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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

3 October - Blogs I'm Following

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IMF (International Monetary Fund) Protest
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Bruce Welch's Shadows - Atlantis

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 13 seconds 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 - 38 seconds 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 - 5 minutes 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! - 8 minutes 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 - 18 minutes 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 - 29 minutes 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 - 55 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago
*More on the Corps of Engineers' theft of public funds in New Orleans* *Spike Lee, Mayor Landrieu unveil new crime-fighting campaign * *Coastal scientist Nancy Rabalais is honored with a McArthur fellowship award* *Anders Osborn w/da Bonarama and Dave Malone at Wednesdays in Lafayette Square! *


Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 hour 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! - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 »

Bank Hacking a False Flag Hoax

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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! - 4 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 - 4 hours ago

SUSY with a colored adjoint chiral multiplet

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 hours ago
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4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 hours ago

America Has Already Collapsed

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Brandon Smith, *Contributor* Many of us in the liberty movement find ourselves searching for a distinct root cause of the trials and tribulations of American culture — the Holy Grail catalyst that, if unraveled, would save this country and heal the septic wounds covering the landscape of our hobbled society. The obvious answer would be to remove the global elites who are poisoning the well from the picture entirely. Yes, this has to be done eventually. However, we must also identify how those elites have been able to so thoroughly con the masses of this nation fo... more »

YouTube Removes Undercover Video Showing Whole Foods GMO Misinformation

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Natural Society Anthony Gucciardi Youtube has pulled an undercover ‘Organic Spies’ video questioning Whole Foods employees as to whether or not any of the products within Whole Foods contained GMO ingredients. Created to show how even the employees themselves are misinformed (or even dishonest) about the very real presence of Monsanto’s GMOs in a store like Whole Foods that is supposed to promote health and wellness, the Organic Spies video received over 100,000 views in a few short days. The video has since been removed due to apparently ‘violating the Terms of Service’, according... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Manuel Álvarez Bravo (February 4, 1902 – October 19, 2002) was Mexico’s first principle artistic photographer and is the most important figure in 20th century Latin American photography. He was born and raised in Mexico City. While he took art classes at the Academy of San Carlos, his photography is self taught. His career spanned from the late 1920s to the 1990s with is artistic peak between the 1920s to the 1950s. His hallmark as a photographer was to capture images of the ordinary but in ironic or surrealistic ways. His early work was based on European influences, but he was so... more »

3D Printed Wikiweapon Company Has Equipment Seized

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
3D Printed AR-15 shell Source: Defence Distributed J.G. Vibes Defense Distributed, a new company that planned to help average people create firearms at home with 3D printershas had their equipment seized by the manufacture after news of their controversial project was picked up by the media. In an email that Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed received from "Stratasys" the manufacture, he was told that his primary project, Wikiweapon was illegal. A day later contractors hired by the company arrived at Wilson’s apartment in an Enterprise rental van and took the printer, which app... more »

Corruption in Montreal - not mere allegations

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
Media sources repeatedly speak of the explosive testimony of Lino Zambito as mere allegations. But Mr Zambito has not made just allegations. Mr Zambito has given sworn testimony, evidence, and while he may have lied or been wrong that is far more than just allegations. That is evidence.

A Vote for the GOP is a Vote Against the Middle Class

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 6 hours ago
*by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy* There is --unfortunately --NO middle ground in a two-party system. There is no compromising with evil. The fact is the GOP is the enemy of the middle class; it is, in fact, the party of 'make war and share the booty with the cult of the ruling elites". Put another way: the GOP is the party of 1) WARS FOR BOOTY 2) WARS which benefit ONLY the ruling elites. The Romney-Ryan-Republican plan in a nutshell: 1. It would, in effect, end Medicare, defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare 2. It would slash student aid; 3. it wou... more »

Iraq: Ten Years, a Million Lives and Trillions of Dollars Later

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Global Research Dennis Kucinich *Ten years ago today the debate over the Iraq War came to Congress in the form of a resolution promoted by the Bush Administration. The war in Iraq will cost the United States as much as $5 trillion. It played a role in spurring the global financial crisis. Four thousand, four hundred, eighty eight Americans were killed. More than 33,000 were injured.* As many as 1,000,000 innocent Iraqi civilians were killed. The monetary cost of the war to Iraq is incalculable. A sectarian civil war has ravaged Iraq for nearly a decade. Iraq has become home to Al Q... more »

