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Sunday, November 11, 2012

11 November - Blogs I'm Following III

I CAN'T AFFORD MY OWN POLITICIAN (Monday October 3, 2011) ...item 2.. University of Miami - suspicious phone call (September 24, 2012) ... (Photo credit: marsmet552)
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gop.com: Fire Pelosi (Photo credit: Kyle Rush)
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English: American cable news host and former U.S. Representative Joe Scarborough (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: David Frum. Image source is a screen shot from a BloggingHeads.tv video podcast. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

First World War Poetry (11/11/12)

The Guardian has a video of Sean Bean and Gemma Arterton reciting Wilfred Owen poems, with Sophie Okonedo doing the honors for Rupert Brooke.

10:12 pm MST

Military past and present protest Portugal's 2013 budget

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 seconds ago
An estimated five thousand veterans and servicemen marched through the streets of Lisbon, to show their anger at planned austerity measures. Portugal is already feeling the strain and the budget for next year approved by the centre-right government will bring even more cuts and tax rises in an effort to save 5.3 billion euros. “The 2013 budget proposes we make higher payments for medical care, although the service is worse. We pay more for less,” said Sergeant Jose Leitao. http://www.euronews.com/2012/11/10/military-past-and-present-protest-portugal-s-2013-budget/

Polish police repell ultranationalists

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 minutes ago
Warsaw has seen police fire rubber bullets and tear gas at right-wingers as Poland marked its independence day. Several policemen were injured. Polish authorities say two police officers were injured Sunday and several extremists detained for throwing stones and metal objects. The right-wingers disturbed one of the many marches which took place in Warsaw to mark 94 years since Poland regained sovereignty at the close of WWI after over 120 years of foreign rule. "Today public life is poisoned by excessive rows," Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski had said at the beginning of the ... more »

Meet & Greet Monday (#MtaGt)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 12 minutes ago
Welcome to Meet & Greet Monday! Banner by Art Ist Grab our banner for your site: Do you have an Eco-friendly blog or site? Do you occasionally write about the environment or ways to live green? If you answered yes to any, you're invited to link up. Here are the rules: 1. If you have a green-living blog, site and/or write about the environment, sustainability, etc., please use the "linky" below to list your site. 2. If you only occasionally write about green living, please use tags such as "green", "Eco", "Environment", etc. and then link to that col... more »

David Frum Says It Isn't The Democraphics Killing The GOP-- It's The Message

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 minutes ago
I hope you watched the video above. Most of it-- as you might expect if you know anything about Joe Scarborough and his Villager guests-- is worthless, but the David Frum parts are extremely valuable. They stand out like a sore thumb from the rest of the drivel. For me the key segments were Frum trying to get to the bottom of what's wrong with the GOP today. "Mitt Romney's message," he tried explaining to a barely sentient Scarborough, "is 'I am going to take away Medicare from everybody under 55; I'm going to cut Medicaid for everybody by about a third, and I'm going to do that t... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 04:35:05 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 10:35:05 PM at epicenter Location 13.930°N, 92.420°W Depth 19.6 km (12.2 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 72 km (45 miles) SSW (197°) from Suchiate, Chiapas, Mexico

The Coming Crisis 72-Hour Help-a-thon: Please contribute right now and help keep the Coming Crisis alive

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 18 minutes ago
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Greece Passes 2013 Austerity Budget

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 25 minutes ago
Greek lawmakers have approved the country's 2013 austerity budget involving fresh spending cuts. The budget passed by a 167-128 vote in the 300-member Parliament. It came days after a separate bill of deep spending cuts and tax hikes for the next two years squeaked through with a narrow majority following severe disagreements among the three parties in the governing coalition. http://news.sky.com/story/1010131/greece-passes-2013-austerity-budget

Venice Hit By Severe Floods

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 25 minutes ago
Heavy rain whipped up by strong winds have flooded Venice and led to the evacuation of 200 people in Tuscany, according to reports. Italian news agencies said 70% of central Venice was under water - bringing the lagoon city's high tide mark to its sixth-highest level since records began being kept 150 years ago. http://news.sky.com/story/1010111/under-water-venice-hit-by-severe-floods

Syria: Opposition Coalition To Topple Assad

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 30 minutes ago
Syria's opposition groups have agreed after days of wrangling to unite against President Bashar al Assad and elected a moderate cleric as its leader. After four days of talks in Qatar, representatives of groups including rebel fighters, veteran dissidents and ethnic and religious minorities agreed to form a new coalition that its Western and Arab backers hope can topple Mr Assad. http://news.sky.com/story/1010107/syria-opposition-form-coalition-against-assad

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 36 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 03:31:17 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 09:31:17 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.332°N, 92.351°W Depth 34.9 km (21.7 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 26 km (16 miles) SW of Ocos, Guatemala

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 37 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 03:02:59 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 09:02:59 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.106°N, 92.211°W Depth 24.5 km (15.2 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 38 km (23 miles) WSW of Champerico, Guatemala

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 40 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 23:49:27 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 05:49:27 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.978°N, 92.335°W Depth 38.1 km (23.7 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 57 km (35 miles) SW of Champerico, Guatemala

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 23:21:15 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 05:21:15 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.970°N, 92.259°W Depth 53.2 km (33.1 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 52 km (32 miles) SW of Champerico, Guatemala

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 23:16:44 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:16:44 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 49.438°N, 155.232°E Depth 63.4 km (39.4 miles) Region KURIL ISLANDS Distances 151 km (93 miles) SSW of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia

