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Friday, November 9, 2012

9 November - Blogs I'm Following II

10:03 pm MST

Sunday Classics preview: "If you don't love me, I love you, and if I love you, watch out" -- meet La Carmencita

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 minutes ago
*Keep your eye on the flower*: *We're in the square in Seville outside the cigarette factory where the charismatic gypsy *CARMEN* and the other cigarette girls work.*CARMEN* has just sung her *Habañera* (which we'll be coming back to in a moment) to the assembled soldiers and assorted other drooling males. As our excerpt begins she has been surrounded by a group of importuning young men. The only man paying no attention to her the young Basque sergeant *DON JOSÉ. CARMEN *looks at the young men one after the other, leaves the circle they've formed around her, and goes straight up to... more »

Indigenous Alliance without Borders: Youth Border Action Festival and Teach-In

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
YOUTH BORDER ACTION FESTIVAL and TEACH-IN Saturday, November 17th 10am to 8pm John Valenzuela Youth Center 1550 S. 6th Ave. South Tucson, AZ ContactJose Matus Telephone520-979-2125Emailalianzaindigena@gmail.com Websitewww.indigenousalliance.org TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders will be holding it’s first annual Youth Gathering in commemoration and celebration of November Native American Heritage Month. The purpose is to bring together youth and elders to share, unite and learn, to identify the different indigenous peoples, neighbors and territories, and to s... more »

An Open Letter to Rachel Notley, MLA for Edmonton-Strathcona

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 hour ago
I will preface this post with the following - Generally, I don't comment on political topics that often. Mostly, this stems from my general disdain for politicians in general. Also, it is connected to my workplace and one thing I've learned over the course of my working life is that its never a smart idea to bite the hand that feeds you. In this case, though I thought I'd make an exception as there has been an issue floating around that has generated some chatter, namely the issue of a random drug testing policy for one of the big sites here. A local union took issue with this... more »

Hugo Chavez to Obama: Stop Invading Countries, Focus on Your Country's Social Woes

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
Published on Friday, November 9, 2012 by Common Dreams Hugo Chavez to Obama: Stop Invading Countries, Focus on Your Country's Social Woes Chavez slams "superelite" that exploits US - Common Dreams staff Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez on Thursday urged newly re-elected President Obama to "stop invading" other countries and "think about his own country" which suffers from social and economic problems. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaking about Obama's reelection. Chavez made the comments during a cabinet council meeting broadcast on the state channel, VTV. "President Obama has b... more »

There's Petraeus, and then the Lockheed Martin guy, married straight guys who can't keep it in their pants -- did gay marriage make them do it?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*I. PETRAEUS* from Slate.com *II. THE LOCKHEED MARTIN GUY* from washingtonpost.com *III. HUH???* Don't ask me what goes through these guys' heads, these great Defenders of Freedom and the National Security, Bulwarks of the Great White West. Is it possible that they don't know, while they're getting theirs, that they're doing something that, as soon as it's found out, will end their careers? Surely the most logical explanation -- though I haven't run it past those lions of the National Organization for Marriage, Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown -- is that it must have something t... more »

Shocked, shocked to find that illicit sex is going on in here

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
The Petraeus "sex scandal" had exploded. Rumor and conspiracy theories abound. However, it does appear the other woman is Paula Broadwell, author of the unfortunately entitled biography All In. Twitter is snarking: Ah the classic spurned lover tries to hack your email, except you're the director of the CIA, so the FBI notices, gambit. Looking at this photo, I suspect that may well turn out to be the story. I see an older guy giddy from the attention from a young, attractive, adoring fan girl. [photo via Steve Hynd and emptywheel] It's not impossible that there's some dark nefari... more »

#RoadTrip : So where is the gay car now?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
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Drawing adverse inferences from failure to produce evidence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
*Parris v. Laidley*, 2012 ONCA 755 makes clear that drawing an adverse inference from a failure to produce evidence is dangerous. Such should only be done if it is very clear the evidence should, could and ought to have been called. The dangers of such an inference being overturned on appeal suggest it may be prudent not to seek they be drawn. The Court holds: [2] Drawing adverse inferences from failure to produce evidence is discretionary. The inference should not be drawn unless it is warranted in all the circumstances. What is required is a case-specific inquiry into ... more »

Our Galaxy’s Black Hole Is Getting Angry

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
http://gizmodo.com/5959121/our-galaxys-black-hole-is-getting-angry Our Galaxy’s Black Hole Is Getting Angry By Jamie Condliffe The black hole at the center of our galaxy isn't happy. In fact, it's spitting out its biggest X-ray flares ever, which are a hundred times more powerful than anything it's ever produced before. It's not clear why it eject X-rays like this, but it sure looks angry when it does—just like in this image, which was captured by NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory. [The Astrophysical Journal via New Scientist] Image by NASA/MIT/F. Baganoff et al.

Commentary by Terrance Nelson 'Nits make lice'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
*Nits Make Lice* ** *By Terrance Nelson, Roseau River Ojibway* *Censored News* *http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com* ** ** ** *they send out a little girl about six years old with a white flag on a stick; she had not proceeded but a few steps when she was shot and killed. * * * * * ** *(In a public speech made in Denver not long before this massacre, Colonel Chivington advocated the killing and scalping of all Indians, even infants. "Nits make lice!" he declared.)* * * *Robert Bent, who was riding unwillingly with Colonel Chivington, said that when they came in sight of the camp "I sa... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Energetic Release Occurs as Entanglements Dissolve

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
Energetic Release Occurs as Entanglements Dissolve by ÉirePort Energetic release occurs as entanglements dissolve. Arboreal expansion enables universal awareness of Higher Consciousness levels for all humans. Freedom comes from within Hue-manity, from within Gaia. And is observed/reflected in the outer 3D. All is prelude to planetary consciousness raising. Monitor inner thoughts. Release restrictives. Embrace expansives. ÉirePort | November 9, 2012 at 21:07

You've heard of Build-A-Bear?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
Here's Builder Bears!

