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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

8 November - Blogs I'm Following II

10:08 pm MST

From Fantasy To Fact: Four Ways The Fake Media Creates A False Reality

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 minutes ago
*The mainstream media has abused its power. The global alternative media is demanding accountability. * *1. Hyper-attention On A Particular Event, Issue, and Mantra.* The mainstream media exclusively focuses on a single storyline about an event or an issue, which has the effect of marginalizing other points of view that are equally valid, if not more so. Narratives, not facts and objective data, have taken center stage in the aspiring journalist's mind. Journalists and editors who oversee the making of the news play the same role as screenwriters in the filmmaking process. Their... more »

Let's All Smoke A Fat One

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 minutes ago
I'm just kidding; I gave up smoking pot on December 1, 1970 in a sweltering parking lot at the Pakistan-India border. It was a godsend-- but so were all the years before that when I was using it. I was happy that voters in Washington and Colorado have decriminalized the use of marijuana for recreational usage and that Massachusetts legalized medical marijuana. Too bad about Oregon's proposal to basically stop treating pot like some kind of dangerous substance. A Fox contributor, Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist, argues that the implications of legalized marijuana could be massive, mass... more »

RI Has ALEC House-cleaning To Do

2old2care at Because I Can - 21 minutes ago
Found this last night and almost spit my drink onto my keyboard.(There were no nasty ALEC member DIAGEO brands in the glass either – I’ve changed my ways.) Perhaps the biggest local loss of the night belongs to American Legislative Exchange Council, the ultra-right wing bill mill that had gained a toe hold in the General Assembly. Both state chairs – Jon Brien and Frank Maher – lost. Unless others step up – and they will – one of the most conservative outside influences on the legislature has been all but eliminated. Good riddance!! No - I don't think what happened *to those two* ... more »

First Nations Women Activists of the Year

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 45 minutes ago
*First Nation Women named Activists of the Year* Lois Frank*APTN National News reports* http://aptn.ca/pages/news/2012/10/30/two-first-nation-women-named-activists-of-year/ The Council of Canadians call themselves Canada's largest citizen organization known for its social and economic activism. They took time out of their annual general meeting in Nanaimo, B.C. this weekend to honour two First Nation women for their environmental bravery. Chief Marilyn BaptisteThe Council of Canadians recognized both women as activists of the year. Lois Frank is from the Blood Reserve in Alberta. Frank... more »

March Against the Banksters LA Nov. 9, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
. in SOLIDARITY with JUSTICE FOR NIKO BLACK Pershing Square - Downtown Los Angeles 532 S. Olive, Los Angeles, California 90013 We will be Feeding The People (F.T.P.) @ 1:30 We will then proceed to march on the banks. Yes we said it, Banks. ** BRING CARDBOARD/SIGNS!! Enough is enough. "The banks have emptied us out of our homes, and thrown us either to the street or into jails for defending our right to housing. Banks not only tie into the housing crisis, they tie into the prison industrial complex, military industrial complex, the hunger crisis, and student debt crisis. ... more »

Important Health News: Real History - Vaccines NOT Responsible For Halting Infectious Diseases Of 20th Century!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I am still surprised and shocked when I pass by Pharmacies here in Canada, and see multitudes of people lining up like sheep to get their "free flu shots". I have stopped several of these poor suckers over the last few weeks and tried to warn them that they should not be fooled by the lies by the government and big Pharmaceutical companies, and that vaccines do not work. The response has not been positive in most cases.. Some people have called me a wide assortment of names, and in most cases have said flat out that "I do not know what the hell I am talking about". It has got to... more »

School of Americas Watch: Protest US Torture Nov. 16-18, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
*School of Americas Watch: Speakers and Musicians at Fort Benning, Ga. Vigil Nov. 16-18, 2012* *Posted at Censored News* *http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com* ** *From November 16-18, 2012, thousands of human rights activists, torture survivors, anti-war veterans, students, families, union workers, nuns, artists, and others will converge at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, to call on the Obama administration to end the U.S. militarization of the Americas, and to close the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC)! Fore more information visit SOAW.org Here's a list of some of the featur... more »

The Global Warming Fraud: Important Video - The Global Warming Lie

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I have for years now been telling people that man made "Global Warming" is a massive fraud and a hoax perpetrated by some swindlers who want to impose on people everywhere their scam called "Carbon Taxation". One huge problem now is that with Barry Soetoro back in office as President of the United States for the next 4 years, one of his agendas is to bring in fraudulent Carbon taxation on already overtaxed US citizens very soon! I came across the following excellent video entitled: "The Global Warming Lie - John Coleman" that actually came out over a year ago that I want to share ... more »

I'm a sucker for Disney

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 2 hours ago
Growing up, my parents instilled me a work ethic, a love of reading and writing and of course a deep love of everything Disney. I think almost every vacation we took as children involved Mickey Mouse in some aspect. My first trip to Disneyland ended up with the chicken pox for me, but it was a great trip anyway because it was at Disneyland. We went to Disneyland quite a few times throughout my childhood. And Disney World in my teenage years. How many people can say they were photo bombed by Pluto? I love Disney so much that my husband took me to Disneyland on our Honeymoon. We... more »

MORE TESTS!!!! SKrashen & CBirmingham comment

skrashen at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
My comment on “Final College-Readiness Definition Guides Test Consortium,” Ed Week, Nov 7. What does it mean to be college-ready? What does it mean to be eager to inflict yet another battery of tests on our test-weary educational system? What does it mean to ignore the evidence that high school grades are an excellent predictor of college success? I think it means more profit for testing and computer companies (tests must be administered online), who never seem to be satisfied, who want an ever larger share of our tax dollars. I think it means more of “take from the needy and give ... more »

Jason Helvingston: College Park, Orlando man fights to keep vegetable garden in front yard while city declares it "illegal"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago

History of Western Injustices Against Iran

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
The following is an excerpt from a *comment by "Smith," on the website 'The Race For Iran,'* in the article, "Flynt Leverett on the Illusion of a Syrian “Opposition”—and the Real Requirements for Conflict Resolution in Syria." 1- Western countries led by UK started to steal Iran’s hydrocarbon reserves specially oil from 1901 and this oil was the only oil UK used during world war I and world war II. All royal navy ships and planes and trucks running in Europe, Africa or South Asia was being fueled by Iranian oil which Iranians never got paid for. Infact UK had nationalized Iranian o... more »

Poll: Nearly One Third Of Americans Would Accept ‘TSA Body Cavity Search’ in Order to Fly

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago

Bear needs a hug

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago

"Wake up," Rachel Maddow says to right-wingers whose reality bubble has been punctured. "will be a painful process, but it will be good for the whole country"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*APOLOGIES FOR THE LACK OF PARAGRAPHING IN THIS POST*, but the new software forced on us by our host, Blogger, is the worst software in the history of the universe. I've been struggling with it for a couple of months now, and I'm very near the end. I have tried putting the paragraph breaks back in every way I know how about ten times. Nobody at either Blogspot or its current owner, Google, seems to give the slightest damn about the screeching incompetence of their godforsaken pile-of-crap product. I can't begin to tell how much I hate them, and what horrible things I wish for them. ... more »

Alex Jones - Absolute "Red Hot" Despotism

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Obaaama will not save America, he is helping the bankters and globalists to destroy America.

