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Thomas Paine

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Monday, November 12, 2012

12 November - Blogs I'm Following

AVENTURA, FL - MAY 31:  A protester holds a si...
AVENTURA, FL - MAY 31: A protester holds a sign asking 'whose side r u really on?' as a group of protesters deliver 12,000 signatures from a national petition to the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) asking to stop the building of a CCA immigration detention center in South Florida on May 31, 2012 in Aventura, Florida. Since 2011, residents of Southwest Broward, immigrant communities and diverse advocates have been working to stop the building of the immigration prison in the town of Southwest Ranches by for-profit prison giant, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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Is Russia about to send aid to Hurricane Sandy victims in New York and along the East Coast?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 minutes ago
http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c32/568981.html *Matt's request:* If any of our readers in that area receive any supplies with Russian writing on it, or spot Russian transport planes or "workers", be sure to take photos and report in to us.

Linney House arrested for posting image of a burning Poppy on his Facebook page on Remembrance Sunday

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 minutes ago
Police have arrested a young man after a picture of a burning poppy was posted on Facebook. Linford House, 19, was arrested on Remembrance Sunday after the image of a Royal British Legion paper poppy being held to a cigarette lighter was posted online. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231660/Free-speech-row-man-ARRESTED-posting-image-burning-Poppy-Facebook-page-Remembrance-Sunday.html

Ebrima Dampha 'Good Samaritan' leads drunk woman who passed out in a bar to a taxi... before taking her home and raping her

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 minutes ago
Predatory Ebrima Dampha, 33, was caught on CCTV as he pounced on his vulnerable victim when she passed out in a bar at four times the drink drive limit. The woman, who is in her thirties, was barely able to walk or talk as Dampha, a chef from Havant in Hampshire, dragged her outside to a taxi, intent on raping her. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231826/Horrifying-moment-Good-Samaritan-Ebrima-Dampha-leads-Portsmouth-woman-taxi-raping-her.html

Merkel, in anxious Lisbon, hails austerity drive

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 30 minutes ago
Angela Merkel faced scattered protests on Monday in Lisbon, where she delivered German endorsement of a government austerity drive designed to honor a bailout loan but which critics fear may only deepen the slump. "The situation is difficult but what Portugal is doing, it is for the future," the chancellor told a joint news conference with Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, who has seen popular patience and political consensus begin to fray in recent weeks. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-portugal-germany-idUSBRE8AB00520121112

Barbara Lee Takes On Corporate Whore Joe Crowley For House Leadership

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 40 minutes ago
2 dangerously ambitious douche-bags with guitars Sunday morning I was bemoaning the miserable state of the House Democratic caucus leadership because progressives seemed to be leaving the field and allowing the worst corporate shills to run away with everything. A Democratic House leadership run by Steny Hoyer, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Steve Israel means that other than on social issues, the two Houses caucuses are essentially equally bad and that corruption has been institutionalized above any kind of principle of any set of values. I was on the phone with the manager of a congress... more »

The Harper Election THEFT, exposed

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 59 minutes ago
Written by Robin Mathews The Harper Party Election Scandal in Etobicoke Centre: A Gross Failure Of The Administration Of Justice? A Tainted Judgement? Readers may well believe a tainted judgement was handed down on October 25, 2012, by judges of the Supreme Court of Canada concerning the challenge of the 2011 Conservative election victory in Etobicoke Centre. They may believe political partisanship was involved - carefully undertaken to erase any and all claims by Borys Wrzesnewskyj or anybody else that significant “irregularities” took place in the election. If readers c... more »

When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012* *At the Post, the big pander drags on:* At the Washington Post, the pandering to David Petraeus continues. It’s often performed in the headlines. On Sunday, a headline suggested that the great man “let his guard down” when approached by Paula Broadwell. It must have been Broadwell’s fault! Today, another headline kisses the general’s keister. This headline is on the Post’s front page: “Did general stumble on strange turf?” So the headline asks, on page one. Since Petraeus isn’t like mortal men, there must be a very good explanation for his puzzling lap... more »

No aid for Greece on Monday despite austerity vote

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Euro zone governments will not agree to disburse more money to debt-ravaged Greece on Monday, despite the country approving a tough 2013 budget, because there is not yet a consensus on how to make its debts sustainable into the next decade. Finance ministers gathered in Brussels should, however, give Athens two more years to make the budget deficit cuts demanded of it, a concession that will require funding of around 32 billion euros, according to a draft document prepared for the meeting. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-eurozone-greece-idUSBRE8AA0IV20121112

Congress may plunge off cliff of its own creation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The "fiscal cliff," a metaphor drawn from nature, was actually created by members of the U.S. Congress, who designed it to be so horrible that they and the president would come to their senses and avert it in the nick of time. That time is now with the start this week of a lame-duck session of Congress. But it is not at all certain that Republicans and Democrats are ready to make the compromises necessary to undo the trap they set in August 2011. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/11/us-usa-fiscal-congress-idUSBRE8AA02620121111

SC12 Day 2

Southern Man at Southern Man - 1 hour ago

SC11 Day 2

Southern Man at Southern Man - 1 hour ago

Pearls By Laurel (A Mother's Bracelet Giveaway)

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 1 hour ago
There is nothing in life that we treasure more than our children, and wearing a beautiful piece of Mother's Jewelry is a wonderful way to symbolize all of your children when they can't be with you. I have long admired Mother's Jewelry, but I have always been nervous to buy a piece right now. What if we end up with another child? Enter Pearls by Laurel. Pearls by Laurel makes beautiful bracelets featuring silver plated beads and Genuine Swarovski Pearls. Pearls by Laurel features unique software that lets customers design their perfect bracelet, selecting the number of birthstone pea... more »

What do we talk about when we talk about world wars?

