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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

3 October - Blogs I'm Following

MAJDEL SHAMS, GOLAN HEIGHTS - FEBRUARY 14: A Druze woman waves a Syrian flag during a rally in the village of Majdel Shams, near the border between Israel and Syria on February 14, 2012 in Golan Heights. Hundreds of members of the Druze religious community gethered today to express support for Assad. The demonstration comes on the 30th anniversary of the annexation of the former Syrian territory. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Panorama showing The upper Golan Heights and M...
Panorama showing The upper Golan Heights and Mt. Hermon with the Hula Valley to the left (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lookout towards Quneitra and Syria from Mount ...
Lookout towards Quneitra and Syria from Mount Bental, Golan Heights, Israel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Panorama looking north from ruins of ...
English: Panorama looking north from ruins of Roman city of Gerada, at Umm Qais, Jordan. Prominent within this photo are the Sea of Galilee (with Tiberias, Israel, visible) and, across the valley of the Yarmouk, the southern end of the Golan Heights. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Syrian village of Beer Ajam.
Syrian village of Beer Ajam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Panorama of the Golan Heights, with t...
English: Panorama of the Golan Heights, with the Hermon mountains (left) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: View of the rest of Syria from the Is...
English: View of the rest of Syria from the Israeli-held part of the Golan Heights. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Minefield warning on the Golan Heights, still ...
Minefield warning on the Golan Heights, still valid more than 40 years after creation of the field by the Syrian army (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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The FSA Can't Win A Battle Fair And Square

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 30 minutes ago
Two examples: 1) In Idlib, the Syrian army was beating the FSA so the FSA cried and called for a ceasefire. They used the ceasefire to regroup and bring new fighters from other parts of Syria. They then violated the ceasefire. This had the effect of stopping the momentum of the Syrian army. I don't know why they agreed to a ceasefire in the first place when they were clearly winning. 2) After the battle between the FSA and the YPG, a local Kurdish group, at least 18 FSA members were killed. Some of them were also injured. A woman Kurdish commander agreed to meet the leaders of the ... more »

Irving Andre raised to Superior Court

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 39 minutes ago
Justice Irving Andre, has been appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice, in Brampton. KUDOS!!!!! The OCJ's loss is the SCJ's gain!

Romney Knows It's All Over

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 54 minutes ago
Today, for the first time in memory, the Republican Party failed to deliver the weekly radio address to stations. Romney taped it, but never distributed it. He's just going through the motions now and riding out the embarrassment that's coming his way on Tuesday, probably worrying about how harsh the attacks from the far right on him and his world will be once AP calls the election for Obama. Romney's closing argument is, basically, vote for me or the House Republicans will wreck the economy by refusing to raise the debt ceiling. Sounds to me like a clarion call to defeat Republic... more »

Syrian Tanks 'Cross Israeli Border'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Israel says three Syrian tanks have entered the demilitarised zone in the Golan Heights for the first time in 40 years, raising concerns that the conflict in Syria could spillover its border. The development comes as dramatic video emerged from Syria which purports to show rebels filming as a fighter jet targeted them. In a relatively low-key response, Israel complained to UN peacekeepers present in the area, suggesting it did not see an immediate threat. http://news.sky.com/story/1006622/syrian-tanks-cross-into-israeli-territory

The US Belongs To Israel!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
At one time I used to believe that the United States of America was the most free nation on Earth, and the shining beacon at the top of the hill that other nations should emulate. Now I know differently and see what a disgusting slave nation to the criminal state of Israel it truly has become! For this article, I want to present the latest video narrated by Patrick Willis, aka..Snordelhans, for everyone to see for themselves. It is called "The US Belongs To Israel" and conveys a very truthful statement about exactly how badly the United States is nothing more than a vassal state to... more »

How Can Obama Be Bad For Business If Corporate Profits Are at All-Time High?

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 1 hour ago
*By MARC McDONALD* It's a sign of our nation's bizarre, surreal political discourse these days that most of the most persistent GOP attacks on Obama are not only misleading, they have zero connection to the real world. One of the GOP's most common attacks on Obama is that he's a "socialist." We also often hear that he's somehow bad for business or hostile to capitalism and free markets. Here in the Real World, such charges are absurd. The fact is, any candidate for president who was even in the slightest bit "socialist" would never in a million years get anywhere near the White Hou... more »

NJ State Testing Just Washed Away

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
Now what? Sandy is a game changer here in New Jersey. These endless standardized tests and the mounds of money spent on this garbage is now finally being exposed as the state grapples with no way to administer and account for the VAM, value added measures. How many points for what trauma. The social, psychological, emotional and financial toll from a storm like this one, and how many "points" should be subtracted or added to an already meaningless bean counting machine for children, will be impossible to calculate. This was the perfect storm indeed, the one we needed to get rid of t... more »

SC - Bye-Bye ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 1 hour ago
South Carolinas are finally facing the truth this election season. They look at the national statistics (from reliable sources) showing their state not doing so well and then they look at the unreliable reports pitched out by their ALEC legislators showing the state is doing fabulous – cause the statistics were mangled by the American Legislative Exchange Council to make their state look good and to make ALEC legislators think they are doing a good job. South Carolinians are not stupid. They know in order to get their state to a better place – they have to get rid of ALEC legislato... more »

The Global Warming Fraud: Some Truths About "Man Made" Global Warming!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
As a man of science, I am fascinated that most people have still been suckered in by the outrageous lies that we must suffer for heating up this planet under the false notion of "man made" Global Warming. I have long shown that the concept of "Man made" Global Warming is nothing but a massive con and swindle that uses fear tactics to get people to give up money for the need to save the planet from ourselves. I want to continue to set the record straight.... I came across a most interesting article from author Anthony Bright-Paul, through the website: World Mysteries.Com, at blog.... more »

What's Senate Republicans Don't Want You to Find Out

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 hour ago
There is a lot of buzz now about the fact, discovered over a month after it happened, that the Congressional Research Service (CRS) had withdrawn one of its research reports due to pressure from Republican Senators. Probably the most commonly used adjectives used to describe the CRS are "respected" and "non-partisan," so what is going on here? The simple answer is that the Republicans didn't like the study's conclusions and complained vociferously to CRS. Why did the CRS give in? No one knows yet, although the *New York Times* reported: A person with knowledge of the deliberations, ... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
agnitude mb 4.3 Region EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G. Date time 2012-11-03 19:08:53.4 UTC Location 5.80 S ; 146.94 E Depth 116 km Distances 102 km NW Lae

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude M 4.8 Region TONGA Date time 2012-11-03 19:25:12.4 UTC Location 16.93 S ; 173.53 W Depth 10 km Distances 393 km SW Apia, Tonga

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake LUZON, PHILIPPINES - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 18:40:52 UTC Sunday, November 04, 2012 at 02:40:52 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.485°N, 120.320°E Depth 44.9 km (27.9 miles) Region LUZON, PHILIPPINES Distances 7 km (4 miles) SW of Fuerte, Philippines

