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Sunday, November 25, 2012

25 November - Blogs I'm Following III

English: Eric Joyce, Labour MP of UK Parliamen...
English: Eric Joyce, Labour MP of UK Parliament for Falkirk, ex-military and interested in Defence, Great Lakes Region of Africa and Social Media. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 minutes ago
Members we'll miss, by Jennifer Steinhauer. Do tax breaks to encourage savings for retirement actually work? Perhaps not. Annie Lowrey reports -- in a new and promising NYT blog for reporting on the fiscal cliff negotiations. Anything that has Lowrey and David Leonhardt (and several other excellent journalists) reporting is going to be worth reading."Debt Reckoning" sure is an awful title, though. Big 2014 cycle news: Shelley Moore Capito is running for the Senate. Interesting -- she's been passing on opportunities to run for some time now, as she's generally been considered the G... more »

Too ill to stand trial for fraud. . . but disgraced former MP Margaret Moran is spotted at the pub FIVE DAYS after missing court date because she was 'too depressed'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 minutes ago
The ex-Labour MP was seen drinking at a pub in West End, Southampton, with her husband Michael Booker (above) only five days after she was deemed too depressed to defend herself in court. She did not have to appear at Southwark Crown Court on November 13 nor enter a plea to the 15 charges of false accounting and six of using false information after a judge ruled her 'severe depressive disorder' meant she was unable to defend herself. She was seen leaving Westminster Magistrates Court in September 2011 (right) looking bowed and weeping openly. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article... more »

Victims of the thought police: Snatched foster children are 'traumatised' say loving couple branded racist for supporting UKIP

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 minutes ago
The couple appealed for the return of the foster children they love who call them 'mum and dad'. The three Eastern European youngsters were taken away after social services discovered the couple were members of UKIP. Council chiefs at Labour-controlled Rotherham are due to review findings of an internal inquiry into the handling of the case today. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2238379/Victims-thought-police-Snatched-foster-children-traumatised-say-loving-couple-branded-racist-supporting-UKIP.html

Israel successfully tests missile defense system

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 minutes ago
Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system Sunday, the military said, a step toward making the third leg of what Israel calls its ‘‘multilayer missile defense’’ operational. The ‘‘David’s Sling’’ system is designed to stop mid-range missiles. It successfully passed its test, shooting down its first missile in a drill Sunday in southern Israel, the military said. The system is designed to intercept projectiles with ranges of up to 300 kilometers (180 miles). http://www.boston.com/news/world/middle-east/2012/11/25/israel-successfully-tests-missile-defense-system/2COg... more »

'Austerity Era Could Last Up To Eight Years'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 minutes ago
A key financial target of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement next week may have to be abandoned, according to a leading think tank. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said that the target that debt should be falling in the 2015-16 tax year may be too difficult to achieve. The IFS added that George Osborne may even be forced to announce yet more spending cuts or tax increases for the next Parliament in order to meet his other fiscal targets. http://news.sky.com/story/1016241/austerity-era-could-last-up-to-eight-years


Anon at aangirfan - 16 minutes ago
Anonymous left this comment on the post "SIR CYRIL THREATENED TO SUE 'AND WAS PROTECTED BY MI5.": I'm sure that, unless something happens, a whistleblower for example, the Savile expose will die a quiet death. These people are too entrenched, for so long, so deep, with so much to lose, that they're pulling the stops out all the way and will succeed. They'll offer the odd sacrifice, low echelon nobody's, cheap at the price, but these people are too powerful to allow themselves to be exposed. People get bored so easily today. All they need to do is drag it out long enough with no... more »

Reduce Footprints in on Hiatus (#CTWW #MtaGt)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 22 minutes ago
*We are on hiatus. Please join us when we return mid-January. In the meantime, check out the wonderful sites who've linked up in previous**Meet & Greet Mondays**and visit the**Change The World Wednesday page**for a list of all the challenges we've taken so far. Thank you all for your support in 2012.** **Happy Holidays ... And wishing you the very best in the new year!*

Ohio GOP Revs Up The Republican Party War Against Women Again

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 minutes ago
President Obama would have been reelected even without Ohio's 18 electoral votes, but it was clear from Day One that Romney would have no chance to capture the White House without them. In the end it was pretty close. Obama took 2,697,260 and Romney took 2,593,779. Republicans also banked heavily on winning back the Senate by defeating Ohio Democratic freshman Sherrod Brown. Aside from the $16 million their candidate, Josh Mandel, spent himself, another $22,000,000 was spent by outside groups to tear down Brown and bolster Mandel. It didn't work. Brown took 2,645,901 votes and Man... more »

