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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

9 October - Blogs I'm Following II

Iran has 3 Russian-built Kilo class submarines...Iran has 3 Russian-built Kilo class submarines patrolling the Persian Gulf. Iran is also producing its own submarines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Libyan pivot irrigation in Al Kufrah,...English: Libyan pivot irrigation in Al Kufrah, southeast Cyrenaica. Oil wealth has enabled Libya to pursue extravagant projects such as agriculture in the Sahara Desert. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Map of PakistanMap of Pakistan (Photo credit: Omer Wazir)
Map showing ethnic and religious diversity amo...Map showing ethnic and religious diversity among the population of Iran. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ethnic groups in Libya (1974). Arab and Arabiz...Ethnic groups in Libya (1974). Arab and Arabized Berber Berber Tuareg Toubou uninhabited (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Goin' to IranGoin' to Iran (Photo credit: Örlygur Hnefill)
Libya is a predominantly desert country. Up to...Libya is a predominantly desert country. Up to 90% of the land area is covered in desert. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Libya Claims Right to Try Qaddafi’s Son and In-Law

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 minutes ago
*The International Criminal Court in The Hague held its first public hearing on Tuesday in the dispute on where to try two of the most important confidants of the former Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi: his son Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi and his brother-in-law Abdullah Senussi.* Libya has asked the court to abandon its claim against the two men, who are accused of crimes against humanity, insisting that Libya can give them fair trials in Tripoli. The court can try only suspects from nations unable or unwilling to carry out their own trials. Lawyers for Libya said the country w... more »

Iran warns Israel to lose 10000 troops if it attacks Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 minutes ago
* TEHRAN, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian official said that Israel would lose at least 10,000 troops in the event of a military strike on the Islamic republic, Press TV reported on Sunday.* "If the Israelis attack, Iran's deterrent power would deal a mortal blow to them and the Israeli death toll would not be less than 10,000. Therefore, they would be stopped soon," Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, was quoted as saying. "We don't want war, but are fully prepared to defend our country against any strike. Of course the Zionists don't dare to invade Iran and... more »

Al Qaeda-Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Syrian Blasts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 minutes ago
* BEIRUT, Lebanon — A jihadist insurgent group that Western intelligence officials have linked to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a multiple bombing by suicide attackers who struck an intelligence compound on the outskirts of Damascus overnight. It was the second major assault that the group has claimed to have carried out against a government facility in a Syrian urban center in about a week.* The group, Al Nusra Front for the People of the Levant, posted a statement on the Internet with details of what it called a three-stage attack on a compound run by a branch of... more »

Malala Yousafzai: Taliban Gun Down Girl Who Spoke Up for Rights

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 minutes ago
*KARACHI, Pakistan — At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai took on the Taliban by giving voice to her dreams. As turbaned fighters swept through her town in northwestern Pakistan in 2009, the tiny schoolgirl spoke out about her passion for education — she wanted to become a doctor, she said — and became a symbol of defiance against Taliban subjugation.* On Tuesday, masked Taliban gunmen answered Ms. Yousafzai’s courage with bullets, singling out the 14-year-old on a bus filled with terrified schoolchildren, then shooting her in the head and neck. Two other girls were also wounded in t... more »

Journalists arrested at Texas Tarsands Blockade

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 23 minutes ago
Tar Sands Blockade http://www.tarsandsblockade.org BREAKING: Two freelance journalist were just arrested after bringing you live stream coverage of the blockade. A week ago, Elizabeth and Lorenzo climbed up the timber scaffolding into the tree blockade to use their cameras to bring this important story to the world. Shortly after they got up into the blockade TransCanada and a swarm of police laid siege the perimeter and have made it virtually impossible for anyone, including journalists to leave without getting arrested. Click LIKE and SHARE if you support Elizabeth and Lorenzo... more »

GOP Education Policy: No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teachers' Dirty Looks

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 26 minutes ago
Monday's Paul Ryan education round table must have been really brutal. After a quick photo opportunity, all journalists were escorted out of the room. Do you wonder what he was hiding? Obviously he and Romney are not looking to debate further defunding public education to accomplish two major Republican Party goals-- privatizing education, so that the well-off get it and poor kids don't and, of course, Romney's and Ryan's favorite, lowering tax rates on the very wealthy. And Ryan and Romney are hardly alone in their crusade against education. Almost every Republican running for Co... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 26 minutes ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful: - The #CTWW Gang - The Honor Society - My Final Thoughts on Our Last Challenge - This Week's Challenge We've done challenges on meatless meals before but last week took it to new heights ... we not only challenge... more »

DAY OF DECISION

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 28 minutes ago
Monday, October 8, 2012 MAKE THIS VIRAL! DAY OF DECISION 10-21-2012 It is time to take action! It is time to take the destiny of our world in our own hands! Therefore we will meet in groups large and small, as individuals and couples, on the Day of Decision at the beginning of the second Window of Opportunity: Masses will gather and make a decision for the liberation of our planet from the tyranny of all dark forces so that for the first time in our history we will have the chance to create our own destiny as free citizens of the Earth. Our mass effort on this day will be ... more »

Global financial confidence "very fragile", euro crisis key threat: IMF

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes ago
*(Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund urged European policymakers to deepen the financial and fiscal ties within the euro area with some urgency to restore sagging confidence in the global financial system.* In its semi-annual check on the world's financial health, the Fund said the euro area's debt crisis was the main threat and the risks to global financial stability had risen in the last six months, leaving confidence "very fragile". The euro area's plodding progress means European banks are likely to offload $2.8 trillion in assets over two years to cut their risk exposu... more »

Sheldan Nidle: These still-covert developments are expected to create what can be called an early 'Halloween' for the dark cabal.

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 42 minutes ago
October 9, 2012 *Sheldan Nidle’s Update for the Galactic Federation of Light and Spiritual Hierarchy* * * *These still-covert developments are expected to create what can be called an early 'Halloween' for the dark cabal.* 6 Manik, 15 Tzotz, 9 Eb Dratzo! We return! Many events are preparing to happen quite shortly. Your world is at a point where the collapse of its economy is imminent. The status of your global economy is dependent on an illegal flow of cash from accounts that were plundered by the Federal Reserve over the past year. These accounts were illegally seized as pa... more »

International Monetary Fund says Europe's political leaders are running out of time to resolve economic problems

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 43 minutes ago
European banks are in the midst of an emergency fire sale of assets worth more than £8,000 for every single household in the continent, it has emerged. The warning from the International Monetary Fund came 24 hours after it slashed its growth forecast for Britain's economy by more than any other major developed country. It said political leaders - especially those in the eurozone - are running out of time to put right the economic problems weighing them down. In its Global Financial Stability Report, the IMF predicted Europe's biggest banks will need to sell off $2.8 trillion (£1.... more »

Two Terrorism Arrests At Heathrow Airport

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 43 minutes ago
*Two people have been arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of committing terrorism offences.* A man and a woman were held at 8.30pm on Tuesday after arriving on a flight into the airport. The pair, both aged 26, were arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. They were taken to a central London police station where they remain in custody. Read More

Body Bags And Gas Mask Found In Man's Luggage at LAX Airport

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 43 minutes ago
* A man wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-retardant trousers landed at Los Angeles Airport with suspicious items, police say.* A man dressed in a bulletproof vest and flame-retardant trousers has been arrested at a US airport after a smoke grenade, gas mask and body bags were discovered in his luggage. Boston-bound Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was arrested at Los Angeles Airport on suspicion of transporting hazardous materials on a flight from Japan. Harris, a US citizen who works in the Far East, was held on Friday. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted. He drew suspici... more »

CBS4 Investigates: Does Your Vote Count? Palm Beach County's 2012 Election Embarrassment

Intercept at The Intercept - 49 minutes ago
CBS Miami CBS4 Investigates "Does Your Vote Count?" Twelve years ago, Palm Beach County was at the epicenter of the 2000 Presidential election meltdown over hanging and pregnant chads. Now as CBS4 Chief Investigator Michele Gillen tells us, Palm Beach County was again at the center of another election embarrassment in March. Help Us Transmit This Story Add to Your Blogger Account Put it On Facebook Tweet this post Print it from your printer Email and a collection of other outlets Try even more services

Ron Jacobs : Turkey Plays Chicken for NATO

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Turkish soldiers stand guard in Akcakale by the Turkish-Syria border. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP. A page from Washington's book: Turkey plays chicken for NATO They manipulated an incident into an act of war much like the U.S. used questionable incidents to attack Northern Korea in 1950 and Northern Vietnam in 1964. By Ron Jacobs / The Rag Blog / October 9, 2012 Turkey took a page from

Cameron In Economy Warning

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
*David Cameron will end the Tory conference with a blunt warning about tough times ahead. * On the day after the International Monetary Fund downgraded its forecast on UK economic growth, the Prime Minister will issue a sombre analysis of the state of the economy. He will also attempt to convey a serious message to his party and the country, in stark contrast with the knockabout style of London Mayor Boris Johnson in his two speeches in Birmingham this week. Attempting to dispel the image his critics paint of him as a privileged toff, Mr Cameron will talk emotionally about his fath... more »

LA TIMES: Man in bulletproof vest, with body bags in luggage, arrested at LAX

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 1 hour ago
*This sounds like a scene out of the Matrix movie! -AK* http://goo.gl/HSABA *Man in bulletproof vest, with body bags in luggage, arrested at LAX* October 9, 2012 | 2:50 pm A man who arrived in Los Angeles on a flight from Japan wearing a bulletproof vest and flame retardant pants underneath his trench coat has been charged with transporting dangerous materials, federal authorities said Tuesday. As if the gear allegedly worn by Yongda Huang Harris wasn't alarming enough, authorities say he was also transporting assorted weapons, biohazard suits and body bags in his carry-on lug... more »