Vote Independent or Stay Home

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Global Research Stephen Lendman Voting for Obama or Romney is like choosing between death by hanging or firing squad. Either way you’re dead. The same goes for choosing Republicans or Democrats. Each party replicates the other. On issues mattering most, not a dime’s worth of difference separates them. They’re pro-corporate, pro-war, pro-Israel, anti-populist, anti-civil and human rights, and anti all values real democratic societies cherish. Post-November 6, nothing will change. Duopoly power assures harsher times ahead. Expect direct and proxy imperial wars to continue. New ones ... more »

Why I'm Not Voting to Re-Elect President Obama

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 2 hours ago
Ordinarily, I have the greatest respect for *Esquire*'s Charles Pierce. He's one of the very few bloggers/journalists out there who actually inspires me to stay on my tippy toes. Get him off the subject of RomneyCare (which he pointedly endorses simply because his ill wife has somewhat benefited from it) and Barack Obama and he'll generally not only find himself on the right side of every issue but also skewer with a Quixotic razor-sharp corkscrew sword the bigotry, hypocrisy and genetic-level stupidity of what passes for an actual conservative movement. Unfortunately, we're in the... more »

CA Prop 37 Scorecard...Devils And Angels

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Rense Editor's Note: Vote with your dollars, folks. Help Us Transmit This Story Add to Your Blogger Account Put it On Facebook Tweet this post Print it from your printer Email and a collection of other outlets Try even more services

Joe Biden: "There's Never Been A Day In The Last Four Years I've Been Proud To Be His Vice President"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 hours ago
Joe Biden boasts that "There's Never Been A Day In The Last Four Years I've Been Proud To Be His Vice President" A misspeak? Maybe but he has also said that "I Always Say What I Mean" Four more years of this idiot 'one heart beat away'?

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 17:49:14 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 10:49:14 AM at epicenter Location 52.535°N, 132.007°W Depth 22.4 km (13.9 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 227 km (141 miles) SSW (211°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

Germans stop shipment of life-saving cancer drug to Greece as Euro crisis deepens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
German pharmaceuticals firm Merck KGaA has ceased deliveries of a life-saving cancer drug to Greek hospitals. The drug, Erbitux, is an effective treatment for both colorectal cancers and head and neck cancers A number of industrial giants have shied away from accepting orders from the crisis-hit Greeks. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227257/Germans-stop-shipment-life-saving-cancer-drug-Greece-Euro-crisis-deepens.html

Leopard in Nepal kills 15 villagers in just over a year: 10 of the victims are young children

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A ferocious leopard may have killed 15 people in Nepal over the last 15 months and now authorities have vowed to kill the ferocious beast. The severed head of the latest victim, a 4-year-old boy, was found in the forest a kilometer from his home this morning, said Kamal Prasad Kharel, the police chief of the Baitadi district, an area 373 miles west of Kathmandu. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227320/Man-eating-leopard-Nepal-kills-15-villagers-just-year-10-victims-young-children.html

The Dilemma of False Terrorism

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
The Daily Bell Anthony Wile A *New York Times* article has attracted attention in alternative media circles for its portrait of Bernard von NotHaus, the "Rosa Parks of the constitutional currency movement." *Bernard von NotHaus* Entitled, "Prison May Be the Next Stop on a Gold Currency Journey," the article describes von NotHaus and his current predicament. *Mr. von NotHaus was convicted of using precious metals** to back a currency he called the Liberty Dollar, which he says was "a private voluntary currency" for those conducting business outside the government's purview* *.* *His ... more »

Cyclone Neelam uncovers tonnes of military hardware belonging to Tamil Tigers that they buried in the sand after final stand

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Floods along the coastal areas of northeastern Sri Lanka caused by Cyclone Neelam have revealed a deadly buried treasure. Five heavy artillery pieces concealed by Tamil Tiger separatists at the end of the war have been found by troops conducting a search operation in the Vellamullivaikkal area. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227251/Cyclone-Neelam-Tonnes-military-hardware-belonging-Tamil-Tigers-uncovered.html


Anon at aangirfan - 3 hours ago
*"Not many parents would hire a gay transvestite nanny to look after their son." Website for this image. **OBAMA'S GAY NANNY* Certain experts are predicting a win for Obama. *Stats don't add up for Romney win, says blogger* The bookmakers in the USA are predicting that Obama will win. The Intrade futures market and the British sports site Betfair also predict an Obama victory. Website for this image... Nat Silver, a poll expert, who writes the New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog, says Obama will win. Silver is a statistics expert who made his name predicting the performance o... more »

Sun Dog: Incredible ice halo formed over Alabama in the wake of Superstorm Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
This incredible image shows a the sun adorned with a glittering halo - a rare phenomenon called a 'sun dog'. It was taken in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy by NASA solar physicist David Hathaway in Huntsville, Alabama two days ago. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227313/Incredible-ice-halo-formed-Alabama-wake-Superstorm-Sandy.html

Ironically named 'Independent' newspaper praises Zionist Terrorist, Winston Churchill

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 3 hours ago
The UK is an occupied land, controlled by Zionist criminals. The national news-media takes every opportunity to defame the indigenous peoples of Europe with lies about how we are intolerant (we are in truth *far too tolerant*) of outsiders, and other such multi-culti propaganda which stems from their Holocaustian outlook. The ironically titled Independent has excelled itself with its anti-indigenous lunacy, praising the man who did more than any other Prime Minister (up to that point) to harm our country. The Independent has printed a full article praising a war criminal whose cr... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 3 hours ago
[image: Bagdad. Ragazzini tra gioco e lavoro...] *Baghdad in former days. **cesare.salvetti* Saddam worked for the CIA. The USA did not free Iraq. They wrecked it. This was deliberate. Iraq is still being wrecked. *Baghdad rail station 1959 - **Website for this image** iraqimojo.blogspot.com* * *Iraqis can see what happened to Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. On 3 March 2011, Iraq's Moqtada al-Sadr pointed out that the USA put Gaddafi into power and later decided to topple him. Sadr accused the USA and western nations of: *1*. Planting agents in Arab states. *2.* Supporting dictator... more »

land of the free: anti-drone activist removed from flight and detained

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
Via Common Dreams: Pakistan's anti-drone politician and former cricket-star, Imran Khan, was taken off an international flight from Toronto to New York for questioning over his political views, and his critical stance on US foreign policy, immigration officials have confirmed. "I was taken off from plane and interrogated by US Immigration in Canada on my views on drones. My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop," Khan tweeted yesterday after his questioning. Ali Zaidi, an official in Khan's party demanded "a prompt and thorough inquiry into this sordid episode" and "an unconditi... more »

Indiana DOE Stalls FOIA Naming Joel Klein and Jeb Bush and Detailing the Dog and Pony Tony Tour

