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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

5 December - Blogs I'm Following

This was taken during the Climate Change Camp ...
This was taken during the Climate Change Camp 2007 at Heathrow Airport in London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Ban Ki-moon, South Korean Foreign Min...
English: Ban Ki-moon, South Korean Foreign Minister and UN Secretary General, with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Français : Ban Ki-moon, ancien ministre sud coréen des Affaires étrangères et Secrétaire de l'ONU, avec la Secrétaire d'Etat Condoleezza Rice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Emission trading questioned at EU debate
Emission trading questioned at EU debate (Photo credit: Corporate Europe Observatory)
JALLALLA BOLIVIA!!! (Photo credit: telly gacitúa)



Dr. John v. Kampen

I see this more as a "danger"... If concentrations pouring from the soil
are high enough, methane might ignite and set off unknown and
unpredictable atmospheric and/or geophysical effects. 
Anyway - this is about in the same spot as the permafrost tundra is



Bolivia continues the fight against carbon markets, and the bias that prevents the voice of developing countries from being heard

 The Vice-Chancellor of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Juan Carlos Alurralde said, "The text was imbalanced and did not include the position and proposals of developing countries, since it was not adaptation, transfer of technology, attention to disaster, or financing that were the fundamental agreements in Bali...Ironically in the document are the mechanisms based on the carbon market, and exclude the proposal uploaded for Bolivia, the mechanism of no market within financing, a topic of great concern for those who support this proposal, countries such as China, Cuba, Egypt, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Iraq, Iran, Malaysia, Mali, Sudan, Venezuela and others,"However it is very evident that the facilitator of the ACL has overlooked entirely the proposals to not market, that’s why Bolivia with a very strong position going to trace the theme and raise the formation of working groups that raise profound decisions, and does listen to the voices of the world" 
Are we going to allow this COP about climate change to become a COP of carbon trade?
That was a question raised by Juan Carlos Alurralde the Vice Chancellor of Bolivia, who was present in the conference. When he took the floor he expressed the following words: "… Carbon markets are not a solution to the climate change crisis… Instead of discussing one of the instruments for supporting mitigation actions, which is carbon markets.; I repeat: ONE of the instruments which effectiveness is still pending of analysis, but from our view is a complete mistake, instead of that, we should discuss the structural elements of a comprehensive response to Climate Change Crisis.

We have to say that at least four realistic predictable risks are linked to the application and generalization of carbon markets: 1. Double counting implying an additional 1,6 Gigatones (GT) to the atmosphere. 2. Non aditionalities with an increase of 0,4 GT Gigatones 3. The use of the carry over which implies 11 GT 4.  

From your nonscientist fount of personal opinions : This sounds like a replay of the problem that led to Copenhagen being a wash. One agenda was promoted - but when the conference arrived the position papers were different.
10:39 am MST

Steve, Are You Listening? Tom? Justin?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 40 seconds 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 m... more »

Regalos de navidad en forma de estrella

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 9 minutes ago
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Not Missing. Lost.

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 15 minutes ago


Anon at aangirfan - 15 minutes 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 - 15 minutes 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 - 26 minutes 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 - 27 minutes ago
[image: Esferas de Navidad] *CODIGO HTML PARA PONER ESTA IMAGEN EN SU BLOG* (Un click para seleccionar, Control C para copiar y Control V para pegar) [image: Imagenes Gratis para Navidad y Año Nuevo 2013] *Nota:* Haga usted click aquí para ver más *imágenes de Esferas* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Clinton says "desperate" Assad could use chemical arms

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes 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 - 33 minutes 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 - 34 minutes 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 - 34 minutes 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 - 37 minutes ago
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Stuart Hall 'Arrested Over Rape Claim'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 37 minutes 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 - 47 minutes ago
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Iglesia entre las montañas de nieve

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 54 minutes ago
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A Christmas Gift for Dad? Glenfiddich, Maybe?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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. - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - Israel Opinion, Ynetnews

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 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. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4315343,00.html

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 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 - 2 hours ago
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324439804578105691046734674.html When it's genocide against Jews.

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

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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

A human-caused climate change signal emerges from the noise

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: The troposphere is the lowest portion of earth's atmosphere. The stratosphere sits just above the troposphere, between 6 and 30 miles above earth's surface. spacedaily.com]Livermore, California, 4 December 2012 (SPX) – By comparing simulations from 20 different computer models to satellite observations, Lawrence Livermore climate scientists and colleagues from 16 other organizations have found that tropospheric and stratospheric temperature changes are clearly related to human activities. The team looked at geographical patterns of atmospheric temperature change over the... more »

Issue Estoppel

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation No. 1352 v. Newport Beach Development Inc., 2012 ONCA 850 has a useful discussion of when issue estoppel applies in the context of an administrative tribunal decision: [32] Issue estoppel and collateral attack are two doctrines intended to prevent abuse of the process of decision making. Issue estoppel prevents a party from re-litigating in one forum an issue already decided in another forum. It rests on the idea that a litigant should be able to rely on the decision of an authoritative adjudicator being final and binding on the other pa... more »

Arkansas Acrobatics

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
*Killer cops can get out of anything*: "Death of handcuffed man in Ark. a suicide" Associated Press, August 21, 2012 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A man whose *hands were cuffed behind him* in the back seat of an Arkansas patrol car *shot himself in the right temple* with a *handgun he apparently concealed from arresting officers*, according to an autopsy report released Monday that listed the death as a *suicide*. * **Do the authorities in AmeriKa really think they can serve up such a steaming pile of horse s*** and expect us to swallow it?* The state crime lab report, signed by three medica... more »

ALEC Action Item - Eliminating New Members

2old2care at Because I Can - 2 hours ago
Sometimes you might read an article and say – good idea. Sometimes you might read an article and say, “Good idea.” and yet, not realize you can do the same. Yesterday, a news article was released in Florida. A news article that contains *an action item that can be replicated across the United States*. Progress Florida and Florida Watch Action-- two influential progressive groups in the state-- have launched a preemptive attack on the influence of ALEC in the Florida Legislature. Progress Florida and Florida Watch Action sent a letter to every member of the Florida Legislature lett... more »

It's a prime reason

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge must name their first born child George and he must in turn name his first born Henry. Why? That way the run of Kings and Queens from the current Sovereign would run: Elizabeth 2 Charles 3 William 5 George 7 Henry 9 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 - a run of prime numbers that I doubt could ever be repeated.

