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Monday, December 24, 2012

24 December - Blogs I'm Following

10:05 am MST

Galletita de chocolate con dulces

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 58 seconds ago
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Graph of the Day: Average Level of Fine Particulate Matter in Asia Air Pollution, 1993-2010

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 minutes ago
[image: Average Level of Fine Particulate Matter in Asia Air Pollution, 1993-2010. Improvements in air quality improvements in Asian cities that were visible in the last decade have stalled and the levels of fine particulate matter (PM10), the most important air pollutant in terms of health impact, are back to pre-2000 levels and still climbing in many of the cities in Asia. Clean Air Asia, 2012] By Cornie Huizenga Hong Kong, December 5, 2012. Improvements in air quality improvements in Asian cities that were visible in the last decade have stalled and the levels of fine particula... more »

Kiribati’s desperate plea for action on global warming

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 5 minutes ago
[image: Teuga Patolo stands in king-tide waters that surround her neighbour's house on Kiribati. A three-year study by Australia's CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology suggests the Pacific's small island states can expect rising sea levels, more heavy rainfall events, more very hot days and more cyclones. Rodney Dekker / Oxfam] TARAWA, 22 December 2012 (Pina/Rnzi) – The Commonwealth Secretary-General has appealed to governments of developed countries to travel to Kiribati to witness the country's vulnerability to climate change impacts. Kamalesh Sharma most recently visited Kiribati la... more »

Pinos de navidad en la nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 7 minutes ago
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Regalos para esta navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 minutes ago
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Velas Decorativas para la cena de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 14 minutes ago
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Mildly Cranky Monday Blogging

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 17 minutes ago
The basic, underlying fact of the fiscal cliff negotiations is, well, what you learn in high school civics: the eventual solution will need to pass the House, the Senate, and be signed by the president. Given a Republican House and a Democratic president, that means (1) that the Senate is mostly irrelevant (hey, someone tell Jonathan Weisman at the New York Times), and (2) that it really doesn't matter whether a GOP-only or conservative-only bill can get through the House (hey, someone tell Nate Silver at the New York Times). And going back a bit: the other underlying fact is that ... more »

Your 2012 climate change scorecard

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 17 minutes ago
[image: American League vs. National League baseball scoreboard. Mike Pick / flickr.com]By Philip Bump 21 December 2012 As our friends at 350.org like to remind us, climate change really comes down to math. Put *x* amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, see *y*degrees of warming. Our goal — meaning, our goal as an evolved, aware species that would rather not be plagued by droughts and megastorms and constant flooding and armed conflict — is to reduce how much carbon dioxide we’re putting into the atmosphere each year instead of continually increasing the amount. We’re not... more »

Imagenes de Navidad ccon muñeco de Nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 20 minutes ago
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Esferas y regalos de navidad color dorado

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 25 minutes ago
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La navidad de Bugs bony con sus amigos

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 29 minutes ago
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For some cities, Doomsday is real

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 34 minutes ago
[image: Two Mumbais: Condos and shantytowns. nymag.com] By Emma Whitford 20 December 2012 Despite the hysteria, it’s safe to say that tomorrow's Mayan Doomsday will end up as nothing but the latest apocalyptic hype. But even after December 21, Earth will hardly be in the clear. While we may have dodged one gigantic, irreversible blow to humanity (for now, at least), various cities across the globe will continue to face actual existential threats to their survival. Perhaps sooner than we’d like to think. Increasingly, we humans are living an urban existence. The 2012 "Future Pro... more »

It's a winter wonderland here...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 35 minutes ago
*in time for Christmas.*

Adornos para arbol de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 36 minutes ago
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Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 37 minutes ago
------------------------------ 18 December 2012 *Israeli Diplomatic Crime* Boaz Guttman: Not only Pollard in 1985 Israeli Embassy in US Diplomatic Mail used for criminal acts. Attached are the unredacted versions. You can publish my US NYC Telephone (212-561-5170) also my email (bg10[at]bezeqint.net). My US Telepone is also in my site 4Law.co.il in the about page. ------------------------------ Boaz Guttman sends: The Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C. has a diplomatic mail channel. This channel is not only used for regular working than also for criminal crimes commited by th... more »

