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Thomas Paine

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Monday, November 19, 2012

19 November - Blogs I`m Following II

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The Apex Building, headquarters of the Federal...
The Apex Building, headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission, on Constitution Avenue and 17th Streets in Washington, D.C.. The building was designed by Edward H. Bennett under the purview of Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon, and was completed in 1938 at a cost of $125 million. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Britain 'wasting' £230m in aid to Nigerian schools: Pupils left to play games as teachers fail to turn up says report....But will give them another £126m Anyway

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes ago
A £230million British aid programme to boost schools in Nigeria has produced ‘no major improvement in pupil learning’, a study warns today. The Independent Commission on Aid Impact says UK-funded education programmes are struggling to make any difference to Nigeria’s chaotic education system. Britain has poured £102million into education in ten of Nigeria’s 36 states during the last seven years, and is due to spend a further £126million by 2019. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235488/Britain-wasting-230m-aid-Nigerian-schools-Pupils-left-play-games-teachers-fail-turn-says-re... more »

Cameron to stop repeat of Hamza fiasco after vowing to cut short appeals made by illegal immigrants and terrorist suspects....How about you scrap the Appeal, and stick them on a plane?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
Illegal immigrants and terrorist suspects with no right to remain in Britain will be forced out of the country quicker after David Cameron said he would cut short their appeals yesterday. The Prime Minister announced plans to speed up government, including overhauling the system of judicial reviews which lawyers can use to protest against the government. The plans were billed as a way of curtailing opposition to new infrastructure projects but the vast majority of judicial reviews concern immigration cases. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235573/Cameron-stop-repeat-Hamza-f... more »

Sally Bercow does it again: After McAlpine gaffe, Speaker's wife breaks court ban by naming runaway girl on Twitter

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
Sally Bercow has blundered on Twitter again by naming a runaway schoolgirl whose identity was protected by a court order. The Speaker’s wife could face a £5,000 fine for contempt of court after breaching the order which bans the naming of the girl who allegedly ran away with her teacher to France this year. Mrs Bercow’s gaffe comes just a fortnight after she used Twitter to name former Tory treasurer Lord McAlpine following a BBC2 Newsnight report which alleged a senior Conservative figure from the Thatcher era was a child abuser. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235398/Sa... more »

Even low-level radioactivity is damaging, says meta-analysis of published studies

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 24 minutes ago
[image: Street art atop a building in Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear plant, 2007. pragma / sharenator.com] 13 November 2012 (University of South Carolina) – Even the very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life, scientists have concluded in the Cambridge Philosophical Society’s journal *Biological Reviews*. Reporting the results of a wide-ranging analysis of 46 peer-reviewed studies published over the past 40 years, researchers from the University of South Carolina and the University of Paris-Sud found that variation in low-level, natural background radiation had smal... more »

Google should not be accused of "unfair" acts: lawmakers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 27 minutes ago
Two lawmakers urged the Federal Trade Commission on Monday to steer clear of expanding its authority as it investigates allegations search engine company Google violated antitrust law. The two California Democrats in the House of Representatives, who count Google as a major campaign contributor, asked the FTC not to accuse the company of "unfair" acts if it believes it broke antitrust law. Anna Eshoo, on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Zoe Lofgren, who is on the Judiciary Committee, said there were reports to suggest the FTC planned to use the unfair standard to avoid provin... more »

Sandy's impact may be worse than estimated

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
A recent string of weak economic data suggests the recovery may take a much bigger hit from superstorm Sandy than first thought, but economists have yet to abandon hopes for a quick rebound. Data covering retail sales, industrial production and first-time applications for unemployment benefits have shown unexpected weakness, raising concerns among analysts that they might have underestimated the damage from the storm. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-usa-economy-storm-idUSBRE8AI12W20121119

Sarkozy ally wins French right leadership battle

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
Rightist Jean-Francois Cope, an ally of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, claimed the leadership of France's main conservative party on Monday in a closely fought two-way contest marred by mutual accusations of voter fraud. Cope, already the incumbent leader of the UMP party, beat centrist former prime minister Francois Fillon by 50.03 percent to 49.97 percent, the head of an internal voting commission said - a margin of just 98 votes out of almost 175,000 cast. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-france-conservatives-vote-idUSBRE8AI0X120121119

Syria Crisis: Turkey Demands NATO Missile Shield On Border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
Turkey is expected to formally request on Monday that NATO Patriot missiles be placed on its border to defend against Syrian attacks, Western officials said. Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad have been able to take large swathes of land but are almost defenceless against Syria's air force. The rebels have called for an internationally enforced no-fly zone, a measure that helped Libyan rebels overthrow their long-term leader last year. German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Germany expected Turkey to make the request to NATO for Patriot deployment on Monday a... more »

Islamists Reject Syria Rebel Group, as EU Embraces It

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 39 minutes ago
Syrian Islamists fighting the Assad regime rejected a newly formed opposition umbrella group, raising questions about whether the new alliance can achieve its objective: to create a moderate force that can get funds and arms from foreign allies. The umbrella group also got a boost Monday when the European Union labeled the coalition "legitimate representatives" of the Syrian people. The move stopped short of a French push for the EU to formally recognize the group, as did France, Qatar and Turkey earlier. The National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, which w... more »

Aging Nuke Plants Add to Europe Economic Woes

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 40 minutes ago
The Arizona Republic Nov 19, 2012 p. A10 [Excerpted] the stillness at Ignalina, a Lithuanian nuclear power plant built in the 1980s Soviet era, belies an unsettling fact: There is still nuclear fuel inside of the its two reactors, three years after it was shut down due to safety concerns. A temporary storage facility for spent fuel and radioactive waste is four years behind schedule, creating a money drain at a time when the 27-nation European union grapples with a crippling economic crisis.... [end excerpt] Majia here: In the US, the NRC merely re-licenses and up-rates aging nuc... more »

Earth is moving towards a 4.0 C temperature rise, climate scientists warn

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 40 minutes ago
The disastrous effects of global warming - rising sea levels, extreme heat waves, crop failures and rise in health burden - could unfold faster than predicted as the world is moving towards a 4°C rise in global temperature, a new report from the World Bank has warned. Climate scientists have projected that a 2°C rise in global temperatures above the pre-industrial levels could lead to widespread harmful effects of global warming. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2235440/Earth-moving-4-0-C-temperature-rise-climate-scientists-warn.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Moody's strips France of AAA-rating

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 42 minutes ago
Moody's stripped France of its prized triple-A badge on Monday, cutting the sovereign credit rating on Europe's No. 2 economy by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa, citing an uncertain fiscal outlook and deteriorating economy. The downgrade, which follows a cut by Standard & Poor's in January, was widely expected but is still a blow to Socialist President Francois Hollande as he strives to convince the world he can fix France's public finances and stalled economy. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/france-moodys-rating-downgrade-idINDEE8AI0E820121120

Another cover-up over MPs' expenses: Bercow bars release of landlords' details ...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 45 minutes ago
Parliament was accused of a fresh expenses cover-up last night as officials refused to release details about dozens of MPs renting second homes at taxpayers’ expense. The decision was said to have been taken on ‘security’ grounds. But the details are believed to include embarrassing revelations that several MPs are renting flats from other serving or former MPs who bought the properties on mortgages subsidised by the taxpayer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235517/Another-cover-MPs-expenses-Bercow-bars-release-landlords-details-security-grounds.html

London Has Toilets... And Rapidly Rising Property Values

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 47 minutes ago
Today is World Toilet Day. Did you know there was such a thing? I didn't. Did you know more people around the world have cell phones than have toilets? I didn't either. And I've lived in places all around where the world where toilets were nonexistent. I spent 7 months in a "village" in Afghanistan's Hindu Kush where no one had ever heard of a toilet-- or toilet paper. Pretty soon I'm off to Kerala and... I have my fingers crossed. Only 63 percent of the world's population has access to improved sanitation. Not having a toilet translates into disease and illness which are respo... more »

