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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

4 October - Blogs I'm Following II

10:03 pm MDST

How Toxic Will Paul Ryan Prove To Be For Congressional Republicans Next Month?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 minutes ago
Short of picking a deranged Bible thumper like Bryan Fischer or Todd Akinas a running mate, Romney couldn't have dealt the GOP a worse blow than his selection of Wall Street darling Paul Lyin' Ryan. Last week we looked at how he hurt his own chances of winning the White House. Now it looks like it was Ryan who gave Romney the idea of castigating 47% of Americans, even if Ryan's own percentage of Americans he wants to throw away is "just" 30%. Ryan's own elitist dogma-- never forget his entire so-called philosophy comes straight from Ayn Rand's adolescent novels extolling elistism-- ... more »

Vegan Recipe - Tossed Kale Salad

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 3 minutes ago
*Welcome to the first Friday of the month and my favorite feature on Reduce Footprints ... Recipe Day! Each month we share a delicious dish with you. Why? Because our food choices are one of the easiest ways to live green. Choosing plant-based meals, even once a week, can dramatically improve our impact on the earth. But put those thoughts right out of your mind because ... as you'll see ... we're simply talking about good food. This month's guest chef is my friend JC of The Accessory Lady. Some of you might know her from Change The World Wednesday ... she participates often. Or, yo... more »

Musical Interlude Liquid Mind, “Laguna Indigo II” (“Aurora”)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 minutes ago
Liquid Mind, “Laguna Indigo II” (“Aurora”) Images Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, "The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth". - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfvKD_SaQdQ

Gender, Violence, War, Political Memory

Charli Carpenter at The Duck of Minerva - 18 minutes ago
The sailor (George Mendosa) and nurse (Greta Zimmer Friedman) depicted in this iconic photo snapped moments after the announcement that World War II had ended turned out to be complete strangers, and apparently Greta Friedman, the nurse, wasn't kissing back: Mendosa: "It was the moment. You come back from the Pacific, and finally, the war ends,' Mendonsa told CBS. 'The excitement of the war being over, plus I had a few drinks. So when I saw the nurse, I grabbed her, and I kissed her." Friedman: "I did not see him approaching, and before I know it... more »

California Gas Stations Shut as Oil Refiners Ration Supplies

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes ago
Gasoline station owners in the Los Angeles area including Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) are beginning to shut pumps as the state’s oil refiners started rationing supplies and spot prices surged to a record. Valero Energy Corp. (VLO) stopped selling gasoline on the spot, or wholesale, market in Southern California and is allocating deliveries to customers. Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) is also rationing fuel to U.S. West Coast terminal customers. Costco’s outlet in Simi Valley, 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles, ran out of regular gasoline yesterday and was selling premium... more »

The answer isn't always Occam's razor

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 49 minutes ago
I've been checking the reaction to the debate all day. Really diverse and interesting mix but my pal Lance Mannion had the best take: Mitt won last night by being a liar, a bully, and an all-around jerk. That should be the story. Of course, this was not the media story, nor was it a general consensus. Everyone has their own preferred narrative. But read Lance's whole post. Everything I've seen on the internets today suggests he's spot on. This didn't play as well on the street as our very influential punderati thinks it did. Mitt's all new style may have played very well with the ... more »

The goal of the war against teachers: A conjecture

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
VILIFY and PUSH OUT TEACHERS, replace with temps and technology, make a lot of money for the .01%. S. Krashen "No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up." - Lily Tomlin, The goal of the war against teachers is to eliminate the concept of teaching as a profession, to be replaced by temps (Teach for America, or TFAs) and eventually be replaced altogether by technology (ultimate goal of flipped classrooms). The reason is 100% financial – so that the .01% can grab nearly all of the money teachers earn as well as profit from electronic/virtual teaching. They want as mu... more »

Stealing wheelbarrows and the move to digital texts

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
Comment on “Arne Duncan calls for textbooks to become obsolete in favor of digital,” Huffington Post, Oct 2. S. Krashen Posted on: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/education-chief-wants-tex_0_n_1933469.html#postComment Remember the old joke about the worker who left the factory everyday with a wheelbarrow full of sand? The guards suspected him of stealing and examined the sand carefully each day. It turned out he was stealing wheelbarrows. How will the private sector make money from the move to digital texts? The money will come from stealing wheelbarrows: To use digital text... more »

Justin the Thunderbolt Trudeau

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 hour ago
The contrast of political fortunes is striking, on one hand we have a shooting star blazing a trail across Canada and on the other hand we have a comedy of errors, actually it`s far worse than that, Christy Clark has descended into a sad pathetic role, she`s been exposed as unintelligent, shallow scripted soap opera actress, playing a role and playing it badly, there will be no Emmy award coming her way.. Christy Clark, a lifetime Federal Liberal member, the reason a right wing BC Liberal(Liberal in name only) party chose her as leader was obvious, who would want Kevin Falcon as pr... more »

The Great Romney Healthcare Hoax

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 1 hour ago
POLITICS How Romney Pushed State Health Bill Emails Show Governor Defending Insurance Mandate for Massachusetts Residents By MARK MAREMONT June 5, 2012 When Mitt Romney left office as Massachusetts governor, his aides removed all emails from a server computer in the governor's office, and purchased and carted off hard drives from 17 state-owned personal computers, according to a current state official. But a small cache of emails survived, including some that have never publicly surfaced surrounding Mr. Romney's efforts to pass his now-controversial health-care law. The emails s... more »

RAG RADIO / Thorne Webb Dreyer : Composer, Musician & Beat Movement Pioneer David Amram

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
David Amram at the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, Texas, September 28, 2012. Photos by Jim Retherford / The Rag Blog. Rag Radio Podcast: Virtuoso composer, jazz musician & Keroauc collaborator David Amram By Thorne Webb Dreyer / The Rag Blog / October 5, 2012 David Amram, a virtuoso composer and musician who has been a trailblazer in the American arts scene for decades and was a pioneer of

Romney lies and lies and lies during the debate

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 2 hours ago
Excellent post here: http://occupywallst.org/forum/how-many-of-the-27-lies-will-the-lemmings-believed/ It lists 27 Romney lies. Well done! Here's another link leading to an article about Romney's clean energy bankruptcies whopper; it expands on the Occupy article's lie number 26.

Pillaging Afghanistan's Wealth

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
The article is titled "Doubt Cast on Afghan Mining: US Says High Cost of Railway May Quash a Pillar of Kabul's Economic Strategy" 10/4/2012 by D. Nissenbaum p. A20 [Excerpted] Afghanistan's hopes of transforming its $1 trillion in mineral deposits into an economic engine could be derailed by obstacles to the construction of a railway system needed to transport minerals out of the country... ...Backed by U.S. Defense Department strategists, the Afghan government has been aggressively selling off its biggest mining interests to companies from China, India, Canada and the U.S., from ... more »

Tainted Water Wells Linked to Gas Fracking

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Cabot’s Methodology Links Tainted Water Wells to Gas Fracking By Mark Drajem and Jim Efstathiou Jr. - Oct 2, 2012 Bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-02/cabot-s-methodology-links-tainted-water-wells-to-gas-fracking.html [Excerpted] Methane in two Pennsylvania water wells has a chemical fingerprint that links it to natural gas produced by hydraulic fracturing, evidence that such drilling can pollute drinking water. Chart: EPA Data Shows Marcellus Gas in Water Wells Cabot Oil & Gas, which used hydraulic fracturing to tap gas reserves in the Dimock, Pennsylvania area, ma... more »

The Debate: A Sorry Affair

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
"They had a draw, America lost." - Tom Ferguson.

