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Thursday, November 29, 2012

29 November - Blogs I'm Following

An image of Saturn's A Ring, taken by the Cass...An image of Saturn's A Ring, taken by the Cassini Orbiter using an Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Artist's conception of Cassini–Huygens as it e...Artist's conception of Cassini–Huygens as it enters Saturn's orbit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Saturn Storm Clouds Captured By Probe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 minutes ago
Nasa's Cassini spacecraft has captured dramatic images of rolling storm clouds on Saturn. The pictures were obtained while the spacecraft was "travelling the Saturnian system in a set of inclined, or tilted, orbits that give mission scientists a vertigo-inducing view of Saturn's polar regions," Nasa said. The results show storm clouds and a swirling vortex at the centre of Saturn's north polar hexagon. Nasa said Cassini has seen storms circling Saturn's north pole in the past, but only in infrared wavelengths because the north pole was in darkness. http://news.sky.com/story/101835... more »

When I Look At the World I Always See Canada

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 minutes ago
These days most of my political views of Canada are informed by what I learn about events and conditions outside Canada. And, as I learn more of those events and conditions, I grow increasingly dissatisfied with how we conduct ourselves as Canadians. Many of us try to give ourselves a pass. We're just a tiny country. Less than 40-million after all. What we do or don't do really isn't going to impact elsewhere. We're insignificant. We can do what we like. As I learn more of what is going on elsewhere in the world it becomes increasingly apparent how connected we all are a... more »

North Korea pushing ahead with new nuclear reactor: IAEA

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 minutes ago
North Korea has made further progress in the construction of a new atomic reactor, the U.N. nuclear chief reported on Thursday, a facility that may extend the country's capacity to produce material for nuclear bombs. Pyongyang "has continued construction of the light water reactor and largely completed work on the exterior of the main buildings," Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/29/us-korea-north-nuclear-idUSBRE8AS0OT20121129

Social Security Lies/Blankfein Madness! (Judge Orders Tobacco Companies to Admit Deception)

I think it's just polite that our mainstream media (MSM) heroes interview m/billionaire bankers in order to arrive at how much the lower classes need to sacrifice for the upper-classes' lifestyles not to have to ever change. BLANKFEIN: But in general, entitlements have to be slowed down and contained. PELLEY: Because we can't afford them going forward? BLANKFEIN: Because we can't afford them

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José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 19 minutes ago
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URGENT: NATO Preparing Psy-Op in Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 minutes ago
Internet connections & telecom reportedly failing across Syria, right as NATO has finished preparing their proxy "SNC" and readies for final push. *November 29, 2012* (LD) - In early summer, NATO had attempted to overwhelm Damascus and Aleppo with a torrent of psychological operations, communication disruptions, foreign terrorists crossing Syria's borders, and a devastating assassination of top Syrian officials in the heart of Damascus. The idea was to cause panic, division, mass defections and fold the Syrian state when in reality, it was more than able to fight on. Syria called t... more »

New Canadian Terrorism Laws

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 22 minutes ago
*HARPER TO PASS MORE MEASURES TO JAIL CANADIANS MORE EASILY* * British Columbia Civil Liberties Association BCCLA Statement on Reintroduction of Anti-Terrorism Provisions* *Censored News* *Nov. 29, 2012* ** Bill S-7, also known as the ‘Combating Terrorism Act’, would allow persons to be detained for up to three days without charge (“preventive arrest”); strip individuals of their basic rights as accused under criminal proceedings to know and challenge evidence against them; threaten them with criminal punishment; and compel individuals to testify in secret before a judge in an “invest... more »

Inmate: James Holmes Told Me He Was ‘Programmed’ To Kill by “Evil” Therapist

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago

Nationwide Internet blackout in Syria as civil war rages

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago

Sandy Cough Plagues Homeowners Cleaning Up

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Sandy-Cough-Cleanup-Dust-Debris-Mold-Air-Quality-181054771.html