Australian Outback

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*Good luck making it there*: "Australian premier backs plan to take in more refugees" by MATT SIEGEL | New York Times, August 14, 2012 SYDNEY — Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia endorsed *a set of sweeping immigration changes* Monday that would increase the number of refugees the country accepts by nearly 50 percent, while also *reopening a series of remote offshore detention centers* that have been criticized by human rights groups as inhumane and ineffective. * **And you thought you were fleeing to freedom?* Gillard made the announcement after the release of an expert r... more »

Leader Comebacks

Phil Arena at Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” So spoke Winston Churchill, after the Allied victory in the Second Battle of El Alamein. We could say much the same of his defeat in the 1945 general election. A core assumption Continue reading

BUDGET BABEL: The ongoing Babel of Social Security!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012* *Part 2—Krauthammer strikes:* Is it our imagination, or is the New York Times’ Jackie Calmes one of our clearest-thinking reporters? It often seems that way to us. In today’s News Analysis piece, Calmes does a nice job describing the various Rube Goldberg schemes which are being advanced by the GOP in the loopholes-versus-tax rates debate. How does the GOP want to raise new federal revenues? Calmes riddles it out as shown below. We will highlight a relevant statement by tax guru Roberton Williams: CALMES (12/5/12): The first option among the three pro... more »

Show respect to all people, but grovel to none

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago

Disgusting Irony - It's Just a Picture, NOT!

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
If you are "old as dirt" like I am, you will immediately see the disgusting irony in this photo. If you have no idea why this photo is sickeningly ironic - please quickly read this page or do a quick search on the page linked below for "coat hanger" * >>>HERE<<<* In today's society - this coat hanger means almost nothing. For those of us who grew up before Roe v Wade - this picture brings back a lot of bad memories of friends we lost or friends we knew who almost died. *Based on my knowledge of the 60's and early 70's - ... more »

Most Stupid People

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
Lately, Tasha Kheiridden has been aiming her barbs at the government she once supported. Her most recent target is Corrections Canada, which has decided that more double bunking is appropriate for Canada's inmates. There are at least two reasons why the policy is not a good idea. The first is that double bunking is more expensive than housing one inmate in each cell: Putting two inmates in a cell originally designed for one is a recipe for spreading disease, straining facilities, increasing stress, and making prisons more dangerous places. Over time, this money-saving measure may... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*No clear answers on what city water rate increase would pay for ~The Lens * *Monday practice for Saints has some positives ~Who Dat Dish* *New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham Still Motivated By Doubters* *BGR Analyzes Proposed S&WB Rate Increases* *Federal plea could lead to trouble for Nagin* *Demand for Crab Strong, But Supply Weak* *Oil industry practice of trafficking Filipino "guest" workers under question * *Need a job? Big Oil needs you* *Typhoon Pablo goes out of Davao, leaves a trail of deaths, damages* *Dixie Cups, Jean Knight among 'OffBeat' honorees*

WotW: A More Visual (and Simple) Approach to Email

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 3 hours ago
A long time ago, when Gmail was in its early beta stages, you had to receive an invitation to have a Gmail account. I received one from a friend, who only had 10 to give out and was kind enough to hook me up. I remember thinking at the time how cool Gmail was. I still do. However, Gmail really hasn't evolved a whole lot since then. Sure, it has added a few bells and whistles, but the concept is the same. Then again, email in itself hasn't changed much since I got my first AOL email account as a teenager. That's all about to change, and by no less than the folks who helped make email... more »

GA Public Radio WSB - Hires ALEC Right WIng Extremist

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
This announcement is major scary: Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers(R-Woodstock) announced Tuesday that he is stepping down from his Senate seat to take a position with Georgia Public Broadcasting, WSB reports. Rogers, who worked in broadcasting prior to his 2002 election to the state House, will assume a position working on combining Georgia businesses with public education. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that among Rogers' new duties will be hosting a weekly radio show on economic development. Why? Because if you listen to public radio you are hearing more extremist r... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Amy Acker, 36. And just a bit of the good stuff, 1. Good point by Kevin Drum about conservatives and treaties. 2. The latest purge within the GOP, reported by Dave Weigel. 3. And Seth Masket checks in with a rave for "Lincoln," although he inexplicably doesn't mention "Dick" in his list of president movies.

Something Between A Quarter And A Third Of Americans Are... Just Hopeless

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Polls look pretty decent these days for progressive positions. The new Pew Poll for the *Washington Post* shows that most Americans blame the congressional Republicans for the "fiscal cliff" fiasco. Still, fully 27%of our fellow citizens must be getting their information from Hate Talk Radio and Fox. They tell pollsters if we go over the so-called "fiscal cliff" December 31, it will be the fault of the most compromising figure in American politics since Henry Clay. The *Post* posits that the numbers "explain why Republicans privately fret about the political dangers of going over t... more »

NATO Missiles in Turkey to Point at Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 3 hours ago
Defacto no-fly zone in the works to establish Brookings-prescribed "safe havens." *December 5, 2012* (LD) - NATO has approved of stationing US-made Patriot missiles along Turkey's border, for what it claims is "defense." Over the past two years Syria has been fighting terrorists armed, funded, and equipped by NATO, of which Turkey is a member. Turkey has admitted its rolein harboring and providing logistics for foreign fighters flooding across the border into Syria, many of whom are confirmed members of Al Qaeda. Despite this, Syria has gone through extraordinary lengths to avoid a ... more »

Mc Smugglars-Human Trafficing on The Menu At McDonalds In Sweden Update - Part 2

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 hours ago
Mc Smugglars-Human Trafficing on The Menu At McDonalds In Sweden Update - Part 2 Swedish TV News, 4 December 2012 Fast Food Giant McDonalds has giiven work permits to 6 8 persons from outside the EU sespite that there is a 9.3 % unemployment rate within the restaurant branch in Sweden. McDonalds suppects that 2 Managers sold work permits to people from other Lands for 100,000 swedish crowns per person. Border Police are now investigating whether a crime has been convicted. The Hotel and Restaurant Unions' President, Therese Guovlin said that she wants a change in the law. The ... more »