Syria: Aleppo declaration raises fear of Al Qaeda-inspired groups joining rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 51 minutes ago
Fears of the growing influence of Al Qaeda-inspired groups inside Syria increased Monday with the release of video claiming the embattled city of Aleppo is now an “Islamic state” and that 13 radical factions jointly rejected the country’s new opposition coalition. The statement appears to be a reaction to the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, the newly formed alliance of opposition groups trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s regime. Calling it a “foreign project,” http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1289708--syrian-islamist-rebels-rejec... more »

Ground invasion of Gaza imminent?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 57 minutes ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

7 killed, 35 injured in water tank collapse in Bhopal, India

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
Seven persons were killed and 35 others injured when an overhead water tank collapsed in Saibaba Nagar slum area here in the wee hours today. The overhead water tank of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) collapsed at Saibaba Nagar at around 1 AM, killing seven persons and trapping a large number of others, Bhopal Collector Nikunj Shrivastava told PTI. A number of slums situated in the vicinity of the large water tank also got damaged in the incident, he said. http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/7-killed-35-injured-in-water-tank-collapse-in-bhopal/article4110785.ece

Dengue kills 9 in Peru's Amazonian region

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
Nine people died of dengue fever in Peru's Amazonian region, an epidemiology official said on Sunday. There are 1,400 dengue fever cases in the Ucayali region, located 550 km east of Lima, said Cayo Leveau, Ucayali Regional Agency's epidemiology chief. He added that 40 seriously ill patients will be moved to hospitals in the capital city. http://www.nst.com.my/latest/dengue-kills-9-in-peru-s-amazonian-region-1.173511

Mt. Rokatenda spews ash, hundreds evacuated - Indonesia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Mount Rokatenda in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), continues to spout volcanic ash. Residents living around the volcano have reportedly been evacuated to the shelter at Hewuli village administrative office in Alok Barat district. The Sikka Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) reports that 196 residents living around Mount Rokatenda had fled to Maumere city. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/11/16/mt-rokatenda-spews-ash-hundreds-evacuated.html

Paul Peters Jailed for 10 Years for the Madeleine Pulver Collar Bomb Plot

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
An investment banker who attached a fake bomb around the neck of a schoolgirl in a bid to extort money from her wealthy family has been jailed for at least 10 years. Paul Peters, 52, who was arrested and extradited from the United States in September last year with the help of the FBI, pleaded guilty to aggravated breaking and entering, and detaining the teenager for advantage. http://news.sky.com/story/1013742/oz-collar-bomb-attacker-jailed-for-10-years

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 03:33:52 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 09:33:52 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.655°N, 96.722°W Depth 35.2 km (21.9 miles) Region OAXACA, MEXICO Distances 10 km (6 miles) N of Ejutla de Crespo, Mexico

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEI MONGOL-NINGXIA BORDER REGION, CHINA - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 02:24:28 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:24:28 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.617°N, 106.246°E Depth 30.8 km (19.1 miles) Region NEI MONGOL-NINGXIA BORDER REGION, CHINA Distances 16 km (9 miles) N of Yinchuan, China

Straight Talk On Gaza

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I am continuing with articles pertaining to the imminent attack on the Gaza Strip by the criminal state of Israel. Such an attack will see the slaughter of thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians in what is basically an open air prison camp. It is imperative that everyone get as much truthful information about the truth about this so called "conflict", because we are being bombarded by a constant dose of pure lies from the Jewish controlled media that attempts to lay all the blame on this conflict on the Palestinians themselves! I came across a new article from Stephen Lendman... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 01:09:49 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:09:49 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 21.808°S, 70.265°W Depth 65 km (40.4 miles) Region OFFSHORE ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE Distances 31 km (19 miles) NNW of Tocopilla, Chile

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 00:59:20 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 06:59:20 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.983°N, 91.768°W Depth 36.2 km (22.5 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 38 km (23 miles) SSE of Champerico, Guatemala

Truth Militia Radio with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 hour ago
I just finished the fifth edition of Truth Militia Radio with John Friend. My guest was Dr. Jim Fetzer of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, and we discussed 9/11 and the JFK assassination. You can download the entire show *here* or subscribe on iTunes via the *Truth Militia Radio page* on Blog Talk Radio. RIP JFK...

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake PAKISTAN - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 22:38:06 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 03:38:06 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 30.675°N, 68.046°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region PAKISTAN Distances 29 km (18 miles) W of Qila Saifullah, Pakistan

Ron Paul: ‘Secession is a deeply American principle’

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84058.html *Hear, hear.*

Global Civil Society Targets Killer Robots

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Today, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a new report, Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots, becoming the most influential NGO to date to join an emerging call for a preemptive norm against the deployment of autonomous weapons. The International Committee for Robot Arms Control, an association of scientists and philosophers, proposed such a norm back in Continue reading


According to a report in Ha’aretz today, Israel are demanding that: *…any cease-fire remain in place for a period of several years. Israel is also demanding an Egyptian commitment to prevent the smuggling of weapons from Sinai into Gaza, and that Hamas or other terror group members be kept 500 meters from the border fence. Israel also wants international assurance that, if necessary, it would be allowed to operate over the border to foil terror attacks.* Israel knows that, not only would these demands be unacceptable to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, but that such demands would... more »

Dancing bear

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, nearly making it the record holder. This star is the brightest object located just above the gas front in the above below. *Click image for larger size. * Close inspection of images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, however, have shown that Pismis 24-1 derives its brilliant luminosity not from a single star but from three at least. Component stars would still remain near 100 solar masses, mak... more »

Restitution a significant factor in sentencing for fraud

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
McLellan, [2012] O.J. No. 5028 (C.A.): 44. However, I am satisfied that the new evidence regarding his efforts at restitution would have resulted in a reduced sentence had the trial judge been aware of this evidence. An offender's ability and willingness to pay restitution is an important consideration in the sentencing of fraud and related offences


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"I'm not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely." - R. Buckminster Fuller

ALEC - Architect of Societal & Political Discord

2old2care at Because I Can - 2 hours ago
Thirty years ago a writer for the San Francisco Examiner stated this. *The American Legislative Exchange Council according to both conservatives and liberals, is having more and more impact on the lives of American taxpayers and voters.* San Francisco Examiner, May, 1992 Thirty years ago. We didn’t listen then and for thirty years ALEC has continued their reign of terror against the American public. ALEC likes to talk a lot about “taxpayers” I saw a quote on Google the other day – where ALEC was pontificating about “taxpayers”. It made me wonder – how often do they talk about “taxpaye... more »

Iowa scientists: Climate change caused the drought

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Boats sit on the dry, cracked bottom in a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Indiana, 16 July 2012. Michael Conroy / AP Photo] DES MOINES, Iowa, 19 November 2012 (CBS/AP) – Scientists are saying that due to climate change caused by greenhouse gases, Iowans should brace themselves for more bad weather like the 2012 drought. More than 130 scientists from Iowa colleges and universities said in a statement on Monday that this year's drought is consistent with a warmer climate predicted as part of global climate change, and more droughts can be expected. "In a warmer ... more »

Israel museums in process of hiding art to protect it from incoming rockets

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
*More here:* http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_ISRAEL_ART_UNDER_FIRE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-11-19-16-31-12

Chet Raymo, “New Philosophy - 1”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“New Philosophy - 1”* by Chet Raymo "It is one of Albert Einstein's most-often quoted quotes: "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible." Is the world comprehensible? Apparently at least partially so. Consider the NASA solar eclipse atlas I referenced the other day. It is possible to calculate the precise locations and times for solar eclipses thousands of years into the future and past. That's comprehensibility for you. Of course, there are still things we do not comprehend, such as consciousness or the development of organisms, but ... more »

INDONESIA: The Pig & The Ghostwriter... The tale of a clairvoyant computer

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 3 hours ago
The Pig & The Ghostwriter... The tale of a clairvoyant computer By Raymond Weisling This is a true story. It is about a funky Intel 386 computer that ran Windows 3.1 but had some other strange capabilities that appeared over a year or two. The setting is Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. It started, I guess around early 1994, when I formed a map production group, with four assistant graphics operators. I had a 386 DX computer left over from an earlier project, but it was not used much, primarily because I have always been a Macintosh user and Windows 3.1 was pretty awful. But... more »

