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Sunday, November 18, 2012

18 November - Blogs I`m Following

English: First light image from Solar Dynamics...
English: First light image from Solar Dynamics Observatory. "Soon after the instruments opened their doors, the Sun began performing for SDO with this beautiful prominence eruption. This AIA (Atmospheric Imaging Assembly) data is from March 30, 2010, showing a wavelength band that is centered around 304 Å. This extreme ultraviolet emission line is from singly ionized Helium, or He II, and corresponds to a temperature of approx. 50,000 degrees Celsius." (NASA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
An SVG map of China with Fujian province highl...
An SVG map of China with Fujian province highlighted Legend: Image:China map legend.png (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Sun photographed by the Atmospheric Imagin...
The Sun photographed by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA 304) of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite
English: Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Fukushima Contamination Widespread, No Threshold for Effects from Radiation, Children at Risk

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 minutes ago
Each claim in the headline will be examined: WIDE CONTAMINATION Yahoo News: Cesium over 500,000 Bq/kg detected in sediment nearby Fukushima gov’t offices http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20121115-00000086-jij-soci* * Worries over highly radioactive fish prompt study http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211130032 276,000 Bq/Kg from soil of Kashiwa Chiba Posted by *Mochizuki* on November 13th, 2012 Excellent assemblage of headlines and links of contaminated food from Japan, the US, and South Korea available here http://sccc.org.au/archives/2861 Video o... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 28 minutes ago
*LSU Coach Les Miles' Post-game Rant!*

SUN UNLEASHES 'MONSTER ERUPTION'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
A giant explosion on the Sun was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on November 16th, 2012. It sent a coronal mass ejection into Space but not in Earth's direction.

ANGRY CHINESE PROTESTERS OVERTURN POLICE VANS

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
Thousands of residents have protested in a southeastern Chinese city after a traffic accident, smashing police cars and overturning three police vans, police and residents said Sunday. The reason why the protest sparked in Fuan city in Fujian province was unclear. One resident said people got angry because police and paramedics took nearly an hour to arrive to help the injured, while a Hong Kong-based human rights group said it was to do with corruption. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_PROTEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-11-18-01-30-48

DOWD AND DOWDINPANTZ: Pundits’ delight!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2012* *Part 1—The pleasures of Rice and Petraeus:* In this morning’s Washington Post, two tired old kill-joys have come to the fore. The kill-joys appear, side by side, right at the top of the Post’s op-ed page. In our hard-copy paper, these are the headlines which sit atop their pitiful buzz-killing columns: *Headlines atop the Post’s op-ed page:* Stop scapegoating Susan Rice A modern witch hunt The first kill-joy is Robert Kagan, no liberal. He wants the scapegoating of Rice to stop. The second kill-joy is David Ignatius. He challenges the sexual witch hun... more »

Nairobi grenade attack: At least 5 Killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
At least five people were killed when a grenade tore through a minibus in Nairobi's Somali-dominated Eastleigh neighborhood on Sunday, a Reuters witness and police said. "I saw bodies ripped apart," the Reuters photographer said. The force of the explosion tore apart the vehicle's roof and seats and shattered the window of a nearby cafe. Two other cars were damaged, the photographer said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/18/us-kenya-blast-idUSBRE8AH09Q20121118

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 18th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 13:48:09 UTC Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 11:48:09 PM at epicenter Location 4.212°S, 152.377°E Depth 164.7 km (102.3 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 22 km (13 miles) E (89°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG

On a mission to help a mission

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 1 hour ago
My boss Merlin Fuentes demonstrates a miniature version of a fuel-efficient fogon at the Feria AmbientalOh, what a week it has been - freshly back from a fast holiday in Las Vegas with a couple of my daughters, now plunged into a week of acting as a kind of tour co-ordinator to a group of 15 Americans who have come to Copan on a mission to help my organization build fuel-efficient stoves. And just to add to the over-stimulation, it's election day in Honduras today. People have already started streaming into local schools and other polling stations to participate in what is essentia... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
*Saints Nation: 5 Things to Look For in Saints @ Raiders* *Saints vs Raiders: Angry Who Dat's Opponents Mailbag* *Dolphins found shot, mutilated in Alabama, Mississippi* *Body found near oil platform* *Ex-priest accused of being ‘predator’* *St Catherine's Day Hat Parade!*

