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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

2 December - Blogs I'm Following

Time Selector
Time Selector (Photo credit: Telstar Logistics)
Rice and veg served with mixed pickles
Rice and veg served with mixed pickles (Photo credit: Simmo1024)
Benghazi Mosque
Benghazi Mosque (Photo credit: an agent)
Strong against the Hamas
Strong against the Hamas (Photo credit: Hadar)
Polski: prof. Zbigniew Brzeziński
Polski: prof. Zbigniew Brzeziński (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Palau, Philippines brace for powerful Typhoon Bopha

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 minutes ago

When Pat Condell 'got it' re Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 37 minutes 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 - 56 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 hour ago
*New Orleans Music Laws * *Company fined for sinkhole* *National insurance pool gains favor after Superstorm Sandy* *Historic Low Mississippi River Levels Could Impact American Consumers*

Brzezinski’s Lament

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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! - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 »

3 of the Most Potent Healing Foods by Elizabeth Renter

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
3 of the Most Potent Healing Foodsby Elizabeth Renter Natural Society, 2 December 2012 *“Everything you eat is either fighting disease or fueling it.” We know foods have the potential to be healing. What you eat can either harm your health or make it better. And nowhere is that more true than with medicinal foods like garlic, turmeric, and ginger. All three of these foods have amazing flavor and incredible benefits. They can help prevent disease and even cure certain illnesses and complaints. These three represent the trinity of healing foods.* Healing Foods – GingerGinger has be... more »

Deadly Pesticides Linked to Increased Prostate Cancer Risk by Susan Patterson

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
Source of poster: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Agriculture-Society/217990047058 Deadly Pesticides Linked to Increased Prostate Cancer Riskby Susan Patterson Natural Society, 1 December 2012 *USC researchers have begun examining the link between pesticide exposure and the development of prostate cancer, with scientists documenting an increased prevalence of prostate cancer among older men exposed to certain pesticides. While this news is alarming on its own, it is only one of the many dangers associated with pesticide exposure.* Exploring the Cancer ConnectionProstate cancer e... more »

Pro Hamas demonstrators views - in their own words

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
A fascinating piece of Sun News video at Zion Square. You might find some of these demonstrators' views to be unbelievable, trust me I've heard similar words from people in the UK and abroad. The level of anti-Israel feeling that has been built up by much of the world's media, including by the vile BBC, has much to answer for.

Using DRM to Enable ebook Resales?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 4 hours ago
We all know that the DRM licence is often only as good as the availability of the server ,or service it was initiated and ‘stamped’ by. In other words you may have a perfectly valid and paid for copy of a title, but if for any reason you need to redownload it and the service has gone – poof! So has your licenced copy. Ok you may expect that, but when the licence is from a generic provider such as Adobe and their widely adopted ACS4 service you could transfer the licence but no, Poof, its gone! An interesting challenge when some may not be around into the future. We now read with ... more »

Mc Smugglars-Human Trafficing on The Menu At McDonalds In Sweden

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
Mc Smugglars-Human Trafficing on The Menu At McDonalds In Sweden Two managers Inside the McDonalds organization in Sweden are alleged to have helped two persons from foreign Lands to obtain work permits with the promise that this would lead to Residency Status in Sweden. The cost to them was 100,000 swedish crowns per person. The swedish crown today is worth about 6.7 to one USD. You do the math. McDonalds Corporation has itself Police reported the two managers and relieved them off their duties in their McDonalds.This form of human trafficing is quite common and I would suspect... more »

NYT: $80 Billion in State and Local Subsidies Annually

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 5 hours ago
In today's *New York Times*, Louise Story begins a series, "The United States of Subsidies," ten months in the making, with a story focusing on General Motors closures, the border war for investments between Kansas and Missouri in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and a new estimate of state and local incentives to business, $80 billion a year. Backing this up, and no doubt contributing to the long lead time, is a database of 150,000 state and local subsidy deals going back at least 20 years. Given its appearance in the country's newspaper of record, the series is sure to elevate th... more »

Ethnic cleansing in the Middle East and North Africa

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
The brainwashed and the haters of Israel are often heard to scream that Israel is ethnically cleansing Palestine. That is of course a lie, the Arab Muslim population of Israel has increased five fold over the last 60 years, the Jewish by less than half that rate,. The population of the Palestinian territories has also expanded at a faster rate than the world average. However there is one population in the Middle East and North Africa that has almost disappeared over the last 60 or so years... ...The Jewish population. So where's the ethnic cleansing happening and who's carrying it o... more »

If America were treated like Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago


Anon at aangirfan - 6 hours ago
*Shop in India. Website for this image...* Hitler is very popular in India. One top Hindu leader said: "If you take Mein Kampf, and if you remove the word Jew, and put in the word Muslim, that is what I believe in." Dilip D’Souza has written about how the Hindu political leader* Bal Thackeray* persuaded Hindus to admire Hitler and despise Gandhi. *Hitler's strange afterlife in India* * * *These children were hanged by Hindu fans of Hitler.* Bal Thackeray, who died in November 2012, was a rabble-rousing orator who used violence to try to win power. Bal Thackerey supported the idea... more »

World's Rarest Whale Seen Physically For The First Time

The world's rarest whale, the spade-toothed beaked whale, has been spotted for the first time in New Zealand. The whale stranded and died on a beach in December 2010. Photo courtesy: New Zealand Department of Conservation The world's rarest whale has been spotted for the first time, in New Zealand, where two of the whales stranded themselves. The two spade-toothed beaked whales, a mother and calf, stranded and died on Opape Beach on the North Island of New Zealand, in December 2010. The mother was 17 feet (5.3 meters) long and the calf was 11 feet (3.5 m) long. A report describing ... more »

Grand Canyon May be Much Older Than Originally Thought

Grand Canyon viewed from Hopi Point, on the south rim. New evidence suggests the western Grand Canyon was cut to within 70 percent of its current depth long before the Colorado River existed. Photo courtesy: US National Park Service The age of the Grand Canyon is a puzzle, because the Colorado River has washed away many of the clues. So for 150 years, geologists have pondered the processes shaping the canyon, one of the world's great wonders and a living laboratory for understanding Earth history. The gorge's rugged beauty, with its sheer cliff and steep slopes, looks young. And ... more »

Gary Farmer: The blues and the power of media and theater

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Gary Farmer, on left, and Stanlie Kee, Navajo, on right, incredible blues in Tucson tonight. Photo Brenda Norrell*Gary Farmer: The power of media and theater* *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com TUCSON -- Onstage at the Loft Cinema, Gary Farmer has a story to tell. Its not just that his blues band, Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers, is the hottest Native blues band out there, it is the collection of stories that Gary has to tell. Gary speaks of the power of the media, and the power of theater. Weaving songs and memories during the evening he make... more »

China Consumes Taiwan's Agriculture

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 8 hours ago
*Moon and raindrops* Several times on this blog I've noted that one of China's longterm goals is to hollow out Taiwan's productive industries, since Taiwan's strong economy is a powerful support for independence. This move has multiple prongs, including getting its industries to move to China, and stealing the island's production technology. A legislative report notes the effect of the latter effort on Taiwan's agriculture (Taipei Times): It added that some Taiwanese strains of agricultural products grown or raised in China have also dealt a blow to Taiwanese farmers, as the farme... more »

Sirian Message on 2012, Social, Economic and Physical Earth Changes.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
*I am not familiar with this source so I can't speak to information within this. Most of it seems reasonable but I am not sure about the consciousness being stored magnetically (as we currently understand magnetism). As in all channeled information use higher discernment. The sight of the once high and mighty babbling like fools would be a curious thing to see. While it seems funny to think about it I imagine we'll feel plenty of pity for them when/if it happens. Was this the kind of thing that happened at the Tower of Babel? It was also my understanding that the earth sh... more »

Organized Jewry: destroyers of Western civilization

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 10 hours ago
*"You have not begun to appreciate the real depth of our guilt. We are intruders. We are disturbers. We are subverters. We have taken your natural world, your ideals, your destiny, and played havoc with them.”** **- Marcus Eli Ravage, Jewish author, quote from January 1928 issue of Century Magazine* *"We Jews, we, the destroyers, will remain the destroyers for ever. Nothing that you will do will meet our needs and demands. We will for ever destroy because we need a world of our own, a God-world, which it is not in your nature to build."** **- Maurice Samuels, Jewish author, quote f... more »

Who Would You Rather See Running America-- Someone Like Ed Rendell Or Charles Pierce?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
David Cotes' PAC spent $5.9 million in legalistic bribes to conservatives of both parties this year Digby was upset yesterday when she saw that pillar of conservative consensus, Ed Rendell, go on MSNBC to yammer about how Obama wants to cut back on "entitlement" benefits for working families even more than most people know yet. But does Ed Rendell ever have any other message? Isn't that his whole shtick? Is he joining fellow bloodsucking Republicrats John Podesta, Gene Sperling and Neera Tanden at next week's big Fix The Debtshindig? Every piggie who wants some of the big cash corpora... more »

Five feared trapped, cars ablaze in Japan tunnel collapse

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*More here:* http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/newshome/15531938/vehicles-ablaze-in-collapsed-japan-tunnel-police/

The Spiritual Side of Mr. Lincoln

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
"It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!" - Abraham Lincoln. I haven't seen the new Lincoln film. I want to see if it captures the spiritual side of the great man. He dreamed about his own death a few days before it happened. Read this article called, *"Psychic Abilities, Abraham Linco... more »

Cybercrime . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 12 hours ago
BANK ROBBERS FOR HIRE. According to KrebsonSecurity, "Online Service Offers Bank Robbers for Hire", these are North American operations. The service, advertised on exclusive, Russian-language forums that cater to cybercrooks, claims to have willing and ready foot soldiers for hire in California, Florida, Illinois and New York. 

