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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

7 November - Blogs I'm Following

10:22 am MST

Angela Merkel attacked by homegrown critics for preaching austerity to Europe while Germany goes on a spending spree

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
*Image: Irish Leader tries to impress Merkel with his knowledge of recent German history and has become Merkel's pet student.* Chancellor Angela Merkel's meeting with David Cameron was overshadowed by fierce criticism of her government's policies in Germany, where she stands accused of preaching austerity for the rest of Europe while going on a spending spree at home. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/angela-merkel-attacked-by-homegrown-critics-for-preaching-austerity-to-europe-while-germany-goes-on-a-spending-spree-8294456.html

Collateral facts rule

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 minutes ago
*R. v. C.L*., 2012 ONCA 752 deals with the collateral fact rule. In general the rule provides that a party may not impeach the credit of their opponent's witness by calling witnesses to contradict that witness on collateral matters. But, if the evidence goes to an issue in dispute, and is not called merely to attack credibility, the evidence is proper. The Court writes: [12] I agree with the trial judge. In *R. v. Aalders*, [1993] 2 S.C.R. 482, 103 D.L.R. (4th) 700, Cory J., for the majority, described evidence that does not offend the collateral fact rule to include evidence that m... more »

Why Obama Will Disappoint Progressives and I Voted for Him Anyway

Friends, I agree with every word below. You? Why Obama Will Disappoint Progressives and I Voted for Him AnywayBy Cenk Uygur November 06, 2012 "Information Clearing House Anyone who thinks President Obama will magically turn around in his second term and be a real progressive is high on a 2008 supply. Soon after President Obama is re-elected he will do the Grand Bargain deal with

Obama glow fades as markets tumble

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 minutes ago
Global stock markets, which initially greeted the re-election of Barack Obama by creeping higher, have gone into reverse as analysts look ahead to the so-called US fiscal cliff and new figures raise fresh concerns over the health of the European economy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/9661705/Barack-Obama-Markets-tumble-following-election.html

Copy copy copy . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 15 minutes ago
MICHAEL GEIST has been trying to keep Canada as free as possible, as a place where we can enjoy our digital entertainment. According to him, as of today, we have new copyright laws in effect. Check out his post, "Canadian Copyright Reform In Force: Expanded User Rights Now the Law". This morning, the majority of Bill C-11, the copyright reform bill, took effect, marking the most significant

7.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA / OFF THE COAST OF CHIAPAS MEXICO, No Tsunami Expected

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 minutes ago

Obama 'Wants To Work With Defeated Rival'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes ago
US President Barack Obama has tried to unify the country by reaching out to his defeated Republican rival about moving the country forward. Mr Obama tried to unify the nation, saying: "In the weeks ahead I look forward to sitting down with governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward." http://news.sky.com/story/1008025/obama-wants-to-work-with-defeated-rival

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.1 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 15:04:23 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 07:04:23 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.649°N, 133.085°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 165 km (102 miles) SSW of Masset, Canada

Citizens, United

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 25 minutes ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein.) If *Citizens United* taught us one thing, it's that it doesn't always buy elections for Republicans. But we should also not lose sight of the fact that it and the Super PACs it makes possible with no transparency or oversight can also be used to buy elections for Democrats. For now, however, progressives across the country, and many people in other countries, can take heart in the fact that the Supreme Court's horrible ruling on the role of corporate cash in elections is nothing compared to a peoples' resolve to push... more »

Can This Be True? Humanity Fails Test of Basic Morality

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 30 minutes ago
No radioactivity found in Fukushima mothers' breast milk. The Asahi Shimbun http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201211060058 Majia here: I questioning this assertion that no radiation was detected in Fukushima mothers' breast milk. There are several reasons I'm suspicious about the truth of this claim. First, the Japanese government has used inappropriate methods for detecting radiation in food products. Food should be tested in a scintillator for contamination. Geiger counters are not an effective means for testing radiation contamination unless the contaminatio... more »

7.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
Magnitude 7.4 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 16:35:50 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 10:35:50 AM at epicenter Location 14.083°N, 91.916°W Depth 41.6 km (25.9 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 56 km (35 miles) SSW (206°) from Retalhuleu, Retalhuleu, Guatemala

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
Magnitude M 4.6 Region NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Date time 2012-11-07 15:17:14.2 UTC Location 36.86 N ; 141.81 E Depth 28 km Distances 85 km E Iwaki, Honshu, Japan

Republicans Throw Election For Obama, Blame Liberty Movement

Intercept at The Intercept - 32 minutes ago
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Will Seattle Become Amsterdam on the Pacific? America Turns a Page.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 57 minutes ago
Washingtonians approved same-sex marriage and marijuana decriminalization last night. This won't exactly trigger a stampede of Vancouverites to Seattle, it's already effectively decriminalized in Vancouver, but it might draw tourists from other states. I take encouragement from little steps like these that show progressivism is growing next door and it will keep growing. Much of the "no" vote comes from angry, old white people - emphasis on *old*. They're on their way out and will have a dwindling effect in future elections. Romney just might have been angry old white America... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 58 minutes ago
Magnitude ML 4.2 Region OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE Date time 2012-11-07 15:16:23.0 UTC Location 30.70 S ; 72.20 W Depth 51 km Distances 96 km W Ovalle, Chile

