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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

6 November - Blogs I'm Following II

Countries using the Euro de jure Countries and...
Countries using the Euro de jure Countries and territories using the Euro de facto Countries in the EU not using the Euro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Building houses the EU's Economic and Social C...
Building houses the EU's Economic and Social Committee and Committee of the Regions, Brussels. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: *Summary:Littlehampton Harbour, West Sussex Author:PhillipC Source:http://www.flickr.com/photos/flissphil/357366491/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
European Court of Auditors
European Court of Auditors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
10:58pm MST

The sane guy won

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 9 minutes ago
OK, we can all breathe a little easier here in Canadaland and maybe Americaland too. Imagine Romney to the south and together with our fetid swamp of crazies? Not so much maybe of you're a resident of the horn of Africa or parts of Asia, what with the drone wars and all. But then again there too drone wars are probably easier to contend with than full-on invasions - lesser evil at least. Brutal

European Union STILL wasting billions every year as auditors refuse to sign off accounts for 18th year in a row

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 27 minutes ago
- Court of Auditors refuses to give accounts a clean bill of health... again - Checks revealed a farmer paid for 150 sheep which did not exist and a fruit laboratory which turned out to be a house - Errors now account for 3.9 per cent of the 130billion euro budget The number of errors in Brussels spending INCREASED last year, with farmers claiming for sheep which do not exist and a fruit laboratory which turned out to be a house. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228612/European-Union-STILL-wasting-billions-year-auditors-refuse-sign-accounts-18th-year-row.html

L. K. Hanson

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 31 minutes ago

The incredible image that reveals how the Earth's oceans plunged the planet into a catastrophic big freeze

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 33 minutes ago
Findings show how the conditions in the Arctic can act as a 'primary trigger' for climate change - relevant given the changes happening now The planet's last major cold spell 13,000 years ago was caused by a catastrophic deluge of frigid fresh water from north-west Canada into the Arctic ocean, a new study suggests. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2228714/New-model-shows-unprecedented-glacial-meltwaters-cooled-Earths-oceans-bring-big-freeze.html

Financial jobs in the City set to slump to its lowest in 20 years as banks continue to wield the axe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 34 minutes ago
According to the Centre of Economics and Business Research the number of jobs will have dropped from 350,00 to 250,000 since the financial crisis meaning there are the fewest positions in the capital since 1993. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228980/Financial-jobs-City-set-slump-lowest-20-years-banks-continue-wield-axe.html

Santander scandal: £300,000 of your money is missing from vanishing passbook accounts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 34 minutes ago
Santander, which now owns Bradford & Bingley and Alliance & Leicester as well as Abbey, has no record of accounts that it claims have been closed for six years or more. *From £1,500 to £40,000 — gone without a trace* - LINDA BOND, from Benfleet, Essex, says £25,000 has ‘simply disappeared’ from an Abbey National saver passbook account, despite the book showing that the account is in credit. She has fought a three-year battle for the cash. - JOHN NEWEY, 81, from Littlehampton, West Sussex, is chasing £1,513.64 deposited in an Abbey National Instant Saver account in... more »

Brussels takes aim at the Famous Five! Books portraying 'traditional' families could be barred

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 34 minutes ago
Books which portray ‘traditional’ images of mothers caring for their children or fathers going out to work could be barred from schools under proposals from Brussels. An EU report claims that ‘gender stereotyping’ in schools influences the perception of the way boys and girls should behave and damages women’s career opportunities in the future. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229022/Now-Brussels-takes-aim-Famous-Five-Books-portraying-traditional-families-barred.html

Back my demands to freeze the EU budget, Cameron tells Merkel: Auditors reject EU's flawed accounts for 18th year

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 34 minutes ago
Thousands of Brussels bureaucrats are to down pens tomorrow in protest at David Cameron’s call for a freeze in the EU budget. *Officials at the European Commission and European Council are expected to walk out in protest at threats to end their automatic annual pay rises.* * * *Cameron:* ‘One of the things that’s so notable about the Commission proposal is not only are they proposing a completely ludicrous 100billion euro increase in the European budget, but they are also not proposing to make any cuts to the central administrative costs.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-222... more »

Obama Wins!

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 40 minutes ago
I didn't think Obama could pull it off but he did it! I did vote for him. Until yesterday I was going to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Candidate. I am a registered Libertarian But I couldn't stomach the thought of Romney winning, especially after the article I read by Gordon Duff at Veteran's Today. Well I guess I can post all those channelings about Obama winning now! I wouldn't have put money on a bet who would win this election, I was sure it was closer than it turned out. But then San Diego County is very Republican, unlike the rest of California, so perhaps m... more »

Meanwhile, at Romney Campaign HQ in Boston...

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 44 minutes ago
"But...but, this wasn't the way it was supposed to end. Money is supposed to buy *everything*," they all seem to be saying. At the moment I write this, Donald Trump is openly calling for revolution on Twitter, Karl Rove looks like the blubbery-lipped fat kid forced to eat his own boogers on the playground and Mitt Romney is, as usual, acting like a stiff, bloated, swollen, throbbing prick about to angrily spooge all over the 47% and refusing to concede because he's momentarily ahead in Ohio without realizing the President doesn't even *need* Ohio. Homophobes are packing their bags ... more »

Hey! Poll Adjusters: Unskew This!

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 45 minutes ago
It was sort of sad watching conservatives play the same game we did in 2004. Poll aggregation + 1; bubblethought -15.

The Biggest Win of the Evening

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 45 minutes ago
The Republicans saw her as a terrible threat. She prevailed. This is what progressivism looks like. Elizabeth Warren. There is hope.

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 56 minutes ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful: - The #CTWW Gang - The Honor Society - My Final Thoughts on Our Last Challenge - This Week's Challenge Last week we focused on the holidays and Eco-friendly giving. While it may seem a bit early to be thinking ab... more »

As The Votes Continue To Be Counted...

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 57 minutes ago
*Tonight's Biggest Loser: Steve Israel And His Pack Of Neutered Blue Dogs* We'll get more into this is the coming days but every single Blue Dog Israel recruited-- and wasted so much money on (money that could have gone to help progressives win)-- has either lost or is losing tonight, as did Blue Dog incumbents Ben Chandler (KY) and Larry Kissell (NC). It's like a redux of the Great Blue Dog Apocalypse of 2010. When will the corrupt Inside-the-Beltway Democratic Establishment learn that actual Democratic voters don't want Blue Dogs and that Republicans have their own reactionaries... more »

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Twilight

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 58 minutes ago
“It's not twilight in America because Obama won. Obama won because it was, sadly, already twilight in America… The electorate of America now cares more about being cared for than about having the freedom to care for themselves.” - Michael Hurd, “It's Twilight in America” *UPDATE*: Dians Hsieh posts the contrarian view: “Don’t despair that so many Americans voted for Obama. Many of them voted for him because of the issues on which he’s right (or better), such as abortion rights, gay marriage, and immigration. So how about insisting on changes for the better in the GOP,... more »

OBAMA NOW NOTHING-TO-LOSE PRESIDENT – WHAT NOW FOR IRAN?

Before the election the world endured edge of the seat tension as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to ‘unilaterally attack’ Iran. They were always going to be empty threats before the elections as Obama, having everything to lose before the election, avoided dragging the American people into another war for Israel by offering to support Netanyahu. Yet, despite appearing to shun Netanyahu’s request for support, we now know that in reality Obama, by allowing the fuel for war to be sold to Israel two years ago when Netanyahu came close to ordering an attack, actual... more »

Suck On It, FOX!

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
I don't believe I have ever enjoyed watching FOX News - until tonight. When they declared Barack Obama elected it was as though each of them was made to swallow broken glass. And I've been waiting so long to see those degenerates swallow broken glass. Tonight may spark a lot of introspection among the far Right. They had the corporatist backing, they had the bigots and the racists and the fundies. They started off the race spotted a handy hunk of the electorate. To anyone named Koch or Coors or those who sail in their wake, Suck It.