Death Star Petition On White House Website....Haven't they destroyed enough yet?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Thousands of Americans have signed a petition calling on the White House to build a Death Star. The founder of the campaign says construction of the moon-sized space station and inter-stellar weapon from the Star Wars film series will strengthen national security and create jobs. And US officials will be forced to consider replicating the Death Star - complete with a laser capable of destroying a planet - if the petition gains more than 25,000 digital signatures by December 14. http://news.sky.com/story/1021026/death-star-petition-on-white-house-website

'Major Incident' As Toxic Gas Escapes from a ship docked in a Northern Irish harbour

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The emergency services in Northern Ireland are dealing with "a major incident" after a toxic gas used to kill rodents escaped from a ship docked at a harbour at Warrenpoint in County Down. The toxic gas is aluminium phosphide, a pesticide used to kill small mammals such as moles and rodents, which escaped after cargo on the vessel became wet and unstable. Eighteen people are being treated and a 50m cordon has been set up. http://news.sky.com/story/1021065/ni-major-incident-as-toxic-gas-escapes

Jews are a peculiar people

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
It's an interesting and thought provoking sentiment, but not one that the BBC will recognise the truth of.

Austrian Art

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 4 hours ago
*Just working my way back up the alphabet again.... * "Austria investigates alleged anti-Jewish cartoon" Associated Press, August 22, 2012 VIENNA — Austrian authorities are investigating a *cartoon on a rightist political leader*’s Facebook page that critics say *smacked of anti-Semitism * by showing a *repulsive fat banker* with a large hooked nose and what appeared to be *Star of David patterns on his cufflinks*, an official said Tuesday. The rightist Freedom Party has called criticism of the caricature politically motivated and said its leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, denies th... more »

Obama to stress need to raise debt limit "without drama"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
President Barack Obama will renew his case for tax hikes on wealthy Americans to avert a year-end fiscal crunch and call for a smooth increase in the nation's borrowing limit in a speech to a business group on Wednesday, a White House official said. The president is embarked on an aggressive campaign to pressure congressional Republicans to compromise on steps to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. He will argue to corporate executives that it would hurt the nation's economy to have another protracted political fight over raising the debt limit, the official said. http://www.reuters... more »

After Hurricane Sandy, Discovery Channel Reveals Government’s Preparations For Doomsday Scenario

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
On the heels of super storm Sandy, the Discovery Channel aired a documentary delving into the government’s top-secret plans and facilities set up for a Doomsday scenario. At one time, these plans almost singularly existed with the possibility of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union in mind. Today, the threat of a terror attack like 9/11, a cyber attack from abroad, an attack on the power grid or an extraordinary natural disaster have all been added to the list. http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/12/05/after-hurricane-sandy-discovery-channel-reveals-governments-preparations-for-doomsda... more »


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

Another photo of life in the apartheid state of Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
Yet the cry still goes up 'Israel is an apartheid state'


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Police have been accused of using excessive force during an arrest in Adelaide city. 7News filmed an officer beating two men with his baton, and the incident will now be investigated by the police complaints authority. Witnesses described it as a sickening attack. With baton drawn, the officer hits one man twice then strikes the other three times. http://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/latest/a/-/article/15563592/claims-of-police-brutality//

Clegg gets the Nobel Peace Prize! Deputy PM to help collect award when it is awarded to the EU

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Nick Clegg will pay homage to the European Union next week as he helps collect the Nobel Peace Prize controversially awarded to the institution. The Deputy Prime Minister will fly to Oslo on Monday to represent Britain at the Nobel ceremony, after David Cameron made it clear he was not willing to attend. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2243076/Clegg-gets-Nobel-Peace-Prize-Deputy-PM-help-collect-award-awarded-EU.html

Norovirus hits 700,000 people as early onset of virus catches NHS 'unawares'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Hundreds of thousands have been struck down with the winter vomiting bug, according to figures. The number of confirmed cases of norovirus is already up two-thirds compared to this time last year and experts warn they will only rise further over the next few weeks. In the last week there have been a further 40 outbreaks of the illness at hospitals and nearly all were forced to close wards or bays to prevent its spread. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2243167/Winter-vomiting-bug-hits-700-000-people-early-onset-virus-catches-NHS-unawares.html

The one hundred and sixty ninth weekly "No shit, Sherlock" award

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
This week's award is presented to the BBC and Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perceptions Indexfor coming up with this piece of news and headline: 'Greece 'most corrupt' EU country, new survey reveals' Staggering.... "No shit, Sherlock"

Ki Suk Han Killed: Why didn't anyone help him? Commuters 'stood back' as man died after he was pushed into path of subway train - and a photographer even took a picture of him on the track

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Ki Suk Han, 58, (pictured) was seen arguing with a man on the subway platform in Manhattan (inset right) before being pushed on to the tracks and killed by a train. Mr Han's final moments were caught on camera by a bystander (left). The photo has caused outrage as to why no one rushed to help the married father. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242963/Subway-death-Man-killed-pushed-New-York-train-Times-Square.html

A million migrants from East Europe now live in Britain (... that's 1.5% of the population of eight EU nations)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The number of Eastern Europeans living in Britain is equal to 1.5 per cent of the population of their homelands, MPs were told yesterday. The astonishing revelation effectively means that one in every 67 citizens of eight former communist nations has moved here. Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and Estonia all joined the EU in 2004 – giving them unrestricted access to the UK’s labour market. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242841/A-million-migrants-East-Europe-live-Britain-Thats-1-5-population-EU-nations.html

South Korea uncovers new fake documents at nuclear plants

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
South Korean officials said on Wednesday they had uncovered new instances of fake certificates being supplied for parts operating in nuclear power plants, but a source indicated that the revelations would cause no further reactor shutdowns. Authorities shut two of the country's 23 reactors last month after a nuclear safety commission found fake certificates supplied by eight firms. With nuclear power providing a third of electricity, that raised the prospect of winter shortages. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-nuclear-korea-idUSBRE8B40BV20121205

