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Sunday, December 2, 2012

2 December - Blogs I'm Following II

Nicole on the CJ
Nicole on the CJ (Photo credit: merfam)
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English: Glaxosmithkline, Montrose. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Huh? GOP Donors Won't Fund GOP-ers

2old2care at Because I Can - 9 minutes ago
Interesting post tonight on The Hill. Puzzling to say the least. Strangest thing I've read in awhile. Maybe the election has finally fried the white matter inside the Republicans head. (It would be an insult to the white matter to call it a brain inside a Republican's head.) Conservative activist threatens to steer donors from RNC if GOP raises taxes By Alexander Bolton - 11/29/12 05:00 AM ET Brent Bozell, a prominent conservative activist and fundraiser, is threatening to steer donors away from the Republican Party if GOP lawmakers sign a deal to raise taxes. Bozell sent a letter... more »

You Mean NOT Born This Way?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 27 minutes ago
The argument will rage for eternity about why some people self-identify as being gay and others don't. But one argument I had never heard before is that GlaxoSmithKline has a drug that makes you not just gay, but a gay sex fiend. 52 year-old Didier Jambart has Parkinson's Disease and has been taking increasing doses, at his doctor's instructions, of Glaxo's ReQuip pills (AKA- Ropinirole, Adartrel, Ropark). A court has ordered the drug manufacturer to pay him over a quarter million dollars for... well, bad results. It didn't start out that bad, but the more he took, the worse the ... more »

Fun Time

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 31 minutes ago
Had a fun weekend. Saturday night, we went to my friend, Nicole's fundraiser at a local bowling alley to raise money for the 3 day breast cancer walk she does each year with her Mom. We bowled two games, had pizza, there was a raffle and a 50/50 drawing. Had a blast bowling, and hanging with Kurt, Nicole, Harry and Chris. Chris somehow took over the sound system at the bowling alley with his iPad, so we had great music all night as well. The rest of the weekend was spent at home, working and grocery shopping. I worked the bulk of the day today, and have crazy busy schedule wit... more »

Vegas for Thanksgiving

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 35 minutes ago
Kurt and I took a trip to Vegas for Thanksgiving. Had an awesome time, as usual. We stayed at the MGM Signature. Pros: the room was HUGE, we had a balcony overlooking the Strip, two bathrooms, including a huge master suite, quiet, great fitness room for working out. Cons: only valet parking. That annoys us, as we hate waiting for our car and would rather walk to a parking spot. another pro was the room was free with airline miles. A con for some would be it was slightly off strip, but since we rent a car, this is actually a pro for us since the Strip is so traffic filled. I... more »

Iran/J Is Not Cooperating With. . .

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 40 minutes ago

Sunday Globe Special: The South Hadley Conspiracies

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 51 minutes ago
"A festering wound" by Kevin Cullen | Globe Staff, December 02, 2012 Darby O’Brien believes the *bricks were a message*, O’Brien believes. A message that he is hated because he was a whistleblower. He was the guy who first went public in January 2010, demanding that his town take a look in the mirror after a 15-year-old girl named Phoebe Prince hanged herself after *relentless bullying* at the hands of fellow students at South Hadley High School. It’s been almost three years since Prince used the scarf her little sister had given her for Christmas to put herself beyond the reach o... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Saint Hillary

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*Sigh.* "Hillary Clinton: The Secretary of 1,000 Things" by Stephanie McCrummen | Washington Post, December 02, 2012 WASHINGTON — This might really be it for *one of the most iconic figures in American political history*.... *Hillary Clinton* is more beloved than at any point in her long career, commanding soaring approval ratings, a vast fund-raising machine, and supporters who gush more than ever that she should run for president again. The truth is, though, that no one is sure what Hillary Clinton will do, possibly not even Clinton herself, who has said her plans include sleep... more »