Catalans Back Pro-Independence Parties

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
Voters in Catalonia have overwhelmingly backed parties that favour breaking away from Spain, but the region's biggest party saw its majority in parliament fall. Artur Mas, the current Catalonia president and leader of the centre-right Covergence and Union (CiU) alliance, had promised a referendum on "self-determination" if the election had given him a strong mandate. However, with just 50 seats in the 135-seat regional parliament the CiU was 18 short of the absolute majority he desired. http://news.sky.com/story/1016369/catalans-back-pro-independence-parties

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood HQ Clashes 'Kill One'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 24 minutes ago
At least one person has been killed in clashes outside an office of Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood, reports say. The violence at the Freedom and Justice Party headquarters in the Nile Delta town of Damanhour came amid widespread anger in Egypt over President Mohamed Morsi's decision to grant himself sweeping new powers. "Brotherhood member, Islam Fathy Masoud, 15, was killed and 60 were injured after thugs attacked the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters in Damanhour in the total absence of police forces," the party's website said. http://news.sky.com/story/1016329/egypt-muslim-bro... more »

Gas Worker's Blunder Caused Strip Club Blast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 26 minutes ago
An explosion which flattened a strip club in Springfield, Massachusetts, has been blamed on a gas worker who accidentally pierced a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak. The blast levelled the Scores Gentlemen's Club on Friday evening, and blew out the windows of dozens more buildings up to three blocks away. Eighteen people were hurt. Most of the injured were part of a group of gas workers, firefighters and police officers who ducked for cover behind a lorry just before the blast. Officials said it was a miracle no one was killed. http://news.sky.com/story/1016374/gas-... more »

Drivers 'Risking Lives' On Flooded Roads

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 37 minutes ago
Rescue services have told drivers to stop motoring into flood waters as strong winds and heavy rains bring chaos to the country's roads. Emergency crews said that motorists must remember that while their vehicles may be four-wheel drives, they are not "amphibious". According to the West Midlands Ambulance Service there has been a surprisingly high number of call-outs to 4x4 vehicles as people try to find short cuts away from flooded roads across country. http://news.sky.com/story/1016252/floods-drivers-warned-against-risking-lives

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE - 26th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 37 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Monday, November 26, 2012 at 00:17:15 UTC Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 05:17:15 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.062°S, 108.320°W Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) Region CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE Distances 2001 km (1243 miles) N of Easter Island, Chile


Anon at aangirfan - 37 minutes ago

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake RONDONIA, BRAZIL - 25th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 41 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 22:57:42 UTC Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 06:57:42 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.463°S, 63.017°W Depth 19.4 km (12.1 miles) Region RONDONIA, BRAZIL Distances 50 km (31 miles) N of Ariquemes, Brazil

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN COLOMBIA - 25th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 41 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 22:24:09 UTC Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 05:24:09 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 6.864°N, 73.127°W Depth 158.8 km (98.7 miles) Region NORTHERN COLOMBIA Distances 16 km (9 miles) SSW of Piedecuesta, Colombia

The Real News: "Morsi Must Go" Chant Thousands of Egyptians

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 43 minutes ago
These damn Muslim Brotherhood thugs are going ape shit in Egypt. They want to enforce sharia law in chaos-ridden Egypt, but only when it comes to cultural and social issues. They slavishly accept IMF (usury) loans.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF AISEN, CHILE - 25th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 46 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 22:11:45 UTC Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 05:11:45 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 44.357°S, 77.858°W Depth 14.3 km (8.9 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF AISEN, CHILE Distances 368 km (228 miles) WSW of Puerto Quellon, Chile

Peace in the Middle East?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
Peace in the Middle East? Who are you kidding? It’s not peace, it’s just a ceasefire. A temporary cessation of hostilities in which Iran can re-arm Hamas with more rockets to fire at civilians, the *chatterati* can lambast Israel for responding, and Hamas can celebrate “victory” by broadcasting “death to Israel” music on the very day the “ceasefire” began. In which a “blockade” still exists, but only on weapons—which Hamas seem to have no problems getting anyway—and there’s a memory black-hole about the border Gaza enjoys abutting Egypt. In which folk can twitter about “atrociti... more »

Carla Bruni: A woman's place is in one of her homes (And a fine example of disconnection from reality)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
As a one-time bohemian, lover of rock stars and champagne socialist turned Right-wing presidential consort, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has lived a life far removed from most women’s. Read the article here

Michael Tsarion on The Soul

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
This is an excerpt from a *longer presentation* called, "Age of Manipulation," that Michael Tsarion gave in 2010 in Sweden.

