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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

20 November - Blogs I'm Following

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Illegal Misleading Election Calls & More Utterly Shameless Idiocy

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 minute ago
... and scuzz-baggery. Aside from the reality that communications firms with contracts with the Conservative Party of Canada made phone calls to people using the Conservative Party of Canada's own database on Canadian voters, falsely telling people their polling stations had been moved, the defense of the right-wingnuts has been that thousands of partisan leftards decided (in response to the acknowledged Conservative shenanigans in Guelph) to launch into an orchestrated campaign of bogus complaints about similar robocalls across Canada immediately after the 2011 federal election. I... more »

War crimes are being commited in Gaza and the world just yawns

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 minutes ago
War crimes are being commited in Gaza and the world just yawns. Why is the world not interested? Is it because the war crimes are being committed by Hamas?

Now That Rob Barber Officially Won The AZ-02 House Seat, Are Arizona Democrats Happy?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 minutes ago
One of the closest races in the country and one of the last to be decided, conservative New Dem Ron Barber beat back Martha McSally 143,173 to 141,771. As expected, McSally beat Barber badly in deep red Coshise County 60-40%, but couldn't overcome the odds on much bluer-- and much bigger-- Pima County (Tucson), where Barber took 52% of the vote. Obama's and Carmona's coattails helped drag Barber over the finish line in Pima-- and so did the massive, more than two-to-one spending advantage Barber had over her. As of Oct 17 he had spent $2,112,987 and she had spent $859,173. The DCC... more »

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN REGION - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 17:08:59 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 01:08:59 AM at epicenter Location 22.410°N, 121.421°E Depth 11.4 km (7.1 miles) Region TAIWAN REGION Distances 43 km (27 miles) SE (143°) from T'ai-tung, Taiwan

Sad Mitt Romney

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 22 minutes ago
This is a picture taken by a Redditor in La Jolla, CA of Mitt Romney (gasp!) pumping his own gas. My guess was that it was taken on a Sunday, a day when even uptight right wing nut jobs who fuck their wives in three piece business suits get to dress down. And, even if you're Mitt Romney, a man of 1% of the people, if you pull into a self-serve gas station, you're pumping your own gas, period. But this is so starkly at odds with the sleek, polished, elitist, out-of-touch asshole that Republicans frantically told us was the answer to Obama (before then eating him alive) that it's tur... more »

Police arrest Kingston man who told kids Santa isn't real at parade

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 39 minutes ago
Police arrested a 24-year-old man on Sunday who was allegedly walking along the parade route, possibly drunk, yelling that Santa Claus didn’t exist. Bystanders described the man as having his hair gelled to “look like horns that were protruding from his head.” About an hour into the parade, police spotted the suspect and he was arrested. http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/police-arrest-kingston-man-who-told-kids-santa-isn-t-real-at-parade-1.1045908

Una vieja locomotora pasando por una linda zona rural

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 39 minutes ago
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Thinking Outside the (Big) Box

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 42 minutes ago
Black Friday, that uniquely American holy day of consumer obligation, has always depressed the hell out of me. It is the day when people all over this great land give up pretending to be thankful for family and friends. It is the annual orgy of self- indulgence. We are encouraged to partake in the twin national pasttimes of greed and competition. We pledge our retail allegiance by patriotically waiting in line for hours for the chance to jostle our fellow human beings aside in our quest for cheap crap. On Black Friday, whatever else is happening in the world always takes a back se... more »

Cameron braced for "mission impossible" on EU budget

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 46 minutes ago
Battling rebels baying for Britain to leave the European Union, David Cameron faces the near impossible task this week of finding an EU budget deal acceptable to mutinous party members and to exasperated fellow EU leaders. The prime minister's threat to veto the union's long-term budget at a Brussels summit starting on Thursday appealed to the anti-EU wing of his Conservative Party, emboldened after defeating him in a parliamentary vote calling for European spending cuts. Blocking a deal might tap into a hardening Eurosceptical mood at home, but it would not bury an issue that fel... more »

Egypt agrees deal for $4.8 billion IMF loan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 52 minutes ago
Egypt reached a preliminary agreement on Tuesday with the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8 billion loan, a step seen as vital to shoring up the nation's finances. Investors who abandoned Egypt during the political turmoil that followed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year have been looking to the IMF to give its seal of approval to the government's economic program. Egypt's benchmark index .EGX30 pared losses on the news and the cost of insuring Egyptian debt against default fell. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-egypt-imf-idUSBRE8AJ0LK20121120

Obama's Asia tour doesn't go according to plan... At least he had a well deserved tax funded Tropical Holiday

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 54 minutes ago
It may have sounded good on paper: Win re-election, fly to Asia, soak up the adulation of fellow world leaders, then go home with at least a few tangible rewards to show for a legacy-shaping U.S. strategic shift eastwards. But U.S. President Barack Obama's first post-election trip abroad did not work out exactly according to plan. To be sure, he had a chance to tout a foreign policy success with a landmark visit to the former pariah state of Myanmar, demonstrate he was serious about improved U.S. ties with nations in China's backyard and take in a travelogue's worth of iconic relig... more »

Israel and Gaza agree to Egypt-brokered ceasefire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 54 minutes ago
Israel and Gaza militants have agreed to the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, Hamas official Ayman Taha says. The Gaza truce will be declared at 1900 GMT and go into effect at 2200 GMT, the official said. http://live.reuters.com/Event/Conflict_on_the_Gaza_Strip *Israeli govt spokesman tells CNN truce deal with Gaza militants not finalized, "ball still in play"*

Buho sobre un tronco

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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4.9 Magnitude Earthquake RWANDA - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude M 4.9 Region RWANDA Date time 2012-11-20 16:23:53.0 UTC Location 1.13 S ; 30.34 E Depth 5 km Distances 42 km E Kabale, Rwanda

Paisaje de un bosque en otoño

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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5.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 16:23:25 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 01:23:25 PM at epicenter Location 33.918°S, 72.143°W Depth 11.8 km (7.3 miles) Region OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE Distances 103 km (64 miles) SSW (205°) from Valparaiso, Chile

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 16:10:42 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 02:10:42 AM at epicenter Location 5.830°S, 151.756°E Depth 40.7 km (25.3 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 186 km (115 miles) SSW (195°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG

Lago de agua azul en las montañas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 15:27:59 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:27:59 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 0.790°N, 126.005°E Depth 9.4 km (5.8 miles) Region MOLUCCA SEA Distances 117 km (72 miles) SE of Bitung, Indonesia

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.1 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 15:14:13 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 07:44:13 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.198°N, 70.419°E Depth 154.3 km (95.9 miles) Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Distances 37 km (22 miles) WNW of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan

Another 1,000+ Coal Plants in the Works

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
Actually, the number may be closer to 1,200 new coal-fueled electricity plants about three-quarters of them planned for China and India. *Coal plants are the most polluting of all power stations and the World Resources Institute (WRI) identified 1,200 coal plants in planning across 59 countries, with about three-quarters in China and India. The capacity of the new plants add up to 1,400GW to global greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of adding another China – the world's biggest emitter. India is planning 455 new plants compared to 363 in China, which is seeing a slowdown in ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
*Queries on the cosmology of New Orleans politics ~American Zombie*

Fantastica vista de un amanacer

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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Money Talks? We'll See

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
Together they manage 22.5-trillion dollars in assets. Collectively, they're calling for governments to implement what they term, "*investment grade climate policy.*" The group is calling for a dialogue between investors and governments on seven points. 1. Identify policies that promote low-carbon investment and discourage high-carbon investment; 2. Reinforce reliability and predictability in climate and clean energy policy; 3. Identify steps governments can take to improve climate policies, focusing on investment in greenhouse gas emissions mitigation; 4. Find ways to ... more »

James Allen Guilty Of Two Murders

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
A robber who killed twice while on the run has been found guilty of two counts of murder. James Allen, 36, savagely attacked 81-year-old Colin Dunford in his Middlesbrough terrace home, then three days later stabbed to death Julie Davison, 50 at her flat in Whitby, North Yorkshire. The double killing sparked a huge manhunt which ended in Leeds when an off-duty police officer spotted him. http://news.sky.com/story/1014065/on-the-run-james-allen-guilty-of-two-murders

A graph to illustrate the causes of the Israeli attack on Gaza

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
Since Israel left Gaza in 2005, to help ensure peace they were told, those are the number of rockets fired at Israel from Gaza. Yes many were shot down by the Israeli Iron Dome defences, yes many landed in open countryside. But how many other countries would be expected to just let the rockets be fired at it and to be censured for responding? Hamas have ramped up their attacks this year, partly to take attention off of Iran but mainly to try and draw Israel into reacting and so losing even more public support. Hamas have succeeded, but what choice did Israel really have?

