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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

18 December - Blogs I'm Following

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Facebook claims it owns the rights to ALL your Instagram pictures and can do what it wants to make money out of them

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 seconds ago
Instagram has claimed the right use any picture uploaded to the service to promote its corporate customers' products without any compensation to the user who originally took it. The photo-sharing app, recently bought out by Facebook, has adopted several sections from its new parent's terms of service which reveal how it is to operate in the future. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2249952/Users-Instagrams-product-Privacy-row-photo-sharing-app-claims-right-users-pictures-adverts.html

Man Attempts to Open Fire on Crowd at Movie Theater, Armed Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Drops Him With One Bullet

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 seconds ago
With one shot, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy took down a gunman who attempted to opened fire at a crowded movie theater lobby during a late night showing of “The Hobbit” in San Antonio, WOAI reports. Police say a gunman, identified as Jesus Manuel Garcia, chased patrons from the nearby China Garden Restaurant into the lobby of the Santikos Mayan 14 movie theater at around 9 p.m. on Sunday. Garcia, an employee of the restaurant, reportedly walked in the establishment looking for a woman. When the woman, also reportedly a restaurant employee, wasn’t there, Garcia pulled out a gun and ... more »

Regalos para esta navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 3 minutes ago
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Lindo muñeco de nieve te desea feliz navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 5 minutes ago
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Arbol de navidad frente a la chimenea

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 9 minutes ago
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Santa Claus - Feliz navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 minutes ago
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How the NRA (National Rifle Assc) Successfully Fought Gun Control Measures By Connecticut Legislature

leftdog at Buckdog - 14 minutes ago
Connecticut’s 30-Bullet Magazine Ban Failed After NRA Pressure* Magazines that fed bullets into the primary firearm used to kill 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school would have been banned under state legislation that the National Rifle Association and gunmakers successfully fought. * * The shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Adam Lanza, 20, used a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle with magazines containing 30 rounds as his main weapon, said Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance at a news conference yesterday. * *A proposal in March 2011 would have made it a felo... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 minutes ago
Magnitude M 4.6 Region SULAWESI, INDONESIA Date time 2012-12-18 16:39:26.4 UTC Location 1.44 S ; 119.63 E Depth 10 km Distances 64 km S Palu, Indonesia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 minutes ago
Magnitude M 4.5 Region NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G. Date time 2012-12-18 16:00:25.6 UTC Location 3.91 S ; 151.48 E Depth 10 km Distances 82 km NW Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

La feliz navidad disney

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 16 minutes ago
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Facebook Suspends Account For Questioning Official Narrative on Sandy Hook Shooting

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes ago
Facebook is suspending user accounts that question the official narrative behind the Sandy Hook school massacre, following a warning by Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance that “misinformation” posted on social media sites could result in prosecution. An image posted in the aftermath of the shootings that questioned whether “a clumsy 20-year-old autistic kid” could have pulled off the murders of 26 people was deleted and the user’s account hit with a three day suspension. “I was informed the reason for this punishment was the result of a meme I had shared,” writes... more »

Netanyahu Says Israel Will Continue Building in East Jerusalem

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes ago
Israel will continue building in east Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following White House criticism of construction plans for an additional 1,500 homes on land claimed by Palestinians. “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Israel and we will continue to build there,” Netanyahu said today in Acco, Israel, in remarks sent from his office by text message. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-18/netanyahu-says-israel-will-continue-building-in-east-jerusalem.html

Russia eyes Syria evacuation as rebels take Damascus district

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes ago
Russia sent warships to the Mediterranean to prepare a potential evacuation of its citizens from Syria, a Russian news agency said on Tuesday, a sign President Bashar al-Assad's key ally is worried about rebel advances now threatening even the capital. Moscow acted a day after insurgents waging a 21-month-old uprising obtained a possible springboard for a thrust into Damascus by seizing the Yarmouk Palestinian camp, an urban zone just 2 miles from the heart of the city, activists said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121218

The Mental Health Issue Not Being Discussed: Doping of Children and Young Adults

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 20 minutes ago
With Fox News now fronting for the NRA's misleaders on the horrific child killing in CT, we can expect to see a new push to identify any child that may be suspected as problematic and to "treat" them with prescription drugs. In fact, Dr. Nancy was on NBC News last evening talking about the lack of mental health care. Indeed. What Dr. Nancy did not mention is that most of the young shooters from the past 15 years of gun-crazed carnage had received what passes now for mental health care: a prescription drug cocktail supplied by Big Pharma. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, wor... more »

Lindos adornos de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 21 minutes ago
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"The State is Doomed…and Other Reasons to be Optimistic, Part II"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 minutes ago
*"The State is Doomed…* *and Other Reasons to be Optimistic, Part II"* by Joel Bowman “You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will be as one.” - John Lennon, “Imagine” “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” - Dr. Emmett Brown in Back to the Future [Ed. Note: If you missed Part I of this presentation, you can read an abbreviated transcript here.] "As the chart below displays, the Federal Reserve has, since 1913, destroyed roughly 97% of the dollar’s value. And that, despite (or perhaps because of) a mandate... more »

Pino de navidad en la nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 26 minutes ago
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When Should You Shoot a Cop

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 29 minutes ago
On June 28th, 2011 Larken Rose published to CopBlock.org an essay titled When Should You Shoot a Cop, about which one commenter accurately stated: "Incredible article! I hope people take the time to actually read the full article after their brains shut down after seeing the 'shock' title." I realize, as Larken must have when he wrote the essay a year and a half ago, that some individuals will be outraged that this video is made. Yet it's a conversation that needs to be had*. If one cannot even talk about each person's innate right to self-defense, then it shows just how far-gone ... more »