LOL @ This Statement

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
An excerpt from Reza Marashi's article in The Cairo Review called, *"Dealing with Iran"*: Finding ways to communicate—let alone compromise—with the Iranian government over divisive issues has been a key U.S. goal since the outset of the Obama administration. The Iranian obstacles to successful diplomacy are well documented: authoritarian governance; warring political elites; and a disputed presidential election that shattered an already fragile semblance of regime unity. This analysis is so wrong. Two points. 1) The Obama administration has never seriously engaged Iran's leaders... more »

Recession Predicted for 2013: Why? Because the Shadow Banking System Continues to Drain the System of Capital

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Morgan Stanley’s Doom Scenario: Major Recession in 2013 Published: Tuesday, 20 Nov 2012 | http://www.cnbc.com/id/49898014 [Excerpted] The global economy is likely to be stuck in the “twilight zone” of sluggish growth in 2013, Morgan Stanley has warned, but if policymakers fail to act, it could get a lot worse.... ..Morgan Stanley isn’t alone in warning about a recession next year. Noted bear, Nouriel Roubini warned on Monday that certain key developments would exacerbate the downside risks to global growth in 2013....[end excerpt] Majia here: Now why is the global economy heading for... more »

Doctors as Drug Pushers

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
As drug industry’s influence over research grows, so does the potential for bias. Peter Whoriskey the Washington Post Nov 24[Excerpted] For drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, the 17-page article in the New England Journal of Medicine represented a coup. The 2006 report described a trial that compared three diabetes drugs and concluded that Avandia, the company’s new drug, performed best. What only careful readers of the article would have gleaned is the extent of the financial connections between the drugmaker and the research. The trial had been funded by GlaxoSmithKline, and each of the 1... more »

Kenneth Feinberg speaks on 911 victim compensation.

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 2 hours ago
Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw the $7 billion compensation fund for Sept. 11 victims, said the fund was "unique in American history." The 9/11 fund: Putting a price on life The 9/11 fund: Putting a price on life By Aaron Smith @CNNMoney September 7, 2011: 9:38 AM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were unprecedented, not only in their intensity and devastation, but in the way Washington responded. Eleven days after the attacks claimed more than 2,700 lives, Congress created a $7 billion fund to compensate 5,562 family members of the fallen.... more »

Bears on ice and sea

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago

Dear Stephen Harper: Most Canadians Don't Give A Crap About The Monarchy And The War of 1812 ... but we love Public Health Care!!!

leftdog at Buckdog - 3 hours ago
*OTTAWA - Canadians, it seems, love their universal health care. The monarchy? Not so much.* *A new national poll commissioned by the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies examined the pride Canadians place in a list of more than a dozen symbols, achievements and attributes.* *The online survey of 2,207 respondents by Leger Marketing found universal health care was almost universally loved, with 94 per cent calling it an important source of collective pride — including 74 per cent who called it "very important."* *At the other end of the spectrum, just 39 per cent of r... more »

CIA's Advice: Never Watch TV

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Alan Watt speaking:

Urban Gadabout: Have you checked out the Dec.-Jan.-Feb. Municipal Art Society walking-tour schedule? (Plus: Winter tour update)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*MAS tours with Francis Morrone, Joe Svehlak, ???, and Matt Postal (you should be able to click to enlarge a bit)* *by Ken* I should have mentioned sooner for the benefit of New Yorkers that the new Municipal Art Society walking-tour schedule -- once again covering three months, December through February -- is available online. As I've mentioned here before, in the two years I've been doing MAS tours, following my ridiculously late discovery that there *are* such things -- they really have changed my life. I just did a quick count on my online calendar and see that I registered f... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
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Nunavut RCMP charge seven BCC prisoners in wake of jail fires

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
Three men face charges of arson endangering life and aggravated assaultNUNATSIAQ NEWS [image: Herbert Janes, Willie Ishulutak and Sylvester Tarraq are escorted to an RCMP vehicle after appearing Nov. 23 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit. The three are charged with aggravated assault and arson endangering life in connection with the Nov. 12 fires at Baffin Correctional Centre. (PHOTO BY DAVID MURPHY)] Herbert Janes, Willie Ishulutak and Sylvester Tarraq are escorted to an RCMP vehicle after appearing Nov. 23 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit. The three are charged wi... more »

Too bad you missed it: Alishan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
This weekend I repeated a ride that Drew and I had done back in Dec of 2010, Taichung to Caoling on Day 1, then Caoling up Alishan to Fenchihu and then down to Chaiyi city on the glorious 159甲 on Day 2. The ride up Alishan and down the 159甲is one of the loveliest on the island and I had long wanted to repeat it. But there was a problem: on that ride, I was pretty wiped out after the climbing on Day 1 and had to walk a long stretch of the brutal 169 on Day 2. This time I was determined not to fail. I had the 11-32 cassette on my bike (I have a SRAM Apex groupset) swapped for an 11-36... more »

