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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 December - Blogs I`m Following

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Bosque con pinos Cubiertos totalmente de nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 8 minutes ago
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Pressing Need for Reform in Mineral Extraction Laws

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 minutes ago
Many US mining laws are over 100 years old. They allow miners and energy companies to extract wealth while pushing the environmental and health externalities of their operations onto government, local populations, and future generations. Mining firm profits from public lands remain a mystery, new GAO study shows. The Washington Post. By Juliet Eilperin, Published: December 11 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/mining-firm-profits-from-public-lands-remain-a-mystery-new-gao-study-shows/2012/12/11/c3416110-43c1-11e2-8061-253bccfc7532_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines[Exc... more »

Ducks Everywhere

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 18 minutes ago
The Onion reports on a story of profound importance to readers of this blog. Well, go read!

4.54 Million Koreans Live Alone

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
One in every four households in Korea consists of just one person, according to Statistics Korea on Tuesday. The number of single-person households now amounts to 4.54 million, or 25.3 percent of the total households. In 2000, they made up only 15.5 percent of the total, but that had increased to 23.9 percent by 2010. "An aging population, nuclear families and a growing tendency to defer marriage have all caused the number of single-person households to surge," a Statistics Korea spokesman said. That means the number of widows, widowers and unmarried people have all increased. ht... more »

IDF to begin giving its medics chemical weapons antidote

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
The IDF has acquired tens of thousands of doses of a drug used to combat nerve agent chemical poisoning and will distribute them to all combat medics in the coming months, according to a report in the new issue of the army’s Bamahane weekly magazine. The drug, diazepam, is an anti-convulsant, halting seizures caused by nerve agents such as VX and sarin. Until now, the IDF supplied all medics with atropine, a drug that counters attacks on the respiratory system, but diazepam, which protects the central nervous system, was available only in intravenous form and was distributed only t... more »

The mobile telephone was envisaged in 1906

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 24 minutes ago
Charles E. Alden was a visionary with his 'telephone for your vest pocket'

Why Do We Keep Whining About Kabul Corruption?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 25 minutes ago
Yes, Afghanistan is, next to Somalia, the most corrupt nation in the world. So, what else is new? Now that we're coming to grips with the reality that our military adventures in Afghanistan have been for naught, we seem to have taken up Afghan corruption as a diversion. *The Christian Science Monitor* points out that aid money continues to fly out of Kabul airport about as fast as it flies in. What? Afghan leaders are pocketing all that aid money we send in to help their people? Well that's certainly a surprise. When did this start? Oh, when we started sending aid to Afg... more »

Reunified Korea 'Would Distance Itself from U.S.' (Not the least bit surprising)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 27 minutes ago
A U.S. intelligence report predicts that in 2030 a reunified Korea will try to free itself from U.S. influence. The National Intelligence Council under the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence made the forecast in a report titled "Global Trends 2030." The report forecasts that Northeast Asian countries will be economically more dependent on China but continue to rely on the U.S. for security. It said China rather than the U.S. is now the biggest trading partner of Australia, India, Japan and Korea, but predicted they will maintain security alliances with Washington a... more »

US recognizes NATO Council in Cairo as 'representing' Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 33 minutes ago
Not that the council really does represent the Syrian people. The Council represents the interests of multinational corporations, bankers,the war machine and certain nations in the middle east. The gullible masses, particularly in the 'free' west, are supposed to *believe*it is so. Simply on the basis that the NATO nations along with their GCC partners and Israel dictate it. It has been reported that the US has ‘recognized’ the NATO/Muslim Brotherhood monstrosity, resident in Cairo, Egypt. It was only a matter of time. *This of course means nothing but tyranny to the Syrian people.... more »

Cable pratfalls: Union official talks around Ezra!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 35 minutes ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012* *Dean bungles age of the earth:* Michigan became a “right-to-work” state in record time this week. In our view, the procedural con game performed by Governor Snyder extends a continuing sad decline in the integrity of our democratic procedures. That said, our side can perform rather poorly too. Last night, we were struck by one part of Ezra Klein’s interview with a Michigan labor official. Ezra was guest-hosting for Rachel. After describing what happened in Michigan, he introduced “Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union... more »

Pesticides A Risks to Us ALL

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 45 minutes ago
Pesticides: Now More Than Ever by Mark Bittman The New York Times 12/11/2012 http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/pesticides-now-more-than-ever/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121212 Excerpted: recent studies showing that routine, casual, continuing — what you might call chronic — exposure to pesticides is damaging not only to flora but to all creatures, including the one that habitually considers itself above it all: us. a statement by the American Association of Pediatrics — not exactly a radical organization — warning parents of the dangers of pesticide and recommend... more »

Wednesday Morning Linkage Riffing

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 55 minutes ago
I stayed up too late last night drinking cheap Scotch and playing Borderlands 2. Then I accidentally snagged the wife’s computer — she’s somewhere that has a high of -40° today — but, thanks to the wonders of multiple-user operating systems and Dropbox, I think I’ll get some work today. Anyway…. I know that the Continue reading

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

Southern Man at Southern Man - 1 hour ago
Well, it's about time - the mighty Canadian progressive-rock trio Rush has finally - *finally!* - been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And announced on 12/12/2012, which isn't *quite* Rush Day but it's close enough. Also, Heart. It's about time the girls got their due as well. Southern Man's musical tastes have varied over the years, but those two have been in his top-ten list since - well, high school. He saw Heart on their very first solo national tour, way back in the day; they put on an absolutely terrific show and were so overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of our So... more »

Why Do We Keep

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago

Emily Whitehead: The cancer girl cured by the HIV virus: Seven-year-old makes extraordinary recovery after U.S. doctors re-wire her immune system to destroy leukaemia cells

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
In April this year, Emily Whitehead's family had almost given up hope. The brave six-year-old had been fighting leukaemia for two years, only to relapse for a second time during intensive chemotherapy treatment in February. Doctors had exhausted all the traditional treatments as Emily could not remain in remission for long enough to attempt a bone marrow transplant. So her desperate parents, Kari and Tom, started looking at more radical options. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2246312/Girl-7-beats-leukaemia-revolutionary-treatment-using-HIV-virus-wire-immune-system.html

When Jews Rule The World

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 hour ago

Interview with WHCL

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 1 hour ago
The interview today on WHCL was recorded rather than live. So it might not be available until next week. We covered Daniels paper on timelines, geoengineering and chemtrails. We had some difficulties at first as someone cut the telephone cord in the radio station. Pete stripped the wires and reconnected them by hand and we were able to do the interview. I think the interview might not be available until next week, he'll probably edit it first. I had to take a break for a moment as I thought I was going to get sick to my stomach. I don't think that was nerves but it was earl... more »