Triumph of the nerds, and a gay one at that -- the spotlight's on Nate Silver

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Post-election, who -- according to 11-year-old Emma Gertlowitz -- is White Collar's infinitely luscious Matt Bomer more likely to go out with? (a) Nate Silver, (b) Dick Morris, or (c) Karl Rove.* *"[R]ight now I bet that you could get anyone to go out with you just by saying something like 'I predicted Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois, and now I'm predicting that you'll have dinner with me.'"* *-- Emma Gertlowitz, in her letter to Nate Silver* *"If you grow up gay, or in a household that's agnostic, when most people are religious, then from the get-go, you are saying that ther... more »

on the farm

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

it's not a theory

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

The Calcutta Christian Observer, Volume 2 (1833)

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
_______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

Murray Dobbins Urges New Dems to Save Their Souls

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 4 hours ago
*The Tyee's* Murray Dobbins says the New Dems are heading in the wrong direction and only the Libs and Tories will benefit from it. Dobbins says Mulcair has it all wrong. *A couple of polls showing the federal NDP losing support to the Liberals pose some pretty fundamental questions for the party and its small 'l' liberal leader Thomas Mulcair. Does the party follow the narrow political path of the two big business parties or does it reinvent itself as a movement party and tap into the deep dissatisfaction of Canadians about the state of politics and governance in this country?* *... more »

Cowards of The Age Are Stomping Gaza To Death

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
Fact: The governments in Israel and the United States are led by cowards who only attack weak and defenceless populations as well as failed states (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Gaza). Fact: Operation Pillar of Death (the Israeli version is Pillar of Cloud) began with Israel breaking the ceasefire and assassinating the only man in Hamas who was capable of enforcing a ceasefire. Israel delivered a clear message with that assassination: We don't want peace. Fact: The world is condemning Israel's irresponsible and criminal attack on Gaza. The U.S. and Israeli governments are ... more »


I have over the years suggested a number of scenarios by which Israel might achieve its ultimate endgame objectives of destroying its enemies, Hezbollah and Hamas, and realising the Zionist dream of creating a Greater Israel. All of these suggested scenarios have involved regime change in Iran. I have suggested that an attack on Iran might include a simultaneous attack against Hezbollah and Hamas on the pretext of preventing either or both from mounting retaliatory attacks against Israel; I have suggested that Israel might find some *casus belli* to attack Hezbollah in Lebanon in t... more »


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*Read more:* http://www.debka.com/article/22543/US-warships-turn-around-toward-Israel-for-possible-evacuation-of-Americans

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Adendorf, Niedersachsen, Germany. Thanks for stopping by.

Arizona Election Fraud: Pima County Issues Memo with Numerous Factual Errors

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Memo King Chuck HuckelberryPima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry's primary PR activity occurs through the construction of memo's addressed to various department heads within his own purview. These memos, of course, wind up in the hands of specific local press outlets. Local outlets provide nice fluff pieces favoring Pima County in exchange for continued access and future reservations at Pima's own PR staff's trough after ad sales for these less than substantive reports hit the dumpster. In his latest offering, Huckelberry seems to have outdone himself with the number of di... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 5 hours ago
------------------------------ * the**REALnews Permalink* November 19, 2012 *London Protests in Solidarity with Gaza* Protestors are furious with both Israel and their own government, as the UK's foreign office supports Israeli action *Watch full multipart The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza* More at The Real News Cherchez la Verite

Politics: "Views Differ on Age of Planet"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Views Differ on Age of Planet"* by Paul Krugman "Quite a few bloggers are having fun with Marco Rubio’s bobbing and weaving in response to a question from GQ: *GQ:* How old do you think the Earth is? *Marco Rubio:* I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. ... more »

Regime Uncertainty: Some Clarifications, by Robert Higgs

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*A major reason for businesses in a depression being unwilling to invest in recovery is being scared or uncertain about what the government will do next that will damage or destroy those investments. This idea is captured in Robert Higgs’ description of “**regime uncertainty* *”—a variant of an old idea: that the willingness of businesspeople to invest requires a sufficiently healthy state of “business confidence,” and the continued and unpredictable meddling and “stimulus” of governments ravages the requisite confidence.* *Regime uncertainty pertains to more than just the govern... more »

Rove's hackers prefer to remain Anonymous

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
[Original image via Crooks & Liars.] I'm late to this but you know how much I love a conspiracy theory, so archiving for future historians just in case the Mayans are wrong. It seems someone claiming to be Anonymous says they simply hacked Orca. That being Miserable Mitt's simply marvelous, almost secret, magical internet apparatus which was destined to revolutionize the ground game. Said purpose of hack being to prevent Creepy Karl from hacking the Ohio results. To be clear, I don't think this is real. Not convinced it's even the real Anonymous. Something about it feels off. But... more »

Rockets spread panic in Tel Aviv as truce talks linger / fail / muddle on / who really knows

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago

"I, Twinkie"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"I, Twinkie"* by Jeffrey Tucker "Oh how everyone (of a certain class and income) makes fun of the Twinkie, the ultimate symbol of modern food decadence and phoniness. I don’t get it. Have the critics ever tried one? They are so appealing and delicious: light, spongy, sweet, and creamy, all in a tiny package. The news that the parent company Hostess was going out of business caused a huge run on Twinkies in my own community. Every store had an empty space where they should have been. The preppers were right: we should have stocked up for emergencies like this. Meanwhile, th... more »

Hamas Leader Dares Israel to Invade Amid Gaza Airstrikes

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*More info:* http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-conflict.html?hp&_r=0 *Matt's advice:* Remember the scene in "A Christmas Story" where Ralphie's friends do the whole dare thing? Remember how that turned out?

Palestinian deaths reach 100 as Egypt seeks Gaza truce

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*More info:* http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/11/19/israel-gaza-rockets-hamas-idf.html


Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/19/12 LITTLE ROCK WILL RALLY TO END THE FEDERAL RESERVE Little Rock – A group of concerned citizens will hold a march and rally to raise awareness about the Federal Reserve’s control of our monetary and banking systems, hyperinflation and the devaluation of the American dollar. The group, END THE FED Arkansas, plans to introduce an alternative currency, the ArBuck, which would serve as a local, parallel currency in AR. Christina Tobin, founder and Chair of the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, is a keynote speaker. Tobin co-moderated the 2012 Presidentia... more »

"What Does Harm..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“If any man is able to show me and prove to me that I do not think or act right, I will gladly change, for I seek the truth, by which no man was ever injured. It is only persistence in self delusion and ignorance that does harm.” - Marcus Aurelius

"How It Really, and Always, Is..."

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


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” - Albert Einstein “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke

Amazing, thanks guys!

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
During the reporting of this conflict, the CC has reached the following milestones: *1) More visits than ever before.* Our traffic has shot through the roof. Keep passing the word on so we can share this important information! Thanks to our contacts in Israel and Gaza, we've been able to provide a fuller, more objective picture of the unfolding conflict than the mainstream media and most other alternative news outlets. * * *2) More connections than ever before.* We're linking up with individuals all over the world who now pass us important information on a daily basis that we're sha... more »

"Bravery. Terrorists."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*Bravery:* “To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is good... Ideology - that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others' eyes, so that he won't hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and honors.” - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn* * ․ Such brave warriors, proudly defending their country from terrorists... *Terrorists:* Yeah, real men, the IDF, b... more »

Which Fringe Lunatic Will The GOP Put Up Against Al Franken In 2014?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
In 2008, the last Senate race decided was Minnesota's dead heat between eventual winner Al Franken and incumbent loser Norm Coleman. Franken, who spent $21,066,834, wound up with 1,212,431 votes to Coleman's 1,212,406 votes-- that close. And Coleman spent $21,821,755. Outside groups, who weren't as prevalent in 2008 as they've been since, spent $11,236,218 helping Franken and 7,921,474 helping Coleman. As of the FEC filing deadline on September 30, 2012, Franken had just over a million dollars in his campaign account. This 2012 cycle his leadership PAC, Midwest Values, brought in ... more »