Climate Change Destroying Bamboo and Threatening Pandas' Existence

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 45 minutes ago
Tai Shan was born at 3:41 a.m. July 9, 2005, weighing only a few ounces at birth. The first cub for mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) and father Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN), he was conceived through artificial insemination March 11, 2005, in a procedure performed by National Zoo scientists and veterinarians. Photo courtesy: Jessie Cohen/Smithsonian's National Zoo Though they are one of the most beloved animal species on Earth, pandas aren't safe from the devastating effects of climate change. According to a new study, projected temperature increases in China over the next century will l... more »

School in Soleil

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 47 minutes ago
Soleil twitter.com/haitianhearts/… — John A. Carroll (@haitianhearts) November 12, 2012

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 49 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 22:44:33 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 04:44:33 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.899°N, 92.121°W Depth 52.2 km (32.4 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 49 km (30 miles) SSW of Champerico, Guatemala

Interviewings Libz leader Dr Richard McGrath

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 50 minutes ago
I’ve just heard that Libz leader Dr Richard McGrath is interviewed tonight on *The Beat Goes On *TV show about the uniting, or not, of parties at the freedom end of the spectrum. Watch it tonight at 9:30pm on CueTV (Channel 110 on Sky or Channel 23 on Freeview), or tomorrow night at 10pm on Heartland TV (Channel 17 n Sky). Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Sheep For Doom, Madmen For Peace

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
* Are you a sheep or a madman? * "It is often said that if Christ were to come to the world now he would be crucified again. This is not quite true. The world has changed; it now rests on 'understanding'. So Christ would be ridiculed, treated like a madman, but a madman one laughs at [...] Now I understand better and better what an original and deep fundamental relation I have to the comic, and this will be of use for me in illuminating Christianity." - Søren Kierkegaard. Would Jesus Christ's message of peace resonate with 21st century American voters who buy into the logic of ... more »

The Pothole Gardener Writes a Book

All photos courtesy: the potholegardener The Pothole Gardener is a success story: they are calling him the "Banksyof Guerrilla Gardening". He started out doing tiny-and ephemeral-installations in potholes on his street because he didn't have his own garden. Creating a miniature scene, photographing it and seeing what happened. His renown grew: word of his creations was picked up by the press, his blog had 25,000 hits a month. And then the movie starring Brad Pitt, no, first the book: The Little Book Of Little Gardens. It's a sweet book that documents his works to date: a journey... more »

WI ALEC Members - Preying on the Working Poor

2old2care at Because I Can - 1 hour ago
Here’s a nasty little tale about the benefits of being an ALEC legislator. It is a nasty little tale about how ALEC legislators – do a little something, something for the ALEC Corporate Profit Sector members – which hurts the real constituents – the public, who pay the salaries of the ALEC legislator. Increased revenues for the ALEC corporate profit sector members by preying on the working poor. * * *ALEC Legislators - supporting legislation that preys on the working poor.* *ALEC Profit Sector Members - Increasing revenue by preying on the working poor. * It’s a truly nasty little s... more »


Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 2 hours ago
Broad Street Review Sunday, November 11, 2012 Bin Laden and Petraeus: Two birds with one stone BY: Robert Zaller 05.09.2011 Barack Obama neutralized his two great enemies in one week, the elusive Osama bin Laden and the excessively visible General David Petraeus. Each operation depended on the other; both succeeded. But what is the moral cost of a targeted assassination? ZZZZZzzzzzz.....

Billy Graham may not have been a religious crackpot, but he paved the way for a lot of them, including his son Franklin

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Is hate-mongering maniac Franklin Graham (right) abusing the name of his 94-year-old father Billy Graham (left) to promote his own crusade against morality and decency?* *"I do not believe that Billy Graham would have instigated the ad essentially endorsing Romney. I wouldn’t be surprised if Billy Graham didn’t even know about it. I think that he is being exploited by his son to further Franklin’s political objectives."* *-- Sally Quinn, in a WaPo "On Faith" column,* "Sins of the son: Sad treatment for Billy Graham" *by Ken* Hey, I'm surprised to be quoting Sally Quinn too. But t... more »

Alex Jones Discovers A Temple to Evil!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Evil has a name - Bush.

Stevie's gonna freak . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 3 hours ago
THE WASHINGTON POST SAYS: "The president can start by rejecting the Keystone pipeline." (Actually, those words are not, as written, in the editorial, "What Obama should do now: Tackle climate change", they exist in the html file header that describes the page. Just so's ya know.) Check it out. It will be painfully easy to tell if President Obama is going to take a serious stab at doing

First World War Poetry (11/11/12)

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 4 hours ago
The Guardian has a video of Sean Bean and Gemma Arterton reciting Wilfred Owen poems, with Sophie Okonedo doing the honors for Rupert Brooke. Head over for all four poems; here's one: In previous years, we've looked at the war poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, and contrasting visions in "The Poetry of War." Rupert Brooke makes an appearance in "Demonizing the Enemy," as does Owen

Belly Buttons: Unexplored Territory Until Now

No! This is not my belly button. Photo courtesy: hweiling / cc After decades of exploring the wealth of biodiversity found in some of the planet's remotest ecosystems, from high atop the forest canopy, to down deep within the ocean's murky depths, scientists have now turned their attention to one of the darkest, most foreboding places of all -- your belly button! Sure, that little built-in lint trap might not seem so terribly interesting, aside from being a battle scar from the early days of our infantile independence. But for a team of researchers, lead by Dr. Robert Dunn, delvin... more »

