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Thomas Paine

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Friday, October 5, 2012

5 October - Blogs I'm Following

10:02 am MDST

Graph of the Day: Decline in Coral Cover of the Great Barrier Reef, 1985-2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 minutes ago
[image: Decline in coral cover of the Great Barrier Reef, 1985-2012. Box plots indicate the percentiles (25%, 50%, and 75%) of the coral cover distributions within each year and suggest a substantial decline in coral cover over the 27-year period. De’ath, et al., 2012] ABSTRACT: The world’s coral reefs are being degraded, and the need to reduce local pressures to offset the effects of increasing global pressures is now widely recognized. This study investigates the spatial and temporal dynamics of coral cover, identifies the main drivers of coral mortality, and quantifies the rates ... more »

Drought stressing U.S. farmers and ranchers – ‘If it’s doing this for the next two years, I can’t see us being able to keep going’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 7 minutes ago
[image: For Wayne Boschert and his wife, the 2012 drought has meant no room for luxury. They have canceled the trip to St. Martin that they take every January. Dilip Vishwanat for The New York Times] BUTLER, Missouri – They have canceled vacations. Their children are forgoing out-of-state colleges for cheaper ones close to home. They are delaying doctor’s visits, selling off land handed down through generations and resisting luxuries like new smartphones. And then there is the stress — sleepless nights, grumpiness and, in one extreme case, seizures. Lost amid the withered crops... more »

The Real News - Elements in Iran and US that Want War

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 minutes ago
The Real News: Larry Wilkerson: After recent meetings with Iranian leaders, it's clear the US has lost the ability to understand how other states see their interests.

Watchdog Warns Of Power Shortages By 2015

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 25 minutes ago
*A report by the energy regulator warns of the prospect of higher bills and the potential for power shortages because of falling spare capacity in electricity generation.* Ofgem's first Electricity Capacity Assessment for the Government forecasts a reduction in generation margins over the next four years, falling from 14% to 4% over the winter of 2015/16. One reason for the deterioration is that coal-fired power stations are closing earlier than expected under EU environmental legislation, forcing the UK to import more gas to compensate and therefore risk costs rising. The watchdo... more »

Krugman outlines a major misstatement!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 26 minutes ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2012* *But the New York Times offers no fact-check:* This morning, in his New York Times column, Paul Krugman outlines a major misstatement by Mitt Romney at Wednesday night’s debate. What do you call a misstatement like this? As his column begins, Krugman samples various names: KRUGMAN (10/5/12): *Romney's Sick Joke* “No. 1,” declared Mitt Romney in Wednesday’s debate, “pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.” No, they aren’t—as Mr. Romney’s own advisers have conceded in the past, and did again after the debate. *Was Mr. Romney lying?* Well, either... more »

South Africa's Amplats fires 12,000 wildcat strikers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 36 minutes ago
*(Reuters) - The world's largest platinum producer, Anglo American Platinum, fired 12,000 workers taking part in a three-week illegal strike on Friday, following through on tough talk over wildcat stoppages in South African mines.* Two months of labor unrest has spread from mines to other parts of Africa's biggest economy, causing political problems for President Jacob Zuma and his ruling African National Congress (ANC), the veteran liberation movement long closely tied to unions. Shell said on Friday it could not honor fuel delivery contracts around Johannesburg because of a two-... more »

Merkel to visit Greece as money running out

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 37 minutes ago
*(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will make her first visit to Greece next week since the euro zone debt crisis erupted, in a show of support for Athens after it said it will run out of money at the end of November without fresh international aid.* Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras hailed the trip as a very positive development at a time when his country is locked in negotiations with euro zone and IMF creditors who are holding back some 31.5 billion euros ($41 billion) in urgently needed loans. "The key is liquidity. That is why the next credit tranche is so importan... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 38 minutes ago
*Turkey not in the best of health.* A mortar shell 'fired from Syria' killed five people in Akçakale, in Turkey. "It was by no means clear which side was responsible for the shelling, however, and some commentators in Turkey suggested that it could have been deliberately staged with the aim of provoking a Turkish intervention." Moscow’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has said that the Western-backed 'rebels' might deliberately provoke fighting on the border with the aim of drawing Turkey into the conflict." Turkey attacks Syria after stray shelling On 3 October 2012, Tu... more »

Actual ad on Craigslist

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 46 minutes ago
Yes, people, it's now come to this. On top of vetting your prior employers and undergoing the humiliation of a criminal and credit background check, drug screening and a physical and being asked to turn over our Facebook passwords, now we have to submit to a hair follicle test. Which is one step away from DNA testing. The fact that this ad is both ungrammatical and misspelled only heightens the irony that this fascist fuck is gainfully employed while I remain unemployed for the fourth straight year.

HIV cases

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 46 minutes ago
"Specifically, today's decisions said that in order to obtain a conviction for aggravated sexual assault, the Crown must show that an accused person failed to disclose his or her HIV status despite there being "a realistic possibility" of transmission. It replaces a previous legal standard that required the Crown to show lack of disclosure in a situation involving "a significant risk of bodily harm."" http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/hiv-disclosure-can-be-waived-under-certain-conditions-top-court/article4591389/?service=mobile

Cleric Abu Hamza Loses Extradition Appeal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 46 minutes ago
*A UK High Court judge has ruled radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza can now be extradited to the United States to face terror charges.* Applications to prevent extradition orders against four other terror suspects - Babar Ahmad, Syed Talha Ahsan, Khaled al Fawwaz and Adel Abdul Bary - have all also been dismissed. Judge Sir John Thomas ruled that all five can now be extradited immediately. After the verdict was announced a spokesman for Ahmad read out a statement, in front of the Royal Courts of Justice. He said: "I leave with my head held high having won the moral victory." Read More

Q Day 1: Jobs Report

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 54 minutes ago
longwalkdownlyndale asks: How important is today's jobs report (unemployment fell to 7.8%!) compared to the coverage of the debate? And do you know if this changes the "fundamentals" models in any significant way at all? Or are those sorta set predicting a close election with Obama as a slight favorite? Superficially it seems to me that it will squash the "Romney Won" debate meme and makes his over/under talking point about 8% unemployment look pretty foolish. Hey, I can outsource this one to John Sides, who has an excellent item up already: The shortest answer is: probably not muc... more »

Conservative Cabinet Minister Gerry Ritz's 'Death By A Thousand Cold Cuts'

leftdog at Buckdog - 1 hour ago
*"That it took XL Foods until Thursday to not only take full responsibility for the E. Coli outbreak at its Brooks plant, but also to say anything about the issue at all says much. One might have thought that corporations would be more capable in these type of circumstances, given that the gold standard was established in 2008 by Maple Leaf Foods' handling of the Listeriosis crisis that led to 22 deaths nationwide.* * But the truth is that food corporations aren't directly accountable to the public. They are accountable to government regulators and we must rely on government to insu... more »

JIM LEHRER’S RERUN: On MSNBC, the confusion was general!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2012* *Part 2—Poisoned fruit of a potted plant:* A striking factual misstatement was made in Wednesday’s debate. We don’t refer to Mitt Romney’s confusing statement about his proposed tax plan. (“First of all, I don't have a $5 trillion tax cut. I don't have a tax cut of a scale that you're talking about.”) That statement should have been challenged and clarified (see below). But it isn’t exactly “wrong.” It pretty much ain’t a “misstatement.” No, the factual misstatement to which we refer was made by Barack Obama! Responding to Romney’s representation, Obama m... more »

BAE/EADS Mega Merger 'On Brink Of Collapse'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
*Fears are growing that the planned 'mega merger' between BAE Systems and EADS is at risk because of the equity demands of European Governments. * Germany's Spiegel magazine, citing Government sources, has claimed that French demands have brought the £38bn deal to the brink of collapse. It reported that Britain wanted to prevent at all costs any one state owning more than 10% of the merged defence and aerospace company but France was insisting it should hold more than that while obtaining the option to buy even more shares later on. More follows...