Serbia's Ambassador Branislav Milinkovic Leaps To His Death ahead of Nato talks in Brussels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Serbia's ambassador to Nato has committed suicide by leaping from a multi-storey car park at Brussels airport, officials say. A Serbian government statement said that 52-year-old envoy Branislav Milinkovic died instantly on Tuesday night. http://news.sky.com/story/1020926/serbias-ambassador-to-nato-leaps-to-his-death

Emily Bracamontes Safer In Mexico, Say Parents

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Her disappearance triggered an urgent search, amid fears the cardiac device could become infected and lead to serious complications. However her parents, Norma and Luis Bracamontes, have told Mexican TV that they simply wanted to protect their 11-year-old daughter from what they called bad medical treatment. Emily's father, who was detained as he crossed back into the US on Monday, alleged her arm became infected and was partially amputated because of hospital negligence. http://news.sky.com/story/1020886/cancer-girl-safer-in-mexico-say-parents

Finally Doing Some Back-to-School Shopping

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 7 hours ago
*Just in time for Christmas....* "Teens hold off on back-to-school shopping" by Christopher Muther | Globe Staff, August 23, 2012 A number of consumer researchers say Awilda Moscat and her friend Kim Ramon are not the only teens *forgoing the tradition* of August back-to-school shopping by spreading out their apparel spending. A number of factors, including the rise of chains like H&M and Zara, so-called fast fashion retailers that sell inexpensive clothing and turn over their inventories rapidly to stay on trend, may be contributing to the phenomenon. Trend-savvy teens have alwa... more »

Join Us in Our Toy Drive for Native American Children on the Bayou on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. | Mothers For Sustainable Energy

Join Us in Our Toy Drive for Native American Children on the Bayou on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. | Mothers For Sustainable Energy

A Hull of a Birdhouse

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 7 hours ago
"Neighbors criticize bird-feeding resident in Hull; Accused of posing hazard, public nuisance" by Martine Powers | Globe Staff, August 21, 2012 HULL — The future of an 18-inch bird feeder has sparked a squall in this South Shore village. The dispute, pitting Hull enforcement agencies against a 70-year-old, bird-loving oceanside resident, unfolded in Brockton Housing Court Tuesday, as neighbors testified that the woman’s hanging bird feeder has wreaked havoc on the oceanfront neighborhood. The impassioned hearing, which lasted three hours, included stories of frenzied birds, depic... more »

Poodling up on the world stage

Alison at Creekside - 7 hours ago
I rather take exception to Glenn Greenwald's characterization of Canada in yesterday's Guardian as the US's "new rightwing poodle to the north". Sure, we joined the U.S., Israel, and 7 other nations to oppose upgrading the UN observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state". And yes, we stood on an even smaller world stage this week with the US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau in voting against UN inspection of Israel's nuclear program - 174 to 6. But hey, when Israel announced it would "punish" the Palestinians for the UN vote by... more »

There Is Blood Under Boston's Streets

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 7 hours ago
"Blood storage lab holds clues for disease prevention" by Deborah Kotz | Globe Staff, August 22, 2012 Deep beneath Commonwealth Avenue rests a freezer farm stocked with more than 2 million frozen vials of human blood. The samples, sitting ­under a convenience store and butting up against tunnels ­beneath the T’s Green Line, are chilled to 155 degrees ­below zero Fahrenheit as they reside in giant metal vats pumped full of liquid nitrogen. The blood came from some 150,000 volunteers who participated in research studies conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital during the past two ... more »

Astonishing Shape-shifting robot

It may not look like a character from the Transformer franchise, but a tiny robot made by MIT in the US is able to change shape. Built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), it uses magnets to mimic molecules that fold up themselves into composite shapes. The study could lead to robots that could be reconfigured to perform many different tasks. According to Neil Gershenfeld, head of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms It's effectively a one-dimensional robot that can be made in a continuous strip, without conventionally moving parts. It is composed of pairs of a powerful ... more »

New Jersey Houses of Horror

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
*"*The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will auction off a sprawling beachfront villa in New Jersey to help close a $17 million budget deficit and pay off millions in legal bills. *The 11-bedroom vacation house in Ventnor, near Atlantic City, is set for auction on Sept. 15." * * **Imagine the **ghosts** haunting that mansion, 'eh?* * **Better lock your doors*: "Woman denies NJ man locked her in room for years PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A woman found behind a padlocked door inside a New Jersey apartment said man accused of holding her there for years is "a good man" who never abused her and tha... more »

Delaware Doctor Tortured Daughter

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
"Delaware pediatrician charged with abusing daughter" by Randall Chase | Associated Press, August 11, 2012 DOVER, Del. — The daughter of a Delaware pediatrician who has appeared on national television for his *research on near-death experiences* told investigators he ‘‘*waterboarded’’ her* several times by holding her face under a running faucet. A lawyer for Dr. Melvin Morse described the waterboarding description as an ‘‘*attention-getter*’’ by authorities, based on an allegation from an 11-year-old who had made a false abuse claim against a family member before. * **It got mine... more »

Off the Rails With This Montana Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
"Rail cars burn after derailment in eastern Montana" Associated Press, August 07, 2012 ISMAY, Mont. — Sixteen rail cars caught fire and six exploded after a freight train derailed in an unpopulated area of eastern Montana, sending a *huge fireball* into the sky, railroad officials said Monday. Fifteen tanker cars containing the fuel additive denatured alcohol and one car hauling cardboard derailed Sunday between Baker and Ismay, about 180 miles northeast of Billings. No one was hurt in the crash, which sent flames 70 feet into the air as rail cars burned all night, said Burlington... more »

Monkeying Around in Nevada

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
"A chimpanzee who rampaged through a Las Vegas neighborhood last month made a second escape from her enclosure this weekend, but her caretaker thinks she had human help this time."* * * **An inside job?*

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.0 Region TAIWAN Date time 2012-12-05 08:45:41.6 UTC Location 23.79 N ; 121.46 E Depth 18 km Distances 5 km NE Fenglin, Taiwan

