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Thursday, November 8, 2012

8 November - Blogs I'm Following

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29:  Protesters walk togeth...
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29: Protesters walk together during a march that was put on by West Central Florida Federation of Labor to, in their words, 'demonstrate the reality of Mitt Romney's America' as the Republican National Convention continues at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Republican party delegates affirmed Mitt Romney as the party's nominee for President of the United States. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29:  A protester holds up a...
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29: A protester holds up a sign during a march that was put on by West Central Florida Federation of Labor to, in their words, 'demonstrate the reality of Mitt Romney's America' as the Republican National Convention continues at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The Republican Party delegates affirmed Mitt Romney as the party's nominee for President of the United States. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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The Man Who Would Be King

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 minute 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 »

SLOWEST CHILDREN OF THE PRESS CORPS: Jeremy Peters! Again!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 4 minutes 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 - 17 minutes ago
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-arms-treaty-un-idUSBRE8A627J20121107

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 - 23 minutes 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)

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 - 35 minutes 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 - 36 minutes 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 - 53 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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! - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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

Prison Officers Injured In Attack At G4S Jail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 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

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 12:46:06 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 05:16:06 PM at epicenter Location 36.306°N, 71.202°E Depth 51.4 km (31.9 miles) Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Distances 84 km (52 miles) NW (306°) from Chitral, Pakistan

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.4 Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE Date time 2012-11-08 12:25:40.0 UTC Location 23.34 S ; 67.42 W Depth 238 km Distances 183 km SE Calama, Chile

Homeowners Issue Warnings To Looters Following Superstorm Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
In the wake of superstorm Sandy, reports of lootings across the Tri-State have been widespread. Areas hit especially hard by Sandy continue to deal with dealing with lawlessness. Rockaways residents told 1010 WINS reporter Gary Baumgarten that looting and thievery have become such serious threats that taking up arms and fleeing town are the best options for staying safe. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/11/07/homeowners-issue-warnings-to-looters-following-superstorm-sandy/

Why Stocks May Keep Falling: 'The Sugar High Will End'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A day after President Barack Obama stormed past Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the stock market sent a clear message: There's still a lot more to do than win a campaign. Market experts said a confluence of factors are poised to make for a difficult environment that could last well into 2013, which traditionally would be a slow year outside of all the present headwinds. http://www.cnbc.com/id/49728143

IMF warns over-taxed France risks slipping behind Italy and Spain

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
''Throwing the guantlet at the feet of the Socialist president Francois Hollande, the IMF said rising tax rates are undermining France as a place "to work and invest" and leading to a "significant loss of competitiveness". "There is a risk it will get worse if France does not adapt at the same pace as its trading partners in Europe, notably Italy and Spain," it said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9656984/IMF-warns-over-taxed-France-risks-slipping-behind-Italy-and-Spain.html

US Special Forces To Be Deployed To Half the Countries of Africa Within 6 Months

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Still, Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahue, commanding general of Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, said the 2/1 soldiers are slated to participate in 96 activities in 34 countries, “more than half of the continent’s nations,” during the first six months of their usage. The brigade will first undergo a rotation at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., in February as well as additional training from the 162nd Infantry Brigade at Fort Polk, La., in certain aspects of language and culture. The training will focus primarily on the languages most commonly used in eastern an... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Saints look to spoil Falcons undefeated run* *Saints focus on Falcons, not when games are played ~Sheldon Mickles* *NOPD’s decision to drop pepper spray in favor of Tasers raises questions about use of force ~The Lens* *Gas burn-off duration increases at sinkhole* *Corps to cut hours at 4 S Louisiana locks* *Nor'easter dumps snow, knocks out more power in Sandy-hit region * *A possible tax hit for Sandy’s victims* *Ladyfest New Orleans: The women’s art festival includes music and the YeMaYa parade* *When Leo Met Leo: A Conversation with Leo Nocentelli, Page McConnell and George P... more »

Treasury Quietly Warns: 'Expect Debt Limit to Be Reached Near End of 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
''The U.S. Treasury quietly warned at the end of a statement issued last Wednesday that it expects the federal government to hit its legal debt limit before the end of this year--which means before the new Congress is seated--and that "extraordinary measures" will be needed before then to keep the government fully funded into the early part of 2013.'' http://cnsnews.com/news/article/treasury-quietly-warns-expect-debt-limit-be-reached-near-end-2012

Three Michigan Cities Quietly Decriminalize Marijuana Too

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
*Activist Post* After a monumental Election Day that saw two states,Colorado and Washington, legalize marijuana, few people paid attention to similar measure that passed in three large Michigan cities. Detroit's Proposal M, which allows people 21 and older to possess one ounce or less of marijuana on private property, passed overwhelmingly with a 65% to 35% victory (115,346 to 61,317 votes). Prop M essentially amends the city's code to remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The formal language of the amendment was short and to the point: Divis... more »

Illusion of unassailability leads to fresh outbreak of '‘mad banker disease

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
During the 1980s British bankers changed for the worse. Having spent most of the past three centuries as financial herbivores — solid, reliable and rational members of the community — they metamorphosed into wild, hungry carnivores. Fuelled by commissions, bonuses and greed, they started seeing their customers as fair game. Once respectable institutions were transformed into globally ambitious financial supermarkets whose business models revolved around selling as many financial products and services — including stockbroking, pensions, insurance, mortgages, and estate agency — as t... more »

Canadian bank goes after homes to collect credit card debts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
''Credigy Receivables – a unit of the National Bank of Canada, which has more than $150 billion in assets – has taken advantage of California’s relatively lax debt collection laws. The bank has repeatedly bypassed a legal hurdle that normally prevents credit card companies from threatening to take away the homes of debtors who refuse or are unable to pay.'' http://californiawatch.org/money-and-politics/canadian-bank-goes-after-homes-collect-credit-card-debts-18223

