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Friday, December 21, 2012

21 December - Blogs I'm Following II

English: Photo of Stanislava Belinskaya as Cla...
English: Photo of Stanislava Belinskaya as Clara (left), an unknown performer (center), & Vassily Stulkolin as Fritz (right) in the Imperial Ballet's original production of the Petipa/Ivanov/Tchaikovsky ballet "The Nutcracker". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: circa 1892
English: circa 1892 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Care Bears Nutcracker Suite
Care Bears Nutcracker Suite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Vzevolozhsky's costume sketch for The Nutcracker.
Vzevolozhsky's costume sketch for The Nutcracker. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday Classics preview: By popular demand, the gala DWT "Nutcracker (The Whole Deal)" returns

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 33 minutes ago
*You'd want to think twice before bidding on this record. The ABC Command label tells you it's one of the inferior later pressings; you want an original gold-label issue. (Note: Unfortunately, last year's preview-opening video clip of the Nutcracker Suite segment of Walt Disney's Fantasia has disappeared -- not entirely surprisingly, I guess. To be honest, I don't like it much anyway.)* *by Ken* As far back as the mind recalls, Sunday Classics has celebrated the holiday musically at last in part with music from Tchaikovsky's ballets, and last year I went whole hog and offered a com... more »

President Obama leaves for his 4 million dollar vacation...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 49 minutes ago
*bon voyage...* You POS Eat a clam for me.

NRA's Absurd Scapegoating of Violent Movies, Video Games Doesn't Hold Up to Scrutiny

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 1 hour ago
*By MARC McDONALD* For five days after the horrific bloodbath at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the National Rifle Association went eerily silent. They slithered under a rock and nobody heard a peep from them until Friday. The cowards even temporarily took down their Facebook page. Finally, the NRA's head ghoul Wayne LaPierre spoke up. And in his idiotic, error-filled statement, LaPierre fell back on the one of the gun lobby's oldest scapegoating tactics. He blamed Hollywood for its violent movies, as well as video game makers. He called them "a callous, corrupt and corrupting shado... more »

Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World (Important to watch)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
*Text accompanying video:* When thinking about the mass extermination camps of a holocaust think... The key to freedom is to be able to have the ability to defend yourself &, if you dont have the tools to do that, then youre going to be at the mercy of whomever wants to put you away. Guns are deeply rooted within Swiss culture - but the gun crime rate is so low that statistics are not even kept. The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols. Thi... more »

Going On A Hiatus Until The New Year

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
Sufjan Stevens - Joy To The World

Week Recap

Southern Man at Southern Man - 2 hours ago
One down side of living at The Land is little or no Internet, so no blog updates. But not much has happened this week: worked half-days Monday and Tuesday, a whole lot of nothing Wednesday and Thursday (the plan was to mud and tape and sand the Sunset Room but it was just too cold) and errands and bowling with the gang on Friday. But tomorrow Southern Man and Southern Son drive north to pick up Teen Daughter the Younger for her Saturday-to-Saturday Christmas visit!

Going On A Hiatus Until The New Year

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Sufjan Stevens - Joy To The World

The World Leader in Weapons Sales

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
*Is the country that constantly proclaims its desire for peace? * "US weapons sales tripled in 2011" New York Times, August 27, 2012 WASHINGTON — Weapons sales by the* United States* tripled in 2011 to a *record high*, driven by major arms sales to *Persian Gulf* allies concerned about * Iran*’s regional ambitions, according to a new study for Congress. Overseas weapons sales by the US totaled *$66.3 billion* last year, or nearly 78 percent of the global arms market, valued at $85.3 billion in 2011. *Russia was a distant second*, with $4.8 billion in deals. * **This from the country h... more »

It Is the Cold and Flu Season

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
*And they really want to get that needle into you*: "Cases of new swine flu increase" Associated Press, August 10, 2012 ATLANTA — Don’t pet the pigs. That’s the message state and county fair visitors got Thursday from health officials who reported a fivefold increase of cases of a new strain of swine flu that spreads from pigs to people. Most of the cases are linked to the fairs, where visitors are in close contact with infected pigs. This flu has mild symptoms and it’s not really spreading from person to person. ‘‘This is not a pandemic situation,’’ said Dr. Joseph Bresee of the C... more »

The Globe's YouTube Videos

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
*See what they are watching.... * "Many reap profit in posting YouTube videos" by Michael B. Farrell | Globe Staff, August 27, 2012 BEDFORD — With its upload-it-yourself online platform, YouTube has been filling the Internet with viral videos featuring *skateboarding dogs and giggling infants* since it was launched in 2005. * **Pffft. * Today, television still commands many more viewers in the United States, but YouTube says more content is uploaded to its site every month than all three major networks combined have broadcast in the past 60 years. The site **accounts for about 8... more »

Idle No More Toronto video Dec. 21, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Published on Dec 21, 2012 http://www.facebook.com/OccupyCanada - Idle No More Toronto today -Over 1000 people! Idle No More FlashMob Round Dance Took Over Yonge-Dundas Square today in downtown Toronto as part of the Idle No More rallies happening in solidarity with First Nations across Canada and the world.There's a google map of all the worldwide #IdleNoMore events and rallies scheduled

It must be holiday time

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
I always like piling up my my holiday reading ready to pack. Isn't it fortunate I can get most of it now on Kindle. But not all... [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Persons of the Year? But What Year?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Noah* This is a tale of two men, both stuck in the past, and a magazine that chose one of them as its "Person of the Year." One man's name is Mitt. The other man's name is Barack. The followers of the former think that the name of the latter is "strange." That is just one of the reasons why they voted for their man; another is that their man held out the promise of turning back the clock to at least the 1950s -- or, as comic Andy Borowitz says in this piece, 1912. NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) -- In an extraordinary gesture of recognition for a losing Presidential nominee... more »