Nevando sobre los muñecos de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 37 minutes ago
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Casita nevada en el bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 46 minutes ago
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Egypt prosecutor's resignation angers Brotherhood

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 47 minutes ago
Egypt's public prosecutor resigned under pressure from his opponents in the judiciary, dealing a blow to President Mohamed Mursi and drawing an angry response on Tuesday from the Islamist leader's supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood. Seeking to keep pressure on Mursi, the main opposition coalition will hold new protests against an Islamist-backed draft constitution that has divided Egypt but which looks set to be approved in the second round of a referendum on Saturday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-egypt-politics-idUSBRE8BH0LY20121218

Israel sees new US poise, including military, to curb Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 47 minutes ago
U.S.-led efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program have resumed since President Barack Obama's re-election and include preparation for possible military action, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday. The remarks by Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon suggested cautious optimism at prospects for an international resolution to the decade-old standoff with Tehran, though Israel says it remains ready to attack its arch-foe alone as a last resort. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-iran-nuclear-israel-idUSBRE8BH0BC20121218

Arbol de navidad con muchos regalos

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 52 minutes ago
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The Unequal State of America: Redistributing up

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 57 minutes ago
In the town that launched the War on Poverty 48 years ago, the poor are getting poorer despite the government's help. And the rich are getting richer because of it. The top 5 percent of households in Washington, D.C., made more than $500,000 on average last year, while the bottom 20 percent earned less than $9,500 - a ratio of 54 to 1. That gap is up from 39 to 1 two decades ago. It's wider than in any of the 50 states and all but two major cities. This at a time when income inequality in the United States as a whole has risen to levels last seen in the years before the Great Depr... more »

Grinch Christmas Ornament

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 1 hour ago
My mom will tell anybody she asks that she is allergic to crafting. My grandma could make something from nothing and my mom doesn't think she has any of that in her blood. I always laugh a little when she would say that, because it is always crafts she made me in my childhood that I am trying to recreate. This little Grinch stuck in a chimney has been on my mom's tree ever since I was very little. He is darling and I wanted to make a few for friends this year. This is a very simple craft, one that can be made in minutes. You will need: a film canister medium size green pom-pom g... more »

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN XIZANG - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 14:26:09 UTC Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10:26:09 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.130°N, 84.404°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region WESTERN XIZANG Distances 97 km (60 miles) N of Luring, China


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
*Self control was never one of Aaron Broussard’s strong points ~Slabbed*

Honduran economy depends on migrants' transfers to families

paul at Paying attention - 1 hour ago
A couple of stories in the newspapers this week suggest the best way North Americans could help Honduras is to let a few more people head north to find jobs. La Prensa reported remittances - the money sent back by Hondurans working in the U.S. - will be up 12 per cent this year. That would bring the money sent home to about $3.2 billion, or about 18 per cent of the country’s GDP. Put another way, without remittances the GDP per capita would drop from about $4,400 to $3,600. (In Canada, the comparable figure is about $40,000.) Just about everyone you talk to seems to have friends or re... more »

Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Instagram said today that it has the perpetual right to sell users' photographs without payment or notification, a dramatic policy shift that quickly sparked a public outcry. The new intellectual property policy, which takes effect on January 16, comes three months after Facebook completed its acquisition of the popular photo-sharing site. Unless Instagram users delete their accounts before the January deadline, they cannot opt out. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559710-38/instagram-says-it-now-has-the-right-to-sell-your-photos/

Russia sends second navy squadron to Mediterranean and Syrian coast

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
A Russian navy squadron has set off for the Mediterranean amid official talk about a possible evacuation of Russians from Syria. The Defense Ministry said Tuesday that the ships will rotate with those that have been in the area since November. Russian diplomats said last week that Moscow is preparing plans to evacuate thousands of Russians from Syria if necessary. The ministry did not say whether the navy ships are intended for an evacuation. The Interfax news agency, citing unidentified naval sources, reported that the navy command wants the ships to be on hand for the task if need... more »

Daniel Inouye

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 hour ago
Senator Daniel Inouye, an American hero, RIP. I don't have much to say about Inouye as a Senator that others haven't said. Here's the WaPo obituary. Truly, a great American. Inouye first served in the 88th Senate, which of course passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He served with Carl Hayden, who had represented Arizona in Congress since it became a state in 1912, and had been in the Senate since 1927; Hayden made it to 1972, so that means with Inouye gone no current Senator served with him. Hayden? He overlaps with Francis Warren, who was an original Senator from Wyoming in 1890, ... more »

Santa Claus alimentando a los animalitos del bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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What the heck is an assault weapon!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012* *The New York Times tries to explain:* Is anyone in the nation more faux than our own Lawrence O’Donnell? We don’t know how to answer your question. That said, the Newtown killings seem destined to produce a debate about various gun control measures. In theory, that’s good—but will we the people have any idea what we’re talking about? This morning’s New York Times made us wonder. In our hard-copy Times, exactly half of page A26 is devoted to a graphic which asks a very good question: “What Makes An Assault Weapon?” “What Makes An Assault Weapon!” That... more »

"I Seen You Do It!"

