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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

14 November - Blogs I'm Following II

English: A view of the Tiber river, south of R...
English: A view of the Tiber river, south of Rome, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Looking north east along the Tiber Ri...
English: Looking north east along the Tiber River, Rome, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tiber river in Rome and Ponte Vittorio.
Tiber river in Rome and Ponte Vittorio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The River Tiber in winter with St Pet...
English: The River Tiber in winter with St Peter's and Castel Sant'Angelo Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The Castel Sant'Angelo looms in the b...
English: The Castel Sant'Angelo looms in the background as I stand on a bridge overlooking the Tiber River in Rome, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
10:32 pm MST

Red Cross and FEMA spent $181,000 to put up Sandy relief workers in Manhattan's upscale Soho Grand hotel...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 minute ago
While tens of thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy continue to struggle without power or heat, many of them homeless or living in damaged houses, some fortunate relief workers have been staying at a luxury Manhattan hotel since arriving in town to help with the aftermath of the storm. Representatives from American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) said that the two agencies booked a total of 48 rooms in the upscale SoHo Grand to house some of the relief workers at a discounted nightly rate of $310 a room. Red Cross spokeswoman Laura Howe told the ... more »

The day the Tiber burst its banks: Rome under water after much of Italy is swamped by torrential rain

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 minute ago
Flood water covered swathes of central and northern Italy today after the region was battered by torrential rain. Devastating storms caused huge damage at the weekend, washing out roads and isolating towns in southern Tuscany, where four people died as a result of flooding. Yesterday one of Rome's most historic bridges was closed as the swollen Tiber River roared through the capital and flooded outlying neighbourhoods. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232956/River-Tiber-breaks-banks-northern-central-Italy-swamped-torrential-rain-Historic-Ponte-Milvio-bridge-closed.html

'COVER UP BY MI5'

Anon at aangirfan - 10 minutes ago
*Website for this image...* The police had a dossier "thick" with reports by boys that they had been abused by Sir Cyril Smith. Police officer Tony Robinson says that the UK security service MI5 told him the dossier had to be sent to London. Tony Robinson says that the then Director of Public Prosecutions decided that prosecution of Smith was "not in the public interest". Tony Robinson says "The police now say the file is lost. It seems like there was a complete cover up to me." *Sir Cyril Smith sex abuse dossier seized by MI5*

Henry Hamilton 'killed himself because President was re-elected' and scrawled 'F*** Obama' on his will

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 minutes ago
A former tanning salon owner was found dead two days after the election after telling his partner that he was 'not going to be around' if President Obama won a second term. Henry Hamilton was discovered next to two empty prescription pill bottles with the message 'F*** Obama!' written over his will. His partner said that the 64-year-old man was 'very upset about the election results.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232845/Man-killed-saying-wouldnt-Obama-elected.html

Riot police on the streets of Lisbon and rubber bullets fired in Madrid as Europe explodes on day of anti-austerity protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 minutes ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232706/Riot-police-streets-Lisbon-rubber-bullets-fired-Madrid-Europe-explodes-day-anti-austerity-protests.html Hundreds of police officers took to the streets of Lisbon as protestors armed with rocks and bottles attempted to attack the Parliament building. There were chants of 'out with the Government' with some protestors also firing flares at the lines of riot police. Across Europe there were scenes of violent protest during anti-austerity strikes with rubber bullets fired on the streets of Madrid, running battles with police in Milan and Rom... more »

Greed of the energy sharks: Power firm's profits surge by 38% as your bill goes up by a QUARTER

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 minutes ago
Scottish & Southern Energy made £397.5m in the six months to the end of September, up 38 per cent or some £110m on the same period last year. It is the latest power giant to record an enormous income rise (see graph) after saddling customers with crippling price increases. A few weeks ago SEE hit its 9.6million customers with a 9 per cent increase. Its tariffs are now some 24 per cent higher than they were in January 2011 - adding more than £260 to the typical annual energy bill. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2233109/Power-firms-profits-surge-38-goes-QUARTER.html

Message from Mikos in the Hollow Earth

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 19 minutes ago
*Message from Mikos in the Hollow Earth* As channeled through Dianne Robbins November, 2012 A New Golden Age Begins! My dearest residents on Earth, I am Mikos, speaking to you from the Inner Chambers of the Library of Porthologos located beneath the Aegean Sea deep inside the opening in the Center of the Earth. The Light on the surface is expanding at hyper-speed and exponentially increasing faster than we can believe. You are all in for the “ride” of your lives, racing to catch up in consciousness with your unseen brothers and sisters living inside the Earth. We can hardly w... more »

Europeans Are Trying To Figure Out Why Conservatism Went Off The Rails In America

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 31 minutes ago
This past weekend, journalist Paul Harris tried to help U.K. readers understand what happened in the U.S. election and why the Republican Party seems so hell-bent on self destruction. The picture he paints of the GOP doesn't look anything like mainstream European conservative parties, but like extreme right, neo-Nazi fringe groups. Reporting from Pella, Iowa he interviewed 75 year old Shirley Schutte as an example of some mighty ugly sentiments. "Obama is a Muslim," the right-wing crackpot asserted. Was she sure about that? "I am. I am not sure he even should have been there [in t... more »

Unidentified Bird flu strain hits New South Wales farm, Australia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 39 minutes ago
An unidentified strain of bird flu has been detected at a hen farm near Maitland in the Hunter Valley, prompting authorities to quarantine about 50,000 chickens. The suspected virus is not thought to be the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu that has killed 359 people worldwide in sporadic outbreaks since 2003. Nonetheless, the 50,000 hens may have to be destroyed, the NSW Department of Primary Industries said. A "first response team" of specialists from the department is on site to enforce the quarantine, while the CSIRO runs lab tests on samples of the virus, with results expected th... more »

MUSLIM CHILDREN KILLED BY U.S. ARMCHAIR SOLDIERS AT THEIR COMPUTER CONSOLES DIRECTING DRONE ATTACKS AGAINST SUPPOSED TERRORISTS IN THEIR HOMES

éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 40 minutes ago
------------------------------ *American Immorality Is At A Peak* ------------------------------ November 13, 2012 | Original Here When Chris Floyd is at his best, as he is below, he puts things in perspective for readers that they otherwise never confront. Obama has won reelection, and his supporters think that somehow things are going to be different. Fat chance. While evil continues to envelop America, the public is focused on CIA director General Petraeus’ resignation. The FBI sp... more »

3 Died in Chlorine Leak in Central Russia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 45 minutes ago
Three people died and nine were hospitalized in a chlorine leak at a chemical plant in Russia's central Perm Region, local emergency department said Wednesday. "Three people died on the spot as a result of a chlorine leak and nine others were hospitalized due to gas contamination," the department was quoted by local media as saying. In addition, 38 more people were admitted to the hospitals for non-life-threatening treatment, the authorities added. http://english.cri.cn/6966/2012/11/14/2702s732719.htm

The Maiona Group Presents: The Jakaara Project “A New Dawn, A New Beginning, A New Generation.”