Relief for discrimination limited to claims before a hearing tribunal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
Moore v British Columbia 2012 SCC 61 rather unexpectedly rules in favour of a claim of discrimination under the BC Human Rights Code for a case of dyslexia. In so doing, however, the Court limited the relief granted and held that it is improper for a human rights tribunal to make sweeping orders that would alleviate discrimination against parties not before the tribunal. The Court rules: [64] But the remedy must flow from the claim. In this case, the claim was made on behalf of Jeffrey, and the evidence giving concrete support to the claim all centred on... more »

Greed vs. Green . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 4 hours ago

Abuse Allegations: Media and Power

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 4 hours ago
Guest post (courtesy of Twitlonger) from @catherinebuca. The news isn't Schofield or Watson or *Newsnight* or people talking on the internet; the news is why children have had their complaints of abuse ignored, and are still having them ignored. The news is if, how, why and by whom investigations into these alleged crimes have been circumscribed. The news is what kind of power circulates in society in order to protect certain people no matter their crime. This is nothing but distraction. I felt like what happened yesterday with Schofield and C4 News was something of a tipping poi... more »

Provisional Ballots Spoiled By Restrictive State Law, ACLU of Arizona Says

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
ACLUAZ Jon O'Neill PHOENIX – A restrictive Arizona law helped invalidate thousands of ballots cast in the 2008 election, a new report by the ACLU of Arizona shows. The disfranchised voters, more than 13,000 of them, used provisional ballots, an option meant to help people who, for many reasons, wind up at the wrong precinct on Election Day. But Arizona law requires that even a provisional ballot be cast in the right precinct. All voters leave the polls expecting their ballots to be counted. But for one in every 10 Arizona voters who cast a provisional ballot in 2008, they didn't.... more »

Pleiadian Contactee, Robert Potter, on Coast to Coast AM Radio Show Last Night

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 5 hours ago
Robert Potter is an associate of Cobra's who's doing much the organizing work behind Cobra's Laguna Beach Conference November 23, 2012. I met Robert Potter about a month ago for lunch. He is a charming man, an energetically very much like myself. He felt like a long lost relative is the only way I know to describe his energy and personality. He felt like family. I don't know why he feels that way to me. He's an interesting man, and his adventures with Dr Fred Bell are quite amazing tales. They'd make a good movie screenplay. I don't know a whole lot about him or th... more »

U.S. Media Whitewashes Al-Qaeda's Atrocities In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
"One is more certain to influence men, to produce more effect on them, by absurdities than by sensible ideas." - Napoleon. At first, the U.S. media ignored the heavy presence of Jihadist terrorists in Syria because such coverage would deviate from the official line that the anti-Assad rebels are democratic-minded freedom fighters who are worth backing with U.S. money and arms. But, after a while, the *official narrative unraveled*. The media couldn't hide the reality anymore so they changed their strategy, choosing instead to celebrate the aggressiveness of the terrorists and the... more »

Can Conservatives Win Again?

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 5 hours ago
That's the question pundits are asking in the wake of Barack Obama's election win. Though there wasn't a great deal in it - 60m vs 57m, give or take a few hundred thousand here and there, it would appear everyone with an opinion is using this opportunity to write the obituary of American Conservatism. People are pointing to the Democrats winning the popular votein five out of the last six contests, and the observation that the GOP and its increasingly deranged base are politically incapable of facing up to demographic change. Fold this in with several progressive outcomes to local re... more »

Iranian attack on US drone – payback for Khartoum bombing?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
http://www.debka.com/article/22512/Iranian-attack-on-US-drone-%E2%80%93-payback-for-Khartoum-bombing-

La Honorable Maestra Cobb In Tucson Nov 13-19!!!

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 5 hours ago
*Nov. 13-19th 2012 – In Tucson* *Maestra Angelbertha Cobb of Xicoxixico,* *Sierra de Puebla, Mexico* "*Maestra Angelbertha Cobb of Xiloxixico from the Sierra de Puebla, Mexico should not exist. By all rights, she defies the rules of Western knowledge - defies the accepted historical, archaeological, anthropological and linguistic narratives of this continent. Maestra Cobb is a living treasure, a repository of memory and a link to all of Indigenous America. She can speak with Hopi elders in mutually intelligible conversations in her own native Nahuatl language. Nahuatl, Mexicano or... more »

Petraeus Quits CIA, Confesses to Affair

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
Former Pentagon wunderkind and current CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned. In a statement the man once thought a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination admitted to an extra-marital affair. “*After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Mr. Petraeus wrote. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the president graciously accepted my resignation.*” And Dave is sharing the day with another prominent philanderer, Lockheed-M... more »

Akwesasne raising funds for Pine Ridge winter supplies

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Video fundraiser presentation Nov 17, at the seniors building 4:00pm to 6:00pm, to get supplies to Pine Ridge. Come out and help or send donations to help the journey .. yakoke

Pearl Means: Honoring Russell Means

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
*The next honoring of Russell Means in February* *By Pearl Means* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Hello our relatives. We have completed the four sacred days in preparation for sending Russell Means’ spirit on his journey and his ashes have been scattered at Yellow Thunder in the Lakota sacred holy land, the He Sapa (Black Hills). On behalf of the family I want to extend our appreciation and gratitude for all of the ceremonies, prayers, good words, and messages that we have received from friends and allies around the world. Russell was a man of the People and we... more »

Get Filibuster Reform Right

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
It's looking more and more as if something will happen on filibuster reform. Greg has a total of 50 Members of the new Senate on record as supporting at least some kind of reform. That includes the Majority Leader, which makes some action at least somewhat likely. The key to filibuster reform, however, is getting it right. And that's not easy. There's a lot of bunk on filibusters, including in proposals from Senators, who should know better. For examples, there's been a flap for some time about trying to prevent "secret" holds. The problem is that making holds public wasn't likely ... more »

Podcast No. 13 – A Conversation with Nick Onuf (mp3)

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
The thirteenth Duck of Minerva podcast features Nicholas Onuf. Nick is one of the “founding parents” of contemporary constructivism. His book, World of Our Making: Rules and Rule in Social Theory and International Relation – which has been reissued by Routledge — introduced the term to describe an approach to the study of world politics. The podcast is Continue reading

Which Way Will The Republican Party Go Next?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
We didn't post the silly video above as a demonstration of right-wing problems with basic math and basic logic. We posted it as part of the developing narrative about the possible impending Republican Party civil war. Hold in abeyance for a moment that Bryan Fischer is certifiably insane and instead just concentrate on his points setting up a dispute between politicized religious fanatics and more mainstream conservative Republican Establishment types. By the time Romney's circuits were being shut down, staffers trying to get home by cab after the victory party, found that their ... more »

Two Columns

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 7 hours ago
This comparison is posted without comment for your edification. "Mitt Romney can teach Stephen Harper much about sleazy politics" At its worst, it was an organized multi-year campaign to rig the U.S. election, with charges of Republican-organized voter suppression, intimidation and fraud. The tactics included fake robocalls telling voters of changes in poll locations, stiff new voter ID laws, closing advance polls early or holding them on a single day, strict voter registration lists, questionable purging of voter lists and voting-day polling station intimidation. It’s a lineup that ... more »

The Fraudulent Fiscal Cliff ("Fiscal Cliff" Is A Contrived Bit of Disaster Capitalism Dreamed Up By the Corporate Class That Runs Things In This Country!!!) Petraeus Betrays?