Storm at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
*GUEST POST: * *Indiana Department of Education Fails to Release Documents on Tony Bennett, Jeb Bush, and Other School Privatizers* *By Doug Martin* On Friday afternoon, just days before the next state supt. of public education will be elected, Indiana’s Public Access Counselor, Joseph B. Hoage, quietly voiced his opinion on the Indiana Department of Education failing to release Freedom of Information Act documents that likely, when forced by law to be made public, will show the crony capitalism behind Tony Bennett and Jeb Bush’s school privatization plan for Indiana.**** Here is t... more »

'It's like the Wild West': Lawlessness and fear take over the outer boroughs as they enter sixth day without power....Nice to see that US Community Spirit!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
As lights have begun flickering on in Lower Manhattan, residents of the Rockaways in Queens continued struggling without power, heat or food for a sixth day as their neighborhood slowly descended into chaos. With little police presence on the storm-ravaged streets, many residents of the peninsula have been forced to take their protection into their own hands, arming themselves with guns, baseball bats and even bows and arrows to ward off thugs seeking to loot their homes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227307/Hurricane-Sandy-Lawlessness-outer-boroughs-New-York-enter-sixth-... more »

Let there be light! Joy on streets as power is switched back on for Manhattan and the surge causes manhole covers to explode

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The company said it expected power to back on for the rest of the blackout areas on the island today. But there was still drama in what was known as the Dark Zone as the sudden surge of power on the lower half of Manhattan caused several manhole covers to explode last night, rattling already weary residents. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227092/Hurricane-Sandy-Joy-streets-New-York-power-comes-135-000-Manhattan-Dark-Zone-electricity-return-rest-later-today.html


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Bobby Hebert: The Man, The Legend ~Angry Who Dat*

EU proposes '20% VAT rise on new build homes' which could spell disaster for fragile UK housing market

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A consultation document has been issued that proposes bringing in a standard 20 per cent VAT on all new-build homes to standardise tax rates. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227226/EU-proposes-20-VAT-rise-new-build-homes-spell-disaster-fragile-UK-housing-market.html

4 on Japan nuclear safety team took utility money

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant before the tsunami and meltdowns. Kawamoto Takuo via greenpacks.org] TOKYO, 3 November 2012 (AP) – Four members of a Japanese government team that sets atomic reactor safety standards received funding from utility companies or nuclear manufacturers, raising questions about their neutrality in the wake of last year's tsunami-triggered disaster. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Friday that Nagoya University Professor Akio Yamamoto received 27.14 million yen ($339,000) over the past three years for research on reactors. That inc... more »

German Neo-Nazi turned jihadist who went to fight in Afghanistan admits he made a 'big mistake' after wife misses supermarkets and her mobile phone

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The German man, who was only named as Thomas U, spoke of his regret over signing up for the German Taliban Mujahidin (DTM) and travelling with his wife to the war-torn Afgfhan-Pakistan border to become a terrorist. His catalogue of complaints over his poorly thought-out decision included his fellow combatants' drug habits, a lack of hygiene, contracting hepititis A and his friends being horribly killed by Pakistani forces helicopters. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227214/German-Neo-Nazi-turned-jihadist-went-fight-Afghanistan-admits-big-mistake-wife-misses-supermarkets-mobi... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
*What follows is true to the best of my knowledge. What is also true is that while these things are and have been happening there are higher forces stopping their plans from coming to fruition. The dark ones are not omnipotent. At the heart of all this is the knowledge by the cabal that this solar system is changing, and this earth is moving to 4th and 5th density vibrations of reality. The cabal, negative ETs, and other groups cannot continue to have control once humanity awakens, and further once earth hits 5th density they lose all ability to deceive human beings. * * * *T... more »

Hungary says EU cut in its funds would be a shame.....Of course they would say that, being a member of the EPP

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The European Union risks undermining the credibility of its drive against national budget overshoots if it strips Hungary of structural funds as punishment for running an excessive deficit, a leader of the ruling Fidesz party said. The EU is due to unveil its assessment of Hungary's latest deficit-cutting measures on November 7, which could be the basis of a cut in funds and can also influence Hungary's credit talks with Brussels and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/03/us-hungary-budget-idUSBRE8A207O20121103

Will Israelis Shut the Church of the Holy Sepulcher?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 4 hours ago
The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate says it might have to close Jerusalem's Christian shrine, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, because an Israeli water company is breaking its deal with the church. The church says it's had a deal going back to 1969 under which water was supplied at no charge. The Israeli water company, it claims, breached that agreement in 2004 and has since seized the church bank accounts claiming a $2.3-million outstanding water bill. Something not mentioned in the news accounts is where the water comes from that the Israeli utility has provided to the church "goin... more »

Graph of the Day: Streamflow into Perth Area Dams, 2000-2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: Streamflow into Perth Area Dams, 2000-2012, compared with average inflows post-1975. This graph shows how the average amount of water received into Perth dams has dropped dramatically in recent times. watercorporation.com.au] The Perth water supply area is 3,266 km2 and lies within the Perth Basin, occupying part of the Swan Coastal Plain and Dandaragan Plateau. Bounded in the north by the northern boundary of the Gnangara GMA, and in the south by the southern boundary of the Serpentine and Rockingham GMUs, the water supply area encompasses the Cockburn and Jandakot GMUs, ... more »

Storm-battered New Jersey agonizes over whether to rebuild shore

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: This aerial photo made from a helicopter shows storm damage from Sandy over the Atlantic Coast in Mantoloking, N.J., Wednesday, 31 October 2012. The photo was shot from a helicopter behind the helicopter carrying President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as they viewed storm damage from superstorm Sandy. Doug Mills / AP Photo] By GEOFF MULVIHILL and MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press 1 November 2012 LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) – In its tear of destruction, the megastorm Sandy left parts of New Jersey's beloved shore in tatters, sweeping away beaches, homes, boa... more »

Gunmen kill three policemen in Egypt's Sinai: security sources

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Three Egyptian policemen died on Saturday when gunmen fired on their car in the northern Sinai Peninsula city of al-Arish before escaping, security sources said. Disorder has spread in Sinai since autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising last year, with Islamist militants stepping up attacks on security forces and the Israeli border. Egypt's new elected Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, has pledged to restore security in the poor, desert region. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/03/us-egypt-sinai-idUSBRE8A206V20121103

Christiane Amanpour on extreme global weather: ‘The unprecedented is the new normal’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
By Christiane Amanpour, Mary-Rose Abraham, David Miller, and Mark Monroy 31 October 2012 A rising death toll, the catastrophic flooding and destruction of entire neighborhoods, and billions of dollars in property damage. The impact of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast earlier this week, will be felt for years, both in the United States and in the Caribbean region where it had earlier killed more than 70 people. Sandy is being called the "Storm of the Century" but floods, droughts, heat waves, and storms are only expected to get worse — with every part of the world facing ... more »

