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Thursday, December 6, 2012

6 December - Blogs I`m Following II

Veterans News Now

  1. Obama urged to rein in Netanyahu
  2. How Obama Could Stop Those Israeli Settlements
  3. National Cannabis Legalization Coming Soon!
  4. Civil society calls for trade sanctions but EU has ‘no enthusiasm’
  5. U.S. To Start Internet Storm of Dissent As Direct Consequence of Blatant Spying*
  6. Corruptus in Extremis
  7. FDM Group co-sponsors the finale of Wall Street Rocks Battle of the Band
  8. West moves in for Syrian endgame
  9. Veteran Employment Through an Apprenticeship Program
  10. Gold’s Gym Leads Effort To Hire Veterans
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10:23 pm MST

Only Once Has Canada's Minister of Defence Taken Part In A 'Peace Keeping Mission' Since Harper Became PM

leftdog at Buckdog - 4 minutes ago
*Pity ... we were once a proud and respected nation that put our military between warring parties ... Harper has turned us into his idea of a 'warrior' nation. Yesterday was the first 'peace keeping mission' that Canada's Minister of Defence has been involved with in many, many years.*

North Korea Currently Filling Rocket Fuel Tank at Dongchang-ri in Preparation for Launch

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
*More here:* http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=10114

Pillars of Light Over Finland

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 14 minutes ago
Forwarded to me by GW Hardin and Michael Sharpe from a Finnish web site. Here's Blossom Goodchild's channeling links to the predicted pillars of light: Aug 28, 2012: http://galacticchannelings.com/english/blossom28-08-12.html June 06, 2012: http://galacticchannelings.com/english/blossom06-06-12.html March 01, 2012: http://galacticchannelings.com/english/blossom01-03-12.html January 30, 2012: http://galacticchannelings.com/english/blossom30-01-12.html November 29, 2011: http://galacticchannelings.com/english/blossom29-11-11.html November 24, 2011: http://galacticchanneling... more »

Sifting Through the Smoking Wreckage of Canada's F-35 Fiasco

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 15 minutes ago
*Never to Be* The Harper government's abandonment of the "troubled" F-35 buy has seismic implications. This is the first time Stephen Harper truly lost his mojo. He wanted this hopelessly flawed warplane so badly that he was prepared to lie and have his cabinet menagerie do the same. It was Canada's admission ticket to America's aerial Foreign Legion. It was stepping up to the plate, staring down the critics at home, standing "shoulder to shoulder" with all the big boys - America, Britain, Australia - all the English-speaking major-leaguers. Curiously enough it wasn't the F-35's... more »

The Pathology of the Free-Trade Disease

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 minutes ago
A prophetic interview with Sir James Goldsmith in 1994 exposes pathology of economic decline - sober warning then vs. NAFTA & GATT, and a sober, vindicated warning today against TPP, ASEAN, and more. *December 7, 2012* (LD) - The sneering, conniving defenders of free-trade laughed in Sir James Goldsmith's face during a 1994 interview when Goldsmith warned that not only would unskilled labor be moved offshore in the wake of both NAFTA and GATT, but skilled labor as well, undermining the very purpose of nation's economy to serve the needs of society, and instead serve the needs of va... more »

Apple... INsourcing

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 minutes ago
Apple is such an iconic American brand that many Apple evangelists feel hurt that the company outsources so much of its maufacturing overseas. People are more emotionally attached to Apple than to most brands-- and want it to be all-American... or at least, more American. And that may be happening. According to CEO Tim Cook, Apple is planning to bring back some of its production to the U.S. from China next year. In fact, some of the newest iMacs no longer carry the embarrassing "designed in California, assembled in China" label. Looks like Apple is sick of being the face of outs... more »


The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 42 minutes ago

Canada Bails Out on the F-35

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
*It's over!!!* Canada will not be buying Lockheed's "troubled" light strike bomber. *Faced with the imminent release of an audit by accountants KPMG that will push the total projected life-cycle costs of the aircraft above $30 billion, the operations committee of the federal Cabinet decided to scrap the controversial sole-source program and go back to the drawing board, a source familiar with the decision said.* Shit, now what am I going to write about? Oh yeah, stopping the Northern Gateway. What to do now? How about a real competition where we test all the contenders agai... more »

A Big Win for American Progressives

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
U.S. chain restaurants like Papa John's and Applebee's didn't pull any punches before the November elections. In fact they outright threatened they would retaliate against an Obama win, taking it out on their employees. Papa John C.E.O. John Schnatter vowed to cut his employees' hours so they wouldn't qualify for Obamacare benefits. Applebee's said they would build no new restaurants and hire no new staff. These were just two of many firms that issued similar, dire threats. Oopsie. The public backlash against Papa John's, Applebee's and the others was prompt and brutal. *A... more »

How long did Cain hate his brother?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
As long as he was Abel.

