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Friday, November 30, 2012

30 November - Blogs I'm Following

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Assange EXCLUSIVE: Entire nations intercepted in total web surveillance

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German foreign minister tells Berlin to boost embassy security

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 minutes ago
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged the mayor of Berlin on Friday to tighten security at foreign embassies in the city, a day after 30 protesters stormed the grounds of the Iranian mission and pelted the building with stones. Westerwelle asked mayor Klaus Wowereit in a letter to act swiftly to remedy security shortcomings, citing 13 occasions over the past two years when embassies, including those of Libya and Nigeria, were attacked or occupied. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-germany-embassies-security-idUSBRE8AT0UP20121130

Friday protests in Tahrir Square

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 minutes ago

Euros Strongly Back Assisted Suicide Laws

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 15 minutes ago
A poll of 12-European countries conducted for the Swiss Medical Lawyers Association found very strong majorities in all but one country in support of legalizing assisted suicide. *In almost all the 12 countries polled, three-quarters or more of those responding to questions posed by the Swiss Medical Lawyers Association (SMLA) said people should be able to decide when and how they die.*** *Two-thirds to three-quarters of them said they could imagine opting for assisted suicide themselves if they suffered from an incurable illness, serious disability or uncontrollable pain.* ** *Ger... more »

Los colores de los arboles en temporadas de otoño

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 16 minutes ago
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dead man's party

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 20 minutes ago

Anonymous declares Internet war on Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 minutes ago
Global hacking network Anonymous said it will shut down Syrian government websites around the world in response to a countrywide Internet blackout believed to be aimed at silencing the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. Syria was plunged into communication darkness on Thursday when Internet connectivity stopped at midday. Land lines and mobile phones networks were also seriously disrupted. The Syrian government said "terrorists" had attacked Internet lines but the opposition and human rights groups suspect it to be the work of the authorities. http://www.reuters.com/article... more »

Egyptians fume over constitution

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
Thousands of Egyptians protested against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader's newly expanded powers. "The people want to bring down the regime," they chanted in Tahrir Square, echoing the chants that rang out in the same place less than two years ago and brought down Hosni Mubarak. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-egypt-president-idUSBRE8AM0DO20121130

EBay's double tax base prompts calls for investigation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
Britain and Germany may have missed out on a combined $1 billion in sales tax since online marketplace eBay picked a tiny Luxembourg office as its base for EU sales, a shift that lawmakers say should now be investigated. EBay's nomination of Luxembourg unit eBay Europe Sarl - with a staff of nine - as its provider of services to EU clients allows it to charge customers in Europe a low rate of sales tax, often known as Value Added Tax, helping it to compete against rivals. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/net-us-ebay-tax-europe-idUSBRE8AT0S720121130

Obama takes "fiscal cliff" on the road; Republicans stew

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
President Barack Obama, reapplying his re-election campaign theme of protecting the middle class, heads to Pennsylvania on Friday suggesting that Republicans could spoil Christmas by driving the country over the "fiscal cliff." The president's road trip, visiting a factory that makes Tinkertoys, is infuriating Republicans, with House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner calling it a "victory lap" Thursday as he rejected Obama's proposals to avoid the cliff, which is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts set to start taking effect in January. http://www.reuters.com/art... more »

Exorcism Hotline: Demand Swamps Milan Priests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
The Roman Catholic Church has doubled the number of exorcists in Milan and set up a hotline to cope with what it says is growing demand for devil-busting priests in Italy's largest diocese. Mons Angelo Mascheroni, the Milan diocese's auxiliary bishop and chief exorcist, says the number of requests has doubled. "We receive a lot of requests for names, addresses and phone numbers," he told the Milan church's website. "That's why we have set up a switchboard in our (offices)." The hotline, which is open for a few hours in the afternoon from Monday to Friday, refers callers to priests... more »

Toxic Spill As Train Plunges Off Bridge in Southern New Jersey

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
A rail bridge has collapsed over a creek in New Jersey causing a freight train to derail and spill hazardous chemicals. Police said vinyl chloride, a highly toxic and flammable industrial chemical, was spilling from at least one of the Conrail cars that derailed in Paulsboro at a crossing near the Delaware River. Four tank cars were reportedly dumped into Mantua Creek. At least 18 contractors working in the area have complained of breathing problems. Residents in the area were advised to remain indoors, with their windows shut. http://news.sky.com/story/1018939/toxic-spill-as-trai... more »


The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 27 minutes ago

Origami Christmas Trees (A Tutorial)

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 35 minutes ago
My husband loves origami. I have a beautiful vase full of origami roses he gave me for Valentine's Day when we were so poor he couldn't give me roses. They were packed in their own separate box on the move here because I couldn't stand the thought of them being squished. Every so often, I think he has forgotten about origami and then he surprises me with something new. Do you remember these stars from last year? He discovered how to make me a wonderful Christmas tree using them. It is pretty simple and requires simple supplies that you probably have on hand! First you will need to ... more »

