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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

15 December - Blogs I'm Following II

Sailors work together during a community servi...Sailors work together during a community service event for the Doctors of the World non-governmental organization. (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)
Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Civilian volunteer takes photo during Continui...Civilian volunteer takes photo during Continuing Promise 2011 (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)
English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. Vladimir Putin w...English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. Vladimir Putin with Boris Nemtsov, leader of the Union of Right Forces parliamentary party. Русский: МОСКВА, КРЕМЛЬ. С руководителем фракции СПС в Государственной Думе Борисом Немцовым. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The first meeting of the democratic coalition ...The first meeting of the democratic coalition "For Russia Without Despotism and Corruption", Moscow, Bolotnaya square, 9 October, 2010. Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Milov, Vladimir Ryzhkov, Mikhail Kasyanov. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dead Fish of Death on the Vacation BeachDead Fish of Death on the Vacation Beach (Photo credit: epSos.de)

Gunfire erupts at Los Vegas Excalibur: Two dead after murder-suicide

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 minutes ago
A man and woman were dead after a possible murder-suicide Friday night inside the Excalibur lobby. Las Vegas police responded to the Strip hotel about 8:30 p.m. after gunfire erupted in the front lobby, officer Laura Meltzer said. The man died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The woman died at University Medical Center about two hours later, police said. The hotel remained open, but the lobby was closed as detectives tried to piece together what happened and why. http://www.lvrj.com/news/man-dead-woman-critically-injured-in-shooting-at-excalibur-183608761.html

RIP- Ravi Shankar... Life Goes By So Fast

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 39 minutes ago
The 1967-'68 school year was an exciting one for me. I had been freshman class president the year before and was then elected to head the Student Activities Board, which had a huge budget. We had a great series of concerts-- at least from my perspective. I got to book whatever I wanted. To be honest, most of the students hated the groups I booked, although I bet you couldn't find anyone who would admit that today. But they used to try to impeach me for wasting student funds on "trash" like The Doors, The Dead, Hendrix, Big Brother, The Who. Oh, there were people who loved that stuf... more »

Russia Ousts Meddling US NGOs, Fake Protests Peter Out

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 hour ago
Alexei Navalny - US funded "activist." *December 16, 2012* (LD) - Saturday, December 15 saw a disappointing show for Western-backed protesters in Moscow - with estimates of only a few hundred showing up. Led by faux-Communist Sergey Udaltsov and confirmed Western-funded opposition leaders Alexei Navalny, Ilya Yashin, and Boris Nemtsov, even the Western media had to admit the momentum they had hoped to incite is failing to materialize. AFP's "Year on, Russian opposition subdued but not defeated," and Washington Post's "Thousands protest against Putin, but opposition momentum has s... more »

The Murder Of Princess Diana: The Richard Thomlinson Connection!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
Last year, I put up an amazing article at this blog (link here), that showed clear evidence that the crash of Swissair flight 111 off the coast of Nova Scotia on September 2nd, 1998, was absolutely NO accident at all. I came under fire from many naysayers that claimed that my assertion that this "accident" was a deliberate attempt to kill ONE man, former MI6 agent, Richard Thomilinson, was absolutely wrong.... I have stood behind that assertion to this date, and NOW comes some further vindication that it is indeed fact! I came across the following article earlier today, from a fe...more »

Important Video: The Chosenites

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
I am always in search of new articles and new videos that expose the criminality of the so called "Chosen Ones", or "Chosenites". It is important for everyone to see the true nature of these criminal Jews who are out to destroy our way of life and to enslave all humanity. For this article, I want to present a very interesting video, from Youtube user: EndOfZion, entitled: "The Chosenites" fore all of my own readers to view for themselves. Here is that amazing video right here, and I do have my own thoughts and comments to follow: NTS Notes: I also noticed that Gilad Atzmon ha... more »

Yep Canada - That's ALEC RTWFL Legislation

2old2care at Because I Can - 2 hours ago
*When you see this* *And you know this* No. 11 VOTES and PROCEEDINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN SECOND SESSION – TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE Tuesday, November 13, 2012 NOTICE OF WRITTEN QUESTIONS The following questions were given notice on day no. 9 and are to be answered by day no. 14: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Mr. McCall, to ask the government the following Question No. 84: To the Premier: (1) Which commercial airline did the Premier and his staff members use to travel to the ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) conference in Phoenix, Arizona, b... more »

Obama's Sneaky War On Syria Puts Him In The Company With Jihadist Terrorists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
*Both Al-Qaeda and Obama have their sights on Syria.* President Barack Obama is depicted as a reluctant wartime president by the state-run media, but his no-holds-barred approach to arming the Jihadist terrorists inside Syria against the Assad regime raises questions about his reserved image and his real intentions towards Syria. Italian geographer Manlio Dinucci sheds light on Obama's enthusiastic support for secret wars in his article, *"Obama prefers to keep it hidden,"*writing: President Obama does not like war. Not because he is a Nobel Peace prize-winner, but because open ...more »