The patent bargain

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
*Teva Canada Ltd. v. Pfizer Canada Inc*. 2012 SCC 60 deals with the patent on the well known drug Viagra. The Court holds the patent invalid on the basis proper disclosure was not made when the patent was sought. The Court writes: [32] The patent system is based on a "bargain", or quid pro quo: the inventor is granted exclusive rights in a new and useful invention for a limited period in exchange for disclosure of the invention so that society can benefit from this knowledge. This is the basic policy rationale underlying the Act. The patent bargain encour... more »

#RoadTrip : So, where am I this time?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Unsolicited Advice to the Northeast in the Aftermath ~New Orleans Slate *

Time for Obama to Change Course on Education

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
From an engineer and a scientist who sees the damage of current corporate education reform and can't understand why Obama can't just do the arithmetic. A call for President Obama to change course on educationBy Arthur H. Camins , Updated: November 7, 2012 * Arthur H. Camins is director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.* With the election behind us, it is time for the Obama administration to step back from its education policy and access whether its foundation is sound and supported by evidence. It is... more »

I just want to thank you, for letting me, be myself -- again

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
Another sweet moment for the 2012 archives: President Obama thanks the OFA staff. [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

Obama aims to start nuclear talks with Iran next month

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago

Imminent Monetary System Collapse - Sheikh Imran Hosein

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
"I believe that Obama has bought time for the US dollar and the time is now up. Whether it was Obama or Romney, time for the US dollar is up. And so the immediate future is one in which we should not only be looking carefully at signs of a military attack on Iran, on Pakistan, on Syria, but, in addition to that, that we monitor very carefully the likelihood of a monetary collapse." - Sheikh Imran Hosein. Source: 108morris108.

Black mob kidnaps and gang rapes 14 year old girl on her way to school in North Lawndale, Chicago

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago

ELECTION 2012 / Marilyn Katz : On Women Making a Difference

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 3 hours ago
Women win big: Clockwise, from top: Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, and Claire McCaskill. Image from PopSugar. Making a difference: On women and the election We are not red states and blue states, we are blue cities (and suburbs) in red states, filled with the young, the diverse, the women -- who are the rising tide. By Marilyn Katz / The Rag Blog / November 8, 2012 CHICAGO -- The

Over 600,000 Votes in Az have NOT Yet Been Counted

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
AZ Central Dennis Wagner Voters across the Valley encountered a series of problems when they tried to cast their ballots on Tuesday at their polling places. Many complained about long waits for provisional ballots, which are given to those who don’t show up on the poll roster or fail to produce proper identification. Officials with Promise Arizona in Action, an organization that advocates immigration reform and fights discrimination, said they are concerned that poll workers were given pre-election instructions that may have forced the huge number of provisional ballots. They als... more »

ELECTION 2012 / Jonah Raskin : A View from California

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
"California Dreaming." Art by Tom Horner / Dribble. Inset image below from San Francisco Sentinal. A view from California: Which way the wind blows Obama’s reelection is only the beginning. The hard work of transforming the nation lies ahead By Jonah Raskin / The Rag Blog / November 8, 2012 SANTA ROSA, California -- Watching national politics from the coast of California, where I live, and

Election night 2012 in pictures

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
As I said earlier, I don't gloat over winning. I remember too well the morning after 2004. Walking to work in lovely downtown Northampton. It was eerily quiet. Streets were full of people wandering around in stunned silence. Dread settled over that little, very liberal city like a funeral shroud. This is how conservatives are feeling today. Just because their beliefs are founded on the longest, most concentrated and effective disinformation campaign in the history of civilization doesn't make their emotional response any less real. So no, I'm not inclined to rub it in. That being s... more »

South Korea's Secret: secret: Runaway teen prostitution

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago

PROJECT CAMELOT: Shadow Operations: The Mars Project Part 1-5

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
Thanks to GW Hardin for letting me know this was already online!

NOT PJ: Dunedin Born and Brewed

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*This week, Bernard Darnton is drinking locally, and thinking globally*. *Dunedin Born and Brewed* Emerson’s Brewery, a Dunedin icon, was sold to Lion on Tuesday and so is now part of Kirin Holdings, the Japanese brewer. (Kirin, in turn, is part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, making it a sort of drinking-and-driving conglomerate.) I drove down to Dunedin the day after the announcement to check that the beer was still OK. It was. The brewery itself is still in a crappy little industrial building in North Dunedin. You can still take in your empty plastic Coke bottle and get the recept... more »

Chemtrails. The Realities of Geoengineering and Weather Modification

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
Global Research Professor James [image: chemtrails] *Over the past decade evidence has increasingly emerged indicating how geoengineering and weather modification programs designed to inflict major impacts on the atmosphere and environment are fully operational.* *Despite such developments the CO2-specific anthropogenic theory of global warming touted by foundation-funded environmental groups and public relations dominates much of popular discourse and the prevailing worldview of intellectuals.* By drawing attention away from actually existing efforts of atmospheric experimentation... more »

IDF ground forces enter Gaza after finding tunnel packed with explosives

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago

Europe to get Massive anti-indigenous Terrorist Training Centres

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 5 hours ago
The colonisation of Europe is continuing at an ever faster pace. In every State of the European Union, the traitors in power are using every tool at their disposal to destroy indigenous culture, and to infest our shores with people who despise us and our way of life. The 'French' President has stated a desire to allow Hundreds of Thousands of Algerians to become full French citizens; not caring a damn about how this will destroy social cohesion, increase unemployment and turn France into a North African Arab slum. The so-called socialist is nothing but a materialistic tyrant who ... more »

'Assad is completely demonized by the press' – RT’s interviewer

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Russia Today The Syrian conflict is exponentially more complicated than portrayed in the press – and as for President Bashar Assad, he is a well-educated man who has fallen victim to media demonization, says RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze. RT: You were there, just returned. First of all, he is painted as such an evil, evil man really in the situation, so clean-cut really. What was your impression, first of all? Sophie Shevardnadze: Of the man, or the situation? RT: Both. Of the man – is he really who most of the media says he is? And then, of the country, the people. SS: The first th... more »

Elsewhere: Nominations, Biden

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
Yesterday at PP I wrote about executive nomination reform, and today at Greg's place I talked about judicial nominations. For regular readers, it's nothing especially new, but these are major issues, and I'll probably be hitting on both quite often in the next few months. And at PP today I urged Joe Biden to at least pretend he's running for president, even if he really isn't. The more that a presidency can be grounded in the incentives and the representative process of electoral politics, the better.

