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Thursday, December 13, 2012

13 December - Blogs I'm Following

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If approved, Egypt's new constitution would be a step back into the Mubarak era

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 58 seconds ago
THE choice looks simple. Over the coming week Egypt’s electorate of 51m will have the opportunity to vote yes or no to a new constitution. A healthy blast of political advertising floods airwaves, billboards and the internet. Yet this is no cheery exercise in democracy. Seldom has any nation confronted so momentous a question at a time of such polarisation. Rival marches of supporters and opponents of President Muhammad Morsi, vicious street battles and sectarian taunting suggest that any outcome of the referendum will leave many Egyptians deeply embittered. The political tension is... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Idle No More' Editorial

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 minute ago
MNN: IDLE NO MORE. Editorial   MNN: IDLE NO MORE. Editorial Mohawk Nation News www.mohawknationnews.com MNN. Dec. 12, 2012. The Assembly of First Nations AFN and Iroquois Caucus IC merged their corporations on December 4th 2012. The Iroquois Caucus represents the band councils on the Mohawk communities in Canada, not the legitimate Mohawk people or Iroquois

Legislative intent enables interpretation but does not grant jurisdiction

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 minutes ago
Reference re Broadcasting Regulation 2012 SCC 68 dealt with CRTC jurisdiction. It holds that a declaration of legislative intent does not grant jurisdiction: [32] This interpretation is consistent with a reading of the Act in its entire context. The *Broadcasting Act* has a primarily cultural aim. The other powers enumerated in s. 10(1) deal with such matters as the allocation of broadcasting time and the setting of standards for programs. In addition, the objectives of the *Broadcasting Act*, declared in s. 3(1), when read together, target "the cultural... more »

crazy horse

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 minutes ago
"Crazy Horse One-Eight"

Premier Brad Wall Strips SaskPower Bank Account Of $120 Million AND Then Immediately Raises Power Rates To Sask Families

leftdog at Buckdog - 11 minutes ago
*Here's how things work in Saskatchewan. Brad Wall is a right winger who does not like Crown corporations or public enterprise of any kind. But, because the Saskatchewan Party lost the 1999 and 2003 Elections over the matter of 'privatization' .. Wall has pledged to leave the Crown corps alone.* * **However ideology quite often trumps electoral promises for Premier Wall. As a result, Wall has the bad habit of stripping every nickel he can find from Saskatchewan's utility crowns in order to hand out even more tax breaks to the oil and potash industry. * *Wall's fiscal policy force... more »

Grand Bargain Passage Strategy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 minutes ago
I know Obamabots aren't going to want to hear this, but I suspect that Obama and Boehner see pretty much eye to eye on the contours of their "Grand Bargain" and are more concerned with the strategy of getting it through Congress than they are about working out the fine points. According to Peter King (R-NY) and Doc Hastings (R-WA), two of Boehner's closest congressional cronies, the House Leadership is telling Members not to make any plans for the holidays. A convincing dramatization of the terrorism the elites are foisting on us under the guise of a "fiscal cliff" requires all ki... more »

You Know He's a Liar When...

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 18 minutes ago
This morning (Wed. Dec. 13th) host Anna Maria Tremonti was questioning Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defense, Chris Alexander over the F35 procurement fiasco/Charlie-Fox. As Chris bobbed and weaved and spun his story his main claims were: 1) The Government's numbers have never changed and the KPMG report has confirmed what the Government has been open and honest about all along. 2)

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake COSTA RICA - 13th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 17:20:27 UTC Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:20:27 AM at epicenter Location 9.097°N, 84.069°W Depth 34.5 km (21.4 miles) Region COSTA RICA Distances 99 km (61 miles) S (180°) from SAN JOSE, Costa Rica

Royal Hoax Radio Staff 'Moved Into Safehouses'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
Staff at a radio station behind a hoax call that led to the apparent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha have been moved to safehouses, according to reports. Managers at Sydney radio station 2Day FM have also recruited 24-hour bodyguards to protect employees. http://news.sky.com/story/1024873/royal-hoax-radio-staff-moved-into-safehouses

Niños jugando afuera de las casas cubiertas de nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 29 minutes ago
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5.0 Magnitude Earthquake COSTA RICA - 13th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 35 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 17:16:22 UTC Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:16:22 AM at epicenter Location 9.098°N, 84.066°W Depth 37.3 km (23.2 miles) Region COSTA RICA Distances 98 km (61 miles) S (180°) from SAN JOSE, Costa Rica

go forth and kill

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 37 minutes ago

A Pipeline to be Built on Lies

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 38 minutes ago
A University of British Columbia study finds just one tanker spill from the Northern Gateway supertanker project could more than wipe out any financial benefits accruing to the province from the pipeline. Just one. Remember, local Coast Guard personnel have warned that, when it comes to a supertanker disaster on the northern coast, it's not "if" but "when and how often." Enbridge predictably argues the UBC report is deeply flawed. The company, with the spotty history of pipeline accidents and that refuses to reveal who will actually own the Northern Gateway pipeline, says the cha... more »

Hearsay still a good basis for an appeal

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 42 minutes ago
R. v. Edwards, 2012 ONCA 882 allows an appeal based on hearsay: [1] In our view, the appeal must be allowed. The trial judge relied on hearsay in reaching the conclusion that the appellant had knowledge of the contents of the package. The Crown concedes that she erred in doing so. This constituted an important part of her reasoning both at paras. 22 and 28 of her reasons. The proviso cannot therefore be applied to maintain this conviction.

Estilo de corona de navidad para la puerta de casa

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 46 minutes ago
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War on Budgeting Shows Up Again

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 55 minutes ago
Jonathan Chait has a nice one today in which he looks at GOP attempts to understand why Barack Obama is pushing tax increases on the rich. The gist of it is that it apparently doesn't occur to Republicans that Democrats might support higher taxes because it would reduce the deficit (or, to put it another way, because it would fund programs Democrats support). This, of course, is recognizable as the GOP war on budgeting. Under war on budgeting thinking, each tax and each expenditure is evaluated in isolation as good or bad; there's no sense that one needs to compare one expenditure t... more »

A santa claus y al muñeco de nieve se les antojo el cafe

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 57 minutes ago
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KIPP, Chemical Reactions, and Character: Mapping Out the New Eugenics Agenda

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
A slightly different version of this review was published yesterday at Substance News. *Paul Tough, KIPP, and the Character Con: A Review of **How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character* Jim Horn *When we look a these kids and their behavior, it can all seem so mysterious….But at some point, what you’re seeing is just a complex series of chemical reactions. It’s the folding of a protein or the activation of a neuron. And what’s exciting about that is that those things are treatable. When you get down to the molecules, you realize, that’s where the... more »

Why the Fiscal Cliff Must Be Sold Hard To Disbelieving Citizens (The Uber-Leaders Plans for Your Future Include Funding Theirs Even More)

If the U.S. could get private health-care costs down to the level of most other countries, that accomplishment alone, some economists and health care experts say, would send the federal budget from deficit to surplus. (Health-care policy could be too much for the curriculum to take on, Marri said.) Are we a great country or what? And now the wealthy tax avoider(s) can fastidiously and

Pequeña cabaña junto a las montañas nevadas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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Muñeco de nieve entre el bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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4.3 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 13th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 15:16:11 UTC Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:16:11 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 21.105°S, 68.858°W Depth 140.4 km (87.2 miles) Region TARAPACA, CHILE Distances 151 km (93 miles) N of Calama, Chile

Velas rojas y adornos de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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Panda in Pond Inlet?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
Perhaps not...

