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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

24 October - Blogs I'm Following II

Benjamin Netanyahu - World Economic Forum Annu...Benjamin Netanyahu - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009 (Photo credit: World Economic Forum)
President George W. Bush stands with Mrs. Laur...President George W. Bush stands with Mrs. Laura Bush and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove on the South Lawn Monday, August 13, 2007, shortly after his longtime friend and senior advisor announced his resignation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Karl Rove Assistant to the President,...English: Karl Rove Assistant to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Karl Rove's Electronic Empire Of Fraud

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 minutes ago
Jim March Jill Simpson Jill Simpson and Jim March are election integrity researchers who have traveled the country documenting the various elements of Rove's electronic election fraud network, guided by Ms. Simpson's past as a volunteer GOP operative directly under Karl Rove. Jim March is a specialist in electronic voting systems and one of Bev Harris' supporters at BlackBoxVoting.org. Together they have produced the first “big picture” outline of what the total election fraud network looks like, at least as connected to Karl Rove (which is most of it). They are particularly conc... more »


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said in a statement that the recent round of tit-for-tat violence between Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip and Israel was ‘not started by the Israelis’. This is a blatant lie. This latest round of violence has escalated as a direct result of Israeli provocation on Sunday, 21 October 2012, when the Israelis attempted a targeted assassination of two Palestinians, Talat Jarbi and Mohammad Maqawi, who were riding a motorbike near Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Such actions by the Israelis are designed to deliberately provoke Palestinian re... more »

Because Just One Todd Akin In The Senate GOP Circus Isn't Enough?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 25 minutes ago
The Republican War Against Women is gearing up in the final thrust towards November. Let me just say from the outset that Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is the worst incumbent Senate Democrat running for reelection and that Joe Donnelly (Blue Dog-IN) is easily the worst House Democrat hoping to get into the Senate. Both vote with the Republicans on crucial issues as a matter of course. Both are cowardly, craven, corporate oriented... the worst the Democratic Party has to offer. There's no circumstance I would vote for either, regardless of how horrible their opponent was. And in both ca... more »

Libyan Forces Now Control Restive Town, Officials Say

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 29 minutes ago
Officials in Libya said on Wednesday that government forces had taken control of the western town of Bani Walid, after a deadly assault that lasted almost a week and led to accusations that the country’s new government was using indiscriminate force to punish a restive city. At least 22 people were killed and hundreds were wounded as militias nominally under the government’s control shelled Bani Walid http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/25/world/africa/libyan-forces-now-control-bani-walid-officials-say.html?_r=0

Hurricane Sandy Brings Heavy Flooding To Jamaica

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 38 minutes ago
Curfews were imposed on 80 communities in an attempt to prevent the looting which has followed previous storms. Residents reported widespread power outages, flooded streets and some severely damaged homes. http://news.sky.com/story/1002376/hurricane-sandy-brings-heavy-flooding-to-jamaica

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 25th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 38 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 01:39:42 UTC Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:39:42 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 6.319°S, 130.430°E Depth 142.8 km (88.7 miles) Region BANDA SEA Distances 205 km (127 miles) NNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 24th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 38 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 22:12:02 UTC Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 06:12:02 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 0.085°N, 123.564°E Depth 137.3 km (85.3 miles) Region MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA Distances 50 km (31 miles) SE of Bilungala, Indonesia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SALTA, ARGENTINA - 24th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 22:05:50 UTC Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 07:05:50 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 22.821°S, 63.751°W Depth 523.1 km (325.1 miles) Region SALTA, ARGENTINA Distances 25 km (15 miles) SSE of General Enrique Mosconi, Argentina

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 24th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 49 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 21:19:47 UTC Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 07:19:47 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.420°S, 151.861°E Depth 47.7 km (29.6 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 126 km (78 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 51 minutes ago
Saludos/Saludes: Good news regarding Crystal Terriquez. We have found a lawyer who will petition to set aside the guilty verdicts of the five of us who were found guilty in May 2010 for trespassing against the state building in Tucson, after Gov. Jan Brewer signed the anti-Ethnic Studies HB 2281. Specifically and most urgent is Crystal’s situation as she has lost her job as a direct result of that arrest, 2 1/2 years after the fact. Crystal, second from left She, like other young women in this community, truly is a heroic figure who has stood up to the state in defense of Raza Stud... more »

Important Health News: Letter To An Unvaccinated Son

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
As I have stated in previous articles, the proof is now coming out loud and clear that vaccines absolutely do not work. The fact is that in most cases the chemicals in vaccines are proving to be much more dangerous and deadly than the diseases that these vaccines are supposed to combat! For this article, I want to present a very interesting article that comes from the Intelhub website, at www.theintelhub.com, entitled: " Letter To An Unvaccinated Son" for all of my readers to view right here. I have that article right here for all of my readers to view right here, and of course m... more »

About that Voting Machine Company Tied to Mitt Romney and Bain Capital…

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 hour ago
Global Research Brad Friedman [image: romney-phoenix_gi_top]Late last month, Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis at FreePress.org broke the story of the Mitt Romney/Bain Capital investment team involved in H.I.G. Capital which, in July of 2011, completed a “strategic investment” to take over a fair share of the Austin-based e-voting machine company Hart Intercivic. “Several tanker trucks full of political ink have been spilled on Mitt Romney’s tenure as a vulture capitalist at Bain Capital,” Bello and Fitrakis wrote. “A more important story, however, is the fact that Bain alumni, now ra... more »

Muslim, Jewish, And Western Leaders Attack Free Speech, Dissent Through The U.N.

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
What is political Islam? It is a prison for the soul and mind, *financed and publicized* by the CIA, MI6, and other Western intelligence agencies. What is Zionism? It is a totalitarian, terroristic, and racist political movement that will be responsible for a holocaust* *of Palestinians and Muslims in this century. What is America? It is a slave and a tyrant at the same time, a deluded empire. What is Iran? It is a nation that only exists to fight, conquer, and be conquered. What is Saudi Arabia? It is a stupid and servile country that is literally run by apes who belong to an ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“The large stellar association cataloged as NGC 206 is nestled within the dusty arms of neighboring spiral galaxy Andromeda (M31), 2.5 million light-years distant. *Click image for larger size. * Seen near the center of this gorgeous close-up of the southwestern extent of Andromeda's disk, the bright, blue stars of NGC 206 indicate its youth. Its youngest massive stars are less than 10 million years old. Much larger than the clusters of young stars in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy known as open or galactic clusters, NGC 206 spans about 4,000 light-years. That's comparable in ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Deus Absconditus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Deus Absconditus”* by Chet Raymo “OK, we live in a universe of 100 billion galaxies, at least, and that fact- as facty as these things get- should smack us down when we start spouting off about the meaning of it all. And don't overlook the facty fact that we don’t even know what 96 percent of the universe is made of. Dark matter. Dark energy. Dark glass (as in "through a"). All I have to do is flip through any weekly issue of "Science" or "Nature" to be reminded of what I don't know, a sea of ignorance so wide and so deep I’ll never swim across, a glass so dark I’ll never see th... more »

"The Solitude Of Nature"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"The Solitude Of Nature" * by Dzigar Kongtrul "The solitude of nature sometimes brings a touch of melancholy or sadness to the mind. Alone with the trees and wind and the birds, ants, and wild animals, you naturally begin to reflect more deeply. As your view of what is meaningful becomes more vast, your sense of melancholy deepens. You may notice something ironic: sitting quietly alone, you may feel less isolated from the world than you do when you're busily engaged in the hustle and bustle of your everyday lives. ․ Some people feel a strong attraction to this unfamiliar f... more »

"An Old Farmer's Advice"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"An Old Farmer's Advice" Author Unknown "* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong. * Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance. * Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. * A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. * Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled. * Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight. * Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads. * Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. * It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge. * You cannot unsay a cruel word. * Every path has a ... more »

Despite bike and transit gains, 84 percent of Portland region's trips still by car: Metro study