"There Was Only One Catch..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane, he had to fly them. If he flew them, he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to, he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the abso... more »

Reports Of Mexican Special Forces Serving As 'Death Squads' In The Drug War

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Business Insider Michael Kelley Mexican Army Special ForcesCiudad Juárez, right across the border from El Paso, Texas, was perhaps the most dangerous place in the world between 2008 and 2011 as a “cartel turf war" led to more than 10,000 murders. But U.S. and Mexican officials told Stratfor that the surge of killings can be partly attributed to Mexican special forces and hitmen who were acting as U.S. informants. One email from a Mexican diplomat—identified by Narco News as Fernando de la Mora Salcedo—to Stratfor describes special-operations and intelligence units, embedded within t... more »

“Welcome to the Asylum: Capitalism, a Ceaseless and Futile Quest for Money and Goods”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Welcome to the Asylum: * *Capitalism, a Ceaseless and Futile Quest for Money and Goods”* By Chris Hedges “When civilizations start to die they go insane. Let the ice sheets in the Arctic melt. Let the temperatures rise. Let the air, soil and water be poisoned. Let the forests die. Let the seas be emptied of life. Let one useless war after another be waged. Let the masses be thrust into extreme poverty and left without jobs while the elites, drunk on hedonism, accumulate vast fortunes through exploitation, speculation, fraud and theft. Reality, at the end, gets unplugged. We l... more »

Voter ID Rules Fail Court Tests Across Country

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
New York Times Ethan Bronner A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday blocked the key component of a highly contested state law requiring strict photographic identification to vote in next month’s election, saying the authorities had not done enough to ensure that voters had access to the new documents. Commonwealth Court, had upheld the law in August when liberal-leaning and civil rights groups challenged it. But the state’s Supreme Court instructed him two weeks ago to hold further hearings to focus on whether enough had been done to ensure “liberal access” to the picture ID cards, which ... more »

“Iraq: Ten Years, a Million Lives and Trillions of Dollars Later”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Iraq: Ten Years, a Million Lives and Trillions of Dollars Later”* By Dennis Kucinich “Ten years ago today the debate over the Iraq War came to Congress in the form of a resolution promoted by the Bush Administration. The war in Iraq will cost the United States as much as $5 trillion. It played a role in spurring the global financial crisis. Four thousand, four hundred, eighty eight Americans were killed. More than 33,000 were injured. As many as 1,000,000 innocent Iraqi civilians were killed. The monetary cost of the war to Iraq is incalculable. A sectarian civil war has ravage... more »

Tisei Leading Tierney

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 7 hours ago
*I say vote third party. * "Richard Tisei leads Rep. John Tierney in poll; Big hope for GOP; many undecided" by Michael Levenson | Globe Staff, October 01, 2012 Republicans may have their best chance of winning a Massachusetts congressional seat in nearly two decades with Richard R. Tisei pulling six percentage points ahead of Representative John F. Tierney in a new Boston Globe poll. Tisei, a former state senator from Wakefield, leads Tierney, a Salem Democrat, 37 percent to 31 percent among likely voters, with 30 percent undecided. The high percentage of undecided voters reflec... more »

history past

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*PHOTO: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN. *Website for this image Sir Anthont Blunt worked for the British security service MI5 and was close to Lord Victor Rothschild. "*Sir Anthony Blunt blocked police investigations into activities involving Jimmy Savile. * "This, according to our informant, came straight from the lips of an angry detective involved in the earlier police investigation." *Times Online 'Covers' Jimmy Savile's Child Abuse, Literally* Reportedly, Sir Anthony Blunt enjoyed strangling young boys to death while buggering them. (According to T Stokes - ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT COMING... more »

