks

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
Take it as a recommendation or not; this is what I'm doing right now. First: I have tabs open to HuffPollster's national average, HuffPollster's big map, and RCP's national average. I've been insanely, irrationally hitting refresh on the HuffPollster national average...well, often enough to know that the lead flipped at least four times yesterday. Only once twice so far today. Why those three? I really like HuffPolster's model (from Simon Jackman), especially at this point with so many polls showing up. Also, the page loads nicely, the chart is clear and readable, all the good stuf... more »

UK spending on Europe to rise by £11.5BILLION after MEPs back inflation-busting rise in EU budget over next eight years

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
British Euro-MPs joined forces to fight the plans but were outnumbered in a Strasbourg vote endorsing European Commission demands for more cash to fund EU policies. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221886/UK-spending-Europe-rise-11-5-BILLION-MEPs-inflation-busting-rise-EU-budget-years.html

President Obama Fights Outbreak of Romnesia in Del Ray, Florida

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 9 hours ago
You might have Romnesia if... Usually I find this type of shtick off-putting, but the point needs to be hammered home, because as the president says, just as the clip ends, "This is about trust."

Rigged Elections for Romney?

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
The People's Voice Michael Collins A group of independent researchers caught a pattern of apparent vote flipping during the 2012 Republican primaries that consistently favored Mitt Romney. A form of election fraud, vote flipping occurs when votes are changed from one candidate to another or several others during electronic voting and vote tabulation. (Image: Dean Terry) Vote flipping is difficult to detect because the vote totals remain the same for each precinct. In one of several possible scenarios, an instruction is given to a precinct level voting machine or to a county-level ... more »

King Moron of The Hill Calls Luke Rudkowski A "Horrible Moron"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
Ask politicians tough questions = get called a moron. Ask politicians easy questions = get a pulitzer prize. Kill innocent people = a sign of toughness and masculinity. Defend innocent people = a sign of weakness. Support the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Magna Carta, and International Law = sympathizing with terrorists. Destroy the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Magna Carta, and International Law = being tough on terrorists. Conclusion: Everything is backwards in today's world. Video - Romney Rep. Peter King: Presidential Kill List "Totally Constitutional" [Source: We Are Change]

Cat Interlude

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 9 hours ago
It is indisputable that cats have taken over the internet. They're everywhere, invading our forums, purring all over Twitter, and clogging up thousands upon thousands of YouTube hours. As evolutionary strategies go, cats have it all sewn up. So, for one day only, this blog has surrendered itself to our moggy. His name is Charlie and there are a couple of things you should know about him. He and his tail, Gerald, once tried blogging. And two, for intractable reasons, he's affectionately addressed by his humans as 'Monkey' and 'Shit Bird'. AVPS for one welcomes its feline overlord.

Sask NDP Leadership Candidate Erin Weir Proposes $7 A Day Provincial Child Care Plan

leftdog at Buckdog - 9 hours ago
*"NDP leadership candidate Erin Weir is proposing a universally accessible daycare and early learning program for Saskatchewan children between the ages of two and five. “The importance of early childhood development is well-documented and childcare costs should not prevent parents from choosing to pursue employment opportunities. Therefore, New Democrats have long advocated universal, accessible, affordable, high-quality childcare,” observed Weir. “The challenge is how to put those principles into practice. My solution is for the provincial government to directly create public ch... more »

#RoadTrip - Where this time, campers?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
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Teach the Children Well

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 9 hours ago
Metamorphosis, the coming of age, the birth of a beautiful monarch butterfly.. The Arab spring, the Tunisian uprising, the opening of young Egyptian eyes.. I also recall in recent news a grandmother who was a bus monitor, through social media shocking displays of what little bastards and bastardesses do when their parents aren`t watching, the final result was reprimands of the demon spawn and a near $million dollar nest egg, retirement fund for the verbally abused monitor, classic social media justice.. We have seen racism through electronic media from those who pose as lily w... more »

