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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

3 October - Blogs I'm Following II

Barack Obama, President of the United States o...
Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, with Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
BEIJING - MARCH 06:  Bo Xilai, Secretary of Ch...
BEIJING - MARCH 06: Bo Xilai, Secretary of Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, attends a meeting during the annual National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on March 6, 2011 in Beijing, China. Known as 'liang hui,' or 'two organizations', it consists of meetings of China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), and its advisory auxiliary, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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Internet Blockade Broken in China

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
Chinese netizens are trapped behind a wall against the Chinese communist regime for 'freedom of speech'. Facing millions of netizens' continuous attacking, the Chinese communist party (CCP) had no way out. Analysts pointed out, netizens are longing for the truth, and challenging the CCP's internet blockade, resulting in a breach of the blockade, but how? Voice of America reporter Qi Zhifeng observed the current internet in China, and pointed out that netizens in China are waging war against the Chinese Communist regime for 'speech freedom'. Under their watchful eyes, Chinese netizens wo... more »

The mysterious detention center that houses Bo Xilai revealed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
Before being expelled from the Party and his administrative post, former CCP Secretary of Chongqing Bo Xilai was said to be housed in a secret place near the Miyun Reservoir of Beijing. Recently, overseas media reported that Bo Xilai is now at the Kuangou Guest House of Huairou district, 50 km northeast of Beijing. The Kuangou detention center is a secluded courtyard. During the judicial processing, Bo is likely to be transferred to Qincheng Prison, which is known to host the imprisoned rich and powerful. The following is our report. Since being taken away from his home in Beijing by th... more »

Syria car bombings kill more than two dozen in Aleppo

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
*BEIRUT — A series of car bombs exploded in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo early Wednesday, killing more than two dozen people, injuring many more and causing massive damage.* Suicide car bombers struck Saadallah al Jabri Square, the city's largest plaza and once the site of huge pro-government rallies, the official Syrian Arab News Agency said. The agency put the death toll at 34, though other reports indicated that 40 or more had been killed, and said 122 were injured. Later, Turkey said it responded with artillery fire into Syria after the Turkish border town of Akcakale w... more »

Canada Is Jewish Occupied Territory: Canadians Critical Of (Prime Minister) Harper "World Statesman Of The Year Award"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 minutes ago
Canada is most definitely Jewish occupied territory. There once was a time when Canada was revered around the world as a country that was truly built and based on the idea of peace for all human beings, but not any more. Now this once great nation of mine is rapidly being added to the list of pariah nations on planet Earth that includes both the criminal state of Israel, and the United States of America. Recently, we saw how the Canadian Israeli controlled poodle Prime Minister, Stephen Harper was announced by a pro-Zionist Jewish organization in New York City, called "Appeal Of... more »

Did Jello Biafra Write "Let's Lynch The Landlord" About Sam Zell?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 minutes ago
Nationally, Sam Zell is best known as one of the sleaziest and most hated landlords in America. He probably owns more rental property than anyone other than the Pope. Most of Zell's $4.8 billion net worth has been derived from wheeling and dealing in the property markets. But here in L.A. he's mostly known as the penny-pinching, sleazy right-wing scumbag who destroyed the *L.A. Times*. In Chicago he's also known as the Blagojevich conspiratorwho "somehow" escaped without going to prison and the guy who decided to sell the Cubs *and* Wrigley field (though separately, to squeeze every... more »

Government scraps flawed rail deal in embarrassing U-turn

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 minutes ago
*(Reuters) - The government has torn up a deal awarding one of its biggest rail franchises to a private operator, in a humiliating U-turn that raises doubts about the government's handling of the privatised railways. * * *Ministers froze three more rail franchise competitions on Wednesday after the Department for Transport (DfT) said that "completely unacceptable" flaws had been uncovered in its handling of bids to run the West Coast Main Line, a jewel in the crown of the rail network linking London and Scotland. The debacle is damaging for the ruling Conservative Party, which began ... more »

Native leaders urge US presidential candidates to honor Indigenous rights

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 21 minutes ago
*Indigenous Leaders Challenge Presidential Candidates on Keystone XL, * *Environmental Justice, and Treaty Rights* *By Jennifer Baker * ** *918-720-2925** (mobile)* ** *jennifersbaker@gmail.com* *Censored News* *http//www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com* DENVER -- Indigenous people and organizations from Colorado and across the United States came together on Tuesday to raise their voices in the presidential battleground state of Colorado on the eve of the first nationally televised presidential debate. Dissatisfied with President Obama’s and Governor Romney’s failure to address the many ... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MINDORO, PHILIPPINES - 4th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 24 minutes ago
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck MINDORO, PHILIPPINES at a depth of 58.5 km (36.4 miles), the quake hit at 01:55:20 UTC Thursday 4th October 2012 The epicenter was 16 km (9.9 miles) Southwest of Tayaman, Philippines No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 24 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU at a depth of 32 km (19.9 miles), the quake hit at 22:48:57 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 51 km (31.6 miles) South of Paracas, Peru No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 28 minutes ago
*Payton, Loomis, Vitt to attend Sunday's Saints game! ~Gambit *

Satire: "Millions of Americans Lose Consciousness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 29 minutes ago
*"Millions of Americans Lose Consciousness"* by Andy Borowitz DENVER (The Borowitz Report)— “Millions of Americans lost consciousness on Wednesday night between the hours of 9 and 10:30 P.M. E.T., according to widespread anecdotal reports from coast to coast. The sudden epidemic of sleepiness prevented voters from watching more than a minute or two of the first Presidential debate between former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, which the few observers who remained awake have called the most tedious in American history. Moderator Jim Lehrer’s opening... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN MONGOLIA - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 29 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck WESTERN MONGOLIA at a depth of 12.6 km (7.8 miles), the quake hit at 22:23:22 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 14 km (8 miles) WSW of Bayanbulag, Mongolia No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 29 minutes ago
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA at a depth of 56.9 km (35.4 miles), the quake hit at 21:02:38 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 112 km (69 miles) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

The Upcoming War On Iran: Iran Is Already Under Attack

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 32 minutes ago
The criminal state of Israel and their slave puppets in the United States are still continuing their plans and build up of forces for their intended attack on Iran that could happen very soon. What is now expected is an Israeli "false flag" attack against a major target that these criminals will try to pin on Iran so as to convince a more skeptical public that an attack on Iran is necessary. But what is not known by many is that the innocent and peaceful nation of Iran is indeed already under attack now. For this article, I want to present the following video by James Corbett, e... more »

October Surprise: Is Obama Planning Major Airstrike on Libyan Targets?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Today, a Defense Department official confirmed to Breitbart News that there is advance planning for a “substantial air package” against targets in Libya. Military sources suggest that this means that flight missions against Libyan targets will include manned flights, not merely drones. The New York Times reported yesterday that the Obama administration is preparing an operation to “kill or capture militants” involved in the Benghazi attack resulting in the murder of our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. According to the Times, the Joint Special Operations Command is pu... more » 

140 Characters in Search of a Decent Candidate

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 hour ago
About the only clear advantage Twitter has over blogging is that it's tailor-made for live-blogging things like the presidential debate. What follows are 12 of my better, more heavily retweeted dispatches during tonight's debate. My prediction for the debate? #Tcot's keyboards will have the letters "n", "i", "g" "e" and "r" rubbed off by 9 o'clock. #p2 #p21 #tlot — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) October 4, 2012 @anndromney to Michelle: "You people sure know how to dress considering you shop at Target!" #p2 #p21 #debates — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) October 4, 2012 "I li... more »

"Happy, Dancing People"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Where the Hell is Matt? 2008” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY&feature=relmfu

China, Japan, those islands--and the coming collapse of ‘the bargain’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
[image: image] *The Middle Kingdom Problem* LAST WEEK I POSTED pictures of riots inside China against Japanese “occupation” of some rocks in the East China Sea the Chinese call the Diaoyu Islands, and the Japanese call Senkaku Islands. We might call them just islets, because these rocks (see them above) just don’t make the grade as islands. So why is feeling running so high in China about the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islets that smiling car dealers can hold up banners with perky slogans boasting: “We will kill every Japanese person even if it means deaths for our own”? And Chinese movie t... more »