Researching the Budget Cuts

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 9 hours ago
"Researchers fear wallop of mandated budget cuts; Mass. would be hit hard; labs are urged to lobby" by Bobby Caina Calvan | Globe Staff, August 03, 2012 WASHINGTON —Budget cuts would devastate medical research throughout the country, particularly in Massachusetts.... The cause of the consternation is $1.2 trillion in mandated cuts over the next decade across the federal budget spectrum, a process known as sequestration that is the legacy of the budget-cutting deal last summer.... Persuading Washington to roll back the looming cuts could be particularly daunting for researchers as... more »

Banned Books Week 2012

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 9 hours ago
It's Banned Books Week again, September 30th to October 6th. You're encouraged to read a banned or challenged book, make a video celebrating a favorite one, or blog about it. The Twitter hatchtag is #BannedBooksWeek. (If you choose to write a post celebrating Banned Books Week or intellectual freedom, feel free to link your post in the comments or e-mail me, and I'll link your post in an

EU bureaucrats' new strategy to close Czech nuclear power plant

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
The Czech Republic whose population is, according to surveys, the most pro-nuclear-energy nation in the world is producing about 1/3 of electricity in nuclear power plants. Plans to move this figure closer to 1/2 are underway. One is located in Dukovany (Southeast of the country) and produces about 13.4 TWh per year. A newer one, one in Temelín (South/Southwest of the country) produces 11.4 TWh per year. Temelín – with its combined Russian-American design – was opened after the fall of communism, in 2002 (although the construction began in 1981), and it was a frequent target of a... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Is Justin Bieber real? * *1.* There are the things that appear to our five senses - things we see, touch, smell, hear and taste. We can see Lady Gaga, touch Miley Cyrus, smell Shakira, hear Rihanna and taste Katy Perry. Selena Gomez is made up of quarks.... Website for this image *2.* But, can we see 'dark matter', touch 'infinity', hear 'quarks' or taste 'electrons'? Dark matter and dark energy make up 95% of the universe, according to the scientists. *3.* Max Tegmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that "physical existence and mathematical existance are... more »

Watts, Charlie Watts

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
This is about as close as you can hope to get to the Stones' epic drummer, Charlie Watts. In *Old Gods, Nearly Dead*, the narrative goes on at some length how Richards, Jones and Jagger knew, like all their rivals knew, that the band that could score that great jazz drummer Watts would be the next great thing.

Ongoing Observations of a Sasquatch Troop

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Quite obviously this farm is situated in the middle of a Sasquatch troop's range and they are just as curious as GM is. This is very good news because this becomes a perfect opportunity to establish communication through food sharing. They are already accepting pig feed and food waste so it is pretty evident that they are not scared at all and are at most cautious. These creatures will harvest deer in the winter, but it appears here that they are vegetarian during the summer growing season although that could be a case of respecting clear ownership. The fact remain... more »

Little Foot with Richard Freeman

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
What we have learned from Bigfoot is that a significant population of rather smart primates who rely on a completely different ecological niche have little trouble avoiding interaction with us. They know how and when to hang low. More, our dogs are scared of them. Some time back I posted an excellent report on a small primate in Central Park no less that was clearly evading observation. It made clear that such a creature may well exist and that its foot size would not elicit any attention or controversy. Thus the driving characteristic of the Bigfoot was missing. In ... more »

An 1800 Year Oceanic Tidal Cycle Driving Climate Change

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
I am not copying the whole paper here but it underlines what I have come to conclude myself. That the driving force for changes in the heat flux into the Arctic is a tidal pulse in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. This explanation is both simple, persistent and profoundly elegant. It is also reasonable that this tidal effect will have a comparable effect on the opposite side of the globe and thus we likely have specific local effects at the nine hundred year mark also. In any case, we have a choke point in the South Atlantic that is affected at least every 1800 years an... more »

Ancient Relationships Between Language Families

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Language is naturally divergent around sound as is quickly learned when comparing usage over both time and space. This feature has dominated the debate. Yet today, the advent of mass communication has changed all that and language is now convergent to a single norm in the form of English which has massively expanded to accommodate multiple needs. The result will be a steadily improving English usage and uniformity combined with cultural bilingualism established to preserve and support all archaic languages. This leads naturally to the support of the related arts. ... more »

The Essence of Despair

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
I was going through my collection of internet photographs. As a raw amateur myself I've become interested in looking for shots that really moved me. Here's one that haunts. It reveals how we treat the mentally ill today. You feel the despair, the hopelessness, the helplessness that infests this young man's very being. What have we become?

