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Thursday, December 27, 2012

27 December - Blogs I'm Following

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English: Tokyo Metropolitan Area from Mount Ka...English: Tokyo Metropolitan Area from Mount Karasuo, Tanzawa Mountains, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: View of Shinjuku skyscrapers and Moun...English: View of Shinjuku skyscrapers and Mount Fuji as seen from the Bunkyo Civic Center in Tokyo Español: Monte Fuji y la ciudad de Tokio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Tokyo Bay seen from space. Taken by Landsat.Tokyo Bay seen from space. Taken by Landsat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Densely populated metropolitan area (Western T...Densely populated metropolitan area (Western Tokyo) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"Sararīman" take their train daily t..."Sararīman" take their train daily to work in the Tokyo metropolitan area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Predictions of FirePredictions of Fire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
NASA Sunspot Number Predictions for Solar cycl...NASA Sunspot Number Predictions for Solar cycle 23 and 24 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Fukushima *Fukushima * (Photo credit: Sterneck)
10:50 am MST


Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 minutes ago
Dave Weigel has a post up detailing the predictions he got wrong this year. It's admirable...not so much because he's taking responsibility, but because of the effort required. Re-reading my own stuff? No thanks. Now, I do try to keep track of what I've predicted and write about it here if I get it wrong (Tommy Thompson losing his primary? Oops). Fortunately, I think I escaped the election season with relatively few embarrassing ones. Mostly, that's because I try to steer clear of predictions! Not because I'm afraid to (in fact, predictions are pretty popular, and I'm pretty sure th... more »

"Tokyo Almost As Irradiated As Fukushima"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 minutes ago
We’ve documented the spread of radiation from Fukushima to Tokyo for a year and a half. See this, this, this, this, this and this. Unfortunately, as the following recent headlines from Ene News show, things are only getting worse: - Tokyo area turned out to be as contaminated as Fukushima -Kyoto Professor - Tokyo Bay cesium *even higher* than levels reported off Fukushima — Nearly entire sea floor contaminated by 2014 - Tokyo getting *5 times more* radioactive fallout than prefectures closer to Fukushima - Japan Times: Time bomb in Tokyo metropolitan area —... more »

A Canadian Summarizes America's Collapse: "Everyone Takes, Nobody Makes, Money Is Free, And Money Is Worthless"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 17 minutes ago
On this lackluster Boxing Day dominated by illiquid moves in every asset class, we thought a few succinct minutes spent comprehending the US and European government policies of social welfare and their outcomes was time well spent. Canadian MP Pierre Poilievre delivers a rather epic speech destroying the myths of US and European 'wealth' noting that "Once the US citizen is in debt, the US government encourages them to stay in debt," noting that "the US government encouraged millions of Americans to spend money they did not have on homes they could not afford using loans they could... more »

Festejando el año nuevo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 18 minutes ago
[image: Feliz Año 2013] Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Hermosas luces de bengala

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 33 minutes ago
[image: Luces de Bengala] Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

NYT Defends Fortune 500's Global Human Exploitation

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 38 minutes ago
*December 27, 2012* (LD) - While the US funds and arms sectarian death squads across the Arab World under the guise of "promoting democracy," it props its own economy up on a vast network of global human exploitation. From Walmart's sweatshop-death traps in Bangladesh, to Apple's deplorable partnership with Taiwan's Foxconn, millions go underpaid while overworked under dangerous, inhumane conditions to fuel America's consumerist paradigm. Public backlash against these practices range from outrage over human exploitation (less common) to complaints that the West's economies are suff... more »

Año nuevo 2013

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 47 minutes ago
[image: Feliz año nuevo] Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

The jingoistic Kathryn Bigelow

Left I on the News at Left I on the News - 48 minutes ago
Many commentators, foremost among them the brilliant Glenn Greenwald (and here), have taken director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal to task for the homage to torture called "Zero Dark Thirty." But many of them seem surprised. Having seen Bigelow and Boal's first award-winning film, "The Hurt Locker," only recently, I wasn't. That film too was an exercise in propaganda. All of the killing of innocents was done by the "bad guys," never by the noble American soldiers. In one scene, someone watches the bomb disposal expert from a distance, holding what may (or may not) be a... more »