Another domino falls as Hollande pushes France into depression

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
If French President François Hollande thinks he can assuage the bond markets by dishing out tax-heavy austerity instead of genuine reform, he has been given very bad advice. His tragically-misguided budget offers no strategic plan to reverse -- or even to stop -- thirty years of slow national decline. He offers no worthwhile measures to slim the Leviathan state, now a Nordic-sized 55pc of GDP, without Nordic labour flexibility or Nordic free markets. He does not tell us how he will stem the slide in France’s share of eurozone exports over the last decade, down from 17pc to 13pc, o... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Large galaxies grow by eating small ones. Even our own galaxy practices galactic cannibalism, absorbing small galaxies that get too close and are captured by the Milky Way's gravity. In fact, the practice is common in the universe and illustrated by this striking pair of interacting galaxies from the banks of the southern constellation Eridanus (The River). *Click image for larger size. * Located over 50 million light years away, the large, distorted spiral NGC 1532 is seen locked in a gravitational struggle with dwarf galaxy NGC 1531, a struggle the smaller galaxy will eventual... more »

Rachel Carson, "These Long Vistas..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history or fiction. It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science… The winds, the sea, and the moving tides are what they are. If there is wonder and beauty and majesty in them, science will discover these qualities. If they are not there, science cannot create them. If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the... more »

Chet Raymo, “Blur”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Blur”* by Chet Raymo “This was not one of the more spectacular of the APODs (Astronomy Pictures of the Day), but it caught my attention (click to enlarge). Two spiral galaxies, with rich dust lanes, one more tightly bound than the other, more or less twins of our own Milky Way Galaxy. M65, at upper left, and M66 at lower right, two of the 110 fuzzy blurs in Charles Messier's 1784 catalog of fuzzy telescopic blurs. Messier was a comet hunter- that is, a seeker of blurs. He compiled his list of stationary blurs so as not to mistake them for comets. Comets are part of our solar sys... more »

Justin Trudeau Tells Alberta That Liberal Federal Gov't Was WRONG To Implement National Energy Program (you know .. Pierre's policies)

leftdog at Buckdog - 2 hours ago
*Younger Trudeau appears to distance himself from his father in Alberta* *CALGARY - Justin Trudeau appeared to distance himself from his famous father as he made Alberta the first stop on his campaign to take over the federal Liberal party.* *Trudeau chose Calgary, home to the country's energy company boardrooms, to say he would never use the wealth of the West to gain votes elsewhere. * *He said it is wrong to divide Canadians over natural resources.* *It's a particularly sensitive issue in a province where resentment still burns over the introduction of the national energy program ... more »

Protests rock Tehran as militia attempts to prevent riots from spreading throughout Iran

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The Iranian government Wednesday, Oct. 3, invoked the emergency measures drawn up for the 2009 protests to deploy large-scale Bassij militia forces in the capital and put down the first angry protests against mounting economic hardship and the plummeting rial. Debkafile’s Iranian sources report two waves of riots swept through Tehran’s trading centers Wednesday: the stores trading gold coins and foreign currency on Fereowsi, Estanbol and Manoucheri Streets, and the celebrated gold jewelry market in the Tehran Bazaar. Money changers and gold traders attacked police forces and torch... more »

"The Opposite of Courage..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity." - Rollo May

Tips for debate non-watchers -- and for watchers too

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
[*From Gay.net; see below. (Click to enlarge.)*] *by Ken* I won't say you couldn't pay me to watch the debate -- at least not until I've heard the offers. So I'll just say it seems unlikely anyone will come up with the right number, so personally I expect to be following my traditional political-debate strategy of staying the heck away and trusting in the days to come, however much I might wish otherwise, the parts I need to see will become inescapabl. For goodness' sake, there's an AL East title to be decided tonight, and I assume various other MLB business to be determined. Actu... more »

Cholera in Haiti

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 3 hours ago
Cholera in Haiti & the United Nations - IJDH.ORG from New Media Advocacy Project on Vimeo.

“Eating Meat Made Us Human, Suggests New Skull Fossil”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Eating Meat Made Us Human, Suggests New Skull Fossil” * by Charles Choi “Fragments of a 1.5-million-year-old skull from a child recently found in Tanzania suggest early hominids weren't just occasional carnivores but regular meat eaters, researchers say. The finding helps build the case that meat-eating helped the human lineage evolve large brains, scientists added. "I know this will sound awful to vegetarians, but meat made us human," said researcher Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, an archaeologist at Complutense University in Madrid. Past research suggested prehuman hominids such ... more »

Oil and Nature: A Landscape Reconfigured

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: 'Swamp and Pipeline, Geismar, Louisiana' (1998), from 'Petrochemical America', an exhibition with photographs by Richard Misrach and 'throughlines' by Kate Orff. © Richard Misrach, courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; and Marc Selwyn Gallery, Los Angeles] By EMMA BRYCE 25 September 2012 In the stark white space of the Aperture Gallery in Chelsea, billboard-size photographs present an array of haunting scenes. A chemical plant with a cemetery in the foreground. An empty basketball court alongside a turreted oil refinery. A lush swamp... more »

Rob Anders' CONvictions

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 4 hours ago
Infamous for falling asleep whilst warming a CPC backbench in the House of Commons, Rob Anders "beaked off" recently. There was the predictable fall-out and, as one journalist mused, there must have been some vigorous "arm-twisting behind the scenes" to get Anders to produce a classic CON non-apology. He did not retract his spurious claims nor admit he had made a mistake by advancing fallacious information, but instead stated his remarks were inconsiderate and insensitive. In the meanwhile, two tweets from Glen McGregor were intriguing. One referenced a piece he wrote in 2009 abo... more »

Al-Qaeda blamed for Europe-wide forest fires

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Al-Qaeda has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe, as the head of Russia's Federal Security Service claimed they were set by arsonists as part of the group's low-cost attack strategy. "One should note that setting fires to forests in the countries of the European Union is a new tendency in al-Qaeda's strategy of a 'thousand cuts'," Alexander Bortnikov said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti, at a meeting of heads of security agencies. "This method allows (al-Qaeda) to inflict significant economic and moral damage without serious preliminary prepar... more »

U.S. warned European governments not to support Palestinian state

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
JTA The United States reportedly warned European governments in a memorandum not to support a Palestinian bid for increased status at the United Nations. The memorandum, which was seen by the British newspaper the Guardian, called giving the Palestinians enhanced non-member state status "extremely counterproductive" and threatened "significant negative consequences" for the Palestinian Authority, including financial sanctions, the newspaper reported on Oct. 1. The memorandum, sent by U.S. officials to representatives of European governments at the United Nations General Assembl... more »

Archaeology: "Early Humans Migrated North 800,000 Years Ago"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Early Humans Migrated North 800,000 Years Ago" by redOrbit "Ancient man migrated out of Africa into northern Europe more than 800,000 years ago, far earlier than previously believed, according to a new study released Wednesday. A collection of flint tools unearthed near Happisburgh in the eastern British county of Norfolk, where winter temperatures reach 32F degrees below zero, is from the earliest known settlement of humans, according to the landmark study published in the British journal "Nature." The discovery suggests that humans, 26,000 generations ago, survived climates sim... more »

Keystone XL Pipeline: Pending disaster like the Enbridge Michigan oil spill?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*Thoughts: Anyone with a brain will realize that pursuing fuels that are highly toxic and dangerous to procure is not a recipe for success, but disaster. John's efforts are highly commendable because he's among the very few who care. I'm glad people like him exist, because if they didn't, the world would be even more nightmarish than it currently is, and that's saying something.* * **That said, there are important questions that he and anti-oil protestors are not asking themselves, probably because they're hard questions:* * **1. There is absolutely no way that biofuels + renewable ... more » 

David Icke jeered by Useful Idiots at Bestival

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 5 hours ago
David Icke is a controversial figure. He has spoken and written about issues ranging from the Banking mafia and the fraudulent money system, through to the very fabric of reality. For many people, David Icke is problematic. His notions of the Moon being an artificial structure placed in orbit around the Earth by beings not of this world, is the reason for much mistrust. The evidence he uses to back up this assertion, rests mainly on claims that the Moon has been heard to ring like a bell, and therefore, it must be hollow, and it follows that if it is hollow, that must be due to... more »