Aerial Buyer's Remorse?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
Ever buy something with all the bells and whistles only to realize you spent a lot of money on fancy extras you'll never need or even use? Don't blame the sales staff. They're in the business to "up sell" you whenever possible. There's usually a lot more profit in a $400 widget than in a $100 widget. Our military leadership seem to be suckers for the "up sell." They naturally want the latest and greatest. Theirs is a competitive business and no one wants to be saddled with second-best or third-best. The question today is whether our military brass has been "up sold" on the ... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 6 hours ago
*READ THIS E-MAIL FROM MARK CRISPIN MILLER TO HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE ELECTION INTEGRITY MOVEMENT. BUT DO NOT MISS THE FORBES ARTICLE REPOSTED BELOW, WHICH IN COMBINATION WITH KARL'S LATE-NIGHT BLABBING MUST HAVE LED COOLER MINDS TO CALL OFF THE PROGRAMMED THEFT OF OBAMA'S LEAD IN OHIO.* Mark Crispin Miller flanked by Arizona election integrity activists John Brakey (left) and attorney Bill Risner (right) (Photo credit, the blogger) ------------------------------ From: markcrispinmiller@gmail.com To: group Sent: 11/7/2012 12:46:12 P.M. Eastern Standard Time Subj: Score o... more »

This week's Phil Space

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 6 hours ago
A fascinating piece on the Runner’s High, how exercise can become literally addictive: Eight-and-a-half hours into the 100km (62m) Norfolk Coastal ultramarathon, he pain in my legs and badly battered feet was almost overwhelming. I desperately wanted to give in to the urge to curl up in a ball at the side of the trail and shut my eyes. Sixty-two miles is not particularly far in the ultrarunning world – and the bleak, beautiful and flat Norfolk coastline may not be as hard on the legs as the Alps or Hard Rock 100 – but it was further than I had ever run before. The race pounded me ... more »

Caddyshack: We'll always have Benghazi, continued!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 6 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012* *"Agreeing with Greta" edition:* Based on our several brushes with greatness, Greta van Susteren is a nice person. Professionally, she's a rather strange duck. Last night, with the election settled, she bent to the public will, starting her program thusly: VAN SUSTEREN (11/7/12): *Is it time? Should Senate Democrats dump their leader Senator Harry Reid?* He is single-handedly blocking progress on the budget. No doubt about it! If there’s one *obvious* lesson from this election, it surely involves the need for Reid to go! Whatever! Greta batted this top... more »

The hippies punched back

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
[Clay Bennett cartoon] I was so exhausted yesterday from staying up almost night, had a post ready to go and forgot to publish it. Yesterday I woke up in the middle of the night so sick it was hours before I could go back to bed. Apparently my dinner did not agree with me and I've been queasy all day. But just as well, I suppose. Having lost at politics so many times in my life, I don't like to gloat when we win and it's taken me this long to stop busting out into the happy dance every five minutes. Tuesday was a big night for liberals and progressive politics. Some discouraging ... more »

Torches of Freedom

Wit's End - 6 hours ago
Upon seeing my last post about the missing autumn foliage, commenter John left a link to a current television news series from WCAX, "Chasing Vermont's Changing Leaves", which was nothing less than surreal. I have more pleasing photographs that will come later in this post, but first, given the dramatic difference in this year's fleeting fall season, I feel a bit frantic and obligated to do some foliage forensics while there is still some left. Can we just start with a picture from the same news organization taken October 20, 2007 in Ferrisburg, Vermont, just to put things in con... more »

Odd-Even Gas Rationing System Coming To New York City, Long Island: Hope & Oil Change?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago

The Missing Dead

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
My wife has a client that is a property management company. Last week the property management company had a tenant call in from Oceanside California saying a blonde man dumped a dead Mexican man into their dumpster! The police were called, the witnesses questioned by police. Yet nothing was said on the evening news! Nothing in the newspaper and nothing on Google! This really has me wondering how many people are killed in this country and nobody ever knows about it. How can something like this be suppressed?

New Hampshire Political Turnaround On Every Level

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Democrats won back something like 8 state legislatures yesterday and expanded their majorities in several others. That's important. For example, Democrats won more seats in the Iowa Senate, which effectively ends the threat of backward religionists reversing marriage equality in the state. And what happened in New Hampshire was nothing short of astounding. Obama won the state-- another of Mitt Romney's many home states-- with 366,089 (52.2%) against Romney's 325,668 (46.4%). Simultaneously, voters fired the state's two Republican congressmen, sleazy corporate whore Charlie Bass, an... more »

What Stands In The Way of Republican Revival

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
If the Republicans seriously want to attract minorities, they have to get rid of bigots like Rush Limbaugh. This jackass can't help himself. You can skip to the 3:00 mark where Rush explains the difference between light skinned Cuban Hispanics and all those "others" adding that Cubans are unpopular in the Hispanic community because they have a work ethic.

Sherbrooke industrial blast injures 17: Canada

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago

My Fave Post-US Election Tweet ... (so far)

leftdog at Buckdog - 8 hours ago
*(Click on pic to enlarge ... ) * *Ha!*

you all forgot, didn't you, that this is a Free Planet

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 8 hours ago
it wasn't a question, it was a statement and this is - should be - a reminder how 'something happened along the way', the planet's Diversities or Tribes got INVADED or OCCUPIED or WORSE by the Corporate War Machine ... and yes it was called the Corporate War Machine right back then when History (big H) was just being laid down on papyrus and clay and in hymns to Our Lord God PROFIT. The warmongers and the rapers and the asset strippers knew *thousands of years ago* that the Corporate War Machine was the only thing worth building; not LOVE, not PEACE, not HARMONY. None of the things ... more »

Enbridge, The Stephen Harper pipeline, British Columbia`s Coast Can be Sacrificed!

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 8 hours ago
Watch our dear friend David Berner interviewing Rob Fleming http://thebernermonologues.blogspot.ca/2012/11/enbridge-rob-fleming-ndp-mla.html Enbridge Covers Up Oil with Grass - YouTube Enbridge Oil Spill Cover-Up in Michigan - YouTube Kalamazoo River Oil Disaster - 6 month Update - YouTube Enbridge not liable for oil spills. Kalamazoo was unforeseeable - YouTube Enbridge pipeline leaks oil in Illinois - YouTube Robert Bateman - Not a Pretty Picture - YouTube __________________________ The Straight Goods Cheers Eyes Wide Open

10 imágenes fantásticas que tus ojos tienen que ver...

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 8 hours ago
*Nota:* Haz click aquí o sobre el collage, para ver todas las imágenes.

