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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

19 December - Blogs I`m Following

Mercury in fish
Mercury in fish (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Adm. Thad Allen provides a briefing t...
English: Adm. Thad Allen provides a briefing to the Unified Area Command in New Orleans Monday, June 28, 2010. Allen is the National Incident Commander for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Added location of Vermilion 380 oil rig explos...
Added location of Vermilion 380 oil rig explosion relative to Deepwater Horizon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What's in Your Water?
What's in Your Water? (Photo credit: B.S. Wise)
Deepwater Horizon Drill Rig
Deepwater Horizon Drill Rig (Photo credit: SkyTruth)
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Michael moore banner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Michael Moore upon receiving his free gun at t...
Michael Moore upon receiving his free gun at the bank. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Mercury in seafood: Where does it come from? (Grist):
    “Most of the fish that people in the U.S. eat are from the open ocean. And most of the mercury that goes into the open ocean is from atmospheric emissions, which comes from fossil fuel burning,” says Chen, a food chain biologist from Dartmouth. Coal-fired power plants are the biggest source, globally.

    Ouch! Sharp Lessons From Deepwater Horizon

    Context on government enabling and promotion is woefully inadequate. BP did not pursue tax relief on oil depletion for deep wells in a vacuum, any more than one drills to record depths past the limits of technology without incentive. That incentive remains mostly unmentioned and definitely untouched.  Health challenges all around the Gulf of Mexico as recounted on YouTube must spring from some source - and use of what should have been a prohibited agent looms large as likely cause.
    Check out Dr. Riki Ott`s research since she was subjected to toxins in the Exxon Valdez operation.  Florida Oil Spill Law kept a record of relevant info for months. Stewart Smith has picked up the torch.

    10:01 am MST



    David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 2 minutes 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 - 4 minutes ago
    [image: Paisajes de Navidad] *CODIGO HTML PARA PONER ESTA IMAGEN EN SU BLOG* (Un click para seleccionar, Control C para copiar y Control V para pegar) [image: Imagenes Gratis para Navidad y Año Nuevo 2013] Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

    Academic Administrative Fecklessness

    Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 9 minutes 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 - 14 minutes ago
    [image: Arboles de Navidad] *CODIGO HTML PARA PONER ESTA IMAGEN EN SU BLOG* (Un click para seleccionar, Control C para copiar y Control V para pegar) [image: Imagenes Gratis para Navidad y Año Nuevo 2013] Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

    Aguinaldos de navidad para las posadas

    José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 37 minutes ago
    [image: Agunaldos para Posadas] *CODIGO HTML PARA PONER ESTA IMAGEN EN SU BLOG* (Un click para seleccionar, Control C para copiar y Control V para pegar) [image: Imagenes Gratis para Navidad y Año Nuevo 2013] Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

    Nuclear Village in Japan Happy With Election Results

    Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 40 minutes 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 - 41 minutes ago
    *thank you, Blue.* *Misguided*

    Bank of England offers glum outlook for 2013

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 49 minutes 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 - 50 minutes 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 - 51 minutes 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 - 57 minutes 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 - 57 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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

    noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
    "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither."~Benjamin Franklin Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below. Sharing on Reddit and Newsvine will help the most.

    FOOLED ABOUT SCHOOLS: Science and math!

    bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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

    Russian volcano spews lava

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
    A volcano in Russia, which has been dormant since the 1970s, has erupted, spewing lava and sending ash into the air. .

    ALEC - 2012 Brand Failure

    2old2care at Because I Can - 1 hour ago
    When I saw this - this morning - I stopped!!! Gotta Look - gotta look So I opened it up and there was the headline and the first paragraph and one mention in the first paragraph was all there was about ALEC But that is all I needed this morning To put a HUGE - HUGE smile on my face. Wonder if this is a release from Edelman - the PR firm hired by The American Legislative Exchange Council to whitewash their image? A Top Brand Failure - - - - - -Bwah - ha- ha- ha- ha!!!!!

    What’s Behind America’s Gun Violence

    noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
    ** ** *Editor's Note: Although I disagree with many of Mr. Smith's assertions, I consider the article worthy of consideration. Please comment below.* * * *By Jack A. Smith* *Global Research,* *There is more than the act of one individual involved in the mass gun killings that take place in America— the most recent being the massacre of 20 young children and seven school workers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14.* *The main culprit, of course, is the late killer, Adam Lanza, 20.* But such events occur within a context of shared responsibility for... more »

    Keith Petit arrested after he 'boarded school bus with gun and threatened students' within HOURS of Sandy Hook massacre

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
    A gunman boarded a school bus and allegedly began threatening to shoot the students just hours after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, it emerged today. Arrest records show the incident in New Orleans, Louisiana, took place on Friday afternoon, the same day as the shooting 1,200 miles away in Newtown, Connecticut. However, details have only just been made public, Examiner.com reported. The bus was carrying students from KIPP's McDonough 15 Middle School when 29-year-old Keith Petit got on board, the papers said. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250483/Suspect-arre... more »

    4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEGROS - CEBU REGION, PHILIPPINES - 19th December 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
    Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 14:00:19 UTC Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:00:19 PM at epicenter Location 9.055°N, 123.982°E Depth 91.3 km (56.7 miles) Region NEGROS - CEBU REGION, PHILIPPINES Distances 38 km (23 miles) ESE of Lazi, Philippines

    Google Play Talks Back

    Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 2 hours ago
    Google has released a new version of Google Play Books app for Android. The new release will now read books to users. Dubbed "read aloud," the feature works converting text to speech technology so making listening to ebooks available for all titles. There is the obvious question as to whether the publishers or authors will object but given the voice is synthesized and not studio quality this should not pose a problem. Google Play also now supports pinch-to-zoom and double-tap-to-zoom now functionality let users bounce within a page with greater ease. Also the app will now recom... more »

    More Tweets From the Edge

    jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 2 hours ago
    As many of you no doubt know, I don't just drop my little pearls of wisdom here but also on the microblogging site Twitter. So even if I don't wax here, I don't necessarily wane in the Twitterverse. Since today's going to be a busy day for me, here's some little reruns of my alleged wit and wisdom from the past week From where ever he is in heaven, I hope to God that Ted Kennedy is pissing down on Robert Bork's bad combover. #FuckRobertBork #RWNJs #p2 — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) December 19, 2012 I guess being in the Westboro Baptist Church is like being in the Manson ... more »

    New Podcast @ New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
    I already mentioned that this podcast was coming, but now it is out. From my summary at New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy: When I agreed to host New Books and Science Fiction and Fantasy there were a number of authors I hoped to interview, including Michael Gordin. This might come as a surprise to Continue reading

    The astonishing arsenal of guns handed in by people living in America's deadliest city - just hours after Sandy Hook massacre

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
    Impacted by the carnage in Sandy Hook, residents of Camden, New Jersey, turned in a record number of weapons in a gun buyback program over the weekend. 'A lot of people said they don't want the guns around the house now,' said state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa as he announced the result of the program held Friday and Saturday at two Camden churches. The state brought in 1,137 guns, surpassing the previous record of 700 weapons from a 2009 Essex County event. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250233/Sandy-Hook-shooting-Buyback-program-Camden-New-Jersey-collects-record-num... more »