Insane Israeli Prime Minister Says Conflict With Palestinians Is NOT About (Illegal) Settlements (!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
I have come to a conclusion a while ago, and I suppose everyone sees it the same way... How can you tell when the criminally insane Prime Minister of the criminal and terrorist state of Israel is lying? Simple.. When he opens his mouth! The proof is obvious in his recent statements when all he tells is lie after lie, especially about Israel's continuing murderous campaign of genocide against the Palestinian people. Now comes another example of Benyamin Milikowsky (Netanyahu) insanity... According to this report that comes from the Israel National News website, at www.israelnation... more »

Watch: US gov’t charges nun, anti-nuclear activists with sabotage (VIDEO)

rc at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
Three anti-nuclear activists, including a nun, are charged under the Federal Sabotage Act for vandalizing the walls of a uranium facility with blood and peace messages. [...] As part of an updated indictment announced on Wednesday, Greg Boertje-Obed, Michael Walli and Sister Megan Rice could spend 20 years in prison for the felony crime of injuring national-defense premises under the Sabotage Act. “They are innocent of all these charges and feel that everything they did was legal and moral, and I think they believe that this (new charge) is ridiculous,” said Bill Quigley, a law pr... more »

The Obush Doctrine Comes Alive: Obama Admin Prepares To Attack Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
An excerpt from an article by 'b' at Moon of Alabama called, *"German Paper: U.S. Pressing For NATO War On Syria"*: While U.S. "officials" continue to spread rumors of Syrian preparations of chemical weapons the reliable center-left German daily *Süddeutsche Zeitung* reports (in German) on U.S. attempts to get NATO to fight a war against Syria. An excerpt from John Glaser's article, *"Obama’s Syria Policy Comes Dangerously Close to ‘Bush Doctrine’"*: The Obama administration is peddling two scenarios for a potential war in Syria. With news and official statements this week repeati... more »

“Blue Skies: The Sky Is Blue Even on a Cloudy Day”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Blue Skies: The Sky Is Blue Even on a Cloudy Day”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Darker days are just as much a part of life as are the days graced with sunshine. When we refer to a “beautiful day,” we are often describing a day that is sunny, clear, and without a cloud in sight to mar a sky that is a brilliantly perfect blue. We find ourselves bouncing along, light in spirit, free from worries, and enjoying the moment. That is, until the clouds begin to form. The sky may turn grey, and a fog may roll in. Puffs of white take on whimsical, darker shades, and our beautiful day ... more »

Op-Ed: US-UK Genocide Against Iraq 1990-2012 Killed 3.3 Million-Including 750K Children

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
Denis Campbell's U.K. Progressive Sherwood Ross Approximately 3.3 million Iraqis, including 750,000 children, were “exterminated” by economic sanctions and/or illegal wars conducted by the U.S. and Great Britain between 1990 and 2012, an eminent international legal authority says. The slaughter fits the classic definition of Genocide Convention Article II of, “Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part,” says Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign, an... more »

"How It Really Should Be"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

Middle-earth will swallow you

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
Fully engulfed in The Hobbit mania building on the internets. Love this from George Takei this morning on the facebook. And haven't watched this whole video yet, but thanks to Atrios who uncovered this gem of a former adaption in the original Russian. [via] Come to think of it, there was also a hopelessly unsatisfying animated version that aired on the teevee at least two decades ago. Odd that hasn't turned up yet. Perhaps we're all trying to forget that one.

Chet Raymo, "Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence" * by Chet Raymo "There have been so many books lately proffering "proof of heaven" one could almost call it a fad. Seems like everyone and his brother has had a near death experience that gave them a short sojourn in paradise. And a book contract. Am I being cynical? I suppose so. I do wonder though why no one ever has a near death experience of the other place. A book called "Hell Is For Real". Who's going to buy that? The latest contender is different. Dr. Eben Alexander came to the heavenly feast with credentials as a neu... more »

Forget Jim DeMented, and Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff. I came THIS CLOSE to running into Katie Holmes at the Carnegie Deli!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Inquiring minds want to know: Did Katie eat that turkey Reuben all by herself?* *by Ken* I know we should be talking about world-changing stuff, like SC Sen. Jim DeMented's decision to move his Senior Crazyman's Caucus of One from the Senate to the Heritage Foundation, presumably to eliminate any possible confusion about the quality of thinking coming out of a "think" tank that was once known as merely right of center. (This must also come as a relief to SC's other senator, "Loopy Lindsey" Graham, who seems to be living in terror these days of being primaried from the Far Right in... more »

Mind Over Matter

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 3 hours ago
Can we really train our minds to do tasks we once considered possible only with our hands and feet? It seems the answer is "yes."

Washington Floats Chemical Weapons Charge as Pretext for Syria Buildup

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
Global Research Bill Van Auken [image: syriaflag]The Obama administration and the corporate media have cited unspecified “intelligence” about the movement of chemical weapons to issue new threats of direct intervention in Syria, where Washington and its allies have been backing so-called “rebels” in a bid to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both made public statements Monday alleging a danger of Syria using chemical weapons and threatening US retaliation. Appearing before a military audience at the Nation... more »

PORTAL 2012: The Omega Grid

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 3 hours ago
http://2012portal.blogspot.com/2012/12/theomega-grid-tacticalreadiness-of.html Thursday, December 6, 2012 *The Omega Grid* Tactical readiness of the Light forces on the surface of our planet to trigger the Event was reached on November 22nd at the opening of the eleventh gate of the 11:11. The first crucial factor to achieve this was a general decision of the critical mass of key people within positive surface groups that they will cooperate with Resistance surface operatives when the Event will be triggered. Therefore we now have enough consensus within top echelons of posit... more »

U.S.: "Don't emulate us, Syria!"

