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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

22 November - Blogs I'm Following

English: South-Yokohama Powerplant (Yokohama,J...
English: South-Yokohama Powerplant (Yokohama,Japan) 日本語: 南横浜火力発電所 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General of the United Kingdom, speaking in the House of Commons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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'Parliament is sovereign': Grayling warns Strasbourg in row over prisoner votes as ex-minister says UK should leave European court

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 minutes ago
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today raised the prospect of Britain defying the European Court of Human Rights over giving prisoners the vote. Speaking in the Commons he repeatedly stressed the UK Parliament is ‘sovereign’ and it was up to MPs to decide whether or not to comply with rulings from Strasbourg. Even if fines were imposed on Britain, MPs could decide not to pay them. Despite Attorney General Dominic Grieve warning Cabinet ministers they could not take a stand against a European court’s controversial diktat, Mr Grayling insisted: ‘Ultimately this Parliament is sovereign... more »


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 minutes ago
*TEPCO adds missing radiation data to online archive** *November 20, 2012 http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211200029 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN [Excerpted] Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Nov. 19 that previously missing radiation monitoring data taken during the early phase of last year's nuclear disaster is now available from the utility's online database. The data in question concerns readings at monitoring posts on the grounds of TEPCO's Fukushima No. 2 nuclear power plant, 12 kilometers south of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Readings taken between 9 ... more »

Indian radiographer who could not speak English worked at cancer hospital for SIX YEARS before being sacked after string of complaints

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 minutes ago
An Indian radiographer has been sacked from his job at a cancer hospital after six years following a string of complaints that he could not speak clear English. Ramani Ramaswany was dismissed from The Christie hospital, in Manchester, and suspended from the national radiography register for a year after complaints were made against him that he was unable to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues. The Health and Care Professions Council found that Mr Ramaswamy had showed a ‘lack of competence’ in a number of areas while working at The Christie. http://www.dailymail.c... more »

Imperio de las luces nocturnas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 10 minutes ago
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Imagenes creativas de la vida en el bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 30 minutes ago
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F-35 Sleaze

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 32 minutes ago
Nice work. Steal an election. Steal a majority. Dominate committees to hide your crimes. The NDP accused the Conservatives of using a House of Commons committee to whitewash the auditor general's scathing indictment of the government's mammoth F-35 jet fighter procurement. The NDP levelled the charge in a dissenting opinion to the public accounts committee's report, tabled Wednesday. "The NDP remains deeply concerned that this study did not allow parliamentarians to shed light and complete the inquiry on this very important matter," says the three-page dissenting opinion. "*Only sev... more »

Educate Your Family on ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 33 minutes ago
This holiday - when you are together with your family - please take a moment to educate them on ALEC. Connect to Bill Moyers' expose' on ALEC - watch is together as a family - then discuss it. Be thankful that we currently have a representative government of, by, and for the people. Moyers 30 minute ALEC expose' is >>>>HERE<<<< Even is there is only one family member willing to listen - someone who has never heard about ALEC before - that will be one more person who can continue the message. **

David Cecil: Uganda Halts British Producer's Gay Trial

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 41 minutes ago
A British theatre producer, facing two years in jail for staging a play featuring a homosexual, has had his case postponed again by a Ugandan court. The postponement comes at a time when the Ugandan parliament is about to debate a bill allowing the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality". David Cecil, 34, was arrested in September after refusing to allow government censors to review the play The River and the Mountain which was performed in August. He was charged with "disobeying lawful orders". http://news.sky.com/story/1015104/uganda-halts-british-producers-gay-trial

Varias aves volando por el bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 41 minutes ago
[image: Pajaros y aves] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más *imágenes de Aves* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com


2old2care at Because I Can - 43 minutes ago
I say my “gratitudes” almost every night before I go to sleep. There are a lot of things and people I am thankful for – Republicans are not on the list, anywhere. This year I am thankful for My friends My kid (generic on purpose) My brother and his wife My job My dependable old car that gets me to my job A roof over my head Food in my cupboard Clothes on my back In addition to those normal types of thanks that most people spout off about, even if they really don’t mean it, I give thanks almost every night for For my blog readers For all the tweeps @Progress2Day For the dedicated... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 47 minutes ago
*Hurricane Sandy Reveals That Evacuating Is No Holiday ~Sandy Rosenthal* *Federal Prosecutors Let It All Hang Out On The Internet ~John McQuaid*

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 22nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 50 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 14:19:30 UTC Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 11:19:30 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 35.284°N, 140.437°E Depth 78.1 km (48.5 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 6 km (3 miles) ENE of Ohara, Japan

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 22nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 58 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 14:16:40 UTC Friday, November 23, 2012 at 02:16:40 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.891°S, 178.502°W Depth 577.1 km (358.6 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 278 km (172 miles) SE of Lambasa, Fiji

Paisaje de las curvas de una carretera

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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Post Hurricane Sandy Drag Benefit for The Red Cross and Cherry Grove, NY Dunes Fund

This is a post Hurricane Sandy benefit for The Red Cross and for the Cherry Grove Dunes Fund.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
*Saints Nation Guru: Fan Predictions for 49ers Game!*

Soldiers spell out critique of Netanyahu as a ‘loser’ for not using ground forces in Gaza

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

Cornhusk dolls and flawed development plans

paul at Paying attention - 1 hour ago
Children of the cornhusk dolls on the march (Jody Paterson photo) The cornhusk doll kids of La Pintada are part of life in Copan Ruinas. La Pintada is about five kilometres away - an hour’s walk, one more poor village among many. A few years ago, a development project introduced a couple of microenterprises, women’s co-ops to produce “artesania” for the tourist market. One group of women make cornhusk dolls. They’re cute, brightly coloured and obviously take some skill, but are a little boring. And the marketing plan is deeply flawed. The children of La Pintada walk into town, with gru... more »

When should counsel be appointed to prosecute a criminal appeal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
*R. v. Frank*, 2012 NSCA 114 deals with when counsel should be appointed to prosecute a criminal appeal: [7] Section 684 of the *Criminal Code *provides: *684*. (1) A court of appeal or a judge of that court may, at any time, assign counsel to act on behalf of an accused who is a party to an appeal or to proceedings preliminary or incidental to an appeal where, in the opinion of the court or judge, it appears desirable in the interests of justice that the accused should have legal assistance and where it appears that the accused has not sufficient means to obtain that a... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
*Resident questions why S&WB employee was swapping out iconic meter covers* *Texas Brine sinkhole plan would plug well* *Sandy's impact on east coast fisheries still playing out*

SUSY exists because the number 3/2 can't be missing

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 hours ago
This blog entry elaborates upon a simple point made by Nima Arkani-Hamed in a recent talk (and by others). First, look at this IQ test. What is missing in the box?\[ \begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline j& 0 & 1/2 & 1 & ??? & 2\\ \hline \end{array} \] Those of you who have figured out that \(???=3/2\) earned a ticket and they may continue to read. ;-) The numbers in the table are the spins of the known elementary particles. The Higgs boson became the first discovered spinless elementary particle, one with \(j=0\). Leptons and quarks have \(j=1/2\). The photon, gluon, W-boson... more »

Thanksgiving 2008

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 2 hours ago
Dateline: Provincetown, Massachusetts, November 25, 2008 Just weeks ago, Barack Obama had been elected the 44th president of the United States, yet liberal journalist Mike Flannigan is the only political pundit in America not writing about it. In fact, while his colleagues are exhausting every minutia of the historic election, Mike takes an ill-advised and deeply unpopular leave of absence from his magazine to go on an epic road trip up and down the upper east coast. Why? What was supposed to be an overnight trip began when he gets a... more »

An Open Letter To Big Dan From The Guy Who's BETTER Than Nate Silver: RICHARD CHARNIN - TRUTH IS ALL

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 2 hours ago
*RICHARD CHARNIN: Truth Is All * I met Richard Charnin on *THE BRAD BLOG*. His comments under the username "TRUTH IS ALL" about his election and voting analysis were and are impressive to everyone. I called him THE ULTIMATE NUMBERS CRUNCHER. Anyone who researches and is hip to electronic voting machine fraud, election fraud, follows *Bev Harris' BlackBoxVoting.org*, etc... knows of Richard Charnin. He has written several *BOOKS* on these subjects. He wrote me the following on Facebook, and I feel fortunate to have friends like him write to me, and I'd like to share this with every... more »

Happy Thanksgiving!