TSA to Implement Body Scanners that Instantly Know Everything About your Body

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
Lisa Garber If you thought the x-ray scanners at the airport were bad, wait until you find out that TSA employees will soon know what you had for breakfast and how pumped you are to sit on a plane for twelve hours. Unfortunately, you won’t know what they know, because Homeland Security’s new toy is capable of detecting every molecule on your person from over 164 feet (50 meters) away—without your permission. *CIA-Backed Company Develops New Scanners* Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, an... more »

Brookings Institution's "Which Path to Persia?" Report

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 5 hours ago
US corporate-funded Brookings 2009 report conspires against the nation of Iran. Plot includes using terrorists, provoked war, economic warfare, and covert military and political subversion against the Iranian people. *Editor's Note*: October 3, 2012 - Brookings has taken down their .pdf reports, leaving dead links. The "Which Path to Persia?" report has been so frequently referenced it would be impractical in the short term to fix all the dead links. Instead, the report is being presented in full below, via Scribd. For a full analysis of the document please see *"Which Path to Persi... more »

Elsewhere: Debates, Debates

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
I have two posts up at Plum Line today. The first was about how the debates don't matter to the horse race...truth is, by the time it went up this morning I'm really not sure it's necessary any more. There's been a fair amount of pretty good coverage about it all. The second one, however, is about why the debates do matter: as rituals of democracy, for educating partisans, and for representation. So if you're looking for something to read before the debate and you've had it with hype debunking, you might want to click over for that one. As I did during the nomination season debates,... more »

'Get out of decaying France while you can', campaign warns

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
France's youth should leave a "decaying and ultra-centralised country run by old men", according to a new campaign that has sparked debate on how the country treats its younger generation. Young French people should seek work and hope for the future abroad, according to an unlikely trio of influential men in their 30s – entrepreneur Félix Marquardt, rapper Mokless and TV journalist Mouloud Achour, who have launched a campaign dubbed "Barrez-Vous"("Beat It"). In a tribune in Libération newspaper earlier this month, they said French young people must face the "embarrassing truth" th... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Neptune Beach, Florida, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Alex Details The Implosion of American Society

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
"The real world is spinning around us. What you see on the television, what the globalists try to distort, is a twisted version of reality. All of us see through rose-colored glasses. None of us have all the answers, everything we do is distorted in one way or the other. That is the non-perfection which is the perfection of humanity, and God's plan." - Alex Jones.

Turkey Attempts to Trigger War Vs. Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 6 hours ago
Turkey fires rounds into Syria after unknown attackers fire mortars into Turkish border town. *by Tony Cartalucci * *October 3, 2012 *- After over a year of harboring foreign terrorists and supporting their operations near and across the Turkish-Syrian border, NATO-member Turkey has claimed it has retaliated with military force against "targets" inside Syria for an alleged attack on Turkish territory that it has blamed on the Syrian government. Despite heavily armed listed-terrorist organizations operating in large numbers on both sides of the Turkish border with Turkey's explici... more »

FEDS Seize Gold Coins from US Citizen

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago

Turkey hits targets inside Syria after border deaths

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Turkish artillery has fired on positions inside Syria after shells from Syria killed five people in a southern Turkish border town. * A woman and her three children were among those killed earlier when the shells, apparently fired by Syrian government forces, hit Akcakale. Turkey's response marks the first time it has fired into Syria during the 18-month-long uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Nato ambassadors are due to meet later. The military alliance's ambassadors would meet under Article 4 of the Nato charter, which provides for consultations when a member stat... more »

Clinton "outraged" by Syria mortar strike in Turkey

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed outrage on Wednesday after a mortar bomb fired from Syria killed five people in southeastern Turkey and said Washington would discuss with Ankara on what the next steps should be.* "We are outraged that the Syrians have been shooting across the border. We are very regretful about the loss of life that has occurred on the Turkish side," Clinton said in remarks during an appearance with Kazakhstan's visiting foreign minister. "We are working with our Turkish friends. I will be speaking with the (Turkish) foreign minister late... more »

Romney's parade of cons

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
Didn't think I would watch the whole video but it was as compelling as a car wreck on the highway. You don't really want to look, but you kind of can't help yourself. I was particularly struck by the little girl at about the three minute mark. At first it looked like she saw the cardboard Obama cutout and smiled at it. Then she hear the grownups talking bad about our President and her demeanor changed... On a vaguely related note, betting these grim, self-satisfied blowhards are probably all as bad tippers as Mitt Romney. The GOP hopeful had “two carnitas bowls with guacamole — ... more »

Turkey strikes Syria in "retaliation". Or as distraction? NATO meets

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
This has to be considered a possible false flag. Or did Turkey undertake this attack to distract from the horrific attacks in Aleppo, Syria today? The Aleppo attacks caused mass destruction and killed 50 people. It is entirely within the realm of possibility that NATO backed mercs lobbed the mortar bombs into Turkey, enabling Turkey to justify this so called retaliatory attack. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said Turkish forces in the border region immediately shelled Syrian targets spotted by radar Wednesday, in response to what it called a “heinous” atta... more »

Just Say NO!!!! The Economy Has Stalled Due to Rethug Non-Job Creation "Strategy" (How the Government's Lies Become Truth)

You can't fool Paul Krugman, Robert Reich or Paul Craig Roberts with the public relations razz-ma-tazz of "debates" being the meaningful gauge of who will win the November election. Nope. They know the true score. So do we. And after reading the essays below no one can say we don't have all the figures and the knowledge of who's using them to deny us a return to a decent democratic economy.

Is Your Cell Phone Giving Away All Your Secrets?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
Privacy? That's a thing of the past. The Surveillance State is the new reality and, barring massive government intervention, it's here to stay. How are you liking that fancy Android cell phone? Don't bother answering that, we already know. *Taxpayer-funded programs have created malware for Android smartphones that can remotely take over your phone's camera and use it to spy on you, according to reports in the Washington Times and PCWorld.* * ...Researchers from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center developed the software along with researchers from the school of Informatics a... more »

Ready For Tonight? The First (Yawn) Debate

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Romney's been practicing zingers for the last two weeks. Obama's been governing. And both their teams have been running election campaigns. Obama's really well; Romney's ... well, just look at how he's been tumbling in the polls in every state he and Ryan wander into and start talking. Romney and Scott Brown share a chief campaign strategist, Eric Fehrnstrom... maybe Eric tossed Brown the zinger about not being Elizabeth Warren's pupil Monday night in their debate. You *know* Brown was just sitting there waiting for the appropriate moment-- appropriate to the right-wing lizard br... more »

... "run away! run away"! ...

leftdog at Buckdog - 7 hours ago
*The federal food safety watchdog says there was a delay in getting data on tainted beef from the Alberta slaughterhouse now under scrutiny in the largest beef recall in Canadian history. George Da Pont began to explain this to reporters during a Calgary media availability with Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz Wednesday but a federal government political communications staffer cut short the press conference. * *Mr. Da Pont, president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, was answering a question on why the CFIA took so long to get information on particular lots of meat from XL Fo... more »

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEVADA - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 3.8 earthquake has struck NEVADA at a depth of 10.7 km (6.6 miles), the quake hit at 19:51:08 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 14 km (9 miles) SSW from Nixon, Nevada No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago

Connecticut Court Aquits Rapist Because Victim Couldn't Scream

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
Yeah, you heard that right. The Connecticut Supreme Court, by a 4 to 3 vote, overturned the sexual assault conviction of a man who allegedly raped a woman who “has severe cerebral palsy, has the intellectual functional equivalent of a 3-year-old and cannot verbally communicate.” The court held that Connecticut law the man could not be convicted if there was any chance that the victim could have communicated lack of consent. The court ruled the state failed to adduce, "*any credible evidence that the [victim] was either unconscious or so uncommunicative that she was physically inc... more »