MITT ROMNEY’S DELUSIONS OF AMERICAN GRANDEUR

In a major foreign policy outline speech delivered at the Virginia Military Institute yesterday, Mitt Romney demonstrated the extent of his delusions of American grandeur. If anyone ever wondered what it was that ‘they’ hated about ‘us’ then this speech provided the answer – the utter arrogance and hypocrisy of the American extreme right. It’s all in Romney’s choice of words. How’s this for arrogance; he wants “to use America’s great power to shape history”. Or this; “So many people across the world still look to America as the best hope of humankind.” And this; “The 21st century ca... more » 

Harry Targ : From the Bay of Pigs to the Missile Crisis / 2

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
John F. Kennedy and Rómulo Betancourt at Alliance for Progress meeting in La Morita, Venezuela, Dec. 16, 1961. Image from Wikimedia Commons. The Cuba story, Part 2: The Bay of Pigs to the missile crisis The Castros of this world, the Kennedy Administration believed (as has every administration since), had to be crushed at all costs. By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / October 9, 2012 "I have

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

HISTORIC #SanOnofre NRC meeting LIVE NOW

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
#SanOnofre NRC meeting LIVE NOW AT parissocalcat on USTREAM

Is #Hyperinflation About to Light a Middle Eastern Powder Keg?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
*The latest experiment in printing money is turning into another disaster. Someone tell Russel Norman.** *Is Hyperinflation About to Light a Middle Eastern Powder Keg? *Gues post by *Marin Katusa*, Casey Research Chief Energy Investment Strategist In the third century, greed got the best of Rome's emperors. As they spent through the silver in the treasury, one emperor after another reduced the amount of precious metal in each denarius until the coins contained almost no silver whatsoever. It was the world's first experience with currency debasement and hyperinflation. As people ... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Chrysalis- Healing Rain”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
2002, “Chrysalis- Healing Rain” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_ksD1D7vtg&feature=related

"Where I Needed To Be..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“It's easy to get lost following the intricate filaments in this detailed mosaic image of faint supernova remnant Simeis 147 (S147). Also cataloged as Sh2-240, it covers nearly 3 degrees or 6 full moons on the sky. That's about 150 light-years at the stellar debris cloud's estimated distance of 3,000 light-years. * Click image for larger size.* Anchoring the frame at the right, bright star Elnath (Beta Tauri) is seen towards the boundary of the constellations Taurus and Auriga, almost exactly opposite the galactic center in planet Earth's sky. This sharp composite includes image... more »

Julia Gilliard: on misogyny and hypocrisy

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 3 hours ago
Via Dawg.  May she also address our parliament.

"And Never, Never To Forget..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget." - Arundhati Roy

A suggestion for increasing English proficiency in Korea

skrashen at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
A suggestion for increasing English proficiency in Korea Sent to the Korea Herald, October 10, 2012 According to one parent, many Korean families pay about a half million won per month (about US $450) for private English lessons for their children. Meanwhile, a Korean provincial government spent 10 billion won (about US $10 million) to support the establishment of new international school. International schools serve a tiny percentage of Korea’s students and charge high fees (“Foreign schools show Korea’s social divide,” Oct. 10). I have a suggestion: Invest the 10 billion won in En... more »

Boycott ALEC Member Darden Restaurants

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
*ALEC Private Sector Board Members - 2010* Bob McAdam, Darden Restaurants, Inc. *Darden Restaurants* ** The Darden family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and Eddie V's. employ 180,000 people and serve more than 400 million meals a year. *2012 Annual Report (my emphasis)* As we look forward, we believe that over the next five years we have the opportunity to *increase our annual revenues by $3 billion to $4.5 bi... more »

Are you sitting down? Hear this: "Congress members back legislation that could benefit themselves, relatives" (No way!)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
* **"Ethics rules are supposed to make things clear and transparent. They should not require the public or the media to go digging around to make the connections."* *-- Harvard Prof. Dennis Thompson, quoted by WaPo's Kimberly Kindy, David S. Fallis, and Scott Higham* *by Ken* In case you missed the story in yesterday's *Washington Post*, let me caution again that you should be sitting down when you read this. And if you're on medication, for goodness' sake don't try operating heavy machinery afterward. Here's the headline again: Congress members back legislation that could benefit ... more »

“Deconstructing Myths About Psychopaths: What Are They Really Like?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
* * *“Deconstructing Myths About Psychopaths:* * What Are They Really Like?”* by Benjamin Buehne "It took me a while to see it, but eventually I came to realize the obviousness of the truth. The world has only one problem: psychopaths. Reflecting on how stubborn I was before realizing the extent to which psychopaths pose a danger to society, I thought it might be helpful to walk readers through a simple exercise that can hopefully give you some idea of just how many psychopaths are out there... and just how many could be in your life! Later, you can think about the damage they ma... more »

Raiding Super to buy votes?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
The present Superannuation scheme is clearly unsustainable. Paying universal Superannuation to everyone over 65 for the indefinite future is guaranteed to send us the way of the Greeks. But folk nearing retirement do need to be able to plan their future. It therefore makes prudent sense to announce that govt will at some specified time in the future begin raising the eligibility age for Super, perhaps by six months at a time ever two years. To the credit of the Labour Party, they have this as a policy—though in their case they stop raising the age before I would. Raising the Sup... more »

Don't mess with the Big Bird

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
Sesame Street asked for this ad to be taken down so don't know how long it's going to stay live. And the tragically jaded cool kids of the campaign media were all, look at Obama jump the shark. But I thought it was a clever ad. Made me smile. Probably would be more effective if the Obama administration had managed put a few more of those fat cat banksters in jail. Or at least hauled their sorry asses to court. But still a good ad. On a related note, Rmoney is doing a campaign stop in Asheville, NC this week. In a bit of exquisite cosmic synchronicity, the venue cancelled a Sesa... more »

The human cost of Stevie . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 4 hours ago
NO ONE IS ILLEGAL - TORONTO is a site you should visit.  H/T — Scanner

Chet Raymo, “Little Lesson, Part 2”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Little Lesson, Part 2” * by Chet Raymo “Wallace Stevens' poems dance across the spectrum between discover and invent, sometimes becoming so recklessly inventive as to be obscure. But he never loses sight - if barely a glimpse - of the world outside, as it is presumed to exist by the scientist, a world independent of our understanding - the two pears, for example, there on the green cloth, waiting to be discovered when the poet enters the room. Call it, if you will, a naïve realism, but it is central to the scientific enterprise. Science is invented, but it is all about discove... more »

Still in limbo

Daniel Nexon at - 4 hours ago
Laura is getting a bit frustrated with the good people at Disqus, as all of the steps to migrate the comments to the new blog have resulted in… no migration. So we’re basically in a holding pattern. The 72 hour … Continue reading →

Federation Of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Calls Harper Gov'ts Education Spending Claims 'Fairy Tales'

leftdog at Buckdog - 4 hours ago
*"Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Minister John Duncan is using 'Pinocchio accounting' in his latest pronouncements on First Nations education funding, says the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN).* *“The government’s numbers are, in fact, fairy tales,” said FSIN Vice-Chief Simon Bird. Bird invited Duncan to come to Saskatchewan and point to a single reserve school which receives more funds than the provincial system. Duncan recently held a news conference to say reserve schools actually receive more funding per student than those in the provincial... more »

Madman Hitler In 1945: The Holocaust Is A Conspiracy Theory

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*From the archives of history: Madman Hitler dismisses Holocaust rumours as a "conspiracy theory."* *(Berlin, April 29, 1945)--* In response to growing accusations that his regime has systematically wiped off six millions Jews in a secret military program, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler said on the radio from inside his bunker, "This is an international conspiracy theory, which cannot be proven with facts." However, world public opinion rejects Hitler's absurd denial as the last act of a lunatic mass murderer whose days are numbered. Indeed, there is ample evidence that shows the tota... more »

Arrest the Banksters! From the man that started the revolution in Iceland

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
Reblogged from: http://goo.gl/Zscdd * * *Arrest the Banksters! From the man that started the revolution in Iceland * The man who forced the government of Iceland to resign and kicked out the IMF representatives from his country, Hordur Torfarson, is now teaching meta-modern democracy throughout Europe. The rest of the world would benefit from following the example set by Iceland: Arresting the corrupt bankers who are responsible for the current economic turmoil. * * ** * * * Here is his amazing story* Full employment contributes above all to achieving human dignity. ''It's ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Spiraling Gasoline Prices are Impoverishing Americans"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Spiraling Gasoline Prices are Impoverishing Americans"* By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research "How mant times do you have to get hit over the head before you realize who's hitting you?" - Harry S. Truman "Together with austerity measures, home foreclosures, layoffs and the phasing out of social programs, the dramatic hike in gasoline prices constitutes yet another economic mechanism which contributes to the impoverishment of millions of people across the land. Gasoline prices have skyrocketed overnight in California, with prices at the pump exceeding $5 a gallon... more »

Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto's Genetically Modified Maize (Corn)

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
* * * * http://worldtruth.tv/poland-announces-complete-ban-on-monsantos-genetically-modified-maize/ * * *Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto's Genetically Modified Maize (Corn)* Following the anti-Monsanto activism launched by nations like France and Hungary, Poland has announced that it will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810. The announcement, made by Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations. In addition to being linked to a plethora health a... more »