Comet Collapse: Gift Vouchers Suspended

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Gift vouchers for stricken electrical retailer Comet have been suspended, the chain's administrator has confirmed. Deloitte, which was appointed on Friday, has launched an "urgent" search for a buyer to protect some 6,600 jobs at the 236-outlet chain. http://news.sky.com/story/1006505/comet-collapse-gift-vouchers-suspended

Rising sea forces Panama islanders to move to mainland

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: Aerial view of the Hotel Sapibenega Kuna Lodge on the island of San Blas, Panama. Rising ocean levels caused by global warming and decades of coral reef destruction have combined with seasonal rains to submerge the Caribbean islands for days on end. businesstravelerpanama.com] By Lomi Kriel; Editing by Dave Graham and Eric Walsh 1 November 2012 CARTI SUGDUB, Panama (Reuters) – Every rainy season, the Guna people living on the Panamanian white sand archipelago of San Blas brace themselves for waves gushing into their tiny mud-floor huts. Rising ocean levels caused by global... more »

Under The Radar Campaigns-- Avoid The U.S. Chamber Death Star In California

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
I'm fairly certain that, all things being equal, many of the Blue America candidates would win Tuesday if they had the funding to compete on an even playing field. It often angers me-- you may have noticed-- when the DCCC abandons progressives to chase after the corporate whores and corrupt Blue Dogs and New Dems they prefer. But there is an advantage to being outside of the DCCC/Inside the Beltway radar. That's where the "all things being equal" thing comes in. Let me give you an example. A prominent Republican congressman fears that when the story breaks nationally that House Ar... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 14:41:23 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 11:41:23 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.916°S, 132.855°E Depth 51.8 km (32.2 miles) Region NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA Distances 83 km (51 miles) N of Tual, Indonesia

RACE TO THE FINISH: Mississippi building!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 4 hours ago
*SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012* *Epilogue—The AP and James Meredith:* Is it true? Do 51 percent of Americans “now express explicit anti-black attitudes?” Do “a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks?” It all depends on what the meaning of “express explicit anti-black attitudes” is! Last week, the persistently gullible Associated Press piddled with our nation’s most serious topic. Without a hint of skepticism, it bought those claims from a mumble-mouthed car pool of unimpressive professors. But wouldn’t you know it? A few weeks earlier, a “good news” story ... more »

Nations fail to agree plan to protect seas around Antarctica

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 5 hours ago
[image: Logo of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). ccamlr.org] By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent in Oslo; editing by Mark Heinrich 1 November 2012 SYDNEY (Reuters) – Major nations failed to reach agreement on Thursday to set up huge marine protected areas off Antarctica under a plan to step up conservation of creatures such as whales and penguins around the frozen continent. The 25-member Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) agreed, however, to hold a special session in Germany in ... more »

Syrian tanks cross into Golan demilitarized zone, Israel raises alert

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago

Ogallala Aquifer At Risk

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 5 hours ago
Farmers Watching Their Water Use: Growers are Reluctantly Try to Irrigate Less to Preserve their Threatened Underground Aquifer by M. Peters Oct 29 2012 p. 9 Excerpted "Farmers, long fiercely protective of their water rights, fear use of the water at current rates could eventually end irrigated agriculture, and shrink the communities that rely on it, leaving few opportunities for the next generation... The Ogallala [aquifer] stetches across parts of eight states, from South Dakota to Texas, and is made up of rock and sand saturated with water. Its thickness underground ranges from ... more »

Quantum casino: less than zero chance

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
*Guest blog by Johannes Koelman, the Hammock Physicist* Human thought has led to a variety of remarkable and profound insights. Many of these insights are well established and have been embraced by a significant portion of the global population. The earth being round, the atomistic nature of matter, our unremarkable place in the universe, and us being a product of evolution, all being examples of such insights. Other insights, although unanimously embraced by experts, have a long way to go for a larger population to accept them. More than for any other subject, this holds for quan... more »

Reefer Madness

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
This will come as a surprise to most British Columbians but criminal charges for marijuana possession in this province have soared 88 per centover the past decade. But pot prosecutions aren't the only thing that's up. So is public support for decriminalization of possession. An Angus Reid poll found nearly three out of four British Columbians favour regulating and taxing pot. In Vancouver, just 13% of respondents supported criminal prosecution for possession of a joint. Here on the island that was down to just 8%. It's unclear where the pot crackdown is taking place. It isn'... more »

Nice hat, Doofus

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 6 hours ago
*How'd the Red Sox do last year?* is what I imagine Popeye saying. He's a regular model of diplomacy. Consider this an open thread until I can write a proper post and go someplace with a *real* wifi connection so I can finish uploading on Youtube the video I shot of yesterday's Elizabeth Warren rally. See ya later today, peeps.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 13:56:20 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 08:56:20 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 15.531°S, 71.655°W Depth 122.7 km (76.2 miles) Region SOUTHERN PERU Distances 13 km (8 miles) NNW of Chivay, Peru

Saturday Short Shorts: E and S China Sea, DPP attacks Ma

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 7 hours ago
*Wonderful day today, 160 kms from Taichung to Jhunan and back along the coast. Even with headwind coming back, avg 22 kph, excellent time for my slow self. Very happy.* M. Trevor Fravel has another good piece in *The Diplomat* this week. China has altered the status quo in the Senkakus. Ominous: *....Most of the time, these [Chinese] boats remained beyond Japan’s 12 nautical mile territorial waters around the Senkakus or crossed this line only briefly.* China in practical terms continued to accept Japanese de facto control of the islands and their associated territorial waters (o... more »

Two bears in Cape Dorset

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.8 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 12:58:12 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 10:58:12 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 7.069°N, 34.078°W Depth 9.4 km (5.8 miles) Region CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE Distances 1220 km (758 miles) N of Fernando de Noronha (Distrito Estadual), Brazil

Slaying the Two-Headed Dragon of Education Policy

P. L. Thomas at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Recently, I posted a chart highlighting that current “No Excuses” Reform (NER) claims and policies are no different than traditional problems and policies in public education. The great ironies of NER include that NER perpetuates the inequities of society and the current education system *and* that NER does not seek a reformed and revolutionary public education system but a dismantling of public schools for private interests (See Ravitch, Flanagan, and Cody). The problem in education reform parallels the problem in our two-party system: While the competing ideologies and policies ha... more »

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 12:18:42 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 05:18:42 AM at epicenter Location 52.380°N, 132.751°W Depth 9.8 km (6.1 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 269 km (167 miles) SW (219°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

Mandatory minimum sentences as an inflationary floor

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago
R v Guha 2012 BCCA 423 deals with the difficult question of how mandatory minimum sentences fit with sentences ranges. The Court does not decide but seems inclined to the view that the mandatory minimum shifts the appropriate sentencing range upwards: [32] The impact of mandatory minimums on sentencing has received little attention in the case law. However, in R. v. Morrisey, 2000 SCC 39 (CanLII), 2000 SCC 39, which involved a challenge to the 4-year mandatory minimum for the offence of criminal negligence causing death with a firearm, Madam Justice Arbour, albeit for the concurrin... more »