    WotW: Socl - the New Kid on the Block with Lots to Offer

    Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 2 hours ago
    Dust off your old Hotmail account, there's a new use for it. While you're trying to remember what terrible username you used to use when you set it up way back when (and what your password was – probably 123456), let me tell you why you'll need it. Microsoft recently released their own social network called Socl. In typical Microsoft fashion, it's a product coming way too late in the game. However, unlike most Microsoft endeavors, Microsoft seemed to nail this product on their first try. Socl is a cross between Pinterest and Tumblr. It allows you to create a post around a topic ... more »

    No Lincoln

    Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 2 hours ago
    Errol Mendes writes that Stephen Harper recently went to see Stephen Spielberg's *Lincoln*. If Harper saw himself in the man, he's deluded: If he saw any of himself in the film’s focus on the rather Machiavellian methods Lincoln used to obtain congressional approval for the 13th Amendment proscribing slavery for all time, then Canada had better watch out. While Harper certainly could offer a list of the devious machinations he’s used to secure his political objectives — from eliminating the Progressive Conservative Party to treating Parliament, the Crown’s prorogative powers an... more »


    New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
    *Saints looking to win out, playoffs or not* *Creationism Banned in New Orleans Schools* *Opponents of Crescent City toll file suit* *Fired Lycée teacher sues school leaders for character defamation ~The Lens* *Port of New Orleans Unaffected By Low Mississippi River Levels ~WWNO* *For now, excavating trumps blasting on Miss. River* *Where is the BP spill site sheen coming from?* *New project hopes to restore water flow in Terrebonne* *Nolafunk.com* *Happy Birthday Prof. Longhair! **December 19, 1918 – January 30, 1980 ~Dirty Coast *

    ALEC Policy FAILS Again!!!

    2old2care at Because I Can - 2 hours ago
    *From the ALEC By-Laws* The purposes and objectives of ALEC shall be to work in cooperation with the private sector … In NO OTHER organization that your state legislators belongs to – NONE – will you find those words in the first sentence of the organization purpose – "to work in cooperation with the private sector". When your state implements policy promoted by ALEC to get rid of state departments and replace them with a “public-private” partnership – be very wary. (My emphasis throughout) *THE HISTORY* The implementation of the ALEC model of limited government and increase... more »

    How Bad Is Obama's Deal With Boehner?

    DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
    Mark Takano is one of the new progressive congressmen just elected from California. A longtime progressive from Riverside County, he's not going to be a rubber stamp for Obama in the Grand Bargain with Boehner to balance the budget on the backs of working families. It's because of freshmen like Takano that Obama is trying to get this dirty business done before the end of the year and before the new freshmen get a chance to vote on it. He would much rather have conservative lame ducks going off to work as lobbyists, like Heath Shuler, Mike Ross and Larry Kissell, than principled c... more »

    Christian primary school bans Christmas nativity play

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    Parents have renamed a Christian primary school the 'Scrooge Academy' after it banned Christmas from the timetable. Oasis Academy has decided there will be no nativity play for its pupils because of its poor academic performance. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249903/Christian-primary-school-branded-Scrooge-Academy-parents-bans-Christmas.html

    Read Stuff, You Should

    Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
    Happy Birthday to Kristy Swanson, 43. Sure, she's not the real Slayer, and not even the real Mannequin. But so what? The good stuff: 1. It's good to read what smart outsiders say about you -- here's Alex Massie on Newtown. 2. Stan Collender is not optimistic about a deal before January 1. Jonathan Cohn has more. 3. Michael Linden notes that John Boehner is extremely selective as to whether interest on debt counts as government "spending" or not. 4. Which president: under our institutions there was no middle ground for the negro race between slavery and equal citizenship. There c... more »

    Sluts of Gothenburg: Moment Swedish students rioted after girl uploaded 200 photos featuring the 'Sluts of Gothenburg' on Instagram

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    Riots broke out at Plusgymnasiet high school in Gothenburg, Sweden, today after a 17-year-old student allegedly used Instagram to upload pictures of young teen girls and call them 'sluts'. The rioting students fought running battles with police outside the school where the accused is believed to study. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250087/Teenagers-riot-Instagram-sex-rumours-Swedish-students-berserk-police-outside-Plusgymnasiet-high-school-Gothenburg-hundreds-slut-photos-posted-online.html

    Israeli embassy says sorry after Facebook post claiming Mary and Jesus 'would be lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians' if alive today

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    The Israeli embassy in Dublin has apologised for a post on its Facebook page which said if Mary and Jesus were alive in Bethlehem today Palestinians would probably lynch them. The post, which was made on the Israel in Ireland Facebook page, showed a picture of Mary and Jesus. It was accompanied by the comment: 'A thought for Christmas... If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250052/Israeli-embassy-says-sorry-Facebook-post-claiming-M... more »

    Police officers giving school 'respect' talk use PEPPER SPRAY to break up playground scuffle between two 15-year-old pupils

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    Police officers visiting a school to talk to children about 'respecting your peers' broke up a playground fight between two pupils using pepper spray. The two officers were lecturing youngsters when a scuffle broke out at lunchtime between two 15-year-old boys. One officer then sprayed the painful anti-riot device in the boys' faces - even though no punches were thrown. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250489/Police-officers-giving-school-respect-talk-use-PEPPER-SPRAY-break-playground-scuffle-15-year-old-pupils.html

    Racism: A Talmudic Invention

    Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 3 hours ago
    The word 'Racism' is a weapon which works on an emotional level to keep the peoples of the world focussed on an illusion. Until the last century, the word Racism didn't even exist. The word has become a tool of our oppressors; but what does it really mean? To the non-thinking liberal, the word Racism provokes feelings of anger at perceived oppression, resulting due to skin colour. This, of course, is exactly what the International Enemy wishes to convey. The powers-that-be have so crafted their politically correct words of warfare, that the brain-washed liberals who populate mu... more »

    Now thieves target second hospital's Christmas presents for sick children as wellwishers flock to Great Ormond Street to replace stolen gifts

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    Callous thieves ransacked a hospital grotto and stole presents that had been donated by top footballers for sick children. The raiders tore down decorations the seriously ill youngsters had made by hand for the playroom at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire's Children's Centre. Thieves took around £1,000-worth of gifts, including Playstation, Xbox and Wii games and controllers in the overnight raid on Sunday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250518/Now-thieves-target-second-hospitals-Christmas-presents-children-wellwishers-flock-Great-Ormond-Street-replace-stolen-... more »

    Bugarach: Police block entrance to 'mystical mountain' that Doomsday believers say will be the only place to avoid the end of the world

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    Police in France have blocked Doomsday followers from reaching a 'mystical mountain' which they believe will be the only place to be saved when the world ends on Friday. Thousands of devotees have flocked to the tiny village of Bugarach, southern France, praying that aliens will rescue them when the apocalypse comes. They claim the mountain contains a garage for UFOs that will whisk them to safety 'in another dimension' while the rest of the planet perishes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250490/Doomsday-2012-Police-block-entrance-mystical-mountain-believers-say-place-avo... more »

    If the Mayan prophecy is true, just how will it all end on Friday? Scientists foretell the cataclysms that could bring on Doomsday

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    They say it won't happen, at least not on Friday, but in the event the Mayan prophecy of the end of the world is right, scientists have foretold a raft of bloody and catastrophic fates for us all. Dark comets, famine, super-volcanoes, catastrophic climate change, and a plague of cancers are just some of the ends that could fulfill the prophecy. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2250436/Doomsday-2012-If-Mayan-prophecy-true-just-end-Friday.html

    Predictions Confirmed: Shooter Adam Lanza Was on Violence-Linked Anti-Psychotic, Fanapt by Anthony Gucciardi

    Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
    *package insert*Predictions Confirmed: Shooter Adam Lanza Was on Violence-Linked Anti-Psychotic Fanapt by Anthony Gucciardi Natural Society, 19 December 2012 The ‘Connecticut Shooter’ Adam Lanza has now been reported by mainstream media *to indeed be taking the violence-linked anti-psychotic drug known as Fanapt*, *a prediction I made* after the news of the shooting broke. And as I explained in my previous article regarding this drug by name, Fanapt has a very disturbing history of FDA testing and approval. It also has a long line of side effects that echo reports that drugs of thi... more »

    No, Virginia, There Is No CO2 Climate Sensitivity

    Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 3 hours ago
    The fools continue to anguish over the "carbon dioxide climate sensitivity", in a Wall Street Journal article, by one Matt Ridley, discussed on the bishop hill site. The following is my (by now harsh) response: *And so the incompetent debate goes on. You people are largely stuck in "la-la land" (as some have characterized it) with the alarmists, your thinking premised and conditioned upon the Insane Left's political abuse of the incompetent climate consensus. I refuse to accept or suborn such idiocy, and speak for those who know the science well enough to deny the consensus utterly... more »

    George Entwistle WAS warned about 'real truth' of Jimmy Savile TWO YEARS ago - when presenter was still alive

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    Failed BBC director general George Entwistle was warned of ‘the real truth’ about child-abuser Jimmy Savile as early as May 2010 - but failed to ask any questions about it, it has been revealed. The Pollard review today published the revelations as part of a report into why Newsnight dropped an investigation into decades of sexual abuse carried out by the DJ. The programme was shelved in December 2011 just before the BBC ran several tributes to the paedophile DJ over Christmas. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250246/BBC-chiefs-face-harsh-criticism-Savile-inquiry-report-cond... more »

    Wednesday Morning Linkage

    Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
    Michael S. Chase reports on the internal Chinese debate over Beijing’s role in international affairs. A new China Security Report from Japan’s National Institute of Defense Studies (via Taylor Fravel). Daniel Larison sees Chuck Hagel’s potential SecDef appointment as a wakeup call to the GOP about its continued embrace of neo-conservative foreign-policy principles at the expense of Continue reading

    Golden Eagle tries to snatch in Montreal, Canada - HOAX

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    A boy toddling through a park with his parents was apparently targeted by a golden eagle - and carried several feet in the air in the bird's claws as his parents watched in horror. Incredible footage of the rare snatch captures the moment the child is plucked from the ground (left), then dropped on the grass (inset) a few feet away. A man runs towards the little boy who looks distressed and starts crying but is thankfully unhurt (far right) after the attack in a public park in Montreal, Canada. However, the lifelike sequence was today claimed to be an elaborate CGI hoax. http://www... more »

    Egyptian Islamists plan mass protest ahead of constitution vote

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    Egyptian Islamist groups are planning a mass protest in Alexandria on Friday, a move that will raise tensions a day before the final stage of a referendum on a new constitution that has split the nation. The rally announced by the Muslim Brotherhood responds to a violent confrontation between Islamists and their liberal and secular opponents in Egypt's second city last week that ended with a Muslim preacher besieged inside his mosque for 14 hours. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/us-egypt-politics-idUSBRE8BI0KR20121219

    The decline of America's "great equalizer"

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    When Puritan settlers established America's first public school here in 1635, they planted the seed of a national ideal: that education should serve as the country's "great equalizer." Americans came to believe over time that education could ensure that all children of any class had a shot at success. And if any state should be able to make that belief a reality, it was Massachusetts. The Bay State is home to America's oldest school, Boston Latin, and its oldest college, Harvard. It was the first state to appoint an education secretary, Horace Mann, who penned the "equalizer" motto ... more »

    3.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 19th December 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
    Magnitude 3.8 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 12:02:23 UTC Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 04:02:23 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 40.282°N, 124.388°W Depth 19.2 km (11.9 miles) Region OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Distances 10 km (6 miles) WSW (241°) from Petrolia, CA

    4.9 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 19th December 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
    Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11:51:52 UTC Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 01:51:52 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.009°S, 175.660°W Depth 226.5 km (140.7 miles) Region TONGA Distances 163 km (101 miles) WNW of Pangai, Tonga

    4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 19th December 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
    Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11:14:52 UTC Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 01:14:52 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 51.924°N, 173.678°E Depth 25.7 km (16.0 miles) Region NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA Distances 94 km (58 miles) SSW of Shemya Island, Alaska

    News Boss Goes As BBC Slammed In Savile Report

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
    The decision to drop the BBC Newsnight broadcast about Jimmy Savile was "seriously flawed", a report has concluded. A review headed by Nick Pollard, former head of Sky News, said that leadership and organisation relating to the decision were in "short supply". The BBC reacted to the report by announcing that Stephen Mitchell, the corporation's deputy director of news, had resigned after 38 years. http://news.sky.com/story/1027523/news-boss-goes-as-bbc-slammed-in-savile-report

    Taiwan Firms in China to 2008... big numbers

    Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
    Stats of the Day, from the abstract to *The Estimation of Aggregate Statistics for Taiwan-Invested Enterprises in China: 1988-2008* "Between 1988 and 2008, Taiwan-Invested enterprises (TIEs) contributed enormously to the economic development of China. However, the official statistics do not reflect the actual status of TIEs in China. Through literature compilation, statistical analysis and use of appropriate formula for estimation, the aggregate statistics of TIEs in China at the end of 2008 were estimated at: USD166.5billion Taiwanese direct investment in China; USD116.6 billion fi... more »

    China's Expansionist Passport Fallout for its relationship with Ma Administration?

    Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
    *Asia Hotel, Ershui.* China's Expansionist passport mess. The Christian Science Monitor's pieceon that contained a striking observation: Taiwan and China have set aside differences over sovereignty since 2008, when the island’s conciliatory President Ma Ying-jeou took office. Mr. Ma’s government has signed 18 deals with China, drawing Taiwan closer to the world economic powerhouse. Talks on those agreements built mutual trust that didn’t exist before. T*he island’s foreign ministry says that trust is now being questioned.*The ministry’s news release calls China’s passport issue “a p... more »

    Intervenors in Court of Appeal generally not liable for costs or entitled to costs

    James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
    Keewatin v. Ontario (Natural Resources), 2012 ONCA 891 is a useful source for the practice in the Court of Appeal for Ontario regarding intervenors and costs: [3] The language of para. 7 of Mr. Jane's draft, stating that the intervener parties and intervener friends of the court shall not be entitled to seek costs or be liable for costs of the appeals, corresponds with the usual practice of this court. ...

    Give a RoboCon barcode this Christmas

    Alison at Creekside - 4 hours ago
    Are you tired of shlepping around the mall looking for a gift that will top that asteroid you had named after her last year? This Christmas give that very special someone in your life the gift everyone across Canada is talking about ... their own unique barcode in the Cons' CIMS data playbook. Adopt a frowny/duh/smiley face just for her when you answer questions about Israel or the gun registry. The CIMS Vote-O-Matic. It slices, it dices, it makes juliennefantino fries. Operators are standing by. .

