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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

19 December - Blogs I`m Following II

English: The varying temperatures of Saturn's ...
English: The varying temperatures of Saturn's rings are depicted here in this false-color image from the Cassini spacecraft. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A simulated image using color to present radio...
A simulated image using color to present radio occultation-derived information on ring particle sizes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Beach House
Beach House (Photo credit: HeatherMG)
An image of Saturn's A Ring, taken by the Cass...
An image of Saturn's A Ring, taken by the Cassini Orbiter using an Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Assad Dropped the Façade

NTU study finds ways to prevent muscle loss, obesity and diabetes

The Best Astronomy Images of 2012

Vermont Supreme Court blocks limitless searches

After a 1996 Mass Shooting, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn't Had a Similar Massacre Since.

Common Ground on Gun Legislation: Listen to NRA Members, Not Its Con-Artist Leadership

 The Culture of Violence is all around us

The Deficit Is Already Shrinking At Its Fastest Pace Since World War II Demobilization

Do palm trees hold the key to immortality?


More criticism on flawed natural gas export study

10:14 pm MST

Nasa Shares Rare View Of Saturn's Rings

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
Nasa's Cassini spacecraft, which has been in orbit around Saturn for more than eight years, has delivered a rare backlit view of the planet and its rings. The image was taken during Cassini's 174th orbit around the gas giant when it was deliberately positioned within Saturn's shadow. The US space agency said on its website: "It was the perfect location from which to look in the direction of the sun and take a backlit view of the rings and the dark side of the planet. http://news.sky.com/story/1027803/nasa-shares-rare-view-of-saturns-rings

Body Of Endangered Whale Washes Up On Beach, Northeast Florida

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
One of the most endangered whales in the world has washed up dead on a beach in northeast Florida. Officials said the 26ft-long (8 metre) North Atlantic right whale washed up overnight on a beach near Palm Coast. Federal marine spokesman Barb Zoodsma says biologists are not sure what caused the death. http://news.sky.com/story/1027899/body-of-endangered-whale-washes-up-on-beach

'Free Darwin' Protest In Toronto

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
A rally has taken to place to demand a pet monkey found wandering in an Ikea car park in Canada is returned to his owner. Yasmin Nakhuda has launched a legal battle to get her pet, Darwin, back from the animal control officials she claims have illegally taken him. She and 15 supporters held a protest on Wednesday outside Toronto Animal Services, where they could be heard chanting "free Darwin". http://news.sky.com/story/1027895/ikea-monkey-darwin-owner-in-custody-battle

Oz Customs Staff Held Over Drug Smuggling

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 minutes ago
An alleged major drug smuggling operation involving a network of customs officials has been uncovered at Australia's biggest airport. Eight people have been arrested - with more expected - after police swooped on Sydney Airport following a two-year corruption probe. It is claimed large quantities of drugs were smuggled through the airport in backpacks and suitcases, with corrupt officials using their knowledge of security systems to allow the narcotics to pass through the international terminal undetected. http://news.sky.com/story/1027915/oz-customs-staff-held-over-drug-smuggling

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 20th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 03:17:04 UTC Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 01:17:04 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.467°N, 143.765°E Depth 27.9 km (17.3 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 241 km (149 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA - 20th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 02:11:19 UTC Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 11:11:19 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 7.494°S, 128.677°E Depth 151.4 km (94.1 miles) Region KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA Distances 295 km (183 miles) W of Saumlaki, Indonesia

Little Miss Purity Gets Another Stain On His Frock

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 minutes ago
Paul Ryan, whose Wall Street handlers try-- often with a degree of desperation-- to portray him as Little Miss Purity, are losing another battle that exposes him as a wanton whore. I'm betting, though, that this one-- his support for Boehner's tax increases on the rich-- won't be any more difficult to explain away to the dull-brained Republican/Fox base than when Ryan led the battle to pass the TARP bailouts for Bush. Ryan's spokesperson, Conor Sweeney: "Chairman Ryan will continue to work to protect as many Americans as possible from tax hikes. Chairman Ryan believes that Speaker... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 19th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 22:40:15 UTC Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 08:40:15 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 39.655°N, 143.294°E Depth 39.8 km (24.7 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 114 km (70 miles) E of Miyako, Japan

Someday At Christmas

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 28 minutes ago

Robbie Parker: Grieving Father, or Horrible Actor?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 29 minutes ago
This loos like a staged shooting more and more. This is sick stuff. President Obama was *caught fake crying*, and now a video surfaced that shows an actor pretending to be a grieving father. He laughs and smiles before he gets into character. When the cameras go live he quickly forces himself into a new personality. *Father of Sandy Hook Victim Asks ‘Read the Card?’ Seconds Before Tear-jerking Press Conference* *Infowars.com* December 19, 2012 As unexplained factors in the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting continue to surface, independent researchers have pointed to an odd clip ... more »

UK's Sky net military satellite: novel telecommunications

Megaan at Current news updates, World current news - 35 minutes ago
*A powerful novel telecommunications satellite for the UK military has blasted into orbit. The Sky net system, which includes the radio equipment deployed on ships, on vehicles and in the hands of troops, is the UK's single biggest space project.* The five-tonne Skynet-5D platform was sent up on an Ariane missile from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana. It complements three others already in operation, enabling British forces to stay linked over most of the globe. UK forces pay an annual service charge for which they get assured bandwidth, with spare capacity then sold to fri... more »

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Fukushima Plant Situation "Volatile", A Year After "Cold Shutdown" Declared

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 36 minutes ago
I for one am truly shocked that over a year and a half since the March 11th, 2011 meltdown and explosions at the Fukushima Daicchi nuclear power plant in Japan, few people are aware that the disaster is still ongoing and absolutely NOT under control. The failed facility is still spewing dangerous amounts of radioactive material into both the atmosphere, and the Pacific Ocean. And there still is absolutely NO long term solution that has been devised to clean up the facility at all. The fact is that this disaster may still be ongoing for decades yet to come! I came across a repor... more »

Leonard Peltier to Obama: Stop all Wars!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 36 minutes ago
Democracy NOW! Leonard Peltier speaks out from prison on denial of medical care, clemency http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/19/exclusive_leonard_peltier_speaks_out_from AMY GOODMAN: On Saturday, after the Leonard Peltier concert at the Beacon Theatre, I had a chance to speak directly with Leonard Peltier, when he called into a news conference that was organized by Native elders, his