Birthday Celebration

Southern Man at Southern Man - 9 hours ago
Another milestone in the lives of the Southern Children: Southern Son is now twenty-one! Southern Ex came into town late morning for lunch with the Birthday Boy so Southern Man got Teen Daughter The Younger for the rest of the weekend. We met at Southern Son's trailer to deliver his birthday present (a very nice 88-key electric keyboard) and he improvised while TDY sang. Then SS headed off to lunch with his mother and Southern man and TDY went to the local amusement park for the afternoon. After the park the entire clan met for a birthday celebration at our favorite birthday eate... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CAUCASUS REGION, RUSSIA - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.2 Region CAUCASUS REGION, RUSSIA Date time 2012-10-23 16:17:55.0 UTC Location 42.01 N ; 47.92 E Depth 15 km Distance NW Khuchn, Russia

Racist attacks in Greece hit "alarming" levels: UNHCR....At least they have a Nobel Peace Prize

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Racially motivated attacks have risen to alarming levels in Greece and authorities are doing little to tackle the problem, the U.N. refugee agency said in a report on Tuesday. Greece is a major gateway for mostly Asian and African migrants trying to enter the European Union and immigrants face growing hostility as the debt-laden country goes through its worst economic downturn in six decades. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-greece-violence-idUSBRE89M12R20121023

Former CIA officer in leaks case pleads guilty to a single charge

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
Washington Post Greg Miller Sari Horwitz A former CIA officer who was charged with repeatedly leaking classified informationpleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a single charge of disclosing the identity of an undercover CIA operative. Under the plea agreement, the former officer, John C. Kiriakou, will be sentenced to prison for up to 30 months. The agreement marks the end of a case that involved the spilling of secrets to reporters and that was part of the Obama administration’s unprecedentedcrackdown on leaks. Kiriakou, 47, worked undercover for the CIA for years and too... more »

Rochdale: Nine Men Charged With Child Sexual Exploitation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Nine men from Rochdale have been charged following an investigation into child sexual exploitation. Freddy Kendakumana, 26, has been charged with three counts of rape, attempted rape and four counts of sexual activity with a child under 16. Roheez Khan, 26, has been charged with ten counts of sexual activity with a child under 16. Chola Chansa, 32, has been charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16. Ali Asghar Hussain Shah, 39, Anjam Masood, 30, Mohammed Rafiq, 31, and Asrar Haider, 38 have all been charged with sexual activity and inciting sexual activity w... more »

My High School Projects Were Never Like This

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Hold onto your hat. The history of everything in two minutes by Joe Bush with music by Zack Hemsey.

FBI releases documents that confirm they spy on anarchists

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
Russia Today [image: A crest of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)]Two anarchists remain locked up as prosecutors attempt to coerce the testimonies they’ve been subpoenaed to give about acts of vandalism in the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, though, the FBI has accidentally blown the cover off its own case. Earlier this year, all three self-identified anarchists have been adamant about remaining silent. For refusing to speak, federal prosecutors have since put the trio of twenty-something activists behind bars over contempt of court charges, with Pla... more »

Black and White Noise

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
As with the last debate, I'd wisely taken a pass at the one that took place in Boca Raton last night. I've made up my mind who I'm voting for two weeks from today and Obama's not getting my vote again if he ejaculates cancer-curing rainbows from his dick. His so-called foreign policy is, for me, the biggest deal-breaker out of many (the 2nd round of bailouts, kowtowing to Wall Street and the GOP, ObamaCare, the undermining of unions, figuratively spitting at liberal critics, his longstanding support of DADT and DOMA until election year drew near, cutting the Social Security tax, es... more »

Republicans, Democrats attacking Americans in bipartisan push for savage austerity

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
PressTV Webster Tarpley By all indications, the US ruling class of Wall Street financiers is determined to follow Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Great Britain down the road to drastic austerity. The financiers of lower Manhattan are thus ignoring the evidence offered by these other countries showing that austerity policies reduce employment, lower production, cause severe mass privation, introduce powerful elements of chaos into society, and actually increase the government budget deficits in future years -- meaning that austerity fails even in its own terms. Since the 1930s, it h... more »

