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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, November 16, 2012

16 November - Blogs I'm Following II

10:25 pm MST


With Israeli troops, tanks and armoured vehicles amassing at the border of the Gaza Strip and with no let up in the tit-for-tat bombardments from both sides, it certainly seems that an invasion is imminent. Since it was Israel that initiated and provoked the current violence that has led to this situation, it also seems likely that the Israelis had contrived and manipulated events to ensure that it would lead to invasion. In other words, this has been in the planning for some time. The question now is; once the Israelis invade the Gaza Strip, what next? After Operation Cast Lead in... more »

Occupied Borders: Israeli activist for Palestine visits Tohono O'odham land

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 19 minutes ago
Dr. Dalit Baum with Mike Wilson, Tohono O'odham in Tucson Photo Brenda Norrell*Occupied Borders: Palestine and Tohono O’odham land, human rights activists making change* *“The Tohono O‘odham Nation is now occupied by a foreign army called the US Border Patrol." **Tohono O'odham Mike Wilson.* * * *By Brenda Norrell* ***Censored News copyright* *http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com* TUCSON -- An Israeli speaking out for the rights of Palestinians visited the Tohono O’odham border and then shared her insights on the similarities between the treatment of Palestine by Israel, and the treatmen... more »

Sunday Classics: Another set of three exotic Mahler "middle movements"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 26 minutes ago
*Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in the first of the two scherzos of Mahler's uncompleted Tenth Symphony (Cooke performing version) in 2007.* *by Ken* We're in the middle of two projects. Last week we continued our Sexual Obsession in Opera series with the initial intersection of the protagonists of Bizet's *Carmen*, the free-spirited gypsy Carmen and the Basque army sergeant Don José, both displaced to Seville. And two weeks ago we attacked Mahler's uniquely wonderful Seventh Symphony from the middle: listening to the three middle movements -- the two *Nachtmusik... more »


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
*More info:* http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/report-rockets-fired-egypt-hit-israel_663502.html

Somalian Psyops, Flu Fraud, War Crimes - New World Next Week

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 hour ago
Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com - the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: *Story #1*: Political Sockpuppetry - US Military Behind Fake African News Sites http://ur1.ca/awyne Bloggers' Fear - Russian Crackdown On Illegal Web Content Causes Stir http://ur1.ca/awynf Corbett Report on Psyops 101: A Brief History of Fake News http://ur1.ca/ar12k NWNW Flashback: Fake Report Of Russian Tanks Sparks Panic In Country Of Georgia http://ur1.ca/rn5c *Story #2*: British Medic... more »

If You Care About Gaza, Support 9/11 Truth

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Gaza is under attack. America is under attack. Truth is under attack.* *Related:* *Rethink 9/11: A Letter To Peace Activists*. *If Martin Luther King, Jr. Were Alive Today, He Would Call For A New 9/11 Investigation*. All the bleeding heart liberals who view 9/11 truth-tellers as kooks should stop being so smug and investigate the 9/11 events with a more critical eye. Being a conformist follower who blindly accepts the U.S. government line on the most significant event in our times is nothing to be proud about. If you want to build international political pressure on the terror... more »

Analysis: Gaza & the Politics of ‘Greater Israel’

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 hours ago
IDF announcement designed to provoke. *November 17, 2012* (Nile Bowie) - The Israeli bombardment of Gaza being perpetuated under ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’ comes at an interesting time. Under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements into Palestinian lands has increased at unprecedented rates. Netanyahu’s administration has approved the construction of 850 settler homes in the occupied West Bank in June 2012, even after the Israeli parliament rejected a bill to retroactively legalize some of the existing homes in the area. [2]... more »

Understanding China's Power Transition

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 hours ago
China’s Transition: Towards a Red Revival or Socialist Democracy? *November 17, 2012* (Nile Bowie) - As China’s 18th Communist Party Congress draws to a close, the world’s most populous nation prepares to install the country's fifth generation of leadership since the Chinese Revolution of 1949. Despite overseeing a stringent police state with heavy limitations on political expression, China’s leadership have taken the nation from starvation to space travel in just a few decades, lifting approximately 600 million people out of poverty. [1] Of course, the Communist Party still ha... more »

Israeli Jewish man says Zionism is the cause of the problems

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
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Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Through My Eyes (Nebulae)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind: “VI Spirit - Through My Eyes (Nebulae)” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HTgHuUuDQg&playnext=1&list=PLCC1D

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Unspeakable beauty and unimaginable bedlam can be found together in the Trifid Nebula. Also known as M20, this photogenic nebula is visible with good binoculars towards the constellation of Sagittarius. *Click image for larger size.* The energetic processes of star formation create not only the colors but the chaos. The red-glowing gas results from high-energy starlight striking interstellar hydrogen gas. The dark dust filaments that lace M20 were created in the atmospheres of cool giant stars and in the debris from supernovae explosions. Which bright young stars light up the b... more »

Will The Israeli Terror State Assassinate Assad?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
It is a very real possibility that the Netanyahoo government, in league with nations like Qatar, England and America, will assassinate Assad. Read * this*, and *this*. Remember: *USrael is crazy*. It went crazy on 9/11. It wants World War III. It desires escalations. Assassinating the leader of Syria will be a pivotal event in this unfolding cosmic drama.

Bye-bye, Willard! Don't let the door slam behind you!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
I grabbed this snippet off of washingtonpost.com's afternoon update yesterday. It's one of those cases where I didn't feel any great need to read the actual story but surely did enjoy the image conjured -- of Republicans of all stripes waving into the distance and wishing their decommissioned standard-bearer a heartfelt "good riddance" as he fades off toward the horizon borne by the Five Mini-Willards, all of them intoning the famous Romney Savage War-Wimp Chant, "Heck, no, we won't go!" -- to war, that is. -- *Ken* * **"Romney seems to think that newsletters and meetings and mone... more »

Hopi Tribe cites threatened species in new lawsuit to halt desecration of Peaks

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
*By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The Hopi Tribe filed a new lawsuit to halt the use of reclaimed sewage water for snowmaking on sacred San Francisco Peaks, citing the presence of a threatened plant that only appears on the Peaks. The Hopi Tribe filed for a mandatory injunction on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. A Flagstaff radio station reported that the Arizona Snowbowl began using the snow making equipment on Tuesday. The threatened grounsel, or Packera franciscana, consists of only about 500 plants in the alpine forest of the San Francisco Peaks. T... more »

