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Saturday, December 1, 2012

1 December - Blogs I'm Following II

USS Abraham Lincoln passing Battleship Missouri
USS Abraham Lincoln passing Battleship Missouri (Photo credit: Konabish ~ Greg Bishop)
English: World AIDS Day 2006
English: World AIDS Day 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Twin Towers
Twin Towers (Photo credit: cm195902)
English: World map of travel & residence restr...
English: World map of travel & residence restrictions against people with HIV/AIDS: www.aidsmap.co. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Who Would You Rather See Running America-- Someone Like Ed Rendell Or Charles Pierce?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 minutes ago
David Cotes' PAC spent $5.9 million in legalistic bribes to conservatives of both parties this year Digby was upset yesterday when she saw that pillar of conservative consensus, Ed Rendell, go on MSNBC to yammer about how Obama wants to cut back on "entitlement" benefits for working families even more than most people know yet. But does Ed Rendell ever have any other message? Isn't that his whole shtick? Is he joining fellow bloodsucking Republicrats John Podesta, Gene Sperling and Neera Tanden at next week's big Fix The Debtshindig? Every piggie who wants some of the big cash corpora... more »

Five feared trapped, cars ablaze in Japan tunnel collapse

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes ago
*More here:* http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/newshome/15531938/vehicles-ablaze-in-collapsed-japan-tunnel-police/

The Spiritual Side of Mr. Lincoln

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 30 minutes ago
"It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!" - Abraham Lincoln. I haven't seen the new Lincoln film. I want to see if it captures the spiritual side of the great man. He dreamed about his own death a few days before it happened. Read this article called, *"Psychic Abilities, Abraham Linco... more »

Cybercrime . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 58 minutes ago
BANK ROBBERS FOR HIRE. According to KrebsonSecurity, "Online Service Offers Bank Robbers for Hire", these are North American operations. The service, advertised on exclusive, Russian-language forums that cater to cybercrooks, claims to have willing and ready foot soldiers for hire in California, Florida, Illinois and New York. 

World AIDS Day 2012: A Moment for Optimism?

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
Today is World AIDS Day, an annual opportunity to take stock of the state of the epidemic. Despite a decade of incredible mobilization of finance for and visibility of the AIDS pandemic, UNAIDS estimated that the number of new infections last year 2.5 million still far outstripped the 1.4 million people who received treatment for Continue reading

Decentralizing Telecom

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 hour ago
*December 2, 2012* (via LocalOrg) SOPA, ACTA, the criminalization of sharing, and a myriad of other measures taken to perpetuate antiquated business models propping up enduring monopolies - all have become increasingly taxing on the tech community and informed citizens alike. When the storm clouds gather and torrential rain begins to fall, the people have managed to stave off the flood waters through collective effort and well organized activism - stopping, or at least delaying SOPA and ACTA. However, is it really sustainable to mobilize each and every time multi-billion dollar cor... more »

Insurance companies for American and United Airlines notified about controlled demolition evidence

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
9/11 Blogger Mark Graham (Sacramento, CA) 9/11 Truth activist Mark Graham sent a letter to the 12 insurance companies for the airline defendants sued by Larry Silverstein informing them about evidence of controlled demolition of the Twin Towers and Building 7 and offering to put them in touch with building experts who could provide expert testimony. In 2004 Larry Silverstein, who owned Building 7 and had signed a 99 year lease on the Twin Towers just six weeks before 9/11, sued United and American Airlines 1 and companies providing security at the airports (the "airline defendant... more »

Holy smoke, the new Holy Joe wear's women's clothes! (No, not Lindsey G, silly!) Oh wait, it's a woman!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Why, it's a dead ringer for "His Holiness"!* *"[Sen. John "Young Johnny McCranky"] McCain called her 'very serious' and 'a very quick study.' He said he has come to believe Ayotte could be a leader in the mold of Margaret Chase Smith, the trailblazing Maine Republican who served four terms in the Senate. 'I see her kind of in that tradition -- working hard and being involved in national security issues,' he said."* *-- from "Sen. Ayotte offers GOP an influential new voice," by the *Washington Post*'s Rosalind S. Helderman* *by Ken* Oho, so there's a new Holy Joe in town! Or rather... more »

