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Monday, November 26, 2012

26 November - Blogs I'm Following

International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Para el Partido Popular, conocido también como...
Para el Partido Popular, conocido también como Partido Terrorista de la Patronal, todos los estudiantes son terroristas (Photo credit: Antonio Marín Segovia)
Greek Hoplites
Greek Hoplites (Photo credit: Dunechaser)
English: President Ronald Reagan receives the ...
English: President Ronald Reagan receives the Tower Commission Report regarding the Iran-Contra affair in the Cabinet Room with John Tower and Edmund Muskie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Gatitos con su gorrito de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 3 minutes ago
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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 minutes ago
*That Shit Kinda Hurt ~Who Dat Indignation* *Effort under way to restore Cat Island in Plaquemines* *Will NYC act to block future surges?*

SOLDIERHUGS.COM: SIGN Re-Declaration of Independence 2012!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 minutes ago
http://www.soldierhugs.com/ SIGN Re-Declaration of Independence 2012! Play SIGN THE DECLARATION When in the Course of Human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Those are the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence... more »

Reagan's Second Term and the Bizarre Reputation of Tax Reform

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 minutes ago
Politico today has a pretty weak item about second terms and what Barack Obama should do to secure a good one. I'm no expert on Teddy Roosevelt, so I'll pass on that part of it (and remind myself that I should really learn more about that era; suggested reading?), but calling Ronald Reagan's second term a success is, well, odd. In particular, calling Reagan's second term a success compared to Bill Clinton's is odd. Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere acknowledges the Iran-Contra scandal, but seems to vastly underappreciate it. In several ways. First, it was pretty obviously a bigger deal... more »

Euro zone to seek Greek aid deal without write-off

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 minutes ago
Euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund began their third attempt in as many weeks to release emergency aid for Greece on Monday, with policymakers saying a write-down of Greek debt is off the table for now. Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras voiced confidence the ministers would finally reach a deal after Greece had fulfilled it's part of the deal by enacting tough austerity measures and economic reforms. "I'm certain we will find a mutually beneficial solution today," he said on arrival for what was set to be another marathon meeting. http://www.reut... more »

El sol reflejado en los pinos del bosque en otoño

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 17 minutes ago
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Second Fire At Bangladeshi Clothing Factory

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 minutes ago
There has been a second fire at a multi-storey clothes factory in Dhaka, just two days after over 100 people were killed in a blaze at another factory in the Bangladeshi capital. The fire at the 11-storey building, housing three garment factories, in the suburb of Uttara sparked fresh scenes of panic as workers rushed to safety. It caused widespread damage but there were no reports of deaths, with employees managing to escape to an adjacent building. http://news.sky.com/story/1016614/second-fire-at-bangladeshi-clothing-factory


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 21 minutes ago
------------------------------ * the**REALnews Permalink* November 25, 2012 *Fiscal Cliff An Artificial Crisis * Michael Hudson: Fiscal cliff was manufactured to shift more of the burden of the crisis onto ordinary people *Watch full multipart Fiscal Cliff An Artificial Crisis* More at The Real News *Bio* Michael Hudson is a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author of Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of A... more »

Torrential Rain Hits Northern England

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 minutes ago
North East England and North Wales are braced for flooding after the band of heavy rain that swamped southern England moved north. There are just over 200 flood warnings in place across the country and nearly 300 less serious flood alerts, following a weekend of almost non-stop pouring rain left at least 800 homes swamped with water. Parts of South West England were particularly badly hit, now people in the North East and North Wales are preparing for possible flooding. http://news.sky.com/story/1016416/weather-northern-england-hit-by-flooding