PM at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
My Facebook feed filled up this weekend with salutes to veterans. My friends were mostly Americans, and so most of these (indeed, I’d bet all of them) were tributes to U.S. soldiers. For Americans, of course, Sunday was Veterans Day, but for the British and others it was Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day–Armistice Day, as I Continue reading

U.S. to overtake Saudi Arabia in oil production

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil producer by 2017, the International Energy Agency said, predicting the energy importer will almost be able to achieve a previously unthinkable self-sufficiency in energy. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-iea-oil-report-idUSBRE8AB0IQ20121112

ELECTION 2012 / Harry Targ : 'Vote Today, Organize Tomorrow'

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Graphic by Favianna Rodriguez / favianna.com. Assessing the election: 'Vote today, organize tomorrow' In the months ahead, progressive forces need to reexamine the history of social change in America, conceptualizing movement possibilities everywhere... By Harry Tar / The Rag Blog / November 12, 2012 The commentaries on the 2012 presidential election are rolling in. Over the next several

Tower Of London Keys Stolen From Sentry Post

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Locks have been changed at the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels, after a thief was spotted by guards stealing a set of keys from a sentry post. But the famous Beefeaters reportedly did not give chase, instead they radioed for help, as rules prevent them leaving their posts. http://news.sky.com/story/1010260/tower-of-london-keys-stolen-from-sentry-post


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 1 hour ago
------------------------------ * the**REALnews Permalink* November 11, 2012 *Drums Beating to Privatize Social Security Bill Black:* A group of Democrats called "The Third Way" are working with President Obama towards the "grand betrayal" on social security *Watch full multipart The Black Financial and Fraud Report:* More at The Real News *Bio* William K. Black, author of THE BEST WAY TO ROB A BANK IS TO OWN ONE, teaches economics and law at the University of Missouri -- Kansas City (UMKC). He was the ... more »

Qatada Given Bail....What does Theresa May actually Do again?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Abu Qatada is to be freed after winning his latest appeal against extradition, in a major blow to Home Secretary Theresa May. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) decided the radical cleric could not have a fair trial in Jordan because evidence obtained via torture could be used against him. http://news.sky.com/story/1010296/qatada-given-bail-after-winning-latest-appeal

Superstringy compactifications compatible with the \(B\to\mu^+\mu^-\) decays seen by LHCb

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 hours ago
*By Gordon Kane, Distinguished University Professor of Physics, University of Michigan and a Lilienfeld Prize winner* *Intro by LM:* The HCP 2012 conference in Kyoto, Japan began today. Pallab Ghosh of BBC immediately told us that "SUSY has been certainly put in the hospital". This statement boils down to the recently exposed measurements at the LHCb detector of the rarest decay of the B-mesons so far, namely \(B_s^0\to\mu^+\mu^-\), whose observed branching ratio \(3.2^{+1.5}_{-1.2}\times 10^{-9}\) (about 99% certainty it is nonzero) agrees with the Standard Model's prediction of... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 14:58:14 UTC Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 04:58:14 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.539°S, 173.250°W Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region TONGA Distances 145 km (90 miles) NNE of Neiafu, Tonga

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 14:47:43 UTC Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 02:47:43 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 24.186°S, 178.919°E Depth 568.4 km (353.2 miles) Region SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS Distances 462 km (287 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Car hits landing plane - too high, too low?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 2 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/8xU2HxqXUtk This peculiar clip caught my attention. Was the SUV too high, or the Cessna too low? I believe the latter seems to be the case. It reminded me of the Jesenwang (EDMJ) airstrip near Munich, Germany. Across the touchdown zone runs a road, with traffic lights. That's a solution when a plane comes in too 'flat'. Luckily this mishap ended relatively well for all participants. The pilot said that he won't fly anymore. If I were him I would immediately take off again to start making touch-and-go's to get rid of my low and slow approach attitude. John

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SUCRE, VENEZUELA - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:08:14 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:08:14 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.668°N, 61.973°W Depth 78.5 km (48.8 miles) Region SUCRE, VENEZUELA Distances 37 km (22 miles) ENE of Gueiria, Venezuela


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*Saints beat the Dirty Birds!* *Week 10, Falcons at Saints: No Sympathy for the Devil ~Saints Win* *A Shocking Inevitability ~The Angry Who Dat* ~*“I don’t like nothing about New Orleans.”* – Roddy White (exact quote)* I take no offense, Roddy. If your daddy beats you six out of seven times you go to his house, you’re not going to like daddy’s house. Who’s your daddy, Roddy?* *New Orleans streetcar line to get Super Bowl debut* *Forum: Prepare for the Mississippi River to shift ~Amy Wold, The Advocate* *Failed cavern still producing, facilities around sinkhole allowed to continue... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 2 hours ago
*Geoffrey Prime* Geoffrey Prime was spy for Britain and the Soviet Union; and thus presumably Israel He worked for the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the British spy agency, during the 1960s and 1970s. He was eventually convicted of espionage as well as child sexual abuse. Sir Peter Hayman reportedly worked for the UK spy agency MI6 and was reportedly involved in child sexual abuse. The 'bad guys' have not just infiltrated the BBC, the Daily Mail and the Guardian. "At 9.51pm on Wednesday, an email popped into my inbox... "It was an attempt to steer me of... more »

no more lies

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

Snoozy day

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago

What does South Korea Want from the US Election? the Status Quo

Robert E Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
[image: Barack-Obama-with-Lee-Myu-008] *The Diplomat *asked me for a short piece on what South Korea would like from the new US president, as part of a general forum - including Shen Dingli from Fudan on China and Adam Lockyer from Sydney on Australia - on Asia and the US election. I have reprinted my essay below, and here is the whole forum. It’s worth a read, and Lockyer’s disbelief at tea party rhetoric should once again be a red flag that American global leadership is not an entitlement of our ‘exceptionalism,’ but something we must earn through seriousness and responsibility.... more »

talk me out of buying a new blackberry (if you can)

laura k at wmtc - 2 hours ago
I need a new phone. My Blackberry Curve is dying. I had to replace my original Blackberry Curve when the cursor starting jumping around (a known issue), while it was still under warranty. However, the replacement phone doesn't come with a new warranty! (That is the trend in these times of planned obsolescence.) So I have to pay off my tab contract and replace the damn thing. It seems that no one is buying Blackberrys these days, because RIM is floundering, and because iPhones and other touch-screen phones are the in thing. But I *really* like my Blackberry. Here's why. - I strongly ... more »

