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Sunday, December 16, 2012

16 December - Blogs I'm Following II

Strombolian-style eruption of Tungurahua Volca...Strombolian-style eruption of Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Syrian-Turkish Border Is A Flashpoint For WWIII

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 minutes ago
At the moment, there is a low-level conflict on the Syrian-Turkish border. There have been *clashes throughout the past year*, often times stoked by the FSA, the foreign-backed Jihadist insurgency that is fighting Assad. But if the United States government has anything to say about it this conflict will get much larger. Washington has *deployed Patriot missiles and soldiers to the Turkish border* to send a message to Syria* *that it is serious about its threat to overthrow its regime. There are many regional flashpoints in the Middle East, but military experts believe that the Syri... more »

Pennsylvania nuclear power plant: Unexpected shutdown reported

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
An energy company says it’s trying to figure out why a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant reactor shut down unexpectedly. PPL Corp says Unit 2 at the Susquehanna nuclear facility near Berwick shut down early Sunday morning. The company says the reactor is safe and stable. In a statement, Allentown-based PPL says the shutdown occurred during routine testing of a valve on the unit’s main turbine system. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/international/unexpected-shutdown-reported-at-us-nuclear-plant/article4208906.ece

Daytime UFO filmed over Orlando Florida: Dec 15, 2012

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
Daytime UFO over Orlando, Florida 15 December 2012 *by justa4t*

Ecuador declares orange alert near Tungurahua volcano

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
ECUADOR has issued an orange alert - the second-highest warning level - for towns near the Tungurahua volcano, as its level of activity rose, civil defence officials say. The area of the warning covers the adjacent provinces of Tungurahua and Chimborazo, according to the national civil defence agency. Greater activity has been building since Wednesday, along with a slight increase in gas emissions from the 5029-metre volcano, located about 135km south of the capital Quito, the Geophysical Institute said. http://www.news.com.au/world/ecuador-declares-volcano-alert/story-fndir2ev-122... more »

Mayan 'death and rebirth' date marks the perfect time to tackle planet's crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
At 12 minutes past noon last Wednesday, 12.12.12, 12 minutes of wintry stillness was broken by the low chime of a gong. The crowd gathered around the Chalice Well beneath Glastonbury Tor linked hands, looked skywards, then touched the earth. A multitude of others did the same across the world – only this place, as everyone knows, is rather special. For many people, these days between last Wednesday, 12 December, and the winter solstice on 21 December next Friday constitute a portal of some kind, based upon a convergence of predictions in ancient calendars, notably that of the Maya i... more »

Emerging Europe: Goal challenged

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
For the countries of central and eastern Europe, the unassailable momentum of integration with Europe’s west has been a double-edged sword. For much of the past decade, the wealth gap between west and east has narrowed as inflows of cheap capital helped power economic growth in the former communist countries. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c652df60-4514-11e2-838f-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=published_links%2Frss%2Fworld_europe%2Ffeed%2F%2Fproduct#axzz2FHbtzBdg

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 17th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Monday, December 17, 2012 at 00:28:55 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:28:55 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 49.749°N, 155.952°E Depth 38.9 km (24.2 miles) Region KURIL ISLANDS Distances 102 km (63 miles) S of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake VALPARAISO, CHILE - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 22:46:11 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 07:46:11 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.762°S, 71.433°W Depth 54.9 km (34.1 miles) Region VALPARAISO, CHILE Distances 20 km (12 miles) WSW of Melipilla, Chile

Dangerous Music: Sugar Man, Beatles and Buffy Sainte Marie

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 minutes ago
Sugar Man, Sixto Rodriquez How music cracked open the world: Searching for Sugar Man, How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, and the music of Buffy Sainte Marie By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Searching for Sugar Man, and How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, tell the same story, in very different ways. Both films tell how music, forbidden and censored music,

Quote of the day: On the reaction to a shooting

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 25 minutes ago
*“’Tough cases make bad law,’ it is often said. I suggest a corollary: extreme events make bad legislation.”* - Gene Callahan, “A*** L****, the Perfect Cypher upon Whom We Can Project Our Agendas” Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake PAGAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 27 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 21:50:29 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 07:50:29 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.206°N, 146.843°E Depth 53.6 km (33.3 miles) Region PAGAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Distances 113 km (70 miles) E of Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

Who Says Obama's Policies Are Considered Republican? Anyone With A Brain-- Including President Barack H. Obama

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 30 minutes ago
If you've followed this blog with any regularity over the past few years, you've probably noticed an uncomfortable disdain for Barack Obama-- going back to right after he was elected to the Senate and picked Joe Lieberman as his mentor, and continuing right up to the current attempts to work with Boehner to balance the budget on the backs on the elderly and the middle class. The wealthy and powerful have continued to do extraordinarily well under Obama... regular working families, much less so. And, as Dan Rather told a somewhat stunned Rachel Maddow Thursday night (watch the video... more »

Robotic arm: Paralyzed woman's thoughts

Megaan at Current news updates, World current news - 50 minutes ago
*According to US study, unrivalled control of a robotic arm has been achieved using a paralysed woman's thoughts.*Jan, who is 53 and paralyzed from the neck down, was able to deftly pick up, move and place a range of objects in a manner similar to a normal arm. Brain implants were used to manage the robotic arm and Jan was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration 13 years ago and progressively lost control of her body. She is now incapable to move her arms. The pulses of electricity in the brain are then translated into commands to move the arm, which bends at the elbow, wris... more »

567 Grams: Avicenna's Floating Man Argument And The Newtown Massacre

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
Abraham Lincoln believed in life after death, *possessed psychic abilities*, and famously dreamed about his own demise shortly before it happened. He is not alone. Philosophers, mystics, poets, and prophets all speak about the eternal life of the soul and the existence of a world beyond this one. Read this excerpt from Tai Carmen's article, *"The Human Soul and The Floating Man"*: "The 11th century Persian philosopher Avicenna devised The Floating Man thought experiment to demonstrate human self-awareness and the substantiality of the soul: he directed readers to imagine themselv... more »

Right Wingers Tweeting Bigotry During NewTown Vigil

2old2care at Because I Can - 1 hour ago
I won't repeat any of what is in the diary here. On Daily Kos tonight. It's really disgusting. BUT - Please read the whole thing There are two really good points made by the diarist. >>>>HERE<<<<<

You have not begun to see all that is in store for you.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 hour ago
* * *You have not begun to see all that is in store for you. * As channeled by Ron Head December 16, 2012 in Michael, Ron's Channeled Messages Michael Before we begin today, let us tell all who are suffering because of their connection to your loss of so many dear little ones they are here with us and they are well cared for. We offer our comfort to all who ask. We understand your pain and wish you peace in your knowing of their return home. Let us now begin by pointing out to you, although we know it is totally unnecessary, that only five days remain in your current ‘... more »