The Connecticut School Shooting: Something Seriously Does NOT Add Up. Evidence That There Were MULTIPLE Shooters!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
I have spent this evening going over a multitude of videos and articles pertaining to this latest senseless shooting and killing of some 27 innocent people in Connecticut, and from what I see, things just do not add up.. In fact, I am now smelling a rat, and am seriously looking at this as an operation conducted for the sole purpose of scaring the crap out of the American people so that they will blindly accept new Gun Control Legislation and surrender their right to bear arms. I came across a fascinating article from a fellow researcher named Sherrie, who writes the great blog: Sh... more »

Shots fired at Fashion Island, Los Angeles; lockdown in effect

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Shots were fired Saturday afternoon at the busy Fashion Island shopping mall, and police have taken one man into custody. Newport Beach police said officers are searching the mall but have not yet found anyone who'd been injured. The shopping mall was on lockdown, and many shoppers posted messages of Facebook and Twitter saying they were locked inside stores. The mall was crowded with holiday shoppers when the reports of shots were first posted. Shoppers who weren't locked in stores said they were getting to their cars to leave the mall. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/201... more »

mr. monk and the loyal viewer

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
It's a rare television show that gets me so engrossed in the characters that I actually begin to care about them. It takes great writing, great acting, and probably more than anything, great characters. I've just finished the entire series of "Monk," which I've been watching end-to-end on Netflix. The last network TV show I remember liking in the same can't-put-it-down way was "Veronica Mars," which I had never heard of until a friend lent me the series on DVD. (Thank you!!) I'd watch one episode after the next until I would finally force myself to go to sleep. I read about "Monk" ... more »

The infant discussion of America's gun-craziness needs to expand to "America's Culture of Violence," suggests Nicholas Thompson

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Petar Pismestrovic is one of the founding members of the Croatian Cartoonists Association (HDK), and works for Kleine Zeitung in Austria.* -- cagle.com *"[T]he slaughter in Newtown, the worst single event in this country in eleven years and three months, should lead to a moment of deep reflection. It's time to talk about guns; but it's also time to talk about a lot more."* *-- Nicholas Thompson, in a newyorker.com blogpost,* "America's Culture of Violence" *by Ken* I don't know how far it will go or how long it will last, but the events in Newtown have for sure opened the discuss... more »

When Will ALEC #DumpNRA

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
Two things just hit me in kinda a bomb First - ALEC is spending a crapload of their corporate donated funds to pay PR company Edelman to whitewash their nasty little image. (Unless of course, Edelman is an ALEC member and just donating their services - always a possibility.) Second - For ALEC, having a buddy like the NRA is like owning a pet gorilla that keeps throwing poop at you. So the question is: When is the American Legislative Exchange Council going to publicly DumpNRA? Or are the NRA's $$$'s worth more to ALEC , than the bad publicity the NRA keeps bringing to ALEC's door... more »

Questions About The Newtown, Connecticut School Shooting and Gun Control

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 4 hours ago
As usual, I have questions for any big "terrorist" event. First of all, look up *MK-ULTRA*. It's for real. The CIA in court decades ago admitted it. There were *court proceedings and witness/victim testimony* : Next, look up *OPERATION GLADIO*. Here's *ANOTHER LINK* for Operation Gladio. Don't just read what I linked you to above, REALLY RESEARCH THOSE TWO THINGS YOURSELF! These things ARE FOR REAL, and other things like them are for real. Then think of how much more advanced the CIA is than decades ago with MK-ULTRA and Operation Gladio. And WHAT ELSE have they come up with th... more »

ACTION: Your Chance To Say I'm Sorry to NewTown

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
From a Brady Center news release Please go to WeAreBetterThanThis.org and sign the letter of condolence to the families of the victims in Connecticut We all just want to live in a safer nation. In response to President Obama’s statement today: We were moved by President Obama's raw emotion during his remarks on Friday. We are committed to working with him to channel it into the change that is too long overdue. Read the whole thing >>>>HERE<<<<< Make a donation to the Brady Center >>>>>HERE<<<<<< *The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and its legislative and grassroots affil... more »

NRA Does Not Speak for America

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
Really good write-up on Common Dreams Here’s some snips – great statistics – a good read. *The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Has the Blood of Connecticut Children on His Hands * A resume covered in red by Peter Dreier The blood of the 26 victims of the Connecticut shooting, including 20 young children, is on LaPierre's hands. Of course, LaPierre didn't pull the trigger, but he's the NRA's hit man when it comes to intimidating elected officials to oppose any kind of gun control and the nation's most vocal advocate of gun owner rights. There should be special place in hell reserved for La... more »

"The State is Doomed…and Other Reasons to be Optimistic"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The State is Doomed…* *and Other Reasons to be Optimistic"* by Joel Bowman "The last few times I was invited here to speak, I talked about anarchy…the trend toward mass, geo-political decentralization, currency collapse, sovereign defaults…and the end of the global economic system as we know it. For reasons unknown to me, people thought I was being pessimistic. So today, I’m going to try something different. Something cheerier, peppier. Therefore, the title of this presentation is: “The State is Doomed…and Other Reasons to be Optimistic” I’m fairly confident members of this aud... more »

Outrage Over Children Killed in Cold Blood

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
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Manly P. Hall - Depression

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
It is unbelievable how wise this man was.

