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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

4 December - Blogs I'm Following II

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators was sur...
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators was surrounding the presidential office in Taiwan, calling on President Chen Shui-bian to step down in Taiwan's National Day ,10/10. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Anti-Chen Protest Day 32 - Million Men March
Anti-Chen Protest Day 32 - Million Men March (Photo credit: My Hourglass)
Chen Shui Bian
Chen Shui Bian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO RONAN PARKE?

Anon at aangirfan - 39 minutes ago

Very Interesting Video: Debt Slaves, American Plantation, The Truth Beyond The Illusion!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I just concluded a long conversation with my good friend, Whitewraithe, who writes the excellent blog: Pragmatic Witness, at www.pragmaticwitness.com. I want to let everyone who is a fan of her work know that she is doing a lot better than she has in quite a while. She was suffering from some burn out, and from a very hard work schedule. But she is back and has returned to putting up new articles at her Pragmatic Witness blog. She told me that she came across a most amazing video that I definitely had to listen to and to let her know what I thought. I said I would gladly have ... more »

What's Wrong With Our Food?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
I was horrified by the little story we listened to yesterday by Bill Moyers-- the one about hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio comparing Americans to wildebeests being eaten alive by unregulated and ravenous hedge fund billionaires hyenas. I haven't been able to get Dalio's images, especially the horrific video I added to the post, out of my mind. And then, today I came across a radio interview-- the video above-- with Frederick Kaufman, food journalist and author of Bet The Farm. Kaufman makes the point that Wall Street is industrializing agriculture, driving farmers off the land ... more »

My Letter on Chen Shui-bian Incarceration Issues

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
Letter on Chen Shui-bian incarceration in Taipei Times today. My thanks to the editors for printing it. They cleaned up a typo and strengthened the beginning. Title is also better than I could have thought of... *+++++++++++++ * *Focus on urgent issues* William Cox’s letter (Nov. 26, page 8) is obviously well meant, but illustrates several major problems with foreigners commenting on former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) medical issues. Such foreigners frequently err, as Cox does. For example, Chen has a desk and does not write on the floor. Errors like that enable opponents to... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Is the night sky darkest in the direction opposite the Sun? No. In fact, a rarely discernable faint glow known as the gegenschein (German for "counter glow") can be seen 180 degrees around from the Sun in an extremely dark sky. The gegenschein is sunlight back-scattered off small interplanetary dust particles. These dust particles are millimeter sized splinters from asteroids and orbit in the ecliptic plane of the planets. *Click image for larger size. * Pictured above from 2008 October is one of the more spectacular pictures of the gegenschein yet taken. Here a deep exposure of... more »

John Friend's Truth Militia Broadcast For Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I have been busy these last few Monday nights with my son's extracurricular activities. Therefore, I have not been able to listen to my friend, John Friend (www.johnfriendsblog.blogspot.com) doing his show on Truth Militia ( www.truthmilitia.com). I have promised John that I would definitely listen to the show on the archives. After listening to his latest show from this last Monday, I knew that it belonged on this blog as a link for all of my own readers to listen to. It has a fabulous interview with a gentleman named William Finck, at www.christogenea.org. , and who has been in... more »

Lakotas: South Dakota Social Services violates Indian Child Welfare Act

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
*South Dakota Indian Child Welfare Act Coalition affirms NPR Story - Alleges Systematic State ICWA violations in report to Congress* ** *By Lakota Peoples Law Project* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com ** *On Thursday, November 29, the South Dakota Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Directors Coalition voted 6-0 to submit a report to Congress asserting that the South Dakota Department of Social Services has for over a decade "systematically violated the spirit and the letter of the Indian Child Welfare Act."* ***ICWA directors are federal employees tasked with enforcing th... more »

Lamar W. Hankins : City Council and Religious Liberty in Central Texas

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
San Marcos, Texas, City Hall. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Nearly half of Austin-area city councils violate religious liberty It doesn’t take clergy to remind council members of their duties, and there is little evidence that clergy provide any more moral authority than most of the rest of us. By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / December 4, 2012 SAN MARCOS, Texas -- An on-line review of

Chet Raymo, “Monkey Business”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Monkey Business”* by Chet Raymo "Do men have mid-life crises? You betcha. I'd be hard pressed to think of a male among my acquaintances who didn't run off the rails, or almost run off the rails, in his late 40s, not excluding myself. Millions of words have been written about the male mid-life crisis. A crisis of failed expectations? Diminished sexual potency? Physical vanity- flab, pot, baldness? Boredom? Regret for the road not taken? And the reaction? A younger girlfriend? An affair? A motorcycle? A fast car? Drink? Crotchetiness? But it passes. The cloud lifts. Fifty to sev... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Newport Beach, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Anti-Loop 202 Awareness Concert Held In Santan

