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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

31 October - Blogs I'm Following

New Jersey Libertarian Party
New Jersey Libertarian Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Blockades training at the climate camp in Quebec
Blockades training at the climate camp in Quebec (Photo credit: Toban Black)
Dr. Jill Stein in Madison, WI 12-16-2011 206.jpg
Dr. Jill Stein in Madison, WI 12-16-2011 206.jpg (Photo credit: ra_hurd)
Libertarian Party of New Mexico
Libertarian Party of New Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Former Gov. Gary Johnson
Former Gov. Gary Johnson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gary Johnson.
Gary Johnson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arkansas River Valley
Arkansas River Valley (Photo credit: Pierce Presley)
English: Jill Stein
English: Jill Stein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johns...
English: Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson at the Nullify Now! event in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Libertarian Party Logo
Libertarian Party Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
11:51 am MDST


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 minute ago

Indigenous Empowerment: Activism of Lehman Brightman

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 minutes ago
United Native Americans Inc. Presents: Cultural Empowerment of Indigenous Activism Featuring the Activism of Lehman L. Brightman Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:00pm - 9:30pm Berkeley City College Auditorium 2050 Center St. Berkeley, CA 94704 To Inspire the Indigenous Community and Benefit the 'Please Help Save Dr. Lehman L.

Rush Limbaugh is getting frustrated that rightwing media's "BENGHAZI CENTRAL" isn't breaking outside of the rightwing Republican media "BUBBLE"

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 14 minutes ago
*The so-called "liberal media" or "mainstream media" is actually "THE REPUBLICAN MEDIA", take a look at who OWNS it and who is ON it: * I actually joke with my friend, that when I turn on our local rightwing radio channel WILK, the first words I always hear, no matter what show, is "BENGHAZI". Yes, for TWO MONTHS now, rightwing media is trying to drum up an anti-Obama/pro-Romney "BENGHAZI CRISIS" and outside of their rightwing media bubble of Rush Limbaugh, FOX "news", your local rightwing radio station like our WILK, etc...etc...it's - what's the word or term? - PETERING OUT, DYIN... more »

Be The 5 Percent for Gary Johnson

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 15 minutes ago
Mark Daniels Activist & Blogger Global Political Awakening Be The 5 Percent is an Arkansas based grassroots political organization focused on an effort to gain ballot access for Libertarian Party candidates in all 50 States. A local activist and Gary Johnson supporter, Travis Foster, presented the idea to his fellow Libertarian friends who recently gathered in Little Rock, Arkansas for a Gary Johnson Sign Waving Event which was featured on the front page of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The website domain was purchased and designed within 24 hours and received over 1000 unique hit... more »

Halloween Jailbirds

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 21 minutes ago
*Sigh*. One of the Jubilee Jailbirds has been arrested again. Yes, Linda Gibbons is up to her one-trick-pony trick again. Outside an abortion clinic, but according to the LieShite story, now with supporters. Plural. One of her supporters had a video camera, proof at the link. Maybe Linda wanted to join her pal Mary Wagner, who is *still* in jail, to show her what her little trinket looks like. Mary will get one too, courtesy of one of Canada's fetus fetishizing MPs, Maurice Vellacott. In Canada, we celebrate the Queen's Jubilee by giving commemorative medals to convicted serial cl... more »

China, the Voracious Economic Giant, Steve the Supplicant

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 21 minutes ago
Given how fast Stephen Harper is working behind his veil of secrecy to sell out Canada to China, this timely warning from *Der Spiegel:* *"I love nature," says Huang Nubo, 56, a businessman with an estimated net worth of at least $1 billion (€772 million). The founder and chairman of the Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group, Huang discovered a market niche: He builds resorts with an emphasis on sustainable design. His company benefits from the new wanderlust and "green" consciousness of the affluent Chinese upper and middle classes.* *Huang has trouble understanding why his latest proj... more »

Green Party presidential candidate arrested at Tarsands Blockade in Texas

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 32 minutes ago
Green Party presidential candidate arrested at Tarsands Blockade in Texas www.tarsandsblockade.org ***UPDATE 10:30AM – In Winnsboro, Dr. Jill Stein has been arrested, taken to Wood County Jail, and is awaiting processing. The freelance reporter has been released from detainment without arrest or charge. A statement from Dr. Jill Stein: “I’m here to connect the dots between super storm

Noteable Omissions: Content Analysis of the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal Coverage of Hurricane Affected Nuclear Plants

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 39 minutes ago
Majia here: The media often set the AGENDA for public discourse through their coverage (or not) of important issues. Hurricane Sandy posed a severe threat to nuclear plants located on the east coast due to flooding and power outages. Arnie Gunderson warned that a spent fuel pool fire could occur at Oyster Creek nuclear plant http://enenews.com/9pm-special-edition-exactly-happened-fukushima-going-njs-oyster-creek-except-reactor-refueling-gundersen-audio see also http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2012/10/29/nuclear_plants_from_virginia_to_vermont So, my question was, 'HOW DID THE MAIN... more »

Climate Change-- Much Scarier Than Halloween

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 50 minutes ago
No serious Climate Change action from this crew Given the nature of conservatism, the political right will not wake up to the realities of Climate Change until long after its possible to do anything about it. Just as much as Fox News and Hate Talk Radio, the greed-obsessed oil giants have helped create a dysfunctional version of democracy. I voted for Obama in 2008, despite his mediocre record in the Senate and his tendency to bend over backwards for the corporate criminals and Wall Street hucksters who finance the entire Republican Party and most of the Democratic Party-- the whole... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 1 hour ago
*Savile (left)* John was only aged ten when Mr BBC, the friend of Tony Blair and Israel, sexually assaulted him. The assault took place on the utterly corrupt island of Jersey. *I was only 10 when Jimmy Savile assaulted me in a toilet.* "John" was living at Jersey's notorious Haut de la Garenne children's home, where children were reportedly tortured and murdered by top people. John told how Sir Jimmy Savile regularly came to the home. John broke down as he told how Savile moved him into a toilet and subjected him to a sexual assault. John sobbed as he said: "I was frightened and... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
*Levees.Org** founder Sandy Rosenthal will be a guest on Huffpost Live to discuss Hurricane Sandy 2pm CST*

CMS proton-lead ridge: color glass condensate?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 hour ago
Two years ago, I reported the observation of surprising two-particle correlations at the CMS in proton-proton collisions, something that was previously observed at Brookhaven's RHIC in their 2005 gold-gold collisions. You know that the LHC sometimes collides lead nuclei against lead nuclei instead of proton-proton pairs but a few weeks ago, it tried something something new, the proton-lead (asymmetric) collisions. *Physics World*tells us about a (not too) surprising result of this hybrid crashing game: Unexpected 'ridge' seen in CMS collision data again I wrote it's not "too" sur... more »

Open Thread

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 hour ago
The latest demotivational poster from Casa de la Puerco. Making some last minute preparations for tonight's Halloweenery so posting here will be light to nonexistent. However, if you're Jonesing for a good dose of lib'ral outrage, hop on over and see today's post at Brilliant at Breakfast. I've been sorta shouldering the load there while Jill Hussein has been swamped with work and tending to a sick kittie. So what are you dressing up as tonight? I hear Willard's going out as a stock boy. I also hear that, instead of candy, Paul Ryan and his wife will be handing out vouchers. So, ... more »

Gary Johnson 2012: The Libertarian Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
“The revolution will not be televised.” This phrase accurately describes the libertarian movement, as it continues to penetrate the American psyche in the forms of Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. Every day, a growing segment of the population, which is young, educated, and internet native, joins the ranks of the libertarians and their allies. And every day, the regime which currently controls the United States — those inner party officials, media mouthpieces, and corporate backers — continue to lose legitimacy, support, and ultimately, control. Over the next few years, these elements... more »

Not that Sandy is in any way a laughing matter, but even those that suffered damage might get a chuckle out of this.

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 2 hours ago
I mean, you could have this in your yard.... It's a Great White, by the way, washed into a New Jersey suburban yard!!!!