Ed Miliband on Europe

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 7 hours ago
EdM's One Nation in Europe speech today at the CBI conference formally marks an interesting shift in Labour Party positioning on the EU. I say interesting because for too long Labour has ceded this political ground to the right. Defending the EU as is may have attraction for some, but having little to nothing to say about wasteful spending (the Strasbourg-Brussels merry-go-round, anyone?), questionable subsidies, and the democratic void that lies at the heart of the European project is no way to defend the EU from those who would like to see British withdrawal to the margins. EdM's... more »

Sask Legislative Speaker Imposes Archaic 'Traditional' Dress Code On Legislative Press Gallery Women

leftdog at Buckdog - 7 hours ago
*(Click on image to enlarge .... )* *The Speaker of the Saskatchewan Legislature is Dan D'Autremont. He is a Sask Party Member of the Legislature (MLA) and has been sitting in the Chamber since 1991.* * **Speaker D'Autremont has recently started strict enforcment of an archaic dress code that apparently has been on the books for years but has not been taken seriously. Most of the 'offences' are being committed by women members of the Legislative Press Gallery.* * **CBC Saskatchewan has a nice feature* *HERE ....* ... *.... or check out TWITTER .. #ladiesoftheleg*

“Israel’s Gaza ‘War’ for Control of Offshore Natural Gas Fields”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Israel’s Gaza ‘War’ for Control of Offshore Natural Gas Fields”* By Michel Chossudovsky "The December 2008 military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves. This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline. British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon’s Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed ... more »

The difference between the Davids

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
Bill Ralston set me thinking about the choices facing the Labour caucus this afternoon—or, more accurately, next February, since the only choice this afternoon is to get unanimous or get out. So neither of those choices next February are perfect, but if Cunliffe did actually step up and put his mouth where his white-anting has been, the choice would be between a good communicator and a decent, honest, reasonable man.* But whereas David Shearer is a decent, honest, reasonable man who can conceivably be taught to communicate better, it will forever be impossible to teach Cunliffe ... more »

F-35 Enters USMC Service - Sort Of

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
The United States Marine Corps has accepted delivery of its very first F-35 stealth light bomber - or some of it anyway. *"The Lockheed Martin-built plane’s computerized logistical system, flight software and special helmet still aren’t ready — and it lacks weapons."* But, other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, what did you think of the play? * “This aircraft will be used to conduct a full spectrum of aviation operations in support of combat missions and maritime readiness worldwide,” the Pentagon boasted about its new frontline JSF. * *Sure, eventually. And only after more testing, more de... more »

Now Tell Me Why We Need to Push Bitumen on the World?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
*"Twenty-seven or younger? Then you’ve never experienced a month in which the global temperature has been colder than average, according to the latest data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."* That little bon mot courtesy of Wired.com. Here's the dandy graphic to go with that: * * * **In NOAA’s monthly “State of the Climate” analysis, the agency reported: “The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces during October was 14.63°C. This is 0.63°C above the 20th century average and ties with 2008 as the fifth warmest October on record. This is the 33... more »

Before Dogs Became Pets

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 8 hours ago
The saga of dogs is a long strange trip. Experts agree that all dogs are descendants of wild gray wolves. They don’t agree when dogs were domesticated, but most say around 14,000 years ago. Could it be a coincidence that this occurred around the time when humans were getting really good at killing really big animals with stone-tipped lances, and the countryside was dotted with mastodon corpses, and other dainty delicacies? As humans emigrated from our African home, we moved into wolf country, and learned important skills from our new neighbors. Wolves were social creatures, like ... more »

Global BC and Christy Clark, BC Liberal Ally and Flagship Station

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 8 hours ago
*Hello readers....There is some blogger glitch occurring, am attempting to rectify the problem...There is a link to a Les Leyne story and a paragraph that is`t part of this story)....However, to read the story in full, without that distraction, Click the story title, meaning this...Read the story by itself, not as part of the front page which has many posts on it...Sorry for the technical difficulties.* Shocking, Democracy destroying propaganda at its finest...What the Hell is going on around here..Have businesses lost their morality, this story exposes the silent propaganda cam... more »

“Israel’s Slaughter of Gaza”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Israel’s Slaughter of Gaza”* By Truth Excavator "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 Israel 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 Invasion of Gaza”: "Be clear about this: what we are witnessing ... more »

Global BC and Christy Clark, BC Liberal Ally and Flagship Station

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 9 hours ago
Shocking, Democracy destroying propaganda at its finest...What the Hell is going on around here..Have businesses lost their morality, this story exposes the silent propaganda campaign the BC Liberal Government is engaging, along with its willing partners.. Not only is this corrupt Christy Clark Government spending $15 million dollars on a partisan phony Jobs plan, designed to look like and piggy-back on the $50 million dollar Federal action plan partisan ads....Christy Clark apparently didn`t learn a lesson when she authorized spending $7 million PUBLIC TAX DOLLARS dollars on H... more »

'US, Europe complicit in Israeli crimes'

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
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News you can use: Your guide to tonight’s TV watching!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012* *A famous name you won’t hear:* Maureen Dowd’s column in Sunday’s Times was truly a piece for the ages. In our earlier post, we forgot to mention one point. Perhaps because the piece was so bad, the New York Times extended a favor to its brilliant star columnist: No comments were allowed with Dowd’s column! When’s the last time you saw that practice adopted with a New York Times op-ed column? By dint of its world-class illogic, Dowd’s column ought to go straight to the Smithsonian. (Shorter Dowd: *Susan Rice should have revealed classified information ... more »

Ten European states agree military air tanker cooperation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Ten European countries agreed on Monday to work together to boost their military air-to-air refueling capacity, to plug a gap in their defenses that was exposed by last year's Libyan war. Europe's air forces have had a shortage of tanker aircraft for years. During the Libya campaign, European states relied heavily on the United States for air-to-air refueling, needed to enable fighter planes to stay in the air for longer. The agreement was signed by Belgium, France, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Norway, which is not a European Union membe... more »

Russian TV office destroyed in Israeli attack on Gaza

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
PressTV [image: Smoke billows as debris flies from the explosion at the local Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza City on November 18, 2012, after it was attacked during an Israeli airstrike.] Smoke billows as debris flies from the explosion at the local Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza City on November 18, 2012, after it was attacked during an Israeli airstrike. *A Russian television network says its office in the Gaza Strip has been destroyed as buildings of press agencies are hit in the latest wave of Israeli aggression against the besieged Palestinian territory. * The Moscow-based Russia Tod... more »

Day Of Rest

Southern Man at Southern Man - 9 hours ago
After another restful night in The Trailer Southern Man packed the gym bag and headed into town to work out and shower and shave and such, then went to Sunday School, where we had an especially good class. Then he picked up Teen Daughter from *her* church and met Southern Parents and Southern Son for lunch at a local BBQ place. Southern Man got a huge sampler with the intention of nibbling on the leftovers for the rest of the day. Even though he's been back for two days Southern Man has hardly had any time at all at his place and Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest and relaxatio... more »

Teen Daughter Arrives

Southern Man at Southern Man - 9 hours ago
After a restful night in The Trailer (with no alarm!) Southern Man had a nice breakfast and puttered around a bit and then set off on what would prove to be a long but fun day. After errands (both credit unions, the dry cleaner, the office) and geocaching (a quick three *en route*) Southern Man was once again at the airport to pick up Teen Daughter, who is spending the entire week. After many hugs and kisses we made our way to Chick-Fil-A for lunch (her favorite eatery) and then to Southern Parents, who will keep her for a few days as Southern Man must work some next week. They wer... more »

Homeland Security promotes welfare to new immigrants in government ‘welcome’ materials

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your new country can do for you. “Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States” — featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits. http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/18/homeland-security-promotes-welfare-to-new-immigrants-in-government-welcome-materials/

Turkish Prime Minister: ‘Israel Is A Terrorist State’

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A top Turkish official has claimed that Israel is committing acts of terrorism by bombing Hamas targets in Gaza. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told the Eurasian Islamic Council conference in Istanbul that the Jewish state is systematically mass-killing Muslims. “Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from the massacre of children in Gaza,” Erdogan said, according to Reuters. “For this reason, I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts.” http://washington.cbslocal.com/201... more »