Japan Police: Motorway Tunnel Caves In

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Police in Japan say a motorway tunnel has collapsed 50 miles west of Tokyo and a number of vehicles are ablaze. "We have limited information on the accident at the moment but smoke is said to be coming out from the tunnel as an unspecified number of vehicles were burning," a traffic police unit official said. The accident occurred on the Tokyo-bound lanes inside the Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway at around 8am local time. http://news.sky.com/story/1019392/japan-police-motorway-tunnel-caves-in

6.4 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 2nd December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 6.4 Date-Time Sunday, December 02, 2012 at 00:54:23 UTC Sunday, December 02, 2012 at 11:54:23 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.012°S, 167.626°E Depth 34.1 km (21.2 miles) Region VANUATU Distances 101 km (62 miles) SSE of Lakatoro, Vanuatu

Good News in Louisiana

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
Louisiana school voucher plan ruled unconstitutional Saturday, December 1, 2012 By The Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher program that uses tax dollars to send students to private schools was ruled unconstitutional Friday by a state judge who said it’s improperly funded through the public school financing formula. Judge Tim Kelley sided with arguments presented by teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the voucher program and other changes that would funnel more money away from traditional public schools. More than 4,900 students are enro... more »

Money, Test Prep, Money,Exams,Money

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Guest Post: Robert Rendo Nationally Board Certified Teacher, New York Public education has long become a billion dollar industry, according to a report put out way back in 2007 by Thomas Meldon, professor in the Benerd School of Education at the University of the Pacific in California, and editor of Teacher Education Quarterly, and Bruce A. Jones, professor and director of the David C. Anchin Center at the University of South Florida. In their fact finding, they state that companies that produce educational materials and supplies were (then) over the billion dollar threshold, with... more »

Arabesque

ENNYMAN at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
In over five years of blogging, this simple but elegant post has been my most visited page in over 2000 blog entries.... Arabesque.

Apologies From Canada - Congratulations Palestine!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 4 hours ago
When the UN finally voted to give the people of Palestine the recognition that they deserve (short of actually becoming a full fledged member country), I applauded. It was time that these people who have suffered under the yoke of Jewish oppression for over 4 decades now finally were given the right to call themselves a state. However, what really pissed me off was the fact that my nation, Canada, voted with the criminals in both the United States, Israel, and other Jew shill countries, against Palestinian recognition. It was appalling to see our so called Foreign Minister, J... more »

Arabesque

ENNYMAN at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Bully RWNJ Employer - Takes Away Healthcare

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
Ran across this on Daily Kos this morning – been thinking about it all day Rant warning It's a small company, govt contractor. Our hours were cut by half a couple weeks ago with a note that he was reviewing the benefits to save the company money. The company had paid 3/4 of the premium and I paid 1/4 for Kaiser which I love. It came down to me paying $115/mo with the company covering $345/mo which I realise was a great deal and appreciated. Thurs we were called to meet with the insurance broker to go over changes. I anticipated that we'd be required to carry a much larger portion o... more »

ALEC - Distortions of Truth to Justify ALEC Recklessness

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
I am getting sick and tired of hearing about the McDonald’s coffee case and specifically the over use of that case by ALEC to justify their horrendous tort reform “model legislation”. In ALEC’s most recent piece of propaganda - that they distributed at the ALEC summit this past week to your legislator and on the ALEC webpage - contains the following lines in “Chapter 9” of their report. Most Americans are familiar with stories of lawsuit abuse from the woman who sued McDonald’s when she spilled coffee on herself to the man who sued a drycleaner for millions of dollars for losing a p... more »

The anti-thesis to segregation: Raza Studies Now!

