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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

1 November - Blogs I'm Following II

Scientist ensuring the genetic integrity of plants
Scientist ensuring the genetic integrity of plants (Photo credit: IITA Image Library)
MAJDAL SHAMS, ISRAEL - MAY 15:   The army line...
MAJDAL SHAMS, ISRAEL - MAY 15: The army lines the border as Palestinian protesters infiltrate the Israel-Syria border on May 15, 2011 near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, Israel. Reportedly at least twelve were killed and several injured when IDF soldiers open fired on protesters attempting to cross the Syria-Israel border adjacent to Majdal Shams in northern Israel. Palestinians today were remonstrating the establishment of Israel in 1948, termed 'Nakba Day.' (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
MAJDAL SHAMS, ISRAEL - MAY 15:   The army patr...
MAJDAL SHAMS, ISRAEL - MAY 15: The army patrols as Palestinian protesters infiltrate the Israel-Syria border on May 15, 2011 near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, Israel. Reportedly at least twelve were killed and several injured when IDF soldiers open fired on protesters attempting to cross the Syria-Israel border adjacent to Majdal Shams in northern Israel. Palestinians today were remonstrating the establishment of Israel in 1948, termed 'Nakba Day.' (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
MAJDAL SHAMS, ISRAEL - MAY 15:   Palestinian p...
MAJDAL SHAMS, ISRAEL - MAY 15: Palestinian protesters infiltrate the Israel-Syria border on May 15, 2011 near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, Israel. Reportedly at least twelve were killed and several injured when IDF soldiers open fired on protesters attempting to cross the Syria-Israel border adjacent to Majdal Shams in northern Israel. Palestinians today were remonstrating the establishment of Israel in 1948, termed 'Nakba Day.' (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
"Israel Collective Punishment" by Ca...
"Israel Collective Punishment" by Carlos Latuff. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Michael Mann at a "master-class&...
English: Michael Mann at a "master-class" at the French Cinematheque Français : Michael Mann à la Cinémathèque française le 4 juillet 2009, pour une « master-class » après la projection de Heat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 08:  Pamela Anders...
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 08: Pamela Anderson takes part in a promotional event in a mall on November 8, 2010 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Anderson is in Israel after writting to Yakov Margi, Israel's Minister of Religious Services, requesting that he backs a proposal to ban the trade of fur in Israel. The actress and animal activist is also due to appear as a guest judge on Israel's Dancing with the Stars. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Why Businesses Can't Create Jobs Even if the Recession Is Over

Penn State Will Investigate 'Climategate'

It appears that Michael E. Mann has lied to Congress in his July 27, 2006 appearance. Mann and his cohorts have manipulated Government’s and business to spend billions of dollars to combat man caused climate warming, which may be the result the natural variation. Research of the E Mails per the Dec 2011 Forbes acticle; “three themes are emerging from the newly released emails: (1) prominent scientists central to the global warming debate are taking measures to conceal rather than disseminate underlying data and discussions; (2) these scientists view global warming as a political “cause” rather than a matter for balanced scientific inquiry; and (3) many of these scientists frankly admit to each other that much of the science is weak and dependent on deliberate manipulation of facts and data. Additionally, the new Climategate emails show alarmists launching personal attacks against scientists who publish research indicating humans may not be causing a climate crisis. Michael Mann, for example, brags to fellow alarmists about recruiting investigative journalists to target and “expose” skeptical scientist Steve McIntyre. The new Climategate emails also reveal Mann recruiting fellow alarmists to pressure Harvard University to crack down on prominent scientists Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas for publishing research indicating solar variability has been a more important factor in recent temperature changes than carbon dioxide emissions.” Anyone doing a internet search can eaily find the carbon follows temperature by 100's of years, that in most of the earth known history carbon has been much higher than today, e.g Jurassic period carbon was 2500 vs. the 380 ppm today.
Bill Williams of PA 2:55AM January 03, 2012

 Question to Clinton. What is a 'sufficient' level of oppression ?

 March 4, '09                          
American financial and military aid to Israel is expected to increase to 2.77 billion dollars per year.
Lawmakers such as
Congressman Dennis Kucinich are demanding that Israel’s actions during the latest
assault on Gaza be investigated.  There are serious concerns that Israel may have been in violation of the
U.S. Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Assistance Act (as well as in violation of international law.)

Others, on the other hand,
demand American financing for Israel be cut off completely. (More examples here, here, here, here, here and here.)

Israel is an Apartheid state and the Palestinian people are its victims. Israel is a regime dedicated to
preserving itself strictly for the benefit of one race. Yet, over t
wenty-three percent of the state of Israel proper is comprised of Arab-Israeli citizens. They are second-class citizens discriminated against
every level and strata of Israeli society.  Jewish-Israeli politicians tried to legally block Arab-Israeli political parties from participating in the February, 2009 federal elections.

In a rare moment of plain speaking, Olmert was quoted in the Israeli press  declaring to his horror that
attacks against beleaguered Palestinians in the West Bank by Jewish settlers was nothing more or less
than a pogrom against innocent Palestinian people.  Could it be?  Is it possible that Olmert actually does
not know about what has been, and is being, done to the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation in
the occupied West Bank?

Gaza, meanwhile, is an open-air concentration camp.  The best spine Clinton could muster in her meeting
with Israeli authorities this week was for her to gently suggest that Israel should permit
humanitarian supplies into Gaza. I, for one, would appreciate it greatly if Secretary of State Clinton could
define for us exactly what would meet her fine distinction of 'sufficient'.

What is the acceptable level of oppression, or numbers of deliberately starved of children, the permitted
numbers of pogroms?  This is something new to consider:  Apparently, different races of people are
entitled to different levels of human rights.  Suddenly, American foreign policy comes into sharper focus.
Finally, I see it for what it is.  Now, it all makes sense.


No more billions in American tax dollars to bank-roll Israel's war crimes against Gaza and the Palestinian People. 

Cut Israel off of the billions in American tax dollars in financial and military support.  Our
8.49 million dollars per day, finance Israel's ongoing illegal military occupation of the
West Bank and the military siege and assault on Gaza.  American dollars are bank-rolling
occupation, ethnic cleansing and murder of the Palestinian people.  (See: B'Tselem, Israeli
human rights org.)

Americans have been brainwashed by the most advanced and sophisticated propaganda
machine - Israel's - that the world has ever seen.  Americans are convinced that they know the
facts.  When they find out how badly they have been misled by television, radio and print
media - they will see to it that it comes to a swift end.

I would like the new administration to understand that Hamas abided by the ceasefire
agreement with Israel.  According to Israel's own intel, we may conclude that there were no
rockets fired by Hamas in July, September or October of 2008.

page 6 of 12 in particular: Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center Summary of
rocket fire and mortar shelling in 2008.)

Hamas, in spite of the dire suffering of the people, demonstrated an iron will to stop rocket fire
from more radical splinter groups in Gaza. Hamas offered to extend the ceasefire even though
Israel never abided by it by lifting the siege. Israel militarily broke off the ceasefire on
November 4 by attacking in Gaza, killing six.

CNN Confirms Israel broke ceasefire first - YouTube report now viewed over 160,000

How is it that when Hamas - the democratically-elected political arm of the Palestinian People -
fires rockets at Sderot, they are called terrorists when they are fighting to break free of their
Israel-imposed concentration camp.  But when Israel starves one and a half million men,
women and children to try to force them to rescind their vote for Hamas - our leaders declare
that Israel 'has the right to defend herself.'  It is this kind of double-standard that has
destroyed America's credibility around the four corners of the globe.

Israel is not defending herself.  Israel is not defending herself when she destroys Gaza's
schools, mosques, police stations, ambulances, universities, factories and water treatment

The ceasefire lull was a tremendous relief to residents of Sderot. Residents hoped that Israel
would seize the opportunity to cement peace. (See Adam Horowitz, Huffingtonpost.:
Even in Sderot, Israelis say no to endless war.)  Instead, all the while during the ceasefire Israel girded
for war.

Because of the years of oppression, followed by the eighteen month-long military siege of
Gaza, the physical condition of the children in Gaza is deplorable.  Their growth is stunted and
their ability to learn is impaired.  They suffer from severe traumatic stress.  Psychological
assessments find too many of them are literally losing the will to live.  (For more, see
TruthDig's Chris Hedges: Israel's
'Crime against Humanity'; Dec. 15, 2008 report  with U.N.
special rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, former Princeton
University law professor Richard Falk.


J Street plans to poll American Jews on Israel

March 05, '09  

J Street is taking the initiative by requesting donations to pay for a poll of the American Jewish community.  J Street
wants to get a clearer picture of American Jewish opinion regarding Israel and prescriptions for Middle East peace.

This is a very good idea.  Too many private associations and organizations purport to know the minds of American
Jews while claiming to speak for them.

Independent organizations such as J Street are working hard trying to leaven the debate.  J Street seeks to
support 'strong American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli conflicts peacefully and

But it is an endlessly frustrating fact that life is unforgiving on this point:  Good intentions will not be realized if we
choose wrong paths to reach a goal.

There are worrying aspects to a two-state solution. For some, support for the two-state solution means support for
nation-building based on the preferred status of a particular race.

If J Street wants to know what is the low-down on Israel on the American Jewish street, their poll would have to
include whether or not homies supported a secular, democratic, one-state solution with equal rights for all its
citizens regardless of race, religion or anything else.

Does J Street intend to include this choice in their planned poll?  I hope so.