Syrian rebels kill 10 pro-Assad Palestinian militiamen

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 58 minutes ago
Syrian rebels killed 10 members of a Palestinian militant faction loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in fighting near a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, opposition sources said. Clashes between rebels and the Popular for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) have escalated this week in "Street 30" and the Hajar al-Aswad area near Yarmouk, a camp inhabited by 150,000 Palestinians and as many Syrians. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-syria-crisis-pflp-gc-idUSBRE8A615120121107

It's Personal With Me

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 hour ago
The thing is, for the past 15 years or so, a big part of my real-world thinking and writing has been on using our present parliamentary system of representative democracy/constitutional monarchy/whatever you want to call our quasi-democratic-part-time-rule-of-law system, to constitutionally enshrine the human rights of people within their workplaces. Barring the possibility that neoliberal scumbag politicians will read our petitions or hear our protests and the scales will fall from their eyes and they'll legislate whatever we want when we want it, or of that the Canadian state... more »

Missing Lewis Eddleston: Body Found In Yorkshire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Police investigating the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy in Doncaster have discovered a body in a ditch. South Yorkshire Police have said it is too early to identify the body, but confirmed that they are linking it to the disappearance of the missing teenager, named locally as Lewis Eddleston. http://news.sky.com/story/1008334/missing-lewis-eddleston-body-found-in-yorkshire

Post Election Must Read

2old2care at Because I Can - 1 hour ago
A SNIP for your enjoyment: Thomas Friedman Op-Ed Columnist Hope and Change: Part 2 By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: November 7, 2012 147 Comments In October 2010, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, famously told The National Journal, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” And that’s how he and his party acted. Well, Mitch, how’s that workin’ out for ya? The G.O.P. has lost two presidential elections in a row because it forced its candidate to run so far to the loony right to get through the primaries, ... more »

William Beggs 'Limbs-in-the-loch' killer awarded £5,000 compensation after claiming appeal process delays breached his human rights

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
William Beggs, 49, known as the 'limbs-in-the-loch' killer has been awarded £4,800 by the European Court of Human Rights over the delayed process of his appeals. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228881/Limbs-loch-killer-William-Beggs-awarded-4-800-compensation-lengthy-appeals-process-breaches-human-rights.html

US investor who led Comet into administration after buying ailing firm for just £2 stands to make millions from liquidation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Henry Jackson could rake in million's from Comet's collapse and previously bought MFI for £1 before it went bust and was sold off, also making him a profit. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229120/Henry-Jackson-led-Comet-administration-buying-ailing-firm-2-stands-make-millions-liquidation.html

Ash Dieback Threat May Be Worse Than Feared

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
A deadly fungal disease that threatens to devastate the UK's native ash trees has been discovered in six new counties. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the chalara fraxinea fungus, which causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to tree death, has now been found in 115 sites. New cases of ash dieback have been confirmed in Sussex, Berkshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Bedfordshire and Northumberland - in addition to Norfolk, Suffolk, Kent and Essex where it had already been identified in the countryside. http://news.sky.com/story/1008127/ash-dieback-... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF OREGON - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 13:06:58 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 04:06:58 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 44.673°N, 129.216°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region OFF THE COAST OF OREGON Distances 408 km (253 miles) W of Depoe Bay, Oregon

Common sense inferences may not always apply

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
The recent decision of *R v McConnell*, 2012 ABQB 263 points out that the "common sense" inference that someone intends the natural result of their actions may not always apply in the context of intoxication: In this case, the Crown urges the Court to apply the common sense inference that a sane and sober person intends the natural consequences of her actions. Such an inference is just that ‑ an inference ‑ and, as with any inference, its application depends on the circumstances of the case. As stated by Joyce, J. in R v Robinson, 2010 BCSC 368 (CanLII), 2010 BCSC 368 at para 107, ... more »

Wednesday Morning Election Reaction

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
One nice thing about a status-quo election: it doesn’t leave international-affairs experts with a great deal to prognosticate on. It will be interesting to see if the administration does, indeed, show more “flexibility” on BMD cooperation with Moscow and if it makes a push on Israel-Palestine. We should see a fresh wave of talent coming Continue reading

Syrian Rebels Commit War Crime by Executing Government Troops with Bullets of "Hope and Change"

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 hour ago
A video taken on November 1st, 2012 shows captured soldiers on the ground in Saraqeb, in northern Syria, and later shows them being shot to death. FSA are executing a group of captured government troops. Executing prisoners of war is in direct violation of the Geneva Convention. The United Nations said on Friday that a new video from Syria circulating on the Internet that appears to show antigovernment fighters kicking and summarily executing a group of frightened captive soldiers or militiamen could, if verified, represent evidence of a war crime. A video taken on November ... more »

