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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

9 October - Blogs I'm Following

3:05 pm MDST

US report: Israel-US discussing joint Iran attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes 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! - 5 minutes 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 - 14 minutes 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

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the BANDA SEA at a depth of 52 km (32.3 miles), the quake hit at 18:34:50 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 119 km (73 miles) SSE of Saparua, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Neo-Nazi Party Welcomed Into European Anti-Discrimination Body

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes 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 - 23 minutes 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 - 28 minutes 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 - 31 minutes ago
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4.3 Magnitude Earthquake BATAN ISLANDS REGION, PHILIPPINES - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 49 minutes 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 - 53 minutes 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 »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago

Satire: “Canada Tightens Border”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 »


Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
Highlights from his speech to the Conservative Party Conference *Thanks to Guido Fawkes for the video.*

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF CALIFORNIA - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck the GULF OF CALIFORNIA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:50:54 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 96 km (60 miles) ENE from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

"Economic Warfare"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 tell them about his educational "reform" scam... more » 

Anti-German protests in Greece

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago

Jim Addlespurger knocked out cold by brutal sucker punch as he walked past group of Black teens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 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 »


Anon at aangirfan - 4 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! - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 hours ago

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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 » 


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 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!* *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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 »

US Army Testing Laser Death Ray

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 7 hours ago
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Even after rains, West Texas faces long-term water depletion

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 7 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 »

3.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 3.4 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA at a depth of 9.2 km (5.7 miles), the quake hit at 13:00:02 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 3 km (1.8 miles) North from Lake Elsinore, California No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

seen in upstate new york

laura k at wmtc - 7 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 - 8 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 - 8 hours ago
A nice discussion of his research using field experiments.

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 10 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 - 10 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 »

Japan: Computer virus used for murder, bomb threats spread from different free software

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Two men downloaded different types of free software separately, but they ended up having their computers infected with the same virus that enabled a third party to remotely control their computers to post murder and bomb threats on websites, an indication that the virus may have spread widely, investigative sources said.* The two men -- one in Osaka Prefecture and the other in Mie Prefecture -- were released after being arrested over separate incidents on suspicion of posting a murder threat on the website of the Osaka Municipal Government and a bomb threat on an Internet message ... more »

Japan: Search for bodies finally begins in tsunami-hit part of City

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- A search for the bodies of victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami finally began in the Nagatsura district here on Oct. 8, using heavy machinery to dig up an area where 80 people including 74 children died and 23 people are still missing. * The area had been flooded and couldn't be drained with pumps because of lowered ground from the disaster and the loss of water-breaking forests, but the completion in June of a 1.3 kilometer embankment allowed it to be drained. One-hundred and six hectares will be searched through March next year. On the fir... more »

Dead 50-foot whale is spotted drifting through Boston Harbor with 'unusual' wounds

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*The sight of a dead 50-foot finback whale drifting through Boston Harbor with open wounds and bruises left onlookers horrified and officials baffled by what's believed to have been an unusual cause of death. * While seen entering the harbor around 3am on Sunday, Petty Officer Robert Simpson said the 80,000lb floating carcass was examined by the Coast Guard and a team from the New England Aquarium but its cause of death wasn't immediately known With visible blood, bruising and pressure lines, Aquarium spokesman Tony said that its most obvious injuries could be caused by something wr... more »

At least 19 injured in bullfight mayhem in Colombia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Oct. 8 - More than a dozen spectators are injured after crowds storm a bullfighting ring in Colombia.*

Merkel braves protests on first crisis visit to Greece

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to the heart of Europe's debt crisis on Tuesday, braving protests by angry Greeks to take a message of support -- but no new money -- to a near-bankrupt nation fighting to stay in the euro.* Europe's most powerful leader can expect a hostile reception by a people worn down by years of recession and austerity. Many Greeks blame Germany for forcing painful reforms on them in exchange for two EU-IMF bailout packages totaling over 200 billion euros. Police have banned protests in most of central Athens and readied 6,000 officers, inclu... more »