Two Killed, 54 Wounded as Israel Cracks Down on Antiwar Protests

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
*Israel Reacts Violently to West Bank Protests* * * AntiWar Though most of the Israeli military’s killing these days is focused on the Gaza Strip, the military is also reacting more violently than usual toward West Bank protests, particularly antiwar rallies condemning the Gaza attacks. Two protesters in the West Bank have been killed over the weekend, including 31-year-old Rushdi Tamimi, who was shot in the back with live ammunition and later died of his injuries. The other slain protester, 22-year-old Hamdi Mohammad Jawwad al-Falah from Hebron, was shot four times by Israeli troo... more »

Linda pareja de pericos dándose un beso de amor

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 2 hours ago
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Why the Fear?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
Why do the Liberals and NDP still act as though there was something remotely controversial about anthropogenic global warming or the threat to our society from growing inequality of incomes, wealth and opportunity? These are two enormous threats to the Canadian people, today and for generations to come, and both require progressive solutions. As a major, *per capita* emitter, Canada is among the handful of nations under the greatest moral duty to act to arrest climate change. We are full members in a select club of major emitters who have an obligation to lead the world in decarbo... more »

Some cartoons that make sense of the current Israeli Hamas conflict

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
First, two cartoons that make the same point. However many rockets are fired at Israel by Hamas, the story is only newsworthy when Israel responds.The western news media, almost without exception, just didn't report the rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel, so when they do report the Israeli response their readers, viewers and listeners are given the distinct impression that the problem started with Israeli aggression. The third cartoon is one that helps to explain the very unfortunate deaths of children in Gaza.

Ear to the Ground U.S. May Be ‘Filibustering’ Security Council Over Gaza

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
TruthDig Peter Z. Scheer Scott Garner (CC-BY-ND) The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Monday said an unnamed country (“I’m sure you can guess which”) was engaged in a “filibuster attempt” to block a statement condemning the violence in Gaza. “Several Western diplomats” told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the statement, written by the Moroccan delegation, did not lay enough blame for the violence on Gazan rockets. The Security Council has been a paragon of inaction in the Middle East. Russia may want to halt Israeli bombs in Gaza, but Moscow has steadfa... more »

Complaining to Helen Boaden about Jeremy Bowen

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
Further to this blogpost I have now emailed Helen Boaden and await her response. RE: Jeremy Bowen's choice of date to hold a Twitter Q&A Nota Sheep notasheepmaybeagoat@googlemail.com 15:25 (0 minutes ago) to HelenBoadenCom. I have been referred to you by NewsOnline Complaints as I was not satisfied with their response to my complaint. In summary: The BBC's Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, chose one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar to hold a Q&A on the Middle East. That disenfranchised all religious Jews and the vast majority of not particularly religious Jews. In respo... more »

Fun with Jubilee Medals

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 2 hours ago
Let's see now. Who's more deserving of a Queen's Jubilee medal? A couple of convicted serial abortion clinic harassers -- one of whom was actually IN JAIL at the time, the other quickly following her AGAIN -- or a dedicated, indefatigable public servant serially harassed by his government employer? Hmmmm. Senator Colin Kenny was the one scheduled to hand out the silverware Monday afternoon to Page, arguing the budget watchdog deserved the recognition for “his dogged and courageous pursuit of information on behalf of all Canadians.” “Mr. Page has demonstrated remarkable determinatio... more »

Hong Kong customs seize over a ton of smuggled ivory, one month after record 4-ton seizure

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Hong Kong customs officers guard 45 bags of unprocessed ivory, which had been concealed in more than 400 bags of sunflower seeds. They discovered the ivory, taken from over 200 poached elephants, on 15 November 2012. The seizure comes just two weeks after customs officers in Hong Kong discovered almost 4 tons of ivory representing 600 poached elephants. Bobby Yip / Reuters] HONG KONG, 16 November 2012 (AP) – Hong Kong customs officers have made their second major seizure of ivory in less than a month after confiscating more than a tonne of the elephant tusks worth $1.4m (£... more »

Erdogan says Israel commits terrorist acts in Gaza

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Albawaba [image: Gaza]The State of Israel is committing "terrorist acts" in the Gaza Strip, said Monday the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sixth day of the Israeli offensive in the Palestinian enclave. "Those who equate Islam with terrorism condone mass murder of Muslims and turn their heads against the killing of children in Gaza," he said at the Eurasian Islamic Council conference in Istanbul. "For this reason I say that Israel is a terrorist state and that its acts are terrorist acts," said the head of the Turkish government. Meanwhile, the leaders of the P... more »

West Savages Gaza - Slowly Burns Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 hours ago
Gaza destruction is one of many in an array of desperate measures to inject legitimacy into anti-Syria-Iran campaign ahead of final push. *November 20, 2012* (LD) - Even as nations like Turkey, Qatar, and Egypt protest the Western-backed and facilitated destruction of Gaza by Israel, they, along with these very Western nations they protest, including Israel, continue coordinating efforts with each other to topple and destroy Syria. Weapons and aid that many Arabs would like to see sent to defend Gaza, are instead in the hands of terrorists killing fellow Arabs across the Levant in... more »

Sacraficing The Will Of The People On The Altar of The Euro

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Testosterone Pit The Eurozone debt crisis is exacting its toll. Convoluted undemocratic taxpayer-funded bailouts of bondholders and banks designed to keep the Eurozone together can’t kick the can down the road far enough. But the price has been huge, and people have expressed their anger in massive protests. Now, these efforts are also tearing up the fabric of the 27-member European Union: the first one out may be the UK. If offered a referendum, 56% of the British would vote for a UK exit from the EU (with 34% *definitely *and 22% *probably*). Only 30% would vote to keep the UK i... more »

Chris Hedges, "Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All"* By Chris Hedges "Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia. The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence. Many impoverished regions of the world, which have fallen off the economic cliff, are beginning to resemble Gaza, where 1.6 million Palestinians live in the planet’s largest internment camp. These sacrifice zones, filled with seas of pitifully poor people trapped in squalid slums or mud-walled villages, are increasingly hemmed in by electronic fences, monitored b... more »

Is Israel and Apartheid State?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 hours ago
The claim that Israel is an apartheid state is being ever more often thrown around the blogosphere and beyond at the moment. I have shown that the claim is nonsense before now and I have tried to spread that truth, here's another video that all the haters of Israel should be made to watch...

Simplified Challah Bread

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 3 hours ago
I am no expert on Challah bread. I just know it is delicious and I love it. I first tried it at a friend's house and attempted it several times before I found a recipe that I understood and tasted like I remembered. Here is the simpler version I make, it still needs three risings but it doesn't have nearly as many steps as the recipes I started with. You will need: 1 and 1/2 tablespoons yeast 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup oil 5 eggs 1 tablespoon salt 8 cups of flour poppy seeds to sprinkle on top water (You can add raisin to the bread, but as a general rule, I hate raisins i... more »

DOWD AND DOWNINPANTZ: Milbank makes three!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2012* *Part 3—Dumber than any fifth grader:* If our most famous journalists were fifth graders, we’d probably fire their teachers. “Why has been teaching Bobby Schieffer?” That’s what we’d probably say, after watching him offer this sad account of What Susan Rice Said: SCHIEFFER (11/19/12): A lot of people in the administration say [Rice] is the odds-on favorite to replace Hillary Clinton. Because of her performance on television after it the Benghazi attacks when *she said it was the result of spontaneous demonstrations in Egypt, and not, and was not a terro... more »

Individual Accountability in BP Disaster, No Criminal Charges in Financial Crisis

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
Majia here: Management of public outrage over the financial and BP oil crises has been expert, smooth, and sociopathic. We see in the BP oil spill the use of scapegoating of low level employees, who surely bear some responsibility, but are merely the foot soldiers of a culture of greed and arrogance. We see in the financial crisis erasure of personal culpability altogether, as corporate cultures seeped in corruption are euphemistically referred to as "risk seeking." The examples below are illustrative, beginning with two articles on the criminal prosecutions of BP engineers: In ... more »

Leonard Susskind on Higgs boson

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 3 hours ago
If you have 75 minutes, you may want to listen to the July 30th, 2012 post-discovery talk about the Higgs boson by Leonard Susskind that was addressed to the curious pensioners in Palo Alto, California. At the beginning, he reminds you that you have already heard that the Higgs boson – called the Weinberg toilet by Sheldon Glashow – is the best thing since the invention of the flush toilet. Instead, he discusses the quantization of spin and he shows you his hat and semitechnical properties of the Higgs potential, the relationship between fields and particles, the impact of the ... more »

Libya- All In? Failed NATO Mission Exposed

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
*An extensive article. Worth a read, entirely* Author: *Horace Campbell is Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University. He is also a Special invited Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of the forthcoming book, ‘Global NATO and the catastrophic failure in Libya’.* *Yes, I am posting the entire piece with a link back to the original article also recognizing the work put into this piece by the author Horace Campbell * *Introduction- * *Carter Ham has been removed as head of the US Africa Command *(AFRICOM). *General Petrae... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Joe Biden, 70. The Practically Perfect Veep. Some good stuff: 1. Lessons from 2012 from The Gamble, the campaign book by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck. 2. Jonathan Chait on the fiscal cliff. 3. Rod Dreher on Marco Rubio, Genesis, liberals and conservatives. I think he's right in principle about (many) liberals, but to be fair: there are plenty of Republican politicians who do, in fact, seem to be actually anti-science, whether or not particular strains of Christian belief are inherently anti-science. 4. "The Rich People Who Don't Know How Tax Rates Work," from Dav... more »

