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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

14 November - Blogs I'm Following

The European Union and RussiaThe European Union and Russia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS. At the Ru...English: THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS. At the Russia-European Union summit. Русский: НИДЕРЛАНДЫ, ГААГА. На саммите Россия–ЕС. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The joint news conference.English: The joint news conference. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Sick thieves butcher the hind legs off ten LIVE sheep and leave them to die in agony

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 minutes 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 - 7 minutes 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 - 22 minutes 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 - 26 minutes 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 - 30 minutes 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 - 31 minutes 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 - 39 minutes 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 - 45 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Xavier Nady, 34. Someday, while I'm trying to fall asleep by remembering the roster of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, he'll be the one I can't get. That day may be next week. But still... How about some good stuff: 1. A Monkey Cage post-election report for Puerto Rico, by Juhem Navarro-Rivera. 2. Adam Serwer on Barack Obama's coalition; Kevin Drum on Obama's weak spot. 3. Evaluating the forecasters: Senate races. From Brice Acree. 4. Dan Drezner on the Petraeus scandal and trust in the military. My guess? There's a major priming effect here, so... more »

Jardines con flores de colores a orillas del río

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 3 hours ago
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Un lindo paisaje en las montañas junto al río (Pintura)

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 3 hours ago
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SPECIAL SMILE-A-WHILE ELECTION EDITION: The New York Times journeys to deepest Ohio!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012* *Watching the press corps sift facts:* It’s always amusing to watch the press corps attempt to wrestle with facts. In this morning’s New York Times, Michael Shear makes a factual statement about black voters in Ohio. Variants of his ambiguous claim have been widely repeated in the past week. Shear’s statement is part of a news report in which he attempts to explain how Obama won re-election. Shear starts with a comical statement by Paul Ryan, in which the press corps’ favorite resident genius explains why Romney lost. “When we watched Virginia and O... more »

The beating heart

noreply@blogger.com (Námo Mandos) at DAMMIT JANET! - 3 hours ago
Via Echidne, I saw this very sad story from Ireland: 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 day i... more »

Ejemplos de amistad - Perrito y Gatito - Cachorros

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 3 hours ago
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Cascadas en el río y Hortensias de colores

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 3 hours ago
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Chicas hermosas en su auto - Pussycat Dolls

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 3 hours ago
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Congress's Approach To The Obama Boehner Grand Bargain Is Out Of Touch With America... As Usual

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Yesterday afternoon we took a look at how Thomas Paine would have been disgusted by the whole anti-democratic idea of using a Lame Duck session as a tool to pass a Grand Bargain that Obama and Boehner have put together for Wall Street and the other big donors who underwrite the careers of the political elite. The Democratic politicians who are following notorious corporate whore Barack H. Obama down the yellow brick path and making themselves a party to this, campaigned *against* cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits cuts. Obama and his allies are now trying to ... more »

The Great Contradiction

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
Tom Walkom takes some consolation from the fact that yesterday Jim Flaherty said the government was willing to spend some money to give the economy a boast. But, Walkom writes in this morning's *Toronto Star*, if Flaherty thinks a few make work projects will do the trick, he's sadly mistaken. He and his government are wedded to the prevailing economic myth of our time -- that government should get out of the economy: Throughout much of the developed world, the elements of the welfare state that used to keep capitalism on track through the bad spells — what analysts call the econo... more »

Eurozone crippled by sweeping anti-austerity protests

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*Eurozone crippled by sweeping anti-austerity protests * Of course the militarized "law enforcement" is out in droves. Soon forced impoverishment will come to them. Will these steroid cretins, understand they too are equally as expendable as all the other fodder. Will they understand they have not been keeping the peace or building communities? Will the goon squads of the elite finally come to their senses? "I’m on strike because those who work are basically being blackmailed into sacrificing more and more in the name of debt reduction, which is a big lie" “We have to leave so... more »

it's open season on wyoming wolves: please help end the slaughter

laura k at wmtc - 4 hours ago
Please watch this 45-second video, then sign a letter a to Ken Salazar, US Secretary of the Interior. Your click may or may not save the lives of wolves. But not clicking will surely allow the killing to continue. Sign here.

sam gordon, girls playing football, and the last bit of segregation we still tolerate

laura k at wmtc - 5 hours ago
In case you haven't seen this yet, it's 9-year-old football sensation Sam Gordon, the only girl on her Utah football team. Dave Zirin raises the question: why do we assume gender segregation in sports is necessary? The historical perspective, plus the more recent rethinking of the binary nature of gender, opens new vistas. Few 9-year-old girls are described as a “young—very young—Walter Payton.”But that’s what people are calling Sam Gordon of South Jordan, Utah. Gordon has become an Internet sensation after the spread of viral videos showing her shredding Pee Wee football defenses... more »

Does Rob Ford have a defence in his libel case? Maybe

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
The defence of qualified privilege holds that an otherwise defamatory communication can be justified if it is a “responsible communication on a matter of public interest” and: 1) the publication is on a matter of public interest; and 2) the publication was responsible, in that the defendant was diligent in trying to verify the allegations having regard to all the relevant circumstances. Where these two elements are present, a defence will be available, even if what is published is false (see *Grant v. Torstar Corp*., 2009 SCC 61). Historically comments to media, or even in the prese... more »

european general strike: "end this downward spiral"

laura k at wmtc - 6 hours ago
Four European workers explain why their union is participating in the general strike: "Why we are striking against austerity in Europe" in *The Guardian*. In many sectors, union "leadership", content to settle for crumbs, were dragged along by the organized rank and file. Even among unionized employees, there is no substitute for self-organization, no shortcuts to liberation.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*Harry Shearer: Preventing Another “Sandy”: The Lessons New Orleans can Teach New Jersey ~Naked Capitalism* *Dead Fly The Birds ~moosedenied* *Can balance carry the Saints to the Super Bowl? ~Aaron Moon* ~Hat Tweet @BlackandGold.com *Contractor implicated in Nagin probe continued city work under Landrieu administration ~WWLTV * *Livingston reopens appeal to FEMA over Gustav* *Endowed professorship honors Gen. Honoré* *Sugar officials optimistic about harvest* *Fair Grounds Announces Infield Festival* *Fringe opens tonight!*