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
Anti-Loop 202 Awareness Concert Held In Santan RequiemBy Gila River Against 202 Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com SANTAN, Ariz. -- Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) members enjoyed a night of music, information and resistance against the Loop 202 freeway on December 1st, where a No Build awareness concert was held at the Santan ballfield. Musicians from Gila River, Salt River, Tohono O'odham Nation, Navajo Nation, and Phoenix came together to support GRIC members organizing against the freeway. Speakers at the concert who oppose the freeway advocated for the Pangea... more »

"Relating to the Negative: The Danger of Repression"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Relating to the Negative: The Danger of Repression"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When negative thoughts arise it is best to address them rather than pushing them down where they will surface again. For the last several years, there has been a lot of focus on the power of positive thinking. Many people have come to misinterpret this wisdom to mean that it is not okay to have a bad mood or a negative thought or feeling. This can lend a kind of superficiality to their relationship with life and relationships with other people. It can also lead them to feel that if a negative t... more »

"Things..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Eyes blinded by the fog of Things cannot see Truth. Ears deafened by the din of Things cannot hear Truth. Brains bewildered by the whirl of Things cannot think Truth. Hearts deadened by the weight of Things cannot feel Truth. Throats choked by the dust of Things cannot speak Truth." - Harald Bell Wright, “The Uncrowned King”

Explicating the CREDO Report on NJ Charter Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
Bruce Baker is on it here and here. Just one of his numerous and effective charts:

Entire Ukraine Government Resigns

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 2 hours ago
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, right, in Parliament in March Photo: GETTY http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/9719263/Entire-Ukraine-government-resigns.html * * *Entire Ukraine government resigns* * * *Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and the entire government resigned today in a surprise move after controversial elections as the economy teeters on the brink of recession.* 3:46PM GMT 03 Dec 2012 The presidency said President Viktor Yanukovych had accepted Mr Azarov's request to give up his post and become an MP, a move expected to be... more »

Rogue States: A Redefinition

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
An excerpt from Glenn Greenwald's article, *"The US and Israel: a short quiz on 'rogue nation' status"*: So essentially, it's the entire planet on one side, versus the US, its new right-wing poodle to the north, Israel, and three tiny, bribed islands on the other side. If you're a member in good standing of the Washington-based US foreign policy community, then the way you describe these matters is as follows: "the international community stands by Israel and supports its position" - because, in that warped, self-affirming world, "international community" is a synonym for "US dicta... more »

Putin, George Bush Sr., Saudi King Abdullah and Venezuela’s Chavez all reported ill during same week; Big oil involved

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 3 hours ago
* * * * *Putin, George Bush Sr., Saudi King Abdullah and Venezuela’s Chavez all reported ill during same week; Big oil involved* Posted by Benjamin Fulford December 3, 2012 Last week there were a flurry of reports, all officially denied, that George Bush Sr., President Vladimir Putin of Russia, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and President Cesar Chavez of Venezuela were all suffering from serious health problems. Bush: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Former-President-George-H-W-Bush-hospitalized-in-4077162.php Putin: http://www.independent.co.... more »

Watch out, there are warmist police about

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[Hat tip Paul L.] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Arson Seen in Attack on Ex-Israeli Spy

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
*Consortium News * *Exclusive:* Suspected arson destroyed the Montreal home of ex-Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe, who says he escaped through a rear door. It’s unclear if the fire was an assassination attempt to finally silence a man who has angered the Israeli government, powerful Republicans and others, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry Ex-Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe says he narrowly survived a possible assassination attempt Sunday night when his upscale home in Montreal was set ablaze in what Canadian authorities are describing as suspected a... more »

An Alternative View on Sandy's Lessons: A Guest Post

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 3 hours ago
*Editor's note: This is a guest post by Stephane Hallegatte, Senior Economist, Sustainable Development Network, Office of the Chief Economist, The World Bank, offering a response to my recent WSJ op-ed on "Hurricane" Sandy. Comment welcomed -- Thanks Stephane!* The storm Sandy is not unprecedented. Similar events occurred in the past, and this storm is not a consequence of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stresses that it is impossible to make a causal link between one event and climate change (1). Roger Jr. Pielke, in an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journ... more »

the doom machine

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

The Global Warming Distracting You From The Real Issues GMOs, Depleted Uranium, Nuclear Plants

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
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RUMOR: Free Energy Devices In US Warehouses NOW

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
*Reader:* Monday 2:17 am Hi, I was lucky enough to be able to hear the interview with POOF, and I woud Love to Thank you and Thank Poof as well I know he is being truthful, the last few minutes of the interview was what got me so very excited was hearing that he was involed with the free energy boxes. My husband's job takes into different businesses and he happened to go into a business last year and was told "You see those boxes? Do you know what they are?" He didn't have a clue of course. He was told "one box could supply enough free energy for a town". He has been back seve... more »