Texas Residents Blame Oil Producer for Mysterious Illnesses

By: Duane Craig “Respiratory problems, stomach issues, heart issues, fatigue and aches and pains” top residents lists of ailments in the Cherry Creek subdivision in Shepherd, Texas, according to this Eastex Advocate article. One resident even claims to be waking up at night with chest pains and vomiting. Residents claim an oil producer nearby, Famcor, is the source of air pollution, or other contamination, that is making them sick. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was on the case looking for air quality issues while the Texas Railroad Commission, which is supposed to h... more »

Behind The Scenes At Grand Bargainville

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Canadian conservative pundit David Frum worries that the hubbub over what economic terrorists call "The Fiscal Cliff" is the politics behind it. The president’s most basic goal in these fiscal negotiations is not to extract more revenue from upper-income Americans, although obviously he’d like to do that too. His most basic goal is to force Republicans to forswear their famous no-new-taxes pledge. That pledge is the tie that binds Republicans in Congress and Republicans in the country. Compel Republicans to recant that commitment and Republican unity suddenly dissolves. The disci... more »

Euro zone likely to reach deal on Greek aid payment

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Euro zone finance ministers are likely to approve the next tranche of loans to Greece on Tuesday although the money is unlikely to be disbursed before December and a deal on debt reduction may need further talks. Officials familiar with preparations for the finance ministers' meeting expect a "political endorsement in principle" on unfreezing loans to Athens, after Greece completed almost all the reforms that were required. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-eurogroup-idUSBRE8AJ0NI20121120

Tuesday Morning Linkage

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
Good morning! Obama became the first sitting president to visit Myanmar/Burma yesterday. Plus, Amnesty International announced the release of political prisoners in the country yesterday, too. It’s a little rare for the organization to “name and praise” instead of “name and shame” so I wonder about the logic of Amnesty’s press release….hmm…that’s an interesting research Continue reading

Danny Nightingale: SAS Sniper's Case Review 'Inappropriate'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Attorney General Dominic Grieve has said it would be "inappropriate" for him to review the decision to prosecute an SAS sergeant for illegal possession of a weapon. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond wrote to Mr Grieve earlier today, asking him to examine if proper consideration had been given to whether a prosecution of Sgt Danny Nightingale was in the public interest before the case was brought to court martial. http://news.sky.com/story/1013977/sas-snipers-case-review-inappropriate

Axe wielding Israeli man stabs security guard at US embassy in Tel Aviv

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
How differently would this news story have been reported had the assailant been an Arab? Where is his shirt? An Israeli man wielding an ax and a knife attacked and* lightly wounded* an Israeli security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. Would the wound have been described as "life threatening" of the assailant had been an Arab? Would the assailant have been apprehended alive, had it been an Arab? The man, in his early 40s, attacked the guard outside the embassy gates, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. He said the man’s motive was unknown, but political motives wer... more »

OLD PEOPLE Screw Up Voting

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
The State Governors just met – and Republicans at the meeting are still pushing for Voter ID. Now they have a new reason for implementing Voter ID. The GOP’s latest meme for Voter ID - from the illustrious Governor Scot Walker. OLD PEOPLE working at the polls can’t handle the pressure of same day registration. "States across the country that have same-day registration have real problems because the vast majority of their states have poll workers who are wonderful volunteers, who work 13-hour days and who in most cases are retirees," Walker said at the library, responding to a ques... more »

Corporate Rule

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
Frances Russell lays bare what is really going on behind the Harper government's trade agenda: Their real purpose is to repeal democracy, to elevate investor/corporate rights over the democratic will of the people. Corporations — not governments — become the decision-makers, the de facto rulers. This corporate coup d’etat is being accomplished through Orwellian investor rights clauses empowering corporations to sue governments, often for astronomical sums, should governments enact any laws for the public good that constrain corporate interests. The odious concept that corporate ... more »

British Islamists to issue fatwa against shot Pakistani girl

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A new British-based Islamist group plans to meet in Islamabad to issue a religious decree against a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, accusing her of supporting "occupying" U.S. forces. The move against Malala Yousufzai, 15, is likely to provoke outrage. In the days following her shooting in October, she became an international icon and world leaders pledged to support her campaign for girls' education. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/uk-pakistan-malala-idUKBRE8AJ0LM20121120

Polish man 'planned to blow up parliament'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Polish prosecutors say they have foiled a planned terror attack against the president, cabinet ministers and MPs. A 45-year-old academic researcher has been arrested on suspicion of planning to detonate four tonnes of explosives in a vehicle at the parliament building during a budget debate, they say. He has been charged with planning a terrorist attack and faces up to five years in prison if convicted. Two other men were arrested for possessing illegal firearms. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20405741

America And The New 'Great Game' With China

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
President Obama's Burma trip was about symbolism: a signal from America that it believes the country's reforming government is moving in the right direction. But the last leg of his Asia tour - to Cambodia - is, in global terms, far more important. It's all about geo-politics and specifically, China. A key strand to America's foreign policy for the next decade is the 'Pacific pivot'. Mr Obama calls himself the 'Pacific President'. Why? Because America is anxious about the increasing dominance of China. http://news.sky.com/story/1013905/america-and-the-new-great-game-with-china

“Israeli Use Of Palestinians As Human Shields”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Israeli Use Of Palestinians As Human Shields”* by Displacedpalestinians.org "This image, thanks to the media, is what the world imagines when it comes to the subject of human shields in the Middle East. The heroic Israeli soldier, representing all that is good and manly, protecting the weak, women and children whilst the cowardly Palestinian Hamas fighter cringes behind Madonna and child, indicating he is completely responsible for the carnage of the last heavy-handed assault on Gaza in which most of the victims were the innocents. The Israeli woman must be in the blue so that... more »

Israel and Hamas: How the conflict reignited

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The longstanding conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas *reignited last week after Israel launched airstrikes against what it called terrorist targets in Gaza.* Israel explained that the offensive, which it calls "Operation Pillar of Defense," was necessitated by increasing rocket attacks from the Hamas-controlled territory. Among those killed in the Israeli airstrikes Wednesday was Ahmed al-Ja'abari, the chief of Hamas' military wing. Weapons depots and rocket-launching sites were also targeted. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/19/world/meast/israel-hamas-explained/... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago

The Cucumber Austerity of Teaching: Merit Pay and Grapes

P. L. Thomas at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
This isn't dystopian fiction, but it certainly could be. Nancy Flanagan led (by way of Twitter) me and Jersey Jazzman to this wonderful and chilling video of monkeys confronting the concept of fairness: 2 Monkeys Were Paid Unequally; See What Happens Next I agree with Jersey Jazzman that this video makes me think of how teachers are being treated under the Arne Duncan era of austerity in education, how Duncan/Obama have been pulled into the Gates cult of cannibalistic capitalism. Now, back to the potential dytopian-fiction-as-reality: The current "No Excuses" Reform exists within a... more »

Another foggy day!

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

NYC serial killer has possible fixation on number '8'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
New York City police seem to have a bizarre murder mystery on their hands with the serial killer possibly having a fixation on the number 8. According to Fox News Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, a serial killer has killed three shopkeepers and all their shops had the number 8 in the addresses. It seems that the unknown suspect uses a .22-caliber gun and the shopkeepers were all killed while they were closing up their stores for the night. All three shops have the number 8 in their addresses, which is a link that police are now looking into. “We’re definitely looking into the number-8 angle,”... more »

... and the right is wrong!

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
This is a short post about something that has been bothering me for months. Would you consider changing your vocuabulary. In the United States the word "right" has been coop-ted, associated with the radical Republicans. Because of that - everytime someone uses the word "right" - IMHO they are giving credence to "the right". So instead of telling someone "they are right", "that is the right way to do it", "it was the right thing to do" Please consider tellling them "they are correct", "that is the correct way to do it" "that was the correct thing to do" That way there will... more »

Turkey agrees Syria missile defense with NATO members

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
NATO member states have agreed to supply Turkey with an advanced Patriot missile system to defend against Syrian attacks and talks on its deployment are in the final stage, Turkey's foreign minister said on Tuesday. Turkey has been talking to NATO allies about how to shore up security on its 900-km (560-mile) frontier with Syria after mortar rounds landed inside its territory, increasing concerns about the civil war spilling into neighboring states. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-syria-crisis-turkey-idUSBRE8AJ0FE20121120

UK Foreign Secretary Hague: Britain officially recognizes Syria opposition coalition

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Britain has officially recognized the fledgling Syrian National Coalition opposition group, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday. "Her majesty's government has decided to recognize the national coalition of Syrian revolution and opposition forces as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people," Hague told parliament. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-britain-syria-opposition-idUSBRE8AJ0P920121120

Peace by Thursday or the tanks roll in: Israel sets deadline for truce as it delays ground invasion for 48 hours