“No Treason. The Constitution of No Authority” Lysander Spooner

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 hour ago
*Lysander Spooner * Entreprenuer, scholar, radical abolitionist, principled believer in natural law and liberty -- Lysander Spooner is one of the most provocative, eclectic and prolific American legal theorists of the 19th century. His writing continues to influence those today interested in consent, natural law, individual rights, and constitutional order in political theory and practice. A must hear talk by Lysander Spooner on giving up your autonomy to the criminals during voting season. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:58:12 — 108.2MB) If your enjoyed *... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 13:03:07 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 10:03:07 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 2.720°N, 128.952°E Depth 49.4 km (30.7 miles) Region HALMAHERA, INDONESIA Distances 151 km (93 miles) NE of Tobelo, Indonesia

Act 1: Election over. Curtain rises on Act 2: "shift" on Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 hour ago
The US election is over. Unsurprisingly, the winner was* Nobel peace prize laureate* Obom(b)a. He was selected by the elite classes because he is the ‘black’ Bush. Who better to run roughshod over the “dark continent”, Africa, and continue killing all the dark skinned Arabs? To the mindless it appears less racist to have a person of colour killing persons of colour. How else to make ‘white man’s burden’ less burdensome? The ‘arms length’ perception of involvement in the Syrian conflict will now be discarded. As readers here know, the involvement has never been arms length, always h... more »

Colorado and Washington vote to become first US states to legalize marijuana

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Russia Today Marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington for recreational use, and possibly in Oregon as well. While the decision in Colorado is historic, it was not without controversy: The measure won by a close six-point margin, 53% in favor to 47% opposed. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper was an ardent opponent to the legalizaiton of recreational marijuana use, and reacted to the decision in the following statement: “The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law st... more »


bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012* *Interlude—Slowest children emeritus:* Prediction is one of the silliest things our children of the corn do. That said, TV producers *love* predictions—the more specific the better! So it was that a child emeritus invented his own private Minnesota on Sunday’s This Week program: STEPHANOPOULOS (11/4/12): And we are back now with election predictions. I have to take a pass, because I'm anchoring on Tuesday night...*George Will, you go first.* WILL: *I forgot my exact number. I guess you have a graphic here. I guess the wild card in what I've projected ... more »

Friendly Obama wags tail at Republicans

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 2 hours ago
And so it begins anew. Did anyone else find themselves disappointed and anxious listening to Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night? It had the hallmarks of the namby-pamby, suck-up-to-Republicans, please-like-me Obama who screwed up so royally in his first term trying to work with people who hate his guts and who stopped at nothing to obstruct him. Is he a secret Republican? Seems so. Likes republicans and likes Republican policies. Well it's back to the future all over again. Obama has learned nothing from the constant slanders, insults and attacks he received from the... more »

Fundamentals and the Triumph of Avoiding Disaster

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
John Sides has an excellent post up called "The Fundamentals Mattered in 2012." He's not saying that the campaigns didn't matter at all, but that the context for the campaign was a playing field favoring Barack Obama; as Matthew Dickinson reminded us before the polls closed, the consensus of fundamentals-based forecasts called for a narrow Obama victory. Absolutely true, and the place to begin. But step back a bit. By "fundamentals," we're talking about the economy, mainly, right? Or, perhaps, the economy and having an incumbent running for re-election. That's not all, however. The ... more »

At The End Of The Day 'Batshit Crazy' LOST OUT!

leftdog at Buckdog - 2 hours ago
*-Donald Trump Calls For Revolution ... (then deletes his more offensive tweets)* * **-Right wing Rocker Ted Nugent Blows A Gasket* * **-Ezra Levant simply can't understand why people want 'free stuff' like pensions and medicare* * **-Conrad Black Takes A Break From Self Promotion To Slam Everyone Who Is Not Rich*

Morning After Open Thread

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 2 hours ago
For your venting pleasure, consider this your post-Election Day open thread. No big surprises in the congressional results, but at least two glimmers of hope are standing out this morning. Elizabeth Warren beat Scott Brown. The big question is how long she will last as an "independent voice of the people" in the Senate. My prediction: she will come out swinging, ease some of Bernie Sanders's lone voice lonesomeness, deliver many a rousing speech and write many an indignant letter railing against Wall Street. Then one day, sooner rather than later, her new bffs President Obama and H... more »

Expanded Conflict in Syria Promised by Romney Will Proceed Under Obama

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 hours ago
Most irrelevant election in US history comes and goes as long-planned regime change using Al Qaeda death squads against Syria continues unabated. Tony Cartalucci Land Destroyer November 7, 2012 Almost as if to affirm the absolute irrelevance of elections in the "democratic" West, expanded conflict promised by the perceived "hawkish" Republican candidate Mitt Romney is proceeding immediately ahead under the re-elected President Barack Obama. Aside from superficial window dressing via an elaborate array of proxies through which US cash and weapons will flow, more direct military aid,... more »