AP: Your bias is showing

Left I on the News at Left I on the News - 2 hours ago
The lead paragraph of an AP story today: CAIRO -- A suspected Israeli airstrike against a weapons factory in Khartoum last week points to a possible escalation in a hidden front of the rivalry between Israel and Iran: The arms pipeline through Sudan to Islamists on Israel's borders. So the airstrike, for which no explanation other than an Israeli attack has ever been offered, and which even the article says that "consensus has built among Israeli and Arab military analysts" that it was done by Israel, is just "suspected." But the existence of an "arms pipeline through Sudan to Isla... more »

What Can You Say?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 2 hours ago
The theme this week and for the foreseeable future is Canada's putrid political culture. Today's morning heave came from the homepage of the Toronto Star. If you don't know already, the Toronto Star is joining the Globe & Mail by going behind a paywall. I have no intention of reading this stupid article (not even for the shits n' giggles that are no doubt inside) because to do so would be a waste of time. But it's an opinion piece by Rosie DiManno, justifying the move, entitled: "DiManno: Star introduces digital subscription because it costs big bucks to put out a decent paper." The... more »

Dogs, Not Barking

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
Time for a campaign-oriented version of things that, surprisingly, haven't happened: 1. Crazy GOP rally audiences. Oh, I'm sure there have been some, but it hasn't as far as I know been a story, the way it was during fall 2008 and during the Republican debates this year. 2. Minimum wage. Wasn't that going to be a thing? I mean, as an issue for the Democrats. It sure hasn't been, certainly in the presidential race, and as far as I know in Congressional elections either. 3. I think I've mentioned this before, but I think it's worth mentioning again: where are all the citizen oppositi... more »

Hezbollah reportedly installs surveillance camera network along Israeli border, "in preparation for conflict"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago

Ignatius sets himself right on Benghazi!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012* *Also: When Chris Hayes met Anne-Marie Slaughter:* As we told you in real time, David Ignatius broke every rule in the book when he defended Susan Rice’s statements concerning Benghazi. Within the Village, Ignatius has surely been pounded hard since he committed that outrageous act. And sure enough! In this morning’s Washington Post, he skillfully rights the balance, with several early nods to the genius of those at Fox. Let’s be clear: There have always been perfectly valid questions about what happened at Benghazi. Obama avoided one such question at ... more »

Aspartame is linked to leukemia and lymphoma in new landmark study on humans

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
Natural News Ethan Evers As few as one diet soda daily may increase the risk for leukemia in men and women, and for multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men, according to new results from the longest-ever running study on aspartame as a carcinogen in humans. Importantly, this is the most comprehensive, long-term study ever completed on this topic, so it holds more weight than other past studies which appeared to show no risk. And disturbingly, it may also open the door for further similar findings on other cancers in future studies. The most thorough study yet on aspartame... more »

Down to the wire . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 3 hours ago
— Elizabeth Warren, Democrat populist — “The Republican vision is clear — ‘I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.’ Republicans say they don’t believe in government. Sure, they do. They believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends. After all, Mitt Romney is the guy who said corporations are people. No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. “People have

One more time... Heat alone does not create storms. Storms are caused by a temperature differential, and severe storms are caused as much by upper atmosphere cooling as by surface warming.

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 3 hours ago
*American Scofflaw* The man is a moron. More to the point, he is not a scientist, he's just a politician selling an agenda of carbon taxes and carbon credits, from which he hopes to make millions. The proof is seen on Jupiter, Saturn, and the other gas giants, which have monster cyclonic storms larger than our entire planet, yet their temperatures are hundreds of degrees below 0. But then, Al Gore once claimed the temperature of the Earth's core was "millions of degrees." It's actually about 5000 degrees C.

GM Slashes Jobs Amid Europe Car Downturn

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
General Motors has announced European job cuts amid the sales downturn in the continental car market. http://news.sky.com/story/1005159/gm-slashes-jobs-amid-europe-car-downturn

In darkened NYC, safety on the list of concerns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Faced with the prospect of days without power and swaths of the city plunged into darkness at night, police brought in banks of lights and boosted patrols to reassure victims of a monster storm that they won't be victims of crime. Some prominent galleries in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood hired private security and apartment building superintendents suddenly became guards. In Coney Island, about 100 police officers stood on corners or cruised in cars to guard a strip of vandalized stores and a damaged bank, to the relief of shaken residents. http://news.yahoo.com/darkened-nyc-saf... more »

MT - To Show Outrage Against ALEC 11/6

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
Voters in Montana will express their outrage against ALEC legislators corporatist leanings at the polls on November 6. Editorials across Montana are asking citizens – Where is your outrage? Montana wants to be at the front of the renewable energy movement and their ALEC legislators will stop at nothing to make sure that the ALEC fossil-fuel corporate profits sector members do not let that happen. Montana also has a lot of public land that ALEC legislators want to turn over to ALEC fossil fuel corporate profit sector members for mining, drilling, exploration and fracking. Montanans... more »

这些武装无人机在阿富汗,巴基斯坦,利比亚,也门一直在做,将是未来的空域对美国在不太遥远的将来。REPEAT: Will be coming to the airspace over the US in the not too distant future.

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 3 hours ago
*American Scofflaw* 这些武装无人机在阿富汗,巴基斯坦,利比亚,也门一直在做,将是未来的空域对美国在不太遥远的将来。 What these armed drones have been doing in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, and Yemen, will be coming to the airspace over the US in the not too distant future. here are two types of lethal drones primarily now used by the US: the MQ-1B Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper.[10] The Predator MQ-1B, first flown in 1994,[11] was designed “to provide persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information combined with a kill capability.”[12] Equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, the Predator MQ-1B was the world’... more »

Cyclone Nilam: India evacuates 5,000 on southern coast ahead of cyclone

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
At least 5,000 people were evacuated from India's southern coast Wednesday as powerful Cyclone Nilam surged in, authorities said. Evacuations were ordered in low-lying areas off the coast of Tamil Nadu state, said Jatindranath Swain, the province's disaster management commissioner. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/31/world/asia/india/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Australia pumps $1.83 billion into food bowl river

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Darling River at Wilcannia. Winding across 640 kilometers of southeastern Australia’s landscape, the Murray-Darling river system often struggles to sustain its environment and much of the country’s agriculture. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue] Sydney, 26 October 2012 (AFP) – The government Friday pledged Aus$1.77 billion (US$1.83 billion) to pump more than 450 billion litres of water into the ailing Murray-Darling River and help rejuvenate a crucial system supplying Australia's food bowl. The river and its basin stretches thousands of kilometres from Queensland s... more »

War, Children: It’s Just a Welfare Check Away

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
4SS Thomas L. Knapp When pundits name-check “the welfare-warfare state,” we usually mean, and are usually understood to mean, something along the lines of “bread and circuses at home, military adventurism abroad.” That’s as good a definition as any, I suppose, and certainly an accurate description of today’s global political environment, but it fails to really capture the nature of the post-WWII trend in US politics. In America, the “welfare” and “warfare” aspects of the state have, over that period, achieved a near-perfect merger. Rather than representing one side of two mutually... more »

Afghanistan Helmand roadside bomb kills 10 civilians

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A roadside bomb in the southern Afghan province of Helmand has killed at least 10 civilians, officials say, most of them women and children. A second roadside bomb in the same province killed another person. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20153542

Sudan rebels 'recruit children' from refugee camp

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Sudanese rebels are using a refugee camp across the border in South Sudan as recruitment grounds for troops including child soldiers, a senior US official said Wednesday. Anne Richard, US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, said Washington had called on rebels fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan and Blue Nile states to end militarisation of the Yida refugee camp. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5joRe5DVTV97zosQxvrXg9NbSD2Pg?docId=CNG.9d9bb5d97241aa39684f8140764984ed.6d1

Perverse Politics

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
Mitt Romney's supporters are engaging in the same kind of perverse politics which the Romney campaign has practiced. Two days ago, David Brooks suggested that there was an upside to Romney's opportunism: If Americans elect Romney, Brooks wrote, he will work with intransigent Republicans and more reasonable Democrats. Brooks is not the only one to make this argument. The Demoines Register has based its endorsement of Romney on the same argument, as has the Orlando Sentinel. Ezra Klein writes that these endorsements validate Mitch McConnell and John Boehner's policy of unrestrained... more »