Export Boom?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 10 hours ago
*Weekended in Hong Kong this week. * Exports in September rose 10.4%, welcome news to Taiwan's export driven economy. TT reports: Outbound shipments totaled US$27.17 billion last month, up 10.4 percent from August and marking the highest level in 14 months, the ministry said in a report. These drove exports in the first nine months to US$223.56 billion, down 3.9 percent from a year earlier, the report said. “The recovering demand from the Asian region made Taiwan’s exports last month report a double-digit growth from a year ago,” Yeh Maan-tzwu (葉滿足), director of the ministry’s s... more »

The BBC view would seem to be that Turkey responding to being shelled from Syria is fine but ISrael responding to being shelled from Gaza is not.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
The way that Israel is criticised for responding to the regular rocket and mortar fire indiscriminately aimed at its population from Gaza has always struck me as unfair. This has been brought into especially sharp focus by the way that Turkey has been given a free hand to respond to similar fire from Syria. Rather than post myself, here's what regular Biased-BBC commenter Pounce had to say on this subject this morning - I couldn't have put it better myself: 'Pounce says: October 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm Compare the anti-Semitite@bBC.Com *Turkey* Turkey responds to Syrian mortar fire in... more »

Physics Nobel prize: Haroche and Wineland

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
*Possible building blocks of quantum computers* I am actually surprised that we have a higgsless Nobel prize. However, among the non-Higgs potential candidates, the actual winners belonged among the most widely discussed ones. The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Serge Haroche of Paris, France (captured photons, man on the left side) who was born in a protectorate known as Morocco and David Wineland of NIST in Boulder, Colorado (ion storage, man on the right side). The Gentlemen are rewarded for experiments with individual tiny quantum systems (at most several ions and/or pho... more »

Obama campaign 'may have violated federal election law by allowing foreign donors to funnel in cash via its website'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*A new report on foreign influences in American elections by the conservative Government Accountability Institute (GAI) has raised questions over whether the Obama campaign has violated federal election law by allowing foreign credit card transactions on its website.* In a 109-page report entitled 'America the Vulnerable: Are Foreign and Fraudulent Online Campaign Contributions Influencing U.S. Elections?, several major security vulnerabilities on the part of the Obama campaign are detailed. 'As FBI surveillance tapes have previously shown, foreign governments understand and are e... more »

Gilbert Thomas Collar Killed by Campus Officer: Mother Claims 'Security video will show her Son never touched the officer who killed him,'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*The mother of the naked, unarmed college student fatally shot by a campus police officer on Saturday says that surveillance video will show her 5ft 7, 135lbs son never came into physical contact with the officer. * Bonnie Smith Collar, has said she has received conflicting information about what happened prior to her son Gil Collar, 18, being shot. She has asked people to withhold judgment until all the evidence comes out. Acquaintances have said that slightly built Collar appeared to be intoxicated, because of alcohol or something else, as he took his clothes off, ran through the ... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*An inquest has heard a Brazilian student who died after being tasered in Sydney's CBD was kicked by a police officer minutes before his death.* Coroner Mary Jerram has been told Tasers were discharged 14 times and that police also used capsicum spray and handcuffs to detain Roberto Laudisio Curti. They chased the 21-year-old in the Sydney CBD in March after reports of a robbery at a convenience store. The coroner is investigating if police followed guidelines when they tasered Mr Curti. Local resident Tommy Wang told Glebe Coroners Court that he saw a female police officer kick ... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
Website for this image "The Bruce Springsteen/Manfred Mann hit *Blinded by the Light*, when you listen to it, tells of ... abuse of kids." - FROM PETE WILSON Madman drummers bummers, Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat... And little Early-Pearly came by in his curly-wurly and asked me if I needed a ride.. And some new-mown chaperone was standin' in the corner, watching the young girls dance "This Pedophile Network is international." - RULES "The revelations of Regina Louf, Witness X1, very clearl... more »