Are the debates rigged? Sure, but they're rigged jointly by the two campaigns

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*"Voters are not allowed to know about the current backroom fix between Obama and Romney."* *-- Ralph Nader, in a CounterPunch post,* "Rigging the Presidential Debates" *by Ken* What I really wanted to talk about tonight had nothing to do with the debates. It would have led off with a luscious Peter Steiner *New Yorker*cartoon with the caption ""On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." I had this idea that I could say just one thing about The Debate and then get on to some serious funny business. Then the one thing grew to two, and the two to three, and the three things called ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“What is causing the picturesque ripples of supernova remnant SNR 0509-67.5? The ripples, as well as the greater nebula, were imaged in unprecedented detail by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2006 and again late last year. The red color was recoded by a Hubble filter that left only the light emitted by energetic hydrogen. The precise reason for the ripples remains unknown, with two considered origin hypotheses relating them to relatively dense portions of either ejected or impacted gas. *Click image for larger size.* The reason for the broader red glowing ring is more clear, wit... more »

"The Pursuit of Knowledge..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.” - Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

Kahlil Gibran, "Beyond My Solitude"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Beyond My Solitude" "Beyond my solitude is another solitude, and to him who dwells therein my aloneness is a crowded market-place and my silence a confusion of sounds. Too young am I and too restless to seek that above-solitude. The voices of yonder valley still hold my ears and its shadows bar my way and I cannot go. Beyond these hills is a grove of enchantment and to him who dwells therein my peace is but a whirlwind and my enchantment an illusion. Too young am I and too riotous to seek that sacred grove. The taste of blood is clinging in my mouth, and the bow and the arrows... more » 

Philip Giraldi Says No More Being Soft On Israel

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
*Is this a statesman? No, this is a former furniture salesman who needs to shut up and go away because nobody is buying his bullshit.* An excerpt from Philip Giraldi's newest article, *"Why I Dislike Israel"*: "I have to admit that I don’t like what my own government is doing these days, but I like Israel even less and it is past time to do something about it. No more money, no more political support, no more tolerance of spying, and no more having to listen to demands for red lines to go to war. No more favorable press when the demented Benjamin Netanyahu holds up a cartoon at ... more »

A Letter in the FT in Response to Martin Wolf

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 3 hours ago
The FT has published a letter from me responding to Martin Wolf's column earlier this week on economist Robert's Gordon's claims of a stair step decline in per capita US GDP growth rates since 1950 as evidence supporting a thesis of an looming collapse in growth. Here is an excerpt from my letter (the link to the graph is added here): From 1950 to 2006, the period covered by Prof Gordon’s analysis, the rate of growth in US per capita GDP changed very little if at all, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Debating the prospects for future economic growth in the context of ... more »

Astrophysics: "What Is the 'Great Attractor'?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"What Is the 'Great Attractor'?" by Casey Kazan "Astronomers have known for years that something seems to be pulling our Milky Way and tens of thousands of other galaxies toward itself at a breakneck 22 million kilometers (14 million miles) per hour. But they couldn’t pinpoint exactly what or where it is. A huge volume of space that includes the Milky Way and super-clusters of galaxies is flowing towards a mysterious, gigantic unseen mass named mass astronomers have dubbed "The Great Attractor," some 250 million light years from our Solar System. *Click image for very large siz... more »

Satire: “White House Authorizes Search for President’s Mojo”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“White House Authorizes Search for President’s Mojo”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “The White House today announced that it was offering a “substantial cash reward” for information leading to “the location and safe return of President Obama’s mojo.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the search with an air of urgency: “We will use every resource at our disposal to ensure the return of the President’s mojo, and that goes double for his groove.” Mr. Carney said that as of late Wednesday afternoon no one at the White House knew the President’s m... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Facts of Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“The Facts of Life” * by Chet Raymo "On February 23, 1860, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal: "A fact barely stated is dry. It must be the vehicle of some humanity in order to interest us. It is like giving a man a stone when he asks you for bread… A fact must be warm, moist, incarnated, - have been breathed on at least." Thoreau's journal entries of late February 1860, near the end of his all too brief life, are, as always, full of facts - cloud patterns, the disposition of ice on ponds, animal tracks in snow. He is writing, ostensibly, only for himself, yet the facts l... more »

Daryl Hannah arrested with elderly landowner in Texas tarsands blockade

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
*Reposted from Tarsands Blockade* *http://www.tarsandsblockade.org* ** ** *Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested With East Texas Great-Grandmother for “Trespassing” on Her Own Farm * ** *UPDATE 4:30PM *- TransCanada has arrested Eleanor for “trespassing” on her own land. *UPDATE 3:40PM* – Daryl has been arrested for helping Eleanor defend her farm from toxic tar sands. Eleanor defiantly standing her ground with arms raised to halt TransCanada’s machinery. *UPDATE 3:35PM* – Police officer trying to push Daryl and Eleanor out of the way! Yes, we got it on video. *UPDATE 3:30PM* – Eleanor and Da... more »

Hassan Golkhanban: Defecting Iranian cameraman brings CIA priceless film of secret nuclear sites

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
debkafile reveals one of the CIA’s most dramatic scoops in many years, and epic disaster for Iran. Our most exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s personal cameraman, Hassan Golkhanban, who defected from his UN entourage in New York on Oct. 1, brought with him an intelligence treasure trove of up-to-date photographs and videos of top Iranian leaders visiting their most sensitive and secret nuclear and missile sites. The cameraman, who is in his 40s, is staying at an undisclosed address, presumably a CIA safe house under close guard.... more »

Ultimate Food Fight III - Oct 14

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 4 hours ago
*Ultimate Food Fight III* *Nutrition Conference, Comida, Run and Danza* (Part of Tucson Meet Yourself) *Sunday October 14, 2012* *Downtown Pima Library* *101 N. Stone Ave.* *Tucson, AZ 85701* *11:30 – 2:30 pm* * * *(Earlier in the morning)* *7:00 am Run from A Mountain to Jacome Plaza* * 8:00 am Azteca Breakfast by La Indita Restaurant* (in front of Pima Downtown Library) * 9:00 am AIDS Walk* * 10:30 am Danza Xochipilli Centeotl* * * *Southern Arizona is a region of the country beset with extremely high rates of obesity, diabetes and h... more »

It's okay if you're not a Dixie Chick

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
I'm so old I remember when a white Republican was occupying the White House, it was a capital crime to "disrepect" the office of the President with even the mildest criticism. Funny how that rule changed the minute a Democrat took over. Now it's aok to say any old ugly, stupid thing about our POTUS: Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Romney campaign surrogate, said that President Obama's debate performance showed him to be "lazy and detached" in an appearance on MSNBC Thursday. But why stop there? One more thing: Sununu, not content to insult every American who believes th... more »

Illuminati For Kids?: And Now, The Children...

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
Reblogged from: http://www.wermanylights.blogspot.com/ *I came across the web site referenced below yesterday, the praise of the Georgia Guidestones sent alarm bells off in me. * * * *This Illuminati abuse blog WE ARE MANY LIGHTS says it even better than I could and with personal perspective as a child victim of the Illuminati. Illuminati for Kids...yikes! I suspect the real purpose is to make any reference to Oneness sound like the Illuminati plan. **-AK* And now, the children... The thing about this that is often missed, is that their methods are subtle and brilliant. Th... more »

The Secret Covenant of the Illuminati

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
Someone with some money made this video... Whether there is such an actual document I don't know, but its certainly their method.