Sexual consent vitiated only where misrepresentation leads to a significant risk of serious bodily

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
R. v. Mabior, 2012 SCC 47 has upheld the test for when consent to sexual activity is vitiated. The Court holds: This Court, in Cuerrier, established that failure to disclose that one has HIV may constitute fraud vitiating consent to sexual relations under s. 265(3)(c) Cr. C. Because HIV poses a risk of serious bodily harm, the operative offence is one of aggravated sexual assault (s. 273 Cr. C.). To obtain a conviction under ss. 265(3)(c) and 273, the Crown must show, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the complainant's consent to sexual intercourse was vitiated by the accused's... more »

Sheldon Glashow: Does science evolve through blind chance or Intelligent Design?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 hour ago
Five months ago or so, Honeywell organized a series of lectures by the Nobel laureate Sheldon Glashow at the Czech Technical University (ČVUT) in Prague. The lecture you can watch now asked the question whether science evolves by chance or by design. It's a sort of a fun, light, philosophically and historically loaded talk. Maybe the number of the historical episodes will be boring for you: he could be a professional historian of science right away. *Typical Czech engineering students are listening to Glashow. ;-)* But if you like the first part, continue with Part 2 and P... more »

Lies and consequences

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 1 hour ago
By Capt. Fogg I think there's a kind of hysteresis in politics. You get a certain effect from telling a bold lie, but you don't lose nearly all that gain by retracting it, so it pays to lie. You may gain 100,000 votes by saying your opponent is a cannibal, but if you only lose 30 or 40 thousand when you admit "I was wrong to say that" why not keep lying? There's no limit to how many you can tell and a good part of the public, who really wanted to hear bad things about the other side will tell themselves you were forced to retract it by "the liberals" and it's really true - he's a... more »

Question Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
It's about time for one of these...regulars know the drill. Leave your questions in comments below, or email them, or via twitter, and I'll get to as many as I can. Apologies in advance if I don't get to yours. Of course I suppose that elections questions are the most obvious ones right now, but I'll take whatever you have, as usual. Looking forward to it! 

Video: Weathergirl Goes Rogue 2: Still Hot, Still Crazy

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
It's still hot and that's crazy, but important people aren't talking about it. Your favourite weather presenter is back with more of the bad news you hate to love. More videos at Deep Rogue Ram. Weathergirl Goes Rogue 2: Still Hot, Still Crazy Technorati Tags: global warming,climate change,coal,conflict,North America, agriculture,crop failure,famine


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*Council approves vendor permits ~Danny Monteverde, The Advocate* *Jimmy Graham: "He Paved the Way for Me"* *A Timely Record……..a Comncnts Opinion ~Whodat Warriors* *Mysterious tremors raise questions across the bayou ~Daily Comet* *Hurricane Isaac deals blow to two critical bird nesting islands ~WWLTV* *NO City Council passes ordinance requiring permits for vendors at second lines*

No Gateway

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 2 hours ago
Northern Gateway, Jeffrey Simpson writes this morning, is dead: Yes, regulatory hearings before the National Energy Board will continue until the NEB approves the project. And yes, Enbridge will keep pushing for it. And yes, the Harper government, which is so publicly committed to the project, will continue to extol its virtues as part of the need to get Canadian resources to Asia. But it will never happen: To survive, the Gateway pipeline would have to push past the growing opposition of British Columbians in general, the opposition of the current Liberal provincial government ... more »

Georgia's election: Will Saakashvili play Spoiler? You can bet he will!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
*Recall this post from a couple days ago?* * Georgia: Saakashvili’s election loss. Will he relinquish power?* Before Turkey false flagged on Syria? It was an important post, in my opinion, for the very question I asked in the title. With more then a year left on his term, will Saakashvili relinquish power? I will repeat from the previous post the West seems to be very sanguine that all is well in Georgia. When reality tells us they should not be. It makes me suspicious. "Much can happen in a year. Perhaps Ms Clinton was very happy with the facade of "democracy" at this time. " ... more »

Climate-change denial getting harder to defend, but ‘skeptics’ keep shifting their arguments

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Drought-damaged corn plants stand in a field during harvest in Le Roy, Illinois, 11 September 2012. Daniel Acker / Bloomberg] By Glen M. MacDonald 4 October 2012 It was a long hot summer. The United States experienced the warmest July in its history, with more than 3,000 heat records broken across the country. Overall, the summer was the nation's third warmest on record and comes in a year that is turning out to be the hottest ever. High temperatures along with low precipitation generated drought conditions across 60% of the Lower 48 states, which affected 70% of the corn... more »

Friday Morning Linkage

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
- Georgetown University's debate coach comments (video) on the first presidential debate of 2012. - PM's not the only one to respond to John Quiggin's post on the US Navy; Robert Farley also has a lot to say. - Jeremy Keenan provides an overview of the Mali civil war at *allAfrica* . - The Syrian civil war continues. - Michael Krepon revisits Robert Jervis' *The Meaning of the Nuclear Revolution*. - Ryan Evans: "All Politics and Civil War is Local: Helmand's Micro-Conflicts." - Dave Schuler riffs on Walter Russel Mead's analysis of Mitt Romney's... more »

Stuff Political Scientists Like #17: Outside Offers, or Stuff Other Political Scientists Like

Brian C Rathbun at The Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Political scientists like to complain about how little they are paid, which tends to be irritating to any number of other groups, most notably anyone who has a job other than that of a political scientist and has to be into the office say, before noon. Part of the reason that political scientists are so poorly compensated for their great contribution to humankind is that they are only rewarded when others from outside their organization value their work. This is because political scientists most like what other political scientists like. Professor Cumubbins has 10,000 citations thi... more »

Coal Ash Spill Ruled Negligent

By: Duane Craig Hundreds of property owners who have taken the Tennessee Valley Authority to court over the 2008 spill of contaminated sludge near Kingston, Tenn., were pleased with a judge’s opinion that TVA is liable for damages stemming from the spill, according to this report. Still, many admit they will never recover what they lost and that any settlements will not change the damage that’s been done. The spill released 5 million cubic yards of ash that was being stored in a containment pond. The material contained all the by-products released from the burning of coal, includin... more »

Two Visions For Going Forward-- Austerity vs Prosperity... Target: New Hampshire

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
The Austerity agenda Romney and Ryan are advocating for is being played out in real time in Spain, Greece, Italy, England, Portugal, Ireland and across Europe. It isn't working and social cohesion is breaking down. Former members of the Spanish middle class are looking for food for their children in garbage cans and the Greek Nazi Party, Golden Dawn, is rapidly gaining a substantial following. The Austerity agenda is a failure in every single country it's been deployed and it is the entire basis of the Romney-Ryan plan. President Obama is far from the world's best advocate of the ... more »

