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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

21 November - Blogs I'm Following

Operation Payback flyer
Operation Payback flyer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
we're on the boat for the queen charlotte isla...
we're on the boat for the queen charlotte islands and i feel like burning some film (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"Santa Pacifica" taking on logs in P...
"Santa Pacifica" taking on logs in Prince Rupert, BC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dan Siegel, legal advisor to @JeanQuan told he...
Dan Siegel, legal advisor to @JeanQuan told her not to raid #occupyOakland (Photo credit: Steve Rhodes)
Skype 1.0 running on an Android 2.2 device
Skype 1.0 running on an Android 2.2 device (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
we took a ferry down the inside passage betwee...
we took a ferry down the inside passage between prince rupert and port hardy. this is the very beginning of the 16 hour trip. we had boarded the boat, but could not leave until the ferry from the queen charlotte islands arrived. i took a photo because this was the very same ferry that we took the day before. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Example of residential network including VoIP
Example of residential network including VoIP (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Image representing Skype as depicted in CrunchBase
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France Accuses America of Hacking Sarkozy's Computers

Gaza: The roots of the conflict | GlobalPost's

RT : Israeli Activism Against Occupation, Pakistan's War on Poverty, Latin American's 180:

Liberals:Obama = Conservatives: Bush. Hero worshipping fools. I used to be one.

 

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Wiretapping the web: New technology could allow governments to listen in on your Skype conversations

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 minutes ago
New eavesdropping technology could allow government agencies to 'silently record' conversations on internet chat services like Skype in real time. Until now, so called voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services have been difficult for police to tap into, because of the way they send information over the web. (but not impossible) The services convert analogue audio signals into digital data packets, which are then sent in a way that is costly and complex for third parties to intercept. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2236306/Revolutionary-technology-allow-governments... more »

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 14:46:32 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 06:46:32 AM at epicenter Location 52.439°N, 131.769°W Depth 15.5 km (9.6 miles) (poorly constrained) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 229 km (142 miles) SSW (206°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

Faith, Faith, come here.

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
No comment.... Seed Newsvine

Faster than light

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
*A thought experiment that is yet to be confirmed.* *Mr. Einstein is famous for his theories and thought experiment, one of those thought experiments led to the Theory of relativity and special theory of relativity.* *Some where along the lines don't know where or how it's said that Einstein reasoned that NOTHING can go faster than light. 186,282.3959 miles per second.* *Recently there was a news item that a humongous star is traveling across the vastness of space to the speed of 1/3 the speed of light. What forces or event flung that star or caused it to move at such an incredib... more »

Cyberwar.battle report #6....Stuxnet update

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
Give credit, where credit is due...Cryptome Who did the Stuxnet? Final Episode We have previously referred to this issue briefly before. The previous page is here: https://secure.cryptome.us/2012/09/corrupt-ir-us-12-0922.htm Unedited Press.ir video referenced below , titled "30 US spies arrested in Iran-Iran Today-06-21-2011," in two parts (edited version published in Iran): https://secure.cryptome.us/2012/09/30-us-spies-01.zip (Zipped FLV, 58MB) https://secure.cryptome.us/2012/09/30-us-spies-02.zip (Zipped FLV, 65MB) We have received new information from credible sou... more »

Anonimous infiltrators, Cyber Battle Report #5

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
*Who Got Barrett Brown Vanned?* This document was found in Jen Emick aka @AsherahResearch funpack - part of a much larger release on William Welna aka @Sanguinarious. There are 846 megs of logs from a variety of IRC networks. There are suspicions that the two were altering or fabricating logs to cover Welna's tracks or to implicate their enemies in crimes. http://www.scribd.com/doc/104103462/Emick-BK Interesting bits from this document: Anonymous infiltrator Mandy Nagy http://twitter.com/Liberty_Chick http://imgur.com/sqApS Attempting to tie Velvet Revolution to Operation Payback... more »

Cyber war update #3

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
Donate for the Cryptome archive of files from June 1996 to the present ------------------------------ 18 August 2012 *Official and Fake Leak Sites* ------------------------------ From: To Luke Allnutt Date: 10:54 AM 8/7/2012 Re: interview request Dear John Young and Deborah Natsios, I'm a journalist at RFE/RL looking at digital whistleblowing. In short, after WikiLeaks came on the scene a number of clones popped up and were heralded as the future. However, many of them are defunct today and haven't produced the fruits the boosters were expecting... more »

Genetic fountain of youth...Found

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
*About 20 years ago while writing the book "The clone Messiah." It was suggested in the book that indeed the genetic make up in the blood of Christ would have entailed a Telemere with an unsual lengh and a bulbous end cap. Meaning he would have lived a very long life and regeneration capabilities...* *This finding together with the incredible DNA repair nano biological machines means that we have found the source of our own Genetic fountain of youth.* *Ben Judea* Researchers at the University of East Anglia have found that biological age and life expectancy can be predicted b... more »

A pandemic for under a $1000

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
Pestis Found on the fleas of wild cats and rats *How easy is it to create a pandemic in this day and age?* *The authorities have reason to be as be wary. As more information becomes available to lone wolves it becomes ever more possible for a single miscreant to cause real trouble for all of mankind.* *Authors Note...While this Blog post is strictly for causing others to see and think about things that are hiding in front of our face. This particular post is rather unnerving. Because We didn't that it would be so easy and cheap to obtain the materials and equipment. The authoriti... more »

Ελληνική Τράπεζα HSBC Λίστα Λογαριασμών

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
Ελληνική Τράπεζα HSBC Λίστα Λογαριασμών Οι εικόνες αυτές δημοσιεύτηκαν από το Ελληνικό περιοδικό Hot Doc. Δείχνουν μια μερική λίστα από 2.059 τραπεζικούς λογαριασμούς τους ισχυρισμούς που πραγματοποιήθηκε κρυφά από τους Έλληνες σε ελβετικό υποκατάστημα της HSBC. These images were published by the Greek magazine Hot Doc. They show a partial listing of 2,059 bank accounts allegedly secretly held by Greeks in a Swiss branch of HSBC. *Greek HSBC Bank Accounts List* Seed Newsvine

Untitled

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
هيكل حددها الباحثون روتجرز هو بنية معقدة بدء النسخ من البكتيريا. هيكل يوفر أساسا لفهم البكتيرية بدء النسخ وتنظيم النسخي ويوفر نقطة انطلاق لتطوير مضادات الجراثيم الجديدة التي تعمل بواسطة تثبيط النسخ البكتيرية. لأن الأجهزة النسخ في البكتيريا والكائنات العليا من الناحية الهيكلية والمتعلقة ميكانيكي، وهيكل كما يوفر إطارا لفهم وتنظيم النسخ النسخي في أعلى الكائنات الحية، بما في ذلك البشر . هيكل يحدد التفاعلات التي RNA بوليميريز وجعل سيغما مع الموقع DNA لبدء النسخ، والمعروفة باسم "المروج". على وجه الخصوص، وهيكل يعرف التفاعل مع شريحة من المروج أن الحمض النووي الريبي بوليميراز و سيجما ا... more »

Seventeen Techniques used against Truth

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
What is fair in cyberwar? Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party. 1. Dummy up. If it's not reported, if it's not news, it didn't happen.http://anonanalytics.com/ 2. Wax indignant. This is also known as the "How dare you?" gambit. 3. *Characterize the charges as "rumors" or, better yet, "wild rumors." If, in spite of... more »

Top secret Drone launcher

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
Some happy fellas send this picture for us all to see... Seed Newsvine

A major cause of Global Warming?

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
3 million miles of paved roads in America 1 street light per 100' Feet. Comes to 52.8 or 53 lightpost per mile (5280 feet per mile) or 159 million of those things in America Alone. Those lights usually are on for about 11 hrs per night. How many barrels of oil is burned per night? *One single mile of road, 53 lightposts burning at 300Watts =15900 kilowatts will use an incredible.... 390 gallons of diesel oil per hour.* Do your own convertion here. www.sciencelab.com/data/conversion_calculators/energy-conversion.shtml  Typical street light....400 Watts. Sh... more »

Big Quake due in Washinton state coast Area

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
*If you watch for earthquake type patterns...You'll notice **that the Area pictured here is relatively quiet as if priming for the next big one, possibly within the next 12 months. 7.5?* *Go to the link below to see how quiet....* http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ Washington State Earthquake History Major earthquakes in Washington since 1880 (source: USGS) On December 14, 1872, a strong earthquake in the Cascade Mountains caused damage at Victoria, British Columbia, and Seattle. It was felt over a very large area, about 390,000 square kilometers, extending as far so... more »

Egg & sperm from SAME woman

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
*News you missed.* *Based on the story below It will be possible for a woman to become both the mother and father to her own child. You see scientists have regressed mature cells into Sperm and eggs. you might read the following headline from LE MOND in the years 2054. "WOMAN IS BOTH MOTHER AND FATHER TO HER CHILD". Scientists **have announced the birth of a baby girl 'Eva' conceived via regressed egg and sperm obtained from the stem cells of a single donor. An unnamed woman has subjected herself to...* *Ben Judea* Want baby mice? Grab a petri dish. After producing normal mouse ... more »

Super massive Black hole explodes

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
*The jet known as ‘PKS 0637-752’* Each bright point in the "Tail" has more mass than our own entire solar system. Contrary to popular dogma, Blackholes do explode. Ben Judea Seed Newsvine

Porque ser Pobre?

