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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

4 December - Blogs I'm Following

Nature of Tajikistan
Nature of Tajikistan (Photo credit: veni markovski)
English: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Ra...
English: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Kremlin, Moscow. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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"Patriots Try To Finish Undefeated Regula...
"Patriots Try To Finish Undefeated Regular Season" (Photo credit: Sister72)
Bashar and Asma al-Assad, President and first-...
Bashar and Asma al-Assad, President and first-wife of Syria. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denma...
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, captured during the session 'Europe's Purpose' at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Terrorist attacks soar, India among most affected nations: Study

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 minutes 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 - 7 minutes 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 - 13 minutes 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 - 14 minutes 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 - 16 minutes 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 - 16 minutes 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 - 16 minutes 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 - 17 minutes 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 - 24 minutes ago

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 40 minutes 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 - 41 minutes 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 - 44 minutes 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 - 44 minutes 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 - 44 minutes 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 - 49 minutes ago
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La cigüeña entregando un bebe a una mujer recostada

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 59 minutes ago
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brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
** * * *BOLIVIA: "THIS IS A COP OF CLIMATE CHANGE NOT A COP OF CARBON TRADE" * UNIDAD MADRE TIERRA Y AGUA / MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES ESTADO PLURINACIONAL DE BOLIVIA ** *By Plurinational State of Bolivia* *Censored News* *http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com* ** *DOHA, Qatar -- December 4th -- ***The day of the COP inauguration, a conference about CARBON TRADE took place facilitated by Nicholas Stern. The event had the presence of ministers and other authorities of different countries. Surprisingly the center of the discussion was how to allow developed countries that are not ... more »

Esferas de navidad - Santa Claus esferas de coleccion

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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C'mon, NR!

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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

Fast Food Workers Strike in New York

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 1 hour ago
Labor journalist Sarah Jaffe went on *The Ed Show* to tell the tale of fast food employees striking across New York City for the right to unionize. Hopefully this is the beginning of a resurgent national labor movement. Sadly resistance to the idea that people at the low end of the wage scale deserve anything is deeply engrained in our culture. Earlier today Jaffe tweeted, "I have never gotten worse trolls than when I write about low-wage workers organizing. People really are invested in feeling better than them." Jaffe spoke to Sam Seder yesterday on *The Majority Report*. Her bl... more »

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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago
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9 11 : MONEY

Anon at aangirfan - 1 hour ago
*Video on the 9 11 money connection.* * **1.* According to Daniel Hopsicker, Venice Florida airport has a long history of being used as a training base for paramilitary operations by federal authorities. ( Venice Airport Used for Covert Ops ) Venice Airport (Florida) was named during the questioning of Oliver North concerning Iran Contra. *Venice (Florida) is the teeny little place where Mohammed Atta and his fellow 'hijackers' chose to learn to fly.* Venice (Florida) has the building that was the national HQ of billionaire Jackson Stephens's *Beverley Enterprises.* According to w... more »

Niyousha Haki died from swine flu after paramedics refused to take her to hospital THREE times

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
A swine flu victim died from complications after paramedics refused three times in one night to take her to hospital, an inquest has heard. Niyousha Haki, 28, from Birmingham, was seen on three separate occasions after concerned relatives dialled 999. But despite having a 'grossly abnormal' temperature and a high respiration and heart rate, they judged her symptoms to be ‘non-life threatening’. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2242764/Woman-28-dies-swine-flu-paramedics-refused-to-hospital-THREE-times.html

What is Fracking Doing to Our Environment?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Below are two articles that explore two ways fracking is destroying our environment. The first concerns the role of fracking in producing massive sink holes that may contain dangerous waste. This first article also addresses the role of fracking in producing earth quakes. The second article examines how fracking can unearth natural radioisotopes that pose significant health risks. After excerpts from these two articles you will find a link to a new article on how fracking chemicals end up in our FOOD supply! Media Silence on Mass Sinkholes By Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety 03 D... more »

Sea Levels Rising

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Sea Levels Rising 60% Faster Than Expected By Joe Romm, ThinkProgress 30 November 12 http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/14803-sea-levels-rising-60-faster-than-expected [Excerpted] A new study, "Comparing climate projections to observations up to 2011," confirms that climate change is happening as fast — and in some cases faster — than climate models had projected. The news release explains: *The rate of sea-level rise in the past decades is greater than projected by the latest assessments of the IPCC, while global temperature increases in good agreement with its bes... more »

40-Years of Peace Tossed in the Garbage

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
Apparently forty years of peace has been too much of a good thing for Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel has enjoyed peace with its Arab neighbours since 1973. *Don’t blame yourself if you didn’t realize that the Middle East has enjoyed four decades of peace. But that is precisely what has transpired between Israel and Arab states since the Yom Kippur War of 1973. In its first twenty-five years of independence, Israel was characterized by multi-state war with intermittent bouts of unsuccessful diplomacy. Six Arab armies invaded Israel in 1948; Israel fought four Arab armies in June 1967; ... more »

Tuesday Morning Linkage

PM at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Dan’s still ill so you’re stuck with me for Day Two. Here’s some links: Via The Monkey Cage (I’m not stealing, I’m curating) comes this link to an Inside Higher Ed article about the five-year humanities Ph.D.. Identity, legacy, institutions, and Indiana basketball One of the things that grabs me about IR scholarship is that Continue reading

Angelitos en el arbol de navidad - Adornos de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 2 hours ago
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Typhoon Bopha: 40 Dead In Philippines

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
More than 40 people have been killed in a powerful typhoon in the Philippines, including soldiers and villagers who were in an army truck that was washed away. Typhoon Bopha, packing winds of up to 130mph, hit land on Mindanao island's east coast at dawn on Tuesday. At least 33 of the victims drowned in the town of New Bataan when torrents of water dumped by the typhoon rampaged down a mountain. http://news.sky.com/story/1020289/typhoon-bopha-40-dead-in-philippines