Urine-Powered Generator Invented by Four Teenage Girls in Africa

Photo courtesy: © Maker Faire Africa Everywhere you go, people gotta pee. That's just a fact of our human existence. But instead of just getting flushed down the toilet, human urine could also be a feedstock for a truly unique renewable energy source. Imagine being able generate six hours of electricity from a single liter of urine. Thanks to the innovative minds of four teenage girls in Africa, it's no longer necessary to just imagine it - they've done it. A urine-powered generator was presented at Maker Faire Africa in Lagos by Duro-Aina Adebola (age 14), Akindele Abiola (14), Fa... more »


Jonathan Tobin writing in the neoconservative *Commentary* magazine today conceded that Hamas are the real leaders of the independent state of Palestine – not Fatah. But all is not quite as it seems. Because Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is about to push for recognition of Palestine as a non-state member at the UN, the Israelis and their neocon supporters have come up with a new Chutzpah arguing that: *Abu Mazen* [Abbas] *claims he is the sole representative of the Palestinian people, but is not assuming responsibility for the fire from the Gaza. * Its classic divide... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 5 hours ago
Yes, it is Sunday, and again it is time for my weekly rant. Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, which is supposed to pay homage to, and remember all of the soldiers who died in the major wars of the last century. It is truly sad to think of all of the soldiers who fought gallantly in these conflicts for either "Saving the world for Democracy" or to end "Nazi domination of Europe" when most were unaware that they were being used as nothing more than pawns for criminal interests. Now that we know that all of these wars were purposely created by criminal Jewish banking interests, f... more »

Louisana petitions for succession on White House website

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*More here:* http://www.timesofisrael.com/only-the-nuclear-option-can-work-against-iran-former-idf-chief-says/

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 22:31:32 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 04:31:32 PM at epicenter Location 13.935°N, 92.452°W Depth 37.6 km (23.4 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 69 km (42 miles) SSW of Ocos, Guatemala

How to start a myth: the housing market edition

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Had you noticed that Bill English has successfully initiated the myth that the fault of failing to supply affordable housing is not the government’s for anti-development planning rules and gold-plated building regulations—not councils’ for their development levies and interminably delayed consent processing—not planners for ring-fencing cities and imposing their own values on home-owners—not the Reserve Bank’s for pumping out all the counterfeit capital that spills over into the housing market because of their rules favouring mortgage lending over business lending—the failure, say... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 22:25:46 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 04:25:46 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.373°N, 92.687°W Depth 51.9 km (32.3 miles) Region OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO Distances 48 km (29 miles) SW of Puerto Madero, Mexico

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 21:33:10 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 07:33:10 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.518°S, 151.710°E Depth 73.4 km (45.6 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 142 km (88 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 6.5 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 22:15:00 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 04:15:00 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.164°N, 92.167°W Depth 27 km (16.8 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 24 km (14 miles) WSW of Champerico, Guatemala

The fruits of our labors

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
Mulling over the results of this election, one thing is clear to me. Our biggest obstacle to future progress is gerrymandering. From D.C. to the statehouses Democrats actually won a majority of votes that is not reflected in the number of seats they hold. This the poison fruit of the 2010 debacle that allowed Republicans to take over statehouses just when the new districts were being drawn. Nonetheless, we did well with the new Democratic House in D.C.: Come January, women and minorities for the first time in U.S. history will hold a majority of the party’s House seats, while Rep... more »

BP Disaster Survivors Removed From Federal Courtroom during Fairness Hearing

Three BP oil disaster survivors and community advocates were forcibly removed from the fairness hearing on the BP class-action settlement yesterday, moments before the federal court heard objections to how that settlement would compensate people made sick by the disaster. The fairness hearing allowed U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to hear arguments from those who negotiated the deal, as well as those with objections to the class action, before the settlement is accepted or rejected. Louisiana residents Cherri Foytlin, Kindra Arnesen, and Michelle Chauncey were asked by Judge Bar... more »

Tea Party Played Key Role in Romney's Defeat

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 6 hours ago
*By MARC McDONALD* Shell-shocked Republicans are continuing to do a post-mortem on why Mitt Romney's bid for the White House was a flop. But in trying to understand their defeat, they really need to point the finger of blame at a section of the GOP itself: the Tea Party. Since it sprang into action a few years ago, the Tea Party has prided itself on "re-energizing" the GOP base and returning the party to its core principles. And indeed, the Tea Party did inspire a lot of Conservatives who had been dismayed by the likes of big-spending George W. Bush (even though the Tea Party only ... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Multiple Event Convergence as Gaia Releases

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
Multiple Event Convergence as Gaia Releases by ÉirePort Multiple simultaneous portal openings occur at the 11-11. Such are aligned to initiate events intended to occur on separate timelines. However Gaia has requested convergence of all timelines as she releases past timeline structures and codes. As of the 11-11-12 11:11, new Sol codes were transmitted into and throughout Gaia and all inhabitants. Codes to soften hardened one's, soften ancient paradigm structures, for release. Sol has engaged each and every human on this planet and will not release until decision point of 12... more »

POOF: Global Reset

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
Elvis Presley If I Can Dream Lyrics Songwriters: WALTER EARL BROWN (Words & music by brown) There must be lights burning brighter somewhere Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue If I can dream of a better land Where all my brothers walk hand in hand Tell me why, oh why, oh why can't my dream come true Oh why There must be peace and understanding sometime Strong winds of promise that will blow away All the doubt and fear If I can dream of a warmer sun Where hope keeps shining on everyone Tell me why, oh why, oh why wont that sun appear ... more »

D-FOX: Please contact us if you can read this

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
To D-fox: if you're reading this, please contact us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. It's important -- we believe.