“The Reality of the ‘Lesser Evil’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The Reality of the ‘Lesser Evil’”* by Paul Craig Roberts "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 spied on him and found that he was having an affair with his biographer, a woman 20 years younger than his 60 years. What is it with Americans and sex? Why is an illicit ... more »

More sleeps

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

9 Questions Déconcertantes pour les Supporters de la Vaccination et leurs Prétentions

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
Rémi et Stéphanie Guéret font la classe à leurs deux enfants de 4 et 6 ans, devant l'école qui refuse leur scolarisation à Allevard-les-Bains car ils ne sont pas vaccinés / Serge Pueyo 9 Questions Déconcertantes pour les Supporters de la Vaccination et leurs Prétentions Prevent Disease.com Depuis que la pandémie grippale a été déclarée, on a vu apparaître un peu partout des soit disant « experts en vaccinations » qui se sont efforcés de justifier l’efficacité des vaccins. Tous répètent comme des perroquets les mêmes arguments historiques et pseudo scientifiques ridicules qui peuv... more »

“Life Expectancy of the Living Dead”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Life Expectancy of the Living Dead”* by Paul Krugman “Regular readers know that a lot of this blog’s time is spent on intellectual zombies — beliefs and concepts that have been killed by evidence but that keep shambling forward nonetheless, trying to eat our brains. And now that talk has turned once again to Grand Bargains and all that, I see that we’re once again seeing the Social Security/life expectancy zombie: we live longer, so shouldn’t retirement wait? What you need to know: *1.* The relevant life expectancy is life expectancy at or near retirement age. Falling infant mo... more »

"Human Action..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“Human action is purposeful behavior. Or we may say: action is will put into operation and transformed into an agency, is aiming at ends and goals, is the ego’s meaningful response to stimuli and to the conditions of its environment, is a person’s conscious adjustment to the state of the universe that determines his life.” - Ludwig von Mises

9 Questions That Stump Every Pro-Vaccine Advocate and Their Claims

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
9 Questions That Stump Every Pro-Vaccine Advocate and Their Claims by Prevent Disease Since the flu pandemic was declared, there have been several so-called "vaccine experts" coming out of the wood work attempting to justify the effectiveness of vaccines. All of them parrot the same ridiculous historical and pseudoscientific perspectives of vaccinations which are easily squelched with the following 9 questions. *Claim:** *The study of vaccines, their historical record of achievements, effectiveness, safety and mechanism in humans are well understood and proven in scientific a... more »

Journey towards idiocracy may have begun 2,000 years ago

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 7 hours ago
In the 2006 Idiocracy film (Wiki), an average soldier is hibernated and appears in the year 2505 AD to find out he is the brightest person in the world. So he is elected the U.S. president and tries to save the world that will have been plagued by centuries of deterioration and brainwashing. *The U.S. president in 2505 AD* Now, the geneticist Gerald Crabtree of Stanford has published two papers in Trends in Genetics: Our fragile intellect. Part I Our fragile intellect. Part II. He argues that the decline isn't starting now; it began 2,000-6,000 years ago. The Guardian offers ... more »

Abu Qatada release: Cameron 'fed up'.....But does Nothing!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Prime Minister David Cameron says he is "completely fed up" about the release on bail of Abu Qatada after the Muslim cleric won his deportation appeal. Abu Qatada was earlier freed from prison after a UK court ruled he might not get a fair trial if deported to Jordan to face bomb plot charges. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20315479 Why don't they start by taking away his benefits? Why should we be paying for the weak justice system which gives criminals more rights than us?

US promises $US30m as Syria battles rage

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
SYRIAN army tanks have shelled a refugee camp and two nearby districts in southern Damascus as battles raged and warplanes bombarded a rebel-held northwestern town, a watchdog says, as the US promised an extra $US30 million in humanitarian aid for those affected by the conflict. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/syria-rages-coalition-calls-for-arms/story-e6frf7k6-1226516273243

Heathrow and Gatwick cancel flights as Europe strikes over austerity measures

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Travellers flying into and out of the UK were facing disruption today as workers across Europe prepared to stage a series of strikes against rising unemployment and austerity measures. EasyJet cancelled some UK-Spanish services as well as more than 20 within-Europe flights. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/9676682/Heathrow-and-Gatwick-cancel-flights-as-Europe-strikes-over-austerity-measures.html

A Message From Access Now: The ITU Could Put The Internet Behind Closed Doors.

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
*The stakes are high, so we need to mobilize the global internet. Click here to tell your government to oppose handing over key decisions about the internet to the ITU. * To Whom This May Concern: Governments from around the world will soon gather in Dubai at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), where they will *negotiate a binding international treaty* that could *change the internet as we know it.* Several countries are proposing to *expand the powers of a government-dominated institution, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).* Some proposals... more »

Mississippi Plane Crash

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago

Secular Western Governments Aim To Bring Islamic Extremists To Power In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
France has decided to publicly *lend its support* to the marginal Islamic extremist movement in Syria that has failed to topple the country's secular regime for the last 20 months. French President François Hollande is joining Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose vocal backing of the Salafist/Wahhabi terrorists in the Free Syrian Army has alienated Turkish citizens. The French government's policy of backing Islamist radicals against secular regimes is not new. Iran's revolutionary Islamic leader Ayatollah Khomeini made France his home during his period in exile. No su... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 09:15:51 UTC Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 09:15:51 PM at epicenter Location 30.071°S, 174.541°W Depth 32.5 km (20.2 miles) Region KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION Distances 334 km (208 miles) ESE (107°) from Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands

France, U.S. back Syria opposition bloc

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
France and the United States put their support behind a new coalition of Syrian dissidents Tuesday, but Damascus slammed the group, saying any effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad will be futile. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/13/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Obama's Cabinet Chaos

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
*Does it really matter who heads which department when the $ame intere$t$ will be serviced?* "John Kerry is top prospect for next secretary of state" by Bryan Bender | Globe Staff, November 08, 2012 WASHINGTON ­— John *Kerry*’s prospects for *secretary of state*.... a *foregone conclusion*. * **Not anymore. * ********************* But closer to home, others wondered whether the *potential political implications* of plucking a leading Democratic lawmaker *might prevent*Kerry, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, from achieving what many close to him say is his *dream j... more »

