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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

30 October - Blogs I'm Following

U.S. House: Financial Markets Bill - Done deal
U.S. House: Financial Markets Bill - Done deal (Photo credit: k-ideas)
Ray Kurzweil: The Web Within Us - When Minds A...
Ray Kurzweil: The Web Within Us - When Minds And Machines Become One (Photo credit: Fräulein Schiller)
English: Based in the Crash Course of Chris Ma...
English: Based in the Crash Course of Chris Martenson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Empire of Debt
Empire of Debt (Photo credit: Earthworm)
Yes We Are Ready For Change
Yes We Are Ready For Change (Photo credit: Earthworm)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Employees of the on...
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Employees of the online review site Yelp watch as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the new East Coast headquarters of the tech company on October 26, 2011 in New York City. The Bloomberg administration has been heralding and working to facilitate the tech sector in New York City in hopes of making New York City a rival to Silicon Valley for start-up companies. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
American Memorial Park, Saipan
American Memorial Park, Saipan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Aerial view of Anatahan Island in the Northern...
Aerial view of Anatahan Island in the Northern Mariana Islands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Aerial view of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Aerial view of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Coast of Rota Island.
Coast of Rota Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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The EROEI problem is actually part of a broad economic crisis that I have researched for a long time with some highly acclaimed colleagues. These include Dr. Chris Martenson, a pathologist, and internationally recognized expert on the dangers of exponential growth, and Keith Fitz-Gerald, the President of the Fitz-Gerald Group and an expert in non-linear trends in the financial markets.

What we discovered was so alarming, we presented it to the United Nations, 16 world governments and UK parliament. We also hired an Emmy winning director to present the findings in a investigative documentary. Since releasing it in mid-July, it has gone viral. You can see it here.

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 - 1 minute 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 - 5 minutes 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 - 8 minutes 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 - 8 minutes 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 - 8 minutes 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 - 18 minutes 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 - 18 minutes 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

#unpredictable

Gail at Wit's End - 19 minutes 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 - 28 minutes 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 - 35 minutes 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 - 40 minutes 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 - 42 minutes 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 - 42 minutes 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 - 57 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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! - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 hours ago
http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/19951564/ship-with-700-tons-of-gold-%20ore-disappears-off-russia

ISA-NE Proceeding as Normal

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 hours ago
http://rt.com/news/canada-police-spy-bill-c-30-455/

Breakout of the Mass Media's Skinner's Box

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 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 - 3 hours ago

The Retroactive Life of Willard Mittie

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 hours ago
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/10/25/2012102501302.html

"You Better Decide..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 hours ago
http://www.debka.com/article/22485/Syria-on-a-cliff-edge-between-Assad-and-Al-Qaeda

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
And of course, we still have this idiot to deal with for a few more weeks... - CP

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 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 - 3 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

Monday

Southern Man at Southern Man - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 hours ago
I do hope so...

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

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 12:53:05 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:53:05 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 24.742°S, 179.616°W Depth 541.2 km (336.3 miles) Region SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS Distances 462 km (287 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake COQUIMBO, CHILE - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.2 Region COQUIMBO, CHILE Date time 2012-10-30 12:46:24.0 UTC Location 29.64 S ; 70.92 W Depth 105 km Distances 43 km NE La serena, Chile

The Economy: “Gary Shilling Is An Optimist”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Gary Shilling Is An Optimist”* by Karl Denninger "Gary continues to talk about deleveraging in the economy and markets as if there's some of that actually going on, and which is of course used as justification for QE3: "The only thing that would restore normal global growth, I argued, was time - the five to seven years it will take for deleveraging to be completed." But there is no deleveraging. That's the entire point of QE(whatever) - preventing that deleveraging! There have been only a couple of places where any deleveraging has taken place. Home mortgages, for example, hav... more »

Hundreds Injured in Ningbo Protests, China

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
police in Ningbo claimed that no serious incidents occurred nor was anyone killed during PX Project protests. However, local people revealed that the police didn't tell the truth. The BBC Chinese website cited Ms Ni, a witness who said that hundreds of protesters were injured during the protests. One woman's three ribs were broken and one protester's face was filled with blood.

Greek journalists strike over suspension of presenters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Greek state television journalists accused the government of censorship and began a series of work stoppages on Tuesday after two well-known presenters were suspended for criticizing a government minister. Their removal came on the same day an editor went on trial for printing a list of 2,000 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts, prompting outrage at the swift pursuit of journalists in comparison to the sluggish crackdown on suspected tax evaders. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-greece-journalists-protest-idUSBRE89T0VI20121030

The Great London Fire of 2012

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
"Firefighters battle blaze in London" Associated Press, August 13, 2012 LONDON — Firefighters battled a *massive blaze* at an east London recycling center Sunday as the city prepared for the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Officials said the blaze was the *biggest they had seen in the city for years*, but that the Games would in no way be affected. The fire — about 7 miles east of the Olympic Park — was brought under control by late Sunday.... --more--"

British Message in a Bottle

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
*Lost at sea....* "98-year-old message in bottle sets world record" Associated Press, August 31, 2012 LONDON — It was scooped from the sea after 98 years, and now officials say a message in a bottle discovered in Scotland has set a world record. The message in a bottle discovered by fisherman Andrew Leaper. Fisherman Andrew Leaper found the bottle — released in 1914 — in his nets in April while sailing east of the Shetland Islands, which lie off Scotland’s northern coast. Guinness World Records confirmed Thursday the find is the oldest message in a bottle ever recovered, beating a... more »

Flashback: Broadcast Journalist Exaggerates Flood

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
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OBAMA ACCEPTS 'OSAMA BIN LADEN' DONATIONS

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*No block to foreign money – not even from dead terrorists* Pakistani Internet Protocol and proxy server, a disposable credit card and a fake address, “Osama bin Laden” has successfully donated twice to Barack Obama’s presidential re-election campaign. The “Bin Laden” donations, actually made by WND staff, included a listed occupation of “deceased terror chief” and a stated employer of “al-Qaida.” “Bin Laden” is currently set up on the official campaign website to contribute more to Obama’s campaign. The name is also registered as a volunteer. Since the “foreign” contribution was ... more »

Boston Globe Makes a Quick British Withdrawal

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
*And so will I. * "UK lender’s stock plunges after Iran bank deals" by Gavin Finch, Bloomberg News / August 8, 2012 Standard Chartered PLC’s stock fell the most in almost 24 years as an analyst estimated it may face costs of $5.5 billion after being accused of violating US money laundering laws over its dealings with Iranian banks. Standard Chartered may lose its license to operate in New York. Its Department of Financial Services found the bank conducted $250 billion of deals with Iranian banks over seven years and earned hundreds of millions of dollars in fees for handling transa... more »

