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Thomas Paine

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

Saturday, December 1, 2012

1 December - Blogs I'm Following

tehran_mountain (Photo credit: golisnow)
Moscow From the Air
Moscow From the Air (Photo credit: Andrey Belenko)
Bushehr Observatory
Bushehr Observatory (Photo credit: S n o R k e l)
Benghazi at dawn
Benghazi at dawn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Kelly Ayotte in Amherst, New Hampshir...
English: Kelly Ayotte in Amherst, New Hampshire, at the 4th of July Parade. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
9:39 am MST

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 24 minutes 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 - 24 minutes 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 - 31 minutes 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 - 35 minutes 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 - 55 minutes 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 »

No shit Sherlock

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 hour ago
Human Rights Watch: Egyptian Constitution is Flawed http://t.co/QOPXeHOSvia @upi -- Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah)

Burn more gas for Jesus

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 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 - 2 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! - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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

The shattering of Europe: It's not just Scotland, almost every major European nation faces breakaway movements. History tells us the result could be bloodshed, chaos and suffering

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The year is 2022, and in the gilded splendour of his Brussels headquarters, the EU President is facing a tricky dilemma. Pressure is building on him to finalise his latest budget — yet the problems seem intractable. With so many small new nations scrabbling for funds, agreement seems impossible. Catalonia, for example, is demanding deep cuts in EU administrative expenses, while the Scots are calling for higher welfare subsidies. The new states of Lombardy and Tuscany are at loggerheads, the Corsicans are still in the doghouse after their government’s latest corruption scandal, and t... more »

At least 32 killed as plane hits houses in Congo

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
A cargo plane crashed into houses near Brazzaville Maya-Maya airport while attempting to land in a thunderstorm on Friday, killing at least 32 people, a Congolese Red Cross official said on Saturday. "We have already pulled 32 bodies from the crash site, but there could be more victims," the official said, asking not to be named. The official said the dead included six crew members. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/01/us-congo-republic-crash-idUSBRE8B006720121201

Merkel reaffirms German support for Israel after U.N. vote

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Israel of her country's support on Saturday, two days after Berlin disappointed the Jewish state by abstaining in a U.N. vote on the Palestinians' status. Germany, which will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many of his ministers next week, abstained in Thursday's vote in the U.N. General Assembly which provided de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/01/us-germany-israel-merkel-idUSBRE8B007B20121201

Winter is here

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago

North Korea Uncovers Ancient Unicorn Lair

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 2 hours ago
If the trusted Korean Central News Agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea say it, it must be true: *Lair of King Tongmyong's Unicorn Reconfirmed in DPRK* Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668). The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City. A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair. The carved wo... more »

The New Newspeak

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
NDP environment critic Meghan Leslie understands how indebted the Harper government is to George Orwell. Rather than reading *1984* as a warning against tyranny, the Harperites have adopted the novel as a how to manual. Their messaging is thoroughly imbued with the principles of Newspeak. Those principles are particularly apparent when it comes to environmental policy. Leslie invites her readers to consider Harperian definitions for the following terms: In the Conservative world, “responsible” means expedited. Gut environmental assessment laws, exempt pipeline projects from the S... more »

Islamists rally behind Mursi as Egypt's rifts widen

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Islamist crowds demonstrated in Cairo on Saturday in support of President Mohamed Mursi, who is racing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers. Many thousands assembled outside Cairo University, waving Egyptian flags and green Islamist emblems to show their backing for the president and the constitution he is promoting. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/01/us-egypt-idUSBRE8B004X20121201

12 Home Remedies for Coughs

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
Home Remedies for Coughs Common Sense Homesteading, 29 November 2012 *When cold and flu season hits, it’s nice to have an assortment of home remedies for coughs on hand to sooth sore throats. We’ve tried just about all of these at one point or another, depending on who’s coughing and what type of cough they have. I hope you find them useful as well.* Home Remedy for Coughs #1 – Honey and CinnamonPour some honey in a small container ( I used an 8 ounce mason jar) and mix in some cinnamon to taste. Take one spoonful as needed to quiet cough. * **Both cinnamon and honey are anti... more »

Yahoo! Court Battle: Firm Told To Pay $2.7bn

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Yahoo! has been ordered to pay $2.7bn (£1.7bn) by a Mexican court for breach of contract involving a yellow pages listings service. The US firm said it believed the claims were without merit and would vigorously pursue all appeals. The civil case was brought by Worldwide Directories and Ideas Interactivas against Yahoo! and Yahoo! De Mexico. http://news.sky.com/story/1019185/yahoo-court-battle-firm-told-to-pay-2-7bn

Chinese Home In Middle Of Road Is Torn Down

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The five-storey building was bulldozed on Saturday after the pair finally accepted compensation of 260,000 yuan (£25,000), officials said. http://news.sky.com/story/1019176/chinese-home-in-middle-of-road-is-torn-down

Wyoming: 'Bow And Arrow' Attacker Kills Two

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A man reportedly armed with bow and arrow has killed a woman, a male teacher and then himself in front of horrified students at a community college in Wyoming. The suspect and the teacher were found dead on Friday at a science building on the Casper College campus, in Casper, which was locked down for two hours. The body of another victim was found around two miles away from the college. http://news.sky.com/story/1019205/wyoming-bow-and-arrow-attacker-kills-two

Crocodile Attacks Boy Swimming In Australia, 12 year old boy missing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Australian police are searching for a 12-year-old boy who is believed to have been attacked by a crocodile and dragged out to sea. The boy was swimming with a group of people at Port Bradshaw, in the Northern Territory, when he was attacked. "Initial reports suggest adults within in the group tried to save the boy by spearing the animal, but the crocodile dragged the child out to deeper water," police Superintendent Michael White said in a statement. Two weeks ago a seven-year-old girl was feared killed by a crocodile at a waterhole about 340km (210 miles) east of the city of Darwin... more »

Andrew Lancel charged with historic child sex offences

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel will appear in court later this month to face five counts of indecent assault on a child under 16. Merseyside Police said the 42-year-old had been charged under his real name - Andrew Watkinson. He was charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. http://news.sky.com/story/1019115/former-corrie-star-faces-child-sex-charges

Wind-Blown Plastic Bags and Balloons Threaten Desert Wildlife

Trash made up of balloons and plastic bags can prove hazardous to desert wildlife. Photo courtesy: Erin Zylstra Ocean garbage patches get a lot of attention, but a lot of trash is blowing across some of the most treasured and remote parts of America's desert wilderness, according to a new study out of the University of Arizona. Biologist Erin Zylstra mapped and added up all the wind-dispersed plastic trash bags and latex balloons in two protected parts of the Saguaro National Park in Arizona. She was surprised to discover that these particular kinds of very mobile trash outnumbered... more »

Here's an anniversary that the BBC and others have

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
'Nov. 29, 1947 was the day the UN General Assembly passed the plan to recommend the partition the British Mandate of Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews accepted the plan. The Arabs -- both local and regional - rejected it. The local Arabs who 25 years later became known as "Palestinians," responded to the passage of UNGA resolution 181 by launching a terror war against the Jews. Their war was commanded by Iraqi and Lebanese terror masters and supported by the British military and its Arab Legion from Transjordan. ... On November 28, 1941 the religious and ... more »

Scary Julia Roberts?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
Well this dog is scared of her anyway!

