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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

11 December - Blogs I'm Following

English: Phytoplankton bloom in Gulf of Califo...English: Phytoplankton bloom in Gulf of California, Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: View of cyanobacteria between the Gre...English: View of cyanobacteria between the Great Barrier Reef and the Queensland shore. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Phytoplankton bloom in the Bay of Biscay. NASA...Phytoplankton bloom in the Bay of Biscay. NASA image acquired May 20, 2010 at 10 :35 UTC Satellite: Terra NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The vibrant colours in this image are...English: The vibrant colours in this image are from tiny organisms, phytoplankton, that grow explosively in the North Atlantic—from Iceland to the shores of France—in the spring and summer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Massive phytoplankton bloom around Ne...English: Massive phytoplankton bloom around New Zealand’s Chatham Islands. The bloom is an array of colours from deep green to electric blue, and is probably made up of many different types of marine life, primarily phytoplankton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
11:20 am MST

'Syrian rebels' Filmed forcing boy to behead captive with sword

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 minute ago
It is perhaps the most disturbing piece of video footage to emerge out of the Syrian crisis to date. A young boy is egged on by a group of older men, believed to be rebel fighters, and filmed hacking the head off a man who is lying on the ground. An older man is then seen picking up the head before placing it on top of the body like a macabre trophy. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246382/Horrific-video-Syrian-rebels-forcing-boy-behead-captive-sword.html *These are the People our Governments want to secure chemical weapon sites?*

Rogue geoengineering project: Can we stop modern-day mad scientists?

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 6 minutes ago
[image: Satellite view of possible phytoplankton bloom caused by Russ George's rogue iron fertilization experiment, 29 August 2012. NASA / MODIS / AQUA] By Kathryn Doyle 28 November 2012 It's hard to stop a bad idea with enough money behind it—even rogue science on the high seas. Russ George, a wealthy American businessman with a history of big, controversial ideas, launched his latest one this October: dumping 200,000 pounds of iron sulfate into the North Pacific. His aim was to spur a huge plankton bloom, which would absorb carbon dioxide in photosynthesis and then sink to th... more »

The Poverty Trap in France

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 7 minutes ago
From *Forbes*: Let’s take an unemployed mother living alone with two children between six and 10 years old. In 2010, there were 284,445 French families in this situation that were on welfare. This mother will be given the “Active Solidarity Income.” Since she has two children, the amount will be $1,100. If she is renting an apartment with a $650 rent, she will be given the “Housing Customized Aid,” amounting to $620. Then she will receive “Family Allowances,” which amounts to another $160. Finally, let’s add the payment known as “Allowance for the start of the school year,” which i... more »

Lindo perrito con su gorrito de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 minutes ago
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Maybe Obama Should Take Some Time Away From Dicking Around With Boehner And Deal With The Climate Cliff

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 20 minutes ago
I noticed a tweet the other day that pointed that that if December 31 sees us fall off the phony "fiscal cliff," Congress can heroically "fix" everything when it reconvenes in January. If we fall off a different kind of manmade cliff, the Climate Cliff, we could be irrevocably doomed as a species. The Oil and Gas barons don't care; they figure they'll die rich and the partisan conservative base is too dumb (average IQ of a Fox viewer is 80 so they are incapable of abstract thought and unable to comprehend a Climate Cliff) to understand what they're backing or why. Eventually I re... more »

Manzana roja con el diseño de una estrella

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 25 minutes ago
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Arbol de navidad junto a la chimenea

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 32 minutes ago
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Iran insists on nuclear "right" ahead of IAEA talks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 41 minutes ago
Iran voiced readiness on Tuesday to address concerns of U.N. nuclear inspectors about its atomic activities in talks this week but said its "right" to refine uranium should be part of any agreement. The Islamic state's insistence that its uranium enrichment - work which can have both military and civilian purposes - should be recognized may further dampen expectations among Western diplomats of any major progress in Thursday's talks. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/11/us-nuclear-iran-iaea-idUSBRE8BA0W920121211

Haitian Hearts/Peoria

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 1 hour ago
It's all the same. Many good people on the ground that care. Many good people who invoke Jesus's name all the time. Peoria version of "Si Bon Dieu vle". Way more good here than bad. It's all the same. Young men smoking cigarettes talking through second floor open window of project housing to a woman that doesn't want to be bothered on sidewalk below. United Against Violence on blue strap hanging from her neck. John 3:16 carved in cement. It's all the same.

Cuyo comiendo entre los adornos de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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more signs of life in the labour movement: non-union workers rising

laura k at wmtc - 1 hour ago
Of all the reasons for hope that we've seen in recent times - Wisconsin, the Occupy Movement, the Quebec students' actions, the Chicago teachers' strike - this trend gives me the most joy and the most hope. Here are three stories of *non-unionized* workers organizing themselves to change conditions in their own workplaces. In September, New York City restaurant workers walked off the job and won a historic victory against their oppressive and vindictive employer. The restaurant workers who were fired and locked out of their store for organizing a union have won after a week of esca... more »

US on track to upgrade ties with Syrian opposition as international diplomacy intensifies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The Obama administration is getting ready to tighten its ties to Syria's main opposition group, a step in the intensifying diplomacy that officials hope will craft an end to Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled regime. Officials say the administration is on track to recognize the new Syrian opposition council as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people at an international conference on the crisis in Morocco this week. The move will pave the way for greater U.S. support for those seeking to oust Assad and follows the blacklisting of a militant Syrian rebel group w... more »

Caja con esferas de colores para navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Esferas de Navidad] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más *imágenes de esferas* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

US blacklists al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The United States on Tuesday designated the radical Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra, an important fighting force in the opposition struggle, as a foreign terrorist organization and said it was trying to hijack the rebellion on behalf of al Qaeda in Iraq. U.S. officials said the al-Nusra group had claimed responsibility for carrying out nearly 600 attacks in major cities that have *killed numerous innocent Syrians* during the 20-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/11/us-syria-usa-idUSBRE8BA0IB20121211

IMF loan to Egypt delayed as crisis deepens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
A vital $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan to Egypt will be delayed until next month, its finance minister said on Tuesday, intensifying the political crisis gripping the Arab world's most populous nation. As rival factions gathered in Cairo and Alexandria for a new round of demonstrations, Finance Minister Mumtaz al-Said said the delay in the loan agreement was intended to allow time to explain a heavily criticised package of economic austerity measures to the Egyptian people. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/11/us-egypt-politics-idUSBRE8B90RO20121211


Anon at aangirfan - 1 hour ago
The police said that her death is "unexplained." Police are treating the death as "unexplained." - CNN.com Yet, Jacintha Saldanha reportedly hanged herself in the nurses' quarters at King Edward VII Hospital in London, according to The Sun And she left a suicide note, reportedly... *.... writes:* "The whole Suicide Nurse/Prank Call debacle stinks to high-heaven and NOT ONE news outlet/journo has questioned the statistical fact that women, never mind women who work in the medical field, rarely commit suicide by hanging - it's men that hang themselves (excuse the explicit nature of... more »