Some argue that
Israel is already one state with two peoples: one with preferred status, the other discriminated
against and oppressed both in
Israel proper, in the occupied West Bank, and in the concentration camp otherwise
known as

In order to protect the Jewish character of Israel, some
extremists openly tout forced 'transfer' [ethnic cleansing] of
Arab-Israeli citizens.  Perhaps they will look back in time to when the SS evicted Poles to provide homes for their
preferred race - Germans:  Allowed to carry no  more than $200.00, one suitcase, one change of underwear; tidy
your house, do the dishes and make sure the keys to the house are left in the doorknobs or hanging in the kitchen
cupboard before you leave so as not to inconvenience the new residents of what was formerly your home.  (See,
for example, mid-chapter Three,
German Methods; from, 'German Invasion of Poland WWII, The German New
Order in Poland, Part Two; The Polish Ministry of Information, Hutchinson & Co., London, 1941.)

Twenty-three percent of Israel's citizens are Arab. The discrimination these Israeli citizens suffer is bad.  I fear that
the continued push for two states does not quell but rather feeds racism in Israeli society; a two-state political
philosophy suggests that two peoples should not or cannot live together under a one-state roof.  I believe I am in
good company in this regard.

Gandhi was against dividing the geographic area known as Pakistan and India today for the same reasons:
"My whole soul rebels against the idea that Hinduism and Islam represent two antagonistic cultures and doctrines.
To assent to such a doctrine is for me a denial of God."


India's Reliance cuts gas reserves estimate -govt

Reliance Industries Ltd has cut its estimate of gas reserves in the D6 block off India's east coast by about two-thirds to 3.4 trillion cubic feet (tcf), the oil ministry said, hurting plans for the country to reduce its gas imports.

The D6 block in Krishna Godavari (KG) basin, jointly operated by Reliance and BP Plc, was expected to contribute up to a quarter of the gas supply for Asia's third-largest economy.
But output from KG fields has declined, leaving India more dependent on expensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports. Development of the field has been beset by arguments over spending and the strategy for tapping its complex geology.

 ( Dicking with resource field predictions is an easy way to 'play the market.' Such was the case with stated U.S. oil reserves during the early years of the GW Bush administration. Interestingly, oil reserves estimates in the U.S. took a recent rise - agreeing with past scuttlebutt that they had been deliberately understated. )

 Sandy from above


10:10 pm MDST


I'm Not A Psychiatrist But...

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 minutes ago
Yesterday, as a Halloween treat over at Digby's place, David Atkins, the chairman of the Ventura County Democratic Party, posted a fascinating profile of a classic, clinically diagnosed sociopath-- once called, and treated as-- "moral insanity." Towards the end he asks his readers if the description fits "anyone prominent on the national political stage like, say, a certain someone running for President." Obviously, it does. But it also fits-- and to a T-- a certain someone running for Vice President. In fact, if you just look at the description without bias, it fits the entire Re... more »

Vegan Recipe - Chili (sin carne)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 10 minutes ago
*Welcome to the first Friday of the month. Once a month we share a vegan recipe. Why? Because meatless meals are good for the planet (check out an early post on the subject HERE). This month I'm sharing one of my own creations ... Chili. It features dried beans which are very wallet-friendly, easy to cook, healthy and delicious. The recipe calls for stove-top cooking but would easily work in a crock-pot. I hope you and your family enjoy it! * *Cyndi's Chili (sin carne)* Servings: 2-3 adult portions *Ingredients* 1/2 cup dried black beans - sorted & rinsed 1/2 cup dried pinto bean... more »

Barclays To Be Penalized $435 by Federal Energy Market Regulator

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 30 minutes ago
"More Probes Add to Barclays Woes: Energy Regulator Proposes $435 Million Fine as Justice and SEC Examine Bank's Efforts to Raise Cash" the WSJ by D. Enrich Nov 1, 2012 C1 Paraphrasing: The fine is in response to alleged manipulation of US electricity markets. Barclays is also facing an anti-corruption investigation. OTHER RECENT SCANDALS: LIBOR AND EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS IN COMMODITY MARKETS Majia's Blog: ETFs as Weapons of Mass Destruction Sep 22, 2012 The rise in popularity in a relatively new form of derivatives known as Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) amplifies risks for the globa... more »

[Graphic Video] FSA Terrorists Executing Prisoners of War

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 37 minutes ago
The FSA terrorists chanted "Allahu Akbar" before executing prisoners of war. Allahu Akbar my ass. What a bunch of savages. I put responsibility on the American, Turkish, Saudi Arabian, Israeli, and Qatari governments for the FSA atrocities. They are committing war crimes. Syria is not experiencing the Arab spring. This is Washington's reign of terror. They have opened the floodgates of terror and chaos in Syria. Shame on whoever supports the FSA.

[Graphic Video] TSA Terrorists Executing Prisoners of War

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 38 minutes ago
The FSA terrorists chanted "Allahu Akbar" before executing prisoners of war. Allahu Akbar my ass. What a bunch of savages. I put responsibility on the American, Turkish, Saudi Arabian, Israeli, and Qatari governments for the FSA atrocities. God damn the U.S. government to hell. God damn Obama to hell. Syria is not experiencing the Arab spring. This is Washington's reign of terror. They have opened the floodgates of terror and chaos in Syria.

Beautiful Fences That Serve an Environmental Function

All photos courtesy: © Benjamin Spöth We know that bees, birds and butterflies -- nature's pollinators -- play a huge role in health, self-sustaining ecosystems and genetic propagation in agriculture. There's no doubt that the decline in pollinator populations (like bees) have many worried about the future of food availability. One way to increase pollinator populations is to incorporate suitable habitats into our urban gardens, be it planting butterfly-friendly species like milkweed or, as German, Eindhoven-based designer Benjamin Spöth has done, installing some kind of habitable fr... more »

Baracka Apocalypse: Escape From New York 2012!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Democrats and Republicans: There is no escape from the two party system. Obama and Romney are modern day slave owners. Their voters are their slaves. The mainstream media is the plantation. *

Who in the Bible had no parents?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
Joshua, son of Nun.

The real lesson from Ashley Smith

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
Ashley Smith's death and more the videos of her being brutalized while in custody have led to much handwringing among the chattering classes. The theme seems to be that people with mental problems are treated badly in jail. Well duh. But stepping back a moment, there isn't a lot of evidence that Ms Smith even had mental problems. Yes she did get into some minor criminal problems and she had trouble with authority - but that's hardly rare among teens. And yes she took steps that led to her death; but seeing her circumstances those steps do not reflect metal confusion but rather a... more »

I Would Be Happy to Talk About Climate Change With You

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 1 hour ago
Was not what Mitt Romney said when a member of the crowd began addressing him regarding the subject. The individual held a sign that read "End Climate Silence". Romney waited a long time while the crowd chanted, oddly enough, "USA! USA!"

PORTAL 2012: A New Cobra Interview by Golden Rule

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 2 hours ago
Thursday, November 1, 2012 *A New Cobra Interview by Golden Rule* You might want to listen to this new Cobra interview: http://golden-rule.org/2012/10/26/cobra-on-the-day-of-decision-the-master-plan-and-drake/ Or watch this video about the Masterplan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6mbZPLtKoQ&feature=share Enjoy! Posted by Cobra at 12:44 PM

Musical Interlude: David Arkenstone, “Across the Great Oceans”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
David Arkenstone, “Across the Great Oceans” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i47GF93Aw-g&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble- maybe Macbeth should have consulted the Witch Head Nebula. The suggestively shaped reflection nebula is associated with the bright star Rigel in the constellation Orion. *Click image for larger size. * More formally known as IC 2118, the Witch Head Nebula spans about 50 light-years and is composed of interstellar dust grains reflecting Rigel's starlight. In this cosmic portrait, the blue color of the Witch Head Nebula and of the dust surrounding Rigel is caused not only by Rigel's intense blue starlight but becaus... more »

The Poet: Joy Harjo, "Eagle Poem"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Eagle Poem" * "To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can't see, can't hear Can't know except in moments Steadily growing, and in languages That aren't always sound but other Circles of motion. Like eagle that Sunday morning Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky In wind, swept our hearts clean With sacred wings. We see you, see ourselves and know That we must take the utmost care And kindness in all things. Breathe in, knowing we are made of All this, and breathe, knowing We are truly blessed b... more »

Chet Raymo, “Where We Came From”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Where We Came From” * by Chet Raymo "Author Doris Lessing began her sci-fi chronicle of space with this dedication: "For my father, who used to sit, hour after hour, night after night, outside our home in Africa, watching the stars. 'Well,' he would say, 'if we blow ourselves up, there's plenty more where we came from.'" Oh, there's plenty more, all right; stars spangle the sky in uncountable numbers. And they're blowing up all the time. Here's one that appeared on APOD, the remnant of a star that blew itself up in 1006 AD Earth-time. Since the star was 7000 light-years away, it... more »

China's Second Stealth Fighter Takes to the Skies

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
China has flown its second stealth fighter, the J-31, the smaller cousin to its previous model, the J-20. A look at either of them reveals the classic, Lockheed-Martin, F-22 Raptor pedigree. Unlike the F-35 limited range, modest payload, marginally maneuverable light attack bomber, the Chinese 20's and 31's appear to be actual fighter aircraft. Stealth fighter aircraft, the sort that seem designed to give the F-35 fits. The F-35, of course, is designed to be able to defeat conventional, "4th-generation" fighters, not stealth fighters. Oopsie! There are plenty of reports th... more »

Luckner Doing Well after Heart Surgery in Naperville

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 2 hours ago
Luckner doing well after heart surgery. Please see this Chicago Tribune article.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Palmetto, Florida, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

US-Backed Terrorists Mass Murder Unarmed Civilians in Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 3 hours ago
Washington Post claims "soldiers" were executed - terrorists in video clearly refer to victims as civilian "shabih." Victims had no weapons, uniforms, or IDs indicating they were soldiers. Tony Cartalucci Land Destroyer November 2, 2012 An egregious war crime was reported on by the Washington Post, but deceitfully and purposefully spun and shrugged off. In the Post's article, "Syrian rebels execute unarmed government soldiers; dozens killed in fighting," it is first reported: Syrian rebels executed at least a half-dozen unarmed government soldiers Thursday after attacks on check... more »

