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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

23 October - Blogs I'm Following

Mount Democrat from Climax MineMount Democrat from Climax Mine (Photo credit: dherrera_96)
A Sunday New York Times wartime election carto...A Sunday New York Times wartime election cartoon implying that enemy rulers favor New York City mayoral candidates Morris Hillquit (Socialist) and John F. Hylan (Democratic) - the German Crown Prince asks his father, "Any more victories, Papa?" and Kaiser Wilhelm II answers, "I can't tell until Tuesday" (i.e. 6 November 1917) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Schemata of Webster Tarpley's model o...English: Schemata of Webster Tarpley's model of state-sponsored false flag terror operations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: An article clipping of the New York T...English: An article clipping of the New York Times publishing of the Overman Committee report. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Front page of The New York Times July 29, 1914...Front page of The New York Times July 29, 1914. Headline, "AUSTRIA FORMALLY DECLARES WAR ON SERVIA" announces the beginning of World War I (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Charlie Chaplin stands on Douglas Fairbanks' s...Charlie Chaplin stands on Douglas Fairbanks' shoulders during a rally at Wall Street in 1918. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 28:  U.S. House mino...SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 28: U.S. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a press conference after she toured the newly built South of Market Health Center on March 28, 2011 in San Francisco, California. On the week of the one-year anniversary of President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi toured a brand new medical and dental facility in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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Black and White Noise

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 6 minutes 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 - 12 minutes 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! - 28 minutes 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 - 48 minutes 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 - 53 minutes 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 - 56 minutes 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 - 56 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago

Hawks & Vultures

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 hours ago

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

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 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 - 3 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, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. Six times. That's it. Thank God. The accumulating years of experience showing that a panic is unjustifiable, the public's growing k... more »

Canadian quality of life hammered by recession

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago

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

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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! - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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! - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 6 hours ago

Rainy day!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago

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

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 6 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. Grabbed this close up with my point and click. Dom and Jeff follow along the 3 ... more »

What Muslims should actually be angry about - The Commentator

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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

Morsi mouths ‘Amen’ as Egyptian preacher urges ‘Allah, destroy the Jews

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi participated in prayers over the weekend in which the preacher urged Allah to “destroy the Jews and their supporters.” Egyptian TV shows president in fervent prayer as cleric delivers anti-Semitic address http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-morsis-presence-egyptian-preacher-urges-allah-destroy-the-jews/

Egypt TV host gets jail term for insulting president....Catching on to Western Democracy Quick I see!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
An Egyptian talk-show host faces a four-month jail term after a court convicted him of insulting President Mohamed Mursi, state media reported on Monday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/22/egypt-court-host-idUSL5E8LMKPR20121022

Gary Root, 71, Arrested for throwing pennies into Dem HQ; He Said it was 'All he has left after being taxed by Obama'...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The protest Friday evening ended with the arrest of Gary Root, a 71-year-old Naples man (and registered Republican). Root, seen in the adjacent mug shot, was charged with trespassing at the Collier County office where he offered his impromptu donation. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/pennies-thrown-at-democrats-698345

Red Carpet for Radicals at the White House

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A year-long investigation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has found that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials. Court documents and other records have identified many of these visitors as belonging to groups serving as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamic militant organizations. http://www.investigativeproject.org/3777/a-red-carpet-for-radicals-at-the-white-house

U.S. Government's Foreign Debt Now $47,495 Per Household/........Nearly DOUBLE to what is was just THREE years Ago!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The debt that the U.S. government owes to foreign interests now equals approximately $47,495 for each household in the United States, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Treasury and the Census Bureau. The portion of the U.S. government’s foreign debt now owed to interests in Mainland China is about $10,090 per household. Back in January 2009, foreign interests held a total of $3,071,700,000,000 in U.S. government debt. That month, according to the Census Bureau, there were 111,079,000 households in the United States. Therefore the total U.S. government debt held by f... more »

RealtyTrac: 65% of housing markets worse off than in 2008

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Sixty-five percent of U.S. housing markets studied by RealtyTrac are worse off than they were four years ago, according to the Irvine, Calif.-based real estate research firm. The results of the survey arrive the same day as the final presidential debate and just weeks before the general election. http://www.housingwire.com/news/realtytrac-65-housing-markets-are-worse-2008?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+housingwire%2FuOVI+%28HousingWire%29

Our Fiat Dollar Has Cost the United States $80 Trillion

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
In 1973, the Nixon administration eliminated the last vestiges of the Bretton Woods gold standard and transitioned the U.S. to a fiat dollar. Given the mind-boggling cost of this economic error, it is tragic (although not surprising) that Keynesians are currently recommending higher inflation as a solution to the economic woes of both the U.S. and Europe. http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2012/06/28/our-fiat-dollar-has-cost-the-united-states-80-trillion/

FSA Warned On RBS 'Shadow Directorships'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The City watchdog risks breaching rules on shadow directorships in relation to the size and shape of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), institutional investors in the taxpayer-backed lender warn today http://news.sky.com/story/1001454/fsa-warned-on-rbs-shadow-directorships

Assassinated Iranians

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago

Press freedoms watchdog slams Turkish government

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
An organization that monitors freedom of the press is harshly critical of the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a new report, accusing it of waging "one of the world's biggest crackdowns on press freedoms in history." http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/22/world/europe/turkey-press-freedom/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Amazon outage takes down Reddit, Foursquare, others......The risk of Putting all your Eggs in one Basket, actually I wouldn't Bother putting one Egg in that Basket!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
An outage of one of Amazon's cloud computing data centers knocked out popular sites like Reddit, Foursquare Pinterest and TMZ for some users on Monday. In addition to online retail, Amazon rents cloud storage space for clients to store Web data. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/22/tech/web/reddit-goes-down/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Fresh violence in Myanmar leaves mosque, monastery burned

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Fresh sectarian clashes in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine killed three people and left more than 400 houses, a monastery and a mosque burned to the ground, authorities said Tuesday. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/23/world/asia/myanmar-sectarian-clashes/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

United Front Against Austerity Public Assembly in New York City on October 27, 2012

