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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

27 November - Blogs I'm Following

Democrat Summit - James
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Strachota (WI-ALEC) LIES about ALEC Involvement

2old2care at Because I Can - 28 seconds 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 - 2 minutes 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! - 2 minutes 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 - 2 minutes 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 - 8 minutes 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 1a 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 land... more »

Rising acidity levels threaten ocean food chain, study finds

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 minutes 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 - 34 minutes ago
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Under Attack, NVIC Helps Americans Stand Up & Speak Out

Barbara Loe Fisher at Vaccine Awakening - 35 minutes 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 - 38 minutes ago
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Arbol de navidad cubierto de nieve - paisajes de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 41 minutes ago
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Stop Imperialism - Podcast 49

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 42 minutes 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 - 47 minutes ago
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Manada de lobos blancos en el bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 53 minutes ago
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I'm Back on Scribd

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 57 minutes 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 - 1 hour ago
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Why Schools Are Tools of Indoctrination

Storm at Schools Matter - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago
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It's wrong to worry about the "fiscal cliff"

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 a reverse Scrooge with one and half twists this week as he pays a visit to some jolly toymakers in Pennsylvania. Far from spreading the cheer, 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. It won't be the Grinch that steals Christmas, proclaims the White House Council on Economic Advise... more »

Muñeco de nieve con brazos de ramas te desea feliz navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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Orange Won but the Real Winner was Green

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

Portugal debates future of welfare state as nation faces economic collapse

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

ALEC's Private Prison Buddies - Looking for More Inmates

2old2care at Because I Can - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

Arms Race Update - China Gets Into Naval Air Game

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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. Free Planet is the only way - won't someone please draw up an economic plan devoid of PROFIT? Won't someone end Debt Slavery?

Cultural Diversity is only possible within Ethnically-homogeneous Nations.

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 hours ago
Egypt Clashes: Morsi Protests Gather Pace... [image: Tahrir] Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday , Nov. 27, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Well This Is a Real Kick in the Schnitzel

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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! - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 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 - 5 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! - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 hours ago
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The Madness of a Lost Society 2012

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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Rob Ford: That's the trouble with mandatory minimum sentences

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 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 - 5 hours ago
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Don't talk to me -- just say bye bye

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago

The Healing Power of Marijuana Has Barely Been Tapped

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 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 - 5 hours ago
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The U.N.'s Internet Sneak Attack

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 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 - 5 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 »

Gigantic Journalistic Investigation Begins Ripping Mask off Bank Secrecy

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 5 hours ago
While Mitt Romney may be fading from view in the wake of his defeat on November 6, the issue of tax havens is definitely not following suit. Via the Tax Justice Network, I've just learned of a massive, multi-national joint investigation into secrecy jurisdictions by three very heavy hitters, the *Guardian*, BBC Panorama, and the U.S.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Though they are starting out with the United Kingdom and the seriously understudied situation in the British Virgin Islands, ICIJ has announced that this is just the start of a multi-yea... more »

Egypt’s Mursi Defends Power Grab

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Insists Move 'Temporary' and Aimed to Protect Constitutional Committee AntiWar Jason Ditz Faced with an ever-growing backlash over last week’s power grab, Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi struggled to defend his edict, insisting that the move was “temporary” and not intended to centralize power in his hands. Rather, in a new statement Mursi insisted that the move was meant to limit the power of the judiciary, and was primarily aimed at avoiding the “politicization” of the court system while keeping them from ousting the committee penning the new constitution. Yet the edict went we... more »

Supreme Court rules cops can be filmed

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Russia Today Smile for the camera, coppers — the US Supreme Court has decided to let stand a lesser ruling that allows citizens in the state of Illinois to record police officers performing their official duties. [image: Police officers in Chicago, Illinois.(AFP Photo / Joshua Lott)]Up until just last year, an anti-eavesdropping legislation on the books across Illinois meant any person within the state could be imprisoned for as much as 15 years for recording a police officer without expressed consent. In August 2011, a federal appeals court struck down the law, but an Illinois pr... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Big bill for levee upkeep comes to New Orleans* ~This Aug. 27, 2012 file photo, shows a teddy bear at the base of a marker for the 17th Street Canal Floodwall in New Orleans. By the time the next hurricane season starts in June 2013, New Orleans will take control of much of a revamped protection system of gates, walls and armored levees the Army Corps of Engineers has spent about $12 billion building. The corps has about $1 billion worth of work left. Engineers consider it a Rolls Royce of flood protection, comparable to systems in seaside European cities such as Venice and Rotterda... more »