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Oregon Live Joeseph Rose [image: Portland metro traffic study] Despite significant investments in transit and bike systems, the overall number of trips taken in automobiles in the Portland metro area has barely decreased in the past two decades, according to a new transportation study. Whether it's the daily work commute or a quick dash to the supermarket, people choose to drive about 84 percent of the time, the Metro household survey shows. That's a downward shift of just 3.6 percent since 1994, the last time the regional government conducted a comprehensive survey of household tr... more »

Drawn to the Flame

Wit's End - 2 hours ago
Doc came home...finally. A short trip to the doctor's office for a diagnostic test, expected to reveal nothing serious, turned into a three-week hospital saga. I literally felt the blood drain from my face down to my neck when the surgeon said, "...his heart is 99% blocked and it's a miracle he's not dead". I thought that was a turn of phrase, not a physical phenomena! Now it's time for him to take it easy and recuperate. I had no inkling of how overwhelming "elder care" can be, to say nothing of the distinctly unwelcome emotional roller coaster that ensues from proximity to a ... more »

The Poet: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "What If?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"What If?" * "What if you slept? And what if, In your sleep You dreamed? And what if, In your dream, You went to heaven And there plucked A strange and Beautiful flower? And what if, When you awoke, You had the flower In your hand? ... Ah, what then?" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Avoiding the Center: Hovering Around the Sun"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Avoiding the Center: Hovering Around the Sun"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Quiet time each day is so important, but many are so out of practice that it’s almost unnerving to be in stillness. It’s funny to imagine our lives as something we spend a lot of time avoiding, because it seems like that would be impossible to do. Our lives consist of everything we engage in, from showering to sleeping, but also a lot of busy work that distracts us and keeps us from looking at our lives. Experiencing our life from the inside means taking time each day to simply be alone and quiet in ... more »

"The Consequences of Fear"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"The Consequences of Fear"* by May’s Closet "* Worry is a mechanism of our psyche that prompts us to do something. The prompting energy is fear – usually fear of some consequence. Because it is fear, the person tends to avoid thinking about it. Thus worry tends to perpetuate itself in a circular way – the fear causes non-action, and non-action further causes worry. * Anxiety is a fear whose object is nonspecific or vague, whereas worry is about something specific and identified. Anxiety is the result of repeated unprocessed fears that have accumulated in one’s subconscious. ... more »

"In the Zone of the Homeless"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"In the Zone of the Homeless"* by Michael Doliner "I am living in the middle of the produce district in Los Angeles. Every morning trucks beeping and backing up wake me, especially the trucks dragging away the full dumpster and sliding in the empty one. Nearby are the toy, flower, and fabric districts. Also, spread among them, is what can only be called the homelessness district. From Olympic over to Fifth street, from Towne to Wall, large numbers of the homeless, their shopping carts piled with whatnot, shuffle about or simply collapse on the street. They are, apparently, comp... more »

Step right up and vote for that "transparent faker" Willard Inc. and the unknowable contents of his campaign Mystery Box

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Uh-uh, no peeking! You're not supposed to know what your next president is hiding in his Mystery Box. That's the whole idea. The thing is, you don't need to know.* *"Everyone could see [Romney] was a faker and could accept that because he was such a transparent faker. It's the polished faker who scares politicians, master fakers like Bill Clinton and Lyndon Johnson."* *-- Russell Baker, in his contribution to NYRB's election symposium in the November 8 issue* *"Here is the Romney strategy: since you don't like what you've got, vote for what you haven't got. Whatever it is you have... more »

NATO Using Al Qaeda Rat Lines to Flood Syria With Foreign Terrorists

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 3 hours ago
2007-2008 US West Point reports reveal Al Qaeda network behind NATO's so-called "freedom fighters." Extremists in Syria were behind Iraq War foreign terrorist influx, not Syrian government. *by Tony Cartalucci* *October 25, 2012* - The discredited and now obscure, defected Syrian ambassador Nawaf Fares, had claimed mid-summer of 2012 that the Syrian government had been behind the influx of foreign terrorists that entered Iraq during the later phases of the US-British occupation of Iraq. These terrorists took part in campaigns of sectarian-driven violence that divided and destroyed a... more »

TMZ Outs the Mormonstrosity

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 3 hours ago
Gossip shop, TMZ, says Mitch Romney may have lied under oath in a divorce trial to help a buddy and screw that buddy's wife out of big bucks. *Mitt Romney LIED under oath when he testified in the divorce of his good friend and screwed the friend's wife out of a lot of money in the process ... so claims the ex-wife of Staples' founder Tom Stemberg. Multiple sources connected with the divorce tell TMZ ... during Tom's uber nasty divorce case with ex-wife Maureen, Mitt Romney gave a deposition and testified during the trial that Staples was worth virtually nothing. Romney testified tha... more »

Canada's Funeral Homes Have To Subsidize Many Veterans Funerals Because The Harper Gov't Won't

leftdog at Buckdog - 3 hours ago
*"The Harper Government is dedicated to supporting the brave men and women in uniform who defend our country and help keep us safe."* Conservative Party of Canada *Oh .... really ?????* * **Canadian funeral directors say they’re paying to bury war vets* *OTTAWA — Canadian funeral directors say they’re routinely subsidizing the burials of this country’s most impoverished war veterans because the federal government pays so little for the service. Veterans Affairs Canada provides eligible veterans with up to $3,600 for funeral services through the Last Post Fund.* * **But that amount... more »

Don't Forget, It's Mine. You May, However, Borrow Freely

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 4 hours ago
I've coined a new word, *Mormonstrosity*, to refer to the unfit-for-prime-time, Republican presidential candidate, Mitch Romney. My creative instincts were piqued when I read of Romney's assertion that, "*Syria is Iran's only ally in the Arab world. It's their route to the sea. It's the route for them to arm Hezbollah in Lebanon, which threatens, of course, our ally, Israel*." As this map published in HuffPo illustrates, the *Mormonstrosity* doesn't have a freaking clue about the Middle East. For starters, Saudi Arabia, lies directly between Iran and Syria. And Iran's has ... more »

Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense shield proven ineffective as only 8 out of 80 missiles (10%) launched from Gaza were shot down during latest barrage, no match for Iranian missile forces should they be unleashed, a worrying development

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
http://israelmatzav.blogspot.ca/2011/10/rockets-fired-from-gaza-on-israels.html *Matt's thoughts:* As you can see by this clip (filmed in Gaza), the rockets being fired can be unleashed rapidly and plentifully. There are currently tens of thousands of these and similar projectiles currently aimed at Israel, rendering the Iron Dome propaganda-tool mostly useless. This is very dangerous for Israel, and will require a significant number of preemptive airstrikes on missile stockpiles (as was successfully done during the last incursion into Lebanon) and / or possibly a repeat of Operatio... more »

Russell Means Memorial Livestream

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
WATCH NOW http://www.littlewound.us/mustang_video/liveStream.html The memorial will continue until midnight Now on Pine Ridge: Remembering Russell, Warrior for the People By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com   Russell Means, warrior for the people, is being honored tonight on Pine Ridge by his family, leaders of the American Indian Movement, friends

Noble Gas Plasma Engine to Revealed at Power-Gen Conference, Orlando Florida, Dec 11, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
Noble Gas Plasma Engine to Revealed at Power-Gen Conference, Orlando Florida, Dec 11, 2012 October 23, 2012 The Noble gas Engine will be revealed to the World on Dec. 11, 2012 at the Power-Gen conference in Orlando Florida. Inteligentry, TPT, and Plasmerg will have 6 booths in the conference along with companies manufacturing the engine or selling products using the Noble gas engine. On display will be an engine running a generator/alternator. Since the engine neither consumes fuel or expells waste, it* *can be run inside. It has no intake or exhaust.* * The engine on display w... more »


The civil war in Syria and the subsequent realignment of alliances between Iran and Hamas in the Gaza Strip may well have resulted in Israel readjusting its strategic war plans. Up until recently, Israel had planned on using its attack against Iran as an opportunity to attack both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza on the pretext that such attacks would be necessary to pre-empt retaliatory strikes from Hezbollah and Hamas against Israel. In March 2012, however, Hamas announced that it would not support Iran if Israel attacked Iran. This effectively changed Israel’s game plan... more »