BREAKING: CIA Director Petraeus Resigns, Admits Extra-Marital Affair Even though reasonable people reasonably state that the fiscal cliff is more like a gradual slope and that there is no urgency in letting us slide gently down it for awhile next year until a new,somewhat more liberal Congress can deal with it at its customary leisure, The Times is having none of this calm rationale. It

Rise of Obammunism

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
Under the reign of Bush-Obaaama, with the rise of the totalitarian Homeland Security State, there has been a quiet Sovietization of American politics and culture. Political thugs and financial thieves run Washington.

remembrance day: all the victims of war, not just the ones who did the killing

laura k at wmtc - 7 hours ago
Richard Jackson: I would wear a red poppy if it was a symbol of remembrance for all the victims of war, and not just the ones who did the killing. By excluding the non-military victims of war from remembrance, the red poppy upholds a moral hierarchy of worthy and unworthy victims: the heroic soldier who is worthy of respect and official commemoration, and the unworthy, unnamed civilians killed or maimed by the heroic soldier who remains unacknowledged and unremembered... I would wear a red poppy if it did not function to hide the truth and obscure reality... I would wear a red pop... more »

Penny from Big Bang Theory talks dirty'ish - Actually Kelly Cuoco on Ellen

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Oh Penny, if Leonard could see you now!

Podcast No. 13 – A Conversation with Nick Onuf (m4a)

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
The thirteenth Duck of Minerva podcast features Nicholas Onuf. Nick is one of the “founding parents” of contemporary constructivism. His book, World of Our Making: Rules and Rule in Social Theory and International Relation — which has been reissued by Routledge — introduced the term to describe an approach to the study of world politics. The Continue reading

Dear White House Press Corps

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
Whining about not getting an exclusive presser makes you look like a bunch of self-absorbed dilettantes. Especially when you start comparing President Obama to previous presidents. Far as I can remember no other president in recent history won an election in the midst of a severe natural disaster. There are some 40,000 Americans who are newly homeless and tens of thousands more who are still struggling to survive without heat and electricity. Pretty sure most of the public doesn't give a flying leap that you have to wait five more days before you get to ask more one-sided questions... more »

Fake Clinic, Fake Charity

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
Time for the Vicious Abortion Crusaders to saddle up! Just like the Ottawa Senators fiasco of a few years ago, another fake abortion clinic has weaselled its way into a xmas charity intended to benefit several community groups. This time in Kamloops. Shirley Bosman was excited. "Oh, this is good news," she said. "This is great news." Bosman is the executive director of the Pregnancy Care Centre of Kamloops, one of five local charities to have been selected as the beneficiaries of 11th edition of The Daily News Christmas Cheer Fund. The fund's selection committee completed the pr... more »

DANIEL: The Uncommitted Investigator

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
The Uncommitted Investigator --daniel *Somewhere along the line, * *that which is true is being made to appear false, * *because that which is false is accepted as truth.* *—Dewey Larson* Larson's quote nicely sums up the current world situation, regardless of the field of study, whether it be science, [1] mathematics, [2] religion, [3] politics or the Great Pumpkin.[4] One of the first questions people ask me after they find out what I know is, “why did you wait 30 years to say something?” Well, I didn't! For decades I tried to get people to listen, but no one woul... more »

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NIAS REGION, INDONESIA - 9th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time Friday, November 09, 2012 at 19:59:42 UTC Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 02:59:42 AM at epicenter Location 0.881°N, 97.486°E Depth 3.5 km (2.2 miles) (poorly constrained) Region NIAS REGION, INDONESIA Distances 172 km (107 miles) WSW (238°) from Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia

Florida Gov. refuses to enact Obamacare

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Speaking on the New College of Florida campus following a meeting of the state's university governing board, Scott said it will cost taxpayers and business owners too much to expand Medicaid and set up health insurance exchanges as called for under the law. "No one has been able to show me that that health care exchange is going to do anything rather than raise taxes, raise the cost of our companies to do business," Scott said, adding that expanding Medicaid would also require tax increases. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/florida-gov-rick-scott-still-won-t-implement-153204322--... more »

Did Romney think he was going to win?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012* *Why should people believe that:* Now they’ve even got Kevin Drum! Dude out in California! We of course refer to this post. Drum wonders how Romney could have believed, right to the end, that he was going to win: DRUM (11/9/12): Just in case you haven't read this yet, here's a remarkable statistic: even if Romney had won Ohio, Florida, and Virginia, he still would have lost. *This makes it all the weirder that he and his team were so sure they were going to win all the way to the end.* After all, it's plausible that if turnout had been slightly different ... more »

Dale Porch Death: Denver Postman Ignores Body To Deliver Mail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Dale Porch had been dropped off at his home in Denver, Colorado, after work but never made it inside. It was several hours before his family found him outside. During that time the postman apparently walked around the 46-year-old and did nothing to help. Kimberly Cordova, Mr Porch's sister-in law, told Denver's 7News: "When we found the body later around noon, he was still warm. Maybe if the mailman had done something, he would still be here." http://news.sky.com/story/1009365/denver-postman-ignores-body-to-deliver-mail

Tip for Tories: a grownup conversation about debt will pay political dividends

david at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
The House that Ralph built. Alberta mismanaged by market fundamentalists may not appear exactly as illustrated, but close enough. Below: Peter Lougheed, Alison Redford, Ralph Klein. As Alberta’s Tories gather today in Calgary to celebrate Peter Lougheed leading them out of the Social Credit wilderness 41 years ago, they will expend plenty of energy feuding ... more »

Myanmar tanker train explosion, 25 Killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The report said 62 other people were injured Friday morning after the train hauling seven carriages of gasoline and two of diesel derailed near Kantbalu about 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Yangon. It was travelling from Yangon to the Kachin state capital of Myitkyina. The cause of the accident was not given. http://www.nbc29.com/story/20052873/25-killed-in-myanmar-tanker-train-explosion