Stop Imperialism - Episode 50

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 35 minutes ago
Syria's Internet outage, terrorism plagues Iraq, rebels in Congo, and bonds in Argentina. * * *November 30, 2012* (Stop Imperialism) [image: EP50.jpg] Podcast Powered By Podbean In today's episode: *1. Syria (On the Ground)* *a) **Syrian internet goes dark*** *b) **Syria rebels kill top ruling party official*** *c) **Twin car bombs reportedly kill 34, wound dozens in Syria*** *d) **Syria child soldiers: Rebels using children in war - Human Rights Watch* *2. Syria (International)* *a) **U.S. weighs bolder effort to intervene in Syria's conflict*** *b) **The war for Syria is ...more »

Tierno cuyo comiendo pasto - Animalitos peludos

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 36 minutes ago
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Wayne Houchin: Magician's Head Set On Fire In TV Prank

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 38 minutes ago
A US magician has been seriously injured after a TV host set his head on fire live on television. Wayne Houchin was appearing on a show in the Dominican Republic when, in an apparently unscripted prank, its host dropped flammable liquid on his head, setting him alight. http://news.sky.com/story/1018893/magicians-head-set-on-fire-in-tv-prank


bob somerby at the daily howler - 43 minutes ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012* *635 comments:* The ongoing state of U.S. intelligence may not be all that good. Consider what happened when Maureen Dowd wrote that ridiculous column about Susan Rice—her *latest* ridiculous column. (For background, see our award-winning previous post.) Dowd's column was a real groaner this Wednesday. Breaking with recent precedent, Dowd’s editors allowed Times readers to post a full set of comments. 635 readers did. To read the column and those comments, go ahead—just click here. We’ve read through hundreds of those comments. We haven’t found a sin... more »

Those peace-loving Hamas guys

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 50 minutes ago
Video from by the Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas military wing), addressing Israelis: "From the Palestinian people to the Zionists: We've missed the suicide attacks. Expect us soon at bus stations and in cafés." [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012] Delightful but don't forget that they really do just want peace and a two state solution; the BBC say so, so it must be true!

Raiding Medicare/Social Security:  Callous Disregard for Suffering Inflicted - "Like Bob Dole, But" Witless? What Shared Sacrifice Means For You Versus The Big Boys

As if we're so thick that this needs to be hammered home any further (or more unsubtly). But they are depending on that thickness, aren't they? What the CEOs Lobbying on the Fiscal Cliff Really Want George Zornick on November 28, 2012 (CEOs from several big corporations (including Erskine Bowles on the left) meet with House Republican leaders on November 28, 2012, in

Pembroke, Ontario: Partially naked Canadian man bites, eats still living dog (which survived), as "zombie" attacks around world continue

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Battling Bone Metastasis, Report Says: What will become of Venezuela?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

Friday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
Jeffrey Lewis analyzes evidence that Burma seeks nuclear weapons. Juan Cole discusses shifting positions on the status of Palestine at the UN. And some good pre-vote analysis from Erik Voeten. More on PTSD and drone pilots. Brendan Keefe highlights advances in artificial intelligence. The aforementioned Foust-Drezner exchange on policy-oriented political-science PhDs. And also: The growing Continue reading

The Susan Rice Fiasco

Jon Western at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
I’m not sure the Obama administration could have handled this any worse. We live in a highly politicized world and somehow the Obama administration is “shocked, shocked” that this issue is being hyped. And while I’m sympathetic to the flurry of criticisms of FoxNews and others for hyping this, I’m also struck by how badly Continue reading


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
*Levees.org rolls out Myth Number One* *2012 hurricane season ends* *Morganza projects go to bid next month* *Water infrastructure bank idea floated in Texas*

Wired SKorea to stem digital addiction from age 3

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

Eurozone unemployment rate hits new high in October

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

Hamas threatening Israeli civilians

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 hour ago
"From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionists: Don't go to sleep because we may get you in your sleep." [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012] But it's OK, the BBC kept telling us that Hamas were only firing homemade rockets and weren't trying to kill civilians.

Video: Appetite for Destruction: China’s Trade in Illegal Timber

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
BEIJING, 29 November 2012 (EIA) – China, emergent superpower and the world’s second biggest economy, is effectively standing on the sidelines as its exponential growth devastates forests in a trade worth billions of dollars a year. In the new report *Appetite for Destruction: **China’s Trade in Illegal Timber*, launched today in Beijing, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals that China is now the single largest international consumer of illegal timber, importing wood stolen by organised criminal syndicates on a massive scale. In the past 10 years, s... more »


Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 1 hour ago
linkicon reporticon emailicon Rick_Carter1 says: This is more than just science fiction, everyone! The thing to watch out for is centralized artificial intelligence. There is actually an ET power which covertly threatens our world right now in our sector of the Milky Way galaxy, which is responsible for designing and covertly installing all three of the corrupt Abrahamic religions into our emerging human world. These Abrahamic religions are all human versions of a biotech software virus originally designed by an ET/AI system and covertly used against the biological ETs, for the p... more »

Nearly 15 million U.S. households on food stamps

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Share of U.S. households collecting food stamps in 2011. These five states have the highest share of households receiving nutrition assistance. U.S. Census Bureau / CNN Money] By Tami Luhby 28 November 2012 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – The number of American households receiving food stamps jumped nearly 10% in 2011. Nearly 15 million households were on food stamps at some point last year, up from 13.6 million in 2010, newly released Census data shows. That's an increase to 13%, up from 11.9% in 2010. Some 47 states and the nation's capital experienced an increase in their re... more »