Turkey Fires Back After Syria Shelling

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Turkey says it has struck targets inside Syria with artillery fire in retaliation for a mortar strike which killed a woman and her children in a Turkish town. * A statement from the Turkish Prime Minister's office said it was in response to a "mortar strike across the border". Nato ambassadors are to meet later tonight after Turkey protested angrily to the organisation and to the United Nations The mortar exploded in a residential area of the border town of Akcakale. It was fired from from Tall al Abyad just across the border in Syria. Abdulhakim Ayhan, the mayor of Akcakale, said... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 7 hours ago
*Hey Newhouses, You Should Have Known Diana Pinckley ~Errol Laborde *

To Dissect a Polemic: First, Examine the Polemicist

Storm at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Dissecting The Atlantic's Reform Manifesto: Part IV Go to Part I; Part II; Part III "Why Kids Should Grade Their Teachers," by Amanda Ripley I had an instructive moment in my education well after I left the educational institutions at which I'd been vacationing ("all work and no play," right?): I was working at a bookstore, naturally, as I was "between" my eight or nine Clinton-approved careers (there are no right-left divides when it comes to power, people), where one of the managers was a great reader of review journals (as befits a bookstore manager as one who might find it exped... more »

can we stop the next war before it starts? don't attack iran: saturday, october 6

laura k at wmtc - 8 hours ago
This Saturday, October 6, is an *International Day of Action: Don't Attack Iran*. People will be standing up for peace all across Canada. Some event listings are below, and a search on Facebook may turn up a few more. From the Canadian Peace Alliance: Almost ten years after the start of the Iraq War, we face the threat of another war. This time the target is Iran. And the process that led to war nearly a decade ago is strikingly similar to the situation today. It started with sanctions, which our government insisted were a “humanitarian” alternative to war but then lead to air strik... more »

150 years of lesbians

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
From 1855... To 1998... For the intervening years take a trip to Autostraddle

"I Just Tell 'Em..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"People often ask me, 'Will, where do you get your jokes?' I just tell 'em, 'Well, I watch the government and report the facts, that is all I do, and I don't even find it necessary to exaggerate." - Will Rogers

"Questions Unlikely to be Asked Wednesday Night"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
* "Questions Unlikely to be Asked Wednesday Night"* by Robert Reich "*Governor Romney:* You’ve said that you have used every legal method to reduce your tax liability. You’ve also said that as president you would close tax loopholes in order to help finance a major across-the-board tax cut. What specific tax loopholes have you used that you would close? A followup: Would you close the loophole that allows private-equity managers to treat their income as capital gains, subject to a 15 percent tax, even when they risk no capital of their own? *President Obama:* You have spoken e... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*Sir James Savile in naval uniform, 1990.* Website for this image. Reportedly, Jimmy Savile was named in Operation Ore, the police investigation that caught a number of child sex 'deviants.' "It was made clear to me by the Guildford Police not to even think of raising the name Savile at the time or there would be consequences. A Crown Prosecution Service officer Mr. S also told me the same," said lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano. *Chris Spivey » Blog Archive » JIMMY SAVILE.* *'The Beast of Jersey murdered my sister'* Toad Hall left this comment about Jimmy Savile and the UK police: In... more »

how to send mail to kimberly rivera

laura k at wmtc - 8 hours ago
Kimberly Rivera, the Iraq War veteran and war resister who was forced out of Canada by the Harper government, is being held in at her former base in Fort Carson, Colorado. Supporters wishing to write to Kimberly Rivera can send cards and letters to this address: Kimberly Rivera c/o All Souls U. U. Church 730 North Tejon Street Colorado Springs, CO 80903 USA Supporters at the church will bring Kim her mail in batches. This will draw less attention to her on the base, and might circumvent some censorship. However, please be aware of her situation and refrain from messages that could b... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

UFO In the Shape of the DNA Tesseract

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
Check out the UFO at 2:02 in the video...look familar? Its the same sort of shape as the DNA tesseract. For information on the DNA tesseract see http://americankabuki.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-celestial-mystery-solved-secret-to.html

Giant Tar Sands Lakes for Athabasca

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Big Oil has figured out it's way too expensive to fill in their bitumen mines with soil and far, far cheaper to simply transform them into lakes. Here's the kicker. Big Oil says we'll have to wait for several generations to find out whether these lakes turn into pristine ponds or toxic pits. They call it an industrial experiment. *It may take a century to find out what is left around Fort McMurray. Because the lakes, 30 of them, will be built by Canada’s oil sands industry. When the companies mining heavy crude from northeastern Alberta finish their work, they intend to pump wat... more »

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES at a depth of 144.5 km (89.8 miles), the quake hit at 18:28:33 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 198 km (123 miles) East from General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 17:59:17 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 188 km (116.5 miles) South of Gunung stoli, Sumatra, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Mexican Diplomat Says America Pretty Much Invited The Sinaloa Drug Cartel Across The Border

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
Business Insider Michael Kelley Leaked emails from the private U.S. security firm Stratfor cite a Mexican diplomat who says *the U.S. government works with Mexican cartels to traffic drugs into the United States* *and* *has sided with the Sinaloa cartel in an attempt to limit the violence in Mexico*. Many people have doubted the quality of Stratfor's intelligence, but the information from MX1—a Mexican foreign service officer who doubled as a confidential source for Stratfor—seems to corroborate recent claims about U.S. involvement in the drug war in Mexico. Most notably, the repor... more »

31 Days of Photo Props: Mirrors

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
One of my favorite props to use with newborns and other small children is mirrors. I haven't met a little one yet, who doesn't love to smile at themselves in the mirror. It gives them an opportunity to play, and you are still getting the fabulous pictures you want. Shooting with mirrors can be tricky, since the only reflection you want in the picture is the subjects. I tend to shoot these pictures on a slight angle, so I don't show up behind them. For babies, I use a flat mirror. It is actually a candle mirror that I picked up at a craft store. I scrunch up a sleeping baby and p... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL KAZAKHSTAN - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck CENTRAL KAZAKHSTAN at a depth of 3 km (1.8 miles), the quake hit at 15:28:08 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 28 km (17.4 miles) South of Bayzhansay, Kazakhstan No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

The Right Will Howl Tonight

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Income inequality seems to have sprung up as a hot issue in the American elections. With a consummate rent-seeker, Mitt Romney, carrying the Republican banner, America's crippling inequality - income, wealth and opportunity - was bound to bubble to the surface. Today's American Right (no, they're not conservatives) has reacted like junkyard dogs at the mention of inequality. It sends them howling about "class warfare" and "unearned wealth." We can expect to hear plenty of their growling tonight and for days to come. Americans are taught to honour their flag, not to spit in chu... more »

Smells like press spirit!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012* *The Times previews body language:* How empty is your political press corps? The morning’s hard-copy New York Times leaves little to the imagination. We refer to the full-page review of tonight’s debate, a trio of pieces which consume page A16 in this morning’s Washington Edition. At the bottom of the page, Jackie Calmes presents a sensible, perfectly serious preview of the economic claims which might be made tonight. But that’s at the bottom of the page. The top two-thirds of A16 is consumed by a pair of reports which give us the soul of the Times. Fi... more » 


        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
I've started the Obi Wan Kabuki blog as an expansion of American Kabuki. I've come to realize that American Kabuki really has two audiences, a financial and government changes audience and a ascension and lightworker audience. So please pay a visit to Obi Wan Kabuki! Obi Wan Kabuki is for the Jedi among my audience. Consciousness, earth changes, channelings, and similar messages will find their main home on this new blog. The transition will occur slowly, the two blogs will be cross linked in the header links (hopefully we can get the AK ones working! Hint, hint, Google!) s... more »

Argentina: Background Info on Cattle Mutilations

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 9 hours ago
Source: VISION OVNI Date: October 3, 2012 *Cattle Mutilations: Background Information on Cattle Mutilation in Santo Domingo (Argentina)* *By Andrea Pérez Simondini - Visión OVNI* Veterinarian Dr. Jorge H. Teves has informed the media of the events you will read about below, without the ADDED information that appears in most of them. While he states that this is a "strange" case that is unknown to him, he makes it clear that he cannot explain it - only report his observations. If we recall the year 2000, we may recall that mutilated animals appeared in several provinces, presentin... more »