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 5 hours ago
The anti-thesis to segregation: Raza Studies Now! By Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez I will say it again: Arizona continues to be a distraction, though it is undeniable that it is indeed the epicenter of ignorance, a laboratory for hate legislation and a mecca for the private prison industry. Yet, as a distraction, it continues to permit people to ignore their own backyards. Most people associate Arizona with Jan Brewer and Sheriff Arpaio… and their bigoted views, but they are not alone, though whatever it is they are selling has an expiration date that is now long past due. For t... more »

Accept what is brought to you now in gratitude and joy.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
* * * * *Accept what is brought to you now in gratitude and joy. * As channeled by Ron Head November 28, 2012 in Francis of Assisi, Ron's Channeled Messages I am known in your time as Francis, Francis of Assisi. I have asked to speak with you now in order to reach the hearts of many who approach this next time with apprehension and fear. You will find that as you and I speak more with each other this will become much more natural, just as it has between you and Michael. When I walked the earth as Francis, reaching a state of illumination, meaning being able to speak with spirit... more »

Things to do with your wood heat stove

risa bear at A Way to Live - 6 hours ago
For winter use, to save on uitilities, or in a short (or long) emergency. Cooking, baking, roasting, steaming, dish water, even bath water. And don't forget to use it to warm up your bean-bag neck warmer!

DOJ Mysteriously Quits Monsanto Antitrust Investigation

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Mother Jones Tom Philpott There's an age-old tradition in Washington of making unpopular announcements when no one's listening—like, you know, the days leading up to Thanksgiving. That's when the Obama administration sneaked a tasty dish to the genetically modified seed/pesticide industry. This treat involves the unceremonious end of the Department of Justice's antitrust investigation into possible anticompetitive practices in the US seed market, which it had begun in January 2010. It's not hard to see why DOJ would take a look. For the the crops that cover the bulk of US farmland ... more »

FBI uses Facebook "likes" and "shares" to build terrorism case

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Refreshing News Earlier this month, the FBI’s Los Angeles field office revealed it had charged four men over alleged involvement in an al-Qaeda inspired terror cell based in and around California. Since 2010, the men had, according to the feds, been plotting ways to help provide “material support” to terrorists in order to kill American targets in Afghanistan. The FBI’s complaint against the group was under seal until it was released a few days ago, and it has since attracted attention from activists because of some of the shadowy law enforcement techniques it reveals. The document ... more »

Real Filibuster Reform? Nah

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Thursday Boehner tweeted his drunken rage at the audacity of the Democrats to attempt to reform the Senate rules that have seen the Senate virtually shut down for several years-- something Boehner and his henchmen never ceasing whining about. So now the imperious little twerp in threatening to refuse to take up any bills that come out of the Senate if that body passes new rules, as Senates always legitimately do on their first day in session. But Boehner isn't the only problem-- nor is Miss McConnell, who's predictably apoplectic over the new rules. The real problem is that the ... more »

Despite What They Say...

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 7 hours ago
...patience really is a virtue. Over the last week or so, I've hardly even checked into Pottersville to check my hit count much less add anything of a political nature. During the last seven days, I've been job hunting, adding to my book blog, *Kindle in the Wind*, wrestling with a car with a prematurely dead battery that keeps locking me out so I can't jump it and, most time-consuming, reformatting, uploading and shepherding through the process *American Zen*and *The Toy Cop* through Create Space. The latter has proven to be a friggin' nightmare on account of my sh... more »

Aisha North: The manuscript of survival – part 230

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago
Image from: http://www.13moon.com/ http://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/the-manuscript-of-survival-part-230/ The manuscript of survival – part 230 November 30, 2012 Aisha North As you are all aware, tomorrow is the beginning of that fabled month of December 2012, and we would like to give you a little update on what you have been through, and what you have in store. This is indeed a very complex process you are all a part of, so we would like to use a simple metaphor in order to make things mayhaps a little bit clearer. For what you have been working on, is indeed the sam... more »

Fun Fact: Aspiring Dictator Morsi Is A 9/11 Truther. But Does That Make Him Good?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*Source of photos*: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP-Getty Images (left); Brendan Smialowski / AFP-Getty Images. Does the global 9/11 truth and justice movement have an ally in Egypt's president and aspiring dictator, Mohamed Morsi? Apparently, Morsi isn't too big on the idea that Al-Qaeda struck America on September 11, 2001. He believes 9/11 is a sacred myth that serves to legitimize Washington's counter-terrorism policies at home and abroad, as do most Egyptians, by the way. Here is an excerpt from an article that appeared in The Washington Post on September 11, 2012, called, *"Getting ... more »

Alex Jones taken to the woodshed

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Anti-Neocons Ryan Dawson Help Us Transmit This Story Add to Your Blogger Account Put it On Facebook Tweet this post Print it from your printer Email and a collection of other outlets Try even more services

