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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

6 November - Blogs I'm Following

2012 Voting Machines Altering Votes
During the 2012 elections, on the morning of November 6th, I filmed this. While selecting Obama, Romney's name

10:14 am MST


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 8 minutes 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 - 9 minutes 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 - 13 minutes 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 - 13 minutes 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 - 38 minutes 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 - 47 minutes ago
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 for, whom do you expect to win?* I voted for Obama and expect Obama to winI voted for Romney but expect Obama to winI voted for Obama but expect Romney to winI expect for Romney and expect Romney to win pollcode.com free polls If you didn't actually physically vote but you have an opinion... more »

Bottom Line: Nuclear Power Plants Are Inherently Unsafe

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 48 minutes 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 - 52 minutes 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 - 55 minutes 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


Anon at aangirfan - 57 minutes 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 - 58 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 and was out the door in just a few minutes with the obligatory "I Voted Today" sticker on his ... more »

Waiting is the hardest part

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 1 hour 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 »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 »

Predictions... The Senate Stays In Democratic Hands

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Rich Beeson is Romney's political director. Will anyone ever take him seriously again after tonight? Not because Romney will lose-- and lose massively, but because Beeson publicly predicted, on *Fox News Sunday* that Romney is on track to win over 300 electoral votes. "It's going to be a big win for Gov. Romney," said Beeson, who is betting on Romney winning in several blue states, like Pennsylvania. Well, *of course* they will. Why not? The Beltway is its own insular little universe and neither honesty nor accuracy are admired traits there. Just as Senator Obama was rolling up an ... more »

The Real Lessons of Ozone Depletion

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 3 hours ago
Over at ChinaDialogue I have an essay up on the real lessons of the successful response to ozone depletion, motivated by the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. Here is how I start: Twenty five years ago, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was introduced for signature by nations around the world. Since that time, the treaty has become arguably the most successful international environmental success story in history. It may also be the one which historians and policy analysts have argued about the most in an effort to draw lessons relevant to th... more »


bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 hours ago
*TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012* *Part 2—Slowest children from Yale:* As we began to tell you last week, Jeremy Peters (Michigan 2002) is one of the slowest of the New York Times’ many slow children. Today, Election Day itself, he writes an analysis piece about MSNBC and Fox.Some of his findings are well worth reviewing. But some of his efforts are so pathetic that the caring reader is forced to say this, with genuine sympathy in his voice: “Bless his (and his editor’s) heart.” We will return to this pitiable piece before the week is done. The children are pushing a ton of twaddle as t... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Saints Win!!!* *Gleason 'resting, alert' after being taken to hospital* *Louisiana sends 'Spirit of Louisiana' to NY * ~Kinda strange in these parts to see a fire engine with NYFD on the front and sides. Then you look closer, and it has the seals of the New Orleans Fire Department. It also has Louisiana license plates. What Gives? *Finally Thinkin’ Small: But can we build on what we’ve learned? ~Placemakers* *~As soon as the destructive path of Hurricane Sandy became evident, I got emails and calls from colleagues who, like me, worked in disaster recovery situations on the Gulf Coa... more »

Assad's Exit From Syria 'Could Be Arranged'....And leave the terrorist in Charge?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
David Cameron has suggested that Syria's president Bashar al Assad could be allowed safe passage out of the country if it would guarantee an end to the nation's civil war. In an interview with Al Arabiya television, the Prime Minister said the international community should consider how "to get that man out of the country and to have a safe transition in Syria." http://news.sky.com/story/1007703/syria-assad-could-leave-says-david-cameron

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Emma Stone, 24. But getting right to the good stuff: 1. John Sides talks about predictions, and makes his. It's an excellent post up to the prediction part of it. I don't see the point. John basically says what I would say, and what I have been saying: use the HuffPollster averages. From that, there's no special skill involved in my telling you that I expect the averages to hold up. Do that, and you get to 303 and then you don't know what to do with Florida, which they have as basically a tie, but with a tiny Obama lead. So you can flip a coin in predicting that o... more »

Missing clip of 60 Minutes filmed day after attack on Libyan embassy reveals Obama did NOT call it 'an act of terrorism'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228247/Missing-clip-60-Minutes-shows-Obama-did-NOT-attack-embassy-Libya-terrorism.html The footage, released quietly by CBS seven weeks after it was filmed, shows Obama contradicting himself yet again on the attack that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 12:13:43 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 10:13:43 PM at epicenter Location 28.684°N, 142.969°E Depth 33.9 km (21.1 miles) Region BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 191 km (118 miles) NNE of Chichi-shima, Japan

The Rot Won't Go Away

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
The Conservatives have tried very hard to bury the information around their 2011 election campaign. But the rot keeps bubbling to the surface. Last week, Elections Canada revealed that Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue exceeded election spending limits by accepting free airplane transportation around his riding. And, in the same week, Michael Sona -- who the Conservatives fingered as Mr. Robocall -- told Evan Soloman: "All the anonymous sources in the world can point the finger at me, but I'm not going to take responsibility for something that I'm not responsible ... more »

Extension of time in the face of solicitor error

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
*Precision Contractors Ltd v Government of Saskatchewan*, 2012 SKCA 96 has a useful passage regarding solicitor error: [4] The leading case authority concerning the extension of time in the face of solicitor error is that of *Bank of Nova Scotia v. Saskatoon Salvage Company (1954) Limited* (1983), 29 Sask. R. 285 (Sask. C.A.). The Court there held that solicitor error may provide the basis for an extension of time if the extension does not result in serious prejudice to the other party, noting that other factors also fall to be considered. These consist of whether the appellant (i)... more »