MKO terrorists work with Mossad

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
Federal Jack The Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), which has often collaborated with the Israeli spy agency Mossad against the interests of Iran. Help Us Transmit This Story Add to Your Blogger Account Put it On Facebook Tweet this post Print it from your printer Email and a collection of other outlets Try even more services

Cyber attackers disrupt Internet in Iran: official

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Cyber attackers have targeted Iranian infrastructure and communications companies, disrupting the Internet across the country, a state official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.* Iran, the world's No. 5 oil exporter, has tightened cyber security since its uranium enrichment centrifuges were hit in 2010 by the Stuxnet computer worm, which Tehran believes was planted by arch-adversaries Israel or the United States. "Yesterday we had a heavy attack against the country's infrastructure and communications companies which has forced us to limit the Internet," Mehdi Akhavan... more »


Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
NPR has a story up today about the horrors of candidates who duck questions in debates. Apparently there's a guy who is dedicated to eradicating this scourge: Todd Rogers, a behavioral psychologist at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, got interested in looking at pivots, or dodges, or whatever you want to call them, after watching the 2004 Bush/Kerry debate I quoted earlier. To him, the dodging on both sides of that debate was enraging, and he couldn't understand why others didn't feel the same. Well, I don't feel the same, so I'll try to explain. Rogers and others worried a... more »

Georgia: Saakashvili’s election loss. Will he relinquish power?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
You may think, well he lost, so surely he has to. No, he doesn't have to. He has more then another year to stay in power and even then, he has been so busy changing laws in Georgia, that it is Mr Saakashvili that has to name the next Prime Minister. Does that sound farfetched? It isn't. Sadly, for the Georgians, the majority of whom despise this despotic leader this is the reality. Prior to the election reports there were reports that the opposition supporters had flooded the 'capital' city of Tblisi An estimated 100,000 opposition supporters rallied in Georgia's capital Saturday ... more »

Censored: What the mainstream media club doesn't want you to know today

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
*What the mainstream media club doesn't want you to know* ** *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Photo 1 by Code Pink. Photo 2 by Ben Powless, Mohawk. Mary the Texas tree sitter continues to hold off TransCanada’s Keystone bulldozers that are seizing family farms at Winsboro, Texas, as an Ottawa judge throws out charges against tar sands protesters at Parliament and Lakotas fight the tarsands in the Plains. The Code Pink delegation is now in Pakistan and meeting with the victims of Obama drone strikes, as a Flotilla ship sails from Italy for Gaza. In A... more »

UPRISER: The Evolution of Revolution

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
http://www.indiegogo.com/upriser UPRISER // the evolution of revolution “The reasonable person adapts themselves to the world; the upriser persists in trying to adapt the world to themself. Therefore, all progress depends on the upriser.” ~ adapted from George Bernard Shaw *What is UPRISER?* UPRISER is being designed as the ultimate platform for rapid grassroots organizing, seeding revolutionary ideas, innovation, launching startups, whistle-blowing, and starting and coordinating positive initiatives democratically. *The New Roundtable for Revolutionaries* From innovators ... more »

If you're watching the US Presidential debate tonight, some pointers as to when (not if) Barack Obama is lieing

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
The Washington Examiner lists some of the "poker tells" which Barack Hussein Obama displays when answering questions.Here's a few: 'First, the president begins a pattern of "ahs" and "uhmms" which are as embarrassing as they are revealing. The awkward pausing punctuated by these semi-stutters increases in frequency as the president senses his own flailing about. Next, the president begins filibustering. His average length of answer in every press conference is already epic, but he has been getting worse as the presidency has dragged on. Pressers are not battles between the "reporte... more »

Everybody's Right

Sophia at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
I am filled with hope, love and excitement for what is to come. Something has changed recently and although I cannot show you a picture of what it was, I can tell you what I see. I see all of us right. There are so many versions of truth. What if they were all correct? We stand today a divided planet. There are nations and within them states and within them counties and towns. Within the towns there are men, women and children; from every nation, following every religion, team, political party, interest and sexual preference. Within each of these you will find a belief s... more »

Blogger Page Link Errors

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
There is a problem with Google's Blogspot/Blogger page link which are at the top of the page. Curiously they worked last night, and they work on the sister blog to this site, but not on American Kabuki today. I found this comment on the Google Blogspot blog which indicates the problem has been going on since mid September, and it is not yet fixed: [image: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Pages linked to an external web address are not currently working. We'll update this post when we have more information. Google blogspot Pages external link error, javascript error, missing URL]... more »

U.S. troops prepare to leave Germany

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Oct. 3 - Some 4,000 troops of the U.S. military's 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare to leave their home of some 60 years, in Baumholder, Germany. Deborah Lutterbeck reports*

Gwen Ifill attempts to compile a list!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012* *D-minus elite on debates:* Pseudo-journalists love to discuss our past White House debates. Gwen Ifill tried to do so this Sunday. Her effort was marked by two familiar press traits—self-involvement and incoherence. Ifill presented a piece in the Washington Post: “5 Myths about presidential debates.” For what it’s worth, these are the “myths” she tried to shoot down: *Gwen Ifill’s five myths about debates:* 1. Voters use debates to decide. 2. Candidates approve the questions ahead of time. 3. The moderator should pick fights with the candidates. 4. He w... more »

Your Hillary Meme of the Day

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 11 hours ago
...courtesy of yours truly at P'ville.

Bruce Welch's Shadows - Atlantis

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 11 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/QTuHd9eO8Do More here and with Phil Kelly (lead guitar) there. Some 50 (!) years ago I played the same on the same gear with my band... John

IMF has uneasy role in euro zone crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The euro zone debt crisis is pushing the International Monetary Fund into new, and at times, uncomfortable territory. The global lender is preparing to monitor some of Europe's largest economies possibly without its biggest weapon - money.* The IMF lacks the financial heft to come to the aid of economies the size of Spain or Italy on its own, even though its monitoring and enforcement role would be in demand. Can it impose sufficient conditions on a large European country to effect change and preserve its credibility, without any funds? "One difficulty for the IMF is ... more »

Stating the obvious/ The best Christy Clark Bashing column I`ve read

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
Ross K led me to this well written column, no name calling, no blathering on for hours about her inability, just a few well placed words, beyond bombastic Bloatto, pure class with a touch of humour.. I don`t want to spoil the read with snippets, a must read, in full.. http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Braid+Chump+change+remark+another+Christy+Clark+classic/7334474/story.html And in case you haven`t heard...Christy is applying, or should I say auditioning for a new career.. Here`s the lead... The Straight Goods Cheers Eyes Wide Open

New Congressional Ads

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Two very different ads for each of the two New Hampshire congressional districts, one up top for Ann Kuster and one directly below this paragraph for Carol Shea-Porter. NH-01 and NH-02 are two of the only districts in the country where the DCCC is supporting independent-minded progressive reformers instead of their usual corrupt conservatives in the image of Steve Israel, Joe Crowley and Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And they just released two good ads targeting the Republican incumbents, Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta. The object is to replace Bass with Ann Kuster and to replace Guin... more »

What Will We Make of Earth? Heaven or Hell?

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 11 hours ago
*by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy* We have known about threats to planet earth for years if not decades! Possibly even longer! And NOTHING is ever done to restrain rapacious assaults on the only environment that we will ever have; nothing is done to slow the increases in the consumption of fossil fuels; nothing is ever done to preseve the integrity of habitats, estuaries et al; nothing or very, very little is done to improve air quality as a result of a rapacious consumption of fossiul fuels, the use of oil derivatives in motor vehicles or the alarming rate with which we destr... more »

Grave risk of harm exception under the Hague Convention

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
*Husid v. Daviau,*2012 ONCA 655 deals with the grave risk of harm exception to the general rule that children abducted from one Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction jurisdiction are to be returned. In this case, the child was born in Peruto a Peruvian father and a Canadian mother. The child was resident in Peru until the mother brought her to Ontario 16 months before the trial. The mother and father were involved in litigation in Peru relating to custody and access and the mother brought the child to Ontario under an order permitting her to travel ... more » 

Today's Dilbert Cartoon

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 12 hours ago
A reader pointed out that this is today's Dilbert desk tear off calendar. The man in gray hair is Warren Buffet. This was originally published October 3, 2009.