Oakland Crime Rate Soaring As City Loses Officers: 33 burglaries a day

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/11/28/phil-matier-oakland-crime-rate-worries-city-officials /

Frank Olson: Family sues CIA over military scientist's mysterious death

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago


Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 49 minutes ago
If you're as sick of lame ducks and austerity bombs as I am, how about we delve into some real excitement today: the annual debate on the Senate filibuster. Just as he has done almost every year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is again threatening to tweak the procedure that has allowed the Republican minority to essentially bring the business of the already lumbering body to a screeching halt. Last time, he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reached a "gentleman's agreement" in which both sides promised to play nice and not abuse the privilege. We can see how well that little w... more »

Romney Campaign Still Math-Challenged

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 50 minutes ago
A bunch of liberals (here's one; here's another) had good fun yesterday with an op-ed by Romney strategist Stuart Stevens yesterday. The main point of the ribbing was that Romney's campaign apparently still doesn't quite understand that all the votes count, not just those from the groups they really liked. But unless I missed it, no one noticed that Stevens still doesn't seem to have any idea of just how badly Romney lost. He says "Nor are we idiots because we came a little more than 320,000 votes short of winning the Electoral College in 2012." 320,000 votes? I don't think so. By ... more »

Quick Movie Reviews

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 50 minutes ago
Over the last week, I saw two of the movies that critics have been raving about: *Lincoln* and *Argo*. *Lincoln* was okay but a bit disappointing compared to expectations. It is too hagiographic for my taste. *Argo* was great.

Homeland Security adds underwater drones to their arsenal with robots based on fish

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago

Heavy Emissions Visible TBS JNN Cam

Majia's Blog - 59 minutes ago
I've included a screen shot from the Tepco webcam for the time stamp but the emissions are most visible on the TBS JNN cam over and to the right of unit 2 <img alt="" src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAXsAAADaCAIAAADIa3WjAAAgAElEQVR4nOy9V7ccx3U/OsgHJ5/JHSt2T+ow6eRzkEmCIEESFAkwgARAJCLnQASSAgMoQhCDREokLSvYls0lacnWgx/8Efxf934CvxDUB7kPu7umOszggLbvfbm1ap01Z6a7umrX3r/aqaoz//Vf/5XJZNatW5fJZDKZzOrVqzOZzKpVqzJSWbUqs2bNavi8Zu3qTCazanVmzZrV69atgyvF9atXr16zZo24EVoTZe3atevWrVu3bt2GDRvEZatXrxZPDx8XeXpql8SX4vu1a9eI3mZWZaKXZ1atWrV+/Xr5G/FvrOXUInq7Zs2a1atXr127Vty4atUquf/Dw8Mw0mSHZcrIz121... more »

'Pro-life' My Ass

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 hour ago
Disgust and shame are warring in my head over this. I think disgust is winning. An attempt to remove the obstacles that prevent Canadian generic drug companies from copying life-saving pharmaceuticals and shipping them to the world’s poorest countries at cut-rate prices has been defeated by the Conservative government. A private member’s bill sponsored by New Democrat MP Hélène Laverdière that aimed to correct the many flaws in Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime went down to a narrow defeat Wednesday evening when all but seven members of the Conservative caucus voted against it. ... more »


bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012* *Timesman steers clear of the shoals:* Do we really have a banana republic press corps? On the bright side, Scott Shane presents some cogent information in his News Analysis piece in today’s New York Times. What was the source of the “talking points” used by Ambassador Rice on the September 16 Sunday shows? Shane explains in his front-page report. In fact, Rice went outside those “talking points” in several ways, a point Shane fails to mention. But he does present a cogent account of the way that official assessment was devised. According to Shane, “... more »

