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Thursday, December 6, 2012

6 December - Blogs I'm Following

"The Search for Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 minutes 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 - 3 minutes ago
Syrians Used as Political Pawns | Interview with Webster Tarpley

Deck the Halls

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 7 minutes ago
Not quite fair to Keynesianism, but fun nonetheless:

One less lunatic on Capitol Hill - Jim DeMint resigns

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 minutes 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 - 9 minutes 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 15:27 to me 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” who wou... more »

Friday Morning Ramble: ‘Gangnam Style’ edition

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 minutes 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 - 23 minutes 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 - 25 minutes 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 - 35 minutes 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 - 55 minutes 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 - 59 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 hours ago

Havas - EuroRSCG - Metamorphosis

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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! - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 »

Driving School for Dogs

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 3 hours ago
Look out cats.

Tiernos gatitos durmiendo en un gorrito navideño

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 3 hours ago
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Perrito cruzando un charco de agua

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 3 hours ago
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Osborne Denies 'Fiddling' Mini-Budget Figures

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 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 - 3 hours ago
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the fix is in

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

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

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 hours ago
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Creativos regalos de navidad color morado

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 hours ago
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Anon at aangirfan - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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

I Shall Name Thee... David

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 4 hours ago
A couple of days ago,* American Zen* arrived in the mail. It's a novel on which I'd been working intermittently since March 18, 2008, although the drafting phase only took 120 days flat (if only they could *all* be that easy). The CreateSpace folks gave me exactly what I'd sent, proofed and approved and any faults I completely own. It's a high-quality production with a nice, glossy cover (albeit at a coffee table-sized 8x10). What I can't understand is, why didn't I feel the sense of elation that I predicted I'd feel on seeing one of my novels professionally printed and b... more »

Tsuruga Plant Madness

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 4 hours ago
Within Japan there is considerable pressure by the utilities and many industries to resume the operations of the nuclear power plants to reduce energy costs. The drive for profit may be prioritized over public safety. We see this in no other area so strikingly as in the push to re-start nuclear reactors that may reside on active faults. NRA may assess Tsuruga plant fissures. NHK 12/5/2012 https://www.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121205_39.html [excerpted] "An NRA official and 4 experts conducted the 2-day survey at the plant this month to determine whether a fissure directly under on... more »

BUDGET BABEL: Kessler details The Facts!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 4 hours ago
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012* *Part 3—Still hazy after all these years:* How well do We the People understand our current budget debate, involving the so-called fiscal cliff? Did you even have to ask? Drum delivers the news: DRUM (12/4/12): More polling fun: *Business Insider conducted an internet survey that asked people what would happen to the deficit if we go over the fiscal cliff. Nearly half thought the deficit would increase.* The correct answer, of course, is that the fiscal cliff involves tax increases and spending cuts, which would dramatically reduce the deficit. Accordin... more »

Fine not available for breach of a conditional sentence order

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
* R. v. Netser*, 2012 NUCA 06 is a source for the proposition that a fine is not an available disposition for breach of a conditional sentence: [2] The parties agree that the imposition of a fine is not one of the penalties authorized by section 742.6(9) of the Criminal Code (See also R v Tran, 2007 ABCA 172 (CanLII), 2007 ABCA 172, [2007] AJ No 524).

Paul Toner: From TURNcoat to Collaborator

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
collaborate: To cooperate treasonably, as with an enemy occupation force in one's country. Since it became widely known (here, here, and here) that he was a kingpin in the Eli Broad-sponsored Teachers Union Reform Network (TURN), Paul Toner has pivoted and become the chief collaborator with the other wing of the corporate party, this one sponsored by Bill Gates. Toner recently had a piece at a WBUR's site advising President Obama to keep on doing what he is doing, which, of course, is what the Business Roundtable has been trying to do for the past quarter century at least: shut ... more »