Blind dog Abby finds her way home in depths of Alaskan winter

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 49 minutes ago
When their blind eight-year-old dog went missing from their remote Alaskan home in a heavy snowstorm, the Grapengeter family felt sure they'd never see her again. But after more than a week of searching in temperatures as low as minus 40C, Abby, a brown-and-white mixed-breed whom the Grapengeters rescued from an animal shelter as a puppy, turned up safe and sound at the home of a local vet. Abby first disappeared from the family's five-acre property near Fairbanks on 13 December. Given she'd gone blind a year ago, McKenzie Grapengeter and her three children held out little hope fo... more »

Video: Distribution of Cesium-137 contamination in the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima, modeled to the year 2021

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 49 minutes ago
Modeled distribution of radioactive contamination in the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima, to 10 years after disaster, by GEOMAR | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel. http://www.geomar.de/news/article/fukushima-wo-bleibt-das-radioaktive-wasser/ Distribution of the radioactive contamination in the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima ------------------------------ *Fukushima - Wo bleibt das radioaktive Wasser?* [Original] 09.07.2012/Kiel. Die Reaktorkatastrophe im japanischen Fukushima gerät bereits wieder in Vergessenheit. Große Mengen der dabei freigesetzten radioaktiven Substanze... more »

'Chemical weapons were used on Homs': Syria's military police defector tells of nerve gas attack -- But is it true?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 50 minutes ago
The head of Syria’s military police defected to the opposition, accusing the Assad regime of systematic “murder” and claiming that reports of chemical weapons being used against rebels in the restive city of Homs were true. Maj-Gen Abdul-Aziz Jassim al-Shallal became one of the highest ranking Syrian military officers to throw their support behind the rebels, accusing forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad of turning their weapons on innocent civilians in the now 22-month-long civil war. “I declare my defection from the army because of its deviation from its fundamental mission ... more »

Esferas de Colores

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 51 minutes ago
[image: Esferas del 2013] Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Adornos de navidad - 2013

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Feliz Año Nuevo] Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Lawsuit by US Soldiers Against Tepco and International Liability Limits Under the Convetion on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
Tepco has worked in concert with the Japanese government to reduce international liabilities from the disaster. On Feb 3 2012, The Asahi Shimbun reported that “Japan wants in on nuclear accident compensation pact”.[i] Japan hopes to join the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC) that proposes a uniform and limiting set of compensation standards for victims of nuclear disasters in impacted countries not the origin of the disaster: Prompted by the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Japan has decided to join an international convention tha... more »

Regalos para año nuevo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Regalos de año nuevo] Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Año 2013

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Feliz año] Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Sandy Hook/ Newtown Recap

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 hour ago
*Sandy Hook, still top of the news heap.* I had two posts on this news which I will relink here for ease of access. Then we are going to check out the work of a couple other bloggers. *Sandy Hook: Gun Control or Psychiatric Med Control ?* I must mention the news of Adam Lanza being on Fanapt seems to be in the process of 'disappearing'. One should immediately realize that if for no other reason, which is unlikely, the main stream media would wish to avoid offending their advertisers and avoid losing the dollars/revenues from big pharma. Nothing bad about psychiatric drugs can ever ma... more »

Advanced humanoid Roboy to be ‘born’ in nine months

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Meet Roboy, “one of the most advanced humanoid robots,” say researchers at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich. Their 15 project partners and over 40 engineers and scientists are constructing Roboy as a tendon-driven robot modeled on human beings (robots usually have their motors in their joints, giving them that “robot” break-dance look), so it will move almost as elegantly as a human. Roboy will be a “service robot,” meaning it will execute services independently for the convenience of human beings, as in the movie Robot & Frank. And since service ... more »


thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 2 hours ago
I don't know what to say so I think I'll post Thomas Mulcair's speech in the House of Commons in response to Bill C-45. Here's a noteworthy excerpt: In response to a question, the hon. member for Saint Boniface asked us earlier if we were aware of the global recession. I would remind the member that it was her Minister of Finance who, in the middle of that global crisis in the fall of 2008, denied its existence and refused to take action. Talk about arrogance. Their complete lack of priorities means that instead of trimming the fat from government as needed, they are hacking ... more »