    The BBC's sensitive about mentions of the Balen Report

    Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
    I have just realised that I never did post the BBC's Stephanie Harris's latest response to my complaint about Jeremy Bowen's choice of one of the two holiest days in the Jewish calendar to hold a Twitter Q&A. Here is is, my response will follow later. Stephanie Harris 10 Dec Dear Sir/Madam Thank you for your further email. With regard to publication of the Balen report, the BBC did not wish to publish this internal report and fought against its disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, as you are aware. The reason for this was that we regarded it as a crucial point of princip... more »

    Energy from man-made tornadoes

    Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 5 hours ago
    Peter Thiel, a favorite venture capitalist of mine, just paid $300,000 to Louis Michaud, a Canadian inventor on the picture below who plans to build artificial tornadoes – the so-called [atmospheric] vortex engines: Wikipedia, Michaud's web – that may supply us with lots of energy. This idea surely sounds provoking at first – way too close to a description of a perpetual motion machine – but I am already in a different stage in which I tend to think that this most elementary criticism is unjustified. However, it is still not clear how ambitious a change in the energy sector is bei... more »

    The Hardest Thing to Learn

    The Arthurian at The Rules of Exposition - 5 hours ago
    I don't know how it is in other subject areas. This is about writing about the economy. Everybody has experience with the economy, and everybody knows quite a lot about it. But not everybody studies it and does graphs and like that all the time, like I do. So I guess I tend to look at things different than most people. I never hesitate to compare what I think to what anyone else thinks -- Paul Krugman or Adam Smith or anybody. How else am I gonna learn more about these ideas? But most people don't do that, apparently. Most people decide whose ideas they like best, and they adopt ... more »

    'Israeli death squads involved in Sandy Hook bloodbath: Intelligence analyst'

    Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
    Iran's Press TV are at it again. 'It' being blaming the Jews for everything. Read the article here if you want to despair of the world.

    Thousands of animals blown up, poisoned or given anthrax in secret military experiments at UK research base last year

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    The number of animals being used for military experiments has increased by more than 1,000 in the last three years. Almost 10,000 pigs, rabbits, monkeys and rodents were used in top-secret tests at the Porton Down military research base in Wiltshire last year, it has emerged. The figures were revealed by junior defence minister Philip Dunne in response to Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock who raised concerns about the facility in parliament last month. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250139/Thousands-animals-blown-poisoned-given-anthrax-secret-military-experiments-Porton-Down-year.html

    Marcos Sarinana Gurrola charged with firing 54 rounds at crowded California mall 'because it made him feel better'

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    A California man has been charged Tuesday with more than 50 counts of firing a gun outside a Newport Beach mall over the weekend. Marcos Sarinana Gurrola was charged with 54 counts of discharging a semi-automatic handgun in public and two counts of assault because a mother and her four-year-old daughter were knocked down and injured as they fled. The 42-year-old unemployed security guard also was charged with 10 more counts after prosecutors linked him to a similar shooting in 2011 at the same mall. No one was hit in either shooting at Fashion Island. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ne... more »

    Two Muslim brothers 'plotted to blow up a New York City landmark in revenge for American drone attacks but couldn't fund their plans'

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    A Pakistani-born man wanted to avenge the deaths of U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan by blowing up a New York City landmark but lacked the money and materials to carry out the plan, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert said at a bail hearing that Raees Alam Qazi, 20, researched bomb-making techniques on Internet sites affiliated with al-Qaida, including one using Christmas tree lights, and the FBI recorded phone calls and conversations linking Qazi to a purported 'lone wolf' plot. 'He fully intended to do this, and thankfully he didn't have enoug... more »

    Forget the Mayan calendar! Meet the 'preppers' who are getting ready for nuclear war, natural disasters, famine, and economic collapse

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    While most 'preppers' discount the Mayan calendar prophecy that the world will end this coming Friday, many are preparing to be self-sufficient for threats like nuclear war, natural disaster, famine and economic collapse. These preppers aren’t necessarily driven by a fear that the world will inexplicably end because of the ancient Mayan prophecy – and the calendar that ends two days from now – theirs is a more subtle, agricultural movement of self-reliance. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250250/Mayan-calendar-2012-Preppers-getting-ready-nuclear-war-natural-disasters.html

    Mississippi mayor Greg Davis indicted for 'embezzling $170,000 in taxpayer money

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    A Mississippi mayor accused of misusing taxpayer money to buy personal items, including at a Canadian sex shop, was indicted Tuesday on embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements charges. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has been under scrutiny since November 2011, when the Mississippi Auditor's office told him to repay $170,000 for allegedly improper billings, including travel, food, liquor and one bill for $67 at Priape, described on its website as ‘Canada's premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250383/Mississippi-mayor-... more »


    Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
    *This appears to be a class action lawsuit settlement. -AK* http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=263605 *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - COBELL SETTLEMENT MONEY ON THE WAY - NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS* Date: Tuesday, 18-Dec-2012 23:53:58 Cobell Settlement Money on the Way - National Congress of American Indians For Immediate Release December 18, 2012 Cobell Settlement Money on the Way; NCAI Launches Radio Ad Campaign to “Protect Native Money” First round of Cobell settlement checks scheduled this week. Washington, DC – On Monday the Indian Trust Settlemen... more »

    Kace Coyle 'decapitated Santa and reindeer lawn ornaments with two MACHETES before disposing of weapons on campus'

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    A high school football player decapitated Santa lawn ornaments with machetes and then disposed of the weapons on his school’s campus, police allege. Kace Coyle, who attends Highland Park High School in University Park, Texas, allegedly left the two knives with which he vandalized Kris Kringles on the school’s property. He later confessed to the crime, saying he must have visited around eight properties with decorative lawn ornaments. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250282/Highland-Park-High-School-Kace-Coyle-decapitated-Santa-reindeer-lawn-ornaments-MACHETES.html

    Head O'Meadow Elementary School: Community on edge after threat closes another Newtown elementary school on day classes were due to resume for the first time since massacre

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    A Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school was closed on Tuesday morning due to unspecified threats as students were heading back to class for the first time since the Friday shooting rampage. Most schools in the town of 27,000 welcomed students back four days after a gunman shot dead 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But in a letter to parents published by WFSB-TV, the principal at Head O'Meadow Elementary School said students should stay home because police were prepared to have the school in lockdown. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250315/Commun... more »

    Westbury Middle School student arrested after threating two teenage girls on the same day as the Sandy Hook shooting

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    A 13-year-old Long Island boy faces charges of making a terroristic threat after allegedly sending threatening messages to two teenage girls and causing a school lockdown. The Westbury Middle School student hacked into a friend's Facebook account our threatening messages to the pair of 13-year-odl girls beginning Friday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250382/Long-Island-boy-13-arrested-threating-teenage-girls-day-Sandy-Hook-shooting.html

    Kutcher-Bieber prank: Suspect arrested in 'swatting' prank

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    Los Angeles police believe they've caught the person who made a fake emergency call claiming that several people had been shot at Ashton Kutcher's Hollywood home. A Southern California juvenile, who was not identified, is suspected of being behind the October 3 "swatting" incident at Kutcher's home and targeting Justin Bieber's Calabasas, Caifornia, home a week later, according to a police statement. "The comments of the call advised that there were individuals inside the location with guns and explosives, and that several people had been shot," the police said. http://edition.cnn... more »

    US urged to consider Australia's gun laws example

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    A former head of Australia's anti-gun coalition says US president Barack Obama should use his status as a two-term president to push gun reforms through Congress. There are growing calls for action on gun control after the slaughter of 20 young children and six of their teachers at a Connecticut school on Friday. As the US once again struggles with the issue of gun control, the success of John Howard's 1996 laws banning semi-automatic weapons in Australia has been raised in the American debate. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-17/us-urged-to-consider-australia-gun-laws-example/443... more »

