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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

17 December - Blogs I'm Following II

Breakfast Policy Briefing "Visions for Eu...
Breakfast Policy Briefing "Visions for Europe", 16 November 2010 (Photo credit: President of the European Council)
English: Sunken Garden of University of the Ph...
English: Sunken Garden of University of the Philippines Diliman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
University of the Philippines School of Librar...
University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: President Barack Obama speaks to a jo...
English: President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Christmas Notes 7: UP Lantern Parade 2012

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 55 seconds ago
* Notes: (1) This is my article today in the online magazine, http://thelobbyist.biz/index.php/perspectives/less-government/item/137-up-lantern-parade (2) Photos below are not part of the original article. First group of photos I got from interaksyon.com, the second group from gma news. ------------ The University of the Philippines (UP) lantern parade is among the unique annual festival held in the country. Participants are all colleges of the UP Diliman campus, the major offices like the Office of the UP President, the UP Concert Chorus, the nearby campuses like UP Manila and UP P... more »

THE "FISCAL CLIFF" IS POCKET CHANGE WHETHER OR NOT CONGRESS DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT, WHEREAS JUST FOUR "TO BIG TO FAIL" U.S. BANKS HAVE DERIVATIVE EXPOSURE EQUAL TO 3.3 TIMES THE *WORLD* GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. SHOULD THE AMERICAN POOR, STRUGGLING MIDDLE CLASS, AND ELDERLY HAVE TO FOREFIT THEIR SOCIAL SAFETY NET TO COVER ONE HALF OF ONE PERCENT OF THESE IRRESPONSIBLE BANKS' GAMBLING DEBTS?

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 44 minutes ago
------------------------------ *The Fiscal Cliff Is A Diversion: The Derivatives Tsunami and the Dollar Bubble * ------------------------------ December 17, 2012 | Original Here The “fiscal cliff” is another hoax designed to shift the attention of policymakers, the media, and the attentive public, if any, from huge problems to small ones. The fiscal cliff is automatic spending cuts and tax increases in order to reduce the deficit by an insignificant amount over ten years if Congress takes no action itself to cut spending and to raise taxes. In other words, the “fiscal cliff” is ... more »

The great GM lies: A Tory minister insists GM crops 'are a good thing'. Really?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
There is no doubt that it was a declaration of the Government’s colours on genetically modified farming when Environment Secretary Owen Paterson rounded on critics of GM technology as ‘humbugs’ last week, and insisted GM food should be grown and sold widely in Britain. During the course of his ringing endorsement, he managed to spark outrage and alarm by claiming ‘there isn’t a single piece of meat being served [in a typical London restaurant] where a bullock hasn’t eaten some GM feed’. His belligerent intent was quite clear. The message he wanted to get across was that GM crops are... more »

Even without Congress, Obama could act to restrict guns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Unburdened by re-election worries and empowered by law to act without Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama could take action to improve background checks on gun buyers, ban certain gun imports and bolster oversight of dealers. Prospects for gun control legislation intensified in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, as more pro-gun rights lawmakers said on Monday they were open to the possibility while Obama and three cabinet members met at the White House to discuss the subject. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-usa-shooting-obama-options-idUSBRE8BH04... more »

Truth Militia Radio with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 hour ago
I just finished the *ninth edition of Truth Militia Radio with John Friend*. My guest Charlie Giuliani and I discussed the recent black op school shooting in Connecticut, Charlie's perspective of Christianity, ancient history, and the historic role of organized Jewry in the various political, social, cultural, and intellectual "revolutions" throughout history. Be sure to tune in to Charlie's daily show on *Oracle Broadcasting Network*which airs from 8am-10am EST. You can download tonight's program *here* or subscribe to Truth Militia Radio via iTunes *here*. Thanks for tuning i... more »

Syrian rebels take control of Damascus Palestinian camp

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Syrian rebels took full control of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on Monday after fighting raged for days in the district on the southern edge of President Bashar al-Assad's Damascus powerbase, rebel and Palestinian sources said. The battle had pitted rebels, backed by some Palestinians, against Palestinian fighters of the pro-Assad Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC). Many PFLP-GC fighters defected to the rebel side and their leader Ahmed Jibril left the camp two days ago, rebel sources said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-sy... more »

NASA crashes two probes into a mountain on the moon

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
A pair of NASA moon-mapping probes smashed themselves into a lunar mountain on Monday, ending a year-long mission that is shedding light on how the solar system formed. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft had been flying around the moon, enabling scientists to make detailed gravity maps. The probes sped up slightly as they encountered stronger gravity from denser regions and slowed down as they flew over less-dense areas. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-space-moon-idUSBRE8BH01C20121218

Clinton gets accountability report on Benghazi attacks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday received an official review of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, setting the stage for testimony on an incident that prompted a political furor and sharp questions about security at U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas. The State Department said Clinton - who is convalescing after suffering a concussion last week - received the report from the Accountability Review Board formed to probe the attack which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. http://www.reuters.com/article/... more »

Norovirus outbreak shuts fifth Margate hospital ward

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
A total of 83 people have been affected by the winter vomiting bug at an east Kent hospital. Five wards at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate have now been closed to new admissions. East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust said 65 patients and 18 members of staff had norovirus. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-20762699

Mario Draghi has asserted the European Central Bank's ultimate power over all 6,000 eurozone banks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
• Cameron: British EU exit is 'imaginable' • Draghi says ECB's powers will extend to all eurozone banks • Athens criticised for missing tax collection targets • Banks still 'not fully prepared' for collapse • Europe must 'work very hard' to maintain welfare system: Merkel • Bank of Italy governor rejects need for ECB bail out http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/debt-crisis-live/9749598/Debt-Crisis-as-it-happened-December-17-2012.html

Human rights no defence for criminals and terrorists, says Grayling...Unless they live in the UK!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Chris Grayling says that an “absolutely clear balance between rights and responsibilities” now needs to be set out in British law in the wake of controversial European legal judgements. In an article for today’s Daily Telegraph, the Justice Secretary indicates he may call for Britain to leave the European Court of Human Rights if the Tories win the next election. The Commission on a Bill of Rights will today set out how a new Bill could be introduced by Parliament which would set out the fundamental rights for British citizens in a single piece of legislation. It will recommend such... more »

China cracking down on doomsday group

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
For members of a doomsday cult in China, the end may indeed be near. Authorities have in recent weeks arrested more than 100 members of a fringe Christian-inspired group known as Almighty God that is prophesying the world will end Dec. 21, according to state media. Members of the group had been distributing apocalyptic literature and sending text messages throughout China when the government began detaining them this month. On Dec. 8, police arrested 34 members in Fujian province, which lies on China's southeastern coast. On Thursday, they arrested 37 members, including seven leader... more »

Ayez un mariage merveilleux!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
France's Socialist government is planning to legalize gay marriage early next year. Sunday there was a huge demonstration for equality at the Place de la Bastille, over 100,000 people taking part. There were also pro-equality rallies in Toulouse, Marseilles, Lyon and Nantes. Conservative parties and religionists are opposing this as they do everywhere, and they have also had their rallies, but the Socialists have a strong enough majority to pass it. French religionists are carrying on that marriage equality will open the doors to incest and polygamy, but they apparently have no Bi... more »