Blue America Welcomes Alan Lowenthal

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Alan Lowenthal will be the last official Blue America endorsement of 2012. As a state legislator, Alan has been an unabashed, unapologetic and very effective progressive from Long Beach. He's widely acknowledged to be one of the best California state senators when it comes to moving progressive ideas out of the realm of wishing and hoping and ion the realm of solid policy achievement. If he can do half of what he's accomplished in Sacramento, in Washington, the whole country will be better off. This week there was a brouhaha in his race because the confused Republican running aga... more »

A judge must be cautious before "jumping" a sentence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Judges are not limited by submissions of the Crown in sentencing. That said, as the Court of Appeal notes today in R. v. Menary, 2012 ONCA 706 'jumping' a sentence is only done following procedural steps: [3] However, we do agree that the sentencing judge erred by 'jumping' the Crown's position on sentence (60 to 90 days' imprisonment) without regard to the fact that the appellant's longest prior custodial sentence in more than 10 years prior to these offences was approximately 50 days. In so doing, contrary to the submissions of both Crown and defence counsel, the sent... more »

GOOD-BYE, BOCA: Looking back!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012* *The ornaments go back in their boxes:* This year’s debates belong to the ages! With the quadrennial series done, pundits are putting their debate-story ornaments back in their musty old boxes. Every four years, they drag them out—the utterly silly stories they tell about Great Moments in Past Debates. They memorize these mandated tales, then rattle them every four years. Last Tuesday, in the New York Times, Jeremy Peters rattled off one of their absolute favorites. This ridiculous, hoary old tale never goes out of fashion: PETERS (10/16/12): Though o... more »

White Wash Report on High Frequency Trading

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
In Report, Speed Trades’ Problems and Pluses by Nathaniel Popper October 22, 2012. The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/business/in-report-speed-trades-problems-and-pluses.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121023&_r=0 [Excerpted]The rise of controversial high-speed trading firms has generally been a good thing for ordinary investors, a two-year British government study has concluded. The study, however, found that the increasing prevalence of computerized trading may lead to isolated incidents of instability in the financial markets.... The committee that oversa... more »

America's Secret Army: CIA is Dangerous, Unchecked Paramilitary Force

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
Petraeus, CIA Seek to Expand Drone Fleet By Greg Miller, The Washington Post 20 October 12 http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/320-80/14090-petraeus-cia-seek-to-expand-drone-fleet [excerpted] The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency's fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service's decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said. The proposal by CIA Director David H. Petraeus would bolster the agency's ability to sustain its campaigns of lethal strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and enable i... more »

EU Budget Vote Spells Trouble For Cameron as EU Demands they Need 6.8% Increase in Funding Next year

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Euro MEPs vote in favour of major rises to EU budgets in a move that could force the Prime Minister to use his veto again. He will make the UK tax Payer pay, just like he did last year http://news.sky.com/story/1001622/eu-budget-vote-spells-trouble-for-cameron

GOOD-BYE, BOCA: Looking ahead!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012* *Our concern about Silver’s predictions:* Today, we’re going to admit it: We’ve come to regard Nate Silver’s daily predictions as one more of the shiny objects which distract from the real campaign. That said, his work is tightly reasoned! This morning, we read this in our hard-copy Times (Washington Edition): SILVER (10/23/12): Still, it is important to emphasize that saying Mr. Romney is the underdog is not the same thing as saying he will lose. If we calculated the odds correctly, he has a substantial chance of winning. *If the set of candidates you... more »

Make the Rich Pay!!!

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
Posters like this used to adorn telephone poles in my hometown when the Communist Party ran candidates in federal elections. I was about ten years old. My friends and I used to snicker because we knew that communists were authoritarians masquerading as democrats and they were also looney-toons losers who seemed to split into tiny factions. Some of this sentiment is with me still while other stuff I've decided was the result of Cold War brain-washing. But this phrase has started to resonate with me more and more. It continues to do so after reading this *Toronto Star* article about... more »

Defending What's Ours

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
The police didn't intervene. From the comments of Victoria's deputy police chief, Del Manak, it actually sounded as if the cops were on side with the demonstrators. “*It’s a peaceful, vocal protest and we don’t want to get in the way of sending a strong message to government*.” *Victoria police estimated the crowd size at 3,500.* *There were no arrests. The protesters at the Defend Our Coast demonstration, led by Coastal First Nations, environmental groups and unions, were passionate and noisy but well-behaved.* * The aim was to send a strong message to the federal and prov... more »

