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Thomas Paine

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Friday, December 21, 2012

21 December - Blogs I'm Following

Rainy morning, Kozu Island
Rainy morning, Kozu Island (Photo credit: ippei + janine)
Deutsch: Ottawa: Oberster Gerichtshof von Kanada
Deutsch: Ottawa: Oberster Gerichtshof von Kanada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
9:56 pm MST

Confession rule applies to suspects even prior to arrest or detention

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 minutes 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 - 9 minutes 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 Mentall Ill?

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 12 minutes 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 - 22 minutes 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 - 23 minutes 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 - 24 minutes 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 - 28 minutes 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 - 31 minutes 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 - 37 minutes 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 - 40 minutes 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 - 45 minutes 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 - 46 minutes ago

Conservative ALEC Economic Policies Lead Have No Benefiit, Some Risks, for States

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 56 minutes 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 »

A ridiculous Israeli own goal - literally!

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 59 minutes ago
Maccabi Haifa goalkeeper Assaf Mendes takes on a very strong wind...

Doctors Linked to Drug Companies Shape Treatment Protocols

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 59 minutes ago
Side Effects | A Journal Sentinel Watchdog Report: Doctors with links to drug companies influence treatment guidelines By John Fauber and Ellen Gabler of the Journal Sentinel [Excerpted] Doctors with financial ties to drug companies have heavily influenced treatment guidelines recommending the most lucrative drugs in American medicine, an analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today has found. The guidelines affect how doctors across the country treat patients for everything from diabetes to asthma, chronic pain, depression and high cholesterol. Issued by leading ... more »

Scuds blast big Syrian rebel push for al-Safira chemical arms store

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The Syrian Air Force is again firing Scud missiles, this time to stem the general offensive Syrian opposition forces, including jihadis, launched Friday, Dec. 21, to capture the Syrian army’s military-industrial complex at al Safira and the big chemical and biological weapons store adjoining the facility. It is there, that Scud D missiles stand ready for launching, loaded with chemical weapons. Rebel forces are converging on Al Safira from the east, the west and the south. Among them are brigades of the Jabhat al-Nusra which the US has designated part of al Qaeda in Iraq. debkafi... more »

What's an elephant's favourite vegetable?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago

Democratic Party Politicians: The Chicken Men (and Women)

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 1 hour ago
*By Fred Drumlevitch* cross-posted with permission Congressman Ron Barber, "Congress on Your Corner" open meeting with constituents, June 23, 2012 Sometimes a broad problem is best understood through a look at specific examples. So I begin by asking: Who is Congressman Ron Barber, and how does he exemplify — indeed, what is — this more general problem of vital importance to the future of both the Democratic Party and the entire United States? Well, to answer the first part of the question, Ron Barber is the Democrat first elected in June 2012 in Arizona Congressional District ... more »

Most Read Posts of 2012: Superheroes, Hooters Girls and the Bullsh*t Button

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 2 hours ago
What were the most read posts at this blog in 2012? 1.* Chief Scientists are no Superheroes* A critique of a House of Lords report on departmental Chief Scientific Advisors: The basic flaw in the report is the assumption that science can be cleanly separated from the political process by empowering a heroic individual with special influence on policy making. 2. *Hooters Girls are not Hicks Neutral* A part of an ongoing series of discussions on innovation, technology and the economy that is the subject of a new book: This post is also part of a argument that asserts that the disc... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*The Louisiana newspaper war **~The Advocate** picks up 23,500 readers in less than three months in New Orleans* *Texas roots run deep for Drew Brees* *DHH's decision on hospice care for Medicaid recipients comes under fire* *Shrimp season brings challenges for fishermen* *Roots of Music looking to expand * *Krewe of Chewbaccus Set to Save the World*

4 Herbs for Diabetes Management by Elizabeth Renter

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 2 hours ago
Source of Picture: http://www.readersdigest.co.nz/natural_solutions_for_diabetes4 Herbs for Diabetes Management by Elizabeth Renter Natural Society, 21 December 2012 *Over 26 million Americans have diabetes and more than one-hundred million have pre-diabetes or are at a heightened risk of developing the disease. The problem with how the majority of these people manage their disease is that they are strictly following the sole advice of their doctor or endocrinologist – always in reactionary mode, testing their blood sugar and taking the correct amount of corresponding insuli... more »

She Has His Number

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 2 hours ago
As Theresa Spence enters the tenth day of her hunger strike -- and as Canada's First Nations put the Harper government on notice that they will be Idle No Longer -- it's becoming clear that Stephen Harper has a big problem -- a problem of his own making. Michael Harris writes: If you want to know why Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence is on a hunger strike, it is because official apologies from on high do not feed families, build houses, install water systems or educate kids. It is because some of the poorest bands in the country have concluded that Stephen Harper has to be put on... more »

Read Stuff, You Shold

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Samuel L. Jackson, 64. Right to the good stuff: 1. Chris Frates in National Journal gets it right on Plan B and the road ahead; see also a good pre-non-vote post by Matt Yglesias. 2. And of course you want to read Sarah Binder on the debacle. 3. The presidency and gun control, from Brendan Nyhan. 4. Jennifer Duffy with fun facts from the 2012 elections. 5. Philip Klein tries to talk sense to conservatives about realistic expectations from the fiscal cliff.