Laughing Panda

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

EU to be federalised in the long run, Merkel says

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
''The EU commission will eventually become a government, the council of member states an "upper chamber" and the European Parliament more powerful, but fixing the eurozone problems is more urgent for now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told MEPs on Wednesday (7 November). Back in the European Parliament for the first tim since she chaired the rotating EU presidency in 2007, Merkel laid out her vision for Europe, which Germany feels "deeply committed to" ever since its re-unification 22 years ago.'' http://euobserver.com/institutional/118126

Washington Legalizes Marijuana By Wide Margin

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
*Activist Post* Voters in Washington state overwhelmingly approved ballot initiative I-502 to end the prohibition of marijuana. Washington joined Colorado voters in legalizing marijuana for recreational use. But not to be outdone voters in Washington emphatically made their views clear with an 11-point victory for legal cannabis, where Colorado's Amendment 64 was carried by 6 points. Results Source Washington's Initiative 502 not only protects medical marijuana patients from arrest, it also legalizes it for recreational use for those 21 years or older. Here is the summary of the l... more »

Colorado Legalizes Recreational Marijuana and Industrial Hemp

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
*Activist Post* In a victory for freedom and common sense, it appears that marijuana will be legalized for recreational use in Colorado.*Amendment 64: Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol* is leading 53.36% to 46.64% with 36% of the total vote reported. Amendment 64 legalizes the personal use, possession, and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older; establishes a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol; and allows for the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp. In particular, the law removes all legal ... more »

Greek unemployment hits 25.4 percent in Aug, new record

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Greece's jobless rate rose for a 39th consecutive month to a new record of 25.4 percent in August, more than double the euro zone average, Greece's statistics service ELSTAT said on Thursday. A crippling, austerity-fuelled recession continued to take its toll on the labor market, putting Greek unemployment at more than double the euro zone average of 11.5 percent. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-greece-unemployment-idUSBRE8A70F720121108

Raulie Wayne Casteel Arrested for shooting at TWO DOZEN cars: Is this the Michigan Sniper?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Raulie Wayne Casteel, 43, was arrested at his home in suburban Detroit, Michigan. He said said President Obama should be arrested by the military and 'marched out of the White House in handcuffs' and made other extreme political posts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-2229559/Raulie-Casteel-arrested-Michigan-highway-shootings-far-right-wing-political-views.html

Greece Faces Civil War If It Can't Accept EU Austerity Measures

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
8 November 2012 *It this the cost of freedom in a Totalitarian EU?* *It is a shame that it must come to violence. * *My best wishes to the freedom loving people of Greece.* Anger and violence have spilled over onto the streets of Athens - with police using tear gas and water cannon against Greeks protesting draconian new budget cuts. Demonstrators hurled petrol bombs - with more than a hundred detained - as the country's Parliament passed an austerity package aimed at securing the latest bailout. Journalist Charlie McGrath says the austerity cuts will heap further suffering o... more »

Meningitis death toll rises to 31 with 424 cases reported in the U.S.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Yet another fatality in a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to tainted steroid injections has been reported, bringing the confirmed death toll to 31 with 424 cases reported in the multistate scourge. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229648/Meningitis-death-toll-rises-31-424-cases-reported-U-S-MORE-expected.html

Oh dear, Mitt! Team Romney accidentally releases victory website... after he lost

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
One of the Republican candidate's staffers accidentally leaking the link to the transition website that they set up for if Romney had won. The homepage of the site has a seal of 'The Office of the President Elect' and had a quote on the top signed by President-Elect Mitt Romney. It shows links to information about the would-be inauguration (taking place in Washington, DC on January 21, 2013) and his vision of a *'smaller, simpler, smarter' America.* * * http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229644/Romneys-team-accidentally-releases-victory-website--LOST.html

Three teenage Tibetan monks set fire to themselves in call for freedom for the country

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The self-immolation took place in Gomang Township, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet, as the monks called for freedom. The same day a Tibetan nomad (pictured) set herself alight too. The youngest monk, 15-year-old Dorjee, died at the scene. His companions, 16-year-olds Samdup and Dorjee Kyab, were taken to hospital by security forces. Their current whereabouts and wellbeing are unknown. The other person to set themselves ablaze was a 23-year-old Tibetan nomadic woman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229539/Three-teenage-Tibetan-monks-set-freedom-country.html

Dmitry Vinogradov : Russian lawyer slaughters five colleagues he blamed for being dumped by girlfriend... and then shoots her too

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Dmitry Vinogradov (left) confessed to police after the attack in Moscow that his colleagues were to blame for ending his relationship with Anya Kaznikova (right). Several hours before the killings, he posted a hate-filled manifesto on the web vowing 'to destroy as many parts of the human compost as possible'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229096/Dmitry-Vinogradov-Shoots-dead-people-ex-girlfriend-work-Moscow.html

Police in hunt for robbers release CCTV of the axe-wielding raiders on motorbikes smashing their way into jeweller's

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Police have issued CCTV of the the terrifying moment six robbers sped through a shoppng centre on motorbikes in a high-speed smash-and-grab. Officers are trying to track down the gang, dressed in black and wearing crash helmets, who raced through Brent Cross on three powerful motorbikes just after opening time at around 10.15am on Tuesday. The three riding pillion leapt off and used axes and bats to smash windows of the Fraser Hart jewellery store. The bikes were later discovered abandoned in Mill Hill. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229472/Police-release-CCTV-footage-axe... more »

Ash disease is found in SIX more counties: We can do nothing to stop it spreading, says expert

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Outbreaks of the deadly disease threatening to devastate 80 million ash trees were yesterday confirmed in as many as ten counties. A chief Government environmental adviser admitted nothing can be done to prevent its spread. The number of woodland sites where ash dieback has been detected has doubled since Monday, up from 32 to 61. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229318/Ash-disease-SIX-counties-We-stop-spreading-says-expert.html

Battered AGAIN! Thousands of flood-hit families evacuated for second time as now snow storms hits America's East Coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
- FEMA stations shut down ahead of storm, meaning those needing supplies, shelter, and heat following Sandy may not get it - High winds of up to 65 mph along the East Coast could bring down trees weakened by Sandy - Storm surges could reach up to three feet - 300,000 New Jersey households are still without power - New York City has closed all parks, playgrounds and beaches - Long Island Rail Road was suspended system-wide but later resumed very limited service - Penn Station in Manhattan closed to prevent overcrowding - Mayor Bloomberg has evacuated el... more »