EU Food Safety Agency: Please Stop Performing GMO Research by Anthony Gucciardi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
 Source: http://corporateeurope.org/agribusiness# EU Food Safety Agency: Please Stop Performing GMO Researchby Anthony Gucciardi Natural Society, 30 November 2012 After it came out that Monsanto’s genetically modified maize crop was linked to tumors and organ damage in rats, the EU food safety agency immediately went up in arms in an attempt to find a chink in the armor of the *scientific research* – as expected. After all, *WikiLeaks has revealed*that Monsanto literally has enough political pull to have major United States politicians threaten ‘military-style’ trade wars aga... more »

Why the President is Not So Keen on Just Limiting Deductions

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 5 hours ago
From the White House blog. Bottom line: If you apply a $25,000 deduction cap only to households with income above $250K, phase in the cap gradually as income rises above $250K, and exclude charitible giving from the cap, you increase revenue by only $450 billion over ten years.

Was there a massive fraud in the 2012 US Presidential Election?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
Bev Harris on Infowars think so. Thanks to Theo Spark for the video spot.

did modern man INVENT light?

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 5 hours ago
"Is 'light' merely a product of our bi-focal genetic make-up?" What the hell is this question, surely light is a real phenomenon? It's been proven to exist as either a wave or particle? Hasn't it? Well, I'm not so sure about that, Tonto. Think about it, each eye gets a FLAT IMAGE from the ourside world. Each of these flat images is passed to the opposite side of the brain (there's still no convincing explanation of why we're wired this way). The image is then 'compared' somehow to give us the 'illusion of depth'. We're bifocal and we're taught, "Therefore 'light' travels in straigh... more »

Jim Vieira - Stone Builders, Mound Builders and the Giants of Ancient America

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 6 hours ago
Jim Vieira's research over the last 20 years has led him down a bizarre road of intrigue and mystery surrounding the races and built structures of Ancient America. *Vieira has compiled thousands of accounts of giant skeleton reports from the New York Times, Smithsonian Ethnology Reports, American Antiquarian, Scientific American as well as town and county histories to make the case that the history of our past has not only been deliberately covered up, but is vastly different then what we are told.* Just wait for the audience's emotional reaction at 07:03... and watch for the act... more »

Obama warns of 'Scrooge' Christmas

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
After touring a Pennsylvania toy factory that's churning out would-be holiday gifts, President Barack Obama warned Friday of a "Scrooge" Christmas if Congress does not pass legislation extending tax cuts for 98% of Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/30/politics/fiscal-cliff/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Land emerges from sea as Nordic nations rise

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A Stone Age camp that used to be by the shore is now 200 km (125 miles) from the Baltic Sea. Sheep graze on what was the seabed in the 15th century. And Sweden's port of Lulea risks getting too shallow for ships. In contrast to worries from the Maldives to Manhattan of storm surges and higher ocean levels caused by climate change, the entire northern part of the Nordic region is rising and, as a result, the Baltic Sea is receding. "In a way we're lucky," said Lena Bengten, environmental strategist at the Lulea Municipality in Sweden, pointing to damage from Superstorm Sandy that kil... more »

Enrico Fermi started nuclear era 70 years ago

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
An unusually well written article appeared in the financial section of the Czech Press Agency's server. Here's the translation into Lumo English. *Chicago/Prague – Exactly seven decades ago, on December 2nd, 1942, the mankind found itself on the threshold of the nuclear era. A team led by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi managed to ignite a controlled nuclear reaction for the first time in the history. The experiment opened doors towards the usage of the mysterious energy from the cores of atoms which is able to both kill and help.* Although Fermi belonged among the key minds o... more »

Palestinian dies after Israeli troops fire at Gaza border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
One of six Palestinians shot and wounded by Israeli troops on Friday while protesting at the Gaza Strip boundary fence died on Saturday, hospital officials said. The fortified fence and a 300-metre-deep zone on the Palestinian side - on which Israel has regularly fired since 2009 with the declared aim of keeping gunmen and infiltrators away from the border - have been a testing ground for the November 21 truce that ended an eight-day surge in Gaza fighting. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/01/us-palestinians-israel-violence-idUSBRE8B004T20121201

U.S. judge refuses to order anti-Muslim film off YouTube

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
An actress who said she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests against the United States across the Muslim world lost on Friday her second legal bid to force the video off YouTube. Denying a request by actress Cindy Lee Garcia for a court order requiring the popular online video site to remove the crudely made 13-minute clip, a federal judge found she was unlikely to prevail on her claims of copyright infringement. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/01/us-protests-lawsuit-idUSBRE8B003W20121201

Egyptians protest after draft constitution raced through

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Tens of thousands of Egyptians protested against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader's newly expanded powers. "The people want to bring down the regime," they chanted in Tahrir Square, echoing the chants that rang out in the same place less than two years ago and brought down Hosni Mubarak. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/01/us-egypt-president-idUSBRE8AM0DO20121201

Does Israel want Peace?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Palestinians say the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict is at death's door after Israel announced it is reviving plans to build on occupied land in a controversial area of East Jerusalem. The US government is also criticising Israel for the move. "This administration - like previous administrations - has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Washington. http://news.sky.com/story/1019077/west-bank-settlement-plan-blow-to-peace-hopes

Gang Pose As Cops In Gold Bullion Heist

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Thieves dressed in jackets emblazoned with the word "police" boarded a fishing boat and stole 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5m (£7m), officials on the Caribbean island of Curacao have said. The boat's captain was hit on the head in the early-morning assault before the thieves made off with the gold in three cars, police spokesman Reggie Huggins said. Authorities believe there were at least six men involved in the heist. No arrests have been made. http://news.sky.com/story/1019107/gold-bullion-heist-from-boat-in-curacao

North Korea: Researchers Find 'Unicorn Lair'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The world is stunned by the totalitarian state's declaration that experts have found the spot where an ancient king kept unicorn. North Korea has raised eyebrows around the world by announcing that researchers have proved the existence of the unicorn. The official state news agency says archaeologists "reconfirmed" the existence of a "unicorn lair" in Pyongyang, once used by an ancient Korean king. The Korean Central News Agency reports that archaeologists made the extraordinary discovery when they spotted a rectangular rock carved with the words "unicorn lair" 200m from the city's... more »

Florida's Shoot-To-Kill Order On Crocodile

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Florida wildlife officials have issued a rare shoot-to-kill order in the hunt for a young and potentially dangerous Nile crocodile on the loose near Miami. The Nile crocodile, which hails from Africa, can jump higher, run faster and grow to nearly 20 feet in length, several feet larger than its American cousin, and has a "nastier" temperament. http://news.sky.com/story/1019098/floridas-shoot-to-kill-order-on-crocodile

North Korea Unveils New Rocket Launch Plan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
North Korea says it is to launch a long-range rocket later this month. The launch, planned for between between December 10 and December 22, will heighten already strained tensions with South Korea ahead of its presidential election on December 19. North Korea tried in April to launch a long-range rocket but it broke apart shortly after lift off. http://news.sky.com/story/1019171/north-korea-unveils-new-rocket-launch-plan


