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Thomas Paine

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Monday, December 17, 2012

17 December - Blogs I'm Following

Kim Jong Il
Kim Jong Il (Photo credit: onsiteguidance)
Satellite picture displaying the Korean penins...
Satellite picture displaying the Korean peninsula at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: PYONGYANG. President Putin with North...
English: PYONGYANG. President Putin with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during a send-off ceremony at the airport. Русский: ПХЕНЬЯН. С руководителем КНДР Ким Чен Иром во время проводов в аэропорту. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Guns and Strategy

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 33 minutes 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 - 35 minutes 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 - 43 minutes 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 - 48 minutes 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 - 59 minutes 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 John

Cowards and Morons

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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! - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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)

Spirit bear cub

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 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 - 3 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 »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION - 17th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:28:37 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 11:28:37 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 30.994°S, 176.589°W Depth 41.4 km (25.7 miles) Region KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION Distances 225 km (139 miles) ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Get Your Flu Shot or Get Fired: Media Hails New ‘Safety’ Policies Forcing Shots on Workers by Anthony Gucciardi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
Live Free or Possibly Die Or Be Crippled By The ShotsGet Your Flu Shot or Get Fired: Media Hails New ‘Safety’ Policies Forcing Shots on Workers by Anthony Gucciardi Natural Society, 17 December 2012 *Don’t want to be injected with the seasonal flu vaccine due to concerns over ingredients like MSG, antibiotics, formaldehyde, and aluminum as admitted by the FDA on their **own website**? Well then you may lose your job for refusing a ‘safety’ measure, as more and more major corporations are forcing the flu vaccine (among others) on workers in order to keep their job.* ** But ho... more »

Be careful when picking a jury...

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago

'Just don't bring a terrorist in the house': Family's warning to estate agent who then rented home to Abu Qatada

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Hate preacher Abu Qatada has been housed in a property belonging to a family who told the rental agent they did not want it let to terrorists. The brother and sister who own the £450,000 three-bedroom house in north London were suspicious about their new tenants, but only realised who their notorious tenant was after being tipped off by journalists. The sister said: 'I had no idea. I said to the estate agent: "We're watching a lot of Homeland; just don't bring a terrorist in the house". http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249287/Abu-Qatada-new-landlord-didnt-want-terrorist-tenan... more »

My Response to Dr. Hanley's Criticism of My Last Article on Vaccination - A Guest Post by Michael Brine

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
We have sadly seen the current medical establishment give their power to the Drug companies in the belief that this method of protection from illnesses and disease – vaccination – will somehow, by injecting people with poisons, especially young children, protect them from ill health. It’s unbelievable! There is an increasing awareness out in the public domain at large who are seriously questioning this vaccination issue. I have seen that nurses in B.C. and others as in the Yukon, and a major one in the UK. In the UK case has started a strong opening discussion there across the c... more »

Security alert over Samsung's Smart TV as hackers claim they can access your set and seize control of microphone and cameras

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Samsung's Smart TV could used by hackers to watch everything that happens in your living room by gaining access to the device's built-in camera and microphones, it has been claimed. Malta-based security firm ReVuln posted a video showing how its researchers had learned to crack the television to access its settings - including any personal information stored on it. 'We can install malicious software to gain complete root access to the TV,' they claim in the video. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2249303/Hackers-penetrate-home-Crack-Samsungs-Smart-TV-allows-attacker-s... more »

70 Military Vehicles Dispatched on Request for Staff Release

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
China's internet sources revealed that on Dec. 12th Jinan Military Region dispatched 70 military vehicles to besiege the town hall of Hekou District, Dongying city in Shandong. The army requested the authorities to release the culprit of a car accident, who is a staff member of the military region. The pictures uploaded to the internet show slogans were hung on several military vehicles. Two of the army vehicles stopped blocking the town hall. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkaR61oz8C8

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 17th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.6 Region CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION Date time 2012-12-17 10:08:21.0 UTC Location 28.85 N ; 15.58 W Depth 40 km Distances 78 km N Gáldar, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

