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Thursday, November 15, 2012

15 November - Blogs I'm Following

Chiang Kai-shek
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Lentil Soup- Cold Weather Food

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 2 minutes ago
Have you entered the mother's bracelet giveaway yet? Lentil soup is straight out of my childhood. As a child, I would groan when my mom said Lentil Soup was for dinner, but it grew on me and I like it as an adult. You will need: bacon, my mom always used 3 or 4 slices, I say you can't ever have enough bacon 1 medium onion, sliced 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced 1 large celery stalk, sliced 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 4 c. water 2 c. dried lentils 1 chicken bouillon cube 2 TBS, parsley, snipped 1 TBS salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp thyme 1 bay leaf 1 can crushed tomatoes 1 cup of wa... more »

Amazon - Author Central - Mike Philbin books/profile

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 2 minutes ago
Amazon have just updated my Author Central page, ensuring that readers have a centralised place to get all the latest novels, collections and news about forthcoming titles. MIKE PHILBIN'S AUTHOR CENTRAL PAGE.


thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 11 minutes ago
Running around like the chicken with the head cut off these days. Here's what I'm reading on the GO Bus and the subway: *The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China* by Jay Taylor. It's fairly recent (2009) and makes use of a lot of recently released archival material to construct a sympathetic portrait of China's KMT leader during the mid-20th Century. It encompasses his entire life, so there'll be a lot of stuff about Taiwan which will be brand new to me. Chiang Kai-shek is generally not well treated by history. He was seen as a ruthless, colourless autocr... more »

Some Conservatives Voice Petraeus Conspiracy Theories

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 minutes ago
It's the soap opera that shocked official Washington and ensnared a previously squeaky clean CIA director at a time when he was supposed to play a role in the accounting for a possible security misstep in Libya. We don't know all the facts of why the FBI started investigating David Petraeus' biographer and how it ultimately led to his resignation. But a growing number of conservative commentators contend that the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus is more than simple amends made for a personal wrong. http://news.yahoo.com/start-voice-petraeus-affair-conspiracy-theory-... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 15:47:08 UTC Friday, November 16, 2012 at 03:47:08 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 25.903°S, 178.294°E Depth 635.1 km (394.7 miles) Region SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS Distances 529 km (328 miles) NW of Raoul Island, New Zealand

Sally Bercow First To Get McAlpine Lawyer's Letter

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 minutes ago
Sally Bercow will be the first person to receive a letter from Lord McAlpine's legal team after he was wrongly linked to a child sex abuse scandal, Sky sources have revealed. The Tory was wrongly accused because of a botched Newsnight investigation and is poised to reach a settlement with the BBC. http://news.sky.com/story/1011737/mcalpine-bercow-first-to-get-lawyers-letter

Spain suspends home evictions for most needy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 minutes ago
Spain approved measures on Thursday to help the most needy families facing eviction, a growing problem in the recession-bound nation highlighted last week by the suicide of a woman whose home bailiffs came to seize. The government said it would suspend evictions for two years for vulnerable homeowners who can no longer pay back debt, including those with small children, the disabled and long-term unemployed. "This is an emergency response to mitigate the effects of the worst of the economic crisis," Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said at a weekly press conference. ... more »

War looms in chaotic Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 minutes ago
A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 15 in a military showdown lurching closer to all-out war and an invasion of the enclave. On the second day of an assault Israel said might last many days and culminate in a ground attack, its warplanes bombed targets in and around Gaza city, where tall buildings trembled. Plumes of smoke and dust furled into a sky laced with the vapor trails of outgoing rockets. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/15/us-palestinians-israel-hamas-idUS... more »

SC12 Day 5

Southern Man at Southern Man - 22 minutes ago

SC12 Day 4

Southern Man at Southern Man - 22 minutes ago
Southern Man will not bore you with SC12 conference details today, as it was mostly more of the same. Instead he will (first) take you on a journey into the geeky past. Southern Lad discovered *Star Trek* in Jr. High School, when the series was first in reruns. He'd actually seen one episode in first run - *This Side Of Paradise* - a few years earlier. And he was completely taken by this marvelous and imaginitive show. To the point that he would set up his cassette-tape recorder and audio-tape the episodes (the long-suffering Southern Mother would start the tape for him, as the bus... more »

IN RE AMBASSADOR RICE: CNN keeps script alive!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 36 minutes ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012* *The disgrace of Anderson Cooper:* Who the heck is Susan Rice, “this girl” we’re considering for secretary of state? To get a rough idea, we will recommend this report by her most authoritative biographer. Meanwhile, let’s offer two more examples of the low-IQ garbage which went on the air last night. Let’s skip the comments of John McCain, one of the dumbest, angriest people in recorded history. Speaking with the equally hapless Anderson Cooper, McCain helped us see why he famously graduated 894th out of 899 in his Annapolis class. Let’s skip this a... more »

Rogers (GA-ALEC) Right-Wing Whacko Crazy Person

2old2care at Because I Can - 47 minutes ago
*THIS* *Is what the leadership of the American Legislative Exchange Council looks like – whacko right-wing extremist crazies.* Georgia‘s top lawmaker, Republican Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, believes President Obama is using a Soviet-era mind control program on America to force the UN’s Communist agenda of killing small towns, moving Americans into big cities. And before you laugh or enter into some other state of non-belief, thinking no lawmaker is this ridiculous, know that there’s video of this. And before you make some assumption about old white Republican men, you sho... more »

atardecer en la playa-beach

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 50 minutes ago
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Food Banks – November 2012

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 58 minutes ago
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, this is a good time for those with the means to donate to their local food banks, or for those in need to get assistance. In my area, the Los Angeles food banks make a little go a long way. (A few years back, I started making an annual donation about this time of year.) The Feeding America site has a useful national food bank locator. Best wishes to all

frightful dream

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
"Life is a frightful dream."