Selectivity in the ICTR

Betcy Jose at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
Last Tuesday, Rwanda’s high court sentenced Victoire Ingabire to eight years in prison for conspiring to harm the country through war and terror and minimizing the 1995 genocide. Some of the evidence used against her include questioning why no Hutu victims were mentioned in a genocide memorial. While the case raised controversy in Rwanda because Continue reading


Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 8 hours ago
美国藐视法律 American Scofflaw 这可能只是一个巧合,也没有必要担心。但美国已经悄然成立了一个强大的空中,陆地和海上舰队的对手不远处的日本和中国在东中国海有争议的岛屿。 的两艘海军航母战斗群和海军陆战队陆空特遣部队已经开始在西太平洋地区,可以方便地前往尖阁群岛。这是日本和中国的巡逻艇,在日益紧张的对峙。 然而,中国已经发誓要继续派遣巡逻船只进入领海,日本海上保安厅的船只已成立得分“保卫”的岛屿。 美国官员已明确表示,钓鱼岛属于美日安保条约“,这将要求美国帮助日本 还记得你的奶奶

Jared Loughner Jailed For Life

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded a US Congresswoman has been jailed for life. US District Judge Larry Burns sentenced Jared Loughner, 24, for the January 2011 attack in Tucson, Arizona, which left six people dead and several injured. He pleaded guilty to federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. http://news.sky.com/story/1008950/giffords-gunman-jared-loughner-jailed-for-life

Canada, The Road to Facism(chapters 5-6)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 9 hours ago
Written by Robin Mathews *Economic, Politics, War, and Cold War* (Pages 50-57) In the national policy-making rooms of Canada, *A.J.M. Smith’s 1943 anthology *of Canadian poetry did not register – though its general tendency was not wholly absent perhaps.That is because the opening months of the Second World War (1939) threw Canada and the United States into close discussion about the war in Europe and the threats to their own territories. A tendency to genuflect to the U.S.A. may have been present because the superiority of the U.S. – at least in power – was thrust before Canadia... more »

FEMA offices shut 'due to bad weather'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A strong Nor'easter last night dumped heavy snow on the same region that was pummeled by Superstorm Sandy last week - even forcing FEMA to shut its doors to families in need. The federal agency shuttered its recovery centers, which were set up to offer assistance to those most affected by the monster storm, and the Staten Island office closed 'due to bad weather'. Pictured above is a devastated home in New Jersey. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229316/East-Coast-fresh-chaos-thousands-stranded-power-Sandy-victims-hit-snow-storm.html

Questions About House Elections 2012

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
I don't have the answers to these, but I'm sure someone will after a while, and I'm very interested to hear them. By the way, this reminds me that I need to plug Brendan Nyhan's excellent column about what reporters could do better with election results, including the key point that reporters aren't well-situated to immediately offer causal explanations for relationships which scholars will tease out (and often fight over) for years. At any rate, here are the questions I'm wondering about in House elections 2012: 1. What effect to redistricting and gerrymanders actually play? This on... more »

Since Israel Owns The Track, Picking The Wrong Horse Doesn't Matter

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Look at them try to look all presidential and prime ministerial. It's so cute.* There is shock in Netanyahu's inner circle. His guy didn't win. Read, *"In Israel, Worries of Netanyahu’s Pro-Romney Stance in 2nd Obama Term."* But picking the wrong horse is not a big deal because the right-wing extremist government Israel owns the track in Washington. 99% of US politicians are slaves, but they act aggressive in public in order to hide their subservient nature from the American people. I'm sure Netanyahu and Obama will make up and wage war against Iran together. Obama was never a... more »

You Are Not A Loan

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
In These Times Rebecca Burns Is a debt strike the future of Occupy? Though the Occupy camps have disbanded, many organizers believe they’ve found the next big tent under which the year-old movement can regroup: debt. At the one-year anniversary celebration of Occupy Wall Street, members of the group Strike Debt distributed 5,000 free copies of a “Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual.” Debt, Occupiers argue, is a new way of understanding what sets the 99% apart from the 1%. With wages remain- ing stagnant as the cost of living has increased, workers increasingly finance their day-to... more »

9/11 Truth Confronts Amy Goodman & Democracy Now! ~ Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
911 Blogger 9/11 Truth Confronts Amy Goodman & Democracy Now! ~ Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 20Oct12 - - - Mark Phillips, mechanical engineer, and member of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth: (AE911TRUTH.ORG), had dinner with Amy Goodman twice since 9/11, and was largely responsible for getting Goodman on local public radio: KCBX FM 90.1, for the San Luis Obispo county. Phillips provided Goodman with evidence of the controlled demolition of all three World Trade Center skyscrapers on September 11, 2001 at a dinner, in New York, three years ago. At that dinner Phillips gave Goodm... more »

Steven Kuhr, New York's emergency management director FIRED for sending Sandy relief crews to his OWN house to remove downed tree

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Steven Kuhr, who was working in the state capital of Albany, reportedly told emergency management crews to go to his house in Long Island and clear a tree from his driveway. The order was given a millions of people were without power and hundreds of other needed recusing in the aftermath of the devastating storm that ravaged New Jersey and New York. The New York Times reports that Mr Kuhr called the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management after the storm and demanded county workers go to his home in East Northport and remove the downed tree. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar... more »

Fears grow that Asian hornets are heading to Britain as killer insects sting man to death in France

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Fears are growing that giant Asian hornets are headed for Britain by 2014 as the killer insects sting a man to death in France. A 54-year-old married father-of-three died in the village of Coron on Monday after disrupting a hornet’s nest while pruning a hedge. The species, Vespa velutina, is four times the size of our native honeybees and has decimated the bee population in France. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229975/Fears-grow-Asian-hornets-heading-Britain-killer-insects-sting-man-death-France.html

Pregnant Woman Stabbed At Liverpool School

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A pregnant woman has been seriously injured after being stabbed repeatedly within the grounds of a primary school. http://news.sky.com/story/1008921/pregnant-woman-stabbed-at-liverpool-school

Youthful offender is younger than 29 years old

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
R. v. Smith, 2012 ONCA 761 points out that a youthful offender ceases to be so at some point: [3] We do not accept this submission. The appellant was 29 years old at trial - other words, outside the normal criminal justice conception of a young offender.

NATO Has Multiple War Aims - Sheikh Imran Hosein

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
Source: 108morris108.

