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Saturday, November 17, 2012

17 November - Blogs I`m Following II

Arirang Mass Gymnastics and Artistic Performan...
Arirang Mass Gymnastics and Artistic Performance, Pyongyang May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Atheist Bus Campaign creator Ariane S...
English: Atheist Bus Campaign creator Ariane Sherine and Richard Dawkins at its launch in London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A mass games performance in Pyongyang, North K...
A mass games performance in Pyongyang, North Korea. Taken by ProhibitOnions in 1998. 日本語: 北朝鮮平壌市でのマスゲーム。1998年、英語版ウィキペディア利用者のProbibitOnions撮影。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arirang Festival mass games display in Pyongyang.
Arirang Festival mass games display in Pyongyang. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Español: Paulo Coelho
Español: Paulo Coelho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bishop Hill points up a post-thread on wind generators and vibrations

10:10 pm MST

It's A Dog's Life... In India

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 minutes ago
In India, it's a two-tier world for dogs-- just like for people My pal Roland teaches elementary school in Compton, one of L.A.'s roughest neighborhoods. He always tells me the kids don't have any clue that they're poor. I didn't either when I was a kid. In fact, I never even thought about it until I wasn't poor-- when I was in my thirties. I was making $100/week and thought I was the king of the world. And when I was really a little kid we had a dog, which I found out on American Public Media's Marketplace yesterday, is a mark of wealth. At least societally. Yes, puppies, apparently... more »

What lies behind Israel’s drafting of its reserves? And what does it mean for the continuation of Operation Pillar of Defense?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“A dark Sun hung over Queensland, Australia on Wednesday morning during a much anticipated total solar eclipse. Storm clouds threatened to spoil the view along the northern coast, but minutes before totality the clouds parted. Streaming past the Moon's edge, the last direct rays of sunlight produced a gorgeous diamond ring effect in this scene from Ellis Beach between Cairns and Port Douglas. *Click image for larger size. * Winking out in a moment, the diamond didn't last forever though. The area was plunged into darkness for nearly 2 minutes as the Moon's shadow swept off shore... more »

A State Of Mind (2004 North Korea documentary)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
*Two young gymnast girls train for the Mass Games, North Korea's choreography spectacular. Provides an intriguing inside look into life in Pyongyang, North Korea.*

Chet Raymo, "Rules For Believing And Thinking"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Seven Rules for Believing"* by Chet Raymo "I was reading again recently Richard Dawkins' letter to his daughter Juliet on her tenth birthday, urging her to avoid tradition, authority and revelation as reasons for believing. Ask for evidence, he writes - evidence that is at least potentially available to all. Good advice, and I wouldn't mind passing on Dawkins' letter to my own children or grandchildren. But there is further advice I would add. A week or so ago I proposed here Four Rules of Rational Thinking, and had some savvy comments by readers. Let me now propose Seven Rule... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Redfield, South Dakota, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Paulo Coelho, “Change and Renewal”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Change and Renewal”* by Paulo Coelho “When winter arrives, the trees must sigh in sadness as they see their leaves falling. They say: ‘We will never be like we were before.’ Of course. Or still, what is the meaning of renewing oneself? The next leaves will have their own nature, they pertain to a new summer that approaches and which will never be like the one that passed. Living means changing– and the seasons repeat these lessons to us every year. Changing means going through a period of depression: we still don’t know the new and we have to forget everything we used to know.... more »

"Always Been Sane..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. Indigenous humans have always been sane because they have always been mystic. They permit the twilight." - G. K. Chesterton

Floyd And Silber On Israhell's Slaughter of Gaza

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
*Obaaama The Coward gives Netanyahoo and Israhell political and moral cover for crimes against humanity.* I remember Operation Cast Lead very well because it was around the time when I started 'The Excavator.' I remember reading the commentaries of Arthur Silber and Chris Floyd. And here we are again, at the same place, helplessly watching the same* *slaughter. The only difference this time around is that Israhell is planning to slaughter even more people who are being held hostage in Gaza. An excerpt from Chris Floyd's article, *"On the Eve: Last Thoughts Before the Latest Inv... more »

The private equity company ate our Twinkies

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*"It is hard to blame workers for not putting their trust in a management team that shows little competence and is rapidly stuffing its pockets at the company's expense. It is bad news for workers and the economy as a whole when such people gain control of major corporations."* *-- Dean Baker, in "No Cupcake: Workers Turn Down Bad Deal from Hostess," on the CEPR website* *by Ken* It's hardly surprising that the Infotainment Noozemedia are reporting the apparent death of Hostess, makers of Twinkies, Ho-Hos, and Wonder Bread, as yet another story of the insatiable greed of those godda... more »

Video: Brave Israelis Protest Gaza Invasion

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Video: Brave Israelis protest the Netanyahu government's attack on Gaza and imminent invasion of Gaza. YouTube video description [Channel - The Blue Pilgrimage]: Video of the Tel Aviv protest against Israel's attack on the Gaza Strip and the simultaneous counter-protest in support of the attack.