Washington Marijuana Legalization Measure In Strong Position

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
Phillip Smith *Stop The Drug War* A little more than a month out from Election Day, Washington state's I-502 marijuana legalization, regulation, and taxation initiative looks to be well-positioned yet to actually win at the ballot box, with powerful supporters, lots of money, and a healthy lead in the polls. But it's not a done deal yet. Sponsored by New Approach Washington, I-502 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults 21 and over, but not allow them to grow their own. Instead, it would create a scheme of licensed, taxed, and regulated commercia... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Glynis Johns, 89. Mother of Diane Chambers. Also some other things. The good stuff: 1. Brendan Nyhan on how the press constructs debates. I disagree with him on the raw material here (I think that Obama was clearly flat), but his overall points are solid. One additional point: I think the insta-polls, especially the CNN one, gave the press license to go with a totally one-sided story. 2. I think Andrew Sprung is right to say that insisting that Mitt Romney wants a $5T tax cut leaves him with an obvious out -- mainly because stated that way, it's not really true. ... more »

Why Did The Lawyer Put This In My Settlement Agreement?: Tax Indemnification

Donna at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 3 hours ago
This will continue my series of posts about deconstructing the legalese in employment contracts. This week I'll discuss some language I frequently see in severance or settlement agreements when at least some of the money being paid isn't having taxes withheld. The clause will look something like this: *Employer makes no representation as to the taxability of the amounts paid to Employee. Employee agrees to pay federal or state taxes, if any, which are required by law to be paid by Employee with respect to this settlement. Moreover, Employee agrees to indemnify Employer and hold it ha... more »

Not much of a breakfast buffet!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago

Does naval success invalidate the need for navies?

PM at The Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
Acting was a big part of *Battleship*.At *Crooked Timber*, John Quiggin writes a post that seeks to sink a thousand ships: *The trillions of dollars that have been spent on building, maintaining and scrapping fleets since 1945 has yielded almost zero benefits to the nations that have spent this money, in the belief that all respectable countries should have a navy. China’s carrier is an extreme example. About the best that can be said is that a zero benefit-cost ratio is substantially better than that for military expenditure in general.* Quiggin's smart, but I'm surprised he overlo... more »

Strange sight on Mars triggers speculation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
*Scientists are trying to identify the strange black spidery objects in these images. (Michael Benson/NASA/JPL/University … * * *Someone alert Ziggy Stardust, there appear to be spiders on Mars. Strange black objects seen from 200 miles above the surface of Mars are generating interest and speculation that the unidentified objects could be anything from geysers to sunbathing colonies of microorganisms. NPR presents several photos of the objects, including one taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Jan. 27, 2010, that appears to show "little black flecks dotting the ridges, most... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION - 5th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck the VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 86 km (53.4 miles), the quake hit at 11:23:01 UTC Friday 5th October 2012 The epicenter was 85 km (53 miles) NNE from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA REGION - 5th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the TONGA REGION at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 11:19:23 UTC Friday 5th October 2012 The epicenter was 197 km (122 miles) SSW of `Ohonua, Tonga No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Gunmen kill at least 26 students at Nigerian college.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
*Oct. 4 - Twenty-six people are dead after an attack on a university hall of residence in northern Nigeria.*

Syrian rebels say capture air defense base near Damascus

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Syrian rebels say they captured an air defense base with a cache of missiles outside Damascus, a rare advance in a city where President Bashar al-Assad's forces have them on the back foot.* A video posted on YouTube shows dozens of rebels dressed in army fatigues celebrating as black smoke rises from a military installation behind them. A middle-aged man holding an assault rifle says the assault on the base, in the Eastern Ghouta area was carried out by a rebel battalion from the town of Douma - both places are a few miles east of the capital. Rebels say the operation ... more »

Spotlight on Germany as EADS, BAE inch towards deal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*(Reuters) - EADS and BAE Systems have edged closer towards winning political backing for a $45 billion merger to create the world's biggest arms group amid positive signals from Britain and France, but German misgivings over control is a big obstacle, sources close to the talks said.* A number of potential stumbling blocks have emerged since the proposed tie-up between the Airbus manufacturer and the British defense group was announced last month. These include conflicting political interests in Britain, France and Germany, as well as some shareholders' dissatisfaction with the te... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 5th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck CENTRAL TURKEY at a depth of 4.8 km (3 miles), the quake hit at 10:25:28 UTC Friday 5th October 2012 The epicenter was 9 km (5 miles) East of Kaman, Turkey No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

The "Death Threat" Internet Scam Continues!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
It is clear the original email went to hundreds if not thousands in the legal community -- my entire office got it! But I got a follow-up... So I guess I am special! Candidly it is about as scary as a rampaging teddy bear -- but some may fall for it. Based on the time the email was sent (2:32 am) I am guessing the scam is out of the former Soviet Union: * * *"... the ball is in your court,.* *there is two things involve here.* *1. I meet with you in person and give you the file that contains the names and queries sponsors. This is a good evidence that can be used to sue if you wish... more »

J Douglas Crane QC tribute dinner

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
J. Douglas Crane, QCLast night was the J Douglas Crane QC tribute dinner. While Doug continues to be an active lawyer the stories of his years at the Bar were very special. KUDOS to Doug for a distinguished past and an exciting future!

Joseph Benett Dies after inhaling laughing gas at a party

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
* A 17-year-old public schoolboy has died after inhaling laughing gas at a party.* Joseph Benett suffered a cardiac arrest after taking the popular party drug with friends on August 31 and fell into a coma. The teenager, from Hampstead, north London, died on Thursday last week with his family at his bedside. "He just never woke up. He had such terrible brain damage and his fits were getting worse," his grieving sister Camille, 27, told the Ham&High newspaper. "When he stopped breathing, my dad and I were holding his hand. "I found it hard to leave him. As a big sister I felt a re... more »

Turkey Attempts to Trigger War Vs. Syria

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
*Turkey fires rounds into Syria after unknown attackers fire mortars into Turkish border town. * Tony Cartalucci, *Contributor* After over a year of harboring foreign terrorists and supporting their operations near and across the Turkish-Syrian border, NATO-member Turkey has claimed it has retaliated with military force against "targets" inside Syria for an alleged attack on Turkish territory that it has blamed on the Syrian government. Despite heavily armed listed-terrorist organizations operating in large numbers on both sides of the Turkish border with Turkey's explicit approva... more »

GMO Study Broadcast: Russian GMO Rat Experiment to be Broadcast 24/7

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
GMO rat experiment. ( from RT) Lisa Garber Russian researchers will stream a live experiment to show the effects of GMO feed on rats. This comes after a French study found GMOs to have negative effects on rats, which lead to a provisional Russian suspension on imported Monsanto genetically modified corn. *Russian Scientists Condemn GMOs, Plan a Unique Experiment* French scientists at the University of Caen sounded the alarm on September 19 after publishing images from their study of tumors on rats fed American GM maize. The National Association for Genetic Safety (NAGS) research... more »

Did the new Alternative Media actually save American lives?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
James Smith, *Contributor* Put this in the “I don’t believe it” file, but something unusual has happened. The Department of Homeland Security /Immigration Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE) has CANCELLED their request to purchase 176,000 rounds of .308 hollow point boat tail ammunition. According to an email that was passed onto me, Harry at the Federal Service Desk stated that a notice could be cancelled for a variety of reasons. This isn’t the story of one man writing an article and the government folding. This is the story of one man writing one article, and according to Google, ... more »