Costa Rica Bans Sport Hunting

Pumas are among Costa Rica's most treasured species. Photo courtesy: Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images Good for you, Costa Rica!! Costa Rica has became the first Latin American country to ban hunting as a sport, after an unanimous and final vote from Congress. Lawmakers had provisionally approved a reform to its Wildlife Conservation law back in October. With a population of 4.5 million people, Costa Rica is one of the world's most biodiverse nations. The central American country is already known for its environmental mindset, with 25% of its land protected as national parks or reser... more »

Secret Libor Transcripts Expose Trader Rate-Manipulation

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 hour ago
* * http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-13/rigged-libor-with-police-nearby-shows-flaw-of-light-touch.html * * *Secret Libor Transcripts Expose Trader Rate-Manipulation* By Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch December 13, 2012 11:01 AM EST Every morning, from his desk by the bathroom at the far end of Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc’s trading floor overlooking London’s Liverpool Street station, Paul White punched a series of numbers into his computer. White, who joined RBS in 1984, was one of the employees responsible for the firm’s submissions to the London interbank offered rate, or... more »

The International Banking Cartel/Cabal

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 hour ago
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part I: The Eight Families: by Dean Henderson *(Excerpted from Chapter 19: The Eight Families: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf… Part one of a five-part series)* The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP Amoco and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch. According to company ... more »

Did You Know That...

Kleenex-brand tissues started out as thin, gauzelike paper called Cellucotton that Kimberly-Clark produced as liners for GIs' gas masks during World War 1. When the war ended, the company used the surplus to make "Kleenex Kerchiefs", which it heavily promoted as "the Sanitary Cold Cream Remover". Women all over the country scrambled to buy the handy things. Until then, they'd used washcloths and towels to take off their makeup. But they soon began writing to the company with a complaint: Their husbands and children were forever snatching the Kerchiefs to blow their noses! The folks... more »

Jewish Controlled Hollywood Playing People As Suckers Again: Newest Crap Movie, "Zero Dark Thirty" Is Blatant "Global War On Terror" Propaganda!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
While being laid up today, I actually turned on the "Talmudvision" to watch a bit of sports news, and to catch up on what has been happening with the NHL hockey lockout (Yes, this is, or was, the only professional sport I actually enjoy watching). I saw a commercial that I found revolting and disgusting. It was for a new Jewish Hollywood created piece of crap movie to be released in January, called "Zero Dark Thirty". I could not believe the blatant lies and pure propaganda I was seeing... It was almost as bad as the other piece of crap laugher of a movie released recently called... more »

Supersizing Secrecy (And Downsizing Democracy)? What We Must Really Love (Not To Mention Admire)

From my mentor Tom Engelhardt at the TomDispatch we learn who really won all those "contested" elections. And it wasn't us. Not by a long shot. And when you next think of where money is to be made in this country . . . . . . . The first thing they might notice is that the Intelligence Community of 2012 with 17 official outfits has, by the simplest of calculations, almost doubled. The real

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 3 hours ago
I have been suffering today from what appears to be Influenza like symptoms... My son caught it from someone at his school (It is sad that in today's economy, working parents send sick kids to school!), and he suffered from it earlier this week. I was crossing my fingers that I would not get it, but I guess my luck ran out. Hopefully this will not last long, and I should be back to my normal self in a few days..I figure that with the fever subsided enough for the moment, I will try to fire off my weekly rant... Yes, I am still very pissed off by what I see with this latest shootin... more »

"Llet us celebrate the falling bodies . . . as a demonstration of our fealty, our bondage, to the great god Gun" (Garry Wills)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*"I have often thought that we should raise a statue of [Charlton] Heston at each of the many sites of multiple murders around our land. We would soon have armies of statues, whole droves of Heston acolytes standing sentry at the shrines of Moloch dotting the landscape."* *"That horror cannot be blamed just on one unhinged person. It was the sacrifice we as a culture made, and continually make, to our demonic god. We guarantee that crazed man after crazed man will have a flood of killing power readily supplied him."* *-- Garry Wills, in a NYRB blogpost,* "Our Moloch" ‪*Moloch‬*Fro... more »

Daily Links, Monday, Dec 17, 2012

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
*In Tianzhong train station, an express awaits.* Time for another edition of weekly links...... *BLOGS*: - The Suhua Highway and rail line not rail line are closed, probably for about three weeks. Travel to Hualien is now a major pain. If New Years puts you in Hualien, you might want to reconsider. - Ben on the SET TV mess, in which a popular host leaves the show over allegations management censored pro-Taiwan commentary. - Ben also comments on Robert Ross' remarks on F-16s. - Way cool: WWII Japanese pillboxes in the Taichung/Taiwan. Great, useful post. *... more »

Oh, the weather outside's not frightful (and by the pool's delightful)

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 4 hours ago
Copan Christmas elves I was sitting by the pool today, sipping a *cerveza*and thinking about what a very different Christmas I’ll be having this year. This is my first Christmas ever outside of Canada. I’m not the type to make too big a deal out of Christmas, but I did have a few rituals around the season. The absence of those rituals this year is making me newly aware of the ones I’m missing and the ones I never did take much of a shine to. Cold weather, for instance. Maybe I dreamed of a white Christmas a few times as a kid, but that desire pretty much went away once I started to ... more »

Malevolent Maples Destined for Oblivion

Wit's End - 4 hours ago
For most of my life, I had always thought of the world as a splendid, benevolent, and resilient place. I remember when I was young going out to the lawn with an iron tool. It had a turned, grooved wooden handle, and at the end of the long spike, rusty under chipped paint, was a sharp forked tip. My job was to gouge out the stubborn deep taproots of the shiny, noisily yellow dandelions...before they turned into sparkly floating snowflakes that made wishes come true. If there were chemical herbicides available back then, we couldn't afford to buy any - but there was plenty of tim... more »

Why Strong Science Assessors Matter

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 4 hours ago
In my latest Bridges column I connect Hurricane Sandy to Mad Cow disease through the repeatedly-learned lesson that effective use of science in decision making depends upon having strong institutions. Here is how it starts: Last month in Berlin, I participated in the 10th anniversary conference of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment – the Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR). The BfR is one of a number of European organizations that Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), characterized at the conference as "the... more »

What do you call two penguins on Baffin Island?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
* Lost! REALLY lost *

Time for the blame game

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
I saw Jake Tapper get into a brief argument this morning on the twitter about the media buying into the "violent video games are the problem" trope the anti-regulation gun crowd always uses to deflect blame. Jake said something like it should be a valid part of the discussion. Fine. Let's discuss that trivial contribution -- again. But Big Media never seems to want to discuss their own potential causation of these brutal crimes. I know for the people on the ground being there is not a choice. I understand the need to feed the 24/7 beast but the competition for a "scoop," (which las... more »

The Patience of Unconditionality!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
* * *This is from my friend Henry Hasse.* * Henry is suffering from cancer. What a light he is!* * This is long, please read it all by pressing on the "READ MORE" link.* * -AK* *Oh, the Patience of Unconditionality!* By Henry Hasse Preface There always seems to be a better way to write what one has learned of “unconditional.” Of this I know, for I have labored long and hard to bring this ode to you. Perhaps you can improve it some, and add to it some thoughts – or take away. Go to! Make it your own to think about and share. I make no claim to say these... more »