The worst football freekick ever?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
Sam Corcoran takes a disastrous free kick for Chelmsford City against Hayes and Yeading

Swell Aristocrat John Kerry Wants A Nice Capper For A Distinguished Career

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Rah! Kerry isn't one of the bad guys. For a multimillionaire he's pretty good. I seem to recall he's the richest man in the Senate. And he's done a decent-enough job in the Senate-- not the best, but certainly not the worst among the Democrats. When he ran his disjointed abortive campaign for president, the GOP claimed he was "the most liberal" man to ever run for president and the "most liberal" man in the Senate. But they claim that about every Democrat who runs. They even said it about Obama; didn't that turn out pretty ironic! According to ProgressivePunch's lifetime crucial vot... more »

2012 Nakum Journal & Banning of Aztec Calendar

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 3 hours ago
--> *A special surprise: an Indigenous academic (peer reviewed) Journal has published its 2012 journal today. See below. It includes a collaborative article between MAS teacher Norma Gonzalez and myself on the banning of the "Aztec Calendar" in Tucson Arizona. Go to the entire issue of the 2012 Nakumonline journal here: http://indigenouscultures.org/nakumjournal/nakum-2012-vol-3-1. * Contents of the journal are also below. Indigenous Cultures InstitutePreserving and promoting the cultures, traditions, ceremonies, and languages of Native Americans indigenous to Texas and Northeaster... more »

Apocalypse Moon

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
Hope your apocalypse was as crystal clear as mine. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

Time To Repeal Anti-Communist Discrimination Laws?

Donna at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 3 hours ago
Is there any group more irrelevant in America today than communists? Back when Joe McCarthy was in his heyday smoking out suspected communists and socialists, our major rival on the international arena was the Soviet Union. Now that the Berlin Wall is down, the USSR is no more, and the Communist Party in the U.S. has about zero influence on U.S. politics, it might just be time to get rid of some antiquated anti-Communist laws. I bet you didn't know that Title VII, the law that prohibits discrimination in the workplace, contains this clause: (f) Members of Communist Party or Communis... more »

What is ALEC's Definition of a Free Market?

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
Every organization is founded on a basic principle(s). The main tenet of ALEC - spouted over and over and over again is that of the "free market". But I think we really need to start questioning - what do they men when they speak of the "free market". Really - what is their definition? We need to know - the ALEC definition isn't published anywhere - it is just referred to by ALEC as a tenet of the organization. It is important to point out that Weyrich was a strong believer in the the economic philosophies of Hayek, Mises, and Friedman. In fact, Freidman is responsible for the... more »

Holiday Thanks

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
I wanted to take a moment before everyone heads off “across the river and thru the woods” for the weekend and post my thanks. I don’t tweet or use FB – so this is my only venue. I want to send holiday wishes and special thanks to all that stop by to look a bit every day. I want to send out a special thanks to the tweeps and followers over atProgresstwoDay. I want to say thanks to the folks over there for taking the time to come over here every once in awhile and peek at what I have written. You folks are full of passion and you inspire me and give me the energy to keep going. ... more »

Apocalypse? Not Now, As World Survives

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
An ancient prediction that the world would end this morning has failed to come true. As the clock counted down to - and then passed - 11.11am, people around the world used the moment as an excuse for a party. December 21 marks the end of the 5,125-year Mayan calendar, which some said represents the end of the world. http://news.sky.com/story/1028581/apocalypse-not-now-as-world-survives


thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 4 hours ago
harper doesn't believe in anything. harper doesn't understand what democracy is. harper is not a capitalist. harper doesn't care about Jewish people or anti-Semitism except in so far as exploiting Israel might lead to votes. harper isn't a Christian (except through inertia). harper doesn't care about human rights. harper doesn't understand science. harper doesn't appreciate the environment. harper doesn't have any friends. harper hates the First Nations. harper hates anyone who stands in his way even though he doesn't have the first idea about why he wants the things he wants. You ... more »

Sandy Hook massacre: Official story spins out of control

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Niall Bradley Sott.net Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:21 CST [image: Print] Teddy bears left at a memorial for the child victims of the Sandy Hook massacre The massacre of 20 children and 7 adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school last Friday was one more in a long line of atrocious mass murders committed in the USA. By now, four days later, an official version of events has more or less solidified to explain the chain of events. The familiar 'lone gunman' narrative has once more stoked the hot-button issue of gun control and left the general population as clueless as ever as to wh... more »

Fiscal cliff setback rattles global shares, euro

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Global stock markets weakened on Friday and both the euro and gold slipped, as a new setback in talks to avert a U.S. fiscal crisis and evidence of Europe's ongoing economic difficulties stoked investor nerves. A proposal from Republican leader John Boehner to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff failed to get support from his party on Thursday, casting fresh uncertainty over talks to avoid across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts that could push the U.S. economy into recession in 2013. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/21/us-markets-global-idUSBRE88901C20121221

RoboCon: RMG/Xentel/iMarketing Solutions revisited

Alison at Creekside - 4 hours ago
Earlier this year the Cons' principal voter contact company Responsive Marketing Group came under heavy media scrutiny for - its role as a partner in the Cons' CIMS data collection on Canadian voters used by 97 Con candidate campaigns in the last election, - allegations made by at least one former RMG call centre employee that their scripts were directing voters to the wrong polling stations, - aggressive fundraising tactics for the Cons with pensioners, and - its merger with Xentel. In March RMG put out a press release protesting the unfairness of being smeared b... more »

Off to work

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago

Is swearing at the poice a crime?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
From The Telegraph last year: 'Swearing at police is not a crime because officers hear foul language “too frequently” to be offended, a judge has ruled. ... Overturning Denzel Cassius Harvey's conviction, Mr Justice Bean said officers were so regularly on the receiving end of the "rather commonplace" expletive that it was unlikely to cause them "harassment, alarm or distress".' There's something that defenders of the police position re Andrew Mitchell would do well to think about.

