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Monday, November 19, 2012

19 November - Blogs I`m Following

Government spending in the United States for F...
Government spending in the United States for FY 2006 ($ billion) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bacchus parade, New Orleans, the Sunday evenin...
Bacchus parade, New Orleans, the Sunday evening before Mardi Gras Day. New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees honored on float. "Really, that's Drew Brees as King Bacchus" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Christy Clark, 35th Premier of Britis...
English: Christy Clark, 35th Premier of British Columbia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
11:30 am MDST

Arms Race Update - Russian Lasers in Space

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 3 minutes 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 »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 minutes ago
*Drew Brees to Donate $1M for Sandy Relief*

Global BC and Christy Clark, BC Liberal Flagship Station

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 minutes 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... more »

Spain may offer residency to foreigners buying homes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes 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 - 22 minutes 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 op... more »

Rioters attack ethnic Somalis in Kenyan capital

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes 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 - 29 minutes 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! - 31 minutes 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 - 31 minutes 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 - 31 minutes 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

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 33 minutes ago
[image: Hermoso paisaje del desierto] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más imágenes de paisajes Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 34 minutes 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

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 43 minutes ago
[image: Tortuga gigante en la orilla del mar] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más imágenes de animales Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Iran reaches milestone at key nuclear plant

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 52 minutes 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 - 52 minutes 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 - 54 minutes 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 - 58 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Hermoso colibri entre las flores] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más imágenes de flores Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake KYRGYZSTAN - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour 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

ISRAEL ATTEMPTING TO CHOKE OFF ELECTRICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS OUT OF GAZA TO STEM REPORTING

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 una puesta de sol

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Hermosos paisajes de puestas de sol] *Nota:* Haga click aqui para ver mas imagenes de fotos de paisajes Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake PORTLAND URBAN AREA, OREGON - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 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 - 2 hours ago
http://www.debka.com/article/22541/Iranian-arms-ship-carries-fresh-improved-Fajar-supplies-for-Gaza

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 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 - 2 hours ago
[image: Piano con una rosa roja] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más imágenes de rosas rojas Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Cutting through IDF propaganda: Tanks caught on film lining up to fire haphazardly into Gaza

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 hours ago
Check out their website. H/T@Bill_Easterly

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 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 - 4 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! - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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

TARPLEY ON PETRAEUS

Anon at aangirfan - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 hours ago

Saskatchewan has "Premier" Questions about ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 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 - 5 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

U.S. embassy in Greece warns of rise in ‘unprovoked’ violent attacks on foreigners as neo-Nazi group grows

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The United States is warning its citizens travelling in Greece about the recent wave of violent attacks on those who look like “foreign migrants” amid the rise of a neo-Nazi party in the economically beleaguered country. “The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the ‘Threats To Safety and Security’ section of the Greece country specific information page has been updated to inform U.S. citizens of a rise in unprovoked harassment and violent attacks against persons who, because of their complexion, are perceived to be foreign migrants,” an updated note on the U.S. embassy in Athen... more »

Alabama town blames FEMA for slow aid after tornado...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Main Street in this old mill town looks about the same as it did the day after tornadoes killed about 250 people across Alabama a year and a half ago: Battered red bricks and broken glass litter the pavement, and the buildings still standing are rickety and roofless. The entire one-block downtown, still deemed unsafe, remains sealed off by a chain-link fence. City officials blame the Federal Emergency Management Agency, saying the money to demolish skeletons of the old buildings is mired in miles of red tape. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ALABAMA_TORNADOES_DEMOLITION_DE... more »

Detroit Could Go Bankrupt Before End Of Year

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
''Detroit’s financial condition is rapidly deteriorating, and City Hall could run out of cash in December, an official told a state oversight board Monday. City program management director William Andrews made the assessment at a meeting of the Financial Advisory Board, a city-state panel overseeing Detroit’s finances under its fiscal stability agreement with the state. Detroit’s cash-flow crisis is “more challenging than it’s ever been and more challenged than we reported last month,” Andrews said.'' http://stratrisks.com/geostrat/9339

Weekly Find: Gina's, Tisno, Croatia!

Casey at The Adventures of Limited Eating - 5 hours ago
*Weekly Find: Gina's, Tisno, Croatia!* This summer in July I went with the amazing Mr. DJ Konvex, Evan the Great, Sassy Sinead and the lovely Wah Wah 45's to Tisno, Croatia for the Soundwave music festival. I have been to Croatia before and remember it for the lovely scenery, nice people, and quite cheap prices. It's a really cool country because each city can look totally different. You have the pebble beaches with amazing green mountains in Dubrovnik, and then the most beautiful sand beaches and clear blue ocean in Split. Tisno, which is a very small town close to Split was covere... more »

U.S., Afghans Negotiating Over Troop Presence Beyond 2014

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
''The United States may be looking to keep 20,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 timeline for withdrawal, as negotiations began in Kabul Thursday over the continued presence of American forces. A number of thorny issues, including immunity from prosecution for U.S. military personnel, are among the current obstacles to a new agreement over the number and role of U.S. forces after the removal of most foreign combat troops over the next two years.'' http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/13673-us-afghan-negotiating-over-troop-presence-beyond-2014#.UKaSnIoJ-JI... more »

Protests across Europe against austerity.....shhh! this is not supposed to make the News

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
'In Slovenia, an estimated 30,000 people took to the streets to denounce government cutbacks. The country has been badly hit by the global crisis. Public sector wages have been slashed in an attempt by the administration to avoid asking for a bailout.Conservative Prime Minister Janez Jansa said the reforms were necessary. In Prague, some 10,000 people attended a demonstration calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Petr Necas’ centre-right coalition government following changes in the social welfare system. The measures have been met by fierce criticism.'' http://www.euronews... more »

IS THIS REAL REASON FOR CIA CHIEF’S RESIGNATION?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The speculation surrounding the sudden resignation of the CIA chief, General David Petraeus, is focusing in large part on his role in an alleged cover up of the attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi this past September. Perhaps being overlooked is the CIA’s possible role in purportedly using the Benghazi mission to coordinate U.S. aid to opposition insurgent groups acting in Syria amid information those same insurgents consist in significant part of jihadists, including groups openly acting under the al-Qaida umbrella. One week before he was slated to testify before Congress ... more »

Apologies to Recent Commentors

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 5 hours ago
I don't get that many comments so it's a sign that I'm particularly busy that I haven't replied to all of them. My apologies.

