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Friday, November 2, 2012

2 November - Blogs I'm Following II

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MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 20:  Interior Secretary Ke...
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 20: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks to reporters as he visits the Tamiami Trail Bridge Project in the Florida Everglades on October 20, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Salazar was visiting the project which is a one mile raised bridge that is being built to restore fresh water flows to Everglades National Park and the south Florida ecosystem. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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Sunday Classics preview: Night Music

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 minutes ago
*Part 1 (of the poster's 17) of the 1990 New York City Opera telecast of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music* *by Ken* The German *Nachtmusik* is literally "night music," but by extension it's also the standard term for "serenade." As for example: *MOZART: Serenade in G, K. 525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)* *Vienna Philharmonic, Bruno Walter, cond. Victor 78rpm set M 364, recorded Dec. 17, 1936, digital transfer by F. Reeder* *London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham, cond. Victor 78rpm set DM 1163, recorded 1945, transferred and restored by Bob Varney* [Restorer Bob Var... more »

Fukushima Fish May Be Inedible For a Decade

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 12 minutes ago
Tests have found that radioactivity levels in fish near the Fukushima nuclear site have been slow to fall. Photo courtesy: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert Fish from the waters around the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan could be too radioactive to eat for a decade to come, as samples show that radioactivity levels remain elevated and show little sign of coming down, a marine scientist has warned. According to a paper published in the journal Science on Thursday, large and bottom-dwelling species carry most risk, which means cod, flounder, halibut, pollock, skate and sole from the waters in q... more »

Five Election-Explaining Clichés I really don’t want to hear this Tuesday

Robert Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 29 minutes ago
On Interstate 71, south of Columbus; Ohio’s most famous sign So it’s election time, which means CNN, etc. will be filled with pundits with only the vaguest credentials – never any PhDs – telling you why the outcome inevitably had to be such-and-such. (Retrodiction is so insufferably smug.) And they’ll explain it as if Continue reading

Zoo Elephant in Korea Imitates Human Speech

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 49 minutes ago
Chief trainer Kim Jong-gab touches the mouth of Koshik, a 22-year-old Asian elephant, at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. Koshik uses his trunk to pick up not only food but also human vocabulary. He can reproduce five Korean words by tucking his trunk inside his mouth to modulate sound. Photo courtesy: Ahn Young-joon/The Associated Press An elephant in a South Korean zoo is using his trunk to pick up not only food, but also human vocabulary. An international team of scientists confirmed Friday what the Everland Zoo has been saying for year... more »

Gun Sales Surge In Fear Of Obama Re-Election

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
http://www.infowars.com/gun-sales-surge-in-fear-of-obama-re-election/ *Matt's thoughts:* Let's be honest though, is this because of Obama, or because the nation teeters on the brink of civil war?

Miguel de Unamuno on the Immortality of the Soul And the Struggle for Fame

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Miguel de Unamuno [29 September 1864 - 31 December 1936]* "When doubts invade us and cloud our faith in the immortality of the soul, a vigorous and painful impulse is given to the anxiety to perpetuate our name and fame, to grasp at least a shadow of immortality. And hence this tremendous struggle to singularize ourselves, to survive in some way in the memory of others and of posterity. It is this struggle, a thousand times more terrible than the struggle for life, that gives its tone, colour, and character to our society, in which the medieval faith in the immortal soul is pas... more »

Navajo Nation seeks comments on water rights legislation and meeting with Salazar

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
The Navajo Nation government is seeking comments on legislation for an upcoming meeting in Washington with Interior Sec. Ken Salazar. Earlier, a leaked document showed that Salazar is planning to sneak a revised water settlement for Navajo water rights to the Little Colorado River rights through a lame duck Congress. By Ed Becenti Dine' Water Rights Committee Liaison Censored News http://

“If there happens to be a trough, there will be pigs”

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
Pushkin in *Dubrovsky*

Navajo Water Task Force: Fighting Interior's lame duck Congress water theft plan

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
Navajo Advisory Group Photo by Eric Descheenie, Speaker’s staff Water Rights Task Force Meeting Notes Oct. 29, 2012   Interior Secretary Salazar plans to attempt to push a revised Navajo Hopi water settlement for Little Colorado River rights through a lame duck Congress, according to a leaked document. Here are the notes from the Navajo Water Rights Task Force, Oct. 29, 2012. OUTCOME

The Wolf Sheds Tears For Palestinians

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Erdogan - *"Israel must lift Gaza blockade."* *Report: Turkey, Hamas in talks to prepare for Erdogan Gaza visit*.

The ghastly Gopper returns . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 2 hours ago
DUBYA IN THE CAYMANS, giving a secret speech. Can't get the boston.com link to happen, but here's Andrew Leonard's report in  Salon, "George Bush's secret Cayman vacation". George W. Bush gave the keynote address at an “investment conference” in the Cayman Islands on Thursday night. But we don’t know what he said, reports NBC News, because Bush’s own team required a complete “blackout” on

Spirit Bear and Black Bear

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
The Spirit Bear is a Black Bear - with white fur - these two could be brothers ...

"We've been given a warning by science, and a wake-up call by nature; it is up to us now to heed them" (Bill McKibben)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*"As part of the survey of places around Newtown Creek impacted by Hurricane Sandy which your humble narrator knows that no one else cares about, mainly because ether are in Queens, after leaving the Borden Avenue Bridge Hank the Elevator Guy and I drove over to the Dutch Kills turning Basin at 29th street. The smell here, a mix of raw sewage and petroleum, was overpowering. There was some street flooding, but this is fairly normal for 29th street. As mentioned, nobody cares as it’s Queens."* -- photo and text from Newtown Creek historian-photographer Mitch Waxman's website, The Newt... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Should Flood Survivors of Hurricane Sandy Relocate? ~Sandy Rosenthal*

Elections Specialist Jim March Testifies About Black Box Vulnerabilities and Election Fraud

