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Thursday, November 1, 2012

1 November - Blogs I'm Following

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Atkinson-cycle engine (Photo credit: Mulad)
Standard Fare
Standard Fare (Photo credit: anotherformofrelief)
"Truth". Supreme Court. Sculptor, Wa...
"Truth". Supreme Court. Sculptor, Walter Allward (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Supreme Court of Canada building, Ott...
English: Supreme Court of Canada building, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"I want it to fail"
"I want it to fail" (Photo credit: (Carrie Sloan))
Janusz Lipinski, IM, in front of the Potala Pa...
Janusz Lipinski, IM, in front of the Potala Palace, Tibet, January 2011 (Photo: Erik Törner, IMs bildarkiv) (Photo credit: IMs BILDARKIV)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 25:  Mayoral candidate a...
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 25: Mayoral candidate and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gives teh thumbs up at a produce distribution warehouse where he received the endorsement of Teamsters Joint Council 25 on January 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. According to reports, Emanuel has been placed back on the Chicago Mayoral ballot after the Illinois Supreme Court issued a stay on an Illinois Appellate Court decision that he didn't meet Chicago residency requirements to run for mayor. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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Standard of review on sentence appeals

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 seconds 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 - 3 minutes 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 - 12 minutes 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 - 26 minutes 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

burning fire

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 33 minutes 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 Dor... more »

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 39 minutes 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 - 42 minutes 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 - 47 minutes 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 - 51 minutes 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

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 53 minutes 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 - 53 minutes 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 - 55 minutes ago
Yesterday when I was on my way to first daughter's farm (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 matter - are n... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 56 minutes 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 - 58 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago
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US warns Israel off pre-emptive strike on Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 YOU Vote!

2old2care at Because I Can - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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

EU wary of new Soviet empire in disguise

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Brussels officials besieged by the Eurosceptic press may be relieved to discover that for the first time they have a natural ally: Russian 'Eurocrats'. While currently more of a club than an aspiring federal government, there are already not far from a thousand Moscow-based 'Eurocrats' beavering away at what some suggest could be the next regional powerhouse: the Eurasian Economic Commission. http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/2658/eu-wary-of-new-soviet-empire-in-disguise

MN Housewife Donates $1.3 Million to Voter ID

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
This was pretty f#cking amazing when I saw this! And it is an excellent example of how "those who have" use "what they have" to screw us "that don't have". *Examples just don't get much better than this. * *To fill you in - * Minnesota has a UNFUNDED Voter ID Amendment on the ballot on 11/6. The Voter ID Amendment has been pushed for years by - Mary Kiffmeyer (who needs to be defeated on 11/6) - State Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council. The Minnesota Voter ID Amendment is so vague it does not even say what types of identification would be acceptable to vote in Minne... more »

Is The Federal Reserve Destroying Us Or Saving Us?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Many economists believe that the actions taken by the Federal Reserve saved the United States from crashing into another Great Depression. Economic historians will be debating whether or not the Fed saved the American economy from a depression for decades, but now that the Fed has taken an active role in attempting to stimulate the economy and create jobs through quantitative easing (money printing), many analysts are starting to question whether the Fed will wind up destroying us while attempting to “save” us. http://problembanklist.com/is-the-federal-reserve-destroying-us-or-savin... more »

Starbucks's European tax bill disappears down $100 million hole

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Starbucks told investors its European businesses made a $40 million profit in 2011, but accounts filed for its UK, German, and French units, which make up 90 percent of European revenues, showed a loss of $60 million http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/us-starbucks-tax-europe-idUSBRE8A00DP20121101

Laurence Alan Stewart Wanted by the FBI after he 'detonated pipe bombs in homes of ex-girlfriend and two police officers'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Federal agents, state troopers and local police are now desperately hunting for Laurence Alan Stewart, the 25-year-old suspect who attended Temple University and is a law school dropout. The attacks began with a 4am explosion on Tuesday in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at the home of Stewart’s ex-girlfriend. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226012/Hunt-man-detonated-pipe-bombs-homes-ex-girlfriend-police-officers.html

Internet in Haiti

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 4 hours ago
Please read this regarding the internet in Haiti.

Stop Imperialism podcast #45 - Good stuff

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
Will be back later with a new posting (working away at it) For now enjoy this podcast from Stop Imperialism which I had a chance to listen to yesterday. Far ranging. Quite informative. Stop Imperialism - Episode 45 Oct 23rd, 2012 by ericdraitser [image: img_10-22-12.jpg] *In today's episode:* - *1. Syria - Syria rebels pessimistic on mediator's ceasefire plan* - *2. Lebanon - Anti-Syria rally held in Lebanon on 'day of rage' over bombing* - *3. Libya - 26 killed, scores injured in clashes in ex-Gaddafi bastion* - *4. Iran (Terror & Propaganda) - Two police k... more »

Babysitter charged with murder after five-year-old girl and boy, eight, found stabbed to death in Naperville, Illinois......ANOTHER ONE?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A babysitter was charged with murder after two young children were found stabbed to death in her house on Tuesday night. The victims, an eight-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl, were discovered by police at the home of Elzbieta M. Plackowska, 40. Plackowska, who also allegedly stabbed her two dogs to death, was covered in blood and blamed the attack on demonic voices when she was found in suburban Naperville, Illinois. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-2225940/Horror-baby-sitter-goes-bloody-rampage-stabbing-death-girl-5-boy-8-dogs.html

Finding 1: OII Did Not Conduct Effective Oversight of Grantees Receiving Charter School Grants

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Late in 2010 near the end of his second term, Gov. Phil Bredesen of TN worked up the courage to suggest shutting down one of Tennessee's unnecessary private prisons run by CCA. When the new governor, Bill Haslam, swept into office with the backing of CCA and ALEC, the plan to shut down the CCA facility in West Tennessee was quickly cancelled, even though Haslam admitted to reporters that the the prison was not needed, and even though Haslam cut $20 million from public colleges and $40 million from Medicaid patients to come up with the $31 million to pay for it. When asked to respo... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Marcia Wallace, 70. Quickly to some good stuff: 1. Dylan Mathews and Ezra Klein bring us a revenue calculator: make Mitt Romney's tax plan add up! 2. If you like that sort of thing, perhaps you'll like Joseph Cera's electoral college simulator. 3. I missed this for some reason, but you shouldn't: E.J. Graff on freedom. 4. What exactly is up with GOP attacks on the plain facts of the polls? Robert Farley speculates, sensibly. 5. And I think Alyssa Rosenberg is largely right in arguing against Joss Whedon for Star Wars, and especially for the tendency to think th... more »

Alastair Reynolds, Blue Remembered Earth

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
I think Duck of Minerva readers will really enjoy this podcast. Lots on the near-future imaginary, technological change, and other topics of interest. From the write up at New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Blue Remembered Earth (Gollantz, 2012) takes place roughly 150 years in the future. Climate change, as well as the political and economic Continue reading

Guest Post: What’s Wrong with the Human Security Report and the “Global Decline Claim”

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
This is a guest post by Amelia Hoover Green (Drexel University), Dara Kay Cohen (Harvard Kennedy School) and Elisabeth Jean Wood (Yale University). See also Megan H. MacKenzie’s post and Andrew Mack’s reply. tl;dr notice: 3,608 words The Human Security Report (HSR) released last week has attracted considerable attention in both the news media and the Continue reading

*Inadvertent* Cop Brutality?