Non-Election Day in the Zionist States of America

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 4 hours ago
Today is the day in which the boobs in the nation formerly known as the USA, are voting to elect a new puppet to rule over them. In a country which prides itself as having a government of the people, ruled by the people, and for the people, the election being held today, pits one Zionist against another Zionist! For anyone who dares to think that the man elected to preside over the government of the USA, should actually care more about that country, than a country half way around the world occupied by Jewish vipers who believe the Americans (as all Goyim) to be sub-humans, then t... more »


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

GMOs At The California Polls on November 6, 2012

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
GMOs at the Polls by Frances Moore Lape & Anna Lape Reader Supported News, 5 November 2012 *Americans are the world's GMO guinea pigs, say Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé. But California's ballot initiative on labeling GMO foods would give everyone the choice to change that for themselves. * Farmers and eaters around the country and the world are watching the November 6 election with a very important question at the forefront of their minds: Will *California's Proposition 37*- requiring labelling of GMOs-pass? Sixty-one countries already require such labelling. But, here i... more »

Why the Vitriol?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 4 hours ago
Robert Reich asks it in a fairly reasonable essay: What’s going on? Yes, we’re divided over issues like the size of government and whether women should have control over their bodies. But these aren’t exactly new debates. We’ve been disagreeing over the size and role of government since Thomas Jefferson squared off with Alexander Hamilton, and over abortion rights since before Roe v. Wade, almost forty years ago. And we’ve had bigger disagreements in the past – over the Vietnam War, civil rights, communist witch hunts – that didn’t rip us apart like this. He then makes reference t... more »

Behind bars, the Pakistani parents who killed their own 15-year-old daughter with acid because she looked at a boy (and say it was her destiny)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen (pictured) were arrested by police in Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the attack on their daughter Anusha, who died in hospital two days later after suffering horrific acid burns. Police say that the incident took place in a remote village in the southern district of Kotli on October 29. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228586/Killed-eyeing-boy-It-destiny-says-Pakistani-parents-killed-daughter.html

EU health police could ban Chanel No.5 over allergy risk of tree moss used in iconic scent

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The scent, which has been in production for more than 90 years, contains traces of a tree moss which features on a new list of ingredients thought to be unsafe. It is feared that other top brands, including Miss Dior, Guerlain’s Shalimar and Angel by Thierry Mugler — could also fall victim to the measures. Sylvie Jourdet of the French perfumiers’ society said the industry could be devastated, adding: ‘Chanel No 5 has never done any harm to anyone. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228508/EU-health-police-ban-Chanel-No-5-allergy-risk.html

Lisa Lowndes: 'My luxury holidays and supercars were paid by my £18,000 a year benefits'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Lisa Lowndes, 38, from Greater Manchester, said she had pocketed so much taxpayers money due to her level of income support plus child and housing benefits that she could afford her jet-set lavish lifestyle. She used the claim as part of her defence in court while denying charges she had profited from her husband's motoring scam, in which he charged motorists up to £400 to help them dodge speeding tickets. Between 2007 and 2011, Lowndes received up to £18,000 a year in welfare payments. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228536/Jobless-mother-38-living-benefits-10-luxury-holid... more »

US meningitis Outbreak: More health woes for patients affected by the meningitis outbreak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Some patients who developed fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are experiencing more health woes, officials said. Patients are not only developing meningitis, inflammation of the thin tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord; some are also developing an epidural abscess, which is a collection of pus between the outer covering of the brain and spinal cord and the bones of the skull or spine. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/05/health/meningitis-complications/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Cyclone Nilam: India floods kills at least 25 and leaves thousands homeless

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The severe weather has caused flooding affecting 5,250 square kilometers (2,000 square miles) of agricultural land in the state of Andhra Pradesh, according to Vinod Kumar, an official at the state's disaster management department. Cyclone Nilam roared into India's southeastern coast last week, killing at least 15 people in the state of Tamil Nadu and running a large oil tanker aground on the shore near Chennai. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/06/world/asia/india-floods/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

KMT Internal Troubles Episode #11578

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*Lining up at a famous traditional tofu pudding place in Tianzhong.* A few months have passed, so it's once more time for another episode of KMT Internal Struggles. This week's installment was chronicled in the Taipei Times. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) yesterday downplayed controversial remarks by Sean Lien (連勝文), son of former vice president Lien Chan (連戰), saying that while they may be well-intentioned, some could be misinterpreted. Yin was referring to comments by Sean Lien on Saturday that the majority of Taiwanese, except for those who are political... more »

2 U.S. sailors indicted on charges of raping Japanese woman on Okinawa

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
apanese prosecutors have indicted two American sailors on charges that they raped a Japanese woman on the island of Okinawa last month, a case that has deepened tensions between local residents and the U.S. military. The arrest of the two suspects prompted outraged reactions from Japanese officials and resulted in the imposition of a curfew by the U.S. military on its troops in Japan. The two suspects, both from a base in Fort Worth, Texas, were indicted by Naha District Court on Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement from the public affairs office of the U.S. Commander, Naval... more »

Putin sacks corruption probe minister

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Russia's president fired the country's defense minister Tuesday after his office became embroiled in a controversy involving alleged corrupt property deals, state media reported. Anatoly Serdyukov, a former businessman, had been in charge of the Defense Ministry since early 2007. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/06/world/europe/russia-minister-fired/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

USA Elections: How the World Would Vote

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 5 hours ago
If only everyone but Americans had a vote, eh?