River relics in central U.S. surface as drought drops water levels

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 39 minutes ago
[image: The drought revealed this WWII minesweeper, seen here on 28 November 2012 on the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri. Colby Buchanan, US Coast Guard, via AP] By Jim Salter 23 December 2012 ST. LOUIS (AP) – From sunken steamboats to a millennium-old map engraved in rock, the drought-drained rivers of the nation's midsection are offering a rare and fleeting glimpse into years gone by. Lack of rain has left many rivers at low levels unseen for decades, creating problems for river commerce and recreation and raising concerns about water supplies and hydropower if the ... more »

U.S. lists 2 ice seal species as threatened, including ringed seals, which are prey of polar bears

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 45 minutes ago
[image: In this 30 April 2001 file photo provided by Brendan P. Kelly, a ringed seal looks out of a snow cave on the ice off of Barrow, Alaska. Ringed seals, the main prey of polar bears, and bearded seals in the Arctic Ocean will be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced, Friday, 21 December 2012. Brendan P. Kelly / Associated Press] ANCHORAGE, Alaska, 21 December 2012 (AP) – Two types of ice seals joined polar bears Friday on the list of species threatened by the loss of sea ice, which scientists say r... more »

Imágenes navideñas, postales y tarjetas para compartir.

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 47 minutes ago
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India's triumph: Sonali Mukherjee, acid attack victim, goes on TV game show and becomes millionaire

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
When Sonali Mukherjee spurned the advances of three of her fellow students, they responded by melting her face with acid. But rather than hide herself away, the 27-year-old applied to appear on India's most-watched TV quiz show - and walked away a millionaire. "If you can stare at a picture of a pretty woman then you can look at my burnt face too," Mukherjee tells AFP in her tiny home in the capital New Delhi. "It's very easy for victims of acid attacks to swallow poison but I made the choice to stand up and scream and shout against the violence." The recent gang-rape of a univer... more »

The Year of Arguing Crazily!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2012* *And the tone-challenged land of the swells:* Who was Nancy Lanza? We’ll recommend this lengthy profile from yesterday’s Washington Post. Last week, we were stunned by the uninformed tripe which appeared at one liberal outpost concerning this question. Because it’s Christmas Eve, we aren’t going to link or even name names! But the world isn’t served when we liberals give ourselves over to “imagining” about the dead, especially when we keep noting the fact that we don’t have any real idea what we’re talking about. Yesterday, we thought the Post provided... more »

Australia: Fire at Wundowie fanned by strong winds, "under control"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Fire authorities say a blaze that is burning near Wundowie, north east of Perth, is now under control, after jumping containment lines. The fire, which started yesterday, was fanned by strong winds and hot conditions. It was burning on land north of Coates Road and heading towards Kingia Road. A resident says flames were licking at his fence line and came to within 8 metres of his house, which was too close for comfort. At one point, a number of houses in the area were under threat. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15706762/fire-at-wundowie-flares-out-of-control/

New Zealand: Police confirm spy drone purchase

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Police have confirmed to 3 News they have purchased a spy drone or unmanned aerial vehicle for use in criminal investigations. They say at this stage the technology, used in war zones such as Gaza and Afghanistan, is only being trialled here. Greg O’Connor of the Police Association says it is an innovative breakthrough for the force. “It’s smarter, it’s cheaper, it’s more efficient,” he says. “Why wouldn’t police use it?” Police initially refused to talk to 3 News about their potential use of drones, but more details were released after a complaint was submitted to the ombudsman. ... more »

Housekeeping and Merry Christmas

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 hour ago
Merry Christmas to all those celebrating the holiday. And for the rest of us, a very happy Rickey Henderson's birthday tomorrow. I've always thought that Oakland Tech should be named in his honor, but I hadn't realized how many famous people went there -- not just Ron Dellums, but also (assuming wikipedia is correct) Clint Eastwood, Huey P. Newton, Ted Lange, and Frank Oz. Okay, granted, only a handful of people think Ted Lange is important, but still. Also Rod McKuen, but I'm guessing he has fewer fans than Ted Lange. I'd still name it after Henderson, but I suppose I could see arg... more »

the 'Pompeii' of Japan: Scientists unearth body of 6th century Japanese 'warrior' who was buried by molten ash 'as he tried to calm wrath of erupting volcano'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The remains of a 1,400-year-old Japanese warrior wearing body armour has been found by archaeologists at a site known as the 'Pompeii of Japan'. The body of the sixth-century Kofun-period man had been buried by hot ash from an erupting volcano and as a result has been well preserved. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2250023/Pompeii-Japan-Scientists-unearth-body-6th-century-Japanese-warrior-buried-molten-ash.html