Welcome (back) to the New York State Senate -- the Home of Teh Crazy

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*In all its glory, the NYS Senate -- Home of Teh Crazy* *by Ken* Earlier today Howie asked if there was anything I might care to explain about the latest weirdnesses coming out of the New York State Senate, an institution I like to think of as the Home of Teh Crazy. What he thought might bear explaining was what appearas to be a joint press release posted to the New York State Senate official website, presumably as a joint offering of the Senate Republican Conference, led by Dean Skelos, and what now purports to be an officially recognized new party conference, the five-member (ju... more »

A denial is not a "bald assertion"

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
*Ferrara v. Lorenzetti, Wolfe Barristers and Solicitors,* 2012 ONCA 851 is a summary judgment case. As is often the case a factual denial was alleged to be a mere "bald assertion" and entitled to little weight. The majority explains why a denial or traverse ought not to be taken as a mere "bald assertion": [76] ... The assertion of a negative, that something did not occur, is necessarily "bald". Invariably the person making the assertion can say little more than that it did not happen.

Morsi On The Run

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
The Most Important Man In The Middle East . . . NOT! *"Egypt's Mursi leaves palace as police battle protesters."*

The homicide rate in Ontario has reached its lowest point since 1966

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
By contrast, the homicide rate in Ontario, which saw 28 fewer homicides in 2011, reached its lowest point since 1966. http://bit.ly/VztYqZ

Who’s having a worse day than you?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Well, probably Brendan Horan for one. And these nineteen people. [Hat tip Gene Callahan] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Jutxaposition

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
A truth: And a validation:

I prefer the Soros/Krugman plan myself

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
I wish I was joking. It seems 49% of GOP voters believe ACORN stole the election for President Obama. Down from 52% in 2008. But that's not the most impressive part. It seems 25 percent have an opinion about the Panetta-Burns plan, which doesn't exist. Neither does the Black-Sanders Plan but it should. It's still the best plan I've seen in the last four years.

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

"Lincoln Uncensored"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Lincoln Uncensored"* by Jeffrey Tucker "To be sure, this was a mind-bending experience. I watched Steven Spielberg’s movie "Lincoln" on the same weekend that I read Joseph Fallon’s Lincoln Uncensored, the e-book of the week released by the Laissez Faire Club. Worlds collided. Fallon’s book, which is brilliant and the most useful Lincoln book I’ve read, sticks to the facts by organizing material from the 10 volumes of collected writings and speeches of Lincoln. The reader is given Lincoln’s own words on subjects like slavery, secession, Fort Sumter, equality of blacks and Mex... more »

Devin McClean: AutoZone Fires Worker Who Stopped Robbery (and saved lives)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/autozone-fires-worker-who-stopped-robbery.html

"What’s Normal in a Profoundly Abnormal Society?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"What’s Normal in a Profoundly Abnormal Society?"* by James Quinn "I consider myself a seeker of truth. It isn’t easy finding it in todays’ world. In an alternate version of the famous scene from "A Few Good Men," I picture myself telling Turbo Tax Timmy Geithner that I want the truth and his angry truthful response: “Son, we live in a world that has Wall Street banks, and those banks have to be guarded by puppet politicians in Washington D.C. with lobbyist written laws and Madison Avenue PR maggots with media propaganda. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Representative Paul? I ha... more »

FSA: Our Revolution is Islamic, We are Osama's Grandsons, On Infidels We Declare Terrorism

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
Correction: "We are CIA's grandsons." And it's not a revolution. The US-Saudi-Qatari-Turkish-Israeli backed Islamist terrorists in the FSA are taking the people of Syria hostage. This is a hostage crisis, not a revolution. Source: Eretz Zen

"The United (Police) State of America"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The United (Police) State of America"* by Doug Casey "*Louis James:* Doug, after conversations like the one we had last week, we often get letters from angry readers who accuse you of hating America, disloyalty, and perhaps even treason. These people don’t know or understand what I do about you — that you love the idea that was America. It’s the United State it has become for which you have nothing but contempt. Perhaps we should try to explain this to them? *Doug Casey:* I doubt it would work; it’s a tough row to hoe, trying to explain things to people who are so set in their ... more »

RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Roots/Blues Singer-Songwriter Guy Forsyth

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
Guy Forsyth in the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, Friday, November 16, 2012. Photo by William Michael Hanks / The Rag Blog. Rag Radio podcast: Award-winning Singer-songwriter Guy Forsyth, with live performance By Rag Radio / The Rag Blog / December 4, 2012See performance videos from the show, Below. Noted Austin-based Americana roots/blues singer-songwriter Guy Forsyth was Thorne Dreyer's guest

Vancouver Sun, BC Liberal`s Crutch,

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 6 hours ago
What the hell is happening around here, this province, this country, mired in political spin, wallowing in a sickly syrupy sauce, it`s everywhere, the days of subliminal messaging are over. Remember way back when, theatre movies would insert a few frames of a bottle of Coca Cola during a hot desert scene, so fast and innocuous was the messaging you never knew you were hit, the goal of course was to make you thirsty while in close proximity to anxious concession stands, and it worked.. Today things are different but certainly not new, yes indeed, Germany during Hitler`s rein broug... more »

Ignore Those Polls!