Navajo Janene Yazzie: Solidarity with Palestine

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
Photo Calvin Johnson, Navajo Navajo explains why the toxic Navajo president doesn't need to go to Israel to learn how to use chemicals to grow food By Janene Yazzie Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com It should not shock or surprise us that our Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has taken an unexpected trip to visit Israel, a government that has committed itself to carrying out

Keep Those Wages Down

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 hour ago
When all the rhetoric has cooled, Tom Walkom writes in today's *Toronto Star *, it should be clear that the Chinese government and the Harper government share the same objective: The real problem with China’s Communists is not that they’re unusually wily but that, like the Harper Conservatives, they want to keep workers’ wages down. If Ottawa were truly worried about the effect of Chinese investment on the lives of real people, it never would have allowed one Chinese-controlled firm to import 200 low-wage “temporary” coal miners into B.C. instead of employing Canadians. The jo... more »

Tough questions for U.K. prime minister Cameron as his ‘greenest government’ vow crumbles

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: U.K. prime minister David Cameron has allowed other voices in the government, notably his chancellor, George Osborne, dominate on environmental issues. Ray Tang / Rex Features] By Nick Molho and Keith Allott 11 December 2012 (guardian.co.uk) – The prime minister promised to lead the "greenest government ever" when he won the 2010 election. Since then he has been silent on the climate and energy agenda, allowing other voices in his government to dominate. Today he will face tough questions from MPs on the Liaison Committee about the slide away from his green promise. The... more »

Drought and economy plague U.S. sheep farmers

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Lambs at the Mountain View Lamb Feeders feedlot in Eaton, Colorado. Many ranchers are cutting their flocks and selling at a loss, due to the ongoing, ruinous drought and anti-competitive prive manipulation. Matthew Staver for The New York Times] By JACK HEALY 10 December 2012 SEVERANCE, Colorado (The New York Times) – Since he was a boy in western Colorado, John Bartmann seemed destined to become a sheep man. He raised lambs with the local 4-H club and sheared them for elderly German farmers. His office is lined with paintings of sheep and a plaque honoring him for “prom... more »

BUDGET BABEL: Babel concerning what adds to the deficit!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012* *Interlude—What Durbin said:* Social Security has existed for a long time—and journalists still don’t know how to discuss it. As a case in point, consider what Glenn Kessler said. Let’s say it again—we’re not trying to single out Kessler. As recently as September 2000, we publicly judged that he might even be “The Man.” And his recent difficulty with Social Security is hardly unique to him. That said, Kessler had a very hard time explaining Social Security in a recent piece in the Washington Post. To show you had bad this project can get, consider th... more »

8 companies ordered to stop illegal labor practice at Fukushima nuclear plant – ‘We knew it was illegal, but we had no other choice to secure profits’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Companies in radiation dose cover-up at Fukushima nuclear plant. Access Aomori, a construction company in Aomori Prefecture, ordered workers to cover their dosimeters with lead plates to keep radiation dose readings artificially low. Access Aomori also violated labor laws by engaging in a practice known as disguised contracting. Asahi Shimbun]By TOSHIO TADA 10 December 2012 (Asahi Shimbun) – The government will order eight companies to end an illegal dispatch arrangement that allowed a subcontractor to instruct workers to labor under dangerous conditions at the stricken Fu... more »

Fatal Neglect

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 2 hours ago

Heather Sticks Her Bitumen Boot Up Harper's Backside

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
It's gradually setting in. Harper's capitulation to China's Communist rulers on Nexen is an admission of how much trouble the Tar Sands are really in. The *Toronto Star's *Heather Mallick wades into the Bully Boy's blunder on Nexen. *Harper couldn’t say no to China because he wants quick money for a tarsands industry that’s starting to look weak and because he’s an ideologue who thinks all business deals are good ones. Are the markets happy? Gosh, yes. Are Canadians of all political stripes pleased by increased foreign ownership of Alberta’s precious innards? Irrelevant.* *Har... more »

Jordan Page - Liberty Tour 2013

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 2 hours ago
5 December 2012 *http://www.libertytour.org/* Music has always been an instrumental force in shaping and defining culture, showing us who we are and who we wish to be. In uncertain times such as these, when our country is caught up in multiple armed conflicts around the world, when our economy teeters on the edge of a knife, and the citizenry is clearly divided about how we wish our society to proceed, it becomes necessary for voices of conscience in the arts to reflect our better nature that we may evolve and be better to each other. Nowhere is understanding and perspective mo... more »

What’s the purpose of Higher Education?

martin-j at tamplins entire - 2 hours ago
One term in, and those working in Higher Education are doubtless feeling the initial effects of the cancellation of the university block grant, and hiking of tuition fees. For the uninitiated, the block grant was what the government used to pay to universities, in large part, to subsidise tuition fees for UK and EU students. With its cancellation, this year’s fees have taken quite a leap. Roughly speaking, if you began your degree in September 2011 you will probably be paying around £3,500 this year for tuition. But anyone who started September just gone will be paying £9,000 – not... more »

Harper's Assault on Canadian Labour Continues

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
Whether we like to accept it or not, organized labour was instrumental to the evolution of Canada's middle class. Yet, since he came to power, Steve Harper has relentlessly worked to undermine organized labour and he's nowhere near finished.

UN Web Broadcast on Cholera (from CHAN/Roger Annis)

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 2 hours ago
December 11, 2012 Today at the United Nations in New York City was the launch of "The Secretary-General’s Initiative for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti." You can watch the 18-minute announcement on UN Web TV, consisting of remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, and the minister of health of the Dominican Republic (there is silence until the three-minute mark of the broadcast): http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/watch/secretary-general%E2%80%99s-initiative-for-the-elimination-of-cholera-in-haiti/2028857245001 The Secretary-General said... more »

HSBC-- Too Big To Jail

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Doug Flint, Stuart Gulliver, Vincent Cheng, Sandy Flockhart, Iain Mackay will not be wearing orange jumpsuits & meeting a guy named Bruce with 2 fang tattoos We've been reading for years now about how HSBC-- the world's third largest bank-- has been guilty of systemic money laundering for Mexican drug lords, of working to help finance Middle East terrorist organizations and of teaching first Iraqi and then Iranian bankers how to circumvent American Trading With the Enemy statutes. They've been under investigation for a long time here and Tuesday a settlement was announced that inclu... more »

Social Networking = Privacy Confiscation

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
Surely you had to know that posting all that personal information online would eventually lead to its confiscation. Information is knowledge; knowledge is power; power is valuable, marketable and highly lucrative. I am admittedly and hopelessly backward on this social media stuff. I have a Facebook page but it serves as a repository for photo albums of motorcycle trips down the Pacific coast and the Baja peninsula. I haven't updated it in years and tend to forget it exists. My daughters, however, play their lives out on Facebook and Instagram, etc. I only go there when they ... more »

What’s the purpose of Higher Education?

martin-j at tamplins entire - 2 hours ago
One term in, and those working in Higher Education are doubtless feeling the initial effects of the cancellation of the university block grant, and hiking of tuition fees. For the uninitiated, the block grant was what the government used to pay to universities, in large part, to subsidise tuition fees for UK and EU students. With its cancellation, this year’s fees have taken quite a leap. Roughly speaking, if you began your degree in September 2011 you will probably be paying around £3,500 this year for tuition. But anyone who started September just gone will be paying £9,000 – n... more »

a great date

laura k at wmtc - 2 hours ago
It's 12.12.12! To all my fellow obsessives, enjoy the day!