Schools (Don't?) Matter, Nor Does Creativity

Storm at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Okay, I'll confess to being less than tactful most of the time. But I gotta tell you, I'm pretty sick of one particular complaint that I hear (rather, read) again and again on education sites and FB pages dedicated to parent organizations against testing regimes in public education: "Your stealing my child's creativity!" First, there's no such thing. ...since the criterion of creativity cannot distinguish between the artist and the nonartist, anyone who calls himself an artist is an artist, and anyone who calls himself creative is creative. Innovation is the norm of human behavio... more »

'She Speaks' Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tarsands

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
*TODAY! AAMJIWNAANG: October 4, 2012, 6:30pm* *1972 Virgil Avenue: Maawn Doosh Gumig Community and Youth Centre* https://www.facebook.com/events/272017639583474/ *BRANTFORD: October 5, 2012, 6:30pm* *50 Market Street: Odeon Building Room 205* https://www.facebook.com/events/442134359161453/ Indigenous communities are taking the lead to stop the largest industrial project on Earth and Northern Alberta is ground zero with over 20 corporations operating in the tar sands sacrifice zone, with expanded developments being planned. The cultural heritage, land, ecosystems and health of Indig... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Seaton, Devon, UK. Thanks for stopping by.

"Top Nuclear Experts: Technology Doesn’t Yet Exist to Clean Up Fukushima"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Top Nuclear Experts:* * Technology Doesn’t Yet Exist to Clean Up Fukushima"* by WashingtonsBlog “World-renowned physicist Michio Kaku said recently: It will take years to invent a new generation of robots able to withstand the radiation. (The radiation inside the reactors is too hot even for robots.) AP reports:"Hiroshi Tasaka, a nuclear engineer and professor at Tama University who advised the prime minister after the disaster … said the government target of removing all the rods by the end of next year may prove too optimistic because of many unknowns, the need to develop n... more »

Ex PC MLA speaks: Fear and loathing on the Alberta Conservative trail

david at Alberta Diary - 5 hours ago
Conservatives get together to discuss their futures in Alberta. Political figures may not be entirely as illustrated. Below: Former MLA Doug Elniski. CALGARY Doug Elniski is a nice guy … for an Alberta Tory … and he’ll tell you that himself. But take it from me, it’s true. The former Progressive Conservative MLA for Edmonton-Calder, ... more »

Leading World Bank Demographer: Vaccination Campaigns Part Of Population Reduction Policy

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Explosive Reports Jurriaan Maessen On October 2nd a retired demographer at the World Bank admitted that vaccination campaigns are an integral part of the World Bank’s population policies. John F. May, the Bank’s leading demographer from 1992 to 2012, told the French web journal Sens Public (and in turn transcribed by the think-tank May works for) that vaccination campaigns, especially in so-called “high-fertility countries”, are means to achieve population reduction in those countries. May: “The means used to implement population policies are “policy levers” or targeted actions su... more »

The political destruction of NZ’s residential construction sector in one graph

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*[image: _hugh-pavletich-sml]Guest post by Hugh Pavletich** * Study the graph below comparing the rates at which houses are being built in Australia and New Zealand, and see how the politicians and urban planners have decimated the residential construction sector in New Zealand these past 30 years. [image: image]*Chart kindly supplied by Leith van Onselen (aka the **Unconventional Economist**)* The measure employed is the “build rate per 1000 population,” which of course appropriately factors in population changes over time. It illustrates just what a truly massive hole this coun... more »

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
He wasn't responding to me, but Jonathan Chait demolishes a point I made last night -- that what Mitt Romney was doing in being misleading about his own programs was unusual. Chait points out that George W. Bush's defense of his tax plan in 2000 was almost identical to what Romney was up to last night. I'm not going to go through the transcripts, but I think my point would be saved a bit by the rest of it. I don't recall Bush being particularly dishonest on his education plan, or his faith-based initiative. Of course, all candidates spin their proposals to put them in the best possi... more »

Is Green-- Not Cash, Environmental Policy-- Becoming A Real Factor In Electoral Politics?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
When I retired from my stressful corporate job I went for a full medical checkup. Tests led to more tests and eventually my doctor told me to get my affairs in order because I had cancer and would probably die soon. The treatments he suggested can stretch life out a bit sometimes-- although the side effects of the treatments often kill the patients-- and they would be guaranteed to make life less worth living. I opted to go to a highly recommended holistic doctor and the story of my recovery is part of his book, The Cure. There was many aspects of Dr. Brantley's treatment but one ... more » 

A Cherokee Proverb, "The Two Wolves"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, generosity, empathy, truth, compassion and faith.” The grandson thought about this for a minute and then asked the grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied... more »

Lies Canadian Journalists Tell

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 6 hours ago
The conversation seems to have begun. What can consumers of Canadian journalism expect in the way of honesty? If the recent (and ongoing?) Margaret Wente fustercluck is any indication, not much. Today, there is another spectacular example of dishonesty, larded with bonus condescension. In the National Post, Barbara Kay writes about abortion and informed consent . First, check out the language. Everyone has a different reason for killing her unwanted fetus. Reminding them of when life begins is not going to change their minds, even those who are killing them for gender reasons. ... more »

Should Presidential Candidates Be Specific?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
Mitt Romney has been (very selectively; he doesn't really mean it) arguing that making specific promises while you're running for president is a mistake. Matt Yglesias sort of buys into it: At one point during the debate, Romney nailed this precisely by noting that the details of tax policy are something that Congress hammers out. The president has some enormous powers in the legislative process, but they're powers of agenda-setting and the ability to veto—not at all the power to delve deep into details. And indeed I'd say President Obama ended up having a lot of problems with his b... more »

A Confederation of Muppets

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 7 hours ago
The dueling duopolists of the presidential pageant are creating and fund-raising off yet another phony wedge issue. They are so desperate to take our minds off the fact that participatory democracy is a mere illusion that they're not even bothering to be original this time. It's the Second Coming of Big Bird in only one campaign season! Republicans have been threatening to de-fund PBS since time immemorial, and it's always been an empty threat by posturing phony deficit hawks. But starting today, the latest skirmish in The Wars of Sesame Street has been officially been declared. So ... more »

Breaking! Romney made accurate statement!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012* *Bay State students may be number one:* On the Washington Post’s web site, Ruth Marcus is batting Romney around for his various misstatements last night. Obama didn’t seem to care. Neither did potted plant Lehrer. With Marcus setting a good example, let’s hope more journalists do. That said, we have breaking news about last night’s debate! Repeatedly, Romney made a basically accurate statement about Massachusetts schools! He kept saying the schools were number one, bathing in their reflected glow. We can’t tell you what role Romney played. But Bay State ... more »

As if last night’s debacle wasn’t enough!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012* *This too, on the Times front page:* As if last night’s debate wasn’t enough, consider the piece which appeared on the front page of today’s New York Times—above the fold, no less! In our hard-copy Washington Edition, this ridiculous news report appeared in that high-profile spot. It bore this headline: ‘07 Talk by Obama Resurfaces, Renewing Questions on Race That’s right! Above the fold, high up on page one, the Times explored that five-year-old speech in which Obama touched on some racial issues. In the National Edition and the New York Edition, debate... more »

Erdogan Wants War With Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*Photo: Turkey's Erdogan is depicted as a vampire*. *Links*: *Erdogan's Gets War Powers*. *Turkey authorizes military operations in Syria*. *China urges restraint on Turkey-Syria border tensions*. *The Kurdish Problem In Turkey’s Syria Problem*. *Syria opposes escalation of violence with Turkey*.