Obamayahu: The Face of 21st Century Terror

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*Obamayahu: The Face of 21st Century Terror. * American President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are the faces of the most rotten, tyrannical, evil, and criminal regimes on Earth. Some people will object to the name "Obamayahu," on the basis that there is a big rift between the two men, but they *both defend the 9/11 myth*, so, technically, they're on the same page as far as the "war on terror" goes. 9/11 is the knot that locked the destinies of America and Israel in a very radical way, and until it is untied by the hands of the American President, ... more »

Time to call out the media for uncritically reprinting ‘Fraser Facts’

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
Sun News Network columnist Lorne Gunter, bottom centre, listens as a Fraser Institute “senior fellow” tells a wonderful story about the benefits of private health insurance. Right wing bloviators may not be exactly as … oh, never mind! Below: The real Mr. Gunter. Claims by the market-fundamentalist Fraser Institute widely rebroadcast by mainstream media that ... more »

Carl Davidson : 'Lazy' People and Voting Rights

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 11 hours ago
Political cartoon by Adam Zyglis / The Buffalo News / The Cagle Post. ‘Lazy’ people, voting rights, and Republicans caught with their pants down As the saying goes, most people work for their money, but a few people are able to let their money work for them By Carl Davidson / The Rag Blog / October 3, 2012 Sometimes Republicans just can’t help themselves. Put a little heat on them, and they

Alan Waldman : 'Intelligence' Is a TV Treasure You May Have Missed

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
The late and lamented Canadian television series, Intelligence. Screen grab from NetFlix. Waldman's film and TV treasures you may have missed: The late and much-lamented Canadian television series, Intelligence. By Alan Waldman / The Rag Blog / October 3, 2012 [In this weekly column I want to talk about some of the best films and TV series I have enjoyed (and that you might have missed).

U.S. gathers information about possible targets in Libya

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*U.S. intelligence and the Pentagon have begun assembling preliminary information about potential targets and militant personnel in Libya that could be struck if President Barack Obama ordered such action. * A senior U.S. official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information, confirmed details to CNN, noting the United States would likely seek cooperation from Libya before launching any military strike. Some of the details were first reported by the New York Times. The stepped up effort is in response to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consu... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Velvet Morning”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Velvet Morning” ("Void of the Stellar Winds") - http://www.youtube.com/

U.S. had early indications Libya attack tied to organized militants

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Within hours of last month's attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, President Barack Obama's administration received about a dozen intelligence reports suggesting militants connected to al Qaeda were involved, three government sources said.* Despite these reports, in public statements and private meetings, top U.S. officials spent nearly two weeks highlighting intelligence suggesting that the attacks were spontaneous protests against an anti-Muslim film, while playing down the involvement of organized militant groups. It was not until last Friday tha... more »

West Coast Main Line Franchise Award Axed, cites government errors

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*The decision to award the West Coast Main Line franchise to FirstGroup has been cancelled due to flaws in the way the process was conducted.* The decision was announced by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. It means the Department for Transport (DfT) will no longer be awarding a franchise contract to run the West Coast service when the current franchise expires in December. FirstGroup was due to take over the running of the London to Scotland line after being awarded the contract by the DfT in August, but Virgin Rail, which currently runs the service, launched a High Court ch... more »

Mexican Police 'Targeted' US Embassy Car

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Mexican federal police who fired on a US embassy vehicle, wounding two CIA officers, were likely working for a drug gang, officials have said.* The armoured SUV with American diplomatic plates was shot at on a rural road near Cuernavaca south of Mexico City on August 24. Federal police officers have said they mistakenly opened fire on the vehicle believing it was being driven by the kidnappers of a government employee. When asked by if the officers involved in the shooting were tied to organised crime, a senior US official told AP: "The circumstantial evidence is pretty damn stro... more »

