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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

5 December - Blogs I'm Following II

John Friend Interview
John Friend Interview (Photo credit: brad.coy)
10:30 pm MST

Adolf Hitler on race

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 18 minutes ago
Video found via *JewishProblem.com*: *…I promise you I am quite free of all racial hatred: It is, in any case, undesirable that one race should mix with other races. Except for a few gratuitous successes, which I am prepared to admit, systematic cross-breeding has never produced good results. Its desire to remain racially pure is a proof of the vitality and good health of a race. Pride in one’s own race – and that does not imply contempt for other races – is also a normal and healthy sentiment. I have never regarded the Chinese or the Japanese as being inferior to ourselves. They ... more »

Congressional Election Stat Porn-- How The GOP Stole The House In 2012

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 29 minutes ago
A million more votes were cast for Democrats running for Congress than for Republicans. When you include third party candidates, Democrats got 49.03% of the vote for House seats, Republicans got 48.15% and third-party candidates got 2.81%. If House seats were awarded proportionally the make-up of the House would be 213 Democrats, 209 Republicans and 13 independents. Instead there are no independents and the Democrats only have 201 seats. The dozen that slipped away, plus the 13 that would have gone to third-party candidates all went to the GOP, which has 234 seats in the next Cong... more »

Big Brother Denialism

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 45 minutes ago
Both presidential campaigns got a lot of negative press this campaign season for the creepy Orwellian ways they were able to peer deep into the personal lives of millions of potential voters. The nerve centers of campaign HQs were sending volleys of synapses into the Great American Brainpan. I know, because my mind had been getting all jittery over the perpetual political horse race. Now, thank goodness, all is temporarily calm and bright in my own little corner of cyberspace. Blissfully gone are those days when I couldn't visit a web-page without the grinning face of Barack or the... more »

Shocking Article: Children Assessed For Their Future Tax Value!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 45 minutes ago
Again, I have had many long conversations with my friend and colleague, Whitewraithe, (www.pragmaticwitness.com) over exactly what ails our world, and exactly what the criminal Jewish power elite is planning for both our destruction and our future enslavement. It sometimes is disheartening to think that these criminals are in the last stages of their plans, and there is now very little that can be done to stop them from unleashing their hell on Earth! I want to share a very important article, that comes from the Pragmatic Witness website, at www.pragmaticwitness.com, and is entitle... more »

Round Up: Student Remarks about Minister Upset Social Order, Cause Earth to Crash into Sun

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
*Just picked up a Tokina 100mm macro lens. Sharp and built like a panzer, I'm going to have a ton of fun with it.* Well, you'd think the earth was crashing into the sun, anyway. FocusTaiwan rounded up some of the comments in the media on Tsinghua U's Chen Wei-ting scolding Minister of Education Chiang for being a hypocrite and a liar who never apologizes.... The staidly pro-KMT China Times was the most restrained and insightful: Renowned local writer Chang Ta-chun said the biggest problem of the students is not that they were being impolite but that it was their "empty" remarks th... more »

Lord of all he surveys

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago

David Bacon : Who's to Blame for the Bangladesh Fire?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Black Friday demonstrations: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry pickets at a Walmart store in Richmond, CA, in support of better wages and benefits for workers. Photo by David Bacon. Who's responsible? Deadly fire in Bangladesh The Bangladesh fire that killed 112 workers tells us a lot about the conditions under which the garments consumers bought this

Michael Simmons : I Was a Texas Jewboy!

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Left to right: Larry Campbell, Michael Simmons, Jim Rider, and Kinky Friedman at the Lone Star Roadhouse, 1989. Photo by Cleveland Storrs. Move over, Kinky: I was a Texas Jewboy! The Kinkster blew my still-growing mind and helped make me the disrespectful malcontent I am today. By Michael Simmons / The Rag Blog / December 6, 2012 My first live sighting of Richard “Kinky” “Big Dick”

Status, Cliques, and the Political-Science Job Market

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
There are many things I find unsurprising about Robert Orisko’s claims in the Georgetown Public Policy Review about hiring patterns in academic political science. Among those are the disparate reactions produced by its summary in Inside Higher Education. In brief, Orisko argues that academic political-science hiring displays dynamics more associated with status-conserving cliques than an efficient market. This tracks Continue reading

Ron Paul: The Film A Powerful Message of Freedom, Liberty, and Anti NWO

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
Video: Ron Paul's historic farewell speech in Congress is juxtaposed with historical documents, video clips, and news evidence that support his arguments and conclusions.

It was never about the temperature

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
Since the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change is meeting again preparatory to issuing another scare-mongering report explaining how we’re all going to die—meeting this time without the scientists because, really, it’s never been “all about the science” has it—it seems a good time to see how some of their earlier predictions have panned out. The divergence between what has happened and what the UN’s scientists always said would happen is shown below. [image: image] The green line shows their projections if we’d carried on at 1990 levels of industry; the blue if we’d beefe... more »

Artillery Silencer: The Definition of Madness

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
*Matt's thoughts:* I recently stumbled across this. Millions of people going hungry and homeless every day. Plenty of money to develop silencer pieces... for giant mobile artillery, however.

Mr. Scheer stood by saying nothing during the incident.....

leftdog at Buckdog - 2 hours ago
‘Don’t threaten my House leader!'*Thomas Mulcair * *Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada * *National Post coverage*

He Peed On My Rug

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago

Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad's order

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
*More here:* http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/05/15706380-syria-loads-chemical-weapons-into-bombs-military-awaits-assads-order?lite

What Shipbuilding Jobs, and When? Evergreen line, Surrey memorial hospital, Where have we seen this play before?