China Holiday Inn used as 'black jail'?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The only souvenir that Xie Jinghua has from her stay at a Holiday Inn Express located in a vast tourism park alongside the East China Sea is a room key. The 52-year-old said she was not able to buy any of the beach toys in the lobby, walk around a lake nearby, or enjoy the ocean just outside of her window. Xie was there, she said, because she was forced to be - held in a hotel room for eight days after she and her 56-year-old husband, Ma Haiming, traveled to Beijing in March to protest the compensation they were given for the demolition of the family's farmhouse to make way for the ... more »

John Applewhite Attack: Sandy volunteer suffers broken jaw and cheek bone after he is attacked by home-owner angry at still having no power

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A lineman from central Florida who was volunteering in Long Island to help restore power in the storm-ravaged area was viciously attacked by a stranger who was apparently furious that there was still no power in the region. John Applewhite, 34, had travelled to East Hempstead, Long Island from his home in Lakeland with 24 other electrical workers, and had just finished a 16-hour shift when a man yelled at him from across a parking lot. Mr Applewhite said that the suspect got out of his black BMW, walked toward him, and punched him once in the face, breaking his jaw and fracturing s... more »

Holly Solomon 'ran over husband in Jeep' - because he didn't vote against Obama

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A pregnant woman ran over her husband with her Jeep because he didn't vote in the election last week, police say. Holly Solomon, 28, believes her family, and her unborn child, have a difficult life ahead of them over the four years because of the re-election of President Barack Obama. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232152/Holly-Solomon-Pregnant-woman-ran-husband-Jeep-didnt-vote.html

Bad week for U.S. generals... Four-star chief who headed Africa Command is demoted over lavish spending and ordered to repay $82,000

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
General William 'Kip' Ward must retire as a three-star lieutenant general and will lose as much as $1 million from his pension due to his excessive spending. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232447/Bad-week-U-S-generals--Four-star-chief-headed-Africa-Command-demoted-lavish-spending-ordered-repay-82-000.html

Three killed as small plane crashes into a suburban Mississippi home and catches fire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A small plane carrying three people crashed into a suburban home in Mississippi on Tuesday, killing all three passengers. A local county coroner confirmed said dental records or DNA would be needed to confirm their identities. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232631/Plane-crashes-neighborhood-Mississippi-killing-3-passengers.html

Karolina Obrycka who was brutally beaten by off-duty cops she wins $850,000 three years after police confronted her with wall of silence

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Karolina Obrycka a female bartender who was brutally beaten by a drunken off-duty cop twice her size was awarded $850,000 in damages on Tuesday. Karolina Obrycka of Chicago was attacked by Anthony Abbate, a Chicago police officer, in February 2007, while his friends watched. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232643/Female-bartender-brutally-beaten-duty-cop-finds-justice.html

Genetically Modified Crops Stir Debate in France ‎

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
12 November 2012 The quality of food in France is being discussed at this conference in the French Parliament: questions are being raised if food safety studies are reliable. Follow our Facebook on: https://www.facebook.com/presstvchannel Follow our Twitter on: http://twitter.com/presstv *If you wish background information on what's going on in France, please look at the link below:* http://mnhopkins.blogspot.se/2012/11/gmo-foods-science-pr-and-public.html


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
One way to protest against the corrupt elite is to refuse to vote in elections. It would appear that this sort of protest is already happening in the USA. *Voter turnout in the recent US presidential election was very low.* "In Arizona, almost 19% fewer people cast ballots than in 2008... "Alaska saw a drop-off of nearly 25% over four years ago." Preliminary data point to US voter's turnout drop "The lowest turnout rate in the nation was in Hawaii, where 43.6% of voters cast ballots." Election results 2012: Voter turnout lower than 2008 and 2004 ... *We live in a Feudal System.... more »

Jacob Nolan attacks psychiatrist with sledgehammer and knife in his luxury Manhattan office

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Dr Michael Weiss says he invited Jacob Nolan, 20, into his home office in an upscale highrise on West 57th Street near New York's Columbus Circle on Monday, only to be viciously attacked. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232616/Dr-Michael-Weiss-New-York-psychiatrist-attacked-sledgehammer.html

Hollande begs for more time to drag France out of decline after troubled first six months in charge

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
French President Francois Hollande held a press conference in Paris to mark his troubled first six months at the helm as he begged the French public to continue to back him. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232491/Francois-Hollande-President-announces-bank-reforms-plans-trim-Frances-public-sector.html

The return of THIRD class carriages: Rail companies draw up controversial plans to reintroduce budget tier of service

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The Government has come under attack after a Tory peer admitted plans for a 'third class' travel option on British trains. Earl Attlee is the grandson of Prime Minister Clement Attlee, who nationalised the railways after he was elected in 1945. This is the first time the controversial plans have been discussed since being ditched in 1956. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232481/Return-class-Rail-companies-draw-controversial-plans-reintroduce-tier-service-trains-bad-be.html

Red Cross stumbles in Sandy's wake

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The Red Cross was hampered by the sheer magnitude of the disaster, its decision to position supplies and staff well outside the areas likely to be hardest hit, and misperceptions about what kinds of relief it would provide. Noreen Ellis begged the American Red Cross for help a few days after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the U.S. East Coast. A 90-year-old bedbound woman living on Ellis's block needed to be moved from the Rockaways, an eight-mile long, narrow spit of land in New York City, to a shelter with heat and electricity. "I said, 'This woman needs to be transported. Can you... more »

Car bomb blasts kill at least 14 across Iraq

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A series of car bombs killed at least 14 people across Iraq early on Wednesday, the eve of a Muslim festival to mark the start of the Islamic year, police and hospital sources said. The holy month of Muharram is of special significance to Shi'ite Muslims, who are a prime target of al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate and other Sunni Islamist insurgents seeking to re-ignite the kind of sectarian violence that gripped the country in 2006-2007. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-iraq-violence-idUSBRE8AD0DH20121114

Friend or foe: South Sudan's Chinese oil puzzle

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
As South Sudan's leaders shift from waging war to running a state, the country’s oil is proving one of the trickiest puzzles. How South Sudan uses this resource, which accounts for almost all of the country's income, will largely determine whether or not it prospers. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-southsudan-chinese-oil-idUSBRE8AD0B520121114