Don't Worry About the PA Plan

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 hour ago
If you want to know why the Pennsylvania plan of rigging the Electoral College by having Republican majorities in the Keystone State change the way that electoral votes are allocated there is a bad idea in general, see John Putnam's excellent post on the topic. You remember -- this is the plan to neutralize the state in presidential elections by switching from winner-take-all apportionment of electoral votes to either a district plan or, now, splitting them by vote share. He's pretty mild on it, overall, concentrating on why the allocation is a poor one generally; he doesn't really ... more »

Tuesday Morning Links

PM at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
Let’s make like a blacksmith and forge some linkage: A detailed examination of how China’s military-industrial complex is making surprising advances. (The Diplomat) Chris Blattman reviews James C. Scott’s new Two Cheers For Anarchism. With 30 pages left to go, I can say that it should have been on my “best books read in 2012″ Continue reading

Cabaña entre el bosque nevado

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Paisajes de Navidad] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más *Arboles de navidad* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Shale Gas Drilling 'Huge Boost' To UK Economy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Drilling for shale gas could create "tens of thousands" of jobs in the UK and generate vast sums of money for the Treasury, according to a UK-based exploration company. Cuadrilla chief executive Francis Egan has told the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee that the controversial process will also reduce Britain's dependency on imported gas. Opponents say the method of hydraulic fracturing - or 'fracking' - which involves pumping water into rock to push out natural gas, carries numerous environmental risks. http://news.sky.com/story/1023903/shale-gas-drilling-huge-boost-to-u... more »

A Santa Claus se le perdio su trineo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 2 hours ago
[image: Santa Claus] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más *imágenes de Santa Claus* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

from greece to chicago to toronto, workers fighting back against austerity

laura k at wmtc - 2 hours ago
Working my way backwards, this the second of four talks I attended that I'll be reporting on. * * * * In November, I heard Nikos Loudos of the Socialist Workers Party in Greece (by Skype) and Canadian activist and organizer Carolyn Egan speak about the recent general strike in Europe, and the fight against austerity at home and abroad. It was after 1:00 a.m. in Greece, but Nikos was full of energy. He reminded us, "I cannot complain, there are people who have bigger problems". In Brussels, the Eurogroup was staying up all night discussing "the Greek problem". Greece was supposed ... more »

For liberals only: Do we want to be serviced this way?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012* *What Rachel said about Rove:* Do we liberals want to be conned when we turn on our TV machines? Do we want to be pleasured and serviced in silly tribal ways? That’s the way Fox treats conservative viewers. Do we liberals want that treatment when we turn on The One True Channel? That question popped into our heads as we watched cable last night. We were back on our sprawling campus—and we were soon handed this: MADDOW (12/10/12): As the Republican Party and the conservative movement try to figure out who they are in the wake of this year’s elections an... more »

the global fight against austerity: from greece to chicago to toronto, workers fighting back

laura k at wmtc - 2 hours ago
Working my way backwards, this the second of four talks I attended that I'll be reporting on. * * * * In November, I heard Nikos Loudos of the Socialist Workers Party in Greece (by Skype) and Canadian activist and organizer Carolyn Egan speak about the recent general strike in Europe, and the fight against austerity at home and abroad. It was after 1:00 a.m. in Greece, but Nikos was full of energy. He reminded us, "I cannot complain, there are people who have bigger problems". In Brussels, the Eurogroup was staying up all night discussing "the Greek problem". Greece was supposed ... more »

E-Commerce predicted in 1969

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
Slightly sexist?

Meet Mark Daniels and Dugan King of the Free & Equal Arkansas State Caucus

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 2 hours ago
Free & Equal will have a grass roots caucus group for each state. State caucuses will monitor legislation push for positive electoral reform and more. In this pocast syndicated radio host Josh Tolley along with Free & Equal founder Christina Tobin sit down with two members of the newly formed Arkansas caucus members Mark Daniels and Dugan King in a friendly meet and greet. Go to the Free & Equal website to subscribe to updates, donate and support our commitment to more voices and choices. Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the... more »

Sex texts epidemic: Experts warn sharing explicit photos is corrupting children

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Boys and girls as young as 13 routinely swap explicit pictures of themselves, a disturbing investigation reveals today. Children are now so sexualised the practice has become ‘mundane and mainstream’. One girl told researchers: ‘I get asked for naked pictures at least two or three times a week.’ A boy said: ‘You would have seen a girl’s breasts before you’ve seen their face’ while another youngster referred to so-called sexting as ‘the new flirting’. Yesterday censors were forced to announce a crackdown on depraved films amid fears they distort the way teenage boys view women. htt... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*A New Failure ~The Angry Whodat*

Concern that Assad may have passed some chemical weapons to Hizballah

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
There is growing concern that some of the chemical weapons the Assad regime has been pushing out of the Damascus area in the last few days were sent across the border to Hizballah strongholds in the Lebanese Beqaa Valley to keep them out of rebel hands. Syrian army officers who recently defected report that containers were last week removed from Syrian bases at Jabal Kalamon and loaded on vehicles camouflaged as commercial trucks. On the Lebanese side, the consignment is thought to have been split up and hidden at different Hizballah bases to make them harder to attack. Israel’s U... more »

Syrian rebel to Ynet: Israel will benefit from backing us

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
Long time readers here will remember this woman allegedly from Canada She just had to leave her family and go to Syria to join the rebels....... She was pegged as an obvious psyop way back. And this article makes that fact all the more obvious. So, let us all share a laugh at the absurdity of this psyop... *In special interview, (with Ynet) Syrian woman who left comfortable family life in Canada to help rebel forces in Aleppo and Idlib says Israel making 'big mistake' by not supporting struggle against Assad. * Thabia Qanfani, an engineer, was born in Damascus and settled with her f... more »

No faith in GOD, Sin fe en DIOS

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 2 hours ago
 "I'll allow the hand of man to protect me from harm." *What would God say to a person who profess faith in God and faith that when they die they will go to heaven? A person who shows more faith in the hand of man than in the power of the lord to keep them safe to continue doing his work?* *How come the pope has less faith in the lord than an Agnostic?* *What would Daniel or ST Peter say of the great leader placing his safety in the things of man to protect him from harm? Daniel and the apostle Peter would no doubt curse at him and cast him aside.* Abraham Ben Judea "I have no fa... more »

Nuclear Black Market Thrives

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Another reason why nuclear makes no sense. "Black Market Thrives in Georgia" by D. Butler (of the AP), The AZ Republic (2012, Dec 11), p. A10 [Excerpted] The Georgian seller offered cesium, a byproduct of nuclear reactors that terrorists can use to arm a dirty bomb. But one of the Turkish men, wearing a suit and casually smoking a cigarette, made clear he was after something even more dangerous: uranium, the material for a nuclear bomb" Majia here: The costs of producing nuclear plants, processing uranium, storing spent nuclear fuel, and securitizing it from those who would use t... more »