Will the catalyst be Japan?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
Which country has the biggest government debt-t0-GDP ratio in the world? Which country went into recession two decades ago, and has never really emerged? Which country’s leader has signalled he intends to print money, QE to infinity, to monetise that debt? The answer to all of these questions is not Greece, Spain or Italy. Nor is it the U.S. It’s Japan. With interest rates at zero and government debt more than double its GDP—and rising—and an aging population who have virtually denuded their savings in patriotically buying govt bonds, it has little hope of ever reducing that de... more »

CSOs and State 16: The Integrity Initiative

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
Government is force and coercion. It is an institution created by men and women mainly to protect themselves, their families and friends, their properties, from bullies among the population. It was a good "social contract" where people surrender a portion of their individual freedom to the government, like the "freedom to revenge" and physically attack those who committed physical aggression against them and their properties. Government and its courts, justice and police system is supposed to do that job, to penalize those who disrespect other people's right to peaceful living. But... more »

US pulls war fleet from Syrian water, returning home in surprising about-face

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Shortly before the deployment of two American Patriot missiles manned by 400 US servicemen for defending Turkey against Syria was announced Thursday, Dec. 13, Washington quietly recalled from Syrian waters the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier and its strike group and the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready group and the 2,000 Marines on their decks. This US fleet, now on its way to home base, stayed opposite the Syrian coast from the third week of November ready to take part in direct US intervention in the Syrian conflict. Now that the American warships are gone, Russia’s Black Sea Flee... more »

Dying Days of a Corrupt Government(How are you?)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 5 hours ago
It`s been a while hasn`t it, I mean since we last talked, how are you, how`s life, everything is well?...and don`t answer me with "*great, couldn`t be better"* isn`t that response standard fare, how many of us too stick to scripted answers rather than bleed your soul.... It`s not easy coming here, and it`s not easy answering "*great, couldn`t be better"* when you want to scream, want to cry want just to be held and comforted, weather`s getting cold, not ice cold but west coast damp, like the rain too, it soothes, being comfortably baked by summer`s warm friendly orange visitor or... more »

An Insane Age: When Patriotism Attracts The Charge of Insanity

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
Public Intelligence: *The Department of Homeland Security’s New HQ is an Abandoned Insane Asylum*. An excerpt from, *"Attainted: The Life and Afterlife of Ezra Pound in Italy,"* by Luciano Mangiafico. Defense counsel Cornell, who had first met Pound on November 20, had an easy time with his insanity defense. The four psychiatrists had come back to the judge with a unanimous report calling Pound delusional. The prosecutor, Isaiah Matlack, next moved for a public “insanity hearing” before a jury. The hearing was held on February 13, 1946, and the jury heard from Dr. Winfred Overh... more »

* Government Allowed 9/11 | Interview with Sibel Edmonds

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
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“The Christmas Truce of 1914”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The Christmas Truce of 1914”* by Simon Rees “You are standing up to your knees in the slime of a waterlogged trench. It is the evening of 24 December 1914 and you are on the dreaded Western Front. Stooped over, you wade across to the firing step and take over the watch. Having exchanged pleasantries, your bleary-eyed and mud-spattered colleague shuffles off towards his dug out. Despite the horrors and the hardships, your morale is high and you believe that in the New Year the nation's army march towards a glorious victory. But for now you stamp your feet in a vain attempt t... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

"Thoughts On Evil And Human Nature"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Thoughts On Evil And Human Nature" * by W. Christopher Epler "Carl Sagan, author and astrophysicist from Cornell, used to wonder if atomic weaponry would be the nemesis of most "advanced species". A flight of fancy of sorts since whales and elephants are certainly advanced species but don't feel the need for technology (and should we patronize them for this since they aren't rapidly destroying the planet?). Is it possible that much of science and technology are actually synonyms of self destructive stupidity? A kind of short sighted greed, perhaps. In any event, what has now... more »

POOF for DEC 16: Have a Very Merry Christmas

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
Greetings and Salutations, It's clear the gag order they put down when they got everything positioned is being held. I do know they were busting a hump this week to get the rest done. The pres doesn't need to be in the WH for everything to proceed, where ever airforce 1 is, so's the WH. We have our original constitutional treasury back and they did something with the fed, in other words, the 'setup' is done for a wonderful xmas. The mystery of the 'moment' lies in this silence. Be good and be ready because Santa's coming to town. Be at Peace and step into your glorious future. T... more »

Pro Gun Senators Avoiding the Press

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
*Politics* *All 31 Pro-Gun Senators Refused Invitations To Appear On ‘Meet The Press’* By Aviva Shen on Dec 16, 2012 at 11:09 am Read It >>>HERE<<< Very short – with a tweet from Meet the Press *Guess they wanted to stay home and hug their kids. * ****************************************** That article is reiterated on The Hill *Pro-gun rights lawmakers keep low profile after shootings* By Alexander Bolton - 12/16/12 02:45 PM ET Bob Schieffer, the host of CBS’s “Face the Nation”, marveled Sunday that he could not find Republicans or centrist Democrats to even discuss gun control ... more »

Manly P. Hall - Turn off the TV

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
"They put an off button on the TV for a reason. Turn it off . . . I really don't watch much TV." -- President George W. Bush, C-SPAN interview, January 2005. Wise words. Did the "W" stand for wise? Manly P. Hall - Turn off the TV

Portland Mall Shooter Stopped by CCW holder, Media lies by omission

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
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Quoting on Auckland…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Phil McDermott on “A Flawed Case? Auckland’s City Rail Link Project” “One of the reasons as I understood it for creating a single Auckland Council was to reduce wasting money on uneconomic and unwarranted projects. Well, this obsession with the CRL simply demonstrates how a bigger council can make even bigger mistakes…” I have still yet to hear a cogent reason for creating a super-sized bureaucracy in Auckland. I don’t think one ever existed. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Karl Denninger, “CT School Shootings; Facts Before Hype”; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“CT School Shootings; Facts Before Hype”* by Karl Denninger “You have to live in a hole not to know that a deranged young man shot up a school Friday morning. In the aftermath there are the predictable calls for bans on all guns, bans on most guns, and bans on, well, anyone other than you and your hired goons (aka Mayor Bloomberg) having a gun. Hysteria does not produce good results. Indeed, evil men often wait for conveniently-timed hysteria to do unspeakably ugly and evil things under cover of public demand that they conveniently exploit. There are hundreds if not thousands o... more »

D-FOX: Please contact us if you can read this

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
To D-fox: if you're reading this, please contact us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. It's important -- we believe.