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 4 hours ago
Or teaching kids what police can and will do to them? Officer Chris Webb was attending “career day” at Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School when he sent 50,000 volts of electricity into the child’s chest on the playground. The young boy blacked out and has, according to his legal representative, been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ever since; the officer faces a civil suit. According to the complaint, Webb shot his Taser at the child (referred to only as “R.D.”) after he said he did not want to join fellow classmates in cleaning the officer’s patrol car. [...] We... more »

I Bet Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) Is Wishing Sandy Was Heading Towards His District

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
The Romney campaign sent back a campaign contribution from Gambino Crime Family affiliated Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm, Staten Island's corrupt congressman. They also told corrupt Miami-Dade sleaze bag/congressman David Rivera that his campaign and their campaign are not working together and that he should stay clear of their events and not try to get anywhere near Romney or Ryan. And they took down the Rep. Scott DesJarlais endorsement from their website. DesJarlais is an embarrassment but Romney hasn't returned the $2,000 he gave the campaign. And with DesJarlais' fund-raising ... more »

Tevon D'sean Jackson: 'Even momma got outta house to loot new shirt': Looters brag on Twitter

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Several brazen thugs have robbed their neighbors and their local shops of everything from basic food stuffs to expensive electronics and they are taking to Twitter to broadcast their spoils. One user bragged about stealing a cat from an evacuated home whilst a man naming himself as Tevon D'sean Jackson boasted that his own mother had looted him a shirt. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225663/Superstom-Sandy-looters-brag-Twitter-Even-momma-got-outta-house-loot-new-shirt.html

Jeremy Furchtgott Beaten by 5 Thugs as Sandy battered NY

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
- Jeremy Furchtgott was rushing home in Brooklyn before the worst of the storm hit on Monday - Five thugs tripped him to the ground and kicked and punched him - Mr Furchtgott suffered a concussion and was knocked unconscious - The robbers took his wallet with $40 and his iPhone http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226017/Hurricane-Sandy-Shocking-video-shows-Jeremy-Furchtgott-20-brutally-beaten-robbers-New-York.html

Ragewith.me / Coming Crisis Contest Closed (NEW POSTS BELOW)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The Contest hosted by RageWith.Me and the Coming Crisis has now closed. Our thanks go out to all those who participated and we have already seen some amazing assays among them. The turnout has been great, we have shortlisted the top 100 which will be reviewed again this week before the winners are announced. The Winners will be notified by Email and also be listed at the top of the Front Page on Friday 8th November 2012. Well done to all. Lynsey & Matt

Catherine Gowing Search: Body Found

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A body has been recovered by search teams involved in the hunt for missing Irish vet Catherine Gowing. Ms Gowing, 37, was last seen on the evening of Friday October 12 at a supermarket near her home in New Brighton, Flintshire, north Wales. A 46-year old man from Gynnedd, north Wales, has since been charged with her murder. http://news.sky.com/story/1005625/body-found-in-missing-vet-search

Explosions tear through warship off coast of the Algarve destined to be diving site for tourists

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The former Portuguese Navy corvette Oliveira e Carmo was sunk by a team of explosives experts off the Portuguese mainland to provide a diving site and artificial reef. The vessel had been loaded with 220 tons of concrete to ensure it came to rest in the right position. The vessel is one of four former warship that will serve as an artificial reef and diving site to attract more visitors to the area. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225825/Explosions-tear-warship-coast-Algarve-vessel-sunk-diving-site-tourists.html

Pediatricians Back Agrochemicals Over Kids’ Health by Charlotte Vallaeys

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
  Pediatricians back agrochemicals over kids’ healthby Charlotte Vallaeys Food Freedom News, 31 October 2012 For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has weighed in on organic foods for children. Its news release was widely covered in the national media. While the AAP should be commended for acknowledging the potentially harmful effects of pesticide residues on conventional foods, their report—and associated press coverage—is seriously flawed in its basic approach to agrochemical contamination in our food supply and the associated threat to public health. E... more »

Canada's CEO

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 5 hours ago
Mike Harris once famously referred to his job as being the province's CEO. Stephen Harper, Frances Russell writes, sees his job as being the nation's CEO. Under Harper, Canada is becoming a corporate state -- and Parliament is merely an annoyance: Harper’s contempt for Parliament is systemic and reflexive. He bundles budgets into huge omnibus bills, trampling the ancient right and duty of parliamentarians to monitor the government’s management of the public purse. He forces parliamentary committees to operate behind closed doors, presumably to prevent any public washing of dirty ... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake JUJUY, ARGENTINA - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 12:02:03 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 09:02:03 AM at epicenter Location 23.996°S, 64.973°W Depth 24.1 km (15.0 miles) Region JUJUY, ARGENTINA Distances 86 km (54 miles) ENE (77°) from San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina

Alleged hacker caught on camera by cyber-security experts who infect his computer with HIS OWN virus

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Cyber-security experts turned the tables on an alleged hacker by using his own malware to film him through his own laptop webcam. Specialists from Georgia's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-Georgia) tricked a man they claim has been targeting their networks by hiding the virus inside a file titled 'Georgian-Nato Agreement'. After the attacker stole that archive from an infected PC in their lab, they were able to seize control of his computer and capture video of him at work. Easy Fix: Cover Webcam http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2225743/Alleged-hacker-caught-c... more »

Near Riot Last night in Hurricane-Devastated Broad Channel Over Slow Response From Relief Agencies ..... and FEMA representatives didn't Show for Meeting

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Two days after Hurricane Sandy, the situation in the storm-stricken Rockaways and other southern Queens neighborhoods is getting worse in terms of the need for basic supplies and aid. Anger is growing that the government relief agencies have been slow to deal with the problems. Tonight, in Broad Channel, a sliver of land on Jamaica Bay which was hammered by the hurricane, there was a near riot when 280 people arrived for a much anticipated meeting with FEMA representatives, but the reps didn't show up. That caused already frayed tempers to boil over, and residents blocked traffic to... more »

Facebook shares plummet nearly 4% as company's own employees dump stock

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The social networking giant ended the day down 3.79 per cent after 99million shares changed hands. Company stock fell 83 cents to close at $21.11. The stock is down 44 per cent from its IPO price of $38. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-2226004/Facebook-shares-plummet-nearly-4-cent-companys-OWN-employees-dump-stock.html

Sam Busby who wrote offensive Facebook comments about missing April Jones tells magistrates he was 'looking for attention'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
- Call centre worker Sam Busby, 18, reported to police by Facebook users - Busby pleaded guilty at Worcester magistrates to posting the comments on October 6 - the day Mark Bridger was charged with April’s murder - April, 5, had gone missing from her home in Machynlleth, Powys, Wales, just five days earlier http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225754/Sam-Busby-18-wrote-offensive-Facebook-comments-April-Jones-looking-attention.html

Border Agency 'to access your emails, text data and internet' under new law plan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Ministers are planning a new law that will require internet firms to store vast amounts of information, a move civil liberties campaigners say amounts to a 'Snooper's Charter'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226060/Border-Agency-access-emails-text-data-internet-new-law-plan.html

Dirty bomb attack now a 'real threat' to Britain as nuclear waste smugglers swap tips online, Foreign Office warns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Minister Alistair Burt uses speech to warn nuclear terrorism, once unthinkable, is now a real possibility More information about nuclear weapons is available online than ever The Middle East minister says global terror networks are 'thriving' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226146/Alistair-Burt-Dirty-bomb-attack-real-threat-nuclear-waste-smugglers-swap-tips-online.html

Contrast Alberta's Understanding Of 'Dutch Disease' Economic Condition With Sask Premier Brad Wall's Limited Grasp ...

leftdog at Buckdog - 5 hours ago
*(Alberta's Understanding of the Economic condition known as 'dutch disease')* *"The Canadian dollar remains elevated, buoyed by high commodity prices. And appreciation of the Canadian dollar could hurt exporters. Manufacturing companies will continue to be challenged by a strong Canadian dollar and moderate external demand."* *Alberta Budget 2012-13* *(Brad Wall's Understanding of the Economic condition known as 'dutch disease')* *(click on image to enlarge ...)*