Arbol de navidad con regalos en el bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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Unlawful Killing: The Murder of Diana Spencer by the Windsor Mafia

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 1 hour ago
The following film is likely to be taken down very soon, so watch it whilst you can. Diana Spencer was murdered by the Windsor Mafia, after delivering an heir to the throne (William), and the illegitimate bastard child, Harry Windsor. The UK Monarchy is a family of pure evil, and not one of them deserves to escape the justice of the people. Diana herself was no angel, and indeed was an ardent multi-cultist who went so far as to become impregnated by an Arab. This was the final straw for the Jewish ruling family of the UK, and was the reason she was killed. I reproduce the film ... more »

An Essential Service for People Like Myself

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
Apropos my “Happy Hanukkah” post, this website (via Dani Nedal). But what I really need is a morning email alert… or for the site to provide an RSS feed.

BUDGET BABEL: Removing gorilla dust!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012* *Part 4—Transactions become more clear:* Is Social Security adding to the deficit this year? It all depends on who you ask within the Babel we describe as our “budget discourse!” In the past few weeks, three major voices have weighed in on that question: *Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, 11/30/12:* “In 2012, Social Security adds $165 billion to the deficit.” *Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, 12/2/12:* “In 2012, the cash flow deficit was $58 billion.” *Senator Richard Durbin, 11/27/12:* "Social Security has not added one penny to the deficit." We... more »

Palestinians take to streets after teen killed by Israeli troops in West Bank

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Thousands of Palestinians marched through the streets of Hebron on Thursday, chanting anti-Israel slogans and waving green Hamas flags during a funeral procession for a teenager killed by Israeli troops in this volatile West Bank city. Dozens of youths clashed with Israeli soldiers throughout the day, throwing stones and bottles while troops responded with volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. No serious injuries were reported. http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/12/13/palestinians-take-to-streets-after-teen-killed-by-israeli-troops-in-west-bank/

Following indictment, opposition leaders call for Lieberman's resignation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Following Foreign Minister's Avigdor Lieberman's indictment of breach of trust, several political parties called for him to resign on Thursday. The Labor Party stated that Lieberman's conduct, both legally and morally, "endangered and still endangers Israeli democracy and the rule of law." Labor chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich announced Thursday she would demand Lieberman's resignation if an indictment were served, even if only in the ambassador case. "Even if a decision would be made not to indict [Lieberman] in the main affair… and only indict in the seemingly small ambassador affair... more »

Israeli foreign minister charged with breach of trust

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Israel's powerful foreign minister was charged Thursday with breach of trust, but escaped more serious charges in a fraud and money-laundering case that could jeopardize his political career and upend the Israeli political system just a month before parliamentary elections. The decision by Israel's attorney general capped an investigation into Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that stretched back more than a decade. Lieberman, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is expected to come under heavy pressure to resign. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i78_... more »

It's 1984 and Steve Jobs wants to introduce the new Apple Mac

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
Hold on is that really Steve Jobs? Where's the black turtle neck?

Greece gets new EU aid, declares "Grexit" era dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The euro zone agreed on Thursday to provide nearly 50 billion euros ($64 billion) in long-delayed aid to Athens, prompting its Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to declare an end to talk of a Greek exit from the single currency. The deal averts a catastrophic default and secures Greece's survival in the euro zone after months of doubt and political turmoil. Athens had repeatedly missed fiscal targets agreed with the EU and the International Monetary Fund, and stalled structural economic reforms. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/13/us-eurozone-greece-idUSBRE8BC0UR20121213

Bomber strikes near Afghan base after Panetta visit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car near a NATO base in southern Afghanistan on Thursday soon after a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, killing two people and wounding 16, Afghan and NATO officials said. His spokesman said there was no indication Panetta was the target. Panetta had visited Kandahar Air Base just hours before the attack, meeting U.S. troops before the Christmas holiday. "The attack occurred after the Secretary returned to Kabul," spokesman George Little said. Three foreign soldiers were among the wounded. http://www.reuters.com/article/20... more »

Town In Chile Struck By 170 Earthquakes in 5 Weeks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
More than 170 tremors have been felt in the coastal town of Navidad in quake-prone Chile in just five weeks. The strongest - of 5.9 magnitude - struck during a funeral and sent panicked mourners fleeing into the street. The town, with a population of 5,500, has become one of the shakiest spots on Earth. http://news.sky.com/story/1024981/town-in-chile-struck-by-170-earthquakes

David Tait dies after falling from an apartment block in Hong Kong

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Former international rugby player David Tait has died aged 25 after falling from an apartment block in Hong Kong. His rugby career was cut short by injuries, and he then became a corporate finance manager for multinational firm KPMG. It is the second tragedy to hit the family after his father Campbell Tait, a barrister and judge, was found hanged at his home in Sale in 2004. http://news.sky.com/story/1024994/david-tait-ex-rugby-star-in-deadly-fall

Fukushima Alert Update

Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Strange lights are visible on the Fukushima webcam still this morning, particularly over unit 4. There has been ongoing discussion of observations of the webcams here at Enenews. I don't know what is going on, but Chargedbarticle - relying on another webcam - noted increased amount of cement truck traffic headed in the direction of Fukushima. Nuckelchen posted a video here Japanese citizens should increase their citizen radiation monitoring to see if radiation levels are rising downwind of the plant. Citizen documentationof rising levels is probably the most reliable method of dete... more »

Litvinenko 'Triple Spy': Russia 'Was Involved' In Death

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Alexander Litvinenko was a triple agent working for MI6 and the Spanish secret service when he died, a coroner has heard. Mr Litvinenko had been hired by MI6 for a number of years and was working with Spain to investigate the Russian mafia shortly before his death, a pre-inquest review was told. He would regularly meet with an MI6 handler, named only as Martin, in central London and was paid by both the British and Spanish secret services into a joint bank account he held with his wife, the hearing was told. http://news.sky.com/story/1025056/litvinenko-russia-was-involved-in-death