I don't usually subscribe to conspiracy theories, but...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
Politico reports that: 'The State Department said Saturday that Secretary of State Hillary Clintonfainted and suffered a concussion, but did not specify when that happened or the circumstances surrounding the incident. She will not testify this week before House and Senate committees about the Sept. 11 attacks on Benghazi as scheduled, congressional sources said.' Hmm, convenient? If you like conspiracy theories then Politics & Finance have a doozy ...

A raven with a Tim Horton's cup

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago

A raven with a Tim Horton's cup

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago

Obama's gun control record illustrates a consistent failure to act

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
bit.ly/U34mnk There has been no shortage of sorrow-filled words from Barack Obama following each of the tragic mass killings that have afflicted his presidency. Obama described the wounding of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and deaths of six other people, including a young girl, in Tucson, Arizona, last year as a "tragedy for our entire country" and called for a "national dialogue" on how Americans treat each other. He struck much the same theme in July following the killing of 12 people at a Colorado cinema. A month later, Obama called for "soul searching" on how to reduce viol... more »

Patrick Cockburn: There Is A "False And Propagandistic Account of Events In Syria"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
An excerpt from Patrick Cockburn's article, *"Syria: The descent into Holy War"*: This misperception of the reality on the ground in Syria is fuelled in part by propaganda, but more especially by inaccurate and misleading reporting by the media where bias towards the rebels and against the government is unsurpassed since the height of the Cold War. Exaggerated notions are given of rebel strength and popularity. The Syrian government is partially responsible for this. By excluding all but a few foreign journalists, the regime has created a vacuum of information that is naturally fil... more »

Why Didn't The Democrats Pass Gun Control Legislation When They Took Over Congress?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Bad news for the NRA: Baca, Bloomberg, McLeod 74% of NRA members say there should be background checks before anyone is able to buy a gun. But the Republican congressional leadership sent out their most junior-- and only female-- member, Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) to tell the media that the GOP will stop any attempts to pass any kind of meaningful gun control legislation. As we saw Friday, the NRA has almost every single House Republican on their payroll. And they pay off enough Blue Dogs and New Dems so that the efforts to derail legislation appears "bipartisan." "We need to fi... more »

Mike Adams - Do guns kill people? Pistol, shotgun, assault rifle put to the test

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
Tyrants always have a plan and a vision. First they confiscate the guns then they confiscate and kill the humans. *America's tyrants are in love with China's tyrants* because they control their slaves 100 percent. They treat humans like cattle over there. In America people are still free because they are armed and they can protect themselves from the oligarchical radicals in power who have used government coercion to steal the public's money (bank bailouts) and now want to use government power to kill dissidents and freedom fighters who are seeking justice. The monstrous government... more »

Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime, according to a news report. Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases holding information on flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and other data, and to store it for up to five years, even withou... more »

As Shooting Story Unfolds, Media Struggle With Facts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The scope and senselessness of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting challenged television journalists’ ability to do much more than lend, or impose, their presence on the scene. Pressed with the awful urgency of the story, TV, along with other media, fell prey to reporting “facts” that were often in conflict or wrong. How many people were killed? Which Lanza brother was the shooter: Adam or Ryan? Was their mother, who was among the slain, a teacher at the school? http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2012/12/15/as-shooting-story-unfolds-media-struggle-with-facts/ *Not just the Media, confl... more »

Armed man help stop Oregon mall shooting...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Nick Meli is emotionally drained. The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire. "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?,'" he said. The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar. "He was working on his rifle," said Meli. "He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side." http://www.kgw.com/news/Clackamas-man-armed-confronts-mall-shooter-183593571.html

Assault Rifle Ban Proposed After Newtown Massacre

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A leading US Democrat has said she will seek a ban on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips after 26 people were shot dead in a school in Connecticut. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told NBC's "Meet the Press" programme: "I'm going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House, a bill to ban assault weapons." http://news.sky.com/story/1026271/us-shooting-democrat-plans-assault-weapon-ban

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall May Want To Pay Attention To British Security Intelligence Report On Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei

leftdog at Buckdog - 8 hours ago
*Chinese Telecom giant could be cyber-security risk to Britain - PM may blacklist Huawei if report declares it a threat:* * **"Britain could face a damaging multibillion-pound trade war with China and see the roll-out of economically vital 4G mobile internet services derailed if an intelligence report, due to land on David Cameron's desk within the next two weeks, finds that the UK operations of the Chinese communications giant Huawei represents a threat to the UK's cyber-security. [...] * *Concerns over the potential for state cyber-espionage involving Huawei has recently seen ... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 20:39:24 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 05:39:24 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.813°S, 69.510°W Depth 108.5 km (67.4 miles) Region TARAPACA, CHILE Distances 80 km (49 miles) NE of Iquique, Chile

Civilization and Insanity

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 8 hours ago
Are we living in an insanity epidemic? Yes indeed, we certainly are, according to *The Invisible Plague* by Dr. Edwin Fuller Torrey and Judy Miller. This book provides an illuminating history of insanity, focusing on the last three centuries in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. “Insanity” here refers to two conditions, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder (manic-depressive). Today, “psychosis” is the proper term for describing insanity and lunacy, but the authors preferred to use history’s word, insanity. The objective of this book was to convince us that... more »

David Wilcock: Top Russian TV Station Exposes Financial Tyranny [PICS, VIDEO!]

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
http://divinecosmos.com/start-here/davids-blog/1097-russiantv *Top Russian TV Station Exposes Financial Tyranny [PICS, VIDEO!]* Written by David Wilcock Sunday, 16 December 2012 00:55 On December 4, 2012, one of Russia's top TV networks contacted us -- to do the world's first-ever full exposure of our Financial Tyranny investigation in mainstream media! This show will air just hours after we have made this post -- and we hope to get a copy of it. *BLOWING IT WIDE OPEN* The significance of what REN-TV is about to do cannot be undermined. REN-TV is one of the top television netwo... more »

Demand for the immediate and unconditional release of Associate Prof. Masaki Shimoji

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
SIGN HERE PLEASE http://keepcivicactivity.jimdo.com/english/ Demand for the immediate and unconditional release of Associate Prof. Masaki Shimoji 15 Dec. 2012 On Sunday morning of 9 December 2012, the Osaka prefectural police arrested and charged Masaki Shimoji, Associate Professor of Economy at Hannan University, for three alleged offences, violation of the ‘railway services act’; forcible obstruction of business; and unlawfull trespass. We believe arrest of Shimoji is unlawful and he should be released immediately. We fear that this is a crude attempt to intimidate those citize... more »

Corexit Increased by 52X Toxicity of Gulf Oil Spill

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
By Georgia Institute of Technology, Newswise 05 December 12 http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/14875-gulf-of-mexico-clean-up-makes-2010-spill-52-times-more-toxic [Excerpted] If the 4.9 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill was a ecological disaster, the two million gallons of dispersant used to clean it up apparently made it even worse - 52-times more toxic. That's according to new research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), Mexico. The study fou... more »

Sunday Question for Liberals

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
In your view, what's the biggest obstacle to gun control? Is it the power of the NRA; the Republican Party; Democratic Party politicians who are overly scared of the NRA; the preferences of the American people; the political system in general; or some other obstacle?