Ready For The 2014 Primaries?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
2014 primaries might be dangerous for corrupt corporate shills Blue America worked with a lot of different organizations over the last year to help elect progressive candidates. We gave up on the Democratic Party, and especially the DCCC, long ago, realizing their *only* interests revolve around crass careerism and self-promotion. They're more likely to support a corrupt conservative corporate whore than an actual grassroots progressive eager to fight for working families. But of all the groups we did work with in the last cycle, I have to say-- and speaking just for myself-- the one... more »

GOP threatens more gridlock

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
While the pundits and lesser politicians play point the finger of blame for Tuesday's resounding loss at the polls, didn't take long for our D.C. Republicans to start demanding President Obama compromise with them. And by compromise they mean cave into their every demand. Speaker Boehner sternly warned his troops, the rules of the game have changed. But he's mainly talking about the optics of obstruction. Raising the tax rate on the top income earners is still very much off his table. Hell, he couldn't deliver that under any circumstances. His own caucus would kick him out in a he... more »

Sunday Question for Liberals

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
If you had to narrow it down to one, and also to things you believe are realistic: what's your biggest single hope for Barack Obama's second term?

SC12 Day 1

Southern Man at Southern Man - 7 hours ago
The first full day of SC12 was a busy one. First came the opening session, and then the usual excellent "Supercomputing In Plain English" talk by Henry. Henry entertains his adoring followers. After lunch (and the first two geocaching finds in Utah) was a session on introducing parallel concepts in the introductory programming classes and another on visualization of data (and by that Southern Man means visual representations of *petabytes* of data). And after that was an orientation session (we were already fairly oriented) and the evening reception and poster session. We did n... more »

The politics of food . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
FAMINE CAN BE A WEAPON, or it can be the consequence of systemic bungle, but either way, the results are catastrophic. THE Nation. is a thoughtful site, with an article by Samuel Moyn, "Totalitarianism, Famine and Us" that is worth pondering. The Chinese debacle is truly disturbing. With climate change in Africa and its droughts, the future has challenge. After studying the Bengali famine

Great War recruiting poster

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago

Sunday Question for Conservatives

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
Do you expect significant change of any kind in the Republican Party now? Policy, procedures, style, personnel? Or will they wind up deciding to chalk the election up to circumstances (or, perhaps, to Mitt Romney in particular) and continue on without significant changes?

The Year the Town Hall Shrank

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 8 hours ago
BBC Four's The Year the Town Hall Shrank is hard-hitting, powerful stuff. As a profile of Stoke-on-Trent, it is unflinching and uncomfortable. The fate befalling those on the end of austerity is deeply upsetting. As a critique of the ideologically-motivated cuts imposed on councils by central government, it's damning. Yet for all that, there is something unsettling about *The Year* beyond the tough subject matter. And last Thursday night's episode, which prominently featured the BNP, exemplifies it. "We have proven people will vote BNP in large numbers when the conditions are right... more »

Subsidising smelters?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: image] Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt, right, reckons the government, i.e., taxpayers, should subsidise electricity prices enjoyed by Rio Tinto, the owners of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter in Tim’s “electorate.” The smelter company wants to negotiate a new power contract for its Tiwai Point smelter near Bluff in the face of plummeting world aluminium prices. But with no resolution after three months of talks, Mr Shadbolt says Prime Minister John Key must intervene. "I mean, they own the electricity company that's sitting around the table and they've got a ves... more »

By Populist Request....

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 8 hours ago
Several of you have been asking how the alternative presidential candidates fared in our quadrennial exercise of citizen participation. Here, courtesy of Global Research, are the preliminary *unofficial *results: (the Florida count wasn't made official until after the release of this chart, so although I corrected the electoral vote count, the popular vote is still off. And anyway, we won't see the final tally until all the absentee and provisional ballots are counted.) I was surprised to see Roseanne Barr of the Peace and Freedom Party coming out ahead of Rocky Anderson of the Just... more »

Duped and sleep walking: US pandering to media and politicians

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
*There is no glory in war, no glory in newspaper cover ups, and no glory in military contract blood money* ** *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/11/duped-and-sleep-walking-us-pandering-to.html While most of the media is pandering to Obama and the US government which uses drones to assassinate its targets and innocent bystanders around the world, many Americans are preparing to delude themselves on Veteran's Day about bogus US wars. It is good time to remember that Obama went to Cushing, Okla., to promote the southern route of the Keystone XL tarsa... more »

Remembrance Day

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago
I remember my Grandfather who did not speak of his time in the First War. I remember my Uncle who did not speak of his time in the Second War. I remember my friends in the Reserve and those in the Forces who never boasted of Afghanistan. It's not a matter of being liberal or conservative. It's not even a matter of whose side who was on. It's just a matter of memory for those who died and those who died a little.