It Doesn't Matter Who They Are, What Matters Is Their Plan

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
* * *Was getting caught part of their plan?*

Bizarro World: NRA Gets Compared To Al-Qaeda

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
Read: *"NRA Has More Blood on Its Hands Than al-Qaeda: What Do We Do?"* The CIA has more blood on its hands than both the NRA and Al-Qaeda put together, but you'll never hear the controlled progressive opposition voices criticize the CIA or Mossad for their false flag mass murders in America. No, that's considered "conspiratorial" and "fringe." Obama's brainwashed true believers are more concerned about the *imaginary threat of Gun-Qaeda* than stopping government tyranny and the financial rape of America* *by the big banks.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Welcome to the December solstice, a day the world does not end... even according to the Mayan Calendar. To celebrate, consider this dramatic picture of Orion rising over El Castillo, the central pyramid at Chichén Itzá, one of the great Mayan centers on the Yucatán peninsula. Also known as the Temple of Kukulkan it stands 30 meters tall and 55 meters wide at the base. Built up as a series of square terraces by the pre-Columbian civilization between the 9th and 12th century, the structure can be used as a calendar and is noted for astronomical alignments. *Click image for larger... more »

Chet Raymo, “Surrender To Facts”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Surrender To Facts”* by Chet Raymo “I'm currently reading two books. One I found in the house when I arrived, presumably left by a previous visitor: Cheryl Strayed's "Wild", a young woman's attempt to sort out her messed-up life and grief for her mother's death by hiking alone on the Pacific Crest Trail, many hundreds of miles along the ridges of California's Sierra Nevada and Oregon's Cascades mountains. The other, my friend Douglas Christie's "The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology", grounded in Doug's extensive knowledge of the Christian monastic t... more »

“Is The Universe Alive?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
DocumentaryPlus, “Is The Universe Alive?” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LKtiR3Y3SE

PTJ on The Hydrogen Sonata: Actors on the Sci-Fi Stage

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
General Warning: this is emphatically not a spoiler-free Forum! Hence all of the text all of the contributions will be safely below the fold, and only the identifying information for the author of the contribution will be here for even causal browsers to see. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Professor of International Relations and Associate Dean Continue reading

An Opportunity for a U.S.–Iran Paradigm Shift - Winter 2013

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
Read, *"An Opportunity for a U.S.–Iran Paradigm Shift - Winter 2013,"* by By Hossein Mousavian. *Source - Center for Strategic and International Studies and The Washington Quarterly*: The former Iranian ambassador argues that the Arab Awakenings have opened an opportunity for Washington and Tehran to seek common interests, but warns that mutual perceptions that the other is weakening could once again lead that opportunity to be missed. An excerpt from the paper: "The Arab region today is drenched in chaos and instability: Palestine is bleeding, Iraq burning, Syria erupting, Pe... more »

Awards Update

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
If you haven’t seen it, I did a (text) interview with SAGE about academic blogging and the awards. This was the source of my sense of déjà vu during my discussion with Rob Farley: some of the points overlap. Regardless, time is growing short. Here’s where things stand: Nominees for Best Blog (Group): Abu Muqawama Continue reading

Paulo Coelho, "Hagakure (Hidden by the Leaves)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Hagakure (Hidden by the Leaves)"* by Paulo Coelho "After serving as a samurai for many years, Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659- 1719) decided to share everything he had learned with one of his disciples, Tsuramoto Tashiro. The outcome of these conversations became the book called "Hagakure (Hidden by the Leaves)," which withstood the passage of time. Rereading his text, I realized that the great part of the teachings it holds could be applied to our daily lives. A samurai, as we know, was a warrior with a code of conduct (known as bushido), based on three important principles: (a) dis... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Bishops Stortford, Hertford, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

Moms and Dads Unite Against Harm to Planet Earth's Children

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 6 hours ago
Today my son received a citizenship award at his elementary school. I attended. The chaos of the rowdy school children all crowded in the gym normally make me smile with delight at their energy and optimism. But today my happiness was sabotaged by remembrances. I kept thinking of the terrible massacre of school children in CT, for whom I mourn. I think many in the US (and elsewhere) who love children are stuggling with that event. But senseless violence against children is growing, I think, everwhere. I think of the innocent children draw into and killed in civil wars Africa. I ... more »

BHP wants to dump its coal mine on the Navajo Nation

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
As the coal industry collapses, BHP wants to dump its coal mine on the Navajo Nation and continue its abuse By Dine' CARE Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com   The announcement this week that Navajo Nation has agreed to buy the Navajo coal mine from BHP Billiton has already sparked dissent among Navajo Nation residents and communities as word of the deal has begun to spread. “

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*U.S. Federal court says no to $425,000 Trout Point Lodge damages judgement against Slabbed!* *Jindal gaining reputation for punishing those who stand in his way ~The Lens*

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF CALIFORNIA - 21st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Friday, December 21, 2012 at 19:24:57 UTC Friday, December 21, 2012 at 12:24:57 PM at epicenter Location 27.572°N, 111.630°W Depth 25.4 km (15.8 miles) Region GULF OF CALIFORNIA Distances 70 km (43 miles) ENE of Santa Rosalia, Mexico