Entergy Palisades plant leak contained radiation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Federal regulators say a recent steam leak inside an auxiliary building at Entergy Corp.'s Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan contained low levels of radiation. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says in a statement Tuesday that the leak was contained to the building. The leak forced operators of the plant in Van Buren County's Covert Township to remove it from service Sunday. Repairs are planned. The NRC says it has no immediate safety concerns. The NRC says the leak contained "very low levels of tritium" and will be treated as radioactive liquid waste. http://w... more »

Benjamin Netanyahu 'ready to press the button' on Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
"I am of course ready to press the button if necessary," he told Israel's Channel 2 in an investigation aired on Monday evening. "As long as I am prime minister, Iran will not have the atomic bomb. If there's no other way, Israel is ready to act." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9657827/Benjamin-Netanyahu-ready-to-press-the-button-on-Iran.html

Cameron attacks "ludicrous" EU budget before Merkel talks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Britain's David Cameron attacked "ludicrous" European Union budget plans on Wednesday and played down hopes its leaders can reach a spending deal later this month, stepping up the rhetoric before talks in London with Germany's Angela Merkel. The British prime minister has threatened to veto the EU's seven-year budget, fuelling a perception among many in Europe that London is casting itself adrift from the 27-nation union. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/eu-budget-merkel-cameron-idUSL5E8M6F9E20121107

Auditors see big problems with EU budget for 18th year in a row...and still they do nothing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
OFFICIAL auditors yesterday reported major errors in EU spending last year, amounting to billions of euros and strengthening the hands of politicians in the UK who hope to freeze spending in the budget. The European Court of Auditors said it had found irregularities affecting four per cent of total spending during 2011, equivalent to around €5.2bn (£4.17bn). The biggest problems were in outlays on rural development, fisheries and health, the court said in its annual report, which ran to more than 240 pages. Most errors came from the “misapplication or misunderstanding” of the EU’s ... more »

Satire: "Obamas Return to White House as Romneys Return to 1954"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
* "Obamas Return to White House as Romneys Return to 1954"* Posted by Andy Borowitz BOSTON (The Borowitz Report)— "America cast its historic vote today, sending Barack and Michelle Obama back to the White House while sending Mitt and Ann Romney back to 1954. The election meant the end of the road for Mr. Romney, who had been actively seeking the Presidency for the past sixty-five years. Addressing supporters at the Boston Convention Center, Mr. Romney called his defeat tonight “bittersweet”: “On one hand, I lost the election. But on the other hand, I’ll never have to show anyone ... more »

Is Greece's future in the eurozone in question?....Again

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
With the country stuck in its fifth successive year of recession, Greek politicians must on Wednesday night vote on a fresh round of spending cuts and tax hikes totalling 13.5bn euros ($17.3bn; £10.8bn) - the fourth such package since the debt crisis started three years ago. On Sunday there is a second vote to approve Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' proposed budget for 2013. The austerity measures include a two-year increase in the retirement age from the current average of 65, salary and pension cuts and another round of tax increases. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-202... more »

British officials planning talks with Syrian armed groups

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Downing Street says Britain is to begin talks with armed Syrian rebels in a bid to unite the opposition to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The announcement came as David Cameron arrived in Jordan on the latest stage of his visit to the Middle East. Mr Cameron will discuss the fighting in Syria with the King of Jordan and meet refugees from the conflict. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20232491

Vote Rigging Video

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
This needs verification but it sure looks ugly. Were the Pennsylvania electronic voting machines fixed? You decide.

Nuclear Warning Over Sellafield Waste Storage

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Hazardous waste being stored in run-down buildings at Sellafield nuclear plant is posing "intolerable risks to people and the environment", a watchdog has warned. For more than 50 years, the owners of the Cumbrian nuclear power station have failed to plan how to dispose of radioactive waste, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). The public spending watchdog said some of the older facilities have "deteriorated so much that their contents pose significant risks to people and the environment". http://news.sky.com/story/1008019/sellafield-nuclear-waste-storage-warn... more »

meow meow: 43 Deaths Linked To legal high Drugs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
More than 40 deaths have been linked to a group of now-banned legal highs in 2010 - eight times as many as in the previous year. The biggest increase related to meow meow, which caused five deaths in 2009 and 29 the following year, the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths report says. http://news.sky.com/story/1007993/legal-highs-43-deaths-linked-to-drugs

Helen Mann Found Dead At School

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Police and paramedics were called to the school, near Stourport-on-Severn, at 4.20pm. West Mercia Police said: "Officers are investigating the death, which is being treated as unexplained but is not believed to be suspicious. http://news.sky.com/story/1007984/head-teacher-helen-mann-found-dead-at-school

Jimmy Savile 'Was Yorkshire Ripper Suspect'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Jimmy Savile was questioned by detectives investigating the Yorkshire Ripper murders, a senior officer who worked on the inquiry has claimed. Former West Yorkshire Police detective John Stainthorpe said the disgraced presenter was a suspect in the notorious case more than 30 years ago. Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has jumped to the defence of Savile, who he claims is innocent and befriended him during visits to Broadmoor high security hospital. http://news.sky.com/story/1007965/jimmy-savile-was-yorkshire-ripper-suspect

Lawrence Jones kills two colleagues before killing himself at Fresno Chicken Plant

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
A man who worked at a chicken processing plant has opened fire on colleagues, killing two and wounding two others before taking his own life, authorities said. Police say they do not know what prompted the attack by Lawrence Jones, but fellow employees said he did not appear to be himself when he arrived for work at Apple Valley Farms in Fresno. http://news.sky.com/story/1007901/fresno-chicken-plant-shootings-three-dead

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 23:16:32 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 08:16:32 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.078°N, 141.861°E Depth 33.9 km (21.1 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 192 km (119 miles) E of Hachijo-jima, Japan

ROMNEY REJECTED!

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 1 hour ago
By Capt. Fogg Houston, the ego has landed crash landed that is. If 2012 was the end of an error, it was *Romney's* error and the*Republicans' * error and although it won't be the end of their policy of taking us for idiots in order to take us to the cleaners, at least we won't have to listen to the nasty pastors predicting Antichrists and Apocalypses and the rest of their superstitious idiocies for a few hours. We will get a rest from scurrilous fake economists telling us how tax cuts make us rich and pay our bills. We'll have a few minutes peace from being told that Obam... more »

To America

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
It's Fun. Elizabeth Warren triumphs. This could be America on the brink of real change, redemption. Some Nights.

OBAMA !!!! ... thank gawd ...

leftdog at Buckdog - 1 hour ago
*Obama wins! *

Indigenous Exposing REDD: The False Climate Solution

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
*Exposing REDD The False Climate Solution* *The Mending News* Posted at Censored News Do you know about REDD? The Mending News checks in with IEN (Indigenous Environmental Network) Executive Director, Tom Goldtooth, to get the download on the real story of REDD, the deceptive climate 'solution' proposed by the UN. It sounds good on paper "Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries" but the reality is that REDD enforces the global colonization of mother earth and a stolen future.

Give this poor country a break

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 2 hours ago
This is the first time I've lived anywhere other than Canada, let alone in a country with such a ferocious reputation for violence that my friends and family are regularly checking in with concerned voices as to whether everything’s fine down here. Nothing to worry about, I tell them. And I mean that. Despite the endlessly bleak news about Honduras and a truly formidable murder rate, this country has in fact been a very pleasant place to live these past 10 months. The place needs work, absolutely, but this seemingly global need to portray the country as a random killing zone is bo... more »

"I Soon Found Out..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"I soon found out you can't change the world. The best you can do is to learn to live with it." - Henry Miller

Musical Interlude: Enya, "Watermark"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Enya, "Watermark" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiFTXckh0zU&feature=fvwrel

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“A favorite target for astronomers, big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 7331 is one of the brighter galaxies not found in Charles Messier's famous 18th century catalog. About 50 million light-years distant in the northern constellation Pegasus and similar in size to our own Milky Way Galaxy, NGC 7331 is often imaged as the foreground of a visual grouping that includes an intriguing assortment of background galaxies some ten times farther away. *Click image for larger size.* This striking image of the well-studied island universe and environs was produced using data from the Calar ... more »

November 6, 2012 - The White Hats Statement

The White Hat Reporters at The White Hats Report - 3 hours ago
*Be assured that White Hats Report #48 is coming.* But let us be clear: We will not be dictated to in service to anyone's self interest. Our responsibility is to vigorously vet all information before reporting it. We consider all intel to be "Dirty Intel" until it is vetted by us. And we will not release "Dirty Intel" regardless of who pushes or how hard they push. The White Hats are not in service to any individual or their personal agenda. We are in service to all people and to the truth. Either we say what's true or we say nothing. Responsibility comes at a cost, not somebody's ... more »