Vulnerable Children 'Shipped Out And Abused'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Up to 3,000 vulnerable children are being failed by a care system that has seen sex attackers placed with abuse victims and a third of children moved 100 miles from home, inspectors say. A report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) has found that children are "shipped" out of their home areas, leaving them to face "extremely poor" futures. Basic checks are not being made by children's services when placing these "vulnerable and potentially dangerous" children into homes, HMIP warns. http://news.sky.com/story/1026802/hmip-care-report-distressing-findings

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 01:47:14 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 07:47:14 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.224°N, 95.615°W Depth 49.7 km (30.9 miles) Region OAXACA, MEXICO Distances 35 km (21 miles) SSW of Jalapa, Mexico

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 01:38:28 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 07:38:28 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.417°N, 95.400°W Depth 60.9 km (37.8 miles) Region OAXACA, MEXICO Distances 11 km (6 miles) SE of Jalapa, Mexico

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 01:32:46 UTC Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 08:02:46 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.354°N, 95.784°E Depth 41 km (25.5 miles) Region MYANMAR Distances 57 km (35 miles) SW of Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Creepy Illuminati Message in Batman Movie Hints at Sandy Hook School

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
The Illuminati are basically putting their messages on giant billboards called blockbuster films. Are they psychopathic? Sick? Enlightened? What? Why do they make references to occult sacrifice rituals in movies beforehand? They did the same thing with *9/11*. Do they find enjoyment by doing this? Do they want to wake people up and make them aware of what's coming? If you have an answer, please let me know through email. Thanks. Background: *The Dark Knight Rises Prophesied Sandy Hook Shooting*. Alex Jones - Creepy Illuminati Message in Batman Movie Hints at Sandy Hook School

NEA, AFT should be helping us resist, not comply with, the common core

skrashen at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
My comment on: “NEA, AFT Partner To Build Common-Core Tools,” (Education Week, Dec 17). From the article: The two national teachers' unions have won $11 million to build an online warehouse of instructional tools for the Common Core State Standards. Student Achievement Partners, whose founders led the writing of the standards, is also a grantee. It will work with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and their teachers to build the tools and post them on Student Achievement Partners' website. (For the rest: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curricul... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

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

"Letting Go With Forgiveness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Letting Go With Forgiveness"* by The DailyOM "Forgiveness is a very tender subject. It brings up lots of memories, emotions and desire in most of us. I’m glad you’ve chosen to explore forgiveness as a healing tool in your life, for it is a sacred journey. Forgiveness is the most powerful medicine I’ve found to heal the human heart. *What is Forgiveness?* As I mentioned earlier, forgiveness truly is heart medicine. It involves the healing experience of Divine contact. The Divine has many names, including the Holy Spirit, the Divine Mother, Father God, Great Spirit, Nature, ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Thanks for stopping by.

"Freedom..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"We have to call it 'freedom': who'd want to die for 'a lesser tyranny?'" ~ Mignon McLaughlin, "The Neurotic's Notebook", 1960

Chet Raymo, “Civilization”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Civilization”* by Chet Raymo "I must have some rare genetic mutation. Why am I the only person in America who doesn't want a gun? OK, maybe not the only one. But sometimes it seems like it. Last week's New York Time Magazine had a one-page display of "purse pistols," small, deadly handguns specifically designed to appeal to the ladies. How about a cute little Taurus 738 TCP? It comes in pink and black. Or a Charter Arms Cougar Undercover Lite, also in pink and black, with a rubber grip to ease recoil, made to "complete your self-defense wardrobe"? Or the Casull's Improvement F... more »

Japan's Shinzo Abe prepares to print money for the whole world

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Japan’s incoming leader Shinzo Abe has vowed to ram through full-blown reflation policies to pull his country out of slump and drive down the yen, warning Japan's central bank not to defy the will of the people. The profound shift in economic strategy by the world’s top creditor nation could prove a powerful tonic for the global economy, with stimulus leaking into bourses and bond markets - a variant of the "carry trade" earlier this decade but potentially on a larger scale. "We think this could be the beginning of a fresh reflation cycle for the global system, combining with the U... more »

Firearms-Related Research

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
If you haven’t been over there yet, the folks at The Monkey Cage are providing a slew of stuff on gun-control, gun-violence, and cognate topics.* And, yes, this was mostly an excuse to re-post my armed bear photo from Sun Moon Lake. *I’ve been critical in the past of The Monkey Cage for over-claiming the definitiveness of social-science Continue reading

Haitian Attorney Mario Joseph (Posted by Roger Annis)

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 4 hours ago
Read this story online here: http://canadahaitiaction.ca/content/ma%C3%AEtre-attorney-mario-joseph-honored-university-san-francisco . *Presentation by Nicole Phillips of the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Francisco, to Maître (Attorney) Mario Joseph on December 14, 2012. Phillips is assistant director for Haiti programs and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and staff attorney with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH).* This October, Amnesty International is... more »

Sanity Break

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
Tourism ad. But great work. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

Congrats! to The Uptake - Recognition, Well Deserved.

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
Many of you that were active in the Wisconsin demonstrations may have run into the gang from The Uptake in Minneapolis. The covered almost every minute of Madison. The Uptake is a nonprofit that does a fantastic job of streaming/taping live news events you won’t see on MSM Today on Common Dreams Glenn Greenwald announced the establishment of a foundation to provide funds to support independent journalism. Published on Monday, December 17, 2012 by The Guardian *New Press Freedom Group is Launched to Block US Government Attacks* Nothing is more vital than enabling true transparency ... more »

Coldly Sadistic Passions

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 4 hours ago
I knew we were in trouble the minute I read this *New York Times* headline: *Newtown Shooting May Cool Washington’s Partisan Passions* White House mouthpiece correspondent Jackie Calmes writes that the slaughter of 20 first graders has a miraculous silver lining! It seems that mass infanticide is magically greasing the skids of the Two-Man American Catfood Team. Boehner and Obama may be coasting to the finish line* in the Grand Bargain Olympics! They're putting the brakes on just in time to avoid that terrible horrible plunge down the pretend Fiscal Cliff. BobamaRama DingDongs ... more »

Daniel Inouye (1924-2012)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*"When asked in recent days how he wanted to be remembered, Dan said, very simply, 'I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did OK.' "* -- from a statement issued today by Senator Inouye's staff *by Ken* This is a tough one, even though the senator was 88 (despite which he had been talking seriously about running for a tenth term in 2016) and was known to be seriously ill. According to the staff statement: United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Hawaii's senior Senator, ... more »

Fuksuhima and the Privatization of Risk: Introduction

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 5 hours ago
Every morning I look at the Fukushima webcam and I wonder at what I am seeing. I see strange brownish-purplish colors in vertical shafts, auras of blue-green, and ephemeral manifestations of red and orange. I see strange, variable pixilation that seems to undulate at times. I have no way of telling what I'm seeing - I lack the training and education - but I know one thing for sure: emissions at Fukushima have not ceased. We are now closing in on two years, in March. We know for near certain that ocean emissions continue unabated. See here I admit I cannot decode the exact interpr... more »

What Would Diefenbaker Make of Steve Harper?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 5 hours ago
I was just writing a Conservative friend about the Nexen/Athabasca fiasco when a terrible thought crossed my mind. I imagined what it would be like if "The Chief" John Diefenbaker was alive to witness Steve Harper's sell-out of Canadian resources and jobs to China's Communist masters. What would old John make of what Harper has done to his Conservative party? What would he have to say about Harper's collaborator and fellow sell-out, Peter MacKay? While he was still in Parliament, I managed to spend some time with Mr. Diefenbaker in his office on various occasions discussing thi... more »

Russian Military Experts Say The US Patriot Missiles On The Syrian Border Are Actually Pointed At Iran

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Business Insider Sergel Stroken Yelena Chernenko [image: Iran Revolutionary Guards]Russia is categorically opposed to the Turkey’s installation of Patriot anti-aircraft missiles along its border with Syria. Most have assumed that the Moscow's opposition was driven by its friendship with embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But Russian military experts tell Kommersant that Moscow is actually concerned that the missiles will be used in military action against Iran. In spite of the fact that the planned location of the missiles is relatively far from the Iranian border, they co... more »

Constitutional Vote Polarizes Egypt

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
Egyptians are engaged in a lively and interesting debate about the direction of their politics and the future of their country. You get a glimpse of it in the video below. Video: Constitutional Vote Polarizes Egypt. Source: The Real News.