Storm at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
Today, on our walk to school, my son started to grumble a bit about some kids in his class who don't use "proper" grammar ("not that I do all the time, Dad!") and use words like "ain't" and say "seen" instead of "saw." I asked why it mattered to him. He couldn't really say. I asked him if he thought it made a difference at all. He said it mattered in school. How? "They'll get test questions wrong." "But you understand what they're saying, right? I mean, you're not confused by their grammar, right?" Guess not, he said. Is "I saw you" different than "I seen you?" I asked? He ... more »

Medical Repatriation

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 1 hour ago
*New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall University School of Law Release Report Documenting Hundreds of Cases of Coerced Medical Repatriation of Undocumented Immigrants by U.S. Hospitals* *Medical repatriations of undocumented immigrants likely to rise as result of federal funding reductions to safety net hospitals under Affordable Care Act* _____________________________________________________________________________________ **** New York, NY, and Newark, New Jersey, December 17, 2012 − Today, the Center for Social Justice (CSJ) at... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*Week 15, Bucs at Saints: Trouble No More ~SaintsWin*~The past 11 months have been neither enjoyable nor encouraging but, like many things in life, they turn for the better after awhile. In a seeming moment the discontent and disillusion faded, with hope and a promise of redemption assuming their place. So begins the transition to the 2013 Saints' season. *We are hope despite the times ~moosedenied* *~So much for the ridiculous notion that the Saints had "given up" or "don't give a shit anymore." So much for fans resigning themselves to 1970s-style Saints football for the next ten ye... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*NOPD Katrina racial killing case retrial ordered* *Hey Blake,Why is the URL for the New Orleans Public Library website "www.nutrias.org"?** * *U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to blast rock along Mississippi River* *Hungry for crawfish: Nation enjoying longtime La. favorite* *Restaurant August: Is It Worth It? ~Blackened Out* *Rosanne Cash makes BR stop while traveling Blues Highway*

FOOLED ABOUT SCHOOLS: Taking a look at the record!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012* *Part 2—The AP pours on the gloom:* Where do American students stand in the latest international test scores? (For part 1 in this award-winning series, click here.) Last Monday, the TIMSS and the PIRLS released the scores from their 2011 international tests. At the Associated Press, Josh Lederman’s news reportleaned fairly hard on the gloom: LEDERMAN (12/11/12): *US students far from first in math, science* American fourth-graders are performing better than they were four years ago in math and reading, but students four years older show no such progress,... more »

what do you grow in a culture of fear ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
Bowling for Columbine is a 2002 American documentary film written, produced, directed, and narrated by Michael Moore. The film explores what Moore suggests are the causes for the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 and other acts of violence with guns. Moore focuses on the background and environment in which the massacre took place and some common public opinions and assumptions about related issues. The film also looks into the nature of violence in the United States. The film brought Moore international attention as a rising filmmaker and won numerous awards, including the Aca... more »

Getting Their Act Together

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
A new poll, published by Forum Research, predicts that, if there is a by-election in Toronto, Rob Ford will be reinstated as mayor -- unless his opponent is Olivia Chow: Ford came out tops in a variety of three-way and four-way combinations that did not include Chow (Trinity-Spadina). When her name was added, she mopped the floor with all rivals, including Ford. If Ford were facing popular Newstalk 1010 host John Tory and councillors Adam Vaughan and Shelley Carroll, the mayor would be re-elected — albeit with only 31 per cent of the vote, the poll suggests. In a council-only ... more »

TRUTHOUT: 5000 Signatures in Support of Raza Studies

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 3 hours ago
by Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez TRUTHOUT http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/13387-5000-signatures-in-support-of-raza-studiesMonday, 17 December 2012 11:00 By Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Dr. Cintli's Blog | Op-Ed In the battle over Mexican American Studies in Tucson, there are three things people need to know; 1) we have already won (due to the desegregation case), though we will continue to battle on to ensure that TUSD does not misinterpret or dilute our victory; 2) TUSD is a very distrustful institution; 3) so is the state, particularly as represented by former and current state sch... more »

Do You Know the 5 Powerful Psychological Triggers Your Doctor Uses to Vaccinate Your Child?

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
*Do You Know the 5 Powerful Psychological Triggers Your Doctor Uses to Vaccinate Your Child?* by Jeffrey John Aufderheide VacTruth, 18 December 2012 If you’ve ever been in a doctor’s office with a child, you know what I mean. Doctors are well known for applying psychological pressure to parents questioning vaccines. Maybe you’ve experienced this pressure? Here are five psychological triggers doctors use against you, the parent, and some of the suggestions you can use to overcome them. PSYCHOLOGICAL TRIGGER #1: POWER OF AUTHORITY This is one of the most powerful psychological trigge... more »

Louie Gohmert, A Devout Foe Of Public Education, Thinks We Need Shoot-Outs In Schools

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
A close friend of mine is an elementary school teacher in Compton, one of L.A.'s roughest communities. This year he has a white kid in his class-- for the first time in the decade he's been there. Almost half his young charges have a parent or sibling in prison. One girl's granny is in jail. Gun violence is a fact of life in Compton. Teachers there worry that it's easier for young people to access guns there than to access mental health services or most social services. What they don't worry about is Huckabee's irrelevant assertion that the problem has something to do with not hav... more »

EPA removing city water contaminants in Barstow, Calif.