Yemen’s Tattered Reality After 'Fairytale' Revolution

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 hours ago
Photographic perspectives. Nile Bowie RT- NileBowie.blogspot.com November 3, 2012 A year on from the Arab Spring, supposed to usher in a new era for Yemen, for most it is a perilous time. With no clear direction, it is plagued by instability and lawlessness, allowing it to fall prey to further US military expansion. ­The unrest brought about by the Arab Spring triggered numerous political transitions throughout the Middle East and North Africa in 2011. In Yemen, the only state in the Arabian Peninsula to have a republican form of government, President Ali Abdullah Saleh was depo... more »


DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
If you're a generic Democrat (or a zombie Republican) there's no reason to read this post. It's a post for progressives interested in building progressive power in Congress. Progressives interested in progressive power may root against a war criminal like Allen West in Florida but they don't support his opponent, New Dem Patrick Murphy, a life-long spoiled, rich Republican who switched his registration (and district) specifically so he could take on West. There are plenty of progressives running-- and nearby-- who can use your help. And the DCCC, as usual, is supporting the New Dem... more »

Virginia voter fraud case expands to focus on GOP firm

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Washington Post Carol D. Leonnig Tom Hamburger Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office - Colin Small, a former employee of Strategic Allied Consulting, a contractor for the Republican Party of Virginia, had been scheduled to appear last Tuesday before a grand jury after he was charged with tossing completed registration forms into a recycling bin. The investigation into the arrest of a man on charges of dumping voter registration forms last month in Harrisonburg, Va., has widened, with state officials probing whether a company tied to top Republican leaders had engaged in voter regist... more »

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 11:12:23 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 07:12:23 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.543°N, 126.935°E Depth 48.4 km (30.1 miles) Region PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION Distances 111 km (68 miles) ENE of San Isidro, Philippines

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 09:47:01 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 04:47:01 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.473°S, 71.769°W Depth 109.7 km (68.2 miles) Region SOUTHERN PERU Distances 25 km (15 miles) SSW of Yura, Peru

Albright raps 'disgusting Serbs' in Prague book signing

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
Washington Examiner Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, confronted by pro-Serbian protesters who called her a war criminal during a recent book signing in her native Prague, pushed them aside as "disgusting Serbs" in a confrontation going viral on the internet. Displaying her trademark feistiness, Albright is seen in the video as sternly shouting "get out, get out," to the protesters who arrived with a film crew. As they closed in on her, she stood up and said, "That's it! Get out," and soon walked away with an aide after saying, "they are disgusting Serbs." Albrigh... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 9 hours ago
*When it happens to the important people ~Library Chronicles* *Here’s How Army Engineers Are ‘Unwatering’ NYC’s Tunnels ~Wired* *Gas flowing from sinkhole ~The Advocate* *Isaac Levee breach poses boating hazard ~Daily Comet* ** *Images: Batmobiles to rumble at Superdome Monday* *Bywater Merliton Festival Today!!! *

Staged Terror, Fukushima Crime Syndicate, Conspiracy Reality

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
9/11 Blogger On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to NYU professor and author of 'Fooled Again', Mark Crispin Miller about voting fraud, 911 and how the term 'Conspiracy Theory' shuts down objective debates. Abby then speaks with Kurt Haskell, Congressional Candidate for Michigan's 7th District, about his experience on the flight with the Christmas day Underwear Bomber that completely contradicts the government's narrative. BTS wraps up the show with a look at the intertwined relationship between the Japanese Yakuza crime syndicate and the nuclear energy ind... more »

Susan Riley

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 9 hours ago
Yesterday, Susan Riley published her last column for the *Ottawa Citizen*; and, in bidding her readers farewell, she revealed a secret: I am not a Liberal, closeted or otherwise, and never have been. Nor am I a socialist, a Harper-hater, a feminazi, or a “moronic bimbo” as one discerning reader suggested recently. Well, not a bimbo for sure. I would probably qualify as a “radical” environmentalist in official circles, given my early and enduring concern about climate change. But, for the most part, efforts to categorize my views over the years have been, while often amusing, some... more »


laura k at wmtc - 10 hours ago
Revolutionary thought of the day: It is better to vote for what you want and not get it, than to vote for what you don't want and get it. Eugene V. Debs

Obama State Dinners: Spend Like He Says, Not Like He Does

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today demanded that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turn over documents concerning what he called "excessively lavish" spending for official White House state dinners. The Examiner reported on Oct. 26 that a May 2010 Obama state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderón cost nearly $1 million, or $4,700 per attendee. Three other Obama state dinners since 2009 cost half a million or more, according to official documents cited by the newspaper. http://washingtonexaminer.com/house-panel-wants-answers-on-costly... more »

Gun Sales Surge In Fear Of Obama Re-Election

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Fears that Barack Obama would use a lame duck second term to eviscerate gun rights are fueling record firearms sales once again, with gun store owners labeling Obama, “the best gun salesmen we’ve had.” http://www.infowars.com/gun-sales-surge-in-fear-of-obama-re-election/

Utility workers pelted with eggs after Bridgeport, Conn. mayor blasts provider

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Angry residents pelted utility crews with eggs as they tried to restore power in Bridgeport, Conn., after the mayor claimed the local power company had "shortchanged" the state's largest city as it tries to recover from superstorm Sandy. "Citizens began throwing things at the crews," Michael West, a spokesman for United Illuminating, told FoxNews.com. "It started to get pretty hairy. They did not feel safe." http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/02/bridgeport-utility-workers-report-having-objects-thrown-at-them-by-residents/

'Sons of Anarchy' star: Storm aftermath 'a lot worse than how it's being portrayed by media'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
“It’s so bad here, a lot worse than how its being portrayed by the media. They are finding bodies left and right, elderly people who don’t even watch the news or who knew the storm was coming. http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/11/02/sons-of-anarchy-irene-staten-island/

Syrian rebels blame 'heinous' executions on 'extremists'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A Syrian rebel brigade blamed "extremists" for a grisly massacre now gone viral on the Internet, and it vowed to punish the perpetrators. Hossam al Sarmani, a spokesman for the Free Syrian Army's Daoud Brigade in northern Syria, said rogue revolutionaries carried out the killings in Idlib province. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/02/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 09:48:24 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 02:48:24 AM at epicenter Location 52.611°N, 132.378°W Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 234 km (145 miles) SW (217°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

Running on empty: Fury as storm-hit gas stations are forced to CLOSE - while others charge desperate drivers SIX dollars a gallon

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Tensions are running high at gas stations in New Jersey and New York, with one motorist allegedly pulling a pistol on another during an argument in a queue for fuel. *HOW SANDY SPARKED A GAS CRISIS* - Fuel is running out in the tri-state area for a number of reasons, after flooding and power outages caused by the floods affected both the production, import and distribution of gas. Here's why it's happening: - Two refineries that make up a quarter of the region's refining capacity are still idle due to power outages or flooding. - The New York Harbor waterway that ... more »