Barclays Bank Wins Most Innovative LIBOR Rigging Award

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
The Investment Banking Awards are the Oscars of the financial world. Dished out for so-called 'innovation', some of the world's richest bankers gather together to congratulate each other on devising ever more creative ways to make obscene sums of money. One of 2012's most profitable scams was the bankers' 'innovative' approach to a key interest rate called LIBOR. Virtually every bank at the event was involved in illegally colluding to rig LIBOR, ensuring that they would always be the winners in the multi-million pound bets they were making on the markets. When we noticed th... more »

There's a New Mitt in Town

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 6 hours ago
...and he's only the 468th parody account on Twitter. I wouldn't be surprised if Romney himself wrote all of them. But all the news hyperlinks are worth clicking on. Big Bird got me suspended. I know he did. He'd better find a safe hiding place on #SesameStreet between now & Thanksgiving. #p2 #p21 #tlot — Willard Romney (@ShitWillardSez) October 9, 2012 1st, #p2 accuse us of blocking job creation, then when we say slavery was a blessing in disguise, they yell. thkpr.gs/RaBkBN #p2 #p21 — Willard Romney (@ShitWillardSez) October 9, 2012 2ndly, slavery was a blessing in disguise for the... more »

"My Dad is in Prison"

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 6 hours ago
Zima October 9, 2012 (Photo by John Carroll) Dear Everyone/Anyone, My name is Zima and I am two years old. As you can see, I don't feel well. Full disclosure: I did not really write this letter to you. An adult helped me. But believe me, if I were a few years older, I would write about the same thing. So here goes. I live in Beleko which is a zone in Cite Soleil. It is infamous for its poverty and for the number of gang related problems during the last six years. My family is very poor as is everyone in Beleko. I live with my mother and three siblings. My dad has been in prison... more »

CBS4 Investigates: Does Your Vote Count?

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
[image: Michele Gillen]Reporting Michele Gillen CBS Miami Ion Sancho is a man on a mission. Just weeks from the presidential election, one of the most veteran election supervisors in the state of Florida, thinks there’s plenty for him and his colleagues to lose sleep over. What keeps him awake at night? Whether you can trust the machine you will be voting on. “We still have not secured the process to ensure that that machine has read that ballot correctly and it is 100 percent accurate. Because it is wrong to assume that the machines are always right. They’re not, ” Sancho tells ... more »

Elsewhere: Polls, Taxes

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
At PP today, I wrote again about Mitt Romney's tax plan, how it doesn't add up, and misdirection. And at Plum Line, I talked about the polling after the debate. My conclusion, as you might have guessed, is that it's too soon to know anything beyond the initial shift to Romney last Thursday through Saturday -- which at this point is pretty clear. There's a good chance that most or all of it dissipates, but we won't know until later. In the meantime, I tweeted this out before, but I believe that all the polling-based models still have Obama as the likely winner. Let's see: first of a... more »

Poll Watching is for Suckers

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 7 hours ago
Hi guys, my name is Jay and I'm a poll watcher. I started watching polls after the 2000 election. It was so traumatic watching Al Gore lose like that, so every election cycle since then I have been a neurotic poll hawk. Being a poll hawk is not an easy way to live. You get sucked in so deep you wind up learning about things like demographics, internals, party ID, sampling size... It's exhausting. Then you peel back the layers a little more and you find out that sometimes polls are considered fishy because they may have a built in party bias. Others are outliers. No two polls are the... more »

"Face-To-Face..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent." - J. Edgar Hoover “In the 1999 movie, “The Matrix”, the character Morpheus offers the main character, Neo, the option of a blue pill, or a red pill. Neo had discovered a glitch in the matrix. As a result of it, he was at t... more »

JK Rowling on Taxes

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 7 hours ago
No time for a proper blog tonight, but thought I'd reproduce JK Rowling's thoughts on tax that have been shared absolutely everywhere. Hey, who am I to dispute the wisdom of the social media crowd? I chose to remain a domiciled taxpayer for a couple of reasons. The main one was that I wanted my children to grow up where I grew up, to have proper roots in a culture as old and magnificent as Britain’s; to be citizens, with everything that implies, of a real country, not free-floating ex-pats, living in the limbo of some tax haven and associating only with the children of similarly gre... more »

You Are Not Your Body

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago

Senate: Counterterrorism 'Fusion' Centers Invade Innocent Americans’ Privacy and Don’t Stop Terrorism

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 7 hours ago
Chicago: One of 70 counterterroism fusion centers Mark M. Jaycox and Trevor Timm *EFF* The Department of Homeland Security’s 70 counterterrrorism “fusion” centers produce“predominantly useless information,” “a bunch of crap,” while “running afoul of departmental guidelines meant to guard against civil liberties” and are “possibly in violation of the Privacy Act.” This may sound like the words of EFF, but in fact, these conclusions come from a new report issued by a US Senate committee. At the cost of up to $1.4 billion, these fusion centers are supposed to facilitate local law e... more »

US report: Israel-US discussing joint Iran attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Uzi Arad says that while report not divorced from US politics, public airing of discussion adds pressure on Iran.* Israel and the US are considering a joint surgical strike targeting Iranian uranium enrichment facilities, according to a report in Foreign Policy that appeared Monday soon after Republican candidate Mitt Romney slammed US President Barack Obama's Iran policy. "Iran today has never been closer to a nuclear weapons capability," Romney said in a foreign policy address delivered at the Virginia Military Institute. "And it has never acted less deterred by America." Soon ... more »

Why Should We Support State Senator Alan Lowenthal For Congress? I Asked Him

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
My name is Alan Lowenthal. I grew up in New York and moved to the sunny coast of California during the fateful Summer of Love. Now more than 40 years later, I’m trying to return to the East Coast, but this time as a United States Congress Member. A few days ago I finally had a chance to speak with Howie Klein. Howie has been a part of the progressive movement for a while, but we’ve never quite connected. Our conversation was to-the-point. I get the impression every conversation with Howie is to-the-point, and for good reason. There isn’t a lot of time to dawdle. We have an opportu... more »

“What Really Did Happen On 9/11/2001?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“What Really Did Happen On 9/11/2001?”* by M. Reza Salami, Ph.D. - http://beforeitsnews.com/ ● No comment from me, a search of this blog alone will reveal many posts about 9/11, let alone the thousands on the internet. Learn and think for yourself, or don't... - CP

Neo-Nazi Party Welcomed Into European Anti-Discrimination Body

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*A representative of the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has been accepted as a new member of a leading European body aimed at combating discrimination.* Golden Dawn party member Eleni Zaroulia joined the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on October 1, in what the Anti-Defamation League has described as “an affront to concepts of equality and non-discrimination." The body, which is based in Strasbourg, is comprised of members from 47 European nations and was established to promote democracy, and to protect human ri... more »

Greek anti-fascist protesters 'tortured by police' after Golden Dawn clash

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Fifteen people arrested in Athens says they were subjected to what their lawyer describes as an Abu Ghraib-style humiliation* Fifteen anti-fascist protesters arrested in Athens during a clash with supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have said they were tortured in the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA) – the Athens equivalent of Scotland Yard – and subjected to what their lawyer describes as an Abu Ghraib-style humiliation. Members of a second group of 25 who were arrested after demonstrating in support of their fellow anti-fascists the next day said they were beate... more »

Women In Science

Southern Man at Southern Man - 7 hours ago
Today was spent at the local Science Museum for the annual Women In Science conference, hosting about a thousand teachers and students (predominantly female), so Southern Man and his partners Dr. S and Dr. A took LittleFe and a shiny new quadrocopter to show off and hopefully generate some interest in both science in general and Southern Man's university employer in particular. [pics and update later]

John Brakey Interview: Nationwide Implications of Arizona's Election Fraud Court Case

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
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4.3 Magnitude Earthquake BATAN ISLANDS REGION, PHILIPPINES - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck the BATAN ISLANDS REGION, PHILIPPINES at a depth of 158.2 km (98.3 miles), the quake hit at 16:11:57 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 35 km (21 miles) East of Itbayat, Philippines No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Washington's "Rebels" In Syria Honour "Martyr Saddam Hussein"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*The Free Syrian Army, aka the Foreign Terrorist Mercenaries, regard Saddam Hussein as a man of freedom and call him a "Martyr."* In 2003, Washington invaded Iraq and overthrew Saddam Hussein, its former puppet. Almost a decade later, Washington is arming and financing terrorists in Syria who hold up Saddam Hussein as an Arab icon of freedom and justice. They named two battalions in their "army" after Saddam Hussein. The official name they gave is *"Martyr Saddam Hussein."* LOL. You can't make this shit up. The foreign policy decision makers who control Washington and other West... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Playing favorites ~Library Chronicles* *Isaac in New Orleans - what we know so far ~Fix the Pumps* *City issued summons in ongoing negotiations for consent decree at OPP ~Tom Gogola, The Lens*

Baby dies in Southmead Hospital pseudomonas outbreak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*A premature baby died and 12 others were given treatment after an outbreak of a water-borne bacterium at a Bristol neonatal unit, it has been confirmed.* Southmead Hospital said it had found traces of pseudomonas aeruginosa in the water system for its neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital said the baby died in August after contracting the bacterium. Four babies died after contracting the bug in hospitals in Northern Ireland in December and January. Read More