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 46 minutes ago
The Maiona Group Presents The Jakaara Project “A New Dawn, A New Beginning, A New Generation.” *Hello and Welcome to All,* We currently find ourselves as individuals, families and communities, awakened via information we have received via the many social and network medias, that now has us poised and ready that we can all come together to assist in the regenerative and restorative measures required for our continued development and planetary wellbeing. The model we are putting forward to drive this is “The Jakaara Project”, and is designed at promoting a new way of livi... more »

Deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever breaks out in Uganda

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 47 minutes ago
The deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever has broken out in the central Ugandan district of Luwero about one month after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the East African country free of the disease. Joaquim Saweka, the WHO country representative told Xinhua by telephone on Wednesday that the outbreak was confirmed on Tuesday following laboratory tests that turned out positive for the disease. "Yes that is true, we have dispatched one team to make preliminary assessment and also set up an isolation unit," he said. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/744473.shtml

James Holmes hospitalized

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 50 minutes ago
The suspect in the Aurora movie theater mass slaying has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness or injury serious enough that his defense team asked that a scheduled pre-trial hearing be postponed. Defense attorneys for James Holmes asked for an emergency hearing late Wednesday afternoon saying their client’s condition made it impossible for him to appear in court Thursday. Public defender Tamara Brady offered no details, citing Holmes’ medical and psychiatric privilege. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-james-holmes-massacre-hospital-20121114,0,4287193.st... more »

UN Security Council holds emergency session on Israel raids

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
The U.N. Security Council met in a closed emergency meeting on Wednesday night to discuss Israeli strikes against the Gaza Strip as Israel threatened a wider offensive in the Palestinian enclave to stem rocket salvoes by Hamas militants. Diplomats said U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman was briefing the 15-nation council. Israeli and Palestinians envoys will also have a chance to speak. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/15/us-israel-palestinians-un-council-idUSBRE8AD1SI20121115

Europe Gripped By Anti-Austerity Action

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
A wave of anti-austerity anger is sweeping across Europe with general strikes in Spain and Portugal and walkouts in Greece and Italy - grounding flights, closing schools and shutting down transport. Millions of workers have been taking part in the dozens of co-ordinated protests in a so-called European Day of Action and Solidarity against spending cuts and tax hikes. In Portugal, violent clashes took place between activists and police officers in Lisbon, and one woman was seen being repeatedly struck with a baton. http://news.sky.com/story/1011176/anti-austerity-strikes-protests-g... more »

Petraeus To Testify On Libya Attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify before a House of Representatives Intelligence Committee tasked with investigating the deadly attack on the US Consulate in Libya. General Petraeus, who vacated his post as the nation's top spy last week after admitting he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, will testify at a session held in private on Friday. He had been originally been scheduled to appear before the committee, but that had been scrapped after he resigned from the CIA last week. http://news.sky.com/story/1011510/ex-cia-boss-petraeus-to-testify-on-... more »

Rat Massacre: Galapagos Islands To Kill Millions

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Ecuador is preparing to massacre more than 180 million rats as it seeks to eradicate them from the Galapagos Islands. A helicopter will drop nearly 22 tons of specially designed poisonous bait on Pinzon Island, an uninhabited island in the archipelago 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and the nearby Plaza Sur islet. It is the second stage in an offensive that aims to kill all non-native rodents across the 19 islands that helped inspire Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by 2020. http://news.sky.com/story/1011658/rat-massacre-galapagos-islands-to-kill-millions

Israel Warns Of More Gaza Attacks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
World leaders have urged Israel to show restraint after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to "expand" military operations in the Gaza Strip following its assassination of a Hamas leader. US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon both telephoned Mr Netanyahu ahead of an urgent UN Security Council meeting on the deteriorating situation. According to the White House, Mr Obama reiterated US support for Israel's right to self-defence against rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip but urged Israel to avoid civilian casualties in the Palestinian territory. htt... more »

China Unveils Xi Jinping As New Leader

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Xi Jinping has been unveiled as the new general secretary of the Communist Party in China during an official ceremony. He will formally take over as Chinese president from Hu Jintao in March - leading the world's second largest economy and newest diplomatic and military power amid increasingly vocal calls for economic and political reform. Xi is the son of a party elder and has served as vice president for the past five years. http://news.sky.com/story/1011683/china-unveils-xi-jinping-as-new-leader

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake CRETE, GREECE - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude ML 4.3 Region CRETE, GREECE Date time 2012-11-15 03:07:24.0 UTC Location 35.08 N ; 23.36 E Depth 2 km Distances 32 km SW Yialós, Crete, Greece

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake CAUCASUS REGION, RUSSIA - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.1 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 01:36:38 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 04:36:38 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 43.971°N, 39.108°E Depth 18 km (11.2 miles) Region CAUCASUS REGION, RUSSIA Distances 7 km (4 miles) SSW of Shepsi, Russia

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 01:30:39 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:30:39 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 27.491°N, 140.081°E Depth 485.1 km (301.4 miles) Region BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 216 km (134 miles) WNW of Chichi-shima, Japan

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake KYRGYZSTAN - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 00:25:52 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 06:25:52 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 39.627°N, 73.523°E Depth 52.6 km (32.7 miles) Region KYRGYZSTAN Distances 25 km (15 miles) ESE of Sary-Tash, Kyrgyzstan

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake XIZANG-QINGHAI BORDER REGION - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 00:00:28 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 08:00:28 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 32.877°N, 92.318°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region XIZANG-QINGHAI BORDER REGION Distances 63 km (39 miles) NNE of Segong, China

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 00:00:06 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:00:06 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.802°S, 151.723°E Depth 8.8 km (5.5 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 171 km (106 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Benjamin Fulford 11-15-11…”The cabalists struggle in vain to stop the new financial system”… “The global human awakening will not be stopped”

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 1 hour ago
Reposted from Kauilapele's Blog: http://goo.gl/ahQCj Posted on 2011/11/14 Another uplifting report from Benjamin. The Maiona group, or Red Dragon, “links 59 countries plus 2700 tribes mostly in the South Pacific Region”, and is working with the White Dragons to move the planet toward peace and a harmonic world. I’ve never heard of this group before, but I’m sure there are many so-called “secret” societies which we never (and maybe will never) hear of. Of course, apply Higher Discernment to Ben’s articles. *Highlights* - …insiders assure us that plans for a new financial sys... more »

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 23:41:53 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 09:41:53 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.743°S, 151.557°E Depth 6 km (3.7 miles) (poorly constrained) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 158 km (98 miles) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Interviews with Activist David MacBryde; Author Jan Reid

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Berlin-based activist David MacBryde in the KOOP studios in Austin, Texas, Friday, November 9, 2012. Photo by Tracey Schulz / Rag Radio. Inset photo below, from left: Rag Radio's Tracey Schulz and Thorne Dreyer and guest David Macbryde. Photo by Charlie Martin / KOOP. Rag Radio podcasts: Our man in Berlin David MacBryde and Ann Richards biographer Jan Reid By Rag Radio / The Rag Blog /

Resurrecting The Peace Ship: Abie Nathan - In Memory

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Abie Nathan was a volunteer pilot in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War who became an Israeli peace activist. He is viewed as one of the greatest Israelis. He thought his work for peace and equal co-existence was done in 1993, when the Oslo Peace Accords were signed. But 9/11 (a Mossad-CIA job) made war a permanent feature in the lives of Israelis and Palestinians for the foreseeable future. 9/11 also brought America into the picture which pleased Israel's extremist rulers. The most recent aggression against Gaza by the Israeli military is a reminder that war is easy and peace is hard. But ... more »

Could Obama's election win save the world from asteroid doom?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/11/20121114142120721507.html

Garry Wills on Willard: "What can be worse than to sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it?"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Willard's way, per GW:* *"Ask not what you can do for your* ** *country, but what your country can do for your family."* * * *"What vestige of a backbone is Romney left with? Things he was once proud of -- health-care guarantees, opposition to noxious emissions, support of gay rights and women’s rights, he had the shamelessness to treat as matters of shame all through his years-long crawl to the Republican nomination."* *-- Garry Wills, in a NYRB blogpost,* "What Romney Lost" *by Ken* Maybe I was so convinced -- or maybe just so afraid (after surviving eight years of the "Chimpy ... more »

President Obama and the Iron Law of Climate Change

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 3 hours ago
You could not ask for a more clear expression of the iron law of climate change and its implications that that which was given by President Obama today in a press conference (emphasis added): There’s no doubt that for us to take on climate change in a serious way would involve making some tough political choices, and you know, understandably, I think the American people right now have been so focused and will continue to be focused on our economy and jobs and growth that, you know,* if the message is somehow we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, ... more »

Arrest People Who Call For State Secession Say Democrats.