More importantly, it's just not funny anymore

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
It is being reported that Angus T Jones, Jake, on Two and a Half Men has described the show as "filth", while urging viewers not to watch it. He made a YouTube video "I'm on Two and a Half Men and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it... Please stop filling your head with filth. Please. It's, you know, people say it's just entertainment." More importantly, it's just not funny anymore. Interestingly that's two stars of Two and a Half Men who have dissed the programme whilst still appearing on it. First Charlie Sheen and now Angus T. Jones; most peculiar.

Economist 2012 Conference on Korea: Foreign Ownership in Korea

Robert Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
Each year in September, the Economist holds a conference on the Korea economy (a part of its Bellwether series on Asian economies). They invite me to come, and then I try to write up my thoughts on it in the JoongAng Daily (which I think is the best newspaper in Korea) as an op-ed. Each Continue reading

IPCC Computer model fails

Keith Peat at No Eco Twaddle- or other false policy (N.E.T) - 6 hours ago
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Calgary Centre votes: Conservative Joan Crockatt wins byelection

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
Close but no cigar

Dykstra Designing a Sail-Powered Ship With Automatic Sails

Image courtesy: © Dykstra Dutch company Dykstra is designing a new iteration of sail-powered ship, using old sailing knowledge and new sailing technology. The Ecoliner Fair Winds has four massive 'automatic' sails that are moved by, in addition to the wind, software and satellite-based weather data that together calculate the optimal route for the ship when it is underway. These means Ecoliner needs very little crew to sail, and also much less fossil fuels than a regular container ship. Ecoliner can still carry dozens of regular-sized containers. Dykstra is planning an entire arm... more »

BBC Middle East news priorities

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
If Israel had breached the ceasefire / hudna then the BBC would headline the news but as it was a Palestinian attack, not a word. Israel National News reports that: 'Soldiers killed a suspected Gaza terrorist early Monday after he broke into a Jewish home and stabbed a girl before fleeing. The IDF discovered a hole in the nearby Gaza security fence, and footprints from the area matched the shoes of the intruder, who had escaped to the Moshav Sde Avraham's greenhouses after he tried to kill the girl. Soldiers caught up with him and tried to arrest him, and then shot and killed him w... more »

Should Canada Attend The Next Kyoto Meeting?

Oil city: steam rises from refineries outside Edmonton, Alberta. Photo courtesy: Andy Clark/Reuters There are some times when I am not so proud to be Canadian - this is one of them. I agree with our Green party MP, Elizabeth May; and, wonder why anyone would want to attend. Perhaps given our Kyoto protocol track record, we should take the higher road and not attend unless we intend to change our stand on the issues. Of all the delegations in the room in Doha, the Canadians adopt the lowest profile. Some question whether they should be there at all: The country's first and only Gre... more »

10 Years of Harry's Place

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 8 hours ago
According to their archive, yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the - take your pick - celebrated/notorious Harry's Place. Whatever you think of the line it pushes, Harry's Place has played its important part in the evolution of British political blogging - even if only to inspire opponents to take to the field against it. But before writing about Harry's Place proper, I have a confession to make. Just as Spike Milligan spoke about his part in Hitler's downfall, I played a similarly minor, supporting role in the circumstances surrounding the foundation of Harry's Place. 10 ye... more »