The Work Starts on November 7

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
Make your celebrations brief. The work starts now to save our gains from the guy we just elected. Work continues tomorrow— to save Medicare and Social Security from Obama and the Wall Street Democrats; to boycott and kill high stakes standardized testing; to stop the spread and to shut down corporate welfare charter schools; to dump the Common Core testing delivery system; to kill teacher evaluation based on test scores; to save Title I from extinction; to replace NEA and AFT leadership; to find a non-Clinton democrat (small “d”) for 2016 to restore democratic political lead... more »

North Korea's ambassador to UN threatens war on peninsula

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=9999

Israel delivers "final warning" to Syria to cease overlights over the Golan, prepares military response

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
http://www.debka.com/article/22499/Israel-warns-Damascus-against-Syrian-Golan-overflights

Staying calm and trusting Nate Silver

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
Atlantic Wire has a good one. They're saying Obama won PA. I'm on the twitter. You can see my tweets on the widget on the sidebar if you don't follow me. Pulled some tarot cards earlier in the evening. My cards were Temperance, Four of Clubs, The Magician, The Hermit, and The Lovers. Make of that what you will. It's a powerful spread. So far looking like a good night to be a bleeding heart liberal. Thrilled to see Obama take Michigan and Elizabeth Warren win in Mass. Don't know how they call these states so early, but happy enough if they're right. Meanwhile, a few nailbiters out... more »

November 6, 2012 - The White Hats Statement

The White Hat Reporters at The White Hats Report - 3 hours ago
*Be assured that White Hats Report #48 is coming.* But let us be clear: We will not be dictated to in service to anyone's self interest. Our responsibility is to vigorously vet all information before reporting it. We consider all intel to be "Dirty Intel" until it is vetted by us. And we will not release "Dirty Intel" regardless of who pushes or how hard they push. The White Hats are not in service to any individual or their personal agenda. We are in service to all people and to the truth. Either we say what's true or we say nothing. Responsibility comes at a cost, not somebody's ... more »

"I have been a harsh critic of Barack Obama . . . but on [every] matter of serious contention in this election, Mitt Romney is decidedly worse" (Robert Scheer)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Tom Toles in the *Washington Post* [click to enlarge] *"I have been a harsh critic of Barack Obama for continuing that bipartisan capitulation to Wall Street, but on this and every other matter of serious contention in this election, Mitt Romney is decidedly worse."* *-- Robert Scheer, in his Truthdig column* "Vote for the B-" *by Ken* As I wrote last Thursday, after work today I head straight the Samuel Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street for Doug Hughes's Manhattan Theatre Club-on-Broadway staging of Rebecca Lenkiewicz's adaptation of Ibsen's *Enemy of the People*, carefully sch... more »

OK Government Scientists

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 4 hours ago
I know some of you. Your research extends beyond Canada's frontiers, and has a direct bearing on the health and well-being of seven billion human beings and the living, breathing Earth they inhabit. Your skills and position as public servants mean you have a responsibility make your research findings known. If anything the fact that the Harper Regime issues gag orders and might threaten the job

Paulo Coelho, “Choosing The Way We Will Depart”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Choosing The Way We Will Depart”* by Paulo Coelho "As you probably know, we are all going to die one day. As we become aware of that, we should surrender to life with much more joy, making things we always postpone, respecting the precious minutes that are passing by and will never come back, disclosing and discovering horizons that can be interesting or disappointing, but deserve at least a little bit of our effort. It’s normal that we try to avoid death. It isn’t only normal, it’s the healthiest attitude we can adopt. It is an aberration however to deny it, as the awareness ... more »

EFN Asia 12: Day 1 of Conference 2012

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
Day 1 yesterday of the 2012 Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia conference here at Crowne Plaza East Kowloon. It is sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) and co-sponsored by the Lion Rock Institute (LRI), Hong Kong’s first and only free market institute. There were 100+ participants, mostly international (Asia, US, Canada, Germany, Spain...). Many locals too, mostly friends of LRI. Key speakers yesterday morning, from left: Wolf Zumpfort, Deputy Chairman, FNF Board of Directors, Germany; Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Thai Prime Minister, Rainer Adam, Regiona... more »

Election Night!

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
Well, it's Election Night! The returns are starting to come in...too early to know anything for sure. I'm watching CNN, and occasionally listening to CNN, while monitoring twitter and finding good web pages. So far, I'll contribute one thing: I like the HuffPo House page quite a bit. Easy to use, well-organized for seeing trends. Beyond that, I'll be tweeting for a while. I'll be posting something to PP later, and probably write at least something here before the end of the night. But feel free to use this as an open thread. (Oh, and if you haven't told your voting story yet, ple... more »

FOX news website showing Obama 2012 election victory with 42,000,000 votes, versus Romney's 36,000,000 in latest of strange "premature" results releases

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*Further info:* We're currently investigating this situation. We've been able to see this numbers through a refresh bug on the website, which are already showing the final popular vote results despite most polls still being open. Will update if we find more.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Heart's Content, Newfoundland, Canada. Thanks for stopping by.

What do people do all day?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
A fascinating interactive graphic gives us a sort of glimpse into what people do all day? And by “people,” I mean a representative sample of Americans who were phoned up in 2008 and asked what they did the previous day—and by “all day” I mean typical, run-of-the-mill common garden days. Not, in other words, election days like this one. Nonetheless, here’s a screen shot of the much, much better interactive graphic over at the *New York Times. * [image: image] Go have a play. [Hat tip Stats Chat] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to repub... more »

Chet Raymo, "Zoom 2"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Zoom 2" * by Chet Raymo "What are we all? Poor silly half-brained things peering out at the infinite, with the aspirations of angels and the instincts of beasts.” - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr. "A distrust of "the other" seems bred in our bones. It is natural to see ourselves as superior to those around us. A lion may be physically stronger than a man, but a man can use his superior intellect and social skills to devise tools and traps to outfox the lion. Or for that matter, outfox the fox. Even on the human rungs of the ladder we are- whoever we are- the top rung, the ... more »

Why I Voted for Barack Obama Today

Robert Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
Amazing how the Simpsons is still pretty funny after 25 years… In the interest of full disclosure, I thought I’d list the reasons why I voted the way I did. I know conservative media regularly accuse professors of politicizing the classroom, but an honest discussion of why one chooses the way one did can Continue reading

"Assumptions And Molehills, Trifling"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make- bombs for instance, or strawberry shortcake- if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble. Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct, and you can see how this can lead to terrible trouble. For instance, one morning you might wake up and make the assumption that your bed was in the same place that it always was, even though you would have no real evidence that this was so. But when you got ... more »

Fort Hood shooting victims sue government, accused shooter

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
More news you won't see on the BBC or MSNBC as they work for an Obama second term. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8A41KH20121105?irpc=932

Class and Political Values

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 6 hours ago
In this interesting piece carried by the latest edition of *Progress Magazine*, YouGov supremo Peter Kellner writes “New polling for Progress shows that working-class attitudes are not what some in the Labour party imagine them to be” and subsequently goes on to argue that social class does not condition values, politics, and voting habits as it once did. Anyone with a passing knowledge of recent work on the sociology of class, or indeed the theoretical justification underpinning New Labourism and the Third Way are likely to have encountered similar arguments at some point. However... more »

London: Anonymous Vendetta March, Guy Fawks Day, November 5th

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
*I didn't check my Yahoo account yesterday, I was too busy with other things. So I missed the live stream of this event. I didn't know I had fans inside Anonymous. -AK* ------------------------------ Hi AK This is a live feed stream for the Anonymous vendetta march.Guy FAWKS nov 5 th. This guy supports you please show your viewers his work . Its a live feed a bit choppy no website adverts or any nonsense just real time view of what's happening .let your readers know the UK is doing its bit just like yourself. Chris. Your browser does not support iframes.