Saying Goodbye to the Goddard House

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
"Goddard House nursing home a casualty of funding, changing times" by Peter Schworm | Globe Staff, August 11, 2012 The wrenching news of Goddard’s closing stunned the approximately 115 residents and their families and *will cost 135 workers their jobs*. But the demise of the 85-year-old facility, which needs an estimated $10 million in renovations, is in keeping with broad, long-term changes that are transforming the elder-care field, specialists say. The increase in assisted-living facilities, which offer more independence than nursing homes, combined with a shift to community-ba... more »

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.1 Region MYANMAR Date time 2012-12-05 08:05:04.9 UTC Location 25.13 N ; 95.50 E Depth 116 km Distances 117 km SE Phek, Myanmar

Boston Bus Driver Steps on Gas to Get Out of Ticket

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
*I need to start accelerating my amount of posts.* "MBTA driver allegedly hit parking officer with bus" by Brian Ballou | Globe Staff, August 09, 2012 The Tinlinongtime parking enforcement officer tried twice to wave veteran ­MBTA bus driver Lataria Milton out of the left turn lane at a busy Kenmore Square intersection Thursday morning. But ­Milton *defiantly returned the hand gesture and continued eating* a breakfast sandwich inside the empty bus parked on Commonwealth Avenue, transportation author­ities said. The officer *wrote a $75 ticket*, and when she tried to place it on th... more »

Good News that Liberates

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
* * * * *Good News that Liberates* Henry Hasse The Galilean sage taught and lived his insight of the “kingdom” of the Father. It offended the religious folks in his audience, but it was a comforting message to those who were not so religious, including the immoral people among them. Joshua invited them to join him at the dinner table of all things! The good religious people called them “sinners” not only because of their immoral lives but especially because they did not participate in the rituals of the temple worship, nor did they practice an exclusive behavior toward outsi... more »

Rhode Island Explosion remains a mystery

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Rhode Island and Coast Guard officials say they haven’t found anything after receiving reports about an explosion in Narragansett Bay. People on both sides of the bay in Barrington and Warwick and as far away as Somerset, Mass., reported hearing what sounded like an explosion at about 11:30 p.m. Monday. Some also reported seeing a light. Area police and firefighters tried to find the source of the noise and light during land and water searches, but officials say nothing was found. http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode-island/2012/12/04/reported-explosion-remains-mystery/MQFziksVGU4i... more »

George Osborne goes for growth (by firing 10.000 civil servants)....Merry Christmas!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
More than 13,000 civil service jobs could be axed as a result of an extra £5bn of spending cuts to be announced tomorrow by George Osborne in his autumn statement. The Chancellor told cabinet ministers today that his squeeze on their departmental budgets would be tightened so he can switch money from day-to-day spending to building projects to help secure economic growth. They include up to 100 new free schools and academies, providing an extra 50,000 places where they are most needed at a cost of £1bn; science, skills and transport projects. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po... more »

Flights Delayed After Snow In London

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The first snow of winter has fallen across London and the Home Counties, causing delays to flights and rail services. The thin blanket of snow fell in the early hours, causing the temporary closure of Stansted Airport from 6am. It re-opened just over two hours later. Meanwhile Network Rail reported delays across southern England, while London Overground were also affected. http://news.sky.com/story/1020867/weather-flights-delayed-after-snow-in-london


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
Egypt and Tunisia have become more corrupt, as a result of the Arab Spring. On 4 December 2012, Transparency International produced its annual Corruption Perceptions Index *Egypt has fallen six places to 118th out of 176 countries.* Tunisia has fallen two places to 75th Levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings have increased. *Egypt slips in corruption index due to Arab Spring* *Tunisian troops fire tear gas at protesters* On 1 December 2012, it was reported that Tunisian security forces, using armoured personnel carriers, fired tear gas and live rounds, to try to ... more »

The US and Israel: a short quiz on 'rogue nation' status

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A series of events just from this week makes clear who is actually violating the consensus of the international community The phrase "rogue nation" is one of the terms that get tossed around often in political discourse without much effort devoted to its actual meaning. Let's try to apply this term to a series of events just from the last week, beginning with this one: "The 193-nation UN General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state . . . . There were 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions. . . . .The asse... more »

'Israel has the right to respond to provocative PA moves'....Is PA allowed to respond to Israel's provocative Moves?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu departed for Germany Wednesday morning, where he was expected to push the message that if the Europeans want to prevent Israel from responding further to the recent Palestinian victory at the UN, they should “encourage a positive Palestinian dynamic” and keep the PA from “further provocative actions,” diplomatic officials said on Tuesday. Netanyahu is scheduled to dine with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hear sharp criticism of plans to build 3,000 housing units in the settlement blocs and east Jerusalem, as well as push forward the planning of... more »

Egypt slips in corruption index despite Arab Spring

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Egypt has slid in a global league table of perceived official corruption in the past year, and the "Arab Spring" revolutions have yet to produce serious anti-graft action across the region, Transparency International said on Wednesday. In its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, the anti-graft organization said Egypt had fallen six places to 118th out of 176 countries as levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings remain high in the Arab world's most populous nation. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-corruption-transparency-egypt-idUSBRE8B406Q20121205

Climate delegates in Qatar agree to wear gas masks

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
CFACT – via ClimateDepot.com and Planet Gore – went to Doha, Qatar, and asked the delegates of the annual anti-climate-change conference to test a gas mask that "sequesters" carbon dioxide (which it didn't, of course): You may watch the people from numerous countries of the world to agree that the horrible mask is comfortable, they're ready to wear it for hours a day and while they're sleeping, recommend it to children, pets, and so on. What makes it even more amazing is that the pranksters say that they're from CFACT, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. I think that everyone w... more »

The manuscript of survival – part 232

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
* * *The manuscript of survival – part 232* Aisha North December 4, 2012 The tension is waxing and waning, as you all feel the pull from the vortex you have entered. In many ways, it is just like entering a black hole, and you have just passed what is referred to as the ”event horizon”. In other words, there is no turning back now, and even if this concept might feel a bit challenging, it is only the first stage of a wondrous process that will deliver you safe and sound on the other side of this monumental vortex of energetic change. But just as in a black hole, there is no way of... more »