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
Quieres seguir pobre? O quieres cambiar tu vida? Son muchas las personas que visitan este lugar. Este blog se dedica a compartir la mejor informacion que se puede, con el poco tiempo disponible. La differencia entre los pobres y los que estan en mejor condicion economica es la Actitud hacia la pereza, o sea la vagancia. La Actitud, "Es mejor seguir pobre porque hacer eso es muy dificil, mejor no hago nada" Dejenme contarles una experiencia de la condicion Humana y lo fuerte que es la pereza. Al uno comvertirse en dueño de tu propio negoci... more »

Embassy attack, Suspect found

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
What was that guard doing taking pictures in the middle of a gunfight? On Tuesday, Sean Smith, a Foreign Service Information Management Officer assigned to the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, typed a message to the director of his online gaming guild: ”Assuming we don’t die tonight. *We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures*.” The consulate was under siege, and within hours, a mob would attack, killing Smith along with three others, including the U.S. ambassador. http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/ Seed Newsvine

Build a better WIKILEAK

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
John Kozlowski sends: *ShofarLeaks builds a takedown resistant whistleblower network* ShofarLeaks™ has gone public with their plans to use the technology behind ShofarDomain™ and ShofarPortfolio™ to provide a platform for whistleblowers and leak sites to distribute data, and the analysis work of others, securely and anonymously. The project is built on top of other projects to build a complete technical foundation for independent and autonomous sites. The domain name system in ShofarDomain which provides true domain name ownership rather than domain name rental also ensures tha... more »

World Ocean Currents to shift in less than....

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
The real possibility that the *world ocean currents* stop circulating for a few months or even a year while it re-routes itself is very real. Here's the kicker...It could well happen within the next 15 yrs.  Look at the evidence below This recent satellite Picture shows melt down. More explanation below http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/feature/rapid-climate-change/1 That deep water formation also called conversion point where warm water sinks to form the return point will/has changed The ice cap no longer holds back the conversion point. Result...clima... more »

Evidencia, Vitaminas REDUCEN el Cancer

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
*En las noticias que se nos escapan...* *La efficacia en los resultados o sea la razon por la cual no se obtubieron mejores resultados al final del estudio mayor notado abajo son varias. Y usted como lector tiene que tenerlas en mente.* *1) La calidad the las MULTIVITAMINAS. ** *2) La efficiencia intestifloral de los subjetos. *a* *3) le fue dañada la efficiency intestifloral de el estomago a los subjetos por el uso execesivo de los anti-bioticos?* *Conclusion de este autor es que si muchos pueden ser curados del cancer SOLO si reparan la efficiencia del estomago y consumen las multy... more »

النساء من إغراء

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
يجب أن نطلب منك حقيقية أو وهمية؟ Type text or a website address or translate a document. Cancel Example usage of "": automatically translated by Google قيقية أو كاذبة متعة منتصف الليل شيء للأكل Seed Newsvine

Η λιτότητα δεν κόβει για το κοινοβούλιο

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
μακρά προ-ψηφοφορίας συνεδρίαση που διακόπηκε, όταν ο υπουργός Οικονομικών Γιάννης Στουρνάρας ανακοίνωσε ότι οι περικοπές μισθών θα επηρεάσει επίσης κοινοβουλευτική εργαζόμενοι - που ανταποκρίθηκαν, απειλώντας να κατέβουν σε απεργία αμέσως. Ο κ. Στουρνάρας αργότερα υπενθύμισε την πρόταση, ανοίγοντας το δρόμο για την αναμενόμενη αργά το βράδυ ψηφοφορία για το νομοσχέδιο, το οποίο περιλαμβάνει σκληρές περικοπές σε συντάξεις, μισθούς και κοινωνικές παροχές. http://www.news.com.au/business/markets/greece-protests-at-austerity-vote/story-e6frfm30-1226512738709 Γεννήθηκε στις 10 Δεκεμβρ... more »

Topless protest at White House

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
Protest not shown in popular media... Nobody got arrested... Is this what the Taliban is afraid of? The Freedom to express and make a fool of yourself shall not be infringed Checking for proper protest permits... Not known if Mitchel or Barry looked out the window... More Photographers than Protesters....Hmmnnn. Passerby will never understand neither the propetst aim or the wasted time and energy... So how were they going to make the little dog go topless? Seed Newsvine

Increibles maquinas biologicas

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
Noticias que perdiste. *A ver si se puede entender esto...Lo que dicen estos cientificos es que hay unas maquina biologica que viven junto a cada cadena de nuestra ADN. Estas maquinitas son responsables del mantenimiento de nuestra ADN, ellas controlan la duplicacion, alimento de ese hilo que llamamos ADN.* *Segun ellos estas maquinitas son como microscopicas arañitas que se pasean a lo largo del hilo ADN arreglando, permitiendo y negando el paso de la proteinas que componen la ADN por consequencia puede que esas arrañitas de ARN sean responsable de nuestra salud y enfermedades en... more »

Life on other planets....

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 8 minutes ago
The search for extraterrestrial life is on full swing. We’ve sent probes just about everywhere and every nearby planet and moon. Even as we read these words our quest for life on other planets even microbial life is being done on a now dead planet, Mars. Mars has great lessons for those would be planetologists and planetary biologist. Two newly submitted studies verify 41 new transiting planets in 20 star systems. These results may increase the number of Kepler's confirmed planets by more than 50 percent: to 116 planets hosted in 67 systems, over half of which contain more... more »

EGYPT REVOLTS AGAINST MORSI

Anon at aangirfan - 13 minutes ago
*21 November 2012, Al Jazeera torched in Egypt.* Egyptians are revolting against the hated Morsi, who belongs to the CIA's Muslim Brotherhood. Pre election poll, May 4-10, 2012, University of Maryland Poll 36% Abul Fotouh moderate Islamist 28% Moussa Independent 14% Shafiq Last PM under Mubarak 8% Morsi Muslim Brotherhood By election day, the only two candidates left on the ballot were Shafiq and Morsi. Turnout was less than 20%, and Morsi won, through fraud. Morsi represents 10% of the electorate. Website for this image *Egyptian Chronicles* keeps people up to date on Egypt.... more »

Paisaje con montañas y un lago

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 16 minutes ago
[image: Paisaje de montañas y lagos] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más imágenes de lagos Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Israeli 'settlements'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 minutes ago
I keep hearing that Israel is expanding settlements in the West Bank, but is that the case? this blogger says no: 1. The last time a settlement was set up was in 1997. The last time an unofficial outpost was set up which then became a settlement was in 2003. Almost a decade. 2. There is no settlement activity in Area A. 3. There is very little settlement activity in Area B, though in a number of places along the edges of Area B there are some local cases of overstepping the line. Which means that for all the failure of the Oslo process, Israel is still respecting its transfer of co... more »

Stay tuned . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 31 minutes ago
THE MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY believes it has discovered something "earthshaking". Exactly what that something is, they're not saying right now. Check out Nancy Atkinson's account on io9, "Scientists claim to have discovered something “earthshaking” on Mars". In an interview on NPR today, MSL Principal Investigator John Grotzinger said a recent soil sample test in the SAM instrument (Sample

Gaza

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 38 minutes ago
What can we do? We can't even guarantee free and fair elections in our own country. We can't get our own government to respect the source of its own authority. How the fuck are we supposed to get our illegitimate government to do the right thing on Gaza? Instead, we have our coward Fucking Affairs Minister John Baird babbling like the idiot he is: Hamas is targeting innocent civilians with an onslaught of rockets. It’s a despicable act of terror, and yet, as Israel responds, as it has every right to, it is the target of condemnation. Canada, however, stands by Israel’s side. I hav... more »

US 'launched Flame cyber attack on Sarkozy's office'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
A French news magazine has accused the US government of hacking into the office of Nicolas Sarkozy in the final weeks of his presidency of France. L'Express said a cyber war agency whose job it is to detect and prevent hacking had found a "powerful worm" in the computers of the Elysee Palace. The palace has since confirmed a big cyber attack did take place. The US embassy in Paris "categorically denied" the US had been involved in any cyber attack on the French government http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20429704

World powers want new nuclear talks with Iran quickly

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
Six world powers are committed to holding a new round of nuclear negotiations with Iran as soon as possible, said a spokesman for the European Union's foreign policy chief, who represents the six in talks with Iran. Officials from the six countries - China, Russia, the United States, Britain, France and Germany - met in Brussels on Wednesday to plan for future contact with Iran, in an effort to make progress in the decade-long rift over Tehran's atomic work. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-iran-nuclear-statement-idUSBRE8AK0W420121121

FDA took 684 days to warn meningitis-linked firm: files

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took 684 days to issue a warning letter after uncovering serious issues at the pharmacy at the center of the deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak, newly released documents showed. The New England Compounding Center (NECC) chastised the FDA for taking so long, telling the agency its response time was nearly 18 months longer than the FDA's average response, according to letters released by a Freedom of Information Act request from Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-usa-health-meningitis-fda-idUSBRE8AK0T520121121

Men with Guns (Goma)

Adrienne LeBas at Duck of Minerva - 47 minutes ago
First off, this is my first post. Thanks to Dan and the rest of the crowd for inviting me, though I fear they – and Duck readers – may soon tire of hearing about how building effective control over a given territory is just really damn hard. But, then again, why else would one invite Continue reading

Carretera junto alas montañas en un dia nublado

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 49 minutes ago
[image: Paisajes de carreteras] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más imágenes de montañas Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Turkey asks NATO for missile defense against Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 56 minutes ago
NATO said on Wednesday it would consider a Turkish request to deploy Patriot missiles on its territory to help it defend itself against any Syrian attacks. "Ambassadors will have an initial informal discussion on the Turkish request today," a NATO official said. Turkey said the NATO ambassadors would meet shortly, while the head of NATO said the alliance would discuss the request "without delay". http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-syria-crisis-turkey-nato-idUSBRE8AK0UZ20121121