Everybody’s taking offence

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
Julia Gillard defended her then Speaker Peter Slipper last night by attacking the misogynism of opposition leader Tony Abbott. She took a *lot*of offence—about 37 times, by my count… But it was only faux offence. Because what she was defending was this(NSFW). Which reminds me again of Stephen Fry’s comment the end of the now famous 'Blasphemy Debate': 'It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offend... more »

Hound those Blue Dogs out of this town

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
Even if so many more liberal Dems *weren't* doing so well around the country, I wouldn't be shedding any tears over the demise of the Blue Dogs: An unsympathetic look at the numbers shows the Blue Dogs could suffer further losses. If Roll Call’s race ratings bear out — that is, if all races leaning Democratic swing that way and vice versa — the group is looking at a ceiling of 19 members. That is only true if the party wins all of its Tossup races. If it loses those, membership could dwindle to as few as 14 members to start the 113th Congress. I've said forever, get rid of the w... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Satire: “Canada Tightens Border”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Canada Tightens Border”* by Andy Borowitz OTTAWA (The Borowitz Report)— “Canada announced today that it was tightening security along its border with the United States amid concerns that there could be a mass migration of illegal Americans after Tuesday, November 6th. According to Randolph McTavish, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, border patrols are on alert due to an “increase in chatter” indicating that a threat to Canada’s border might be imminent. “We’ve been intercepting troubling comments from some very freaked-out people,” he said. “Most of it... more »

Giving Him the Business

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 9 hours ago
*Swagger* posted their list of 25 sports videos that will make you laugh. Not all of them did, but this one did. I remember many a time Mr. Lyons and his cohorts on the Jets defensive line gave the Dolphins the business.

"If You Think Nobody Cares..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments." - Earl Wilson

Nut doesn't fall far from the tree

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 9 hours ago
Like father, like son. Josh Romney is proud to be known as a life-long compulsive liar: "I don't know if you guys saw the debate last week," Josh Romney said, as the crowd cheered and applauded. "I take a lot of pride in that, because — I don't know if you noticed, but I was — me and my brothers were responsible for my dad doing so well. We were the ones, as kids, that kept saying the same thing over and over. And we'd say the same lie over and over. And my dad learned then, not to believe it. While we didn't go to any of the formal debate preparation, we did the real hard stuff. ... more »

It's BORIS

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Highlights from his speech to the Conservative Party Conference *Thanks to Guido Fawkes for the video.*

"Economic Warfare"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Economic Warfare"* by Addison Wiggin “It’s time to broaden the war to other fronts,” enthuses an unsigned editorial at Bloomberg View. The editors are speaking of the U.S. sanctions against Iran… and they’re not using the word “war” metaphorically. Let’s dive in… our question today is how will it impact your portfolio… and your wallet. “A hidden and heavy war on a planetary scale,” is how Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described the sanctions when he spoke to the United Nations last month. Ahmadinejad: “I can see the global conspiracy clearly.” “He’s right,” say the Bl... more »

Anthrax scare looms in Manicaland, ZImbabwe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*ANTHRAX has killed hundreds of animals mostly in the communal parts of Manicaland within the past two months, and veterinary experts say the risk of the hemorrhagic infection may be greater with drought covering much of the province. * Though there were no immediate reports of human deaths in the outbreak, health authorities in Manicaland have recorded several hospitalised cases following the consumption of infected carcasses. Humans usually get anthrax through direct contact with infected livestock, often when spores get into a cut on the skin or eating infected carcasses. Withou... more » 

The Economy: "Why Are We Bailing Out The Banks?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Why Are We Bailing Out The Banks?"* by Karl Denninger "Golem has an interesting post up this morning... "We’ve all seen the film ‘Groundhog Day’. Well, we’re in it. Every morning the radio plays a song which has the chorus, “I rob you babe”. And sure enough when the news comes on, they have. A full five years of pumping money in to the banks and still our leaders will not even consider that they might be wrong. They still insist, as they have from the start, that “There is no alternative’. Call it bail outs, call it QE, call it monetary policy, rescue or suicide, it doesn’t ma... more »

Huffington Post Is Shamelessly Protecting The Fed's Behind

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
The Huffington Post is not a credible journalistic outlet. It is a shameless propaganda operation. It covers up the truth about the 9/11 false flag, and the truth that the Federal Reserve Cartel is a privately owned central bank which has destroyed America's currency and economy. The founding fathers of America would not tolerate the existence of a private central bank, not even for a day. They fought a revolution to liberate America from the tyranny of a private central bank. Instead of exposing the Fed's crimes against America and its blatant record of theft and fraud, the Huf... more »

End of the Cold War Left the Sole “Victor” Heading To the Exit Wreathed in Self-Congratulations

From our buddy Tom, we learn why we have very little money left (certainly none for Medicare expansion or Social Security maintenance according to the rightwingers who run the country (including most of the traditional Dems)), and the largest and most powerful military the world has ever seen without being one whit safer from "bad guys" or more able to face the immense future challenges

Eurozone approves Another 800 million euros aid to Portugal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers signed off on a further tranche of financial aid to Portugal on Monday and said the country was working hard to put in place the budget cuts and structural economic adjustments demanded of it.* In a statement following a meeting in Luxembourg, the Eurogroup, made up of the finance ministers of the 17 euro zone countries, said Lisbon was carrying out its reforms faster than expected and was broadly on track to meet its goals. It has been given an extra year to meet its deficit targets. "The Eurogroup notes with satisfaction that the ... more »

CDC says three more U.S. deaths from meningitis outbreak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Three more people have died from fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections, bringing the total to 11 deaths since the outbreak began last month, the Centers for Disease Control said on Tuesday. * * *The CDC said the number of meningitis cases in the United States linked to the outbreak reached 119 on Tuesday, up 14 from Monday. New Jersey reported its first case of meningitis linked to possible contamination of steroid injections, bringing the number of states affected by the outbreak to 10. The widening outbreak has alarmed U.S. health officials and focused attent... more »

Lamar W. Hankins : Ted Cruz Vs. Personal Liberty

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 10 hours ago
Tea Party darling Ted Cruz. Photo by Gage Skidmore / Flickr. Ted Cruz: Opponent of personal liberty Like many right-wingers, Cruz has a limited understanding of our First Amendment rights. By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / October 9, 2012 Ted Cruz, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Texas, presents himself as a champion of personal liberty, but he is far from that. Based on

Dogs, Not Barking

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
Items that are not in the news, which is newsworthy. 1. I did an item on this last week, but I'll repeat it here: the debate over debates. Didn't happen this time, or at least whatever did happen didn't get any publicity. Didn't really happen last cycle, if I recall correctly. It used to be a huge deal; it still is, in many statewide races. It's just amazing how institutionalized the presidential general election debates have become. 2. Coalition deaths are way down in Afghanistan. I can't recall any reporting on this at all. The end of the surge received some publicity, but not ca... more »

“The Great American Empire- Decline, Decay, Denial, Delusion & Despair”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“The Great American Empire- * *Decline, Decay, Denial, Delusion & Despair”* By James Quinn "The majority of Americans seem OK with just waddling through life, accepting the lies and misinformation blasted from the boob tube and their various iGadgets by their owners, gorging themselves to death on Twinkies and Cheetos, paying 15% interest on their $10,000 rolling credit card balance, and growing ever more dependent on the welfare/warfare state to provide and protect them from accepting personal responsibility for their lives. A minority of critical thinking people have chosen t... more »

Germany demands more power on banking

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Germany is demanding greater power on the board of the eurozone’s new bank supervisor, a politically charged request that further complicates Europe’s fractious talks on a banking union. * * *Berlin’s proposal for voting weights to match the bigger size of its banking sector gives voice to longstanding German concerns about being outgunned under the European Central Bank’s one-country one-vote governance system. But the idea – raised privately in talks with European officials – touches on some of the founding principles of the single currency and is likely to rile smaller eurozone... more »

Extend and Pretend Until We're Gone

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
Growth Forecasts, Warns New Downturn Would be Tougher to Tame” by S. Reddy and B. Davis Oct 9, 2012 A1 The IMF’s World Economic Outlook report warned: “Risks for a serious global slowdown are alarmingly high” Majia here: Earlier in October I reported that world trade is slowing Monday October 1, 2012 Wall Street Journal p. A1: "Trade Slows Around World: Declining Growth in Exports Dims Prospects for U.S. Economy; Europe Cuts Imports" [Excerpted] Global trade is stalling, dimming prospects that exports will buoy the U.S. economy in the coming months.... U.S. exports to the Eur... more »

Night Out at Hale Centre Theatre

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
A few weeks ago, I was given the wonderful opportunity with some other bloggers to go on a tour of and see a show at Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City, UT. While I am pretty sure I could never get up on a stage myself, I have a deep love of the theater, so I jumped at the chance to go. Our tour was given by Melanie Budge, the Development Office Manager at Hale Centre Theatre. I loved seeing behind the scenes at the theater, their scene shop is pretty amazing. They actually work with such complex scenery and props they have a separate off-site warehouse, they only keep piece... more »

The nature of bloated health care spending!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012* *David Brooks socks docs:* In this morning’s New York Times, David Brooks voices approval of the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan. The Romney/Ryan Medicare plan is one of the many proposals which have played almost no role in the press coverage of this campaign. Basically, we don’t really have press coverage of White House campaigns any more. We have columns about dogs and reports about polls. After that, our journalists pray for gaffes. That said, Kevin Drum bats Brooks’ presentation aside in this instant post.His headline is this: “The Conspiracy of Silence Ab... more »

Heriberto Lazcano's Body Stolen by Armed Gang

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
* The body of a top drugs cartel leader has gone missing a day after he was killed in a gunfight with marines in northern Mexico. * The remains of Heriberto Lazcano were stolen from a funeral parlour by an armed group, a state prosecutor said on Tuesday. The Mexican navy, which conducted the operation against the Zetas leader, known as "El Lazca", said fingerprints and photographs were used to identify the body as Heriberto Lazcano's before it was taken. The navy said it gave the body to local authorities, but offered no details about its subsequent whereabouts. The US Drug Enforc... more »

Obama's Fables - Peter Suderman: "Young Obama isn’t Prometheus; he’s Aesop. He brought fables, not fire."