More strikes called in Greece after 2013 budget published as Greece Enters DEPRESSION

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
- *the budget predicts that government debt will hit 189.1% of gross domestic product in 2013. The budget is forecast at 5.2% of GDP, compared with the 4.2% predicted a month ago.* - *The revisions mean that Greece no longer expects to post a surplus excluding debt costs of 1.1% of GDP next year. It now only expects a primary surplus of 0.4%.* - *The budget also forecasts the Greek economy contracting by 4.5% in 2013, from 3.8% in the previous draft. That means that Greek GDP will have slumped by 21.5% since 2008 by the end of next year. A true depressi... more »

Eurozone unemployment hits record level

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Eurozone unemployment hit a record level in September in the latest sign that the debt crisis is far from abating. Joblessness in the 17-country bloc increased to 11.6 per cent in September compared with 11.5 per cent in August http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d7b3dde6-2353-11e2-a66b-00144feabdc0.html

Euro zone weighs new Greek aid as numbers deteriorate

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Euro zone finance ministers conferred on how to keep Greece afloat as negotiations between Athens and its foreign lenders neared conclusion over reforms the country must implement to receive fresh emergency loans. Greece needs to push through spending cuts and tax measures worth 13.5 billion euros ($17.5 billion) as well as a raft of economic reforms to appease EU and IMF lenders and secure bailout money to avoid bankruptcy. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-eurozone-economy-idUSBRE89U0PV20121031

Rebels bring fight to pro-Assad Palestinians

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Syrian rebels said they had formed a brigade of sympathetic Palestinians in a Damascus district to fight armed Palestinians aligned with President Bashar al-Assad. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-syria-crisis-palestinians-idUSBRE89U0H320121031

For years, scientists warned New York City of climate disaster

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: The flooded entrance to the tunnel leading to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive in Lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy, 30 October 2012. For nearly a decade, scientists told city and state officials that New York faces certain peril: rising sea levels, more frequent flooding, and extreme weather patterns. Damon Winter / The New York Times] By DAVID W. CHEN and MIREYA NAVARRO 30 October 2012 The warnings came, again and again. For nearly a decade, scientists have told city and state officials that New York faces certain peril: rising sea levels, more frequent flooding, an... more »

Superstorm Sandy: 'This Is A Wake-Up Call'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Superstorm Sandy is a "wake up call" that could lead to billion dollar flood defences being created in New York City. Three of New York's top 10 highest floods have occurred in the last two and a half years, and the latest disaster has fuelled calls for major investment in flood defences. http://news.sky.com/story/1004900/superstorm-sandy-this-is-a-wake-up-call

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 13:00:14 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 05:00:14 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 41.792°N, 127.083°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Distances 230 km (142 miles) WSW of Gold Beach, Oregon

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:35:13 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 12:35:13 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.645°S, 177.530°W Depth 315.9 km (196.3 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 253 km (157 miles) NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Tanzania police seize more than 200 elephant tusks – 30 elephants being slaughtered every day

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Poached Elephant Carcass in Tanzania 1984. This is a sad reminder of the ivory trade's devastation on the elephant population in Africa. The poachers cut out the tusks and left this carcass to rot. Jeff Shea] By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; Editing by James Macharia and Alistair Lyon 31 October 2012 DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzanian police have seized more than 200 elephant tusks hidden in a coffin and in fertilizer bags, pointing to rising poaching in the east African country, officials said on Wednesday. "This is the biggest seizure of elephant tusks in Dar es Salaam in rec... more »

Hitachi Bids to Acquire British Nuclear Venture, RWE AG and E. On AG

Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
The article is written by S. Williams (2012, October 29). Hitachi Set to Win Bidding for British Nuclear Venture. The Wall Street Journal, p. B3 Paraphrasing: Hitachi has joined with Canadian SNC-Lavalin Group to bid for RWE AG and E. ON AG. The opposition is Toshiba, which currently owns Westinghouse Electric. Excerpt: "The deal is also vital for the UK government, which has put nuclear energy at the center of its energy policy" "Analysts are skeptical of utilities' ambitious nuclear plans for the UK and think it is likely that less than the planned 16 gigawatts of new nuclear wi... more »

Climate change feeds superstorm triple whammy – ‘The terrifying truth is that America faces a future full of Frankenstorms’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: This image of Hurricane Sandy was acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite at 2:42 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (06:42 Universal Time) on 28 October 2012. NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon] Contact: Shaye Wolf, (415) 385-5746, swolf@biologicaldiversity.org 30 October 2012 SAN FRANCISCO (Center for Biological Diversity) – As America copes with the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, scientists with the Center for Biological Diversity are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to use the C... more »

Electronic Voting Machines Designed to “Steal Elections”

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
Global Research Harvey Wasserman [image: vote] CICJ Books has just released *“Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement’s Rise and Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People’s Vote, 2000-2008″* by Marta Steele. *Marta Steele has done yeoman work for the election integrity movement. She has plowed through more websites and blogs than one can even imagine. She set out with the nearly impossible task of writing the definitive historical narrative of the folly of electronic voting in the United States between 1988 and 2008. More shockingly, she accomplished that tas... more »

RACE TO THE FINISH: Men in Orange!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 4 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012* *Part 3—What the AP has reported:* The AP’s ongoing project about “racial attitudes” got its start in 2008. In 2009, five academics explained how the whole shebang got started. As we noted yesterday, their report appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly. As we noted yesterday, their explanation was transparent nonsense. This is part of the eway it began: PASEK ET AL (2009): *Long before election day 2008, long before the country even knew who the major parties’ nominees for President would be, forecasting models predicted a win by the Democratic Party's ca... more »

Graph of the Day: Water Storage at O. H. Ivie Reservoir in Texas, 1991-2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: Water Storage at O. H. Ivie Reservoir in Texas, 1991-2012. Texas Water Development Board with data from USGS, IBWC, and USACE] Reservoir stage data are collected every day from USGS, IBWC, and USACE websites. These data are preliminary and subject to revision. Reservoir storage (in acre-feet) is derived from these stage data (elevation in feet above mean sea level), by using the latest rating curve datasets available to TWDB. TWDB Reservoir Stage Summary Technorati Tags: North America,freshwater depletion,drought,global warming,climate change,agriculture,heat wave,crop fai... more »

Hours before Hurricane Sandy hit, activists protested climate inaction in Times Square

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: Activists protest climate silence in New York City before Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, 28 October 2012. 350.org] By Jeremy Hance 30 October 2012 (mongabay.com) – On Sunday, as Hurricane Sandy roared towards the coast of the Eastern U.S., activists took to the streets in New York City to highlight the issue of climate change. Activists organized by 350.org unfurled a huge parachute in Times Square with the words, "End Climate Silence," a message meant to call attention to the fact that there has been almost zero mention of climate change during the presidential campaign,... more »

All Hallows’ Eve Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
The impact (so far) of the Syrian civil war on Hizballah (via Andrew Exum). UK conservatives want to export (further) austerity to the EU budget. Steve Saideman’s take on the “future of Star Wars.” John Scalzi thinks Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm is a good thing for the franchise. PTJ agrees. Indeed, it seems as if everyone Continue reading

WotW: A Healthier Halloween

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 4 hours ago
Happy Halloween. In just a few short hours,you'll be out collecting pillowcases full of candy as you bully your neighbors into giving you a treat in exchange for not vandalizing their homes. What, never thought of what Trick or Treat really means? Perhaps you won't be out knocking the doors, but your kids will. And when they come home they will have enough candy to keep them occupied for a year. But it won't last that long. Chances are, if your kids are like most, they will devour all the candy within a week or two. Kids hyped up on sugar: It's a problem for parents and a teacher'... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 4 hours ago
*Holly and Jessica* On 17 August 2002, the bodies of two ten-year-old girls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, were found right next to an air force base. "The series of murders in the South East of England during 2000-2002 had five victims, namely Sarah Payne, Milly Dowler, Danielle Jones, and Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman." Sarah Payne in Cheshire - The Soham Murders... Well protected pedophile rings at work? BODY ON QUEEN'S ESTATE - SUSPECTS RELEASED. Sunday 4 August 2002 Holly and Jessica spend the day playing together at *Holly's home in Soham*, Cambridgeshire. 1704 - Th... more »

