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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

26 December - Blogs I'm Following

Carbon dioxide variations over the last 400,00...
Carbon dioxide variations over the last 400,000 years, showing a rise since the industrial revolution. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Main symptoms of carbon dioxide toxic...
English: Main symptoms of carbon dioxide toxicity (See Wikipedia:Carbon_dioxide#Toxicity). References: Toxicity of Carbon Dioxide Gas Exposure, CO2 Poisoning Symptoms, Carbon Dioxide Exposure Limits, and Links to Toxic Gas Testing Procedures By Daniel Friedman - InspectAPedia Davidson, Clive. 7 February 2003. "Marine Notice: Carbon Dioxide: Health Hazard". Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Model: Mikael Häggström. To discuss image, please see Template talk:Häggström diagrams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Phase diagram of CO 2 (carbon dioxide...
English: Phase diagram of CO 2 (carbon dioxide). X axis is temperature in kelvin; Y axis is pressure in bar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Macro photograph of coca-cola bubbles...
English: Macro photograph of coca-cola bubbles. Deutsch: Makro-Fotografie von Coca-Cola-Bläschen. Japanese: コカ・コーラの泡のマクロ写真。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Play with the maths on that for me, will you please?

"Despite a 30 percent increase in carbon dioxide levels since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, temperatures haven't risen as much as the models predicted"
Ocean & Climate by David Herring.

If "despite a 30 percent increase in carbon dioxide levels since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, temperatures haven't risen as much as the models predicted", What I really want to know is who is causing all the fuss and why... no, not why... who is paying them?

All of which is besides the point.

One fundamental factor is arguably inarguable.

That is the half a degree.

This half a degree is less than the difference of the seasonal average for all the central Pacific ocean temperature range in ALL its cycles of the so called Southern Oscillation.

The other factor is a variable according to who is handling the statistics.

A 30% increase in the atmosphere's carbon dioxide level would kill us.

Let me rephrase that so you can understand it better:

A 30% increase in the atmosphere's carbon dioxide level would kill us all.

Now so that you can get the sludge out of your brain, I want you to see if you can use it.

Find out how much oxygen there is in the atmosphere and how much carbon dioxide.

Then play with the maths on that for me, will you please?

You'll need to read the Comment thread to understand why I'm coming up with a recap of how to find 'climate' info on this blog.

Johnoldephartte Wednesday, December 26, 2012 7:15:14 PM
Carbon Farmers are an outgrowth of the UN farce. The idea is to 'sequester' taking land out of production. Some other strange activities include fining people who have firebreaks on their lands in fire prone areas of Texas and Australia - increasing fire risk and actual losses. Needless to say, any 'sequestering' effect is lost also.
I haven't been raving on Opera but might well be categorized as a 'Denier'....except I contend such is part of Strawman Argumentation positing unified opposition to warmists rather than serious doubts of their ability to predict the future - or their allocation of causes for change either. There are many posts and the blog is searchable.
Environmental Challenges is actually more recent than the Climate in Contention in the Topical Index - and there are several links on the 12-12 page for retired sidebar links which deal with sources for 'contrarian' argument, UN using fraud as a device to gain revenue stream on energy tax and more.
I came to the 'debate' surfing propaganda tricks of the Energy Wars, specifically the Denier meme as it applied to the NPT and nuclear disarmament being killed by warmongering weapons makers. So the Dec 1 2009 post on the longstanding hoax has sparked quite a voyage of discovery.

11:30 am MST

Disfruten lo ultimo que queda del 2012

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Newspaper publishes Gun owners list

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 2 minutes ago
News paper thinks all gun owners are fair game...Gun owners think publishers are cowards... Freedom is good.. M'kay? Reporter: Dwight R Worley, 23006 139 Ave, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413, Phone: (718) 527-0832 Journal News President: Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Lane Mamaroneck, NY 10534, Phone: (914) 694-5204 Editor: Cyndee Royle, 1133 Westchester Ave., Suite N110, White Plains, NY 10604, Phone: (914) 694-9300 Editor: Nancy Cutler, 9 Woodwind Lane, Spring Valley, NY., 10977, Phone: (845) 354-3485 Parent company of The Journal News: Gannett Company Inc., CEO: Gracia C. Martore... more »