Ryanair chief calls for standing room only on flights because 'seatbelts are useless'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Image: Bet seat belts were useful in this emergency landing...and what about bad turbulence? Michael O'Leary claims legislation forcing passengers to wear seatbelts is unnecessary and is preventing his airline from introducing cheap 'standing room only' sections. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229668/Ryanair-chief-Michael-OLeary-calls-seatbelts-planes-useless-calls-standing-room-flights.html

Reported In The New York Times – Flu Vaccine Does Not Work

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
Reported In The New York Times – Flu Vaccine Does Not Work Child Health Safety, 7 November 2012 *Republished from Infomail 7/Nov/12 from NY USA charity Alliance for Human Research Protection – **www.ahrp.org** [AHRP ]: Advancing Honest and Ethical Medical Research* *AHRP writes:* Last month we reported that respected international scientists–such as Dr. Tom Jefferson who have examined the evidence about the efficacy of the influenza vaccine–concluded that annual flu shots *“are likely an utter waste of time and money.*“ See, *http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/879/9/ * Y... more »

Baby whale rescue may be too dangerous, say rescuers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
THE search will be on again tomorrow for an entangled baby whale after rescue attempts were called off this evening because of worsening weather and an "aggressive mother''. Luke McSweeney from National Parks and Wildlife Services' specialist disentanglement team said they decided to call the rescue attempt off because it was: "late in the day, the end of daylight and (there is) a very agressive mother who is showing lots of signs of aggression'' "You don't want to get anywhere between a 40 tonne mother and its calf, it could cause a fatality,'' he said. http://www.theaustralian.c... more »

Collapsed Comet Launches "Massive" Sale

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Electronics retailer Comet has announced a "massive stock liquidation" ahead of store closures as early as next week. The sale, which began at 9am on Thursday, is only available in its 236 stores, with customers unable to buy products online. The electrical chain said gift vouchers will be accepted on sale items, following the temporary suspension of the tokens over the weekend. http://news.sky.com/story/1008684/collapsed-comet-launches-massive-sale *Just 13 Days ago Cameron announced the UK was out of a Recession, was he speaking on behalf of the Banks and Large Corporations? *

Assad: I Will Not Leave Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Syrian President Bashar al Assad tells Russian TV he will "live and die in Syria". In an interview on Russia Today, he said he did not see the West moving towards military intervention in his country and warned of the "unbearable cost" of such action. Earlier this week, David Cameron suggested that Assad could be allowed safe passage out of the country if it would guarantee an end to the nation's civil war. http://news.sky.com/story/1008707/assad-i-will-not-leave-syria

G4S Loses Contract To Run Yorkshire Prison....What about their other Numerous Government Contracts?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
G4S has lost its contract to run a Yorkshire jail and failed to win any further prison contracts, says the Ministry of Justice. The Wolds Prison, which has been run by the security firm since it opened in 1992, will return to the public sector in July 2013, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said. http://news.sky.com/story/1008702/g4s-loses-contract-to-run-yorkshire-prison

2.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE OREGON - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 2.9 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 09:58:28 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 01:58:28 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 45.029°N, 124.127°W Depth 36.2 km (22.5 miles) Region OFFSHORE OREGON Distances 11 km (7 miles) NW (307°) from Lincoln City, OR

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHWESTERN IRAN - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 09:45:06 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 01:15:06 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.380°N, 46.785°E Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region NORTHWESTERN IRAN Distances 26 km (16 miles) WSW of Ahar, Iran

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake CERAM SEA, INDONESIA - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 09:10:32 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 06:10:32 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 2.929°S, 128.030°E Depth 28.1 km (17.5 miles) Region CERAM SEA, INDONESIA Distances 23 km (14 miles) NW of Piru, Indonesia

A slower speed of light: MIT relativistic action game

LuboŇ° Motl at The Reference Frame - 5 hours ago
In the past, this blog focused on relativistic optical effects and visualizations of Einstein's theory: special relativity (download Real Time Relativity), general relativity, and Andy Hall's relativistic raptor. But there's some new competition on the market: MIT Gamelab: A slower speed of light ------------------------------ Downloads: Windows (98 MB), Mac (105 MB) Here is their introductory video: Once you download the game, move the directory from the ZIP file to your favorite place and run the EXE file (this is relevant for the Windows users; smug Mac users are smart... more »

‘Maxfield’s Star,’ by David Knowles

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
[image: image]*‘Maxfield’s Star’ by David Knowles, 40” x 40” (Buy it here)* David Knowles is a leading Contemporary Romantic Realist Artist who paints the bright, intense light of New Zealand. When this delightful piece was chosen for the Inspirationz catalogue, it was rechristened “Imagination.” It’s that I can see here, a child finding that spark, that idea that, will challenge them and set their course for a lifetime. No wonder it can make even hardened pedagogues cry. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.... more »

San Juan County, in Washington State Bans the Growing of GMOs

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
San Juan County, in Washington State Bans the Growing of GMOs Examiner, 7 November 2012 *San Juan County* residents in Washington State passed *Initiative Measure No. 2012-4* to ban the growth of genetically modified organisms. The initiative makes it illegal to "propagate, cultivate, raise or grow plants, animals and other organisms which have been genetically modified" in San Juan County. The Initiative does still allow for the growth of hybrid organisms and GMOs to be grown by health care providers and researchers only, in secure and controlled environments. The Initiative effe... more »

Negotiating with Terrorists

Phil Arena at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
When governments offer concessions to dissident groups in the midst of a terror campaign, they often see an increase in violence take place afterwards. For example, between 1968 and 1977, attacks conducted by the ETA claimed the lives of 73 people. Partial autonomy was granted to the Basque region in 1978, yet despite the fact that Continue reading

What parrots can teach us...