Wednesday Afternoon Video

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Explanation at *Wired*: Hard to believe, but it’s been 10 years since goofy fun-rockers They Might Be Giants released their first family album, No! To accompany the album’s 10th anniversary reissue, the Giants have recorded a revise of the geography-laden track “Alphabet of Nations” and released an accompanying crowdsourced video to benefit the Global Fund for Children.

Day 10: Texas treesitters hold off Keystone tarsands seizing family farms

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
** *Video: Eleanor Reacts to TransCanada Destroying Her Land * Reposted from Tarsands Blockade http://tarsandsblockade.org Everyone who meets Eleanor Fairchild will tell you that she doesn’t seem like she’s a day over 50. She turned 72 last month. A year ago on her 71st birthday she was arrested along with 1,252 other people during the peaceful sit-ins in front of the White House to stop Keystone XL. She has done everything she can to prevent the destruction of her land by TransCanada, dreading the day when they would start plowing through her 300 acre farm outside Winnsboro, Texas... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN ITALY - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck NORTHERN ITALY at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 14:41:28 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 37 km (23 miles) WNW from Parma, Italy No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

CODEPINK Peace Delegation now in Pakistan, Meeting with Victims of Obama’s Drone Strikes

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
CODEPINK Peace Delegation now in Pakistan, Meeting with Victims of Obama’s Drone Strikes *For Immediate Release* Contact: Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK, medea@codepink.org, +923365978798 Alli McCracken, CODEPINK, alli@codepink.org, +923419853545 Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy, +923419853377 Islamabad, Pakistan— Today the full CODEPINK delegation to Pakistan will arrive in Islamabad to begin a week of activities to express their opposition to US drone strikes in Pakistan. A pre-delegation group of American activists has been on the ground in Pakistan for several days meeting with thi... more »

This 36-second video illustrates how to knockout a goof. Here, a young woman gets it in the face. Yeah, baby!

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 12 hours ago

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
Nepotism alert: this one goes to David S. Bernstein. Because he totally called yesterday's Drudge-Hannity-whatever idiocy a couple of weeks ago. He explained why it's important for Mitt Romney's campaign to keep generating stupid junk to throw at Barack Obama, because if they don't... It's vitally important for, say, the Romney campaign to keep the movement-conservative audience engaged, to keep their interest up so they will turn out to vote in big numbers. But it's also important that the movement-conservative marketplace not go veering off into dangerous looney-land. And that's ... more »

Dem/Repub Debates: A Pox on Both Their Houses

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 13 hours ago
Why listen to a debate in which none of the really important questions facing us will be broached? Why listen to a debate whose outcome is a forgone conclusion? The debates are kabuki theater, controlled by *The Commission on Presidential Debates*, or CPD, which was begun in 1987 by the Republican and Democratic parties. The CPD's true function is to prevent any third party candidate from getting into the debates, although if you go to their website you'll see high fallutin' language about how pure their motives are. By keeping third party candidates out, all those embarrassing qu... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*More on the Corps of Engineers' theft of public funds in New Orleans* *Live blog: Tuesday’s Orleans Parish School Board candidate forum ~The Lens* *Spike Lee, Mayor Landrieu unveil new crime-fighting campaign * *Coastal scientist Nancy Rabalais is honored with a McArthur fellowship award* *Haunted Houses and Halloween Events * *Greg Schatz: Where the River Meets the Railroad Tracks ~offBeat* *Anders Osborn w/da Bonarama and Dave Malone at Wednesdays in Lafayette Square! *


Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
I've been getting quite pissed off recently at the way several politicians (current and past) - no names, no pack drill - have set up companies to receive all income other than parliamentary salaries. The usual form of explanation when questioned is that these politicians claim that they personally draw no monies from these companies and that the companies pay just expenses. Please note that I believe this means that the company will pay for perfectly legitimate expenses that otherwise the MP would have to pay for out of taxed income if he was not operating through a limited company... more »

Like Shit to a Blanket

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 13 hours ago
A few years ago I was debating the role of government with a young guy from Alberta. Smart guy, not well educated, but very keen on small government and personal self-reliance. He was holding his own, countering my arguments in favour of government services and functions that I considered not suitable for private-sector delivery or individual initiative. Until I got to food and water safety. (I threw in restaurant inspections too. We'd just had a local brouhaha about dirty restaurants and as a young guy, he ate out a lot.) He paused, thought about it, then agreed: we do need en... more »

Mmmm fruity

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
The Fruit Salad Tree Company of Emmaville, NSW, Australia sells trees that have up to six different fruit-bearing branches grafted on them. * Stone fruits which grows peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and peachcots * Citrus which grows a winter and summer orange, mandarins, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangelos and pomelos * Multi-apples only * Multi-nashi fruit only The Fruit Salad Tree can be grown in the ground as for normal fruit trees, or in pots for those people with very limited space. Instead of having numerous different trees with more fruit than your household can consu... more »

Pop Music Brings a Lot More Readers than Social Science: Follow-up on ‘Kangnam Style’

Robert E Kelly at The Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
[image: Korea_Seokguram_Buddha] Now THAT is Korean art – the Seokguram Buddha; I’ve been to see it 3 times The Internet has slapped down my arrogance. I told myself I wouldn’t write about k-pop, but that post on ‘Kangnam Style’ drove so much traffic to my site and twitter, that here is a response to all the comments. It’s kinda of depressing how my posts on Asian political economy or what-not get little traffic and a lot of yawns, but K-pop brings huge numbers. It’s like those Facebook posts on something you find interesting that no one bothers to look at, but put up a pic of yourse... more »

Chuka Umunna waffling and Ed Miliband panicking

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
I particularly enjoyed Jeremy Paxman's skewering of Ed Miliband's lie on the 'millionaire tax cut' from 4:10. Do the Labour party really think the public is that stupid? One major mistake by Jeremy Paxman, on what basis is Chuka Umunna deemed 'highly intelligent'? Why would anyone trust the Labour tossers who got us into this economic mess with the levers of power ever again? Meanwhile when a Labour politician starts wobbling his lips, trying to sound affronted that anyone would think so badly of him, I am reminded of Tony Blair's protestations that he was a 'pretty straight guy'. ... more »

Ocean Releases

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
*Ocean Releases*** Consensus holds that Fukushima constitutes the greatest radiological release into the ocean ever to occur. According to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, levels of radioactive cesium reached more than 100,000 becquerels per cubic meter in early April of 2011.[i] The World Nuclear Association suggests that 169 Petabecquerels of Iodine-131 equivalent were releases into the ocean from Cesium-137, Cesium-134, and Iodine-131from March 26 to September 30th.[ii]This figure does not include March releases into the atmosphere, which the World Nuclear ... more »

An open letter to the unemployed seeking good jobs

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
This is an actual open letter that I just found on Worcester, MA Craigslist in the Manufacturing section. He describes himself as a business owner who's frustrated at not being able to fill the positions in his factory and seems to be a genial (if semi-illiterate) soul and an all-around nice guy. But, as often happens with Us and Them, there's a certain disconnect often producing a tendency for the employer to blame their workforce or potential hires for existing evils. Outsourcing is one of them, a fact he sort of addresses in his open letter. Gee, isn't it guys like him and not we... more »

Will Obama Take AIPAC's Advice And Sink An Iranian Sub?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
Read Richard Silverstein's article,* WINEP’s Clawson Advocates U.S. Sinking Iranian Sub to Provoke War*. Will President Obama take AIPAC's advice and start a war with Iran by sinking one of its ships, or will he send these rascals packing for overstepping? If Obama is serious about peace and democracy in the Middle East then he must call out AIPAC's false flag champions in the debates with Romney and inform the American people about what is really going on. The President must be an educator and a peacemaker, not a monstrous demon hell-bent on starting WWIII.