Attorney General Secretly Granted Gov. Ability to Develop and Store Dossiers on Innocent Americans

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Wired Kim Zetter In a secret government agreement granted without approval or debate from lawmakers, the U.S. attorney general recently gave the National Counterterrorism Center sweeping new powers to store dossiers on U.S. citizens, even if they are not suspected of a crime, according to a news report. Earlier this year, Attorney General Eric Holder granted the center the ability to copy entire government databases holding information on flight records, casino-employee lists, the names of Americans hosting foreign-exchange students and other data, and to store it for up to fiv... more »

Another person that fooled Penn & Teller

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Like last night's post this is someone who fooled Penn & Teller

Why? And how? [update 3

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*WHY? * THAT’S THE FIRST question everyone asked after another idiot committed suicide by massacre, shooting twenty-six adults and youngsters in cold blood in a school in Connecticut before—well, who the hell cares what happened to him after that. Twenty-six human beings died, and something non-human. Why did he do it? Why do any of these random shooters do it? An email doing the rounds attributed* to Morgan Freeman (the modern American “voice of God”) has one answer: This may sound cynical, but here's why. It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and ... more »

Adam Lanza Shooting: This Mass Murderer Might Have Been Motivated by Drugs, Not by Guns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Just a month ago PRWeb described drug induced violence as "medicine's best kept secret." And the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHRI) is calling for a federal investigation on its web page which links no less than 14 mass killings to the use of psychiatric drugs such as Prozac and Paxil. It is time our society look at our growing epidemic of addiction to pharmaceutical drugs and the role those drugs may play in the epidemic of mass killings. We must demand investigations be transparent regarding the use of psychiatric drugs by these killers. This is not a tim... more »

Adam Lanza's family 'a mystery'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
While school friends recalled facets of Adam's personality, the family was basically not well known to many neighbours, like relative newcomers the Strocchia family. “They are a mystery. Nobody knows about them. A lot of the people in this neighborhood know each other. It was very hard to find that I didn't know them and nobody on the block knew them,” said Len Strocchia, 46, who has lived on the same street as the Lanzas for six years. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/killer-adam-lanzas-family-a-mystery/story-e6frg6so-1226537747441

Sunday Question for Conservatives

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
What should the conservative position on guns be?

Narrative culture

Bill Robertson at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
“Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we grow up hearing only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding"

Excellent Presentation on Global Warming/Climate Change

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
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DEMCAD: Conn School Shooting! Israel Land Grab? U.S. Framing Syria! Libor Rigging!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
Gotta love common sense. The TV pundits suck. Internet pundits rock. DEMCAD: Conn School Shooting! Israel Land Grab? U.S. Framing Syria! Libor Rigging!

Alex Jones: Left Now Calling For The Killing Of Gun Owners!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
Ignorance is very dangerous. It is worse than evil.

Mystery Man in Woods Handcuffed by Newtown Police: Solved?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Questions still unanswered:* 1. If he found his daughter, why didn't he emerge with her? 2. Why was he reported being "in the woods" and wearing "camo"? 3. The media's original story, now forgotten, was that there were two shooters, and that one of the shooters was "a father of one of the children". Is that still relevant? The mystery continues...

Nancy Lanza Not a Teacher at Sandy Hook?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
One of the biggest questions remains what connection shooter Adam Lanza had with Sandy Hook Elementary School, and if his mother, Nancy Lanza even taught there. It was initially reported that she was a substitute kindergarten teacher there. ‘No one has heard of her,’ former board member Lillian Bittman told the Wall Street Journal. ‘Teachers don’t know her.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248898/Sandy-Hook-Elementary-School-Shooting-remains-complex-investigation.html#ixzz2FF4PWh2f

Newtown Catholic church EVACUATED after Threat during noon mass

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The Catholic church located in the center of the town devastated by Friday's school shooting has been evacuated after a report of a threat. The nature of the threat is not yet known, but multiple reports say that people inside the church for the noon Sunday mass have been evacuated from the building. A heavily armed SWAT team was seen entering St Rose, as well as a religious education center next door, with their guns out. The church has been a source of solace for many in the small town still coming to grips with Friday's tragedy. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249056/Ne... more »

Dont Drink ALEC Member Booze This Holiday Season

2old2care at Because I Can - 10 hours ago
*ALEC CORPORATE BOARD MEMBERS* *ALTRIA* - Owner of St Michelle Wineries - Brands Include: Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Indian Wells Wines Ethos Reserve Wines Chateau Ste. Michelle enjoys winemaking partnerships with two of the world’s most distinguished vintners. Col Solare is an alliance with Tuscany’s Piero Antinori and Eroica Riesling is a partnership with the Mosel’s Ernst Loosen. Sponsors of the ALEC meeting November 2012 . *DIAGEO* Here are some of the brands in the Diageo portfolio *Brandy/Cognac* Brandy-Bertrams VO Cognac-Hennessy *Gin* Gordon's Gin - Tanqueray *Liqueurs* B... more »

Now the EU puts laws in Place which could Bankrupt the Perfume Industry

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Luxury perfume brands fear the European Union's new laws against allergens could severely curb or ban natural ingredients used in vintage best-sellers and put some perfume makers out of business. But Brussels' proposed legislation — a draft will be unveiled early next year — is also causing a stir for another reason. It sheds light on the best-kept secret in the £20billion trade: many big brands have been tweaking their formulas for years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249006/Luxury-perfume-brands-warn-20bn-industry-faces-ruin-EU-proposes-ban-natural-ingredients-cause-all... more »

The U.S. and Israel have made a Joke of the United Nations Security Council

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
Global Research Glenn Greenwald Kourosh Ziabari [image: UN]*Glenn Greenwald is a prominent American journalist, author, lawyer and blogger. His writings and articles have appeared on several newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The American Conservative, The National Interest and In These Times. Greenwald has received different awards including the first Izzy Award for independent journalism in 2009, and the 2010 Online Journalism Award for Best Commentary.* *Until a few months ago, he was a columnist and blogger for Salon.com, but he left ... more »

Nancy Lanza a Prepper?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The mother of Newtown school massacre gunman Adam Lanza was a survivalist who was stockpiling food because she thought the world economy was on the verge of collapse. Nancy Lanza began hoarding such items because she feared that the financial crisis was going to bring about the end of civilized society. She reportedly became 'obsessed' with guns and taught Adam how to shoot, but on Friday he turned on her and blasted the woman to death while she laid in her own bed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248983/Connecticut-school-shooting-Adam-Lanzas-survivalist-mother-obsessed-g... more »

How about some nonsense re Raza Studies for b-fast?