“Can You Read This?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Can You Read This?”* by Marc “Here’s a goodie for you: Cna yuo raed tihs? Suteids sohw taht olny aoubt 55 prcenet of plepoe can (atculley trheer is no scuh sudty). I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. Tihs sohws us the phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are in, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pclae. The rset of the txet can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae ... more »

Why Do Our Generals Suck?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 3 hours ago
Even Americans are beginning to grasp that their generals suck. The soldiers in the field and their unit commanders are first rate. The rot is at the top. And it's not just the Americans beset by this phenomenon. A new book, *The Generals*, by Tom Ricks of the Center for a New American Security, attempts to get to the bottom of the problem. Ricks' assessment is that we're back to a world of ticket-punchers in which bad commanders no longer get relieved, "fired." *Ricks points back to a system that the revered General George Marshall put into place during World War II: unsuccess... more »

President-in-Waiting Willard and his Boy Companion Paul sure have different styles of lying

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*The stuff Willard says is just, you know, stuff he says. Why would anyone want to try to hold him to it?* *by Ken* Here was my first reaction to the news that Willard and Mrs. Willard secretly made a bloody frigging fortune off the government auto-industry bailout: So maybe Willard wasn't kidding after all when he pretended that he hadn't opposed the bailout, even though we all know that he sure as hell did, at least publicly, as a matter of policy. There's more to life than policy, however. There's also mad, seemingly insatiable greed. It was just two weeks ago that Greg Palast ... more »

"Free of the Deadly Internet!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Free of the Deadly Internet!"* by Christopher Ketcham "First off, this hypocrisy: publishing a piece on the Internet that decries the Internet. No allowance for it. It is straight-up hypocrisy. Best to shut up, crawl back in my cave, ass in hand, and utter not another word. Yet, and yet. For the thousand and thousand years that print and, later, books offered their plague and joy in our civilization, the same cries were raised. Much later, when vinyl went to 8-track, which went to cassette, which went to CD, ad nauseam, oh the crying – need we belabor it? When CDs first came ... more »

Chrysler Exec to Trump: "You're Full of SH_T!"

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 3 hours ago
Donald Trump doesn't know how to shut his big, fat, greasy mouth. Today Trump tweeted, "*Obama is a terrible negotiator. He bails out Chrysler and now Chrysler wants to send all Jeep manufacturing to China--and will!*” Chrysler vice-president of design and president of the Dodge division, Ralph Gilles, fired back: "*You are full of shit!"* Gilles later apologized for his choice of words but added, "*lies are just that, lies*."

Kindergarten Teacher’s Photos of Her Abusing Children Exposed: Probably the Least of What Goes On in China

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago

RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Historian Martin Duberman on 'Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left'

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
Martin Duberman. Image from Lambda Literary. Rag Radio podcast: Historian Martin Duberman discusses his new biography of Howard Zinn By Rag Radio / The Rag Blog / November 1, 2012 Historian Martin Duberman discussed his new book, Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left, on Rag Radio, Friday, October 26. Rag Radio, a syndicated radio show, is produced in the studios of KOOP-FM, a cooperatively-run


Southern Man at Southern Man - 4 hours ago
During a casual conversation at work the other day a couple of Southern Man's colleagues were shocked and even a bit alarmed at learning that Southern Man doesn't watch television - indeed, that Southern Man doesn't even have any form of media service. Not even an antenna and converter box. And 3G over the air that varies from one bar to "no service." A puzzled friend asked "So just what *do* you do in the evenings without TV or the Internet?"' The Southern Children felt the same way; the girls in particular would have thought that their world had come to an end without cable TV an... more »

Fee-fi-fo-FIPA . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 4 hours ago
STOP! STOP! STOP! Stop the Canada-China FIPA! E-mail or phone your MP TODAY!

Why the race is so close

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
[photo via OKnox on twitter] On its face, it doesn't make sense. Certainly not to any one who's been paying attention right along. There's this overwhelming incredulity among the well informed that this could not possibly be real. No thinking person should be fooled by the blatant lies that have become Romney's stock in trade. But those who harbor the strongest disbelief don't live in Republican strongholds. This was brought home to me when I voted last week. I was as thrilled as a freshman going to the senior prom as the football hero's date to see a long line on just the third ... more »

Disaster Relief In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
The storm is called the FSA and it was engineered by the governments in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Israel, England, France, Germany, Egypt, and the United States.

Wombs and Periods: the real threat to national security

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
If you ever thought that emotion, mythology, and the uterus didn’t matter in foreign policy, reading debates about women in the military should change your mind. I expected some debate to ensue when Foreign Affairs agreed to publish an essay called Let Women Fight in their November/December issue (cough shamelessselfpromotion cough), but I was blown Continue reading

“Anxiety About Change: Anticipating the Good”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Anxiety About Change: Anticipating the Good”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, we can learn to embrace it while releasing the past with grace. When we find ourselves going through any kind of change in our lives, our natural response may be to tense up on the physical, mental, or emotional level. We may not even notice that we have braced ourselves against a shift until we recognize the anxiety, mood swings, or general worried feeling toward the unknown that usually results. There are positive ways to move through change wit... more »

Hezbollah’s latest muscle-flexing shows it is under duress and looking for a fight

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago

FRIDAY MORNING RAMBLE: In the wake of Poseidon

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York's skyline… The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do we need? … Is it beauty and genius [religious pilgrims] want to see? Do they seek a sense of the sublime? Let them come to New York, stand on the shore of the Hudson, look and kneel. When I see the city from my window - no, I don't feel how small I am - but I feel that if a war [or destruction] came to threaten this, I would throw myself into space, over the city, and protect these buildings with my body. - Ayn Rand [im... more »

Inuit Woman Using Knife (1968)

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
Kathleen Pepper

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

Satire: "Romney: “Seeing Him With Chris Christie is Tearing Me Apart”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Romney: “Seeing Him With Chris Christie is Tearing Me Apart”* by Andy Borowitz DES MOINES (The Borowitz Report)— "A new Mitt Romney is emerging in the closing days of the campaign, aides say: a man who is increasingly “being eaten alive with jealousy” by President Obama’s budding relationship with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. While Mr. Romney has told reporters that he is “totally fine” with Gov. Christie flying around in a helicopter with President Obama, privately he has told aides, “Seeing him with Chris Christie is tearing me apart.” The trouble began earlier this we... more »

"The Economics of Dracula"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Economics of Dracula" * by Peter C. Earle "Another Halloween has passed, bringing its late autumnal burst of costumes, candy, and merriment. Ghosts, witches, mummies, zombies, Frankenstein's monster, film and television characters, and others will make appearances, as will the quintessential Halloween figure: Dracula. Most people are familiar with Count Dracula's first literary appearance in Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic horror novel “Dracula”. And many are also aware that the undead villain was loosely based on a real historical figure, Vlad Tepes III - "Vlad the Impaler" (so... more »

Normalized US Hurricane Damage 1900-2012, Including Sandy

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 6 hours ago
The graph above shows normalized US hurricane damage, based on data from ICAT, which applies an extension to the methodology of Pielke et al. 2008. The 2012 estimate for Sandy comes from Moody's, and is an estimate. The red line represents a linear best fit to the data -- it is flat.

Why vote for Obama?

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
Lot of big endorsements for President Obama today. Everyone all agog about The Economist endorsement, no matter how reluctant. Mike Bloomberg made a stronger case for re-election and gratefully tied it to concern about climate change. Maybe now that it was NYC that half drowned, the media will be more willing to push that issue into the narrative. But my favorite today was from Andrew Sullivan. The ninnyhammers at Bozell's madhouse are apoplectic over it. Don't click that link but do read Andrew's post. He runs down a decent list of sensible reasons but this one bit is the most im... more »

Wilful blindness at Penn State?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
Wilful blindness is very different from carelessness or negligence. To be wilfully blind an accused has to "know" what is going on but decide to ignore it -- it is intentional ignorance. Here I can imagine carelessness, negligence -- maybe recklessness -- but wilful blindness will be a stretch. Story here Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and two other former administrators were charged Thursday with perjury, obstruction of justice and endangering children in an alleged coverup of sexual abuse of children by assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Prosecutors sai... more »

A new 'face' for the rebranded Syrian revolution: An inclusive terrorist government

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
The sales campaign has failed. Syria's so called revolution is in desperate need of a *REBRAND**.* Hillary Clinton is going to make dam sure that happens. And, she has been busy. Very, very busy. One certainty when Hillary "get's busy". People will die. Lots of them. *The latest:* Ms. Clinton is “dismissing” the Syrian National Council Which was never Syrian or national or even a council. It was the Muslim Brotherhood/Western stooges dressed up by spin doctors sold as an "opposition' via the NATO media * Late for Halloween, but always fitting.The wicked witch of the West* *Clap your h... more »

37... Our Right To Know What They're Feeding Us-- It's Not Soylent Green, Right?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Last week the L.A. City Council unanimously endorsed Prop 37, the one that would force food manufacturers to reveal whether or not they're sneaking genetically engineered ingredients into food being sold in grocery stores and other markets. “It's not often that the LA City Council votes unanimously to support a measure, but Prop 37 was a no-brainer. We have the right to know what's in the food we're eating and feeding our families," said Councilmember Paul Koretz. "I'm proud to be a part of this true grassroots campaign in our struggle against the biggest pesticide and junk food ... more »

Is there really a STEM shortage in Florida?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
Sent to the Orlando Sentinel, November 1, 2012 The announcement that Florida is suffering from a shortage of science and technology-trained job applicants is puzzling (“Florida has STEM jobs, but not grads to fill them,” Oct 28). According to research done by Rutgers Professor Hal Salzman, there is no shortage of science and technology graduates. In fact, Salzman concludes that there are two to three qualified graduates for each science/tech opening. Stephen Krashen Sources: Salzman, H. & Lowell, B. L. 2007. Into the Eye of the Storm: Assessing the Evidence on Science and Enginee... more »