Ineffective assistance of counsel

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
*R. v. W.E.B* deals with a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel. The Court summarizes the test: To succeed on his ineffective assistance claim, the appellant must discharge his onus to establish: (1) the facts that underpin his claim; (2) the representation provided by his trial counsel was incompetent; and (3) his counsel’s incompetent representation resulted in a miscarriage of justice: *R. v. Joanisse* (1995), 102 C.C.C. (3d) 35 (C.A.); leave to appeal to S.C.C. refused, [1996] S.C.C.A. No. 347; *R. v. T.* (L.C.) 2012 ONCA 116. Incompetence is determined by a reasonableness... more »

No Criminal Charges Despite Criminal Misdeeds

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
Why aren't the Wall Street banksters being charged criminally for the fraud and deception at the heart of the financial crisis. Two prominent economists have asserted publicly that criminal action was involved in the crisis: Kenneth Galbraith on Financial Industry Criminality and Economists' Lapses http://utip.gov.utexas.edu/Flyers/GalbraithMay4SubCommCrimeRV.pdf William Black on Financial Criminality: http:// www.huffingtonpost.com/william-k-black/the-two-documents-everyon_b_169813.html Here is what Kenneth Galbraith had to say about criminal behaviors in the crisis: [Excerpte... more »

In a Dark Time....

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 1 hour ago
Photo by John Carroll* **In a dark time, the eye begins to see.* — Theodore Roethke

More doubt about human security improvement

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
Morning! Check out Reed Wood‘s post at Political Violence @ a Glance on the lack of improvement in core physical integrity rights over time. It’s not just the Political Terror Scale, either – the Physical Integrity Index from Cingranelli and Richards (CIRI) Human Rights Dataset shows the same lack of improvement over time.

IN RE AMBASSADOR RICE: Direct from the bottom of the barrel!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012* *Jake Tapper goes slumming with Imus:* Ever since he got fired from MSNBC, Don Imus has worked under radar. That doesn’t mean that he’s not on the air! Yesterday morning, before the press conference, he was ruminating about “this girl,” Susan Rice: IMUS (11/14/12): And then on another note— Of course there's nothing you can do about it, but are you telling me that Susan Rice, this is a woman who went out there and lied about the Benghazi thing, knew she was lying, trying to tell us it was all about this video. *We're talking about this girl being secre... more »

Incorrigible Romney

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 hour ago
Last week, Garry Wills -- who has made a career of evaluating America's presidents and would be presidents -- asked in the *New York Review of Books*: What lessons will Romney have to teach his party? The art of crawling uselessly? How to contemn 47 percent of Americans less privileged and beautiful than his family? How to repudiate the past while damaging the future? It is said that he will write a book. Really? Does he want to relive a five-year-long experience of degradation? What can be worse than to sell your soul and find it not valuable enough to get anything for it? His... more »

IN RE AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE: Check out the geniuses at the NewsHour!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012* *The best Kwame Holman can do:* As everyone knows, PBS’ wonderful NewsHour is our smartest TV news program. Last evening, this was the best Kwame Holman could do while reporting on Susan Rice. Please note the highlighted statement: HOLMAN (11/14/12): Also on reporters’ agenda today, harsh criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain. *They strongly criticized her for saying the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, had been a spontaneous outburst of Muslim anger, when officials already knew it... more »

The takers

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 2 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg You'd think George W. Bush was never born or had never been president, since you never hear from him or about him and are often accused of some kind of dementia if you mention his legacy. To be sure, I'm grateful that he's keeping quiet and hasn't spent years making dire predictions of doom and accusations of treason like other parts of the still twitching corpse of his administration -- none of which have come to pass, by the way. Perhaps his quiet reclusiveness has to do with the GOP plan to redact him from the record so that they can't be accused of wrecking the co... more »

IN RE AMBASSADOR RICE: Weigel gets it right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012* *What makes this so hard:* Granted, he was late to the scene of the crime. But yesterday, Slate’s Dave Weigel somehow managed to make accurate statements about Ambassador Rice. What makes this so hard? Let’s examine what Weigel managed to do: First, he quoted a claim by Marco Rubio. After that, he correctly said that Rubio’s claim is inaccurate: WEIGEL (11/14/12): "We have a process for nominations, and we want to give her a full hearing," said Sen. Marco Rubio yesterday when asked about Rice. *"I'm concerned with the fact she went on Sunday shows an... more »

Roger Pielke Sr. Retires His Blog

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 2 hours ago
Congrats to my dad, who has retired from blogging after more than 7 years. I expect we'll see him comment here and elsewhere as the occasion arises. I know that his steady efforts to discuss science and challenge claims have been widely appreciated. Please feel free to offer any comments for him here!

Little Change in Drought Over 60 Years

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 2 hours ago
A new paper out in the current issue of Nature finds little evidence to support claims that drought has increased globally over the past 60 years. The authors write: Drought is expected to increase in frequency and severity in the future as a result of climate change, mainly as a consequence of decreases in regional precipitation but also because of increasing evaporation driven by global warming1–3. Previous assessments of historic changes in drought over the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries indicate that this may already be happening globally. In particular, calcu... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Graham Parker, 62. Just a bit of the good stuff: 1. Jonathan Chait, writing about change in the electorate while trying not to annoy anyone about "realignment." 2. Seth Masket gets all angry with Nancy Pelosi just because she sort of forget the rest of the world existed. 3. I didn't get around to reading Ezra Klein's ode to the Obama era until now, but it's very much worth checking out.