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*Saints paving way, laying foundation for brighter future * *High winds to jeopardize Christmas Eve bonfires* *Michoud Gets More Deep Space Work ~NOLA DEFENDER* *Clean-oyster debate on tap once again* *Roots of Music's Marching Crusaders to the Rose Parade ~WWOZ*

FOOLED ABOUT SCHOOLS: How we would have reported those test scores!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2012* *Also, conclusions and cautions:* We’ll admit it: We remain fascinated by the reporting of the latest international test scores. For our money, American students did surprising well on last year’s international tests—especially given the decade of disparagement aimed at American schools in the mainstream press. We think those new scores are surprisingly good. But in the Washington Post and the New York Times, gloom and doom still drove the reporting. So too in the Associated Press, where familiar old scripting prevailed. (For part 1 of last week's five-... more »

Meanwhile, Just Below the Surface, Canadian Discontent Builds

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
Canadians are quietly simmering. A poll finds a majority of Canadians now support grassroots protests as a vehicle to force political action. *The majority of respondents said they supported grassroots protests, including the Occupy movement and the British Columbia referendum against the harmonized sales tax. People are looking at other methods of political participation beyond conventional parties, said Environics pollster Keith Neuman, in an interview discussing the poll on Canadian values conducted jointly with the University of Alberta.* *Also, when it comes to taxes, the p... more »

Reinstate David Muritu

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 2 hours ago
What do you call an employer that circumvents long-established disciplinary procedures and sacks the branch secretary of its recognised trade union on the last day before the seasonal break? There are many unpleasant names that spring to mind, but because it's Christmas I'll use this employer's official title: Halesowen College. I reproduce below the statement supporting the reinstatement of UCU branch secretary, David Muritu. It is my understanding that this is just the beginning. Entirely coincidentally, of course, three more active members of the union are facing disciplinaries.... more »

NATO: Killing Christians. Russia's Syrian presence "problematic" ?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
And much more. Sadly. First a bit of a rant. It’s Christmas time. Peace on Earth and Good will towards all of mankind If only. If only. If only. Sigh... I’ll come back to that First. Syria. The birth of Christ. The plight of the Christians in Syria. They are threatened. Most definitely! But, not by their government. Not by their leader *Instead the Christians of Syria are threatened by the NATO/Israeli backed mercs* Let us all read together. At this time of love for our fellow man......? Whilst the Christians of the West sit silent as their brethren are being slaughtered for the politic... more »

Colección de adornos de Navidad para blogs, páginas web y postales navideñas en alta resolución.

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 2 hours ago
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Idle No More

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 3 hours ago
What harper has to realize is that while he's sitting in his comfortable house on Sussex Drive, enjoying the fruits of his stolen majority government, basking in the adulation of idiots and the tepid applause of his corporate paymasters, is that for other people, the end results of his policies are intolerable. I said this previously: This is where the irresistible force meets the immovable object. And the tragedy is that the First Nations, as a people, do not like conflict. They do not want to put their bodies on the line against the police. They do not want to be surrounded a... more »

AIPAC Agent Eliot Engel Goes After Obama Cabinet Pick As Being Too Anti-Israel

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Engel's the Israeli agent in the middle Before the House Democrats elected their ranking members, we started warning about the potential disaster of putting Zionist extremist Eliot Engel, who's loyalties are demonstrably more to the Likud Party in Israel than to the U.S.A., in as ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Engel, a New Dem and "Free" Trade cypher, was up against another Zionist, Brad Sherman, who isn't as extreme as Engel. House Democratic leadership, though, was intent on filling every position they could with New Dems-- while the Progressive Caucus dozed-- and... more »

Late breakfast

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago

A final order is one which disposes of a substantive issue in the litigation

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
1250264Ontario Inc. v. Pet Valu Canada Inc., 2012 ONCA 901 sets out the test for determining if an order is final: [2] The test to be applied for deciding this issue is well settled and is the one described in *Ball v. Donais* [1993] O.J. No. 972 at para. 3: While that order did not finally dispose of the rights of the parties to the litigation, it did subject to appeal therefrom finally dispose of the issue raised by that defence and thereby deprive the defendant of a substantive right which could be determinative of the entire action.