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
*UFAA Public Assembly* October 27, 2012 12-6pmINN World Report 56 Walker Street, NYC | Map About UFAA and the Public Assembly *Austerity – the imminent, existential threat to the American people.* No matter the outcome of the November elections in the US, working families will be thrown over the proverbial “fiscal cliff” in the name of debt and deficits. Cutting Social Security, Medicare and other threads in our fragile social fabric is not only grossly unjust – it won’t work! The so-called “Grand Bargain” threatens to unleash a death spiral of unemployment and poverty which our na... more »

Explosions around Baghdad kill nine

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
[update 6:05 a.m.] The death toll rose to 11 from a series of separate explosions in and around Baghdad Thursday morning. Also 32 people were wounded in the attacks, police said. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/23/explosions-in-and-around-baghdad-kill-at-least-9/?hpt=hp_t3

Fact Check: Is al Qaeda's core decimated or is group growing?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*The claims:* Obama: Al Qaeda's core leadership has been decimated. *The facts:* "Even as al Qaeda's leadership in Pakistan struggles to remain relevant, the terrorist threat we face has become more diverse," Olsen said. "Al Qaeda has turned to other groups to carry out attacks and to advance its ideology. These groups are based in an array of countries, including Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and in Iraq." *The conclusion:* Both claims are true. Al Qaeda's core leadership has been seriously weakened, but the affiliates remain active, particularly in Yemen and North Africa, where the threa... more »

Final Debate: 5 things we learned in final contest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
While foreign policy was the overarching theme, it was no surprise that the domestic economy shared center stage as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each sought to score points on the No. 1 issue of this election. 1. Heated, but measured disagreements 2. It's the economy, stupid 3. Commander-in-chief card 4. America's role in the world 5. Closing arguments http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/23/politics/debate-five-things-we-learned/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

Iran says may stop oil sales if sanctions tighten

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Iran said on Tuesday it would stop oil exports if pressure from Western sanctions got any tighter and it had a "Plan B" contingency strategy to survive without oil revenues. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-iran-oil-idUSBRE89M0EP20121023

Sheila Eubank staged her OWN abduction... because she wanted a day off work

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Attention seeker: Sheila Eubank pretended she had been the victim of a knifepoint kidnapping by a drug dealer She said 'she simply wanted a day off from work and wanted attention.' Eubank was charged with aggravated perjury, a third-degree felony. Bail was set at $10,000. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221400/Sheila-Eubank-staged-OWN-abduction-wanted-day-noticed.html

Firecracker Injures Footballer during a match in Cyprus.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A player and two medics are left writhing in pain after a firecracker explodes on the pitch during a match in Cyprus. http://news.sky.com/story/1001368/cyprus-firecracker-injures-footballer

Tornado hit Sacramento as first storm of winter causes havoc

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The National Weather Service in Sacramento said the tornado hit about 3:15 p.m. near Yuba City, about 40 miles north of Sacramento but damage was minimal. Some wind damage was reported in suburban Elk Grove, just south of Sacramento, although a touchdown was not immediately confirmed there http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221725/Tornado-near-Sacramento-blows-trees-scatters-park-benches-injures-winter-storm-sweeps-Northern-California.html

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 6.0 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 09:39:31 UTC Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 08:39:31 PM at epicenter Location 22.316°S, 171.675°E Depth 127 km (78.9 miles) Region SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS Distances 398 km (247 miles) SE (141°) from Isangel, Vanuatu

Inga Swanson Killed by Police: 'Armed, naked and irrational' walking through woods talking about the 'Antichrist' moments before she was gunned down by off-duty police officers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The incident happened at about 1.15pm in Hernando County, north of Tampa, after the woman began behaving in an odd manner. All these cases, which seem to start or increase around the Summer have several things in Common, * Naked * Acting out of Character (according to friends and Family) * Blamed on Drugs (however different drugs being blamed each time) * Attacking by Biting * Shouting comments based around religion * Resistance to Pain or increased strength What is causing them to act this way? surely if it was the drugs, would they not all be taking the same Drugs? Maybe I am wrong... more »

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 09:33:19 UTC Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 07:33:19 PM at epicenter Location 57.575°S, 148.078°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND Distances 1633 km (1015 miles) S (178°) from Hobart, Australia

Jeremiah Moore Killed by Police in Another Nude Crazed Rampage

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A California man was shot and killed by police in what investigators described Monday as a naked rampage involving two men who broke car windows and set their rented house on fire. Jeremiah Moore, 29, was killed early Sunday after putting a loaded rifle to an officer's stomach, Vallejo police Lt. Lee Horton said. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221726/Police-shoot-naked-drug-addled-man-gay-lover-set-house-smashed-car-windows.html

Twin-engine skydiving plane crashed into a Wisconsin interstate Monday night

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The plane was carrying two unidentified people, a male pilot who refused medical treatment and a female passenger who suffered minor injuries http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221727/Twin-engine-skydiving-plane-crash-lands-interstate-backing-traffic-miles.html

Autumn Pasquale Missing: Frantic search for girl, 12, who disappeared while out riding her bike intensifies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The FBI last night joined police from 40 departments in the hunt for missing Autumn Pasquale, last seen leaving her home in Clayton, Gloucester County, N.J., at 12.10pm on Saturday. She is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall, with eyes and blonde hair. She was wearing navy blue sweatpants, a distinctive yellow T-shirt with the words 'Clayton Soccer' on the front. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221685/Autumn-Pasquale-missing-Frantic-search-Clayton-girl-12-disappeared-riding-bike.html

Revealed: Second U.S. building attacked in Libya terror raid was CIA base . . . as it emerges American drones were circling above but were 'too slow' to act

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
- Second building in Benghazi had previously been described as an 'annexe' - Two SEALs died while defending base a mile away from U.S. consulate - American drones were in the sky above city during deadly September 11 raid The intelligence base, which has previously been described only as a 'safe house', was the building which two Navy SEALs were defending when they died in the terrorist raid. It was around a mile from the consulate where ambassador Chris Stevens and diplomat Sean Smith were killed on the night of September 11. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti... more »

Villagers fed up with drivers blindly following instructions

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Those behind the unofficial tin sign say impatient drivers regularly ignore the 'road closure' notice and instead follow their Sat Nav directions through the ford - even when it is several feet high with water. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221374/Villagers-fed-people-blindly-following-instructions-dangerous-ford-come-novel-deterrent.html