John Friend's Truth Militia Radio Broadcast For Monday, December 17th, 2012 With Charles Giuliani

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I have been busy the last few days with most of my articles focused in on the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. But again, there has been important news elsewhere, as well as some great articles put out by fellow researchers and friends in this movement for the real truth. I have been a friend of John Friend (www.johnfriendsblog.blogspot.com) out of southern California for some time now, and just last Monday, he had a very special guest on his Truth Militia broadcast... None other than Charles Giuliani from the Oracle Broadcasting Network's Truth Hertz daily internet radio show. ... more »

Seattle 'Idle No More' Support Tobacco Offering and Peace Rally

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
'Idle No More' Seattle Tobacco Offering and Peace Rally   Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 10 am until 12 pm Pacific Time Image Kwagulth the Salmon print by Tony Hunt   Join us this Friday, where Sun Dance Keeper and Leader of the Crazy Dog Warrior Society; Leon Rattler (Blackfeet) will be presenting a tobacco offering and honoring on behalf of; The First Nations of Canada, in a

Fat-Free Econ 34: Rise in Unemployment Rate Not Exactly Bad

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 hour ago
* This is my article yesterday in TV5's news portal, http://www.interaksyon.com/business/50817/fat-free-economics--why-a-rise-in-unemployment-rate-is-not-exactly-bad ----------- The National Statistics Office (NSO) released the October 2012 quarterly labor force survey (LFS) results, the last for this year. What was highlighted was the increase in unemployment rate from 6.4 percent in October 2011 to 6.8 percent this year. This did not conform with the high economic growth in the third quarter, when the Philippines' gross domestic product (GDP) grew a surprising 7.1 percent, the s... more »

Zero Guns: Washington's New Big Threat Is Gun-Qaeda

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Washington has changed its enemy from a verb to a tool. Terror is a verb. It was the old enemy. Al-Qaeda is a dying external threat. With the death of Bin Laden it became a faceless menace. Internal dissent is the new enemy. The gun is the big threat now. Gun-Qaeda is the new Al-Qaeda. The pro-Obama Left is happy to hunt down Gun-Qaeda at home. Gun-rights groups like the NRA are being labeled "terrorists." You know what's next, right? Illegal detention of gun owners aka "domestic terrorists." The government will use guns against gun owners, and with that action they will reveal th... more »

Why the Good Ones Leave

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
See what it means to be a teacher who cares in an elementary school in Anywhere, USA:

Tell the System: You're Not Getting the Guns. Period.

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 hours ago
Draw the line - have the local organizational capacity to back it up. *December 18, 2012* (LD) - It goes without saying that the mass media lies - they lied about Iraq in the lead up to a war that in total, killed over 2 million people. They lied about Libya, they are lying about Syria. They lie about vaccines and intentionally try to sell parents the idea of purposefully injecting their children with mercury. Their lies have a single purpose - to serve the special interests that hand them their talking points. Now the mass media is lying about gun violence. The New York Times wro... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
San Juan Capistrano, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Friendly Discourse..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"It is still possible to have friendly discourse in America, as long as you don't bring up any subject." - Robert Brault

Happy Memorial Birthday Willie Lonewolf

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
Willie Lonewolf, Navajo/Ute, at the Southern Ute Museum in Colorado, on the Long Walk 2 northern route. Photo by Brenda Norrell Happy Memorial Birthday Willie Lonewolf from all your family and friends!

A World Mad for Coal

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
There's a big bright future ahead for coal and we'll pay dearly for it. The International Energy Agency warns that, within five years, coal will rival oil as the fossil fuel energy source of choice. *Coal consumption is increasing all over the world – even in countries and regions with carbon-cutting targets – except the US, where shale gas has displaced coal, shows new research from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The decline of the fuel in the US has helped to cut prices for coal globally, which has made it more attractive, even in Europe where coal use was supposed to be d... more »

Shocking Denial Of Reality: Sen. McCain Says, "I know of no Jewish lobby"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*A man can make a fool of himself in more ways than one.* An excerpt from, *"McCain hits Hagel over 'Jewish lobby' comments"*: Sen. John McCain said Tuesday he “strongly disagrees” with past remarks made by former Sen. Chuck Hagel, but that he would wait until potential confirmation hearings before taking a position on whether to vote for Hagel if he were nominated to become secretary of Defense. “Well, of course I strongly disagree with such comments and I know of no such ‘Jewish lobby.’ I know that there’s strong support for Israel here, but I know of no Jewish lobby. I hope ... more »

Bork (1927-2012)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*OMG, is that, is that . . . I think it is -- it's Bork self-borking!* *"As Senator Edward Kennedy put it in a famous speech on the Senate floor, 'Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, [and] writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government.' "Was Kennedy too harsh? He was not, as Bork himself demonstrated in the series of intemperate books he wrote after ... more »

Dec. 21, 2012: Fearful 'end of world' callers flood NASA

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
If there's one government agency really looking forward to Dec. 22, it's NASA. The space agency said it has been flooded with calls and emails from people asking about the purported end of the world — which, as the doomsday myth goes, is apparently set to take place on Dec. 21, 2012. The myth might have originated with the Mayan calendar, but in the age of the Internet and social media, it proliferated online, raising questions and concerns among hundreds of people around the world who have turned to NASA for answers. Dwayne Brown, an agency spokesman, said NASA typically receives ... more »

Why hipsters can go on food stamps (and why a college education, especially a PhD is an absolute waste of time and money, a must-read)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
In the John Waters-esque sector of northwest Baltimore -- equal parts kitschy, sketchy, artsy and weird -- Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric. After gathering ingredients for that evening's dinner, they walked to the cash register and awaited their moments of truth. Those are two "hipsters", and the punchline is that they pay for their foodie porn with foodie stamps, which sounds like it should be a terrible thing, except it's in Salon.com, which means they're going to try and tell you h... more »

Hipsters on foodstamps: You pay taxes, they eat five-star for free (Sounds fair to me)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
In the John Waters-esque sector of northwest Baltimore — equal parts kitschy, sketchy, artsy and weird — Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric. After gathering ingredients for that evening’s dinner, they walked to the cash register and awaited their moments of truth. “I have $80 bucks left!” Magida said. “I’m so happy!” “I have $12,” Mak said with a frown. The two friends weren’t tabulating the cash in their wallets but what remained of the monthly allotment on their Supplemental Nutrition ... more »