Aljazeera counters the fantasy of Obama Tribal Nations Conference

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
*By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Aljazeera responded to Censored News article, 'The Uninvited: The White House Tribal Nations Conference.' Aljazeera's guest Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, countered the superficial summit, and the voice of Obama politics and the fantasy of wealthy politicians. This program reveals how easy it is for wealthy politicians to support Obama, even in Indian country, and attempt to use the media for influence peddling. After the program, Ofelia said, "True sovereignty is misinterpreted by the tribal leaders who sit there wi... more »

Thurs 13 Dec: Seminar on "The Myth of Greater China? Hong Kong as a prototype of Taiwan for reunification"

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
This came into my mailbox: *++++++++++++++* Dear all: The Taiwan Research Programme at the London School of Economics is pleased to announce a new Seminar on Taiwan in Comparative Persective. All are welcome to attend, please see details below. Regards Dr Fang-Long Shih Co-Director, LSE Taiwan Research Programme Title: The Myth of Greater China? Hong Kong as a prototype of Taiwan for reunification.... Speaker: Ms Jeanette Ka-yee Yuen (National Sun Yat-Sen University) Date: Thursday 13 December 2012, 6pm-8pm Venue: Room TW1.2.01, Tower One, London School of Economics (LSE) Chai... more »

doctors vs jason kenney: the fight continues

laura k at wmtc - 6 hours ago
The Harper Government continues to scapegoat the most vulnerable among us, demonizing refugee claimants, denying them due process, forcing them out of Canada. Yesterday we heard that four people arrested at the border were part of a human smuggling ring. Peter Showler, director of the Refugee Forum at the University of Ottawa and the former head of the IRB, says: What we are looking at here is people who may very well be valid refugee claimants who will be in jail for more than six months; people who may very well be victims of discrimination, if not persecution, and they will have ... more »

Thursday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
Last Monday President Obama reiterated that Syrian use of chemical weapons would cross a US red line. Today brings multiple reports of the Syrian military preparing for their use. The government claims to have retaken two of Damascus’ suburbs, but the consensus certainly seems to be that the tide is turning against the Assad regime. Continue reading

Respect the Traditions of Parliament

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 6 hours ago
Call me a deluded, reactionary fool, oh ye anarchists! But I believe that our parliamentary traditions are the best chance we've got for achieving peaceful change. They should be engaged with, worked with, to bring genuine democracy nearer. It would be the height of foolishness to allow them to be trashed. Playing the same old game isn't going to do it. Don't get me wrong. I'm not talking like some fucking "liberal progressive" or "moderate social democrat" who believes that mitigating the "excesses" of capitalism is the best that can ever be humanly hoped for. Not that sort of "ar... more »

Max Clifford Arrested By Savile Detectives

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Publicist Max Clifford has been arrested by police investigating sexual abuse claims against Jimmy Savile, it has emerged. The 69-year-old is being held by detectives working on Operation Yewtree, a probe into historic sex offences. Mr Clifford is the sixth person to be questioned as part of the Metropolitan Police investigation. Scotland Yard has not named the man it revealed it had arrested as part of the operation shortly after 7.30am. http://news.sky.com/story/1021671/max-clifford-arrested-by-savile-detectives

Your Mission: To Destroy ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
Great article yesterda*y *on Truthout.* * Points out some of the most common nastiness known as the ALEC – in one quick read. Snips about ALEC from: *ALEC in Chains * had been instrumental in initiating “Stand Your Ground” legislation, the law that has been used to shield shooters from prosecution the organization faced intense criticism “over its role in advancing laws that make it harder to vote, that criminalize immigrants, protect corporations from civil liability, thwart environmental regulations, and cut holes in the social safety net -- all while enjoying tax-exempt ‘chari... more »

Clinton/Lavrov "surprise" meeting. Iskander to counter Patriot?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
Started out today, intending to post nothing. Just answer comments. My mistake is reading the news. So here we go.....Washington Post: *Here is the headline-Clinton, Russian foreign minister to meet on Syria** * *The spin: * In a potential sign that Russia’s support of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be softening, Moscow’s top diplomat will meet jointly Thursday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the United Nations envoy for Syria, a senior State Department official said. *Then there is the rest of it* The State Department official gave no exact agenda... more »