Red Saunders Freed by our OWN System to Attack Children - 'What were magistrates doing?': Judge's fury over convicted paedophile who posed as a babysitter to rape girl, 8, after being spared jail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
- Paedophile Red Saunders was spared jail in 2005 after admitting to molesting a five-year-old girl - Prosecutor and judge stunned that Saunders was 'left free to do it again' six years later - The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences against two children aged seven and eight http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221511/What-magistrates-doing--Judge-s-fury-convicted-paedophile-posed-babysitter-rape-girl-8-spared-jail.html

Bank Bonus Lie: Lloyds dashes hopes it may ban annual bonuses for top staff after saying pay will not be reformed in 'foreseeable future'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
- The FSA is unlikely to publish its report into the failure of HBOS until the Summer at the earliest, it emerged yesterday - The news is a another blow to both shareholders and taxpayers who have suffered indirectly from the reckless lending of HBOS before the credit crunch - Lloyds Banking Group fell to the brink in 2008 after the disastrous takeover of HBOS, receiving a £21bn taxpayer bailout http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221478/Lloyds-ban-annual-bonuses-staff-wake-investor-backlash-greed.html

Donald Trump threatens to drop 'gigantic' bombshell about President Obama on Wednesday

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
This billionaire real estate baron has long been a critic of the President, so much so that Trump himself threatened to run against him earlier in this election cycle. Trump said that he has something 'very, very big' to reveal about Obama http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221390/Donald-Trump-threatens-drop-gigantic-bombshell-President-Obama-Wednesday.html

Britain 'has not tightened its belt in order to fund bigger EU budgets' says Cameron as he demands freeze on spending

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
- Came hours after Germany denied threatening to cancel European Council summit in response to UK demands for EU spending freeze - PM David Cameron had insisted he would not sign up to a 'bad deal' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221389/David-Cameron-Britain-tightened-belt-order-fund-bigger-EU-budgets.html

Panorama reveals BBC suspected Savile of abuse nearly FORTY years ago

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
What the BBC Knew, revealed the late TV presenter was suspected of being a paedophile nearly four decades ago as well as the corporation's controversial decision to pull the Newsnight investigation. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221520/Jimmy-Savile-Panorama-documentary-reveals-BBC-suspected-DJ-sexual-abuse-40-years-ago.html

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.9 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 08:53:38 UTC Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 05:53:38 PM at epicenter Location 29.057°N, 139.261°E Depth 438.5 km (272.5 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 364 km (226 miles) NW (308°) from Chichi-shima, Bonin Islands, Japan

EU "sucks up decision-making:" UK's foreign secretary

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Britain is increasingly disillusioned with the European Union which it sees as a "machine that sucks up decision-making", Britain's foreign secretary said on Tuesday in prepared remarks. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/22/us-britain-europe-hague-idUSBRE89L1MA20121022

Earnings, Spanish downgrades weaken shares, euro

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Lacklustre corporate earnings and a credit rating downgrade of five Spanish regional governments weakened world shares and the euro on Tuesday, while expectations of stimulus in Japan hurt the yen. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-markets-global-idUSBRE88901C20121023

Sectarian spillover threatens Turkish frontier

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
An influx of Syrians fleeing President Bashar al-Assad's military onslaught is stoking tension in an area of Turkey known for religious tolerance and setting Turks who share the Syrian leader's creed against their own government. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/22/us-syria-crisis-turkey-alawites-idUSBRE89L0MM20121022

Monster Energy Drink Probe after death lawsuit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The Food and Drug Administration said that it was investigating reports of five deaths that may be associated with Monster Beverage's energy drink, and the company's shares fell more than 14 percent. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/22/us-monster-lawsuit-idUSBRE89L16G20121022

Japan justice minister quits after "mob ties" scandal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Japan's justice minister quit on Tuesday because of ill health, a cabinet official said, after calls for his resignation over past ties to an organised crime syndicate, dealing another blow to unpopular Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-japan-politics-idUSBRE89M04A20121023

Kuwait bans gatherings of more than 20 people amid protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Kuwait banned gatherings of more than 20 people and gave police more powers to disperse protests, local media reported on Tuesday, in an escalating standoff with the opposition ahead of the December 1 election. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-kuwait-politics-protests-idUSBRE89M0CC20121023

Before meningitis outbreak, firm avoided sanctions.....for 13 Years!! Guess Money does make Problems Disappear

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The pharmacy tied to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak escaped harsh punishment from health regulators several times in the years leading up to a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak that has raised questions about oversight of the customized drug mixing industry, newly released state records show. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-usa-health-meningitis-idUSBRE89M08V20121023

#RoadTrip - sunset over which mountains?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
The snow might be a clue. Or not. [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)

Expect more protests, no regime change in Kuwait:

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
More than 100 protesters and 11 policemen were hurt on Sunday night after a massive anti-government demonstration protesting a controversial amendment to Kuwait's electoral law turned violent. "Unfortunately, we are heading towards the unknown ... http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hL_Vthw81AOdab-SsCPNCkYYzl3w?docId=CNG.6eb94815e1babf849998590e97a79062.781

Taiwan to be sold off to China in pieces....?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 8 hours ago
*Diaoyutai propaganda is everywhere. I think this one, which asks readers to get the government to stiffen its resolve, is from a private association. * AFP reports: Parliament's defence committee passed a resolution from the ruling Kuomintang party calling on security authorities to follow similar moves in the United States and Britain. "The National Security Bureau should work together with the Ministry of Defence and relevant units to conduct a comprehensive evaluation as to which infrastructure items should not be invested (in) by mainland companies," the resolution said. ..... more »

Obama and Romney Spar on foreign policy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Foreign policy was the focus of the third and final debate between US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Here, BBC global news correspondents report on the debate and the verdicts given in their part of the world.Foreign policy was the focus of the third and final debate between US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Here, BBC global news correspondents report on the debate and the verdicts given in their part of the world. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20038723

Offenders to be tracked with GPS

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Hi-tech ankle tags fitted with GPS will be used to track offenders in a raft of sweeping new criminal punishment plans announced by the Justice Secretary on Tuesday. http://www.itn.co.uk/UK/59375/offenders-to-be-tracked-with-gps