Paranoid Paragould Arkansas

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
Stay on the main freeways when you drive through Arkansas. Cause if you don’t – you may not like what you run into. Or if your kid is thinking about going to Arkansas State University Paragould, Arkansas Northeastern College, Black River Technical College, or Crowley's Ridge College. I’d think twice. *Paragould Arkansas* *The population was 26,113 at the 2010 U.S. Census*. From Alternet Paragould, Arkansas is set to create a new law enforcement unit to deal with the increase in crime. The new unit will patrol on foot and may have the power to “randomly ask residents for identi... more »

Ben Stein: "God Help Us" (Must-read)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
I learned about the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school while we were setting up at Fox News to tape Cavuto on Business. The news was so horrible that we all felt as if we had lost our legs and could no longer stand. It was such horrible news that it simply turned the world upside down. It still is that kind of news, and it’s incredibly depressing about the nature of humanity. And my wife and I pray all day for the souls of those dear children and for the peace, if there ever will be peace, of their families… and for the souls of the adults and the peace of those who knew and l... more »

China rounds up members of doomsday cult with plans to slay "big red dragon" of the Communist Party

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Police across China are rounding up members of a quasi-Christian doomsday cult who have been preaching the end of the world and urging people to launch a “decisive battle” to slay the “big red dragon” of the Communist party. Scores and perhaps hundreds of members of an outlawed cult known as the Church of Almighty God have been detained throughout the country in recent days as Beijing tries to stop believers taking drastic action on what they believe to be the eve of the apocalypse, according to relatives of cult members and state media reports. The group, which preaches the second... more »

Oh look, it’s a new tax

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Here’s what John Key and Bill English just dropped in your Christmas stocking: a new tax. 3 cents a litre on your petrol every year for the next three years to pay for the govt’s asphalt machine—that’s 9c a litre* in total* by 2015 *on top*of the petrol taxes they already fleece you for every time you go to the pump.* Plus increased road user charges for the next three years.** Arseholes. It’s been obvious to everyone with a calculator that unless it stops spending so goddamned much its pledge to be in surplus by 2014/15 is as likely as those “ongoing” and “substantial” tax cuts ... more »

"How It Really HAS To Be"

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

Sandy Hook Massacre: "Honest Voices Begin To Appear (CT)"; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Honest Voices Begin To Appear (CT)"* by Karl Denninger “Day #3 dawns and the fear-mongers are still out demanding gun bans. Howard Dean was on CNBS this morning screaming about it once again, while others were talking about "technology solutions" (such as fingerprint interlocks on firearms.) All are missing the point. The point is mental illness. The second, and related, point is this: what has changed in the last 30 years- and most-notably, in the last ten? Mental illness is nothing new. Neither is homicide. Let's deal first with homicide. About 17,000 people were murdered... more »

Matt's thoughts on the Connecticut shooting in regards to "gun control"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Here are my thoughts regarding the killing of the 20 children, and the general state of gun control, and what role guns played in that scenario:* 1. Adam Lanza seemed determined to kill no matter what. Be it a gun in his hand, a knife, or any other implement, he was determined to kill that day and would have. The onus of the murders rests on him (barring any conspiratorial scenarios, which are still highly plausible). 2. The reason why those children and guardians died was not because of the availability of guns, but their lack. Had even one teacher or staff or guard there possesse... more »

The Economy: "Promises Will be Broken"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Promises Will be Broken"* by Bill Bonner "When wealth was easy to identify and easy to control — that is, when it was mostly land — a few insiders could do a fairly good job of keeping it for themselves. The feudal hierarchy gave everybody a place in the system, with the insiders at the top of the heap. But come the industrial revolution and suddenly wealth was accumulating outside the feudal structure. Populations were growing too…and growing restless. The old regime tried to tax this new money, but the new ‘bourgeoisie’ resisted. “No taxation without representation,” was a p... more »

Tannerite

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
Newtown, CT.  The police department logged more than 50 gunfire complaints this year through July, double the number for all of 2011, records show. Some of the complaints raised another issue. Gun enthusiasts here, as elsewhere in the country, have taken to loading their targets with an explosive called Tannerite, which detonates when bullets strike it, sending shock waves afield. A

The 12 beers of Christmas

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
2102 was the year of craft beer—the year when craft beer was everywhere. Even in Lion Breweries’s portfolio. So what was my own personal 12 beers of 2012—beers I noticed1—beers with a summery tinge2—beers above and beyond my usual favourites3—beers I’ll be making a special point to track down and consumer over the summer? 1. *Harrington’s ‘Rogue Hop’* 'An organic pilsener, this surprisingly hoppy pilsener is perfect for summer. Seen about in a few shops now in surprisingly affordable slabs. And if you’re visiting Christchurch, visit the brewery and load up some riggers... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 7 hours ago
*The Silence Is Deafening ~Ignatious Jeff Reilly* *I just read that for the second time is less than a year, SLABBED has, for all purposes, been taken down by the actions of a foreign court for actions that arise on US soil and fall under US law. It should scare the living day lights out of any American citizen if these actions are allowed to stand. * *Imagine a world where the media is censored by crooks ~Slabbed*

The Dark Knight Rises Prophesied Sandy Hook Shooting

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
Check out the article, *"Sandy Hook Reference In Batman: Dark Knight Rises Movie,"* and blow up the following pictures. PIC 1 PIC 2 The name of the school where the recent mass shooting took place is called Sandy Hook Elementary School. The hurricane in New York was called Sandy for a reason. These are not coincidences. The filmmakers behind The Dark Knight Rises deliberately had the actor point to "Sandy Hook" on the map. This is beyond spooky and disturbing. Also, at the 1:05:44 mark in the film, Bruce Wayne/Batman tells the Robin character named Blake while in the car, *"Y... more »

China says stabber (who sliced 23 children) affected by 'doomsday rumors'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Officials say a man who went into a school in central China and stabbed 23 children last week was "psychologically affected" by doomsday predictions. Min Yongjun is suspected of going into an elderly woman's house Friday morning and stabbing her with a kitchen knife. He then allegedly went to a nearby elementary school in Chenpeng village in Guangshan county and injured the 23 children before being stopped by teachers and police. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_SCHOOL_STABBING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-12-17-00-23-27 *Added thoughts:* Lynsey str... more »

Diana Spencer was murdered - but don't tell anyone!