Sean Kay: “The Scholar/Policy Gap in International Relations Revised”

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
This is a guest post by Sean Kay. Jeff Stacey’s introductory blog post at the Duck of Minerva gives important perspective showing that scholarly training helped him in government to frame issues and develop policy. Stacey suggests academic perspectives should inform policy and, indirectly, corrects an argument in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Robert Continue reading

Last Time They Sent Panzers, Now It's Wheelchairs

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 3 hours ago
This time Germany is lobbing geriatrics into foreign lands. *Growing numbers of elderly and sick Germans are being sent overseas for long-term care in retirement and rehabilitation centres because of rising costs and falling standards in Germany.* *The move, which has seen thousands of retired Germans rehoused in homes in eastern Europe and Asia, has been severely criticised by social welfareorganisations who have called it "inhumane deportation".* *But with increasing numbers of Germans unable to afford the growing costs of retirement homes, and an ageing and shrinking population... more »

How Keynes Got it Right and the 'Right' Got it Wrong!

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 3 hours ago
*by Len Hart, the Existentialist Cowboy* Many have proposed a 'flat' tax. It sounds good but isn't! Flat taxes are not really 'flat'. Ten percent of the income of a poor or middle person is a much, much greater burden than is the same percentage against the income of a millionaire. The difference is that merely keeping a roof over the family's head and food on the table is a MUCH bigger percentage of income/wealth for a poor or middle class family. The very, very wealthy, in fact, find it difficult to spend all their wealth. What is left over after the cost of maintaining a villa in... more »

A Kind Act

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 3 hours ago
Things being as they are, Fort McMurray gets is fair share of media attention, some of it is fair and accurate and some of it is rather ignorant and inaccurate. I know in some ways I fit the Fort Mac stereotype to a "T"....I work at site, I do shift work, I'm originally from "back East". I'm not a Newfie, mind you, although I do have relatives from there. In other ways, I defy the Fort Mac stereotype.....I own my home (or the bank does, anyway) rather than rent someone's basement, I don't own a truck with a lift kit and I like to spend my days off bird watching or hiking rather... more »

Looks Like Boehner Booted Justin Amash And Tim Huelskamp Off Their Committees As Part Of A Policy Of Payback Against A FreedomWorks Faction

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Battling right-wing sociopaths Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe are both stealing from FreedomWorks* In a new exposé on the shenanigans inside one of the most well-funded arms of the Tea Party, FreedomWorks, *Mother Jones* ace reporter David Corn has uncovered the genesis of Boehner's decision to kick several Republican members off key committee positions-- part of "a purge aimed at tea party lawmakers." The corrupt Beltway GOP Establishment made a move to infiltrate and take over FreedomWorks but when thwarted reacted against Justin Amash (R-MI), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and other independent... more »

ALEC Privatization Policies are FAILURES

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
Another example of privatization of government services that failed. The only two major groups that push privatization are ALEC and their good buddies the Reason Foundation. Dr.Adrian Moore, Vice President of Public Policy of the Reason Foundation, is an Advisor to the American Legislative Exchange Council's Commerce, Insurance & Economic Development Task Force.[6] Reason Foundation representatives have also advised ALEC Task Forces on issues such as state budgets [7], and health reform. [8] The Reason Foundation's Director of Government Affairs, Mike Flynn, was previously policy ... more »

US Attempting Regime Change in Malaysia: Fact or fiction?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 4 hours ago
*December 27, 2012 *(RT - Nile Bowie) - As the South-East Asian nation of Malaysia prepares for general elections, distrust of the political opposition and accusations of foreign interference have been major talking points in the political frequencies emanating from Kuala Lumpur. ­The United Malays National Organization (UMNO) leads the country’s ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, and has maintained power since Malaysian independence in 1957. One of Malaysia’s most recognizable figures is former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who has been credited with ushering in large-sc...more »

Doomed To Repeat Themselves

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
Today, Postmedia's Michael den Tandt asks a question of national import: Can the Conservatives learn from their mistakes? For, indeed, they have made many. But they all add up to one major mistake: The hardest knock of all against the Tories, however, and the one that cuts deepest, is simply that they’ve forgotten how to listen. Their opponents will say they never knew how to begin with. That is untrue. If the Conservatives had a single secret weapon over the past seven years, beyond their extraordinary fundraising network, it was their ear. They had an unerring sense of what, whe... more »