Limiting instruction to jury necessary even where no objection to evidence made

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
R. v. Chamot, 2012 ONCA 903 deals with a case where no objection was made to bad character evidence in a criminal jury trial. The Court held the failure to object did not mean the trial judge was correct in not giving a limiting direction: [73] First, counsel's failure to object can be a very important consideration when assessing the effect of a non-direction: see e.g., *R. v. J.S.**,* 2010 ONCA 606, at para. 7. For example, in cases where the potential misuse of the evidence is debatable, counsel's failure to object at trial may well influence the appellate court. Howev... more »

A Reader's Response

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
Two days ago, I published a post on Stephen Harper and guns. Yesterday, I received an email from a reader. That term, while accurate, is a bit misleading. Like me, the reader is a retired teacher. But, unlike me, he has been an officer in the Canadian Forces. And, during summers, he used to shoot competitively at paper targets. He has been a friend for twenty-seven years. This is his response: Owen, Until I read your blog yesterday, I had never heard of the National Rifle Association of Canada, despite its existence since 1978. I was, however a member of two other shooting group... more »

A Krugman Puzzler

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 4 hours ago
I often disagree with Paul Krugman, but I usually understand him. Lately, however, I have been puzzled about his view of the bond market. In a recent post, he takes President Obama to task for believing that the failure to deal with our long-term fiscal imbalance might cause a spike in interest rates: America can’t run out of cash (except politically, if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling); it basically can’t experience an interest rate spike unless people see an increased chance of economic recovery and hence a rise in short-term rates. And the people who have been predic... more »

Christmas Eve...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 4 hours ago
*The annunciation to the shepherds* * Govert Flinck * 1639 Oil on canvas Musée du Louvre, Paris

This week - for one week only

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 4 hours ago
Through the Scary Door will, once again, be the world's BIGGEST BLOG. Day 1: The Big Bang.


Vaccine Awakening - 6 hours ago

Monday Morning Linkage – Xmas Eve 2012 Edition

Vikash Yadav at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
Now that your holiday shopping is (hopefully) all done, relax, and enjoy these thoughts on our global capitalist society… Development/capitalism and its discontents… Ever the drum-major for capitalism, the World Bank’s End Poverty in South Asia blog tells us the miraculous story of how Japanese consumers helped bring elephants back to an Indian forest. The Private Continue reading

China’s Oil Quest Comes to Iraq

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
While China's oil dealings with countries like Iran and Sudan receive global attention, its budding relationship with Iraq may turn out to be the most important. A lot of attention has been paid in recent years to energy-hungry China’s billion-dollar bids on oil fields in Canada and the Asian giant’s reliance on oil from countries like Iran and Sudan to fuel its growing economy. But its growing interest in another major oil producer has gone largely unnoticed, and if current trends continue, that Middle Eastern country could become the world’s next “oil superpower,” with China, not ... more »

The Wahhabi War on Indonesia's Shiites

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Indonesia’s Shi’a minority is under heavy attack. Men, women, and children have been assaulted, schools damaged, and villages burned to the ground. Many have been killed. It is becoming increasingly clear that Saudi Arabia’s intolerant brand of Wahhabi Sunni Islam—propagated far and wide by Saudi oil money—is behind most of assaults. http://www.fpif.org/articles/the_wahhabi_war_on_indonesias_shiites