Roger Baker : 'Class' Used to Be a Dirty Word

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 7 hours ago
Class Warfare. Political cartoon by Steve Segelin / Charleston City Paper. 'Class' used to be a dirty word: Elections point to new paradigm The 2012 presidential race is shaping up as a new kind of political fight being fairly openly fought around the issue of class and inequality with racial overtones. By Roger Baker / The Rag Blog / October 3, 2012 Not so long ago, during Barack Obama's

Heavy metals found in most of kids’ products

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The majority of stationary and other items used by children circulated in the local market tested by the National Institute of Environmental Research contain high traces of heavy metals. According to the NIER data submitted to Rep. Hong Young-pyo of the Democratic United Party, 123 of the 124 items tested last year contained heavy metals that can be transferred to the body including lead, nickel and cadmium. In addition to the heavy metals, 14 items were shown to contain above-regulation levels of phthalates. In the case of a Chinese company’s shoes for infants, a phthalate level ... more »

Navy Spyware Maps Your Home From Smartphone Camera

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago
The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center has developed a new piece of spyware to map your own house from an infected smartphone via its camera. It utilizes the GPS, accelerometers and other phone hardware to visually map out and spatially piece together the inside layout of your own home says The Washington Times: *The malware, dubbed “PlaceRaider,” “allows remote hackers to reconstruct rich, three-dimensional models of the smartphone owner’s personal indoor spaces through completely opportunistic use of the camera,” the researchers said in a study published last week.* http:/... more »

Fall Colours

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago

AARP to Obama: Don’t mention us again

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*President Obama invoked AARP to defend his health care law last night, prompting the influential group to release a statement telling him not to do that again.* “While we respect the rights of each campaign to make its case to voters, AARP has never consented to the use of its name by any candidate or political campaign,” the group posted in a statement. “AARP is a nonpartisan organization and we do not endorse political candidates nor coordinate with any candidate or political party.” Obama can perhaps be forgiven for thinking he could mention AARP given how they coordinated wit... more »

France to dismantle Roma camp South of Paris

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Paris (CNN) -- Citing "unsanitary and unsecure living conditions," French Interior Minister Manuel Valls ordered police early Monday to dismantle a Roma camp set up along suburban railway tracks in Evry, south of Paris, and expel 72 inhabitants, including 19 children. * It is a controversial decision for President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party, which attacked former President Nicolas Sarkozy when his party dismantled Roma camps around France in 2010. Since the beginning of August, five camps have been dismantled under Valls' directive. "I cannot support -- not just as inter... more »

Morocco 'warships block abortion ship'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
* The government of Morocco has closed the port of Smir and is blocking the harbor with warships to prevent the entry of a Dutch "abortion ship" to the Islamic country, the organization running the ship said Thursday. * Abortion is illegal in Morocco, and the country's Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that it had not authorized the vessel's visit or any procedures by nonresident doctors. The abortion ship is run by Women on Waves, which was founded in 1999 by a Dutch doctor to provide abortions to women in countries where the practice is illegal. Women on Waves doct... more »

Ancient Syrian ruins destroyed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago

Turkish police use tear gas against anti-war protesters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Oct. 4 - Turkish police use tear gas to disperse a small group of anti-war demonstrators approaching parliament, as Turkey uses artillery against Syrian targets for a second day.*

Turkey debates military action in Syria after civilian deaths

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Oct. 4 - World leaders urge level-headedness and express solidarity with Turkey as Ankara debates military action in Syria after Syrian mortar fire killed five Turkish civilians. Sarah Sheffer reports. *

EADS-BAE merger could be hostage to U.S. politics

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*(Reuters) - To win approval for their planned $45 billion merger, EADS and BAE systems must persuade Washington to let a pan-European behemoth control some of the most sensitive U.S. defense contracts, without triggering a political backlash.* Defense industry experts say it should not be difficult for Washington to protect its security interests in allowing the deal to go ahead, but the politics could become complicated if Boeing and other competitors lobby against the deal. "The security issue can be dealt with if the deal is structured properly," said Loren Thompson, chief ope... more »

Authorities charge 91 in $430 million Medicare fraud

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Ninety-one people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have been charged with committing $430 million in Medicare fraud in seven U.S. cities, authorities said on Thursday.* An investigation coordinated by the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services uprooted alleged false billing schemes involving $230 million in home health services, over $100 million in mental health services and $49 million from ambulance transportation. Charges range from healthcare fraud and conspiracy to wire fraud, kickback violations, identity thef... more »

Cure for Cancer

brinni for humanity at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
The American Cancer Society is lying. The cure for all types of cancers and many "chronic" diseases has been known, tested, and practiced since WWII. That treatment is illegal in the United States. This 15 year old boy learned the truth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvzDHGLEUyw

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 4th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA at a depth of 4 km (2.5 miles), the quake hit at 16:25:02 UTC Thursday 4th October 2012 The epicenter was 77 km (47 miles) WSW of Haines, Alaska No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

"The Deception of A Civilization And The Regression of Reason"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"The Deception of A Civilization And The Regression of Reason" * By Truth Excavator “When you observe the world you see people, you see houses, you see the sky, you see tangible objects; but when you observe yourself within, you see moving images–a world of images, generally known as fantasies. Yet these fantasies are facts. You see, it is a fact that the man has such and such a fantasy, and it is such a tangible fact, for instance, that when a man has a certain fantasy, another man may lose his life, or a bridge is built–these houses were all fantasies. Everything you do here,... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

"Fiscal Meth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Fiscal Meth"* by Addison Wiggin "We’re now four days into fiscal year 2013. [Yes, we know. But please try to contain your excitement.] As of Monday, Oct. 1, the national debt stands at $16,159,487,013.300.35. This means the government racked up $1,369,146,684,743.20 in new liabilities last year. We can confidently predict that with the usual accounting games, the “official” 2012 deficit announced next week by the Treasury will be somewhat less. What’s one of the telltale signs of addiction? Denial. “The U.S., in fact, is a serial offender, an addict whose habit extends beyond ... more »

The Commentator - Cheering? For Gordon Brown?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Q) Why did 80,000 people boo George Osborne? A) Because that's the capacity of the Olympic Stadium. It would have been more accurate to say A) Because they are utterly ignorant of public finance. http://m.thecommentator.com/article/1635/cheering_for_gordon_brown_

Meet 'Mary' treesitter who held off the tarsands bulldozers

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Treesitter 'Mary' is actually Maggie Gorry and she's been arrested after holding off the Keystone pipeline tarsands destroyers.Reposted from Tarsands Blockade http://www.tarsandsblockade.org Tree Blockade Is Under Siege (Day 11) Categories: Uncategorized TransCanada and law enforcement authorities have sealed off a perimeter to the tree blockade and have besieged the blockade. Getting essential food and water supplies in has become extremely difficult as they continue to tighten their grip on our peaceful blockaders. Early this morning Maggie Gorry came down from her perch atop a 40 f... more »

Leave to appeal from a summary conviction matter where accused acquitted at trial and convicted at first appeal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
*R. v. MacKay*, 2012 ONCA 671 deals with leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal by an accused who was acquitted at trial but convicted on appeal. The Court holds such cases are looked on more favorably, from a leave perspective, than cases where the accused is appeal a second time: [20] The leading case on this issue is R. v. R.(R.), 2008 ONCA 497, 90 O.R. (3d) 641. The starting point for the analysis, as stated by Doherty J.A. at para. 27, is that in the summary conviction appeal context, “[a]ccess to this court for a second appeal should be limited to those cases in w... more »