How Investors Can Protect Themselves in a Politicized Economy

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
Dees Illustration *Casey Research* Right on the heels of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the recent Casey Research Summit in Carlsbad, California—cosponsored by SprottGlobal—focused on a timely theme: "Navigating the Politicized Economy." The somber revelations of the summit contrasted with the buzz of the party conventions. The Gold Report sat down with Louis James, Casey Research's chief metals and mining investment strategist, Rick Rule, founder and chairman of Sprott Global Resource Investments and chairman of Sprott US Holdings, and Marin Katusa, Casey Res... more »

Smart Meters: How the Government Monitors Your Every Move

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
Susanne Posel, *Contributor* Smart meters have been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) who says their risks are minimal. However, many customers blame them for causing health problems and house fires. These devices are responsible for two-way communication with utilities corporations and government; helping them spy on their customers. Researchers in Germany have concluded that when privacy implications were analyzed, they proved that customers were being surveilled by their utility company with encrypted data to determine whether or not the customers were ... more »

Positive Attitude = More Control Over Your Life, Better Health

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
[image: Positive & In Control] Elizabeth Renter For some of us, recent research from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research will be no surprise. Researchers there have found that people who have a generally positive mental attitude and outlook on life are more likely to live a healthier lifestyle. If you’re happy, you’re healthy, say their findings. *The Power of a Positive Mental Attitude* The research was published in the Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series ( pdf) and examined the outlooks and lifestyles of more than 7,000 people in Australia. “O... more »

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

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
*Hidden battle lines in the war for global hegemony* Tony Cartalucci, *Contributor* 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; weaponizing it would be a matter... more »

General: ‘My Career Was Done’ When I Criticized Flawed Warplane

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Wired David Axe Don Harvel, near his home in Georgia.Don Harvel thought he was cruising to a well-deserved retirement after 35 years flying cargo planes for the U.S. Air Force. Then in the spring of 2010 he was tapped to investigate the fatal crash of a high-tech Air Force tiltrotor aircraft – and everything changed. What Harvel discovered about the controversial hybrid aircraft drew him into a battle of wills with his superiors at Air Force Special Operations Command. Harvel, then a brigadier general, uncovered evidence of mechanical problems — and resulting safety woes — in the V-2... more »

ACLU of Michigan exposes police surveillance cameras being used in residential neighborhoods

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
Image: MI ACLU Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan recently put out a fascinating report (PDF) on the use of surveillance cameras in residential Lansing, Michigan which seems to be congruent with the ongoing rise of the use of surveillance cameras and associated technologies. The growth in the use of surveillance cameras coincides with the increasingly common use of armored surveillance vehicles as well as expansion of the American surveillance state as a whole. Remember, as a recent Senate panel discovered, invasive surveillance t... more »

"I'll fix it, I said I'll fix it, OK!!!"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
Sorry, Mrs NotaSheep!

Brookings Institution's "Which Path to Persia?" Report Detailing Conspiracy Against Iran Redirected on Website

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
*Activist Post* *Update from Tony Cartalucci: Brookings has moved around their documents, leaving dead links for anyone who cited them over the years. All documents cited by Land Destroyer will now be hosted online using Scribd, and linked to that way.* Those who have been following Tony Cartalucci's articles about geopolitics and the strategies employed by Western governments to destabilize the Middle East and surrounding regions have no doubt seen many references to the 2009 "Which Path to Persia?" report. This report is key proof that what we are seeing around the world today i... more »

Military Employed For Crowd Control At College Football Game This Saturday

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
Dees Illustration Brandon Turbeville In yet another example of the blurring of the lines between civilian police and US military forces, Columbia, South Carolina police “officials” have announced that US Military Police from Ft. Jackson will be on the streets alongside civilian law enforcement after the South Carolina-Georgia football game this Saturday night, October 6. According to reports by WISTV, Columbia will be spending more than $11,000 worth of overtime for 50 officers who will be placed in the Five Points and Vista areas after the game. The teams will be made up of Univ... more »

The US and the Middle East

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago

Thousands Protest for Peace After Turkey Declares War on Syria

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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The Truth About Fukushima

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"Five A", the Evidence of Bo Xilai's Coup Exposed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Bo Xilai, former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Secretary for Chongqing, was recently detained, interrogated and transferred to the judiciary department for trial. Bo was suspected of more serious crimes, which have subsequently been exposed. Overseas Chinese media quoted sources, stating Bo Xilai launched a "Five A" project. This project focused on a total take over of power in the regime. Reports also pointed out that the CCP is investigating evidence of Bo Xilai's involvement in murder. This includes organ harvesting. Knowledge of these crimes isn't new, so why are some media focusing... more »

Flood Warnings As Heavy Rain Lashes UK

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*Flooding could hit parts of the UK as heavy rain sweeps across areas of the country, forecasters have said.* People in southwest England and Wales have seen deluges of 15-20mm overnight, with the wet weather expected to spread further east during this morning before clearing. But more downpours are expected later on Friday and a severe weather warning of heavy rain has been issued by the Met Office for Wales, the West Midlands and southwest England. Commuters have been warned of possible travel disruption from flooding. Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said further rai... more »

Mark Bridger Arrested on suspicion of murder

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*The man held over the disappearance of April Jones has been arrested on suspicion of her murder, police have announced.* The 46-year-old continues to be questioned, police said at a news conference, and the arrest "does not detract from our efforts to locate April and we remain committed to finding her". Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan said: "Her family has been informed of this development and as you would expect they continue to be supported by a family liaison officer." Sky's Martin Brunt said: "Clearly it appears that the police are looking for a body now and have given up... more »

Why Central Bankers Prefer a Long Depression (Article 2011)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*“The problem of leverage, the sheer volume of debt in the economy, is still very large and this poses massive macro-economic challenges. I think these macro-economic challenges will last many years.”* So says Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King. Meanwhile, in Happyville, Eric Johnston informs readers of The Age: “Westpac has delivered a seven per cent increase in first-half cash profit to $3.17 billion as charges for bad debts fell away sharply in a further sign the worst of the financial crisis is behind the banking sector.” He’s right. It is behind the banking sector. Close be... more »

Google Play and Lawyers Win?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 5 hours ago
Seven years is a long time in this digital age and much has happened since Google first attempted to land grab all the content, adopt the orphans and hoodwink the industry. Seven years of litigation, seven years of fat legal expenses and seven years which on reflection were sometimes sad as positions were taken and sometimes it appeared the industry was hell bent on a programme of civil war. It was somewhat inevitable it would be settled ‘out of court’ and behind those now richer lawyers’ doors and yesterday the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Google announced a settle... more »

US agencies seize 686 websites accused of selling fake drugs

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
ICE and the DOJ have now seized more than 1,500 websites for alleged copyright infringement in the past two years Computer World Grant Gross Two U.S. agencies have seized 686 websites accused of selling counterfeit and illegal medicines as part of an international crackdown on online sales of fake drugs. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations division, along with the U.S. Department of Justice, seized the websites in the past week, ICE said in a press release. The U.S. operation, nicknamed Bitter Pill, was part of an Interpol operation aime... more »