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake COLORADO - 4th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Magnitude 3.9 Date-Time Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 15:15:26 UTC Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 08:15:26 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.028°N, 104.918°W Depth 5.7 km (3.5 miles) (poorly constrained) Region COLORADO Distances 40 km (24 miles) WSW of Trinidad, Colorado

UN vote tells Israel - Let in the nuclear inspectors

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
Largely going unnoticed.. *Tuesday 4 December 2012 * UN tells Israel to let in nuclear inspectors *The UN general assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to open its nuclear programme for inspection.** *The resolution, approved by a vote of 174 to six with six abstentions, calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) "without further delay" and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. *Nations voting against Israel's compliance?* *"US, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau"* Ye... more »


John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 2 hours ago

Amsterdam to create 'scum villages'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Amsterdam is to create "Scum villages" where nuisance neighbours and anti-social tenants will be exiled from the city and rehoused in caravans or containers with "minimal services" under constant police supervision. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/9719247/Amsterdam-to-create-scum-villages.html

UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Resolution urges Israel to sign non-proliferation treaty ‘without further delay’. http://www.timesofisrael.com/un-calls-on-israel-to-open-nuclear-facilities/

Off Label Drug Use Promotion by Pharma Reps Allowed by Courts

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Majia here: I believe this ruling is a set back for public health. The article uses Risperdal as an example of a drug that has been promoted extensively for off-label use by pharmaceutical companies, especially for children.I know about Risperdal because I've had several doctors push it for management of my son's behavioral issues that stemmed from his Asperger's s yndrome.I researched the drug and found that it was very dangerous. Within 1 year the average kid who is on Risperdal gains 20 pounds. It disrupts blood sugar levels. A friend whose daughter was put on it for "anxiety" star... more »

The Babel of the Times op-ed page!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012* *The sources of our discontent:* David Brooks’ column today isn’t crazy. But we did chuckle at this: BROOKS (12/4/12): *So Republicans have to realize that they are going to cave on tax rates.* The only question is what they get in return. What they should demand is this: That the year 2013 will be spent putting together a pro-growth tax and entitlement reform package that will put this country on a sound financial footing through 2040. *Republicans should go to the White House and say they are willing to see top tax rates go up to 36 percent or 37 perce... more »

US, Israel, Turkey, Jordan primed to strike if Assad activates chemical weapons

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
*More here:* http://www.debka.com/article/22583/US-Israel-Turkey-Jordan-primed-to-strike-if-Assad-activates-chemical-weapons

U.S. House committee leaders deny climate change while extreme weather devastates their states

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is the chair of the Science Committee, but he denies the overwhelming scientific consensus on man-made climate change. thinkprogress.org]By Jackie Weidman and Whitney Allen 30 November 2012 On November 27th, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced the new and returning House committee chairmen (and yes, they are all men). Some of these congressmen will run committees with jurisdiction over federal climate, energy, and environmental programs. This includes funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Clean Air Act, balancing the u... more »

Siberia pesticide dumps may prove a bigger hazard than nuclear waste

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Poorly stored chemicals are a pollution risk in the Tomsk oblast, Siberia. Alexander Natruskin / Reuters] By Marie Jégo 27 November 2012 (Guardian Weekly) – At Tegul'det (population 3,000), a village in the south-east corner of Tomsk oblast, it takes a lot to upset the residents, busy hunting, fishing and preening their vegetable patches, except during the six long winter months, when their only distraction is cutting holes in the ice on the river and fishing. Nothing really bothers Alexei, a retired FSB (former KGB secret police) major. Not even the mound of earth that... more »

Hawking radiation: pure and thermal mixed states are a micron away

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 3 hours ago
I think that the recent paper by Raju and Papadodimas (arXiv) is the most convincing and least confusing paper about the black hole information available to the infalling observer that has been written on this planet so far. However, I also think that the initial sections with the precise formulae for the bulk fields written in terms of the CFT variables – while being a professional piece of work that shows that the authors have been heavily trained in the AdS/CFT technology – are too long and tedious and may discourage many readers from getting to the most conceptually important ... more »

Global Domination? Whoa Canada!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
Mostly lame article from Boston Globe. Lots of cliches and stereotypes. Whatever is easier for the masses? There is a place on earth that most Americans never think about—a vast, strange land where the days can be cold, but the people are friendly and the health care is free. We remember this place exists only occasionally: when we find out our favorite comedian was born there, or when someone we know decides to move there for college. For the most part, though, it hardly enters into our conception of the world. Canada is there, and it isn’t. But there is a new and unfamiliar wind ... more »

Where Comparisons Between the Movie "Lincoln" and Education Reform Go Haywire

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
I was at a meeting last evening where three panelists and a moderator had some things to say on the subject of "Is Education for Democracy At Risk?" It was sponsored by Citizens for Public Schools in Boston and held at the Brookline Public Library. With such a topic on the agenda, I was eager to see if there was any movement toward action in the "talk-and-compromise" groups that participated, which included FairTest, the Brookline teachers' union, SOS (remember them?), and the academic community, as represented by an academic from teacher education who is also a former State Board ... more »

Ice Age is coming - soon...?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 3 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/S-eMtiTUD_g I have easy talking... in my office with 8º Celsius at my Oregon Scientific weather station. With a brasero at my feet I can keep it -very efficiently- warm around myself. A brasero or 'calientapiés' is an efficient solution for heating in Andalusia. Yet, the temperatures I measured in our village in southern Spain have gone down gradually year on year since 1999. No "global warming" here, but a clear local cooling. With minus 5 Celsius (-5) about 09:00 CET I couldn't open the car doors today and yesterday. Unheard of in Spain at the beginning of D... more »