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 5 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/cO6XuVlcEO4 Now see some earlier research in this revealing clip from Rupert Sheldrake: Link: http://youtu.be/2UX4d2nb7yU *This refers to* my earlier post on Sheldrake. His 2000 research on N'Kisi (Congolese for 'spirit') was heavily criticized and denied relevance by the scientific establishment. After 2007 however this kind of communication research appears to have been accepted as a legitimate object of sciences. The name of *Dr. Irene M. Pepperberg* is linked to that. Times have changed and are more rapidly changing today. We may be in for vast surprises..... more »

Nigel Farage: Mrs Merkel, Tell Cameron It's Time For Britain to Leave the EU

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
7 November 2012 • European Parliament, Brussels, 7 November 2012 • Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the 'Europe of Freedom and Democracy' (EFD) Group in the European Parliament - *http://nigelfaragemep.co.uk* *http://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage* *Transcript: * Good afternoon, everybody. Chancellor Merkel, So you're off to Downing Street to negotiate the EU budget with David Cameron. And you do so against the backdrop of the Court of Auditors, yesterday, for the 18th year in a row, failing to give the accounts a clean bill of... more »

Move to Amend Wins Big at the Ballot Box: Americans Fed Up with Big Money and Undue Corporate Influence

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
Source: http://dupagecoffeehouse.org/move-to-amend/ *Thank you to the fabulous Move to Amend volunteers across the nation who poured their energy into their local resolutions! You rock. Onward!!* *Move to Amend National Leadership Team* *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: *November 7, 2012 * CONTACT: *Move to Amend, info@MoveToAmend.org *Move to Amend Wins Big at the Ballot Box: Americans Fed Up with Big Money and Undue Corporate Influence* From Massachusetts to Oregon, Colorado to Illinois and Wisconsin, and Ohio to California, citizens throughout the country voted overwhelmingly yesterd... more »

Galloway's 70s Porn Voice Over Campaign Ad

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 6 hours ago
Ever wanted to hear George Galloway at his seductive best? Believe it or not, these gentlemen are in the business of winning votes from the good people of Croydon North.

THE WATERHOUSE 'COVER-UP'

Anon at aangirfan - 6 hours ago
*Bryn Estyn children's home in North Wales, used as a boy brothel for the elite.* "The Waterhouse tribunal, which investigated child abuse at care homes in North Wales, threatened TV journalists with legal action if they screened allegations that the abuse was more extensive than believed at the time, it has been revealed. "HTV was planning to run a programme at the time of the Waterhouse Tribunal in 1997..." The interview with a whistleblower was cancelled. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2012/11/08/abuse-tribunal-threatened-legal-action-over-tv-investigation-9146... more »

The apartheid state of Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
For the idiots who infest my Twitter timeline calling Israel an 'apartheid state'.

Netanyahu Says He'd Go It Alone on Striking Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday reiterated his willingness to attack the Iranian nuclear program without support from Washington or the world, returning to an aggressive posture that he had largely abandoned since his United Nations speech in September. “When David Ben-Gurion declared the foundation of the state of Israel, was it done with American approval?” Mr. Netanyahu asked in an interview broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 on Monday night. “When Levi Eshkol was forced to act in order to loosen the siege before 1967, was it done with the Americans’ support? http://www... more »

Coffee threatened by climate change

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Coffee is under threat from climate change, according to a study which found that popular Arabica beans could face extinction within decades. Rising global temperatures and subtle changes in seasonal conditions could make 99.7 per cent of Arabica-growing areas unsuitable for the plant by 2080, according to a new study by researchers from Kew Gardens. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/9661559/Coffee-threatened-by-climate-change.html

Marc Faber's Asset Protection Plan: "Buy A Machine Gun", No Really, "You're Right, Buy A Tank"

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 7 hours ago
*Trish Regan and Adam Johnson do their best to hold themselves together in this sublime rant by 'Gloom, Boom & Doom's Marc Faber on Bloomberg TV as he sees Obama's re-election as "very negative for the economy". From his view that the market should be down at least 20% - and maybe 50%, to the implied ignorance of both of the candidates, he believes fervently that the "standards of living of people in the western hemisphere will continue to decline." Faber views Obama's re-election as one of many unintended consequences of market manipulation (since Democrat attacks on the wealthy ... more »

Turkey says it is inspecting Syrian-bound plane for military equipment

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Turkish media reports say a Syria-bound plane from Armenia has landed in eastern Turkey so that its cargo can be inspected to make sure it is not carrying military equipment. Anadolu news agency says the plane landed Thursday morning in the city of Erzurum. Other reports say it is believed to be carrying humanitarian aid. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/11/08/turkey-says-it-is-inspecting-syrian-bound-plane-for-military-equipment/

Guatemala earthquake kills dozens in mountain villages

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
At least 48 people have been killed and some 20 are missing after a 7.4-magnitude quake hit off Guatemala's Pacific coast. President Otto Perez Molina, who toured the worst affected areas, has declared three days of mourning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20243894

Giffords shooter 'Jared Loughner', to be sentenced in U.S.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Jared Loughner, the Arizona man who pleaded guilty to the attempted assassination of then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be sentenced Thursday. Federal prosecutors have said Loughner will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the January 2011 shooting, which killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Giffords. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/07/justice/arizona-loughner-sentencing/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

German economy: Signs of slowing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Germany's economy has started to show signs of slowing, as Europe's debt crisis takes a toll on growth in the region's powerhouse, European officials said Wednesday. The eurozone economy is expected to stagnate in 2013, after shrinking by 0.4% this year. And the broader European Union is expected to see a contraction of 0.3% this year. http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/07/news/economy/german-economy-eurozone/index.html?cnn=yes&hpt=hp_t3

Two bomb blasts kills 8 in Afghanistan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Two bomb blasts targeting Afghan security forces in different parts of the country killed at least eight personnel this morning, officials said. The first explosion occurred in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a police station in Kandahar City, killing three policemen, said Ahmad Javed Faisal, spokesman for the Kandahar Media and Information Center. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/08/officials-bomb-blasts-kill-at-least-8-in-afghanistan/?hpt=hp_t3