Martin Rees' center studies 4 worst threats for mankind

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
*Climate change is on par with robot uprising* The cataclysm on December 21st, 2012 is less than a month away and I am regularly asked by people in the real life as well as those on the Internet whether a particular doomsday scenario they read about will happen. They are just polite when they ask; of course that if I explain to them that they don't have to worry, they keep on $hitting into their pants, anyway. ;-) Nude Socialist, Fox News, BBC, AP, and the rest of the pack told us about CSER.ORG, a center founded by the Lord [Martin] Rees of Ludlow, among others (including a co-f... more »

the monolith is the cinema screen - Rob Ager guts 2001

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 9 hours ago
I've featured Rob Ager's amazing film analysis several times on free planet, but this one is especially portentous. In his analysis of Stanley Kubrick/Arthur C Clarke's 2001, Ager links the black monolith's 1:4:9 proportions to the Panavision70 format of 2.2:1 i.e. n:4:8.8 but there's a Z-depth missing, the initial 1 of the monolith, pushing a unit measurement back into the screen - we never see around the cinema screen. "It's a trap!" as Star Wars tells us... I like the way Ager uses every opportunity to present the 1:4:9 to the viewer of his analysis, choosing Panavision70 shots... more »

Elon Musk on a Mars Colony

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
It is certainly good to see a private promoter pitching these ideas. It conditions the public to the possibilities years in advance. It is clear to me that landing beside a lava tube is an excellent way to start. The mouth can be covered with a base bubble and the tube itself can be exploited on a step by step basis. The main reason for this approach, wherever it can be used is to place a wall of rock between the crew and the external flux of radiation and the environment. It also sets up nicely for actual tunneling into the crust itself to produce a well protected ha... more »

Smoking Causes Cognition Declines

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This has always been suspected but we now can know that the effect is real. The likely chemical pathway is simple carbon monoxide poisoning which delivers a highly mobile reagent quite able to snip connections in the brain. All this applies equally well to marijuana smoking. Chronic inhalation of carbon monoxide is bad news. In fact the observed cognitive decline from marijuana may be completely an effect driven by chronic carbon monoxide provisioning. Thus while nicotine is profoundly addictive, it may otherwise be safe enough on its own. The same surely holds true for... more »

Oldest Spear Points Date to 500,000 Years

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is important. The thrown stone is common to primates and an obvious tool for killing game. The fire hardened sharpened stick is immediately available once our ancestors began using fire long before this. The real step up into tool manufacturing begins with attaching a sharp stone to a strong stick and would certainly coincide with sharp stone cutting tools. If you can do one, the other is obvious and natural. Thus we have taken the introduction of this protocol back to the time that Mankind and Neanderthals diverged. It was developed once and never a case of ... more »

Polynesian Expansion Between 2830 to 2840 BP

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Pining this down is good news and it appears independent of Radio carbon methods. Dating this has always been controversial and this should end it. It also confirms that it came about shortly after the collapse of the global maritime empire centered in the Atlantic about which we have posted much. Thus it also coincides with the extensive cultural upheaval that took place elsewhere and may even have been a contributing factor. Do note that I suspect maritime activity continued on a more local basis everywhere for well into the Roman period and possibly never ended in q... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
You may have noticed that certain people are in need of a good education. These are usually white people. *"White schoolchildren in Britain's poorest communities lag behind peers who are black or of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin."* This is according to a Financial Times analysis of more than 3m sets of exam results. *"Poor white children even achieve worse average results than deprived pupils for whom English is a second language."* * http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/760d03d4-6f71-11e0-952c-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2DOuovgde * It is generally these 'poor whites' who write the 'ignorant'... more »

Go back to sleep everyone: another Tory win in Calgary

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
Joan Crockatt, the first pest past the post, flanked by Calgary MPs Rob Anders and Jason Kenney, gives her victory speech in Calgary last night. Actual victorious Alberta Conservatives may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: The unsuccessful Liberal, Green and NDP candidates; the real Ms. Crockatt. Oh, how very depressing. Progressive voters outnumbered Conservatives, ... more »

Dr. Robert J. Lifton And Margaret Singer On Cults

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
*Cults rule the world. Unsuccessful cults are terrorist groups. Successful cults are religions and governments.* *Wikipedia for Dr. Robert J. Lifton* *Wikipedia for Dr. Margaret Singer * Dr. Robert J. Lifton on Destructive Cults - "3/17/00 - One of the leading experts in mind control, Dr. Lifton addressed the issue of doomsday cults such as Aum Shinrikyo": Dr. Margaret Singer - Recovery From Mind Control (November 1991):