#2 Graham Kicks Grovers Pledge to the Curb

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
From the Hill Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said he is ready to violate conservative activist Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge to reach a deal to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff." Graham is the second high-profile Republican to assert his independence from Norquist this week, following Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.),who told a local radio station: “I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge." Graham was more specific about his objection to the pledge than Chambliss. "I agree with Grover that we shouldn’t raise rates, but I think Grover is wrong whe... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 4 hours ago
I am a bit under the weather today, so bare with me. I have been on cold medication and right now, my head is throbbing. But hey, I figured I would at least try to get this week's rant off and running.. I came under fire for my recent article about how the "big kahuna" of the so called "truth movement", Mr. Alex Jones himself, stuck his foot in his mouth again by saying that Iran wanted to wipe Israel off the map. It does seem that there are those Alex Jones lovers out there that will not stand any criticism of their hero. That's too bad, because I look upon that buffoon as a h... more »

Losers are not winners

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
What part of losing does the GOP not get? I've had enough of these uncritical media steno jobs detailing Republican demands to avoid the mythical fiscal cliff. Which isn't even a cliff. Hell, it's barely a skip on a sidewalk. But that aside, this is ridiculous. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said he is ready to violate conservative activist Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge to reach a deal to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff." [...] "I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country," Graham said on ABC's "This Week." "When you’re $16 trillion in debt,... more »

The New York Times is Pathetic

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
"The Toilet Paper Of Record" - Gerald Celente. Check out, *"Look at the caption for this picture in the New York Times,"*from the Angry Arab site. Also, check out, *"New York Times Photo Captions,"* and, *"New York Times calculations."*

History Repeating Itself - Why Walmart is Not a Good Deal

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/11/25 *Published on Sunday, November 25, 2012 by Common Dreams* *Over 100 Workers Killed in Bangladesh Sweatshop Fire* Anti-sweatshop campaigners say 'negligence' and systemic mistreatment and disregard of workers to blame A fire roared through a multi-story garmet [sic] factory outside the capital city of Dhaka, Bangladesh on Saturday night, killing more than 110 people. The garmet [sic] industry in Bangladesh makes clothes for many familiar brands in the US—including Wal-Mart, JC Penney, H&M, The Gap, and others—but poor working condit... more »

Separatists winning in Catalonia, Spain - early results

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago

D-FOX: Please contact us if you can read this

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
To D-fox: if you're reading this, please contact us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. It's important -- we believe.

Sunday Question for Liberals

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
Who is your dark horse candidate for a cabinet job?

The Tejas Challenge

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Texas now has the second largest congressional delegation in the country-- 36 House members to California's 52. The Democrats hold half the number of seats the Republicans hold-- 12 to 24. Ominously for Team Red, the only incumbent defeated this cycle was Republican freshman Quico Canseco, who was beaten by Blue Dog Pete Gallego in TX-23, a huge stretch of southwest Texas just west of San Antonio all the way to the outskirts of El Paso, right along the Rio Grande and Mexican border in the south and almost as far north as a GOP heartland around Odessa-Midland. It was the only dist... more »

Long-Term English Learners: Invest in Libraries and Librarians

skrashen at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
Sent to the Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA, Nov. 25, 2012 Most of the proposals to deal with long-term English learners (“California's English language learners getting stuck in schools' remedial programs,” November 25) focus on tracking and measurement. None discuss a cure. Our research shows that students who develop a pleasure reading habit in English do better on English language tests, and a number of case histories confirm that those who successfully acquire “academic English” were dedicated readers. California makes this very difficult to happen. Many English learners come from ... more »

Sunday Question for Conservatives

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
A bunch of liberals are complaining again about John McCain showing up on the Sunday shows all the time. I've said in the past that it's not up to liberals or Democrats to decide which Republicans are on those shows (it's a valid complaint if liberals are underrepresented, but that's a different question). But it is a valid complaint if conservatives don't want him on those shows. So: do you like it or not that John McCain is on the Sunday shows all the time, and is generally still, four years after his presidential campaign, probably ones of the most visible Republicans out there?

