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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

27 November - Blogs I'm Following II

English: Chiefs of Formosa (now Taiwan)English: Chiefs of Formosa (now Taiwan) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Photograph of the scene in Somerset County, Pe...Photograph of the scene in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
010911-N-6157F-001 Arlington, Va. (Sep. 11, 20...010911-N-6157F-001 Arlington, Va. (Sep. 11, 2001) -- Wreckage from the hijacked American Airlines FLT 77 sits on the west lawn of the Pentagon minutes after terrorists crashed the aircraft into southwest corner of the building. The Boeing 757 was bound for Los Angeles with 58 passengers and 6 crew. All aboard the aircraft were killed, along with 125 people in the Pentagon. U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 1st Class Mark D. Faram. (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Truck hauling 36-Inch Pipe to build Keystone-C...Truck hauling 36-Inch Pipe to build Keystone-Cushing Pipeline (Phase II) south-east of Peabody, Kansas, USA. Location is Timber Rd and 20th St in Marion County. Looking south-west with rural Whitewater Center Church in background. Photo taken by Steve Meirowsky on July 10, 2010. Note: The rear wheels on this truck has independent steering. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Keystone XL demonstration, White House,8-23-20...Keystone XL demonstration, White House,8-23-2011 Photo Credit: Josh Lopez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Graphoganda!, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love George Jahn's Embarrassing Nonsense

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 8 minutes ago
This week in shameful Iran nuclear scare crapoganda: The Associated Press' favorite conduit for pathetic Israeli garbage, George Jahn, came out with another doozy today.  Under a banner touting a "Big Story," Jahn published an article headlined, "AP Exclusive: Graph suggests Iran working on bomb," which purported to show proof that "Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a

Time To Shine Your Phlashlight

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 32 minutes ago

House Ethics Committee Puts The Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm Investigation On Hold-- On Behalf Of The FBI

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
My sister and her Hate Talk Radio-damaged husband live on Staten Island. Just before the election I asked her if her neighbors care-- or even know-- that their congressman, Michael Grimm, is affiliated with the Gambino Crime Family. She said they do know and it isn't a matter of not caring-- "they * admire* him for it; that's Staten Island." She didn't vote for him. But her neighbors did. It was a low turnout election in the 11th CD but the Brooklyn part of the district went for Grimm's opponent, Mark Murphy 24,208 (52%)- 22,000 (47%). Staten Island Mafia fans more than made up for ... more »

Wilson Center on Taiwan's Econ, Dec 13

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
Wilson Center Event, including the excellent Peter Chow: *Staying Ahead of the Economic Curve:* *Taiwan and Its Rivals in East Asia and Beyond* December 13, 2012 3:30 to 5:30 pm Technology dominates Taiwan’s economy, and the sector is the bedrock of the nation’s growth engine. Yet companies across the Taiwan are facing numerous challenges, not least increased competition from China, Vietnam, and beyond, while the profitability of the technology sector at large remains in question. What policies, if any, can Taiwan pursue to ensure that it remains a technological powerhouse? Can the ... more »

Awakening From The Abyss: End of 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
"Adolf Hitler claimed that communists burned down the Reichstag and that Polish troops had crossed the frontier and attacked Germany. With 9/11 americans experienced Washington’s version of these grand lies. An omniscient bin Laden dying from terminal illnesses in distant Afghanistan defeated the American National Security State and drove his attack through the walls of the Pentagon itself, requiring for our defense a “war on terror” that destroyed US civil liberties and financially ruined the country in order to prevent the triumph of a man who died of natural causes in December ... more »

Bryan Farrell : The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You, Keystone XL

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
Four activists are locked down to construction equipment on a recently clearcut easement leased by Keystone XL pipeline builders TransCanada. Inset photos below show local residents supporting the demonstrators and treesitters in the 50-foot pines at the rural East Texas site. Photos by Bryan Farrell / Waging Nonviolence. Hey, Keystone XL: The eyes of Texas are upon you As the sheriff’s

Cultural Survival Quarterly 'Free, Prior and Informed Consent'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
*Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Protecting Indigenous Peoples' rights to self-determination, participation and decision-making* *By Agnes Portalewska* Navajos protest relocation at Big Mountain *Cultural Survival Quarterly* *Under current international law, governments are obligated to consult Indigenous communities before any development affecting their lands and resources takes place, and even more broadly, any decisions directly affecting Indigenous Peoples and their self-determination require their consultation and consent. The final study on Indigenous Peoples and the rig... more »

A mother understands what a child does not say.

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

Radiation Contamination of Seawater From Fukushima Increases

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Radioactivity density of the seawater is increased at 57% of tested locations offshore Fukushima Posted by *Mochizuki* on November 27th, 2012 · http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/11/radioactivity-density-of-the-seawater-is-increased-at-57-of-tested-locations-offshore-fukushima/

ALEC Wins Award!!!! Celebrates in DC

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
*American Legislative Exchange Council * *Wins Prestigious Agriculture Award* *Celebrates at the ALEC Policy Summit being held in Washington DC* *Congratulations are in order for the award announced October 2012 * The winners of last year’s “Land of 10,000 Lagoons” awards presented at the World Dairy Expo were the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and American Farmers for the Advancement and Conservation of Technology (AFACT). Both AFACT and ALEC had major roles in orchestrating state legislation and manipulating public opinion to the benefit of corporate agribusiness an... more »

Quote of the Day: Whose happiness matters?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
“‎Why is it moral to serve the happiness of others, but not your own? If enjoyment is a value, why is it moral when experienced by others, but immoral when experienced by you? If the sensation of eating a cake is a value, why is it an immoral indulgence in your stomach, but a moral goal for you to achieve in the stomach of others? Why is it immoral for you to desire, but moral for others to do so? Why is it immoral to produce a value and keep it, but moral to give it away? And if it is not moral for you to keep a value, why is it moral for others to accept it?” - Ayn Rand, from “... more »

Tossing back a bottle or two

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago

Taoyuan vs the Aborigines

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
*The gorgeous 159A between Shijhuo and Chiayi.* Meant to get this up yesterday, but sooooo busy... An interesting situation sheds light on one of the reasons for the upgrades to municipalities that several counties have undergone in the last few years (TT): “At the moment, Fusing Township (復興) in Taoyuan County is designated an Aboriginal township with a mayor and a council elected by all residents, and based on the law, the post of mayor can only be filled by an Aborigine,” Yabu Eyo, a representative from a Fusing-based Atayal Aborigines self-help organization, told a news confere... more »


2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
*ALEC* States & Nation Policy Summit 2012 November 28-30, 2012 Washington, D.C. *AFL-CIO* Washington DC, Nov. 27– Local AFL-CIO leaders from across the country and other working family advocates from 33 states are in Washington on November 27 and 28 *Huge opportunity missed here.* *HUGE!!!! * *Too bad we can’t get people to talk with one another.*