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 2 hours ago
Since this is my blog and I make the rules, I hereby decree that you don't have to give thanks today if you can't help but feel like ungrateful little wretches. Personally speaking, I am always grateful on Thanksgiving when it turns out that my turkey has nicely thawed. There is nothing worse than trying to pry out a frozen congealed mass of guts from the belly of the beast at 7 in the morning. I did that under-the-faucet operation several years ago, and I don't ever want to go through it again. If anybody is unsociably huddled in front of a computer screen on this day of family to... more »

Boston Globe Junk Food

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*There is so much of it you could overdose on it. * * **I'll get you started with a small bite I noticed:* "Hostess closing 3 bakeries following strike" by Sarah Skidmore | Associated Press, November 13, 2012 Hostess Brands Inc. is *permanently closing* three bakeries following a *nationwide strike* by its bakers union. The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread said Monday that the strike has prevented it from producing and delivering products, and it is closing bakeries in Seattle, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. The facilities employ 627 workers. Hostess, based in Irving, ... more »

This Cycle's Biggest Turkey: Meet Steve Israel (D-NY)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
All the votes are counted and all the races decided-- although there's a Republican vs Republican runoff in Louisiana and a recount pending in North Carolina that could put Blue Dog Mike McIntyre's razor thin win in jeopardy-- and the make up of the new Congress goes from 240 Republicans and 190 Democrats to 234 Republicans and 201 Democrats. Nationally Democrats won slightly over half a million more votes in congressional races but because of grotesquely partisan gerrymandering by Republican-controlled state legislatures in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and North Carolina winning ... more »

An interview you must watch

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 hours ago
I will post more about this later, work must take priority... http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=_gs7igC5siY&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D_gs7igC5siY&gl=GB&client=mv-vf-uk&safesearch=always

Giving thanks

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
Not that warm on this holiday so I don't have many Thanksgiving traditions. Not even around the food. I have a few side dish favorites but don't really like turkey. Well, except for the classic WKRP Thanksgiving episode. This is the best capture I've ever seen. It includes the build up that explains the punchline, for those too young to remember seeing it when it originally aired. Dr. Johnny Fever was so hot. He was ironic *way* before it was cool. A cheerful holiday to all, whether or not you celebrate the occasion.

East London attack on teenager: Man Arrested

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A man has been arrested after a teenage girl was knocked unconscious and left sprawled across the pavement in an apparently random attack near her home. Shocking CCTV footage showed a man jogging up behind the 16-year-old and smacking her around the head. The girl was left lying on the ground in Plaistow, east London, as her attacker casually jogged off. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "A man, aged 34, was arrested yesterday evening in connection with the assault of a 16-year-old female in High Street, Plaistow. "He remains in custody at an east London police station." http://ww... more »

Cameron 'not happy' as EU budget negotiations begin

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The British prime minister is understood to be unhappy with the compromise offered by European Council President Herman van Rompuy, because it would involve cuts to Britain's 3.6bn euro annual rebate. Speaking to the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Cameron said he would not accept any cuts to Britain's rebate. Herman van Rompuy is caught in a balancing act between several wealth EU nations, who want a freeze or a reduction to the annual EU budget, and a bloc of poorer nations who would like an increase. http://www.channel4.com/news/cameron-not-happy-as-eu-budget-negotiations-begin

Jersey Bridgeman, six, found dead just a year after her father was jailed for keeping her chained to a dresser

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A six-year-old Arkansas girl, whose father and stepmother were arrested last year for chaining her to a dresser, was found dead early Tuesday morning. Authorities found the body of young Jersey Bridgeman in a vacant house approximately 10 minutes after she was reported missing. So far, investigators are ruling her death as a homicide but have yet to say how exactly the girl died or release any names of suspects. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236668/Girl-6-father-chained-dresser-dead.html

Japan's new nuclear-proof robot gets stage fright: High-tech machine locks up as it's unveiled for the first time

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The failure occurred as Toshiba presented the four-legged device, forcing embarrassed technicians to meekly carry it away. Although it is a world leader in robotics, Japan did not have a device capable of entering the damaged Fukushima nuclear facility after last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Instead, authorities were forced to bring in U.S. robots. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2236786/Japans-new-nuclear-proof-robot-gets-stage-fright-High-tech-machine-locks-unveiled-time.html

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake SALTA, ARGENTINA - 22nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 13:07:05 UTC Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:07:05 AM at epicenter Location 22.666°S, 63.488°W Depth 459.1 km (285.3 miles) Region SALTA, ARGENTINA Distances 180 km (112 miles) SE (134°) from Tarija, Bolivia

Huge Martian dust storm picks up steam - but are NASA's rovers safe in its path?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
NASA is hoping that their red planet rovers won’t roll over in the face of a massive dust storm. The space agency is tracking a regional storm on Mars, but says it has so far not affected the operations of Curiosity and Opportunity - its two rovers on the surface. The storm raging in the planet’s southern hemisphere was spotted earlier this month by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter circling high above the planet. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236698/NASA-monitoring-huge-Martian-dust-storm-path-Curiosity-Opportunity.html

Rebecca Blake Jailed for 3 Months in Dubai

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A British woman and Irish man accused of engaging in sexual activities in a Dubai taxi have been sentenced to three months in prison and then deportation. Rebecca Blake and Conor McRedmond denied charges of "breach of honour with consent" and committing "an indecent act in a taxi" when they appeared in court last month. They pleaded guilty to a third charge related to consumption of alcohol in public. http://news.sky.com/story/1014989/dubai-taxi-sex-british-woman-is-jailed

Pearson's Despair

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
Like Chris Hedges, Michael Harris speaks truth to power. Today he takes on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians -- and the Harper government's Middle East policy: Question for Stephen Harper, John Baird, Jason Kenney and Peter MacKay: if you were in Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, instead of sitting in front of a fire in Ottawa with an NFL game on TV, if you were in the morgue in Gaza looking at the men, women and children now dead even though they were not members of Hamas, would you still say it was okay? Would you still write that blank cheque to the government of ... more »

Deal on 2014-2020 EU budget hinges on deep cuts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
BRUSSELS, Nov 21 (Reuters) - European Union leaders will need to agree a first-ever cut in the bloc's long-term spending plans if they are to clinch a deal at a summit starting on Thursday, with the drive for austerity likely to trump all other concerns. German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down the chances of an agreement this week, even though senior EU officials warned that failure could lead to a renewed crisis and derail efforts to shore up the euro zone. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/eu-budget-idUSL5E8MLAJF20121121

Happy Thanksgiving To All My American Family & Friends

leftdog at Buckdog - 4 hours ago
Have a great day and a great weekend! Happy Thanksgiving!