Greenspan Says Painless Solution to U.S. Debt is Fantasy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Reducing U.S. long-term deficits will inevitably cause economic pain, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said. “The presumption that we’re going to have a painless solution to this, I think, is fantasy,” Greenspan said today during a “Bloomberg Surveillance” television interview with Tom Keene and Sara Eisen. “There are a lot of risks out there but the one thing I can be reasonably certain of is we won’t get through this whole issue without some pain.” http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-06/greenspan-says-painless-solution-to-u-s-debt-is-fantasy.html

More Cracks Appear for U.S. Dollar as Reserve Currency

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Cracks are beginning to appear; the latest sign is that China and South Korea have come to an agreement in which banks from either country are able to borrow funds from a swap line that makes loans available to companies for deals in local currencies. (Source: “China, South Korea to Boost use of Local Currencies in Trade,” Bloomberg, December 4, 2012.) This swap line is currently set at $59.0 billion, and allows firms to settle deals in either the Chinese yuan or the South Korea won instead of the U.S. dollar. On the surface, this might not seem like a direct attack on the U.S. doll... more »

Europeans outraged over the US using Patriot Act for worldwide spying

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Researchers from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands have condemned the United States for allowing the controversial Patriot Act to bypass foreign laws and let Americans intercept data from persons internationally. In a just published study, Cloud Computing in Higher Education and Research Institutions and the USA Patriot Act, researchers from the school’s Institute for Information Law say that legislation enacted to allegedly protect the security of US citizens has in the process eroded privacy protections on a global scale. http://rt.com/usa/news/us-patriot-act-cloud-... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*The Act of Killing.* Certain CIA death squads murdered up to one million people. Now they star in a film about this particular reign of terror. The film is* The Act of Killing*, made by the British director Joshua Oppenheimer, with Werner Herzog as a producer. *Cia's killers escape justice, but feature on the silver screen* The CIA and its friends had a list of people to be dealt with. The CIA's killers included gangsters, Moslem militias and members of the military. Anwar Congo led a death squad. Congo "continues to live openly, feted by figures in authority, and feared by ... more »

Fiscal Cliff: Let's Call Their Bluff with Ellen Brown

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Ellen has been working on the pressing problem of financial reform for the past several years and is slowly turning into a revolutionary on the topic. Certainly all these ideas have merit, some seriously are needed and until they happen out system will remain dysfunctional. The shocker for myself was to realize that we are still two trillion short from 2008. This is credit deflation with a vengeance. I will not go into the fussy details that I have covered before except to welcome the obvious extension of public banking to the large cities as well as the States. This all ... more »

Scottish Public Banking Explored

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Simply put, the power of banking is explicitly the power to create money and to place it to account. For that reason alone it needs to be progressively localized. I go so far as asserting that it needs to be available even at the local model community level as a core operating tool. It certainly need to be available wherever capital is already concentrated as in the State house, the big city council and were as in Scotland, reckless banking has wiped out the capital base available to local lending. In fact the centralizing of banking authority is a retrogressive activity tha... more »

Debunking the Hunter Gatherer Workout

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
The interesting take home is that the hunter gatherers were all thin while effectively been more sedentary than we ever are. The difference of course is in the quality of the carbohydrates and in the application of short bursts of exertion. More seriously though we need to respect sedentary protocols and obviously practice racket ball. Distance running has its own merits but is is hardly the only way to physically prosper. This is a surprise to those of us who ever thought that our ancestors entered a life of unrelenting toil because it has more rewarding and it allows... more »

Land Choke in India

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
In short, real estate is a huge choke point for the economy. In Vancouver a development cycle takes at most about two years and a lot less for an ordinary build out requiring no zone changes. This includes public input as needed and rezoning profits are siphoned off by the city in the process. This last is not universal outside Vancouver, but it is the natural trend. Thus no reward exists for inappropriate bribes. Thus planning begins to bite and the playing field is seen as essentially level. From this, it appears that most of what is needed is already in place. Ta... more »

Global temperature up?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago

Christmastime, 1972

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
A couple of odds and ends that I don't have a firm date on, but that happened around now... As you may recall, after the arrests at the Watergate, Howard Hunt went back to his office in the White House -- he still had access -- and deposited a variety of Watergate and Plumbers materials into it. The safe was then opened by John Dean, who turned over what he thought was safe to the FBI investigators -- and then put some of the materials into a sealed envelope and gave it to acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray. Gray took the materials to his home in Connecticut, and around this time h... more »

> A Multi-Million Dollar Sham Called The Oppal Inquiry Into >>>> Missing Women in British Columbia?