Untitled

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
Pe' Sla Returns to Oceti Sakowin 11-30-12 This afternoon at 2:00 pm MST in Rapid City, South Dakota, full ownership and control of the sacred site Pe’ Sla, located in the Black Hills, was officially returned to the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation). We would like to offer our sincere and heartfelt congratulations to the Oceti Sakowin on its return of the control of this sacred

Sunday Globe Special: A Lew(d) Biography

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
"Obama’s budget director at heart of fiscal cliff talks" by Sheryl Gay Stolberg | New York Times, December 02, 2012 WASHINGTON — Jacob J. Lew, the master of the Washington budget deal.... At 57, Lew may be the *most unassuming power broker* in Washington. He is *deeply religious (an Orthodox Jew*, he leaves work each Friday before sundown, when the Sabbath starts) and so strait-laced his colleagues feel compelled to *apologize when they curse* in front of him. He brings his own lunch (a cheese sandwich and an apple) and eats at his desk. With his owlish glasses and low-key manner,... more »

This Is Our Land, Our Water. Leave it Alone!

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
This Is Our Land, Our Water. Leave it Alone! - YouTube The people of Northern Saskatchewan continue to raise their voices against plans to turn their lands into a nuclear waste dump. Clean Green Sask - youtube see also whats up: First Generation of 7000 Generations Defend Their Land & Waters in Northern Saskatchewan

Sunday Globe Special: Eliminating One of the Three Rs

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*They want to eliminate writing in favor of typing.* "Some states preserve penmanship despite tech gains" by Christina Hoag | Associated Press, December 02, 2012 LOS ANGELES — The pen may not be as mighty as the keyboard these days, but California and a handful of states are not giving up on handwriting entirely. Bucking a growing trend of eliminating cursive from elementary school curriculums or making it optional, California is among the states keeping longhand as a third-grade staple. The state’s posture on *penmanship* is not likely to undercut its place at the leading edge ... more »

Sunday Globe Special: When The Levee Breaks

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*A flood of posts! * "Big bill for levee upkeep comes to New Orleans" by Cain Burdeau | Associated Press, December 02, 2012 NEW ORLEANS — Engineers consider it a *Rolls-Royce of flood protection* — comparable to systems in seaside European cities such as St. Petersburg, Venice, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam. Whether the infrastructure can hold is less in question than whether New Orleans can be trusted with the keys.... At current funding levels, the region will run out of money to properly operate the high-powered system within a decade unless a new revenue source is found.... On No... more »

Teacher Tells ALEC - What She Thinks!!!!

2old2care at Because I Can - 1 hour ago
Inside the ALEC Education TAsk Force Meeting this past week in DC. She showed the courage each and every one of us needs to replicate.

Sunday Globe Special: Senior Citizen Cell

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*With an agenda-pu$hing $ell if you know what I mean.... * "The ‘Granny Pod’: High-tech dwelling could change elder care" by Fredrick Kunkle | Washington Post, December 02, 2012 WASHINGTON — A high-tech *shed-size cottage* might *revolutionize* the way Americans *care for their aging relatives*.... The *MedCottage*, designed by a Blacksburg, Va., company with help from Virginia Tech, is essentially a *portable hospital room*. Virginia state law, which recognized the dwellings a few years ago, classifies them as ‘‘temporary family health-care structures.’’ But many simply know the... more »

ACTION Item - Support Letter Carriers

2old2care at Because I Can - 2 hours ago
The legislation being considered by Congress truly threatens to dismantle the Postal Service. We encourage you to e-mail your friends and family to spread the word about the services cuts Congress has proposed so they can take action to support USPS, too! Connecting Americans America’s Postal Service is a cornerstone of our society and a vital part of our economic infrastructure. The Postal Service is facing real challenges. Changes are required to meet the needs of an ever-evolving American market economy. But rather than cut services and destroy a national treasure, the American... more »

Israel Vs. The UN

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Israel embodies the law of the jungle.