Spain averts Columbine-style massacre involving 300 pounds of explosives

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Spanish police have foiled an attack on students at a university in Majorca arresting a 21-year- old man who planned to stage a "Columbine-style" massacre. The student, named locally as Juan Manuel Morales Sierra, was arrested Wednesday with more than 300 pounds of explosives he had ordered over the internet. Police said he had boasted of wanting to "do a Columbine" and expressed admiration for the perpetrators of the 1999 US attack that killed 12 students and a teacher. They believe he had tried, and failed, in several attempts to purchase guns, before planning an attack using ... more »

3D Printed Drones & Guns: Post Scarcity & The World of Tomorrow

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 9 hours ago
Hidden battle lines in the war for global hegemony. *by Tony Cartalucci* *October 4, 2012* - Recently, the Wall Street-London corporate-financier Lowy Institute's "Interpreter" posted an article titled, "Printing a drone" that conveyed the following concerns: 3D printers are both accessible and affordable in Australia. Effectively, this means that an individual or group has the ability – with minimal investment – to avoid the cumbersome task of purchasing expensive overseas technology and instead print their weapon. A 3D printed drone is legal and possible; weaponising it would b... more »

The two faces of Barack Obama

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago

Technical Difficulties with Podcasts? (UPDATED)

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
I've been getting sporadic reports of problems opening the podcasts, e.g., of people clicking on them from the "podcasts" tab with no result, being unable to force a download to show up as an audio file, and so forth. If you've been having this kind of difficulty would you let me know in comments? Please specify what kind of browser(s), and operating system(s) are involved, and which (if any) workarounds have revolved the problem. UPDATE: I've added an mp3 of Episode 10 to the files linked to under the " podcasts" tab. I'd appreciate it if someone who has had difficulties tries it t... more »

NATO Went to War for America, Why Not Turkey?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Like the United States, Turkey is a full member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Article 5 of the NATO charter obliges all members to come to the aid of any other member under attack. For the second day running, Turkey has received artillery barrages fired by Syrian government forces. So, what's the hold up? Turkey is the only Muslim member state of NATO. Maybe it's because we have a Muslim state being attacked by a Muslim neighbour that accounts for our apparent indifference. I can't help thinking about John Baird, Harper ForAffMin, slamming the U.N. for failing t... more »

Fighting Corruption with Vitamins

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Malnutrition is a huge problem in Afghanistan. One-fifth of Afghan kids are malnourished and that increases to one-third in combat zones. 60 per cent of children under five are stunted. Tens of billions of dollars of foreign aid flows into Afghanistan but much of that disappears into the gaping maw of a corrupt government and bureaucracy. The resurgent civil war prevents NGOs from operating at all in some regions. One solution being attempted by the World Food Programme is to distribute "fortified food" to nearly half the country's population, 15-million in all. Vitamins and... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 10 hours ago
*And they're out of the gate ~American Zombie* *The newsonomics of Advance’s New Orleans strategy ~Ken Doctor* *Longtime reporters say goodbye to life at the Times-Picayune ~St. Charles Herald Guide*

Once unimaginable, protests are now being held in Saudi Arabia, advocating for release of political prisoners.

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 11 hours ago

OHmyGAWD we have to INVADE! China is full of Al Qaeda! China hates us for our freedoms! China has weapons of mass destruction (really)! China wants to kill your babies while they sleep! The Chinese dress funny! The Chinese eat weird food! The Chinese think farting in elevators is funny! The Chinese tear the tags off of seat cushions! We HAVE to invade!!!

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 11 hours ago
*American Scofflaw* Economics aside, China understands that the highest agenda behind the US rush into WW3 is to prop up the dollar as the world reserve currency. So if China (and then Russia) drop the dollar and offer a more stable and attractive alternative, the US dollar will collapse, and there really isn't much point for the US Government to continue to try to invade Syria and Iran. Even the US Government isn't stupid enough to go head-to-head with Russia *and *China! Gulp! I certainly hope not anyway.


Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 11 hours ago
*American Scofflaw* * 南卡罗来纳州警方的“官员”宣布,美国军事警察... http://www.activistpost.com/2012/10/military-employed-for-crowd-control-at.html * * * *好消息是,他们仍然可以得到奶奶低的书前的跳动! LOL*


Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 11 hours ago

Healthcare, Not Warfare: A Cosmic Thing

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
You've probably noticed that we're trying to monetize rock'n'roll collectibles to help progressives thwart the two corrupt Inside-the-Beltway party machines. This week, PDA and Blue America have teamed up to mark the 12th anniversary of America's violent involvement in Afghanistan by going after two senior Republican militaristic policy-makers who are dead set on extending the occupation of that country, House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan. Both espouse a radical Austerity agenda that cuts back on human needs for health... more »

New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Meagan Spooner's Skylark

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
Check out the third episode of New Books in Science and Fantasy, in which I interview Meagan Spooner about *Skylark*. The summary: Lark Ainsley lives within a near-hermetically sealed city located in a world scarred and depleted my magical wars. The Architects, who oversee the City, maintain it by harvesting the non-renewable magical energy found in each of the city’s inhabitants. But something goes wrong on Lark’s “Harvest Day,” and she soon finds herself on a quest to find safety outside the City’s walls–where the disappearance of magic has rendered the landscape a wasteland fu... more »

Turkey, Syria and the Geopolitics of Identity

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
*This is a guest post by Peter S. Henne. Peter is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University. He formerly worked as a national security consultant. His research focuses on terrorism and religious conflict; he has also written on the role of faith in US foreign policy. During 2012-2013 he will be a fellow at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia. * * *The Syrian shelling of Akcakale--a Turkish village on the Syrian border--and Turkey's military response against Syrian targets was shocking. Personally, it made me think of a 2009 trip I took to Antep and Urfa--cities in so... more »

U.S. Election Officials "Reserving the Right to Cheat"

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
Election Fraud, Culture of Corruption in Pima County, why Early Ballots shouldn't be counted before Election Day and what all this means. The current court case "...alleges that Pima County, through the direction and control of its county administrator C.H. "Chuck" Huckelberry, has systematically subverted critical controls required to protect the purity of elections. The elimination of those controls has permitted county management to take advantage of the ability to cheat presented by defects in our computerized election system. As a result, county management fraudulently rigge... more »

big bucks big pharma

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6 part 7


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
*USA* Can the USA expect big riots in the next few years? Major turbulence seems to come to the USA about every 50 years. *In 1870*, there was major unrest in America. *Around 1920*, race riots, strikes and anti-Communist feeling led many Americans to think that revolution was imminent. *Around 1970*, violent student demonstrations, political assassinations, riots and terrorism led many Americans to think that revolution was coming. In 2012, some people think that revolution is on its way, with one faction of the rich elite going to war with another faction of the rich elite. Web... more »

what god wants

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

Spanish court backs right to protest after Madrid violence

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - A Spanish court on Thursday threw out a police case against the organizers of a protest in Madrid last week that ended in violence and dozens of arrests, saying people had a right to express their opinion. * Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards have taken to the streets in almost daily protests against spending cuts. Most are peaceful. But last Tuesday's demonstration in Madrid, promoted through social networking sites by activist groups, turned violent with youths clashing with police after thousands of people formed a human chain around parliament. Thirty-five people w... more »

Japanese airline, ANA, apologises for plane flip

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Sept 30 - Japan's ANA airline apologises for a pilot error that caused a plane to flip in mid-air. Lindsey Parietti reports*

Euro zone considering bond insurance for Spain - sources

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The euro zone is considering aiding Spain by providing insurance for investors who buy government bonds in a move designed to maintain Spanish access to capital markets and minimize the cost to European taxpayers, European sources said. * One senior European source said the plan could cost about 50 billion euros ($64.5 billion) for a year. It would enable Spain to cover its full funding needs and trigger potentially unlimited European Central bank buying of short-term Spanish bonds in the secondary market. If the gamble succeeds, it would achieve two important aims. Spa... more »