US Shooting 'Sparks Big Rise In Gun Sales'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Parents of children at the Sandy Hook school have visited a gun store asking to buy weapons for protection in the wake of the shooting. One gun shop owner in Newtown reported that a couple had been in his shop looking for something to help safeguard their family. Sales of weapons have soared in the wake of Friday's shooting, according to anecdotal evidence from stores. The same happened in July after the Colorado movie theatre massacre: the number of people getting approval to buy a guns increased by 43% in a week. http://news.sky.com/story/1026461/us-school-shooting-sparks-rise-in... more »

US senator launches bid to ban assault weapons

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A leading Democratic senator launched a bid to ban assault weapons in the wake of the latest deadly US school shooting, announcing that she will put a bill before Congress on January 3. Dianne Feinstein, the influential chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she believed President Barack Obama would support her legislation, also aimed at outlawing magazines carrying more than 10 bullets. "I'm going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House, a bill to ban assault weapons," the California lawmaker told NBC's "Meet the Press" program. htt... more »

Gaza: IDF shoots at fishing boat; Palestinian injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Israeli Navy forces identified a Palestinian fishing boat, outside the fishing limits in the northern Gaza Strip. The forces called upon the Palestinians to stop but they continued. In response, the forces fired gunshots in the direction of the boat. A preliminary investigation into the incident uncovered that one of the Palestinians sustained injuries to his lower extremities, apparently caused by the ricochet. The soldiers administered first aid and transferred him in light to moderate condition to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4... more »

Egypt opposition calls for protests against basic law

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Egypt's opposition called for nationwide protests against a constitution backed by President Mohamed Mursi, after a vote exposed deep divisions that could undermine his efforts to build consensus for tough economic measures. The Islamist leader won a 57 percent "yes" vote for the constitution in a first round of a referendum at the weekend, according to state media, a margin that was less than his party had hoped for and which is likely to embolden the opposition. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/17/egypt-politics-idUSL5E8NH4BB20121217

The end comes for Comet as all stores prepare to close doors tomorrow

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Administrator Deloitte has confirmed that all remaining Comet stores will close their doors tomorrow (December 18th). Many closed for good over the weekend. The move will result in the loss of some 6,600 jobs just days before Christmas. £2.1m in holiday and back pay will be paid to employees. http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/the-end-comes-for-comet-as-all-stores-prepare-to-close-doors-tomorrow/0108306

Syrian vice president says neither side can win war

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa said that neither the forces of President Bashar al-Assad nor rebels seeking to overthrow him can win the war which is now being fought on the outskirts of Assad's powerbase in Damascus. Sharaa, a Sunni Muslim in a power structure dominated by Assad's Alawite minority, has rarely been seen since the Syrian revolt erupted in March 2011 and is not part of the president's inner circle directing the fight against Sunni rebels. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/17/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121217

Police killed outside U.S. grocery store

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Two Kansas police officers responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle were fatally shot in the head outside a grocery store Sunday night. A third officer who fired back at the shooter was not injured, said Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller. Police identified the shooter as David Edward Tiscareno, 22. He managed to escape. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/17/justice/kansas-officers-killed/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Philippines typhoon deaths top 1,000

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The grim toll from a typhoon that devastated southern Philippines earlier this month continues to climb, with 1,020 reported dead as of Sunday morning, authorities said. Officials fear the toll from the December 4 storm will rise further. Because while rescue crews continue searching, the chances of finding people alive dim with each passing day. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/16/world/asia/philippines-typhoon/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Anonymous targets Westboro Baptist over threats of Newtown protest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Hacktivist group Anonymous published what it claims to be personal information of members of the Westboro Baptist Church after the group announced on Saturday it would picket Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 26 children and adults were killed. Anonymous published private e-mail addresses, phone numbers and home addresses of various members, and teased the group about the hack on Twitter. Anonymous also posted a video condemning the group for "breeding hatred" and adding, "We will destroy you. We are coming." The Westboro group holds protests at military f... more »