DANIEL: Q & A After Release of Geoengineering Paper

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
* * * * *Questions and comments are in black font and Daniel’s responses are in blue (Daniel is color-blind to red). **If you have additional comments add them to either this posting or the Geoengineering paper, or the Time Lines papers by Daniel. -AK* *Aaron of soldierhugs.com comment: **Daniel can only outline whats happening in the form of explaining the Science that THEY KNOW. But he certainly cannot be the "savior" of mankind; for that is UP TO MANKIND.* The bad guys are probably going to be more interested in my research than the good guys! As I mentioned, they liste... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 17:56:38 UTC Friday, November 09, 2012 at 07:56:38 AM at epicenter Location 18.760°S, 173.415°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region TONGA Distances 61 km (38 miles) ESE (102°) from Neiafu, Tonga

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN INDIAN-ANTARCTIC RIDGE - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 17:38:05 UTC Friday, November 09, 2012 at 01:38:05 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 49.794°S, 117.425°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region WESTERN INDIAN-ANTARCTIC RIDGE Distances 1641 km (1019 miles) S of Albany, Australia

Cold War II is Back, Almost

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Within two years China is expected to begin deploying a fleet of nuclear missile subs. Nuclear missile subs or "boomers"in Soviet, American and British fleets were a hallmark of Cold War I. Many credit their unstoppable retaliatory capability with underwriting the MAD (mutually assured destruction) reality that dampened both sides' appetite for nuclear war. *China in the meantime remains "the most threatening" power in cyberspace and presents the largest challenge to U.S. supply chain integrity, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in a draft of its 2012... more »

Who will stop the Sado-Monetarists as jobless youth hits 58pc in Greece?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago

white obama

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago

Textbooks, Ethics, and Choice

PM at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
In preparing for my spring semester course, a seminar for honors undergraduates on research methodologies, I’ve been paring down readings and reviewing potential books to add to my syllabus. My needs are pretty specific, since I need something that bright undergrads can read and is quantitatively informed but that doesn’t tread on the actual statistics Continue reading

white obama

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago

Cultura Nahua-Maya (today Nov 8 3-4pm)

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 10 hours ago
*Cultura Nahua-Maya* *Culturas Indigenas de las Americas* Come learn the cultures, languages and philosophies of Indigenous peoples of the Americas from maestras/maestros from the UA-Semillas program. First of several weekly workshops to come. *1st Workshop* *Maestra Martha Valencia* *Lengua, filosofia & conocimientos* *del Idioma/Cultura Nahuatl* *November 8 3-4pm* *Chavez # 209* Please rsvp as seating is limited Rodrigu7@email.arizona.edu 520-626-0824

Ron Paul: Election shows U.S. 'far gone' (Important read)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago

Steve Israel's Biggest Failures-- Michigan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Michigan Republican Fred Upon, saved by The Reptile Tuesday, President Obama won the 16 Michigan electoral votes by wracking up an impressive 54-45% win in one of Mitt Romney's home states. His margin of victory was around 400,000 votes. At the same time, Senator Debbie Stabenow swamped right-wing Republican Pete Hoekstra 58.3- 38.5%. But because of the grotesque incompetence of the DCCC there, there were no coattails whatsoever. The only race the reptilian Chairman allowed the DCCC to get involved in was in the 1st CD, the Upper Peninsula, where Israel felt comfortable backing a fel... more »

A Stealth Fighter Commander Speaks Out - Beware!

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
One of America's top stealth fighter pilots, Lt.-Col. Christopher Neimi, has a dire warning to his country about the risks of relying on stealth technology. *”Stealth technology demands significant trade-offs in range, security, weapons carriage, sortie generation, and adaptability. Stealth provides no advantage in conflicts such as those in Afghanistan or Iraq (since 2003), and (despite its obvious utility) it cannot guarantee success in future struggles with a near-peer adversary.”* * * *“Most importantly,” Neimi adds, “the cost of F-22s and F-35s threatens to reduce the size o... more »

PAC Money for Negative Advertising Could Have Helped Haiti

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 11 hours ago
Photo by John Carroll From the New York Times today--November 8, 2012: "Mr. Obama faced at least $386 million in negative advertising from super PACs and other outside spenders, more than double what the groups supporting him spent on the airwaves." If one divides $386 million by 10 million (Haiti population), the answer is $38.60 for each Haitian. If one Haitian family has a mother, father, and five kids, one then take $38.60 times 7 which equals $270.20 per family. Then take $270.20 times 8.4 (Haitian dollars per US dollar) and the answer is $2,270 Haitian dollars per family... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ TECH | 11/06/2012 @ 12:20AM Original Here The Technological Foundations Of Today's Election Are Shaky, Especially In Ohio The polls for tomorrow’s presidential election are close, and Ohio will be the most important battleground. Eight years ago, the election was mired in the Florida recount, the results of which are still disputed (by at least half the country.) Could we be heading for something far worse? This year’s version ... more »

JP Morgan, America's Welfare Service Provider

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
This is hard to swallow but JP Morgan is making a fortune administering food stamp programmes for 26-states. The proverty business, it seems, is enormously lucrative. *There are just some things that are a little too "creepy" to be "outsourced" to private corporations. The JP Morgan executive in the interview below does his best to put a positive spin on all this, but it just seems really unsavory for a big Wall Street bank to be making so much money off of the suffering of tens of millions of Americans....* *So if unemployment goes down will this ruin JP Morgan's food stamp bus... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 17:06:37 UTC Friday, November 09, 2012 at 02:06:37 AM at epicenter Location 7.164°S, 128.518°E Depth 176.2 km (109.5 miles) Region KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA Distances 320 km (198 miles) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

me my self and i

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

Microlight pilot Adrian Paterson killed minutes into first solo flight after 300ft plunge 'had no formal training'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Adrian Paterson, 49, from Clackmannan, Scotland, died when his craft plunged to the ground, probably after stalling following a steep climb, the Department for Transport's air accident investigation branch (AAIB) has revealed. The investigation concluded the crash, in which he is believed to have plummeted up to 300ft in his Gernini Flash IIA, happened because Mr Paterson had attempted a solo flight without the required training. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229961/Microlight-pilot-Adrian-Paterson-killed-minutes-solo-flight.html

Hee hee hee

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago

The Actual Lame Abortion Analogy Hall of Fame (With BONUS Parrot-in-a-cage)

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
November 8, 2012: I started this blogpost back in April. But today I am INSPIRED! By this piece of batshit lunacy by none other than Stephen Woodworth, he of Woodworth's Wank, aka M312 or The Motion to Reopen the Abortion Debate That Was Thumped in Parliament Six Weeks Ago But That Certain Fetus Fetishists Won't Shut the Fuck Up About. Now, back to April, 2012: In the comments here, Ruaidhr said: I've never been able to figure out why people can't understand how irrelevant "when life begins" is to the discussion. You could implant Mahatma Ghandi in me, and it wouldn't take away my... more »

the future of food

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago

Everything's Up To Date In Southern City...