Left I on the News at Left I on the News - 3 hours ago
The U.S. government is now vociferously warning Syria not to use chemical weapons. The U.S. government! That would be the same country that firebombed 67 Japanese cities, killing hundreds of thousands of people and destroying 50-90% of each of the cities. Were they dropping matches from the air? No, they were dropping Napalm bombs, a chemical weapon. That would also be the country that in addition to continuing to use Napalm in its war against the people of Vietnam, carpetbombed that country with Agent Orange, another chemical weapon that killed or maimed an estimated 400,000 Vietn... more »

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

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
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World Bank - High Food Prices are the New Normal

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 3 hours ago
High food prices mean one thing for many people, food insecurity. A report from the World Bank warns that high food prices have become the "new normal" meaning that the scourge of food insecurity for the most vulnerable is now permanent. The world cannot afford for high and volatile food prices to be the “new normal,” while millions of people continue to suffer from hunger and to die from malnutrition, the World Bank Group warned today. The World Bank's Vice President, Otaviano Canuto, warns*“A new norm of high prices seems to be consolidating. **The world cannot afford to be co... more »

How to Prosecute the 9/11 War Crimes - Panel Discussion at the 9/11 Revisited Conference in Malaysia

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
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Mother and baby

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago

GAIA PORTAL: Winding Energetic Roads” Being Made Straight

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
* * *Winding Energetic Roads” Being Made Straight* *by ÉirePort* * * What we would call "Winding Energetic Roads" are being made straight. Energy pathways of complex configuration are being straightened in preparation of the 12-12-12 gateway. each Hue-man will be able to comprehend and feel this "straightening". Complexity is simplified. Discontinuity is rectified. Discord is harmonized. Uncertainty is clarified. Energetic patterns to be "solidified" via the 12-12-12 permit direct pathways to Higher Self Awareness and understanding. Grids of Iridescent Blue bring in the new. Éi... more »

What's in a name

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
I understand what Ryan is trying to say here. I share his regret that we didn't come up with a better name than the fiscal cliff. But I don't think the problem was that everyone was too fond of their own alternative. It's more that none of the alternatives were catchy enough. I'm reminded of our efforts to dislodge Obamacare. Once a term gets firmly lodged in the official public discourse, it's really hard to replace it. Not even sure it's worth it in this case. This fight won't last that long. Personally, I wish the left could find a way to replace the odious "entitlements." That ... more »

Did Israel actually create Hamas similarly to how the CIA created Al Qaeda? (Oops.)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123275572295011847.html *Matt's thoughts:* I tell you guys, the more you look into this situation and the more investigation we do, the more absurd it really becomes. With the entire region, and perhaps world, on the brink of a massive war, possibly even a third world war, this is perhaps the worse possible time for people to drop their thinking caps and to start cheering from the bleachers. This region requires a massive injection of sanity, or a heck of a lot of people are about to lose their lives in yet another senseless conflict.

IDF fires at journalists: Stuff the media really, really prefers you forget about

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*Added thoughts:* Lest we forget the indiscriminate bombing of media buildings in Gaza, It's always interesting to see how a "democracy" treats journalists. You can usually tell by such treatment what the real intentions are. Shoo, you informational mosquitoes, you. Shoo. Fetch your nectar of truth elsewhere.

Failing to Understand RIM's Business Strategy

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 5 hours ago
I REALLY want Research in Motion to survive and thrive on the marketplace. I REALLY don't think that's going to happen. Research in Motion's business strategy has all the appearances of a company flailing about, without a vision or a long term strategy. It all started for me when RIM offered free Playbooks to companies that upgraded their Blackberry Enterprise Server solution to the latest

Crush fanaticism.

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*Added thoughts:* While a fringe group of radical, fanatical "Jews" and "Christians" (by no means true Jews or Christians such as the ones the CC has the privilege of calling friends) call for the slaughter of Arabs, Muslims, and likely anyone in general who don't adhere to their interpretation of the scripture, the silent majority, steadily unwilling to be silent any longer, are taking the Israeli government to task (and America's) for actions taken in the masquerade for "peace". The photo above is one of many protesting the issue. On the opposite side of the coin, the MSM has man... more »

Plagiarism, schmagiarism: Journalistic word theft slowly killing industry integrity

David DesRoches at Saving Ethical Journalism - 5 hours ago
I remember the moment when I was first plagiarized. It was a special moment... finally I wrote something worthy enough to be stolen from me. I It was a story about a man who robbed a Bank of America in 2010 wearing a bright blue yarmulke. One year after the incident the man remained unidentified and at large. The only evidence police had included a security camera photograph of the man stuffing a wad of cash into his jacket, and the testimony of the bank clerks. My editor, Josh Fisher, asked me to find out if the Darien police had any information on the guy. So I began making phon... more »

Aangirfan - Fidel Castro of The CIA

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*"Fidel Castro of The CIA"* by Aangirfan is a very important article. It states, "Cuba had its 'revolution', but it was the CIA that put Castro into power." With a wide collection of news articles and historical evidence, the article shows the ubiquitous influence of the CIA and its various assets around the world, both in government and media. Their power to deceive and hoodwink the global public is nearly limitless. The CIA should be called the Counter-Intuitive Agency. *II. Reason for the CIA's covert support of Castro and his "Communist revolution" in Cuba:* Installing a co... more »

Missile-like object (with tail) spotted on NASA Mars Spirit Rover photograph

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Added info:* The case for photoshopping grows dim when we can see the precise same object on the raw photograph direct from NASA's website. http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all/2/p/584/2P178208022EFFAE03P2264R7M1.JPG So, what is it then? An artifact? A craft? Our imaginations?