York County Jail: 40 Female Prison Inmates Hospitalized

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
More than 40 inmates at the York County Prison in Pennsylvania were taken to the hospital Wednesday night. They were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Russia opposes NATO missile deployment near Turkey-Syria border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Russia opposes the possible deployment by NATO of Patriot missiles near Turkey's border with Syria, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. "This would not foster stability in the region," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said of Turkey's request for deployment to the Western military alliance. NATO ambassadors met on Wednesday to consider the request, which followed weeks of talks between Turkey and NATO allies about how to shore up security on its 900-km (560-mile) border to avoid a spillover from the Syrian civil war. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in... more »

Newspaper copy editor punished for adding 'allegedly' to sentence stating Obama was born in Hawaii

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A newspaper copy editor who added the word 'allegedly' to a report stating Obama was born in Hawaii has been disciplined after the report generated searing attack from readers. Appearing in the Montana Independent on Sunday, the edit to an Associated Press report covering the president's visit to Asia was said by the paper to have been an error in judgement, wrongly meant as a joke. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236415/Birthers-Montana-Independent-copy-editor-disciplined-adding-allegedly-Obama-born-Hawaii-report.html

Protestors, heavily armored police and bargain-hungry shoppers: America prepares for Black Friday

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Shoppers, protestors and police are gearing up for an expected bout of mayhem at the nation's malls and superstores Friday as the U.S. officially kicks off its holiday season with the biggest shopping day of the year. Hundreds of people are already pitching camps outside of Walmarts, Best Buys and other superstores across America, hoping to catch the door-buster sales this Black Friday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236687/Black-Friday-2012-preparations-Protestors-heavily-armored-police-bargain-hungry-shoppers.html

'Fire Lindsey Stone': Nonprofit fires the two women who sparked outrage online with Photo

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Two Massachusetts women have been fired from their jobs after posting a photo to Facebook in which one of them was depicted flashing her middle finger at Arlington National Cemetery. Lindsey Stone, 30, and coworker Jamie Schuh, 38, were sacked from their jobs on Wednesday after the photo, which Schuh snapped of Stone, sparked outrage online. The incident inspired an unidentified Facebook user to start a group called 'Fire Lindsey Stone,' which helped the photo gain even more attention this week, garnering more than 19,000 'likes' since Monday from other users. http://www.dailymai... more »

Gaza ceasefire: local press reaction

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
Rashomon 羅生門 Story Palestinian papers are broadly supportive of the Gaza ceasefire agreed between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement, while reactions in Israel are more mixed. The Hamas-run, Gaza-based Filastin newspaper runs a headline quoting Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya as saying that "we are proud of resistance and our people's steadfastness" and that his government "is satisfied with the truce agreement". The paper reports that the "Palestinian government in Gaza has announced that it will make 22 November an official national holiday" and says that "all parts of t... more »


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

Al-Hilli's family who was massacred in the Alps were shot by a crazed serial killer with a hatred of tourists, say detectives

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Police officers investigating the horrific murders of a British family in the Alps believe they were shot by a serial killer with a hatred of tourists, it has emerged. The motive behind the horrific killings of Saad al-Hilli, his wife Iqbal and mother-in-law Suhaila Iqbal while on a camping holiday in the south of France have left detectives baffled. But French detectives say they have now linked the murders of the British family with the mysterious death of another tourist in July. Xavier Baligant, 29, was shot four times at a rest area near Nancy while he was heading home to Belgi... more »

Southern European Jobseekers Head North in Droves

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Economic crisis and mass unemployment in Southern Europe have triggered an exodus of highly qualified jobseekers, many of whom are making their way north to Germany. There, a relatively strong economy and growing shortage of skilled workers makes companies eager to ensure that the newcomers feel welcome. Ziehl-Abegg, a mid-sized specialist in ventilation technology based in the southwestern German town of Künzelsau, recently welcomed two new engineers from Portugal, and a third is on his way. "We always take them under our wing," says company spokesman Rainer Grill. "Our employees ... more »

General Petraeus’s leaked emails about Israel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Interestingly, in an unrelated story on the supposedly declining power of the Israel lobby in today's Guardian, the paper's Washington correspondent, Chris McGreal, writes: Senior figures in the American military, including General David Petraeus who has commanded US forces in both wars, have identified Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian land as an obstacle to resolving those conflicts. McGreal is referring to the general's official "posture" statement on US Central Command -- which Petraeus was in charge of before he was redeployed to Afghanistan by President Obama a fort... more »

Turkish PM condemns UN Security Council, Israel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he does not trust the United Nations due to its failure in the Syrian crisis, while condemning Israeli attacks on Gaza. Erdoğan described Israel yesterday as a “terrorist state” for carrying out its bombardment of Gaza, highlighting hostility for Ankara’s former ally since relations between the countries collapsed in 2010, Reuters reported. His comments came after nearly a week of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel and Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-condemns-un-security-council-is... more »

The real struggle begins Europe descends into fascism

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Across southern Europe resistance is taking on a new urgency. In Spain people are speaking of the start of ‘the real struggle’, while in Greece the term ‘civil war’ permeates the political climate. In both countries a frightening re-emergence of a dictatorship past seems to characterize the current historical moment as fascist ideologies become more acceptable and police tactics become more pre-emptive and militarized. These two trends emerging together, the rise of far right ideologies and pre-emptive militarized policing, indicate a shift in the discourses of legitimacy used by th... more »

California gets face scanners to spy on everyone at once

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
In a single second, law enforcement agents can match a suspect against millions upon millions of profiles in vast detailed databases stored on the cloud. It’s all done using facial recognition, and in Southern California it’s already occurring. Imagine the police taking a picture: any picture of a person, anywhere, and matching it on the spot in less than a second to a personalized profile, scanning millions upon millions of entries from within vast, intricate databases stored on the cloud. It’s done with state of the art facial recognition technology, and in Southern California it... more »

China's New Passport has Expansionist Designs

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
China has done it again. Neighbors all peeved.... The Philippines and Vietnam condemned Chinese passports containing a map of China's disputed maritime claims on Thursday, branding the new design a violation of their sovereignty. The map means countries disputing the Chinese claims will have to stamp microchip-equipped passports of countless visitors, in effect acquiescing to the Chinese point of view. The Peaceful Rise© in action! According to other news sources, the pages contain photos of Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, that reservoir built by the Japanese, and another site in Taiwan. W... more »

The Secret War Between China and the US for Africa's Oil Riches

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
In the struggle to secure energy resources, the great powers consider all states to be fair game. Indeed, this is precisely what characterizes American foreign policy in the modern era. When it comes to economic and geopolitical interests, Washington seldom differentiates between democratic leaders and despots, especially when those interests involve oil. Currently, the stakes are high in the rush to secure oil resources and nowhere is this more evident than in the Sino-American rivalry in Africa. Both states are competing to secure their share of oil supplies in order to quench the... more »

Tottenham Hotspur Fans Attacked In Rome by Masked Gang

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A group of English football fans have been injured in a late-night clash in Rome ahead of a Europa League match. At least nine Britons and an American were hurt when they were set upon by masked assailants in a pub in the Italian capital, according to police. The Britons were in the country to support Tottenham Hotspur who are due to play Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night. They were set upon by knife-wielding "Ultras" - fanatical fans - when they were enjoying a drink at The Drunken Ship pub, according to reports. http://news.sky.com/story/1014951/tottenham-hotspur-fans... more »