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE - 18th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 13:29:24 UTC Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 10:29:24 AM at epicenter Location 38.151°S, 73.730°W Depth 6.7 km (4.2 miles) (poorly constrained) Region OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE Distances 114 km (71 miles) NW (305°) from Temuco, Chile

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake PAKISTAN - 18th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 13:25:25 UTC Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 06:25:25 PM at epicenter Location 32.964°N, 69.748°E Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program Region PAKISTAN Distances 167 km (104 miles) NW (318°) from Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan

Liberalism In Crisis

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 2 hours ago
As the Liberal leadership races heat up -- in both Ottawa and Ontario -- those who consider themselves liberals should read what Chris Hedges wrotefollowing the American election : The ineffectiveness of the liberal class, as I saw in the former Yugoslavia and as was true in Weimar Germany, perpetuates a dangerous political paralysis. The longer the paralysis continues, the longer systems of power are unable to address the suffering and grievances of the masses, the more the formal mechanisms of power are reviled. The liberal establishment’s inability to defy corporate power, to s... more »

Chris Hedges on the emptiness of Obama's Re-Election

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 2 hours ago
Not so much emptiness, I suppose, as a different moral travesty from what a Mitt Romney victory would have been: Liberals, by voting for Barack Obama, betrayed the core values they use to define themselves—the rule of law, the safeguarding of civil liberties, the protection of unions, the preservation of social welfare programs, environmental accords, financial regulation, a defiance of unjust war and torture, and the abolition of drone wars. The liberal class clung desperately during the long nightmare of this political campaign to one or two issues, such as protecting a woman’s ri... more »

Navajo Council Speaker defends Navajo water rights in Salazar meeting

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
** *Navajo Council Speaker upholds Navajo water rights, says 'No!' to deal for Navajo Generating Station and Peabody Coal, in US proposed water rights deal during Salazar meeting* *Navajo Council Speaker Johnny Naize* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com *Also see: Ben Nuvamsa, Hopi, defends Hopi water rights* http://beyondthemesas.com/ WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Naa’bik’iyati’ Water Rights Task Force of the Navajo Nation Council, led by Speaker Johnny Naize (Low Mountain, Many Farms, Nazlini, Tachee/Blue Gap, Tselani/ Cottonwood), met with U.S. Department of Interior Secret... more »

Ma the Bumbler Media Storm

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
The Economist's Ma the Bumbler article has generated a storm in Taiwan, with international media coverage by AFP: "How can a 'bumbler' get a doctorate from Harvard?" said Wang Chien-shien, president of the Control Yuan, a branch of Taiwan's government in charge of monitoring the others, according to the Taipei-based daily China Times Sunday. Ma, who received his doctorate in juridical sciences at Harvard in the early 1980s, was the target of a "biased" report, Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford was quoted as saying by the Central News Agency. Diplomatically isolated Taiwan is highly... more »

Blue America Welcomes A New Blogger-- The Purple State Progressive... Let's Start With Kentucky's Upcoming U.S. Senate Race

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
The elections are over, but 2014 elections will begin soon. It never ends, does it? The battle to strengthen the Democratic majority in the Senate will hinge in no small part on a victory in Kentucky to defeat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. It’s time to Ditch Mitch! Democratic challengers are being discussed and we should hear more in January of 2013 as challengers file early to get a head start on this critical 2014 race. Unless Susan Collins (R-ME) decides three terms is enough, after promising Maine voters when she campaigned for her first term in 1996 and again when running ... more »

Questions About "Rockets From Gaza"

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 3 hours ago
I don't believe that for days now, rag-tag starving "gaza militants" have been firing off thousands of rockets at Israel from the largest open air prison, totally controlled and surrounded by the country they're firing them at. I would sooner buy that Israel is LETTING them do this for justification to attack Gaza, Israel themselves are doing it as a false flag to blame them as justification for attacking them, or it isn't even happening but they're saying it is for justification to attack them. I have the following common sense questions about what is going on there right now t... more »

in mississauga: a people's history of the war of 1812

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
The Harper Government has spent nearly $30 million promoting The War of 1812, all part of its overall effort to re-brand Canada as a "warrior nation". History is always worth remembering, but who tells the story? What's emphasized and what's forgotten? Was Canadian identity forged on the battlefields of 1812? Did farmers and other working people support the war, or resist it? Who profited from the war? Come hear a different perspective: "A People's History of the War of 1812," an antidote to Harper's glorification of war, featuring John Bell. Progressive people living in Etobicoke... more »