Re the Tucson desegregation plan

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 2 hours ago
Pretty much staying away from insta-analysis re the Special Master's report, etc. Despite that, it is our victory to assert: In regards to the Tucson deseg plan - which in effect - calls for the expansion of Raza Studies to every high school and eventually throughout k-12 - that's our victory. In regards to the TUSD response... I could be wrong, but in effect, we in Tucson now have a new school board... with a majority that for all intents and purposes, is on our side. Thus, we can consider whatever the Deconcini law firm did as null and void, because it represents the old majority ... more »

'Faith' Based Belief Rather Than 'Fact' Based Reality Is What Left The Republicans Stunned That They Had Lost The Presidency

leftdog at Buckdog - 2 hours ago
*The enduring image I will retain of the 2012 Presidential election is the clip of Karl Rove in an angry outburst of complete denial when FOX News joined the other networks and declared Obama elected in Ohio, hence re-elected as President.* * **Regardless of the facts that were being presented, Rove would not .. could not acknowledge reality. The Republicans had lost and he was having a great deal of trouble digesting the outcome.* * **Romney himself was unprepared for defeat .. not even having prepared a concession speech. Donald Trump briefly lost his mind and spouted extremely ... more »

Gail Collins keeps us barefoot and pregnant!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012* *The role of a world-class buffoon:* How odd! In three presidential debates, no one asked Obama or Romney how they would handle the fiscal cliff. What is Obama planning to do? None of the moderators asked! Now, we face the moment of truth—and what is Gail Collins discussing? The distractions never stop with this clown! Yesterday, the editors gave her the front page of Sunday Review. This was the high lady’s topic: COLLINS (11/11/12): *Hillary’s Next Move* “Maybe I’ll get a decorating show,” said Hillary Clinton. It was a few weeks before the election.... more »

Petraeus may be called in U.S. inquiry on Benghazi: Feinstein

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
Reuters Deborah Zabarenko [image: U.S. General David Petraeus gestures during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on his nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington in this June 23, 2011, file photo. REUTERS-Yuri Gripas-Files] (Reuters) - Despite an adultery scandal that ended David Petraeus' tenure as CIA chief, the general may be called to testify in a Senate inquiry into the killing of four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Senator Dianne Feinstein said Sunday. Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelli... more »

President Svengali

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 3 hours ago
If you believe the piece in today's White House propaganda bullhorn (a/k/a the *New York Times*), President Obama thinks the reason he lost the Grand Bargain last time around was because he didn't do a good enough job selling "folks" on the idea. His place in history in danger, Barry will first have a meet-up with a group of corporate fat cats to ask them what they want. He will later hit the road and do what he does best: hold rallies, and campaign, campaign, campaign. He will persuade crowds of adoring fans to pressure Congress to just get along and shovel the bipartishit. I am no... more »

Krugman still doesn’t seem willing to say it!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012* *Paul Krugman v. Meet the Press:* We’re sorry to tell you the truth about this: In one way, Paul Krugman still doesn’t seem willing to say it. In this morning’s column, he presents some highly relevant facts. Here’s how he ends his column: KRUGMAN (11/12/12): *So the deficit scolds, while posing as the nation’s noble fiscal defenders, have in practice shown themselves both hypocritical and incoherent.* They don’t deserve to have a central role in policy discussion; they really don’t even deserve a seat at the table. And they certainly don’t deserve to h... more »

Behind the Curtain of the BBC

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*More like **under the covers** (up)*: "Savile sex scandal spurs British soul searching" by Jill Lawless | Associated Press, November 01, 2012 LONDON — Jimmy Savile was *one of Britain’s biggest stars* — and, allegedly, one of its *worst sexual predators*. Now the nation is asking whether there was a link between one and the other. Was this man at the *heart of the nation’s popular culture* a product of the permissive 1960s and ’70s, or do the conditions that allegedly let him get away with *repeated child sex abuse* still exist, even as awareness of the problem is more widesprea... more »

Be the Light, Not the Fight!

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
*Activist Post * This artwork was submitted by *Adrian Hodder*. He was inspired by David Icke's historic presentation at Wembley Arena, which you can see *here* in full until November 26th. Adrian's statement to "Be the Light, Not the Fight!" can serve as a modern type of mantra for striving to put forth solutions to the problems that afflict us, rather than be content only to highlight the ills of the world. In this spirit, we have introduced our next writing contest, which carries $750 in total cash and prizes and focuses purely on solutions. *Please find the details HERE*. *Re... more »

From the Desert to Wembley Arena

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
Henrik Larsson, *Writing Contest Winner* Activist Post *When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow.* - Old Native American Prophecy I’m leaving the big city jungle of Los Angeles’ sprawling freeways and skyscrapers in the rearview mirror, charting my course into the mythical American Southwest, to a place where Cowboys and Indians are more than distant memories. It is ... more »

CIDA Aid For Canadian Mining Companies Abroad

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 3 hours ago
The shameless pandering to corporate interests so typical of right-wing scum : Mining critics are calling yesterday’s parliamentary committee report on the use of Canadian aid money to support mining companies’ interests in developing countries “a wholesale handover of CIDA to the private sector.” The report, by the Conservative majority House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, proposes to reconfigure CIDA to better serve Canadian corporations as they go abroad, starting with the mining sector. Oh yes. There's going to be a reckoning. And ... more »