Southern Man at Southern Man - 12 hours ago
...where they've got a new skyscraper that's fifty stories high... ...and that's about as high as a building ought to go! Photo: Google Images. And that fiftieth story is dedicated to entertainment. This evening was an event for alumni of Southern Man's workplace: $50 per person for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Expensive, but Southern Man had been itching to tour the new building for a while now and the event was a lot of fun. He even got to pick up a couple of downtown geocaches. Southern Man and the wife of one of his graduate students... ...and with another professor and a cou... more »

Turkey mulls defensive measures on Syrian border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Istanbul (CNN) -- Turkey is drawing up contingency plans with the NATO military alliance to fortify its border with Syria, and a Patriot missile deployment is one option on the table, Turkish officials say. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/08/world/europe/turkey-border-defense/

Radiation Monitoring Data in Fukushima Not Reliable

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
*Japanese gov admitted monitored radiation level is indicated to be 10% lower than actual*. Fukushima Diary *Mochizuki* on November 7th, 2012 http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/11/japanese-gov-admitted-monitored-radiation-level-is-indicated-to-be-10-lower-than-actual/ [Excerpted] On 11/7/2012, nuclear accident responde headquarters admitted the monitoring posts located in and around Fukushima prefecture indicate radiation level 10% lower than actual. They explain it is due to the battery beside the monitoring machine to shield radiation. They are going to rebuild 675 monitoring posts. ... more »

Rob Ford (again)

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
Edward Keenan has another good smashing of Toronto's embarrassment of a mayor, Rob Ford, in this week's Grid TO: On his radio show this past weekend—in the leadup to a contentious casino proposal at City Hall—Mayor Rob Ford said he’d welcome a gambling palace in Toronto, and justified the decision on economic grounds: “We’re in desperate need of revenues,” he said. And just then, two years into his term in office—the halfway point to the next election—the last faint signs of life that had once animated the ideology you might call “Ford Notion” died out. For if the mayor has been ... more »

Arizona Education Funding Drops Nearly 22% Since 2008

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Reported in the Wall Street Journal (2012 Nov 8) States initiatives show voter split over education, p. A5 by S. Banchero. Majia here: Welcome to neofeudalism.


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 12 hours ago
David Wilcock Update – November 7th, 2012 *DISCLOSURE: CAMELOT ON TRUTV TONIGHT; INSIDER ‘DANIEL’ COMES FORWARD!* * * Written by David Wilcock Wednesday, 07 November 2012 22:22 http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/1090-disclosurecamelot A groundbreaking two-year-old Project Camelot TV pilot, featuring Wilcock and others, finally airs TONIGHT — just days after our classic black-ops insider “Daniel” has suddenly come forward for the first time, releasing fascinating new information! *IT’S ALL HAPPENING* * * The momentum for Disclosure has been building with incredible s... more »

The Petals Have Fallen Off the TurdBlossom

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
*Mojo No Mo* George w. Bush gave Karl Rove the nickname "turdblossom." It's a west Texas term for a desert wildflower that can sometimes grow out of cow dung. The Republican strategist/organizer went into overdrive in the runup to the 2012 elections, getting wealthy Republicans to part company with some $300-million in donations. And they're probably wondering why, today, congressional Republicans didn't sweep the field and Mitt Romney isn't packing his bags for a move to the White House. Now it seems the bloom is off the flower and Karl Rove is left, once again, as just anothe... more »

Military action in Mali will have humanitarian cost - ICRC

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A military intervention in northern Mali against Islamist militants will have a high humanitarian cost, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday. Access for aid workers is already precarious in the north, where 500,000 people - half the remaining population - depend on foreign aid, ICRC President Peter Maurer said. Military experts from Africa, the United Nations and Europe have drafted plans to recapture northern Mali, which fell to rebels in March after a coup in the capital Bamako led to a power vaccum. Maurer urged foreign leaders to bear... more »

Barack Obama's view on Iran 'completely different' from Israel's

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Barack Obama's view on Iran 'completely different' from Israel's. Iran has claimed that the Obama administration has "completely different" views on the Islamic Republic to Israel and the US Republican Party, according to an intelligence ministry report. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9664725/Barack-Obamas-view-on-Iran-completely-different-from-Israels.html

Defections Shake Greek Coalition

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The three-party coalition of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was licking its wounds on Thursday, after the defections of several key members in a crucial vote on austerity measures. The proposals, aimed at keeping the country in the euro zone, passed narrowly but the defections, mostly among Socialist Party members, shook the government’s stability. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/09/world/europe/defections-shake-greek-coalition.html?_r=0

Phillip Schofield confronts Prime Minister David Cameron with list of 'Tory paedophiles' live on This Morning

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The Prime Minister has been confronted with a list of alleged paedophiles during a live broadcast of This Morning. During an interview with presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, David Cameron was handed a piece of paper, said to contain a list of alleged paedophiles affiliated with the Conservative party. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/phillip-schofield-confronts-prime-minister--david-cameron-with-list-of-tory-paedophiles-live-on-this-morning-8297661.html

Northeast digs out from snow following Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
New York City and much of the U.S. Northeast on Thursday dug out from a snowstorm that hammered a region still struggling to recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. The unseasonably early winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Connecticut and slapped the region with 50 mph winds, plunging hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses back into darkness and creating a new commuting nightmare for a region whose transportation system was already under repair. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-storm-sandy-hurricane-idUSBRE89N16J20121108

Photo Props: Steel Tubs and Bubbles

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
A while back in this series, we talked about all the fun bathtub pictures you can do with just a towel. A towel is great because it is a relatively small prop and doesn't require much storage, a steel tub requires much more storage but it is probably hands down my favorite prop of all time. The steel tubs, can be found at home improvement stores or through actual prop stores. The perfect size is about an 11 gallon tub. Anything smaller doesn't give baby much room to move and anything bigger is just ginormous. For bubbles, I use plastic Christmas ornaments broken in half. Just lay ... more »

Syrian rebels kill Another prisoner as war fuels hatred

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Unarmed and cornered by Syrian rebel fighters, the man seemed to accept his death with more silent sorrow than surprise; his killers did not hesitate as they shot their prisoner. * The incident, filmed by a Reuters video crew, happened last week in Harem, near Aleppo http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-syria-crisis-discipline-killing-idUSBRE8A70YD20121108

Draghi: economic outlook weak, not improving

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The European Central Bank expects the euro zone economy to remain poor, ECB President Mario Draghi said after the bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday. He noted that recent economic surveys did not signal any improvement heading to the end of the year. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-economy-ecb-outlook-idUSBRE8A70SK20121108

Assad "to live and die in Syria" Doha fails- Mortars fall in Israel

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
Oh and the Riad Sief plan, mentioned here last week is actually the*Ford/Sief plan as you will read. * And, yes that is the terrorist/death squad creator US Ambassador to Syria -Robert Ford. *First: Bashar Assad: "Has to live and die in Syria"* In an exclusive interview with RT, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he will not leave Syria. Assad also spoke on the calls for armed foreign intervention in Syria, and the possible fallout on the country’s internal conflict and across the region. *“We are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region and coexistence, let’... more »