Friday Baseball Post (Wednesday Evening Edition)

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
For the fourth time in my life, and the fifth since they left New York, the Giants win the pennant and advance to the World Series. Game one tonight, but I figured I should write something first. First up, the NLCS. I continue to be impressed with Bruce Bochy. Whether it was leaving Barry Zito off the postseason roster and benching the Panda back in 2010, or constantly reworking his postseason rotation and bullpen this year, Bochy is the rare manager who doesn't seem to assign roles by how famous a player is, how much money he makes or (given the ALCS this year) what the press is sa... more »

BOOKS / Mike Davis : The Reds Under Romney's Bed

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
The reds under Romney's bed The image of the Red Cavalry going into battle with the Book of Mormon in their saddlebags is quite a stretch; most of us, on the contrary, would probably vote for Mormon 'socialism' as the ultimate oxymoron. By Mike Davis / The Rag Blog / October 24, 2012 Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, by John G. Turner (2012: Belknap Press, Harvard Univ); Hardcover; 512 pp;

Rhymes with Morlock

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
Richard Mourdock, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate doesn't think a pregnancy caused by rape is the final victory of a brutal rapist. He tells us after much thought and prayer he's realized it is a gift from God. Apparently he believes a woman should consider it a blessing to be forced to carry this daily reminder of a vicious assault on her body to term, no matter what the damage to her emotional health or her life plan. Because it's his God's will that she do so. And Mr. Mourdock doesn't think health plans should cover contraception at all. (I don't suppose I need to ment... more »

Autism Increase Real

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 5 hours ago
I just returned from the 2012 Plenary Session of the American Academy of Optometry, held today in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Ricki Robinson and Dr. David G. Amaral spoke about autism during the Plenary Session. Dr. Amaral, Research Director for the fine M.I.N.D. Institute at U.C. Davis, noted that the scientists he works and communicates with increasingly believe that rising autism diagnoses are a function of a real increase in cases, not simply changing diagnostic criteria. More on this subject later this week....

TransCanada in Texas . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 5 hours ago
TRUTHOUT is a fine site for concerned citizens, and Candice Bernd has an account you should check out, "SLAPPed, Arrested, Deemed Eco-Terrorists: TransCanada Blockaders Persevere". It seems that there are concerned Americans, that don't want Stevie's Tar.  Sure seems to have fallen in a black hole as far as the news media are concerned, but I could be mistaken. The Midwestern leg of

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

"The Billionaires' Pity Party"; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Billionaires' Pity Party: * *Richest People in History Can't Stop Whining About Oppression" * by Paul Rosenberg "America's billionaires are up in arms! Sure, they've made out like bandits, while tens of millions of Americans are still suffering - out of work, in bankruptcy, or owing more on their mortgages than their houses are worth. Along with the rest of the 1 per cent, they've captured 93 per cent of income gains in the US in the first year of lopsided economic recovery. But that's not the point! The point is: They're the most oppressed people in the history of the ... more »

No One Is Pulling Out Anywhere

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
One of the more foolish things I've seen lately is a trend of pundits drawing conclusions about whether campaigns think they can win various states, and therefore whether they have a chance to win, based on whether they've abandoned a state or not. This was probably never as true as all that. But everyone should know: we're in a new world. The campaigns have plenty of resources. And, meanwhile, there just aren't a lot of states which are going to be competitive in a reasonably close race. At the moment, Pollster rates seven states as toss-ups, another two as leaning to Obama, and th... more »

Clark Kent Defies Corporate Media, Quits Daily Planet

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
Superman has had it with the corporate media. Faced with the takeover of the *Daily Planet* by a conglomerate, Clark Kent has quit and may turn to blogging instead. "*Why am I the one sounding like a grizzled ink-stained wretch who believes news should be about, I don't know, news?" says a disillusioned Kent, according to a leaked panel from Wednesday's edition of the comic that appeared on the Newsarama.com website.* *New Superman writer Scott Lobdell told USA Today newspaper: "This is really what happens when a 27-year-old guy is behind a desk and he has to take instruction ... more »

Gulf Coast mother chains herself to Keystone XL tarsands gate

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
BREAKING: Gulf Coast Oilfield Wife, Mother of 6, Cherri Foytlin Chains Self to Keystone XL Pipeyard Gate   October 24, 2012 Reposted from Tarsands Blockade www.tarsandsblockade.org   Cherri and Tar Sands Blockade stands in solidarity with the Defend Our Coast actions today in British Columbia: http://defendourcoast.ca/actions/ UPDATE 3:30PM – Cherri’s Bail is set

Shit Republicans Say - or Music to Rex Murphy's Ears?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
Mitt Romney endorses Republican Indiana senate candidate Richard Mourdock. And Romney isn't budging even though Mourdock contends that rape is no cause for abortion because, if the victim becomes pregnant, that's god's will. P.S. Be sure to get out to the UBC campus to catch Rex Murphy denounce secularism.

Jonah Raskin : 'Uncle Tom' Vs. Simon Legree, 2012

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 7 hours ago
Uncle Tom and Simon Legree. Image from Uncle Tom's Cabin Reconsidered. Election 2012: 'Uncle Tom' Obama  Vs. 'Simon Legree' Romney Ironically, on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, modern-day Americans are once again in need of emancipation and without an emancipator anywhere in sight. By Jonah Raskin / The Rag Blog / October 24, 2012 From the wilds of

ICELAND. No news from the Icelandic Revolution?

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago
*This is not a new blog post, but one I haven't seen before on Iceland. -AK* Reblogged from: http://www.knowledgeoftoday.org/2012/05/iceland-news-icelandic-revolution.html Wednesday, May 9, 2012 *ICELAND. No news from the Icelandic Revolution?* No news from Iceland? Why? How come we hear everything that happens in Egypt but no news about what's happening in Iceland: In Iceland, the people has made the government resign, the primary banks have been nationalized, it was decided to not pay the debt that these created with Great Britain and Holland due to their bad financial politi... more »

Study Shows Studies Show Nothing [Updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Guest post by Nick Hubble of **Money Morning Australia* If you’ve ever wondered how a *study* can show something that just can’t be true, or how *studies* can completely contradict each other, we’ve figured it out. With a little help of course. After today’s post, I hope you never believe another ‘study.’ Our heartfelt congratulations go out to a computer programme called Mathgen. A mathematics journal provisionally accepted its study for publication. Wait, ‘its’ study? Yes, that’s right. These days a computer programme can write an academic paper about mathematics. Then get pu... more »

Can The GOP Destroy Democracy Itself? You Betcha

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
We used to talk a lot about Mike Lux's book, The Progressive Revolution-- How The Best In America Came To Be. Recently my friend Roland asked me if I had ever heard of some author named Michael Lux and informed me that he had just read an amazing book by him. Good for Roland! Everyone should read Mike's book. It puts the history of our country into a kind of perspective that emphasizes an eternal battle between the forces of reaction and the defense of wealth and power, on the one hand, and the forces of progressivism and community, on the other. If you look at our country’s lon... more »

At Least His God Has a Sense of Humour

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
The Newfie Screech has descended on the University of British Columbia. Noneother than T-Rex Murphy has crossed the country to deliver a 3-part lecture at Regent College, UBC's evangelical graduate school. Murphy will preach to the choir - three times, count'em three - about the evils of secularists, how they're all in league with those science-believing environmentalists and slaves to political correctness. "*Regent College theologian John Stackhouse and Preston Manning, founder of the Reform Party and the Alliance Party, will respond to Murphy, whose confident opinions are featur... more »

#RoadTrip - And finally...