Sudan rebels say shell army stronghold in oil state capital

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Sudanese rebels said they had shelled the military's headquarters in the main city of the oil-producing South Kordofan state near the border with South Sudan after coming under air and ground attack. Sudan's army has been fighting SPLM-North rebels in the state since June last year, shortly before South Sudan seceded from Sudan, but the South Kordofan capital Kadugli has been largely isolated from the fighting until the past month. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-sudan-rebels-shelling-idUSBRE8A50K020121106

From Sudan to cyber, secret war with Iran grows

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
From a suspected Israeli airstrike in Sudan to cyber warfare in the Gulf and a drone shot down over Israel, the largely hidden war between Iran and its foes seems heating up and spreading. Despite months of speculation, most experts and governments believe the risk of a direct Israeli strike on Tehran's nuclear program stirring regional conflict has eased, at least for now. But all sides, it seems, are finding other ways to fight. For the US and European powers , the main focus remains on oil export sanctions that are inflicting ever more damage on Iran's economy. http://www.reute... more »

Suicide bomber kills 31 at army base near Baghdad

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-filled car into soldiers outside an army base near Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 31 people and injuring tens more in one of the worst attacks this year on the country's military. Bombings and attacks have eased sharply since the height of Iraq's sectarian strife in 2006-2007, but al Qaeda's local affiliate and other Sunni Islamist insurgents often target local security forces and Shi'ite Muslims to stoke tensions. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-iraq-violence-idUSBRE8A50CF20121106

Peace envoy fears Somalia fate for Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The international envoy for Syria fears the country could turn into a new Somalia unless its crisis is resolved, warning of a scenario in which warlords and militia fill a void left by a collapsed state. In an interview with the London-based al-Hayat newspaper, veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi played down the risk of sectarian and ethnic partition of Syria, but said: "What I am afraid of is worse ... the collapse of the state and that Syria turns into a new Somalia." http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-syria-crisis-brahimi-idUSBRE8A50EI20121106

Sickness Benefit Crackdown In £25m Trial

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A series of pilots around the country for what is being touted as a "tough love" approach by Downing Street sources will be announced before Christmas. Chancellor George Osborne is seeking ways to slash a further £10 billion from the welfare budget by 2016/17 on top of £18 billion of cuts already announced. http://news.sky.com/story/1007543/sickness-benefit-crackdown-in-25m-trial

Detective Constable Adele Cashman collapsed and died while chasing a suspect

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Detective Constable Adele Cashman, collapsed in Belsize Park Gardens, Camden, at 9.45pm on Monday night. A response team officer based at Kentish Town police station, she was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead but died at 11.10pm. http://news.sky.com/story/1007595/met-detective-dies-after-chasing-suspect

Sorbelo Sajona: Crocodiles Leave Man Half-Eaten In Philippines

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A man's half-eaten body has been found after he was attacked by crocodiles at a breeding farm in the Philippines, police say. The victim, named by officers as unemployed 57-year-old Sorbelo Sajona, was discovered in a pond by workers at the privately-owned facility. http://news.sky.com/story/1007698/crocodiles-leave-man-half-eaten-in-philippines

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.5 Region HALMAHERA, INDONESIA Date time 2012-11-06 11:04:40.2 UTC Location 0.16 N ; 127.42 E Depth 131 km Distances 60 km S Tidore, Indonesia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 11:09:32 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 04:09:32 AM at epicenter Location 35.502°S, 104.743°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND Distances 2685 km (1668 miles) ESE (122°) from ADAMSTOWN, Pitcairn Islands

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 10:27:03 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 02:27:03 AM at epicenter Location 52.334°N, 131.305°W Depth 10.2 km (6.3 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 195 km (121 miles) SSE of Masset, Canada

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 09:25:19 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 03:25:19 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.928°N, 94.417°E Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA Distances 226 km (140 miles) WSW of Sinabang, Indonesia

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake UTAH - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 3.1 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 09:13:57 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 02:13:57 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 41.282°N, 112.726°W Depth 8 km (5.0 miles) Region UTAH Distances 52 km (33 miles) WNW (284°) from Hooper, UT

3.7 Magnitude Earthquake ONTARIO-QUEBEC BORDER REGION, CANADA - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 3.7 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 09:05:28 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 04:05:28 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 45.560°N, 74.680°W Depth 15.7 km (9.8 miles) Region ONTARIO-QUEBEC BORDER REGION, CANADA Distances 6 km (3 miles) SW of Hawkesbury, Canada

VIDEO: A Conversation with Vandana Shiva on Prop 37 - Part 1 & 2

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
5 November 2012 "I think Proposition 37 is an opportunity for both the US citizens -- and I put the US citizens first -- and the US government to catch up with the rest of the world. Europe has had mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food from the early part of 2003. India has just announced mandatory labeling beginning first of January 2013. And this is out of a case we filed in 2006 saying every citizen has a right to know what they are eating and a right to choose. ...why should the government and the industry be scared of just putting there, 'This has GMOs,' if they a... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 08:32:56 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 03:32:56 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.326°S, 101.838°E Depth 12.2 km (7.6 miles) Region SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA Distances 175 km (108 miles) SSW of Bengkulu, Indonesia


Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 6 hours ago
Today is the day. If you are a reader of this blog, it is a good bet that you are better informed than average on the key economic issues of the day. So get to the polls. BTW, for two of my three children, this is the first presidential election in which they can vote.