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Democrats and Republicans want to keep the American people as slaves on the Federal Reserve's plantation. "This is not a free society" - Alex Jones.

GAIA PORTAL: Simultaneous Connections across Gaia Empowered fully by Solar Eclipse

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 3 hours ago
*Simultaneous Connections across Gaia Empowered fully by Solar Eclipse* 14 November 2012 Simultaneous connections made across Gaia on the 11-11-12 and 11-12-12 gateway dates were empowered fully by solar eclipse Stargate activation on the 11-13-12. This enabled unification (harmonization) of Ascendant’s Light frequencies. Unification empowers Higher Beings (Higher Dimensional) to enter freely into the Gaia consciousness. Sensations in Light Worker Earth crew include lightening of physical body weight, free flow of new ideas, enhanced (upgraded) brain function, freedom from phy... more »

Ron Paul, You Will Be Missed

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Ron Paul's Congressional Farewell Speech 11-14-2012

Dehydrating vegetable leaves

risa bear at A Way to Live - 4 hours ago
Homemade seasoning. For use on everything. Well, maybe not ice cream.

SaLuSa, November 14, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
*SaLuSa, November 14, 2012* The love and peace being established on Earth is growing exponentially, and as each day now passes it is encompassing the whole world. To a greater or lesser degree every soul is being affected by it, and some find it more easy to take into their being than others. So each soul is given the same opportunity for growth into the Light, and to take part in Ascension. However, knowledge of the Ascension process is not necessary to be assured of rising up with it. There are many, many souls that are kind, loving and compassionate who are also ready for su... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“NGC 660 is featured in this cosmic snapshot, a sharp composite of broad and narrow band filter image data from the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea. Over 20 million light-years away and swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, NGC 660's peculiar appearance marks it as a polar ring galaxy. *Click image for larger size. * A rare galaxy type, polar ring galaxies have a substantial population of stars, gas, and dust orbiting in rings nearly perpendicular to the plane of the galactic disk. The bizarre-looking configuration could have been caused by the chance c... more »

"Human Existence: Our Story in One Minute"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Could you tell the story of human existence in a minute? This thrilling video culls together multiple teasing snippets in an attempt to do just that. And sets it to music. Briefly depicted, from start to finish, is an artistic animation of the Big Bang, a trip across the early universe, the formation of the Earth and Moon, the emergence of multi-celled life and plants, the rise of reptiles and dinosaurs, a devastating meteor strike, the rise of mammals and humans, and finally the rise of modern civilization. The minute movie ends with a flyover of the modern skyscraper and a hum... more »

Hamas Official: War Will End With The Liberation of Jerusalem

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
[Source: Telegraph] *Hamas official: Israel will 'pay a price for this cowardly assassination'*

Chet Raymo, “On Beauty”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“On Beauty”* by Chet Raymo “I frequently muse about works of art in these postings. These have ranged from the highly abstract to the ultra-realistic, from the Middle Ages to the present. Often they have been paintings that I used for a while as a desktop on my computer, such as the work above, "The Cornish Coast," by the early-20th-century British impressionist Laura Knight. I pick these desktop images on a whim- Vermeer's "Milkmaid," Homer's "Cracking the Whip,' or Caravaggio's "Rest on the Flight Into Egypt," for example- and then slowly come to understand what it was that att... more »

ISRAELI WAR AGAINST THE GAZA STRIP – ISRAEL PROVOKES

Israel, by choosing to assassinate top Hamas military commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, has made it clear that they intend to wage an all-out war against Hamas, a war which could ultimately lead to the invasion and re-occupation of the Gaza Strip. Already, Israel has been busy calling up reservists and moving infantry toward the Gaza Strip while the attacks against the Palestinian people in the Gaza continued through Wednesday evening (14 November 2012). Several civilians have been killed in the Wednesday attacks so far including an eleven-month-old baby and a six-year-old child. Many oth... more »

Why Press Conferences, Anyway?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
I wrote about Barack Obama's press conference over at Plum Line today, and I had a few comments about the challenges of negotiating in public, but that sort of begs the question that a few people have been asking the last couple days: what's in it for presidents? Why should they hold press conferences in the first place? Now, of course there's a case that can be made that it's Good For the Nation, but leave that aside (there's also a case that it's very much Good For the Press, but again put that aside). Should presidents seeking to increase their own influence hold press conference... more »

The War is ON

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
Israhell wants war. Israhell needs war. Israhell can't live without war. Israel Defense Forces Kill Hamas Military Chief Ahmad Jabari - Full Video

"To Survive You Must..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“To survive you must surrender without giving in, that is to say, fully accept the reality in all its horror and never give up the will to survive. That allows you to quickly adapt to the situation and dedicate yourself to the present moment rather than wallow in denial. As you run out of options and energy you must become resigned to your plight. Like it or not you must make a new mental map of where you are, not where you wish you were. To survive you must find yourself, then it won't matter where you are. - Laurence Gonzales, “Deep Survival”

I love magic

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
Here's Penn and Teller doing the old cup and ball trick, twice! Still magic to me...

COMING CRISIS ALERT: Israeli full blown war with Gaza, and possibly Egypt, imminent - November 14, 2012

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Israel and the Gaza strip have begun fierce exchanges of rocket, mortar, artillery fire and airstrikes, and Israeli troops have massed at the border in preparation for a ground invasion. Meanwhile, Egypt has hinted at its own involvement after condemning Israeli counter strikes against the Palestinian people.* * **Due to current tensions in the Middle East, a massive conflict could erupt at any time between the various factions. The possibility of Arab intervention against Israel exists, mainly due to an extended alliance between Hamas, Iran, and various Arab allies.* * **Hamas' unw... more »

"The Dreamers Of The Day..."

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

Who loves Islamists? Israel loves Islamists! Israel & FSA work together

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
Israel and NATO Islamic mercs- Work hand in glove Ok, so we have been noticing the Israeli government and army getting themselves more involved in the destabilisation of Syria. Well.... maybe not more involved, since Israel has been part and parcel of the not so covert war on Syria for some time now. Possibly longer then any of us realize. *Israel is the biggest beneficiary, in the middle east, of the destruction of Syria.* *Which is why Israel is "in bed" with the Islamists. * Which is why Israel is very pleased when the NATO mercs kill and displace Christians. This is the same t... more »

Ghost city shows cracks in China's urban planning (and perhaps the country at large)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/11/13/f-arsenault-ordos-china.html *Matt's thoughts:* It never ceases to amaze me that 900 million Chinese live in poverty, many of which are homeless, and yet these vast ghost cities exist solely to fuel GDP and speculation. Mao would not be impressed in the least.