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 3 hours ago
The Below has been presented by yours truly, right now we are in the midsts of a propaganda war, even the BC Government California jobs fair is a fraud, to all you mainstream media, ask the BC Government how many people were hired at this jobs fair, or perhaps ask if these jobs are contingent upon a bunch of LNG plants opening, and proposed mines, ask some hard questions, and if you gutless media really had any balls you would ask Stephen Harper about what`s laid out below..Nevermind cowards.. Irving Shipbuilding presses Ottawa on Arctic ship deal *Michael MacDonald* * The Canad... more »

Kathleen Parker on Susan Rice's qualifications: Sometimes it takes a right-winger to put the real crazies in their place

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*"[T]he opposition's arguments are weak, chief among them that Rice isn't qualified. This from [Sen. John] McCain, whose vetting history includes about 80 minutes of conversation with Sarah Palin before selecting her as his running mate in 2008. . . . "[T]houghtful Republicans might reconsider the image of white men ganging up on a highly qualified black woman as they ponder the reasons for their collapsing tent. The road to redemption ain't thataway."* *-- Kathleen Parker, in her WaPo column* "Susan Rice and the Senate's blame game" *by Ken* As right-wing pundits go, *Washington ... more »

Alan Waldman : 'Thin Blue Line’ is Uproarious Britcom

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 3 hours ago
Waldman's film and TV treasures you may have missed: One of the cleverest, funniest-ever British sitcoms, The Thin Blue Line, available on YouTube, really should not be missed. By Alan Waldman / The Rag Blog / December 5, 2011, 2012

[In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and TV series that readers may have missed, including TV dramas, mysteries, and

BANNED! (3.5 min. Aungelique Rodriguez VIDEO)

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 3 hours ago
Proud to pass this along, from one of my students, though she did not do this for my class. It's our community standing up before the recent federal court hearing on Raza Studies. It is but 3.5 minutes. BANNED: MAS Seeks Opportunity to Reinstate Classes At TUSD: http://aungeliquerodriguez.blogspot.com/

IDEAS / Bill Meacham : The Mayan Calendar

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
The sun at the intersection of the galactic equator and the ecliptic. Image from Philosophy for Real Life. Is the end near? The Mayan Calendar On December 21 the 13th baktun will come to an end. Rather than starting a 14th baktun, the grand cycle will start over again. It’s like your car odometer rolling over from all nines to all zeroes. By Bill Meacham / The Rag Blog / December 5, 2012

Optical Camouflage?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
In case you're wondering this is not my video.

Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
[image: image] Musician Dave Brubeck died overnight one day shy of his 92nd birthday. Brubeck made the cover of *Time* magazine back in 1954, preceding the huge popular success of his time-challenging biggest hit ‘Take 5,’ featuring Paul Desmond’s fluid saxophone lines over Brubeck’s riffing (stick that on the dance floor and watch your dancers get their feet tangled up), and his best-selling album *Time Out*. Touring with Duke Ellington at the time, his first move when he heard the news of his cover portrait was to walk along the corridor to apologise. Duke should have been first... more »

Art show opening tomorrow night!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
[image: Railway St] Artists Jasmine Kamante and Jesper Sundwall, who I feature here regularly, mostly because they’re so damn good, emailed to tell me: “We will both have works in Artstation's Professional Practice End of Year Group Show. Please join us at the opening next Friday December 7th from 5.30pm to 8pm at *Railway Street Studios, 8 Railway Street, Newmarket*.” See you there tomorrow! PS: The show runs until January 16th, Mon to Sat, 10am to 2pm. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Sallie Mae and ALEC Mic-checked at ALEC Summit

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
10 Student Labor Action Project activists recently got into an ALEC [American Legislative Exchange Council] meeting and mic checked it while Sallie Mae was presenting a workshop called "Best Practices for Debt Collection and Tax Amnesty."

Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council Dec. 20-21, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Fort Peck, Lower Brule, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Santee, Standing Rock, Yankton December 4, 2012 Chiefs, Headsmen, Elders and People of the Lakota Oyate: ** *Mi cante’ etan uha cante’ waste’ nape ciuzapiyelo. * As Itancan of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, I am calling for a ** *Wolakota Omniciye ** *for the Tiospaye/Bands of the Oceti Sakowin. The gathering will be held on *December 20 & 21, 21012, *10:00 a.m. at the *Mother Butler Center in Rapid City.* ** The discussion will include issues relevant to the governance and preservation of the O... more »

Lobbying and Member Incentives

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
Matt Yglesias saw "Lincoln" and got interested in patronage and the incentives it provided to, in this case, exiting lawmakers in a lame duck session. It will surprise none of the regular readers here that I'm a fan of patronage, I'm sure. But Yglesias asks a good question: given the existence of extremely lucrative lobbying opportunities, can modern-day legislators be bought off influenced by the jobs which presidents can control? It's an excellent question. One answer is that political parties do probably have at least some influence on the influence-peddlers. Suppose Barack Obam... more »

A Smile a Day - Keeps Senior Moments Away

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago

GOP to disabled humans: Screw you

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
[Jim Long photo] Granted my memory isn't perfect but I *have* lived through many dozens of Congressional sessions. I honestly can't remember another time when the far fringe extremists took over the entire Republican party. I've lived to see Senate Republicans reject a UN disability treaty, based on our own ADA Act. By a vote of 61-38 which was completely premised on crackpot conspiracy theories. This UN Disability Treaty was an easy vote. A mere formality to endorse a long established American value within the international community. It had wide support. The treaty, already s... more »

Harry Targ : The Two Faces of the 2012 Elections

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
Tea Party favorite Mike Pence is the new governor of Indiana. Photo by Darron Cummings / AP. Electoral contradictions: The progressive majority and the reactionary state governments Challenges to a progressive future do not come just from Washington, Wall Street, or the Pentagon. In 2012, state election results led to single-party control of 37 state governments: 24 Republican and 13 Democratic