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Well, actually, sort of the opposite -- two great polling questions today furnished an excellent reminder of why all policy surveys should be taken with a monstrously large grain of salt. First, one poll has 47% believing that going over the "fiscal cliff" will increase the deficit -- while in fact, the combination of tax increases and spending cuts will radically decrease the deficit. Second, as Sarah Kliff reports, PPP invented and polled about an entirely fictional "Panetta-Burns" plan, and found that about a quarter of respondents were willing to state an opinion about it. The ... more »

Zimmerman’s Attorney Releases Bloody Photo, Further Dispelling the Trayvon Victim Myth

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/12/03/zimmermans-attorney-releases-photo/ *Added thoughts:* Just in case people think that there aren't many individuals, including the family, trying to make a tidy monetary/political profit off of Trayvon's death and the myth surrounding his alleged "hunting down" by Zimmerman, consider the following. There is a photography "business" in Florida, now taking (futile) legal action against any and all websites displaying one of Trayvon's school pictures, a picture they only copyrighted a month or two after his death, despite it having been taken in 200... more »

Cranky con wages war on White House Christmas trees

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
[White House tree 2012 - Jim Long photo] I usually ignore Andrew Malcolm's idiotic hackery (and no, don't click his link). I wish I had resisted because you can't unsee this drivel: Amazing how a reelection can reshape an incumbent’s thinking about many things. Now safely ensconced in the White House for 49 more months, the Obamas have decorated the place with 54 Christmas trees this year. Even allowing for the usual Washington excesses with taxpayer money, that’s a whole grove of Christmas trees. “We have 54 trees in the White House,” an excited Michelle Obama proudly told visi... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Waves of Alignment with Higher Gaia

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago
* * * * *Waves of Alignment with Higher Gaia* by ÉirePort Waves of alignment with Higher Gaia currently flow through all Earth inhabitants. Degree of Consciousness matters not. All experience these waves. Allowing the flow is paramount. Accepting within the wave energy is desired. Freedom within has come. Some know this. Some do not. Yet all benefit. Freedom at all levels is soon to be experienced. Boards fully waxed. Surfing is in order. ÉirePort | December 4, 2012 at 21:16

Upper Atmospheric Variation

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 7 hours ago
I seriously wish that they would stop trying to link this all to human agency. The time frames for the data are way too short and regardless, it is lousy science to march in with a preconceived assumption. These types of conclusions really need centuries of comparable data which is mostly impossible to reconstruct for most variables. We do know that the ozone content of the atmosphere has changed and even this data stream is unfortunately only some sixty years old. Yet it did lead to investigation and the elimination of a non natural man made driver. Such should be d... more »

There are much bigger threats than the “fiscal cliff” [corrected]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
In 35 days the US Government goes off the so-called “Fiscal Cliff”—tax cuts expire, spending cuts kick in, the debt ceiling is broken, and all hell is (allegedly) loosed on the world. Maybe. Marc Faber says no. There are much bigger problems out there, including the enthusiasm of politicians and investors to continue faking reality. Peter Schiff also says no. There are two much bigger threats to the US economy than the immediate “fiscal cliff,” he says: debt, and Ben Bernanke. The biggest risk is not that “we go over this phony fiscal cliff,” Schiff said in a recent interview. “I... more »

The world's commodity supercycle is far from dead

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Great resource booms usually end abruptly, catching almost everybody by surprise. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/9717728/The-worlds-commodity-supercycle-is-far-from-dead.html

Difficult to Swallow, But It Can Be Digested

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago
*Difficult to Swallow, But It Can Be Digested* by American Kabuki Carm sent me this video today, perhaps because she sees my own struggle with this concept that is so articulately spoken by this man in the video. I don't know if Carm has mastered living in the NOW yet, but she's certainly well on her way to testing the water there. And she tells me "the water is fine come on in!" Her life has become a dance in quantum time. I've met many others who are well on their way there too. I can't say I fully grasp this concept. Some of you seem to think I am highly evolved, but I... more »

Assad’s chemical weapons units head out of Damascus toward Aleppo; Conflict of immense proportions may be imminent

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*More info:* http://www.debka.com/article/22583/Assad%E2%80%99s-chemical-weapons-units-head-out-of-Damascus-toward-Aleppo *Urgent:* The Coming Crisis may be issuing an alert any time over this situation. Stay tuned.