Anon at aangirfan - 6 hours ago
*President Morsi of Egypt, who has warm links to the USA, has spoken to Time magazine:* Time's interview with morsi "I (would wake up) to Good Morning America every day, Barbara Walters and her great programs. "And of course,Walter Cronkite… "I don’t like people in my country to say, 'The United States is against us'... "President Obama has been very helpful, very helpful (on Gaza). "And I can say really that his deeds coincide with his intentions. We’ve been talking together about the cease-fire... The CIA operative,Gamal Abdel Nasser The CIA put the following people into ... more »

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake ALASKA PENINSULA - 1st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.9 Date-Time Saturday, December 01, 2012 at 08:00:58 UTC Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:00:58 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 58.425°N, 154.123°W Depth 83.9 km (52.1 miles) Region ALASKA PENINSULA Distances 82 km (51 miles) WNW (300°) from Aleneva, AK

Drug Price Control 31: Cancer Drugs and CWF

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
Among the members of the DOH Advisory Council (AC) on the Implementation of RA 9502 (Cheaper Medicines Law of 2008), and in our civil society health network Coalition for Health Advocacy and Transparency (CHAT), there is only one NGO leader who persists on lobbying for continued drug price control, the leader and founder of the Cancer Warriors Foundation (CWF), James Auste. I can understand James' main concern, to save the lives of more and more children with cancer, and it is a noble goal. I myself have two young kids, aged only 6+ and 2+ years old. If anyone of them will get sick,... more »

Fat-Free Econ 32: GDP Growth, Stockmarket and Rule of Law

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
This is my article yesterday in TV5's news portal, http://www.interaksyon.com/business/49318/fat-free-economics--fearless-forecast-up-to-7-percent-growth-for-philippine-economy-in-4q -------- The Philippines’ high third-quarter growth in its gross domestic product (GDP) is good news. In the six major economies within Asean, the Philippines with 7.1 percent trumped Indonesia, which grew 6.2 percent; Malaysia, 5.2 percent; Vietnam, 4.7 percent; Thailand, 3 percent; and Singapore, 0.3 percent. The question is, will this be sustained at least over the short run? Before answering this,... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*CIA masks.* The CIA-run global hacking network Anonymous has said that it will shut down Syrian government websites around the world. On 29 December 2012, Syria was plunged into communication darkness when the CIA hit Internet connectivity. Land lines and mobile phones networks were also disrupted. The Syrian government said "terrorists" had attacked Internet lines. Anonymous declares Internet war on Syria

Syria's Internet Outage & the Future of Information Warfare

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 hours ago
*December 1, 2012* (LD) - It's not that Syria's government didn't prepare for war. They perhaps, simply prepared for the wrong kind of war. This week when sweeping outages in Syria's communication networks were reported, the Western media immediately accused the Syrian government of being behind the move. However, it should be noted that NATO-backed terrorists operating inside of Syria have been openly given advanced communication equipment (also here and here) by Western nations, including the United States, allowing militants to create their own, independent communication networks... more »

Bronze Age Ax Heads Adulterated

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
Let us understand something here. The axe head was Bronze Age money. Thus cutting the value of the axe head with lead is a perfectly good way to rip off your customer. It would not get past the pros, but obviously good enough to swindle a local chief. Since this stuff was hoarded as a reserve of wealth, it would not likely be used to cut anything. That may even explain why it was abandoned, although it would be simple to remelt and separate out the copper. As likely, the victim got wise and lacked the skill to deal with it. There is no other legitimate reason for t... more »

UFO Traffic Increase

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
One aspect of the UFO phenomenon that has gone unremarked is the steady increase in traffic. The ships are well stealthed but the nature of such technology is that it will fail up close. Thus a lack of significant sightings from a century ago is unsurprising. The problem is that the UFO became well known in the Fifties and the population has not been shy in coming forward. What has been reported is two types of traffic. The most common one has been small research vessels holding a small crew of at most several individuals. Some appear to literally be on sight seeing ja... more »

Sauron Named Big as T.Rex

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
We do keep adding to our inventory of known dinosaurs. Considering the real speciation existing today among birds and the time duration of dinosaur dominance, I suspect that we have only begun. This is another T.Rex like meat eating land shark that everyone loves to be extinct. Of course, we may still have an example or two hiding out in remnants of the Sahul. We know little of their life way so cannot comment well on likely populations. They seem to get caught in flash floods rather often. There may have been very specific reasons for that behavior such as stalking... more »

Persistence or Extinction Calculated

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
The key to conservation is to ensure local populations have access to occasional migration. In that way, patches or refugia will naturally support each other. This is the inherent weakness in the agricultural environment were habitat is artificially chopped up often cut off. The simple expedient of ensuring a waterway centered natural refugia would easily obviate this concern even through urban areas. Mother Nature does most of this anyway and it behooves us to intelligently assist. There are plenty of waterways in which trees have been stripped and recovery thwarted more by neg... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
The people in the advertising world tend to have no morals? Online ads "pop up without warning, distract attention and clog computers... "Around 9% of all online page views now come from browsers armed with ad-blocking software..." "You cannot annoy someone into liking you," says Norm Johnston of Mindshare, a media-buying agency. *Clicked off* This is an anti-smoking advert. As an anti-smoking advert it fails. It associates smoking with sex, and could lead to increased sales of tobacco. Maybe that was someone's intention? *French in uproar over oral sex anti-smoking post... more »

BoyFistGirlSuck - Severin + Philbin - Erotic Horror For The Certifiably Insane

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 8 hours ago
"I wouldn't buy this book if I were you." - The Publisher. This is not Carpenteresque horror with sex thrown in. This is Erotic Horror for the Certifiably Insane. We're not being cute here. Seriously. This is raw, uncompromising eye-rape that even porn search engines wouldn't advertize when it was first published in 2004, and was banned by a certain online Payment Processor. Re-released for the first time in nearly a decade, in ebook and paperback (soon), Alex Severin & Mike Philbin (formerly known as Hertzan Chimera,) bring you the quintessential Erotic Horror short story collection... more »

Beyond The Phantom Of Terror: Five Real Ways America Is Under Attack

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*1. Economic Warfare: Big Banks, Imaginary Cliffs, And Genocidal Austerity.* America's economic life has been deliberately brought to a halt by the psychopathic international oligarchy that controls the Federal Reserve, corporate America, and the U.S. political system. The systematic destruction of the American economy began in the 1970s and it continues to accelerate. There is no question that the deindustrialization of America was preventable. But since the globalists in Washington abandoned America and its people, they saw to it that America's core industries were destroyed. The... more »

It's Too Late to Whine Now

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
One day after leading the charge to block the UN General Assembly from granting upgraded recognition to the Palestinian Authority, the United States is supposedly condemning Israel for retaliating by authorizing a further 3,000 settler homes to be built upon Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank. You dumb humps. You shot your bolt yesterday. Israel got what it wanted out of you and Harper so Netanyahu has nothing to lose from turning on Palestine today. And there's sweet Fanny Adams you can do about it. Maybe you feel like Bibi's bitch. Well you should, for that's preci... more »

Pe' Sla Returns to Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation)