Egypts Revolution - another surprising analysis from James Corbett

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 3 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/9lZOMJSJY60 Is the real 'Arabic revolution' starting as off now? Who or rather 'what' * is* behind it? Where are we looking at and what is the part propaganda plays? James Corbett has a few very surprising answers... John

Washington State first in U.S. to plan for a more acidic ocean

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Aerial view of a cargo ship entering the Port of Seattle. Mount Rainier is visible on the horizon. Corbis] By Kieran Mulvaney 3 December 2012 Washington State has become the first in the nation to set out an action plan for addressing ocean acidification. The plan follows publication of a report by a Blue Ribbon Panel established by outgoing Governor Christine Gregoire back in March. Ocean acidification is a result of seawater absorbing approximately one-third of the carbon dioxide that has been emitted by human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels. That absor... more »

Climate talks deadlocked in Doha – ‘We are very far behind what science tells us we should be doing’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: Activists carry placards during a rally in Doha, Qatar, 1 December 2012. Poor countries want the rich world commit to a new funding package from 2013 to help them cope with worsening drought, flood, storms and rising seas less. Karim Jaafar / AFP]By Mariette le Roux 3 December 2012 (AFP) – UN climate talks on Monday entered their final week amid rows over the Kyoto Protocol and funding for poorer countries, despite fresh warnings of the peril from greenhouse gases. After six days of wrangling, nearly 200 nations remained far apart on issues vital for unlocking a global d... more »

BUDGET BABEL: What Obama proposed!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 4 hours ago
*TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012* *Part 1—Our biggest newspapers explain:* Does anyone have the slightest idea what Barack Obama proposed last week? By “anyone,” we refer to American voters, not to budget specialists. We even refer to voters who read our nation’s most famous newspapers. Case in point: Suppose you subscribe to the Washington Post, a well-known east coast newspaper. This morning, your newspaper thudded on your front steps. At the top of the front page, you saw this news report by Lori Montgomery. At the start of her report, Montgomery describes a new budget proposal from... more »

Royalty and Reverence

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 4 hours ago
If you're a republican like me, you're probably wondering how you will escape the wall-to-wall coverage attending the next nine months of the royal pregnancy. But as the BBC, party leaders, and royal well-wishers raised a toast to Kate 'n' Wills last night, I started wondering how this state of affairs came to be. I can remember as a wee nipper my mum putting this up in the corner of my bedroom and taking my brother and I to a street party round the corner to celebrate the royal wedding. Happy days for royalty and their supporters. But 10 years or so later the House of Windsor was... more »

Revolution is the only solution

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 4 hours ago
Here's an article about global tax avoidance through tax havens: The scale of the theft is staggering. Somewhere between $21 and $32 trillion is hidden behind the vast walls of tax haven secrecy. That’s the equivalent of one third of all global annual income. Somewhere between 60 and 70% of all international trade flows through them so that profits can be siphoned off untaxed. The scale alone means tax havens have a material impact on levels of global inequality and poverty. But more insidious is what they actively facilitate. Tax havens are in the background of practically every ... more »

Can You Help to Find Sasha Vega? - Lost In The Bronx, NYC

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
*PLEASE HELP ME FIND MY NIECE BY RE-SHARING THIS POST* *MISSING* Name: Sasha Vega Age: 13 Sex: Female Race: Hispanic Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Height: 5' 2" Weight: 165 Lbs Missing Since: December 2, 2012 Missing From: Bronx, New York Contact: Bronx Housing Authority Police @ (718) 292-6161 Or Contact: (917) 587-4833 *Source: G+ Tony Vega*

teachers are not the problem. charter rights are for everyone. repeal bill 115.

laura k at wmtc - 4 hours ago
The attacks on teachers and other educational professionals, now cropping up all over North America, are frightening. Teachers - whose work is so important, who are so underpaid and undervalued, who routinely use their own money and their own time to supplement underfunded classrooms - are being blamed for budget deficits - deficits caused by a regressive tax structure. Teachers are not the problem. Teachers' *unions* are not the problem. Teachers' unions: - help set classroom conditions that are vital to childrens' education - help educators enjoy a modicum of job security, so they... more »

eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource » An Open Letter to Jewish Campus Professionals and Educators

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
'Michael Walzer,... argues that "When Palestinian militants launch rocket attacks from civilian areas, they are themselves responsible – and no one else is – for the civilian deaths caused by Israeli counter fire. But … Israeli soldiers are required to aim as precisely as they can at the militants, to take risks in order to do that, and to call off counterattacks that would kill large numbers of civilians … Still, minimizing does not mean avoiding entirely: Civilians will suffer." http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/an-open-letter-to-jewish-campus-professionals-and-educators

There is a country where hundreds of thousands of people live out their lives in prison camps

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside Kaechon #14, one of the world's harshest labour camps. His parents were political prisoners, declared enemies of the state for having committed minor offenses against the North Korean regime. His mother was executed in front of him. Shin was routinely subjected to torture and knew nothing of the outside world until his escape at the age of 23. There are still around 200,000 other forced laborers currently languishing under the regime of Kim Jong-un. Where is the international outcry? Where are the protests outside the North Korean embassy on Gunner... more »

Boehner Now Appears To Be Trying To Drive The Economy Off The GOP-Manufactured Fiscal Curb

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
I sure hope congressional Democrats are paying attention to Robert Reich's little video above. Yesterday Boehner and his crew of sociopaths-- with Republican Senator Bob Corker's ringing endorsement on *Meet the Press* for "severe pain" for working families fresh in their minds-- presented President Obama with their counterproposal to avoid their ginned-up, Republican manufactured so-called "Fiscal Cliff." Short version: the thoroughly rejected Ryan Budget meets the thoroughly rejected Romney tax plan. The Republicans are eager to increase the eligibility age for Medicare and to... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE - 4th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 09:26:15 UTC Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 06:26:15 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 32.772°S, 71.700°W Depth 46.3 km (28.8 miles) Region OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE Distances 30 km (18 miles) NNW of Valparaiso, Chile