Garrison State Update

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
The Wall Street Journal today 12/1/2012 has an interesting article titled "Pentagon Lawyer Looks Post-Terror" by J. Barnes p. A9 [Excerpted] The Pentagon's top lawyer [Jeh Johnson] said that policy makers must look to a time when the US is no longer at war with al Quada and that taking on the remnants of the terrorist group would be a matter for law enforcement and intelligence agencies, not the military.... ...Republicans argue such statements [as Rice's claim that the group has been decimated] underestimate the strength of the affiliated groups in North Africa and the Middle East... more »

McConnell runs cover for Boehner in fiscal fight

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
Apparently John Boehner is so terrified of his caucus that Mitch McConnell made the opening offer on their fiscal bluff "negotiations." In an interview in his Capitol Hill office, Mr. McConnell said if the White House agrees to changes such as higher Medicare premiums for the wealthy, an increase in the Medicare eligibility age and a slowing of cost-of-living increases for programs like Social Security, Republicans would agree to include more tax revenue in the deal, though not from higher tax rates. [...] Mr. McConnell offered his ideas as examples of the structural changes Repub... more »

FLIGHT 175 STILL IN AIR AFTER SOUTH TOWER HIT AT 9:03

Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*Website : Mysterious Boeing 737, NOT the United Flight 175 Boeing 767.* ACARS (*Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System*) is a device used to send messages to and from an aircraft. *Acars confirmed - 9/11 aircraft still airborne long after 'crash'* ( PilotsFor911Truth.org) ACARS messages, provided through the Freedom Of Information Act, show that United Airlines flight 175 was still in the air after it had 'crashed'. The aircraft received messages through ground stations located in Harrisburg, PA, and then later routed through a ground station in Pittsburgh, 20 min... more »

Sea level rise is the most reliable way to see global temperature trends

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
Tonight, I skipped another (3-hour) catastrophic movie on TV, *Flood*(2007). Some skeptics are writing lots of e-mails about a silly study that says that the sea level rise proves man-made global warming – without a glimpse of evidence supporting the attribution. It apparently has some impact in the U.S. I am already way too bored by this junk. People who keep on writing this stuff are inferior inkspillers and one of the goals of my writing about the climate in recent years has been to convince sensible people that they should pay no attention to these liars and idiots. So it would... more »

How Likely is a Far Right Resurgence?

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 8 hours ago
While I accept the basic points advanced, by way of a (sort of) reply to Rob Ford's piece in this month's issue of *Progress* magazine, here are a few thoughts on the far right. In my opinion there are a number of things working against a revival of the BNP (or a successor organisation) in the short-term. That, of course, comes with the caveat that this is no counsel for complacency. 1. The far right are certainly in decline as all their results from 2010 suggest. Internal ructions, the EDL, fallings out, splits have all played a part. But also the personal costs of far right activ... more »

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
I continue to believe that the civil war in Syria matters a lot beyond the borders of that nation -- the chances of it disrupting the region in general remain high, and scary. So this I'll note this week's developments there. The question of who will be Secretary of State matters, but I wanted to throw in a bit of a reality check: it's less important than some of the other personnel questions, especially top White House staff. At any rate -- what do you have? What do you think mattered this week?

Boot Camp Graduation Day 2

Southern Man at Southern Man - 9 hours ago
In which Southern Man and Southern Parents and Southern Sister begin the two-day road trip back to Southern State.

Lightworkers Help Mother Earth (Gaïa)

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
Sophia Love posted this video in todays article on Obi Wan Kabuki blog, I thought I'd share the video here. Its beautiful and very moving!