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
** By Chase Iron Eyes Last Real Indians*Incredible effort raises $9 million to purchase land* *Article by Brenda Norrell* *Photo copyright Chase IronEyes* *Censored News* http//www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com ** The Great Sioux Nation today celebrated the reacquisition of Pe’ Sla, sacred land in the Black Hills. Chase IronEyes, Lakota, initiated the effort to reclaim the land online at Last Real Indians. IronEyes said today, “From the bottom of my heart and spirit I know the world is a better place because of the Pe’Sla campaign. Lastrealindians, Inc. has contributed over $900,000 towar... more »

Sunday Classics preview: "Between us, everything is finished" (Carmen)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Olga Borodina and Marcelo Álvarez as Carmen and José (Act II)* *by Ken* We've been working our way up to the final meeting of the free-spirited (but also doom-ridden) gypsy Carmen and her onetime soldier lover Don José. This week we get there. We've got a lot of performances of chunks of this surprisingly compact climactic scene coming up, but I want to highlight in particular two statements that define the state of stalemate Carmen and José have reached by the start of Act IV of Bizet's *Carmen*. *FIRST HERE THEY ARE IN ENGLISH (OF A SORT) --* which, as we'll see in a moment,... more »

Seneca Grandma Edna's Broomstick Revolution

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
** *A BROOMSTICK REVOLUTION**Hawk Elder Teachings for a New Age* *www.BroomstickRevolution.com * *“T**his book** **is dedicated to all the Peoples of our Mother the Earth.* *I send it out like an arrow of love from my heart to YOUR hearts!* *It’s FILLED with Instruction**s** **and Secrets **for those who understand’m!*** *But always remember, ***** *Creation itself** **is the biggest Secret of all!***** ** ** *** *“WE NEED CHANGES** in this world,*** *really big **BIG** changes.***** ** ** *I’m prayin’ they’ll be peaceable changes,*** *not violent and bloody ones.***** ** ** *I’d like to ... more »

Hijacked By A Foreign Power, America Crumbles Into Ruin!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
I have been extremely busy the last few days with personal and family matters. As I have said many times, it is very hard to juggle doing this blog, and take care of important matters at the same time. As I stated in my audio interview this morning with Charles Giuliani, I do access the internet and take a close look at important articles every chance I get! I came across a great article that was forwarded to myself from John Kaminski, (www.resist.com), and I want to share it here with all of my own readers. It is entitled: "Hijacked By A Foreign Power, America Crumbles Into Rui... more »

Gulf Feudal Lords Are Scared That America And Iran Will Make A Deal

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
*You want war? Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.* An excerpt from an article called, *"US, Islamists and Arab Gulf states,"*by Abdulkhaleq Abdulla: "Fourthly, from the Arab Gulf states’ perspective, two issues are at stake: How fast the US deserted old allies and how fast it now rolls the red carpet out to Islamists. The folks at this end are asking what the US is really up to and would it do the same with the visibly emboldened Gulf Islamists? More worryingly, decision makers in various Gulf capitals are asking, would the US also trade allies if it ever ... more »

Aung San Suu Kyi Silent Over Rohingya Violence, but Decries Crackdown on Anti-Chinese Protest

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
Nobel laureate's double standards toe line of pro-Western "pivot" toward Asia and the recolonization of Myanmar. *December 1, 2012 *(AltThaiNet) - In its article, "Suu Kyi demands apology for mine violence," Bangkok Post reported that: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has demanded an apology for monks hurt in a violent police crackdown at a Chinese copper mine protest, after she held talks with the two sides. The "monks," of course, form the foundation of Suu Kyi's so-called "pro-democracy" movement, as well as the leading front carrying out genocidal violence against Myanmar's ... more »

Up against the culture

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 14 hours ago
You haven't really tested your inner fortitude until you've done a few Honduran meetings. I mean, we're talking a serious endurance test. Fresh from a three-day retreat for the non-profit I work for in Copan Ruinas, I'm newly reminded of the Honduran capacity to just hang in there at meetings and presentations that just go on and on. I even think the people here like it that way. I can't tell you the number of meetings I've been to here at which the fourth or fifth straight hour rolls around and things seem to be finally wrapping up, and just as I presume every participant is as twit... more »

While congressional R's guffaw over the president's first "fiscal cliff" proposal, John Aravosis suggests: "Cut YOUR OWN benefits"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
* **"The idea that President Obama might actually want to enact his campaign promises – tax hikes on the rich, modest Medicare cuts, investments in infrastructure – is apparently considered a joke to the party that has shown virtually no flexibility in the last four years. . . . "[O]nce the laughter dies down, they will have to come to the table with a responsible offer of their own, rather than simply declaring a stalemate, as Speaker John Boehner did today, because he didn’t like the president’s opening bid. If they continue to refuse to do so, the public won’t find it very funn... more »

NukeFree: Nuke's Power Collapse

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Nov 29, 2012 Nuke Power's Collapse Gets Ever More Dangerous [Excerpted] In the wake of this fall's election, the disintegration of America's rust bucket reactor fleet is fast approaching critical mass. Unless our No Nukes movement can get the worst of them shut soon, Barack Obama may be very lucky to get through his second term without a major reactor disaster. All 104 licensed US reactors were designed before 1975---a third of a century ago. All but one went on line in the 1980s or earlier. ...San Onofre Units Two and Three (Unit One died in 1996, but remains radioactive), near... more »

Obama The Great Deceiver: Cynthia McKinney

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 hours ago
In the interview with Alex Jones, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney mentioned an article by Glen Ford called, *"What Obama Has Wrought,"* about how Obaaama is the more effective evil. Listen to Ford's interview on the Majority Report with Sam Seder: *Glen Ford: Obama, a More Effective Evil?*

Gay Gunman Hated Chick-fil-A Sandwich

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 15 hours ago
"Man criticized Christian group before allegedly shooting their security guard" by ERIC TUCKER and PETE Yost | Associated Press, August 16, 2012 WASHINGTON — A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard at the headquarters of a Christian lobbying group on Wednesday made a negative reference about the organization’s work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said. Police said the man entered the front lobby of the Family Research Council in Washington around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, began arguing with a security guard, and then shot him in the arm. The gunman wa... more »

Kansan Crazies

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 15 hours ago
"Police say Kansas family feared children’s ‘demons’" by MARIA SUDEKUM | Associated Press, August 15, 2012 LAWRENCE, Kan. — A child whose brother and sister were found *bound and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot* in Kansas told an investigator that the family believed her younger siblings and their Illinois home was *possessed by demons*, a police officer testified Tuesday. The children were discovered tied up, with duct tape over their eyes, outside the store in Lawrence in June. Their parents, 44-year-old Deborah Gomez and 52-year-old Adolfo Gomez Jr., are charged with two c... more »

Corbett Report - Middle East Update

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 15 hours ago
*December 1, 2012* (Corbett Report) *Published on Nov 30, 2012*** SHOW NOTES AND MP3: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=6273 Corbett Report Radio #262 Nile Bowie of NileBowie.blogspot.com joins us tonight to go over some news headlines from across the Middle East, including the UN General Assembly vote on Palestinian statehood, western double standards in the “Arab Spring” and the American-ization of Saudi Arabia. We also talk about the recent 9/11 conference in Kuala Lumpur and Nile’s upcoming trip to China and North Korea. WORKS CITED - Nile Bowie’s blog - War on S... more »

Alex Jones: "We Are In Trouble, We Are Repeating History"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
"There's none so blind as they that won't see." - Jonathan Swift [30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745]. Read: *"Bradley Manning: a tale of liberty lost in America"* by Glenn Greenwald. "When will America and the rest of the world wake the hell up? We are in trouble. We are repeating history." - Alex Jones.

