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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

30 October - Blogs I'm Following II

Lynsey Hayton - 1
Lynsey Hayton - 1 (Photo credit: the justified sinner)
11:09 pm MDST

New Italy law tackles rampant corruption

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
Italy passed an anti-corruption law on Tuesday, the latest move by the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti to shed the country's image tarnished by former leader Silvio Berlusconi. Monti, who took office last November to replace the scandal-plagued Berlusconi, made approval of the law a confidence motion in his administration in order to speed its passage through both houses of parliament. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/uk-italy-corruption-idUKBRE89T1MS20121030

Government report criticises growth strategy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
Britain's growth strategy of tax cuts and deregulation will not provide a fast track to economic prosperity and needs to be reassessed, according to a government-commissioned review published on Wednesday. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/uk-britain-heseltine-economy-idUKBRE89U03Y20121031

Protesters storm Libya congress after prime minister presents government

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
Protesters stormed Libya's national assembly on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of a vote on a proposed coalition government named by the country's new prime minister just hours earlier. Fewer than 100 people, made up of civilians and former rebel fighters, charged into the meeting hall of the General National Congress as it voted on Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's cabinet line-up, which was drawn from liberal and Islamist parties. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-libya-government-protesters-idUSBRE89T1CA20121030

Greece gets key backing to pass reforms

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 minutes ago
An overwhelming majority of Greek Socialist lawmakers have agreed to vote in favor of contested austerity reforms, party officials told Reuters, sharply increasing the odds of securing parliamentary approval for the measures. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-greece-austerity-idUSBRE89T1BI20121030

Sandy curtails nuclear plants, oldest under alert

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 minutes ago
Hurricane Sandy slowed or shut a half-dozen U.S. nuclear power plants, while the nation's oldest facility declared a rare "alert" after the record storm surge pushed flood waters high enough to endanger a key cooling system. Exelon Corp's 43-year-old Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey remains on "alert" status, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said early Tuesday. It is only the third time this year that the second-lowest of four emergency action levels was triggered. "Oyster Creek is still in an alert but may be getting out of it as long as water levels continue to drop,... more »

Lower Manhattan faces four days without power

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes ago
Residents of lower Manhattan faced up to four days without power on Tuesday as Consolidated Edison, New York City's power provider, scrambled to repair the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Almost every street below Times Square in the city's Midtown district was plunged into darkness on Monday night after an explosion at a Con Edison power station on 14th Street threw the electricity provider's plans for controlled shutdowns into disarray. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-storm-sandy-nypowercuts-idUSBRE89T1KK20121031

Millions struggle after massive storm

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
Millions of people in New York City and other hard-hit areas will spend days or weeks recovering from a storm already seen as far more destructive that Hurricane Irene, which slammed into the same region a year ago. One disaster modeling company said Sandy may have caused up to $15 billion in insured losses. The storm killed 18 people in New York City, among 23 total in New York state, while six died in New Jersey. Seven other states reported fatalities. Some 8.2 million homes and businesses in several states were without electricity as trees toppled by Sandy's fierce winds took do... more »

EU Budget: Cameron Faces Commons Showdown

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
Prime Minister David Cameron faces an embarrassing Commons defeat later today when MPs debate the EU budget. A rebellion is brewing on the Tory backbenches: eurosceptics want the budget cut, while the PM plans to go no further than to demand a real-terms freeze, an inflation-only rise of a little over 2% a year. The budget will cover the period 2014 - 2020. http://news.sky.com/story/1004869/eu-budget-cameron-faces-commons-showdown

Latest stories Sandy: Obama To Visit Storm-Hit US East Coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
President Barack Obama is due to visit New Jersey to survey some of the widespread devastation caused by superstorm Sandy in eastern US and Canada. With at least 50 people killed - most by falling trees - and millions affected by the high winds, power cuts and flooding, Mr Obama cancelled campaign appearances in key state Ohio to oversee the government response. http://news.sky.com/story/1004900/sandy-obama-to-visit-storm-hit-us-east-coast

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
Magnitude M 4.7 Region KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA Date time 2012-10-31 04:01:30.2 UTC Location 7.53 S ; 126.57 E Depth 297 km Distances 104 km N Baucau, Indonesia

Regional Variation in the Explanatory Power of War and Reason

Phil Arena at Duck of Minerva - 30 minutes ago
Many conversations about the empirical relevance of game-theoretic models of war begin and end with Bueno de Mesquita and Lalman’s War and Reason. That’s unfortunate, but it’s not exactly surprising. Most game-theoretic studies of war do not include any empirical analysis, whereas War and Reason offered a systematic analysis of European dyads. The standards by which BdM and Continue reading

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL ALASKA - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 33 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 02:57:43 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 06:57:43 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 62.045°N, 146.545°W Depth 40.7 km (25.3 miles) Region CENTRAL ALASKA Distances 6 km (4 miles) WSW (254°) from Mendeltna, AK

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake IRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 35 minutes ago
Magnitude ML 4.2 Region IRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION Date time 2012-10-31 02:23:27.0 UTC Location 26.83 N ; 61.98 E Depth 18 km Distances 87 km SW Saravan

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN ALASKA - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 37 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 22:02:46 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 02:02:46 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 61.496°N, 150.723°W Depth 67.4 km (41.9 miles) Region SOUTHERN ALASKA Distances 10 km (6 miles) SW (229°) from Susitna, AK

Keenan speaks on Spire Law Suit

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 50 minutes ago

Bad Signs On The NWO Highway Of Death

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 52 minutes ago
For this article, I want to present one of the latest works from "Horse237", who writes the excellent blog: "Video Rebel's Blog", at www.vidrebel.wordpress.com, that is entitled: "Bad Signs On The NWO Highway Of Death". It covers some very important issues affecting the planet right now, especially the rapidly approaching world wide economic collapse, and is a must read by everyone. I have that article right here, and of course some of my own thoughts and comments to follow: Bad Signs On The NWO Highway Of Death Posted on October 27, 2012 In 2001 Epicyte Corporation isolated a p... more »

No matter what columnists with Leader-Post / Saskatoon Star Phoenix write ... the Sask Party is nervous about the NDP leadership race ...

leftdog at Buckdog - 1 hour ago
*Hot on the heel's of their TV attack ad, the Saskatchewan Party is now using the proceedings of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly to show how nervous they are over issues being discussed in the NDP Leadership Campaign. * * **Case in point is the logic challenging 'Member's Statement' delivered today by Sask Party MLA & former cabinet minister, Daryl Hickie:* * **Mr. Hickie: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Saskatchewan's NDP [New Democratic Party] leadership candidates have at least one thing in common: they refuse to stand up for Saskatchewan. When asked by the media yesterday about ... more »

Protecting Women's Health Stands Above Politics

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Women are not an interest group. There are two ways to look at it though. The Democratic way (above) and the Republican way (below). "Yes, We Plan" features Julianne Moore, Mary J. Blige and Q-Tip. We've *got* to keep moving forward!