Desperate Haitian Farmers by Randal C. Archibold

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 3 hours ago
[image: The New York Times] ------------------------------ November 17, 2012 Already Desperate, Haitian Farmers Are Left Hopeless After StormBy RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD FAUCHÉ, Haiti — A woman who lost just about everything now gives her children coffee for meals because it quiets their stomachs a bit. Another despondent mother relives the awful moment when her 18-month-old baby was swept from her arms by a flash food. The bodies of a family of five killed in a mudslide still sit in a morgue unclaimed. Haitians, who know well the death and despair natural disasters can cause, suffered mi... more »

"How It Really Is, And Should Have Been"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
And how it really should have been...


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
* Emergency dial-up numbers that can be used in Gaza, in Arabic:* http://www.alwatanvoice.com/arabic/news/2012/11/15/334424.html *Anonymous "care package" to Gazans:* http://www.mediafire.com/?hpnne29xvx1ceuv *Contains:* -- Instructions on how to reconnect to Internet -- Instructions on how to avoid Israeli surveillance -- First Aid guide -- Anonymous press release *The Coming Crisis is FIRMLY against the restriction of information, and therefore provides these links to ensure objective and fully reported news on both sides reaches all people. Pass this information on to those in need... more »

Israeli Interior Mininster, E. Yishai: "The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for 40 yrs", via Haaretz

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*Matt's confusion:* Since Gaza has been living in the Middle Ages for the better part of the last 60 years, mostly due to embargo and perpetual bombing, does that mean the mission is finally complete?

Occupy Monkey Cage

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 5 hours ago
In this experiment, two Capuchin monkeys get different compensation for doing the same amount of work. After the Capuchin on the left notices that a distinct class line has been drawn, alienation sets in, and a work stoppage ensues.


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*Update:* Literally 3 seconds after I posted this, I heard two massive explosions in Gaza. Guess not. *Update 2:* Ceasefire negotiations are apparently underway during the bombing.


According to Alana Goodman, a neocon propagandist herself who writes for *Commentary *magazine, Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren has said when talkingabout the Israeli bombing of Gaza: *In one case, an Israeli pilot refrained from striking a long-range missile because the pilot noticed children in the vicinity.* This is pure garbage. I’ve been flying airplanes for over 45 years and I can tell you that when flying at even just a few hundred feet off the ground and at only 200mph it would be impossible to distinguish children from adults. Oren is simply trying to excuse Israe... more »

Truth Militia Radio with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 5 hours ago
I just finished the fourth edition of Truth Militia Radio with John Friend. My guest and good friend Zan Overall, the *Wise Old Man*, discussed our experiences with various activist groups in Southern California, Zan's recent experience at an anti-Islamophobia rally in Los Angeles, international Jewry's assault on humanity, and current events. You can download the entire show *here* or subscribe on iTunes via the *Truth Militia Radio page* on Blog Talk Radio. Below are some of Zan's YouTube videos. __________________________ Just a reminder, I'll have Dr. Jim Fetze... more »

Pillar of Death: Israhell Is The Real Savage

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
David Harris-Gershon *writes*: "Interior Minister Eli Yishai, in a moment of disturbing candor, revealed what is for many in Netanyahu’s government the ultimate goalof its escalating military campaign on Gaza: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.” Now, part of Yishai’s bombast comes from the fact that, as a known racist and head of the ultra-orthodox Shas party, he’d feel much more comfortable in the Middle Ages himself. However, his statement reveals an essential truth few Israeli leaders dare to... more »

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
I'm pretty sure the Romney comments, and even the reaction, go in the "doesn't matter" bin. For something that matters...I'll go with Eurozone developments. To some extent this week, to some extent just remembering it's out there. What else? What do you think mattered this week?

No Surprise Here: As Israel Assaults Gaza, BBC Reporting Assaults The Truth!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 5 hours ago
Yes, Israel is right now plastering the innocent people of Gaza, and will very shortly be rolling their tanks into that overpopulated strip. The result will definitely be thousands of innocent Palestinians massacred! I have marvelled over the last few days by the absolute bullcrap coming from the Mainstream media about this impending slaughter in Gaza. Even the media rigtht here in the heart of Canada has been absolutely pro-Israel, and has concentrated on the 3-4 Israeli civilians killed by the Mossad missile launched from Gaza. And, of course, they have completely ignored the ... more »

The Palin-Bachman-George W. Syndrome of Celebrity Stupid Re-Emerges in Rep. Nan Hayworth

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
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Con v. Internet

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 6 hours ago
Oh, Conservatives! Threatening Teh Internet? Good luck with that. It's easy to understand why they're afraid of it though. It's bigger than them by (heh) googols, and stands in ideological opposition to them in form and function. The internet has allowed governments to topple and revolutions to manifest.