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 8 hours ago
The Censors do not like the new film, 'Unlawful killing', which exposes the Windsor Mafia for the murderers they are. The last post published on News From Atlantis contained links to every segment of the film. The post was up for a couple of days before Google took it down; citing Copyright Infringement as the reason for this. Now, it is always possible that the obscenely wealthy Mohamed Al Fayed does not like free copies of his film circulating, although if his intention is to expose the criminals who murdered his son, (and the wife of Charles Windsor, who Dodi Al Fayed impregna... more »

Richard Todd: 'Highly dangerous' inmate jailed for violent robbery goes on the run after failing to return from day release

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A 'highly dangerous' inmate was at the centre of a major police hunt tonight after going on the run from prison. Richard Todd, 25, failed to return to HMP Standford Hill after being granted day release just over a month ago. The inmate was five-and-a-half years into an indeterminate sentence for robbery, taking without consent and burglary offences when he disappeared from the prison in Eastchurch, Kent. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249593/Richard-Todd-Highly-dangerous-inmate-jailed-violent-robbery-goes-run.html

The De Facto Privatization of State Universities

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 8 hours ago
Writing in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, Scott Thurm took an in-depth look at the University of Colorado, where I am a professor, as an case study in how state governments are moving out of the business of subsidizing university attendance for their residents. Thurm writes: For generations of Americans, public colleges and universities offered an affordable option for earning a college degree. Now, cash-strapped states across the country are cutting funding for colleges and directing scarce resources to primary and secondary schooling, Medicaid and prisons. That is s... more »

To Prevent Negative Thoughts Among Depressed Loners, Heroic Legislators Propose Radical Thought Control Legislation

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*"*I want to mention, but only very briefly, a closely related aspect of this awful business. Stories have already appeared depicting Adam Lanza in the terms typically employed in the wake of such tragedies: he was a "loner," he was "painfully shy and awkward" (the *Daily Mail*); he was generally weird, and he "seemed not to feel physical or psychological pain in the same way as classmates" (Yahoo News). And of course, the *New York Times* will never permit itself to be outdone on this score. The *NYT*leads with the obviously terrifying and ominous fact that Lanza "carried a black ... more »

I Like It...

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
...when people I don't like adopt positions that I don't like. Less cognitive dissonance! So I was very glad to see Holy Joe Lieberman, on his way out the door, endorse term limits (via Political Wire). Holy Joe says that if we only had term limits, we would have more new blood...but there's of course plenty of new blood in both Chambers of Congress (I haven't double checked this one, but someone said on twitter last week that once we hit January half of the Senate will be in their first terms). But that's not all! He also claims that term limits will reduce partisan polarization.... more »

Rahm and the Fat Cats

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago

Gunmen kidnap six Hyundai Heavy workers in Nigeria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Gunmen kidnapped four foreigners and two Nigerians working for South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries in southerly oil-producing Bayelsa state on Monday, the police said. Kidnapping is rife in Africa's top oil producer, making millions of dollars a year for criminal gangs. It is common across the south, especially in the Niger Delta oil region. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/17/us-nigeria-kidnap-hyundai-idUSBRE8BG14Y20121217

Mysticism, Internet fuel "Armageddon" fears

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A few words by an American scholar, a crumbling Mexican monument and the love of a good yarn were all it took to spawn the belief that the world could end this week. December 21 marks the end of an age in a 5,125 year-old Maya calendar, an event that is variously interpreted as the end of days, the start of a new era or just a good excuse for a party. Thousands of New Age mystics, spiritual adventurers and canny businessmen are converging on ancient ruins in southern Mexico and Guatemala to find out what will happen. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/17/us-maya-calendar-idUSBR... more »

Greece's triangle of power

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
n late 2011 the Greek finance minister made an impassioned plea for help to rescue his country from financial ruin. "We need a national collective effort: all of us have to carry the burden together," announced Evangelos Venizelos, who has since become leader of the socialist party PASOK. "We need something that will be fair and socially acceptable." It was meant to be a call to arms; it ended up highlighting a key weakness in Greece's attempts to reform. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/17/us-greece-media-idUSBRE8BG0CF20121217

Iran says it, world powers must end nuclear stalemate

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Iran's foreign minister said on Monday a way must be found to end the deadlock with major powers over the country's nuclear programme, an Iranian news agency reported, but he offered no new initiative on how to achieve this. Ali Akbar Salehi's comments came ahead of an expected resumption of diplomacy, perhaps next month, aimed at preventing the decade-old nuclear dispute from degenerating into a Middle East war that could damage an already fragile world economy. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/17/us-iran-nuclear-idUSBRE8BG0DK20121217

Trouble flares at flag protests in Belfast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Trouble has broken out in Belfast and other towns as loyalists protest against restrictions on flying the union flag on the city hall. Police said they have come under attack on the lower Newtownards Road where 200 loyalists have congregated. An officer has been injured in Sandy Row, near the city centre, where paint bombs, fireworks and other missiles were thrown. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20763350

The Republican Extremist Most Likely To Lose In 2014: Gary Miller

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
I started visiting Morocco in 1969 and I've been there over a dozen times since. At some point it can't just be about laying around Marrakesh, Essaouira, Tangier and Fes. So some years ago I set out across the Atlas Mountains south of Marrakesh and discovered Taroudant, which is kind of what Marrakesh was like in the 1960s... before it became so cosmopolitan. I loved it and kept going back. From there we'd set out for Tiznit and even Sidi Ifni further south and east and then, eventually, for Ouarzazate, Zagora south and west and even Mhamid right at the edge of the Sahara, the la... more »

Ha!

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 8 hours ago

David Cameron: withdrawal from EU is imaginable

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
David Cameron has broken new ground on Europe by suggesting British withdrawal from the EU is "imaginable", aligning himself with the fiercely Eurosceptic Boris Johnson. The prime minister stressed that he supported membership of a reformed EU, though he said Britain was "in charge of our own destiny". http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/dec/17/david-cameron-withdrawal-eu-imaginable

Time to Face the Music - Only the Communists Can Keep Athabasca Afloat

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
"*Seriously, Does This Make My Ass Look Fat*?"Canadian Tar Sands heavy-crude oil is uneconomical. The proof is that there's not enough investment money coming in to keep the Athabasca house of cards from collapsing. Joe Oliver says there's no shortage of private capital for the bitumen pits. He's a liar. Even the *National Post* can't deny it. The Tar Sands are dependent on Communist Chinese government life support. *The oil sands are more “vulnerable than many would care to admit,” and are already facing ‘exceptional circumstances’ under which the federal government has sai... more »

Benjamin Fulford: The world will not end this Friday, December 21st 2012, but it almost did

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
*The earth is too important to end by the hands of the cabal. They had their time, its now over. Some are still in denial of that and attempt to retrain that control, and lash out at those who with brave courage have exposed them. The energies now present prevent the cabal from reasserting control through their lies, illusions and technologies. It is affecting their very mental abilities, plans, and in many cases causing declining health in those who persist in the old ways. Just look at them. They are not well. How that turns out for the cabal is still in their choice, its t... more »

A Cartoon for the Pigou Club

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 9 hours ago

F*&k Freedom.

Brian Rathbun at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
In the wake of the Connecticut shootings and in light of the hints dropped by Obama at the vigil for the victims, it seems we should be prepared for a debate in the coming weeks and months between those who advocate greater gun control to protect innocent lives and those who make a competing moral Continue reading

Dispatch from Hong Kong: Asian Values?