More derivative, unnecessary guff

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 6 hours ago
*Ob La Di Ob La Da* Paul's approximation of Blue Beat, Ob La Di Ob La Da was one of the first things to sour the White Album sessions. With Brian Epstein dead and George Martin withdrawing from his former role Paul stepped up as an all-purpose leader. The band were moving apart in terms of taste, lifestyle and personal priorities (and just plain growing up). Paul was not the authority figure who could dragoon through the usual routine, he was just too close to the rest of the Beatles. No wonder the sessions rambled over seven months. It's also an example of Paul's very different... more »

BOOKS / C.E. McAuley : Jonah Raskin's Bio of 'Pedagogical Pilgrim' James McGrath

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
Jonah Raskin's biography of artist/teacher James McGrath was designed by Rag Blog art director James Retherford. Pedagogical pilgrim: Jonah Raskin's new bio of artist/teacher James McGrath Raskin's new biography is no simple valentine from one teacher to another. It is an in-depth and compelling look, not only about McGrath’s life journey, but also the sacrifices he made along the way. By C.E

Steve Russell : Will Rogers and the Jokes of Partisan Politics

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
Will Rogers. Image from Wikimedia Commons. The jokes of partisan politics: Will Rogers 'chews to run' 'I’m not a member of any organized political party,' he famously confessed, 'I’m a Democrat.' By Steve Russell / The Rag Blog / December 7, 2012 Will Rogers, the Paint Clan Cherokee cowboy turned entertainer turned political pundit, used to say he did not make jokes. “I just watch the

Atmospheric River Hammers California

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
It was around this time last year that an *atmospheric river *was singled out as the culprit responsible for causing massive flooding in the U.K. *New Scientist* posted a chart of it. Now California is getting hammered by another atmospheric river shown in yellow here: *An atmospheric river is a narrow conveyor belt of vapor about a mile high that extends thousands of miles from out at sea and can carry as much water as 15 Mississippi Rivers. It strikes as a series of storms that arrive for days or weeks on end. Each storm can dump inches of rain or feet of snow. For more detai... more »

Flustered McConnell filibusters his own bill

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
This is the high comedy of the day on Capitol Hill. You'll recall when our country was teetering on the edge of an actual fiscal cliff during the last year's debt limit fight, Mitch McConnell came up with a brilliant gambit to allow everyone to win. The basic agreement was the President could raise the limit, Congress could say no but the President could override that and it would take a two thirds vote to override the President. Which would then trigger spending cuts. Or not. It never passed. So this morning, Mitch, thinking Harry didn't have the votes, thought he was being quite... more »

"Imperial Crime and Complicity In Ancient Rome and Modern America"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Imperial Crime and Complicity In Ancient Rome and Modern America"* By Tim Case "The punishment of the criminal is measured by the degree of astonishment of the judge who finds his crime incomprehensible." - Friedrich W. Nietzsche "You would think that if the present administration with its adoring minions is going to rule by the Machiavellian code, as outlined in the “The Prince”, they would at least take to heart the admonition that "as princes cannot help being hated by someone, they ought, in the first place, to avoid being hated by every one, and when they cannot compass t... more »

"We Are Not Special, and There Is No Happy Ending"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"We Are Not Special, and There Is No Happy Ending*: *The Blood-Drenched Darkness of American Exceptionalism"* by Arthur Silber "You may not regard the two propositions in my title as deserving of any special attention. You may think, entirely correctly, that if we as Americans are special, it is only in the way that any human being is special: that each of us is unique and irreplaceable, that each of our lives, and the lives of all of us, demand reverence for the unrepeatable value of a person's brief passage in this world. And you may recognize, also correctly, that certain act... more »

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
To Brad DeLong, for debunking some bad budget history: Why 1970--when nothing happens to derange either the pattern of deficits as a share of GDP or the trajectory of the debt-to-GDP ratio--rather than 1980, when the election of Ronald Reagan does change the pattern of deficits and the trajectory of the debt-to-GDP ratio? Why speak of the late 1990s only as the era of the dot-com boom (which makes about 1/4 of the difference for the deficit) rather than the era of Clinton tax increases and spending cuts (which make about 3/4 of the difference for the deficit)--both of which were ver... more »

Maybe It's Time to Get Out of Dodge

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
This was bound to happen. Inevitable. American cellular giant Verizon has filed a patent application for a device to watch you watching TV. Who is interested in watching you watch TV? Probably more people than you can imagine but TV advertisers would be near the top of the list. That's certainly Verizon's target group. *[Verizon] has filed a patent, published last week, for a system designed to be used in the home to target advertisements at people. Using a combination of image and audio sensors, it would detect actions in your living room while you were watching TV. These s... more »

Right-Wing Extremist Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) Insists Obama Has No Mandate-- Lies About Election Results

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Jeb Hensarling, who Boehner just appointed chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, forgot to stick to Fox News yesterday and wandered over to CNN for an interview. Soledad O'Brien is nothing like one of the empty-headed Fox bimbos and she asked him actual journalist questions... which he either couldn't or wouldn't answer. When she wanted to know why the GOP won't follow Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole's suggestion and just vote to allow tax breaks for the first $250,000 of everyone's income, the closest Hensarling came to an answer was to lie about President Obama's vot... more »

One of My All-Time Favourite YouTube Clips

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
Maybe he just needed a haircut.