Buyer Beware: The Negative Effects of Energy Drinks

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
Source: http://www.bcliving.ca/health/why-you-should-beware-of-energy-drinksBuyer Beware: The Negative Effects of Energy Drinksby Susan Patterson Natural Society, 4 December 2012 Grocery and convenience stores are packed with brightly colored cans sketched with attractive artwork promising an infusion of energy with zero calories and no sugar. These drinks are particularly popular amongst teenagers who are lured in by expert marketing tactics. In fact, statistics indicate that between 30 to 50% of adolescents drink some form of energy drink on a regular basis. The safety of t... more »

Pocan - ALEC - Great New Interview

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
When I saw this on the feeds yesterday I thought it would be a boring rehash of old stuff from times past (which I see a lot of!! - need new stuff out there). This morning I actually opened up the link - it's new stuff and it is a really good read. Ed Rampell, Rock Cellar Magazine, “Politician Mark Pocan Goes Undercover to Expose Clandestine Corporate Conspiracy!” Read it *>>>>HERE<<<<* Please share this with folks who are just learning about ALEC This is a great overview - good information in a confined amount of space. The interview is focused and the reporting is spot on.

The Old Man In Ottawa

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
Stephen Harper claims that Conservative values are Canadian values. But, based on recent polling data, Frank Graves concludes that Mr. Harper is trying to stop a wave that is not moving in his direction: When looking at values overall we are struck by their level of stability. This is to be expected and welcomed; values constitute the moral charter for societies and it would be a very bewildering and unstable world where values were shifting rapidly. But within this placid world of normative stability there are some conspicuous exceptions. All of the values which are demonstrati... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Jay-Z, 43. Good stuff? Sure: 1. Dan Drezner translates a NYT article. 2. How the states are trying to undermine the ACA, and the likely consequences, by Greg Anrig. 3. Josh Barro on the GOP fiscal cliff offer. 4. I think Nate Cohn is probably correct that Terry McAuliffe is extremely vulnerable to a primary challenge, and generally not much of a candidate. 5. And how Barack Obama would find savings in Medicare, detailed by Sarah Kliff.

Franco-German rift hampers plan for banking union

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Germany and France publicly clashed on Tuesday over plans to put the European Central Bank in charge of supervising banks, deepening a dispute over the scope of the ECB's powers that threatens to undermine one of Europe's boldest reforms. With time running out to meet a pledge to complete the legal framework for an EU-wide banking union by the end of the year, Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told a meeting of EU finance ministers he said could not support a plan that would give the ECB the final say on supervision. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-eu-bankin... more »

Swiss spy agency warns U.S., Britain about huge data leak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Secret information on counter-terrorism shared by foreign governments may have been compromised by a massive data theft by a senior IT technician for the NDB, Switzerland's intelligence service, European national security sources said. Intelligence agencies in the United States and Britain are among those who were warned by Swiss authorities that their data could have been put in jeopardy, said one of the sources, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-usa-switzerland-datatheft-idUSBRE8B30ID20121204

Is Butter Bad for You? The Real Benefits of Real Butter by Elizabeth Renter

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/387309636673538744/Is Butter Bad for You? The Real Benefits of Real Butterby Elizabeth Renter Natural Society, 4 December 2012 *Is butter bad for you? Sweet, salty butter has become a decadent treat for many people, something that some have shunned for years for fear of the vilified “saturated fat”. But now that the hype of margarine has been sufficiently shattered, we can take a more honest look at butter. A look that isn’t colored by the companies making margarine, one that might reveal butter to actually be beneficial to our health. At least ... more »

Hamas's 25th anniversary logo doesn't leave much room for a two state solution in Middle East

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago

Merkel warns: I am very cautious about saying the worst of the crisis is over

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned at a congress of her Christian Democrats (CDU) on Tuesday against complacency in the euro crisis, saying it was too early to declare the worst of the turmoil was over. "I could take it easy and say the euro is saved," Merkel said in a speech in the northern city of Hanover. "But I am very cautious about saying the worst of the crisis is over." http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/uk-germany-merkel-euro-idUKBRE8B30F620121204


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Vitt defends Brees, says Saints still have hope* *I Renamed the Hornets ~Angry Who Dat* *Hey, mister! Throw me some hyrdochlorofluorocarbons! ~Cathy Hughes, The Lens* ~Verdi Gras, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a greener Mardi Gras, is holding a conference this evening that will bring together carnival krewes, local artists and environmental experts to brainstorm about ways to reduce the carbon footprint of Mardi Gras. *Advocate editorial omits $38M Corps maintenance costs for S&WB* *Orleans Parish School Textbooks ~Gambit * *Garden District shooting victim se... more »

'Israel sought Jordan's permission to bomb Syria'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Israel asked Jordan on a number of occasions for “permission” to bomb Syrian chemical weapons sites, The Atlantic reported Monday, citing intelligence sources in both countries. According to the report, Amman turned down requests a number of times in the past two months, saying “the time was not right.” http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=294441

Australia, Brazil summon Israeli ambassadors over settlement construction

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Australia and Brazil join other European countries in condemning Israel's decision to expand Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and withhold tax revenue from the Palestinian Authority. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/australia-brazil-summon-israeli-ambassadors-over-settlement-construction.premium-1.482367

Workers taken to hospital after chemical leak at Waterloo factory, Canada

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Eight people were taken to hospital after a suspected formaldehyde gas leak at a Waterloo auto parts factory Monday morning. In all, 40 people were assessed by Waterloo Region paramedics outside of Ultra Manufacturing, 640 Conrad Place. http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/847425--workers-taken-to-hospital-after-chemical-leak-at-waterloo-factory

