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Friday, December 28, 2012

28 December - Blogs I'm Following

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Dr. Ruth Analyzes The Congressional Republicans

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 30 minutes ago
Did you know that Dr. Ruth-- Karola Ruth Siegel Westheimer-- was a Jewish freedom fighter in the Israeli War for Independence, a sniper for the Haganah in Jerusalem? No? Did you know she tweets? And this morning she was tweeting about the so-called "fiscal cliff," or at least about the obstructionist Republicans who created it and are forcing the country over it. You do know how obstinate and selfish Republican Members of Congress have become. And you probably don't need Dr. Ruth to tell you Republicans make lousy lovers. Unless you're a masochist.

The Paid-Off Liars and Those Who Pay Them To Lie About the Deficit And Fraudulent Social Security (Which Controls a 3 Trillion Dollar Already-Paid-For Trust Fund) Woes, Nationwide Monitoring of Occupy By FBI, CIA Security Force Emerges From Shadows, Go Over Cliff?

I'm pleased to highlight this essay from The Angry Bear, who is always just as outraged as I at the lies and liars who are dominating the current national dialogue (and how sure they remain about hoodwinking the populace into curing the only-frightening-when-caused-by-Democrats deficit (the largest amounts historically always incurred by Republican pursuit of tax breaks for the wealthy

Winter and baths

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 2 hours ago
My body is having a super hard time adjusting to the temp change between St Maarten and Michigan (from the 80s to the 20s, ugh). Some things I like about winter are winter coats, scarves, boots......... Two things that came in the mail while I was gone. I have been looking for the perfect grey coat forever, and finally got one on Gilt made by love Moschino. Also got a winter hat by Betsey Johnson that is insanely adorable and comfy off Ideeli.com. To try and warm up, I used the jacuzzi tub tonight and used two new products that I loved. One was a bath oil that was really moist... more »

Hamilton in the snow

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago

Public Schools Falling Like Dominoes

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
*A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon* *The forces of education privatization scored a major victory this November in Georgia, thru passage of a cleverly written constitutional amendment backed by a multiimillion dollar deceptive ad campaign, and the active backing or complicit silence of much of the black political class.* Those of us who have been closely following education policy over the past decade, have always known and understood that a test and punish pedagogy would destroy public education, the souls of our nation's children, our democracy and our basic human... more »

Back from Holiday

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 2 hours ago
Hope everyone had an amazing holiday. I know I did......I think my brain is still on holiday. :). So, as you all know, Kurt and I left for a 10 night jaunt in St Maarten for Christmas 2012. We flew back on Christmas, which is an awesome day to fly (minus the fact that I almost died on a plane 3 years ago on Christmas day, LOL) as the airports are deserted. The day before and after Christmas are always crazy busy, but the actual holiday is fairly silent. There was almost nobody on our flights from St Maarten to Charlotte. So, we rented a condo at a place called AquaMarina, which... more »

what is immoral ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
"What is more immoral than war? Marquis de Sade (immoral)

2013: The Year Americans (And Most Other People As Well) Realize They Cannot Afford Any More Wars For Israel

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
It is rapidly now approaching the end of the year 2012, and there have been some gains and some losses in this war against the criminals that are out for our enslavement. It is definitely time now to think about what the year 2013 will be like, and whether or not the long awaited financial armageddon that everyone knows is definitely coming, will happen very shortly in the new year. I want to share with my readers the latest work of a great writer, "Horse237" who writes the blog, Video Rebel's Blog, at www.vidrebel.wordpress.com, entitled: "2013 The Year Americans Realize That Th... more »

The fiscal cliff in memes

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
As we're waiting for the next act of the fiscal cliff tragicomedy let's review some of the some the past memes in this play. Let's never forget the GOP's inadvertent admission at the RNC. Their rejected budget proposals. Their plans for the social safety net. And their master plan to shift the blame via press release. Which will be duly transcribed by the establishment media. [Filed under: What's wrong with everything.]

the community

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
"Humanity is preparing for the Greater Community. It does not know this yet, of course, but that is its stage of evolution, and everyone is involved. The fact that humanity is unprepared for the realities of contact with life in the universe is very apparent, but at a more unconscious level, people are anticipating this, and that is why it emerges in your movies, in your books, in human imagination. There is a seed of truth, an element of truth here. There is a reason that people cannot speak of these things in public because it has been discouraged in the social discourse. That fo... more »

Oahu, Hawaii is Eroding From Within

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 3 hours ago
Here's a glimpse of paradise. Kanenelu beach, Oahu. Photo courtesy: iwritealot.com Plan your island getaway now: In time, the mountainous tropical paradise of Oahu will erode, according to new research, with the biggest losses coming from within the island itself. To be accurate, you do have some time to book that vacation before Hawaii's Oahu flattens from an island into a low-lying seamount. Researchers writing in the upcoming February 15 issue of the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta estimate that the volcanic island will continue to grow, thanks to plate tectonics, for a... more »