Has life in U.S. gone insane?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
There are days when it seems fair to ask if part of American life has gone irretrievably insane. A description of the scene inside the elementary school, from a law enforcement official who spoke to a reporter, was that it resembled "a killing field." That is a term of warfare, even of genocide, yet it seems not at all out of place in the context of contemporary domestic news. "We have lockdown drills," said Mary Ann Jacob, a library clerk at the school. She was explaining to reporters that the teachers, children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary, like teachers, children and staff ... more »

Exorcising Maxwell's daemons

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 5 hours ago
*And the lowest allowed power consumption of PCs* In our discussions about information and heat, James Gallagher said some of the usual wrong things about irreversibility – for example, he believes that the proof of the H-theorem is invalid because of the molecular chaos assumption (this assumption is a pure technicality allowing explicit calculations but the overall conclusion, the increasing entropy, is independent of any such Ansatz!). However, he has also made a statement about an algorithm to reduce the entropy with the help of his PC: I mean I can simulate deterministic dynam... more »

Monday Morning Linkage

Vikash Yadav at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
Good morning… here’s your Monday roundup… US & Europe The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that Macedonian officials handed an (innocent) German citizen over to American officials who sodomized and tortured him in the presence of Macedonian officials and on Macedonian soil. Something to ponder as you watch Zero Dark Thirty. Central/South Asia Afghanistan: Continue reading

American jailed for assaulting Aussie bus driver

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
An American man who attacked a Sydney bus driver has been sentenced to nine months jail. The driver suffered severe injuries in the brutal assault caught on security cameras. It was a brutal attack, on a defenceless bus driver. Twenty-five-year-old Samuel Alan Smith told Waverley Court he was tired after a 14-hour shift as a restaurant sommelier, and said he was disoriented after falling asleep on the bus home. http://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/latest/a/-/article/15661730/bus-driver-s-attacker-sentenced/

6.1 Magnitude Earthquake SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 17th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 6.1 Date-Time Monday, December 17, 2012 at 09:16:28 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 05:16:28 PM at epicenter Location 0.709°S, 123.837°E Depth 18.5 km (11.5 miles) Region SULAWESI, INDONESIA Distances 163 km (101 miles) SSE (149°) from Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Republican congressman says Sandy Hook principal should have had a machine gun so she could 'take his head off before he killed those precious kids'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A Republican Congressman said that elementary school principals should be armed and have access to assault rifles in order to kill potential shooters. Representative Louie Gohmert theorized that if the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School had an M-4 rifle in her office, then she would have been able to shoot Adam Lanza before he proceeded to kill 20 students and six adults at the Newtown, Connecticut school. 'I wish to God she had had an M-4 in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out and she didn’t have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands and... more »

Suspected al-Qaeda terrorist arrested outside the British Embassy in Romania wielding a sword

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
British Embassy staff in Romania were targeted by a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist brandishing a sword. The Iraqi, named as Karim Friad, was pounced on by police as he brandished the nine-inch blade near the building's gates in the capital, Bucharest. Sources told the paper his mission was to kill British or American officials. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249034/.html

The moon (crash) landing: Two satellites due to collide with the lunar surface today... but don't worry, NASA planned it to happen

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Twin NASA satellites are due for a cosmic collision of sorts Monday after concluding a 15-month mission to map the gravity signature of Earth's nearest neighbor. Scientists last week set the Grail spacecraft, named Ebb and Flow, respectively, on course for a crash-landing into a lunar crater near the moon's north pole. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249244/A-cosmic-collision-Two-NASA-satellites-en-route-controlled-crash-landing-moon-Monday.html

Brandon Bryant: 'Did we just kill a kid?': The moment drone operator who assassinated Afghans with the push of a button on a computer in the U.S. followed orders to shoot a child... and decided he had to quit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Brandon Bryant, 27, from Missoula, Montana, saw 'men, women and children die' during his six years in the Air Force operating Predator drones. But after following orders to shoot and kill a toddler in Afghanistan he knew he couldn't keep doing what he was doing. He now suffers post-traumatic stress disorder but is no longer 'dreaming in infrared' having quit the military. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249252/Brandon-Bryant-Ex-U-S-drone-operator-murdered-scores-people-pushing-button-New-Mexico-describes-quit-following-orders-kill-child.html