Tory Euro rebels warned they are damaging David Cameron's hopes of re-election as Nick Clegg says there is 'no hope' of EU budget cut

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
- Government loses crunch vote by 307 votes to 294 as Commons demands a real terms cut in funding for Brussels - Nick Clegg says there is 'absolutely no chance' of persuading all 26 states for a real-terms cut - George Osborne says he understands the 'frustration' of backbenchers - Rebels say they have spoken for the people but loyalists warn Tory hopes of re-election have been damaged by the revolt http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225329/EU-budget-vote-Cameron-humiliated-eurosceptics-exultant-53-Conservatives-vote-Labour.html

GOP Rape Advisory Chart

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
Just found this on Daily Kos and when I started doing checking around found that for the most part - it has already made the rounds. A perfect visual of the RWNJ's. But for those of you that have not seen it before (like me) it is well worth your perusal and maybe send the link out to a person or two. Here's the link >>>>HERE<<<<< Have you read through it? Here's just a small part of what the GOP Rape Advisory Chart looks like and how Repugs view and talk about rape:

MN - To Give ALEC the Heave Ho at the Polls

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
Minnesota Voters are getting geared up to give the American Legislative Exchange Council legislative members the Heave-Ho! Disgusted by the Voter ID Amendment brought to the state by ALEC State Chair Mary Kiffmeyer – Minnesotans are saying – not in our State – to ALEC. You Betcha!– these folks are pissed about ALEC corporations writing legislation that is then brought into the state after ALEC legislators have been wined and dined at posh hotels and fancy resorts by ALEC corporate profit sector members. Minnesotans are pissed as hell about ALEC state legislators who are trying to ... more »

CO Voters to ALEC - GET OUTTA HERE

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
This past summer Coloradan saw what happens when the policies of the American Legislative Exchange Council get implemented in your state. Coloradans watched in horror – when in a drought situation – Colorado water was sold to a company to be used for fracking, which is very important to ALEC corporate profit secotr members.. Coloradans watched the ALEC free-market prevail while their public rights to water were put on the free market to the dismay of farmers and cities across Colorado. And now Coloradans fear for their public lands – which ALEC legislative members, using the ALEC f... more »

Riyadh Gas Tanker Explosion: 22 Killed 111 Injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A fuel tanker has exploded in the Saudi capital Riyadh killing at least 22 people and injuring 111 others. Witnesses say the vehicle crashed into a flyover triggering an explosion that caused the collapse of a nearby building. Adjacent buildings were also damaged as well as nearby vehicles. http://news.sky.com/story/1005463/over-20-killed-in-riyadh-gas-tanker-explosion

Scott Stephens Escapes Shark By Punching It In The Head, California

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A surfer fought off a shark by punching it on the side of the head - seconds after biting him. The attack in Eureka, California left Scott Stephens with eight deep cuts lacerations, according to the Times-Standard. http://news.sky.com/story/1005515/surfer-escapes-shark-by-punching-it-in-the-head

Halloween Stampede: Three Killed In Madrid

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The disaster struck some time before 4am at an indoor stadium that had been transformed into a party venue for Halloween. "Three victims were trampled to death and two others were injured," a police spokesman said. The victims were aged between 18 and 25, he said. http://news.sky.com/story/1005496/halloween-stampede-three-killed-in-madrid

Prison Officer Shot Dead On Motorway In Northern Irland

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A prison officer has been shot dead when he was ambushed on a motorway on his way to work in Northern Ireland. The officer, from the high security Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn, was ambushed on a stretch of the M1 between Portadown and Lurgan, County Armagh. One unconfirmed report claimed a gunman opened up when another car pulled up alongside. http://news.sky.com/story/1005529/prison-officer-shot-dead-on-motorway-in-ni

Superstorm Sandy: Thousands Stranded In Floods

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Nearly 20,000 people have been trapped at home in the New Jersey city of Hoboken, just across the river from New York City, amid accusations that officials were slow to deliver food and water. One man blew up an air mattress and floated to City Hall, demanding to know why supplies had not reached residents - at least a quarter of homes there are flooded and 90% do not have power. http://news.sky.com/story/1005399/superstorm-sandy-thousands-stranded-in-floods

News Round-up For Our Disgraced Country

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 5 hours ago
The majority on the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that procedural errors shouldn't deprive a vote of its integrity. You have to prove fraud in order for votes (with no accompanying verification) to be discounted. What the SCOC did not do was to say that the government cannot create laws that restrict the right to vote. The point being that if a voter ID card is made mandatory and that voting without one is a felony (as is allowing someone to vote without one), then it's not a "clerical error" that can be discounted, but a true legal barrier. The Ottawa Citizen sides with the minorit... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 09:51:05 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 12:51:05 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 51.265°N, 179.631°W Depth 60.7 km (37.7 miles) Region ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA Distances 36 km (22 miles) W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 09:48:01 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 09:48:01 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.238°S, 177.655°W Depth 458.7 km (285.0 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 118 km (73 miles) ENE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Oh, NO! Floridians to Dump ALEC Members!

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
Floridians have finally come to the conclusion that Rick Scott would not be able to propel his crazy agenda without the help of the American Legislative Exchange Council state legislators. Based on that fact – exit polling is showing that. by an overwhelming majority. voters in Florida are sending ALEC members back to the free-market private sector life that they love so much, in this election. Floridians have decided to take back their state from the extremist policies of ALEC and to rid themselves of corporatist ALEC legislators. *Source: The Ph-ALEC Poll of America (phollowing t... more »

GMO Foods: Science, PR, and the Public Backlash with James Corbett

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
29 October 2012 GMO Foods: Science, PR, and Public Backlash by grtv In the face of yet more scientific evidence of the adverse health effects of genetically modified foods, country after country is working to ban, limit or restrict the cultivation and testing of GM crops. But as the biotech giants gear up the PR war against their opponents, the question of what people can do to avoid GMO foods is becoming more important than ever. Find out more about this topic in this week's GRTV Backgrounder on Global Research TV. TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=6029 ... more »

Bay Street law firm uses fingerprint technology to monitor employees’ comings and goings

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
The days of sneaking out for three-hour lunch breaks will soon be over at a Bay Street law firm after it decided to install fingerprint-scanning technology to monitor its employees’ whereabouts. Last month, McCague Borlack LLP announced plans for a revamped security system that will require staff (except lawyers who spend much of their time with clients) to clock in and out of the office with a finger swipe, keeping track of morning late-comers or those who try to jump-start their weekends by slipping out early on a Friday. “Some people were abusing the system,” said founding partn... more »

So what will be in this year’s Christmas stocking?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 6 hours ago
We now have all the technology contenders lined up the Christmas shelves, sometimes side by side and sometime under an exclusive umbrella. The Kindle Fire has landed in the UK alongside the Nook, Apple have released, what they said they would never do – a smaller iPad, Microsoft bumble along as ever trying to play catch-up and Samsung continue to get the sales. Now even the children have their own LeapPad 2, a child-friendly tablet computer, or the alternative robust looking Kurio tablet. Watch any group of people, on trains, buses, in concerts, or just walking the streets and yo... more »

Panda cub playing with a ball

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago

American Presidents compared...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago

Calm In The Storm: Through The Eye Of The Turbulence - A Guest Post by Jyothis Chrystallis Orthonis