Multicultural destruction of London to go UK-wide

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 2 hours ago
London - like all capital cities - has been the focus of mass non-European immigration. Within living memory, vast areas of London have been transformed from wholly indigenous boroughs, to wholly colonised non-indigenous slums. Why has this occurred? The very simple reason for the import of vast numbers of non-Europeans has been to destroy our ethnic homogeneity, and to thereby create the impression that because our lands are no longer distinct from others (using mischievous statistical chicanery), then our claim to distinct sovereignty along ethnic and cultural lines, is nullif... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Mickey Loomis hits ground running on return to Saints* * Week 9, Eagles at Saints: Strange Magic ~Saints Win* *Eight of nine state constitutional amendments pass* *First Hurricane Sandy, now Winter Storm Athena for the Eastern U.S. * Winter Storm Athena as seen at 9:01 am EST November 7, 2012. Image credit: NOAA/GSFC. *Missouri basin fluctuating between extremes*

We... The People

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Wealthy Organized Crime figure, Sheldon Adelson funneled immense sums of money to corrupt congressmen like Michael Grimm and Buck McKeon In his awesome new book, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes offers the supposition about our congressmembers that "We want them to be Guardians first; we don't think they should be for sale." That doesn't sound very controversial... but is it true? I guess it depends on how you define "we," or, at least, who he meant by "we." Keep in mind over half a billion dollars in "dark money" was just spent in this election cycle and 70% came from just 163 ve... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 3 hours ago
*Savile, 'working for the spooks'.* According to former residents of Bryn Estyn children's home in Wales: *1.* Sir Jimmy Savile was a regular visitor to the Bryn Estyn children's home. One resident, called Ben, had his trousers pulled down for Savile's ' entertainment' *2.* Boys from Bryn Estyn were gang raped. *3.* 12 or 13 people have died because of events at Bryn Estyn in 70s and 80s *4.* Top people in the Conservative party visited the home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229140/Bryn-Estyn-Victims-tell-horror-inside-North-Wales-care-home--Jimmy-Savile-regular-visito... more »

WotW: Try a Different Search Engine

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 3 hours ago
Once upon a time Google ruled the world. The end. What, you've never heard that story before? Seriously though, Google has a massive hold on the Internet, and I can't really complain. I like Google and think they do certain things better than anyone else (web searches, free products, maps, etc). But every now and then I like to branch out and see what else is out there. Today I want to introduce you to two search engines that work a little bit differently than Google. Addict-o-matic Already you're interested because the name sounds so awesome. No, it won't get you hooked on coffee ... more »

Unarmed Judge killed in Syria car bombing by Rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A judge has been killed in a bombing in a residential district of Damascus, Syrian state media said. The Sana news agency said a "terrorist group" planted explosives under the car of Judge Abad Nadhwah in the Barzeh district. The bomb was detonated remotely, killing him instantly. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/judge-killed-in-syria-car-bombing-8293607.html

Ghana: 'Dozens' Trapped After Mall Collapse

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
One employee at the scene who declined to be named told AFP around 40 workers were in the building when it collapsed, though he was not sure about the number of customers. Family members could be seen at the site attempting to call relatives who may be trapped by mobile phone, while scores of rescue workers sought to clear debris and get oxygen masks to victims. http://news.sky.com/story/1008243/ghana-dozens-trapped-after-mall-collapse

New chill in German-Russian ties before Merkel visit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Two years in age separate Vladimir Putin, the German-speaking former KGB agent who spent five years in Dresden in East Germany's twilight years, from Angela Merkel, the Russian-speaking physicist who grew up near East Berlin. But familiarity with each other's languages and countries, and a common childhood experience east of the Iron Curtain, have never produced close personal relations. Now these look poised for a new chill. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-germany-russia-idUSBRE8A61DP20121107

Storm-battered New York and New Jersey ordered the evacuation ahead of new Storm

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The looming bad weather has New York and New Jersey on edge again as the U.S. Northeast struggles to recover from former hurricane Sandy, which killed at least 120 in the United States and Canada when it struck on October 29 as a rare hybrid storm. New York City has ordered the evacuation of some low-lying hard-hit areas, including the Rockaways section of Queens and the south shore of Staten Island - home to nearly half of the 40 people killed in New York City by Sandy - while residents of at least two New Jersey towns have also been told to leave. http://www.reuters.com/article/... more »

Obama win spells trouble for Netanyahu

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energized critics at home who accused him of backing the loser in the U.S. presidential election. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-usa-campaign-israel-palestinians-idUSBRE8A61D920121107

Rebels fire at Assad's palace, hit neighborhood

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Syrian rebels fired mortars at President Bashar al-Assad's palace in Damascus on Wednesday but missed, in an attack underlining the growing boldness of forces fighting to end his family's 42 years in power. As violence flared in other parts of the country, Turkey said it was about to ask NATO to station Patriot missiles along its border with Syria to guard against violence spilling onto its territory. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE88J0X720121107