Down to -50C: Russians freeze to death as strongest-in-decades winter hits

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Russia is enduring its harshest winter in over 70 years, with temperatures plunging as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Dozens of people have already died, and almost 150 have been hospitalized. ­The country has not witnessed such a long cold spell since 1938, meteorologists said, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees lower than the seasonal norm all over Russia. Across the country, 45 people have died due to the cold, and 266 have been taken to hospitals. In total, 542 people were injured due to the freezing temperatures, RIA Novosti reported. The Moscow region saw temperatures of -17 to... more »

Crooked Timber Petition

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
As I sorta implied below, you don’t need to agree with Erik’s political views or his manner of expressing them to recognize that the President of the University of Rhode Island’s statement is all kinds of appalling. The good folks at Crooked Timber have put together a petition to that effect. Go sign, if you’d be Continue reading

Boehner's Plan B From Outer Space

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
Speaker Boehner issued an ultimation on the fiscal bluff this afternoon. It's his "Plan B" or nothing. And what is Mr. Boehner's Plan B you ask? Nearly half the people who make between $521,000 and $1 million get a tax cut on the average of $240. Only a little over a quarter of the billionares "would see a tax hike, of around $97,000." As for the rest of the us? The upshot: around one fifth of households in the lowest two quintiles (up to $60,000) would see an average tax hike of more than $900. Around 13 percent in the middle quintile (from $64,000 to around $107,000) would see a... more »

CTA Passenger Attacked With Sock Filled With Human Feces: Merry Christmas, World

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A woman riding the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line in Oak Park told police she was last week attacked by another passenger wielding a sock filled with human feces. "He had a sock full of his poop on me," the 21-year-old college student told the Pioneer Press. "It was everywhere; on my face, my hair, my clothes." The victim, requesting anonymity, said she screamed and tried to follow her attacker, but he escaped up the Austin Boulevard exit and ran northbound on Austin. http://www.nbcchicago.com/traffic/transit/chicago-transit-cta-passenger-attacked-sock-human-feces-184148911... more »

Bushmaster Man-card

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 5 hours ago
Patriarchy boiled down to its stupid, terrified essentials. Apparently [American] men need an AR-15 slung over their shoulder and a really erroneous instruction card in their wallet to explain to them how to be psychopaths men. I sometimes think the best way to deal with rightwing is to mock them mercilessly. Man-card calls out for a piss-taking. "What, you need an wallet-sized reminder card

Far right launches major fake rage attack on liberal blogger

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
It seems the fringe right fauxrage brigade organized a hate mob against Erik Loomis who blogs at Lawyers, Guns and Money. They're engaging in their favorite pastime, trying to get him fired. They've deluged his university with protest mail. The university responded by validating their deceit and publicly reprimanding Erik. And that wasn't even the worst of it. He was also questioned by the State Police. [details at the link] I generally ignore this pack of lunatics when they're just mindlessly sniping but this is step too far to leave unchallenged. It would be good to counter them ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Amid Newtown tragedy, scam artists creep in*

"Empathy in Action: An Experiment in Gratitude"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Empathy in Action: An Experiment in Gratitude"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "If you find it hard to be grateful for what you have, it is time to dig deeper and be brave when looking for the gratitude. Sometimes we forget to take the time to recognize the richness that defines our lives. This may be because many of the messages we encounter as we go about our affairs prompt us to think about what we don’t have rather than all the abundance we do enjoy. Consequently, our gratitude exists in perpetual conflict with our desire for more, whether we crave time, convenience, wealth... more »

Syria's Jihadist Terrorists - Shining White Knights?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*It's a bird. . It's a plane. . No, It's a Jihadist terrorist saving an American journalist.* The need for a good story about the Jihadist terrorists who are fighting the Assad government has been evident for quite some time. Videos coming out of Syria show the terrorists beheading pro-government civilians, executing prisoners, instructing child soldiers to commit murder, burning houses of worship, looting abandoned homes, destroying state infrastructure like police stations, etc. The content has been overwhelmingly negative. But lo and behold, we finally have a good story abou... more »

Teachers and guns

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 6 hours ago
Mr Z was an elementary school French teacher I had for a year. Like many French teachers in peripheral Anglo-Canadian communities, he'd probably spent decades trying to teach French to kids who mocked him without mercy for his efforts. When I got him he was old, very angry, and verbally and physically abusive. Chalk-brushes, text-books, and sometimes chairs and desks impacted the bodies and heads

Powerless, Obscure, Low-Level Employees Routinely Sentenced to Long Prison Terms for Engaging in Relatively Petty Money Laundering Schemes, Unrelated to Terrorism, On a Scale That Is a Tiny Fraction of What HSBC and Its Senior Officials Are Alleged To Have Done

No shit, Sherlock. (As the man said.) Obama Caving on Social Security Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive Rothschild writes: "President Obama is bending over way too far to reach a budget deal with John Boehner and the Republicans." READ MORE It's becoming more and more obvious (to me anyway) that as long as Glenn Greenwald is reporting, I don't need to. And he's reporting today on

The NRA's Greatest Hit... And 60 Democrats Voted For It

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*Like most bills signed by Bush, the gun manufacturers protection act should be repealed* "A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others." That's the description of the bill that the NRA got Congress to pass in 2005 on behalf of the gun manufacturers which sponsor the organization. Cliff Stearns' 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (H.R. 800) doesn't have a roll call v... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

Sandy Hook Father Remembers Fallen Hero

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago

The Trent Photographs Reexamined

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 7 hours ago
Through the years, I have often thought that the Trent photographs have only one of two possible conclusions. They are either of a craft that matched nothing in the inventories of various world air forces, or it was a hoax. It was something from another world or it was faked. For those who need a little background, the Trents, Paul and Evelyn, photographed a UFO that hovered over their farm near McMinnville, Oregon, on May 11, 1950. According to the story, Evelyn Trent was outside feeding the rabbits when she saw a large, slow moving, disk-shaped object traveling toward the northeas... more »

It Is Becoming More And More Evident That The USA Has Slipped Into Complete Insanity ...