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
* Obama's Fables: An American Classic.* "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." - Aesop. "Appearances often are deceiving." - Aesop. An excerpt from Peter Suderman's article at reason.com called, *"Obama’s Failed Narrative"*: "When he decides to quit the high-powered, high-paying business of corporate consulting for the low-paying, low-prestige world of community activism, Obama writes that “with the benefit of hindsight, I can construct a certain logic to my decisions, show how becoming an organizer was part of a larger narrative.” Later, whe... more »

Romney afraid to face kids

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 11 hours ago
Anybody in show biz will tell you that sharing a spotlight with kids is a dangerous act. They always upstage you with their damned cuteness. In politics, kids ask the toughest questions, so no surprise Romney was afraid to participate in Nickelodeon's program, "Kids Pick the President." The premise of the show -- kids submit questions to each candidate and based on the answers they make their pick for leader of the free world. Obama answered the kids' questions, but Romney said he didn't have the time. Romney would have been forced to explain his educational "reform" scams and no... more »

Anti-German protests in Greece

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
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Jim Addlespurger knocked out cold by brutal sucker punch as he walked past group of Black teens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*A chilling surveillance video shows the moment a respected high school teacher was knocked out cold by an unprovoked sucker punch after passing a group of teens in an alley.* Jim Addlespurger, who was walking near his school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is seen crumpling to the ground and smashing his head on a curb. The six teens laugh and celebrate the horrifying attack as they coolly walk away from Mr Addlespurger, 50. Mr Addlespurger was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for cuts and bruises. He is currently at home healing from his injuries, WTAE-TV reports. Poli... more »

KIDS TORTURED AND MURDERED BY THE ELITE

Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
*Sir Jimmy Savile* * **Alice writes:* "Up until today I felt it was wrong to malign the dead. "As soon as Savile died, the accusations started and I did not believe one word of any of it. "But after an argument with the man next door he took me to see a chap in a care home who got out a photo album, taken at show biz parties some years back, and *a naked Jimmy Savile with an erection lay on a bed with his arms round two little naked boys one each side.* "I was dumbstruck." Website for this image *Anonymous writes:* "A BBC cameraman said to me: 'Look at those gorgeous little ho... more »

Blue Dog Leonard Boswell (IA) Suing Progressive Leader For Defamation Of Character

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Leonard Boswell (D-IA), candid A couple days ago, an analyst for one of the more trusted DC progressive groups told me they had decided to endorse Leonard Boswell in his very tight race in Des Moines. I was flabbergasted. "He's a Blue Dog and a complete corporate whore," I asserted. She said that Boswell has told her he might leave the Blue Dog caucus and that he's moving in a more progressive direction and that he really needed the endorsement. I think they got played. According to ProgressivePunch, when it comes to crucial roll calls, Boswell has moved *further right* lately. His m... more » 

Sesame Street tells Obama campaign to take down ad which mocks Romney by showing Big Bird as 'evil genius'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*One of the most memorable moments of the first presidential debate was Mitt Romney's declaration, 'I love Big Bird' - despite promising to cut funding to PBS. * Now, in an attempt to salvage something from Barack Obama's disastrous night, the Democrats have exploited the incident for a sarcastic new campaign ad. The 30-second video, released today, mocks Mr Romney for taking aim at the public broadcaster rather than cracking down on financial fraud. But Sesame Street has criticised the Obama campaign for exploiting their character and demanded that the ad be cancelled and removed... more »

In the land of big cows and gleaming rest stops

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 11 hours ago
Three of my work buddies from the Comision de Accion Social Menonita just came back from the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin - their first trip to the United States. As you might expect, the trip blew them away. Like all good travellers, they took a ton of photos, and it was great to share their experiences yesterday as they flipped through the large collection of classic tourist shots they took on their journey. Several of them were of rest stops along the highway. I have to admit, it's been a long time since I've given much consideration to the glory of American rest sto... more »

350 million people have depression in world: WHO

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
More than 350 million people suffer from depression globally, the World Health Organization said, ahead of World Mental Health Day on Wednesday. "It is not a disease of developed countries, it is a global phenomenon. It's present in both genders and in rich and poor populations," Dr Shekhar Saxena, head of the WHO's mental health and substance abuse department, told reporters in Geneva. No region is free from the disorder and around five percent of the world's population suffers depression in the course of a year, the health expert said. Fifty percent more women suffer symptoms th... more »

Iranian Cameraman Defects Just in Time For US State Dept. to Frame Iran With Nukes

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Susanne Posel, *Contributor* Miraculously, the US State Department has recently received a request for asylum in America from an Iranian defector who provided video of Iranian nuclear facilities at Natanz. Hassan Golkhanban, journalist and former member of the loyal Bassij militia and cameraman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the last appearance at the UN has turned over “the most complete and updated footage” that just happened to be carted to the UN General Assembly meeting last month. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) then received the mass of photos and... more »

Income Inequality In Canada - The Broadbent Institute

leftdog at Buckdog - 11 hours ago
*It's time to spark a national policy debate that reflects the steady moves by the Right to enrich corporations at the expense of average working families.* ** *OTTAWA — "Canada is moving in the wrong direction and must address its extreme and growing income inequality, according to a new discussion paper from the Broadbent Institute.* * * *The paper, released to Postmedia News on Monday, argues that developing a comprehensive policy agenda — which could include affordable housing, improvements to Employment Insurance, “fair” taxes and a national prescription drug program — is ne... more »

Scientists discover huge new black hole lurking near the centre of the Milky Way thanks to 'once-in-a-mission' X-ray surge

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Scientists have discovered a huge black hole lurking near the centre of our own galaxy thanks to a rare phenomenon which broadcast its presence with a torrent of high-energy X-rays.* Nasa's Swift satellite detected the rising surge of X-rays, produced by a rare X-ray nova, last month and say it is evidence of a black hole that is part of a binary system near the Milky Way's core. 'Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they're essentially once-a-mission events and this is the first one Swift has seen,' said Neil Gehrels, the mission's principal investigator. 'This is really somethin... more »

Protestors dress as Nazis, burn swastikas and throw rocks at police as tens of thousands gather in Athens to voice anger at Angela Merkel during Greek visit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Greek police fired teargas and stun grenades at protesters in central Athens on Tuesday when they tried to break through a barrier and reach visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.* Around 50,000 demonstrators defied a ban on protests, gathering in Syntagma square to voice their displeasure with the German leader. Some wore Nazi uniforms and others burned swastika flags. Police were pelted with rocks, bottles and sticks as demonstrators tried to break through a barricade set up to protect Merkel and her delegation, who were meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at his offi... more »

Navajo water walkers 'Save the Confluence'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Navajo water walkers, Save the Confluence, are struggling to protect the pristine region at Bodaway Gap, Arizona, the Confluence, on the Navajo Nation, where the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers meet. They walked to Window Rock this week to protest a plan to develop the area for tourists. Those leading the assault on the Dine' sacred area include former Navajo President Albert Hale who resigned during a financial corruption probe and was appointed to the Arizona legislature by the governor to fill a vacancy. Thanks to Save the Confluence for sharing this photo. Follow Save the C... more »

U.S. and Israel 'considering joint aerial strike' against Iran's nuclear facilities using bombers and drones

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*America and Israel are considering a joint surgical strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, it was claimed today. * * *Foreign Policy magazine reported a source 'close to the discussions' and said the strike might compose primarily of bombers and drone support. The suggested attack is expected to last no more than a few days - or even just 'a couple of hours', the magazine said. Such a strike could be carried out without civilian casualties, and would set back the Iranian nuclear program by back many years. Benefits of such a strike would be regional, Foreign Policy says. The source,... more »

Lake Karachay, Is this the most polluted place on Earth? The Russian lake where an hour on the beach would kill you

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*If you're looking for a lakeside retreat on a budget, it's likely you could easily pick up a villa near to Russia's beautiful Lake Karachay and still have change left for a new sofa.* But it's probably worth bearing in mind that in 1990 just standing on the shore for an hour would give you a radiation of dose of 600 roentgen. In case you were wondering, that's more than enough to kill you. The lake, in Russia's south-west Chelyabinsk region, close to the modern border with Kazakhstan, is located within the Mayak Production Association, one of the country's largest — and leakiest —... more »

“没问题!还有数百万​​的美国人为以色列准备好去死...考虑,沙schwartza!” HahaHa--Bibi

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 12 hours ago
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-10/08/content_15799826.htm

Abu Hamza's wife given the boot from her £1m five-bedroom council house (But guess what? She can appeal)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Hate preacher Abu Hamza’s wife has been asked by her local authority to move out of the five-bedroom council house she lives in.* Moroccan-born Najat Mostafa is believed to live at the large Shepherd’s Bush property in west London with only two of the couple's eight children after reportedly moving there in 1995. Hammersmith and Fulham Council says that in recent weeks it has corresponded with Mrs Mostafa and asked her to move to a 'more appropriate property'. But the radical cleric's Hamza’s second wife is entitled to refuse the council’s request, as there is no time limit on he... more »

Wall Street falls, led by declines in technology

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*(Reuters) - U.S. stocks declined on Tuesday, led by losses in technology after brokerage downgrades of Intel (INTC.O) and other major companies amid worries about third-quarter U.S. earnings. * Earnings reports for S&P 500 companies, which begin later on Tuesday, may show the first quarterly drop in three years, according to analysts' estimates. Shares of Intel, the world's largest semiconductor maker, fell 2.6 percent at $21.92 after negative reports by at least two brokerages, including Robert W. Baird & Co, which cut its price target for Intel citing weak demand for notebooks. ... more »

Abu Hamza Pleads Not Guilty In US

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza, who was recently extradited from Britain, has pleaded not guilty to terror charges in the US.* More follows...