A breath of fresh Éire: Direct Democracy

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 6 hours ago
It is easy to become despondent when the liars and thieves of the Establishment are able to push their vile agenda with no realistic opposition. It becomes frustrating when the media consistently sing from the same song-sheet as the politicians and financial parasites. However, every once in a while, a beam of light shines out from amidst all the doom and gloom. Not very often, admittedly, but there are rare occasions when there is actually something positive to ponder over, rather than the usual misery which is foisted upon us by our enemies. One item of news which gives encour... more »

"Embracing New Information: Be Open"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
․ *"Embracing New Information: Be Open"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM ․ “The human mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with a similar energy.” - W. I. Beveridge "As we live we will go through the processes of opening to new information, integrating it, and stabilizing our worldview. Living in an information age, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the constant influx of scientific studies, breaking news, and even spiritual revelations that fill our bookshelves, radio waves, and in-boxes. No sooner have we decided what to eat ... more »

The wisdom will lie in knowing when to stop | The Times of Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
Why Israel had to act against Hamas and some background you won't get from the Israel hating BBC. http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-wisdom-will-lie-in-knowing-when-to-stop/

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 4th goal for Sweden against England

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
Quite ridiculous!

Lying Fiscal Cliff Liars Exposed (Brutally) - Real Disaster for Deficit Hawk Industry!

Remember when our favorite inept President (Dumbya) was pushing that exciting (to the Big Boys, anyway) Medicare Part D Drug Bill for Big Pharma that refused to allow the government the ability to negotiate the best price on all those hyper-expensive (in the U.S., anyway) drugs? It's only taken a decade to see what those unstoppable higher costs were put in place to achieve. I just love Dean

Postales de Navidad - Arbol con luces de colores en Nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 7 hours ago
[image: Arbol de navidad en la nieve con luces de colores Merry Christmas] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más postales de Navidad

And Now, a Word From Mike Flannigan

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 7 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari and Welcome Back to Pottersville.) It hasn't been decided yet whether I'm a figment of Robert Crawford's imagination or his alter ego or vice versa. Either way, it could safely be said that I'm the author of *American Zen*, the story of an epic road trip that took place during a week of my and my friends' lives exactly four years ago. As I'd subsequently described our trip up and down the northern eastern seaboard across four different states (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York), it was like a "Flomax/Viagra/... more »

Post-Sandy: A Man-Made Disaster

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*The good news is that President Obama **declined to attribute Sandy to climate change**. * *Which means even this President is aware Hurricane Sandy is not a man-made disaster.* *Sadly, we can’t say the same about the disaster that is post-Sandy. This disaster is entirely man-made.* *Post-Sandy: A Man-Made Disaster* *Guest post by George Reisman* Hurricane Sandy caused the closing of a majority of the gasoline stations in the New York City area, did major damage to petroleum terminals, and reduced the ability of barges carrying fuel to reach their docks. All of this represen... more »

House Foreign Affairs Committee-- Another Leadership Battle

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Sherman (with the tefillin) & Engel (with the flag) may also be pro-American Sherman beat Berman-- and he beat him convincingly (mostly, no doubt, because most of the new district had been part of Sherman's old district. The San Fernando Valley district gave Sherman 111,914 votes (61%) and gave the more senior Berman 72,979 (39%). The two congressmen were so-so garden variety moderates. Neither joined the Progressive Caucus or the New Dem Coalition, but Sherman was more populist on economic issues, less a friend of Wall Street and more a Fair Trade rather than a Free Trade guy. But w... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

This just in about Susan Rice!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012* *The coast is now clear for Rachel:* From this new post by Kevin Drum, we see that Obama stoutly defended Susan Rice today. We’re glad that Kevin has pointed it out. We're glad Obama did it. More good news: This means that Rachel Maddow, Our Own Rhodes Scholar, will now feel free to defend Rice too! At long last, the truth of this matter will be perfectly safe for our team’s most adorable hustler.

On first looking into Obama's proposal on tax hikes!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012* *Ashley and Michael and the rest of gang weren't built for a topic like this:* We eagerly read Kevin Drum every day because you can learn real things from his posts. Yesterday, Good Drum did an informative post about Obama’s proposal for tax increases. His post went something like this: DRUM (11/13/12): *Obama just won reelection. So what's his offer [for tax increases] now? $1.6 trillion over ten years. Take that, Republicans!* The reaction from liberals has been generally positive: they're impressed that Obama is opening with a strong hand and uppin... more »

WAR WORLD - the new novel begins...

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 8 hours ago
look at this guy just blown up in the middle of the day in the middle of a normal street - these murderous corporate war gamists don't give a shit about collateral damage: *on a connected note:* I had a lovely walk to work this morning where I started to really flesh out the series of events of a novel I'd started last year then put to one side entitled WAR WORLD (I've assigned a new label to such posts until I decide to make it its own blog) and this sorta insane everyday slaughterous shit is a major part of it. So far, the novel involved the daily diary kept by the main protag... more »

Homicide by welfare

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
With the murder of young JJ Lawrence in the news, I’ve been hearing it from talkback and around the traps all week. I’ve been hearing that “we” have a problem with family violence; that “we” are killing our kids; that “we,” you and I, are to blame. Bullshit. Let me tell you something: *We*—you and I—are not to blame. *I *didn’t kill those kids. *You* didn’t. The only thing “we” have done is pay children to have children they don’t want, then read too late about what those parent-children have done to them. Because if there’s one common factor in all these murders, it’s the exis... more »

The ruling class agenda

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 8 hours ago
The Tories are aiming to destroy the basis for working class intervention in public life and they are aiming to do it in one term. They must be fought. Anyone who tries to delay or divert struggle is objectively on the government's side. This cannot be emphasised enough. Two more examples 1) Michael Gove plans to cut 1,000 jobs from the Department of Education. He wants to reform Britain's education system yet he is cutting back on the people supposed to be delivering his reforms. He does not want reform, he wants chaos in comprehensive education. 2) Cuts in government grants to l... more »

Lamar W. Hankins : Government Plus Religion is No-Win Situation

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Image from Change Comes Slow. No one wins when government forces religion on everyone If public officials believe that religious worship is important, perhaps they should meet in a conference room before the meeting and pray together with their chosen clergy. By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / November 14, 2012 SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Those who see no harm in beginning a meeting of a city

Justin Trudeau Leaves A Great Deal To Be Desired ...

leftdog at Buckdog - 9 hours ago
*Justin Trudeau was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was born into a very wealthy family and has never had to eat macaroni and wieners for the rest of the week because that was all he had to cook in the house. I doubt that he has ever run out of household money before the pay cheque arrived at the end of the month. * * Justin Trudeau is a member of the fiscally well off and has no idea what average working Canadians struggle with on a day to day basis just to survive. * *Justin Trudeau is therefore a perfect potential leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. * *He is abs... more »

Skype warned in August of email flaws

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Skype was warned in August by a Russian programmer about a vulnerability closely linked to the one the company admits has been exploited to hijack peoples' accounts using just their email address. Dmitry Chestnykh, the founder of the software company Coding Robots, has shown the Guardian a dated transcript of a conversation he had on 7 August with Skype support in which he pointed out that anyone could create a new Skype account using a email address – even if they didn't control it. He has also published the transcript, without the date, on Hacker News. http://www.guardian.co.uk/te... more »