leftdog at Buckdog - 7 hours ago
*-The KKK Will Confront the Westboro Baptist Church At Newtown Funerals * *-Virgina Law would order schools to arm teachers * *-Tennessee Is Considering A Plan To Secretly Arm Teachers * *-Michigan Considers Arming Teachers * *-Newtown Survivors Unable to Sue Gun Manufacturers Because of NRA Sponsored Law* * * *-Texas & Oklahoma Legislators Look At Arming Teachers* * * *-Gov Mike Huckabee Says Newtown Killings Happened Because God Has Been Removed From schools * *-Focus On The Family Claims Gay Marriage The Reason For Newtown Massacre* *-Teaparty Nation Blames Teachers Unio... more »

Things you don't see on the TV news

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
Big Media dutifully transcribes every utterance made by the major actors on Capitol Hill in the fiscal bluff kabuki. But they never seem to get around to reporting the obvious motivations of the Big Money players in this drama. According to The Public Accountability Initiative, the group Fix The Debt - which advocates for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security cuts while pushing corporate tax reform - has 38 leaders with “ties to 43 companies with defense contracts totaling $42.3 billion in 2012.” We have the most bloated defense budget in the entire world, but they'll move heaven... more »

"U.S.S. Titanic To Face More Icebergs Than The Fiscal Cliff"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"U.S.S. Titanic To Face More Icebergs Than The Fiscal Cliff"* by Danny Schechter "2012 has been the l00th anniversary of the famous Titanic disaster. The Captain of that “unsinkable” ship was warned that there were icebergs ahead but he was too busy, out to set a speed record on the way to New York. The warnings were ignored and we know what happened. What we don’t know is why other urgent warnings go unheeded. Take the repeated warnings that the easy availability of hand guns and assault rifles would lead to more massacres of innocents. The National Rifle Association operates ... more »

High praise for the teachers of Sandy Hook!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012* *The Sun displays good solid sense:* Congratulations to the Baltimore Sun for its editorial today about Newtown—about the public servants who have been so relentlessly slandered in the past dozen years. As we start, we’ll include the Sun’s brace of headline: BALTIMORE SUN EDITORIAL (12/19/12): *The heroes of Newtown:* *Our view:* The strength and courage of teachers and school staff—the kind of public employees so often scorned of late—are the revelation of Sandy Hook As the nation continues this week to deal with the grief and heartache left behind ... more »

The Economy: "Back To Fiscal Cliffs"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Back To Fiscal Cliffs"* by Karl Denninger "The latest is that Obama has issued a "veto threat" over Boehner's "Plan B." A laughable response, of course, since The Senate was never going to pass it in the first place. Indeed, I doubt you could manage to get it on the floor of the Senate, say much less get an affirmative vote, given Reid's control of the chamber. The simple issue here is that neither side of the aisle is being honest, and both are playing with funny numbers. The latest insult to the collective intelligence of Americans is trying to count interest cost "savings" ... more »

Mark van den Boogaard: Dead Dutch Skydiver Found Days After Jump

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The body of a Dutch skydiver has been discovered in a field over a week after he made a fatal jump in which his parachute failed to open. According to reports in the Netherlands, Mark van den Boogaard jumped from a plane on December 8 as part of an organised event. But his body was not found until this week when rabbit poachers came across it by accident in a field near Teuge airfield, close to the city of Apeldoorn. http://news.sky.com/story/1027800/dead-dutch-skydiver-found-days-after-jump

Why no Cuban Spring?

Betcy Jose at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
I am currently at the Social Science Research Center in Berlin to present a paper on norm suppression. While here, I had the opportunity to learn more about some of the work being done by the Civil Society, Conflicts, and Democracy research unit. Listening to these folks talk about the stability of authoritarian regimes reminded Continue reading

"When They Come For Your Guns, You Will Turn Them Over"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"When They Come For Your Guns,* * You Will Turn Them Over"* By Jim Karger “When they come for my gun, they will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands,” is a common refrain I often hear from the Neo-Cons when there is a threat, credible or otherwise, that the US government is going to take their firearms. And, when I hear this crazy talk, I agree with them openly. “You are right. They will pry your gun from your cold dead hands,” which I often follow with the question, “And where will that leave you except face down in a pool of your own blood in the middle of the street, ju... more »

Obama Warns Cameron that Britain should not Leave the European Union

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Barack Obama has warned Britain against leaving the European Union, it emerged today. The US President used a call to David Cameron to urge him to resist calls to abandon Brussels, ahead of the PM delivering a major speech on Europe in the New Year. But President Obama is understood to be backing Mr Cameron's approach in his fight for a 'better deal for Britain'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250579/Obama-tells-Cameron-Britain-stay-European-Union.html

Kate Braun : Will Winter Solstice Bring New Cosmic Balance?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Galactic Synchronization or end of the world? This illustration shows how some project the planets in the Milky Way to be aligned on the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012. Image from About2012. Winter Solstice 2012: Will planetary alignment bring new cosmic balance? By Kate Braun / The Rag Blog / December 19, 2012 "I’m pickin’ up Good Vibrations..." Friday, December 21, 2012, is Yule,

"The Real Truth About the Fiscal Cliff"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"The Real Truth About the Fiscal Cliff"* By The Daily Reckoning "What exactly is going to happen when the fiscal cliff hits on January 1, 2013? The “fiscal cliff” is a package of expiring tax cuts and federal spending cuts passed by congress during the last budget battle. $600 billion in combined tax increases and spending cuts will hit suddenly in January if congress does not come up with an alternate plan. The combination of cuts and tax increases would slash the budget deficit in half, but potentially pull the economy into another recession, according to many economists. Repu... more »

Obama named as TIME magazine's 'Person of the Year' for the second time in four years...And Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as one of the runners up

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The magazine cited the president's historic re-election last month as symbolic of the nation's changing demographics amid the backdrop of high unemployment and other challenges. The 'Person of the Year' accolade is given to the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and news throughout the year for good or for ill. Obama was named as Person of the Year in 2008 when he was president-elect. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250547/President-Obama-named-Times-Person-Year.html *I suppose after the year we had with EU receiving the Noebl Peace Prize this was to be e... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
*ZOROASTER AND THE BIRTH OF AN APOCALYPTIC FAITH* *by R.D. Brinsmead* The following outline has been drawn, for the most part, from three excellent and highly acclaimed publications about Zoroastrians: Norman Cohn, * Cosmos, Chaos, and the World to Come: The Ancient Roots of Apocalyptic Faith;* Mary Boyce, *Zoroastrians: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices;* and S.A. Kapadia, *The Teaching of Zoroaster and the Philosophy of the Parsi Religion.* Norman Cohn has written such an excellent Afterword at the end of his equally excellent book, that I will quote it in full: *"T... more »