Oh no, now you have to SING for your cartoon caption?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*This is *New Yorker* cartoon editor Bob Mankoff's assistant, known as Marc Philippe Eskenaz (short for Marc Philippe Eskenazi), singing the first of two hypothetical songs, "This Cartoon Ain't Got No Caption," with lyrics by **Goings On About Town editor Ben Greenman.* *by Ken* With just one Wednesday left in 2012, meaning just one last call for an e-newsletter-slash-blogpost for the year, *New Yorker* cartoon editor Bob Mankoff has declared himself "All Thunked Out, Almost," a state he visualizes thusly: But, at the point of giving up, Bob focused in on the left side of that g... more »

The world's BIGGEST blog - Day 5

Keith Watermelon at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 3 hours ago
Robertson in New South Wales

The Price of Milk To Double Without a Farm Bill

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Eric Blair *Activist Post* Did you know milk, cheese, and other dairy products could double in January if the farm bill isn't passed before the new year? At first I thought this was a veiled threat from the farm lobby to get their subsidies, but it looks like it goes deeper than that. In fact, farmers don't want the price to go up because they fear they'll be swimming in unsold milk. "Few will buy milk the USDA will be forced to sell at prices consumers can’t afford, so Congress has no alternative but to stop the change," UW-Madison agriculture economist Bruce Jones told the ... more »

The fiction vs. non-fiction debate: A distraction from a more important question

skrashen at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Sent to the Los Angeles Times, Dec. 27, 2012 The debate over fiction vs. non-fiction in the Common Core is diverting us from a more important question: should we have common core standards? The rational for the standards is the belief that our schools are “broken.” There is no evidence this is true: Middle class American students who attend well-funded schools score at the top of the world on international tests. Our unspectacular scores are because US has such a high percentage of child poverty, 23.1%, the second-highest percentage among 34 economically advanced countries. High-sc... more »

Come on baby and rescue me

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
Not sure why so many journalists still ignore the obvious fact the Tea Party is just ultra-conservative Republicans by another name, not some new phenomenon. But yes, whereas they were once a fringe group among a majority of moderates, the ultra-cons have taken over the power structure of the Republican party despite their small numbers. Which is why, despite the rumors, gossip and stenography about the fiscal "cliff," we're never going to get a decent offer from the GOP. And let me remind the powerbrokers of the Democratic party (who won't read this) that a bad deal is much worse th... more »

Are Some Members of Congress Waking Up?

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
National Counterterrorism Center image credit: fbi.gov Catherine J. Frompovich, *Contributor* December 12, 2012, *The Wall Street Journal* [WSJ] published “U.S. Terrorism Agency to Tap a Vast Database of Citizens”, which The Washington Post Group’s *Slate *highlighted December 13th. Apparently these articles captured the attention of two U.S. Congressmen who sit on the same House of Representative committees, Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform. Plaudits must go to the Honorable Jason Chaffetz of Utah and the Honorable Trey Gowdy of South Carolina for their December 17, 201... more »

How the UK tax authority got cozy with big business

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
For Ian Barlow, Britain's tax authority has gone from being fearsome to being really rather nice. In the 1990s, when the accountant was head of UK taxation for KPMG, he argued Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was creating an "increasingly fierce environment" for corporations. But last month, Barlow, 61, said senior American business executives found the UK taxman's approach "refreshing." "It is a tax authority that is much easier to deal with than their own tax authority, and I think that's no bad thing," he said over a banquet of salmon mousse and rib of beef at the Instit... more »

PORTAL 2012: Day of the Contact Report

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
http://2012portal.blogspot.ca/2012/12/day-of-contact-report-activation-of.html Wednesday, December 26, 2012 *Day of the Contact Report* The activation of the Portal on December 21st was a partial success. Our core group in Egypt was extremely successful, managing to anchor Light in the face of all physical and non-physical opposition from the Cabal. During the timeframe of our activations, a Illuminati freemason group from the United States has locked itself into the Cheops pyramid, doing one ritual after another, fanatically trying to prevent the opening of the Portal. Need...more »

Paul Krassner : My Tweets of 2012

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
Paul Krassner tweets @ZenBastard. Graphic by James Retherford / The Rag Blog. Paul Krassner’s Tweets of 2012 By Paul Krassner / The Rag Blog / December 27, 2012 This is my first tweet. I have Writer's Block. I mean Twitter's Block. I'm waiting for a cure to be developed. A minimalist summation of American culture in the Los Angeles Times on Conan O'Brien: “The Masturbating Bear will remain