Chet Raymo, “Charybdis”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Charybdis”* by Chet Raymo "To my mind, there is no more spiritually fulfilling experience than lying on one's back under a crystal clear late-summer sky unpolluted by artificial light and seeing the Milky Way arching across the dome of night from Sagittarius in the south to Cassiopeia in the north. Those of you who live in the southern hemisphere will have a different perspective, including a loftier view of the brilliant luminosity near the galactic center in Sagittarius, but you know what I mean. One has a sense of falling into infinity, of becoming a born-again child of cosmi... more »

Louisiana Wants Out. Speaking of Morans.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 4 hours ago
The South will rise again - sort of. America's unhinged Right is breathless with excitement at a few thousand nutjobs in the slave states petitioning Washington for the right to secede from the Union. *...according to Drew Zahn of Christianity Today, Louisiana’s secession petition has more than 14,000 signatures, more than halfway to the threshold needed after which the White House has pledged to respond. Texas, is another state to join the secessionists with about 25,000 signatures.* * * *According to political experts such as strategist Mike Baker, Americans are becoming disenc... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Slangerup, Hovedstaden, Denmark. Thanks for stopping by.

Elsewhere: Filibusters, More, and some Housekeeping

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
I haven't been running these items this week, and I wound up posting less over here today than intended thanks to a balky computer this morning, but I figured I should link to at least some of what I've been up to. A bit of housekeeping down in the last paragraph, too. The main thing has been the filibuster all week. In particular, I wroteagainst talking filibusters yesterday, and then again today. It's both impractical as a solution, and irrational, and...well, read the pieces if you need to be convinced. Also one earlier in the week about filibusters and executive branch nominatio... more »

Alan Watts, "All About The Folly..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Archimedes said, "Give me a fulcrum and I will move the Earth"; but there isn't one. It is like betting on the future of the human race - I might wish to lay a bet that the human race would destroy itself by the year 3000, but there is nowhere to place the bet. On the contrary, I am involved in the world and must try to see that it does not blow itself to pieces. I once had a terrible argument with Margaret Mead. She was holding forth one evening on the absolute horror of the atomic bomb, and how everybody should spring into action and abolish it, but she was getting so furious a... more »

“Living With the Contradictions"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Living With the Contradictions: A Human Potential Visionary* * Talks About Our Infinite Potential and How We Also Block Progress”* By Charles Eisenstein "Last week I sat down for a telephone conversation with Joseph Chilton Pearce, an author who has had a big influence not only on my work, but on the way I have raised my children. He alerted me early on to the damage that hospital birthing, day care, television, and modern schooling do to the developing brain. A World War Two veteran, he could be considered one of the elders of the human potential movement, although he brings t... more »

SC12 Day 6

Southern Man at Southern Man - 5 hours ago

The End of Economic Growth?

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 5 hours ago
Listen above to a debate I participated in airing on the CDC tomorrow. Comments welcomed. Here is how the program introduces the program: In the Deep Sixed series, we examine aspects of life we take for granted today that might not survive tomorrow. This week: economic growth. We consider the future of growth with help from Matthew Lazin-Ryder, host of CBC radio's The Invisible Hand, Jeff Rubin, former chief economist for CIBC World Markets and author of *The End of Growth*, and Roger Pielke Jr, Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and author... more »


Given, despite their propaganda to the contrary, that the Israelis instigated this current round of violence by the attempted targeted killings of Palestinian fighters Talat Jarbi and Mohammed Maqawi as they rode their motorbike near Rafah on Sunday 21 October 2012, and have since chosen to escalate the violence by extra-judicially murdering Hamas commander Ahmed al-Jabari, it has become clear that the Israelis have a long term game plan that looks ominous for the people of the Gaza Strip. Each and every quiet period over the past three months has been broken not by Hamas but by the... more »

Guest Workers - Just Another Greasy Subsidy to the Fossil Fuelers

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
I have been truly dismayed by the near total lack of outrage over the Harper government's policies to allow foreign energy companies to import cheap, foreign labour to extract Canadian fossil fuel resources. No matter how much lipstick you slap on that pig, it's just another greasy subsidy to the fossil fuelers, one of so many. In the mid- to long-term it's also a great way to drive down Canadian wages. Whether it's 200-Chinese labourers brought in to mine coal in British Columbia or unknown numbers imported to extract bitumen from Athabasca, it's an indictment of the provincial... more »

Police and Crime Commissioner Shambles

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 6 hours ago
Words don't exist in the English language that adequately describe the mess the government made of the Police and Crime Commissioner elections. For a flagship policy, I cannot think of anything the Tories have done that quite matches the amateurishness that has accompanied its implementation. The national leaflet that was supposed to go out explaining the policy and powers of a PCC was not delivered to large swathes of Stoke-on-Trent (and, I presume, the country). The usual mechanisms supporting elections, like Royal Mail-delivered mail shots and party election broadcasts were not ... more »

Bad teeth, bad diet and hunger in Honduras

paul at Paying attention - 6 hours ago
Early on, I was struck by the number of little kids here with bad teeth, often with a strange pattern of decay around the edges of their baby teeth. A story in the newspaper offered a possible clue. Funazucar, the umbrella association of sugar producers, proudly announced it's donating 40 tonnes of sugar to a school lunch program for poor kids and to help nursing mothers with nutrition. Some 21,000 people, about 16,000 of them children, will benefit. That works out to about 1.9 kilos of sugar per person. It's not a lot. The average North American consumes about 60 kilos of sugar a yea... more »

Romney, Republicans, and Rand

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Jonathan Chait riffs today on Romney, Republicans, and libertarians. His general point that every faction after a loss simply blames all the other factions is certainly correct. But I think it’s unfair to libertarians to stick them with Ayn Rand. I agree with Chait that Rand is electoral poison, but it’s easy to be a very conservative libertarian without even a hint of Rand. As I read it, there's nothing whatsoever about libertarian idea which require the belief in an elite group of "makers." That's Rand -- but it isn't inherent in ideas about radical support of markets over governm... more »

Betray Whom? Petraeus Going the Route of Colby, Casey? (All-Out War Feared As Israel Moves Troops Toward Gaza)

[BREAKING NEWS: All-Out War Feared As Israel Moves Troops Toward Gaza Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy Newspapers Frenkel reports: "Israeli tanks and troops moved toward the Gaza Strip on Thursday night in apparent preparation for a possible invasion." READ MORE Juan Cole: Counterinsurgency Was Real Petraeus Failure Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! Juan Cole: "I was opposed to General