Hamaoka Reactor Damaged in Seawater Accident

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 59 minutes ago
Hamaoka reactor likely wrecked in seawater accident Nov 21, 2012 by JIN NISHIKAWA/ Staff Writer Asahi Shimbun http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211210004*[Excerpted] *A restart may be impossible at one of Japan's idled nuclear reactors without substantial repairs, after an accident during a shutdown procedure last year in which hundreds of tons of seawater flooded equipment including the central pressure vessel. Unrefined seawater contaminated sensitive appliances and subsequent inspections have found rust on many key components of the affected unit, the No.... more »

Yaqui Vicam Pueblo International Gathering for the Defense of Water

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
*Live from Vicam Pueblo, Sonora, Mexico, * *by Brenda Norrell copyright* *Censored News* *http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com* Greetings from the International Gathering for the Defense of Water, hosted by the Yaqui Traditional Authority, in Vicam Pueblo, Sonora, Mexico. The gathering, yesterday and today, Nov. 20-21, 2012, has brought together Indigenous Peoples from all areas of Mexico. In solidarity with the Zapatistas, Indigenous speakers included Yaqui leaders, and Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, one of the representatives of Mexico's Indigenous National Congress. Rivas sang a sacre... more »

Lago en otoño, un lindo paisaje natural

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Lindo lago en otoño] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más imágenes de lagos Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Did Wells Fargo Routinely Overcharge Veterans Under a Federal Loan Refinancing Program?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
Wells Fargo must face suit over veterans’ loans, judge says by David McLaughlin and David Beasley, Published: November 20 The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/wells-fargo-must-face-suit-over-veterans-loans-judge-says/2012/11/20/924b3e6c-3365-11e2-92f0-496af208bf23_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines [Excerpted] Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Wells Fargo & Co., the biggest U.S. home lender, must face a lawsuit that accuses the bank of overcharging veterans under a federal loan-refinancing program, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg in Atlanta denied Wells Far... more »

Iglesia nevada en invierno

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Iglesia navada en invierno] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más imágenes de Hermosos paisajes Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Fed Chief Coined Term Fiscal Cliff

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*That should make you reach for your wallet! Last time these guys hollered fire it cost trillions to bail out Wall Street banks. * "GOP hints of dealing to avert fiscal cliff" by Bobby Caina Calvan and Michael Kranish | Globe Staff, November 08, 2012 WASHINGTON — Anything new.... * **Nope. * An* election* that essentially *kept the status quo*.... Unless a deal is reached by year-end, a series of tax hikes and hefty spending cuts would go into effect, which some fear could lead to *another recession*....* * * **Okay, unless you are at the top end you never had a recovery. **What t... more »

Carbon tax percolates through U.S. political system – Washington state representative introduces Managed Carbon Price Act

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: A coal-fired power plant in the U.S. TIM VIZER / Belleville News-Democrat / MCT] By Kevin G. Hall 20 November 2012 WASHINGTON (McClatchy Newspapers) – The president downplays it. Insiders insist it doesn’t stand a chance. Yet as negotiations between the Obama administration and Congress take form over a deal on taxes and budgets, the idea of a carbon tax is discussed with greater frequency. Oddly enough, there’s no high-profile leader out there championing a carbon tax, yet it’s the subject of reports, conferences and a flurry of maneuvers by groups for and against it. ... more »

Bye, Bye Miss American Pie

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 1 hour ago
By Capt. Fogg Indications are that the Mayans were right and that 2012 is indeed the end of an era, not because of some change in politics or religion and not because of anything cosmic or tectonic, but because a piece of America as we knew it has died. An America, exuberant in itself, proud, forward looking, confident. Hostess bakeries died this week and not because of mismanagement but because of what America has become: timorous, ashamed of what it loves and afraid of being provincial. Our sweet land of phony authenticity. Of thee I sing. The Twinkie, the Ho-Ho, the Snowba... more »

Wednesday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
I got back from an extended trip to London last night. To all the people who hosted me for talks, entertained me, and generally made the trip both fun and productive: a big thanks! I also bought some sweet rubber ducks at the British Museum. I’m going to start repeatedly flogging the nomination process and Continue reading

Rumors at NPR: almost life found on Mars

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 hours ago
NPR offered us a provoking story yesterday: Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum For Now (audio, video) The Curiosity rover's SAM device, Sample Analysis at Mars, found something "Earth-shaking" and ready for "history books" in the Martian soil, according to John Rotzinger, the principal investigator of the whole rover mission. So chances are that it is either some embarrassing elementary error or impurity or something close to this scene: Note that not so much time ago, they wanted to claim the discovery of methane on Mars before it was shown to be methane from Florida.... more »

Rhee Announces Teachers Should Suffer During Holidays, Too

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
Exclusive: Michelle Rhee Takes Aim at Teachers During Holidays [image: Michelle Rhee] The former D.C. chancellor, leader of Michelle First, believes that if we’re going to use tenure to retain teachers, we must do it 'based on measures that matter' to Eli Broad and Bill Gates Read More >> When you get on the *Waiting for Superman* email list like I did, you get an uninterrupted supply of propaganda, with headlines, stories, and pics like the one above (slightly altered) of Eli Broad's poisonous puppet, Michelle Rhee, in one her most Hitlerian poses, complete with backlighting spots.... more »

First pictures of dead dolphins with gunshot wounds show that humans are to blame for spate of mysterious deaths on U.S. Gulf Coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
They are the horrific pictures which prove that a mysterious spate of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf Coast of America have nothing to do with natural causes. This bottlenose dolphin was found dead along the coastline of Mississippi after being shot. When investigators examined the mammal, they found a bullet inside its body. It is one of a number of dolphins which have washed ashore along the northern Gulf Coast over the past few months. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236116/First-pictures-dead-dolphins-gunshot-wounds-humans-blame.html

Money Didn't Matter This Past Election

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*So is the monied mouthpiece media spin (sigh)!* "Independent election spending had little impact" by Dan Eggen and T.W. Farnam | Washington Post, November 08, 2012 WASHINGTON — Record spending by independent groups largely defined how the 2012 elections were fought, but the *money had no discernible impact* on the outcome of most contests, according to an early analysis of ballot results and expenditures by the Washington Post. * **Yes, what difference did a few millions make?* A *clutch of conservative billionaires* and privately held corporations fueled about $1 billion in spe... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Stan Musial, 92. The good stuff: 1. Excellent article on women in politics and the remaining barriers by Kate Sheppard, but it isn't quite true that Heidi Heitkamp is the "first woman to represent North Dakota in Congress, ever." First woman elected to do so, but when Quentin Burdick died in 1992, Jocelyn Burdick served for two months. 2. Really good point about unintended consequences and Senate reform from Sarah Binder. Something I need to keep in mind more often: what we "see" happening in the Senate may not reveal to us the full options that both sides have... more »

WotW: Summarize the Web with One Mouse Click

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 3 hours ago
We've all been there – you go to a blog/website/article and you're excited to read it. Then you see how long it is. Your brain does some quick mental math: length of article x time spent reading / reward level = read? Typically this equation amounts to the common phrase, "Too Long, Didn't Read." (TLDR). All because an article is either too long – or appears too long due to poor web formatting – we would rather skip it than benefit from whatever information might be contained therein. We can't blame ourselves too much though because we're busy and there are too many things to read. W... more »

Wisconsin Republicans Already Working To Prevent Citizens From Voting

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
No doubt you heard Paul Ryan trying to deflect blame from his policy agenda for the gigantic GOP losses this month by blaming "urban people" for voting. Yes, lots of Blacks, Latinos and educated people voted, always a negative for Republicans-- although, with the sole exception of the old slaveholding states, Democrats also swept the nation's suburbs, something that doesn't fit in to Ryan's racist narrative. Nonetheless, homestate ally, Governor Scott Walker, is following up on Ryan's grousing by trying-- once again-- to disenfranchise those pesky "urban voters." Walker would like... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Inmate's death at OPP raises questions about investigation * *Drew: Saints offense and defense feeding off one another* *Lee Zurik Investigation: Payback at the RTA?* *Two Truckloads Of Supplies Donated By New Orleans Residents Arrive On Long Island* *Mayor Landrieu begins purge of homeless people from area around Superdome* *Isaac disaster spending eclipses $10 million locally* *Hydrogen sulfide gas found in sinkhole-area vent well* *The Des Moines Register editorial: Corps of Engineers needs a balanced solution*

Happy Thanksgiving Day 2012

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
** *Wishing all whom find their way to my blog this day a lovely Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 22nd. If you don't celebrate this tradition in the Land in which you live, then wishing you a lovely Thursday.* *For more information on the Thanksgiving Holiday, please click on the link provided below:* *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving*

Military cargo plane catches fire, crashes in Yemeni capital; 10 killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A small military cargo plane crashed in the Yemeni capital on Wednesday, killing all 10 passengers, the country's defense ministry said. The plane caught fire shortly after taking off from Sanaa International Airport, airport officials said. The crew tried to head back to the airport, but the plane crashed near a public market in the Hasaba area of Sanaa. The defense ministry said passengers were on a pilot training mission, with the head pilot instructing trainees from the government's armed forces. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/world/meast/yemen-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

China: Boys' deaths in bin sparks outrage

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Eight Chinese officials have been fired or suspended after five boys died in a rubbish bin after suffocating on fumes from charcoal they burned to stay warm, according to state-run media. The bodies of the boys, aged between 9 and 13, were found by a trash collector on Friday in Bijie in China's southwestern Guizhou province, Xinhua reported. They are believed to have died the night before, as rain fell and temperatures plunged to as low as six degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit). http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/world/asia/china-boys-dead-dumpster/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

friday in the u.s.: support walmart workers

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
This Friday, on the biggest shopping day of the year (also known as International Buy Nothing Day), hundreds of courageous Walmart workers will stand up to their bullying employer and demand their right to organize, free of retaliation. The workers of Organization United for Respect at Walmart - OUR Walmart - already have begun striking and demonstrating at Walmarts in 23 states. On Friday, November 23, the day after US Thanksgiving, strikes, pickets, and *in-store actions* will take place at Walmart stores throughout the United States. Walmart workers have been organizing to figh... more »