Snow buries parts of Northeast, flights canceled

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A powerful winter storm pushed through the U.S. Northeast on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of airline flights while bringing some holiday cheer to families hoping for snow and lifting spirits at ski resorts in the region. The storm dumped a foot of snow on parts of the United States with the heaviest snow falling across northern New York and New England, the National Weather Service reported. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/27/us-usa-weather-idUSBRE8BO05K20121227

WTF? Facebook silencing critical voices?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
Imagine my surprise to get a 'freaked out' phone call, today, from my pal *maggie over @ maggie's musings *regarding a Facebook *situation*. She said.. "Pen, you won't believe what is happening" And, after telling me asked " do you want to write about this"? I said "maggie, this is your story, you gotta write about it and I will repost it" So here it is: *WTF?* *"Hi all, it's been a while since I've put fingertips to keyboard, so please bear with me and my rusty old hands.** A very strange thing happened today. I brought up What Really Happened as I usually do to skim and read Micha... more »

Norfolk Car Crash: Two Young Girls Killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Two girls aged seven and 10 have been killed and three other people injured after a car crash in Norfolk, police have said. The children were in a car along with two adults and another child which crashed on the A47 near Wisbech at 6.40pm, according to Norfolk Police. All five occupants of the black Ford Focus were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, where the girls died from their injuries. http://news.sky.com/story/1030792/norfolk-car-crash-two-young-girls-killed

George H W Bush

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
Bush the elder was a moderate Republican - and it seem unlikely he could be nominated today. His illness reminds us of the gulf between the Republican Party of twenty years ago and today. Some of President Bush's legislative actions were positively progressive. On July 26, 1990, he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which stated that businesses can not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability. This includes job hiring, job training, worker's compensation and other terms. President H W Bush also signed the Clean Air Act of 1990, environmental legisl... more »

Molecula rLevers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 6 hours ago
We are now modifying the molecular surface in such a way as to enhance its effect on nearby molecules. This is quite unexpected but will certainly impact industrial process sooner or later. As posted before we have entered the age of engineering molecules directly to improve effectiveness and clearly getting way more confident and much less surprised. Again though it is early days although it is clear that chemistry is well on the way to been what electrical engineering became a few decades ago and biology became more recently. They all support each other and the resul... more »

Actually existing news

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 6 hours ago
Hard to come by at this time of year, and it's not really news. Peter Higgs, theoriser of the Higgs Boson (subject of the CERN Supercollider experiments), has weighed in to the collective pile on Richard Dawkins with the shrewd if dull point that Dawkins atheism borders on religious fundamentalism itself. Let's go one further, it *is* religious bigotry, universalised and mildly cleansed by contact with humanism. But religion is a prime vector of Truthiness, which is the real enemy of reason in public life. The ability to believe something to true regardless of facts or logic is base... more »

US Snow Storm Heads East After Hitting Midwest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A severe US snow storm is threatening more devastation as it heads east after pounding the Midwest, killing 15 people. Up to 18 inches of snow is forecast inland on Thursday, from western New York to Maine, before tapering off into a mix of rain and snow closer to the coast. It follows snowy gusts of 30mph and an outbreak of 34 tornadoes on Tuesday in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama - causing travel chaos and power cuts. http://news.sky.com/story/1030518/us-snow-storm-heads-east-after-hitting-midwest

Antarctic Lake Drilling Attempt Abandoned

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
An attempt to melt a borehole through the continental ice sheet to reach a hidden Antarctic lake has been abandoned by a team of British scientists and engineers. The freshwater Lake Ellsworth, which has been sealed off by the ice 3km (2 miles) down for up to half a million years, could hold life forms not seen before. But in the early hours of Christmas Day the mission for this Antarctic season ended after running into problems with the drilling. http://news.sky.com/story/1030625/antarctic-lake-drilling-attempt-abandoned

Newtown Scam: Woman Set Up Fake Funeral Fund

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A woman has been arrested by federal authorities who say she tried to scam donors by posing as a relative of one of the children killed at a Connecticut elementary school. Thirty-seven-year-old Nouel Alba was arrested Thursday and charged with lying to FBI agents. Federal prosecutors say she used her Facebook account, telephone calls and text messages to seek donations for what she called a "funeral fund". http://news.sky.com/story/1030778/newtown-scam-woman-set-up-fake-funeral-fund

Shark Tank Explodes At Shopping Shanghai Centre

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Sixteen people were hurt when a 33-ton aquarium containing sharks, other fish and turtles exploded at a shopping centre in the Chinese city of Shanghai. CCTV pictures captured the moment the giant tank burst, sending glass and fish flying into the crowd. A man who was taking pictures of the aquarium when it broke was swept away by water. http://news.sky.com/story/1030569/china-shark-tank-explodes-at-shopping-centre