Kauilapele's Blog: Evidence of Weather Anomalies & Modification-Manipulation-Directing-Possibly-Trying-to-Create-Havoc with Hurricanes, Anyone?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago
http://kauilapele.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/evidence-of-weather-anomalies-modification-manipulation-directing-possibly-trying-to-create-havoc-with-hurricanes-anyone/ Evidence of Weather Anomalies & Modification-Manipulation-Directing-Possibly-Trying-to-Create-Havoc with Hurricanes, Anyone? Posted on 2012/10/29 Hurricane Sandy 10-27-12 snip (click to enlarge) [UPDATE 1546 HST: I put a very interesting and informative video at the end of this post (foundhere). Especially revealing to me was the difference between the first predicted path of the hurricane, and the predicted p... more »

Scottsdale cops arrest 4409 nine hours after posting this video

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Freedom's Phoenix [image: Scottsdale cops arrest 4409 nine hours after posting this video]Judge sets bond at ridiculous amount of $3,500 for a simple misdemeanor in order to purposely relocate him to Sheriff Joe's 4th Avenue Jail. Please donate to the bail fund if you can. No plea in this case and he will take it clear to the Arizona Supreme Court. Check the youtube channel or FreedomsPhoenix.com for further info MORE INFO AND CODES ON http://www.Formula4409.com Help Us Transmit This Story Add to Your Blogger Account Put it On Facebook Tweet this post Print it from yo... more »

Bloomberg Endorses Obama, Acts on Climate Change

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed Barack Obama for re-election as president of the United States. Bloomberg chose Obama over Romney as the best candidate to deal with the climate change that fueled the hurricane that smashed into New York City. *“The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of next Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,” Mr. Bloomberg wrote in an editorial for Bloomberg View. * *“Our climate is changing,” he wrote. “And while the incr... more »

Matt Taibbi, "The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"The Scam Wall Street Learned From the Mafia"* By Matt Taibbi "Someday, it will go down in history as the first trial of the modern American mafia. Of course, you won't hear the recent financial corruption case, United States of America v. Carollo, Goldberg and Grimm, called anything like that. If you heard about it at all, you're probably either in the municipal bond business or married to an antitrust lawyer. Even then, all you probably heard was that a threesome of bit players on Wall Street got convicted of obscure antitrust violations in one of the most inscrutable, jargon... more »

It’s time to get us rubes worked up!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012* *All over but the shouting:* As we noted yesterday, any chance of a real discussion ends with the last presidential debate. From that point on, it’s all over but the apocryphal shouting. There’s nothing left to do but to get us rubes all outraged and furious. Last evening, we looked in on The Five on Fox; the fury and lunacy were general. They started with Obama and Christie making nice in New Jersey. But about fifteen minutes in, Serra High School’s own Greg Gutfeld introduced a bit of tone concerning Hurricane Sandy: GUTFELD (10/31/12): *I want to in... more »

Storm Economics in One Lesson

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Guest post by Jeffrey Tucker of **Laissez Faire Books** * [image: image]In a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, the only thing people should fear more than the storm is the government's response. Let us count the ways. Mandatory evacuations presume that politicians know the risks better than property owners themselves. That can't possibly be true. In an information age, we all have access to the same data. Especially these days. We should be able to make our own risk assessments, coming and going from our property as we choose. Where is the evidence that property owners sy... more »

Good Use of an Endorsement

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg endorsed Barack Obama today, citing the issue of climate change. How many votes is that worth to Obama? Well, we have here the mayor of the nation's largest city. On top of that, he's an independent (of sorts), and has even been a Republican, so that makes it newsy. Also, his issue preferences are very popular among a very noisy segment of the press, so it's apt to be amplified quite a bit (not to mention the whole Bloomberg News thing). So add up all that, and how many votes will it affect? Counting his own? Yeah. Look, endorsements aren't apt to mat... more »


Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
BlackBoxVoting Colorado’s Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Colorado State Rep. Kathleen Conti Believe in America Cheat for the America you believe in.Bev Harris Colorado election integrity and transparency is now officially out the window, with a series of corruption protection rules and new laws. 1. Let's begin with the unflappable Donetta Davidson, who collaborated with convicted embezzler Jeffrey Dean(1) to remove voter privacy, through a contract specification that required him to redo his absentee mail software in order to embed a method to tie voted ballots to the voters. ... more »

LSUC Paralegal recommendations

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
* Recommendation 1: * That the Law Society continues to pursue elimination of exclusions to its regulation that cannot be justified in terms of facilitating access to justice and/or protection of the public interest. ** *Recommendation 2:* That the *Law Society Act *be amended to provide for proportionally equal representation of lawyers and paralegals in its governance structure. ** *Recommendation 3:* That language in statute that serves to exclude paralegals, when that exclusion cannot be justified in the interest of facilitating access to justice or protecting the public interest,... more »

Under water in Venice

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago

Austria Rat poison terror alert

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Anti-terror police are investigating whether nine tonnes of rat poison stolen together with an Austrian firm's lorry might be used to make explosives. RDX is not only one of the main explosives in torpedoes, rockets, and bomb warheads and also in use in very specialized detonators, blasting caps, and demolition charges - but is also used as a rat poison. An Austrian firm had been conned into transporting the poison after getting a request from a Ukrainian company that wanted it collected in Italy. http://austrianindependent.com/news/General_News/2012-11-01/12537/Rat_poison_terror_a... more »

Two hospitalized after bee swarm attacks, Arizona

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Two men were transported to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after a bees’ nest was disturbed when one of the men, an unidentified DirectTV employee, was working on a home in the 40000 block of W. Magnolia Road. “It was terrible,” Phoebe Lechuga, one of the home’s five residents, said. “They were flying everywhere.” Lechuga’s 33-year-old son, Resugio Furwilder, was also transported to the hospital. http://www.inmaricopa.com/Article/2012/10/31/bee-swarm-attack-directtv-employee

7 Injured in gas explosion in Rio de Janeiro supermarket

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
At least seven people were injured, four of them suffering serious burns, in a gas explosion Wednesday at a supermarket in Rio de Janeiro, firefighters said. The blast, which occurred about 7:30 a.m. (9:30 GMT), apparently was caused by a gas leak at a grocery store in the northern Rio neighborhood of Iraja, the Fire Department said. The victims were in the store's bakery at the time of the explosion. http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/10/31/7-injured-in-gas-explosion-in-rio-de-janeiro-supermarket/

Prairie Island Nuclear plant declares 'unusual event'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Xcel Energy Inc. says its Prairie Island nuclear plant near Red Wing declared an "unusual event" after some security equipment failed. The Minneapolis-based utility says the event happened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and was declared over just before 6 p.m. Xcel says there was no release of radioactive material and that there is no danger to the public or plant employees. http://www.canadianbusiness.com/article/104948--prairie-island-plant-declares-unusual-event

Crews Contain New Jersey Diesel Spill Caused by Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Workers contained a spill of diesel fuel caused by superstorm Sandy, blocking it from flowing into a waterway that separates New Jersey and New York, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Erik Swanson, an agency spokesman based in New York, said four storage tanks at a facility operated by Motiva Enterprises LLC were damaged by the storm. Motiva is a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Saudi Refining Inc. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-01/crews-seek-to-contain-diesel-fuel-spilled-by-sandy.html

Three hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning in Maryland

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Authorities reported that Howard County Fire crews and paramedics found a man and two women inside the home in Brevard Street after responding to a 911 call which was made by one of the women. The victims suffered elevated levels of carbon monoxide. According to a spokesman from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, the three were transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The two females have been released on Tuesday morning but the male, who was in critical condition, remained in the hospital for further treatment. http://gantd... more »

For HER and Fellow Travellers; a NutShell

noreply@blogger.com (Niles) at DAMMIT JANET! - 7 hours ago
A succinct tale of transition, following a puzzle clew of facts while seeking truth and ruth in the maze of religiosity and misogyny in the matter of unwanted pregnancies as experienced by human women. Love, Joy and Feminism. Not that this personal story will make a jot of difference to those blindly dependent on unquestioned received wisdom from their authorities, but I like the multi-layered aspect of a (gasp!) woman methodically using the tool kit of facts and reason available to our society to dig a better foundation for her passions.

Israeli "morality"

Left I on the News at Left I on the News - 8 hours ago
In an article published today, Israel has now admitted killing Yasser Arafat's deputy Khalil al-Wazir in Tunisia in 1988. The commando who did the killing brags about how "I was careful not to hurt his wife." How thoughtful. Only later in the article do we learn that this oh-so-moral team also killed two bodyguards and a gardener in the course of assassinating their target. Israeli morality only extends so far.

Happy Halloween!