Interview With Screenwriter John Logan

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 3 hours ago
Yes, I was on the Oracle Broadcasting Network, Truth Hertz show as a guest on Friday morning, November 30th, 2012. Everyone can listen to that broadcast by accessing the Oracle Broadcasting Network ( www.oraclebroadcasting.com) Truth Hertz archives, or to my article pertaining to that show via the link here. I have been listening to Charles Giuliani's Truth Hertz internet radio show on the Oracle Broadcasting Network for a few years now, and for the longest time Charles has wanted me to be a guest on his show for the full 2 hours from 7-9am CST. I have had to decline many times, ... more »

Life after "Life After Top Chef"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Yes, this is a dumb clip, but at least you get to see the four chefs together, and you also get a swell commercial! As for the official "content," well, when I looked at the Life After Top Chef clips offered by Bravo, this was the one I noticed that featured all four chefs -- Fabio, Jen, Spike, and Richard -- which didn't have them answering some pointless and offensive as well as stupid question about sex.* *by Ken* I see that the Bravo webpage for *Life After Top Chef* is already referring to the season we just witnessed as "Season 1." I guess we've seen the final episode of th... more »

What about the Restaveks? Restavek Hotline? Let's Get Real....

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 3 hours ago
Back to previous page ------------------------------ Haiti to overhaul adoption laws to protect its children, curb child trafficking and neglectBy Associated Press, Published: November 30PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haiti is overhauling its adoption laws for the first time in nearly 40 years in an attempt to end practices that have allowed thousands of children to be trafficked out of the country or suffer from neglect as they languish in squalid orphanages. The proposed legislation is meant to bring Haiti in line with international laws that seek to protect children under consideration ... more »

Obama Campaign Still Asking for Contributions

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
http://politicker.com/2012/12/obama-campaign-still-asking-for-contributions/

"Why is the Coming Crisis posting less lately!?" -- Answered by Matt!

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Hey guys, As you all know, Lynsey is the executive researcher and poster and handles all the quake and volcano information for the website (for the most part). You probably also noticed the number of posts for December has been sporadic, and quake / volcano information has been scant. The truth is, Lynsey has been kidnapped by Syrian rebels. By which I mean, she's been indisposed for the last week or so, and this will likely continue for at least the next week, so please bear with us. After that, things should get back to normal. We're not closing, there's no trouble, and everythin... more »

The politics of nude jogging

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
If you like to run around the house naked, that’s your business. If you like to run naked through shopping malls, however, then that’s the business of lots of other people—especially the owners and shop-owners of the shopping mall. When you’re running naked through “public property” however—that is, when there’s no real owner to make decisions on standards of behaviour thereon—we all appear to face a conundrum. Should it be allowed? At what hours? And if not, why not? Nude jogger Andrew Pointon gets his kicks jogging nude around the McLaren Falls Park outside Tauranga. A public ... more »

Update: At least 9 killed in Tokyo tunnel collapse

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/12/02/tokyo-sasago-tunnel-collapse.html

Teacher charges 2nd graders to use bathroom, one runs out of "Boyd Bucks" and pees self in front of classmates

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
View more videos at: http://nbcdfw.com. http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Teacher-Charges-Second-Graders-for-Bathroom-Breaks-181634781.html

Daily Links, Dec 3, 2012

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*My man Michael Cannon tests a recumbent bike at a factory in Da-an.* Links for this week.... enjoy! *BLOGS*: - Drew recounts our awesome ride up Alishan on Day 2. Really wish you could have come along. - Jenna visits a drag show. - Under the Radar News from AsiaEye - Craig Ferguson's December calendar - Letters from Taiwan on the MoE's attempt to pressure students not to protest - Traveling Taiwan goes to Ershui. Not a bad little town. - Richard on hiking outside Taipei: don't litter and other pleas... - Filipino worker in dispute about pay forcibly depo... more »

Bo gets in the Christmas spirit

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
I suppose everyone on the internets watches dozens of cute animal videos in any given week. I'm so jaded now, I don't even make it through all of them. Usually the more people that say this is the best, cutest ever means it's really not that special. But this one really is sweet. Good old Bo is a big dog now but still just as cute as a puppy. And something about that breed, he doesn't look that much more real than the giant stuffed toy.