Hillsborough police chief 'boasted about smearing fans', Parliament told

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison "boasted" about smearing Liverpool fans in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, a senior Labour MP has claimed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/news/9627294/Hillsborough-police-chief-boasted-about-smearing-fans-Parliament-told.html

Akingide Cole Wanted in Connection with the $1.6M casino chip heist

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Las Vegas police are looking for a 31-year-old Southern California man they believe sneaked into a restricted area of the Venetian resort earlier this month and stole $1.6 million in high-denomination casino chips. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/police-name-suspect-1-6m-205852139.html

Trump's Obama announcement: Real Oct. Surprise ... or Rick Roll?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Trump's surprise started last week, with a cliffhanger of a tweet Friday afternoon: Donald J. Trump ?wrote, "I'll be making a major announcement on President Obama next week - stay tuned!" "It's going to be announced probably on Wednesday. But I have something very, very big concerning the President of the United States," http://news.yahoo.com/donald-trump-octsurprise-add-interest-october-202709592--abc-news-politics.html

Paul Kurtz dies at 86

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Paul Kurtz, who founded an international center devoted to debunking psychics and UFOs and promoting science and reason over what he viewed as religious myths, has died. http://news.yahoo.com/ny-philosopher-popular-skeptic-kurtz-dies-86-161132938.html

Syria peacekeeping contingency plan mulled at UN

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The UN has called for a truce for the festival of Eid al-Adha, which begins on Friday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20034422

Lance Armstrong 'must return Tour de France prize money'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Lance Armstrong will have to repay his Tour de France winnings after being stripped of his seven titles by cycling's governing body. "The UCI rules are clear," he said. "When a rider is disqualified, he must pay the prize money back." http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/20038998

Lee Cyrus Escapes while on Day Release Sparking Manhunt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
He is white, around 5ft 11in and stocky, with cropped hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information can contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222 or speak anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. http://news.sky.com/story/1001256/police-launch-manhunt-for-fugitive-prisoner

'Ku Klux Klan' Attack: Sharmeka Moffitt set her alight in a park in Winnsboro

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A 20-year-old Louisiana woman says three men "wearing white hoods or hats" set her on fire while she was exercising in a park. The FBI is investigating the alleged attack as a possible hate crime. http://news.sky.com/story/1001308/woman-set-on-fire-in-ku-klux-klan-attack

Hacking: Mirror Papers Face Legal Claims

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The Daily Mirror's publishers are being sued over allegations that its journalists hacked celebrities' phones http://news.sky.com/story/1001169/hacking-mirror-papers-face-legal-claims

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.5 Region ICELAND REGION Date time 2012-10-23 05:27:49.1 UTC Location 66.34 N ; 18.64 W Depth 6 km Distance 24 km NE Siglufjörður, Iceland

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN ALOR, INDONESIA - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 05:38:28 UTC Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 01:38:28 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 8.994°S, 124.106°E Depth 103 km (64.0 miles) Region KEPULAUAN ALOR, INDONESIA Distances 64 km (39 miles) NW of Kefamenanu, Indonesia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.8 Region SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS Date time 2012-10-23 04:36:12.2 UTC Location 24.69 S ; 179.79 E Depth 544 km Distance 646 km SW Nuku'alofa

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 00:37:09 UTC Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:37:09 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 39.570°N, 143.027°E Depth 26.5 km (16.5 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 92 km (57 miles) E of Miyako, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 23rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 00:21:11 UTC Monday, October 22, 2012 at 06:21:11 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.215°N, 89.814°W Depth 260.5 km (161.9 miles) Region GUATEMALA Distances 3 km (1 miles) NW of Yupiltepeque, Guatemala

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 22nd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Monday, October 22, 2012 at 23:05:06 UTC Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 08:05:06 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.860°S, 133.972°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA Distances 103 km (64 miles) NNW of Dobo, Indonesia

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 22nd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Monday, October 22, 2012 at 19:23:04 UTC Monday, October 22, 2012 at 10:23:04 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 51.982°N, 175.044°W Depth 71.6 km (44.5 miles) Region ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA Distances 62 km (38 miles) WSW (247°) from Atka, AK

Obama or Carter

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
*Thanks to Theo Spark and PolitiZoid for the video spot.*

Russell Means: Solidarity with Palestinians

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
  "Every policy now the Palestinians are enduring was practiced on the American Indian." Russell Means By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/10/russell-means-solidarity-with.html The life of Russell Means, a warrior for the people, will be celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Kyle, South Dakota. Means' piercing words and clarity of style on

Rise of The Obamney Zombie: The End of The Era of American Leadership?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Obama and Romney are salesmen of a lost empire, upholders of bankrupt myths, zombies of an American apocalypse, and faces of a dying civilization* . "That era of American dominance is drawing to a close as the country's relative power declines, along with its ability to manage global economics and security. This does not mean the United States will go the way of Great Britain during the first half of the twentieth century. As Harvard's Stephen Walt wrote in this magazine last year, it is more accurate to say the "American Era" is nearing its end. For now, and for some time to ... more »

Lance Armstrong Stripped

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
The fact remains that Lance Armstrong's feat was impossible, just as it is presently impossible to withstand modern athletic training without a little help. I know it is still going on because you rarely see lasting hamstring injuries. The protocol is simple. Train to your limit. Use steroids to recover. Repeat. What would be a multi day recovery cycle becomes a few hours recovery cycle. That is just what is necessary to mount a thirty day campaign on the Tour de France. Training to your limit means blowing your muscles out for days. I did it once by pushing my limit in the morn... more »

Alien Cadaver? With Dr. Greer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Dr Greer, who has made himself a center for UFO – ET disclosure is presently working on an apparent corpse of a very small humanoid shaped entity and has been able to collect excellent samples for DNA work. This gives us a second clear DNA sample of a likely alien. The other one is the Starchild. The Starchild is undoubtedly alien by current DNA work. Unless DNA work is done, every feature out of terran synch can be dismissed as a pathological abnormality, however intellectually specious. What is more Dr Greer appears to have resources and media support able to dis... more »