"There Will Be No Deal On The Fiscal Cliff" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 minutes ago
*"There Will Be No Deal On The Fiscal Cliff"* By Greg Hunter’s "Analyst Karl Denninger says, “The best thing we could do as an economy is go straight off the fiscal cliff and not come back because that would take about half of the deficit off the table immediately.” The reason why the U.S. deficit is so large, according to Denninger, “Both sides want to spend more than they take in in taxes.” Denninger says the Federal Reserve enables the U.S. to live well beyond its means. Denninger contends, “The $85 billion a month the Fed is putting into the system enables def... more »

Foam Gingerbread Man Decorating Kit

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 6 minutes ago
I can't believe that Christmas has already come and gone. We had an amazing Christmas. My four-year-old had her fill of Squinkies, Play-doh and doll clothes. It was magical and so much fun. I wish I could have a child this age every Christmas. I completely reorganized and decorated my house these last couple of months and I am excited to show you everything starting next year, but today I am sharing one last gift/craft idea. This is the perfect craft or activity for a family with kids 3-10ish. Who doesn't love to decorate a gingerbread man? For this kit, you will need gingerbread... more »

Gatito con su gorrito de navidad

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Cabaña en la nieve con un muñeco de nieve

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Velas decorativas para una linda cena romantica

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"Obamacare Architect: Expect Steep Increase In Health Care Premiums" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 minutes ago
*"Obamacare Architect: * *Expect Steep Increase In Health Care Premiums"* by The Daily Caller "Medical insurance premiums in the United States are on the rise, the chief architect of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has told The Daily Caller. Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber, who also devised former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s statewide health care reforms, is backtracking on an analysis he provided the White House in support of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, informing officials in three states that the price of insurance premiums ... more »

The NRA Has Asperger Syndrome

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 21 minutes ago
*Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's syndrome or Asperger disorder, is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests - Wikipedia* Listening to the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre blather on about more guns in the hands of teachers, armed guards in our elementary schools and how video games are to blame, I'm frankly amazed that no one's drawn the connection and accused the NRA of having Asperger Syndrome. After all, th... more »

Feliz año nuevo 2013 a todos

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Esferas de navidad color moradas y plata

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The Idiocracy Files, Part 3: Republicans Seek to Create a New Country. It's Called Crackpotopia!!!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 29 minutes ago
[*On Monday Noah began chronicling a spate of 2012 "Idiocracy moments" that recalled for him Mike Judge's 2006 film Idiocracy, a look 500 years into the future at a world gone, well, you know. Yesterday he was back with more, and still his list of sightings overflowed. So today we have Part 3.* -- Ed.] *by Noah* All hail the new confederacy -- of dunces! For those about to secede, we salute you, with a finger raised high! We knew that, if President Obama were to be reelected, the Republicans would completely lose what tiny remnants of sanity they had left. The precedent was ther... more »

Howard Walowitz has some barmitzvah bonds he wasnts to spend

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 29 minutes ago
Another Big Bang Theory spoof, once again from Planet Suzy. The link is NSFW.

Ayudantes de Santa Claus - Postales de navidad

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"In 2013, Millions Of Americans Face Obamacare Tax Hikes" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 46 minutes ago
*"In 2013, Millions Of Americans Face Obamacare Tax Hikes"* by Sally Pipes "As part of the negotiations over the fiscal cliff, Congress and President Obama are battling over whether to raise marginal tax rates at the very top of the income ladder. Regardless of how these talks turn out, millions of Americans are already facing tax hikes thanks to Obamacare. Obamacare’s authors chose to offset about half of the trillion-dollar cost of the law through higher taxes. Since the Supreme Court upheld the law’s individual mandate and allowed states to opt out of its Medicaid expansion, tho... more »

It's Wednesday... w/ Update

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 57 minutes ago
*the second day of Christmas, Feast of St. Stephen, and Boxing Day in the UK and Canada. * * **What's going on. * About those so-called "journalists" that published the names of gun owners in two counties in the New York area? What were they thinking? Oh, wait. They're libtards, which means they don't think - they *"feel."* Fine. Here's what I "feel." I feel you are putting people in danger to advance your Marxist cause. I particularity like the fact that T.L. published the link to Zillow for one of the aforementioned "journalists." Lots and lots of interior shots making it o... more »