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 hour ago
Happy Halloween, Everyone ... and welcome back 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 Our last challenge was a long one but we definitely needed the time to ... more »

VIDEO Guarijio traditional song and dance Sonora, Mexico

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
  Video by Professor Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Guarijio music and dance at the Second Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Oct. 27, 2012Se escucha alegre la música guarijío en el Segundo Encuentro de Guías Espirituales. la gente habló, la gente escuchó, se hizo presente la memoria histórica, la persistencia étnica, el

"Déjà Vu: Fascism on the Rise"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Déjà Vu: Fascism on the Rise"* by Justin Raimondo "As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air- however slight- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." - Justice William O. Douglas "Here in America we have only just begun to feel the social and political effects of the worldwide economic crisis: rising unemployment, a wave of bankruptcies and foreclosures, and a general contractio... more »


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
I posted some comments and an essay this morning, but I will not be able to post again until late tonight. Please see Enenews, Washington's Blog, and ZeroHedge for updates on risks to east coast nuclear plants impacted by Sandy http://enenews.com/ http://www.washingtonsblog.com/ http://www.zerohedge.com/ Please note that I am experiencing many BROKEN LINKS this morning, especially to news updates on nuclear plants on the US east coast. Alexander Higgins blog, which monitors EPA radnet data, is down this morning. Stay alert if you are located near nuclear plants on the east coast... more »

Harry Targ : The Real Romney foreign policy

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up? Image from Foreign Policy. Unleashing the military: The real Romney foreign policy Military spending would grow in a Romney administration, especially because of ties to the neocons and a hawkish Congress which promotes military spending district by district. By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / October 30, 2012 After the outbreak of fighting on the

Slime Mold Found to Have Spatial Memory

The yellow slime mold leaves a thick mat of translucent slime (left on the agar plate) behind it as it moves, ooze that it later avoids. Now researchers have found the goo uses the gel trail as a kind of memory to navigate. Photo courtesy: Audrey Dussutour Even without a brain, a slime mold can essentially remember where it's been, helping it navigate past complex obstacles, much like modern robots, researchers say. These findings reveal how ancient organisms could solve certain problems well before complex brains evolved, scientists added. Slime molds were once thought to be a k... more »

"Just What Suits Our Purpose..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma- but we make out of them just what suits our purposes." - Alfred Adler

Wouldn't It Be Nice

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Wouldn't it be nice if there actually was a band of technically savvy, ideologically committed, intellectually honest students of the harsh discipline of objectivity sporting Guy Fawkes masks and willing to play the role of vigilante superheroes to wage a fierce, personal battle against war criminals and treasonous banksters? Unfortunately, it is probably the war criminals and treasonous banksters behind these vague messages from Anonymous serving as the last ditch effort to console an unknown percentage of those who know enough to be dangerous. Let's be even more dangerous and a... more »

China raises stakes over disputed islands by telling Japanese ships to leave their own waters around the Senkaku islands

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago

Chinese Soft-Shelled Turtles Expel Urea Through Mouths

The Chinese soft-shelled turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) excretes urea, the waste product of urine, from its mouth, scientists report Oct. 11, 2012, in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Photo courtesy: Serene Lee Soft-shelled turtles from China can essentially expel pee from their mouths, researchers say. This odd ability may have helped them invade salty environments, researchers explained. Scientists investigated the Chinese soft-shelled turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis). These turtles are often found in brackish swamps and marshes. Intriguingly, these reptiles submerge their heads i... more »

New York Governor, Mario Cuomo, Warns There Are More Sandys to Come

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
New York governor Mario Cuomo spent part of the day inspecting the subway station being restored beneath Ground Zero that was heavily flooded in the recent megastorm. The clip doesn't seem to have made it to YouTube yet but, in the middle of the interview, Cuomo surveys the damage to the not yet restored subway station and warns that Sandy is just the start and that New York state needs to prepare for more Sandys to come as similar storm events increase in frequency and severity. Meanwhile as Eastern Canada reels from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Steve Harper is busy in South ... more »

Syria - FSA destroyed an Armenian church and burned the Holy Bible in Aleppo

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
FSA terrorists have no respect for different people, beliefs, views, cultures, and religions. They are the army of destruction, not liberation.

I find your lack of faith…disturbing

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson at Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
Full disclosure: I am incapable of being completely, or even mainly, a detached observer or commentator when discussing either Star Wars or Disney, having grown up largely surrounded by both enterprises in equal measure. Anyone who walks into my office sees, hanging over my computer, two posters: a 50th anniversary Fantasia one-sheet, and an Episode Continue reading

Does Federal R&D Drive Economic Growth?

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 3 hours ago
Writing in the NYT earlier this week, Neal Lane, former science advisor to President Bill Clinton had this to say: If our country is to remain strong and prosperous and a land of rewarding jobs, we need to understand this basic investment principle in America’s future: no science, no growth. Even discounting for hyperbole, does the formula "no science, no growth" make sense? I have a new column up at The Breakthrough Institute on this exact subject, and I argue that such arguments actually make little sense. Here is how my column begins: It is a claim that you hear often in ... more »

Cameron Slater takes over at the ‘Truth’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Checking my Google Reader for news I’d been told would be announced this afternoon, the first thing I saw was a post headlined “Rough and Tumble Play”—which I assumed *must *be the much-whispered announcement that Cameron Slater is taking over the* Truth* newspaper. It wasn’t, as it turns out. *That* was a post by Literacy NZ. *This *is the post announcing Whale Oil is going mainstream. Yes, ‘tis true Dear Readers. NZ’s favourite gonzo blogger is becoming the editor of what was once NZ’s favourite gonzo newspaper. Which may or may not mean surrounding himself with a truckload of... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Is this what will become of our Sun? Quite possibly. The bubble of expanding gas pictured below is the planetary nebula PK 164 +31.1, the remnants of the atmosphere of a Sun-like star expelled as its supply of fusion-able core hydrogen became depleted. Visible near the center of the nebula is what remains of the core itself- a blue-hot white dwarf star. This particularly photogenic planetary nebula shows intricate shells of gas likely expelled at different times toward the end the star's demise, and whose structure is not fully understood. *Click image for larger size. * This d... more »

The Poet: David Wagoner, "Getting There"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
* "Getting There"* "You take a final step and, look, suddenly You're there. You've arrived At the one place all your drudgery was aimed for: This common ground Where you stretch out, pressing your cheek to sandstone. What did you want to be? You'll remember soon. You feel like tinder under a burning glass, A luminous point of change. The sky is pulsing against the cracked horizon, Holding it firm till the arrival of stars In time with your heartbeats. Like wind etching rock, you've made a lasting impression On the self you were, By having come all this way through all this welter... more »

A Buddy Comedy: Al-Qaeda And The Evil Empire

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*Photo: Washington's Islamist army prays for the destruction of America's enemies. God is Great, but the Great Satan is Greater.* *Photo: Al-Qaeda terrorist in Syria is shouting Death to America with an American-supplied gun in his hand. Long Live Contradiction! * *Photo: Al-Qaeda terrorists pose for the American media. They're the stars of ABC's new hit show, "Dancing With The Terrorists." *

Chet Raymo, "Born That Way?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Born That Way?"* by Chet Raymo "Before I leave behind the special issue of "Science on the Genetics of Behavior" (November 7, 2008), let me take note of one more article, "Biology, Politics, and the Emerging Science of Human Nature," by James H. Fowler and Darren Schreiber. Do genes affect the way we vote? A twin-based study published in the "American Political Science Review" in 2005 suggested that liberal and conservative tendencies are heritable. Most evidence, however, shows that choice of a political party is primarily determined by parental socialization, that is, nurture... more »

Looking for a hot time in Kabul? Al Kamen to the rescue

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Secretary of State Clinton with those mad rockers the Backsheesh Boys* *by Ken* I've already tried using the storm as an excuse not to think about the elections and vice versa, so I'm grateful to our WaPo "In the Loop" pal Al Kamen for offering this helpful hint for what to do the next time you find yourself with a free evening in rocking Kabul. *Rock on, envoys!*You won’t read about it in Rolling Stone, but there’s a rockin’ music scene in an unlikely corner of the world: the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Seems State Department employees there like to blow off steam from stressful job... more »