Jewish reaction to thousands of antisemitic Arab cartoons: No riots, no injuries, no deaths | CiF Watch

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago

Hawks & Vultures

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Everything I needed to know about American foreign policy, I learned at last night's presidential "debate". I learned that no matter their side of the Duopoly, our politicians are firm believers in raining down democracy from the skies upon recalcitrant bodies in dire need of some crushing American freedom. I learned that is vital for America to champion education and gender equality in Iran at the very same time we surround their country with military bases and destroy their economy with sanctions. I learned that our political and media leaders persist in the notion of American ex... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake GREECE - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.6 Region GREECE Date time 2012-10-23 15:20:43.0 UTC Location 38.98 N ; 20.62 E Depth 2 km Distance W Préveza, Greece

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.6 Region MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES Date time 2012-10-23 15:17:30.9 UTC Location 9.78 N ; 126.44 E Depth 125 km Distance 31 km E Purok , Philippines

North Korea and South Korea move artillery into forward firing positions in tense stand off

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago

Iran's Plan B in Action: Turkish gold trade booms to Iran, via Dubai

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
To see one of Iran's financial lifelines at work, pay a visit to Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport and find a gate for a flight to Dubai. Couriers carrying millions of dollars worth of gold bullion in their luggage have been flying from Istanbul to Dubai, where the gold is shipped on to Iran, according to industry sources with knowledge of the business. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-emirates-iran-gold-idUSBRE89M0SW20121023

Wall Street drops as earnings, Spain's debt spark fears

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Stocks slid more than 1 percent on Tuesday as poor earnings from major multinationals confirmed fears about the slowing global economy and Moody's downgraded credit ratings for regions in Spain. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-markets-stocks-idUSBRE89L0A420121023

Ben Needham Search: Children's Toys Found

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Police have discovered parts of toys that Ben Needham may have been playing with on the Greek island of Kos before he went missing. The samples were found by archaeologists supporting a team of investigators at the spot where the toddler went missing aged 21 months. http://news.sky.com/story/1001578/ben-needham-search-childrens-toys-found

What a Romney America Could Look Like

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Wanna see something scary? *BusinessInsider.com* has a thorough rundown on how Mitt Romney would change America into a country of the rich, by the rich, for the rich. It's an eye opener.

Mining Firm Sacks 8,500 Striking Workers, South Africa

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The latest twist in the wave of mining industrial unrest in South Africa sees one firm carry out its threat to sack staff. The mining firm Gold Fields has fired 8,500 miners amid the bitter disputes crippling the industry in South Africa. http://news.sky.com/story/1001608/mining-firm-sacks-8500-striking-workers

Who Says Israel is an Apartheid State? Why, a Majority of Israelis, That's Who.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 13 hours ago
Two-thirds of Israeli Jews want Palestinians denied the vote if their country annexes the West Bank. *Three out of four are in favour of segregated roads for Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, and 58% believe Israel already practises apartheid against Palestinians, the poll found.* *A third want Arab citizens within Israel to be banned from voting in elections to the country's parliament. Almost six out of 10 say Jews should be given preference to Arabs in government jobs, 49% say Jewish citizens should be treated better than Arabs, 42% would not want to live in the same b... more »

From Georgia to Syria, Turkey and Egypt: As the Middle East remake continues

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
A bit more on Georgia- Anonymous left some relevant links in the previous post, check em out! Thanks Anonymous! AnonymousOctober 22, 2012 7:04 PM Which is why, Novosti was reporting this morning that Putin's Russia implicated Georgia in the riots...Is it a coincidence that Russia hostedf a massive Caucuses military drill, the Eusaisn air defense exercises around incoming cruise missiles and the recent testing of the nuclear strike force. Anonymous, it is not a coincidence that Russia has implicated Georgia in riots, or that Russia hosted a massive military drill around cruise missile... more »

Confession rule not triggered unless statements made to person in authority

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
*R. v. Hart*, 2012 NLCA 61 deals with an argument that the confession rule should apply when statements are made to state actors even where the accused in unaware the persons spoken to are state actors. The Court declined to agree with the argument: [68] The trial judge made no error in concluding that, absent abuse of process, the s. 7 right to silence was not triggered prior to detention. *McIntyre*,*Grandinetti*, *Osmar* and *Bonisteel* all support this conclusion, as does the obiter in *Singh*. In *Singh*, the Court refused to accept the submission that application of ... more »

Have Voting Machines Already Made their Choice for Prez?