On The Ground

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
Barack Obama has learned a lot in the last four years. During the first two years of his presidency, many of his supporters grumbled that he didn't understand who he was dealing with. When Republicans said that their first priority was to make him a one term president, they were serious. But the 2010 elections got his attention. And the debt ceiling debacle convinced him that the old admonition, "Early to bed and early to rise. Work like hell and organize" was the only way to deal with his opposition. And that's why Obama and the Democrats won the White House yesterday. True, the... more »

Ghana Shopping Centre Collapses

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A six-storey shopping centre has collapsed in Ghana, leaving an unknown number of victims trapped in the rubble. It is thought the top three floors of the Melcom mall in the Ghanaian capital Accra came down. http://news.sky.com/story/1008243/shopping-centre-collapses-in-ghana

Utter exasperation and irritation

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


Anon at aangirfan - 4 hours ago
*Eileen Fairweather* For over 20 years, investigative journalist, Eileen Fairweather has been exposing powerful paedophile rings in such places as Islington in London, Essex, Hackney in London, Jersey, north Wales and Romania. Her work has led to numerous government inquiries. Every government inquiry confirmed that child abuse had taken place. Eileen Fairweather writes: "But did they bring child abusers to justice? "Not at all." "Inquiries are mostly the establishment's way of managing dissent and pretending something is being done." *Inquiries fail abused children - The Gua... more »

This Blog: Lights Out, "Sabbatical"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss “Sabbatical or a sabbatical (from Latin sabbaticus, from Greek sabbatikos, from Hebrew shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a "ceasing") is a rest from work, or a hiatus, often lasting from two months to a year. The concept of sabbatical has a source in shmita, described several places in the Bible (Leviticus 25, for example, where there is a commandment to desist from working the fields in the seventh year). In the strict sense, therefore, sabbatical lasts a year.” - Wikipedia Barring something totally unfor... more »

Haiti Needs International Help

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 5 hours ago
Given his penchant for spending billions of dollars to harass us while failing to provide the "security" the billions were ostensibly spent on, d'you think harper could move himself to provide $79 million for Haiti?

Reflections On The Election: 'Get Over It'

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 5 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe I'm going to try to restrain myself from being ugly to the vanquished, but only up to a point. For one thing, the defeat is not complete. They still have control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Orange Julius will remain Weeper of the House, and therefore it's not likely that much will be done in Washington for at least the next two years. But also, being ugly is just no-class, even when I do it. I ended a "friendship" with a righty back in November 2004 because, after Kerry's surprising defeat by Il Doofus, this drooling idiot thought it was a good idea to se... more »

Food MythBusters -- Do We Really Need Industrial Agriculture To Feed The World?

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
24 October 2012 For more information: *www.foodmyths.org* Facebook: *www.facebook.com/FoodMythBusters* Twitter: *www.twitter.com/FoodMythBusters* Join the conversation on Twitter by using #FoodMyths How can we feed the world—today and tomorrow? The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food ... more »

Cosmic GDP drops 97% since peak star

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 5 hours ago
Staunch Chicken Littles such as Alexander Ač love to talk about "peak oil", a hypothetical moment (and, in their opinion, a predictable and important moment) at which the global oil production reaches its global maximum. But Phys.ORG has discussed an even more far-reaching peak of something, namely "peak star". The popular article is based on this paper: A large H\(\alpha\) survey at \(z=2.23,\, 1.47,\, 0.84\, \&\, 0.40\): the \(11\,{\rm Gyr}\) evolution of star-forming galaxies from HiZELS (arXiv, published in *Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society*) If we denote th... more »

Attorney General: 900 Dead People Voted In SC | WYFF Home - WYFF Home

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago

Bahrain strips Shiite activists of citizenship amid unrest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Bahrain has revoked the citizenship of 31 Shiite activists, the latest clampdown on the opposition amid continued unrest in the Persian Gulf kingdom. The state-run Bahrain TV announced the move Tuesday evening, citing an interior ministry statement. The television anchor read out the names of the 31 activists, which included Jawad Fairouz, a former member of Parliament for the Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq, and his brother, Jalal. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/07/world/meast/bahrain-activists-citizenship/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 10:46:41 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 03:46:41 AM at epicenter Location 8.919°S, 108.720°W Depth 10.3 km (6.4 miles) Region CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE Distances 2887 km (1794 miles) NE (55°) from ADAMSTOWN, Pitcairn Islands

SWAT team armed with assault rifles sent to evict woman, 63, from her foreclosed home as Occupy protesters try to stop them

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
At least 10 truckloads of heavily armed officers in full tactical gear were called in because two dozen protesters joined the homeowner, Sahara Donahue (left), erecting barricades outside her Idaho Springs home. Captain Bruce Snelling, of the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Department, said the reason so many officers showed up is because officials learned that one of the protesters had a gun, which turned out to be a BB gun. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229070/Massive-SWAT-team-armed-assault-rifles-sent-evict-woman-63-foreclosed-home-Occupy-protesters-try-stop-them.html

World's rarest whale seen for the very first time... but only when it died after beaching in New Zealand with its young calf