By: Nathan Lamb Federal officials are removing 1,100 tons of contaminated soil that sparked a water emergency at a southern Californian city, according to this article. The City of Barstow was in a state of emergency with a temporary water ban in November of 2010, after perchlorate was found in the municipal water system. Residents were required to use bottled water until the system was flushed. Perchlorate is a manmade and naturally occurring chemical used to produce rocket fuel and explosives, but can also be found in bleach and fertilizers, according the U.S. Environmental Prot... more »

Vaccine Bombshell: Leaked Confidential Document Exposes 36 Infants Dead After This Vaccine by Christina England

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
A report to the government noted babies died after receiving a vaccine. Vaccine Bombshell: Leaked Confidential Document Exposes 36 Infants Dead After This Vaccine by Christina England Vac Truth, 16 December 2012 A confidential GlaxoSmithKline document recently leaked to the press exposed that within a two-year period, a total of 36 infants died after receiving the 6-in-1 vaccine, Infanrix Hexa. [1] According to the website Initiative Citoyenne [2] who reported the news, the 1271 page document revealed that GlaxoSmithKline received a total of 1,742 reports of adverse reactions b... more »

Egypt opposition to protest against "invalid" constitution

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Egypt's opposition will hold new protests on Tuesday against an Islamist-backed draft constitution that has divided the nation but which looks set to be approved in the second round of a referendum next weekend. Islamist President Mohamed Mursi obtained a 57 percent "yes" vote for the constitution in a first round of the referendum on Saturday, state media said, less than he had hoped for. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-egypt-politics-idUSBRE8BH0LY20121218

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Martha Johnson, 62. Allmusic rates Danseparc higher than Metro Music...I think that's right. An excellent band at their best. Meanwhile, lots of good stuff: 1. Gun control: the Australian experience. Will Oremus reports. 2. Conor Friedersdorf argues that Barack Obama should be more intent on rewarding original opponents of the Iraq War -- in order to establish a better incentive structure the next time around. 3. Dan Drezner: against bubbles. 4. People get stuff wrong. Especially when there's a lot going on. It's a thing. People should know about it. From Colbert ... more »

Fiji: Cyclone Evan Leaves Trail Of Destruction

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Tropical Cyclone Evan has left a swathe of destruction across Fiji, destroying homes, flooding rivers and stranding thousands of tourists. The storm hammered the Pacific nation for more than 12 hours. But, despite the damage, officials reported no fatalities as the storm headed out to sea on Tuesday morning and was downgraded a notch to category three. http://news.sky.com/story/1026966/fiji-cyclone-evan-leaves-trail-of-destruction

Norovirus: New Warning

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Almost 880,000 people could have been affected by an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, according to health officials. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) says the number of confirmed cases of norovirus is 83% higher than the same time last year, So far this season, there have been 3,046 cases in England and Wales, compared to just 1,669 cases last season. http://news.sky.com/story/1027058/norovirus-new-warning-about-vomiting-bug

Obama threw me under the bus - for the 1%

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
"I think we do need to take Social Security off the table because Social Security has not contributed to the debt and the deficits." - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D. NH), MSNBC's Jansing and Co., *11/27/12* *How soon they forget.* *Hrumph!* *Right now they are playing a game of* *Look at the dancing squireel.* *Look at it over there >>>>>>>>>>* *Look at the dancing squirrel adn while you aren't paying attention* *Guess what we're going to do..... * From The Hill On entitlements, Obama is offering to change the way inflation is calculated in benefit programs, including in Social Secur... more »

Murder in Taiwan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
*Yesterday's moon was lovely. Canon Powershot SX260 IS.* National Police Agency Statistics, Murder, total number of cases. year cases 1992 1,540 1993 1,622 1994 1,508 1995 1,765 1996 1,798 1997 1,712 1998 1,341 1999 1,269 2000 1,132 2001 1,072 2002 1,156 2003 1,057 2004 910 2005 903 2006 921 2007 881 2008 803 2009 832 2010 743 2011 686 _______________________ [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 foru... more »

Update: The James Holmes Conspiracy (2012 Full Documentary)

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
*Update: Please consider the following information from Snopes. * http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/newtown.asp#mother "I take everything back :P...I heavily researched James Holmes (the Colorado shooter)...let's address a few more interesting facts... And I can't explain enough how important it is to watch this documentary on the Colorado Shooter James Holmes. This will help understand everything and will help you personally tie everything together with Colorado. Don't take my word for it, watch it and make your own. The evidence is incredible. James Holmes he is a 3rd genera... more »

It's not a culture issue; it's an access issue

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
Some of the newspapers today claiming that the recent massacres in the United States are a result of America's special culture. I disagree. The problem, bluntly, is access to guns. That's is why the murder rate is so very high in the North of Canada; it is because people have access to guns and disputes which would otherwise end in a fistfight end shooting. Disturbed people with guns are far more dangerous than disturbed people with, say, knives. Limit gun access and the number of shooting deaths will fall.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:51:58 UTC Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 06:21:58 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 25.354°N, 96.578°E Depth 39.6 km (24.6 miles) Region MYANMAR Distances 82 km (50 miles) W of Myitkyina, Myanmar

Anti-string delusions and political correctness

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 5 hours ago
A science babe working for the Huffington Post left-wing website recorded a video interview with Mark Jackson who is now in Paris: The title matches the first sentence of the interview and it is annoying. Well, the title is: 'Superstring Theory Is A Bit Controversial,' Theoretical Physicist Mark Jackson Explains (VIDEO) The interview has attracted over 500 comments. While most of the interview is an okay and highly conventional layperson's introduction to string theory and cosmology (CMB), I would love to know who had the idea that the interview could – or had to? – start in t... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago

Corporation Nation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Most Americans know corporations run the nation and long ago ceased to be good citizens. U.S. Corporations have endorsed a sociopathic stance of short term profits as their objective exclusive to all others. Profits above people is now the norm. Dr. Ralph Gomory, who contributes to this site and Dr. Richard Sylla have dismantled the U.S. corporation and even put it back together again in an essay published by American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The essay gives a historical narrative of the U.S. corporation, touching upon major historical events which shaped these business entities ... more »