in toronto: a fundraiser for iraq war resisters, featuring noah richler

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
The War Resisters Support Campaign presents *"TELLING OUR STORY: A Fundraiser for U.S. Iraq War Resisters"*, at Innis College Town Hall in Toronto, Friday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. This very special evening features author Noah Richler reading from his new book, *What We Talk About When We Talk About War*. There will also be a sneak preview of the upcoming film "Peace Has No Borders," about the struggles of US war resisters in Canada, a performance by the Common Thread Choir, and other special guests. Advance tickets are available on a sliding scale, with a suggested donation of $2... more »

Fallout and California Produce

Majia's Blog - 4 hours ago
Japan Finds Radioactivity in More Foods From California The California Radiation Report By Andrew Kishner www.NuclearCrimes.org August 23, 2012http://www.nuclearcrimes.org/California-Radiation.pdf [excerpted] It is downright frightening to know that in one instance an orange grown in 2011 in California was 'hotter' than oranges grown there in the 1960s when hydrogen nuclear bombs were exploding in open-air at testing sites closer to the U.S. than Fukushima! It is even scarier that pistachios grown in the U.S. were the 'hottest' item in an 'isotopic test' selection of supermarket it... more »

The U.S. has a flat tax (in effect)

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 4 hours ago
The Congressional Budget Office has a new study of effective federal marginal tax rates for low and moderate income workers (those below 450 percent of the poverty line). The study looks at the effects of income taxes, payroll taxes, and SNAP (the program formerly known as Food Stamps). The bottom line is that the average household now faces an effective marginal tax rate of 30 percent. In 2014, after various temporary tax provisions have expired and the newly passed health insurance subsidies go into effect, the average effective marginal tax rate will rise to 35 percent. What ... more »

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James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago

Hundreds of New Yorkers pictured queueing for food at FEMA relief post as fall-out from Hurricane Sandy goes on

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Friday that it will extend a program to provide temporary housing to New Yorkers displaced by Hurricane Sandy for an additional month (pictured: hundreds of residents impacted by the storm receive donated supplies on Saturday in Coney Island). The extension will allow applicants, whose homes were damaged by the devastating storm, to stay in hotels or motels until appropriate accommodations become available. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234643/New-Yorkers-displaced-Sandy-remain-hotels-provided-FEMA.html

Florida Man Refuses City Order To Destroy His Own Garden By Heather Callaghan

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
Florida Man Refuses City Order To Destroy His Own Garden By Heather Callaghan Food Freedom News, 15 November 2012 “A lot of us have gardens, but is there such thing as just…too much of a good thing?” The co-anchor responds, “The City of Orlando says when it comes to one house, the answer is Yes…” Jason Helvingston was ordered to destroy his 25 x 25 micro-irrigated front yard veggie garden on his own property by November 7th but it’s still there – “and that’s the problem” chimes another news anchor standing among the fruits of his labor, discussing the city’s problem (not the res... more »

When does violence in Middle East become newsworthy?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
DryBones right on the money, as is so often the case. This cartoon is actually from two years ago, prescient or just bloody predictable?

Police hunt 'serial killer' after New York City boutique owner is the THIRD victim to be killed with same gun

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Image - Murdered: Vahidipour Rahmatollah was killed with thre gunshots, but it seems nothing was stolen from his shot Authorities say a New York City boutique owner was shot to death in the head Friday night with the same gun that killed two other shopkeepers in the same borough over the summer. Ballistics tests matched in each killing, all of which occurred in Brooklyn shops with an '8' in the address. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234459/NYC-boutique-owner-THIRD-victim-killed-gun.html

'We're going to damage a lot of pigs' livers': Horrific boast of battlefield doctors who injure then operate on LIVE animals at Nato base to give NHS surgeons practice

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
On the most recent course near Copenhagen in Denmark, 18 healthy pigs were drugged, shot at close range and taken by stretcher into operating theatres where medics treated their wounds. But animal welfare campaigners have described the exercise as 'barbaric' and said using 'bleed-and-breathe' human dolls was as effective as conducting surgery on live animals. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234625/Were-going-damage-lot-pigs-livers-Horrific-boast-battlefield-doctors-shoot-operate-injured-animals-Nato-base-NHS-surgeons-practice.html

Our Government WASTED £10m aid 'helping' Jordan take back hate preacher Abu Qatada

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
British taxpayers have spent more than £10million on Jordan in a futile battle to return hate preacher Abu Qatada to the Middle East state. The cash, funded through Foreign Office handouts and EU grants, has financed a range of human rights reforms to try to bring one of Britain’s closest military allies in line with European standards of justice. But last week Qatada’s deportation was blocked after a court ruled there was a real risk that evidence obtained through torture might be used against him. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234649/How-wasted-10m-aid-helping-Jordan-ha... more »

Can Loving Penquins Save The World?