13,000 People Exposed to Big Pharma Shots Contaminated with Rare Fungal Meningitis

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Lisa Garber As of Monday, contaminated steroids have sickened 105 people with a noncontagious but deadly form of fungal meningitis, while 13,000 people may have been exposed to the contamination. Eight have died. Health officials attribute the outbreak to spinal steroid injections for back pain. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found fungus in sealed vials of the steroid in question, produced by the Massachusetts-based pharmacy, New England Compounding Center (NECC). The NECC voluntarily recalled all of its products on Saturday and surrendered its license to operate until ... more »

Media Coverage of Identity Politics

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Click to Enlarge SARTRE, *Contributor* By any traditional standards of accomplishment, Barack Obama has failed miserably. This assessment is not based upon any particular ideology or partisan politics, just on straight pragmatic results. Furthermore, if you watch or read any of the accounts from the establishment media you would think that the black messiah would shuffle into a second term on the strength of his vocal talent. Singing sweet melodies appeals to those lacking in intellectual skills to assess and judge reality from rhetoric. What is striking about the tenor of the pol... more »

Truth on the Tracks with Brandon Turbeville: Economic Crisis in Greece and Spain, and Austerity in U.S.

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
*YouTube - UCYTV* Truth on the Tracks with Brandon Turbeville discussing the economic crisis in Greece and Spain, debunking the myths about the Greek social system, as well as showing how austerity is coming to the United States (it's actually already here). Truth on the Tracks is on UCY.TV every Monday night at 9:00 PM EST at http://UCY.TV/TT. *Articles discussed are linked below:* http://thegreekperspective.blogspot.com/#!/2012/06/open-letter-to-good-friend... http://tarpley.net/2012/05/12/greeces-syriza-left-bloc-5-point-program-for-au... http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogsp... more »

'Holocaust Denial' Terrance Nelson responds to National Post

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
*Holocaust Denial* ** *Terrance Nelson Responds to National Post* ** ** ** *National Post article: Concern that First Nations will be used as pawns as former chief to meet with Iranian leaders* http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/04/concern-that-first-nations-will-be-used-as-pawns-as-former-chief-to-meet-iranian-leaders/ ** *October 9, 2012* ** *By Terrance Nelson, Roseau River First Nation* *Censored News* *http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com* The National Post is owned by the Aspers, the Jewish family that is building the Human Rights Musuem in Winnipeg. The Aspers has invited Aborigina... more » 

New Study Proves Mercury Exposure During Pregnancy Causes ADHD in Children

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Andrew Puhanic, *Contributor* Women who are planning to have a baby or who are already pregnant are now being warned to avoid foods containing mercury and are now being encouraged to eat more fish during pregnancy. It is well-known that certain species of fish (shark, Barramundi and swordfish) contain high levels of mercury. Whereas, other species of fish such as snapper and salmon usually have relatively low levels of mercury. For a comprehensive list of fish to avoid, click here. A new study published in the *Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine* has concluded that c... more »

An Open Letter to Secretary Napolitano

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Dees Illustration James Smith, *Contributor* *From*: James Smith *To*: Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano *Via*: The American People *Subject*: An open letter regarding FEMA camps *1) *Secretary Napolitano, it is with great hesitancy I write this letter to you. This is a letter that no American should have to write. It is a letter with great expectations and little hope of those expectations being met. *2)* It is known that the Department of Homeland Security manages several thousand camps throughout the United States and territories. From what can... more »

This has been spotted before. The algorithm places an order, waits for the order to start to drive up the price, then cancels. Repeated thousands of times, this can run up the price of a stock without actually spending any money.

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 12 hours ago
*American Scofflaw* * *A single mysterious computer program that placed orders — and then subsequently canceled them — made up 4 percent of all quote traffic in the U.S. stock market last week, according to the top tracker of *high-frequency trading* activity. The motive of the algorithm is still unclear. The program placed orders in 25-millisecond bursts involving about 500 stocks, according to Nanex, a market data firm. The algorithm never executed a single trade, and it abruptly ended at about 10:30 a.m. ET Friday. “Just goes to show you how just one person can have such an outsi... more »

Action Alert: Your Opportunity to Help Spain Ban HPV Vaccines

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
visit website HERE *Activist Post* *Madrid*: Medical professionals, vaccine-injury victims, public health experts, scientists and vaccine safety advocates have joined forces to formally demand the Spanish Ministry of Health and Social Policy remove HPV vaccines from the immunization schedule and establish a compensation fund for those who have suffered adverse effects from vaccines. *HPV vaccines: Just say NO * On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, Don Carlos Álvarez Dardet, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Alicante, and Dña Alicia Capilla Lanagrán, V... more »

Food Prices Rising: Reaching Near Emergency Levels, Riots Expected

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
image source Lisa Garber According to a group of researchers, their mathematical model using food prices can predict social unrest and riots. Given the drought and rampant speculation, this may bode ill for several regions in the world. Food prices have been rising for quite some time, and aren’t showing any sign of slowing. People raise their voices and go to arms for reasons too complicated to address here altogether, but it would be folly to leave hunger out of the equation. The spark may be an anti-Islam film or an incident of police brutality, but Yaneer Bar-Yam of the New ... more »

US sources: US, Israel plan October Surprise, Others: Israel can do it alone

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Four facts deserve attention with regard to a potential attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The first is that the Iranian-Israeli war is already at hand. Iran launched it by sending an unmanned drone into Israeli air space Saturday, Oct. 6, breaking new ground in belligerence with a cyber attack. Israel countered by stationing Patriot missile interceptor batteries in Haifa and other parts of its northern region. That Tehran initiated hostilities with a cyber attack on Israel cannot be wiped from the record any more than its score: two points, Iran; zero, Israel, whose air defenses... more »

NATO: Military plans ready to defend Turkey if shelling continues along Syrian Border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*BEIRUT—NATO is ready to defend alliance member Turkey amid artillery and mortar exchanges with Syria, its top official said Tuesday, as Ankara sent additional fighter jets to reinforce an air base close to the Syria border where tensions have escalated dramatically over the past week.* Turkey and Syria have exchanged fire across their common border since errant Syrian shells killed five Turkish civilians last week, sparking fears of a wider regional crisis. The comments by NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen were the strongest show of support to Ankara since the firing be... more »

Iraq buys $4.2 billion in Russian weapons-document

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Russia announced on Tuesday it has signed $4.2 billion in arms deals with Iraq, making it the largest weapons supplier to the Middle East country after the United States. * The deals, disclosed in a Russian government document issued at a meeting between Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, give Russia a big boost at a time when the future of its arms sales to Libya and Syria is uncertain. Iraq had been all but off limits for Russia's defense industry after the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 which ousted Saddam Hussein, one of Moscow's big... more »

Oy, Bai

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
I know, I know, it's fish in a barrel, but still: It’s pretty amazing that Hillary and Bill Clinton continue to occupy such a central role in foreign policy and in the presidential campaign, respectively, a full 20 years after they first emerged as national figures. To put this kind of staying power in perspective, can anyone imagine the Obamas upstaging the Democratic nominee in 2028? Or Mitt and Ann Romney mulling another national run in 2036? Not likely. Though you can kind of see Bristol Palin showing up for the 500th episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” Why, yes I can imagine ... more »

The Plutocrat-Assisted Suicide Cult

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
It's bad enough that the titans of finance got away scot free after tanking the economy and wiping out trillions of dollars in household wealth. It's bad enough that real unemployment is still close to 20%, one five Americans lives in poverty, 50 million of us have no access to medical care and Republicans and Democrats alike are waging war on unionized labor and public schools. At least the odious Lloyd Blankfeins and Jamie Dimons and Business Roundtables of the world used to work behind the scenes as their lobbyists wrote the laws and bribed the politicians. No more. The oligarchs... more »

The one hundred and sixty fourth weekly "No shit, Sherlock" award

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
This week's award derives from a tweet I saw yesterday: 'Aides admit Kirchner is using the Falkland Islands as a smokescreen to mask domestic failings #Falklands http://t.co/vZtkUlDM -- Falkland Islands (@falklands_utd)' Argentina's Kirchner is using the Falkland Islands as a smokescreen to mask domestic failings - "No shit, Sherlock"

Syria rebels bomb Air Force Intelligence complex

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*Rebels have carried out a suicide bomb attack overnight on an intelligence agency compound in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, reports say.* The al-Nusra Front, a jihadist militant group, said explosives-filled vehicles had been blown up outside the Air Force Intelligence complex in Harasta. Residents said there were several huge blasts, followed by fierce clashes. One activist group said dozens of people were killed and expressed fears for the fate of the agency's prisoners. Human rights activists say hundreds of opponents of President Bashar al-Assad have been detained... more »