What Fed Exit?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A decision by the Federal Reserve to expand its bond buying next week is likely to prompt policy makers to rewrite their 18-month-old blueprint for an exit from record monetary stimulus. Under the exit strategy, the Fed would start selling bonds in mid-2015 in a bid to return its holdings to pre-crisis proportions in two to three years. An accelerated buildup of assets would also mean a faster pace of sales when the time comes to exit -- increasing the risk that a jump in interest rates would crush the economic recovery. ... The bigger the balance sheet, “the riskier the exit becom... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10:49:41 UTC Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 05:49:41 PM at epicenter Location 9.072°S, 111.358°E Depth 13.2 km (8.2 miles) Region SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA Distances 176 km (110 miles) SE (143°) from Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

International war crimes court acquits Congolese warlord

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The International Criminal Court acquitted Congolese warlord Ngudjolo Chui of all charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity on Tuesday. Ngudjolo had been accused by prosecutors of directing militias to kill, pillage and rape during a conflict in the northeastern Ituri province of Congo in 2003. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-icc-congo-ngudjolo-idUSBRE8BH0AG20121218

Ventura goes Time Travel... Does he return?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 6 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/KExU0kPESqk I do like Jesse Ventura and his anti-conspiracies show. No matter the claims his show itself is sometimes good for conspiracies. I would love to see such a show on a European level. That would be* good amusement* as well. That, amusement, is what the selected movie shows. Time travel is a controversial subject. There seems nothing against it from a mathematical viewpoint. However it defies (our) logic. What if you kill your grandfather, for example? Could you still be there? My argument is that 'everything can exist that is thinkable for us'. We e... more »

Richard Engel: Kidnapped NBC journalist freed after firefight in Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for the US network NBC and members of his team, have been freed unharmed from their Syrian captors after a firefight. They had been held for five days. The group disappeared shortly after crossing into north west Syria from Turkey last Thursday (13 December). NBC had no contact with the kidnappers and asked for a news blackout about the incident, which was observed by mainstream news outlets. There was no request for a ransom during the time Engel and his crew were missing. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/dec/18/journal... more »

Syria: after Assad falls, what then?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
It was not the supposed imminent collapse of the Syrian regime that dominated the recent meeting of the Friends of Syria in Marrakech but the thorny subject of al-Nusra, one of the armed resistance groups operating in the country, which the US has just classified as a "foreign terrorist organisation". The chairman of the Syrian National Coalition called for the US to reconsider its decision; the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamad Tayfur condemned it as wrong and hastily made. Many other statements of support for al-Nusra followed, most notably from non-Islamist members of the coalition. ... more »

Iran defiant on enrichment ahead of possible nuclear talks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Iran will not stop higher-grade enrichment of uranium in response to external demands, Tehran's top nuclear official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, signaling a tough bargaining stance ahead of planned new talks with world powers. Western powers want Iran to halt enrichment of uranium to a fissile concentration of 20 percent as it represents a significant step closer to the level that would be required to make nuclear bombs. Iran says it needs uranium refined to 20 percent to run its medical research reactor in Tehran. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-iran-nuclear-idUSB... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10:26:02 UTC Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 07:26:02 PM at epicenter Location 38.637°N, 140.006°E Depth 77.2 km (48.0 miles) Region EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 88 km (54 miles) WNW (300°) from Sendai, Honshu, Japan

Comet Probe 'Understandable'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has launched an investigation into the purchase and administration of troubled electrical chain Comet. The Insolvency Service has been tasked with scrutinising the process following a number of complaints from MPs. The business was bought for £2 by Hailey Acquisitions, an investment vehicle put together by Henry Jackson of OpCapita, in November 2011. http://news.sky.com/story/1026872/investigation-launched-into-comet-collapse

Great Ormond Street Christmas Gifts Stolen

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Christmas presents destined for sick children at the intensive care unit of Great Ormond Street hospital have been stolen. Police were called to the hospital in London on Monday after a report that up to 20 wrapped gifts were taken. The presents, which had been bought from the hospital's charity fund, included portable DVD players, DVDs, Nintendo DS games consoles, games and toys. http://news.sky.com/story/1026863/great-ormond-street-christmas-gifts-stolen

President Of Iraq Jalal Talabani In Hospital After Stroke

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
raqi President Jalal Talabani is taken to hospital in Baghdad after having a stroke, an official says. Doctors are attempting to stablise Mr Talabani's condition but he may be flown to another country for emergency treatment, said Prime Minister's spokesman Ali al-Moussawi. http://news.sky.com/story/1026932/president-of-iraq-in-hospital-after-stroke

The Short List of Bush's Lies About 911

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 7 hours ago
*by Len Hart, the Existentialist Cowboy* It was Conan Doyle who said: When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains however implausible must be the truth!" Let's put Doyle's dictum to a real world test. Let's see if the Bush conspiracy theory of 911 passes muster. It doesn't! In fact, Bush's every lie shoots down his so-called 'official conspiracy theory' of 911, i.e, a conspiracy of some 19 Arab Hijackers. In the case of 911, there are but two possibilities and one of them --the 'official' conspiracy theory is, simply, a bald-faced lie. Following is a short list of hol... more »

Tornado reported, not confirmed, in Laurel Bay

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A tornado touched down and damaged a home Monday in the Laurel Bay military housing community in northern Beaufort, the community's management agency reported on Facebook. Meteorologist Pete Mohlin with the National Weather Service in Charleston said neither his agency nor the Beaufort County Emergency Management Agency had any reported nor confirmed tornadoes in the area Monday night. Strong winds with some damage were reported, he said. Any tornado damage would need to be confirmed by a site visit by a certified inspector. http://www.islandpacket.com/2012/12/17/2315179/tornado-rep... more »