There's Only One Position and It's Filled

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
Call him what you like, Beelzebub, the Prince of Darkness, the Baron of Bland, today's Corporate Canada has its administrator in chief and we call him Stephen J. Harper. Here's a secret: the Liberals and New Democrats want Harper's job. They want one of their guys to become the next C.E.O. of Corporate Canada. They want Harper out. They're not trying to dismantle the corporation. I read a lot of nonsense about what the "left" should be doing or how the "progressive" parties should be doing this or that. And each time I see those references I ask myself, "what 'left'" or "wha... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
Drew Brees: Everyone knows the bounty investigation was a sham

Gas Station Contamination Leads to Demolition

By: Duane Craig More than a dozen homes near Loch Raven Village, Md., are slated for demolition in the wake of petroleum contamination that first came to light back in 1987, according to the Essex-Middle River Patch. Apparently, a Hess gas station leaked gasoline that drained downhill, collected in the ground water and beneath homes where it caused vapor intrusion problems. The company settled with 17 of the property owners, however the details of the settlement weren’t released to the public. One resident, however, who did not receive a buyout settlement, claims he still deals wi... more »

Christmas Ornament Advent Calendar

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 1 hour ago
The Christmas season is finally upon us. Our little Elf on the Shelf named is checking in on us, our tree is up and the Christmas lights are hung. My little girl can hardly contain her excitement for Christmas to come, so of course, we are counting down. There are lots of different ways to count down to Christmas this is how we are doing it this year. This year, I bought a teeny tiny tree at Hobby Lobby. This cute little tree was only a couple bucks and is just the perfect size for my little one. I bought a package of ornaments and a package that had a star in it. I recommend buy... more »

Climate Science Denies the Standard Atmosphere, In Order to Save Itself Embarrassment

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 1 hour ago
I have just learned, from a comment on Steven Goddard's Real Science site, that climate scientists have announced a new value of the average surface temperature on Earth, of 14°C. This, however, amounts to an unjustified and unauthorized trashing of the Standard Atmosphere model, which has for a century or more given 15°C as that average surface temperature. Anyone who has read my Venus/Earth temperatures comparison, which uses the Standard Atmosphere model, knows that model is precisely confirmed by that analysis. There is no room for an arbitrary change in the mean surface temper... more »

Police in America

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 hour ago
This is just outrageous:

Of Sultans and Soap Operas

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
This is a guest post by Peter S. Henne. Peter is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University. He formerly worked as a national security consultant. His research focuses on terrorism and religious conflict; he has also written on the role of faith in US foreign policy. During 2012-2013 he will be a fellow at the Miller Continue reading


bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012* *Scripted star sticks to the scripts:* What does it mean to have a banana republic press corps? Consider what happened when Wolf Blitzer sat in last night for Anderson Cooper. In his second segment, Blitzer introduced two guests to help him discuss Susan Rice. One guest came from the center right; the other guest came from the right. In just his second Q-and-A, Blitzer shared an exchange with Reuel Marc Gerecht. Blitzer cited a minor mistake by Mike Morell, acting CIA director. In his reply, Gerecht unleashed an obvious howler: BLITZER (11/28/12): An... more »

SKOOL DAZE: We interrupt our scheduled program!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012* *We plan to resume our series tomorrow:* In order to follow the Susan Rice mess, we interrupt our award-winning series, Skool Daze. Incomparably, we expect to resume our award-winning series tomorrow. For yesterday's award-winning report, you know what to do: Just click here.

ALEC Mtg Today - Fiscal Cliff Manipulation

2old2care at Because I Can - 2 hours ago
Today while you are busting your butt to make ends meet and trying to figure out how you are going to make it ‘til payday – know that at the secretive, private ALEC meeting today – at 5pm, the Tax and Fiscal Task Force will be revising (note it is a revision - this ALEC resolution has been around for awhile) this ALEC resolution: Resolution Urging Congress to Permanently Extend the Bush Tax Cuts* Summary: This resolution encourages Congress to permanently extend the Bush Tax Cuts of 2001 and 2003. [Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and Jobs and Growth Tax Re... more »