Something Stupid

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
Tom Walkom writes, in this morning's *Toronto Star*, that Stephen Harper is a victim of his own success. That was the reason he and Jim Flaherty were sending mixed messages last week. Flaherty said that the government's goal of balancing the budget by the next election would have to be postponed: In laying out all of this, Flaherty was onside with most standard economic analysis. The International Monetary Fund has warned that the teetering world economy cannot withstand too much fiscal austerity. It says that countries with some leeway — like Canada — should move cautiously to b... more »

French citizen kidnapped in Mali: security source

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A French citizen has been kidnapped in Mali near the border with Mauritania and Senegal, a Mauritanian security source and Mauritanian state media said on Wednesday. The man had crossed into Mali from Mauritania by car on Tuesday morning and had been kidnapped near the Malian town of Kayes, according to state press agency AMI. The Mauritanian security source confirmed the information, but provided no new details. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-mali-crisis-kidnap-idUSBRE8AK0M820121121

Al Jazeera studio in Cairo set ablaze after angry protest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A studio used by the Al Jazeera TV network in Cairo was set on fire on Wednesday in an attack that an employee said was carried out by a mob that had been chanting slogans against the Qatari-owned station. The studio overlooks Tahrir Square and is located near the scene of violent clashes between youths and the security forces this week in which dozens of people have been injured. Those confrontations grew out of protests to mark the first anniversary of lethal street battles in the same area. The first-floor office used by Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, a station set up after the uprisi... more »

Greece's lenders fail again to clinch debt deal for 2nd Week,.....will try again Next Week

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
International lenders failed for the second week to reach a deal to release emergency aid for Greece and will try again next Monday, but Germany signaled that major divisions remain. Several European officials played down the delay, saying the disagreements were technical and a deal would be reached when they meet again on November 26. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-eurozone-greece-idUSBRE8AK0JT20121121

saturday across canada: end the siege of gaza

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
This Saturday, across Canada and around the world, people will gather to condemn Israel's massacre of Gaza. The call: *Stop Israel's war on Gaza! Stop the killing. End the blockade. Free Palestine. Support BDS.* In Toronto: Rally & March Saturday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m. Israeli Consulate, 180 Bloor Street West TTC: St. George or Museum For listings across Canada, see the Canadian Peace Alliance. Facebook event The Canadian government has failed to condemn Israel's latest attack on Gaza. Instead, it provides Israel with the military, economic and diplomatic support necessary to car... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:40:08 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:40:08 PM at epicenter Location 8.622°S, 159.166°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOLOMON ISLANDS Distances 65 km (41 miles) SSE (167°) from Dadali, Solomon Islands

Israel Warns Journalists to Stay Away from Hamas

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The warning comes after several targeted attacks hit high-level targets seeking refuge in the same building holding journalists. The Israeli army says it "surgically targeted a Hamas intelligence operations center on 7th floor of a media building in #Gaza." The military claims a "direct hit." http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/israel-warns-journalists-stay-away-hamas_663755.html

Chaos erupts at Newark City Hall meeting; Police pepper-spray residents rushing stage

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight, with dozens of residents rushing the council stage and police responding with pepper-spray. After weeks of jockeying for Rep. Donald Payne’s successor, Booker made an unprecedented personal appearance to cast the deciding vote with his council allies for Shanique Davis Speight, a longtime ally of power broker Stephen Adubato, over the angry objections of residents. "In the absence of a quorum, I have an obligation to sit in," Booke... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF SUMBA, INDONESIA - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:26:24 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:26:24 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 11.622°S, 119.657°E Depth 26.1 km (16.2 miles) Region SOUTH OF SUMBA, INDONESIA Distances 167 km (103 miles) SSW of Lailunggi, Indonesia

President Obama Gives Pakistan And Yemen Permission To Attack United States?

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
Sunday morning in Thailand, President *Barack Obama* exchanged the usual pleasantries and gave the usual declarations to the press one would expect when a president begins a three-day tour of Southeast Asia. When asked about the ongoing (and growing) Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the president gave a full-throated defense of Israel’s decision to launch military strikes on Gaza in return for Palestinian rocket attacks. But *Reason*‘s *Mike Riggs* noticed something particularly hilarious/sadabout the president’s remarks: Obama accidentally satirized himself and American foreign policy... more »

The general costs principle of ‘loser pays’ applies in estate litigation

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
*Salter v. Salter*, 2009 CanLII 28403 has a useful comment on costs in estate litigation matters (note, I have not "loser pays" applied frequently in estate matters but the case is a useful citation for the principle): “From a year of acting as administrative judge for the Toronto Region Estates list I have concluded that the message and implications of the *McDougald Estate* case are not yet fully appreciated. A view persists that estate litigation stands separate and apart from the general civil litigation regime. It does not: estates litigation is a sub-set of civil litigation. ... more »

Puppet State America

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
Global Research Dr. Paul Craig Roberts 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 a puppet state. In the past few days we have witnessed, yet again, the “American superpower” grove... more »

I am Panda!

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

George Brown grads win class-action suit over misleading course description

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
*It is quite extraordinary for a college or university to be held liable -- this is a remarkable case: * * *Full story A group of graduates has won a class-action suit against George Brown College for a course description that promised three credentials it was not qualified to deliver. Of 118 students represented in the case, two-thirds came from other countries and paid $11,000 in tuition each for the eight-month International Business Program, which delivered none of the three added industry qualifications — international trade, custom services and international freight forwardi... more »

Bye bye Mummy

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 4 hours ago
In loving memory of my mother, Vera Margaret Brain, who has just died suddenly. The doctor said it must have been instantaneous, probably as she was having an afternoon nap. It's not quite 12 hours since we found her body. My thanks to the ACT Police, whose kindness and professionalism made a very real difference.

Obama's 'Constituency Groups' Checklist Offers No Options for Whites or Men?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Fresh off his reelection, President Barack Obama is asking his supporters to complete a survey that asks the people being polled to check off which “constituency groups” they identify with – there are 22 groups listed but not one for “whites” or “men.” The post-election survey, distributed through www.barackobama.com to “take this organization forward,” includes the question, “Which constituency groups do you identify yourself with? Select all that apply.” It then lists 22 groups. But whites and men are not on the list – women are, as are African Americans, Arab-Americans, Latinos ... more »

What's Next For Mitt Romney?

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
*“We’ve seen, for the most part, the last of Mitt Romney.” * *Good.* One man openly wept.... There is no more battery of aides making sure he has the peanut butter and honey to make his beloved sandwich. Instead, some Republicans speculate he’ll return to being an *outcast in his own party* and could relocate to the West Coast to start anew without the harsh glare of the national political spotlight. --more--" "For Romney camp, a high-tech meltdown on Election Day; Online voter-turnout setup crashed Tuesday" by Michael Kranish | Globe Staff, November 10, 2012 WASHINGTON — Mitt... more »

Twitter status

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
Apparently my account has now been un-suspended but I still can't access it. Updates as and when.

Post-Election Aftermath: The Changing Face of the GOP

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
*Maybe it's time to give the Ron Paul people a chance, 'eh?* "Republicans ponder party’s future course" by Christopher Rowland | Globe Staff, November 08, 2012 Republican time to ruminate on *what has gone wrong*.... The Republican Party’s *aching hangover* after Tuesday’s defeat of presidential nominee Mitt Romney and failure to capture the Senate has spurred a round of existential introspection and debate about the future of the party. On immigration, abortion, and even tax policy, some ­Republicans worry, the party is *losing touch* with the *mainstream of the US electorate*.*... more »

Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff." Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily. http://nationaljournal.com/congress-legacy/federal-workers-to-congress-leave-us-out-of-deficit-deal-20121120

FRANCE ACCUSES USA OF HACKING

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The United States used U.S.-Israeli spy software to hack into the French presidential office earlier this year, the French cyberwarfare agency has concluded, according to the newsmagazine l'Express. The magazine reported late Tuesday that the computers of several close advisers to then-president Nicolas Sarkozy – including Chief of Staff Xavier Musca – were compromised in May by a computer virus that bears the hallmarks of Flame, which was allegedly created by a U.S.-Israeli team to target Iran's nuclear program. Anonymous French officials pointed the finger at the United States. “... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SEA OF OKHOTSK - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:44:32 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 09:44:32 PM at epicenter Location 51.485°N, 150.750°E Depth 522.3 km (324.6 miles) Region SEA OF OKHOTSK Distances 386 km (240 miles) WNW (285°) from Severo-Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

Bomb kills three soldiers in Pakistan, toll "likely to rise"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A bomb killed three soldiers in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday and security officials said the death toll was likely to rise. Officials said the bomb exploded near a security vehicle escorting schoolchildren. About 10 people were seriously wounded. A Reuters reporter saw the corpses of three soldiers under the vehicle as it burned. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-pakistan-violence-idUSBRE8AK0HA20121121

Syrian jets bomb Damascus suburb for second day

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Syrian warplanes bombed a Damascus suburb on Wednesday, opposition activists said, as heavy fighting raged for the second day on the outskirts, challenging President Bashar al-Assad's hold on the capital. MiG fighter jets hit the suburb of Daraya, situated amid farmland near the main southern highway, where rebels have been battling elite Republican Guard units that have deployed around the town, a major opposition centre of the 20-month revolt. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-syria-crisis-damascus-idUSBRE8AK0HX20121121