Facebook Censors Alex Jones, Removes Bin Laden Image

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*Facebook is CIAbook.*

Germany v Kiwi

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Do you prefer the new German parking system? Or… …the more advanced yet traditional Kiwi system? Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

OMG - AZ to Kick ALEC Out of the State

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
For decades Arizona has been the Petri dish for ALEC “model legislation”. Citizens in Arizona are sick and tired of the negative perception of their state that is being perpetrated by the actions of the members of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Because of that, recent polls show that Arizona will say NO to ALEC in the elections. Arizonians are tired of being the butt of jokes caused by ALEC policies that are pushed in the state of Arizona like: - Radical and racially motivated immigration reform that was pushed by ALEC member Russell Pearce. - The disgrac... more »

Yasser Hareb, "The Desert"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"The Desert"* by Yasser Hareb "The sandstorm was so severe that his footprint was erased before he could lift his other foot. The sun had disappeared, and the place was engulfed in a maze of eternal dust. The only thing that gave him a little peace in his heart was the halter of his camel, which he held on to tightly, as if it was his lifeline. Despite the sound of the wind howling like a pack of wolves, the breathing of his camel gave him some comfort. He thought of making his camel sit down so he could take cover behind her body, as the Bedouins do during storms, but he reme... more »

'Franken storms' Climate change feeds superstorm triple whammy

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
  Hurricane Sandy ABC News Climate Change Feeds Superstorm Triple Whammy Global Warming Raises Sea Levels, Alters Jet Stream, Makes Storms Stronger By Center for Biological Diversity Censored News SAN FRANCISCO— As America copes with the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, scientists with the Center for Biological Diversity are urging the Environmental Protection

Racism and Stoke-on-Trent

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 5 hours ago
Tonight saw 50 people turn out for a public meeting to discuss John Burnett's report, The New Geographies of Racism: Stoke-on-Trent. Though a year old, some of its arguments have been thrown into sharp relief after it was reported race and other hate-related crimes have recently increasedacross Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. The meeting was therefore concerned with the roots of racism, its relationship to the far right, and what can be done to fight it. The meeting was called by the North Staffs Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (NorSCARF). First to speak was Cllr Olwen Hamer ... more »


Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Express HELEN DOWD [image: SHUNNED: Naturalist David Bellamy]Two strikes against David Bellamy for the BBC 1. Not a believer in Anthropogenic Global Warming 2. Not a child molesterFOR YEARS David Bellamy was one of the best known faces on TV. A respected botanist and the author of 35 books, he had presented around 400 programmes over the years and was appreciated by audiences for his boundless enthusiasm. Yet for more than 10 years he has been out of the limelight, shunned by bosses at the BBC where he made his name, as well as fellow scientists and environmentalists. His crim... more »

Psychology: "Does TV Help Make Americans Passive and Accepting of Authority?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
* "Does TV Help Make Americans Passive* * and Accepting of Authority?"* By Bruce E. Levine "Historically, television viewing has been used by various authorities to quiet potentially disruptive people— from kids, to psychiatric inpatients, to prison inmates. In 1992, Newsweek (“Hooking Up at the Big House”) reported, “Faced with severe overcrowding and limited budgets for rehabilitation and counseling, more and more prison officials are using TV to keep inmates quiet.” Joe Corpier, a convicted murderer, was quoted, “If there’s a good movie, it’s usually pretty quiet through the... more »

You Must Remember This...

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 6 hours ago
...a fuck is just a fuck. And Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are rat fucks.


The UK *Daily Telegraph reported today that Ehud Barak*, the Israeli Defence Minister, said that ‘an immediate crisis was avoided in the summer when Iran quietly chose to use over a third of its medium-enriched uranium for civilian purposes, delaying the moment when it could have built a nuclear bomb’. Barak went on to say that ‘without this decision, the situation would “probably” have peaked before the US presidential election’. Iran has said all along that the product from its medium level enrichment program has been for civilian use. (Iran’s 20% enriched uranium is used to produ... more »

The Romnopoly game

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
Thanks to someone at Balloon Juice for posting the best pro-Obama ad of the entire season. Really well done. This should be on TV. [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Is Religion a Parasitic Meme or a Helpful Adaptation?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 7 hours ago
Moai at Easter Island. Moai are the living faces of deified ancestors. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Religion: Parasitic meme or helpful adaptation? That humans are religious is indisputable. Like morality, religion in one form or another seems to be a universal aspect of human culture. By Bill Meacham / The Rag Blog / October 30, 2012 It can be a bit daunting to draw philosophical

Life Skills: "11 Things Everyone Needs You to Know"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"11 Things Everyone Needs You to Know"* by Marc "A silhouette of a human being stands before you. Perhaps an old friend. Perhaps a neighbor. Perhaps a perfect stranger, like me. Here are 11 things we all need you to keep in mind… * 1.* *You never really know how much the people around you are hurting.*You could be standing next to someone who is completely broken inside and you wouldn’t even know it. So never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have. And remember that there are two ways to spread light in this world: You can either be a flame of hope, or a mirror th... more »

Why I love Charlie Pierce: Reason eleventy million

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
Sorry kids. Didn't plan to disappear for so long. Took the weekend off to drive a few hundred miles to go to a very long and really fun birthday party. Then the storm happened. And of course, our stupid politics never sleep. I'm on information overload, and it took a while to sort it all out. Being mainly uninterested in internet spats I haven't closely followed the battle between Nate Silver and the very important pundits. I gather our leading media opinion makers are quite unhappy Nate is ruining their rosy scenarios of an exciting race to a photo finish with his tiresome scienti... more »

Is there anything good about #Sandy?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
The only good thing about a storm that killed at least 39 people, disrupted millions of lives and caused around $20 billion of damage is the chance to talk about Frederic Bastiat’s lesson in his seminal essay "That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen". And the only reason we have that chance is because there are so many alleged economists out there—the same trolls who emerge after every disaster—who leap into print to insist the destruction will actually be “good for the economy.” Alleged economist and professor at Smith School of Business Peter Morici, for example, who too... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Bogotá, Distrito Especial, Colombia. Thanks for stopping by.


Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Climate Etc. Judith Curry Hurricane Sandy is the largest Atlantic hurricane on record in terms of diameter of the storm. Sandy was associated with an estimated 13 foot storm surge in areas near New York City. The Wikipedia has a good discussion of the meteorology, preparations, and impacts of Sandy. CFAN’s forecasts Sandy was a highly predictable storm. Allow me some bragging rights regarding the forecasts made by my company CFAN (see this post describing our forecast methods). We began watching the potential for disturbance in the Caribbean on 10/12, and on 10/16 we forecast a ... more »

Satire: "Romney Says He Favors Abortion in Cases Where It Makes People Vote for Him"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Romney Says He Favors Abortion in Cases * *Where It Makes People Vote for Him"* by Andy Borowitz KETTERING, Ohio (The Borowitz Report)— "Hitting the campaign trail one day after the arrival of Superstorm Sandy, Republican nominee Mitt Romney tweaked his position on abortion today, saying he now supports it in cases where it makes people vote for him. “I would make an exception for abortion in cases where the life of my campaign is at stake,” he told a crowd in Kettering, Ohio. Sandy, which slammed into the East Coast last night, was such a powerful weather system that it pre... more »

Respect activist: was Hitler the bad guy? | The Jewish Chronicle

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
"What have the Jews done good in this world??" http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/88071/respect-activist-was-hitler-bad-guy