Sask New Democrats Hold First In A Series Of All Candidates Debates - November 17th - Regina

leftdog at Buckdog - 6 hours ago
Regina All-Candidates' Forum *When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm* *Where: Ramada Inn, 1818 Victoria Avenue, Regina* *You can watch live stream of the event HERE at 7:00 pm CST / 8:00 pm EST* *Buckdog will be there and will do a follow-up post later ....* *=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-* *Saskatchewan New Democratic Leadership Campaign Blog* *-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- *

It All Sounds Good Until They Shoot Back

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
It's no accident that our fondness for resorting to military violence is inversely proportional to the risk that our target might inflict the same violence on us. Put another way, we're all for whacking people so long as they can't whack back. How fond would Benny Netanyahu be of targeted assassinations if Hamas had the ability to retaliate in kind? How likely would Barack Obama be to resort to drone warfare in distant lands if the other side had the ability to send manned drones into U.S. airspace? It begs the question of how we're going to cope with a "peer" adversary, a count... more »

Downing Israeli Drone?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago

"Please... Tell Me More..."

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

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 17th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 21:19:27 UTC Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 03:19:27 PM at epicenter Location 13.704°N, 92.314°W Depth 29.3 km (18.2 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 78 km (48 miles) SSW of Champerico, Guatemala

British Airways 'Twitter Account Hacked'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
British Airways has launched an investigation after its Twitter account was apparently hacked and an offensive message retweeted. The official BA Twitter account seemingly retweeted an offensive and racist message on Saturday afternoon. http://news.sky.com/story/1012877/british-airways-twitter-account-hacked

The Economy: "Life, Death and Deficits"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Life, Death and Deficits"* by Paul Krugman "America’s political landscape is infested with many zombie ideas- beliefs about policy that have been repeatedly refuted with evidence and analysis but refuse to die. The most prominent zombie is the insistence that low taxes on rich people are the key to prosperity. But there are others. And right now the most dangerous zombie is probably the claim that rising life expectancy justifies a rise in both the Social Security retirement age and the age of eligibility for Medicare. Even some Democrats- including, according to reports, the ... more »

We Must Not Balance The Budget On The Backs Of The Poor-- Some Cuts Never Heal

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
I was worried Friday to read that Wall Street shill Tiny Tim Geithner had bragged that a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" (a term meant to terrorize Americans) is "within our grasp" and that Boehner had also asserted, when leaving a meeting at the White House, "I feel confident that a solution may be in sight.” But when Jim Dean called the term "Fiscal Cliff" a "Republican scare tactic," he only got it half right. It's a scare tactic of the political elites who embrace the corporate ideology and who distrust democracy-- and, alas, that doesn't just include Republicans... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 17th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 21:12:00 UTC Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 07:12:00 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.940°S, 151.970°E Depth 29.9 km (18.6 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 178 km (110 miles) S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

Religious fanaticism is a Byproduct of ignorance

Hani Fakhouri at Middle East Today - 7 hours ago
On November 13, 2012, Mr. W. Al-Ibrashi on Dream TV Channel hosted controversial Islamic Sheikh Morgan, who was among the followers of Bin Laden in Afghanistan. Sheikh Morgan has been threatening to destroy Egyptian antiquities such as the Sphinx and the Pyramids. He is under the illusion that such antiquities are being worshipped, something that is in violation of Islamic beliefs. Sheikh Morgan is a fanatic ignorant and dangerous person, not only for Egypt but also for world stability, by his own admission. He was involved in the destruction of the largest Buddha statue in Afghan... more »

This Impostor

Gail at Wit's End - 7 hours ago
*The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said "This is mine," and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.* * * ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau, *Discourse on Inequality*, 1754 Shortly afte... more »

Is the Pot Wall Crumbling

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
Voters in Washington and Colorado have passed measures to decriminalize *possession of marijuana* for recreational use. Now five other states are considering introducing similar legislation. Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts are looking at legalizing pot. So too is Ohio. Two Mexican think tanks say the actions of Washington and Colorado voters may do more damage to Mexico's narco-cartels than the "war on drugs" ever achieved. Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Mulgrew+Drug+dominoes+begin+topple/7555366/story.html#ixzz2CWCnOPlb What didn’t seem remotely possib... more »

"Mother Nature and Mankind: A Communication Breakdown"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Mother Nature and Mankind: A Communication Breakdown"* By Frosty Wooldridge "Today, we humans overrun and overwhelm this planet at 7.1 billion of us. America, at a bloviated 315 million could not exist without importing 7 out of 10 barrels of oil daily from other parts of the world. That oil will not last forever, but we will be left with a horrific population overload. In other words, we cannot sustain our civilization in 2012 without raping some other countries around the world. Just imagine what we face by adding 138 million people by 2050- a scant 38 years from now. “The c... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 17th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 21:02:55 UTC Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 07:02:55 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.884°S, 151.867°E Depth 57.2 km (35.5 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 174 km (108 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 17th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 20:44:04 UTC Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 02:44:04 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.766°N, 91.624°W Depth 38.2 km (23.7 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 58 km (36 miles) SW of Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala

The Land Grabbers Strike Again

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 7 hours ago
I have been busy with personal business over the last couple of days, and only now have I been able to sit down and surf the Internet to get a full grasp of the situation in the Gaza Strip. To me, it is quite obvious that we are about to witness a mass slaughter of the innocent people holed up in the largest open air prison camp on the planet by the murderous Israeli defense forces. For this article, I want to present the latest article, by Lasha Darkmoon, at www.darkmoon.me, entitled: "The Land Grabbers Strike Again". This article gives a great assessment of the present situatio... more »

Poor Mitt, Run Out on a Rail by Republicans

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
George w. Bush got the message when he left the White House - scram! Now it's Mitt's turn to endure the Republican instant cold shoulder. He may have just set back the cause of polygamy by a century or two. *Republicans are fleeing Mitt Romney and his comments this week attributing his loss to Barack Obama’s “gifts” for minorities and young people at such a high clip that the United Nations Refugee Agency may need to step in to regulate the flow. First to take issue with Romney’s remarks was Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, then New Mexico Gov. Susannah Martinez, and now you can add ... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad, visited Gaza on 23 October 2012. During the visit, Qatar's Emir gifted a number of watches and ballpoint pens to Hamas leaders. *Reportedly, "these watches and pens transmitted low-frequency signals to Israeli satellites. "The Israeli military then used the received signals to spot and assassinate senior Hamas officials." * *Locations of Hamas Leaders Identified during Qatari Emir's Recent ...* Qatar's emir, who is known as the Fat Pig, has repeatedly met with Israeli leaders. The Emir is keen to invest large sums of money in Gaza, but he may wa... more »

The Climate Change Bill Comes Due

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
It's reported that if the steady decline in Mississippi water levels continues for just one more month, the river will be closed to most navigation. The Mississippi carries some 60% of America's agricultural exports and a great many other commodities also. *An official closure is unlikely, but the river could become too shallow next month for most commercial vessels to transit a busy section from St. Louis to Cairo, Illinois.* *Water levels on that stretch are forecast to drop to nine feet or less by early December as drought conservation measures will reduce the flow of water fr... more »

The Drumbeat for War: Pretext For Invading Syria

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
Pentagon Says 75,000 Troops Might Be Needed to Seize Syria Chemical Arms by D. E. Sanger and E. Schmitt Published: November 15, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/world/middleeast/pentagon-sees-seizing-syria-chemical-arms-as-vast-task.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121116 *[excepted] *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, amid increasing concern that the militant group Hezbollah has set up small training camps close to some of the chemical weapons depot... more »

13,000 People File Second Mass Complaint Against Tepco

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
13,000 people file second mass complaint against TEPCO nov 16, 2012 by MASAKAZU HONDA/ http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211160072[Excerpted] *...*A group of 13,262 complainants from around Japan filed the paperwork with the Fukushima District Public Prosecutors Office on Nov. 15. The group argued that the government and TEPCO executives did not take adequate safety measures, even though they could foresee that a major earthquake could spawn a tsunami and cause severe nuclear accidents. The complainants said this constituted professional negligence resulting ... more »

Monti repeats Italy does not need euro zone aid......Ireland, Greece, Spain and Portugal also kept saying this

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Prime Minister Mario Monti rejected suggestions on Saturday that Italy should seek aid from its euro zone partners to bind a new government to strict reform conditions after elections likely to be held in March. Monti's comments, in a panel discussion at Milan's Bocconi University, follow growing speculation that he might try to use an aid program to guarantee that his broad economic agenda is continued once his term in office ends. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-italy-monti-idUSBRE8AG0H120121117

New York Times: Ikea Admits Forced Labor Was Used in 1980s

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
Ikea Admits Forced Labor Was Used in 1980s by N. Kulish and J. Werdigier http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/business/global/ikea-to-report-on-allegations-of-using-forced-labor-during-cold-war.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121117 [excerpted] — Ikea has long been famous for its inexpensive, some-assembly-required furniture. On Friday the company admitted that political prisoners in the former East Germany provided some of the labor that helped it keep its prices so low. A report by auditors at Ernst & Young concluded that Ikea, a Swedish company, knowingly benefited from forced... more »

IMF'S Lagarde says Greek deal should be "rooted in reality"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
An agreement among Greece's international creditors on reducing its large debt pile should be "rooted in reality and not in wishful thinking," the head of the International Monetary Fund said ahead of a tense meeting with European leaders. Cutting short a visit to Asia to attend a Eurogroup meeting on Tuesday in Brussels, Christine Lagarde, the IMF's managing director, told Reuters it was important that an agreement provide a lasting solution to Greece's debt to avoid prolonged uncertainty and further damage to the Greek economy. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-imf-euro... more »