HD 40307: New Planet In 'Goldilocks Zone' Might Support Life

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The Anglo-German team found three new planets orbiting the star 44 light years away, but only one of them is in the so-called 'Goldilocks Zone' - the band around a sun where temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist. "The star HD 40307 is a perfectly quiet old dwarf star, so there is no reason why such a planet could not sustain an Earth-like climate," said Guillem Angla-Escude from Germany's University of Goettingen, who led the research with Mikko Tuomi at the University of Hertfordshire. http://news.sky.com/story/1008730/new-planet-in-goldilocks-zon... more »

The Man Who Would Be King

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
Taegan Goddard at Political Wire (Go the original site if you want to look at the full-size .png files. They're much too megabyte intensive to load here.) made a priceless catch the day after the election that shows what an utter delusional arrogant prick Mitt Romney truly is. Apparently, the Romney campaign created a presidential transition site that outlines how a Romney presidency would've started in the event the American electorate completely went batshit insane. The site was immediately taken down but not before Goddard took screenshots. This is perfectly in keeping with a guy... more »


bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012* *Part 3—Slowest children from Michigan:* In fairness, the timing was perhaps a bit odd. Jeremy Peters’ “News Analysis” piece appeared in the New York Times this Tuesday. That was Election Day! His report was perhaps a bit late! But if the timing was somewhat odd, the subject matter was welcome. When last we looked in on Peters, he had offered a groaning report on an extremely tired old subject: the press corps’ Official Standard Greatest Moments from Past Presidential Debates. Familiar though that offering was, it was one of the *worst* such compila... more »

After Obama win, U.S. backs new U.N. arms treaty talks (Kiss yer guns goodbye)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago

I Am "Roughly" 18 Feet Tall: A Critique of Grinsted et al. 2012

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 13 hours ago
Last month the *Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences* published a paper by Grinsted et al. titled, “Homogeneous record of Atlantic hurricane surge threat since 1923.” In what follows I provide a critique of their paper and offer my argument for why it does not actually tell us much about hurricanes, much less about damage. The paper looked at 6 tide gauge stations along the US Gulf and Atlantic coasts to develop an annual index of storm surges in the United States. The paper explains why this is important: [F]rom the economic damage perspective the hurricanes that remain... more »

Beware of Disaster Capitalism (Why Govt. Reactions To Sandy Really Matter To Ensure Fair Rebuilding of US) HINT: Financial Cliff Jumping?

Doesn't this remind you of all the BS screaming about the looters (many of them just people in distress without food or housing) in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, and how all that cheap (no paying-minimum-wage worries) foreign labor (brought in by packed trucks) and no local contracting was necessary to the rebuilding? Ah, the good ole days. For the savage Disaster Capitalists!

The New Cold War: WSJ "Candidates Vow to Fund Ohio Nuclear Plant"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
The new cold war is a lot like the old one. It involves a nuclear arms raceand government support for inefficient and poorly administered private industries happily situated within the "nuclear umbrella": Wall Street Journal Mon Nov 5, 2012 p. A6 by Ryand Tracy "The USEC Inc plant under construction would employ about 400 people, making nuclear fuel. The U.S. government says it is crucial to maintaining the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. USEC has been on federal life support since June, when the Department of Energy aarranged to give it about $280 million. The company's stock h... more »

Yes, 2016 Started Already

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
I've mentioned this before, but I'm already hearing the complaints, so here we go again. The battle for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president started some time ago. The battle for the 2016 Republican nomination probably started during September, during the stretch where Mitt Romney was down in the polls and seemed to many to have little chance of changing that; it may have started even earlier in a less serious way, but it surely began by midnight last night, at any rate. To be sure: both of these fights are very much in the preliminary stages. It's very possible that the e... more »

Going To The Same Place

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
Lawrence Martin writes this morning that, on Tuesday, the Neanderthals in the Republican Party were given their walking papers. And he suggests that Republicans should look to Canadian Conservatives as a model of racial tolerance: The GOP would do well to look to Canada’s Conservative party as an example of a political organization that has been able to triumph over progressives while remaining entrenched on the right. With the merger of Alliance and the Progressive Conservative parties in 2004, the progressives saw their place significantly diminished. But since that time Stephe... more »

Voter turnout in 2012 US presidential elections 9% lower than 2008

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
PressTV [image: A voter casts her ballot in US presidential election on November 6, 2012.] Latest figures show that 117 million Americans, less than 50 percent of the eligible voters, have taken part in the presidential polls, showing a reduction of about nine percent compared to the 2008 election turnout of 131 million. Preliminary figures indicate only 95 percent of precincts have so far reported their results and the number could change when more votes are counted. “By and large, people didn’t show up,” Curtis Gans, director of American University’s Center for the Study of th... more »

We Are Now A Center-Left Country

Southern Man at Southern Man - 14 hours ago
Many conservatives have held that we are, deep down where it counts, a center-right country. Others argue that we drifted left of center as long ago as FDR. The election this week settled the issue: the country - very narrowly - voted for more government, more regulation, more war on drugs, and national health care. In other words, we took one step further towards becoming Europe, even as Europe struggles to shed the costly burden of socialism and become more like the USA of old. The lasting damage will be twofold: First, ObamaCare will be so firmly entrenched that it'll be impossi... more »

Thursday Morning Linkage – US Election-Free Edition

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
When time is short, attribution of links is the first casualty. Walter Russel Mead sees evidence of the “Anglosphere effect” in Australian, Canadian, and Indian relations. This reminds me that I am very much looking forward to reading Srdjan Vucetic’s The Anglosphere: A Genealogy of a Racialized Identity in International Relations. The Kremlin fires its Defense Minister. Continue reading

How Israel Misread America

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 14 hours ago
In today's Haaretz, Rabbi Eric Yoffie considers how Israel got everything so wrong and what its leaders must do to make peace with the White House. *Americans are resolutely centrist. Israel’s politics may be veering right, but America’s are not. Despite difficult economic conditions and high unemployment, America reelected a centrist president who speaks the language of moderation, compromise, and social justice. * * * *...The hysterical, Obama-hating Jewish conservatives were wrong about everything. They said that Jews could be convinced to shift their votes to Republicans; they c... more »

Assange: Reelected Obama a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
Russia Today [image: Julian Assange (AFP Photo / Miguel Medina)] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sees no reason to celebrate the reelection of US President Barack Obama. The US aggressively pursued and “persecuted” the whistleblower site under a Democratic administration, he explained. “Obama seems to be a nice man, and that is precisely the problem,” the 41-year-old told AFP, speaking from his room in London’s Ecuadorian embassy. “It's better to have a sheep in wolf's clothing than a wolf in sheep's clothing,” he said. “All of the activities against WikiLeaks by the United States... more »

Does Obama Have the Killer Instinct He Needs?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 14 hours ago
Will the United States and the world really have to endure "four more years" or will a new Barack Obama emerge in his second term? One sign to look for is whether Obama moves quickly to exploit fractures in the Republican ranks with "in your face" policies designed to cut moderate Republicans, and their votes, out of the extremist Republican herd. This is the moment for Obama to move on Republican "hot button" issues such as inequality and climate change while the GOP is bitterly divided and licking its wounds. McConnell and Boehner are talking about Obama having to meet them hal... more »