Greek deal fails again

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago

Congo rebels plan to "liberate" country after Goma falls

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Rebel forces in eastern Congo said on Wednesday they planned to take control of the whole of the vast central African country after they captured the eastern town of Goma while United Nations peacekeepers looked on. A spokesman for the M23 rebels, a group widely believed to be backed by Rwanda, said they planned to "liberate" the country, by moving to the town of Bukavu and then marching on the capital, Kinshasa, nearly 1,000 miles away. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-congo-democratic-idUSBRE8AI0UO20121121

Hector Camacho Shot In Face

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Three-time boxing world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho could be left paralysed after he was shot in the face while sitting in a car. Another man died in the attack after at least one gunman opened fire on the vehicle in the city of Bayamon, according to a statement from police. Camacho, 50, was rushed to San Juan's Centro Medico trauma centre, where he was in critical but stable condition and expected to survive, Dr Ernesto Torres said. http://news.sky.com/story/1014386/ex-boxing-champ-hector-camacho-shot-in-face

Israel: Explosion On Tel Aviv Bus Hurts Ten

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
At least 10 people are thought to have been injured in an explosion on a bus in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Israeli media reported that the blast was caused by a bomb. Television footage showed pictures of a smoke-filled bus, with its windows broken. The blast happened across from the military headquarters in Israel's second largest city and commercial capital. Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the explosion was a "terrorist attack". http://news.sky.com/story/1014448/israel-explosion-on-tel-aviv-bus-hurts-ten

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 09:59:42 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 05:59:42 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 8.873°S, 118.575°E Depth 129 km (80.2 miles) Region SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA Distances 13 km (8 miles) SSW of Tolotangga, Indonesia

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 09:17:42 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:17:42 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.586°S, 151.760°E Depth 89.9 km (55.9 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 147 km (91 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

1957 Anti-American Riots

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 6 hours ago
A friend of mine passed me these photos off of eBay from the Baltimore Sun (thanks, M). They are pictures of the US embassy in Taipei after the destructive 1957 riots. Others are here, here, and here. The riots were apparently stage-managed. This site has the story. ________________ *Daily Links*: - Tour guides protest low pay for guiding Chinese tourists. This is a manifestation of one of the most problematic aspects of the Chinese tourism "boom" -- it exists largely on paper. - Japanese scholars say they have detected high radiation on Orchid Isla imes - Taipei T... more »

Gaza 'will not be liveable by 2020' - UN report (Aug 2012)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The Gaza Strip will not be "a liveable place" by 2020 unless action is taken to improve basic services in the territory, according to a UN report. Basic infrastructure "is struggling to keep pace with a growing population", the UN Country Team (UNCT) in the occupied Palestinian territory said. It estimates Gaza's population will rise from 1.6m to 2.1m by 2020. Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza after the Islamist movement Hamas seized power in the coastal territory in 2007. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19391809 UN GAZA 2020 Report in FULL

Blueneck Massachusetts

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 6 hours ago
“The fact is Massachusetts is not a particularly good training ground for running for president.... Massachusetts has *become something of a backwater*.... Massachusetts wasn’t ­always jinxed.... --more--"

How Cornflower Eases Anxiety and Improves Immune Function by Susan Patterson

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
Source: http://woodlanddiary.blogspot.se/2011/06/cornflowers-and-old-diaries.htmlPretty and Practical Herb: How Cornflower Eases Anxiety and Improves Immune Function by Susan Patterson Natural Society, 20 November 2012 The stunning sky-blue cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) native to the near East and frequently seen in gardens throughout Europe and temperate regions of North America is a common wildflower with amazing health promoting properties. Known as ‘bachelors button’ this attractive plant has been prized for its medicinal properties for centuries. Cornflower is an easy-to... more »

DOWD AND DOWDINPANTZ: This too was bogus!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2012* *Part 4—The way the news looked in real time:* Once again, this is the analysis to which we were treated on Sunday: *When Susan Rice appeared on those Sunday shows, she should have used her security clearance to obtain, and then release, classified information!* And not only that: *She should have agreed with the rather wild statement made by that Libyan pol! * U.S. intelligence hadn’t established the claim the Libyan pol was making; as far we know, they still haven't. But so what? Rice should have agreed with him anyway! On their face, these judgm... more »

EU set for Budget cut, but Britain will still end up paying more to Brussels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
David Cameron is winning crucial support in his fight for a real-terms cut in the EU budget – but risks a hollow victory as Britain’s annual contributions increase regardless. The Prime Minister is understood to be reconciled to a rise in the UK’s annual payments to Brussels, thanks to Labour’s decision to give up part of the budget rebate negotiated by Margaret Thatcher in 1984. He faces a battle at a crunch EU summit tomorrow to fend off demands for Britain to give up still more of the deal, struck after Mrs Thatcher produced evidence that Britain’s relative payments were far hig... more »

How the UK is STILL run by private school elite: Study shows 80 per cent of those who hold key positions in British society received privileged education

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
At least eight in ten of the most influential people in Britain went to private or selective school while 44 per cent of those at the top arts, business, education, civil service and the media attended a fee-paying school. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235719/Britain-run-private-school-elite-study-shows.html

Pepsi found to be in breach of advertising rules after refusing to pay competition 'winner'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Pepsi was found to be in breach of advertising rules when the drinks giant refused to pay an angry competition ‘winner’ who claimed to have won hundreds of random £500 cash prizes. The promotion on bottles and cans of Pepsi offered the chance to win £500 every hour by emailing or texting the last four digits of the barcode on the product. The customer ‘won’ hundreds of times, but complained to watchdogs when soft drink giant PepsiCo said they would only pay up one £500 prize per entrant. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236174/Pepsi-breach-advertising-rules-refusing-pay-comp... more »

INNOCENT PATSY HANGED

Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
1. *Kasab - innocent patsy.*Ajmal Kasab, the innocent patsy framed for the Mumbai Attacks of 2008, has been hanged. The Mumbai Attacks were designed to get India and Pakistan into a war. *David Headley.* The Mumbai attacks were organised by an American, David Headley, who worked for the US government, presumably as a CIA asset or agent. There is evidence of involvement by Israelis and officials of the Indian and Pakistan governments. *HEADLEY'S JEWISH LINKS* India, like Pakistan, is a corrupt, feudal, fascist state. It is run by politicians in league with the C... more »

Gunmen drag body through the streets of Gaza WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Six men accused of being 'Israeli spies' were dragged through the streets of Gaza City and executed in front of a chanting mob today as Israel warned Palestinians to evacuate some areas of the territory in apparent preparation for a ground invasion. Witnesses said the six were taken to an intersection in the north of the city where they were summarily shot for providing intelligence that helped Israel pinpoint key figures in Hamas and the Islamic Jihad targeted by their warplanes. The names of the men are said to have been scrawled on the road after they had been questioned by Ha... more »

Anger as sex abuse report 'turns blind eye to Asian gangs Praying on White girls' despite admitting they account for QUARTER of all cases

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The author of report into gang sex abuse today hit back at government criticism of her findings that there was no particular problem among Asian groups. The study by deputy children’s commissioner Sue Berelowitz came to the controversial conclusion, despite figures in her own report revealing that more than a quarter of perpetrators of gang-based child abuse known to the authorities are Asian. Senior Whitehall figures have branded the report 'hysterical' and 'highly emotional'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236045/Anger-sex-abuse-report-Sue-Berelowitz-turns-blind-eye-Asi... more »

Britain set to be lashed by floods and strong winds as alerts warn that downpours will affect several counties

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Parts of Britain were put on flood alert today with heavy rain due in the coming days, the Environment Agency has warned. Forecasters are predicting that up to four inches of rain will fall in south-west England and south-east Wales before the weekend. With the downpours falling on already saturated ground, there is a risk that river and groundwater flooding will occur in several counties. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2235946/Britain-set-lashed-floods-strong-winds-alerts-warn-downpours-affect-counties.html

Tel Aviv University charging foreign students twice for dorm rent

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Tel Aviv University charges students in its school for overseas students double the amount Israeli students pay to live in its dormitories. Overseas students pay nearly NIS 2,400 a month for their share in a double room and nearly NIS 3,200 for a single room while Israelis pay about NIS 1,200 a month to share a room with a roommate. In the introductory materials the university sends to overseas students it recommends that they stay in the dorms on campus and says that renting a room in an apartment off campus with one or two roommates would cost between NIS 2,500 and NIS 3,600 per m... more »

Poland Thwarts Terror Attack on Top Leaders

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A Polish university researcher driven by nationalistic and anti-Semitic hatred was arrested for planning to detonate a four-ton bomb in front of the Parliament building in Warsaw with the president, prime minister, government ministers and lawmakers inside, authorities said Tuesday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the suspect and his plot were discovered as investigators looked into Polish links to the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. Polish security officials have said that Breivik bought small amounts of material for his bomb-making in Poland. The foiled attack come... more »

Syrians may be better off without cheerleaders

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Having spent a year trying to make their favoured opposition group, the Syrian National Council, into a government in exile, the United States and other western countries have abandoned these attempts and hammered together the unwieldy-sounding National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. It is barely a week old but, with schoolboy enthusiasm and indecent haste, France and, as of Tuesday, Britain, have recognised it as the "sole legitimate representative" of the Syrian people. So is significant military assistance on the way? The common assumption is that the rebels m... more »

Merkel ally rules out "haircut" after Greek deal failure

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A senior lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives warned on Wednesday against any write-down of public holdings of Greek debt, saying it would send a fatal signal to other bailout countries and fail to address the roots of Greece's woes. Greece's international lenders, who met in Brussels late on Tuesday, failed for the second week running to agree how to get the country's debt down to a sustainable level and will have a third go at resolving their most intractable problem in six days' time. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-germany-greece-idUSBRE8AK0BT2012... more »