Am I entitled to a Lunch Break? Coffee Breaks?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
Under the Ontario *Employment Standards Act* (ESA) employers are required to provide eating periods to employees. An employee must not work for more than five hours in a row without getting a 30-minute eating period free from work. However, if the employer and the employee agree, the eating period can be split into two eating periods within every five consecutive hours. The two eating periods must total at least 30 minutes. This agreement can be verbal or in writing. Eating periods are unpaid unless the employee's employment contract requires payment. Whether the eating period is p... more »

Grassroots: After GMO Labeling Prop Shot Down, Citizens Start Labeling Themselves by Anthony Gucciardi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 2 hours ago
*HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN LABELS* 1. *Download image template here* 2. Print out labels on 1.5″ x 1.5″ print-to-the-edge square label sheets.If you want bigger labels see above for 2′x2′ label template .(you can find label sheets at any office supply store) *3. GMO- identification guidelines can be downloaded here or viewed here.*Please read before labeling, to make sure you know what to label. Guidelines can be printed on the back of the label sheet for reference. 5. Go to your local super market, and look for products that may contain GMOs 6. LABEL THEM YOURSELF!Grassroots: After GMO... more »

Two BP Workers Facing Manslaughter Charges: AP

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Two BP employees are facing manslaughter charges over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to sources speaking to the AP news agency. The British oil giant BP is also said to have agreed to pay a criminal penalty amounting to billions of dollars over the Deepwater Horizon disaster which killed 11 people and set off a spill which continued for 87 days, fouling large areas of the southern coast of the US. The AP source said BP will plead guilty to obstruction for lying to Congress about how much oil was pouring out of the ruptured well. http://news.sky.com/story/1011759... more »

U.S. senators vow to block Susan Rice promotion over Benghazi

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Senior Republican senators vowed on Wednesday to block any future promotion of Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, over her handling of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. "We will do whatever's necessary to block the nomination that's within our power as far as Susan Rice is concerned," said Senator John McCain. Fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supported that stance at the same news conference. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/14/us-usa-benghazi-senators-idUSBRE8AD17420121114

Protests flare in Mozambique over bus fare hikes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Protesters burned tires and barricaded roads in Mozambique's capital on Thursday in retaliation to a government plan to hike bus fares in one of the world's poorest countries. Police encircled Maputo's poorest suburbs, where demonstrating commuters blocked intersections with burning tires. All bus services were cancelled. It was not immediately clear if there had been any arrest or injuries. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/15/us-mozambique-protests-idUSBRE8AE0SM20121115

Jobless claims surge in wake of superstorm Sandy......Where is that prat now..who said it would create jobs?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits surged last week to a 1 1/2-year high, a sign superstorm Sandy had dented the economy by leaving tens of thousands of people out of work. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 78,000 to a seasonally adjusted 439,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That was well above the median forecast in a Reuters poll of 375,000. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/15/us-usa-economy-idUSBRE8AD11I20121115

Fiscal Cliff/Grand Bargain... Americans Are Wary Of Our Corrupted Political Elites

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
The now completely discredited Gallup poll-- which consistently botched the election predictions this cycle-- is out with another survey: Americans Urge Congress, the President to Avoid Fiscal Cliff: Most Americans want both sides to compromise. Maybe it was the inherently deceptive and ominously threatening way Gallup asked the question about the ginned up "fiscal cliff," but their survey comes to slightly different conclusions than less biased, less hyperbolic, more accurate polls. Pew's poll was far more useful and looking at the problem instead of the fantasy. First of all, mo... more »

IN RE AMBASSADOR SUSAN RICE: Brian Williams has a lot of explaining to do!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012* *Chuck Todd should be off the air:* You can’t say we didn’t tell you! Yesterday afternoon, we told you what Rachel Maddow would do, now that President Obama had stoutly defended Susan Rice. This would free our team’s biggest faker to speak, we incomparably told you. And sure enough! Four hours later, the whole world saw we were right! After two months of ducking and dodging—two months in which The One True Channel left Rice twisting in the wind—Maddow and her horrible stablemates suddenly leaped to Rice’s defense. Now that Obama had spoken, they were... more »

Paraquat, Herbicides may Increase Parkinson’s Risk Threefold by Lisa Garber

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
Paraquat, Herbicides may Increase Parkinson’s Risk Threefoldby Lisa Garber Natural Society, 14 November 2012 Evidence is piling up that Parkinson’s is just one of many favors herbicides are doling out to the American public A study investigating about 110 participants in central California found that individuals worked with or lived in areas with paraquat and who had a head injury were three times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. Paraquat is known to be deadly to animals and humans, and is used as an alternative where other herbicides like glyphosate, an ingredient in... more »

War looms after Hamas rocket kills three Israelis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 13 and a military showdown lurched closer to all-out war with an invasion of the enclave. Israeli warplanes bombed targets in and around Gaza city, where tall buildings trembled. Plumes of smoke and dust furled into a sky laced with the vapor trails of outgoing rockets. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/15/us-palestinians-israel-hamas-idUSBRE8AD0WP20121115

Future of food pix with the Msatan

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
At Food Democracy Now! we are asking all California voters to stand up to Monsanto and vote YES on Prop 37 tomorrow. It is time for transparency! Prop 37 is simple and straightforward ballot measure, it requires food producers to add GMO i... nformation to labels by 2014- get the facts: http://www.carighttoknow.org/ Let's make the future of our food an informed sustainable healthy system not a forced hidden agenda by Monsanto carried out by confused US consumers. Share this post to show your support for Prop 37!