Boehner's 56 second press conference...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*about sums it up.*


Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
Obviously, I'm assuming that after Speaker Boehner introduced Plan B to the GOP conference yesterday, the Republican Members of the House have been spending the day running around covering up for Matthew so he doesn't get fired. Right? (Yes, I know, no one knows or cares. Sorry; I'm going to treat it as if it's a well-recognized classic that's part of our assumed common culture, so that I can make references to it without explanation.) Hmmm...where was I....oh, yeah, Boehner and Planbee. Does she (she being Andrea Planbee -- didn't you click on the link and re?-watch the entire fou... more »

Harry Targ : In Times Like These

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
"In Times Like These" performed by Arlo Guthrie. In times like these:Give peace a chance By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / December 19, 2012 In times like these when night surrounds me And I am weary and my heart is worn When the songs they’re singing don’t mean nothing Just cheap refrains play on and on... When leaders profit from deep divisions When the tears of friends remain unsung In

Monica Avila 'threatened her daughter's bullies with a gun outside middle school'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A mother is accused of driving to a middle school and threatening several teenage students with a gun who she thought were bullying her daughter. Monica Avila, 34, from Denver, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with four counts of menacing and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds. Police say she confronted four students aged 14 and 15 outside Lake Middle School last Thursday and started brandishing the weapon in the middle of the argument. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250715/Monica-Avila-Mother-threatened-daughters-bullies-gun-outside-middle-school.html

French banking reform does not go far enough, say critics

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
France has unveiled a long-awaited bank reform, hailing it as a model for the rest of Europe even as critics said it fell short of President François Hollande's campaign pledge to get tough with the financial sector. The overhaul – which asks banks to house their proprietary trading units in separate, self-funded entities – will leave most of French lenders' investment banking activities untouched, handing a victory to BNP Paribas, Société Générale and other banks after months of intense lobbying. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/19/french-banking-reform-francois-hollande

Russia advances law to ban US adoptions

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Russia’s parliament voiced strong support Wednesday for barring Americans from adopting Russian children, a retaliation against a new U.S. measure imposing penalties on Russian officials connected to the death in custody of a Russian lawyer and other human rights violations. The proposed Russian law, which was overwhelmingly approved in a procedural vote Wednesday, would also place tight restrictions on nongovernment organizations that receive financial support from the United States, banning the groups if they engage in political activities considered contrary to “Russia’s interest... more »

Is Canadian Progressivism a Farce?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
The topic came up recently in a discussion I had with a prolific and thoroughly progressive blogger who will go unnamed. He lamented that he had become fed up with Canadian prog bloggers who seemed not terribly interested in progressivism at all and, by contrast, far less interesting than their truly progressive American counterparts. I think his criticism is fair and accurate. Many of us, I suspect, consider ourselves progressive by virtue of an affiliation with a particular party that once, in times now past, had been more or less actually progressive. For them, progressiv... more »

Pirate Bay proxy website shut down in the UK

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The website was run by the Pirate Party UK, a fringe political party, and acted as a proxy gateway to the Pirate Bay, which broadband providers blocked earlier this year after a High Court order. The BPI, which represents record labels, had demanded that the proxy be shut down and said it would take legal action against the UK Pirate Party if it remained online. Today the organisation dropped its threat. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9756091/Pirate-Bay-proxy-website-shut-down.html

Polio vaccinations in Pakistan suspended after gunmen murder eight workers in 48 hours

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Gunmen shot dead a woman working on UN-backed polio vaccination efforts and her driver in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, raising to eight the number of people killed in the last 48 hours who were part of the immunization drive. The attack on the woman was one of five that took place on polio workers in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday. One male polio worker was critically wounded, while the others managed to escape unharmed. http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/12/19/polio-vaccinations-in-pakistan-suspended-after-gunmen-murder-eight-workers-in-48-hours/

Artist Taxi Driver - Queen Elizabeth Land - what a freak of a country

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 9 hours ago
here's the ever-effervescent Artist Taxi Driver letting rip on the subject of 'Queen Lizzie in Cabinet like no other royal since Queen Vicky'. "These are my people! This is my Land! This is Queen Elizabeth Land!" and on and on and on it goes... until you can stand the glaring truth no longer. His verbally-violent and establishment-abusive take on the Corporate War Machine's insatiable desire for murder, excess and destruction is double-plus-good refreshing. FREE PLANET.


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Full story here, frightening situation:* http://www.debka.com/article/22625/Assad%E2%80%99s-deadly-agenda-First-chemicals-next-Iskander-9K720 * Added thoughts:* This explains why the US and European fleets suddenly departed.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Barry

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
"Oddly, Walt’s endorsement of the Hagel nomination is proof enough for Bill Kristol and his band of neoconservative Orcs that Hagel is the second coming of Adolf Hitler — but never mind. Trying to discern an internal consistency in the hysterical ululations of this crowd is like searching for meaning in the squeals and squawks of chickens in the barnyard: it’s just a lot of noise, signifying nothing." - Justin Raimondo, *"The Paranoid Style of the Israel Lobby."* "In Washington today, Hagel’s views are mostly associated with those of Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski. Hagel ... more »

Ian Watkins remanded in custody charged with child sex offences

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets, Ian Watkins, has been remanded in custody after appearing in court to face allegations of child sex abuse. Watkins, 35, has been charged with conspiring with a woman to rape a girl aged under 13. Watkins, whose band has sold 3.5m albums worldwide, is also accused of conspiring to engage in sexual activity with a girl under 13. In addition he faces charges of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children and possession of extreme pornography, some of which involves animals. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/dec/19/los... more »

Republicans put squeeze on Obama in "fiscal cliff" talks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Republicans tried to wring more tax-rate concessions out of the White House on Tuesday as political maneuvering intensified over an agreement to keep the U.S. economy from tumbling off the "fiscal cliff" next year. Markets rallied on hopes for a deal. After important concessions in recent days from both President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, Republicans moved to increase pressure on the Democrats by vowing to vote in the House on a "Plan B" back-up measure that would largely disregard the progress made so far. http://news.yahoo.com/hopes-rise-fis... more »