Don't Survive the "Collapse" - Prevent It

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 5 hours ago
*December 5, 2012* (LocalOrg) - Cuba, Thailand, New York City. All three have faced either economic or natural disasters. The adversity and degree to which each was affected varies, but all have lent us invaluable lessons and warnings about future, inevitable collapses and disasters. With this knowledge in hand we can begin preparing ahead of time, so not only do we "survive" the collapse, but we create thriving, advanced communities that remain entirely unaffected by such collapses - after all, prevention is the best medicine. *Cuba*: In 1991, the Caribbean nation, after the fall ... more »

Global Tropical Cyclone Landfalls 2012

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 5 hours ago
Earlier this year, Jessica Weinkle, Ryan Maue and I published a paper in the Journal of Climate on trends in global landfalling hurricanes (a PDF can be found here as well). At the global level the data is good from 1970. Our analysis covered through 2010. With 2012 almost in the books I recently asked Ryan if he could provide an initial tabulation of the 2012 data (note that the data could be revised from these initial estimates, and 2012 is still not quite over). The tracks of the fourteen landfalling storms of 2012 can be seen in the graphic at the top of this post. Below is th... more »

Thomas Sowell’s Fiscal ‘Cliff Notes’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
The always very quotable Thomas Sowell has some things to say about the follies of fiscal cliffs—and the real problem the “cliff” conceals. Amid all the political and media hoopla about the "fiscal cliff" crisis, there are a few facts that are worth noting. First of all, despite all the melodrama about raising taxes on "the rich," even if that is done it will scarcely make a dent in the government's financial problems. Raising the tax rates on everybody in the top two percent will not get enough additional tax revenue to run the government for 10 days. And what will the g... more »

US Firms Holding Cash Assets Offshore; Offshoring Assets Produced in US

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 6 hours ago
From "Top US Firms Are Cash-Rich Abroad, But Poor At Home" by Kate Linebaugh Dec 4, 2012, p. B1, B6. [paraphrasing] This article explores the growing tendency for US corporations to hold their cash overseas, while often failing to specify to investors where the cash resides. The SEC is concerned that customers may be deceived as a result of lack of transparency in the location of cash holdings. Examples from the article: Illinios Tools Works inc a diversified manufacture: $2.1 billion in cash, with none of that in the US Johnson & Johnson kept all of its $245 billion of cash outs... more »

William Peake: Pennsylvania Trooper Claims He Was Fired Over Filing Reports "In Ebonics"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/12/05/ex-pa-trooper-claims-he-was-fired-over-ebonics/ *Added thoughts:* The trooper may have been a dunce, and this may have happened. The trooper's boss may be an unabashed racist, and it may not have happened. However, this brings up something really interesting: children throughout the world (and especially in Australia and New Zealand according to reports, surprisingly, where some children are actually allowed to use cell-phone speak at their schools) are increasingly using "text speak" or other mangled forms of English to communicate and condu... more »

SaLuSa - December 5, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
*Message from SaLuSa by Mike Quinsey - December 5, 2012* With only days to go to the first part of your experience of a powerful upliftment, we urge you to try and arrange to be free on the 12th. and able to relax and enjoy it. As a key moment in your Ascension process, it is one to be totally aware of and remembered for the intensity of the energy. It is not that every person will have an identical experience, but if you are prepared for it you will be left with some memory of the changes within. Some of you will wake up from your sleep before 11.11 Universal time, and will be... more »

Conservative Van Loan Gives Finger To NDP Leader Mulcair on Floor of House of Commons - CTV News

leftdog at Buckdog - 6 hours ago
*A verbal altercation between Government House Leader Peter Van Loan and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair occurred in the House of Commons Wednesday, briefly disrupting proceedings.* * It wasn’t immediately clear what transpired, but NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen accused Van Loan of giving the middle finger to Mulcair.* *Heated exchange between Van Loan, Mulcair in House | CTV News* *We also now learn that although the Conservatives insist that everyone else abide by the 'letter of the law' ... they always seem to want to bend rules for themselves:* *iPOLITICS has more ....* *"Fundament... more »

» It’s never been about the 1967 borders - Legal Insurrection

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
' . It's never been about the 1967 borders, and it isn't today. It's about the elimination of Israel and wearing Israel down over time.' http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/12/its-never-been-about-the-1967-borders/

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
This graph comes to you from a newly published article on the politics of the drone campaign published this week in International Studies Perspectives. I haven’t yet read the full piece so cannot yet comment on it substantively or theoretically. Nor have I looked closely at the authors’ code-book. However based on the abstract, Continue reading


It should be made clear from the very start; Israel has absolutely no intention, and has never had any intention, of ever allowing a Palestinian state to exist. Israel, from its very birth, has sought to find ways to expel and transfer the Arab population from what is now Israel and from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in order to annex these territories to create an Arab-free Greater Israel. That has always been the Zionists plan. There has never been any other plan that does not include the territories. It is still their plan. Ever since 1947 the Israelis have attempted to remove... more »

Democrats Have Their First Challenger Of 2014-- Nick Ruiz Wants To Take Out John Mica... And Lots Of Bad Democrats

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Nick'n'Nancy-- for my own amuselment The other day we applauded Congresswoman-elect Carol Shea-Porter's unambiguous line in the sand she wrote in a hometown OpEd: "I will not vote to reduce Medicare and Social Security. You can bet on that." She didn't have to say a word about it; she's not part of the lame duck and won't start voting until next year. But "not saying a word" is not part of Carol Shea-Porter's DNA-- and her outspoken advocacy for ordinary working families is why Blue America has been so proud to support her over the years. Bernie Sanders, next door in Vermont, was al... more »

Tale of Two Schools' Statistical Tricks

John Thompson at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
NPR’s Scott Simon interviewed Brad Wolverton who asks the perennial question for college athletes who are struggling in class, “Need three credits to play ball?” "Call Western Oklahoma" describes the online learning program at this isolated college. Before his expose, athletes across the nation would get themselves into academic trouble and say, “'Oh, I'm going to go take a Western Oklahoma.'" As a result of Wolverton’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is planning an investigation of the program. Wolverton describes... more »