Obama will name John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 5 hours ago
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/kerry-replace-hillary-state-dept-report-article-1.1220883 *Obama will name John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State: news report * *Kerry, who was rumored to be Clinton's choice to follow her to the State Department, currently chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.* BY JONATHAN LEMIRE / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012, 10:56 AM J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts is now believed to be President Obama’s pick to replace Hillary ... more »

Chicago: 10 shot, including 4 teens, Friday afternoon and night as America's shooting madness continues

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Shootings across the city Friday afternoon and night wounded at least ten people, according to Chicago police, including four teens in three separate South and West side attacks. Someone shot two boys, both 16, about 5:11 p.m. Friday afternoon in the 1700 block of East 71st Place in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side. Both were taken to Comer Children's Hospital in stable condition with gunshot wounds to their legs. Two other teens were wounded Friday afternoon -- a 15-year-old near North Avenue and Lorel Avenue in the Austin neighborhood and a 16-year-old near Western... more »

Chief Islamic Judge of the Palestinian Authority, Who Said “Where Hitler Failed, We Must Succeed”, Wants to Run for President

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
Here's some views out of the Palestinian Authority that I can pretty much guarantee that the anti Israel BBC will not report. I can't even be bothered to complain as I know what their reply would be: we don't report every comment from either side. That's a crap excuse and I have identified the clear bias in BBC reporting comments before. The Balen Report must have found anti Israel bias or else why are the BBC so desperate to keep it secret. "The Jews are destined to be persecuted, humiliated, and tortured forever… , and it is a Muslim duty to see to it that they reap their due. ... more »

Great Grandpa Becomes Paper Boy at 86!

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 6 hours ago
Biker Bud on his appointed rounds. Photo courtesy: KARE-TV/Screen capture Every community needs a person like Bud Shaefer a.k.a. Biker Bud. While many folks more than half his age have relegated bike-riding as merely a pleasent pastime from their youth, one octogenarian in Minnesota is proving that finding the joy of cycling anew just might be the key to staying young at heart. On Christmas day four years ago, when Bud Shaefer unwrapped a bicycle gifted to him by his adult children, he was sure they'd wasted their money. But it wasn't long before the 86-year-old retiree decided to ... more »

Bullet Control

Gail at Wit's End - 6 hours ago
Hmm...I was just saying to middle daughter Sophie (who was in Philly for job interviews when the horrific Sandy Hook massacre happened) that any attempt to confiscate guns in the US would precipitate a civil war with gun lovers - who notoriously will cling to their weapons until they are pried from their cold dead fingers - and so a better way to address gun violence would be to restrict, or tax, ammunition (this could be done simply by regulating lead, a known toxin and essential ingredient of bullets). Then I saw this:

Catherine McCann: $10,000/month nursing home ignores an earful of maggots, in just one of a series of many similar issues set to get worse as society ages and people get greedier

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A 92-year-old with Alzheimer’s was found with 57 maggots crawling in her ear while she was under the care of a nursing home costing around $10,000 a month. The family of Catherine McCann are now suing the home for negligence and emotional distress. Her 88-year-old husband John McCann spent his live savings paying for her to be looked after by the Lutheran Home for the Aged in Arlington Heights, Chicago. "I was horrified, shocked. thought it was terrible," he said. "I’m paying all this money for that kind of care - no way. After giving them $270,000 of my hard earned money - my lif... more »

And the angels weep in sorrow

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
I didn't do a thing yesterday but sit in front of the computer and refresh the screen as that horrible day unfolded on the twitter. I haven't felt this level of paralyzing shock since 9/11. It's not that I haven't been equally horrified by the all too many massacres that occured since then, but this one hit so close to home for me. I grew up near Newton, CT. I didn't watch any live video because I've driven those streets. I know what the scene on the ground looks like without seeing it. And I'm not able to bear seeing the faces of the families who lost their children. Much less th... more »

Human behavior . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 6 hours ago
HUMAN MOTIVATION is incredibly complex. Attempts to tweek with it are invariably mis-directed. Esther Inglis-Arkell's article at io9, "The lasting mystery of the Hawthorne Effect" is worthy of  attention. The Hawthorne Effect is cited by both business experts and psychology experts, but rarely in the same way. Some say it's real, some that it's real but misinterpreted, and then others that it

Air Pollution is Responsible for 3 Million Premature Deaths a Year

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 6 hours ago
Another lovely, smoggy day in downtown Anywhere. Photo courtesy: Flickr/CC BY 2.0 Air quality has certainly improved in the U.S. over the last few decades — thanks to the Clean Air Act — but it's still one of the top health concerns around the world. A new report compiled by global health professionals pegs the toll of outdoor air pollution at a staggering 3.2 million premature deaths a year. Particulate pollution like soot does the most damage, especially in the booming smog-choked cities across Asia. The report, published in the Lancet, finds that outdoor air pollution is the No...more »