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
So where now then? [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)

Obama campaign Response to Trump: Romney bears ‘some responsibility’ for Trump stunt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
President Barack Obama's campaign officials are shrugging off the "big" announcement made by Donald Trump Wednesday that he would donate $5 million to charity if Obama releases his college records and passport application documents. But they think Mitt Romney should answer for Trump's actions. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-campaign-romney-bears-responsibility-trump-stunt-195558038--election.html Sounds to me like Obama's Charity won't be getting $5 million afterall

Syrian rebels have acquired portable surface-to-air missiles including U.S.-made Stingers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Like Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia has laid most of the blame for continuing violence on armed government foes it says are aided by encouragement and arms from abroad. Russia's military has learned "that militants fighting Syrian government forces have portable missile launchers of various states, including American-made Stingers," General Staff chief Nikolai Makarov said, Interfax reported. "Who supplied them must still be determined." http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russia-says-syrian-rebels-have-shoulder-fired-missiles/470387.html

October PMIs suggest euro zone downturn deepening

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Euro zone businesses in October suffered their worst month since the bloc emerged from its last recession more than three years ago, forcing them to cut more jobs to reduce costs, surveys showed on Wednesday. The downturn that began in smaller periphery countries is now gripping Germany and France, dragging the euro zone as a whole deeper into the quagmire. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/uk-october-pmi-idUKBRE89N0CK20121024

Sudan threatens retaliation over alleged Israeli air strike

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Minister warns that Khartoum 'reserves the right to strike back' after blaming Israel for attack on Yarmouk arms complex Sudan has warned that it has the right to retaliate after accusing Israel of carrying out an air strike on an arms factory, causing a huge explosion that killed two people. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/24/sudan-threatens-retaliation-alleged-israeli-air-strike

Bank Of America Mortgage Fraud: Feds Sue For Over $1 Billion Alleging Multi-Year Scheme

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/bank-of-america-mortgage-fraud_n_2009791.html Bank Of America Mortgage Fraud: Feds Sue For Over $1 Billion Alleging Multi-Year Scheme Posted: 10/24/2012 12:20 pm EDT Updated: 10/24/2012 2:07 pm EDT Ben Hallman Federal prosecutors sued Bank of America for $1 billion on Wednesday, alleging that the bank's former Countrywide unit concocted a mortgage scheme it called the "Hustle" in order to sell thousands of fraudulent and otherwise defective mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. "In order to increase the speed at which it originat... more »

Seneca And Stoicism

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Wikipedia*: Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known simply as Seneca; ca. 4 BC – AD 65) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was later forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, he may have been innocent. His father was Seneca the Elder and his elder brother was Gallio. YouTube video description [Channel - Gottfried Leibniz]: Peter Adamson on Seneca.

“Can Jury Slaves Say What’s True?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Can Jury Slaves Say What’s True?”* by Douglas French "Until last week, I had managed all of my adult life to avoid jury duty. As a young adult in Topeka, Kan., I was never summoned. For my two decades living in Las Vegas, I was able to call in a couple times declaring economic hardship. Most of the time, I seemed to be off their radar screen. I always suspected it was because I hadn’t registered to vote. But finally in my new home in this small Southern town, the state got me. There seemed to be no reasonable way out. Alabama finds its victims to serve by choosing from driver’... more »

Middle East Is In Pure Chaos

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Source of photo*. Remember 9/11. Repeat 9/11 Truth.* *That false flag activated all of this craziness. USrael does not want stability in the Middle East. It wants pure, total chaos. It wants global hegemony and mass death. An excerpt from an article called, *"This Is Not a Revolution,"* by Hussein Agha and Robert Malley: "Alliances are topsy-turvy, defy logic, are unfamiliar and shifting. Theocratic regimes back secularists; tyrannies promote democracy; the US forms partnerships with Islamists; Islamists support Western military intervention. Arab nationalists side with regi... more »

German Court Orders Parliament To Release UFO Reports

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
* * http://aliens.eresey.com/2012/08/14/german-court-orders-parliament-to-release-ufo-reports/ * * *German Court Orders Parliament To Release UFO Reports* The Document Also Contains Information As To Whether Or Not The German Government Conducted Official UFO Investigations During The Cold War… A German citizen has won his first battle in an effort to view a UFO report created by the Scientific Service of the German Parliament (aka Bundestag). After attempts by the Bundestag to block the document’s release, the Berlin Administrative Court has ruled that the German citizen has the... more »

Unwelcome Truths from the American Rust Belt

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 8 hours ago
*Folk in and around the North Staffordshire area may be interested in this event, due to take place on November 1st:* I am writing to invite you to a public discussion on the future of Stoke-on-Trent and its housing needs on Thursday 1st November 2012 at 6:30pm in the North Staffordshire Conference Centre, Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7NY. Earlier this autumn, Len Gibbs, Director of the Epic Housing association in Bentilee, went on a research trip around the American rust-belt cities of Buffalo, Detroit and Pittsburgh. This will be his report back to The Potteries on the ha... more »

"LEAP 20/20: GEAB N°68, Global Systemic Crisis"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"LEAP 20/20: GEAB N°68, Global Systemic Crisis:* * Autumn 2012: Weeks Of Geopolitics Triggers"* by LEAP 20/20 “For several months we have anticipated a major shock for the economy and global political stability for Autumn 2012. We are maintaining this “Red Alert” and will take stock mid-November 2012, at the same time as our annual analysis of the 2013 “risk-countries”, and on the state of the world at this time. These last few weeks, as predicted by our team, the world geopolitical situation has rapidly deteriorated: the Syrian conflict has become a regional conflict in which... more »

Guilford Co. voters say ballot cast for Romney came up Obama on machine

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
MyFox8 Scott Gustin Brandon Jones Charlie Glancy GREENSBORO, N.C. –The presidential election is just around the corner and voting issues have already become a problem in Guilford County. On Monday, several voters complained that their electronic ballot machine cast the wrong vote. All the complaints were made by people who voted at the Bur-Mil Park polling location. One of the voters, Sher Coromalis, says she cast her ballot for Governor Mitt Romney, but every time she entered her vote the machine defaulted to President Obama. “I was so upset that this could happen,” said Cor... more »

Is David Sirota on Romney’s payroll?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012* *God save Barack Obama:* As Election Day nears, the David Sirotas are doing their best to get Mitt Romney elected. For some liberals, the need to say that The Others are racist is a moral/intellectual illness. In our view, Sirota is ill to the soul with this particular illness. We’ll speak to just one of Sirota’s five points from today’s column, which is just spectacularly unintelligent. His points are designed to “prove” a thesis which everyone knows to be true: “Racism has not ceased to be a factor in politics.” You can’t exactly *prove* that clai... more »

Terrance Nelson: Canada and US 'War on Children'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Returning from Iran, Terrance Nelson, former chief of Roseau River Ojibwe, speaks out on the human rights violations of Canada and the US   The Crusader By Terrance Nelson Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com October 24th 2012 First of all, thank you so much for your help. The impact of Iranian people and especially Press T.V. helping to show the world the human rights

Austin Reed Sigg Arrested for the Murder of Jessica Ridgeway

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The teenager, Austin Reed Sigg, will also be charged in a previous attack against a jogger, police say. A suspect has been arrested in the abduction and killing of a 10-year-old girl in suburban Denver. Police in Westminster, Colorado, say they have a 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg in connection with the murder of Jessica Ridgeway, after getting a tip that led them to a home on Tuesday night near the park where her body was found. http://news.sky.com/story/1002253/jessica-ridgeway-death-boy-17-arrested

US Ambassador Attack In Libya: Man Held

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Tunisia's government says it arrested one of its nationals following last month's assault on the American consulate in Benghazi. The suspect, 28-year-old Ali Harzi, was in custody in the capital Tunis, said interior ministry spokesman Tarrouch Khaled, adding: "His case is in the hands of justice." http://news.sky.com/story/1002248/us-ambassador-attack-in-libya-man-held

Violence surges on Israel-Gaza frontier

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
JERUSALEM - Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza and an Israeli air strike killed a militant in a surge of violence after the Emir of Qatar embraced the enclave's Hamas leadership with a visit. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-israel-violence-idUSBRE89N09U20121024

"Millennium Bomber" given harsher 37-year prison term in Seattle

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
(Reuters) - Convicted "Millennium Bomber" Ahmed Ressam, whose 22-year prison term was judged too lenient by a U.S. appeals court, was re-sentenced on Wednesday to a harsher term of 37 years for a foiled plot to set off explosives at Los Angeles International Airport. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-usa-security-millennium-idUSBRE89N0L620121024