Despite Global Opposition, United States Votes to Continue Cuban Embargo

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
In a near unanimous vote at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, the vast majority of the world voted to put an end the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba. Aside from the moral argument, the driving principles behind the vote to end the embargo were those regarding the sovereign equality of states, non-intervention in internal affairs, and the freedom of international trade and navigation. In total, 188 countries voted in favor of the resolution, with the U.S., Israel, and Palau voting against it, and the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia abstaining.... more »

Mount Ruapehu: Eruption fears rise at New Zealand's 'Mount Doom'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A New Zealand volcano that featured as Mount Doom in "The Lord of the Rings" movies is in danger of erupting as pressure builds in a subterranean vent, officials said on Monday. The Department of Conservation (DOC) warned hikers to avoid the summit of Mount Ruapehu, saying that temperature readings by scientists indicated there was an increased risk of eruption at New Zealand's largest active volcano. "The current situation can't continue, Ruapehu is so active that the temperatures have been going up and down a lot," DOC volcanic risk manager Harry Keys told Radio New Zealand. htt... more »

Bloomberg extends gas rationing through Thanksgiving holiday as motorists prepare for travel chaos

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is extending the gas rationing system in New York City through the Thanksgiving holiday, which could make this historically difficult travel week more complicated than usual. Bloomberg said that with 30 percent of stations still closed and a major travel week coming up, the extension would make sure there aren't the long lines that brought about the system in the first place. 'The odd-even license plate system has worked well and helped to reduce wait times and lines at the pump,' Bloomberg said, adding he wanted to 'ensure we do not risk going back to the e... more »

EU plotting secret budget deal without UK David Davies calls for referendum

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Brussels is plotting to secure a budget deal without Britain, it emerged today as pressure increased on David Cameron to block inflation-busting spending increases. The Prime Minister today insisted insisted Brussels had to stop 'picking the pockets' of the public amid reports that EU officials and diplomats are in talks on the legal and financial viability of agreeing a new seven-year budget amongst the 26 member states excluding the UK. Ahead of crunch talks this week, Tory minister Ken Clarke today signalled that Mr Cameron’s demand for a real-terms freeze in the vast budget was ... more »

More children die in latest Israeli airstrike as charity warns hundreds of thousands of youngsters face food and water shortages in Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Two children have been killed and several injured in the latest Israeli airstrike as a charity warns hundreds of thousands of youngsters trapped in Gaza face prolonged power cuts and depleting supplies of food and water. Save the Children has called for an immediate end to the conflict between Israel and Gaza as fears grow that the situation will have a devastating affect on children who make up nearly half the 1.7 million population of the Gaza Strip. Israel's Defense Forces (IDF) said it had targeted around 80 sites overnight as airstrikes continued to hit the enclave during the ... more »

Lord McAlpine set to sue ITV for up to £500,000 (and there should be TEN THOUSAND Twitter users trembling in their boots)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The Tory peer's legal team is looking for 'substantially more' than the £185,000 damages already agreed with the BBC. The corporation's botched investigation, which erroneously linked Lord McAlpine (bottom left) to sexual abuse at a north Wales children's home, led to Phillip Schofield surfing the internet for names and then confronting David Cameron with them on This Morning (pictured above). Meanwhile the growing number of potential defendants facing libel action includes Sally Bercow and Alan Davies (both below left and right), making it the largest case in British legal history.... more »

Prisoners' vote: MPs to decide on European ruling

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The government is set to offer MPs three options over the issue of giving prisoners the right to vote at British elections. The prime minister and many MPs are against anyone being allowed to vote behind bars, but the UK has been warned this blanket ban is in breach of international law. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20393680

UK sees possible deal on EU budget - PM spokeswoman...Doesn't Sound to Promising for the UK Tax Payers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Britain believes a deal can be reached on the European Union budget, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday, ahead of crunch talks in Brussels this month. "We're in negotiations in the run up to the (European) Council. We think we can agree a deal," Cameron's spokeswoman told reporters, adding that the prime minister had been "hitting the phones" to talk to other EU leaders in recent days. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/uk-britain-europe-budget-idUKBRE8AI0EZ20121119 *Im sure Cameron will dress it up nicely with a huge red bow to make it look good, b... more »

Hamas meeting Egypt officials to discuss Gaza truce

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Gaza death toll reached 95; rocket barrage strikes south; Iron Dome intercepts rockets above Ashkelon and Sderot; more than 540 rockets have fallen inside Israel since last Wednesday, all but 35 of them in open areas, while Iron Dome systems have intercepted nearly 320 rockets; IDF attacked at least 80 targets overnight. Operation Pillar of Defense entered its sixth day on Monday with relative quiet on the Israeli side and a night of attacks in the Gaza Strip. The IDF said it struck 80 targets in the coastal territory overnight, and that at least 14 Palestinians were killed. Accordi... more »

Weidmann wants strong German voice in Europe bank union

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann called on Monday for Germany to have a strong voice in Europe's planned banking union, adding that the European Central Bank's new banking supervisory role must be clearly separated from its monetary policy mandate. Weidmann, who sits on the ECB's Governing Council, also said that banks should limit their exposure to government debt by backing up their sovereign debt holdings with sufficient capital and by introducing a cap for how much money a bank can lend to a state. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-europe-bankunion-weidmann-idUSBRE8AI0C... more »