US Navy: No Drones Missing After Iran Claim

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The US Navy has denied Iran's claim that it has captured one of their drones that was flying in the country's airspace and gathering intelligence over Gulf waters. The Iranian Fars news agency reported that the ScanEagle drone was captured "in the last few days" by the naval unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It offered no details on the location or how it had been seized. Ali Fadavi, the Revolutionary Guards' naval commander, was quoted by state TV as saying the unmanned aircraft was now in Iran's possession. http://news.sky.com/story/1020329/us-navy-no-drones-missing... more »

Mary River project given green light

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
This was expected but still is huge: Story The federal government has given Baffinland’s Mary River Project the green light to move ahead with its iron ore mine on north Baffin Island. Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation proposed the Mary River project, which would be a massive open-pit mine about 160 kilometres south of Pond Inlet. A press release from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada says the approval is based on the recommendation of the Nunavut Impact Review Board. The board’s executive director, Ryan Barry, says it’s a big day for the territory. "We do feel ... more »

Climate Cliff Nullifies Any US Fiscal Cliff

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
*Cost of Hurricane Sandy:* Early estimates of the economic impact of Hurricane Sandy put the total loss between $30 billion and $50 billion, making it one of the costliest storms in U.S. history. The one thing about it - is in this case - climate change - there will be no discrimination. The impact of climate change is neither regressive or progressive. The ultimate impact of uncontrolled climate change is death - for everyone - including the 1%. Democracy Now! To Broadcast From COP18 Doha Climate Change Summit Democracy Now! will broadcast live from the annual U.N. Climate Change ... more »

U.S. intensifies criticism of Israel on settlement plan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The United States on Monday ratcheted up criticism of Israel over plans to expand Jewish settlement building on occupied land, urging it to reconsider despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to back down. The Obama administration's tougher-than-usual words for close ally Israel came after five European governments summoned Israeli ambassadors in their capitals to express concern over the new settlement projects. But Washington stopped short of threatening any concrete measures against the Jewish state. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-palestinians-israel-usa-... more »

Europe's banking union ambitions under strain

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Divisions over how European bank oversight will work threaten to undermine one of Europe's boldest reforms as finance ministers finalize plans to put the European Central Bank in charge of supervising all euro zone banks on Tuesday. While ministers agree that creating a banking union is a sound idea, they cannot agree how best to structure it, how far to go in unifying banking systems to share risk and how to prevent discrimination between euro and non-euro countries. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-eu-banking-union-idUSBRE8B21HG20121204


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Authorities say the biggest threat to lives and homes from a bushfire, burning near Bremer Bay on WA's South Coast, is likely to come tomorrow morning. That is when winds are expected to push the fire, which is three kilometres north of the town, in its direction. The Department of Environment and Conservation says if the blaze does break its containment lines, firefighters will have no hope of defending properties in the Port Henry subdivision. Incident controller Greg Mair says the fire could move very quickly. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15545265/residents-encouraged-to-... more »

Thought for the Day

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
"Having sex with your biographer is more fun than having sex with your autobiographer” David Petraeus, 2012 *Thanks to Theo Spark for the spot.*

Slippy out there!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago

Its Enough to Disturb Your General Constitution

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago
*December 2, 2012* *By Brian K.* The Truth, supported by stone cold evidence revealed in this interview is enough to make even the folks down at *Ripley's Believe it or Not*, vomit. Prior to my interview with Teri and Dennis, I was aware of the deception and corruption committed by United States of America Corporation against its own people, but not to the depth and degree that was revealed. So many acts of treason at so many levels. Its difficult to fathom how those behind the development of the system have gotten away with it for so long. The most sickening part is that the... more »

A nice piece of time lapse photography

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
Video: Incredible Plane Landing Time Lapse California photography and film professor Cy Kuckenbaker filmed 60 different planes which landed at San Diego international airport between 10.30am and 3pm and edited them all together into an amazing 25-second time-lapse video, creating an amazing effect.

Does the Guardian own a map? Op-Ed falsely claims E-1 would cut West Bank in two | CiF Watch

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
CIF Watch have picked The Guardian up on a piece of misreporting that I heard being repeated on the BBC yesterday as well. Do I have the energy to raise a complaint with the BBC?

Student Protesters Push Back Against Ministry

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 8 hours ago
*Taichungers: been to the gourd shop outside of Dongshi on Rte 8 (somewhere in here)? Some lovely gourd art there.* NewTalk reported on National Tsinghua University's attempt to rein in its student protesters. 清大今天發出聲明,對於陳為廷昨天在立法院的不當行為「深感痛心」,也對蔣偉寧及社會大眾所造成的傷害致上最深的歉意。 National Tsing Hua University today issued a statement yesterday in the Legislative Yuan, saying that it was "deeply saddened" by the inappropriate behavior of [student leader] Chen Wei-ting and offering its deepest apologies for the harm caused to [Minister of Education] Jiang Weining and the community. .... 陳為廷稍早也... more »

Andrew Parsons Charged with the Murder of his 31-year-old wife

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A man has been charged with murdering his American beauty therapist wife at their home in Oxfordshire. Andrew Parsons, 38, will appear at Oxford Magistrates Court, accused of killing his wife Janee in Lucerne Avenue, Bicester. Mrs Parsons, 31, was found by police after they were called to her detached home on Saturday. http://news.sky.com/story/1020362/andrew-parsons-charged-over-wifes-death

Reporting on Israel and Syria

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
From watching or listening to the BBC you would think that Israel was conducting a genoicidal war on the Palestinians. Here's some facts: - The total number of Arabs killed by Israel since 1948, including in three major wars (1948, 1967 & 1973) as well as the two Lebanese wars (1982 & 2006) amount to some 85,00 people. - If you exclude these wars then the number killed is around 15,000. - If you exclude the 1956 Sinai campaign and the ongoing war of attrition betyween 1967 and 1970 then the total reduces to just around 7,000. - The total number of Syrians ki... more »

Toulouse Gunman: 'Two Accomplices Held'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
French police arrest two alleged accomplices in the Toulouse gunman attacks, reports say. http://news.sky.com/story/1020376/toulouse-gunman-two-accomplices-held

Back From Absence...