Neil Macdonald: The "right" to work for less

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The citizens of Michigan will soon be given the right to work. They must be terribly grateful. On his website, Gov. Rick Snyder declares that the "right to work" legislation headed for his signature as early as today "will improve the lives of countless Michigan families by restoring workplace fairness and equality for all workers." In fact, calling Michigan's new labour law "right to work" legislation is like calling a bill that strips away hard-fought civil liberties "The Patriot Act," or denying gay Americans the right to wed by passing the "Defence of Marriage Act." In the lat... more »

International Studies Blogging Awards Update

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
With less than a month left to nominate awards and guarantee voting rights, here’s where we stand: Nominees for Best Blog (Group): Abu Muqawama Arms Control Wonk Crooked Timber The Disorder of Things IPE at UNC Kings of War Nominees for Best Blog (Individual): Abu Aardvark’s Middle East Blog (Marc Lynch) Chris Blattman Dart-Throwing Chimp (Jay Ulfelder) Continue reading

BUDGET BABEL: Where does all the confusion come from?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 hours ago
*TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012* *Interlude—Krugman and Mann explain:* Before we were called away from our desks, we were exploring the constant confusion surrounding our budget discussions. More specifically, we were discussing the difficulty journalists have explaining how Social Security works. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 12/6/12. Tomorrow, we'll return to Glenn Kessler’s recent attempt to explain the workings of the venerable program. For today, let’s ask an obvious question: Why in the world is it hard to explain the way this program works? Social Security has been around since the 193... more »

Video: Philippine toll from typhoon above 700 and likely to rise, authorities say

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
By Jethro Mullen 11 December 2012 (CNN) – The death toll from the destructive typhoon that savaged the southern Philippines last week has climbed above 700, authorities said Tuesday, warning that the final number may be much higher. Nearly 900 people are still unaccounted for in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha, the strongest and deadliest storm to hit the Philippines this year, according to the country's emergency management agency. The numbers of dead and missing have risen drastically during the past several days as government officials have gathered information from isolated a... more »

Big nations block curbs on tuna overfishing

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Skipjack tuna and bycatch caught in the net of the Ecuadorean purse seiner 'Ingalapagos', which was documented fishing on a fish aggregation device (FAD) by Greenpeace in the vicinity of the northern Galapagos Islands. Bycatch included; juvenile bigeye tuna, juvenile yellowfin tuna, black marlin, Spanish mackerel, wahoo, triggerfish, mahi mahi, Green turtle, and Olive Ridley turtle. © Alex Hofford / Greenpeace] Manila, 6 December 2012 (AFP) – Efforts to curb overfishing of tuna in the Pacific were blocked by big countries that refused to cut their catch at a meeting of tun... more »

Mortality of biggest and oldest trees around the world is increasing rapidly, study warns

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Forester Anders Grube in a former ash forest in Denmark. The ash trees were killed by the Chalara fraxinea fungus. A third of Britain's woodland is feared to be at risk from ash dieback after experts said the fungus appeared to be circulating in mature ash trees in the east of England. HEATHCLIFF O'MALLEY] By JIM ROBBINS 7 December 2012 The death rate of many of the biggest and oldest trees around the world is increasing rapidly, scientists report in a new study in Friday’s issue of the journal *Science*. They warned that research to understand and stem the loss of the tr... more »

Conservative Carbon Tax Attack on Mulcair Based on one "Tweet" by Economist Jack Mintz

leftdog at Buckdog - 3 hours ago
*The following guest post was written by Kevin Grandia and was published on DeSmog Blog on Dec 10/12.* *Right now, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative party are blaketing the airwaves with a US-style attack ad campaign against NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.* ***In one of the ads the very serious voice-over tells us that "according to experts Mulcair's carbon tax will raise gas by 10 cents a litre."* ***A little research finds that the "experts" in the ad, are in fact a singular expert named Jack Mintz, who in a news release correcting a tweethe made in April of last y... more »

Proof Some Docs, Drug Companies, Politicians & Government Officials Work To Make Your Kids Sick, To Get Your Money

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
Proof Some Docs, Drug Companies, Politicians & Government Officials Work To Make Your Kids Sick – To Get Your MONEY – News From NY USA Charity AHRPChild health Safety, 11 December 2012 If you ever wanted the clearest of proof then the US statewide national Federal TeenScreen programme is it. So when some docs and health officials are trying to shove yet another vaccine into your child, remember that body and mind, they are harming too many children with vaccines and mind and body altering drugs whilst telling you they are all safe. TeenScreen was a programme to screen all US tee... more »


. According to the 2011 Census only 45% of Londoners are now 'white British'. The number of foreign nationals resident in Britain has risen by 3 million over the last 10 years......etc., etc. Culture devastation has been inflicted on the UK and the process is irreversible. Most Brits are angry. It has got to the point where it is probable that even the immigrant community itself is losing patience with the mass immigration being inflicted on us. There are few decent jobs out there and young people cannot afford to even rent, never mind buy, a property in which to live independentl... more »

Champerty and Maintenence

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
The Conservative Party of Canada appears to be incapable of embarrassment. Consider their argument against the robocall case, which opened yesterday. Arthur Hamilton, the party's lawyer, accused the Council of Canadians of bringing the case forward for the purposes of "champerty and maintenance" -- to push their political agenda and to fundraise on its behalf. Tasha Kheiridden points out that there are all kinds of organizations which do that, as a normal part of the political process. She then goes on to list a number of such organizations on both the left and the right: But the... more »

Home Mortgage Interest Deductions... On The Table?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
The National Association of Home Builders didn't spend as much on elections this year as they normally do. The $2,290,068 they did spend on federal elections in 2012 was the smallest amount since 2000. This year their PAC gave $1,398,500 to federal candidates, 75% of it to Republicans, 25% to Democrats. A lot of the big dough they handed out went to other PACs-- $30,000 each to the DCCC, NRCC, DSCC, NRSC and the RNC-- and $10,000 pops to shady operations like the Blue Dog PAC, the New Dem PAC and personal leadership PACs operated by notoriously corrupt Members of Congress like Jo... more »

Superfund Site, But No Cleanup Necessary

By: Duane Craig Perhaps in a case of the federal government bending over a bit too far at a state’s request, the Portland Harbor Oil Superfund site may not get a cleanup with federal dollars, according to this article. The reason is because after closer scrutiny, the pollution isn’t serious enough, and the local fish aren’t plentiful or old enough to warrant a cleanup. An oil spill from storage tanks owned by Harbor Oil in 1974 was the first warning shot of a minor disaster unfolding. That incident killed the fish in Force Lake. Then, just five years later, a massive fire melted fiv... more »

WAR WORLD as written by Actor Arrenay

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 4 hours ago
*DEC 11TH 2012, NEWS HEADLINE:* The Republik of New Afrika is still planning Global Domination. ..and yes, this does mean that Rap Music has been dictating which actions to take and which people to murder since the destruction of the Black Panther Party in 1982. Seriously, this is why 9/11 and 7/7 were done and Mad Cow Disease and Chernobyl; this is the reason for all the biochemist deaths and celebrity children murders. Yes, you've guessed it - after a long break, I chanced upon *Victor Rothschild's cousin and ex-US-military-in-Iraq contact* here in Oxford aka Actor Arrenay. He was... more »