Do You Find It Odd That Labor Unions Contribue Huge Sums of Money To Republicans?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Lately we've looked at how the plutocrats behind the Republican Party have worked to destroy unions and the union movement and at these same plutocrats' disregard for even the *lives* of workers and their families. So why do unions contribute so many millions of dollars to Republican candidates for Congress? Does that shock you? It shouldn't-- and if you've been reading * DWT* regularly, it wouldn't. In June we looked out how the AFL-CIO's building trades unions were spending *more* money to help Republican House candidates than they were on helping Democratic House candidates. And... more »

Free Planet - floating homes - spherical taxi - engine

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 8 hours ago
this is a slightly updated version of the original 'peanut taxi' and 'modular housing' free planet floating homes idea. This revision, I went for a sleaker home design that uses it own material structure to rest on the floor. The engines are detachable as spherical taxis that can use gps + military satellite recognition to track you. As before, the top of the floating home will deal with water/energy creation; the lower floor will deal with hydroponic food production for mobile self-sufficiency. Go anywhere, be anything, Custodian; it's a Free Planet. We have the technology, let'... more »

Poland Gets Slapped Again by European Court of Human Rights

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
I first blogged about this horrible story from poor benighted Poland in 2008. (I've been at this too long.) A 14-year-old girl was raped and got pregnant. Her mother braved Poland's insanely restrictive abortion laws and got permission for a termination. But the local Catlick priest got wind of it and tried to bully the girl out of it -- in the FUCKING hospital. All kinds of further hoo-haw ensued but the girl did get the abortion. Apparently, they took the Polish government to the European Court of Human Rights and won with compensation of 61,000 euros. In their ruling, which is ... more »

Poland found explosives on wreckage of president's plane-report

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Reuters [image: The remains of a plane that crashed in 2010, killing Poland's former president, Lech Kaczynski, and 95 others, is shown to the media at a military aerodrome near the Russian city of Smolensk April 10, 2012. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko] 1 of 1Full Size WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish investigators found traces of explosives on the wreckage of the government jet that crashed in Russia two years ago, killing Poland's president and 95 others, daily Rzeczpospolita reported on Tuesday. Without citing sources, the newspaper said prosecutors and explosive experts who examined the r... more »

New York, storm, etc...

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 8 hours ago
New York, the Capital of Capitalism, is currently a federal disaster area. Aside from the spectacular footage and the various personal tragedies there is something to be learned from (ex) Hurricane Sandy. This is a natural disaster, but climate change means there will be an unnatural number of them in the coming years. Even so, there is no environment on Earth that is simply benevolent. Stay in one place long enough and you will face some kind of natural disaster. A rational and democratically planned society will be able to cope with natural disasters much better than an irration... more »

Doctors & Hospitals in England paid to end the lives of their patients

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
This is not fiction. This is reality. Health Secretary Alex Neil claims he has told doctors not to end patients lives..... However his words do not match the actions carried out Read on: HEALTH secretary Alex Neil has vowed* (he did not say ensure, nor did he say a change in policy will take place. He merely "vowed" to not ask. We all know what a politicians promise is worth??? ) *not to ask doctors to*hit targets for the number of patients who die on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway, after it emerged hospitals in England were being given financial incentives to do so.* His... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake POLAND - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.3 Region POLAND Date time 2012-10-30 20:09:23.0 UTC Location 51.54 N ; 16.13 E Depth 2 km Distances 7 km NE Polkowice


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 9 hours ago
*Hurricane Sandy Unlikely to Trigger Payouts from Catastrophe Bonds*

GAIA PORTAL: Streams of Light Cover Planetary Surfaces

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
Streams of Light Cover Planetary Surfaces by ÉirePort Streams of Light in 5D-7D realms cover planetary surfaces. In preparation for entrance of such into Gaia interior, at some point. Clearance and cleansing paradigms are followed. Rapid translation to 3D-4D realms follows. These Streams of Light in 5D-7D form "web of entanglement and dissolution" for all non-Higher-Light-aligned energies, individual, group, collective. "Entanglement" in this time period is "permanent". Meaning no escape is permitted. Those entrapped will be dealt with after planetary consciousness has elevate... more »

IMF chief urges major economies to push on with consolidation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
BERLIN Oct 30 (Reuters) - International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday advanced economies must continue fiscal consolidation to reduce debt long-term while emerging economies should loosen up fiscal and monetary policy to salvage their slowing growth. The governments of leading economies "need to continue fiscal consolidation at a sensible pace to address debt long term," Lagarde said in Berlin after meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of world economic agencies such as the World Trade Organisation and the World Bank. http://af.reuters.com/article/c... more »

Crash story stirs Polish government anger

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
An erroneous newspaper story claiming traces of explosives had been found on the wreckage of a Polish airliner which killed the president and 95 others has plunged relations between the government and the opposition, headed by the dead president’s twin brother, to a new low. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/9d1a0c22-22b4-11e2-938d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2AoWGDQfo

Drumming Brooks: Here’s the bad news!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012* *What Brooks said isn’t quite wrong:* In 1948, Harry Truman ran for re-election against “the do-nothing Congress.” In 2012, Barack Obama *didn’t* run for re-election against the obstructionist Congress. This may reflect a difference in temperament. But here’s the other problem: If Obama told the truth about Congress, it might go somewthing like his: *Re-elect me and we’ll get nothing done! Elect Mitt Romney to the White House and he has a good solid chance!* Last night, Kevin Drum slammed David Brooks for voicing that italicized outlook. Here’s the pr... more »

Israel says Iran has pulled back from the brink of nuclear weapon - for now

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Iran has drawn back from its ambition to build a nuclear weapon but the respite is only temporary and Tehran will still have to be confronted by next summer, Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, said on Tuesday. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9643647/Israel-says-Iran-has-pulled-back-from-the-brink-of-nuclear-weapon-for-now.html

Still wet outside!!!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago

G.O.P. Split Over Whether to Emphasize Misogyny or Racism & Are You Also An Accomplice to Murder?

[Notice to Friends of Pottersville2] Mama needs some new brakes. Just in time for her birthday? Oh joy (the sound is now metal on metal) . . . and now back to our regular program . . . Could magazine reporting get any more sublime? To us. The un-In Crowd. October 26, 2012 G.O.P. Split Over Whether to Emphasize Misogyny or Racism Andy Borowitz (Photograph - Michael Conroy/AP) NEW

Report: Fast and Furious a product of DOJ ‘deliberate strategy’ laid out by Eric Holder, other senior Obama officials

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
Daily Caller Matthew Boyle The latest congressional report on Operation Fast and Furious found that the gunwalking-program-turned-scandal was the result of a “deliberate strategy created at the highest levels of the Justice Department aimed at identifying the leaders of a major gun trafficking ring.” The report is the second installment in a three-part series from Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley and House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa. That “deliberate strategy,” congressional investigators argue, sprang from “a series of speeches abo... more »

Razed by the Great Fire of Sandy: Devastating scene after ONE HUNDRED homes are destroyed by blaze sparked by downed power cables

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The fierce winds and flooding in the Rockaways, Queens meant fire engines could get nowhere near the cluster of burning apartments as the blaze spread rapidly. Instead, the firefighters waded into chest-deep water and paddled boats into the inferno. They used ladders to scale walls and helped carry 70 people to the little high ground that was left on the peninsula. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225130/New-York-storm-Sandy-Firefighters-wade-floodwater-rescue-dozens-trapped-burning-houses.html

Atlantic City shutdown: Shelters 'filled to capacity' and all residents told to boil water... but what has happened to stranded 500 who bore brunt of storm?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The resort is today underwater after it was hit by the full force of Sandy, which made landfall nearby yesterday and left 500 people stranded on the barrier island overnight. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225072/Superstorm-Sandy-puts-Atlantic-City-shutdown-Shelters-filled-capacity-residents-told-boil-water.html