Susan Lindauer on American Freedom Radio - truth drug the whole planet

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 10 hours ago
there's a new audio interview with CIA-whistleblower and Saddam Hussein/Iraq/Libya/Lockerbie negotiator nine months before 9/11, Susan Lindauer, over at American Freedom Radio. LET'S SEE IF SHE COMES UP WITH ANYTHING NEW. She summarises the Patriot Act like this, "The Patriot Act was already in John Yoo's drawer; 7,000 pages that pretty much replicates the 1926 Soviet Penal Code under Joseph Stalin. Secret charges where you're not allowed to know what you're accused of doing." Lindauer suggests that (due to a largely repressed Executive Order) any Martial Law won't be instigated by... more »

New Video By Snordelhans: Rage!!!!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
As I stated in yesterday's weekly rant... I am pissed off by what I see happening in Gaza, and especially the hell that the criminal state of Israel is about to unleash against the helpless citizens holed up there in what is basically an open air prison camp. I am astounded that there has not been more outcry from people everywhere around the world against the criminal and psychopathic state of Israel that has every intention of marching into Gaza and wiping out the entire population of 1.7 million innocent people. It will be a mass genocide such that the world has not seen in a ... more »

Barack Obama: M.M.& H.-in-C.

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 10 hours ago
*M*oral *M*idget and *H*ypocrite-in-*C*hief. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: There is no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. So, we are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself from missiles landing on people’s homes and workplaces and potentially killing civilians. Says the man who bombs Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia. The man whose missiles fall on many who are innocent civilians...the man who doesn't give a good goddamn about the deaths of innocent Palestinian children. What about the PALESTINIANS, President Obama? W... more »

UN Chief To Meet Israeli And Palestinian Leaders

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The UN secretary general will meet the Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of a growing effort to stop the ongoing Gaza conflict. Ban Ki-moon will host talks with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahi and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas this week. Mr Ban arrived in Cairo late on Monday, where UN spokesman Martin Nesirky confirmed that the UN chief would later meet Egypt's foreign minister Mohammed Kamel Amr. He is also due to host talks with Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi and Arab League chief Nabil al Arabi on Tuesday. http://news.sky.com/story/1013477/un-chief-to-m... more »

Sacred words

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 10 hours ago
Shoah. Culture is a system of values, beliefs, norms, and narratives. Held in the minds of people it is the glue of shared identity and description. Never quite static and changing slowly over time, it forms the unique corpus of a society. Like a body it it can be infected with pathogens. Some are cured, some merely go into remission. The Holocaust, passed on as the product of different

French officials ban access to sacred mountain which believers claim will be refuge from 'Mayan apocalypse on December 21'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Fears the end of the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world this coming December have run rife on the internet in recent years. Less well known is the rumour that one particular mountain in south-west France will burst open on that day revealing an alien spaceship which will carry nearby humans to safety. Well, if you were counting on that possibility to save you from the apocalypse, prepare to be disappointed. French officials have banned access to the Pic de Bugarach to avoid a rush of New Age fanatics, sightseers and, above all, journalists. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sci... more »

Residents Evacuated After Floods Hit Scotland

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Around 100 homes in a Scottish village have been affected by flooding after heavy rain. Residents in Comrie, Perthshire, were evacuated from their homes when the Water of Ruchill burst its banks just before 8am. Tayside Fire and Rescue Service said about 70 firefighters and 10 appliances were at the scene, including water rescue teams. http://news.sky.com/story/1013587/flooding-affects-dozens-of-scottish-homes

Important Video: Massive Israeli Strikeback On Gaza Strip!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
Israel is indeed planning now for a full invasion of the open air prison camp called the Gaza Strip. When that happens, and it is definitely coming, there will be a wholesale slaughter of innocent Palestinians by the thousands. I have been asking myself over the last while... Where is the outcry from the entire world against this outrageous act of mass genocide? I came across a very important video just today that comes from the "Young Turks" online news service narrated by Cenk Uygur that I want to share here with all of my own readers. It gives a very accurate assessment of the... more »

El planeta Tierra visto desde Júpiter (Fantasía)

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 10 hours ago
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China Watch 18: Martin Jacques' Manila Lecture

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
Yesterday afternoon, I attended a lecture by Martin Jacques at Intercontinental Hotel, Makati. The event was jointly sponsored by the *Pilipinas 2020* and the *Center for Philippine Futuristics Studies.* I had the chance to have a photo with Martin during the break. His book is available at National Bookstore. Nice, long lecture, though I did not stay for the reactors' time and open forum. Food was great and a plenty. Even before going to the lecture, I do not believe that China or any country or government or even the UN can rule the world. The world is too huge and people are ... more »

World Bank - Says What Everybody Knows, We're in Trouble

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
A World Bank report released today warns the world is heading for 4C of warming this century and that means trouble for everybody but especially if you're one of the nobodies from the poorest and most vulnerable countries. There it is, the whole report boiled down to one sentence. Not too hard to follow, is it? Doesn't sound like the sort of world we want for our grandkids does it? Yet it sounds every bit like the world we're determined to bequeath them. Certainly gives you something to think about when you're trying to pick which petro-pol should govern Canada - Mulcair, some ... more »

Hermoso paisaje de una puesta de sol junto al lago

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 10 hours ago
[image: Hermoso paisaje de un lago] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más imágenes de paisajes Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake PAKISTAN - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 17:54:08 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:54:08 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 30.454°N, 67.539°E Depth 14.1 km (8.8 miles) Region PAKISTAN Distances 4 km (2 miles) SSE of Alik Ghund, Pakistan

EXAM QUESTION: On emergencies

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
Since it’s exam season, NOT PC will begin a short series of exam questions for readers. Here’s your first: “The truth is governments are useless in emergencies,” says Robert Wenzel.” “The ‘leaders’ are posers. Christie, Bloomberg, Cuomo *et al*. They only make matters worse, e.g., enforcement of anti-gouging laws, rationing and interference in privately written property damage insurance contracts. These characters would have fit in nicely under Khrushchev. He looked ready for emergencies also.” Discuss, with specific application to Christchurch. This question is worth twelve mar... more »

Failure to give sufficient reasons an error of law

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
*R. v. A.F.,* 2012 ONCA 790 is a good source for the proposition that fairlure to give sufficient reasons is an error of law for appeal purposes: [2] We are, however, satisfied that the reasons are inadequate. The reasons are very brief and do not reveal the basis upon which the trial judge sorted through the conflicting evidence to arrive at his result. The absence of adequate reasons is an error in law.

Psychology as a Weapon.

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 11 hours ago
Psychology is a much mocked science. Captured early on by the charlatan, Sigmund Freud, Psychology will forever be tainted by its association with the plagiarist and sexual deviant, and by those who followed in his wake. However, whereas the presence of shysters is undeniable, the willingness to reject the study out of hand, is a reaction we undertake at our peril. The motley collection of cranks and politically correct psycho-social engineers hiding behind the claims to be academic researchers, have done much to aid our downfall, but this truth only underlines the validity of th... more »

Arms Race Update - Russian Lasers in Space

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
The Americans spent about 16-years trying to perfect an aerial laser system capable of taking down income ballistic missiles. Russia is now pursuing what it calls space laser counter-measures. The Russians are after a more modest target. Instead of a laser missile shield, their initial effort is, "*making inoperable adversary space vehicles’ sensors and optical electronic systems by directed laser beam impulse."* That seems to indicate that the Russians want to target American communications, command & control and spy orbital systems.* *Instead of blowing them up with anti-s... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Drew Brees to Donate $1M for Sandy Relief*

Global BC and Christy Clark, BC Liberal Ally Flagship Station

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
*{Hello readers....There is some blogger glitch occurring, am attempting to rectify the problem...There is a link to a Les Leyne story and a paragraph that is`t part of this story)* Shocking, Democracy destroying propaganda at its finest...What the Hell is going on around here..Have businesses lost their morality, this story exposes the silent propaganda campaign the BC Liberal Government is engaging, along with its willing partners.. Not only is this corrupt Christy Clark Government spending $15 million dollars on a partisan phony Jobs plan, designed to look like and piggy-back ... more »