UK's top soldier warns British troops could be deployed to Syria warzone

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Hundreds of British troops could be deployed to intervene in Syria if the country descends into chaos. General Sir David Richards, the UK's top soldier, said contingency plans were in place for a 'very limited' military response if the humanitarian situation worsened. His admission is the most serious warning yet that Britain could deploy forces to the warzone. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231390/UK-s-soldier-warns-British-troops-deployed-Syria-warzone.html

Home Secretary says jobless immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania could be barred from using the NHS....We will see what Brussels has to say about that one!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Thousands of potential migrants from Romania and Bulgaria could be barred from using NHS hospitals and claiming benefits if they travel to Britain without a job, Theresa May suggested today. The Home Secretary said she was powerless to extend temporary restrictions on travel from the two eastern European countries when they expire at the end of next year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231387/Home-Secretary-says-jobless-immigrants-Bulgaria-Romania-barred-using-NHS.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

There Will Be Peace ......

leftdog at Buckdog - 9 hours ago
There will be peace: when attitudes change; when self-interest is seen as part of common interest; when old wrongs, old scores, old mistakes are deleted from the account; when the aim becomes co-operation and mutual benefit rather than revenge or seizing maximum personal or group gain; when justice and equality before the law become the basis of government; when basic freedoms exist; when leaders - political, religious, educational - and the police and media wholeheartedly embrace the concepts of justice, equality, freedom, tolerance, and reconciliation as a basis for renewal; when pare... more »

Thousands of Kuwaitis protest against voting changes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis packed into a square opposite parliament on Sunday in a peaceful opposition-led rally against new voting rules. Recent demonstrations against the electoral changes, ordered by Kuwait's ruler last month ahead of a poll on December 1, have led to clashes between protesters and police as marches spread out of the areas usually designated for rallies. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/11/us-kuwait-politics-protest-idUSBRE8AA0BD20121111

Different Flavors of The Same Deception

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
Obaaama Obaaama Obaaama Obaaama - the call of the century.

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEPAL - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 18:39:22 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:24:22 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 29.362°N, 81.499°E Depth 36.8 km (22.9 miles) Region NEPAL Distances 39 km (24 miles) NNE of Achham, Nepal

WSJ "Quake Tremors Go Farther Than Thought": Implications for US East Coast Nuclear Power Plants Ominous

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
The Wall Street Journal Nov 7, 2012 A4 "Data from the 2011 earthquake centered in Virginia show East Coast tremors can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought, the US Geological Survey said Tuesday.... Scientists also found the quake that caused more than $200 million in damage triggered landslides at distances four times farther and over an area 20 times larger than research from previous quakes has shown." The Huffington Post is also reporting scientific findings from the event: East Coast Earthquakes' Speed Is Faster Than Previously Thought... more »

Could General Petraeus Become Inmate Petraeus?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
The United States military takes adultery very seriously. In fact it treats adultery as a criminal offence warranting imprisonment. When CIA director David Petraeus resigned, he pointedly stated that his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, began after he left the U.S. Army. Under *no* circumstances did the affair occur while Petraeus was still an active duty general. Certainly not during the time Petraeus and Broadwell spent together in Afghanistan. And not during the time she spent with him working on his biography. This isn't over yet, not by a long shot.

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 18:19:42 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:49:42 AM at epicenter Location 23.208°N, 95.981°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region MYANMAR Distances 62 km (38 miles) WNW of Mogok, Myanmar

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.4 Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Date time 2012-11-11 17:52:02.0 UTC Location 36.33 N ; 70.80 E Depth 100 km Distances 58 km S Jurm

Navy patrol in Gibraltar showdown as British boat forces Spanish warship to leave territorial waters after it ignores warnings

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The Government has accused Spain of an 'unlawful incursion' after the Vencedora, a 288ft-long naval corvette, came within three miles of Gibraltar's coast, apparently heading towards its port. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231081/Navy-patrol-Gibraltar-showdown-British-boat-forces-Spanish-warship-leave-territorial-waters-ignores-warnings.html

Happy Birthday XTC's Andy Partridge

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
XTC's lead singer, song writer and all round musical genius Andy Partridge is 59 today. If you don't know the music of XTC, you should be ashamed of yourself. Here's a few glimpses Senses Working Overtime Mayor of Simpleton Generals and Majors It is one of my great regrets that I never saw XTC play live. They toured a lot until 1982 but then Andy Partridge's wife apparently threw away his prescription Valium that he took to deal with stage fright and tour stress, he had been physically dependent upon Valium for over 13 years. This and other personal issues brought the band's... more »

It's Curious How Badly We Don't Want to Know

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
The scientific community is warning anyone willing to listen that Hurricane Sandy was just the opening act for even more extreme weather conditions to come. So, what are we doing about it? What is your province doing? What is our federal government doing? The storms and flooding are bad enough but it could be the droughts that send our society reeling. How many more droughts like the one just winding down can we sustain without suffering widespread and substantial impacts? Australia's wheat belt is expected to be hit by drought this year. America's drought may rebound thi... more »

"No more Israel"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
The voice of some anti-Israel Obama supporters. In the case of the first interviewee, the incoherent voice. Some of Barack Obama supporters seem so reasonable don't they?