Syria fires Scuds to stop Al Qaeda arm seizing chemical arms at Al Safira

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
By the blacklisting Tuesday, Dec. 11, of the Jabhat al-Nusra group fighting in Syrian rebel ranks as “a foreign terrorist organization” and affiliate of al Qaeda in Iraq, Washington faces four quandaries: 1. The 10,000 fighters of this al Qaeda affiliate are the best-trained and most professional component of the Syrian rebel front;. 2. Jabhat al-Nusra fields 3,000 fighters out of the mostly Free Syrian Army’s 14,000 rebels fighting in and around Aleppo. They also constitute the assault force’s spearhead. http://www.debka.com/article/22608/Assad-fires-Scuds-to-stop-Al-Qaeda-arm-se... more »

Chinese airplane enters Japanese airspace over Senkakus for 1st time

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
*More info:* http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/12/199160.html

“A Conversation about Mind Control” & the Gentile Holocaust

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
*This is a two hour chat.* Do I think it is worth listening to? Hell ya! Or it wouldn't be here. On of the highlights for me is the concept of the Gentile Holocaust. Did such a thing happen? Yes. Like me, you probably did not even realize that! Why? Because this concept never enters our consciousness. The talk revolves around mind control. Social media gets a mention. A distraction and control mechanism. Of course there is more. So, give a listen and share your thoughts *The audio is embedded below * *You can also watch the video of the talk between the 3 individuals....* Prof. Jay F... more »

Majority Against Benefit Cuts Graph

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 3 hours ago
Wow. Just the other day, I was writing about how Labour must oppose benefit cuts, despite it being unpopular. The party must always seek to lead public opinion rather than pander to it, in my humble opinion. However, I am very pleased to see the Ipsos-MORI poll (H/T LabourList) has turned political common sense on its head. Far from EdM being estranged from the public's thinking, it turns out our gilded chancellor is the one who is out of touch. This is very welcome news. It underlines the stand Labour has made on Gideon's real term cuts to benefits, and, once again, enhances EdM's... more »

Stocking Hangers Made From Frames

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 3 hours ago
In our house, we have always had the problem of where to hang our stockings. We have never had a fireplace or a mantel to speak of and using those cute stocking hangers you find at the store has always seemed a hazard with a little one about the house. I have always wanted something I could hang up, as a decoration for the holiday but out of the way of grabbing hands, when I saw these cute frames I knew they were the solution. These cute frames come from Poppyseed Projects, a fabulous store located in Sandy, UT. You can buy them at the store or order items from them online. You ... more »

Reset on F-35s

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
This has been coming for a long time -- Canada needs a strong and capable air wing -- the real question is whether the F-35s are the right plane for that capacity. What are the likely missions? Patroling the North? In which case stealth fighters are not really right? Anti-insurgency fighting? Again, stealth fighters are not it? Or trying to penetrate the air defences of a modern sophisticated adversary? In which case stealth fighters are perfect. Story OTTAWA—The federal Conservative government has formally pushed “reset” on its search for a new fighter jet after revealing th... more »

Peace Bonds

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
*Introduction* Peace Bonds are protection orders that a judge makes in court to help protect one person from another. Peace bonds are not a substitute for a charge. They are intended to prevent assault and harassment. *What is a peace bond?* A peace bond is a protection order under the Criminal Code of Canada. The formal legal name is an “810 recognizance”. You can get a peace bond if you are afraid that another person will harm you, your partner (spouse or your common-law), your child, or damage your property. The other person could be anyone - a neighbour, an acquainta... more »

Don't mention the Balen Report

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 hours ago
I have received a response to my last email to BBC re Jeremy Bowen's choice of Rosh Hashanah for a Twitter q & a. I dared to mention the Balen Report and Stephanie Harris has sent me a fascinating response. I will fisk it properly when I have time. A complaint to the BBC Trust will be sent over the Christmas period anyway.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - What Were They Thinking?

Southern Man at Southern Man - 3 hours ago
And now the followup to yesterday's celebratory post about the induction of Rush and Heart into the R&R HoF - groups that ought to be in and aren't, and groups that are in that shouldn't be. We begin with a pair of questions that apply the KISS test: *How in the world did _______ get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before KISS?* *Why in the world is _______ in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while KISS is not?* They don't look much different today than they did thirty years ago. Disclaimer: Southern Man is not a KISS fan. Indeed, in his college days (Nazarene private college) ... more »

ALEC is The Problem

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
*ALEC is the problem!!!* *Will the media please start acknowledging this - PLEASE!!!!! * I am getting really sick and tired of left talk radio/TV hosts and the people they interview bringing up the Koch’s over and over and over again in reference to what just happened in Michigan. Yes, Americans for Prosperity was there. THEY WERE *OUTSIDE* THE STATE CAPITOL. AFP – was not passing out the Right to Mooch legislation to legislators. AFP – was not in the Michigan capitol voting on the legislation. AFP – did not distribute the legislation passed in the Michigan capit... more »

Underhanded Economists

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
The F-35 fiasco should serve as a cautionary tale: beware of politicians who claim to be economists. For, Andrew Coyne writes, -- even as the Harperites peg the cost of those jets at $45.8 billion -- they still can't bring themselves to tell the truth: Now, this increase in the reported price does not mean the cost of the planes has “skyrocketed” or “ballooned” or whatever other word you might have read. I mean, it has — from $75 million per plane to $88 million, with further increases likely to follow. But acquisition costs are only a fraction of the total: just $9 billion, a fi... more »

ALEC Legislative Priorities - R Not the USA's

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
When you voted last month did ANY – repeat ANY of the candidates on the ballot have ALEC listed as their political party? Nope didn’t think so. Then please tell me – how we can have this ALEC Unveils 2013 Legislative Priorities A headline yesterday across the US. That – in and of itself – is a major issue right now in the US. Show me *a poll - any poll - that shows that a* majority of citizens in the United States knowingly elected ALEC? We didn't! Cause US voters don't know which ballot candidates were members of the American Legislative Exchange Council political party. *NOT... more »

Can You Imagine Some Of The Very Best Democrats And Some Of The Absolutely Worst Republicans Working Together? Imagine It

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Mick Mulvaney & Keith Ellison, the good kind of bipartisanship Last night we had an oportunity to look at President Dwight Eisenhower's most famous speech, the very prescient one he gave in 1961 about the imminent dangers posed by the Military-Industrial Complex. If you missed it, please be sure and take a look. Tuesday evening congressional freshman met at Harvard for a series of bipartisan seminars on governance. Right wing organizations have been discouraging Republicans from attending and, in recent years, most GOP freshmen have skipped it. Republican leaders don't want to see an... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Wendie Malick, 62. Plus some good stuff: 1. Dan Larison argues that presidential candidates should actually know something about the world. Which, believe it or not, is sort of necessary pushback against the prevailing views among many Republicans. 2. Robert Kuttner on Obama and judges. 3. Ryan Cooper thinks I'm nuts about political rhetoric. 4. Sarah Binder on Congress and the "Evans Rule." 5. And David Frum on "doomsday conservatives."