Iraq sentences U.S. citizen to life in prison

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - A U.S. citizen convicted of links with al Qaeda has been sentenced to life in prison by an Iraqi court, a copy of the ruling showed on Thursday.* Omar Rashad Khalil, who is of Palestinian origin, was arrested in 2010 and accused of helping finance and execute "terrorist operations" inside Iraq, according to the ruling, a copy of which was posted on the Interior Ministry website. The ruling said Khalil, in his early 50s, was an architect and also went by the name Abu Muhammad. He was sentenced by Baghdad's central criminal court on Wednesday. Government officials could... more »

Syria 'Sorry For Shelling Turkish Town'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Syria has apologised for a mortar strike on a Turkish border town which left five civilians dead and said the incident will not be repeated, according to Turkey's deputy prime minister.* Turkey had returned fire in response to the shelling of Akcakale, and its parliament voted to authorise military operations inside Syria as a "deterrent" against the Syrian army, deputy leader Besir Atalay said. He said: "This mandate is not a war mandate but it is in our hands to be used when needed in order to protect Turkey's own interests according to potential developments in the future." Tu... more »

Zuckerberg: Facebook Has One Billion Users....Are 80% of them also Fake?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*One in seven people on the planet now use Facebook to stay in touch, according to the social networking giant's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.* The eight-year-old company added 200 million new users in the last year, bringing its total number of "friends" to a billion across the world. Mr Zuckerberg announced the milestone in an interview with NBC on Thursday, describing the development as "an amazing honour". "To be able to come into work every day and build things that help a billion people stay connected with the people they care about every month, that's just unbelievable,"... more »

Sad Update on NDAA Indefinite Detention Provisions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
NDAA Indefinite Detention Provision Back in Effect By Josh Gerstein, Politico 03 October 12 http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/13779-ndaa-indefinite-detention-provision-back-in-effect [Excerpted] A federal appeals court has extended a temporary stay of a district court judge's order barring the government from using an indefinite detention provision in a defense bill passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama late last year. A three-judge motions panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit issued the order Tuesday afternoon, indicating they saw... more »

Inhofe Seeks Hearings Addressing the EPA’s Monstrous “Illegal Human Experiments”

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
IntelHub *Andrew W. Griffin* Just days after Red Dirt Report featured a story out of St. Louis, Mo. addressing the shocking revelation that the U.S. Army was conducting secret experiments on citizens of that city without their knowledge in the 1950’s -by spraying toxic substances on them – we learn that potentially deadly human experimentation is taking place this very day – and sanctioned by the U.S. government, no less! While those Cold War-era tests – some believed to include radiological substances, primarily on lower-income, inner-city folks – took place more than 50 years ago ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*Brees: No better time for Saints to face Bolts* *Network of CCC cameras not working properly ~WWLTV* *Federal Flood victims take on hurricane tour operators ~Stacy Plaisance* *Jefferson Parish drainage pump failures examined ~Allen Powell II, N.O. Advocate* *Two bayou-spanning bridges set to open soon after delays ~WVUE* *Wetlands Group Lobbies For Uniting Mississippi River Interests ~WWNO* *Maurepas Foods ~Blackened Out* *The Meters nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! * 

Continuous Turkish artillery barrage cuts out 10-km buffer strip inside Syria

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Constrained from a substantial military incursion into Syria by US President Barack Obama’s veto and Saudi and Qatari refusals to help pay for it, Turkey’s government and military decided to make do with carving out a buffer strip 10 kilometers deep into Syria by continuous artillery barrages. Thursday morning, Oct. 4 at 0300 GMT, Ankara ordered the Turkish army to keep up its cross-border shelling of Syria after the first bombardment Wednesday night in response to the deaths of five Turkish civilians and eight injured by Syrian mortar shells which exploded in their village. debkaf... more »

Bad Metaphors: Journals, Articles, and Pages

PM at The Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
As a graduate student at an urban university, I envy this RA's large office.New technologies adapt terms from older tools, even when they're curiously inappropriate. Consider "dashboard," which we use now to refer to an easy display of critical information (as in Google Dashboard) or the control panel of an automobile. Originally, however, a dashboard was (per Wikipedia) "a barrier of wood or leather fixed at the front of a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh to protect the driver from mud or other debris "dashed" (thrown) up by the wheels and horses' hooves." Clearly, that term outlas... more »

Memphis Raising Most Regressive Taxes to Pay for $212 Million Hole Created by Charter Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
In June we posted on the Gates-SfC plan for school consolidation in Shelby County, which the State report says will cost Shelby County $212,000,000 over the next four years to pay for the segregated charter chain gangs that are being created to contain, separate, and indoctrinate the next generation of the poor in Memphis. The County solution: raise the sales tax another penny, which will push this most regressive tax (which includes taxing food) to over 10% (TN is #1 in the nation for highest sales tax). Oh yes, and in the meantime, reduce property taxes so that the immeasurably ... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Alicia Silverstone, 36. Sure hoping that Vamps turns out to be awesome. Clueless, of course, is one of the great classic movies, and she was terrific in it; she was also just fine in Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost, which almost everyone hated -- but there is a small group of us who loved it. Back to Vamps and Clueless: it really is one of the great tragedies that Amy Heckerling doesn't have a long string of great movies. A major black eye for Hollywood. Just a little good stuff after a late night: 1. Good debate wrap from Ezra Klein. Even better debate wrap from Jo... more »

Income gap/income stagnation

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
*Ta-ken, Taichung.* On one of the lists I frequent we were discussing the reasons for Taiwan's stagnating income and slowing economic performance, stimulated by a recent short piece in WSJ which touches on some of the issues. A friend point me to this MUST READ article in Commonwealth on the tax situation here in Taiwan.... as I've noted before, the wealthy simply don't pay taxes: Jim Huang is 35 years old, a member of the third generation of a powerful political family in Taiwan. He does not have a job, but he's doing just fine. In Taiwan, he lives in a 660 square-meter luxury a... more »

Sound Minus the Fury

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) Dateline Denver, CO --- Just a few miles from where James Holmes allegedly opened fire on a crowded movie theater in Aurora, killing a dozen and wounding 58, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney faced off in the first of three presidential debates without once mentioning gun violence. The topic was completely ignored despite pleas from some of the victims to have the candidates address it. It was just one of many glaring omissions during a colorless debate that was civil, congenial and utterly boring. There was no mention of... more »

Kristof v. Collins: The public face of don't care!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012* *All hail our pseudolib heroine:* The op-ed page of today’s New York Times is framed by two columns—columns written by Nicholas Kristof and Gail Collins. Below, we’ll offer one complaint about one thing Kristof says. But his column discusses an actual, real-world concern—the rising share of American income being gobbled up at the top. “In 2010, 93 percent of the gain in national income went to the top 1 percent,” Kristof notes at one point. Also this: “America’s Gini coefficient, the classic measure of inequality, set a modern record last month—the hi... more »

Debate round one: The rope-a-dope strategy

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 13 hours ago
Judging from the mass meltdown in my twitter stream, clearly a disappointing night for liberals. I seem to recall the same wailing and rending of garments from the left at this point in 08. They wanted Obama to draw blood and he didn't. Hell, he barely put up a fight. But I also remember when this meme was invented in response to the same sort of doom-saying. Debate is three round fight. Rope-a-dope strategy dictates you hold back and deliver the knock out punch at the end. Good to remember that media over-built expectations for Obama. Now expectations are raised for Mitt. Which ... more »