IDIOCRACY BENGHAZI STYLE: You may live in an idiocracy if...!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012* *The ongoing state of U.S. intelligence:* Do you live in an idiocracy, as Mike Judge once suggested? Consider one of the dumbest complaints being made against Susan Rice—a criticism which has been made by a succession of major journalists In her most recent New York Times column, Maureen Dowd presented a scattershot grab-bag of claims against Rice. She used Susan Collins as her beard. Out of a bog of confusing complaints, the complaint which follows was dumbest by far. Dowd slammed Rice for something she did on the September 16 Face the Nation: DOWD (...more »

Is there enough water for ‘fracking’ boom?

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: The six injection wells on John and Elizabeth Neider’s Carroll County farm use water carried through a pipeline over several miles from a reservoir on another farm. As much as 5 million gallons of water per well are needed to shatter the Utica shale and release the natural gas and oil trapped thousands of feet underground. Is there enough water for ‘fracking’ boom? Kyle Robertson / Columbus Dispatch]By Spencer Hunt 27 November 2012 CARROLLTON, Ohio (The Columbus Dispatch) – A deep, constant hum emanates from John and Elizabeth Neider’s dairy and sheep farm. Depending o... more »

The International Relations Discipline and the Rise of Asia

Robert Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
A few months ago, I was commissioned by the International Relations and Security Network of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology to provide a brief write-up on how Asia’s rise will impact the formal discipline of international relations (IR) within political science. I didn’t get a chance to put it up earlier, and inevitably, the Continue reading

How will climate change impact on fresh water security?

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: A man turns on the tap of an empty water tank in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. Tomas Bravo / Reuters] By Grantham Institute, Imperial College London and Duncan Clark 30 November 2012 (guardian.co.uk) – Fresh water is crucial to human society – not just for drinking, but also for farming, washing and many other activities. It is expected to become increasingly scarce in the future, and this is partly due to climate change. Understanding the problem of fresh water scarcity begins by considering the distribution of water on the planet. Approximately 98% of our water is s...more »

Truly Progresssive

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 hour ago
Zach Paikin echoes something The Disaffected Lib wrote about yesterday: Canada needs a truly progressive political party. A simple coalition of opposition parties, Paikin writes, will not be enough to defeat Stephen Harper: Even if the parties pursued joint nominations in Conservative-held ridings, their leaders could undermine those nominations with gaffes. Justin Trudeau and David McGuinty know the kind of damage a few poorly-chosen words can do at the riding level. Imagine the devastating consequences for, say, a jointly-nominated New Democrat if a Liberal leader made a statem... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Joan Ganz Cooney, 83. And how about some good stuff: 1. Everything you want to know about the Asian American vote, from Karthick Ramakrishnan and Taeku Lee. 2. Ta-Nehisi Coates on "Lincoln." 3. Nicholas Beaudrot on the Senate. 4. The geography of disability, or why different states have different rates, from Kathy Ruffing. 5. Seth Masket continues the conversation about potato chips. 6. And Paul Krugman keeps up the Paul Ryan watch. I really wish we could get him to call Ryan "Eddie Haskell," though.

Despite Beltway Conventional Wisdom, Democrats Could Win Big In 2014... If They Actually Behave Like Democrats

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
In 2010, Beltway Democrats miscalculated badly. Many of them-- with the acquiescence and even the encouragement of the leadership-- decided the safer bet was to vote like a Republican rather than to embrace and explain a progressive vision for solving real problems that face the country. So Democratic voters didn't go to the polls and dozens of House Democrats-- mostly Blue Dogs and New Dems but a few good people as well-- lost their seats. Preventing another catastrophe like that should be a big focus of the House Dems. But they're off on a really bad foot already, having chosen ... more »

Johnny Lewis Was Not On Drugs Before Death

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
A Sons of Anarchy television star who reportedly murdered his landlady before falling to his death, had no drugs in his system, according to an autopsy. Toxicology results on Johnny Lewis found no traces of cocaine, alcohol, marijuana or any other types of drugs in his system. Officials checked for anti-psychotic drugs as well as psychedelic drugs. The 29-year-old was found dead in September in the driveway of a Los Angeles home. Police later found his landlady's body inside the property. http://news.sky.com/story/1018808/johnny-lewis-was-not-on-drugs-before-death

First a Canadian Beef Recall - Now an American Pork Problem

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 3 hours ago
Photo courtesy: Flickr/I Believe I Can Fry/CC BY 2.0 A Consumer Reports analysis of pork purchased in American supermarkets and other shops reveals that many samples contained surprisingly high amounts of a bacterium that causes food poisoning. Compounding the concern is that many of the samples of the bacterium, Yersinia enterocolitica, proved to be antibiotic-resistant. The magazine analyzed 148 samples of pork chops and 50 samples of ground pork for contamination, the meat was selected from a variety of stores in six American cities -- the stores from where the samples were pur... more »