Interesting ‘Stuff’ front page

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
[image: Stuff] The headline and portrait accompanies a bizarre hit piece on Rand by Jennifer Burns, who claims Rand’s work “occupies a vaunted position in modern Republican thought”—and today's US election therefore “should go down as a referendum on the long conservative fascination with Ayn Rand.” I can only say, “I wish!” Jennifer Burns wrote a biography of Rand that eloquently demonstrates Oscar Wilde’s dictum for such things: “*Formerly we used to canonise our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarise them.”* Her hit piece amounts to much the same. [Hat tip Ashley C.] Conte... more »

DAVID CAMERON’S HYPOCRISY

The UK *Daily Telegraph today has been quoting UK Prime Minister David Cameron*, when talking about Syrian President Bashir al-Assad and the civil war in Syria, as saying: *I am very frustrated that we can't do more. This is an appalling slaughter that is taking place in our world today - 40,000 lives lost already and you can see, on your television screens, night after night, helicopters, aeroplanes belonging to the Assad regime pounding his own country and murdering his own people.* Cameron was in Saudi Arabia, an Arab nation whose rulers are renowned for abusing the human rights... more »

Obama vs Romney the mass debate

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
"C'mon America, how y'all like to freak? Do you honk the chest or pinch a cheek?"

Obama Odds 91.4%? Silver Speaks, The Necessity of a Progressive Supreme Court, and Where We Remain Economically, Why, and What Must Happen To Pull US Out

Yay. Looks like Nate Silver had made it official before the voting even gets going on Election Day. So, no worries about that touted change from progressive government and Supreme Court monsters (more monsters - new monsters!). Nate Silver: Obama’s Chance of Winning Now at 91.4% If Silver’s right, Obama is headed for an electoral landslide Charles Johnson Nov 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm PST

Imágenes bonitas para disfrutar con toda la familia I

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 7 hours ago
*Nota:* Haga usted click aquí o sobre el collage para ver todas las imágenes

Did Romney Screw Over The Mormons Too?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
I'm guessing everyone who reads *DWT* already voted. But, just in case... I want to remind anyone who hasn't that Romney has still not come clean on his taxes and that Bloomberg reported last week that he doesn't appear to have paid *any* taxes between 1996 and 2009, using a loophole and the Mormon Church to avoid paying his fair share-- or even any share at all. The irony is that it looks like he's even managed to stiff the Mormons... which explains why he has made it clear he would rather lose the presidential race than do what every single other candidate-- from both parties-- ... more »

Harper Gags EnviroCan Scientists to Keep Mum about Tar Sands Snowpack Contamination

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
Stephen Harper and his minions don't want you finding out that tar sands contaminants are accumulating in snow in the vicinity of the bitumen mines. Harper and his Fossil Fueler bosses always fall back on the same tactic - what you don't know won't hurt *them.* And to make damned sure you don't know about the tar sands snowpack contamination, Harper and his political commissars in the PMO have slapped the gags tightly on Environment Canada scientists, the people *you* pay for with your taxes. You might pick up their salaries but they're not allowed to talk to you candidly about w... more »

'U.S. Per Person Debt Now 35 Percent Higher than that of Greece'

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Weekly Standard Daniel Halper A chart from the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee shows that "U.S. Per Person Debt [Is] Now 35 Percent Higher than that of Greece. "According to estimates from the International Monetary Fund, America’s total government debt will be $16.8 trillion by the end of the calendar year, compared to $441 billion for Greece," the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee explains. "On a per person basis, that means U.S. debt is $53,400 for every man, woman, and child, compared to $39,400 for every man, woman, and child in Greece. The dispa... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

GAIA PORTAL: Portals of Awakening now fully opened

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
*Portals of Awakening now fully opened* by ÉirePort Gaia planetary brightness has increased to highest levels since inception of Ascension timeline. Portals of Awakening now fully opened. Shadow worshippers may resist, but resistance is not possible at this time. Planet-wide presence of Portals of Awakening assures planetary awakening. Freedom of Movement occurs as awakenings unfold. Sands of time dissolve. Wings of flight unfold for New Paradigm flight. Pegasus wings expand and release Hue-manity from all restriction. ÉirePort November 6, 2012 at 20:14 | URL: http://wp.me/p2s... more »

"Campaign Promises"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Campaign Promises"* By Global Macro Monitor "In the closing days of the 1932 campaign, Franklin Roosevelt promised a crowd in Pittsburgh that he’d balance the federal budget while cutting “government operations” by 25 percent. Wisely, he attempted neither, but four years later as he prepared for another campaign trip to western Pennsylvania, he asked his speechwriter Sam Rosenman what he should say if his earlier vow came up. “Deny you were ever in Pittsburgh,” Rosenman replied." - http://macromon.wordpress.com/

"Land of the (Less) Free"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Land of the (Less) Free"* by Robert Bauman "James Madison of Virginia, the fourth US President, one the Founding Fathers and the leading proponent of the Bill of Rights, may have anticipated better than anyone the processes that destroy liberty when he said: "I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." The 2012 Economic Freedom of the World report was released recently by the Cato Institute and Canada’s Fraser Institute. In just a few years, the ... more »

This US election “is about the clash of symbols”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
Harry Binswanger reckons this US election is the most important since the Goldwater-Johnson election of 1964, which, “had Goldwater won, the entire course of world history would have been different… no *‘*War on Poverty,*’*no Johnson-era expansion of government intervention, no Vietnam War, and, perhaps, no New Left.” Not because the two candidates are as wildly different as Johnson and Goldwater were--“the candidates, as men, are ciphers,” reckons Binswanger. “The election is about the clash of symbols.” Obama symbolizes collectivism, and its psychological corollary and breeding ... more »

Still debating who to vote for?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago

For Tuesday I Walk to the Village

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
...and voted, and voted some more. Not too bad today, actually. First of all: I just went over there now, at 2PM, and there seemed to be a steady stream of voters. I had to wait in line behind only two people, but most or all of the eight machines were being used, and there was the same sort of line when I was leaving. While I was voting, a new voter signed in, and the election workers gave her a big cheer. Which was sad for me; my oldest is voting for the first time this fall, but she voted absentee (plus Texas delivered her ballot so slowly that she's worried it won't get in on ti... more »

Politics: "This Way to the Slaughterhouse"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"This Way to the Slaughterhouse"* by Jeffrey Tucker "Madison, Wis., was in lockdown mode last night, a day before the visit by the president of the United States. It is Obama’s last stop before Election Day. It just so happened that he and I were in town on the same day to speak to students, faculty, and residents. My host, Young Americans for Liberty organizer Joseph Diedrich, and I were leaving the restaurant above the Museum of Contemporary Art and walking to a cigar bar on the other side of the Capitol building to meet other student and faculty for late-evening conversation... more »

Iggy Comes Clean, Redeems Self - a Bit

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Michael Ignatieff has a warning - parliamentary democracy is in big troubleand may fall victim to today's authoritarian prime ministers. “*I think something really bad has happened to parliamentary democracies all over the world — not just in my country, Canada. What’s happened is increasing power to the prime minister, increasing power to the bureaucracy, and the legislature — parliament — is a kind of empty, pointless debating chamber because it’s all stitched up in advance by party leaders,” Ignatieff said during a weekend panel discussion, aired by the BBC during its annual Free ... more »

McALPINE, BROOME, PUGLIA, SCOTLAND

Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
"Eccentric British developer Lord McAlpine had a dream - an urge to create a whole new civilisation in Australia's North based around the town of Broome in the remote north of Western Australia." "LORD Alistair McAlpine called them stupid, the people who blew up the house at West Green in Hampshire that he had handed back to the National Trust the week before... "He spends much of the year in Venice and Broome... "In 1990 Margaret Thatcher led 3000 mourners in St Paul's Cathedral to honour the life of Lord Alistair's father Lord Edwin McAlpine of Moffat. "Father and son are des... more »

Obaaama To Voters: Forward, Sheep! Maintain Formation!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
Obaaama - Alex Jones animation [*Source: Jpmsell*]

Free at Last!