Congo rebels advance to outskirts of Goma

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Rebels in Congo, who U.N. experts say are backed by neighboring Rwanda, reached the outskirts of the eastern city of Goma on Sunday after pushing back government troops, despite U.N. peacekeepers firing back from helicopter gunships. The rebels, known as M23, are led by mutinying soldiers who rose up eight months ago, accusing the Democratic Republic of Congo's government of failing to respect a 2009 peace agreement to integrate insurgents from a previous rebellion into the army. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-congo-democratic-fighting-idUSBRE8AI0CH20121119

Pressure mounts for truce as Israel pounds Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Israel bombed dozens of suspected militant sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinians kept up their cross-border rocket fire as international pressure for a truce intensified. Twelve Palestinian civilians and four fighters were killed in the air strikes, bringing the Gaza death toll since fighting began on Wednesday to 90, more than half of them non-combatants, local officials said. Three Israeli civilians have been killed. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-palestinians-israel-hamas-idUSBRE8AD0WP20121119

New York To Demolish More Homes After Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Hundreds more New York City homes, deemed to be safety hazards following superstorm Sandy, are to be razed in a vast operation. Some 200 homes in the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island that were hardest hit will be demolished in the coming weeks or months. "We've never had this scale before," the director of the city's buildings department, Robert LiMandri, said in an interview with the New York Times. http://news.sky.com/story/1013315/new-york-to-demolish-more-homes-after-sandy

Five Chinese Street Children Found Dead In Bin

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The bodies of five street children have been found inside a bin in southwest China after they climbed inside it to escape the cold, according to state media. The boys, who were aged about 10, died of carbon monoxide poisoning after apparently burning charcoal inside the container to keep warm. A refuse collector discovered the bodies in the city of Bijie in Guizhou province. The overnight low temperature in the mountainous city was 6C. http://news.sky.com/story/1013231/china-five-street-children-found-dead-in-bin

South African Found Guilty Of Dewani Murder

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A judge finds South African Xolile Mngeni guilty of the murder of Anni Dewani while on her honeymoon in November 2010. Judge Robert Henney told the High Court in Cape Town: "I'm satisfied that the accused has committed the crime of murder." In his ruling, the judge dismissed claims by Mngeni's lawyer that his client had been set up for the killing. He found Mngeni guilty of murder and robbery, but acquitted him of kidnapping charges. Prosecutors said Mngeni was hired to carry out the killing, which was made to look like a car hijacking in Cape Town's impoverished Gugulethu township... more »

Pictures Tell the Story: Aftermath of Hamas Rocket Attack Compared to Israeli Airstrike

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
As Israel and Hamas exchange “attacks” the world continues it’s debate over who the real aggressors actually are. For their part, the Israeli government has hired literally thousands of paid trolls to spam social media and comment sections with pro Zionist rhetoric. A photo posted to Facebook this morning paints a clear picture as to who is being hit the hardest and what the hardline Israeli governments self-defense looks like. When you add the fact that a permanent truce was actually being negotiated before the strike that killed Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari, the true aggressor ... more »

RESEARCHERS DOCUMENT WORLD-FIRST FIRE TORNADO

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The world's first confirmed case of a fire tornado has been documented by Canberra researchers, using evidence collected from the devastating 2003 Canberra bushfires. Researchers have long speculated about the ability of a fire to produce a tornado, but until now they have not been able to scientifically prove it. The study involved collecting a vast quantity of evidence from the Canberra bushfires and has been published in the scientific journal Natural Hazards. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15418741/researchers-document-world-first-fire-tornado/

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL KAZAKHSTAN - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.9 Region CENTRAL KAZAKHSTAN Date time 2012-11-19 10:41:17.3 UTC Location 42.90 N ; 71.55 E Depth 1 km Distances 12 km SE Mikhaylovka, Kazakhstan

Daily Links, Monday, Nov 19th, 2012

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 6 hours ago
*I purchased a Meike FC-100 LED ring flash from EachShot.com ($29.99, they take Paypal). The instructions are in hilarious Chinglish, mostly incomprehensible, but the thing works ok. For shots more than a meter away it is probably too weak, but for closeup macro work under half a meter, like this shot, it seems to do fine. You can see the reflection of the flash in the water droplets.* What's shining on the blogs this week? *BLOGS*: - Local, not foreign, cyclist dies of hypothermia in race. The second death this year. Race organizers, time to think seriously about how races ... more »

Livestream for AIM West Coast Conference 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
*Livestream for the AIM West Coast Conference * *Nov. 19-21, 2012* The theme for this year’s Conference is the “Forty Year Retrospective of the Trail of Broken Treaties, a Review of the Twenty Point Position of 1972, and Indian Manifesto” and how it aligns with the 2007 United Nations “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." Conference attendees will be encouraged to explore how these historic documents can serve as guides to prioritize, address and implement issues we are facing today The theme for this year’s Conference is the “Forty Year Retrospective of the Trail of B... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:02:50 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 09:02:50 PM at epicenter Location 5.771°S, 151.636°E Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 183 km (114 miles) SSW (199°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:55:08 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 08:55:08 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.873°S, 151.645°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 169 km (105 miles) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:15:54 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 08:15:54 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.907°S, 151.707°E Depth 12.8 km (8.0 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 178 km (110 miles) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:09:46 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 05:09:46 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.538°S, 108.243°E Depth 34.9 km (21.7 miles) Region SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA Distances 191 km (118 miles) S of Sukamenak, Indonesia

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 5.8 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 09:44:34 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 07:44:34 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.734°S, 151.606°E Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 163 km (101 miles) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake GUERRERO, MEXICO - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 08:51:45 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 02:51:45 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.814°N, 101.297°W Depth 30.6 km (19.0 miles) Region GUERRERO, MEXICO Distances 25 km (15 miles) NNE of El Coacoyul, Mexico