The Gray Lady's Misleading Headline

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 3 hours ago
Over my coffee this morning, I read the following headline on the front page of *The* *New York Times*: "Complaints Aside, Most Face Lower Tax Burden Than in the Reagan ’80s." Below it was a graphic comparing average tax rates for various income groups in 1980 and 2010. The problem is that Reagan did not become president until January 1981, and his tax policy was not fully implemented until a couple of years later (and arguably not until his second term, when we got very significant tax reform). So the headline should have read, "Complaints Aside, Most Face Lower Tax Burden Than i... more »

No Flu Shot? That's a Firing

Donna at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 3 hours ago
Did you hear the latest story about 150 people fired for not getting a flu shot? That's right. An employer fired 150 healthcare workers the day before Thanksgiving (doesn't this story keep getting better?) because they mandated each and every employee get a flu shot and these 150 folks didn't do it. I can't think of anything much more intrusive than requiring an employee to insert something unwillingly into their bloodstream, but there is a growing trend in the healthcare industry to do just that. Sue the bastards, you say? Hmm. I'm not so sure they would win. In general, requiring... more »

RoboConch! We're not in Guelph anymore, Robo

Alison at Creekside - 3 hours ago
In August Elections Canada updated the total number of misleading phone call complaints in the last federal election to 1,394 complaints, alleging specific instances from people in 234 of Canada’s 308 federal ridings Now we get some concrete evidence. Elections Canada obtained phone records from Shaw and Videotron to verify complaints in 56 separate ridings across Ontario, BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec. They were released to lawyers in Federal Court yesterday. 1,043 complaints are from voters who say they were directed to a wrong polling station by callers, 625 of them from liv... more »

Belgium 'Spies' Reveal Themselves On Website.....Anyone surprised they are Belgium?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Security fears have been sparked in Belgium after employees of security agencies reportedly posted their personal details on a social networking site. Belgian newspaper De Standaard says it has found an entry on LinkedIn which appears to belong to a senior analyst employed by Belgium's Co-ordinating Body for Threat Analysis (OCAM). The agency operates under the country's Interior Ministry and facilitates terrorist intelligence exchange between government departments. Another entry on the same website appears to belong to an employee of Belgium's state security agency, Surete de l'... more »

Sea Level Rising 60% Faster Than Expected

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 3 hours ago
Photo courtesy: US Fish and Wildlife Service New research from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research shows that global sea level rise is happening 60% faster than IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) projections, even though temperatures are rising much as expected. Potsdam's Stefan Rahmstorf: It contrast to the physics of global warming itself, sea level rise is much more complex. To improve future projections it is very important to keep track of how well past projections match observational data. The new findings highlight that the IPCC is far from being... more »

UK To Withhold £21m Aid Due For Rwanda

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The UK will be withholding £21m of aid to Rwanda amid concerns the state is supporting rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Announcing the decision, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said the money, which was due to be handed over next month, would not be released because President Paul Kagame's regime had breached agreements. "The Government has already set out its concerns over credible and compelling reports of Rwandan involvement with M23 in DRC," she said. http://news.sky.com/story/1018762/uk-to-withhold-21m-aid-due-for-rwanda

U.S. gives Iran until March to cooperate with IAEA

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The United States set a March deadline on Thursday for Iran to start cooperating in substance with a U.N. nuclear agency investigation, warning Tehran the issue may otherwise be referred to the U.N. Security Council. The comments by U.S. diplomat Robert Wood to the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency signaled Washington's growing frustration at a lack of progress in the IAEA's inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran's nuclear program. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-nuclear-iran-usa-idUSBRE8AS0VS20121130

German lawmakers to green-light Greek bailout

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Germany's parliament will approve a fresh bailout for Greece on Friday in a vote seen as a test of Chancellor Angela Merkel's authority over her center-right coalition less than a year before federal elections. The outcome of Friday's vote in the Bundestag lower house is not in doubt but Germans are deeply uneasy over the costs of the euro zone debt crisis and the number of coalition lawmakers voting against will be keenly watched. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/29/us-eurozone-germany-greece-idUSBRE8AS1KI20121129

Fighting cuts access to Damascus airport, flights suspended

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Syrian rebels battled forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad just outside Damascus on Thursday, cutting access to its international airport, and Dubai-based Emirates airline and EgyptAir stopped flights to the Syrian capital. The Internet and some telephone lines went down across Syria. Rebels and the government traded blame for the blackout, the worst communications outage in 20 months of conflict. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/29/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121129

Greeks rage against pension calamity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
In the heat of a June night, Eleni Spanopoulou found her audience at an Athens hotel turning ugly. Mutiny and violence hung in the air. For hours the leader of the Greek journalists' social security fund had been chairing a meeting about disastrous losses on retirement savings caused by the country's economic collapse. "She tried to present herself as the fund's savior and asked (members) to double contributions to 6 percent of salaries," said one of those present that night at the Titania hotel. Spanopoulou, 58, did not succeed. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-greece-c... more »

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 30th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:20:36 UTC Saturday, December 01, 2012 at 01:20:36 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.793°S, 175.588°W Depth 181.8 km (113.0 miles) Region TONGA Distances 170 km (105 miles) W of Neiafu, Tonga

Public Safety Workers - ALEC's Next Target????