Bahrain repressed protesters with West's tacit approval - Amnesty International

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A year after an eruption of protests in Bahrain, the ruling monarchy continues to commit serious human rights abuses against activists. Amnesty International has criticized the US and UK for ignoring the repression, and urged action. In November 2011, a panel of human rights experts investigated the uprising in Bahrain and its aftermath and released the Bahraini Independent Commission of Enquiry (BICI) report. In June 2012, the panel sent a follow up unit to monitor Bahrain's progress in implementing the report’s recommendations. Amnesty International has found that human rights a... more »

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SICILY, ITALY - 22nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.0 Region SICILY, ITALY Date time 2012-11-22 11:25:52.0 UTC Location 37.79 N ; 14.98 E Depth 17 km Distances 10 km S Randazzo, Italy

Rebels seize army base in eastern Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Activists say Syrian rebels have seized a key military base with artillery stockpiles in the country's east. The capture of the base in the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province near the border with Iraq follows the seizure of a military airport in the same area last week. The rebels have been making advances in the strategic province for weeks. http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/rebels-seize-army-base-in-eastern-syria-1.1048830

UN under fire over fall of Goma in DR Congo

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The UN's failure to confront insurgents who seized a strategic city in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday has raised questions about its largest and costliest peacekeeping mission. The blue helmets gave up the battle for Goma in the eastern part of the country without firing a shot, standing aside as M23 rebels - widely believed to be backed by Rwanda - overran the frontier city of up to one million people. For the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, it was "absurd" that the UN troops had allowed the rebels to parade past them. He urged that the mandate of the more th... more »

Forget Nobel Peace Prize, EU launches summit warfare

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The European Union may have won the Nobel Peace Prize this year, but to many EU leaders, officials, diplomats and even journalists, it can feel more like a torture chamber. Increasingly, Europe is governed at night by leaders in an advanced state of exhaustion, disregarding scientific evidence that this can lead to bad decisions, or non-decisions. Over the past three years, the EU has held 25 summits to try to tackle its debt crisis and related economic turmoil, with few of those meetings ending before 3 or 4 a.m. -- usually after 12 hours or more of near-fruitless negotiation. h... more »

Afghan opium growth sees "alarming" rise: U.N.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Afghanistan needs to be more serious about fighting drugs after an "alarming" 18 percent increase in opium cultivation this year, the U.N. drugs agency said on Tuesday. The rise was mainly due to high prices and a failure of state agencies to work together to wipe out a trade that helps fund the Taliban-led insurgency, a United Nations report said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-afghanistan-opium-idUSBRE8AJ13A20121120

After Sandy, some dump homes, while others hunt for bargains

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
"Reduced for Quick Sale!" reads Mike Montalbano's Craigslist ad for the three-bedroom home he needs to sell before he can relocate for a new job. The drywall is new, as are the appliances. The only problem? Location. Montalbano's home is in Tom's River, New Jersey, which was pummeled by last month's Sandy megastorm. "A lot of people are scared to come back to the water," says Montalbano. "Back in the day, everybody wanted to come to the shore. Now it's a mess down here." http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-storm-sandy-realestate-idUSBRE8AJ10620121120

Euro zone faces deepest downturn since early 2009

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The euro zone economy is on course for its weakest quarter since the dark days of early 2009, according to business surveys that showed companies toiling against shrinking order books in November. Service sector firms like banks and hotels that comprise the bulk of the economy fared particularly badly this month, and laid off staff at a faster pace. While the monthly rate of decline that manufacturers reported eased far more than economists anticipated, Markit's latest Purchasing Managers' Indexes (PMIs) pointed to little change overall for a recession-hit euro zone this month. ht... more »

Sarkozy in court over campaign

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived at a Bordeaux court Thursday for questioning in a probe involving illegal campaign donations, CNN affiliate BFM-TV said. The investigation of the former leader has largely centered around whether L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt and her staff illegally helped him during his 2007 presidential campaign. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/22/world/europe/france-sarkozy-court/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Israeli military touts successes after conflict

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The relentless pace of the Israeli airstrike on Gaza gave the country's military time to make a significant dent in the offensive capability of Hamas, the Israeli military said. Over the eight day conflict, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) looked to deplete some of the estimated 12,000 rockets Hamas has in its arsenal and destroy tunnels that are said to be used to smuggle weapons. "We are very satisfied with the achievements that we have had in this operation," Israel Defense Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said on CNN's 'Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.' http://securi... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake BALI REGION, INDONESIA - 22nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 09:09:31 UTC Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 05:09:31 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 8.907°S, 115.153°E Depth 73.8 km (45.9 miles) Region BALI REGION, INDONESIA Distances 9 km (5 miles) SSE of Kangin, Indonesia

Proposed EU Budget Rise 'Quite Wrong': David Cameron

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The Prime Minister said he would be fighting "very hard" for a good deal for British taxpayers and to keep the rebate negotiated by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. "These are very important negotiations. Clearly at a time when we are making difficult decisions at home over public spending it would be quite wrong - it is quite wrong - for there to be proposals for this increased extra spending in the EU," he said. Mr Cameron is calling for a real-terms freeze, or even a cut, in the budget for 2014-20 - the sole subject on the agenda for the summit, which is being attended by leader... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 7 hours ago
*Betar, a Nazi-style group in Poland, led by Menachem Begin. Website for this image. "Betar adopted salutes and uniforms on the fascist model."[1]Allegedly, Betar was rather gay and Menachem Begin was a child abuser. * "Menachem Begin, President Carter recalled, believed the Jews were a Master Race, a holy people." Carter Reveals Begin Viewed Jews As The Master Race. Website for this image... "In Rome, Italy, in 2000, Italian police broke up a ring of eleven top Jewish gangsters. "It was discovered that they had been kidnapping Gentile (non-Jewish) children between the ages of t... more »

The BBC's definition of a ceasefire 'holding' is instructive

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
The BBC report in a piece headed 'Gaza crisis: Israel-Hamas ceasefire agreement holds' that: 'A ceasefire between Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement that runs the Gaza Strip appeared to be holding on Thursday. Israel radio said some rockets had been fired from Gaza, but there was no sign of an Israeli response.' So the ceasefire is holding because Israel hasn't responded to Hamas rockets. However the firing of Hamas rockets does not break the ceasefire! Just as before the recent Israeli retaliation, the BBC will minimise coverage of rockets fired from Gaza at Israel, will minim... more »

VIDEO Yaqui Foro Internacional del Agua Nov 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
*Espanol: Conclusion, Foro Internacional del Agua 2012* *Conclusion, summary of final statement at the International Forum for the Defense of Water, Vicam Pueblo, hosted by Traditional Authority of Yaqui. Nov. 20-21, 2012.* *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com VICAM PUEBLO, Sonora, Mexico -- In solidarity with Zapatistas, Indigenous gathered on Yaqui land in Sonora, south of Arizona and near the coast, to unite in the defense of water. Yaqui are fighting the government of Mexico who wants to seize Yaqui water from the Rio Yaqui for the city of He... more »

Stuart Freedman: RIP

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
Stuart Jay Freedman, UC Berkeley physicist, died at the age of 68. He joined Princeton in 1972 and Berkeley in 1991. A former particle theorist became an unusually versatile experimenter even though he used to dislike the Berkeley labs as "Big Science" (in a pejorative sense, similar to the "Big Government"). *Picture via Rolf Kaltschmidt* A famous paper he wrote with John Clauser in April 1972 experimentally disproved local hidden variable models of quantum mechanics. The PRL document is wonderfully free of nonsense. They measure a correlation of photons' polarizations in calciu... more »