6.8 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 21st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 6.8 Date-Time Friday, December 21, 2012 at 22:28:09 UTC Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 09:28:09 AM at epicenter Location 14.382°S, 167.260°E Depth 207.9 km (129.2 miles) Region VANUATU Distances 129 km (80 miles) N (6°) from Santo (Luganville), Vanuatu

Israel and Iran: A love story?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
Governments, private banksters, freemasons, politicians, priests, war propagandists: Go to hell. You will not get your third world war, motherfuckers. The global 9/11 truth and justice movement has awakened the world to the evil conspiracy to start a new world war. Must Watch Video: Israel and Iran: A love story? YouTube video description [Channel - TEDtalksDirector]: When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly ... more »

What if 1 of the teachers had a gun? Sandy Hook massacre begs question of how to protect children at school

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Does making schools “gun-free zones” really protect children, or make them easy targets? The recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has left many wondering how best to keep children safe from mad gunmen who ignore the “gun-free zone” laws – and indeed any gun-control laws – to open fire on our nation’s most innocent. According to news reports of the Connecticut massacre, Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother Nancy dead at their family home, then drove to the school, where he gunned down six more adults and 20 children, before killing himself. But what if... more »

Plan Boehner Fails-- House Adjourns For Christmas

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
The one upside: today is the shortest day of the year As we saw last night, when McCarthy gave Cantor and Boehner his final whip count for Plan B, there weren't enough Republicans on board to pass it and, because the Blue Dogs are basically extinct, there weren't enough of them to plug the gap. So, just as voting was due to begin, Boehner called a meeting of GOP leaders to discuss what they could do and they decided to pull the bill and adjourn for Christmas. At a meeting of the caucus, Mike Kelly (R-PA), a tubby little CEO type and multimillionaire, was flabbergasted that the whole ... more »

Elsewhere: Kerry, NRA, More

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
I have one up at PP arguing that the best strategy for those who want to fight gun violence is to ignore the NRA. At Greg's place today, my post says that it's probably a reasonable risk for Barack Obama to open up John Kerry's Senate seat. It's not clear yet whether that seat has a chance of taking a large bite out of the old, old, Senate, however. Last night after the demise of Plan B I talked about where that leaves John Boehner -- and the fiscal cliff. Seriously: one thing that about half the commenters are missing is that it's always been the case that a final deal will get th... more »

NRA: Paroxysms of lunacy

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
NRA says gun violence on TV, movies, and videogames is to blame for US massacres. NRA also says the "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."     Somehow I don't think it occured them that the the very idea of a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun is also the central theme of just about every US action movie or western since the invention of the

"Paying It Forward at Christmas and Always, One Act of Kindness at a Time"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Paying It Forward at Christmas and Always, * *One Act of Kindness at a Time"* By John W. Whitehead “‘There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,’ returned the nephew. ‘Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women s... more »

UN Defends NATO's Premeditated Genocide in Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 7 hours ago
As long-planned sectarian bloodbath unfolds, UN deceitfully labels atrocities as "reprisals." *December 21, 2012* (LD) - As early as 2007, it was reported that the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, together were not only organizing, funding, training, and arming militants directly linked to Al Qaeda to be used against Syria and Iran, but knew well in advance that by doing so, they would trigger an unprecedented "cataclysmic conflict" driven by sectarian extremism. Not only was such sectarian violence expected, it was desired ahead of redrawing a new map for the Middle East - one that ... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

US lost more troops to suicide than combat in 2012

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
PressTV 11, the U.S. military lost 165 soldiers to suicide, a record that narrowly beat the 2009 level of 160. This year things have gotten much, much worse, and up to the end of November the suicide deaths are up to 303. Putting this in perspective, that’s actually quite a bit more than the number of U.S. troops slain in combat so far in 2012. That figure is 212, though the overall U.S. death toll in Afghanistan is 307, including non-combat deaths. The military has been desperate to get a handle on the rising suicide rate, making several very public efforts, none of which seem... more »

December 21, 2012: "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" OOPS!

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
REM, "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XIuhM00Sgw • Oops! Wow, all those millions of books and videos sold, too. Like those preachers and other fools, always yakking about exact dates for Doomsday, and what a surprise when it doesn't happen, how shocking, shocking I tell you... - CP

A Christmas gift...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*from Vimeo - and we thank them* Well worth a watch. Are you tired of being demonized for thinking the wholesale slaughter of children in the womb is wrong, that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that pornography is dangerous? Ever wonder why our children can't read or write and don't know that 2 + 2 = 4? Are you puzzled because 50% of babies born are to single mothers and they are held up as role models? Do you sometimes think you're actually losing your mind? You're not. Today the Code Pink lovelies, you know - the ones who dress up as vaginas, loudly proclaimed... more »

What is happening on the flightdeck of your plane? Not Safe For Work

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Quite a lot from the look of these two videos... You don't even get that sort of service in First Class! stewardess strip powered by YouPorn. stewardess strip powered by YouPorn. Air Stewardess Tease powered by YouPorn. Air Stewardess Tease powered by YouPorn.

NOW! Idle No More Blockades and Protests in Canada

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
NOW! (Mi’kmaq IdleNoMore blockade of Highway 11 by Rexton, NB, via @itsClairbear) By Tim Fontaine Please click link below for APTN as photos are temporarily blocked APTN National News HALIFAX – The Idle No More movement made its presence known today in Atlantic Canada with protests and events held across the region. At 7 a.m., people from the Millbrook First Nation near Truro blocked one lane

U.S. Secret Service Bans Sale of Silver and Gold Liberty Dollars on Ebay

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Market Daily News Mac Slavo: In early 2011 Bernad Von Nothaus was convicted by the US government and identified as a domestic terrorist by Federal prosecutors for minting his own silver and gold coinage, and then offering those coins for sale to clients. He dubbed the coins “Liberty Dollars” and by doing so brought upon himself the ire of the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Reserve and a host of other government agencies. According to the government, Von Nothaus was a counterfeiter, though he made no attempts to actually counterfeit U.S. currency, but rather, provide another mech... more »

Wild Bill: How to stop gun violence...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*spot on.* "The National Rifle Association does more to stop gun violence than any other organization."