An Interview With The Fugitive, Julian Assange

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
Julian Assange supporters protest at the British embassy in Quito. Photograph: Edu Leon/CON/LatinContent/Getty Images Interview | Julian Assange: The Fugitive Reader Supported News via Guardian UK & by Decca Aitkenhead, 8 December 2012 *Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy for six months. In a rare interview, we ask the WikiLeaks founder about reports of illness, paranoia – and if he'll ever come out* The Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge looks rather lavish from the street, but inside it's not much bigger than a family apartment. The armed police guar... more »

Best Cold and Flu Fighters + Home Remedies for Coughs and Congestion

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
Best Cold and Flu Fighters + Home Remedies for Coughs and Congestion Common Sense Homesteading, 7 December 2012 *Cold and flu season is sweeping the country. It’s time to prepare yourself with the best cold and flu fighters to help you stay healthy, or to recover quickly if you get sick.* *Here’s a round up of posts from the Common Sense Homesteading website that are focused on colds and flus.* Best Cold and Flu Fighters #1 – Probiotics*Preparing for Cold and Flu Season with Probiotics* explains what probiotics (friendly bacteria) are and how they work. We’ll share scientific... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Teri Garr, 65. Here's one for you: how much better are Terri Garr, Cloris Leachman, and Madeline Kahn than Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, and Marty Feldman? I'm talking overall talent, not just that one movie. And I like Boyle a lot, and I like Feldman for what he was...but that's a pretty severe imbalance, no? Hey -- I knew she was in Elvis movies, but I didn't realize that she was a dancer in The T.A.M.I. Show, too. Lots of good stuff today: 1. Spencer Ackerman on Zero Dark Thirty and torture: he argues that the movie does not make a (false) case for the efficacy of... more »

MI Right to Mooch Act is ALEC Copy & Paste

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
This morning a piece out of Michigan that has some information in it that I have emphasized. I have not seen the legislation – so I can’t verify the statement – but at this point why would we question it? Just verified the statement: from a trusted course – CMD’s Lisa Graves who put out a new op-ed this morning entitled: *ALEC's So-Called "Right to Work" Bill as Political Revenge in Michigan* At issue is a bill spearheaded by ALEC legislators so beholden to their corporate benefactors that they think it's legitimate to vote in secret as equals with corporate lobbyists on model ... more »

Brandon Woodard Assassinated in Broad Daylight

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Brandon Lincoln Woodard, who was visiting from Los Angeles, was murdered in broad daylight on Monday afternoon by a man who stalked him for 40 minutes in the busy Columbus Circle area of Midtown Manhattan. The cold-blooded killer simply turned and walked away, then got into a waiting Lincoln MKZ sedan and fled. He is still at large. 'It is one shot right in the back of the head. It is a hit, no question about it,' a police source told WABC-TV. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246098/Brandon-Woodard-Aspiring-rapper-victim-shot-head-New-York-victim-hit.html

Farmer builds survival pod to save him (and 13 lucky others) from tsunami, earthquake... and Mayan doomsday

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Liu Qiyuan from Hebei province, south of Beijing, created the fibreglass shells - dubbed Noah's Ark - after being inspired by the apocalyptic Hollywood movie 2012. Liu hopes that his creations consisting of a fibreglass shell around a steel frame will be adopted by government departments and international organisations for use in the event of tsunamis and earthquakes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246313/Great-ball-China-Farmer-builds-survival-pod-save-13-tsunami-earthquake--Mayan-doomsday.html

Some links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*Fruit in a K-town market.* Too busy to post... enjoy some links. *SPECIAL*: Incredible tale of the Dean of St John's, Cecilia Chang. - Shoes thrown at Ma Ying-jeou - Weather changing for the better today. Yay! CWB forecast by county is here. - Michael Sandel speaks in Taiwan - Factory layoffs reach 15 month high - DPP to tout Taiwan identity in front of Chinese officials. - Blast from the Past: Formosa in the East Indian Gazetteer of 1828. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to... more »

Millions of Facebook users locked out of the social network because of technical glitch just hours after Google crashed....Shame!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Facebook says some users were briefly unable to access the site because of a technical glitch. The social networking site with over 1 billion (*Figure debatable*) users worldwide says on Monday it made a change to its domain name system setup. The change resulted in some users temporarily not being able to reach the site. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246230/Facebook-Billions-locked-social-network-technical-glitch-hours-Google-crash.html

Don't Negotiate with Republican Terrorists

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
Out of Maryland yesterday in an opinion piece. In its entirety – cause it’s just that good. Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 11:30 am Open letter to Republican Congressmen: It is time for the American middle class and poor to step up and remind you that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists. You have demonstrated over the past 20 years that you have a complete disrespect for the American people. You have been bought off by banks and financial institutions to the point we almost had a depression; you caused the country to have its credit rating reduced. You refuse ... more »

Taxpayer risks losing £1billion under Osborne plan to bribe workers into giving up their rights

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Giving workers shares in their companies in return for losing some employee rights could cost £1billion, it emerged today. George Osborne has been warned his ‘shares for workers rights’ plan will leave a big hole in Treasury coffers at a time when other parts of government are clamping down on tax avoidance. Critics accused the Chancellor of putting ‘another billion pound lollipop on the table’ which could be used as a tax dodge. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246320/Taxpayer-risks-losing-1billion-Osborne-plan-bribe-workers-giving-rights.html

Bjørn Lomborg moves to Prague

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 4 hours ago
I was told about a fun interview last night on the Czech Public TV Channel called ČT24 (a news channel of a sort). Click at the screenshot below to watch the 6-minute video: *Transcript (autom. EN)* The host asks about the Kyoto protocol (extended through 2020 in Doha, but covering a minority of the CO2 emitters only; U.S., Canada, Japan, China, and others are out, only the EU etc. will suffer) and they exchange a few words about the reasons of failure of similar efforts. He says that there are more important things to solve, such as the genuine pollution in the air and water. A... more »

Serbia Mount Rtanj: Hotels sell out as dooms-dayers flock to ANOTHER mountain which believers say houses an 'alien pyramid with magic powers'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
With ten days to go before the Mayan apocalypse supposedly casts Earth into oblivion, time is running out for believers to find alien salvation. But for those who have failed to book their spot in the shadow of France's Pic de Bugarach - apparently home to an extra-terrestrial mothership that will pluck believers to safety - there is another peak with similar powers. Nestled deep within Serbia's Carpathian mountain range, Mount Rtanj is thought to house a 'pyramidal' structure left behind by alien visitors thousands of years ago that will emit a powerful force field at the moment o... more »

Ibrahim Omar set fire to himself after amassing credit cards debts of more than £150,000 that he kept hidden from wife and children