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
This is a guest post by Jarrod Hayes. Jarrod is Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. He received his PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southern California in 2009. From 2009 to 2010, he was the ConocoPhillips Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Oklahoma, a Continue reading

Another Brief Podcast Note

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
Podcast No. 16 will be available by midweek. I left the power cable for the external hard drive on which all of my podcasting files are stored in my office…. Doh!

Tory Growth and Infrastructure Farce

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 9 hours ago
Politics, Lenin once wryly observed, is concentrated economics. You don't need Hegel's *Logic* to realise the reverse can also be the case, that economic decisions are driven by political considerations. And nowhere is this more true than the treasury under the stewardship of George Gideon Oliver Osborne. As Paul Richards observed a couple of weeks back, Gideon is a chancellor who is political to his fingertips. He is not driven by the national interest (however you define it) nor an amorphous desire to "help people", it is - as it always is with the Tory party - about the exercisin... more »

Attorney Leaks Dash Cam Video of Police Shooting After DA Rules Shooting Justified

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 9 hours ago
Reason.com If you ever see a news story about a police shooting that the local district attorney does not rule justified, please e-mail me. For now, the story: Ernest Duenez was a parolee shot to death during a traffic stop a year and a half ago. He was the passenger in a vehicle pulled over because the “officer had knowledge that Duenez, a wanted parolee, was inside the vehicle and considered armed and dangerous,” according to the *Modesto Bee*. The district attorney ruled the police officer was justified in shooting Duenez 13 times because the parolee brandished a knife at the ... more »

Gazzo's cup and ball magic

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago

happy birthday, bradley manning

laura k at wmtc - 10 hours ago
Today is the third birthday that courageous military whistleblower Bradley Manning has spent in prison. By the time his court martial begins in March, he will have been imprisoned almost three years, including a full year in solitary confinement - an internationally recognized form of torture. Bradley Manning helped people see the truth about the US occupation of Iraq. And for that he is being persecuted. Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, recently spoke publicly to a group of supporters in Washington DC. Here's an excerpt from his speech: When I'm in the courtroom, I stand up and look... more »

A change is gonna come

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 10 hours ago
President Obama's speech in Newtown, CT last night is being called his Gettysburg Address by quite a few of the very serious pundits. It wasn't that earthshaking from my seat. In fact, it felt a bit too much like a sermon to me in the beginning. For a while I thought he wouldn't mention gun regulation at all. But then he went there: I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change. Since I’ve been President, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving ... more »

The F-35, Should Canada Sit This One Out?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Maybe Canada should just give the F-35 a pass and wait for something a lot better. Like the Aussies and US Navy we could opt for a proven, capable, reliable, affordable alternative, like some new F-18s and sit by while America's next-generation technology works through its considerable teething problems. It even seems that the F-35 and its vaunted "5th Generation Technology" may be on its way to a premature passing to make way for 6th Generation warplanes. *"...the U.S. military is laying plans for what it is calling a “sixth generation” aircraft to replace the F-35 as early a... more »

Another Vatican Taliban FAIL

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
Finally. After more than fourteen fucking years, the Philippines is on the road to the 20th century in reproductive health care. Birth control is legal and widely available in the Philippines for people who can afford it, particularly those living in cities. But condoms, birth control pills and other methods can be difficult to find in rural areas, and their cost puts them out of reach for the very poor. . . . The measure passed on Monday would stock government health centers, including those in remote rural areas, with free or subsidized birth control options for the poor. It would ... more »

Swimmer caught on camera RIDING a sperm whale off the Florida coast hours before the animal was found dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Witnessed drifting off Pompano Beach by awestruck and concerned beachgoers on Sunday, the distressed whale was described alive when first photographed with at least one swimmer repeatedly climbing on top. The animal's exact cause of death is not known but regardless wildlife officials say they are not defending the swimmer's involvement. It is a federal offense to harass a marine mammal. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249430/Swimmer-caught-camera-RIDING-sperm-whale-Florida-coast-hours-animal-dead.html

Judge Vladimir Trofimov and his family beheaded 'with machete' in medieval Ukraine massacre

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A respected judge - and three members of his family - have been beheaded in a medieval-style massacre in Ukraine. The corpses were left at the scene but the heads of Judge Vladimir Trofimov, his wife Irina, their son Sergei, and the son's partner, Marina Zoueva, are all missing. Police are uncertain what weapon was used - but say it could be a machete, a sword or an axe. The sinister attack on the family happened on Saturday, as the judge, his 59-year-old wife, 30-year-old son, and his 29-year-old partner, relaxed at home in their apartment in the eastern city of Kharkiv. http://ww... more »

Free Planet - what is the state?

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 10 hours ago
image copyright © labaronesa*THE STATE* it's a word that's bandied about by both the Communists and the Capitalist the Labour and the Conservatives the Democrats and the Republicans in the former, it's the state that rakes in the profits from the labour of its people in the latter, it's the private estate that rakes in the profits from the labour of its people THE STATE as you'll see from the above is concerned with only one thing - the shameless exploitation of the shamed people in the name of *profit*. Pure and simple: if we eradicate the need to make profit from our 'state', ... more »

Jingle Bells

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
The only time you’ll ever hear it on this blog—and possibly the fastest you’ll ever see it performed… Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

The Gun Problem

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 10 hours ago
Round about 1860 a monumental advance occured in firearms development. The metal cartridge was invented. Until then a round of small-arms ammunition consisted of a normally lead projectile, then some form of wadding, and a flammable or explosive powder ignited by a spark produced from a flint, burning cord, or percussion cap located on the outside of the weapon. Cartridges of the day sometimes

Mick Philpott: Murder charges DROPPED against parents of six children killed in house fire... but they will face trial for manslaughter

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The parents of six children who died when a fire ripped through their home mouthed 'I love you' to each other today when their murder charges were dropped. Mick Philpott, 55, and his wife Mairead, 31, will now face a trial in February next year charged with six counts of manslaughter. Jade Philpott, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight; Jessie, six, and Jayden, five, died when fire tore through their house in Victory Road, Allenton, Derby, at 4am on May 11. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249525/Philpott-Murder-charges-DROPPED-parents-children-killed-house-blaze-fac... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 17th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Monday, December 17, 2012 at 22:52:23 UTC Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 08:52:23 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.766°N, 143.597°E Depth 47.3 km (29.4 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 214 km (132 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

The Horror of the Connecticut Shooting and the Tragedy of Unresolved Massacres

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
The Daily Bell *These are the innocents of America's Dunblane — each smiling face a heartbreaking plea for the nation to give up its guns. President Barack Obama has declared he will use "whatever power" he has to prevent shootings like Friday's rampage by Adam Lanza happening again. In a powerful speech last night at an evening vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, he suggested he is considering a radical move to ditch America's historic right to bear arms in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Obama said: "Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, ... more »

Military Escalation, Dangerous Crossroads: Russia-US Confrontation in Syria?