Azerbaijan nabs Iranian agents setting trap for Israel-made drone

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Last week, the Azerbaijani police rounded up six Iranian agents who had infiltrated the country and were looking for the air bases where their government housed the drones purchased from Israel. The spies were found in possession of cash, fake passports, automatic pistols, advanced electronic equipment for tracking aircraft and electronic warfare devices for jamming flying vehicles and down them. http://www.debka.com/article/22620/Azerbaijan-nabs-Iranian-agents-setting-trap-for-Israel-made-drone

Outcry over guns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago

Pakistan gunmen shoot five workers from anti-polio campaign

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Gunmen shot five health workers on an anti-polio drive in a string of attacks in Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said, raising fears for the safety of workers immunizing children against the crippling disease. It was not clear who was behind the shootings but Taliban insurgents have repeatedly denounced the anti-polio campaign as a Western plot. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-pakistan-polio-idUSBRE8BH0AV20121218

Sandy Hook Shootings: Protest At Gun Lobby HQ

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
rotesters have marched on the headquarters of the US gun lobby as the clamour for tighter firearm controls grows in the wake of the Newtown school massacre. As the first two funerals for young victims of the Sandy Hook shooting took place, 75 activists descended on the Washington DC headquarters of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA). The protesters chanted: "Shame on the NRA," and demanded the organisation drop its hardline stance and make way for new gun control laws. http://news.sky.com/story/1026818/sandy-hook-shootings-protest-at-gun-lobby-hq

Bird flu kills 4-year-old boy in Indonesia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A 4-year-old Indonesian boy has died from bird flu, bringing the death toll to 160 in the country hardest-hit by the deadly virus, a health official said Tuesday. While the H5N1 bird flu virus has killed relatively few people, scientists have been closely monitoring it for its potential to mutate and affect humans worldwide. The boy died Dec. 6 in Tangerang city, just west of Jakarta, the capital, said Health Ministry official Rita Kusriastuti. He developed symptoms of a cold and fever on Nov. 30 and was treated at a public health center before being hospitalized the same day he di... more »

Expandable toy recalled due to ingestion risk, group says

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A toy that absorbs water and can expand to 400 times its original size has been voluntarily recalled after a report that a baby ingested one and needed surgery to remove it, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday. The CPSC said the marble-size toy can be swallowed, and once inside the stomach, it can expand and cause blockage in the small intestine. The toys do not show up on an x-ray and require surgery to be removed, according to the commission. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/17/us/toy-recall/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Egypt's prosecutor general quits

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Egypt's prosecutor general, appointed to the job just last month by President Mohamed Morsy, gave into demands of lower prosecutors by agreeing to resign next week. The protesters converged on the prosecuting general's office at the High Court Sunday, refusing to leave until Talaat Abdallah resigned. The siege by the prosecutors ended Monday when Abdallah signed a resignation letter that was then read to reporters. The letter will be delivered to Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council on December 23, the prosecutor's office said. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/17/world/meast/egypt-prosec... more »

Bangladesh: Factory fire was sabotage

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Last month's deadly fire at a clothing factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital was an "act of sabotage," a government committee of inquiry said Monday. The panel also said the owner of the factory should be held responsible for gross negligence of safety and should face trial for the lack of safety measures that led to 112 deaths. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/17/world/asia/bangladesh-factory-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

By 2018 computers 'will have 5 senses'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Some day soon, you'll be able to order a wedding dress on your tablet and feel the fabric and the veil just by touching the screen. When you feel an object, your brain registers the series of vibrations on your skin as being smooth, rough, sharp, etc. Computer sensors are becoming sophisticated enough to do that too. Within the next five years, vibrators within smartphones will be precise enough that they could be designed to mimic the vibrations experienced when your fingers touch a particular surface. Even though you'll just be touching glass, it will feel like you're touching wha... more »

Mohammed Ali threatens cashier with an AK47 machine gun

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
This is the moment a gun-wielding robber demanded 'money, money!' as he brandished an AK47 assault rifle at his terrified victims. Mohammed Ali, 26, used the terrifying weapon to carry out two raids in east London - one in which he stole £400 from William Hill and another in which he threatened staff in Barclays, but failed to get anything. Ali, of Bow, east London, was jailed for seven years today at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm - because the gun was deactivated. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249495/Caught-camera... more »

Cameron finally concedes Britain could quit Europe as he prepares to offer referendum on the subject

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
David Cameron admitted for the first time last night that Britain might leave the European Union. The Prime Minister said that while a UK exit was not his ‘preference’, it was however ‘imaginable’. Mr Cameron is preparing to offer a referendum on Britain’s future in Europe in a speech next month. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249736/Cameron-finally-concedes-Britain-quit-Europe-prepares-offer-referendum-subject.html

Was the Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza Also On Hardcore Psychotropic Drugs? by Anthony Gucciardi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
 Source with many references: http://www.cchrint.org/tag/pfizer/ Was the Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza Also On Hardcore Psychotropic Drugs? by Anthony Gucciardi Natural Society, 17 December 2012 *In mass shootings, the usage of pharmaceutical drugs, particularly psychotropic drugs, is one of the first things that should be examined when attempting to piece together the incident. Adam Lanza, the Connecticut shooter, was most likely dosing up on outlandish levels of pharmaceutical drugs just like shooters before him.* ** James Holmes *was hooked on* a cocktail of Big Pharma drugs... more »

Jon Hammar Chained to a bed in one of Mexico's most notorious prisons

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The first photo of Marine Veteran Jon Hammar, held captive in one of Mexico’s most infamous prisons for four months, has been released to the public. The photo shows Hammar, 27, in a solitary cell inside Matamoros state prison in Tamaulipas, shirtless, barefoot and chained by handcuffs around his right ankle. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249746/First-photo-revealed-U-S-Marine-jailed-Mexicos-notorious-prisons-months.html Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Watch More News Videos at ABC | 2012 Presidential Election | Entertainment & Celebrity N... more »