KISSINGER'S BASKET CASE BECOMES SUCCESS: BANGLADESH

Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton* * *Henry Kissinger described Bangladesh as a 'basket case'. But, Bangladesh has improved the lives of its poor. In this respect, it is doing better than India and Pakistan. *Bangladesh and development: The path through the fields* [image: Barefoot lifes] *Bangladesh by* martien van asseldonk *Bangladesh:* Between 1990 and 2010 life expectancy in Bangladesh rose from 59 to 69 years. Bangladeshis now have a life expectancy four years higher than Indians. The improvement in life expectancy in Bangladesh h... more »

Ga-Rankuwa residents affected by hail storm the Size of Golf Balls, South Africa

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
On Thursday, golf ball-sized chunks of ice shattered the glass tubes of solar geysers mounted on roofs. The municipality installed the energy saving devices as part of a massive 'Greening the city' project. Vusi Khumalo said the storm left him without hot water. He said his whole community was affected. “About 2,000 houses have broken windows and broke geysers.” http://ewn.co.za/2012/11/09/Ga-Rankuwa-residents-affected-by-hail-storm

Chemical leak in central Wellington, New Zealand

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Wellington City Fire Station's senior station officer, Paul Lyall, said a refrigerant gas had leaked from a valve inside the former Telecom phone exchange building, which now houses a backpackers. A technician met fire fighters outside the building about 4pm and said there had been a valve failure on the fourth floor, he said. ‘‘From the information we received, we upgraded it to a hazardous substance situation.’’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington-central/7929623/Chemical-leak-in-central-Wellington

Two dead after explosion, fire at Quebec plant

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The explosion, which occurred at a Neptune Technologies & Bioressources facility, caused the fire. The two dead were found in the rubble hours after the blast. Two of the burned were airlifted and two others rushed by ambulance to a specialized unit at a Montreal hospital. The cause of the explosion is unknown http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/two-dead-after-explosion-fire-at-quebec-plant-1.1030350

Fuel oil spill contained in Port Angeles Harbor

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
What was initially believed to be an 840-gallon heavy fuel oil spill in Port Angeles Harbor early Wednesday turned out to be much smaller, state Department of Ecology officials said. Despite earlier reports, the actual spill was between 50 and 100 gallons. “Most of it stayed on the deck of the barge and didn't go into the water,” Curt Hart said Wednesday afternoon. http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20121108/NEWS/311089980/fuel-oil-spill-contained-in-port-angeles-harbor

Israel warns Assad over stray Syrian fire on Golan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A day after Syrian mortar shells hit northern Israel, Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon says Israel holds Damascus responsible; 8,000 Syrian refugees cross into Turkey overnight. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-warns-assad-over-stray-syrian-fire-on-golan-heights-1.476449

Another Note on Exit Polls

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
I do think the way CNN (and presumably other networks, but I was mostly watching CNN and don't really know what others were doing) are handling the exit polls is a lot better than the way they used to do it. On CNN at least, as the polls closed in each state, they either called it for a candidate, or showed the exit poll head-to-head estimate. For one thing, those later exit poll estimates are presumably (I haven't checked) more accurate than the earlier ("leaked") ones. For another, the game where they know and are reporting on those polls while keeping the top-line estimates secr... more »

'Thirteen killed' in clashes at Sri Lanka's Welikada prison

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The violence was sparked when police commandos attempted to conduct a search at the prison. There are reports of ongoing gunfire, and that inmates have seized weapons. The army has been called in and surrounding roads are closed. Up to 4,000 inmates are held in the jail, which has seen violence before. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20267735

EU annual budget talks flounder

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
In a worrying sign for looming negotiations over the EU's long-term budget, talks aimed at agreeing next year's spending plan collapsed abruptly on Friday evening amid a clash between member states and MEPs. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/797002de-2a95-11e2-a137-00144feabdc0.html

Syria: leader of rebels warns they might 'turn into terrorists'....They Might?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Image: Rebel Car Bomb Kills 5 in Syria The leader of the Free Syrian Army has called on the outside world to back the rebels before they all “turn into terrorists”. He also said he welcomed David Cameron’s decision to engage with the rebels and even consider organising arms supplies, but he added that war was spreading to surrounding countries, the rebels were fractured and speed was of the essence. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9668169/Syria-leader-of-rebels-warns-they-might-turn-into-terrorists.html

Man In Two Drunk Driving Busts... At The Same Time | The Smoking Gun

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
A bizarre story, probably never to be repeated. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/double-daylight-saving-drunk-driving-467982

Iran says repelled unidentified plane from its airspace

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Iran repelled an unidentified aircraft violating its airspace, it said on Friday, after Washington reported a U.S. surveillance drone was shot at by Iranian warplanes last week. Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi appeared to be referring to the U.S. drone which the Pentagon said had not entered Iranian territory. The incident has underlined the risk of U.S.-Iranian tensions escalating into a military clash. "Last week an unidentified plane entered the airspace above the territorial waters of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf which, due to the timely, qu... more »

There's some scarily misinformed people in the USA

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=xQBfudpKo3g&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DxQBfudpKo3g&gl=GB&client=mv-vf-uk&safesearch=always

Did this dirty trick get Obama re-elected?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
'Obama did not win a single state that fully requires photo IDs to vote, although he was victorious in four states that accept non-photo identification ' http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/did-this-dirty-trick-get-obama-elected/

op-ed: remembrance is not denial and distortion, not spin and propaganda

laura k at wmtc - 10 hours ago
David Watts: So despite the popular rallying "for King and country," the outbreak of war in 1914 was not a coming together but a coming apart of a European order. Unlike in 1939 when there was belated admission that a unified effort was needed to stop Nazi aggression, the 1914 road to hostilities had a random pattern of breakdown. And when the war ended in 1918, the breakdown of the old order was complete. The empires of Britain and France were severely crippled. Four other empires were destroyed and the regimes that ultimately replaced them were more menacing than what had existe... more »

7 Superfoods To Help You Live Longer (Infographic)

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
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It's Easier If You Think of Them as Horses

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Remembrance Day is just around the corner. The local guys around here with their warbirds will do a memorial fly-past and we'll have a ceremony at... wherever they hold it (I don't go)... and then we'll all settle down and watch war movies (or soaps or football) on TV in the afternoon. We're getting stories in the media lately about veterans and their dependents complaining of being neglected in various ways by the Harper government. That's when we start hearing the refrain about the heroes who fought for their country and sacrificed life and limb in our name. Here's a suggest... more »