"Understanding Obamacare" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Understanding Obamacare"* by Ilyce Glink "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as its more politically charged name, Obamacare, has been in effect since 2010. But the cornerstone portion of the legislation, the individual mandate, was on shaky ground until the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality this summer. So what does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mean for you, outside of all the political posturing? It means different things for different people, but at its most basic level, it means that all Americans must have insurance. If you don’t ha... more »

Something to consider

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 1 hour ago
Seed Newsvine

Paisajes de Navidad con animalitos

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Falta poco para el año nuevo

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Togo Women Call For Time Out

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
"Togo women’s group urges sex strike" Associated Press, August 27, 2012 LOME, Togo — The female wing of a civil rights group is urging women in Togo to stage a *weeklong sex strike to demand the resignation* of the country’s president. Women are being asked to start *withholding sex* from their husbands or partners as of Monday, said Isabelle Ameganvi, leader of the women’s wing of the group Let’s Save Togo. She said the strike will put pressure on Togo’s men to take action against President Faure Gnassingbe. * **Believe it or not, it might actually work!* Ameganvi, a lawyer, said h... more »

Arbol de navidad con esferas de colores

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Outbreak of Ugandan Articles

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
"Officials confirm Ebola outbreak KAMPALA — The *Ebola virus* has *killed 14* people in western Uganda this month, Ugandan and UN health officials said on Saturday, ending weeks of speculation about the cause of a strange disease that had many people fleeing their homes. Ebola, which manifests itself as a hemorrhagic fever, is highly infectious and kills quickly. It was first reported in 1976 in Congo, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (AP)." "6 more Ugandans hospitalized with possible Ebola" Associated Press, July 31, 2012 KAMPALA, Uganda — Six more patie... more »

Is Our Children Learning?

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 2 hours ago
If California Senator Barbara Boxer gets her wish, the definition of "military school" may be about to change. Her Keeping Schools Safelegislation will give governors the option of calling in the National Guard to their states' schools as they deem necessary. Right now, only local police departments are allowed to respond to incidents running the gamut from mass shootings to temper tantrums that are suddenly requiring that tots be placed in handcuffs. "Is it not part of the national defense to make sure that your children are safe?" Boxer said at Capitol Hill press conference. Thi... more »

Reloj indicando las 12 para celebrar

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Holding baby in lap on flight dangerous?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
The trouble is then you have to pay for an extra seat. Not a huge deal in the south for middle class people flying from, say, Calgary to Montreal. But for most Inuit flying to Sanikiluaq the price is prohibitive. That is harsh to say, and there are some who can afford it, but the reality of higher costs and subsistence living has to be recognized: Here's the crash site - everyone except the baby survived. Very sad story: The mother of a baby boy who died in a plane crash in Nunavut on Saturday was doing what so many other mothers and fathers have done: she was holding her infant ... more »

There are a LOT of First Nations People in Canadian Prisons

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 2 hours ago
It's a consequence of our racist justice system. All I'm saying is that in the months before the general amnesty for First Nations prisoners, that it'll be fun to think of how they'll respond to their new fellow prisoners from the Conservative Party of Canada.

Flushing a Post About Zimbabwe

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
*Which is where my Boston Globes will soon be going.... * "Mass flushing set to unblock sewers HARARE — City authorities in Zimbabwe’s second largest city appealed to homeowners to *flush their toilets at a specified time* as a way to *unblock sewers* after days of *severe water rationing*. Bulawayo City Council asked its more than 1 million residents to flush their toilets simultaneously at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when water supplies were restored. City officials said ‘‘synchronized flushing’’ was needed to clear waste that accumulated in sanitary facilities (AP)." "Zimbabwe conservati... more »

Curious decision inconsistent with W(D)?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
*R. v. Bearfoot*, 2012 ONCA 917 was released Christmas Eve. It has a potentially concerning passage: [3] The trial judge did not reverse the burden of proof. It was appropriate in considering the appellant's evidence to look at it in the context of the other evidence. Reasoned acceptance of the prosecution's evidence beyond a reasonable doubt was a basis for rejecting the appellant's evidence. Now the decision is an endorsement and the full background facts are not set out. That said, it appears inconsistent with *W(D)* [1991] 1 S.C.R. 742. How can the fact the prosecut... more »