In Egypt streets, Islamists throw weight around

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
CAIRO - Ever since Muslim Brotherhood politician Mohamed Mursi was elected president, seemingly sporadic incidents of religious intimidation are turning into what rights activists describe as an emerging pattern of abuses. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-egypt-islamists-idUSBRE8A61JX20121107

Turkey to ask NATO for Patriot missiles

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
ANKARA - Turkey will imminently lodge an official request with NATO asking the military alliance to deploy Patriot missiles along its border with Syria to guard against violence spilling over, a senior Turkish foreign ministry official said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE88J0X720121108

Wintry storm slows Sandy recovery in Northeast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
NEW YORK - An unseasonably early-winter storm brought snow, rain and dangerous winds to the Northeast, plunging many residents of the most populous region of the country back into darkness just as they were recovering from Superstorm Sandy. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-storm-sandy-hurricane-idUSBRE89N16J20121108

Greece Ignores their Citizens once Again to approve austerity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Greece's government voted by a razor thin margin on Thursday to approve an austerity package needed to unlock vital aid and avert bankruptcy, despite an internal rift and violent protests at the gates of parliament. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/07/us-greece-idUSBRE8A61CZ20121107

After merger collapse, new Airbus battle looms

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The proposed merger of Airbus parent EADS and Britain's BAE failed due to German objections. Now, Berlin, emboldened by its growing stature in Europe, appears ready to push for moves that could spell disaster for Airbus. Known as the "Father of Airbus", co-founder Roger Beteille reminded his audience, gathered in a vast new plane factory in Toulouse, how an industry once "devoted to destruction" had become a symbol of European unity in the decades after World War Two. Insiders say this could have disastrous consequences for the company. Some fear it will also tarnish ties between ... more »

Suicide attack on base in Pakistan's biggest city kills one

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A suicide bomber killed at least one person when he rammed his vehicle into the gates of a military base in Pakistan's largest city on Thursday, police said, the latest in a series of audacious attacks on security forces. Thirteen people were wounded in the explosion but the attacker was unable to penetrate into the headquarters of the Rangers paramilitary base in the port city of Karachi. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-pakistan-attack-idUSBRE8A707720121108

China's Hu says graft threatens state, party must stay in charge

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao warned on Thursday that corruption threatens the ruling Communist Party and the state, but said the party must stay in charge as it battles growing social unrest. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-china-congress-idUSBRE8A62LZ20121108

Linkin Park Fan Killed By Gig Scaffolding

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A fan of the US rock band Linkin Park has died after an advertising tower collapsed in strong winds before a concert in South Africa. The falling scaffolding also injured 20 people waiting for the gig outside the Green Point stadium in Cape Town. Twelve people were taken to hospital, but one woman later died on her injuries. http://news.sky.com/story/1008618/linkin-park-fan-killed-by-gig-scaffolding

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 08:16:48 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 02:16:48 AM at epicenter Location 14.348°N, 92.496°W Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO Distances 37 km (23 miles) SW (233°) from Suchiate, Chiapas, Mexico

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 07:39:44 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 06:39:44 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.711°S, 167.159°E Depth 114.1 km (70.9 miles) Region VANUATU Distances 39 km (24 miles) NNE of Port-Olry, Vanuatu

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 07:13:06 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 07:13:06 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.150°S, 178.063°W Depth 624.4 km (388.0 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 284 km (176 miles) NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake VALPARAISO, CHILE - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 06:24:09 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 03:24:09 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 32.742°S, 71.399°W Depth 38.8 km (24.1 miles) Region VALPARAISO, CHILE Distances 17 km (10 miles) WNW of Hacienda La Calera, Chile

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN SANGIHE, INDONESIA - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 05:20:40 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 01:20:40 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.577°N, 125.995°E Depth 148.6 km (92.3 miles) Region KEPULAUAN SANGIHE, INDONESIA Distances 108 km (67 miles) SSE of Sarangani, Philippines

Republican failure shows conservative parties must adapt, like Alberta PCs, or die

david at Alberta Diary - 8 hours ago
Psychological/political portraits of Stephen Harper and Barack Obama by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Used with permission. This too shall pass… Now and then throughout history, as with Whigs and Communists, international political-ideological movements of enormous influence wither and disappear, often quite suddenly. It is rarely their call. Neoconservatives – or neoliberals, call them what you ... more »

Global Gargoyle Distribution

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
Dale Drinnon has pulled together a stack of individual reports on giant bats all over the globe. We can make a few observations. 1 The creature and its sub species have a global distribution. This was inevitable because it has a huge flying range and is not geographically restricted. 2 The wing span is up to twelve feet but it has long strong hind legs and the capacity to also walk on its hands(?). In that mode it is able to bunch the wing skin onto its back out of harms way. 3 Body mass is comparatively small and the head may vary considerably among sub species. ... more »

Mantle Borehole Test

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
We are attempting to drill ten kilometers below the ocean floor in order to sample the mantle. The history of deep cores is listed here and we learn that the Moho discontinuity is fractured rock the is water saturated but also saturated with hydrogen gas. This is unexpected and suggestive. Recall Tommy Gold and his efforts to show the planet is out gassing methane at the least. This infers a hydrogen supply that can feed natural traps. Thus any natural geological trap needs to be at least considered although hydrogen will unfortunately escape too handily. This projec... more »

Starvation Hormone extends Life in Mice

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
There are some benign negative effects, but we have learned that it is the hormone released on fasting rather than the fasting itself that extends life. This is a much easier protocol to work around. In fact it is inevitable that we will all end up taking advantage of this. It also suggests that a healthy lifestyle can be extended for early adopters who begin supplementation in their twenties into the century mark but not much beyond. Modern lifespans are averaging out to around eighty years. This should permit that span to reach 100. This is good news that should be... more »

Boy, 13, Creates Breakthrough Solar Technology

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
The pleasant surprise is that a tree based design does work way better. Producing leaf like panels may also now be quite practical also. It certainly needs to be investigated carefully to see where it can lead. Even a faux ivy covering for a building wall may be preferable to flat panels. If the design can also be optimized for additional characteristics like easy shedding then it may even surprise us. We will see if this works out. *Boy, 13, creates breakthrough solar technology* *by Terrence Aym* *Created on: October 23, 2012* http://www.helium.com/items/... more »

Respect.