Justin Amash (R-MI) Rages Against The Machine... For Real, Not The Phony Paul Ryan Way

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Not really-- unless they meant Justin Amash's & Tim Huelskamp's jobs Soon after Alan Grayson was reelected I mentioned to him that now that his bipartisan pal Ron Paul was retiring, he might look up a young, independent-minded libertarian congressman from western Michigan, Justin Amash. Earlier this year we saw that Amash, who was reelected, was perhaps the *only* Republican running anywhere who was actually *better* than his Democratic opponent. But that isn't why I was suggesting Grayson look him up. Amash is wrong on a *lot* of basic stuff-- as Ron Paul was-- but, like Paul, he's ... more »

Heritage Foundation Loony – Goes Loony

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
You gotta read this article and watch the videos. This is pretty amazing – composure is not longer a word in the "wrongies" vocabulary. (I refuse to use the word righties - cause they are not correct/right - they are wrong.) Posted on HuffPo (my emphasis) WASHINGTON -- A conservative scholar at the Heritage Foundation, Edmund F. Haislmaier, attacked a nonprofit employee Tuesday morning in a hotel where both men were attending an event sponsored by the Campaign to Fix the Debt. The incident, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel downtown, occurred after Burke Stansbury, of the Seattle-based n... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*CORPS: Reveal Locations of 80-Plus Floodwalls with "Performance Concerns" -PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION ~Levees.org* *So Unsavory A Smell, Part 2*

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Peter Buck, 56. A small taste of the good stuff: 1. If you don't want to read all about the extended vote for Speaker in 1923, you probably are reading the wrong blog right now anyway. Great post by Jeffery Jenkins at the Monkey Cage. 2. Ed Kilgore notes that California isn't behaving the way conservatives want it to. 3. And Andrew Sprung knows where Democrats could find some budget savings.

Iran tanker signals mask Syria ship movements

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Iranian oil tankers are sending incorrect satellite signals that confuse global tracking systems and appear to conceal voyages made by other ships to Syria, which, like Iran, is subject to international sanctions. The two countries are close allies and have helped each other deal with shortages by swapping badly needed fuels such as gasoline for diesel. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/06/us-syria-iran-tracking-idUSBRE8B50KX20121206

ACTION Item: Tell the Senate: No cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid

2old2care at Because I Can - 7 hours ago
Just because we had a victory on November 6th - doesn't mean we can sit back and gloat. Still lots of work to be done - still lots of Repuglican nastiness out there. Remember what happened in 2010. Tell the Senate: No cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits, and no tax cuts for the wealthy. Democrats just won big at the ballot box, with President Obama crushing Mitt Romney and Democrats winning more seats in both the House and Senate. But Congress is headed for a major showdown over federal spending before the end of the year. *↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓* Sign the petition The... more »

Link Established Between Top Anti-Anxiety Drug and Dementia by Elizabeth Renter

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
 Source http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/25/alzheimers-memory-loss-reversed_n_1911962.html  Link Established Between Top Anti-Anxiety Drug and Dementiaby Elizabeth Renter Natural Society, 6 December 2012 Benzodiazepines are some of the most widely prescribed pharmaceuticals in the world. In the U.S. alone, there are fifteen kinds of benzos, commonly prescribed for anxiety and sleeplessness. They have a calming and tranquilizing effect. But *French scientists* recently found they will do much more than calm you down—they could increase your risk of dementia. The stud... more »

The Price Of Power

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 7 hours ago
The prime directive of any good journalist should be the people's right to know. But consider the saga of Peter Kent. Lawrence Martin writes that Kent, a member of The Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame, has been in the forefront of those who make sure Canadian scientists don't talk to journalists: The latest example of such muzzling concerns David Tarasick a researcher in Kent's ministry who is the co-author of a study on the ozone whole over the Arctic. Tarasick had offered to discuss his findings with the press: It’s the type of story that Kent once pursued avidly for the CB... more »