Top 100 Tweeting Bloggers 2012

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 4 hours ago
The top 100 list of tweeting political bloggers is finally here! Before we move to the main dish, a few remarks on the criteria for inclusion. As this post on defining political bloggers makes clear, a blog is a website produced by an individual or collective organised primarily around user-generated content, and has a comments facility. There are a couple of other caveats. To be included below, the blog or blogger has to be posting regularly (within the last 45 days) and has to be contributing to something that identifies itself as a blog, regardless of whether it's a traditional ... more »

7 Methods for Detoxing and Cleansing Your Body of Toxins by Jan Edwards

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
7 Methods for Detoxing and Cleansing Your Body of Toxinsby Jan Edwards Natural Society, 26 December 2012 *With the myriad of toxins we’re exposed to in modern society, we’re faced with an increasing burden of unnatural substances that invade our bodies, from pesticides, herbicides and fungicides to air and water pollution, mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals in our food, and the list goes on. Our current unhealthy living conditions call for a few radical corrective measures, if our goal is to maintain any level of healthy lifestyle. One of those corrective measures is to parta... more »

FDA: Drug Companies Faked Thousands of Drug Documents by Lisa Garber

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
Source: http://momsforsafefood.net/2011/02/14/an-fda-created-health-crisis-circles-the-globe/ or: Fraud & Death Administration FDA: Drug Companies Faked Thousands of Drug Documentsby Lisa Garber Natural Society, 22 December 2013 *According to the Food and Drug Administration, a major drug research contractor has been found faking documents and manipulating samples. The firm, Cetero Research, has tested medicines for major drug companies that are now being forced to reevaluate their products in response to warnings issued by US regulators. The news may be from 2010, but is an ... more »

How fast can you run 200 metres?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*Saints enter final week of practice on a mission * *Evans, Morstead heading to 2013 Pro Bowl* *New Orleans goes for solar trash compactors* *Miss. officials revise storm damage assessment* *How Congress can guide Army Corps of Engineers* *Some French Quarter residents protest 'Habana Outpost' restaurant plan*

So you think the wealth gap is growing? Wrong - Comment - Voices - The Independent

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/so-you-think-the-wealth-gap-is-growing-wrong-8431460.html A rare bit of sense from The Independent.

Hezbollah's Nasrallah

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago

PRESS RELEASE: Idle No More-Land and Water Rights In Canada

Press Release Idle No More Idle No More began with 4 women, Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdam and Jessica Gordon, sharing a vision of bringing together all people to ensure we create ways of protecting Mother Earth, her lands, waters and people. The women began discussing the possible impacts that some of the legislation would carry if people do not do something. It became very evident that the women MUST do something about the colonial, unilateral and paternalistic legislation being pushed through the Government of Canada’s parliamentary system. They began with a piece... more »

The world's BIGGEST blog - Day 4

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 7 hours ago
Has you ever seens Bigfeet?


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
[image: Galletas (round bread)] *People of Paraguay. By yryvu_py* If you have been to Latin America, you will know that the people there, apart from the US trained generals, really do smile a lot. It's the same in Malaysia, outside the cities. In Indonesia, the rich Chinese-Indonesians may frown, but the ordinary villagers are a bundle of fun. Singapore gets a lower score for happiness than Panama or Paraguay. [image: metro] *People of Singapore. By latigi* * * If you've been to Singapore you will know that many of the people there these days seem rather grumpy. *Singaporeans are...more »

Blogger Help Forums in various languages

Peter @ Enviroman at the original Blogger Tips and Tricks - 9 hours ago
For English, below is the link to the help forum Blogger Help Forum - English Here are the links to non-English help forums: Spanish Blogger Help Forum (Español) Portuguese Blogger Help Forum (Português) French Blogger Help Forum (Français) Italian Blogger Help Forum (Italiano) German Blogger Help Forum (Deutsch) Russian Blogger Help Forum (русский) Dutch Blogger Help Forum (Nederlands) Japanese Blogger Help Forum (日本語) Polish Blogger Help Forum (Polski) Turkish Blogger Help Forum (Türkçe) Arabic Blogger Help Forum (العربية)