New Jersey's Dilemma

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
New Jersey seaside property owners face a dilemma - to rebuild or simply walk away. Faced with increasing sea level rise and predictions of more, potentially destructive storms in the near future, the vaunted Jersey Shore may have turned into a bad bet. *U.S. Geological Survey scientist Jeffress Willliams says that rising sea levels and changing weather patterns make it likely that the coast will be hit by more frequent destructive storms. He and other shoreline advocates say officials should consider restricting development to reduce the harm storms can do. They suggest relocati... more »

Burma Earthquake At Least 12 Feared Dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A strong earthquake has struck northern Burma, leaving at least 12 people feared dead and dozens more injured. The 6.8-magnitude quake was reported 70 miles (120km) north of the city of Mandalay, on Sunday morning. While no casualties or damage were reported in the city, small towns around the epicentre of Shwebo were badly-hit. http://news.sky.com/story/1010010/at-least-12-feared-dead-in-burma-earthquake

Sunday Classics: "And long live the music that falls on us from heaven" (Carmen)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Plácido Domingo sings the Flower Song at the Vienna State Opera, Dec. 9, 1978, with Carlos Kleiber conducting and Franco Zeffirelli directing. (The unheard Carmen is Elena Obraztsova.)* *DON JOSÉ*: The flower that you threw me stayed with me in my prison. Withered and dried out, that flower always kept its sweet perfume; and for hours at a time, with my eyes closed, I became drunk with its smell, and in the night I saw you. I took to cursin gyou, to desting you, to saying to myself, "Why did fate have to put her there in my path? Then -- I accused myself of blasphemy, and I felt withi... more »

The Great One's Low Rent Progeny

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Wayne Gretzky should have stayed on the ice instead of fathering this, his now notorious party-girl daughter, Paulina. Here's Miss Gretzky posing with an Obama puppet on election night. She posted the photo with the caption, "Yeah, I went there." Perhaps after drying out she removed the photo from her Instagram page.

Disney on Ice: Free Ice Carving Event

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
My little girl has talked about seeing Mickey on ice skates all week long. Those of you who were excited about Disney on Ice will be thrilled about this! There is going to be a ice carving event at the Olympic Legacy Plaza in the Gateway. There will be three carvers using chainsaws to make ice sculptures in the favorite Disney characters we all love. This even takes place on November 14th from 10:30-11:30 in the morning and will feature visits from the stars of Disney on Ice! Sounds like the perfect morning to me. Just add hot chocolate! *(I was given tickets to Disney on Ice in e... more »

Indianapolis explosion: 2 Killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The cause of an explosion and fire that killed two people Saturday night when it tore through a residential area of Indianapolis was under investigation on Sunday, authorities said. "There's a significant number of homes that have sustained damage, including two that have been completely destroyed, no cause has been ruled out," said Marc Lotter, a spokesman for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. "The investigation is ongoing," he said. He added that seven people had been injured in the explosion, which left a large debris field and damaged at least 18 houses in addition to the two th... more »

Satellite Eye...

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 11 hours ago
This month's ESA/NASA satellite images.

Israel says may escalate as Hamas joins Gaza clashes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Israel said it was poised to escalate attacks on the Gaza Strip on Sunday following a surge of rocket and mortar salvoes by Hamas and other Palestinian factions. A missile strike wounded four Israeli troops on jeep patrol along the Gaza boundary on Saturday, triggering army shelling that killed four Palestinian civilians and, in turn, dozens of short-range rocket launches out of Gaza that paralyzed Israel's southern border towns. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/11/us-palestinians-israel-violence-idUSBRE8A90BE20121111

Polish police clash with protesters on national holiday

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Riot police in the Polish capital used truncheons on Sunday to break up a crowd of right-wing extremists pelting them with firecrackers and lumps of concrete after a parade to mark the national holiday turned violent. Thousands of police had earlier lined the streets of Warsaw to try to stop right-wing nationalists and radical left-wing groups from using the independence day holiday as an opportunity to fight each other. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/11/us-poland-marches-idUSBRE8AA09E20121111

Sandy: 150,000 Homes Still Without Power

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
More than 150,000 homes and businesses are still waiting for the lights to come back on two weeks after Superstorm Sandy. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in New York has about 130,000 customers still without power. Most of the remaining homes without power are located in New Jersey. The totals do not include the tens of thousands of homes that are too damaged to have electricity restored. http://news.sky.com/story/1010034/sandy-150000-homes-still-without-power

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 14:56:11 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 01:56:11 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.750°S, 164.813°E Depth 30.2 km (18.8 miles) Region SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS REGION Distances 111 km (68 miles) W of Lata, Solomon Islands

The Hard Bigotry of Low Expectations in Florida

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
With the ink barely dry on the outcome of the Presidential election in Florida, the FL school Board is now looking for new and innovative ways to keep the FCAT, virtual schools and private money machine rolling. This way Jeb Bush's buddies. K-12 and other for-profit education outfits who make their money off the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable children and their teachers can keep their wheels greased till 2018 under this proposal. The soft bigotry of low expectations used by these privatizers and profiteers for the past decade to push test and punishment and hold teachers... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
*John Whittingdale, the Conservative MP who said the BBC management appears to have 'lost their grip' on the organisation.* Anonymous writes: "Charles Napier, 48, a former teacher and half-brother of John Whittingdale, MP, who was a private secretary to Margaret Thatcher, was a treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange and had convictions for child abuse going back as far as 1972, Kingston Crown Court was told. (Former teacher jailed for sex abuse of boys, The Times, 2 September 1995)" Paedophile scandal: Charles Napier could provide vital evidence. *Tweets * Ciaran Jenk... more »

Protest at CIA headquarters denounces US assassinations using drones

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
[image: Initial_Line.jpg] [image: Cops_and_March.jpg] Protest at CIA headquarters denounces US assassinations using drones Reposted at Censored News from Indymedia http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/153856/index.php This protest came one day after a sex scandal forced former CIA Director David Petraus from office. Here's a statement the organizers released in promoting this protest: The US Military and the Central Intelligence Agency are killing innocent people, committing extrajudicial executions, and violating international law with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, DRON... more »