A President Romney Would Be Plotting To Sell Off Central Park To Real Estate Developers This Morning

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was all over TV Tuesday praising President Obama for his hands-on engagement in leading the response to Sandy. Monday we asked the question here whether or not Romney would handle the crisis any different. There was a great response to the vision Stephen Goldstein created in his book about a Romney/Ryan America, Atlas Drugged which deals primarily with a press conference in the aftermath of a monster double hurricane in Florida by a Romney character (President Ham Cooper) and a Governor Rick Scott character (Cris Cott). Goldstein then takes us into t... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Dan Rather, 81. From when broadcast network anchors were a big, big deal; and then, from when they weren't. Some good stuff: 1. John Sides (with Lynn Vavreck) looks at undecided voters again; again, their conclusion is basically that late-deciding voters shouldn't tip the results very much, although this time they suggest undecideds might slightly break for the president. 2. More on insider information from Henry Farrell. 3. Nate Silver, or mathematics, or something like that has been under attack; it produced some useful posts (including the one above); here al... more »

The State of Neuroeconomics

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 5 hours ago
An assessment of a new, promising field. (HT to MR).


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Louisiana is already aiding storms victims in northeast U.S.* *A Region Battered and Hurting* *National Guard arrives to help Hoboken recover from Hurricane Sandy, city says* *Corps sends unwatering experts to New York for storm recovery* *A Dutch Solution for New York's Storm Surge Woes?**~"As it happens, I visited the Netherlands after Hurricane Katrina to look at how Dutch flood control worked, and how its success might apply to New Orleans. After crawling over New Orleans’ crappy levees and floodwalls, it was like stepping from “Deadwood” into “Star Trek.”* *Hurricane Sandy S... more »

UT Voters - To Tell ALEC - "GET OUT"

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
This summer in Utah: Now during the elections Utah voters are saying * “Get out of Utah” * to ALEC. Utah got to see first hand how ALEC Keeps journalists out of their secret meetings Lies to the public about ALEC intent Lobbyists wine and dine state legislators in a posh hotel. Utah voters have decided that legislators from the American Legislative Exchange Council do not represent the people of Utah. The citizens of Utah have decided that they don’t want Utah to become the next ALEC Arizona. Projections show that Utah voters will kick ALEC legislators out of office in the upcomi... more »

Why GOP Voters Don't Care If Romney Lies

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 6 hours ago
*By MARC McDONALD* *"Because people hate the truth, you know; they need a pack of lies."* *---From Viva Dead Ponies by The Fatima Mansions, 1990.* Mitt Romney is a brazen liar. But if Obama supporters think this is a barrier to Romney's White House prospects, they are sadly mistaken. The fact is, Americans love a liar in the White House. Well, maybe not all Americans, but enough to count. Americans would rather have a brazen liar like Ronald Reagan offering them "feel-good" platitudes about "America standing tall" than the bitter medicine of truth from the likes of a Jimmy Carter te... more »

Mexico: More on the Popocatepetl "Cylinder"

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 6 hours ago
*Source: ABC.COM.PY http://www.abc.com.py/ciencia/mexico-ovni-en-crater-de-montana-471502.html Date: 10.31.12* *Mexico: UFO in a Mountain Crater?* MEXICO (ANSA News Agency) An alleged elongated object entered the crater of the Popocatepetl Volcano, 65 kilometers distant from the Mexican capital, causing astonishment and confusion among experts and the public alike. On October 25 at 20:45 local time, a camera from the TELEVISA TV network that monitors activity in the giant volcano captured the image and immediately unleashed a firestorm of discussions. The object's measurem... more »

'Gene Hackman Slaps Homeless Man In Self-Defence'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Gene Hackman acted in self-defence when he slapped a homeless man who became aggressive with the actor and his wife, police have said. http://news.sky.com/story/1004993/hackman-slaps-homeless-man-in-self-defence

Quarter-billion-dollar stimulus grant creates just 400 jobs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Battery maker A123 Systems vowed thousands of new jobs when it received a nearly quarter-billion-dollar stimulus grant in late 2009, but federal job-tracking figures show only a few hundred positions were created before the company joined a growing list of federally backed energy businesses that ended in bankruptcy. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/29/hiring-stats-elusive-in-latest-energy-failure/

MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food, Supplies for Sandy Victims

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
This one is really hard to believe, even for the most biased so-called "news network" in the nation. MSNBC on Tuesday totally trashed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for collecting food and supplies at a storm relief rally in Ohio to be sent to victims of Hurricane Sandy http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/10/30/msnbc-trashes-romney-collecting-food-and-supplies-sandy-victims#ixzz2Aoy9BldZ


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Over the weekend, Facebook took down a message by the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) which highlighted the fact that Obama denied backup to the forces being overrun in Benghazi. The message was contained in a meme which demonstrated how Obama had relied on the SEALS when he was ready to let them get Osama bin Laden, and how he had turned around and denied them when they called for backup on Sept 11. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/10/30/Facebook-Censors-Navy-SEALS-To-Protect-Obama-on-Benghazi-Gate

FEMA, White House send storm victims to Internet for Help

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
When President Barack Obama urged Americans under siege from Hurricane Sandy to stay inside and keep watch on ready.gov for the latest, he left out something pretty important — where to turn if the electricity goes out. Despite the heightened expectation of widespread power and cable television failures, everyone from the president to local newscasters seem to expect the public to rely entirely on the Internet and their TVs for vital news and instructions. None of the major cable or local news channels put emergency phone numbers or key radio station frequencies on their screens. T... more »

Gaoping Great Lakes Controversy

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 6 hours ago
[image: gaopinghu] *Map of Gaoping Great Lakes Project (source). Google satellite image of area .* Marc Reisner's *Cadillac Desert* remains one of the great books on water policy, and one of the things he notes in it is how water projects develop a life of their own, with justifications and shapes shifting over time, but with the drive to build the dam thing no matter how bad a dog it is never dying. Are we seeing this in the Gaoping Great Lakes Project? The Taipei Times reports on a protest: Environmentalists and farmers from Pingtung County and Greater Kaohsiung yesterday staged ... more »

Happy Halloween!!!

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

Could the subway be shut down for 21 days? Bloomberg says just five but researchers predict worst-case scenario for New York transit system

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that the subway service would be shut down until Saturday or Sunday – a total closure of six to seven days. But a group of Columbia University researchers analysing the effects of a smaller hurricane or tropical storm suggest that it would shut down the subways for 21 days. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225570/Sandy-storm-update-New-York-City-subway-shut-3-weeks.html

Hoboken Mayor says 25k residents are trapped by flood waters filled with live wires and raw sewage as she begs the National Guard for help

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Appearing on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show Tuesday, Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer estimated half of her city was underwater. 'They’re in their buildings and half of Hoboken is literally flooded and under water,' Zimmer said. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225602/Hoboken-Mayor-says-25k-residents-trapped-flood-waters-filled-live-wires-raw-sewage-begs-National-Guard-help.html

Before and after the storm: True scale of Sandy's devastation emerges as death toll hits FIFTY and damage set to top $50BN

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
he full scale of the destruction caused by the 'superstorm' is coming to light, with row after row of Atlantic vacation homes on the horizon wiped out (pictured) by the deadly force of surging waters and winds which reached peaks of 95mph. Deaths were reported in New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Atlantic City's historic boardwalk is in splinters, and this once-bustling New Jersey town is a devastated shadow of its former self. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225112/Superstorm-Sandy-Death-toll-hits-FIFTY-damage-set-50BILLION.html

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 3.2 Date-Time Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 09:52:57 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 02:52:57 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.091°N, 121.506°W Depth 9.4 km (5.8 miles) Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Distances 8 km (5 miles) E (87°) from San Martin, CA