Nader: War Criminal Obama Worse Than Bush

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/12/02/Nader-War-Criminal-Obama-Worse-Than-Bush

Howard, Lisa Gray: Couple faces $97,000 in fines for using their own driveway

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/news/couple-faces-97k-in-fines-for-using-their-own-driv/nTKWt/

Turkey requested Nato missile defences over Syria chemical weapons fears

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Turkish officials say they have evidence Assad regime could resort to ballistic missiles if air campaign against rebels fails. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/02/turkey-syria-chemical-weapons-fears

Vatican clergy and employees will be issued with an identity card complete with a microchip-tracking device in sweeping new security measures designed to prevent a repeat of the Vatileaks scandal

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/9717310/Vatican-introduces-new-security-measures-after-Vatileaks-scandal.html

How checking our phones 60 times a day is driving away friends

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2241326/It-s-probably-better-talk-How-checking-phones-60-times-day-driving-away-friends.html

Not just 4 texting: 1 in 3 middle-schoolers uses smart phones for homework

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2012/1129/Not-just-4-texting-1-in-3-middle-schoolers-uses-smart-phones-for-homework

Alien Investigations

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 5 hours ago
I fail to remember who it was, but someone recently observed on Twitter how strange it is that recordings and sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects have diminished now hi-res camera equipment is available as never before. Coincidence, I'm sure. Nevertheless strange aerial phenomena are still observed on a regular basis. In the vast majority of cases it's simple misrecognition. For example, when I were a nipper I once forced my parents to look at some bright orange UFOs I had spotted. Turned out they were the lights from the nearby council depot. But there is a minute percentage th... more »

Su Lin

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago

CUNA MUST #DumpALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
From the CUNA webpage NCUA: CU growth accelerated in Q3 WASHINGTON (11/30/12)--America's federally insured credit unions took in 742,847 new members in the third quarter of 2012, representing a quarterly growth rate of 0.8%, and these National Credit Union Administration-reported numbers show that "something remarkable is clearly happening," Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Bill Cheney said. The third-quarter membership increases brought the total number of federally insured credit union members nationwide to 93.9 million, the NCUA reported. The 742,847 gain i... more »

Stories from the Black Book of Communism

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Warning: Contains graphic stories and images of man’s inhumanity to man. [Hat tip Trevor Loudon] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

D-FOX: Please contact us if you can read this

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
To D-fox: if you're reading this, please contact us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. It's important -- we believe.

Fake Republican Immigration "Reform?"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Friday the House passed Lamar Smith's fake immigration bill. With lots of Democratic corporate shills joining the Republicans there was a strong majority, 245-139, to pass a bill that would give more visas to foreign nationals with advanced degrees from U.S. universities-- "highly skilled" workers. It's a Republican dream, an excuse for immigration reform-- which also eliminates the Diversity Visa program. Republicans and corporate Democrats would much rather import foreign skilled workers who are happy to take lower pay than American skilled workers-- thereby driving down labor ... more »

Oh look, we’re sixth! [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Looks like the NOT PC blog ranks as the sixth most read political blog in the country—very pleasing, I’ll admit, but still an order of magnitude behind the top two political blogs, and trailing a telly blog, a transport blog, a craft blog, a science blog and a blog about imaginary friends. The top ten NZ political blogs for November were, according to the Open Parachute Blog Rankings: Blog Visits in Nov. Page views in Nov. 1. Whale Oil Beef Hooked 457,843 836,775 2. Kiwiblog ... more »

Sunday Question for Liberals

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
There's a new NYT profile of Jacob Lew today. It's at least the third one I've seen recently, but none of them seem to generate much discussion, at least from what I've seen. So, let's do one on Lew: how do you think he's doing as White House Chief of Staff? Would you like him to move to Treasury? Stay at the WH for now?