R.A.I.N. Believes

brinni for humanity at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago
Progress begins once basic needs are met. Clean water is essential to good health; it should be accessible and sustainable. When given the tools to excel, children create a better future. Empowered people sustain their own well-being. Successful decisions are made by the consensus of strong, consistent leaders. Art is a universal language. Fundraising should highlight our values. Relationship building leads to lifelong partnerships. Our work is made possible in equal parts by our benefactors, volunteers, and beneficiaries. Kindness and respect toward all people and their belie... more »

Do cellphone bail restrictions make sense anymore?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
R. v. Wong, 2012 ONCA 767 upholds a 30 day sentence for a bail breach of having a cellphone. The purpose of the ban is to limit the accused in participating in drug trafficking. Some might ask if the prohibition makes sense today? Payphones are effectively extinct and just about everyone uses a cellphone rather than a home line. The Court holds: III. Sentence of 30 Days' Imprisonment – Breach of Recognizance [16] The sentencing judge, as we have said, also imposed a sentence of 30 days' imprisonment, concurrent, for the appellant's breach of his recognizance.... more »

Peek a boo

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Jaws?

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 9th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.8 Region FIJI REGION Date time 2012-11-09 17:20:26.5 UTC Location 20.51 S ; 176.96 W Depth 263 km Distances 194 km W Nuku'alofa

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake MID-INDIAN RIDGE - 9th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.8 Region MID-INDIAN RIDGE Date time 2012-11-09 16:56:44.0 UTC Location 24.56 S ; 69.93 E Depth 10 km Distances 1338 km E Mahébourg

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 9th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Friday, November 09, 2012 at 16:18:41 UTC Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 03:18:41 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.088°S, 161.102°E Depth 56.1 km (34.9 miles) Region SOLOMON ISLANDS Distances 98 km (60 miles) WNW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake BALI SEA - 9th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time Friday, November 09, 2012 at 15:07:50 UTC Friday, November 09, 2012 at 11:07:50 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 7.934°S, 117.624°E Depth 30.9 km (19.2 miles) Region BALI SEA Distances 28 km (17 miles) NW of Labuhankananga, Indonesia

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 9th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Friday, November 09, 2012 at 14:42:59 UTC Friday, November 09, 2012 at 10:42:59 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 7.476°N, 126.768°E Depth 64.3 km (40.0 miles) Region MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES Distances 20 km (12 miles) E of Baculin, Philippines

The Fighting Begins-- What Will The Grand Bargain Look Like?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Will Wall Street win in the lame duck what they "lost" at the polls? Keep in mind that mainstream conservative, Steve LaTourette (R-OH), who is retiring from Congress in January, told CNN that the Republicans aren't really a national party any more and that their electoral losses are just beginning: "There's a one-word phrase we use in Ohio for that: crap. I mean, that's nonsense... The Republican Party cannot be a national party if we give up the entire East Coast of the United States and say-- we don't have any Republicans in New England, we don't have any Republicans in the Mid-... more »

Canada, The Road To Facism(chapters 7-8)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
* Written by Robin Mathews* *The Struggle Between Lester B. Pearson and Walter Gordon. Economics, Culture, and Survival. Part One.* *(pages 73-92)* As Canada moved into the 1960s the tug-o-war became intensified between Canadians who wanted a sovereign, self-respecting, independent country and those who wanted to live in a servile colony. Two figures focussed the conflict. Walter Gordon, first finance minister of the Lester Pearson Liberal government of 1963, fought a tireless fight for economic independence. George Grant, the irascible Conservative philosopher, declared the deat... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 9th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Friday, November 09, 2012 at 14:42:44 UTC Friday, November 09, 2012 at 08:42:44 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.123°N, 92.099°W Depth 56.1 km (34.9 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 28 km (17 miles) SW of Champerico, Guatemala

Martin Donnelly - The Green Man

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 9th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Friday, November 09, 2012 at 12:55:07 UTC Friday, November 09, 2012 at 06:55:07 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.498°N, 93.025°W Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO Distances 68 km (42 miles) WSW of Puerto Madero, Mexico

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 9th November 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Friday, November 09, 2012 at 12:43:06 UTC Friday, November 09, 2012 at 06:43:06 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.824°N, 92.587°W Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 87 km (54 miles) SSW of Ocos, Guatemala

Manufacturing Grounds for War with Iran

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
The United States claims that Iran opened fire on a U.S. Predator drone in "international waters." Washington seems intent on casting Iran as belligerent. Examined a little more closely and this comes across as more of an act of provocation by the Americans. Firstly, what drone? It was an American drone, one known to be commonly armed. And we can't overlook the fact that America has also been sending drones into Iranian airspace to spy on its nuclear installations. That led to the Iranian capture of a Lockheed RQ-170 stealth drone just before last Christmas (which also h... more »

Nigel Farage: Criminals across the country must be laughing at us

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
OUTRAGED Euro MP Nigel Farage vowed to challenge monster William Beggs’ £5,000 “blood money” award as fury mounted over the payout. The UKIP leader insisted the scandalous compensation to evil Limbs-in-the-Loch killer Beggs is certain to make Scotland a laughing stock among crooks. He branded the award “disgusting” as he backed The Scottish Sun’s campaign to strip Beggs of the cash. http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/4635031/MEP-Criminals-across-the-country-must-be-laughing-at-us.html

Another Victim of Globalization - Britain's Trees.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
British Columbians were, and remain, incensed that trade agreements prevented our government from blocking the export of raw logs. We wanted the log processing jobs from the sawmills to wood fibre and pulp processing opportunities. We can't, we were told by Victoria, our hands are tied. Britons are now being told their country will suffer because of trade deals that left their government's hands tied. This time the loss won't be jobs but Britain's Ash trees. The British government claims it was powerless to prevent the importation of diseased Ash trees that spread their infec... more »

Rep. Allen West Refuses to Concede, Seeks Hand-Count, Impounding of Ballots and Voting Systems in FL-18 U.S. House Race

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
BradBlog Tea Party-backed Repub reportedly trails challenger Murphy by less than 2,500 votes as tallied by FL's flawed, failed voting systems... By BRAD FRIEDMAN on 11/9/2012, 6:05am PT On Election Night, Democrats and progressives celebrated the reported defeat of far Rightwing Tea Party-backed Rep. Allen West (R-FL22) by his Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy in Florida's newly redistricted 18th Congressional district in Eastern Florida. With precinct votes unofficially tabulated in the three counties which comprise the new Democratic-leaning district --- Martin, St. Lucie an... more »

Not Just for Theists Anymore

noreply@blogger.com (Niles) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
Collected for your edification from the non-religious corners of the internets and put up to go with the Woodworth WTF-freeverse-poetry-so-deep-it's-incomprehensible-Is-this-his-official-MP-page-paid-for-by-taxpayers?, I present the recording of an abortion debate held at the Texas Freethought Convention this year. One reason I thought DJ! would be interested is because the pro-forced birth stance in the formal debate is being presented by a self-identified secular Canadian. This Canadian, Kristine Kruszelnicki, who appears to be giving MP Woodworth not only fan props but a run ... more »

Great, Wrong Again.. or, Surprise, Sandy Has Sisters!