Mayor Ford removed! Well, I didn't see that coming!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 23 minutes ago
Full decision here [60] For the reasons set out above, I have concluded that the respondent contravened s. 5 of the MCIA when he spoke and voted on a matter in which he had a pecuniary interest at the meeting of Toronto City Council on February 7, 2012, and that his actions were not done by reason of inadvertence or a good faith error in judgment. I am, therefore, required by s. 10(1)(a) of the MCIA to declare the respondent’s seat vacant. In view of the significant mitigating circumstances surrounding the respondent’s actions, as set out in paragraph 48 of these reasons, I decline ... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 26th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Monday, November 26, 2012 at 12:38:10 UTC Monday, November 26, 2012 at 10:38:10 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 29.898°N, 142.968°E Depth 20.6 km (12.8 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 320 km (198 miles) NNE of Chichi-shima, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 26th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Monday, November 26, 2012 at 12:27:52 UTC Monday, November 26, 2012 at 06:27:52 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 12.041°N, 88.276°W Depth 28.6 km (17.8 miles) Region NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA Distances 119 km (73 miles) SW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 26th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 29 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Monday, November 26, 2012 at 10:19:41 UTC Monday, November 26, 2012 at 10:19:41 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 23.445°S, 179.752°W Depth 483 km (300.1 miles) Region SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS Distances 328 km (203 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

High Frequency Trading War Escalates with Microwaves: Insider Calls it "Cheating"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 29 minutes ago
Microwave Heats UP Market Speed. by Jacob Bunge Nov 23, 2012 p. C1. [Excerpted] In a business where milliseconds matter, three of the largest exchange operators are looking to join the race to beam data to traders via ultrafast microwave links. CME Group Inc. and Nasdaq OMX Group are exploring a joint venture that would relay price and other market information between New York and Chicago faster than existing underground fiber-optic cables, while NYSE Euronext is offering services to capitalize on demand for speedier links between London and Frankfurt. ....ARound the world 'there... more »

Honda robot - Asimo gets scary in 2012

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 32 minutes ago
even though Honda seem reluctant to fix the 'cacked in his pants' glitch in Asimo's motion set, this 2012 footage of little Asimo's new ABC or *Autonomous Behavior Control* technology allows Asimo to continue moving without being controlled by an operator. It's quite amazing... ...amazing like 'more than a little scary' now.

SOLDIERHUGS.COM: Announcement! SIGN Re-Declaration of Independence 2012!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 40 minutes ago
http://www.soldierhugs.com/ The TIME HAS COME. The monumental wave of participation in the secessionist petitions has gotten their attention! It is now time for America to unite under **ONE BANNER, ONE IDEAL, ONE PEOPLE!** *It matters not your gender, your lifestyle, your political or spiritual beliefs, your color, your ethnicity, your station or your occupation. You are either free or you are slaves, there is no in between. You can have Freebies or you can have Freedom but you most certainly cannot have both.* *For the *FIRST TIME IN HISTORY SIGN YOUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDE... more »

Santa claus, el reno y un muñeco de nieve te desean feliz navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 41 minutes ago
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Merely Players

Gail at Wit's End - 48 minutes ago
Last Monday I went to court for the fourth time for my arrest at Occupy - and once again, the "people were not prepared" to go to trial. This was particularly infuriating because I had to get up at 5 a.m. to be sure I would arrive in New York on time, since the trains are still not recovered from Sandy (for new visitors, there are pictures of rotted trees on earlier posts such as here and here). NJ Transit replaced the railcars with shuttle busses, piloted by bewildered drivers - city dwellers who might have been exiles from another planet so little notion did they have how to nav... more »

Late Monday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 55 minutes ago
Robert Gallucci, head of the MacArthur Foundation and former Dean of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, lays out his view of “How Scholars Can Improve International Relations.” Adam Elkus scores the “winners and losers” in the Gaza conflict. Matt Fay answers Max Boot’s response to his criticisms of comparisons between Iron Dome and US BMD. Continue reading

Ford Out

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 59 minutes ago
T.O. mayor Rob Ford has been given da boot.

US Disappoints World on Emissions Cuts, So Does Everyone Else

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
Barack Obama's campaign pledge to act on climate change is beginning to look like electoral hot air. Despite the urging of poor countries at Doha, the U.S. is holding to Obama's old commitment of 17% emission cuts below 2005 levels by 2020 (even that still lacks Senate approval). "*'We're sleepwalking off a cliff,' Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists said. There was a lack of ambition to confront rising world greenhouse gas emissions at the two-week meeting, the first in an OPEC nation, he said*." *"China's chief delegate Su Wei insisted that the rich should extend th... more »