Kim Jong Un voted TIME magazine's 'person of the year' in reader's poll - thanks to a boost from hacker group 4Chan....How is this any Worse than the EU Buyi.....being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Between his missile threats and human rights violations, it's hard to tell why so many people voted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to be Time magazine's person of the year. Now we know. Internet forum 4Chan hacked TIME's web site and rigged the results to give the supreme leader 5.6 million votes for TIME's person of the year, the magazine's venerable honor usually reserved for leaders and visionaries. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249800/Kim-Jong-Un-voted-Time-magazines-person-year-readers-poll--thanks-boost-hacker-group-4Chan.html

'Sandy scam': How Obama's $60.4billion Hurricane Sandy aid bill is stuffed with pork for NASA, museums, Alaska fisheries and more

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
President Obama's proposed $60.4 billion federal aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy has been revealed stuffed with millions in spending for museums and NASA with portions sent as far from the Northeast’s destruction as Alaska. Now dubbed the 'Sandy scam' by its critics, only a portion of the federal funding goes directly to states and victims hardest hit by superstorm Sandy in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Instead $150 million is slated to benefit Alaskan fisheries, $8 million to homeland security and the justice departments for new cars, office equipment, furniture and 'mo... more »

Right-wing extremists arrested in South Africa after 'nationwide bomb plot' that targeted President Zuma

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
South African police say they have foiled a plot to bomb a conference attended by President Jacob Zuma and dozens of top government officials. Four men aged between 40 and 50 were arrested on Sunday it has today been confirmed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249451/Right-wing-extremists-arrested-South-Africa-nationwide-bomb-plot-targeted-President-Zuma.html

Confederate battle flag BANNED by Texas school district

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A Central Texas school board is banning the Confederate battle flag from district property and district-sponsored events. Hays board members voted 5-2 Monday to amend the student code of conduct to ban the flag, which was formerly displayed with the Hays High School Rebel mascot. The ban also covers any imagery deemed to be racially hostile, offensive or intolerant. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249806/Confederate-battle-flag-deemed-offensive-banned-Texas-school.html

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake FLORES SEA - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.8 Region FLORES SEA Date time 2012-12-18 08:27:04.7 UTC Location 6.29 S ; 120.67 E Depth 10 km Distances 96 km SE Ujung bulu

China arrests 93 doomsayers who handed out leaflets saying sun will stop shining on Friday

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Members of a banned anti-communist cult were among those arrested for handing out leaflets about December 21, the day the Mayan calendar, pictured, ends. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249759/China-arrests-93-doomsayers-handed-leaflets-saying-sun-stop-shining-Friday-end-Mayan-calendar.html

Ryder Rozier R.I.P.: As the nation mourns Sandy Hook massacre another tragic toddler becomes latest gun victim after accidentally shooting himself in the head with cop uncle's weapon

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
As the world mourns the tragic loss of 20 children who were shot to death in a Connecticut elementary school, yet another child has fallen victim to a bullet wound. Three-year-old Ryder Rozier is dead after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a handgun belonging to his uncle, Oklahoma state trooper Ian Rozier. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249744/Toddler-dies-accidentally-shooting-head-uncles-handgun.html

Frank Kulick Paying his respects: Young father builds moving memorial of 19 wooden crosses and one Star of David in his front lawn to honor the fallen children of Sandy Hook shooting

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
As a tribute to the young lives lost, Sandy Hook father-of-one Frank Kulick painstakingly adorned each white memorial with flowers and stuffed animals in his own front yard. In strikingly poignant pictures, Mr Kulick can be seen braving the cold and the rain to make sure each small memorial on his property remembers the lives of the little ones lost. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249784/Sandy-Hook-shooting-Frank-Kulick-builds-memorial-victims.html

Hundreds attend Philadelphia gun show just days after Sandy Hook massacre as crowds pack convention center

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The Sandy Hook massacre hardly deterred gun aficionados attending the Eagle Arms Gun Show, which opened in Philadelphia on the same day as the horrific attack in Newtown, Connecticut Friday. And not only did the show draw big crowds, there was even an increase in attendance, according to one report. 'It’s more crowded than it has been in the past,' said one person attending the show at Philadelphia Expo Center. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249743/Sandy-Hook-massacre-doesn-t-deter-crowd-pack-convention-center-Philadelphia-gun-show.html

Kyle Bangayan and Korry Martinson arrested for threatening to shoot up schools after Sandy Hook elementary massacre

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Two men have been arrested after separately threatening in messages posted online to carry out shootings at schools in the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six adults dead. Police arrested 24-year-old Kyle Bangayan of California and 19-year-old Korry Martinson of Washington state after both men posted threats to their Facebook accounts. Bangayan was arrested at his parents' home in Hollywood, where authorities recovered nine firearms, including rifles, handguns and a shotgun. He was booked into Men's Central Ja... more »

Pro-weapons group says 'gun control supporters have blood of little children on their hands' and that tragedy could have been prevented if teachers were allowed to carry guns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The advocacy group Gun Owners of America has responded to the mass shooting in Connecticut in their own fashion – by saying that gun control supporters ‘have the blood of little children on their hands.’ The organization’s executive director, Larry Pratt, said in a statement immediately following the horrific December 14 shootings in Newtown, that ‘blood is on the hands of members of Congress and the Connecticut legislators who voted to ban guns from all schools in Connecticut.’ The pro-gun lobbyist said today on MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’ claimed that if the teachers at Sandy Hook Elementa... more »