Benghazi security chief assassinated

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Unknown gunmen have assassinated the temporary security director for the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in the latest violence to rock the city, state media reported Wednesday. Col. Faraj al-Dursi was shot dead by three unidentified men in a civilian car on Tuesday night, security officials in the city said, according to Libyan state news agency LANA. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/world/africa/libya-violence/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

The BBC's anti-Semitic past

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Thanks to a contributor to Biased-BBC, I have found a fascinating article from The Independent. It's from 1993. The article is entitled 'Why the BBC ignored the Holocaust: Anti-Semitism in the top ranks of broadcasting and Foreign Office staff led to the news being suppressed, says Stephen Ward' and contains a huge amount of interesting material. Here are a few extracts: 'ANTI-SEMITISM in the higher ranks of the Foreign Office and the BBC during the Second World War led to a policy which suppressed news about Germany's attempt to exterminate European Jews, new research will show this... more »

Rebels say Syria hospital strike kills 40

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Syrian rebels accused government forces of bombing a hospital in the besieged city of Aleppo late Wednesday, killing at least 40 people as the conflict there ground on. Ralib al-Omar, a leader of the Yusif al-Asma rebel group, said the attack targeted the Dar al-Shifa Hospital and that the dead included two nurses. The Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists, said a doctor was among the dead as well -- one of 108 people the group said were killed across the country on Wednesday. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.ht... more »

Inside Turkey's tunnel to Europe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
As a city that sits astride two continents, Istanbul has always been a strategic gateway between the East and West. But an ambitious railway project is pulling the two continents even closer together with the construction of the world's deepest submerged tunnel. The 76-kilometer (47.2-mile) Marmaray Project will be the world's first railway connection between Europe and Asia, ferrying passengers under a 1.4-km (0.9-m) section of the Bosphorus Strait. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/world/europe/istanbul-marmaray-tunnel/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

In Iatest clash, Iran casts a shadow

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
In the latest round of fighting between Israelis and the Palestinian militants of Hamas in Gaza, one key player looms like an ominous, lengthening shadow: Iran. Never far from sight or mind, the standoff between Iran and the West over Iran's nuclear program serves as the backdrop to the fighting. It frames Israeli tactics and strategy and influences the international diplomatic response. Iran and its nuclear program also play a powerful psychological role, as observers and participants ponder the parallels between the latest Israel-Hamas conflict and a possible war in which Iran wou... more »

Pakistan Taliban vow to attack Indian targets over Mumbai gunman

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Pakistan's Taliban movement threatened on Thursday to attack Indian targets to avenge the country's execution of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the militant squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008. Kasab was hanged on Wednesday amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the November 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-india-execution-taliban-idUSBRE8AL05120121122

Monuments to waste overshadow EU budget battle

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
EU leaders go into a budget battle on Thursday under pressure to avoid some glaring mistakes of the past: half-empty motorways, airports that barely see a flight and high-speed rail lines with few passengers to repay vast construction costs. Getting any deal on the European Union's 2014-2020 budget at this week's Brussels summit will be hard enough. Tougher still will be resisting the temptation to pour billions more into projects that become monuments to waste. Cohesion funds - used for new roads, bridges and other infrastructure in the EU's poorest regions - account for 33 perce... more »

Australian tax crackdown to target Google, other multinationals

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Australia released draft revisions to tax laws on Thursday, which it said were designed to stop big firms, including the local arm of Google, from shifting their income to countries such as Holland or Ireland where the tax rates are lower. The move is in line with a push by Britain and Germany who want the G20 group of nations to make multinational companies pay their "fair share" of taxes, following reports of large firms exploiting loopholes to shift taxation of their income away from where they are generated. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-australia-google-tax-idUSB... more »

Suicide Bomber Kills 23 Near Pakistan Capital

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A suicide bomber has killed at least 23 people in an attack on a Shi'ite Muslim procession in Pakistan. Police say they tried to stop and search the attacker as he attempted to join the march in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, but he ran past them and detonated the explosives. The bomber was also carrying grenades, some of which exploded. At least 62 people were wounded in the attack, at midnight, including six police officers. http://news.sky.com/story/1014881/suicide-bomber-kills-23-near-pakistan-capital

UK Flood Alert As Heavy Rain Sweeps The Country

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Britain is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country. Homes were flooded and roads left underwater on Wednesday as downpours caused widespread disruption, and forecasters warn more misery is on its way. Vehicles were abandoned and there were reports of entire villages being cut off as floodwater surged through lanes and streets and into homes. http://news.sky.com/story/1014903/flood-alert-as-heavy-rain-sweeps-the-country

Gaza: Israel And Hamas Ceasefire Holds

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas appears to have held overnight. A truce brokered between the two sides came into effect on Wednesday evening, bringing eight days of fighting to an end. Both sides quickly claimed victory, with Hamas insisting it had defeated Israel. The Israelis, meanwhile, said they have severely impaired the military capability of Hamas, which governs Gaza. http://news.sky.com/story/1014888/gaza-israel-and-hamas-ceasefire-holding

A declaration of Joy

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
More gifts from our angel "down under"... "I am still 28, Declaration of Joy." Too often is heart's desire at odds with the brain's understanding. The brain is easily beguiled by surface-level forms, quick to attribute 'truth' to whatever it is told, quicker still to change it's 'mind' as new information comes to light. The heart, meanwhile, knows nothing of this. Cardiac perception drifts along undercurrents, informing us (if we choose to listen) of the most joyful route of all the possible paths through our lives. I choose to swim below the surface, and move the way joy... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA - 22nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 06:32:24 UTC Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 02:32:24 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.932°N, 126.497°E Depth 100.5 km (62.5 miles) Region KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA Distances 126 km (78 miles) ESE of Sarangani, Philippines

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake GUAM REGION - 22nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 06:27:19 UTC Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 04:27:19 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.548°N, 144.585°E Depth 131.4 km (81.7 miles) Region GUAM REGION Distances 14 km (8 miles) NW of Piti Village, Guam

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake ORURO, BOLIVIA - 22nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 05:55:12 UTC Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 01:55:12 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.184°S, 67.514°W Depth 193.5 km (120.2 miles) Region ORURO, BOLIVIA Distances 84 km (52 miles) WSW of Challapata, Bolivia

As Israel-Gaza Charade Concludes, West Pivots Back to Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 hours ago
As predicted, Israel accepts humiliating ceasefire to bolster partners in Syrian subversion - Egypt, Turkey, & Qatar. *November 22, 2012* (LD) - Reuters reported in their article, "Jubilant Palestinians mob Gaza streets," regarding the ceasefire agreement "brokered" by Egypt that, "the agreement calls on Hamas and Israel to cease all forms of military activity, including Israel's targeted killings of militants, and for an easing of the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza." The article featured a photograph of cheering Palestinians in Gaza waving the Egyptian flag, reflecting both the... more »

Free Download Of The Book Called The New Health Paradigm by Anthony Gucciardi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
Free pdf download link: https://products.naturalsociety.com/purchase/TheNewHealthParadigm.pdf Giving Thanks to Our Readers: Top Selling Health Book ‘New Health Paradigm’ Now 100% Free by Anthony Gucciardi Natural Health, 22 November 2012 We are tremendously thankful this holiday season to all of our readers for continuing to spread the word and support our operation through disseminating vital information to the public when it comes to not only natural health but everything that we cover here on NaturalSociety. In a display of thanks, we’re *making my top selling natura... more »

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA, RUSSIA REGION - 22nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 05:21:49 UTC Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 05:21:49 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 54.086°N, 168.301°E Depth 30 km (18.6 miles) Region KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA, RUSSIA REGION Distances 193 km (119 miles) SE of Nikol'skoye, Russia

Wild at Heart Heads Up

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 8 hours ago
Just a quick heads up: the local environmental organization Wild at Heart has rebooted and reconfigured their English site. Here is an excerpt from the English version of their Shadow Report on Nuclear Power: ...Like Fukushima Island, the location of the 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster, Taiwan is situated at the juncture of the Phillippine and Eurasian Tectonic Plates. Islands along this geologically active seabed bulge frequently experience high-magnitude earthquakes -- from 1991 to 2006, there were an average of 18,500 earthquakes per year, with 49,919 in 1999 alone. There are fau... more »


Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 8 hours ago
Producer/director Kathryn Bigelow (ex-wife of fellow film director James Cameron)'s HURT LOCKER won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2009, so it was only a matter of time before T.H.E.Y. asked her to do 'this': I don't know whether to laugh or cry, any more.