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
Global Research Prof. Michel Chossudovsky [image: panetta] *On December 14, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed a Pentagon order to deploy 400 US missile troops to Turkey. According to Washington, the security of Turkey, NATO’s heavyweight, is threatened. US military personnel will to be deployed to Turkey in the coming weeks to operate two US Patriot missile batteries.* According to the Pentagon’s spokesman, George Little: “The United States has been supporting Turkey in its efforts to defend itself,… [against Syria] “I’m not going to go into precise locations at this time, h... more »

Cosmic Vision News 12-14-12

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
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They're Back For More

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Knock, knock, knock. It's the Chinese again and they're back for more Canadian energy resources, this time shale gas. Oh I know it's barely a week since Harper supposedly promised the Nexen takeover was a one-time thing, the last time the Beijing Communist apparatus would get its grubby commie hands on our innocent, virginal resources. But, hey, that's a week ago! Get over it. Nothing lasts forever. This time the *Chi-Coms* (for any Korean War vets out there) are pocketing a 49.9% ownership slice of Encana's Duvernay shale project. And this time the Chinese government is ... more »

Human Rights

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 11 hours ago
Went to the Royal Ontario Museum yesterday. Up in the Institute for Contemporary Culture room there's an exhibit documenting the human rights crimes of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. A big part of the exhibit are the ID photos of new arrivals to the S-21 Prison. We read the bios of four of the images, which was possible because they were among the few who could be identified. The Cambodian government is trying to identify all the people in the photographs in an attempt to undo the dehumanization of the Khmer Rouge's victims. A lot of the pictures are of children, which this insane re... more »

They

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago

Harper's Cabinet Barely Literate

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
*Pos' secretary? What in tarnation is that, Misser Harper?* Just kidding. I'm sure they can all read and write at some level but there's an interesting piece in *The Tyee* revealing how many Harper ministers have no post-secondary education whatsoever. The names may surprise you. *Marjory Lebreton (leader of the government in the Senate)* * **Gerry Ritz (agriculture)* * **Denis Lebel (transport and infrastructure)* * **Leona Aglukkaq (health)* * **Peter Kent (environment)* * **Gail Shea (national revenue)* * **Julian Fantino (international cooperation)* * **Bernard Valcourt (minist... more »

Foreign nerves limit Syria rebel arms, Assad's arsenals raided

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Syrian rebel success in capturing government armories is rendering increasingly irrelevant Western efforts to limit supplies from abroad and avoid sophisticated arms reaching Islamist militants. Western nations, particularly the United States, remain highly nervous of weapons falling into the wrong hands, while even Saudi Arabia and Qatar - by far the two most enthusiastic rebel backers - appear to have cut back support in recent weeks. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/17/us-syria-arms-idUSBRE8BG0FK20121217

NDP Never Passes Up a Chance to Show How Small-Minded It Can Be

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Bank of Canada governor, Mark Carney, and Liberal finance critic, Scott Brison, are personal friends. Last summer Carney took a week of vacation time that he and his family spent at Brison's Nova Scotia vacation home. That was enough to send the Petty Party into a hissy fit, lodging an official complaint with the BoC. The Bank had its general counsel perform the requisite enquiry and he came up with nothing, zero, zilch with which to fault Mr. Carney. It's understandable, even if only for hygiene reasons, that some Dippers don't attract friends but ordinary Canadians do and app... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE - 17th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Monday, December 17, 2012 at 17:46:48 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:46:48 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 3.968°S, 104.037°W Depth 15.7 km (9.8 miles) Region CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE Distances 1491 km (926 miles) WSW of Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE - 17th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Monday, December 17, 2012 at 17:41:36 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 10:41:36 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.107°S, 104.416°W Depth 35.7 km (22.2 miles) Region CENTRAL EAST PACIFIC RISE Distances 1536 km (954 miles) WSW of Puerto Villamil, Ecuador

The Connecticut Elementary School Shooting: Is THIS The Real Reason For This Shooting? The LIBOR Scandal Link!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
Ever since the shooting of 26 innocent people by a "crazed" autistic (!) "shooter" last Friday, I have been troubled... Nothing about this shooting makes any sense at all! The Jewish controlled media has been feeding us nothing but lies, claiming it was done by a crazed "Lone Gunman" hooked on SSRI drugs. I have long dismissed the criminals in the mainstream media as outright liars, so I began my own search for the REAL reason for this massacre, and I may have found one.... People have quickly forgotten that infamous "Batman" shooting in Aurora, Colorado, earlier this year, and ... more »

Update: Armed SWAT Teams To Patrol Streets In Arkansas City

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Editor's Note: I personally contacted the Mayor's office today to inquire about the information contained in this article. I was directed to the following statement issued yesterday. *Armed Patrol" Clarifications* *Donna Anderson* Infowars.com December 17, 2012 Paragould, Arkansas Mayor Mike Gaskill and Police Chief Todd Stovall announced at a December 14 Town Hall meeting that beginning in 2013 the streets of their city were going to be patrolled by police officers bearing SWAT gear and AR-15s. “If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking, and chec... more »

Canadian Pols "Naive" on China

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
*He Doesn't Need Your "Living Wage"* Canadian pols like Steve Harper and BC's unelected, unelectable and outgoing premier, Christy Clark, are "naive" in their dealings with China. That assessment comes from a University of California economics professor, Peter Navarro, who has studied how the Chinese operate world wide. *Navarro didn't sugar coat his words about recent decisions by Canadian politicians involving Chinese business, calling them "stupid."* * * *"I think that Canadians are a very trusting people and that makes them naïve when it comes to someone like China," he said. * ... more »

Neocons Go After Hagel With An Outdated Smear Campaign

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
Here is more proof that Neocons are delusional and crazy. They think it's still 2003 and that they can smear veterans like Chuck Hagel, who is said to be the next Secretary of Defense. Read: *‘We will make sure every American knows he is an anti-Semite’ — anonymous neocon threat to Hagel.* These Neocon Zionists have totally lost it. Their smear campaigns are outdated and repulsive. They see everything through the prism of race and ideology rather than logic and facts. If you criticize their policies and views they call you an anti-Semite as if this term has any relevance in the cur... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*NOPD: Dat Dog employee shot after refusing to give robber cash ~Uptown Messenger*

New BBC DG on the spot over bias

Keith Peat at No Eco Twaddle- or other false policy (N.E.T) - 12 hours ago
*From:* The Global Warming Policy Foundation *Date:* 17/12/2012 10:49:52 *To:* *|FNAME|* *Subject:* GWPF Calls For New BBC Seminar On Global Warming And Climate Policy Coverage Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. HOME WHO WE ARE LATEST POSTINGS GWPF REPORTS PRESS RELEASES VIDEOS CONTACT Press ReleaseGWPF Calls For New BBC Seminar On Global Warming And Climate Policy Coverage *London, 17 December:* Lord Lawson (Conservative), Lord Donoughue (Labour) and Baroness Nicholson (Liberal Democrat), three Trustees of the all-Party and non-Party *Global Warming Policy Foun... more »

So Much for the 1st Amendment: Connecticut Police Will Prosecute Independant Journalist Whistleblowers

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
Never thought I'd live to hear US law enforcement say something like this....