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake OKLAHOMA - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A magnitude 3.0 earthquake has struck OKLAHOMA at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the quake hit at 08:49:10 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 13 km (8 miles) NNE of Luther, Oklahoma No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time  

Zombie Attack China: Bloodbath on Chinese subway as pensioner launches attack on youth who pushed in front of him in queue

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*In these horrific pictures, an incensed 70-year-old man is seen biting a queue-jumping teenager in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.* The unnamed pensioner launched the shocking attack after the teenager was believed to have pushed in front of him as they waited to board a subway train. Although there were a number of empty seats on the train, the disgruntled 70-year-old man pursued the teenager while berating him. A witness claimed the pensioner struck the younger man before a fight broke out, ending with the 70-year-old digging his teeth into the teenager’s flesh and drawing blood... more »

'I goofed up': Now even Obama mocks his presidential debate disaster as he tells showbiz pals how he made mistakes in 2008 but no-one noticed because he won

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*President Barack Obama put a brave face on his disastrous debate performance on Sunday night by joking with an audience of celebrity backers that he can't 'perform flawlessly every time'.* Speaking at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the president took a good-natured shot at his underwhelming debate performance, marveling at how his friends in the entertainment business could turn in perfect showings every time. 'I can't always say the same,' Obama told thousands of supporters, who got the joke right away. It was Obama's most direct acknowledgment yet that his Republican rival,... more »

The Sun that could Never Be...

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 11 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/G9fiJK2L-i4 Assumed knowledge from ages ago appears to dominate our thinking. Upon it newer theories are based that today are challenged by improved observations with innovative instruments. What do we know and what do we only believe to be true in Nature? The "Big Bang" was a religion-inspired invention, but the further we look into the Universe the less we get convinced this was the way our universe came into being. The Sun as a nuclear furnace appears to be another myth, partly that is. Although still controversial, thinking about a plasma-electrical univers... more »

Toxic leak in South Korea sickens thousands, ruins crops

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- October is supposed to be the busiest month of the year for Lim Chae-ho's vineyards and rice fields in the southern part of South Korea.* In a normal year, the 50-year-old farmer would be in the midst of harvesting the crops he had spent months cultivating. But a toxic leak from an explosion at a chemical plant in the nearby city of Gumi two weeks ago has left him empty handed. "Grapes and rice crops are withered and cannot be sold," Lim said over the phone. "All our neighbors are affected," he said. "My neighbor's 60 cows are drooling and their noses... more »

Thousands take to the streets of Athens to blame Angela Merkel for the 'disaster of their lives' ahead of her Greece visit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Around 2,000 Greek demonstrators last night staged a protest ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the country today, branding banners blaming her for 'the disaster of their lives'.* Mrs Merkel is making her first visit to Greece since the euro zone crisis began there in 2009. The Greek government see her five-hour stop as an historic boost for the country's future in Europe's shared currency. But unions see it as a sign of more austerity and hardship to come. Last night's protest saw demonstrators holding banners comparing Mrs Merkel to Adolf Hitler and other offen... more »

South Africa Beaches Closed after Great White sharks attack a Whale that washed up on shore

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*A large section of coastline in South Africa has been closed after a beached 30 metre long whale was attacked by Great White sharks.* The sharks fed off the giant mammal's carcass when it washed up on Muizenberg beach near Cape Town on Sunday. Authorities have since removed the southern right whale, but say it was found with chunks of flesh torn off its body. A stretch of shore has now been closed to the public 'as a precaution'. Disaster response teams had moved swiftly to get the animal out of the water and onto a flat-bed truck. Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, a spokesman for Cape ... more »

Merkel bears no gifts for Greece

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Financial Times) -- More than any other European leader, Angela Merkel is unloved in Athens: she is seen as the main enforcer of drastic austerity measures imposed by the EU on Greece to resolve its debt crisis.* The German chancellor has been caricatured in extreme left and rightwing publications as a jack-booted Nazi. The fact that Germany has pledged billions in taxpayers' money in loans and financial guarantees to ease the Greek debt burden is largely ignored. So what has inspired Ms Merkel, notoriously risk averse, to run the gauntlet of potentially violent demonstrations on... more »