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
The U.S. National Centre for Atmospheric Research reports they, and the larger scientific community, got it wrong. Once again they erred on the conservative side resulting in unduly optimistic projections. Now, NCAR warns, we're in for higher than expected temperatures and, with that, more extreme weather sooner than previously forecast. *The analysis by the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that climate model projections showing a greater rise in global temperature were likely to be more accurate than those showing a smaller rise. This means not only a hi... more »

remembrance day: one man's view in memory of his father, a veteran

laura k at wmtc - 11 hours ago
John Bell: When I was a little boy, my brothers and I were rummaging through boxes of old, packed-away stuff in our basement, and came across what we thought was a treasure trove: a sealed package containing shiny silver medals and a pin in the shape of wings, a white silk scarf, a leather flying helmet and photos of my dad in his youth. He looked like a young Clark Gable with his pencil thin mustache, wearing a leather jacket with lamb’s wool collar. The wings pin was on his chest, and the white scarf around his neck. He was standing in front of the propeller of a Spitfire fighter... more »

Leaked Exit Polls, Revisited

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
Remember back on Monday and Tuesday when this blog and several others were cautioning everyone to ignore leaked early exit polls? I figured I should go back and check to see whether that advise turned out to be sound or not. Quick answer: yes. Ignoring the exit polls and using the pre-election polls gave a much better indication of what was happening. One thing that's changed is that we no longer get early exits leaked as early as we used to. In the old days, insiders would hear about exit polls in midday, reflecting the earliest wave of polling. Now, the networks really don't allow... more »

CIA Allegedly Using Drug Money to Overthrow Ecuador President Rafael Correa

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Blacklisted News Matías Rojas The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is using drug money to fund Rafael Correa’s opposition in the coming 2013 Ecuadorian elections, intelligence sources have revealed to Chilean independent media. The accusations do not stand alone. In October, former UK diplomat Craig Murray said that the CIA had tripled its budget to destabilize the government of Ecuador. The allegations were made public by President Rafael Correa on November 3rd on national television, just days after his official visit to Chile to meet with President Sebastian Piñera. For tran... more »

agenda 21

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
agenda 21 for dummies

There is no offence of "armed robbery"

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
R. v. Moore, 2012 ONCA 770 points out that the offence of "armed robbery" does not exist. There is robbery and if a firearm is used an enhanced penalty. Similarly murder is murder with differing penalties determining if it is first or second degree: [6] The *Criminal Code* does not, in fact, create an offence of armed robbery. Section 343 of the *Criminal Code* creates the offence of robbery and describes the four ways in which robbery may be committed. A count that charges robbery and refers to s. 344, the punishment provision, does not specify a particular mode of comm... more »

Ben Swann Explains Who Funded SOPA and PIPA Internet Piracy Bills

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
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Oh America's Right Will Have a Field Day With This

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Americans will choose their next president in 2016. That, according to the OECD, will also be the year that China overtakes the United States to become the world's largest economy. Four more years, four more years, four more years. We're Number One, no... We're Number Two, We're Number Two. Well you get the picture. To a nation where half the population can be made to believe just about anything, especially about a black guy, the linkage is bound to go down like honey and wine. Obama, China. Obama, China. Obama, China. The graphics department at FOX News is probably ... more »

Kind of Blue?

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 12 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg Anyone who saw Karl Rove raging around the Foxhole in the moments after Fox News and all the others called the election for Obama -- and anyone watching him waving a tablet with numbers on it and squeaking madly yesterday; explaining why Obama beat the Great White Dope, might not suspect that this is all over now or that the nation has decided or will decide that the United States has now gone kind of blue. They might look to the past and not expect the far right will settle down and go along with the tide of the future any more than they did after the humiliation of ... more »

Bashar Al Assad Interview: ‘Syria faces not a Civil War, but Terrorism by Proxies’

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Global Research Sophie Shevardnadze [image: ASSAD] *Assad: Erdogan thinks he’s Caliph, new sultan of the Ottoman* *In an exclusive interview with RT, President Bashar Assad said that the conflict in Syria is not a civil war, but proxy terrorism by Syrians and foreign fighters. He also accused the Turkish PM of eyeing Syria with imperial ambitions.* * * *Assad told RT that the West creates scapegoats as enemies – from communism, to Islam, to Saddam Hussein. He accused Western countries of aiming to turn him into their next enemy.* *While mainstream media outlets generally report on... more »

Hmmm....

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Hints of a more virulent, mutating West Nile virus emerge. Brian Vastag 11/8/2012 the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/hints-of-a-more-virulent-mutating-west-nile-virus-emerge/2012/11/08/75e37776-2523-11e2-9313-3c7f59038d93_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines [Excerpted] The West Nile virus epidemic of 2012, the worst in a decade, may be notorious for yet another reason: The virus, in some cases, is attacking the brain more aggressively than in the past, raising the specter that it may have mutated into a nastier form, say two neurologists who have ... more »

Stuxnet Infected Chevron's Corp. Network in 2010

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
King, R. (2012, November 9). Virus Aimed at Iran Infected Chevron's Computer Network. The Wall Street Journal,, p. B1, B2. Mark Koelmel, general manager of Chevron's earth sciences department was quoted in the article as stating: "I don't think the US government even realized how far [the virus] had spread. . . . I think the downside of what they did is going to be far worse than what they actually accomplished. . . . We're finding it in our systems, and so are other companies." The article explains that Stuxnet was designed to target programmable logic controllers used to autom... more »

Parker and Barbaro’s final cartoons!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012* *Barbaro knows beards—and meticulous hair in general:* Michael Barbaro knows beards—and he knows melodrama. Like all young applicants to the guild, he also knows that he must master the guild’s many Standard Stories. This morning, in a front-page report, he showcases his growing range when it comes to these Requisite Tales: BARBARO (11/9/12): Even his own aides said it was hard to know precisely how Mr. Romney, an unsparing self-critic, would respond to a loss that had such a personal dimension. It was his second run for the White House and he had belie... more »

The Slippery Slope of the Fiscal Cliff

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Feel like reading the handwriting on the wall about what your overlords have in store for you this week? Even better, are you up for getting really bold and reading *between* the lines? Look no further than the homepage of *The New York Times* on any given day for the latest trial balloons, controlled leaks, fear-mongering and all-purpose propaganda. Connecting the dots is the way this game is played. There are two stories and one op-ed up today that at first glance may not seem to be related. But they definitely are. The first headline screams something about lawmakers in Washingto... more »

Good Thing They Have ObamaCare

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
There is no love. There is no sympathy. There's only so much compassionate liberalism will stretch.