F-35 May Not Be Usable in Asia Either.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
Range may be the Achilles' Heel of the F-35 stealth light attack bomber. At the end of the day, the Joint Strike Fighter may not be the right warplane for the Pentagon's Pivot to Asia. A detailed story of the F-35's troubles and shortcomings was recently published in *The New York Times.* The current cost of the F-35 is estimated at $137,000,000 per copy and that's not taking into account fixes and upgrades that will be tacked on as the airplane crawls through testing. Full production is now not expected until 2019. *"While weapons cost overruns have long been a problem, the F-... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 7 hours ago
*Haitian slaves today.* Revolutions lead to dictatorship, and are 'a bad thing'. What about the The Haitian Revolution of 1791–1804? *1791-1804* We've been to Haiti and it still looks like a slave colony. In Haiti, the French slave owners produced many mixed-race children. These children were given an education and helped run the French colony. They became the elite after the revolution. *Papa Doc, former ruler of Haiti* After the revolution, the 'black' Haitians continued to be treated like slaves. Today in Haiti, at least 300,000 children live as slaves - in forced and usua... more »

Merry Christmas, you scum.

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 8 hours ago
I found out yesterday apparently most of the proceeds from the ongoing public sector pay freeze (and pension contribution rise) have gone toward the £5 billion capital investment announced today. Public sector workers, doesn’t that make you feel better all that money going to good causes, like Michael Gove Novelty Schools ™ ? You’d have only spent it on things like food, clothing, rent and whatnot. Surely now this year can be written off as the worst, most calamitous year in working class memory, living memory. A year of Olympics, Royals and no strikes, no big ones anyway. There w... more »

The worst cover version ever?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
I have just been made aware of Fuzzbox's 2010 version of Pop Musik Why? Why? Why? Here's M's very wonderful original version from 1979 Now that's much better...

Six Rules For Dating Southern Man

Southern Man at Southern Man - 8 hours ago
Southern Man isn't a very experienced dater. He counted up the other day and realized that, up to a couple of years ago, he'd been on ten first dates in his entire life. *Ten.* Well, before you write Southern Man off as a complete loser, we note that eight of those led to long-term relationships. With one first date that was not followed by a second (this was the girl that Southern Mother had picked out for him) and Southern Man's one-and-only one-night stand. Well, we went out a few more times, but there was only one night. So Southern Man has been in relationships pretty much c... more »

Arms Race Update - More Subs for India

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
From South Asia to Southeast Asia to China and Australia, suddenly everybody has a thing for submarines, loads of them. It's Christmas for sub-builders. Today it's India announcing plans to get next-generation submarines built in France. *India is getting ready to create another flutter in the arms bazaar — 10 months after it selected French firm Dassault Aviation for a $18-billion (Rs. 99,000 crore) deal to equip the air force with Rafale fighters. This time, India will spend more than $10 billion ( Rs. 55,000 crore) to scale up the navy’s undersea combat capabilities — induct... more »

Decks the halls with macro follies

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
Yes, it’s nearly Christmas. But that doesn’t mean you need to deck your halls with economic stupidity. Brought to you by the good folk who brought you the Keynes v Hayek rap, here’s the latest from EconStories: *Deck the Halls with Macro Follies* *Each year, our attention turns to the holidays… and to holiday consumer spending! We’re told repeatedly that, because consumer spending is 70 percent of measured GDP, such spending is vital to economic growth and job creation. This must mean that savings, the opposite of consumption, is bad for growth. But is it? Can we really consume... more »

Zero Dark Propaganda - Trailer & Comments

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
YouTube comments left on the video below: "the disimformation campaign carries on with hollywoods help, great film but when is the real backstory going to be told ??" "How would you ever know if this the real story or even if any of this is false?" The public is definitely waking up. Hollywood-Pentagon propaganda doesn't fly anymore.

Egypt erupts despite proposal to end crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Islamists fought protesters outside the Egyptian president's palace on Wednesday, while inside the building his deputy proposed a way to end a crisis over a draft constitution that has split the most populous Arab nation. Stones and petrol bombs flew between opposition protesters and supporters of President Mohamed Mursi who had flocked to the palace in response to a call from the Muslim Brotherhood. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-egypt-politics-idUSBRE8B30GP20121205

Ireland Budget: More Austerity Measures

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Irish finance minister Michael Noonan has introduced new austerity measures while saying there are signs his country is emerging from the worst of the crisis. Delivering Ireland's budget for 2013, Mr Noonan said the country must get back to a level which would fulfil the conditions of the EU/IMF bail-out package, so that it could return to borrowing money from the international lenders. He introduced tax increases and spending cuts worth up to 3.5bn euros (£2.8bn). http://news.sky.com/story/1021182/ireland-budget-more-austerity-measures

An Unfortunate Broken Promise

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 9 hours ago
Back in 2008, when President Obama was running for his first term, he promised to be a post-partisan leader. While a Democrat, he said he would accept good ideas when they came from Republicans. At the time, I believed him, at least to some degree. And I wrote about it in this *NY Times*column . Sadly, I was wrong. The short version of the story is this: As a candidate, President Obama campaigned on a platform of raising taxes on the rich. Yet he and his economic advisers also said they wanted to raise dividend taxes only slightly, from 15 to 20 percent. For reasons I explaine... more »

Land of the free . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 9 hours ago
ACCORDING TO ZERO HEDGE'S George Washington, "Americans Have Less Access to Justice than Botswanans … And Are More Abused By Police than Kazakhstanis", America is now Amerika with State Security.