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
As explosions terrorise both Palestinians and Israelis for a seventh day running, Israel has put plans for a ground operation in Gaza 'on hold' while talks to secure a truce with Hamas militants continue. While it is understood a Thursday deadline has been set for the Egypt-brokered talks, an Egyptian intelligence source said 'there is still no breakthrough and Egypt is working to find middle ground.' Despite discussions there has no been let-up in the violence overnight as a fresh array of airstrikes pummeled Gaza while rockets pounded southern Israel. The death toll in the regi... more »

MPs demand MORE expenses so they can afford to live in Westminster... because they don't want to catch the night bus

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
MPs are demanding a bigger expenses bill so they can live in some of London’s most expensive districts – and avoid using public transport. Generous rules already allow MPs to claim £20,000 to rent a second home but some are complaining it is not enough to fund ‘suitable’ accommodation close to Westminster. Officials at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) insisted ‘MPs should, where possible, be treated in the same manner as other citizens’ but is now considering increasing the rent limits so MPs can live within walking distance of the Houses of Parliament. http... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Concert to boost Sandy recovery tonight* *Storm Victims, in Cleanup, Face Rise in Injuries and Illness ~NYT**~It is impossible to say how many people have been sickened by what Hurricane Sandy left behind: mold from damp drywall; spills from oil tanks; sewage from floodwater and unflushable toilets; tons upon tons of debris and dust. But interviews with hurricane victims, recovery workers, health officials and medical experts over the last week reveal that some of the illnesses that they feared would occur, based on the toxic substances unleashed by the storm and the experience of ... more »

Lord McAlpine to ask 10,000 Twitter users who falsely linked him to child abuse scandal for apology and £5 compensation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Lord McAlpine's lawyers plan to ask for a formal apology and a £5 donation to a children's charity from thousands of Twitter users who allegedly wrote tweets falsely linking him to child abuse. The estimated 10,000 Twitter users who tweeted or 'retweeted' the Conservative peer's name would avoid legal action by doing so, his representatives said. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235679/Lord-McAlpine-ask-formal-apology-Twitter-users-5-donation-charity.html

"We Must Always Take Sides..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Wiesel

Child Sex Gang Suspects Held In Police Raids

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Police have arrested eight suspected members of a child sex gang during a series of dawn raids on several homes in Buckinghamshire. The men, aged between 21 and 28, were held on suspicion of committing sexual offences against a girl. Thames Valley Police said the girl, who is under 18, reported being abused between 2007 and 2012, but investigators believe other victims may have fallen prey to the same group and urged them to come forward. http://news.sky.com/story/1013925/child-sex-gang-suspects-held-in-police-raids

Danny Nightingale's Conviction Reviewed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The Defence Secretary has asked the Attorney General to review the conviction of an SAS sniper jailed for possessing a gun. http://news.sky.com/story/1013977/sas-sniper-danny-nightingales-conviction-reviewed

"Obama Weaves Web of Deceit on Gaza ‘War’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Obama Weaves Web of Deceit on Gaza ‘War’”* By Ira Chernus "When Barack Obama finally spoke out publicly about the Israeli assault on Gaza, at a press conference, he wove an astonishingly thick web of deception and distortion. I’m no Obama-basher. But when I see him bashing and trashing the truth so blatantly, I have to speak out. I have to express my pain, because I know that his misleading words will increase the risks to my loved ones and fellow Jews in Israel and the much greater risks to the victims of Israeli aggression in Gaza. Of course to hear Obama tell it, it’s the I... more »

UBS 'Rogue Trader' Guilty Of £1.4bn Fraud

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago

Tax Avoidance Can Be Morally Taxing

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 5 hours ago
What started off as questions about individual’s offshore investments has swiftly moved onto corporate use of global tax bolt holes in order to avoid tax. Tax-friendly countries aren't new and international companies have been exploiting them for many years. Even the use of Luxemburg by the likes of Google, Yahoo and Amazon has been know for a long time. We wrote about the variance in *VAT rates and Luxemburg loophole in late 2011*and its not as if any MP didn't know about it, as it is heavily embroiled in the whole question of VAT and EU tax standardisation. The US Sales tax deb... more »

US embassy in Tel Aviv: Man held over knife and axe attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A man has been arrested after a security guard was wounded in an attack at the US embassy in Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv. The attack was carried out at the entrance to the embassy by a man wielding a knife and an axe. Guards at the embassy, located close to the city's seafront, then fired warning shots in return. An Israeli police spokesperson said that the attack was probably not politically motivated. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-20407503

The Palestinians are isolated, but this massacre in Gaza is Israel's response to a weaker Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
With over 100 now reported killed by Israeli airstrikes, and a further 700 injured, the attack on Gaza is already starting to resemble the 2008-9 ‘Operation Cast Lead’ massacre. A ground invasion is feared, and Israeli politicians are again trotting out the usual Zionist crowd-pleasers about the need to “bomb Gaza back to the Middle Ages” (Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai) and “flatten all of Gaza” (Ariel Sharon’s son Gilad). Yet the regional situation today is very different to what it was back then. In 2009, the ‘resistance axis’ of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas was strong, and... more »

UFO Sightings Inside Indian Territory Bordering China Raises Security Concerns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Top security brass of the Indian government is battling a“mysterious” threat from the Chinese side these days: tennis ball-sized UFOs. Hundreds of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) have been sighted inside the Indian territory bordering China in recent months, raising security concerns. The issue, initially dubbed a minor one, has turned serious as India prepares to raise it at the diplomatic level with China. Sources said a meeting of the boundary coordination mechanism – a highlevel official mechanism set up by the two sides to ensure that the boundary incidents between their ar... more »

UFO Sightings Inside Indian Territory Bordering China Raises Security Concerns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Top security brass of the Indian government is battling a“mysterious” threat from the Chinese side these days: tennis ball-sized UFOs. Hundreds of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) have been sighted inside the Indian territory bordering China in recent months, raising security concerns. The issue, initially dubbed a minor one, has turned serious as India prepares to raise it at the diplomatic level with China. Sources said a meeting of the boundary coordination mechanism – a highlevel official mechanism set up by the two sides to ensure that the boundary incidents between their ar... more »

Gilad Sharon, Son Of Ex-PM Ariel Sharon, Calls On Israel To 'Flatten Gaza'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The son of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has called for more aggressive tactics against Hamas, calling on the Israel Defence Force to "flatten Gaza" like the US flattened Japan. Gilad Sharon, a columnist for Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, who runs the Sharon family’s farm, wrote in an op-ed for English language newspaper the Jerusalem Post: "What does a decisive victory sound like? A Tarzan-like cry that lets the entire jungle know in no uncertain terms just who won, and just who was defeated. "To accomplish this, you need to achieve what the other side can’t bear,... more »

“We Will NOT Go Down in Gaza Tonight!”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“We Will NOT Go Down in Gaza Tonight!”* by Michael Heart, Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy “A blinding flash of white light Lit up the sky over Gaza tonight. People running for cover, Not knowing whether they're dead or alive. They came with their tanks and their planes, With ravaging fiery flames, And nothing remains, Just a voice rising up in the smoky haze. We will not go down In the night, without a fight. You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools But our spirit will never die! We will not go down In Gaza tonight... Women and children alike, Murdered and massacred ni... more »

U.S. 'dark pool' trades up 50%

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Trading of US equities on "dark pools" has grown by almost a half in the past three years to account for nearly a third of total market volume, according to research that underscores the challenge facing international regulators. The shift from transparent public exchanges has highlighted growing concern among asset managers and global regulators about off-exchange trading, where prices are reported only after deals are executed. Such venues allow investors to trade large blocks of shares anonymously, with prices posted publicly only after trades are done. http://edition.cnn.com/20... more »

Who or What is killing dolphins in Gulf Coast?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Conservation experts and federal agents say they're looking into the violent deaths of several bottlenose dolphins along the northern Gulf Coast this year, including one that was shot and another that was stabbed with a screwdriver. "I can't explain why anyone would shoot a dolphin," Jeff Radonski, a Florida-based special agent for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told CNN. Radonski said NOAA is investigating four of the six deaths reported since June. Samia Ahmad, a spokeswoman for the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Mississippi, said at least... more »

Stampede at festival in eastern India kills 14 people, most of them children

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Fourteen people, most of them children, have been killed in a stampede during a Hindu festival in eastern India, police said Tuesday. The crush occurred Monday on a bridge along the banks of the river Ganges in Patna, the capital of Bihar state, according to authorities. The site was packed with hundreds of thousands of devotees celebrating the annual festival of Chhath, Patna's police chief Jayant Kant said. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/19/world/india-stampede-kills-worshipers/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Kappa Andromedae b: Super-Jupiter spotted 170 light years away

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Scientists have discovered what could be a massive planet outside our solar system, NASA said Monday. Astronomers used infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii to identify Kappa Andromedae b, a "super-Jupiter" object that appears to be nearly 13 times the mass of Jupiter. The planet orbits a star called Kappa Andromedae. It's not entirely certain whether Kappa Andromedae b is a planet, however, NASA said. If it can generate energy by fusion, it would be considered a "brown dwarf" star. http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/19/super-jupiter-spotted-170-light-years-away/?h... more »