Young Offenders Records

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
The Young Offenders Act provides specific rules about the records related to federal offences. These rules say who keeps the records, where they are kept, who can see them and when they are to be destroyed. These rules apply to police department records (including fingerprints and photographs), Youth Court records, government and private records. Under Section 41 of the Young Offenders Act, the RCMP are obligated to keep a "Central Repository" record for all cases involving indictable (serious) offences. These records contain fingerprints and/or photographs and indicate the type o... more »


Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 3 hours ago

School to Prison Pipeline in Mississippi

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
From Alternet, originally published by Colorlines.com by Julianne Hing The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline Wearing the wrong color socks, talking back and being late landed young Cedrico Green in jail. The Justice Department says there are many more students like him *November 27, 2012* | In Meridian, when schools want to discipline children, they do much more than just send them to the principal’s office. They call the police, who show up to arrest children who are as young as 10 years old. Arrests, the Department of Justice says, happen automatic... more »

The Vatican Warlock Chronicles: Two and a Half Men Actor Finds Religion, Denounces Show

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
Another Vatican Warlock from 'Two And a Half Men' says stop watching the show. Reminder: *CIA's Advice: Never Watch TV*. CTV News: An excerpt from *"Charlie Sheen says 'Two and a Half Men' is cursed"*: Charlie Sheen says ‘Two and a Half Men’ is cursed. The actor – who was fired from the show after a furious bust up with creator Chuck Lorre – made the claim after Angus T. Jones (Jake Harper) urged people to stop watching the sitcom because it is “filth”. Sheen told People magazine: “With Angus’ Hale-Bopp-like meltdown, it is radically clear to me that the show is cursed.” In a new... more »

"In policy terms, the kind thing to do is usually the right thing to do" (Ian Welsh)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*"Torture does not get useful information out of people compared to regular interrogation," says Ian. "It is extremely unreliable, this is understood by most professionals in the business. You torture to send a message, and that message is 'we torture'."* * * *"The first thing you should do, in any policy situation, is ask 'what would the golden rule have me do?' Most of the time, this will be the correct policy, which will produce the best results. . . . "Be kind, and remember, what you insist on your government doing to others changes your government, and will affect its treatment... more »

VERSE / Margery Parsons : Surfing in Gaza

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
Surfer in Gaza. Image from Common Dreams. Surfing in Gaza The children of Gaza packed in camps like anchovies in tin go down to the beach to swim, and to surf. There is nothing timid about the way they take the waves on their boards home-made with scraps and stuff and candlewax because surfboard wax like a million other dangerous things can’t get in to Gaza. They struggle to stand up fierce

Cartels Assassinate Outspoken Mexican Mayor

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
Blame the CIA, White House, and Wall Street banks. They profit outrageously from the barbaric "war on drugs." Source: TheYoungTurks

RIM market share in US down to 2%

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
Research In Motion shares took a substantial step back Tuesday from recent gains, closing down 10 per cent amid a report that BlackBerry's share of the U.S. market has fallen to just two per cent.

How easily a genocide can be ignored

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 4 hours ago
This is a stunning video about the well-documented NATO genocide in Iraq that killed one million children, for racist geopolitical gain. The video is made by surviving North American aboriginal freedom fighters, who know something about genocide.

Private Prison Corporation Participates in Public School Drug Raid

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
Vista Grande High School in Case Grande has this at the bottom of its lengthy list of violations and procedures on its Discipline Page: * **The administration retains the right and privilege to issue consequences for acts of behavior not specifically stated herein and to alter any consequences, as they consider necessary. Furthermore, the administration reserves the right to amend any provisions in this handbook which they deem to be in the best interest of the educational process. We promise that students are the focus of all our efforts.* Students must have been the *focus* of the... more »

Harry Targ : Class, Gender, and Division in Capitalism

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
Art from race class and gender. Similarities and differences: The political economy of capitalism Creating divisions among male and female workers and workers of different races and ethnic backgrounds has often weakened workers’ struggles to achieve economic justice. By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / November 27, 2012 "The War on Women has many dimensions -- social, cultural, psychological -

Extremely Important Health Alert: Shock Study - Mammograms A Medical Hoax! Over One Million American Women Maimed By Unnecessary "Treatment" For Cancer They Never Had!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 5 hours ago
People who read this blog on a continuous basis know full well my stance on Cancer and Cancer treatment. I have long looked upon Cancer as not a disease but the body's own natural mechanism for survival. Cures are readily available that have been purposely kept hidden by the so called "medical profession". The "Cancer Treatments" that are usually prescribed when someone comes down with this "disease" are cruel and unnecessary. In most cases the treatments cause the patient to DIE, rather than ever "cure" the "disease"! Everyone, especially women, knows the horrors of breast canc... more »

Memo To Alex Jones: At NO Time Was Israel An American Aircraft Carrier In The Middle East!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 5 hours ago
A few articles ago, I showed Alex Jones for the disinformation agent he truly is. In that article, I presented an amazing video where Mr. Jones said flat out that "Iran wanted to wipe Israel off the map!". It was a startling and absolutely erroneous statement made by this clown who everyone once considered to be the leader of the fraudulent "truth movement". Now we see him for what he is, and know that the truth lies elsewhere in the alternative media! Just today, I came across a very good article from "Horse237" who writes the amazing blog: Video Rebel's Blog, at www.vidrebel.wo... more »

Mitch McConnell: Filibuster reform? To the mattresses!

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
(But first try the fainting couch...) Mitch McConnell pitched a drama queen worthy hissy fit over Harry Reid reforming the use of the filibuster. He's appalled that Harry, and his “cohort of short-sighted Senate sophomores,” would use some arcane procedural rule to enact changes that would make it harder for him to evoke arcane procedural rules in order to bring the work of the Senate to a grinding halt. Contrary to Mr. McCon's overwrought wailing, these changes are not such a big deal. “The point I would make is that I’ve said from the outset is that a test of a good proposal i... more »

CODEPINK Emergency Delegation Enters Gaza

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
*Emergency Delegation Enters Gaza* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com *Nov. 27, 2012* WASHINGTON -- The first four members of the Emergency International Delegation to Gaza entered the Gaza Strip on Monday, November 26th. Three more members of the delegation entered early this morning and nine are currently at the border attempting to cross. In addition, six others will attempt to enter tomorrow on Wednesday, November 28th. Read more http://www.codepink4peace.org/article.php?id=6288

GAIA PORTAL: Elevated alignments of Light Filaments allow Coalescence into Gaia Beams of Light

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
* * *Elevated alignments of Light Filaments allow Coalescence into Gaia Beams of Light* by ÉirePort Elevated alignments of individual Higher D Light filaments have allowed coalescence of these filaments into Gaia Beams of Light throughout the planet. Connection with Essential Cosmic Entities finalizes. Compression of Time-Illusion brings multiple energetic events into simultaneous manifestation. Hue-manity awakens within all humanity. Celebrations follow quickly. ÉirePort | November 27, 2012 at 23:37 URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-5y *Don't ask me to translate, I left my handheld... more »

ALEC - Bunch of LOSERS!