Mr. Burns Explains the "Fiscal Cliff"

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago

Cannibal Fears Over Lost Russian Fishermen

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Two fishermen who survived three months lost in Siberia may have eaten their companion, Russian investigators fear. A murder investigation has been launched following the men's rescue by the River Sutam, 155 miles from the nearest town of Neryungri in the federal republic of Yakutia. The pair were among four fishermen who disappeared during an August river-fishing expedition in one of the world's most remote and inhospitable locations. http://news.sky.com/story/1021180/cannibal-fears-over-lost-russian-fishermen

3.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 3.4 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 19:00:20 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 11:00:20 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 40.311°N, 124.566°W Depth 18.6 km (11.6 miles) Region OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Distances 24 km (15 miles) W (266°) from Petrolia, CA

Earth day: What Marco Rubio said to GQ!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012* *How old are the culture wars:* For us, the most interesting thing in the papers this week are the letters in yesterday’s New York Times about what Marco Rubio said. What Marco Rubio said to GQ about the age of the earth! The letters appeared in yesterday’s Science Times section. For unknown reasons, they don’t seem to be available on-line. (Sigh.) The eight letters were sent in response to an article in the previous week's Science Times. In the original piece, Nicholas Wade quoted what Rubio was asked, then quoted his full answer: WADE (11/27/12): It... more »

Hearsay cannot be avoided by claiming state of mind is circumstantial evidence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
In Brisco Estate v. Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company, 2012 ONCA 854 the argument was made that an otherwise hearsay statement was adduced to show state of mind only and that state of mind was circumstantial evidence of the truth of the statement – the Court rightly rejected the argument: (ii) State of Mind as Non-hearsay Circumstantial Evidence [42] It may be argued that there is no hearsay problem at all. This is because evidence is only hearsay when it is adduced to prove the truth of the contents and there is no contemporaneous cross-examination of the declarant: R. v. Khe... more »

Sheldon Glashow, Werner Heisenberg: birthdays

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
*Also celebrating:* Arnold Sommerfeld, Cecil Frank Powell, Giuseppe Occhialini, Franco Rasetti (RIP 2001) For some mysterious reason, maybe because I am too shy (and I will remain shy, as you will see below) ;-), I have never written about physicists' anniversaries celebrated on December 5th. While Czech children are served a trio of an angel, St Nicholas, and a devil tonight (only 20% of the Czech households ordered one this year, however), people are being born and they're dying, too. Believe me, I know something about it – thankfully about the former only so far. The physicists... more »

Genetic patents . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 10 hours ago
MONSANTO'S MONSTROSITIES? Seems that Monsanto has been really pushy about patents, with the result that WIRED reports "Supreme Court to Rule on Patents for Self-Replicating Products", as people have resisted Monsanto's demands for payment because some of their patented seeds have spread to their crops. The Supreme Court is weighing in on the soybean patents, agreeing to hear an appeal by a

Peter Kent Sings Harper's Praises in Doha

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Peter Kent never lets reality get in the way of his message, especially when he's singing the praises of his boss Harper. Kent, showing the nerve of a canal donkey, showed up at the UN climate summit in Doha to tout his government's record on wrestling with Canada's carbon emissions. According to Kent, we're just hunky-dory. *Figures released by his department in August estimated that Canada's annual heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions would be about 20 per cent above the target pledged by Prime Minister Stephen Harper under the 2009 Copenhagen agreement.* *But Kent told del... more »

Israel pushes settlements, EU summons envoy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Israel moved ahead with plans to build 3,000 settler homes in one of the most sensitive areas of the West Bank, as the European Union summoned Israel's envoy to add its voice to a storm of international protest. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday the global condemnation, some of it from the Jewish state's closest traditional allies, would not deter it from defending its "vital interests". http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-palestinians-israel-netanyahu-idUSBRE8B40NS20121205

NATO calls on North Korea to cancel rocket launch

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
NATO on Wednesday called on North Korea to cancel plans for its second rocket launch of 2012, saying it would violate U.N. resolutions and could further destabilize the Korean peninsula. NATO ambassadors expressed "grave concern at North Korea's declared intent to launch a rocket using ballistic missile technology this month", an alliance statement said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-korea-north-nato-idUSBRE8B412120121205

Rebranding the GOP

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 11 hours ago
It's not like Republicans *really* didn't get the message of the 2012 election. They do seem to understand they have an image problem because the majority of the country sees them as the party of the rich. The sudden shift in the GOP rhetoric drift is at once amusing for its lack of sincerity and irritating in its potential for succeeding with the rubes. Of course all they did was add an extra step to their master plan: 1) Enact policies that cause enormous uptick in Americans living in poverty. 2) Make somber speeches about how sad it is there are so many Americans living in povert... more »

Amazon Kindle FreeTime: ‘Give me a Child……’

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 11 hours ago
Amazon have once again shown their astute marketing awareness, ability to drive the market and have announced Kindle Freetime Unlimited. FreeTime delivers what it says on the can and serves up unlimited access to thousands of preselected books, games, apps, movies and does so by a monthly subscription. The target audience is in not adults, or the teens, but young children aged between 3 and 8. The service recognises who owns the purse in this area and offers full parental control. The service itself is tied to the new Kindle Fire and what is fast becoming a pivotal tool and market... more »

UN calls on Israel to open nuclear facilities

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
Boston Edith M. Lederer The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just canceled. All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov. 23 that it wouldn’t take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran’s defiant stance on nonproliferation. Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason f... more »

George Monbiot - Time to Ditch Our Malignant Politics

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
*Guardian* enviro-scribe George Monbiot writes that the road to saving the world has to be paved with the shattered remnants of today's corporatism. We must dismember corporatism and the plutocracy that drives it. *Humankind's greatest crisis coincides with the rise of an ideology that makes it impossible to address. By the late 1980s, when it became clear that man-made climate change endangered the living planet and its people, the world was in the grip of an extreme political doctrine whose tenets forbid the kind of intervention required to arrest it.* *Neoliberalism, also kno... more »

Well, somebody thought there was queue jumping, that’s for sure!