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The United States military will station a powerful radar and a space telescope in Australia as part of a major refocusing of priorities towards Asia. The deal calls for the first deployment of a US Air Force C-band radar in the southern hemisphere, allowing the Americans to better track space debris. Good a story as anything I suppose. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15382780/smith-says-agreement-reached-on-space-junk/

Europe Gripped By Anti-Austerity Protests.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Transport systems are expected to grind to a halt as anti-austerity strikes and other protests take place in over 20 countries. Meanwhile Brussels is still hiding in their fantasy Bubble arguing about who will collect the Nobel Peace Prize http://news.sky.com/story/1011176/anti-austerity-strikes-protests-grip-europe

Energy Firm's Profits Rise 38% As Bills Go Up 9%

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The energy firm SSE has defended a 38% rise in half year profits at a time when its gas and electricity bills are rising by 9% on average. The company, formerly known as Scottish & Southern Energy, made an adjusted profit before tax of £397.5m in the six months to September 30. http://news.sky.com/story/1011215/energy-firm-sse-defends-38-percent-profits-rise

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 07:41:58 UTC Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 09:41:58 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.666°S, 174.046°W Depth 39.6 km (24.6 miles) Region TONGA Distances 101 km (62 miles) SSE of Pangai, Tonga

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 07:24:28 UTC Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 09:24:28 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 35.672°N, 29.927°E Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA Distances 63 km (39 miles) S of Demre, Turkey

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEGROS, PHILIPPINES - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 05:21:43 UTC Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 01:21:43 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.991°N, 122.430°E Depth 46.4 km (28.8 miles) Region NEGROS, PHILIPPINES Distances 4 km (2 miles) NNW of Linaon, Philippines

Will the Tories meet their Waterloo on the field at Calgary Centre? One can only hope!

david at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
Napoleon after the Battle of Waterloo. Events in the Calgary Centre by-election may not turn out to be exactly as illustrated. Below: Liberal Harvey Locke, Conservative Joan Crockatt and Green Chris Turner. Is Joan Crockatt about to meet her Waterloo? As reported first by Dave Cournoyer of the Daveberta blog and moments later by the ... more »

Voting fraud in the recent U.S. elections

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
I had a dozen or so articles to reference re this matter accross many U.S. states but then Firefox crashed on me and I lost the lot. I will try and find those pieces again but in the meantime watch this interview with Allen West. *Thanks to Theo Spark for the video spot.*

High Powered DC Breaker Advance Makes Super Grids Practical

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This breakthrough combined with the superconducting cable now available not only allows power to be accumulated but allows huge amounts of power to be routinely shifted coast to coast when optimal. It was not apparent to me before, but such a system lives well underground eliminating a host of problems and vulnerabilities. We will evolve to a grid that is almost untouchable to even natural disaster. More critically the bulk of line loss will now disappear except that close to the customer and even that is again a legacy issue that can be optimized. We do prefer AC in the home an... more »

Genetic Mathematica Guides Evolution

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
In time we will have a working mathematica of genetics and what will be clear is that there are specific solutions available that can be used as required. It takes time to implement but it is all there in the first instance. We have already understood that an organism transforms itself to enter a new ecological zone. The organism understands or cognates the need and implements. Now we are shown that an a far more fundamental level, a problem attracts a solution. These are subtle but obviously very important. This works essentially proves the inherent logic underlying... more »

US To Overtake Saudi Arabia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
The US has a huge market for natural gas merely displacing coal burning plants. This happened before when fuel oil exited the market after the first oil crisis in the early 70’s. That possibility was just never available until recently because of fracking. What is clear is that the US oil industry is getting the chance now to fully restructure ahead of the outright shift away from hydrocarbons. Not mentioned is that the equally rapid rise of Canadian production will quickly drive non North American oil out of the US market. This means the rest of the world is able ... more »

Brown Mountain Lights

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Whatever these are they are certainly challenging. We have an excellent picture here for once. It is a ninety second exposure. We also have some more observations. A report of a miasma with light effects is not ball lighting but does conform to my description of a slime mold forming a large methane holding envelope. Once such a balloon reaches sunlight at high elevations the lighting effect must also improve. A night time event would at best describe a miasma or what has been described as swamp gas particularly since it is luminescent. I actually think we are on to... more »

Too good not to share

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 10 hours ago
A man who had to quest for his masculinity - and the girl he fell in love with, who had endured her own trial by ordeal. More here.

Genetics: “The Descent Of Man”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“The Descent Of Man”* Has Human intelligence been on an intellectual and emotional decline since its peak thousands of years ago? by Steve Connor "Is the human species doomed to intellectual decline? Will our intelligence ebb away in centuries to come leaving our descendants incapable of using the technology their ancestors invented? In short: will Homo be left without his sapiens? This is the controversial hypothesis of a leading geneticist who believes that the immense capacity of the human brain to learn new tricks is under attack from an array of genetic mutations that hav... more »

Population of Mountain Gorillas Up by 12 Percent

Photo courtesy: Sharon Gray/CC BY-ND 2.0 There still aren't many mountain gorillas left in their forest homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda, but WWF reports that a new tally from the Uganda Wildlife Authority shows that there are now 880 mountain gorillas, up from 786 in two years ago when the the last census was taken. 400 of mountain gorillas now live in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, with 480 in the Virunga Massif. WWF cites successful conservation efforts as being behind the population increases. Mountain gorillas are the only great ape species... more »

Fat-Free Econ 30: BPOs and Obama

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
* This is my article yesterday in TV5's news portal, http://www.interaksyon.com/business/47956/fat-free-economics-in-demonizing-bpos-obama-barking-up-wrong-tree -------- If market supply and demand of various factors of production – labor, capital, technology, etc. – are left to seek their specific and unique values worldwide, there will be factor price equalization (FPE) across countries and across sectors and sub-sectors through time. Globalization and international mobility of such factors of production would make this possible. This is what happened to the business process outsou... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
*Interesting new blog link that I picked up from Ben Fulford's free blog. Some neat articles on the British Crown corporation that runs Australia (very much like the USA Corp). The site seems to be very new and doesn't have a graphic image on it yet. - AK* “WE ARE AWAKE” Planetary Position Statement for 2012 How’s your future looking? How’s your past been? Have you had trouble with the Banks? Why is our society breaking down? Have you had concerns with; - Governments? - Corporations? - The state of the Environment? - The breakdown of Culture & Community? ... more »