Ron Paul Takes The Message of Liberty To The Young

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
"[I didn't consider running as an independent because] it is absolutely not practical. This would have been a good year to have an alternative and you can't get much of a showing either on the libertarian side or the green side".... the Republican and Democratics "parties are going to linger because they are locked in by law. The laws are biased against us from competing." So how does one change the two-party system? *"You go to the campuses. You rally the young people. You stir up a whole generation of people. Ideas do have consequences and that's where the good news is because ... more »

Niloufer Bhagwat presents to the 9/11 Revisited conference in Kuala Lumpur

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
Corbett Report Niloufer Bhagwat, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at University of Mumbai, presents to the “9/11 Revisted: Seeking the Truth” conference in Kuala Lumpur on November 19, 2012. Help Us Transmit This Story Add to Your Blogger Account Put it On Facebook Tweet this post Print it from your printer Email and a collection of other outlets Try even more services

Hillary Mann Leverett On Libya, Susan Rice, And Obaaama's Second Term Foreign Policy

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
See: *Obama’s New National Security Team Should Be Asked Serious Questions About U.S. Foreign Policy (But Probably Won’t Be)*. "The critical question that needs to be asked, and I want to say it over and over and over again, because people's lives were taken over this: Did the United States arm, fund, train, and support—either directly or through our so-called ‘allies’—the very people who killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and the other Americans who died with him? Nobody in Washington asks this question even though these people's lives were taken." - Hillary Mann Leverett. Insid... more »

Our Congress hard at work

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 10 hours ago
Or actually, our Congress, hardly working: The House is scheduled to be in session on only 15 Fridays in 2013, an almost 30 percent drop from 2011, according to the calendar released by House Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Friday. In 2011, there were 21 scheduled Fridays, compared to only 15 planned for 2013. Members will work only one Friday for nine months out of the year, and two Fridays for the other three months. Both 2011 and 2013 are non-election years. But never mind the Fridays, according to the official Congressional work calendar, the House will be in session ... more »

Poor Wand'ring Major General Diplomat

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 10 hours ago
*I am the very model of a modern major Villager,* *I own much stock in banks and biz and filthy tar sands minerals,* *I schmooze with kings of Africa and many a great potentate,* *And very much would like to be new Secretary of the State.* ** *I'm the product of Elite Class Washington Metropolis,* *My hubby ran the Sunday show for Georgie Stephanopoulos,* *I'm eminently qualified, and therefore shouldn't be denied* *My place at the Tip-Top of This.* (sung to the tune "Modern Major General" by Gilbert and Sullivan) I hadn't been weighing in on Susan Rice-gate, because at first glance i... more »

Bankrupt Hostess giving execs bonuses......Guess the 19.000 who lost their Jobs get nothing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A federal bankruptcy judge has approved bonuses for executives of Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, who stay on as the company is broken up and sold off. On Thursday, as part of a plan to liquidate the company and lay off 18,000 workers, a federal judge in White Plains, N.Y., approved paying 19 Hostess executives bonuses totaling $1.8 million. Hostess has said it has interest from at least 110 firms who want to buy pieces of the operation. The decision comes as the company, known for its iconic snack cakes like Ho Hos and Ding Dongs, says it doesn't have enough cash on hand to pay ret... more »

BOLIVIA DEFENDS MOTHER EARTH FROM THE THREAT OF CARBON MARKETS

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Photo by Michelle Cook, Navajo, at the Conference for the Protection of Mother Earth and Rights of Nature 2010*BOLIVIA'S PROPOSAL: STRENGTHENING MARKETS NOT BASED FOREST MANAGEMENT* ** *In Qatar, at the UN COP 18, Bolivia continues fight for Mother Earth* ** *By Plurinational State of Bolivia* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com ** *Espanol * http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/p/bolivia-defiende-la-madre-tierra-de-la.html During the 18th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Doha, Qatar, the Bolivian delegation reaffirmed its ... more »

Jovan Belcher, 25, Killed Girlfriend, then committed suicide at a team facility

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Reports are still coming in regarding a tragedy involving the Kansas City Chiefs, but here's what we know at this time. Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at a house near the team's facility on Saturday morning. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, who is on scene, confirmed the name of the player after speaking with local police. After the shooting, Belcher drove to a location near the team's main campus and took his own life. Per the Kansas City Star, members of the team's staff tried to stop Belcher from committing any other acts of violence ... more »

A Republican Legislator Comes Out Of The Closet-- Voluntarily!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
And this was BEFORE he came out! No, it wasn't David Dreier (R-CA), even though he's retiring and everyone knows anyway, nor Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Miss McConnell (R-KY), Aaron Schock (R-IL), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Patrick McHenry (R-NC) or Adrian Smith (R-NE). They're all-- to one degree or another-- still shut up in their closets. And, as you know, Massachusetts ex-closet case Richard Tisei, lost his bid to become the first openly gay Republican to win a congressional seat, since Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) was outed and then reelected (and has since retired). You may recall that last year a co... more »