Important Health News: The Vaccine Empire Has Collapsed!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I have long been an advocate of everyone refusing to roll up their sleeves and take their "seasonal flu shot" like good slaves. I have shown in this blog over the last few years a multitude of different articles that definitely call for everyone to avoid vaccines at all cost. Evidence clearly shows that the poisons in these vaccines are more deadly to the body than then diseases that they are supposed to fight! Even when I personally came down with Influenza last week, I preferred to just ride it out, and never once considered going to any Pharmacy to have myself injected with ... more »

Syria clashes intensify near Turkey border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - NATO said on Tuesday it had drawn up plans to defend Turkey if necessary against any further spillover of violence from Syria's border areas where rebels and government forces are fighting for control.* Rebel suicide bombers struck at President Bashar al-Assad's heartland, attacking an Air Force Intelligence compound on the edge of Damascus, insurgents said. Activists living nearby said the bombing caused at least 100 casualties among security personnel, based on the ambulances that rushed to the scene. "Assad...is only able to stand up with crutches," Turkish Prime Mi... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*WWL-TV accepts national Edward R. Murrow award for sports reporting * *N.O. port positioning to capture more cargo ~Chad Calder, The Advocate* *Deadline looms for claims process ~Nikki Buskey, Daily Comet* *The Ike Dike: A Solution For Saving Lives And Preventing Storm Damage* *Food Truck Fest Puts Outdated Laws, OC Haley in the Spotlight ~Emma Boyce, NOLA DEFENDER * *October Nerd Night NOLA!* *Sailing Hall of Fame to honor Class of 2012 at SYC * *Kid Ory a Newspaper Man's Challenge ~My Spilt Milk*

Eleven euro zone countries agreed on Tuesday to press ahead with a disputed tax on financial transactions Despite it being strongly opposed by the SIXTEEN remaining European Countries....What will they Rule on Next without the backing of the 27-nation bloc?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Eleven euro zone countries agreed on Tuesday to press ahead with a disputed tax on financial transactions designed to help pay for the cost of fixing a crisis that has rocked the single currency area. * * *The initiative, pushed hard by Germany and France but strongly opposed by Britain, Sweden and other free-marketers, gained critical mass at a European Union finance ministers' meeting in Luxembourg, when more than the required nine states agreed to use a treaty provision to launch the tax. The so-called "Tobin tax", first proposed by Nobel-prize winning U.S. economist... more »

Jerry Sandusky Jailed For At Least 30 Years

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for sexually abusing youngsters. *(Reuters) - Serial child molester Jerry Sandusky, a former Pennsylvania State University football coach, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison on Tuesday.* The sentence by Judge John Cleland in Centre County Court could put the 68-year-old retired defensive coordinator in prison for the rest of his life. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse for molesting 10 boys over 15 years, some in the football team's showers on camp... more »

Tax talk: The New York Times' broken culture!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012* *Saturday Night, Monday morning:* Last Wednesday night, one major policy point popped from that first debate. We refer to Romney’s tax proposal, a murky proposal the mainstream press corps has chosen to duck for months. In August, the Tax Policy Center did a major report on the Romney proposal. As we noted at the time, the Washington Post and the New York Times treated this report like a minor distraction. Last Wednesday evening, the tax plan popped, trailing a massive amount of confusion. The mass confusion has continued in subsequent pundit discussion... more »

Pakistan: No end to humanitarian crises after three successive years of devastating floods

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Two Pakistani women carry loads while wading through floodwaters, 13 September 2012. muslimhandsuk / flickr] Islamabad/Brussels, 9 October 2012 (ICG) – Three successive years of devastating floods threatening the lives of millions, coupled with the displacement of hundreds of thousands due to military operations and militancy, gives Pakistan’s radical Islamist groups opportunities to recruit and increases the potential for conflict. “Since the democratic transition began in 2008, some progress has been made”, says Samina Ahmed, Crisis Group’s South Asia Project Director. ... more » 

31 Days of Photo Props: Fall Leaves

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
For the past three years, I have lived in a part of the country that only has two seasons. Summer and Summer Lite. Although, I haven't missed the snow, I have missed the fall leaves. This year we are finally back where I can see all the beautiful yellows, reds and oranges that fall brings. I love shooting in the leaves. They make the perfect back drop for brides, families and individual children. Leaves can be used as a simple backdrop, or they can be used as prop. One of my favorite ways to shoot with leaves is to have the subject grab a large armful of leaves and throw them u... more »

Red Cross: Afghanistan ‘sliding towards collapse’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Afghan security forces at the site of a suicide attack in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province. AFP / Getty Images] By Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul, www.guardian.co.uk 8 October 2012 The police and army in an increasingly violent Afghanistan will struggle to secure the country when foreign forces leave and the people face a corrupt presidential election in 2014, the Red Cross and a thinktank have warned. At stake is the limited and fragile stability that has insulated Kabul and most other urban areas from more than a decade of escalating aggression since the US invasi... more »

Even after rains, West Texas faces long-term water depletion

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Water-pipeline construction to the Hickory aquifer, southeast of San Angelo. In October 2012, two-thirds of the state was still in drought. Jerod Foster for The Texas Tribune] By KATE GALBRAITH 6 October 2012 SAN ANGELO – With its pretty rivers and lakes, this city of 95,000 people is sometimes called the oasis of West Texas. But San Angelo recently came within a year of running out of water, as it faced a severe drought that produced brown lawns, dying bushes and fear. “Who wants to pull up to a hotel and it’s dead?” said Bob Banskter, general manager of the Rodeway Inn... more »

Brain-Eating Amoeba Leaves 10 Dead In Pakistan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*At least 10 people have died after being infected by a brain-eating amoeba in the Pakistani city of Karachi.* Naegleria fowleri has a fatality rate of more than 98%, according to the World Health Organisation. It is transmitted when contaminated water enters the body through the nose and cannot be passed person-to-person. The 10 confirmed cases have all occurred since May in the southern port city, said Dr Musa Khan, head of the WHO's Disease Early Warning System in Pakistan. The amoeba travels from the nasal membranes to the brain. Symptoms are initially very mild, including a ... more »

Jimmy Savile: Complaints Of Abuse Since 1959.....Why was nothing Done to protect these children?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*Scotland Yard say they received formal complaints of alleged sexual abuse by television presenter Jimmy Savile stretching back four decades.* More follows...

LEHRER’S RERUN: Last week wasn’t Lehrer’s first run!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012* *Part 4—Harshly, murkily criticized:* Did Jim Lehrer do a horrible job moderating last week’s debate? That is a matter of judgment. In a rational world, a skilled moderator might have clarified the discussion of Mitt Romney’s murky tax proposal, the policy issue which popped at this debate. You don’t live in any such world. And Lehrer may have been following orders, a point we’ll discuss at the end of the week. At any rate, Lehrer was widely criticized for his passivity at last week’s debate, and for his fatuous questions. Needless to say, sycophants cam... more »

Merkel Welcome to Greece

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Greek police fired teargas and stun grenades at protesters in central Athens on Tuesday when they tried to break through a barrier and reach visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. *Read More

Greece has not reached the end of reform road: Merkel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
- *Paying one aid tranche will not solve all of Greece's problems: Merkel * - *Merkel says wants Greece to remain in the Euro zone* **

Clashes In Athens As Angela Merkel Arrives

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*Police fire tear gas at protestors throwing petrol bombs in Athens, as Angela Merkel meets with Greece's prime minister.* Tens of thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets of Athens as the German Chancellor arrives in Athens to signal her strongest support yet for a government struggling to implement fresh austerity cuts. Police clashed with protestors, firing tear gas and stun grenades as they attempted to break through a barrier set up to protect the German delegation, in one of the capital's biggest protests in months. Angela Merkel is the first German chancellor to visit G... more »

seen in upstate new york

laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
Something for all your needs, plus excellent alliteration. Down the road in Mohawk territory, in the North Country region of New York State, we saw this: Many generations of Mohawks have been ironworkers. Many of the great New York City skyscrapers were built by Mohawk labour. We didn't have a camera with us; these were just taken on my phone, the better-than-nothing emergency camera. Which made us think, with two cameras at home, why don't we always take one along, as a matter of course? A portion of the drive to Vermont is very scenic. Once you get off the 401 and cross int... more »

6.4 Magnitude Earthquake BALLENY ISLANDS REGION - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake has struck the BALLENY ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 12:32:04 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 729 km (452 miles) Northwest of Young Island No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time *Initially 6.6 Magnitude* TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001 PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS ISSUED AT 1244Z 09 OCT 2012 THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA... WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA. ... TSUNAMI IN... more »

An Interview with John List

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 15 hours ago
A nice discussion of his research using field experiments.