ATLAS 1 lepton, 7 jets: a 4-sigma excess

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Lots of new data were presented at the particle physics conference in Kyoto; lots of data (possibly much more important data) have been saved for the March 2013 Moriond conference, however. Some papers by ATLAS and CMS continue to endorse the validity of the Standard Model at \(\sqrt{s}=8\TeV\). Even the branching ratios of the Higgs boson decay seem to return to their expected Standard Model intervals. In particular, ATLAS and CMS have published some studies with a similar outcome that used \(13/{\rm fb}\) and \(12.1/{\rm fb}\) of the 2012 data, respectively. The \(H\to\tau^+\tau... more »

Are Humans Losing Intelligence?

I have long had a theory that humans are actually going backwards when it comes to intelligence. There is such a wealth of achievements made by ancient man that we are unable to explain or duplicate today. If we, with all our knowledge, state-of-the-art equipment, and new technologies cannot replicate these accomplishments - there must be a good reason. And how to explain geniuses like Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla or Alexander Graham Bell? I have always thought they were "throwbacks" (if you will) to a time when man was far more intelligent than he is today. Now it seems, there is... more »

Tolec Video…”December 21, 2012 – What will happen”

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
*This is the first I have heard of this event, so I can't really answer any questions on it. Please direct your questions to Tolec at the links below. When I understand more about it I will speak on it.* * * *I would caution those who are new to this kind of information to not jump to the conclusion that this is the end of the world, quite the opposite, its a new beginning and a whole new way of life. The Galactics and Celestials are going to extraordinary measures to insure a smooth transition and that human civilization continues (without the bad bits). Your DNA is already coded... more »

Liquefied Natural Gas export terminal endangers Columbia River

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
*Liquefied natural gas export terminal endangers Columbia River* ** *Commentary by Karen Doris Wright* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Liquefied natural gas pipeline near Warrenton, Ore.Who is Oregon LNG? Its backers are a New York-based investment group called Leucadia Corp, operating locally as Oregon LNG and planning to use the Skipanon Peninsula site as an export terminal, in the City of Skipanon, at the Youngs Bay River, essentially at or near the mouth of the Columbia River. I think stopping Oregon LNG would be a goal of tribes in both Oregon and Washington b... more »

Bill Brockbrader Court Hearing November 14, 2012: A CALL TO ACTION

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 12 hours ago
http://the2012scenario.com/2012/11/bill-brockbrader-court-hearing-november-14-2012-a-call-to-action/#more-151064 *Bill Brockbrader Court Hearing November 14, 2012: A CALL TO ACTION* Pat Donworth, Activist Awake, Nov. 4, 2012. http://activistawake.com/2012/11/04/bill-brockbrader-court-hearing-november-14-2012-a-call-to-action/ *SUPPORT BILL BROCKBRADER ACTION STEPS* On Wednesday, November 14, Bill has a hearing with the judge, during which his attorney will argue to have the charges against Bill dismissed and the case dropped. Bill would be a free man. Focusing on this hearing ... more »

He can't touch Google and Starbucks but the taxman's gone to war with pensioners

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
While big business exploits loopholes, thousands of OAPs like criminals and face losing £150 a month - because HMRC couldn’t get their tax bills right. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2232501/The-taxmans-gone-war-pensioners.html

Illegal immigrant and failed asylum seeker handed £24,000 by Human Rights judges after ‘British law failed to protect her from slavery’

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The Ugandan woman came to Britain on a false passport, became a care worker, and was free to leave the house where she worked and use public transport, the European Court of Human Rights heard. An investigation by police officers found she was NOT a victim of slavery and was a criminal http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232483/Illegal-immigrant-failed-asylum-seeker-handed-24-000-Human-Rights-judges-British-law-failed-protect-slavery.html

Anti-austerity strikes sweep southern Europe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Spanish and Portuguese workers will stage the first coordinated general strike across the Iberian Peninsula on Wednesday, shutting transport, grounding flights and closing schools to protest against spending cuts and tax hikes. Unions in Greece and Italy also planned work stoppages and demonstrations on a "European Day of Action and Solidarity" against austerity policies, which labor leaders blame for prolonging and worsening the continent's economic crisis. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-spain-portugal-strike-idUSBRE8AD00020121114

Geithner warns against delaying solution to fiscal crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Tuesday warned against extending all the U.S. tax breaks to give Washington additional time to broker a deficit reduction deal, saying it would create more uncertainty in the markets. The Obama administration and Congress have seven weeks to deal with the so-called "fiscal cliff," a scenario in which hundreds of billions of dollars in tax hikes and spending cuts start to take effect next year, driving the economy into recession. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-usa-fiscal-geithner-idUSBRE8AC17120121114

Long Island Power Authority CEO resigns in storm's aftermath

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Michael Hervey, the embattled chief executive officer of the Long Island Power Authority, has resigned, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by Chairman Howard Steinberg. Hervey's resignation comes on the same day that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched an investigation by a special commission into the state's utilities and their response to Superstorm Sandy. More than two weeks after the storm struck the region, about 45,000 LIPA customers still have no electricity. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-storm-sandy-lipa-ceo-idUSBRE8AD05920121114

Suspected North Korea missile parts seized en route to Syria in May

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A shipment of graphite cylinders usable in a missile program and suspected to have come from North Korea were found in May aboard a Chinese ship en route to Syria in what appears to have been a violation of U.N. sanctions, diplomats said on Tuesday. South Korean officials seized the shipment of 445 graphite cylinders, which had been declared as lead piping, from a Chinese vessel called the Xin Yan Tai, U.N. Security Council diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-korea-north-syria-un-idUSBRE8AD07820121114

Iranian army members prepare missiles to be launched

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Iran said Tuesday it successfully tested a new air defense system modeled after the US Hawk system during a drill in the country's east. A senior Iranian official called the six-day air defense drill over almost the entire eastern half of the country a 'slap' to America and Israel. The exercise has been said to include Iranian jet fighters, drones and more than 8,000 troops. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshowpics/17212303.cms