OTTAWA Judge throws out case against tar sands protesters

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Judge throws out case against tar sands protestersPhoto Ben Powless, Mohawk*Media Releases | | October 02, 2012 * (Ottawa) – A judge today dismissed all charges against thirteen Canadians on trial for protesting the reckless climate change and energy policies of the Harper Government. The judge threw out the case after the Crown presented insufficient evidence that the peaceful demonstration constituted a crime. The 13 defendants were arrested on 26 September, 2011, during a demonstration on Parliament Hill in which roughly 200 people risked arrest to protest the climate change and e... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
“Have you ever seen the Milky Way's glow create shadows? To do so, conditions need to be just right. First and foremost, the sky must be relatively clear of clouds so that the long band of the Milky Way's central disk can be seen. The surroundings must be very near to completely dark, with no bright artificial lights visible anywhere. Next, the Moon cannot be anywhere above the horizon, or its glow will dominate the landscape. Last, the shadows can best be caught on long camera exposures. In the above image taken in Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, seven 15-second ... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 13 hours ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful: - The #CTWW Gang - The Honor Society - My Final Thoughts on Our Last Challenge - This Week's Challenge Last week was reader's choice ... everyone was encouraged to pick their own challenge based on the season whi... more »

Useful Tool-- A Middle Class Voter Guide... And One For People Who Love Fido

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Although Campaign for America’s Future and Van Jones' Rebuild the Dream won't be officially launching the 2012 congressional voter guide until Friday, the site, The Middle Class Voter Guide is live now and easy to use. The best way to use it is to check out your own state and find your own congressmember and senators and see how they've been voting in terms of support for the middle class. Believe it or not, close to 200 Republicans scored a zero, "worst of the worst!" And that shameful list includes almost all the Republicans Blue America is targeting this cycle. One or two escap... more »

Elsewhere: Polling, War with Iran?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
I keep forgetting to wish everyone, or at least everyone celebrating, a Chag Sameach. I love Sukkot! Nothing like a holiday where we're supposed to spend a week rejoicing. Much better holiday than that one last week. I was on the Brian Lehrer on WNYC radio this morning talking "skewed" polls. Listen to me duck a question about the PA voting decision because I didn't want to say anything without knowing something about it first! Meanwhile, at PP I talked about how to answer the question of whether war is more likely with Barack Obama in the White House or with Mitt Romney. I mostly w... more »

Chris Hedges on The Real News - US Elections: Pick Your Poison

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
"All of our hope now has to be invested in acts of civil disobedience. I intend to vote but I will not vote for Barack Obama. I'll vote for a third party candidate." - Chris Hedges.

Border Patrol Agent Shot Dead In 'Drug Corridor'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*A US Border Patrol agent has been shot dead and another wounded after coming under fire in an area of Arizona used by drug smugglers and human traffickers. * Three agents were responding to a ground sensor that had been tripped about five miles from the Mexican border, near the city of Bisbee, when the shooting began, authorities said. The wounded agent's injuries not believed to be life-threatening while the third agent was unharmed. The agent who was killed was named as Nicholas Ivie, originally from Utah. He is the fourth border official to die in Arizona in the last two years.... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF OREGON at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 02:13:13 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 377 km (234 miles) West of Waldport, Oregon No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA at a depth of 39.8 km (24.7 miles), the quake hit at 00:50:29 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 73 km (45 miles) South of Unalaska, Alaska No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF CALIFORNIA - 2nd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the GULF OF CALIFORNIA at a depth of 15.4 km (9.6 miles), the quake hit at 19:43:08 UTC Tuesday 2nd October 2012 The epicenter was 58 km (36 miles) NNE of La Paz, Mexico No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Sheldan Nidle - October 2, 2012

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 14 hours ago
Sheldan Nidle - October 2, 2012 October 2, 2012 12 Ahau, 8 Tzotz, 9 Eb Dratzo! We come today, knowing that a great many things are approaching the point where they can begin to take shape before your eyes. Our Secret Sacred Societies aided by our Earth allies are working hard to complete a broad spectrum of activities which will create an astonishing new reality for you. We watch with much merriment as these many projects come to fruition, knowing that they are the start of what is to make disclosure possible! We intend to take this opportunity to make a series of announcement... more »