House Parties Pick Their Leaders

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
This was the post I had written for this morning before Barbara Lee, who knows how to count, dropped out; very disappointing. I think the post is still worth running. The progressive battle against the New Dems is far from finished... even if this skirmish was lost. The House Democrats are so proud that, for the first time *evah*, a majority of their caucus is made up of women and minorities. In fact, today one of the very best women members, who is also one of the very best minority members, Barbara Lee-- and from the biggest state with the most Democrats in the House (by far)--... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*Kromer emerges as Boston College candidate* *Who will pay for Army Corps hurricane protection system upkeep?* *Bayou Bienvenue reclamation effort sees progress * *Water Institute of Gulf hires director* *Gulf oil lease sale bids $134 million* *The Business of Louisiana Alligator – Part Three: The New White Meat*

Bodies found inside drifting ship near Japan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
A small wooden boat found off the western island of Sado in Japan contained decomposing bodies, according to local police. The ship was badly damaged and contained faint markings on the side that appeared to be Korean characters, according to the Sado West Police. But the characters were so faint that they could not read it clearly, said Toshiyuki Kojima, deputy chief of Sado Nishi Police Station. The ship was discovered early morning Wednesday, drifting into a rocky part of the coast at Mano Bay in Sado City. Authorities did not know how long the boat had been there. http://editi... more »

U.N. set to implicitly recognize Palestinian state

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/29/us-palestinians-statehood-idUSBRE8AR0EG20121129

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Garry Shandling, 63. Meanwhile, some good stuff: 1. Dan Larison on Ronald Reagan and "winning" the Cold War. Yup. Reagan deserves the same credit that everyone from Ike through Carter deserve -- for keeping to the basic policy Truman established. Not that they all did it well, whether the blots were major or minor, but they all wound up sticking with a winning framework. I do think Reagan deserves credit for accepting victory when it came, and George H.W. Bush deserves quite a bit of credit for that and for managing victory well. Beyond that, however, what Lariso... more »

How Jews destroy nations with "Love" and "Tolerance"

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 2 hours ago
Video found at the excellent website *JewishProblem.com*:

Republican Denial

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 2 hours ago
"Denial," Mark Twain wrote, "ain't just a river in Egypt." And so, as John Boehner insists that raising taxes on the rich is off the table -- and Obamacare must be on the table -- Republicans continue to live, Frank Rich writes*, * in Fantasyland: As GOP politicians and pundits pile on Romney in defeat, they often argue that he was done in by not being severely conservative enough; if only he’d let Ryan be Ryan, voters would have been won over by right-wing orthodoxy offering a clear-cut alternative to Obama’s alleged socialism. In truth, Romney was a perfect embodiment of the cu... more »

Cumbria Earthquake Centred On Lake District

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The British Geological Survey said the tremor, which started at a depth of 3.1 miles (6km), struck in Patterdale after 9.30pm on Wednesday. Several Cumbrian residents took to Twitter to discuss the episode. One tweeted: "So just a small earthquake - 2.1 - though thought my mum was jump through the roof. Totally freaked her out." http://news.sky.com/story/1018257/cumbria-earthquake-centred-on-lake-district

Afghan Girl's Throat Slit Over Refusal To Wed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A 15-year-old girl in Afghanistan has been murdered after her family refused a marriage proposal. The teenager had her throat slit as she was carrying water from a river to her village home in the northern Kunduz province on Wednesday. Two men have now been arrested over the attack. http://news.sky.com/story/1018196/afghan-girls-throat-slit-over-refusal-to-wed

Lindsay Lohan Arrested Over Nightclub Assault

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The actress is charged after allegedly punching a woman in the face during an argument at a popular New York club. http://news.sky.com/story/1018303/lindsay-lohan-arrested-over-nightclub-assault

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 29th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude Mw 6.0 Region NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PNG. Date time 2012-11-29 11:10:28.0 UTC Location 3.88 S ; 145.47 E Depth 10 km Distances 154 km NW Madang