Israel settlements: UN steps up pressure

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The UN is stepping up pressure on Israel over its settlement building on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The secretary general and all Security Council members except the US demanded an immediate halt to new construction. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government would press ahead with settlement expansion. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20793138

UN confirms Hezbollah fighting for Assad in Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah has confirmed that its members are in Syria fighting on behalf of the government, United Nations human rights investigators said on Thursday. There are also reports that Iraqi Shias are coming to fight in Syria, and Iran confirmed in September that its Revolutionary Guards are in Syria providing assistance, the independent investigators led by Brazilian expert Paulo Pinheiro said in their latest 10-page report. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=296690

UN approves military force to combat Islamist terrorists in Mali

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The UN Security Council has given the green light for the use of military force to combat Islamist terrorists in northern Mali. The Council said that the 3,300 troops will use "all necessary measures" to pacify the northern territories. All the permanent members of the UN body unanimously voted for a year-long mandate during which the African-led peace force will attempt to oust Islamist militants entrenched in the country’s north. Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants and Tuareg rebels, along with other separatists, seized control of Mali’s northern territories during a military coup in M... more »

Rivals campaign on eve of Egypt referendum

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Last-minute campaigning was taking place in Egypt on Friday ahead of the final round of a referendum on a new, Islamist-backed constitution that has plunged the country into crisis. The draft charter is expected to be adopted in Saturday's plebiscite, following a first-round last weekend that showed 57 percent support, according to unofficial tallies. But analysts warned the vote would not put a halt to the month-long crisis pitting President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist camp against the broad, secular-leaning opposition. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5id36Mge... more »

Bird Flu Attack Thousands of Chickens in Jambi, Indonesia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
In recent weeks, thousands of chickens in four villages in Muarojambi district, Jambi Province, had suddenly died, suspected of bird flu. Two other districts, Sekernan and Sengeti, were also attacked, but the deaths were in the several of hundreds only. Muarojambi Head of Livestock Office, Parahuman Lubis, reported on Dec. 20 that losses were estimated at hundreds of millions of rupiahs. http://www.tempointeractive.com/hg/nasional/2012/12/21/brk,20121221-449609,uk.html

Tornado hits Alabama; 22800 still without power

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A tornado peeled the roofs from buildings, toppled trucks, and blew down oak trees and limbs in the Mobile area early Thursday, leading to road closures but no reports of major injuries, authorities said. National Weather Service officials assessed the damage Thursday afternoon and said the EF-1 tornado had estimated wind speeds of between 86 and 109 miles per hour. An EF2 or higher is considered a significant tornado. The American Red Cross office in Mobile suffered heavy damage and three of its disaster trailers there were destroyed, the organization said. The trailers contained c... more »

Bird flu confirmed in Dhading. Nepal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The Central Veterinary Lab, Tripureshwar has confirmed that chicken at a poultry farm in Dharke, Naubise in Dhading district died due to bird flu. Samples were taken for test from local Laxmi Pokhrel´s poultry farm after the chicken started dying all of a sudden at the poultry farm since December 13. A meeting of the District Livestock Office, Dhading, chaired by Chief District Officer and Chairman of Bird Flu Technical Committee, Dhading district, Bed Prasad Kharel, held today, declared the area around the farm as bird flu infected area and decided to cull the fowls here to preven... more »

Botulism cases confirmed near Longreach, Australia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Livestock producers are urged to check their cattle for signs of botulism following confirmed cases near Longreach, Winton and Aramac. Biosecurity Queensland Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Inspector Nicole Restelli said climatic conditions were contributing to the recent cases. "Recent confirmed cases of botulism have been found in areas where it doesn´t usually occur. All producers should monitor their herds for symptoms and take appropriate preventative measures. http://www.beefcentral.com/p/news/article/2584

Risk of volcanic eruption in Turkey

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
There is a risk of volcanic eruption in Turkish province of Mugla close to ​​Marmaris, CNN Turk TV channel said on Thursday. This was stated by scientists of Maltepe University. Some 12 scientists, carrying out research in the coastal Mediterranean area for several months found that there is a risk of an underwater volcano eruption as a result of numerous earthquakes in the area. A crater was also found at a depth of 25 metres under water. http://en.trend.az/news/incident/2101164.html

NATO detects Scud missile launches in Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has condemned Syria's firing of short-range missiles. A NATO source said allied surveillance had detected new launches of Scud-type missiles in Syria this week. The source said there had been multiple launches of the missiles inside Syria yesterday morning. http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1221/syria-conflict-assad.html


Anon at aangirfan - 5 hours ago
Was Adam Lanza drugged and brainwashed by the CIA? "Adam Lanza fits the profile of a pedophile-ring recruit­ young enough to approach children at the local schools and in the churches, possessing the computer skills to produce child-porn videos and typically passive-aggressive in personality." "The Lanzas attended the Saint Rosa of Lima Church, where eight child parishioners were among the shooting victims. "Santa Rosa is the very same order that sponsors the western-state hospital that employed Michael Jackson’s physician Dr. Conrad Murray. "As in the case of Jackson’s Neverla... more »

Mexico's Maya heartland awaits dawn of new era

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
In the darkness before dawn Friday, spiritualists prepared white clothes, drums, conch shells and incense ahead of the sunrise they believe will herald the birth of a new and better age as a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar comes to an end. No one was quite sure at what time the Mayas' 13th Baktun would officially end on this Dec. 21. Some think it already ended at midnight Thursday. Others looked to Friday's dawn here in the Maya heartland. Some had later times in mind. "Wait until the dawn on the 22nd; that is when we Maya will speak," Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigob... more »