Gun Culture Shock

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 6 hours ago
Yesterday's shooting in Connecticut left me shaken in a way no tragedy has ever affected me before. I just cannot imagine how the parents, children, and the community at large will move past this and resume their lives. If I was there I would want that school razed and another built somewhere else in the community. Much is being said about American gun laws and gun culture and how nothing seems

Stopping Violence Is Not The Aim of Gun Control

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
The problem that government gun control advocates have is that they are not the moral leaders of society so honest and educated people don't listen to what they have to say. They are not trusted. Those who are calling for banning guns are also calling for military intervention and aggressive wars. This proves that they are not interested in stopping violence and reducing suffering in society. If they sincerely care about protecting innocent children then they should be consistent in their views and turn swords into ploughshares across the board. Banning guns is the easy solution to... more »

Report finds harsh CIA interrogations ineffective

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Washington Post Greg Miller After a contentious closed-door vote, the Senate intelligence committee approved a long-awaited report Thursday concluding that harsh interrogation measures used by the CIA did not produce significant intelligence breakthroughs, officials said. The 6,000-page document, which was not released to the public, was adopted by Democrats over the objections of most of the committee’s Republicans. The outcome reflects the level of partisan friction that continues to surround the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other severe interrogation techniques four years af... more »

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake POLAND - 15th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.0 Region POLAND Date time 2012-12-15 21:34:55.0 UTC Location 51.57 N ; 16.22 E Depth 2 km Distances 14 km NE Polkowice, Poland

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 15th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 21:23:44 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 07:23:44 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.603°N, 143.784°E Depth 34.1 km (21.2 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 235 km (146 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

California's Prop 37 Goes Into Recount

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
For many Californians the most disappointing result in last month's elections was the narrow defeat of Prop 37, the initiative to make junk food dealers inform consumers when they use genetically-engineered ingredients in their products. Pesticide and junk food manufacturers bombarded voters with $45.6 million worth of deceptive ads-- Monsanto alone spending $8,112,867 and Dupont another $5,400,000-- and managed to get 6,365,236 (51.5%) votes. The pro-transparency proposition wound up with 5,986,652 supporters (48.5%) and Prop 37 was the most closely contested race of all the stat...more »

The Newtown Massacre, and The Key to Wisdom

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 8 hours ago
The mass killing of a class of kindergarten students and their adult school guardians has touched a strong chord in the country, and no doubt around the world. The following is a response I wrote after reading the post, "Lambs Against Wolves": *Anyone who would attain real wisdom in this life must first come, on their own, to the realization that there is more to one's life than life on Earth, in the physical. That greater life is in a higher realm, known to man throughout history (and long before) as "spirit". The two realms -- with the lesser physical "inside" of the greater spiri... more »

Obama Robotically Wipes Away Invisible Tears

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*There are no tears under his eyes, yet Obaaama still manages to ritualistically, repetitively, and robotically wipe them away for the cameras.* This piece of theatre from Mr. Obaaama sickened my stomach yesterday so I didn't comment on it. What is there to say? Obaaama is an exploitative and manipulative leader. We have known this about him for quite a while now, and his fake crying is a confirmation of this fact. Obaaama Caught Fake Crying Did Obaaama learn his fake crying techniques from Bill Clinton? Video: Bill Clinton fakes crying at Ron Brown's funeral

Hillary Clinton recovering after fainting, suffering a concussion

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters, file photo. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came down with a stomach bug earlier this week and fainted, suffering a concussion. Here she is pictured speaking during a news conference at Stormont Castle in Belfast, in Northern Ireland, on Dec. 7. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/15/15930235-hillary-clinton-recovering-after-fainting-suffering-a-concussion *Hillary Clinton recovering after fainting, suffering a concussion* * * *U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly fainted from being dehydrated and suffered an apparent concus... more »

A brilliant magic trick

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
I love magic, especially card tricks, and the Penn & Teller 'Fool Us' format was great. Here's one that I somehow missed as Sean Farquar fools them

Secretary of State Clinton Pleads The Fifth On Benghazi

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
An excerpt from, *"Clinton won't testify on Benghazi due to illness"*: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won't testify to Congress next week on Benghazi, after fainting and suffering a concussion Saturday and due to her ongoing stomach ailment. How convenient. Meanwhile, the policy of training, arming, and funding terrorists carries on in Syria without comment from the mainstream media and Congress. Read, "*Syrian rebels say Americans, Britons helped train them in Jordan,"* by McClatchy. The terrorists Washington is supporting are more anti-American than Assad. They are radical I... more »

Immigrants Killed As Boat Capsizes Off Greece

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Greek coastguards have retrieved the bodies of at least 18 immigrants who drowned in the northeast Aegean Sea after their boat capsized in choppy waters. Their rubber raft had set off from Turkey's western shores, carrying its captain and 27 passengers, according to a survivor who was rescued near the island of Lesvos. http://news.sky.com/story/1025878/immigrants-killed-as-boat-capsizes-off-greece

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 15th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 6.0 Date-Time Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 19:30:03 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 05:30:03 AM at epicenter Location 4.724°S, 152.964°E Depth 55.8 km (34.7 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 103 km (64 miles) ESE (123°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG

2.7 Magnitude Earthquake YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING - 15th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 2.7 Date-Time Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 19:25:31 UTC Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:25:31 PM at epicenter Location 44.717°N, 109.994°W Depth 3 km (1.9 miles) (poorly constrained) Region YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING Distances 34 km (21 miles) S (187°) from Cooke City-Silver Gate, MT

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KEP. MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA - 15th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 19:16:50 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 02:16:50 AM at epicenter Location 3.505°S, 100.452°E Depth 15.1 km (9.4 miles) Region KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA Distances 203 km (126 miles) W (278°) from Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 15th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.2 Region TARAPACA, CHILE Date time 2012-12-15 18:55:14.0 UTC Location 21.08 S ; 68.96 W Depth 117 km Distances 152 km NW Calama, Chile

Heavy snow blocks roads, cuts power in northern Ukraine

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Heavy snowfall and strong wind blocked roads across northern Ukraine and left hundreds of villages without electricity, authorities said Tuesday. The Emergencies Ministry said sleet, snow and powerful wind brought down power lines in some 200 villages in northern Ukraine. With snow as thick as 50 cm in some areas, hundreds of cars were blocked on the snow-covered highways in the northern Kiev and Chernigov regions. http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2012-12/11/content_27385248.htm

Leaking barge spilling fuel oil into New York waters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A barge with a leaking cargo tank spilled fuel oil into a New York City waterway on Saturday, officials said. The barge was carrying 112,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil, but it was unclear how much oil spilled into the water, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement. The spill came from a Boston Marine Transport Inc barge due to a leak from its cargo tank, it said. http://news.yahoo.com/leaking-barge-spilling-fuel-oil-york-waters-coast-153443482.html


David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 10 hours ago
------------------------------ *Dean Baker: The Biggest Myth in Obama-GOP Spending Showdown is the "Fiscal Cliff" Itself* Original Here As negotiations continue between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner, leading economist Dean Baker joins us to discuss the myths about the so-called fiscal cliff. With little more than two weeks before the deadline, President Obama insists on an immediate increase in the top two income-tax rates as a condition for further negotiations on changes to spending and entitlement programs. But Boehner said Washington’s "spending problem" is ... more »

Saturday Afternoon Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
Via Twitter, Erik Larsen explains that France is “The Other Pacific Power.” CSIS report on the Sino-Vietnamese maritime dispute: “Trouble Outside the Gulf of Tonkin” (via Taylor Fravel). Phil Davis provides a guide for gaming google scholar. Perhaps one day the counting citations game will collapse under its own weight? William M. Briggs unpacks what Continue reading

Chicago police: 10 shot, including 4 teens, Friday afternoon and night

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Shootings across the city Friday afternoon and night wounded at least ten people, according to Chicago police, including four teens in three separate South and West side attacks. Someone shot two boys, both 16, about 5:11 p.m. Friday afternoon in the 1700 block of East 71st Place in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side. Both were taken to Comer Children's Hospital in stable condition with gunshot wounds to their legs. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-shootings-violence-december-14-december-15-20121214,0,912168.story

Guns Don't Kill People--Crazy People with Guns Kill People

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
From Kristof at NYTimes: By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF IN the harrowing aftermath of the school shooting in Connecticut, one thought wells in my mind: Why can’t we regulate guns as seriously as we do cars? The fundamental reason kids are dying in massacres like this one is not that we have lunatics or criminals — all countries have them — but that we suffer from a political failure to regulate guns. Children ages 5 to 14 in America are 13 times as likely to be murdered with guns as children in other industrialized countries, according to David Hemenway, a public health specialist at Harvar... more »

Adam Lanza 'fought' with four teachers at elementary school the day before massacre - three are now dead, the fourth wasn't at school yesterday

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Reports have emerged that Adam Lanza had visited Sandy Hook Elementary the day before Friday's massacre during which he was involved in an altercation with four members of staff - three of whom are now dead. The fourth teacher wasn't at school yesterday and is currently being interviewed by investigators. Police have revealed that the shooter forced his way into the school where he murdered 26 people including Principal Dawn Hochsprung, top left, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach, bottom left, before turning the gun on himself. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248651/Re... more »

Iran warns against Patriot stationing near Syria, "They are making plans for a world war"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Iran's army chief of staff warned NATO on Saturday that stationing Patriot anti-missile batteries on Turkey's border with Syria was setting the stage for world war. General Hassan Firouzabadi, whose country has been a staunch supporter of President Bashar al-Assad throughout the 21-month uprising against his rule, called on the Western military alliance to reverse its decision to deploy the defense system. "Each one of these Patriots is a black mark on the world map, and is meant to cause a world war," Firouzabadi said, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency. "They are maki... more »

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
Putting aside the horrible shooting in Connecticut... I'll say that the new actions by the Fed mattered -- not just in terms of the economy, but politically as well. And for something that I suspect didn't matter, I'll go with the North Korea launch. What else? What do you think mattered this week?