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 29th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 10:37:38 UTC Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 10:37:38 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.624°S, 177.048°W Depth 247.5 km (153.8 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 171 km (106 miles) E of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Virginia Food Freedom Act

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
*Virginia Food Freedom Act*** There shall be no restrictions on the sale of foods produced in home kitchens or farms other than the label that indicates the producer, address, ingredients and the disclosure “not government inspected” Our economy and our communities need it. *www.virginiafoodfreedomact.org* *Note: * For the purpose of this bill the definitions are as follows:" *Home**: the domicile of the producer. * *Farm**: an agricultural facility that has five or fewer employees outside of family.*  *A deep blue field contains the seal of Virginia with the Latin motto... more »

55 years ago today & why PA trying their best today.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 hours ago

Gold Falls Just 1.3% Despite Massive, Odd 3.5 Million Ounce Sell Orders | ZeroHedge

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 hours ago

Over 66 million views?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
Cute yes, but 66 million views for a surprised kitten?

We Have to Recover Lost Ground

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 5 hours ago
Radicals and centrists will have to cooperate. Social Democrats, Liberals and libertarian socialists will have to cooperate. This is a death struggle for Canadian democracy. We will have to tolerate bourgeois corporate parties that at least respect the traditions of Parliament. (This excludes Liberals who continue to support the behaviour of Dalton McGuinty, who withheld information that the Ontario Parliament had every right to see and then cynically prorogued that legislature to make his problems go away.) By the same token Liberals, if an NDP candidate came second in your riding ... more »

Palestinian statehood and the U.N.

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
The State of Judenfrei Palestine was painfully accepted to UNESCO one year ago. Today, another vote of this kind is expected. It's almost certain that a vote will determine that the Israeli Arabs will win the same status in the U.N. that the Vatican enjoys – the status of a non-member state recognized by the U.N. It doesn't seem fortunate to me that just weeks after the Israeli Arabs launched a missile campaign against Israel, the world's "peace organization" is going to declare by a vote that they're a suppressed group of victims who may be living on an occupied territory. If the... more »

Anonymous 'CIA plane crash lands with four tons of coke'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
CIA plane crash lands with four tons of coke *“We’ve all heard the rumors that the CIA are the reason that the United States/Canada is awash with cocaine…. is it time to connect the dots now that one of their planes has crash landed with four tons of coke in it?”* So the *Arnprior OPP* posted a blurb in the Guide stating *“Report drug dealers”. *Well shouldn’t we be seeking out the *kingpins in Govt.* namely the *CIA!* The most famous example of Govt. involvement in drugs (British) was the Opium war in China in the 1800′s. So on the heels of that here’s extreme example of Govt. gone... more »

Australian Court Requires 8-Year-Old to be Vaccinated Against Mother’s Wishes by Mike Barret

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
Source: http://vaccineresistancemovement.org/?p=2129Court Requires 8-Year-Old to be Vaccinated Against Mother’s Wishes by Mike Barret Natural Society, 29 November 2012 *According to a new court ruling, the government can decide whether or not you vaccinate your children. In an event where one parent is pro-vaccine and the other isn’t, what happens to the children? And if an agreement can’t be made, who decides if the children are vaccinated or not? This was the dilemma of one Australian family, where an agreement was never met. As a result, a court judge ruled that the fought-af... more »

It Takes a Long Time to Blog a Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 7 hours ago
*Especially at this site. This is one reason why: * "Open jobs reach 4-year high, signaling hiring may pick up" by Christopher S. Rugaber | Associated Press, August 08, 2012 * **Been reading shit like this for the last four years. Any wonder why I tire of reading it?* WASHINGTON — It typically takes *one to three months to fill a job*.... *Uh-huh. Yeah, so many companies leave positions unfilled for months, yup. I guess there is no limit to what they think we will believe out here.* Still, employers have been *slow to fill jobs*.... * **And no limit to the s*** excuses they thin... more »