Syria says chemical scare "pretext for intervention"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Western powers are whipping up fears of a fateful move to the use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war as a "pretext for intervention", President Bashar al-Assad's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday. He spoke as Germany's cabinet approved stationing Patriot anti-missile batteries on Turkey's border with Syria, a step requiring deployment of NATO troops that Syria fears could permit imposition of a no-fly zone over its territory. "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 c... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 7 hours ago
*Mayor Landrieu has harsh words for council president on Sewage and Water Board rate increase* *Sewerage Board details plan to double bills over 8 years ~Danny Monteverde* *Powerball and pot: A peek behind the scenes at Slabbed* *Congress seeks information from Grand Isle Shipyard regarding deadly platform fire* *New Orleans Ninth-Ward Bayou Needs Funds To Bounce Back ~Susan Buchanan*

'Mega-Mosque' Proposal Rejected By London Council

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A proposal to build one of the UK's biggest mosques with a capacity for almost 10,000 worshippers has been rejected by planning chiefs in east London. Just over six hectares in size, they said the proposed mosque building was "too big" and would have an impact on important historic buildings nearby. The new mosque would have been three times the size of St Paul's Cathedral http://news.sky.com/story/1021555/mega-mosque-proposal-rejected-by-council

Egyptian army issues protesters with an ultimatum to get out or be moved.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The Egyptian army has issued an ultimatum to protesters to move away from the presidential palace, or they will clear the area. The announcement follows the deployment of tanks around the complex after a night of running street battles in which five people were killed and as many as 600 injured. The decision followed a meeting between the President, Mohamed Morsi, his defence minister and other members of the government. In a statement, the Republican Guard said that after “unfortunate events” around the palace it was “banning the gathering of any demonstrations in the vicinity of... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 10:26:19 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 06:26:19 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.946°N, 126.686°E Depth 35.1 km (21.8 miles) Region PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION Distances 94 km (58 miles) E of Sulangan, Philippines

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 10:17:35 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 07:17:35 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.461°N, 140.719°E Depth 67.5 km (41.9 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 13 km (8 miles) E of Funaishikawa, Japan

Marx and Digital Goods

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 8 hours ago
Is Marx still useful for understanding those sectors of the economy that are entirely digital. i.e. Focused on the production, exchange and consumption of virtual goods? It's been niggling me since hearing a paper that touched on the subject at this event four years ago, but more about that in a moment. In this empiricist critical appreciation of Marx, John Lanchester suggests digital goods present a difficulty. For Marx, the different values commodities possess comes down to the quantities of socially necessary labour congealed inside them. The bottle of vitamins I have on my tabl... more »

Conservatives consider loosening firearms restrictions

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago
This is not a good idea. *I do not have a problem with guns* -- they are an integral part of Canada's history and living heritage. That said there is really no reason for ordinary citizens to have access to assault weapons or handguns. More, even totally legitimate guns (shotguns for example) must be treated with respect and governed closely. I am dealing with a tragic matter presently where easy access to weapons turned what could have been a punch up between young men into death and terror for an entire community. Let's be cautious about loosening the gun laws -- Canada's murd... more »

Holiday Toy Drive for Children in The Gulf of Mexico

GULF COAST WIDE HOLIDAY TOY AND GIFT CARD DRIVE FOR HURRICANE ISAAC AND BP OIL DISASTER SURVIVORS Now to December 21 In collaboration with The Mother's Project, Plenty International, Coastal Women for Change, the Mississippi Coalition for Vietnamese American Fisher Folks and Families, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, the Alabama Fishery Cooperative, Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing, Lower Mississippi River Keeper, Pointe-au-Chien Tribe and the Isle de Jean Charles band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, The Fron... more »