Sheldan Nidle - December 4, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
Sheldan Nidle - December 4, 2012 10 Akbal, 11 Yaxk'in, 9 Eb Dratzo! We return! At present, your reality is approaching the immutable date in late December of your Gregorian calendar. This is the time when your reality is to be rid of any alternate timelines, which until now have been used by your dark cabal to manipulate your reality. This riddance creates the means for the Light to transform your world. This transformation will be preceded by the introduction of new governance and a new financial system for your planet. This flurry of activity leads to a formal disclosure anno... more »

Nanotechnology Simplifies Hydrogen Production

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is promising, not least because it shows us that it is possible to produce these particles but that their surface effect is accessible. What that means is that a measurable effect in the macroscopic world is strengthened exponentially once we drop to these scales. Thus catalytic hydrogen production becomes potentially viable. Even better it can be driven by sunlight. Thus we could place devices out in the middle of the desert and produce storable hydrogen as an energy intermediary. The next question of course is just what level of efficiency is plausible and pract... more »

Voyager Tastes Magnetic Highway

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
It has been predicted that magnetic field lines outside the primary influence of the sun would be in the form of channels connecting to other stars with little or no evidence to speculate with. It makes for neat graphics but little else. Now we are getting the real thing and I am sure that Mother Nature has a warehouse full of surprises waiting for us. The serious news here is that we are getting new information and that it is best to simply absorb it. After all, this is a first exploratory bore hole in a strange country. The persistence of magnetic fields is good news in... more »

Exploring Martian Caves

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Devising a robot able to operate in a cave, or more properly, a lava tube is going to be a real stressor on engineering capabilities here on Earth where it must be proven first. I* *suspect we will have boots on the ground first. To work well it will require a six limb system with some effective grasping ability on each to say nothing of a management program with independent capabilities. Going there is likely easier and way more flexible. On the other hand it is a good target to aim for. *By Mike Wall SPACE.com Sun, 25 Nov, 2012* * * * http://ca.news.yahoo.... more »

EU considers response to Israeli settlement building plans

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
European Union states struggled to agree on Tuesday on a common response to Israel's plans to expand settlements in the West Bank, highlighting the divisions within the bloc over how to tackle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. At a meeting in Brussels, ambassadors responsible for security issues discussed the possibility of all 27 EU states writing to Tel Aviv to express their displeasure or calling in Israeli ambassadors for consultations, as five EU countries have already done. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-israel-settlements-eu-idUSBRE8B31AD20121204

Docs call health minister liar, liar, scrubs on fire, but their ad fails to persuade

david at Alberta Diary - 10 hours ago
The docs’ advertisement. Below: AMA President Dr. Michael Giuffre. The Alberta Medical Association, the province’s most powerful trade union, has gone back to the familiar ground of buying newspaper advertisements to call Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne and the Progressive Conservative government led by Premier Alison Redford a bunch of liars. The provincial physicians’ association ... more »

Greek debt casualty: hospital hygiene controls

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Greek hospitals are in such dire straits that staff are failing to keep up basic disease controls such as using gloves and gowns, threatening a rise in multidrug-resistant infections, according to Europe's top health official. Greece already has one of the worst problems in Europe with hospital-acquired infections, and disease experts fear this is being made worse by an economic crisis that has cut health care staffing levels and hurt standards of care. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-greece-austerity-disease-idUSBRE8B30NR20121204

After a year of protests, no Russian revolution

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Artyom Kolpakov has learnt not to hope for too much after an exhilarating but ultimately frustrating year of protests against Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Seething with anger over suspected fraud in a parliamentary election, the 39-year-old businessman ignored his wife's pleas to stay at home on Dec 5 last year and joined a rally in Moscow's Chistiye Prudy area where people chanted "Revolution!" http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/04/us-russia-opposition-idUSBRE8B30O220121204

Philippines typhoon death toll rises to around 230, hundreds missing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The death toll from the Philippines' strongest typhoon this year rose to around 230, with hundreds missing, local government officials said on Wednesday. Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of up to 160 kph (93 mph), hit beach resorts and dive spots in northern Palawan on Wednesday, a day after slamming into a southern island, destroying homes, causing landslides and killing hundreds. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-philippines-typhoon-idUSBRE8B306420121205

NY Subway Push: Suspect Questioned Over Death

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
New York City police are questioning a suspect in connection with the death of a man who was allegedly pushed onto subway tracks, officials have said. Ki Suk Han of Queens was killed on Monday after allegedly being shoved at the Times Square subway station. He tried to get back onto the platform, but was trapped between a train and the platform. He died at a nearby hospital shortly after. http://news.sky.com/story/1020680/ny-subway-push-suspect-questioned-over-death

Turkey Storms: Cargo Ship's Crew Missing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Nine crew members are missing after their boat sank off the coast of Istanbul in stormy conditions. Turkish rescue workers are also involved in an operation to save 14 sailors from another cargo vessel after it suffered a mechanical failure. http://news.sky.com/story/1020824/turkey-storms-cargo-ships-crew-missing

Hunter Christian School Grenade Alert, Newcastle, New South Wales

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A young girl caused a bomb scare in Australia when she took a hand grenade in to school to show her classmates. Students at the Hunter Christian School in Newcastle, New South Wales, were evacuated when the 11-year-old produced the grenade at a show-and-tell lesson. She thought it was a money box. The device reportedly resembled a World War Two "pineapple" type grenade. http://news.sky.com/story/1020837/school-evacuated-as-girl-shows-class-grenade

