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Thomas Paine

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

16 December - Blogs I'm Following

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The neo-medieval pile of the Royal Courts of J...The neo-medieval pile of the Royal Courts of Justice on G.E. Street, The Strand, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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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 seconds 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 - 3 minutes ago
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5.3 Magnitude Earthquake ROTA REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 minutes 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 - 6 minutes 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 - 7 minutes ago

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

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 minutes 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 - 14 minutes 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 - 15 minutes 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 - 18 minutes 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

LuboŇ° Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 minutes 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 - 23 minutes 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 WAS WRONG.* 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 loving meme. This morning when I was watching our right-wing ... more »

It's Coming Up on Christmas..

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 31 minutes 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 - 33 minutes ago

Large, Old Trees Dying Rapidly

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 33 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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! - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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

LuboŇ° Motl at The Reference Frame - 4 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 - 4 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.

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 6 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 - 6 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

Deep space fly-by: Incredible pictures taken by Chinese probe passing asteroid show giant rock 4.5 million miles from Earth

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The Chang'e-2 probe successfully conducted the mission to scan the surface of the potato-shaped asteroid Toutatis (inset left). It happened on December 13 at 16.30om Beijing Time, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense announced today. The flyby was the first time an unmanned spacecraft launched from Earth has taken such a close viewing of the asteroid, named after a Celtic god. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2248682/Deep-space-fly-Incredible-pictures-taken-Chinese-probe-passing-asteroid-giant-rock-4-5-million-miles-Earth.html

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:29:32 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 06:29:32 PM at epicenter Location 39.984°N, 77.897°E Depth 8.6 km (5.3 miles) Region SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA Distances 169 km (105 miles) ENE (70°) from Kashi, Xinjiang, China

These Commonly Prescribed Cholesterol Drugs Don’t Work by Lisa Garber

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
These Commonly Prescribed Cholesterol Drugs Don’t Workby Lisa Garber Natuiral Society, 16 December 2012 *Turns out that type 2 diabetes patients taking a combination of drugs to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol might be wasting their time. Doctors have thought for many years that these drug combinations offer protection from heart attacks and improve survival, but new information shows that this method of treatment may have been ineffective. People suffering from Type 2 diabetes may have an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, but these drugs aren’t the so... more »

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 10:07:12 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 04:07:12 AM at epicenter Location 14.752°N, 91.383°W Depth 113.5 km (70.5 miles) Region GUATEMALA Distances 15 km (10 miles) SE (125°) from Quezaltenango, Guatemala

UK spent £4.5m of its international aid budget combating corruption in Russia... And guess what? It didn't work

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Britain spent £4.5million of its international aid budget on combating corruption in Russia, before civil servants admitted the programme had been largely unsuccessful. The money was spent between 2007 and 2011 on trying to make public administration in Russia, where bribery is rife, more efficient and transparent. It funded training courses for officials run by locally based non-governmental organisations. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248808/UK-spent-4-5m-international-aid-budget-combating-corruption-Russia.html

Adam Lanza massacred 20 schoolchildren and their teachers in less than three minutes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
When the children had begun filing into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Lanza had already murdered his mother at their four-bedroom home five miles away on hilly Yogananda Street, Newtown. Afterwards, Lanza took the keys to her black Honda Civic and packed a .223-calibre Bushmaster rifle and four pistols in the boot before driving to the school. He set off at about 9.10am. By 9.35am the worst school massacre in American history was over. In all, the shooting had lasted barely three minutes, but it left 20 children and six teachers and school staff dead. http://www.dailymail... more »

Hate preacher Abu Qatada's new £450,000 four home - paid for by you...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The fanatical Muslim, who preached hate sermons towards the West - arrived in the leafy suburb of North-West London last week. He had left his previous £400,000 four-bedroom rented home near Wembley Stadium after apparently complaining it was too small for him and his family. He shares his new detached home, which is paid for by state handouts, with his wife and four of their five children. Similar homes in the area have sold for close to £500,000. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248832/Hate-preacher-Abu-Qatadas-new-450-000-bedroom-home--paid-you.html

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 09:17:17 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 12:17:17 AM at epicenter Location 52.722°N, 167.069°W Depth 21.3 km (13.2 miles) Region FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA Distances 123 km (76 miles) E (101°) from Nikolski, AK

UBS faces $1.6 billion fine over Libor rigging: paper

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
UBS (UBSN.VX) faces a fine of 1.5 billion Swiss francs ($1.63 billion) to settle interest rate rigging charges, a Swiss newspaper reported on Saturday. Citing unnamed sources, Tages-Anzeiger daily said the bank would admit 36 traders around the globe manipulated yen Libor between 2005 and 2010. A UBS spokesman declined to comment. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/15/us-ubs-libor-fine-idUSBRE8BE05M20121215