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
So, your Nobel Peace Prize-winning European Union is demanding that indebted nations like Greece and Portugal privatize all their water resources if they want to continue receiving bail outs. As in - you want to stay in the Eurozone? Then hand over your most precious commons to transnational corporations. This is in line with the broader privatization agenda we're seeing all around the world - especially here in America as water, roads, school, prisons - you name it - are all being privatized and taken out of the hands of "we the people." These are all assaults on democracy. Help... more »

Ignore Those Polls! (Or At Least Be Wary)

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
Remember, most people do not have strong opinions about most policy options. Therefore, the way they answer survey questions about issue positions can be massively affected by current news events, opinion leadership, question wording, and pretty much everything else. The effect probably grows larger the less people know -- and think -- about the issue. Something that's a long-standing policy question, or something that is part of ordinary life, might produce relatively stable views; those issues which are rarely in the news, or highly abstract, are likely to produce less stable answ... more »

A Common Reading of the Insidious State

Storm at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Dear Principal, My child will be absent for three days to visit grandparents out of state. Besides this form of notification (email) is there anything else that needs to be done to assure you take proper note of this absence? Sincerely, Child's Parent *** Dear Child's Parent, Thank you for this communication. Per School Board Policy students are allowed 10 excused/unexcused absences before any action would be taken. This Student will be allowed out of school for three days and our Attendance Secretary will account for it. Have a fun and safe trip! Template Signature Line ***... more »

Mandarin Orange Jack-o-Lanterns

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 13 hours ago
*(I am taking a little break from 31 Days of Photo Props, I just can't help but post the Halloween goodness we have been getting into it)* * * My husband calls me the crazy mom. You know the one that brings fruit instead of lollipops to the Halloween party at preschool. I am totally OK with it. We don't do a lot of candy in our house, that is what our kid has grandmas for. I found the idea for these little orange cups here and they were a BIG hit at preschool. Kids that don't normally like oranges wanted these because of the cute faces. Huge plus, they were so easy to throw togethe... more »

GOOD-BYE, BOCA: Nocera’s dream!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012* *Pundit spots point of agreement:* Friend, are you tired of theater criticism? Is it good solid *policy* analysis you're seeking? If so, ignore Frank Bruni’s column and turn to Joe Nocera’s piece, right there on the same page in today’s New York Times. How emptied-out is the New York Times? Nocera believes he has spotted agreement between the two hopefuls concerning tax reform. Only in the New York Times can you hope to read work like this: NOCERA (10/23/12): *Where the Candidates Agree* Judging by the first two presidential debates—I’m writing this on t... more »

Obama Supporters Continue Threats To Riot, Assassinate Romney (And no, the source hasn't changed)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

President Obama won the third presidential debate, but what about climate change?

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: President Obama and Mitt Romney square off during the final Presidential debate of the 2012 U.S. election. No mention of global warming was made in any of the 2012 debates. Joe Raedle / Getty Images] By Stephen Stromberg 23 October 2012 In their last presidential debate Monday night, the two presidential candidates began with Libya and stayed in the Islamic world for almost the entire evening. They talked about “divorcing” Pakistan, arming Syrian rebels and rallying allies against Iran. In this exchange, Romney offered few serious counterproposals to Obama’s current policy... more »

Climate hysteria in presidential debates RIP (1988-2008)

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
In the hot summer of 1988, James Hansen gave his notorious and by now perfectly discredited testimony in front of the U.S. Congress in which he has predicted approximately 1 °C of warming for the following 25 years. It was an election year in America and the the first one in which the "climate will dangerously change" meme has made it to the presidential debates. So the topic was discussed by the candidates in 1988 (especially the VP candidates; thanks, Gene!), 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. Six times. That's it. Thank God. The accumulating years of experience showing that a ... more »

