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CIA director resigns over extramarital affair
David Petraeus resigns from his position, citing "extremely poor judgment" over extramarital affair.
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Extreme heat in 1896: Panic stricken people fled the outback on special trains as hundreds die.
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Pearl Means: Honoring Russell Means
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An Open Letter to Obama from the World’s Poorest Countries
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Prop 37 Defeat Reveals a “Food Movement” that Is Still Half Baked
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The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse: Hurrincane Sandy Rides In
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The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse: Hurricane Sandy Rides In
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President Obama’s Election Night Speech
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Corbett Report Radio 254 – Don’t Believe the Hype
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The bishop!
In honour of the replacement of Beardie with Justin Welby... 
The barbecued testicles of a wombat await.
In the pot calling the kettle black stakes, the spectacle of Louise Mensch saying Nadine Dorries has demeaned the role of an MP has to be up there with the Daily Mail declaring the BBC had "woken up to decency", or that other hardy perennial, the Daily Star reporting on the "sick" Brass Eye paedophile special while on the opposite page leering at the 15-year-old Charlotte Church.Mensch's political
That much of the same then.
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Elahe Mohtasham Decision
If you are not familiar with Ms. Elahe Mohtasham’s allegations against various persons associated with the University of Southampton, lucky you. Keep it that way and read no further.  I will not dignify the allegations by repeating them. If you have been exposed, however unwillingly, to this ugliness, then you ought to know that the UK High Court has issued a judgment against Ms. Mohtasham.  Here
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Who Can A Liberal Support In Harris County And Texas In 2012?—TPA Round-Up
Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers working for a better Texas. (Above–Texas and all the nation will be voting on Tuesday, November 6. Image by TUBS.) In addition to the fine posts linked to below, I’d like to also please offer the endorsement list for candidates
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CIA Plot Against Correa Funded by Drug Money
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Your post-election thread
via liberal japonicus Well, that was fun. And I enjoyed this video, which I put below the fold.
by Doctor Science Over the past few years I've noticed more and more articles about people using books to make things, usually art but sometimes furniture. The architecture library at the Technical University of Delft had to be rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2008. This is the new front of the library -- now that's what I call an Information Desk. Photo by Ellen Forsyth. "Out of Narnia",
Your election thread
by liberal japonicus It's almost Wednesday here in Japan, so I already know what happened, but I'll let you folks tell me. Have at it.

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Two things about California's GE labeling fight
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Sharp Image – P@SHA’s Winner for Being the Best in E-Learning Applications
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Taps For The Black Man
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Clinton Effort to Create Syrian Government in Exile Collapses
Shortly before the Doha effort to put together a Syrian government in exile collapsed, Ambassador Ford, the State Department’s ambassador to the Syrian opposition, inisted to exiles that Syrians must find a “political solution and not a military solution to their problem.” He reportedly told Syrian Opposition leaders that the international community will not create a “no fly zone” over Syria and t
Kurds and FSA Fight as Clinton’s Efforts to Build New Government Stir Hornet’s Nest
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Whatever Happens Today
It's looking like we can expect an Obama victory.But even if Romney wins, we've had a good four years, and the campaign has brought out some good things.Bloggers, as usual, were ahead of the curve, but the New York Times and the Washington Post excoriated Romney's lies and refusal to release his income tax returns. Our two newspapers of record only brought themselves to a principled editorial stan

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Gary Johnson and libertarian Republicans
by George Dance:    Why liberty-minded Republicans should vote for Gary Johnson for President
Mr. President you get a second chance, be an American!
by Mark Vogl:    Stop with the socialism already, stop with only government can do, read some history, some economics, become an American for your legacy!
Wreck-It Ralph and Social Commentary
by Van Bryant, II:    A great movie, almost wrecked by one awful line of dialogue. (Spoilers)
"As You Were! Citadel Cadet Stories from The Past," by Ted Childress
by Mark Vogl:    Funny, descriptive, this brief concoction of Citadel life is a good read.

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Code Unknown
Three weeks or so ago the spirit vacated the corporeal container known as “Russell Means.” This is what his Kossack companero, cacamp, had to say about Means: Russ was my brother-in-arms He and I were both AIM leaders and led our people together in many fights and struggles. We stood shoulder to shoulder all across our great land, we had many hard times but also the most wonderful times of our liv
Just Us
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Fall Out
So it turns out that General David Petraeus has a pee-pee. Who knew? Certainly not I. I figured the thing had been whacked off, long ago. Isn’t that what they do, when you go into the military? Grab the pee-pee and whack it right off? They should. You enter the military, you have chosen to act as an agent of death. So no sex for you, bub. Eros doesn’t want you. You’re a Thanatos boy. So: so sorry.
Make It Stop
Below is a photo documenting a hideous Dr. Moreau-like experiment in which some demented doctor sought to cross a human with a turtle and a scrotum. The result: Mitch McConnell—Senate minority leader, five-star glow-in-the-dark racist, de facto head of the Confederate States of America, the de-evolved retrovert obstructionist who called together the CSA faithful in the days after Barack Obama was