Activist Post Writing Contest Announcement: Solutions

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
*1st place receives a $250 cash prize & $250 gift certificate to Offgrid Outpost* * 2nd place receives a $250 gift certifi* *cate to Offgrid Outpost* * *It is no secret that we're living in incredibly challenging times. It appears that we have reached critical tipping points across the board; politically, economically, environmentally, socially, and spiritually. Many of the old systems are self destructing and causing great harm in doing so. Yet, this presents a fantastic opportunity to remake the world a more just and peaceful place. It's not enough anymore to identify and blame th... more »


bob somerby at the daily howler - 4 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012* *Interlude—As we were saying last Friday:* When last we looked in on Rachel Maddow, she was praising the poll (or the daily tracking poll) which “most accurately reflected what was really going on in the race.” She was praising the poll (or the tracking poll) which “we know in retrospect was totally right.” See THE DAILY HOWLER, 11/9/12. As everyone knows, no poll is ever totally right. Unless you’re watching The One True Liberal Channel: MADDOW (11/8/12): So the polls were right; we can all agree. *Out of all the polls, let’s look at the one we know now... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Wallace Shawn, 69. I sometimes wonder about the overlap between his fans. I mean, presumably the fans of his plays are in a whole different category, but I sort of suspect that if you ask a dozen people, not only will you get several different favorite Shawn roles, but you might get a totally different top five. Me? Vizzini, which I have to assume is the most popular answer, but also his roles in Radio Days, DS9, Clueless, and...oh, I don't know, Shadows and Fog? The Moderns? Toy Story? Himself, in My Dinner with Andre? That's a lot of good choices, but again I'm g... more »

Hopi Elders Message - This Is The Hour & There Are Things To Be Considered

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
*"You have been telling people that this is the eleventh hour. Now you must go back and tell people that this is the hour! And there are things to be considered: Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Know your Garden. It is time to speak your truth. Create your community. Be good to yourself. And not look outside of yourself for a leader. This could be a good time! There is a river flowing very fast. It is so great and fast that there are those who will be afraid. They will hold on to the shore. They will fe... more »

Kiffmeyer (MN-ALEC) - Still Doesn't Want Everybody to Vote

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
Mary Kiffmeyer – ALEC’s Minnesota Chair – the person who for years hasn’t wanted everybody to vote. People do not understand the true history of Kiffmeyer’s ALEC initiated persistent effort to stop people from voting, as noted here.) As noted below - Kiffmeyer is like a ankle biting dog who grabs onto your pants and won't let go. Kiffmeyer - is dedicated to the ALEC/Weyrich philosophy of taking away people's right to vote. It is also important to note this: We DO NOT have voter fraud in Minnesota . We have had TWO statewide recounts - TWO - STATEWIDE (one in 2008 and one in 2010... more »

Miss McConnell Is Scared

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
I don't know if it's Ashley Judd he's afraid of or a primary from the teabaggy right but the 70 year old Miss is *not* looking forward to begging Kentucky voters to send him back to Washington for the sixth time. He's already spending all of his time raising money from the corporate lobbyists he takes his walking orders from. McConnell hasn’t paused his 2014 campaign fundraising juggernaut for a millisecond. He raised money throughout the 2012 election cycle. And the day after last Tuesday’s election, McConnell hosted a fundraiser in the nation’s capital. It appeared to be the o... more »

Weekend Riding in Kaohsiung and Pingtung

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*The Eighteen Arhats on Rte 27 just south of Liuguei. I've got a 7.7 mb panorama of these peaks shot from a little further south online here.* Saturday and Sunday I rode around Kaohsiung and Pingtung with my henchman Michael Cannon and some riders from Kaohsiung, including the very cool Mark Roche, whose ride is an awesome touring setup (pics later). Michael Cannon has the route maps for Saturday and Sunday as far as Sandimen, when his GPS died. We did nearly 100 kms on Saturday and just over 100 kms on Sunday. Good workout on two gorgeous days. Click on READ MORE below to enjoy the... more »

Hermosas flores de color púrpura llamadas "pensamientos"

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 4 hours ago
Código HTML | Compartir en Facebook | Ver más Flores [image: Banco de Imagenes Gratuitas] *código para poner esta imagen en su blog* (Un click para seleccionar, Control C para copiar y Control V para pegar) [image: Banco de Imagenes Gratis]

La amistad sincera no tiene fronteras - Lindos cachorros

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 4 hours ago
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Formas de amor - Love forms - Corazón de cristal

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 4 hours ago
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Casita de madera en el árbol - Ideas ecológicas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 4 hours ago
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Caballo salvaje en los bosques de otoño

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 5 hours ago
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Aboriginal title

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
In Canadian law all lands are subject to the Crown, and this has been true since Britain acquired much of Eastern Canada from France by the *Treaty of Paris* (1763). However, the British and Canadian authorities recognized that indigenous peoples already on the lands had a prior claim, Aboriginal title, which was not extinguished by the arrival of the Europeans. This is in direct contrast to the situation in Australia where the continent was declared Terra nullius, or vacant land, and was seized from Aboriginal peoples without compensation. In consequence, all of Canada, save a secti... more »

Pay Now Or Pay Later

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 5 hours ago
The devastation which Hurricane Sandy visited on the American east coast has generated a lot of attention. So did Hurricane Katrina. But neither storm appears to have spurred legislators into action. And, in Canada, inaction is the name of the game. Matt Horne writes that, when the opposition proposed a nine cents a litre tax on gasoline, John Baird rose in the house and claimed that the tax would kill Canadian families: That nine cents per litre — less than a dollar a day for the average Canadian family — could be the signal that helps flip the tables in favour of clean energy a... more »

NASA, BAS agree that the Antarctic ice growth contradicts climate models

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 5 hours ago
Peter F. sent me an interesting link commenting on the interpretations of the growth of the Antarctic ice: Steady Antarctic ice growth 'limits confidence in climate predictions': Top NASA, Brit boffins probe baffling polar mystery (The Register) Minutes later, Marc Morano exposed another article referring to some of the very same people that already solved the mystery: Antarctic sea ice increase caused by winds (TG Daily) The main person who was used as the source in both stories published on the very same day – the story saying that the "growth of ice is puzzling" and the sto... more »

New Mysterious "Booms" Reported in New Jersey

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville Alongside the mysterious “booms” which were recently heard and felt all across the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, it appears that there were also reports of these same types of incidents occurring much farther north, this time in Manchester Township, New Jersey. According to an NBC 10 report, broadcast on October 5, 2012, residents who experienced the event said that both the noise and the impact felt exactly like an explosion, with many stating that the impact actually shook the windows of their home. NBC 10 conducted interviews with several of the Mancheste... more »

Forever Is Only The Beginning Twilight Shirt

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 5 hours ago
Breaking Dawn Party Peeps The Reading Fever ● Vixen Made ● Truly Lovely ● Funky Polka Dot Giraffe Housewife Eclectic ● Lizy B ● Sew Delicious ● Rae Gun Ramblings Twilight. You either love it or you hate it. Or you secretly love it so your friends won't know. What camp do I fall into? I am not sure. I don't own any Twilight merchandise, yet I have tickets for the midnight showing. I guess you decide. Part of me loves it, because I love anything that gets people reading. Today I am sharing this fabulous t-shirt that my sister-in-law made for the premiere. This easy shirt is ... more »

Bengahzi Killed The Beast

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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Petraeus Gagged? 'Scandal timing may mean political cover-up'

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
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Should we repeal anti-gouging laws?