Lamar W. Hankins : Paul Ryan Makes War Against People, Not Poverty

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
President Lyndon Johnson marked the start of the War on Poverty with a visit to Tom Fletcher's front porch in Martin County, Kentucky, in April 1964. Photo by Walter Bennett / Time magazine. Image from Daily Yonder. Paul Ryan’s war: Not against poverty, but against people In 1964, long before Paul Ryan was ever swaddled in a diaper, President Lyndon Johnson declared that because America is a

How long can New York survive without power? Bloomberg warns city faces 'days' in darkness after superstorm

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
New York's Mayor said the storm was 'maybe the worst' the city has ever experienced. Hundreds of thousands of residents are without electricity and transport. They awoke to chaos and unanswered questions as officials remained vague over when New York could expect to stagger back to its feet after the monstrous storm destroyed homes, flooded streets and plunged the city into darkness. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225308/Hurricane-Sandy-2012-Bloomberg-warns-New-York-faces-days-darkness.html

Typhoon Son-Tinh Hits Vietnam And South China

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A typhoon has now killed 32 people across Asia - and left scenes of devastation to rival Superstorm Sandy in the US. Typhoon Son-Tinh blew the roofs off more than 13,000 homes in Vietnam, killing at least seven people and damaged nearly 19,000 hectares (47,000 acres) of rice crops. Vietnam's disaster agency reported the death toll and said five people were still missing and 43 injured after the storm ripped through the north of the country. http://news.sky.com/story/1004769/typhoon-son-tinh-hits-vietnam-and-south-china

Superstorm Sandy Has Killed 'At Least 38'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
At least 38 people have been killed in the US and Canada as a result of Superstorm Sandy, according to reports. The storm lashed the east coast overnight, leading President Barack Obama to declare a "major disaster" in New York and Long Island. Forecasters say the storm is set to move westwards towards the Great Lakes, and on to northeastern states and parts of Canada. http://news.sky.com/story/1004427/superstorm-sandy-has-killed-at-least-38

Dozens of Tory MPs demand the EU budget be cut but Downing Street tells them to be 'realistic'...............This reminds me of 2010

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
- David Cameron faces another major rebellion over Europe in tomorrow's crunch vote - Up to 40 Conservatives have signed up to a call for a real terms cut in funding for Brussels - A rival amendment calls for a cut or a freeze in a move aimed at deflating the rebellion http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225329/Dozens-Tory-MPs-EU-budget-cut-Downing-Street-tells-realistic.html

Welcome to America: Texas Police Sniper Guns Down Immigrants From Helicopter

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
Information Liberation Remember a few months ago how a DEA helicopter was used to gun down two pregnant women and tw o 14-yr-old boys in Honduras because they were "suspected" of being drug dealers? Well, those same tactics are now being used in America. After being pulled over for having a suspect "covered truck bed," a vehicle which fled from Texas game wardens was shot at by Texas "Department of Public Safety" agents with a sniper rifle from a helicopter. While the police claim they were intending to disable the car, they instead killed two passengers, and sent another to the ho... more »

The Latest from Team Romney

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 10 hours ago

New York's East Village

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
Found this on Facebook. The photo says it all. Wish I could give attribution to the photographer but the Instagram web address on Facebook doesn't work.

A Lesson In Thinking About Education

Storm at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
I imagine too few of us know well Mill's *On Liberty. *Let me press you to read it at the first opportunity, no, make an opportunity to read it now. (There is a good audio version available as well.) What is this essay about but the education of the human species and the role of social management in that education? I hope you can at least find the time to bear with this excerpt as it seems to me most pertinent for this audience of readers and bloggers. I am not comfortable with much of what Mill proposes, but there is no one better at convincing you that the propositions are well... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Lebanon bomb* * *Reportedly there has been a meeting between the Saudi's Prince Bandar and Lebanon's Saad Hariri to create chaos in Lebanon and Syria. Note: it is always difficult to get the truth about people like Bandar and Hariri, as there is much disinformation. The USA and Israel want a change of government in both Lebanon and Syria. *Meeting between Hariri, Saudi Prince* - *Fars News Agency - 27 Oct 2012* Saad al-Hariri is the head of Lebanon's 'Future Movement' party, an opposition party made up of *right-wing* Christians and Sunnis. Prince Bandar bin Sultan is Saudi Arabia... more »

Hurricane Sandy: Problems at Five Nuke Plants

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
ABC Mark Schone [image: PHOTO: A cooling tower is seen at the Salem nuclear power plant known as Artificial Island.]A cooling tower is seen at the Salem nuclear power plant known as Artificial Island. The nation's oldest nuclear plant declared an alert and a second plant just 40 miles from New York City was forced to shut down power as five different nuke plants in Hurricane Sandy's path experienced problems during the storm. Indian Point in Buchanan, New York, on the Hudson River north of New York City, automatically shut power to its unit 3 on Monday night "as a result of an ele... more »

Tanker washed up, homes razed to the ground and flooded streets littered with cars: Obama declares a 'major disaster' after Sandy turns New York into apocalyptic scene and death toll jumps to 33

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
President Obama declared a 'major disaster' in New York and Long Island as swathes of the city woke up under water after a night of being battered by Superstorm Sandy. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in the city and the transit system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway are all out of action after a 13ft wall of water caused by the storm surge and high tides brought severe flooding to subways and road tunnels. Ten people died in New York, including two children who were killed instantly by a falling tree - across the US and Canada at least 33 people have died... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ROTA REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 16:56:48 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 02:56:48 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.458°N, 146.827°E Depth 40.7 km (25.3 miles) Region ROTA REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Distances 141 km (87 miles) ESE of JP Tinian Town pre-WW2, Northern Mariana Islands

Steve Harper's Betrayal of Canada

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
David Suzuki is credited with pointing out that you cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy biosphere. The first is utterly dependent on the second. A corollary. If you're damaging the environment in order to inflate profits, you're actually damaging the economy also. Suzuki's warning came to mind in a piece in today's *Guardian:* *In recent weeks a slew of stories has hit the news about the soaring price of food, petrol and household energy – and the financial pressure this is putting on cash-strapped households. But as politicians scrabble around for the best short-ter... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 15:22:52 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 03:22:52 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.979°S, 178.566°W Depth 623.1 km (387.2 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 278 km (172 miles) SE of Lambasa, Fiji

Netanyahu says strike on Iran would be good for Arabs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Tuesday to convince Arab states that an Israeli military strike on Iran would benefit them, removing a potential threat and easing tensions across the Middle East. Netanyahu has made a number of veiled threats to attack Iran's nuclear program and has appealed to the United States and the United Nations to set a limit for Tehran on its further development. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-israel-iran-idUSBRE89T19120121030

Hurricane Sandy disrupts Northeast telecom networks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Power outages and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy disrupted telecommunications services on Tuesday resulting in spotty coverage for cellphones, home telephones and Internet services. Verizon Communications (VZ.N), which serves many of the states in the hurricane's path, appeared to have suffered some of the worst damage from the storm. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-storm-sandy-telecommunications-idUSBRE89T0YU20121030

Super storm Sandy cuts power to 8.1 million homes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
More than 8.1 million U.S. homes and businesses were without power on Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy tore down power lines, flooded electrical networks and sparked an explosion at a Consolidated Edison substation on Manhattan's East River. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-storm-sandy-powercuts-idUSBRE89T10G20121030