U.N. vaguely votes to vaguely censor the Internet

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 4 hours ago
ITU has made the first vote of the U.N. countries on whether or not the governments want to make the Internet more regulated and censored. If you click at the link, you will see that the answer is a worrisome "Yes". How was the outcome determined? It was determined according to the "temperature in the room": I kid you not. That's how Mohamed Nasser al-Ghanim, director general of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, explained the outcome. Pretty much because of global warming, totalitarian opinions gained the upper hand in the U.N. In this way, the director breached se... more »

The Great Bell Chant - An End Of Suffering Prayer

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
*Published on Oct 28, 2012 * A dear friend introduced me to this video..I was transported to a place of serenity and hope. I hope you feel the same. The change we wish to see in the world is within our own hearts. *Note: Those above are not my words, but these below are:* *All those who have fallen and faltered upon their way we ask to return to the service of the Good. All have a choice as all have free will. This was the promise given to Man and the promise will be kept through eternity.* *Your priests, your leaders, all those whom you have put upon these imaginary thrones ... more »

Israeli forces, protesters cotinue to clash in Hebron

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Dozens of Palestinians clashed with Israel Defense Forces and Border Guard officers in the West Bank city of Hebron. Large Palestinian police forces arrived at the scene to curb the protests and buffer between the Israeli forces and the rioters. Earlier, Palestinian medical sources reported that three youths and a Palestinian woman required medical treatment for tear gas inhalation and were evacuated to the public hospital in the city. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4319544,00.html

Syrian coalition opposes US decision on Terrorist Group Nusra

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Syria’s opposition leader, Moaz al-Khatib, called on the US on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to designate an extremist rebel group as a terrorist organisation, as more than 100 countries meeting in Morocco recognised his coalition as the legitimate representative of Syrians. The Syrian National Coalition, the newly formed group that has sought to unite rebel forces, received a significant diplomatic boost at the Friends of Syria conference in Marrakesh, increasing the isolation of the regime of Bashar al-Assad and its supporters in Russia and China. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms... more »

Putin says US Congress's Magnitsky bill 'unfriendly'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he fails to understand why the US Congress passed a bill aimed at barring Russians allegedly involved in an anti-corruption lawyer's death from the US. He suggested US domestic politics were behind the "unfriendly" bill and that US-Russian relations were at stake. Russia promised earlier to retaliate by barring American human rights abusers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20712613

Justin Bieber: murder plot target, 2 Arrested

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Superstar pop singer Justin Bieber was the target of a bizarre plot hatched by an imprisoned, Bieber-obsessed murderer who allegedly dispatched two New Mexico men to kill and castrate the teen hearthrob at his recent Madison Square Garden show, The Post reports. One of those men was busted upstate on Nov. 20 — allegedly with pruning shears that were to be used to cut off Bieber’s manhood at a price of $2,500 for each testicle, according to court documents. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/12/13/justin-bieber-target-murder-castration-plot/

North Korean satellite is 'tumbling out of control', claim US officials

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The satellite that North Korea claims it launched into orbit yesterday, amid allegations of long-range missile tests, is tumbling out of control, US officials have said. Officials told NBC news said that the device is some kind of space vehicle, but that they haven't established what it is supposed to do. According to officials the object, which was launched at 7.49 p.m. ET on Wednesday, has an unstable trajectory and could crash land back to earth. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korean-satellite-is-tumbling-out-of-control-claim-us-officials-8412857.html

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 13th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.9 Region NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Date time 2012-12-13 11:56:04.9 UTC Location 35.57 N ; 140.23 E Depth 48 km Distances 9 km NW Oamishirasato, Honshu, Japan

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake AZORES ISLANDS REGION - 13th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.7 Region AZORES ISLANDS REGION Date time 2012-12-13 11:31:01.4 UTC Location 36.10 N ; 34.22 W Depth 10 km Distances 681 km SW Angra

£100billion and counting: What Britain has paid to Brussels in the last 40 years...What have we got for this?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Britain’s membership of the European Union has cost taxpayers almost £100billion since its formation. As David Cameron travels to Brussels today for another EU summit, it emerged that from 1973 to this year Britain has paid £97billion in net payments. The Prime Minister is likely to seize on the vast sum when he finally sets out his vision for the UK’s place in Europe in a major speech, now delayed until the New Year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2247437/100billion-counting-What-Britain-paid-Brussels-40-years.html

Iran nuclear

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago

Fears grow for Ukrainian reporter held hostage in Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The Ukrainian government has appealed for the release of a Ukrainian journalist abducted in Syria two months ago amid reports her life is in danger. Anhar Kochneva, who was working as a freelancer for Russian and Ukrainian media, is believed to have been kidnapped near the city of Homs. Several videos apparently released by her captors show her asking for her kidnappers' demands to be met. Initially they called for a ransom of $50m (£31m; 38m euros) to be paid. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20709427

16 people killed in Damascus blast by Rebels, children included

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
At least 16 people including children were killed and scores of others injured when an explosion rocked the Syrian capital Damascus' suburb of Qatana Thursday morning, local media said. Most of the victims were schoolchildren, Syrian official media said, adding that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. Meanwhile, pro-government media placed the initial number of casualties at 22 killed and 150 injured. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-12/13/c_132039114.htm

Fracking is back: Controversial gas extraction process to resume in UK

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The Government today gave the green light for “fracking” to resume across the UK – potentially allowing for gas exploration to take place across 60 per cent of the country. Drilling to look for shale gas was put on hold 18 months ago after the process, which uses high-pressure liquid to split rock and extract gas, caused two small earthquakes in Blackpool. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fracking-is-back-controversial-gas-extraction-process-to-resume-in-uk-8412382.html

2012: The Real Maya Prophecy - The World Will Not End

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
http//:www.UnityFilm.com Directed by Cassidy Rast. 2012 Maya Prophecy. A sneak preview into the documentary film GUATEMAYA "The Unification of Wisdom" which journeys into the heart of Maya with Tz'utujil Mayan elder Tata Pedro Cruz. Journey through the life of Tz'utujil Maya elder Tata Pedro Cruz and follow him as he takes us through his life of tragedy, war, and cultural injustices, to where he is today which is that of sharing the ancient teachings of his culture with the youth of surrounding communities as well as taking the bold step to share and preserve his cultural teach... more »

Britain may cause EU "disintegration" Warns senior German lawmaker....Well let's hope he is Right!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A leading member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition accused Britain on Thursday of adopting an uncooperative attitude towards the European Union that could cause a "disintegration" of the bloc. Rainer Bruederle, parliamentary leader of the Free Democrats (FDP) who share power with Merkel's conservatives, told German Radio he wanted Britain to stay in the EU but that he was getting increasingly frustrated with London. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/13/us-europe-britain-germany-idUSBRE8BC0E220121213