EU Media Hyprocrisy & Censorship Double Standards With Guest Patrick Henningsen

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
5 November 2012 Press TV Ban: Double Standards and Mainstream Media Lies by grtv Press TV's top current affairs show, 'Double Standards', invites 21st Century Wire's Patrick Henningsen on the program to discuss the hypocrisy and censorship by the European Commission and the UK's Ofcom regulator for banning Press TV's global news channel from European satellite and cable broadcasting. When it comes to broadcaster integrity, networks like the BBC and CNN should have their licenses revoked for reporting fake news and covering up internal investigations into criminal activity. *S... more »

Voting 2012 (CA Ballot Measures and More)

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 7 hours ago
The Election Protection site has a wealth of information on voting rights. Unfortunately, as usual, conservatives are trying to suppress the vote, and some Republican governors, legislatures and secretaries of state are really outdoing themselves – the *#&%@! scumbags. If you're challenged, or witness a problem, you can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (or use their smartphone app if you've downloaded it).

Organic Farming: The Choreography of Polyculture

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 7 hours ago
Joel Salatin introduces Polyface Farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Joel Salatin UCBerkley OCW November 6, 2012 * Joel Salatin's presentation begins at 5:50 minutes. * ....

U.S. clears sale of Lockheed missile defense system to UAE, Qatar

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have requested the sale of up to $7.6 billion in Lockheed Martin Corp missile-defense systems to counter perceived threats and lower their dependence on U.S. forces, the Pentagon announced on Monday. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees foreign arms sales, formally notified lawmakers on Friday that it had approved the possible sales, which come against the backdrop of heightened tensions with Iran. The notifications were posted to the agency's website late on Monday. Lawmakers now have 30 days to block the potential sales ... more »

Saudi women must uncover faces for security checks, council says

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Saudi Arabian authorities have rejected a conservative proposal to allow women to keep their faces covered during security checks, local media reported on Tuesday. A draft law would have allowed women to continue wearing veils during the checks, and would have required their identity cards to be based on fingerprints instead of photographs, the Saudi Gazette said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-saudi-women-security-idUSBRE8A50B820121106


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
* * *Telegraph boy* "The senior Tory accused of child abuse has ... said: 'Some guy said I was in the habit of taking young men from Wrexham in my Rolls-Royce. "'But I have only been to Wrexham once; and I didn't visit the children’s home... *"When the inquiry was taking place I hired a lawyer to watch it in case there was any mention of my name."* Why might he expect someone to mention his name? David Cameron announces inquiries into 'dreadful' Tory child abuse ... *Website for this image* In the Daily Mail, Simon Parke has written: *"My uncle Ernie, a society sex scandal... an... more »

Israel advances plans for 1,213 new West Bank settlement homes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that Israel has declared part of Jerusalem. The plans call for the building of 607 new homes in Pisgat Zeev and 606 in Ramot. Tens of thousands of Israelis already live in the two areas. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-palestinians-israel-settlements-idUSBRE8A50AM20121106

Tens of Thousands of Greeks strike over spending cuts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Grexit fears return at start of key week...

Will terrorists follow rebels to border?.....are the rebels not the terrorists?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The bullet which hit an Israeli regiment commander's jeep on the border fence in the Golan Heights on Monday serves as another reminder of the explosive situation on the Israel-Syria border. Syrian rebels are approaching the border fence while battling President Bashar Assad's army, assuming that Syrian soldiers will refrain from firing toward the Golan Heights. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4301630,00.html *Video below shows how the terrorists rebels deal with unarmed prisoners of war*

Maddox Derkosh mauled to death at zoo after falling into African wild dog pit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
This is the tragic two-year-old boy who was mauled to death by a pack of ravenous African wild dogs after he fell off a zoo railing his mother put him on to get a better view of the animals on Sunday. Maddox Derkosh had 'no chance' of surviving after falling 11 feet into the dog pit at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium while his horrified parents Jason and Elizabeth Derkosh looked on helpless. Desperate rescue attempts by zookeepers and armed police officers could not deter the 11 aggressive beasts as they savagely attacked the two-year-old, from Pleasant Hills, on Sunday morning. h... more »

Syria's civil conflict escalates as opposition still working to close ranks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Syria's civil conflict seems to have deepened with a notable escalation in clashes and blasts that have taken a sectarian turn recently, as the exiled Syrian opposition is still convening in Qatar's Doha to broaden its representation. At least three blasts rocked Syria on Monday that have claimed lives of many people. And a booby-trapped car was detonated earlier in the day in al-Mazzeh 86 area in Damascus, killing at least 11 people and injuring scores of others, including children. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-11/06/c_131953868.htm

Bonfire Night sets internet AFLAME: Anons claim PayPal, Symantec

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Anonymous claims to have leaked 28,000 passwords from PayPal as part of a a global day of protest to mark 5 November, Guy Fawkes night. Hacktivists uploaded thousands of email addresses, names, and passwords - supposedly snaffled from the payment processing firms systems, TheNextWeb reports. A PayPal representative said it has yet to find any evidence of a security breach, but is nonetheless investigating the claim. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/05/anon_nov5_protests/