Complex Brains Half a Billion Years Old

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
What this discovery makes clear is that the emergence of a viable multicell evolutionary protocol included the immediate development of the complex brain we know. We are going to find that this is all inevitable and with modest room for structural variation. The brain can be thought of a a sphere of brain cells all sprouting a connecting communication link or two feeding a nerve bundle that connects to all else. It is all very neat and just like our kidney and liver it has been generally conserved. In the meantime complex life as we know it is generally half a billion ... more »

This Is My Mecca

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
I make it pretty plain that I'm a biker. I had my first serious crash in, I think, 1965. '75, '85, '95, '05, what is it now, 2012? I've ridden Europe, N. Africa, most of N. America, a hunk of Central America and a gaggle of island states most of them too small to mention. I've owned Triumphs (Bonneville), Nortons (Atlas & Commando), BSA (Lightning & Spitfire), Matchless, Royal Enfield (Interceptor), Hondas and Yamahas. And, yes, I have seen the inside of an emergency operating room or two although most times I was unconscious and saw nothing. In my geezerdom I ride this, "The B... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
Website for this image... "According to polls, viewer consensus following the first debate suggested Mitt Romney had performed a far more convincing impersonation of someone with real feelings and a capacity for human compassion. "Voters praised the former governor’s ability to conceal his complete social disconnection and underlying hostility behind a wall of colloquial rhetoric and an approximation of warmth they described as 'much more realistic' than Obama’s." Nation Tunes In To See Which Sociopath More Likable "Following Obama’s noticeable hesitancy during the first debate, ... more »

Honoring the Life of Russell Means Oct 24, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Russell Means with Senator Kennedy photo Daniel Luna     Honoring the Life of Russell Means By the family of Russell Means Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com October 22, 2012 Porcupine, SD USA The family of Russell Means invites you to join us in“Honoring the Life of Russell Means." The honoring will highlight his life, leadership and the eternal fire that he re-ignited

'Our Friend' Leonard Peltier remembers Russell Means

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Leonard's Statement for Russell Means   By Leonard Peltier Leonard Peltier Defense Offense CommitteeCensored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Oct. 22, 2012 Greetings my relatives and friends I wish I was there to talk with you in person and share with you the sorrow that I feel with the passing of Russell Means, my brother, my friend, and inspiration on many levels. Russell Means

Cup-stacking: Latest educational break-through?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
According to St. Louis Today, stacking cups as fast as possible “is helping students in the Wentzville School District (Missouri) stay physically and mentally fit” (“Wentzville students stack up competition,” October 17, 2012). The only evidence supplied in the article is the testimony of a fifth-grader who says it helps her memorize, and a physical education teacher who asserts that cup stacking stimulates both sides of the brain. This is apparently good enough for the newspaper. It was also good enough for the ASCD, who included this article in their October 22 SmartBrief review ... more »

Foreign Policy Debate

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
My post is up over at PP -- it's all about Mitt Romney, and the policy gap. As usual, what I did was to post that one quickly, before seeing any reactions at all outside of what I saw on twitter during the debate. I see now that the instapolls are on Barack Obama's side again this time, for whatever that's worth. And the rest of what I saw is mostly supporting that, so it looks as if it was a good night for Obama. We'll see how the polls react (or don't) over the next several days, of course. Too soon to know. I'll say a bit about Obama's performance, since I didn't over there. Pro... more »


One thing was for sure during the final debate – foreign policy was the last thing either of them wanted to actually talk about with both of them trying their hardest to cut back to discussing domestic issues or circle around the really big Middle East issues. As far as Iran was concerned, both agreed that here were ‘red lines’ that could not be crossed. However, neither seemed sure where those ‘red lines’ were; or, if they did, they weren’t saying. Talking of ‘red lines’, it was interesting to hear Obama say that the Egyptians “have to abide by their treaty with Israel. That is a ... more »

Tweetergate? Meatergate? For heaven’s sake, stop her before she Tweets again!

david at Alberta Diary - 12 hours ago
Alberta’s Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith Tweeting “let them eat steaks” over the worldwide web. Injudicious Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The offending Tweet; the real Ms. Smith. Alberta Opposition Leader Memo to Self: Whatever was I thinking? Whoever does Wildrose Party Leader Danielle “Marie Antoinette” Smith’s Tweeting for her – ... more »

Christy Clark, British Columbia`s National Embarrassment

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 12 hours ago
I have no words that can truly describe Christy the smirk Clark, however there are a few words that come to mind.. Fake, a phony, all over the map... It`s no wonder Adrian Dix has a 35% percentage point lead among female voters, but among men....5% percentage point lead... My only question is.... Hello men, none of you are ever going to bed Christy Clark but believe me, it ain`t worth it, a blow up doll has more brain cells than Christy Clark, are you serious?... Sheesh.. The below link brings you to a stunningly shocking video from tonight`s CBC National featuring Christy Clark... more »

‘IDF may need to re-enter Gaza soon,’ colonel says: Because those last dozen beatdowns just weren't enough

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago

North Korea placed on nation-wide defense alert; every abled body worker routed to anti-aircraft and evacuation defense training as emergency rations are distributed to citzens

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*More info here on developing situation:* http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&num=9939

"A Look Towards The Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
“Normal cloud bottoms are flat. This is because moist warm air that rises and cools will condense into water droplets at a specific temperature, which usually corresponds to a very specific height. As water droplets grow, an opaque cloud forms. Under some conditions, however, cloud pockets can develop that contain large droplets of water or ice that fall into clear air as they evaporate. Such pockets may occur in turbulent air near a thunderstorm. *Click image for larger size. * Resulting mammatus clouds can appear especially dramatic if sunlit from the side. These mammatus clou... more »

Chet Raymo, "The New Year's Eve We Did The Town

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"The New Year's Eve We Did The Town, * *The Day We Tore The Goalpost Down..."* by Chet Raymo "There are lots of advantages about still being with the woman I married 54 years ago. One of them is supplementary memory. Of our long time together, she remembers some things, and I remember others. A psychologist could probably have a jolly good time sussing out the reasons why some things stick and others slip away. Do men and women remember different things? Do A and B type personalities squirrel away different snippets from the past (me A, she B)? Do visual and aural types remembe... more »