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 10 hours ago
A Multi-Million Dollar Sham Called The Oppal Inquiry Into Missing Women in British Columbia? December 22, 2012. Robin Mathews Have British Columbians been taken to the cleaners? Has what might be called a total con-job been done on them … to say nothing of the murdered women victimized over years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and elsewhere in B.C.? Are the police, the judiciary, the press, the Christy Clark/Shirley Bond government and the NDP Opposition all involved in staging, or assenting to, an elaborate, expensive, tax-payer funded... more »

Oh for Gosh sakes - my Senator arrested for drunk driving...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*what the hell? * US Sen. Crapo arrested, charged with DUIand he's a* Mormon.*Good grief! The world has officially gone nuts... I voted for you, doofus!!!

Navy Commanders Removed From Duty in 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
* * * * *Navy commanders relieved of duty in 2012* *Stars and Stripes* http://www.stripes.com/news/navy/navy-commanders-relieved-of-duty-in-2012-1.168999 Published: December 13, 2012 Cmdr. Derick Armstrong, commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer USS The Sullivans, was relieved "as result of an unprofessional command climate that was contrary to good order and discipline." Cmdr. Martin Arriola, commanding officer of the USS Porter, fired Aug. 30 due to loss of confidence in his ability to command after the vessel collided with a tanker. Capt. Antonio Cardoso, commandin... more »

If Chief Spence dies...

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
If Chief Theresa Spence dies, the nature of Aboriginal-Government relations will radically change. At present there's simply no reason the other than decency that the Harper government will entertain a meeting or reconsider Bill C-45. There is no decency in today's Conservatives. If Chief Spence dies, Aborginal people and their allies will have a martyr. If there is an uprising of some kind

Governmental Criminal Cowardice: If "Everyone Has To "Sacrifice," Why Isn't Congress Eating Catfood?

Criminal Cowardice 'Even People On Wall Street Were Blown Away By The Result' Video Matt Taibbi  December 22, 2012 "The decision to not prosecute in this instance belies everything that the government has ever done with regard to drug prosecutions everywhere.  I mean, when you think about the way they behave toward ordinary people who get caught up in drug cases, where they

Cartoonists weigh in on the gun-violence crisis

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
[*Click on any of the cartoons to enlarge.*] *by Ken* I'm still impressed (and surprised) that normally reliably conservative outposts like New York's Daily News and Post came out so unequivocally against (as the Post put it) the gun nuttery toward which the nation has so long turned a blind eye. Now the cartoonists are weighing in. *YES, THE GUN-VIOLENCE PROBLEM IS COMPLEX --* *BUT THERE'S SOME CLARITY ABOUT THIS CORE ELEMENT --* * **THERE'S ALSO PLENTY OF SKEPTICISM --* About this new day that has dawned, about how sincere and how motivating it's apt to prove. #

December 24, 2012 – White Hats Report #47.1

The White Hat Reporters at The White Hats Report - 12 hours ago
*Twas the night before Christmas (Updated) * Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land, The rats were all scurrying because Judgment Day is at hand; Their stockings were filled with big lumps of coal, It was their payment for trying to steal our soul; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of freedom danced in their heads; With mama in her pj’s and I with my pipe, Reading the media’s most recent NWO hype; When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I put down my pipe to see what was the matter; I moved to the door to peek through the crack,... more »

Syrian Military: Militants Using Chemical Weapons

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
Chemical weapons reportedly used by NATO-armed, funded terrorists near Damascus. *December 24, 2012* (LD) - PressTV has reported (more details via Fars News) that chemical weapons have been used by militants fighting Syrian government forces in Daraya, near Damascus. PressTV also reported that threats have been made against Syria's ethnic minorities that their water supplies will be poisoned by militants - this on the heels of the UN itself warning of (and preemptively spinning) impending sectarian-driven genocide. *Image: (via the Guardian) "Chemical containers in the Libyan des... more »

Aamjiwnaang First Nation blockade rail in support of Idle No More

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com   Citizens of Aamjiwnaang First Nation continue a blockade of CN rail, in support of the Idle No More movement. Aamjiwnaang Citizens are indicating they will continue the blockade until Chief Teresa Spence is granted a meeting with Prime Minister Harper, and there is recognition of the historical injustice inflicted upon the community.