The Carolinas Challenged by Water Woes

By: Duane Craig Nearly 100 homes in southwestern Cumberland County, N.C., with wells threatened by contamination, will be able to connect to a public water supply by spring 2013, according to this article. The county is installing a water line that will provide connections for the affected residents using a Clean Water Revolving Loan from the state. The project has been five years in the making even though the contamination causing the problem has been known about for 20 years. Benzene leaking from tanks at a long-closed gas station is considered to be the culprit. Surprisingly, on... more »

Nick Cave Doesn't Believed In An Interventionist God-- So Who Would He Blame Sandy On?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
Crackpot religionist charlatans are different from Nick Cave. He writes songs and sings for a living. Crackpot religionist charlatans make their livings by frightening feeble-minded people about unknowable supernatural forces, spirits and gods. God is systematically destroying America. Just look at what has happened this year. There was an incredible heatwave and drought that destroyed massive amounts of the crops. This drought has not let up and now covers about 65 percent of the country. The drought triggered record forest fires in the West. The East was not affected by the ... more »

The Boston Globe Takes a Dive

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
*And I'm not referring to the ever-declining circulation*: "Weather may hold for sky diving stunt ROSWELL — The weather in New Mexico appears to be cooperating this time for a daredevil trying to become the first sky diver to break the sound barrier. Meteorologist Don Day said the weather forecast is still favorable for the jump, scheduled for early Sunday near Roswell. Former Austrian paratrooper Felix Baumgartner will try to break a 1960 high-altitude parachuting record. He will also test a pressurized suit that was designed by the David Clark Co. of Worcester, Mass., for stratosp... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN COLOMBIA - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 12:18:20 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 07:18:20 AM at epicenter Location 6.836°N, 73.056°W Depth 148.2 km (92.1 miles) Region NORTHERN COLOMBIA Distances 35 km (22 miles) SSE (160°) from Bucaramanga, Colombia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake LAKE BAYKAL REGION, RUSSIA - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 10:11:40 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 06:11:40 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 53.391°N, 108.066°E Depth 17.9 km (11.1 miles) Region LAKE BAYKAL REGION, RUSSIA Distances 50 km (31 miles) NNW of Turka, Russia

US criticises Europe over 'failure' to label Hezbollah a terrorist organisation

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
The Independent KAREN DEYOUNG White House counterterrorism chief John O. Brennan said Friday that European failure to join the United States in designating the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah a terrorist organization is undermining international counterterrorism efforts. "Let me be clear," Brennan said in a speech in Dublin, European resistance "makes it harder to defend our countries and protect our citizens." Brennan listed Hezbollah at the top of a list of joint U.S. and European security challenges. In addition to its alliance with terrorist activities by Iran, he said... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Marco Scutaro, 37. Sometimes, things just happen. Lifetime OPS+ 94; OPS+ over 243 PAs with the Giants, 145.Yes, the downside of Brian Sabean is that Scutaro will now get an Aubrey Huff deal, but it's mostly just money; it's not as if he's blocking anyone. And it was sure great while it lasted. The good stuff: 1. XKCD takes on Congressional history as seen through DW-NOMINATE. Not real thrilled about reference to "party systems," but hard to complain too much. 2. Thad Hall on potential electoral -- democratic -- disaster. See alsoPaul Gronke. 3. Doug Mataconis on... more »

Currency Warfare: What are the Real Targets of the E.U. Oil Embargo against Iran?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Tehran has warned the leaders of the E.U. countries that the new sanctions are foolish and against their national and bloc interests. But is this correct? At the end of the day, who will benefit from the chain of events that are being set into motion? ''The end of Iranian oil exports to the European Union and the decline of the euro will directly benefit the United States and the U.S. dollar. What the European Union is doing is merely weakening itself and giving the U.S. dollar the upper hand in its currency rivalry against the euro. Moreover, should the euro collapse, the American... more »

A Brilliant Pentagon Plan for Spreading Perpetual “Persistent War” Looks Just Like A “Failed” Terror War

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The American war on terror HAS NOT FAILED, it has succeeded brilliantly in its primary mission--to spread conflict over the entire planet. The war on terror was NEVER intended to be won, it was just a means to an end, prepositioning military forces in every nation, before unleashing global nuclear war. All of these little "piss ant" wars that we have been fighting, the various Partnership-for-Peace programs, Special Forces training missions, drug-interdiction and border control operations, along with the overall rubric of "fighting terrorism," have all provided the means to prepos... more »

Oil, Dollars, Euros And Dead Iraqi's

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Control of Middle Eastern oil resources has always been a matter of strategic concern to the United States. In his famous speech of 1947 when he initiated the Cold War and enunciated the doctrine that now goes under his name, US President Truman referred to the Middle East with its “great natural resources” as among the considerations that motivated the fight against “communism.” In 1974-75, in the midst of the OPEC oil price hikes and the threat of extended oil embargoes, the US administration discussed the possibility of undertaking military action against oil-producing states. h... more »

Beijing report says Chinese Muslims are fighting in Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Chinese Muslim separatists from the northwest region of Xinjiang are battling Syrian government forces alongside al-Qaida and other extremist groups, an official Chinese newspaper reported Monday. Radicals among China's ethnic Turkic Uighur minority have been traveling to Syria since May to join the fighting on trips organized by groups opposed to Beijing's rule over Xinjiang, the Global Times reported Monday. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2012/10/30/359264/Beijing-report.htm

Pentagon is World’s Leading Landlord

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
'Move over, Donald Trump and Ted Turner. The Department of Defense is the world’s top property owner with holdings around the world – a fact relevant amid election-year debate about the size and role of our military. In the United States alone, DOD occupies 1.9 billion square feet of office space Worldwide, DOD has more than 2 million people working on 5,000 sites in 41 countries.''