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 8 hours ago
President Barack Obama fist-bumps custodian Lawrence Lipscomb in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building following the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth. December 3, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza). Lance Mannion posted this one over at his place. It's from this gallery. It's an old photo, but appropriate for the occasion. A little

Prometheus Two - THE ARK - Adam Spriggs imagines Paradise

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 8 hours ago
3DS MAX artist Adam Spriggs shares his astonishing vision of what they think PARADISE might look like; that place Dr Elizabeth Shaw and David8 are voyaging to at the end of Ridley Scott's recent film Prometheus. I love the use of the track *Freedom Fighters*, performed by Two steps from Hell. One wonders if there is one room like this for every world the Engineers have 'genetically terraformed'. The ARK from Adam Spriggs on Vimeo.

CIVIL WAR COMING?

Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
When Barack Obama launched his first campaign for the presidency, in Abraham Lincoln's home town of Springfield, he quoted Lincoln's warning that a nation divided against itself cannot stand. Lincoln's election victory led to four years of civil war. Today, the USA is divided. Obama had the support of most of the Black people who voted, and a majority of the Hispanics and unmarried women who voted. *Obama had the support of only 36% of the white men who turned out to vote.* * * *The USA is divided.* Website for this image. *The American military keeps the Feudal System in place.*... more »

Steve Russell : The Election Night Rhythm and Blues

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
The Obama Four celebrate victory in Chicago on election night. Photo by Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images. From the POTUS to Sharon Keller: The election night rhythm and blues What got me off my leftist disgust with Obama high horse was the cold realization that we were about to lose victories won by our parents. We were in danger of dropping the baton. By Steve Russell / The Rag Blog /

Tarsands Pipeline Protest Returns to Washington Nov. 18, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Obama promoting southern route of Keystone XL pipeline in Cushing, Okla., in March. The pipeline destruction is now terrorizing Texas landowners. *Keystone XL Tarsands Pipeline Protest Returns to Washington* www.350.org We're coming back to Washington to fight the Keystone XL pipeline. Join us: *Sunday, November 18th*, *3:00 PM* *Freedom Plaza, Washington DC* We'll meet at Freedom Plaza following 350.org's Do the Math event, then march around the White House and rally on the Ellipse. Want to join us for Do the Math? Get your tickets now before they sell out! Can't be there on the 18th? T... more »

2012 US Elections - The People Have Spoken: No Confidence

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 10 hours ago
Voter turnout expected to be lower than 2008, US President's mandate ranges between 25-35%. Tony Cartalucci Land Destroyer November 8, 2012 Here is some math the establishment hopes you never do. Take the popular vote the newly elected president received, and see what percent of voter turnout it actually makes up. You will find that out of all eligible voters, the president is put into power with only between 25-35%. This isn't just with President Obama in 2012, but is a common feature of most US elections, and many elections around the world. [image: 2012_US_Elections_Graph_1] ... more »

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government."

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.* The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has... more »

Land of Shadows And Flames

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*"Never promise more than you can perform." - Publilius Syrus.* "Obama’s campaign strap line this year was “FORWARD”, an interesting choice of word, blunt and brutal – one straight out of Mao Se Tung’s China, or Stalin’s Russia. Is this a hint of things to come?" - Patrick Henningsen, *"Obama Wins Second Term, But America Remains More Divided Than Ever."* "The Imperial Presidency won, too, of course; anyone anywhere can still be assassinated by order of the Imperial President, regardless of their citizenship. Anyone can be labeled "an enemy of the State" and either liquidated (h... more »

Anti-Obama protest escalates at Univ. of Mississippi; racial slurs, 2 arrests reported

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/higher-education/obama-re-election-protest-escalates-at-univ-of-mississippi-racial-slurs-2-arrests-reported/2012/11/07/1722d70a-2946-11e2-aaa5-ac786110c486_story.html

You won't be happy alone in the big bad world: Merkel warns Britain to stay in the EU (. . . but Greece explodes with violent protests against Europe's austerity drive)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
As the German Chancellor insisted she wants a 'strong Britain' in the European Union ahead of dinner with Prime Minister David Cameron in London, protests in Greece exploded into violent clashes as the Government voted on a deeply unpopular austerity bill. Angela Merkel's comments came as the economic forecast for the entire region was downgraded. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229420/Germany-tells-Britain-stay-EU-Merkel-says-Britain-happy-big-bad-world.html *We were doing just fine before the EU came along, thank you very much (and not just for the UK either)*

Mandates!

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
Krauthammer says that Obama doesn’t have a “mandate.” In 2004 he argued that Bush had one. According to Krauthammer: [Obama] won by going very small, very negative,” said Krauthammer, speaking on FOX News as throngs of Obama supporters danced in celebration over Obama’s re-election victory. “This is not a mandate either in the numbers or the way Continue reading

Screw the Middle Class, everyone else does!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Since 1986, the real incomes of middle-earners have risen by only 62 per cent. Meanwhile, the richest have seen an increase of nearly twice as much – 117 per cent – while the real incomes of the poorest have risen by 70 per cent. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229336/Squeezed-middle-families-seen-standard-living-fall-past-25-years-compared-rich-poor.html

Ian Paterson 'botched ONE THOUSAND breast operations': Specialist suspended as police launch criminal investigation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Surgeon Ian Paterson is accused of operating on at least 450 women when they were perfectly healthy. He also allegedly performed partial mastectomies on another 700 who did have cancer, using a technique which may have increased the likelihood of the disease returning. One lawyer said it was the largest clinical negligence case she had known in 16 years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2229500/Surgeon-botched-1-000-breast-operations-Specialist-suspended-police-launch-criminal-investigation.html

Syrian opposition plans fall apart

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The western-backed initiative to form a united Syrian opposition looked to have collapsed on Wednesday night, as key opposition movements from inside the country pulled out. “There are too many people against this initiative for it to work now,” said a western diplomatic source in Doha. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9662598/Syrian-opposition-plans-fall-apart.html