WotW: Bargain Shop the Easy Way with Hukkster

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 2 hours ago
Hey, have you heard about this cool site called Pinterest? Of course you have. Pinterest is a great site for finding new crafts, fashion styles, trendy quotes, women with abs of steel and desserts that make you gain weight just by looking at them. One of the best things about Pinterest is the Pin It bookmarklet. Recently, I discovered another site that makes extensive use of a bookmarklet, and is quite similar to Pinterest, except it's for shopping. Got your attention? Let's sweeten it. Not only is this a site for shopping, but it's designed to help you find the best deal for onlin... more »

After the Fiscal Cliff - The Joe Stiglitz Recipe for American Recovery

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
In a recent op-ed in *The Guardian*, Nobel laureate economist Joe Stiglitz lays out his recipe for America's economic rehabilitation. ".*..here is what Americans should hope for: a strong "jobs" bill – based on investments in education, health care, technology, and infrastructure – that would stimulate the economy, restore growth, reduce unemployment, and generate tax revenues far in excess of its costs, thus improving the country's fiscal position. They might also hope for a housing programme that finally addresses America's foreclosure crisis.* *A comprehensive programme to increa... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Sheila E., 53. And a bit of the good stuff: 1. Matt Yglesias David Weigel looks back at twenty years of Peterson deficit hype. 2. Suzy Khimm profiles Barack Obama's Congressional liaison, Rob Nabors. Nice story, and a typical career path for White House staff in the era of the partisan presidency; Nabors had previously worked for Bill Clinton's OMB and Dave Obey's Appropriations Committee, but not for Obama before his presidency. 3. And a good look at Hillary Clinton's polling numbers over the years from Nate Silver.

Euro zone factory output falls again, recovery far off

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Euro zone factory output continued its steep fall in autumn this year, underscoring the feeble domestic demand that risks prolonging the bloc's recession. Industrial production in the 17 countries sharing the euro fell 1.4 percent in October after falling sharply percent in September, the EU's statistics office Eurostat said on Wednesday. That was much worse than the modest growth expected by economists in a Reuters poll. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/us-eurozone-production-idUSBRE8BB0GP20121212

U.N. nuclear agency "ready" to go to Iran's Parchin site

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
U.N. nuclear inspectors would be ready to go to Iran's disputed Parchin military complex if the Islamic state were to allow it during talks in Tehran later this week, a senior official said on Wednesday. The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) believes Iran has conducted explosives tests with nuclear applications at Parchin, a sprawling facility southeast of Tehran, and has repeatedly asked for access. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/us-iran-nuclear-parchin-idUSBRE8BB0OE20121212

With Germany on side, EU nears banking union deal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Germany signaled on Wednesday it was ready to back plans for the European Central Bank to be made the chief supervisor of banks, raising the prospect of a breakthrough on the European Union's most ambitious financial reform. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told the German cabinet he was "optimistic" about a deal ahead of a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, a German official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/us-eu-banking-idUSBRE8BB00820121212

U.S. military to boost Philippines presence; China tells army to be prepared

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
U.S. and Philippine officials are expected to agree on an increase in the number of U.S. military ships, aircraft and troops rotating through the Philippines, Filipino officials said, as tensions simmer with China over its maritime claims. Though he made no direct reference to the territorial disputes, new Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping urged his military to prepare for a struggle. He made the comments during his visit to a South China Sea fleet ship in southern Guangdong province, but did not name any potential aggressor. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/us-phil... more »

Antarctica team to drill in search for life two miles under ice

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
British scientists plan to start drilling in Antarctica totday in their quest to discover whether life exists in a lake that's been isolated for hundreds of thousands of years 3 kilometres (2 miles) below the ice. The researchers will use a drill that pumps hot water at high pressure to bore through the ice. After firing the boiler's burners Tuesday, they'll begin test drills before drilling down to the lake by Sunday, said Chris Hill, program manager at the British Antarctic Survey for the project at Lake Ellsworth, near the center of the West Antarctic ice sheet. http://www.indepe... more »

Egypt opposition says to vote "no" not boycott referendum

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Egypt's main opposition coalition will push for a "no" vote in a referendum this week on a constitution shaped by Islamists they oppose rather than boycott, members of the group said on Wednesday. "We will vote 'no'," opposition politician and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa told Reuters. Another opposition figure also announced that the group would push for a "no" vote. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/egypt-politics-attend-idUSL5E8NC8QG20121212

'Friends of Syria' Poised to Recognize Anti-Assad Rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Representatives of more than 100 countries and organizations gathered here on Wednesday for a meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria ranged against President Bashar al-Assad, and news reports said they would recognizea newly-formed coalition seeking his overthrow. The meeting began less than a day after President Obama said the United States would join a handful of other Western and Arab countries in recognizing the rebellious National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the country’s sole legitimate representative — a diplomatic gambit that had been widely... more »

Dyson Allen Re-Arrested Over Four Fire Deaths

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Detectives investigating a house fire in which four siblings died have re-arrested a teenager on suspicion of murder. Dyson Allen, 19, is being held for questioning over the blaze at a converted bungalow in Freckleton, Lancashire. The fire killed siblings 19-year-old Reece Smith, four-year-old twins Holly and Ella Smith, and Jordan Smith, two. Their mother, Michelle Smith, who has five other children, survived the January 7 blaze. http://news.sky.com/story/1024307/teenager-re-arrested-over-four-fire-deaths

M6 Tanker Fire: Nine Treated At Scene

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The fire started about 9.30am (Image: Andrew Hawley)Firefighters were among a group of people being treated at the scene of a chemical tanker fire that closed the M6, north of Coventry. West Midlands Ambulance said nine people, including the lorry driver, were treated because they were overcome by chemical fumes after the tanker caught fire about 9.30am. A section of the motorway was closed in both directions and motorists experienced long delays, the Highways Agency said. http://news.sky.com/story/1024392/m6-tanker-fire-nine-treated-at-scene

Homer Should be Proud. Meet Sea Shepherd's Latest Addition, the Sam Simon

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 3 hours ago
Oh the Japanese must be furious over this one. The Japanese government was tricked into selling the latest addition to the Sea Shepherd society's anti-whaling fleet, the MV Sam Simon. The ship was acquired through an intermediary with funds furnished by the co-creator of *The Simpsons, *Sam Simon.