Southern Man at Southern Man - 8 hours ago
Actually, Halloween is a non-event in Southern Man's life. He lives in a sufficiently remote area that there are no trick-or-treaters; the only clue was that some of the folks were in costume at the Hyundai dealership where Southern Man left his loaner Sonata and abut $550 in exchange for The Hyundai. Pretty steep for a broken ignition, but at least they washed it. Southern Man doesn't regret paying a little extra to have the dealer do the work (and he did get a loaner car out of it) but The Hyundai will be paid off in about six months and it's probably time to shop around for a loc... more »

The big lie metastasizes

Left I on the News at Left I on the News - 8 hours ago
The big lie about Iranian President Ahmadinejad vowing to destroy Israel not only refuses to die, but it has metastasized, from him having done so to his doing so "regularly": Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regularly calls for the destruction of Israel, but evidentially some of his countrymen harbor a very different sentiment. How pervasive and completely ingrained this mistaken belief is is demonstrated by the fact that this lead paragraph wasn't in the news section, but in the entertainment section of today's *San Jose Mercury News*, in an article about an Iranian-born Isr... more »

Demanding Answers About Predator Drone Flights in The United States

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
*Government Shares Drones with Law Enforcement Agencies Across the Country* image source *Electronic Frontier Foundation* San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tuesday, demanding answers about how and why it loans out its Predator drones to other law enforcement agencies across the country. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – a division of DHS – uses the unmanned drones inside the U.S. to patrol the borders with surveillance equipment like video cameras, infrared cameras, heat sensors, and radar. But... more »

Life Under Occupation by U.S. 'Drones, Death, and Terror'

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
*Activist Post* Drone warfare and surveillance has expanded exponentially since their arrival in 2004 over Pakistan for use in targeted killings. Drones are just one of many vital issues for those who seek peace and freedom, but should be near the top of the "red alert" warnings for Americans, as not only have human rights groups and studies stated that they are instruments of state terror, but they have been embraced by Congress to create unfriendly skies over America as well. Even the warmongering Brookings Institution has concluded that there are 10 civilians killed to every 1 ... more »

Spying on Americans For Counterterrorism Will Be Conducted by New CIA Drones

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
Susanne Posel, *Contributor* David Petraeus, director of the CIA, is strongly “suggesting” that the White House approve an expansion of the CIA’s drone fleet to extend the agency’s ability to survey under a paramilitary force. Justification for this necessity is campaigns in Middle Eastern regions like Pakistan and Yemen. Petraeus cites the reemergence of al-Qaeda in North Africa. This would add 10 more drones to the 35 already used in counterterrorism operations. Ironically, the CIA denied knowledge of drone use in the US during a lawsuit prompted by the ACLU; as well as refuse... more »

Sandy death toll hits 80 and keeps rising

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The death toll from Sandy keeps rising as swathes of the US East Coast battle to recover, three days after being smashed by the massive storm. More than 80 people are now known to have died, 37 in New York City alone, and others remain missing. About 4.6 million people are still without power, and there are fuel shortages across the region. The National Guard is to deliver a million meals and bottled water to New Yorkers affected by the storm. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20171227

GAIA PORTAL: “Extremes” of clearing are expected at this time

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
*“Extremes” of clearing are expected at this time* by ÉirePort "Extremes" of clearing are expected at this time. Ambiguous energies are present with Gaia and individual Hue-mans as transitions and upgrades are processed. Gaia relaxes with these transitions as physical adjustments occur in rapid succession. "2012 fantasies" are dissolved, bringing angst to some. Release of outdated irrelevants is being encouraged. Moment to moment living is the only path to inner peace. ÉirePort | November 1, 2012

In the firing line: Israel admits killing Arafat deputy in 1988

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Russia Today Ronen Bergman [image: Portraits of Khalil Al Wazir (L) and Yassir Arafat (Reuters / Yannis Behrakis)]Portraits of Khalil Al Wazir (L) and Yassir Arafat Israel has de-classified an interview with a military commando about the 1988 assassination of Khalil al-Wazir, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Jihad. The candid interview has given a rare insight into how Israel conducts its special ops. Israel was long suspected – and accused by the Palestinians – of killing Yasser Arafat's deputy in a Tunis raid in 1988. But keeping in line with Tel Aviv's 'neither confirm n... more »

Congress Welcomes Drones Into American Skies ASAP

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
Source Michael Edwards *Activist Post* The stage has already been set and played upon for divisions of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to patrol and strike undeclared war zones abroad. Even though lip service has been paid to express minor outrage over villages bombed in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, or someplace "over there," there has been relatively little true outrage by countries heretofore unaffected by computer bombing raids upon their own Homeland -- countries like America. Well, seeing is believing they say. Americans are next in line to get their chance to see firsthand what ha... more »

Obamacare Tax Form Mandates Americans Report Personal Health ID Info to IRS

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Here's why the IRS will require Americans to disclose their personal health ID information starting in 2014 When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. http://www.atr.org/new-obamacare-tax-form-mandates-americans-a7285

Drones Officially Take Flight For Domestic Law Enforcement, Heralding a New Level of the Police State

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
Predator B drone Michael Edwards * * *Activist Post* It is a sign of just how fast the police state is advancing that drones in American skies have gone from conspiracy theory to admitted fact in about a year. In a precedent-setting event, local law enforcement in North Dakota nabbed three suspected armed men with the help of a Predator B unmanned drone. It was only after the drone confirmed that the men were unarmed that police moved in to make the arrest. It has now become clear that, as we have written and warned about for the past year, the drones that were supposedly commi... more »

Staten Island Borough President: Don’t Give Money to the Red Cross

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
At a press conference this morning on Staten Island, a host of local officials, including Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, gathered to highlight the needs of the hard-hit borough in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. And, although many pols spoke, no one was more impassioned than Borough President James Molinaro, who called the Red Cross an “absolute disgrace” and even urged the public to cease giving them contributions. http://politicker.com/2012/11/staten-island-borough-president-dont-give-money-to-the-red-cross/

Global Warming Meme Powers Hurricane Coverage

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
The Daily Bell *Global warming likely driver for intense hurricanes, scientists say ... President Barack Obama says he's confident that state and federal governments have done all they can to prepare for the superstorm barreling up the East Coast ... As America's financial and political capitals braced for what the National Weather Service has called a storm of historic proportions, the subject that politicians here dare not mention has suddenly been pushed to the forefront of public attention by the massive power of nature. Both U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mi... more »

State troopers deployed as tensions boil at gas stations in Sandy's wake

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
State troopers have been deployed at all gas stations along the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, where dwindling gasoline supplies are causing frayed nerves as the region endures its third full day with massive power outages. Frustration with gas supplies topped the list of issues causing tensions to boil over in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, the states hardest hit by power outages in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Residents jockeyed for fuel at the few stations still pumping, searched store shelves in vain for batteries, struggled with sporadic cell phone service and f... more »

Chris Brown terrorist Costume for Halloween

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Given his history, you wouldn't think Chris Brown would want to associate himself with violence and destruction. But Breezy clearly likes courting controversy: On Halloween, the 23-year-old R&B star and his pals dressed up with beards, turbans and fake guns -- seemingly trying to look like stereotypical Arab terrorists -- as they swung by Rihanna's Halloween bash at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood. http://todayentertainment.today.com/_news/2012/11/01/14855660-chris-brown-dresses-as-terrorist-for-halloween?lite

Pascual Perez killed during robbery in Dominican

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Former Major League pitcher Pascual Perez was killed during a robbery at his home in the Dominican Republic, multiple news outlets reported Thursday. He was 55. A statement from police in the Dominican said Perez was attacked by several people inside his home west of the country's capital, Santo Domingo, according to The Associated Press. Perez was struck in the head but a cause of death has not been announced and no suspects are in custody. Dominican Today and several Dominican newspapers reported that Perez suffered a fatal stab wound to the neck. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article... more »

Alan Waldman : Anglo-Welsh Sitcom 'Gavin & Stacey' is Wacky Gem

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Waldman's film and TV treasures you may have missed: Englishman James Corden and Welshwoman Ruth Jones wrote and performed in one of the freshest, wackiest TV comedies in years: the award-gobbling, Anglo-Welsh sitcom Gavin & Stacey By Alan Waldman / The Rag Blog / November 1, 2012 

[In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and TV series that readers may have


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 9 hours ago
------------------------------ *Free Lunch, Corp Welfare, Bill Moyers and David Cay Johnston * http://youtu.be/LUNHwZVgLB8 Uploaded by litxlit on Feb 1, 2008 A discussion of tax subsidies to large corporations and high income individuals, including "big box" stores and wealthy members of the federal government, at the expense of small businesses and taxpayers. *David Cay Johnston: Socialism* http://youtu.be/jFEVazV6WYM Published on Mar 10, 2012 by JayAckroyd David, author of Free Lunch and Perfectly Legal describes the lifestyle of bus drivers in Sweden. They own two hous... more »

Christopher Tappin Admits Selling Missile Parts To Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
British businessman Christopher Tappin has pleaded guilty in a US court to selling surface-to-air missile parts to Iran. http://news.sky.com/story/1005807/brit-admits-selling-missile-parts-to-iran


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Did Barack Obama have a "Mission Accomplished" moment with dreadful consequences in Libya? Libya's former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril believes he did. Perhaps you'll recall when George W. Bush stood on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and a banner positioned behind him read "Mission Accomplished" regarding Iraq on May 1, 2003. It was a moment that haunted him throughout the rest of his presidency and beyond, as the Iraq War continued on for eight and a half more years. And just as many Democrats say Bush made a premature call after the sacking of Baghdad and the to... more »

Rampant INjustice Exposes Federal Abuse of Power

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
Jan Morgan Media This documentary exposes the blatant trampling of the Constitutional rights of Americans during white collar crime investigations by the Department of Justice and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service. This documentary is not about the guilt or innocence of the citizens involved. It is about the increasing number of unconstitutional, para-military, gestapo style raid tactics involving two agencies of the federal government. These are white collar crime investigations where heavily armed, hostile government raids by 40 to 50 agen... more »

Running Faster on the Climate Treadmill

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 9 hours ago
The Newsweek cover above comes from January, 1996. The Bloomberg Businessweek cover is current. Efforts to motivate change in energy policy based on linking disasters to human-caused climate change have a long history. How has that worked out? This time, surely, is different, right?