Interesting Article at Drake's Web Site on UBS Theft of Indonesian Gold

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
There's an interesting article at Drake's web site about UBS bank's attempted theft of Indonesian gold bullion. http://americannationalmilitia.com/ubs-goes-down/ Poof writes: EVERYbody is getting a hosing out, Barclays in Switzerland just dismissed a buch of employees that had no idea they were getting fired, just a call to report to a certain spot. Then their personal belongings were brought to by security in little box and told your services will no longer be required and don't be seen on this property anymore. The gold is controlled by the dragons.

don't think

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

US heading for point when 'military pursuit of al-Qaida should end'

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images * * http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/30/us-war-against-al-qaida *US heading for point when 'military pursuit of al-Qaida should end* *Fight against terrorist group on course for Obama to stop using legal authority given by Congress to wage war, says lawyer* Nick Hopkins The Guardian, Friday 30 November 2012 14.04 EST US defence department general counsel, Jeh Johnson, says responsibility for tackling al-Qaida should pass to the police and other law enforcement agencies when the 'tipping point' in pursuit of group is reached. The ... more »

Cyberwar Battle report #6 PARASTOO

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 11 hours ago
http://pastebin.com/s96K4D6j By a guest on Nov 29th, 2012 #Parastoo #OpIsrael #IAEA #NoMoreNukes Greetings, Another PARASTOO is speaking. There are many PARASTOOs in the world, seeking for an investigation into Israel's Human-Life threatening nuclear activities. We are demanding IAEA to start an INVESTIGATION into activities at Israel's secret nuclear facilities. In response to IAEA's last official statement, we're now publishing additional information to prove our ability to gain access to highly sensitive information, Including Confidential 'SafeGuard' Documents, Satellite Im... more »

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éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
Tell Congress to Dump Monsanto's Riders! Monsanto wants Congress to pass a law that would allow new genetically engineered crops to be planted even when courts rule that the US Department of Agriculture has approved them illegally. Federal courts have recognized the importance of "a farmer's choice to grow non-genetically engineered crops, or a consumer's choice to eat non-genetically engineered food". Monsanto's law would make that ruling meaningless. Monsanto got their proposed law attached as a rider (Section 733) to the original House 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill (H.R. ... more »

Kansas City Chiefs' player Shoots Himself Dead At Stadium after Killing his Girlfriend

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Add captionAn unnamed Kansas City Chiefs' player has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after reportedly killing his girlfriend, police have said. The unnamed player, 25, shot his girlfriend early on Saturday, then drove to the team's practice facility near Arrowhead Stadium and turned the gun on himself as two team officials were confronting him. http://news.sky.com/story/1019270/nfl-player-shoots-himself-dead-at-stadium

French unions rage at Hollande over Mittal deal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
French trade unions accused President Francois Hollande of betrayal on Saturday after his government backed away from a threat to nationalize ArcelorMittal's Florange steelworks. The Socialist government said on Friday it had won promises from ArcelorMittal to avoid forced redundancies and inject 180 million euros to develop the Florange plant, meaning it would no longer have to take over the site. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/01/us-france-arcelormittal-idUSBRE8B009E20121201

Hamas complains to Egypt after Israeli army kills Gazan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Hamas accused Israel on Saturday of violating the shaky, Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce of November 21 after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian taking part in a protest at the enclave's border fence. Medical officials said the 21-year-old man had been among six Palestinians wounded by gunfire during Friday's demonstration near southern Rafah, and had later died in hospital. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/01/us-palestinians-israel-violence-idUSBRE8B004T20121201

Calling out journalistic negligence

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 12 hours ago
Since I swore off Joe Klein in the interests of maintaining a healthy blood pressure, can't think of the last time I've even read Swampland, much less linked to it. But here comes Michael Grunwald with a piece trashing uncritical media stenography of GOP lies. It’s really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama’s opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along Republican complaints that Obama had no plan. It’s even m... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*It appears Bruce Wayne moved to Tel Aviv ~American Zombie*~That's interesting. We [the Corps of Engineers] have enough money to build a fucking batcave for another country half a world away but we don't have the money to protect the lives of our own citizens in South Louisiana...an area of the country that is absolutely critical to our nation's energy supply.