KMT Wants Stock Transaction Tax "postponed"

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 7 hours ago
*There is nothing so permanent as a temporary emergency* -- Robert A. Heinlein The KMT moves to protect one of its most important constituencies, the nation's wealthy non-taxpayers, by mooting a delay in the implementation of the stock transaction tax. Several legislators called on the government to postpone levying a capital gains tax on stock transactions because the stock market continues to remain sluggish. KMT legislator Sun Ta-chien (孫大千) proposed raising the stock transaction tax from the current 0.3% to 0.35% and postponing the effective date of the recently passed capital ... more »

South Korea activists send leaflets to North

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Local residents trying to stop the move got into a minor scuffle with the activists Activists in South Korea have sent propaganda leaflets to the North, a week after Pyongyang threatened military action over a similar launch. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20119778

Silvio Berlusconi's threat to topple premier Mario Monti's provokes outcry

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Silvio Berlusconi's threat to topple premier Mario Monti's provokes outcry. A threat by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to topple premier Mario Monti's government provoked an outcry across the political spectrum on Sunday. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/silvio-berlusconi/9639080/Silvio-Berlusconis-threat-to-topple-premier-Mario-Montis-provokes-outcry.html

Sudan dismisses Israeli concerns on arms supplies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
- *Khartoum says no foreign role in munitions factory* - *Sudan accused Israel of bombing arms plant last week* - *Iran warships to be open to public for a day -Sudan* KHARTOUM, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Sudan dismissed as "misleading" Israeli allegations it supplies arms to foes of the Jewish state and said there was no foreign involvement in a munitions factory Khartoum says was bombed by Israel. http://af.reuters.com/article/sudanNews/idAFL5E8LUA9H20121030

Police fire tear gas as striking platinum miners protest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Police in Rustenberg, South Africa, clashed Tuesday with more than 1,000 striking miners who were barricading public roads near the Anglo American Platinum mine. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters, and sporadic scuffles continue, Capt. Dennis Adrio with the North West police told CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/30/world/africa/south-africa-miners/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Did You Get the Memo?

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 7 hours ago
Recently when I got hit with a $22.50 surcharge for not paying my auto excise taxes on time (I never got the original bill), I was so incensed I fired off a letter to the tax collector's office giving them a piece of my mind. Not content with this, when I cut them a check for the $22.50, I put in the memo line, "Scam." Not very funny but then again it was more important to me to let them know how I feel about paying surcharges for a bill I never got and my paying the same rate every year while my car depreciates in value. But this got me to thinking if other people have written off-... more »

Shark seriously injures California surfer

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A 25-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday when a shark attacked him while he was surfing in Eureka, California, local authorities said. Other surfers pulled the injured man from the water, loaded him into a pickup truck and rushed him to a hospital before the local beach patrol could respond, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/30/us/california-shark-attack/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Is Sandy a taste of things to come?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
We should not be surprised. That's the view of many climate scientists as they survey the destruction wrought by the superstorm that ravaged the Northeast this week. The melting of Arctic ice, rising sea levels, the warming atmosphere and changes to weather patterns are a potent combination likely to produce storms and tidal surges of unprecedented intensity, according to many experts. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/31/us/sandy-climate-change/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Pakistani radical wanted by U.S. offers aid to victims of Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
As residents of the U.S. Northeast grapple with the destruction wrought by Superstorm Sandy, an offer of assistance has come from an unlikely quarter: the leader of a radical Muslim group in Pakistan who has a $10 million bounty on him from U.S. authorities. "We offer our unconditional support and help for the victims" of the storm, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, head of the Islamic charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa, said in a statement late Tuesday. "If U.S. government allows, we will send our doctors, relief and rescue experts, food and medicine on humanitarian grounds." http://edition.cnn.com/2012/... more »

Was Sandy systemically caused by CO2?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
Anthony Watts wrote down a nice table describing which folks believe or at least pretend to believe that CO2 "caused" Hurricane Sandy and which people don't. If I simplify it a little bit, activists, liars, and crackpots such as Al Gore support the link while scientists don't. I am kind of pleased to see that for the first time, most of the media seem to agree that the people promoting the hurricane-CO2 link are hacks. I was intrigued by a member of the former group, hardcore leftist activist Mr George Lakoff, who wrote the following text for the Huffington Post: Global Warming S... more »

Yemen LNG gas pipeline blown up again

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A gas pipeline feeding Yemen's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal was blown up again on Tuesday night, the operating company said on Wednesday. "Yemen LNG confirms the sabotage of the 38 inch gas pipeline that links the block 18 to the Balhaf terminal on the Gulf of Aden," said the company, run by France's Total. "The explosion occurred at 2200 on October 30, 2012 at 295 km north of Balhaf Liquefaction Plant." http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-yemen-lng-idUSBRE89U08620121031

Barclays hit by fresh U.S. investigations

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Barclays, already rocked by an interest rate rigging scandal, unveiled two new U.S. regulatory investigations into the bank's financial probity on Wednesday and said its profit was hit by charges for mis-selling insurance. Following investigations in the UK over its dealings with Qatari investors, Barclays said the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating whether its relationships with third parties who help it win or retain business are compliant with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-barclay... more »

Northeast tries to get back on its feet

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Millions across the Northeast will attempt to resume their normal lives on Wednesday as companies, markets and airports reopen despite grim projections of power and mass transit outages around New York for several more days. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-storm-sandy-hurricane-idUSBRE89N16J20121031

Living Standards: 'Decade Of Stagnation' Warning

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A report warns that even with steady growth, many UK households will be no better off in 2020 than they were in 2000. http://news.sky.com/story/1004934/living-standards-decade-of-stagnation-warning

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 06:53:56 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 01:53:56 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 2.048°S, 99.713°E Depth 21.3 km (13.2 miles) Region KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA Distances 74 km (45 miles) SE of Muara Siberut, Indonesia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 06:50:01 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 03:50:01 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.014°N, 139.837°E Depth 46.9 km (29.1 miles) Region EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 6 km (3 miles) SW of Iwai, Japan

What The FUQ? - Frequently Unanswered Questions of the "Australian Government" - Documentary

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umVj5XQYAi8 Published on Oct 23, 2012 by Scott Bartle Learn more at http://www.truth-now.net Frequently Unanswered Questions of the "Australian Government" - a Documentary questioning those claiming Government status as to whether they really are Government. Follow the process of importing a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette as the Department of Transport blocks import, to the Department of Environment getting in the way. Finally, see what happens when "Customs" demands GST and Luxury Car Tax. A must see for anyone dealing with "Government." ... more »

One Aim of Anti-Terror Narrative Is To Destroy Press Freedom

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
"Sometimes, to remain silent is to lie, since silence can be interpreted as assent. " - Miguel de Unamuno. Infowars *reported yesterday* that an episode in Jesse Ventura's TruTv show 'Conspiracy Theory' that examined the waste and corruption of the TSA has been pulled from the upcoming season. It is a miracle that the show is allowed on the air. It is proof that America is not a full-blown totalitarian police state. But it doesn't have to be because the obedience of the majority of the American people has been guaranteed with other strategies and tactics. Institutions like the TS... more »

POOF and The Matrix

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
POOF wrote in his most recent posting: We've hit the end of the wait so, of course we had bankers throwing themselves on their swords from Switzerland, to Austria, even Denver Fed boys. Arrested and locked up. One of the problems these clowns have is, *they just can't grasp the technology of the matrix.* It's as alien as any ET stuff, comparable to 'sentient' computers. Watch the movie again if you don't get it. It's more real than you imagine, that's why these guys get busted so quick. POOF refers to the "Matrix" quite a bit. Its clear its not quite the evil all encompassin... more »

EuroZone Reminder - who pays the price?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 8 hours ago
In 1999 the German Christian conservatives (CDU) produced this "convincing" advertising placard to win elections: The text at the eve of the Euro introduction claimed: *What cost us the euro?* a) Should Germany pay for the debts of other countries? *A very definite no!* The Maastrichter Treaty explicitly prohibits the European Union or other EU partners to become liable for the debt of some member state. The stability criteria of the Treaty and the Stability Pact will ensure from the outset that the net debt is limited to below 3% of gross domestic product. The eurozone Member State... more »