Which Cans To Kick?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
Matt Yglesias has a good item this morning about the possibility of pushing back the fiscal cliff deadline. Good topic, and I'm surprised there hasn't been more talk about it. Congress certainly could extend deadlines on everything for two weeks, four weeks, whatever, to allow time for negotiations to get done. Of course, there's no reason that all the deadlines would have to be pushed back. Looking at the two big pieces of it: The issue with taxes is that not only do liberals believe that the expiration of Bush-era tax rates gives them a bargaining advantage, but many Republicans ... more »

Dances with bears

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

Democracy Or Oligarchy

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
The American editor and essayist Lewis Lapham has delineated the three hallmarks of democracy. Michael Harris refers to them in a piece he wrote for *ipolitics*: Lewis Lapham, author and twice editor of Harper’s Magazine in the United States, made the same point. Democracy, he wrote, announces itself in three fundamental ways: an honest public discussion about issues; accountability of the governors to the governed; and equal protection under the law. By Lapham's yardstick, Canada is not a democracy -- "let alone a parliamentary democracy. It is an oligarchy with a few well cho... more »

The Republican Party And The Dangerous Cult Of Gun Worshippers

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Should this convicted murdered have had a gun to use against fire fighters? * By now you've probably read that the NRA's spokesloon, Wayne LaPierre, made an embarrassing and crazy statement about gun violence on *Meet the Press*that helped further turn the tide away from his group's advocacy of the gun manufacturers' agenda. Even before the senseless murder of firefighters in Rochester, New York, by another insane gun nut on Christmas Eve, libertarian icon Ron Paul turned against the NRA's demand that schools become armed camps, calling government security "just another kind of viole... more »

Get in The Way - Get Into Necessary Trouble

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
There is a wonderful transcript on Democracy Now of an interview that Amy Goodman did with Representative John Lewis - Well worth you listen - or read the transcript. From the transcript Lewis' closing statement: REP. JOHN LEWIS: *I believe there is something in human history—I call it the spirit of history. It’s like a spring, a stream, that continue to move. And individuals and forces come along that become symbols of what is good, what is right and what is fair. And that’s why I wrote this little book, to say to people that you, too, can allow yourself to be used by the spirit ... more »

BBC wasting our money on payoffs for managers

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
:Almost 200 senior BBC managers have received payoffs of more than £100,000 each in the past three years, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The National Audit Office is to examine the scale of severance packages at the corporation after MPs raised concerns that leaving the BBC was like "winning the lottery".' That's what you get when you have a publicly funded organisation that is all but unaccountable. More here -

Who Do ALEC Legislators Represent????

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
Yesterday while I was searching the web I found this headline with the actual story buried behind a members only link National Groups Remain Key to Outreach Efforts Government Affairs Report - December2012 ACA attends ALEC and DAGA meetings while building relationships with key stakeholders. Key stakeholders???? A little more research found this: ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, is the comprehensive, knowledge-based resource for success in the credit and collection industry. Founded in 1939, ACA brings together 5,000 members worldwide, inclu... more »

Ecch Faux Stats

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 6 hours ago
Taiwan Today hosted another one of the government's claims of triumph for ECFA this week. The Cross-Straits Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) is paying handsome dividends for Taiwan, spurring significant tariff savings and business growth, according to the ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs Dec. 22. The article goes on to give "details" about the great economic growth under the ECFA Cargo Cult regime. But first I thought I drag out overall numbers so we could get a feel for ECFA's effect on the exports to China. Here are the numbers for 2004-11 for value of exports to Ch... more »

World's BIGGEST blog - Day 3

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 8 hours ago
John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China.

Lion Rock 5: Free Will vs. Power Over Others

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 8 hours ago
It's nearly two months now since the Lion Rock Institute (LRI) "Reading Salon 2012" in Hong Kong was over, there is still some sort of discussion "hang over" from some of us participants. The other day, discussion moderator Simon Lee of LRI sent us a message, below. I borrowed the title "Free will vs. power over others" from Simon's message. *After the conference, I further meditated on the subject on the future of the ideological battle, with all the insights shared by you. The ideological battle has been fought since time immemorial. I see it as a battle between free will and ... more »

SUITPOSSUM: The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance ~ Hacking the Future of Money

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago Thursday, 13 December 2012 *The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money* This blog has been on the down low over the last few months because I've been writing a book. The book is now finished, 78 579 words aimed at providing a gateway for an individual to gain access to the matrix of global finance. It's called The Heretic's Guide To Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money. It will be published in May 2013 by Pluto Press, a fantastic independent publisher based in Highgate, London, who have published such societal s... more »