Papers refuting black hole firewalls spread

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
Some research activity following the provoking black hole firewall claim by AMPS (Polchinski et al.) continues. The papers that say – or pretty much say – that black holes don't have any firewalls at/near the event horizon start do prevail. It's interesting to mention that Samir Mathur's idea of fuzzballs used to look as an early predecessor of "firewalls". Many of us were slightly skeptical because it looked like Mathur was saying that the black hole interior never looks empty. But he never did. While the interior has a complicated structure if you can measure all the degrees of f... more »

Explosion in Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago

Rebel training in Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago

Food banks alarmed as drought dents supplies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has weakened the safety net for the 50 million Americans who struggle to get enough to eat, and the nation's food banks are raising the alarm as the holiday season gets into full swing. Demand for food assistance - unrelenting as the U.S. economy slowly recovers from the worst recession since the Great Depression - ticks higher during the winter holidays. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-usa-hunger-holiday-idUSBRE8AK08Q20121121

Asian shares, euro fall on uncertainty over Greek bailout

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The euro skidded on Wednesday and Asian shares fell after European officials failed to reach a deal on another bailout for Greece, a day after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke highlighted the dangers of a U.S. fiscal crisis. U.S. stock futures eased 0.4 percent, pointing to a weak Wall Street open. Financial spreadbetters predict London's FTSE 100 .FTSE, Paris's CAC-40 .FCHI and Frankfurt's DAX .GDAXI would open down as much as 0.2 percent, following weakness in Asia. .L .EU .N The euro slumped 0.5 percent to $1.2752, extending losses and retreating from Tuesday's two-week hig... more »

Gaza shakes, Israelis killed as Clinton seeks truce

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A general view of destroyed government offices is seen after what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City November 21, 2012. Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border. Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that can hold back Israel's ground troops. Egypt's new Islamist government is mediating talks and had floated hopes for a ceasefire by late Tuesday bet... more »

Gaza Ceasefire Delayed As Israel intensifies its bombardment of Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A ceasefire between the Israelis and the Palestinians in Gaza has been delayed – but a diplomatic push is under way to try to stop the fighting. On Tuesday night, Hamas official Ayman Taha said an Egyptian-brokered truce had been finalised and would take effect from 10pm. But a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the announcement was premature. The United States has now stepped in, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meeting Mr Netanyahu in Jerusalem. http://news.sky.com/story/1014294/gaza-ceasefire-delayed-as-shelling-continues

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:05:50 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 05:05:50 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.063°S, 154.425°E Depth 243.2 km (151.1 miles) Region BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 168 km (104 miles) ESE of Taron, PNG

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 05:13:43 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:13:43 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.409°N, 90.889°W Depth 41.9 km (26.0 miles) Region CHIAPAS, MEXICO Distances 28 km (17 miles) WSW of Benemerito de las Americas, Mexico

The (almost) New iMac

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
The refurbished iMac arrived from Apple computer today. I cannot see a single blemish on this thing it looks in perfect condition. Nice huge screen too! Thank you all for your help with this replacement for the dead PC! This is so much nicer to work with and takes up a lot less space. Still organizing the desk and moving files on to this thing. That will take a while.

Artifact on Mercury

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This folks is an artifact. It is also not an artifact of digital processing flaws either because aspects along the perimeter are not natural to the terrain either. That is besides the obvious that it is a clear rectangle with some variation likely reflecting engineering choices. We have had other prospective artifacts but nothing this explicit. What this is is a huge deliberate excavation that drops some distance into the crust. The purpose is obvious in that such a construct opens a large area on the bottom that receives only a fraction of the cosmic flux allowing ... more »

Four Story Vertical Farm

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
It will be interesting to see just now these efforts really work out. It is hard to see it as the highest and best use of urban land for example. Yet if the need exists deliberate allocation may be worthwhile. Yet it is still some version of green house technology that optimizes energy inputs to maximize output. It is always about the economics and I suspect the jury remains out. *4 Story tall Vertical Farm that is up to ten times more productive than regular farms* *NOVEMBER 08, 2012* * http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/11/4-story-tall-vertical-farm-that-is-u... more »

Carbon Dioxide Seive Developed

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Separating any molecule is always a huge problem often difficult at the best and often costly in terms of energy. A sieve is always the best choice if it is available because little energy is needed. Separating CO2 is critical in many chemical processes, not least in dealing with natural gas. This technology will impact broadly throughout all aspects of the chemical industry. Even pollution control for smoke stacks can be tackled with this trick. Just stripping CO2 allows the remainder to be pumped back into the burn to complete oxidation. It will be interesting t... more »

Largest Quantum Number for Entanglement

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
It appears from this that entanglement will become useful as we learn to work with it. This is an impressive result. It any thing, we have a problem using the baggage of classical wordage to describe it. Toss all that out and we have partially bounded curvature behaving in a synchronized manner across possibly time and space. This is the real beginning of research into photon behavior and structure. For what it is worth, with my new metric it is possible to precisely model the surfaces that form photons, at least in theory, although we are dealing with huge synchronize... more »

Science Academies and the L'Aquila Earthquake Trial

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 9 hours ago
The science academies of the US and UK have responded very differently than several of their European counterparts to the recent verdict in an Italian court against government scientists involved in the L'Aquila affair. The French, German and Italian academies have adopted a much more sophisticated -- and ultimately more constructive -- approach to understanding the implications of the lawsuit for the practice of science advice in government. This contrasts with the ill-informed snap judgement offered by the US and UK academies. This post provides some details on the different app... more »

Twitter account suspended - please assist

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
It seems that overnight my Twitter account has been suspended, I presume because some pro-Palestinian (for which you can read anti-Israel and maybe anti-Semitic) people have complained about me tweeting the truth about Israel and the Palestinians. I have appealed: 'I have tried to access my twitter account this morning but have found that it has been suspended. Why has this happened? My twitter account is important to me as an adjunct to my blog. I do not spam, tweet threats, swear or anything else that should result in my account being suspended.In fact I am generally over-reasonab... more »

Why tossing Alauddin Merali under the bus may not have been a good idea

david at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
Health Minister Fred Horne contemplates the Ghost of Firings Past. Or, wait, maybe that’s Michael Giuffre with the Ghost of Pre-Election Advertising Campaigns Past. Whatever, it’s not as grim as the Ghost of Elections Yet to Come, and players in Alberta’s health care system may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Allaudin Merali, Sheila Weatherill, ... more »

Here's a Dandy Idea

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
We have a number of more-or-less progressive blog aggregators. It is possible that these bloggers, collectively, play some role in progressive politics, shed some useful light on progressive issues. From time to time some of us send letters, e-mails or other communications to our supposedly progressive legislators and leaders raising what are often important questions and inviting responses. It seems, however, that almost invariably, these queries go without response. Here's an idea that may spur those who aspire to leadership positions to actually respond. Whether it's LibLogs... more »

Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation 11/20/2012

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
* * * * *Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation 11/20/2012* 9 Muluc, 17 Xul, 9 Eb Dratzo! We return with news about what is happening on your world. As part of our more direct involvement in Earth affairs, we are asking our allies to begin a blackout period to prevent dissemination of information about the completion of the various projects that we are monitoring, and this blackout's duration cannot be discussed. What we wish to ascertain is why these leaks are occurring. The various cabal-controlled governments use their communication te... more »

The true nature of Israel and her enablers

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 10 hours ago
Gilad Sharon, son of war criminal and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, writing in *The Jerusalem Post*: *We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn't stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren't surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.* * * *There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing.* *Jewish Telegraph Agency*, “Israeli peace activist says Hamas’ Jabari received truce document – and Israel knew”: Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin said that *hours before Israel assassinate... more »

anatomically acurate - Michael Reedy

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 10 hours ago
there are better photo-realist artists, but none do what artist/professor Michael Reedy does; literally strip the skin from and visually dissect the life models in his graphically alluring paintings. *Michael Reedy* *Associate Professor Eastern Michigan University Full Time / Tenure Foundations Drawing I & II, Intermediate Drawing, Advanced Drawing I & II, Beginning Life Drawing, Intermediate Life Drawing, Advanced Life Drawing I & II, Introduction to Art.* Looking at his other work on the website, you'll see that his BACKGROUNDs and MINOR CHARACTERs are treated with as much consi... more »

My (Now Open) Letter to Trudeau the Lesser

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Here is the text of an e-mail I sent today to Justin Trudeau, MP. *I am troubled by your support of the bitumen industry, generally, and the Nexxen deal in particular. Are you aware that, if we are to have any hope of staying within the 2C warming limit, fully 80% of known fossil fuel reserves will have to be left in the ground? It’s your own children’s future that hangs in the balance. * *The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report yesterday that made a chilling point. Anyone 27 and under has never experienced a month in which global temperatures were belo... more »

Ending The Financial And Information Siege of America And Planet Earth

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*America is under an information siege.* "I believe very much that secrecy is the main cause of most social evils. I think information is the most precious commodity in the world. As a matter of fact, I think that information is the source of all wealth. The classical economic theory is that wealth is created by land, labor and capital. But if you have a piece of land, and you've got capital, and you hire labor, and you drill for oil, and there's no oil there--you won't get rich. What makes somebody rich is drilling for oil where there is oil, and that's based on having correct ... more »

Maybe Time Does Heal All Wounds

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
There may be hope that the current younger generation can clean up a lot of messes that have bedeviled their elders and will otherwise be dropped in their laps. For example, it is hoped that young Republicans, who grew up never really knowing Ronald Reagan as a demi-god, will ditch the corporatism of the radical Right and the Tea Party lunacy and restore moderate conservatism to the GOP. And, in Gaza, there are signs that a youth movement is surfacing that is fed up with both sides, Israeli and Hamas, that have plagued their lives and their future. *Gaza Youth's Manifesto for Chan... more »