Mars Mystery

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This story is getting plenty of buzz and apparently we will have to wait a couple of weeks for confirmation. The point is obviously that some folks are excited. Most likely we have an unambiguous methane signature. Anyway it must be good news vis a vis the existence of biological life on Mars. Otherwise we are looking at rocks and minerals we know and understand or rocks and minerals we do not understand. Welcome to prospecting. Curiosity has been very productive and I expect plenty more. This is a strongly disturbed area promising plenty of interesting geology. *Mar... more »

Universal Translator at Microsoft

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
If one ever wanted to describe an intractable problem this is it. The hard reality is that for this to achieve near perfection, it will be necessary to produce artificial cognition that simulates ourselves. The speaker needs to know when the wrong choice has been supplied. It also needs to anticipate. Yet we have already learned that we can work with near enough for incoming information and human cognition. The other way is quite a different matter. Yet this is were a coaching protocol is necessary just as we do in language teaching. Perhaps we can get there yet. It ... more »

Identical Twin DNA Diverges

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is a natural outcome of our improving knowledge regarding DNA flexibility itself which is no longer seen as a fixed system but one that changes throughout life. Through items like this it is possible to capture the ongoing emergence of a vastly more dynamic model for human DNA. It is a revolution in understanding that remains invisible to the popular consciousness. *Identical Twins Are Genetically Different, Research Suggests* *By Tia Ghose, Sat, 10 Nov, 2012* * http://ca.news.yahoo.com/identical-twins-genetically-different-research-suggests-161105688.ht... more »

Third Generation Steel

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This can be described as third generation steel and it promises to be no more costly to produce. Impressively it will be excellent for toughening armor against IEDs. The quality of steel continues to advance and increase user options. It must be a part with the longest research program in human history considering that it has been unending and punctuated with rare successes that usually changed everything. All good. *High-strength material advancements at may lead to new, life-saving steel* * by Staff Writers* * Detroit MI (SPX) Nov 07, 2012* *The . steel be... more »

Refreshing Vietnamese Summer Rolls!

Casey at The Adventures of Limited Eating - 9 hours ago
*Refreshing Asian Summer Rolls!* * * Summer rolls are super delicious, and whenever I see them on the menu, I want to order them. But I have often found that they are a bit pricey, and sometimes I feel like 1 summer roll for £4 is just a bit overboard! A few years ago me and my sister Aly Cool and the Amazing Lisa made these summer rolls, and found that they are actually pretty simple (rolling these rolls can be a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it is pretty fun). So I decided to give summer rolls another attempt. And they turned out just perfect! They are super healt... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
I went up to Los Angeles today to meet with a friend of GW Hardin and Joe Crane to receive another dose of the Wholeness Blessing and also to get the Oneness Blesssing. That was itself an interesting experience which I will write about later. Forgive me if my writing is off, the two blessings really zonked me so my speech and writing is kind of like if I had been drinking or really tired.... On the way home to San Diego the traffic was quite severe in Orange County so I decided to avoid the I-5 and I-405 freeway and take the 73 toll road south as its quite a bit quicker. A... more »

Five Lingering Unsolved Mysteries From the JFK Assassination

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 9 hours ago
. . *By MARC McDONALD* It has now been 49 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Since then, thousands of books have been written about what is probably the single biggest unsolved mystery of the 20th century. After nearly half a century, it's becoming increasingly clear that we may never fully understand what happened that day. I myself have long harbored doubts about the government's own seriously flawed version of what happened in Dealey Plaza. The 1964 Warren Commission Report has rightfully been criticized over the years for the inaccuracies and flawed inform... more »

Oil Producing Countries Asked to Levy Carbon Tax on Exports

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Oh this will go over well with Ol' Shifty Steve Harper. A gaggle of poor nations are asking major oil producers to levy a 3-5% carbon tax on oil exported to affluent countries. The receipts would then be deposited in a "green climate fund" to help the poorest and most vulnerable countries adapt to global warming. *The Ecuadorean president, Rafael Correa, proposed a carbon tax at a summit of Arab and South American countries in October in Peru which included the heads of state and energy ministers of nine of Opec's 12 countries. The Guardian understands the proposal was taken ser... more »

The one hundred and sixty sixth weekly "No shit, Sherlock" award

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
This week's winner is a Tweeter on my timeline: 'I'm not optimistic. I'm 100% certain that rockets will continue to be fired at Israel. Palestinian terrorists doesn't want peace. Period. -- Andreas Fagerbakke (@afagerbakke)' Do you think? "No shit, Sherlock"


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
In the days before the US presidential election I asked a number of Brits what they thought about Obama and Romney. They all said that Obama was the good guy. Why? Because that was how he was presented on the TV news broadcasts. I remember asking a Moslem taxi driver in Manchester if he thought that al Qaeda was run by the CIA. The taxi driver's attitude was that bin Laden was very obviously an enemy of the CIA. Why? Because that's what his Moslem newspaper told him. *Website for this image* I remember asking a Hindu in Mumbai if he thought that India's chief enemy was the... more »

Well There Goes the Nativity Set

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Apparently "we" (that'd be the Vatican) really doesn't know when Jesus was born but they're guessing it was somewhere between 7 and 2 B.C. Then again, how could he have been born before B.C.? Wouldn't that be C.B.C. and, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that's spoken for. I don't know, this is way too deep for me. Anyway, Joe "The Rat" Ratzinger, better known as Pope Benny to the likes of you, says not only do we have the birth year of Jesus all wrong, there weren't any oxen, donkeys, sheep, goats or any other animals present at the birth? Really? It's an inn, the inn'... more »

Malaysia: Victim of America’s “Irregular Warfare” Ops?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 10 hours ago
2010 US Unconventional Warfare Manual (.pdf) *November 21, 2012* (Nile Bowie) - The issue of civil society groups receiving foreign funding has been a major point of discussion in Malaysia during recent times, causing controversy and drawing criticism from activists to members of Parliament alike. Some activists tend to view Putrajaya’s investigation into rights advocacy groups like SUARAM (a noted recipient of foreign funding) as a desperate attempt to stifle dissent and attack civil society. Former PM Mahathir Mohamad’s has repeatedly warned of a foreign-funded destabilization camp... more »

Expense account outrages? Only in government, you say? Puleeze!