"EyeSee You and the Internet of Things: Watching You While You Shop"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"EyeSee You and the Internet of Things:* * Watching You While You Shop"* By John W. Whitehead “I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it’s the government.” —Woody Allen "Gifts have been bought. Presents wrapped. Now all that remains is the giving and receiving. Oh, and the tracking, of course. Little did you know that all the while you were searching out that perfect gift, you were unknowingly leaving a trail for others—namely, the government and its corporate cohorts—to follow. Thanks to the wonders of technology, the indifference of the genera... more »

"Government, the New Debtors’ Prison"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
* "Government, the New Debtors’ Prison"* by Douglas French "An old banking buddy of mine has been out of work for a full year. I met up with him yesterday, and he told me the good news that he has finally found work. It’s not enjoyable. But it pays better than sitting at home. His time of unemployment had been doubly tough because his son was also out of work at the same time. The proud father seemed happier that his son had also found a job. “And since he works for a nonprofit, they will pay his student loan,” he said. “What?” I said, not sure that I was hearing right. “If you ... more »

Treaty Six First Nation says 'No' to Canada's laws violating Indigenous rights

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
GOVERNMENT ENACTED LAWS WHICH HAVE NOT MET THE LEGAL DUTY TO CONSULT AND ACCOMMODATE FIRST NATIONS WILL NOT BE RECOGNIZED ON FIRST NATIONS RESERVE AND TRADITIONAL LANDS Press statement Posted at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com UPDATE IDLE NO MORE - Consulate General of Canada San Francisco - RALLY IN SOLIDARITY WITH CANADIAN FIRST NATIONSTIME TO RALLY CALIFORNIA: WHAT:

Yann Martel On The Illustrated Version Of Life Of Pi

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
YouTube video description [Channel - AllanGregg]: Canada's Yann Martel shot to international fame with his novel "Life of Pi". He won the prestigious Booker Prize and his novel went on to sell six-million copies worldwide and a movie version was made with director Ang Lee. Now Martel has come out with a special illustrated edition of "Life of Pi". Originally aired February 2008.

Steve Israel Makes A Good Case For Why Lee Rogers Should Run Against Buck McKeon Again

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
McKeon thinks these are his constituents, not Latino voters In 2012 DCCC Chairman Steve Israel gave a free pass to Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and all the senior Republican Party policy makers in Congress. The only committee chairman the DCCC challenged, Dan Lungren, had no role in policy whatsoever and chaired the housekeeping committee. But the really powerful GOP leaders, whose Wall Street patrons just happen to also be Steve Israel's Wall Street patrons... these guys were all benignly neglected by the DCCC. And House Armed Services Committee chair Buck McKeon was certainly one of t... more »

South Africa - Michael Tellinger - 200,000 year old Annunaki cities

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 12 hours ago
many contemporary scientists think that Mitochondrial Eve, the human race's genetic mother, hailed from 'somewhere in darkest Africa' spreading her lineage up into Europe and then the rest of the world. One thing they're less likely to consider is the giant race THE ANNUNAKI visited earth 400,000 then 200,000 years ago and genetically modified early man to do his bidding, basically digging for gold in the mines of south Africa. Michael Tellinger is back on Coast to Coast after a two year absence and he's pulling no punches. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: the stones that ring like bel... more »

Victor Hess, Joseph Henry: anniversaries

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Victor Franz Hess (24 June 1883 – 17 December 1964) was born to a royal forester in Waldstein Castle, Styria (South Austria proper). He attended various local schools and was interested in radiation. His key work was done between 1911-1913. Hess wanted to show that, as expected, the radiation we detect decreases with the altitude – because it originates in the Earth and gets absorbed by the atmosphere. So he took risky balloon trips to 5 kilometers and found out that instead, it was getting stronger. Well, "cosmic rays", as Robert Millikan called them in 1925 when he verified Hess' ... more »

Asness on Buffett

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 13 hours ago
Warren may be a great investor, but he really doesn't cut it as a policy wonk.

Malcolm Levesconte 'May Have Killed Himself'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A pub landlord who vanished after £30,000 disappeared from a Christmas thrift fund may have killed himself, police believe. Malcolm Levesconte, 59, was last seen on December 9 at the Royal Oak pub in Shrewton, near Salisbury. Later that evening, he boarded a ferry at Portsmouth to St Malo in France and police launched a missing persons inquiry. It is understood that a suicide note has been found. http://news.sky.com/story/1026577/pub-landlord-may-have-killed-himself

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 17th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Monday, December 17, 2012 at 13:13:09 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:13:09 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.721°N, 143.841°E Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 235 km (146 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

Lockdown Alert Ends At Schools Near Massacre

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Schools in Ridgefield, Connecticut, about 20 miles from the Newtown school massacre scene, are no longer in lockdown after police said they had found no dangerous activity. Police said earlier they were investigating reports of a suspicious man who may be armed in the town, and schools were in lockdown as a result. "The police have given the all clear. After an extensive police search, no dangerous activity was discovered," the town's public schools said in an announcement on their website. http://news.sky.com/story/1026615/lockdown-alert-ends-at-schools-near-massacre

Sask NDP Leadership Candidate - Erin Weir Calls For CPP Expansion And OAS Replacement

leftdog at Buckdog - 13 hours ago
*"Now is not the time to enrich the Canada Pension Plan." * Hon. Jim Flaherty Minister of Finance - Canada *(The guy who gave $114 Billion tax dollars to bail out Canada's Banks!!!)* *Weir Calls for CPP Expansion and OAS Replacement** With finance ministers meeting to discuss issues including the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Saskatchewan NDP leadership candidate Erin Weir is proposing to strengthen retirement security. “The Government of Saskatchewan should join other provinces in pushing for a significant expansion of CPP rather than dragging its feet,” said Weir. “Expanding CPP is th... more »

The fuzzy face of climate change: Will polar bears survive the meltdown of the Arctic?

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: Female polar bear and her two cubs near Churchill, Manitoba. Photo by Travel Manitoba] By Zac Unger 17 December 2012 On January 24, 2004, in the frigid moonscape of an Arctic winter, wildlife biologist Steven Amstrup rode in a helicopter flying low over the ice. Using an infrared heat detector, he hoped to find polar bears in their dens. When the gun recorded a hit, Amstrup circled around for a closer look. What confronted him was something he had never seen in 34 years of research. The mouth of the den was open, and a smear of bright-red blood stretched away for more tha... more »

Glenn Kessler debunks Reagan’s bogus old tale!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012* *And it only took twenty-three years:* Almost every part of our public discourse is built around false, bogus tales. These bogus tales get memorized, then widely presented as fact. Depending on who is behind the tales, the bogus tales will be widely accepted by the mainstream press corps. In Sunday’s Washington Post, Glenn Kessler debunked one of those hoary old tales. And by our count, it only took twenty-three years! As far as we know, Kessler did a good job in this piece—although he failed to name the people who have been telling this hoary old tale i... more »

‘Peak farmland’ is here, global food crop area to fall: study

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Actual and potential land used for wheat production, India 1961–2010. The upper segment shows the hectares farmers would have tilled to produce the actual harvest had yields stayed at the 1960 level. FAO (2012) via Program for the Human Environment at the Rockefeller University in New York] By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent; Editing by Alastair Macdonald 17 December 2012 OSLO (Reuters) – The amount of land needed to grow crops worldwide is at a peak and an area more than twice the size of France can return to nature by 2060 due to rising yields and slower popula... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints not close on contract ~Greg Rosenthal* *Cop Convictions Overturned in Henry Glover Case ~NOLA DEFENDER* *9th Ward goat farmer’s gripe: butting heads with powers that be ~The Lens* *CBS NEWS: Oil Still Leaking From BP Gulf Of Mexico Spill* *Sinkhole prompts 6-month road study* *Review: Bouligny Tavern ~Gambit*~Ian McNulty relaxes at a sumptuous spot where you can keep the party rolling * *