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 6 hours ago
A great topic for class debate. Some readings: 1. John Carney says yes. (Also, look here.) 2. Mark Thoma says no. (Also, look here.) 3. Carney replies to Thoma.

Interesting - clearly seeking consensus

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
http://m.voanews.com/1543849.html On Sunday, Syrian opposition groups elected moderate cleric Maath al-Khatib to lead the new body. They also chose businessman Riad Seif and well-known female activist Suhair al-Attasi as vice presidents.

Qatada Wins Appeal Against Extradition...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Abu Qatada has won his latest appeal against deportation to Jordan in a blow to Home Secretary Theresa May. The Special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled that the radical cleric should not be sent to the Middle East to face trial. Their ruling came after Qatada's legal team argued he would not be given a fair trial. http://news.sky.com/story/1010296/abu-qatada-wins-appeal-against-extradition

Polish police say 22 officers were hurt and 176 arrest made in right-wing march

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Polish police say that 22 officers were injured in clashes with right-wing protesters marching on Independence Day, and that three remain hospitalized a day later. Police also said Monday that they made a total of 176 arrests linked to the disturbances that broke out Sunday evening when right-wing protesters threw stones and metal objects at police in Warsaw. Police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. It is the second year in a row that Independence Day celebrations in the capital have been marred by violence on the sidelines. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/11/12/polish... more »

Amelia Arnold murder inquiry police find body

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Detectives searching for a woman whose boyfriend is being held on suspicion of her murder have found a body. Amelia Arnold, 19, disappeared from the home she shared with Jack Wall, 22, and their young daughter in Hadrian's Walk, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on Wednesday. Mr Wall was arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of murder after handing himself into police. He is in custody. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-20295635

Obama Admin Rolling Out 68 New Regulations/Notices Per Day......6,125 in the past 90 Days!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
It’s Friday morning, and so far today, the Obama administration has posted 165 new regulations and notifications on its reguations.gov website. In the past 90 days, it has posted 6,125 regulations and notices – an average of 68 a day. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/6125-proposed-regulations-and-notifications-posted-last-90-days-average-68-day


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have questions for former CIA Director David H. Petraeus about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, his recently disclosed extramarital affair and other issues — but their queries will have to wait for a later date. Acting CIA Director Michael Morrell will testify Thursday in closed-door hearings of the Senate and House intelligence committees instead of Mr. Petraeus, who resigned abruptly last week after admitting he had an extramarital affair. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/11/congress-questions-... more »

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude mb 5.8 Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Date time 2012-11-12 11:15:09.0 UTC Location 29.76 N ; 138.21 E Depth 511 km Distances 480 km SE Nachikatsuura, Japan

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF COAST OF AISEN, CHILE - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.7 Region OFF COAST OF AISEN, CHILE Date time 2012-11-12 10:55:17.0 UTC Location 45.86 S ; 76.99 W Depth 30 km Distances 383 km W Coihaique, Chile

Sleep in?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago

The Perfect Steak! Tips and Tricks...

Casey at The Adventures of Limited Eating - 7 hours ago
*The Perfect Steak! Tips and Tricks...* I have not always been a huge steak fan, but lately I have more often been getting the urge to chow down on an amazing steak dinner. For those nights,\ I have created my perfect way of cooking a simple and super juicy steak. I like serving my steak with new potatoes, and a gravy made from the steak juices, but serve this steak with whatever you please (it would be great on an asian inspired salad or caesar salad!). So good! Love it and eat it! *What you need:* Serves 2 - 2 steak fillets - 1 tbsp olive oil - Pinch of salt - Pinch of pepper -... more »

Woman Falls From Moving Coach On M42

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A woman has suffered a serious head injury after falling from a coach travelling on the M42 motorway in the West Midlands. The victim, in her 20s, is believed to have fallen from the vehicle's emergency exit near the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. http://news.sky.com/story/1010249/coach-fall-woman-hurt-on-m42-motorway

2.5 Magnitude Earthquake UTAH - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 2.5 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:43:32 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 03:43:32 AM at epicenter Location 40.077°N, 111.407°W Depth 8.3 km (5.2 miles) Region UTAH Distances 16 km (10 miles) ESE (113°) from Mapleton, UT

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:32:28 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:32:28 PM at epicenter Location 24.020°S, 179.902°W Depth 540.6 km (335.9 miles) Region SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS Distances 576 km (358 miles) SW (235°) from NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga

"Frankenstein" jibe greets Merkel as Lisbon sees black

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Anti-austerity protesters draped Lisbon statues in black mourning sashes to greet Angela Merkel on Monday and a business newspaper blamed the visiting German chancellor for "Frankenstein" policies driving Portugal into poverty. Merkel, due to land about midday (noon GMT), is expected to repeat her endorsement of sharp spending cuts and tax increases being pushed through by fellow conservative Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho to meet the terms of last year's German-backed European rescue deal for the deeply indebted Portuguese state. Her six-hour visit also seems intended to reass... more »

Threat-focused Iran launches 'biggest ever' air drills

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Iran launched military drills across half the country on Monday, warning it would act against aggressors less than a week after Washington accused Iranian warplanes of firing on a U.S. drone. The maneuvers will take place this week across 850,000 square kilometers (330,000 square miles) of Iran's northeast, east, and southeast regions, Iranian media reported. Some 8,000 elite and regular army troops will participate, backed by bombers and fighter planes, while missile, artillery and surveillance systems will be tested, various media said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/u... more »