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
Jim March's testimony covers a variety of ways to hack into an electronic elections system. In yesterday's hearing, March also had the opportunity to describe the various indications of fraud that he had discovered in the electronic records from the 2006 two billion dollar bond measure (RTA Election). Pima County Attorney Daniel Jurkowitz somehow thought is was a good idea to bring up Attorney General Terry Goddard's investigation during his cross examination. This backfires as March responds by reminding the court that Goddard's recount was missing four precincts. This testim... more »

NEWSNIGHT; TOP POLITICAL FIGURE

Anon at aangirfan - 3 hours ago
Reportedly, a 'former senior political figure' was one of the top people who raped boys from Welsh children's homes. BBC Newsnight decided not to name the man, although one abuse victim, Steven Meesham, told Newsnight he had been raped by him more than a dozen times. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226833/Jimmy-Savile-scandal-Newsnight-claims-leading-politician-Thatcher-years-centre-widespread-paedophile-ring.html#ixzz2B6wloBah *Child abuse children's home Bryn estyn, in Wales.* Meesham said the abuse happened over many years and he was abused repeatedly in the late 197... more »

Portal 2012: Updated: Cobra Portal 2012 in Egypt

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 3 hours ago
Friday, November 2, 2012 Updated: Cobra Portal 2012 in Egypt We have decided to CHANGE our plans for the Egypt 2012 Portal conference at The Great Pyramid. This is a somewhat drastic move at the last minute but we are doing this in order to allow more people to be able to come to Egypt and to be part of this special portal activation on Dec 21st. We are altering our plans radically. Instead of going with a large extended tour package we are going to cut costs and see if we cant get more of our Cobra family to come along. Time is short but for those who have felt the call and ... more »

A statutory presumption violates the right to be presumed innocent if its effect is that an accused person can be convicted even though the trier of fact has a reasonable doubt

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
*R. v. **St‑Onge Lamoureux,* 2012 SCC 57 sets out the test for determining when a statutory presumption violates the presumption of innocence: [24] A statutory presumption violates the right to be presumed innocent if its effect is that an accused person can be convicted even though the trier of fact has a reasonable doubt (*R. v. Vaillancourt*, [1987] 2 S.C.R. 636, at pp. 654‑56; *Downey*, at p. 21). In *R. v. Whyte*, [1988] 2 S.C.R. 3, the Court stressed that the distinction between elements of the offence and other aspects of the charge is irrelevant to... more »

Psychology: "Debunking the Myth of Intuition"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Debunking the Myth of Intuition"* by Manfred Dworschak and Johann Grolle "Can doctors and investment advisers be trusted? And do we live more for experiences or memories? In a Spiegel interview, Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman discusses the innate weakness of human thought, deceptive memories and the misleading power of intuition. Spiegel: Professor Kahneman, you've spent your entire professional life studying the snares in which human thought can become entrapped. For example, in your book, you describe how easy it is to increase a person's willingness to con... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"At the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, a mere 27,000 light-years away, lies a black hole with 4 million times the mass of the Sun. Fondly known as Sagittarius A* (pronounced A-star), the Milky Way's black hole is fortunately mild-mannered compared to the central black holes in distant active galaxies, much more calmly consuming material around it. From time to time it does flare-up, though. An outburst lasting several hours is captured in this series of premier X-ray images from the orbiting Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). *Click image for larger size.* Launche... more »

Chet Raymo, "That Cottage of Darkness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"That Cottage of Darkness"* by Chet Raymo "Theresa asked those of us who count ourselves agnostic to comment on Julian Barnes' new book "Nothing To Be Frightened Of," reviewed by Garrison Keillor in the New York Times Book Review. Barnes, a professed agnostic, writes about his obsessive preoccupation with death at age sixty-two. Apparently (according to Keillor) it is a rather gloomy book, redeemed by affectionate family reminiscences. Since I have not read the book, I cannot comment on it, but I think what Theresa wants from us is testimony as to how agnostics deal with the p... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Rego Park, New York, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Derrick Jensen, "What Right?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"To reverse the effects of civilization would destroy the dreams of a lot of people. There's no way around it. We can talk all we want about sustainability, but there's a sense in which it doesn't matter that these people's dreams are based on, embedded in, intertwined with, and formed by an inherently destructive economic and social system. Their dreams are still their dreams. What right do I- or does anyone else have to destroy them? At the same time, what right do they have to destroy the world?" - Derrick Jensen

BILL BLACK: "THE IRONY IS THAT CNBC, THE MEDIA FOLKS WHO WORSHIP WALL STREET, OF ALL THINGS, TRIED TO EMBARRASS PAUL KRUGMAN IN A COLUMN BY SOLICITING A STATEMENT FROM BILL CLINTON THAT WOULD ENDORSE AUSTERITY. BUT THE STATEMENT CLINTON SENT OVER SAYS, IF WE ADOPT AUSTERITY NOW, IT WOULD SLOW THE ECONOMY, CUT JOBS, AND INCREASE THE DEFICIT." YET "THAT IS WHAT OBAMA IS TELLING US WHAT HE INTENDS TO SEEK." "THAT IS THE GREAT BETRAYAL." NEVERTHELESS, BLACK IS WORRIED "ABOUT WHAT ROMNEY WOULD DO ON THE SOCIAL SIDE AND TO THE COURTS ...WE WOULD ESSENTIALLY GUT ALL REGULATION, TREMENDOUSLY SCREW UP REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AND WOMEN WILL BE ENORMOUS VICTIMS IF ROMNEY AND RYAN ARE ELECTED."

éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 4 hours ago
------------------------------ * the**REALnews Permalink* *Romney Wants to Privatize Disaster Relief * *Bill Black: Part 1.* Financial and Fraud Report: Romney plan for smaller federal government and privatization is a way to make private profit from crisis More at The Real News *Obama's Social Security Reform: A Grand Bargain or Betrayal? Bill Black: Part 2.* While voting for Obama, people should be prepared for his plans to launch major cuts to social security More at The Real News *Bio* William K... more »

I'm Not Blurry...