In Congressional Races, Persistence Can Mean Winning

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Donna and Steny-- no longer enemies In 2006, one of the most exciting and, ultimately successful, netroots cause célèbres was the push to replace corrupt conservative Maryland Democrat Al Wynn with a longtime and much-loved movement progressive, Donna Edwards. Pelosi, Hoyer and the whole weight of the Inside-the-Beltway Democratic Party were lined up against Donna. The grassroots stood strong for Donna both inside and outside the 4th district. The primary was September 12 and it appeared that Donna had won, narrowly. But suddenly Wynn operatives appeared with "more" ballots. In the e... more »

The Great Howard Baskerville: "American Lafayette in Iran"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Howard Baskerville: Iran's American Hero.* Excerpts from Howard Baskerville's *Wikipedia*: Howard Conklin Baskerville (10 April 1885 – 19 April 1909) was an American teacher in the Presbyterian mission school in Tabriz, Iran, who died fighting for Iranian democracy. He has been called the "American Lafayette in Iran." Baskerville was born in North Platte, Nebraska, and was raised in the Black Hills. Both his father and grandfather were Presbyterian ministers. He graduated in 1907 from Princeton University, where in addition to studying religion and boxing, he took two cours... more »

Mo' Beatles

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 8 hours ago
*Love Me Do* Few words need wasting on a gloss interpretation of Love Me Do. The Beatles did not undergo a prolonged public apprenticeship like, say, David Bowie. This is the only genuinely artless song they put out as a single. Its stark baldness made it stand out then, as it does even 50 years later (that and the harmonica hook). From here on in The Beatles recording career is a stairway to heaven. A small thing can said about sound and their associations. Love Me Do is a dry record, little or nothing in the way or reverb or signal distortion is applied. This was contrary to mu... more »

The greatest grift of all

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
Their business model is entirely based on scaring grannies who live on fixed incomes and hapless, misinformed rubes into giving them money, but Dick Armey says this is because, personal principles: In a move not publicly announced, former Rep. Dick Armey, the folksy conservative leader, has resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the main political outfits of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party. [...] "The top management team of FreedomWorks was taking a direction I thought was unproductive, and I thought it was time to move on with my lif... more »

Premier Brad Wall Says Saskatchewan Has The ONLY Balanced Budget In Canada - Sask Provincial Auditor Says 'YOUR BOOKS ARE WRONG ... HUGE Deficit'!

leftdog at Buckdog - 8 hours ago
*Saskatchewan's right wing administration is boldly proclaiming that this province has the ONLY balanced provincial budget in Canada. Today, Saskatchewan's independent, non-partisan Provincial Auditor said something QUITE different from what Premier Wall has been saying:* *Government General Revenue Fund Financial Statements Wrong, Says Provincial Auditor* *REGINA, Sask., December 4, 2012 – The Saskatchewan Government uses “two sets of books” to report its finances despite longstanding recommendations to stop this practice, says Provincial Auditor Bonnie Lysyk in Volume 2 of her ... more »

The Homogenization of the Car

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*If you want to know why the world’s cars are so bland, boring and identically dull, look no further than the regulations cluttering up the world’s biggest car market—the U.S.—where all the world’s car stylists now go to die.* *The Homogenization of the Car *by Jeffrey Tucker [image: image]The antique car, specially ordered for the occasion, was waiting for the bride and groom to take them to the party after the wedding. I was among the guests who were more enraptured by the car than by the main event. Absolutely stunning. It was a Studebaker. At best I can tell, it was a 1940 C... more »

Liberalism: Reclaiming the Term

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*The republication of Ludwig Von Mises book *Liberalism* gives us the opportunity to reflect on the theft of a word. This guest post by Louis M. Spadaro, a student of Von Mises, comes from the foreword of an earlier edition...* *Liberalism: Reclaiming the Term* by Louis M. Spadaro [image: image]The original work, published in 1927 in German, was entitled * Liberalismus* and so complemented, as indicated earlier, Mises's book on socialism. That it was deemed desirable or necessary, when the English translation was prepared in the early '60s, to re-title it *The Free and Prosperous... more »

Joan Walsh engineers the next White House campaign!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012* *And explains Campaign 2000:* Gack! Obama just finished defeating Mitt Romney. It's only been a month. In the wake of that endless and empty campaign, has anything been more dispiriting than the way some national pundits have begun to handicap the next campaign? By that, we mean Campaign 2016, the next *presidential* campaign. Yesterday, Joan Walsh became the latest pundit to share her thoughts about that future event. She shared her thoughts in great detail and at considerable length. In our view, that’s a pitiful waste of time. Perhaps more revealin... more »