Israel reportedly threatens to cancel Gaza truce if Islamic Jihad heads enter Strip

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*More here:* http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-reportedly-threatens-to-cancel-gaza-truce-if-islamic-jihad-heads-enter-strip/

Get offa Virginia Foxx's elevator

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
I knew before I even clicked the link on the twitter this morning, that this would be about my crazy Congresscreature. Virginia Foxx won't share * her* elevator dammit. Some unfortunate staffer was trying to do her job. The other elevators were tied up with a furniture moving project so yes, she took the members-only elevator. She only made it one floor before my ill-tempered Congresscreature got on board. Foxx said to the staffer, “This is a ‘members-only’ elevator; can you read?” She then demanded the staffer’s name before the elevator stopped after going just one more floor up... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
[image: He was 14 yrs. 6mos. and 5 days old --- the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century] *George Junius Stinney, Jr.,1929 - 1944. * George Stinney was 14 years old when he was executed - the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century. In a South Carolina prison, guards walked the 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. At 5' 1" and 95 pounds, the straps didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg. The switch was pulled. Tears streamed from George's eyes. George's confession was coerced, and, ... more »

"The Search for Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"The Search for Truth" By David Chandler “Some people might wonder what motivates a physics teacher to get up and talk about religion and world issues. I am not a professional political scientist or sociologist or theologian. But I am a concerned citizen and a thinking person. To be a scientist does not mean you have to be a one-dimensional person out of touch with life beyond the lab. Physics used to be called natural philosophy. It is a branch of philosophy in that it is part of the quest for truth. The same thing that motivates me to ponder the true nature of the physical w... more »

Abby Martin Interviews Webster Tarpley

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
Syrians Used as Political Pawns | Interview with Webster Tarpley

Deck the Halls

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 8 hours ago
Not quite fair to Keynesianism, but fun nonetheless:

One less lunatic on Capitol Hill - Jim DeMint resigns

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
Surprising almost everyone, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-Crazytown) resigned the Senate today and announced his move to head up the Heritage Foundation. Which seems like the perfect fit. Heritage has become the HQ of conservative lunacy so the severely demented DeMint will fit right in. Think Progress quickly came up with 11 reasons this should make sane people happy. All of them good and I could add one more. Jim DeMint is a batshit crazy, soulless sociopath whose life dream is to destroy governance by consent of the majority. Not that he won't still be doing that as head of Heritage but ... more »

The BBC respond - inadequately, of course

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Further to this post I have finally received a response from the BBC. It's a long response but it doesn't satisfy me. Stephanie Harris 6 December 2012 15:27 Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for your emails to Helen Boaden which have beens passed to me, as it is my role as Head of Accountability for BBC News to investigate such matters on behalf of the Director of BBC News. You suggest that the BBC's Middle East Editor was biased when he held a Q&A session on September 17th, the date of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashonah, because you believe he was excluding “the vast majority of Jews” wh... more »

Friday Morning Ramble: ‘Gangnam Style’ edition

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
So you’re a YouTube sensation. The world’s biggest. But how much money do you make from that? Turns out new media can be more lucrative than old. *Cashing in Gangnam Style on YouTube fame* – NZ HERALD If your kid doesn’t do religious studies, they get put next to the rubbish bin. Not in Mississippi, but in New Zealand. *Bible-class stance dismays father* – NZ HERALD “Tomorrow marijuana legalization begins to take effect in Washington state. Adults 21 or older will be allowed to possess up to an ounce for personal use and consume it privately… In Colorado, meanwhile, legalization... more »

NGOs Make Emergency Appeal in Doha

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
Greenpeace, Oxfam, WWF, Christian Aid, Action Aid and Friends of the Earth have issued an emergency appeal for immediate and forceful action by the delegations at the Doha climate summit. *[Their statement warned] the Doha talks were on the brink of disaster and that rich governments had 24 hours to urgently make a deal that reflects the scale of planetary emergency facing humanity. This deal must include scaled up public climate finance from 2013, deep emissions cuts and a mechanism to address loss and damage.* *"Failure is locking in inaction for the next decade. The millions o... more »

"Senate Unanimously Passes 2013 NDAA; Power to Arrest Americans Remains"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Senate Unanimously Passes 2013 NDAA; * *Power to Arrest Americans Remains"* by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. "As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of any change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." - Justice William O. Douglas "Just after 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, the Senate did it again. By a vote of 98-0(two senators abstained) lawmakers in the upper chamber approved the Fiscal Ye... more »

Chemical scare is a Smoke Screen for intervention, says Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Western powers are whipping up fear of chemical weapons as a pretext to intervene in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad's government said on Thursday, after several Western countries said they feared Assad might use poison gas. "Syria stresses again, for the tenth, the hundredth time, that if we had such weapons, they would not be used against its people. We would not commit suicide," Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al Maqdad told Lebanon's Al Manar television, the voice of the pro-Assad Hezbollah movement. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/06/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121206