The day after election day

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 9 hours ago
There's no doubt in my mind that President Obama is winning this election on the ground at this point. I'm less certain the GOPers won't still find a way to steal it. Already seeing disturbing reports of trickery including voting machine "patching" in Ohio and 1000 early votes mysteriously lost in a predominatly black precinct in Florida. But if Obama does manage to overcome the GOP's thievery, I think Paul Waldman is right on in this assessment: It might be easy to believe we're approaching Peak Trutherism, what with good old-fashioned birthers now being supplemented by BLS truthe... more »

VIDEO Alejandro summarizes Indigenous Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Sonora

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
By Brenda Norrell, Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com HERMOSILLO, Sonora, Mexico -- Professor Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny describes the gathering held in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Oct. 26-27, 2012. Guarijilos, O'odham, Yaqui, Comca'ac, Kickapoo, Mayo and Los Pimas, are struggling against theft of water, land

Pakistani couple kill daughter who talked to a boy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A Pakistani couple killed their teenage daughter by pouring acid on her face and body after they caught her talking to a boy, police and a doctor said on Thursday. The parents of the 16-year-old confessed to police in Kotli, a town in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, that they attacked their daughter after she had spoke to the boy outside their house, said Mohammad Jahangir, a local doctor at the hospital where she was brought. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/us-pakistan-crime-teen-idUSBRE8A018O20121101

University of Southern California: Gun battle breaks out at campus Halloween party

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Gunfire broke out at around 11.45pm on the University of Southern California where about 100 people had gathered for a dance hosted by a student organization. USC Department of Public Safety Capt David Carlisle said an argument between two men not related to the school led to one of them pulling out a gun and shooting another person. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226215/Shooting-college-Halloween-party-leaves-people-wounded-bars.html

Great Articles on Haiti

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 10 hours ago
Highly recommended articles from Roger Annis.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PAGAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 17:21:57 UTC Friday, November 02, 2012 at 03:21:57 AM at epicenter Location 18.565°N, 145.683°E Depth 164.3 km (102.1 miles) Region PAGAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Distances 49 km (30 miles) N (350°) from Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

Shashank Tripathi who fooled CNN with false 'NYSE has flooded' tweet during Superstorm Sandy is outed as Wall St analyst

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
- Was campaign manager for GOP New York candidate Christopher Wight - Resigned after being outed and posted apology for 'irresponsible tweets' - Threatened with prosecution by New York City Councilman Peter Vallone - Politician said tweet could compare to shouting 'Fire!' in crowded theatre http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226188/Superstorm-Sandy-Twitter-user-fooled-CNN-believing-NYSE-flooded-Wall-Street-analyst-Shashank-Tripathi.html

Glenda Moore whose two boys were swept out of her arms in superstorm was left screaming on street for 12 hours by neighbors who refused to help her

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Police hunting for two brothers missing in Staten Island today found the body of one in a swamp. A detective said two-year-old Brandon Moore was found waist-deep in water shortly after 11am close to where he and his brother Connor, four, were ripped from their mother's arms a few days earlier. The boys were swept away when Glenda Moore's car was stuck in rising floodwaters just before 6pm on Monday near the 400-block of Fr. Capodanno Boulevard in South Beach. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226332/Superstorm-Sandy-Mother-boys-swept-arms-left-screaming-street-12-hours.html


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Website for this image* *Yahoo's 'Signal' predicts Obama win.* *The blog 'The Signal'*, using statistical analysis, has predicted that Obama will beat Romney by a vote of 303 to 235 in the electoral college. The Signal reckons that what is most important is: (A) the economy (B) individual states' political leanings. The Signal looks at such factors as current economic indicators, presidential approval ratings, and past election data. *Obama is ahead in '10-Point Favorability Measure', 62% to 55%* *Upbeat US economic indicators have given the markets a further boost.* Website... more »

Standard of review on sentence appeals

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
R. v. Zachary Evans-Renaud 2012 PECA 21 gives a helpful summary of the standard of review on sentence appeals: Standard of Review [20] The standard of review to be applied by appellate courts in reviewing a sentence has been stated a number of times by the Supreme Court of Canada. Appellate courts are required to show deference to the manner in which a sentencing judge exercises his or her discretion within the framework of the principles and purposes of sentencing established in the *Criminal Code*. [21] Appellate courts have been consistently info... more »

Pierre Barnes: Police Find Body In Search For Missing Boy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Police searching for missing 12-year-old Pierre Barnes have found a body in France, his father has told Sky News. The body has not yet been identified. http://news.sky.com/story/1005773/police-find-body-in-search-for-missing-boy

Sandy and Climate Change: Part II

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
In my last post, I noted that Hurricane Sandy has finally triggered a vigorous discussion about climate change, prompting much speculation about whether climate change had some role in causing the storm. I expressed some doubt whether this is the right question to ask, as it frequently has triggered feuds among climate analysts about the Continue reading

VERSE / Don Paul : Word Passed Down through Forbidden Radio

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 10 hours ago
Don Paul and Chuck Kinder at Stanford, January 2002. Photo by April Smith. Word Passed Down through Forbidden Radio for Chuck Kinder and John Sinclair on their birthdays, October 2012 The voices beside your pillow, friends past midnight, Wailing from the River, whistling through the Gaps, Bring tales and tones so pure and sexual they lift you like a knife. Their guitars and drums like


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
Self-Immolations in Tibet Last Updated: October 30, 2012, 14:00 EST Tsewang Kyab Lhamo Tseten Tsepo Tenzin Dorje Rinchen Dhondup Lhamo Kyab Tamdin Dorje Sangay Gyatso Gudrub Yangdang Lobsang Damchoe Lobsang Kelsang Lungtok Tashi Chopa Dolkar Tso Lobsang Tsultrim Losang Lozin Tsewang Dorjee Dickyi Choezom Ngawang Norphel Tenzin Khedup Tamdin Thar Rikyo Dargye Dorje Tseten Choepak Kyap Sonam Chimey Palden Tenpa Darjey Lobsang Sherab Sonam Dargye Lobsang Tsultrim Jamyang Palden Gepey Dorjee Rinchen Tsering Kyi Nangdrol Damchoe Sangpo Lobsang Gyatso Tenzin Choedron Sonam Rabyang Rinzin Dorj... more »

Dan Lipinksi (D-IL)-- Worse Than A Blue Dog... Won't Endorse Obama

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Not a leftover Halloween mask-- Rep. Dan Lipinski About 5 years ago, Blue America started taking more than a passing interest in Illinois' most reactionary Democrat, Dan Lipinksi, a Tennessee shithead who inherited his seat from his father, also a corrupt right-wing asshole from the Daley school. We were happy to back Mark Pera in a primary race against Lipinski. Pera lost and Lipinksi veered even more sharply right. This cycle it looked like John Atkinson would challenge Lipinski but when the new boundaries were drawn, Atkinson was in another district. Yesterday he sent me this twee... more »

Ryanair call in Spanish police to remove woman from a plane… because her book and a scroll were 'the wrong type of hand luggage'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The Spanish woman was ejected from the flight by a Guardia Civil officer moments before take-off because she was carrying a scroll that would not fit in her suitcase. She claimed her credit card was not working and she could not pay a £40 excess baggage fee. Twitter users in Spain have called for a Ryanair boycott http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226185/Ryanair-order-Spanish-police-remove-woman-flight-wrong-type-hand-luggage.html

Comet goes bust in massive High Street collapse that leaves 6,500 jobs at risk and customer orders in limbo

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The electrical chain, which has struggled to compete against fierce competition from the supermarkets and cut-price websites, will appoint administrators. Private equity firm OpCapita, which bought the chain of 240 stores for £2 less than ten months ago, has struggled with cashflow issues. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226175/Comet-calls-administrators-leaving-6-000-jobs-hanging-balance.html

Syria rebels kill 28 soldiers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Rebels killed 28 soldiers as fighting raged on Syria's northwestern battlefields Thursday, a watchdog said, in some cases apparently beating and then executing troops taken prisoner. The fresh clashes came as the main opposition Syrian National Council hit back at US warnings of rising Islamic extremism among Syria's rebels, saying the West and its partners were to blame for increasing radicalisation. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jCqQy3hpzE89hEI1IkKELjlad5qg?docId=CNG.964f27ace75b4ccddf2637e5e42f4606.01


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*When Corrections Fail -or- Considering The Compassionate Option ~moosedenied* *~"Do Your Job"* ~ Giant Sean Payton Face. Let's get one thing out of the way right off the bat. If you're of the opinion that what we've been seeing from the 2012 Saints defense in any way even vaguely resembles acceptable, excusable or understandable, then we have nothing to discuss and you might as well go ahead and stop reading now. It is not acceptable. There is no excuse. And it's time we quit asking ourselves and one another whether it's more on the players or more on the coaches and scheme. Because... more »

EU Budget: Clegg Warns Cut Won't Happen

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Nick Clegg has warned there is "absolutely no hope" of securing a cut in the EU budget despite MPs voting for a reduction. The Deputy Prime Minister said he also wanted a cut but insisted it was impossible to "wave a magic wand" and that the only option was to press for a real-terms freeze. http://news.sky.com/story/1005484/eu-budget-clegg-warns-cut-wont-happen

What Happened to the Power?