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:43:54 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 06:43:54 PM at epicenter Location 5.341°S, 102.728°E Depth 41.9 km (26.0 miles) Region SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA Distances 182 km (113 miles) SSE (164°) from Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia

‘This is travesty of American criminal justice’: Supreme Court denies Holy Land Five appeal

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
MondoWeiss Allison Deger Adam Horowitz Annie Robbins [image: hl5rally] A rally for the Holy Land Five in New York City, October 25, 2012 The Supreme Court has denied the Holy Land Five appeal and will not be issuing a decision in the case. This almost definitely marks the end of the legal appeal process. The Holy Land Five -- Shukri Abu Baker, Mohammad el-Mazain, Ghassan Elashi, Mufid Abdulqader, Abulrahman Odeh -- were convicted of providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza through *zakat* committees allegedly connected with Hamas. The case relied on "secret evidence" from ... more »

Compassion balanced with responsibility

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
By DAVID COUCH SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE Arkansas Democrat-Gazette LITTLE ROCK — Imagine for a moment that someone you love is suffering from debilitating pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment or surgical measures for more than six months. Her doctor, seeing that the other treatments are not alleviating her pain, recommends that she try marijuana, as it has been effective alleviating the pain of other patients, without any significant negative side effects. Would you want that pain relief to be a legal option for your loved one? Imagine now that ano... more »

Syrian jets bomb area near Homs to break rebel siege

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Syrian warplanes bombed rebel positions on the outskirts of the central city of Homs on Tuesday to try to break a siege of an army base housing dozens of soldiers, opposition activists said. Two rebels were killed and 10 wounded at al-Mubarkiyeh, a village 6 km (4 miles) south of Homs, where rebels have besieged a compound guarding a tank maintenance facility, they said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-syria-crisis-homs-idUSBRE89T0KH20121030

Italy president says Monti government must continue until spring

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Mario Monti's government must complete its natural term, due to end in spring, following Silvio Berlusconi's threat to withdraw support before next year's election. "The legislature must come to its natural conclusion," Napolitano said at an institutional ceremony on Tuesday. Berlusconi said on Saturday his center-right bloc may withdraw its support from the government, a move that could throw Italy into political chaos. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-italy-president-idUSBRE89T0PW20121030

Medical Marijuana: Will Colorado's 'green rush' last?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
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New Jersey Levee Breaks flooding three towns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A possible levee breach in northern New Jersey on Tuesday, flooded three towns with 4 to 5 feet of water in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, prompting the evacuation of hundreds from their homes. The towns of Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstadt were underwater after the swollen Hackensack River broke its banks, affecting around 2,000 residents, said Jeanne Baratta, chief of the Bergen County Executive. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-levee-moonachie-break-idUSBRE89T0L020121030

New York Paralysed by Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Millions of people in the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to flooded homes, fallen trees and widespread power outages caused by the giant storm Sandy, which swamped New York City's subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan's financial district. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-storm-sandy-hurricane-idUSBRE89N16J20121030

ACLU Tells Supreme Court FISA Surveillance Law is Unconstitutional

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
*Activist Post* The Supreme Court heard arguments today in Clapper v. Amnesty International, to decide whether clients of the American Civil Liberties Union can challenge the constitutionality of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), enacted by Congress after the abuses of the 1960s and 70s, regulates the government’s conduct of intelligence surveillance inside the United States. It generally requires the government to seek warrants before monitoring Americans’ communications. In 2001, however, President Bush authorized the... more »

Hurricane Sandy Offers Insight on How to Prepare

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Natural Society [image: hurricanesandypreparedness 245x153 What Hurricane Sandy Reveals About the Future of Preparedness]Hurricane Sandy has cleared entire grocery outlets of their essential items like water, shut off power from hundreds of thousands of homes, and incited gangs to call for the looting for local stores and wealthy homes. But it is nothing compared to a major disaster. Sure, Hurricane Sandy is projected to cost anywhere from $80 to $100 billion in damages, but it does not really compare to the reality of greater meltdown incidents. The reality is that other major di... more »

Charles Woods Attacks Obama: 'It's better to die a hero than live a coward'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
- Charles Woods, father of SEAL Tyrone, sharply criticises President - 'If you are responsible for the death of my son, I forgive you,' he says - Suggests administration should have responded quicker to news of September 11 attack on U.S. consulate in Benghazi Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, revealed his suspicion that Obama was 'responsible for the death of my son' - but he insisted he was not angry at the President. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2224917/Chris-Woods-attacks-Barack-Obama-death-son-Tyrone-Benghazi.html

Joseph Hall 'shot dead his neo-Nazi father when he was TEN because he thought he was doing the right thing'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A boy who, aged ten, shot dead his neo-Nazi father as he slept should not be jailed as he thought it was 'the right thing to do', his lawyers have argued. Prosecutors want Joseph Hall, now 12, jailed for murder, citing a history of violent behaviour including choking a teacher with a telephone cord. He would become one of the youngest people in a U.S. correctional facility. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225167/Joseph-Hall-shot-dead-neo-Nazi-father-jailed-thought-doing-right-thing.html

Pastor Danny Kirk Sr's Killer Died in the back of a squad car

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
According to Chief Dennis, Pastor Kirk was inside the church at the time of the incident. What exactly transpired isn’t clear, but a silver-colored, 4-door, full-size vehicle did crash into the church. When officers arrived they said they found the driver of that car beating Pastor Kirk with an electric guitar. “Officers caught him [suspect] engaged, actively in the assault. They deployed a Taser to stop the assault,” Chief Dennis explained. “We got him [suspect] in custody. We put him in the back of a squad car. While other parties were being treated medically, we came to check on ... more »

Rev. Danny Kirk Sr beaten to death with electric guitar by man who rammed car into church, Texas

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A North Texas congregation is reeling after an attacker rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor, and beat him to death with an electric guitar. Police told reporters they didn't know why the unidentified suspect attacked Rev. Danny Kirk Sr., founding pastor of the Greater Sweethome MIssionary Baptist Church. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225061/Church-pastor-killed-Rev-Danny-Kirk-Sr-beaten-death-electric-guitar.html

Spies again...and again...and again....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 6 hours ago
WSJ reports the sad tale: A retired Taiwanese naval officer and two others were arrested on suspicion of spying for China, the latest in a string of cases that underline the mistrust between Beijing and Taipei despite warming economic ties. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said in a statement Monday that Lt. Col. Chang Chih-hsin was suspected of "spying for officials at the Communist Party in China" and "bribing other officers in the navy for illegal gains" during his tenure, which ended in May, at the Naval Meteorological & Oceanographic Office. The office provides mapping dat... more »

Sandy devastates the East Coast leaving Atlantic City underwater

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
It is still unclear what has happened to 500 people who were stranded on the town's barrier island, pictured. They were unable to escape before Sandy rolled in. The 1,000-mile-wide storm lashed towns and cities up and down the East Coast, with three million left without power, the 911 system inundated with 10,000 calls every half an hour and cars floating down flood-hit streets in New York City. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225112/Superstorm-Sandy-devastates-East-Coast-leaving-Atlantic-City-underwater-16-people-dead.html