Amazon Ecosystem Continues to Grow

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 13 hours ago
Amazon is not just a books, music, video, games and media retailer, it is the major online 'one stop shop' for many and one that has a cross merchandise offer that is very powerful and even threatens the likes of Walmart. If we take the latest UK news that they are increasing their take on of temporary UK staff for the Christmas run-up from 3,000 to 10,000 short-term packaging jobs in just three weeks, we see not only their commitment, but also their decisiveness to do business. How many retailers can you name who are taking on such numbers? Some 2,000 of the workers will also ret... more »

Turkey authorizes military action in Syria after mortar attack that killed civilians

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Turkey’s parliament voted Thursday to authorize military cross-border operations into Syria, a day after an apparently errant mortar strike from inside Syria killed five Turkish civilians. Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay told the Associated Press that the 320-129 vote “is not for war,” but is intended to deter Syria from further violence that could spill over the border. Atalay also said that Syria has taken responsibility and formally apologized for the death of the five Turkish civilians, and reassured the United Nations that “such an incident will not occur again,” AP reporte... more »

Elections in Georgia: U.S. and NATO Lose their “Geopolitical Chess Queen”

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
Global Research John Robles *It is no secret that Saakashvili is the “West’s man in the Caucasus” the darling of Hillary Clinton and Obama’s US State Department, NATO headquarters and the Pentagon and the intelligence services of the UK and the US. He is yet another despotic dictator that has murdered, oppressed, strangled, tortured and subjugated his people with the support of the West in exchange for advancing their geopolitical agenda in yet another region far removed from their own borders yet where they want control.* *As there is no statute of limitations on war crimes, Saakas... more »

Battle of the Blahs

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
All I can say about last night's debate is that this is what happens when two right-wingers run against each other. If you're a Democrat, you knew you were in trouble when your guy's opponent actually started attacking him from the *left*. Your heart sank when Mitt Romney suggested that the too-big-to-fail banks should have been broken up, and you realized your bank-friendly President doesn't have a leg to stand on. You collapsed in a heap when Barry bragged that his great insurance company giveaway of a health plan was not only copied and pasted from a conservative think tank, but ... more »

Farewell Dinner

Southern Man at Southern Man - 13 hours ago

Supercomputing Symposium Day 1

Southern Man at Southern Man - 13 hours ago

Supercomputing Symposium Day 0

Southern Man at Southern Man - 13 hours ago

Your Way - Our Way - The Truth: A Poem by Zelda Quakawoot

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
Your Way - Our Way - The Truth Your way ** *Tradition is replaced by authority Respect is replaced by greed What is happening to this nation, Is the planting of an evil seed. Culture is replaced by religion This dominates the law The heritage of this country Is slipping out the door Community is replaced by profit Social issues stocks are down It is easier to make up more rules Since our voices are silent sounds Security is replaced by wars A nation so young to the slaughter The old white leaders send to battle The innocent sons and daughters Custom is replaced by policy So big and... more »

All regular child custody orders made under Part III of the CLRA at a Family Court branch location, with the explicit exceptions, are to the Divisional Court

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
*Marchildon v. Beitz* 2012 ONCA 668 holds the family law appeal routes “are both confusing and inequitable”. After saying so the Court holds: Under the CLRA, all regular child custody orders made under Part III of the CLRA at a Family Court branch location, with the explicit exception of those made under ss. 59 and 60, are appealed under s. 21.9.1 of the CJA. Therefore, an appeal from them lies to the Divisional Court.

Is Matter Just a Frequency Range?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
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JIM LEHRER’S RERUN: Potted plant!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012* *Part 1—You’ve seen last night’s movie before:* Let’s start with a word about the candidates, although politicians *aren’t* our focus here. Last evening’s debate was a massacre. The massacre was so complete that it was widely acknowledged by MSNBC’s pundits. Candidate Romney was on the attack; he had a theme and a focus. Candidate Obama had little focus or framework for his evening—virtually none at all. He started with a jumbled complaint about Romney’s tax proposal. But he seemed surprised by Romney’s (wholly predictable) reaction, then utterly faded... more »

Why Are There Only Two Candidates in Presidential Debates?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
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Episode 28 in the Disarming Grandmothers Of The UK Series - "A Little Landmark"

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
October 4, 2012 *EPISODE TWENTY EIGHT: “A little landmark”* Helen returns to the British Courts to try to overturn her conviction as a Serious Organised Criminal. This time, however, there is a key person missing as Sylvia steps aside for fear that another trial would take it’s toll both on her as an individual and her friendship with Helen. Now a solo activist against the state, Helen begins her new trial optimistic that the Judge shares her concern about the interception of communications. But with press interest dwindling and the women easily baffled by court proceedings, ... more »

Bill could exile ‘thousands’ of permanent residents for minor crimes? I think not

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
Today’s Star has a story ( click here ) saying proposed government legislation could “exile ‘thousands’ of permanent residents for minor crimes”. Is that true? I think not. The actual language proposed says: *BILL C-43* *24. Subsection 64(2) of the Act is replaced by the following:* *(2) For the purpose of subsection (1), serious criminality must be with respect to a crime that was punished in Canadaby a term of imprisonment of at least six months or that is described in paragraph 36(1)(b) or (c).* Now, if the text was “*with respect to a crime that was subject to punishment... more »

Thursday Morning Debate Reactions

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
I had three immediate reactions to last night's Presidential debate. *First*, when one side is ecstatic and the other side is talking about how "debates don't matter," that's a pretty good indication of who "won." *Second*, #bizarro2004 continues, with Mitt Romney playing the role of "John Kerry" and Barack Obama of "George W. Bush." In fairness, though, Romney was less stilted than Kerry and Obama wasn't as bad as Bush was during the first debate of 2004. *Third*, as a former policy debater and debate coach, I felt a bit like I was watching a decent national-circuit debater take o... more »

in which my roku experience gets even more awesome: how to set up a wireless vpn

laura k at wmtc - 14 hours ago
You may recall that we switched our internet provider from Rogers to TekSavvy in order to get more bandwidth, then dumped Rogers altogether by switching from cable to streaming. >We bought a Roku streaming device. And I fell in love with it. No more paying for dozens of channels that we'll never watch. On-demand viewing without DVR'ing. And no more cable bill! We even upgraded one Roku to the model that has a USB port and a media server, so we can watch our own media directly on our TV. Awesome. There was only one piece missing. If you use a streaming device, and you don't live in... more »

NATO Terrorists Mass Slaughter Civilians in Aleppo, Syria

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

Gap Between College Costs and Inflation

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
click image to enlarge James Hall, *Contributor* Anyone who has offspring attending university knows all too well the spiraling costs of higher education. While purchases at the grocery or gas pump jumps at alarming rates, the expense of tuition over the past few decades have been in a league all of its own. In the essay, College Education Economics, the subject of the student debt is analyzed. This essay examines the primary reasons why the price of educational institutions so dramatically outpaces the nominal rate of inflation. For even the casual observer, it is indisputable t... more »

Most Americans Have Come To Abhor The Republican Party

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
It may not work in the old slave-holding states but Elizabeth Warren and many other Democrats in the rest of America are finding that nationalizing the election is a powerful way of connecting to voters. And it goes beyond the fact that the Republican Party-- their policy agenda and their treasonous obstructionism-- is viewed negatively by a *majority* of Americans. That's right, according to a brand new *Washington Post*/ABC News poll only 39% of Americans see the GOP favorably and 53% now have a negative view. When Elizabeth Warren points out to Massachusetts voters that by re-e... more »

This is the face of the Religion of Peace and Tolerance, or at least the face of the actions of the Religion of Peace and Tolerance

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Pastor Umar Mulinde (a former Muslim) was doused in acid by Muslims after a Christmas Eve church service last year in Uganda. Have the BBC ever reported the story of Pastor Umar Mulinde? As in the above video, Pastor Mulinde not only discusses the acid attack and his conversion from Islam to Christianity, but also his view of Israel, and the Christian attitude towards persecution, I doubt that the BBC will be interested.