It's all about Zionism not Judaism - really? Language is NSFW

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
This took place at the 'pro-Palestinian demonstration in San Francisco on 16 November 2012. Why on earth would anyone think that some/many pro-Palestinian demonstrators are anti-Semitic? Oh I don't know, maybe it's the yelling of "Fuck you Jew, Fuck you Jew". Israelly Cool has more video of such delightful demonstrators including the chant of "Zionist scum, you're time has come"

World Bank abuses AGW lies to grow its bureaucracy

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 7 hours ago
Jim Yong Kim is a Korean-American physician and a former president of Dartmouth College who was recently named the president of the World Bank after Barack Obama nominated him half a year ago. Let me confess that I simply can't stand similar superficial careerist assholes. In an apparent effort to strengthen my strongly held sentiment, this man quickly transformed the World Bank into a hardcore fortress defending the climate change propaganda. The organization just published a booklet Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4 °C warmer world must be avoided (executive summary, full, media) Th... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 08:15:38 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 02:15:38 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.910°N, 91.605°W Depth 35.1 km (21.8 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 46 km (28 miles) SW of Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala

Gaza Conflict: Rockets 'Hit Israeli Town'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Image: Gaza Conflict Three rockets have hit the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon, according to Sky sources - amid calls for a ceasefire as Israel's bombardment of Gaza continued overnight. The Israel Defence Forces said a school in the town had been hit. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is on his way to the region to appeal for an end to the violence. He is expected to meet Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi before visiting Israel and Gaza. http://news.sky.com/story/1013248/gaza-conflict-rockets-hit-israeli-town

Monday Morning Gaza-Related Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
I’m at the end of a rather long trip to London, which is why I haven’t been able to process or upload either Duck of Minerva or NBN podcasts yet. Nevertheless, I’ve got some good stuff coming on both fronts. So stay tuned. Today’s linkage focuses on Gaza. Al-Jazera reports that 92 Palestinians have now been killed Continue reading

Don't feel like getting up ...

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago

CHILD-Abuse - Can We Not Complement Our Children & Not-Harm Them? - A Guest Post by Jyothis Chrystallis Orthonis

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
~ * CHILD-Abuse - can we not Complement our Children & not-Harm them? * ~The Pressence's Blog, 14 November 2012 This is a QUERY to Hue'Man hearts and souls... On a very Soulful/Heartful Conscious Choice that is in our very Capability and Capacity to do so on Planet Earth as a Planetarian, each-ONE... CHILD ABUSE is purposeful / deliberate / intentful HARM... and how does PURPOSE arise as unconscious Choice, when we are Conscious BE-ings as Hue'Mans? Why are originally designed to be HARMLESS BE-ings, going on about HARMING deliberately? an INNER-QUEST I invoke within...(owing t... more »

3 Stops on America's Asian Tour of Shame

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 hours ago
America's new Asian allies: Dictator-for-life Hun Sen of Cambodia, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi and her genocidal "Saffron monks," and the despotic hereditary Shinawatra regime of Thailand. *November 19, 2012 *(AltThaiNews) - US President Barack Obama is embarking on what the Western media is calling a "historic trip." In reality he is coddling dictators and human rights abusers of the highest caliber, even while waging proxy-war against Syria based on alleged "human rights" concerns. *1. Thailand*: President Obama and US Secretary Hillary Clinton first arrived in Bangkok, Thailand i... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.3 Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Date time 2012-11-19 07:31:23.3 UTC Location 36.77 N ; 71.26 E Depth 221 km Distances 27 km W Eškašem, Afghanistan

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.3 Region HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION Date time 2012-11-19 01:37:34.0 UTC Location 42.75 N ; 144.08 E Depth 105 km Distances 35 km SW Kushiro, Japan

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.4 Region HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION Date time 2012-11-19 01:07:55.0 UTC Location 42.99 N ; 145.98 E Depth 72 km Distances 50 km SE Nemuro, Japan

Anonymous leaks personal information of 5,000 Israeli officials

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Internet hacktivist group Anonymous has declared cyberwar on Israel, posting personal data of five thousand Israeli officials online. The group used their Anonpaste.me site to address a message to the Israeli government before linking to the page with names, ID numbers and personal emails of 5,000 officials. http://rt.com/news/anonymous-israel-officials-leaked-002/

Finite SUSY GUT theories

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
Heinemeyer, Mondragon, and Zoupanos discuss an interesting subset of supersymmetric grand unified theories, the so-called FUTs: Finite Theories after the discovery of a Higgs-like boson at the LHC These theories are finite – i.e. cancelling all UV divergences – to all orders in perturbation theories. One may guarantee that supersymmetric grand unified theories are finite to all orders if he cancels the beta-functions for gauge couplings and anomalous dimensions of the Yukawa couplings up to one-loop and/or two-loop level; and if he also relates the Yukawa couplings with the gauge co... more »

Obama Supporters 'Not Responsible Enough To Own A Firearm,' AZ Gun Store's Sign Declares

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
It was reported over the weekend that the owner of a gun store in Arizona is telling Pres. Obama's supporters he doesn't want their business. Cope Reynolds, the owner of Southwest Shooting Authority, a gun store located in Pinetop, Arizona, took out a full page ad in a local newspaper that read: "If you voted for Barack Obama your business is not welcome." The New York Daily News reports that Mr. Reynolds also posted a sign on the store's front door: "If you voted for Obama, please turn around and leave! You have proven you are not responsible enough to own a firearm." http://cnsne... more »

The BBC correct their 'error' but don't apologise

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Further to this post re the BBC's regular inability to show Egypt on maps of Gaza's neighbours, I have finally received a response from the BBC. NewsOnline Complaints 19:34 (13 hours ago) to me Dear Mr MaybeaGoat Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have fixed the map on this story to show Egypt. Kind regards Middle East desk BBC News website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/middle_east/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/handle.shtml I wonder how long it will be before I have to point out this same 'error' again? Here's the new map... Much more accurate than the old o... more »

While New Jersey Residents Suffer, Governor Christie Goes on Saturday Night Live

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents are without power. Many have lost homes and everything else that they have. Some don’t have enough to eat and others are struggling to stay warm. This is not the time for a responsible leader to go do his self-promoting shtick on Saturday Night Live. But Christie seems so tone deaf that he puts his self-promotion ahead of anything else. http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/while-new-jersey-residents-suffer-governor-christie-goes-on-saturday-night-live/

For Mrs NotaSheep who had never heard this song before

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Gary Numan and The Tubeway Army - "Are Friends Electric". This is the Old Grey Whistle Test version, not the single. I feel the performance is better than the Top Of The Pops one, although the song is not as pure. Mrs NotaSheep only knew "Cars", now she feels educated!