Charmaine MacMuris Murder: Man Charged

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A man has been charged with murder after the body of a mother-of-three was found at a house in Camarthen on Christmas Day. Charmaine MacMuris' body was discovered at a home in Maes y Ysgol. Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that a local man arrested at the scene had now been charged. A spokeswoman said: "A 28-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Charmaine MacMuris." http://news.sky.com/story/1030785/charmaine-macmuris-man-charged-with-murder

Cloture Votes/Filibusters Primer

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
I blogged again over at Plum Line today about cloture votes and filibusters(they're not the same thing!) and received a request in comments to explain. So here's a primer that goes into a bit more detail than the last couple of times I've written about it. A filibuster generally has been an effort to defeat something by using available parliamentary maneuvers; most famously that's been talking endlessly, but any maneuver qualifies. Or, to put it another way, what we're really interested in here is any kind of obstruction by the minority -- any minority, partisan or otherwise. We can ... more »

Snow across the land!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago

Fabrication versus disbelief

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
R. v. Cyr, 2012 ONCA 919 deals with the distinction between disbelieving an accused and finding an exculpatory statement made by the accused is a fabrication. A fabrication may be taken as showing an inference of guilt whereas mere disbelief is evidence of nothing. Some might question whether an innocent accused might not fabricate a story -- and thus fabrication ought to mean no more than mere disbelief. Regardless, the law is stated clearly below: [74] The parties do not differ significantly on the governing principles although they part company on the result of the application o... more »

Bob Feldman : Race, Unions, and the Booming Texas Oil Business, 1920-1930

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
Burkburnett oil field, Burkburnett, Texas, circa 1920. Image from Texas in the 1920s. The hidden history of Texas Part 10: 1920-1930/2 -- Race, exploitation of workers, and the booming oil business By Bob Feldman / The Rag Blog / December 27, 2012 [This is the second section of Part 10 of Bob Feldman's Rag Blog series on the hidden history of Texas.] In 1920 over 741,000 African-Americans

27 December New York Times article

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 7 hours ago
In today's *New York Times* - what is finally a focused and objective article on Bolivia, though, sadly, about cocaine which is not what Bolivia is about; one would hope that the NYT would spend time writing about the birdlife, orchids, indigenous festivals, social improvements under the MAS government, chocolate farming, mineral resources, coffee production - the list of positive things is endless, why all the attention on some stupid drug that people do to make themselves think they are cool? _________________________________________Coca Licensing Is a Weapon in Bolivia’s Drug Wa... more »

Short Message from AK

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
Hi, as you can imagine things have gotten a little crazy on the blog. If I don't answer your emails or comments right away please bear with me. The information from the The One People's Public Trust was quite unexpected and I will be bringing online some tools to help deal with the load of inquiries that Heather and I am getting on this very important topic. I will avoid commenting on some other peoples efforts in regard to the banking system, but if you read between the lines on what will be posted you can kind of figure what might be going on there. Everyone means well, b... more »

Scraping The Bottom Of The Blue Dog Barrel

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*Steve Israel failed at everything he attempted as DCCC chairman, including revitalizing his moribund Blue Dog caucus* In days past, despite defections from Tea Party extremists and libertarians, Boehner's Plan B would have sailed through Congress with the help of reactionary Blue Dog "Democrats." It didn't work this time because there are hardly any more Blue Dogs left in Congress, a tiny handful of right-wing Democrats struggling to fend off opponents on the left and on the right and to be able to deliver for the special interests, primarily corporate special interests, that fund t... more »

28 Good Questions That The Mainstream Media Should Be Asking

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Why is there so little trust in the mainstream media these days? CNN ratings have been hovering close to record lows over the past few months. A recent Gallup survey found that 60 percent of all Americans "have little or no trust" in the mainstream media. That was a record high according to Gallup. So why is this happening? Sadly, the truth is that the mainstream media quit telling the truth a long time ago. The mainstream media has an agenda, and more Americans than ever are beginning to recognize this. Once upon a time, control of the news in the United States was at least somewhat... more »

21 Signs That The Global Economic Crisis Is About To Go To A Whole New Level

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The following are 21 signs that the global economic crisis is about to go to a whole new level.... #1 Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer says that the global economy is "awfully close" to recession. #2 It was announced last week that the unemployment rate in Greece has reached an all-time high of 25.1 percent. Unemployment among those 24 years old or younger is now more than 54 percent. Back in April 2010, the unemployment rate in Greece was only sitting at 11.8 percent. #3 The IMF is warning that Greek debt may have to be "restructured" yet again. #4 Swedish Finance Minister... more »

Greece Is Not Poor - It Actually Has Massive Uptapped Reserves Of Gold, Oil And Natural Gas