Next Media Mess

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
Last month the big deal went through: publisher Jimmy Lai of Hong Kong decided to sell off his NextMedia's print and television operations in Taiwan. The buyer at that time was Jeffrey Koo, Jr. The sale was widely seen as a blow to media independence in Taiwan, since Next Media does a great job throwing light in dark places, and Apple Daily, despite its front pages splashed with sex and gore, did manage to establish itself as a relatively non-partisan news source. New wrinkle emerged this week: the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) is balking at the sale to Jeffrey Koo, Jr. T... more »

State Funds Mess...

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
Fund mess: KMT-DPP wrangling is ongoing... The Presidential Office yesterday declined former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) call for the president to hold a national affairs conference to discuss problems related to the various pension programs, saying that pension issues are being taken care of by the executive and legislative branches. The Council of Labor Affairs has been taking heat over the management of NT$ 2 trillion in funds. For example: After news surfaced that the labor funds would go bankrupt within the next decade, additional inform... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Darren Sproles returns to New Orleans Saints practice*

U.S. to China: Let's talk nukes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
China is modernizing its military at a "remarkable rate," including its own nuclear weapons capability, says a congressionally mandated panel exploring the relationship between the United States and China. In its annual report to Congress, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said China has spent the past two decades improving and advancing its military nuclear posture and could have a "triad" of land, sea and air delivery systems "within the next two years." China's People's Liberation Army "reportedly tested a variety of new nuclear ballistic systems in 2012, inc... more »

Israel targets 100 sites in Gaza; U.N. calls for 'maximum restraint'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Israel continued a blistering assault early Thursday against Gaza, targeting what it described as 100 terror sites in response to ongoing rocket attacks by Palestinian militants, a move that has raised fears of a widening conflict that could lead to an Israeli ground assault. The countering Israeli and Palestinian attacks prompted the U.N. Security Council to call an emergency closed door session late Wednesday in an attempt to de-escalate the crisis. International diplomats hope to stave off a repeat of Israel's widely condemned 2008 assault that saw its forces go into Gaza after a... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*BP expected to plead guilty to criminal misconduct, pay record penalty * *Study: Income inequality wider in Mississippi* *Bayou Corne Residents asked to OK monitoring* *Levee sales tax prompts debate* *New York Senators Seek Aid for Flood Defenses* *Zulu legal challenge could 'cripple' the club* *Trumpet auction to benefit ‘Satchmo’ music fest * *Didn’t He Ramble: Remembering Bob French * *Today in New Orleans ~NOLA DEFENDER*

Distractions Are Us, Progress Tells Us So!

Storm at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
A friend posted this article from the Nov. 1, NYT to his Facebook page the other day: "Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say." I'll note that "a version" of this was published as "For Better and for Worse, Technology Use Alters Learning Styles, Teachers Say" in the print edition. You decide if the web gurus who apply an "SEO" praxis to headlines worked some sticky magic. Of course, both headlines are full of ambiguities and assumptions. Just look at the assumption that must be made to presume the reader knows what is being "meant" by the word "technology." I t... more »

France Raises Issue of Arming Syrian Rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
France says it will bring up excluding defensive weapons from the current arms embargo on Syria in order to help rebels fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in an interview Thursday his country would work toward a coordinated plan for Syria with its European allies. "For the moment, there is an embargo, so there are no arms being from the European side," he said. "The issue can be raised, it will no doubt be raised for defensive arms. And this is something that we can only do in coordination with the Europe... more »

EU-Egypt Task Force: EU pledges €5 billion in loans and grants to Egypt for 2012-2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The EU-Egypt Task Force, the largest-ever meeting between the European Union and Egypt, yesterday agreed a major package of economic and political assistance to help Egypt with its ongoing transition, with the EU undertaking to provide nearly €5 billion in the form of loans and grants for 2012-2013. The Task Force, co-chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr, confirmed the EU as Egypt's largest economic partner. "A new era in the relationship between the EU and the new Egypt has started," the co-chairs' conclusions of the meeting sai... more »

IDF Drops Warning Leaflets Over Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The Arabic leaflet reads: "Important announcement for the residents of the Gaza Strip: For your own safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives and facilities and those of other terror organizations that pose a risk to your safety.