Farm Match.Com Breaks Local Food Barriers Worldwide

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 9 hours ago
New Website Breaks Local Food Barriers Food Freedom News, 15 November 2012 No matter where you live, work or travel in the world, food entrepreneur, Max Kane wants to help you eat local. His brainchild, *FarmMatch.com*, is a free, easy to use, map-based, food search and food matching site which launched September 11, 2012. Within 30 days of going live, the website quickly exploded into dozens of countries and now hosts thousands of users on six different continents. FarmMatch.com was co-designed by Kane’s partner, David King and his development team at Amagisoft, a Chicago based ... more »

Gaza Conflict: Ban Ki-moon Calls For Ceasefire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The UN Secretary General has called for an immediate ceasefire as Israel's bombardment of Gaza continued overnight. Ban Ki-moon is on his way to the region to personally appeal for an end to the violence. He is expected to meet Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi before visiting both Israel and Gaza. Israel's airstrikes have continued overnight in response to rockets launched from Gaza. Pictures from Gaza City in the early hours of Monday showed buildings in flames and thick, black plumes of smoke rising into the air. http://news.sky.com/story/1013248/gaza-conflict-ban-ki-moon-calls-... more »

Syrian opposition gets French envoy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A new coalition of Syrian dissidents opposed to President Bashar al-Assad will have an ambassador in France, the French president said Saturday. The announcement is a boost for the coalition, which seeks to unite the opposition against the Syrian government under a single vision. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/17/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Hamas demands end of Gaza siege as violence soars

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Hamas wants an end to Israel's long blockade of Gaza and raids on the territory in any cease-fire that might put a stop to five days of weaponry plummeting from the sky, a top Palestinian official said Sunday. Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that has ruled Gaza since 2007, said an Israeli airstrike killed a family of 10 on Sunday. Israel, meanwhile, said Hamas had fired nearly 150 rockets into Israel in a single day, and that the strike was aimed at killing one of the leaders of the militant group's rocket corps -- but Israel was unsure whether he was among the dead. It was th... more »

Turkey has not yet requested NATO missiles: Dutch minister

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The Netherlands has not received a formal request to send Patriot missiles to NATO ally Turkey to help defend the country's border with Syria, the Dutch Defence Minister said on Monday. "We did not receive a formal request yet," Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told reporters in Brussels. "We are waiting for a formal request." Turkey has said it has intensified talks with NATO allies on how to shore up security on its 900-km (560-mile) frontier with Syria after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its territory. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-syria-... more »

Brussels will keep on doing as they Please

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Workers protesting austerity on the streets of southern Europe weren't to know it, but earlier this month there was also a strike at the heart of the European Union - by bureaucrats fighting possible cuts. For an increasing number of Europeans, cuts in Brussels are what is needed. The European capital has told member states to reduce spending, but as millions in Spain, Portugal and Greece feel the pain in pay, pensions, and social services, people are looking to the centre and finding what looks like fat. Britain has led the way. Newspapers there have for decades carped at cosy 'eu... more »

Israel pounds Gaza as rocket fire wanes; talks in Egypt - Death Toll Gaza 85 - Israel 3

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Israel bombed dozens of suspected guerrilla sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Monday and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave dropped off as international efforts to broker a truce intensified. Ten civilians and two field commanders from the Islamic Jihad faction were killed and at least 30 other Palestinians were hurt in the new air strikes, hospital officials said, bringing the death toll from six days of clashes in Gaza to 85. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-palestinians-israel-hamas-idUSBRE8AD0WP20121119

Food MythBusters -- Food Heroes: The Nelson Family

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 10 hours ago
24 October 2012 *For more information:* *www.foodmyths.org* Facebook: www.facebook.com/FoodMythBusters Twitter: www.twitter.com/FoodMythBusters Join the conversation on Twitter by using #FoodMyths Watch dairy farmers, the Nelson's reflect on their transition from conventional to sustainable and the impact it had on their health and well-being. From their family to yours, well wishes! Produced by Rikshaw Films: *www.rikshawfilms.com*

Food MythBusters -- Food Hero: Kristin Carbone

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 10 hours ago
24 October 2012 *For more information:* *www.foodmyths.org* Facebook: www.facebook.com/FoodMythBusters Twitter: www.twitter.com/FoodMythBusters Join the conversation on Twitter by using #FoodMyths At Radix Farm, Kristin strives to make small-scale farming a sustainable, viable and profitable business that treats the ecosystem, the customers, and growers with care and respect. She grows healthy and high quality produce using organic practices, and by planting a bio-diverse farmscape, nurturing the soil, and giving individual attention to the crops. Kristin enjoys sharing her pa... more »

HIV Vaccine Success in Human Trial

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Step by step, the HIV problem is been beaten into submission. Now we have what appears to be a useful vaccine that can obviously slash infection rates for those most at risk. All this produces a decreasing pool of infectious sources which lowers the infection rate in a virtuous cycle. Today it is not outright cured, but it is managed and that generally means it is safely managed. If the risk of infection can be reduced to negligible then the prospects of eventual extinction soon becomes plausible. The Aids Pandemic was the NASA moon shot for biological research and we... more »