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
As I wrote this I couldn’t help thinking about the fact that almost seven months ago ALEC hired a PR firm (Edleman) to clean up their image. Hey guys: “How’s that working for ya?” I’ve looked at a lot of ALEC documents and webpages over the past years and there is something definitely missing this year – about this time. The slimeballs in ALEC Muckety Muckville are missing something this year – and it is evident in their press releases and their webpage. This week while they are in Washington DC for their “Summit” – a meeting that originally was designed to indoctrinate 2 new l... more »

US-led NATO intervention begins in Syria war: Patriots in Turkey

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*More here:* http://www.debka.com/article/22566/US-led-NATO-intervention-begins-in-Syria-war-Patriots-in-Turkey

secret art

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
The secret art of inviting happiness, The miraculous medicine for all diseases. At least for today: Do not be angry, Do not worry, Be grateful, Work with diligence, Be kind to people.

Poor Chinese Schoolgirl Sings Patriotic Song When Hungry

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Read here (with video):* http://www.chinasmack.com/2012/videos/poor-chinese-schoolgirl-sings-patriotic-song-when-hungry.html

Thawing the Far North

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
1,700 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide. That's twice the current record amount of atmospheric CO2. 1,700 billion metric tonnes is the estimated amount of CO2 held in the northern hemisphere's permafrost that is now at risk of being released. A report of the U.N. Environment Programme released at the Doha climate summit warns that data from existing monitoring networks, "*indicates that large-scale thawing of permafrost may have already started."* *With Arctic temperatures warming twice as fast as the global average, scientists estimate thawing permafrost could release lar... more »

Reform: Myth of Opening Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
Excellent news about Senate reform, at least for those favoring reform, in a Greg Sargent post today: Dems may not change the rules on the first day of the session. Rather, the aide says, they are likely to do a rules change via what’s known as overruling the chair. Democrats ask the chair for a ruling on whether it is within the rules to, say, filibuster the motion to proceed. When the chair says Yes, Dems overrule it by a simple majority vote. And so on with the other provisions. Why is that good news? Because it means that the Senate reformers aren't falling for, and continuing... more »

Human Rights Groups, States, concerned over Russia's suspension of RAIPON

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
*Human Rights groups and States concerned over Russian suspension of RAIPON* November 26th, 2012 [image: Pavel Sulyandziga (RAIPON)]Pavel Sulyandziga (RAIPON)*By Rebecca Sommer - **Earth Peoples* *Reposted at Censored News* The Russian government surprised everyone, and sparked major reactions internationally, when that country’s Ministry of Justice ordered on November 1, 2012, the closure of Russia’s indigenous peoples umbrella organization RAIPON, because of an “alleged lack of correspondence between the association’s statutes and federal law." According to Russia’s Ministry of J... more »

Enbridge Proponents, An Exercise in Exaggeration!

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 7 hours ago
Are you aware that the BC Liberal advertising (propaganda) campaign is scheduled to "ramp up" starting on April 1st/2013, right now we are witnessing only "the tepid" part of the advertising blitz. Vaughn Palmer wrote how these current provincial Liberals are spending $34 million dollars this year alone on advertising, but even that number is suspect, add in ICBC, BC Lottery, BC Ferries and other crown corporations and who really knows the true numbers. I have been told by a friend in the media/advertising game that that Christy Clark and her fellow Liberal cronies will be expendi... more »

Parsing the DOD’s Directive on Autonomous Weapons

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
Yes. Only two days after Human Rights Watch launched its “preemptive call” to ban the development and deployment of such systems, the US Defense Department doubled down with a document (shorter version here) that claims: “Autonomous and semi-autonomous weapons systems shall be designed to allow commanders and operators to exercise appropriate levels of human judgment over Continue reading

When Corrupt DCCC Chair Steve Israel Put Buck McKeon Off Limits This Year, He Also Put Drone Policy Off Limits

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Dr. Lee Rogers ran a more robust campaign against Buck McKeon than anyone had ever even tried before. And the results were predictable-- Rogers came closer to defeating McKeon than any Democrat ever had since the 25th CD was first created. But with DCCC Chairman Steve Israel not just *ignoring* an opportunity to win the Los Angeles area seat-- the last one held by a Republican-- but actively urging donors to not give to Rogers' grassroots campaign and helping to undercut it with the media, there was never a real opportunity for McKeon to lose. Israel wouldn't allow the DCCC to take... more »

Greens spin fracking report

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
The Greens called for a Royal Commission on the science behind Genetic Engineering—then demonstrably spat the dummy when the Commission came out overwhelmingly against the luddites. (Because it was never “all about the science.”) The Greens also demanded “evidence-based policy” to ban fracking, and have come out with spin now the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has looked at the evidence and said “fracking is safe if it is properly regulated and managed.” Which is to say fracking is safe if property rights are properly recognised and protected. The Greens want t... more »

Releasing The Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
YouTube video description [Channel - NY Society for Ethical Culture]: Steven Allan Hassan, cult expert and psychologist, discusses ways to empower people in cults to think for themselves, with a very personal point of view. As a college student he was a member of the Unification Church, the "Moonies."

Bruni mocks Norquist, then pimps his line!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012* *Breaking: Grover has won!* Like Frank Bruni, we happen to know Grover Norquist a small tiny tad. Like Bruni, we happen to *like* Grover Norquist, although we think his policy ideas are patently nuts. That said, Norquist has been a powerful player over the past twenty years. He remains a powerful player today, although Bruni doesn’t seem to recognize this fact. How can we tell that Grover rules? The force of his narrative is evident in Bruni’s new column, even as its author celebrates Grover’s demise. Some Republicans have announced that they are no lo... more »

Berkeley’s Hobbit

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
If a film premiere is held in Wellington for which I don’t care, should it make a sound on this blog? Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Bond-style weapons carried by North Korean assassin unveiled, prepared for use against Human Rights activitist Park Sang-Hak

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
An innocent-looking arsenal of lethal spy gadgets has been unveiled by officials in South Korea, although the dissident they were designed to kill continues his efforts to destroy the North Korean regime. Read more here

Portal 2012: New Developments in Fixing the World Project

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
Saturday, November 24, 2012 New Developments in Fixing the World Project There have been interesting new developments in Fixing the world project. You can read about it here: http://hopegirl2012.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/lets-do-this/ And you can actively contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/1jtunk?utm_campaign=Emails&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email Let's do this! Victory of the Light! Posted by Cobra at 7:31 AM

Hey, ExxonMobil: Let's Solve This!