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
It is important to note – first and foremost – who wrote the article that I found this morning. *Jason Mercier is Director of the Center for Government Reform at Washington Policy Center. He serves on the Executive Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force and is the private sector chairman of ALEC’s Fiscal Federalism Working Group.* It is also important to note the publish date of this article is November 29 th . ALEC...more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
An Iranian asylum seeker who has been on a hunger strike for 50 days in detention on Nauru has been evacuated to an undisclosed hospital on the Australian mainland. Supporters say the man, known as Omid, began the hunger strike as a protest against the lack of information on how long his processing would take. Refugee advocate Pamela Curr says she fears Omid is at risk of organ failure. A statement from the Department of Immigration says he "will be returned to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre as soon as he is deemed medically fit to travel". http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/lates... more »

New Biocatalyst Technology Improves Water Quality in Wastewater Canals

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 4 hours ago
Photo courtesy: mckaysavage/CC BY 3.0 In some places in the world, for instance India, sewage and wastewater flow into open canals and eventually into waterways, spreading odors and enabling the easy breeding of insects such as flies, which can be a vector for pathogens affecting human health. An obvious and comprehensive fix would be to overhaul the wastewater and sewage infrastructure to keep potential disease sources contained and processed, but until such time as those projects can be undertaken, there's a simpler, more cost-effective solution for mitigating the effects of open... more »


Oilsforfun-Cristina Homem de Melo at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Martin Plaut opines

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
Martin Plaut thinks Tories are 'lower than vermin', I think he might have a problem with Israel as well. Is he the ideal BBC journalist? Fortunately for Martin Plaut he was able to tweet later this Phew, what a relief for Martin Plaut.

Bear on ice

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago

It's not just the BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
Comedy Central link "You're watching the Comedy Central, the channel that is to making you laugh what bankers are to ruining the economy". WHAT ABOUT GORDON BROWN AND ED BALLS?

The Good Ol' Common Horse Sense of the Canadian People

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 5 hours ago
I'm a political animal. I think about politics to the detriment of succeeding in my everyday life. A lot of people don't really follow politics. They watch the news. But they vote. The thing is, I believe in democracy. I believe people are the best judges of their individual self-interest WHEN THEY HAVE THE CORRECT INFORMATION. I don't believe that our corporate news gives them the correct information most of the time. But even still, ordinary people can figure out what's right in front of their noses. Take for instance, the fact that the majority of Torontonians (60-65%) think Ro...more »

"FISCAL CLIFF" Is Another Hoax By The 1% To Dismantle Social Security, Medicare, & Medicaid, Pushed By the MAINSTREAM MEDIA TERRORISTS

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 5 hours ago
*The rigged corrupt corporate mainstream media and radio news briefs (MEDIA TERRORISTS) will chant FISCAL CLIFF FISCAL CLIFF FISCAL CLIFF over and over and over again (BRAINWASHING) on behalf of the 1% to SCARE the 99% of Americans in an attempt once again to dismantle social security, medicare, & medicaid.* When the media keeps repeating a phrase like "FISCAL CLIFF" over and over and over again, BEWARE! Think: "DEATH PANELS", "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE", "CHICK FIL A", "AL QAEDA", "TERRORISTS", "INSURGENTS", etc... etc... BEWARE!!! They wouldn't do it IF THEY WEREN'T SCREWING US!!! In... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 6 hours ago
*Leveson.* Lord Justice Leveson wants to curb the UK press. Press inquiry condemns 'outrageous' national press "It was reported in the media that Leveson had attended two parties in the prior 12 months at the London home of Matthew Freud, a PR executive married to Elisabeth Murdoch, the daughter of Rupert Murdoch." [23][24] *'Hasbara' journalist Brendan O'Neill.* In the Daily Telegraph, online, thereisagod commented on an article by Brendan O'Neill entitled: *Murdoch, Jews, lizards, Lefties and Leveson: the spread of British conspiracy politics.* (Telegraph.co.uk - Brendan O'N... more »

An Interview With Julian Assange: Entire Nations Intercepted Online, Key Turned to Totalitarian Rule

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
30 November 2012 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says all the necessary physical infrastructure for absolute totalitarianism through the internet is ready. He told RT that the question now is whether the turnkey process that already started will go all the way. READ FULL SCRIPT of Julian Assange's interview at: * http://on.rt.com/hsgbxd* * *

Ministry of Education Launches White Terror Tactics Against Next Media Student Protesters?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 7 hours ago
This is flying around Facebook and the bulletin boards in Taiwan, hotter than hot right now. The email above is said to have been circulated by the Ministry of Education (MoE). The last sentence is ambiguous to me, but apparently it reads either that the MOE is looking for lists of registered students so it can see who was absent and presumably at the protests, or else it has attached a list of such students for the schools to handle. After noting that it has been raining and cold for several days, it asks that "...university officials care for the health of the students..." and "e... more »

U.N. implicitly recognizes Palestinian sovereign state

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the United Nations from "entity" to "non-member state," implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-palestinians-statehood-idUSBRE8AR0EG20121130