New South Wales Fires Update: More than 30 blazes burn across NSW

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Homes have been evacuated on the NSW central coast as more than 30 blazes burn across NSW, with authorities warning it could be one of the worst fire seasons in years.* About 75 firefighters and water-bombing aircraft were battling a blaze at Pretty Beach and Lobster Beach, near Gosford, about 4pm (AEST) on Friday. The fire jumped containment lines during the afternoon and was threatening a number of homes, with police escorting people from houses on High View Road. "We've not been going along counting houses. They've been going along evacuating," a Rural Fire Service (RFS) spoke... more »

Václav Havel Airport Prague: the new name

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
If you ever land in Prague again, you will be told that you're arriving to the Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (Google Maps). *Rudé Právo, the official communist daily, published this entertaining birthday wish in October 1989, a month before the Velvet Revolution. It says that Ferdinand Vaněk (hero of some plays by Havel) of Malý Hrádek (a place where he had cottage) celebrates birthday on October 5th, 1989, and friends and colleagues are thanking him for the work he's been doing and he's still doing and wishing him lots of successes at work and health for the years to come. ;-) It a... more »

France begins debate on EU austerity treaty

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*The French parliament Tuesday opened a difficult debate on an EU fiscal pact that is key to efforts to overcome the eurozone debt crisis but which critics slam as austerity forced by Brussels.* The National Assembly debate comes after tens of thousands of left-wing protesters marched through Paris on Sunday denouncing EU-imposed belt-tightening, although they insisted they were not criticising the government of Socialist President Francois Hollande. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault set the tone, saying France would not be sacrificing its "sovereignty" by ratifying the text. "The ... more »

US Households Face $3,446 Tax Increase From 2013 Fiscal Cliff

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*U.S. households are facing an average tax increase of $3,446 in 2013 if Congress doesn’t avert the so-called fiscal cliff, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said in a study released Monday in Washington.* The top 1 percent of households face some of the largest tax increases and would see their average federal tax rates hit 40.5 percent, up 7.2 percentage points from this year. That would translate to an average tax increase of $120,537. About 88 percent of U.S. households would see their taxes increase in 2013, with a typical middle-income household facing a tax increase of about... more »

Golden Dawn opens Canadian branch in Montreal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Montreal - Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) the ultra-nationalist Greek political party that has recently soared in popularity, has now expanded its overseas branches, opening a chapter in Montreal, QC.* With an established support base in both Melbourne and New York, Golden Dawn has now attracted a small following in Montreal. Xryshavgh made an announcement on their web-site on Sept. 18 saying the core of Golden Dawn supporters in Montreal proves once more the precious dedication to deserving Greeks. In addition to appealing for food, toys and other basic goods, the party noted that it ... more »

QE Infinity: What Is It Really About?

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Ellen Brown QE3, the Federal Reserve’s third round of quantitative easing, is so open-ended that it is being called QE Infinity. Doubts about its effectiveness are surfacing even on Wall Street. The Financial Times reports: Among the trading rooms and floors of Connecticut and Mayfair [in London], supposedly sophisticated money managers are raising big questions about QE3 — and whether, this time around, the Fed is not risking more than it can deliver. Which raises the question, what is it intended to deliver? As suggested in an earlier article here, QE3 is not likely to reduce... more »

Golden Dawn Under Fire in New York

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*The opening of a New York office by the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, that has 18 seats in the Parliament, has set off a storm of protest by groups ranging from the AHEPA to American Jewish organizations denouncing its anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant platform and reported violent actions. They condemned what they called this “dangerous phenomenon.”* But now there are reports that the group has closed its office in Astoria, a once-predominant Greek-American enclave that still has a large segment of the community living there. The Federation of Greek Organizations in New York in As... more »

Egypt releases Coptic children held in blasphemy case

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*A court in Egypt has ordered the release pending investigation of two Coptic Christian children detained on Tuesday for blasphemy against Islam.* A Muslim cleric in Izbat Marco, a village in Beni Suef province, said he saw the boys, aged nine and 10, take pages of the Koran and urinate on them. A Coptic priest said local Islamists attended demonstrations calling for revenge for the desecration of a Koran. Human rights groups say allegations of contempt of religion are on the rise. Seventeen cases have been filed since the 2011 uprising, many of them against Copts, who make up abou... more » 

Dutch abortion ship 'blocked' from Morocco port of Smir

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*A Dutch campaign group says its ship offering women medical abortions has been prevented by authorities from entering the Moroccan port of Smir.* The group, Women on Waves, provides abortions and advice from boats anchored in international waters near countries where abortion is illegal. The group's leader, Rebecca Gomperts, told the BBC it planned to launch "a surprise" in response. She said the entire harbour was blocked and no-one was being allowed to enter. Women on Waves has said it was invited to Morocco by a youth group called Alternative Movement for Individual Freedoms. ... more »

The Price We Paid for the GOP's Free Lunch with Ruling Elites

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 6 hours ago
*by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy * I am in a cranky mood! C'mon Obama! Take the golves off! Obama did not mention several issues that may be found in his own ads. Why not hit Romney with the infamous '47 percent'? Obama could have beaten Romney with his own words. Obama could have held Romney to his his own failed 'standard'. Obama might have, could have disproved the utter and often meaningless crap that passes for speech these days. Obama might have hit Romney on the issue of the many jobs Romney cut at Bain. Will Democrats never learn this lesson: put the GOP on the rope... more »

NEW 4-Mile Long Oil Slick Near BP’s Gulf Oil Well

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Washington's Blog BP’s Macondo Well May Leak for Years CNN reports: An oil sheen about four miles long has appeared in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday. It was not immediately clear where the oil is coming from, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets. [Although previous oil has been matched as a "dead ringer" to the BP well.] Coast Guardsmen went to the location after seeing the oil on a satellite image, Tippets said.* *The response team collected samples and sent them to the Coast Guard Marine Safe... more »

Spain's tax take tumbles as companies go abroad

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Spain's corporate tax take has tumbled by almost two thirds from pre-crisis levels as small businesses fail and a growing number of big corporations seek profits abroad to compensate for the prolonged downturn at home.* Attractive tax benefits can accrue to companies expanding overseas, but for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government, which now seems resigned to accepting a European financial rescue, the income flow is reversed. Rajoy has passed 65 billion euros ($84 billion) of austerity measures including public sector wage cuts and consumer tax hikes but has been ... more »

U.S. jobs report looms over White House race

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Oct. 5 - The U.S. unemployment rate is forecast to edge ahead to 8.2 percent in September, with the weak labour market certain to dog Barack Obama in the run-up to the November 6 presidential election.*

Israeli forces kill American gunman in hotel shoot-out

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Israeli forces shot and killed an American man who opened fire in a seaside hotel packed with tourists on Friday, killing one person, a police spokesman said.* Police surrounded the hotel the Red Sea resort city of Eilat after the man "grabbed a weapon from a security guard and shot a hotel worker", who died of his injuries, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The gunman barricaded himself in the hotel kitchen, shooting back at law enforcement officers. He was shot dead by members of a military counter-terrorism squad, a military source said. Rosenfeld said the motive for... more »

Turkey says it doesn’t want war with Syria

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a news conference in Ankara on Thursday, October 4, 2012.PressTV Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country does not plan to wage any war against Syria after the Turkish parliament gave the nod for military operations outside the country. "We have no intention of starting a war with Syria," Erdogan said in a joint press conference with the visiting Iran's First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi in Ankara on Thursday. Turkey is not a warmongering country while we have witnessed the consequences of warmonger... more »