Guns and Strategy

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 14 hours ago
I strongly recommend Jonathan Chait's largely pessimistic view (from the point of view of those who want legislation) of the chances of getting anything restricting guns in any way whatsoever through the House. And if that's correct -- if conservative Republicans remain dead set against anything at all -- then there's almost nothing Barack Obama can do about it (see, too, David Frum's view, which points out the possibility that presidential public leadership could easily polarize the debate and therefore backfire). That said: I wouldn't completely rule out the possibility that legis... more »

Where does the press corps get its facts!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012* *Does Scott Pelley actually know that:* We’ve been struck by the maudlin nature of much of the coverage of the most recent mass shooting. To our ear, Alexandra Petri’s column was wondrously faux at the Post. But so were large amounts of the coverage, as journalists took turns assuring the nation that they’ve never been so upset. This morning, on Way Too Early, even Mike Barnicle played that card. For ourselves, we didn’t especially believe him. That said, if he wasn’t upset before this, he too must be mentally ill. The journalists want you to know how up... more »

Tomorrows World had a mobile telephone in 1979

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
'From the BBC Archive 'Tomorrow's World' collection: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/tomorrowsworld/index.shtmlMichael Rodd makes a call with an experimental cordless mobile phone. It's 1979 and time for the telephone to go mobile. In this report from a longer programme, Michael Rodd (pictured above) examines a British prototype for a cordless telephone that allows the user to make calls from anywhere. Also included at the end of this item is a rather nice out-take as Rodd also experiences the first mobile wrong number.' Fascinating, quite fascinating.

Kim Jong-un Beefs Up Security Amid Fear of Unrest: Reason why the rocket was fired so hurriedly in North Korea?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has apparently stationed around 100 armored vehicles at his house, summer home and other facilities for fear of a military coup or uprising, sources say. Kim "is extremely nervous about the possibility of an emergency developing inside North Korea," claimed an informed source. According to the source, Kim recently ordered officials to "place top priority" on his personal security and to keep his itinerary top secret. As a result, the venues of events he attends are swarming with guards carrying automatic rifles and hand grenades, while his personal pl... more »

Symbols of an Alien Sky - the movie

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 15 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/t7EAlTcZFwY If you care to know about the Future, you'll need to understand (at least) some of our Past. An exceptional movie about an exciting theme. Maybe all we know is based on largely false assumptions...? Part II (10 minutes) you can find here: http://youtu.be/I-46CJ5Pt7U More details about Mars: http://youtu.be/2wOogk2LSSw. A lot to think about... John

Cowards and Morons

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 15 hours ago
The Newtown shooting last Friday morning is virtually unique in American history not only because it's, by far, the worst elementary school shooting of all time but because the usual gun nuts have gone into hiding. The Sandy Hook massacre apparently is proving to be the tipping point that's going to force a meaningful debate on gun control, one in which our president, who has never once uttered the words "gun" and "control" in the same sentence, will be taking point. Even if the 2nd amendment and its misinformed proponents have discovered "the better part of valor", that doesn... more »

FOOLED ABOUT SCHOOLS: The latest scores!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2012* *Part 1—Keep gloom alive:* In late November, the New York Times published an op-ed piece about our public schools. The piece was written by Michael Brick, a former Times sports writer who has become an overnight expert on education. As Brick started his piece, he played a pair of familiar tunes: BRICK (11/23/12): For the past three decades, one administration after another has sought to fix America's troubled schools by making them compete with one another. Mr. Obama has put up billions of dollars for his Race to the Top program, a federal sweepstakes wh... more »

Sandy Hook: Gun Control or Psychiatric Med Control ?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
Why has the media been using such an obviously outdated picture of the 20 year old Adam Lanza? *A gun is an inanimate object*. It can do no harm unless wielded by a user to cause harm or death. That is a fact. Everything else is spin. The spin is thick and plentiful surrounding the Sandy Hook shootings And most of it all focused on "gun control" The Newtown school shootings have revived debate in the US media about gun control - the same debate that raged, for a while, after previous atrocities such as Columbine and Virginia Tech While reinforcing the heartbreak of the killings... more »

Aaron Schock Got Caught

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Aaron plans to burn this outfit as well Aaron Schock, is a star inside the Republican House Caucus. He gained notice for flaunting his six-pack abs on the cover of *Men's Health*magazine and posing for a fashion shoot in *GQ* and they gave him a spot on House Ways and Mean, a primo committee that makes campaign fundraising easy and even put him on Kevin McCarthy's Whip Team as a Deputy Whip. He reminds many of his colleagues of the once-popular and similarly well-dressed Mark Foley, who was also closeted-back-home but fairly "out" in DC. The dashing young closet case was just reelect... more »

I support the 2nd Amendment as Intended

2old2care at Because I Can - 17 hours ago
*Here's your weapon* * * *Here's your ammo* *Go for it buttwipes!!!!!!!!! *

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 17 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Curtis Pride, 44. A little good stuff: 1. The easiest way to get a Plain Blog link these days? Write a pro-reform Senate piece that opposes the current talking filibuster proposal. Here'sthe Economist's M.S. Is it impossible for the talking filibuster to work? That's the wrong question; the right question is whether there's any advantage in trying to do reform via the live filibuster, and the answer to that is almost certainly no. 2. I'm not going to link to individual posts, but the Monkey Cage has been running several pieces about guns, gun control, and other rel... more »

Elizabeth May

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
As 2012 draws to a close, Michael Harris reviews the state of all of Canada's federal parties -- except the Bloc Quebecois. He has some insightful comments about each. But I am particularly struck by what he writes about Elizabeth May and The Green Party: For now, the Green Party is Elizabeth May. Despite all the institutional barricades erected in front of this prodigiously hard-working politician, she tears the pant leg off the government on everything from the environment to the Canada-as-resource-colony model promoted by our CEO-PM himself. She runs the most intellectually al... more »

Negligent Storage Act - the Right Wing Gun Solution

2old2care at Because I Can - 17 hours ago
One of the gun owners of America called into a local talk show this morning and he rambled on about how "overall gun legislation" is the wrong way to go. He argued every point the show host brought up and kept coming back to his solution for the firearm issue that we have in the USA. His ONLY solution. Negligent Storage Act Yep that is all we need. Musta been the highlighted legislation sent out in the Gun Owners of America or NRA newsletter that went out this past weekend or past month or past year!!! Where else would he have come up with crap like this? What a bunch of gun-lovi... more »

Seriously? No shit Sherlock

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
Eating and drinking lots at xmas is to be expected, be aware that alcohol can effect peoples judgement and behaviour http://t.co/k5u78Z1j -- Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP)

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James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago

Damage component of the cause of action is not to be equated with the plaintiff’s ultimate financial loss

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 18 hours ago
Andison v. Katz, 2012 MBCA 107 makes clear that a cause of action arises in negligent misrepresentation when the representation is acted on. This does not mean discoverability is met but rather the cause is complete: 27 Thus, it is clear that the damage component of the cause of action is not to be equated with the plaintiff's ultimate financial loss and also that the damage occurs when the would-be plaintiff acts on the negligent advice, rather than when the actual financial loss occurs. (See also *Central Trust Co. v. Rafuse*,**1986 CanLII 29 (SCC), [1986] 2 S.C.R. ... more
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