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
It turns out that the poster child for the European debt crisis is not actually poor at all. In fact, the truth is that the nation of Greece is sitting on absolutely massive untapped reserves of gold, oil and natural gas. If the Greeks were to fully exploit the natural resources that are literally right under their feet, they would no longer have any debt problems. Fortunately, this recent economic crisis has spurred them to action and it is now being projected that Greece will be the number one gold producer in Europe by 2016. In addition, Greece is now opening up exploration of th... more »

The Last Days Of America? 25 Signs Of Extreme Social Decay

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
So are these the last days of America? The following are 25 signs of extreme social decay.... #1 We have come to accept that it is "normal" that security goons should be allowed to touch the private parts of our women and our children in the name of "national security". Just check out the ordeal that conservative radio host and Breitbart editor Dana Loesch suffered through recently at the hands of the TSA... They performed the regular pat-down and then the agent informed me that she would be using the front of her hands to "sweep" my groin. She pressed and swept across my crotch th... more »

55 Facts About The Debt And U.S. Government Finances That Every American Voter Should Know

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The following are 55 facts about the debt and U.S. government finances that every American voter should know.... #1 While Barack Obama has been president, the U.S. government has spent about 11 dollars for every 7 dollars of revenue that it has actually brought in. #2 During the fiscal year that just ended, the U.S. government took in 2.449 trillion dollars but it spent 3.538 trillion dollars. #3 During fiscal year 2011, over a trillion dollars of government money was spent on 83 different welfare programs, and those numbers do not even include Social Security or Medicare. #4 Over... more »

What If We Adopted A System Where The Banks Did Not Create Our Money?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
What if there was a financial system that would eliminate the need for the federal government to go into debt, that would eliminate the need for the Federal Reserve, that would end the practice of fractional reserve banking and that would dethrone the big banks? Would you be in favor of such a system? A surprising new IMF research paper entitled "The Chicago Plan Revisited" by Jaromir Benes and Michael Kumhof is making waves in economic circles all over the globe. The paper suggests that the world would be much better off if we adopted a system where the banks did not create our mon... more »

18 Startling Quotes About The Incredible Destruction Caused By Hurricane Sandy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The following are 18 startling quotes about the incredible destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy... #1 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie "The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point." #2 MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota "The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our entire transportation system, in every borough and county of the region. It has brought down trees, ripped out power an... more »

Somebody Should Start The 'Stuff Costs Too Much' Party

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Stuff costs too much. Seriously. Every time I go to the grocery store these days, I am absolutely horrified by the prices. I try not to buy anything that is not on sale, but the problem is that I am discovering that the new sale prices are the old regular prices. So now paying what used to be "full price" is supposedly a "good deal". The other way that they are trying to hide rising prices is by shrinking package sizes. As if we wouldn't notice that a box of 21 garbage bags is now being sold for the exact same price that a box of 25 garbage bags used to be sold for. It is one of my ... more »

The Politicians We Have Chosen Reflect Who We Are As A Nation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The American people have spoken. It is estimated that approximately 6 billion dollars was spent on political campaigns in 2012, and we ended up exactly in the same place that we were before. Barack Obama is still in the White House, the Democrats still have solid control of the U.S. Senate and the Republicans still have solid control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Clearly, the American people want more of the same, and that is really bad news. The path that we have been on will only lead to unprecedented disaster, and now it is abundantly clear that there are not going to be...more »

Share This Massive List Of Post-Election Firings And Layoffs With Everyone You Can

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
#1 Utah A Utah coal company owned by a vocal critic of President Barack Obama has laid off 102 miners. The layoffs at the West Ridge Mine are effective immediately, according to UtahAmerican Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. They were announced in a short statement made public Thursday, two days after Obama won re-election. The layoffs are necessary because of the president's "war on coal," the statement said. The slogan is one used frequently during the election by Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who was an ardent supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mi... more »

They Are Going To Make It Nearly Impossible To Pass On A Farm Or A Business To Your Children

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
If you have a farm or a small business, would you like to pass it on to your children when you die? Well, unless Congress does something, it is going to become much, much harder to do that starting next year. Right now, there is a 5 million dollar estate tax exemption and anything above that is taxed at 35 percent. But on January 1st, the exemption will go down to 1 million dollars and the tax rate will go up to 55 percent. A lot of liberals are very excited about this, because they believe that the government will be soaking wealthy people like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. But th... more »

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Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
If Americans will trample one another just to save a few dollars on a television, what will they do when society breaks down and the survival of their families is at stake? Once in a while an event comes along that gives us a peek into what life could be like when the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is stripped away. For example, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey there was rampant looting and within days people were digging around in supermarket dumpsters looking for food. Sadly, "Black Friday" also gives us a look at how crazed the American ... more »

Hungry For The Holidays: 20 Facts About Hunger In America That Will Blow Your Mind