Christopher Bollyn: Israel at the U.N. - Who is Ron Prosor?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Source of photo*. Photo: John Moore, Getty Images / 2012 Getty Images. "U.S. Ambassdaor to the United Nations Susan Rice and Israeli U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor talk at a meeting of the General Assembly on November 29, 2012 in New York City. The United States, Israel, Canada and a handful of others voted against today's historic resolution granting non-member observer status to Palestinians. The resolution was approved by the 193-member body in a 138-9 vote, with 41 abstentions."[Source: AP, *"Palestinians euphoric over UN recognition."*] *Israel at the U.N. - Who is Ron Pros... more »

‘Such Sweet Thunder’ by Duke Ellington

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
In 1957, Duke Ellington was inspired by the works of William Shakespeare to write a suite of songs based on the bard, Such Sweet Thunder. This was the radio premiere, broadcast from the concert at Ravinia Park Festival, July 1, 1957. 0:00 Such Sweet Thunder 1:48 Sonnet For Sister Kate [solo: Quentin Jackson] 4:53 Up And Down. Up And Down [solo: Clark Terry] 8:04 Star-Crossed Lovers [solo: Johnny Hodges] 12:38 Madness In Great Ones [solo: Cat Anderson] 16:25 Half The Fun [solo: Johnny Hodges] 20:42 Circle Of Fourths [solo: Paul Gonsalves] 23:23 Jam With Sam [solos: Willie Cook, ... more »

Arms Race Update - Indian Navy to South China Sea

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
India has served notice that its navy is ready to sail into the South China Sea to protect the country's oil interests there. *Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K Joshi said that, while India was not a territorial claimant in the South China Sea, it was prepared to act, if necessary, to protect its maritime and economic interests in the region.* *"When the requirement is there, for example, in situations where our country's interests are involved, for example ONGC ... we will be required to go there and we are prepared for that," Joshi told a news conference.* *"Now, are we preparing fo... more »

World double standards

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
The BBC are still obsessed by Israel daring to build in and around its capital city. They are less interested in the deaths of 29 children in a Syrian school today and all the other deaths that are happening in Syria every day. Why? The only explanation that I can think of is that the BBC are institutionally biased against Israel. I presume that is what the Balen Report concluded and that is why the BBC have fought so hard to keep it secret.

Egypt's Mursi flees palace as police battle protesters

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*More info:* http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-egypt-politics-idUSBRE8B30GP20121204

Nicola Verlato - dramatic visionary

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 10 hours ago
here are the paintings of Nicola Verlato; I've made sure I got a representative shot of Nicola beside one of his 'Zero Gravity' works to give you an idea of scale BEFORE going into glorious detail. Nicola Verlato was born in Verona, Italy on the 19th of February 1965. He started to paint about the age of 7, and to sell his paintings about 9. His artistic education has been quite unorthodox, he consider himself almost self thought, however, from 9 to 14 ,he spent every summer at the studio of a monk-painter ( Fra' Terenzio) in the monastery nearby his village in northeast Italy, he ... more »

Chomsky on Israel - A Worthwhile Read

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
*An old man in Gaza held a placard that read: * *“You take my water, burn my olive trees, * *destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, * *imprison my father, kill my mother, * *bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all, * *but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back* Noam Chomsky's take on Israel and Palestine. It's time we threw off the carefully constructed blinders that have been placed on our heads. * * * *

Lunchtime

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago

Terrorist attacks soar, India among most affected nations: Study

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since September 11, 2001, a study released on Tuesday said, with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan the most affected. The number of annual deaths in attacks, however, peaked in 2007 -- the height of the Iraq conflict -- and has been falling ever since. The survey reported 7,473 fatalities in 2011, 25 percent down on 2007. That figure included dead suicide bombers and other attackers http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Terrorist-attacks-soar-India-among-most-affected-nations-Study/articleshow/17476111.... more »

A Christmas wish for a better children's home

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 11 hours ago
Celeste, a new arrival at Angelitos I wanted to share the Christmas letter of the young Philadelphia woman who is trying to start a better foster home/orphanage for the children in Copan. My heart is with the kids at the current children's home, Angelitos Felices, but my dreams are pinned on Emily Monroe, as her project would definitely be the long-term solution to the endless problems at Angelitos. Orphanages and foster homes are all run in different ways in Honduras - from essentially private operations like Angelitos, which scratches up * centavos* wherever it can to provide bas... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake TAJIKISTAN - 4th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 16:38:42 UTC Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 09:38:42 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.442°N, 72.201°E Depth 204.7 km (127.2 miles) Region TAJIKISTAN Distances 38 km (23 miles) ENE of Roshtqal'a, Tajikistan