Steampunk

Southern Man at Southern Man - 8 hours ago

The Myth of Austerity, by Philip Bagus

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*Guest post by Philip Bagus* Many politicians and commentators such as Paul Krugman claim that Europe's problem is austerity, i.e., there is insufficient government spending. The common argument goes like this: Due to a reduction of government spending, there is insufficient demand in the economy, leading to unemployment. The unemployment makes things even worse as aggregate demand falls even more, causing a fall in government revenues and an increase in government deficits. European governments pressured by Germany (which did not learn from the supposedly fateful policie... more »

Supreme Vibrations Permeate All Levels…

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
Supreme Vibrations Permeate All Levels… by ÉirePort Supreme vibrations permeate all levels and manifestations of each. Gaia aligns all at this time with her Higher Supreme Purpose. Humanity consciousness awakens, Hue-manity consciousness elevates. Gaia Portal Points brighten, as Planet Gaia becomes Star Gaia, and as Planet Gaia humanity becomes Star Gaia Hue-manity. Humans releasing outdated paradigms enables birth of Hue-mans. Joining of Hue-man Stars creates Gaia Star. Listening with soft heart to messages from Higher levels as they enter enables smooth transitions. ... more »

Climate Deniers and ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 9 hours ago
An article on Media Matters well worth your read - to connect the dots on who is pushing the climate denying agenda in the US. Meet The Climate Denial Machine Blog ››› November 28, 2012 3:16 PM EST ››› JILL FITZSIMMONS Despite the overwhelming consensus among climate experts that human activity is contributing to rising global temperatures, 66 percent of Americans incorrectly believe there is "a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether or not global warming is happening." The conservative media has fueled this confusion by distorting scientific research, hyping faux-scand... more »

The Fiscal Cliff: Our Collapsing Economy and Currency

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 9 hours ago
Dees Illustration Paul Craig Roberts, *Contributor* Is the “fiscal cliff” real or just another hoax? The answer is that the fiscal cliff is real, but it is a result, not a cause. The hoax is the way the fiscal cliff is being used. The fiscal cliff is the result of the inability to close the federal budget deficit. The budget deficit cannot be closed because large numbers of US middle class jobs and the GDP and tax base associated with them have been moved offshore, thus reducing federal revenues. The fiscal cliff cannot be closed because of the unfunded liabilities of eleven years... more »

Suicide bombers attack U.S. base in Afghanistan

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/02/us-afghanistan-jalalabad-explosions-idUSBRE8B100X20121202

Sunday Question for Conservatives

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
Why do you think Republicans have had so hard a time electing women to office? Do you think it's a problem for the Republican Party that they should try to do something about?

Boot Camp Graduation Day 3

Southern Man at Southern Man - 9 hours ago
In which Southern Man and Southern Parents and Southern Sister finish the two-day road trip back to Southern State. And as promised we arrived at the Ancestral Manor at one-ish, Southern Sister dropped Southern Man off at the airport at two-ish, and Southern Man swung by the office to take care of beginning-of-month bill-paying and update the blog. Pics will be added tomorrow when he downloads the camera. But now it is time to go to The Land and relax for the rest of the day!