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 11 hours ago
"Insididious Latino studies being revived at Tucson schools"by *Doug MacEachern, columnist* - Dec. 15, 2012 04:12 PM The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/viewpoints/articles/20121215insidious-latino-studies-being-revived-tucson-schools.html#ixzz2FEx5es7d After the nonsense, go to: http://signon.org/sign/superintendent-huppenthal

Please Dont Use ALEC Member UPS

2old2care at Because I Can - 11 hours ago
The sponsors of the ALEC meeting held two weeks ago. List is getting skimpier - Can't wait until it's only one or none.

"15 Signs That Show The Economy Is In Serious Trouble"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"15 Signs That Show The Economy Is In Serious Trouble"* by Michael Snyder “How can the mainstream media claim that the U.S. economy is “improving” when it is painfully obvious to anyone with a brain that the middle class is being absolutely eviscerated? According to numbers that were just released, the number of Americans on food stamps rose by more than 600,000 in a single month to an all-time record high of 47.7 million. Youth unemployment in the U.S. is at a post-World War II high and large companies have announced the elimination of more than 100,000 jobs since Barack Obama... more »

Von. I. Meyer Arrested With 47 Guns following School Threat, Indiana

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A northern Indiana man who allegedly threatened to "kill as many people as he could" at an elementary school near his home was arrested by officers who later found 47 guns and ammunition hidden throughout his home. Von. I. Meyer, 60, of Cedar Lake, was arrested Saturday after prosecutors filed formal charges of felony intimidation, domestic battery and resisting law enforcement against him. He was being held Sunday without bond at the Lake County Jail, pending an initial hearing on the charges, police said in a statement. Cedar Lake Police officers were called to Meyer's home early ... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF PANAMA - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 16:49:05 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 11:49:05 AM at epicenter Location 5.905°N, 78.025°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region SOUTH OF PANAMA Distances 156 km (97 miles) W (278°) from Quibdo, Colombia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 16:10:09 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 02:10:09 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 6.631°S, 154.893°E Depth 91.1 km (56.6 miles) Region BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 74 km (45 miles) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Maybe the second best Big Bang Theory scene ever

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Yes the ball pit scene is probably the best but this had me laughing as well, it's the basketball one - on - one between Sheldon and Barry Kripke "I wan out of woom"

Sunday Classics: Remembering Rafael Kubelik, Josef Krips, and Rudolf Kempe

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*BEDRICH SMETANA: The Bartered Bride: Overture; Polka; Furiant; Dance of the Comedians* *Philharmonia Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik, cond. EMI, recorded 1951* *by Ken* With no particular rhyme or reason, as I explained in Friday night's preview, we're hearing snatches of treasures I found in an embarrassingly large order I just received from that indispensable repository of (mostly but by no means only) classical cut-out and overstock CDs and DVDs, the Berkshire Record Outlet. These particular snatches spotlight three "K" conductors I'm especially fond of their solidly grounded musicia... more »

The New Defense Bill May Give Veteran's Affairs Right To Deny Vets Gun Ownership

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
Business Insider * [image: guns] Courtesy of Maine State Police GUNS, GUNS, GUNS!!!* Now that I have your attention… The new Defense Bill, which has a fight going due to the desire of a few politicians to, get this, protect Veterans’ rights by amending the bill. The Department of Veterans Affairs, in all its glorious wisdom, believes in having the right to place the names of Veterans who are said to be of a certain mental state into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. This prevents anyone whose name is in the database from purchasing a firearm anywhere that condu... more »

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 12.14.12"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 12.14.12"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "The Fed made it official, this week, with continuation of money printing to infinity. The Federal Reserve is now engaged in $85 billion a month in pure QE. It is continuing to buy the sour mortgaged-backed securities at a rate of $40 billion a month from the big banks, and it is now directly buying $45 billion a month of U.S. government debt. The Fed says it is to spur employment, but my sources say it’s propping up the banks and the government at the expense of the dollar. The so-called “Fiscal Cliff” of tax i... more »

Abu Qatada pockets £500000 in UK legal as WE continue to Pay!!, so that he can continue to fight his deportation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Terror suspect Abu Qatada has received more than £500,000 in legal aid from the UK to help him fight the government’s attempts to have him deported. The Legal Services Commission (LSC), which deals with legal aid in England and Wales, confirmed it had paid out £515,778 by December 5 – with the total expected to rise further. Labour MP Valerie Vaz obtained the figure in a written parliamentary answer by justice minister Jeremy Wright. http://metro.co.uk/2012/12/16/abu-qatada-pockets-500000-in-uk-legal-aid-to-fight-his-deportation-3318601/

Outrage Over Children Killed in Cold Blood

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
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5.3 Magnitude Earthquake ROTA REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 15:52:01 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 01:52:01 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.190°N, 146.788°E Depth 24.4 km (15.2 miles) Region ROTA REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Distances 143 km (88 miles) SE of JP Tinian Town pre-WW2, Northern Mariana Islands

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 13:12:28 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 09:12:28 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 8.395°S, 117.743°E Depth 45.1 km (28.0 miles) Region SUMBAWA REGION, INDONESIA Distances 23 km (14 miles) NNE of Labuhankuris, Indonesia

omg it's mick and keith and bruce

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago

Vancouver Region Bracing for Storm Surge, King Tides and Flooding.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
The next couple of days pose a serious flooding threat to the Lower Mainland, particularly Vancouver's low-lying suburbs. *Sunday and Monday are expected to see the strongest of the seasonal "king tides", with levels over 5 metres above low tide.** But Oceanographer Scott Tinis says a storm surge will bring that several feet higher.** "Places such as Boundary Bay are particularly susceptible to not only the raising sea levels but the wind waves. So low-lying areas, especially near river deltas , may see some localized flooding." ** Tinis says the last time we saw ocean levels this hig... more »

Chemtrails, Aerosol Geoengineering and Bioengineering: A Massive Biological Experiment of Unknown Purpose

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Global Research Prof. James F. Tracy *The ultimate solution is a multiplication of leverage by citizens to the point where it simply cannot be denied”. -*Clifford Carnicom [image: chemtrails]The materials disbursed in stratospheric aerosol geoengineering operations contain a combination of ionizable metallic salts, filaments, gel-type materials, and crystals. These are the longstanding and deeply interrogated observations of independent environmental research scientist Clifford Carnicom given on a December 10 conference call organized by GlobalSkywatch.com director Russ Tanner. Du... more »

Michael Bennison Wanted after Stabbing his Girlfriend in York

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Police hunting an "extremely dangerous" man wanted on suspicion of trying to murder his girlfriend have issued an urgent warning to the public. Michael Bennison, 28, is suspected of stabbing his 27-year-old girlfriend with a bladed item in York on Friday afternoon. North Yorkshire Police have urged Bennison to hand himself in and warned members of the public not to approach him. http://news.sky.com/story/1026165/york-stabbing-police-hunting-michael-bennison

Geezers vs Youngsters

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 12 hours ago
Back when I was in graduate school and preparing to write my dissertation, I learned that the first thing you did to prepare was make a search of the literature… well, the second thing, after you have figured out what you wanted to research. You looked to see what others had done before you, if someone had already accomplished what you wanted to, and how you might improve on both your idea and what had gone before. Apparently in UFO research, this is not the case. I don’t know how many times we must revisit cases that seem to have been solved, that seem to have nothing to do with ... more »