Egypt: Clashes Outside Presidential Palace

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Egyptian riot police have fired tear gas at thousands of protesters in the streets outside the presidential palace. President Mohamed Morsi reportedly left the building as the protesters - who are demonstrating against sweeping new powers he granted himself and a new constitution that was rushed through by his supporters - broke through police lines. The tear gas was fired after a number of people cut through barbed wire erected a few hundred metres from the palace. The police then retreated allowing the protesters to reach the palace walls. http://news.sky.com/story/1020619/egypt-... more »

For FLA purposes a severance package is property on a date only if there is a fixes right to the severance on that date

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Dembeck v. Wright, 2012 ONCA 852 holds: [50] From these decisions it is clear that for a severance package to be considered property at the date of separation, there must be a right or entitlement to it at that date. As previously indicated, the *FLA*, in defining property does not distinguish between date of marriage and date of separation. It follows that, for a severance package to be considered property as of either of the two dates that form the basis of any equalization calculation, there must be a right or entitlement to it at that date.

Nato Backs Patriot Missile Systems For Turkey

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Nato has given the go ahead for Patriot surface-to-air missiles to be deployed along Turkey's border with Syria, according to an official. Turkey, which has strongly supported rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al Assad, said it wanted the missile interceptor systems to counter the threat of attacks from Syrian weapons, possibly carrying chemical weapons. Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was expected to confirm the military alliance's support for the deployment in an announcement later on Tuesday in Brussels. http://news.sky.com/story/1020652/patriot-missile-... more »

Sandy Island tracked down to 1908 admiralty chart: Librarian locates earliest mention yet found of the island that wasn't

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Fresh light has been shone on the mystery of Sandy Island after an Australian librarian found the landmass that wasn't on a 1908 map. The mysterious island sparked worldwide interest last month when a team of researchers who went on a hunt for it discovered nothing but waves when they arrived. A range of maps and charts, including Google Earth and others both historical and modern, showed in the Coral Sea between Australia and New Caledonia. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2242767/Sandy-Island-tracked-1908-admiralty-chart-Librarian-locates-earliest-mention-island-was... more »

Hamas don't seem to leave much room for a two state solution in their 25th Anniversary logo

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Not much room for Israel in that map of an Islamic Palestine on Hamas's 25th Anniversary logo.

Police Detective Wants More Cop Watch

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
Source: We Are Change.

Walter Jones, Justin Amash, Dave Schweikert And Tim Huelskamp Kicked Off Key Committees By Boehner For Being Too Independent

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Boehner & Cantor targeting independent-minded Republicans Late last month we looked at how pissed off the Republican grassroots was about how Boehner manipulated the process of picking committee chairs to come up with a bunch of obedient hacks. While the rest of the country was making fun of the GOP for being unable to make room for a woman chair-- they eventually "awarded" Candice Miller the chair of the policy-free Housekeeping Committee-- the far right was moaning that, other than California neo-fascist Ed Royce, there are no hard-core rightists in the chairs... although it's hard... more »

Iranian TV shows American drone it claims was shot down in Iranian airspace - but U.S. Navy says all its unmanned aircraft 'are accounted for'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The U.S. Navy today denied claims by Tehran that it had captured a U.S. drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf. The Iranian government announced earlier that it was in possession of a ScanEagle drone and even showed an image on state TV which it claimed was the downed craft. But U.S. military chiefs quickly rebutted the reports, saying all its unmanned aircraft in the region were 'fully accounted for'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242845/U-S-Navy-shoots-claims-Iran-captured-ScanEagle-drone-Gulf.html

The 'scum villages' of Amsterdam: City plans to rehouse anti-social neighbours in caravans under constant police watch

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Nuisance neighbours in Amsterdam will be exiled from the city and rehoused in 'scum villages' made up of caravans or containers under constant police supervision. Holland's capital already has a special hit squad of municipal officials to identify the worst offenders for a compulsory six month course in how to behave. Social housing problem families or tenants who do not show an improvement or refuse to go to the special units face eviction and homelessness. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242683/Amsterdam-tables-plan-rehouse-anti-social-neighbours-scum-villages-constant-po... more »

East Germany's secret police sold citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Former Communist East Germany secretly sold its citizens to western pharmaceutical companies to use as human guinea pigs in drug trials. Tens of thousands of sick people in the former German Democratic Republic were treated with medicines not approved in the West to see how effective they were. Details of the top secret project have been unearthed in the files of the Stasi secret police in Berlin. The communist regime profited with millions in hard currency. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242825/East-Germanys-Stasi-secret-police-sold-citizens-western-pharmaceutical-compani... more »

Boris Johnson accuses Germany of taking over Greece

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
- London Mayor wants UK to withdraw from social chapter and fisheries policy but remain in single market - Puts pressure on David Cameron to go further in negotiations with Brussels - Also warns German Chancellor Angela Merkel has 'taken over' Greek government http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242768/Boris-Johnson-calls-dramatic-cuts-Britains-ties-EU-accuses-Germany-taking-Greece.html