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 10:59:33 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:59:33 PM at epicenter Location 18.219°S, 174.809°W Depth 9.8 km (6.1 miles) Region TONGA Distances 99 km (62 miles) WNW (299°) from Neiafu, Tonga

An adjournment sought merely for delay is properly refused

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
*R. v. Phung*, 2012 ONCA 720 is a good source for the principle that an adjournment sought merely for delay is properly refused: [32] In our view, the trial judge did not err in the exercise of his discretion to deny the adjournment. [33] The exercise of his discretion to deny the adjournment application was rooted in his finding that the appellant, in discharging counsel and seeking an adjournment to retain new counsel, was attempting to manipulate the process and delay the proceeding. In our view, that considered and pivotal finding is unassailable. [34] Nor are... more »

New Jersey Nuclear plant on alert as Superstorm Sandy threatens cooling system of spent uranium fuel rods

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
If cooling ceased, the pool would take 25 hours to reach boiling point. The spokesman said the company could use water from a fire hose to cool the pool if necessary. The used uranium rods in the pool could cause the water to boil without additional coolant: in an extreme scenario the rods could overheat, risking the eventual release of radiation. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225125/Nuclear-plant-alert-Superstorm-Sandy-threatens-cooling-spent-uranium-fuel-rods.html

Manhattan in darkness, 14ft flooding and infrastructure grinds to a halt... and now come the rats

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Rats scurrying to escape rising floodwaters in New York could spread diseases as they infest new areas, according to a nature expert. A 13ft wall of water caused by the storm surge and high tides have caused severe flooding to subways and road tunnels in the city and torrents of water poured into city streets. The rising water will force rats out of their underground lairs and into contact with humans, according to Rick Ostfeld of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Milbrook, New York, speaking to The Huffington Post. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225132/Superstor... more »

Kostas Vaxevanis: Facing jail, the editor who dared to name tax evaders: Press freedom is on trial, says Greek journalist in £1.6bn exposé

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
- Kostas Vaxevanis, editor of Hot Docs, was giving a radio interview in Athens when officers stormed into the studio saying he had to go 'to be arrested' - Today, as he appeared in court, Greek daily Ta Nea reprinted the list across ten of its pages in possible act of defiance - Vaxevanis faces up to two years in prison for what police say was the illegal publication of personal details without proof of any law breaking - He says it is not him being put on trial but 'freedom of the press' - The list, given to Greece by France in 2010, contains names of 2,059... more »

Bear in a storm

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

Imperialism In The X-Factor Age

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Global Research Colin Todhunter [image: xfactor]*In Vietnam, Agent Orange was dropped by the US to poison a foreign population. In Iraq and the forme**r Yugoslavia, depleted uranium was used. In Western countries, things are a bit more complicated because various states have tended to avoid using direct forms of physical violence to quell their own populations (unless you belong to some marginalized group or hit a raw nerve, as did the Occupy Movement last year). The pretence of democracy and individual rights has to be maintained.* One option has been to use South American crack c... more »

Why you shouldn't vote for Barack Obama

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
The post below was spreading round the web yesterday, I have reposted it to keep it moving along and persuading the as yet undecided US voters. Conservative bloggers in the #VRWC unite to defeat ObamaA half-dozen conservative bloggers have united and will all have the same post on their blogs today in an effort to help defeat President Obama. Please read this post in its entirety and be sure to go visit each bloggers site via the links. I would also encourage anyone to reblog or link this post to get the word out to as many people as possible. Romney may not be the first choice f... more »

Hundreds of monkeys being bred for laboratories in Europe are killed for growing too large, claims animal rights group

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE* The disturbing images show discarded dead monkeys stacked in piles on the floor or dumped in rubbish bins Mutilated bodies can also be seen in a skip awaiting incineration, according to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection Animal rights activists have published shocking pictures and video of hundreds of monkeys they claim were killed because they were too big for testing in British laboratories. The disturbing images show discarded dead monkeys stacked in piles on the floor or dumped in rubbish bins. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225... more »

Swiss police shock after FIFTEEN drivers own up to running over same pedestrian

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Police who urged a motorist who ran over a pedestrian to turn himself in were shocked when 15 drivers owned up. The victim was involved in a minor collision on Switzerland’s A13 motorway near St Gallen in the early hours, and was hit when he got out of his car. Police thought that 56-year-old Bojan Solivic had been run over only once, but were amazed that he had been hit so many times without anybody stopping. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225052/Swiss-police-shock-FIFTEEN-drivers-running-pedestrians.html

Ministers were biased against Branson's West Coast bid and wanted anyone but him, report reveals

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
- Report accuses ministers of trying to pass the buck onto their civil servants - 'Four Cabinet ministers have their fingerprints on the "franchise fiasco"' - Centrica chief executive highlights 'significant errors', 'weak governance' and 'flawed process' in which 'bidders were treated inconsistently' - Findings vindicate charges by Virgin that there was an in-built bias against their bid which has been characterised as 'Anyone But Branson' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2224952/Rail-deal-biased-Bransons-West-Coast-bid-wanted-report-reveals.html

WHO KILLED THE PRESIDENT?

Anon at aangirfan - 7 hours ago
*Lech.* Lech Kaczyński, the President of Poland, died in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154, at Smolensk-North airport in Russia, on 10 April 2010. Most of the Poland's top political, military, financial and religious leaders were on the same flight. *Polish investigators have found traces of explosives on the wreckage of the president's jet, daily Rzeczpospolita reported on 30 October 2012.* The newspaper said prosecutors and explosive experts who examined the remains of the plane found signs of TNT and nitroglycerin on the wings and in the cabin, including on 30 seats. Trac... more »

Manhattan goes dark + + 6 MILLION without power + + 16 dead as Superstorm Sandy throws a 13-foot wall of water at US coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
New York looks like the set of a disaster movie this morning after a night of being battered by Hurricane Sandy. It hit the mainland at 6.30pm local time last night having laid waste to large parts of the coast throughout the day. Millions were left without power as New York City closed down its power supply as a safety measure, giving the famous skyline an eerie look (left). The city's transit system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway were also shut after a 13ft wall of water caused by the storm surge and high tides brought severe flooding to subways and road tunnels. Torren... more »

Claudene Christian Dies after was she taken to hospital in a critical condition following HMS Bounty Rescue

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Claudene Christian, 42, was pulled from the water on Monday - hours after the historic ship went down in the storm off the coast of North Carolina - but was unresponsive. The Coast Guard is still searching for the ship's captain, Robin Walbridge, 63. http://news.sky.com/story/1004497/hms-bounty-sinks-rescued-crew-member-dies