Climate Policy After Sandy – What Should be Done? Part III

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
Huzzah! Barack Obama in his re-election night valedictory speech finally acknowledged that climate change is a problem we may have to attend to: We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. I seem Continue reading


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
"We have obtained an exclusive photograph of a *suspected* Israeli intelligence operative laughing it up with an Indonesian police officer on October 13, 2002, the morning after the deadly bombings of the night club district of Kuta in Bali at 11:05 pm on October 12... "The attack spurred Australian Prime Minister John Howard into joining the U.S.-British war in Afghanistan and, later, in Iraq." Jakarta: Mossad presence laughing it up after Bali bombing - Posted on 28. Aug, 2011 by Wayne Madsen *Indonesia - largest Moslem country in the world.* *According to the CIA:* "The maj... more »

Japan - Aum Supreme Truth Cult

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
*Wikipedia for Aum Shinrikyo:* Aum Shinrikyo (currently known as Aleph) is a Japanese cult, listed as a terrorist organization by several countries. The group was founded by Shoko Asahara in 1984. The group gained international notoriety in 1995, when it carried out the Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. The name "Aum Shinrikyo" (オウム真理教 Ōmu Shinrikyō?) derives from the Sanskrit syllable Aum, which represents the universe, followed by Shinrikyo written in kanji, roughly meaning "religion of Truth". In English "Aum Shinrikyo" is usually translated as "Supreme Truth". In January... more »

A Call for Mexican American Indigenous Studies

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 12 hours ago
--> *NOV. 26 TUSD DESEGREGATION PUBLIC FORUM – TUCSON ARIZONA* *The first of three public forums is now in the books. More reporting on this later. Comments can be emailed to the "Special Court Master" by midnight Wed Nov 28 at: To comment directly to the court:* *The following document is one that most of our community is signing on to. People/organizations are encouraged to sign on to it also. See end of this post for instructions on how to do this.* Declaration of Intellectual Warriors November 26, 2012 Created by: Chicano Literature Af... more »

Conservatives' War Against Women Started A Long Time Ago

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Last night we saw how the GOP seems to have learned not a thing from the drubbing women voters gave them in the election earlier this month. But misogyny is a worldwide problem, a very old habit of conservatives and one that will take a very long time to break. Their War Against Women has helped define what conservatives are, going back a very long way in man's history. Last week we saw the uproar in the Church of England when the Church's Synod decided-- against the wishes of Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, retiring Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams and the nex... more »

Truth Militia Radio with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 13 hours ago
I just finished the *sixth edition of Truth Militia Radio with John Friend*. My guest was Thomas Goodrich, author of *Hellstorm: The Death of Nazi Germany, 1944-1947*. We discussed the systematic (Jew-controlled) Allied annihilation of Germany, including the joint British and American fire-bombing campaign of German cities and industrial centers, the targeting of German civilian ships evacuating German refugees from Eastern Europe, the mass rape, torture, and murder of German men, women, and children, and the role of Jewish propagandists in instigating the war and inciting hatre... more »

Wet'suwet'en Day of Action against Oil and Gas Pipelines Nov. 27, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
*National and International Actions Against Oil and Gas Pipelines*26Nov ** *NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACTIONS AGAINST OIL AND GAS PIPELINES* *By Unis'tot'en Camp* Actions are taking place across Canada and internationally on Tuesday November 27 in support of the Unis’tot’en, who grabbed national headlines when they evicted shale gas pipeline surveyors from their territories in the interior of BC last week. The Unis’tot’en have made it clear that no proposed pipelines will proceed in Unist’ot’en territories and that corporations, investors, and governments have no jurisdiction to ap... more »

Owen Jones BBC Question Time (Gaza)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
*Owen Jones:* When I pointed out that it was Israel that had broken the ceasefire, and asked which people would tolerate decades of occupation, siege and illegal settlements, it was hugely appreciated by the audience – simply because it was a widespread view that no mainstream politician had attempted to articulate. Finally, a voice of truth on BBC.