Canadian quality of life hammered by recession

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago

Authorities confiscate 600 dead elephants’ worth of ivory in Hong Kong

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Hong Kong and Guangdong Customs confiscate two shipments of illegal elephant tusks, weighing around 3,813 kilogrammes (8,388 pounds), 22 October 2012. Photo courtesy of Hong Kong and Guangdong Customs via mongabay.com] By Jeremy Hance 22 October 2012 (mongabay.com) – Hong Kong authorities have confiscated two massive shipments of elephant tusks, totaling 1,209 tusks, stemming from Kenya and Tanzania. Representing over 600 poached elephants, the shipments are estimated to be worth $3.4 million on the black market. African elephants are being decimated for their tusks in re... more »

Localised sunshade could stop Arctic melting

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Sea ice can take many forms, as seen in this image of Arctic sea ice from a recent Operation IceBridge aerial survey. Varying thicknesses of sea ice are shown here, from thin, nearly transparent layers to thicker, older sea ice covered with snow. NASA via nsidc.org] By Michael Marshall 21 October 2012 If we have to hack the planet, we could at least do it with some finesse. Some of the problems with geoengineering could be fixed by targeting specific regions of the planet, rather than cooling everywhere equally. A rough modelling study published in *Nature Climate Change*... more »

Tuesday Morning Debate Reaction

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
The final 2012 Presidential debate was a decisive “victory” for President Obama on both style and substance. Romney’s tack to the center left him with no other arguments than to invoke the resolve fairy and to call for a large increase in defense spending. The dominant narrative among the pundit class seems to be that Continue reading

State of the Earth: Still seeking Plan A for sustainability

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: This spectacular 'blue marble' image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date (8 February 2002). Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer of our planet. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (land surface, shallow water, clouds). Enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation)] By David Biello 12 October 2012 NEW ... more »

How CONvenient!

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
The trial for Harper adviser Bruce Carson was set to resume in late October. Following the RCMP investigation into Carson's actions while he worked in the PMO, he was charged with fraud on the government, also known as influence peddling. Is anybody in the Canadian media shocked to hear that it's been delayed to July 2013? StunTV? Anyone? APTN is certainly not surprised by this delaying tactic. Their investigative journalists have been on this most news-worthy story like velcro since the first stench of unethical dealings and insider contacts emerged from Carson's dealings.... more »

Top UK Defence Expert: "British Security At Risk From Huawei"

leftdog at Buckdog - 14 hours ago
*Britain’s national security is being put at risk because a Chinese telecoms giant is being given too much access, the former head of the Minister of Defence’s cyber security unit warned. * *Major General Jonathan Shaw claimed ministers were ‘compromising’ on security and ‘dealing with the devil’ in opening up to the firm Huawei. **A former assistant chief of defence staff, he had specific responsibility for cyber security at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for more than three years until April.* *This month a US congressional report published earlier this month that raised securit... more »

Restaurant Kicks ALEC member Diageo to the Curb

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
*Gotta love this local business!! Kicks ALEC member Diageo to the Curb!!!* *This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase #DumpALEC!!!! * *This local restaurant kicked ALEC Board Member Diageo to the curb - BECAUSE OF ALEC.* *Would be nice if other businesses would follow – it would make a huge impact to the free market bottom line of Diageo.* *This takes the concept of the "free-market" to a whole new level, baby. * *This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase #DumpALEC!!!! * This local restaurant has chosen to NOT carry or serve any products supplied by Diageo – because Diageo i... more »

China hints at reform by dropping Mao's legacy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
BEIJING - China's ruling Communist Party has dropped its strongest hint yet that it will move in the direction of reform, removing a once standard reference to late leader Mao Zedong in statements ahead of a generational leadership transition. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-china-politics-mao-idUSBRE89M0DG20121023