At long last, readers push back against Dowd!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012* *Dumbest known life-form on earth:* Yesterday morning, Maureen Dowd’s column was very dumb—dumb even by her own standards. As usual, Dowd was banging on “Barry.” Here’s how the nonsense began: DOWD (11/25/12): *The two electrifying rookies exploded onto the scene with killer smiles, undeniable gifts, an affinity for superheroes, poise beyond their years and the ability to play at top form when it’s all on the line.*Both stay so calm under pressure that they have evoked comparisons to Cool Hand Luke. The capital of winning and losing now revolves around t... more »

Shocking Health Report: Flu Shot Given To Pregnant Women Caused 4250% Increase In Fetal Deaths!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
First to let everyone know, I am doing much better than I was the last few days. Those who know me personally, know that I suffer from bad sinuses and am very prone to getting sinus infections. It seems that I do get these infections once or twice a year, especially when the weather changes dramatically from hot to cold and from cold to hot! And right now, it is very cold here in central Canada! I have avoided seeking medical help in terms of "antibiotics" to fight these sinus infections for the last few years, and instead have relied on natural cures and upping my vitamin supple... more »

Thanksgiving Week Recap

Southern Man at Southern Man - 1 hour ago
Random images and events from Thanksgiving Week 2012. With Teen Daughter camped out with Southern Parents there was a lot of commuting between The Land and the Ancestral Manor. Monday and Tuesday were work days so the "weekend" didn't really pick up until Wednesday and to further complicate matters Southern Man has been down with some kind of winter malady so Wednesday kicked off with a visit to his doctor, who prescribed about a hundred dollars worth of pills and liquids and inhalers. But that evening Southern Man and Teen Daughter ran around a bit and she saw a movie in which Sout... more »

The perils of Voicemail

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 hour ago
Amy Dempsey recorded live in Toronto, Canada on September 12th, 2012 at a live Raconteurs event. It's just a good story.

Hopes of returning home fade among Japan’s Fukushima refugees

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Cleanup in Kawauchi, a village in Fukushima Prefecture. In Okuma, decontamination efforts have been slow to reduce radiation dosages, and hopes of returning to their ancestral lands have faded for evacuated residents. Ko Sasaki for The New York Times] By MARTIN FACKLER 25 November 2012 AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Japan (The New York Times) – As cold northerly winds sprinkle the first snow on the mountains surrounding this medieval city, those who fled here after last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster are losing hope that they will ever return to their old homes. The mayor of Okuma,... more »

Inequity Among Nations in the Climate Negotiations: A Guest Post

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 1 hour ago
*Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Heike Schroeder, University of East Anglia, and Max Boykoff, University of Colorado, who along with Laura Spiers of PwC have co-authored a new piece in Nature Climate Change on the international climate negotiations (available here in PDF). Please feel free to comment on their paper or the climate negotiations more generally, as this is likely to be the only post here on them. Thanks!* Another round of climate negotiations is starting today. On the agenda are two main objectives: the implementation of a second commitment period under the Ky... more »

Swallowing rainforest, cities surge in Amazon

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Cities encroach on the Amazon rainforest. The torrid growth is visible in places like Parauapebas. On the outskirts, slums stretch to the horizon and houses continue to go up. Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times] By SIMON ROMERO 24 November 2012 PARAUAPEBAS, Brazil (The New York Times) — The Amazon has been viewed for ages as a vast quilt of rain forest interspersed by remote river outposts. But the surging population growth of cities in the jungle is turning that rural vision on its head and alarming scientists, as an array of new industrial projects transforms the Am... more »

MANUFACTURED CONSENT: Manufacturing Susan Rice!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2012* *What David Gregory said:* What is “manufactured consent?” The term originated with Walter Lippmann, then ran through a 1988 book by Noam Chomsky and Ed Herman. To see the way the practice works, consider what David Gregory said on yesterday’s Meet the Press. This is the last morning on which we plan to feature the attacks on Susan Rice. But below, you can see what Gregory said about Rice on yesterday morning’s program. Last Wednesday, Rice made a public statement defending the way she described the attacks on the Benghazi consulate. On yesterday’s prog... more »

A Master of Tax Avoidance

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 1 hour ago
Warren Buffett has an op-ed in today's NY Times on one of his most popular themes: The rich should pay more in taxes. At first blush, his position seems noble: A rich guy says that people like him should pay more to support the commonweal. But on closer examination, one realizes that Mr Buffett never mentions doing anything to eliminate the tax-avoidance strategies that he uses most aggressively. In particular: 1. His company Berkshire Hathaway never pays a dividend but instead retains all earnings. So the return on this investment is entirely in the form of capital gains. By n... more »