Shorter Rachel Maddow: Hey, you dumb liberal rubes!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012* *Her ridiculous segment on Rice:* On Wednesday night, we decided to give Rachel Maddow another try. Over at Salon, Kid Pareene had called her a national treasure. But she lost us that night with some of her typical bad faith and bullroar. This time, her typical bullroar concerned Ambassador Rice. The independent report about the Benghazi attacks had been filed that day. Treating her viewers like absolute fools, Maddow pretended to discuss the way Rice was mistreated with respect to the Benghazi matter. What follows is complete total crap. Presumably, Ma... more »

There’s No Country That Would Tolerate Missiles

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Walid al Nassasra and two of his daughters stand staring into the pit where his brothers sheet-metal roofed, cinder-block home stood until it was hit in a pin-point strike with a precision guided bomb from an F-16 fighter jet (provided by the United States) on 19 Nov 2012 at 10 pm as the family slept. If not for the clothes and bedding strewn about, it would be difficult to tell that a home once stood here. His brother Taqwfiq, like Walid, is a farmer. Their family has been farming in the Rafah area for 35 years. They are poor people, scratching out a living on a small plot of land... more »

3,000 US troops secretly return to Iraq via Kuwait

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Over 3,000 US troops have secretly returned to Iraq via Kuwait for missions pertaining to the recent developments in Syria and northern Iraq, Press TV reports. According to our correspondent, the US troops have secretly entered Iraq in multiple stages and are mostly stationed at Balad military garrison in Salahuddin province and al-Asad air base in al-Anbar province. Reports say the troops include US Army officers and almost 17,000 more are set to secretly return to Iraq via the same route. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/12/09/277127/3000-us-troops-secretly-return-to-iraq/

Ex-Singapore Banker, Chan Ming Fon, Charged in U.S. Over Olympus Fraud

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
*Ex-Singapore Banker Charged in U.S. Over Olympus Fraud* By David Glovin - Dec 20, 2012 4:56 PM PT A former Singapore banker who allegedly helped Olympus Corp. (7733) engage in what U.S. prosecutors said was a $1.7 billion accounting fraud was arrested in California. Chan Ming Fon was arrested in Los Angeles yesterday and faces U.S. fraud charges in New York, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney in New York City, said in a statement. Chan, a citizen of Taiwan who lives in Singapore, made an initial appearance in federal court in Los Angeles yesterday. Enlarge image Ex-Singapore Banker... more »

Marine industries beware: Ice islands dead ahead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The birth of an ice island is rarely seen. But what begins in remote high Arctic latitudes can, in the years and decades that follow, have a real impact on places that are far more visible, like shipping lanes and offshore oil platforms. Recent years have produced a wave of ice islands. Researchers tracking the giant formations have tabulated roughly 1,000 square kilometres that have broken free from Greenland and Canada’s Arctic islands. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/marine-industries-beware-ice-islands-dead-ahead/article5900795/

Piers Morgan Sets Level of Discourse Advocating Gun Control

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
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Prime Minister Mario Monti Resigns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has resigned, paving the way for a general election next year. Mr Monti, a former European commissioner, had been appointed last year to lead a technocratic government tasked with saving Italy from a worsening financial crisis. He won plaudits in Europe for passing much-needed reforms but his austerity measures have also earned him the opposition of many Italians. http://news.sky.com/story/1028844/italian-prime-minister-mario-monti-resigns

North Korea to Conquer Space

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 10 hours ago
That apple of the proletariat's eye, the UK [North] Korean Friendship Association, Juche Idea Study Group of England have conveyed the British labour movement's congratulations to the Korean workers and peasants. The successful launch of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite is an earth-shattering feat of technical ingenuity, made possible only by the guidance of respected Marshal Kim Jong Un. This blow for freedom-loving peoples everywhere has gladdened the hearts of class conscious revolutionaries from John o' Groats to Lands End, and shows the correct line of socialist advance can only... more »

UN Helicopter Shot Down by Rebels: 4 Killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The UN says one of its helicopters has been shot down in South Sudan, killing all four crew members. UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said the South Sudanese armed forces informed the country's UN peacekeeping mission "that it has shot down the helicopter in the Likuangole area in Jonglei state". http://news.sky.com/story/1028802/south-sudan-un-helicopter-shot-down

"Aftermath of Newtown, Connecticut: Overwhelming Sadness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Aftermath of Newtown, Connecticut: Overwhelming Sadness"* By Frosty Wooldridge "You may be as sick of what happened in Newtown, Connecticut as I am sick to my stomach. What makes me sick stems from the fact that it keeps happening across our country quite regularly, too often with too much insanity. When I researched the facts about the killings going on in America, I almost emotionally staggered at the five children who are killed daily by their parents or care-givers. In other words, a Newtown, Connecticut occurs within America every four days, but no one thinks about it b... more »