Public Works Canada Placed on Probation?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
How does the federal government, in the form of Public Works Canada, get put on probation? Public Works and Government Services Canada has pleaded guilty under the Canada Labour Code in the gruesome, October 19 death of 51 year old Peter Kennedy. Kennedy, an engineer at the Ottawa River, Cliff Central Heating & Cooling Plant, was trying to fire up a boiler than had undergone asbestos removal. It exploded, engulfing him in steam and hot gasses. He later died. *PWGSC pleaded guilty to counts under the Canada Labour Code including failing to have a health and safety policy and provi... more »

How to Make A Little Girl Happy

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
Take two little girls, dress one up as Snow White and the other as Pocahontas. Add a dash of Finding Nemo, especially Bruce. Make sure Mickey Mouse makes an appearance. Dance through a fairy tale with their favorite princesses. Add a little Yee-Haw with Jessie, Woody and Buzz. Watch a ginormous whale swallow Pinocchio. See Mulan go from spilling tea to chopping her hair and becoming a solider. Work out with the Incredibles... and feel the love tonight. Needless to say the girls were thrilled with Disney on Ice. I think we have decided to make it an annua... more »

Lamar W. Hankins : 'Death with Dignity' Defeated

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 11 hours ago
Image from WNYT.com. 'Death with Dignity' defeated: Freedom denied by Massachusetts voters If I decide that it is time for my life to come to an end for reasons important to me, that should be my decision. By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / November 21, 2012 "The greatest human freedom is to live, and die, according to one's own desires and beliefs. From advance directives to

Sergeant John Russell accused of Iraq shooting "psychotic": doctor

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A U.S. soldier accused of killing five fellow servicemen at a military combat stress center in Baghdad in 2009 was psychotic and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder during the shooting frenzy, a top U.S. forensic psychiatrist testified on Tuesday. Sergeant John Russell, 48, is accused of going on a shooting spree at Camp Liberty, near the Baghdad airport, in an assault the military said at the time could have been triggered by combat stress. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-usa-iraq-trial-idUSBRE8AK04U20121121

Euro zone, IMF fail to strike Greek debt deal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Greece's international lenders failed for the second week running to agree how to get the country's debt down to a sustainable level and will have a third go at resolving their most intractable problem in six days' time. After nearly 12 hours of talks through the night during which myriad options were discussed, euro zone finance ministers, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank failed to reach a consensus, without which emergency aid cannot be disbursed to Athens. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-eurogroup-idUSBRE8AJ0NI20121121

Police chief killed in Libya's Benghazi

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A top security official in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was killed in front of his home overnight on Wednesday, security officials said, in the latest violence to plague the cradle of the North African country's revolt. Faraj al-Deirsy, head of Benghazi police, died from multiple gunshot wounds, police and interior ministry sources said. "This happened in front of his house when unknown attackers opened fire and hit him before fleeing," a police source. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/us-libya-security-idUSBRE8AK03N20121121

Mount Tongariro no longer spewing ash, New Zealand

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
This afternoon's small eruption at the Te Maari crater on Mount Tongariro appears to be over, GNS Science reports. Accordingly, GNS scientists have now decreased the Aviation Colour Code from Red to Orange, signalling that ash is no longer being emitted. However, minor eruptive activity continues and the Volcanic Alert Level remains at 2. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/mount-tongariro-no-longer-spewing-ash-5230221

Iran's Fordo Nuclear Complex Reaches Capacity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Iran has finished installing all the critical equipment at a deep underground site where it is producing nuclear fuel that could quickly be converted to use in a nuclear weapon, international inspectors reported on Friday. But they said Iran has yet to ramp up production, leaving several months for President Obama and his allies to work on a diplomatic solution that could avoid a military confrontation. The report, by the International Atomic Energy Agency, also said that satellite photographs show Iran has worked for months to alter another site that the agency has long suspected ... more »

Gaza conflict tests Israeli defense system......Is this being tested for the War with Iran?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A missile defense shield jointly developed by the United States and Israel is intercepting nearly 90 percent of Palestinian rockets that appear to be a threat to populated areas, Israel claimed Friday while making clear that it is not now seeking U.S. military help. The conflict that began Wednesday is the largest test yet of the Iron Dome missile defense system designed to protect southern Israeli towns from rockets fired from the bordering Palestinian territory of Gaza. Its limits were evident Friday, when two Palestinian rockets were fired toward Jerusalem, beyond the zone regula... more »

Fat Duck chefs killed in Hong Kong car accident

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Two chefs from Heston Blumenthal's restaurant The Fat Duck have been killed along with their taxi driver in a collision with a bus in Hong Kong. The pair, who are yet to be identified, were travelling in the Chai Wan district when a bus travelling downhill collided with the oncoming vehicles. The Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, confirmed both men were senior members of staff. Hong Kong Police Force said the bus driver, 57, had been arrested. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-20410800

Afghan loses death penalty appeal over French deaths

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A military court has rejected an appeal by an Afghan soldier sentenced to death for killing five French troops in an insider attack in January, an official said Monday. So-called green-on-blue attacks have spiralled this year, with a total of 61 NATO troops killed by members of the Afghan security forces, fuelling distrust between the allies in the war against Taliban Islamist insurgents. The French casualties prompted France to withdraw combat forces from Afghanistan earlier than planned. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hDKcCDBLMmKH9rqbiqpX0BrWJIaQ?docId=CNG.6f6... more »

Attacker stabs guard at US embassy in Tel Aviv: police

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A man apparently suffering from mental health problems stabbed a security guard at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and was apprehended, police said. "A Mazda car stopped next to the U.S. embassy and a man got out carrying a red bag and a pitchfork," said David Cohen, 48, who told Reuters he witnessed the incident while jogging along Tel Aviv's Mediterranean promenade. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-israel-usa-embassy-idUSBRE8AJ0GJ20121120

Wen Jiabao adamant on South China Sea claim

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has made a strong defence of his country's claim to almost all of the South China Sea after a summit of world leaders ended in bitter disagreement over how to ease tensions in the strategic and resource-rich waterways. "China's act of defending its sovereignty is necessary and legitimate ... and we have properly handled the incidents that were not of the making of China," Mr Wen told 17 other leaders on the final day of the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, according to Chinese vice foreign minister Fu Ying. US president Barack Obama told the leaders to rein... more »

Congo: UN security council condemns Goma takeover by M23 rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The United Nations security council has unanimously condemned the seizure of the Congolese city of Goma and asked the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, to report on what external support the rebels have received. Diplomats at the United Nations and regional mediators in Central Africa sought on Wednesday night to ward off a deeper conflict after rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda captured the eastern Congolese city. Uganda's president is trying to broker a meeting between the leaders of Congo and Rwanda in Kampala. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/21/congo-united... more »

Mount Tongariro volcano erupts in New Zealand

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A New Zealand volcano used as a backdrop to "The Lord of the Rings" films erupted on Wednesday, sending a column of ash two kilometres (1.2 miles) above the North Island, scientists and witnesses said. The official GNS Science monitoring service issued a potential threat alert after the 1:25 pm (0025 GMT) eruption at Mount Tongariro, which became active in August this year after lying dormant for more than a century. While a nearby highway was closed as a precaution, Civil Defence authorities described the eruption as minor and told local residents they could expect light ashfall, ... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 12 hours ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful: - The #CTWW Gang - The Honor Society - My Final Thoughts on Our Last Challenge - A question rather than a challenge Last week we focused on reducing. What I found interesting about this challenge is that no matte... more »

Is Marco Rubio Really A Bigger Idiot Than Mark Pryor?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
All day yesterday people were making fun of Marco Rubio for his idiotic comments to *GQ* about how old the earth is. Basically, he didn't want to get into that debate-- "I'm not a scientist"-- because Hate Talk Radio, Fox News and the Bronze Age religionist fanatics who control much of his political party will not countenance anyone veering from their fairytale about how the Earth was created in 6 days 5 thousand years ago. Personally, I was more interested in his unlikely comments about Public Enemy, Tupac and Pitbull: But as Krugman pointed out on his *Times* blog a few hours la... more »

Greek Debt Solution Eludes Euro Ministers After 11-Hour Talks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
European finance ministers failed to agree on a debt-reduction package for Greece after battling with the International Monetary Fund over how to nurse the recession- wracked country back to fiscal health. With creditors led by Germany refusing to put up fresh money or offer debt relief, the finance chiefs were unable to scrounge together enough funds from other sources to help alleviate Greece’s debt burden, set to hit 190 percent of gross domestic product in 2014. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-21/greek-debt-solution-eludes-euro-ministers-after-11-hour-talks.html

Mumbai Terrorist Mohammed Kasab Is Executed In India

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The sole surviving Mumbai terrorist attacker has been executed after the Indian president rejected his mercy plea. http://news.sky.com/story/1014271/mumbai-terrorist-mohammed-kasab-is-executed

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN OBI, INDONESIA - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.5 Region KEPULAUAN OBI, INDONESIA Date time 2012-11-21 03:58:28.1 UTC Location 1.03 S ; 127.36 E Depth 10 km Distances 193 km S Tidore, Indonesia

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 01:18:40 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:18:40 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.903°S, 151.707°E Depth 8.4 km (5.2 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 177 km (109 miles) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 00:30:51 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 06:30:51 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.427°N, 98.304°W Depth 13.8 km (8.6 miles) Region OAXACA, MEXICO Distances 31 km (19 miles) SSE (156°) from Ometepec, Guerrero, Mexico

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 00:22:12 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:22:12 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 44.145°N, 147.649°E Depth 106.7 km (66.3 miles) Region KURIL ISLANDS Distances 84 km (52 miles) ENE of Shikotan, Russia