The Moon Goes Commercial? Maybe, Maybe Not.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
A company calling itself Golden Spike has announced it will start commercial moon travel service by 2020. The company will take people and gear to the lunar surface and back for $1.5-billion a trip. ***Golden Spike will follow a model like that of the Russian spaceflight industry in the 1980s and ‘90s, when they charged money to take other nations’ astronauts to the Salyut and Mir space stations for scientific experiments. Many governments, including Finland, Japan, the Czech Republic and Malaysia took Russia up on its offer.* *“We can give countries an expedition to surface of th... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 18:58:55 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 03:58:55 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.948°S, 69.470°W Depth 122.9 km (76.4 miles) Region TARAPACA, CHILE Distances 29 km (18 miles) NNE of Putre, Chile

Talking "Fiscal Cliff"

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
I completely endorse Kevin Drum's smart post today about liberal complaints about the name "fiscal cliff" for the convergence of a spending sequester, expiring tax rates, and other things. Drum says, correctly, that it's the name we're stuck with regardless of what anyone wants at this point, and also that it's not really all that easy to manufacture this stuff and have it stick. Beyond that, the really important point is that in almost every case, what we call this stuff matters a whole lot less than people think, and probably not at all. Remember, there's a real bias here: most o... more »

So much for the age of austerity: Fury as council blows £1m on giant 'Slinky' toy sculpture

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The concrete artwork - to commemorate the 200th birthday of Shrewsbury's most famous son, Charles Darwin - even cost £200,000 more than the iconic Angel of the North. Shropshire Council had originally planned to pay £483,000 for the 39ft high statue - which some have compared to a slinky spring and a cow's spine. But costs have spiralled to more than £1million, triggering a backlash from furious residents of the market town. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244029/Shropshire-council-splashes-1m-town-centre-sculpture.html

‘Dancer,’ study, by Degas

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
[image: image] Look how ingeniously the master painter makes a whole figure with just a few lines in pastel and chalk on coloured paper. [Hat tip Michael Newberry] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake TURKMENISTAN - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.6 Region TURKMENISTAN Date time 2012-12-06 18:29:14.6 UTC Location 40.10 N ; 54.79 E Depth 24 km Distances 75 km NE Balkanabat, Turkmenistan

Senate Republican leader blocks debt limit vote

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday prevented a simple majority vote on a proposal to give Democratic President Barack Obama unilateral power to raise the debt limit. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/06/us-usa-fiscal-senate-idUSBRE8B515H20121206

Mafia Shootout In Italian Nursery Playground

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A mafia gangster has been shot dead by a rival in the courtyard of an Italian nursery as dozens of children rehearsed their Christmas carol service. Victim Luigi Lucenti, 50, was chased into the nursery by masked gunmen and shot several times at point blank range before his killers escaped on a high powered motorbike. http://news.sky.com/story/1021719/mafia-shootout-in-italian-nursery-playground

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN GREECE - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.6 Region SOUTHERN GREECE Date time 2012-12-06 17:48:17.0 UTC Location 36.95 N ; 23.11 E Depth 10 km Distances 26 km NE Sikéa, Greece

bambi meets godzilla

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago

Havas - EuroRSCG - Metamorphosis

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 11 hours ago
*To mark Credit Suisse's sponsorship of a major new exhibition at the National Gallery created a short film inspired by Titian's famous painting of Diana and Actaeon. 'Metamorphosis Titian 2012' is a groundbreaking multi-arts project - involving contemporary artists Chris Ofili, Conrad Shawcross and Mark Wallinger in a unique collaboration with The Royal Ballet.* [source HAVAS oka Euro RSCG London] Actually, this was gonna be a rant along the lines of, "Do we really need the British Royal Family in today's so-called modern world?" I mean, at least Queen Beatrice of the Nether... more »

U.S. Navy to monitor N. Korea launch

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The Navy is moving some warships into position to monitor a possible upcoming North Korean launch of a long-range ballistic missile, U.S. Department of Defense officials said Thursday. The USS Benfold and the USS Fitzgerald - both guided missile destroyers - are moving into positions, although the Navy declined to give their exact location. They are being sent to monitor for a possible launch and "provide reassurance to allies," according two Defense Department officials. It's possible two additional ships will be sent in the next few days, the officials added. http://security.blog... more »

Military plane crashes in South African mountains

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A South African military plane crashed in the mountains as it headed to an airport near the rural hometown of Nelson Mandela, authorities said Thursday. A military spokesman declined to comment on the plane's mission or the number of people aboard, but said rescuers are searching for survivors. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/06/world/africa/south-africa-military-crash/

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 16:52:24 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 02:52:24 PM at epicenter Location 56.087°S, 27.400°W Depth 103.6 km (64.4 miles) Region SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION Distances 69 km (42 miles) N of Visokoi Island,

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake BOUVET ISLAND REGION - December 06, 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 15:46:50 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 03:46:50 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 54.039°S, 1.964°W Depth 18.7 km (11.6 miles) Region BOUVET ISLAND REGION Distances 349 km (216 miles) W of Bouvet Island, Bouvet Island