Latest stories Storm: Obama Declares 'Major Disaster' In NY

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Superstorm Sandy's death toll rises to 16 across the US and Canada, as fires rage and subway tunnels are flooded in New York. The storm brought gusts of more than 85mph (135kph) and a record-breaking 13ft surge of seawater in Manhattan, submerging seven subway tunnels and many roads. http://news.sky.com/story/1004427/new-york-storm-sandy-batters-us-eastern-coast

Madagascar's Palm Trees on Endangered List

Madagascar's Manambe Palm (Dypsis decipiens) is threatened with extinction. Photo courtesy: M. Rakotoarinivo/RBG Kew Madagascar's forests are shrinking, and that's bad news for palm trees on the majestic island. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced this week that extinction threatens 83 percent of the island's native palm trees. Palms are an important part of Madagascar's forests, which are home to a wide variety of life. All 192 species of palm tree assessed in this study are unique to the island. Palm trees are also important for Madagascar's c... more »

Sweden in Danger of Losing Last Coral Reef

A close-up image of Lophelia pertusa coral taken by a remotely operated vehicle 1,450 ft depth in 2009. What a beautiful coral. It would be tragic to lose the last coral reef in Sweden. Although this image was taken in the Gulf of Mexico, the species also lives in Swedish water. Photo courtesy: Lophelia II 2009 Deepwater Coral Expedition. Despite the frosty scenes its name evokes, Sweden has a coral reef. In fact, it formerly had three, and the last one remaining is in danger of dying out. The expression - 3 strikes and you're out - is most apt here. If Sweden loses their last cold... more »

FDNY says massive fire burning in Breezy Point section of Queens has destroyed 50 homes; 198 firefighters are battling the blaze

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
An out-of-control six-alarm blaze is ravaging the Breezy Point neighborhood in Queens and has destroyed at more than 50 homes, the FDNY tweeted early Tuesday. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/massive-fire-blazing-breezy-point-queens-article-1.1194958

Israel hit by 18 rockets as Hamas seeks revenge

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
It was the second straight day in which militants had fired rockets at Israel in a confrontation which began early on Sunday, and effectively ended three days of calm after an Egyptian-brokered truce went into force at midnight on Wednesday. "At least 18 rockets were fired at Israeli territory, without causing injuries or damage," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, saying the count was from midnight. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jnA_vtvOXLlFEKP1qFokCuZlpAZQ?docId=CNG.1d490f0cdd7932b347e2cb36777d2fbd.951

Ukrainian Svoboda party reject claims of anti-Semitism

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
For the first time the nationalist Svoboda or Freedom party will be represented in Ukraine's parliament. The movement which has links with foreign far-right groups like France's National Front has been accused of anti-Semitism. http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/30/ukrainian-svoboda-party-reject-claims-of-anti-semitism/

Qatar PM: Syria war amounts to genocide....Let's not mention the Human rights status in Qatar

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Emirate's premier denounces Assad forces' brutality; slams international community, UN over inability to effectively bring bloodshed to its end. The Prime Minister of Qatar Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani denounced Tuesday the ongoing civil war in Syria, calling it a "war of extermination." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4298783,00.html

Artist Turns Trash Into Bird Houses

Installing a new avian condo. Photo courtesy: © Happy City Birds Have you ever wonder why Angry Birds are so angry? Maybe it’s because not enough of us are building them charming birdhouses like street artist Thomas “Dambo” Winther. Dambo’s Happy City Birds project is upcycling trash into birdhouses for natures little recyclers. This birdie condo is not only delightfully creative; it makes this wall an interesting focal point of the building. Photo courtesy: © Happy City Birds My Modern Met quotes the artist as saying, “Birds are actually great at recycling and we need to appreciat... more »

Different ways to interpret Feynman diagrams

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
Feynman diagrams are the funny pictures that Richard Feynman drew on his van: You see that a Feynman diagram is composed of several lines that meet at vertices (at the nodes of the graph). Some of the lines are straight, some of them are wiggly: this shape of each line distinguishes the particle type. For example, straight lines are often reserved for fermions while wiggly lines are reserved for photons or other gauge bosons. Some lines (I mean line intervals) are external – one of their two endpoints is free, unattached to anything. These are the external physical particles th... more »

WHO KILLED PATRICIA CURRAN?

Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Patricia Curran - "the taint of incest hanging in the air." - the noir and true* In 1952, 19-year-old Patricia Curran was murdered. "Judge Curran's circle was very high-profile and if for example there was a potential scandal involving high-ranking government and military personnel ( maybe some bizarre homosexual / masonic cult) and Patricia got wind of it, there would be any amount of people with the motivation to exterminate her, and the means to cover it up. "As for the brother doing a runner to Africa as a priest..." Judge Curran's Daughter - Belfast Forum Old Belfast 8...... more »

George Osborne and David Cameron are out of touch, say voters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
David Cameron and his Chancellor, George Osborne, are also seen by two-thirds of voters as being out of touch with ordinary people, suggesting that the "plebgate" row over the former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell's confrontation with police in Downing Street ... http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/george-osborne-and-david-cameron-are-out-of-touch-say-voters-8231605.html

The struggle over closing Wall Street

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
After two days of heated discussions, the NYSE faced a choice: use an unproven system to keep the markets open while risking employees' safety, or close for the day and play it safe. At 6:30 p.m. on Sunday night, with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the U.S. East Coast, New York Stock Exchange operator NYSE Euronext had more immediate problems: a revolt from the trading firms that are its lifeblood. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-storm-sandy-nyse-insight-idUSBRE89T0F920121030

Welfarism 25: The New Poor, Free Poor and Eric Hoffer

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 9 hours ago
* This is my article today in the online magazine, http://thelobbyist.biz/index.php/perspectives/less-government/item/116-the-new-poor-free-poor-and-populism ------------- There are different causes of poverty, there are different types of the poor, and there are different aspirations by the poor. Thus, “fighting poverty” as if there is only one type of the poor, or as if the poor have only one aspiration, often results in expanding the lot of the poor, or creating new poor. This coming November 3-4, 2012, this writer will be one of the international participants in a round table di... more »

New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant declares "ALERT"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Exelon Corp declared an "alert" at its New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant due to a record storm surge, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said, warning that a further water rise could force the country's oldest working plant to use emergency water supplies to cool spent uranium fuel rods. The alert -- the second lowest of four NRC action levels -- came after water levels at the plant rose by more than 6.5 feet, potentially affecting the pumps that circulate water through the plant, an NRC spokesman said late on Monday. Those pumps are not essential since the 43-year-old pl... more »