Chet Raymo, “Going Flat”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“Going Flat” * by Chet Raymo "My wife tells me we have enough credit points on our credit card to get a free TV. "Why do we need a new TV?" I ask. "Because we can, I suppose." And there it sits, sulking like an ignored child. Fifteen years old. Nineteen-inch screen. Cathode-ray tube. Do they even make cathode-ray tube televisions any more? Do we have the last operating CRT in existence? Gee, it works swell. Not exactly high-definition, but then our eyes aren't exactly hi-def either. I'd hate to replace our CRT with a flat screen. I know how the CRT works. I can imagine in my m... more »

Only in China

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 14 hours ago
[image: image]*Guest post by our roving China correspondent Suzuki Samurai* [image: DSCN0186] China announced last month it had commissioned a new aircraft carrier. This is not that aircraft carrier. These are photos of a concrete aircraft carrier in a man-made lake in a city called Binzhou. True story. [image: DSCN0187] [image: DSCN0190] [image: DSCN0193] [image: DSCN0204] Legend has it the thing was built as a casino, but the hapless mug who did so forgot that there are no 'official' legal gambling establishments allowed in mainland China. So what is there is instead is a... more »


If Netanyahu calls for an early election in Israel, as seems very likely, it would probably take place in February or March of next year – just weeks after the inauguration of the next President of the US. Given that Netanyahu would be taking a punt about being able to win the next Israeli election, one can assume that he would at least like to achieve his goal of creating a Greater Israel by destroying Hezbollah and Hamas and Israel’s arch nemesis, Iran, before leaving office. This would mean pushing for support for an attack against Iran from the US just as soon as the US electio... more »

Romney serves up more word salad

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 14 hours ago
Can't decide whether this is more sad or funny. Definitely qualifies for Romney's quote of the day: Romney finished his interview with this insightful tidbit about his contempt for the 47%, “I don’t think it’s ever productive for someone like me to get into the details of how the campaign is going to cobble together the details of how someone like me is going to win an election. So when I’m talking politics and the dynamics of bringing in the number of votes I’m going to need, why, I’m talking about something that isn’t of interest to most folks.” Let's not forget he's been practi... more »

BBC Documentary Professor Yarshater with English Subtitles

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
*Wikipedia for Ehsan Yarshater*: *Ehsan Yarshater* (born April 3, 1920) is the founder and director of The Center for Iranian Studies, and Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Columbia University. He was the first full-time professor of Persian at a U.S. university since World War II. He is one of the 40 editors of the *Encyclopædia Iranica*, with articles by 300 authors from various academic institutions. He also edited the third volume of the Cambridge History of Iran, comprising the history of the Seleucid, the Parthians, and the Sassanians, and a volume en... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
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"I Wish You Enough"

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"I Wish You Enough" by Bob Perks "I never really thought that I'd spend as much time in airports as I do. I don't know why. I always wanted to be famous and that would mean lots of travel. But I'm not famous, yet I do see more than my share of airports. I love them and I hate them. I love them because of the people I get to watch. But they are also the same reason why I hate airports. It all comes down to "hello" and "goodbye." I must have mentioned this a few times while writing my stories for you. I have great difficulties with saying goodbye. Even as I write this I am exp... more »

David Foster Wallace, "Kenyon Commencement Speech, 2005"

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*"Kenyon Commencement Speech, 2005"* by David Foster Wallace "This speech was originally transcribed and posted at Marganlia.org until recently. Here is the originally transcribed version." "If anybody feels like perspiring [cough], I'd advise you to go ahead, because I'm sure going to. In fact I'm gonna [mumbles while pulling up his gown and taking out a handkerchief from his pocket].) Greetings ["parents"?] and congratulations to Kenyon's graduating class of 2005. There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who ... more »
  In their magnum opus, “Margaritaville,” season 13, episode 3, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have done us a service, revealing over the course of 22 animated minutes what it might otherwise take several semesters at a decent business school to learn. The episode opens in the small Colorado town of South Park, which is wracked by a sudden and serious economic decline. After a period of collective soul-searching, the locals hit upon the obvious cause of rampant unemployment and plummeting stock values: the Economy is pissed.
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