Israel warns of tough response after Gaza rocket hits house

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A Palestinian rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a house in southern Israel on Monday, causing damage but no injuries, and Israeli officials quickly warned of a tough response to the latest surge in violence. The rocket hit the town of Netivot, ending a brief overnight lull to three days of fighting, which has left six Palestinians dead, including four civilians, and 40 wounded. Eight Israelis have also been wounded in the cross-border attacks. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-palestinians-israel-violence-idUSBRE8AB07Y20121112

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.4 Region SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISL., JAPAN Date time 2012-11-12 10:15:25.9 UTC Location 24.90 N ; 125.16 E Depth 52 km Distances 18 km NW Hirara, Japan

Golden Dawn: Greece's far-right party goes on the offensive

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Riding a wave of public anger at corruption, austerity and illegal immigration, the far-right Golden Dawn party is seeing its support soar. Why are so many Greeks turning to a party whose emblems and rhetoric, critics say, resemble Hitler’s? Arm raised in a Nazi-style salute, the leader of Greece's fastest-rising political party surveyed hundreds of young men in black T-shirts as they exploded into cheers. Their battle cry reverberated through the night: Blood! Honour! Golden Dawn! "We may sometimes raise our hand this way, but these hands are clean, not dirty. They haven't stolen... more »

English Extraditions

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 7 hours ago
*I'm extraditing the post to you, readers.* "Terrorism suspect fights extradition to US" Associated Press, October 02, 2012 LONDON — A British man accused of terrorist fund-raising launched a High Court bid Monday to halt his extradition to the United States, mirroring a move by radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri and others. Babar Ahmad, 38, has been *detained in Britain since 2004* on a US warrant. He is accused of running websites used to raise money for terrorists, and of supplying terrorists with gas masks and night-vision goggles. He has not faced charges in Britain, but has be... more »

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.1 Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE Date time 2012-11-12 09:08:50.0 UTC Location 23.69 S ; 67.25 W Depth 254 km Distances 206 km W Jujuy, Chile

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude M 5.0 Region SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS Date time 2012-11-12 08:21:32.0 UTC Location 10.73 S ; 165.00 E Depth 10 km Distances 91 km W Lata

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.1 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 07:26:04 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 11:26:04 PM at epicenter Location 52.171°N, 131.220°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 245 km (152 miles) SSW (195°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 06:50:44 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 10:50:44 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.187°N, 131.452°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 207 km (128 miles) SSE of Masset, Canada

6.5 earthquake strikes Guatemala as panicked residents flee to the streets

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala's Pacific coastline on Sunday, just four days after a major quake killed dozens and left thousands without homes in the region. People fled buildings and homes in panic in cities along Guatemala's coast near its border with Mexico on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or major damage. Locals were further panicked by four aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 4.5 to 5.0. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231623/6-5-earthquake-strikes-Guatemala-panicked-residents-flee-streets.html

Things can only get worse: Violent crime in Detroit triples months BEFORE police layoffs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Violent crime in a Detroit suburb tripled the year before its local police force was cut in half, stirring up fear among those who live there. Violent crime in the neighborhood Inkster, which has a population of about 25,000 people, jumped 311 per cent from 2010 to 2011, according to My FOX Detroit. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231619/Violent-crime-Detroit-suburb-TRIPLES-year-massive-police-layoffs.html

Thieves steal a TV news crew's camera during LIVE broadcast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Reporter Anne Makovec and cameraman Gregg Welk of KPIX were covering a story on the passage of Proposition 30, a tax measure in support of education funding, when the assailants rushed Mr Welk and snatched the $6,000 camera he was using http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231625/Hooligans-attack-TV-news-cameraman-steal-camera-LIVE-broadcast.html

So who do I email now?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Nota Sheep notasheepmaybeagoat@googlemail.com 10:13 (0 minutes ago) to NewsOnline Dear sir/madam Could you please assist me. I was in the process of contacting Helen Boaden re this matter but now find that she has been asked to "step aside" following the Newsnight debacle. Who should I write to in her absence? Kind regards NotaSheep MaybeaGoat

Twenty more terror cases on the way: Alleged extremists seeking tens of millions of pounds from the taxpayer

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The alleged extremists are accusing the Government and security services of the likes of false imprisonment, mistreatment and complicity in rendition. In similar cases, suspected fanatics - including ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees such as Binyam Mohamed - have walked away with more than £1million each. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231559/Alleged-extremists-seeking-tens-millions-pounds-taxpayer.html

British Babies

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
*Time to put this post to bed*: "British soldier at front gives birth" September 21, 2012 LONDON — Hours after a British soldier in Afghanistan told medics she was suffering from stomach pains, the Royal Artillery gunner unexpectedly gave birth to a boy — the first child ever born to a member of Britain’s armed forces in combat. Britain’s defense ministry said Thursday the soldier told authorities she had not been aware she was pregnant and only consulted doctors on the day that she went into labor. The soldier, who arrived in Afghanistan in March, delivered the child Tuesday at C... more »

Monday Morning Linkage

Vikash Yadav at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
Good morning, Happy Veteran’s Day. In this 100% Petraeus-free edition of morning linkage, we note: Paul Atwood, author of War and Empire: The American Way of Life, meditates critically on the meaning of Veteran’s Day 2012. The Article 32 evidentiary hearing on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales revisits the horrific details of the five hour killing spree/alleged Continue reading

DISCLOSURE: "Phoenix Lights" Triangle UFO on GOOGLE Earth

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
Gordon Duff at Veteran's Today is on a roll lately, he's posted and identified the TR-3C triangular space craft which is currently on Google earth at these coordinates: 30°30’38.86″ S /115°22’58.17″ E which was photographed moored in the Australian outback. Very interesting article with many details on this space craft and its unusual weapon and energy weapon cannon. Read it for yourself here: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/11/08/228582/

Emirates Superjumbo Turned Back By Engine Fire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
An Emirates Airlines A380 jet bound for Dubai has been forced to return to Sydney after a fire in one of its engines just minutes after take-off. The superjumbo had reached 10,000ft and had been flying for just 20 minutes when passengers said they heard a bang and felt the double-decker aircraft "judder". They then saw flames shooting several metres out of one of the engines. http://news.sky.com/story/1010179/emirates-superjumbo-turned-back-by-engine-fire