"Sandy" LIVE coverage - updated: The Aftermath 30.10

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 8 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/3djs-K-GVxM Now the storm is over, we may take a look at some of the aftermath. John

Historic "Frankenstorm" - will Sandy be that bad?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 8 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/7b21g-5YBLs Stay safe ! John

HOT NEWS - 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Canada - tsunami warning

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 8 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/l3Vs9jxReMg - with seismologist's account. Link: http://youtu.be/SEJYCDj15ow · https://twitter.com/CANADAquakes · http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/28/us-quake-canada-idUSBRE89R01D20121028 · http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/28/magnitude-77-earthquake-strikes-off-western-coast-canada-tsunami-warning-issued-862906834/ · http://earthquake-report.com/2012/10/28/massive-earthquake-with-tsunami-warning-below-the-queen-charlotte-islands-british-columbia-canada/ And let us keep an eye on *Sandy*, the tropical storm battering the US East Coast today! John

David Christian: BIG History - or: what one forgot to tell you told in 18 minutes.

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 8 hours ago
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqc9zX04DXs&feature=share&list=PL663FD5CEA06348D8 David Christian's "Big History Project" still is in its infancy, offering a quite different approach to the position of mankind in the Cosmos. Although I disagree with certain claims made by Christian his viewpoints are of interest for educators, teachers and everybody aware of the limited, messy ideological basis of our thinking, thanks to the Internet and e-communications rapidly shifting to a state of robust collective knowledge. Will our children be a different species? John

Grandpa's IPad...

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 8 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/NU0jLFMRlBo Have a delicious weekend... (Thanks Marian for the tip). John

Free Online Viewing of the Documentary Film, The Future Of Food Until November 6, 2012

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 9 hours ago
Free Online Viewing of the Documentary Film, The Future Of Food by Deborah Coons Garcia * Filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia has made her documentary, the Future of Food, available for free from now until Election Day in order to help us raise the funds we need to reach TV and radio audiences across the state. The film gives viewers a clear understanding of the complexities of agricultural genetic engineering and the system of food production that has developed because of this technology.* *To view this film, please click on the link provided below:* *http://www.thefutureoffood.com... more »

Disney bought Pixar buys Lucasarts - new Star Wars trilogy imminent

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 9 hours ago
Disney, one of the six major corporations (who) own the mainstream mediahas been really flashing its cash lately and now there's a promise of a NEW STAR WARS FILM, the seventh in the triple trilogy Lucas made in cack-handed order 4-6 then 1-3. This first new movie of the deal is due in 2015. *The deal, which makes Mr. Lucas a major Disney shareholder, extends the acquisition strategy that Disney CEO Robert Iger has pursued from the beginning of his tenure, when he paid $7.4 billion for Pixar Animation in 2006. In 2009 Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment, the comics giant behind "Th... more »

Dutchsinse Images of La Canada Mexico HAARP Vortices

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
When I saw these images captured by Dutchsinse I immediately thought of the Rodin coil pattern discovered by Marko Rodin. We've seen arcs, squares, circles, saw tooth patterns in HAARP echo returns that show up in weather radar images, but the Rodin Coil pattern is a new HAARP configuration. A shape that could be very potent. Below is an image from Marko Rodin's lectures on the mathematics of the vortex which are available online and on YouTube. Richard Hoagland has spoken for sometime about the power of hyper dimensional physics. Marko Rodin has given the world the mathemat... more »

Fair or not, Opposition targets Katz donation(s) as symbol of Tory sleaze

david at Alberta Diary - 10 hours ago
Caesar repudiates Pompeia: “You’re outta here!” Below: Danielle Smith and Alison Redford. The Wildrose Party strategy for defeating the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Alison Redford when the next election rolls around in 2016 is a variation of the right-wing party’s plan when it came close to winning earlier this year: paint the PCs as ... more »

Discussing Tax Increment Financing on TV

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 10 hours ago
I recently appeared on a local public access TV show, "Conversation with Lee Presser," discussing tax increment financing and European Union subsidy control regulations. It's a great format, just an almost 30-minute discussion without interruption, which allowed me to explain the problems with TIF as it has been used in Missouri in great detail. We also had a shorter conversation about EU regulations to control investment incentives and other subsidies, which covered the basics of transparency, maximum subsidy rates that vary by how rich the region is, and the reduction in those rat... more »

The Future of Cycling After Lance

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is my second trip around this block. It is obvious that cycling will now have a long road back. Yet the same is true for all sports. Right now we are still trying to cleanse the sports we have and at the same time the concussion crisis is building up and must be resolved. There is a lot of repair work to be done. We also need to think through steroids in general and learn how to manage the problem. As I posted before, steroids work in exactly one way that I am aware of. They accelerate muscle recovery. If it can be done safely, this may well be a good thing. Muscle... more »

Paw Paw Potential

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This item came as a complete surprise to me. It must not like the local biome I grew up in. It turns out that it is easy to work with and we just have not. Perhaps this is because it is somewhat like a papaya. That too offers initial difficulties in terms of convenient preservation and the like. Yet as I learned a long time ago, we need to simply get serious about it and accept some initial failure. They apparently need to go skin black like a banana to achieve full ripeness and I am sure that this is off putting to most. Yet is also reminded just how much can be done w... more »

Triple Confirmation of Sasquatch DNA in Russia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This report had already popped up on the usual feeds, but I was startled to find it up front and center on the main news feed of Google. This surely means that all the publicity over the past year is now lowering media barriers to these stories. Rather importantly though, this is a major DNA disclosure. We have had the equivalent in North America but done under the radar by nervous experts. It is nice to know that some folks have recalled that they are scientists. The results are exceptional and triple confirmed. You can not get any better than that. We clearly hav... more »

Syria Simmers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
I do not see it that way. This is a civil war that will seek a truce when it is clear to both parties that the other side will not submit and that neither can be forced to submit. The government side has proven its mettle and the rebels are proving their mettle. A cease fire will allow for both parties to reorganize their political presence. A negotiation can then focus on the reestablishment of civil society and local security for both parties. A third party intervenor, even if only diplomatic should be able to get the situation settled somewhat. In the meantime there... more »

Scumney Is Worst Liar Ever To Win A Presidential Nomination

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 10 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe There have been many lies coming from Mitt Scumney's mouth during the course of this presidential campaign, but he's come to a point at which he's not the least bit artful about it. The latest mendacity is in an ad in the battleground state of Ohio, claiming that Jeep is outsourcing manufacturing jobs to China. (Recall that this is from a man who has made a fortune off outsourcing union jobs to places like that.) Scumney repeated this lie during a speech in Ohio, which understandably upset many union members in Toledo. In that city, Jeep actually plans to add 1,100... more »

Ex-FEMA director Michael Brown criticizes Obama for reacting too quickly to storm

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Former FEMA director Michael Brown, who was heavily criticized for the agency's failure to prepare for Hurricane Katrina, has criticized President Obama for responding to Hurricane Sandy too early. In an interview with Denver Westword, Brown said, "One thing [President Obama's] gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [Hurricane Sandy] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in ... Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas? Why was this so quick? ... At some point, somebody's going to ask that question." http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/ex-fema-director-michael-brown-criticizes-obama-r... more »

Obama’s bad timing: President jokes about the songs on his iPod in pre-taped interview that airs as Superstorm Sandy batters East Coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
As Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast and disrupted the lives of millions of Americans, radio listeners heard President Obama joke about the songs on his iPod. The radio segment demonstrates the perils of pre-taped interviews. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225199/Sandy-Bad-timing-Obama-jokes-iPod-songs-pre-taped-interview-Superstorm-batters-East-Coast.html