Tibetan self-immolations continue in China: 10 cases in last 12 days

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 6 hours ago
------------------------------ *William K. Black Original here* *Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Missouri, * *Kansas City; Sr. regulator during * *S&L debacle * Wall Street Uses Third Way to Lead Its Assault on Social Security Posted: 11/13/2012 8:51 am ------------------------------ Third Way, lobbyists for and from Wall Street who are leading the effort to enrich Wall Street by privatizing Social Security, was created by Wall Street to fool some of the people all of the time. I have writtenpreviously to expose t... more »

Bad teeth, sugar and hunger in Honduras

paul at Paying attention - 7 hours ago
Early on, I was struck by the number of little kids here with bad teeth, often with a strange pattern of decay around the edges of their baby teeth. A story in the newspaper offered a possible clue. Funazucar, the umbrella association of sugar producers, proudly announced it's donating 40 tonnes of sugar to a school lunch program for poor kids and to help nursing mothers with nutrition. Some 21,000 people, about 16,000 of them children, will benefit. That works out to about 1.9 kilos of sugar per person. It's not a lot. The average North American consumes about 60 kilos of sugar a ye... more »

Bad teeth, sugar and hunger in Honduras

paul at Paying attention - 7 hours ago
Early on, I was struck by the number of little kids here with bad teeth, often with a strange pattern of decay around the edges of their baby teeth. A story in the newspaper offered a possible clue. Funazucar, the umbrella association of sugar producers, proudly announced it's donating 40 tonnes of sugar to a school lunch program for poor kids and to help nursing mothers with nutrition. Some 21,000 people, about 16,000 of them children, will benefit. That works out to about 1.9 kilos of sugar per person. It's not a lot. The average North American consumes about 60 kilos of sugar a ye... more »

Arizona Election Fraud: Mickey Duniho and Jim March Report Election Shenanigans to Pima County's Board of Supervisors

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
County Board of Supervisors Comment for 11-13-2012 I have not spoken in this forum since I was appointed to your Election Integrity Commission four years ago. A sequence of events has brought me here today. * * * * * * * * The first event: In November 2011 the state added new election requirements, including one that counties must sort early ballots by precincts for the hand count audit. John Moffatt was involved, and reported to your commission on changes proposed and made – but did not report this new requirement to your commission. The second event: In June and July 2012, B... more »

Bad teeth, sugar and hunger in Honduras

paul at Paying attention - 7 hours ago
Early on, I was struck by the number of little kids here with bad teeth, often with a strange pattern of decay around the edges of their baby teeth. A story in the newspaper offered a possible clue. Funazucar, the umbrella association of sugar producers, proudly announced it's donating 40 tonnes of sugar to a school lunch program for poor kids and to help nursing mothers with nutrition. Some 21,000 people, about 16,000 of them children, will benefit. That works out to about 1.9 kilos of sugar per person. It's not a lot. The average North American consumes about 60 kilos of sugar a ye... more »

Graph of the Day: Total Annual Inflow to Perth Dams, 1911-2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 7 hours ago
[image: Annual inflow to Perth dams, 1911-2012, showing stepwise changes. watercorporation.com.au] This graph shows how the average amount of water received into Perth dams has dropped dramatically in recent times. In order to provide an accurate comparison Stirling, Wokalup, and Samson Brook Dams are not included in this data, as these Dams only came online in 2001. Inflow is therefore simulated based on Perth dams pre 2001. Year is taken as May to April and labeled year is start (winter) of year. Yearly streamflow for major surface water sources Technorati Tags: Australia,drou... more »

Bad teeth, sugar and hunger in Honduras

paul at Paying attention - 7 hours ago
Early on, I was struck by the number of little kids here with bad teeth, often with a strange pattern of decay around the edges of their baby teeth. A story in the newspaper offered a possible clue. Funazucar, the umbrella association of sugar producers, proudly announced it's donating 40 tonnes of sugar to a school lunch program for poor kids and to help nursing mothers with nutrition. Some 21,000 people, about 16,000 of them children, will benefit. That works out to about 1.9 kilos of sugar per person. It's not a lot. The average North American consumes about 60 kilos of sugar a yea... more »

88 percent of Americans say the U.S. should try to reduce global warming: Yale survey

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 7 hours ago
[image: The day after 'super storm' Sandy, the coastal community of Breezy Point, in Far Rockaway, Queens remains devastated by fire and flooding. Andrew Lichtenstein / Corbis] By Larry O'Hanlon 15 November 2012 (Discovery News) – A large majority of Americans now say global warming should be a priority for the president and Congress, according to a new report by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. The report is based on a national survey conducted in early September – well before hurricane Sandy provided even more persuasive evidence that climate is changing and s... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

Of Hijabs, Burkas and Haircuts ...

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 7 hours ago
At DJ! we have approached the question of women wearing religious coveringsin the same manner that we consider the sexual violation of women and children, femicide, access to abortion, and the eradication of female genital mutilation. How does it affect women facing these situations, what have women with knowledge and experience said and how can we support *leurs revendications*? We have also pointed out Islamophobia in all its overt and covert forms. Thus, we're perplexed that this complaint has not been challenged by other women. Could it be that there's a fear of being slagged fo... more »

Satire: “Americans Deserve Answers”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Americans Deserve Answers”* by Peter Funt "For some reason- be it post-election syndrome, pre-holiday jitters, or maybe climate change- the nation has been hit by a tsunami of Pressing Questions. Among them: *Q:* What is the fiscal cliff? *A:* The actual cliff is about 45 miles north of Phoenix, Ariz. It got its name during the 2008 campaign when Sen. John McCain held a photo-op at the site, threatening to throw one Democrat off the cliff each day until there was a satisfactory resolution of the fiscal crisis. *Q:* What is the fiscal crisis? *A:* In human terms, it’s when so... more »

How Obama Won Ohio

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 7 hours ago
*He stole it, ha-ha!* "Election Fraud? Obama Won More Than 99 Percent Of The Vote In More Than 100 Ohio Precincts November 11th, 2012 by Michael Barack Obama received more than 99% of the vote in more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on election day. In fact, there were a substantial number of precincts where Mitt Romney got exactly *zero votes*. So how in the world did this happen? Third world dictators don’t even get 99% of the vote. Overall, Mitt Romney received 30.12% of the vote in Cuyahoga County. There were even a bunch of precincts in Cuyahoga County that R... more »