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
ExxonMobil is spending millions in PR lying to us about how committed they are to solving the world's biggest problem: *bad teachers.* Meanwhile, their CEO continues as one of the world's richest global warming deniers, even as the grip of climate change begins to cut off our air supply. It provides me no consolation that Exxon Mobil executives will die along along with the rest of our grandchildren as a result of corporate duplicity, lies, and misleading propaganda. Moving forward after Hurricane Sandy has her 15 minutes of infamy, one thing is for sure: ExxonMobil's karma beco... more »

Resistance to Unprecedented Corporate Power - Fascist Corporations Fight Back

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
Walmart Retaliates Against Black Friday Activists By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet 23 November 12 http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/315-19/14690-walmart-retaliates-against-black-friday-activists *[Excerpted] *Two weeks ago, Walmart filed its own NLRB complaint against the United Food & Commercial Workers, seeking an injunction against the planned Black Friday actions. The complaint failed. A week later, UFCW-affiliated OUR Walmart group filed a complaint with the labor board against Walmart, alleging retaliation against workers involved in the OUR Walmart campaign. Even if y... more »

The Slippery Slope From Paying Authors to Being Paid By Them?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 9 hours ago
The rise of self publishing has been significant in recent years and what was often derided and dismissed as Vanity publishing is now here and growing. The number of self published titles is growing year on year and they are becoming often as visible as many ‘published’ titles. Its ironic that at a time when publishers are trimming back their lists, getting tighter on advances and generally pushing back on those manuscripts that are many refer to as the ‘slush pile’, the ability to self publish was never easier and more attractive for many aspiring, backlist and forgotten authors.... more »

Congressman Rep. Hank Johnson: 'We Earn' Our $174K Salary

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

If You Think Rob Ford Is Off the Wall

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
*Hairstyle by Batshit Crazy Salon* Meet Idaho Republican state Senator, Sheryl Nuxoll. Ms. Senator Nutjob thinks it's still possible for Romney to become president if only enough states refuse to participate in the Electoral College. Nuxoll contends that states are going to have to stand up for America's individual and collective rights because Obama is "depriving us of our freedoms." The Tea Party brainstorm figures if enough states boycott the Electoral College they can prevent the remaining electors from forming a quorum and, hence, giving Obama the nod. How that would translat... more »

Iranian warships to dock in Sudan for ‘routine visit’

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

Photos Oil and Gas Protests Day of Action Nov. 27, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
*Solidarity with Unist'ot'en* Solidarity from the Tarsands Blockade Hamilton Shkimaadziig showing their support with the Unist'ot'en!!Edmonton Regina Shelborne RBCReginaVancouver deliver message to Pacific Trails, parent company of PTPVancouverVancouverEdmonton TorontoKitchener Waterloo .MontrealTerrace BC shows their support with a BUS! a BUS!! parked in front of the RBC building! Thanks Gitxsan Unity Movement!!The Prince George crew showing solidarity in front of the new Enbridge Northern Gateway officeWarrior family in solidarityAllies in Ft Saint Johns Newfoundland take a stan... more »

CNN deals the dope on what Rice "maintains!"

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012* *The least capable people on earth:* Around 5:45 this morning, we heard the formulation on CNN’s Early Start. Via Nexis, we see that Deborah Feyerick did the reporting. Sadly, remarkably, this is what Feyerick said: FEYERICK (11/27/12): Ambassador Susan Rice heads to Capitol Hill this morning to mend fences with three Republican senators. She angered John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte with her initial comments made on several TV networks that appeared to play down the role of al Qaeda terrorists in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi,... more »

FSA Demonstration in Syria Calls for Establishment of Islamic State & Extermination of Alawites

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
It is easy to manipulate ignorant, unhappy, dispossessed, and resentful people. It's like throwing a bone to a starving and excitable dog. You cannot blame the dog in such a situation, but the cynical villain who throws him a bone to gain his attention. In this case, the cynical villain is NATO, and an Islamic State is the bone that NATO and its *bought and paid for Sheikhs* have thrown to starving and mad dogs. The Salafist/Wahhabi dogs now have the idea of an Islamic State in their minds, they have latched onto this bone with all their will, and they're not going to let go. They w... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
Recently there has been a report on child abuse gangs by the Children's Commissioner for England. The panel "met various agencies who gave evidence that all victims in the area were white British females. "Next the panel met workers from the youth offending service in the same city. "Their evidence showed that all of the victims were 'black and minority ethnic girls'. Racism and child abuse: the prejudice behind the pain Confused? *Anonymous left this comment on the post "WE NEED GAY PEOPLE":* I am generally happy with the level of intelligence and compassion at this blog. ... more »

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
Missed this yesterday, but it's one that I really want to highlight: to Ezra Klein, for calling out Mitch McConnell on the GOP myth that the Affordable Care Act was written behind closed doors. After the Senate’s Health and Finance committees drafted versions of the Affordable Care Act, Reid did combine them in private before bringing them to the floor. But the idea that the law wasn’t written in the public eye is ridiculous. Both the committee processes were endless and, with the exception of Max Baucus’s sojourn into the “Gang of Six” process, quite open, and Reid’s effort to comb... more »

See the first trickles of wondrous change and know in your hearts the vast floods are following.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
* * * * *See the first trickles of wondrous change and know in your hearts the vast floods are following.* Michael as channeled by Ron Head November 27, 2012 in Michael, Ron's Channeled Messages Michael We perceive at this time your beautiful anticipation and your efforts to ready yourselves for the twelve-twelve gateway. Please do not allow yourselves to go into the energy of stress over this, dear ones. Your course has been set by your desire and intentions. We are working with you every moment, especially during your cycles of sleep. You are in the flow so firmly now tha... more »

Free Egyptian Rebels Vs. Washington-Backed Islamist Dictator Morsi

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
An excerpt from 'b' of Moon of Alabama's article, *"Media Whitewash Morsi's Dictatorial Powergrab"*: All the *western* talk about *democracy* and *human rights* is again proven to be just hot air and the *western* media is again very much in line with that scam. There are again huge protests in Cairo's Tahrir square and people are again calling for the downfall of the regime. Only this time they will get no support from the Brotherhood friendly Al Jazeerah and from those *western*media that are whitewashing the new dictatorship.

Walmart & 112 Dead Factory Workers

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 10 hours ago
How many more tragic disasters await so multinational corporations can offshore jobs, exploit deplorable working conditions overseas, and continue filling the corporate-consumerist troughs? *November 27, 2012* (LD) - 112 Bangladeshi workers perished in a factory fire last week - the cause is still under investigation. And as the tragedy made its way across international news headlines, it quickly became clear the factory was producing clothing for mega-retailer WalMart in the United States. *Image: (Getty Images) The price others pay for American consumerism. Walmart claims it di... more »

Supreme Court Says It's OK To Record Cops In Illinois

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago

Update on the Cobra Interview

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
I completed the second part of the cobra interview last night. I have a bit of editing to do, plus I need to modulate his voice as he desires to continue his anonymity for a few more months, which I will honor. Lady Cobra was exhausted from the conference and schedule and was not able to be interviewed last night so we will do that at a later time when she is refreshed and energized, probably via Skype. I do think very highly of Cobra and Lady Cobra. Cobra has an amazing amount of information. I got a few more details, well a lot actually, which you will hear in the intervie... more »

Reform: The Motion to Proceed

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
One of the popular reform proposals, and one which Harry Reid has been talking about quite a bit, is eliminating the opportunity to filibuster the "motion to proceed" to a bill. I'm...not all that excited about it. Yeah, I know the rhetoric -- that it's somehow undemocratic to block even consideration of a bill. I don't much care about that. Lots of bills don't reach the Senate floor, for lots of reasons. The main reason that bills don't reach the Senate floor is that they don't have the votes to pass, and the majority doesn't like to waste scarce floor time on things that won't pa... more »

We are pretty much screwed unless . . .