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Ibrahim Omar, 57, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, put family photos and other personal items in his daughter's car and left the car keys outside his house before setting himself alight indoors. The former petrol station cashier suffered ‘95 to 97 per cent full thickness burning and charring’ to his whole body and was declared dead at the scene, the inquest at Bolton Coroner's Court heard. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246287/Grandfather-57-sets-home-amassing-hidden-debts-150-000.html

Three held in first British arrests over Libor interbank rate rigging probe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Three men were today arrested in connection with an investigation into the rigging of the interbank lending rate Libor, the Serious Fraud Office said. The British nationals - aged 33, 41 and 47 - were taken to a London police station after searches at a property in Surrey and two premises in Essex. The SFO opened its investigation into Libor manipulation in July after Barclays was fined £290million by U.S. and UK regulators. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246367/Three-held-British-arrests-Libor-interbank-rate-rigging-probe.html

3 killed in medical helicopter crash in Illinois

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Hospital officials say a pilot and two nurses were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in a field while traveling between two northern Illinois hospitals. Rockford Memorial Hospital identified those killed as pilot Andy Olson and flight nurses Karen Hollis and Jim Dillow. In a news release Tuesday, officials at Rockford Memorial Hospital say they are grieving for "three heroes who dedicated their careers to serving others." http://news.yahoo.com/3-killed-medical-helicopter-crash-illinois-122906560.html

Noah's biblical flood actually happened, suggests new evidence

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
An acclaimed underwater archaeologist believes that he has found evidence that the Great Biblical Flood of Noah's time may have actually happened after all. Robert Ballard, one of the world's best-known underwater archaeologists, told ABC News that his team is probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah. Ballard said some 12,000 years ago, much of the world was covered in ice. http://in.news.yahoo.com/noahs-biblical-flood-actually-happened-suggests-evidence-070044699.html

Obamacare Pre-Existing Condition Fee To Cost Companies $63 Per Person

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers. Employee benefits lawyer Chantel Sheaks calls it a "sleeper issue" with significant financial consequences, particularly for large employers. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/... more »

My biggest case? Hard to believe this made the CBC

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
Three men charged for paragliding in Auyuittuq National Park have been fined $500 each. Chris Fitzgerald, 27, and Christopher Warner, 34, are from Australia and Nathan Kukathas, 30, is a German citizen living in British Columbia. [image: Three hang gliders have been fined $500 each for their leaps off Nunavut's Mount Thor. The sport is prohibited by Parks Canada.]*Three hang gliders have been fined $500 each for their leaps off Nunavut's Mount Thor. The sport is prohibited by Parks Canada. **(Associated Press)* The group jumped off Mount Thor in June. The mountain has a cliff face whi... more »

It's Nature's Way of Telling You...Dying Trees

Gail at Wit's End - 5 hours ago
In honor of Ed "Cass" Cassidy, who died of cancer on December 6.

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU REGION - 11th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:18:20 UTC Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 11:18:20 PM at epicenter Location 19.094°S, 167.624°E Depth 28.2 km (17.5 miles) Region VANUATU REGION Distances 166 km (103 miles) SSW (205°) from PORT-VILA, Vanuatu


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*You'll be important to the important people when you die ~Library Chronicle s * *Neighborhoods give input on plans to revitalize Claiborne Avenue corridor* *Torres family contests legislative auditor's report ~Danny Monteverde* *Chris Rose Commentary: Defending the Pelicans* *Rosanne Cash is coming to Tipitina's Dec. 16*

Google Avoids $2 Billion in Tax?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 6 hours ago
As Starbucks make offers to the UK tax man which some suggest amount to mere ‘chump change’, the immoral tax avoidance practices of international companies continue to reach public awareness. We now discover that Google, whose European headquarters is in Ireland, managed to save some $2 billion in international income taxes in 2011. They did this by transferring some $9.8 in revenues to its shell company in Bermuda, which doesn't have a corporate income tax. As a result Google was able to save its overall tax bill by an impressive 50%. Apple, Facebook and Google all use a technique... more »

Intervention in jeopardy after Mali PM's arrest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Mali's prime minister announced his resignation on Tuesday, hours after being arrested by soldiers while trying to leave the divided and unstable West African nation for France. The development in the Sahel state, whose desert north was occupied by al Qaeda-linked Islamists following a March coup, seemed likely to complicate African and international efforts to organise a military intervention to reunite the country. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/11/us-mali-primeminister-idUSBRE8BA03V20121211

Syria rebels hope arms will flow to new fighter command

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Syrian rebels expect greater military help from Gulf Arab states after they announced a new command structure which aims finally to unite President Bashar al-Assad's armed opponents, rebel commanders said on Monday. Rebel fighters have made gains across the country in the last month, seizing military bases and taking on Assad's better-armed forces on the fringes of his powerbase in Damascus. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/11/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121211

Dorice Moore Found Guilty of the Murder of Lottery Winner Abraham Shakespeare

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A woman has been convicted of murdering a lottery winner and then burying his body underneath a concrete slab at her home in central Florida. Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore showed no emotion as the verdict was read out and the judge sent her to jail for life for shooting dead Abraham Shakespeare, who had won $17m (£10.5m) in 2006. Prosecutors said Moore befriended him in late 2008, claiming she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him. http://news.sky.com/story/1023698/lottery-winner-murder-dorice-moore-found-guilty

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 11th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:32:04 UTC Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 06:32:04 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 24.005°N, 121.661°E Depth 27 km (16.8 miles) Region TAIWAN Distances 6 km (3 miles) ENE of Hualian, Taiwan

The funniest Big Bang Theory scene ever?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
The ball-pit...

Joy to the world - Butties style

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
The Butties are a Beatles tribute band, this is their Beatleesque version of the carol Joy to the World. Love it. Thanks to Radio London's Gary Crowley for the spot.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 11th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:28:23 UTC Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 04:28:23 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.852°N, 91.554°W Depth 35.1 km (21.8 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 47 km (29 miles) SW of Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala

Syria to UN: 'Serious fear' it will be framed for the use of chemical weapons

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
After hearing from al-Khatib, the foreign ministers released a statement saying, "The EU is seriously concerned about the potential use and transfer of chemical weapons in Syria and reminds the Syrian regime and other parties that, in case of their use, those responsible will be held accountable." Syria has accused the United States of working to falsely accuse the country of using chemical weapons, Syrian state-run media said Monday. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/10/world/meast/syria-civil-war/

US Labels Syrian Rebel Group as Terrorists

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The United States has declared a Syrian rebel group as a terrorist organization, while Western powers push to rally international support for Syria's new opposition coalition. The State Department has not formally announced designating Jabhat al-Nusra as a terror group, but a government document scheduled to be published Tuesday lists it as an alias of al-Qaida in Iraq. At a briefing Monday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. has had concerns about Jabhat al-Nusra being "little more than a front" for the terror group, whose operations had spilled over into n... more »

Banking giant HSBC to pay £1.2bn to settle U.S. probe into money-laundering for Mexican drug cartels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
British banking giant HSBC will pay £1.2billion ($1.9billion) to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said on Monday. The probe of the bank - Europe’s largest by market value - has focused on the transfer of billions of dollars on behalf of nations like Iran and North Korea, which are under international sanctions, and the transfer of money through the U.S. financial system from Mexican drug cartels. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246215/HSBC-pay-1-2bn-settle-money-money-laundering-Mexican-drug-car... more »

Make Your Own Deficit-Reduction Plan

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 7 hours ago
The *Wall Street Journal's* interactive graphic lets you choose from a menu of options.