Iran says Obama should not expect talks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Iran reacted coolly to Barack Obama's re-election on Wednesday, as the head of its judiciary condemned the "crimes" of US sanctions and indicated the president should not expect rapid new negotiations with Tehran. "After all this pressure and crimes against the people of Iran, relations with America cannot be possible overnight and Americans should not think they can hold our nation to ransom by coming to the negotiating table," Sadeq Larijani was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency. http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=290904

Greece lawmakers back austerity cuts amid protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The 13.5bn-euro ($17.3bn; £10.5bn) bill includes tax rises and pension cuts. Earlier, riot police fired tear gas towards protesters when they were attacked with petrol bombs in Athens. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20247680

Merkel hits out at British isolationism ahead of No 10 talks budget impasse

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Angela Merkel delivered a warning against British isolationism yesterday as the German Chancellor flew to London for talks with David Cameron aimed at breaking the impasse over European Union spending. The two leaders are at odds over the EU's budget for 2014-2020, which Britain thinks should effectively be frozen, with only an inflation-linked increase. Germany supports a small real-terms rise in spending and believes the issue of minor importance compared with the eurozone crisis. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/merkel-hits-out-at-british-isolationism-ahead-of-no-10... more »

Collapsed mining pit kills 9 in Zamfara, Nigeria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
AT least nine illegal miners have been reported to have lost their lives when a mining pit collapsed on them at Dogon Daji village of Maru Local Government Area, Zamfara State. He disclosed that the incident occurred around 5.00 a.m. on Tuesday, when the miners were digging at one of the mining sites at Dogon Daji village. http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/news/50588-collapsed-mining-pit-kills-9-in-zamfara

Strange Odor Forces Evacuation at Cumberland County High School

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Students were evacuated while Lower Allen Fire Company firefighters assisted by members of three adjacent fire companies checked the building. The odor, believed to be sewer gas, was contained to an isolated rest room on the ground floor. http://www.fox43.com/news/cumberland/wpmt-odor-forces-evacuation-at-cumberland-county-high-school-20121107,0,5900800.story

Ghana Shopping Mall Collapse: Four Dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The new five-storey building housing the Melcom mall in the centre of the capital Accra came down ahead of opening time on Wednesday morning. Rescue workers had pulled 42 survivors from the rubble by nightfall, as well as four dead bodies. http://news.sky.com/story/1008243/ghana-shopping-mall-collapse-four-dead

Guatemala Earthquake: At Least 48 Dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake has struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala, killing at least 48 people, injuring another 155 and destroying scores of homes. The quake, which hit at 10:35 am in the midst of the work day, caused terror over an unusually wide area, with damage reported in all but one of Guatemala's 22 states. It also sparked a tsunami alert on the El Salvador coast and evacuations from offices, homes and schools as far north as Mexico City, 600 miles to the northwest. http://news.sky.com/story/1008543/guatemala-earthquake-at-least-48-dead

Mark Basseley Youssef (If that is his real Name) Jailed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The man behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in the Middle East has been sentenced to one year in prison. Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, was sentenced on Wednesday for violating probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. http://news.sky.com/story/1008497/anti-muslim-film-director-jailed-over-probation

Sandy Victims Suffer As New Storm Hits US Coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A second storm has battered the north east coast of the United States adding to the misery felt by many after superstorm Sandy. Heavy snow and strong winds have hit parts of New York and New Jersey which brought down power lines and caused traffic delays. http://news.sky.com/story/1008579/sandy-victims-suffer-as-new-storm-hits-us-coast

Carpenters Union, Under Fire For Mob Connections, Endorsed And Funded Gambino Crime Family Congressman, Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Grimm with the Carpenters Union bosses Obama won yesterday for many reasons. One of them was the overwhelming support he had from unions-- although let me mention that my sister's union, the American Federation of Teachers endorsed Obama and worked hard for him on a national level, while her Staten Island local never tired of urging the members to vote for Romney. We've been talking about unions that back Republicans and we've concentrated on the AFL-CIO's building trades unions, the worst of the lot. One of the most corrupt (and right-wing) of the unions is the Carpenters and Joiner... more »

Bradley Wiggins Crash: Recovering in hospital

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Wiggins, 32, was thrown off his bike when a white Vauxhall Astra Envoy is thought to have pulled out of a petrol station and collided with him. A police source said his injuries from the crash were thought to be very serious at first, but later it appeared he suffered a number of broken ribs and cuts and bruises. http://news.sky.com/story/1008509/bradley-wiggins-in-hospital-after-bike-crash

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 04:27:15 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 02:27:15 AM at epicenter Location 55.951°S, 27.427°W Depth 83 km (51.6 miles) Region SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION Distances 86 km (53 miles) N (353°) from Visokoi Island, South Sandwich Islands

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 03:23:36 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 02:23:36 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.622°S, 168.629°E Depth 103.2 km (64.1 miles) Region VANUATU Distances 103 km (64 miles) SSE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

More Hidden History Revealed: The REAL History Of How The Jews Destroyed Russia - Documentary: "In The Shadow Of Hermes"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
As a student of true history, I am truly sickened by the absolute crap that our failed "education" system continues to promote and lie to our youth of today. I have long discovered that our true history has been kept hidden on purpose, for if people would discover that they have been lied to all their lives and that our real past is absolutely different than what we have been taught to believe all these years, there would definitely be hell to pay! One facet of our history that I have always been intrigued with is the real history of Russia in the 20th century and how exactly the ... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 03:24:29 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 07:24:29 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.277°S, 53.365°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN Distances 1121 km (696 miles) NNE of Ile aux Cochons,

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 02:27:14 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 08:27:14 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.092°N, 92.569°W Depth 35.3 km (21.9 miles) Region OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO Distances 61 km (37 miles) SW of Ocos, Guatemala

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 02:26:39 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 08:26:39 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.022°N, 92.756°W Depth 35.5 km (22.1 miles) Region OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO Distances 81 km (50 miles) SW of Ocos, Guatemala