Taxes: Depardieu, Delon escape Hollande

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Today, the Japanese voters ended a ludicrous 3-year-long experiment with the left-wing politicians at the top that began in 2009, after decades of right-wing governments that were able to rebuild Japan after the loss in the world war and bring its economy to the #2 spot. Shinzo Abe of the LDP will return to the chair of the prime minister; the DPJ socialists have lost approximately 3/4 of their seats gained in 2009. The voters realized that the leftists emit lots of big words and promises but they're just dirty lies. Of course, the leftists faced some event they couldn't quite have ... more »

MI Did Not Add Conceal/Carry into Classrooms

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
Yes, even I make mistakes. Every once in awhile even I have to go back and re-look at something I posted Sometimes I post things without researching them assuming that the source I got it from was correct. Most of the time they are. This time it was wrong. *When the right-wing starts using something I posted as a meme.* *I KNEW WHAT I POSTED HAS to BE WRONG - OR WAS A RIGHT WING TALKING POINT MEANT TO MISLEAD..* I realized that while watching TV and surfing the web. BUT – it is interesting that no one is retracting their stories on this. Why? Because it serves the right-wing gun ... more »

It's Coming Up on Christmas...

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
*I'm so hard to handle * *I'm selfish and I'm sad Now I've gone and lost the best baby That I ever had I wish I had a river I could skate away on.* -Joni Mitchell, "River" Far be it for me to indulge in self pity. No doubt my various anonymous critics, especially a certain stalker who shall remain nameless and whom I'd long ago chosen to ignore, someone who'd named himself after the alter ego of a cartoon character from *King of the Hill*, would laugh at that then rush off a comment that anyone else with two neurons to rub together would know will be neithe... more »

In Remembrance

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago

Large, Old Trees Dying Rapidly

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Global Decline in Large Old Trees David B. Lindenmayer1, William F. Laurance 2, Jerry F. Franklin3 Science 7 December 2012: Vol. 338 no. 6112 pp. 1305-1306 DOI: 10.1126/science.1231070 [abstract] Large old trees are among the biggest organisms on Earth. They are keystone structures in forests, woodlands, savannas, agricultural landscapes, and urban areas, playing unique ecological roles not provided by younger, smaller trees. However, populations of large old trees are rapidly declining in many parts of the world, with serious implications for ecosystem integrity and biodive... more »

Israel Matzav: 'Palestinian' reaction to Newtown, Connecticut massacre

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Another pro Palestinian shows his feelings... http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2012/12/palestinian-reaction-to-newtown.html

IPCC's Self-Indictment

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 13 hours ago
The leaking of the latest IPCC report, not yet officially finished, is the "talk of the climate blogs" now. The following is my response, in a comment on the notrickszone site, where incidentally the following figure was presented with faulty citation: *These self-admissions by the IPCC should be understood, by honest people, as an admission of guilt, and an admission that their science is a failure. They should not be granted any authority or respect from this point; they have indicted themselves at this late date, only in order to escape the noose and retain their authority, and... more »

Body slamming piglets to death humane, pork experts say (WARNING: with graphic video)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Pork industry experts say most of what is seen in a hidden camera investigation at a Manitoba hog farm is widely accepted practice. The video, filmed by an investigator working with the group Mercy for Animals Canada, shows what the group calls “extreme cruelty,” including piglets being slammed down onto the floor by staff. But the Animal Care Review Panel, made up of a University of Manitoba animal sciences professor, an Ontario Veterinary College professor and a research scientist, says that’s a humane way to euthanize piglets. The panel, formed by the Center for Food Integrity, ... more »

Freedom of the Press, Freedom From the Press

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 13 hours ago
Western mass media have long been deservedly criticized for having an "if it bleeds, it leads" attitude to news. At one point sensationalism was seen as the sizzle that sold the steak, genuine information. It was an old carny trick from ages past. But that reflected a past in which the media was primarily concerned with selling its wares to the public. Since then things have changed. The news biz has changed today. There are fewer owners. More news outlets are being concentrated in fewer hands. Merger and acquisition folks know that concentrated ownership means greater ... more »

The Epigenetic Key . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 13 hours ago
HOW HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR arises has been a mystery. According to an article by George Dvorsky in io9, "Scientists claim that homosexuality is not genetic — but it arises in the womb", as the endocrine system copes with operational life. Fascinating, click on the link to find out more. A team of international researchers has completed a study that suggests we will probably never find a ‘gay gene

NRA Proofs Ads at ALEC Meetings

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
From the McHenry County Blog “Controversial” could be used to describe the 2002 campaign gubernatorial radio ad about my Personal Protection proposal. *It was modeled off an NRA TV ad I saw in 1992 Traverse City at an American Legislative Exchange Council convention*. It featured a woman calling 911 saying, “Someone’s breaking into my home.” The 911 operator asks typical questions as the woman shouts, “He’s in the house.” She hangs up the phone and the listener hears her running upstairs. He goes into her bedroom, slams the door and pushes some furniture in front of it. She ca... more »

What If The Peasants All Start Talking Like This?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 14 hours ago
In Washington the Social Security narrative has been captured by the political classes and stood directly on its head, the better to tear it to shreds. So powerfully has this been done that even the word "entitlement" has been transformed to mean not something deserved but something somehow undeserved, a handout, an unfair demand by the grubby "takers" on the unappreciated "makers." Rarely do you find retorts like that of sociologist/author James Petras who sets the record straight. *The “entitlement” rhetoric claims that the lifetime contributions are insufficient and that severa... more »

Chief Spence's Hunger Strike

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
Chief Spence of Attawapiskat must be on Day Seven of her hunger-strike in the shadow of Parliament Hill. The AFN is seeking to have Harper meet with regional and tribal council chiefs from across the country. Aside from a meeting between a handful of chiefs and Harper in his Langevin Block office and informal chats during a day of speeches, there was no direct discussions between the prime minister and First Nations leaders during last January’s Crown-First Nations gathering. Spence, who is living in a teepee on Victoria Island in the shadow of Parliament Hill during her hunger s... more »

Chief Spence's Hunger-Strke

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
Chief Spence of Attawapiskat must be on Day Seven of her hunger-strike in the shadow of Parliament Hill. The AFN is seeking to have Harper meet with regional and tribal council chiefs from across the country. Aside from a meeting between a handful of chiefs and Harper in his Langevin Block office and informal chats during a day of speeches, there was no direct discussions between the prime minister and First Nations leaders during last January’s Crown-First Nations gathering. Spence, who is living in a teepee on Victoria Island in the shadow of Parliament Hill during her hunger ... more »

Lurking in the Window

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 15 hours ago
Funny that when a redpoll, a grosbeak or even a magpie is in the tree, the cat goes ballistic and is right there at the window. But when this guy shows up, she's no where to be seen.