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Thanks for your patience, folks, while I was away on personal business. Posting will resume more or less normally, a lot to catch up on, so bear with me. Commenting is restored. And don't give up, ever... - CP Kate Bush & Peter Gabriel, “Don't Give Up” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dduZbDFCG_E

BBC news priorities

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
The 7pm BBC Radio 4 news bulletin is less than two minutes long and usually covers just five or six major stories in expanded headline form. I have noticed that this bite size news broadcast is often indicative of the particular narratives that the BBC is trying to push on that day. This bulletin quite often squeezes in an anti-Israel piece thus keeping up the narrative that Israel is uniquely evil, especially in its treatment of the Palestinians. I was interested yesterday to hear that the news of Israel's Ambassador being summoned to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for a dressin... more »

Iran 'Captures' US Drone In Its Airspace

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Iran has "captured" a US drone gathering intelligence over Gulf waters after it entered its airspace, state TV has reported. The report quoted the Revolutionary Guard's navy chief General Ali Fadavi on the "intruding" ScanEagle drone, but offered no precise details on the location or how it had been seized by the Guards' naval unit. http://news.sky.com/story/1020329/iran-captures-us-drone-in-its-airspace

Can physics blogs reach the general public?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
The Higgs boson, apparently considered to be a musician or athlete of a sort, was nominated as the *Time Magazine person of the year 2012*, among 39 other candidates: Who Should Be TIME's Person of the Year 2012? (Higgs boson) It's fun that particle physics has some impact on the mass culture; everything else that will be said about the nomination is going to be mostly negative. Jeffrey Kluger wrote five sentences. Amusingly enough, Matt Strassler wanted to correct all the flagrant mistakes in these five sentences so he wrote something like a book (a somewhat angry book): TIME f... more »

UK planning 'Cyber Reserve' defence force

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The UK government is to set up a "Cyber Reserve" force to deal with security threats posed by computer crime. Run by the Ministry of Defence, it will allow the armed forces to "draw on the wider talent and skills of the nation in the cyber field". Internet-related business is estimated to be worth £82bn a year to the UK. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20578691

Palestinians send letters to UN chief condemning Israeli settlements (AP)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
While the world’s attention is turned to Gaza, the UN and Jerusalem-area settlements, stealthier military maneuvers in the West Bank are pushing Palestinians off their land. If the recent joint U.S.-Israel military exercises actually took place in the Jordan Valley, then Washington is complicit in torpedoing the two-state solution. http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/by-demolishing-homes-israel-is-demolishing-hope.premium-1.482058


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Young Miley Cyrus.* Miley Cyrus was baptized in a Southern Baptist church.[18] She attended church regularly while growing up and wore a purity ring.[19] Miley Cyrus went to work for Disney. *Miley Cyrus. (Disney's Hannah Montana)* * *The Disney organisation is allegedly linked to the CIA's attempts to produce 'sex kittens' through 'Monarch' brainwashing. (CELIA IMRIE / SPROUSE TWINS ) An episode of Hannah Montana, entitled* Been There All Along*, and starring Miley, "features a salute to military families ...Special messages from military families ... air throughout the evening... more »

Page Flipping and Scanning at 250 ppm

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
If there was ever a device that was badly needed it is this toy. The mass of books out there that need to be preserved electronically are a small tip of the iceberg. What is way more important are medical records in particular. We have not come close to establishing a system there because of the legacy problem. This technology easily resolves that completely. An office can simply bundle and likely staple bind a stack of material for a given patient, run it through the device, do a quick confirmation check and throw away the paper record there and then. Every business has... more »


arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is a straight off additional apparent sea serpent or related creature that appears world wide if certain conditions are met and can be expected once those conditions are met. The creature is a creature of the deep that sets its egg clutches in boggy ground near the shore line. It then waits around for them to hatch and strengthen before they are taken back down to the sea. The lakes need ready access to the sea and must be deep and generally cool to cold. Actual access need not be that easy because the creature can cross obstacles well enough. Knowing that, I c... more »

BOSS Quasers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is remarkable work that allows us to extend our mapping deep into the past. What is interesting is that the information infers that the apparent curve is not simply linear. Yet it is more indicative of an error in one or more of the assumptions. I actually have a lot to say on this topic that I will leave for another time. I would need to go too deeply into the present state of the data and its interpretation. At least we now have a new source of helpful data. And it is great beginning for information we thought we would never have. *BOSS quasars unveil a new e... more »

The Son of Man has Returned

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
It is the Christmas Season and it is timely to share this item and my comments with you. There is good reason to suspect that the injection of Jesus in exactly that particular time in History was a targeted intervention in Human evolution that may have succeeded in its time and place but alternatively would establish the necessary conditions for the spiritual transformation of humanity. The early death derailed the here and now but succeeded in seeding what we now accept as the Christian ethos. Success in the here and now would have overtaken the present political dispe... more »

Has-Maher-a!The Not-So-New Depths of Bill Maher's Delusion and Depravity

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 10 hours ago
In a recent interview with the Jewish Journal, unfunny comedian Bill Maher has once again praised Israel for its restraint in only committing rampant war crimes in Gaza rather than a full-scale nuclear genocide of a civilian population. Two-and-a-half years ago, I wrote a lengthy post about Maher's appalling anti-Islam bigotry and staggering ignorance regarding the factual history of his