Shane Hutton Cycling Crash: he has suffered bruising and bleeding on the brain

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Shane Hutton, head coach of the GB cycling team, has been taken to hospital after a cycle crash near Manchester. British Cycling confirmed: "Shane Sutton was involved in an incident this morning on the A6 near Levenshulme in Manchester. http://news.sky.com/story/1008803/gb-cycle-coach-hurt-in-bike-crash

US: It's a 50-50 nation, give or take

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
The election laid bare a dual — and dueling — nation, politically speaking, jaggedly split down the middle on the presidency and torn over much else. It seems you can please only half of the people nearly all of the time. Americans retained the fractious balance of power in re-electing President Barack Obama, a Republican House and a Democratic Senate, altogether serving as guarantors of the gridlock that voters say they despise. Slender percentages separated winner and loser from battleground to battleground, and people in exit polls said yea and nay in roughly equal measure to som... more »

Why Is The S.E.C. Concealing Massive Citigroup Fraud?

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
Citigroup, the most insolvent bank ever to foul the earth, is being protected by the S.E.C. We want to know why. --- Guest post submitted by Cheyenne, writer and producer of the soon to be released documentary, Bailout. Watch a trailer for Bailout here. --- What is the SEC hiding? *Part One* William Cohan of Bloomberg wrote a curious story last week, "Why does the SEC protect banks’ dirty secrets?" It's a really good question. Standing alone, however, Cohan's article is just another electric tile in a giant mosaic that flashes intermittently in a news cycle, briefly illuminating ... more »

Obama Won... What Now?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Look, I don't know if the newly reelected President Obama will break free from the bonds of cautious mediocrity and act like the president he campaigned as. But we should give him a chance. He is the first Democrat to be re-elected with a majority of the popular vote since FDR. This was a bigwin, despite how the desperate Republicans and their media allies are trying to spin it. Let's see what he does with-- in George W. Bush's words-- "the political capital" he's earned. Let's see if he replaces Geithner with someone other than just another Wall Street shill. That will be a clue;... more »

Will Republicans Accept They Are Their Problem

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 15 hours ago
Barack Obama didn't help much but Mitt Romney was actually taken down by his fellow Republicans. *The Guardian's* Simon Tisdall says Romney's downfall came from within. *By campaign end, Romney – moderating his tone and positions – was finally connecting with 2012 America... But the Tea Party zealots, the radical evangelicals, the homophobes, the misogynists and the rest of the unthinking, feckless right had already scuppered his chances. It was too late to turn it around.* *Evidence that the Republicans are out of line and out of touch crowded in from battleground states, near... more »

Presidential Elections: Powerful “Special Interest Groups” Won Again

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
Global Research Dr. Paul Craig Roberts [image: AMERICA]The election that was supposed to be too close to call turned out not to be so close after all. In my opinion, Obama won for two reasons: (1) Obama is non-threatening and inclusive, whereas Romney exuded a “us vs. them” impression that many found threatening, and (2) the election was not close enough for the electronic voting machines to steal. As readers know, I don’t think that either candidate is a good choice or that either offers a choice. Washington is controlled by powerful interest groups, not by elections. What the t... more »

Sudan rebels say downed Antonov plane in oil state

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Rebels in Sudan's main oil state said on Thursday they had shot down a government Antonov military aircraft after it had bombed targets in the territory's Nuba mountains area. Sudan's armed forces spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-sudan-rebels-aircraft-idUSBRE8A70DN20121108

China submarines to soon carry nukes, draft U.S. report says

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
China appears to be within two years of deploying submarine-launched nuclear weapons, adding a new leg to its nuclear arsenal that should lead to arms-reduction talks, a draft report by a congressionally mandated U.S. commission says. China in the meantime remains "the most threatening" power in cyberspace and presents the largest challenge to U.S. supply chain integrity, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in a draft of its 2012 report to the U.S. Congress. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-china-usa-military-idUSBRE8A705720121108

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Rickie Lee Jones, 58. Good stuff: 1. Must-read of the day: Alex Massie collects a bunch of junk from NRO that will be fun reading for those who enjoy that sort of thing, but if that's not you skip down to his excellent analysis of what ails the GOP. Key quote: "the answer to the GOP’s problems lies in policy." 2. Suzy Khimm on mandates. 3. Purple America (via the Monkey Cage). 4. Hans Noel isn't wrong about data presentation. 5. And I do believe I was joking around a while ago about aggregating the aggregators. Guess what? Brice Acree did it, and it worked rea... more »

Rise of the Phoenix: Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act defeated by Small Margin

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Mark Daniels Activist & Blogger Global Political Awakening As the Phoenix is reborn with healing tears, so shall the The Yes on 5campaign for the Medical Marijuana Act of Arkansas (Ballot Issue 5) which was narrowly defeated on Election Day, November 6, 2012 (52%/48%). Arkansans for Compassionate Care immediately reported to social media sites a declaration of sorts, vowing to increase Statewide efforts for education and outreach, beginning with the state legislature. Melissa Fults, treasurer for Arkansans for Compassionate Care, said her group will first pursue the issue through... more »

Running the Numbers on Climate Change

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 15 hours ago
Pricewaterhouse Coopers figures that, from now straight through to 2050, we need annual, global *carbon emissions cuts of 5.1%* if we are to avoid the *worst* impacts of climate change. Efforts since 2000, aided by the Great Recession, have resulted in cuts of just 0.8% per year. At that rate, says PwC, we are headed for 6C of warming by the end of the century. *The report also confirms that greatest rises in greenhouse gas emissions came from the emerging E7 economies of China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia and Turkey, whose cumulative 7.4 per cent annual increase in... more »

Voting - Is Only the FIRST Step

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
Saw this piece on Common Dreams this morning and it expresses pretty much where I am right now. I am extremely happy about the election results here in Minnesota and with the re-election of Obama/Biden. BUT … Based on quick research (more detail this weekend) of the election results from Tuesday night – even with the multi-award winning, dedicated work of the folks at ALECExposed, a timely and excellent expose' of ALEC by Emmy Award winning, Moyers and Company, researchers dedicated to exposing ALEC, and other citizen journalists – the election results on Tuesday resulted in ve... more »

Prison Officers Injured In Attack At G4S Jail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Four prison officers have been injured in an attack by an inmate of Birmingham prison - run by security firm G4S. Sky News sources said the staff members were attacked and slashed with a piece of broken glass. Two officers suffered serious injuries while the other two were left with minor cuts. http://news.sky.com/story/1008770/prison-officers-injured-in-attack-at-g4s-jail 

Patriot Games: Turkey seeks NATO missiles on Syrian border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago

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