Rising seas, vanishing coastlines

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Loing Island after 5 feet of sea level rise, the likely level 100 to 300 years. Barrier islands start to submerge; other islands in Middle and East Bays disappear. Shore of main island moves inland. The New York Times] By BENJAMIN STRAUSS and ROBERT KOPP 24 November 2012 (The New York Times) – The oceans have risen and fallen throughout Earth’s history, following the planet’s natural temperature cycles. Twenty thousand years ago, what is now New York City was at the edge of a giant ice sheet, and the sea was roughly 400 feet lower. But as the last ice age thawed, the sea ... more »

Labour's immigration myths

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
' The myth peddled by Blair's acolytes – that high levels of immigration generated significant economic benefits for the existing UK population – was demolished in 2008 by a House of Lords select committee. It concluded: "We do not support the general claims that net immigration is indispensable to fill labour and skills shortages. Such claims are analytically weak and provide insufficient reason for promoting net immigration." Reinforcing this point, the government's Migration Advisory Committee recently confirmed that immigrants do "displace" some British workers – ie, take thei... more »

Will U.S. role at climate talks change after Hurricane Sandy?

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Debris sits in front of a beachfront home in the Manhattan Beach neighborhood of the Brooklyn, 5 November 2012, in New York. Mark Lennihan / AP Photo] By KARL RITTER 24 November 2012 DOHA, Qatar (AP) – During a year with a monster storm and scorching heat waves, Americans have experienced the kind of freakish weather that many scientists say will occur more often on a warming planet. And as a re-elected president talks about global warming again, climate activists are cautiously optimistic that the U.S. will be more than a disinterested bystander when the U.N. climate ta... more »

Solow on Hayek and Friedman

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 2 hours ago
From *The New Republic*.

UN climate talks open in Qatar

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Delegates at the opening of the latest round of U.N. climate talks in Doha, Qatar, 26 November 2012. The talks are being hosted in the Middle East for the first time. Karim Jaafar / AFP / Getty Images] By KARL RITTER, with contributions from AP Environment Writer Michael Casey 26 November 2012 DOHA, Qatar (AP) – U.N. talks on a new climate pact resumed Monday in oil and gas-rich Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200 countries will discuss fighting global warming and helping poor nations adapt to it. The two-decade-old talks have not fulfilled their main purpose: reducin... more »

Many worlds vs positivism and symmetries

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 hours ago
About a dozen of TRF articles mention Hugh Everett and his "many-worlds interpretation" of quantum mechanics. Exactly three months ago, I showed that "many worlds" don't exist as long as one uses the standard rules of quantum mechanics to answer the very question about their existence. If we use the same rules to answer the question "Do many worlds exist?" as we use for answering questions about the electrons' spins and other questions "obviously accessible to the experiments", the answer of quantum mechanics is a resounding No. There can't be any "multiple worlds". After all, the... more »

Coastal erosion reaches alarming levels in Vietnam

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: As sea erosion worsens in Vietnam, coastal residents in Nhon Hai commune in Binh Dinh province use rocks and sandbags to protect their homes. Thuy Binh / IPS] By Thuy Binh 25 November 2012 AN BIEN, Vietnam (IPS) – For the last decade, many families in this southwestern Vietnamese province have been uprooted at least once every two years - but this is not due to economic or political upheaval. Rather, extreme weather has forcibly turned many of these coast-dwellers into unwilling travellers, as raging storms and a rising sea level lead to continued loss of land - and home... more »

Taking Harper Down

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 2 hours ago
Michael Harris -- who I quote a lot these days -- has uncovered Stephen Harper's recipe for governing Canada: 3 cups of fear; 3 cups of information burial; 3 cups of ad hominem vilification; 1 cup of voter suppression; 1 cup of contempt of Parliament; a generous sprinkling of never-say-die lawsuits; 4 cloves of broken promises; 12 large sycophants to be found at Planning and Priorities (if you can find out where the committee meets); a dash of softness wrapped in a blue sweater (reserve this close to a piano until needed); a dollop of public money to pay for torrents of self-cong... more »