Silvio Berlusconi's party rebels in Italian Senate

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi's party has abstained from a confidence vote in the Senate, sparking warnings of a political crisis. Prime Minister Mario Monti's government won the vote, but Mr Berlusconi's PDL party reportedly threatened to repeat its rebellion in the lower house. Mr Berlusconi earlier hinted he might run again in elections next year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20632870

Will The ConservaDems Vote With The GOP Or With The Democrats When Push Comes To Shove On The Grand Bargain?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
I have to admit that I was a little surprised when I saw that so many of the very worst Blue Dogs in Congress had signed Pelosi's discharge petition Tuesday. The petition would force a straight-up vote of the House floor to renew tax breaks for everyone's first $250,000 in income. The GOP is balking because it doesn't renew the Bush tax cuts on income above $250,000. But most Blue Dogs signed on, on day one-- the 8 Blue Dogs who were defeated for reelection or forced to resign: Dan Boren (OK), Mike Ross (AR), Health Shuler (NC), Larry Kissell (NC), Tim Holden (PA), Ben Chandler (K... more »

Hearsay and reliability

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
R. v. P.G., 2012 ONCA 859 has a helpful analysis of the reliability requirement of the principled approach to hearsay: [27] The principled approach to hearsay evidence focuses on whether there is some fact or circumstance that "compensates for, or stands in the stead of" the safeguards of reliability that exist when a witness gives first-hand evidence in the court room, namely, that the witness: (1) testifies under oath; (2) is present before the trier of fact to facilitate assessment of credibility; and (3) is subject to being tested by cross-examination: see *R. v. B.(K.G.... more »

Old, Old Senate Update

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
There are plenty of interesting things about today's major bombshell of Jim DeMint resigning his Senate seat to run Heritage. It ties in a bit with what I was talking about yesterday...well, it's just a very interesting development. He's been an important Senator, and so this choice is fascinating. But while I'm thinking about what to say about all that, I'll pause first for one of my favorite obsessions: the aging of the Senate. Yup, this is probably a good one. DeMint is 61, born in September 1951. The Hotline's Reid Wilson has already compiled a list of possible replacements (So... more »

carolyn egan: we will leave no woman behind

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago
On this day of remembrance of women lost to violence, here is Carolyn Egan, a woman I am proud to call friend and comrade, accepting the the Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women.

Christopher Weatherhead guilty of Anonymous web attacks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Christopher Weatherhead, a 22-year-old British student, has been convicted for taking part in cyber-attacks carried out by Anonymous. He and three others were arrested over attacks on Paypal, Mastercard, Visa and the BPI as part of "Operation Payback". http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/british-student-found-guilty-of-anonymous-web-attacks-1117576

Israel continues slide in corruption perception poll

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Israelis perceive their public sector as increasingly corrupt, according to a global index released Wednesday by the Peace Index. Israel ranked at number 39 in the world, continuing the country's slide, as Israeli confidence in the public sector fell to its lowest level in 16 years. http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=294924

Egypt army erects barriers at Cairo presidential palace

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The Egyptian army has set up barricades outside the presidential palace, after ordering protesters to leave the area. It follows violent overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi that left five people dead and 644 injured. Most protesters left the palace by the 15:00 (13:00 GMT) deadline, though some opposition activists remained. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20622233

Julianna Goldman, wishing and hoping!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012* *Praying for painful cuts:* Last night, Charlie Rose began his program with Julianna Goldman, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. Goldman interviewed Obama on Tuesday. Charlie was debriefing his guest about this session. Goldman is a major comer—in fact, she’s already arrived. In October 2010, she was even named one of “The Power 30 Under 30” by The Apex Society, “an invitation-only, young professionals club based in New York City.” On its web site, Apex explains its lofty ideals. Click here, prepare to cringe: APEX SOCIETY: The Apex Societ... more »

Tiernos gatitos durmiendo en un gorrito navideño

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Perrito cruzando un charco de agua

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Osborne Denies 'Fiddling' Mini-Budget Figures

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Chancellor George Osborne has denied "fiddling" the borrowing figures in his bleak mini-budget. In his Autumn Statement to the Commons on Wednesday, he said that borrowing would fall this year. But it quickly emerged that he had included the anticipated income from the sale of the 4G mobile phone spectrum, and without it borrowing would be up by £2bn. http://news.sky.com/story/1021503/osborne-denies-fiddling-mini-budget-figures

Bosque nevado - Paisajes de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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the fix is in

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago

3D Felt Trees for the Kids to Decorate Over and Over

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
If your kids are anything like mine, they won't leave the Christmas tree alone. That beautiful tree is a symbol of the season. A symbol of excitement and my little girl wants to decorate it over and over again. She was beginning to drive me a little crazy. I tried to make her a little felt tree to decorate, but she hated that it was flat and not really all that tree-like. She wanted a tree that stood up like a real tree, so I set about making it happen. These trees are really pretty simple. No sewing in involved just some scissors and glue. You will need: foam cones ( I ended up... more »

FILM / Jonah Raskin :'Searching for Sugar Man'

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
Searching for Sugar Man: The Sixties surface, again Rodriquez is himself a Sixties survivor. His songs capture the mood of the late 1960s and the early 1970s. They reflect the anger, the aspirations, and the despair of the era. By Jonah Raskin / The Rag Blog / December 6, 2012 When the musician known simply as Rodriguez appeared on the David Letterman Show in August 2012, dressed in a