25-I Clayton Otwell Death: US police hunt for drug dealer after man, 21, dies from a SINGLE DROP of new synthetic hallucinogenic drug

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A young festival goer died from inhaling a single drop of a new synthetic hallucinogenic drug called 25-I at a music festival. Clayton Otwell, from Arkansas, took the small but fatal dosage from a stranger on Saturday night at New Orlean’s Voodoo Experience and went into convulsions 30 minutes later. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2227010/Police-hunt-drug-dealer-man-21-dies-single-drop-new-synthetic-hallucinogenic-drug.html

Gunmen kill 18 in Pakistan bus attack: police

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Gunmen attacked a bus in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province on Friday, killing at least 18 people including a woman and a child, police said. Most of the victims died from fire caused by the attack at a petrol station in Khuzdar, a town about a four-hour drive from Quetta. The fire engulfed the van, the petrol station and four nearby shops. No further details were available. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/02/us-pakistan-fire-idUSBRE8A10T320121102

U.S. investigators to get access to Benghazi suspect

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Authorities in Tunisia have agreed to allow FBI investigators access to a detained Islamic militant suspected of playing a role in the September 11 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. officials said on Friday. Under an arrangement worked out between Tunisian and U.S. officials, American investigators will be allowed to interview Ali Ani al Harzi under the supervision of Tunisian officials. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/03/us-usa-benghazi-tunisia-idUSBRE8A200220121103

17 Die Of Rift Valley Fever In Mauritania

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Seventeen deaths have been reported from six regions of Mauritania, where the Ministry of Health (MoH) declared an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) on October 4. From September 16 to 30, a total of 34 cases of persons infected with the disease have been reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a press release. The last such case was notified on October 27 from Magta Lahjar in the Brakna region. Assaba, Hodh Chargui, Hodh Gharbi, Tagant and Trarza are the other affected regions. All the cases had history of contact with animals. http://www.rttnews.com/1996738/17-die-... more »

India: Fresh bird flu outbreak in Bangalore

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Authorities in India's Bangalore city have culled about 30,000 birds after an outbreak of bird flu was confirmed. The order came after tests showed that turkeys at a government poultry farm had died of the virulent H5N1 strain. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20150704

Cholera Outbreak: Six deaths recorded in Ejura, Ghana

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
According to a local journalist in the area, Musah Inuwa, the Ejura Government Hospital has recorded more than twenty-six cholera cases during the week. An eighteen year old second year student of Ejura T.I. Ahmadiya Junior High School, Musah Dauda, was among the dead. The rest of the deceased are females. http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/artikel.php?ID=255195

Twin blasts in Damascus injure 16 people

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Earlier, witnesses told Xinhua that the two explosive devices went off in a swift succession in al-Zahera district, adding that the blasts were followed by intense shooting from the security members in that area. Friday's explosions were coupled with intense hovering of Syrian warplanes over the capital amid reports that the jet fighters have broken the sound barrier twice. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-11/02/c_131947741.htm


Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
*Derek Laud with Anne (left) and Cicely Meehan, the spinster sisters who gave Derek a home. **Cicely Meehan, a child psychologist, influenced Derek's life. * "Obama has said that he was not supposed to win, that he wasn't backed by the 'establishment'," says Derek Laud. *A British Obama - Derek Laud?* Could Derek Laud become Britain's leader? "We are deeply concerned at the state of the Conservative Party leadership and feel that the current fiasco is damaging our political status. "We hereby petition you to immediately and unconditionally instate Derek Laud, of BB6 fame, as Cons... more »

Anthrax warnings to heroin users, UK

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
DRUG users are this morning being warned not to ignore rashes and swellings in the aftermath of a person contracting anthrax. There have been four previous anthrax cases in the UK linked to injecting drugs and health service staff had been working to warn heroin users about the dangers and symptoms. http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/10023397.Health_officials_issue_fresh_Anthrax_warnings_to_heroin_users/

Clinton Warned of Military Danger in China-Japan Dispute

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The bipartisan four-person delegation met last week with Japan’s prime minister and China’s vice premier, who is expected to take over as prime minister, and both countries’ foreign ministers. The U.S. group warns Clinton in its written report that, while neither side wants a confrontation, a mistake or miscalculation could escalate into a military face-off. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-01/clinton-warned-of-military-danger-in-china-japan-dispute.html

Syrian Rebels 'attack key airbase at Taftanaz'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The attack comes a day before a crucial opposition meeting in Doha, Qatar. It also follows the apparent murder of a number of Syrian troops by rebels, which drew international condemnation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20190404

Romney's Changing Views on FEMA - And Why They Could be a Disaster for Texas

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
As with so many issues, Romney's position on FEMA has been an evolution: - As governor of Massachusetts, Romney accepted FEMA money to help clean up after some severe storms. - Before the Republican primaries, Romney suggested FEMA be privatized: "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better." - As Republican presidential nominee, Romney dodged questions about FEMA for days a... more »

UN Says Execution Video From Syria Shows Apparent War Crime.......Apparent?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The United Nations said on Friday that a new video from Syria circulating on the Internet that appears to show anti-government fighters kicking and summarily executing a group of frightened captive soldiers or militiamen could, if verified, represent evidence of a war crime to prosecute the perpetrators. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/world/middleeast/un-says-syria-execution-video-shows-apparent-war-crime.html

Flu campaign relaunched as vaccine uptake stalls

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Ministers have instigated a winter health advertising campaign after figures showed fewer people are taking up the offer of the flu jab. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9651654/Flu-campaign-relaunched-as-vaccine-uptake-stalls.html *Thousand of flu vaccines recalled* Tens of thousands of doses of the flu jab are being recalled after two batches were found to be contaminated, it has been revealed, as the annual winter vaccination campaign gets into full swing. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9645544/Thousand-of-flu-vaccines-recalled.html

Vote early, vote often

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
Further to my piece about the Democrats urging people to vote early I note that one Democrat has admitted also voting often... Voter fraud, it's what some Democrats do.