Sometimes I Get It Right

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 12 hours ago
I'll admit I'm quite liking this whole home ownership thing. I like being able to make changes and fix things up to suit my liking. While my mind is full of ideas I must admit I'm not exactly a handyman but I think I've done pretty good so far. With the long hours I worked this summer, most of my outdoor projects, like the gazebo, wine bar and Japanese garden didn't materialize as planned (keeping the grass cut and the weeds in check was a task in itself) but I suppose there's always next year. One thing I do struggle with is color coordination and trying to visualize the end re... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 13 hours ago
These debates are quite revealing at the level of contempt both parties have for the intelligence of the American public. We are presented yet again with the choice between lessor of two evils. And it all depends on some contrived politics of left and right. Our battle is not with our brothers of different opinions, its with those who set this false agenda of non-change and central control. Its this kind of thing in the American culture that caused me to create the name for this blog. This is all pro forma dance of lies in an American Kabuki theater of American politics. T... more »

Please Help Us Today

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
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The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

A Busful Of Right-Wing Clowns

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Friday the American Federation of Teachers kicked off a multistate election bus tour in Cincinnati, which traveled up to Toledo and Cleveland. The "Your Vote-Your Right-Their Futures" tour is on the way through the Northeast and down to Florida and is meant to build excitement around re-electing Obama and other pro-worker candidates. The AFT is highlighting the on-the-ground organizing, volunteer mobilization, member-to-member communication and get-out-the-vote efforts. But the AFT bus isn't the only one campaigning up and down the highways of America. The Romney campaign has a cl... more »

Obama To Romney: "We Also Have Fewer Horses And Bayonets"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
*Source of photo*. Romney = Big, Clumsy Power. Obama = Smart, Efficient Power. Romney's ignorance about the dramatic changes in warfare and the economic consequences of military overspending speaks volumes. I'm not defending Obama, but at least he knows enough to say that building more ships will not strengthen America. At least he shows common sense about this issue. America needs new underwater drones to deal with Iranian mines if a war breaks out, not more ships. Both candidates would've served America and the world better if they laid out the consequences of a war between... more »

“WARNING: Radiation Fear-Mongering And Health”; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*A Comment: *Ok, first thing folks, do not panic*.* We simply don't have enough factual information now and need additional information from confirmed sources to determine exactly what has, or has not, happened at Fukushima. Meanwhile this article was posted here on March 3, 2011, and obviously would not reflect current reality if the worst case proves to be true, but it does contain good information you should consider. - CP *“WARNING: Radiation Fear-Mongering And Health”* by Karl Denninger "There are a bunch of scare-mongers flying around right now on the Internet claiming t... more »

3 Loose Shingles to Blow the Roof off Global Corporate Oligarchy

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 14 hours ago
Organic food, file sharing, and alternative media dealing fatal blows to global corporate oligarchy. *by Tony Cartalucci * *October 23, 2012* - Sun Tzu, author of the ancient and enduring strategy treatise, "The Art of War," once said: *Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downward. So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak. Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is fac... more »

Indigenous: REDD is a manipulation of the sacred

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
  REDD is a manipulation of the sacred. Click to enlarge. Please share. --Censored News

#RoadTrip : And where am I now?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 14 hours ago
NB: Obvious answers like "in the pooh" should be avoided. [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)

US leads world in downloading scientific articles: Evidence against the “STEM crisis”

skrashen at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
US leads world in downloading scientific articles: Evidence against the “STEM crisis” Stephen Krashen Wang et al (2012) calculated the number of scientific articles downloaded over a 24 hour period (April 12, 2012) by individual country. Here are the top ten, with the number downloaded and the country’s share of the total, from Wang et. al. table 1. United States: 61,361 (29.62%) Germany 31,122 (15.02%) China 19, 826 (9.57%) UK 8066 (3.89%) Japan 6915 (3.34%) Canada 6752 (3.26%) Australia 6020 (2.91%) India 5552 (2.68%) France 4880 (2.36%) South Korea 4630 (2.23%) The US was the clea... more »

Update: "Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools Exploded, On Fire Now Exploded, Radiation Levels Spiking Massively"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*Update, *8:30 PM, mountain time. I've tried sourcing this information and there's nothing really conclusive to prove or disprove the assertions in the article below. The real problem is that we're so used to the never-ending outright lies from the government and corporations that it makes it nearly impossible at times to know what the truth is, and in this case, what's written in the article is highly plausible based on what we do know. There's no absolute "Truth", folks, though I do my best to find the closest available version of it for you. But as I've told you many times ... more »

Every American household now owes $10,090 to China

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago

Tribes add potent voice against plan for Northwest U.S. coal terminals

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 16 hours ago
[image: Chuck Boyer operated a skiff that brought people from their fishing boats to shore to watch speeches during a protest against the building of North America's largest coal terminal at Cherry Point, Washington, 11 October 2012. Paul Anderson for The New York Times] By KIRK JOHNSON 11 October 2012 FERNDALE, Washington – At age 94, Mary Helen Cagey, an elder of the Lummi Indian tribe, has seen a lot of yesterdays. Some are ripe for fond reminiscence, like the herring that used to run rich in the waters here in the nation’s upper-left margin, near the border with Canada. Others... more »

Mitt Romney goes into the "Prevent Defense"

MrArbitrage at Table Of Wisdom.com - 16 hours ago
It is unbelievable that Mitt Romney did not answer a direct question teed up for him by the moderator *Bob Schieffer* - regarding the question of whether Obama mislead the American people over the unmitigated debacle and possible treason that was *Benghazi*. He gave Romney an open end question, inviting him to address the Libya debacle. Romney chose to ignore the question and instead recite a monologue that sounded like a canned political speech. Romney then allowed Obama to interrupt him and take over the question that was actually posed to himself - not Obama. It became eviden... more »

Satire: “Romney Supports Woman’s Right to Choose What She Makes for Dinner”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
* “Romney Supports Woman’s Right to Choose What She Makes for Dinner”* by Andy Borowitz BOCA RATON, Fla. (The Borowitz Report)— “With just hours to go until the third and final Presidential debate, Republican nominee Mitt Romney today voiced his support “for a woman’s most precious right: to choose what she makes for dinner.” In a bid designed to close the gender gap in the race, the former Massachusetts Governor pledged “on Day One” to give women full control over meal planning and preparation. “Pot roast, meatloaf, duck a l’orange—as long as it’s piping hot and on the table whe... more »