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The world’s rarest whale, which has remained a mystery to scientists for over 100 years, has been seen for the first time. The five-metre whale was washed up on a beach with its calf in New Zealand, offering the first evidence for decades that the species still exists. The spade-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon traversii) had not been seen for the past 140 years, except for the odd skull that has washed up on shore. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228565/Rare-spade-toothed-beaked-whale-seen-time-beached-calf-New-Zealand.html

Greece: Riot Police On Alert Ahead Of Austerity Vote

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Faced with the toughest batch of budget cuts yet, crisis-crippled Greeks walked off work for a second day, taking to the streets in a flood of protests as lawmakers prepared for the controversial vote. From flights to and from the country that were halted for three hours, to schools, shops and government agencies that remained shut, the 48-hour nationwide strike affected both public and private sector, paralysing an already anaemic economy. http://news.sky.com/story/1008113/riot-police-on-alert-ahead-of-austerity-vote

Family's home hit by 5ft wall of flood water after BEAVER dam breaks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
At least one home was caught in the middle and hit with a 5-foot wall of water that was 160 feet wide in Duvall, Washington. Beavers commonly build damns on streams and rivers to flood surrounding areas. The resulting ponds create habitat for them, as well as protection from predators. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228894/Beaver-dam-breaks-unleashes-flood-4-acre-pond-Washington-state.html

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 10:25:57 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 03:25:57 AM at epicenter Location 9.180°S, 108.972°W Depth 10.4 km (6.5 miles) Region CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE Distances 2847 km (1769 miles) NE (55°) from ADAMSTOWN, Pitcairn Islands

Felix Baumgartner Guilty of punching Greek lorry driver in road rage incident

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Baumgartner, who last month broke the world altitude record for a parachute jump, was found guilty of punching a Greek lorry driver two years ago and fined 1,500 euros in an appeal hearing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228695/Felix-Baumgartner-guilty-punching-Greek-lorry-driver.html

man, 82, killed after being hit by National Guard truck on Hurricane Sandy relief in busy Manhattan street

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
An 82-year-old man was killed after being hit by a National Guard truck in downtown Manhattan. According to witnesses, the man suffered extensive body trauma. The truck was part of a convoy that was on a supply mission as part of ongoing recovery projects conducted by the National Guard following Hurricane Sandy. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228986/Horror-man-82-killed-hit-National-Guard-truck-Hurricane-Sandy-relief-busy-Manhattan-street.html

New York City CUTS waste removal and halts recycling as sanitation workers rush to aid of areas hardest hit by Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The mayor is reducing trash pick-up days from three days a week to two days a week, or from two days a week to one day a week in neighborhoods less affected by Superstorm Sandy.\ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228918/New-York-City-cuts-waste-removal-halts-recycling-sanitation-workers-rush-aid-areas-hardest-hit-Sandy.html

John Jay High School used as Hurricane Sandy shelter shut down as VIRUS infects dozens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
About a dozen storm refugees taking shelter at John Jay High School in Brooklyn came down with a contagious stomach virus. The school will be closed on Wednesday as the school is shut down and sanitized http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229107/Brooklyns-John-Jay-High-School-used-Hurricane-Sandy-shelter-shut-VIRUS-infects-dozens.html

500 flights canceled as yet another storm is expected to hit the already devastated East Coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
United Airlines has announced that it will ground nearly 500 flights in anticipation of a large coastal storm expected to bring winds up to 60 mph and heavy rainfall to the already battered eastern seaboard. The nation's largest carrier has suspended most of its services from Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229112/United-Airlines-cancels-500-flights-storm-expected-hit-East-Coast.html

Cameron hints at arming the Syrian rebellion in major escalation of British involvement in civil war

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
BRITAIN is to open talks with gunmen seeking to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad after David Cameron signalled that he would like to start arming the rebels. In a dramatic escalation of the UK’s involvement in the Syrian civil war, the Prime Minister will today give the green light for British officials to advise rebel commanders on the ground for the first time. Officials say the talks are designed to help the opposition forces form one united rebel army to bring about regime change. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2228650/Cameron-hints-arming-Syrian-rebellion-maj... more »

Trump calls for a 'revolution' after 'disgusting injustice, sham and travesty' of Obama's re-election......before deleting some tweets

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Earlier Tuesday, the embattled real estate mogul took to the microblogging site reminding his followers: ‘Whoever wins today, remember that tomorrow we still have a country struggling. 'Our work is not done until America is strong again.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229109/Election-2012-Donald-Trump-tweets-anger-following-disgusting-injustice-Obamas-election.html

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 09:07:53 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 01:37:53 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.438°N, 70.648°E Depth 188.8 km (117.3 miles) Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Distances 46 km (28 miles) NNW of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan, Afghanistan

Dollar falls after Obama victory, fiscal cliff looms

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The dollar fell on Wednesday after U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election for a second term, which was seen ensuring Federal Reserve quantitative easing will be in place. But analysts said the dollar could soon resume its uptrend trend if safe-haven flows are prompted by growing worries over the looming U.S. "fiscal cliff". The country risks policy paralysis over a sharp fiscal tightening due to start next year unless a deal is reached in Congress to avert it http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-markets-forex-idUSBRE8A518S20121107