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 9 hours ago
Thank the Lord I'm free at last from political ads, junk mail, liberals telling me I *have* to vote for Obama, war whoops from Scott Brown supporters (After I voted, I actually heard them as I walked past them today. One told a Warren supporter, "I hope you can live with yourself.") and the rest of the election year detritus. If I never see the colors red, white and blue again, it'll be much too fucking soon. The polls will be closing in less than 5 hours and then we can finally begin the healing process of tabulating Republican electoral fraud and launching what will surely be hun... more »

How the Sunday Times set the stage!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012* *Jeff Zeleny’s final novels:* On Sunday, Jeff Zeleny wrote the front-page report in the New York Times about the presidential election. Sunday’s a big day in the news biz. Essentially, this was the New York Times’ final framing of the White House race. The report appeared at the top of the paper's front page. Below, you see the picture Zeleny painted. Your assignment, should you accept it: No, it doesn’t matter that much. But given the Times’ famous liberal bias, which candidate did Zeleny seem to maybe favor: ZELENY (11/4/12): President Obama and Mitt ... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 9 hours ago
*Saints owner considering making Sean Payton highest-paid coach in NFL ~Mike Freeman*

Censored News fundraiser for AIM West live coverage!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
 AIM West Photos by Brenda Norrell *Donate for Censored News live coverage of AIM West* *Conference 2012 in San Francisco!* *Two weeks to go!* Censored News is fundraising for expenses, including phone costs, travel, lodging and equipment. Upcoming events include the AIM West broadcast, Nov. 19-23, 2012. Hope to be on the live broadcast with Govinda at Earthcycles, and provide photos, articles and short videos. Thanks for donating! Brenda Censored News is a service to Indigenous Peoples and other grassroots people engaged in human rights and the protection of Mother Earth. Please ... more »

取出的白色垃圾,让我们愈合在一起!

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 10 hours ago
*American Scofflaw* * 取出的白色垃圾!* *并开始愈合! *

US Polling update

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
Whilst the US electorate votes after being told how close the race is, this article struck me as interesting: 'While every single poll on the planet predicts Democrats will enjoy a turnout advantage of three to eleven points, the latest Rasmussen survey of party affiliation taken throughout October shows that Republicans enjoy a huge 5.8% Party ID advantage going into the 2012 election. According to Twitter's invaluable NumbersMuncher, Rasmussen correctly predicted 2008 would be a D+7 election and incorrectly predicted 2010 would be D+3. (2010 was D+0, or even, so Rasmussen gave a... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.2 Region OAXACA, MEXICO Date time 2012-11-06 17:32:21.2 UTC Location 17.43 N ; 97.14 W Depth 103 km Distances 11 km SE Asunción, Mexico

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.3 Region KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA Date time 2012-11-06 17:12:21.7 UTC Location 7.20 S ; 129.83 E Depth 123 km Distances 340 km NE Los palos

Russian attack sub detected near East Coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of the East Coast recently in the latest sign Russia is continuing to flex its naval and aerial power against the United States, defense officials said. The submarine was identified by its NATO designation as a Russian Seirra-2 class submarine believed to be based with Russia’s Northern Fleet. It was the first time that class of Russian submarine had been detected near a U.S. coast, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of anti-submarine warfare efforts. One defense offi... more »

Did Barack Obama lie?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
I know you'll be staggered, especially if you live in the UK where the BBC's coverage of US politics is so favourable to Barack Obama that it must embarrass even them but it seems that Barack Obama might have lied. USA Today reports that: 'On the eve of the presidential election CBS News program *60 Minutes*released a transcript of an interview with President Obama in which he said it was "too early to tell" whether the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was an act of terrorism. The statement appears to contradict Obama's claim in a second debate with GOP presidential candidate Mi... more »

THE ABUSED SPEAK OUT

Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Sir Peter Morrison - at the heart of the Thatcher government.* A former resident of the Bryn Estyn children's home has told Channel 4 News that he saw Sir Peter Morrison at the notorious care home five times. *Eyewitness 'saw Thatcher aide take boys to abuse'* Morrison, who died in 1995, was Margaret Thatcher's parliamentary private secretary. (Lord Boothby was Winston Churchill's parliamentary private secretary; both Boothby and Churchill were said to be involved sexually with young lads.) The former resident said: "I saw him at Bryn Estyn, he turned up in a car, boy went off i... more »

Election Judge Wears Obama Cap While Checking in Voters in Obama's Chicago Ward

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
"This photo, taken by a voter this morning at the Ward 4, Precinct 37 polling place (1212 South Plymouth Court, Chicago), shows an election judge checking in voters while wearing an Obama hat," a source writes. "Chicago's 4th ward is home to President Barack Obama." The voter who took the photo says: "Woman in front of me also given an extra ballot." http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/election-judge-wears-obama-cap-while-checking-voters-obamas-chicago-ward_661843.html

GOP - Poll watcher in Detroit threatened with gun, 911 call rejected

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Tensions are high all over the country at the polls today. The Michigan Republican Party is alleging that a poll watcher in Detroit on Tuesday morning was threatened with a gun. According to the Michigan GOP the poll watcher's 911 call was rejected. Below is a press release from Michigan Republican Party spokesman Matt Frendeway: This morning, a legally credentialed poll watcher was threatened and intimidated while attempting to perform his legally allowed duties of observing the election process at precinct polling location 289 in Detroit. The poll watcher, a lawyer, was confronted... more »

Dead And Still Voting: Thousands of dead Californians remain eligible to vote

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
An NBC Bay Area Investigation has uncovered thousands of California voters who remain on the voter rolls despite having died several years ago. That discovery prompted several state and Bay Area election officials to re-examine their records, after our investigation brought this issue to light. NBC Bay Area used the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File to cross reference with the California state voter rolls using name, date of birth, and similar zip codes to find matches. We found over 25,000 questionable names still on the state voter rolls. http://www.nbcbayarea.c... more »

President of Society for Kindergarten Kalculus speaks out

skrashen at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
Stop treating 3 year-olds like children Sent to St. Louis-Post Dispatch, November 6, 2012 Pre-kindergarten testing (screening) is a step in the right direction: We must “get children prepared to learn” as early as possible and get them ready not just for kindergarten but also for pre-school (“Pre-kindergarten screening step toward child's success,” Nov. 6). The coordinator of the Parents as Teachers program points out that 3-year-olds should know five colors and be able to count to 10. Let’s insist that this happens and also toughen up pre-school and make sure it includes phonemic aw... more »

A little primer on REPUBLICANS.

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 10 hours ago
Your basic *rule of thumb*: More Republicans in office, worse consequences for America and Americans, except for the one or two percent at the very top of the income brackets who thrive at the expense of all other citizens. The Republican Party is batshit crazy, and if you don’t understand that, then you have either been under a rock pulling a Rip van Winkle since 1970 or so, or you are so credulous, gullible and even stupid that nothing can get through to you anyway, so stop reading and go do something else that is more within your limited capabilities than attempting to read words... more »

US presidential election

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
The country to our immediate south has a different way of electing a federal government leader aka president for a 4-year term. This Youtube hints at the complexity of their voting ballots. Nonetheless, it would appear that, just as the Cons attempted to influence the voting outcome with the systematic targeting and suppression of non-CPC supporters, the RAPEublicans under the tutelage of Karl Rove are also using dirty tricks, such as giving people false information. Robocalling is but one tactic. Twice in the last few weeks, voters in Maricopa County, Arizona – Home of Sherif... more »

Nadine Dorries Suspended Over I'm A Celebrity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Maverick MP Nadine Dorries has been suspended from the Conservative Party after travelling to Australia to take part in TV's I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here. The party announced that new chief whip Sir George Young has withdrawn the whip from the Mid Bedfordshire MP and wants to see her as soon as she returns to Westminster. http://news.sky.com/story/1007888/nadine-dorries-suspended-over-im-a-celebrity

Bahrain arrests 4 over deadly bombings

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Bahraini police have arrested four suspects in connection with a wave of bombings that killed two Asian expatriates in the capital Manama, the official BNA news agency reported on Tuesday. The news agency did not elaborate on when or how the arrests were made. "An investigation is under way to uncover the circumstances surrounding these terrorist crimes and identify the rest of the criminals and arrest them," BNA quoted public security chief Major-General Tariq al-Hassan as saying. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jbuFWtrY77aFPAGzQNf5svLLh-Ag?docId=CNG.ef98f8ad603... more »

Audit 'seriously undermines credibility' of EU spending

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
British opposition to Brussels budget increases hardened on Tuesday after the EU's auditor failed to give a clean bill of health to £89 billion of spending "affected by material error". The European Court of Auditors reported on Tuesday that controls over 86 per cent of the EU budget last year were only "partially effective", a conclusion that has further polarised the battle over European Commission demands for a sharp rise in spending. Vitor Caldeira, the ECA's chairman, said that auditors had "found too many cases of EU money not hitting the target or being used sub-optimally" a... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF KURIL ISLANDS - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.7 Region EAST OF KURIL ISLANDS Date time 2012-11-06 15:57:56.6 UTC Location 45.70 N ; 153.99 E Depth 33 km Distances 717 km NE Nemuro

Will the polls be right?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
THE US Presidential election polls have been fascinating me, especially the way the headline figures are so often quoted without any analysis of the figures or how the poll was taken. regardless of the result tonight take a look at these links for some interesting polling background. Here's Breitbart 'The last three polls Marquette has conducted of the presidential race have had a sample of D+2-4. Their polls throughout the year have ranged D+2-6. Their poll right before the June recall election of Scott Walker used a sample of D+5 and accurately predicted the election results. The ... more »

UFO Flies Into Volcano

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
UFO (ET plasma device?) flies into Mexican volcano.