Greek general strike begins

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A 48-hour strike is under way in Greece as workers protest against the austerity package being considered by MPs today, ahead of Wednesday night's vote http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/06/eurozone-crisis-greece-general-strike-austerity

David Cameron in the Gulf: Defence sales 'legitimate'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
David Cameron has pledged to raise human rights as he arrived in the Gulf on a trip to strengthen the UK's defence, security and commercial ties. He said there would be no "no-go areas" but discussions would take place showing "respect and friendship". Britain is looking to sell Typhoon jets to Dubai and Saudi Arabia, despite allegations of human rights abuses. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20202058

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.7 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 06:17:28 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 10:17:28 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.999°N, 57.189°E Depth 10.2 km (6.3 miles) Region CARLSBERG RIDGE Distances 452 km (280 miles) SE of Tamrida, Yemen

Voting and Political Activism

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 9 hours ago
This being a presidential election year, it's time for the left-leaning blogosphere to have another fierce debate over whether to support Obama and the Democrats or vote for a third party. Self-described liberals, progressives, Democrats, independents, Greens, libertarians and others have weighed in (including actual socialists, not the people denounced as such on Fox News). Most blog readers

final call Before the Vote

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
We are in the wind down to the vote count and a few comments are in order. From the beginning, I thought that this election would be almost impossible for Obama to win. My reasoning here was simple. His success in 2008 was predicated on several non repeating events: 1 His cocoon of silence hid his leftest leanings, and his gross inexperience as a leader. 2 The crash of 2008 crushed the republican claim of economic stewardship regardless of shared fault. 3 McCain was as equally unskilled on the economic issues. 4 He promoted charisma over substance to good effect and at... more »

Bandwidth Breakthrough

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
What this really means is that we can operate with ten times larger videos on the screen now without touching the physical plant and equipment. It is not real time high definition but it is still a vast improvement. For the present we can expect a serious jump in service quality. This means surprising improvement in Wi fi service quality everywhere. In the event it is important. As I have posted, we are marching toward the world of Star Trek's Holodec and that is what I measure improvements against. This all helps. *A Bandwidth Breakthrough* *A dash of algebra... more »

Tracking Bigfoot

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
What I really want to emphasize today is that establishing contact with the Sasquatch will be bone simple. This report shows us how. You have to be patient and you have to bring gifts in the way of food he might recognize. My first choice would be apples. Expect gifts in return and then act pleased when they do arrive. He will be watching. Once a system of exchange begins it will become way easier. Sooner or later words or sounds can be exchanged. Since we are no longer seriously competing with them for game and wandering around the woods armed for bear, these creatu... more »

Fisheries benefit from a 400 Year Old Tradition

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
The hard truth is that every resource must be owned under similar management traditions in order to both optimize yield over the generations and to maximize the general health and productivity of utilized biome. A great place to begin is the all important shoreline and near shore itself. As this item informs, were it is employed individuals prosper. Otherwise we try to blame the poor for the bad practices. The global race to the bottom has hugely diminished the general productivity of the oceanic biome everywhere. Yet I still have to listen to the same self serving arg... more »

SaLuSa's Room

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
* * *OMG!! Photo of SaLuSa’s Room! – Laura* Posted on November 4, 2012 by Laura http://2012indyinfo.com/2012/11/04/omg-photo-of-salusas-room-laura/ OMG !! OMG!! OMG!! I just found this picture on Gabriel Raio Lunar, who also channels SaLuSa! this is an almost perfect copy of SaLuSa’s room!!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS!! WOWOW!!!! Oh, about SaLuSa’s private quarters should I say he has his own private observation lounge. He also has access to the bridge, but he likes his privacy He can zoom in with the screens as close as is needed. When it is needed. I was also shown in his quarte... more »

The BBC respond re my last Jeremy Bowen complaint

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Further to my complaint re the BBC's Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, holding a Q&A on the Middle East on one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar, I have received a short response from the BBC: 'NewsOnline Complaints If you wish to pursue this matter, you can contact the director of BBC News, Helen Boaden, at Room 5601, Television Centre, Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ or by e-mail at HelenBoadenComplaints@bbc.co.uk . Best wishes, BBC News website' An email will be sent later today. I wonder if Helen Boaden will have the time to respond. *That's an interesting email addr... more »

US Presidential Election - George Carlin - The Illusion Of Choice

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 9 hours ago
I'm SICK TO DEATH of the UK mainstream media's block-broadcast of the tedious events relating to the US Presidential Election *elephant 'n' donkey * show. So, Mitt Romney gets in - unlikely, but... So, Barack Obama remains POTUS - it don't matter none. Why, Mike, why? Well, THINK. Think of all the vested interests who DON'T CARE WHO'S IN POWER; the massive global conglomerate who can CRUSH ANY RESISTANCE to policy. Literally, you don't agree with the corporate concensus, you're dead. The corporations RUN this planet, and you're all slaves by design. George Carlin agrees. YOU DO... more »

Apparently being Ezra Levant means never having to say you’re sorry

david at Alberta Diary - 10 hours ago
Sun News Network commentator Ezra Levant in a typical pose. (So typical, it’s a Sun News photo, as a matter of fact.) As tout le monde tout le monde nervously awaits today’s U.S. election, the story generating buzz on the Canadian Interwebs is a sorry tale of a Manitoba journalist fired for annoying her local ... more »

Some US 2012 Election Predictions (Updated)