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 11 hours ago
. . . world leaders commit to really attacking the global heat problem. Download it here to find out why. That's the 4℃* Turn down the Heat* report from the World Bank; I am reading it and it is truly depressing, given the world political situation. Players like Barack Obama and the U.S. could really make a difference, if they wanted, but the U.S. is in control of oligarchs, and is morally adrift. Germany is setting a good example, as are some other small countries, but North America, Europe and especially Asia must all work together or the problem will just grow. Those three co... more »

Thank You, Readers

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
Thank you, fellow pilgrims. I don't say that enough.

Strachota (WI-ALEC) LIES about ALEC Involvement

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
And this is how they lie. ALEC LYING 101 – a core course required of all ALEC legislatures. This course will teach you how to mislead the public by using ambiguity, to intentionally mislead and confuse the media and obscure the facts surrounding your involvement with the ALEC Posted today (my emphasis): The Left’s war against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) continues: Common Cause and the Center for Media and Democracy now claim in a lawsuit that five Republican members of the Wisconsin legislature have violated the state’s public records law by allegedly withholding... more »

Amy Farrah Fowler before she was Amy Farrah Fowler

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
Before Mayim Bialik was Dr Amy Farrah Bialik she was Blossom, and she wasn't a Geek. "You broke the eleventh commandment - Thou shalt not geek"

Beltway Conventional Wisdom Is Already Creating A Narrative That Republicans Will Triumph In The 2014 Midterm Elections

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Needed: a progressive, non-corporate voice at the table American voters were pretty clear at the ballot box earlier this month that they blame Republicans for the country's economic woes. Obama had an electoral college landslide and won over 4 million more votes than Romney. The Democrats stomped all over the Republicans on the Senate map, winning every seriously contested seat but one (Nevada, where the Democrats had entered a hopelessly corrupt and worthless New Dem from the House). And even in House races, where the Democrats were fatally hampered by Steve Israel's horrific reptil... more »

Rob Ford, Bev Oda and Peter 1

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
So, surprise, surprise. Sometimes there are consequences for your actions when you're a "conservative." It seems though, that you have to be bone-stupid and meth-addict reckless before you get nailed. Rob Ford solicited for donations to his charity from lobbyists using his City of Toronto Councillor card ("city letterhead"), which, to anyone with half a brain, is a big step on the slippery slope to using your position to obtain personal benefit. Ford was asked by the city's Integrity Commissioner, several times, to return the money and stop doing that. He ignored her. She asked City... more »

US Hurricane Intensity 1900-2012

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 12 hours ago
The figure above comes courtesy Chris Landsea of the US National Hurricane Center. It shows the annual intensity of US landfalling hurricanes from 1900 to 2012. The figure updates a graph first published in *Nature* in 2005 ( Figure 2 here in PDF, details described there). The red bars show the annual data. The grey straight line is the linear trend (no trend) and the black line shows the five-year average. The most recent five years have the lowest landfalling hurricane intensity of any five-year period back to 1900. By contrast 2004 and 2005 saw the most intense seasons of landf... more »

Rising acidity levels threaten ocean food chain, study finds

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: SEM images of juvenile L. helicina antarctica (from which the periostracum has been removed) showing different levels of dissolution. a,b, Intact animal without any indications of dissolution. c, Level I: the upper prismatic layer slightly dissolved. d, Level II: the prismatic layer partially or completely missing and the cross-lamellar matrix partially exposed. Bednaršek, et al., 2012] 26 November 2012 (SMH) – The shells of some marine snails in the seas around Antarctica are dissolving as the water becomes more acidic, threatening the food chain, a study published in the... more »

Bosque nevado en un lindo amanecer

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Under Attack, NVIC Helps Americans Stand Up & Speak Out

Barbara Loe Fisher at Vaccine Awakening - 12 hours ago
Posted: 11/20/2012 *by Barbara Loe Fisher* In 2013, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) enters our fourth decade of preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the legal right to make voluntary vaccination decisions in America.[1] Each year during the past 30, NVIC has become more successful in achieving our mission. With that success has come more fierce opposition by politically powerful medical trade associations and special interest groups allied with drug companies doing everything they can to censor truthful vaccine information a... more »

Ben Swann: "No Country Would Tolerate Missiles From Outside

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
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Arbol de navidad cubierto de nieve - paisajes de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Stop Imperialism - Podcast 49

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
Morsi's power grab in Egypt, terrorists in Syria blow up mosque, Kurds & army build up in northern Iraq, and Greeks oppose austerity. *November 27, 2012* (Stop Imperialism) Podcast Powered By Podbean *In today's episode:* - 1. Egypt - Morsi power grab: Crisis end 'imminent,' Ahmed Mekki, Egypt minister, says - 2. Syria - FSA insurgents blow up mosque in Aleppo - 3. Iraq - Iraqi army, Kurds continue buildup in disputed region - 4. Greece - Most Greeks want the Euro, oppose austerity: poll - 5. Under the Radar - BP seeks deal with Nord Stream to bri... more »

Pequeña cabaña en el bosque en temporada de otoño

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Manada de lobos blancos en el bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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I'm Back on Scribd

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
I wasn't too impressed with them the first time. They're too capricious for my liking and they're already robbing me of hits, give me a very small selection of self-identified authors (23) to follow, the Featured section is almost entirely devoted to bestselling authors with literary agents and real book contracts, leaving the independent authors like me to twist in the wind and only about half my 14 uploads are included in the Most Recent categories despite my using the proper tags. Their readcast app is a joke. Plus, they're getting ruined with ads. In other words, Scribd hasn't ... more »

Pingüínos caminando por la calle con sus bufandas de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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Why Schools Are Tools of Indoctrination

Storm at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Wisdom, be attentive. *** Excerpted from Jonathan Schwartz at A Tiny Revolution. *Oliver Stone's Untold, Unboring History of the United States* * * *American history! Whose heart doesn't race when you remember being initiated into its excitement and mystery in high school? There's the Logan Act of 1799! And the presidency of Benjamin Harrison! And the Open Door Policy. And, uh, and the Fordney–McCumber Tariff of 1922...and "A Return to Normalcy"... and the Federal Aid Highway Aczzzzzzzzzzzzzptsphttzzzz.* * * *Almost everyone in high school hates history, and they should. Just 7% of U... more »

Puente que atraviesa la maravillosa playa

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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It's wrong to worry about the "fiscal cliff"

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Starting from January 2013, America has a chance to restore some balance in its federal budget that's been getting worse since Clinton's surplus years around 2000 and that switched to seemingly permanent astronomical figures after the 2008 recession. If no bills were changed or added in the following 6 weeks, spending cuts would come into force and some temporary (mainly Bush) tax cuts would be abolished again. The deficits would instantly start to improve, see the brown curve: However, some people invented the term "fiscal cliff" for the relatively sudden improvement of the U.... more »