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake COSTA RICA - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 08:45:45 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 02:45:45 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.777°N, 84.278°W Depth 30.2 km (18.8 miles) Region COSTA RICA Distances 5 km (3 miles) S of San Rafael Abajo, Costa Rica

Has Drug-Driven Medicine Become A Form of Human Sacrifice? by Sayer Ji

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
Has Drug-Driven Medicine Become A Form of Human Sacrifice? by Sayer Ji Greeen Med Info, 29 December 2011 *"Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution the time will* *come when medicine will organize itself into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to doctors and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic."* *~ Attributed to Dr. Benjamin Rush,* *Signer of the Declaration of **Independence* Benjamin Rush accurately foretold a grave possibility facing Americans today, name... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 06:05:26 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:05:26 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.454°N, 91.981°W Depth 83.1 km (51.6 miles) Region GUATEMALA Distances 17 km (10 miles) NNW of Champerico, Guatemala

SaLuSa - November 12, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
Message from SaLuSa by Mike Quinsey - November 12, 2012 Dear Ones, matters have rally taken off with the coming of 11.11. which has opened a portal through which much Light has passed through you and into the Earth. Those of you who set the time aside to work with the Light have not only raised your own vibrations, but those of the planet. It is likely that as a result you felt uplifted and light headed, but it will settle down. Perhaps the most noticeable change within you, will be your recognition of a deeper sense of calmness and peace. As you partake in further upliftments... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
Dallas Downtown * **DALLAS, November 8, 2012* "My stepfather used threats against my mother to gain my complete surrender to him and his pedophile sex trafficking ring." *The prayer of a sex trafficked child: Escaping the abuse* - *Washington Times* - by Jerome Elam The 'Kids in the saddle' was a very large American pedophile ring. Customers could rent a boy and do whatever they wanted. "This usually included rape, torture, bondage and choking or even hanging a child to the point of being unconscious." Members of the ring included doctors, lawyers, politicians and judges. Childr... more »

Iraq executes 10 inmates for terrorism

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The prisoners -- nine Iraqis and one Egyptian -- were put to death in the latest of several executions carried out by Iraqi authorities in recent months, despite a United Nations call for restraint. "The Iraqi Justice Ministry carried out the executions by hanging 10 inmates after it was approved by the presidential council," the ministry said in a statement. Since November of 2011, more than 120 people have been executed in Iraq, according to a CNN tally. Sixty-five of them were put to death in the first 40 days of 2012. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/11/world/meast/iraq-execution... more »

Northeast cleans up from Sandy, death toll rises

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Police raised the storm-related fatality toll in New York City to 43, adding the death of a 77-year-old retired custodian who was found paralyzed last week at the bottom of the steps of his apartment building in Rockaway, Queens, with head injuries. He died at a hospital on Saturday, they said. At least 121 people have perished in the storm, which caused an estimated $50 billion in property damage and economic losses and ranks as one of the most destructive natural disasters to hit the U.S. Northeast. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-storm-sandy-hurricane-idUSBRE89N16J20... more »

Myanmar quake death toll at 11, aftershocks rumble

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Aftershocks rattled central Myanmar after an earthquake that killed at least 11 people, with that toll likely to rise on Monday as several workers were missing after a half-built bridge collapsed on the Irrawaddy River. The magnitude 6.8 earthquake early on Sunday struck about 60 km (37 miles) northwest of Mandalay, Myanmar's second-biggest city, near the town of Shwebo. It was felt in Thailand and other neighboring countries. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-myanmar-quake-idUSBRE8AB04V20121112

European austerity protests far from revolution

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
In a cafe near the former site of Paris's Bastille prison, activists held a meeting last month to decide whether to join unions in protesting the French government's belt-tightening. Only five people turned up at Cafe Maldoror, a favored haunt of the radical left. Even in the city whose revolutionary credentials date back to the 1789 uprising that began at the gates of its famous gaol, calls to build a European-wide popular front against the toughest budget cuts in a generation are falling on deaf ears. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-europe-austerity-protest-idUSBRE8... more »

Robert Bales Case: More than one U.S. soldier shot Afghans, says local investigator

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A shooting rampage in March that left 16 Afghans dead in two villages was the work of more than one person, an Afghan police investigator testified on Sunday, contradicting the U.S. government's account. Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing the villagers, mostly women and children, when he ventured out of his remote camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-usa-afghanistan-trial-idUSBRE8AB07B20121112

Groupon fights for its life as daily deals fade

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Groupon and its compatriots in the much-hyped daily deals business were supposed to change the very nature of small-business advertising. Instead, it is the daily deal vendors that are racing to change as evidence mounts that their business model is fundamentally flawed. Groupon last week reported another quarter of disappointing earnings as its core business stagnated, sending its stock down 30 percent to an all-time low of $2.76. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/12/us-groupon-dailydeals-idUSBRE8AB05120121112

Iran launches air drills in country's east

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Iran launched large-scale air defense drills in the country's eastern half on Monday, Iranian media reported, amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over a military incident in the Gulf reported last week. The "Velayat-4" maneuvers being held this week will span 850,000 square kilometers in Iran's northeast, east, and southeast regions, or about half its total land mass. The maneuvers will include about 8,000 troops, drawn both from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its regular military, several media outlets said. http://www.reuters.com/article/20... more »

Witnesses tell of organized killings of Myanmar Muslims

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Myanmar's historic opening has unleashed bouts of ethnic hatred. Recent attacks have been led by nationalists tied to a powerful political party, incited by Buddhist monks, and, some witnesses said, abetted by local security forces. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/11/us-myanmar-fighting-idUSBRE8AA0EO20121111

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 05:45:39 UTC Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 11:45:39 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.077°N, 92.431°W Depth 35.1 km (21.8 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 53 km (32 miles) SW of Ocos, Guatemala