End of The Great Satan Narrative: Why An American-Iranian Truce Is Not So Far-Fetched

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
"It’s not the fear of Iranian nuclear weapons that makes the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff so reluctant to get involved in a war with Iran. Those weapons don’t exist, and the whole justification for the war would be to make sure that they never do. The problem is that there’s nothing the U.S. can do to Iran, short of nuking the place, that would really force Tehran to kneel and beg for mercy. It can bomb Iran’s nuclear sites and military installations to its heart’s content, but everything it destroys can be rebuilt in a few years. And there is no way that the United States could act... more »

How much you've lost by investing in banks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
An investment of £1,000 in Barclays five years ago would be worth just £452 today, even after dividends are taken into account. But investors who lost more than half of their money might reflect that it could have been worse. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/shares/9649354/How-much-youve-lost-by-investing-in-banks.html

Queens residents arm themselves in the post-storm blackout from looters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
When night falls in the Rockaways, the hoods come out. Ever since Sandy strafed the Queens peninsula and tore up the boardwalk, it’s become an often lawless place where cops are even scarcer than electrical power and food. Locals say they are arming themselves with guns, baseball bats, booby traps — even a bow and arrow — to defend against looters. Thugs have been masquerading as Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) workers, knocking on doors in the dead of night. But locals say the real workers have been nowhere in sight, causing at least one elected official — who fears a descent ... more »

Egypt Terror Threat 'High' For Britons

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The Foreign Office has raised its terror threat level for UK citizens in Egypt - warning there is a "high risk of attacks". The threat level has gone from 'general' to 'high' following credible reports of an al Qaeda-inspired plot to attack western tourists. http://news.sky.com/story/1006233/egypt-terror-threat-high-for-britons

Steve Cracknell Feared Drowned In Egypt while taking a diving lesson

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A British man is feared to have drowned after he failed to surface while scuba diving at a holiday resort in Egypt. Steve Cracknell was having a routine lesson with his instructor off the coast of Sharm el-Sheikh when the pair went missing. http://news.sky.com/story/1006338/british-holidaymaker-feared-drowned-in-egypt

Vigilantes Seize Mexico Town After Murder

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Hundreds of vigilantes have been manning checkpoints after taking control of security following the killing of a taxi driver. http://news.sky.com/story/1006381/vigilantes-seize-mexico-town-after-murder

Fraud: Police Unable To Use MacShane Letters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Disgraced former minister's letters on false claims for thousands of pounds are protected by parliamentary privilege. Denis MacShane stepped down as an MP after a damning report from the Commons expenses watchdog found he had wrongly claimed thousands of pounds. The report said he submitted 19 false invoices "plainly intended to deceive" Parliament's expenses authority - which said the case was the "gravest" it had dealt with. http://news.sky.com/story/1006399/expenses-police-unable-to-use-macshane-letters

New York Scraps Marathon Amid Sandy Clear-Up

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The race is cancelled amid concerns that staging it would divert resources from efforts to restore power and petrol supplies. The U-turn came just three hours after mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the decision to hold it - despite mounting criticism from New Yorkers, many of whom are struggling with fuel shortages and continuing power cuts. http://news.sky.com/story/1006333/new-york-scraps-marathon-amid-sandy-clear-up

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.4 Region TAIWAN Date time 2012-11-03 08:06:29.8 UTC Location 22.37 N ; 120.43 E Depth 40 km Distances 10 km S Tungkang, Taiwan

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.3 Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE Date time 2012-11-03 06:59:13.0 UTC Location 24.01 S ; 67.69 W Depth 245 km Distances 214 km SE Calama, Chile

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 04:25:19 UTC Friday, November 02, 2012 at 09:25:19 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.522°N, 131.870°W Depth 12.8 km (8.0 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 167 km (103 miles) S of Masset, Canada

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 03:58:29 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 12:58:29 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 6.352°S, 127.954°E Depth 360.8 km (224.2 miles) Region BANDA SEA Distances 290 km (180 miles) S of Amahusu, Indonesia

a week of really garbage films

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 13 hours ago
Winter's Bone - garbage Avengers Assemble - garbage Never Let Me Go - garbage Rock of Ages - garbage 127 Hours - not as garbage as I'd expected it to be. It was 'clever', the way they had the guy a total jack-ass who it turns out was only masking his unique self-sufficiency. The film was a lot better than the previous three, which had their moments. * Winter's Bone - gritty realism is sorely lacking in today's overlit porn-bomb splendour. * Avenger's Assemble - what a lovely balletic Tom & Jerry-like Hulk Smash on Loki. * Never Let Me Go - did that happen? Did we really all go throug... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 02:10:10 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 09:10:10 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 3.624°S, 100.766°E Depth 38.7 km (24.0 miles) Region KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA Distances 167 km (103 miles) W of Bengkulu, Indonesia

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 3rd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 02:08:25 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 12:08:25 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.523°S, 141.971°E Depth 40 km (24.9 miles) Region NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 100 km (62 miles) NE of Kiunga, Papua New Guinea

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 2nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Friday, November 02, 2012 at 23:42:37 UTC Friday, November 02, 2012 at 08:42:37 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 34.769°S, 71.688°W Depth 46.7 km (29.0 miles) Region LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE Distances 33 km (20 miles) WSW of Santa Cruz, Chile

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 2nd November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Friday, November 02, 2012 at 22:34:20 UTC Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 07:34:20 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.667°N, 141.588°E Depth 32.7 km (20.3 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 56 km (34 miles) ENE of Namie, Japan

Conservation Knows No Boundaries

A Basra reed warbler and its young. Photo courtesy: Mudhafar Salim/Nature Iraq The Mesopotamian Marshes, a vast expanse of reeds and open water twice the size of Norfolk, are the largest wetland ecosystem in the Middle East and support a number of species of global conservation concern. The marshes hold the only breeding population of the globally-endangered Basra reed warbler and the world's highest wintering numbers of the threatened marbled duck. Now the marshes are under threat again, this time from the building of huge dams in Turkey on the Tigris and Euphrates, the rivers th... more »

Don't worry Denis you can just put the extra cost on expenses...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Oh sorry, can you not any more? Oh dear, how sad, never mind! Guido Fawkes has lots of information about the political demise of Denis MacShane and the possibility of a CPS prosecution.

Just Because

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 14 hours ago
It's been one of those weeks. Chester, Chester Arthur Burnett, the legendary Howlin' Wolf. 6'3", 300 pounds, nicknamed "Bull Cow" as a kid. The Wolf was known as a devoted husband who, unlike so many of his contemporaries, steered clear of drugs, booze and strange women. It's said Eric Clapton paid for his tombstone.