Blast from the Past: China, Political, Commercial and Social... 1847

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 7 hours ago
[image: blast] From *China: Political, Commercial, and Social in a report to Her Majesty's Government* by R. Montgomery Martin, published in 1847. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

Israel raids Palestinian NGO offices amid heightened tension

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Israeli soldiers raided the offices of three civil society organizations on Tuesday in the heart of Ramallah, the de facto Palestinian capital in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Entering before dawn, troops wrenched open the doors of the Women's Union, the Palestinian NGO Network and Addameer, an advocate for Palestinians in Israeli jails, confiscating five computers from the latter group. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/11/us-israel-palestinians-raids-idUSBRE8BA09F20121211

Australian Defence Force Academy Hacked by Anonymous

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The private details of thousands of staff and students at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) have been hacked and released online. The details include the name, rank, birth dates and passwords of up to 20,000 people. A member of the infamous Anonymous group, known as Darwinaire, is claiming responsibility for the theft. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15605756/anonymous-member-claims-massive-adfa-hack/

Waterfalls of lava on Hawaii's Big Island

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
One of the world's most incredible spectacles is taking place in Hawaii, for a limited time only. Much to the delight of tourists, lava from Kilauea Volcano's Puu Oo vent has been spilling into the ocean since late November - creating spectacular 40ft waterfalls of molten lava. http://au.totaltravel.yahoo.com/travel-ideas/news-opinions/news/a/-/15596780/waterfalls-of-lava-on-hawaiis-big-island/?src=y7homepage


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The United Nations has launched a global aid appeal to raise USD $65 million to help an estimated five million people affected by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines. The typhoon hit the country's south last week, killing more than 600 people. Another 800 are still missing. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15599646/65-million-aid-appeal-for-the-philippines/

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 11th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.1 Date-Time Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 08:02:02 UTC Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 02:02:02 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.954°N, 92.165°W Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 46 km (28 miles) SW of Champerico, Guatemala

Dramatic rise in foreign-born residents living in England and Wales

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
There has been a large rise in the number of migrants living in England and Wales, according to results of the 2011 census. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that the population of England and Wales is now 56.1 million people - a rise of 3.7 million since 2001. Some 55% of the growth - around 2.1 million people - was due to migration from outside the country. http://news.sky.com/story/1023763/census-rise-in-immigrants-boosts-population

Yuri Milner adds some winners

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
*Off-topic*: Half a year ago, Alan Alda told folks to record clips explaining What is flame? to 11-year-olds. Now it's What is time? see a related TRF article for 25-year-old. According to The New York Times and others, Yuri Milner has found a few more physicists to get millions of dollars. *A visualization of the big money – although Milner is so far giving away less than the U.S. debt. ;-)* When the inaugural prize was given away, I said that Stephen Hawking was somewhat anomalously missing in the list. The omission has been fixed; he will spend it on holiday at home and his ... more »

Police car petrol-bombed opposite MP Naomi Long's East Belfast office

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A policewoman has escaped injury after a masked gang threw a petrol bomb inside an unmarked police car, opposite Alliance Party MP Naomi Long's east Belfast office. The gang of six men smashed the car's back window before throwing the bomb inside. Police are treating the attack on the Upper Newtownards Road, at about 19:35 GMT on Monday, as attempted murder. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20671528

North Korea seen taking down part of rocket to fix glitch: media

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
North Korea has taken down part of a controversial long-range rocket on its launch pad in an apparent move to fix a technical problem, South Korean news reports said on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear whether scientists were simply trying to fix a problem discovered during preparations or whether they were considering cancelling the operation altogether, Yonhap news agency quoted a government source as saying. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/11/us-korea-north-rocket-idUSBRE8BA07220121211

Italy's Berlusconi attacks "Germano-centric" Monti

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi accused the technocrat government of Mario Monti on Tuesday of pursuing economic policies dictated by Germany that had dragged Italy into recession. In remarks that point to a bitter election campaign fought over European issues, Berlusconi said Germany had taken advantage of the financial crisis to lower its own borrowing costs at the expense of other states. He said Monti's government had been compliant in following a harmful austerity policies set by other European countries. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/11/us-italy-vote-i... more »

Unknown attackers fire at Cairo protesters, nine hurt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Nine people were hurt when unknown attackers fired at protesters camping at Tahrir Square in central Cairo on Tuesday, according to witnesses and Egyptian media, as opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Mursi's plans to vote on a new constitution geared up for a day of street demonstrations. Police cars surrounded the square, the first time they had appeared in the area since November 23, shortly after a decree by the Islamist president giving himself sweeping temporary powers touched off widespread protests. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/11/us-egypt-politics-idUSBR... more »

Starbucks Effect? Costa Coffee Sales Shoot Up

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Sales at Costa Coffee have shot up by over 25%, the chain's owner Whitbread has reported. Like-for-like sales at its coffee shops increased by 7.1%, while total sales were up by 25.5% in the three months to November 29. It comes amid an ongoing row about the way that some companies - including its rival Starbucks - pay tax in the UK. http://news.sky.com/story/1023686/starbucks-effect-costa-coffee-sales-shoot-up

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 11th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude mb 6.0 Region MOLUCCA SEA Date time 2012-12-11 06:18:27.0 UTC Location 0.61 N ; 126.29 E Depth 30 km Distances 130 km (80 miles) W of Ternate, Indonesia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OWEN FRACTURE ZONE REGION - 11th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 05:37:02 UTC Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 09:37:02 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.530°N, 56.231°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region OWEN FRACTURE ZONE REGION Distances 315 km (195 miles) NE of Tamrida, Yemen


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
[image: Buddies] *By © Jamie Mitchell* * *Two people go on holiday to the same resort. One notices mainly the friendly people and wonderful sights. The other notices mainly the unfriendly people and the litter. Walk through the jungle expecting to see snakes and you may well see them. *The Law of Attraction* is the name given to the belief that like attracts like and that by thinking positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. Sounds like Oprah and spooky New Age thinking? The Law of Attraction: Real-Life Stories - Oprah.com [image: Tsunza, Herd... more »

Egyptian Demos Confronts

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
After you stop laughing, what is happening is not weird at all. It is the demos in action, a little faster than usual thanks to modern communication, but in action nonetheless. A conservative Muslim brotherhood has over played its hand and is now watching as its opposition coalesces into a strong sectarian brotherhood. We will have two strands as usual who must cooperate to get much done. More importantly, the Muslim Brotherhood is learning the limits on its support and real power just as Mubarak did. In the meantime the military largely stays out of sight to protect th... more »