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 4 hours ago
...I always look like this. This is me with Elizabeth Warren at her rally in my hometown today (Someone else took the picture. I have to remind myself next time not to ask someone who has epilepsy or Parkinson's.). I'm not exaggerating when I say there must've been about 300 of us packed into the little Harvest Cafe in Washington Street. I also shot a 16+ minute-long video but my internet connection sucks so badly it probably won't load on Youtube until Warren's up for re-election. Originally, I wanted to use that video as a lead for an article I'm planning that rebuts Charles Pi... more »

Terrorism on the Sky Train?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 5 hours ago
RCMP are investigating what appear to be four propane tanks lashed together and left on the Sky train commuter rail tracks in Surrey, B.C. "*It certainly does appear suspicious in nature where we have several propane tanks that have been purposely strapped together and placed in a bit of a precarious position," Sgt. Drew Grainger said.* *"We've cordoned the area off and we have activated the explosives disposal unit to give it a much more comprehensive assessment.*"

Retired NSA Analyst Mickey Duniho Testifies in Arizona Election Integrity Trial

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Mickey Duniho testified in yesterday's election integrity hearing held in Tucson, Arizona. Duniho is one of thirteen plaintiffs suing Pima County to get them to comply with existing election laws. He provides an excellent summary of the problems verifying elections counted on electronic voting machines. Pima County is notorious for fighting measures for election integrity and have spent millions of taxpayer's dollars to prevent disclosure of public election records. The aim of the lawsuit against Pima County is to get the court to: 1. Issue an injunction requiring the Def... more »

Alberta Wins Canadian Inequality Title

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 5 hours ago
The top half of Alberta families receive 87% of the province's income. That, of course, means the bottom half share just 13% of the pie. And that is said to be the most unequal distribution in Canada. A report issued by the Alberta College of Social Workers and the University of Alberta's Parkland Institute found: - *87 per cent of earnings in the province goes to the top half of families.* - *The top 10 per cent of Alberta families get 28 per cent of after-tax income, while the bottom 10 per cent of families get only 1.7 per cent;* - *The top one per cent of Al... more »

"Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy"* By George Lakoff "Yes, global warming systemically caused Hurricane Sandy- and the Midwest droughts and the fires in Colorado and Texas, as well as other extreme weather disasters around the world. Let's say it out loud, it was causation, systemic causation. Systemic causation is familiar. Smoking is a systemic cause of lung cancer. HIV is a systemic cause of AIDS. Working in coal mines is a systemic cause of black lung disease. Driving while drunk is a systemic cause of auto accidents. Sex without contraception is a systemi... more »

Nearly Naked: Media parasites and profiteers

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
At the Comca'ac (Seri) sea Photo Brenda Norrell The media frauds have lost their clothes By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com TUCSON -- The good news is that with the Internet more of the truth gets out now. We no longer have to depend on the good old boys in the status quo press to tell us what to believe. We don't have to listen to the spin of newspapers

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR-INDIA BORDER REGION - 2nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Friday, November 02, 2012 at 21:31:48 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 04:01:48 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 24.939°N, 94.920°E Depth 99.1 km (61.6 miles) Region MYANMAR-INDIA BORDER REGION Distances 90 km (55 miles) SSE of Phek, India

Back to Regularly Scheduled Programming

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 5 hours ago
Next week, it's back to regularly scheduled programming here. To get back on track here is a reminder of my column at The Breakthrough Institute on R&D and economic growth: It is a claim that you hear often in discussions of the role of research and development in the economy: “Federal investments in R&D have fueled half of the nation’s economic growth since World War II.” This particular claim appeared in a recent *Washington Post* op-ed co-authored by a member of the US Congress and the chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It would be remar... more »

New York City Marathon cancelled

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A city official said organisers are poised to announce the decision which comes just hours after Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the annual race would go ahead. There has been a growing backlash to the annual event amid concerns that the city's already stretched police force would be redeployed to patrol the race from handling relief work. http://news.sky.com/story/1006333/officials-new-york-marathon-set-to-abandoned

Holocaustianity: The Religion of the West

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 6 hours ago
Since the time of the hijacking of the Reformation by Judaic elements, Christianity has been in decline. The new Protestant religions which sprang up in an attempt to curtail the rampant corruption in Rome, were the forefathers of the Judæo-Christian heresy. The so-called Old Testament Christianity of Oliver Cromwell, was nothing but the Jewish Torah with a Christian veneer. For all the talk of Torah Judaism versus Talmudic Judaism, the essentials remain the same; the Jews maintain their position as God's Chosen people, and as such as a Master Race to rule over the rest of us, i... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake PANAY, PHILIPPINES - 2nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Friday, November 02, 2012 at 20:39:02 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 04:39:02 AM at epicenter Location 10.589°N, 122.919°E Depth 112.3 km (69.8 miles) Region PANAY, PHILIPPINES Distances 7 km (4 miles) SW (227°) from Bacolod, Negros, Philippines

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SAIPAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - 2nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Friday, November 02, 2012 at 20:02:25 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 06:02:25 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 15.662°N, 146.840°E Depth 55.8 km (34.7 miles) Region SAIPAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Distances 126 km (78 miles) ENE of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Israeli official sees "shocking" dictatorship in Egypt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A senior Israeli official described Egypt's new government on Friday as a "shocking dictatorial force" and predicted there would be no high-level contacts between the two countries, but the Israeli government distanced itself from his comments. The remarks by Amos Gilad, a top aide to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, were some of the harshest yet about the rise to prominence of Egypt's new Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, who was elected in June. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/02/us-israel-egypt-idUSBRE8A10ZH20121102

Soylent Mittens - Cracker, Anyone? (Pirates Have Looted This Country of Wealth Beyond Our Comprehension and Buried Most of the Treasure They're Alleged To Be Reinvesting) Blue Dogg City! Progressive South Shamed By Jim Crowers

. . . the only faces that matter in this election are the faces of the founders and dead presidents printed on America's folding currency. The U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision is the Rough Beast whose hour has come round at last, unleashing evil billionaires and subterranean oceans of corporate cash, tidal waves of it, under which the American democracy may vanish like lost