Eamon Kelly Killed, IRA Member Held

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A convicted member of the Real IRA is in custody following the murder of one of Ireland's most notorious criminals. Eamon Kelly was shot dead after being chased down the road near his home in north Dublin, just two years after he escaped a similar attempt on his life when the attacker's gun jammed. Dubbed "The Godfather" by Dublin's tabloid press, the 65-year-old was shot up to six times as he attempted to flee the gunman, according to police. He was found injured on a footpath and died later in Beaumont Hospital. http://news.sky.com/story/1020761/gang-boss-shot-dead-real-ira-membe... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Michael Colvin* Michael Colvin was the son of Joy Arbuthnot and Captain Ivan Colvin of the Royal Navy. Michael Colvin attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He went into the Grenadier Guards, serving in Berlin, Suez and Cyprus, emerging as a captain. He married Nichola Cayzer, the daughter of Lord William Cayzer, the top man in the British and Commonwealth shipping company. *South Africa's prime minister John Vorster (second from right), Israel's prime minister Yitzhak Rabin (right) and Menachem Begin (left) with Moshe Dayan during Vorster's 1976 visit to Jerusalem.... more »

9/11 Truth: Far From Kooky

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
The conference titled, "9/11 Revisited: Seeking the Truth," that was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November 19, 2012, was attended by remarkable lecturers, authors, and humanitarians. Professor Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, was one of the presenters: go *here* to see his presentation. New media journalist James Corbett also *presented at the conference*, and gave a fact-filled speech that ended on a hopeful note, despite the gloomy conclusions. Over the last several years there have been many 9/11 truth conferences, all of whic... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 06:32:56 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 03:32:56 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 22.023°S, 68.264°W Depth 116.6 km (72.5 miles) Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE Distances 85 km (52 miles) NE of Calama, Chile

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL ITALY - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.0 Region CENTRAL ITALY Date time 2012-12-05 01:18:19.0 UTC Location 42.91 N ; 13.66 E Depth 27 km Distances 1 km NW Appignano del tronto. Italy

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 01:10:47 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 12:10:47 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 44.332°N, 147.733°E Depth 89.2 km (55.4 miles) Region KURIL ISLANDS Distances 99 km (61 miles) NE of Shikotan, Russia

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake BERING SEA - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 00:33:35 UTC Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 03:33:35 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 60.510°N, 177.832°W Depth 14.5 km (9.0 miles) Region BERING SEA Distances 320 km (198 miles) SSE of Beringovskiy, Russia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS - 4th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 23:12:25 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 11:12:25 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 34.227°S, 178.890°W Depth 73.1 km (45.4 miles) Region SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS Distances 310 km (192 miles) S of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 4th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 21:52:06 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 06:52:06 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 41.932°N, 142.317°E Depth 56.7 km (35.2 miles) Region HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION Distances 132 km (82 miles) E (82°) from Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN GREECE - 4th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 18:59:43 UTC Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 08:59:43 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.935°N, 23.090°E Depth 12.8 km (8.0 miles) Region SOUTHERN GREECE Distances 22 km (13 miles) NE of Sykea, Greece

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. - 4th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 18:48:35 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 04:48:35 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 7.209°S, 144.275°E Depth 34.7 km (21.6 miles) Region NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. Distances 107 km (66 miles) SSE of Ialibu, Papua New Guinea


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

The Uninvited: The White House Tribal Nations Conference

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
 Obama met with a select group of Native American leaders secretly before the official Native Nation Conference in Dec. 2011. White House photo published after the meeting. *The Uninvited at the White House Tribal Nations Conference* *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Dec. 5, 2012 Native Americans say President Obama’s meeting today with Native Nations should be more than a superficial meeting for self-serving elected leaders engaged in paternalism. Since Native American news is widely censored, distorted, ignored or romanticized, Censored News as... more »

'Everyone in US under virtual surveillance' - NSA whistleblower

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago

Breaking! Bin Laden Raid Footage Released by White House

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
Bin Laden was publicly declared dead by the Obama White House nearly a decade after his real death to save Obama's presidency and bolster his foreign policy record.

America Must Stop Subsidizing Evil And Greed Of Walmart And Others

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 11 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe I think we just had, in effect, a U.S. plebiscite on whether the American people want continued plutocracy, as we have known it for decades, or at long last some more populist alternative. Now comes time to look more closely at how the institutions that make up this country actually operate, and there's one huge corporate one in particular needs a good and proper ass-kicking. Walmart is profiting, to the tune of billions annually, from government handouts. Their corporate welfare is mainly "indirect": In some locations, as many as 80% of their "associates" are food... more »

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

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
I just concluded a long conversation with my good friend, Whitewraithe, who writes the excellent blog: Pragmatic Witness, at www.pragmaticwitness.com. I want to let everyone who is a fan of her work know that she is doing a lot better than she has in quite a while. She was suffering from some burn out, and from a very hard work schedule. But she is back and has returned to putting up new articles at her Pragmatic Witness blog. She told me that she came across a most amazing video that I definitely had to listen to and to let her know what I thought. I said I would gladly have ... more »

What's Wrong With Our Food?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
I was horrified by the little story we listened to yesterday by Bill Moyers-- the one about hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio comparing Americans to wildebeests being eaten alive by unregulated and ravenous hedge fund billionaires hyenas. I haven't been able to get Dalio's images, especially the horrific video I added to the post, out of my mind. And then, today I came across a radio interview-- the video above-- with Frederick Kaufman, food journalist and author of Bet The Farm. Kaufman makes the point that Wall Street is industrializing agriculture, driving farmers off the land ... more »

My Letter on Chen Shui-bian Incarceration Issues

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
Letter on Chen Shui-bian incarceration in Taipei Times today. My thanks to the editors for printing it. They cleaned up a typo and strengthened the beginning. Title is also better than I could have thought of... *+++++++++++++ * *Focus on urgent issues* William Cox’s letter (Nov. 26, page 8) is obviously well meant, but illustrates several major problems with foreigners commenting on former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) medical issues. Such foreigners frequently err, as Cox does. For example, Chen has a desk and does not write on the floor. Errors like that enable opponents to... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
“Is the night sky darkest in the direction opposite the Sun? No. In fact, a rarely discernable faint glow known as the gegenschein (German for "counter glow") can be seen 180 degrees around from the Sun in an extremely dark sky. The gegenschein is sunlight back-scattered off small interplanetary dust particles. These dust particles are millimeter sized splinters from asteroids and orbit in the ecliptic plane of the planets. *Click image for larger size. * Pictured above from 2008 October is one of the more spectacular pictures of the gegenschein yet taken. Here a deep exposure of... more »