Polar Ice Sheets Melting Faster Than Before

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The planet's two largest ice sheets are melting three times faster today than they were in the 1990s, according to a new study. The most accurate analysis of satellite measurements to date showed that the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets have lost four trillion tons of ice since 1992. The melt water has added 11.1mm to global sea levels. But the scientists warned that the rate of ice loss is accelerating. Figures published in the journal Science show that melting ice now adds 0.95mm a year to sea levels, compared to 0.27mm in the 1990s. http://news.sky.com/story/1018521/ice-shee...more »

Mercury: Nasa 'Discovers Ice' On Planet

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Scientists believe they have found ice inside craters near Mercury's poles, which they say could reveal more about the building blocks for life on other planets. The small planet orbits closest to the sun but rotates nearly upright, meaning some areas on its poles never see sunlight. Nasa researchers suspect the ice and other organic material accumulated in the shadowed areas of craters at the poles after comets and asteroids delivered the material to Mercury's surface. http://news.sky.com/story/1018622/mercury-nasa-discovers-ice-on-planet

Weapons Stolen In Raid On Australia Navy Base

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A cache of weapons has been stolen from an Australian navy vessel after at least one intruder overpowered military personnel on guard. The Australian Department of Defence said the infiltrator "overwhelmed a duty member onboard a patrol boat" which was moored at HMAS Coonawarra, a naval base in the northern city of Darwin. In a statement, it said: "The intruder overpowered the duty member, accessed the vessel's armoury and removed a number of weapons. "The person then departed the vessel with the weapons." http://news.sky.com/story/1018701/weapons-stolen-in-raid-on-australia-navy-b... more »

Ice on Mercury - so close to the Sun?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at 7 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/oiXLTOPtL4U Do we fully understand our own solar system? Do we really understand... ourselves? John PS. I am currently making in-depth tests with Linux KDE 4.9.3+ to investigate a.o. voice control. Expect me to report on some aspects soon.

Assange EXCLUSIVE: Entire nations intercepted in total web surveillance

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 7 hours ago
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says all the necessary physical infrastructure for absolute totalitarianism through the internet is ready. He told RT that the question now is whether the turnkey process that already started will go all the way.

Do You Eat Butter or Margarine for Health? by Raine Saunders

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
 Source of poster: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Agriculture-Society/217990047058 Do You Eat Butter or Margarine for Health? by Raine Saunders Agriculture Society, 19 January 2010 It’s one of nature’s most perfect foods, and people have eaten it for thousands and thousands of years. But for the last century and some it’s received a terrible reputation. Go on, ask almost anyone you know if he or she likes butter. They’ll likely agree: it tastes great, but then you will hear he or she sheepishly admit, “it’s bad for you.” These individuals actually have guilt associated with ...more »

Firewalls vs analytic continuation

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
*Two new interesting anti-firewall papers and one pro-firewall paper* The black hole firewall argument by AMPS is probably invalid but it has already led to a significant new wave of research and discussions about the black hole information puzzle which is a good thing. There are some new papers since my most recent comments on the firewall controversy. But what happened today is kind of remarkable: just today, there are a whopping three papers on the black hole firewalls! The papers are the following ones: An Infalling Observer in AdS/CFT by Kyriakos Papadodimas, Suvrat Raju... more »

The United Nations has an unhealthy fixation on Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
UN Watch reports that: 'According to a comprehensive UN Watch study of all U.N. General Assembly draft resolutions of its current 67th session, counting the one just approved today, the world body plans to adopt a total of *21 resolutions*singling out *Israel *for criticism in one form or another (*see draft texts below*) — and *4 resolutions* for the *rest of the world combined.* * * The four are: one on Syria, a regime that has murdered 40,000 of its own people, and one each on Iran, North Korea and Burma, whose government was largely praised in the U.N. text. There will be no UN... more »

Cell Nuclear Reprogramming moves Forward

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
It appears that we are discovering how to wipe out a cells programming completely in preparation for reprogramming it as a different cell. This will allow extreme precision in eventual organ replacement. It is clearly another leap forward in our ability to manage cell behavior. The ultimate goal of medical research is to perfect human outcomes. Much of what we are comes up short biologically even if we do not think so. Improving those outcomes is and will be welcome and we already see gathering momentum develop. Stem cells have been with us for around twenty years. T...more »

More on Sasquatch DNA Study

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
More information is coming out that was not clear in the press release itself. Over one hundred individual samples were processed and this allowed an excellent work up of the DNA. Earlier tests would certainly have been utterly misled by the human component in the mitochondrial DNA and would have in fact been naturally dismissed as contamination. The real achievement here is that we have now gotten past that little issue. We have two reasonable candidates at least for the father. One is the reported Eurasian wild man who may also be a hybrid and we certainly have evidence... more »

Greek Islands Were Inhabited 170,000 Years Ago

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
The problem that I have with sea borne speculations before 12,000 years or so ago is that they inevitably fail to make adjustment for the hugely lower sea level that fluxuated up to three hundred feet lower than today. This readily reduces the separation between South East Asia and the Australasian plate to a few short miles easily seen from each other. A dug out canoe, or better yet, a skin boat would be easily able to venture the transit. The rest is a matter of walking and similarly resolved river crossings. The Greek islands, including Crete are all on the continen...more »