Is Miss McConnell Giggling? I Don't Think So

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele summarized the Republican Party's efforts to win control of the Senate and put Miss McConnell in charge: "All you had to do was grab four, so how do you lose two?" And most of the losses were in red states that gave Romney comfortable margins of victory: Indiana, where Romney won by 10.5% and Richard Mourdock lost by 5.6%; Missouri, where Romney won by 9.6% and Todd Akin lost by 15.5%; Montana, where Romney won by 13.5% and Denny Rehberg lost by 3.9%; and North Dakota where Romney won by 19.8% and Rick Berg lost by 1.0%. How lame was *that*? Appa... more »

California: "You Can't Fix Stupid, But You Can Move"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"You Can't Fix Stupid, But You Can Move"* by Karl Denninger "You have to laugh... earlier this month, California voters passed Proposition 30, a ballot measure containing a number of tax increases that will help avoid drastic cuts to the state's higher education system. But according to a recent UC Berkeley report, all of those gains could be wiped out by a series of deals made by University of California administrators. Many of those officials, the report notes, have close ties to Wall Street firms making millions in profits from the state's cash-strapped institutions. So the... more »

Only a Conservative...

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
...would find joy in putting large numbers of people out of work. "We said we would eliminate 19,200 positions within the federal government and we are doing what we promised to do. In just six months, we have already achieved more than half the reductions set out in the budget. A leaner, more affordable government is good for taxpayers and it's important in terms of our ability to return

RPT-Israel's Barak seeks 3 more Iron Dome rocket interceptors

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
** Anti-rocket system rushed to the field as Gaza burns * U.S. backs Israeli air defence as missile threats mount* Defence Minister Ehud Barak will seek cabinet approval for funds that could provide Israel with three new Iron Dome rocket interceptors, officials said on Friday as cross-border fighting surged in Gaza. Israel's military air defence corps has four Iron Dome batteries deployed and will receive a fifth from state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd after Barak rushed its production, his ministry said in a statement. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/palestin... more »

Rockets hit Tel Aviv

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago

The Economy: "What Is The 'Fiscal Cliff'”?

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"What Is The 'Fiscal Cliff'”?* by Patrick Martin “The term “fiscal cliff,” first used by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke last February, refers to the simultaneous expiration of tax cuts and imposition of spending cuts on January 1, 2013. The American media has seized on the term “fiscal cliff” and promoted it, in part, to suggest that measures which would otherwise be enormously popular- ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy or cutting military spending- are threatening, even dangerous. The main purpose of the media propaganda about the impending “cliff” is to create... more »

John David Ebert - On The Avengers [Movie Review]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*The Avengers * *A Movie Review * *by John David Ebert* *Cinema Discourse* - If *Star Wars* is the creation of an American national epic by other means (than literary), Marvel’s new superhero film *The Avengers* brings into visibility before us how the superhero is becoming part of an unofficial American polytheism, or in other words, paganism by other means (than cults and liturgies). The seven superheroes of the film’s pantheon are, of course, drawn from Old World prototypes: Thor, the giant killer, has been lifted out of whole cloth from Scandinavian mythology; Iron Man is ... more »

Eurozone slumps back into recession after austerity cuts

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Output drops across single currency bloc as economists warn of no early end to crisis The Independent Ben Chu The eurozone has double-dipped back into its second recession in three years, official figures confirmed yesterday – and analysts warned economic pain across the single currency will continue well into 2013. Output across the 17-member bloc fell by 0.1 per cent over the third quarter of 2012, following a 0.2 per cent decline in the second quarter, according to Eurostat. The picture across the Continent was uneven with France and Germany both eking out 0.2 per cent growt... more »

Palestinians shoot down Israeli F-16 fighter jet in Gaza: Hamas

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Palestinian fighters have downed an Israeli warplane flying over the Gaza Strip as retaliatory rocket attacks from the enclave continue to sound alarms across Israel. According to Hamas sources, the Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down on Friday. Meanwhile, several Israelis were injured after three rockets fired from Gaza hit the settlement of Gush Etzion in al-Quds (Jerusalem). http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/11/16/272691/israeli-f16-jet-shot-down-in-gaza/

A chicken moat

risa bear at A Way to Live - 8 hours ago
And now I think I have run out of how-tos for awhile! :)

Smile-a-while: CNN previews hero Petraeus!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012* *Well-known genius prepared to “acknowledge” that he knew all along:* No one who watches the press corps closely can escape the sneaking suspicion that they can’t be human life-forms. Case in point: Barbara Starr’s report to Anderson Cooper about what Petraeus was going to testify today. Starr appeared with Cooper last night, Thursday night, in the 8 o’clock hour. What follows was Starr's sneak preview of Petraeus’ upcoming testimony before the Senate and House Intelligence Committees concerning the Benghazi attack. She said the following with a straig... more »

film reviews - Dark Shadows - Cosmopolis

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 8 hours ago
*DARK SHADOWS:* director: Tim Burton starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Mrs Tim Burton as I'm British, I didn't see the original TV series that Dark Shadows is based upon so I have no prejudiced or preconceptions either way but I tell you what, "I really enjoyed every cinematic minute," of this wonderful film. I love the 200 years late vernacular of Depp's Barnabas Collins, and his ever-so-visceral misunderstanding of the era he rises into. The family is fashionably dysfunctional but in the end, *blood is thicker than water*. The trailer, while cosy and cutified, doesn't ... more »


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Important info:* Israel claimed this did not happen, further reducing the believability of information being shared by the IDF at present.