UBS to slash 10,000 jobs in fixed income exit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
UBS unveiled plans to wind down its fixed income business and fire 10,000 bankers in one of the biggest bonfires of finance jobs since the implosion of Lehman Brothers in 2008. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-ubs-restructure-idUSBRE89S0DM20121030

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.5 Region DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE Date time 2012-10-30 08:09:27.0 UTC Location 36.56 N ; 26.46 E Depth 125 km Distances 7 km E Astipálaia, Greece

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL CALIFORNIA - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 3.2 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 08:01:00 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 01:01:00 AM at epicenter Location 36.604°N, 121.211°W Depth 8.7 km (5.4 miles) Region CENTRAL CALIFORNIA Distances 10 km (6 miles) NW (323°) from Pinnacles, CA

Jeremy Bowen protesting his lack of bias again and not accepting the verdict of the BBC Trust

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
The BBC's Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, is interviewed by The Telegraph. Take a read although you may need a strong stomach to read Jeremy Bowen's words. Here's three paragraphs to give you a flavour: 'In 2004 the BBC commissioned the Balen Report on its reporting of the Middle East. It subsequently refused to release the document on the grounds that it was the result of an internal editorial exercise. An application under the Freedom of Information Act to have the report made public was rejected by the Supreme Court this year, but the corporation, which reportedly spent £350,00... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 07:12:35 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 07:12:35 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.917°S, 178.592°W Depth 560.7 km (348.4 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 272 km (169 miles) SE of Lambasa, Fiji

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 07:12:29 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 05:12:29 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.615°S, 151.864°E Depth 156.7 km (97.4 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 53 km (32 miles) WSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 05:22:17 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 02:22:17 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 23.001°S, 69.708°W Depth 75.7 km (47.0 miles) Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE Distances 99 km (61 miles) SW of Calama, Chile

Rescued HMS Bounty Crew Member Dies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A woman found four hours after the ship sunk near the eye of Hurricane Sandy dies, as the search for the captain continues. http://news.sky.com/story/1004497/hms-bounty-sinks-rescued-crew-member-dies

Undemocratic impulses? Who ya gonna call? Not Jimmy Carter!

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
When it comes to ensuring the integrity of foreign elections, take it from Alberta Diary, Jimmy Carter is outstanding in the field. Below: Alberta MP Linda Duncan and Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovich. By the sound of it, the international observers of Sunday’s Ukrainian parliamentary elections did manage to catch the government of President Viktor ... more »

Dr. Eben Alexander on the Medical Mystery of Near-Death Experience

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 11 hours ago
This is a follow up posting on Dr. Eben Alexander's book on his remarkable Near Death experience. This interview is long and I will underline key passages. As I have stated before, I entered this state personally while resting one afternoon and was able to confirm the reality of the state itself. I reached a couple of conclusions then and this interview will generate additional information. 1 The experience does not have the softness or intangibility of a normal dream state. The luminous dreaming phrase is appropriate. What is observed is an expansion of the spectrum... more »

Taliban Declares War on Journalists

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 11 hours ago
You could not make this up. It is enough to provoke summary execution in the minds and hearts of the greatest pacifists. What has happened, is that pro Islamism sentiment has now taken a sharp swing away and is in retreat throughout the Pakistani culture. It is a hard way to go about doing this, but the result remains the same. The Pakistani government can harden its attitude toward any radicalism unless it is tightly reined in. I do not know though if we have reached a threshold over which security agencies ferociously suppress the Taliban. What we now know though is... more »

Old Massett Fishery Stimulation Trial

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 11 hours ago
The first reality here is that this is all new science and also new law as yet to be written since it the therefore truly governed by the commons, it is appropriate for the commons to go out and try. By the way, since we are now enforcing pollution laws in the open ocean, perhaps the USA, and China would care to accumulate and destroy all the rubbish now in the great Pacific Garbage Patch? A better plan may be to make all plastics biodegradable and use iron sulphate as a filler to boot. There is also more science at work here that understood at first blush. The ir... more »

New Theory of Animal Evolution

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 11 hours ago
Perhaps. I am inclined to understand cognition as an aspect of any multicellular assemblage. I am inclined to apply such cognition to the choices made and conserved in the evolution of more complex bodies. That is good enough to test and evolve into every new niche or biome. The other thing to recall is that past the single cell level, the available options are remarkably finite. We all have the same kidney. However once initiated a multitude of forms arose, but then all the best apps survived. Thus new apps today face bleak odds. We live in a settled down ecology even ... more »

Stop Imperialism - Episode 45

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
Eric Draitser's Stop Imperialism Podcast - Episode 45 Eric Draitser StopImperialism.com October 30, 2012 Podcast Powered By Podbean In this episode... - 1. Syria *- *Syria rebels pessimistic on mediator's ceasefire plan - 2. Lebanon - Anti-Syria rally held in Lebanon on 'day of rage' over bombing - 3. Libya - 26 killed, scores injured in clashes in ex-Gaddafi bastion - 4. Iran (Terror & Propaganda) - Two police killed in suicide attack near Iranian mosque - 5. Iran (Economics) - Iran, Egypt to resume trade ties - 6. Energy & Pipelines (Central A... more »

Nation's oldest nuclear plant on alert

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 12 hours ago
Nation's oldest nuclear plant on alert By JOSH LEDERMAN | Associated Press – 2 hrs 2 mins ago WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's oldest nuclear power plant, already out of service for scheduled refueling, was put on alert late Monday after waters from Superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level. Conditions were still safe at and around Oyster Creek, a plant in Lacey Township, N.J., and at all other U.S. nuclear plants, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which oversees plant safety. No plants that had been up and running before the storm were planning to shut down. High water... more »

Dog days in Copan

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 12 hours ago
I have a new appreciation for the politics of dogs since moving to Honduras. Our beloved dog Jack taught me a lot about the ways of dogs during 14 years of enjoying his company, but I'm seeing a whole new side to them now that I live in a place where they largely set their own rules. The most obvious downside to life as a Copan dog is that virtually all of them look like they're starving to death. Whatever traces of wolf remain in the domesticated dog of today, the ability to hunt down food appears to have been reduced to a desperate rooting through garbage in search of scant lefto... more »

Pol. Ideology 38: Central Planning vs. Free Market

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
My article in interaksyon.com, Poverty, Planning and Populism has attracted the attention of some lovers of central planning and more government. Below are our exchanges, dated October 28 to 30, 2012: --------- *Carlo Lacanilao*What this article failed to mention is that this is the very economic framework that sets the objective structural barriers to achieving prosperity; and - while, shifting the blame on the poor - forgets that poverty in itself shapes, conditions, and constrains, individual freedom and responsibility. *Nonoy Oplas *· More on "shifting the blame, and credit, o... more »