david at Alberta Diary - 10 hours ago
Executives of Covenant Health enjoy a bottle of 2001 Il Piggione over lunch at Edmonton’s Characters Restaurant. Catholic health care executives may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Liberalbertaliberal Leader Raj Sherman. Alberta’s health care gong show continued to wheeze along yesterday with another revelation by the CBC that a couple of senior execs at ... more »

The Five-Step Guide To Preserving The Dream World: The Example of Israel

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*Photo: America and Israel, two magical kingdoms that live in Fantasyland.* *Related:** * *10 Reasons Why Reality Is A Collective Dream* *5 More Reasons Why Reality Is A Collective Dream* "The lie is omnipresent, and it affects almost every political argument we attempt to analyze. But a great many people continue to believe the lie, and to believe what politicians *say* their goals are, as opposed to what their actions consistently reveal." - Arthur Silber, *"The Infinite Human Capacity to Deny the Obvious."* "For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deli... more »

Elsewhere and Happy Thanksgiving

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I don't think I'll be posting anything on Thanksgiving, but perhaps I might on Friday (and I'll be over at Greg's place Friday afternoon). For those celebrating, then, enjoy! A couple of things to leave you with...I wrote one over at PP today about the question of whether conservatives are really going to take on Rush Limbaugh. And an old one: from last year, things for political junkies to be thankful for. Enjoy!

Salvatore Perrone Arrested: Suspect 'confesses' to killing two of three shopkeepers brutally murdered in Brooklyn

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A low-end clothing dealer was arrested Wednesday in the killings of three Brooklyn shopkeepers, police said. Salvatore Perrone, 63, of Staten Island, confessed to two of the killings after turning himself in to police, according to the New York Post. 'He puts himself at all three scenes,' a source told the Post. 'The motive is still unclear.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236459/Police-arrest-John-Doe-Duffel-Bags-Suspect-turns-seen-near-TWO-Brooklyn-murder-scenes.html

Revealed: Military emails show that NO U.S. sailors witnessed Osama bin Laden's secret burial at sea

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no American sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson, and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the secret ceremony. The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the al-Qaida leader's death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department. Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a Navy SEAL team that assaulted his compound in Abbottabad... more »

Two MORE 'victims' come forward to accuse Elmo star of grooming them for underage sex

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
After a week of allegations being made, retracted and renewed, voice of Elmo Kevin Clash, 52, faces Thanksgiving with the threat that two further 'victims' lurk in the wings. The puppeteer resigned from Sesame Street as Cecil Singleton, 23, became the second young man to allege sexual abuse. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236555/EXCLUSIVE-Two-victims-come-forward-accuse-Elmo-star-grooming-underage-sex.html

Flu jabs are a 'waste of taxpayer's money', claim scientists who say the benefits have been over-hyped

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The benefits of the annual flu jab have been ‘over-hyped’, scientists claim. They say the vaccine is far less effective than is widely believed, with some studies showing it protects less than two-thirds of the population. The US researchers say ministers in Britain as well as America are ‘wasting taxpayers’ money’ on the jab. And they claim that because the benefits have been so ‘over-promoted’, scientists have been deterred from inventing vaccines that would be far more effective. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2236253/Flu-jabs-waste-taxpayers-money-claim-scientists-ben... more »

Why Does John McCain Hate Susan Rice? Republicans and Benghazi

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
I’ve been curious why John McCain is pursuing Susan Rice with such a vengeance for her inopportune remarks on Sunday talk shows in September about the not-so spontaneous attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. As I think about other prospective nominees to lead the State Department like John Kerry, John McCain actually has more Continue reading

Essex House Fire: Deaths of six members of the same family in house fire now being treated as MURDER

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A tragic house fire which killed six members of the same family is now being treating by detectives as murder, after police said last night they believe someone burgled the home and then started a blaze. Sabah Usmani, 44, and sons Sohaib, 11, and Rayyan, six, and daughter Hira, 13, died last month in Harlow, Essex, with a third son, Muneeb, nine, and daughter Maheen, three, dying in hospital. Dr Usmani's husband Abdul Shakoor, 45, was the only survivor, and police have made a fresh appeal for witnesses because ‘someone knows something’ about the incident but has failed to tell offi... more »

A shambles! The truth about our leaky borders... Lack of checks let thousands of illegal immigrants stay in Britain

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers were allowed to stay in the UK without proper checks in yet another borders scandal, it emerged last night. A Government inspector found that thousands of foreign nationals were granted an ‘amnesty’ without their files even being looked at. Officials at the shambolic UK Border Agency (UKBA) also ignored evidence of deception and fraud by applicants whose cases dated back up to 17 years. Some 124,000 cases were put in cold storage without proper checks to see if the applicant could be found. It has since emerged 37,50... more »

Secret courts plan is left in tatters after Lords reject closed hearings by crushing majority

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Peers voted by crushing majorities for fundamental changes to the Justice and Security Bill, which would allow civil cases involving national security to be conducted in secret. By margins of over 100 votes, peers voted to remove ministers' exclusive right to apply for secret hearings and to give judges ultimate discretion in deciding whether or not they should be held behind closed doors. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236585/Secret-courts-plan-chaos-Lords-reject-closed-hearings-crushing-majority.html

Sudan makes arrests after foiled "sabotage attempt:" state-linked media

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Sudan's security services thwarted a "sabotage attempt" led by opposition forces and arrested a number of civilian and military figures in connection with the incident early on Thursday, state-linked media reported. Witnesses told Reuters they saw tanks and armored vehicles moving down a major street in central Khartoum, the capital, around midnight. A Reuters reporter said security in the area appeared normal in the early morning. Sudan, ruled by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir since he seized power in a 1989 coup, has avoided the massive political upheaval that has convulsed other... more »

EU budget summit offers hours of hard bargaining.....Hands up, if you think this is another waste of time!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
EU leaders are to begin talks on the bloc's seven-year budget, with many of them calling for cuts in line with the savings they are making nationally. Countries that rely heavily on EU funding, including Poland and its ex-communist neighbours, want current spending levels maintained or raised. The UK and some other net contributors say cuts have to be made. At stake are 973bn euros (£782.5bn; $1,245bn). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20435667

"Logical Proof for God": A compelling video

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Added info:* While this lecture is given to a Muslim audience, I'm sure those of all those faiths will enjoy its science and sincerity. Perhaps it may even wake up a non-believer or two.

European Space Agency approves Ariane 5 rocket upgrade, Yeah! We are Made of Money in Europe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
European Space Agency (Esa) member states have resolved key issues at their ministerial council and agreed a 10.1bn euro (£8.1bn) programme of activities. The big decisions included approval for an upgrade to Europe's Ariane 5 rocket in parallel with design work on a replacement for the early 2020s. Backing was also given to the project to provide the propulsion unit for Nasa's new manned capsule, Orion. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20440134

Republican Whoremonger Outpolls Romney

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Lance Gilman is a happy camper. He was just elected County Commissioner in Storey County, Nevada-- and elected by a wide margin. It's a tiny county-- population 4,010, horseshoed between Washoe (Reno) and Carson. Storey was the only county in the state to vote to legalize marijuana in the 2006 referendum. Earlier this month, President Obama got 920 votes there (40%) and Romney got 1,321 votes (57%). Of Nevada's 17 counties, Storey was the 5th best-performing for the president. Gilman, a grandfather, did better than Romney, winning 62% of the vote. Prostitution is legal there-- and... more »

Avian Flu H5N1 Outbreak in Bangladesh

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
BANGLADESH - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus caused by the H5N1 virus has been reported at a commercial farm near Dhaka to the OIE. The outbreak was reported by Dr Musaddique Hossain, Director (Animal Health & Administration), Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. http://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultrynews/27370/avian-flu-h5n1-outbreak-in-bangladesh