Armistice Day 11/11/12

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 10 hours ago
(Click on the comic strip for a larger view.) In 1959, Pogo creator Walt Kelly wrote:The eleventh day of the eleventh month has always seemed to me to be special. Even if the reason for it fell apart as the years went on, it was a symbol of something close to the high part of the heart. Perhaps a life that stretches through two or three wars takes its first war rather seriously, but I still

Boris Johnson gets it, the BBC don't.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
The BBC's hatred of Conservatives especially from the 'Thatcher' era is clear and it is this hatred that blinded them to the veracity of the Newsnight report. Boris Johnson has written an excellent piece about this, read it. http://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/the-bbc-has-accused-an-innocent-man-says-boris-but-they-do-not-seem-to-realise-what-they-have-done/

Only the Faithless Suffer

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 10 hours ago
In past years for Armistice Day, we've looked at how denying loss can tragically lead to more loss. We've examined how eagerly a blind rage can be embraced. This year, I wanted to look at willful blindness. (It turns out that the Beltway establishment and the Religious Right are quite similar in that regard.) The Morality of Drone Strikes First, let's consider Joe Klein and his remarks in

Spinal Cord Damage Compensated

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
It is not a regrowth of the cut spinal connection but it is a powerful indication that the remaining nervous system can reroute messages to compensate and trigger automatic systems that have been stranded down stream from the cut. Central to this is ongoing electrical stimulation. All this can be improved upon with therapy and application. What it also tells us is that a practical protocol can be developed for all victims with serious hope that two objectives are reasonable. 1 Some function recovery is possible and plausible. Again every bit helps. 2 Actual degeneratio... more »

Feathered Dinosaurs Confirmed in North America

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Of course by now, this was simply expected. Yet it is nice to have outright confirmation. I also suspect that many land based dinosaurs were feathered in order to control temperature and to allow activity during the day. Our perception of the age of dinosaurs has changed to having a large number of large feathered bird like creatures running around sporting a pretty colorful plumage. We have also expanded the type of rocks capable of containing such fossils. *Canadian researchers discover fossils of first feathered dinosaurs from North America* *by Staff Writers... more »

Provo Critter Clip

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is an interesting clip. Firstly, we are now beginning go get such clips from folks in the woods and this means the chance of capturing data is immeasurably improved. Recently we had an interesting night vision image of a possible Sasquatch close by a camp. Secondly, this is an excellent reminder just how difficult it is to get useful images in the woods at all. No one is posing for you at all. Meanwhile, their first guess was that this was a bear. That may well be exactly what they found here. From the enhanced version, the animal was grazing on something, and bears do ... more »

What is Burzynski?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
I carried this chap’s compelling film eighteen months ago. Since then we have seen little although I put it out of mind. What we see today raises plenty of concern although this item tells one sad story that ultimately sounds like too little too late if the protocol had any merit at all. I am seriously bothered by the cash sub game under way and that is certainly not part of any research scheme I have ever seen. This sounds seriously like a deliberate attempt to attach trappings of legitimacy to drive the money. This boy has to open his files to fair minded third... more »

Does Donald Trump Belong In Jail For Suggesting 'Revolution'?

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 10 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe I'm pretty much of a First Amendment purist. No matter how contemptible the speech is, in the good ol' U.S. of A., it's supposed to be free, and protected by law. But a question now nags me. If Romney had won the presidential election, and someone with the background of, say, Bill Ayres, tweeted something suggesting "revolution," do you think he would be getting a visit from the Department of Homeland Security before long? I think it's quite possible that he would. Donald Trump has a long history of being hostile to President Obama. He was one of the main instigat... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
*Tony Blair, 2007, Sierra Leone Photo: EPA. *Tony Blair's charity strikes gold as it expands across Africa Tony Blair has a number of charities. One is called the *Africa Governance Initiative*, and allegedly it's about making money for people like Blair, and possibly it's about sending spooks into Africa? The* Africa Governance Initiative *has a base in Rwanda, where Blair has been a long-time supporter of its 'murderous', 'mafia' leader Paul Kagame. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2203546/Tony-Blair--1m-hour-mediator-lives-opulent-country-estate.html#ixzz28cL... more »

Huge Explosion In Indianapolis Still A Mystery 18 Hours Later

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago

Gaza aftermath of 11-11-12 Israeli counter-strike bombings

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
* Matt's thoughts:* I consider it important to show both sides of the story so everyone can know what the results are, even if they feel the means and end are justified. It's only be examining the repercussions that the circuit can be broken.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF AISEN, CHILE - 12th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Monday, November 12, 2012 at 05:07:15 UTC Monday, November 12, 2012 at 12:07:15 AM at epicenter Location 45.624°S, 76.831°W Depth 13.6 km (8.5 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF AISEN, CHILE Distances 301 km (187 miles) W (265°) from Puerto Aisen, Chile

Merkel to visit Lisbon, back austerity regime

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Angela Merkel flies to Lisbon on Monday, bringing her personal endorsement for a government battling to cut deficits under the terms of a German-backed bailout as Portugal suffers its deepest slump since the 1970s. "Portugal is meeting the commitments it has assumed very well," the chancellor told Portuguese broadcaster RTP on Sunday - a vote of confidence fellow conservative Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho will welcome, as he presses compatriots to take more pain and tries to distance Portugal from troubled Greece. Merkel can expect less enthusiasm from the premier's opponents ... more »


This photograph of the recently discovered carnivorous harp sponge, Chondrocladia lyra, was taken in Monterey Canyon, off the coast of California, at a depth of about 11,500 feet (3,500 meters). Photo courtesy: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) A new carnivore shaped like a candelabra has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California's Monterey Bay. The meat-eating species was dubbed the "harp sponge," so-called because its structure resembles a harp or lyre turned on its side. A team from the Monterey Bay Research Aquarium Institute in Moss Landing, Calif., disc... more »

Military past and present protest Portugal's 2013 budget

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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! - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours ago
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Greece Passes 2013 Austerity Budget

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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

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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 16 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! - 16 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 th... more »

Alex Jones Discovers A Temple to Evil!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
Evil has a name - Bush.

Stevie's gonna freak . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 16 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 - 18 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
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