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
We are in the Earth-Changes, Dear ONEs... The Weather intensifies... where there is imbalance, the BALANCE is brought unto...in this re-Calibration... We are broken open unto COMPASSION...in this P-R-E-P-A-R-A-T-O-R-Y ** T-R-A-N-S-I-T-I-O-N... The choices of positive actions will last far longer than the sensationalizing N-E-W-S / North-East-West-South with no CORE that reports of the negative, and this compassion that is generated for them is actually going into, and staying within, Gaia... It is how we respond to our OWN, this alone being The RESPONSIBILITY, The Ability-to-RESPO... more »

When Humanity Can Let Go Of Being Controlled By Fear - A Guest Post by Michael Brine

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
When Humanity can let go of being controlled through fear and resist judging others and follow the deeper urgings of their hearts then, and only then, will we be able to soar to new heights of understanding, letting go of the shackles that we have allowed to bind us, discovering some of the very real mysteries that when understood will move us to new heights of awareness. Now, some thoughts and quotations from Major Wellesley Tudor Pole written in 1962. These insights made by this remarkable being are even truer today than ever. “TP” as we affectionately called him worked with C... more »

Shashank Tripathi aka @ComfortablySmug faces fallout for spreading false Sandy reports on Twitter

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
It all began Monday when Hurricane Sandy was approaching landfall and the owner of the Twitter account @ComfortablySmug, whose bio lists interests including "Finance, Gin, Politics, Books, Food, Fine Clothing (and) Meeting Strangers," began posting rapid-fire tweets to his 6,500 followers. The tone of many of the tweets, which included false accounts of destruction, seem intended to spread confusion and fear. "BREAKING: Con Edison has begun shutting down all power in Manhattan," read one tweet. "BREAKING: Governor Cuomo is trapped in Manhattan. Has been taken to a secure shelter,"... more »

Sandy ruptures tank, causing diesel spill in New Jersey

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The refining company Motiva has notified officials that an estimated 300,000 gallons of diesel spilled at its facility in Sewaren, New Jersey, when Superstorm Sandy pushed through, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. Russell Tibbets of the Coast Guard told CNN on Wednesday the incident occurred when one tank ruptured. Most of the diesel was contained by a backup containment unit, he said. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/31/us/new-jersey-sandy-spill/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

BIG CYRIL, JIMMY SAVILE, IAN BRADY, LIBERAL BEHAVIOUR

Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*Sir Cyril Smith - a leading Liberal MP.* * * Several decades ago, Sir Cyril Smith, the former Liberal Party member of parliament for Rochdale, reportedly informed the authorities about Jimmy Savile's high level pedophile ring. *BIG CYRIL IN THIS WONDERFUL LAND* In 1979, *Rochdale Alternative Press* reportedly obtained evidence that, during the 1960's, Cyril Smith "was using his position to get teenage boys to undress in front of him in order that he could get them to bend over his knee while he spanked their bare bottoms or let him hold their testicles in a 'medical inspection’. ... more »

The PR Pivot: White House Now Says Al-Qaeda Is A Liability In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
"It was exposed in "NATO Using Al Qaeda Rat Lines to Flood Syria With Foreign Terrorists," that indeed, the very networks used by Al Qaeda to flood Iraq with foreign fighters is now being used by the United States, NATO and the Persian Gulf States of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to violently overthrow Syria. The narrative that recent US efforts aim at heading off "extremists" from "hijacking" the armed violence in Syria, is exposed as a blatant lie. Extremists have constituted the so-called "opposition" from the very beginning, by design, with explicit US, NATO, Saudi and Qatari funding... more »

Attempting to obstruct justice is a substantive offence of specific intent

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago
*R v Yazelle*, 2012 SKCA 91 is a good source for the holding that the offence of attempting to obstruct justice pursuant to s. 139(2) of the Criminal Code is a substantive offence of specific intent. The Court holds: [4] The Crown does not dispute that obstruction is a specific intent offence. While it had initially submitted that, in this case, the mens rea of the offence of obstruction is manifest upon proof of the actus reus of the offence, the Crown agreed in oral argument that the requisite mens rea requires proof of an intention to obstruct justice, not just an intention to d... more »

Bay Area Meteor Debris Found in Yard

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
After analyzing the 2-inch gray colored rock that was collected from Lisa Webber's yard on Saturday, researchers have confirmed it to be the first chunk of the meteor that dramatically exploded over the Bay Area last week. As told by Lisa Webber, she heard a strange voice from her roof three days back but since she was totally unaware about the meteor explosion she never give it a second thought. As soon as she read a narrative story about debris from the meteor falling from sky in a region elongated east of San Rafael toward Napa and Sonoma, she went to the yard and checked it out.... more »

Nora Naranjo-Morse - Stories upon stories

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 8 hours ago
I'm not such a big fan of native American sculptor Nora Naranjo-Morse's 'mud people' figures, but this cast aluminium Aztec-like plaque 'Stories upon stories' is just gorgeous. Stories upon stories, cast aluminium, 2005

Fire erupts at Kentucky chemical train derailment site

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Add captionFlames from a derailed train car sent people rushing out of neighborhoods and an entire town near Louisville on Wednesday while firefighters tried to douse the chemical blaze that left three workers badly burned. Some people forced from their homes faced a long night on cots in shelters set up after the blaze — sparked by a cutting torch that ignited leaking vapors — broke out shortly after 1 p.m. EDT. Officials in West Point, a short distance from the fire, ordered its nearly 1,000 residents to get away from the flames and the potential health hazards posed by the burni... more »

Google sued over photograph

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
IN what is believed to be an Australian legal first, Google has been sued by a Melbourne man aggrieved at how it linked his photograph to one of Australia's most notorious drug barons. A Victorian Supreme Court jury found Google defamed Milorad Trkulja by publishing his image alongside side a picture of Tony Mokbel and linking his name to stories about an unsolved murder. While the jury decision does not set a legal precedent, a ruling yesterday on damages by trial judge Barry Beach may have broad implications for Google and other search engines. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/new... more »

Terrorist Offers Hurricane Sandy Aid, US Says No Thanks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The U.S. has turned down an offer of post-Hurricane Sandy assistance from one of the world's most wanted men, a Pakistani terror leader with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head. Hafiz Saeed, an Islamist militant who is alleged to have masterminded the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that left more than 160 people dead, issued a written statement Wednesday saying his organization was willing to send supplies and volunteers to help the U.S. East Coast recover. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/terrorist-offers-hurricane-aid-us/story?id=17607455#.UJI2xW8xoQo

Edward Teller's great H-day: 60 years ago

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
*Ivy Mike released 188 times more energy than Hurricane Sandy* Hungarian-Jewish-American physicist Edward Teller had a great day exactly 60 years ago, on November 1st, 1952. For some years, he's been working on an idea originally due to the great physics guru Enrico Fermi (most likely, and one invented in Summer 1942) which totally fascinated him: a bomb getting its energy from thermonuclear fusion. While fission only releases about \(0.001E=0.001mc^2\) from some mass, fusion is able to get to \(0.01E=0.01mc^2\), one percent of the total latent energy, and it may employ as omnipre... more »

Adam Werritty won't face charges despite describing himself as Mr Fox's adviser on business cards and allegedly accepting donations

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The self-styled adviser to former defence secretary Liam Fox will not face criminal charges, prosecutors announced yesterday. Adam Werritty was under investigation after describing himself as Mr Fox's adviser on business cards and allegedly accepting donations. Andrew Penhale from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "We have advised City of London Police there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction." http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/adam-werritty-wont-face-charges-8269993.html

Broadmoor staff said Jimmy Savile was a 'psychopath' with a 'liking for children'....They laughed about it instead of putting a Stop to it, they also should be held accountable