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✚ The Middle East greets Barack Obama's re-election with a shrug
✚ The Middle East greets Barack Obama's re-election with a shrug My article for The Guardian on the Middle East and Obama's re-election.The basic take: no one should be expecting to Obama to offer solutions to Arab problems, and many in the Arab world simply no longer care about who's in charge in Washington as they once did. And that's a good thing.
✚ Don't celebrate the fall of the Caliphate!
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✚ Cameron Gulf tour to mend trade links
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Filiu talk on Gaza in Cairo
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Here we are, stuck in the middle with you
Clowns to the right of me, jokers to the far right... One of my favorite sequence of photos from the 2012 campaign - Senator Claire McCaskill (D) going door to door in her old neighborhood in Kansas City on November 2, 2012. Here's the thing. There are now fifty-five Senators (if you count Angus King, the Independent from Maine) in the Democratic Party caucus in the United States Senate. Elizabet
Nobody Liked Him
BY @TomBales1 I've been sitting here all day laughing my ass off at the pundits and talking heads with their multitudes of reasons why the Republicans lost big time this past cycle.  Given some of the excuses I've seen coming from some of the more "respected" right wing analysts... and I use that term very loosely... I figure my opinions are at least worth the same two cents ther
GOP a Dying White Man's Party
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Follow The Bucks
By @TomBales1  I know I'm doing a lot of these on the subject of hate lately but I don't think there's ever been any better example of a hate based society than many of the examples produced by a large number of Americans during the presidential election just concluded and since I'm getting to experience the fallout from it in a more up close and personal way than many, it's a

In These Times
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Gaza, The World’s Largest Open-Air Prison
Even a single night in jail is enough to give a taste of what it means to be under the total control of some external force. And it hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world's largest open-air prison, where some 1.5 million people on a roughly 140-square-mile strip of land are subject to random terror and arbitrary punishment, wi
The GOP’s Year of Magical Thinking
If you were a conservative listening to and reading primarily conservative media, the presidential race was never, in truth, very close. Romney would win—and probably win big—all along.  No wonder that Sarah Palin, speaking on behalf of conservatives, expressed disbelief at the results last night. "It's a perplexing time for many of us right now," she said.  Indeed. What follow
Obama, The Post-Colonial President
SAN FRANCISCO—As a refugee from Vietnam, a country colonized by the French and then fought over by the Americans and the Soviet Union, I see the Obama presidency as spelling the end of a 500-year-old colonial curse. Decades ago, English still unruly on my tongue, I read a spinoff of Daniel Defoe's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, but I read it not as most of my American peers did. I saw
Post-Election, The Revolving Door Swings Open
There are two types of money that corrupt our politics. After a national election that cost more than $2 billion, most of us know about the blatant kind that floods into politicians' campaigns, typically with quid pro quo strings attached. This is the most obvious form of legalized bribery—cash goes in, policy positions and legislative favors eventually come out.   As powerful as that mo

Centauri Dreams
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Re-Envisioning the Telescope
An inventor named Tom Ditto has been casting a serious look at diffraction gratings as large primary collectors for telescopes, work that has been getting a bit of a buzz on the Internet. See, for example, An Old Idea Gives Telescopes a New Twist, and ponder how much the eponymous Dittoscope sounds like something out of a Tom Swift story. Nonetheless, an instrument based on a diffraction grating a
Exomoons: A Direct Imaging Possibility
It’s good to see that David Kipping’s work on exomoons is back in the popular press in the form of A Harvest of New Moons, an article in The Economist. Based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Kipping’s Hunt for Exomoons with Kepler (HEK) culls Kepler data and massages the information, looking for the tug of large moons on transiting exoplanets. The basic method will by now be fam
Possible Habitable World in a Six-Planet System
At 42 light years from Earth, the star HD 40307 is reasonably within the Sun’s neighborhood, so the news of a potentially habitable planet there catches the eye. HD 40307 is a K-class dwarf, one previously known to be orbited by three super-Earths — with masses between the Earth and Neptune — that are too close to the star to support liquid water on the surface. Now we have the discovery, announce

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Laos pushes ahead with Mekong dam and risks destroying the region's lifeblood
Gland, Switzerland – The Lao government's determination to plow ahead with construction of the controversial US$3.5-billion Xayaburi hydropower dam in northern Laos puts the mighty Mekong River's spectacular biodiversity, rich fisheries and livelihoods - vital to nearly 60 million people - in grave danger, warns WWF.Despite fierce opposition from neighbouring countries, and some concerns r
Major rhino horn trader sentenced to 40 years behind bars
A Thai national, Chumlong Lemtongthai, has been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for his involvement in the illegal trade of rhino horns from South Africa. This is the harshest sentence given for a wildlife crime in the country to-date. Lemongthai pleaded guilty to charges relating to the illegal export of rhino horns in Johannesburg's Kempton Park Magistrate's Court earlier this week. WWF-Sout
Mozambique creates Africa's largest coastal marine reserve
The Primeiras and Segundas have been approved as a marine protected area in Mozambique making this diverse ten-island archipelago Africa's largest coastal marine reserve. Comprising ten islands off the coast of northern Mozambique, and featuring abundant coral and marine turtle species, the protected area will cover more than 1,040,926 hectares. WWF has worked for eight years to secure this import
WWF applauds Hillary Clinton's call to stop wildlife crime
Washington DC – WWF applauds U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her call to stop illicit wildlife trafficking, which she emphasized as a major foreign policy and security issue in a speech on Thursday."Over the past few years wildlife trafficking has become more organized, more lucrative, more widespread, and more dangerous than ever before," Secretary Clinton said. "We are increasingly se
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