A protester sets himself on fire in Albania

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Oct. 8 - A former political prisoner of the Communist regime sets himself on fire in protest over the slow compensation payment from current government. Deborah Lutterbeck reports*

Michael Jones Murder: Manhunt in New York for suspect in brutal stabbing death of youth soccer coach.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Oct. 8 - New York City police search for clues into the grisly murder of a British youth soccer coach. Deborah Lutterbeck reports*

U.S. diplomatic security unit under scrutiny after Libya attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi on September 11 has sharpened congressional scrutiny of a State Department office that protects diplomats in the world's most dangerous corners, as lawmakers ask whether it fatally misjudged the dangers of post-revolution Libya.* The little-known Bureau of Diplomatic Security saw its budget expand about tenfold in the decade after the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Contributing to that growth were the U.S.-launched wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after the September 11 attacks on the Unit... more »

Suicide bombers hit Syria security complex: rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Suicide bombers attacked a security compound on the edge of Syrian capital Damascus overnight, in the latest assault by rebels against units loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, insurgents said.* Al-Nusra, a militant Islamist group, claimed responsibility for the attack on the Air Force Intelligence complex in the suburb of Harasta, saying officials working there had played a major role in the government's crackdown on an 18-month-old revolt. Residents and opposition activists told Reuters the attack set off huge explosions and was followed by a gun battle. Video footag... more »

IMF prods U.S. and Europe, warns slowdown deepening

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The IMF said the global economic slowdown is worsening as it cut its growth forecasts for the second time since April and warned U.S. and European policymakers that failure to fix their economic ills would prolong the slump. * Global growth in advanced economies is too weak to bring down unemployment and what little momentum exists is coming primarily from central banks, the International Monetary Fund said in its World Economic Outlook, released ahead of its twice-yearly meeting, which will be held in Tokyo later this week. "A key issue is whether the global economy i... more »

Homeowners 'to get more powers to protect property'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*LONDON — Homeowners will be granted wider powers to tackle intruders under laws being championed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, who was due to address the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday.* Grayling told the Daily Telegraph newspaper he was looking to change the law "at the first opportunity" in order to give people more rights to protect their property. "The basic premise of the change is to get the law to a position where if you are in your home, and you are confronted by an intruder -- then if, in the heat of the moment you use a level of force that in the cold li... more »

Edward Archbold Dies After Winning Roach-Eating Contest in Florida

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*The winner of a cockroach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms.* About 30 contestants ate the insects during Friday night's contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python. Edward Archbold, 32, became ill shortly after the competition ended and collapsed in front of the shop, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office statement released on Monday. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities are waiting for results of an post-mortem... more »

Swedish Environmental Party Politician, Pernilla Hagberg Speaks Out On Chem Trails

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 12 hours ago
24 September 2012 SKYWATCHERS UNITE. Update on the brave efforts of Swedish Green Party politician Pernilla Hagberg to raise the issue of Chemtrails to the public. VIDEO INTERVIEW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXer7kZeOAw Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/117763471707274/ G.S.O.C. GO SWEDEN ON CHEMTRAILS Please join my Facebook group to support this lady. One of the first politicians in history to publicly address the issue of Chemtrails. Please send messages of support to her at Pernilla.Hagberg@yahoo.com and also show your support for her by emailing the Swedish e... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 45.9 km (28.5 miles), the quake hit at 07:57:52 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 153 km (94 miles) West of Abepura, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 36.9 km (22.9 miles), the quake hit at 07:49:54 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 156 km (96 miles) West of Abepura, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 33.3 km (20.7 miles), the quake hit at 07:14:58 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 166 km (103 miles) West of Abepura, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA at a depth of 54.2 km (33.7 miles), the quake hit at 04:41:58 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 41 km (25 miles) SSW of Bireun, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

"hug a hoodie"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
The BBC report that: 'BBC political editor Nick Robinson said the Conservatives, under Mr Cameron's leadership, had gone from a party promising to "hug a hoodie" to one willing to allow the public to "bash a burglar".' There's a problem with that line and that is that as the BBC admit here: '...David Cameron never says 'hug a hoodie'; that famous phrase was in a press release issued by Labour' So why is Nick Robinson perpetuating a falsehood? 