White House won't accept new tax offer from Republican leader

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
President Barack Obama is not ready to accept a new offer from the Republican leader of the U.S. the House of Representatives to raise taxes on top earners in exchange for major cuts in entitlement programs, a source said late Saturday. The shape and details of Boehner's offer were uncertain Saturday night, as was the exact reason the president was prepared to reject it. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/16/us-usa-fiscal-republicans-idUSBRE8BE0AN20121216

Hungary's Jews face down new extremism

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A week after a leader of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party called for lists of prominent Jews to be drawn up to protect national security, Janos Fonagy stepped forward. "My mother and father were Jewish, and so am I, whether you like it or not," the state secretary of the Development Ministry told parliament, explaining he did not have dual citizenship with Israel and was not religious. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/16/us-hungary-jews-idUSBRE8BF0HI20121216

Blast in Pakistani market kills at least 15 people

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A blast in a market in northwest Pakistan on Monday killed at least 15 people, a security official said. The official said at least 20 people had been wounded in the blast in the market in the Khyber region, near the border with Afghanistan, and the death toll could rise. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/17/us-pakistan-blast-idUSBRE8BG07H20121217

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA - 17th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.0 Region SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA Date time 2012-12-17 07:46:09.0 UTC Location 31.80 S ; 68.46 W Depth 201 km Distances 30 km S San juan, Argentina

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 17th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.1 Region TAIWAN Date time 2012-12-17 04:56:51.9 UTC Location 24.82 N ; 121.99 E Depth 9 km Distances 19 km E Toucheng, TAIWAN

Newtown school shooting story already being changed by the media to eliminate eyewitness reports of a second shooter

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
As the story of this shooting was first breaking, the news was reporting a second gunman. FoxNews reported that this second gunman was “led out of the woods by officers” and then questioned. The original source of this report was the Connecticut Post. A local CBS affiliate was also reporting the existence of a second gunman and said “Police believe there may be a second gunman and are looking for a red or maroon van with its back window blown out…” ABC News also originally reported, “A second gunman is apparently at large. Car-to-car searches are underway.” http://www.pakalertpres... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
More than 3,000 people are sheltering in evacuation centres as Cyclone Evan bears down on Fiji's northern islands. The storm has already caused widespread damage in Samoa, claiming at least four lives. Fiji's Meteorological Office says at 12noon local time the centre of Severe Tropical Cyclone C Evan was about 35 kilometres south of Yasawa i Ra island. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15656060/cyclone-evan-bears-down-on-fijis-north/

Afghanistan Bomb Blast Kills 10 Young Girls

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Ten young girls have been killed by a landmine explosion in eastern Afghanistan, officials say. The children were collecting firewood when one of them accidentally struck the mine with an axe, according to Chapahar district governor Mohammad Seddiq Dawlatzai. The victims were all aged nine to 13. Two girls were critically injured and are being treated in hospital. http://news.sky.com/story/1026343/afghanistan-bomb-blast-kills-10-young-girls

Benjamin Fulford: Pakistanis Capture Billions in NATO Drug Mafia Money

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fbenjaminfulford.typepad.com%2F This video shows one billion dollars worth of dollar bills taken from drug mafia NATO in Pakistan. Looking for help to open the box. The following link was sent by people in Pakistan who say they have seized billions of dollars in 100 dollar bills from the NATO drug mafia. They are looking for help in getting them open. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm23r9x9wqs

Sky City China

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
Somehow I am not yet a believer here. Tall buildings have problems that increase exponentially as we increase in height. However, with these folks, they have obviously worked through the issues. What remains to see is whether the economics will fly and if the consumer will accept the product. Recall 31400 people are going to want to leave and enter the building every day. This means a couple of thousand per hour. Those elevators will be loading and unloading constantly. Even providing as many commercial services as possible will still see folks heading out. Besides the... more »

Building Food Revolution

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
The hard point is that the real science has landed. It represents uniformally bad news for the purveyors of out food supplies. First off though we have the sheer weight of the China study that cleanly links animal proteins in general with the full palette of our chronic diseases and then shows that plant proteins obviate those same diseases. The stunning take home is that all animal and fish proteins need to be used rarely if at all and even then as flavoring agents. Even our obsession over fat in fact appears to have been triggered by the animal protein co-product. There m... more »