Wasserman Schultz Still Has Her Knives Out For Annette Taddeo (And All Progressives)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Who remembers when Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then just the lowly head of the DCCC's Red to Blue program, moved in to torpedo the candidacy of progressive Democrat Annette Taddeo (and two other Democrats) on behalf of her Republican pals, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the notoriously corrupt Diaz-Balart brothers (who, like Debbie, are subsidiaries of the Fanjul sugar empire)? She's a much bigger shot now; Obama appointed her head of the DNC... and Pelosi allowed her to jump over dozens of more worthy Democrats for a clear path to the speakership in a few years. (Her dream, like her mento... more »

Evidence Suggests Now Is The Time For Pension Reform

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Martin Regg Cohn writes that federal bureaucrats have presented Finance Minister Jim Flaherty with a plan to shore up the faltering Canadian pension system. Private pensions have been decimated by the Neo Conservative Revolution. Cohn writes: The world of pensions is collapsing around us. Traditional “defined-benefit” pensions that reliably promise to pay a fixed amount in future — really the only payments worthy of the name “pension” — are being phased out in the private sector. The registered savings and pooled plans offered up as alternatives are merely Potemkin pensions — glo... more »

Free Chen Shui-bian? Foreigners, Think about it

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
[image: Pingtung_69] *K-town by night.* China Post editorial today puts its finger on a problem: He wants to found a new political party to succeed an aging former President Lee Teng-hui as godfather of the Taiwan Independence Movement. Mr. Graft had his son Chen Chih-chung, a first-term Kaohsiung municipal councilman summarily disqualified for involvement in his father's money laundering, broach the news that a new party will come into being at a time “favored by Heaven and benefited by Earth.” This is to be achieved by a unity of purpose among his “One Country on Each Side Allianc... more »

Ordering ambiguities and renormalization ambiguities

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
Greta asked: I have been told that \[ [\hat x^2,\hat p^2]=2i\hbar (\hat x\hat p+\hat p\hat x) \] illustrates *ordering ambiguity*. What does that mean? I tried googling but to no avail. Thank you. *LM:* The ordering ambiguity is the statement – or the "problem" – that for a classical function \(f(x,p)\), or a function of analogous phase space variables, there may exist multiple operators \(\hat f(\hat x,\hat p)\) that represent it i.e. that have the right form in the \(\hbar\to 0\) limit. In particular, the quantum Hamiltonian isn't uniquely determined by the classical limit.... more »

Elder of Ziyon: Palestinian Arabs - killing their own kids to win a propaganda war

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
'Think about it from the Palestinian Arab leaderships' perspective. If Israel gives them free treatment, they win. If the children die because Israeli hospitals cannot afford to provide free care for them, they simply publicize this and they win even more. The only losers are the Palestinian Arab people - and they are just cannon fodder anyway, if you are Mahmoud Abbas or Khaled Meshal. ' Read whole story here - http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2012/12/palestinian-arabs-killing-their-own.html

Timely: The best arguments for and against gun control. Debate here.

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Best argument for gun control Best Argument Against Gun Control *Are you in favor of gun control?* * * ** * * ** Similar Subjects (Sometimes) - Video: Best arguments for gun control refuted. 9/24/12 - Why would anyone deliberately slaughter innocent babies unless ... - School shootings: A fairly regular phenomenon during the 1800s ... - What is acceptable in the world of gun regulation? - Argentinians traveling Route 5 warned that they may experience ... - Bill of Rights Day- gun ban - Skateistan! The girl youth of Afghanistan skateboarding and ... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 11:46:27 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 08:46:27 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 24.776°S, 70.158°W Depth 39.2 km (24.4 miles) Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE Distances 76 km (47 miles) NNE of Taltal, Chile

Merkel rips German opposition for blocking tax cuts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the centre-left opposition for blocking her government's efforts to cut income taxes by 6 billion euros, telling a German newspaper those parties will have to explain that to voters in next year's election. Merkel, seeking a third term in September, also found fault with Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens in a newspaper interview for thwarting a deal with Switzerland to tax assets stashed by Germans in Swiss banks although without revealing their names. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/16/us-germany-politics-merkel-idUSBRE8BF05720121216

Syrian fighter jets bomb Palestinian camp in Damascus: activists

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
Syrian fighter jets fired at least two rockets at the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, for the first time since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad erupted last year, activists in the capital said. They said dozens of people were killed when at least one rocket hit a mosque in the camp sheltering refugees who fled the violence in nearby suburbs of Damascus. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/16/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121216

A True Story Of Forgiveness

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
       *Forgiveness* *A true story from ‘The Art of Forgiveness’ chapter in Jack Kornfield’s book Bringing Home the Dharma:* One 14-year old boy in the (juvenile offenders) program had shot and killed an innocent teenager to prove himself to his gang. At the trial, the victim’s mother sat impassively silent until the end, when the youth was convicted of the killing. After the verdict was announced, she stood up slowly and stared directly at him and said, “I’m going to kill you.” Then the youth was taken away to serve several years in the juvenile facility. After the... more »

Fashion Island mall shooting send shoppers into panic as gunman fires 50 rounds, California

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
Police have taken a 42-year-old man into custody after more than 50 shots were fired at a Southern California shopping mall, forcing mass panic and a full lock down. According to Newport Beach police, multiple shots were fired in the area of a Macy's department store at the Fashion Island mall Saturday around 4:30pm in the upscale affluent coastal community. Police arrested Sarinana Gurrola on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, said Kathy Lowe, a spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248893/Fashion-Island-Mall-Calif... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:23:42 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 04:23:42 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.525°N, 86.158°W Depth 44.4 km (27.6 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA Distances 56 km (34 miles) W of Sardinal, Costa Rica

A New Way to Reduce Our National Debt

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 17 hours ago
Sell Alaska.

Sammie Eaglebear Chavez arrested for 'plotting to bomb and shoot students at a Oklahoma high school' on SAME DAY as Connecticut massacre

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
A student from Oklahoma is in custody on charges of plotting to bomb and shoot students at the Bartlesville High School auditorium on the same day that more than two dozen people were shot and killed at an elementary school in Connecticut. Police arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez at about 4:30 a.m. Friday after learning of the alleged plot Thursday, the Associated Press reported. An arrest affidavit says Chavez tried to convince other students to help him lure students into the auditorium, where he planned to chain the doors shut and start shooting. http://www.dailyma... more »

Newtown Shooting remains a complex investigation as authorities sort out conflicting reports of Newtown gunman's relationship to school - and if his mother was a teacher there

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
There are certain unmitigated facts – that a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning, and that as a direct consequence, 27 people in the small town of Newtown, Connecticut are dead. But as the investigation into the shooting goes on, many aspects of it remain complex. Perhaps the biggest question lingering on people’s minds across the nation is why the shooting happened – something that may never be answered in a satisfactory manner. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248898/Sandy-Hook-Elementary-School-Shooting-remains-complex-investigation.html
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