Alan Waldman : NBC's Short-Lived 'Life' Is Smart, Quirky Cop Show

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Waldman's film and TV treasures you may have missed: Short-lived NBC cop show Life is smart, quirky, and gripping. Damian Lewis is wonderful as the LAPD cop, falsely imprisoned for murder, who pursues the real killer and conspirators. By Alan Waldman / The Rag Blog / October 24, 2012 

[In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and TV series that readers may

Jubilee Jailbirds

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 9 hours ago
So, that 'vetting' of Queen's Jubilee nominees supposedly done by the Governor General turns out to be not very rigorous. Rideau Hall can vet nominees only against the “core eligibility criteria” for the medal, a process that amounts to little more than checking for a pulse and a passport. Jailbird status -- past or present -- does not factor in. OK, then. We join our pal Canadian Cynic in encouraging an Opposition MP to do this. If the Opps want to tweak a nose or two, someone should award a Diamond Jubilee medal to Omar Khadr, and not reveal who did it. — CC (@canadiancynic) Oc... more »

No Responsibility

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 9 hours ago
So, I'm almost finished *The Monster* by Michael W. Hudson. There's a part in it where some state regulators are trying to shut down the predatory lending scam. Wall Street poured out billions and billions of dollars to predatory mortgage companies so that they can gouge people and Wall Street can then "securitize" these shitty loans. The regulators are saying: Make Wall Street liable for the fraud and theft of these lenders. These Wall Street assholes are saying that this will create "uncertainty" and unnecessary risk for them. Supposedly it's beyond Wall Street's resources to do d... more »

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION - 24th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 17:56:00 UTC Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:56:00 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.844°N, 81.690°W Depth 32.7 km (20.3 miles) Region CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION Distances 163 km (101 miles) SSW of George Town, Cayman Islands

Floyd Palmer Wanted in Church Shooting which has left a Man Dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The suspect, identified as Floyd Palmer, a 52-year-old former church maintenance worker who resigned in August, walked calmly into the service at the World Changers Church International in College Park, Georgia, and fired multiple shots, Fulton County Police Corporal Kay Lester said. He remained at large, Lester said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-usa-shooting-georgia-idUSBRE89N14420121024

U.S. sues Bank of America over "Hustle" mortgage fraud

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The United States filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of selling thousands of toxic home loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that went into default and caused more than $1 billion of losses. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-bankofamerica-fraud-lawsuit-idUSBRE89N17120121024

What do big journalists worry about!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 * *Marcus’ rules of order:* The last time we looked in on Ruth Marcus, she was refusing to tell Post readers about Romney’s budget proposal. Today, she looks back on this year’s debates. In the process, she lets us see what big major journalists actually worry about. Some of Marcus’ observations do involve serious topics. She notes that the fiscal cliff was never mentioned, in four debates with four different moderators. She notes other topics which went unmentioned—gun control, gay rights, Supreme Court nominations. Of course, noting the topics which *... more »

UN calls for worldwide internet surveillance and data retention in the name of fighting terrorism

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* The manufactured threat of terrorism has once again been used to push what would otherwise be unthinkable. In this case, the United Nations is exploiting the irrational fear of terrorism to justify international internet surveillance. In a new 148-page UN report released at a conference in Vienna entitled “The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes” the UN claimed that the lack of an “internationally agreed framework for retention of data” is problematic along with open wireless internet networks in public places. The UN claims that terrorists... more »

Lamar W. Hankins : Texas Cheerleaders for Jesus

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 10 hours ago
Kountze High School cheerleaders with banner at football game. Image from Atheist Camel. Cheerleaders for Jesus: Texas politicians jump on religion bandwagon Can cheerleaders who represent the Kountze Independent School District, while acting in their official capacities as school cheerleaders, promote their personal religious views? By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / October 24, 2012

Donald Trump's October surprise

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 10 hours ago
It's that The Donald is still batshit crazy. Oh wait. That's not a surprise. We already knew that and I blame the media for his obvious lapse into insanity and inanity. If they ignored his pathetic attention seeking, he might be convinced to seek the professional mental health help he so obviously needs. After teasing it for the last couple of weeks, and amid a storm of media speculation and rumor mongering about divorce decrees and cocaine use, it turns out The Donald's big reveal is he thinks he's a character in a Godfather movie and offered President Obama a deal "he can't refus... more »

SHARK mysteriously drops 'from the sky' onto California golf course FOUR miles from the coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
It wasn't raining cats and dogs at a California golf course on Monday - it was raining sharks. A live leopard shark was discovered thrashing about on the grass at around 4pm at the San Juan Hills golf club in San Juan Capistrano, which is four miles from the coast. The sea creature was spotted by a startled golf club marshall near the 12th tee box, where a group of golfers had just been playing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222473/Live-SHARK-mysteriously-drops-California-golf-course.html

Moving it indoors

risa bear at A Way to Live - 11 hours ago
Yesterday a small tornado, apparently, touched down on the street where we lived before moving here -- about eight miles away. That's a reminder that many things we think can't happen can. Today, we had a longish area-wide power outage -- just a bird in a substation, poor thing, but another reminder. Our winter storms have come, and I and many others get to hunker down, unlike our utility district's heroic line workers. We have put up firewood, water, kerosene, gasoline and food, lucky us. But some of that ability to save ahead came from a simplified routine. We build our own fenc... more »

The Irish Sue the Banks

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
http://lightworker29501.com/2012/10/24/the-irish-sue-the-banks/ *The Irish Sue the Banks* Posted on October 24, 2012 October 2012. GOT DEBT ? GOT OPTIONS During the last 2 years we, real ordinary people, have watched our country come to its knees due to a gamble of the banks, the sell out of OUR resources by our politicians and lies and ommitions about our place in the world crises. The sense of hopelessness has brought hundreds to a very dark place and with no hope they believe in sight many have taken their lives! ENOUGH!!!!!!!!! There are always Options. We have had enough... more »

Grounds for Divorce

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Is Steve Harper trying to engineer the breakup of Canada? That might be just what the prime ministerial bully boy accomplishes with his closet trade deal with China. The deal, that no decent Canadian, emphasis on *decent*, would ever accept may be Harper's way to endow China with the leverage to coerce British Columbia into surrendering on the Northern Gateway pipeline/supertanker catastrophe in waiting. Out here it's already being called "economic treason." The deal apparently empowers China to sue anyone and everyone who impedes their access to Athabasca bitumen. That, presu... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA - 24th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 13:36:43 UTC Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 06:36:43 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 65.240°N, 134.216°W Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program Region NORTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA Distances 200 km (124 miles) NNE of Mayo, Canada

To Romney-Ryan We're All Muppets

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Gregg A. Smith, "the swing king," has a song Stayed So Long which approaches a somewhat different, though not unrelated, kind of lust and avarice that Gregg Smith deals with in his new book, Why I Left, about why he left Goldman Sachs. (Watch the video above.) Basically, Smith grew uncomfortable with the systemic efforts Wall Street was making to rip off their clients. "Getting an unsophisticated client," he told Anderson Cooper on *60 Minutes*, "was the golden prize. The quickest way to make money on Wall Street is to take *the* most sophisticated product and try to sell it to t... more »

Gloria Allred springs October surprise

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 11 hours ago
Until the court agrees to unseal the records, this falls under juicy gossip only, but if it plays out it would be a bombshell. Because if Romney lied under oath to help a friend screw over his wife during a bitter divorce, that's a serious crime. Mitt Romney LIED under oath when he testified in the divorce of his good friend and screwed the friend's wife out of a lot of money in the process ... so claims the ex-wife of Staples' founder Tom Stemberg. Multiple sources connected with the divorce tell TMZ ... during Tom's uber nasty divorce case with ex-wife Maureen, Mitt Romney gave ... more »