Sky City

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This is amazing stuff and well worth doing. The truth is that it could only have been justified in China. Our own building industry is overbuilt and under utilized and that is not a formula to drive innovation. The technology is best applied for building structures capable of housing two hundred and providing additional work space. These could be plunked down beside any village and used to swiftly reduce the land used for housing. In that environment, the land cost becomes irrelevant. In practice it will work best if the adjacent farm land is made community property anyw... more »

Human Evolution Enters an Exciting New Phase

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
What has happened is that mankind entered the world of agricultural abundance and is adapting to this new paradigm with a blast of increased variation and choices. At present we are witnessing the onslaught of global hybridization. This will shift variations across huge populations and induce natural hybrid vigor world wide. It is all stunningly efficient and we barely understand it is happening. Add to that our incipient capacity to outright manage desired outcomes and we might expect to begin raising special purpose humans. As I have already posted, I have conjectured t... more »


. During the last couple of days we have had to endure as nauseating a spectacle as one is ever likely to see. Child-killer Barack Obama pretending to weep over the deaths of 26 children in an elementary school in Connecticut. As we have heard no regrets whatsoever expressed regarding the 170+ childrenhe has murdered himself in Pakistan, only a total fool could take his grief-ridden act seriously. Can such fools possibly exist out there. Step forward the entire Zionist mainstream media who can be guaranteed to take the words of every establishment liar at face value. Now the ent... more »

Fire at Fukushima?

Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
I recommend viewing this Fuku1 live video posted at Enenews by Vital1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmak92fx6KI&feature=player_embedded#! There have been quite a few unusual observations of the plant since the 7.3 earthquake this week. If there was a fire, citizen monitoring stations should be showing peaks, depending upon which way the wind was blowing Citizens in Japan and those downstream of the jet stream should look for any unusual monitoring results: <img alt="" src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAaUAAADuCAIAAAAWWI/iAAAgAElEQVR4nOy7V5PkRn7oqw8gKcTlcDjT0748gI... more »

Attack on Kent Hehr highlights deepening fissures in Alberta Liberal ranks

david at Alberta Diary - 10 hours ago
Calgary-Buffalo MLA Kent Hehr with a crowd of Liberalberta supporters in the background. (Bad joke. I apologize.) Below: Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman. An angry and public attack last week on Liberal MLA Kent Hehr by Alberta Liberal Party President Todd Van Vliet suggests the party’s caucus is splintering under the leadership of former Progressive ... more »

The Syrian-Turkish Border Is A Flashpoint For WWIII

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
*Source of photo*. There are many regional flashpoints in the Middle East, but military experts believe that the Syrian-Turkish border is the most volatile. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich *said in November*that, "The militarization of the Syrian-Turkish border is a dismal signal." At the moment, there is a low-level conflict on the Syrian-Turkish border. There have been *clashes throughout the past year*, often times stoked by the FSA, the NATO-backed Jihadist insurgency that is fighting Assad. But if the United States government has anything to say abou... more »

Pennsylvania nuclear power plant: Unexpected shutdown reported

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
An energy company says it’s trying to figure out why a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant reactor shut down unexpectedly. PPL Corp says Unit 2 at the Susquehanna nuclear facility near Berwick shut down early Sunday morning. The company says the reactor is safe and stable. In a statement, Allentown-based PPL says the shutdown occurred during routine testing of a valve on the unit’s main turbine system. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/international/unexpected-shutdown-reported-at-us-nuclear-plant/article4208906.ece

Daytime UFO filmed over Orlando Florida: Dec 15, 2012

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Daytime UFO over Orlando, Florida 15 December 2012 *by justa4t*