WSJ: "Alleged Torture Victims Can't Sue Rumsfeld"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Nov 9, 2012 p. A7 Paraphrasing: A federal appeals court ruled that two Americans who were contractors in Iraq cannot sue Rumsfeld for their allegations that US forces tortured them after the contractors reported illegal activities by their Iraqi employer. The court's decision was that such a lawsuit would hamper "military effectiveness" and that the law does not grant the contractors the right to sue those in the line of military command. PREVIOUS POSTS ON TORTURE Majia's Blog: US Implicitly Approves *Torture* by Failing to Prosecutes *... * Sep 02, 2012 Mr. Holder had already r... more »

Fukushima Looks HOT on TBS-JNN and Tepco Cams

Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
<img alt="" src="data:image/png;base64,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... more »

Politics affected by climate: Drought killed Mayan culture

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
Russia Today Extreme weather conditions and drought are to blame for the collapse of the Mayan culture and people. Scientists were able to link together precise climatic records and political history of the ancient civilization. A team of scientists from Pennsylvania State and the University of Durham has come up with a high-resolution climate record dating back over 2,000 years. The findings of their study, published in the journal Science, show how Maya political systems developed and disintegrated in response to climate change. [image: The main temple at the Pre-Columbian Ma... more »

Imagine How Big of an Asshole I'd Be...

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
...if I had Photoshop. I have less than zero sympathy for these smug white fucks.

Palestinian 'Right of Return': Mahmoud Abbas' Remarks Spark Uproar | TIME.com

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
http://world.time.com/2012/11/06/the-palestinian-right-of-return-abbas-wades-into-the-morass/

SLOWEST CHILDREN OF THE PRESS CORPS: Rachel Maddow!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012* *Part 4—Slowest children from Stanford:* This very Wednesday, Allison Benedict wrote something shocking at Slate. Benedikt, a self-identified liberal, described her pleasure as she watched Fox report the election returns. She described her household’s schadenfreude as the talent at Fox broke the news: Obama was going to win! Benedikt described the way conservative viewers had been misinformed by Fox. But as she did, she authored a striking parenthetical comment. Can Allison Benedikt say this? BENEDIKT (11/7/12): As Conor Friedersdorf writes in his very ... more »

Targeting Sudan: Israel sends Iran a message

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*Following up on this post :Israeli strike on Sudan a dry run for attacking Iran ??? * Israel’s bombing of a munitions factory in Sudan last week *(actually two weeks ago)* has raised questions about the country’s intentions towards Iran * * * * In the wake of the storm surrounding Israel’s bombing of the Yarmouk military production complex in Sudan, the aftershocks of the incident have *revealed the extent of Israel’s breach of Sudan’s security* under the pretext that Khartoum was cooperating with terrorist groups and raised questions* about whether Israel’s willingness to send its... more »

Friday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
Rob Farley had me on “Foreign Entanglements” yesterday. I’m in “mellow mode,” but at least we have hats! Links below: Heather Hurlburt looks at what the election says about US foreign-policy debates. Problem: something like 5% of the electorate gave a &!@ about national security when it came time to vote. Joshua Foust considers a Continue reading

Now, *This* Is Thinking Outside the Box

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
This is awesome. And a terrific, creative extension of the Occupy Movement. From How to Sharpen Pencils (bold in original): Like many folks, Occupy Wall Street has been some doing good work in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, helping people on the ground. Now OWS is launching the ROLLING JUBILEE, a program that has been in development for months. OWS is going to start buying distressed debt (medical bills, student loans, etc.) in order to forgive it. *As a test run, we spent $500, which bought $14,000 of distressed debt. We then ERASED THAT DEBT.* (If you’re a debt broker, once yo... more »

The anger is because of the word "Israeli."

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/arabs-freak-out-over-israeli-mezze.html

"Belgium Will Become an Islamic State" :: Gatestone Institute

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3442/belgium-islamic-state Belgium first but not last?

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*By the Numbers: The 2012 Saints Through Eight Games ~SaintsWin* *Eating Crackers Like Thanksgiving ~moosedenied *~*Just when you think you've got this thing all figured out. Just when you think you've figured out exactly what this 2012 Saints team is, and how the rest of this script is gonna play out. SHOCKING PLOT TWIST! Like sands through the hourglass…* *Seven sacks. A 99-yard pick-six. A season-low 226 passing yards allowed. An opponent goes 0-5 in the red zone and is actually outscored 7-6 on those 5 red zone trips. A season-best PTOMAC™ of 13. An actual Chris Ivory sighting! 1... more »

Yes, There Were Two Bigger Losers Than Steve Israel Tuesday: Karl Rove And Sheldon Adelson

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Extreme right Republican crackpots like Bryan Fischer and Herman Cain are ginning up a GOP civil war, turning their bile against what passes for the party's "mainstream." Thursday morning Fischer tweeted: "Time for social conservatives to launch hostile takeover of Republican party. Put Karl Rove by door instead of head table." Five minutes later he was threatening Republican governors: "Any GOP gov who sets up a state exchange under ObamaCare is toast as presidential candidate in 2016." They're desperate to find a reason that explains how Romney, Akin, Mourdock, Allen West and v... more »

Sweden Shooting: Dead Man At PM's Residence

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A man has been reported dead at the Swedish prime minister's official residence, shortly after it was said that a bodyguard had been shot and injured. It is unclear who the dead man is, but police said he had security clearance to be inside. http://news.sky.com/story/1009316/sweden-shooting-dead-man-at-pms-residence