ShriEEEk! Radical foreign lobby funds Canadian group

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
Oh. Wait. This radical foreign "special interest" lobby? *The Catholic Organization for Life and Family [...] was cofounded by the Conference of Bishops and the world’s largest fraternal Catholic organization, the U.S.-based Knights of Columbus, “to build a culture of life and a civilization of love by promoting respect for human life and dignity and the essential role of the family.” [...]** **Although COLF is autonomous and they do their own publication, they still rely on outside sources to survive and are co-funded largely by the Conference of Bishops and the Knights of Colum... more »

Fracking Allowed Near Nuclear Plants?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
Earthquake-Causing Fracking to Be Allowed within 500 FEET of Nuclear Plants Posted on October 22, 2012 by WashingtonsBlog

Czech police uncovers a $20 million carbon credit fraud

LuboŇ° Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
*A day later, it also foils a $100 million solar fraud* The most straightforward way to learn what's going on with carbon trading in my country is... to read e-mails from a well-informed Malaysian American at Harvard. ;-) *The CZK 1,000 banknote was chosen as the World's Best New Banknote in 2008 by the Association of Currency Affairs.* Willie Soon sent me this URL: Police suspect two of carbon credit fraud worth CZK 378m (Prague Monitor) ------------------------------ News in Czech One U.S. dollar is worth 19 Czech crowns (CZK) so the amount these two men earned was nice, $20... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Never kick a fresh turd on a hot da ~moosedenied* *Sandy, Now A Hurricane, Sets Sights On Jamaica, Cuba ~WWNO*

Wednesday Afternoon Video

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Most of you have probably seen this, but why not? It is that kind of day. That’s all, folks.

'Just trust us' - NSA to privacy advocates in court

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Russia Today [image: The logo of the National Security Agency.(AFP Photo / Paul J. Richards)] The US National Security Agency isn’t outright rejecting claims that they’ve been conducting surveillance on everyone in the country, but they want Americans to at least give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their intensions. The NSA was in court again this week to challenge a potential class action lawsuit that aims to end the governmental agency’s electronic surveillance program begun by President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks;... more »

TRUMP TO OBAMA: "Release college, passport applications, I'll donate $5 million to charity of choice..."

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*From Trump's Facebook page:* http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152199183675725&set=a.488852220724.393301.153080620724&type=1&theater *Matt's Thoughts:* Weak. While I'm fairly certain this is just a tactic to shave a few % points off Obama's side in hopes of breaking the election gridlock, I suppose it will still be interesting to see how Obama responds to this.

Misfeasance in public office

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
*Pikangikum First Nation v. Nault,* 2012 ONCA 705 has a good summary of the law related to the tort of misfeasance in a public office: [54] In *Odhavji Estate v. Woodhouse*, 2003 SCC 69, [2003] 3 S.C.R. 263, at para. 23, Iacobucci J., writing for a unanimous Supreme Court explained that the tort of misfeasance in public office has two elements: (1) The defendant must have engaged in deliberate and unlawful conduct in his or her capacity as a public officer; and (2) The defendant must have known that the conduct was unlawful and that it was likely to harm the plaintiff. [5... more »

Israel halts war games to deploy troops, resources in escalating Gaza sector

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago

Debate Questions

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
There's been a lot of talk about debate question topics -- the Wonkblog gang yesterday did a nice item about the five most important issues not raised in the debates (housing, Europe, climate, Fed/SCOTUS appointments, campaign finance; I think the first four are good choices). I was wondering in particular about climate, and started thinking about 1996: after the failure of Bill Clinton's health care reform plan, did health care get as little attention that year as climate did after the demise of cap-and-trade? And...nope. Turns out that in the first presidential debate there was a ... more »

U.S. is Allied with and actively Supports Al-Qaeda

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Iran Review *Interview with: James F. Tracy By: Kourosh Ziabari* * * [image: 10-21-12a 023.JPG.jpg] *American political commentator believes that the United States has been constantly allied with Al-Qaeda and supported it militarily and financially. * *"Major media have recently had to acknowledge that US-NATO interests are aligned with Al Qaeda in Syria, of course overlooking the fact that the US and Sunni States also recruited and armed these soldiers of fortune. What the Obama administration has sought to do with the alleged murder of Bin Laden in May 2011 is to close the chapter on... more »

U.S. is Allied with and actively Supports Al-Qaeda

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Iran Review *Interview with: James F. Tracy By: Kourosh Ziabari* * * Professor James F. Tracy*American political commentator believes that the United States has been constantly allied with Al-Qaeda and supported it militarily and financially.* *"Major media have recently had to acknowledge that US-NATO interests are aligned with Al Qaeda in Syria, of course overlooking the fact that the US and Sunni States also recruited and armed these soldiers of fortune. What the Obama administration has sought to do with the alleged murder of Bin Laden in May 2011 is to close the chapter on the o... more »

Legal Liability for Bad Scientific Forecasts in the United States

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 12 hours ago
The verdict in the lawsuit brought against scientists L'Aquila has prompted much discussion and debate. Following the initial poor reporting of the case and its context has followed some much better coverage. For instance, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New Scientist, David Ropeik writing at Scientific American, and some colleagues of mine at Macquarie University writing at The Conversation have all added valuable context and nuance to this discussion. Yet, some in the US scientific community, especially officials at AAAS and AGU continue to wax hyperbolic on this issue. F... more »

Public interest and bail pending appeal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
*R v Wilcox* 2012 BCCA 413 deals with bail pending appeal. Section 679(3) of the *Criminal Code*, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46, sets out the factors to be considered on an application for bail on an appeal from conviction. It provides: 679.(3) In the case of an appeal referred to in paragraph (1)(a) or (c), the judge of the court of appeal may order that the appellant be released pending the determination of his appeal if the appellant establishes that (a) the appeal or application for leave to appeal is not frivolous; (b) he will surrender himself into custody in accordance with the te... more »

Arizona’s Maricopa County tells Spanish-speaking voters to vote two days late

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Raw Story David Edwards At least two official documents created by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office misinformed Spanish-speaking voters in Arizona of the wrong election day and activists worry that the error could suppress Latino voter turnout on Nov. 6. ABC’s Phoenix affiliate reported last week that a document distributed with voter IDs told Spanish-speaking voters to vote on Nov. 8, but listed the correct Nov. 6 election date in English. And then on Monday, bookmarks distributed by the Recorder’s Office were discovered to have a similar problem: an incorrect Nov. 8 ele... more »

Obama doubled the price of gas!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012* *At the Times, Peters does it again:* Increasingly, the *dumbness* of our political discourse is its defining feature. No claim is so dumb that it can’t be advanced. Quite often, the New York Times will be on the scene to push the claim along. This morning, it happens again, thanks to Jeremy Peters and his editors. Last week, Peters was busy letting us know what “some say” about past debates. It may have been the dumbest report we’ve ever seen on this low-IQ, evergreen topic. This morning, Peters reports about some overwrought claims being made agains... more »

German Parliament Denied Access To Inspect German Gold Reserves Due To ‘Lack Of Visiting Rooms’

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Silver Doctors German Federal auditors handed in a report slamming the Bundesbank for not inspecting their foreign held gold reserves to verify their book value.* The report says the gold bars “have never been physically checked by the Bundesbank itself or other independent auditors regarding their authenticity or weight.*” Instead, it relies on “written confirmations by the storage sites.” The lion’s share of Germany’s gold reserves (nearly 3,400 tons estimated at $190 billion) are housed in vaults of the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the Bank of France since the p... more »

Are Bloggers an Endangered Species?