West coast primed for BIG quake

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 9 hours ago
The area inside the box is due for a major earthquake. A 6.5 or 7.3 within the next 6 months El area dentro de la caja esta lista para un temblor de 6.5 o 7.3 dentro de los proximos 6 messes. Seed Newsvine

Syria's "rebels" show off their US provided Satellite Equipment

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
Following up on the Syrian internet shutdown *Syria's internet down. Who benefits?* [image: The satellite communications equipment that allegedly kept Syrian rebels online] The U.S. government has been providing Syrian rebels with "non-lethal equipment," including communication tools to get around Internet outages. * * The internet shutdown in Syria was not going to impede the NATO mercs, *because the shutdown could not have impeded the mercs,* *since they have lots of fancy satellite equipment given to them by the US* eand others. But, let us focus on the US providing the mea... more »

Gary Farmer: Empowering authentic Native media

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Ofelia Rivas, founder O'odham Solidarity Project for justice at the US/Mexico border, with Arista LaRusso, Navajo doctoral student in Indigenous Studies from Sand Springs, Ariz, and Gary Farmer in Tucson on Dec. 1, 2012. Photo Brenda Norrell. Gary Farmer speaks out in Tucson on the fear and oppression of authentic Native voices 'Native people don't have any access to any form of media

More on Japan's Insistence on Re-Processing Nuclear Fuel

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
Japan’s Nuclear Mistake By FRANK N. VON HIPPEL and MASAFUMI TAKUBO November 28, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/opinion/japans-nuclear-mistake.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121129&_r=0 Frank N. von Hippel is a professor of public and international affairs at Princeton. Masafumi Takubo is a nuclear policy analyst based in Japan. [Excerpted]….next year Japan plans to bring its long-delayed Rokkasho reprocessing plant online, which could extract as much as eight tons of weapons-usable plutonium from spent reactor fuel a year, enough for nearly 1,000 warheads. That wo... more »

The Magic of The Twin Towers

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*The USS New York has a magical connection to the Twin Towers.* The ancient practice of Magic is alive and well in our time, especially in the U.S. military. Read this excerpt from an article called, *"The Magical Battle of Britain:Fighting Hitler's Nazis with occult ritual,"* by Dave Evans and David Sutton: "And following 9/11, seven and a half tons of steel salvaged from the wreckage of the Twin Towers was used in the construction of a major battleship, the* USS New York*, which entered service in November 2009. This is a huge piece of magical symbolism, even if we ignore the ... more »

GANGNAM STYLE - ATTACK ON THE RICH ELITE

Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*262 million views for the singer called Psy.* * * GANGNAM is a district which has some of Koreas's richest people. It's a bit like Beverly Hills. *Gangnam-style means pretentious displays of wealth.* That is according to the editor of *Seoul* magazine. Psy's video refers to the gap between the rich elite and the rest of us. Psy's been signed by Justin Bieber's management. Justin Bieber? Justin Bieber has described sexual orientation as "everyone's own decision". [98] Justin Bieber has contributed to the It Gets Better Project,[99]which aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.... more »

Follow Up on Academic-Policy Divide

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
As it turns out, there are a group of scholars working to bridge this divide. Check out the Bridging the Gap Project. They have programs for new and not-so-new scholars in the US and abroad. This seems to be exactly what we need. Take a look and consider applying (soon since the Dec 5 deadline Continue reading

The Neuron - European combat drone - Maiden flight

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 11 hours ago
A prototype of a European combat drone, *the Neuron* made by Dassault Aviation, made its maiden flight Saturday from a base in the south of France. *Facing such a situation, the French government took the initiative by launching in 2003 a project for a technological demonstrator of an “Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle” (UCAV), elaborated in the frame of a European cooperation scheme. The aim of the nEUROn demonstrator is to provide the European design offices with a project allowing them to develop know-how and to maintain their technological capabilities in the coming years.* "Euro... more »

NASA warns Mayan apocalypse stories pose threat to frightened children and suicidal teenagers

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2240718/2012-Mayan-apocalypse-rumors-pose-threat-frightened-children-suicidal-teenagers-says-NASA.html

Garrison State Update: US Expanding Its Secretive, Covert Military Operations

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
Majia here: We are seeing an unprecedented expansion of the US's covert military operations.This expansion allows the US to conduct "war" surreptitiously without congressional and public oversight.The expansion of secretive military agencies and operations is fundamentally a threat to democracy and the basic rights - including habeas corups - of citizens.We see the expansion of the secretive military and paramilitary services with the drone warfare conducted by the CIA and now with the expansion of the Department of Defense's DIA, Department of Intelligence Agency: DIA sending ... more »