IEN features The Carbon Rush at COP 18 in Qatar

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
*The Carbon Rush at COP 18 in Qatar* ** *By Indigenous Environmental Network* *Censored News* ** In solidarity with the Peoples Agreement Cochabamba, Bolivia*November 29, 2012 * *DOHA, Qatar --* In conjunction with the COP18 conference taking place in Doha, Qatar, the Indigenous Environmental Network will be holding a series of film screenings and discussions around the impacts of Carbon Trading and Offsetting on different communities around the world. The events will feature the documentary, "The Carbon Rush," directed by activist and filmmaker Amy Miller, in which she examines the rep... more »

Guest Post: What was DiCarlo thinking?

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
[image: Dr. John Thompson was an award-winning historian, lobbyist, and guerilla-gardener who became an award-winning inner city teacher after crack and gangs hit his neighborhood.]By John Thompson As conservative school "reformers" bemoan their defeat in the 2012 election, and as some seem to admit the failure of their "reforms," some accountability hawks are doing some self-criticism. For instance, Fordham's Kathleen Porter-Magee says that the reform movement suffers from "group think," and it could be heading for its educational Bay of Pigs. Porter-Magee criticizes her allies'... more »

Cape Girardeau 1942 UFO Retrieval

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This is the first time that I have had this report to review and it is critically important because it is the first that led clearly to a reported recovery. Yet little has been done to track what happened to the data itself. It certainly was not buried in this farmer’s field. It all also happened before any military or government agency had a reason to establish a response protocol at all. So that background should not contaminate the evidence. Somewhere there are real paper reports on all this buried in archives. Why have they not surfaced? Otherwise, we have to... more »


arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
As expected the long cycle decline is now over and liquidation is no longer driving the market. As I posted in late 2008, no constructive action would result in a five year work out in which mortgages would be resolved as they came due or went into market driven voluntary liquidation. That was the worst way to handle the credit crisis and it led directly to a sharp reduction in the number of potential borrowers which stalled the recovery. There was a fix, but we did not go there. Today we have a weak market slowly rebuilding. This will take time, but expect the building com... more »

Making Memories

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
It is still rough and ready, but we are mapping brain changes underway that relate to memory. What we are mapping though are the neural pathways to the memories. It still says nothing about how it may be recorded if it is recorded at all. As plausibly, these memories are been re-experienced with no actual recording taking place. Because they are not been reinforced except through the media itself it is prone to continuing enhancements. Thus our experience with the real malleability of human memory. As I have posted before, it would be marvelously efficient to recover m... more »

Higgs Boson Not GOD Particle

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
No it is not the GOD particle. What it does do is fill another slot inferred from symmetry that needed to exist. It is I think the most massive but I may be wrong on that. The real GOD particle will turn out to be the neutral neutrino which we may never actually detect. I have actually modeled it and described it in an unpublished paper. It represents the dominant content of the universe and is most certainly what is described as 'dark matter'. It is actually quite neat although it will give you a headache. My metric, introduced in my published paper allow us to calcula... more »

Potted history: why the winter of 2012 feels like the summer of ’73

david at Alberta Diary - 8 hours ago
Richard Nixon after his overwhelming 1972 re-election victory. Below: George McGovern, Alison Redford. Here in Alberta’s icy capital, the winter of 2012 is starting to feel like the summer of ’73. If you’re an Alberta Progressive Conservative, this is not a good thing. Let me explain. In the spring and summer of 1972, Richard Nixon, ... more »

Steve : "Who wants pie?"

Alison at Creekside - 8 hours ago
Another massive majority win for the Canadian Non-voting Party in by-elections this week. "We were a bit worried that election fraud, selling Canadian resources off to China, and turning the Canadian government into an branch office of the tar sands would galvanize non-Con voters," explained a Non-voting spokesnobody, "but it turns out that feeling powerless and disenfranchised is still a winning combination for us." Good thing they only use their awesome power for good, huh? Alice crunches the numbers. .