Golden Dawn: Anti-Neo-Nazi Protests In Athens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Activists from 20 countries have gathered in Athens to demonstrate against rising attacks by a neo-Nazi movement critics call the most dangerous in Europe. The protest is backed by scores of civil rights groups, anti-racist movements and imposing intellectuals, including Nobel laureates Dario Fo and Bernard Kouchner. It comes amid heightened shows of vigilantism and attacks on migrants by Golden Dawn, the once-tiny far-right group that catapulted onto Greece's tumultuous political scene last June after winning 18 seats in the country's 300-member parliament. http://news.sky.com/st... more »

Native newspapers using non-Indians when Native reporters are unemployed

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Native newspapers using non-Indians when Native reporters are unemployed By Brenda Norrell Censored News http//www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com   There are many unemployed Native American journalists. Still, the major Native newspapers continue to use non-Indians to write their headline news stories.They're not just non-Indian 'reporters,' but armchair journalists who drive out to Indian

Nothing to Say Today

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
I'm so sick with sadness about the tragic shooting that I really cannot post beyond this short notice today. We are truly living in dark times. Indeed, we are degenerating into collective madness. Every child's death from senseless violence (by individual mad men, institutional war machines, and as corporate externalities), starvation, malnutrition, neglect and dispossession marks our descent into species genocide. The scale of our descent is unprecedented. Symptoms of our collective descent are everywhere - in the dispossession of Fukushima's children, in the civilian casualties... more »

Anti Putin Protest: Protesters Held During Banned Moscow Rally

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Riot police in Russia have detained four opposition leaders, preventing them from taking part in a banned rally against President Vladimir Putin. The demonstrations in the capital Moscow marked the first anniversary of anti-Putin protests after parliamentary elections. Ilya Yashin and Ksenia Sobchak were held on their way to the march, while Sergei Udaltsov and Alexei Navalny were among around 40 protesters who were reportedly detained in the central Lubyanka Square. Up to 3,000 people gathered there, braving temperatures of -14C (7F). http://news.sky.com/story/1025921/anti-putin-r...more »

planet of death

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

Ron Barber (AZ)-- As Bad As We Feared... And He's Just Getting Started

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Arizona Democrats, for largely emotional reasons, picked conservative corporate shill Ron Barber, a former staffer for Gabby Giffords, to replace Giffords. Last month, in one of the closest contests in the country, Barber managed to hold onto Giffords' seat against formidable GOP opposition, 143,173 (50%) to 141,771 (50%). Republican Martha McSally spent $1,393,346 and outside groups spent in the neighborhood of $2 million to support her. Barber outraised her significantly and spent $2,637,022, with outside groups kicking in close another million on his behalf (although that inclu... more »

happy xmas

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

Norovirus: Hospitals Shut Doors To Visitors

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Hospitals across the country are closing their doors to visitors because of outbreaks of the winter vomiting bug norovirus. Birmingham City Hospital has asked visitors to stay away after closing four wards while at Maidstone Hospital in Kent three wards have closed to new admissions and visitors have been banned from all wards. The George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton has shut one ward, partially closed three wards and is turning away visitors. Five hospitals in Wales are also closed to visitors. http://news.sky.com/story/1025882/norovirus-hospitals-shut-doors-to-visitors

St Vincent's Hospital Shooting leaves three people wounded

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Less than 24 hours after the horrific school shooting in Connecticut, a gunman opened fire inside an Alabama hospital early Saturday morning, leaving three injured. A police officer has shot and killed the unnamed suspect accused of wounding another cop and two employees at St Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham. Police Sgt. Johnny Williams told Al.com that the injuries to wounded officer and employees were not life-threatening. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248608/Another-shooting-leaves-people-wounded-gunman-opens-inside-hospital-shot-dead-police.html

NATO oil tanker goes up in flames after Afghan Taliban ambush... but instead of running away, locals grab as many petrol cans as they can carry and siphon off fuel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The tanker was ambushed on Saturday as it passed through Doshi district in Baghlan province, in the north of the country. A group of gunmen opened fire on the vehicle until it burst into flame and had to be abandoned. Although the attackers have not been formally identified, locals apparently said that they were Taliban militants who had targeted the tanker in an effort to disrupt NATO's ongoing efforts to reconstruct the country's infrastructure while cracking down on terrorist attacks. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248591/Afghans-line-siphon-fuel-oil-tanker-blown-Taliba... more »


David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *Our Collapsing Economy and Currency * ------------------------------ December 1, 2012 | Original Here Is the “fiscal cliff” real or just another hoax? The answer is that the fiscal cliff is real, but it is a result, not a cause. The hoax is the way the fiscal cliff is being used. The fiscal cliff is the result of the inability to close the federal budget deficit. The budget deficit cannot be closed because large numbers of US middle class jobs and the GDP and tax base associated with them have been moved offshore, thus reducing federal revenues. The ...more »

Information and heat

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
When they're rather young, children learn about hot and cold things. They learn to say "heiss" when their tongue gets burned a little bit and "brrr" when they're freezing. Much like our ancestors, the Monkey Americans, little kids learn that they may heat objects up by fire; and they may cool them down in the refrigerator if they have one. In ancient Greece about 2,000 years ago, Philo of Byzantium and Hero of Alexandria constructed the first thermometers when they observed that materials generally expand when the temperature is higher. People would eventually learn that the feeli... more »