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
Electoral Outcomes For obvious reasons, I’m much less confident of my predictions in 2012 than in 2008. I think there’s a good chance that Florida, Colorado, and Virginia might go the other way. North Carolina and New Hampshire could as well. Regardless, it looks pretty likely that Obama is going to win re-election. I’m betting Continue reading

Hillary Clinton Aims To Rewrite History, Says Islamic Extremists Hijacked Syrian "Revolution"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
*AFP Photo: Hillary Clinton speaking in Croatia on October 31, 2012. She attempted to rewrite history and rebrand the Jihadist-dominated opposition in Syria.* The U. S. plan to overthrow the regime in Syria was drawn up before the Arab Spring, so the discourse of the Arab Spring does not apply to Syria. Attempting to use the popular appeal of the Arab Spring to put political pressure on the Syrian regime is an act of irrationality and imperial hubris. It's like squaring a circle. Washington's "democracy and freedom" rhetoric does not serve the best interests of the Syrian people... more »

Repost: 2012 US Elections: Obamney vs. Rombama

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 11 hours ago
War, economic collapse, and personal devastation await Americans no matter who they vote for - and what we should do instead. Tony Cartalucci Land Destroyer November 6, 2012 * * *Editor's Note: There is absolutely no difference between Romney and Obama - as illustrated in detail below, the very same policy makers will be handing the same script to the "president" no matter who wins in November. Beware of the retrenched false left-right paradigm run in concert by convicted criminal George Soros and Neo-Con media projects like Glenn Beck and World Net Daily (WND). They are desperately ... more »

Truth Militia Radio with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 11 hours ago
I just finished my second broadcast on *Truth Militia Radio*. My guest Jonathan Azaziah of the *Mask of Zion* and I discussed international Zionism and Jewish supremacy, the Talmudic origins of the "New World Order" conspiracy, "anti-Zionist" and "anti-war" activist groups that fail to discussion international Jewry, and the Jewish multicultural agenda versus the concept of international nationalism. You can download the full program *here*. Thanks for tuning in! By the way, I apologize for the static and interruptions, especially at the beginning of the show. During the show, ... more »

Rod Gellatly shot himself inside a Glasgow police station shortly after arriving at work in the morning

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Constable Rod Gellatly is thought to have 'turned the gun on himself' after arriving at Baird Street police station in Glasgow at work as normal yesterday morning. Police refused to give any further detail but admitted officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the 41-year-old's death. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228200/Officer-killed-gun-fired-inside-Glasgow-police-station.html

HMRC chief blasted for 'failing to get to grips with tax avoidance' as she admits half of UK's 770 biggest firms funnel profits overseas

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Half of the biggest companies working in the UK have headquarters overseas, many in low-tax regimes, it was revealed yesterday. Britain’s most senior tax official made the admission as she was slammed for ‘failing to get to grips with tax avoidance’ by an influential group of MPs. It came as the Government launched a crackdown on multi-national giants that slash their tax bills by using complex legal techniques to funnel profits overseas. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228448/HMRC-chief-blasted-failing-to-grips-tax-avoidance-admits-half-UKs-770-biggest-firms-funnel-profits... more »

Benefits cheat funded homes in Paris and London by stealing £58,000 from French AND British governments....I am sure she has learnt her lesson paying back just £20 per week

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The cheat, who claims she has alcohol problems and cannot work because her arm is paralysed from being dropped as a child, is currently repaying the London council at the rate of just £20 a week. *How is she paying this 20 a week, are we the Tax Payer paying this?* * * http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228226/Benefits-cheat-stole-58-000-French-British-governments-claiming-Notting-Hill-flat-receiving-cash-Paris-home.html

Bombs in Bahrain's Capital Kill 2 Foreigners

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
CAIRO — Five bombs exploded in the capital of Bahrain on Monday, killing two foreign workers and critically injuring a third, in a sharp intensification of the violence that has simmered in the island nation since the beginning of a pro-democracy uprising 21 months ago. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/world/middleeast/bombs-in-bahrains-capital-kill-injure-bystanders.html?_r=0

Saudi confirms third case of newly discovered SARS-like virus

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A Saudi citizen in the capital Riyadh is the world's third confirmed case of a newly discovered SARS-related virus but he has now recovered from his illness, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday. The potentially deadly novel coronavirus is from the same family as SARS but had only been confirmed in two previous cases: a 60-year-old Saudi man who died earlier this year, and a man from Qatar who was treated in a London hospital. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/11/04/us-coronavirus-saudi-idUKBRE8A30EH20121104

Thirty hippos die in anthrax outbreak at Kruger National Park, South Africa

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
An anthrax outbreak in the South African park has claimed the lives of 30 hippopotami in the past two weeks, according to a South African National Parks (SANParks) media release Nov. 5. The outbreak north of Kruger National Park, which initially began in August, has killed dozens of hippos in the Letaba and Olifants Rivers recently. Park officials are closely monitoring the situation. http://www.examiner.com/article/thirty-hippos-die-anthrax-outbreak-at-kruger-national-park

South Korea shuts two nuclear reactors

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
South Korea was forced to shut down two nuclear reactors yesterday to replace components that had not been properly vetted, a minister said, warning of “unprecedented” power shortages to follow. Knowledge Economy Minister Hong Suk-Woo said the “non-core” components posed no safety threat and were unrelated to a string of systems malfunctions at reactors this year that triggered calls for a safety review. http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=541996&version=1&template_id=45&parent_id=25

FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down, New York

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
CRIBA, NY – November 4, at approximately 9:53 p.m., FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant experienced an automatic reactor shutdown. The automatic reactor shutdown was as a result of a main turbine trip that occurred while regularly scheduled turbine testing was being performed. Nuclear power plants are built with “defense-in-depth” safety design and construction. http://oswegocountytoday.com/?p=101083

An America That Believes Again In Investing In Tomorrow

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
We need dozens of Elizabeth Warrens in the Senate, scores of Alan Graysons in the House. But that isn't what the corrupt Beltway Establishment and their dipshit state-level wannabes are offering us tomorrow. We have no choice but to patiently build-- one Elizabeth Warren at a time... one Alan Grayson at a time. You may have seen the list of progressives we put up early Saturday. That's a start, a toehold against the incredible forces of reaction and capital that own one political party outright and dominate the other. No matter what happens tomorrow-- and polls indicate that some... more »

Iran slams anti-nuclear weapons treaty as discriminatory

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Discriminatory implementation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has left many countries feeling that being a party to the anti-atom bomb pact hinders cooperation in the field atomic energy, Iran's U.N. ambassador said on Monday. Western diplomats and analysts have long expressed concern that Iran might one day follow North Korea's example and pull out of the NPT and produce a bomb. North Korea withdrew from the treaty in 2003 and tested nuclear devices in 2006 and 2009. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/05/us-nuclear-iran-treaty-idUSBRE8A41FN20121105

Iran nuclear fuel move may ease war fears - for now.....Well at least until Wednesday!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A slowdown in Iran's accumulation of its most sensitive nuclear material may have helped put off the threat of a new Middle East war for now, but Tehran's expanding uranium-enrichment capacity suggests any relief could be short-lived. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/05/us-nuclear-iran-uranium-idUSBRE8A418F20121105

NY area slowly coming back from Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A week after superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City and the surrounding area, schools reopened and millions of commuters struggled to get back to work. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/05/us-storm-sandy-hurricane-idUSBRE89N16J20121105

U.S judge tosses Apple vs. Google lawsuit over patents

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
An Apple lawsuit against Google's Motorola Mobility unit over alleged patent abuse was thrown out on Monday just hours before trial, a setback for the iPhone maker in its efforts to gain leverage in the smartphone patent wars. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/net-us-google-patent-idUSBRE8A419M20121106

Negus McClean: Four Charged With Boy's Murder

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Negus McClean, 15, was found by police in Edmonton, north London, on April 10, 2011, with stab wounds to the chest and thigh. He died in hospital later that night. Billal Lariba and Brandon Hamilton, both 18 and from Enfield, and Tershan Edwards, also 18, from St Albans, will appear at Enfield Magistrates Court tomorrow alongside a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons. http://news.sky.com/story/1007461/negus-mcclean-four-charged-with-boys-murder

Breaching Whale Lands On Boat Injuring Three

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Three men have been injured, one seriously, after a breaching whale leapt out of the sea off South Africa and landed on their boat. "The men claim they were motoring slowly off-shore when a whale breached in front of their boat and came onto their boat, causing the boat and all three men to go under water as the whale sunk back into the water," said Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander. http://news.sky.com/story/1007515/breaching-whale-lands-on-boat-injuring-three

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 03:36:18 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 03:36:18 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 21.447°S, 178.786°W Depth 475.1 km (295.2 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 89 km (55 miles) S of Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 01:42:26 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 09:42:26 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.338°N, 122.135°E Depth 35.2 km (21.9 miles) Region MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA Distances 67 km (41 miles) ENE of Bunobogu, Indonesia

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.8 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 01:36:20 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 09:36:20 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.373°N, 122.181°E Depth 16.7 km (10.4 miles) Region MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA Distances 72 km (44 miles) ENE of Bunobogu, Indonesia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 6th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 00:07:13 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 11:07:13 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.218°S, 158.908°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOLOMON ISLANDS Distances 116 km (72 miles) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake PANAMA - 5th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Monday, November 05, 2012 at 23:30:11 UTC Monday, November 05, 2012 at 06:30:11 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.307°N, 78.205°W Depth 63.8 km (39.6 miles) Region PANAMA Distances 3 km (1 miles) ENE of Playon Chico, Panama

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 5th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Monday, November 05, 2012 at 23:25:57 UTC Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 03:55:57 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.180°N, 71.042°E Depth 125.9 km (78.2 miles) Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Distances 29 km (18 miles) NE of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan

Christy Clark, BC Liberals, Fiscally Challenged

The Straight Goods - 14 hours ago
In her heart, in her heart she is praying the media beat up the NDP and promote her idiocy.. Below is the North America Henry Hub for natural gas....Those are indeed long-term price contracts MonthChartsLastChangePrior SettleOpenHighLowVolumeHi / Lo LimitUpdatedNov 2012 3.597 a-0.0203.617---05.117 2.1174:02:41 PM CT 10/21/2012 Dec 2012 --3.947---05.447 2.4474:05:08 PM CT 10/21/2012 Jan 2013 --4.069---05.569 2.5694:00:00 PM CT 10/21/2012 Feb 2013 --4.073---05.573 2.5734:00:00 PM CT 10/21/2012 Mar 2013 --4.026---05.526 2.5264:00:00 PM CT 10/21/2012 Apr 2... more »