Pennsylvania shooting: Four dead, 3 police injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Four people were killed on Friday during a shooting in Frankstown Township, Pennsylvania, including the gunman, while three Pennsylvania state troopers were injured, the Altoona Mirror reported, citing the county prosecutor. The gunman, two other men and a woman were killed, the newspaper said, citing Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio. The troopers were wounded in a shootout with the suspect, the newspaper said. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/12/21/uk-usa-shooting-pennsylvania-idUKBRE8BK0Y820121221

written on my tombstone

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago
"Remember me as you go by As you are now so once was I As I am now so shall you be Prepare yourself to follow me"

Surveillance State: The Terrorists have Won

MrArbitrage at Table Of Wisdom.com - 10 hours ago
Disconcerting though this statement is, with the help of our elected scoundrels, we are becoming precisely what bin Laden wanted all along... The link where you can contribute to RandPac (and watch his video) to help fight the ongoing treason: http://www.randpacusa.com/fisa.aspx?pid=1219p Following is the text of a letter that I received this afternoon which contains additional information from Senator Paul. This is quite disturbing: *Dear Scott, Would you want government agents listening to your phone calls? Looking at your email? Spying on your online activity? Chances are th... more »

Santa Claus - Adornos de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Hermosas velas decorativas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Pino de navidad en la nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Esferas de color doradas con estrellas y regalos

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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U.S. carried out 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan this year alone - more than the entire drone strikes in Pakistan over the past eight years COMBINED

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The United States carried out more drone strikes in Afghanistan this year than it has done in all the years put together in Pakistan since it launched the covert air war there eight years ago, it has been revealed. The statistics, published by the U.S. Air Force and published by Wired’s Danger Room blog, show that there were 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan in 2012 alone, up from 294 in the previous year and 278 in 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2251418/Revealed-U-S-carried-333-drone-strikes-Afghanistan-year--entire-drone-strikes-Pakistan-past-years-COMBINED.html

Facebook to sell access to your inbox for a dollar at a time.....I am sure the Authorities wouldn't Mind using taxpayers money for this

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Facebook has launched a pilot scheme selling strangers access to users' inboxes. The social networking website has introduced a fee, believed to be $1, to guarantee that messages are routed to a recipient's 'inbox' and not their 'other' folder, where they are likely to be ignored. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2251522/Facebook-sell-access-inbox-dollar-time.html

Botched stem cell facelift leaves woman with bones growing in her EYES

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A Californian woman has been left with bones growing in her eyes after a botched facelift using stem cell injections. The gruesome tale involves a woman in her Sixties, who is said to have paid $20,000 for the procedure at a Beverly Hills clinic. But three months later, she was still in pain and noticed her right eye was clicking, according to a report in Scientific American. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2251646/Botched-stem-cell-facelift-leaves-woman-bones-growing-EYES.html

Santa Claus con muchos ositos de peluche

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Cabaña en la nieve adornada de luces

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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You can't make this stuff up: "Mark Sanford set to run for Congress again"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*He's ba-ack!* *Here he is at the 2012 Republican National Convention. (And we know how well that turned out.)* *by Ken* This one comes from the You Can't Make This Stuff Up Dept., with additional reporting from the You're Kidding, Right? Dept. Remember how we were just talking about the dangers of the media frenzy to provide information consumers with "scoops." Well, this one apparently goes to CNN, which is welcome to it. What's worse is, there doesn't appear to be any reason to doubt the story. Unless you count common sense, which apparently no longer figures into it. So how a... more »

South Korea’s Elections

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 11 hours ago
Hardline Conservatism with a Liberal Smile. * * *December 21, 2012* (Nile Bowie) - The ever-changing political landscapes of the Korean Peninsula never fail to offer stark contrasts. To the north, a somber December is spent mourning the forefathers of the communist dynasty under the helm of a boy-king and his advisers. To the south, voters have elected the nation’s first female president, the daughter of South Korea’s iconic former leader, Park Chung-hee. While their circumstances and rise to power cannot be more dissimilar, both Kim Jong-un and Park Geun-hye both derive some degree ... more »

Everybody has a story: Bobby Casey’s wife!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012* *Also, his courage and conscience:* On last night’s Hardball, we got the latest story. Why has Senator Casey now flipped on guns? Earlier, Senator Warner said he was pretty much turned by his daughters. (See THE DAILY HOWLER, 12/19/12.) In the case of Senator Casey, it seems the wisdom came from his wife! Again, Chris Matthews seemed to believe the latest story—a story of conscience and courage: MATTHEWS (12/20/12): *I was absolutely stunned today to that see Bobby Casey, the senator from Pennsylvania,* who’s a classic Pennsylvania—in the past, he’s rec... more »

Chica con un arbol de navidad blanco

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Walmart SELLS OUT of guns as Americans rush to stockpile weapons in aftermath of Sandy Hook massacre

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Demand for firearms has exploded in the U.S., wiping store shelves clean of guns and ammo in nearly every town, city and state since the school shooting in Connecticut and ensuing calls for stricter gun laws. Gun retailers as large as Walmart are nearly sold out of every type of firearm, including semiautomatic rifles like the one that 20-year-old Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday. A quick search for a handful of firearms that Walmart advertises turned up no results at store locations in a dozen states, including New York, ... more »

Paisajes de invierno con un arbol de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Iver B. Neumann on The Hydrogen Sonata: Religion and the Sublime

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
General Warning: this is emphatically not a spoiler-free Forum! Hence all of the text all of the contributions will be safely below the fold, and only the identifying information for the author of the contribution will be here for even causal browsers to see. Iver B. Neumann is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Continue reading

Kenneth Bae: U.S tourist arrested in North Korea... but secretive country refuses to reveal his 'crime'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
An American tourist has been arrested in North Korea but the secretive regime is refusing the reveal his 'crime'. State-run Korean Central News Agency today identified the detainee as Pae Jun Ho in a brief dispatch. His arrest comes at a time when Pyongyang is facing criticism from Washington for launching a long-range rocket last week. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2251729/US-tourist-arrested-North-Korea-secretive-country-refuses-reveal-crime.html

happy howlidays!

laura k at wmtc - 11 hours ago
Love and happy holidays from all of us at chez wmtc. In 2013, raise your voice! Howl for peace, howl for justice. Howl for change.