Baking Soda Gaining Medical Interest

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
The fundamental problem with the medical profession is that they are not trained in chemistry to any sensible degree and they are not scientists. This is a bad combination because applied medicine uses chemistry in a trial and error protocol with limited monitoring. The second problem is that modern research must be done as soon as possible on a palette of core natural chemicals such as baking soda, a variety of vinegars, complex sugars such as black strap molasses, other common acids and bases and a full range of salts. They all have safe usage levels and are all hand... more »

Chinese Prehistory

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
For starters, you could not make this up to conform with modern knowledge unless you had access to modern knowledge. After saying that, the time lines conform exactly to the time lines of the European Bronze Age and the Atlantean Age that hit its stride around 2400 BC as a Global phenomenon and was abruptly ended around 1159 BC. On top of all that, the story of the first emperor is a repetition of the Noah story in which a craft descends onto Mt Ararat. In this case we have a wife who also is part of the story and an apparent lifespan of around 300 years at least. Th... more »

Great Barrier Reef Collapse Triggered by Farm Run Off

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Plenty of folks have tried to link problems on the Great Barrier Reef to global warming which ran pretty thin. Now we get an explanation that certainly works very well and is much more convincing. Nutrient run off is a huge problem of the last century and will continue for some time yet. However adoption of the biochar protocol will in time end the problem completely. So while it is a present problem it is also a problem that will end. At the same time I do expect to see farming generally adopt organic methods and that will also eliminate excess nutrient run off. ... more »

Granit missiled Pentagon and Nuked WTC 1, 2 and 7 whistleblower Dmitri Khalezov's Urgent Address

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 10 hours ago
Granit missiled Pentagon and Nuke Demolished WTC 1, 2 and 7 whistleblower Dmitri Khalezov seemed to have 'fallen off the face of the planet' somewhere in Spring of 2011, after his friend (god of war) Viktor Bout was tried in America following his extradition from Thailand, but now he's back and he's concerned for his life. The above recording is split into 5 parts, *click after part one ends*. 1. Good news. 2. Bad news. 3. Updated Dimitri Khalezov's contact details and websites. 4. "Ground Zero" in dictionaries (first half). 5. "Ground Zero" in dictionaries (second half).

ISRAELI SPIES ARE EVERYWHERE

Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*All the world hates Israel.* David Dees Illustration / Prothink.org Israel murders people, all around the world, including German scientists. *Hinter der Fichte: Israel: Ein Volk im Griff der Militärdiktatur -Translate this page / Operation Damocles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia* In the 1960s, there were a number of German scientists in Egypt, helping President Nasser build up Egypt's defences. Israel targeted these scientists, in 'Operation Damocles'. The main tactics employed by Israel against the scientists were letter bombsand abductions. [6][7] Their families were thre... more »

Latest Calgary poll results – perhaps aided by party’s sophisticated moves – show Green Wave developing

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
Calgary Centre Greens get ready to surf the Green Wave, expected momentarily. Actual Green Party supporters may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Chris Turner, Joan Crockatt and Naheed Nenshi. The latest poll of residents of the Calgary Centre riding shows a Green Wave developing among opponents of the Conservative Party in the Nov. 26 ... more »

We hold you in our hearts with appreciation for your strength and determination.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 12 hours ago
We hold you in our hearts with appreciation for your strength and determination. As channeled by Ron Head November 18, 2012 in Michael, Ron's Channeled Messages Michael We see that today we have a curious mix of personal energies to discuss with you. Many of you are experiencing what could only be called a lull or pause. Others are wondering where all this negativity has come from suddenly. Some few are still feeling as if they are running full speed uphill. It is all the same circumstance with varying symptoms, my friends. Would you like a metaphor that would explain ho... more »

Israeli leaders re-examine Gaza ground operation under strong Obama pressure

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
http://www.debka.com/article/22539/Israeli-leaders-re-examine-Gaza-ground-operation-under-strong-Obama-pressure *More info:* The CC reported that the beginning of ground operations may have begun in Gaza, but just like previous reports, it was readiness followed by a general halt. This has been going on for days, mostly for political reasons, illustrated by the article above.

Heavily armed police comb Tuscon for gunman who shot officer in the head

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Sgt Robert Carpenter, pictured, was standing with other officers near a Tucson, Arizona, home following a report of a break-in when, just before dawn on Sunday, he was shot. He underwent surgery and was able to speak afterward. The suspect who shot him, remains on the loose. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235023/Sgt-Robert-Carpenter-Officer-survives-shot-head-cops-manhunt-suspect.html

Bloomberg feeds Sandy victims the same high-calorie food he's banned in New York City

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has campaigned to ban food and drinks loaded with salt, fat and sugar in the city but he has no problems feeding it to Sandy victims. According to reports, the MREs - meals ready to eat - are loaded with more salt and fat than a McDonalds Big Mac and a 21-ounce Coke. 'I was told that folks shouldn’t eat these for more than two days straight,' said one person handing out the meals. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234890/New-York-Mayor-Bloomberg-feeds-Superstorm-Sandy-victims-artery-clogging-food-hes-campaigned-ban-city.html

Sergeant Nightingale Jailed after Serving his Country, whilst we allow criminals and terrorists free on our Street

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Mother-of-two Sally Nightingale wants the Prime Minister to give her five minutes of his time in return for the 17 years of service her husband Danny, inset left, has given to the Army. Mrs Nightingale, pictured outside the military prison where Danny is being held, she writes: 'My husband is a good man, a loving father and a loyal servant to his country. He should not be locked away behind bars.' Sergeant Nightingale, 37, a Special Forces sniper who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was sentenced to 18 months in military detention after admitting owning a 9mm Glock pistol. http:... more »