Sea Rise 60% Faster?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Not so fast again. Do read the second item also. Whatever they are all claiming, it is clear that the sea level did rise slowly in response to the global increase in temperature that peaked in 1998. As could be reasonably expected that impact is now slowly dropping as the driver is flat to now declining. We can presume that this possibly reflects additional fresh water been released from Greenland and other Glaciers. It may also reflect warmer waters. How much of either is likely open. The more interesting question is just how much of this rise is a result of a reboun... more »

From Dream to Reality in the Philippines

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
What this teaches us is that waste management is a local distributed problem and that solutions need the same structure. The more we deviate from understanding just that, the more likely abnormalities will occur. Inducing individual effort nicely collapses the end costs. Even better, this shows us that these protocols can be applied universally. So much human capital has been expended on the urban environment, it has been forgotten that best practice will evolve to the urban agrovillage which retains sufficient human and financial capital to optimize its life way. ... more »

Strange Vibrations Detected in North American Plate

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is something really odd and possibly unprecedented and at present unexplained. It is also not particularly threatening on the surface. However this conforms to my conjectured crustal capacity to travel easily along a natural slip plane formed at around one hundred miles deep from the carbon phase change horizon no one understands as yet. Obviously if the upper crust is not anchored, distant subsidence or curvature adjustment will lead to broadly distributed vibrations over the whole plate. These strange vibrations are good candidates for just that. Thus expected in... more »

Daniel Ek Speaks On His Spotify Sucess

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 10 hours ago
Listen to the passion of what drove Daniel Ek, the 29-year-old founder of Spotify, to create the music download service. Piracy and coming from Sweden, often regarded as the home of piracy, was a greater driver for Ek than competing with the likes of Pandora. Ek says, “I decided I wanted to create a product that was better than piracy.” With over 20 million active monthly users and having now successfully taken the service to the US Ek has more than changed the way many listen, sample and socially share music. Ek says, “There are half a billion people that listen to music online... more »

What’s wrong with the Alberta Medical Association’s message? A technical primer

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
The executive of the Alberta Medical Association, shown here, may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: the offending advertisement. With contract talks between the Alberta Medical Association and the provincial government back on again, after a fashion, a polling firm is out there now trolling to see how voters are reacting to the messages from ... more »

Peaks supporters charged as US makes promise to protect sacred places

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view i Photo: Ongoing protests over Arizona Snowbowl   National Forest Service announces new Sacred Sites Policy, at the same time that Flagstaff Peaks activists are targeted with federal charges and arrest warrants By Indigenous Action Media Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Scroll down for

Unexplained Light Formation Spotted Above San Francisco Mission

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A viewer wrote in to CBS 5 with some surprising video captured early Sunday morning in San Francisco’s Mission District. In the video, a series of lights fly in formation above the city before appearing to take a diamond shape and eventually disappearing. *Go full screen to see it all. Bizarre, especially when it forms into a triangle.*

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA - 11th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 (Preliminary magnitude — update expected within 15 minutes) Date-Time Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 05:12:19 UTC Monday, December 10, 2012 at 09:12:19 PM at epicenter Location 68.149°N, 136.240°W Depth 12 km (7.5 miles) set by location program Region NORTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA Distances 107 km (66 miles) W (264°) from Inuvik, NWT, Canada

The still, small voice within will soon be neither still nor small.

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 12 hours ago
* * * * *The still, small voice within will soon be neither still nor small. * As channeled by Ron Head December 9, 2012 Ron's Channeled Messages Michael It is our intent now to bring to your attention the constant flood of Creator’s unconditional love, that which we sometimes name energy or light, which is flowing through your world now. It has, of course, always done so, but it has reached a volume which can now not be missed by any who may turn their attention to it. What may have taken a great deal of training in times past may be accomplished in no time at all ... more »

Kieren Smith Guilty and facing life in prison for murdering his mother by stabbing her 94 times and severing her spine

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A 17-year-old youth has been found guilty of the murder of his mother who he stabbed to death after losing his temper. Kieren Smith killed 42-year-old Leah Whittle at her home in Benville Road, Weymouth, Dorset, on July 21. A jury found him guilty of murder at Winchester Crown Court today following an eight-day trial. Smith is due to be sentenced at the same court tomorrow. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246018/Kieren-Smith-facing-life-prison-murdering-mother-stabbing-94-times-severing-spine.html

Abu Qatada moves to new home-and guess who's paying?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A few weeks ago the hate preacher returned to his £400,000 family home with a big smirk on his face. Yesterday the taxpayer funded a move to a new home. Removal men were seen outside the radical cleric's North-West London home, loading possessions - including a large satellite dish and what looked like a personal cross-trainer - into a van. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246124/Abu-Qatada-moves-new-home--guess-s-paying-Removal-men-seen-loading-van-satellite-dish-cross-trainer.html

EU's 'crazy' pension rules would spell end for final salary pensions and cost 180,000 British workers their jobs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
‘Crazy’ pensions rules from Brussels could spell disaster for millions of savers and the economy, the CBI warns today. In a hard-hitting report, the business lobby group said the proposed changes would land British firms with a £350billion bill and cost 180,000 workers their jobs by the middle of the next decade. Campaigners warned that the European diktat could seal the demise of rapidly disappearing final salary pensions. It comes as the funding black hole in final salary schemes swelled to £61billion, its highest point this year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246171... more »

We risk being like Norway if we quit EU, says Cameron: PM warns Britain will be 'unable to influence laws'.....We can't even Influence our own Laws as Part of the EU

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
At a lunch in Westminster David Cameron insisted he did not want Britain to leave the EU. And he warned the 'Norway option' of simply having access to the single market would lead to 'government by fax'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246192/We-risk-like-Norway-quit-EU-says-Cameron--PM-warns-Britain-unable-influence-laws.html

U.S., France weigh approach to "explosive" Mali

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Northern Mali, plagued by Islamist extremists and gripped by an aid disaster, is "one of the potentially most explosive corners of the world," the United Nations warned on Monday, as the United States and France differed over how to tackle the crisis. Almost 350,000 Malians have fled their homes, with about 40 percent of those sheltering in neighboring countries, said the United Nations. This has exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the Sahel - a belt of drought-stricken land spanning nearly a dozen impoverished countries on the southern rim of the Sahara from the Atlantic Ocean to ... more »

Israel behind bogus Iran nuclear data leak - reports

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Israel may be behind a series of leaks implicating Iran in nuclear weapons experiments, Western diplomats say, stressing that in doing so Tel Aviv could have compromised the ongoing UN investigation into Tehran's nuclear activities and ambitions. In its efforts to raise international pressure on Tehran, Israel supposedly carried out leaks of several documents from an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) investigation, The Guardian reported on Monday citing Western diplomats. The latest leak, published by the Associated Press last month, showed a diagram representing the result... more »