Sharmine Narwani on Russia Today - Turkey's chest thumping to find backdoor to UNSC

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
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U.S. backs Turkey, hopes Syria dispute cools

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The United States expressed hope on Thursday that Turkey's border clash with Syria Escalates further does not escalate further, but stood by its NATO ally's right to defend itself against aggression spilling over from Syria's internal armed conflict.* The State Department said Turkey's decision to mount retaliatory artillery strikes after a Syrian mortar killed five civilians in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday was appropriate and proportional. Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters, "We hope that this doesn't escalate into a broader conflict. We hope that the... more »

South African strikers say police kill another miner

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - South African police shot and killed a striking miner when they used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a crowd of demonstrators gathered overnight on a hill near a Rustenburg area platinum mine, miners said on Friday.* Mbubhu Lolo, a striker from Anglo American Platinum, said one of his colleagues was shot in the stomach by a rubber bullet, an incident likely to inflame already fraught tensions between security forces and miners. "He was shot here by the police," Lolo told Reuters, pointing to his midriff. Police on the ground near the shanty-town 120 km (70 mil... more »

Greek PM says can't manage beyond November without next aid tranche

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Greek leader Antonis Samaras told a German paper in an interview published on Friday his country could not manage beyond November without the next tranche of international aid and suggested the ECB could help by easing the terms of its Greek debt holdings.* "The key is liquidity. That is why the next credit tranche is so important for us," Samaras told the business daily Handelsblatt. Asked how long Greece could manage without it, he said: "Until the end of November. Then the cash box is empty." The European Central Bank could help by accepting lower interest rates on ... more »

Debt-laden companies cashing in on ECB pledge

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Heavily indebted euro zone firms are reaping the benefits of the European Central Bank's pledge to pull the region out of crisis, allowing them to borrow more cheaply and draw investors back into their shares.* In the aftermath of the 2008 credit crunch, Portuguese power company EDP (EDP.LS) and Italian peer Terna (TRN.MI) were among the companies refinancing large debt burdens in the face of a complete collapse in faith in borrowers. That has changed, firstly with the sovereign debt crisis - which made banks and governments the main sources of lenders' distrust - and... more »

UN Security Council Condemns Strike On Turkey

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*The UN Security Council has condemned "in the strongest terms" Syria's shelling of a Turkish town, which killed five women and children.* A council press statement late on Thursday said: "This incident highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbours and on regional peace and stability." The council demanded an immediate end to such violations of international law and called on the Syrian government "to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours". Read More

April Jones: Search Enters Fifth Day

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Specialist search teams have endured torrential rain as they worked through the night in the hunt for missing April Jones - and police are to give an update on the search at 10.30am.* With the investigation entering a fifth day, detectives have until 5pm to charge or release their main suspect Mark Bridger - unless they apply for a further warrant of detention. The search for April continued overnight in persistent rain. At around midnight, a specialist unit from the London-based British Transport Police set out from Machynlleth Leisure Centre to join in the operation. Welsh Moun... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEAST OF TAIWAN - 5th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck NORTHEAST OF TAIWAN at a depth of 154.7 km (95.9 miles), the quake hit at 08:13:19 UTC Friday 5th October 2012 The epicenter was 175 km (109 miles) Northwest of Hirara, Taiwan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake PUERTO RICO REGION - 5th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck the PUERTO RICO REGION at a depth of 36 km (22.4 miles), the quake hit at 06:37:30 UTC Friday 5th October 2012 The epicenter was 175 km (109 miles) NNE from Suárez, Puerto Rico No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

William Saroyan, "The Time of Your Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"In the time of your life, live — so that in good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed. Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unw... more »

Reality Check: Who Is Really Behind The Presidential Debates?

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Fox19 FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather But one local teacher was surprised to find out with her students recently that these two men aren't the only two running for President. We carried it live as President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney held the first of their three presidential debates. So why are their only two candidates debating? Who makes that decision and why it is one that is becoming more unpopular. Ben has the Reality Check you won't see anywhere else Help Us Transmit This Story Add to Your Blogger Account Put it On Facebook Tweet this post Print it fr... more »

Comment in Nature on Proposal to Slack Ethical Requirements on Gene Therapy Research

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 7 hours ago
So, if anyone's interested, I just posted a comment in *Nature*'s online edition on a proposal from gene therapy research specialist Fulvio Mavilioto slack the research ethical requirements for clinically introducing gene therapy. A few typos managed to find their way in, but I don't think the message is muddled by that. *Philosophical Comment Blog: Christian Munthe, Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Chief interests are ethics/moral philosophy, political philosophy and their applications to practical issues*


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Time passes in moments. Moments which, rushing past, define the path of a life, just as surely as they lead towards its end. How rarely do we stop to examine that path, to see the reasons why all things happen? To consider whether the path we take in life is our own making, or simply one into which we drift with eyes closed? But what if we could stop, pause to take stock of each precious moment before it passes? Might we then see the endless forks in the road that have shaped a life? And, seeing those choices, choose another path?" - Gillian Anderson as "Dana Scully", "The X-Fil... more »

Azeri gas flow on pipeline to Turkey halted after explosion

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Flows on a pipeline carrying Azeri natural gas from the Shah Deniz fields were halted due to an explosion in Turkey late on Wednesday, Turkish energy officials said on Thursday.* An explosion occurred on the pipeline between the eastern Turkish cities of Kars and Erzurum, the officials said on condition of anonymity. It was not immediately clear what caused the blast, and when the gas flow will resume, they said. Source

Meningitis Outbreak: Warning Over Suspect Drugs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Doctors and hospitals have been urged to avoid all drugs from a chemist linked to an outbreak of a rare kind of meningitis that has killed five people in the US.* The outbreak is believed to linked to steroid medication produced by the New England Compounding Centre after investigators found contamination in a sealed vial, according to Food and Drug Administration officials. "Out of an abundance of caution, we advise all health care practitioners not to use any product" from the company, said Ilisa Bernstein, director of compliance for the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Rese... more »

Congo Fever Case Confirmed In Scotland

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*A man who recently returned home to the UK is being treated in complete isolation in hospital for a potentially deadly disease. * Tests revealed the 38-year-old, who flew into Glasgow from Dubai, has Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF). He was admitted to hospital less than three hours after arriving in Scotland, and is now said to be in a critical condition at Gartnavel General Hospital's Brownlee Centre in Glasgow, which specialises in infectious diseases. Passengers who sat close to the man on Emirates flight EK027 on Tuesday, as well as airline, airport and hospital staff,... more »

US Tourist Opens Fire At Israeli Hotel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Israeli police say an American tourist has opened fire at a hotel in the resort city of Eilat, killing at least one person.* Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the tourist fired a number of shots on Friday morning at the Leonardo Club hotel in the Red Sea resort city. The suspect is still inside the hotel and a large number of police units are a the scene, he added. The identity of the suspect and the motive behind the attack are unknown. More follows...