Photo courtesy: Derek Keats/CC BY-SA 2.0 I know that penquins are just possibly the cutest things that have ever waddled upon the face of the earth; but, saving the planet by loving them...seems like a stretch to me. But, not to Francois Blanchette. Applied mathematician Francois Blanchette of the University of California at Merced was inspired by the fluid movement of penguins huddling from the cold in the hit documentary "The March of the Penguins." Now he hopes his work will inspire others, leveraging the power of penguin-love: Nearly everybody seems to love penguins and not en... more »

Secret MI5 dossier: Hate preacher Abu Qatada issued orders to kill British citizens after 9/11....And our Government STILL Won't put him on a Plane

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Hate preacher Abu Qatada issued orders to kill British and American civilians after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a secret MI5 report seen by The Mail on Sunday. The Security Service document has raised questions as to why Qatada – who the British Government has tried and failed to deport to Jordan – has not been put on trial in the UK for inciting murder. The report is marked ‘secret UK eyes only’ and claims Qatada is the author of a fatwa that ‘encourages Muslims to take part in jihad against the West’. The Qatada fatwa also gives religious justification to the 9/11 at... more »

Flames engulf 34-story luxury high-rise in Dubai

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Rescue crews in Dubai have evacuated a 34-story residential tower after a fire gutted portions of the building. The blaze on Sunday charred the outside of the structure and send gray smoke drifting over a major development known as Jumeirah Lakes Towers, a cluster of high-rise apartment buildings and shops on the southern edge of Dubai. Civil defense officials did not give immediate details on the possible cause of the predawn fire. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234694/Flames-engulf-luxury-34-story-high-rise-Dubai.html

Dolphins wash up on Gulf Coast mutilated with gunshot, knife wounds and missing jaws

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Bodies of dolphins found mutilated with gunshot wounds, cuts and missing jaws has launched an investigation by officials into the attacks covering the northern Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a 'heads up' for officials to be on the alert for the barbaric attacks in waters spanning Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. 'We think there's someone or some group on a rampage,' Moby Solangi, executive director of Institute for Marine Mammal Studies told the Sun Herald. 'They not only kill them but also mutilate them.' http://www.dailymail.co.... more »

Tuppence for the war

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 5 hours ago
It's hard to know what to say about the Israeli onslaught in Gaza that hasn't already been said. This is the fourth such assault the Israeli state has carried out on its neighbours I think in ten years. Lenin's Tomb is of course doing a bang up job. Shabogan Graffiti has some excellent posts on the barbaric propaganda coming out of the BBC. At a surface level it's an utter paradox why the right would hate such a consistent and successful establishment propaganda tool. We forget sometimes that the ruling class (with its competing empires) is not homogeneous. It needs a state in part... more »

Monti Faces Threat of Early Election as Berlusconi Party Rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti faces a deadline today to reverse his plan to separate regional and national voting or risk a rebellion by his supporters that could force early elections. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Liberty Party, which supports the premier’s non-elected government, has demanded Monti reverse his position favoring regional ballots in February with the national elections to follow in April. The party called for Monti to act by today. The government failed to make a recommendation at a meeting of Monti’s Cabinet today in Rome. Monti will mee... more »

Israel Bombs Gaza Media and Government Sites, Warning of 'Expansion'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Israel pressed its assault on the Gaza Strip early Sunday, deploying warplanes and naval vessels to pummel the coastal enclave as Israeli forces widened the onslaught from mostly military targets to media offices and centers of government infrastructure including on Saturday the four-story headquarters of the Hamas prime minister. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled developments on the ground with a blunt warning that Israel was ready to significantly expand the attack, a possible reference to a much-heralded ground attack. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/world/middleeast/is... more »