Spain may offer residency to foreigners buying homes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Spain is considering offering rich investors from countries such as Russia and China the right to settle in return for them buying up property in the stagnant housing sector. Spain has more than a million empty homes across the country and is setting up a bad bank to clean up toxic assets from a housing bubble which burst in 2008. Foreigners could be offered a residency permit if they buy a property worth 160,000 euros ($200,000) or more, the country's commerce secretary said on Monday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-spain-houses-idUSBRE8AI0S120121119

BaBar directly measures time reversal violation

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
*Microscopic processes involving particles proceed differently if forced to go backwards* *One of them is Babar the Elephant. Don't ask me which one – I would guess it's the daddy. Instead, I can offer you Peter F.'s elephant who can paint an elephant with a flower.* Physical Review Letters just published a paper Observation of Time Reversal Violation in the B0 Meson System (arXiv, July 2012) by the BaBar collaboration at Stanford's SLAC that directly proves the violation of T, or the time-reversal symmetry. Even though the result isn't new anymore, the publication was an opp... more »

Rioters attack ethnic Somalis in Kenyan capital

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Kenyan police fired tear gas to disperse rioters who attacked ethnic Somalis in the Nairobi district known as "Little Mogadishu" on Monday, hurling rocks and smashing windows after a weekend bomb attack there killed nine people. The violence coincided with the start of voter registration for a general election in March, adding to security concerns ahead of the first national polls since 2007 when a dispute over the results fuelled ethnic slaughter that killed more than 1,200 people and forced some 300,000 from their homes. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-kenya-riots-idU... more »

Fiscal cliff could push jobless rate over 10 percent: Fitch

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The "fiscal cliff" could trigger a second recession in the country's economy and push U.S. unemployment above 10 percent, ratings agency Fitch said on Monday. Fitch said it did not expect Congress to allow the tax and spending cuts, which have been dubbed the "fiscal cliff", to fall into place given their "far-reaching effects." The fiscal cliff would "dramatically affect demand" for transportation assets, Fitch said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-usa-cliff-fitch-idUSBRE8AI0RO20121119

Man Has Been Dying Because Of Germs For Centuries-- But Now We Have Ways To Prevent Death And Sickness

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Low wage workers at the Poland Springs Bottling Plant in Maine, which is owned by Nestlé, are so angry with the way the company treats them that they're doing pretty disgusting things to pollute the water-- not that Nestlé gives a damn. Nestlé settled a law suit accusing it of using water under a former trash and refuse dump, and below an illegal disposal site where human sewage was sprayed as fertilizer for many years. Nestlé paid $10 million in the settlement but continues to sell the same Maine water under the Poland Spring name. I started traveling in the Third World when I wa... more »

It's Israel's fault for responding to attack

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
It seems that the world is pretty much decided that Israel is to blame for what is happening in Gaza, as it's Israel's fault for responding to attack. Here's a cartoon that nicely illustrates the logical flaw in this argument.

Global BC and Christy Clark, BC Liberal Flagship Station

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
Shocking, Democracy destroying propaganda at its finest...What the Hell is going on around here..Have businesses lost their morality, this story exposes the silent propaganda campaign the BC Liberal Government is engaging, along with its willing partners.. Not only is this corrupt Christy Clark Government spending $15 million dollars on a partisan phony Jobs plan, designed to look like and piggy-back on the $50 million dollar Federal action plan partisan ads....Christy Clark apparently didn`t learn a lesson when she authorized spending $7 million PUBLIC TAX DOLLARS dollars on HST s... more »

Hermoso paisaje del desierto - Dunas y curvas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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5.2 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude M 5.2 Region MYANMAR Date time 2012-11-19 17:25:52.0 UTC Location 22.97 N ; 95.94 E Depth 10 km Distances 51 km NE Shwebo, Myanmar

Blue Dogs Now New Dems? (Back to PARTY Time!), How Fake Fiscal Cliff Arose, and GOP Refuses To Take Off Blinders

If members of Congress (ex-Blue Dogs/New Dems and all Repubs) can depend on the bad memories of most Americans, then they will be able to sell balancing the tax-cuts-for-the-rich/multi-wars business-terrifying budget deficit on the backs of the lower classes. And it's the "both sides do the same thing" argument all over again. Yay them! See how non-stop media repetition wins every time? (

Tortuga gigante en el mar - Imágenes de Ficción

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Iran reaches milestone at key nuclear plant

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Iran is on the cusp of being able to triple output of nuclear material that, if further treated, could be used in the core of a bomb, a new UN atomic agency report showed. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) quarterly update said that fitting out of the Fordo plant was now "complete" -- despite extreme sanctions pressure. Fordo, which Iran only told the IAEA about in 2009, began in 2011 to enrich uranium to purities of 20 percent, a process that lies at the heart of the international community's concerns. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gnwiLhmjSJidVIa... more »

Germany expects Turkish request for NATO missiles soon

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Germany said it expected Turkey to formally request that NATO missiles be placed on its border with Syria soon, but stepped back from an earlier statement that the move was expected on Monday. "The most important thing is not whether an official request comes today or in the coming days," German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a news conference on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union defence ministers in Brussels. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/syria-crisis-turkey-nato-idUSL5E8MJHFR20121119

Smile-a-while: Is Karen DeYoung an actual human?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012* *Puzzling life-form types it up for the Post:* Yesterday morning, Lindsey Graham made an odd statement on Meet the Press. Basically, it was a minor point. We assumed it was just a misstatement—but it did seem rather odd: GREGORY (11/18/12): Why did the office of the Director of National Intelligence on September 28 issue a statement in which they—effectively bolstering the very remarks that Susan Rice made on this program and others, that there was a spontaneous element to this and there was contradictory information? Was she not working off the same ta... more »

Forget the Fiscal Cliff: Why Obama Is in Asia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
It might seem strange that newly re-elected President Barack Obama has chosen this moment to jet off to Asia. After all, he’s left a mess of problems back home. The White House is in the midst of tense negotiations with Republican Congressmen over a budget compromise to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff.” The nation is still smarting from a long and divisive election. And even in the realm of foreign policy, Asia doesn’t seem to be the priority right now, with a conflict escalating between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Obama isn’t even visiting Japan or South Korea, historically America’... more »

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
To Nate Cohn, who previewed the vote counting and reminded us before the election (as Andrew Sprung reminds us today) that Barack Obama would gain considerable ground on Mitt Romney after election day -- a lot after election day. The Cook Report's David Wasserman has been keeping tabs on the current vote totals, and finds today that Obama's lead is up to 3.1% nationally, and still rising. That's up from 2.3% the morning after election day; I'm not sure what it was when the networks closed up shop on election night. That's a pretty large swing! It seems pretty likely that Obama's lea... more »

Jackson Browne headlines concert to free Leonard Peltier

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
*By B1027* http://b1027.com/jackson-browne-headlines-concert-to-free-leonard-peltier/ Jackson Browne is headlining a concert to publicize the plight of Leonard Peltier. The show, called Bring Leonard Peltier Home, will take place December 14th at New York’s Beacon Theater. It will be hosted by Pete Seeger and Harry Belefonte, and feature a set by Bruce Cockburn. Peltier has been serving two life terms in prison for the shooting of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1975, but his supporters have long proclaimed his innocence.

Free Planet - I love you, you pay me RENT.