Want Citizenship in Taiwan? Peter Whittle with a great piece....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 12 hours ago
Longtime resident and government regulations boffin Peter Whittle has a long article explaining a fairer path to citizenship for local long-term expats and giving excellent background on the issue at Taiwanease.com. The article addresses an outrageous unfairness in Taiwan citizenship rules: if you immigrate to Taiwan, you must give up your original citizenship, but if you are born here, you can hold two passports, no problem. A taste: Ms. Hsiao was prompted to raise the proposal on behalf of two Pakistani men, long-term residents of Taiwan with Taiwanese wives, who had applied for ... more »


Moshe Goldsmith, a Rabbi who immigrated to Israel from Brooklyn and who now lives in the West Bank Israeli settlement of Itamar, summed up the true intent of all of the Zionists of Israel when he told *UK Daily Telegraph*reporter Nick Meo that; “The Israeli government and political establishment don't want a two-state solution, they won't say that because they are just worried about what Obama and the Europeans say”. Neoconservatives, rather than outrightly deny they have no intention of allowing the Palestinians to have their own state in a two-state outcome, instead they tell thei... more »

Gun Crazies Are A Threat To US National Security ...

leftdog at Buckdog - 13 hours ago
* -NRA President David Keene's Son Is a Serving 10 years For Road-Rage Shooting * * -Woman Decorating Church Shot; 1 Of 3 Killed In PA Shooting -Gun Crazies Try To Deport Piers Morgan* *-Assault Weapons Ban Talk Sparks Run on Gun Stores * *-Hope for consensus on gun control diminishes * *-Gun deaths top 100 post Sandy Hook* *-Firefighters shot at/ 2 killed while fighting blaze*

"Settler Canadians"

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 13 hours ago
Note to the #idlenomore uprising: "Settler Canadian" is a well-intended but divisive and couterproductive term. Some of you are engaging in arguments about who is more authentic as an Indigenous person and who is "allowed" to participate in the movement. This does three things. First, it  reproduces the mechanisms of colonialism by othering, by constructing boundaries and in-groups. Second, these

Obama Would Deport Churchill - but Never Piers Morgan

MrArbitrage at Table Of Wisdom.com - 14 hours ago
A petition has been circulating the Internet to "deport" British citizen and CNN Host Piers Morgan for his attacking of the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights on his television show. It probably would have been more plausible if the petition were to simply revoke his work visa and replace it with a B-2 "Vacation, Tourism, Pleasure" visa, which could prevent him from working in the US. Seriously, I realize that the purpose is to require "White House response" but I can't imagine Obama would "deport" the guy to England for attacking the Second Amendment when he himself is assaul... more »

Released FBI documents reveal plans to assassinate OWS activists

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
* * *Note: the documents were redacted, so its not clear "who" was going to target OWS leaders... -AK* * * http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/279777.html *Released FBI documents reveal plans to assassinate OWS activists* Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:8PM Jason Leopold, an investigative journalist for Truth-Out, has obtained FBI documents - through the Freedom of Information Act - relating to Occupy Wall Street. Most of the pages in the documents are redacted, and show concerns of cyber threats against the financial sector. However, there are questions of assassination plots against Occupy activi... more »

Fiji Unveils New Currency Without Queen Elizabeth's Portrait

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
LOL!!! A bug has replaced the Queen!!! http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v6/newsworld.php?id=914737 December 12, 2012 12:46 PM *Fiji Unveils New Currency Without Queen Elizabeth's Portrait* SUVA, Dec 12 (Bernama) -- Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau on Wednesday unveiled the country's new banknotes and coins that no longer feature British Queen Elizabeth II's portrait. Xinhua news agency reports over the last 78 years, Fiji's currency has featured members of the British royal family from King George V to Queen Elizabeth II. In launching the new banknotes and coins, Nailatikau s... more »

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