Greeks march to mark 1973 student revolt against junta

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Thousands of Greeks protesting against austerity policies rallied in Athens on Saturday to mark a bloody student uprising almost four decades ago against the military junta that ruled the country at the time. The annual protest often becomes a focal point for groups protesting against government policies and comes against a backdrop of rising public anger at a new round of wage and pension cuts approved by parliament this month. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-greece-march-idUSBRE8AG0B120121117

A Free Course in Climate Change

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Germany's WBGU, climate change advisory group, is offering a 90-hour, 3-credit online course, "World in Transition." The course comprises 11-modules, each based on two or three lectures, plus assigned readings and an online exam that can be taken at any university. As far as I can tell, the entire course is available for those wishing to simply audit it online. The course addresses why we need to transition to a carbon-free global economy and the means by which we can get there if we have the will to change, in time.

U.S. denies visas to Iran officials for U.N. meeting: report

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The United States has denied visas to Iranian officials hoping to attend a U.N. meeting in New York, Iran's state news agency reported on Saturday. The Iranian judiciary's Human Rights Headquarters said in a statement that the United States denied visas to members of an Iranian delegation that planned to travel to a meeting of the United Nations' Third Committee, which focuses on social issues and human rights, state news agency IRNA said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-iran-usa-idUSBRE8AG0F320121117

art for art's sake

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago

Britain Still Can't Build a Decent Submarine

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Canada got suckered into buying their previous disaster subs and wound up with them out of service from the get go and for years afterward. Now it's the Royal Navy's turn to get stuck with lousy boats. They're the supposedly latest and greatest hunter-killer subs of the Astute class. *The latest revelations show Astute, the first of seven new submarines costing around £10billion, is unable to reach its intended top speed.* *It means the sub cannot sprint to emergencies or speed from an attack.* *It would also be incapable of keeping pace with the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrie... more »

walk - wantage - ardington, the hendreds and back...

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 9 hours ago
very nice family walk from Wantage through Ardington and the Hendreds (east and west) in a vaguely circular route. The Hawthorns and the Mushrooms were out in force, the girl took these lovely photos. We found (well, a local guide walking her effervescent doggie convinced us to visit) a wonderful, modern stone circle and solar system monument at Ardington that I'd recommend to any walkers who find themselves passing through. Luckily, about a dozen roe deer crossed our path at one point. Very special moment.

JFK worker Renel Rene Richardson arrested over $1.9m iPad theft at site of GoodFellas heist

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A cargo worker has been arrested over the brazen theft of $1.9 million in iPad minis from JFK Airport, according to authorities. Federal agents arrested Renel Rene Richardson earlier this week because he allegedly made too many inquiries to co-workers about the incoming shipment of sought-after iPads, the NY Post reported. Richardson also asked about where forklifts might be found, according to court papers obtained by the NY Post. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234404/JFK-worker-arrested-1-9m-iPad-theft-site-GoodFellas-heist.html

John Michael Young Charged with the Murders of Andrea Mitchell and Tony McGinnis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina | Police have captured the man who they say killed two people more than a month ago and stuffed their bodies in barrels before dumping them into a South Carolina lake. Authorities arrested John Michael Young Saturday afternoon in Anderson, the same town where the bodies were found. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234393/Police-capture-men-dismembered-couple-machete-chainsaw-stuffing-bodies-barrels-dumping-lake.html

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake WEST CHILE RISE - 17th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 18:43:52 UTC Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:43:52 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.020°S, 94.967°W Depth 10.8 km (6.7 miles) Region WEST CHILE RISE Distances 1513 km (940 miles) WSW of San Juan Bautista, Chile

Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash agrees to pay his accuser £79,000 to publicly retract his underage sex claim

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash recently accused of engaging in underage sex with male model Sheldon Stephens who says he was 16 at the time, agreed to pay his accuser $125,000, around £79,000, to recant his story. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234398/Kevin-Clash-Elmo-Puppeteer-agrees-pay-accuser-125-000-publicly-retract-underage-sex-claim.html

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake WEST CHILE RISE - 17th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 18:12:21 UTC Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:12:21 PM at epicenter Location 37.160°S, 94.968°W Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region WEST CHILE RISE Distances 1910 km (1187 miles) W (272°) from Valdivia, Chile

RICE WATCH: The Post keeps Susan Rice under the bus!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2012* *Front-page report serves McCain:* Was Susan Rice vindicated by David Petraeus’ closed-door testimony before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees? Not at the Washington Post, where confusion reigned—and John McCain’s interests were served—in this gruesome front page news report by Karen DeYoung. DeYoung’s report is awful from its fatuous headline on down. (Hard copy headline: "Libya attack was terrorism, Petraeus testifies on Hill.") This report is dreck, starting in paragraph 2. But here are a few basic points: *Keeping Rice under the bus:*... more »