Ezra Klein-- A Veritable William Jennings Bryan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Yesterday, we saw how overrun Congress is with very rich people and how the lack of empathy by rich politicians for normal working families is a policy disaster going into the Grand Bargain. Not many people think of Ezra Klein as some kind of raging populist. In the crucial election of 1896, are you * sure* where Ezra would have stood? The disgust he expressed on *The Last Word* Friday (above) and in his *Washington Post* column over the weekend for the super-wealthy trying to undermine Social Security, gave me some hope that maybe, just maybe, enough Democratic corporate shills co... more »

A reflection on Government, Corporations and their social contracts ?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral cold that glorifies it. *Frederic Bastiat*

Further applications for bail pending appeal require a change of circumstances

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
*Tremblay c. R*., 2012 QCCA 2073 is a good source for the principle that once a bail pending appeal application has been refused a further application requires a change in circumstances to succeed: [14] Après un examen poussé de la jurisprudence, le juge Kasirer a souligné que des changements importants par rapport aux circonstances existant lors de la première requête étaient requis pour permettre d'accueillir la deuxième requête. En l'espèce, il a conclu à l'absence de tels changements et a rejeté en conséquence la requête. [15] Le juge Kasirer a réitéré les mêmes principes dans... more »


thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 3 hours ago
Alberta, to the extent that the petroleum economy and its rural base makes it prone to embrace "free markets" and social conservatism, needs to be controlled. The same way that Bay Street parasites in Ontario who vote harpercon need to be controlled. By "controlled" I mean that their self-destructive political choices (the Tar Sands are contributing to civilization threatening climate change, their "free market" provincial and federal politicians are selling off their resource for a pittance compared to other jurisdictions, and their deregulatory fervor has produced mad cow and list... more »

"Why do we keep pretending that they (Hamas) want something else?"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
Pat Condell speaks the truth about Hamas. The truth is so obvious that I do wonder how screwed up so many Western journalists must be in order to see Hamas as the good guys. Can these journalists not read, have they not read Hamas's Charter, can they not see the videos all over the internet of Hamas leaders calling for the destruction of Israel and the killing of Jews? What makes these journalist think that they know the real truth of the matter? Here's the 13th Article of Hamas's Charter (*my emphasis*): 'Article Thirteen: Peaceful Solutions, *[Peace] Initiatives and Internatio... more »

Growing Food in The Desert

Desert blooms: Philipp Saumweber, the founder and CEO of Sundrop, with a tray of his “perfect” produce. Photo courtesy: Jonathan Margolis for the Observer The scrubby desert outside Port Augusta, three hours from Adelaide, is not the kind of countryside you see in Australian tourist brochures. The backdrop to an area of coal-fired power stations, lead smelting and mining, the coastal landscape is spiked with saltbush that can live on a trickle of brackish seawater seeping up through the arid soil. Poisonous king brown snakes, redback spiders, the odd kangaroo and emu are seen occas... more »

The cellular telephone revolution - 1980s Motorola promotional film

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
A 30 ounce mobile telephone! Now people worry about whether a phone is too heavy at 160 grammes.

#3 - King (NY) Grovers Pledge is Not for Life

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
First Chambliss, then Graham now Peter King!!! "We shouldn't take ironclad positions." Poor old poopy head Grover Norquist. The sky is falling, the sky is falling.

China To Build 220-Storey Tower

An artist's rendition of what the completed Sky City will look like. Image courtesy: © Sky City/ Broad Sustainable Construction They have got to be kidding me...a 220-storey tower. I am so terrified of heights that just looking at that rendition makes me nauseous. I think anyone who lives or works above the 4th floor has a secret death wish. It may be an amazing engineering feat; but, I'll never see the inside of it - by choice. Broad Sustainable Building has built a number of their remarkable prefabricated towers in China, but none yet anywhere else. It's a shame, because they ar... more »

'Cypherpunks': Julian Assanges New Book

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
26 November 2012 Top whistleblower Julian Assange has released a new book on the fight against Internet surveillance and governments taking control of the web. READ MORE http://on.rt.com/fh92tv WATCH the UNCUT Julian Assange Show with Cypherpunks here: http://youtu.be/i85fX9-sKYo (part 1) & http://youtu.be/FPebAr7ST-E (part 2) RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air  Source of book cover: http://rt.com/news/assange-book-cypherpunks-internet-570/

Winter Warming Lamb Meatballs!