Hopi Message 2012 'World Waters at Risk' Prophecy

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
Shungopavi Hopi website: http://www.traditionalhopi.org For the first time in history the Traditional Hopi Elders from the Village of Shungopavi (the Mother Village) are stepping forward to speak to the public. They have a warning for the world. They say they have been told this time would come when the water would be taken from them. If this happens it will have an effect on the whole world as they are the microcosm of the world, of the universe. Sign our Avaaz Petition here: http://tinyurl.com/hopiwater Now is the time that the True Hopi have been waiting for. It is in this lif... more »

Justice Chisvin given reprimand - now that's over let's all get back to work

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
An Ontario judge who set 10 criminal defendants free during a fit of pique was officially reprimanded Monday by the Ontario Judicial Council. The council said it had decided to go relatively lightly on Judge Howard Chisvin of the Ontario Court because he quickly recognized the gravity of his error and had done everything he could to make amends for it. http://t.co/Vdtw7WG8

Gila River Indian Community: Benefit Show to Stop Mountain Loop 202

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
MUSICIANS COME TOGETHER TO STOP THE SOUTH MOUNTAIN LOOP 202 ** Benefit Show, Dec. 1, 2012 *Relay Run and Walk, Dec. 8-9, 2012* *By Andrew Pedro* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY, Ariz. -- Since 1983, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has threatened the health, environmental quality and culture of the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) by attempting to build the Loop 202 South Mountain freeway extension on or near tribal land. For over 12 years, GRIC has continuously voiced its opposition to the Loop 202 extension. In Februa... more »

Guns and college

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 15 hours ago
Much head-scratching going on in certain quarters down south over this one, I'm sure. via LGM. Since the University of Colorado's Boulder and Colorado Springs campuses began segregating dorms for students with valid concealed-carry permits this year, not a single student has asked to live where guns are allowed. On Aug. 16, CU announced that both campuses would establish a residential area

Truth Has Fox News Cameo

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 15 hours ago
In this clip, journalist Thomas Ricks succinctly puts the Benghazi inquisition into context on Fox News. It's a good thing he was able to do it succinctly because as soon as he got the words out the interview was over. Less than 90 seconds.

Robert Jay Lifton Interviewed by Steve Hassan

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 hours ago
*Wikipedia:* Robert Jay Lifton (born May 16, 1926) is an American psychiatrist and author, chiefly known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and for his theory of thought reform. He was an early proponent of the techniques of psychohistory. *Wikipedia:* Steven Alan Hassan (born 1954) is a licensed mental health counselor and a Cult Expert. In 1978 Hassan was one of the first people to develop and do exit counseling, and is the author of three books on the subject of undue influence and destructive cults, and what he describes as ... more »

First Nation and Metis denied justice fighting Shell's Jackpine Mine

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
*First Nation and Metis groups denied effective access to justice* by Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com *November 26, 2012 * *Fort McMurray, Alberta* – Today the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) received a decision from the Alberta Court of appeal dismissing their application for leave to appeal a decision of the Joint Review Panel to not review the adequacy of Crown consultation before deciding whether to approve Shell’s Jackpine Mine expansion project. The First Nation is extremely disappointed and is currently reviewing their... more »

ALEC Summit - Green Products Imperil Health

2old2care at Because I Can - 16 hours ago
*Washington DC* * * *Inside the ALEC Summit this week* *YOUR legislator will hear this.* Three Scholars to Appear at ALEC Conference On November 26, 2012, by Nicole Ciandella SCHOLARS? - Depends on who you talk to WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 26, 2012 – Three experts from the Competitive Enterprise Institute will participate Wednesday in the States & Nation Policy Summit. EXPERTS? - Depends on who you talk to *Greg Conko,* executive director of CEI, will present on biotech food labeling. He will make the case biotech foods are at least as safe – and often safer than – convention... more »

The church seems to be going out of its way to hide its real treasure" (E. J. Dionne Jr.)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*Thanksgiving dinner at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Belle Harbor, in New York's ravaged Rockaways* *"The fallout [from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' recent meeting in Baltimore]: disarray in the Bishops' Conference. This is actually good news. One person’s disarray is another’s openness. There is now new space for debate and a rethinking of the church’s tilt rightward over the past several years. . . . "Politics divides Catholics. The works of mercy bring us together and also show the world what the power of faith can achieve."* *-- E. J. Dionne Jr., in his WaPo column... more »