Cyclist Sylvain Mollier was shot 7 Times, was he the true Target in Alps Massacre?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Cyclist Sylvain Mollier was originally written off as collateral damage in the Alpine massacre. But new evidence seems to point to him being the key to the mystery. It has emerged that he was shot seven times, more than any of the other victims, who were each shot twice. Mr Mollier was a manager at the Cezus factory near Ugine, owned by Areva, the multi-national that specialises in the research and development of nuclear power. His job has given rise to speculation that he may have been involved in a plot to supply nuclear material to Iran — with Mr Al-Hilli, as a co-conspirator ... more »

Why Germany Wants to See its US Gold

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 12 hours ago
For decades, almost half of Germany's gold has been stored deep below the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Now, with the euro crisis swirling, German politicians are asking their central bankers to take stock of the reserves. Some even say that the gold should be shipped home. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-politicians-demand-to-see-gold-in-us-federal-reserve-a-864068.html *Why Germany Wants to See its US Gold* By Sven Böll and Anne Seith Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann wanted to personally convince Peter Gauweiler that the German gold was still where i... more »

100 City traders only knew they'd been axed when their security passes didn't work

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
- - Traders 'refused entry then sent into special room' - Emotional staff joke UBS means 'U’ve Been Sacked' - But thousands face axe as investment bank shrinks Shocked investment bankers learnt they had lost their jobs yesterday – when they were refused entry to their offices. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225169/British-banking-jobs-risk-UBS-announce-plans-cut-10-000-roles-worldwide.html

Britain and Ireland suspend aid to Uganda after £10m of funding ends up in Prime Minister’s account

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
- Up to £10 million of foreign aid was transferred to Patrick Amama Mbabazi's private account - The aid money was a joint gift from Ireland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden - Britain has joined Ireland in suspending all aid payments to Uganda http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225443/Britain-Ireland-suspend-aid-Uganda-10m-funding-ends-Prime-Ministers-account.html

Over 120 people trapped on remote New York island after refusing to evacuate superstorm Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
At least 120 people remain trapped on Fire Island with no power and contaminated water after ignoring the mandatory order to evacuate in the face of Hurricane Sandy. While there are no reports of injuries from the narrow barrier island off the south shore of Long Island, 12 oceanfront houses were swept away as the superstorm tore a swathe through New York and the East Coast. With rescuers unable to land because the island's marinas have been destroyed... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-2225510/Over-120-people-trapped-remote-New-York-island-refusing-evacuate-superst... more »

Polish military prosecutors deny explosives found on jet wreckage

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Polish prosecutors denied a newspaper report that investigators found traces of explosives on the wreckage of the government jet that crashed in Russia two years ago, killing Poland’s president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others. Rzeczpospolita daily said on Tuesday that Polish investigators who examined the remains of the plane in Russia found signs of TNT and nitroglycerine on the wings and in the cabin, including on 30 seats. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/polish-military-prosecutors-deny-explosives-found-on-jet-wreckage/article4788919/

Twenty two groups call for EU ban on Israeli settler products

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Twenty two religious groups and charities have called on the European Union to ban products made by Israeli settlers in the occupied territories, saying a boycott would undercut their economic reason for staying there. The EU is Israel's biggest trading partner but imports 15 times more from West Bank-based Israeli settlers than from Palestinians, a group of 22 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) said on Tuesday. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/uk-eu-middleeast-idUKBRE89T16020121030

EU draft budget leaves members divided

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Battle lines hardened over the EU's next long-term budget as a plan to cut more than €50bn of proposed spending was deemed too meek by the UK and its allies - and rejected as too harsh by the European Commission. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0cb1b0ba-2262-11e2-8edf-00144feabdc0.html

New Italy law tackles rampant corruption

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Italy passed an anti-corruption law on Tuesday, the latest move by the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti to shed the country's image tarnished by former leader Silvio Berlusconi. Monti, who took office last November to replace the scandal-plagued Berlusconi, made approval of the law a confidence motion in his administration in order to speed its passage through both houses of parliament. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/uk-italy-corruption-idUKBRE89T1MS20121030

Government report criticises growth strategy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Britain's growth strategy of tax cuts and deregulation will not provide a fast track to economic prosperity and needs to be reassessed, according to a government-commissioned review published on Wednesday. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/uk-britain-heseltine-economy-idUKBRE89U03Y20121031

Protesters storm Libya congress after prime minister presents government

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Protesters stormed Libya's national assembly on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of a vote on a proposed coalition government named by the country's new prime minister just hours earlier. Fewer than 100 people, made up of civilians and former rebel fighters, charged into the meeting hall of the General National Congress as it voted on Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's cabinet line-up, which was drawn from liberal and Islamist parties. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-libya-government-protesters-idUSBRE89T1CA20121030

Greece gets key backing to pass reforms

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
An overwhelming majority of Greek Socialist lawmakers have agreed to vote in favor of contested austerity reforms, party officials told Reuters, sharply increasing the odds of securing parliamentary approval for the measures. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-greece-austerity-idUSBRE89T1BI20121030

Sandy curtails nuclear plants, oldest under alert

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Hurricane Sandy slowed or shut a half-dozen U.S. nuclear power plants, while the nation's oldest facility declared a rare "alert" after the record storm surge pushed flood waters high enough to endanger a key cooling system. Exelon Corp's 43-year-old Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey remains on "alert" status, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said early Tuesday. It is only the third time this year that the second-lowest of four emergency action levels was triggered. "Oyster Creek is still in an alert but may be getting out of it as long as water levels continue to drop,... more »

Lower Manhattan faces four days without power

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Residents of lower Manhattan faced up to four days without power on Tuesday as Consolidated Edison, New York City's power provider, scrambled to repair the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Almost every street below Times Square in the city's Midtown district was plunged into darkness on Monday night after an explosion at a Con Edison power station on 14th Street threw the electricity provider's plans for controlled shutdowns into disarray. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/us-storm-sandy-nypowercuts-idUSBRE89T1KK20121031

Millions struggle after massive storm

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Millions of people in New York City and other hard-hit areas will spend days or weeks recovering from a storm already seen as far more destructive that Hurricane Irene, which slammed into the same region a year ago. One disaster modeling company said Sandy may have caused up to $15 billion in insured losses. The storm killed 18 people in New York City, among 23 total in New York state, while six died in New Jersey. Seven other states reported fatalities. Some 8.2 million homes and businesses in several states were without electricity as trees toppled by Sandy's fierce winds took do... more »

EU Budget: Cameron Faces Commons Showdown

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Prime Minister David Cameron faces an embarrassing Commons defeat later today when MPs debate the EU budget. A rebellion is brewing on the Tory backbenches: eurosceptics want the budget cut, while the PM plans to go no further than to demand a real-terms freeze, an inflation-only rise of a little over 2% a year. The budget will cover the period 2014 - 2020. http://news.sky.com/story/1004869/eu-budget-cameron-faces-commons-showdown

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
President Barack Obama is due to visit New Jersey to survey some of the widespread devastation caused by superstorm Sandy in eastern US and Canada. With at least 50 people killed - most by falling trees - and millions affected by the high winds, power cuts and flooding, Mr Obama cancelled campaign appearances in key state Ohio to oversee the government response. http://news.sky.com/story/1004900/sandy-obama-to-visit-storm-hit-us-east-coast

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.7 Region KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA Date time 2012-10-31 04:01:30.2 UTC Location 7.53 S ; 126.57 E Depth 297 km Distances 104 km N Baucau, Indonesia

Regional Variation in the Explanatory Power of War and Reason

Phil Arena at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
Many conversations about the empirical relevance of game-theoretic models of war begin and end with Bueno de Mesquita and Lalman’s War and Reason. That’s unfortunate, but it’s not exactly surprising. Most game-theoretic studies of war do not include any empirical analysis, whereas War and Reason offered a systematic analysis of European dyads. The standards by which BdM and Continue reading

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL ALASKA - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 02:57:43 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 06:57:43 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 62.045°N, 146.545°W Depth 40.7 km (25.3 miles) Region CENTRAL ALASKA Distances 6 km (4 miles) WSW (254°) from Mendeltna, AK

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.2 Region IRAN-PAKISTAN BORDER REGION Date time 2012-10-31 02:23:27.0 UTC Location 26.83 N ; 61.98 E Depth 18 km Distances 87 km SW Saravan