Moscow to seek Syria progress, bigger Middle East role in Riyadh

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Russia is expected to urge Saudi Arabia to allow its regional rival Iran to join moves to end the conflict in Syria in a rare high-level meeting on Wednesday between the world's top two oil producers, diplomatic sources said. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is hoping to raise Moscow's profile in a region where its influence is at risk after blocking three U.N. resolutions meant to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the bloodshed. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/russia-saudi-idUSL5E8MD36U20121114

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 12 hours ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful: - The #CTWW Gang - The Honor Society - My Final Thoughts on Our Last Challenge - This Week's Challenge Last week we investigated local shopping. Rather than shop at one of the big "box" stores, we searched out ne... more »

Ryan's Last Hurrah?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
No, Paul Ryan is not sitting alone in a movie theater watching *Atlas Shrugged, Part 2*, getting his popcorn salty with bitter tears of defeat. He's out hunting (literally)... and looking for revenge and couldn't care less that half the pundits in DC blame his extremism for Romney's loss and for the thrashing the GOP took in congressional races. [He claims it wasn't the ideas he culled from Ayn Rand's childish novels that cost the GOP the election but too many colored people voting-- i.e, what he terms "the takers" rather than "the makers."] And believe me, Wall Street still has ... more »

The reasons Mitt Romney failed are same reasons why David Cameron will lose next election

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Romney always looked like a mediocre rich man’s son whose birthright had fast-tracked him to glory. Just like Cameron In Mitt Romney’s failure to become President of the United States, we can see the waning arc of David Cameron’s career – why he failed to bury Gordon Brown at the last election, why he has no hope of winning the next general election and why Boris Johnson will eventually replace him as Tory leader. Romney always looked far too much like one of the men who got the world economy into this mess to be fully trusted. Just like Cameron. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news... more »

Mudslide forces evacuations in California

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Authorities are helping people in Daly City, Calif. evacuate after a severe mudslide. They're still investigating the source of the water. They think it could be from a water storage facility on the top of a hill. Several blocks were flooded and eight homes have been evacuated so far. http://www.kxan.com/dpps/entertainment/must_see_video/mudslide-forces-evacuations-in-california-nd12-jgr_4966805

High uranium levels found near Finnish mine leak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Radioactive uranium more than 50 times higher than the normal level has been found in a stream in Finland's rural east after a leak of waste water from a nearby mine belonging to Talvivaara , nuclear safety officials said on Friday. But Finnish authorities said they did not see a risk to public health after taking samples on Tuesday and Wednesday close to the nickel and zinc mine some 30 km (20 miles) outside the town of Sotkamo. The ore from the mine also contains uranium. http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/high-uranium-levels-found-near-finnish-mine-leak

Kenyan Police Massacre: Residents 'Flee Homes'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Thousands of Kenyans have reportedly fled their homes after cattle raiders killed at least 32 police officers in an ambush. Cattle raiders armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades killed the officers in a military-style ambush in the remote Sugata valley, according to reports. http://news.sky.com/story/1011120/kenyan-police-massacre-residents-flee-homes

Elmo Puppeteer Accuser Recants Teen Sex Claims

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Sesame Workshop said its own investigation found the allegations of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. The man is now saying his sexual relationship with Mr Clash, who performs on the popular children's programme as Elmo, was adult and consensual. http://news.sky.com/story/1011127/elmo-puppeteer-accuser-recants-teen-sex-claims

Confirmed - US Was Holding "Prisoners" at Benghazi Annex

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 13 hours ago
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=259975 Posted By: Lion Date: Tuesday, 13-Nov-2012 20:13:11 *The US was holding and interrogating Libyan, Arab and African prisoners in Benghazi* http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33018.htm *FOX News Confirms US Was Holding Prisoners at Benghazi Annex* Confirmed : US Was Holding and Interrogating "Prisoners" at Benghazi Annex Jennifer Griffen at FOX News today confirmed that the US was holding and interrogating Libyan, Arab and African prisoners at the Benghazi annex near the consulate compound. at the Benghazi an... more »

Al Hilli Bank Fraud: Nigerian-born Abiodun David John Charged

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Police have charged a man with attempting to access the bank accounts of the family murdered in the French Alps in October. Nigerian-born Abiodun David John, 33, was charged with fraud after allegedly trying to get into accounts in the name of members of Saad al Hilli's family after his death on September 5. http://news.sky.com/story/1011130/man-charged-over-al-hilli-bank-fraud

Schizophrenia Care 'Making Patients Worse'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Standards of care in some mental health units are so poor that they make patients worse, not better, a new report has warned. An independent inquiry into schizophrenia describes the care given to some patients on secure wards as "shameful". http://news.sky.com/story/1010963/schizophrenia-report-blasts-patient-treatment

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 03:04:46 UTC Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 07:04:46 PM at epicenter Location 51.820°N, 130.559°W Depth 15.3 km (9.5 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 248 km (154 miles) WNW (302°) from Port Hardy, BC, Canada

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 00:43:04 UTC Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 06:43:04 PM at epicenter Location 17.399°N, 93.438°W Depth 38 km (23.6 miles) Region CHIAPAS, MEXICO Distances 41 km (26 miles) WSW (251°) from Pichucalco, Chiapas, Mexico

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 00:09:45 UTC Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 06:09:45 PM at epicenter Location 15.315°N, 90.655°W Depth 79.5 km (49.4 miles) Region GUATEMALA Distances 34 km (21 miles) WSW (240°) from Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 00:02:00 UTC Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 02:02:00 AM at epicenter Location 37.251°N, 37.148°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region CENTRAL TURKEY Distances 27 km (17 miles) NW (309°) from Gaziantep, Turkey

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake ATACAMA, CHILE - 14th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 00:00:45 UTC Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 09:00:45 PM at epicenter Location 27.372°S, 69.091°W Depth 95.9 km (59.6 miles) Region ATACAMA, CHILE Distances 128 km (79 miles) E (92°) from Copiapo, Chile

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 13th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 23:55:49 UTC Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 01:55:49 AM at epicenter Location 37.126°N, 37.111°E Depth 9.2 km (5.7 miles) Region CENTRAL TURKEY Distances 24 km (15 miles) W (277°) from Gaziantep, Turkey