Giant Space Cables Found By The Sun

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
This was posted by Hobie at Rumor Mill News. I don't know if these are portals showing up, or if they are photo image stitching software errors, or the edges of film emulsions from telescope cameras. Very curious phenomenon on Google Sky. Or are we just now seeing what we couldn't see before? Perhaps "the veil" was more than a metaphor? -AK

Why would Nick Clegg say that? Why is Nick Clegg so pro-European?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
Nick Clegg has warned David Cameron that Britain must not back out of Europe and dismissed plans for a referendum on the country’s membership of the EU as “putting the cart before the horse”. Why would he say that? Why is Nick Clegg so pro-European? Is it anything to do with safeguarding his nice EU pension? Remember that EU pensions are paid on the understanding that the EU can remove this pension, if in the view of the Commission or the Luxembourg Court, they "fail to uphold the interests of the European Communities".

Glaeser on Disability

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 9 hours ago
Ed considers what might be behind this fact: Thirty years ago, there was a 40-to-1 ratio between the total labor force and those workers receiving Social Security disability payments. Today that ratio is less than 18-to-1.

Cancer Communication Breakthgrough

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is unexpected. Everyone thought that an errant cell took of and spread by multiplying. How about simply converting neighbors as well if not mostly. The way cancer does spread is quick and this trick makes that process possible as well as its rapid spread in the body. The hard question is to actually stop the process itself to also stall the growth and spreading behavior in its tracks. Not as satisfactory as an outright cure but it would still work very well in saving lives. In the meantime we have a major new research avenue. *Canadian scientists discover how can... more »

DARPA Foam Blocks Internal Bleeding

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This one is too easy by half. The fluids are shot into the injury and contained while it encapsulates the wound itself, halting bleeding. It is a three hour bridge that is enough to save most. It certainly surpasses the old pressure bandage. This will quickly find its way into motor vehicle accidents and the related paramedic training. In practice, paramedic training is advancing and improving apace. It is the first stage in recovery and we are slowly solving the worst cases. It is becoming more and more possible to survive the event. It will always be touch and g... more »

Icelandic Recovery

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Iceland is the one nation that did most of what I deemed necessary back in 2008. Foremost, it bailed out and refinanced the middle class. If you fail to do that it is inevitable that the economy must shrink. Otherwise, bank finance is a book keeping entry of no consequence. Any money they put out has already been spent and is in circulation. No banker is irreplaceable either so tossing them in prison is an ideal option. There is no end of juniors eager to leap in and replace them and 'do it right'. In the USA, no effort has been expended to bail the middle class and as a ... more »

Bigfoot is Real

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is a decade old article and it is timely, as it displays the show evolution of scientific acceptance. Today we are in possession of detailed DNA information that makes this creature not only real but also part human in terms of its ancestry. A key point is that science is slowly beginning to pay attention. My own experience began in the mid nineties when I decide to simply go through the available data to see were it led. It led to a fresh understanding of a proper theoretical foundation for scientific method as well as a powerful case for the reality of Big Foot... more »

Idle No More Photos and News Dec. 27, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Umonhon Tribe of Nebraska. IDLE No More flash mob round dance at the Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City, Iowa. New Zealnd On the Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona   Support from Scotland, taking the message to the Queen  Farmington, New Mexico . VIDEO Support for Idle No More from Nasa Nation in Colombia, South America ------------ Message from Chief Theresa Spence

Honoring for Wounded Knee 40th Anniversary Feb 27, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago

TREASURY FINANCE AG: FINAL BULLET REPORT - PARADIGM A Report On Bank, Judicial and Government Corruption

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago

Dr. David Duke: How We Can Defeat Zio Globalism!

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 11 hours ago
Replace the word "Zio" with "Jewish" and Dr. Duke has this 100% correct. Must watch nevertheless.