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
David Freedlander of the Daily Beast posted an excellent article early this morning that asked a very good question: Are progressive bloggers a dying breed? It was a subject on which I'd touched in one or two articles four years ago when Barack Obama first got elected. Unlike other bloggers, I was looking far beyond the next election cycle and offering an educated guess that liberal blogging, once George W. Bush left office, would go into a slow but steady rate of decline. In that respect, old W. was indeed a uniter rather than a divider. He was able to unite progressives of all di... more »

All Quiet on the Teaching Front

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 13 hours ago
Just a sign that I'm alive. Doing my main spot of this term's teaching these few weeks: Hume's moral philosophy of the *Treatise* for the B.A. candidates and some extra lectures at the primary level ethics course to fill in for a colleague struck by some acute health problems. In parallel, I'm writing on a research report and a part of an article that needs to be delivered about yesterday and doing the odd reading of, for instance, a new Ph.D. thesis on the personal identity objection to advance directives in health care, for which I'm on the examination committee. I have half a post... more »

You Tell Me What is True

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Fukushima plutonium levels said no threat March 9 2012 http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012/03/09/Fukushima-plutonium-levels-said-no-threat/UPI-27121331336023/?rel=95671331704513 [excerpted] TOKYO, March 9 (UPI) -- "Plutonium levels at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant aren't much higher than what is in the environment from Cold War-era nuclear tests, researchers say... Researchers examining the area within a roughly 20-mile radius of the damaged plant found levels of radioactive plutonium were about double those from residual fallout from U.S. and former Soviet Union above-grou... more »

Collapsing Standards of Living in the Predatory Oligarchy

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
I concur with Michael Hudson that the financial crisis facilitated the greatest transfer of wealth to occur since the Great Depression http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10279 One way this transfer has occurred is through foreclosures on debt, particularly in housing wherein citizens may have stored some wealth. The foreclosure process centralizes equity. Banks and elite others can leverage their capital to purchase assets that distressed owners can no longer manage. Banks and other elite interests have through government guarantees, loans, and bailouts, been a... more »

Wall Street opens lower on Greek angst

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Stocks opened lower on Friday after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany, as well as France, want Greece to stay in the euro zone but that Athens must meet its commitments. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-markets-stocks-idUSBRE89L0A420121024

How did Bob Schieffer do Monday night!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012* *The softball, the filibuster and the unrecognized groaner:* How did Bob Schieffer do Monday night? Right at the start, his evening began with a high, arcing softball for Romney. This was his very first question: SCHIEFFER (10/22/12): The first segment is the challenge of a changing Middle East and the new face of terrorism. I'm going to put this into two segments so you'll have two topic questions within this one segment on the subject. *The first question, and it concerns Libya. The controversy over what happened there continues.* Four Americans ar... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 13 hours ago
*Was there a paedophile ring in the Prime Minister's residence - No 10 Downing Street?* * * *Member of Parliament Tom Watson demands probe* On 24 October 2012, Tom Watson MP, speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, said that a powerful pedophile network may have operated in the UK with links to Parliament and Downing Street. Mr Watson said: "The evidence file used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring. "One of its members boasts of a link to a senior aide of a former prime minister, who says he could s... more »

The Colombian “War on Drugs”, A Family Affair

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
Global Research Tom Burghardt [image: Extractive Capitalism and the Divisions in the Latin American Progressive Camp]Last month’s capture of Colombian drug lord Daniel “El Loco” Barrera by Venezuelan police was hailed as a “victory” in the “War on Drugs.”Barrera, accused of smuggling some 900 tons of cocaine into Europe and the U.S. throughout his infamous career, was described by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who announced the arrest on national television, as “the last of the great capos.” But what of the “capo” who enjoyed high office, is wined and dined by U.S. corp... more »

Australia’s Antarctic airstrip melts

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Airplanes on Airfield, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Researchers say that global warming has caused the glacial ice on the runway to turn to mush just four years after it was built for about £30 million. ALAMY] By Jonathan Pearlman 24 October 2012 Sydney (The Telegraph) – Researchers said global warming has caused the glacial ice on the runway to turn to mush just four years after it was built for about £30 million. It was due to receive about 20 flights each summer but only six have been able to land in the past two years. The runway was supposed to service Australia's thr... more »

NCLB Waivers Allow Hostile Corporate Takeovers of Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Thanks to Stan Karp for this compilation: *Lawmakers seek to end N.J. takeover of schools*** *The Record* *Paterson would gain control of its public school system for the first time in 21 years under legislation introduced by Democrats that also would limit future state takeovers to five years, lawmakers announced Friday. "It's time for the state to admit that the prolonged takeover of a local school district is a failed experiment, and it's time to return the school districts that have languished under state control back to the people in those school districts," said state Sen. Ron... more »

WHO LOST TRACK OF THE MAINSTREAM PRESS: Two journalists turn on the press corps!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012* *Part 1—One of the two sounds sincere:* Yesterday, two journalists turned on the mainstream press corps, behaving like traitors to their class. One of these journalists sounds sincere. To our ear, the other does not. But first: This morning, in the 5 o’clock hour, CNN started right in on Benghazi all over again. Transcripts haven’t been posted yet. But the reporting was done by Elise Labott, CNN’s tremendously awful “foreign affairs reporter.” This morning, Labott has already posted a “CNN Wire.” For unknown reasons, she misstated the time at which she... more »

South Africa hits another new record in rhino killings – Two rhino subspecies declared extinct

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: White rhinos in Namibia. White rhinos are the world's most populous, but suffer massive poaching rates. Ikiwaner via mongabay.com] By Jeremy Hance 18 October 2012 (mongabay.com) – Four hundred and fifty-five rhinos have been killed by poachers in South Africa since the beginning of the year. The number surpasses the record set last year (448) and proves that national efforts to stem poaching have not yet made a dent in actual killings. The mass killing has been spurred on by high demand for powdered rhino horn in Vietnam and China. A traditional curative in Asia, rhino hor... more »

Wednesday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
Richard Weitz notes an intensification of PRC anti-missile defense rhetoric. He points to the implications of robust BMD for China’s minimal deterrence approach and for US-led containment. David Axe reports that John Lehman has a financial stake in a larger navy. Bill French deflates the Romney campaign’s claims of “American Weakness.” Over at Political Violence @ Continue reading

A Culture Of Fear

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
The Harper government came to power braying about government accountability. To ensure that accountability, they established the Parliamentary Budget Office and hired Kevin Page to keep tabs on government spending. Yet that very same government, Tim Harper writes in today's *Toronto Star*,has frustrated Mr. Page's attempts to do his job: Page is preparing to take more than 60 government departments and deputy ministers to court in a bid to force them to provide information on government cuts, information to which he is entitled under the mandate given him by the very government ... more »

Gregory Nathan Peterson found dead in remote Utah log cabin where he was accused of raping five women

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
- Gregory Nathan Peterson allegedly carried out the assaults after meeting the women on Mormon dating websites - Found with a gunshot wound to the head in upstairs bedroom of cabin by bail bond agents - He was out on bail on multiple charges of rape, assault and kidnapping - Peterson had held Republican fundraisers at the cabin which were attended by politicians including Senator Orrin Hatch, Governor Gary Herbert, and congressional candidate Mia Love http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222297/Gregory-Nathan-Peterson-dead-Utah-log-cabin-accused-raping-5-... more »

Justin and Dante Robinson Arrested for the Murder of Autumn Pasquale

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Justin, 15, and Dante Robinson, 17, from Clayton, New Jersey, have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposing of a body, tampering with evidence and theft. Justin was also charged with luring. Police believe the teens lured 12-year-old 'tomboy' Autumn Pasquale to their home on Saturday night where they killed her. Justin invited her over under the pretense of trading bike parts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222414/Autumn-Pasquale-Teen-brothers-liked-Find-Autumn-Facebook-page-beat-strangled-bike-parts-dumped-body-recycling-bin.html

Credit card details 'stolen' from 63 Barnes and Noble stores in 9 States after PIN pads hacked

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Cracked: Hackers broke into the PIN pads, where customers swipe their credit cards, and were able to steal financial details The company warned customers to check for unauthorized transactions and to change their personal identification numbers, or PINs. It didn't say how many accounts may have been compromised. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222272/Credit-card-details-possibly-stolen-63-Barnes-Noble-stores-PIN-pads-hacked.html

Second self-immolation death in Tibet after man sets himself on fire outside Chinese government building

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Dorjee Rinchen, 58, burned to death outside the Armed Forces department in Labrang, occupied Tibet, in the second fatal self-immolation protest this week. Security forces later clashed with mourners when they tried to bring his body back to his village in Gansu province, northwestern China. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222340/Second-self-immolation-death-Tibet-man-sets-outside-Chinese-government-building.html