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 13th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 23:43:36 UTC Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 01:43:36 PM at epicenter Location 51.731°N, 177.012°E Depth 56.3 km (35.0 miles) Region RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA Distances 288 km (179 miles) ESE (114°) from Attu Station, AK

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MONTENEGRO - 13th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 23:24:09 UTC Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 12:24:09 AM at epicenter Location 42.533°N, 18.982°E Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) Region MONTENEGRO Distances 26 km (16 miles) WNW (287°) from Podgorica (Titograd), Yugoslavia

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 13th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 23:23:49 UTC Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 01:23:49 PM at epicenter Location 21.042°S, 175.934°W Depth 27.1 km (16.8 miles) Region TONGA Distances 74 km (46 miles) W (279°) from NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga

Glenn Beck's Current Take on Secession Movement

MrArbitrage at Table Of Wisdom.com - 13 hours ago
A great deal of discussion has taken place on conservative message boards today due to the fact that Glenn Beck has referred to those in twenty states who have signed petitions to “secede” from the union. These petitions seemed peculiar to me since it would be the job of their elected state legislators to secede if such an activity were to take place, not individual citizens. As I elaborated in my video today, on his radio program Glenn has repeatedly urged listeners to move from northern states to Oklahoma and Texas. The inference is obvious. Yet, he implies that people who see se... more »

30 Days Of Gratitude – Day 11 – Elizabeth Esther

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 13 hours ago
*This is a really good article. I have some experience with this kind of thing. This is from the website of the movie Paradise Recovered, which was loosely based on first hand experiences of members of the Worldwide Church of God, founded by Herbert W. Armstrong. The creators of the film drew on some of our experiences and were in contact with those of us in WCG reform movement. -AK* http://paradiserecovered.com/30daysofgratitude-day-11-elizabeth-esther/ 30 Days Of Gratitude – Day 11 – Elizabeth Esther Posted NOV 13 2012 by in BEYOND PARADISE, PARADISE RECOVERED, SPIRITUAL AB... more »

n14: european general strike!

laura k at wmtc - 14 hours ago
In a few hours, people all over Europe will wake up and begin their days. Many will find it difficult to get anywhere or do anything. Many more will not report to work or school, and will instead take to the streets. November 14, 2012 will mark a historic European-wide general strike against austerity and economic insecurity. What makes Wednesday’s strike even more threatening to Europe’s managerial elite is the strong support it is receiving from traditional labor groups that rarely send their members into the streets — foremost, among them, the European Trade Union Confederation, ... more »

Allegations That Tamiflu Useless

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
On the front page of the Arizona Republic was an article titled “UK Experts Say Tamiflu is Ineffective” by Maria Cheng Nov 13, 2012 A1, A4. The article explains that [excerpted] “a leading British medical journal is asking drug maker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.” [end excerpt] The article goes to state that governments all over the world have been stocking up on Tamiflu (i.e., buying large amounts of it) in preparation for a flu epidemic, as recommended by the World Health Organization. A group of resea... more »

Non-party benefits from limitation of liability provision

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago
Richards v. Media Experts M.H.S. Inc., 2012 ONCA 769 is an interesting case in which a limitation of liability was held to extend to a non-party in the context of a wrongful dismissal. The Court held: [1] The appellant sued her employer, the corporate respondent, for damages for wrongful dismissal. She also sued the executive chairman of the corporation ("the personal respondent") for damages for the torts of intentional and negligent infliction of nervous shock. [2] On a rule 21 motion, the motion judge struck out the amended statement of claim against the per... more »

Navajos still dying and fighting new uranium mining

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
*By Don Yellowman, President of Forgotten People* *Censored News* *http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com* Forgotten People gather in a house at Black Falls, Ariz., near the uranium-contaminated Box Spring well. Photo by Rachel Wise. * *Yah ah teh All: My name is Don Yellowman, President of the Forgotten People, I am Dine, with Inalienable Rights to Clean Air, Clean Water and entitled to live and thrive on our Mother Lands. I am here today before you to share the Forgotten People Resolution regarding the Dine Be Keh Yah Uranium Contamination Problem. I stand before you under this Wind... more »

Chunks of NYC infrastructure continue to return to service, but the Statue of Liberty -- though relit -- remains a distant prospect

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*by Ken* Here in the Big Apple, while a lot of people have suffered personal and property loss beyond recovery and a lot of people are still suffering "temporary" hardship like power loss, more and more pieces of the metropolitan area are being gradually restored to something like normal function. This morning, for example, I was able to take the no. 1 Broadway local train, which begins way up in the Bronx at the southern end of Van Cortlandt Park and then runs all the way down the West Side of Manhattan to South Ferry, all the way from my home stop, 190 Street, to my work stop, ... more »

Video Billy Frank Jr. "The Inupiat, Hanging On at the Top of the World"

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
Published on Sep 26, 2012 by BabyWildFIlms Renowned Indian activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Billy Frank Jr. travels to the Native Village of Barrow, Alaska, the "front line" of the climate crisis. This extraordinary special looks at the impacts of the crisis from the perspective of the Inupiat, and how these dramatic changes are threatening a whaling culture thousands of years old. Produced, written and edited by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Harris, with photography from veteran photojournalist Kevin Ely and original music from Tim Truman.

France gambles on the Syrian opposition

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago
France has become the first European country to recognize the newly formed Syrian opposition coalition and says it could consider arming the rebels.

Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation 11/13/2012

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 16 hours ago
*Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation 11/13/2012* 2 Ik, 10 Xul, 9 Eb Selamat Jarin! We return with some interesting news. Recently, a flurry of legal activity and agreements concerning the new governance has set the stage for asking our heavenly advisers for a final go-ahead to start manifesting your new reality. Those who have run your world for so long continue to lead your realm toward a series of massive economic and diplomatic disasters. To us, this inevitability is a sure sign that the moment has come for more significant inter... more »

know thy self

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 16 hours ago
Gregory Colbert

Jihadi Sheik Wants to Destroy Sphinx, Pyramids

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
The Salafist/Wahhabi strain of Islam is sheer idiocy and barbarism. The U.S. is supporting these barbarians to overthrow Assad and destroy Syria. Source: Newsy.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“In this stunning vista, based on image data from the Hubble Legacy Archive, distant galaxies form a dramatic backdrop for disrupted spiral galaxy Arp 188, the Tadpole Galaxy. The cosmic tadpole is a mere 420 million light-years distant toward the northern constellation Draco. Its eye-catching tail is about 280 thousand light-years long and features massive, bright blue star clusters. *Click image for larger size. * One story goes that a more compact intruder galaxy crossed in front of Arp 188 - from right to left in this view - and was slung around behind the Tadpole by their g... more »

Chet Raymo, "'Let Us Begin…’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"'Let Us Begin…’"* by Chet Raymo “…by clearing up the old confusion between the man who loves learning and the man who loves reading, and point out that there is no connection whatsoever between the two. A learned man is a sedentary, concentrated solitary enthusiast, who searches through books to discover some particular grain of truth upon which he has set his heart. If the passion for reading conquers him, his gains dwindle and vanish between his fingers. A reader, on the other hand, must check the desire for learning at the onset; if knowledge sticks to him well and good,... more »

West Conjures Fake "Syrian" Government

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 17 hours ago
Smokescreen meant to cover open-backing of foreign Al Qaeda terrorists inside Syria, while panicking & disrupting Syrian unity. *November 14, 2012* (LD) - Predictably, the Western arranged confab in Doha, Qatar has seen the selection and approval by the US and its allies of a "new opposition coalition" to serve as the face of militants fighting inside Syria. This was in response to overwhelming international condemnation to what has become an open proxy war fought against Syria by Western interests and its regional allies. It is a repeat of the now catastrophically failed NATO int... more »

Blue Versus Red - a War of the Wealthy

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 17 hours ago
The ever widening gap between Red and Blue America exists mainly among the wealthy. *The New York Times* reports that a study based on exit polls shows lower-income Americans, whether from Blue or Red states, tend to favour the Democratic Party. The divide seems to be the battleground of more well-to-do voters. *To picture this, imagine two alternative universes for the 2012 election. In the first, only individuals making less than $50,000 a year can vote; in the second, only those making more than $100,000 a year can. Based on exit polls from Election Day, we have a decent idea o... more »

Stop Imperialism Podcast #47

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 17 hours ago
In this episode: Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Argentina, Anti-GMO Prop 37, and Iran. November 14, 2012 (Stop Imperialism) Podcast Powered By Podbean .... In Today's Episode: *1. Syria - Syrian rebels to get unified command* *2. Iraq - Free Iraqi Army inspired by Syria war* *3. Yemen - Yemenis hold huge anti-US rally in Sana'a over drone attacks* *4. Argentina - A wrong turn in Buenos Aires* *5. Anti-GMO Movement - New "GMO Inside" campaign denounces corporate disinformation campaign that defeated California's Prop 37* *6. Under the Radar - Iran issues a warning for Amer... more »

Jobs: When the rhetoric hits the road

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 17 hours ago
Apparently this GOP trick only works once: The presidential campaigns and outside groups supporting them spent a monumental $588 million on ads focusing on jobs, in an election cycle that often strayed from what both sides seemed to agree were the central issues at hand: jobs and the economy. [...] Despite the millions more spent by Republicans, their candidate lost in every one of those races. They won in 2010 on that same promise. And promptly ignored it. Go figure. The people noticed and remembered in November. Sadly, thanks to gerrymandering in GOP held statehouses, the will ... more »

About using goose eggs

risa bear at A Way to Live - 18 hours ago
A little video, the main point of which is, to blow out fifty goose eggs, what you want is a Dremel with a conical grinder bit and a basketball pump.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Boise, Idaho, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

The Economy: "The Fiscal Cliff is a Mole Hill Compared TAG Program Expiry"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"The Fiscal Cliff is a Mole Hill Compared TAG Program Expiry"* by Shah Gilani "Everyone is afraid of falling off the "fiscal cliff." But there's another dangerous countdown clock about hit to zero. And no one is talking about it, even though it will spell even more financial problems for us all. At midnight on December 31, 2012, the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program will expire. The TAG program was initiated at the height of the credit crisis when depositors were fleeing banks for fear they would go under. To quell what was turning into a run on banks, the FDIC upped ... more »

George Lucas Will Donate Disney $4 Billion To Education

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 18 hours ago
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/02/george-lucas-donate-4-billion_n_2067145.html *George Lucas Will Donate Disney $4 Billion To Education* Posted: 11/02/2012 5:54 pm EDT Updated: 11/05/2012 9:38 am EST George Lucas is ensuring that the force may be with young Jedis everywhere. The "Star Wars" director will donate the $4.05 billion he will receive from the sale of Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney to a foundation focused on education, according to the Hollywood Reporter. On Tuesday, the Walt Disney Company announced it had paid the huge sum to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd., which ... more »

The Economy: "Lemmings in Wonderland"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"Lemmings in Wonderland"* by Joel Bowman “If I had a world of my own,” declared Alice, Lewis Carroll’s red pill-popping protagonist while wandering around her author’s Wonderland, “everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” What’s going on, Fellow Reckoner? What’s happening…now that we’re through the looking glass? Stocks dawdle. Gold drags its chain. And the whole economy — to the extent that such a thing even exists — marches head... more »

Q: How does the Queen answer the phone?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 18 hours ago
[image: Queenbo]*Cartoon by Nick Kim* In the only reference yourself you’re likely to see on this blog, however oblique, to the fact we have A Royal Walking Amongst Us this week, allow me to help answer the important relevant questions for you. Such as, how does the Queen answer the phone? And does she really say, “Wassup! This is Liz.” Answers here. [Hat tip Geek Press] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

It's two for one day! "The Present"

Sophia at American Kabuki - 19 hours ago
Today in Australia, (tomorrow in the USA), is the birthday of an angel and we are getting the present! My first born son, who is older and oh so much wiser than I was when he was born, has written a love letter to the world. Enjoy this, share this and send some of your own love light “down under”. He would like that. *it's after midnight, i'm 28 now, and i love you. i don't care who you are. i don't care what your name is, what you look like, where you live, or what you've done with your life so far. i love you because it's a choice, because it's my god-given rig... more »
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