Gail at Wit's End - 11 hours ago
Yesterday I grabbed a few pictures of fallen trees off the internet. In the next few days, hundreds will appear and many will inadvertently reveal that the trees that fell are rotted on the interior. [update: video added at the end!] This first one had the amusing caption: A gust just took a tree on 22nd and 7th. Weird, it's not that windy yet. #Sandy #nyc #unpredictable This one fell at Boston College early in the day, severed from its roots at the base...and the tree below, hit by a train, had been dead so long it didn't even have any bark. Here's what I found in my driveway t... more »

Inequality 15: SM, Henry Sy and Class Envy

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
One of my friends in facebook made the following observations about Henry Sy and the SM group of companies: 1. Sy and his family own SM malls and supermarkets, Banco de Oro, Save More and Hypermart, SMDC residential condos, etc. Why do they own and earn so much? This is corporate greed. 2. Many local businesses die instantly when an SM Mall is built in the community, there should be a cap to wealth and greed, and monopolies in various forms should not be allowed. 3. In the Bible, there was the year of Jubilee when the wealth of the rich would be redistributed to the people. I com... more »

Sandy and the Top 20 Normalized US Hurricane Losses

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 11 hours ago
Here is a table showing the top 20 hurricane losses 1900 to 2011, normalized to 2012 dollars. In other words, the figures show an estimate of what the losses would be were historical storms to occur in 2012. The numbers come from ICAT based on an extension of Pielke et al. 2008. *STORM NAME* *LANDFALL DATE* *DAMAGE RANK* *DAMAGE ($ 2012)* Great Miami Sep 18,1926 1 180,220,000,000 Galveston Sep 08,1900 2 105,570,000,000 Galveston Aug 17,1915 3 84,910,000,000 Katrina Aug 29,2005 4 84,620,000,000 Andrew Aug 24,1992 5 64,410,000,000 Storm 11 in 1944 Oct 19,1944 6 53,940,000,0... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 14:10:59 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 07:10:59 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.285°N, 131.948°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 192 km (119 miles) S of Masset, Canada

Adequacy of reasons

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
*R. v. P.J.B*., 2012 ONCA 730 has a helpful review of the adequacy of jury instructions (and by implication reasons for judgment) and the duty to review evidence: [40] Basic principles inform our decision about the adequacy of the trial judge's instructions in this case. [41] Anyone charged with a criminal offence and tried by a jury is entitled to a properly, not perfectly, instructed jury: R. v. Jacquard, [1997] 1 S.C.R. 314, at para. 2. [42] As described by this court in R. v. MacKinnon (1999), 132 C.C.C. (3d) 545 (Ont. C.A.), at para. 27, a trial judge's final instructions m... more »

Drill, Baby, Drill

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Severe storm events of increasing frequency and intensity. That has been one of the core predictions we've been getting, and largely ignoring, from the climate science community for the past several years. They keep telling us. We keep ignoring them. Must mine bitumen, must mine bitumen. Now, thanks to fracking, America has discovered a bountiful reserve of conventional oil. The U.S. is poised to blow past Saudi Arabia to become the biggest oil producer on the planet. And, let's not forget about all that natural gas, supposedly enough to meet America's entire energy needs f... more »

Inside Outside (Where Have I Been?)

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
Paul Krugman channels Bill James at his best in explaining why "outside" knowledge sometimes trumps "inside" knowledge: But Martin’s tweet also reveals a broader issue in reporting, which I’ve commented on before, I think (no time to search): the unhealthy cult of the inside scoop. A lot of political journalism, and even reporting on policy issues, is dominated by the search for the “secret sauce”, as Martin puts it: the insider who knows What’s Really Going On. Background interviews with top officials are regarded as gold, and the desire to get those interviews often induces repor... more »

Superstorm Sandy Has Killed 'At Least 33'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The storm lashed the east coast overnight, leading President Barack Obama to declare a "major disaster" in New York and Long Island. Forecasters say the storm is set to move westwards towards the Great Lakes, and on to northeastern states and parts of Canada. http://news.sky.com/story/1004427/superstorm-sandy-has-killed-at-least-33

The Bullshit Supreme Court Ruling

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
"Just because I sold you into prostitution to feed my drug-habit, .... I'm still your father godammit! You owe me your respect and devotion!!!" After a certain point, a line is crossed. The blowhards who serviced stephen harper and ted opitz can believe all they want about their exalted positions. They are frauds. They are scammers. They are bought-and-paid-for partisan hacks. Their ruling was a partisan piece of shit and I do not recognize it. I do not recognize the legitimacy of stephen harper's stolen government. I do not recognize the authority of the captured Elections Canada.... more »

The Homestead Strike Of 1892-- Unionbusting Then And Now

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
I mentioned a few days ago that I've been watching the History Channel series, *The Men Who Built America*. It's very slanted towards a capitalist view of history-- with idiotic interruptions commentary by modern day robber barons and financial predators "job creators" like Donald Trump, Steve Case and Jack Walsh. And the History Channel has blocked YouTube and Vimeo embedding. The episode about the pathology of Randian capitalism can only be watched on their site, here. Thursday, also in regard to that episode, we looked specifically at how spoiled, self-entitled billionaire rob... more »

Spirit of the Radio: Broadcasts from the Unknown

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 12 hours ago
*Spirit of the Radio: Broadcasts from the Unknown* By Scott Corrales (C) 2003 [*Prologue: A few nights ago I heard Clyde Lewis of the Ground Zero radio program playing some fascinating clips of "paranormal radio broadcasts" received in the UK during the 70s and in Florida, possibly around the same time. YouTube has given us a number of purported alien radio transmissions as well. This brought to mind an article I wrote in 2003 bearing the title "Spirit of the Radio", which also approached this intriguing phenomenon. Given the electromagnetic nature of the medium, one ... more »

Abuse of process before administrative tribunals

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
S. v. College, 2012 ONCA 727 is a sad case. That said, it makes clear that delay in bringing administrative proceedings will not amount to abuse of process unless prejudice is established. The Court holds: [199] At the outset of this discussion, Bastarache J. explicitly rejected the proposition that delay in bringing forward an administrative proceeding can, on its own, constitute an abuse of process. He explained, at para. 101: "[D]elay, without more, will not warrant a stay of proceedings as an abuse of process at common law. Staying proceedings for the mere passage of time would... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude mb 5.1 Region FIJI REGION Date time 2012-10-30 15:21:51.0 UTC Location 16.89 S ; 177.05 W Depth 33 km Distances 383 km E Labasa

Ship with 700 tons of gold ore disappears off Russia

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago

ISA-NE Proceeding as Normal

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
The ISA-NE conference scheduled for 2-3 November in Baltimore, Maryland will take place as scheduled. Official emails are going out. Hope to see attendees there.

Some Standard Group Stories are accepted by all!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012* *What Glenn Kessler said on Benghazi:* Mercifully, the hurricane has wiped away the need to pretend that we’re discussing the presidential election. Last evening, TV pundits were stripped of the need to declare that the other side had been lying while their own incomparable side has been telling the truth all along. As part of this process, Benghazi slid beneath the waves churned by Hurricane Sandy. This lets us offer a bit of history concerning the potent Group Story which grew up around this event. Within the insider press corps, some narratives are ... more »

Chomsky: "Who Owns the World" and Some Empirical Data

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Here is the link to Chomsky's speech: http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/noam_chomsky_who_owns_the_world_20121027/?ln Majia here: Here is an excerpt from an essay I wrote about consolidation of ownership of the world's resources: Emerging in the aftermath of the global financial crisis that began in late 2007 is a world order dominated by a few governments and corporations that have unprecedented control over global resources and appear to have little-to-no-regard for the welfare of the vast majority of the world’s populace, even within developed economies such as the U.S. and J... more »

Canadian police urge Parliament to pass domestic spying bill

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

Breakout of the Mass Media's Skinner's Box

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
How to Manufacture (or Suppress) Outrage. James Corbett Corbett Report October 30, 2012 .... *Visit CorbettReport.com for the show notes. See here for basic information on what a "Skinner's Box" is*.