GAIA PORTAL: Essentials entered into Gaia consciousness stream are sufficient for next steps to proceed

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
*Essentials entered into Gaia consciousness stream are sufficient for next steps to proceed* by ÉirePort Essentials entered into Gaia consciousness stream are sufficient for next steps to proceed. Upgrades for Hue-man bio-vehicle approved. Bio-dome is readied. Energetic connection points are resonating. Gaia clearance/cleansings are in progress. *Prepare for strong cleansing period.* ÉirePort | November 25, 2012

Occupy Sandy Aids Storm Victims

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 hours ago
Local disaster response outpaces, outperforms, outclasses federal relief efforts. *Editor's Note: For the past two years I have been writing about what is wrong in this world. Now I believe the time has come to focus more attention on what we should do about it. From agriculture to technology, to local education and infrastructure, to leveraging the latest in science and technology to improve and expand our healthcare system, the newly created website LocalOrg will serve as a clearinghouse for both concepts and success stories. * * We are not helpless observers. If we don't like wh... more »

Egyptian Judges: Morsi Must Withdraw His Declaration

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Source of photo.* After orchestrating a ceasefire in Gaza with the Obama administration, Morsi thought he could use his new prestige to impose his will on the Egyptian people. But Morsi's miscalculation of his power has left a bad taste in the mouths of many Egyptians. Egypt is descending into chaos, violence, and rebellion. Let's hope the wisdom, courage, vigilance, and intelligence of Egyptians proves to be too overwhelming for any would-be dictator. An excerpt from an article called, *"After the #Nov23 , the battle continues,"* on the blog "Egyptian Chronicles" [I've highlig... more »

'Satellites show Iran moving quickly to rearm Hamas'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Israeli intelligence satellites have spied the loading of rockets and other materiel believed to be destined for the Gaza Strip, The Sunday Times reported citing Israeli officials. According to the report, Iran began preparing the weapons shipment around the same time Israel and Hamas negotiated cease-fire understandings late last week. http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=293324

Arafat's Remains to Be Exhumed Tuesday

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
RAMALLAH, West Bank—The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday. Arafat died in November 2004 in a French military hospital, a month after suddenly falling ill. Palestinian officials claim he was poisoned by Israel, but haven't presented evidence. Israel has denied such allegations. Earlier this year, the detection of a lethal radioactive substance in biological traces on Arafat's clothing sparked a new investigation. Tests were inconclusive, and experts sai... more »

you think ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago

Wildrose leader to Albertans: You’re gullible and stupid!

david at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
Pastor Allan Hunsperger in exile, as seen by the Wildrose Party’s leadership. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith (mean photo by Dave Cournoyer); the real Allan Hunsperger; party strategist Tom Flanagan; Wildrose House Leader Rob Anderson. Despite an amusing Pierre Poutine moment before it started, the Wildrose Party’s one-day annual general meeting in Edmonton yesterday seems ... more »

I'm so excited, just can't hide it

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 9 hours ago
Seems like I've been waiting forever for the new Hobbit movie but it's almost here now. Just saw Peter Jackson's latest video blog on the post production phase but I liked the previous one about the last days of the shoot better. Better spoilers. If you click to watch it on youtube directly, you can catch up on all the blogs and trailers you may have missed. Looks it's going to be even better than LOTR. And my sister just told me it's going to be playing at IMAX around here. So even more excited now.

The turmoil in Egypt underscores just how fragile the post-Arab Spring situation is

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Following his phenomenal diplomatic success in brokering a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has unexpectedly ignited a war in domestic politics. His declaration on November 22 arrogating extraordinary powers to the office of the president over the judiciary and other public institutions blocking the revolution has triggered mass unrest across Egypt and kick-started a cycle of confrontation and realignment among different political factions. Massive crowds hailing from different ideological camps chanting, "Morsi is the new Mubarak" (i.e. former ... more »

December 3rd: ITU, U.N. could end the free Internet

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
Lots of worried voices have claimed that various large corporations such as Microsoft, Google, or others would restrict the freedom of the exchange of information on the Internet. I have always considered these worries silly – and I will always count the people with a hardwired corporation-phobia to be hardcore communists. In particular, none of the IT or communication corporations has ever had a sufficient monopoly to stop the flow of the information – and most of the largest ones are literally motivated to support as diverse ways of exchanging the information as possible becaus... more »

ALEC/Heartland - Climate Change Deniers Til the End

2old2care at Because I Can - 10 hours ago
It is interesting how the search engines change from day to day. Today not much out there about ALEC educational policies – cause people actually believe that ALEC has changed their stance – oh what fools those mortals be. Anyway – today’s trending topic is climate. From Bernie Sanders webpage this morning: Renewable Energy Mandates The Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank skeptical of climate change science, has joined with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council to write model legislation aimed at reversing state renewable energy mandates across the cou... more »

Daled Amos: Did Abbas Give The Order For Israel's Operation Pillar?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago

Graph of the Day: Winter Precipitation and Summer Temperature in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1900-2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: Observed wintertime precipitation (blue), which contributes most to the annual budget, and summertime temperature (red), which is most important with respect to evaporative drying, with their long-term trend for the eastern Mediterranean region. World Bank, 2012] Observed wintertime precipitation (blue), which contributes most to the annual budget, and summertime temperature (red), which is most important with respect to evaporative drying, with their long-term trend for the eastern Mediterranean region. World Bank, 2012 Climate Change Report Warns of Dramatically Warmer W... more »