Albert Einstein destroyed 37 Hitler's submarines

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
*Czech high school teacher's idea wouldn't be realized without the top physicist* The top Czech news server iDNES.CZ (CZ) just published a very interesting #3 story of the day, after our defeat of Spain in the doubles of the 100th final of the Davis Cup and after #2 reports from the November 17th anniversary rallies. We usually consider Albert Einstein to be the ultimate pacifist although we also acknowledge his and Szilárd's abstract letter that contributed to the Manhattan Project. But Einstein's steps strengthening the U.S. military power have been much more intense than we us... more »

Hundreds queue for ATM bonanza after hole-in-the-wall starts pumping out thousands of pounds in extra notes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A crowd gathered at a cashpoint in Glasgow, Scotland today after the machine started spewing out extra notes to customers making withdrawals. The Bank of Scotland ATM in the Burnside area of Rutherglen was reported to be issuing double the amount of cash requested. Police eventually stood guard at the machine until the bank was able to shut it down after being alerted to what was going on. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234440/Cashback-Hundreds-queue-ATM-bonanza-Bank-Scotland-machine-Glasgow-starts-pumping-extra-notes.html

Pro-Palestinian rally taking place in Edinburgh

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Hundreds of people have taken part in a march and rally in Edinburgh in support of the Palestinian people. Marchers urged the Scottish government to call for an end to what they described as an "ongoing massacre" in Gaza. At least 40 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Israel killed Hamas's military chief on Wednesday. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has urged both Israel and the Palestinians to make efforts to halt the violence http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-20376594

Israel Readies Forces For Gaza Border Assault

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Israel is massing troops and military equipment close to the border with Gaza after hundreds of airstrikes on the Palestinian enclave failed to stop militants launching scores of rockets into the South and central areas of the country. The government has given the go-ahead for 75,000 reservists to be put on stand by for call-up for any ground incursion into Gaza. Israel knows that the eyes of the world are on it and that a ground war brings not only military dangers, but international and diplomatic ones too. http://news.sky.com/story/1012810/israel-readies-forces-for-gaza-border-a... more »

Hadleigh Fuel Tankers Fire 'Is Suspicious'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A fire at an industrial estate involving three fuel tankers is being treated as suspicious, police have said. Ten fire vehicles attended the "major incident" at Lady Lane Industrial Estate in Hadleigh, Suffolk, at about 6.45pm on Friday. Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze before midnight and no injuries were reported. http://news.sky.com/story/1012787/hadleigh-fuel-tankers-fire-is-suspicious

Victory Fund Needs New Leadership With A Coherent Strategic Vision

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
An OpEd by Peter Rosenstein in the current issue of the *Washington Blade*takes Beltway gay careerist organization, the Victory Fund, to task for the shortcomings that were demonstrated by their approach to the 2012 election cycle. Although they would like to claim credit for helping Tammy Baldwin win a Senate seat, they will be better remembered for their strategically flawed attempt to defeat a tried and true friend of the LGBT community, John Tierney, while working to replace him with a top GOP/Young Gun priority, Richard Tisei, a gay conservative, who only stopped voting agains... more »

A truly original music video - Slightly NSFW - Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra 'Want It Back' (Official Video)(Uncensored)

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra 'Want It Back' I love the way the lyrics flow over her body, bedding etc. It holds the eye and helps people like me who don't always get the lyrics straihght off. I have posted about Amanda Palmer before, back in 2010, take a look here From that post here's her 'karaoke' cover of 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' Talented artiste...

Livestream School of Americas Protest Nov 17, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
*LIVE from Fort Benning, Georgia...*Tune into the live video stream from the November Vigil The Mobile Broadcast News just started today's livestreaming of the rally at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. Go to SOAW.org to watch live footage of the protest, hear speakers from across the Americas, witness their testimony, check out the beautiful puppetista pageant, and listen to the musicians perform on stage. *Click here to see what is happening at the gates of Fort Benning right now.* The live streaming will continue tomorrow, when thousands will transform the fence at the main ga... more »

ufos: hard evidence

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

White House says did not heavily edit talking points on Benghazi.......So they edited it a little?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The White House did not heavily alter talking points about the attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, an official said on Saturday. "If there were adjustments made to them within the intelligence community, that's common, and that's something they would have done themselves," Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, told reporters. "The only edit ... made by the White House was the factual edit as to how to refer to the facility." http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-usa-benghazi-whitehouse-idUSBRE8AG0D120121117

Fighting continues in Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the prime minister's office, after Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists in preparation for a possible ground invasion. Palestinian militants in Gaza kept up cross-border salvoes, firing a rocket at Israel's biggest city Tel Aviv for the third straight day. Police said it was destroyed in mid-air by an Iron Dome anti-missile battery deployed hours earlier, and no one was injured. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-palestinians-israel-hamas-idUSBRE8AD0WP20121... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
*Warwick Spinks, convicted in 1995 of very violent child sex offences, committed in Hastings in the UK.* * *Warwick Spinks, linked to snuff movies, is back in the news. Award-winning journalist Nick Davies wrote about the grim mysteries of snuff movies. "One boy had simply been shot through the head, Terry said: he had been causing trouble and had been executed in front of several paedophiles. "Another, he believed, had been thrown into one of the canals. "But the one about whom he spoke the most was a boy who had been tortured and killed in the most painful fashion in the course... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 17th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 16:37:40 UTC Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 03:37:40 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 45.337°N, 151.466°E Depth 47.4 km (29.5 miles) Region KURIL ISLANDS Distances 281 km (174 miles) E of Kuril'sk, Russia