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*More here:* http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/16/250005.html

GAIA PORTAL: Incoming Light Energies Create Bubbles of Resolution

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
*Incoming Light Energies Create Bubbles of Resolution* by ÉirePort Higher D incoming Light Energies of Galactic Sun origin create bubbles of resolution. Temporary isolation and restriction of anharmonics occur until resolution. Some will sense a "popping" of these bubbles once resolution completes. Conscious participation from non-judgment space is helpful in resolving these anharmonics. These occur at all levels, individual, group, community, country, planetary. All Hue-mans sense these multi-level anharmonics and subsequent resolutions. Resting and communication with Nature... more »

We Need Another Charter

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
We need to go beyond our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Conditions on the ground have changed markedly since the Trudeau government formulated what Canadians today with genuine affection call "the Charter." What we need today is a supplemental charter prescribing the principles on which we are to be governed through this century. We are going to need clearly stated principles to ensure the social cohesion that will determine how Canadians weather what's coming our way. Simple things - healthcare; education; measures to redress inequality of wealth, income and opportunity - ever... more »

Turkey raps Israel on Gaza, to discuss with U.S., Egypt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan decried Israeli's air strikes on Gaza on Friday as a pre-election stunt and said he would discuss the crisis with Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in Cairo this weekend. Under Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party, Turkey has sought to use its clout as a rising democratic power in the Muslim world to increase its influence in the Middle East, distancing itself from former ally Israel. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-palestinians-israel-turkey-idUSBRE8AF0TD20121116

Thousands protest in Egypt against Gaza attacks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Thousands protested in Egyptian cities on Friday against Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip and Egypt's president vowed to support the enclave's population in the face of "blatant aggression". Western governments are watching Egypt's response to the attacks for signs of a more assertive stance towards Israel since an Islamist came to power in the Arab world's most populous nation. President Mohamed Mursi is mindful of anti-Israeli sentiment among Egyptians emboldened by last year's Arab Spring uprising but needs to show Western allies his new government is no threat to Middle Eas... more »

Israel moves to call 75.000 reserves

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Israeli ministers were on Friday asked to endorse the call-up of up to 75,000 reservists after Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day. The rocket attacks were a challenge to Israel's Gaza offensive and came just hours after Egypt's prime minister, denouncing what he described as Israeli aggression, visited the enclave and said Cairo was prepared to mediate. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-palestinians-israel-hamas-idUSBRE8AD0WP20121116


Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 9 hours ago
*American Scofflaw* 今天呢?特警队和炸弹队的到来。但在此之前,我们进一步推测,这里是一个简短的视频由麻省理工学院的博爱犯下的恶作剧,对于那些不熟悉。 如果它发生在星期六?发生大规模的恐慌。哇,一切都变了。美国已成为土地的毛主席

Wordsworth's Two-Part Prelude

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
YouTube video description - [Channel: Gottfried Leibniz]: BBC narration of William Wordsworth's 'Prelude'. *Wikipedia*: "The poem has been referred to as the first *psychological epic *."

Life on Mars Probable?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Let us deal with this another way. The actual exposed surface of Mars, which is all we get to see, is a sterilizing environment at best just like our worst deserts. Finding life there is difficult. Even methane will be hard to come by in a planet were it is not obviously abundant. Yet inside the rock near a hotspot, if such still exists, completely different conditions can prosper. Deeper down the planet's internal heat becomes available to support anything. So while it is presently nearly lifeless, it was once anything but lifeless in its biological potential and that... more »

Language skills relevant in removal of counsel

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Maftoun v. Banitaba, 2012 ONCA 786 suggests that choice of counsel has greater significance where language skills are in play: [6] In addition to the importance of sustaining the value of a party's counsel of choice where possible, the removal of counsel for the respondents would cause them prejudice. Both respondents speak Farsi as do their counsel. Mr. Zargar, who was self-represented today, required and had the assistance of an interpreter who speaks Farsi. The importance of being able to communicate in the language of one's choice is important as it enables the most ful... more »

Israhell Is Wiping Palestine Off The Map

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
Israhell assassinated the leader of its enemy, who was *desperate to make peace*, and then it tells Palestinians and the international community that it would be alright to have a ceasefire. Israhell is committing acts of war but then it says it is only acting in self-defense and asks for a ceasefire. What a cowardly punk Israhell is. Only morons would agree to a ceasefire in this situation. Forget a ceasefire. What will a temporary ceasefire achieve? Nothing. Israhell will just break it again and assassinate another leader. It has already started the war, the other side must e... more »

Maybe Hamas wants Bibi re-elected?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
A reader writes as below. I am not convinced but she or he makes a credible argument: "Iran is nowhere near completing a nuke. Threats that they are getting close is just a Likudnik talking point. The real issue here is that Hamas wants to influence the Israeli election to keep Bibi in power. They are extremists, and the only thing they hate more than extreme right-wing Israelis are moderate/left-wing Israelis who might restart the peace process. Hamas (and Bibi) are enemies of peace, and share the objective of keeping the conflict going, and keeping each other in power. Anyone... more »

World cereal production in 2012 down 2.7 percent from the 2011 record

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: World cereal production, utilization, and stocks, November 2012. fao.org]8 November 2012 (FAO) – This season’s world cereal supply and demand balance is proving much tighter than in 2011/12 with global production falling short of the projected demand and cereal stocks declining sharply. However, the tightening is not uniform across all cereals. While this season’s maize and wheat supplies are compromised by disappointing harvests, supplies of rice are ample, which is prompting a further build-up of inventories. - Global cereal *production* in 2012 is expected to fall... more »

Mayan civilization’s collapse linked to climate change

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: Mayan ruin in Guatemala. Michele Falzone / Photographer's Choice / Getty Images] By Deborah Zabarenko 9 November 2012 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For a clue to the possible impact of climate change on modern society, a study suggests a look back at the end of classic Mayan civilization, which disintegrated into famine, war and collapse as a long-term wet weather pattern shifted to drought. An international team of researchers compiled a detailed climate record that tracks 2,000 years of wet and dry weather in present-day Belize, where Mayan cities developed from the year 300 t... more »

Wave of evictions leads to homeless crisis in Spain

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: Spain citizen Francisco Rodríguez Flores in a building where he and his family live that has been taken over by the homeless. It had been vacant for three years. Samuel Aranda for The New York Times] By SUZANNE DALEY 11 November 2012 SEVILLE, Spain – The first night after Francisco Rodríguez Flores, 71, and his wife, Ana López Corral, 67, were evicted from their small apartment here after falling behind on their mortgage, they slept in the entrance hall of their building. Their daughters, both unemployed and living with them, slept in a neighbor’s van. "It was the worst ... more »

Drought persists in U.S. High Plains despite recent rain

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: John Honeywell kicks up red dust in a dry field as he pulls a forty foot grain drill to plant winter wheat near Orlando, Okla., on 12 September 2012. Nearly 60 percent of the contiguous US was in at least "moderate" drought as of November 13, according to Thursday's Drought Monitor. Sue Ogrocki / AP file] By Carey Gillam 15 November 2012 (Reuters) – A storm system that brought cold, wet weather to much of the United States last week helped ease drought in many states, but some areas that were most in need of moisture were missed, according to a climatology report issued o... more »

Russia will back Egyptian efforts to end Israeli aggression: Putin

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
PressTV [image: Russian President Vladimir Putin] Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will back Egyptian efforts to put an end to the Israeli aggression in the besieged Gaza Strip. In a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Friday, Putin said Russia planned to support Cairo's efforts directed at normalizing the situation in the Palestinian territory, the Kremlin said in a statement. The remarks come after Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Qandil visited the Gaza Strip on Friday, where he urged the world leaders to stop Tel Aviv’s attacks. ... more »

6.8 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 16th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 6.8 Date-Time Friday, November 16, 2012 at 18:12:37 UTC Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 05:12:37 AM at epicenter Location 49.291°N, 155.445°E Depth 4.9 km (3.0 miles) (poorly constrained) Region KURIL ISLANDS Distances 162 km (101 miles) SSW (198°) from Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia TSUNAMI REPORT THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE. AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIM... more »

Penny's pokies - NSFW - Friday Night Rule 5 - Kaley Cuoco

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
Not as popular an internet subject as Jennifer Aniston's but still my public has requested, so...