Divers Recover Body After US Oil Rig Fire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Divers hired by the owner of an oil platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico have recovered a body in the waters near the site. US Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said the remains of the unidentified person were found by divers working for Houston-based Black Elk Energy, who were inspecting the platform. Mr Vega said the Coast Guard would be turning over the remains to local authorities. http://news.sky.com/story/1012985/oil-rig-fire-search-called-off-as-body-found

Facing austerity, Europe's bureaucrats chafe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The problem is that governments from Helsinki to Madrid are freezing spending or cutting it by 5 percent or more a year, but the European Commission has asked for a 6 percent increase over 2014-2020. An influential group of eight EU countries, including Germany and France as well as Britain, wants the Commission to save between 5 and 15 billion euros over the period. The Commission argues that it has already made cuts. But in politics, symbolism matters, and numerous examples appear to contradict the claims of restraint: - The European Parliament shifts its base once a month from B... more »

World's Only BeeKeeping Donkey

Photo courtesy: youtube.com/screen capture It might seem strange to some, but honey farmer and homespun inventor Manuel Juraci is unashamed to call a jackass both a colleague and a friend. Like many living in Brazil's sprawling semi-arid shrubland known as the Caatinga, Manuel turned to beekeeping as a means of subsistence in the largely arid and uncultivable region. But in a stroke of countryside genius, he's forged an unlikely animal partnership with what just might be the world's only beekeeping donkey [link is in Portugese] (that has the necessary garb to boot) -- and it's maki... more »

ELMO, DAVID ROSE, CYRIL SMITH, DISINFORMATION TWEETS

Anon at aangirfan - 6 hours ago
*Guy Burgess - Journalist and Spy.* * *We suspect that the 'bad guys' have now begun Tweeting and Blogging - in order to spread disinformation. We've noted that some Tweeters and Bloggers are suggesting that 'Scallywag' got it all wrong about child sex abuse in the UK. Whom should we believe? *Kevin Clash, the Elmo puppeteer, reportedly paid his accuser $125000 to get him to change his story about child sexual abuse.* *A different David Rose.* *"David Rose is a British journalist who by his own admission served as a conduit for intelligence disinformation [1] on both sides of the... more »

what planet is this - dream breakthrough or dream delusion?

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 7 hours ago
image copyright 2012 DerKlox back in June 2012 I noticed that, after my dream balconies/elder guide dream, further dreams were being purposefully BLOCKED (or that was my impression), specifically relating to the question of whether or not our dreams were some 'service' we perform for 'those who can't' either on or off world. Dream Blocking happened when I consciously decided to ask the lucid-dream question, "What planet is this?". I just couldn't do it; I could neither get to the lucid dreaming state nor ask the question. There seemed to be NO CONNECTION between my conscious wish ... more »

Gaza: Israel Prepares To Expand Offensive

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced at a cabinet meeting that the country is ready to "significantly expand" its Gaza offensive. The bombardment of Gaza by Israel entered a new phase overnight, with Israel shelling the Palestinian territory from the sea, as well as continuing its airstrikes. On Friday, ministers decided to double the current reserve troop quota set for the Gaza offensive to 75,000 and 30,000 soldiers have already been called up. http://news.sky.com/story/1012899/gaza-israel-prepares-to-expand-offensive

French same-sex marriage law sparks protest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Tens of thousands of people, joined by Catholic church leaders, marched in cities across France on Saturday to protest against government plans to legalize same-sex marriage. Demonstrators, holding banners with slogans such as "don't touch civil marriage", "all born from the union of a man and a woman" and "one father + one mother for all children", took to the streets in Paris, Lyon, Marseille and other major towns. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-france-gaymarriage-idUSBRE8AG0IE20121117

Boycott Wal*mart On Black Friday, November 23, 2012

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
*It's time to take a stand and support the workers who are standing up to live better through an unfair labor practice strike.* Walmart workers decided to strike on Black Friday after they were targeted for retaliation for speaking out about substandard work conditions and treatment last month in the first ever walk out in the history of the company. We ask you to help us feed the workers who will walk out on the company next week on the biggest shopping day of the year. https://www.wepay.com/donations/walmart-strikers-food-fund *The workers are demanding the following from Walma... more »