Keith Vaz and the Silence of the Saldanha Family

. Keith Vaz must be the most serially corrupt and discredited MP sitting in the House of Commons today. The Saldanha family live in Bristol and Vaz is MP for Leicester East, so why is he the individual giving so much time and attention to the heartbroken Saldanha family. The record shows that it is unlikely to be because of his selfless loving heart. The fact that it was he, the ultimate establishment whore, who was parked on this tragic family after this extremely puzzling death should concern us all. Mrs Saldanha was a fully qualified and very experienced nurse and ther... more »

U.N. nuclear inspectors in Iran, no sign of Parchin visit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog arrived in Tehran on Thursday to hold talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program but there was no sign they would gain access to the Parchin military complex as requested. The Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) said "no plans were announced yet for inspectors to visit Iran's nuclear facilities or other sites", without giving a source. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/13/us-iran-nuclear-iaea-idUSBRE8BC09320121213

Russia says Syrian rebels might win; car bomb kills 16

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Syrian rebels are gaining ground and might win, Russia's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday, in the starkest such admission from a major ally of President Bashar al-Assad. "One must look the facts in the face," Russia's state-run RIA quoted Mikhail Bogdanov as saying. "Unfortunately, the victory of the Syrian opposition cannot be ruled out." http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/13/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121213

EU banking deal concludes hectic year; minefield ahead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The European Union reached a landmark deal on Thursday to make the European Central Bank the bloc's top banking supervisor, giving EU leaders greater confidence that they are gaining the upper hand over the euro zone's debt crisis. EU finance ministers forged a deal on the single supervisor in the early hours of Thursday after marathon talks. Leaders will give their stamp of approval at a summit starting later in the day, their last of 2012, and also discuss closer fiscal ties for their troubled currency area. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/13/us-eu-summit-idUSBRE8BB1T72012... more »

'Bad Barbies' Gang Busted By New York Cops

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A violent street gang, whose female factions go by names like "Bad Barbies" and "One Seven Hoes", has been dismantled by cops in New York City. About 40 members of the Bronx-based Trinitarios gang were charged on Wednesday with multiple offences, ranging from murder and assault to racketeering and selling drugs. Detectives are investigating a whopping nine murders and 24 attempted murders of mostly rival gang members in the Bronx and nearby Yonkers. http://news.sky.com/story/1024846/bad-barbies-gang-busted-by-new-york-cops

Health Warning As Norovirus 'Hits 750,000'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
More than 750,000 people are thought to have been struck down by an outbreak of norovirus in the UK - an increase of 72%. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) says there are likely to be a further 288 unreported sufferers for every one of the 2,630 confirmed cases of norovirus so far this season. A spokesman for the HPA said the figures meant 757,440 people could be affected by the stomach bug, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea. http://news.sky.com/story/1024825/health-warning-as-norovirus-hits-750000

Just Give Me The Right eReader?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 6 hours ago
Technology doesn't stand still and today’s desirable device soon becomes tomorrow’s yard sale or land fill. When the first eink readers appeared they were novel, functional and expensive. They promised much and helped kick start the ebook movement. We now take them for granted, but they were always very limited in their scope and monochrome in the offer. We often referred to them as the ‘lookie likie’ devices, which all offered the same experience, the same technology’, all promised to be the next biggest player, but all looked the same. We soon saw the casualties, as one after ... more »

Jacintha Saldanha 'Left Three Notes'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The nurse tricked by a radio prank call was found hanging from a wardrobe by a scarf, an inquest has heard. Jacintha Saldanha died days after falling victim to the hoax that targeted the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated. The opening of her inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court heard injuries were found on the nurse's wrists - and that she had also left three notes. http://news.sky.com/story/1024873/royal-prank-call-nurse-left-three-notes

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 13th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:02:43 UTC Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 07:02:43 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 23.427°N, 44.754°W Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE Distances 1880 km (1168 miles) ENE of Grande Anse, Guadeloupe

On 'Post-Democracy'

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 7 hours ago
*Here's an old book review I wrote on Colin Crouch's* Post-Democracy. *Crouch's small book was published in 2004, and this review appeared a year later. Where political debate is concerned, many (if not all) the problems addressed by Crouch's rather pessimistic argument still exercise the political imagination eight years on. Do I agree with what I wrote then, now? Yes - though I would definitely not try and hitch this piece to the then already-dated anti-capitalist bandwagon. Consistent democracy is necessarily socialist. A politics that wants to reverse the tendency to post-democ... more »

Interpreting the Fed

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 8 hours ago
*My friend and sometime coauthor Larry Ball sends me his quick analysis of the Federal Reserve's recent announcement:* I think the FOMC announcement is big news: for the first time, the Fed clearly says it will be more dovish in the future than the pre-crisis Taylor Rule (TR) dicates. In my estimation, the pre-crisis TR is something like the following for the real interest rate r: r = 2.0 - (1.5)(u-u*) + (0.5)(pi-2.0). Let’s say u* is still 5.0. Then if u=6.5 and pi=2.5, the TR says r = 0, which implies the nominal interest rate is i = 2.5. Yet the Fed says that i will still be ze... more »

Revealed: U.S. plan for 'full nuclear response' against former Soviet Union and China (even if they weren't at fault) until policy was deemed 'dangerous' by LBJ

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
In the last month of his presidency, Lyndon B. Johnson changed the policy of 'Futherance,' which would have sparked catastrophic nuclear response on the former U.S.S.R. and China, newly released documents reveal. The document had allowed the U.S. to seek retaliation after attack, even if those countries had nothing to do with it. Johnson's cabinet labeled the change in Futherance 'essential' and labeled the previous plan as 'dangerous.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2247363/Revealed-U-S-plans-nuclear-response-Soviet-Union-China-retaliation-carried-initial-attack-accidental... more »

Musical Interlude: Brule, “A Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Brule, “A Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures” (Live at Mt. Rushmore) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtwFkV-C6_A

Japanese serial killer Miyoko Sumida, 64, found dead in her cell after murdering six people to claim life insurance

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A Japanese grandmother who allegedly orchestrated the murders of six members of her family so she could make money from insurance claims has killed herself. Miyoko Sumida, 64, the primary suspect behind a series of mysterious deaths in Amagasaki, Japan, took her own life while she was in a holding cell, it was reported today. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246996/Miyoko-Sumida-Japanese-woman-dead-cell-killed-SIX-members-family-insurance.html

'Teenager, 16, stockpiled explosives and was found with terrorist handbook'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A 16-year-old boy today appeared in court charged with terrorism offences including possessing explosives after he was allegedly found with books on how to make improvised bombs. The teenager, who cannot been named for legal reasons, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. The boy, who was arrested at his home in Northamptonshire in February, is charged with possessing explosive substances, namely sulphur powder and potassium nitrate. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2247079/Teenager-16-stockpiled-explosives-terrorist-handbook.html