Glenn Greenwald: Journalists Are High Priests

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
Here's an excerpt from Glenn Greenwald's *interview on Democracy Now*, where he spoke about the organized worship of General Petraeus and the religious treatment of the military by the press: And so, what you really see is there’s—there’s a perception that there’s no national religion in the United States. Christianity is not the state religion—that’s true. *But the national religion in the United States is worship of all things military. And journalists are its high priests.* Journalists in America have created a culture of blind worship of government power. America is not a free d... more »

Massed Israeli troops poised for invasion into Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Israeli troops massed on the Gaza border last night, poised for a possible ground invasion as Israel launched a major military operation it said was designed “to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure.” Military sources told The Independent that a ground invasion is “a distinct possibility,” with the army deploying extra infantry units near the Gaza border, halted major exercises, cancelled soldiers’ leave and mobilised some reserve forces. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/massed-israeli-troop... more »

Egyptian president condemns deadly Israeli attacks on Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Egypt has demanded an immediate end to Israeli airstrikes, saying it is considering recalling its ambassador to Tel Aviv. Egypt's Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, also slammed the airstrikes against Gaza, saying Cairo would no longer tolerate such attacks on Palestinians. The FJP has urged the Egyptian president to review all ties with Israel, adding that the attacks by Israel required “swift Arab and international action to stop the massacres.” The Egyptian Health Ministry also called on Morsi to annul all pacts with Israel. ... more »

The Moral Fragmentation of the Liberal Class

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Chris Hedges lambastes liberals for selling out America in last week's elections. *The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing. It is a useless appendage to the corporate state. It exists not to make possible incremental or piecemeal reform, as it originally did in a functional capitalist democracy; instead it has devolved into an instrument of personal vanity, burnishing the hollow morality of its adherents. Liberals, by voting for Barack Obama, betrayed the core values they use to define themselves—the rule of law... more »

POST UNAVAILABLE

Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
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death by anti-choice: irish woman, denied termination during spontaneous miscarriage, dies

laura k at wmtc - 10 hours ago
This is what no access to safe and legal abortion looks like. Two investigations are under way into the death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant, at University Hospital Galway last month. Savita Halappanavar (31), a dentist, presented with back pain at the hospital on October 21st, was found to be miscarrying, and died of septicaemia a week later. Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, says she asked several times over a three-day period that the pregnancy be terminated. He says that, having been told she was miscarrying, and after one... more »

Has Canada Fallen Victim to Political Compression Disorder?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
A *PostMedia* column, "Obama's Election Victory Won't Hurt Harper," by Michael Den Tandt today struck an uncomfortable chord. *NDP leader Mulcair has proven stubbornly resistant to Conservative attempts to paint him as a wild-eyed Trotskyite, aching to pass laws mandating straw-bale houses and kelp diets. The phrase "competent, responsible public administrator" is never far from Mulcair's lips.* *This is as finely calibrated as any slogan ever has been to resonate deep in the amygdala, the lizard brain, with which we choose our leaders.* *As I have said before, Mulcair's Oct. 24 ... more »

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake COQUIMBO, CHILE - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 6.1 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 19:02:05 UTC Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 04:02:05 PM at epicenter Location 29.157°S, 71.272°W Depth 61.8 km (38.4 miles) Region COQUIMBO, CHILE Distances 88 km (55 miles) N (3°) from Coquimbo, Chile

M6.2 in ATACAMA, CHILE

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
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Maruti Beads: A source for beautiful, handmade beads

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
I am a craft supply hoarder. I love felt, washi tape and beads. How I love beads. I find myself buying a strand or two every time I am at the store. There is something about the beauty of beads that attracts me every time. Recently, I discovered Maurti Beads, a fabulous bead store, located in India, in my quest to find pretty beads. Their designs are gorgeous and I knew I had to see them in person. When my package came, my mom was with me when I opened it. We both gasped when we saw the beads. They are the most beautiful beads I have ever seen. They surpass the commercially made be... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude mb 5.1 Region NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN Date time 2012-11-14 18:28:51.3 UTC Location 38.08 N ; 153.40 E Depth 400 km Distances 880 km SE Nemuro

Earthquake REGION METROPOLITANA, CHILE

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
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Millions go on strike in Europe, violence flares

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Police and protesters clashed in Spain and Italy on Wednesday as millions of workers went on strike in organized labor's biggest Europe-wide challenge to austerity policies since the euro zone debt crisis erupted three years ago. Hundreds of flights were cancelled, schools were shut, factories were at a standstill and trains barely ran in Spain and Portugal where unions held their first joint general strike. Stoppages in Belgium interrupted international rail services. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-eurozone-idUSBRE8AD0UK20121114

Obama calls for rich to pay more, keep middle-class cuts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
President Barack Obama on Wednesday pushed for his proposal to have the wealthy pay more in taxes as a way to tame the federal deficit, taking a hard line in his opening bid before he begins fiscal talks with U.S. lawmakers later in the week. "We should not hold the middle class hostage while we debate tax cuts for the wealthy," Obama said in his first press conference since winning re-election on November 6. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-usa-obama-idUSBRE8AD1E920121114

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 18:22:31 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 06:22:31 AM at epicenter Location 14.450°S, 173.718°E Depth 599.7 km (372.7 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 647 km (402 miles) NW (309°) from SUVA, Fiji

A Must See Video: Ken O'Keefe Goes Off On An Israeli Apologist: "Israeli Crimes Against Palestinians Have Gone Unpunished Due To Western Cover"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
Israel is presently putting their plans for another attack and slaughter in Gaza into full motion. Since last week, they have had some of their Mossad agent provocateurs launching their patented bottle rockets from their illegally occupied Gaza Strip back into Israel. Of course, as always, these rockets hit absolutely nothing but open field (what poor shots Hamas truly is!). And as always, we have had the "retaliation" of the criminal Israelis by them launching both rockets and air strikes against the innocent civilians in Gaza itself. NOW the Israeli government under the insane... more »

The turnaways . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 10 hours ago
WOMEN AS SLAVES: a woman who is denied freedom of choice is as much a slave as those unfortunates in the slaver holding pens of 200 years ago, who were bred at the whims of their owners. And as we have seen, the GOP likes it that way, and American conservatives have made every effort to make abortion illegal. Their efforts mean that, in the US, way too many women are denied access to abortion

Ashkar Brothers scammed winning ticket from customer FIVE YEARS ago

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Two brothers from central New York who claimed a $5million lottery ticket sold at their family's store have been accused of scamming the winning ticket from a customer. Andy Ashkar, 34, and 36-year-old Nayel Ashkar have been charged with attempted grand larceny and conspiracy, authorities said Wednesday. Andy Ashkar also was charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Their lawyer says the brothers will plead not guilty. They maintain they legitimately received the ticket. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232891/Lottery-win-Andy-Ashkar-Nayel-Ashkar-accused-scamming-... more »

Tweet what you like... as long as you don't have many followers: New guidelines could mean only popular Twitter users are prosecuted for offensive comments

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
It might be the one of the few occasions in life when it's better to be unpopular than have lots of friends. Twitter users who make 'grossly offensive' comments online could escape prosecution if they have barely any followers on the social media site, the Director of Public Prosecutions has suggested. But those who are followed by thousands could face the full force of the law if they publish offensive remarks as more people will see them, Keir Starmer said in a conference speech earlier this week. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232759/New-guidelines-mean-popular-Twitter-... more »