Jordan's king hampered by lack of Gulf aid

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Riot policemen stand guard as protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties demonstrate following an announcement that Jordan would raise fuel prices, including a hike on cooking gas, after Friday prayers in Amman November 16, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Muhammad Hamed With protesters baying for his overthrow, Jordan's King Abdullah might be wondering why his fellow-dynasts in Gulf Arab states are not providing the cash that could calm the trouble. After days of demonstrations against fuel price rises in provincial towns, Muslim Brotherhood supporters joined crowd... more »

Railway put trains in flood zone despite warnings

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
New Jersey Transit's struggle to recover from Superstorm Sandy is being compounded by a pre-storm decision to park much of its equipment in two rail yards that forecasters predicted would flood, a move that resulted in damage to one-third of its locomotives and a quarter of its passenger cars. That damage is likely to cost tens of millions of dollars and take many months to repair, a Reuters examination has found. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-storm-sandy-newjersey-railway-idUSBRE8AG0K220121117

Israel returns fire on Syrian Golan, may have caused deaths

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Israel fired artillery into Syria in response to gunfire aimed at its troops in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, and may have killed Syrian soldiers, Israel's army said on Sunday. There were no reported injuries on the Israeli side from the shootings, which occurred on Saturday, the third case this month of violence seen as a spillover of civil unrest in Syria that has also alarmed other neighbors such as Lebanon and Turkey. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/18/us-israel-syria-idUSBRE8AH00920121118

Missile Strikes Sky's Gaza Offices

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Two missiles have hit the Gaza building in which Sky News' offices and studios are housed.

Gaza: Rockets Target Tel Aviv Amid Airstrikes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Palestinians in Gaza have fired two rockets at Tel Aviv which were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome air shield, witnesses and police said. Gaza's Hamas militants said they launched two Iranian-designed Fajr-5 rockets at the Israeli city. The bombardment of Gaza by Israel entered a new phase overnight, with Israel shelling the Palestinian territory from the sea, as well as continuing its airstrikes. Earlier, a toddler was killed and his two brothers wounded in the latest Israeli airstrike on Gaza, emergency services said. http://news.sky.com/story/1012899/gaza-rockets-target-tel-aviv... more »

3.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 18th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 3.7 Date-Time Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 06:53:05 UTC Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10:53:05 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 40.625°N, 125.162°W Depth 9 km (5.6 miles) (poorly constrained) Region OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Distances 76 km (47 miles) W (274°) from Ferndale, CA

Fish with high levels of radioactivity found in Japan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A study by Japan's Environment Ministry has found the presence of fish with high levels of radioactive cesium in rivers and reservoirs in Fukushima, the province where the nuclear disaster at the power plant of the same name took place, the Kyodo news agency said Saturday. Among the specimens with the highest levels of the contaminant was a mountain trout with 11,400 becquerels of cesium per kilo, more than 100 times the limit of 100 becquerels per kilo established in Japan. The trout was caught in the Niida River in the city of Minamisoma, 20 kilometers (12 1/2 miles) north of the ... more »

Spanish Police Protest Over Austerity Cuts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Some 5,000 police officers marched through the centre of Madrid to protest salary cuts and a reduction of the force. The officers, who had travelled from across Spain, rallied three days after the nation was gripped by a general strike over the austerity cuts. Health and education workers have already taken part in similar marches. "Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians," read one banner held by a line of officers as they marched to the interior ministry. http://news.sky.com/story/1012821/spanish-police-protest-over-... more »

Ex-coalition minister Sarah Teather: Benefits Cap 'Immoral And Socially Divisive'......It's Immoral for us to keep paying for the people who "refuse" to work

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Plans for a £500-a-week cap on household benefits have been criticised in a savage attack by the former coalition minister for children and families. Sarah Teather accused ministers of seeking to "gain popularity at the expense of children's lives" by pushing through a measure they knew was popular but ineffective. The Lib Dem faced calls for her sacking as children's minister in February after she missed a key vote on the reforms which she had publicly questioned. http://news.sky.com/story/1012904/benefits-cap-immoral-and-socially-divisive

Miliband Warns Of 'Sleepwalk' Towards EU Exit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Ed Miliband has called for major reforms of the European Union and a "hard-headed" approach taken by Britain, ahead of a crunch EU budget summit this week. The Labour leader - who last month joined forces with Tory rebels to defeat the Government over its strategy to freeze the EU budget - said Labour must not ignore the legitimate concerns of eurosceptics. He said reform was needed on the budget, on immigration rules, state aid restrictions and austerity measures - but declined to promise a referendum on the UK's future within the EU. http://news.sky.com/story/1012916/miliband-war... more »