Tension In Athens Ahead Of Merkel Visit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Greece is bracing itself for strikes, protests and potential violence as German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to 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; her first trip since the debt crisis began here three years ago. Deemed highly symbolic, Merkel's seven-hour stay signals Europe's most powerful lender's bid to keep its poorest peer, Greece, within the 17-nation eurozone. Merkel also has a desire to further mend relations with Prime Minister Anton... more »

Supergod challenge: proving a $300 inequality

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Spyridon Michalakis of Quantum Frontiers (a fun blog with John Preskill: not only about quantum computation) offered his readers a wonderful challenge with a $300 bounty that the first contributors kindly postponed to the first solver of another challenge, the Supergod challenge – which happened to be your humble correspondent who sort of needed the payment due to some recent expenses. The Supergod challenge is the following problem: (use the minimalistic mobile template) Using no calculators and no "uncertain" assumptions about inequalities, prove that\[ \frac{1}{2}\cdot\frac{3}... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
"What you pay for in life, you get. What you don't pay for, you don't get. The currency is a concerted, persistent effort in thought, word, and deed. Each designed to raise expectations, instill optimism, and imply your inevitable success. And to make "things" happen even faster, understand to the absolute core of your being that this is how you created everything now in your life. What you pay for in life, you get." "You buy that?" The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" www.tut.com

The rehabilitation of Brian Mulroney: There’s a reason he’s looking so good these days

david at Alberta Diary - 14 hours ago
Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney in his heyday, grabbed from the website of Libraries and Archives Canada, and doesn’t he just look terrific! Below: Mr. Mulroney as he appears nowadays; Earnscliffe Strategies Principal Robin Sears. Have you noticed how Brian Mulroney is looking pretty good lately? Back in the day, after Mr. Mulroney left office ... more »

Factory Towers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
This is the deliverable future of mass production home building. What no one has done yet tie to connect the dots and start linking these structures to farm land to deliver a viable local community to the land. The foot print is so small that a village of five hundred can be installed on a farm's actual living space with any top soil simply moved to points of need with zero loss of overall productivity. Once that starts to happen, the need for urban centralization will quickly decline. I would set out to fully integrate village and farm and local urban center to max... more »

Double Strength Glass May be Attainable

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
Our knowledge of glass is steadily improving and it appears manufacture using a vapor deposition method could be used to double current strength specifications. This takes it to the half way mark toward the theoretical limit. All good stuff and adds to the persistent improvements we have witnessed in the technology. It is also nice to know that we have plenty of room for going much further. A doubling of strength takes it way beyond most specifications and plausibly allows for items that are truly unbreakable in terms of real application. *Glass half full: Double... more »

Crossing Ice Age Beringia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
As we understand it, humanity was held back by difficult terrain from accessing the Americas until about twenty thousand years ago. Even then the penetration was achieved because of technical prowess in the making of seaworthy skin kayaks that allowed long distant jumps while occasionally resting on sea ice. This was easily sustained by fishing and seal hunting. Penetration was achieved on both coasts. The west coast naturally channeled this human expansion along the coast itself with slim opportunities for inland penetration until one reaches Mexico. The sea natura... more »

Super Comet Approaching

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
It appears that we have a bright comet heading this way in late next year. What we know right now is that it will be bright and possibly super bright before it is all over. So it is worth the effort to be ready for it. This could also be a major outgasser and provide us with a giant tail to watch. Cross your fingers. In the event this is our first notice and I am sure it will be followed with plenty of other stories. It has real potential to be spectacular although folks will keep quiet because we have been skunked before. This at least seems to be a new event. *... more »