Protests intensify as Greece votes on austerity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Greece's coalition government hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protesters' fury at parliament's gates on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure an injection of aid and avert bankruptcy. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-greece-idUSBRE8A51JR20121107

Pro-Assad group bombed by Rebels, sectarian split widens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Multiple bomb explosions on Wednesday hit a hilltop area in Damascus populated by members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, marking escalation of sectarian attacks in a conflict that has deepened religious Middle East divides. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE88J0X720121107

For Long Island utility in flux, warnings preceded Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The people in the coastal communities of Long Island and Queens in New York were among the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. Now they are suffering new blows because of the inability of their power utility to restore electricity quickly. The 200,000 LIPA customers still without electricity accounted for more than half of the 370,000 New York utility customers still without power as of Tuesday morning, Reuters found. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-storm-sandy-lipa-idUSBRE8A51CS20121106

On India-China border, reports of UFOs skyrocket

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Mysterious yellow spheres that appear to lift off from the Chinese side are causing more embarrassment than fear as India struggles to figure out what they are. Adding to the litany of issues besetting neighboring nuclear rivals China and India, ranging from border disputes to the Dalai Lama to trade deficits, is a new one: UFOs. "Over 100 UFOs seen along China border," said a headline in Tuesday's Times of India. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-india-china-ufos-20121107,0,5138335.story

Foreign Policy: Obama Facing Iran Dilemma

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The biggest foreign policy issue facing newly re-elected President Barack Obama is the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran. Tehran says it is not seeking nuclear weapons, the Americans and others disagree. Mr Obama is on record as saying he will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. Next year is widely predicted to be the year when Iran will cross a red line set by the Israelis, and possibly the line hinted at being the limit of American patience. http://news.sky.com/story/1008086/foreign-policy-obama-facing-iran-dilemma

Obama Tells US: 'The Best Is Yet To Come'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
US President Barack Obama tells his supporters he returns to the White House "more determined and more inspired than ever". http://news.sky.com/story/1008025/obama-tells-us-the-best-is-yet-to-come

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SEA OF JAPAN - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 09:07:33 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 06:07:33 PM at epicenter Location 37.542°N, 135.681°E Depth 352.2 km (218.9 miles) Region SEA OF JAPAN Distances 122 km (75 miles) NW of Hakui, Japan

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 08:18:20 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 04:18:20 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 0.303°N, 122.183°E Depth 170.9 km (106.2 miles) Region MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA Distances 31 km (19 miles) SW of Tilamuta, Indonesia

No Exit

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 7 hours ago
With the President reelected and the House and Senate largely unchanged in composition, the first thought that came to my mind was the classic Sartre play *No Exit*, with President Obama, Speaker Boehner, and Majority Leader Reid playing the three characters.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.5 Region SOUTHERN PERU Date time 2012-11-07 07:54:55.0 UTC Location 17.40 S ; 70.00 W Depth 202 km Distances 28 km N Tarata, Peru

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHWESTERN IRAN - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 07:02:11 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 10:32:11 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.991°N, 46.748°E Depth 9.8 km (6.1 miles) Region NORTHWESTERN IRAN Distances 41 km (25 miles) ESE of Tabriz, Iran

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHWESTERN IRAN - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 06:26:33 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 09:56:33 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.472°N, 46.613°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region NORTHWESTERN IRAN Distances 40 km (24 miles) W of Ahar, Iran

News Coverage Note

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
I'll write about the elections in the morning, but for now just a quick note on the news coverage -- specifically on CNN, since I had the TV on to it for most of the night. If I had to judge them on covering the presidential campaign returns, I'd give them...maybe a B. They called states fairly slowly as far as I could tell from what I was seeing elsewhere, but that's pretty much a plus, in my book. They spent most of their time on the returns, and had what seemed to be relatively little useless partisan spin. The main drawback was that they became obsessed with the close race in Fl... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
[image: 057_ELIAS_150] *Gerard Elias QC, the leading counsel to the Waterhouse Tribunal which investigated child abuse in North Wales, 'is a freemason.'* * * Reportedly, top freemasons are involved in top pedophile rings. All across the UK, child abuse has taken place in children's homes and schools. Reportedly, the abusers include top people in military intelligence (think of Blunt, Burgess and Oldfield), top people in the police, top judges and top people in government. * * The 1997 Waterhouse Tribunal investigated pedophile rings at children's homes in North Wales. Reportedly, th... more »

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
So Barack Obama has won re-election as President of the United States. On the plus size that means that we will be spared months of whining Democrats complaining about voting issues, the Republicans' complaints will be pretty much ignored. As in the UK, the right are expected to accept defeat whilst the left just won't. My views were expressed in a series of tweets this morning:

ClanCast: Connecting Readers With Their Authors

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 9 hours ago
Is an author or book promotion, just a case of putting an author in front of a camera asking a few questions and posting the result on their web site. Does that image and insight into the author’s thinking make the difference? We have seen book promotion on television stumble along for years, usually subject to the usual discussion on a sofa and the author holding their new book in one hand whilst fixing the eyes on the camera and smiling. Celebrity authors can easily get the right exposure and do it with style and litter the studios of every chat show clutching that new release. ... more »