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 02:20:37 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 08:20:37 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.195°N, 91.971°W Depth 35.4 km (22.0 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 12 km (7 miles) SSW of Champerico, Guatemala

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 23:42:17 UTC Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 09:42:17 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 8.663°S, 148.046°E Depth 96.5 km (60.0 miles) Region EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 24 km (14 miles) WNW of Popondetta, Papua New Guinea

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 22:42:48 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 04:42:48 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.907°N, 92.225°W Depth 35.1 km (21.8 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 54 km (33 miles) SW of Champerico, Guatemala

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake BIO-BIO, CHILE - 7th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 22:41:33 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 07:41:33 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.523°S, 72.914°W Depth 39.5 km (24.5 miles) Region BIO-BIO, CHILE Distances 21 km (13 miles) W of Nacimiento, Chile

It's All Fun & Games Until Someone Loses Their Country

MrArbitrage at Table Of Wisdom.com - 11 hours ago
Obama moves states ever closer to his goal. Here we stand, we can do no other. Where we are, how we got here and where we are going next by no choice of our own: Obama works diligently to force state Secession (Start at 4 minute mark.) Chuck Colson on Religious Freedom and Possible Necessity of Civil Disobedience

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION - 8th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 6.3 Date-Time Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 02:01:51 UTC Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 06:01:51 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 49.185°N, 128.528°W Depth 16.6 km (10.3 miles) Region VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION Distances 186 km (115 miles) SSW of Port Hardy, Canada

Nate Silver's Prediction Spot On. Punditry on the Decline?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
Viva la statistics. Source: Newsy

Podcast No. 12 – ISA-NE2012 SF and Pedagogy Panel (mp3)

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
This is the audio (in mp3 format) from the Speculative Fiction and Pedagogy panel at the International Studies Association-Northeast 2012 convention. The panel featured Henry Farrell, Dan Nexon, Jennifer Lobasz, and PTJ. Notes: The new feed for Duck of Minerva podcasts is here. I will continue to post Duck of Minerva podcasts at the old feed Continue reading

Crazy Fun with DownEast in Tooele

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
Do you have a go to outfit? One you know that will kill at any event? I do, it is a grey dress that I bought at DownEast forever ago. I know that I can move in it, that I won't accidentally reveal more of myself that I want to and it is comfortable. That is why I love DownEast. I feel comfortable in their clothes and covered in their clothes. DownEast Basics recently opened a new store in Tooele, UT and invited some of my favorite bloggers to come check it out. The store in Tooele, features the DownEast Girl line. I love this line. I always need white shirts to go under my 3-year... more »

Podcast No. 12 – ISA-NE2012 SF and Pedagogy Panel (m4a)

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
This is the audio (in m4a format) from the Speculative Fiction and Pedagogy panel at the International Studies Association-Northeast 2012 convention. The panel featured Henry Farrell, Dan Nexon, Jennifer Lobasz, and PTJ. Notes: The new feed for Duck of Minerva podcasts is here. I will continue to post Duck of Minerva podcasts at the old Continue reading

Confederation Overpass Opens

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 13 hours ago
I was beginning to think I'd never see it happen, but after a few delays, the Confederation Overpass opened for traffic today. While I normally doze off on the bus ride to work, I'll suck back a little extra caffeine tomorrow for the ride in so I can see how things go. I would have seen it on my ride home from work earlier this evening if I hadn't have dozed off. Theoretically, with the Thickwood overpass (which opened last year) and the Confed. overpass now in place, you should be able to travel Highway 63 north out of the downtown core without delays. Except...there is still roa... more »

Time for bed

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago

News from the Jews - 2012 Election

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 13 hours ago
Before highlighting some news items from the Jewish press regarding last night’s election, I would like to say that I actually did go out and vote, although I realize voting is a meaningless task “all Good, Patriotic Americans” must complete to prove they are "engaged in the democratic process” and “making their voice heard.” The elections and the entire election industry – the debates, the political ads, the speeches, the rallies, the media hype, etc. – are merely show put on for public consumption. None of the candidates and media “experts” talk about anything of substance, like t... more »

Stony Run Farm 2012

risa bear at A Way to Live - 13 hours ago
A year in the subsistence/permaculture life. The flowers on the table toward the end were brought by Daughter for the wake for Risa's parents, Martha M. L. Smith, 1928-2012, and Thomas Eugene Smith, 1917-2012.

Laboring in the Neo-Feudal Economy

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
A Part-Time, Low-Wage Epidemic: The jobs gained recently by the U.S. economy are disproportionately low-paying, insecure ones. By Mortimer Zuckerman. The Wall Street Journal *N*ovember 5, 2012 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203707604578094601253124258.html[Excerpted] The number of Americans now working part time has soared to 8.3 million—up 313,000 in the past two months alone. With economic growth declining or stagnant for quarter after quarter, many companies feel it is too risky to take on people full time. This has created an army of "underutilized labor." Americ... more »

More on money and our way of government

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
* * *"If we took all the money we spend on political ads and used it to educate our children and feed the poor, we wouldn't be America."* *-- Tracy Klugian, president of the Negative Advertising Association of America, quoted by the Borowitz Report* *by Ken* Tracy Klugian, Andy Borowitz's longtime jack-of-many-right-wing-trades, apparently has a new job: president of the Negative Advertising Association of America ("which represents the nation's leading producers of political attack ads"). And in this capacity he is challenging the claim "that the nation had spent $2.5 billion [on t... more »

Blind Followers of Evil: Voters For Obama Don't Mind Obama's Victims

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
The bad news is that Obama was reelected and is now free to attack both Syria and Iran, while imposing austerity on the hard-working American people. Domestic critics of Obama's policies will be labeled racists, traitors, and terrorists, and thereafter imprisoned and/or executed on the spot via drones and police/military. The good news is that only 30% of the U.S. population wants the devious and criminal Obama to be President. As Tony Cartalucci *explains in this tweet*, "#Obama gets aprox 50% pop. vote out of aprox. 60% turnout = a whopping 30% mandate by all eligible voters.... more »
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