Beeswax Filling Found in Neolithic Tooth

Microphotograph of the tooth crown in occlusal view with indication of the surface covered by beeswax within the dotted line. (Bernardini F, Tuniz C, Coppa A, Mancini L, Dreossi D, et al. (2012) Beeswax as Dental Filling on a Neolithic Human Tooth. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44904. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044904) Evidence that stone-age dentists were at work nearly seven millennia ago has been discovered in Eastern Europe. A team of mostly Italian researchers have been studying a human jawbone, found in Slovenia near the Italian border, that contains a cracked canine with a beeswax filling... more »

Full Employment Not Expected Until After the Next Presidential Election

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
After parsing the unemployment report that was issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Friday, November 2nd, two scholars at the Heritage Foundation, Rea Hederman and James Sherk, concluded that at the present jobs growth rate it could take another five years for a full jobs recovery to occur from the Great Recession. That would place the recovery after the next presidential election in 2016, and nearly ten years after the start of the recession in December 2007. Noting that 125,000 new jobs must be created every month just to keep up with population growth, they turned to... more »

The Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests against Israeli action

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The Muslim Brotherhood is calling for Friday protests against the most recent assaults by the Israeli army on the Gaza Strip. They are calling for all Egyptians to join them “in announcing their wrath and condemnation of the Israeli attacks.” Israel has responded to rocket fire this week with bombings that left seven dead. Egypt assisted the two sides reach a tenuous truce, but there is still fear of escalation in the Gazan fighting. http://dailynewsegypt.com/2012/11/14/brotherhood-calls-for-protests-against-israeli-action/

Ever wondered how Google Search's autocomplete works?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
"Princess Leia Metal Bikini" Interesting, huh?!

Earthing: A New Way to Connect With The Earth

Many people have found that they sleep better, have more energy, and experience pain relief by connecting with the Earth. It’s called earthing and occurs naturally when we walk barefoot on the earth. Photo courtesy: Mario Tama/Getty Images What could help Tour de France riders sleep soundly, heal road rash and tendinitis, and feel vitality and high morale during the grueling days of the race? The secret is the special sleeping bag — an “earthing” bag. The discovery of how to use the Earth’s energy for healing can benefit everyone just as the energy has benefited those who go barefo... more »

Portugal: ''Lowering deficit will take “decades”

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Finance Minister Vítor Gaspar acknowledged in Lisbon on Tuesday (November 6) that it will take “decades” for the country to fully reduce its public deficit and ensure a “prudent budgetary position”. The minister also revealed, at a hearing before the parliamentary committee of troika’s budgetary assistance programme, that the IMF and the World Bank were close to concluding an evaluation of further spending cuts. http://www.algarveresident.com/0-49719/algarve/lowering-deficit-will-take-decades

Five police arrested for 'persuading criminals to confess to crimes they did not commit'....To Boost their Crime Ratings

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The officers, four men and a woman, were questioned over claims they dishonestly manipulated suspects to boost their crime detection figures. They were held by anti-corruption colleagues at their desks in Maidstone, Kent, after a whistle-blower raised the alarm. The allegations centre on the controversial practise of criminals admitting to other crimes known as TICs, or 'taken into consideration', when they are sentenced. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2233187/Five-police-arrested-persuading-criminals-confess-crimes-did-commit.html

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:22:22 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 01:22:22 AM at epicenter Location 52.485°N, 173.354°E Depth 30 km (18.6 miles) Region NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA Distances 42 km (26 miles) SSE (164°) from Attu Station, AK ...THIS IS A TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT... EVALUATION ---------- * AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED - A TSUNAMI IS *NOT* EXPECTED. PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS --------------------------------- * MAGNITUDE 5.6 * ORIGIN TIME 0222 AKST NOV 15 2012 0322 PST NOV 15 2012 1122 UTC NOV 15 2012 * COORDINATES 52.... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.8 Region NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA Date time 2012-11-15 11:20:34.9 UTC Location 53.10 N ; 160.50 E Depth 10 km Distances 124 km E Petropavlovsk-kamchatskiy, Russia

BBC Palestine journalist cradles dead baby son after Israeli rocket attack on Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Gently cradling the tiny body of his young son to his chest, Jihad Masharawi's devastation is heartbreaking as tears stream down his face. The BBC Arabic picture editor's 11-month-old son Omar was injured in Gaza by an Israeli airstrike yesterday and despite being rushed to a local hopsital, he was pronounced dead. Israeli aircraft, tanks and naval gunboats pounded the Gaza Strip as Israel targeted the Islamic militants - the attack resulted in the death of eleven Palestinians including young Omar. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2233248/BBC-picture-editors-11-month-old-so... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago

Violent clashes as austerity protests grip EU cities

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Clashes in Lisbon left nearly 50 people hurt while in Spain at least 70 were injured and some 140 arrests were made. Wednesday's action was co-ordinated by the European Trade Union Confederation. One of its officials, Judith Kirton-Darling, told the BBC that austerity was not working. "It's increasing inequalities, it's increasing the social instability in society and it's not resolving the economic crisis," she said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20320993

Belize PM to McAfee: 'come forward man'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Prime Minister Dean Barrow urged anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, wanted for questioning in the murder of a neighbor, to turn himself in to Belizean authorities. McAfee, 67, told CNBC television Tuesday that he was moving every four hours to avoid police who want to question him about the murder of fellow American Gregory Faull, a Florida native who was found dead at his home in a pool of blood. "Mr McAfee is a person of interest," Barrow said in a phone interview broadcast on national radio and television. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iUv5V30A7zQPf1lF... more »

Thieving EU: Herman Van Rompuy tries to grab £2.5bn back from Britain's EU rebate

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
In a secret paper, seen by The Daily Telegraph, the EU president has proposed cutting the annual refund, which is worth £3.2 billion a year, by over 10 per cent during a seven year Brussels budgetary plan for 2014 to 2020. The move piles further pressure on David Cameron just one week before the Prime Ministers faces his toughest battle at a Brussels summit that will determine the level of EU spending for seven years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/9679833/Herman-Van-Rompuy-tries-to-grab-2.5bn-back-from-Britains-EU-rebate.html *More than 9 million people took to... more »