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
All over America there are millions of people that will be missing meals and going hungry this holiday season. Even as much of the country indulges in the yearly ritual of unbridled consumerism that we refer to as "the holiday season", more families in the United States than ever before will be dealing with not having enough food to eat. Food stamp use is at an all-time high. Demand at food banks is at an all-time high. They keep telling us that we are in an "economic recovery" and yet the middle class continues to shrink and the number of Americans living in poverty just continues... more »

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Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
My friend Stephen wrote this book. It's only $2.99 for the Kindle or digital download. Or you can help him out by taking a Kindle preview for free and writing a review. Do it for the children... more »

The Giant Currency Superstorm That Is Coming To The Shores Of America When The Dollar Dies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
By recklessly printing, borrowing and spending money, our authorities are absolutely shredding confidence in the U.S. dollar. The rest of the world is watching this nonsense, and at some point they are going to give up on the U.S. dollar and throw their hands up in the air. When that happens, it is going to be absolutely catastrophic for the U.S. economy. Right now, we export a lot of our inflation. Each year, we buy far more from the rest of the world than they buy from us, and so the rest of the world ends up with giant piles of U.S. dollars. This works out pretty well for them, b... more »

34 Signs That America Is In Decline

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The following are 34 signs that America is in decline... #1 According to the World Bank, U.S. GDP accounted for 31.8 percent of all global economic activity in 2001. That number dropped to 21.6 percent in 2011. That is not just a decline - that is a freefall. Just check out the chart in this article. #2 According to The Economist, the United States was the best place in the world to be born into back in 1988. Today, the United States is only tied for 16th place. #3 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for... more »

Wake Up! 11 Facts That Show That Europe Is Heading Into An Economic Depression

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The following are 11 facts that show that Europe is heading into an economic depression... 1. The economies of 17 out of the 27 countries in the EU have contracted for at least two consecutive quarters. 2. Unemployment in the eurozone has hit a brand new all-time record high of 11.7 percent. 3. The unemployment rate in Portugal is now up to 16.3 percent. A year ago it was just 13.7 percent. 4. The unemployment rate in Greece is now up to 25.4 percent. A year ago it was just 18.4 percent. 5. The unemployment rate in Spain has hit a brand new all-time record high of 26.2 percent. H... more »

Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Do you think that is an alarmist headline? Well, I am not the one saying this. Law enforcement authorities all over the country are telling citizens that they can no longer deal with all the crime and that people need to lock their doors and prepare to defend their families. Just recently, the city attorney of San Bernardino, California told citizens to "lock their doors and load their guns" because there is not enough money to pay for adequate police protection any longer. The murder rate in San Bernardino is up 50 percent this year, but the city is dealing with bankruptcy and has ... more »

The Coming Derivatives Panic That Will Destroy Global Financial Markets

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
When financial markets in the United States crash, so does the U.S. economy. Just remember what happened back in 2008. The financial markets crashed, the credit markets froze up, and suddenly the economy went into cardiac arrest. Well, there are very few things that could cause the financial markets to crash harder or farther than a derivatives panic. Sadly, most Americans don't even understand what derivatives are. Unlike stocks and bonds, a derivative is not an investment in anything real. Rather, a derivative is a legal bet on the future value or performance of something else. J... more »

From Good Jobs To Bad Jobs To No Jobs - The Tragic Downfall Of The American Worker

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
There was a time in America when virtually anyone that wanted a job could go out and get one and the United States boasted the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world. Sadly, those days are long gone. Back in 1969, 95 percent of all men between the ages of 25 and 54 had a job. But now there are millions of Americans in their prime working years that cannot find a job. Millions of others are working low wage jobs or part-time jobs because that is all they can get. The other day I went to a large retail store and I got into a conversation with the lady wh... more »

Show This To Anyone That Believes That Taxes Are Too Low

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Just counting federal, state and local income taxes, some Americans will be paying marginal tax rates of over 50 percent in 2013. But like I said, there are a lot of other taxes we pay than just those. The following are 44 more taxes that at least some average Americans are paying now or will be paying soon other than federal, state and local income taxes... #1 Building Permit Taxes #2 Capital Gains Taxes #3 Cigarette Taxes #4 Court Fines (indirect taxes) #5 Dog License Taxes #6 Drivers License Fees (another form of taxation) #7 Federal Unemployment Taxes #8 Fishing License Ta... more »

End of the Year - end of the world? Brent Miller explains...