Mayan apocalypse: End of the 13th Baktun as it happens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
9 Min to go, after a week of grey and rain outside, it is blistering sun shine, without a cloud in the sky :)

WikiLeaks To Release 1million New Files

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
WikiLeaks is preparing to release more than a million new documents next year, affecting every country in the world, the website's founder Julian Assange has said. Mr Assange gave a rare public address from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he took refuge in June. "In 2013, we will continue to stand up to bullies," he said to the cheers of supporters gathered in front of the building. http://news.sky.com/story/1028364/assange-fresh-wikileaks-files-to-be-released

Banks Face Break-Up Over Risky Trading

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
UK banks face break-up if they fail to follow new rules protecting high street operations from riskier trading. The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards has published a report assessing Government-backed legislation that will require lenders to protect customers' banking deposits from potential losses. http://news.sky.com/story/1028432/banks-face-break-up-over-risky-trading

Eddie Kidd's estranged wife Charged With Assaulting him

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The estranged wife of paralysed motorbike stunt rider Eddie Kidd has been charged with assaulting him. Samantha Kidd is due to appear in court next month accused of assaulting the 53-year-old six times in four months. The 44-year-old, of High Street, Seaford, allegedly beat her husband between July and October this year. http://news.sky.com/story/1028549/stunt-rider-eddie-kidd-wifes-assault-charge

UK Economic Growth Less Than Expected

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Britain's growth figure for the third quarter has been revised to 0.9%, by the Office for National Statistics. That is down from their previous estimate of 1%. Britain's dominant services sector posted meagre growth in October, adding to the challenge for the economy as a whole to expand in the last three months of 2012. http://news.sky.com/story/1028569/uk-economic-growth-less-than-expected

Tsunami Fears Over Sea Floor Collapse Near Oz

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A huge slab of sea floor near the Great Barrier Reef is in the early stages of collapse and could trigger a tsunami, researchers have warned. Marine geologists from Australia's James Cook University have been using advanced 3D mapping techniques on the deepest parts of the reef since 2007 and have discovered dozens of sub-marine canyons. On a recent trip, they found a one cubic kilometre slab of sea floor - the remains of an ancient underwater landslide - which is perched on the continental shelf. Geologist Robin Beaman said: "Under-sea landslides are a well understood geological ... more »

UK Weather: Flooding Ahead Of Xmas Getaway

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Britain has been warned it faces further flooding in some areas as more rain is set to sweep in over the next few days. So far, southern and south western England have been the worst affected, with deluges in Devon, Cornwall and Hampshire leading to more than an inch of rain in some places. http://news.sky.com/story/1028470/weather-flooding-ahead-of-xmas-getaway

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 21st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Friday, December 21, 2012 at 09:26:52 UTC Friday, December 21, 2012 at 09:26:52 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.151°S, 176.322°W Depth 234.7 km (145.8 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 159 km (98 miles) NW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 21st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Friday, December 21, 2012 at 08:07:18 UTC Friday, December 21, 2012 at 05:07:18 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.602°N, 141.912°E Depth 35.3 km (21.9 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 54 km (33 miles) SSE of Ofunato, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NIAS REGION, INDONESIA - 21st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Friday, December 21, 2012 at 07:30:44 UTC Friday, December 21, 2012 at 02:30:44 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 0.989°N, 98.778°E Depth 62.8 km (39.0 miles) Region NIAS REGION, INDONESIA Distances 68 km (42 miles) SW of Padangsidempuan, Indonesia

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 21st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Friday, December 21, 2012 at 07:05:10 UTC Friday, December 21, 2012 at 01:05:10 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.476°N, 91.786°W Depth 35.5 km (22.1 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 91 km (56 miles) S of Champerico, Guatemala

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 21st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Friday, December 21, 2012 at 06:23:09 UTC Friday, December 21, 2012 at 08:23:09 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 15.365°S, 173.012°W Depth 40.3 km (25.0 miles) Region TONGA Distances 102 km (63 miles) NE of Hihifo, Tonga

Bugarach Sealed Off As 'Doomsday Nears'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A tiny village in the Pyrenees has been sealed off as police try to prevent an invasion by those seeking salvation from a predicted apocalypse. The jagged mountain which dwarfs Bugarach is said to contain aliens, who plan to board a spacecraft and flee the Earth before the end of the world. There are those, admittedly in a minority, who believe the ETs may take some humans for the ride, allowing them to perpetuate humanity. http://news.sky.com/story/1028417/end-of-world-french-village-ready-for-doomsday

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIA - 21st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Friday, December 21, 2012 at 04:49:06 UTC Friday, December 21, 2012 at 04:49:06 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.229°N, 157.781°E Depth 132.3 km (82.2 miles) Region KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIA Distances 85 km (52 miles) SSW of Paratunka, Russia

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 21st December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Friday, December 21, 2012 at 01:45:18 UTC Friday, December 21, 2012 at 03:45:18 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.735°S, 174.105°W Depth 30.7 km (19.1 miles) Region TONGA Distances 106 km (65 miles) SSE of Pangai, Tonga

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 20th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 21:47:30 UTC Friday, December 21, 2012 at 06:47:30 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 0.546°N, 126.233°E Depth 31.2 km (19.4 miles) Region MOLUCCA SEA Distances 129 km (80 miles) WSW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia

Expanding Dust Bowls in China and Africa Threaten Food Prospects

Photo courtesy: USDAgov The following article was written by Janet Larsen, Director of Research for the Earth Policy Institute. When most people hear the term “dust bowl,” they think of the American heartland in the 1930s, when a homesteading wheat bonanza led to the plowing up of the Great Plains’ native grassland, culminating in the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Despite warnings from researchers and some farmers, history repeated itself in the Soviet Virgin Lands Project in the 1950s to early 1960s. Some 100 million acres (40 million hectares) of grassland wer... more »

No One Knows Where This Will Lead

Wit's End - 7 hours ago
So many disparate events have conspired to delay a timely post here at Wit's End that I won't even attempt to outline them (briefly - an onslaught of dire papers presented at the AGU conference in San Francisco, the horrific shooting in Connecticut - and a whole lot in between). This laggard posting is not due to any dearth of material about trees dying from ozone; alas. To the contrary there is far, far too much and it has all been accumulating like an insatiable and slovenly fat monster - so be warned! Please don't complain - I have been far more tormented writing this than ca... more »

Some good news

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
Assuming the Mayans were wrong then here's some good news. At 11:12 GMT today, the sun will reach its (apparent) southernmost point and start (apparently) travelling northward, thus for us in the northern hemisphere the days will start getting longer. In other words today is the winter solstice.


Anon at aangirfan - 7 hours ago
The son of a leading faculty member at a Connecticut prep school was making a documentary on child abductions. "He had no intention of saving kids from these criminals, since his stated ambition was to launch a pornography industry in China." *The Connecticut prep school "sponsors troubled boys and prepares them for a life of male prostitution, with dormitory screenings of videos showing the gang rape of preteen girls."* This is done "with the knowledge and sometimes approval of teachers, according to testimony submitted to court." *Sandy Hook - Rense* * * *Yoichi Shimatsu* and ... more »

Welcome to the Age of Aquarius!

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
Music by the 5th Dimension, circa 1969.

What is 'Hate Speech' or Why Islamic Fascists Get Away With Hate Speech - No Compulsion

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago

China to Move 700 Mountains - Literally

A long, long time ago, an old Chinese peasant named Yu Gong decided to move two inconveniently located mountains away from blocking the entrance to his home. Legend has it he struggled terribly, but ultimately succeeded. Hence the Chinese idiom "Yu Gong moves the mountains." Where there's a will, there's a way. Now Chinese developers are putting old Yu to shame. In what is being billed as the largest "mountain-moving project" in Chinese history, one of China's biggest construction firms will spend £2.2bn to flatten 700 mountains levelling the area Lanzhou, allowing developers to ... more »

Does Greater Efficiency Lead to Greater Waste?

Photo courtesy: Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0 Many years ago, I thought I had been visually violated when I closed the door to a ladies' stall; and, found a face staring at me. I felt that advertising had finally crossed the line - I mean some places are supposed to be sacred; and, this was one of them. However, this was many years ago; and, apparently things have progressed since then. Read on for Lloyd Alter's point of view: I have always been dubious about the rebound effect, or Jevons Paradox. It's the theory that suggests that as things become more efficient, we use more of them, sa... more »

Apocalyptic Neocons Fear That Hagel As Chief of Pentagon Will Mark End of Israel's Special Status

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Apocalyptic neocons are paranoid. They believe their world will end if Chuck Hagel becomes the chief of the Pentagon.* Apocalyptic neoconservatives who aggressively pushed the United States into war in Iraq following the *false flag September 11 events* are fighting President Obama's nomination of Vietnam veteran and former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. Appointing Hagel as Pentagon chief would be a total renouncement of the neoconservative ideology. Hagel's ascendancy signals the end of Israel's special status in Washington's *schizophrenic foreign policy establ... more »

Mayan Calenders and Today

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
The only thing that is interesting about this date is that we understand the Mayan Calender and its link to astronomy and their marvelous system for doing large numbers. This allowed for a date in the distant future to be easily named but likely linked to an extant event as the one real point of reference. It may even be astronomical but just as plausibly honoring a ruler who came under the correct signs thus linking it indirectly to astronomy. In the meantime it is worth noting just how well the ancients managed to study the stars and the movement of objects in the Sola... more »

Thirteen Years on Death Row

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
What DNA testing has accomplished is to highlight in a very public way the utter shortcomings of a seriously overtaxed justice system that ultimately places justice itself as a low priority. We all understand that the present drug criminalization regime has become unenforceable and hugely burdensome as black hole for talent. Thus we have these horrors. In my case it took one of the worst serial killers to help me understand that the death penalty is a very bad idea. I came to understand that I did not want this man to die at all. Instead I wanted him to sit in his cel... more »

Guyana Cryptids

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
Since we are on to the trail of the giant sloth, it is useful to look at some items from South America were we already know the creature’s hide was recovered as recently as late nineteenth century. These are compelling reports and again conform nicely to the giant sloth. It is noteworthy that this initial survey of local cultural sources came up with a familiar suite of cryptids that are independent of other sources and not influenced by them. A lot of this information does not even exist or at best in a couple of scant reports. The little guys are a precursor of huma... more »

"It's not about Jews, it's about Israel"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
The next time you hear a 'pro-Palestinian' activist inform you that the Middle East problems are not about Jews but just Israel, call them out as a liar. Many use that explanation to try and excuse their visceral hatred of Israel AND Jews. If they are demonstrating their support for Hezbollah, maybe claiming that it is a social organisation dedicated to helping the Lebanese people, remind them what Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah said: "If all the Jews gathered in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide. . . . It is an open war until the elimination of ... more »