France's Hollande to meet head of new Syrian opposition

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
French President Francois Hollande will on Saturday meet the new head of Syria's new opposition National Coalition, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, in Paris, his office said. France on Tuesday became the first Western country to recognise the coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jTUfEaeshHcjo5NM6hPlwLOi0Usw?docId=CNG.08c684503b52a13d0b33ea46c18124ad.1e1

Jimmy Savile investigation: 450 potential victims now identified...And still not a Person Jailed for the Cover up or being part of this sick circle

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The Metropolitan Police said its Operation Yewtree probe, into alleged abuse by Savile and others, had recorded 200 claims of sexual assault. A man in his 60s, from Bedfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of sexual offences at 07:45 GMT on Thursday. It is the fourth arrest by Operation Yewtree officers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-20336798

Greek protesters storm German partnership meeting

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Greek workers stormed a meeting of Greek and German officials in the northern city of Thessaloniki on Thursday and tried to attack a German diplomat in a protest over austerity measures. Police used truncheons and teargas to disperse around 250 city employees after several burst into the building and ran swearing through its halls. Police said the protesters wanted to stop the meeting aimed at smoothing ties between Berlin and Athens. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/15/us-greece-germany-clashes-idUSBRE8AE0P120121115

Eurozone Enters Recession Again

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The Eurozone has officially entered recession after its collective economic output was found to have fallen by 0.1% in the third quarter. Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, found that the collective GDP of the single currency area contracted by 0.1% in the July to September period from the quarter before following on from the 0.2% decline recorded in the second quarter. The grim figure plunges the 17-nation bloc into its second recession since 2009. http://news.sky.com/story/1011800/eurozone-enters-recession-again

Christopher McGee Jailed for 5 Years over the death of teenager Georgia Varley.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The 45-year-old was convicted of the manslaughter of a drunk teenager after he signalled for a train to move as she was leaning against the carriage. He was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence by a unanimous jury at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday following a two-week trial. http://news.sky.com/story/1011819/railway-guard-jailed-over-teens-death

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:40:27 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 04:40:27 AM at epicenter Location 15.230°N, 93.196°W Depth 74.2 km (46.1 miles) Region OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO Distances 39 km (24 miles) SW (235°) from Mapastepec, Chiapas, Mexico

"The Best Thing In The World For You..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." - Walt Disney

Former CIA/Army General: “Martial Law Expected & Warranted”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*Former CIA/Army General:* * “Martial Law Expected & Warranted”* by Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul “Lt. General William Boykin (retired) told TruNews Radio that the U.S. economy of the United States “is just about t0 break” and collapse. And when the dam gives way, severe food shortages and pervasive violence throughout America will warrant, in his opinion, an executive declaration of martial law. “I’ll be very honest with you; the situation in America could be such that martial law is actually warranted, and that situation in my view could occur if we had an economic collap... more »

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake GUERRERO, MEXICO - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 6.0 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 09:20:23 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 03:20:23 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.407°N, 100.373°W Depth 60.9 km (37.8 miles) Region GUERRERO, MEXICO Distances 10 km (6 miles) E of Tlalchapa, Mexico

“Reality & Truth Divorced,” James Howard Kunstler Interview

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Reality & Truth Divorced,” James Howard Kunstler Interview* by Greg Hunter's USAWatchdog.com “Journalist/Author James Howard Kunstler says, “We have epochal divergence between reality and truth. When you divorce them from each other, you start to get a society that’s in trouble.” Kunstler, who cut his teeth at Rolling Stone magazine in the 70’s, has seen plenty, but nothing like what’s going on now. “The banking system has been kept going on accounting fraud since the crash of 2008,” says Kunstler. He says the banks are “...holding leadership hostage in an attempt to desperately... more »

Lemmings - Dr. William Pierce

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 6 hours ago
Video found at the excellent blog *HARDON'S BLOG*:

There are no hospitals for theories

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 7 hours ago
*Just offices and cemeteries* It's refreshing that I may sometimes fully agree with a text by Matt Strassler: Why Theories Don’t Go Into Hospitals BBC's Pallab Ghosh has quoted Christopher Parkes of LHCb who has said "Supersymmetry may not be dead but these latest results have certainly put it into hospital." *Even if one (or two) gets into a hospital, it doesn't mean he's not a supersymmetric hero (a superhero for short). A shoulder surgery isn't the end of the world.* But nothing like that is possible in science. Supersymmetry is a symmetry, a principle added to the list... more »

What the Fiscal Cliff Means for the Middle Class

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 8 hours ago
Now that the election is over, it seems like all the politicians and pundits can talk about is the so-called "fiscal cliff." But the chatter around the fiscal cliff is deeply weird, so in this post I will explain what it is and what the issues involved mean for the middle class. Just what is the fiscal cliff? It is the combination of spending cuts and tax increases set to take place on January 1 based on several different laws. Estimates of the consequences run as high as $800 billion next year, or 5.2% of the country's $15.29 trillion gross domestic product in 2011. Yes, that would... more »

FEMA sold disaster shelters as 'Frankenstorm' gathered strength

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Federal officials sold hundreds of emergency trailers for disaster victims at fire-sale prices in the months before Hurricane Sandy churned toward the United States, The Washington Examiner has learned. Now, with thousands of families left homeless in New York and New Jersey by the hurricane, those same federal officials are poised to spend more taxpayer dollars to buy brand-new trailers. In all, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has sold nearly 900 of the prefabricated temporary homes - none more than four years old and most used only once http://washingtonexaminer.com/fema-... more »