Multi-million Gold Heist From Curacao Boat

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 16 hours ago
*Not sure if the above video is the same boat, but its got me wondering... -AK* * * http://goo.gl/ygBx8 *Multi-million gold heist from Curacao boat* By By KAREN ATTIAH, Associated Press – 10 minutes ago WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — Armed men dressed as police boarded a fishing boat Friday in Curacao and stole about 70 gold bars worth an estimated $11.5 million, police in the southern Caribbean island said. The boat's captain was struck in the head in the early-morning assault before the thieves made off with the gold in three cars, police spokesman Reggie Huggins said. Aut... more »

Top General Contradicts Boss, Airshow MacKay

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 16 hours ago
Military bullshitter-in-chief, Elmer's backward boy, Peter MacKay, got taken to the woodshed by his own, newly-minted Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson. In question was MacKay's outlandish claim that only the "fifth generation F-35" could meet Canada's needs. For starters, the whole "fifth generation" schtick is the product of manufacturer Lockheed's PR/Marketing department. It's a contrivance but one with obvious appeal to MacKay. "*Fourth and fifth generation is not a very helpful way of looking at that aircraft*," Lawson told reporters in a scrum after his testimony. Oopsie, ... more »

Merry, Merry Terrorism? Gordon Duff Says A Nuclear 9/11 In America Is Possible

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
*Laugh at death*. *Read:* *"Nuclear Christmas, false flag in America to blame on Iran"* by Gordon Duff (editor of Veterans Today). *For background, read:* *"AIPAC, Decapitators Inside US Government: Intelligence Analyst," *by Duff. *President Obama: Beware of All Insider Threats To The Nation.* *The Next Inside Job: A Nuclear 9/11*. I will try to write an article about this topic tonight or tomorrow.

Merry, Merrry Terrorism: Gordon Duff

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago

Muslim Motel Hosted Jews

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 16 hours ago
"Hotelier loses discrimination suit:" ASSOCIATED PRESS, August 17, 2012 SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A Muslim hotel owner *discriminated against a Jewish group* during a Southern California poolside charity event by ordering removal of banners and ousting them from the pool and spa, a jury decided in awarding *$1.2 million statutory damages*. The suit was filed by *Friends of the Israel Defense Forces*, whose members had gathered two years ago at the ocean-view Hotel Shangri-LA, owned by Tehmina Adaya, a Muslim of Pakistani descent. In her testimony, Adaya denied an allegation she had ord... more »

Globe Gets the Last Word

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 16 hours ago
*On this front-page book promotion.* "Self-written obituaries give many the last word" by Beth Teitell | Globe Staff, August 17, 2012 Self-written obituaries generally run in newspapers as paid death notices, while traditional obits are written by newspaper reporters. But with the growing popularity of online obituary sites such as Legacy.com, which publishes mainly paid death notices, the self-written obit has an ever-larger potential audience.... Students taking White’s $120 course do writing and memory-recall exercises and learn how to edit and polish. But without a doubt the ... more »

Lack of Global Warming Blamed on Heat Hiding Oceans

Intercept at The Intercept - 16 hours ago
Editor's Note: They ignore the laws of thermodynamics and just assume the heat is stored somewhere. Heat dissipates. "Missing" global heat may hide in deep oceans [image: A fisherman carries a fish near Chitthu Island at Ngwesaung Beach February 14, 2010. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun](Reuters) - The mystery of Earth's missing heat may have been solved: it could lurk deep in oceans, temporarily masking the climate-warming effects of greenhouse gas emissions, researchers reported on Sunday. Climate scientists have long wondered where this so-called missing heat was going, especially ove... more »

This Weekend - Moyers to Rebroadcast US of ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 17 hours ago
Just announced this afternoon 11/30/12 This weekend, Moyers & Company will rebroadcast our episode “United States of ALEC.” Have a TV Educate others on ALEC Fidn the channel and time near you - >>>>HERE<<<< Just enter your zip code and follow the prompts!!!

If You Chose Sarah Palin as Your Running Mate, You Can Never Pass Judgment on Anyone Else's Qualifications

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 17 hours ago
Grumpy old man John McCain is at it - again. He's objecting to Obama's nominee for Secretary of State, Susan Rice, contending she's not qualified for the job. This is the same geezer who thought Sarah Palin was a dandy choice for Vice President. Shut up, John, just shut up. STFU.

Friday Baseball Post

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 17 hours ago
I've been behind on these, too, and have some stuff to get through before I turn to the HOF ballot, which I'll do in December sometime. But first: Brian Sabean. Steve Rubio did a re-evaluation post after the World Series; see also Bryan Murphy's apology. I'll start by quoting Steven: I know Sabean has had the last laugh, and to his credit, he never gloats, although inside he must love being right, in the midst of so much criticism from the lunatic fringe. Every general manager has good and bad points. In Sabean’s case, his bad points were so obvious, and so aggravating, that they o... more »

The Real News: Why the Fiscal Cliff is a Scam

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
*The Fiscal Cliff: A Scare Tactic, Not An Accurate Representation of Reality.* YouTube video description [Channel - The Real News]: James K. Galbraith: Is there a looming crisis of debt or deficits such that sacrifices in general are necessary? Also, see: *"The Destruction of America: Brought to You By JP Morgan Chase." *

Northerntruthseeker On Truth Hertz Radio, November 30th, 2012

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 17 hours ago
Yes, I was on Charles Giuliani's Truth Hertz Radio Show on the Oracle Broadcasting Network, this morning, at 7am CST..... I have the link to that show for everyone to listen to right here: http://mp3.oraclebroadcasting.com/Truth_Hertz/Truth_Hertz.2012-11-30_16k.mp3 I hope that everyone listens to this great broadcast. Charles and I covered a wide range of subjects, and you will not be disappointed...Take the time to listen, and feel free to comment... More to come NTS

European Rescue Mechanism Loses AAA Rating | ZeroHedge

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-30/european-rescue-mechanism-loses-aaa-rating Hmmm, and who will rescue the rescue mechanism?

OPEN CLIMATE LETTER TO UN SECRETARY-GENERAL: Current scientific knowledge does not substantiate Ban Ki-Moon assertions on weather and climate, say 125-plus scientists.