Working Farmer Style (Gagnam Parody)

LYRICS by The Peterson Farm Brothers "We are the Peterson Farm Bros, and we're farming and we grow it We love agriculture, and we want the world to know it Farming is a way of life with many different flavors Being stewards of the gifts God gave us Out here on the farm, We're running green John Deere Tractors Out here on the farm, We work in many weather factors Out here on the farm, We're working hard to raise your food Out here on the farm. On the family farm. Agriculture, is so important to me, (and should be to you) HAY! It feeds the world and will never ever cease to be, We n... more »

Muslim rage is an odd thing

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago

The DARPA Vacuum

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 11 hours ago
*December 6, 2012* (LD) - A conscious, pragmatic movement, as well informed as it is technically competent, pursuing advanced localism, post-scarcityand the reduction of disparity, elitism, insidiously imposed social engineering, and economic interdependency, has little to fear as it moves forward. However, as the paradigm-shift exists now - there lacks any clear vision for the future, or situational awareness of the present. Makerspaces, hackerspaces, community labs, and open source collaborations of all varieties run the risk of being subtly manipulated, their good intentions and... more »

If I Honestly Think People Suck As Badly As I Do, Why Do I Do This?

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 11 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe I don't like people. I'm a misanthrope. I'm totally honest about that. I've told that to a room full of people. To support myself, I quoted one Samuel Clemens: "The more I know about people, the more I like my dog." So why fight for the interests of these sorry, cock-sucking losers? Good question. I recall something that former Oklahoma Sen. Fred Harris more or less said: That populism, as we know it in current times, is simply a more enlightened form of self-interest. I subscribe to a *70% theory.* To wit: About 70% of humans are too fucking stupid to bother with... more »

Rebels bomb Syrian Red Crescent HQ in capital: Syria TV

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
An explosion in front of the Damascus headquarters for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) killed at least one person on Thursday, Syrian state television said. Syria TV said "terrorists from al Qaeda" blew up an improvised explosive device in a car, causing damage to the SARC building. State media often refers to the rebels trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad as al Qaeda terrorists. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/06/us-syria-crisis-bomb-idUSBRE8B50AM20121206

Amazon's billion-dollar tax shield

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
In 2005, Amazon rented a historic five-storey building in Luxembourg's Grund quarter, right at the bottom of a steep rock-walled valley below the old town. By setting up in Luxembourg, and channelling sales through its units there, the world's biggest online retailer could minimize corporate taxes. It was a move with big financial consequences. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/06/us-tax-amazon-idUSBRE8B50AR20121206

What is background independence and how important is it?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Bugmenot asked: 1. What is background independence and how important is it? 2. In order to be a theory of everything, will the final string-theory/m-theory have to be background independent? 3. Does the current lack of background independence show string theory is currently NOT a theory of everything? My understanding from Wikipedia is that the ADS/CFT shows hopeful hints. Are there any recent papers that have made progress in this direction? I've tried google but get haven't been able to get a definitive answer to this question. I found this interesting... more »

Think You Don't Live in a Conservative/Liberal/New Democrat Petro-State? Think Again.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
If you don't believe your political party of choice is selling out your grandkids and their kids you had better ask yourself why you could possibly believe that. The fossil fuelers have their ear and they're eager for the message. It come down to this. We have what is a surplus of the cleanest fossil fuels available if we're to have even the slimmest remaining hope of avoiding civilization-ending climate change and yet neither the Conservatives, nor the Liberals, nor the New Democrats will steer Canada away from full-bore exploitation of our high-carbon fossil fuel resources. And ... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
*Cuban bus -http://www.flickr.com/photo* Cuba had its 'revolution', but it was the CIA that put Castro into power. Cuba did not really become 'free'. *Rafi Eitan, the Israeli spymaster, "is Castro's business partner and the largest land-owner (of stolen land) in Cuba. "Israel is ... one of the leading foreign investors in Cuba, with private Jewish businessmen involving themselves in everything from Cuban citrus exports to real-estate projects." interview by Haaretz. How Zionist Pirates Hijacked America. Castro is a Sephardic Jew.* What about the Bay of Pigs invasion? It was made ... more »