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 12 hours ago
there was a song, in the 1980's by the gay band The Pet Shop Boys that went something like this, "I love you, you pay my RENT." Now, while that song might have been about RENT BOYS i.e. young men who get fucked in the ass for cash, there's still something to be learned about this 'trade in human subjugation'. BTW I'm talking, still, about RENT: *1a. Payment, usually of an amount fixed by contract, made by a tenant at specified intervals in return for the right to occupy or use the property of another. 1b. A similar payment made for the use of a facility, equipment, or service pro... more »

Best interests of the child includes preserving loving parental relationship

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
Children's Aid Society of Toronto v. G.S., 2012 ONCA 783 holds that, in a child protection matter, it is important to the best interests of the child to preserve the relationship the child has with a loving parent: [28] In this case, the child's emotional needs in connection with his relationship with the appellant (s. 37(3)1), the importance of the child's development of a positive relationship with the appellant (s. 37(3)5), the child's relationships and emotional ties to the appellant (s. 37(3)6) and the risk of harm to the child if he were kept away from his father (s. 37(3)11)... more »

Comet cuts further 735 jobs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The insolvent electrical chain Comet is cutting hundreds more jobs, its administrators have said. Deloitte said there would be a further 735 redundancies at its head office, central functions and across its home delivery network. This is in addition to 330 redundancies already announced. The business had employed 6,611 people. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20394546

Silvio Berlusconi Aide Spinelli Held Hostage

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Silvio Berlusconi's accountant was taken hostage by armed intruders who demanded a 35m euro (£28m) ransom from the former Italian prime minister, police have revealed. Three Italians and three Albanians have been arrested and accused of taking Giuseppe Spinelli, 71, one of Berlusconi's closest allies and friends, and his wife Anna hostage last month. Three intruders forced their way into Mr Spinelli's apartment on October 15 and ordered him to call Berlusconi for a ransom in the early hours of the following morning, police said. http://news.sky.com/story/1013418/silvio-berlusconi-a... more »

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 16:45:50 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 01:45:50 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.941°S, 72.187°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE Distances 65 km (40 miles) SW of San Antonio, Chile

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.5 Region SOUTHERN PERU Date time 2012-11-19 16:34:26.0 UTC Location 17.90 S ; 70.67 W Depth 55 km Distances 46 km W Tacna, Peru

Shadow banking grows to $67 trillion industry, regulators say

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: The shadow banking industry has grown to about $67 trillion, $6 trillion bigger than previously thought, leading global regulators to seek more oversight of financial transactions that fall outside traditional oversight. Andrey Rudakov / Bloomberg] By Ben Moshinsky and Jim Brunsden 18 November 2012 (Bloomberg) – The shadow banking industry has grown to about $67 trillion, $6 trillion bigger than previously thought, leading global regulators to seek more oversight of financial transactions that fall outside traditional oversight. The size of the shadow banking system, whic... more »

Hermoso colibri entre las flores - Aves multi colores

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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4.4 Magnitude Earthquake KYRGYZSTAN - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.4 Region KYRGYZSTAN Date time 2012-11-19 15:28:35.8 UTC Location 40.81 N ; 74.10 E Depth 1 km Distances 68 km E Özgön, Kyrgyzstan


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
* More info:* As a part of the blockade, Israel controls the flow of electricity and communications in and out of Gaza. Following the bombing of Gazan media facilities yesterday, Internet communications and power supplies have now become sporadic throughout the strip. The CC will continue to strive to get you information that no one else is reporting through a myriad of alternate resources. *Are you in Israel? Do you have information about Gaza that needs sharing? Be sure to email us with your information and links so that we can get the full story out.*

Why Americans Won't Embrace Palestine

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein.) If one were to listen to long-discredited and worthless MSM organs such as the *NY Times*, the "conflict" between Israel and Palestine in Gaza is an evenly-matched battle of wills, if not armaments, with either claiming an equivalent moral superiority. What the *Times *and the entire American mainstream media fail to recognize is the full scope of the David vs Goliath fight. In this case, David is now Palestine and he stands no chance of winning this latest round of hostilities without some military, paramilitary and... more »

Israel Again Attacks Gaza

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 13 hours ago
Once again Israelis attack Gaza with overwhelming military force. U.S. supplied F-16 warplanes have carried out at least 950 airstrikes on the densely populated (141 square miles/1.7 million people) Gaza Strip. It's like deja vu all over again—it's Operation Cast Lead, it's 2006, it's the same old story told again, but it has a new name: Operation Pillar of Defense. Here's how it goes: Israelis create their own pretexts by constantly bullying the Palestinians until some Gazans, being human, strike back. The propaganda machine springs into action "Gaza attacks innocent civilians ... more »

Spain suspends home evictions for most needy after suicides

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: Members of the Stop Evictions movement enter the home of Gisela Bajo (unseen) as they wait for the judicial commission to evict her from her home in Valencia, 15 November 2012. Bajo, mother of a 13-year-old daughter, is unemployed and has no income. Spain's main political parties started negotiations about eviction law reform on Monday after a homeowner's suicide provoked public fury and accusations that politicians and banks are complicit in de facto 'murder'. The signs read, 'Stop evictions'. Heino Kalis / REUTERS] By Sonya Dowsett 15 November 2012 MADRID (Reuters) – Sp... more »

Hermoso paisaje de un lago al amanecer

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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3.2 Magnitude Earthquake PORTLAND URBAN AREA, OREGON - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 3.2 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 14:15:09 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 06:15:09 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 45.649°N, 122.764°W Depth 19 km (11.8 miles) Region PORTLAND URBAN AREA, OREGON Distances 7 km (5 miles) SW (231°) from Lake Shore, WA

Iranian arms ship carries fresh, improved Fajar supplies for Gaza

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

China condemns Israel’s ‘over-use of force causing deaths and injuries amongst innocent ordinary people’

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*More info:* http://www.timesofisrael.com/international-pressure-for-ceasefire-grows-as-palestinian-death-toll-rises/

Piano con una hermosa rosa roja

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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Cutting through IDF propaganda: Tanks caught on film lining up to fire haphazardly into Gaza

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*Commentary:* You'll remember that IDF spokespeople go on and on and on about "conducting only precision strikes against 'terrorist targets'". However, there are multiple reports, and now footage, of Israel simply firing haphazardly Gaza using artillery pieces and tanks. Little difference exists between rockets fired one way and artillery shells (that actually do far more damage) firing in the opposite direction. One wonders where MSM objectivity has gone in during this conflict.

The BBC - plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
The BBC is institutionally anti-Israel, of that there is little doubt. Israel is the only Jewish state in the world (albeit one that is over 25% Muslim in population), so does that make the BBC institutionally anti-Semitic? I am not sure about this but it is pretty clear that to the BBC a good Jew is one who doesn't fight back when attacked. The Jews who died in the holocaust were victims of terror and the BBC support them in their deaths, Jews who fight back against Islamist terror aren't looked upon so favourably by the BBC. In 1942 it seems that the BBC attitude was rather simila... more »

A horrible performance by Schieffer!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012* *He just can’t quit John McCain:* Yesterday morning, Bob Schieffer’s performance on Face the Nation was just this side of insane. It’s been a long time since the mainstream press signed up for a GOP lynch mob this way. (It was quite routine in the Clinton-Gore years.) But good God! Schieffer just can’t quit John McCain! Yesterday, this was his first question to the GOP’s angriest man: SCHIEFFER (11/19/12): Let’s talk a little bit about Libya. You were talking a lot about that. You and the president really kind of had a little set-to last week over the s... more »

As coasts rebuild and U.S. pays, repeatedly, the critics ask why

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Over the years, many Dauphin Island homes have been elevated, as required by the modern building code, and they can now survive a moderate storm surge. But Hurricane Isaac did do some damage in August 2012, including to the staircase of this home. G.M. Andrews / Press-Register via Associated Press] By JUSTIN GILLIS and FELICITY BARRINGER 18 November 2012 DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama (The New York Times) – Even in the off season, the pastel beach houses lining a skinny strip of sand here are a testament to the good life. They are also a monument to the generosity of the feder... more »

Snowman Candy Cane

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
Every year at Christmas, I find myself needing lots of little gifts. Something cute, but not very expensive for the members of my daughter's preschool class or something similar. My mom has been dressing up candy canes for years and it is a cherished memory that I love passing down to my daughter. These cute little snowman are easy to make and very affordable. You will need: White Felt Red Felt Black Felt Scissors Felt or similar type of glue Black Seed Beads Needle and Black Thread Tiny Red Pom-Poms (optional) Red Sequins I don't have a pattern for this little guy, I always just fr... more »

Africa for Norway

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 14 hours ago
Check out their website. H/T@Bill_Easterly

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 14 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Jodie Foster, 50. And a bit of good stuff: 1. More on districting, incumbency, and bias, from Eric McGhee. Big point remains the same: the GOP edge this time was in part incumbency, in part gerrymanders, and in part a natural advantage in the House for Republicans. 2. Good point from David Kamin on why cutting discretionary spending seems so easy. 3. Dylan Matthews explains the Mark Begich Social Security bill. 4. And Amanda Terkel looks at legislative ideas to fix the mechanics of elections.