NYC Marathon/Sandy Fiasco Shows Rich Republicans Just Don't Get It

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 14 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe Last night, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally had enough sense to cancel the NYC Marathon and use the designated generators, food and water to help hurricane-stricken New Yorkers instead. The decision came pretty late in the day, after a firestorm of criticism. People were just flat-out calling Bloomberg deranged amid such misplaced priorities, like using generators and supplies for that event while ordinary people were freezing and hungry. More sympathy seemed forthcoming for those unfortunate runners who spent small fortunes to come to New York to do ... more »

Nutella Loses Class Action Suit

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
Yes, it is time to tackle the food industry over some of their most egregious claims. Nutella is pretty excessive though. You presume naturally that sugar and the grease of choice would be minimized. Yet this is merely a sweeter replacement for pork fat on toast. It is certainly not hazelnut butter which is what it attempting to imitate. It is a sordid faux food created back when everything went. What we have is an excellent advertisement for the proposition coming out of Ontario that proposes to make manufacturers put nasty health warnings on their labels. This product... more »

Managing Unwanted Memories

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
This pretty well explains why planned substitution therapy is so promising. One establishes what the triggers are and then associate alternative thoughts to weaken the original memory which in PTSD cases are debilitating. I will leave how up to the imagination of the therapist. The point here is that there is a clear physical pathway involved that confirms what has already been observed in therapy and supports ongoing effort that plausibly needs to be continuing. In fact a progressive protocol is strongly indicated as a brain management tool. *Scientists Discover T... more »

Italian Earthquake Justice?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
It is of course outrageous that anyone, let alone a judge could or should expect human prescience. It is completely valid to expect a horrific earthquake in an earthquake zone. The fact that they are almost random and rare has allowed people to live there. The judges are now expecting a result that taken to its logical conclusion would reasonably entail the evacuation of Italy. In California, less than one hundred died in a quake equivalent to Haiti. *Italian scientists sentenced to jail in quake trial* * by Staff Writers* * L'Aquila, Italy (AFP) Oct 22, 2012* ... more »

Tri - Alpha Nuclear Fusion

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
Tri-alpha is another emergent player in the race to master fusion and is also focused on the bismuth reaction. This reaction allows for vastly lower temperatures for energy generation although that is relative. I would prefer to see the same resources brought to bear on Focus fusion in particular although progress will always be incremental and money can sometimes get in the way. Lack of it often allows imagination to establish brilliant work arounds. Yet there is some intriguing new science happening here that could change things so we need to keep our eyes on it. ... more »

Musical Interlude: Moody Blues, “You and Me”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
Moody Blues, “You and Me” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7UZ5oVYmb8

Mohawk John Kane 'I Don't Vote! The Two Row is Only One Reason'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
*Mohawk John Kane*I Don't Vote! The Two Row Is Only One Reason Reposted from Let's Talk Native Pride http://www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-dont-vote-two-row-is-only-one-reason.html The basic question for a Native person is: how does anyone who claims to be Sovereign; a person distinct from the American culture, a Native person tied to the land and ways of their ancestors, immune from US laws and jurisdiction, a survivor of the greatest genocide the world has ever know; vote in the elections of the government responsible for that genocide. The Native person that vot... more »

News from the Jews

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 16 hours ago
In this week’s edition of News from the Jews, I have a few items I’d like to highlight from the Jewish press. The first article comes from *The Jerusalem Post*, and is laughably titled, “PM: Strike on Iran would be good for Arab world.” Could it be any clearer how completely insane, bloodthirsty, and out of control Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is? Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sought on Tuesday to convince Arab states that *an Israeli military strike on Iran would benefit them*, removing a potential threat and easing tensions across the Middle East. Netanyahu has ... more »

The CIA's Sons - Opposition demo in Syria: 'We are Students of Osama.'

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
YouTube video description [Channel - SyrianRebelWatch]: (27/10/12) Al Qaeda in Syria (Al Nusra Front) hold a demonstration to celebrate Eid. The crowd are seen to carry Nusra flags and are heard to chant that they are students of Osama [Bin Laden] amid anti-Assad slogans. Contrary to most reports in the Western media, the most powerful oppositon groups are all allied to Al Qaeda, both tactically and operationally and at the very least ideologically. Their power and use of propaganda to win over increasing numbers of opposition supporters, notably children, has been largely ignored ... more »

Sunday Classics preview: Night Music

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
*Part 1 (of the poster's 17) of the 1990 New York City Opera telecast of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music* *by Ken* The German *Nachtmusik* is literally "night music," but by extension it's also the standard term for "serenade." As for example: *MOZART: Serenade in G, K. 525 (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)* *Vienna Philharmonic, Bruno Walter, cond. Victor 78rpm set M 364, recorded Dec. 17, 1936, digital transfer by F. Reeder* *London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham, cond. Victor 78rpm set DM 1163, recorded 1945, transferred and restored by Bob Varney* [Restorer Bob Var... more »

Fukushima Fish May Be Inedible For a Decade

Tests have found that radioactivity levels in fish near the Fukushima nuclear site have been slow to fall. Photo courtesy: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert Fish from the waters around the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan could be too radioactive to eat for a decade to come, as samples show that radioactivity levels remain elevated and show little sign of coming down, a marine scientist has warned. According to a paper published in the journal Science on Thursday, large and bottom-dwelling species carry most risk, which means cod, flounder, halibut, pollock, skate and sole from the waters in q... more »

Five Election-Explaining Clichés I really don’t want to hear this Tuesday

Robert Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 18 hours ago
On Interstate 71, south of Columbus; Ohio’s most famous sign So it’s election time, which means CNN, etc. will be filled with pundits with only the vaguest credentials – never any PhDs – telling you why the outcome inevitably had to be such-and-such. (Retrodiction is so insufferably smug.) And they’ll explain it as if Continue reading

Zoo Elephant in Korea Imitates Human Speech

Chief trainer Kim Jong-gab touches the mouth of Koshik, a 22-year-old Asian elephant, at the Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. Koshik uses his trunk to pick up not only food but also human vocabulary. He can reproduce five Korean words by tucking his trunk inside his mouth to modulate sound. Photo courtesy: Ahn Young-joon/The Associated Press An elephant in a South Korean zoo is using his trunk to pick up not only food, but also human vocabulary. An international team of scientists confirmed Friday what the Everland Zoo has been saying for year... more »

Gun Sales Surge In Fear Of Obama Re-Election

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
http://www.infowars.com/gun-sales-surge-in-fear-of-obama-re-election/ *Matt's thoughts:* Let's be honest though, is this because of Obama, or because the nation teeters on the brink of civil war?

Miguel de Unamuno on the Immortality of the Soul And the Struggle for Fame

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 19 hours ago
*Miguel de Unamuno [29 September 1864 - 31 December 1936]* "When doubts invade us and cloud our faith in the immortality of the soul, a vigorous and painful impulse is given to the anxiety to perpetuate our name and fame, to grasp at least a shadow of immortality. And hence this tremendous struggle to singularize ourselves, to survive in some way in the memory of others and of posterity. It is this struggle, a thousand times more terrible than the struggle for life, that gives its tone, colour, and character to our society, in which the medieval faith in the immortal soul is pas... more »

Navajo Nation seeks comments on water rights legislation and meeting with Salazar

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 19 hours ago
*The Navajo Nation government is seeking comments on legislation for an upcoming meeting in Washington with Interior Sec. Ken Salazar. Earlier, a leaked document showed that Salazar is planning to sneak a revised water settlement for Navajo water rights to the Little Colorado River rights through a lame duck Congress.* *By Ed Becenti* *Dine' Water Rights Committee Liaison* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The new legislation 0468-12 is 83 pages long. It is regarding the November 14 Water Rights meeting with Salazar in Washington DC. It is kind of complex for the co... more »

“If there happens to be a trough, there will be pigs”

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 19 hours ago
Pushkin in *Dubrovsky*
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