The Books That Came In From The Cold

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 12 hours ago
Just published four more ebooks from award winning author Deric Londgen and already selling on Kindle store! So we now have 7 of Deric's book including the award winning BAFTA and EMMY titles that spawned those memorable films 'Lost For Words' staring the late Dame Thora Hird and Pete Postlewaite and 'wide Eyed and Leggless' or as it was re titled in US 'Diana's Story' staring Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent. They join some twelve of Aileen Armitage's romantic historic novels set in and around the Yorkshire town of Huddersfield. What have we learnt from this small and reward... more »

Don't Mind The Propaganda, The CIA-Jihadist Alliance Is Still Rock Solid

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
The Islamist nature of the violent uprising against the Syrian government has been suppressed in the Western narrative of the conflict in order to convince the Western public that the rebels are fighting for a worthy cause. But it is the leaders of the rebels who are destroying the romantic view of their struggle as portrayed in the morally bankrupt establishment media. Islamist leaders who are leading the rebels' fight against Assad are saying openly that they plan to establish an Islamic dictatorship in Syria after the West helps them overthrow their secular nemesis. Paul Joseph W... more »

Israel moves ahead with E1 settlement plans

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Israel moved forward on Wednesday with plans to build some 3,000 settler homes in one of the most sensitive areas of the occupied West Bank, in defiance of international protests. A Defence Ministry official said architects and contractors appeared before a subcommittee of the military-run Civil Administration in the West Bank and registered their plans for construction in the E1 corridor near Jerusalem, a preliminary step before any building permits are issued. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/us-palestinians-israel-settlements-idUSBRE8B40PJ20121205

Lebanon: Five killed in Tripoli flare-up

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
At least five people have been killed and more than 40 injured since Tuesday morning as clashes continue in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli between neighborhoods divided over the Syrian conflict. The five victims were all killed by sniper fire during the latest flare up between residents in the working class neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabaneh and Jabal Mohsen. http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=24123

New Buried Asteroid Impact Crater Discovered in Canada

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
This crater at five miles is much smaller that the Yucatan event which was 110 miles across. It still produced an awful mess and sent a powerful shock wave around the globe. Slowly but surely we are beginning to unearth these old craters. We know looking at other bodies, that plenty more are out there. Were glaciation did not take place, and sediments accumulated, we have ideal collection country. The Great Plains is one such. Detailed mapping could give us a true measure of event frequency. *New Buried Asteroid Impact Crater Discovered in Canada* *BY NAD... more »

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
This item is not that much use, but it is where we start. The problem with heart disease is that it is a chronic developing condition that is internal. The problem is that we have a limited ability to sense even pain internally and what signals you do get cannot be trusted. You will not understand this in the middle of a heart attack In the meantime a heart attack is a sudden onset event. That means first time heartburn is not a good thing, nor other strange pains in peripheral arteries. Please run to the hospital after you take your aspirin. If you have the standard indic... more »

Smart Scaffolding For Tissue Rebuild

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
This is extraordinary work. We looking at effective protocols for dentine replacement to start with. This is the low hanging fruit for this method. Then getting enamel production is another problem but this is a fantastic start. Growing enamel could also be blended with carbon nano tubes to make a hugely wear resistant surface. The next trick though is to provide a ready framework for the outright healing of spinal cords and other nerves. The fact it is mentioned at all suggests that a clear pathway is seen. Thus we could be well on the way to eliminate the worse sources ... more »


arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
This is an insightful discussion of evil and how we struggle to understand it. From the human perspective evil is something we must always work with and against with a well developed sense of right and wrong. Yet that is a profoundly nearsighted perspective. The greater perspective is that all evil serves to temper and develop your perception of self even it is is ultimately terminal. Yet if there is a GOD, this is of no consequence whatsoever. You will exit life and possibly return for more testing. It is not evil to suffer evil. It is evil to accept evil and act on i... more »