Big Mountain Survival Camp Summer School 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
*Dineh Nation Big Mountain Survival Camp Summer School* *By Bahe (Kat) Keediniihii* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Photo by Big Mountain Survival School *Yaa'at'eeh Aa'ahnol't'so'h (Good Greetings Everyone),* On October 6 & 7th of 2012, many Dineh grandparents and parents gathered with their kids to celebrate the Sovereign Dineh Nation (SDN) Big Mountain Survival Camp Summer School, which was held for its last year in 1992. Long time supporter for the Big Mountain traditional elder resisters, Martha Bourke with much support and contribution, organized this commemora... more »

CNN: Every Single Adult in America Went Shopping on Black Friday Weekend

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago

Winding Down in Afghanistan?

Vikash Yadav at Duck of Minerva - 16 hours ago
US “combat operations” in Afghanistan are officially scheduled to wind down in 2014. And media attention is now turning toward speculating (i.e. relaying contending institutional preferences between the White House and the Pentagon) on the level of US troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014. Current estimates, in case you still care, are that US troop levels Continue reading

"I'll Be Back"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
OK folks, I'm going offline and away for a few days but like he says, I'll be back. Meanwhile there are 21,124 posts here for your perusal and consideration. Commenting is disabled to deter those pesky live-link comment spammers. As always, please be kind to each other, we really are all we have. See you soon! - CP

Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi: Critics Are Woodworms

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
*The Battle For Egypt Is On: The Great, Unconquerable, And Magnificent Mohammed Morsi VS. The Woodworms.* An excerpt from Nervana Mahmoud's article, *"Morsi’s Power Grab Should Be No Surprise"*: Following his recent edict granting himself unprecedented powers, President Mohammed Morsi addressed his supporters in front of the presidential palace — the place originally chosen by Mubarak to serve as the formal presidential building — *declaring that he would “cure Egypt from the woodworms.”* This particular remark sums up his attitude toward the current crisis: the president and hi... more »

“Fracking Amazing” [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 16 hours ago
*This afternoon the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment releases her report on fracking in New Zealand, to the certain howling and wailing of all the usual suspects [UPDATE: Fracking is safe, says ParlCommish], so I figured it was time for a re-post...* Councils around the country have been declaring themselves “Frack Free Zones.” What the hell? The declarations by councils from Hawkes Bay, Waimakariri, Kaikoura, Selwyn and Christchurch (don’t they have more important things to do in Christchurch?)—now joined by one from Dunedin—comes ahead of a report on fracking by... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. *Click image for larger size. * This sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy's bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers think NGC 1365's prominent bar plays a crucial role in the galax... more »

Conflict of interest, Mayor Stupid, and the Globe's stunning incoherence

Orwell's Bastard at Orwell's Bastard - 16 hours ago
There was a short-lived meme on Twitter recently, riffing on the Teutonic gift for coining words that have no exact English equivalent, but nevertheless capture meanings beautifully. "Schadenfreude" is one of the best examples. (I'm trying not to indulge at the moment.) So I'm left wondering whether there's a German expression for times when reprehensible people appear to do the right thing, albeit for questionable reasons and in contexts which make the rightness of their actions suspect. As we all know by now, Judge Charles Hackland, ruling in the conflict of interest proceeding... more »

Satire: “Please Stop Talking About the Fiscal Cliff”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“Please Stop Talking About the Fiscal Cliff”* by Andy Borowitz TOLEDO (The Borowitz Report)— “An Ohio man’s fascination with the so-called “fiscal cliff”—and his steadfast refusal to talk about anything else—has alienated everyone close to him, former friends of the man say. Harland Dorrinson, a forty-one-year-old carpet-tile salesman and self-described “fiscal-cliff nut” has turned himself into a pariah with his inexplicable interest in the most tedious conversation topic ever. “We were all like, ‘Harland, every time you talk about this, people start to lose consciousness,’” s... more »