Morsi & Erdogan: The Traveling Clowns Take Their Rodeo To Gaza

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
Egypt's Morsi came to power via a CIA engineered Arab Spring. He is not a revolutionary but an Islamist pimp who follows USraeli orders when it comes to Syria, IMF loans, etc. A classic puppet. Turkey's Erdogan is a NATO puppet who is sponsoring clueless Jihadi terrorists to topple the Syrian government. Syria has risked its life and wealth to aid and defend Palestine. Erdogan is all talk. Geopolitical analyst Tony Cartalucci *tweets*: "#Egypt #Turkey working in lockstep w/ US #Israel & #KSA against #Syria, now suddenly "concerned" over #Gaza? Not likely. Charade. #Palestine." Mors... more »

A Counter-Color Revolution in Thailand?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
4 questions about Thailand's political chaos & major protests planned next week against Wall Street-backed client regime. *November 17, 2012* (AltThaiNews) - The current government in Thailand is the result of foreign-backing, two-failed color revolutions in 2009 and 2010, and the building of a substantial populist-based voting bloc that doubles as a bizarre "red shirt" personality cult fashioned out of Communist ideology, but built around a Wall Street-backed billionaire. The ruling Peua Thai Party (PTP) is currently led by Yingluck Shinawatra, but only symbolically so. PTP's campa... more »

Surviving 2012-13, some useful hints

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 12 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/ivDLoSGXEv4 Enjoy... your weekend, John

Surviving 2012-13, some useful hints

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 12 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/ivDLoSGXEv4 Enjoy... your weekend, John

Surviving 2012-13, some useful hints

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 12 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/ivDLoSGXEv4 Enjoy... your weekend, John

Explosion In Tel Aviv After Gaza Pounded

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Sirens are sounding in Tel Aviv following an explosion, a day after a rocket crashed into the sea off the Israeli city. The sirens sent people running for cover as TV images showed the Iron Dome anti-missile system firing on an incoming rocket, hitting it in mid-air according to the Israeli military. The Israeli ambulance service said there were no casualties. http://news.sky.com/story/1012641/explosion-in-tel-aviv-after-gaza-pounded

Another Window into Harper's Sleazy Guest Worker Programme

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Stephen Harper's "guest worker" programme is off to a predictable start and it has his government already running for cover. The idea was that energy companies could seek Canadian workers and, if they came up short, they could bring in foreign workers to fill those jobs at significantly lower wage rates. A Chinese-owned coal mine in northern B.C. knew a pot of gold when it saw one and went for it. They began by duly advertising their jobs in Canada - at rates $10-17 lower than comparable wages at nearby mines. But they also stipulated applicants needed to speak Mandarin Chinese.... more »

Western media still hasn't been able to correct their inherently pro-Israel narrative (Agreed, incomplete journalism)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago

Egyptian train hits school bus, killing 50 kindergartners

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago

Duck of Minerva Target of Hostile Takeover from Cat Fancy Magazine

Brian Rathbun at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
The Canard “All the Fake News that is Fit to Print” The Duck of Minerva, considered one of the nation’s top international relations blogs, has recently come under attack from Cat Fancy magazine. Aggressively trying to expand their market share and brand, the leading source of information for feline aficionados looking for the latest reviews Continue reading

2012 Holidays - Buy Union Made - American Made

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
We don’t need stuff made in China or anywhere else. Paying workers in in other countries to make stuff for Americans >>>>>> does not help our economy. Foreign made crap made overseas is ---- crap! If you buy foreign made crap during the holidays - because it is cheaper - you are just giving cheap crap to your family, friends, and neighbors. *Avoid ALEC Members* During this holiday season – please don’t give your hard earned dollars to ALEC corporate profit members. Some of them say they are no longer funding ALEC - frankly I don't believe them and you should not take the ... more »


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*More info:* Harry Fear is currently holed up in a hotel in Gaza City, providing essentially pieces of the information to the world about the war situation.


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*More info:* http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-turn-to-egypt-as-idf-steps-up-airstrikes/

Michael Gove - child snatcher

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 13 hours ago
One effect of the New Labour years has been to hollow out notions of progress and social good. Almost every MP in Parliament calls themselves, and everything they do 'progressive'. Michael Gove has given another exampleof this. He wants children at risk of neglect to be taken into care more quickly. The way he describes this however is rescuing children from "a life of soiled nappies, scummy baths, chaos and hunger, hopelessness and despair". He's taking a good idea, that children should not suffer, and turning it inside out. If there's any key cause of hopelessness and despair in Br... more »

Israeli military personnel: "Invasion of Gaza would be entirely unsuccessful"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*Contradictions and questions:* 1. Skirmishes have already taken place at the periphery, if not deeper. 2. Bethlehem has been occupied by tanks, indicating willingness. 3. Why suddenly draft 75,000 reservists? For what purpose?