Stock futures drop as earnings spark global slowdown worry

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Stock index futures fell on Tuesday on concerns the slow global economy will continue to dent corporate revenues, with a trio of Dow components appearing to confirm investor worries. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-markets-stocks-idUSBRE89L0A420121023

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 14 hours ago
Happy Birthday to John Castino, 58. Because I liked his APBA card one year. Just a little good stuff: 1. I generally like Steve Kornacki's argument about rewarding or punishing the GOP for how it's acted in the last few years, but I think it's probably too late: the 2010 landslide was more than sufficient to insure that Republicans will emulate 1993 and 2009 next time the Democrats win the presidency. 2. Nate Silver's debate wrap. Also one from Hans Noel about "winning" debates. 3. And Maria Konnikova on watching (debates) while tweeting. I guess my reaction would be: if you reall... more »

DuPont to cut 1,500 jobs as economy worsens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
DuPont (DD.N) slashed its annual forecast, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and announced 1,500 job cuts on Tuesday, bleak signs that demand for the chemical company's lucrative paint and solar products is slipping around the world. Shares of DuPont, a member of the Dow Jones industrial average .DJIA, fell nearly 7 percent in premarket trading. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-dupont-results-idUSBRE89M0H320121023

MoD To Control Afghan Drones From UK Base

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Britain's Afghan drone fleet is to double in size, with some aircraft controlled from a UK air base for the first time. http://news.sky.com/story/1001502/mod-to-control-afghan-drones-from-uk-base

Yellowstone Crude Spill Sparks More Landowner Lawsuits

By: Duane Craig Landowners in Eastern Montana have filed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for property damage from last year’s crude oil spill that contaminated the Yellowstone River. The landowners claim damage to their property and livestock from exposure to the oil, and also claim Exxon had ample opportunity to shut down the pipeline and prevent the spill altogether. Another lawsuit by a separate group of landowners is pending. A section of the pipeline that was installed in 1991 had been scoured by flooding over the years which eventually caused it to fail and spill 1,500 ba... more »

Can Obama Save Us From A Koch Brothers Takeover?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
It was almost as an afterthought that we appended an embed of the Robert Greenwald film, *Koch Bros Exposed* onto the end of a late Sunday night post about Romney and plutocracy. I can't emphasize enough how important it is for every swing state voter to see this movie before November 6... so here it is again. If you have concerns-- or doubts-- about the direction Romney would take this country should he get into the White House-- or what Republican control of the Senate and House will mean-- this documentary is an absolute must-see. Recall the speech Grover Norquist, the quintess... more »

GOOD-BYE, BOCA: Bruni’s laments!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012* *Romney perspired and Obama bullied and other observations:* Now the debates belong to the ages! We’re left with Frank Bruni’s instant column, which helps us see how deeply fatuous our mainstream press culture is: BRUNI (10/23/12): So that’s it? The last of the presidential debates? No, no, no. I’m already in mourning, can’t quiet my hankering for more and am not being remotely sarcastic. In a political culture as stage-managed, focus-grouped and airbrushed as ours, *these debates gave us rare moments of rawness, not to mention Big Bird.* Elsewhere, a... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Saints’ players will need to adjust to play at Mile High Stadium* *Reflecting on Drew Brees' big day* *Ads targeted at renting homes during Super Bowl under scrutiny * *New Orleans officials project $491M in 2013 revenue* *Work starts this week on storm-damaged levee ~Nikki Buskey* *Saving Shell Beach – Campo’s Marina A Linchpin of the Community* *Scientists making fishy robots for naval research* Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/10/23/4249356/scientists-making-fishy-robots.html#storylink=cpy

The Unexamined Treaty

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Lawrence Martin writes in *The Globe and Mail* that Canada will soon sign a trade agreement which the Harper government has kept completely under wraps. And unlike NAFTA -- which can be cancelled on six months' notice -- this deal can only be renegotiated after fifteen years. The deal may be good for Canada. The problem is we simply don't know if it's good or bad. The government's secrecy, however, suggests that we're being flim-flammed. Gus Van Harten, of Osgoode Hall, believes he smells a rat: One of the protestations is that national treatment clauses heavily favour Beijing. T... more »