The case against accelerated reader

skrashen at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Sent to the Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, November 14 The case against accelerated reader (AR) is even stronger than the Jan Lacina’s article states (“Accelerated Reader: Teaching kids the 'game' of school testing, Nov. 13). There is no clear evidence that AR works, even in the short term. AR has four components: It provides access to books, provides time to read, quizzes children on what they read, and awards prizes for performance on the quizzes. As Dean Lacina notes, it is well-established that providing books and time to read are effective, but AR research does not show that the ... more »

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake BISMARCK SEA - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.7 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 08:21:49 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 06:21:49 PM at epicenter Location 3.250°S, 148.176°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region BISMARCK SEA Distances 171 km (106 miles) SE (143°) from Lorengau, Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

Yoselyn Ortega indicted on murder charges in children's deaths

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A grand jury indicted the nanny of two young children found stabbed to death in the bathtub of their Manhattan apartment for their murders, court documents show. Yoselyn Ortega, 50, was arrested earlier this month and charged with the murders of Lucia Krim, 6, and her brother Leo, 2. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/14/justice/new-york-nanny-deaths/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

Pakistan to free 'a number of Taliban'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Pakistan agreed to free "a number of Taliban detainees" from its prisons "in support of peace and reconciliation" efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign ministry said Wednesday. The announcement followed three days of meetings in Islamabad between Pakistani officials and a high-level delegation from Afghanistan's High Peace Council, which is trying to get the Taliban to negotiate peace in that country. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/14/world/asia/pakistan-taliban-release/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

Syrian opposition leader expects more from U.S.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The newly elected leader of the Syrian opposition, cleric Sheikh Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, said President Barack Obama's comments Wednesday about the war-torn country represent a much-appreciated "good step initially." During a news conference, Obama said he was encouraged to see the Syrian opposition organizing under an umbrella group and considers them a "legitimate representative of the aspirations of the Syrian people." However, the president also said he isn't prepared to recognize the group as "some sort of government in exile," and he won't give weaponry directly to the rebels, b... more »

Broadwell had "substantial" classified data

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A computer used by Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with CIA Director David Petraeus led to his resignation, contained substantial classified information that should have been stored under more secure conditions, law enforcement and national security officials said on Wednesday. The contents and amount of the classified material - and questions about how Broadwell got it - are significant enough to warrant a continuing investigation, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to comment publicly. http://www.reuters.com/article/20... more »

Battle lines drawn over "growth revenue"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The holy grail of conservative tax policy - the theory that lower tax rates will generate stronger revenues by turbo-charging economic growth - has sprung back to life and is stirring controversy again in Washington. The so-called "dynamic scoring" theory, disputed by many independent economists, has formed the basis of Republicans' defensive line on negotiations over the year-end "fiscal cliff" of looming tax hikes and automatic spending cuts. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/15/us-usa-fiscal-conservatives-idUSBRE8AE0CV20121115

Myanmar to free 452 prisoners ahead of Obama visit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Myanmar said it would free 452 prisoners in a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic visit to the former military state by U.S. President Barack Obama, but activists and the main opposition party said it was not clear if political detainees were among them. State media said on Thursday the prisoners would be freed with the "intent to help promote goodwill and the bilateral relationship". A Home Ministry official said some "prisoners of conscience" would be among them. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/15/us-myanmar-prisoners-idUSBRE8AE04920121115

EU Back in Recession....Did we leave it?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Germany and France each grew by 0.2 percent in the third quarter but with the euro zone's debt-laden members suffering deeply, the currency bloc as a whole is likely to have slid into recession. The quarterly performance of Europe's dominant economy reported on Thursday was in line with forecasts and analysts said it could not defy gravity for much longer. The French economy surprised on the upside, having been expected to post no growth at all after a revised 0.1 percent fall in the second quarter. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/15/us-eurozone-economy-idUSBRE8AE0HV20121115

9 Million + Protest - Anti-austerity strikes sweep across Europe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Police and protesters clashed in Spain and Italy on Wednesday as millions of workers went on strike in organized labour’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.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/european-business/anti-austerity-strikes-... more »

Two Old Ladies On A Bus Discuss Prop 37

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
Two Old Ladies On A Bus Discuss Prop 37 by A Passenger Food Freedom News, 14 November 2012 *Overheard on a bus:* “Good morning, Alice.” “Well, the very same to you, Sally. Good morning. Lovely day.” “Yes, a bit nippy but beautiful. I see you’ve been shopping. What have you got there?” “I’ve got some food to grow in my apartment. I’ve decided to take on that nasty Monsanto myself.” “Oh, prop 37.” “Yes. That’s it.” “Poor prop 37.” “Yes, poor prop 37. Al that money from those big companies to stop it.” “Yes, and electronic voting.” “So unreal.” “Yes. Machines run by companies. ... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 08:01:01 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 02:01:01 AM at epicenter Location 14.078°N, 91.628°W Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 52 km (32 miles) S (173°) from Retalhuleu, Retalhuleu, Guatemala

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 06:42:38 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 12:42:38 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.222°N, 92.307°W Depth 35.2 km (21.9 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 34 km (21 miles) SSW of Ocos, Guatemala

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake MAUG ISLANDS REG., NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - 15th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 04:58:59 UTC Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 02:58:59 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.123°N, 145.816°E Depth 124.6 km (77.4 miles) Region MAUG ISLANDS REG., NORTHERN MARIANA ISL. Distances 42 km (26 miles) NNE of Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands

Gaza Rocket Attack Kills Three Israelis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Three Israelis have been killed after a rocket fired from Gaza hit a building in the south of the country, according to police. The casualties were the first since Israel launched its operation on Wednesday with the assassination of Hamas' top military commander. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the rocket struck an apartment building in the town of Kiryat Malahi. http://news.sky.com/story/1011672/gaza-rocket-attack-kills-three-israelis

"Do you want to go to war Berlahkay?"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
The Substitute Teacher - Well I thought it was funny Thanks to Theo Spark for the spot.