More than 150,000 forced off benefits after refusing to participate in Iain Duncan-Smith's back-to-work scheme

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
More than 150,000 jobless people have been stripped of benefits after refusing to accept help to get back into work. One in ten long-term unemployed on the Government’s flagship back-to-work programme opted to go without benefit rather than accept help to get them a job. And thousands more voluntarily stop claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance as soon as they are referred to the Work Programme. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237894/More-150-000-forced-benefits-refusing-participate-Iain-Duncan-Smiths-work-scheme.html

UK gives £19million aid to South Africa - its president spends £17.5million on his palace As his people struggle in squalor

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
It is a nation racked by poverty, where 13 million people survive on less than £1 a day, and two million have no access to a toilet. Yet as his people struggle in squalor, South African president Jacob Zuma has sparked outrage by spending £17.5 million to upgrade his rural family home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2238017/UK-gives-19million-aid-South-Africa--president-spends-17-5million-palace.html

'Satellites show Iran moving quickly to rearm Hamas'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago

Scientists rush to save manta rays, the ‘pandas of the ocean’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: A feeding station popular with manta rays is not far from the Misool Eco Resort and Conservation Center in Raja Ampat, eastern Indonesia. Rebecca Pilkington-Vincett via NBC News] By Adrienne Mong 24 November 2012 RAJA AMPAT, Indonesia (NBC News) – They’ve been described by one scientist as “pandas of the ocean.” “They’re such an iconic species, beloved by divers,” said Andrea Marshall, director of the Marine Megafauna Foundation, who came up with the description during an interview with NBC News. “They’re just amazing.” Unlikely as it might seem, the panda and the manta... more »

Syrian Rebels 'Capture' Marj al Sultan Airport

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Syrian troops have been battling Free Syrian Army rebels for control of a military airbase on the outskirts of Damascus, according to monitors. The rebels captured a "large part" of Marj al Sultan airport, 15 kilometres (nine miles) east of Damascus, and destroyed two helicopters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. http://news.sky.com/story/1016303/syrian-rebels-capture-marj-al-sultan-airport

While 58 Million a day goes to the EU...... Britain's poorest families 'facing 30% cut to their annual income by 2017' as Government slashes spending

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Hidden public service cuts will drain Britain's poorest families of 30 per cent of their annual income by 2017, as the coalition's tough spending targets begin to bite, new TUC research reveals. It said reductions in benefits and family tax credits, combined with continuing cuts to welfare, will 'cause considerable financial harm for millions of families'. The dire predictions come as chancellor George Osborne prepares to deliver his autumn statement on December 5, in which he is expected to detail a further £10bn of welfare savings over the next five years. http://www.dailymail.co... more »

No wonder they don't want to cut the budget! 3,000 Eurocrats who earn more than David Cameron (and they get 93 DAYS holiday a year)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
More than 3,300 eurocrats are paid more than the Prime Minister, it has been revealed today. Many are entitled to 93 days holiday a year, living conditions allowances of up to 40 per cent of their salary, and a host of other benefits including first class travel, and top of the range office cars. It comes after it was revealed that EU officials had quaffed £120 bottles of wine as they discussed austerity measures. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2238135/3-000-Eurocrats-earn-David-Cameron-93-DAYS-holiday-year.html

British secondary school teacher is unmasked as convicted murderer

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A man convicted of murder in Bangladesh is teaching at a secondary school in east London after checks into his criminal history failed, it has been revealed today. Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman Chowdhury, an Islamic Studies teacher in Bethnal Green, is being investigated by the Home Office after it was revealed he was found guilty of murder in absentia in his native Bangladesh. The teacher had undergone a Criminal Record Bureau check (CRB) but the conviction was not unearthed as the crime had happened overseas. Chowdhury has denied the murder, claiming he was framed, and that it was a... more »

Suicide bombs kill 11 at military church in Nigeria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Two suicide bombs killed at least 11 people on Sunday at a church in a barracks in northern Nigeria, where the Islamist sect Boko Haram is waging a campaign of violence, the military said. Army spokesman Bola Koleoso said a bus drove into the side of the St. Andrew Military Protestant Church at the Jaji barracks in Kaduna state and exploded at around 1105 GMT, five minutes after a service had started. Explosives inside a Toyota Camry were detonated outside the church ten minutes later, he said. The military said at least 30 were injured. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/25/us-... more »

Playful kitten

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

Doctrine of misnomer

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Wirring v. The Buffalo Group Developments Ltd., 2012 ONCA 810 has a good summary of the doctrine of misnomer, an issue in civil litigation were an amendment of pleadings is sought: [10] The doctrine of misnomer requires that: (1) the plaintiff intended to name the defendant; and (2) the intended defendant knew it was the intended defendant in relation to the plaintiff's claim.