Coronas de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Phew, we survived! And now the virals have begun: Deadline passes for Mayan apocalypse without raining fire or killer earthquakes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2251450/Phew-survived-And-virals-begun-Deadline-passes-Mayan-apocalypse-raining-killer-earthquakes.html

Government to snoop on computer use of jobless to check they really are looking for work

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The jobless are to be tracked online to see if they are looking for work. A new website launched by ministers will remotely monitor whether benefits claimants are making enough effort to find employment. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2251574/Government-snoop-use-jobless-check-looking-work.html

Floods force road closures and all trains to Heathrow are cancelled on busiest day of festive getaway

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A succession of disastrous rail failures and floods have wrecked travel plans for millions today on the busiest day of the Christmas getaway. A signal failure outside Paddington Station has still not been fixed meaning there are no trains to Heathrow airport and almost every train to Wales and the south-west is delayed or cancelled. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2251224/Travel-chaos-floods-force-road-closures-trains-Heathrow-cancelled-busiest-day-festive-getaway.html

Copas para brindar en la cena de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Lucie Slater Free after Receiving a suspended sentence for horrific glassing her boyfriend

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
An X Factor hopeful who was thrown off the talent show after glassing her boyfriend in the face has avoided jail. Lucie Slater, from Ryton, Gateshead, was drinking wine at the home of her DJ boyfriend William Aitken when she came across a message on Facebook which upset her. The 21-year-old almost instantaneously hit her boyfriend with a glass in the face and threw the laptop across the room. Mr Aitken had to rush to the shower to try and wash the blood off. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2251655/X-Factor-hopeful-booted-talent-glassing-boyfriend-face-avoids-jail.html

Gun Inconsistencies in Sandy Hook School Mass Shooting...

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
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Casa en la nieve - Paisajes de Navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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20 most popular doom stories of 2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: Cover of the paperback edition of 'Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update' by Donella H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis L. Meadows.]Once again, it’s time for the yearly doom retrospectives, and as usual we’re kicking them off with 2012’s most-viewed stories on Desdemona. There were no appalling technogenic disasters in 2012, like Fukushima or the *Deepwater Horizon – *but Chevron’s *K.S. Endeavor* rig fire came close – and no story clearly dominated the year’s coverage. Over half of the most popular stories centered on climate change and water, either too much or too li... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*Dear Mr. Bingle ~moosedenied* *Jeff Duncan Did The Most Jeff Duncan Thing Ever Today, Because He Is A Goddamn Moron ~The Angry Who Dat*

America: Ban False Flags, Not Guns

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
The best way to get rid of terrorists and mass shooters is to ban false flags. But very few people are calling for this reasonable solution. Government violence doesn't bother them, it seems. It's much easier to scream at Al Qaeda and the NRA than the CIA, Pentagon, Mossad, and White House. Instead of looking at the situation logically and with an open mind people are getting hysterical just like they did after the 9/11 false flag. There is now a media inspired witch-hunt against gun owners. They're the new terrorists. Obama is copying Bush's war on terror crusade and applying it t... more »

Two killed in supermarkets looting in Argentina

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
At least two people were killed in Argentina as looters broke into supermarkets in several cities, stirring memories of the country's devastating economic crisis 11 years ago. The violence erupted on Thursday in the Patagonian ski resort of Bariloche when dozens of looters stormed a supermarket and made off with LCD televisions and other goods. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/21/us-argentina-violence-idUSBRE8BK0TZ20121221

Italy's Monti expected to resign

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Mario Monti is expected to resign as Italian prime minister shortly, keeping a promise to step down after the passing of his budget by parliament. MPs passed the 2013 budget drawn up by his government with 309 votes in favour and 55 against. It is likely Mr Monti will announce his resignation at a cabinet meeting. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20814796

Lincoln University student dies of TB

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A university student who died in hospital last week had contracted tuberculosis, health officials have confirmed. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said friends of Craig White, 21, were being offered screening for the infection after a postmortem examination identified disseminated TB as the provisional cause of his death. White, a journalism undergraduate at the University of Lincoln, died on 12 December after being admitted to the Pilgrim hospital in Boston. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/21/lincoln-university-student-dies-tb

The Globe & Mail Doesn't Want Me To Link To Their Online Stories And Send Readers Their Way

leftdog at Buckdog - 12 hours ago
* * *Over the last few years, I have linked 523 posts on this blog to a story or item in the online version of the Globe & Mail. As a result, a number of you have been redirected to their site ... read their stories and seen their advertising.* * **Well .. the Globe & Mail no longer wants to maintain that relationship.* * **I have now used up my '20 complimentary visits' to their site and they want cash on the barrel head from me to send readers their way. I have written a number of emails over the last week to the Globe & Mail administration but they simply don't get it ..... fine.... more »

Norovirus leads to Isle of Man hospital restrictions

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The Department of Health has urged anyone suffering from the symptoms of the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus, to "stay away from hospital". The warning comes after patients suffering with diarrhoea and vomiting, the symptoms of the highly contagious bug, attended A&E this week. Dr Parameswaran Kishore said: "Anyone needing medical help should contact their GP by phone and avoid hospital." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-20810020