    'Web-bot project' makes prophecy of 2012 apocalypse (article 24th Sept 2009)

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    “Web-bot” technology has moved apocalyptic prophecy into the internet age, predicting that the world will end on 21 December 2012. Conspiracy theorists on the web have claimed that the bots accurately predicted the September 11 attacks and the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, and that they say a cataclysm of some sort will devastate the planet on 21 December, 2012. The software, similar to the “spiders” that search engines use to index web pages, were originally developed in the 1990s to predict stock market movements. **21 December 2012 signals the end of the world, possibly through a “po... more »

    US 'Deeply Disappointed' With Israel

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    The U.S. State Department says it's “deeply disappointed” with Israel for continuing to announce construction of thousands of new settlements for Israelis on land Palestinians claim for a future state. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland accused Israeli leaders of engaging in “provocative action” that calls into question their commitment to peace. The U.S. statement came as reports said European nations on the UN Security Council -- France, Britain, Germany, and Portugal – as well as other Security Council member countries are preparing new statements condemning the Israeli... more »

    Iran files complaints against 18 US officials

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    Iran’s Judiciary has filed a complaint against 18 American officials at a court in Tehran. Spokesman of Iran’s Judiciary Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei says the complaint, which has been lodged for their terrorist acts against the Iranian nation as well as violation of human rights, has been sent to Tehran criminal court. He said the complaint contains the names of 18 US military, political and intelligence officials. Earlier, the national security committee of the Iranian parliament had prepared a list of 26 American officials to be sued for their crimes against the Iranian nation and... more »

    Due diligence / Will Morsi go the way of Mubarak?

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    Egypt is going Islamist and it’s doing so according to all the democratic rules, with the first half of the voting last weekend providing the latest evidence. There has been a lot of fuss about the quality of the Islamists’ victories in two constitutional referendums and a series of votes for parliament and president - whether the turnout was big enough, voting irregularities, and whether the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists did so well because they were better organized rather than because their ideas appeal to so many Egyptians. http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/david-s-harp/d... more »

    Ian Watkins Charged with child sex offences

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    The lead singer of Welsh rock group Lostprophets has been charged with sexual offences against children. Ian Watkins, 35, of Pontypridd, will appear before Cardiff magistrates on Wednesday. He is charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-20779665

    Greek public sector workers strike over reforms

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    Greek public sector workers walked off the job on Wednesday in protest at new austerity measures and planned layoffs, disrupting local transport, grounding flights and shutting schools and tax offices. The 24-hour strike is the latest in a series of protests since September against a package of wage cuts and tax hikes demanded by Greece's international lenders as the price for bailout loans to keep the country afloat. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/us-greece-strike-idUSBRE8BI0A220121219

    Sri Lanka mass grave unearths ghosts from troubled past

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
    A mass grave unearthed in Sri Lanka has stirred memories of the country's bloody insurgencies and sparked calls for an official inquiry in the island nation that has drawn global scrutiny for its chequered human rights record. At a building site near a hospital in Matale, a central town 142 km (88 miles) from the capital, Colombo, excavators have found the skeletons, or parts of the skeletons, of at least 59 people. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/us-srilanka-massgrave-idUSBRE8BI0AS20121219

    4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE - 19th December 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 08:03:57 UTC Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 01:03:57 AM at epicenter Location 34.433°S, 109.269°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE Distances 2257 km (1402 miles) ESE (122°) from ADAMSTOWN, Pitcairn Islands

    Rattled Israel holds key to Palestinian uprising

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    Mohammad Salaymeh was killed on his 17th birthday after going to buy a cake for the family celebration, shot dead by an Israeli paramilitary policewoman just two years older than him. The Israeli police called him a terrorist and said he had pulled a gun on guards manning a permanent checkpoint next to his house in this divided city. The gun turned out to be a child's toy and Salaymeh never got to his party. "He was no terrorist. He was just a lovely kid," said Adel Salaymeh, a relative walking behind Salaymeh's funeral cortege, the teenager's face poking out of the green flag of t... more »

    Euro zone rescuer Draghi faces daunting 2013

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    With two short sentences, the head of the European Central Bank took the heat out of the euro zone crisis this year. In 2013 Mario Draghi has to live up to even bigger expectations. The ECB's own forecasts suggest the euro zone economy will shrink 0.3 percent next year and markets remain skeptical that the bloc's weaker members, such as Spain and Italy, can fund ballooning government deficits without formal aid programs. Progress towards closer economic and fiscal union -- deemed essential by policymakers to solve the euro zone crisis -- is likely to be painfully slow in 2013 beca... more »

    Three more polio workers shot in Pakistan; eight dead in 48 hours

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    Three workers in a polio eradication campaign were shot in Pakistan on Wednesday, and two of them were killed, the latest in a string of attacks that has partially halted the U.N.-backed global health campaign to stamp out the crippling disease. Following the violence, the United Nations in Pakistan has pulled all staff involved in the immunization campaign off the streets, spokesman Michael Coleman said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/us-pakistan-polio-idUSBRE8BI08Q20121219

    UBS admits fraud in $1.5 billion Libor rigging deal

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    Swiss bank UBS was hit with a $1.5 billion fine on Wednesday, admitting to fraud, paying bribes to brokers and "pervasive" manipulation of global benchmark interest rates by dozens of staff in a deal with international authorities. The penalty agreed with U.S., UK and Swiss regulators is more than three times the $450 million fine levied on Britain's Barclays in June, also for rigging the Libor benchmark rate used to price financial contracts around the globe. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/us-ubs-libor-idUSBRE8BI00020121219

    Republicans put squeeze on Obama in "fiscal cliff" talks

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    Frustrated by their inability to wring more "fiscal cliff" concessions out of President Barack Obama, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives announced Tuesday night that they expect to pass their own tax bill as a backup plan to avert the tax hikes and automatic budget cuts set to occur in January. No one expects the bill, which would extend low tax rates except on income of $1 million and above, to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. President Barack Obama's latest position puts the threshold for income tax hikes at $400,000. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19... more »

    4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN IRAN - 19th December 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    Magnitude ML 4.2 Region NORTHERN IRAN Date time 2012-12-19 05:52:41.0 UTC Location 37.17 N ; 54.34 E Depth 40 km Distances 19 km NW Aq qal'eh, Iran

    GAIA PORTAL: Sequential Gaia Energetic Upgrades Begin on the 12-21-12

    Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
    * * *Sequential Gaia Energetic Upgrades Begin on the 12-21-12* by ÉirePort Sequential Gaia energetic upgrades begin on the 12-21-12 which support expansion of planetary consciousness on all levels, in all beings. Grand Cosmic Alignment of the 12-21-12 opens Galactic Gaia portal. Until the 12-21-12, intensive 3D-4D adjustments may be expected. ÉirePort URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-5O

    Hawking, Nurse, Rees, lords demand Alan Turing's pardon

    Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
    The Atlantic and others reveal that Stephen Hawking along with Paul Nurse, Martin Rees, and many lords I don't know wrote a petition to David Cameron in which they urge the leader to formally rehabilitate a British hero and top computer scientist, Alan Turing, who was born 100 years ago. Even though this man invented the concept of a Turing machine, a cornerstone of computer science, and led the team of Enigma codebreakers during the war, he wasn't immune against accusations of active homosexuality, especially because they were manifestly true. Turing was sentenced to doses of es... more »