Tibetan man dies after setting himself on fire at monastery in protest against Chinese rule

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
The 50-year-old man, identified as Dhondup, set fire to himself at the remote Labrang Monastery in the northwestern Gansu province in China, on Monday. This is the seventh fatality this month as a result of pro-Tibet protests against Chinese rule, the London-based rights group Free Tibet said. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2221784/Tibetan-monk-dies-setting-protest-Chinese-rule.html

WotW: View Newspapers Your Way - Digitally

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
I love newspapers. Always have. Maybe it's because my father read the morning newspaper every day growing up. Maybe it's because I loved reading comics as a kid and the sports section as a teenager. I was the editor in chief of my junior high, high school and college newspapers because I loved newspapers so much. Unfortunately, newspapers are starting to go the way of the wagon. They were great while they lasted, but they haven't kept up with the times. While it's sad to see printed versions of newspapers disappear, it's also their own fault. They didn't ride the technology wave, go... more »

Sue Thorn (D-WV) And The Case Against Out Of Touch Elites

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
I don't know if Chris Hayes has ever heard of David McKinely, the tool of the coal barons who was elected to Congress in 2010 in the Tea Party sweep-- let along Sue Thorn, the intrepid and courageous grassroots activist who is taking on the insider DC Establishment in running against him. As corrupted as your garden variety Republican, DCCC Chair Steve Israel and his Blue Dog allies have actively campaigned against Sue. The DCCC won't spend a dime on this very winnable race-- holding out to run egregiously corrupt Mike Oliverio (head of West Virginia ALEC) in 2014-- while the corp... more »

Zynga will slash 170 jobs and close its UK studios after Facebook CEO reveals revenue from FarmVille maker dropped 20%.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Zynga, the maker of social media games like FarmVille and Texas HoldEm Poker, said it will cut about 5 per cent of its full-time workforce and phase out 13 older games. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222267/Zynga-slash-170-jobs-Facebook-CEO-reveals-revenue-FarmVille-maker-dropped-20-cent.html

Israel Bombarded After Militants Die In Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Israel has been hit with more than 60 missiles in 24 hours in a surge in violence from the Gaza Strip. Three militants from the armed wing of Hamas, which rules in Gaza, were killed in an Israeli counter-attack http://news.sky.com/story/1002043/israel-bombarded-after-militants-die-in-gaza

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Arthur Rhodes, one of my very favorites, 43. World Series tonight; meanwhile, good stuff: 1. Keith Humphreys writes in defense of Arlen Specter, disputing my claims to the contrary. He may be correct! 2. What may be going on in Ohio, from Nate Cohn. 3. Reporting on binders of women and Big Bird, by Amanda Hess. 4. Joshua Tucker on Intrade; see also a follow-up. 5. And for the last time, at least for this cycle, another edition of Ann Friedman's brilliant debate wraps.

Euro zone business downturn deepens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Euro zone businesses in October suffered their worst month since the bloc emerged from its last recession more than three years ago, forcing them to cut more jobs to reduce costs. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-poll-oct-pmis-idUSBRE89N0D020121024

Ford is planning to close its Southampton factory

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Ford is planning to close its Southampton factory, according to Sky sources. An announcement by the US carmaker is expected on Wednesday. The Swaythling factory, which has built Ford Transit vans since 1972, employs around 500 people. The news comes after Ford confirmed it would close its "under-utilised" factory in Genk, Belgium, resulting in 4,300 job losses. http://news.sky.com/story/1002072/sky-sources-ford-to-close-southampton-plant

Candida: uncertainties, strategies, victories

LuboŇ° Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
*I have declared a victory in the war against the yeast and started a normal diet.* *As a result, the yeast cells have been downgraded from hostile eukaryotes and wannabe animals to largely counterproductive oversized molecules. Coming attacks by the microorganisms will be considered sporadic crimes unless the foe manages to convince me to officially wage another war in the future.* In this text, I want to review my struggles against the intruders that were intense in the most recent 50 days. Your humble correspondent will appreciate if you reduce the amount of comment feedbac... more »

Harvard Conservatives

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 16 hours ago
No, it is not an oxymoron, but a new blog.

European Parliament clashes with ministers on EU budget

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
There is a sharp divide between MEPs and governments over EU spending The MEPs' plan includes a controversial call for EU "own resources" - that is, to fund the EU from direct taxation, such as sales tax (VAT), instead of the current system of national contributions. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20040340

Sounds familiar?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*A ladybug, just after dawn.* The EU suggests small agreements first.... no FTA in the offing, of course... "We could begin with smaller agreements," said Frederic Laplanche, head of the European Economic and Trade Office, when asked about the possibility of a free trade agreement between Taiwan and the EU. Smaller agreements could include an economic cooperation agreement or an investment protection pact, Laplanche said on the sidelines of an EU-Taiwan trade expo in Taipei. * Before any talks on smaller agreements, however, Taiwan needs to remove some trade barriers, such as th... more »

Sagging German economy sends euro lower

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
The euro fell and European shares pared early gains on Wednesday after surprisingly weak data from regional powerhouse Germany offset signs that China's economic slowdown had eased. Activity in Germany's manufacturing and service sectors declined for a sixth straight month in October as order books thinned, suggesting Europe's largest economy has clearly stagnated in the second half of 2012. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-markets-global-idUSBRE88901C20121024

Corruption looms large over Ukraine election

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Fighting corruption is a drum every party is beating ahead of an election in the Ukraine next Sunday. But whatever the outcome, few expect an end to a cancer which hits incomes, kills entrepreneurial spirit and deters vitally needed foreign investment. Sounds a bit like Europe http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-ukraine-election-idUSBRE89N0A420121024

AngloGold says to fire 12,000 South Africa strikers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
AngloGold Ashanti said on Wednesday it will fire about 12,000 wildcat strikers after they ignored a deadline to return to work by noon (0500 ET). They did not return... http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-safrica-strikes-anglogold-idUSBRE89N0KT20121024

I see you...

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago

Syria's Assad agrees to holiday ceasefire: U.N. envoy ....But will the Rebels?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday the Syrian government had agreed to a ceasefire in the war with rebels during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. It was also not clear whether the insurgents would commit to a truce. Rebel sources had earlier told Reuters there was little point if it could not be monitored or enforced. Guess that answers my question... http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE88J0X720121024

Pleadings to be read broadly on a motion to strike

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago
*Fox v PW Lorch & Associates Ltd, *2012 SKCA 93 is a useful source for the principle that, on motions to strike, pleadings must be read broadly: [10] Because of the possibility that a litigant may be denied their day in court as a result of a successful motion to strike, the courts have generally taken a generous reading of pleadings when faced with such an application cognizant, nevertheless, that the claim must disclose a cause of action. In *Tottrup v. Alberta (Minister of Environment)*, 2000 ABCA 121, 186 D.L.R. (4th) 226: 8 The principles governing an application to ... more »

Efforts to mislead, pressure voters intensify

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
Some voters are being told they can cast their ballot by phone. Others are being pressured by their employer to vote Republican. Misleading and intimidating tactics typically reserved for the final days before an election are already in play. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-usa-campaign-voters-idUSBRE89N07M20121024

"Millennium Bomber" faces re-sentencing in Seattle

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
(Reuters) - Convicted "Millennium Bomber" Ahmed Ressam, whose 22-year prison term was judged too lenient by a U.S. appeals court, faces re-sentencing on Wednesday for a foiled New Year's Eve 1999 plot to set off explosives at Los Angeles International Airport. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-usa-security-millennium-idUSBRE89N0L620121024

Argos Overhaul Could See 75 Stores Shut

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
News of store closures as the retailer unveils a digital transformation plan to better compete with rivals like Amazon. Argos has said it will close 75 stores in the UK over the next five years as it unveils a transformation plan for the business. Few more about to lose their Jobs. Will they also Adopt Amazon's Creative Tax Payment *Scam*...Scheme? http://news.sky.com/story/1001858/argos-overhaul-could-see-75-stores-shut
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