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Gail at Wit's End - 14 hours ago
The last post at Wit's End featured photos of trees that fell across my driveway, and around first daughter's farm, and many in between. Since then we've been clearing the debris. Following are a few photos taken by my daughter's husband with his cellphone, and then, numerous pictures gleaned from news stories. The first was the Jersey shore on Monday a week ago, as Sandy was approaching. This is the backyard at Bramblefields, which is almost as far west as you can go and still be in New Jersey. What is left is only a tiny fraction of what was hauled away. The machine was stuck, ... more »

American Indian Film Festival Nov 2-10, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
The American Indian Film Festival is underway! Nov. 2 -- 10, 2012 in San Francisco *Check out the great films, link to program:* http://aifisf.com/wp-content/uploads/AIFF-2012-program-guide.pdf Posted at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) is proud to announce the nominees for the 37th annual American Indian Film Festival. The awards will be presented at the annual American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show on Saturday Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m at the historic Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Over 80 films have been screened and ... more »

Too Smart For Our Own Good

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 14 hours ago
According to humans, the human brain is a miraculous organ. No other species is even half as intelligent as we think we are. But we’re seriously beating the planet, we’re not having fun, and everything is getting worse. This is called progress. Circle what is wrong with this picture. Craig Dilworth circled humans. Modern society drove him nuts, because it was so self-destructive. It simply made no sense, from the perspective of the dominant worldview, which worshipped the most incredible organism in the entire universe. How could a creature so brilliant act like this? Dilworth... more »

Arboles extraños en Socotra, Yemen, Africa.

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 14 hours ago

Max Keiser On Being Accused of Treason: "That dog don't hunt"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
*Calling Max Keiser or Alex Jones a "traitor" is like calling the American eagle an un-American bird.* An excerpt from the article in The Independent called, *Max Keiser: 'Barack Obama is clueless. Mitt Romney will bankrupt the country'*: Of the many themes that Keiser returns to in his shows, one of the most interesting and incendiary is the relationship between big business and Congress. He has openly accused senior politicians of using investigations into financial malpractice as a way of acquiring market information so as to benefit themselves. "Democracy is not well served... more »

Mount Grinnell - Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 14 hours ago

Berry Head Arch - Newfoundland, Canada. - Maravillas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 14 hours ago

Darvasa gas crater in Derweze, Turkmenistan. Cráter

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 15 hours ago

Lenticular Clouds over Washington - Nubes extrañas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 15 hours ago

Danxia Landform, Zhangye, China. - Maravillas naturales

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 15 hours ago


In August 2010 I wrote about Israel’s massive military fuel purchase from the US commenting that it was an extraordinary amount of fuel and that, by virtue of the fact that it included huge quantities of JP-8 military jet fuel, the entire order must have been military purposes. I also noted that the order included large amounts of both diesel and gasoline. I surmised then that this order may be for preparations for war against Iran – hence the need for the jet fuel – and that, since Israel could not possibly launch a ground offensive against Iran, the large amounts of diesel and gas... more »

Thank goodness THAT election is over! (What? For real? Are you SURE?)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*"[A]t the age of thirty-seven, [Connaughton] joined Arnold & Porter and launched a new career: as a lobbyist. "Connaughton's timing in politics hadn't been great, but in lobbying it was nearly perfect. In 1997, organizations were spending more than a billion dolars a year exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Within a decade, the figure was nearly three billion. . . ."* *-- from George Packer's New Yorker profile of "Washington Man" Jeff Connaughton in the Oct. 29 & Nov. 5 issue* *by Ken* Phew! Thank goodness *that* election ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
“The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects, and NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the central star of this particular planetary nebula is exceptionally hot though- shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. *Click image for larger size.* This dramatically detailed close-up of the dying star's nebula was recorded by the upgraded Hubble Space Telescope. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surr... more »

Paulo Coelho, “What’s The Price?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“What’s The Price?”* by Paulo Coelho “Is the price of living a dream much higher than the price of living without daring to dream?” asked the disciple. The master took him to a clothes store. There, he asked him to try on a suit in exactly his size. The disciple obeyed, and was very amazed at the quality of the clothes. Then the master asked him to try on the same suit – but this time a size much bigger than his own. The disciple did as he was asked. “This one is no use. It’s too big.” “How much are these suits?” the master asked the shop attendant. “They both cost the same pri... more »


Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 15 hours ago
Yawn. So I filled out my mail-in ballot over the weekend, tongue held firmly in cheek. Were it not for the storm, I would have done the deed earlier. There was one local law on the ballot I wasn't familiar with, and I wanted to do some research on it first. It turns out I now have the choice of either allowing my county legislature to draw redistricting maps, or allowing an unelected board of people I don't know to draw redistricting maps. So I chose the former, lesser of two evils. From the dregs of the backwaters to the heights of the presidency, ain't it always the way? I deliber... more »


Grant G at The Straight Goods - 15 hours ago
* * Imperialism, Colonialism, Fascism He`s back, everyone`s favourite straight talking, straight shooting shit disturber, or if you like, "The Mirror"...For what he sees, you`ll see, in full colour, panoramavision, all the shocking details.... No, we aren`t talking Zombies, not Stepford wives, we aren`t talking Cuban style socialism, we are talking the big F, as in $%@# HARPER....ACTUALLY WE ARE TALKING FACISM Northland Publications *Copyright: 2012 by Robin Mathews* A portion or portions or all of this book may be r... more »

The Libertarian Revolution

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
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