Douglas Dietrich (supposedly) exposing the Military Industrial Complex

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 15 hours ago
You know me, I'm not totally CONVINCED there's an Occultists Agenda here on Corporate Planet LLC, however ... if the Powers That Be, if the Military Industrial Complex, if the Markets, if the Governments of the World are effectively RUN by belief in such Alchemical Bullshit™, then we're really in a lot more trouble than we might otherwise be, being just hapless occupants of a limited resource planet in an already dangerous solar/galactic system. *Douglas Dietrich was a Department of Defense Research Librarian for almost a decade, responsible for incinerating highly classified mater... more »

BUSINESSS INSIDER: A Second Greek Man On 'The Lagarde List' Has Been Found Dead

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 15 hours ago
*Vlassis Kambouroglou* A Second Greek Man On 'The Lagarde List' Has Been Found Dead Matthew Boesler Oct. 8, 2012, 8:33 PM http://www.businessinsider.com/greek-men-on-lagarde-list-found-dead-2012-10 AP PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos The so-called "Lagarde List" – the name given by the Greek press to a list containing 1,991 names of wealthy, Swiss-bank-account-possessing Greeks who are being investigated for corruption and tax evasion – is causing a major stir in Greece right now. Since Friday, two men on the list have turned up dead in apparent suicides. Here is what has happen... more »

Newsweek’s Iran War Game: Very interesting

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
It’s 5 in the morning when the phone rings at the beachfront home of Dan Shapiro, the American ambassador to Israel. On the line is Rafi Barak, the head of Israel’s foreign ministry, sounding tense. Israel has struck six Iranian nuclear facilities overnight, causing extensive damage, he says. Israeli’s foreign minister will soon be calling Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with details. Thirty minutes later, Shapiro and a team from the U.S. Embassy that includes the military attaché and the CIA station chief arrive at Israel’s Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv for a briefi... more »

North Korea says its missiles can reach US

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
* **North Korea has said its missiles can hit the US mainland in an apparent riposte to Washington letting South Korea extend the range of its arsenal.* South Korea on Sunday unveiled an agreement with the United States that extends the range of its ballistic missiles by more than twice its current limit to 497 miles (800km) as a deterrent to the North. The United States has denied it has any intention to strike North Korea. It has more than 20,000 troops stationed in the South in defence of its ally. North Korea's National Defence Commission said in a statement carried by the Kore... more »

The Greek message for Angela Merkel....and it isn't Welcome

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
** *As Angela Merkel visits Athens on Tuesday, she will find a Greece in its fifth consecutive year of recession. In 2008 and 2009, the recession was a spillover from the global financial crisis. Since then it has been caused and deepened by the austerity policies imposed on Greece by the troika – of the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, the European Central Bank – and the Greek government.* These policies are devastating the Greek people, especially workers, pensioners, small businessmen and women, and of course young people. The Greek economy has contracted by more ... more »

Syrian Rebels Make Gains Near Turkish Border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*The Syrian rebels have made some major territorial gains in the north of the country - taking key towns and villages along the Turkish border. * Sky News was with the rebels as they stormed into Bdama, a strategically important town just over a mile from the border with Turkey. The town is crucial to the rebel arms smugglers because it gives them access to the north-west of the country and towns like Latakia, Idlib and Hama. For the Government, it is a key transport link from the President's home region of Latakia and Syria's second city of Aleppo. Hundreds of rebel fighters poure... more »

IMF downgrades forecast for global economic growth

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*TOKYO, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday downgraded the forecast for global economic growth of 2012 to 3.3 percent in the World Economic Outlook unveiled in Tokyo before the IMF-World Bank 2012 annual meetings.* "The world recovery continues, but it has weakened further. In advanced countries, growth is now too low to make a substantial dent in unemployment, and in major emerging countries, growth which had been strong earlier has also decreased," said the IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard on the press conference. The IMF downgraded the global e... more »