They Know it is Christmas in China

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
The genius of Christianity was in the celebration of Christmas itself as a showcase of Christian thinking. What it does is that every year, every child is drawn into a cycle of gift giving that is impossible for families to resist. And once begun, it becomes a pattern and way more importantly, that child remains sympathetic to christian teaching. In a vacuum of spiritual teaching, there is still Christmas. A successful university experience does include investigating many viewpoints, so it is little surprising to see plenty of activity there. Whatever the case, the gov... more »

The Big Grizzlies

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
The first several pictures came to me by way of a prospector friend who got it from the hunters who nailed this giant. It was close in weight to the record holder shown later. I also included a Komode from Coastal Alaska. You really do not have any good options if you meet this in the woods and it charges except to shoot straight and often. In fact you should not even think to venture into Bear country unless you have practiced the fine art of rapid fire with a heavy rifle to a solid level of real skill. Many do and many die. Do note that the bear kille... more »

Economic Restructuring Via Obama

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
While our politicians are dancing around the financial cliff, what is kicking in on the ground is a nasty tax regime grossly gamed by a rent seeking insurance industry that has managed to force themselves into the game. No public bureaucracy in the world would create a medical delivery system so overpriced and out of control. It really is that bad. Now it rides in and will tax directly to feed its appetites. This article may be over the top, but this has put huge uncertainty into the economy while causing a restructuring of how the bottom third of the population get paid.... more »

Falun Gong Stability

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
It is not so much that the Falun Gong is doing anything new at all but it is organizing around the natural communal impulse to provide service. By oneself, you are a rat, but as part of the community you are an organizing force for the greater whole. Just by doing the community is shamed into imitation. Accepting this and building around it is good governance. The Falun Gong is an inevitable response to deliberate bad governance that flew in the face of human instincts. Betrayal lasts a moment and isolates the individual. A good deed secures trust and support forever. ... more »

Fukushima Cesium in Forest Surface Soils

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Majia here: This is a very technical article examining microbial retention of cesium from Fukushima sampled in the soil approximately one year after the accident. What I find interesting in the article are the detections of cesium and their transferability to "other forest components," which I presume include flora and fauna: Koarashi J, Moriya K, Atarashi-Andoh M, Matsunaga T, Fujita H, Nagaoka M. Retention of potentially mobile radiocesium in forest surface soils affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident.Sci Rep. 2012;2:1005. doi: 10.1038/srep01005. Epub 2012 Dec 19. ht... more »

Lee Camp brings his special brand of "clarity" to the gun-control debate

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*". . . If the military created a laser handgun tomorrow that could shoot through everything from New York to Idaho in a single shot -- every person, creature, house, barn, every Applebee's, Chuck E. Cheese . . . I think very few people would argue that everyone should be allowed to sit down at a dinner with one in their pocket. No one seems to claim that their Second Amendment rights are infriged upon because they can't own a home Panasonic atom bomb. My point is that people say they are against gun control, but clearly everyone is for some weapon control of some varying degree. If... more »

Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation 12/25/2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation 12/25/2012 5 Kan, 12 Mol, 9 Eb Dratzo! We return! During this holiday season we are preparing a series of final surprises for the dark which will mark the end of our waiting-period. Then our sacred allies' many programs for manifesting your new reality can begin. Much has transpired over the past few months that can finally permit us to start the final moves toward new governance and a formal disclosure announcement. Here it is important to note that disclosure will allow us to address you di... more »

Smiling Boy!

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 14 hours ago
Merry Christmas, son. Daddy loves you.

Chief Spence at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago

Chief Spence's message to First Nation youths at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago

ALEC to Muzzle Attorney Generals and You!!!