Ecuador declares orange alert near Tungurahua volcano

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
ECUADOR has issued an orange alert - the second-highest warning level - for towns near the Tungurahua volcano, as its level of activity rose, civil defence officials say. The area of the warning covers the adjacent provinces of Tungurahua and Chimborazo, according to the national civil defence agency. Greater activity has been building since Wednesday, along with a slight increase in gas emissions from the 5029-metre volcano, located about 135km south of the capital Quito, the Geophysical Institute said. http://www.news.com.au/world/ecuador-declares-volcano-alert/story-fndir2ev-122... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
At 12 minutes past noon last Wednesday, 12.12.12, 12 minutes of wintry stillness was broken by the low chime of a gong. The crowd gathered around the Chalice Well beneath Glastonbury Tor linked hands, looked skywards, then touched the earth. A multitude of others did the same across the world – only this place, as everyone knows, is rather special. For many people, these days between last Wednesday, 12 December, and the winter solstice on 21 December next Friday constitute a portal of some kind, based upon a convergence of predictions in ancient calendars, notably that of the Maya i... more »

Emerging Europe: Goal challenged

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

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 17th December 2012

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

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake VALPARAISO, CHILE - 16th December 2012

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

Dangerous Music: Sugar Man, Beatles and Buffy Sainte Marie

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Sugar Man, Sixto Rodriquez How music cracked open the world: Searching for Sugar Man, How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, and the music of Buffy Sainte Marie By Brenda Norrell Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Searching for Sugar Man, and How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, tell the same story, in very different ways. Both films tell how music, forbidden and censored music,

Quote of the day: On the reaction to a shooting

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
*“’Tough cases make bad law,’ it is often said. I suggest a corollary: extreme events make bad legislation.”* - Gene Callahan, “A*** L****, the Perfect Cypher upon Whom We Can Project Our Agendas” Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 21:50:29 UTC Monday, December 17, 2012 at 07:50:29 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.206°N, 146.843°E Depth 53.6 km (33.3 miles) Region PAGAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Distances 113 km (70 miles) E of Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
If you've followed this blog with any regularity over the past few years, you've probably noticed an uncomfortable disdain for Barack Obama-- going back to right after he was elected to the Senate and picked Joe Lieberman as his mentor, and continuing right up to the current attempts to work with Boehner to balance the budget on the backs on the elderly and the middle class. The wealthy and powerful have continued to do extraordinarily well under Obama... regular working families, much less so. And, as Dan Rather told a somewhat stunned Rachel Maddow Thursday night (watch the video... more »

Robotic arm: Paralyzed woman's thoughts

Megaan at Current news updates, World current news - 12 hours ago
*According to US study, unrivalled control of a robotic arm has been achieved using a paralysed woman's thoughts.*Jan, who is 53 and paralyzed from the neck down, was able to deftly pick up, move and place a range of objects in a manner similar to a normal arm. Brain implants were used to manage the robotic arm and Jan was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration 13 years ago and progressively lost control of her body. She is now incapable to move her arms. The pulses of electricity in the brain are then translated into commands to move the arm, which bends at the elbow, wris... more »

President's Comments in Newtown, Connecticut

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 12 hours ago
I was out at dinner when this came on TV. Everyone in the place froze and listened.

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

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
Abraham Lincoln believed in life after death, *possessed psychic abilities*, and famously dreamed about his own demise shortly before it happened. He is not alone. Philosophers, mystics, poets, and prophets all speak about the eternal life of the soul and the existence of a world beyond this one. Read this excerpt from Tai Carmen's article, *"The Human Soul and The Floating Man"*: "The 11th century Persian philosopher Avicenna devised The Floating Man thought experiment to demonstrate human self-awareness and the substantiality of the soul: he directed readers to imagine themselv... more »

Right Wingers Tweeting Bigotry During NewTown Vigil

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
I won't repeat any of what is in the diary here. On Daily Kos tonight. It's really disgusting. BUT - Please read the whole thing There are two really good points made by the diarist. >>>>HERE<<<<<

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

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
* * *You have not begun to see all that is in store for you. * As channeled by Ron Head December 16, 2012 in Michael, Ron's Channeled Messages Michael Before we begin today, let us tell all who are suffering because of their connection to your loss of so many dear little ones they are here with us and they are well cared for. We offer our comfort to all who ask. We understand your pain and wish you peace in your knowing of their return home. Let us now begin by pointing out to you, although we know it is totally unnecessary, that only five days remain in your current ‘... more »

Costa Rica Bans Sport Hunting

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

Secret Libor Transcripts Expose Trader Rate-Manipulation

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

The International Banking Cartel/Cabal

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part I: The Eight Families: by Dean Henderson *(Excerpted from Chapter 19: The Eight Families: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf… Part one of a five-part series)* The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP Amoco and Chevron Texaco); in tandem with Deutsche Bank, BNP, Barclays and other European old money behemoths. But their monopoly over the global economy does not end at the edge of the oil patch. According to company ... more »

Did You Know That...