"Chasing Ice" Teaser

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 3 hours ago
*The Guardian* has posted this clip from the documentary, *Chasing Ice*. It is astonishing, the largest iceberg calving event ever witnessed. 7.4 cubic kilometers of ice simply fell off the Ilulisat glacier in Greenland. To play the clip, select "full screen" and try to get your mind around the magnitude of what is actually recorded. Massive mountains of ice plunging into the sea and then coming back up 600 feet high. It's breathtaking.


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Saints, unsatisfactory ending to bounty case* *Chasing the Ghosts of BountyGate ~SaintsWin* *FEMA chief: N.O. not forgotten* ~Also~FEMA chief says Sandy recovery won't hurt Katrina rebuilding *Agreement reached on consent decree to reform Orleans jail ~Tom Gogola, The Lens * *Architects who helped rebuild New Orleans teaming up with NJIT to reconstruct Seaside Heights* *Local French-speaking group works to keep its heritage** *

It's time...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
At 12 seconds after noon on today the time and date showed as 12:12:12 12/12/12 - rather pleasing. The next time this happens will be on New Years Day 2101, I am unlikely to see that happen!

Doomsday in 9 days

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 5 hours ago
It's 12/12/12, 12:12:12 pm now, the Pope tweeted for the first time 12+12+12 minutes ago, and many people are worried about the doom that arrives in 9 days from now. NASA even recorded a special 6-minute monologue by astronomer David Morrison that tries to disagree with the fearful predictions. I am convinced that many people who get to this page aren't convinced. I think that those should insure themselves against some kind of a cataclysm – using the independent entity such as myself. You may send a gift consisting of dozens or hundreds of dollars to my PayPal account (see th... more »

BBC News - Netherlands 'halal homes' ignite religious row

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
Study the language the BBC reports uses to identify views of Muslims & opponents of these 'modifications'. Pretty obvious which side the BBC is on? I thought the BBC was meant to be unbiased... http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20679558

Option C

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 7 hours ago
In the negotiations over the fiscal cliff, many people think the House Republicans are in a tough spot. The logic is that they have little leverage, because they face only two choices: A. Concede to most of the president's demands. B. Take the economy over the cliff, and get blamed for it. As a result, the logic goes, they will end up doing A, because B is so much worse. Keith Hennessey points out that there is also option C: Extend the tax cuts, except at the top, for one year. Apparently (and I was not aware of this), Senate Democrats passed a bill doing exactly this back in July... more »

Manhattan 'Hit' Suspect Caught On CCTV

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The victim of a brazen ambush on a midtown Manhattan sidewalk may have been lured there before the killing, police say. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Tuesday that Brandon Lincoln Woodard was walking back and forth and checking his phone for messages before a gunman walked up and shot him in the back of the head. Mr Kelly said security video indicates the unidentified shooter had been waiting in a car parked on the same block at least a half hour before the gunfire erupted. http://news.sky.com/story/1024103/manhattan-hit-suspect-caught-on-cctv

Two Americans who hoped to wage 'violent jihad' caught by FBI

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Two Alabama men who federal investigators say wanted to wage violent jihad overseas have been arrested in Georgia on terrorism charges, and one has close ties to another man previously identified as an Islamic terror leader, authorities said Tuesday. Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy 'Rasheed' Wilson, both 25 and from Mobile, were named in terrorism charges filed Monday, according to Kenyen R. Brown, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246819/Two-American-men-hoped-wage-violent-jihad-apprehended-FBI.html

Warning: 3 Fast Food Ingredient Secrets by Lisa Garber

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
 Source Of Picture: http://www.blairstovercooking.com/junk-food-dangers/ Warning: 3 Fast Food Ingredient Secretsby Lisa Garber Natural Society, 12 December 2012 *While many of us live a largely sedentary lifestyle, the United States remains a highly mobile society, addicted to the road and high-speed, demanding daily schedules—hence, our addiction to fast food. The convenience of this food, however, comes at a high price belying its reputation as the food of the masses. The ingredients in these foods, unfortunately, make the exchange little more than murder.* Some Kidney Dam... more »

Mystery as series of UFO sightings reported in two U.S. cities within days of one another

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A series of unidentified flying objects have been reported in the night skies of at least two U.S. cities in the last week. The collection of strange round lights recorded by mesmerized witnesses show them flying in similar formation, most recently in San Francisco while just days after spotted in New York. 'I wasn’t sure if at first if it was another Tequila hazed mirage, but myself and a few bystanders were all in complete awe at the lights we saw on Valencia,' Sunday morning's witness Enrique Barrios told Mission Mission of the California sighting. http://www.dailymail.co.uk... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 7 hours ago
On 4 October 2012, the U.S. Helsinki Commission, an 'independent' U.S. government agency, had a hearing entitled "Listening to Victims of Child Sex Trafficking." The commission Chairman Chris Smith testified that* Joris Demmink, former secretary-general of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, has been accused by witnesses in Amsterdam and Turkey of sexually abusing boys aged 11-15.* U.S. Representative Ted Poe, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, repeated claims that Demmink had used his influence to obstruct investigations into his sexual tourism. Demmink a... more »

U.S. military to increase presence in Philippines

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
U.S. and Philippine officials are expected to agree on an increase in the number of U.S. military ships, aircraft and troops rotating through the Philippines, Filipino officials said, as tensions simmer with China over its maritime claims. Senior U.S. and Philippine officials met on Wednesday in Manila to discuss strengthening security and economic ties at a time of growing tension over China's aggressive sovereignty claims over vast stretches of the disputed South China Sea. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/us-philippines-usa-idUSBRE8BB0B220121212

3 dead in mall shooting

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago

Israel to withhold Palestinian funds until March

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Israel will withhold tax revenues from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's administration until March at least in response to his statehood campaign at the United Nations, Israel's foreign minister said. Under interim peace deals, Israel collects some $100 million a month in duties on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank -- money that is badly needed to pay public sector salaries. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/12/us-palestinians-israel-funds-idUSBRE8BB09V20121212

4.5 Magnitude COSTA RICA - 12th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 06:54:33 UTC Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:54:33 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.072°N, 84.387°W Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region COSTA RICA Distances 3 km (1 miles) SSW of Naranjo, Costa Rica

4.5 Magnitude OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 12th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 06:41:08 UTC Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 03:41:08 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.871°N, 141.218°E Depth 66.4 km (41.3 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 158 km (98 miles) NE of Hachijo-jima, Japan

North Korea Rapped Over Rocket Launch

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
North Korea has been widely condemned by the international community after launching a long-range rocket. The blast-off, which had been anticipated, has been viewed with suspicion by critics who believe the country was carrying out a ballistic missile test under cover. The impoverished North has said it was simply delivering a weather satellite to space and it declared the mission a success. http://news.sky.com/story/1024177/north-korea-rapped-over-rocket-launch