2 Mass Shootings Connected To Libor Scandal?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The father of Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza, Peter Lanza, was the tax director for General Electric, a corporation that paid -0- taxes on 14.2 billion dollars in profits last year. According to Fabian4Liberty, Peter Lanza was scheduled to testify in the ongoing global LIBOR scandal. In what could only be described an amazing coincidence, the father of Colorado Batman shooter James Holmes, Robert Holmes, was also a LIBOR witness in his position with FICO. According to the link at FICO, Robert Holmes was a ‘Fraud Scientist’. From Fabain4Liberty: The father of Newtown Connecti... more »

A year under Monti: from hope to doubt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
When Mario Monti took the helm a year ago, with Italy teetering on the edge of a Greek-style debt crisis, he was welcomed as a savior who could finally put the country back on track. Disgusted with the scandals, corruption and cronyism that had flourished under Silvio Berlusconi, workers and businessmen at first meekly accepted the technocrat premier's higher taxes and harsh pension reform, confident he would guide them out of the euro zone debt storm into calmer waters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/13/us-italy-vote-monti-idUSBRE8BC0WO20121213

Nigerian governor killed in helicopter crash: official

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The central north Nigeria's Kaduna State government on Saturday announced the death of the state governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, who died a helicopter crash in southeast Bayelsa State. A statement signed by the secretary to the state government Lawal Samaila Abdulahi, said the governor died in a navy helicopter on his way Port Harcourt from Bayelsa State. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-12/16/c_132043332.htm

Newtown shooting: 'British boy' Dylan Hockley among dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A six-year-old boy, who is believed to be British, is among the 26 victims of a US school massacre. Dylan Hockley was shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday. In an undated article in The Newton Bee newspaper published before the shootings, his mother, Nicole, said she and her British husband, Ian, moved to the US from England two years ago. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20745431

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 08:04:41 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 05:04:41 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 29.103°N, 140.769°E Depth 99.6 km (61.9 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 264 km (164 miles) NNW of Chichi-shima, Japan

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 07:03:13 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 09:03:13 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 35.215°N, 27.691°E Depth 34.8 km (21.6 miles) Region DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE Distances 54 km (33 miles) SE of Karpathos, Greece

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 06:04:17 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 05:04:17 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.709°S, 166.101°E Depth 153.7 km (95.5 miles) Region SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS Distances 29 km (18 miles) E of Lata, Solomon Islands

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 05:52:08 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 05:52:08 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.606°S, 179.298°W Depth 41.5 km (25.8 miles) Region SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS Distances 244 km (151 miles) S of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 16th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 03:06:53 UTC Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 09:06:53 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.095°N, 91.901°W Depth 72.3 km (44.9 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 23 km (14 miles) S of Champerico, Guatemala

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 02:30:55 UTC Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 12:30:55 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.215°N, 146.973°E Depth 55.5 km (34.5 miles) Region PAGAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Distances 127 km (78 miles) E of Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

UKIP 'Now The UK's Third Largest Party'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The UK Independence Party has surged to a record poll rating - knocking the Liberal Democrats into fourth place. The ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror put Ukip on 14% - a six-point gain on last month and the party's highest rating in a ComRes poll. The findings will alarm Tory MPs who fear the party is haemorrhaging support over issues such as Europe, the economy and its support for gay marriage. http://news.sky.com/story/1026043/ukip-now-the-uks-third-largest-party

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SALTA, ARGENTINA - 15th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 23:46:46 UTC Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 08:46:46 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 24.030°S, 67.110°W Depth 163 km (101.3 miles) Region SALTA, ARGENTINA Distances 83 km (51 miles) WNW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

Russia plans meeting with Native American and First Nation leaders

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Russia's Indigenous Peoples Russia announces meeting of US and Canadian Native leaders in Russia in January, and another meeting with "Sioux chiefs" this week By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Russia will meet with Native American and First Nation leaders in Russia in mid-January, in the first ever gathering of Indigenous from the three countries.. Russia

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours 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! - 12 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 14 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 - 14 hours ago
*When you see this* #cdnpoli *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, Ar... more »

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

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 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 - 14 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 - 15 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 - 15 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! - 15 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 - 15 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 hours ago
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Manly P. Hall - Depression

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 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 - 17 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 - 17 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 19 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 - 19 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 - 19 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 - 19 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! - 19 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 - 20 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 - 20 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 - 21 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 - 21 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 - 21 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 - 21 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 - 21 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 - 21 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 - 21 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 - 21 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 - 21 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 - 21 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 - 22 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 - 22 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 - 22 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 - 22 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 - 22 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 - 22 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 - 23 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 - 23 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 - 23 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 - 23 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 - 23 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 - 23 hours ago

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 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 - 23 hours ago

Norovirus: Hospitals Shut Doors To Visitors

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day 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

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