Gail at Wit's End - 11 hours ago
Yesterday when I was on my way to first daughter's farm, Bramblefields, (because she miraculously regained electricity after only 24 hours!) I lost track of how many times I had to retrace my route and try another, because there were so many trees and wires down. Along the way I took pictures of trees that fell over, and their *invariably rotted interiors*. Even the air around their torn roots smells rank from the fetid soil. Swathes of them fell. Remember the Yale Forestry study that said all species they tested in a mixed hardwood plot - and all others around the world for that... more »

Elzbieta Plackowska Killed her son and a young girl because she was upset with her husband

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A woman stabbed her seven-year-old son 100 times and a five-year-old girl about 50 times and slit both their throats because she was angry with her husband, prosecutors have said. Elzbieta Plackowska, 40, is accused of killing her son and a girl she was babysitting in Naperville, Illinois, on Tuesday. A judge has now ordered that she should be held without bail. http://news.sky.com/story/1005722/illinois-mother-killed-two-children

Berlin Starts to Test Its Ties With Russia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Despite the many vicissitudes, culminating in the terrible suffering of World War II, the relationship has been remarkably close. Germany is Russia’s most important trading partner and a loyal ally in the European Union. Yet over the past few weeks, an increasing number of German politicians from the main political parties are questioning Berlin’s special relationship with Russia under Putin Two, as President Vladimir V. Putin’s return to the presidency has been called. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/30/world/europe/30iht-letter30.html?_r=0

Libya: armed protesters occupy parliament vicinity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Around 200 mostly armed protesters have occupied an area near Libya's parliament building, blocking nearby roads and beating up journalists in protest of the country's new Cabinet. Thursday's action, in which an AP reporter was also beaten, is the third in a row staged by the group, which opposes the new government chosen Prime Minister Ali Zidan and endorsed by Congress. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gXBXTK0Hym_YK6CZa93sgYSEg-4Q?docId=23750524a4bb40d38e1ee4a5c6181775

Is that any way to treat a genius

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
The BBC blurb for the Danny Baker Radio London afternoon show runs 'The radio genius with great guests, calls and music.' They're quite correct but then why have they cancelled his show? The best radio show in the country, hosted by a multi-award winning presenter and the BBC axe it, idiots! Last show today and he's gently letting rip... @ProdNose is also heavily trending on Twitter. Remember this from last year? 'Radio and TV presenter, Danny Baker, has lashed out at the BBC for making radical cuts in jobs and funding. Baker, who presents a BBC London 94.9FM show, as well as one... more »

Tunisia says foiled plot to kidnap local Jews

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Tunisian police have arrested four people for allegedly plotting to kidnap local Jews for ransom, an official said on Thursday, stoking insecurity in the dwindling Jewish community after last year's "Arab Spring" revolt led to a resurgence of Islamists. There are less than 2,000 Jews in Tunisia, mostly living in the town of Zarzis and the nearby island of Djerba in the south of the country. http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE8A002T20121101

Round-Up and Parkinson's Disease

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
Monsanto's Roundup, Glyphosate Linked to Parkinson's and Similar Diseases By Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society 2012 October 12 http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/14279-monsantos-roundup-glyphosate-linked-to-parkinsons-and-similar-diseases [Excerpted] We already know the links between herbicides and sterility in men, birth defects, mental illness, obesity and possibly cancer - but now we have something new to add to the nasty effects of pesticides list - Parkinson's disease and similar neurodegenerative conditions. New research, published in the journal Neurotoxicolo... more »

Nigerian forces making Islamist insurgency worse - Amnesty

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
* Nigerian soldiers fuelling a cycle of violence * Police to probe report, military says study is "biased" * Many hundreds have been killed in north's conflict (Adds police reaction to report) Human rights abuses committed by Nigeria's security forces in their fight against Islamist sect Boko Haram are fuelling the very insurgency they are meant to quell, Amnesty International said on Thursday. http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL5E8M1DKZ20121101

Costas Vaxevanis tried over alleged Swiss bank list

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A magazine publisher has gone on trial for printing an alleged list of Greeks with bank accounts in Switzerland — a topic of fierce political debate in the debt-crippled country. Journalist Costas Vaxevanis has been charged with breaching privacy laws, a misdemeanor. An Athens court was to rule on the case later Thursday. Vaxevanis was arrested after making public last week the names of more than 2,000 people who allegedly had HSBC accounts several years ago. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jmFwGwzVAnj2wQUOAO4Kq8NJkMWg?docId=52914cbf1f424d4c9c7fc95d46159c85

Reality Check: Is the FBI making us safer breaking up terror plots?

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
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US warns Israel off pre-emptive strike on Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear programme by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies. US naval, air and ground forces are dependent for bases, refuelling and supplies on Gulf Arab rulers who are deeply concerned about the progress Iran has made in its nuclear programme, but also about the rising challenge to their regimes posed by the Arab spring and the galvanising impact on popular... more »

Blaming Sandy Would Be Great

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
A lot of speculation out there now that if Mitt Romney loses, Republicans will blame Sandy for the loss. Momentum was going Romney's way all through October, but the storm shut down the normal campaign and Barack Obama squeaked through with a win. If that's what they'll say: that's good news! Here's the thing. If Romney loses, we can guarantee one thing: Republicans will not interpret it as confirmation that the American people prefer the Democrats' ideas to their ideas (for which they would be correct, by the way; that's not how elections work). Nor will they interpret it as mainly... more »

UK manufacturing contracts as export demand fades

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
An increase in exports to the Far East over the past couple of years has helped offset some of the decline in orders from the UK’s traditional markets in the eurozone. However, the purchasing managers’ index (PMI) compiled by Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply found that “There were some reports of lower demand from clients in Asia”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9649057/UK-manufacturing-contracts-as-export-demand-fades.html

Syria conflict: Will US succeed in reshaping opposition?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's call for a new Syrian opposition more representative of those fighting on the frontlines rather than exiles signals the most forceful attempt yet by Washington to reshape the fragmented Syrian opposition. The goal is to create a new political body that could not just provide a political dimension in the ongoing struggle, but one that could potentially offer an alternative leadership to that of the Assad regime, at least for a transitional period. The US push is linked to a crucial meeting of opposition figures in Doha next week. http://www.b... more »

Prof. Pielke Jr.: It's been 'more than 7 years since' Cat 3 or larger made landfall, 'longest such span in over a century'

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
* * *'To call Sandy a harbinger of a 'new normal,' in which unprecedented weather events cause unprecedented destruction, would be wrong...Connecting energy policy & disasters makes little scientific sense....No evidence of increasing extreme river floods. Historic tornado damage decreased since 1950...drought in U.S. central plains has decreased in recent decades'* Thursday, November 01, 2012 By Marc Morano – Climate Depot *[The below article was written by Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. and appeared in the October 31, 2012 of the Wall Street Journal. Selected excerpts are reprinted below... more »

Megaupload founder unveils file-sharing sequel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Like a good Hollywood sequel, Megaupload is back. Kim Dotcom, the founder of the shuttered file-sharing site, announced a new online storage service called Mega that will give users direct control - and responsibility - over their files. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/net-us-megaupload-mega-announcement-idUSBRE8A007M20121101

Earning a Scholarship

Storm at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
*[The following is excerpted from the first chapter of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (1952). Aside from what is obvious regarding the continuation of this particular social "understanding" of the status of the Black American, I would offer that this is the primary perspective we operate within as members of an hierarchically managed society. The narrator is one who has beheld an incoherence. "All dreamers and sleepwalkers must pay the price, and even the invisible victim is responsible for the fate of all." I suppose it must be plain that I am trying to be more assertive with y... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH OF HONDURAS - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 15:30:48 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 09:30:48 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.970°N, 85.516°W Depth 7.9 km (4.9 miles) (poorly constrained) Region NORTH OF HONDURAS Distances 67 km (41 miles) NNE of Savannah Bight, Honduras

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake JAVA, INDONESIA - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.8 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 14:12:01 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 09:12:01 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 6.821°S, 107.497°E Depth 138.8 km (86.3 miles) Region JAVA, INDONESIA Distances 3 km (1 miles) ENE of Padalarang, Indonesia

Superstorm Sandy: Fuel Shortages Hit Recovery

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Long queues have formed at some US petrol stations due to fuel shortages following superstorm Sandy as emergency teams struggle to reach the worst hit areas and restore power to millions. Tens of thousands of people are stranded in their properties due to flooding three days after the storm battered the East Coast and killed at least 72 people. http://news.sky.com/story/1005399/superstorm-sandy-fuel-shortages-hit-recovery

Mitt Romney Has Made It Clear That He Backs Indefinite Detention Too

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Business Insider Abby Rogers President Barack Obama has been getting slammed for his act allowing the indefinite detention of anyone, including American citizens, remotely connected to terrorist groups. But would the Mitt Romney Administration be any better? Earlier this year during one of the Republican presidential debates, Romney was asked point blank if he would sign the NDAA as it's currently written. "Yes I would have," he responded, causing the crowd to begin vehemently booing. "And I do believe that it's appropriate to have in our nation the capacity to detain people who a... more »

It was the end of times, it was the beginning of times

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 12 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg I called God this morning after breakfast. (You don't want to talk to him before he's had his coffee, ) but I just had to ask him about the Texas Problem. I mean I have friends there and I'm concerned that if he applies the Sodom and Gomorrah standard of needing ten good people to be granted immunity from destruction, they're going to get blasted. Hell, I think the place is long overdue, but maybe my friends could be given a warning or something. There's precedent. But no, he says. I try to be fair and Texas has a vastly larger population than those mud brick sl... more »

31 Days of Photo Props: Costumes

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
In honor of yesterday's holiday, today's prop is costumes. Whenever I schedule individual shoots in September and October, I always ask if they have their Halloween costumes yet. If they do, I tell them to bring them along and we will tagged it onto the end of the session. I usually wait until the end of a session to slip them into their costumes, because some little ones are so happy to be dressed up like something else, even if they look really cute. I prefer to shoot costumes on a backdrop, but there is no reason a big pile of leaves can't be a great backdrop for these photos... more »

ALEC is watching YOUR Vote!

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
*Don't kid yourself folks - ALEC is going to be watching every election result this year.* ALEC is going to be worrying/asking - between now and next Tuesday Was the campaign to expose ALEC a waste of time? *We laugh at those silly people who thought they could bring us down!! Ha-ha!!* *ALEC wins - corporations win - fascism wins. * *OR* Did the campaign to expose ALEC - result in loss of power for ALEC? *Oh, NO - people were actually listening to that stuff they wrote!* *Damn! what do we do now - we lost 50% of our legislators. * What YOU do when you enter the voting booth wil... more »

What Happened to the 50,000 Homeless in NYC During Hurricane Sandy?