Fog Travel Chaos: Heathrow Cancels 70 Flights

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Freezing fog has descended on parts of the UK, forcing airports to cancel flights - and more delays are expected. Heathrow Airport says 70 flights due to take off on Wednesday have been scrapped. A spokesman said further cancellations were likely as adverse conditions affecting large swathes of the country worsen. http://news.sky.com/story/1024193/weather-fog-and-ice-hit-dozens-of-flights

Iceland Volcano Eruption Was a Chain Reaction

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This time we actually got to see it all happening in its different phases. One is left with a truly vast respect for the actual scale of what may happen with a volcano and an understanding of how a volcano sequences through the different chambers. I suspect that we need to go check of a lot of volcanoes to determine if a similar sequence is apparent in thee assays. This will provide us a pile of new interpretive data. It certainly makes Mt St Helen look like a tame volcano and also shows us that any volcano has serious potential to hugely out perform historical norms. A ... more »

Noah's Black Sea Flood Confirmed

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This is good. It gives us a time line for the end of the Ice Age melt itself. What this does infer is that the Ice melted from around 12900 BP to 7000 BP or over a span of 6000 years. This also means that all shore lines stabilized around 5000 BC and any earlier coastal settlement was inundated sooner or later. The break though into the Black Sea was a last phase of the melt. This appears to have been a catastrophic event although the appropriate waterfall needs to be located if it has not. The rest of the sea rise was generally rather slow. This allowed the coasts to be... more »

Dr Oz Slags Organics

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
What is happening of course is that deeply entrenched interests are now engaged in 'pushback' because the organic movement has gone from fringe to mainstream and the economic premium is sufficient to convert farming completely over to organic practices particularly since it has been shown to be superior to current methods even in terms of general productivity over a thirty years field study. Of course parts of the organic crowd do take it over the top in efforts to be heard. However, we can expect outright lying and scientific misrepresentation to be the new order of th... more »

Biggest Black Hole

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
Six nearby unique galaxies makes no particular sense. Thus the conclusion here is suspect also. The actual apparent mass may also be a relativistic effect which can certainly ramp up observed mass. So we have an interesting anomaly and the first explanation makes me uncomfortable. Once one assumes relativistic effects, we can postulate plausible scenarios that may even include several adjacent galaxies. It may represent a natural transition phase of all galaxies and we have just picked up the correct locale to observe it. In the meantime the theorists are sent back to ... more »

Scenes from an Inquiry: No fireworks as Ron Liepert and Lynn Redford testify

david at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
Lynn Redford, the Alberta Premier’s sister, stars in Scenes from an Inquiry, directed by Ingmar Bergman, or someone with a similarly Nordic directorial touch. Below: Former Alberta health minister Ron Liepert chooses his colour for a game of chess with retired justice John Vertes. Actual inquiry participants may or may not be exactly as illustrated. ... more »

December 11, 1972

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
A fascinating conversation in the Oval Office, with the president, Bob Haldeman, and John Ehrlichman. It begins with clear evidence that Nixon knew all about the hush money; he's asking about the money found in Dorothy Hunt's bag after the plane crash in which she died: -- President Nixon: Do they have any reading yet from the traceability of that $10,000 bag? Haldeman. No. Dean spent most of the weekend on that, he said. [...] The bills are still in the hands of the Chicago police, to be turned over to Hunt apparently today [...] So until then, John doesn't know whether it's tra... more »

Italian Arrest: Former economic development minister Claudio Scajola

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/italian-police-arrest-ex-finmeccanica-exec-investigate-former-minister-for-alleged-corruption-175397181.html *Italian police arrest ex-Finmeccanica exec, investigate former minister for alleged corruption* By: Colleen Barry, The Associated Press Posted: 10/23/2012 8:14 AM MILAN - Italian prosecutors are investigating a former Cabinet minister and have ordered the arrest of a former sales manager for Finmeccanica as part of a corruption investigation into the state-controlled aerospace and engineering giant's international dealings. Former... more »

San Quentin Six Declare Solidarity with CA Prisoners’ Agreement to End Hostilities

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 10 hours ago
The authors dedicate their essay to Marilyn Buck (1947-2010). *San Quentin 6 Declare Solidarity with CA Prisoners’ Agreement to End Hostilities* *by Sundiata Tate, Bato Talamantez and Giappa Johnson – three of the San Quentin 6* (Reprinted in full by Angola 3 News. Watch the video of our April 6, 2012 event, featuring Bato Talamantez at the end) We strongly support the statement issued by the Pelican Bay prison Short Corridor Collective calling for the end of racial and factional hostilities inside California prisons and in county jails. We believe that this along with our struggl... more »

Silicon wafers: Why we need to move religion online

PM at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
As one of the two great still-extant medieval institutions, the church confronts the digital age with a mixture of trepidation and hope. Hope, because congregations and ministers with online presence can build up new types of community and remain in contact through a variety of media; trepidation, because the church, like any incumbent industry, looks Continue reading

Labour to vote AGAINST 1% cap on rises in benefits, saying they should rise faster than wages

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Labour is to vote against a cap on rises in benefits, imposed after handouts soared at twice the rate of wages. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls today revealed his party would oppose the 1 per cent rise planned by the government for each of the next three years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246516/Labour-vote-AGAINST-1-cap-rises-benefits-saying-rise-faster-wages.html

Revealed: How George Osborne's sneaky tricks will cost every family £738 a year

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Families will be left £738 a year worse off because of a cunning sleight-of-hand in the way their benefits and tax bills are calculated. They will find that their disposable income is slowly eaten away over the years because of rises in the cost of living. Chancellor George Osborne last week announced that many benefits claimed by families, including child benefit, would rise by 1 per cent. He also gave a 1 per cent increase at the point at which workers pay higher rate tax of 40 per cent. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2246726/REVEALED-How-George-Osbornes-sneaky-tri... more »

Decade that changed the face of the UK: 4million migrants settle here - and in London less than half of the population is white British

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
he National census of 2011 show 7.5million people who were born abroad were living here last year – of whom more than half have arrived since 2001. Census officials said more than 70 per cent of the record rise in the overall population over the past decade is produced by people who migrated into Britain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246689/Census-data-Decade-changed-face-UK-4million-migrants-settle--London-half-population-white-British.html

RoboCon : Poutine made easy

Alison at Creekside - 11 hours ago
Text : Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher Presentation : Robert Cross Ottawa Citizen This excellent interactive visual has been around for a while but with 6 other ridings in court this week challenging election fraud, perhaps we could use a refresher on just how devious was the trail of deception from the diabolical Mr Poutine in Guelph. [h/t Toe at Bread 'n Roses] Not mentioned in it is how undetermined staffers from the Con election campaign in Guelph came to share a Racknine browser session with Mr. Poutine at 2am on Election Day. McMaher's liveblog of the day's proceedings here.... more »