More greenhouse gas per grain of rice

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 16 hours ago
[image: Effects of warming on rice yield and CH4 emissions versus the control temperatures in warming experiments. a, The normalized effect of warming on rice yield (ln RTN) versus the control temperature in the warming experiment. ln RTN is significantly correlated with the control temperature (r2 = 0.30,p<0.01). b, The normalized effect of warming on yield-scaled CH4 emissions (ln RTN) versus the control temperature. ln RTN is significantly correlated with the control temperature (r2 = 0.45, p = 0.01). Groenigen, et al., 2012]22 October 2012 (Trinity College Dublin) – More carbo... more »

Last debate 2012

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 16 hours ago
Didn't realize Bob Schieffer was moderating, gah! To the extent I'm watching, I'll be on the twitter, tweeting notes to myself. You can watch it on the little ticker down the sidebar if you care. [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

Maybe deficit hawks believe our "unemployment problem" is that we don't have ENOUGH of it

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*If only the right-wing kooks listened to NPR occasionally, they'd know how many friends they have there.* *by Ken* Sometimes you have to wish the Crazy Critters of the Combined Crackpot-Thug Right could be induced to pay at least occasional visits to reality. Take the case of Crackpot-Thugs vs. Public Broadcasting. Because the dimwits and liars have no idea what actually goes on on either public radio or public television, they have no idea how much of it would gladden the heart of even the most heartless oligarch. Consider this cautionary tale offered today by economist Dean Bak... more »

Larry King to Moderate Third-Party Presidential Debate

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
Free and Equal Elections Foundation, the only organization offering a platform to every major candidate, today announced that Larry King, host of Larry King Now on Hulu.com and Ora TV, will serve as moderator for its special 2012 Presidential debate. Hosted by Free and Equal, this debate will take place on October 23 at 9:00pm EDT at the Hilton Chicago. Ora TV, Russia Today, Global Political Awakening and the Free and Equal Elections Foundation will broadcast the debate live on the Internet. Click Here To RSVP For This Historic Event The Free and Equal Elections Foundation has as... more »

Sometimes The REAL Truth Does Leak Out: Greece Is NOT Poor - It Actually Has Massive Untapped Reserves Of Gold, Oil, And Natural Gas!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 17 hours ago
For the longest times the LIARS in the mainstream media have talked about the "plight" of Greece and how that "poor" nation must accept criminal Jewish Rothschild "austerity" measures to save itself from economic disaster. I have long called on the Greek people to never accept these criminal measures, because it will mean perpetual debt enslavement to these criminals! I came across a most interesting article that I want to share with my readers in my own blog. It comes from the website: "The Economic Collapse" at www.theeconomiccollapseblog.com, and is entitled: "Greece Is Not Po... more »

The Paradoxical Comandments

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 17 hours ago
*The Paradoxical Commandments* *by Dr. Kent M. Keith* *People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.* *Love them anyway.* *If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.* *Do good anyway.* *If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.* *Succeed anyway.* *The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.* *Do good anyway.* *Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.* *Be honest and frank anyway.* *The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.* *Think big anyway.* *... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver : George McGovern, the Most Decent Man in Politics

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 17 hours ago
George McGovern during the 1972 presidential campaign. Photo from SIPA / REX. George McGovern: The most decent man in politics McGovern, who flew 35 missions as pilot of a B-24, took what he had learned in those deadly skies and put it into his politics, caring for his country the way he cared for his crew... By Thomas McKelvey Cleaver / The Rag Blog / October 22, 2012 In 1972, my

Ron Jacobs : Reflecting on George McGovern

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 18 hours ago
Former presidential candidate and Sen. George McGovern in 2007. Photo by Tim Sloan / AFP / Getty Images.. Come home, America: Reflecting on George McGovern I was a senior in high school in 1972. I listened to his acceptance speech while working my summer job and campaigned for McGovern on the military base where my school was located. By Ron Jacobs / The Rag Blog / October 22, 2012 Like

Republicans – Political Terrorists

2old2care at Because I Can - 18 hours ago
I spend my days in “shock and awe". It is amazing what the Republicans are capable of doing. It is amazing that everyday Republicans support this. Absolutely f#cking amazes me. *THEY LIE* *At Last Night’s Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes* *At Last Night’s Debate: Romney Told 31 Myths In 41 Minutes* *6 Worst Lies In Paul Ryan’s Speech* *At The Vice Presidential Debate: Ryan Told 24 Myths In 40 Minutes* *How Paul Ryan Pretended To Volunteer At A Soup Kitchen* *THEY STEAL** * *The Voter Fraud Myth ** * * Voter ID: Democracy Turned Upside Down* * * * * *Pennsylvania New... more »

Mischaracterizations of the L'Aquila Lawsuit Verdict

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 18 hours ago
Today in Italy 6 scientists were convicted of manslaughter in an Italian court based on their provision of allegedly faulty information. *Nature*reports : At the end of a 13-month trial, six scientists and one government official have been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison. The verdict was based on how they assessed and communicated risk before the earthquake that hit the city of L'Aquila on 6 April 2009, killing 309 people. There is a popular misconception in circulation that the guilty verdict was based on the scientists' failure to accurately for... more »

The Whale That Talked

The real NOC. Photo courtesy: Discover Magazine “Who told me to get out?” asked a diver, surfacing from a tank in which a whale named NOC lived. The beluga’s caretakers had heard what sounded like garbled phrases emanating from the enclosure before, and it suddenly dawned on them that the whale might be imitating the voices of his human handlers. The outbursts — described today in Current Biology and originally at a 1985 conference — began in 1984 and lasted for about four years, until NOC hit sexual maturity, says Sam Ridgway, a marine biologist at National Marine Mammal Foundatio... more »

SaLuSa, October 22, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 18 hours ago
*Mike Quinsey - SaLuSa, October 22, 2012 * SaLuSa, October 22, 2012 We are pleased to see you demonstrating for your rights, which is a timely reminder to your authorities that they are in their positions to serve you the people. The number of good hearted souls amongst them are few and far between, and that is why far reaching changes have to take place. If your representatives are not keeping to their oath, then they can have no complaint when they are removed. The problem is that corruption and greed spreads like a cancer and before long is accepted as a normal way of worki... more »