Chinese Cabinet Mandates Reform Plan

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This request for reform comes just as a new regime is expected to take over and may be wishful thinking. What China needs now is staged privatization of the SOEs over a likely twenty years combined with urban private ownership on newly built structures and the underlying land. This can shove vast amounts of real property into the hands of the nascent middle class. All this will also create creditable lending to individuals and the private sector can be expected to shoulder a greater share of the national economy. Dealing with the SOEs has been put off for thirty y... more »

Large Yeti Population in Siberia - DNA Report Challenged

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
It did not take long for the independent science to choke on the noisy claims made recently by Sapunov. This does no one any favors. Three independent tests properly done is one thing. This is quite another. However, this is all about the increasing visibility of the subject in the media and they will soon learn to go to the science first tp see what is real. Yes there is a real population and a number of excellent observations, the most recent of three creatures by river based fishermen. Actual DNA will be a bonus that will end scientific neglect. I expect that we wil... more »

Super Fast Water Shedding

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is a neat solution and yes condenser surfaces truly matter. My interest is around my proposed Eden Machine which will use local energy to operate a condenser plate. This is a necessary key component that is now nicely optimized. It will nicely reduce surface area. Again it is a result of creating a micro surface to increase efficiencies in a novel manner. We are a long way from fully exploring this lode. *A better way to shed water* * by David L. Chandler for MIT News* * Cambridge, MA (SPX) Oct 23, 2012* *http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/A_better_way_to... more »

Giant Bat in Georgia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Provided this tale has credence, then it appears that what we could be seeing here is some form of large gargoyle bat that I have posted on before. The head is rotated downward hiding the neck. The upper arms of the wings are held vertically in preparation for a quick lift. The wings are expanded outward and upward before the creature launches itself and it may use its legs to give an initial lift. It been dark it is no surprise either that parts are seen while the remainder is not. Most important though, it is not a bird and has some visible hair. This makes it ... more »

Message to Canada’s media: OK guys, you can stop campaigning for that Romney guy now …

david at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
Romney Defeats Obama! U.S. President Barack Obama – perhaps not exactly as illustrated – holds up a copy of the Toronto Globe and Mail after his election victory last night. Or something like that. Maybe they just missed it that we don’t get a vote. Most Canadians don’t get to vote, that is, in the ... more »

Reign of Obaaama Continues; Worst Is Yet To Come

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
Seven items on the agenda in Obaaama's second term: 1. Austerity 2. Tougher Action Against Syria 3. Attack on Iran 4. More drone strikes in Pakistan, creating political turbulence in that country, and possibly leading to U.S. boots on the ground to grab Pakistan's nuclear weapons. 5. Economic Collapse 6. Martial Law 7. WWIII and *Global Apocalypse* Goodbye America, it was nice knowing ya'. * *

RSS AMSU: 2012 seems to be 11th warmest on record

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
For almost 15 years, the climate alarmist bigots have been dreaming about another warm year that would dethrone 1998 as the warmest year on the satellite temperature record. It's totally clear by now that year 2012 won't become this divine signal of their holy global warming they have been desperately waiting and praying for. In fact, after the first 10 months, it doesn't seem to make it into the top ten. The UAH AMSU satellite temperature product recently experienced some problems and had to upgrade to a new version. In this ranking texts, I usually refer to RSS AMSU which seems... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
Florida DB. Obama (i)49.9%4,035,286RM. Romney49.2%3,978,728LG. Johnson0.5%42,707GJ. Stein0.1%8,483OR. Barr0.1%7,801 *OBAMA TO WIN - BOOKMAKERS AND STATISTICIANS* * **"OBAMA TO WIN"* * **OLIGARCHS BACK OBAMA?*

Obama Wins Re-election: Eat It, Citizens United

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 11 hours ago
*By MARC McDONALD* I'm not sure how on earth President Obama prevailed over the array of powerful and sinister forces arrayed against him. But he did---and he's now going to be our president for the next four years. It's quite an impressive accomplishment. Consider all the obstacles Obama faced: 1. "Citizens United" which pretty much handed over to rich & powerful corporations the right to buy elections in America. Obama somehow overcame the vast sums of money that the likes of ExxonMobil and Walmart and the Koch brothers were able to throw into Romney's campaign. I'm not sure how ... more »

The sane guy won

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours ago

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours ago
It was sort of sad watching conservatives play the same game that we did in 2004. Poll aggregation + 1; bubblethought -15.

The Biggest Win of the Evening

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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! - 12 hours 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 »


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 12 hours 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 »


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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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


Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 13 hours ago
*Obama wins! *

Indigenous Exposing REDD: The False Climate Solution

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours 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 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 hours ago

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago

Staying calm and trusting Nate Silver

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 14 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 - 14 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! - 15 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 17 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.
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