Trick or treat ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago

The Retroactive Life of Willard Mittie

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 14 hours ago
We could dismiss Willard Romney, the world's most accepted, if not loved, sociopath, as the Retroactive Republican. But that would be to sell Mitt Romney short. Mitt has worn different hats in his fabulously rich life: Pro-war activist who dodged the Vietnam draft so he could live in luxury in a palace in Paris. Erstwhile pro-life vulture capitalist whose company nonetheless invested in another company that disposed of aborted fetuses. Telling Detroit it could go bankrupt before taking credit for the auto bailout. Telling Ohio he'd save jobs from going to China that the auto indu... more »

Musical Interlude: Justin Hayward, "The Way of the World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Uploaded by MoodyJill, who “gets it.” Justin Hayward, "The Way of the World" from his solo album, “The View from the Hill” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1QUrpqOAXY

Kim Jong-un a Loose Cannon, Says USFK Chief

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago

"You Better Decide..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“A wise man once said you can have anything in life, if you sacrifice everything else for it. What he meant is, nothing comes without a price. So before you go into battle you better decide how much you're willing to lose." - "Grey's Anatomy"

RACE TO THE FINISH: “Polarization” then and now!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012* *Part 2—Plus, the AP’s improbable claims:* Jon Cohen is polling director for the Washington Post. Last Friday, he built a front-page news report around an exciting hook: COHEN (10/26/12): *The 2012 election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988,* with President Obama experiencing a steep drop in support among white voters from four years ago. As it turns out, Obama’s “steep drop in support among white voters” amounts to maybe five points, a quite underwhelming amount. Meanwhile, is this election m... more »

Syria on a cliff edge between Assad and Al Qaeda

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
And of course, we still have this idiot to deal with for a few more weeks... - CP


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Northeast Awakes to Flooding and Huge Damage in Storm’s Path; Millions Without Power ~NYT* *Hurricane Sandy: After Landfall ~The Atlantic* Seawater pours into the Ground Zero construction site in New York, on October 29, 2012. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo) *Rail Cars Wash Up on NJ Turnpike After Storm Surge ~NBC*

ISA-NE Status Report and Other Tuesday Morning Stuff

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
The ISA-NE leadership hopes to make a decision by 1200 EDT concerning the status of the conference. While the DC area looks like it should be navigable by Thursday, we don’t have good information about Baltimore or about what the state of east-coast travel will be like. The Baltimore Sun is pretty useless. Any commentary from readers Continue reading


Southern Man at Southern Man - 14 hours ago
Any time one comments on the joy and comfort of "routine" life throws you a curve ball. Southern Man slipped out of work at mid-afternoon to hit the coin-op laundromat and do a little geocaching. So he pulls into the laundromat and finds - surprise - that the doors are locked. OK, fine, there are plenty of other laundromats on the route home so he put the laundry back into The Hyundai and hopped in and - *the key wouldn't turn*. Well, *that* came right out of left field. After fiddling with it for a while and determining that the ignition was well and truly broken Southern Man ca... more »

Newark Teachers: Reject Weingarten's Betrayal of Teachers

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Everywhere AFT's lead lawyer goes to "help" negotiate for teachers, she leaves a wake of destruction for the profession. But, then, that is what she is paid to do, as she works off her debt to Bloomberg and the plutocrats for making her president of AFT in the first place. In Newark, she has now added to her impressive list of betrayals by cutting a deal with Cory Booker and the Facebook chief twink to offer a meritless bonus pay plan that has a demonstrated failure record in New York, Chicago, and Nashville, where paying teachers for higher test scores did not raise test scores. ... more »

In aftermath of drought, U.S. corn movement turns upside down

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: U.S. drought-year corn yields, 2007-2012. The devastating U.S. drought of 2012 and ensuing crop disease are upending traditional grain movement patterns, with dozens of trains and barges shipping North Dakota or Mississippi corn into the Corn Belt rather than out to the coasts. USDA / Reuters] By Julie Ingwersen, with additional reporting by Karl Plume and K.T. Arasu in Chicago; Editing by Dale Hudson 29 October 2012 CHICAGO (Reuters) – The devastating U.S. drought and ensuing crop disease are upending traditional grain movement patterns, with dozens of trains and barges... more »

Nuclear Follies: "Nuclear Regulatory Commission Declares Alert at Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Nuclear Regulatory Commission Declares* * Alert at Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant"* by Washington’s Blog "As we explained earlier today, the Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey is most likely to be affected by Hurricane Sandy. At around 8:30 p.m. tonight, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission declared an “Alert” action level for a nuclear power plant in Oyster Creek, New Jersey: "The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is continuing to monitor impacts from Hurricane Sandy on nuclear power plants in the Northeastern United States, including an Alert declared at the Oyster Creek nuclea... more »

Image of the Day: Shell drilling rig within view of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 15 hours ago
[image: Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. © Gary Braasch / worldviewofglobalwarming.org] By Jeremy Hance 29 October 2012 (mongabay.com) – Twelve miles off shore from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge floats a seemingly tiny man-made device—at least from an airplane—but it's actually a 160-foot high Shell Dutch Royal oil drilling rig. While the hugely controversial plan to drill for oil in the Arctic ocean was postponed this year due to a variety of mishaps and delays, the Shell rig is expected to be in the area until the end of ... more »

Britain's Perverted Press

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 15 hours ago
*Forget about the **nude photos**.... * "BBC scandal grows with 300 abuse allegations" by Alan Cowell | New York Times, October 26, 2012 LONDON — The scale of the *sexual abuse scandal* at the *BBC* widened significantly Thursday as police reported that the number of people accusing one of Britain’s best-known television hosts of misconduct had risen to about 300 from 200, and said other people may have acted with him. The police account also seemed to reinforce British news reports that the inquiries into accusations of sexual abuse against the host, Jimmy Savile, were *spreadin... more »

Sandy leaves eastern U.S. crippled

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Millions of people across the eastern U.S. awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the densely populated region, swamped New York's subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan's financial district. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-storm-sandy-hurricane-idUSBRE89N16J20121030

Another Somali journalist killed, 18th this year

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Journalists in Somalia's capital say gunmen have targeted and killed another media worker, bringing the number of Somali journalists killed this year to 18. Warsame Shire Awale, who worked at a Mogadishu radio station, was shot dead by two men near his home late Monday. Sharmarke Abukar Amin, a colleague who confirmed the death, said journalists in Somalia are being killed only because of their professional identity. Awale, a veteran poet and playwright, was known for composing dramas and songs for bands and radio stations. http://www.newswest9.com/story/1... more »

U.N. urges foreign fishing fleets to halt ‘ocean grabbing’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 15 hours ago
[image: Cover of the FAO report, 'Fisheries and the right to food: Implementing the right to food in national fisheries legislation', October 2012.]By Alister Doyle; Editing by Andrew Osborn 30 October 2012 OSLO (Reuters) – "Ocean grabbing" or aggressive industrial fishing by foreign fleets is a threat to food security in developing nations where governments should do more to promote local, small-scale fisheries, a study by a U.N. expert said on Tuesday. The report said emerging nations should tighten rules for access to their waters by an industrial fleet that is rapidly growi... more »

92% done

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
I do hope so...