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
Your blogger with Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman, the former Conservative Parliamentary Secretary for Health. Below: Former Alberta Health Services CEO Stephen Duckett. In other medical news, Alberta seems to be suffering an epidemic of mild memory loss. Not just Alberta, either. The problem has cropped up Down Under as well! The Health Services Preferential ... more »

GOP Acts Out The Terrible Two's Here Everyday But Now It's Spilling Over Into The International Arena

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Senate Republicans lost the election but today they celebrate crushing the rights of the disabled How embarrassing was it yesterday when the Senate-- where a two-thirds majority is needed to ratify a treaty-- saw Republican obstructionists take out their institutional anger by voting down a pact that codifies the rights of people with disabilities. The bill had a 61-38 majority-- but not the two-thirds needed. Every single Democrat-- even Nelson, Manchin and McCaskill-- voted for it and so did 8 Republicans willing to act like adults: Doctor John Barrasso (WY), Scott Brown (MA), Susa... more »

Casa con un muñeco de nieve - Paisajes de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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5.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN IRAN - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 17:08:12 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 08:38:12 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 33.520°N, 59.570°E Depth 5.4 km (3.4 miles) (poorly constrained) Region EASTERN IRAN Distances 42 km (26 miles) ESE of Qayen, Iran

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake ATACAMA, CHILE - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 16:25:31 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 01:25:31 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 28.629°S, 70.037°W Depth 71.5 km (44.4 miles) Region ATACAMA, CHILE Distances 70 km (43 miles) E of Vallenar, Chile

Playa tropical en la isla caribeña de san andres, colombia

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Postmortem Fun

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
Jill Lawrence over at National Journal writes up the Harvard campaign postmortem by organizing it around four things that, she claims, "changed the course of the race and possibly even of history." Via Ezra, who tweetedthat "You can never know for sure, but I doubt any of these things would have changed the outcome of 2012." Yup. All four are worth thinking about. One is that without his back issues, Rick Perry might have run a much better campaign and been nominated. I think that's probably a plausible story -- but it's hard to see him doing a lot better than Mitt Romney in the gen... more »

Steve, Are You Listening? Tom? Justin?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has said it about as succinctly as possible: "*The climate change phenomenon has been caused by the industrialisation of the developed world. It's only fair and reasonable that the developed world should bear most of the responsibility*." That's right, the developed world, our team. It's on us. Not entirely, of course, but predominantly and certainly enough that we have to "*bear most of the responsibility*" for what our affluence has caused to the poorest and most vulnerable peoples on Earth. A critical part of that responsibility... more »

Regalos de navidad en forma de estrella

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Not Missing. Lost.

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 12 hours ago


Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
*Belvedere Palace; elite* It was not Ronald Reagan or the Jews who brought in the system whereby the rich elite control much of the wealth of the country. The adjective *feudal* was invented in the 17th century, and the noun* feudalism* was invented in the 19th century.[3] Most of you will be too young to remember the invasion of England which reportedly brought in some kind of harsh 'Feudal System', under which the top people controlled most of the wealth. *William* That invasion was the Norman Conquest of 1066, when the Normans, from Northern France, took over 'Anglo-Saxon' En... more »

Wednesday Mid-day Linkage

Adrienne LeBas at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Ghana votes. Egyptian protesters move from Tahrir to the presidential palace. Rio’s Olympics clean-up uncovers policemen collaborating with drug cartels. Chronicle of Higher Education visualization of gender and publication records across disciplines and over time. Political science not doing so well. For those interested in civilian casualties and war, Chinamanda Adichie has written a moving and very Continue reading

Bolivia address to COP 18 in defense of Mother Earth in Qatar

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
*STATEMENT BY JOSE ANTONIO ZAMORA GUTIERREZ MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT AND WATER, OF THE PLURINATIONAL STATE OF BOLIVIA IN THE UN CONFERENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE COP18 IN QATAR * President Evo Morales with Jose Antonio Zamora*(5, 12,12)* UNIDAD MADRE TIERRA Y AGUA / MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES ESTADO PLURINACIONAL DE BOLIVIA Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com DOHA, Qatar -- Mr. President of the COP, distinguished Heads of State of countries of the world, Ministers, Officials, delegates and representatives of social organizations, indigenous peoples and communities a... more »

Esferas decorativas - Imágenes de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Clinton says "desperate" Assad could use chemical arms

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Washington fears a "desperate" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could use chemical weapons as rebels bear down on Damascus, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday, repeating a vow to take swift action if he does. Rebels fighting to overthrow Assad said they had surrounded an air base near Damascus, a fresh sign that battle is closing in on the Syrian capital, a day after NATO agreed to send air defense missiles to Turkey. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121205

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Add captionMagnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 14:35:00 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 06:35:00 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 64.886°N, 133.990°W Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program Region SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA Distances 171 km (106 miles) NNE of Mayo, Canada

Allies weigh Syria no fly zone and special forces on the ground

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
This is going to be a very long post, but, it is worth reading. In my humble opinion. *First; *The news breaking in Australian media as I type. The rest that follows was a post began yesterday, but sidetracked by the UN vote regarding Israel's nukes. Allies weigh Syria no-fly zone and special forces *A NO-FLY zone, ground troops and special forces form the main planks of British-US contingency plans drawn up over recent months in anticipation of a Syrian chemical attack. * * * If a political decision is made to intervene, a limited no-fly zone could be imposed to stop the Syrian ... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SAMOA ISLANDS REGION - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 13:48:46 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 01:48:46 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.970°S, 173.237°W Depth 35.8 km (22.2 miles) Region SAMOA ISLANDS REGION Distances 121 km (75 miles) NNE of Hihifo, Tonga