Atlas 5 Rocket: Air Force's secret mini-shuttle blasts off

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Image: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carrying the U.S. military's X-37B spacecraft lifts off from launch complex 41 in Cape Canaveral, Florida December 11, 2012. Credit: Reuters/Scott Audette An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket carrying a small robotic space shuttle lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday for the third flight in a classified military test program. The 196-foot (60-meter) rocket blasted off at 1:03 p.m. ET (1603 GMT) carrying the military's original X-37B experimental space plane, also known as an Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV. http:/... more »

10 Steps to Finishing a PhD Thesis (or book) in 6 Months

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
Most academics will admit to themselves and students that the majority of dissertations and books are written in a 6 month block of time (the remainder of the post focuses on a PhD process, but it can be easily applied to book writing). I’m talking here about the WRITING process- not the research, figuring out Continue reading

Facebook Helps FBI Snare $850m Cyber Gang

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A criminal ring that infected 11 million computers around the world causing more than $850m (£527m) in total losses has been snared by a team led by the FBI and Facebook. The Federal Bureau of Investigation worked alongside several international agencies to arrest 10 people it claims infected computers with "Yahos" malicious software, then stole credit card, bank and other personal information. Facebook's security team assisted the FBI after "Yahos" targeted its users from 2010 to October 2012. http://news.sky.com/story/1024203/facebook-helps-fbi-snare-850m-cyber-gang

UK gets set for battle to defend City from EU bank union

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
David Cameron and George Osborne will today begin a rearguard action to stop the City of London's status as the world's leading financial centre being threatened by plans for banking union inside the eurozone. Although Britain will not join the banking union, the 17 countries in the euro will form a powerful bloc which could determine rules for the financial sector under the EU's single market. There are growing fears that the 17 will favour Paris and Frankfurt at London's expense. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-gets-set-for-battle-to-defend-city-from-eu-bank-unio... more »

Will Progressive Congressmembers Stand Up To Obama And Boehner?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
There are a lot of good, solid progressives whose voting records and public statements indicate they're not going to get behind the Grand Sellout of American working families that Obama and Boehner are going to present as a *fait acompli* is a couple weeks and then demand everyone vote for it to save us from catastrophe. The half dozen most solid progressive voting records are held by Judy Chu (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Olver (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Their ProgressivePunch Crucial Vote scores go from 96.80 (Chu) to 95.75 ... more »

Multiple structures on fire after gas line explodes in West Virginia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A major gas line has exploded in Sissonville, West Virginia, officials told CNN. Several structures in the area are on fire, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said. Carper said it sounded “like a jet engine” as the fire raged. No injuries were immediately reported. The explosion has caused northbound I-77 at the Charleston split to be shut down, West Virginia’s Department of Transportation reported on its Twitter account. http://fox43.com/2012/12/11/multiple-structures-on-fire-after-gas-line-explodes-in-west-virginia/#axzz2EoItQJZM

Mass Death of Livestock Keeps Sokoto Villagers Away From Meat, Nigeria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Over a week after the mysterious death of about 1,600 sheep in Tungan Madugu village of Gwadabawa local government area of Sokoto State, residents of the community say they are still afraid of eating meat. "We did not buy meat within those days that the animals were dying and even now, we are afraid of buying meat," one local resident told Daily Trust. The animals, which were said to belong to Fulani nomads from Niger Republic, reportedly died after drinking from an open well at Gidan Jihadi viallge in neighbouring Kware local government area. http://allafrica.com/stories/2012121010... more »

14 dead after bridge collapses in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Fourteen people died after a bridge collapsed on the R65 between Lothair and Ermelo due to heavy rains, the Mpumalanga community safety department said on Tuesday. Spokesman Joseph Mabuza said three vehicles, one of them a taxi, were involved in the accident. "The bridge goes over a dam and it collapsed. The cars drove over the collapsed bridge and were swept away by high volumes of water." http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2012/12/11/14-dead-after-bridge-collapses-in-mpumalanga

Tornado: Residents,firefighters pick up pieces after severe weather crushes community

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
ASCENSION PARISH, LA (FOX44)- The National Weather Service confirmed a EF1 tornado touched down in Ascension Parish. Several homes and even a fire station were damaged. The area off Black Bayou Road between LA 44 and Airline Highway got hit with strong winds around 9 Monday morning. Residents there are thankful no one was injured. http://www.fox44.com/news/residentsfirefighters-pick-pieces-after-severe-weather-crushes-community

Man injured, workers evacuated after Prince Albert water treatment plan chemical spill, Canada

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Several workers were evacuated and one man was taken to hospital Monday following a chemical spill at the Prince Albert water treatment plant. The spill happened around noon on Monday after an employee hit his head on a pipe containing caustic soda. Caustic soda is used at the treatment plant as a cleaning agent to change the pH level of water, said City Manager Robert Cotterill. http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Chemical+leak+contained+Prince+Albert+water+treatment/7677817/story.html

Landslide kills 1 gold miner, 21 missing in Sukabumi, Indonesia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Police say a landslide in Sukabumi, West Java, has killed at least one miner collecting trace amounts of gold at the illegal mine. West Java police spokesman Sr. Comr. Martinus Sitompul said Tuesday that days of torrential rain triggered a landslide at the mountainous site in Sukabumi late Monday. Rescuers were searching for 21 others reported as missing. Four miners were found alive. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/12/11/landslide-kills-1-gold-miner-21-missing-sukabumi.html

Belfast Protests: DUP MP Receives Death Threat

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A second Northern Ireland MP has been told his life is in danger amid increasing unrest over the decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag on Belfast City Hall. Jeffrey Donaldson, the Democratic Unionist MP for Lagan Valley, said the police told him unnamed individuals had threatened to shoot him, his wife and children. http://news.sky.com/story/1023570/belfast-protests-dup-mp-receives-death-threat

Manuel Pardo Executed Over 1986 Killing Spree

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A former police officer who murdered nine people during a 1986 crime spree has been executed. Manuel Pardo was pronounced dead at Florida State Prison about 16 minutes after the lethal injection process began. His lawyers had tried to block the execution by arguing that he was mentally ill. http://news.sky.com/story/1023599/vigilante-cop-executed-over-1986-killing-spree

Obama: US Recognises Syrian Opposition

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
President Barack Obama has said Syria's opposition is now the "legitimate representative" of the country's people. His comments in support of the newly formed Syrian Opposition Council mark the most significant US intervention yet in the 20-month conflict. "We have made a decision that the Syrian opposition is now inclusive enough, is reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people," he said in an interview with American network ABC News. http://news.sky.com/story/1024162/obama-us-recognises-syria... more »

Oregon Shopping Centre Shooting, 2 Killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Two people have been killed by a gunman wearing body armour at a shopping centre in Oregon. Clackamas County Sheriff's spokesman James Rhodes, said: "I can confirm that we believe at this point that there was one and only one shooter involved and that shooter is deceased. http://news.sky.com/story/1024168/two-killed-in-oregon-shopping-centre-shooting