'Jews corrupting Muslims with porn' | The Times of Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Jews are to blame for everything... http://www.timesofisrael.com/internet-porn-jewish-ploy-to-corrupt-muslims/


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Indonesian model. Website for this image* *The excellent CanSpeccy writes:* A person's tendency to irrational hate is, I suspect, more or less inversely related to their power. *Those without money, social position, authority, good looks, or achievements of any significance, are, on this view, the most likely to engage in bullying, lynching, and cheering on brutal fascist leaders.* * *Hence the lynch mobs of the US Deep South, where the white "trash" were inclined to take it out on niggers, the only people more powerless than themselves. Hence, today, the demonization and casual... more »

November 28, 1972

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
In an incredibly foolish move, Nixon has decided to nominate Patrick Gray for the FBI job; Gray had been the acting director since Hoover died, but choosing to put Gray in front of a Senate committee in a confirmation battle was not at all a wise move. At Camp David, Nixon and Bob Haldeman, the White House Chief of Staff, talk about Gray, with the president thinking that "if they did ask Pat Gray in his confirmation about Watergate" that nothing would come of it. Of course, when White House personnel had been asked about Watergate by Gray's FBI they were able to get away with phony ... more »

Mid-November, 1972

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
My apologies; I've fallen behind on the story, what with the election and all. But it's time to get back to it. As you may recall, the five men arrested at the break-in, Hunt, and Liddy have all been indicted and are awaiting trial. Numerous members of the White House and campaign staffs perjured themselves, coordinated by John Dean, to keep the story of rogue campaign aides intact through the election; the indicted men themselves were taken care of with cash. After the election, however, it turns out that the hush money operation had fallen behind, and the indicted men were start... more »

Glenn Greenwald on The Global Battlefield Idea

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
The "global battlefield" idea is a dangerous idea. It turns the whole world into a killing zone. Obaaama's drones can reach any target in the world under the abstract umbrella of the "war on terror." But, Washington is defining political activists and social reformers as combatants and terrorists, so this isn't a war against terror. In reality, it is a *war against freedom*. Glenn Greenwald: "If you go and look at the premises of George Bush and Dick Cheney's theory of executive power and counter-terrorism that caused so much controversy among Democrats back when Republicans wer... more »

Disney Exposes Children to Lewd Homosexual Activity on Daytime Broadcast TV

MrArbitrage at Table Of Wisdom.com - 11 hours ago
In a disgraceful breach of fiduciary responsibility to shareholders, Disney Execs allowed their television network to willfully and premeditatedly expose millions of children and families to two men performing homosexual acts with one another. This was in the middle of the afternoon's highly rated college football game coverage on Thanksgiving Weekend. This is a clear example of incompetent executives abusing shareholder assets, undermining the reputation of the brand and the trust that the word Disney at one time conveyed. This was all committed for the selfish desire of advancing ... more »

Tornado Slams Into Europe's Biggest Steel Plant in Italy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A freak tornado has smashed into Europe's largest steel plant in the Italian city of Taranto, leaving one person missing and dozens injured. Video footage shows the storm rolling in off the sea and tearing through the port city before hitting the huge IVLA site. It brought down a chimney stack and caused significant damage to buildings at the factory's docks. A total of 38 people - including 20 staff at the plant - are reported to be injured and divers have been searching for a worker who is unaccounted for after a dockside crane collapsed. http://news.sky.com/story/1018054/tornad... more »

Rahm's Greatest Hit Has Done All The Damage He Can As A Congressmember-- Now He's Ambling Off To K Street: Heath Shuler DC's Latest Revolving Door Lobbyist

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Sleazy lobbyist Heath Shuler-- the ultimate lame duck If you're a *DWT* regular, I don't have to tell you who North Carolina Blue Dog Heath Shuler is. We've been following him with trepidation since Rahm Emanuel plucked him away from Tennessee Republicans to run as a North Carolina "Democrat" in 2006. Since then he racked up a dismal 37.93 critical vote score from ProgressivePunch, even worse than the other two North Carolina Blue Dogs, Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell. Shuler, an anti-Choice, antigay, anti-immigrant bigot has voted more frequently with Boehner than with Pelosi and ha... more »