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

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

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
While being laid up today, I actually turned on the "Talmudvision" to watch a bit of sports news, and to catch up on what has been happening with the NHL hockey lockout (Yes, this is, or was, the only professional sport I actually enjoy watching). I saw a commercial that I found revolting and disgusting. It was for a new Jewish Hollywood created piece of crap movie to be released in January, called "Zero Dark Thirty". I could not believe the blatant lies and pure propaganda I was seeing... It was almost as bad as the other piece of crap laugher of a movie released recently called... more »

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

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

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
I have been suffering today from what appears to be Influenza like symptoms... My son caught it from someone at his school (It is sad that in today's economy, working parents send sick kids to school!), and he suffered from it earlier this week. I was crossing my fingers that I would not get it, but I guess my luck ran out. Hopefully this will not last long, and I should be back to my normal self in a few days..I figure that with the fever subsided enough for the moment, I will try to fire off my weekly rant... Yes, I am still very pissed off by what I see with this latest shootin... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
*"I have often thought that we should raise a statue of [Charlton] Heston at each of the many sites of multiple murders around our land. We would soon have armies of statues, whole droves of Heston acolytes standing sentry at the shrines of Moloch dotting the landscape."* *"That horror cannot be blamed just on one unhinged person. It was the sacrifice we as a culture made, and continually make, to our demonic god. We guarantee that crazed man after crazed man will have a flood of killing power readily supplied him."* *-- Garry Wills, in a NYRB blogpost,* "Our Moloch" ‪*Moloch‬*Fro... more »

Daily Links, Monday, Dec 17, 2012

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*In Tianzhong train station, an express awaits.* Time for another edition of weekly links...... *BLOGS*: - The Suhua Highway and rail line not rail line are closed, probably for about three weeks. Travel to Hualien is now a major pain. If New Years puts you in Hualien, you might want to reconsider. - Ben on the SET TV mess, in which a popular host leaves the show over allegations management censored pro-Taiwan commentary. - Ben also comments on Robert Ross' remarks on F-16s. - Way cool: WWII Japanese pillboxes in the Taichung/Taiwan. Great, useful post. *... more »

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

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 15 hours ago
Copan Christmas elves I was sitting by the pool today, sipping a *cerveza*and thinking about what a very different Christmas I’ll be having this year. This is my first Christmas ever outside of Canada. I’m not the type to make too big a deal out of Christmas, but I did have a few rituals around the season. The absence of those rituals this year is making me newly aware of the ones I’m missing and the ones I never did take much of a shine to. Cold weather, for instance. Maybe I dreamed of a white Christmas a few times as a kid, but that desire pretty much went away once I started to ... more »

Malevolent Maples Destined for Oblivion

Wit's End - 15 hours ago
For most of my life, I had always thought of the world as a splendid, benevolent, and resilient place. I remember when I was young going out to the lawn with an iron tool. It had a turned, grooved wooden handle, and at the end of the long spike, rusty under chipped paint, was a sharp forked tip. My job was to gouge out the stubborn deep taproots of the shiny, noisily yellow dandelions...before they turned into sparkly floating snowflakes that made wishes come true. If there were chemical herbicides available back then, we couldn't afford to buy any - but there was plenty of tim... more »

Why Strong Science Assessors Matter

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 16 hours ago
In my latest Bridges column I connect Hurricane Sandy to Mad Cow disease through the repeatedly-learned lesson that effective use of science in decision making depends upon having strong institutions. Here is how it starts: Last month in Berlin, I participated in the 10th anniversary conference of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment – the Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR). The BfR is one of a number of European organizations that Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), characterized at the conference as "the... more »
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