Minus the sex, Paula Broadwell is the mainstream press corps!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012 * *Jody Warrick sees the poignancy in the lady’s sad fall:* Jody Warrick’s report in this morning’s Washington Post includes a few striking formulations concerning the Petraeus affair. The front-page headline—presumably, an editor wrote it—would be our first example. This is the headline which appears in our hard-copy Post: “With Broadwell, general let his guard down” The headline suggests that poor Petraeus had been guarding against such people for years. In fairness, that isn’t what Warrick’s copy says. But that’s how an editor read it. We were even ... more »

Earth Peoples: Brazil Indigenous enroute to United Nations

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Alto Xingu: Message from Pirakuman Yawalapiti about Climate Change and Human Rights Situation in Brazil*By Earth Peoples* http://earthpeoples.org/blog/?p=2692 Thank you for sharing with Censored News! Translated by Earth Peoples (to read original in portuguese click here) By Pirakuman Yawalapiti [image: Pirakuman Yawalapiti, Alto Xingu, Brazil (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)] Pirakuman Yawalapiti, Alto Xingu, Brazil (Photo © Rebecca Sommer) Do you know that a tornado passed through my village? The wind destroyed 4 houses in the village. It broke all the trees that were around our village. A wo... more »


laura k at wmtc - 13 hours ago
Today's revolutionary thought of the day brought to you by one of the world's more famous revolutionaries. A bayonet is a tool with a worker at both ends. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Hahaha Give Wealthy Chinese Investors Residency to Solve Demographic Problems

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
Yes, they really went there....(FocusTaiwan): The time has become right to *consider allowing Chinese immigrants into Taiwan through investment,* to help tackle *Taiwan's fast-aging population and lift its dwindling economy, *Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang said Thursday. "Taking Taiwan's long-term development into consideration, the worsening demographic issue must be handled carefully to maintain the country's momentum for sustainable economic growth," First, just the comic angle of importing Chinese investors as residents to handle the aging poplation and low birth ... more »

Facing Up to Reality

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
Today's blog post deals with accepting the significance of the situation. It seems that it's only in politics that we acquiesce to the most blatant cheating and criminality. We put up with all sorts of bullshit because we can't fathom doing what is necessary to respond appropriately. Let's be clear: Even if harper didn't steal his majority (and he did) he's on record as showing he has nothing but contempt for the institution of Parliament. His [stolen] domination of the majority of seats in Parliament is the source of his authority but he didn't respect it when he had a majority. As... more »

Lest We Forget

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 14 hours ago
Today marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the carnage known as the Great War or the First World War. Across the world, services of Remembrance are being held. The men of all European nations who were slaughtered in the tragedy which lasted from 1914 to 1918, deserve more than the mealy-mouthed words of the kin of those who sent them to be slaughtered. The Great War was referred to as 'the war to end all wars'. The truth as we know all too well, was very different. The Great War saw the greatest European blood-letting ever. At no time before, or since, have so m... more »

Libya mission was secret CIA operation: report

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
The International News WASHINGTON: The US mission in Benghazi that came under attack by militants on September 11 was mainly a secret CIA operation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, shedding new light on the deadly assault. President Barack Obama's administration has faced a storm of pre-election questions about why there was not more security at the US consulate where four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed on September 11. The Wall Street Journal said the mission was mainly a CIA operation, adding that of the 30 American officials evacuated f... more »

Canada's First Remembrance Day

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
“We will remember” is a call heard at many military memorial ceremonies and parades, but it was only in 1931 that Ottawa passed an act permanently fixing Canada’s national military memorial day to the anniversary of Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, marking the end of the Great War. The day was named Remembrance Day. The same act moved Thanksgiving to October from its traditional November date, still adhered to by our American neighbours. Story

Greeks angered by "princes of parliament" pay fight

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*When Greece's government pushed through a law last week aimed at slashing public wages and raising taxes, its biggest threat was not the firebrand opposition or the 100,000 protesters thronged at the gates of parliament.* It was the assembly's workers themselves, a well-connected group that has long evoked disdain for enjoying the kind of lavish pay and benefits that have become emblematic of the public sector excess at the heart of Greece's debt crisis. The staff dispute that image. But, having discovered that a 500-odd page draft law of cost cuts and tax hikes included a last min... more »

Obama faces revolt over U.S.-led drug war

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
President Barack Obama will face an unprecedented revolt by Latin American countries against the U.S.-led drug war as the region once known as "America's backyard" flexes its muscles like never before. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/09/us-obama-latinamerica-idUSBRE8A80ZS20121109

Syria bombs rebel area near Turkish border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Syrian helicopters and artillery bombarded the Ras al-Ain area near the border with Turkey on Sunday, days after Free Syrian Army rebels captured it during an advance into the northeast, opposition campaigners said. Helicopters fired rockets at a grain storage area near the village of Tal Halaf and shells hit a border crossing in the northeastern oil-producing province of Hasaka, home to a large part of Syria's Kurdish minority, 600 km (375 miles) from Damascus, the activists told Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/11/us-syria-crisis-northeast-idUSBRE8AA05120121111

veterans day 2012

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago
They go to fight for freedom, but they are dying for conquest !!! (War Is a Racket) (the arms industry) (permanent war economy) (list of arms manufacturers) (military industrial complex)

An Interview with Eugene Fama

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 15 hours ago
...by Bob Litterman. (A great piece to assign undergrads when teaching about financial markets and institutions.)