Caidas de agua clara en paisajes de otoño

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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La cigüeña entregando un bebe a una mujer recostada

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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BOLIVIA: "THIS IS A COP OF CLIMATE CHANGE NOT A COP OF CARBON TRADE"

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
* * * * *UNBALANCED NEGOTIATIONS AND VERY PARTIAL VISIONS* ** *Bolivia continues the fight against carbon markets, and the bias that prevents the voice of developing countries from being heard* *By Plurinational State of Bolivia* *Censored News* *http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com* ** DOHA, Qatar -- 4 December 2012 -- During the plenary of Cooperation Actions of Long Term (ACL), or table of financing that summarizes the prospect of this working group, the text of conclusions has been proposed, which supposedly reflect the positions and proposals of countries forming part of the worki... more »

Esferas de navidad - Santa Claus esferas de coleccion

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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C'mon, NR!

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
It's natural and normal that supporters of the majority party in the Senate will move over time to oppose filibusters and other minority protections, while supporters of the minority party will come to embrace those procedural checks. That opens everyone up to charges of hypocrisy, but I'm not concerned about that; I like that it gives everyone a chance to argue both sides of the issue, since both sides have a good deal of merit -- there's quite a bit to the notion of using a simple majority vote as a decision rule, but there's also quite a bit to the limits of majoritarianism. Whi... more »

Why Spend a Fortune for a "Troubled" Anything?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
In news reports it's common to see the adjective "troubled" used in conjunction with F-35. It may, by common usage, become that warplane's new name - the "troubled F-35." The F-35 may fall short on speed, agility, payload, range and just about everything else that marks a great warplane but it's plenty long on troubles - engine troubles, systems troubles, design troubles and, oh yeah, cost troubles. Now PostMedia has gotten its hands on an internal document generated by bureaucrats showing that the Harper government was kept fully abreast of every step in the "troubled F-35 stea... more »

Paisaje de un desierto con montañas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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(Bradley Manning No Longer Interesting or Dangerous?) How Newspaper of Record Refuses To Cover Most Important News Event of Neo-Nazi Century?

Further proof (where very little is needed) that the New York Times now is anything but the paper of record. Blanking Bradley Manning: NYT and AP Launch Operation Amnesia by Chris Floyd Friday, 30 November 2012 14:39 On Thursday, Bradley Manning, one of the foremost prisoners of conscience in the world today, testified in open court -- the first time his voice has been heard since

Defending bilingual education (again) in the Dallas Morning News

skrashen at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Research supports bilingual education (Bilingual education is better than immersion) Published in the Dallas Morning News, December 1, 2012. Re: L. Wooley, “An argument against increased school funding,” November 26 Contrary to Lynn Wooley’s statements, evidence for bilingual education is strong. Wooley says scores “shot up” in Oceanside after bilingual education was dismantled in California in 1998. But scores for all students increased in California between 1998 and 2000; gains for Oceanside's English learners were similar to gains made in many districts that kept bilingual edu... more »

Precioso arbol de navidad frente a la chimenea

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Ki Suk Han argued with 'deranged' stranger before being 'pushed' to death on New York subway

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Father-of-one Ki Suk Han was seen struggling to get back onto the platform moments before he was hit by the R train as it pulled into Times Square station. The fire department said that two people who witnessed the man's gruesome death had to be treated for trauma. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242470/Man-killed-pushed-New-York-subway-train.html

Has the War on Terror failed? Number of terrorist attacks QUADRUPLE in decade after 9/11...West's anti-al Qaeda 'war on terror' may have made terrorism worse

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since 9/11, according to a study launched today. The Global Terrorist Index showed that in 2002 there were 982 separate attacks. By 2011 that had risen to 4,564. Researchers suggest the U.S. military interventions pursued as part of the West's anti-al Qaeda 'war on terror' may have made terrorism worse. It also said it was impossible to prove whether the policy made the U.S homeland safer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242803/Has-War-Terror-failed-Number-terrorist-attacks-QUADRUPLE-decade-9... more »

Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Poland to pull out of Eurovision because they’re so deep in debt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Four of Europe’s most cash-strapped countries are set to pull out of the Eurovision song contest - in case they win and have to host the lavish event the next year. Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Poland have all said they are ‘very unlikely’ to take part in the cheesy singing contest that has become a European institution. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242869/Greece-Cyprus-Portugal-Poland-pull-Eurovision-theyre-deep-debt.html

Guest Blogger News

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
We have two exciting developments to report concerning guest bloggers at the Duck. First, Adrienne LeBas’ From Protest to Parties: Party-Building and Democratization in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2011) has been awarded “Best Book in African Politics” at the 2012 African Studies Association Annual Meeting by the African Politics Conference Group. Many congratulations to Adrienne on Continue reading

Ricos bombones torcidos y de colores

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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