Attack of the Fiscal Cliff Elf

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
How low can you go in the name of a Grand Bargain with the Grandees and a betrayal of the people who voted you back into office? President Obama will perform an inverse Scrooge with one and a half twists this week as he pays a visit to some jolly toymakers in Pennsylvania. Far from spreading the cheer, though, he'll be fomenting the fear. Unless Mom and Dad and Congress get behind his plan to cut the social safety net to appease his plutocratic puppet masters, he warns, Santa may not be coming this year. It won't be the Grinch that steals Christmas, proclaims the White House Counc... more »

Muñeco de nieve con brazos de ramas te desea feliz navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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Orange Won but the Real Winner was Green

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 13 hours ago
New Democrat Murray Rankin won the by-election in Victoria last night but only just. With the powerful and experienced federal and provincial NDP machines churning away in the previously New Democrat riding, Rankin was all but pre-ordained to triumph. Yet that triumph eluded him as he barely squeaked through past the Green Party candidate, Donald Galloway. During the night the lead changed hands several times between Rankin and Galloway. At the end of the night, it was Rankin by the skin of his teeth. The message for the Greens was crystal clear - we can have these guys with ... more »

Pembroke Pines, Florida, warns residents about cancer links to cell phone usage, becomes one of first to do so

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

Unexpected data from the Large Hadron Collider suggest the collisions may be producing a new type of matter (Hey, that sounds safe)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

Vomiting virus sweeps Britain: Hospital wards shut as cases soar 50 per cent to five-year high

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

Portugal debates future of welfare state as nation faces economic collapse

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

ALEC's Private Prison Buddies - Looking for More Inmates

2old2care at Because I Can - 13 hours ago
THIS should scare ever single person who reads it. This is America's nightmare. No public servants doing the "protect & serve" - private corporations actually helping put people in jail - the very same private corporations whose livelihood depends on people being in jail. ALEC private prison company seen as "law enforcement" instead of a the for profit - private sector tax dollar sucking parasite that it is. According to Casa Grande Police Department (CGPD) Public Information Officer Thomas Anderson, four “law enforcement agencies” took part in the operation: CGPD (which served a... more »

Einstein’s brain was unusual in several respects, rarely seen photos show

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

10-year-old girl's laptop confiscated after copyright offense

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

Texans going wild with 'secession fever,' bumper stickers everywhere

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

Arms Race Update - China Gets Into Naval Air Game

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 13 hours ago
It's still a long way off from rivaling America's 11-carrier battle groups but China has demonstrated a successful landing and takeoff from its refurbished Ukranian aircraft carrier, the *Liaoning*. The Chinese-built carrier jet, a Sukhoi 27 knock-off, comes complete with folding wings and folding horizontal tailplanes. Observers believe the *Liaoning* is a training ship and that China has its own, indigenous aircraft carriers under construction.

France Announces it Will Back Palestinian Statehood Bid at U.N.

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*More here:* http://www.theblaze.com/stories/france-announces-it-will-back-palestinian-statehood-bid-at-u-n/

Catherine Austin Fitts interviewed by Anne Hess

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 14 hours ago
Catherine Austin Fitts, who is a speaker at the Breakthrough Energy Conference held in Hilversum Holland, interviewed by Anne Hess. "...because, as you said, the economy is CRIMINAL," Hess offers Fitts the floor. Actually, despite Catherine's insistence that a return to 'good honest capitalism' will 'fix the economy', I suspect interviewer Anne Hess hit the nail on the head within the first few minutes of her interview, "I have this feeling that you can't bridge over to any economy. The last stage of monopole capitalism is where finance has all the control. There's no way out." ... more »

Cultural Diversity is only possible within Ethnically-homogeneous Nations.

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 14 hours ago
One of the greatest lies of our would-be masters is that mass immigration of people who do not share our ethnic roots, is beneficial to us all because it creates a diversity of cultural experiences which is enriching to everyone. The central point of this argument is that the lands to which this ideology is applied, are culturally-impoverished due to having insufficient contact with peoples other than those to whom they are racially-linked. This argument is almost exclusively levelled at Europeans (whether in the European homeland or overseas Europe), and it is an argument which ... more »

Like Coates (and Andrea Mitchell) on Rice!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012* *Where does consensus come from:* The ongoing assault on Susan Rice has been profoundly instructive. It has been a long time since the nation’s press corps bought such a bogus tale from the right—although this conduct was very common in the days of the Clintons and Gore. What happens when the mainstream press corps adopts a bogus attack from the right? Over the weekend, we were quite struck by this post at the Atlantic—a post by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is *not* a man of the right. Beyond that, he isn’t silly or dumb or fatuous or numb-nutted or even i... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 14 hours ago
*Anti-Morsi forces - Egypt Clashes* "The Egyptian economy ‘is going to hell in a handbasket’ and could prompt violence and riots in the streets, Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni told IBA Global Insight..." IBA - Egyptian economy 'going to hell in a handbasket' *Anti-Morsi protest 27 November 2012. Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany *- Mursi opponents clash with police in Cairo Under Mubarak, the economy was booming and poverty was being reduced. Now there is high unemployment and "twenty million are at the poverty level." Bassiouni believes an inflationary rise of ten per cent could d... more »

Well This Is a Real Kick in the Schnitzel

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 14 hours ago
Brace yourself (no pun intended). Germany is about to outlaw sex between humans and animals. Yeah, you got that right. And, yeah, that means that up till now, it was okay in Germany to have sex with animals. "*The government plans to toughen animal protection laws - which currently only prohibit the practice if the animal is injured...* *"The group Veterinarians against Zoophilia says thousands of Germans exchange information online about sex with animals and that some farms rent out animals for sexual exploitation.* *"The new law would also ban such animal brothels and the t... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 14 hours ago
*Dognamedblue* left this comment on the post "DUMB WHITE PEOPLE": "When I found out that people were actually coming to my blog I used to allow them to comment without checking first. "But the majority weren't even reading the blog let alone the links in the posts before making comments... "My only friend at infant and 1st year of primary school was Michael. *"The reason we were friends was that I was the only bastard, and he was the only black kid.* "And, as we had to play by ourselves, we became friends. *"I'm not trying to compare my formative years with the racist abuse he h... more »

What We're Really Fighting Over at Doha

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 14 hours ago
Yes, you're right, it's carbon emissions we're fighting over at Doha but perhaps not in the way you imagine. We, in the developed world, are fighting for our our continued domination of the atmosphere and the preservation of our monopoly on its remaining carbon-carrying capacity. It's a simple question of mathematics. In recent years we've learned a really critical fact - the amount of carbon dioxide our atmosphere can carry if we are to avoid blowing straight through the estimated 'survivable' limit of 2 degrees Celsius planetary warming. The idea is, once we go through 2C, ... more »