Karl Denninger, “Romney, Obama: Both Frauds”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Romney, Obama: Both Frauds”* by Karl Denninger “Medicare, Medicaid- ha! Both of these clowncar folks cannot tell the truth. Here is truth. The Federal Government spent $53 billion on health care in 1980. Last year it spent $850 billion. That's an approximately 9.3% annualized rate of increase. That means government spending on health care (Medicare and Medicaid) doubles ever ~7.7 years. If you are now 50, and not going to "lose anything" from current plans, you believe the Federal Government can spend close to $14 trillion 30 years from now when you're 80. Note that the entir... more »

Milky Way Black Holes Found By Astronomers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*Astronomers have found two black holes, each up to 20 times heavier than the Sun, hidden deep inside our own galaxy. * The unexpected discovery was made by a team exploring a 12 billion-year-old cluster of stars in the Milky Way called M22. It contains hundreds of thousands of stars and can be seen with the naked eye as a hazy patch of light. Scientists at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research now believe there could be as many as 100 black holes inside the cluster. Dr James Miller-Jones, who co-wrote a report that appears in the journal Nature, said: "Simulations ... more »

Remember Walkerton

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Tom Walkom writes in this morning's *Toronto Star* that the ever widening meat recall is Stephen Harper's "Walkerton Moment." The tainted water scandal in that small Ontario town marked the beginning of the end for Mike Harris' government. Walkom writes: Neither Harris nor Harper invented deregulation. In Ontario, Bob Rae’s New Democratic Party government cut back drinking water inspections well before Harris became premier. In Ottawa, Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien’s 1997 decision to hand over meat inspection to his industry-friendly agriculture ministry set the stage for... more »

“Romney’s Sick Joke”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Romney’s Sick Joke”* by Paul Krugman “OK, so Obama did a terrible job in the debate, and Romney did well. But in the end, this isn’t or shouldn’t be about theater criticism, it should be about substance. And the fact is that everything Obama said was basically true, while much of what Romney said was either outright false or so misleading as to be the moral equivalent of a lie. Above all, there’s this: MR. ROMNEY: “Let- well, actually- actually it’s- it’s- it’s a lengthy description, but number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.” No, they aren’t. Romney’... more »

The Renewable Insanity of Monsanto, Bill Gates, the Rockefellers and Craig Venter

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Cassandra Anderson, *Contributor* Monsanto, Bill Gates, the Rockefellers, Craig Venter and other investors are working behind-the-scenes to bring genetically engineered (GE) algae to market with products that include fuel, animal feed made with manure, human food and vaccines. The US government has a stake in this enterprise, too. Obama put a moratorium on drilling for oil on federal land and voted down the Keystone pipeline, in addition to subsidizing the nuclear industry instead of increasing oil reserves. Obama has advocated replacing 17% of US oil imports with oil made from... more »

Massive Beef Recall Further Validates the Need for Small Farms and Local Agriculture

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Dylan Charles, *Contributor* Last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a massive recall of beef packaged for consumption in Canada and the United States over fears that "a combination of several 'deficiencies'" at the XL Foods plant in British Columbia may have created conditions favorable for an E. Coli outbreak. E. Coli is a pathogenic strain of animal fecal bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning and even death to humans. So far, at least 10 confirmed cases of E. Coli poisoning in Alberta have put consumers on edge, but it does not appear that consumer dema... more »

YouTube Removes Undercover Video Showing Whole Foods GMO Misinformation

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Anthony Gucciardi Youtube has pulled an undercover ‘Organic Spies’ video questioning Whole Foods employees as to whether or not any of the products within Whole Foods contained GMO ingredients. Created to show how even the employees themselves are misinformed (or even dishonest) about the very real presence of Monsanto’s GMOs in a store like Whole Foods that is supposed to promote health and wellness, the Organic Spies video received over 100,000 views in a few short days. The video has since been removed due to apparently ‘violating the Terms of Service’, according to the genet... more »

Obama No Gore: Debate Raises Romney's Numbers (RESIST! - Cynthia McKinney On Real Leadership)

The Lawyers, Guns & Money blog scores a bullseye on the debate rating scale. Obligatory Debate Commentary[ 12 ] October 3, 2012 | Scott Lemieux I can pretty much outsource to Kuttner, Sargent and Chait. Romney was like George W. Bush in the first Gore debate, a world-class bullshitter who combined lying and dissembling about his own plans with clever non-sequiturs. Only when it

Latest stories April Jones: Cops Drill Way Into Suspect's Home

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*Police are drilling their way into the home of April Jones abduction suspect Mark Bridger. * Activity at Mr Bridger's white farmhouse intensified as officers were given until 5pm tomorrow to question the 46-year-old. Search teams used drills to unbolt doors at the rented home and forensic officers combed the garden in the hamlet of Ceinws by the Dyfi river in mid-Wales. The search came as police used a press conference to appeal for information about Mr Bridger's movements and use of social media around the time April vanished. April's family also launched a pink ribbon campain t... more »

Ashton Kutcher Hoax 911 Call Investigated that led to officers arresting occupants of the Hollywood Hills home of actor Ashton Kutcher

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*A woman rang police to say robbers were inside the house and that she had locked herself in one of the mansion's bathrooms after three gunshots were fired.* Police rushed to the scene, with TV pictures showing footage of three people leaving the property with their hands up as they were arrested by officers. But the call is now being investigated as another case of "swatting". "Swatting" is the name given to a fake emergency call that leads to a response team being sent to the scene. Read More

Spy Charge: Millionaire 'Sold US Secrets'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*A man has been charged with spying against America, while ten others are accused of helping him send military secrets to Russia.* The group are accused of plotting to send controlled military technology to Russia as part of an alleged military exports ring between October 2008 and 2012. The indictment alleges Alexander Fishenko and accomplices sold cutting-edge microelectronics through the Houston-based Arc Electronics company he owned. US authorities say the millionaire fooled the Department of Commerce into thinking his company made traffic lights when it was actually supplying ... more »

The BBC's view of the first Presidential debate

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
The BBC reluctantly report that: 'Polls show Romney won TV debate with Obama' but look at the comments that follow the report. Actually don't look at all the comments, just the 'Editor's picks', here they are as of now: 'Comment numbe 382. vinod 51 Minutes ago This was just a debate so don't build bridges on sand.Election will tell more.It is sure U.S. has to change,that does not mean president.Obama is a good debater but he has history of more than past nearly four years to prove what he says so how can he be bolder?He is honest,no doubt.. Comment number 159. ScotUS1992 3 Hours a... more » 

Army documents: complaining about bias, believing in government conspiracies are terrorism indicators

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Army’s “Radicalization into Violent Extremism” Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* A newly released document, originally published by the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group in 2011, reveals that the Army has guidelines just as insane as other government agencies that consider ordinary bodily movements and just about everything else an indicator of potential terrorist activity. At this point, it is almost comical how many things can be considered an indicator of terrorism including bumper stickers, boisterous groups of Middle Eastern males and even educational or trade school inform... more »
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