NASA Discovers Magnetic Field Portals Feeding Northern Lights

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This is worth watching. Occasional magnetic field portals do open between the Sun and the Earth's magnetic fields allowing injections of energetic particles into our atmosphere and clearly responsible for things like the northern lights. Some are brief in duration while others appear to hang around, again conforming with our experience with the northern lights. They have been able to use old data to confirm an effective protocol for discovering these portals so a new satellite is going up to monitor them closely. This will give us a much better mapping of the fine detail of... more »

Empirical Addiction Resolution

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This is an astonishing item. It is the first real hope for a therapeutic protocol that succeeds in resolving addictive behavior. Of course it is controversial but what we have here is specific and dramatic improvement and are relapses easily overcome. What has been poorly understood is that modern empiricism is revolutionizing the practice of medicine. By modern empiricism I mean internet assisted empiricism that nicely dispenses with professional science and prods data to discover fresh data. That is much of what we now do here. All empirical results now attract a ... more »

Relationship Between Telomere Length and Mortality Investigated

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This is an excellent study that polices up a lot of implied conjecture that has been already well accepted. The bonus however is that it is only in the late stage that shortened telomere length is associated with an increased death risk. With our developing capacity to replace tissue with stem cells that turn the biological clock back to zero, the possibility arises that extended life is completely plausible. In fact, right now it is a certainty. In the meantime slowing telomere loss is good and telomere restoration is better. Efforts in those directions are availabl... more »

New Meteorite Crater South of Haiti

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This is speculative of course, but the hard fact remains that a comet impacted on the crust from the North Pole traveling south in order to shift the crust itself. It came in almost tangentially, entering the atmosphere over Siberia, passing though the ice cap exploding ice debris along its path that formed the Carolina bays of note and then impacted south at forty degrees degrees south of the then Pole in Hudson Bay. This occurred 12,900 BP and triggered the Younger Dryas and the end of the Ice Age. This possible discovery certainly works for us. It is good to see the ... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
[image: Next stop Kamalapur] *Bangladesh by* lucafabbozzo Would you try to help the kid in the photo above? We suspect that most people would like to help. In the world of nature, "some animals will help rear each other's offspring" (New Scientist, 10 November 2012) [image: Sudan 1998, by Tom Stoddart] *A well nourished Sudanese man steals maize from a starving child during a food distribution at a feeding center in Sudan in 1998. Photo by Tom Stoddart.* * *People are not always kind. For example, some people have not learned to be sympathetic to the handicapped, even within their... more »

Perfesser Dave explains negative TV advertising and the job-killing Tory carbon tax

david at Alberta Diary - 10 hours ago
Zap! You’re frozen! … In the dark! The Harper Tories’ latest TV advertising attack on NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Perfesser Dave, below, explains why Prime Minister Stephen Harper will do the same thing he’s accusing Mr. Mulcair of planning if he manages to get re-elected. Below Perfesser Dave: Robert Stanfield, the underwear guy, Allan Fotheringham ... more »


According to the RT Live Update blog it seems the Israelis are planning to shutdown internet access to the Gaza Strip. If this is the case, then clearly the Israelis have further actions planned for the Gaza Strip. This is increasingly likely since, according to the IDF official Twitteraccount, rocket fire from the Gaza into Israel continued throughout the night keeping some one million Israelis in shelters overnight. Meanwhile Israeli troops have been massing at the border with Gaza preparing for what may well be a full-on invasion of the Gaza Strip. As dawn breaks on Thursday morn... more »

HTML 101 for bloggers - simple HTML to improve your blog

Peter @ Enviroman at the original Blogger Tips and Tricks - 10 hours ago
You don't have to be a computer geek to be able to use some simple HTML to improve your blog by leaps and bounds. Don't be put off by the technical jargon but let me show you some example how you will become a better blogger just by learning *minimal HTML* and improving on the codes generated while using the *COMPOSE* mode. I have already made a post on Anchor text and how to make hyperlink open in new window or tab which has very clear explanation on hyperlinks and how you can *easily* make them open in new windows and if you have to read that post, you should and it should confir... more »

Man sees himself in 450-year-old painting

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
http://wtvr.com/2012/11/14/man-sees-himself-in-medieval-art/ *WTVR* – A college student and his girlfriend had to take a closer look after stumbling upon a painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Do you see the resemblance?


According to the RT Live Update blog it seems the Israelis are planning to shutdown internet access to the Gaza Strip. If this is the case, then clearly the Israelis have further actions planned for the Gaza Strip. This is increasingly likely since, according to the IDF official Twitteraccount, rocket fire from the Gaza into Israel continued throughout the night keeping some one million Israelis in shelters overnight. Meanwhile Israeli troops have been massing at the border with Gaza preparing for what may well be a full-on invasion of the Gaza Strip. As dawn breaks on Thursday morn... more »

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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours 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* Three victims of the North Wales child abuse scand... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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! - 11 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 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 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 14 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 - 14 hours ago

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! - 14 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 - 15 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 - 15 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.
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