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“Stars are sometimes born in the midst of chaos. About 3 million years ago in the nearby galaxy M33, a large cloud of gas spawned dense internal knots which gravitationally collapsed to form stars. NGC 604 was so large, however, it could form enough stars to make a globular cluster. *Click image for larger size. * Many young stars from this cloud are visible in the above image from the Hubble Space Telescope, along with what is left of the initial gas cloud. Some stars were so massive they have already evolved and exploded in a supernova. The brightest stars that are left emit li... more »

North Korea's Long-Range Rocket 'A Success'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
North Korea's defiant launch of a long-range rocket appears to have gone according to plan, South Korea's military has said. The blast-off, which had been anticipated, defies critics who have warned the country wants to develop technology that would enable it to carry out a nuclear strike. The impoverished North has said it simply wanted to put a weather satellite into space, rather than carry out suspected ballistic missile tests, and it declared the mission a success. http://news.sky.com/story/1024177/north-koreas-long-range-rocket-a-success

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake OKLAHOMA - 12th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 3.0 Date-Time Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 03:30:21 UTC Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 09:30:21 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 35.539°N, 96.286°W Depth 14.6 km (9.1 miles) Region OKLAHOMA Distances 11 km (6 miles) N of Okemah, Oklahoma

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 12th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 01:44:24 UTC Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 01:44:24 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.603°S, 176.231°W Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 198 km (123 miles) W of Pangai, Tonga

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 12th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 00:19:37 UTC Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 09:19:37 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.004°N, 141.183°E Depth 14.7 km (9.1 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 26 km (16 miles) ESE of Iwaki, Japan

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 11th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 23:28:04 UTC Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 08:28:04 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 30.672°N, 140.095°E Depth 136 km (84.5 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 269 km (167 miles) S of Hachijo-jima, Japan

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 11th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 23:16:19 UTC Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 10:16:19 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.990°S, 167.790°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region VANUATU Distances 149 km (92 miles) SSW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

Signatures in support of raza Studies still needed

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 12 hours ago
The victories re Tucson's Raza Studies continue to pile on. Today, TUSD has dropped opposition to the new desegregation plan which calls for the expansion of Raza Studies into every school in the district. More updates later but despite the victories, we still need signatures from educators and scholars nationwide in support of Ethnic Studies in Arizona. Please sign and circulate. Currently, there are over 4500 signatures. We need 5,000. Please go to: http://signon.org/sign/superintendent-huppenthal Now, only Tom Horne, author of the anti-Ethnic Studies HB 2281, remains the sole opp... more »

Astonishing Robot race to fix damaged Fukushima nuclear plant

Megaan at Current news updates, World current news - 12 hours ago
*An amazing radiation-resistant robot aimed at cleaning up the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has unveiled by Japanese company Mitsubishi*. In the same time other firms, among them Hitachi and Toshiba, have also rolled out their own remote-controlled bots recently. Now there is a race between the robots to fix damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. In the 2011, the plant was damaged by the effect of earthquake and tsunami. Robots are previouslyfunctioning inside the plant; however none has been particularly designed for this kind of work. Toshiba says its robot has a wireless ... more »

Bring Leonard Peltier Home in New York Dec. 14, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago

Fallow Land Rehabilitation Program in the news

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
Various media outlets (example, example) have been reporting for months on the government's plan to revitalize fallow land... From RTI: "Of Taiwan's 460,000 acres of farmland, more than 30,000 acres have been fallow for five years; 46,000 acres have been fallow for two years; 50,000 acres have been fallow for a year," said Chen. The current system offers stipends to encourage land to go fallow. It was implemented when Taiwan was preparing to join the WTO in 2002. The country wanted to cut its own grain production at the time to allow an influx of imported staple foods. In other ... more »

In Shocking Rhetorical Gesture To Reality, U.S. To Declare Earth Revolves Around The Sun

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
In what is being viewed as a shocking gesture to reality by scientists, Washington is preparing to inform its population that the Earth revolves around the sun. This announcement is part of a much larger policy shift, one that will see the United States of America come back to reality. This policy shift may explain Washington's new position on the Syrian situation. Washington's deranged foreign policy establishment recently admitted that an al-Qaeda linked terrorist group is leading the Syrian rebellion, which Washington has backed covertly since its inception. Read more in this art... more »

US Recognizes Unelected Terrorists as Syrian "Representatives"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
US admits Al Qaeda "amongst" Syrian rebels, recognizes them as the "legitimate representative of the Syrian people." The Syrian Army is fighting Al Qaeda. *December 12, 2012 *(LD) - As expected, after a long pause of feigned "consideration," the US has recognized the militants it has been arming, funding, aiding logistically and supporting diplomatically since as early as 2007, as the "legitimate representatives of the Syrian people," with the added caveat, "in opposition to the Assad regime." The Wall Street Journal would report that US President Barack Obama's announcement actual... more »

More Houses of Horror in New Jersey

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
*Related: **New Jersey Houses of Horror* "2 children stabbed while sleeping in N.J. home" Associated Press, September 03, 2012 TRENTON, N.J. — A *sleeping 6-year-old boy* was *stabbed to death* inside a bedroom of his southern New Jersey home early Sunday in an *unprovoked attack* that also critically wounded his 12-year-old *sister, who was also asleep in the room*, prosecutors said. Two other children in the home were unharmed. Camden County prosecutors said Dominick Andujor was pronounced dead at the scene. His sister, whose throat was cut, remains hospitalized. The girl, whose... more »

Maryland Mischief Kills Kids

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
"Coal train derails in Md., kills 2 college students" by Alex Dominguez | Associated Press, August 22, 2012 ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — A *train hauling coal derailed* on a bridge in this city’s historic district, *killing two college students* who had been *drinking together and hanging out on the tracks*. Nearly two dozen railroad cars flipped over, including some that fell onto vehicles in a parking lot below the bridge, officials said. The students, both 19-year-old women, had posted photos and comments from what appeared to be the bridge shortly before the train derailed around mid... more »

Albert O. Hirschman (1915-2012)

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
If you haven’t heard yet, Albert O. Hirschman passed away today. Some good discussion at Crooked Timber, including a link to a terrific piece by Rajiv Sethi. Hirschman’s stature in the social sciences was of such magnitude that, while still alive, the Social Science Research Council named a lifetime achievement award after him. I don’t Continue reading

Progressive energy vs “sustainable” energy

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 14 hours ago
[image: Ladies' I Love Fossil Fuels T-Shirt]We hear a lot from the likes of Gareth Hughes—the energy spokesman opposed to energy—about so called “sustainable energy.” As if one particular form of energy could be used and generated perpetually, like the ancients’ dream of a perpetual motion machine. This is about as sensible as a belief in alchemy, but is one of two primary reasons the likes of young Gareth is so violently opposed to oil. Alex Epstein from the Center for Industrial Progress points out the very concept of “sustainability” is a relic of centuries when human beings ... more »