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at 9 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/-Usz5EzMlfY *Brent Miller* and his Horizon Project seems to promote catastrophism, the believe in disaster for our civilization. For as far as I know he never said that the world would end December 21, 2012 (claimed on many websites), but rather 'anywhere between 2008 en 2016'. The world didn't end and won't anywhere between those years. That natural disasters and long, cyclical natural phenomena will occur is no matter of any doubts - they will. That our civilization may come to an end is an open question - it is already stumbling and failing. We live in quit... more »

SANDY HOOK

Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Allison Wyatt - reportedly died at sandy Hook.* *Lilly, whose image was allegedly stolen from Facebook.* *Extracts from:* *Dunblane 2.0: The Sandy Hook Elementary School Black Op by Undeleted Evidence.* * *• Lt. J. Paul Vance stated that Adam Lanza forced his way into the school. I don't believe it happened this way, because they refuse to show the front door of the school at all. Also the first responders and police had to break windows to get inside the school. If the front door had been blasted away, why not enter that way? • *16-12-12 ATF Special Assistant Agent Gene Marquez ... more »

First Voices Indigenous Radio Alex White Plume and Bigfoot Memorial Ride

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Listen online to First Voices Indigenous Radio Today Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Cheyenne River Lakota Tiokasin Ghosthorse, "It was an honor to have Alex White Plume and John Kane on the program. Due to the Winter Storm named Euclid now in Canada we were unable to have Pam Palmater with IDLE NO MORE as her flights were delayed. Stay tuned." http://firstvoicesindigenousradio.org/

Russia fires back: At itself!

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 9 hours ago
There must be a mysterious cultural chauvinism which explains why some people or some countries decide to respond by hurting themselves after another person or nation upsets them or somehow insults them. I don't really understand it. It strikes me as completely irrational. Russia has recently decided to enact a law punishing Russian orphans, because the U.S. passed a law aimed at corrupt Russian legislators. Makes sense? This kind of "retaliation" reminds me of the response of many residents in inner-city Los Angeles after acquittals came down for the police officers who had bea...more »

Home for Christmas

Southern Man at Southern Man - 9 hours ago
Well, look who's home for the holidays at Norfolk Navy Base? Southern Man's first thought was "target-rich environment." From left to right: - Aircraft carrier *Dwight D. Eisenhower* (CVN 69) - Aircraft carrier *George H. W. Bush* (CVN 77) - Aircraft carrier *Enterprise* (CVN 65) - Amphibious assault ship *Bataan* (LHD 5) - Aircraft carrier *Abraham Lincoln* (CVN 72) - Aircraft carrier *Harry S Truman* (CVN 75) - Amphibious assault ship *Wasp* (LHD 1) - Amphibious assault ship *Kearsarge* (LHD 3) - Amphibious landing platform dock *New York* (LPD 21) - A ... more »

NYT Editors Asleep at Switch

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 10 hours ago
27 minutes ago Obama Returns to Washington, With Bo By JACKIE CALMES President Obama returned to the White House on Thursday to resume efforts to end a partisan fiscal impasse with the family dog, Bo. *(Bo refuses to stop pooping under the White House Christmas trees until he gets a raise in his chewy toy allowance. Obama has drawn a firm line in the sand. Threatens to switch Bo to cat food. Stay tuned.)*

Smaller Colorado River flows predicted – ‘We could be pushing the American Southwest into a permanent state of aridity’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: Ancient Moki, or Anasazi people, steps carved into huge steep rocks faces rise from deep under Lake Powell in Fiftymile Creek Canyon and up through the light-colored 100-foot thick 'bathtub ring' of bleached sandstone, the result of a years-long drought that has dramatically dropped the level of the reservoir near Page, Arizona. Getty Images, 2007]NEW YORK, 24 December 2012 (UPI) – A projected drop in the Colorado River's flow could disrupt longtime water-sharing agreements between farms and cities in the U.S. Southwest, researchers say. Climate modelers at Columbia Unive... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 10 hours ago
*Drew Brees Will “Create” A New NFL Passing Record This Week ~Saints Tailgate*

Penultimate Call for Award Nominations

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
The deadline for nominations and voter registration is fast approaching. The list of nominees is unchanged since my last update. You should feel free to add nominations there, to email us, or in he comments section below. Please do check the eligibility criteria. The two most common ineligible nominees are (1) restrictions on Duck of Continue reading

No, the butler didn't do it ...