Stop Imperialism # 49

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
Thanks to Eric Draitser Stop Imperialism - Episode 49Some good coverage on the events ongoing in Egypt and of course Syria Be aware, it is about 2 hours long Podcast Powered By Podbean - *1. Egypt - Morsi power grab: Crisis end 'imminent,' Ahmed Mekki, Egypt minister, says* - *2. Syria - FSA insurgents blow up mosque in Aleppo* - *3. Iraq - Iraqi army, Kurds continue buildup in disputed region* - *4. Greece - Most Greeks want the Euro, oppose austerity: poll* - *5. Under the Radar - BP seeks deal with Nord Stream... more »

Photos reveal destruction of Cameroon rainforest for palm oil

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Clearing of trees in a concession area of Herakles Farm’s area for a palm oil plantation. Greenpeace says these clearings are illegal since Herakles' lease has not been given final approval. Herakles Farm did not respond to request for comment. © Alex Yallop / Greenpeace] By Jeremy Hance 26 November 2012 (mongabay.com) – Newly released photos by Greenpeace show the dramatic destruction of tropical forest in Cameroon for an oil palm plantation operated by SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon (SGSOC), a subsidiary of the U.S. company Herakles Farm. The agriculture company is plannin... more »

Why GOP Administrations are Economic Failures that Prove Marx Correct

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 14 hours ago
*by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy* When Bush Sr fought against, perhaps vanquished 'supply-side economics', it was hoped that the horrible Reagan years could be, would be consigned to the 'dust bin of history'! But no! It was left to 'Shrub', George W. Bush, who may have unleashed unholy forces in order to breathe life into 'trickle down theory' otherwise called 'supply side economics! As it was taken off life support, it was surely Dick 'cyborg' Cheney who may have yelled: "It's alive! It's alive! Cheney, of course, professed the Reagan doctrine: "Deficits don't matter." C... more »

Melting permafrost ‘will double carbon and nitrogen levels in the atmosphere’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: A glacier on Bylot Island, Canada. Melting permafrosts such as these threaten to release billions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, accelerating climate change, a new USGS study has warned. Corbis] By Damien Gayle 26 November 2012 As much as 44 billion tons of nitrogen and 850 billion tons of carbon could be released into the environment as permafrost thaws over the next century, U.S. government experts warn. The release of carbon and nitrogen in permafrost could make global warming much worse and threaten delicate water systems on land and offshore, accor... more »

NDAA Nulification by We The People

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
What do you think about this? Ballot measures, also referred to as ballot initiatives and referendums (I&R), provide citizens the opportunity to discuss and vote on policy issues at the local level and state level. Using this process, in 24 states citizens can bring an issue to a public vote by gathering a pre-determined number of signatures from registered voters. Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below. Sharing on Reddit and Newsvine will help the most.

2013 Grawemeyer Award Winner

Rodger Payne at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
Congratulations to Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan for winning the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World. As readers may recall, Chenoweth is a Duck of Minerva guest blogger. Chenoweth and Stephan won the $100,000 prize for their 2011 book, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press). This is Continue reading

Tuesday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
Nominations (and voting registrations) are really starting to come in. I’ve updated the most recent post to reflect yesterday’s additions. Linkage: Leslie Dwyer: “After Aceh’s Peace.” Foreign People Policy is out with its “Top 100 Global Policy Celebs Thinkers” list, so I suppose we now have to slavishly dissect it. Or, we could read Audrey Waters’ “top 100 reasons why Continue reading

There's Your Problem - Too Damned Much Wiggle Room

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 15 hours ago
The wrench in the gears that prevents meaningful international action on global change is the enormous wiggle room in the debate. This arises, in large part, because of the opportunity for the players to argue overall emissions versus *per capita* emissions. China, for example, recently became the top CO2 emitter overall closely followed by the United States. But compare China's population with America's. China has 1,344-million people. America, at 311-million, is only a quarter as big meaning American *per capita* emissions are roughly four times that of China's. Beijing's ... more »

Video: MIT professor compares climate change to playing Russian roulette with our children’s future

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 15 hours ago
By Ellie Johnston 20 November 2012 John Sterman, MIT Professor and fellow collaborator on many Climate Interactive projects, lays out the stark realities we are facing with climate change inaction in his presentation at the MIT Museum last month. He describes the risks we face by not taking immediate measures to address climate change in every sector of society and equates it to playing Russian Roulette with a revolver that has 19 of 20 chambers filled. His conclusion: we can despair, take no action, and allow the worst case to happen, or we can immediately initiate measures to ... more »

SKOOL DAZE: Perpetually, stunningly uninformed!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012* *Part 1—Smart Texan describes Texas schools:* Mark Strama is a Democratic member of the Texas legislature. He represents a district in Austin. He’s a member of the public education committee in the Texas House. Strama is youngish and bright, as a recent appearance on C-Span showed. To watch that appearance, click this. Why was Strama appearing on C-Span? He hosted a panel on public schools at last month’s Texas Book Festival. As he started his presentation, he described a surprising discovery concerning his state’s public schools. Who knew? Texas kid... more »

ALEC VOIP Legislation - Screws the USA

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
As you read this - think of the new TV show "Revolution" 'cause that is what is going to happen - when ALEC corporations control all the infrastructure in the United States through ALEC legislation. When the TV's, radios, lights and phones finally go out and the US is filled with decaying and rotting infrastructure - you can thank the American Legislative Exchange Council for the fate of the US. "Revolution" is what an ALEC Corporate Profit Sector United States looks like. It is not fiction - it is our ALEC future - what the ALEC States of America WILL look like. The Uni... more »

Town Bans Fracking to Protect Air and Water: State Fights Back

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 hours ago
With Ban on Drilling Practice, Town Lands in Thick of Dispute http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/26/us/with-ban-on-fracking-colorado-town-lands-in-thick-of-dispute.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121126 [Excerpted] Gov. John W. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has warned Longmont residents that the ban is likely to mean a lawsuit from the state, which insists that only it has the authority to regulate drilling. Already this summer, Colorado sued Longmont over earlier city rules that limit drilling near schools and homes. Local leaders are also bracing for more lawsuits as they tell energy... more »

IAEA Confidence Man for Nuclear in the Wake of Unprecedented Nuclear Disaster

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 hours ago
UPDATE 1-South Korea urged to restore trust in nuclear power: International Energy Agency calls for independent nuclear regulators By Meeyoung Cho http://www.cnbc.com/id/49935961 * Says public should have faith in transparency of nuclear power * Reactors closed after scandal over fake nuclear safety documents * South Korea should raise competition in electricity, gas markets-IEA SEOUL, Nov 23 (Reuters) - South Korea needs to rebuild public trust in nuclear power by boosting transparency and improving regulation, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday, after safety sca... more »

Guest Posts

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 15 hours ago
A few of you have submitted your own longform commentaries, which I will begin publishing this week. I always welcome contributions to the blog. So if you're interested, please send me your piece via email ( kmgarcia2000@yahoo.com.) Always include sources to back up your facts, and when quoting another writer from the web, please give attribution along with a link to the original piece. I will take it upon myself to do whatever minor editing/spelling corrections may be needed. Besides opinion pieces, I am also interested in "spot news" and personal anecdotes. In the past (especiall... more »