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
*Financial Post* * * *Policy actions that aim to reduce CO2 emissions are unlikely to influence future climate. Policies need to focus on preparation for, and adaptation to, all dangerous climatic events, however caused* ------------------------------ Open Letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United NationsFirst Avenue and East 44th Street, New York, New York, U.S.A.November 29, 2012 Mr. Secretary-General: On November 9 this year you told the General Assembly: “Extreme weather due to climate change is the new normal … Our ... more »

Syria Offline: Who benefits? Friends of Muslim Brotherhood meet in Japan

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
*UPDATED-SCROLL DOWN: /DAMASCUS ONLINE-SYRIA ONLINE* First, Syria offline??? Would the Syrian government undertake this action? Would NATO and it’s ilk undertake this action? Who was the most to gain? Who has the most to lose? What other factors are at play? As of this moment, I can’t see the gain to the Syrian government in denying internet and cell phone access to it’s people. I can, however, see the benefit accruing to the NATO brigade, particularly, if a NATO attack is on the horizon. Quoting from *CNN* and the *NYT's* A few points to consider before reading from the msm articles... more »

President Obama calls the GOP's fiscal bluff

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 18 hours ago
Judging by my progressive friends, I guess I'm supposed to be all cynical about the fiscal dip soap opera but call me Pollyanna, I find President Obama's latest move encouraging. He laid down very clear, substantial demands on what he wants out of the deal. That includes raising the top 2% tax rates, extending UI benefits, the payroll holiday and about $50bn in direct stimulus spending. Even better, he's insisting the debt ceiling be dealt with now instead of being held in abeyance to be used for future GOP hostage taking. This left the Republicans sputtering in outraged disbelief... more »

Anwar al-Awlaki Was A Pentagon Socialite, Not A Terror Mastermind

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 18 hours ago
*Anwar al-Awlaki: A Pentagon Socialite, An Undercover U.S. Agent, A Global Terrorist Recruiter.* The Pentagon is not interested in fighting and stopping international terrorism. It knows the terrorist threat is fake and exaggerated to create the appearance in the public mind that America is under attack from Islamic terrorist groups. Most Pentagon generals are too busy wining and dining to be doing any fighting. Who are they going to fight in the comical war on terror? A fellow co-worker and socialite like *Anwar al-Awlaki who rubbed shoulders with generals at a dinner party at... more »

Who Voted Against Palestine? A Bunch of Oddballs.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 18 hours ago
Here's a map showing the countries that voted against the vote to grant Palestine non-member, observer state status. *Res Ipsa Loquitor, *the thing speaks for itself*.* It's what the Max Fisher of the *Washington Post* calls an "oddball coalition." You've got Israel, of course. Ditto the United States and, shamefully, Canada. Add in the Czech Republic and Panama. Round out the gaggle of oddballs with Nauru, Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. "*So what does all of this mean? From the Israeli and American view, that the international coalition is so small does not au... more »

Israeli Strategy Sinking The DCCC Again?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 18 hours ago
At least Rahm didn't get in the way of winning candidates The penultimate-- and quite logical-- conclusion to the DCCC's failed Steve Israel strategy would be for them to try to beat independent-minded North Carolina Republican Walter Jones from the right, with some kind of Blue Dog corporate whore, a southern version of Israel himself. (In the 2011-12 session Jones voted more frequently for progressive initiatives than 3 North Carolina Blue Dogs, Larry Kissell, Heath Shuler and Mike McIntyre-- and Shuler was forced to retire, Kissell was defeated 54-46% and McIntyre scraped by with ... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 18 hours ago
*http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p28e2Y4uJFg* * * * * ***http://www.freetheearthlings.com/* * * *HOW TO SHAKE OFF THE AWARENIVORES * *(by Waves Forest) Part Two: TENSEGRITY TOOLKIT* In part one of this report we presented some evidence in support of a wild-sounding hypothesis: the artificial retardation of human progress and cooperation is induced by inorganic nonphysical parasites that “cultivate” humans as sources of self-importance-flavored awareness energy, which they consume. This predation occurs at the level of reality where we consist entirely of fields of energy. ... more »

Good faith and proper motive important considerations in exclusion of improperly obtained evidence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 18 hours ago
*R. v. Aucoin,* 2012 SCC 66 holds an otherwise unlawful search did not lead to exclusion of evidence in large part because the officer acted in good faith and not for an imporper motive. A search will be reasonable if it is authorized by law, if the law itself is reasonable and if the manner in which the search was carried out is reasonable. Because the pat‑down search was a prelude to securing A in the cruiser, the question that arises is whether detaining A in this manner was reasonably necessary in the totality of the circumstances. The question is not whether the officer had the... more »

Lessons from Katrina

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 18 hours ago
The Shock Doctrine Comes to New Jersey Schools Just waiting for Arne Duncan to say Hurricane Sandy was the "best thing that happened to the education system" in New Jersey. While the power is out, entire school districts have literally crumbled the poorest are again being left behind, many homeless now and in already underfunded public schools. Christie and Cerf have a plan to use theirr "power sparingly." They will come to save the day because too many schools are failing. No mention of the actual architects of this failure, the government and corporate driven education reformers.... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 19 hours ago
*Henry Makow* We like most of the stuff on Jeff Rense, Henry Makow, David Icke, Mike Rivero, Alex Jones.... It is only 'natural' that people sometimes disagree with each other and call each other names. None of us is perfect. *Makow fell out with Icke and here is their e-mail exchange:* *Makow to Icke: * David Rense kicked me off his site for posting an article you linked to, and now you're cutting me off for exposing Rense as a fraud? Just look at the evidence. http://www.henrymakow.com/the_jeff_rense_collection_arti.html People have a right to know who David Icke is. *I... more »

Bill Maher makes sense

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
What I find so ironic is that after World War II, everybody said, 'I don't understand the Jews. How could they have just gone to their slaughter like that?' OK, and then when they fight back: 'I don't understand the Jews. Why can't they just go to their slaughter?' It's like, 'You know what? We did that once. It's not gonna happen again. You're just gonna have to get used to the fact that Jews now defend themselves -- and by the way, defend themselves better. I mean, this is a country, after all, that is surrounded by far greater numbers than their own [and] they are like two gener... more »

Prof. Michel Chossudovsky Presents 9/11 Revisited: Seeking the Truth

Intercept at The Intercept - 19 hours ago
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Yet more pretention

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 19 hours ago
*Know Her is to Love Her, To* I’ve chewed up the title of this song to crowbar it under K. It’s likely we’ll want another song entered under T. It’s important to remember it’s not generally possible to disentangle what was unintentional, what as casual and what was deliberate in The Beatles phenomenon. The Beatles sang girl group songs. Sometimes the lyrics were gender altered, as is here. Sometimes they were not, and you’d have Ringo hollering away about boys. The Beatles sang girl group songs, especially ones with three part harmonies, because they liked them, and you could lea... more »

U.K. floods to cost insurers as much as $800 million, PwC says

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 20 hours ago
[image: Heavy rains have swept through England and Wales in the past week, causing about 940 homes to flood in the southwest and northeast of England and Wales since 21 November 2012, according to the U.K.’s Environment Agency. The damage caused by the recent weather brings the overall flood insurance bill for 2012 to 1 billion pounds, the most since 2007. Matt Cardy / Getty Images] By Kevin Crowley 27 November 2012 (Bloomberg) – Flooding in the U.K. over the past week will cost insurers as much as 500 million pounds ($800 million), making this year the most expensive for water d... more »

Andover Acid Trip

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 20 hours ago
*C'mon, it'll be fun.... * "Woman in Andover woods calls police for help, saying boyfriend bit her" by Melissa M. Werthmann | Globe Correspondent, August 10, 2012 A woman called for help while lost in dense woods early Thursday, telling Andover ­police that her boyfriend ­attacked her after the two had taken drugs. Amanda Norcia, 20, of ­Everett used her cellphone to call police at 3:15 a.m. and ­reported that she was disoriented from taking LSD and that her boyfriend had bitten her face, said Lieutenant Commander James Hashem.... Officers found Brendan ­Gibson, 24, of North ­And... more »

Homeless Man Died in Somerville Jail Cell

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 20 hours ago
"Prisoner advocates are raising questions about the death of a 52-year-old homeless man who died in police custody in Somerville early Monday morning after spending the weekend locked up at the police station."