Casey at The Adventures of Limited Eating - 6 hours ago
*Winter Warming Lamb Meatballs!* * * At the moment I am in the process of building my website (look out for it in the next couple of months LimitedEating.com)!! So I have been going over a lot of my old recipes to get better pictures and further improve all my special creations. The other night I wanted to remake my Aubergine Bake and and had some ground lamb in the fridge, so I went all Italian and made some lamb meatballs to go with the meal. They came out super moist and delicious, seriously, the ultimate comfort food! So here's the recipe for these amazing balls ;) *What you... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 6 hours ago
*Picasso had a sexual relationship with the gay French poet Max Jacob. * * **Gay people are smarter on average* In three large population surveys (USA's AddHealth and GSS, UK's NCDS), Satoshi Kanazawa found a small positive correlation between higher IQ and self-reported homosexual behaviour or identity. (Homosexuals Are Smart?) We should not assume that all gay people are child abusers, or that all Italians are in the Mafia, or that all Jews are in the Kosher Nostra, or that all Africans are of low intelligence. Africa has produced some of the most intelligent people on the plane... more »

Socialized Healthcare 12: PhilHealth SHInES

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 6 hours ago
PhilHealth President, Dr. Eduardo "Dodo" P. Banzon, gave a nationwide lecture via teleconference this afternoon (2-5pm). It's the PhilHealth SHInES (Social Health Insurance Educational Series) at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati and to aired live at Central Philippine University (CPU) in Iloilo City; Silliman University in Dumaguete City, USEP in Davao City, Ateneo De Naga in Naga City, and SPU in Tuguegarao City. The Zuellig Center at the AIM organized the forum. My events alarm failed to remind me of this important forum, I realized it only past 5pm when I saw th... more »


Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
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Curcumin, A Natural Cancer-Fighting Spice Reduces Tumors by 81% by Anthony Gucciardi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
Source of Chart: http://trialx.com/curetalk/2012/08/curcumin-to-the-rescue-of-pre-diabetics-new-study-results/Natural Cancer-Fighting Spice Reduces Tumors by 81%by Anthony Gucciardi Natural Society, 20 September 2011 Used in the ancient Chinese and Indian systems of medicine, curcumin is a naturally powerful anticancer compound that has been found to decrease brain tumor size in animals by 81 percent in more than 9 studies. A derivative of turmeric, curcumin is the pigment responsible for turmeric’s yellow-orange color. Each 100 grams of turmeric contains around 3 to 5 grams o... more »

Euro zone, IMF to seek Greece deal, debt write-off main problem

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund will seek to unfreeze the second bailout package for Greece on Monday, but they first need to agree if some of the official loans to Athens might eventually be forgiven to cut Greek debt. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/26/us-eurogroup-greece-idUSBRE8AP05820121126

Police Appeal After Girl, 11, Raped In Jubilee Park

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The suspect is described as a black male with afro hair. He was wearing a dark grey top and black baggy jeans. Detective Inspector Simon Ellershaw, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a brutal attack on an 11-year-old girl on her way home from school. "We are interested in speaking to anyone who was in the Jubilee Park area between 4.15pm and 7.45pm on Friday evening, and may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or anyone following a girl in school uniform." Witnesses or anyone with information that could help police is asked to call the incident room on 0208 345 4326... more »

South Africa Farm Robbery: Briton Killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A British man who went to South Africa to run a nature reserve has been killed in a robbery at his farm, police say. http://news.sky.com/story/1016497/brit-killed-in-south-africa-farm-robbery

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 26th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Monday, November 26, 2012 at 07:58:24 UTC Monday, November 26, 2012 at 07:58:24 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.804°S, 179.171°W Depth 607.8 km (377.7 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 51 km (31 miles) WSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 26th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Monday, November 26, 2012 at 07:23:38 UTC Monday, November 26, 2012 at 03:23:38 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.446°N, 126.789°E Depth 42.8 km (26.6 miles) Region PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION Distances 91 km (56 miles) ENE of San Isidro, Philippines