Alan Guth on himself, science, cosmology

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
Aside from Edward Witten, another well-known winner of the Newton Medal (in 2009) was Alan Guth, the first father of cosmic inflation. Two month ago, the Institute for Physics posted the post-Newton-Medal interview with him, too. He had no science background in his family. At least he doesn't remember any background. But his family was happy when it learned that Alan was into science. Well, they were happy for a while, before they realize that science wasn't quite the same thing as engineering, but it was fortunately too late for them intervene. ;-) He grew up in a small town, Hi... more »

Help Find Missing 5 Year Old, April Jones in Mid Wales, UK

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
*MISSING 5 YEAR OLD GIRL* Mid Wales Police in mid Wales have launched a search after a five-year-old girl went missing tonight in Machynlleth. (UK) April Jones was last seen playing on her bicycle with friends near her home in the town around 7:30pm BST on Monday. She was seen getting into a light coloured van (Believed to be a small Ford Transit Connect Van) which then drove off. Dyfed-Powys Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for her safety and are asking anyone with information about the incident to call them by dialling 101. *April was wearing her school ... more »

Katla Eruption Levees in South Iceland Checked

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Chief of Police in Hvolsvöllur, a representative of the Icelandic Road Administration and geophysicist Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson will discuss at a meeting on Thursday whether the levees to the east of Vík, which lies across the Ring Road near the river Múlakvísl, must be raised to prove effective in case of a volcanic eruption in Katla. http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/Katla_Eruption_Levees_in_South_Iceland_Checked_0_394423.news.aspx

The Beeb gloated over Hackgate. It's trembling now – Telegraph Blogs

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago

Rainy day!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago

Northern Cross Again: In which the Bike Gods reward the Faithful

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
Enjoyed another staggeringly gorgeous Northern Cross Island Highway Ride, with possibly the most beautiful weather I've had for two days on that ride. Lovely skies without a cloud in them, gorgeous mountains, four friends whom I love. It doesn't get any better than this. Click on read more for the whole nine yards.... (Michael Cannon's pics are here) Michael Cannon spotted this stunning lunar moth outside 7-11 at the Yongning Metro, a clear sign from the bike gods that things were going to go well. Also, here I met Kelly from Idaho, who was in Taiwan for a few days and going on a... more »

What Muslims should actually be angry about - The Commentator

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago

If You Would Like To Depress Your Immune System, Get This Year's Flu Shot by Dave Mihalovic

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
If You Would Like To Depress Your Immune System, Get This Year's Flu Shot by Dave Mihalovic Prevent Disease.com, 23 October 2012 Other than a depressed immune system with a side serving of carcinogenic, immunotoxic, neurotoxic, and sterility agents, this year's flu shot has nothing to offer you but the usual poisons based on previous formulations. Moreover, their effectiveness in preventing the flu is less than a placebo. Although the FDA gave a two year deadline to remove thimerosal from vaccines after they were banned in 1997, they continue to appear in vaccine formulations and... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 16 hours ago
*Mark Bridger* In the UK, the disappearance of little *April Jones*, in Machynlleth in Powys in Mid Wales, on 1 October 2012, temporarily distracted from the Jimmy Savile story. A Mr. Mark Bridger has been arrested on suspicion of murdering April Jones. *However, on 22 October 2012, there is a report of an attempted kidnapping of a child, in Llandybie, Ammanford, in West Wales.* *Aled Matthews, from Ammanford, who was jailed for downloading 100,000 indecent images.* A white van is involved in the latest incident. And, back in mid-September there was another attempted kidnapping... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:45:21 UTC Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 07:45:21 AM at epicenter Location 25.717°S, 70.556°W Depth 32.4 km (20.1 miles) Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE Distances 36 km (22 miles) SSW of Taltal, Chile

Tropical Storm Sandy: Tropical Storm Forms in Caribbean; East Coast Nightmare -- With Snow?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Tropical Depression 18 formed in the central Caribbean at midday Monday and strengthened into Tropical Storm Sandy six hours later It is not out of the question that Sandy will be nearing or at hurricane strengthen before it slams into Jamaica on Wednesday. http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/future-sandy-east-coast-tropic/546066
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