Our Plastic Oceans

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
A museum in Berlin is introducing Germans to a massive and growing problem, the sea of plastic forming in the world's oceans. Here are a few photos from *der Spiegel* Hawaii Thailand Brazil At Sea Berlin Museum Exhibit* *

Record-high tides in Seattle wash in prospects for more in future

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: Waves crash on homes along Beach Drive Southwest in Seattle, on Monday, 17 December 2012. Flooding was widespread. Monday's highest tides ever recorded in Seattle, which sent waves spilling onto 100 properties in West Seattle, city climate-change watchers say the area could be in for more of the same — or worse — in years to come. NICK ADAMS / Seattle Times] By Jack Broom and Alexa Vaughn, Seattle Times staff reporter 18 December 2012 Following Monday's highest tides ever recorded in Seattle, which sent waves spilling onto 100 properties in West Seattle, city climate-change... more »

Fox Found “Frozen Alive” in Norway River Mystery

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Here’s a winter mystery for you—and a rather sad one at that. Not far from highway E18 in Kragerø, Norway, a red fox was found frozen standing upright in a river, as if the water had suddenly turned to ice as it was crossing through. Foxes have a high tolerance for cold and are well adapted to withstanding low temperatures, so, in principle, this little guy should have been able to cross the river without any major problems. Furthermore, even if it had been injured or on the verge of death while wading through the river, it would have lied down in its final moments instead of stan... more »

It's Over for Assad's Syria

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
It's over for Syrian president Assad. His key backer, Russia, has thrown in the towel. The Russian defence ministry has announced it has sent warships to the eastern Mediterranean apparently to facilitate the evacuation of Russian nationals from Syria. *A flotilla of five ships - a destroyer, a tugboat, a tanker and two large landing vessels - is being sent from Baltiysk, on the Baltic Sea, to relieve ships that have been in waters near Syria for months.* * **A second group was sent from Severomorsk, on the Kola Bay in north-western Russia. At typical cruising speeds for such ve... more »

County Police Chief Recommends Arming School Personnel

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
CBS [image: St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch]St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says it is time to talk about arming civilian school personnel following Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, comparing it to arming airline pilots after September 11, 2001. “I see it no differently,” he said. “Pilots have been armed now for many many years, we’ve not had another hijacking and the issue is, for the bad guy, he doesn’t know which airplane he’s getting on, if the pilot is armed or not.” Fitch said the killing will not be stopped by legislation or laws. “If there’s som... more »

In case you can't access the Biased-BBC blog

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
Biased-BBC has moved, it's now current, maybe temporary, address is now http://biasedbbc.org/

Killing Off Old King Coal While There's Still Time

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
If we're to avoid runaway global warming, we have to get carbon emissions down into the mid to low-40s by 2020. At the moment we're at 52 and trending upwards. That is 52 gigatonnes, 52 billion metric tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. That's where we're at this year. A new report in *Nature Climate Change* finds that it might be possible to avoid the dreaded 2C warming if we can throttle back emissions to somewhere between 41 and 47 gigatonnes by 2020. What does that sort of cutback look like? It means shutting down about 65% of the world's coal-fired power stations over t... more »

The Kindergarden of Eden: What is liberalism?...(video)

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*personally I think it's a collection of people who, as my hubby says, "Haven't thought things through."* Bill Whittle interviews Evan Sayet about his new book, *The Kindergarden of Eden*. From Youtube: Author Evan Sayet sits with Bill Whittle to discuss his book The Kindergarden of Eden. Sayet thinks that most liberals are neither stupid nor evil. So why do liberal policies so often produce stupid, if not evil results? Is it because liberalism promotes evil over the good? Find out on this interview with the very funny and insightful Evan Sayet. Since Minnesota (St.Paul) was my po... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE WEST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 19th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 16:08:08 UTC Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 01:08:08 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 40.658°N, 139.153°E Depth 34.8 km (21.6 miles) Region NEAR THE WEST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 89 km (55 miles) NW of Noshiro, Japan

Duck Takeover of Foreign Affairs on Schedule

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
Robert provides Foreign Affairs a ”snapshot” on the South Korean election — which Park won today. An excerpt: For all the talk of the “pivot” to Asia in the United States, the idea is not widely discussed in South Korea. And South Koreans are not all that interested in containing China. Although Korea was a tributary Continue reading

How do we get correct information -- and avoid misinformation -- in times of high-pressure media frenzy?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*by Ken* Our subject for today is the journalistic goal of "getting the story right," which has rarely gotten quite all the priority some of us might wish, but has been taking kind of a new style of beating since the advent of the literally nonstop news cycle via cable and Internet. Not surprisingly, it happened again in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. And it's not that hard to understand how it happens. At such times it's impossible even to describe the demand for information. In the face of such a horror, people -- and I mean everybody -- has a desperate, soul-deep *n... more »

Arbol de navidad junto a la chimenea con el gorrito de Santa

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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I Want Candy

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
The Strangeloves original version from 1965 The Bow Wow cover version from 1982 - my favourite version The hideous Jedward version from 2010.

Muñecos de navidad jugando en la nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Lindas esferas de colores - Adornos de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Paisajes nevados - Para postales de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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How they cover up the crimes . . . and what to do about GUNS.