Amplitudes, permutations, Grassmannians

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Back in July, I mentioned some new highly intriguing results by a group of physicists and mathematicians including Nima Arkani-Hamed and others: Permutations join twistor minirevolution That report echoed a talk at Strings 2012. Finally, the paper is out. *One of the 263 figures in the paper.* On the 154 pages of their new article, Scattering Amplitudes and the Positive Grassmannian (PDF), Nima Arkani-Hamed, Jacob L. Bourjaily, Freddy Cachazo, Alexander B. Goncharov, Alexander Postnikov, and Jaroslav Trnka expose the power of their new formalism based on the positive Grassmannia... more »

Blood alcohol testing...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*the new way.*

The Academic-Policy Nexus: a few more thoughts

jeffrey stacey at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Regarding my previous post and the very useful comments, first the matter of what do we do once we realize that a policy problem in search of a policy solution is the equivalent of a social scientific puzzle in search of an explanation, for both the solution and the explanation are outcomes. In other words, Continue reading

Hollywood studios employees caught pirating films

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The US movie industry claims online piracy is costing it billions of dollars in lost revenues. However, data released by TorrentFreak shows “BitTorrent piracy is rampant in Hollywood” where studios employees are busy pirating films. “Hollywood isn’t without ‘sin’ when it comes to piracy. The MPAA and others lobby very hard for anti-piracy measures, but can’t even stop piracy in the offices of their own member studios,” Torrentfreak.com reported. The website dedicated to reporting the latest news and trends on the BitTorrent protocol and file sharing claims “BitTorrent piracy is r... more »

"Leverage" spoiler alert: The show goes out on a high note, imagining a lovely conspiracy of the world's overprivileged elites

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*The Leverage team*: *Nate (Timothy Hutton), Sophie (Gina Bellman), Eliot (Christian Kane), Hardison (Aldis Hodge), and Parker (Beth Riesgraf)* *"The world's economy would never stabilize with endless parades of bankers being led around in chains. The system has to work. The guys who used to run it have to keep running it."* *-- Interpol agent James Sterling (Mark A. Sheppard), in last night's final episode of Leverage, "The Long Good-bye Job"* *"Leverage was one of the few shows that pointed out how outmatched individuals are by profit-obsessed corporations. In its last season the ...more »

Oh, Shoot! I Forgot Morning Linkage!

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
I’m now on my sixth day of the sick, so in lieu of a post that requires much thought: Yay for USB-powered microphones and pop filers. The first will make it much easier to record podcasts at conferences. The second will make it much easier to record podcasts. Lyra heartily endorses the following: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Continue reading

Mohawk Nation News 'Indigenous Liberation'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
MNN. INDIGENOUS LIBERATION By Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com MNN. Dec. 25, 2012. Prime Minister Harper has declared war! Gear up for liberation! For hundreds of years we Indigenous People of the Western Hemisphere have seen the enormity of destruction of our land and lives by foreign occupiers. They placed us under

John Friend's Truth Militia Broadcast For Monday, December 24th, 2012, With Special Guest Darryl Bradford Smith

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I just spent the last few days with family celebrating Christmas. It also was a time to unwind from a very brutal work schedule. It definitely is nice to take a break from blogging once in a while to recharge the batteries... I was again busy on Monday, December 24th, with some last minute shopping and some personal business. I therefore missed John Friend's ( www.johnfriendsblog.blogspot.com) Truth Militia (www.truthmilitia.com) broadcast for Monday (My apologies to John!). However, today, I finally spnet the last few hours listening to it in the archives, and it again was ab... more »

Aborting This Somalia Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
"Abortion rights part of Somalia draft debate" by Abdi Guled and Jason Straziuso | Associated Press, July 27, 2012 MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali leaders are debating a new constitution that *protects the right to have an abortion to save the life of the mother*, and an international law group says the draft guarantees *more fundamental rights than the US Constitution*. * **That last one is a shocker. * That is one reason some women are celebrating the document, and hard-line conservatives are protesting some of its more liberal promises. But some of the rights introduced, such as th... more »

Former President George H.W. Bush condition "worsening" while in hospital

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
A spokesman says the fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in a Houston hospital over Christmas has worsened, and doctors have put him on a liquids-only diet. Jim McGrath had said earlier Wednesday that the fever had gone away. He later corrected himself and said the fever "elevated" in recent days. McGrath says doctors also put the 88-year-old former president on a liquid diet, though he could not say why. McGrath says doctors have been treating the "stubborn" fever with Tylenol but still haven't nailed down a cause. http://www.foxsanantonio.com/template/inews_wire/w...more »

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