    UBS Pays £940m Penalty For Rate-Rigging

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    The Swiss bank UBS is to pay £940m, including £160m to regulators in Britain, to settle Libor rate-rigging investigations. The fines, which amount to the second biggest penalty paid by a bank in the wake of the £1.2bn money laundering settlement announced by HSBC in the US last week, relate to manipulation of yen Libor and euroyen contracts. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) said the case was "all the more serious" as UBS had attempted to manipulate Libor submissions at other banks, making corrupt payments to reward brokers for their efforts. http://news.sky.com/story/1027365/... more »

    PORTAL 2012: Day of the Contact Last Update

    Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Day of the Contact Last Update We WILL open the Portal! This WILL be the beginning of the new cycle! Let's do this: http://2012portal.blogspot.com/2012/12/make-thisviral-day-of-contact-12-21.html Posted by Cobra at 1:03 PM ------------------------------ Sunday, December 9, 2012 * * *MAKE THIS VIRAL!* *DAY OF THE CONTACT* *12-21-2012* It is time to take action! It is time to take the destiny of our world in our own hands! Therefore we will meet in groups large and small, as individuals and couples, at the exact time of solstice, at the en... more »

    Magma Plumbing

    arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
    This clearly works a little better as it can explain concentration of trace elements in a given magma chamber. And what does the non melted walls of the magma chamber consist off? Perhaps it is that portion best able to transmit heat. Just what happens to the elemental carbon also? This remains a complex problem and we are never prepared to simply accept a model as complete. everything we have came from the top hundred miles or so of rock. After that we are with the cosmos. Anyway this is an addition to our theory. *Oceanic crust breakthrough: Solving a magma myster... more »

    Bayou Sink Hole Mess

    arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
    When it comes to disturbed geology, nothing is impossible, just unlikely. When the unlikely intrudes on your back yard, all you can hope for is a benefactor to come forth and make you whole. That has been a traditional role of government. In the meantime we have a sink hole here possibly triggered by an underlying salt cavern which remains flooded with salt brine anyway. That the conduit or fracture connecting the sinkhole to the surface is also cutting other gas and oil producing horizons is no surprise whatsoever. It makes a small mess and goes nowhere. Get over it ... more »

    Booger Bear

    arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
    This material pulls together the scant material that we have relating to possible short faced bear sightings throughout the Americas. The original has a lot of pictures to attempt to image the creature and this chops up the text. This adds a third large creature out there in the woods that could reasonably still survive. We have the well observed Bigfoot ( approximately 10,000) and several sightings that are surely the so called extinct Giant Sloth. This all against a dense population of bears which is the assumed identification in almost all cases. It is clear that... more »

    Khan on Education

    arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
    Education is still operating in the dark ages and most talent is wasted unless that talent develops the desire to improve his mind and talent in a directed way. It is also misled by the false strength of memory training itself. After all a perfect memory of the content of a textbook allows you to write an excellent exam. Yet it did not necessarily induce new connections in the brain itself. For this reason I have observed that the cases of photographic memory that I have come across have often turned out to be immature in terms of actual reasoning. In fact the ones I have... more »

    The EU Declares 7 Digital Priorities and Forgets the Big One

    Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 9 hours ago
    The European Commission has adopted a seven point plan to accelerate the growth of the European digital economy. The European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes claims, "2013 will be the busiest year yet for the Digital Agenda. My top priorities are to increase broadband investment and to maximise the digital sector's contribution to Europe's recovery." They have focused on an agenda that is aimed at increasing technology investment, improving and growing eSkills, enabling public sector innovation, and ‘reforming the framework conditions’ for the internet economy. It is claime... more »

    TMZ: Ke$ha - I Was FORCED To Sing 'Die Young' Lyrics

    Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
    http://www.tmz.com/2012/12/18/kesha-die-young-lyrics-forced-sing-sandy-point-elementary-school-massacre/ *Ke$ha - I Was FORCED To Sing 'Die Young' Lyrics* Breaking News Ke$ha has just -- shockingly -- come out and said she never wanted to sing the controversial lyrics in "Die Young" -- even though she's listed as one of the writers of the song. TMZ broke the story ... Ke$ha's hit song has been yanked from a huge number of radio playlists since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Ke$ha just tweeted, she understands why her song is now inappropriate, adding, "I had... more »

    The Galactic Free Press: The Golden Age is Upon Us

    Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
    *I haven't been making predictions about what to expect on the 21st. But whatever happens and however it happens, everything changes. We will be into a new age, whether gradually or instantly I do not know, we will see. The Galactics and Celestials do not see time as we do. * * * *I thought you might enjoy this perspective... -AK*

    The Stephen Harper model for Wildrose power: promise free votes and deliver the Borg Hive

    david at Alberta Diary - 10 hours ago
    Singing along: What we were promised by the Reform-Conservative platform. Below: What we got. Alberta’s Wildrose Party blossomed at the edges of the same muddy spring whence sprang the federal Reform Party of Preston Manning and Stephen Harper. As is well known, the Reform Party went on to engineer the hostile takeover in 2003 of ... more »

    Censored 2012: 'Bait and Switch' Cobell case

    brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
        Most Censored 2012: Bait and switch, divide and conquer: Justice denied for Indian country   By Steve Melendez, Pyramid Lake Paiute President American Indian Genocide Museum Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com   The depiction of justice in this country is that of the Roman goddess of Justice, wearing a blindfold and balancing the scales of truth and fairness. The idea

    Joseph Banks and Kenneth Conley: US Bank Robbers In Daring 200ft Prison Escape

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    Two bank robbers have pulled off a daring escape after using a makeshift rope made from bedsheets to scale down 20 floors of a high-rise prison in Chicago. Investigators found a broken window in the men's cell and window bars inside a mattress. The FBI also revealed fake metal bars were recovered and each man's bed was stuffed with clothing and sheets to resemble a body. http://news.sky.com/story/1027350/us-bank-robbers-in-daring-200ft-prison-escape

    The incredible 'alien' skulls discovered in a Mexican cemetery

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    It is an astonishing image that could have come straight from the plot of a Ridley Scott movie. Archaeologists in Mexico today revealed the astonishing skull of a person suffering from a cranial disfiguration. Believed to be 1,000 years old, the find was made near the small Mexican village of Onavas. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2250145/The-incredible-alien-skull-discovered-Mexican-cemetery.html

    Up to 90,000 students 'in Britain illegally': Thousands fail to attend courses and some don't even register

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    Ministers have been notified of up to 90,000 foreign students who may be living in Britain illegally. Audits by universities and colleges have thrown up tens of thousands of students who may have broken the rules by failing to attend their courses or even register. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250276/Up-90-000-students-Britain-illegally-Thousands-fail-attend-courses-dont-register.html

    Seventeen dead in Mexican prison break attempt: media

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    Eleven inmates and seven guards were killed in a shootout during a prison break attempt in northern Mexico on Tuesday, local media reported, citing a statement from the security ministry in Durango state. The inmates shot at guard towers in a jail in the city of Gomez Palacio as they attempted to escape through a back wall and tunnel, and guards fired back to contain the revolt, according to a statement attributed to the ministry, which was posted on the Animal Politico website and cited by the El Universal and Milenio newspapers. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/us-mexico-... more »