Justice Bolivian style: Thieves will have hands cut off and rapists will be castrated under controversial new justice system

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Trained doctors will be paid to operate on convicted criminals in the city of El Alto after they are sentenced by a newly created court. And if medical professionals refuse to perform the surgery, lesser-trained indigenous doctors from the rural, highland provinces will be paid to take on the work. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232901/Rapists-Bolivia-chemically-castrated-thieves-hands-cut-controversial-new-laws.html

FLORIDA, NORFOLK, WALES; CHILD ABUSE ; MIND CONTROL

Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
*Loughner - mind-controlled by the CIA?* Florida's Tampa Bay Times' *three-part investigation* describes the experience of a boy called Samson Lehman at a Christian-military-school: "They shaved him bald that first morning in 2008, put him in an orange jumpsuit and made him exercise past dark. "Through the night, as he slept on the floor, they forced him awake for more. "The sun had not yet risen over the Christian military home when Samson Lehman collapsed for the sixth time. "Still, he said, they made him run." *Sounds like CIA brainwashing?* Origins and Techniques of Monarc... more »

Petraeus's mistress spotted in brother's home as it's revealed she took 'significant amounts' of classified military documents - so will she now be charged?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Paula Broadwell has taken refuge at her brother's Washington D.C. house as she hides away from the fall out of her scandalous affair with shamed former CIA boss David Petraeus. And in another dramatic twist in the growing sex scandal it emerged that the commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan General John Allen exchanged email's likened to 'phone sex' with Broadwell's 37-year-old 'rival' Jill Kelley at her home in Tampa. Kelley was pictured outside her home earlier yesterday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232634/Paula-Broadwell-photos-David-Petraeus- mistress-discovered-ly... more »

"Egypt will no longer tolerate attacks on Palestinians" and Israeli airstrikes

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/14/249646.html

IDF on alert for Palestinian reaction after destroying some missile sites, Hamas capable of calling up 35,000 reservists

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
http://www.debka.com/article/22526/IDF-on-alert-for-Palestinian-reaction-after-destroying-some-missile-sites-Morsi-to-release-statement

Inadequate reasons at trial and appeal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
R. v. Goldmintz, 2012 ONCA 775 deals with a curious case where the trial and first appeal decisions were both inadequate to allow meaningful review: [8] While we appreciate that the deficiency of a trial judge's reasons is not a stand-alone ground of appeal, in *R. v. Kendall* (2005), 75 O.R. (3d) 565 (C.A.), at para. 65, leave to appeal to S.C.C. refused, [2005] S.C.C.A. No. 387, this court noted that deficient reasons or the absence of reasons may result in an error of law where: (1) the path taken by the trial judge is not apparent; (2) there are difficult is... more »

House Leadership Battles Heat Up-- Ryan's proxy Battle Against Boehner

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
A bloodletting inside the Democratic caucus was averted when Nancy Pelosi announced she was staying on as Democratic Leader even as Steny Hoyer and Debbie Wasserman Schultz agreed to a path for the psychotically ambitious Wasserman Schultz to become The First Jewish Speaker. According to the pact, he's next in line to Pelosi-- as progressives have dreaded-- and she skips over Jim Clyburn into some custom-built, specially-created Debbie position. And Absolute Corruption is institutionalized to the point where the Republican caucus won't be any worse than the Democratic caucus. Mean... more »

How the BBC report the Israeli Palestinian conflict

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Islamist terrorists murder a family of five in cold blood - too much other news. Islamist terrorists destroy a school bus, fortunately one that was empty of schoolchildren - Not headline news. Islamist terrorists fire over a thousand rockets into Israel in 2012 so far - Not worthy of more than a side note. Israel reacts and kills one of the heads of the terrorist organisation sending terrorists to kill Jews, firing rockets at Israelis, an organisation dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the killing of all Jews - Now the BBC have a headline story, one to make Israel look bad.

Sick thieves butcher the hind legs off ten LIVE sheep and leave them to die in agony

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Raiders have struck William and Joan Perkins'farm four times in the past fortnight, killing ten sheep. The farmer said the thieves, who targetted rare breeds and young animals, are 'inhuman'. The animals' - including pregnant ewes and rare breeds - had their back legs removed at the hip and were then left to die. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232698/Thieves-butcher-pregnant-sheep-alive-Cheadle-Hulme-farm-raids.html

Cyprus, the European Union's Dilemma

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Cyprus, it seems, is the Cayman Islands of the Mediterranean. Russian oligarchs are said to use it to launder their money. And, for the European Union, the Cypriot-Russian connection complicates efforts to bail out the financially-stricken island. *Der Spiegel* reports that German intelligence has warned that bailing out troubled Cypriot banks may effectively amount to bailing out Russia's oligarchs and their under the table money. *Last Friday, the sun was shining in this paradise for Russians. The sky was a deep blue and the palms along the beach promenade swayed in a light ... more »

'Government surveillance is on the rise' says Google as report shows it has been asked to reveal more user data than ever

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The latest edition of the search giant's Transparency Report shows governments around the world made nearly 21,000 requests to access its data in the first six months of 2012. THE SNOOPERS' LEAGUE TABLE COUNTRY REQUESTS COMPLIANCE U.S. 7,969 90% India 2,319 64% Brazil 1,566 76% France 1,546 42% Germany 1,533 39% UK 1,425 64% Italy 841 34% Spain 531 52% Australia 523 64% South Korea 423 35% http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2232753/Government-surveillance-rise-says-Google-report-shows-asked-reveal-user-data-ever.html

Brussels abandons bid to snatch back Britain’s rebate ahead of crucial budget meeting

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The European Union would maintain Britain's £3billion rebate and make further cuts in overall spending in its next seven-year EU budget, according to its latest draft compromise drawn up ahead of a vital summit later this month. The proposals, made by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, could help appease Britain and other austerity-minded governments keen to limit their contributions to the union's finances, as the bloc tries to reach a deal ahead of a budget meeting on November 22 and 23. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232822/Brussels-abandons-bid-snatch-Britai... more »

When I Realized David Petraeus Was a Wanker

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
The former *wunderkind* of the U.S. Army first came to my notice when he unveiled the American military's new counterinsurgency field manual, FM3-24. Petraeus had commanded a team of the best and brightest military and civilian minds to digest the lessons of two thousand years of counterinsurgency warfare and write a manual of "do's and don'ts" for American commanders already facing tough sledding in the Muslim world. It wasn't surprising that Petraeus would catapult from that assignment to become commander of coalition forces in Iraq. In a clumsy bit of sleight of hand good en... more »

Russia's Putin signs new treason law

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Russia introduced a new law broadening the definition of treason on Wednesday, alarming opponents who say Vladimir Putin will use it to silence his critics and that almost anyone in contact with foreigners will be at risk. The legislation allows Russians representing international organisations to be charged with treason, as well as those working for foreign states and bodies, and expands the range of actions that can be considered treasonous. http://www.euronews.com/newswires/1726026-russia-expands-definition-of-treason-under-new-law/

Vic Toews' Guns 'n' Logic Show

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 12 hours ago
CBC's Power 'n' Politics, is quoting a release by Vic Toews on deregulating gun shows and then demonstrating that, in fact, not all gun show participants are lawabidinggunowners: "Repealing the unnecessary gun shows regulations shows our government is focused on protecting families and communities [Yes, your brain really did just trip a breaker, but read on.] and not pushing administrative