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 11 hours ago
*How they cover up the crimes:* HSBC commits its horrendous worldwide crimes, but then as if by magic, a terrible thing happens in America totally unrelated to the HSBC mess. Since this new thing is so horrific and riveting (*Terror Porn*, as David Feldman so aptly described it), all eyes are drawn to the spectacle. The media, almost as if complicit in HSBC's desire for everyone's eyes to look elsewhere, directs all attention at the new story and the American Public drops its attention from the HSBC crime story and moves on, completely forgetting about HSBC. Twenty small children... more »

Obama threatens veto of Republican plan, fiscal talks turn sour

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
President Barack Obama on Wednesday threatened to veto a Republican tax plan as talks to avert a fiscal crisis by the end of the year turned sour despite recent progress. The White House rejected the Republicans' proposal, known as "Plan B," because it does not do enough to raise taxes on the wealthy or address spending cuts needed to tame the country's $16 trillion debt. "The congressional Republican "Plan B" legislation continues large tax cuts for the very wealthiest individuals," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said in a statement. http://www.reuters.com/artic... more »

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN - 19th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude M 5.7 Region NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN Date time 2012-12-19 16:08:30.6 UTC Location 28.86 N ; 171.68 E Depth 10 km Distances 2418 km N Rita

No Evidence of Man Flu, Scientists Say

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Unwell males who complain about having "man flu" may get less sympathy in the future after a survey by scientists suggested there was no evidence to show the condition actually exists. More than 4,000 people have so far been questioned about how they felt on a scale of 0-100 where 0 was the worst and 100 the best. The poll showed there was no difference between men and women who reported flu-like symptoms - with a median score of 60 for both male and female participants. http://news.sky.com/story/1027683/no-evidence-of-man-flu-scientists-say

Libor: Former UBS Traders Charged In US Probe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
US prosecutors have criminally charged two former senior UBS traders as part of their investigation into the bank's manipulation of the Libor benchmark rate. A criminal complaint against former traders Tom Hayes and Roger Darin was unsealed in a district court in New York, the US Justice Department said. Both traders were charged with conspiracy, while Hayes was also charged with wire fraud and an antitrust offence. http://news.sky.com/story/1027701/libor-former-ubs-traders-charged-in-us-probe

Arbol de navidad con esferas rojas y doradas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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The People's Republic of Athabasca?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Figuring out what's going on and what lies ahead for Old Beelzebub and his cherished Tar Sands is like casting bones and reading entrails. For months there have been warnings that the Tar Sands were in trouble for a variety of reasons but especially because of the shale oil and gas boom that developed in the United States. It only made sense. Why invest in $70-a barrel Athabasca heavy crude when you could put your money into $50-a barrel U.S. prime, shale oil? When word got out that America was sitting on a glut of shale oil and shale gas, Athabasca's fortunes worsened. What we... more »

Santa Claus en su trineo repartiendo regalos

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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5.0 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 19th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 16:02:20 UTC Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 06:02:20 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.473°S, 174.332°W Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) Region TONGA Distances 75 km (46 miles) S of Pangai, Tonga

Varias velas decorativas para una cena de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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4.7 Magnitude Earthquake WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND - 19th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 15:19:53 UTC Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:19:53 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.316°S, 139.389°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND Distances 1162 km (722 miles) SSW of Geeveston, Australia

Arbol de navidad con un muñeco de nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Matthews and Ifill, rolling for Warner!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012* *The lunacy of our press culture:* Do you live in a lunatic culture—in a press corps banana republic? Consider: Senator Warner was explaining why he has now flipped on guns. On Hardball, Chris Matthews played tape of the great man’s moving words. Then he began to emote: MATTHEWS (12/18/12): Here’s a smart senator talking now. *Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, a moderate Democrat most people would count him as, joined the chorus of pro-gun Democrats—he’s one—who are willing to look at changes in gun safety.* Let’s listen to the senator from Virginia.... more »

Esferas de colores con diamantina

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Help for Lazy TV Executives

Keith Watermelon at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 11 hours ago
After the success of Sky TV's *On the Couch with Peter Crouch*, TV execs are doubtless looking for follow-up. Based on this winning formula, we've come up with a number of ideas, all as groundbreaking as the original. Ta for all contributions. On the Toilet with Junior Hoilett At the Sink with Jan Venegoor of Hesselink In the Shed with Jonathan Stead In the Bath with Steve and Garth - presented by the Spurs early 80's strike partnership of Archibald and Crooks In the Bracken with Gordon Strachan - where the former Scotland international takes us on his favourite hillside walks I... more »

Climate: Arctic Thermostat Blows Up

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
YES, THERE IS AN EMERGENCY IN THE ARCTIC. This may not be pleasing holiday fare, but our time together is limited and valuable. Critically important news cannot go unreported, no matter what local tragedy dominates the mainstream headlines. We are just beginning to understand why the sudden melt-back of the Arctic Sea ice could change the climate of the world. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, your own weather has changed already because of it. As we will hear in this program, there is enough methane buried in the Arctic to drive us into an extinction event from runaway climat... more »

Neil Macdonald: Death and delusion in a nation of assault rifles

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Yet another "national discussion" about guns is under way here, and it's so anti-rational, so politically cowardly, so …unbearably stupid that you have to wonder how a nation that has enlightened the world in so many other ways could wallow in this kind of delusion. Twenty children are dead, and journalists and politicians have assumed those breathy, semi-hushed tones that have become so much the norm in covering tragedies. Everywhere, there is talk about "the grieving process," with pious asides thrown in about the need to "go home and hug your children," or pray. As if that is go... more »


David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *"Americans Kill People": Michael Moore on Newtown, Mass Shootings, and the U.S. Culture of Violence* We air an excerpt of an address by the legendary filmmaker Michael Moore delivered just hours after the Newtown massacre. Moore won an Academy Award for his 2002 documentary, "Bowling for Columbine," about gun violence in the United States. He discussed the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre at a New York City event on Friday night. Video courtesy of filmmaker Lorna Tucker. [*Original* includes rush transcript] Cherchez la Verite

Hermoso paisaje de invierno con caballos

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Academic Administrative Fecklessness

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
I wasn’t going to post anything about the cyber-intimidation campaign being directed at Erik Loomis, as that seemed like a job for Big Important Liberal Blogs and not for the Duck of Minerva. But now the issue has strayed directly into our territory. In brief, Erik Loomis is a history professor at the University of Rhode Continue reading

Paisaje nevado con un arbol de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Aguinaldos de navidad para las posadas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Nuclear Village in Japan Happy With Election Results

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Optimism rises in 'nuclear village' after LDP's victory The Asahi Shimbun Dec 19, 2012 http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201212190048 [Excerpted] The smiles have returned to the “nuclear village.”After more than a year of soaring costs, sinking profits and doubts about future operations, the electric power industry gladly welcomed the Liberal Democratic Party's return to power.... ...Investors expect the LDP administration will approve restarts of idle reactors, which would improve the finances of the utilities.... ...The Democratic Party of Japan planned to comp... more »

Brilliantly said...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*thank you, Blue.* *Misguided*