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The former DJ was given full access to the hospital because of his fund-raising activities and would roam the corridors and take girls back to his flat on the campus, it was claimed. Some nurses even joked that it should have been him behind bars such was his behaviour. "I'd say he was a psychopath," said Bob Allen, a staff nurse at the time. "A lot of the staff said he should be behind bars. We used to laugh about it in those days."\ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/9647718/Broadmoor-staff-said-Jimmy-Savile-was-a-psychopath-with-a-liking-for-children.html

Indian Cyclone Forces Tanker Aground

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
At least five people are missing after a cyclone that has battered southern India forced an oil tanker aground. The storm, named Cyclone Nilam, has weakened to a tropical storm after coming ashore near Chennai off the Bay of Bengal. Thirty-two crew members were recovered alive from the Pratibha Cauvery on Thursday, and rescuers were using helicopters and small boats to search for the missing. One crew member was confirmed drowned. http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2012/11/01/indian-cyclone-forces-tanker-aground/

Taoiseach Enda Kenny to meet Merkel in Berlin

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Taoiseach Enda Kenny faces a host of challenges this morning in Berlin. At a joint press conference after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Taoiseach will be anxious to move beyond recent tensions over Ireland’s bank debt. His first challenge will be to show that Dublin remains a constructive EU player but still has unfinished business with its partners. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/1101/breaking5.html

Jimmy Savile estate frozen after abuse claims

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The estate of television presenter Jimmy Savile has been frozen in response to the sex abuse claims made against him, NatWest bank says. The bank, which is acting as the late DJ's executor, said: "Given the claims raised, distribution of the estate has been put on hold." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20162980

Barclays faces $470m energy fine from US regulators

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Barclays has been threatened with fines of $470m (£291m) by US regulators to settle accusations it sought to manipulate the California energy markets from 2006-2008. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been investigating it, the bank revealed on Wednesday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20164795

Superstorm Sandy Death Toll Continues To Rise

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The death toll from Superstorm Sandy has risen to at least 72 people, as populations along the East Coast of the United States prepare to take the first steps towards returning to their daily routines. http://news.sky.com/story/1005399/superstorm-sandy-death-toll-continues-to-rise

David Cameron suffers stinging defeat over Europe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The defeat came after more than 50 Conservative rebels were joined by Labour MPs in supporting a demand for real-terms reductions in spending by Brussels. The Government was defeated by 307 votes to 294, a majority of 13. Commons sources estimated that 51 Tories voted against the Government, with two more acting as tellers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9647205/David-Cameron-suffers-stinging-defeat-over-Europe.html

Halloween Mask Gang's Armed Raid On CCTV

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
CCTV cameras have captured the moment an armed gang wearing Halloween masks burst into a jewellery shop. They ordered two men to get on the floor and threatened a pregnant woman, who was in the shop at the Tyldesley Arcade in Wigan. http://news.sky.com/story/1005258/halloween-mask-gangs-armed-raid-on-cctv

Smugglers' Jeep Gets Stuck On US Border Fence

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Suspected Mexican smugglers had to abandon their attempt to get into the US after the 4x4 they were in got stuck on top of the 14ft border fence. US Border Patrol spokesman Spencer Tippets said agents spotted the SUV perched on top of the fence on Tuesday at the border between Arizona and California. http://news.sky.com/story/1005366/smugglers-jeep-gets-stuck-on-us-border-fence

Train 'Racial Abuse' Inquiry - Arsenal to Abbey Wood train in south east London

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a video appearing to show a woman racially abusing passengers on a train was posted on the internet. http://news.sky.com/story/1005427/woman-sought-in-train-racial-abuse-inquiry

Sandy: 'Mass Destruction' In Atlantic City

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
When the people of Atlantic City emerged from wherever they had been sheltering against Superstorm Sandy, there was only thing they wanted to see. A stretch of the city's iconic boardwalk, ripped up and thrown inland, has become a nationwide symbol of the devastating impact of nature's assault on the New Jersey shore. http://news.sky.com/story/1005371/sandy-mass-destruction-in-atlantic-city

Lloyds Sets Aside A Further £1bn For PPI

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Lloyds Banking Group has set aside a further £1bn to cover costs relating to the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) - taking its total bill to £5.3bn. The announcement came as the 40% taxpayer-owned bank said it made a pre-tax statutory loss of £583m in the nine months to the end of September. This compares with a £3.8bn loss over the same period last year. http://news.sky.com/story/1005449/lloyds-sets-aside-a-further-1bn-for-ppi

Riyadh Tanker Explosion Kills 10

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A tanker has exploded in the Saudi capital Riyadh killing at least 10 people and injuring 50 others. The fuel truck had crashed into a flyover triggering an explosion that caused the collapse of an industrial building. http://news.sky.com/story/1005463/riyadh-tanker-explosion-kills-10

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 07:35:27 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 12:05:27 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.619°N, 71.055°E Depth 223.1 km (138.6 miles) Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Distances 45 km (27 miles) WNW of Khorugh, Tajikistan

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 06:57:22 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 05:57:22 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 49.403°N, 155.546°E Depth 49 km (30.4 miles) Region KURIL ISLANDS Distances 148 km (91 miles) SSW of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake JAN MAYEN ISLAND REGION - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 06:33:37 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 06:33:37 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 71.913°N, 0.396°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region JAN MAYEN ISLAND REGION Distances 315 km (195 miles) ENE of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Voter fruad is "funny" and "cool"?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
According to this Democratic Party worker, Stephanie Caballero, Regional Field Director in Houston Texas, yes apparently it is... Barack Obama and the Democratic Party want people to 'Vote Early'. Is that really only half of what they want? 'Vote early, vote often' as they said in Chicago some time ago. Like elements of the Labour party in the UK, are the US Democratic (sic) party really not above trying to steal an election?

My Eulogy For Bud

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Bud is being buried this morning. I wrote about my uncle Bud a few days ago but I took down the post. It was too personal, too angry, even disrespectful of his privacy and dignity. What a difference a few days can make. Today they'll be burying a man I never really knew in life and the regret I feel for that is powerful. In death I know, and understand, my uncle as I never did in life. Almost overnight, it all makes sense. For the first 60+ years of my life I knew that my uncle Bud had been in the Air Force at the start of WWII. He'd flown really horrible, twin engine b... more »

Baltic Capitalism Thrives

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is a delightful story of just how right it can be done when a country gets the opportunity to shift into the modern world. It only needs the will to do it right even if mistakes are inevitable. Every new leader emerging from the Arab spring needs to make a long visit to the Baltic and learn first hand what worked. We all want these nascent societies to succeed and it is not to much to ask for respectful imitation. The Japanese practically invented respectful imitation. Yet thugs still grasp and extort for the privilege of breathing their air. The people themselves... more »

Sandy Tests Us

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Well, it is over. This storm was as bad as could be imagined and as predicted. Even better, just about everyone heeded common sense and got well out of harms way. That could not protect from flying debris or toppling trees, but could get folks well clear of obvious death traps. No one has got a meaningful measure of the damage yet, but recall the area affected was an order of magnitude larger than any comparable. Thus a figure of 50 billion is not unreasonable. The truth is that we came through this far better than we might have. We did not lose any dams nor did we l... more »

Breakthrough in World's Oldest Undeciphered Writing

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
What makes this problem interesting is that a first writing system would not be too interested in preserving sound. It is also contemporaneous with the building of the Great pyramid and the global emergence of the European Bronze Age Civilization which was sea based and certainly demanded a working record keeping system. Since we lack the evidence for an Atlantean writing system it is reasonable to assume it was lost. This working system from Mesopotamia nicely confirms its existence was possible and known technology. However, if it was used only to record contracts then ... more »

You can’t overlook convenient hours if you hope to preserve the obvious benefits of public liquor sales

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
In Alberta, this kid would be buying Jägermeister and Red Bull. Below: The Parkland study; Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. In one regard, Alberta’s 1993 experiment in liquor store privatization has been a resounding success. To wit: almost everyone thinks it worked. I was reminded of this reality earlier this week when the Parkland Institute and ... more »

AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM? DREAM ON, CLIFFORD MAY!