A Monkey Proves Inequity in the Workplace and Life

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
I don't tweet or FB (wish there was another way to communicate with some of the friends I have made out there.) But I do lurk in those places looking for stories. Found this one this morning and it is too good not to share. It is about fairness and perceived equity. They talk about equity in the work place - but equity does not exist in corporate America, never has, never will - Real life is he/she who kisses butt the most gets the most (unless you are lucky enough to work in a union shop). - and management is so damn dumb - they think we don't notice. It's 2 1/2 minutes and i... more »

a good-news, bad-news update: buddha, the brockways, and iraq war resisters in canada

laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
Last month, I took a little road trip with a few friends from the War Resisters Support Campaign, to welcome a new baby and meet a new dog. This nice little visit would be unremarkable - if it weren't completely incredible. We visited the Brockway family. Not that long ago, no one from the Campaign had met Jeremy Brockway. An Iraq War veteran, Jeremy suffered from severe anxiety, depression, and PTSD. He was unable to leave his room. He rarely shared a meal with his family or spent any time with his children. (More background: here and here .) After hearing Ashlea Brockway speak in ... more »

Memphis Plans Big Cuts to Pay for Corporate Reform Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Someone reading the Memphis Commercial-Appeal on the corporate plan for privatizing Memphis Schools would hardly know there is a 212 million dollar problem in the plan, itself. Stories about Memphis being among the top ten American cities to be overrun by the corporate reform school scammers make it to Page 1, while stories about the impending shuttering of public schools to pay for the $212 million deficit between over the next five years is not mentioned at all. Also awaiting the families of custodians and bus drivers are plans to privatize these services. Holiday Greetings fro... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Drew Brees: ''We're on our way''* *Morning Rush: Drew Brees, Saints catching fire and pose threat to rest of NFC* *Week 11, Saints at Raiders: Can't You Hear Me Knocking?* *Dalai Lama Coming to New Orleans* *Sheriffs, prison operators keep control of phones* *Fifteen senators urge that Mississippi River channel be maintained* Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/11/18/3921496/15-senators-urge-action-on-mississippi.html#storylink=cpy *Morganza-to-the-Gulf hurricane protection system tax * ***Panama Canal expansion could be boon for state ~Will Sentell *

DOWD AND DOWDINPANTZ: Misogynistic illogic gone wild!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012* *Part 2—What Maureen Dowd said:* What’s the word for Bob Schieffer’s performance on yesterday’s Face the Nation? Speaking with his beloved Saint McCain, Schieffer may have set a world record for servile distortion of fact. But first, let’s consider the column by Maureen Dowd which appeared in yesterday’s New York Times. Dowd’s column helped set the horizon within which Schieffer worked. For decades, her work has helped define the boundaries of mainstream mandarin chic. Yesterday, Dowd reeked of her famous old loathing of liberal women. Her column spille... more »

The Blue Dogs Are A Spent Force... Until You See How They've Ditched The White Sheets And Hoods And Morphed Into The New Dems

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Kind & Crowley-- the bad news bears, if you're a working American One of the reasons why it was so important that Nancy Pelosi decided to stay on as House Minority Leader was because what is building up behind her to take over the House Democratic Caucus. The threat of the Blue Dogs is dead-- at least for now-- but the Blue Dogs have morphed into the New Dems, a corporately-financed coalition of Big Business shills within the Democratic Party. Although almost all the detritus left over from the Blue Dogs has joined the New Dems, the New Dems aren't "as bad" as the Blue Dogs were. Wel... more »

Gaza Media Centre Shaken By Blast at least 1 killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A large explosion has shaken a building in central Gaza being used by foreign media including Sky News. One person is reported by the AFP news agency to have been killed in the attack. More follows... http://news.sky.com/story/1013477/gaza-media-centre-shaken-by-blast

David Cameron says European Union must stop 'picking the pockets' of its citizens......So why isn't he doing anything to stop them picking Our pockets?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
David Cameron has challenged the European Union to stop “picking the pockets” of the public today after launching a diplomatic drive to win the support of other EU leaders for a freeze in spending by Brussels. With three days to go to an EU summit to settle its 2014-20 budget, Downing Street disclosed the Prime Minister had “hit the phones” in an effort to find allies in what threaten to be tortuous and acrimonious negotiations. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-says-european-union-must-stop-picking-the-pockets-of-its-citizens-8328968.html


Anon at aangirfan - 15 hours ago
*Webster Tarpley writes:* *Coup and counter-coup in Washington* "A cabal of generals evidently believed it could secure the White House for Mitt Romney by staging the Benghazi incident ... to bring down Obama... "The Obama administration, and its establishment controllers, appear to be ousting a number of intelligence and military officials who took part in illegal operations to replace Obama with Romney... "The outgoing US military cabal favors the extension of colonial wars, like those in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as an attack on Iran... "The Romney backers were made up o... more »

Israeli aircraft strike crowded Gaza areas, civilian death toll climbs

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*A Palestinian man kisses the hand of a dead relative in the morgue of Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. * CTV- Israeli aircraft strike crowded Gaza areas, civilian death toll climbs Thought I had better get this one up before the headline changes? Or the entire story changes? Or it simply disappears. The article has an adequate amount of factual reporting, despite the western media perception management. *Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip *on Monday,*driving up the civilian death toll and in one case devastating several homes belonging... more »

Twinkie Nostagia

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
The demise of the Twinkie, Paul Krugman writes, has unleashed a wave of nostalgia for the 1950's -- a world many conservatives think of as a Golden Age. But, Krugman writes, the economic policies of the '50's were a lot different than the conservative prescriptions for our time: Yet in the 1950s incomes in the top bracket faced a marginal tax rate of 91, that’s right, 91 percent, while taxes on corporate profits were twice as large, relative to national income, as in recent years. The best estimates suggest that circa 1960 the top 0.01 percent of Americans paid an effective fe... more »

Foggy Morning in Michigan

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago

Saskatchewan has "Premier" Questions about ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 16 hours ago
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Canadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Canada should have seen this one coming. Evidently the Premier and his staff are or wanna be ALEC-ers. No. 11 VOTES and PROCEEDINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN SECOND SESSION – TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE Tuesday, November 13, 2012 NOTICE OF WRITTEN QUESTIONS The following questions were given notice on day no. 9 and are to be answered by day no. 14: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Mr. McCall, to ask the government the following Question No. 84: To the Premier: (1) Which commercial airline did the Premier and his staff m... more »

Why The GOP Occupied Texas

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 16 hours ago
*by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy* It only takes one crook/moron to ruin the reputation of an entire state. Yes --I am referring to George W. Bush though he is but one crook among many GOP crooks who 'stole' Texas back in the early 80s. The GOP plans ahead. I tire of the 'fashionable' but baseless attacks on an entire state when for some 100 years, Texas had been liberal, often progressive. Now --there are some 'conservatives' among Democrats even today. But Texas Democrats were often liberal, progressive, activist and out-spoken. A Texas liberal/progressive --J. Frank Dobie... more »

"I'm not anti-Semitic, I am anti-Zionist"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
"I'm not anti-Semitic, I am anti-Zionist" - That's the line I see all the time on Twitter and hear in the media. Well you tolerant people, here's what Dr Martin Luther King had to say on the matter: "When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism!" Here's what I wrote about this almost exactly a year ago and here's the Huffington Post today. I raely agree with the Huffington Post, but in this instance they are correct. Here's another Martin Luther King quote via that Huffington Post artcile: "Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 12:45:08 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:45:08 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.737°S, 165.225°E Depth 46.3 km (28.8 miles) Region SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS Distances 67 km (41 miles) W of Lata, Solomon Islands

Israel Says It's Targeting Hamas Militants (more than 80% civilians Killed)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
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