Hey BBC What Size Are All These Countries? | The BBC report Israel differently from all other countries

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
http://www.israellycool.com/2012/07/30/hey-bbc-what-size-are-all-these-countries What about Spain and Melilla & Ceuta?

In case you are wondering

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Yes I am avoiding opining on the latest round of Israel-Palestinian violence. My views on the general situation are well documented and I am sure everyone familiar with them could extrapolate from them. However the usual claim of Israel making a disproportionate response has been raised. Apparently the might of the IDF armed with 'war planes', tanks and well armed soldiers versus a few thousand terrorists is disproportionate. Oddly the same argument was not used when terrorists fire Katyusha missiles at Israeli civilians. Likewise proportionality was ignored when Islamic terrorists ... more »

Even an express allegation of corruption may not be defamatory if qualified privilege applies

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
*Lake v. Vaughan* 2003 CarswellOnt 633 upheld 2004 CarswellOnt 5045 is a good example of a case where a claim for defamation where corruption was alleged was defeated by qualified privilege: 34 The Ontario Court of Appeal in the decision of RTC Engineering Consultants Ltd. v. Ontario (Ministry of the Solicitor General & Correctional Services - Office of the Fire Marshall) (2002), 58 O.R. (3d) 726 (Ont. C.A.) has comprehensibly dealt with the parameters of that defence as follows at pp. 731-733: [14] Qualified privilege is a defence to a defamation action. The privilege attache... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*New Orleans Saints: The Big Picture* *Report: Gregg Williams rejects requests to testify in bounty appeal* *There's chutzpah.... ~American Zombie*

Republican Governors Try Blocking Health Care For Their Citizens In States The GOP Controls

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Earlier this month Maine voters signaled they had had enough of the GOP-teababgger experiment in their state. They gave Obama a 56-41% advantage, reelected both Democrats to Congress, progressive Chellie Pingree with 65% and Blue Dog Mike Michaud with 58%. Mainers also voted for marriage equality 53-47%. And the voters booted enough Republicans out of the state legislature to give the Democrats back majorities in both the House (86 Democrats, 60 Republicans 3 Independents, 2 not yet called) and Senate (19 Democrats, 15 Republicans, 1 Independent). Did Maine's renegade Tea Party g... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*2 missing, 4 badly burned in Gulf oil platform fire*~*Injuries to workers, explosion on oil platform shocks Lafourche community* *FEMA flood maps are still on hold* *Hunt is on for dolphin killers in northern Gulf* Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2012/11/16/4308735/dolphins-found-shot-slashed-stabbed.html#storylink=cpy *Seaside After Sandy: Is Rebuilding Worth It? * *Sailor Mouth Saturday: Stay ~Pauline's Pirates and Privateers* *Today in New Orleans ~NOLA DEFENDER*


Anon at aangirfan - 15 hours ago
*Malcolm King.* Malcolm King is a whistle-blower who helped expose the Welsh children’s home sex abuse scandal. Two weeks ago, he "cheated death" in a car accident ­after his brakes failed. *Malcolm King found his brake pedal unattached and lying on the car floor.* *My terror at hands of paedos - Daily Star* - 17th November 2012 Police are examining Malcolm King’s motor to see if it was sabotaged. The car, a well-maintained Volvo, careered across a busy road and was hit by an Alfa Romeo. Malcolm King, 68, suffered a broken leg. Labour councillor Malcolm King blew the whistle on ... more »

Eurogroup's Juncker says euro zone threats do not help Greece

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker took aim at Austria, Germany and the southern German state of Bavaria on Saturday for suggesting that a Greek exit from the euro zone was looming. "Threats in the Austrian, German or Bavarian language that Greece will soon leave the euro zone do not do Greece any good," he said in a speech in the north-western town of Bielefeld. "We must show solidarity with Greece and watch our words." http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-eurozone-juncker-idUSBRE8AG05T20121117

Wall Street Week Ahead: Going off "cliff" with a bungee cord

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
The 1987 crash. The Y2K bug. The debt ceiling debacle of 2011. All these events, in the end, turned out to be buying opportunities for stocks. So will the "fiscal cliff," some investors say as they watch favorite stocks tumble during the political give-and-take happening in Washington. The first round of talks aimed at avoiding the "fiscal cliff" caused a temporary rise in equities on Friday, signaling Wall Street's recent declines could be a buying opportunity. The gains were small and sentiment remains weak, but it suggests hope for market bulls. Though shares ended moderately hi... more »

Israeli airstrike hits Gaza PM office

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
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