BEN FELLOWS; CYRIL SMITH; AUSTRALIA; MOUNTBATTEN

Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
*Ben Fellows (boy at centre)* *1.* "*Ben Fellows goes to Police with Ken Clarke allegations*" Tapestry at the tap *2.* Child abuser Sir Cyril Smith groomed and abused a teenager inside the UK Parliament, it has been claimed. The victim said the assaults worsened over time and that he was groomed over a period of 18 months. He told the Telegraph: 'There we were in Parliament and he was manhandling me. I was and still am deeply ashamed about what I let him do to me.' *Cyril Smith abused teenager in the House of ... - Telegraph* *3.* Chris Marshall has said he was seven or eight when... more »

Fracking Our Food Supply

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Published on Friday, November 30, 2012 by The Nation Fracking Our Food Supply http://www.thenation.com/article/171504/fracking-our-food-supply by Elizabeth Royte [Excerpted] Ambient air testing by a certified environmental consultant detected elevated levels of benzene, methane, chloroform, butane, propane, toluene and xylene—compounds associated with drilling and fracking, and also with cancers, birth defects and organ damage. Her well tested high for sulfates, chromium, chloride and strontium; her blood tested positive for acetone, plus the heavy metals arsenic (linked with skin ... more »

Alarm in Tehran and Moscow over Bushehr nuclear reactor’s near-explosion in mid-October

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
http://www.debka.com/article/22577/Alarm-in-Tehran-and-Moscow-over-Bushehr-nuclear-reactor%E2%80%99s-near-explosion-in-mid-October * * *Added thoughts:* Is Israel willing to kill millions of Iranians and other people, as well as risk the health of their own citizens based on a paranoid hunch for which there is no evidence? Is this what God would want one group of people to do to another? And lastly, why on Earth would any sane Christian support such behavior? Didn't Jesus teach us peace? One wonders if people need to return to their scriptures and refresh themselves, for today's behavi... more »

Double-decker bus hits overpass at Miami Airport at least 1 Dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Officials say a bus has hit an overpass at Miami International Airport, killing at least one person and leaving more than two-dozen injured, including three critically. Though the identity of the victim was not revealed, photos of the accident indicated that she is a woman, according to The Miami Herald. Airport spokesman Greg Chin said the bus, which was a cruise or tour bus, hit the overpass going into the airport's arrivals section on Saturday morning. The bus was going about 20 mph when it clipped the roof entrance. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2241438/BREAKING-NEWS-... more »

Ola Cassadore Davis passes to Spirit World

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Ola Cassadore Davis Photo by Robin Silver*OLA CASSADORE DAVIS 1924-2012* Censored News SAN CARLOS, Ariz. -- Ola Cassadore Davis 89, passed into the spirit world November 25, 2012. Survived by her husband, Michael, one sister, two sons, four daughters and 14 grandchildren. Ola was truly one of the great warriors of our time fighting for the rights of her Apache Nation to protect Mt. Graham and for the defense of all Indigenous Peoples'sacred places. She traveled in America and in Europe to confront threats to her native sovereignty, taking her message to the United Nations and to the ... more »

BENGHAZI BANANAS: Helderman on wheels!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012* *Sixth grade meets the Post:* On the front page of the Washington Post, Rosalind Helderman pens a loving portrait of Kelly Ayotte, Saint McCain’s new third amigo. Kelly Ayotte is the best! That said, we were puzzled by this pronouncement: HELDERMAN (12/1/12): Ayotte’s partnership with McCain and Graham on Benghazi began shortly after the attack, *which is now understood to have been an al-Qaeda effort to kill Americans.* Ambassador J. Christopher Stephens and three others died in the attack. Say what? The Benghazi attack “is now understood to have been ... more »

BENGHAZI BANANAS: When Liasson spoke!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012* *The truth turned upside down:* Do we have a banana republic press corps? Actually, yes—we pretty much do. Ongoing complaints about Susan Rice have made this abundantly clear. Regarding Rice, this new post at Media Matters refreshed us about what Mara Liasson said. Alas! We were watching Special Report on October 10 when Liasson, on loan from NPR, offered a jaw-dropping groaner. Liasson’s presentation simply reeked of rotting bananas. As she spoke, she recited a script which had been standard at Fox for several weeks at that point: LIASSON (10/10/... more »