Iran to take part in talks on nuclear-free Middle East

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Iran said on Tuesday it would go to a proposed international conference in December on creating a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, but there was little hope of progress even if the meeting goes ahead given deep-rooted regional animosities. Tehran has been embroiled in a long stand-off with world powers over allegations, which it denies, that it is seeking to develop the means to produce nuclear weapons. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/uk-iran-nuclear-meeting-idUKBRE8A50TY20121106

China's Security Ministry Suspected Slain Businessman, Neil Heywood, Was a Spy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
China's external intelligence agency, the Ministry of State Security, suspected a British businessman of being a spy before his murder last year at the hands of a senior politician's wife, according to people with close ties to Chinese state security. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Mr. Heywood had regular meetings with an operative of the British intelligence agency MI6. The newspaper said he was an unpaid informant, providing information on the Bo family’s private affairs. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/07/world/asia/chinas-security-ministry-suspected-neil-heywoo... more »

Gunmen assassinate brother of Syrian parliament speaker

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Gunmen killed the brother of Syria's parliament speaker as he drove to work in Damascus on Tuesday, the state-run news agency reported, as the international envoy for Syria warned the country could become another Somalia. http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/06/gunmen-assassinate-brother-of-syrian-parliament-speaker/

Armoured limos and prime ministerial security

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
The justification for the Member for Calgary Southwest's choice of ride for the Member's Imperial Excursion to India (does he know they've won independence?) is a little cute. CBC is quoting the Mounties and experts about the risk involved in sending VIPs to India that require limos and and Suburbans and probably a fair number of brawny men in suits. The deployment of RCMP resources are

Obama Poster Hanging in Florida Polling Station

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A poster featuring President Obama that read "Change the Atmosphere" was reported to be hanging on a wall at a Florida, polling station. This photo was reportedly taken by a voter inside precinct 1321-1251 at Jack L McLean Community Center in Tallahassee, FL: http://mrctv.org/blog/obama-poster-hanging-florida-polling-station

No, Alan Grayson Is NOT Just Like Allen West

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
I think it was Saturday-- days are blurring together again-- but I passed a TV that had MSNBC on. It must have been the *Inside-the-Beltway Convention Wisdom For Morons Show*, which is in really heavy rotation lately, and they had a couple of the worst pundit-hacks in the pundit-hack business on as guests, spouting their gibberish. I think one was Dave Wasserman, and he is the *Cook Report*'s most outspokenly foolish bobblehead-- at least on Twitter-- and the other was a woman whose name I didn't catch (maybe Jennifer). I was just putting on my shoes and socks so I wasn't paying ... more »

Cyber-Attack On Home Office Site: Man Arrested at his home in Stoke-on-Trent

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A man has been arrested in connection with a cyber-attack on the websites of Home Secretary Theresa May and the Home Office, Scotland Yard has said. The 41-year-old was held at his home in Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of encouraging a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on the sites. He allegedly targeted the Home Office and Theresa May's constituency websites and urged others to take part in the attack online. http://news.sky.com/story/1007859/man-held-over-cyber-attack-on-home-office-site

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 15:47:13 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 07:47:13 AM at epicenter Location 52.717°N, 133.062°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 255 km (158 miles) SW (227°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 14:27:58 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 10:27:58 PM at epicenter Location 10.412°N, 126.881°E Depth 44.1 km (27.4 miles) Region PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION Distances 143 km (89 miles) ESE (119°) from Guiuan, Samar, Philippines

Spade-toothed beaked whale: Researchers say they have proven never-seen whale still exists

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/11/06/researchers-say-have-proven-never-seen-whale-still-exists/?intcmp=obnetwork

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake BISMARCK SEA - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 14:20:36 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 12:20:36 AM at epicenter Location 3.811°S, 148.726°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region BISMARCK SEA Distances 258 km (160 miles) SE (141°) from Lorengau, Manus Island, PNG

KARL ROVE'S ELECTION-STEALING WEB EXPOSED AT NATIONAL PRESS CLUB CONFERENCE!

éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
*BLOGGER'S NOTE:* I MET CLIFF ARNEBECK AT THE NATIONAL ELECTION REFORM CONFERENCE IN NASHVILLE EARLY IN 2005, AND I FIRST MET JIM MARCH WHEN HE WAS WORKING WITH JOHN BRAKEY IN TUCSON IN THAT TIME PERIOD. I MET JIM AND JOHN AGAIN LAST WEEK AT A COURT HEARING WHEREIN JIM AND ELEVEN OTHER CITIZENS REPRESENTING THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF U.S. POLITICAL PARTIES WERE DEMANDING THE RIGHT TO AUDIT TODAY'S ELECTION IN PIMA COUNTY, ARIZONA. THOUGH NOT NOTED IN THE TEXT BELOW, JILL SIMPSON -- WHO YOU WILL MEET IN THE VIDEO -- WAS A FORMER ROVE OPERATIVE. OTHERWISE APROPOS, I HAVE LONG AGO ADDED TO... more »

Time and Timelines

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 12 hours ago
** * Photo by Ulric Collette http://goo.gl/A2sH4* *Note: Two terms appear in this document that will be unfamiliar to most who visit this blog. These terms are LM and SM. The footnotes explain briefly who they are, but for simplicity you can think of LM = Service to Other beings, SM = Service to Self Beings. Daniel will be providing an followup paper on ETs/EDs. * * * *I asked GW Hardin to examine the science in this article and he thinks its sound, he was astounded by what was revealed about time space and the reciprocal system. There are also many details missing from the Al Bie... more »

2 dead, 8 wounded after shooting rampage at Fresno, California chicken plant

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/06/2-dead-8-wounded-after-shooting-rampage-at-california-chicken-plant/

Unjust enrichment rare in cases with equalization

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
Symmons v. Symmons, 2012 ONCA 747 has a useful passage on unjust enrichment in equalization cases: [21] The trial judge's finding that there was no unjust enrichment is reasonable. We are not persuaded that we should interfere with it. Below, we will briefly address the two grounds Mrs. Symmons puts forward for her unjust enrichment claim, and explain why we find them unpersuasive. Before doing so, it is worth noting that this court has recently held "in the vast majority of cases, any unjust enrichment that arises as the result of a marriage will be fully addressed through... more »

More GOP intimidation

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 12 hours ago
These people actually believe they own the country and have the right to be arbiters of who is allowed to vote. The court had to issue an injuction against them: County officials received a complaint shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday that Republicans outside a polling location on Maple Street in Homestead were stopping people outside the polls and asking for identification. This is just in PA. I'm seeing reports of similar incidents all over the country on the twitter. This is going to an ugly day and if Obama manages to win against this concerted effort to steal the election, it's go... more »

GOP officials booted, Black Panthers return -- and Obama at polling site?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A Pennsylvania judge is issuing an order to reinstate Republican election officials across Philadelphia who allegedly were ejected or refused entry by on-site Democratic voting chief judges, GOP officials tell Fox News. One Republican official claimed that "just under 70" Republican election officials were blocked from Philadelphia polling sites Tuesday morning by Democrats on site. One of them, the official claimed, "was shoved out of the polling place." http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/06/judge-issuing-order-to-reinstate-booted-philadelphia-election-officials/

Geoscientists identify trigger for Earth's last big freeze

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
With the US election on going it seems as if we are in a holding pattern when it comes to the ME wars. Today is the day for something different Ok, so these scientists think they have a handle on what caused the last big freeze... What is not mentioned is what caused the warming prior to the thaw that caused the freeze. Can't blame that on the masses! So, what warmed the planet? And could that same mechanism have been in play at this time? Or should I say, in the near past, because it looks as if the planet is getting cooler, yet again. *A new model of flood waters from melting of... more »

Evidence of Fraud in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election: A Reader

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Global Research Larry Chin *As previously written, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the Republicans have ample opportunities to steal the 2012 presidential election.* * *** *The groundwork for such a scenario is in place. A privatized, hackable, corrupted electronic American election system controlled by Republicans. Rampant voter suppression and intimidation campaigns by Republican operatives. A corporate media that continues to be biased towards Romney/Ryan. A political climate tilted towards corporate power and the escalation of war (Republicans offer the faster, more brutal agenda).*... more »

DECISIONS 2012: END OF "OUR" WORLD?