Merkel leaves east Germany out in the cold

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
This fading industrial city, like many in Angela Merkel's former East German home, is stony ground for the chancellor's message of European integration and fertile soil for opponents trying to stop her winning a third term next September. More than two decades after unification, income and jobs in the five eastern states, home to 15 percent of the population, still lag behind the west and trillions of euros in transfers have not stemmed an exodus that has left some areas looking like ghost towns. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-germany-east-idUSBRE8B307D20121204

Typhoon Bopha slams Philippines south, destroys homes, one dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Typhoon Bopha, the strongest tropical storm to hit the Philippines this year, slammed into a southern island on Tuesday, destroying homes, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of flights and ferry services, officials said. Bopha, with wind gusts of up to 195 kph (121 mph), made landfall at dawn, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs, and toppling power and communication lines. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-philippines-typhoon-idUSBRE8B306420121204

Black 9/11: Money, Motive, Technology, and Plausible Deniability

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 11 hours ago
New documentary about 9/11 and The Financial War Against You by 'those we've voted into power to protect the people and assets of this planet' by Alien Scientist. *Special thanks to Michael C. Ruppert, Mark H. Gaffney, and Kevin Ryan for their dedicated research in bringing this information out of the shadowy black operations underworld from which it came. This video is a compilation of evidence they have uncovered.* [source Alien Scientist] I have never seen a 9/11 documentary that went into so much detail and pointed the finger at SO MANY of the Corporate Heads of State & Comme... more »

Golden Dawn Offices Bombed in Greece, No Casualties

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A bomb went off at the offices of a Greek ultra-right group near Athens early on Tuesday causing damage but no casualties, a police source said. The explosion occurred at the local offices of the Golden Dawn party in the Athens suburb of Aspropyrgos. "It was a powerful blast that caused a lot of damage," said a police official who declined to be named. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-greece-bomb-idUSBRE8B305Z20121204

Indian navy ready to deploy to tense South China Sea

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
India has declared itself ready to deploy naval vessels to the South China Sea to protect its oil-exploration interests there, a potential new escalation of tensions in a disputed area where fears of armed conflict have been growing steadily. India's naval chief made the statement on Monday just as Vietnam's state oil and gas company, Petrovietnam, accused Chinese boats of sabotaging an exploration operation by cutting a seismic cable being towed behind a Vietnamese vessel. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-china-sea-idUSBRE8B303M20121204

Carbon Monoxide Leak At Finch Elementary School, Atlanta

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Potentially lethal levels of carbon monoxide in an Atlanta elementary school sent 42 students and six adults to hospitals Monday amid the evacuation of about 500 students, authorities said. A teacher and a cafeteria worker were among patients treated after firefighters responded to Finch Elementary School shortly after 8am, Atlanta fire Captain Marian McDaniel said. Firefighters were initially told that people were unconscious at the school, but none were when fire crews arrived. http://news.sky.com/story/1020058/carbon-monoxide-leak-at-elementary-school

Obama Warns Assad Against Chemical Warfare

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Barack Obama has warned Syrian President Bashar Assad of the "consequences" if he were to make the "tragic mistake" of using chemical weapons against his own people. The US President's remarks came as security officials said they had detected activity at chemical weapons depots. "I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command, the world is watching. The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable," he said. http://news.sky.com/story/1020193/syria-obama-warns-against-chemical-warfare

Police Injured In Belfast Union Flag Protest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Five police have been injured as loyalists rioted in Belfast city centre after a controversial vote on the Union flag. The violence spread to parts of east Belfast on Monday night where loyalists who had earlier tried to smash their way into the grounds of City Hall attacked a Catholic church. A police spokeswoman said reinforcements had to be called in to deal with hundreds of loyalists throwing missiles, including fireworks, bricks and bottles. Five police officers, including two women, were injured during the disturbances. http://news.sky.com/story/1020177/belfast-city-hall-pr... more »

Dutch Linesman Dies After Attack By Teenage Players

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A football linesman beaten and kicked by teenage players during a youth match has died. Three players aged between 15 and 16 were arrested after Richard Nieuwenhuizen collapsed at the Dutch club Nieuw Sloten in the town of Almere on Sunday. The 41-year-old, whose own son had been playing in the game, later died in hospital. His team, Buitenboys, has not announced the exact cause of death. http://news.sky.com/story/1020228/linesman-dies-after-attack-by-teenage-players

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL PERU - 4th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 04:21:59 UTC Monday, December 03, 2012 at 11:21:59 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 8.890°S, 74.399°W Depth 149.9 km (93.1 miles) Region CENTRAL PERU Distances 58 km (36 miles) SSE of Pucallpa, Peru

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN ALASKA - 4th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.8 Date-Time Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 01:42:48 UTC Monday, December 03, 2012 at 04:42:48 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 61.230°N, 150.720°W Depth 53.2 km (33.1 miles) Region SOUTHERN ALASKA Distances 26 km (16 miles) ENE (66°) from Beluga, AK

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 3rd December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Monday, December 03, 2012 at 23:58:36 UTC Monday, December 03, 2012 at 05:58:36 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.220°N, 92.318°W Depth 35.2 km (21.9 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 35 km (21 miles) SSW of Ocos, Guatemala

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE WEST COAST OF YEMEN - 3rd December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Monday, December 03, 2012 at 23:56:05 UTC Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 02:56:05 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.959°N, 42.220°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region NEAR THE WEST COAST OF YEMEN Distances 61 km (37 miles) SW of As Salif, Yemen

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake AEGEAN SEA - 3rd December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Monday, December 03, 2012 at 21:40:18 UTC Monday, December 03, 2012 at 11:40:18 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 39.624°N, 23.338°E Depth 10.2 km (6.3 miles) Region AEGEAN SEA Distances 27 km (16 miles) NE of Zagora, Greece

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 3rd December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Monday, December 03, 2012 at 17:48:28 UTC Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 02:48:28 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 43.082°N, 145.869°E Depth 57.2 km (35.5 miles) Region HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION Distances 36 km (22 miles) SE of Nemuro, Japan

Everythinggate: Perfect storm lands Alberta premier in shark-infested waters!