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Advocate Sunny Bjerk [image: What Happened to the 50,000 Homeless in NYC During Hurricane Sandy?] With the mess of Hurricane Sandy in New York City over the last few days, we have been hearing a lot about mandatory evacuations for people in Zone A: areas in Staten Island, lower Manhattan, and eastern Brooklyn (Red Hook and Greenpoint especially). To meet the needs of these Sandy evacuees, Bloomberg opened 65 additional shelters across the five boroughs, stocking these makeshift shelters—high schools, middle schools, etc.—with food, water, blankets, and pet food. The strongest part ... more »

Things the New York Times won’t report!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012* *Its account of Joe Biden’s complaint:* Mark Landler was holding forth on the front page of the Times. He had written the day’s top campaign report. Michael Barbaro helped! Eventually, Landler reported what Joe Biden said. He even went into a bit of detail, giving the topic five paragraphs. Yesterday, Joe Biden said this about a Romney ad: LANDLER (11/1/12): The disaster [caused by Hurricane Sandy] comes as the campaigns continue to clash, with the federal bailout of the auto industry—which Mr. Romney opposed—erupting again as a major issue as the can... more »

It Begins: Ecuador Demands Repatriation Of One Third Of Its Gold Holdings

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Zero Hedge Tyler Durden One week ago, when we reported the news that the Bundesbank had secretly pulled two thirds of its gold from London years ago, we said the following: ... Germany has done nothing wrong! *It simply demanded a reclamation of what is rightfully Germany's to demand*. And here is the crux of the issue: in a globalized system, in which every sovereign is increasingly subjugated to the credit-creating power of the globalized "whole", one must leave all thoughts of sovereign independence at the door and embrace the "new world order." After all this is the only way ... more »

Kate Braun : Samhain Is a Time for Transformation

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
Time for transformation: Acorn Carved with Dremmel Tool. Image from Skull-A-Day. Celebrating Samhain: A time for transformation By Kate Braun / The Rag Blog / October 31, 2012 “Under the moonlight we dance/ Spirits dance, we dance/ Holding hands we dance...” Wednesday, October 31, 2012, is Halloween, aka Samhain, Third Harvest, All Hallows Eve. It marks a time for transformation and

Lichfield Says No to iPad Ellis

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 12 hours ago
Oh dear. It looks like Cllr Matthew Ellis's pledge to deck Staffordshire Police out with iPads has gone down like a cup of cold sick in his home town of Lichfield. For those not in the know, the Tories occupy 26 of Lichfield's city council's 28 seats, and is home to the very blond Michael Fabricant MP. The area is as pretty much a Tory heartland as you can get in Staffs. So for the below to yield the following result in a core stronghold is a bit of a blow for the Conservative campaign. * * *Press release * * For immediate use* What would you spend £1.1 million on – Police Office... more »

Has the Election already been Stolen for Romney/Ryan?

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
Global Research Larry Chin *[image: romney-phoenix_gi_top]* *For at least the past four decades, the American election process has been controlled by corpora* *tions and agents connected to the Republican Party. This year’s “contest” is no different.* Voter suppression campaigns have been underway across America, by Republican operatives. (See Black Box Voting andBrad Blog). Nothing is being done to stop it. Mitt Romney has direct ties to voting machines (also see the report by Brad Friedman). His son, Tagg Romney (who wanted to punch Barack Obama in the face) and a cadre of former ... more »

RACE TO THE FINISH: Al Sharpton’s explicit anti-black attitudes!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012* *Part 4—From the land of professors and tribes:* Do 51 percent of Americans “now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey,” as the AP is now reporting? Do that many Americans “now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not?” In phrasing our inquiry in this way, we're ignoring the AP’s larger finding, in which 56 percent of Americans—apparently including many African-Americans—are now expressing “anti-black sentiments” based upon the things they said when asked to say how t... more »

Thursday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
In honor of the upcoming election: “James K. Polk” by They Might Be Giants. Hot off the presses: Megan H. MacKenzie’s Foreign Affairs article that advocates putting women in combat roles. Jason Fritz unloads in “the rank hypocrisy of veterans on OPSEC.” This looks like an interesting short course for the international-relations theory set. Steve Saideman Continue reading

(Death of Alternatives To Death?) We Must Block The Coming Austerity (A Fatal Grand Bargain) & How Lack of Foreign Coverage Leaves US Ignorant of the Truth of Iranian Propaganda

Try to keep in mind (if you can maintain a clear head when others are losing theirs) that all the wealthy care about is if any smidgen of inflation starts to occur anywhere, they will take even more of their money out of the country (heading for even less taxing climes), and they will scream bloody murder at their elected reps to stop the "inflationary" expansion (which, of course, is needed by

David Black Shot on the MI in Northern Ireland

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
The prison officer shot dead on the MI in Northern Ireland was David Black, a married father of two, from Cookstown. Mr Black, 52, was attacked on the motorway between Portadown and Lurgan at about 07:30 GMT as he drove to work at Maghaberry Prison, County Antrim. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20164370

David Cameron will only accept an EU budget deal that is good for taxpayers .....Which taxpayers? Corporate?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
The Deputy Prime Minister was speaking after last night's Commons vote in which Tory rebels joined forces with Labour MPs to defeat the Government and demand a real-terms cut in the EU's budget in 2014-2020. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/clegg-turns-on-cameron-in-eu-spat-over-false-promise-wrapped-in-a-union-jack-8273360.html

If the facts are against you argue the law

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
If the law is against you, pound the table and yell like hell!

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 13:26:12 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 11:26:12 PM at epicenter Location 5.242°S, 145.520°E Depth 94.4 km (58.7 miles) Region EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 35 km (22 miles) W (271°) from Madang, New Guinea, PNG

Leno: 'Hurricane Sandy Has Already Created More Jobs Than Obama Has'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
JAY LENO: Economists say rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy will give the ailing construction industry a huge boost. In fact, the storm has already created more jobs than President Obama has. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/11/01/leno-hurricane-sandy-has-already-created-more-jobs-obama-has#ixzz2AyXsvQeA

NY state asks feds to cover all $6 billion in storm costs...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York state on Wednesday asked the U.S. federal government to pay all the costs of cleaning up and repairing damage from massive storm Sandy that tore through the Northeast this week and crippled New York City. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is asking fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama, to pay 100 percent of the estimated $6 billion bill, at a time that state and local government budgets remain constrained by a weak economic recovery. That would be a significant change from last year when the federal government covered about 75 percent of the ... more »

Now Iowa threatens to arrest UN election observers...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Iowa has joined Texas in warning international election observers of possible criminal prosecution if they violate state laws and get near polling places on Election Day. Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz — like Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott last week — on Tuesday threatened Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe election observers with arrest if they came within 300 feet of a polling place’s entrance, in violation of state law. (In Texas, it’s 100 feet.) http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/83108.html

Looters target Coney Island after Sandy sweeps through

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
A wave a looters followed the Sandy storm surge in Coney Island, creating a double-whammy for business owners trying to pick up the obliterated pieces. The thieves started down Mermaid Avenue Tuesday morning as the chest-high water receded, turning the seaside community known for its hotdogs and tourist attractions into a lawless free-for-all. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/looters-target-coney-island-sandy-article-1.1195080

Technology Skills In Demand

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 14 hours ago
What do you think is the technology skill in most demand today? As all companies fight to be seen in the ever expanding digital arena then the demand for the right technology skills increases. It’s a simple case of supply and demand. Freelancer.co.uk claim that job adverts for top digital jobs grew between the second and third quarters of this year from 189,917 to 230,614, that’s over a 20% hike in demand. Following the redesign of the EBay site demand for developers there rose some 44%. Facebook advertisers and Internet marketing demand was up 12%, search engine optimisation 12%,... more »

Sewage, Bacteria, Gasoline Found in NYC Floodwater

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Water is everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – in basements, on the streets and in transit systems – but the one place that flood water is most dangerous is in your body. ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser collected floodwater and drinking water in some of the areas hit hardest by Sandy and had them tested at The Ambient Group lab. The floodwater collected in Lower Manhattan tested positive for gasoline and two types of bacteria found in sewage: E. coli and coliform. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/10/31/sewage-bacteria-gasoline-found-in-... more »

US phone addicts suffer withdrawal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Swarms of people wandered around downtown Manhattan on Wednesday, their faces lit by the glow of mobile phones as they walked up city blocks in search of mobile phone service. As a city bus crossed into a service zone, the beeps and buzz of mobile phones registering messages interrupted the quiet. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/305dcc48-2397-11e2-bb86-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2AoWGDQfo

first they came for pride: city of toronto vs free speech

laura k at wmtc - 14 hours ago
Last week, I blogged about the ongoing pattern of harassment and discrimination against people who express solidarity with the Palestinian people. This isn't in the same universe as the oppression endured by Palestine every day; nonetheless, it's a violation of our own civil liberties and rights, and raises a huge obstacle to disseminating accurate information about the situation in Gaza and elsewhere. When powerful institutional forces are heavily invested in repressing information, for much of the public, that information will remain invisible or be seen as suspect and dangerous.... more »

James Turk - ''15,000 Tons Of Western Central Bank Gold Is Gone''

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Today James Turk once again shocked King World News when he stated, “... in 1997 over (a stunning) 2,000 tons of gold moved out of Great Britain.” Turk added, “Now since Great Britain is not a gold miner, we know that gold had to come out of the Bank of England (where they store other countries gold), and it probably went into Zurich (Switzerland) for what’s called ‘leasing’ but I use the word ‘lending,’ or lending into the market.” But first, here is what Turk had to say about his last interview titled, “The Entire German Gold Hoard Is Gone,” which has received an incredible amount... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: ''The Virtual Economic Recovery''

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Since mid-2009 the US has been enjoying a virtual recovery courtesy of a rigged inflation measure that understates inflation. The financial Presstitutes spoon out the government’s propaganda that prices are rising less than 2%. But anyone who purchases food, fuel, medical care or anything else knows that low inflation is no more real that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction or Gadhafi’s alleged attacks on Libyan protesters or Iran’s nuclear weapons. *Everything is a lie to serve the power-brokers.* * *http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-virtual-economic-recovery/5310073


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