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN ALASKA - 30th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 22:02:46 UTC Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 02:02:46 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 61.496°N, 150.723°W Depth 67.4 km (41.9 miles) Region SOUTHERN ALASKA Distances 10 km (6 miles) SW (229°) from Susitna, AK

Keenan speaks on Spire Law Suit

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 13 hours ago
by American Kabuki I received the above response from Ben Fulford in regards to some fact checking I attempted do on this anonymous temporary "paste-board" hit and run viral attack on Spire Law Group $43 Trillion Dollar Law Suit. Paste-boards are temporary HTML sites that the documents eventually time out and are deleted. This one has 90 days on it. Someone well experienced in generating viral memes created this posting. Its not an amatuer. http://pastehtml.com/view/cgi2dqpym.html The anonymous poster had his twitter account suspended. I also asked Spire Law Group for comme... more »

Bad Signs On The NWO Highway Of Death

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
For this article, I want to present one of the latest works from "Horse237", who writes the excellent blog: "Video Rebel's Blog", at www.vidrebel.wordpress.com, that is entitled: "Bad Signs On The NWO Highway Of Death". It covers some very important issues affecting the planet right now, especially the rapidly approaching world wide economic collapse, and is a must read by everyone. I have that article right here, and of course some of my own thoughts and comments to follow: Bad Signs On The NWO Highway Of Death Posted on October 27, 2012 In 2001 Epicyte Corporation isolated a p... more »

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

leftdog at Buckdog - 13 hours ago
*Hot on the heel's of their TV attack ad, the Saskatchewan Party is now using the proceedings of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly to show how nervous they are over issues being discussed in the NDP Leadership Campaign. * * **Case in point is the logic challenging 'Member's Statement' delivered today by Sask Party MLA & former cabinet minister, Daryl Hickie:* * **Mr. Hickie: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Saskatchewan's NDP [New Democratic Party] leadership candidates have at least one thing in common: they refuse to stand up for Saskatchewan. When asked by the media yesterday about ... more »

Protecting Women's Health Stands Above Politics

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Women are not an interest group. There are two ways to look at it though. The Democratic way (above) and the Republican way (below). "Yes, We Plan" features Julianne Moore, Mary J. Blige and Q-Tip. We've *got* to keep moving forward!

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 13 hours ago
Happy Halloween, Everyone ... and welcome back to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful: - The #CTWW Gang - The Honor Society - My Final Thoughts on Our Last Challenge - This Week's Challenge Our last challenge was a long one but we definitely needed the time to ... more »

VIDEO Guarijio traditional song and dance Sonora, Mexico

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
  Video by Professor Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Guarijio music and dance at the Second Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Oct. 27, 2012Se escucha alegre la música guarijío en el Segundo Encuentro de Guías Espirituales. la gente habló, la gente escuchó, se hizo presente la memoria histórica, la persistencia étnica, el

"Déjà Vu: Fascism on the Rise"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Déjà Vu: Fascism on the Rise"* by Justin Raimondo "As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air- however slight- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." - Justice William O. Douglas "Here in America we have only just begun to feel the social and political effects of the worldwide economic crisis: rising unemployment, a wave of bankruptcies and foreclosures, and a general contractio... more »


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
I posted some comments and an essay this morning, but I will not be able to post again until late tonight. Please see Enenews, Washington's Blog, and ZeroHedge for updates on risks to east coast nuclear plants impacted by Sandy http://enenews.com/ http://www.washingtonsblog.com/ http://www.zerohedge.com/ Please note that I am experiencing many BROKEN LINKS this morning, especially to news updates on nuclear plants on the US east coast. Alexander Higgins blog, which monitors EPA radnet data, is down this morning. Stay alert if you are located near nuclear plants on the east coast... more »

Harry Targ : The Real Romney foreign policy

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 14 hours ago
Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up? Image from Foreign Policy. Unleashing the military: The real Romney foreign policy Military spending would grow in a Romney administration, especially because of ties to the neocons and a hawkish Congress which promotes military spending district by district. By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / October 30, 2012 After the outbreak of fighting on the

Slime Mold Found to Have Spatial Memory

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

"Just What Suits Our Purpose..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma- but we make out of them just what suits our purposes." - Alfred Adler

Wouldn't It Be Nice

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
Wouldn't it be nice if there actually was a band of technically savvy, ideologically committed, intellectually honest students of the harsh discipline of objectivity sporting Guy Fawkes masks and willing to play the role of vigilante superheroes to wage a fierce, personal battle against war criminals and treasonous banksters? Unfortunately, it is probably the war criminals and treasonous banksters behind these vague messages from Anonymous serving as the last ditch effort to console an unknown percentage of those who know enough to be dangerous. Let's be even more dangerous and a... more »

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago

Chinese Soft-Shelled Turtles Expel Urea Through Mouths

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

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

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 15 hours ago
New York governor Mario Cuomo spent part of the day inspecting the subway station being restored beneath Ground Zero that was heavily flooded in the recent megastorm. The clip doesn't seem to have made it to YouTube yet but, in the middle of the interview, Cuomo surveys the damage to the not yet restored subway station and warns that Sandy is just the start and that New York state needs to prepare for more Sandys to come as similar storm events increase in frequency and severity. Meanwhile as Eastern Canada reels from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Steve Harper is busy in South ... more »

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

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 hours ago
FSA terrorists have no respect for different people, beliefs, views, cultures, and religions. They are the army of destruction, not liberation.

I find your lack of faith…disturbing

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson at Duck of Minerva - 16 hours ago
Full disclosure: I am incapable of being completely, or even mainly, a detached observer or commentator when discussing either Star Wars or Disney, having grown up largely surrounded by both enterprises in equal measure. Anyone who walks into my office sees, hanging over my computer, two posters: a 50th anniversary Fantasia one-sheet, and an Episode Continue reading

Does Federal R&D Drive Economic Growth?

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 16 hours ago
Writing in the NYT earlier this week, Neal Lane, former science advisor to President Bill Clinton had this to say: If our country is to remain strong and prosperous and a land of rewarding jobs, we need to understand this basic investment principle in America’s future: no science, no growth. Even discounting for hyperbole, does the formula "no science, no growth" make sense? I have a new column up at The Breakthrough Institute on this exact subject, and I argue that such arguments actually make little sense. Here is how my column begins: It is a claim that you hear often in ... more »

Cameron Slater takes over at the ‘Truth’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 16 hours ago
Checking my Google Reader for news I’d been told would be announced this afternoon, the first thing I saw was a post headlined “Rough and Tumble Play”—which I assumed *must *be the much-whispered announcement that Cameron Slater is taking over the* Truth* newspaper. It wasn’t, as it turns out. *That* was a post by Literacy NZ. *This *is the post announcing Whale Oil is going mainstream. Yes, ‘tis true Dear Readers. NZ’s favourite gonzo blogger is becoming the editor of what was once NZ’s favourite gonzo newspaper. Which may or may not mean surrounding himself with a truckload of... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"Is this what will become of our Sun? Quite possibly. The bubble of expanding gas pictured below is the planetary nebula PK 164 +31.1, the remnants of the atmosphere of a Sun-like star expelled as its supply of fusion-able core hydrogen became depleted. Visible near the center of the nebula is what remains of the core itself- a blue-hot white dwarf star. This particularly photogenic planetary nebula shows intricate shells of gas likely expelled at different times toward the end the star's demise, and whose structure is not fully understood. *Click image for larger size. * This d... more »

The Poet: David Wagoner, "Getting There"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
* "Getting There"* "You take a final step and, look, suddenly You're there. You've arrived At the one place all your drudgery was aimed for: This common ground Where you stretch out, pressing your cheek to sandstone. What did you want to be? You'll remember soon. You feel like tinder under a burning glass, A luminous point of change. The sky is pulsing against the cracked horizon, Holding it firm till the arrival of stars In time with your heartbeats. Like wind etching rock, you've made a lasting impression On the self you were, By having come all this way through all this welter... more »
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