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 12 hours ago
Truthout http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/12568-decisions-2012-end-of-our-world

Ominous Signs of Romney/Ryan Election Coup

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Global Research Larry Chin [image: elephant] *As previously written, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the Republicans have ample opportunities to steal the 2012 presidential election.* * * *The groundwork for such a scenario is in place. A privatized, hackable, corrupted electronic American election system controlled by Republicans. Rampant voter suppression and intimidation campaigns by Republican operatives. A corporate media that continues to be biased towards Romney/Ryan. A political climate tilted towards corporate power and the escalation of war (Republicans offer the faster, more ... more »

Israelis on trial in Turkey over Gaza ship deaths

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Turkey on Tuesday opened the trial in absentia of former Israeli military commanders charged over the 2010 killings of nine Turks aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship. The proceedings against four of Israel's most senior retired commanders, including the ex-head of the army, has been dismissed by Israel as a politically motivated "show trial" and threatens to further strain already fraught relations. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-turkey-israel-trial-idUSBRE8A50Z420121106

Canada to allow civil nuclear trade with India

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Canadian firms will be able to export uranium and nuclear reactors to India for the first time in almost four decades under an agreement between the two nations, their prime ministers said, but more work is needed to implement the deal. Once implemented, the agreement will end a ban on nuclear cooperation Canada imposed in 1976 after India secretly exploded its first nuclear bomb in 1974, commonly called the "Smiling Buddha", using material from a Canadian-built reactor in India. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-india-canada-idUSBRE8A50M520121106

Military experts from Africa, the United Nations and Europe prepare for war in Mali

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Military experts from Africa, the United Nations and Europe have drawn up preliminary plans to recapture northern Mali from al Qaeda-linked rebels, African officials said on Tuesday. A source with knowledge of the plan said it will involve a force of more than 4,000 personnel, mostly from West African countries. "Every military option will be used - ground and air," the source said, asking not to be named. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-mali-crisis-idUSBRE8A50UO20121106

Obama-Romney: TRF poll

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
*Update:* About 1/3 of U.S. TRF readers voted for Obama and 3/5 of them expected Obama to win. Only 1% of TRF readers voted for Obama but expected Romney to win. Among the non-TRF readers, Romney slightly won the popular vote but by the electoral votes, Obama safely defended his presidency. This poll is very simple and unsurprising. I want the U.S. readers – which make up 1/2 of the TRF visitors – to report whom they voted for and whom they expect to win. Well, I only mean the U.S. readers who are not crying of being tired of Bronko Báma and Mitt Romney yet . *Who did you vote ... more »

Bottom Line: Nuclear Power Plants Are Inherently Unsafe

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Majia here: The following article is interesting because it makes a number of implicit arguments that I am going to analyze here: Kageyama, Yuri (2012, Nov 4) Inspector Authority Accepted Money. The Arizona Republic, A4. [Excerpted] (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. [end excerpt] Majia here: One regulator, Prof. Akio Yamanoto, received $339,000 for research over the... more »

Voting machine problems in PA

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 13 hours ago
And so it begins: The person who put this up is happy to allow anyone to check the validity of his video. This happened on one machine in PA, but this is way to hide machine glitches. A few hundred votes in every precinct would add up to a lot. The only countermeasure is a massive turnout. Every vote matters. No matter where you live. Somewhat related. Ballot placement in a wealthy precinct in Ohio. [via] Also, the Cincinnati Enquirer posted phony early voting tallies on their website. Claim it was a mistake. They were just testing a dummy template. But the fake numbers are... more »

Brent Cross Jewellery Shop Raided by Axe-Wielding Bikers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Four people on three motorbikes - armed with axes and bats - have raided a jewellers at a popular London shopping centre. The suspects entered Brent Cross Shopping Centre shortly after 10.15am, fleeing with "a quantity of watches and jewellery", according to police. They drove away in the direction of Hendon Central and the motorbikes were later found abandoned at a nearby golf course. http://news.sky.com/story/1007724/brent-cross-jewellery-shop-targeted-in-raid

US ELECTION WINNER ANNOUNCED

Anon at aangirfan - 13 hours ago
You Get What You Vote For, Drones Posted on November 4, 2012 by willyloman *SUBROSA .....* * * *Today's Presidential Election* (What Really Happened) Obama 8% (29 votes) Romney 5% (20 votes) Gary Johnson 15% (56 votes) Jill Stein 4% (16 votes) Virgil Goode 1% (2 votes) Ron Paul (write in) 29% (108 votes) Michael Rivero (write in) 2% (7 votes) Someone else 2% (8 votes) I don't vote, it just encourages the bastards! 33% (123 votes) Total votes: 369 Ominous Signs of Romney/Ryan Election Coup NATE SILVER: Obama’s Odds Have Surged To 92% Nate Silver now predicts a 92.2 percent chance t... more »

MN 3CD - Pls DUMP ALEC Alum Erik Paulsen

2old2care at Because I Can - 13 hours ago
*Please Vote AGAINST Erik Paulsen* Paulsen is an Alum of the American Legislative Exchange Council. *ERIK PAULSEN - ALEC ALUM IS* *AGAINST WOMEN* Last week, Rep. Erik Paulsen joined Michele Bachmann and 213 men who voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Voted *Against** - Equal Pay* for Equal Work *AGAINST SENIORS* Believes in Coupon Care not Medicare Erik Paulsen has voted for the Ryan budget that ends the Medicare *AGAINST THE ENVIRONMENT* Erik Paulsen recently voted in favor of the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation A... more »

The question raised by those eight-hour lines!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012* *What we saw at the polling place:* We’ve just returned from voting. On the way out, we said this to the people in line: “They give you a choice of Obama or Romney.” We got a nice little laugh. As you know, though, it’s in the delivery! Who has more fun than people, as mother always asked. This brings us to the serious question of six-hour lines in Florida. On last night’s Hardball, Chris played tape of those ridiculous lines, then played tape of Christine Todd Whitman. We weren’t sure just how to react to what the ex-governor said: MATTHEWS (11/5/12):... more »

Fun Find: Gluten Free Pasta and Pizza making course at Cucina Caldesi!

Casey at The Adventures of Limited Eating - 13 hours ago
*Fun Find: Gluten Free Pasta and Pizza making course at Cucina Caldesi!* * * A few weeks ago I attended an amazing all day cooking class with Adriana Rabionovich at Cucina Caldesi in Marylebone. The kitchen was amazing, the people were friendly and the food was nothing less than delicious. The day began at 10pm with an imidiate offer of coffee or tea and a prompt start. Although my food intolerances can be a bit up and down at different times, they had all the necessary ingredients to create a completely gluten free and cow's milk free menu. With goats milk and manchego ready, and sep... more »

Screw the vote

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 13 hours ago
As it always the case, whatever GOPers are obsessing about, it's because they're doing it themselves. Saw on the twitter that Fox Spews is making a big deal about some black guy opening doors at the polls for old white ladies. Implication being Black Panther intimidation. Which is, of course, a lie. In real life it's the Tea Party cons planning on intimidating black voters. An investigation has been requested: "We have seen their list and it strongly suggests that the Pennsylvania Republican Party is coordinating with the Pittsburgh Tea Party to target African American voters fo... more »

Koch Boys, Gates, Waltons, and Wall Street Lined Up in Support of Charter Expansion in Georgia and Washington

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
A clip from the NYTimes today: The Georgia initiative, as well as a ballot measure in Washington State that would permit charters there for the first time, is being closely watched across the country. In both states, the measures have attracted financial support from national business leaders and advocacy groups. In Washington, donors supporting the charter ballot initiative include Bill and Melinda Gates; the parents of Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon; and Nicholas Hanauer, a prominent venture capitalist. Alice Walton, the daughter of Walmart’s founder, Sam ... more »

I Want Everybody to VOTE!!!!