350,000 Trees Planted in Uganda

Photo courtesy: Flickr/CC BY 2.0 Trees are such an awe inspiring, multi-functional creation that many poems, sonnets and other literary pieces have been dedicated to them. Remember these: "Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." "Wise is the man who plants a tree under whose shade he will never sit". Most people, myself included, have a special fondness for trees, so it was heart-warming to learn that tree-planting is not a lost art, and that the Earth Day Network has completed the first phase of its commitment to plant 10 million tree... more »

Toews an ill-timed Johnny-on-the-spot justifying imposition of U.S.-style gun-show anarchy

david at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
Victor Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Insecurity and Zombification, rendered by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Below, a shifty looking Mr. Toews as he appears in the halls of Parliament. Pat Martin is a Great Canadian. ™ What a perfect way to throw a little red meat to your gun-nut money machine! Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ... more »

Prime Rib...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*rocks.* My demo today was a perfectly roasted 6 lb prime rib. *How to do it:* If it hasn't been done already, have the meat cutter cut off the bone and tie it back on for roasting. *The Rub:* 3 TB sugar 3 TB Kosher salt 3 TB course ground pepper 1 TB Rosemary ground up with a mortar and pestle 5 Garlic cloves squished through a garlic squisher Add olive oil to form a paste and rub all over your prime rib. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow roast to come to room temperature (about 4 hours) * The Searing* Preheat oven to 460. I've found that any higher temp has a tendency to bu... more »

Subir Sachdev on AdS/CMT

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
*Yes, it's the date of another major failed end of the world ;-)* My ex-colleague and fellow superhero, condensed matter physicist Subir Sachdev wrote a neat article for a mostly bad magazine called *Scientific American*, Strange and Stringy It does a good job in explaining one skill of string theory from a viewpoint of someone who was definitely not trained as a string theorist. In condensed matter physics, there are various phases of matter displaying numerous kinds of behavior (and critical behavior) and things can get very complicated. However, under somewhat general circumstan... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Murdered by US government black operations team?* It looks as though the planners of the US government black operation at Sandy Hook intended to frame, and murder, both Adam and Ryan Lanza. The suspect arrested in the woods was named by Associated Press as Ryan Lanza. "BOTH Lanza brothers were being placed by 'law enforcement officials' at the scene of the shooting. "It could be that Ryan’s quick reflexes to leave his workplace to get on a bus to go back to his apartment while protesting innocence via his Facebook page may have saved his life... "What it’s starting to look like... more »

dreams - town meeting - big brown dog

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 10 hours ago
*image courtesy of **elle kelly** blog*well, it's exactly what I asked for before going to sleep last night, "Vivid dream - feel the dream." I wrote exactly this in my Dream Diary. And, boy, did I get it. 04:47 a.m. I can still feel the soggy grass of the miniature golf course that had been created on the back field off Elizabeth Road, Haydock, where I used to live. It was a raised green. Not well tended. Further down the fairway, beside hedges, a big brown dog was let loose by its foul-mouthed owner and bounded back and forth; jousting with me. But it didnt' bother me. I just poin... more »

Grandway Designer Apron Giveaway

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
One of the very first sewing projects I ever tackled was an apron. I have worn that apron with crooked seams for years and while it has done the job, I never really loved it. It worked, but it wasn't cute. I have been looking for a cute and functional apron ever since. I finally found it in Grandway's Designer Aprons. When I received my apron in the mail, I opened the box and my husband asked if I had bought a new dress. It really does look like a vintage dress instead of what we typically associate as a dowdy kitchen apron. While I loved how the apron looked, I waited to pas... more »

Texas Photos Dec 12

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 11 hours ago

Concerns about day workers

skrashen at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
Some background: A few weeks ago, a letter was published in the Malibu Surfside News about a Thanksgiving dinner for day workers who use the Malibu Labor Exchange. About 300 people showed up. The next week, a letter appeared in the Surfside News accusing the organizers of the dinner of aiding and abetting “criminal misconduct. Illegal aliens break our laws by virtue of their presence here. When they work, they break more laws, to say nothing of committing identity theft with forged and stolen documents.” He called the organizers “a political cancer” and said that “This group of nit... more »

Sandy Hook massacre: Official story spins out of control -- Puppet Masters -- Sott.net

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
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If we stamp out ambiguity, Bob Mankoff wonders (while setting fire to his own straw man), is there room left for humor?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*by Ken* I've started reading it, and have every expectation, or at least hope. of someday finishing it, or anyways reading more of it, but as *New Yorker*cartoon editor Bob Mankoff explains in his newsletter-blogpost this week, "ÇA ÜŠLÁ," in this week's issue Joshua Foer has a piece, "Utopian for Beginners," about a language called Ithkuil, which was "created from scratch" (as Bob puts it) by amateur linguish John Quijada. I've read far enough to know that to the considerable puzzlement of Mr. Quijada, interest in Ithkuil is off the charts in Russia and other parts of the former S... more »

The Great Terence McKenna: Final Thoughts On 2012

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
"John Hazard: We have 14 years until this event, measured on the calendar—and a really common, ordinary way to describe the times that we're living in is that they're very, very chaotic, filled with acts of unspeakable evil, um, and at the same time there's this sort buzz and thrust of optimism: everything from a guy like Peter Swartz talking about the long wave, the big booming economy, breakthroughs in educational levels and qualities of life but it's definitely a dynamic where you've got extremes of good and evil in that way. Would you talk a little bit about the relationship ... more »