Bank of England offers glum outlook for 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
he economy is likely to remain stagnant in the near term but inflation will probably exceed 2 percent in the next year and also faces further risks from higher food prices, Bank of England policymakers said on Wednesday. After its December 5-6 meeting, the BoE's Monetary Policy Committee decided to keep its main interest rate at a record-low 0.5 percent and its bond purchases at 375 billion pounds as expected, with stubborn inflation trumping worries about a sluggish economy. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/uk-boe-idUKBRE8BI0DM20121219

What's Up With Fukushima Daiichi's Common Spent Fuel Pool?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
We have essentially heard NOTHING over the last 21 months about this pool. Today Fukushima Diary reports: * ** ** [Express] “Common usage pool may be more heated than SFP of reactor3″ Posted by Mochizuki on December 19th, 2012 Majia here: The common spent fuel pool contains –6291 assemblies •Integrity Inspection of Dry Storage Casks and Spent Fuels at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. November 16, 2010. http://www.nirs.org/reactorwatch/accidents/6-1_powerpoint.pdf *

Are We Being Played As Suckers? Watch This Video: "Sandy Hook Shooting Exposed As A Fraud"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I have long said that this latest shooting in Connecticut stinks to high heaven. It seems that the only outcome from this "massacre" of children is for the US Government to ram through Gun Control legislation and entirely circumvent the 2nd Amendment rights of the US populace to bear arms. I came across a very shocking video that calls into question the entire shooting, and whether or not we have all been played as suckers.... It is called: "Sandy Hook Shooting Exposed As A Fraud", and I have it right here for everyone to see for themselves... Please hold off your anger until after... more »

Following the Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
Just a few points: 1. What gets reported from the negotiators is usually *part of the negotiations*. That is, reporters hear what the negotiators want them to hear. And you can't even assume which way it's slanted (if at all); one of the players may believe it's in his interest to stress how reasonable he's being, or how tough he's being. Doesn't mean it's really true. 2. That might include deliberate trial balloons -- but they usually aren't labeled trial balloons! 3. Advocates on both sides have will generally have a strong incentive to push for more -- to denounce the weakness o... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*Roger Goodell, NFL Owe Saints a Huge Apology for Bountygate Nonsense ~Knox Bardeen*

Podcast No. 16: A Discussion with Robert Farley

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
The sixteenth Duck of Minerva podcast features Robert Farley of the University of Kentucky and the oxford-comma challenged blog, Lawyers, Guns and Money. Professor Farley discusses his academic work and his role as a prominent scholar-blogger (or is that blogger-scholar?). For better or for worse, DHN talks a lot too. I should reiterate important change to procedures. From now on, Continue reading

2.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEWBERRY CALDERA AREA, OREGON - 19th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 2.6 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 14:50:23 UTC Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 06:50:23 AM at epicenter Location 43.730°N, 121.315°W Depth 0.6 km (~0.4 mile) Region NEWBERRY CALDERA AREA, OREGON Distances 17 km (10 miles) SE (132°) from Three Rivers, OR

Argentina, fearing Maya-linked suicides, closes Uritroco mountaintop

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
As mountaintops go, this one is for meditating. And the odd UFO sighting. But now it is closing for a few days to avert a mass suicide by folks girding for the world's end. That doomsday is indeed upon us -- with Christmas just around the corner, heaven forbid -- is one gloomy interpretation of a Mayan India calendar. To wit, December 21 marks the end of a 5,200-year cycle on the Mayan "Long Count" calendar. It's a cause for celebration for many in Mexico and Central America, but spells doomsday for some believers. http://www.france24.com/en/20121218-argentina-fearing-maya-linked-su... more »

Recipe for a Revolution

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
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FOOLED ABOUT SCHOOLS: Science and math!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012* *Part 3—Let’s look at the rest of the record:* Last year, the United States took part in the PIRLS, a major international assessment of fourth-graders’ reading skills. The PIRLS is administered every five years. Last year, about fifty other nations took part—and U.S. fourth graders pretty much kicked major keister. That said, you’d have a hard time learning that fact from reading our major newspapers. How did American fourth graders do in reading? They did this well: American fourth-graders outscored their peers in Canada, England, Germany and Franc... more »

White House: Obama would veto House Republican "Plan B" on fiscal cliff

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
President Barack Obama would veto the House Republican "Plan B" tax proposal designed to avert January 1 tax hikes, the White House said on Wednesday, saying the plan does not meet Obama's test that spending cuts not fall overwhelmingly on the middle class. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/us-usa-fiscal-obama-veto-idUSBRE8BI0WY20121219

Zero Dark Thirty Waterboarding Under Fire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Zero Dark Thirty has come under fire for suggesting the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques helped the US track down Osama bin Laden. The film, which was made by Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and stars Jessica Chastain as a CIA agent, charts the hunt for bin Laden and the raid on his compound by US Navy Seals. It shows Al Qaeda's No 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, being subjected to waterboarding, a controversial interrogation technique that creates a near-drowning experience. http://news.sky.com/story/1027444/zero-dark-thirty-waterboarding-under-fire

Anti-Gay Attack Amid Zenit Football Row

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Gay rights activists have been attacked outside the Russian parliament - a day after a leading football team was forced to deny it was both homophobic and xenophobic. Anti-gay activists threw eggs at equality campaigners near the State Duma, before scuffles broke out between the two sides. Several activists on both sides were detained by police amid the protest against a controversial new bill banning "gay propaganda". http://news.sky.com/story/1027586/anti-gay-attack-amid-zenit-football-row

Obama Wants New Gun Policies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Barack Obama is tasking Joe Biden to head up a new government panel to formulate fresh policies to deal with gun violence, following last Friday's school shooting. The president will formally outline the role of the vice president - a longtime gun control advocate - at the White House on Wednesday. http://news.sky.com/story/1027296/school-shooting-obama-wants-new-gun-policies

President Park Geun-hye: South Korea 'Votes In First Woman Leader'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
South Korea has elected its first female president, according to 'safe' predictions by the country's main television networks. The KBS, SBS and MBC national broadcasters all declared centre-right candidate Park Geun-hye "certain" to secure victory over her liberal rival Moon Jae-in with nearly half of the nationwide votes counted. It is understood that more than 70% of the eligible population braved temperatures of well below zero to vote. http://news.sky.com/story/1027600/south-korea-votes-in-first-woman-leader



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