A Trip Back Into The Bronze Age Might Best Prepare You For GOP Governance

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Yesterday Frank Schaeffer asked a crucial question of the 73% of white evangelicals who say they're voting for Romney. Shay Dawkins is also addressing the evangelical community-- but that's what he always does. He's the author of *The Good News: How Revealing Delusions in Christianity Will Bring Peace to All* and hails from Tuscaloosa. The Bible is a big deal for him and he founded and runs the Art of Chivalry clothing brand which combats the bullying problem in schools with a "Be A Buddy Not A Bully Campaign." He has a different way of looking at what Indiana GOP extremist Richar... more »

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Strengths, 1851 to 2010

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 7 hours ago
Hurricane Sandy has caused much discussion on all the climate blogs I have visited lately, such as climate etc. The continuing question -- already considered answered in the affirmative by climate alarmists -- is whether Sandy was somehow due to global warming. Here is my short response: What is the effect, upon the available atmospheric energy, of a change of about 1°C of global warming over the last century? The equipartition theorem tells us that the molecular energy is proportional to the absolute (Kelvin) temperature, so the fractional change in energy is equal to the fractiona... more »

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Costs Exceed $300 Million

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 7 hours ago
Costs at ailing Calif. nuke plant top $300 million By MICHAEL R. BLOOD | Associated Press – http://news.yahoo.com/costs-ailing-calif-nuke-plant-top-300-million-205143124.html [Excerpted] (AP) — The long-running blackout at the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California has cost at least $317 million, and it's not clear if the plant's troubled steam generators can ever be repaired and operated at full power, the plant's operator said. Edison International, the parent of plant operator Southern California Edison, said in records filed with federal regulators that the tab ... more »

If the world could vote

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
The Mittwit premises his magic economic rescue formula on the idea that he is so revered around the world that a multitude of confidence fairies will descend on the earth in gratitude the moment he's elected. It seems the BBC conducted an international poll to test that theory. I guess it could be true, if by "the world" he means Pakistan. Sadly, this will have no effect on the anti-Obama crowd. They hate the rest of the world about as much as they hate our POTUS.

Australian Climate Commission - Sandy Is the New Normal

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
The Australian Climate Commission has released a report concluding that man-made global warming made Hurricane Sandy bigger, fiercer and more damaging. *The burning of fossil fuels had made a material contribution to the atmospheric conditions that bred and sustained the storm, the report said, echoing international studies produced over the past few days...* * Key factors set the scene for the ferocious storm, the climate commission's report said: sea levels that had risen about 20 centimetres in the past century, moisture levels in the air about 5 per cent above pre-industrial l... more »

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
I'll go with Kevin Drum for collecting together several point about the way that what he calls the Republican "war on reality" has degraded Congress for twenty years now. This is from a report yesterday that Republicans had bullied CRS into withdrawing a study about taxes earlier this year, which had Jared Bernstein (justifiably) quite upset yesterday. But as Drum points out, this is just par for the course for Newt-influenced GOP Republicans. Especially worth recalling is the Gingrich-era decision to scrap the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, which Bruce Bartlett wrot... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

Kaley Cuoco on Letterman is 'da bomb'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Oh Penny!

Republicans believe in demonic possession!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012* *Salon believes in scams:* File this under the general heading, “What we’ve been talking about.” Salon has reprinted a smokin’ hot piece from Alternet (author, Laura Gottesdiener). Salon treats itself to a smokin’ hot headline—and reveals a taste for scams: GOTTESDIENER (11/2/12): *Poll: Most Republicans believe in demonic possession* Less than one week away from the election, *a terrifying new poll* reveals that more than two-thirds of registered Republican voters believe that people can be possessed by demons. *A staggering 68 percent of registered Re... more »

Climate change is no joke

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
Devastating ad. It was an obvious theme to go with, but so really well produced in short turn around time. This should be running on television non-stop until election day. Also too: Based on this Mittwitticism from the not so distant past.

"Coming Soon, Courtesy of Facebook"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Coming Soon, Courtesy of Facebook"* by Karl Denninger "Please break into my home, I'm not there, my stereo is rad and I probably have an iMac in there you can rip off too! Well, not quite. But close.After crossing the one billion user mark a few months ago, speculation ramped up as to how Facebook might further leverage its phenomenal growth. While talk of a Facebook phone and even a search engine crop up every few months, Facebook is actually engaged in a far more practical experiment: free Wi-Fi check-ins. The unannounced project was first noticed by Scotland-based developer... more »

Is Romney's Wall of Secrecy Crumbling?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
Mitt Romney may have sailed into stormy seas. A complaint is being filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics under the *Ethics in Government Act *demanding that Romney be compelled to disclose details of his auto-bailout profiteering. *“The American people have a right to know about Gov. Romney’s potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue,” said UAW President Bob King. “It’s time for Gov. Romney to disclose or divest.”* *In a Nation magazine cover story, investigative reporter Greg Palast reported that the Romney family perso... more »

Egypt Terror Threat 'High' For Britons

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The Foreign Office has raised its terror threat level for UK citizens in Egypt - warning there is a "high risk of attacks". The threat level has gone from 'general' to 'high' following credible reports of an al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack western tourists. http://news.sky.com/story/1006233/egypt-terror-threat-high-for-britons

Yoselyn Ortega tells police she was angry at family because they asked her to do housework

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The nanny accused of stabbing two young children to death at their home before slitting her own throat told police when she woke up from her coma that she was angry because the family wanted her to clean as well as look after the children. Dominican Republic native Yoselyn Ortega was questioned by police after allegedly butchered six-year-old Lucia and two-year-old Leo while they were under her care at an Upper West Side, Manhattan, apartment last week. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226872/Krim-murders-Manhattan-killer-nanny-Yoselyn-Ortega-angry-family-asked-housework.html

Dine' Haswood and Bluehouse: 'Foreigners' Control US

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
'Foreigners' Control Us By Tulley Haswood, Dine'                                Milton Bluehouse, Dine' Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com We have to appreciate our youths of today. They have developed analytical, technological, and other skills equal to and sometimes surpassing the dominant society of America. Our old methods of operation in our Navajo government appear

Perverted Dr Christian Koller who kept intimate photographs of his patients found to possess nearly 1,000 guns in his clinic, Germany