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
*I cried on the way to work today.* I had voted before I left for work. All along my 40 mile drive – the bridge brigades were out with their signs both Republican and Democratic expressing their freedom of speech – encouraging people to vote. It didn’t matter which way they were encouraging people to vote – it was about being able to vote. Having the privilege and freedom TO VOTE – made me cry. BTW: I cry during the Pledge of Allegiance and when singing the national anthem. Minnesota has an amendment on the ballot today – a Vote ID amendment – initiated by ALEC and brought to Mi... more »

Why Does Ken Buesseler Refer to "Plants" as Opposed to "Plant"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
In an article titled “Fishing For Answers off Fukushima” published in Science Magazine in October 2012 Buesseler noted that “the nuclear power plants continue to leak radioactive contamination into the ocean.”[i]. WHY plants? Daiichi is one plant. Is Daini or some other plant leaking as well? ------------------------------ [i] Ken Buesseler. Fishing for Answers off Fukushima. Science Magazine, 338 (2012, October 26), 480-482.

Debunking Nuke Propaganda: How Much Radiation From Sleeping Next to Your Mate?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
How much radiation does sleeping next to someone give you? Stock at Nuke Professional has analyzed the nuke propaganda slogan:"Sleeping next to someone gives you a big radioactive dose." Nuke promoters claim that sleeping next to someone gives you an annual dose of 7.3 milliSieverts. Stock did some real calculations, and came up with .001167 MilliSieverts which truly is negligible. Definitely worth reading: http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-old-sleeping-next-to-someone-lie.html

Election Day

Southern Man at Southern Man - 14 hours ago
Southern Man's new voting venue is the high school cafeterea in the little town north of The Land so this morning he grabbed his crib sheets on judges and state questions and his new voter ID card and arrived at about 6:45 AM to find himself second in line. By 7:00 there were about forty folks behind him. Everyone (including the poll workers) knew each other but did everything by the book; they opened right on time, required proper ID, and Southern Man signed in and filled out his ballot (we mark them with a big black felt-tip pen; no hanging chads in Southern State!) and fed it to... more »

Waiting is the hardest part

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 14 hours ago
I've been a bit paralyzed these last few days. I'm not nervous in the same way I was in 2008. Just feel like everything that can be said, has been said a thousand times already. I'm turning it over to the universe. I've implored the cosmos to give us what we need and I'm hoping it will be what I want. I'm too superstitious to make predictions. But this much I will predict, if the GOP manages to steal the vote, or it comes down to the Roberts court handing it to Willard, this time I won't be silent. I hope no one will. In the meantime, think it's going to be a very long day. So her... more »

WHY I BELIEVE THAT KARL ROVE WILL ALLOW OBAMA TO BE REELECTED. BUT UNTIL THE FOLLOWING POST CAME TO MY ATTENTION I THOUGHT THAT I WAS ALONE IN BELIEVING THIS.

éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 14 hours ago
------------------------------ http://www.electionintegrity.org/blogengine/post/2012/11/presidential-election-prediction.aspx *Presidential Election Prediction* by Steven Freeman 11/5/2012 2:01:00 PM Hi all. Been sidelined by shoulder injury/surgery and a power outage all last week (the two really don’t go well together) though I’d already been on the sidelines regarding EI and politics in general. I wrote a very long explanation for a past EI do... more »

Why I Voted for Barack Obama Today

Robert E Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
Amazing how the Simpsons is still pretty funny after 25 years… In the interest of full disclosure, I thought I’d list the reasons why I voted the way I did. I know conservative media regularly accuse professors of politicizing the classroom, but an honest discussion of why one chooses the way one did can also be useful exercise of citizenship. (See Dreznerfor an example of what I was thinking of.) So with that goal, not demagoguery, in mind, here we go: 1. *The Tea Party Scares Me* This is easily the most important reason for me. Regular readers of my own blog will know that I v... more »

You MUST VOTE - We have to Win, Without Ohio

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
The ALEC ALUM in Ohio (Kasich and Husted) are doing everything they can to make ALEC founder, Paul Wyerich's wishes come true. *YOU MUST VOTE!!!!!* *We have to win this without ALEC Ohio - so we can prove it is not a fluke,* From ThinkProgress *Ohio Governor Admits His Administration’s Policy Could Delay Election Results* By Aviva Shen posted from ThinkProgress Election on Nov 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm On CBS News Monday morning, Governor John Kasich (R-OH) was asked about Ohio’s impending provisional ballot mess, which could delay election results. By state law, Ohio’s provisional ballo... more »

A Test of the New Podcast Feed

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
One reason we decided to move to WordPress is superior podcast support. Of course, there’s a learning curve involved. So this is a test run of the new podcast feed. If it works, you should have the option of playing my interview with Janice Bially Mattern directly from this post. That’s all, folks.

Voting Stories

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 14 hours ago
Another Plain Blog Election Day tradition: a voting stories thread. I'll write up mine in my usual post after I vote. I'm sort of dreading it...our polling place is the local elementary school, and I've heard that they've had a major uglification project since the last time I was there. Anyway, I love voting stories, and I'd love to hear yours. What's your polling place? What kind of ballot did you have: touch screen? Paper? How many different positions/questions did you have on your ballot? What was the goofiest or most obscure office? How did you go about choosing candidates in ... more »

MN Dems - To Win - You MUST VOTE

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
Obama Klobuchar Barnes, Ellison, Graves, McCollum, Nolan, Obermueller, Peterson, or Walz Best – hold your nose – votes for MN Supreme Court Justices Barkley or Anderson (they are both questionable) Gildea Stras *Vote NO* on the marriage amendment (hating gays is a lifestyle choice) *Vote NO* on the Voter ID amendment (both Arne Carlson and Mark Dayton want you to vote no)

Slowest professor from Princeton speaks out!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012* *Who is Professor Kruze:* We don’t think we’ve ever done two different series at one time. This week, we’re going to shatter that precedent; we're going to produce * two* serials! That’s how fascinating—and sad—this new op-ed column is. The piece was written by Professor Kruze, a youngish history professor from the leafy groves of Princeton. We liberals are going to mail Kruze's column around. We are going to be thrilled to our souls by its powerful wisdom. We liberals are going to mail it around. But the piece is just pure perfect crap. Professor Kruz... more »

Feeling Patriotic

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
(My standard Election Day post, edited to bring it up to date...) I do love Election Day. And it's a good one, lots of great stories. The Senate elections alone: Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. Scott Brown vs. Elizabeth Warren: both of their stories are fascinating, no? So are those of Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson. Plus I'll finally have to, or won't have to, learn to spell Heidi Heitkamp -- and I've been a fan of hers for a long, long, time. There's also that neither ticket has an white Protestant, which is probably an unappreciated story right there in plain sight. I'm sure t... more »

Tuesday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
US citizens who haven’t voted early should exercise axiological rationality and cast their ballots. If you live in Maryland, please consider voting “yes” on Question 6. John Sides takes umbrage at Michael Gerson’s attacks on political science. If you squint hard enough at Gerson’s arguments then his criticisms of qualitative-content analysis might make sense. Regardless, Continue reading

Iowa Property Owner Joins Long Line of Owners with Damaged Trees

By: Duane Craig The Iowa plaintiff in a lawsuit against E.I.DuPont joins potentially thousands across the country who are making claims against the company for damages resulting from using one of the company’s products to control lawn weeds, according to this article. In this case, the property owner hired a lawn care firm to take care of his lawn. That firm used DuPont’s Imprelis herbicide to control lawn weeds, but besides killing weeds, the chemical also began killing the plaintiff’s trees. Within two weeks, trees were browning and experiencing leaf curling with one mature Red ... more »
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