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
ALEC’s nastiness continues to surface – even on Christmas eve You see, the widespread nastiness of both ALEC legislators and ALEC corporate profit sector members – will continue to proliferate until the US public starts to take action to say - NO MORE ALEC!!! *State AGs and private plaintiffs' firms redux* 12/24/2012 I seem to have opened a Pandora's box when I wrote last week about the ruling by a federal judge in Kentucky that Merck can proceed with a constitutional challenge to the state attorney general's use of private lawyers to bring consumer protection claims against the ... more »

Hallelujah Chorus 2012

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 15 hours ago
This post is a repeat, but for the season, it's hard to beat the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. First up, a neat flash mob version:Next up, Cantillation with the Orchestra of the Antipodes, conducted by Antony Walker:The Robert Shaw version is also quite nice, and then there's this one from the Roches (h/t Steve Audio):

Post Christmas Construction Industrial State Blues

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
[image: Death lurks in the tall grass.] *Death lurks in the tall grass.* On the heels of the defeat for the environment by the Miramar Hotel, the government is announcing a feasibility study for *a highway between Hualien and Taitung* to cut the travel time for the 180 km route by *one* hour. Lots of people passing this around on social networks, accompanied by expressions of disgust and dismay. It's obviously not for "local residents" (Taitung's population is declining over time and note below comments on highway use), but for the anticipated big busloads of Chinese tourists whose ... more »

Iran, Hizballah setting up terror squads to perpetuate Syrian war post Assad

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Tehran is developing its own plans for continuing the Syrian war and maintaining its grip on the country – even as Washington and Russia press on with secret discussions on the fate of Syrian president Bashar Assad, backed by UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s mediation efforts in Damascus. Tuesday, Dec. 25, the envoy said after meeting Assad that he would stay on for another six days in the hope of persuading the parties to end their bloody hostilities. At the same time, Iran is putting its military and intelligence assets in place ready for the day after Assad’s departure. de... more »

Merry Christmas! We Thank Our Loyal Supporters

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
*Global Political Awakening* * **Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! * The editors and writers of *the Global Political Awakening team* wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. We would also like to thank each and every visitor from the bottom of our heart. Your support, feedback, news tips, and activism is what has made our news and information blog a success. We look forward to growing the truth and liberty movement with you in the New Year. There is still much work to be done. We hope that you all enjoy this festive season with your loved ones. Let us pray and meditate fo... more »

The Destruction Of Historic Timbuktu By Religious Fanatics

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Far right "Christian" fundamentalist Bryan Fischer is one of America's noisiest and most virulent anti-Islamic hatemongers. Barely a day goes by when he isn't tweeting some crap about how Islam is not a religion of peace because some crackpots did something outrageous in the name of Allah. Fisher's rage against religionist excess, he never seems to understand, is what lumps him and his followers in with the loathsome Muslim fundamentalists and extremists he derides. He is them; they are him. A few years ago, Roland and I spent a month traveling through Mali, a unique and edifying ... more »

Republicans Disgusting Lack of Decency

2old2care at Because I Can - 16 hours ago
Republicans lack all the decency in the world! They continue to prove over and over again that they are out of touch with the American public. Americans for Prosperity has launched a “send your congressional delegate” an email postcard campaign – basically saying no new taxes for the rich. They have a lost of emails postcards to choose from. But I thought that in today’s atmosphere you would be interested in the first email postacard on the list – yes the very first one. Republicans have no decency. They may think it is cute In today’s political environment – I think it is totall... more »

Geoengineered Snow Storms Wreaking Havoc around the Globe

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Dane Wigington, *Contributor* What do a mountain of data including recorded experiments, satellite imagery, lab tests of snow, observations on the ground, and existing patents, say absolutely? Two known patents for the process of “artificial ice nucleation for weather modification” are posted at the bottom of this article. The Chinese government has openly admitted they are creating ”artificial snow storms” but later backtracked after causing a billion dollars of damage to Beijing. If the Chinese government can routinely create snow storms out of what should have been a rain eve... more »

Zero Greenhouse Effect: The Only Thing That Can Save Climate Science

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 17 hours ago
Prof. Claes johnson has returned to the greenhouse debate, with another argument for zero greenhouse effect, to which I have responded: *Academics, I have found, are one and all confused about "blackbodies", to such an extent that just a competent, independent physicist (not climate scientist) like myself knows enough more than they (you) do to be competent -- there are no competent climate scientists, in my professional (but heretical, according to consensus scientists) estimation. * *One can gain insight by using the Standard Atmosphere model of the Earth's troposphere, whose valid... more »

Merry Christmas

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 18 hours ago
Sorry, no story today...You`ll have to wait til tomorrow... Just wanted to say... I love you friends, symbiotic need does indeed run deep....and yes, I have pissed many of you off, that won`t change...However.... We have a job to do, and finish... I`ll need your help..... The Straight Goods Cheers Eyes Wide Open
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