Black death and hantavirus spread fear through US camping zones

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*A third person who had traveled to Yosemite National Park and contracted hantavirus has died, the BBC and AP reported yesterday.* The news comes as other rodent-borne disease stories flood in from western parts of the US where camping zones are prevalent. Seven-year-old Sierra Jane Downing was brought to a Colorado emergency room last week suffering from a high fever and seizures days after camping. Downing was diagnosed with bubonic plague (also known as the black plague) which she may have caught from close contact with a dead squirrel. Bubonic plague is transmitted via flea bit... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Homes have been evacuated as fire crews battle two serious bushfires north of Sydney this afternoon. * A bushfire at Pretty Beach, on the New South Wales central coast, has jumped containment lines and is again threatening property. The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has issued an emergency telephone alert to local residents. It says the fire is heading towards homes on High View Road, Ocean Road, Venice Road and Como Parade. Some homes on High View Road have been evacuated. The 14-hectare blaze is moving quickly in unpredictable conditions after a southerly wind change moved through t... more »

New South Wales Homes under Threat from Bushfire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*A bushfire has jumped containment lines on the NSW central coast and is threatening a number of homes.* Firefighters are rushing to extinguish the 14-hectare bushfire near Lobster Beach ahead of an expected southerly wind change that will fan the fire towards houses, a Rural Fire Service (RFS) spokeswoman told AAP. About 75 firefighters are battling the blaze, assisted by three water-bombing aircraft and 18 trucks. Earlier on Friday, the RFS was backburning on the Lobster Beach fire trail behind homes in a bid to contain the fire on the northern side. The RFS said it did not know... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*Politicians are involved. Child Abuse, Iran-Contra, BCCI, Bush, Dutroux, Franklin* "Didn’t the Dutroux child abuse/murder scandal in Belgium... create a political crisis? THATCHER AND JIMMY SAVILLE- 11 YEARS - Ian Bone *Savile in Belfast 1976. *aangirfan: Kincora Boys / aangirfan: JIMMY SAVILE; ROTHSCHILD; ANTHONY BLUNT; MI5 "SEVERAL Haut de la Garenne abuse victims have named Jimmy Savile as a sexual abuser, a UK lawyer representing them said today." "Everyone But Jersey Calling For Full C.O.I" Up to five girls, some as young as nine, say they were abused at the Haut de le Gar... more »

Non-Christian prison chaplains chopped by Ottawa

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago
Perhaps I am biased but to me this is wrong. Yes, of course a Christian minister can provide spiritual counsel to a Muslim or a Jew; but if one faith is paid for all should be (assuming numbers suffice - and there are lots of non-Christians in federal institutions) Story The federal government is cancelling the contracts of non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons, CBC News has learned. Inmates of other faiths, such as Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jews, will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel and guidance, according to the office of Public Safet... more »

Bee Deviled: Scientists No Longer Bumbling Over Cause Of Colony Collapse Disorder

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
Photo courtesy of Kyle Anderson Photography *The Huffington Post* *Bee Deviled: Scientists No Longer Bumbling Over Cause Of Colony Collapse Disorder* Annie Spiegelman Posted: 09/19/2012 12:14 pm Though worldwide bee health has been on the decline since the 1990s, it wasn't until the fall of 2006 that beekeepers nationwide began noticing millions of bees vanishing from their hives. This syndrome, named colony collapse disorder, or CCD, is characterized by the disappearance of adult honey bees from the hive, leaving the newborns to fend for themselves. If you're not a huge fan... more »

God Save the Queen

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
Neil Young, bless him, recorded this ode to HM

GMO - A Global Alert

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
19 September 2012 French researchers secretly studied, for two years, 200 rats fed with transgenic maize. Tumors, serious disorders... full-fledged slaughter. And a bomb for the GMO industry. *For more information:* *http://www.gmo-global-alert.net*

Black Mambo Venom Contains Painkiller Superior to Morphine

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
A surprising bit of news that could prove valuable. Morphine's liability is its ability to inflict addiction as it is an opiate. Thus a pain killer that blocks pain and does not induce dependency is much to be desired. This is the promise of this discovery, otherwise we would be quite happy with morphine. The black mamba is one of those snakes that you do not wish to encounter accidentally ever. They are a good reminder why a high level of alertness is mandatory when you are in any snake rich environment. There is even an island off China that is unfit for human visita... more »

Diabetes Cure Indicated in Mice

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This may be big. After all, it is a matter of stem cell choice when it comes to deciding what cells are generated. Just successfully regrowing new pancreatic tissue in a lymph node is a revolution in therapeutic care. That it has worked so well from the get go in mouse models bodes ell for human trials. This is a curative protocol for all replacing all damaged tissue that has to be dealt with and it can use the patients own tissue avoiding any possibility of rejection. We will also figure out how to sustain the process right up to a fully generated new organ. What we ... more »

OGM, Alerta Mundial

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 9 hours ago
19 setembro 2012 Pesquisadores franceses estudaram em particular, por dois anos, 200 ratos alimentados pelo milho OGM NK603. Tumores, doenças graves, um verdadeiro massacre. Veja o sitio : *http://www.ogm-alerta-mundial.net** * *Escolha um tema da lista abaixo para ver o conjunto de documentos disponíveis para ler e descarregar. Alguns documentos aparecem em mais do que uma categoria. Os artigos científicos têm a indicação "AC" a seguir à data. Esta página é regularmente actualizada com novos trabalhos. No entanto, nenhuma destas obras reflecte necessariamente a posição da Pl... more »

Erasing Memory of Fear

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
There is something important here that everyone needs to understand about memory. You absorb what your brain allows and you then have to allow this memory to consolidate before you disturb your brain's processor with a new task. There is a necessary break or pause or cycle of memory refreshing that formally secures the memory in the brain for latter use. It is actually counter productive to attempt cramming unless this cycle is adhered to. Before actual 'cramming' it is necessary to organize the material into bites to process this way. One has to presume photographic me... more »

Khoe San Genome Confirms Antiquity

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
The study of the Khoe San genome appears to be a gold mine for testing later variation in human populations. Add in the additional work underway on the Neanderthal genome and additional possibilities with the apparent alien DNA of the Starchild and prospective DNA from Sasquatch and we have excellent tools for separating out a wide range of specific genes to pay close attention to. As I posted before, this is providing us the equivalent of the Rosetta stone. Even better, the Khoe San can work with us and this is wonderful. I suspect that we will also want to do much the... more »

Sun News Network apologizes … sort of … while the CRTC runs and the CBSC surrenders

david at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
Intrepid CRTC investigator looks into Sun News Network’s on-air obscenities. Agents of the Canadian broadcast regulator may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Sun News commentator Ezra Levant; Bernie M. Farber. Canada’s broadcast regulator has dropped its investigation of foul-mouthed commentator Ezra Levant’s obscene on-air language last June after Sun News Network issued a vague ... more » 

OGM, le moment de vérité ?