World AIDS Day 2012: A Moment for Optimism?

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Today is World AIDS Day, an annual opportunity to take stock of the state of the epidemic. Despite a decade of incredible mobilization of finance for and visibility of the AIDS pandemic, UNAIDS estimated that the number of new infections last year 2.5 million still far outstripped the 1.4 million people who received treatment for Continue reading

Decentralizing Telecom

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*December 2, 2012* (via LocalOrg) SOPA, ACTA, the criminalization of sharing, and a myriad of other measures taken to perpetuate antiquated business models propping up enduring monopolies - all have become increasingly taxing on the tech community and informed citizens alike. When the storm clouds gather and torrential rain begins to fall, the people have managed to stave off the flood waters through collective effort and well organized activism - stopping, or at least delaying SOPA and ACTA. However, is it really sustainable to mobilize each and every time multi-billion dollar cor... more »

Insurance companies for American and United Airlines notified about controlled demolition evidence

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
9/11 Blogger Mark Graham (Sacramento, CA) 9/11 Truth activist Mark Graham sent a letter to the 12 insurance companies for the airline defendants sued by Larry Silverstein informing them about evidence of controlled demolition of the Twin Towers and Building 7 and offering to put them in touch with building experts who could provide expert testimony. In 2004 Larry Silverstein, who owned Building 7 and had signed a 99 year lease on the Twin Towers just six weeks before 9/11, sued United and American Airlines 1 and companies providing security at the airports (the "airline defendant... more »

Holy smoke, the new Holy Joe wear's women's clothes! (No, not Lindsey G, silly!) Oh wait, it's a woman!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
*Why, it's a dead ringer for "His Holiness"!* *"[Sen. John "Young Johnny McCranky"] McCain called her 'very serious' and 'a very quick study.' He said he has come to believe Ayotte could be a leader in the mold of Margaret Chase Smith, the trailblazing Maine Republican who served four terms in the Senate. 'I see her kind of in that tradition -- working hard and being involved in national security issues,' he said."* *-- from "Sen. Ayotte offers GOP an influential new voice," by the *Washington Post*'s Rosalind S. Helderman* *by Ken* Oho, so there's a new Holy Joe in town! Or rather... more »

Japan Police: Motorway Tunnel Caves In

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Police in Japan say a motorway tunnel has collapsed 50 miles west of Tokyo and a number of vehicles are ablaze. "We have limited information on the accident at the moment but smoke is said to be coming out from the tunnel as an unspecified number of vehicles were burning," a traffic police unit official said. The accident occurred on the Tokyo-bound lanes inside the Sasago tunnel on the Chuo Expressway at around 8am local time. http://news.sky.com/story/1019392/japan-police-motorway-tunnel-caves-in

6.4 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 2nd December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 6.4 Date-Time Sunday, December 02, 2012 at 00:54:23 UTC Sunday, December 02, 2012 at 11:54:23 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.012°S, 167.626°E Depth 34.1 km (21.2 miles) Region VANUATU Distances 101 km (62 miles) SSE of Lakatoro, Vanuatu

Good News in Louisiana

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Louisiana school voucher plan ruled unconstitutional Saturday, December 1, 2012 By The Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher program that uses tax dollars to send students to private schools was ruled unconstitutional Friday by a state judge who said it’s improperly funded through the public school financing formula. Judge Tim Kelley sided with arguments presented by teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the voucher program and other changes that would funnel more money away from traditional public schools. More than 4,900 students are enro... more »

Money, Test Prep, Money,Exams,Money

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
Guest Post: Robert Rendo Nationally Board Certified Teacher, New York Public education has long become a billion dollar industry, according to a report put out way back in 2007 by Thomas Meldon, professor in the Benerd School of Education at the University of the Pacific in California, and editor of Teacher Education Quarterly, and Bruce A. Jones, professor and director of the David C. Anchin Center at the University of South Florida. In their fact finding, they state that companies that produce educational materials and supplies were (then) over the billion dollar threshold, with... more »


ENNYMAN at GlobaLove Think Tank - 16 hours ago
In over five years of blogging, this simple but elegant post has been my most visited page in over 2000 blog entries.... Arabesque.
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