#5 - Murkowski - No Attachment to Grovers Pledge

2old2care at Because I Can - 17 hours ago
*Announced on ABC news about an hour ago:* *Violators Reach Out, Touch Base* - Sen. Bob Corker told Charlie Rose he's not bound by the pledge. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Independent Republican from Alaska, has not been outspoken on the pledge, but an aide said she does not feel any attachment to the pledge. She believes everything must be on the table, as long as Democrats are coming to the table to discuss entitlement reform. Chambliss Graham King Corker Murkowski Poor old poopy head Grover Norquist. His sky is falling, his sky is falling.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
Ft. Worth, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

“Daily Aspirin: Can it Make You Go Blind?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“Daily Aspirin: Can it Make You Go Blind?”* by Nick Tate “Aspirin has been touted as a wonder drug, with many studies showing a daily dose can lower the risks of heart disease and cancer. But new research suggests aspirin’s risks may outweigh its benefits for some seniors by posing a threat to their vision. A major European study found that daily aspirin among older people doubles the risk of an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a debilitating eye disease that is a leading cause of blindness. The link was strongest for the so-called "wet" form of AMD, and... more »

Heartland wants me to AGREE with THEM! Really!

2old2care at Because I Can - 17 hours ago
Really - I can't make this stuff up. This weekend I posted a little history for the WaPo storyabout ALEC and Heartland teaming together to destroy renewable energy projects in the states. If you Google the first line of the WaPo story "The Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank skeptical of climate change" You get 1,090 hits in 0.20 seconds. In addition to that you have a bundle, huge bundle, of hits that reference the story without quoting the first line. We all know what the American Legislative Exchange Council will bring to this heinous partnership - their nasty, nast... more »

The UN is Going Rogue, Aims To Bring Free Internet Under Global Totalitarian Control

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
*Barbarians are at the Internet Gates, seeking to get into the palace of knowledge and intellectual freedom under the camouflage of global governance.* "Put simply, give the UN the web kill switch and we can kiss the Internet as we know it goodbye." - Simon Kent, *"UN agency wants to control the Internet."* "The self-regulating Internet means no one has to ask for permission to launch a website, and no government can tell network operators how to do their jobs. The arrangement has made the Internet a rare place of permissionless innovation." - L. Gordon Crovitz, *"The U.N.'s In... more »

ABA Blawg 100

Donna at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 17 hours ago
I'm excited and honored to say that this blog was named one of the ABA Blawg 100. Editors of the ABA Journal announced today they have selected *Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home* as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience. They chose six Labor and Employment blogs to be part of their top 100. Now that the editors have made their picks, the ABA Journal is asking readers to weigh in and vote on their favorites in each of the 6th Annual Blawg 100's 15 categories. Go to http://www.abajournal.com/blawg100 to register and vote. Voting ends at close of business on Dec. 21, 2012. I... more »

Louisiana Constitution on Trial and Schools on the Chopping Block

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 17 hours ago
Louisiana has the highest number of black student retentions in the nation to go along with the highest black incarceration rate in the U. S. The private prison industry is worth $182 million a year when beds are full, and "Louisiana's incarceration rate is nearly five times Iran's, 13 times China's and 20 times Germany's." To say that it is a police state is hardly an exaggeration, and the charter reform schools in poor black areas are run like junior penitentiaries. The State hired a new State Superintendent a couple of years back, a former English major from UVA with TFA cred... more »

"Lifting Pain's Veil: Bitterness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Lifting Pain's Veil: Bitterness"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Bitter feelings allow us to become perfect victims in that we no longer feel obliged to work toward healing. It is natural to feel resentment or anger when life does not unfold as expected. We consciously or unconsciously anticipated one experience, and we grieve for the loss of it when the universe puts something else in our path. Most of the time, we work through these feelings and they pass. Occasionally, our anger and resentment do not fade and are instead transformed into bitterness. Bitter feelings allow ... more »

Dr. Paul: America is "On A Collision Course" With Much of The World

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
An excerpt from Ron Paul's latest Texas Straight Talk column called, *"How to End the Tragedy in Gaza"*: Continuing to rain down missiles on so many increasingly resentful nations, the US is undermining rather than furthering its security. We are on a collision course with much of the rest of the world if we do not right our foreign policy. Ending interventionism in the Middle East and replacing it with friendship and even-handedness would be a welcome first step.