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 9 hours ago
19 septembre 2012 Des chercheurs français ont étudié secrètement, pendant deux ans, 200 rats nourris au maïs transgénique. Tumeurs, pathologies lourdes... une hécatombe. Et une bombe pour l'industrie OGM. Plus d'information sur le site: *http://www.ogm-alerte-mondiale.net*

Welfarism 22: Populism and Anti-Capitalism, LRI Forum, HK

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 9 hours ago
Political populism and democracy -- the will of the majority is coerced on the minority in society -- has been with humanity ever since governments or other forms of forced collectivism were invented. In modern times, such populism often takes the form of anti-capitalism, of seeing profit as bad, corporations as evil, economic freedom as unfair. So the populists are advocating more and bigger government -- more and wider regulation of almost anything, more taxation, more prohibitions. Such populists can be explicit or implicit socialists, that the state should regulate and plan almo... more »

The Seeds Of Doubt Conference in Los Angeles on October 6, 2012

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 9 hours ago
The Seeds of Doubt Conference Presents... GMOs "The Compelling Research"Renowned experts present the latest science & research behind the detrimental effects of GMOs and the impact on our health and environment. *Saturday October 6, 2012* 9:00am - 1:00pm This is the science you need to know! *Please Join Us...*in this 4 hour event to hear from the world’s top researchers concerning GMOs. These are the experts and researchers who have studied genetically modified organisms (GMO) and genetically engineered foods (GE) and are here to present their research and discuss the findings of w... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
*To say something unusual is going on offshore from San Francisco is perhaps stating the obvious, what it is nobody is quite sure. So much disinformation is being thrown out to bloggers. Kerry Cassidy, Gordon Duff, and John Kettler have all written about it from information gained from their sources. Its a real fog of confusion right now. San Francisco is no stranger to fog, but we don't usually see this kind of fog. Kerry is right to be skeptical until more facts are in. In addition to the Gordon Duff articles at Veterans Today listed below, John Kettler has written several a... more »

"Leaning Into The Light..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You ... more »

An Apple a Day Does Keep the Doctor Away

Photo courtesy: Flickr/multisanti/CC BY 2.0 Few fruits have the same mystique as the apple, which is curious given its ubiquitous presence in our lives. Now it turns out that Aphrodite’s favorite fruit – the edible pome that provided eternal youth for Norse gods, had a starring role in the Garden of Eden, wreaked havoc for young Snow White, and has become the cult icon for hip tech geeks everywhere – may also save your heart. In a new study of healthy adults, the simple act of eating an apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of oxidized LDL (“bad” cholesterol), which has ... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 10 hours ago
------------------------------ October 2, 2012 at 22:14:36 *Promoted to Headline (H3) on 10/2/12:* *Permalink* * * About time! New York Charges JPMorgan with Mortgage Fraud *By **Michael Collins (about the author)* opednews.com Michael Collins (New York Times, Oct 1) "*The federal mortgage task force that was formed in January by the Justice Department filed its first complaint against a big bank on Monday, citing a broad pattern of misconduct in the packaging and sale of mortgage securities during the housing boom. The civil suit against Bear Stearns & Company, ... more »

Japanese Find Novel Use For Old Unused Telephone Booths

Photo courtesy: © Kingyobu collective Dr. Who's phone booth may function as a futuristic time machine, but such booths, in real life, tend to be relics of the past. What to do with this nostalgic bits of our pre-iPhone past? An artist collaborative known as Kingyobu has arrived at a novel solution by turning Osaka's old booths into giant goldfish aquariums. According to The Atlantic, Kingyobu loosely translates to “goldfish club” in English. Rather than letting Osaka's old phone booths rust and decay -- or worse, get hauled off to the landfill or scrapyard -- the five members of t... more »

Obama Campaign Ad Breaks Down Some of Romney's Debate Lies

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 10 hours ago
Last night at the first presidential debate the Romney campaign tossed aside any pretense of decorum and decided to essentially lie about everything. In fact, when Romney shook hands with Obama at the beginning of the debate, if you read his lips you could see that he said, "Good morning." It got worse from there. It won him the debate, at least according to CNN's snap poll. It also made him vulnerable to devastating ads like the one out today by the Obama campaign that show him to be the liar that he is. NPR's Mark Memmott and Scott Montgomery summarize "the first wave of fact c... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ The TPP: A Quiet Coup for the Investor Class By Hilary Matfess, September 25, 2012 ------------------------------ It would be a relief to report with any certainty that the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a massive proposed free-trade zone spanning the Pacific Ocean and all four hemispheres—are definitely empowering corporations to the detriment of workers, the environment, and sovereignty throughout the region. Unfortunately, the secretive and opaque character of the negotiations has made it difficult to report much of any... more »

Karzai Accuses US of Duplicity in Fighting Afghan Enemies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, on Thursday accused the United States of playing a “double game” by fighting a war against Afghan insurgents rather than their backers in Pakistan, and by refusing to supply his country with the weapons it needs to fight enemies across the border. He threatened to turn to China, India and Russia for those arms.* He also accused the Western news media of trying to undermine the confidence of the Afghan people by publishing articles suggesting that a civil war and economic collapse might follow the departure of NATO troops at... more »

In an unassuming laboratory on the outskirts of Edinburgh, scientists attempt to mimic black holes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Scientists are to mimic black holes in a laboratory as part of a £2.35m project looking at how matter and energy interact.* A team at Heriot-Watt University on the outskirts of Edinburgh will produce laser pulses whose energy is measured in trillions of watts. They will be used to simulate conditions found around a black hole – a place where gravity is so strong that light cannot escape and the normal laws of physics break down. Daniele Faccio, the lead scientist, said: "What we are creating is the same space-time structure which characterises a black hole. But we' are doing this... more »

KRYON: The Recalibration of GAIA

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
LIVE KRYON CHANNELLING "The Recalibration of GAIA" As channelled by Lee Carroll for KryonThis live channelling was Given in Melbourne, Australia March 18, 2012 *To help the reader, this channelling has been revisited [by Lee and Kryon] to provide even clearer understanding. Often what happens live has implied energy within it, which carries a kind of communication that the printed page does not. So enjoy this enhanced message given in Melbourne, Australia 2012.* Greetings, dear ones, I am Kryon of Magnetic Service. The family before me is known and I will say it yet again, th... more »

Iran Offers Plan, Dismissed by US, on Nuclear Crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*WASHINGTON — With harsh economic sanctions contributing to the first major protests in Iran in three years, Iranian officials have begun to describe what they call a “nine-step plan” to defuse the nuclear crisis with the West by gradually suspending the production of the uranium that would be easiest for them to convert into a nuclear weapon*. But the plan requires so many concessions by the West, starting with the dismantling of all the sanctions that are blocking oil sales and setting off the collapse of the Iranian currency, that American officials have dismissed it as unworkab... more »

Romney says his 47 percent comment was "completely wrong"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Thursday his comment on a secretly taped video in which he disparaged 47 percent of voters as dependent on government "was just completely wrong," as he attempted to repair the damage from the controversy.* Romney's interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity was the first time he completely disavowed remarks he made at a private fundraiser in May and which have emerged as a major stumbling block in his campaign against Democratic President Barack Obama. The "47 percent" videotape did not come up in his Wednesday night de... more »

Hamza Extradition Fate To Be Decided In Court

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Radical cleric Abu Hamza and four other terror suspects are expected to find out today if they have won their latest legal move to avoid extradition from the UK to America.* Two judges at the High Court in London heard from Home Secretary Theresa May's QC on Thursday that if they rule in her favour, then that "effectively is the end" of the matter, as no further appeal was available in criminal cases. Mr James Edie agreed with Sir John Thomas, President of the Queen's Bench Division, that he will be saying to the court that "the Secretary of State would be entitled to move instan... more »

China Landslide: Bodies Of 18 Children Found

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Chinese state media has confirmed that all 18 schoolchildren buried in a landslide in the country’s southwest are dead.* The landslide toppled an elementary school building in a mountainous area of China on Thursday. Eighteen students were buried at the Tiantou Primary School and a 19th victim was buried in a house, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing local officials. Another person was seriously injured in the landslide, which occurred in an area ravaged by a deadly earthquake last month. About 2,000 local people, medics, police and military personnel tried to resc... more »

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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! - 14 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 »

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