FOOLED ABOUT SCHOOLS: Fools for Finland!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2012* *Part 5—Good news outscored by script:* How well did American students do on last year’s international tests? That can’t be easily answered. In reading, American students scored very near the top of the world. Among the large nations which took part, only Russia outscored the U.S. In reading, American students outscored the vast bulk of the world! Unless you read major American papers, where this success was largely obscured. In math, American students did somewhat less well—and without any question, a fairly small group of Asian nations tend to outsco... more »

Angelito con otros adornos de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Public fury over New Delhi gang-rape sparks protest across India

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The gang-rape of a young woman in New Delhi has sparked public outrage across India, bringing thousands of people onto city streets in protest against authorities' failure to ensure women's safety. Sexual violence against women often goes unremarked and unreported in India, but on Friday hundreds of students and activists blockaded roads in New Delhi and marched to the president's palace, breaking through police barricades despite water-canon fire to demand the culprits' execution. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/21/us-india-protests-idUSBRE8BK0R620121221

Egypt's Islamists to Rally on Eve of Constitution Vote

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Egyptian Islamists and opposition supporters clashed in Alexandria on the eve of the final round of voting on the country’s new constitution, which appears to be heading for approval. Police sprayed tear gas as they sought to break up skirmishes between rival groups of Islamists and demonstrators supporting the “no” campaign outside the Al Qaed Ibrahim mosque in the coastal city, Al Jazeera reported. The channel aired images of black smoke rising above the skyline as night fell. After nearly two hours of street battles that the Health Ministry said injured 32 people, the area was mo... more »

Fighting Kills Dozens in Kenya

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
About 40 people, many of them children, were killed and scores of others were seriously injured on Friday in renewed attacks along the coastal Tana River delta, Kenyan police officials said. According to the police, the fighting broke out when armed attackers from the Pokomo community raided a village belonging to the neighboring Orma ethnic group on Friday morning. “So far, 39 people are dead, including 13 children and 6 women,” said Robert Kitur, the deputy police chief for the region. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/22/world/africa/tribal-fighting-kills-dozens-in-kenya.html?_r=0

THIS IS MY 959th POST SINCE JANUARY 2007, WHEN I FIRST BEGAN BLOGGING AMERICA'S CONCEALED DECENT INTO FASCISM AND THUS THE U.S. GOVERMENT'S BECOMING OF, BY, AND FOR THE BANKSTERS, GIANT CORPORATIONS, AND THE KLEPTOCRATS THAT HEAD THEM -- CONCEALED FROM "WE THE PEOPLE" BY THE HEAR-NO-EVIL, SEE-NO-EVIL, SPEAK-NO-EVIL "MAINSTREAM" MEDIA. I BELIEVE THAT MY LONG SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH QUALIFIES ME TO VET AS TRUE THE DISMAL PREDICTION YOU WILL READ BELOW ...UNLESS WE THE PEOPLE TAKE TO THE STREETS IN VERY LARGE NUMBERS.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *Headlined to H3 12/21/12* *Obama/Boehner Two-Step* *By Stephen Lendman (about the author)* Permalink OpEdNews Op Eds 12/21/2012 at 01:26:14 opednews.com* * *Obama/Boehner Two-Step* *Both parties on board to destroy America's social contract.* by Stephen Lendman Previous articles explained fiscal cliff duplicity in detail. At issue is destroying America's social contract. Both parties agreed early in Obama's first term. They plan killing it incrementally by a 1,000 cuts. Class war rages. Private wealth and power are pitted against essenti... more »

Friday morning linkage

Jon Western at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Some random findings for the day…. Putin’s idea of transparency. Look for more private security firms profiting in the post-Benghazi world… Also, the IDF’s use of Twitter during its recent operation in Gaza was just the beginning. The Naval Postgraduate School is working on Dynamic Twitter Analysis Network. Isn’t the world supposed to end today? Continue reading

'Gangnam Style' hits one billion views on YouTube

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Psy's "Gangnam Style" became the first video to hit a billion views on YouTube on Friday, marking a fresh milestone in the global craze for the South Korean rapper and his horse-riding dance. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iukiAkbmOehMmglN-_ME7e9mJLlA?docId=CNG.12566e2712dbf8b2a80761357f391324.a01

School Shootings: Protests As NRA Speaks Out

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The National Rifle Association has reacted to last week's deadly school shooting, blaming media and video games for creating a violent culture and calling for armed guards in America's schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called on the US Congress to immediately pass legislation to place guards with guns in schools by the time classes resume from winter breaks in January. http://news.sky.com/story/1028772/school-shootings-protests-as-nra-speaks-out

William Underbaggage's photo Willie Lone Wolf Happy Memorial Birthday

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Hello Benda, a smoke signal from Indigenous Nations Network. This is a photo from Oakland, Calif., in 2002 I believe. Myself William Underbaggage, Danny Glover and the All Nations Drum group, Ballenger Family, Gilbert Blacksmith Medicine Warriors Dance Troupe and Bay Native Circle DJ Janeen Antoine. We were at a rally to support Rep. Barbara Lee of California. Rep. Lee was the lone

Confession rule applies to suspects even prior to arrest or detention

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
R. v. D.M., 2012 ONCA 894 is a source for the principle that the confession rule applies prior to arrest or detention: [40] When the appellant was interviewed by Sutton, he was not under arrest, nor was he detained. His rights under the *Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms*were not triggered. However, I agree with the appellant that when he was interviewed, he was a suspect, indeed, the target of a criminal investigation. Therefore, the common law confessions rule, described by the Supreme Court of Canada in *R. v. Oickle, *2000 SCC 38, [2000] 2 S.C.R. 3, applies. The... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 21st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Friday, December 21, 2012 at 14:43:37 UTC Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:43:37 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 29.842°N, 142.216°E Depth 20.3 km (12.6 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 305 km (189 miles) N of Chichi-shima, Japan

LaPIerre: Database of the Mentally Ill?