Ford fall, Blatchford does not like

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 18 hours ago
As we might expect with today's news from Toronto, the media pundits are starting rejoice or lament. Christie Blatchford is a lamentator: 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. I

The Genius of Alfred Russel Wallace

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 18 hours ago
*Wikipedia: * Alfred Russel Wallace(8 January 1823 – 7 November 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution by natural selection and co-publishing a paper on the subject with Charles Darwin in 1858. Wallace did extensive fieldwork, first in the Amazon River basin and then in the Malay Archipelago, where he identified the Wallace Line that divides the Indonesian archipelago into two distinct parts, one in which animals closely related to those of Australia are common, and o... more »

Syrian rebels destroy Assad’s radar station facing Israel

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago

#4 Corker (TN) Would Forego Grovers Pledge.

2old2care at Because I Can - 18 hours ago
First there was Chambliss Then there was Graham Then there was King and NOW Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) During an appearance on CBS This Morning, Corker indicated that he is flexible on raising marginal tax rates and joined a growing number of Republicans who have publicly broken from Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge: CHARLIE ROSE (HOST): Are you prepared, as others are doing, to sort of say, ‘I’m going to forgo the pledge because it is outdated and the country’s problems are too big?’ CORKER: Well, I’m not obligated on the pledge. I made Tennesseans aware, I was just elected, t... more »

GOP voting reforms just another word for suppressing Democratic votes

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 18 hours ago
The real GOP agenda behind Florida's voting "reforms" was revealed today. Shocking no one, it turns out nobody gives a flying leap about virtually non-existent voter fraud. The newly revamped Florida voting laws were designed solely to suppress Democratic votes: Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours. “The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Part... more »

Ohanian: I wonder why The New York Times gives so much space to the opinion of amateurs without even a nod to professionals in the field.

skrashen at Schools Matter - 19 hours ago
Susan Ohanian responds to Sara Mosle’s What Should Children Read” (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/22/what-should-children-read/) “I wonder why The New York Times gives so much space to the opinion of amateurs without even a nod to professionals in the field.” Dear Editor: Bringing about 20 years more teaching experience than Sara Mosle brought to her out-of-balance article (“What should children read?” Nov. 25), I can cite hundreds of instances of student writing being informed by the fiction they love, though, admittedly, I'm not talking about a fixation on sentence ... more »

The High Cost of Invention Theft

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 19 hours ago
*Guest post by **Dale Halling** * Edwin Armstrong is the inventor of FM radio, the Regeneration receiver, Super Regeneration, Superheterodyne, and much else. This creative genius’s life was however wasted fighting RCA, who blatantly stole his patents for FM, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who arbitrarily moved the FM radio range from 44-50 MHz to 88-108 MHz (where it is today) just to destroy the network of radio stations Armstrong had built up. If not for this arbitrary decision, Channel 1 on U.S. TV would be at 44-50MHz. This is why Channel 1 does not exist.... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago

Alan Waldman : Saskatchewan Sitcom ‘Corner Gas’ is Highly Original and Really Funny

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 19 hours ago
Waldman's film and TV treasures you may have missed: Canadian comic, writer, and actor Brent Butt (his real name) has created a brilliant tiny-town sitcom named Corner Gas that’s justifiably a massive hit north of the border. By Alan Waldman / The Rag Blog / November 26, 2012 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and TV series that readers may have missed,

History: "The Pilgrims Should Have Been Thankful for a Spirochete"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"The Pilgrims Should Have Been Thankful for a Spirochete"* By Madeleine Johnson "Rat urine. As we feasted on succulent turkey, moist stuffing, and glistening cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving, the furthest thing from our minds was probably rat urine. Yet it’s quite possible that America as we know it would not exist without rat urine and leptospirosis, the disease it spreads. The disease conveniently cleared coastal New England of Native Americans just prior to the Pilgrims’ arrival and later killed the helpful Squanto. It still lurks among us, underdiagnosed, an emerging menace... more »
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