Congo rebels claim control of city as Rwanda tensions rise

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda claimed control of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, walking through the frontier city of one million people past U.N. peacekeepers who did nothing to stop them. Fighters from the M23 group entered Goma following days of clashes with U.N.-backed Congolese soldiers that forced tens of thousands of residents to flee. A senior U.N. source told Reuters that international peacekeepers had given up defending the city after the Congolese troops evacuated. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-congo-democratic-idUSB... more »

France says economy sound despite Moody's downgrade

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
France said its economy was sound and reforms were on track after credit ratings agency Moody's stripped it of the prized triple-A badge due to an uncertain fiscal and economic outlook. Monday's downgrade, which follows a cut by Standard & Poor's in January, was expected but is a blow to Socialist President Francois Hollande as he tries to fix France's finances and revive the euro zone's second largest economy. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-france-moodys-idUSBRE8AI17K20121120

Michael Watkins arrested in beating death of monkey at Idaho zoo

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Police arrested a 22-year-old man Monday after a monkey at the Boise zoo was found dead over the weekend, shortly after a zoo security guard frightened away two intruders. Michael J. Watkins, of Weiser, Idaho, was arrested on felony burglary and grand theft charges in Washington County, Idaho, where he was being held Monday night. A citizen's tip led police to Watkins after identifying a hat found in the monkey's enclosure as similar to one Watkins was wearing the night of the break-in, Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson said. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234635/Mich... more »

Danny Nightingale: Jailed SAS Sniper 'Bullied Into Guilty Plea'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The father of an SAS sniper jailed for illegally possessing a gun has told Sky News his son was bullied into pleading guilty at a court martial. Humphrey Nightingale said: "We knew Danny was not guilty but the judge made it quite clear that if he did not plead guilty he would be sent to a civilian jail for a minimum of five years. "Our hands were tied and we had no other option - Danny has a lovely wife and a young family. http://news.sky.com/story/1013885/danny-nightingale-bullied-into-guilty-plea

Gaza: UN Boss Warns Of 'Dangerous Escalation'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate ceasefire to end the Gaza-Israel conflict. Speaking in Cairo after talks with Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby, he said a ground invasion of Gaza would be a "dangerous escalation" that must be avoided. "Immediate steps are needed by all to avoid a further escalation, including a ground operation which will only result in further tragedy," Mr Ban, who is to meet Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, said. http://news.sky.com/story/1013745/gaza-un-boss-warns-of-dangerous-escalation

Brooks And Coulson Face New Charges

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The Prime Minister's ex-spin doctor Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks are to be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, following an investigation into corrupt payments to public officials. The charges stem from the phone hacking scandal that erupted last year at the News of the World, which both Brooks and Coulson used to edit. A parallel investigation, known as Operation Elveden, was launched into alleged payments to public officials. http://news.sky.com/story/1013915/brooks-and-coulson-face-new-charges

Polish Breivik Wannabe: Dr Brunon Kwiecień, a chemist

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
I guess you have heard about the foiled plan (thank God) by a Polish nationalist to bomb the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament and to kill the president, the prime minister, and lots of lawmakers. *Via Gazeta.pl* He has had accumulated tons of explosives, detonators, guns, and lots of other equipment in his apartment and the threat was credible. A ready-to-explode vehicle contained 4 tons of explosives. The assassin was working hard to recruit accomplices. He has already confessed. But chances are you haven't heard the name and occupation of the attacker. Well, you are for... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:38:14 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 07:38:14 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 7.192°S, 129.465°E Depth 142.2 km (88.4 miles) Region KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA Distances 220 km (136 miles) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:15:04 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 07:15:04 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.285°N, 141.758°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 184 km (114 miles) E of Hachijo-jima, Japan

PLA Sends out Timely Reminder

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 8 hours ago
*Experimenting with the new ring flash in the yard, caught this spider waiting patiently for breakfast.* J Michael scores again in The Diplomat. In a piece on a Chinese simulation of an attack on Taiwan as an ad for an airshow (Taipei Times report).... Here’s a lesson on how not to win an opponent’s hearts and minds, courtesy of the Chinese. While showcasing a ground strike package during the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Guangdong (better known as the Zhuhai Air Show) last week, the Chinese sought to win over foreign clients with a promotional video sho... more »

Utopia on the Horizon - A Documentary Film From Greece

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
17 November 2012 ROARMAG.org presents: 'Utopia on the Horizon', a documentary for those who chose to struggle. In May 2011, hundreds of thousands of Greeks swarmed into Syntagma Square in Athens to protest against the firesale of their country, their labor rights and their livelihoods to corrupt domestic elites and foreign financial interests. In a matter of days, a protest camp was set up -- organized on the principles of direct democracy, leaderless self-management and mutual aid -- providing a glimpse of utopia in the midst of a devastating financial, political and social cri... more »

The Misunderstanding

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
(Re-post from November 16, 2011) This misunderstanding about love is perhaps THE MISUNDERSTANDING. Agape is unconditional SELF-love. To love without condition means to accept all facets of existence. Every dark thought, angry outburst and violent emotion must be absorbed into the fabric of you and loved. You can no longer afford to love half way or part way – *the energetic push of creation in this moment now is asking of you – everything.* This shift you are participating in is not just something you are watching, it is what you are doing. All of the wondrous changes you... more »

Starchitects do battle

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: image] Henry Hobson Richardson said the first rule of architecture was this: “Get the job.” In these five videos you can see four of the world’s leading starchitects, Richard Rogers, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster, going about getting the job—competing with each other for one of this decade’s plums. *The series of videos below offers a fascinating insight into how this generation of "starchitects" behaves under pressure, as they each pitch to win one of the most high-profile competitions in recent years: a new tower for L&L Holding Company on Park Avenue in Ne... more »

7 Ways to Detox Pesticides from Your Body by Elizabeth Renter

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
7 Ways to Detox Pesticides from Your Body by Elizabeth Renter Natural Society, 18 November 2012 If you don’t know by now, pay closer attention—pesticides are everywhere. They are on our food, in our water, and in the air. They find their way into our bodies through a variety of vehicles. We can buy organic, grow our food, and use fancy water filtration, but we are still exposed to these modern chemicals on a daily basis. The key to minimizing the *effects of pesticides* come through both minimizing our exposure, but also through detoxification and preventing their effects on our ... more »

Police call Indiana home explosion a HOMICIDE as they investigate blaze that killed two

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Authorities launched a homicide investigation Monday into the house explosion that killed a young couple and left numerous homes uninhabitable in an Indianapolis neighborhood. Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons made the announcement after meeting with residents of the subdivision where the November 10 blast occurred and just hours after funerals were held for the two victims, who lived next door to the house where investigators believe the explosion originated. 'We are turning this into a criminal homicide investigation,' Coons said, though he didn't indicate whethe... more »

Donald Junior Green who mistakenly handed bags of cocaine worth £200 instead of sweets to police officer's trick-or-treating children escapes jail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A drug user who mistakenly handed bags of cocaine instead of sweets to a police officer's children out trick-or-treating was spared jail today. Apprentice panel beater Donald Junior Green fished in his pockets for a bag of Haribo sweets to give to the youngsters but instead pulled out a plastic pack containing eight snap bags of cocaine he had bought for £200 earlier that day, Oldham Magistrates' Court heard. He dropped the drugs into the goody bags carried by the three children, aged eight, six and five, who were out playing trick or treat, escorted by their father, an off-duty pol... more »

U.S. sends warships near Israel in case evacuation needed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Three U.S. Navy amphibious warships are returning to the eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby in the event they are needed to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days, according to two U.S. officials. The officials stressed an evacuation remains an extremely remote possibility and the Obama administration is not currently planning for one. Americans who wish to leave the region now are able to do so using commercial airlines. But the decision to send the ships even if the event is such a remote contingency underscores the growing concern about where the Israel-Gaza... more »

While Trying to Mediate, Egypt Blames Israel for Gaza Conflict

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
While holding itself out as an honest broker for truce talks between Israel and Hamas over the Gaza conflict, Egypt’s new government sought on Monday to plunge into the battle over international public opinion on behalf of the Palestinian cause — an arena where the Israelis, more experienced in the world of the free press and democratic politics, have historically dominated. In Egypt’s most concerted effort to win more global public support for the Palestinians, advisers to Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who has been an outspoken supporter... more »

Gaza conflict seen costing Israeli economy NIS 1.1 billion a week.....While they moan about their cancelled holidays, Gaza is Mourning the loss of civilians Killed in the Air Strikes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Five days of rocket attacks have taken a heavy economic toll so far, costing Israel hundreds of millions of shekels. The damage has been felt mainly in the south, but other parts of the country are feeling the indirect impact, whether it is from reservists being called up, canceled plans for holidays or lower morale at work. http://www.haaretz.com/business/gaza-conflict-seen-costing-israeli-economy-nis-1-1-billion-a-week.premium-1.478929

Clinton on crisis mission to end Gaza conflict

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is being sent on a crisis mission to Israel and Egypt as international pressure mounts for a ceasefire to end the conflict in Gaza that has entered a seventh day. Ms Clinton will meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as the White House says it is in nobody's interest to see further escalation of the conflict that has so far claimed more than 100 lives. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-20/israel-considers-truce-as-toll-passes-100/4382460

Cameron invokes wartime spirit.....Can he Invoke any Action?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Prime Minister David Cameron has compared efforts to cut the country’s deficit with the fight against Adolf Hitler and Nazism. In a speech made to the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in London yesterday, he said the UK was currently in “the economic equivalent of war” and needed to find the “spirit” of the 1940s. The Conservative leader used the occasion to launch an attack on Whitehall bureaucracy and planning constraints which, he believes, are hindering economic growth. http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/3016559

Ammach - David Griffin - the flow of ET communication

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 9 hours ago
when David Griffin (who brought us the amazing Falklands War BLACK GOOinterview) gave his September 2012 talk at Nottingham's Britannia Hotel about Satellite Government, be aware that he was probably talking about Martial Law under Corporate i.e. Private, Global, Governance. *David Griffin gives a detailed presentation on Alien Languages, and Human Cognitive processes in this final AMMACH Project conference lecture.*[source MEGAWATTS1066] And Ben the J.R. hospital porter gets a mention early on...