Bank Profits Illusory

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
*"Banks Profits Up 6.6%" by Alan Zibel Dec 5, 2012 p. C3 The Wall Street Journal* [Excerpted] "Total profit of $37.6 billion, was up 6.6% or $2.3 billion, from the same quarter a year earlier.... *...*Banks are able to book gains by selling off refinanced loans to federally controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac... ...In recent quarters, the industry has drawn most of its earnings improvements from small provisions to cover bad loans, and officials had flagged the trend as a concern. But in the third quarter, provisions for loan losses fell by 20.6%, to $14.8 billi... more »

Mujer saltando de alegria en un campo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Creativos regalos de navidad color morado

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Why Progressive Republicans Are A Figment of America's Imagination (Currently)

My buddy Tom Degan has written an almost poignant (no, not really) historical essay about why looking for progressives in Republican circles today is even more of a lost cause than the South ever "risin' again." Hope you enjoy it. Dwight David Eisenhower is another Republican whose name is never mentioned by his political heirs. I wonder why? "Should any political party attempt to abolish

what i'm reading: the ghost map by steven johnson

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago
Since quitting my horrible job, I've discovered that I actually *can* read for myself during the school term. I can't read as much as I'd like to, but then, I never can. It was still amazing, in the middle of a school term, to put my feet up and read a book. I've just finished a wonderful nonfiction book which I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys history, especially the history of science: *The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World* by Steven Johnson. The book's website is here, and the author's websit... more »

Asian cities’ air quality getting worse, experts warn

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: New Delhi is enveloped by a blanket of smog, caused by a mixture of pollution and fog. Air pollution has worsened markedly in Asian cities in recent years and presents a growing threat to human health, according to experts at a conference that began on 6 December 2012. Pollution levels in 70 percent of the cities in China, India, Bangladesh and Mongolia exceed even the most lenient of several targets recommended by the W.H.O., said Clean Air Asia. Altaf Qadri / Associated Press] By BETTINA WASSENER 5 December 2012 HONG KONG (The New York Times) – Air pollution has worsened... more »

Republicans Block Ratification of UN Treaty on Disabilities

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
US Senate Fails to Ratify UN Treaty on Disabilities By Michael Mathes, Agence France-Presse 05 December 12 http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/328-121/14866-us-senate-fails-to-ratify-un-treaty-on-disabilities[Excerpted] The US Senate failed to ratify the UN convention protecting the rights of the disabled, prompting disappointment from the White House over Republican blockage of the treaty. Lawmakers voted 61-38 in favor of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification of a treaty whose approval ... more »

Camino hacia el lago en las montañas verdes

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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Some Good News On The Vaccine Front: Vaccine Myths Unravelling - 600 % Increase In Number Of Parents Refusing Vaccinations For Their Children In Australia!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
Last week, when I was suffering from Sinusitis, I went to the local Pharmacy to pick up some medicine to alleviate the headaches I was getting. The Pharmacy had a sign up that said "Sign up for your Flu Shot and get $5 groceries for free!" .. I thought to myself as I was shaking my head in disbelief... How the hell can people here in Canada continue to fall for this horrendous scam? Don't people here realize they are putting poisons into their bodies? But there appears to be some good news on the fight against vaccinations after all... According to this latest report from the Nat... more »

David Warren Brubeck (December 6, 1920 - December 5, 2012)

Southern Man at Southern Man - 13 hours ago
Jazz legend Dave Brubeck passed on yesterday, one day shy of his 82nd birthday. His quartet re-wrote the rules of jazz in the fifties and sixties and he continued to perform well into old age. In tribute, here are a few clips of this great man of music.

Naranjas con esferas de colores y formas diferentes

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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Anon at aangirfan - 13 hours ago
*Max Clifford (centre) Website for this image* On 6 December 2012, UK police investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal arrested PR guru Max Clifford on suspicion of sexual offences, it has been reported. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ *Cowell (left)* Max Clifford's clients have included Simon Cowell. One of Cowell's friends was Jonathan King - jailed in 2001 for sexually assaulting five teenage boys. Louis Theroux told Cowell: "Word on the street is that you're gay." On American Idol, host Ryan Seacrest told the audience that Cowell's favourite song was Village People's ... more »

What Talking Filibuster Reformers Are Missing

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
Sahil Kapur over at TPM today has a very optimistic reading of the Merkley/Udall talking filibuster plan. As he tells it, the talking filibuster plan they are considering would "dramatically weaken what is currently an ironclad 60-vote requirement to move to a final vote on legislation without the unanimous consent of the Senate." I have a new piece up at TAP looking at reform in general, and I'm much more pessimistic about that part of the reform package. Well, I don't know if optimist/pessimist is the correct description here, but the point is that Senate reformers believe their ... more »

When the Asian Growth Model Starts to Stumble, or how Korea could go like Japan if it’s not careful

Robert Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
Newsweek Japan asked me for an long-form essay on Korea’s economy for its December 5 issue (cover story to the left). Here is the link in Japanese, but I thought it would be useful to publish the original, untranslated version as well. (If you actually want the Japanese language version, email me for it please.) Continue reading
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