Steve Israel's Success: Undermining Rob Zerban To Protect Paul Ryan's Seat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
AIPAC has given the thumbs up on both the rabidly Zionist prospects to replace the defeated rabidly Zionist Howard Berman as the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY). Both backed Bush's attack on Iraq neither ever stray from the most extreme Likkud positions. Engel is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and Sherman is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. Ironically, it was Sherman who defeated Berman (60.5-39.5%) for reelection Tuesday. Foreign p... more »

Jack Wall has handed himself in to police

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A 22-year-old man wanted in connection with the suspected murder of a teenager has handed himself in to police. Hertfordshire Police said Jack Wall had been arrested by officers investigating the disappearance of Amelia Arnold, who was last seen on Wednesday. Detectives fear that Miss Arnold, aged 19, has been murdered and are focusing their enquiries on her home in Hadrian's Walk, Stevenage. http://news.sky.com/story/1009977/missing-girl-man-hands-himself-in-to-police

Israel Fires 'Warning Shots' Into Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Israel says its forces have fired "warning shots" into Syria after stray mortar fire from fighting in the civil war-hit nation struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. It was the first time Israel has been drawn into the fighting in the neighbouring country, and was the first Israeli fire directed at the Syrian military since the 1973 war. The Israeli army said: "A short while ago, a mortar shell hit an IDF (Israeli Defence Force) post in the Golan Heights adjacent to the Israel-Syria border, as part of the internal conflict inside Syria. "In response, IDF soldiers fired warning... more »

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Magnitude 5.8 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 10:54:42 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 05:24:42 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 22.757°N, 95.901°E Depth 9.8 km (6.1 miles) Region MYANMAR Distances 29 km (18 miles) NE of Shwebo, Myanmar

Steve and Mitt

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Haroon Siddiqui, in this morning's *Toronto Star*, points to the similarities between Stephen Harper and Mitt Romney -- who was rejected by 51% of American voters last week. Harper was rejected by 60% of Canadian voters, but he won the election: That’s our parliamentary democracy. Still, it’s useful to remind ourselves of his policies that are not in sync with majority Canadian opinion but mesh with those of Romney and the Republicans. He and they advocate smaller government and lower taxes, deficits and debts. But they believe in pork barrelling, milking government dry for the... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 11th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 10:32:15 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 04:32:15 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 12.125°N, 88.092°W Depth 34.9 km (21.7 miles) Region NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA Distances 98 km (60 miles) SW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

Lest we forget . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 15 hours ago

China and Russia are Acquiring Gold, Dumping US Dollars

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
Global Research Michel Chossudovsky [image: Central Banks are Acquiring Gold, Dumping US Dollars] *There is evidence that central banks in several regions of the World are building up their gold reserves. What is published are the official purchases.* * * *A large part of these Central Bank purchases of gold bullion are not disclosed. They are undertaken through third party contracting companies, with utmost discretion. * * * *US dollar holdings and US dollar denominated debt instruments are in effect being traded in for gold, which in turn puts pressure on the US dollar. * * * In t... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Saints Nation Guru: Fan Predictions for Falcons Game!* *Governor’s Bond Commission request for storm protection totals $26.5 million* *Officials to review state construction list*

Romney Shirked (a Novel? not by Ayn Rand)

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 16 hours ago
*by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy* It was a dark and stormy night. Having strapped the dog atop the car, the Romney family embarked upon the long road to oblivion and mormons. The trip itself was uneventful, disturbed only by the flapping of dog ears in the lonely wind! It was, of course, fate. Fate! Fate to which Mitt would never submit or acknowledge. Mitt had to make this trip by car. As a matter of principle, he would never allow his dog or family aboard a craft that did not have roll down windows! Ms Mitt sat by the window, her head thrown back defiantly in defeat. One of... more »

Sick bear

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago

remembrance day: 11 anti-war songs for 11.11

laura k at wmtc - 17 hours ago
Many artists and bands have recorded anti-war songs, and they're not always those associated with protest. Here are 11 songs that decry the deceit, corruption, and futility of war. 1. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye 2. Generals and Majors - Andy Partridge (XTC) 3. Welcome to the Occupation - REM 4. The Call Up - Joe Strummer, Mick Jones (The Clash) 5. Wargasm - Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner (L7) 6. 99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons) - Fahrenkrog-Petersen / Karges / McAlea (Nena) 7. And the Band Played Waltzin' Matilda - Eric Bogle (The Pogues) 8. The Words that Maketh Murder - P J Harv... more »

Hurricane Sandy-We Can Do Better Than This

Art by Banksy I am very lucky to have good friends who heard my need and brought kerosene for my portable heater when the temperature dipped to 30 degrees, a car charger for my electronic devices, gas saved for their lawn mower and shelter of their home when I just could not do it anymore. I live in the country. I roamed my local streets and tried to find LIPA workers but instead found men from Alabama with kind spirits who were willing to hunt them down for me. I followed their trucks in my car with gifts of Dunkin' Donuts and a Box O' Joe. I was too cold, cold to the bone and f... more »

'Evidence-Based' Medicine: A Coin's Flip Worth of Certainty by Sayer Ji

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
Source: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/evidence-based-medicine-coins-flip-worth-certainty 'Evidence-Based' Medicine: A Coin's Flip Worth of Certaintyby Sayer Ji Green Med Info, 9 November 2012 *What if 90% of the peer-reviewed clinical research, the holy grail of the conventional medical system, is exaggerated, or worse, completely **false**? * A seismic shift is occurring in the field of evidence-based medicine that a rare few are aware of, but which will (and likely already does) affect everyone, as the standard of medical care today largely follows from this model. The ... more »

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