Iran hysteria a cover for Israeli bomb - ex-Iranian diplomat

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*‘Israel’s nuclear bomb has nothing to do with Iran’ * RT: Is Israel’s plausible nuclear stockpile a threat to Iran? HM: I really do believe that neither Israel is an existential threat to Iran nor Iran is an existential threat to Israel. We’ve just had the Global Zero Summit [nuclear non-proliferation] conference. I told the conference that even today Israelis are always using the Iran issue to justify their nuclear bomb, saying that Iran is an existential threat for Israel. But in fact it is Israel that produced a nuclear bomb before the Islamic revolution [in Iran] when the Shah ... more »

Syrian jets strike rebels around Damascus

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Syrian warplanes bombed insurgents east of Damascus on Saturday and government forces pounded a town to the southwest, activists said, in a month-long and so far fruitless campaign to dislodge rebels around the capital. Jets bombarded the Beit Sahm district on the road leading to the international airport and the army fired rockets at several rebel strongholds around Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad's bastion through 21 months of an increasingly bloody uprising. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/15/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121215

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 15th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 13:03:27 UTC Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 07:03:27 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.204°N, 89.857°W Depth 74.4 km (46.2 miles) Region OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR Distances 43 km (26 miles) S of Acajutla, El Salvador

Trolling the Connecticut Shootings

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 13 hours ago
Tragic events like yesterday's school shooting bring out the best in people. Teachers and pupils have been praised for timely actions that saved many dozens of lives from Adam Lanza's rampage. But, unfortunately, tragedy can also bring out a sense of brazen self-righteousness by those who believe they have a stake in the fall out. I wrote yesterday how the smoke that normally clouds America's gun control debates gets thicker in the immediate aftermath of yet another entirely preventable mass shooting. And sadly, so it has proven. Scant hours after news of the shooting broke, Bryan... more »

Tears For Right Wing Fear

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) When the President of the United States of America cries on national TV, that's a pretty good sign the nation is not having a good day. And just in case the "Neener Neener"-Obama Can Do No Right faction of the nation tries to make hay out of this, the president's tears yesterday were not John Boehner crocodile tears but those of a fellow parent who'd been devastated by the news of, by far, the worst elementary school shooting in all of American history. And that's how we ought to present this: Not, as the *New York Ti... more »

Obama's Fried Fish

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 13 hours ago
Anxious folks in Washington and Colorado may have gotten an early Christmas gift from their president. When it comes to simple possession and recreational use of marijuana in their states, Obama says he has "bigger fish to fry." Obama told Babs Walters, "*It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined it's legal."i* Hardly a home run but it's "safe on third." Attorney General Eric Holder has said he'll announce a new policy on state laws very soon. * * There has been some speculation that federal laws against... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR - 15th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:43:29 UTC Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 06:43:29 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 12.134°N, 88.700°W Depth 34.6 km (21.5 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR Distances 128 km (79 miles) S of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador

Why No Competition?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 13 hours ago
Lockheed Martin has a number of F-35s built and flying. Surely it's got more than enough to get a few up to the Cold Lake air base to strut their stuff against the competition. Let's see how they do in dogfighting, in ground support, in the interceptor role. Let's see how they stack up on range, payload, speed, climb and turn rate, reliability and survivability. Let's see how they handle defensive and offensive roles or missions that can turn from one into the other quite unexpectedly. How are they on sortie generation, that is how many missions can you get out of them in a... more »

What does a map of Tasmania look like? Slightly NSFW

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Answer 1: Answer 2: Amanda Palmer and The Young Punx - "Map of Tasmania" 8ft. Records 'They don’t play the song on the radio They don’t show the tits on the video They don’t know that we are the media They don’t know that we start the mania Your Eyes don’t want to see what I’m making you Your ass is off its seat and I’m shaking you Walking down the street I’m the lady – ah - Showing off my map of Tasmania Soft and sweet and shaped like a triangle Some girls want no shape and they shave it all That’s so whack, it hurts with the stubble Walking ’round and look like an eight-year-old So...more »

Self-represented litigant discovers the truth about the "justice system"

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 13 hours ago
My name is Denis Rancourt. I am self-represented in a $1 million defamation lawsuit against me. The lawsuit is described HERE. And many of the legal documents are posted HERE. The lawsuit has been on-going since the Statement of Claim was filed on June 23, 2011. I filed my Statement of Defence on July 22, 2011. Since that time, some twenty four (24) motions (or mini-trials) have been filed in

NATO Turns Up Heat in Syria Psy-War

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
NATO tells tales of recently launched "Scud missiles" to retroactively justify Patriot missile deployment months in the making. *December 15, 2012 *(LD) - In a recent bid to psychologically break Syria's government and military leadership, producing long sought-after defections, US-led NATO has decided to place Patriot missile systems along the Turkish-Syrian border. The announcement was made as far back as November with * *NATO Source Alliance News Blog reporting: "Turkey plans to officially request NATO deploy a Patriot missile defense system in its territories as a security ...more »