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 26th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Monday, November 26, 2012 at 05:49:14 UTC Monday, November 26, 2012 at 02:49:14 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.250°N, 141.937°E Depth 17.3 km (10.8 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 200 km (124 miles) E of Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 26th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Monday, November 26, 2012 at 05:33:50 UTC Monday, November 26, 2012 at 01:33:50 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 40.419°N, 90.374°E Depth 19.9 km (12.4 miles) Region SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA Distances 296 km (183 miles) SSE of Turpan, China

Genetic Confirmation Of Global Human Expansion 40,000 Years Ago

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
As any long time reader here understands, my conjecture of an earlier emergence of mankind taking place around 50,000 to 40,000 years ago demands that a global distribution then took place. Without that global distribution, my conjecture regarding a prior emergence of modernity is on pretty thin ice. Until now there was no evidence of this. That problem is now answered here. A global distribution did take place and that opened the door for modernity to arise. I am pleased to see another prediction of the core conjecture get nailed down. For new readers, it is enough to ... more »

Gordon Chang Predicts Chinese Communist Party’s Collapse

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
What this brings into stark relief is that the status quo is cracking both economically and socially. The people are demanding a say and are clawing back rights. At the same time the Falun Gong persecution is backfiring as is ongoing actions of the secret police to control society. Importantly though is that expansion by State driven capital spending has been taken just as far as is plausible. Worse, two factions are sliding toward confrontation and that can not bode well as either will be pressed into aggressive tactics sooner or later. What is needed now is the imme... more »

Sasquatch Genome Sequenced

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
I have known for some time that a number of DNA samples existed and that work was underway. This is the first formal announcement and it was precipitated by earlier comments made by a collaborator. This is extremely impressive. What is startling is how recent the critical mating took place. It appears to have coincided with the advent of modern humanity in North America. And yes this does beg the question of just what the novel hominid was. I would be happier tracing it back to Central Asia where we have strange hominids. In the meantime, this is the ultimate bea... more »

Gene Regulatory Mechanisms Not Shared

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
The advantage of working with close primate cousins is that we can isolate truly relevant parts of the DNA and the changes involved. This item reports on current findings comparing us with Chimps and Rhesus monkeys. There are obvious ways to expand this work but it is certainly begun. I do not know how far we are from completely understanding the role of every molecule although it is obviously a long way. Yet it is bowing to systematic methods and I think that the exponential growth of computer power will overcome this daunting task far sooner than we imagine. It is c... more »

Fat-Free Econ 31: On the Kasambahay, Solo Parents Welfare Bills

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
This is my article yesterday in TV5's news portal, http://www.interaksyon.com/business/48867/fat-free-economcs--why-we-dont-need-the-kasambahay-and-solo-parents-bills ---------- State welfare is sometimes defined as “the politicians are well, taxpayers pay the fare.” This is true for taxpayers’ funded welfare and subsidy programs for the poor, like the conditional cash transfer (CCT), education and healthcare, housing and credit, train subsidy and tractors, or condoms and pills. But there are other state welfare programs that are not funded by taxpayers. Instead, the government forc... more »

Blast from the Past: President Ford, Teng Hsiao-ping on Taiwan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 10 hours ago
Beijing, Dec 4, 1975: *Vice Premier Teng*: So we now enter our third session and I think the final session for this visit. I believe in the talks we had yesterday, we have covered almost all the ground, and I think especially the deep going conversation you had with Chairman Mao shows we have touched upon all aspects. And the Taiwan issue that both sides are concerned about actually was also discussed during your wide-ranging conversation with Chairman Mao. And we have understood Mr. President's point; that is, that during the time of the election it will not be possible to make an... more »

the abos, the moon and the EMPIRE BUILDERS country mansions

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 10 hours ago
Okay, let's talk about who OWNS what? Mineral Assets - YOU THE PEOPLE Ancestral Lands - YOU THE PEOPLE The Moon - YOU THE PEOPLE "The moon, Mike, are you insane?" no, I'm not insane, this is logical. We all own the moon. As we all own this planet. As we all own every single item that makes it up, the 'profitable assets' as a corporate finance column header might put it. Take that lovely Empire Builder country mansion (above illo), if you can steal enough of someone else's land and hope and freedom by reference to historical atrocities, deeds and clever wordage, you too can own this... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
Website for this image To survive and be happy, you have to be flexible, and make changes when crises occur. "There is much more to resilience than simple strength." This is according to *Nassim Nicholas Taleb*, a Lebanese-Christian American, who has written *Antifragile: How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand. *(aka Things that Gain from Disorder) Switzerland, where each little canton has the freedom make big decisions, is more likely to survive and be happy than the USA. *1975 - USA defeated in Vietnam* The USA is an inflexible country. Zbigniew Brzezinski, for example, ... more »