World will not Going to be End: NASA

Megaan at Current news updates, World current news - 12 hours ago
*Dec. 21, 2012, is the threatening day in everyone’s mind, but the thing is it won't be the end of the world as we know; however, it will be another winter solstice.* Dissimilar to some of the common beliefs out there, the claims behind the end of the world quickly unravel when pinned down to the 2012 timeline. But NASA gives correct answer to everyone thoughts. The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists universal know of no threat connected with 2012. Nibiru and other stories about naughty plan... more »

The Ayatollah-In-Chief: Obama Plays Role of Wise Priest In Aftermath of Sandy Hook False Flag

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
*Read: 5 Reasons Why The White House Is A Faith-Based Institution.* "All the world’s religions — so many of them represented here today — start with a simple question: Why are we here? What gives our life meaning? What gives our acts purpose? We know our time on this Earth is fleeting. We know that we will each have our share of pleasure and pain; that even after we chase after some earthly goal, whether it’s wealth or power or fame, or just simple comfort, we will, in some fashion, fall short of what we had hoped. We know that no matter how good our intentions, we will ... more »

Shiprock: Navajos Flash Mob Round Dance 'Idle No More'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
IDLE NO MORE: Flash Mob Round Dance - Shiprock, NM 'Idle No More' flash mob dance in Edmonton, Canada by Denette Chee-Chief and Shiela Chee-Chief Friday, December 21, 2012 6:00 pm Nizhoni Park (at da river bridge) Navajo Nation 110 percent supports IDLE NO MORE. Come on down to Shiprock to show your support for our Canadian brothers and sisters! Nizhoni Park is located next to

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“Why is this nebula so complex? When a star like our Sun is dying, it will cast off its outer layers, usually into a simple overall shape. Sometimes this shape is a sphere, sometimes a double lobe, and sometimes a ring or a helix. In the case of planetary nebula NGC 5189, however, no such simple structure has emerged. To help find out why, the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope recently observed NGC 5189 in great detail. *Click image for larger size. * Previous findings indicated the existence of multiple epochs of material outflow, including a recent one that created a bright... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, "It"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"It"* by Chet Raymo "A Howard Nemerov poem might be twelve pages long or twelve words long. He was equally adept at the epic and the aphorism. He could be serious or fun. Sometimes both at the same time. Consider the following poem, called "A Life," which I quote in its entirety. (How does "fair use" apply to something so short?) "Innocence? In a sense. In no sense! Was that *it?* Was *that* it? *Was* that it? That was it." Now I hear my spouse's voice whispering in my ear: *What's all this musing about death lately? Why all this late-life pessimi... more »

The Poet: Arlene Gay Levine, "The Road"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"The Road"* "Here is the road: the light comes and goes then returns again. Be gentle with your fellow travelers as they move through the world of stone and stars whirling with you yet every one alone. The road waits. Do not ask questions but when it invites you to dance at daybreak, say yes. Each step is the journey; a single note the song." ~ Arlene Gay Levine


Neocons are often apt to use the analogy of Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler prior to World War Two to highlight the so-called danger they think the West puts itself in when trying to avoid a confrontation between the West and Iran. But, at the end of the day, the reality is that it is the neocons that are trying, in a somewhat perverse sense and twist to the notion of appeasement, appease the Zionists of Israel inasmuch that it’s the Israelis and their neocon supporters who want to attack Iran – just as Hitler and the Nazis wanted to attack East Europe. Prior to the Second World... more »

Alan Grayson Explains Why He Opposes A Conservative Plan To Unravel Social Security That Starts With A Chained CPI

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Betrayal Voting on the rule to permit a vote on Boehner's cynical Plan B gave some clues to how the real vote would come down. It passed 219-197, every Democrat voting NO and 13 Republicans joining them: Justin Amash (MI), Paul Broun (GA), Trent Franks (AZ), Louie Gohmert (TX), Andy Harris (MD), Tim Huelskamp (KS), Walter Jones (NC), Jim Jordan (OH), Jeff Landry (LA), Thomas Massie (KY), Ron Paul (TX), Mean Jean Schmidt (OH) and Joe Walsh (IL). Unless more 11 Republicans were to join the revolt-- and the Democrats held 100% united, Plan B will pass the House and instantly die, as th... more »

Tyranny of Talking Heads: The Establishment Media Declares War On Quiet Introverts

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 hours ago
All the evidence points to the reality that the tragic mass shooting in Newtown was a black op and magic ritual, which begs the question: Why is the patsy being described as quiet, lonely, shy, and depressed? Is there a reason? What is it about these personality characteristics and psychological traits that the establishment hates? Do the talking heads in the media have something against quiet and shy people? Why hype these characteristics of the patsy? Do they want to demonize quiet youth? Do they want every young person to be a crazy party animal? Maybe I'm exaggerating, but I t... more »

Did you hear the one about the two Mayan's?

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago

UK Protests Gun Ban - Who will ban guns next?