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
As a perfect storm blows, Alison Redford’s strategic brain trust parries Opposition attacks about the conduct of her government. The premier is in the centre of the boat, wearing a cowboy hat. Actual Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Your blogger with Paul Martin; queue-jumping inquiry chief John Vertes. As the political ... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ * the**REALnews Permalink* November 30, 2012 *Why the Fiscal Cliff is a Scam * James K. Galbraith: Is there a looming crisis of debt or deficits such that sacrifices in general are necessary? More at The Real News December 2, 2012 *A Looming Crisis in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid? The "Fiscal Cliff" is a Scam Pt2* James Galbraith: It's been known since the 1950's that there would be more demands on social security; If there was political will health care costs c... more »

Mr Osborne Stand Up Against Tax Abusers

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 13 hours ago
This week, George Osborne stands in front of the UK parliament and delivers his Autumn Report. As the UK economy continues to ‘flat line’ some will say this is his most important report. It is his opportunity to make a tremendous bold moral statement on tax avoidance that will do much more for UK moral and business than tweeking the odd penny on personal taxes and duty. It will also send a clear message to those who avoid UK tax and play EU registration games, that enough is enough. We may be split over Leverson and the press solution but we are as one on the morals of some of the... more »

Charles Olson reads 'Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld]' (Mar 1966)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
Charles Olson was an American poet who lived from December 27, 1910 to January 10, 1970. During WWII he was the Assistant Chief in the Foreign Language Division of the Office of War Information. Charles Olson reads 'Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 [withheld]' (Mar 1966)

Sunday Globe Special: A Moment For Meditation

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
*I'll save mine for the end. * "Study suggests meditation may help prevent PTSD" by Bryan Bender | Globe Staff, December 02, 2012 The first-of-its-kind training is part of a *long-term study* to determine whether regular *brief periods of silent, peaceful consciousness* can improve troops’ performance. * **So they aren't really interested in peace of mind, they are interested in more efficient soldiers. Ooooo-kay.* Ultimately, researchers hope the *transcendental meditation* training might be made available across all branches of the military to help *inoculate troops against acu... more »

Bill Moyers Grapples With An American Religion Of Inequality

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
A couple of weeks ago, Bill Moyers gave a talk , The Religion of Inequalityat the Union Theological Seminary in memory of Forrest Church. You can-- and you should-- read the whole thing at the link in the last sentence. Here are a few excerpts worth pondering this evening as our political elites-- our ever so distant political elites-- decide how they're going to break the bad news to us. [The song above is by an Australian band we signed to Reprise, Not Drowning, Waving, whose name is based on a poem by Stevie Smith, that is much beloved of Bill Moyers. Few in America ever heard ... more »

Sunday Globe Specials: Fish Dinner

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
*Enjoy, readers! * "Accountability lost in murky fish supply chain; Restaurants blame Boston supplier for delivering wrong fish" by Beth Daley and Jenn Abelson | Globe Staff, December 02, 2012 The $22.95 serving of cod brought to tables, and supplied by Boston-based North Coast Seafoods, is not always the local product restaurant executives say they pay for. DNA testing commissioned by the Globe this summer showed it to be, on that occasion, Pacific cod, which is usually much cheaper — and to many palates, not as tasty.... The pattern of problems at businesses that buy from Nort... more »

US Repeats Syrian Chemical Weapons "Warnings"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 14 hours ago
US repeats same tired, desperate accusations that the Syrian army is preparing to use "chemical weapons." *December 4, 2012* (LD) - Once again, the US has issued a warning against Syria deploying "chemical weapons" citing "intelligence reports that the Damascus government is preparing such munitions for possible use." No evidence was provided, nor any reasonable explanation as to why the Syrian government would deploy such weapons when, after over 2 years, the majority of the Syrian people still stand behind the government while terrorist forces flooding over Syria's borders have b... more »

When The Worlds of Politics And Entertainment Collide

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
People in the fields of entertainment and sports who play politics with tragedy can influence public opinion about a controversial issue in ways that public officials cannot. The National Gun Confiscation League, formerly known as the National Football League, is using tragedy to advance the anti-democratic agenda of the rogue Obama regime. Alex Jones speaks about Obama's sinister plan to seize the guns of American dissidents and patriots.

Truth Militia Radio with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 14 hours ago
I just finished the seventh edition of Truth Militia Radio with John Friend. My guest William Finck and I discussed international Jewry, Adolf Hitler, *Mein Kampf*, and the differences between international capitalism and international Marxism on the one hand, and National Socialism and fascism on the other. Be sure to check out *Christogenea.org* and *The Mein Kampf Project*, two of William's websites that I frequent. You can download the entire program *here* or subscribe to Truth Militia Radio via iTunes *here*. Thanks for tuning in! 

( I was employed at a 'halfway house' for paranoid schizophrenics at one point. I recall one fellow [with a rather scary record of having being housed with the criminally insane ] busily rereading Mein Kampf. When I was young, the newspapers were full of the search for escaped SS 'war criminals'  like Adolph Eichmann to Brazil and Argentina [ which was incongruous with what we know of Operation Paperclip and their wholesale importation into the U.S.. ] while busily explaining how Werner von Braun and the Nazi rocket scientists were not such. So it is with a sense of 'deja vu' the idea of people being seemingly obsessed in a war in which my father lost so many fellow warriors is still discussed. Not that I haven't been personally puzzled by the Rudolph Hess episode, where his personal aide was put in Spandau prison for life including the duration of World War II - incommunicado - for daring to parachute into Britain on a peace mission from Hitler. Hitler had proclaimed he did not want war with Britain - loudly. We should remember PM Chamberlain believed him. )
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