If you don't know me by now

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 11 hours ago
It took me a long time to believe that Mitt Romney *really* didn't know he was going to lose the election. I assumed it was just a ploy to placate the investors. When I saw this photo of Romney's last stop in Pennsylvania I honestly thought he saw his future and this was his last bittersweet moment of public adulation. [photo via] But having read about Romney's post-election malaise, I'm beginning to believe he really was clueless. It appears he was so sure he was going to win, he didn't bother to make any plan in case he lost. Mitt Romney looks out the windows of his beach house... more »

Sunday Classics: More of Carmen and Don José, plus Sunday Classics revisits G&S's "The Sorcerer"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*The final scene of Carmen with Elena Garança (Carmen) and Roberto Alagna (Don José), directed by Richard Eyre and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, at the Met in September 2010* *by Ken* Okay, here's the deal. I led readers to believe, in Friday night's preview ("'Between us, everything is finished' (Carmen)") that today we would "take (I hope) a fairly close listen to the Carmen-José scene" that concludes * Carmen*. I really did hope, but it's not going to happen. Meanwhile, up above we've got the whole thing, every damned note, and we'll have another performance -- in English! ... more »

Why is the United Nations so anti-Israel?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
This video may help to explain

The fiscal fight in one graphic

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 12 hours ago
At this point, a deluge of rhetoric about the fiscal dip, (yes, it's a little dip in the road, not a fking cliff), has flooded the public discourse. All that verbiage can be distilled to this: On the bright side, it's encouraging to see the White House is holding the line on tax rates for the super-rich. Also, too, Social Security is not on the table. So there's that...

Iran Crop Circle: Sarvestan, Nr Shiraz, Fars. Reported 12th June

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*We've been sent in a number of interesting international crop circles that flew under the radar in months past. Do you know of any in your own country? If so, be sure to send in the info to us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com.*

Palau, Philippines brace for powerful Typhoon Bopha

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15532725/palau-philippines-brace-for-powerful-typhoon-bopha/

When Pat Condell 'got it' re Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
'In the past Pat Condell, the famous YouTube commentator, while getting the Islam issue, was not pro-Israel and favored the delusion of a 'two-state solution' on the premise: "why can't the Jews and Arabs just get along?" This is the video from when he got it and understood the issue of the Arab-Israeli conflict and figured it out correctly that it is about Jew-hate. Pat is an atheist but has changed his mind about a 'two-state solution' and is now on the side of the Jews. Pat's commentaries are always politically incorrect and powerfully articulated. Share with those that also... more »

Stupid People

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
I defy you to read this article by the Toronto Star's Royson James and to still have the slightest sympathy for disgraced soon-to-be-ex-Mayor Rob Ford over his conflict-of-interest loss. On Aug. 25, 2010, council approved Leiper’s recommendations that Ford must reimburse the lobbyists’ $3,150. In opposing the move, Ford made a critical error. When Speaker Sandra Bussin called for the vote she specifically reminded Ford he had a conflict of interest in that the matter involved a financial benefit to him. Ford ignored her and voted. “Having ignored my warning, there was nothing more I... more »

Who conducted the deadly Benghazi attack!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012* *Andrew Rosenthal’s fuzzy assertion:* Friend, are you a press watcher? If so, the endless assault on Susan Rice has been one of the most instructive episodes in recent years. Consider what Andrew Rosenthal says in today’s New York Times. Rosenthal is a major player—he’s editor of the Times editorial page. Fecklessly, he offers the account which follows in today’s Sunday Review. Please note: In his feckless piece, Rosenthal is attacking John McCain and Rice’s other unhinged critics. Despite that, he seems to say or suggest that “al Qaeda” staged the attack... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*New Orleans Music Laws * *Turning on a dime: The "new" Bobby Jindal ~Stephanie Grace* *Company fined for sinkhole* *National insurance pool gains favor after Superstorm Sandy* *Historic Low Mississippi River Levels Could Impact American Consumers*