France eyes Middle East influence, image with Syria gamble

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
President Francois Hollande's decision to recognize Syria's new opposition bloc aims to secure long-term French interests in the region and boost his foreign policy image but, with few allies following suit, Paris may risk isolation. With his economic policies under harsh scrutiny at home and abroad, Hollande's hesitant response to the Syria conflict before last week had been unflatteringly compared to the decisive approach of predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy when he led Western efforts to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-syria-crisis-fra... more »

Four men arrested in California on terrorism charges: FBI

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Four men in southern California have been arrested and charged with providing material support to terrorists, the FBI said on Monday. The men planned to join al Qaeda and to engage in "violent jihad," according to the FBI. It said Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, traveled to Afghanistan and planned to introduce the other men to his al Qaeda contacts. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-usa-security-arrests-idUSBRE8AJ09T20121120

Moody's strips France of AAA-rating which leaves just One Strong Financial Leader for Europe......Can anyone Guess who?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Moody's stripped France of its prized triple-A badge on Monday, cutting the sovereign credit rating on Europe's No. 2 economy by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa, citing an uncertain fiscal outlook and deteriorating economy. The downgrade, which follows a cut by Standard & Poor's in January, was widely expected but is still a blow to Socialist President Francois Hollande as he strives to convince the world he can fix France's public finances and stalled economy. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-france-moodys-idUSBRE8AI17K20121120

Tensions loom as Obama meets Asian leaders

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
In his first meeting with a Chinese leader since his re-election, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday Washington and its chief economic rival must work together to "establish clear rules of the road" for trade and investment. His comments on the final leg of a three-day Southeast Asian trip follow a U.S. election campaign in which China was repeatedly accused of unfair trade practices and illustrate the work ahead in a region already simmering with tension over territorial disputes involving Beijing. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-asia-summit-idUSBRE8AJ0852012... more »

Pakistan Blasphemy Case Is Quashed By Court

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A Pakistan court has thrown out all charges against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy. Rimsha Masih, 14, spent three weeks on remand in an adult prison after she was arrested in August for allegedly burning pages from the Koran. She was released on bail in September and police have since told the courts she was not guilty and that a cleric who allegedly framed her should face trial instead. Paul Bhatti, the only Christian member of Pakistan's federal cabinet, confirmed the case had been thrown out by the high court in the capital Islamabad. http://news.sky.com/story/1013766/pa... more »

UN Chief Calls For Ceasefire Over Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has called for an immediate ceasefire to end the Gaza-Israel conflict. Speaking in Cairo after talks with Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby, he said a ground invasion of Gaza would be a "dangerous escalation" that must be avoided. Mr Ban was also scheduled to meet Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, as well as Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas later this week about the situation. http://news.sky.com/story/1013745/un-chief-calls-for-ceasefire-over-gaza

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.5 Region FIJI REGION Date time 2012-11-20 03:35:49.2 UTC Location 17.94 S ; 177.98 W Depth 580 km Distances 92 km E Tubou, Fiji

Direct Two Way Communication With Heaven

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
I have been seeing an increase in reports involving direct experience with heaven itself. There is some very good information here and as important, we get a clear protocol that allows direct contact when it is possible. As I have reported before, I have personally had a visit to heaven made possible by my deceased mother to prove heaven's reality to me. I was able to make specific observations and came away with fresh data and a clear understanding of the phenomena. This observer adds to the data in hand and confirms that there is a change in the perceived spectrum... more »

Brain in Decline?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This conjecture is rubbish of course, but it entertains. We have not begun to systematically optimize the human brain at all. Such optimization may even try DNA adjustment in the future. Where we have a serious weakness is that our education system is multiply flawed let alone focused on the core objective of optimizing any child's brain. That objective is not even recognized. What happens instead is that the child makes choices that help or hinder him for the balance of his life. It is clear to me that all skills can be brought up to optimal levels in everyone. S... more »

Bionic Arm Provides Life Quality

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
I find the psychological effect on the patient’s sense of self and of control totally impressive. It is what we want. We have always been able to imagine what a truly compatible bionic limb should do and what it will look like. No one has imagined the human aspect adapting so well. Bravo! Otherwise the march to bionic perfection looks unstoppable. Now if we could only discover how to map human consciousness into an artificial device. *Bionic arm gives Briton 'quality of life'* * by Staff Writers* * Leeds, England (UPI) Nov 8, 2012* * http://www.interndaily.... more »

Kentucky's Giant Sloths

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
In then past year, I have identified several reports in the Appalachians and elsewhere as indicative of the persistence of a relict population of giant sloths. Only once did an observer actually recognize what it was. This meant that many other reports are out there identifying the creature as bear like. This reports on the multiply observed Bearilla in Kentucky is dead on. 1 It is Broad-shouldered. This is a hall mark of the Giant Sloth and the Sasquatch for that matter, but not the bear. 2 It has a large muzzle. This is important. 3 Very noticeable front claws. T... more »

Cocoon by Micasa Lab - cooking humans since 2012

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 10 hours ago
"Mi casa su casa," yeah that's about my limit in Spanish conversation, I'm afraid. And it has little or nothing to do with the COCOON outdoor living module from Micasa Lab ... though just how much outdoor living you'll want to do in this cramped back-achey place ... and how much abuse from the local yoof-gangs you're willing to take. Will the spray paint and dog piss wash off, for example? Has it been Urban Tested? Or is this a purely (fictional) outback fashion item? But, you know, ideal world and all that - erm, just like the promotional photo. In fact, doesn't that promotional... more »

Japanese UFO Game Show!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
The Japanese have made UFOs fun with this new Japanese Game Show on UFOs. Click the photo below to watch the video (YouTube embedding on blogs was disabled).


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
Website for this image / *THE SUMP PLUG: Don Jimmy Gambino OBE* "Real Whitby investigative-journalists have identified eight locations in Scarborough and one in Whitby that were associated with Savile and the paedophile-ring of influential people that he operated there for over forty years. "It would appear that four of these locations are unknown to the police. The single location in Whitby still exists and is alleged to have had a whipping-post in it." North Yorkshire Police and Jimmy Savile : How much ... - Real Whitby /North Yorkshire Police and Jimmy Savile : How much did the... more »

MATT TAIBBI: SEC Rocked By Lurid Sex-and-Corruption Lawsuit

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
Move over, adulterous generals. It might be time to make way for a new sexual rats'nest – at America's top financial police agency, the SEC. In a salacious 77-page complaint that reads like Penthouse Forum meets The Insider meets the Keystone Kops, one David Weber, the former chief investigator for the SEC Inspector General's office, accuses the SEC of retaliating against Weber for coming forward as a whistleblower. According to this lawsuit, Weber was made a target of intramural intrigues at the agency (which has a history of such retaliation) after he came forward with concern... more »

Cone of Silence won’t make Albertans any less angry at expense account shenanigans

david at Alberta Diary - 10 hours ago
Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne, at right, and a representative of the media go inside the Cone of Silence to discuss the latest health care expense account revelations. Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated, but, boy, Maxwell Smart sure looks like Dalton McGuinty! Below: Premier Redford’s sister Lynn, CBC reporter Charles Rusnell and ... more »

1843 Political History Book Found with Original 13th Amendment

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.ca/2012/11/some-interesting-reading-for-americans.html MONDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2012 *Some interesting reading for Americans and Canadians* Happy Monday Everyone! Later today Aaron from Soldier Hugs and I will be releasing the third "Daniel" paper- on ETs/EDs. I'm still in the process of reading it for the second time- the first couple of pages are brain sprainers, be forewarned, lol. *[Removingtheshackles.blogspot.ca is another site carrying the Daniel papers found at soldierhugs.com and here at American Kabuki -AK]* While you are waiting for... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ *Puppet State America ~ Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ November 19, 2012 | Original Here The United States government and its subject peoples think of the US as “the world’s only superpower.” But how is a country a superpower when its entire government and a majority of the subjects, especially those members of evangelical churches, grovel at the feet of the Israeli Prime Minister? How is a country a superpower when it lacks the power to determine its own foreign policy in the Middle East? Such a country is not a superpower. It is ... more »