Robert Jensen : What Starts at UT... Accelerates Destruction?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
Image from Latinitas. UT motto modification: What starts here... accelerates destruction? While UT administrators may be heartfelt in their belief that 'we are driven to solve society’s issues,' most of the so-called solutions that are generated ignore or intensify the fundamental problems of the systems. By Robert Jensen / The Rag Blog / November 21, 2012 AUSTIN -- I want to suggest a slight

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake ILLINOIS - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 3.6 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 23:28:22 UTC Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 05:28:22 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.452°N, 87.891°W Depth 17 km (10.6 miles) Region ILLINOIS Distances 8 km (5 miles) NNE (12°) from Bellmont, IL

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 20th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 21:46:48 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 04:46:48 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.028°S, 102.906°E Depth 39.5 km (24.5 miles) Region SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA Distances 94 km (58 miles) W of Kuripan, Indonesia

Ceasefire elusive as Israel-Hamas clash rages on

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
More here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/11/20/israel-gaza-palestinian-idf-hamas.html

The Cookie Didn't Fall Far From The Tree

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 13 hours ago
I'm not sure exactly when, why or how this happened, but growing up I always liked cookies. Peanut butter and chocolate chip, were favorites, and I always looked forward to mom baking up a fresh batch of ginger snaps during the Christmas holidays. She made ginger snaps at other times during the year of course, but some reason, I've always associated ginger snaps with Christmas. Pushing inexorably toward 40 Christmases now, that adds up to a lot of cookies. Thankfully, I was blessed with a fast metabolism because by rights I'm sure I'd weigh something like 400 lbs otherwise. I gu... more »

learn to forgive

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago

Economist Validates and other Predictions

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
A few posts down, I noted how The Economist "criticism" of President Ma was actually a backhanded affirmation of his policies and provision of cover for the many deep issues that plague his Administration. I observed: ...By using the term *bumbler* to adumbrate the many such issues surrounding Ma's presidency, The Economist actually hides the severe problems with Ma while making a pretense of criticizing him. The Taipei Times reported today on The Economists' response to the issues raised by the pan-Green media's outpouring of glee... Ministry spokesperson Steve Hsia (夏季昌) said Domi... more »

Difference Between Propaganda and Reality

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
Daily Bell *Politicians Haven't Listened ... Merkel Climate Advisor Blasts Global Inaction ... Politicians need to get their act together on climate change, says Chancellor Angela Merkel's leading climate advisor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber just days before the global warming conference in Qatar. The World Bank agrees, releasing a report on Monday highlighting the serious consequences that await should global temperatures continue rising unchecked. – Der Spiegel* *Dominant Social Theme: *Climate change is a terrible thing. *Free-Market Analysis:* First it was called "global warming" ... more »

Northerntruthseeker Now An Author At "Pragmatic Witness"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
I have been in long conversations with my good friend, Whitewraithe, who writes the fabulous blog: Pragmatic Witness (www.pragmaticwitness.com), and she recently asked me to help out on her blog by being one of the authors. I felt it would be an honor, and I have given her my word that I would do my utmost to meet the great standards that she has set for her blog. Just to let everyone know, Whitewraithe herself has been extremely busy the last while with family, personal business, and having to return to the work force. She has also been suffering from some recurring health iss... more »

How Long Before It's Too Late?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
We are continuing right now to see the massive buildup of Israeli forces around the Gaza Strip, and at any time now, they will be given the go ahead to march into the Gaza Strip itself. When that happens, and it is no longer a question of "If", we will see the slaughter of thousands of innocent Palestinian civilians at the hands of the evil and murderous Israelis. What is especially shocking is the lack of world outcry against this impending act of mass genocide! I have been a follower of John Kaminski's work (www.johnkaminski.info) for a very long time, and just yesterday I came... more »

original sin

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 15 hours ago
Ignorance is the root of all evil.

Want to live where it's always 56° and NASDAQ is always eyeing FB warily? Come into my elevators

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*In the cocoon of our elevators, there's a world outside that's always 56 degrees.* *by Ken* You probably have these in the elevators of your commercial buildings too: little video screens on which nuggets of "news" can be flashed for the purpose of being interspersed with advertising. If you don't have them, count yourself lucky. For more than a century eople have found ways to occupy their minds during the journey between the ground floor and their destination floor without requiring force-feeding of tiny tidbits of newslike, er, stuff. At least in my building, the displays als... more »

Health hazard: Drs. Schack & Mehra: Teens not getting enough sleep because of school schedule & pressure

skrashen at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Mira Costa will look into zero-period, start time to address teen sleep issues The Beach Reporter, November 14, 20 http://tinyurl.com/b4f7bvu by Carley Dryden Local doctor Linda Schack, an adolescent medicine specialist, had grown concerned. High school students flooded her practice complaining of headaches, abdominal pain and fatigue. When she asked how much sleep they got on weekdays, she received the same answer: six hours. But on weekends, they would sleep until noon or 1 p.m. Alarmed by the local teens’ sleep patterns and ailments, Schack and fellow doctor Mini Mehra reviewed s... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Reflection"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
Liquid Mind, "Reflection" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcfAk78v4Qk&feature=fvwrel

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Take Me Tenderly”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Take Me Tenderly” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b42u4FRI2X8

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“Galaxies of the NGC 7771 Group are featured in this intriguing skyscape. Some 200 million light-years distant toward the constellation Pegasus, NGC 7771 is the large, edge-on spiral near center, about 75,000 light-years across, with two smaller galaxies just below it. Large spiral NGC 7769 is seen face-on to the right. * Click image for larger size.* Galaxies of the NGC 7771 group are interacting, making repeated close passages that will ultimately result in galaxy-galaxy mergers on a cosmic timescale. The interactions can be traced by galaxy distortions and faint streams of st... more »

Extending time to appeal civil matters

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago
*Laczko v. Alexander*, 2012 ONCA 803 sets out the test for extending the time to appeal a civil matter – the test is virtually the same as for criminal matters: [2] In deciding whether to extend the time, the following factors are relevant: (1) whether the moving parties formed an intention to appeal within the relevant period; (2) the length of and explanation for the delay; (3) any prejudice to the responding party; (4) the merits of the appeal; and (5) whether the justice of the case requires it: *Kefeli v. Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology* (2002),... more »

"Something You Already Know..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done. Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where ... more »

Chet Raymo, “New Philosophy - 2”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“New Philosophy - 2”* by Chet Raymo "Koyré's "From the Closed World To the Infinite Universe" was published in 1957. When I started teaching college in 1964, the required reading for my general studies science course included two articles by two prominent physicists published in "Scientific American" at about the same time as Koyré's book. George Gamow, a principal architect of the big bang theory, made the case for a universe that began billions of years ago as an explosion from an infinitely dense and infinitely small seed of energy. Fred Hoyle, stalwart champion of the stead... more »

Christian Slaves of Israhell Defend The Murder of Palestinians

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
*Christian fundamentalist leader John Hagee bows before his god, AIPAC.* Israhell's slaves instinctively and unthinkingly blame Muslims for everything that's wrong with Gaza and the Middle East. It's never Washington's or Israel's fault. Whenever there is a flare up of violence in the region, it's always the fault of "the terrorists." Don't get me wrong, I don't like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and extremist Islamists because they are political opportunists. But I love the truth, and the truth is on the side of the Palestinians in this historic fight between an oppressor and t... more »

Affordable housing, “churn,” and David Shearer’s new pony

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 17 hours ago
A blogger at the Labour blog The Sub-Standard has found time between posts eviscerating the Labour leader to criticise John Key’s criticism of KiwiBuild, the Labour leader’s plan for his government to build 100,000 new houses around the country costing $300,000 or less and to give everybody a new pony. (How? Somehow.) At least *we* have a plan for affordable housing (says the rebel in the Red Team), pointing the finger at the Blue Team who he says only have arm waving and rhetoric and plans to build 2,000 to 2,500 new homes in Hobsonville costing more than $485,000 each! Which is... more »

GAZA WAR – THE MYTH OF THE ‘HUMAN SHIELD’

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
lataan.blogspot.ca/2012/11/gaza-war-myth-of-human-shield.html *Matt's thoughts:* Some intriguing points are brought up. 1. Beware Hamas interviews. The IDF continually warns reporters not to go near Hamas because "they will use you as human shields." Strangely, that doesn't appear to matter though, since the IDF has now killed a number of reporters and media personnel in Gaza, and bombed media facilities. Is this an honest reason, or do they simply not want Hamas to gain any interview time? Isn't such behavior contradictory to a democracy? 2. Rockets are being fired from civilian a... more »

EFN Asia 14: Conference 2012 Resolution on Populism

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 17 hours ago
** * It is an annual tradition that at the end of each Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia Annual Conferences, participants produce a conference resolution -- short, one page, clear and direct -- that summarizes and concludes the two-days activity. I am posting the conference resolutions last year (theme: Competition: Engine for Prosperity, October 11-12, 2011, Kuala Lumpur) and this year (theme: How Welfare Populism Destroys Prosperity, November 6-7, 2012, Hong Kong). * * * ** *EFN Conference 2011 * *Statement on Competition and Prosperity* * Preamble* Competition is an essential ... more »

‘No Twitter for Terrorists’: pro-Israel CUFI group demands Hamas tweet ban in censorship bid

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/20/250678.html *Matt's thoughts:* 1. Note the two initial messages in the image above that sparked the "Twitter War". When you get down to it, they're the same identical message: "We're going to kill you, so watch out." Strangely though, while the IDF is allowed to make such threats, Hamas is not. Shouldn't both be censored if the honest intention is to prevent groups from spreading hate and violence using Twitter? 2. If a cause is in the right, why would they want to censor the other side? Are they afraid of something? Won't their ow... more »

Happy Panda

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 18 hours ago

AT LEAST 139 PEOPLE DEAD IN GAZA AND FIVE KILLED IN ISRAEL SINCE ATTACKS BEGAN ON WEDNESDAY

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
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