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 10 hours ago
The cliché in old whodunit films was that the butler always did it. But when a woman mysteriously vanishes or is murdered, the reality is that the guilt party is usually her husband, her boyfriend or a jealous former lover. That appears to be the case in the widely reported assassination of Jennifer Sebena, a patrol officer killed while on duty for the Wauwatosa (Wisc.) Police Department. The AP is reporting that homicide investigators have closed their case. MILWAUKEE—Authorities arrested the husband of a slain suburban Milwaukee police officer who was shot dead on Christmas Eve... more »

As forests disappear, examining the mechanisms of their death

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: TREE LAB: An outdoor experiment in New Mexico, where 63 pinyon and juniper trees are being monitored intensely. Mark Holm for The New York Times] By SANDRA BLAKESLEE 24 December 2012 LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico (The New York Times) — Everywhere, trees are dying. The boreal forests of Canada and Russia are being devoured by beetles. Drought-tolerant pines are disappearing in Greece. In North Africa, Atlas cedars are shriveling. Wet and dry tropical forests in Asia are collapsing. Australian eucalyptus forests are burning. The Amazon basin has just been hit by two severe...more »

EPA is a Broken Agency, Asleep on the Job

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
The Arizona Republic published this AP article Dec 24, 2012 by K. Zezima and K. Begos. "Few tests done at toxic dumpsites. p. A3 "For more than a month, the EPA has said that Superstorm Sandy didn't cuase significant problems at any of the 247 Superfund toxic waste sites it's monitoring in New York and New Jersey. But in many cases, no actual tests of soil or water are being conducted, just visual inspection. The EPA conducted a handful of tests right after the storm but couldn't provide details or any recent testing when asked last week...." Majia here: The article states that the... more »

Feliz año nuevo con globos rojos

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Pollution from car emissions killing millions in China and India

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 11 hours ago
[image: The India Gate monument in New Delhi, enveloped by a blanket of smog. An explosion of car use has made fast-growing Asian cities the epicentre of global air pollution and become, along with obesity, the world's fastest growing cause of death according to a major study of global diseases. Manish Swarup / AP]By John Vidal 17 December 2012 (guardian.co.uk) – An explosion of car use has made fast-growing Asian cities the epicentre of global air pollution and become, along with obesity, the world's fastest growing cause of death according to a major study of global diseases. ... more »

A Birthday Present I Don't Need

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 11 hours ago
[image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/48/NightOfJanuary16th.JPG/200px-NightOfJanuary16th.JPG] My fellow dinosaurs on the internet may have heard about some trendy website called Instagram (hereafter referred to as Instaspam), the demon spawn of Facebook. It's one of those hot new domains we hear about from online friends and news articles about five times a day that nonetheless remains tucked away in the recesses of our uncool, reptilian brains, thereby insulating us from opening an account in a desperate, pathetic attempt to be trendy and "with it." A... more »

Feliz año nuevo - Esferas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Muñecos de Nieve y regalos de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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2013 - Feliz año nuevo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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It's 2012. Do You Know Where Your Jimmy Hoffa Is?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
* * *by Noah* Who doesn't love a mystery? Anytime there is a search for the body of Jimmy Hoffa, it becomes one of my favorite stories of the year. This year it was Roseville, Michigan. It doesn't matter that it's the same story over and over again. Hell, religions are built on the same thing. The "Where is Hoffa?" story always consists of some old guy in Michigan or Indiana having a tip, the blue-wind-breaker feds come in, dig dozens of holes in some other guy's yard, find *nada*, and leave the property looking like the biggest moles in the universe had quite a party. "Our work is... more »

Wild dolphins reported giving gifts to humans

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
On 23 occasions over the past several years, wild dolphins were observed giving gifts to humans at the Tangalooma Island Resort in Australia. The gifts included eels, tuna, squid, an octopus and an assortment of many other types of different fin fish. While these gifts might not be your choice for a gift to find underneath your Christmas tree, some of the items that were offered to humans are highly valued food sources for cetaceans such as dolphins. A report describing this rare form of food sharing behavior in wild dolphins was published on December 4, 2012 in the journal Anthrozo... more »

Feliz año nuevo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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ALEC History is Important

2old2care at Because I Can - 11 hours ago
Some people tell me that history isn’t very important when it comes to ALEC – that I need to focus on what is happening today. But what is happening today is directly related to what happened in the ALEC past – cause ALEC’s past is ALEC’s present. The “model legislation” ALEC wrote in the 1990’s – they are still trying to pass in some form. So from my viewpoint, it is important to understand that ALEC history. For ALEC - there is really nothing new - it is just the same old same old - with a different name. From Sourcewatch: 2003 The following is the list of "Private Enterprise... more »

Feliz año - 2013

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Predictions

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours ago
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Hermosas luces de bengala

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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NYT Defends Fortune 500's Global Human Exploitation

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours ago
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The jingoistic Kathryn Bigelow

Left I on the News at Left I on the News - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours ago
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Adornos de navidad - 2013

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours ago
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Año 2013

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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Sandy Hook/ Newtown Recap

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 »

Parliament

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 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 - 13 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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! - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 17 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 - 17 hours ago

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 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 - 18 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 - 18 hours ago
http://twitter.com/zlando/status/284227256702881792/photo/1

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 - 19 hours ago
Has you ever seens Bigfeet?

BE A LITTLE SILLY

Anon at aangirfan - 20 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 »

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