Britain 'wasting' £230m in aid to Nigerian schools: Pupils left to play games as teachers fail to turn up says report....But will give them another £126m Anyway

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A £230million British aid programme to boost schools in Nigeria has produced ‘no major improvement in pupil learning’, a study warns today. The Independent Commission on Aid Impact says UK-funded education programmes are struggling to make any difference to Nigeria’s chaotic education system. Britain has poured £102million into education in ten of Nigeria’s 36 states during the last seven years, and is due to spend a further £126million by 2019. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235488/Britain-wasting-230m-aid-Nigerian-schools-Pupils-left-play-games-teachers-fail-turn-says-re... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Illegal immigrants and terrorist suspects with no right to remain in Britain will be forced out of the country quicker after David Cameron said he would cut short their appeals yesterday. The Prime Minister announced plans to speed up government, including overhauling the system of judicial reviews which lawyers can use to protest against the government. The plans were billed as a way of curtailing opposition to new infrastructure projects but the vast majority of judicial reviews concern immigration cases. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235573/Cameron-stop-repeat-Hamza-f... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Sally Bercow has blundered on Twitter again by naming a runaway schoolgirl whose identity was protected by a court order. The Speaker’s wife could face a £5,000 fine for contempt of court after breaching the order which bans the naming of the girl who allegedly ran away with her teacher to France this year. Mrs Bercow’s gaffe comes just a fortnight after she used Twitter to name former Tory treasurer Lord McAlpine following a BBC2 Newsnight report which alleged a senior Conservative figure from the Thatcher era was a child abuser. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235398/Sa... more »

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

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: Street art atop a building in Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear plant, 2007. pragma / sharenator.com] 13 November 2012 (University of South Carolina) – Even the very lowest levels of radiation are harmful to life, scientists have concluded in the Cambridge Philosophical Society’s journal *Biological Reviews*. Reporting the results of a wide-ranging analysis of 46 peer-reviewed studies published over the past 40 years, researchers from the University of South Carolina and the University of Paris-Sud found that variation in low-level, natural background radiation had smal... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Two lawmakers urged the Federal Trade Commission on Monday to steer clear of expanding its authority as it investigates allegations search engine company Google violated antitrust law. The two California Democrats in the House of Representatives, who count Google as a major campaign contributor, asked the FTC not to accuse the company of "unfair" acts if it believes it broke antitrust law. Anna Eshoo, on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Zoe Lofgren, who is on the Judiciary Committee, said there were reports to suggest the FTC planned to use the unfair standard to avoid provin... more »

Sandy's impact may be worse than estimated

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A recent string of weak economic data suggests the recovery may take a much bigger hit from superstorm Sandy than first thought, but economists have yet to abandon hopes for a quick rebound. Data covering retail sales, industrial production and first-time applications for unemployment benefits have shown unexpected weakness, raising concerns among analysts that they might have underestimated the damage from the storm. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-usa-economy-storm-idUSBRE8AI12W20121119

Sarkozy ally wins French right leadership battle

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Rightist Jean-Francois Cope, an ally of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, claimed the leadership of France's main conservative party on Monday in a closely fought two-way contest marred by mutual accusations of voter fraud. Cope, already the incumbent leader of the UMP party, beat centrist former prime minister Francois Fillon by 50.03 percent to 49.97 percent, the head of an internal voting commission said - a margin of just 98 votes out of almost 175,000 cast. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-france-conservatives-vote-idUSBRE8AI0X120121119

Syria Crisis: Turkey Demands NATO Missile Shield On Border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Turkey is expected to formally request on Monday that NATO Patriot missiles be placed on its border to defend against Syrian attacks, Western officials said. Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad have been able to take large swathes of land but are almost defenceless against Syria's air force. The rebels have called for an internationally enforced no-fly zone, a measure that helped Libyan rebels overthrow their long-term leader last year. German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Germany expected Turkey to make the request to NATO for Patriot deployment on Monday a... more »

Islamists Reject Syria Rebel Group, as EU Embraces It

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Syrian Islamists fighting the Assad regime rejected a newly formed opposition umbrella group, raising questions about whether the new alliance can achieve its objective: to create a moderate force that can get funds and arms from foreign allies. The umbrella group also got a boost Monday when the European Union labeled the coalition "legitimate representatives" of the Syrian people. The move stopped short of a French push for the EU to formally recognize the group, as did France, Qatar and Turkey earlier. The National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, which w... more »

Aging Nuke Plants Add to Europe Economic Woes

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
The Arizona Republic Nov 19, 2012 p. A10 [Excerpted] the stillness at Ignalina, a Lithuanian nuclear power plant built in the 1980s Soviet era, belies an unsettling fact: There is still nuclear fuel inside of the its two reactors, three years after it was shut down due to safety concerns. A temporary storage facility for spent fuel and radioactive waste is four years behind schedule, creating a money drain at a time when the 27-nation European union grapples with a crippling economic crisis.... [end excerpt] Majia here: In the US, the NRC merely re-licenses and up-rates aging nuc... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The disastrous effects of global warming - rising sea levels, extreme heat waves, crop failures and rise in health burden - could unfold faster than predicted as the world is moving towards a 4°C rise in global temperature, a new report from the World Bank has warned. Climate scientists have projected that a 2°C rise in global temperatures above the pre-industrial levels could lead to widespread harmful effects of global warming. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2235440/Earth-moving-4-0-C-temperature-rise-climate-scientists-warn.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Moody's strips France of AAA-rating

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Moody's stripped France of its prized triple-A badge on Monday, cutting the sovereign credit rating on Europe's No. 2 economy by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa, citing an uncertain fiscal outlook and deteriorating economy. The downgrade, which follows a cut by Standard & Poor's in January, was widely expected but is still a blow to Socialist President Francois Hollande as he strives to convince the world he can fix France's public finances and stalled economy. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/france-moodys-rating-downgrade-idINDEE8AI0E820121120

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Parliament was accused of a fresh expenses cover-up last night as officials refused to release details about dozens of MPs renting second homes at taxpayers’ expense. The decision was said to have been taken on ‘security’ grounds. But the details are believed to include embarrassing revelations that several MPs are renting flats from other serving or former MPs who bought the properties on mortgages subsidised by the taxpayer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235517/Another-cover-MPs-expenses-Bercow-bars-release-landlords-details-security-grounds.html

London Has Toilets... And Rapidly Rising Property Values

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Today is World Toilet Day. Did you know there was such a thing? I didn't. Did you know more people around the world have cell phones than have toilets? I didn't either. And I've lived in places all around where the world where toilets were nonexistent. I spent 7 months in a "village" in Afghanistan's Hindu Kush where no one had ever heard of a toilet-- or toilet paper. Pretty soon I'm off to Kerala and... I have my fingers crossed. Only 63 percent of the world's population has access to improved sanitation. Not having a toilet translates into disease and illness which are respo... more »

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

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

Ground invasion of Gaza imminent?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Seven persons were killed and 35 others injured when an overhead water tank collapsed in Saibaba Nagar slum area here in the wee hours today. The overhead water tank of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) collapsed at Saibaba Nagar at around 1 AM, killing seven persons and trapping a large number of others, Bhopal Collector Nikunj Shrivastava told PTI. A number of slums situated in the vicinity of the large water tank also got damaged in the incident, he said. http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/7-killed-35-injured-in-water-tank-collapse-in-bhopal/article4110785.ece

Dengue kills 9 in Peru's Amazonian region

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Nine people died of dengue fever in Peru's Amazonian region, an epidemiology official said on Sunday. There are 1,400 dengue fever cases in the Ucayali region, located 550 km east of Lima, said Cayo Leveau, Ucayali Regional Agency's epidemiology chief. He added that 40 seriously ill patients will be moved to hospitals in the capital city. http://www.nst.com.my/latest/dengue-kills-9-in-peru-s-amazonian-region-1.173511

Mt. Rokatenda spews ash, hundreds evacuated - Indonesia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Mount Rokatenda in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), continues to spout volcanic ash. Residents living around the volcano have reportedly been evacuated to the shelter at Hewuli village administrative office in Alok Barat district. The Sikka Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) reports that 196 residents living around Mount Rokatenda had fled to Maumere city. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/11/16/mt-rokatenda-spews-ash-hundreds-evacuated.html

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
An investment banker who attached a fake bomb around the neck of a schoolgirl in a bid to extort money from her wealthy family has been jailed for at least 10 years. Paul Peters, 52, who was arrested and extradited from the United States in September last year with the help of the FBI, pleaded guilty to aggravated breaking and entering, and detaining the teenager for advantage. http://news.sky.com/story/1013742/oz-collar-bomb-attacker-jailed-for-10-years

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 03:33:52 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 09:33:52 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.655°N, 96.722°W Depth 35.2 km (21.9 miles) Region OAXACA, MEXICO Distances 10 km (6 miles) N of Ejutla de Crespo, Mexico

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 02:24:28 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:24:28 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.617°N, 106.246°E Depth 30.8 km (19.1 miles) Region NEI MONGOL-NINGXIA BORDER REGION, CHINA Distances 16 km (9 miles) N of Yinchuan, China

Straight Talk On Gaza

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I am continuing with articles pertaining to the imminent attack on the Gaza Strip by the criminal state of Israel. Such an attack will see the slaughter of thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians in what is basically an open air prison camp. It is imperative that everyone get as much truthful information about the truth about this so called "conflict", because we are being bombarded by a constant dose of pure lies from the Jewish controlled media that attempts to lay all the blame on this conflict on the Palestinians themselves! I came across a new article from Stephen Lendman... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 01:09:49 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:09:49 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 21.808°S, 70.265°W Depth 65 km (40.4 miles) Region OFFSHORE ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE Distances 31 km (19 miles) NNW of Tocopilla, Chile

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 00:59:20 UTC Monday, November 19, 2012 at 06:59:20 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.983°N, 91.768°W Depth 36.2 km (22.5 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 38 km (23 miles) SSE of Champerico, Guatemala

Truth Militia Radio with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 13 hours ago
I just finished the fifth edition of Truth Militia Radio with John Friend. My guest was Dr. Jim Fetzer of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, and we discussed 9/11 and the JFK assassination. You can download the entire show *here* or subscribe on iTunes via the *Truth Militia Radio page* on Blog Talk Radio. RIP JFK...