Why Do Republicans Seem So Stupid? Well... Because They Are

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
In fact, a more productive question might be to ask why stupid people are attracted to conservatism and to the Republican Party. Digital Journal released the results of a four year study of the Republican base-- Fox News viewers-- and they found exactly what anyone who has spent any time talking to one of them would expect: they're really stupid. Not just ignorant-- which, of course, they are-- not, far worse, incapable of processing abstract thought. The results of a 4 year study show that Americans who obtain their news from Fox News channel have an average IQ of 80, which rep... more »

Egypt crisis: Cairo braced for rival protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Egypt's capital Cairo is steeling itself for rival rallies sparked by a referendum on a new constitution ordered by President Mohamed Morsi. Tuesday's demonstrations have been called by largely secular opposition groups and Islamists backing Mr Morsi. He had earlier called in the army to maintain security and protect state institutions ahead of Saturday's vote, granting it powers to arrest civilians. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20671270

Syria: from revolution to all-out war

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Syria's uprising has shifted from popular street protests against President Bashar al-Assad to a full-fledged war, increasingly influenced by armed Islamists, in a far cry from the idealism of the Arab Spring. The fervour born in March 2011 for democratic reforms still runs high, but the initial peaceful protests against Assad's regime have been overtaken by the government forces' brutal crackdown. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iycPAcPwBagOwV-rb7kLp2Un7HRg?docId=CNG.5d7bef3582e3845c17c0ed86402ea1d0.411

Draft Communications Data Bill cannot proceed, says Clegg

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Government plans to give police and intelligence services new powers to monitor email and internet use need a "fundamental rethink", Nick Clegg says. The deputy PM said he would block the draft Communications Data Bill and push for plans that got "the balance between security and liberty right". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20668953

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 11th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.4 Region SOUTHERN PERU Date time 2012-12-11 02:13:28.0 UTC Location 17.81 S ; 69.84 W Depth 158 km Distances 27 km SE Tarata, Peru

Tornado damages homes in Birmingham, Ala.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The National Weather Service has confirmed that storm damage in Birmingham, Ala., was caused by a tornado with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph. Forecasters say the tornado hit at about 4:45 a.m. Monday near the Birmingham farmer's market. Mayor William Bell says there are no reports of injuries. However, the storm damaged roofs and broke windows. He says the city provided tarps to residents whose roofs were damaged. http://www.cbs6albany.com/template/inews_wire/wires.national/35c30f48-www.cbs6albany.com.shtml

Power unit shut down at Rivne nuclear power plant, Ukraine

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Reactor 3 of the Rivne Nuclear Power Plant automatically shut down due to the fall of the water level in the steam generators and the shutdown of the main circulation pumps. The shutdown occurred at 7:54 a.m., the press service for the state enterprise National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom has reported. The radiation, fire safety, and environmental situation at the plant and the adjacent territories did not change and remains within the norm. http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/power-unit-shut-down-at-rivne-nuclear-power-plant-317404.html

Explosion at American Samoa power plant

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
There was an explosion at the Satala power plant of the American Samoa Power Authority this afternoon. Authority staff say one of the generators at the plant caught fire and exploded, knocking off power in the Pago Pago bay area, including the LBJ Hospital , the Starkist Samoa cannery and all of the eastern side of Tutuila island. http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=72775

Brandon Lincoln Woodard Shot In Back Of Head whilst walking near New York's Central Park.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A man has been fatally shot in the back of the head while walking outside a school near New York's Central Park. The killer was sped off in a getaway car as the victim, Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 31, lay in a pool of blood with a single gunshot wound. Police said Mr Woodard, from Los Angeles, was walking close to busy tourist areas when the gunman approached from behind and fired what looked like a silver semi-automatic pistol. http://news.sky.com/story/1023594/new-york-gun-attack-man-shot-in-back-of-head

12/12/12 Master Shift World Wide Meditation Times

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 13 hours ago
*Looks like I am going to be a half-hour late on this one. Unless the interview gets rescheduled. -AK*

Belfast Officer Attack Was 'Attempted Murder'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A petrol bomb attack on a police officer by suspected loyalists in Belfast is being treated as attempted murder. A gang of 15 men targeted the unmarked vehicle on Monday night after surrounding and smashing it outside the offices of Alliance Party MP Naomi Long. It was the worst incident in another night of sporadic violence in parts of east and south Belfast involving loyalists who took to the streets again in protest against a decision by Belfast City Council to restrict the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall. http://news.sky.com/story/1023570/belfast-officer-attack-wa... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 10th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Monday, December 10, 2012 at 23:56:20 UTC Monday, December 10, 2012 at 05:56:20 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.970°N, 91.499°W Depth 35.5 km (22.1 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 33 km (20 miles) SW of Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 10th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Monday, December 10, 2012 at 22:08:06 UTC Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 08:08:06 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.756°N, 143.750°E Depth 44.3 km (27.5 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 226 km (140 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

Truth Militia Radio with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 13 hours ago
I just finished the eighth edition of Truth Militia Radio with John Friend. My guest Pastor Eli James and I discussed Christian Identity, ancient history, the history of the Bible and the peoples being discussed, and related matters. Be sure to check out Pastor James' website * Anglo-SaxonIsrael.com* and tune in to his radio programs on *Republic Broadcasting Network* Sunday mornings from 8am-10am CST. You can download tonight's program *here* or subscribe to Truth Militia Radio via iTunes * here*. Thanks for tuning in!

Evidence-Driven versus Evidence-Influenced Education Policy

John Thompson at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Conservative "reformer" Rick Hess demonstrated the best short-term tactic for dealing with amateurs who feel free to editorialize about public schools without having a clue about what they are pontificating about. Yes, the *New York Times' *Tom Friedman's "man crush" on Arne Duncan is illustrative of way Op Ed writers feel free to pass on educational policy analyses that are the equivalent of cocktail party talk. On the other hand, we must do more than ridicule journalists who are not on the education beat. To help them understand school improvement issues, we must devise a fair d... more »

OMG! We will Cease to Be!!!

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
Thank god for gay marriage!!! Found a great page tonight with a very young Bill Moyers. In this clip from a 1980 episode of Bill Moyers Journal, Moyers speaks to televangelist Jerry Falwell at a gathering of fundamentalist Christians in Dallas, Texas. The group, most of them ministers, had convened to discuss how to mobilize their congregations for political action. Moyers asks Falwell and some members of his audience how they feel about the Equal Rights Amendment, the proposed amendment to the Constitution which would have guaranteed equal rights for women, had it passed. I'm not... more »

Decentralize Big-Retail

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 14 hours ago
How to Uproot Walmart & Bring Jobs Back Home. * * *December 11, 2012* (LocalOrg) - In many towns across America, Walmart, or a similar mega-retailer, is the only option you have when you need (almost) anything. Big-retail is a monopoly in its truest form and it has become so, not through "free market" economics, technological innovation, supply and demand, or healthy competition, but rather through a combination of pro-monopoly rules and regulations, human exploitation, outsourcing labor overseas, while preventing labor domestically from unionizing for better wages, job security, a... more »
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