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Police have discovered Dr Christian Koller was keeping machine guns, pistols, rifles and over a thousand rounds of ammunition in his home and his Munich surgery. The officers were conducting a raid on the surgery after former patients made a complaint of malpractice against him and were not expecting to find the huge haul of weapons. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226881/Dr-Christian-Koller-Pervert-gynaecologist-kept-1-000-guns-sick-photos-patients.html

Angela Merkel is 'losing her patience' with Cameron over EU as European Commissioner demands a decision from UK about its future in the bloc

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The German Chancellor is said to be on a collision course with David Cameron over whether he wants to be in Europe or not. European Commissioner for financial programming and budget Janusz Lewandowski, Poland's representative in the EU's executive, said it was time for Britain to make a 'fundamental decision' regarding its future in the European Union. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226898/Angela-Merkel-losing-patience-UK-Europe-pressure-grows-decide-future-bloc.html

One prisoner wrongly freed every week - including killers and rapists - by bungling officials who miscalculate sentences

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A staggering 369 prisoners have been released by mistake since 2005, including seven prisoners who have escaped from London's high-security Belmarsh prison (pictured) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226787/EXCLUSIVE-One-prisoner-week-freed-mistake-including-sex-offenders.html

The Economy: "What the Road to Hell is Paved With…"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"What the Road to Hell is Paved With…"* by Bill Bonner "Improving the world costs money. When you have it, your efforts either bear fruit. Or they don’t. But when you don’t have it, when you have to change the world on credit, then what? John Maynard Keynes revolutionized the economics profession in the early 20th century. It was he more than anyone who changed it from a being a refuge for observers and willowy philosophers into a hard-charging phalanx for men of action. But Keynes’ big insight, like all the useful insights of economics, was based on a story with a moral. In t... more »

'The city is talking about getting ready for the marathon… we're pulling bodies out of the water': Congressman lashes out at New York officials for pushing ahead with event

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
As New York suffers through black-outs, the media tent alone for this Sunday's marathon - which still going ahead - has enough power to light up more than 400 homes. Residents - some of whom have had to wade through local dumpsters to find food and supplies - are demanding to know why the power is not being used to help those in desperate need. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226735/New-York-Marathon-Congressman-lashes-officials-pushing-ahead-event.html

6.4 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 2nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 6.4 Date-Time Friday, November 02, 2012 at 18:17:35 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 02:17:35 AM at epicenter Location 9.244°N, 126.245°E Depth 54.5 km (33.9 miles) Region MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES Distances 87 km (54 miles) ENE (67°) from Butuan, Mindanao, Philippines

Furious 200-strong mob ransack Lahore's leading girls' school after a female teacher 'set blasphemous homework'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The angry mob descended on Farooqi Girls' High School, set fire to furniture and burnt out the head teacher’s car on Wednesday. And, on the wall of the building, the mob graffitied: 'School management are blasphemers.' The Islamic hardliners became incensed after a teacher at the prestigious private school allegedly made a mistake while copying Islamic text from an exercise book and then distributed the text to her students. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226919/Furious-200-strong-mob-ransack-Lahores-leading-girls-school-female-teacher-set-blasphemous-homework.html

Dine': Non-Indian attorneys and Kyl waiving Navajo water rights

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Navajos say that the Hopi claim to senior water rights is due to the Navajo Nation's own non-Indian attorneys failing to secure those rights Dine’ Hada' Isidi' Dine' Water Rights Committee Ed Becenti, Liaison Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com   When it comes to surface water of the main stem of the Little Colorado River, here’s what’s really going on, in relation to

Obama Supporters Actually Hate Obama's Policies

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
'Luke Rudkowski hits the streets of NYC to find out where Obama supporters really stand on his policies. Now he did this in an underhanded way where the policies where presented to be Romney's, but this was only done to get an honest opinion. The reactions when the truth was uncovered varied but they were very telling to say the least. Here are some of the sources that were mentioned throughout the interviews 1st question, part 1 - Obama, in Europe, signs Patriot Act extension http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43180202/ns/us_news-security/t/obama-europe-signs... 1st question, part 2 - W... more »

‘LET’S WIN THIS MOTHERFU**ER!’: SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT DELIVERS SHOCK SPEECH AT DNC NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
In a speech to a packed room of Obama for America phone bank volunteers at the Democratic National Committee headquarters Thursday night in Washington, D.C., Special Assistant to the President Kareem Dale said that people with disabilities are going to be “absolutely killed” under the proposed policies of Mitt Romney and delivered a strong message to the crowd: “let’s win this motherfu**er.” http://www.theblaze.com/stories/lets-win-this-motherfuer-white-house-official-delivers-shock-speech-at-phone-bank-rally/

9-YEAR-OLD BOY AT MICHELLE OBAMA RALLY: ‘IF MITT ROMNEY WIN, WE’LL BE GOING BACK TO THE CROP FIELDS’

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Kids say the darndest things. But sometimes they say shocking things. On Thursday, 9-year-old Brandon did the latter when he was asked why he wanted President Barack Obama to win a second term outside a campaign rally featuring First Lady Michelle Obama in Daytona, Fla. “Because if Mitt Romney win, we’ll be going back to the crop fields,” Brandon said, referring to the days of slavery. “We’ll be picking crops.” http://www.theblaze.com/stories/9-year-old-boy-at-michelle-obama-rally-if-mitt-romney-win-well-be-going-back-to-the-crop-fields/

Pentagon: Secret U.S. military commandos deployed to Libya

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Classified United States military units are operating in the region near Libya since the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, according to the director of operations for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. The disclosure that secret U.S. military forces were dispatched to Libya recently was revealed in a letter sent Wednesday to the House Armed Services Committee by Vice Adm. Kurt Tidd, director of operations for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. http://freebeacon.com/post/34820407527/pentagon-secret-u-s-military-commandos-deployed-to