Neocon writer Clifford May had an amusing piece up on *National Review Online’s* temporary site today. I say ‘amusing’ because I find the whole idea of Americans fancying themselves as being ‘exceptional’ quite laughable – especially when one reads the reasons why Americans think of themselves as exceptional. The somewhat delusional Clifford May reckons some of the reasons America is exceptional is because: *The ideas on which this nation is based were revolutionary in the 18th century — and still are today. All men are created equal? Governments derive their powers only from the c... more »

Barclays faces record £290m penalty: British bank suffers another hit to its battered reputation as it confronts huge costs for alleged US energy market manipulation

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
*Barclays faces record £290m penalty* British bank suffers another hit to its battered reputation as it confronts huge costs for alleged US energy market manipulation Jill Treanor, city editor The Guardian, Wednesday 31 October 2012 Barclays bank has endured a torrid year having been caught up in a number of financial scandals. Barclays took another major hit to its already bruised reputation last night when a US regulator threatened the bank with a record $470m (£290m) penalty for allegations that it attempted to manipulate the US electricity market. After the London market... more »

Bolivia radio host attacked on air

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A 70-year-old radio journalist was in stable condition Tuesday after masked men barged into his studio and set fire to it while he was on the air. Authorities said three men were arrested in Monday's attack on Fernando Vidal but were refusing to talk. http://news.yahoo.com/bolivia-radio-host-attacked-air-120340189--finance.html

HSBC Caught in New Drug Money Laundering Scandal

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 12 hours ago
http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/10/hsbc-caught-in-new-drug-money-laundering-scandal/ *HSBC Caught in New Drug Money Laundering Scandal* by Tom Burghardt / October 31st, 2012 While HSBC’s Canary Wharf masters are back-peddling furiously over charges that they gave a leg up to terrorist financiers and drug traffickers as a recent U.S. Senate report charged, new evidence emerged that its business as usual for the multinational banking giant founded by Hong Kong-based British opium merchants. Earlier this month, The Independent reported that French police had “intercepted one of th... more »

Syrian rebels arm Palestinians against Assad

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Syrian rebels said on Wednesday they had begun arming sympathetic Palestinians to fight a pro-Assad faction in a Palestinian enclave in Damascus - a move which could fuel spiraling intra-Palestinian violence. Two rebel commanders told Reuters they expected their Palestinian allies to fight the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC) which dominates the Yarmouk enclave - a one-time refugee camp turned sprawl of apartment blocks which is run by the Palestinians themselves. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/us-syria-crisis-palestinians-idUSBRE89... more »

25 killed in fire at Saudi wedding

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
At least 25 people, mostly women, died and 30 others were injured in a fire at a wedding in eastern Saudi Arabia, reports say. Hundreds were inside the courtyard of a home in the village of Ain Badr, in the Abqaiq region, to celebrate a wedding when the blaze started. The disaster occurred when a high voltage power line fell down and touched the metal door of the house where the wedding was being held, according to Saudi Civil Defense sources. http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/210448456/scat/b8de8e630faf3631/ht/25-killed-in-fire-at-Saudi-wedding

Senate likely to revisit cyber bill when Congress returns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes to reintroduce cyber security legislation opposed by business groups once lawmakers return after Tuesday's election, a Senate aide said, adding that a White House executive order might pave the way for a compromise on the bill. Senator Joe Lieberman, one of the authors of the bill, would consider dropping a provision aimed at shoring up protection of critical infrastructure that had raised concerns among Senate Republicans, if that issue could be addressed in an executive order, Jeffrey Ratner, senior adviser for cybersecurity on the Senate Ho... more »

Expect feisty defense from China's disgraced Bo Xilai

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Disgraced former top Chinese politician Bo Xilai can be expected to mount a feisty defense of himself when he finally comes to trial, but a guilty verdict is not in doubt, a lawyer who had a front seat at China's last major show trial said. Zhang Sizhi was defense lawyer for Mao Zedong's widow, Jiang Qing, leader of the "Gang of Four" that wielded supreme power during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution. She was given a suspended death sentence in 1981 for the deaths of tens of thousands during that period of chaos. As such, Zhang was witness to Jiang's spirited though ultimately fruit... more »

East Coast Rebuilds As Storm Death Toll Rises

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The death toll from Superstorm Sandy has risen to at least 72 people, as populations along the East Coast of the United States prepare to take the first steps towards returning to their daily routines. New York's three major airports are expected to be open later, offering stranded passengers a limited number of flights. http://news.sky.com/story/1005399/superstorm-sandy-death-toll-continues-to-rise

Riyadh industrial building hit by explosion: witness

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
An industrial building in eastern Riyadh was almost entirely destroyed by a large explosion on Thursday, a Reuters witness said. The building was almost leveled by the blast, with one corner left standing, the witness said. Nearby vehicles were on fire and at least five fire engines were arriving at the scene. The reason for the explosion was not immediately clear. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/us-saudi-riyadh-explosion-idUSBRE8A007620121101

Saudi Arabia: Large Explosion destroys Industrial Building

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Cars near the building reported to be on Fire

Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover finds soil similar to volcanic sands of Hawaii

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Curiosity's x-ray imager advances first mineral inventory of another planet in detection of Mars' basalt-type soil In the first inventory of minerals on another planet, Nasa's Mars rover has found soil that bears a striking resemblance to the weathered, volcanic sand of Hawaii, say scientists. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/oct/31/nasa-curiosity-mars-rover-soil

US withdraws support for Syrian opposition

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The Obama administration demanded a major shake-up of the Syrian opposition last night. Hillary Clinton brought an end to America's efforts to “lead from behind” by attempting to intervene in the make-up of Syria's dissident leadership. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article3586437.ece

Turkey Given Reassurance by Germany on Talks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany met with Turkey’s prime minister here on Wednesday and pledged that the European Union would continue to pursue talks “in good faith” over Turkey’s accession to the bloc, despite disagreements that have proved challenging for both sides. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/world/europe/germany-says-europe-will-pursue-talks-on-turkey.html

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*32nd Annual Day Of The Dead Celebration* *Celebrations mark All Saints ~Advocate* *Thousands opting out of BP spill settlement*

Barak: Israel won't outsource its security to anyone

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Defense minister signals J'lem will not rely even on "closest, most trusted allies" to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Speaking at the British Israel Communications and Research Center, Barak addressed Iran’s uranium enrichment program: “All options are on the table to prevent Iran from crossing the point of no return. We expect all those who say it to mean it; we mean it.” http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=290012

Comet: more than 6000 jobs at risk

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
More than 6,000 jobs are at risk as the troubled high-street electricals chain Comet teeters on the edge of administration. Comet, the UK's second largest electrical specialist after Dixons, has struggled to make headway as supermarkets and online retailers such as Amazon targeted the cut-throatmarket, and could go into administration as soon as Thursday. It is estimated to have made a loss of £35m in the year to 30 April. In a sign of the toughness of the market US giant Best Buy pulled out of the UK last year after struggling to gain a foothold. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technolo... more »

Tory rebels give PM a bloody nose in fight over EU budget

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Eurosceptics defy whips and join Labour to defeat Cameron and demand cut in Brussels spending David Cameron suffered a damaging defeat tonight as dozens of mutinous Tory MPs joined forces with Labour to demand the Prime Minister presses for cuts in European Union spending. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-rebels-give-pm-a-bloody-nose-in-fight-over-eu-budget-8269200.html