    Israel green-lights 1,500 settler homes in east Jerusalem

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    srael gave the green light Monday for a plan denounced by Washington to build 1,500 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, prompting the Palestinians to warn they would seek a UN Security Council meeting on the issue. Interior ministry spokeswoman Efrat Orbach said the ministry's planning committee had given developers the go ahead but told applicants to trim their request to build 1,600 new housing units at Ramat Shlomo to 1,500 and resubmit it "for final approval". http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gBZgRa-MMocp5lWlp00wYVzNxEzw?docId=CNG.c7a8eecead47605275b28d109... more »

    Police in Quebec Arrest three men in the theft of 6 million lbs of MAPLE SYRUP

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    It was a culinary whodunit involving a daring heist, a golden bounty, and now, some allegedly sticky-fingered suspects. Police in Quebec announced the arrest of three men in the theft of 6 million lbs. of maple syrup from a provincial warehouse, a haul estimated at $18-million and enough to smother a Himalayan mountain of waffles and pancakes. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/suspects-in-sticky-situation-after-police-make-arrests-in-quebec-maple-syrup-heist/article6508590/

    France says Afghan officials to meet Taliban near Paris

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    France said on Sunday officials from the Afghan government, the Taliban rebel movement and other factions would meet this week near Paris to discuss the country's future as NATO troops prepare to pull out in 2014. Speaking on RFI radio, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, whose country withdrew the last of its combat troops from Afghanistan on Saturday, said Afghan President Hamid Karzai had given his green light to the meeting. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/16/us-france-afghanistan-idUSBRE8BF0K320121216

    Tau Ceti: 'Earth-Like' Planet Discovered By Scientists

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    Scientists have discovered a planet with conditions that could support life - orbiting a sun that is visible to the naked eye. The world is one of five thought to be circling Tau Ceti, a star 12 light years away which is almost identical to the sun. Astronomers estimate the Tau Ceti planets to be two to six times bigger than Earth. And one of them, with five times the Earth's mass, lies in the star's "habitable zone". http://news.sky.com/story/1027310/earth-like-planet-discovered-by-scientists

    More Schools Face Threats

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 people dead has put school officials nationwide on edge, with some locking down campuses or calling for more police protection after real or perceived threats. In the last few days, Brooklyn middle-school students were locked inside their school for about an hour after the principal reported gunshots fired across the street. In Ridgefield, Conn., about 20 miles from Sandy Hook, elementary-school students riding a school bus were diverted to a middle school after reports of a suspicious—possibly armed—man near their scho... more »

    Iraqi President Is Said to Be in a Coma

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    Jalal Talabani, the president of Iraq, whose influence in mediating disputes among the country’s many political factions has far outweighed the limited powers of the office he occupies, suffered a stroke and was in grave health on Tuesday in a Baghdad hospital. Mr. Talabani’s illness cast a shadow over the Kurdish lands in the north where he once fought a guerrilla war and where he now lives, and added a new element of uncertainty to the country’s divided politics a year after the departure of the American military left Iraq’s leaders to steer the country’s shaky democracy on their ... more »

    Russian warships head toward Syria

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    A group of Russian warships was en route to the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday with the possible mission to evacuate citizens of their nation from Syria, the Russian news agency Interfax reported Tuesday. The Baltic Fleet frigate Yaroslav Mudry and landing ships Kaliningrad and Alexander Shabalin, accompanied by tanker Lena and a towboat, were heading to Syria in an operation that "was prepared in certain haste and was kept in grave secret,” a source in the Russian navy told Interfax. The ships' exact location was not clear late Tuesday. http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-f... more »

    David Cameron warns of 'strategic imperative' to arm Syrian rebels

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    Speaking in the House of Commons after securing an EU deal to review the arms, Mr Cameron turned the fear that Western arms would "leak" into al-Qaeda groups on its head. Instead he said the Syrian revolution must be assisted to ensure that al-Qaeda groups do not eclipse moderate factions. Syria could become an al-Qaeda base if the crisis were prolonged, Whitehall officials said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9751487/David-Cameron-warns-of-strategic-imperative-to-arm-Syrian-rebels.html

    Norovirus: Vomiting bug cases are up by 80 per cent

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    Almost 880,000 people could have been affected by an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, health officials said. The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of norovirus is 83 per cent higher than the same time last year, the Health Protection Agency said. The bug has swept the country, leading to the closure of dozens of hospital wards. It has also affected holidaymakers on two cruise ships. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/norovirus-vomiting-bug-cases-are-up-by-80-per-cent-8424453.html

    Lake Ellsworth: Drilling effort runs into trouble

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    A British attempt to search for life in an ancient lake beneath the Antarctic ice-sheet has run into trouble. The team has reported "a serious problem" with the main boiler used to heat the water that powers a drill. Work was halted on Saturday in what could prove to be a major blow to the project to investigate sub-glacial Lake Ellsworth. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20755450

    India: 13 killed in roof crash at hospital under construction

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    Thirteen labourers were killed after a 1,200 sq.ft. roof-like structure of an under-construction hospital building collapsed at Kesnand, near Wagholi, off the Pune-Ahmednagar highway on Tuesday afternoon. The police and fire-brigade retrieved all 13 bodies from the debris by evening. Fifteen labourers were working on the RCC structure, which was being constructed atop the fourth floor of the building, when it came crashing down around 2.30 pm. Other construction workers called the police and the fire-brigade. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/13-killed-in-roof-crash-at-hosp... more »

    Container ship blamed for oil spill in Aruba

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) A container ship that brings essential products to Aruba on a regular basis was blamed Tuesday for an oil spill in the Dutch Caribbean island, according to authorities. Ports Director Alfonso Boekhoudt said the spill occurred when crews tried to empty the ship's ballast tank, which was filled with oil instead of water. Authorities don't know how much oil was spilled, but Boekhoudt said cleanup crews prevented the oil from reaching nearby beaches. He said two cruise ships and other boats were affected by the spill that occurred in the island's main harbor. htt... more »

    Christy Clark`s Jobs Agenda(Christy Clark `s werkgelegenheid worct)

    Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
    UPDATED HERE-December 18th/2012.....Foreign temporary workers, Chinese owned mines, resources being sold out from under our feet..The below post was about how all these jobs have been promised, just like the F35 debacle, the shipbuilding procurement carrot has been dangled since 2007 and not one piece of steel has been cut...Stephen Treasonous Bastard Harper learned this trick form Gordon Campbell, just keep promising jobs, especially around elections...So BC is going to build $billions in new ice-breaking ships, over 3 decades, yet....Yet not one goddamn job now, the new "tentat... more »

    Sandy Hook Tragedy

    Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
    My heart goes out to the families caught up in this horrible tragedy. As a parent I can't imagine the grief these people are facing at this time at the senseless crime. They say the hardest thing a parent can do is outlive their children. Not many marriages survive the loss of a child. It affects the family forever. I don't own a gun. That's been my choice in life. But I am not for taking anyone's guns away. My father grew up on ranch and had pistols and shotguns as a child, and handled them responsibly. They used them to protect livestock from predators and to shoot birds for f... more »

    How worried should we be about the "fiscal cliff" negotiations? Bill Moyers talks to Bruce Bartlett and Yves Smith

    KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
    *"Is the fiscal cliff just a metaphor or is it for real?"* *After Bill Moyers introduces us to the picturesque way he visualizes a "fiscal cliff," this is the question he poses to segment guests Bruce Bartlett and Yves Smith.* *by Ken* We keep hearing reports about the ongoing negotiations between the president and House Speaker "Sunny John" Boehner to arrive at a "compromise" on the so-called "fiscal cliff." Sometimes they're making progress, and sometimes they aren't, but it's tricky to separate the parts of these accounts that are theatrical display and the parts that are seri... more »