Red Cross idea of help is hot chocolate and cookies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Staten Island residents are furious. They feel that in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy they’ve been ignored and left to fend for themselves. “Red Cross is here with hot chocolate and cookies. We need blankets, we need pillows, we need clothing. We can get hot chocolate and cookies, we need help!” resident Jodi Hannula said. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/11/02/staten-islanders-on-sandy-response-weve-been-left-far-behind/

Islamists protest in Cairo, call for sharia Islamic law

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
More than 1,000 Islamists rallied in Cairo on Friday and called for the implementation of sharia Islamic law, highlighting divisions in society as rival factions jostle to shape the new Egypt. Liberals have locked horns over the role of Islam with Islamists who dominate a 100-strong assembly that is drawing up a new constitution, which must be approved in a referendum before a new parliamentary election can be held. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/02/us-egypt-islamists-idUSBRE8A10TZ20121102

Notice of motion for contempt must be specific

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
*Lacelle c. Miner*, 2012 ONCA 740 is a source for the principle that a motion seeking a finding of contempt must be specific as to dates of the alleged contempt: [3] De plus, l’avis de motion pour outrage n’indiquait pas les dates où il est prétendu que l’appelante n’a pas respecté l’ordonnance de la cour en refusant de permettre la visite des enfants avec le père.

Daniel Rigby Gets Life For Murdering 2 year old Rio Smedley

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A man has been jailed for life for murdering his girlfriend's two-year-old son, who bled to death after his liver was split in two. Rio Smedley had 91 separate injuries when he died of internal injuries in April. http://news.sky.com/story/1006205/rio-smedley-man-gets-life-for-murdering-toddler

Polly Peck Tycoon Nadir Ordered To Pay £5m

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Disgraced tycoon Asil Nadir has been ordered to pay £5m compensation to Polly Peck International administrators or face a further six years in prison. In August, Nadir was jailed for 10 years for stealing £28.8m pounds from his business empire and its shareholders. http://news.sky.com/story/1006219/polly-peck-tycoon-nadir-ordered-to-pay-5m

Catherine Gowing: More Remains Found at 2nd Site

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Search teams hunting for missing vet Catherine Gowing have sealed off a second area after finding more human remains. The grim discovery comes two days after officers discovered human remains in a shallow pool within a field in Sealand, Deeside, North Wales. http://news.sky.com/story/1006243/missing-vet-catherine-gowing-more-remains-found

Denis MacShane Quitting As MP

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A former Labour minister has announced he is resigning as an MP after being suspended from the Commons for making false expenses claims. It follows a damning report from the Commons expenses watchdog, which found Denis MacShane wrongly claimed thousands of pounds. http://news.sky.com/story/1006228/mps-expenses-denis-macshane-quitting-as-mp

Mayor Bloomberg's Deft Climate Politics

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 10 hours ago
Whatever the motivations behind Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to cite Sandy and climate change as a reason for his endorsement of President Obama, it has the effect of relocating responsibility for Sandy's devastation from NYC City Hall to Washington, DC. As New Yorkers (and others) affected by Sandy's wrath pick themselves back up and recover, attention will soon focus on the broader reasons for the disaster. While some will continue to link Sandy with energy policy decisions, important questions will have to be asked about why NYC was not better prepared, and what can be do... more »

Mitt and ALEC Would Destroy the Peoples Lands

2old2care at Because I Can - 10 hours ago
Excellent article today in “The Nation” o n how a RMoney presidency would destroy our national lands/treasures. This way of destruction thinking is also supported by the “model legislation” of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC legislators from EVERY state would be getting in line to make sure that RMoney got this done. A snip: “*When you have 700 million acres that belong to all Americans*, that choir is taking a holistic approach to managing those lands,” Goldfuss claims. The “multiple use mandate,” which stems from the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1... more »

I am grateful for small miracles

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
I don't plan on sharing a post a day for the whole month on what I am thankful for, but I would be so remiss today if I didn't share. I am so grateful for small miracles. The ones we don't even notice and remember. The fact that somebody behind us was able to hit their brakes just in time. All the accidents that are avoided. All the times we arrive home safely. All the times our kids sleep through the night. *My little family this Halloween* On Halloween, my daughter and I drove the hour to see my parents. My mom needed her small Captain America fix and my daughter had been miss... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN SANGIHE, INDONESIA - 2nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Friday, November 02, 2012 at 14:02:48 UTC Friday, November 02, 2012 at 10:02:48 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.723°N, 125.804°E Depth 182.5 km (113.4 miles) Region KEPULAUAN SANGIHE, INDONESIA Distances 84 km (52 miles) SSE of Sarangani, Philippines

Filling the pages of today’s Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012* *In lieu of election reporting:* In fairness, nothing of value will be said until the votes have been cast. That said, the New York Times has to keep pretending that it is reporting a White House campaign. We were struck by the worthless “election reporting” in today’s hard-copy Times. On page one, there were two election reports; neither was totally worthless. One report covered Mayor Bloomberg’s surprise endorsement, offering several absurd speculations as to why he gave it. The other report described the way the two parties are assembling teams of lawy... more »

Video Moose River Crossing 2012 trailer: Residential Schools

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Voices from residential schools on the train, when the doors were slammed shut and the children were banging on the windows and trying to get out. "Everyone was crying, and we could see our mothers crying and running forward." "We all fell asleep from that day forward." Shirley Cheechoo, writer, director and producer Shirley Cheechoo was born in Eastmain, Quebec in 1952. Shirley is a

Prewritten November 7 Openings

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
As this election is, by many accounts, “too close to call,” I’ve generated different opening paragraphs for November 7. Each, I hope, confirms the retrospective “conventional wisdom.” 1. If Romney wins a decisive victory In a surprisingly decisive victory that will draw inevitable comparisons to Ronald Reagan’s 1980 defeat of Jimmy Carter, Mitt Romney defied Continue reading

Almost the weekend!!!!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago

Buck McKeon And Northrup Grumman's Global Hawk Drone Boondaggle

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
The biggest source of funds for Buck McKeon are payments from Arms manufacturers and war contractors. This year alone he's taken in over half a million dollars from war related industries-- more than any TWO other Members of Congress! He was even able to coerce-- which is illegal-- the companies with business in front of the House Armed Services Committee, which he chairs, to "contribute" large sums money to his wife's fake campaign for the California state Assembly. His biggest donors are almost *all* arms manufacturers seeking to bribe him to sign onto their corporate agendas-... more »