New Film Takes a Look at Mysterious Death of Senator Paul Wellstone

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 15 hours ago
*By MARC MCDONALD* *"Authorizing the pre-emptive, go-it-alone use of force now, right in the midst of continuing efforts to enlist the world community to back a tough new disarmament resolution on Iraq, could be a costly mistake for our country."* *--Sen. Paul Wellstone, in October, 2002, speaking against the resolution to authorize the Iraq War* Something has always bothered me about the tragic 2002 death of the great Paul Wellstone. And the more I read about Wellstone's death in a supposedly "accidental" small plane crash, the more doubts I have about the official story. Now, a ... more »

7 Essential Questions You’ll Never Hear at the Debates

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
'American Ostrich' - Anthony Freda Art Sean Kerrigan, *Contributor* Sadly, you could also title this article “The Most Important Questions That Need to be Asked.” Today, our debates are merely a stage upon which candidates can exchange quips or attempt to act presidential. Most important issues are never discussed and those mentioned have little depth. Before we list some of the questions that should be asked, a brief history of national debates is required. When historians cite the classic debate style, they are usually referring to a series of US Senate debates between Abraham ... more »

"How Average Americans are Lured into Debt Servitude"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
* "How Average Americans are Lured into Debt Servitude" * by mybudget360 "How many times do you have to get hit over the head before you realize who's hitting you?" - Harry S. Truman "Many Americans are not buying the recent stock market rally. This is being reflected in multiple polls showing negative attitudes towards the economy and Wall Street. Wall Street is so disconnected from the average American that they fail to see the 27 million unemployed and underemployed Americans that now have a harder time believing the gospel of financial engineering prosperity. Ameri... more »

Smuggling of illegally logged rosewood in Madagascar continues, report alleges

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 15 hours ago
[image: Rainforest on the Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar, in October 2012. Masoala suffered from widespread rosewood logging in 2009 and 2010. mongabay.com] 25 October 2012 (mongabay.com) – Timber traders in Madagascar are smuggling illegally logged rosewood despite an official export ban, alleges a new report published by a Malagasy researcher. The report, authored by Hery Randriamalala and based on press clippings, cargo manifests, and eye-witness accounts, indicates that traders are covertly reducing rosewood stockpiles accumulated during a frenzy of illegal logging in the aft... more »

Greek PM appeals to coalition allies to back austerity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras appealed to his coalition partners on Tuesday to approve in parliament a new wave of austerity measures demanded by international lenders. The government had completed negotiations on the 2013 budget and the austerity measures after working until the very end to obtain concessions from lenders, Samaras said in a statement. "What would happen if the deal isn't passed and the country is led to chaos?" he said in the statement. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-greece-pm-idUSBRE89T0W720121030

Spain recession drags on with no aid in view

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Spain fell deeper into recession in the third quarter and prices rose sharply in October, piling pressure on the government to revive a paralyzed economy as it stalls over requesting aid. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is in no hurry to apply for a politically humiliating financial rescue that would kickstart an ECB bond-buying programme and ease financing costs. But the worsening economy, along with spreading civil unrest, may force his hand. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-spain-economy-idUSBRE89T0SR20121030

Former Smokers More Likely to Beat Lung Cancer than Current Smokers

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Elizabeth Renter It’s a no brainer that non-smokers are less likely to die of lung cancer than smokers. It would seem that quitting smoking would have similar benefits—potentially extending your life even after a cancer diagnosis. But new research shows it isn’t that simple, that while never-smokers are the most likely to survive a lung cancer diagnosis, just how quitting benefits your cancer fight - survival depends on when you quit and the stage your cancer is in. Published in the journal *Cancer*, the newest research says that there are some benefits to quitting smoking wher... more »

Monsanto’s Roundup, Glyphosate Linked to Parkinson’s and Similar Diseases

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Elizabeth Renter We already know the links between herbicides and sterility in men, birth defects, mental illness, obesity and possibly cancer—but now we have something new to add to the nasty effects of pesticides list — Parkinson’s disease and similar neurodegenerative conditions. New research, published in the journal *Neurotoxicology and Teratology*, indicates a connection between a component in Monsanto’s Roundup and Parkinson’s disease. Glyphosate is said to induce cell death, with frightening repercussions. GreenMedInfo.com reports the study was investigating the links b... more »

Getting a Kick Out of This British Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 15 hours ago
"Prime Minister David Cameron issued a full apology Wednesday for the wrongdoing of authorities and the subsequent coverup." * **I've been told governments don't engage in cover-ups or conspiracies. *

Superstorm Sandy's death toll rises to 17 across the US and Canada, as fires rage and subway tunnels remain flooded in New York.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Superstorm Sandy is heading inland after battering parts of the east coast of the United States and Canada, killing at least 17. The storm lashed parts of the east coast overnight, leading President Barack Obama to declare a "major disaster" in New York and Long Island. http://news.sky.com/story/1004427/new-york-storm-sandy-is-heading-west

End Manipulation, Let the Markets Clear!

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Dees Illustration *Ron Paul* French businessman and economist Jean-Baptiste Say is credited with identifying the fundamental economic principle that aggregate demand for goods in an economy will equal the aggregate supply of goods when markets are permitted to operate. Or in Say’s words, “products are paid for with products.” English classical economist David Ricardo, among others, more fully developed this principle into what has become known as “Say’s Law.” Say’s Law, according to Ricardo, leads us to understand that market equilibrium for goods is constant. This simply means t... more »

Euthanizing the British Economy

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 15 hours ago
*It would save lives.... * "Research links suicide increase in Britain to recession" by Makiko Kitamura | Bloomberg News, August 16, 2012 LONDON — The *recession* that began in 2008 may have contributed to an *increase in suicides* in Britain, according to a study that echoes findings from research in the United States and Australia.... * **I suppose that is one way to get rid of useless eaters. * The findings provide more evidence of an association between job losses and suicides, and suggest that a drop in suicides in 2010 was the result of lower unemployment. Suicide rates in ... more »

For Lord's Sake

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 15 hours ago
*This is where the Liberal Democrats make a stand?* "In Britain, a parliamentary tit-for-tat; Clegg retaliates after Tories derail Lords overhaul" Bloomberg News, August 07, 2012 LONDON — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of England said Monday that he will order his Liberal Democrat lawmakers to block legislation wanted by the Conservatives after Tory rebels derailed plans to overhaul the House of Lords. Clegg said the Conservatives had broken the contract between the coalition partners as he confirmed that the government has abandoned attempts to reform the 700-year-old upper cham... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 12:53:40 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 06:53:40 AM at epicenter Location 12.554°N, 87.961°W Depth 87.8 km (54.6 miles) Region NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA Distances 86 km (53 miles) W (261°) from El Viejo, Chinandega, Nicaragua

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF EAST COAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 13:12:29 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 01:12:29 AM at epicenter Location 37.939°S, 177.709°E Depth 68.2 km (42.4 miles) Region OFF EAST COAST OF THE NORTH ISLAND, N.Z. Distances 85 km (53 miles) NNW (342°) from Gisborne, New Zealand

Quo Vadis, Mr. Hudak?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
With Ontario's Liberals in disarray, Martin Regg Cohn speculates in this morning's *Toronto Star* about what the province would look like under Tim Hudak: Hudak still clings to panaceas: Unspecified tax cuts to goose economic growth, ramp up total revenues and magically balance the budget at warp speed. Note that Hudak never says which taxes he’d cut — a form of Mitt Romney redux on reductions and deductions — just that he wants a “flatter personal income tax structure” that squeezes out the last remnants of progressivity from our system. Tax cuts would produce a “counter-intui... more »
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