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 12 hours ago
Head runnion of the NRA W. LaPierre is apparently calling for a database of the mentally ill as a means of thwarting would be mass-murderers. The idea I suppose is to exclude the mentally ill from owning firearms. OK, I'll play. Ten per cent of Americans are on anti-depressants. Others have various other issues which could be considered mental illness. PTSD, anxiety disorders, autism, addictions

Jacob Ostreicher out on bail in Santa Cruz

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 12 hours ago
While still not free, Jacob Ostreicher got a Chanukah present from the Bolivian government: he was allowed out on bail. There are complications to his case, which is not being helped by the presence of US politicians, journalists and out of work actors who are known to punch women. No need to name names. Jacob is caught in this circus, an innocent victim of drug dealers and the GOP. We continue to support his release, and to support the MAS government in Bolivia as it tries to clarify what is going on.

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
Goes to David Greenberg, who makes the case that "the campaign to defeat [Robert Bork] was neither unprecedented nor illegitimate." Absolutely true. Greenberg traces the history of Supreme Court nominations, noting that three nominations had been defeated within twenty years of the Bork defeat, with each drawing plenty of harsh words from their opponents -- as did justices who were confirmed in that era, including Thurgood Marshall and William Rehnquist. What I'd add to that is just that context matters, too. Greenberg emphasizes that the long stretch of the twentieth century during... more »

The World Ends Today . . .

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 13 hours ago
. . . According to the lunatic fringe and to their accomplices and abettors in our media. BS is rampant in our world, and it may spell real doom if people continue to believe in stupidities like the Mayan Prophesy of the End of the World, or the second coming of Christ and the Resurrection. People had better start understanding that we are biological machines, life forms living through lucky chance in a backwater of a vast universe which cares not about any of us individually or all of us collectively. We are alive for a short span of time, and we had better make the best of it whi... more »

The Connecticut Elementary School Shooting: 32 Important Points To Ponder....

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I have been watching all the media and government reports over the last few days, as the criminals continue to try to prop up their lies about the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that are now falling to pieces. It does seem that the government officials, the media, and even the Newtown police and school officials can not get their facts straight. For this article, I want to present a very interesting tidbit that came from an anonymous writer who posted it at Jim Stone's forum at www.jimstonefreelance.com. It is a list of 32 very important po... more »

2012 another year of record-breaking extreme weather – ‘The normal has changed. The normal is extreme.’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: 2012 record weather: A dock extends into a dry cove at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville, Indiana, as oppressive heat and drought conditions stifle the middle of the U.S. Michael Conroy / AP Photo] By Seth Borenstein 20 December 2012 WASHINGTON (MSN News) – As 2012 began, winter in the U.S. went AWOL. Spring and summer arrived early with wildfires, blistering heat, and drought. And fall hit the eastern third of the country with the ferocity of Superstorm Sandy. This past year's weather was deadly, costly and record-breaking everywhere — but especially in the United States. ... more »

Terrance Nelson to Chief Theresa Spence 'Come to Wounded Knee'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence announces the beginning of a hunger strike while on Parliament HIll in Ottawa, December 10, 2012. Photo: Jean Levac/Ottawa Citizen By Terrance Nelson Roseau River Ojibway First Nation Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com   Dear Chief Theresa Spence Your courage is exceptional. Thank you for fasting for so long for the people. I am the

Syria rebels "fire warning shots" at civillian airliner at Aleppo airport

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Syrian rebels fired warning shots at an airliner preparing to take off from Aleppo airport in the first direct attack on a civilian flight since the uprising in Syria began 21 months ago, a rebel commander said on Friday. The commander, who gave his name only as Khaldoun, told Reuters by Skype that snipers from his brigade had hit the wheels of Syrian Airways flight RB201 on Thursday. "Those were warning shots," he said, adding that the plane had been unable to take off. "We wanted to send a message to the regime that all their planes - military and civilian - are within our reach... more »

Russian warship docks in Iran

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A Russian destroyer docked at the Bandar Abbas Port in southern Iran, Press TV reported Wednesday. “Marshal Shaposhnikov, a Russian Udaloy-class destroyer, has docked at this port with the aim of strengthening military ties between Iran and Russia,” Vice-Admiral Hossein Azad said. The report did not specify the exact purpose of the visit, or the length of time the ship was expected to remain in port. http://www.timesofisrael.com/russian-warship-docks-in-iran/

Nuckelchen Video of Fukushima Light Anomalies

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gibfiuRuqnk&feature=youtu.be

Conservative ALEC Economic Policies Have No Benefit, Some Risks, for States

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 13 hours ago
The economic policies proposed for states by the conservative American Legislative Council Exchange (ALEC) not only don't work, but carry risks for states' economies, according to new research by the Iowa Policy Project and Good Jobs First. As we have seen most recently with Michigan's passage of anti-union so-called "right to work" legislation (which lets people free ride on union contracts and makes union organization and representation more difficult), the legislative agenda of ALEC proclaims that states should follow a low-tax, low-wage, non-union route to economic prosperity. N... more »
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