Ardillita tomando la foto del recuerdo de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Stuart Hall 'Arrested Over Rape Claim'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
An 82-year-old man arrested over an allegation of rape and indecent assault has been named by Sky sources as broadcaster Stuart Hall. Lancashire Police detained the man at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, earlier today, the force said. He was taken to a police station for questioning on the allegations, described as "historic". http://news.sky.com/story/1021192/presenter-stuart-hall-held-over-rape-claim

Cielos - El resplandor de la luna en las nubes

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Iglesia entre las montañas de nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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A Christmas Gift for Dad? Glenfiddich, Maybe?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Scotch whiskey distiller, William Grant & Sons, has suddenly become a burr under Donald Trump's saddle. For many years the distiller has hosted a "Top Scot" competition. It's open to the public. People just vote for whomever they chose to be named Top Scot for that year. This year's lucky winner is Michael Forbes, a major critic of Trump's controversial golf course. *The Guardian* describes Forbes as Trump's "*obstinate neighbour in Aberdeenshire*." Trump figures the distiller set up Forbes to win and has banned all William Grant products, including Glenfiddich, from being so... more »

Secrecy with Fracking Fluids

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Fracking Secrets by Thousands Keep U.S. Clueless on Wells By Ben Elgin, Benjamin Haas & Phil Kuntz - Nov 29, 2012 Propublica http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-30/frack-secrets-by-thousands-keep-u-s-clueless-on-wells.html [Excerpted] ....Few people outside Nabors, the largestonshore drilling contractor by revenue, know exactly what’s in that blend. This much is clear: One ingredient, an unidentified solvent, can cause damage to the kidney and liver, according to safety information about the product that Michigan state regulators have on file. A year-old Texas law that requir... more »

The Well-Dressed War Machine Wears Green

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
*By Fred Drumlevitch* (cross-posted with permission from FredDrumlevitch.blogspot.com) With that title, I’m referring not to the color of soldiers’ uniforms or St. Patrick’s Day attire, but rather, to modern attempts by the armaments makers to greenwash their operations, and to the taxpayer greenbacks that pay for American militarism instead of genuine environmental preservation and other beneficial programs. Of course, “Raytheon Celebrates Earth Day”. From their corporate website: But for a truly astounding example of such greenwashing (which I still find surreal more than a y... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
Clowns... too bad the joke's on us... - CP

"The Coming Derivatives Panic That Will Destroy Global Financial Markets"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"The Coming Derivatives Panic That Will * *Destroy Global Financial Markets" * by Michael Snyder "When financial markets in the United States crash, so does the U.S. economy. Just remember what happened back in 2008. The financial markets crashed, the credit markets froze up, and suddenly the economy went into cardiac arrest. Well, there are very few things that could cause the financial markets to crash harder or farther than a derivatives panic. Sadly, most Americans don't even understand what derivatives are. Unlike stocks and bonds, a derivative is not an investment i... more »

Osborne's Class War Statement

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 13 hours ago
There is a bit of a change with to Gideon's autumn statement that marks a shift in the government's business-as-usal. Before, Gideon's budgets were almost solely concerned with implementing austerity, which the Tories believed would reduce the debt and the deficit. And insulating rich folks - their core support - from the effects of their policies. This, from the outset, was a class project for underlying, protecting, and reinforcing the narrow interests of finance capital at the expense of everyone else. The warnings of the Labour front bench and many others about the damage Tory ... more »

CND: Fighting for the International Order

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 13 hours ago
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament is a pressure group in the UK which campaigns for the abolition of nuclear weapons. CND has been at the forefront of the exposure of Depleted Uranium and its devastating impact upon the health of soldiers and civilians in countries where it has been deployed. Having an agenda for international peace, CND should be an ally in the fight against the International menace. However, CND is no friend of National Sovereignty, and as it has shewn in its current campaign for social housing, it is being controlled by people who are hell-bent on ushering... more »

In the year 2000….

Brian Rathbun at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
Hi everyone. I haven’t been around much lately as I’ve been furiously writing a book. But it is almost done and I’m feeling reflective. Have you missed me? I’ve missed you. What’s that you say? Why yes, this is a new shirt. Thank you for noticing. I thought that I would offer some thoughts about Continue reading

Conference on Internet "Government"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
WSJ "Nations Meet to Discuss Web Rules" by Rory Jones Dec 4, 2012, p. B7 [Excerpted] "The question of who rules the internet and how is being debated at a 12-day conference in Dubai. The World Conference on International Telecommunication which started Monday, aims to draft a new treaty to underpin international telecommunications regulations. The current rules were put in place in 1988... The bid to change the rule book has unleashed fears of a grab for centralized control of the Internet by the UN. The process has also come under criticism for its lack of transparency. Among the ... more »

Foreign press beats IDF

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
'Journalists need to be courted, wooed, educated and trained. Complaints against media must be lodged and legal claims brought. Until Israel enters the fray of world opinion, its world beating army could yet again find itself sitting uselessly on the sidelines.' YNet have more of this story. Personally I think it's too late for Israel to woo the western media. 'News' organisations such as the BBC are institutionally anti-Israel, nothing will change their minds.

"The 'Fiscal Cliff': Three Feet to the Bottom"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"The 'Fiscal Cliff': Three Feet to the Bottom"* by Addison Wiggin “Equating tax hikes and spending cuts in the U.S. with a ‘fiscal cliff’ is like calling a spot of exercise and a balanced diet ‘Caloric Armageddon’ for the morbidly obese.” So quipped The Daily Reckoning’s Joel Bowman during a flurry of intercontinental emails. Surely, it’s more entertaining than this: “Stocks and commodities,” reports the Financial Times this morning, “are struggling for traction as investors express renewed concern about the prospects for the U.S. economy amid continual bickering in Washington ... more »

When is inciting genocide not inciting genocide?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
WSJ have the story. The answer of course, is when it's genocide against Jews.