MS Cured?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This will end the scourge of MS and do it soon. It also provided intervention for all other auto immune diseases and this will surely include arthritis also. It may even be tweaked into resolving serious allergies. In the end, your immune system is normalised. The cure is not a deliverable as yet but the fact that the carrier is already approved should allow quick adoption. *New nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis, now being tested in Type 1 diabetes and asthma * *November 18, 2012 * * http://phys.org/news/2012-11-nanoparticle-halts-multiple-sclerosis-d... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
Website for this image If you are an Orang Utan, whose land is being taken over by humans, you may think that there are just too many people in the world. The world's population has been growing rather rapidly in recent years and this has caused some problems. The population of the United States is expected to increase by 44% from 2008 to 2050.[52] * **Overpopulation - Wikipedia* The current population of the USA is 312.8 million people. In a study entitled *Food, Land, Population and the U.S. Economy*, Professor David Pimentel, estimated the maximum U.S. population for a sustaina... more »

Cynthia McKinney - 9/11 Revisited - Seeking the Truth

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 9 hours ago
Cynthia McKinney, peace activist and former U.S. Congresswoman, presents to the *"9/11 Revisited: Seeking the Truth"* conference in Kuala Lumpur on November 19, 2012. And she comes out punching... "...unless you're free???" YOU'RE ALREADY FREE. This is a Free Planet: don't ever let anybody tell you any different. *9/11 SUPPLEMENTAL:* Cynthia McKinney asks Donald Rumsfeld about the 'missing trillions' mentioned on September 10th 2001, the 'four war games' during September 11th 2001 and the international trade in 'little girls'. "...out of the penalty box." what a devious cun... more »

Murder Under Hypnosis: The James Holmes Story Takes A Familiar Turn

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
* Photo: Franz Anton Mesmer, the founder of hypnotism. [May 23, 1734 – March 5, 1815].* *Related:* *The Shadow Patsy Rises Again: How Mind Control Is Connected To Gun Control* . *Inmate: James Holmes Told Me He Was ‘Programmed’ To Kill by “Evil” Therapist*. *Shooter James Holmes and DARPA Weird Science*. *David Hammer Talks About McVeigh and Government Prior Knowledge of OKC Bombing*. *A Deeper Look At "The Dark Knight Rises" Shooting: A CIA Black Op? * "The big key to the thing is that only the small secrets need to be kept. You can find just about anything the government is d... more »

HMS Alberta Tory: All hands to damage control! Is Commodore Mar aboard?

david at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
The scene in the Alberta Legislature yesterday, with Premier Alison Redford at the centre of things. Actual Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Gary Mar, Premier John Brownlee, Vivian MacMillan. I suppose the question has to be asked: Is it too late for the Tories bring back Gary Mar? Mr. Mar had ... more »

Major Jewish pedophile ring exposed

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 9 hours ago
*Organized international pedophile rings* have been and continue to be exposed by journalists and bloggers like *aangirfan*. The disgusting and deplorable case of *Jimmy Savile* and his depraved behavior has caused a major stir in the United Kingdom in the past few months for example. In almost all cases, these pedophile rings extend to the highest levels of government, police, military and security organizations, the media, religious institutions, and other well-to-do members of society. In almost all cases that are uncovered, the victims are demonized or dismissed, not taken serio... more »

November 29, 1972

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
The president and Haldeman are still at Camp David; they have another Watergate conversation, mostly about how Haldeman now thinks that Congress is going to drop the whole thing because they don't have anything. One key bit shows that Nixon is still obsessed by the idea that John Dean should write an official report "establishing" everyone's innocence -- a report, remember, which Nixon had long since told the press about as if it was already written: -- Haldeman: Again, it it doesn't go anywhere, they're [Congress is] not [going to do anything] -- of course, the other thing is tha... more »

ALEC's Brand NEW "Shiny Baubles" Report

2old2care at Because I Can - 10 hours ago
This is a tale of trying to fool the American people by putting shiny baubles in front of them and hoping they think it is pretty. ALEC is in DC right now and if you look at the agendas for the meeting one of the things they are doing is “sunshining’ their legislation. This means they are looking at it to determine which legislation they should continue to keep and which ones are outdated. The real purpose is probably to weed out the racist, misogynist, classist “model” legislation - so they can replace it with the exact same legislation but with more covert language. – they do th... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
THE POOF VIDEO HAS BEEN PULLED FOR NOW UNTIL I CAN FIND OUT WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON. On Nov 27, 2012, at 1:20 PM, 2goforth@Safe-mail.net wrote: -------- Original Message -------- > : American Kabuki > : 2goforth@Safe-mail.net > : Re: You might be interested in this... > : Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:05:33 -0800 know of some 600 yr old dudes but not about anybody in the thousands. In a couple of days you can release it. The protocols are underway right now. > it okay to release that video I have? > is it true that the woman listed at the beginning of the document is 5000 years old... more »

Everyone Agrees-- The Republican Committee Chairs Really Suck

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Lucky for them Steve Israel gives all GOP committee chairs free passes to reelection-- and even luckier, Nancy Pelosi just reappointed Israel to head the DCCC next cycle, despite the abject failure he just presided over in "trying" to win back the House. Earlier today we were complaining because the GOP committee chairs are all white, all male, all corporate whores. Conservatives are fine with the lack of diversity but they're also uncomfortable with what a bunch of corrupt corporate whores Boehner managed to come up with for his A-Team. Republicans don't care that the Senate, run... more »