Unrest in MidEast Africa 7: Israel-Hamas War 2012

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
This is my article last Friday in the online magazine with the original title, "Tolerance, Co-existence and the Middle East Conflict", http://thelobbyist.biz/index.php/perspectives/less-government/item/125-tolerance-co-existence-and-the-middle-east-conflict -------- The world is modernizing, people and goods are becoming more mobile across countries and continents, and diversity and spontaneity among people is expanding. This new situation calls for more tolerance, to recognize such diversity among people without resorting to violence. Tolerance of people diversity guided by existing... more »

Busiiness 360 1: Nepal and the Philippines

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
My friend in Kathmandu, Nepal, Charu Chadha, is into publication. I have met her first in Phuket, Thailand, in 2005, during the Atlas colloquium on Friedrich Hayek's book, "The Constitution of Liberty". Charu recently rolled out the first issue of her new mgazine, *Business 360. * The magazine hit the newstand last November 01 in Kathmandu and other cities of Nepal. In its facebook page, it says, *"Business 360 is a magazine that promises to deliver on quality business news content, profiles of entrepreneurs and leaders, features on issues that matter, articles that assess and an... more »

Snip and Chip

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 11 hours ago
After a few near-sleepless nights I was finally able to get the cat in to the vet to be spayed Thursday morning. Medically referred to as an "ovario-hysterectomy", I refer to it as "glorious silence." I also had her implanted with a microchip so she can be identified in case she pulls a Houdini and disappears on me. The chip itself is only about the size of a grain of rice (implanted between her shoulder blades) but I still like to refer to her as my silent bionic kitty. Give the incision about a week to heal up and she'll be back to her regular self (minus the urge to seek o... more »

MMDA, LGUs and Towing Racket

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
A friend, professor at De La Salle University (DLSU) Political Science Department, *Prof. Eric Vincent Batalla*, posted in his facebook wall last Friday this story: He gave me permission to blog his story, thanks Eric. *Early Christmas Bonus to the Metro Manila Development Authority towing services. Yesterday morning, my son and I brought some stuff at the condo on Taft Avenue. In order not to obstruct traffic, I parked in front of 7-Eleven behind those parking obstruction poles attached to concrete slabs on the road. These are usually used by buildings so no one could park in fron... more »

Police admit they DID miss Google search for 'foolproof suffocation' made on computer in Casey Anthony's house on day daughter Caylee was last seen alive

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Police who investigated the disappearance of Casey Anthony's two-year-old daughter admitted today that they overlooked a Google search for 'fool-proof' suffocation on the day the girl was last seen alive. Captain Angelo Nieves said on Sunday that his office's computer investigator missed the June 16, 2008 Internet search. It is not known who performed the search but it was allegedly done with a browser primarily used by the two-year-old's mother, Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of the girl's murder in 2011. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2238366/Casey-Anthony-trial-How-in... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Roz Chast, 58. Back to normal schedule this week, which means back to the good stuff: 1. Members we'll miss, by Jennifer Steinhauer. 2. 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. 3. Paul Krugman looks at some data about "takers" and finds it's just health... 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 hours 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 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 is on Hiatus (#CTWW #MtaGt)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 12 hours 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! - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours ago

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake RONDONIA, BRAZIL - 25th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 13 hours 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

Sick of Presidential Campaigns?

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 13 hours ago
Oh not Marco Rubio. Here he is in IOWA. A WEEK AGO. Florida Senator. Election happened. Eleven days went by. He gives a speech in Iowa. It never ends.

Michael Tsarion on The Soul

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours 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 - 13 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 15 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 - 15 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! - 15 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 - 15 hours ago
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Nunavut RCMP charge seven BCC prisoners in wake of jail fires

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 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 - 15 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 17 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 - 17 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 - 17 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 - 17 hours ago

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 18 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 - 18 hours ago
Who is your dark horse candidate for a cabinet job?

The Tejas Challenge

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 19 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 - 19 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 »
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