Bomb found in Bonn train station, Islamist extremist suspected

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
German authorities suspect Islamist extremists were responsible for planting an explosive device Monday beside a track at the main railway station in Bonn, a German intelligence official tells CNN. The explosives were found after a 14-year-old reported the bag to police, according to the official, who said the device was "not sophisticated" in design. The official said whoever left the bag remains at large. Initially, German police arrested two Bonn residents soon after recovering the explosive components, the official said. The official identified them as Omar D., who's long been... more »

Massive bank cyberattack planned

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Security firm McAfee on Thursday released a report warning that a massive cyberattack on 30 U.S. banks has been planned, with the goal of stealing millions of dollars from consumers' bank accounts. RSA startled the security world with its announcement that a gang of cybercriminals had developed a sophisticated Trojan aimed at funneling money out of bank accounts from Chase (JPM, Fortune 500), Citibank (C, Fortune 500), Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500), eBay (EBAY, Fortune 500) subsidiary PayPal and dozens of other large banks. Known as "Project Blitzkrieg," the plan has been successf... more »

Hating The Reader - part deux

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 9 hours ago
** back in 2008 I wrote the short sharp shocking anti-sales polemic HATING THE READER, a piece that might have actually existed in an embryonic version some time before 2002, to be quite honest, prior to the release of my Szmonhfu novel (from Eraserhead Press) as that's when I started formulating then honing the techniques of the wretched Hertzan Chimera writing persona. My HATING THE READER theme (or schtick, if you like) had been brooding around in my writerly mind since I had to deal with the MORONS on the small press horror forums, and that's the writers not the readers. But ... more »

Fracking campaigners fear government will give go-ahead to shale exploration

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Campaigners have raised fears that the government is poised to give the green light to shale gas exploration in the UK in a decision due on Thursday. Moves by the gas company Cuadrilla to exploit the unconventional gas in Lancashire were put on hold 18 months ago after the process of "fracking", which uses high-pressure liquid to split rock and extract gas, caused two small earthquakes. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/dec/13/fracking-campaigners-government-shale-exploration

Daniel Jones heroin death: Pair charged with manslaughter

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Two people have been charged with the manslaughter of a toddler who died from a heroin overdose in the West Midlands. Daniel Jones, aged 23 months, died in a property in the Penn area of Wolverhampton in May. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-20708043

Japan protests after Chinese plane flies over disputed isles

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Japan protested to China on Thursday after a Chinese government plane entered what Japan considers its airspace over disputed islets in the East China Sea, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. The incident prompted Japan's military to scramble eight F-15 fighter jets, the Defense Ministry said. Japanese officials later said the Chinese aircraft had left the area. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/13/us-china-japan-scramble-idUSBRE8BC07920121213

Almost Half Fukushima Children Have Thyroid Disorders

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
There are three serious problems with uranium. The big one is outright denial that there is a problem at all. The second, prompted by the first is the outright failure to apply best practice to resolve problems. The third is the unwillingness of the public to confront these problems honestly in order to ensure best practice is the norm. The hard reality is that adopting nuclear power goes with an unbending responsibility that has here been dodged. If an acceptable alternative existed, then we would never use it. Today we have installed technology and must pay attention . ... more »

Super Camies

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is what we call a 'oh S**t technology. Please note that it also works in IR and Thermal spectra. So we not only own the night, but we can still hide in plain sight. It is also likely not too tricky to make up. All speculation in this direction had the science doing hand springs and now it looks easy. The whole topic of stealth UFOs just became inevitable now that we can do it also. The whole topic of heavy Earth to space UFO traffic just took a decided turn simply because we can hide our own craft just as well. Military apps are obvious. *New Camouflage Technol... more »

Bigfoot DNA Evidence

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is a bit of the noise out there. What is important is that a large number of DNA samples have been processed and this provides us with a mass of new data that will become available for interpretation. I am also aware of another group doing similar work although that may have been feeding the same lab. My point is that we have gone from scant and controversial DNA to ample DNA and good enough to recognize that we are dealing with a human hybrid. This resets the bar simply because we now know that DNA samples must not be discarded as contaminated as certainly had been... more »

Forest Fog

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is one more reminder that the forest is our best ally in terms of optimizing water supply. Although it cannot do all the heavy lifting, it does enough to be the dominant force everywhere. Again recall that a tree puts a gallon of water into the atmosphere typically. This then precipitates a ways down wind. The cycle continues for great distances even in the absence of additional supply. Modern agriculture has far too often cleared the land of forest and destroyed the hydraulic balance. We are getting wiser, but we have not gone out and actively engaged in hydraulic restorat... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Phillip Graham.* In January 1963, Phillip Graham, the owner of the Washington Post, disclosed to a meeting of newspaper editors that John F. Kennedy was having an affair with Mary Pinchot Meyer. Phil Graham - Wikipedia *Reportedly sex and LSD were being used by Mary Pinchot Meyer to brainwash J F Kennedy, and get him to support a 'one world government'.* President Lancer and the Honeytrap / Spartacus - Kennedy Meyer *Mary Pinchot Meyer* Mary Pinchot Meyer's former husband, Cord Meyer, was in the CIA and had an interest in CIA brainwashing. Phillip Graham may have been a victim... more »

Musical Interlude: Brulé, “Awakening”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Brulé, “Awakening” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mihsYu-F9Sw

Bill C-377 can be just the start – let’s shine a light on some corners that are really in the dark!

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
The ideal Canadian workforce, Harper Conservative style. Below: Social conservative B.C. MP Russ Hiebert. Well, you can’t fight a call for transparency, so why bother? I say, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! The so-called Conservative Party of Stephen Harper quietly whipped its troops in the privacy of their caucus rooms and managed to ... more »

THE ONION - The Power Of Selling Out: Your Customers As Political Capital

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 11 hours ago
"Your users won't always understand how much economic sense it makes to sell them out." The Onion Talks, LOL. If you're not laughing, you're already D.E.A.D.


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
*“We are looking at the biggest failure to protect children in the history of Britain”:* Scallywag Magazine in the 90s... *North Wales child abuse: unanswered questions* *1. Will the Jillings report, into child sexual abuse, be published?* The Clwyd County Council failed to publish the Jillings report, which it commissioned into child abuse in North Wales care homes. Copies of the Jillings report are held by a number of local government authorities. Flintshire Council, for example, is trying to avoid publication. *2.* *Why have powerful members of a paedophile ring, reportedly lin... more »

US-Backed Syrian Opposition Demands Support for Al Qaeda

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
US-handpicked opposition leader, Moaz al-Khatib wants US to reconsider terror listing for Al Qaeda's al-Nusra front. Al-Khatib (r) demands support for Al Qaeda.*December 13, 2012* (LD) - As part of the US' charade in declaring support and recognition of the so-called "Syrian" opposition, it added one of the more extreme groups that make up the militant front operating inside Syria to a list of sanctioned terrorist organizations. The idea was to have a scapegoat to pin atrocities on while the West armed, funded, and provided military support for the rest of the extremist groups rava... more »

'It's called capitalism': Google boss says he is 'proud' of the company's multi-million pound tax avoidance scheme