What If Israel Had Never Been Created?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
It does seem that as of today, the Palestinians can finally consider themselves as a full fledged nation in the eyes of the world. In spite of the Jewish control over America, and their control over many other western nations as well including my own Canada, the criminals have not been able to stop the vote today that gives the Palestinians UN representation. This is definitely a victory by the Palestinians against their evil Jewish oppressors! The more I see of the criminal state of Israel, the more I see a criminally psycho nation bent on not only the destruction of the Palestini... more »

Burt Rutan on Climate Change - WUWT-TV November 14th 2012

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
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Obama Romney lunch summit

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 13 hours ago
And so the presidential election of 2012 comes to a close. President Obama hosts not president Willard Mitt Romney at a private White House luncheon. The body language in the official White House photo speaks volumes. [Pete Souza photo] That was in front in of the camera. Suspect inside their heads, it looked more like this. They dined on white turkey chili and Southwestern chicken salad...

Relocation of custodial parent

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
Mantyka v Dueck, 2012 SKCA 109 is a good source on the current law regarding relocation of a custodial parent: 49 The law can be summarized as follows: 1. The parent applying for a change in the custody or access order must meet the threshold requirement of demonstrating a material change in the circumstances affecting the child. 2. If the threshold is met, the judge on the application must embark on a fresh inquiry into what is in the best interests of the child, having regard to all the relevant circumstances relating to the child's needs and the ability ... more »

‘Exporting deforestation’: China is the kingpin of illegal logging

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Logs smuggled across the border from Myanmar to China. Photo © EIA via mongabay.com] By Jeremy Hance 29 November 2012 (mongabay.com) – Runaway economic growth comes with costs: in the case of China's economic engine, one of them has been the world's forests. According to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), China has become the number one importer of illegal wood products from around the world. Illegal logging—which threatens biodiversity, emits carbon, impoverishes local communities, and is often coupled with other crimes—has come under heavy pre... more »

Gloriosky! Now the administration is supposed to tiptoe around the imagined "goodwill" of congressional Republicans who don't have any?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
*"What they saw through those yellow-gold lenses, they never forgot. And neither will you, my friends."* *After all these decades since I last saw this episode of Boris Karloff's Thriller, "The Cheaters," from 1960, I find that the whole darned thing is on YouTube! We learn from Boris K that the old-time Dutch scientist who created the Cheaters and then boldly looked into a mirror "hanged himself before dawn."* *"The choice of a successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state has turned into an unexpectedly nasty political fight that could cost the White House valuable g... more »

A Legal Framework for Criminalizing the GWOT - Michel Chossudovsky Presents in Kuala Lumpur

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
YouTube video description [Channel - Corbett Report]: Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, presents to the "9/11 Revisited: Seeking the Truth" conference in Kuala Lumpur on November 19, 2012.

Adding Insult To Injury: Site 911

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 hours ago
*This is the perfect expression of the nature of Israel's leaders.* An excerpt from a Washington Post article called, *"U.S. overseeing mysterious construction project in Israel"*: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to supervise construction of a five-story underground facility for an Israel Defense Forces complex, oddly named “Site 911,” at an Israeli Air Force base near Tel Aviv. Expected to take more than two years to build, at a cost of up to $100 million, the facility is to have classrooms on Level 1, an auditorium on Level 3, a laboratory, shock-resistant doors, protec... more »

TOLEC: Ina Maka - A Way to Calm & Inner Peace

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 15 hours ago


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 15 hours ago
* * *http://www.freetheearthlings.com/* * * *HOW TO SHAKE OFF THE AWARENIVORES* (by Waves Forest) [January 2012] * PART ONE: WHO CONTROLS THE CONTROLLERS?* What is keeping humans from reaching their full potential? What prevents modern civilizations from becoming truly civilized? More and more people are feeling the impulse to evolve to a higher state. What is holding us back? We can imagine in great detail what a harmonious culture would be like. We have plenty of evidence of past societies that were stable, peaceful and maintained healthy long-term relat... more »

Mini the kitten

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

Palestinians win implicit U.N. recognition of sovereign state

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 15 hours ago
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/29/us-palestinians-statehood-idUSBRE8AR0EG20121129 *Palestinians win implicit U.N. recognition of sovereign state* Palestinian president at U.N. ahead of vote Wed, Nov 28 2012 By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS | Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:46pm EST *(Reuters) - The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the world body to issue its long overdue "birth certificate."* There were 138 votes in favor, nine a... more »

Four Years Ago You Were Warned That Harper's Ideology Would Be Harmful To Your Health ....

leftdog at Buckdog - 16 hours ago
*Four years ago, this blog predicted that Stephen Harper's ideology would be harmful to your health. * *I was totally accurate in that prediction! * *-XL Foods Memo: Directive For Alberta Plant Food Inspectors To Ignore Contaminants On Meat * *... where is the RCMP when you need them???? ... *


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 17 hours ago
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