Ch-ch-ch-changes: What’s so great about dumping deductions!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012* *Incomparably, we take a guess:* Yesterday, David Brooks made a concession about tax deductions—a concession against tribal interest. But first, a bit of background: In the current tax debate, Republicans are breaking their backs to avoid raising upper-end tax rates. Instead, John Boehner says he wants to eliminate deductions and loopholes for high earners. Like-minded Republicans are willing to enact some extremely complex schemes in order to do this. What would this distinction matter? Either way, the highest earners would end up paying more in taxe... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
1. Broccoli (packed with potent anticancer compounds) 2. Edemame (helps prevent prostate growth) 3. Oysters (boosts fertility) 4. Baked Potatoes (lowers blood-pressure. Skip the butter & sour cream) 5. Tomatoes (helps lower prostate cancer risk) - from Best Health Magazine (Thanks to CD for this)

Ethnic Germans: A Forgotten Genocide

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 14 hours ago
Video found at the excellent blog *Justice for Germans*: *It is estimated that between 12 and 15 million ethnic Germans, including children, were systematically expelled, tortured, raped, put in camps, starved, enslaved and executed after World War II from 1944-1948, and later. Their only crime was being German. These actions were many cases government sanctioned and done in full knowledge of the victorious allies. To date, no one has ever been held accountable, and most do not know or do not acknowledge this genocide.*

USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier arrives off Syrian shore

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*More here:* http://www.debka.com/article/22586/USS-Eisenhower-aircraft-carrier-arrives-off-Syrian-shore

Global warming worries Indians

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: One of the uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep, which comprises tiny low-lying islands, are at risk of being inundated by sea level rises associated with global warming. Lenish Namath via Wikipedia] By Jayanta Basu 2 December 2012 Doha, Qatar (Telegraph India) – The majority of people in India, China and America believe their governments "should be doing more" to address global warming and climate change, says a study released today. About 54 per cent Indians want their government to be more proactive on climate, while the figure is nearly 90 per cent for China and the US.... more »

Details of MacIntyre firing shows premier's office plays rough

paul at Paying attention - 14 hours ago
They play rough in the premier’s office. At least that’s the way it looks from a series of emails following Sara MacIntyre’s firing as communications director in October. Vaughn Palmer wrote about the emails this week. MacIntyre seemed “blindsided and bereft” at her firing after eight months in the job, Palmer notes. She had apparently given up a pretty good gig as press secretary to Stephen Harper to join Christy Clark’s team. The hiring might not have worked out. Certainly MacIntyre messed up in one notable exchange with the media - the video is here - that came to define her in a n... more »

Applebees, Dennys, Darden - Feel Anti-Obamacare Pinch

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
Guess YOU folks are making news with your activist noise (but you aren't getting the credit you really deserve!!!!) *Darden Blames Negative Obamacare Publicity For Declining Profits* Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse In October, the company had said it was putting more workers on part-time status in a test aimed at limiting costs from President Barack Obama's health care law. Suer the would blame Obamacare publicity Might want to blame yourselves - Darden!!! External locus of control - someone else is always to blame. Anti-Obamacare rhetoric from PapaJohn’s CEO an... more »

The Economy: "The Fiscal Distraction"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"The Fiscal Distraction"* by Joel Bowman "You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin’ and you keep losin’ when you oughta not bet. You keep samin’ when you oughta be a changin’. Now what’s right is right, but you ain’t been right yet." — “These Boots Were Made For Walkin’”, written by Lee Hazlewood, performed by Nancy Sinatra. "Where did we leave off last week? Oh yes…right where it began. Nothing new. Stocks were virtually flat. Gold hemmed and hawed. And Facebook tore up a contract with a social gaming company called Zynga. We have no idea what that even means…but the paper... more »

Permafrost thaw to cause more global warming, not yet accounted for in climate predictions

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: A scientist standing in front of an ice-rich permafrost exposure on the coast of Herschel Island, Yukon Territory. Permafrost covering almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere contains 1,700 gigatonnes of carbon, twice that currently in the atmosphere, and could significantly amplify global warming should thawing accelerate as expected, according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Michael Fritz via UNEP] Doha, 27 November 2012 (UNEP) – Permafrost covering almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere contains 1,700 gigatonnes of carbon, twice that current... more »

Germany puts brake on bank union plan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Plans to create a eurozone banking union hit a brick wall on Tuesday after Germany's influential finance minister cautioned over moving too quickly, casting doubts over whether the EU would seal a deal by the end of the year. The objections from Wolfgang Schäuble come just a week before a summit of EU leaders and raise the prospect of a significant delay to establishing a single eurozone banking supervisor, a reform billed as critical to rebuilding confidence in the bloc's shaky financial sector. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/04/business/eu-bank-union-plan/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Rising seas swallowing island nation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Kieren Keke remembers growing up on the Pacific island of Nauru, the world's smallest independent republic. "The weather patterns were predictable," he says. "There was a wet season and a dry season, an annual cycle. When there was drought, it was limited." "Now it's different," he tells CNN. "There's no predictability -- periods of drought can last seven or eight years, and when we get storms they are more intense. The coastline is being eroded. Now the sea is right up to people's doorsteps." http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/04/world/asia/nauru-ocean-danger/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

Egypt: Confrontation between rival protesters looms

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for a rally backing President Mohamed Mursi outside his palace on Wednesday and leftists planned a counter-demonstration, raising fears of clashes in a crisis over a disputed push for a new constitution. Mursi returned to work at his compound a day after it came under siege from opposition protesters furious at his drive to ratify a new constitution in a snap referendum set for December 15 after temporarily expanding his powers by decree. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-egypt-politics-idUSBRE8B30GP20121205
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