Hollywood Hacker Jailed for 10 Years After Stealing Nude Pics

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A man who hacked into the personal emails of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and a number of other women has been jailed for 10 years. Christopher Chaney pleaded guilty to offences that included wiretapping and unauthorised access to a computer. Prosecutors said Chaney, 35, illegally accessed the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry between November 2010 and October 2011. http://news.sky.com/story/1026757/hollywood-hacker-jailed-after-stealing-nude-pics

Investigation Launched Into Comet Collapse

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The Government has launched an investigation into the purchase and administration of troubled electrical chain Comet. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has tasked the Insolvency Service with scrutinizing the process following a number of complaints from MPs. http://news.sky.com/story/1026872/investigation-launched-into-comet-collapse


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*Sandy Hook.* The shootings at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, Beslan in Russia, Mumbai in India, Utoeya in Norway, Xinjiang in China, Istanbul in Turkey, Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, Liege in Belgium and Toulouse in France, may all be linked. They may all be part of a US government 'Strategy of Tension' used to control people worldwide. (aangirfan: WHO ARE THE TERRORISTS?) *Beslan in Russia. aangirfan: Beslan and the CIA* On 16 December, in the Financial Times, Gordon Goldstein wrote: * 1.* The internet "flourishes beyond the control of governments." * 2.* The internet "has emerged as ... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 18th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 08:12:24 UTC Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 02:12:24 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.028°N, 89.992°W Depth 57.5 km (35.7 miles) Region OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR Distances 64 km (39 miles) SSW of Acajutla, El Salvador

Spent Fuel Pools Are Highly Vulnerable: Is Unit 4 at Fukushima Steaming Away?

Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
Yesterday I was conducting some research and came across this article published April 1, 2011 in Science: "Pool at Stricken Reactor #4 Holds Answers to Key Safety Questions" by Eli Kintisch The article examines the dangers of zirconium fires: [Excerpted] Lab experiments have shown that zirconium can burn either with steam or with oxygen. both reactions progress rapidly at roughly 800C; the former, crucially, releases hydrogen. The hydrogen explosion at reactor #4 points to the steam reaction, which releases less energy and therefore melts the fuel more slowly.... [end excerpt] Maj... more »

Darwin Never Met Aliens With Paul Schroeder

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This item by Paul Schroeder tackles the broad rethink that is taking place in the theory of evolution. As ever we keep looking for an externalization rather than explanation. A logic reality check is in order. An external reality must also self evolve. We are merely demanding that life as we know it be self evolving here on Earth and that is not impossible at all, although it is completely plausible that we got a jump start along the way, but it must not be foundational unless life arose first inside the Sun. What is the problem is that we have mistaken the library for... more »

Basic Research on Energy Resourses

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
I do not take any of these concerns too seriously since they are so public anyway. All commodity issues get solved in time. What is good it that geothermal is becoming a mastered art while the whole sedimentary stack is accessible for hydrocarbons today however scant the production is per cubic meter. I have also thought that biological solutions will one day be used to scour all that rock clean if we cared enough. The truth is that we will leave the hydrocarbon regime behind a lot sooner that is imagined yet. Seven years ago, it did not look quite so solvable but the ... more »

Artery Health with Nuts and Legumes

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
The immediate take home from this material pulled from advertizing copy is that eating a lot of nuts and legumes on a daily basis will plausibly chelate heavy metals and excess calcium out of your bloodstream and by inference from your coronary plaques. I have never had a compelling argument for eating a lot of nuts and legumes, although I have developed a serious taste for them inasmuch as I am eating two to three hundred grams every day now and this has coincided with a significant improvement in my general well being. Of course, I kicked wheat to the curb and replace... more »

Ghandi and Self Defense

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
We are dealing again with another gratuitous massacre and the same crying out for gun control. The truth is that both gun control and arming everyone is a hugely expensive waste of effort and simply does not work. The reason is elementary. The perpetrator gets to pick his moment. For the above strategies to work, every rational person with the slightest authority would need to maintain weapons drill on a weekly basis at least for the rest of his life. And by the by, as far as I am concerned, if you own a weapon, it is my opinion that it should be secured except for weapon... more »

Pollster’s take on Alberta leaders’ popularity sets stage for long Prairie slug-fest

david at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
Shades of things to come? Alison Redford, Canada’s second most popular premier, gets ready to break a board with Opposition Leader Danielle Smith’s face on it. Situations Alberta politicians find themselves in may not be exactly as described. Below: Ms. Smith. Alison Redford remains Canada’s second most popular premier behind Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall, who after ... more »

Syrian "Rebels" Are Retards, Mentally Defective Deviants

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
40 Syrian "rebels" accidentally blew themselves up in a car bombing gone horribly wrong. It's more than okay to laugh. What are these "rebels" rebelling against, exactly? Intelligence? LOL @ the fact that the CIA is depending on these half-baked idiots to topple Assad. Good luck. Maybe they should pick and train guys who can tie their own shoelaces. Just a suggestion. Drugged out retards do not make the best fighters. Then again, the CIA knows exactly what kind of guys it wants to create chaos in Syria: clueless terrorists, not serious and mentally capable fighters. An excerpt f... more »

Christmas Notes 7: UP Lantern Parade 2012

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours 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 »


David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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! - 12 hours 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 - 12 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 - 12 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 - 12 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 - 12 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 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 14 hours ago
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Thanks for stopping by.


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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! - 15 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 17 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 - 17 hours ago

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 »


Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 18 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 - 18 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 »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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. - 18 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 - 18 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 - 19 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 - 19 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 - 19 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 - 19 hours ago

Gunmen kidnap six Hyundai Heavy workers in Nigeria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 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
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