Florida Communities Decide to Root Out Uncertainty

By: Duane Craig Government officials and property owners in Alachua County, Florida have decided the uncertainty of contamination at brownfield sites isn’t worth the lost business opportunities. So, four communities, Alachua, Hawthorne, Newberry and Waldo, have banded together seeking a federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate rumors of contamination. By combining their efforts and going for one grant, the county and four communities can leverage $1 million from the EPA’s coffers and avoid costs and time associated with each one doing its own grant appl... more »

US Journalist Used In 18th Congress Propaganda

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
An American journalist covering the 18th National Congress has been spotlighted in official news about the congress. The Central Propaganda Dept of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) arranged a weekend tour. The reporter was forced onto the stage, dressed in a Peking Opera costume. The reporter regarded it as an "ignominy" to be used in the CCP's propaganda. She disclosed the truth in blogs in the Los Angeles Times. Before the 18th Congress, CCP's Central Propaganda Dept had arranged a weekend bus tour for foreign journalists. These journalists were taken to cultural sites in Beijing and it... more »

The eurozone's reluctant leader

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
After five years in crisis the eurozone's new leader has emerged. With influence reaching from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean Sea, the European Central Bank now rules the common currency with unparalleled power. But as the bloc's new protagonist, the ECB is facing criticisms it has overstepped its remit, and potentially broken the law. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/08/business/ecb-euro-crisis/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

Numerous Reports of Mysterious Booms and Strange Lights Over South Carolina

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
image source Brandon Turbeville Several months ago I wrote an article entitled “Investigation Continues Into Source of Strange Michigan Area ‘Explosions’ and Radiation Spikes,” where I reported on the mysterious sounds and vibrations felt by countless individuals all over the state of Michigan. In this case, the corporate media, law enforcement, and the military typically tried to downplay the anomalies, even to the point of arresting activist journalists for appearing at the local military base with questions as to the nature of the disturbances. In Michigan, residents all acro... more »

Assad: I'm not a puppet

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago

SEALS gave info to video game makers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Seven U.S. Navy SEALs have been reprimanded for giving up classified information connected to their tradecraft so a video game could seem more realistic, according to a navy official. The seven were charged with the unauthorized showing of their official combat gear and dereliction of duty for disclosing classified material after an investigation found the seven to have worked as paid consultants for two days with the video game company Electronic Arts, according to a U.S. Navy official familiar with the investigation. The work, done around the late spring and early summer, was unau... more »

Cracks Found at South Korean Nuclear Reactor

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Image: The problems at the reactors come amid increased scrutiny following the crisis at the Fukushima plant in Japan Tiny cracks have been found in tunnels at a nuclear plant in South Korea, increasing concerns about nuclear safety in the country following a recent scandal involving the use of unverified parts. The reactor where the cracks were found will remain offline for weeks as regulators investigate the problem, putting extra strain on South Korea's already stretched power supply going into the winter months. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/09/world/asia/south-korea-nuclear-r... more »

harper's support for veterans: wear a poppy. do nothing else.

laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
The Harper Government says that supporting US Iraq War resisters dishonours Canadian veterans. But most war resisters *are* veterans, and we call on the government to recognize and respect their basic human rights. So how does the Harper Government support veterans? By wearing poppies on their lapels! What, isn't that enough? They also cheer when a family is torn apart and forced out of Canada. Because cruelty to an Iraq War veteran who now supports peace equals support for the Canadian forces. No? These Canadian veterans feel they deserve more. From *The National Post*, Canada's mo... more »

U.S. agency warns of fiscal cliff risk

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
The biggest threat posed by the $7 trillion fiscal cliff is that it could throw the U.S. economy into recession next year. But how exactly? The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Thursday estimated the economic punch of different parts of the cliff -- a series of spending cuts and tax increases that starting taking effect in January. http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/08/news/economy/fiscal-cliff-economy/index.html?cnn=yes&hpt=hp_t2

Nate Silver and a Dart Throwing Chimp Walk Into a Bar. . .

mhorowitz at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
Since this is my first post, I want to thank Charli, Dan, and everyone else for giving me this opportunity to, well, spout off about whatever I want. They may regret it. To start, as someone of you might remember from a guest post that I did over the summer, one of the projects I Continue reading

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Karen Dotrice, 57. That's Jane Banks -- and, on Upstairs Downstairs, Lily. Not bad! Sure is a lot of good stuff today: 1. These are the maps I really like of the 2012 election. 2. Downballot, 2012 was apparently not such a good year for women running for office. Abby Rapoport discusses. I wish we had a partisan breakdown, though. See also Ann Friedman on Year of the Woman talk. 3. Aaron Blake on GOP Senate candidate quality. Not definitive, but consistent with everything else I've seen. 4. Totally agree with Mark Blumenthal about this one: "Crowning a single "be... more »

Legal Marijuana Use Can Still Get You Fired

Donna at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 15 hours ago
Now that two states have legalized marijuana altogether and another has decided to allow it for medical purposes, you may be thinking you can finally have the occasional toke if you're in one of the lucky states. But don't bogart that joint just yet. Marijuana use is still illegal under federal law. That includes medical marijuana use. Even if you have a disability that is protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the feds say too bad. How does this affect your job? If you use marijuana and your company finds out about it (or you're near someone who smokes and test posit... more »

Gazans set off explosives in massive tunnel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Terrorists on Thursday blew up a massive tunnel they had dug from southern Gaza toward Israel, the IDF said. No one was injured, but a jeep that was in the area was blown sideways by the force of the explosion. The blast may have been set off by remote control. http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=291120

Melcom shop collapse in Ghana: Voices heard in rubble 48 hrs after it's Collapse

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Voices can still be heard in the rubble of a multi-storey shopping centre in Ghana's capital, Accra, 48 hours after it collapsed, rescue workers have said. So far 78 people have been pulled out from beneath the debris of the Melcom store - nine of them dead and 69 alive. Faulty construction has been blamed for the collapse of the building, which opened earlier this year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20268290

Syria Opposition Factions Balk at US-Backed Unity Plan, But Keep Talking

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
The clamor by Britain, France, Turkey and Arab powers for the U.S. to help provide more direct and even military support to Syria‘s rebellion only becomes a dilemma for the Obama Administration if the fractious Syrian opposition is united under a single leadership acceptable to the West. Without a credible address through which greater support could be channeled, it remains a non-starter—and some 20 months into a civil war that has claimed more than 20,000 lives, Syria’s opposition remains politically fragmented, while the armed insurgency is waged by scores of disparate and locali... more »

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