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 03:31:24 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 12:31:24 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.592°S, 129.126°E Depth 238.5 km (148.2 miles) Region BANDA SEA Distances 237 km (148 miles) SSE (153°) from Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 03:16:00 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 08:16:00 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.564°N, 131.943°W Depth 10.3 km (6.4 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 162 km (100 miles) S of Masset, Canada

The Global Warming Fraud: Al Gore Blames Hurricane Sandy On "Global Warming"!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
Since the Climategate scandal broke in the United Kingdom over two years ago, many people have wondered what ever became of the kingpin and chief huckster in the Global Warming fraud, Al Gore, himself. It seemed that since the entire man made Global Warming push has now been exposed as a massive swindle and hoax, Al Gore himself had gone into hiding..... But guess what, he is back! I came across this article, from the Washington Times online news service, at www.washingtontimes.com, and I knew it belonged here in this blog for everyone to see for themselves... According to this art... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 1st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 (Preliminary magnitude — update expected within 15 minutes) Date-Time Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 03:15:23 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 08:15:23 PM at epicenter Location 52.500°N, 131.100°W Depth 1 km (~0.6 mile) set by location program Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 207 km (129 miles) SSW (196°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 22:46:30 UTC Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 01:46:30 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.273°N, 171.545°W Depth 62.3 km (38.7 miles) Region FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA Distances 31 km (19 miles) SW of Amukta Island, Alaska

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 31st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 21:27:05 UTC Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 07:27:05 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.620°S, 153.369°E Depth 43 km (26.7 miles) Region NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 41 km (25 miles) ESE of Taron, PNG

Soylent Mitt-- The One Percent Will Eat The Poor, And Other Prophecies By Hal Crowther

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Unless you live in western North Carolina, you probably only know Cecil Bothwell as a progressive Blue America candidate who the Blue Dogs and DCCC screwed out of a chance to win the state's 11th CD. But Cecil is also an author-- *Whale Falls: An exploration of belief and its consequences*, *Finding Your Way In Asheville: 2009* and *The Prince of War: Billy Graham's Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire*-- a songwriter and owner of Asheville's Brave Ulysses Books. This week he sent me an essay by Hal Crowther, who lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He's expressing, with great ... more »

Sheer Madness: Washington Post Says That It Is OK To Give Up Liberty For Security (!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
America is now a police state. I have long thought that the good people living in the once free United States of America would have had enough by now by the criminal actions of their own crooked and deceitful government, but I guess I have been mistaken... There was a famous quote made by Benjamin Franklin at the time of the American Revolutionary War, and the words still ring absolutely true today... The quote goes something like this: "If a nation ever surrenders its Liberty for Security, then it's citizens will wake up one day with no Liberty and no Security!". Ben Franklin wa... more »

Muhamad from Aleppo on Insight SBS Sydney

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
The FSA terrorists are not revolutionaries, they are just morons with guns who hate everybody that's not like them. They are creating anarchy, not revolutionary change. They don't have a political vision, a social program, an economic plan, a leader, nothing. They are intolerant barbarians who burn the holy bible, *kill Christian priests*, and destroy churches. They are disposable to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and NATO. German poet Heinrich Heine said, "Where they burn books, they will ultimately also burn people." After burning bibles and other religious texts, the thieves and c... more »

John Friend Interviews Deanna Spingola On His First Show On Truth Militia Radio!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
A close friend of mine, John Friend, who writes the great blog: John Friend's Blog, at www.johnfriendsblog.blogspot.com, has broken new ground in the fight against the criminal element that is out for our enslavement. He is now hosting his own show, every Monday, on Truth Militia Radio, at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-truth-militia , at 8pm, CDT. Just this last Monday, October 29th, 2012, he had a fine lady who I have been a great fan of for years, Deanna Spingola, on his show to discuss various very important subjects. I have the link here for everyone to download for the... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“Described as a "dusty curtain" or "ghostly apparition", mysterious reflection nebula VdB 152 really is very faint. Far from your neighborhood on this Halloween Night, the cosmic phantom is nearly 1,400 light-years away. Also catalogued as Ced 201, it lies along the northern Milky Way in the royal constellation Cepheus. *Click image for larger size. * Near the edge of a large molecular cloud, pockets of interstellar dust in the region block light from background stars or scatter light from the embedded bright star giving parts of the nebula a characteristic blue color. Ultraviol... more »

"The Essential Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." - Pierre de Courbertin

Obama $10.00 a gallon Gasoline Coupon - Campaign where They "Feel Your Pain" Most

MrArbitrage at Table Of Wisdom.com - 14 hours ago
As the old saying goes, there is a reason why elections are not held after April 15th. Election outcomes would be quite different if they were held in April as the fermenting anger would still be fresh within voters. For low to middle income Americans, the consequences of leftist government policies have created high gas prices that are actually -more painful- than the income tax itself as it is paid weekly and exceeds what many in lower income brackets pay in federal taxes (if they pay at all). You can help to get voters to think about the *ramifications* of Barack Hussein Obama ... more »

Grow up, Mr Hickey

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 14 hours ago
Mark Hubbard calls out Bernard Hickey for yet another childish swipe at efforts by governments, however lack-lustre, to either repay or avoid further debt--to both of which Big-Govt Bernie is apparently opposed. In Bernard’s item number one this morning], looking at the continuing train wreck of Greece, he says: * “…the debt debacle is getting even worse in Greece, forcing the Germans to think about stumping up yet more money. “**The austerity medicine is clearly not working.”* Really? It took Greece, and all the other Keynesian basket-cases, sixty ... more »

US to Focus Exclusively on Arming Al Qaeda in Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 14 hours ago
US dumps Syrian proxy political front in latest move to accelerate long-stalled regime change. Tony Cartalucci Land Destroyer November 1, 2012 * * The Washington Post in its recent article, "U.S. looks to build alternative Syrian opposition leadership," claims: The Obama administration has spent the past several months in secret diplomatic negotiations aimed at building a new Syrian opposition leadership structure that it hopes can win the support of minority groups still backing President Bashar al-Assad. The strategy, to be unveiled at a Syrian opposition meeting next week in... more »

Stimulus failure

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 15 hours ago
Back in 2009, the Australian government panicked. It saw the global financial crisis and immediately pulled the Keynesian lever: they cut a cheque for $900 to every Australian for a shopping subsidy—which was paid for by every taxpayer. How much extra spending did each $900 “stimulate”? About $20. Just twenty dollars for every nine-hundred dollars poured down this particular drain. In fact, even the original unpublished paper on which the “stimulus” was based, now its finally been published, only talks about a fifty-dollar spending increase. Fifty dollars over seven weeks. No... more »

It's The Final Countdown

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 15 hours ago
Less than one week to go until the end of the Endless Campaign.This long march began the day after Barack Obama was elected in 2008. It was well underway in January 2009, when just days before inauguration Rush Limbaugh said of the incoming president, "I hope he fails." On October 23, 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took it up a notch, telling everyone what we already knew, when he said, "*The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." * *Since Obama's inauguration the Republican answer to everything has been "no".... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