DISAGGREGATION NATION: A very old regional tale!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012* *Epilogue—Two last perspectives:* If you want to compare the performance of the public schools of two different states, you have to “disaggregate” test scores. If you don’t, you will end up thinking foolish things. For example, you will think that Maine has the best public schools in the nation. You will think that because the public schools of Maine have almost nothing but white kids. You will even think that in a year when white kids in Texas are outscoring their Maine counterparts in Maine by large margins (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 9/27/12.) But then,... more »

Did you hear her say, we're gonna provoke an attack. And both of them say it could be next year? And what an uncomfortable laugh.

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 13 hours ago

Bank Hacking a False Flag Hoax

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
"*VIRTUAL 9-11: Will Israel Hack The US Banking System Computers and Falsely Blame It On Iran?* * * *Netanyahu didn't get any traction at the UN today. Indeed his bomb chart has become an object of ridicule in the alternative media. By now he is throwing a huge tantrum. He wants his war and Netanyahu is a man used to always getting what he wants.* * **There are only three things Netanyahu can do now to get the war with Iran going before the Israeli elections next month.* * ** The first is to simply go ahead and attack Iran, expecting that the United States will protect Israel from the... more »

Ball of Confusion

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
It's a truth almost universally acknowledged that since 9/11, the USA has been rapidly disintegrating into the Orwellian nation of Oceania. But it's also true that while vast swaths of data are being collected and stored on every man, woman and child on the planet, they're not serving any earthly purpose except as junk food for the insatiable maw of the Department of Homeland Security. (DHS) Those DHS "fusion centers" are bastions of delusion sinking under the weight of their own bureacratic excess. Like the old Temptations' protest song, our spy state is just one great big Ball of... more »

Wednesday Morning Linkage

PM at The Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
Dan Nexon is not responsible for today's links.Dan is traveling today, so it's the Duck of Minerva's version of Assistant Editor's Month (or, perhaps, assistant to the editor's month): - Dani Rodrik becomes the Clippy of forensic investigators, as he relates how the Turkish government may have faked evidence against 300 officers on coup-plotting charges: "It looks like you're trying to frame someone for treason. Would you like help with that?" (*Dani Rodrik's Weblog*) - Jay Ulfelder shows off a political science version of the Netflix Prize, in which a bunch of ... more »

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA at a depth of 9.7 km (6 miles), the quake hit at 13:32:36 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 253 km (157 miles) SSW from Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time *Note: This earthquake may get upgraded soon, the majority of the stations measure this between a 6.0 - 6.8 Magnitude Eartquake*

Municipalities do not have a duty to consult to accommodate Aboriginal interests

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
*Neskonlith Indian Band v. Salmon Arm (City)*, 2012 BCCA 379 considers the duty to consult. In *Haida Nation v. British Columbia (Minister* *of Forests)* 2004 SCC 73 ruled that while the "processes of negotiation" towards reconciliation between First Nations and the Crown are being pursued, the honour of the Crown "may require it to consult and, where indicated, accommodate Aboriginal interests." This "duty to consult" was said to arise whenever the Crown has "knowledge, real or constructive, of the potential existence of the Aboriginal right or title and contemplates conduct that ... more »

Interesting Bank Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
*"US banks earned $34.5 billion in the quarter that ended June 30, up from $28.5 billion in the same quarter last year, and marking the 12th consecutive quarter banks have reported year-over-year **improvements**."* *Yup, the BIG BANKS are **BOOMING** while the unemployment and economic crisis remain unresolved.* *At least interest rates are low*: "Banks are biggest winners as mortgage rates drop" by Peater Eavis | New York Times, August 09, 2012 Interest rates on mortgages and refinancing are at record lows, giving borrowers plenty to celebrate. But the bigger winners are the ba... more »

NATO Terrorists Mass Slaughter Civilians in Aleppo, Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 14 hours ago
Al Qaeda-style terrorist bombings slaughter/maims scores, Western media spins war crime as terrorists "targeting government forces." *by Tony Cartalucci* *October 3, 2012* - NATO-backed terrorism swept the northern Syrian city of Aleppo this week, killing and maiming scores of civilians. Al Qaeda-style car bombings targeted public squares throughout the city in a coordinated attack the Western press has attempted to claim was "targeting government forces." CNN in their article, "Syria: Dozens killed in blasts at Aleppo public square," bases this conclusion on the discredited "Syrian... more »

WotW: Joining the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
If I were to ask you to *list the eight most important women in your life*, who would they be? Your mom? Your sister? Your daughter? Your best friend? Chances are, if you start listing all the women close to you it would be a pretty long list. Now imagine one of these women coming down with breast cancer. Did your heart sink?* Breast cancer* is extremely prevalent,* affecting 1 in 8 women* over the course of their lifetime. That number sounds abstract until you start attaching names to the eight women closest to you, and then it hits home. *October is Breast Cancer Awareness Mon... more »

First Tuesday in October

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 15 hours ago
*It comes after **Monday**, right?* * *"Justices tackle far-reaching human rights case; Supreme Court opens term with a familiar issue" by Adam Liptak | New York Times, October 02, 2012 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday by hearing a second round of arguments in an *important human rights case* that it first considered in February. * **And it turns out most of them want nothing to do with it. Not surprising given we have a court that has basically approved torture and spying. * The question before the court then was whether federal courts have jurisdiction t... more »

Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility for the death of a Hezbollah commander

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*BEIRUT: The Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility for the death of a Hezbollah commander reportedly killed in Syria in remarks published in a Saudi newspaper Wednesday.* “Members of the FSA ambushed Ali Hussein Nassif, also known as Abu Abbas, with an explosive device that killed him and two of his bodyguards in Al Qusayr area in Homs,” FSA commander Col. Riad al-Asaad told Okaz newspaper. An AP report Tuesday quoted a Lebanese security official saying that Nassif and several Hezbollah fighters had been killed in Syria. Hezbollah spokesman Ibrahim Moussawi confirmed the deaths o... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to David Obey, 74. Hope he's enjoying his retirement; he certainly earned it. The good stuff: 1. If you haven't had enough of this already, Dylan Matthews gathers up the evidence on debate effects. 2. That Harrison Hickman thing yesterday (in the news yesterday, actually happened a while back) is going to be cited forever and ever, and often, by folks like me and John Sides, who did an item on it already. 3. Did you know this one? "We’ve actually achieved 70% of the discretionary spending cuts called for in the SB budget plan." I didn't; Jared Bernstein did. 4. Jon... more »

Chinese surveillance ships patrol Diaoyu Islands waters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*BEIJING, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Four Chinese marine surveillance ships patrolled in the waters off the Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday after the Japanese right-winger's intrusion, the Foreign Ministry confirmed.* China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes the Japanese right-wingers' illegal entrance into the waters off the Diaoyu Islands and is keeping high vigilance to their intention and purpose, FM spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday at a regular press briefing. The provocation of this kind will make the situation more complicated if not stopped, said Hong Lei. The patrol team -... more »

Dolphin stranded on Gyllingvase beach

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*A dolphin found stranded on a Cornish beach has been put down, say marine rescuers.* The Common dolphin was discovered on the high water line at Gyllingvase near Falmouth early on Wednesday. Members of British Divers Marine Life Rescue covered the animal with wet towels and seaweed to keep it comfortable. A vet who was called to the scene assessed that it was too sick to be returned to the sea. Source

Iran police clash with protesters over currency crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*Riot police in Iran have clashed with protesters in the capital over sharp falls in the currency, the rial.* Tear gas was used to disperse the demonstrators, some of whom were setting fire to tyres and rubbish bins. There were many arrests, reports say. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that scores of people gathered outside the central bank, calling for the governor to stand down, chanting anti-government slogans. The rial has plummeted to record lows against the US dollar in recent days. Up to 100 angry traders and official money lenders gathered in front of Iran's central bank. But th... more »

Syrian Rebels Bomb the hell out of Aleppo square killing at least 31 people

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*At least 31 people have been killed and dozens wounded by five bomb explosions in the centre of Syria's second city, Aleppo, officials have said.* Four of the blasts happened in the city's Saadallah al-Jabari Square, near a military officers' club and a hotel. Pro-government al-Ikhbariya TV broadcast pictures of bodies being pulled out of buildings damaged by the blasts and a large crater in a road. Government forces have been fighting rebels for weeks for control of Aleppo. Rebel fighters launched a new offensive last week to try to seize more districts. Fires over the weekend g... more »