Retrospective effect

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
*R. v. Dineley*, 2012 SCC 58, one of the two impaired cases released today, has a helpful passage on retrospectivity: [10] There are a number of rules of interpretation that can be helpful in identifying the situations to which new legislation applies. Because of the need for certainty as to the legal consequences that attach to past facts and conduct, courts have long recognized that the cases in which legislation has retrospective effect must be exceptional. More specifically, where legislative provisions affect either vested or substantive rights, retr... more »

Supersymmetric Lagrangians

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Supersymmetry has been discussed many times on this blog but a particular question on the Physics Stack Exchange today, Why is the lightest Higgs not a free parameter in SUSY? (SE) convinced me to write a new, not too long text about the way to construct minimally supersymmetric Lagrangians for \(d=4\) supersymmetric quantum field theories. Just to be sure, the poster above asked why the Higgs mass seems to be freely adjustable in the Standard Model but there are various constraints on the Higgs mass in the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model – for example, the lighter Higgs ma... more »

Confronting the Consolidated Power of Banking and Energy

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
Yesterday I commented on a Wall Street Journal report that the US energy regulator was planning on filing charges against Barclays for manipulating energy prices http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/barclays-to-be-penalized-435-by-federal.html The New York Times also covered this story: FERC Takes Aim at Wall Street By Ben Protess and Michael J. De La Mercedhttp://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/ferc-takes-aim-at-wall-street/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121102 [Excerpted] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the government watchdog overseeing the oil, natural gas and elec... more »

More Hidden History Revealed: Did FDR Prolong World War II For Josef Stalin?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
As a student of real history, and not the BS that has and still is being fed into the minds of our youth through our failed education system, I am always looking for articles and information that comes out periodically that exposes some of the truths about our past. I am always looking for information that exposes the truth about what really happened during the World Wars of the 20th century, especially World War II. Just the other day, I received an email asking me to look at a new article that comes from a website: www.dcdave.com, and after reading it, I knew it belonged here for... more »

Terrance Nelson: Iran's invitation to Indigenous women

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
  First Nation Terrance Nelson exposes Canada's abuse of First Nations, floods and mouldy housing   By Terrance Nelson First Nation Roseau River Ojibwe Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com   Nazanin Afshin-Jam made a big deal of my going to Iran and slammed my trip as covering up the Iranian Human Rights record. She has asked for an invitation to Manitoba to talk to the

Impaired driving in the Supreme Court

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
In a 5-2 split decision, the Supreme Court has thrown out two provisions put into the law by the Conservative government's 2008 Tackling Violent Crime Act. Those changes required that a defendant who raised a reasonable doubt about the functioning or operation of a breathalyzer machine also had to prove the reading was too high and that the driver had not consumed enough alcohol to produce it. The justices say those last two provisions go too far. They say once a reasonable doubt has been raised about the machine, that should be enough.

America's Nuclear Plants At Risk for Catastrophic Meltdowns Due to Flooding and Power Disruptions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
America's nuclear safety under scrutiny after Oyster Creek's Sandy alert Richard Schiffman Nov 1, 2012 The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/01/nuclear-safety-oyster-creek-sandy-alert [Excerpted] Watchdog groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) warn that America's nuclear facilities remain vulnerable to a variety of potential catastrophic events, both natural and resulting from deliberate sabotage or cyber-attack. And they say that federal regulations are currently inadequate to deal with all of these possible disaster scenarios. I reported on o... more »

fantasy

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
Frank Frazetta Frank Frazetta (February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010) was an American fantasy and science fiction artist, noted for work in comic books, paperback book covers, paintings, posters, LP record album covers and other media. He was the subject of a 2003 documentary. Frazetta was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999. Born Frank Frazzetta in Brooklyn, New York City, he removed one "z" from his last name early in his career to make his name seem less "clumsy". The only boy among four childr... more »

This Is Truly Sickening: Jewish Ritual Murder Revisited: The Hidden Cult

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
I have now been doing this blog for some 5 years now, and after that time, my understanding of the mindset of the evil criminals, that are out to control this planet and subjugate all of mankind as slaves for all time, has grown by leaps and bounds. Periodically it is important to delve into the mindset and machinations of these criminals, and for this article, I want to explore one aspect that is truly sickening.... I came across a video the other day, courtesy of my friend, Noor, who writes the great blog: Snippits and Snappits, at www.snippits-and-slappits.blogspot.com, and I wa... more »

A Summary of Sandy Discussions

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 12 hours ago
Here is a short guide to the various discussions of Sandy on this blog and from a few of my Tweets this week. - Sandy damage estimates -- currently around $30B -- in the context of past storms, normalized to 2012 values. - The entire time series of US normalized hurricane damage 1900-2012, including Sandy. - An excellent talk from Chris Landsea, of the National Hurricane Center, on hurricanes and climate change from 25 Oct 2012 at the University of Colorado. - An op-ed I had in the WSJ yesterday on disasters in context. - Our 2008 paper on Normalized H... more »

Distant Signals

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 12 hours ago
I flipped the channels on TV this morning and came across this TV show on cable TV. Its an old Tales From The Dark Side episode where a visitor from "far away" pays for an aging actor and movie director to complete the last six episodes of a 1960s film noir detective show. A few things struck me as unusual. The visitor pays in gold. He enjoys vintage earth TV shows and has a hidden audience who gladly play to watch them. When the alcoholic actor can't perform due to his addiction, he's giving healing "vitamin pills", and when he can't say his lines he's given direct hands on he... more »

genetic gamble

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago

RACE TO THE FINISH: Who do you trust!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012* *Epilogue—What the professors wrote:* Do you know what the AP meant when its reporters said this: ROSS AND AGIESTA (10/27/12): Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as *a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.* [...] *In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes,*compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. *When measured by an implicit racial at... more »

What Role Do Emissions Reductions Have in Reducing Future Hurricane Losses?