Typhoon-triggered flooding leaves 70 boats missing on China-Vietnam border river

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Typhoon Son-Tinh has brought strong wind and downpours to south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region since Sunday, sinking six boats and causing another 70 to go missing on a China-Vietnam border river, police said Tuesday. No casualties have been reported so far, said a spokesman with the public security bureau of the city of Fangchenggang. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-10/30/c_131939787.htm

Fire Hoses as Last Resort to Cool Nuclear Rods When All Else Fails

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
EXCERPTED: * Exelon Corp declares alert at New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear plant on storm surge * Further water rise could mean fire hose to cool spent rods-NRC spokesman SOURCE: UPDATE 1-US nuclear plant declares "alert" after Sandy storm surge-NRC Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:51am EDThttp://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/storm-sandy-exelon-oystercreek-idUSL3E8LU1S120121030 GUNDERSEN ON DEMOCRACY NOW: "The biggest problem, as I see it right now, is the Oyster Creek plant, which is on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey," says former nuclear executive Arnie Gundersen, noting it lies in the p... more »

Marines, police prep for mock zombie invasion

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The keynote speaker beforehand will be a retired top spook _ former CIA Director Michael Hayden. "No doubt when a zombie apocalypse occurs, it's going to be a federal incident, so we're making it happen," Barker said. Since word got out about the exercise, they've had calls from "every whack job in the world" about whether the U.S. government is really preparing for a zombie event. Called "Zombie Apocalypse," the exercise follows the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's campaign launched last year that urged Americans to get ready for a zombie apocalypse, as part of... more »

Syrian rebels 'buying arms from the regime'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The Syrian regime may be their sworn enemy, but rebels fighting to bring down President Bashar al-Assad say they pay hard cash to government agents for guns and bullets. For Syria's plethora of armed opposition groups, obtaining weapons is a constant struggle. Furious with the West for failing to provide heavy weaponry, they say they have little choice but to line Assad's coffers. In a country where national service is compulsory, and a conflict where brothers fight on opposing sides and rebels defect from the armed forces, they say it is not difficult to find a "middleman" or an "o... more »

Cutting UK child benefit for middle-class parents breaks European laws

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Under the new system, some European Union citizens working in Britain will not have their payments reduced, leading the institute to conclude that the new rules are “discriminatory”. *So I'am paying Tax to fund EU middle Class kids now??* * * http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/9641766/Child-benefit-cuts-may-be-illegal.html

Train derails in Louisville; small leak found

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Emergency officials evacuated a few dozen homes Monday near a derailed train in southern Jefferson County because of concerns about hazardous-material leaks. The Paducah & Louisville Railway train derailed just after 6 a.m. EDT Monday near Dixie Highway. Emergency officials are asking residents within a 2 1/2-mile radius of the scene to stay inside their homes until they are told they can leave. http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/29/2388596/train-derails-in-louisville-hazmat.html

Poás Volcano rumbles, spits ashes, Costa Rica

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The Poas Volcano early Sunday awoke residents of the province of Alajuela with a strong rumble. At about 1 a.m., the volcano’s crater ejected mud and ash more than 500 meters into the air. Ashes traveled hundreds of meters around the national park, rangers reported. Although the volcano is frequently active, this kind of strong explosion has not been recorded since 2006. Experts said the activity was normal, but they will continue monitoring the volcano. http://www.ticotimes.net/Current-Edition/News-Briefs/Poas-Volcano-rumbles-spits-ashes_Monday-October-29-2012

Avian Flu H5N1 Outbreak in Bhutan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
BHUTAN - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 has been reported to the OIE. The outbreak was reported by Dr Karma Dukpa, Director General, Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests in Thimpu, Bhutan. The outbreak occurred in Rinchending, Phuentsholing in Chhukha. http://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultrynews/27192/avian-flu-h5n1-outbreak-in-bhutan

Germany's Schaeuble tells skeptical UK "EU needs you".......Well the Financial District at least

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged Britain on Monday to remain strongly engaged in the European Union, responding to a tide of Euroskepticism that Berlin fears could sweep London towards the exit. Schaeuble's plea, delivered during a visit to Oxford University, came days after British Foreign Secretary William Hague mapped out a very different vision of a much looser EU in which Britain would opt out of many policies. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would visit Britain, an "important partner", for talks with Prime Minister David Cameron next week. http://www.reuters... more »

Sandy wrecks havoc in NYC

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 04:40:15 UTC Monday, October 29, 2012 at 09:40:15 PM at epicenter Location 52.170°N, 131.604°W Depth 10.2 km (6.3 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 253 km (157 miles) SSW (201°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

Supreme Court weighs eavesdropping law case

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The Supreme Court considered who has a right to challenge government eavesdropping on conversations between people in the United States and outside the country in a case touching on federal efforts to fight terrorism. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/29/us-usa-court-surveillance-idUSBRE89S10H20121029

Clinton presses Algeria on Mali intervention plan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed regional power Algeria to support an Africa-led military intervention in Mali, a senior U.S. official said. Clinton's one-day visit comes amid mounting international pressure on Algeria over the crisis in Mali. Clinton's one-day visit comes amid mounting international pressure on Algeria over the crisis in Mali, where a March military coup was followed by a revolt that has seen Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants, some linked to al Qaeda, seize control of the northern two-thirds of the country. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/29/us... more »

Gareth Porter: Both Candidates Misleading on Iran and Afghanistan

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
Source: The Real News. Gareth Porter: Obama and Romney debate a false narrative about US foreign policy.