Both Benghazi And The Petraeus Scandal Suggest US Media Is Way Too Cozy With The State

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
Business Insider Geoffrey Ingersoll [image: newsweek cover obama gay president] If there is just one lesson to take away from the Benghazi and Petraeus affairs it's that the American media is way too cozy with heads of state. Immediately following the Benghazi crisis, U.S. gersollmedia did its due diligence and flexed its sources, anonymous and otherwise, to uncover the truth about the attack — but then they purposely failed to report the details because of requests from the CIA and the Obama administration. Michael Calderon of The Huffington Post reports that the AP, The New York ... more »

Sunday Classics: All the major players in "Carmen" gather outside the bullfighting arena in Seville

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*The Entr'acte to Act III is played by the Berlin Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, with Emmanuel Pahud as flute soloist, at the orchestra's 2010 Silvesterkonzert (i.e., New Year's Eve concert)* *by Ken* As I explained in Friday night's preview ("Enter the Toreador"), we're picking up on our look at the unfolding of the romantic obsession of the Army sergeant Don José, a Basque who has left his home in Navarre for the southerly latitudes of Seville, for the free-spirited gypsy Carmen, whose original interest in José was the very fact that he was one of the rare man who shows abs... more »

Discussion of Controversy Over Latest Study to Find GM Harms

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
Majia here: A recently published study on the long-term toxicity of GM corn generated considerable publicity, concern, and controversy. Here is an excerpt from an article describing the latest GM study on rats and tumors: Study on Monsanto GM corn concerns draws skepticism By Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland, Reuters 20 September 12 Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/20/us-gmcrops-safety-idUSBRE88J0MS20120920 Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said rats fed on a diet containing NK603 - a seed variety made tolerant to dousings of Monsanto's Round... more »

Mursi power grab strains stability amid protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Egypt's stock market plunged on Sunday in its first day open since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi's seizure of new powers set off street violence and a political crisis, unraveling efforts to restore stability after last year's revolution. More than 500 people have been injured in protests since Friday, when Egyptians awoke to news Mursi had issued a decree temporarily widening his powers and shielding his decisions from judicial review. Mursi and the judiciary hinted at compromise to avert a full-scale political crisis. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/25/us-egypt-preside... more »

China lands fighter jet on new carrier in show of force

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
China has carried out its first successful landing of a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, state media said on Sunday, a symbolically significant development as Asian neighbors fret about the world's most populous country's military ambitions. The home-built J-15 fighter jet took off from and landed on the Liaoning, a reconditioned Soviet-era vessel from Ukraine which only came into service in September this year. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/25/us-china-carrier-idUSBRE8AO05V20121125

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 25th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 15:10:40 UTC Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 09:10:40 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 11.665°N, 87.016°W Depth 60.7 km (37.7 miles) Region NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA Distances 82 km (51 miles) SW (216°) from Nagarote, León, Nicaragua

Kill Lists for Dummies

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
The White House was so freaked out over the specter of a President Mitt Romney getting his hammy hands on its drone death program, operatives were frantically scrambling before Election Day to write an official handbook on the fine art of presidential murder. According to Scott Shane of the *New York Times*, Team Obama had planned to bequeath the secret tome to Romney in particular and future presidents in general, outlining the who, what, when, where, why and how of assassination-by-drone. The article did not say whether Barry planned to personally pass the volume to Mitt under co... more »

GUEST POST: The Skill Set of the Young and Smart

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
*[image: _Jeffrey Tucker]Guest post by Jeffrey Tucker of Laissez Faire Books * The U.S. unemployment rate for 19-24 year olds hasn’t moved much since 2008, and the reality of the tight job market has fully dawned on the young people I’ve spoken with about this. They know that odds are against them and that it takes extra effort to make a go of it following college graduation. They are also aware that this represents a dramatic change from every decade since the end of World War II. I recall that no one in my college graduating class worried about jobs. They wondered if they were ... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. - 25th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 13:32:19 UTC Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 11:32:19 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.995°S, 144.944°E Depth 104.3 km (64.8 miles) Region NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. Distances 98 km (60 miles) WNW of Madang, Papua New Guinea

Political Polarization in Egypt

Hani Fakhouri at Middle East Today - 12 hours ago
The recent military flare up in Gaza between Hamas and the Israeli military forces led to the killings of more than 160 Palestinians and more than 1,200 injuries. Adding to the devastation was the destruction of homes and public and economic facilities. President Morsi of Egypt played an important mediator role between the feuding parties, which led to a truce and a ceasefire. President Morsi gained recognition from the U.S. government and other western powers for his efforts. Right after this achievement, President Morsi committed a political blunder by issuing constitutional dec... more »