A Special Education Post For Bostonians

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 20 hours ago
*Sorry it took so long.... * "Boston special education cuts found to be wrongful" by James Vaznis | Globe Staff, August 10, 2012 In a ruling that could* cost the Boston public schools* about *$2 million*, a state arbitrator has determined that the School Committee *wrongfully laid off* about four dozen clerical workers, potentially contributing to a backlog of late reviews of special education plans for thousands of students. The clerks play a pivotal role in those reviews — entering data into the computer system, scheduling meetings, and performing other tasks that free time up... more »

Tensions Between Japan and China: Nuclear "Cold" War Rising

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 20 hours ago
There have been a series of articles recently about flaring tensions between Japan and China.The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that "Japan's Spat with China Takes Big Toll on Tourism." Nov 28, 2012 p. A16The article explains that tourism in October of 2012 was down 33.1% from October 2011. It still remains unclear to me whether Japan's drop in tourism stems from would-be tourists' concerns about exposure to Fukushima radiation or whether the drop derives primarily from the rising tensions in the region over access to resources. One thing is clear, however, and that is the ... more »

Fernando Rivera and GOP collaborators arrested in Bolivia

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 20 hours ago
Jacob Ostreicher remains in jail in Bolivia, after having been used unwittingly as a pawn of the GOP in America - as I posted on 8 August at this site. Secret talks failed, as the GOP did not know how to deal with the situation, got scared after talk about this leading to Mitt Romney, and eventually lost interest in Jacob's case; they also knew by about mid-September that they were going to lose the elections, and Jacob was no longer needed. So he got left to the dishonest folks in Bolivia who did not mind making a bigger diplomatic mess of it than it was - and the formerly unnamed ... more »

Guess Who I Am

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 20 hours ago
“They’re not in the leadership position or policy making. They are just called upon and paid for each hit. They are ­invaluable assets to any kind of organized crime syndicate.” * **My guess was contract agents for the CIA. * * **(For answer go here) * * **Oh, sorry, FBI. *

Boot Camp Graduation Day 1

Southern Man at Southern Man - 20 hours ago
In which Southern Man and the family meet and greet Teen Daughter The Elder, who will graduate to become a Sailor in the US Navy. We were up for breakfast at six and caught the shuttle bus to the base at seven, arriving a little before eight. We were early enough that the lines weren't yet too long and it only took about twenty minutes or so to get through security and work our way to the Parade Deck. And of the twelve hundred or so recruits graduating that day, guess which one was on duty at the front door? That's right - the *very first recruit we saw* was SA (Seaman Apprentice)... more »

Africa for Norway

Rodger Payne at Duck of Minerva - 20 hours ago
This video from Africa for Norway provides a humorous way to think about foreign aid: I suppose there is a good chance readers have already seen the video — more than 1.5 million people have viewed it on youtube.

MIT Needs Viagra

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 20 hours ago
*They are well-endowed but financially flaccid. * "MIT, Cornell to reduce financial aid; Cite drain on endowments" by Janet Lorin | Bloomberg News, August 10, 2012 NEW YORK — Cornell University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are *scaling back financial assistance* to students, adding to the burden of families already coping with *climbing college costs*.... Students are being *asked to pay more even* as college endowments show *double-digit growth* as they recover from the 2008 financial crisis.... * **I would certainly understand if you kids are wondering if there is ev... more »

Serena Devi

Bill Robertson at GlobaLove Think Tank - 20 hours ago
Serena Devi | Aum Love Tantra

Does the Bigfoot exist?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
You must have noticed that two days ago, news sources were hyping a claim of Melba Ketchum, a Texan veterinarian, that she has sequenced the DNA taken from Mr Bigfoot Sasquatch Jr. After a 5-year-long research, her DNA team in Nacogdoches has allegedly determined that he exists and he is the son of an American woman (because the mitochondrial DNA inherited from the mother matches homo sapiens sapiens) and her hairy male primate partner whose ancestors split from "us" (apologies to TRF readers who are Sasquatch Americans whom I don't count right now) about 15,000 years ago (because t... more »

Top Five Most Popular Posts for November

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 21 hours ago
The most read posts of the month were: 1. *Is there Bias on BBC Question Time?* 2. *Class and Political Values* 3. *UKIP's Foster Care "Scandal"* 4. *Thoughts on the Media and Child Abuse* 5. *10 Years of Harry's Place* The undisputed winner, of course, was the BBC Question Time post. I lost count of the retweets by sundry Twitter celebs this nugget got. It was carried by the *New Statesman's* website, received a plug in the *Graun's*G2, and I was subject to a searching "expose" by the nutty Biased BBC blog. Proof, as if it were needed, that the hard right have a difficult time hand... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 21 hours ago
[image: Flies do enter] *Asleep in Bangladesh. By martien van asseldonk (None of the photos are related to the text)* * *"I can see that Kevin is a grandfather - apparently a doting one - of five boys. He seems to be a respected member of his community and has recently retired as a special needs teacher. "His wife has stayed with him and beams out of family snapshots alongside her husband, children and grandchildren. "Theirs is no longer a nuclear family that will implode if I tell my story, but a whole dynasty." *I was abused at 11 by my best friend's father but still don't dare ex... more »

Assange to RT: Entire nations intercepted online, key turned to totalitarian rule

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 hours ago
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says all the necessary physical infrastructure for absolute totalitarianism through the internet is ready. He told RT that the question now is whether the turnkey process that already started will go all the way. http://rt.com/news/assange-internet-control-totalitarian-943/

Global Warming Hits Texas Longhorns

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 22 hours ago
Those shitkickers in Texas may bellow that global warming is a hoax but tell that to their cattle. The U.S. "national herd," that peaked in 1975 at 132-million head of cattle (when the U.S. population was just 215-million), dropped to 91-million head this year (population now at 315-million) and is still in decline. As *BBC News* reports, the herd of the future will also be smaller and thinner. *The US has been suffering a desperate drought that has affected around 80 % of the agricultural land across the country. It has been so severe that in certain parts, farmers have been ... more »

TorForge Releases Video Promoting A Memory of Light

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 22 hours ago
The book levitates January 8, 2013. I could not be more excited. The video is spoiler free.