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The boss of Google last night said he was ‘very proud’ of the elaborate structure that helped the search giant slash more than £200million from its UK tax bill last year. Taxpayers were left to fund the shortfall after Google contributed just £6million to government coffers – despite making sales of £2.6billion. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2247321/Its-called-ca.html

Rebel Bombs rock Damascus

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *Obdurate Washington* ------------------------------ December 11, 2012 | *Original Here* With its power declining, Washington was not able any longer to keep Russia out of the World Trade Organization. Congress showed its spite over its impotence by hooking the normalizing of trade with Russia to what is called the “Magnitsky rule.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20634768 Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian attorney who represented a British investment firm accused of tax evasion and fraud in Russia. Apparently, the UK firm supplied info... more »

EU inaction reminds Israel of Nazi camps, says Avigdor Lieberman

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
ISRAEL'S Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has criticised Europe, saying its treatment of the Jewish state was comparable to policies during the Holocaust. Mr Lieberman said Europe had turned a blind eye to a speech by Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal this week, in which he said the Palestinians would not "cede an inch" of historic Palestine, which covers modern Israel. "Once again, Europe has ignored calls for Israel's destruction," Mr Lieberman told Israeli public radio. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/gaza-conflict/eus-jewish-policylike-1930s-says-avigdor-lieberman/story-fnge... more »

For North Korea, next step is a nuclear test

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
North Korea rattled the world on Wednesday by putting a satellite into orbit using the kind of technology that appears to demonstrate it can develop a missile capable of hitting the United States. Its next step will likely be a nuclear test, which would be the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. Its 2009 test came on May 25, a month after a rocket launch. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/12/13/uk-korea-north-rocket-idUKBRE8BC05F20121213

Eurozone agrees on common bank regulator......Germany

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Europe took its first big step towards banking union early on Thursday morning, as eurozone finance ministers agreed a plan to cede power to a common bank supervisor in Frankfurt. After almost four months of fraught diplomacy that laid bare deep Franco-German divisions, finance ministers brokered terms for the European Central Bank to begin direct supervision of up to 200 eurozone lenders from early 2014. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/2946cbfe-44d4-11e2-8fd7-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2EuDpY4Qq

Australia: Hundreds of dead fish and Crabs found on beaches

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
IT could be some time before Fisheries authorities know what killed hundreds of fish and crabs in Safety Bay this week but early indications point to low oxygen levels. Hundreds of fish including herring and flounder, blue manner crabs and eels were found dead over several days on the beach near Tern Island and the Bent Street boat ramp. Many concerned readers contacted the Courier over the weekend after spotting the dead marine life. http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/local-news/Hundreds-of-dead-fish-found-on-beaches/7637893/

Sweden: Mystery orb crash: 'It was like Armageddon'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Frightened residents in western Sweden reported seeing a bright, blue light racing across the night sky on Tuesday before an orange-coloured orb smashed into the ground in a mysterious phenomenon that has yet to be explained. "It lit up the sky and flew over us, then we heard an explosion," witness Jessica Berg told the Aftonbladet newspaper. "It was very weird. Uncomfortably weird." http://www.thelocal.se/45012/20121212/#.UMlh6-TLS8A

Gas leak evacuates Little Miami High School students

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
More than 1,000 students were forced to evacuate Little Miami High School this morning due to a gas leak. Warren County radio dispatchers said the evacuation of students from the Warren County high school to the junior high school that shares the school campus at 3001 East US 22-3 was “controlled chaos.” The leak was discovered at approximately 11:30 a.m., when lunchroom workers in the kitchen of the high school smelled leaking gas. Melinda Briggs, spokeswoman for the schools, said a maintenance worker then discovered a pin-point leak in a gas line. http://news.cincinnati.com/artic... more »

Bird flu alert in Indonesia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Indonesian authorities have stepped up bird flu monitoring after thousands of poultry have died on Java island in recent months, officials said Wednesday. A strain of the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus was believed to have caused the deaths among poultry in Jakarta and other areas, said Emil Agustiono, the head of the National Zoonosis Committee. ``We are investigating whether the source of the outbreak were imported poultry,'' he said. ``If it came from one source, it will be easier to contain.'' http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/325824/poultry-deaths-prompt-bird-flu-alert-in-... more »

White Island volcanic alert level raised, New Zealand

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The volcanic alert level at White Island has been raised to 2 and the aviation colour code to orange. GNS Science volcanologists have noticed a spiny lava dome at White Island in an existing small crater formed as a result of eruptions in August. "On Monday we were able to see a spiny lava dome that has grown in a crater formed by an eruption on August 5. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10853605

Republican Voters-- Just Like Normal People-- Don't Back The Benefit Cuts Boehner And Congressional Republicans Are Demanding

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
A Republican mantra drilled into the cerebral cortex of anyone who's ever had to sit down in a room with Fox News playing is that we don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. And, of course, they're not completely wrong. Where they *are* completely wrong is that we certainly do have a revenue problem-- the rich don't pay their fair share of taxes. But where they're correct is that we have had a very serious spending problem. Our political elites-- Washington's Conservative Consensus-- have spent trillions on the same Military Industrial Complex that President Eisenh... more »

Cern Scientists Make Secret Zombie Film

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
British physicists have released a zombie film made secretly in the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. The 80-minute film, Decay, was shot in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – a 27km tunnel 100 metres beneath the Swiss-French border at Geneva where the Higgs boson or "God particle" was recently discovered. The £2,000 movie follows a small group of students, played by physicists, after a disastrous malfunction in the LHC tunnel. http://news.sky.com/story/1024538/cern-zombie-film-shot-by-british-physicists

Brent Troy Bartel Arrested after Carving Pagan Symbol Into Six-Year-Old's Back

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A Texas man rang the police to tell them he had carved a pentagram into his six-year-old son's back because it was "a holy day". Richland Hills police said Brent Troy Bartel faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and has been jailed in lieu of a $500,000 (£309,400) bond. In the 911 call released by police, Bartel calmly provides the dispatcher with his home address before telling her: "I shed some innocent blood." When asked why he did it, Bartel replies: "Because it's a holy day." http://news.sky.com/story/1024679/pagan-symbol-carved-into-six-year-olds-back

Klitschko Ringside For Ukraine Parliament Brawl

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
World heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko got a ringside spot as the opening session of Ukraine's parliament descended into a mass brawl. Scuffles erupted when members of several parties approached the stand simultaneously and attempted to push each other out of the way. At one moment the majority of those gathered in the parliament chamber stood up and joined in. http://news.sky.com/story/1024742/klitschko-ringside-for-ukraine-parliament-brawl

Argentina Sex Slavery Court Ruling Sparks Riots

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Riots have broken out in Argentina after 13 people were acquitted over the disappearance of a young woman who was allegedly kidnapped and forced into sex slavery. The court ruling has also prompted calls by political leaders to impeach the three judges who delivered the verdict. Many have called the ruling a setback for Argentina's efforts to combat sex trafficking. http://news.sky.com/story/1024733/argentina-sex-slavery-court-ruling-sparks-riots