When Propaganda Masquarades as News

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Global Research Prof. James F. Tracy [image: news1]The week-long Israeli onslaught against largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza that began on November 14 provides a basis for assessing how Western corporate media whitewash the war crimes of America’s foremost ally in the Middle East. There are three often intertwined techniques consciously applied to such news coverage—historical context, sourcing, and objectification of the enemy to be targeted. Such practices can readily transform journalism into propaganda that acts to abet such crimes while at the same time allowing journal... more »

The spark . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 12 hours ago
FABIUS MAXIMUS has a thoughtful site, worthy of your perusal. "Attention Americans: the Revolution has begun. You must choose a side." is a post that discusses how important WikiLeaks has been to the resistance to America's fascists. The first sparks of Revolution are invisible to the Proles and considered insignificant by the Outer Party. Only the fierce reaction by the government


Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
*This scene was aired live on Al Nahar channel * Morsi's thugs are beating up kids. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has always been a tool of the CIA and its friends. The extremist Salafists are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. *The following is from Egyptianchronicles.blogspot* - *There is anger all over the country* President Morsi ... is insisting on becoming the president of the Islamists only... There were protests and clashes over Morsi’s latest decisions in the following governorates : Alexandria, Port Said, Suez, El Behaira , Dakhalia , Assuit, Qena , Luxor and Aswan... ... more »

Zapatistas: Halt hate campaign by silver mining against Wixarika (Huicholes)

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
*Stop the hate campaign against Wixarika (Huicholes) defending pristine sacred land* ** *Enlace Zapatista* http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/ *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com *Engish excerpt, full Spanish text below* ** Zapatistas have issued a demand that a misinformation campaign by a silver mining company targeting the Wixarika be halted. Currently, there is a dangerous tension in the sacred territory of Wirikuta (Huicholes) in Mexico, promoted by First Majestic Silver mining company, along with the Mayor de Catorce, San Luis Potosi, Hector Moreno Arriaga. The... more »

US-Created "Syrian Opposition" Led by Big Oil Rep

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
As in Libya, Syrian "opposition" is led by long-time servants of Western corporate-financiers. *November 26, 2012* (LD) - A year ago, it was reported that Libya's new NATO-installed prime minister, Abdurrahim el-Keib, was in fact a long-time US resident, having taught at the University of Alabama and was formally employed by the Petroleum Institute, based in Abu Dhabi, UAE and sponsored by British Petroleum (BP), Shell, France's Total, the Japan Oil Development Company, and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. El-Keib is listed as a "Professor and Chairman" in his Petroleum Institut... more »

The truth about Hamas

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Satirical but this with more than a grain of truth.

Middle East in high suspense for Gaza operation sequels

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

The real reason Republicans lost, succinctly stated:

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 14 hours ago
Stupid ideas, stupidly pursued, by stupid candidates. That is the reason. Nobody else is saying it, so I must. That's it in a nutshell.

Are Things Heating Up in the Himalayas?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 14 hours ago
For a while, India and China even claimed to have finally settled their dangerous border dispute. If they ever had a deal, it seems that deal is in doubt. The land in question is the northernmost Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and the Himalayan region of Aksai Chin. In new Chinese passports those regions are shown as belonging to the People's Republic. India has responded by stamping the Chinese passports with its own map showing the regions as Indian. China and India went to war along this border in 1962. Since then India has claimed China has illegally occupied its ter... more »

Sunday sleeps

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

Is there Bias on BBC Question Time?

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 14 hours ago
Is the BBC in thrall to the liberal establishment? Do right-wingers take to the telly in disproportionate numbers? Does it really deserve its Tory epithet, 'Buggers Broadcasting Communism'? Or is the BBC getting it about right in striking an impartial balance? Whichever way you look at it, these are not a set of questions likely to be settled by a single blog post. But one place you might want to look for evidence of BBC bias is its flagship politics programme, *Question Time*. More specifically, if there is a leaning to the left or the right, this could be clarified by the politi... more »

Italy centre left picks candidate for next prime minister

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Italy's centre left voted on Sunday to choose the candidate who will be the leading contender to succeed Mario Monti as prime minister after an election in March and take charge of steering the country through a deep recession. Opinion surveys show Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani is the frontrunner among five candidates, followed by Florence mayor Matteo Renzi, who has vowed to shake up Italy's political establishment if he is chosen to lead the alliance. The vote will eliminate a major element of uncertainty in choosing a successor to Monti's technocrat government. htt... more »
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