Psychology: "How the Brain Stops Time"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"How the Brain Stops Time" by Jeff Wise "One of the strangest side-effects of intense fear is time dilation, the apparent slowing-down of time. It's a common trope in movies and TV shows, like the memorable scene from "The Matrix" in which time slows down so dramatically that bullets fired at the hero seem to move at a walking pace. In real life, our perceptions aren't keyed up quite that dramatically, but survivors of life-and-death situations often report that things seem to take longer to happen, objects fall more slowly, and they're capable of complex thoughts in what would ... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Universe Becomes Conscious of Itself”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“The Universe Becomes Conscious of Itself” * by Chet Raymo "By now most of us will have seen this spectacular photograph of a dusty star-birthing region of the Carina Nebula, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. I offer a slightly different cropping from what you may have seen in the media or on APOD. Please click the image to see it it all of its glory. Let me add some context. The image shows an area of the sky that you could cover with the intersection of two crossed sewing pins held at arms length. Think about that for a minute. Hold two imagin... more »

Your second time…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 15 hours ago
You might have seen the patronising approach the Obama campaign has taken towards women? The likes of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton argued that women were just as capable of rational deliberation as men [writes Rich Lowry]. The conceit of the Obama campaign is that, to the contrary, they are quite susceptible to a few powerful dog whistles and unable to see beyond their gender. To paraphrase a notorious post on the Obama campaign’s Tumblr page, “Ladies vote like their lady parts depend on it.” The twenty-something filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham captured the s... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago

Average American knows very little about daily life in Iran

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
Kourosh Ziabari Tehran Times November 1, 2012 *U.S. journalist and photographer Nile Bowie says U.S. citizens know very little about daily life in Iran, adding that the realities on the ground in the country are different than what is being presented by Western media outlets.* *“Keeping American society fearful of Iran is key to manipulating the general public into accepting the immoral barrage of economic sanctions and possible military operations taken against the country in the future,” Nile Bowie said in a recent interview with the Tehran Times.* *He is based in Kuala Lumpur,... more »

Nation suddenly realizes this is just going to be a thing that happens from now on

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 16 hours ago
[image: Destruction in the Northeast United States following Hurricane Sandy, October 2012. This, all of this, is just going to be a part of life from here on out, the entire nation now understands. The Onion] NEW YORK, 31 October 2012 (The Onion) – Following Hurricane Sandy’sdestructive tear through the Northeast this week, the nation’s 300 million citizens looked upon the trail of devastation and fully realized, for the first time, that this is just going to be something that happens from now on. Gradually comprehending that this sort of thing is now just a fact of life, citizen... more »

The thing to remember about kooky clerics is that there are doody-brained people who LISTEN to them

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*Now that the crackpot lying-filth-spewing rabbis are chiming in, the religionist hate-mongering imbecility has officially gone ecumenical.* *by Ken* Just the other day ThinkProgress's Zack Ford reported ("Anti-Gay Preacher Blames Hurricane Sandy On Homosexuality And Marriage Equality," links onsite): A Christian religious leader has already claimed that Hurricane Sandy is further proof that "God is systematically destroying America" as political judgment for the "homosexual agenda." *John McTernan* [right] previously made similar allusions about Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Isaa... more »

The Economy: "AMT: Uncle Sam Wants YOU…to Pay Up!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"AMT: Uncle Sam Wants YOU…to Pay Up!"* by Byron King "In September, we discussed the looming U.S. tax increases (what we dubbed “taxaggedon”) scheduled by law to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. Absent new legislation over the next couple of months, your taxes WILL increase at the beginning of 2013. It’s going to be a tax avalanche! As I stated in the article, “If you earn income in the U.S., or otherwise have ties to U.S. income… you’re in the cross hairs. If nothing else, the tax collector cometh, and he knoweth your name. If you’re a taxpayer, you’re not going to like it.” Many... more »

Halloween 2012, Nexon Style

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 16 hours ago
We prepare to pillage for candy! No one got my costume’s reference. So sad. Happy Halloween!

The Economy: Dr. Marc Faber, "Disaster Area"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Disaster Area"* by Dr. Marc Faber "In order to exercise control over the population, governments throughout history have made people dependent on government largess. A government can make an increasing number of people dependent on its generosity by providing more and more benefits to a larger and larger share of the population. ․ Social Security Disability Insurance vs. Employment Since 2009: Because of these “freebies,” people will go along with the government’s enlargement as a percent of the economy. The masses believe in their free lunch and because the business elite k... more »

Samhain Tidings

noreply@blogger.com (Niles) at DAMMIT JANET! - 17 hours ago
As a virtual ghost around here the last number of months, I decided to scratch out some sign that while perhaps not sentient, I am still alive and not boycotting the sweat and blood work of DJ!. I thought perhaps today might be the most appropriate; plus I'm huddling in a corner over a hot rock. I confess I retreated from participation in blogging because I was feeling extremely disappointed in myself for not being able to add more than the intermittent beep of 'me too' and deciding I needed to concentrate on my individual existence before I got too despondent at not being able to ... more »

Going to Extremes

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 17 hours ago
The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is a multidimensional study in contrasts and similarities. The battered seaside estates of the obscenely wealthy and the flooded inner city housing projects of the neglected poor vie for our split screen attention. Polished Mercedes Benzes and battered Ford pickups are equally vulnerable, it turns out, to falling trees and bricks and metal signs. A Democratic Laurel and a Republican Hardy are equity actors in post-disaster consolation theatre. Even though Halloween was cancelled in New Jersey, Thanksgiving came early. They spoke their lines with bar... more »

Attendance Encouraged at Tomorrow's Hearing to Get Pima County to Comply with Existing Election Laws

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
Update: From John Brakey- PLEASE, be in court with us, and bring lots of friends, we need a big presence to show that this is a critical case and “we the people” are paying attention and we expect the judge to do the same. *Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 2 pm Judge James E Marner’s Courtroom 668**Pima Superior Court: 110 W. Congress, Tucson, AZ* All we want is “Verifiable Elections”, not more* **“Election Theater” *Our suit*, “It demands that county races be included in the hand-count audit, which is not required by Arizona law. County staff workers and advocates dispute wheth... more »

PORTAL 2012: Important Update about Fixing the World Project

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 18 hours ago
Important Update about Fixing the World Project This is the immediate phase one results of the project. It has been sent to the parties in charge of releasing the funds. It needs to also be spread on the internet for the people to read. There will be much much more to this project to come soon, but this is the immediate communication that needed to go out NOW as time is running very short: http://hopegirl2012.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/from-the-people-for-the-people-of-earth-phase-one-how-to/ *[Note: This link above appears to be dead now, the author has decided to re-arrang... more »

Democracy at risk: Voting machines might be hacked

Intercept at The Intercept - 18 hours ago
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Blessed Samhain

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 18 hours ago
Or happy Halloween if you don't observe the earth based celebrations. If you're going out to enjoy the festivities, be careful on the roads. Lots of amateurs drinking and driving. And Zombies. This is coolest graphic I found all month. It really works. If you stare at the fog long enough, you see more and more of the walking dead. (works best if you click to make it bigger) These were my favorite politically themed pumpkins. They won some contest for scariest entry. I've been collecting Halloween graphics at my other blog, Last One Speaks, all month and I think we all have to ag... more »

Iowa warns international observers of arrest

Intercept at The Intercept - 18 hours ago
Politico Bobby Cervantes [image: Early voters cast ballots in Iowa. | AP Photo]We don't need your oversight. That's what the machines are for. 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... more »

Project Camelot: Admiral Fired For Attempted Coup?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 18 hours ago
http://projectcamelotportal.com/kerrys-blog/1393-admiral-fired-for-attempted-coup *ADMIRAL FIRED FOR ATTEMPTED COUP?* Tuesday, 30 October 2012 23:43 Written by Kerry Cassidy According to this story on PRESS TV, an admiral was fired today for being involved in plans for an attempted coup against the President of the U.S. Today, Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette was “fired” from his command of one of the three carrier battle groups back to Bremerton, Washington to face an investigation. It is impossible to adequately state how unusual this is and how serious..." ..."the decision ... more »
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