Israeli ambassasdor in US deletes tweet after saying that they would be willing to sit down with Hamas over missile attacks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234979/Israeli-ambassador-deletes-tweet-saying-willing-sit-Hamas-missile-attacks.html The Israeli ambassador Michael Oren is now blaming staffers for mistakenly posting a tweet saying that the government was willing to meet with Hamas in an effort to stop the ongoing missile attacks. WATCH THE VIDEO, THEY ONLY TWEETED WHAT HE HAD SAID ON AIR

Four bosses of 'unprofitable' Starbucks get £50m reward

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Four bosses at Starbucks have walked away with £50million in pay despite the coffee chain having paid no corporation tax in Britain over the past three years, it has been reported. Documents filed on the firm’s website show the quartet managed to receive handsome fees over the past three years as well as owning shares worth a combined £563.7million. While Starbucks has been trading healthily in recent times, it has managed to post a profit from its UK business only once in 15 years, according to reports. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234974/Four-bosses-unprofitable-Starb... more »

The Party's Over For The Tea Party Because They Couldn't Come Up With Any Solutions-- And We Need Viable Solutions, Not A Failed Austerity Agenda

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Not every Member of Congress can be Alan Grayson. That used to make me so frustrated. Then Anthony Weiner tried... but he was Anthony Weiner, not Alan Grayson-- and what a disaster that turned out to be! Alan isn't looking for a platform that's popular... he embodies that platform with his entire being-- the way Raul Grijalva does, the way Judy Chu does, the way Barbara Lee does, the way Jerry Nadler does... the way, I'm afraid. Anthony Weiner just never really did. Authenticity still means something in politics. A few days ago Eliot Spitzer had Alan Grayson on his TV show, *View... more »

Meet & Greet Monday (#MtaGt)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 13 hours ago
Welcome to Meet & Greet Monday! Banner by Art Ist Grab our banner for your site: *SPECIAL NOTE: This will be our last Meet & Greet of the year. We'll return mid-January.* Do you have an Eco-friendly blog or site? Do you occasionally write about the environment or ways to live green? If you answered yes to any, you're invited to link up. Here are the rules: 1. If you have a green-living blog, site and/or write about the environment, sustainability, etc., please use the "linky" below to list your site. 2. If you only occasionally write about green livi... more »

Qatada intends to sue UK for £10m.........When is it time to stop his bloody benefits and stick him on a plane?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Abu Qatada has told his family that he plans to sue the British government for £10million for ‘unlawful detention’. The hate preacher has said he wants compensation for his ‘extended mistreatment’ after a judge released him from jail last week and blocked his deportation to Jordan to face terror charges. Qatada was awarded a far smaller payout from the European Court of Human Rights three years ago after judges ruled he had been unfairly detained in Belmarsh high security jail without trial. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234924/Qatada-intends-sue-10million-says-family-Ha... more »

Bangladesh slum fire kills 11

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A fire swept through a shantytown in Bangladesh's capital on Sunday, killing at least 11 people, police and officials said. All the dead were children and women. Authorities said the blaze burned some 700 closely packed thatched houses to the ground at Hazaribagh area of Dhaka, rendering several thousand poor people homeless. Mizanur Rahman, a deputy director of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, said that they had recovered the bodies of six women and five children so far. Many of the injured who suffered severe burn injuries were taken public and private hospitals. http://edit... more »

Empty Shops Rate Sets 'Alarm Bells Ringing'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
One in 10 shops in UK high streets and shopping centres were empty in October - the worst figure since the British Retail Consortium's nationwide survey began in July 2011. As retailers continue to battle against stagnating sales and rising costs, the new figures showed last month's town centre vacancy rate at 11.3%. A fifth of store units are currently empty in Northern Ireland, while the rate for Wales is 15.1% and for the North & Yorkshire region the rate is 14.6%. Greater London had 7.6% of its units lying empty. http://news.sky.com/story/1013208/empty-shops-rate-sets-alarm-bell... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 04:09:27 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 03:09:27 AM at epicenter Location 59.348°S, 18.310°W Depth 6.5 km (4.0 miles) Region EAST OF THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS Distances 468 km (291 miles) E (98°) from Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Israel Faces “Unprecedented” Cyber Attack over Gaza - min.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Israel had to repel millions of cyber attacks on government websites since the start of its operation in Gaza, Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper said citing an Israeli minister. "This is an unprecedented attack," said Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, who is also charged with overseeing internet security. He added that Israel had "deflected 44 million cyber attacks on government websites." http://en.ria.ru/world/20121119/177576471.html

Israel blasts Gaza police building on sixth day of conflict

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
An Israeli air strike levelled a police headquarters in Gaza City as the conflict between Israel and the enclave's Hamas rulers entered a sixth day. The strike, which which hit just after 2:00am on Monday local time, completely destroyed the Abbas police HQ building, the second biggest police facility in Gaza City, according to the AFP news agency. It came after the bloodiest day yet in the conflict, with 29 Palestinians reported killed on Sunday as Israel continued its attacks on Gaza. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-19/israel-gaza-conflict-day-six/4379648

Syria rebels say seized military base near Turkey border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Syrian rebels said they captured a large special forces base on a main road between the city of Aleppo and the Turkish border on Sunday. No independent verification of the rebels' statement was immediately available. Video footage showed rebels inside the 18 sq km (7 square mile) facility in Orum al-Sughra among tanks and artillery they had seized. At least 18 troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were taken prisoner, opposition campaigners said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-syria-crisis-compound-idUSBRE8AH0J520121119

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 18th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 22:12:52 UTC Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 04:12:52 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.202°N, 92.398°W Depth 37.5 km (23.3 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 40 km (24 miles) SSW of Ocos, Guatemala

We bail them out....So that they can go to Mars!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
THREE skint countries that could bring down the eurozone are blowing £338million on a trip to MARS. Basket-case Italy will shell out a staggering £278million on the project. Riot-hit Spain — teetering on the edge of financial ruin — has earmarked £58.3million. And bailed-out Portugal — second only to Greece as the “sick man of Europe” — is spending £2.1million on the trip. All three are members of the 19-nation European Space Agency — the EU’s answer to Nasa — which has “budgeted” £850million for the mission to send a rocket to the Red Planet by 2016. Spain and Portugal have also jo... more »