EU Will give UK until Friday to change Prisoner Voting Ban

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
MPs are to be given another say on whether to give prisoners the vote, as the deadline for Britain to comply with a European ruling on the controversial issue looms. The UK's current blanket ban on prisoners voting has been judged as unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and officials in Strasbourg have given the Government until Friday to comply with the ruling. http://news.sky.com/story/1012942/prisoner-voting-ban-mps-to-debate-again

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 18th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 02:34:50 UTC Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:34:50 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 21.619°S, 68.489°W Depth 97.3 km (60.5 miles) Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE Distances 104 km (64 miles) NNE of Calama, Chile

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 17th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 22:59:45 UTC Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 12:59:45 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.701°S, 174.836°W Depth 302 km (187.7 miles) Region TONGA Distances 90 km (55 miles) W of Neiafu, Tonga

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 17th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 22:42:47 UTC Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 07:42:47 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 6.352°S, 130.071°E Depth 118.5 km (73.6 miles) Region BANDA SEA Distances 224 km (139 miles) NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

18-month-old boy is killed in Gaza after Israel bombed more militant targets overnight

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A toddler has been killed and his two brothers wounded in the latest Israeli airstrike on Gaza, emergency services said. The 18-month-old Palestinian boy died in a strike east of the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya told the AFP news agency. Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al Qudra said the two wounded boys, aged four and five, were "in critical condition". http://news.sky.com/story/1012899/gaza-conflict-toddler-killed-in-airstrike

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: "This operation is actually about Iran"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/9682414/Its-got-to-do-with-Iran-Chief-Rabbi-Lord-Sacks-unguarded-comments-about-Gaza-conflict.html

"Dissecting IDF propaganda: The numbers behind the rocket attacks" (Are we being told the whole truth?)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*An intriguing article investigating what's going on between Israel and Gaza via hard numbers, and debating the IDF message:* http://mondoweiss.net/2012/11/dissecting-idf-propaganda-the-numbers-behind-the-rocket-attacks.html

GAZA WAR – IS NETANYAHU COMMITTED TO INVADE THE GAZA STRIP?

There is some speculation that a truce between Israel and Hamas could be negotiated to avert an invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli troops. While a truce and ceasefire should be hoped for, one needs to consider the realities of the situation from the point of view of Netanyahu. First, Netanyahu has the blessing of US President Obama to do whatever Netanyahu deems best for Israel – including invade. Second, Netanyahu, as far as the Gaza is concerned, has the full support of his multi-party cabinet, the military and the intelligence community if he decides to invade. By invading a... more »

HOW MUCH OF THIS STORY HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM THE U.S. MAINSTREAM MEDIA?

éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ *FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012* Original here *"Nowhere to Run": Israel Fires Over 500 Strikes in Gaza, Civilian Toll Grows in Humanitarian Crisis* Israel is continuing to pound the Gaza Strip with air strikes amidst fears that Israel could soon launch a ground invasion into Gaza. Israeli troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are now massing near the Palestinian territory. Earlier today, 85 missiles exploded within 45 minutes in Gaza City, sending black pillars... more »

ISRAEL FIRES ARTILLERY AT SYRIAN SOLDIERS ALONG GOLAN HEIGHTS

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*More info:* http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/syrian-civil-war-spillover-draws-israeli-fire-293730

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours 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 - 12 hours ago
http://www.timesofisrael.com/calling-in-the-cavalry-to-avoid-another-lebanon-style-foul-up/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 14 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 - 14 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! - 14 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 - 14 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 - 15 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 - 16 hours ago
And how it really should have been...

ANONYMOUS POSTS EMERGENCY INFORMATION TO ALLOW GAZANS ACCESS TO THE INTERNET SHOULD ISRAEL CUT OFF COMMUNICATIONS TO OUTSIDE WORLD

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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.

SPORADIC SILENCE OVER GAZA AND ISRAEL: RUMOURS OF IMMINENT CEASEFIRE, US PRESSURE NOT TO LAUNCH GROUND INVASION

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 16 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.

GAZA WAR – ISRAELI PROPAGANDA NONSENSE

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 - 17 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 - 17 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 - 17 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 - 17 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 - 17 hours ago
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Con v. Internet

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 hours ago

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago

Israel attacks, cries victim at opposition: Joe Catron

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
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