Bill Robertson at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
*So true for me*

Fox Doctor Psychoanalyzes Psy And His Gangnam Song

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
This is an interesting video. Fox News psychiatrist Keith Ablow talks with Bill O'Reilly about the popular song *"Gangnam Style"* by the South Korean pop artist Psy. Cenk Uygur, the host of the Young Turks, pokes fun at the Fox clip. But the Fox doctor is right. However, he does over-analyze the song and its massive popularity. People have always wanted to listen to catchy tunes, especially during dark times. This is completely normal. The 1920s was all about escapism. But then came the Great Depression and Woody Guthrie. Moods, cultures, and music styles change. The 2000s has also... more »

Fukushima Disaster Is Not Over, Says Chair of Japanese Diet Investigation of Disaster

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
Fukushima inquiry reports become bestsellers November 28, 2012 This article was written by Takashi Sugimoto and Koji Kitabayashi.) http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211280065 [Excerpted] Two of the four inquiries into the Fukushima disaster are selling well in bookstores ahead of national elections in which nuclear power is likely to be a polarizing policy issue.... "The Fukushima nuclear accident is not over yet," said Kiyoshi Kurokawa, who chaired the Diet investigation panel. "Each of us is responsible for the world—and for our children. I hope a wide range... more »

Beijing Does Damage Control on Passport Map

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 12 hours ago
*A whip scorpion. * *UPDATE*: China announces it will begin boarding and turning back ships in the South China Sea. Pushback has begun...first, the problem (Guardian): The map, in China's newly designed passport, claims ownership of the entire South China Sea – parts of which are also claimed by Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia – as well as disputed areas on the China-India border and two Taiwanese tourist destinations. The Philippines, Vietnam, India and Taiwan have all vehemently protested against the new microchip-equipped passport, which essentially force... more »

Alex Jones: TSA is Above The Law Meltdown!!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
*TSA: Tyrants Stole America.*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*Atlanta airport workers egg Saints bus --and btw Fuck the Atlanta Falcons*

Obama opposes Silicon Valley firms on immigration reform

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 13 hours ago
Allegedly because it is not part of a "comprehensive immigration reform" bill, CNET is reporting that President Obama opposes "the Republican-backed STEM Jobs Act of 2012, which would make up to 55,000 visas available to foreigners who earned a master's or doctoral degree in certain science or technology area from a U.S. university. Those visas would only be available if immigration authorities certify that no American workers are available to fill the post." Obama has not said he will veto this bill, but that is a possibility. It's rather surprising for a few reasons that the p... more »

What will happen on the Rob Ford appeal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
I have predicted this wrongly so far but ... Ford will get a stay pending an appeal. The appeal will be expedited and heard in January. Ford will lose the appeal because the judgment is based on a finding of fact - the donations were not immaterial.

Video: Japan tsunami debris covers Hawaii beach

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
28 November 2012 (NBC News) – On the Big Island of Hawaii, debris is changing the landscape as thousands of pounds of trash hit Kamilo Beach – much of it from Japan. The refuse is already impacting wildlife such as fish and birds. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports. Tsunami debris washes up in Hawaii Technorati Tags: Japan,Oceania,pollution,ecosystem disruption,Fukushima,bird decline,fish decline,plastic


killing Mother at killing Mother - 14 hours ago
There exists in the world, forces, entities, people, organisms, those who lack the propensity for empathy. Sociopaths. Psychopaths. Those bent on destruction, without remorse. The world we live in is a result of the willful destruction of such existences. Also. There exists in the world, forces of good. Those bent on creation, creativity, preservation, fecundity. Living in a world of productivity and abundance, rather than strife. The battle between life and destruction will never cease. But no other battle exists. What more of substance is there to fight for? Of what value is the ... more »
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