Media News....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
The Committee to Protect Journalists has a blog post up on the Next Media buyout: A media buyout in Taiwan which would put independent news outlets critical of China into the hands of a pro-Beijing media tycoon is cause for concern for the island's press. Jimmy Lai, the outspoken mogul behind Hong Kong-based Next Media and the Apple Daily tabloid, is selling his unprofitable Taiwan holdings to a consortium including Tsai Eng-meng, whose China Times Media group is supportive of China, according to local and international news reports. ...showing how publicity about the effects of t... more »

"Christmas At War"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"Christmas at War" by Ava Lowery, done 6 years ago when she was 15 years old. This is what we, all of us, have done...and are still doing. - CP "Ava Lowrey is a current student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts studying film and television production. Since 2005, at age 15, Ava has been using multimedia to connect with a larger audience. As creator of PeaceTakesCourage.com, Ava has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, and more. Her work for the website has been viewed by millions and in 2009 she completed her first feature-length documentary "Fall... more »

Walter Pincus wonders how Americans lost the will to pay for our wars

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
*The unholy troika -- Rumsfeld, Bush, Cheney:* *No, if they were on Death Row where they belong, that wouldn't solve the debt problem they did so much to create. But what if they and all their war-profiteering friends, relations, and cronies were to voluntarily make restitution for all their ill-gotten gains derived from the troika's crimes?* *"The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan represented the first time that a U.S. president did not seek new taxes to cover the fighting. Supported by a GOP-led House and Senate from 2001 through 2006, and then just the GOP-run House, Bush raised the ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Dewy-eyed”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“Dewy-eyed”* by Chet Raymo “I believe I have mentioned before that many years ago, before I started writing for the Boston Globe, I had a column in the college newspaper called "Under a Skeptical Star." The phrase came from a line of the Scots poet/scholar William MacNeile Dixon: "If there be a skeptical star I was born under it, yet I have lived all my days in complete astonishment." That was nearly half-a-century ago. I'm still astonished. Easily astonished. I don't require magnificent vistas, frozen waterfalls, spectacular sunsets. I don't need the Red Sea parted or Lazarus ... more »

Israel Seen Behind AP’s Iran ‘Nuclear Graph’ Hoax

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
AntiWar Jason Ditz AP Refuses to Confirm, But Diplomats Suspect MossadA late November Associated Press report by George Jahn revealed a “nuclear graph” allegedly from Iran by way of an IAEA investigation, sparking a flurry of responses centering on the graph’s incorrect math and leading experts to conclude it was an amateurish hoax. But who’s hoax? Western diplomats are pointing the finger squarely at Israel’s Mossad spy agency, saying they believe that the leaks were part of an effort to implicate an assassinated Iranian in a weapons program. The diplomats also say Mossad is incr... more »

ALEC is To Blame!

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
Everywhere we turn – we see the destruction and havoc that ALEC and ALEC legislators are perpetrating on the USA. In every state – on every topic –the fingerprint of ALEC is there - ALEC legislators armed with ALEC “model legislation” can be directly related to the damage being done to our society, to our people. Below is a column written by the former executive director of the Georgia Republican Party worked for Paul Coverdell in the Georgia Senate worked for state GOP A former private school teac... more »

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 15 hours ago
This was tweeted into my stream this afternoon: One tough nerd: "I have signed the freedom to work bills into law." - Gov Rick Snyder And by freedom he means, the freedom to be worked to death for little pay, few insufficient benefits and absolutely no job security in the name of obscene corporate profits. And of course, the legislation is straight out of the Koch-funded ALEC playbook. Practically verbatim. So yes, as Teamster's president Jimmy Hoffa said on CNN, "This is just the first round of a battle that's going to divide this state. We're going to have a civil war." As th... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago


Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 15 hours ago
Nice date today, 12-12-12, should be a once-in-a-century date. Today, I composed this song, just for fun, to the tune of a famous Christmas carol. *12 days of Christmas* On the ____ of Christmas, Government said to me: 1st – More taxes to pay public debts. 2nd – More borrowings, and 3rd – P2 trillion budget 4th – Health for the poor 5th – More sin taxes 6th – Fight climate change 7th – Cybercrime law 8th – More CCT 9th – More congress districts 10th – K-12 for students 11th – Condoms for the poor 12th – RH for mothers Merry Christmas.

“Some Better Targets for the People Who Hate Government”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Some Better Targets for the People Who Hate Government”* by Paul Buchheit "One of the pleasures of a weekend away from the city is visiting with people who express points of view that are different from my own. A lot of them hate government. Their comments are sprinkled with colorful references to taxes, waste, and socialism. Countering with facts and statistics doesn’t seem to work. Instead, listening to their rants can be educational for a progressive, because the anti-government sentiment highlights the masterful job done by conservatives and the wealthy over the years, as t... more »

"The Real Problem With America: Morality"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"The Real Problem With America: Morality"* by Karl Denninger "When you get down to it, the fiscal cliff, along with most of the rest of the political "problems" we face in this nation, come down to one thing: willful and intentional misconduct. That's a morality problem folks. Let's put the record on the table, shall we? In 1980 total Federal Health Spending was $55.3 billion. In 1990 it was $155.8 billion. That's about an 11% annualized increase. At that rate what is US Federal Spending for a 65 year old 30 years hence when he dies? $3,567 billion, or three times the size of... more »

Egypt's Unfinished Revolution | Interview with Adel Iskander

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 hours ago
Source: Breaking The Set.

Sheldan Nidle - December 11, 2012

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 15 hours ago
* * *Sheldan Nidle - December 11, 2012* 4 Oc, 18 Yaxk'in, 9 Eb Selamat Balik! We return! Your world continues on toward the moment of the dissolution of the dark and the beginning of your new epoch. We daily receive encouraging reports from our liaisons advising us that a timetable set up a short while ago is on schedule to be manifested. Those who run the many sacred secret societies on your world are busy moving several projects toward the designated point where they can be materialized. Your reality's alternate timelines are collapsing at a rate that leaves you on the single ... more »

Alex Jones Confronts The Feds on Their Turf

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
No government wants to hear the truth. In the video below, Alex Jones is confronting the hijacked U.S. government with the truth, using peaceful and educational means.

Sterling Silver Hockey Skates, Hypocrisy and Platitude

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 16 hours ago
We know how it feels but unfortunately condolences sympathy and understanding words are way back on our list of describers and nasty expletives we use in venting against our hockey void.. When Wall Street guzzled the world a few years back they also introduced to us a few new words, derivatives, credit default swaps, maybe they weren`t new words but who knew those benign terms translated into*..."Weapons of mass destruction.....Too big to fail...."* *...*As outraged as people were, especially those who saw their rrsp`s and pensions shrink or near vanish the message was sent, pay ... more »
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