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 12 hours ago
Not long ago I wrote a paper exploring the relative sensitivities of future hurricane (tropical cyclone) damage to changes in climate and changes in society, titled, "Future economic damage from tropical cyclones: sensitivities to societal and climate changes" (PDF). The paper was peer-reviewed and appeared in the *Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A*, as part of a special issue based on an earlier workshop. The damage that analyzes is comprehensive, inclusive of wind, flood, sea level rise and other factors that might increase losses in the future. Here is the abst... more »

Shove Your Yardstick and Your Calipers and Your ETS

Storm at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Indiana has recently released its "report card" assessments of its public schools. I'm sure I don't need to go into the reasons the grades themselves are only political and have nothing to do with the welfare of our children but rather the welfare of our business managers. In fact Diane Ravitch had a brief post about it yesterday which reads in full: Two recent analyses show how convoluted and confusing Indiana’s school report cards are. Matthew DiCarlo has been reviewing state grading systems and concludes that the one concocted in Indiana is the “probably the most rudimentary sc... more »

Power to the Powerless

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Much to the chagrin of the candidates and their spinmeisters, climate change and income disparity have reared their ugly heads to become defacto issues in the waning days of Eternal Presidential Campaign 2012. Superstorm Sandy has wedged out the wedge issues. Big Bird has flown the coop. Even corporate media giants like CNN are noticing the inequality. Side-by-side images of desperately hungry people in Brooklyn sifting through garbage in search for food, and VIPs bemoaning the closing of the Dumpling Bar at JP Morgan Chase would never have been possible without the cooperation of S... more »

Politics in Everything: Michelle Obama’s Face Makes Kids Choose Healthy Treats

PM at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Via reader JW, an exceptional experiment from Yale: In a field experiment conducted during trick-or-treating at Halloween, we find that a visual cue of Michelle Obama prompts almost twice as many children age 9 and over to choose fruit over candy, compared to a visual cue of Ann Romney. This provides evidence that Michelle Obama’s Continue reading

Bloomberg '16? Of Course Not

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
Reihan Salam: Is it obvious that HRC would crush Bloomberg in a D primary? I don't think so. Of course, that assume that Bloomberg looks good in the long run as far as Sandy is concerned, which is hardly a sure thing. But even granting that: No way. No way! This particular Iron Law of Politics is strong: New York City Mayor is a dead-end job. Rudy Giuliani tried. Ed Koch tried (for governor). John Lindsay tried. It just doesn't work. The kinds of friends -- and the kinds of enemies -- you have to make to be a successful, or even plausibly successful, Mayor of New York City just do... more »

CCCP, Meet CPC3

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 13 hours ago
For years Stephen Joseph Harper has shown certain instincts reminiscent of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin. The way Comrade Steve "reformed" the Prime Minister's Office was a dead giveaway. His appointment of political commissars to disrupt public access to the civil and armed services was a masterful coup, entirely Stalinist. Henceforth his political minions would decide what communications from the public should be allowed to reach their government, what unwelcome communications would not. These same commissars would filter communications to the public, ensuring they were tai... more »

The Fiscal Cliff: A Primer

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 13 hours ago

Benghazi Attack "Scandal" Blows Up In the Face of Fox "News"

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 13 hours ago
*By MARC McDONALD* If you ever frequent the likes of Fox News or the Drudge Report, you'll notice that these "news" outlets, along with the rest of the right-wing noise machine, have been going batsh*t crazy lately with their Benghazi "scandal" coverage. Fox "News" has devoted Watergate-level saturation coverage to this "scandal" daily. And Drudge has linked to every right-wing nutcase site that had a new Benghazi conspiracy "story." Well, it now turns out that (surprise, surprise!) this "scandal" is totally bogus and nothing more than a figment of the wingnuts' imagination. (Just ... more »

voting for obama because of the supreme court? please check your math

laura k at wmtc - 13 hours ago
When making the case for the differences between US Democrats and Republicans, many people's first thought is the Supreme Court. High on their list of the importance of SCOTUS is usually *Roe v. Wade*, the case that established abortion rights for American women. There was a time when I would have wholeheartedly agreed with both of these assessments - but that time has long since passed. Yet so few USians seem to realize it. The current makeup of SCOTUS is already five Republican appointees who range from moderately conservative (in the US context) to far-right ideologues and four ... more »

Move Your Money Out Day of Action on November 5, 2012

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago
Move Your Money Out Day of Action on November 5, 2012 On November 5th, we invite everyone to come together and hold the banks accountable for their greedy display of democracy. They got billions in bailouts and get millions in tax subsidies and have done nothing to help the economy but make their shareholders and CEOs richer. They have foreclosed on millions of hard-working families and denied them refinancing on their loans. They have lost billions of the American people's money through risky gambling and illegal activities. We must stand up to them and say "NO MORE"!! So on this ... more »

'Senior political figure' set to be outed as paedophile in Newsnight probe tonight

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
The investigation about the unnamed man, who is alive and could be an MP or an advisor, is currently being legalled by the BBC, who refused to comment on the story today. It was revealed by the editor of the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Iain Overton, in a mysterious tweet. He wrote: 'If all goes well we've got a Newsnight out tonight about a very senior political figure who is a paedophile.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2226833/BREAKING-NEWS-Senior-political-figure-outed-paedophile-Newsnight-investigation-tonight.html

Russia slams Clinton for Syria opposition remarks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Russia on Friday blasted US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's call for an overhaul of the Syrian opposition and accused Washington of trying to solve the conflict on its own terms. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Nov-02/193660-russia-slams-clinton-for-syria-opposition-remarks.ashx#axzz2B4byOXqA

Europe's new car market slumps toward 1993 lows

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
The western European auto market maintained its sharp descent towards levels last seen nearly 20 years ago as consumers worried about unemployment and euro zone austerity shunned car dealerships in October. Industry data published on Friday showed that France incurred its 12th straight monthly decline in new car registrations, while demand in Spain continued to plummet. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/02/us-europe-autos-idUSBRE8A10O120121102

New Yorkers Line Up for Food

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
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