US-Iranian nuclear talks fail, Iran has plutonium for 24 Nagasaki-type bombs (assuming they're building them, that is)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The secret, one-on-one nuclear negotiations President Barack Obama launched with Iran have run into a blank wall. A senior Iranian team member, Mostafa Dolatyar, said Friday, Dec. 14 in New Delhi that the diplomatic process for solving the nuclear issue with Iran was in effect going nowhere, because the demand that Tehran halt its 20-percent enrichment of uranium “doesn’t make sense.” He went on to say: “They [the world powers] have made certain connections with purely technical issues and something purely political. In so far as this is the mentality and this is the approach from 5... more »

Why Let the Air Force Decide What We Want?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 14 hours ago
It's up to Parliament to tell the Air Force what Canada needs from the RCAF, not the other way around. What the Air Force wants and what the country needs are not one and the same. That's especially true for today's "Americanized" military that may be losing sight of the limits of its role in democratic government. The military's guidance is invaluable but rarely infallible. Don't forget how the Big Cod hooked prime minister Martin into approving the combat gig in Kandahar. In recent decades Canada's military has shown itself to be less than - oh, what's the word - honest in... more »

New milestone for China: Probe snaps close-ups of asteroid Toutatis

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
China's official news agency is reporting that the country's Chang'e 2 deep-space probe made an amazing flyby of the asteroid Toutatis this week, snapping a series of pictures as it passed just 2 miles away. The achievement signals China's entry into yet another exclusive space club. Only four of the world's space efforts have managed close encounters with asteroids: NASA (with NEAR Shoemaker and Dawn, for example), the European Space Agency (with Rosetta), Japan (with Hayabusa) — and now China with Toutatis. http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/15/15919205-new-milestone-for-... more »

A panda walks into a bar ...

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
... interrupting a heated argument between two customers. The bartender turns to the panda and says, "Hey, just the guy we needed! Tell Ollie and Neville here... are you a bear or some kind of raccoon?" The panda ponders this for a moment and replies, "Hmmn. You know, not everything is black and white like that."

Snowy day to play

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago

Misapprehension of evidence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
*Habib v. Mucaj*, 2012 ONCA 880 deals with setting aside a default based order and considers misapprehension of evidence: [4] It is well settled that a misapprehension of evidence may involve a failure to take into account an item or items of evidence relevant to a material issue, or it may have to do with a mistake about the substance of the evidence. A misapprehension of evidence may also reflect a failure to give proper effect to evidence: *R. v. Mahmood*, 2011 ONCA 693, at para. 46.

The Normalization of Tragedy

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
Will the massacre of 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut go down in history as the tipping point when a nation finally regained its sanity and just said no to the gun culture and the politicians who enable it? It's too soon to tell about our rulers and their incestuous bedmates in the mass media. After all, when Gabby Giffords was shot, predictions were that the shooting of a congressperson would finally knock some sense into some thick congressional skulls. It did not. But it does appear that regular people are now speaking out with an outrage, indignation and anguish that we have her... more »

Nothing Convinces Quite Like a Taste of the Lash

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 14 hours ago
The onset of extreme weather events is rapidly culling the ranks of climate change skeptics. Megastorms, droughts, heat waves and floods are prevailing as science never could, especially in the home of denialism, the United States. *A poll released on Friday by the Associated Press-GfK found rising concern about climate change among Americans in general, with 80% citing it as a serious problem for the US, up from 73% in 2009. Belief and worry about climate change were rising faster still among people who do tend not to trust scientists on the environment.* *Some of the doubters ... more »

More on Coercive Contraception

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
More details on genocide by coercive contraception. The documentary on the situation of Ethiopian women in Israel aired last week and is causing a bit of a stir. Israeli and Jewish aid officials are denying an Israeli TV report alleging that Ethiopian immigrant women have been coerced into taking contraceptive shots. The aid group is the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). In the report, a woman identified as S. said she was told at the Jewish aid compound in Gondar, Ethiopia, “If you don’t get the shot, we won’t give you a ticket.” She recalled, “I didn’t want to... more »

You are to Blame for New Town.

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
From Think Progress Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, issued a statement this evening attributing the massacre to gun regulations, arguing that had weapons been permitted on school grounds, the murders could have been avoided: “Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands. Federal and state laws combined to insure that no teacher, no administrator, no adult had a gun at the Newtown school where the children were murdered. This tragedy underscores the urgency of getting rid of gun bans in school zones. The only thing accomplish... more »

Mrs. Obama, please tell me a story!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012* *A photo that’s well worth viewing:* Page A2 of this morning’s Washington Post is topped by a photo that’s well worth viewing. The photo was worth the price of the paper—and then some. To view the photo, just click here—though in truth, the photo is better in black and white, the way it appears in the hard-copy Post. Regarding that photo: Jordyn Akuoko is 5—or so it says in the caption which appears in our hard-copy Post. Mrs. Obama encountered her “during an annual event at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington,” the caption reports. ... more »
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