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 16th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Friday, November 16, 2012 at 18:00:27 UTC Friday, November 16, 2012 at 04:00:27 PM at epicenter Location 55.863°S, 26.708°W Depth 16.3 km (10.1 miles) Region SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION Distances 98 km (60 miles) NNE of Visokoi Island,

Location, Location, Location

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
Is anyone else noticing the irony of where the deficit hawks are pouncing on FDR's New Deal in anticipation of disemboweling it? The apparatchiks of the plutocracy had their first Grand Guignol Bargain meet-up this morning in that historic bastion of populism known as the Roosevelt Room. The West Wing work-space actually gets its name from both Roosevelts, Teddy and Franklin. This was akin to holding a Black Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. I live right across the river from the second Roosevelt's burying place in Hyde Park. So if I hear a rumbling from the east, I know it will be th... more »

Israel channel 2 TV: Army orders to mobilize up to 75,000 reservists for possible ground campaign

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
JERUSALEM, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Defence Minister Ehud Barak sought government approval on Friday to mobilize up to 75,000 reserve troops for Israel's Gaza campaign, political sources said, in a sign of preparations for a possible ground offensive. The sources, speaking after Palestinian rockets were fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, said ministers were being polled by telephone by the cabinet secretary to approve the call-up. http://live.reuters.com/Event/Conflict_on_the_Gaza_Strip

Inciting war crimes: Israel minister says force Gaza population into Egypt, cut off water, electricity

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
Electronic Intifada Ali Abunimah Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza city on 15 November 2012.An Israeli minister has called for the army to bomb Gaza until the population flees en masse into Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, and for water and electricity supplies to be cut, a clear case of incitement to war crimes. Israel Katz, Israel’s transport minister, was quoted on the Orthodox website *B’Hadrei Haredim* on 11 November: Israel must act in Gaza with a very clear policy. *The leadership of the Hamas, which is responsible for all the attacks and shooting, must be eliminated*.... more »

McCain's Benghazi Fail-- Was A Vainglorious Old U.S. Senator Responsible For The Tragedy In Benghazi?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
-by Juan Adams A few weeks back, I was lounging around catching up with the Sunday morning talk shows and happened upon *Face The Nation* where Senator John McCain was furiously spinning a conspiracy theory about the attack on the Benghazi consulate. His takeaway message was that there had either been gross incompetence or worse, a cover up. McCain's accusatory tone struck me as rather nasty conduct for a senator but I allowed that there might have been an element of grief. I too had questioned the rather lax security given the location and timing of the attack. McCain shook his h... more »

Massing troops and tanks near Gaza, Israel says wants no war

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Israeli tanks and troops massed outside Gaza and the military said on Friday it was calling up 16,000 reservists, signs of a possible imminent invasion of the Palestinian enclave after 48 hours of air strikes. Israel's warplanes, drones and helicopters appeared to shift focus from suspected Palestinian rocket sites to the northern Gaza frontier, where their bombs created incursion corridors by clearing landmines or guerrilla gun nests. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-palestinians-israel-gaza-tactics-idUSBRE8AF0XD20121116

U.S. gave A123 $1 million as it filed bankruptcy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The Obama administration provided struggling battery maker A123 Systems Inc with nearly $1 million on the day it filed for bankruptcy, the company told lawmakers investigating its government grant. The company, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month after a rescue deal with Chinese auto parts supplier Wanxiang Group fell apart. That same day, October 16, A123 received a $946,830 payment as part of its $249 million clean energy grant from the Energy Department, the company said in a letter, obtained by Reuters, to Re... more »


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Reports coming in that Tahrir square has filled with protestors demanding to join the Gazans as "human shields" against Israeli bombs.*

Iran ready to sharply increase nuclear work in bunker: IAEA

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Iran is set to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground site after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a U.N. nuclear report showed on Friday, a move that could increase Western alarm about Tehran's nuclear course. The latest quarterly International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran came 10 days after the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama, which raised hopes for a revival of nuclear diplomacy with Iran following speculation that Israel might bomb the nuclear facilities of its arch-enemy soon. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-nuclear... more »

U.S. drug testing firm probed for alleged fraud, intimidation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A federal grand jury in Boston is investigating Millennium Laboratories of San Diego, a fast-growing private company selling urine drug testing services to pain clinics across the United States. The company not only is under investigation by the Justice Department for allegations of health care fraud but also for intimidating former employees, one who was portrayed in a slideshow at a company meeting as a corpse in a body bag. Two of the ex-employees, who had raised concerns about Millennium's sales practices, also say they were followed for weeks by private investigators they beli... more »

The Invasion of Gaza: Part of a Broader US-NATO-Israel Military Agenda. Towards a Scenario of Military Escalation?