McAfee Back In US After Release From Jail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee has arrived in the US after being deported from Guatemala. The 67-year-old, who is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of his neighbour, had spent a week in a cell after arriving in Guatemala illegally. A short time after the commercial jet carrying McAfee landed in Miami, a posting on his website announced he was at a hotel in the city's upscale South Beach area. http://news.sky.com/story/1024655/mcafee-back-in-us-after-release-from-jail

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA - 13th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.0 Region SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA Date time 2012-12-13 03:40:12.0 UTC Location 31.19 S ; 68.93 W Depth 101 km Distances 54 km NW San juan, Argentina

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake D'ENTRECASTEAUX ISLANDS REGION - 13th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude M 5.0 Region D'ENTRECASTEAUX ISLANDS REGION Date time 2012-12-13 00:58:14.9 UTC Location 9.96 S ; 154.70 E Depth 10 km Distances 425 km S Arawa

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - 13th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 00:53:32 UTC Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:53:32 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 30.928°S, 178.252°W Depth 64.9 km (40.3 miles) Region KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND Distances 83 km (51 miles) NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Unmasking the Brotherhood: Syria, Egypt, and Beyond

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 14 hours ago
*December 13, 2012* (Stop Imperialism) - The complexities of the Arab Spring and the struggle for political freedom throughout the Arab world should not obscure what has now become an absolutely essential understanding for all anti-imperialists: the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the most powerful weapons of the Western ruling class in the Muslim world. While that may be a difficult pill for some to swallow for emotional or psychological reasons, one need look no further than the insidious role the organization is playing in Syria and the abuses of power and human rights of the gove... more »

Meaning, Consciousness, and the Mayan Prophecy

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Although my name is spelled M-a-j-i-a, it is pronounced Maya. My parents didn't know how to spell the name. The story is that my dad had a dream he would have a blonde haired, brown-eyed daughter named Maya. He claims he had never heard the name before, so didn't know how to spell it. His family is of Swedish-Italian descent so it was probably the Swedish influence that led to the insertion of the nonsensical "j" in my name. His dream wasn't actually prophetic because I have blue eyes. Anyway, I've always been interested in the Mayans for obvious reasons. The Mayan prophecy of 201... more »

It's The Terror War System, Stupid!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
*Blowback is not a bitch. Blowback is a beautiful bride. And The CIA's priests of power have ordained a permanent marriage between U.S. policy and blowback.* *"The Terror War is not an event, or a campaign, or even a crusade; it is a system.* Its purpose is not to eliminate "terrorism" (however this infinitely elastic term is defined) but to perpetuate itself, to do what it does: make war. This system can be immensely rewarding, in many different ways, for those who operate or assist it, whether in government, media, academia, or business. This too is a self-sustaining dynamic, a... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
“In front of a famous background of stars and galaxies lies some of Earth's more unusual trees. Known as quiver trees, they are actually succulent aloe plants that can grow to tree-like proportions. The quiver tree name is derived from the historical usefulness of their hollowed branches as dart holders. Occurring primarily in southern Africa, the trees pictured in the below 16-exposure composite are in Quiver Tree Forest located in southern Namibia. *Click image for larger size. * Some of the tallest quiver trees in the park are estimated to be about 300 years old. Behind the t... more »

A tale of Lemonade Stand Operators and Snake Oil Distillers

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 15 hours ago
A tale of lemonade stand operators and snake oil distillers....by Grant G *"Released on Thursday, B.C.'s public accounts for the fiscal year 2009/2010 conclusively prove that the pre-election fiscal plan foisted on British Columbians by Premier Gordon Campbell and his BC Liberals on Feb 17, 2009 was the worst -- the most egregious, the most deceptive -- "Fudge-it Budget" in provincial history.* * **The public accounts show that the Campbell Liberals inflated revenues in Victoria's main operating account, the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), by a stunning $2.558 billion -- yes, Bi... more »

Menards - Woe is Me.

2old2care at Because I Can - 16 hours ago
From:Uppity Wisconsin Progressive News from the Cheddarsphere The Menards chain has been planning to move into Missouri with new stores in three St. Louis suburbs, but yesterday the firm unexpectedly announced that one of those stores, in suburban O'Fallon, is being dropped from the expansion plan. Why? A Menards spokesman explained to local news media that ... deep breath... it's Obama's fault. The unnamed spokesperson said (according to a St. Louis TV station): “I’m very sorry, but we are a family owned business and with the Obama Administration scaring the dickens out of all ... more »

Some good people get good Dem Senate committee slots -- but then there are also those other people

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*Yes, Senator Warren is getting that Banking Committee slot!* *by Ken* It reminds me of nothing so much as the day when solons of college fraternities break the good news to such of their incoming hopefuls which of them have made the grade and will be received unto the elect. With, maybe a few differences. (1) When it comes to apportioning committee slots to Senate Democrats for the 114th Congress, there's only one solon: Majority Leader Harry Reid. Today, as you probably know, was the day when Leader Harry Reid manned the phones spreading the good news. I don't know how many of t... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Twin Falls, Idaho, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Cree block highway in protest of Harper legislation

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
The Cree of Maskwacis held a pipe ceremony and peaceful demonstration on Hwy 2A at Maskwacis.  'We are taking this opportunity, coinciding with 12th hour of the 12th day of December 2012, to bring awareness to First Nations’ opposition to legislation proposed by the Harper government.' Photo by Samson Cree Nation. Cree block highway The Samson Cree Nation issued a statement Tuesday

"The Answer..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world - few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds - justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can't go on. To really ask is to open the door to a whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner." - Anne Rice, “The Vampire Lestat”

MI & WI - The ALEC Political Machine

2old2care at Because I Can - 16 hours ago
ALEC Unveils Legislative Priorities for 2013 PR Newswire WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 ALEC Legislative Priorities ALEC Legislative Priorities ALEC Legislative Priorities ALEC Legislative Priorities Don’t forget that: * ALEC* *Legislative* Priorities Almost two years ago, in March of 2011, I wrote the following: Scott Walker appears to be the poster boy for ALEC because most everything he has enacted reeks of ALEC stench. At the top of each Act published in Wisconsin it says: The people of the state of Wisconsin, ... more »

Over angry protests, Michigan passes 'right-to-work' legislation

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
Over the chants of thousands of angry protesters, Republican lawmakers made Michigan a right-to-work state Tuesday, dealing a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labour in a place that has been a bastion of the movement for generations. The GOP-dominated House ignored Democrats' pleas to delay the final passage and instead approved two bills with the same ruthless efficiency that the Senate showed last week. One measure dealt with private-sector workers, the other with government employees. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed them both within hours, calling them "pro... more »
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