Global Trends in Conflict-Related Sexual Violence. A Response to Green, Cohen, and Wood

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Below, the latest volley in the blog wars between the Human Security Report Project authors and their critics. _______________________________ Guest Post by Andrew Mack We thank Amelia Hoover Green, Dara Kay Cohen and Elizabeth Jean Wood (henceforth GCW) for their thoughtful critique of the Human Security Report’s analysis of the impact of war on the Continue reading

Skype disables password reset to block account hijack by email

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Skype has disabled its password reset capability after hackers discovered a serious security hole that could let anyone take control of an account by knowing its email address. The hack has reportedly been known for some months among Russian underground forums, but became more widely public on Wednesday. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/nov/14/skype-password-account-hack-reset

Confused About the Petraeus Scandal? Here's All You Need to Know.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
The *NYT's* Maureen Dowd sums up the David Petraeus furball scandal in just one paragraph. *His fall started as Sophocles and turned sophomoric, a mind-boggling mélange of “From Here to Eternity,” “You’ve Got Mail,” “The Real Housewives of Centcom,” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” It features toned arms, slinky outfits, a cat fight, titillating e-mails, a military more consumed with sex than violence, a plot with more inconceivable twists than “Homeland,” and a Twitter’s-delight lexicon: an “embedded” mistress named Broadwell, a biography called “All In,” an other-other wo... more »

Diederik Klomberg - FLESH - Morphing bodyparts video

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 13 hours ago
youtube actually deleted this excellent and hypnotic video of morphing ears and eyelids, mouths, belly buttons and other orifices, by Netherlands-based artist Diederik Klomberg because they're ... well ... fucking thick, is what. Flesh from Diederik Klomberg on Vimeo. Wasn't that gorgeous, and that ambient soundtrack; yummy.

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.2 Region MYANMAR Date time 2012-11-14 14:04:35.6 UTC Location 22.84 N ; 96.06 E Depth 2 km Distances 47 km W Mogok, Myanmar

Please, No More Orca in Toronto

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 13 hours ago
It's bad enough keeping dolphins and belugas in captivity but it's an outrage to incarcerate orca for no other reason than to flog tickets to gawkers. Yet, according to *TorStar*, Marineland owner John Holer is searching for a new orca to share the same fate that awaits his solo whale, Kiska. Apparently the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums requires that killer whales in captivity have at least one companion. In other words, Holer needs to keep a pair on Death Watch. One simply won't do. *Marineland has had 26 killer whales over roughly three decades, according to ... more »

Connect the Headlines Game

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
McDonalds: Tough Economy is Called the "New Normal" Wall Street Journal Nov 14, 2012 p. B7 [Excerpted] "When the economic crisis began in 2008, no one thought the environment would be as uncertain and fragile as it is today," said Chief Executive Don Thompson, calling current conditions the "new normal." Goldman Partners Pocket $22 Million. The Wall Street Journal Nov 7, 2012 p. C1 by L. Rappaport [Excerpted] More than 30 executives...recently cashed in stock options awarded in the afterglow of the company's initial public offering in 1999... Goldman partners, pocketed a total of $... more »

I Have a New Blog

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
I decided to fully immerse myself in the 21st century and dedicate a blog to my two ebooks, *American Zen* (the best thing I ever wrote) and *The Toy Cop* (which took me a full 14 years to write and rewrite), as well as my upcoming titles. It's called Kindle in the Wind and it has a companion Twitter account of the same name. Dedicating whole blogs, FB walls and Twitter accounts to single books or a writer's entire canon seems to be the way to go these days or what moron literary agents love to call, "a marketing platform." I'm a writer, not a fucking salesman or publicity agent but... more »

Moo, Slurp, Snooze, Repeat

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
The usual faux-liberal suspects have all been herded into the White House Veal Pen for their periodic branding. The sounds of suckling are echoing through the blogosphere. I wrote before the election that so-called progressive and labor groups working hard for the president's re-election were going to give him a brief honeymoon before launching a concerted effort to hold his feet to the fire on taxing the rich and protecting Social Security and other traditional New Deal stuff. Oh, dear. I expected them to be cowed -- but to turn a negotiating session into a pep rally for Dear Le... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.6 Region VANUATU Date time 2012-11-14 13:33:14.4 UTC Location 18.98 S ; 169.52 E Depth 265 km Distances 66 km N Isangel, Vanuatu

The closest rogue planet to Earth has been spotted by astronomers.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
It's the closest one to Earth that's been found - but it's still 100 light years away from us. That's a long way! Astronomers think the rogue planet - given the catchy name of CFBDSIR2149-0403 - is about 50-120 million years old. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/20324541

Ordering More Airstrikes, Syria Calls French Recognition of Rebels 'Immoral'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Syrian authorities ordered airstrikes for a third consecutive day close to the tense Turkish border on Wednesday, and said a French decision to recognize and consider arming a newly formed Syrian rebel coalition was an “immoral” act “encouraging the destruction of Syria.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/15/world/middleeast/syria-war-developments.html?pagewanted=all

MEXICAN TEENAGERS KILLED BY U.S. BORDER AGENTS SHOOTING TO KILL ACROSS THE BORDER AT NOGALES

éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 13 hours ago
------------------------------ *Life and death on the border (video)* by Pamela Powers Hannley *Loneprotestor* has done it again. Check out her poignant video about recent deaths along the US/Mexico-- in honor of the Day of the Dead. Eight days after Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was killed by friendly fire on the U.S.- Mexican border, a sixteen year-old boy was shot seven times through the border fence by a Border Patrol agent. Yet - in spite of involving the murder of a child across international lines - one incident received national attention for weeks, but the ... more »

Widespread destruction underway during Obama administration

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
** *Arizona Snowbowl begins desecrating sacred San Francisco Peaks with sewage water snow, as pristine regions are targeted and destroyed throughout Indian country* ** *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Arizona Snowbowl began desecrating sacred San Francisco Peaks with snow made from sewage water on Tuesday, over the protests and court actions of Native Americans. San Francisco Peaks are sacred to 13 area Native American Nations and a place where medicine men conduct healing ceremonies and gather healing herbs. An international boycott is urged of... more »

Tweet of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 14 hours ago
Claire McCaskill: Too funny. First power meeting with E Warren and D Fischer? In the Senators Only Women's bathroom. Gonna need a bigger bathroom. McCaskill, who was first elected in 2006, may or may not realize it but the women's bathroom near the Senate floor goes back only to 1993; before that female Senators had to walk down a floor. Twenty women still isn't anywhere near parity, but it's getting a lot closer. It's still amazing how long it took for women to start winning seats in the Senate at all; as recently as the first Senate serving with George H.W. Bush, there were only ... more »

Did Warren Really Win?