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake PAKISTAN - 19th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Monday, November 19, 2012 at 22:38:06 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 03:38:06 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 30.675°N, 68.046°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region PAKISTAN Distances 29 km (18 miles) W of Qila Saifullah, Pakistan

Ron Paul: ‘Secession is a deeply American principle’

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84058.html *Hear, hear.*

Global Civil Society Targets Killer Robots

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
Today, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a new report, Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots, becoming the most influential NGO to date to join an emerging call for a preemptive norm against the deployment of autonomous weapons. The International Committee for Robot Arms Control, an association of scientists and philosophers, proposed such a norm back in Continue reading


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

Dancing bear

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

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, nearly making it the record holder. This star is the brightest object located just above the gas front in the above below. *Click image for larger size. * Close inspection of images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, however, have shown that Pismis 24-1 derives its brilliant luminosity not from a single star but from three at least. Component stars would still remain near 100 solar masses, mak... more »

Restitution a significant factor in sentencing for fraud

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
McLellan, [2012] O.J. No. 5028 (C.A.): 44. However, I am satisfied that the new evidence regarding his efforts at restitution would have resulted in a reduced sentence had the trial judge been aware of this evidence. An offender's ability and willingness to pay restitution is an important consideration in the sentencing of fraud and related offences


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"I'm not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except dare to think. And to dare to go with the truth. And to dare to really love completely." - R. Buckminster Fuller

ALEC - Architect of Societal & Political Discord

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
Thirty years ago a writer for the San Francisco Examiner stated this. *The American Legislative Exchange Council according to both conservatives and liberals, is having more and more impact on the lives of American taxpayers and voters.* San Francisco Examiner, May, 1992 Thirty years ago. We didn’t listen then and for thirty years ALEC has continued their reign of terror against the American public. ALEC likes to talk a lot about “taxpayers” I saw a quote on Google the other day – where ALEC was pontificating about “taxpayers”. It made me wonder – how often do they talk about “taxpaye... more »

Iowa scientists: Climate change caused the drought

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 15 hours ago
[image: Boats sit on the dry, cracked bottom in a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Indiana, 16 July 2012. Michael Conroy / AP Photo] DES MOINES, Iowa, 19 November 2012 (CBS/AP) – Scientists are saying that due to climate change caused by greenhouse gases, Iowans should brace themselves for more bad weather like the 2012 drought. More than 130 scientists from Iowa colleges and universities said in a statement on Monday that this year's drought is consistent with a warmer climate predicted as part of global climate change, and more droughts can be expected. "In a warmer ... more »

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*More here:* http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_ISRAEL_ART_UNDER_FIRE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-11-19-16-31-12

Chet Raymo, “New Philosophy - 1”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“New Philosophy - 1”* by Chet Raymo "It is one of Albert Einstein's most-often quoted quotes: "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible." Is the world comprehensible? Apparently at least partially so. Consider the NASA solar eclipse atlas I referenced the other day. It is possible to calculate the precise locations and times for solar eclipses thousands of years into the future and past. That's comprehensibility for you. Of course, there are still things we do not comprehend, such as consciousness or the development of organisms, but ... more »

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

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 15 hours ago
The Pig & The Ghostwriter... The tale of a clairvoyant computer By Raymond Weisling This is a true story. It is about a funky Intel 386 computer that ran Windows 3.1 but had some other strange capabilities that appeared over a year or two. The setting is Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. It started, I guess around early 1994, when I formed a map production group, with four assistant graphics operators. I had a 386 DX computer left over from an earlier project, but it was not used much, primarily because I have always been a Macintosh user and Windows 3.1 was pretty awful. But... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*Post-election, who -- according to 11-year-old Emma Gertlowitz -- is White Collar's infinitely luscious Matt Bomer more likely to go out with? (a) Nate Silver, (b) Dick Morris, or (c) Karl Rove.* *"[R]ight now I bet that you could get anyone to go out with you just by saying something like 'I predicted Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois, and now I'm predicting that you'll have dinner with me.'"* *-- Emma Gertlowitz, in her letter to Nate Silver* *"If you grow up gay, or in a household that's agnostic, when most people are religious, then from the get-go, you are saying that ther... more »

on the farm

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 16 hours ago

it's not a theory

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 16 hours ago
Skinny Bob Moon Rising Solving the mystery of WTC7

The Calcutta Christian Observer, Volume 2 (1833)

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
_______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

Murray Dobbins Urges New Dems to Save Their Souls

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 16 hours ago
*The Tyee's* Murray Dobbins says the New Dems are heading in the wrong direction and only the Libs and Tories will benefit from it. Dobbins says Mulcair has it all wrong. *A couple of polls showing the federal NDP losing support to the Liberals pose some pretty fundamental questions for the party and its small 'l' liberal leader Thomas Mulcair. Does the party follow the narrow political path of the two big business parties or does it reinvent itself as a movement party and tap into the deep dissatisfaction of Canadians about the state of politics and governance in this country?* *... more »

Cowards of The Age Are Stomping Gaza To Death

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
Fact: The governments in Israel and the United States are led by cowards who only attack weak and defenceless populations as well as failed states (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Gaza). Fact: Operation Pillar of Death (the Israeli version is Pillar of Cloud) began with Israel breaking the ceasefire and assassinating the only man in Hamas who was capable of enforcing a ceasefire. Israel delivered a clear message with that assassination: We don't want peace. Fact: The world is condemning Israel's irresponsible and criminal attack on Gaza. The U.S. and Israeli governments are ... more »


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


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*Read more:* http://www.debka.com/article/22543/US-warships-turn-around-toward-Israel-for-possible-evacuation-of-Americans

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
Adendorf, Niedersachsen, Germany. Thanks for stopping by.

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

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
Memo King Chuck HuckelberryPima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry's primary PR activity occurs through the construction of memo's addressed to various department heads within his own purview. These memos, of course, wind up in the hands of specific local press outlets. Local outlets provide nice fluff pieces favoring Pima County in exchange for continued access and future reservations at Pima's own PR staff's trough after ad sales for these less than substantive reports hit the dumpster. In his latest offering, Huckelberry seems to have outdone himself with the number of di... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 17 hours ago
------------------------------ * the**REALnews Permalink* November 19, 2012 *London Protests in Solidarity with Gaza* Protestors are furious with both Israel and their own government, as the UK's foreign office supports Israeli action *Watch full multipart The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza* More at The Real News Cherchez la Verite

Politics: "Views Differ on Age of Planet"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Views Differ on Age of Planet"* by Paul Krugman "Quite a few bloggers are having fun with Marco Rubio’s bobbing and weaving in response to a question from GQ: *GQ:* How old do you think the Earth is? *Marco Rubio:* I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. ... more »

Regime Uncertainty: Some Clarifications, by Robert Higgs

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 17 hours ago
*A major reason for businesses in a depression being unwilling to invest in recovery is being scared or uncertain about what the government will do next that will damage or destroy those investments. This idea is captured in Robert Higgs’ description of “**regime uncertainty* *”—a variant of an old idea: that the willingness of businesspeople to invest requires a sufficiently healthy state of “business confidence,” and the continued and unpredictable meddling and “stimulus” of governments ravages the requisite confidence.* *Regime uncertainty pertains to more than just the govern... more »

Rove's hackers prefer to remain Anonymous

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 17 hours ago
[Original image via Crooks & Liars.] I'm late to this but you know how much I love a conspiracy theory, so archiving for future historians just in case the Mayans are wrong. It seems someone claiming to be Anonymous says they simply hacked Orca. That being Miserable Mitt's simply marvelous, almost secret, magical internet apparatus which was destined to revolutionize the ground game. Said purpose of hack being to prevent Creepy Karl from hacking the Ohio results. To be clear, I don't think this is real. Not convinced it's even the real Anonymous. Something about it feels off. But... more »
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