Plane Missing In Australia Found: No Survivors

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*All six people on board a vintage plane have been killed after the aircraft crashed into remote countryside in the Australian state of Queensland.* Rescue teams had been searching for the aircraft after the plane's owner and pilot Des Porter, 68, made an emergency call on Monday. In a tragic twist, Mr Porter survived a crash in the same plane when he was 11, although his father and brother did not survive. As an adult he rebuilt the aircraft and learned to fly it himself. Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesman Mike Barton said the crash site was found about 2pm on Wednesd... more »

Turning Their Own Right Wing Extremism Against The Republican Party

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
If we lived in a completely rational world, Paul Krugman's spectacular Sunday column, The Real Referendum would translate to the congressional races and there basically wouldn't be any more Republicans outside of the Old Confederacy. The world, I'm sure you've noticed, isn't completely rational. Still, as he says, "Voters are, in effect, being asked to deliver a verdict on the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society, on Social Security, Medicare and, yes, Obamacare, which represents an extension of that legacy. Will they vote for politicians who want to replace Medicare with... more »

Whiskey Friendly Fungus Damages Louisville Properties

By: Duane Craig Residents in and around Louisville, Ky., have been dealing with a black material staining their siding, outdoor furniture, vehicles and anything else in the open air for as long as they can remember, according to this article. But now, the culprit has been identified. It’s called Baudoinia, a naturally occurring fungus that is so hearty researchers haven’t found a single carbon source that it can’t use for nutritional needs. So far, there is no evidence the fungus is harmful to people and other living things, other than how it might reduce sunlight from reaching the ... more »

A brisk morning swim...

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago

SUSY with a colored adjoint chiral multiplet

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
I discussed the same exciting possibility in November 2011 and May 2012 but because there's a new paper on the arXiv, I won't resist to make another comment. The paper is called Pushing the SUSY Higgs mass towards \(125\GeV\) with a color adjoint and it was written by Gautam Bhattacharyya and Tirtha Sankar Ray. Even though the names may look like two names of the same ethnic origin, the paper is actually an outcome of an Indian-German-French-Australian collaboration. ;-) Steven Weinberg has said many nontrivial propositions I fully subscribe to and one of them is "Our mistake ... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 35.4 km (22 miles), the quake hit at 09:39:58 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 65 km (40 miles) Southeast of Ishinomaki, Japan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN ITALY - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck NORTHERN ITALY at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 09:20:44 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 0 km (0 miles) WNW of Sanfront, Italy No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF OREGON - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF OREGON at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 08:16:41 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 393 km (244 miles) West of Waldport, Oregon No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake MARIANA ISLANDS REGION - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the MARIANA ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 35.1 km (21.8 miles), the quake hit at 08:02:16 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 223 km (138 miles) East of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Hillary Clinton laughs about provoking war with Iran

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
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4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA at a depth of 64.7 km (40.2 miles), the quake hit at 06:26:41 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 64 km (39 miles) Southwest of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA at a depth of 30.5 km (19 miles), the quake hit at 06:26:17 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 202 km (125 miles) South of Taron, Papua New Guinea No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

The Political Farce in America

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
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Mistakes by Government officials cost the taxpayer £40m as FirstGroup's contract to run West Coast Main Line has to be axed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*The West Coast Main Line contract has been cancelled because of mistakes by Government officials in a move that will cost the taxpayer £40m.* Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has dramatically ripped up a deal that handed the responsibility for running one of Britain's busiest railways to FirstGroup. In a major embarrassment for the Government, he conceded the U-turn was down to "deeply regrettable and completely unacceptable mistakes" in his own department. Three officials from the Department for Transport (DfT) have now been suspended and two independent reviews into the c... more »

Monday Memory

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 16 hours ago
"Occupy Boston marks 1st anniversary" by Travis Andersen | Globe Staff, September 30, 2012 About 60 demonstrators gathered in front of the State House Sunday afternoon to mark the one-year anniversary of Occupy Boston, reuniting as a small but spirited contingent whose anticorporate fervor has apparently not diminished over the past year. Amid a backdrop that included a tent with the phrase “U R being cheated” scrawled across it and a large sign that read in part, “We’re Still Here!” protesters sang, ate snacks, and gave fiery speeches espousing the economic populism that became ... more »

SEC Sues the One Rating Firm Not on Wall Street’s Take

Intercept at The Intercept - 16 hours ago
Bloomberg William D. Cohan The Securities and Exchange Commission, it seems, has finally lost its mind. In April, motivated by what I consider pure maliciousness, the SEC initiated a “cease and desist” administrative proceeding it deemed “necessary for the protection of investors and in the public interest” against Egan-Jones Ratings Co., a privately owned, 20-person firm based in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and against its principal owner, Sean Egan. Egan-Jones, founded in 1995, is one of nine ratings companies that the SEC has accredited as “nationally recognized,” allowing the f... more »

Mildred Ryder - The Peace Pilgrim

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
*Mildred Norman Ryder, AKA Peace Pilgrim July 18, 1908-July 7, 1981 Spiritual Teacher, Non Violence Advocate, Peace Prophet* *We must walk according to the highest light we have, encountering lovingly those who are out of harmony, and trying to inspire them to a better way. Whenever you bring harmony into any unpeaceful situation, you contribute to the cause of peace. When you do something for world peace, peace among groups, peace among individuals, or your own inner peace, you improve the total peace picture. No action is fruitless. There is within the hearts of people deep desir... more »

Judge tosses Occupy Chicago park arrests

Intercept at The Intercept - 16 hours ago
Chicago Tribune David Heinzmann The mass arrests of Occupy Chicago demonstrators that city leaders held up as a model for how to respect protesters' rights has been ruled unconstitutional and tossed out of court by a Cook County judge. In a 37-page ruling issued today, Associate Judge Thomas Donnelly ruled the October 2011 arrests were unconstitutional because the city routinely chooses not to enforce the curfew for events the city supports, such as the 2008 Election Night rally for President Barack Obama. The judge noted that no arrests were made at that event, even though it went ... more »

The Legend of The Cedar Tree - A Cherokee Legend

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
Cedar Trees The Legend of The Cedar Tree A long time ago when the Cherokee people were new upon the earth, they thought that life would be much better if there was never any night. They beseeched the Ouga (Creator) that it might be day all the time and that there would be no darkness. The Creator heard their voices and made the night cease and it was day all the time. Soon, the forest was thick with heavy growth. It became difficult to walk and to find the path. The people toiled in the gardens many long hours trying to keep the weeds pulled from among the corn and other food plant... more »

Crumbling Castle

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
John Ivison reports that cracks are beginning to show in the Conservative Fortress. The backbenches are getting restless: Simply put, I think MPs on the government side of the House who have been around since 2004, 2006 or 2008 are thinking about their legacy and resolving that always voting at their party’s call, and never thinking for themselves at all, is not how they want to be remembered. There are no whispers of regicide in the Conservative caucus. Mr. Harper will remain Prime Minister until he or the voters decide otherwise. He remains respected for leading the party into ... more »

"Arbitrage" - An Important Movie?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 16 hours ago
If you haven't seen it, Woody Allen's 1989 film "Crimes and Misdemeanors" is a good one. I remember at the time reading how the actors (especially Martin Landau and Alan Alda) played their characters as much nicer people than Woody Allen had intended them to be. The result was a much more believable story. Because few people live their lives full-time in "asshole" mode. There's often a thread of logic rationalizing their idiotic or selfish behaviour, allowing them to see themselves as good people; sane people in an insane world. (Again, one of the great significances of the Margaret... more »

Russia tells NATO to stay away from Syria

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
Reuters Gabriela Baczynska *Russia told NATO and world powers on Tuesday they should not seek ways to intervene in Syria's civil war or set up buffer zones between rebels and government forces.* Foreign Minister Gennady GatilovMoscow further called for restraint between NATO-member Turkey and Syria, where violence along their shared border has strained relations between the former allies. Tensions have flared since a mortar round fired from inside Syria struck the territory of Turkey. Ankara has threatened to respond if the strike were repeated. When asked by Interfax if Moscow w... more »

Casino banking to blame?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
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