Australia quarantines farm to contain H7 bird flu outbreak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Australia's first outbreak of a highly pathogenic bird flu virus in 15 years should be contained by a cull of 50,000 chickens, authorities said on Friday, although they do not know what caused the case at an egg farm in New South Wales state. The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) said all chickens at the property in Maitland, 160 km (100 miles) north of Sydney, will be destroyed after the H7 virus was detected last week. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-australia-birdflu-idUKBRE8AE14B20121116

Gaza truce could pave way for new US peace push

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Egypt's* The US success in helping to broker a Gaza ceasefire shows it cannot turn its back on the Middle East and should perhaps seize the moment to try to rekindle peace talks, experts said. With Egypt's new Islamist President Mohamed Morsi emerging strengthened from his first big test, having shown he can act as a broker between Israel and the Palestinians, the time could be right for a new American push, they said. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jt4BotGp6JxPydM1sbLfeAFhzkQQ?docId=CNG.f426549e76ca1e99f97fd9122609ad8c.41

ADHD Medication for prisoners so they have yet another excuse for their Behaviour

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Treating a common behavioural disorder in convicted criminals could dramatically reduce the risk of them re-offending, new research suggests. One of the biggest studies of its kind has found that people diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at least 30% less likely to commit crime if they are given medication. The researchers now say that if prisoners suffering from ADHD were identified and treated, the impact on the criminal justice system could be significant. http://news.sky.com/story/1014786/adhd-medication-may-cut-reoffending-rates

UK Renters Warned About 'Rogue' Letting Agents

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The lettings sector needs more regulation, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said, after revealing a rise in the number of so-called rogue agents. Those renting properties are at risk of being taken advantage of by unscrupulous agents amid "a total lack of effective regulation", RICS warned after surveying 2,000 people. The organisation said that renters had come to expect "worryingly low standards", with two thirds of those questioned saying they had not been given an inventory when they moved into a rented property in the last two years. http://news.sky.com... more »

Cameron To Insist On Austerity In EU Budget

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
David Cameron travels to Brussels later insisting that austerity being enforced around Europe is reflected in the EU's budget. He will join leaders from all 27 countries at a special summit to set the European Union's spending limits from 2014 to 2020. It is a complex and deeply divisive process, with the UK balking at the European Commission's opening gambit - to increase the overall spending ceiling to a maximum €1,091,000,000,000. This was flatly rejected by Britain and nearly all the net contributors to the European Union. http://news.sky.com/story/1014803/cameron-to-insist-on... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 22nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 01:42:48 UTC Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 11:42:48 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.790°S, 154.358°E Depth 398.7 km (247.8 miles) Region BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 137 km (85 miles) WNW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ALASKA PENINSULA - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 23:30:07 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 02:30:07 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 54.309°N, 160.757°W Depth 23.2 km (14.4 miles) Region ALASKA PENINSULA Distances 94 km (58 miles) SW of Chernabura Island, Alaska

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 22:52:28 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:52:28 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.985°S, 72.012°W Depth 9.8 km (6.1 miles) Region OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE Distances 55 km (34 miles) SW of San Antonio, Chile

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 22:51:22 UTC Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 07:51:22 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.978°S, 72.183°W Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) Region OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE Distances 67 km (41 miles) SW of San Antonio, Chile

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN REGION - 21st November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 22:25:25 UTC Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 06:25:25 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 23.978°N, 122.341°E Depth 22 km (13.7 miles) Region TAIWAN REGION Distances 74 km (45 miles) E of Hualian, Taiwan

Legalise drugs–the debate

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 13 hours ago
In response to the decision by Coloradan and Washingtonian voters to legalise marijuana, the Obama administration admits that marijuana legalization can do miracles. According to the federal government, the price of pot will plummet following legalization while remaining above the black-market level. Pot will be dangerously cheap yet dangerously expensive at the same time. Someone’s obviously smoking something, and it’s not just the good people of Colorado and Washington. Should marijuana be legalised all across the board? Should all states? How about all drugs? This timely deb... more »

Could Obama put himself in a position to run for a third term?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago

Thanksgiving comes but once a year -- thank goodness!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*The Black Friday rush begins . . .* Jack Ziegler, in this week's *New Yorker* *by Ken* Our management kindly let us office drones decamp at 2pm this afternoon on condition that all our work was done. The bell rang, and as if by magic everyone's work was done. (In truth, we didn't have exactly a full complement onsite when the bell rang.) So I've had plenty of time to think of some appropriate way to celebrate Thanksgiving here among the takers-not-makers class. Don't ask me why, but most of the day my brain kept cycling back to Jim Hightower's newly posted column. Naturally no asp... more »

Can't They See How This Ends?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 15 hours ago
The U.S. military has really fallen for this remote-controlled mayhem business. The latest and greatest thing is the miniature, one-way drone. It has a range of between 6 to 10-miles, it can loiter over the target from 10 to 30-minutes, and then it ends its service life by flying into the ground, detonating a couple of pounds of high explosive. Some can be controlled by a ground operator sitting in the safety of a cozy bunker. Others can use GPS guidance. Others might even be robotic, flying to the designated spot and waiting until it detects something with the parameters ... more »


The agreement that came into effect just a few hours is not an accord for peace but merely a ceasefire. It is unlikely to be permanent and further talks are unlikely to yield much for the Palestinians. Meanwhile, the Israeli troops amassed at the Gaza Strip’s borders continue their build-up and they remain on alert ready to move a moments notice as Netanyahu warns “of possible additional military action if the cease-fire fails to lead to long-term security”. What Netanyahu’s idea of ‘long-term security’ might be is anyone’s guess. It may well be that all Netanyahu wants is a bit more... more »


noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 16 hours ago
British fetus fascist and lying MP Nadine Dorries is the first contestant voted out of a reality show. The MP for Mid Bedfordshire said she decided to take part in the reality TV show to get her controversial views on issues such as abortion across to the wider public. But if that was the case, she appears not to have won them over. Her unpopularity with the public was clearly evident in viewers' repeatedly voting for her to undergo bushtucker trials, eating a range of gruesome delicacies including a camel's toe, an ostrich's anus and some cattle genitals, which the Sun recorded wi... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 16 hours ago
*THE MOVIE "V" IS UPLIFTING ...UNTIL WE BEGIN TO ADMIT THAT IT IS JUST A FAIRY TAIL AND CAN'T HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE.* *BUT ANONYMOUS CERTAINLY HAS HAPPENED!* By David L Griscom Back on November 8th, I was convinced that Karl Rove failed to deliver Ohio to Romney because his original vote-flipping software failed to account for an unexpectedly high percentage of Obama voters in Ohio, and his televised late-night insistence that Romney would still win would have lead to wide-spread suspicion if he had rigged it. However, it turns out that the election system in Ohio on Election Nigh... more »

I am thankful - Updated

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 17 hours ago
I am *really* thankful I'm not trying to get out of Manhattan tonight. This is the crowd *outside* of Penn Station. [photo via The Matthew Keys] This is what it looks like inside the station. [photo via Hudsonette] And this is what's happening. WPIX: Nightmare before Thanksgiving: Penn Station shut down as signal problems cripple LIRR, NJ Transit, Amtrak (Story). My sympathy to the thousands who are living through it. *Meanwhile*: Grand Central Station is relative empty. [photo via A Great Big City] Always loved that train station. And as a child, loved the automat that was... more »
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