Jim McIntyre Tries Pushing Knoxville Onto Dollar Guzzling Charter Reform School Bus

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
If there is another thing that Knoxville does not need and can't afford (besides Lane Kiffin) is a string of corporate welfare charter reform schools that will benefit Wall Street hedge fund investors and philanthrocapitalists like Eli Broad, while draining millions from public schools. This was issued this morning: *KCS issues charter school request for proposals* The Knox County Schools is accepting charter school proposals for the 2014-2015 school year to cultivate strong school capacity to provide high quality academic instruction. Proposals will be entertained b... more »

Rob Ford And The Peter Principle

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Christie Blatchford is furious. Yesterday a judge removed the man she voted for because, as she wrote last Friday, he was "authentic." In her mind, authenticity trumps an unjust law: So, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been given the boot from office because an opportunistic citizen hired a smart and politically savvy lawyer who found a club of an arcane statute with which to tie the hands of a judge who was willing to play ball. That’s the short and dirty version of the bombshell that has dropped. The truth is that, if Ford had declined to vote on the resolution which declared he ... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 16 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Mike Skinner (The Streets), 34. While I wait for an answer, the good stuff: 1. Good Matt Yglesias point about not worrying about short-term panic in the markets. I wouldn't say it's not a cost at all, but it's a pretty minor one. 2. Greg Sargent spoke to Norm Ornstein and had a nice post on filibuster reform. 3. This John Patty post (via John) on the bargaining positions of the fiscal cliff players is excellent. Also, I really have no patience for reading this stuff. I'm pretty sure that's my failing, and not the fault of Congressional/game theory scholars. For ... more »

Let's Hear From Two Florida Progressives-- Doug Tudor And Alan Grayson

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Doug'n'Debbie First Doug, a progressive, a Naval veteran and former congressional candidate twice stabbed in the back by the DCCC which made certain that his part of Florida would remain a Republican stronghold. This is the message he sent this morning: Friends, I am writing this note because I just read *DWT*’s big money blog. Each and every voter should be sickened by the uber-rich dominance of our supposed democracy. Please read this missive, as it will help to explain how *DWT*’s current post is important. It will also explain how supporting *DWT* and Blue America help to count... more »

Michael Sandel and His Critics

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 16 hours ago
My Harvard colleague Michael Sandel has been getting a lot of attention lately with his book *What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. *To get a flavor of the debate, read 1. A short essay by Michael Sandel. 2. A review of his book by economic historian Deirdre McCloskey. 3. A commentary from erstwhile ec 10 sectionleader Jodi Beggs.

Obama’s “Leaked” Plan to Legalize Killer Drones is Self-Serving Propaganda

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
Mick Meaney, *Contributor* RINF News reports that a supposed “leak” to the New York Times from the Obama administration claims a new rulebook to legalize the use of killer drones in Muslim countries has been fast-tracked, is as an act of self-serving propaganda. See other video reports by Mick Meaney Here Free Digizine and Videos available at RINF News Here Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below. Sharing on Reddit and Newsvine will help the most.

Pinkwashing Hell: Breast Removal as a Form of "Prevention"

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
Sayer Ji, *Contributor* Following closely on the heels of the year's most intensive annual cause-marketing campaign, October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, two chilling events of grave concern to women and their health were widely (but mostly superficially) reported on in the mainstream media. *First*, Allyn Rose, Miss America contestant, announced in early November that she would be undergoing a double mastectomy to "prevent" breast cancer. Rose, a *healthy* 24-year old Maryland native who lost her mother to breast cancer when she was 16, has been lauded by certain media outle... more »

Another Majority of Vandals?

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 17 hours ago
Despite what the CONs say, Canada is a progressive country. Yet, with our fucked-up electoral system, the majority vote is split so that the CONtempt Party squeaks in. This must stop. Look at yesterday's by-election results. In Calgary Centre, the CON got 36.9% of the vote while other (variously progressive) parties combined for 61%. Numbers sound familiar? They should. They are very close to the overall ranking in the 2011 federal election. A party with less than 40% support is now vandalizing a progressive country to the shock and disgust of the majority. I am not a partisan ... more »

The Osama bin Laden Myth

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
Daily Bell Paul Craig Roberts The interview below with Osama bin Laden was conducted by the Karachi, Pakistan, daily newspaper, *Ummat*, and published on September 28, 2001, 17 days after the alleged, but unsubstantiated, al Qaeda attack of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center twin towers and Pentagon. The interview was sensational. The alleged "mastermind" of 9/11 said that he and al Qaeda had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack. The British Broadcasting Corporation's World Monitoring Service had the interview translated into English and made public on September 29, 2001... more »

Journalist Arrested For Filming Police Checkpoint

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
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The Madness of a Lost Society 2012

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
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Rob Ford: That's the trouble with mandatory minimum sentences

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago
A few comments have pointed out that Rob Ford would not have been removed from office if the judge had discretion in "sentencing". Good point -- mandatory minimum sentencing means that judges cannot craft sensible results -- they impose what must be imposed... .

The Problem With Internet Take Over By The ITU (UN)

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
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Don't talk to me -- just say bye bye

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

The Healing Power of Marijuana Has Barely Been Tapped

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
Medical marijuana is now legal in 18 states, but it's clear we've discovered a fraction of its potential for health. Alternet Allen Badiner There are now legal medical cannabis programs in 18 states plus Washington, DC, with pot fully legal for adults in two other states. Ironically, however, the actual healing power of the plant has barely been tapped. Smoking marijuana with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), or better, vaporizing it (using a device to bake the plant material and inhale the active ingredients), has an indisputably palliative effect and can be medically useful for pain r... more »

Cynthia McKinney speaks about 9/11 at peace conference

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
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The U.N.'s Internet Sneak Attack

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
Letting the Internet be rewired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius to a gorilla. Wall Street Journal Gordon Crovitz [image: image]Who runs the Internet? For now, the answer remains no one, or at least no government, which explains the Web's success as a new technology. But as of next week, unless the U.S. gets serious, the answer could be the United Nations. Many of the U.N.'s 193 member states oppose the open, uncontrolled nature of the Internet. Its interconnected global networks ignore national boundaries, making it hard for governments to censor or tax. And ... more »

RWNJ - Eats Their Own: Entree is ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 17 hours ago
*God bless America!* *ALEC* *"It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, and corporations had pushed the people out the door."* *From the RIGHT WING!!!!* Bear Witness Central is a member of Florida’s TEA PARTY NETWORK and TEA PARTY PATRIOTS, has affiliations, partnerships and works also with other non-partner Pro-Constitution groups that share the same principles and values. These right-wingers completed a serious - way serious - review of one of ALEC's reports and as their comments show below - they were NOT impressed with the ALEC report or ALEC's attempt to defend... more »
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