Podcast No. 14: Interview with Michael J. Tierney

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 22 hours ago
The fourteenth Duck of Minerva podcast features Michael J. Tierney. The bulk of the interview focuses on the TRIP survey and the state of the field of International Relations. From his webpage: Professor Tierney received a B.A. from William and Mary in 1987 and a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 2003. He teaches courses Continue reading

And This Is Our "Ally"?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 22 hours ago
The U.N. acts to overwhelmingly upgrade the status of the Palestinian state. Israel retaliates by stealing more Palestinian lands in the West Bank, enough to sever the West Bank itself. This is what we call our "ally"? *"Israel has authorised the construction of 3,000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to Israeli officials.* *"It is also speeding up the processing of 1,000 planning permissions.* *"The Palestinian Authority has said it will not return to peace talks without a freeze in settlement building.* *"The decision comes a day afte... more »

Cairo's Tahrir Square fills with anti-Morsi protesters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
Tens of thousands of protesters opposed to Egypt's president and the sweeping new powers he assumed last week are in Cairo's Tahrir Square, hours after a new constitution was hastily approved. The Islamist-dominated constituent assembly finished voting on the draft in the early hours on Friday. The draft will now be sent to Mr Morsi, who is expected to call a referendum. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20558185

Israel approves building of 3000 units in J'lem, W. Bank

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
Inner cabinet approves building of housing units in W. Bank, J'lem and advances plans to build in area E1, connecting J'lem and Ma’aleh Adumim, in response to Palestinian UN move; PA: Israel destroying 2-state solution. Israel approved the construction of 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and in the West Bank on Friday in response to the UN approving the Palestinian UN bid for non-member observer state status, government officials stated. http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=294118

Farage: Ukip is now Britain's third party

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
The leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, has claimed that his party has now displaced the Liberal Democrats as the "third force" in British politics after it performed strongly in three byelections. In the party's strongest showing in a Westminster byelection, Ukip secured 21.79% of the vote in Rotherham, claiming second place behind Labour, which won with 46.25%. The Lib Dems trailed in eighth place on 2.11%. Labour scored a hat-trick of comfortable victories in the three byelections held in its safe seats of Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Croydon North. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2... more »

Leveson: Where does it leave the internet?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
With only a few pages of the Leveson Inquiry devoted to internet regulation, was Lord Justice Leveson right to avoid the issue? Amid Lord Justice Leveson's 2,000 page report into the culture, practice and ethics of the press were around a dozen pages dealing with the internet. After describing the internet as an "ethical vacuum", some have questioned the wisdom of bringing more regulation to the press and not the wider internet, although any publisher could sign up to the new legislation-backed self regulator that he envisages. Lord Justice Leveson has also been criticised for his ... more »

Confession rule and voluntariness

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 22 hours ago
R. v. M.D., 2012 ONCA 841 deals with the confession rule and voluntariness: The Voluntariness Issue [39] The confessions rule is concerned with voluntariness, broadly defined: *R. v. Oickle*, 2000 SCC 38, [2000] 2 S.C.R. 3, at para. 32. The application of the confessions rule is contextual, requiring a trial judge to take into account all relevant circumstances in order to determine whether the prosecution has established the voluntariness of the confession beyond a reasonable doubt:*Oickle*, at paras. 47, 68, and 71. [40] Recording police interviews of persons suspected ... more »

Russian 'Supergrass' Death: Toxicology Tests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
Police are carrying out toxicology tests on the body of a Russian businessman who was providing evidence about alleged money laundering after he was found dead outside his home in Surrey. Alexander Perepilichny, 44, was helping Swiss authorities investigate a $230m (£144m) money laundering scheme in Russia when he suddenly collapsed in Weybridge, on November 10. More than two weeks later, the cause of his death has still not been established and it is still being treated as "unexplained". http://news.sky.com/story/1018961/russian-supergrass-death-toxicology-tests

Lago de agua azul junto al bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 22 hours ago
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Grand Bargain-- Not All That Grand, Not For America's Working Families

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
Baucus, eager to sell out working families, faces the voters in 2014. Will he have a primary? Progressives inside the Beltway veal pen want so badly to believe Obama and the Democrats won't sell out working families as part of the Grand Bargain that they're buying into the bullshit as Glenn Greenwald predicted they would in his step-by-step look at how progressives would be outmaneuvered once again. Labor and progressive leaders came away from a private meeting with White House officials Tuesday encouraged as well, according to an attendee who spoke with the *Washington Post*’s Gr... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 22 hours ago
*Drew Brees: ''It definitely hurts''*

Colores extraños de los anfibios

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 22 hours ago
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Atop the front page, the Times gets it right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 23 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012* *Your Howler keeps getting results:* Right at the top of today’s front page, the New York Times gets it right! In a report which is *long* overdue, Appelbaum and Gebeloff report about the way tax burdens have fallen in recent decades. Even better, they adopt a very important framework—they note the way we misinformed rubes may misunderstand such key points: APPELBAUM AND GEBELOFF (1/30/12): Alan Hicks divides long days between the insurance business he started in the late 1970s and the barbecue restaurant he opened with his sons three years ago. *He earn... more »

Those Romney Internal Polls

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 23 hours ago
The New Republic's Noam Scheiber has (some of) Mitt Romney's internal polling from the last weekend of the campaign, and has discussed it with Romney pollster Neil Newhouse. It's worth a few comments. First, as Andrew Rudalevige notes, these polls do not justify the type of confidence that Team Romney was reported to have on election day. Romney is close, and closer than the polling averages had it -- but he's still losing. This set of numbers really doesn't inspire a lot more hope than the public polling did; both leave open a real possibility that Romney could win if it turns out... more »

Arbol de hojas amarillas junto al mar

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 23 hours ago
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Jardin con flores de colores

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 23 hours ago
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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 23 hours ago
Saints' Vilma, Smith attend Williams hearing

The World Stage

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 23 hours ago
Canada's response to most of the world voting for the Palenstians and not clapping when ol' JB climbed into the pulpit to preach? Hissy fit.


bob somerby at the daily howler - 23 hours ago
*FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012* *The liberal world’s darling child speaks:* How does the idiocracy thrive? Guild members let it persist. They kiss the asses of major colleagues, insuring that their own keisters will get kissed in return. They defer to powerful players like Dowd. Criticism of such major powers simply isn’t allowed. Consider what the liberal world’s darling child said Wednesday night. The analysts retched and ran for the door when they saw her say it: MADDOW (11/28/12): Earlier this afternoon, *the great and good Andrea Mitchell* did some digging on this. She asked Sena... more »

Paisaje junto a una playa paradisiaca

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 23 hours ago
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The Highway of Death

Intercept at The Intercept - 23 hours ago
A short film about the atrocities that took place along the road from Mutlaa, Kuwait to Basra. Iraq on February 26th & 27th, 1991. 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

German foreign minister tells Berlin to boost embassy security

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 hours ago
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged the mayor of Berlin on Friday to tighten security at foreign embassies in the city, a day after 30 protesters stormed the grounds of the Iranian mission and pelted the building with stones. Westerwelle asked mayor Klaus Wowereit in a letter to act swiftly to remedy security shortcomings, citing 13 occasions over the past two years when embassies, including those of Libya and Nigeria, were attacked or occupied. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-germany-embassies-security-idUSBRE8AT0UP20121130

Euros Strongly Back Assisted Suicide Laws

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 day ago
A poll of 12-European countries conducted for the Swiss Medical Lawyers Association found very strong majorities in all but one country in support of legalizing assisted suicide. *In almost all the 12 countries polled, three-quarters or more of those responding to questions posed by the Swiss Medical Lawyers Association (SMLA) said people should be able to decide when and how they die.*** *Two-thirds to three-quarters of them said they could imagine opting for assisted suicide themselves if they suffered from an incurable illness, serious disability or uncontrollable pain.* ** *Ger... more »
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