Intercept at The Intercept - 16 hours ago
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Gerard van der Ree on The Hydrogen Sonata: “Learning From Utopia”

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson at Duck of Minerva - 16 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. Gerard van der Ree is Assistant Professor at University College Utrecht. Continue reading

Syria: Putin Talks, Israeli reporters in Syria, Benghazi and more

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
Syria: Always on my mind. What has been happening? *Vladimir Putin call for non-military solution for Syria* *Video available at link above* Reminds listeners of the mess in Benghazi, Libya. Including the death of an “Ambassador” More on Benghazi shortly Russia's President Putin says he is concerned that the push to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad could plunge the country even deeper into violence. Speaking during his annual news conference, Mr Putin said mistakes from Libya should not be repeated in Syria. He stressed that Russia was not interested in the survival of Assad's... more »

Thanks, NRA Cowards, For The Connecticut Bloodbath

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 17 hours ago
*BY MARC McDONALD* [image: victimssandyhook] Thanks, NRA, for fighting any meaningful regulations that could help keep guns out of the hands of the violent and mentally ill. Thanks to you, guns can be bought in America as easily as a loaf of bread. We also appreciate your work on ferociously opposing the Brady Bill (which Ronald Reagan, by the way, supported). Rest assured, though, despite your crazy, paranoid fantasies, NO meaningful action will be taken on guns in the aftermath of this latest horrible bloodbath. Thanks to you, dozens, if not hundreds of more children will be brut... more »

Roswell Dome of Silence

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 17 hours ago
It has long been clear that a craft did crash and that bodies were recovered. Now that the last key witnesses have effectively left us, it is noteworthy that a number have provided confirmation. The quality is such here that it goes beyond plausible denial and they are deathbed reports. I do not expect to see any more. This does provide full credence to additional reports in which the bodies were observed by a privileged few. It is also far too easy to speculate on what took place thereafter, but my first guess is that not much in terms of science itself. Way more plaus... more »

"Batchwiper": New computer virus hitting Iran could be more potent than it looks

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
A new apparently simple computer virus targeting Iran may be more potent than it appears, according to an Israeli security expert. The Iranian Maher computer security center said earlier this week it had identified a new malware that creates files on desktop and laptop Windows computers that completely wipe out the data on disk drives. The malware is “simple in design,” the Iranian group said, but it is “efficient and can wipe disk partitions and user profile directories without being recognized by anti-virus software,” and thus constitutes a major threat to computers in Iran. The ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago

Mother of 'I Am Bomb, Jihad' T-Shirt Boy Appears in French Court - Israel National News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
Followers of the religion of peace in action again... http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?type=0&item=163353

False Flag Fiscal Cliff: Time to Call Their Bluff (End of the World As We Understand It?)

So, they've almost been totally exposed for the craven "leaders" they are. Almost. Considering this "fiscal cliff" event as a false flag operation by the wealthy against the rest of us puts it into very clear perspective. And with so many easy solutions (taxpayer-enriching solutions, that is) to choose from. Funny how the wealthy never mention any of these, isn't it? You gotta just love that

The Two Dumbest Animals In The Human Kingdom

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 18 hours ago
The two dumbest animals in the human kingdom are Christian Zionists and Sunni Jihadist terrorists. In a *recent interview on Tunisian TV*, a Jihadist from Tunisia said he regrets fighting in Syria and that he and his pals were treated like cannon fodder by his commanders in a cause without righteousness. The problem is they listened to their imams. And Christian Zionists have the same problem. They've been brainwashed by mega church preachers and fake Christian broadcasters.

The Big Republican Menu of Fear: It's What's for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 18 hours ago
*They long to bathe in fear forever and ever, don't they? For Republicans, it's "so much to fear, so little time."* *by Noah* Reality can be a scary place for anyone, but if you have chosen to be a Republican, you have chosen a lifestyle that comes with its own bonus fears. Are you addicted to fear? If you are a Republican, fear is the only time you look ahead. If you are a Republican, it's bad enough that you live in a world -- * where your child might learn about sex sometime before their 25th birthday * where so many people eat "strange" food and don't look "like you" * where s... more »

Western Marxism

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 18 hours ago
Western Marxism (both the train of thought called Western Marxism and Marxism in the West) is cultural. The eponymous founder of Marxism concentrated most of his effort on a critique of political economy. He showed that capitalism not only leads to cyclical crisis but that these cyclical crises over time lead to an existential one. In the Communist Manifesto this existential crises is described as having one of two results, either revolutionary reconstitution or common ruin. He showed that there is a class capable of positively resolving this crisis. Despite many valiant attempts ... more »

The end is in sight - at least for 2012

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 19 hours ago
Parque Central decked out for Christmas and the end of the Mayan calendar*Feliz Navidad a todos *as the festive season closes in. And if the world must end, may it be as sunny and as pleasant as it is right now in Copan. We'll be out at the Copan Ruinas archaeological site tomorrow night with the rest of the crowds just in case there's something to this end-of-the-world business. Might as well have ringside seats. But I'm counting on the experts and the Mayan people to be right about the whole thing being a trumped-up myth. We're leaving on Saturday for two weeks of enjoying the Cari... more »

“Going After Guns: 'You Can't Have Police State And Armed Population'”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“Going After Guns:* * 'You Can't Have Police State And Armed Population'”* by Paul Craig Roberts "I have known for a long time that US news is agenda-driven. Tonight (December 18) I was made aware of the extent to which agenda-driven US news drives the news of the rest of the world. For reasons unbeknownst to me, Russia Today Moscow requested a live TV interview via Skype about the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings that killed 20 young children and several adults. I was interested to know what was Moscow’s interest in the shootings, and I agreed to the interview. I wa... more »

"The One Percent's Titanic Self-Delusion"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"The One Percent's Titanic Self-Delusion"* By Terrance Heath "Last summer I compared the GOP to a mutinous first-mate on the Titanic, steering the economy into an iceberg in hopes of taking over when the captain goes with the ship, while forgetting that they’re “in the same boat.” If our economy was the RMS Titanic, Republicans would be like an ambitious first mate, so eager to seize power from the captain that he steers the ship of state into an iceberg, thinking he’ll take over when the captain goes down with the ship. Republicans have forgotten- or no longer care- they’re on... more »
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