ConEd cuts power to part of Lower Manhattan due to Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc ED.N said on Monday that it had shut off power to part of Lower Manhattan to protect electrical equipment and to allow for quicker restoration after Hurricane Sandy passes. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-storm-sandy-conedison-idUSBRE89S1CP20121030

Man Falls To Death Trying To Escape Bee Attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A US hiker has died after he fell 150ft off a cliff after trying to escape being attacked by a swarm of bees. The man was pronounced dead at the scene in the Echo Canyon area of Camelback Mountain, in Phoenix. Two other hikers were airlifted out after each was stung about 300 times. http://news.sky.com/story/1004451/man-falls-to-death-trying-to-escape-bee-attack

'World War Two' Bomb Find Shuts Japan Airport

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Construction workers rebuilding a tsunami-damaged airport in Japan are given a shock when they uncover a large bomb. Local police official Hiroshi Ouchi said flights in and out of Sendai airport were cancelled after the 250kg (550lb) device was uncovered during construction near a runway. http://news.sky.com/story/1004437/world-war-two-bomb-find-shuts-japan-airport

Thirteen Dead As Superstorm Sandy Hits US

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The National Hurricane Centre, which reclassified the storm as 'post-tropical', said torrential rains and wind made landfall along the New Jersey coast near Atlantic City at around 8pm EDT (12am UK time). It brought gusts of more than 85mph (135kph) and a record-breaking 13ft surge of seawater in Manhattan, submerging road and subway tunnels. http://news.sky.com/story/1004427/superstorm-sandy-batters-us-eastern-coast

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 02:55:15 UTC Monday, October 29, 2012 at 07:55:15 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.484°N, 131.486°W Depth 5.1 km (3.2 miles) (poorly constrained) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 175 km (108 miles) SSE of Masset, Canada

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 02:17:33 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 06:47:33 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.362°N, 70.802°E Depth 185.3 km (115.1 miles) Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Distances 36 km (22 miles) N of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 00:41:33 UTC Monday, October 29, 2012 at 05:41:33 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.203°S, 100.250°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND Distances 2391 km (1486 miles) W (271°) from Valdivia, Chile

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.1 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 00:35:10 UTC Monday, October 29, 2012 at 05:35:10 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.412°N, 131.645°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 181 km (112 miles) S of Masset, Canada

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 00:32:18 UTC Monday, October 29, 2012 at 05:32:18 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.467°N, 132.126°W Depth 10.4 km (6.5 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 172 km (106 miles) S of Masset, Canada

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake FLORES REGION, INDONESIA - 29th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Monday, October 29, 2012 at 23:51:42 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 07:51:42 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 8.176°S, 123.412°E Depth 19.6 km (12.2 miles) Region FLORES REGION, INDONESIA Distances 83 km (51 miles) ENE of Palue, Indonesia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake FLORES REGION, INDONESIA - 29th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Monday, October 29, 2012 at 23:40:16 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 07:40:16 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 8.163°S, 123.453°E Depth 9.1 km (5.7 miles) Region FLORES REGION, INDONESIA Distances 88 km (54 miles) ENE of Palue, Indonesia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SAMOA ISLANDS REGION - 29th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Monday, October 29, 2012 at 22:41:13 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:41:13 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 15.263°S, 172.934°W Depth 34.2 km (21.3 miles) Region SAMOA ISLANDS REGION Distances 116 km (72 miles) NE of Hihifo, Tonga

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 6.2 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 02:49:02 UTC Monday, October 29, 2012 at 07:49:02 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.324°N, 131.908°W Depth 9.7 km (6.0 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 189 km (117 miles) S of Masset, Canada

Nation's Oldest Nuclear Power Plant, New Jersey's Oyster Creek, Declares Alert Following Water Surge

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-29/nations-oldest-nuclear-power-plant-new-jerseys-oyster-creek-declares-alert-following * *

Australia Embraces the “Asian Century”

Vikash Yadav at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stated last Sunday that every Australian child should learn Mandarin, Hindi, or other regional languages as part of Australia’s embrace of the Asian Century. While her new agenda set out in a 300 page report has received its share of harsh criticism and questions about funding, one has to admire the audacity of Continue reading

Dr. Raul Ruiz Snags The Big Endorsement From Mary Bono Mack

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Until yesterday, Coachella Valley's biggest newspaper, the *Desert Sun*, had never once failed to endorse Mary Bono Mack during her 7 runs for Congress. That's streak is done! They still admire her but there's a far more qualified candidate running this year, Dr. Raul Ruiz, and they gave him the nod. But the content-- and seriousness-- of the editorial is even more notable than the end of Mary Bono Mack's winning streak with the *Sun*. They say she's grown too comfortable inside the Beltway bubble and is no longer the appropriate representative for California's vast 36th CD, stre... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Havoc as Sandy Comes Ashore* *Sandy on Hurricane Sandy*

Truth Militia Radio with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 14 hours ago
I just finished my very first broadcast on *Truth Militia Radio*. I discussed the alleged Jewish "Holocaust" and other aspects of WWI and WWII with *Deanna Spingola*. You can download the program *here*. Thanks for tuning in! Be sure to check out next week's show, I'll be interviewing Jonathan Azaziah of the *Mask of Zion*.

Michael Tellinger : Ubuntu/NewERA Lawyer's Office Raided

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 15 hours ago
From Kerry Cassidy's blog: * * *Michael Tellinger : Ubuntu Lawyer's Office Raided* Monday, 29 October 2012 13:58 Written by Kerry Cassidy Michael Tellinger's video explanation with regard to his lawyer's break-in by South African Police sponsored perpetrators. This is in regard to his South African Party called the UBUNTU Party... Here is his Press Release: *Urgent Press Release:* Michael Tellinger -- founder of the UBUNTU Liberation Movement and the UBUNTU political party in South Africa. Organised professional hit squad attacked their legal adviser Raymondt Dicks, his ... more »

Storm-blown sign kills woman in Toronto as Sandy collides with North America

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/10/29/canada-hurricane-sandy-frankenstorm.html

Explosion: U/D CMD RPTS EXPLOSION AT THE CON ED PLANT.

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 hours ago
*U/D CMD RPTS EXPLOSION AT THE CON ED PLANT* http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-29/video-coned-station-fdr-and-14th-street-exploding

A New Era

PM at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
A cultural milestone has been passed: Political science is now science-y enough that XKCD pays attention.

Global Warming Increases Strength of Hurricane Sandy

View of Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy: NASA Earth Observatory/Public Domain Once again, we've polluted our way into dire circumstances. This time we've managed to increase Hurricane Sandy's fury with our interfering ways. Global warming is responsible for an increase in the strength of Hurricane Sandy. Brian Merchant of TreeHugger explains: Hurricane Sandy is out in full force; I'm currently waiting for the slow-moving frankenstorm to bear down on me as I tap this out (good thing there plenty of memes to keep me distracted). As is to be expected, there's been some good discussio... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"Why do many galaxies appear as spirals? A striking example is M101, shown above, whose relatively close distance of about 27 million light years allows it to be studied in some detail. Recent evidence indicates that a close gravitational interaction with a neighboring galaxy created waves of high mass and condensed gas which continue to orbit the galaxy center. * * *Click image for larger size.* These waves compress existing gas and cause star formation. One result is that M101, also called the Pinwheel Galaxy, has several extremely bright star-forming regions (called HII reg... more »

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