The one hundred and sixty eigth weekly "No shit, Sherlock" award

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
This week's award goes to Human Rights Watch for this: 'Egyptian Constitution is Flawed http://t.co/QOPXeHOS ' No shit, Sherlock

Burn more gas for Jesus

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 13 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg It's hard to believe these people actually exist and harder to believe they've managed to worm their way into positions of respect and influence in America -- but that's the kind of country we are, babbling about the bible, scrawling godblather on the walls, rolling on the floor making gargling noises, respecting and electing people who can't stop using God's names as toilet paper while shilling for the oil cartel. Take the American Family Association, which in the right wing tradition has named itself innocuously with insidious intent; wrapping itself in God, Gospel... more »

Saturday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
A weak “contrarian” post from Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on Tom Rick’s appearance on Fox News. Watch Daveed flail further in comments. Defence Talk: Pakistan test fires a nuclear-capable ballistic missile and hackers target IAEA. More on the latter from Jeffrey Lewis. Vitalist metaphors for the PhD thesis. Terranova: two posts — on virtual currencies (and the ‘real world’) and virtual economies. Continue reading

Heading to the hills and a model finca

paul at Paying attention - 14 hours ago
Margarita and family drying coffee in the new secadora We headed up into the hills this week, to beautiful, rainy forests and a family farm doing everything right. OCDIH, the organization I’m helping with communications, wanted a case study to present to funders. So we went to meet Rosa Margarita Escalón España. (We, because I recruited Jody, knowing my Spanish would not allow a good interview.) Which meant 90 minutes on a bus. Then 45 minutes in a truck with Alex and Alexis, the OCDIH ag tech guys who guiding us. After a stop for breakfast in a woman’s tidy kitchen, we pushed up muddy... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Judge rules voucher funding is unconstitutional* *S&WB re-states need for big jump in water rates * *Plaquemines Parish citrus farmers prepare for Orange Fest* *Drought-Parched Mississippi River Is Halting Barges* *Artist, writer Neal Adams draws up love for fans at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con*

Europe's 'lost generation': Unemployment reaches record high with 19 million people out of work across 17 countries

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
European unemployment has reached a record high - with almost 19 million out of work across the 17 countries that use the euro. More than 10 per cent of people living in the Eurozone are now unemployed with those under 25 struggling the most to find jobs. Experts said the prospect of a 'lost generation' of young people now looks like an 'alarming possibility'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2240999/Eurozone-unemployment-reaches-new-record-high-25-hardest-hit.html

Who's Got Georgia On Their Mind?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
How about that for a nice Hobson's choice? Yesterday even quintessential corporate whore and reactionary dinosaur Roy Blunt (R-MO) admits he may have no choice but to vote to increase taxes on the very rich (the GOP's financial base). Yeah, Blunt told a KTRS Missouri radio audience he's considering raising the marginal tax rates on the rich as part of the Obama-Boehner Grand Bargain-- as long as it's "balanced" with *lots* of pain and suffering for working families. John Thune (R-SD), a non-Mormon version of Romney with presidential ambitions, is on the same page. Blunt isn't up f... more »

John Thompson Jailed at Last

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A vile paedophile who blamed a girl of seven for seducing him was finally locked up yesterday - weeks after a judge let him walk free. John Thompson escaped a prison sentence in July despite pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his victim. Incredibly, he accused the schoolgirl of pinning him down on a bed after ‘flirting’ with him. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2241125/Paedophile-said-seven-year-old-girl-seduced-finally-jailed-weeks-judge-set-free.html

Welfare state has ballooned to over 12 times its original size, figures reveal as Chancellor prepares benefits freeze

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
The cost of the Welfare State has risen 12-fold in real terms since its introduction, figures reveal today – as George Osborne prepares to unveil a benefits freeze. Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions to mark the 70th anniversary of William Beveridge’s landmark report on welfare, show the cost of the modern system dwarfs that of his original vision. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2241203/Welfare-state-ballooned-12-times-original-size-figures-reveal-Chancellor-prepares-benefits-freeze.html
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