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
Global Research Michel Chossoduvsky [image: GazaMap] On November 14, Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari was murdered in a Israeli missile attack. In a bitter irony, barely a few hours before the attack, Hamas received the draft proposal of a permanent truce agreement with Israel. “Hours before Hamas strongman Ahmed Jabari was assassinated, he received the draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel, which included mechanisms for maintaining the cease-fire in the case of a flare-up between Israel and the factions in the Gaza Strip.”(Haaretz, November 15, 2012) The targe... more »

Media Report NO Criminal Charges in MF Global Expected

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
The New York Times and Washington Post emphasize a "risk taking" culture fostered by Corzine and a failure of regulators in the MF Global scam. Neither news report addresses the fundamental criminality at issue in MF Global's "re-hypothetication" of customer accounts. What is interesting is that the Congressional report cited in both of these articles *does* outline the criminal suits pending. So, why are the media focusing on a "risk taking culture" and "regulatory failure" rather than addressing the criminality at the heart of this stinking mess? Before reading The New York Ti... more »

Get Out. Now.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
"*We cannot pretend there is any more to do in Afghanistan.*" That brief observation underlies the argument of former British Liberal Dem leader, Lord Ashdown, that it's time to pull his country's military forces out of Afghanistan, just as quickly as possible. Calling the war in Afghanistan, "*this awful mistake," *Ashdown said the only reason remaining for fighting is to cover our withdrawal. *"It is not worth wasting one more life in Afghanistan. All that we can achieve has now been achieved. All that we might have achieved if we had done things differently, has been lost. The... more »

Do nation states belong to the 19th century? Is it bad?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Czech president Klaus had to go through another memorable, tense moment when he was giving an interview in Vienna: DER STANDARD: Václav Klaus: Is that clear? Yes? Good. (autom. transl. from German) After some sentences, he decided that the journalists from Der Standard, a major [social liberal] Austrian daily, didn't deserve more than he has already given to them. And I understand him very well. The journalists pretended that they were asking questions but in reality, they were trying to bully the interviewee or impose the politically correct ideology upon him. It quickly became... more »

What is Hamas doing? Watch the circus, not the sideshow

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
How does Hamas firing rockets at Jerusalem help Hamas? Not much. Yes a rocket barrage to express rage at the assassination of Ahmed Jabari makes some sense. It is a proportionate response. But rockets at Jerusalem? It screams out "come and retake Gaza so Israel is safe". Hamas doesn't benefit. Only Iran benefits. By causing a distraction for Israel in Gaza they buy time to finish building an atomic bomb. I suspect Israel is smart enough to see that. Remember don't watch the sideshow. Watch the circus.

Jerusalem: Hamas Rocket Attack Targets City

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Hamas said it has fired a long-range rocket at Jerusalem - the first time the holy city is thought to have been targeted by Gaza militants using such a weapon. Israeli police said the rocket landed in an open area near Gush Ezion, a collection of Jewish settlements in the West Bank southeast of the city. The rocket caused no damage or injuries, the Jewish state's army said. http://news.sky.com/story/1012190/jerusalem-hamas-rocket-attack-targets-city

Oil Rig Fire Leaves Two Dead Off US Coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
At least two people have died and two more are missing after an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, a US Coast Guard spokesman confirmed. Four more people were airlifted to hospital. Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash did not immediately have information on their condition. The explosion took place on a shallow-water production platform owned by Black Elk Energy about 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. http://news.sky.com/story/1012438/oil-rig-fire-leaves-two-dead-off-us-coast

Res Ipsa Loquitor

Kevin Wood at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
Actual screen capture. To say anything further would be superfluous. (an actual crossposting from the actual Woodshed, actually.) Tweet


Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
Website for this image... Should Google be sued for allowing certain material on its search pages? For example, a Tweet, that is alleged to be not 100% balanced, fair and accurate? Is the following balanced, fair and accurate: "Lord Alan Sugar: Sad news on the death of Jimmy Savile very funny man and did loads of work for charity RIP." Jimmy Savile *Puglia* *Or how about this:* *Lord McAlpine's Sex Secret.* * * [image: The Mail on Sunday (London, England)] January 27, 2002 Lord McAlpine's partner "is 27 years his junior, and younger than two of his children". "So how has the... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake TAJIKISTAN - 16th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Friday, November 16, 2012 at 16:40:17 UTC Friday, November 16, 2012 at 09:40:17 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.544°N, 72.030°E Depth 127.6 km (79.3 miles) Region TAJIKISTAN Distances 36 km (22 miles) NNE of Roshtqal'a, Tajikistan

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 16th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.0 Region SOUTHERN IRAN Date time 2012-11-16 15:54:18.0 UTC Location 28.68 N ; 51.23 E Depth 22 km Distances 14 km W Khormuj, Iran

Hermoso comedor urbano - Urban Zen Colletion

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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SUSAN RICE CLARIFICATION WATCH: Where does Standard Group Paraphrase come from!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012* *In your view, what did Rice say:* We awoke this morning to NBC’s Tracie Potts. She was paraphrasing Susan Rice on the cable show, Early Look. We can find no record of what Potts said, though her very unhelpful paraphrase turned on a key word—“spontaneous.” But in yesterday morning’s New York Times, reporter Mark Landler offered this Standard Paraphrase of What Rice Really Said. We don’t think this is good work: LANDLER (11/15/12): In his first formal news conference in eight months, which was meant to position Mr. Obama for the coming fiscal battles bu... more »

Israeli media issues statement that citizens should prepare for "7 Day war"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Alert has been updated with new information regarding Gazan situation.*

Amahacas de playa en un lindo día de primavera

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Friday Nerd Blogging

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago

Bañera de lujo con cristales transparente

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Hotel Bahía de la tortuga en Hawaii - Turtle Bay Resort

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Oil-Rig Fire in Gulf of Mexico: 2 Dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Coast Guard officials said they are investigating a fire at an oil-drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana. A parish official said the rig isn't drilling at a deep-water site like the Macondo well that blew out in 2010. That blowout led to an explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324556304578122971137576286.html

A Way With Words

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
As Glenn Greenwald and others have cogently pointed out, the American media have been displaying a definite neo-con/neo-liberal bias when it comes to coverage of the recent Israel/Gaza violence. Israeli casualties are always mentioned in the first graf of New York Times stories, for example, while that much worse and so unfortunate "collateral damage" inflicted on the Palestinian side gets buried deep within the sixth or seventh paragraph. And the coverage also reflects the dawning of the new age of War by Tweet. A series of graphic AP photos showing a grief-stricken Palestinian fath... more »

Reloj de oro Rolex - Rolex Oyster perpetual datejust

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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Developers and Military/Industrial Complex Bump Heads in Sacramento County

By: Duane Craig A now defunct housing development in Sacramento County is still haunting the developers who originally had to find sources of water other than groundwater to move on with the project, according to this Sacramento Business Journal article. At the center of the controversy are a number of aviation manufacturers including Aerojet, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. In a lawsuit, the developers, allege that the manufacturers released hazardous substances into eastern Sacramento County. Those substances, the developers say, contaminated the ground water, requiring them to spe... more »