Mass Death Fears Rock US Underground – What is Coming ?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*If you can imagine, factions of your own government, in conjunction with elements of FEMA and Homeland Security, have been preparing for your very own demise.* It is imperative for us to report that some of the most dire reports to date we’ve received in the past decade from the American Underground Movement (AUM) involve a new US law that mandates that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) begin new a system of “mass fatality planning” as the “wheels,” so to speak, continue to fall off the present global economic system. Making these reports even more shocking are that ... more »

Meningitis-linked steroid may have affected 13,000 people in U.S. -CDC

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Some 13,000 people in 23 U.S. states may have received steroid injections linked to a rare fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed eight people, but far fewer are likely to contract the disease, the Centers for Disease Control said on Monday.* The CDC for the first time estimated the number of patients potentially affected, after previously saying only that it could be in the thousands. So far, 105 cases of the rare form of meningitis have been confirmed in nine states. In hardest hit Tennessee another person has died, bringing the national deat... more »

Two days after UAV instrusion, Patriot missiles posted near Haifa and other parts of Israel

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Two days after an Iranian pilotless helicopter breached Israeli air space, Israel Monday, Oct. 8, stationed Patriot missile interceptor batteries in different parts of northern Israel, including Mt. Carmel, near Haifa, in what one Israeli official called a routine step. debkafile’s military sources disclose that the Patriot, which has extremely high interception capabilities, was in fact rushed into position as the country celebrated Simhat Torah, lest Iran or Hizballah plan a follow-up aerial intrusion and in view of the current deterioration in Syria which Turkish President Abdul... more »

Thank God These People Won't Succeed!!!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 17 hours ago
The attempt to cause chaos and war in the middle east continues. These two videos are mind boggling. Further verification of what Benjamin Fulford and others have been saying for months. We know these people are being restrained by higher forces, as another timeline other than destruction is on the agenda for this year. Still...the unmitigated audacity of these people and their complete disregard for human life is astounding. They don't even hide it anymore...they truly expect to get away with it all.

Politico Wins The Weekend's Worst Hack Job Competition

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
Sessions & Israel I almost wrote Alex Isenstadt a note to ask him if the DCCC had written his column about potential upsets or if they just told him which candidates to include. It's embarrassing that he pasted "Here's *Politico*'s look at five potential Democratic upsets to watch" onto a list that came directly from the DCCC. Is that reporting? Are these *Politico* guys aware that America is more than just a theoretical construct and they ought to get out and visit sometime and not just depend on what they're told by Steve Israel and Pete Sessions for congressional coverage? DC is a... more »

Putin dubs McCain "Nuts"

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 17 hours ago
Sen John McCain publicly threatens Putin, the president of Russia saying,"Putin could easily suffer the same fate as Gaddafi".

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 17 hours ago
Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician known by his shortened stage name Ray Charles (to avoid confusion with champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.) He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians ... more »

Strange Sounds in the sky over Hertfordshire, England - 29th of September 2012

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
* Thoughts: Brb, changing pants. On a serious note, I'm unable to verify the authenticity of this, so if you're from the area, let us know if you heard it, or email your footage / sounds to us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. Worth investigating further.* *Also, here is some similar strange sound phenomenon filmed in Florida in 2011:* * *

Strange UFO sighting reported in Der Alzor, Syria

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*Thoughts: I found it interesting that in an unrelated issue (or perhaps related in a way we don't know), you can hear the war going on in the background through the sounds of gunfire and mortar.*

CBS: Security dwindled before deadly Libyan consulate attack

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 18 hours ago
October 8, 2012 7:25 PM Security dwindled before deadly Libyan consulate attack By Sharyl Attkisson, Margaret Brennan (CBS News) One of the men who was in charge of security for U.S. diplomats in Libya says he feared for their safety long before the attack last month on the consulate in Benghazi. Four Americans were killed in the attacks on the Libyan consulate, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The concerned military security officer and Army green beret, Lt. Colonel Andrew Wood, will tell his story to Congress on Wednesday. Wood first set foot in Libya last February to lea... more »

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