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

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I have been busy these last few Monday nights with my son's extracurricular activities. Therefore, I have not been able to listen to my friend, John Friend (www.johnfriendsblog.blogspot.com) doing his show on Truth Militia ( www.truthmilitia.com). I have promised John that I would definitely listen to the show on the archives. After listening to his latest show from this last Monday, I knew that it belonged on this blog as a link for all of my own readers to listen to. It has a fabulous interview with a gentleman named William Finck, at www.christogenea.org. , and who has been in... more »

Lakotas: South Dakota Social Services violates Indian Child Welfare Act

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
*South Dakota Indian Child Welfare Act Coalition affirms NPR Story - Alleges Systematic State ICWA violations in report to Congress* ** *By Lakota Peoples Law Project* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com ** *On Thursday, November 29, the South Dakota Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Directors Coalition voted 6-0 to submit a report to Congress asserting that the South Dakota Department of Social Services has for over a decade "systematically violated the spirit and the letter of the Indian Child Welfare Act."* ***ICWA directors are federal employees tasked with enforcing th... more »

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

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 13 hours ago
San Marcos, Texas, City Hall. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Nearly half of Austin-area city councils violate religious liberty It doesn’t take clergy to remind council members of their duties, and there is little evidence that clergy provide any more moral authority than most of the rest of us. By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / December 4, 2012 SAN MARCOS, Texas -- An on-line review of

Chet Raymo, “Monkey Business”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“Monkey Business”* by Chet Raymo "Do men have mid-life crises? You betcha. I'd be hard pressed to think of a male among my acquaintances who didn't run off the rails, or almost run off the rails, in his late 40s, not excluding myself. Millions of words have been written about the male mid-life crisis. A crisis of failed expectations? Diminished sexual potency? Physical vanity- flab, pot, baldness? Boredom? Regret for the road not taken? And the reaction? A younger girlfriend? An affair? A motorcycle? A fast car? Drink? Crotchetiness? But it passes. The cloud lifts. Fifty to sev... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
Newport Beach, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Anti-Loop 202 Awareness Concert Held In Santan

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Anti-Loop 202 Awareness Concert Held In Santan RequiemBy Gila River Against 202 Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com SANTAN, Ariz. -- Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) members enjoyed a night of music, information and resistance against the Loop 202 freeway on December 1st, where a No Build awareness concert was held at the Santan ballfield. Musicians from Gila River, Salt River, Tohono O'odham Nation, Navajo Nation, and Phoenix came together to support GRIC members organizing against the freeway. Speakers at the concert who oppose the freeway advocated for the Pangea... more »

"Relating to the Negative: The Danger of Repression"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"Relating to the Negative: The Danger of Repression"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When negative thoughts arise it is best to address them rather than pushing them down where they will surface again. For the last several years, there has been a lot of focus on the power of positive thinking. Many people have come to misinterpret this wisdom to mean that it is not okay to have a bad mood or a negative thought or feeling. This can lend a kind of superficiality to their relationship with life and relationships with other people. It can also lead them to feel that if a negative t... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
"Eyes blinded by the fog of Things cannot see Truth. Ears deafened by the din of Things cannot hear Truth. Brains bewildered by the whirl of Things cannot think Truth. Hearts deadened by the weight of Things cannot feel Truth. Throats choked by the dust of Things cannot speak Truth." - Harald Bell Wright, “The Uncrowned King”

Explicating the CREDO Report on NJ Charter Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Bruce Baker is on it here and here. Just one of his numerous and effective charts:

Entire Ukraine Government Resigns

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 14 hours ago
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, right, in Parliament in March Photo: GETTY http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/9719263/Entire-Ukraine-government-resigns.html * * *Entire Ukraine government resigns* * * *Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and the entire government resigned today in a surprise move after controversial elections as the economy teeters on the brink of recession.* 3:46PM GMT 03 Dec 2012 The presidency said President Viktor Yanukovych had accepted Mr Azarov's request to give up his post and become an MP, a move expected to be... more »

Rogue States: A Redefinition

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
An excerpt from Glenn Greenwald's article, *"The US and Israel: a short quiz on 'rogue nation' status"*: So essentially, it's the entire planet on one side, versus the US, its new right-wing poodle to the north, Israel, and three tiny, bribed islands on the other side. If you're a member in good standing of the Washington-based US foreign policy community, then the way you describe these matters is as follows: "the international community stands by Israel and supports its position" - because, in that warped, self-affirming world, "international community" is a synonym for "US dicta... more »

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

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 14 hours ago
* * * * *Putin, George Bush Sr., Saudi King Abdullah and Venezuela’s Chavez all reported ill during same week; Big oil involved* Posted by Benjamin Fulford December 3, 2012 Last week there were a flurry of reports, all officially denied, that George Bush Sr., President Vladimir Putin of Russia, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and President Cesar Chavez of Venezuela were all suffering from serious health problems. Bush: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Former-President-George-H-W-Bush-hospitalized-in-4077162.php Putin: http://www.independent.co.... more »

Watch out, there are warmist police about

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 15 hours ago
[Hat tip Paul L.] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Arson Seen in Attack on Ex-Israeli Spy

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
*Consortium News * *Exclusive:* Suspected arson destroyed the Montreal home of ex-Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe, who says he escaped through a rear door. It’s unclear if the fire was an assassination attempt to finally silence a man who has angered the Israeli government, powerful Republicans and others, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry Ex-Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe says he narrowly survived a possible assassination attempt Sunday night when his upscale home in Montreal was set ablaze in what Canadian authorities are describing as suspected a... more »

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

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 15 hours ago
*Editor's note: This is a guest post by Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Economist, Sustainable Development Network, Office of the Chief Economist, The World Bank, offering a response to my recent WSJ op-ed on "Hurricane" Sandy. Comment welcomed -- Thanks Stéphane!* The storm Sandy is not unprecedented. Similar events occurred in the past, and this storm is not a consequence of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stresses that it is impossible to make a causal link between one event and climate change (1). Roger Jr. Pielke, in an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Jour... more »
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