    Thousands of ducks in Indonesia's Kediri die from H5N1 virus: official

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    A senior official overseeing animal husbandry in Indonesia's East Java province confirmed Tuesday that the cause of the recent deaths of 11,000 ducks in the Kediri regency was avian influenza. The confirmation came up after the regency administration received results of examinations on bio molecular samples of the ducks taken last month. "We knew the results after received results of examinations conducted by a laboratory in Malang, East Java. Results from the other examination conducted by a laboratory in Yogyakarta had not been released,"said Sri Suparmi, head of Kediri regency an... more »

    Flood Threat In Run-Up To Christmas

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    Forecasters have warned people to expect up to seven days of unsettled conditions as a series of wet weather systems engulf the UK. And pockets of England have been told to prepare for yet more flooding after the Environment Agency issued another round of warnings. Parts of England and Wales were brought to their knees last month when flood water surged through streets and down roads, cutting off whole communities and forcing dozens to flee their homes. http://news.sky.com/story/1027269/weather-flood-threat-in-run-up-to-christmas

    US Benghazi Report Slams 'Inadequate' Security, but blamed entirely on terrorists

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    An inquiry into the deadly September 11 attack in Libya that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans has described security arrangements as "grossly inadequate". The independent panel blamed systematic management and leadership failures at the State Department for the attack on the mission in Benghazi. The report singled out the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Bureau of Near East Affairs for criticism. http://news.sky.com/story/1027330/us-benghazi-report-slams-inadequate-security

    Plebgate: CCTV Casts Doubt On Police Account

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    Andrew Mitchell has gone on the attack over the row with police at the gates of Downing Street that led to his resignation as Chief Whip after new CCTV of the altercation emerged. In the footage, which was obtained by Channel 4, the MP can be seen with his bicycle talking to three officers by the main gate for around 20 seconds. He then wheels it over to a side gate and exits through it. http://news.sky.com/story/1027265/plebgate-cctv-casts-doubt-on-police-account

    4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN COLOMBIA - 19th December 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 00:23:29 UTC Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 07:23:29 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 6.833°N, 73.026°W Depth 155.3 km (96.5 miles) Region NORTHERN COLOMBIA Distances 15 km (9 miles) N of Aratoca, Colombia

    4.8 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 18th December 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 23:56:55 UTC Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 10:56:55 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.933°S, 168.442°E Depth 131.3 km (81.6 miles) Region VANUATU Distances 25 km (15 miles) SSE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 18th December 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 22:54:09 UTC Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 08:54:09 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 7.250°S, 144.061°E Depth 33.5 km (20.8 miles) Region NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. Distances 107 km (66 miles) S of Ialibu, Papua New Guinea

    4.3 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 18th December 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 19:57:11 UTC Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:57:11 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.374°N, 132.142°W Depth 17.3 km (10.8 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 183 km (113 miles) S of Masset, Canada

    Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation 12/18/2012

    Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
    Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation 12/18/2012 11 Caban, 5 Mol, 9 Eb Dratzo! We return to report that much continues to happen on your world. Those in charge of bringing in the changes are preparing for the long-anticipated moment when this grand change will be given the celestial green light. Until that point, these sacred secret allies are finishing up any pertinent details that remain outstanding, under the watchful eyes of both our liaison personnel and Agartha's. The dark cabalists are also preparing in their own way for the ... more »

    Important Economic News: The "Fiscal Cliff" Is A Diversion: The Derivatives Tsunami And The Dollar Bubble!

    Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
    With all the news this last 5 days focused in on the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, it does appear that other news of importance has been put on the sidelines, so to speak. One key issue that has been momentarily forgotten is the so called "Fiscal Cliff" and the fear that we will be in financial armageddon shortly after this Christmas season is over! For this article, I want to present the latest work by Paul Craig Roberts, through the website: Global Research, at www.globalresearch.ca. It is entitled: "The "Fiscal Cliff" Is A Diversion: The Derivatives Tsunami And The Dollar B... more »

    IAEA to Set Up Base in Fukushima on Radiation Training: What is this about?

    Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
    IAEA to set up base in Fukushima for nuclear accidents in Asia December 17, 2012. The Asahi Shimbun By JIN NISHIKAWA/ Staff Writer http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201212170071 [Excerpted] The International Atomic Energy Agency will establish a base in Fukushima Prefecture to provide training and stock radiation counters and protective equipment for possible nuclear disasters in Asia. It will be the first such IAEA base outside Vienna... ...People from Japan and other countries will receive training at the center for monitoring and measuring radiation contamin... more »

    Jaws of the Snake

    noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 14 hours ago
    I have a new column up at The Breakthrough Institute in which I critique a recent op-ed in the NYT by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. Here is how it starts: Writing in the New York Times last week, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argue that “a wonderful ride” began to unravel in the late 1990s when employment growth became “decoupled” from productivity growth. Their contention is that something fundamental has changed in the economy over the past decade, illustrated in the following graph by the increasing gap between gains in productivity and employment, described omi... more »

    Solutions: 3D Printing

    Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 14 hours ago
    *December 19, 2012* (Corbett Report) *Published on Dec 17, 2012* SHOW NOTES AND MP3: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=6458 Episode 251 Ever dream of a future free from the shackles of mindless mass-produced consumerism? A future of complete freedom, instantaneous manufacturing, and self-designed made-to-order one-of-a-kind goods? With additive manufacturing, that future is now. Join us today on The Corbett Report as we explore the 3D printing revolution. *....*

    the black hole

    Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago
    You have lived a million lives and when you die you will be reborn and live a million more.

    NRA vs Gun Task Force (right after Columbine)

    2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
    It appears that the NRA is going to start fighting back after a period of mourning. Inside sources note to GOP TV (Faux News) as noted: Sources close to the issue had earlier alerted Fox News that the National Rifle Association -- which has remained silent since Newtown, chiefly to allow for a proper period for mourning -- would soon start to "push back" against the gun-control lobby. "If we're going to have a conversation, then let's have a comprehensive conversation," said one industry source. "If we're going to talk about the Second Amendment, then let's also talk about the Firs... more »

    The Illuminati Rises: Enlightened Initiators of Change Practice Human Sacrifice To Mobilize Public Opinion For Gun Control

    Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
    *The Illuminati Rises: Are They Enlightened Initiators of Change or Devil-Worshipping Authoritarians? You Be The Judge. * * * Masters of enlightenment point to their ritual work in art and architecture. Those who have eyes to see and believe that there is a conspiracy at work are dismissed as crazy conspiracy theorists. But while the conspiracy is real, some argue that the nature of the conspiracy is not known. Although there are no confessions from the conspirators, who value secrecy and silence to fulfill the master plan, they speak symbolically through films, music videos, p... more »

    How Can A Bill About Asthma Inhalers Become Controversial In Congress? Here's How

    DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
    Michael Burgess (R-TX), a couple of other corporate whores from his state (Oily Joe Barton and John Carter), plus Joe Pitts and 2 of Congress' most corrupt Blue Dogs (Matheson and Ross) introduced and passed something called the Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 6190). Sounds like the kind of thing that would sail through Congress 398-1, with only some sociopath like Louie Gohmert voting no, right? Actually, the bill's name is deceptive-- and the roll call was disjointed. It needed a two-thirds majority to pass and it only got 229 votes (with 182 opposed), so it failed. Bef... more »

    Taiwan's Apocalypse 2012

    Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
    Running around the net.... _______________________ [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.


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