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
*We know who lost*: "Senator Scott *Brown’s largest financial supporters* are a *who’s who of finance and business*, while his political challenger, Elizabeth Warren, has drawn support primarily from universities, law firms, and left-leaning political groups, according to an analysis of federal filings. Brown’s support from the financial industry — about $5.5 million, or 28 percent of the $19.5 million he has raised in total — also appears to *reflect how much the sector* *does **not** want* Warren in the Senate." * **Related*: Who Bought Brown's Election? *The U.S. Senate's Chief... more »

U.S. commander says Benghazi attacks linked to al Qaeda in Maghreb

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
The head of the U.S. military command in Africa said on Wednesday that some of the militants involved in the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya were linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). "There is a growing network of violent extremist organizations and it appears to me very likely that some of the terrorists who participated in the attack in Benghazi have at least some linkages to AQIM," General Carter Ham, head of Africa Command, told reporters in Paris. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-mali-usa-idUSBRE8AD0WF20121114

Breaking: Journalist contradicts Princeton professor!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012* *Was Candidate Romney the most dishonest ever:* Last week, we discussed a rather strange op-ed column by Princeton professor Kevin Kruse. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 11/6/12. In our view, Kruse made some rather strange claims about our post-war elections. At the end of his piece, he voiced this judgment about Candidate Romney: KRUSE (11/6/12): PolitiFact has chronicled 19 “pants on fire” lies by Mr. Romney and 7 by Mr. Obama since 2007, but Mr. Romney’s whoppers have been qualitatively far worse: the “apology tour,” the “government takeover of health care,... more »

Anthony Watts' television channel

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
*Al Gore has a new TV competitor* Last year, Al Gore's Climate Parody Day spent millions of dollars and attracted a few thousand viewers in the whole world who watched the boring show for a few minutes in average. Because the man behind the world's most viewed climate website, Watts Up With That (150 million views or so), apparently thinks that it was a success (sorry for this comment, Anthony, but I just couldn't resist), he wants to attract a few percent of Gore's audience and that's why he has established a new television channel to compete with Current TV, Climate Parody Day... more »

The Climate Reality Project . . . JOIN TODAY!

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 14 hours ago
I want to share an e-mail I got from Al Gore, in hope you will be interested and tune in today to the coverage at 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report. Dear Eric, We are pleased to invite you to join us this week when millions of people will tune in to watch*24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report*, a live online broadcast that will bring the world together around the reality of the climate crisis. For a full 24 hours, beginning Wednesday at 8pm EST and ending at Thursday at 8pm EST, we will convene the world’s leading business leaders, climate scientists, community ... more »

TransCanada bulldozes Texas biofuels farm for tarsands pipeline

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
*TransCanada bulldozes Texas renewable biofuels farm for tarsands pipeline* *Tarsands Blockade Day 51* *http://tarsandsblockade.org/day51/* *Reposted at **Censored News* *Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012* ** NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Right now TransCanada is bulldozing Nacogdoches local landowner, Michael Bishop’s property for its Keystone XL pipeline. Mr. Bishop has been a vocal opponent of the tar sands pipeline for years and has filed several lawsuits against the multi-national corporation to prevent them from destroying his home and small business. Mr. Bishop is a pioneer of growing renewabl... more »

Washington playing with dynamite, CEOs warn

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Corporate America is raising the volume of its plea that the government avert a year-end "fiscal cliff" that could send the nation back into recession, but chief executives aren't pushing the panic button just yet. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/13/us-usa-fiscal-nyse-honeywell-idUSBRE8AC17Y20121113

Top Hamas commander killed in Israeli airstrike

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Israel killed the military commander of Hamas in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, bringing the two sides to the brink of a possible new war. The attack came despite signs that Egypt had managed to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants after a five day surge of violence which saw more than 100 missiles fired out of Gaza and repeated Israeli strikes on the enclave. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-palestinians-israel-hamas-idUSBRE8AD0WP20121114

22 Signs That Voter Fraud Is Wildly Out Of Control And The Election Was A Sham

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
After what we have seen this November, how is any American ever supposed to trust the integrity of our elections ever again? There were over 70,000 reports of voting problems on election day, and there are numerous eyewitnesses that claim that they saw voting machines change votes for one candidate to another candidate right in front of their eyes. In several of the swing states there were counties where the number of registered voters exceeded the total voting age population by a very wide margin. How in the world does that happen? Some of the vote totals that were reported in some ... more »

Stocks Tumble as Congressman Predicts Economic Riots in America

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Stocks tumbled again on fears of the rapidly approaching fiscal cliff in the United States and a failure by eurozone finance ministers and the IMF to decide how Greece will resolve its sovereign debt and pay off the banksters at Société Générale, Deutsche Bank, Eurobank, and other loan sharking institutions. “This morning the reasons du jour started out with Europe and the kerfuffle over Greece and then you have the fiscal cliff,” Michael Holland, chairman of New York-based Holland & Co., told Bloomberg News. http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/11/14/stocks-tumble-as-congressman-predi... more »

Taser Death: Police Branded 'Thuggish'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Police who tackled and tasered a Brazilian student on LSD could face further action after a damning report on the man's death. An Australian coroner said officers acted like schoolboys in "Lord Of The Flies" when they crash-tackled Roberto Laudisio Curti and shocked him with 50,000 volts. New South Wales coroner Mary Jerram said she could not determine what caused the 21-year-old's death but added that it was "impossible to believe that he would have died but for the actions of police". http://news.sky.com/story/1011336/taser-death-police-branded-thuggish

Woman 'Refused' Abortion In Ireland Dies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Investigations have been launched after a pregnant woman died in hospital in Ireland after allegedly being refused an abortion. Savita Halappanavar, 31, suffered a miscarriage and septicaemia. Her husband Praveen claims doctors refused to carry out a termination for religious reasons. http://news.sky.com/story/1011344/woman-refused-abortion-in-ireland-dies

Ever so slowly, Maddow turns!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012* *World’s most brilliant TV liberal speaks with Rich about Rice:* Ever so slowly, Rachel Maddow is trying to find the sweet spot. She's trying to find the way to discuss Susan Rice without get her own self in trouble. Rice has been slandered again and again—and powerful interests support this mob action. Result? Last night, Rachel tried it again, offering this formulation as she spoke with Frank Rich: MADDOW (11/13/12): On the issue of Benghazi, the president is trying to put together his second-term cabinet. There's been a lot of talk where John Ker... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SICHUAN-YUNNAN BORDER REGION, CHINA - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:43:01 UTC Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 07:43:01 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 26.672°N, 102.510°E Depth 46 km (28.6 miles) Region SICHUAN-YUNNAN BORDER REGION, CHINA Distances 7 km (4 miles) WNW of Huidong, China

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:40:59 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 01:40:59 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.919°S, 173.876°W Depth 46 km (28.6 miles) Region TONGA Distances 120 km (74 miles) ENE of `Ohonua, Tonga

Europe Gripped By Anti-Austerity Action

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
A wave of anti-austerity anger is sweeping across Europe with general strikes in Spain and Portugal and walkouts in Greece and Italy - grounding flights, closing schools and shutting down transport. Millions of workers are taking part in the dozens of co-ordinated protests in a so-called European Day of Action and Solidarity against spending cuts and tax hikes. http://news.sky.com/story/1011176/anti-austerity-strikes-protests-grip-europe

Swinging 'round the circle

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 14 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg Observing the American political process, do we really need a geneticist to tell us we're getting stupider? - Take the American Bigots Family Association -- please. We need to "clamp down" on immigration because those genetically inferior races Socialist immigrants always vote for Democrats says a spokesman who would never make anyone think of the Nazis. - Failed VP candidate Paul Ryan says he lost the election not because he's a dangerously unbalanced and stupid dirt bag but because thegenetically inferior races'Urban' voters turned out to vote. ... more »

Spain hit by general strike

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
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