Reckless, Amateurish... Romney's Foreign Policy Agenda

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Glenn Greewald made a valid point in his presidential debate coverage for *The Guardian* last week by pointing out that the debates give us an illusion of choice. He's determined to expose the hidden consensus behind all they agree on. "Most of what matters in American political life," he asserts, "is nowhere to be found in its national election debates. Penal policies vividly illustrate this point. ...[T]hey have no discernible differences when it comes to any of the underlying policies, including America's relentless fixation on treating drug usage as a criminal, rather than hea... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Brian Blessed, 76. I'm not sure he's my all-time favorite actor, but he'll do 'til someone else comes along. His Augustus is certainly among my very favorite TV characters/performances; he's wonderful in a weirdly neglected As You Like It; and terrific fun in small roles in Branagh's Henry and Much Ado. I haven't made a point of seeing everything he's in, but I haven't been disappointed yet (okay, yes, there's the Star Wars thing, but hard to blame him for that). I've never seen his Lear; I really should. Anyway: I know I've touted it before, but any of you who hav... more »

Birthing the Divine Warrior

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Julian Rose These are testing times. There is little doubt that the malevolent forces currently holding sway over our world are doing their damnest to keep the lid on the rising tide of consciousness which will ultimately depose them. The effect is tangible; as though a block is attempting to be placed on incoming energies that nourish the awakening process. As though such energies are being sucked out of the very air we breathe – leaving a kind of vacuum and that feeling one gets just before a thunderstorm when the atmospheric pressure draws back prior to unleas... more » 

Policy By Stealth

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
A month ago, Allan Gregg spoke at the opening of Carleton University's new Public Affairs Building. He writes in today's *Toronto Star*: I never expected these remarks would “go viral.” Like most public speakers, I held out nothing more than the modest hope they would reach beyond those in attendance, that they would have some impact on the broader conversation. The most obvious reason for the reaction my speech received is that there are a lot more people than I realized who harbour some of the same concerns I expressed — namely, that governments are ceasing to use evidence, fact... more »

Anonymous: Operation Solidarity with Greece

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
*YouTube* Greetings Government of Greece, we are Anonymous. We are watching events in Greece and we are really overwhelmed. Four thousand suicides, two million unemployed, five-hundred thousand homeless, hospitals without the necessary materials, salaries and pensions at risk of hunger and we can go on ... *Hat Tip: Justice For Greece* http://webchat.voxanon.net irc.voxanon.net chan #OpSolidarityGreece Facebook event link : https://www.facebook.com/events/112599478897315/ Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share thi... more »

NATO will "defend" Turkey - Turkey wrong to attack Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
Breaking news this a.m seems to be NATO is ready to go How ugly will it get? NATO says it is ready to defend alliance member Turkey amid artillery exchanges along its tense southeastern border with Syria. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Tuesday that Ankara can rely on the alliance, which has "all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary." The clincher?* Syria says it is not seeking any escalation of violence with Turkey.* More and still more: NATO has plans to defend Turkey if needed "We have all necessary plans in place to protect and def... more »

Apple and Google spend more money on patents than on research and development

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Image source J.G. Vibes This week the New York Times reported that spending by Apple and Google on patent lawsuits and high dollar patent purchases exceeded spending on research and development of new products. As many are aware, a patent is an exclusive monopoly privilege over an idea, which prevents new upstarts and entrepreneurs from replicating or expanding on already existing ideas. The case against patents and intellectual property of any kind is very strong, and growing in support especially among younger people. One of the most obvious and compelling points brought forwar... more »

Tension As Angela Merkel Arrives In Athens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*Greece is bracing itself for strikes, protests and potential violence as German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives in Athens to signal her strongest support yet for a government struggling to implement fresh austerity cuts. * * *Merkel is the first German chancellor to visit Greece in decades and is making her first trip since the debt crisis began here three years ago. Deemed highly symbolic, Merkel's seven-hour stay signals the attempt by Europe's most powerful lender to keep its poorest peer, Greece, within the 17-nation eurozone. Merkel also has a desire to further mend relations... more »

Egypt and Turkey hold joint naval exercise

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*CAIRO: The Egyptian and Turkish navies have begun a week-long joint drill in the eastern Mediterranean, an Egyptian military official said on Monday.* Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi, an Islamist elected in June, has sought to deepen ties with Turkey and this month addressed the conference of the ruling Turkish AK Party. Turkey was one of the first countries to speak out in support of the Egyptian uprising which toppled Hosni Mubarak and led to the Muslim Brotherhood winning power. The annual drill, which is called Sea of Friendship and began on Sunday, is one of several such j... more »

Meet Your Master

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
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War Provocations Float By Largely Unnoticed Among US Crowd Mesmerized By Latest Gas Increase ( Debt = Trick To Remake the Social Democracy That U.S. Has Been)

Scott Creighton always provides a different take on events. His attitude today is not lighthearted or very forgiving concerning his President's recent obliquity. And debt is the drug being used to bring a final fascist political system to the besodden new world. War Provocations Increase Exponentially October 8, 2012 by willyloman by Scott Creighton “You have to be ready at every moment to

Report: Turkey reinforces air base close to borders with Syria, Iraq

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*Standoff between Damascus, Ankara continues as latter sends 25 additional F-16 fighter jets to Diyarbakir air base* A Turkish news agency said Tuesday that additional fighter jets have been sent to reinforce an air base in the country’s southeast amid escalating tensions with Syria. The Dogan agency quoted unidentified military sources as saying that at least 25 additional F-16 fighter jets were deployed at Turkey’s Diyarbakir air base late Monday. The Turkish military’s chief of staff inspected troops along the border with Syria on Tuesday. Turkey and Syria have been firing art... more »

European shares slip as IMF cuts global growth forecasts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*LONDON — European stock markets fell Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund cut its forecasts for global economic growth, while sentiment was also dogged by Spanish bailout speculation, dealers said.* In morning deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of top companies slid 0.23 percent to 5,828.30 points, Frankfurt's DAX 30 shed 0.49 percent to 7,255.48 points and in Paris the CAC 40 lost 0.14 percent to 3,401.71. Madrid's Ibex 35 index meanwhile declined by 0.11 percent to stand at 3,402.86 points, as rising Spanish bond yields also sparked renewed concern over a potentia... more »

NATO Uses Turkey, Who Uses Free Syrian Army, To Self-Authorize NATO Attack On Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*[This Israeli government spokesman is appealing to the world to accept the proposition that any stray bullets or shells coming across the border from Syria are an "attack" upon Turkey, and by extension, an attack upon NATO. This statement is intended to back-up the recent Turkish Parliament authorization for military operations inside Syria. So Turkey is now ready to do what Israel has been afraid to do, go to war against Syria. * It would almost seem as though Israel and Turkey had planned all of this from the beginning, were it not for that ugly little incident with the Gaza Flo... more »

Azhar Ahmed Spared Jail Over Comments about Dead Soldiers on Facebook....UK: one rule for one and one rule for another

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*A man convicted of posting a grossly offensive Facebook message about six dead British soldiers has been given a community order. Azhar Ahmed told a court he had no idea his comments would cause so much upset, and that he was only trying to point out that other deaths in Afghanistan were being ignored. Reacting to the public outcry over the soldiers' deaths in March this year, he wrote on the social networking website: "What about the innocent familys who have been brutally killed." His rant went on: "All soldiers should DIE and go to hell", before ending with "Gotta problem go ... more »

Does record Antarctic sea ice refute global warming?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*The claim Record high amounts of Antarctic sea ice contradict global warming. The background* Reno reader Judson Pierce contacted Fact Checker on Monday with a story from Newsmax headlined “Record Antarctica ice contradicts global warming trend.” He wanted to know whether it truly contradicts global warming and why the mainstream media seems to be ignoring this fact after widely reporting Arctic sea ice being at record lows. Pierce is right that, as of this writing, the mainstream media hasn’t reported much about the Antarctica ice. It’s likely they will, as the national data c... more »

China’s Preparing for the End Game – Are We Paying Attention?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*For three thousand years China has been at the forefront of monetary innovation. It was the first to legalize gold money in the tenth century BC and two millennia later it issued the world’s first paper currency. Fast forward to 2012 and China is at it again, eclipsing Australia as the largest producer of gold and increasing its monetary gold reserves at an alarming rate. Five years ago China surpassed the US in gold production and five years from now it will own more gold than the US Federal government.* Do not dismiss this as just another example of China’s insatiable appetite fo... more »

Reporter Lara Logan brings ominous news from Middle East

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*This was no ordinary rubber chicken affair. That was my reaction to the extraordinary keynoter at Tuesday’s Better Government Association annual luncheon.* Lara Logan, a correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes,” delivered a provocative speech to about 1,100 influentials from government, politics, media, and the legal and corporate arenas. Such downtown gatherings are a regular on Chicago’s networking circuit. (I am a member of the BGA’s Civic Leadership Committee, and the Chicago Sun-Times was a sponsor). Her ominous and frightening message was gleaned from years of covering our wars ... more »

Economic Turmoil and Military Crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*Events are moving very fast now, suggesting that substantive changes are approaching. With tanks on the streets of Venezuela, Turkish artillery shelling Syrian positions, unrest in Tehran and rising Sino-Japanese tensions, the danger of further shocks to the world economy cannot be ruled out. * At the same time, the unfavorable impression made by President Barack Obama in his first debate with challenger Mitt Romney has now created the impression that Romney may win the election, leading to economic policy changes in Washington. Is there going to be any good economic news between... more »

Stratfor Sources: ''U.S. Troops in Mexico as Feds Aid Cartels''

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*Federal authorities in the United States have been quietly supporting certain Mexican criminal empires, especially the Sinaloa drug cartel, in a bid to solidify the syndicates’ reign as dominant powerbrokers in particular territories, according to leaked e-mails from a U.S.-based Mexican diplomat to the private intelligence firm Stratfor. If cartel chiefs cooperate with authorities, “governments will allow controlled drug trades,” the diplomatic source wrote.* Other information unearthed so far in the leak, much of it coming from a variety of sources, was equally explosive. One 20... more »
 
 
 
 
 
 
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