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 18 hours ago
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Asking too many questions at doctor's office can earn you a penalty fee: That's right, shut up and take your pills

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 19 hours ago
------------------------------ MCM interviewed by RT’s Abby Martin, on election fraud! http://youtu.be/74fWsn8BLts Original Here “Abby Martin talks to Mark Crispin Miller, NYU Professor & Author of ‘Fooled Again’” *Please post your comments at the source: http://youtu.be/74fWsn8BLts* Related Posts: - 8 arrested in Wisconsin Capitol for holding signs - Panel on “The Crushing Burden of Debt,” w/ Pamela Brown, George Caffentzis, Anya Kamenetz, Andrew Ross (VIDEO) - Did Romney cheat as well as ... more »

56 Leonard Street

All photos courtesy: 56 Leonard Tribeca/Promotional images Five years ago Lloyd Alter of TreeHugger.com complained about Herzog and de Meuron's design for 56 Leonard St. in the Tribeca district of New York City, particularly how hard it was going to be to clean the windows. He thought that it signified the end of the condo boom in Condo Design Jumps the Shark. Sure enough, the crash came and the project went away. Now it is back, and so are his concerns. Only this time it is much more than just the window washing. Ever since David Owen wrote the Green Metropolis, followed closely b... more »

Génération Identitaire take a stand against the destruction of France

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 19 hours ago
Génération Identitaire is a group of concerned French men and women who are heartily sick of seeing their country destroyed by treacherous politicians and parasitic outsiders. Unlike their counterparts across the English Channel, Génération Identitaire is a group of action. In Poitiers, the enemies of France are pouring vast amounts of money at the immigrant population, by building them a new mosque. In contrast with the shameful behaviour of the pro-indigenous groups in the UK, who lamely march near to areas with completed mosques (although not that near!), the activists of Géné... more »

An attack on Iran and the role of Georgia?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 19 hours ago
Lets enjoy the little video first, with thanks to Freethinker for leaving the link! Don’t know how I missed this?! If anyone still doubts that false flags are the norm... And, they are the norm. False flags are not the exception. The "exception" myth is promoted same as the "few bad apples" spin. When the reality is false flags are the norm and there are way more then a "few bad apples" There are bushels full of them. As Patrick Clawson recounts some of the most infamous false flags, couldn't help but notice he left out 9/11. Wonder why? To close to Israel? After his stroll down memor... more »

"Stellar Wind: Big Brother Goes Live September 2013"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“'We Are This Far From A Turnkey Totalitarian State' - * *Big Brother Goes Live September 2013" * by Tyler Durden "George Orwell was right. He was just 30 years early. In its April cover story, Wired has an exclusive report on the NSA's Utah Data Center, which is a must read for anyone who believes any privacy is still a possibility in the United States: "A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from s... more »

Gila River youths halt destructive Loop 202 plan

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 19 hours ago
  Under the watchful eye of engaged youth and concerned GRIC members, Pangea and the PLA's “City Concept” plan was halted by tribal council   By GRIC AGAINST 202 Contact: gricagainst202@gmail.com Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com SACATON, Ariz. --  At the October 17, 2012 Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) Tribal Council session, Pangea, LLC and the Pecos Landowners

Apache woman terminally ill evicted from home in Orange County

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 20 hours ago
Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com According to Niko Black, Apache Nation and terminally ill with cancer, she was illegally evicted from her home by the Orange County Sheriff's Department on October 10th, 2012. Listen to her testify about the Orange County Sheriff's department violation of the federal court order posted on her front door and in her possession

Only 44?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 20 hours ago
Only 44? That was my first reaction to the announcement that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe had agreed to send 44 observers from its human rights office to monitor America's elections this year. *The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and the ACLU, among other groups, warned this month in a letter to Daan Everts, a senior official with OSCE, of “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”* * “They [will] observe the overall election pro... more »

“The Secrets of Room 641A”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*“The Secrets of Room 641A”* by Dave Gonigam “They might as well come in and lock my doors… shut me down,” says Patti McKee, owner of a thrift store in Spartanburg, S.C. “Everything in here is made in China!” Your yard sale? That’s at risk too. And the stuff you sell on Craigslist - or if you’re still old school, the newspaper classifieds. Our investigation into the multifront War on You continues this morning, kicking off another week of market uncertainty… prior to the election. The Supreme Court got back to work in October after its customary three-month break. The cases maki... more »

Big Lie About Romney Being a Detail Guy & Smoking Out Mitt

The rightwing bought-and-paid-for polls (and pols) say that Rmoney is closing in on Obama. I guess they are getting what they paid for. But will we? Romney the Detail Man? Robert Reich Saturday, October 20, 2012 The so-called “mainstream media” (aka The New York Times) is constantly being assailed by Republicans and the right for their supposedly liberal slant. Yet another convenient

Billboards In Rural Wisconsin

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 20 hours ago
During primary season, Blue America fracking billboards in northeastern Pennsylvania helped end the disgraceful career of corrupt Blue Dog Tim Holden. Right now, just south of there we have a couple of sleek mobile billboards driving all around Reading, Lancaster, Ephrata, Coatesville, Elizabethtown, Millersville, Mt. Joy, Lititz and everywhere else in PA-16, where Aryanna Strader is putting up a valiant fight against bigot and anti-Choice fanatic Joe Pitts. And on the West Coast, we have a pair of billboards driving all over Santa Clarita, the Antelope Valley and Simi Valley help... more »

Will there be a coup d'état in the US during the next couple of weeks?

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 20 hours ago
Will there be a coup d'état in the US during the next couple of weeks? Posted by Benjamin Fulford October 22, 2012 The people in charge at the US agencies and military know the presidential election scheduled for November 8th will be a fraud and a sham no matter what the outcome. That is why many reliable sources are saying US militias and reserve troops were put on alert last week. They have either started to mobilize either to pre-empt the elections and put the Joint Chiefs of Staff in charge of an interim government or to get ready to act in anticipation of post-election v... more »
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