Brazil Indigenous file UN human rights complaint

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
ENGLISH: Human Rights Complaint Document submitted by the National Indigenous Peoples Organization from Brazil (APIB) to the United Nations OHCHR Munduruku protest against dam (Photo © Rebecca Sommer) *(Document submitted by Uilton Tuxá (APIB) to the OHCHR in** **Geneva, 13 November 2012)* * Translated into English by EARTH PEOPLES.* Click here to read the original in Portuguese *By Earth Peoples* http://earthpeoples.org/blog/?p=2866 We are highly concerned about the worsening situation in our country and the increasing violations on our fundamental collective human rights as a pe... more »

Manipulation of Radiation Readings in Fukushima, and the US(?)

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Paul Langley is discussing Greenpeace's findings on manipulation of municipal radiation detectors in Fukushima City. Langley offers his analysis as well. I recommend reading the entire post on "False Hope" http://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/false-hope-radiation-monitoring-in-the-fukushima-area-greenpeace/ Here is an excerpt of work by Greenpeace that Langley quotes: [Excerpted from Greenpeace] Between October 16 and 19, Greenpeace checked 40 monitoring posts throughout Fukushima city. For 75% of them, the radiation readings close to the posts were lower than readings for... more »

Dr. Jim Fetzer: What Happened to JFK and Why It Matters Today

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 15 hours ago
*An extensive, thorough and detailed explanation of what happened to JFK, how it was covered up, who was responsible and how it changed the course of American history. Presented on 22 November 2011, the occasion of the 48th observance of the death of our 35th President at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the sponsorship of the Sifting and Winnowing Club. The speaker, Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer and McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has chaired or co-chaired four national conferences on JFK and edited three books on the subjec... more »

Aleut Internment Camps: The untold US atrocity

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
*The horrible and untold story of Aleuts forced into US internment camps is told in 'Aleut Story' now on public television stations* ** *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The horrible and untold story of Aleuts who were forcibly taken from their homes in Alaska and placed in US internment camps during World War II, is told in the Aleut Story. Aleut survivor Harriet Hope, interned at Burnett Inlet Duration Camp, "The story was never told. It was purposely held secret." The film, showing this week on public television, reveals the ever-present d... more »

Is it possible that Crap Christianity -- based on ignorance and savagery -- is finally on the defensive?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*"Millions of American evangelicals are absolutely shocked by not just the presidential election, but by the entire avalanche of results that came in," , said in an interview. "It's not that our message -- we think abortion is wrong, we think same-sex marriage is wrong -- didn't get out. It did get out. "It's that the entire moral landscape has changed. An increasingly secularized America understands our positions, and has rejected them."* *-- R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (in Louisville, KY)* *by Ken* I've been nursing this story for ... more »

Sask. NDP Leadership Debates Kickoff In Regina

leftdog at Buckdog - 16 hours ago
*Here's some MSM coverage of the first NDP Leadership Candidates debate last night in Regina ...* "REGINA – *The first all-candidate debate in Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership race took place in Regina last night. It was a packed house at the Ramada Inn with over 450 people present for the first of 14 debates. Twelve regional forums are also scheduled in 11 communities across Saskatchewan. Leadership candidates Cam Broten, Ryan Meili, Erin Weir and Trent Wotherspoon shared their visions for the future of the party at the debate.. *.........(more). Leadership candidates Cam Broten, ... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 17 hours ago
Yes, it is time for my weekly rant, and today I am supremely pissed off.... We are watching a massive slaughter of innocent civilians in the open air prison camp called the Gaza Strip by the psychotic and murderous nation of Israel, and few are standing up agaisnt this act of mass genocide. It troubles me to watch the media here in Canada flat out lie about what is happening in Palestine right now. The local newspaper for example has almost no reporting of the murder of hundreds of innocent women and children by the Israels. Instead the headlines are filled with reports and pictur... more »

From Hiroshima To Gaza: The Demon of History And The Divinity of "The Others"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
"No, the demons are not banished; that is a difficult task that still lies ahead. Now that the angel of history has abandoned the Germans, the demons will seek a new victim. And that won't be difficult. Every man who loses his shadow, every nation that falls into self-righteousness, is their prey.... We should not forget that exactly the same fatal tendency to collectivization is present in the victorious nations as in the Germans, that they can just as suddenly become a victim of the demonic powers." - Carl Jung: The Postwar Psychic Problems of the Germans (1945). There are war... more »

Gaza ghastliness . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 17 hours ago
SAD IRONY: children who were abused have a propensity to become abusers, and thus the misery proceeds into the future. Similarly, the survivors of the Holocaust have been working over the poor Palestinians in Gaza. The Israelis have been mendacious, to say the least, and today's web allows spin creation that's never been seen before. The Iron Dome defense system firesto intercept incoming

Paisaje del edén - Lugares increíbles de nuestra tierra

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 17 hours ago
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And for every first-home buyer, a pony [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 17 hours ago
Undaunted by the fact that with land and building regulations as they are it is now impossible to produce house and land packages for less than $300,000, this month’s Labour leader announced over the weekend his intention for the government to “invest” $1.5 billion producing 100,000 house and land packages under $300,000—two-thirds of those in Auckland. This programme will eventually be self-financed by selling something called Home Ownership Bonds, says the nice Mr Shearer, with interest paid out of the returns made by on-selling these house and and land packages. But if they ar... more »

Mamá leopardo y su hermoso bebé - Animales salvajes

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 18 hours ago
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Lagos naturales en las praderas - Lakes and nature

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 18 hours ago
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Perros salvajes de Africa - Animales un poco extraños

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 18 hours ago
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