Sexual harassment constitutes sexual discrimination

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
*Friedmann v. MacGarvie*, 2012 BCCA 445 is a source for the proposition that sexual harassment constitutes sexual discrimination: [32] One way to demonstrate in a discrimination case that the group characteristic of the complainant was a factor in the adverse treatment received by him or her is to introduce evidence of the treatment of persons who did not share the group characteristic. However, that is not the only way in which it can be demonstrated. In a sexual harassment case, the very nature of the sexual harassment can be sufficient to establish that the gender of... more »

Leaked documents: Mainstream media ignoring Salazar scheme to steal Navajo water rights

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Media ignoring leaked documents of Salazar/Kyl theft of Navajo water rights *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The mainstream media is ignoring these leaked documents below, exposing the Navajo water rights theft scheme of Interior Sec. Ken Salazar, with Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl. After the meeting was exposed, Salazar put a public relations spin on it this week and made it public to further the cover-up. Arizona is desperate for Navajo water from the Little Colorado River, both to water lawns and golf courses and continue the lavish lifestyles, and for... more »

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
To Dave Wasserman, who first of all has been performing a terrific service to everyone by updating the presidential election results when most or all of the major news organization sites haven't been, and second notes: 4,000+ new votes reported in Colorado, now within 0.03% of losing "Tipping Point State" honors to Pennsylvania Which means that everyone owes a major apology to Team Romney. Even if Pennsylvania doesn't wind up as the state that put Barack Obama over the top, it was pretty close, and Romney's campaign was entirely sensible in putting resources there; indeed, the real... more »

NRC Charged With Lessening Restrictions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
"According to a year-long investigation finalized by the Associated Press in 2012, the AP says they believe that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has regularly lessened restrictions in recent years. In their probe, they found that 82 of America’s operating reactors are more than a quarter-century old, with 66 units having been re-licensed for an additional two decades." Cited in "Cracks found in South Carolina atomic station's nuclear reactor head." RT Nov 15, 2012 http://rt.com/usa/news/cracks-atomic-reactor-head-797/

Danny Baker on the Jonathan Ross Show

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
"Po "Possibly the greatest radio presenter" - Possibly?

France at war with The Economist after British magazine declares country as Europe's 'time bomb'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
French officials blasted weekly British magazine The Economist after its front cover claimed that France was the 'time-bomb at the heart of Europe'. They accused the magazine of sensationalist journalism and compared the publication to Charlie Hebdo, the French magazine which carried cartoons of Prophet Muhammad naked in September. The Economist's front cover showed seven baguettes held together by a French tricolour with a lit fuse protruding from the centre. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2233943/The-Economist-riles-French-officials-describing-France-time-bomb-Europe.html

Poland, France back stronger EU, bilateral ties

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
The leaders of Poland and France say they want the new European Union budget to allow for development and further integration despite the need for cuts and austerity measures. French President Francois Hollande visited Warsaw on Friday and met with his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski. They said EU leaders need to make targeted decisions as they discuss the upcoming EU budget, in order to help the 27-nation bloc and its 17-nation eurozone overcome the current debt crisis http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hUmnHTvToK61WnI1dpN37ZXJsdYw?docId=0fa6aad3fd524f4c85cf... more »

Music star Al Gore plans a virtual reality drop

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
The king of pop is dead; long live Al Gore. Honestly, I think this "adjust frequencies" music genre is pretty good. He could join the young rapping Australian climate alarmists, too. Yesterday, I watched Al Gore's "Dirty Weather" show for about 30 minutes in total and Anthony Watts' competing TV program for more than hour; it was especially Roy Spencer that made the watching irresistible. The difference couldn't be more striking. It's often being said that the climate panic is driven by scientists. But Al Gore's show offered virtually no scientists. It offered lots of ordinary peo... more »

Hamas Claims Rocket Attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Air raid sirens have sounded in Jerusalem, signaling a possible rocket attack aimed at Israel's capital. Channel 10 reports that two rockets landed outside Jerusalem. The Israel Defence Force confirmed that a rocket was fired from Gaza to an area outside Jerusalem. Hamas militants said they had fired a long-range missile at Jerusalem. http://news.sky.com/story/1012190/jerusalem-hamas-claims-rocket-attack

Democracy is Dead - and the People know it.

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 14 hours ago
Yesterday the people of England and Wales were asked to vote for the newly created posts of Police and Crime Commissioners. The totally alien idea is akin to the American concept of Elected Sheriffs, and has absolutely no place in our countries. Of course, to the Internationalists and Atlanticists, anything which undermines the identity of sovereign nations, is a good thing. We have recently had all manner of pointless referenda, including Proportional Representation, Regional Assemblies in England, Directly Elected Mayors, and such nonsense. In every case, the hoped for outco... more »

Egypt won't leave Gaza alone: president

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi said Friday that Egypt will not leave the Gaza Strip alone while describing the Israeli military operation against the Palestinian enclave as a "barefaced" aggression on humanity. "I'm warning the aggressors on Gaza, they can't have any power over the strip," Morsi said in a statement after the Friday prayer. "Cairo won't leave Gaza alone, and I'm speaking on behalf of all Egyptian people that Egypt now is different than before," he added. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-11/16/c_131979748.htm

Friday Morning Linkage

Jon Western at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
From our infatuation with swing states to the pageantry of the Chinese Communist Catwalk — great night of TV in China as Xi Jingping steps out first from behind the curtain. I miss the old days when it was a surprise…. This isn’t going to end well. This morning’s Jerusalem Post editorial: ”Operation Pillar of Defense Continue reading

75,000 Troops to "secure" chemical weapons in Syria.....

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
That's according to the Pentagon!. Were going long so sit a spell *NYT's * The Pentagon has told the Obama administration that any military effort to seize Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons would require upward of 75,000 troops The estimated size of the potential effort, provided to the White House by the military’s Central Command and Joint Staff, called into question whether the United States would have the resources to act quickly if it detected the movement of chemical weapons Check out the perception management! *“The discovery that Hezbollah has set up camps close to... more »

Iraq releases suspected Hezbollah operative Ali Mussa Daqduq

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Iraqi authorities on Friday released suspected Hezbollah operative Ali Mussa Daqduq who was accused of killing American troops, his lawyer said, adding he had made his way to Lebanon. "There was no reason for his detention. last night the decision was made to release him. He is out now and arrived in Beirut two hours ago," Abdulalmehdi al-Mutairi told Reuters by phone. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-iraq-daqduq-release-idUSBRE8AF0SS20121116 

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