Brzezinski’s Lament

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Zbigniew Brzezinski (photo credit: Ted Lipien) Adask's Law Zbigniew Brzezinski is a Democrat who served as America’s 10th National Security Advisor from A.D. 1977 through A.D. 1981 under the Jimmy Carter administration. It strikes me as unusual, odd, even disturbing that Brzezinski became our National Security Advisor in A.D. 1977 since he’d already published his book *Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era* in A.D. 1970. Why? Because in that book, he predicted and apparently advocated the control of populations by an elite political class via technetronic ... more »

i'm back and i'm done

laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
Another semester is behind me! I've now completed seven of eight terms, 14 of 16 courses. The expression "can't wait" doesn't begin to describe how eager I am to finish my degree next spring. Quitting my oppressive law-firm job continues to pay dividends every single day. I'm enjoying my life again. I am actually breathing more deeply. As is so often the case with tension and anxiety, I didn't fully realize how much that job was affecting me until I left. Going to school part-time and working one part-time job has been a breeze, especially now that I've got the school thing figure... more »

How Hamas (and the PA) brianwash children to hate Jews & to want to kill them and the result of this brainwashing

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Just one example of the brainwashing Nassur, the bear puppet host on a Hamas children's TV program, uses different words for "slaughter" to describe how to rid Israel of Jews. First, the bear states that all Jews must be "erased from our land." Later he adds, "We want to slaughter them, Saraa, so they will be expelled from our land." He repeats, "...We'll have to [do it] by slaughter." He first uses the Arabic expression for "slaughter," "Nidbah-hom," and later uses the word "Shaht." Transcript from the children's program Tomorrow's Pioneers: Nassur: "There won't be any Jews or Zio... more »

Increasing Tax Rates On 98% Of Americans-- Republican Party Deranged Hostage Taking

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Last summer Reid thought it might take Vice President Biden to break the tie and help Democrats pass an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the first $250,000 of income for everyone. With Biden presiding, it passed 51-48without his vote, only Joe Lieberman and Jim Webb from the Democratic side of the aisle joining every single Republican to oppose it. Then Cantor and Boehner refused to even let the House consider it. So now we'll on the verge on tax rates going up on everyone. It shouldn't be, but this has been swept up into the definition of the terrorist tactic our political, medi... more »

First Rate Intelligence?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Ever since the United Nations vote on Thursday, the Harper government has portrayed itself as a beautiful loser. It and eight other nations -- most notably the United States -- voted against support for Palestine. Canada, say the Harperites, is on the side of moral clarity. Haroon Siddiqui wrote yesterday in the *Toronto Star* that: The vote was overwhelming, more than two-thirds in favour — 138 for, 9 against and 41 abstentions. Much to Canada’s shame, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was among the loudest pipsqueak noises against the tide of history. Even the United States,... more »

New Blogs

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 15 hours ago
Please find below the latest crop of new(ish) left, radical and labour etc. blogs from the last 18 months. All of these are worth some of your time. 1. Another Angry Woman (Anarchist/Feminist) (Twitter) 2. Anti-Capitalist Initiative (Anti-Capitalist Initiative) (Twitter) 3. Anti-Workfare (Anti-Workfare) 4. Big Chief Tablets (Unaligned) (Twitter) 5. Camden Trades Council (TUC) 6. Defy the Economy (Unaligned) (Twitter) 7. Feminist Events (Unaligned/Feminist) (Twitter) 8. Grahame Morris MP (Labour) (Twitter) 9. Hatful of History (Unaligned) (Twitter) 10. Jane Burnell (Labour) (Twitter) 11. J... more »
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