George Osborne slashes corporation tax AGAIN! screwing smaller businesses

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The Institute of Directors wants corporation tax to drop to 15 per cent. But experts warned yesterday of a sting in the tail of the corporation tax cut through a crippling back-door tax hike in business rates. Each year, the increase in business rates, which comes into force in April, is linked to the previous September’s RPI figure, which was 2.6 per cent. The massive increase will hit businesses, particularly small shops – many of which are struggling to survive. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2243726/The-UK-open-business--3bn-cut-slashes-corporation-tax-lowest-rate-major-... more »

Deutsche Bank 'hid $12BILLION in losses during financial crisis,' claims by former employees

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Deutsche Bank hid $12 billion in losses during the financial crisis, when it was considered to be one of the few banks strong enough to whether the recession without government assistance, according to the claims of three former employees who filed complaints with U.S. securities regulators. The employees allege that Deutsche used improper accounting maneuvers to manipulate data and misrepresent $12 billion in losses on credit derivatives, the Financial Times reported, citing sources familiar with the complaints. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2243817/Deutsche-Bank-hid-12... more »

Philippines finds elderly survivor after typhoon kills 332

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Rescue workers found a 77-year-old man alive on Thursday who had survived on coconuts for two days after a powerful typhoon ravaged the south of the Philippines killing 332 people, with hundreds missing. A group of rescue volunteers lifted Carlos Agang to safety after they found him, in a tattered shirt with a fractured leg and bruises, clinging to a boulder by a river in New Bataan town in Compostela Valley, the province worst hit by typhoon Botha. "I can't believe it. I didn't expect to see people survive two days after they were swept by flood and mud," fire volunteer Mark Roman ... more »

Egypt crisis: Tanks deployed after fatal Cairo clashes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The Egyptian army has deployed tanks and armoured troop carriers outside the presidential palace in Cairo after clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi. The streets of the capital are now reported to be calm following the earlier violence that left at least three people dead and hundreds injured. Egypt is seeing growing unrest over a controversial draft constitution. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20622233

Naeem Davis Arrested Over NYC Subway Murder

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
New York City police have arrested a homeless man over the death of a man who was pushed onto subway tracks and photographed just before a train struck him. Naeem Davis, 30, was taken into custody on Tuesday after a security video showed a man fitting his description working with street vendors near the Rockefeller Center. Police said Davis made statements implicating himself in the death of father-of-one Ki Suk Han. http://news.sky.com/story/1021271/subway-push-suspect-charged-over-nyc-murder

Philippines Typhoon Bopha: Deadly Scale Becomes Clear

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The number of people killed in the Philippines typhoon may rise as high as 500. Rescuers and recovery teams are continuing to discover devastated communities in remote regions of Mindanao Island. Typhoon Bopha hit the east of Mindanao, far south of the capital Manila, at dawn on Tuesday morning. http://news.sky.com/story/1021411/philippines-typhoon-deadly-scale-becomes-clear

John McAfee Arrested By Guatemalan Police

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee has been arrested by Guatemalan police for entering the country illegally. The 67-year-old was detained at a hotel in Guatemala City with the help of Interpol agents. He entered the country over the weekend with his 20-year-old girlfriend Sam Venegas after going on the run following the murder of his neighbour in Belize last month. Police spokesman Pablo Castillo said the software pioneer could be deported within hours to Belize or repatriated to the US. http://news.sky.com/story/1021401/john-mcafee-arrested-by-guatemalan-police

New Zealand: Hundreds Flee Freak Tornado

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A rare tornado has swept through New Zealand's largest city killing three people and forcing 250 more to leave their homes. Seven people are being treated in hospital in Auckland after the tornado struck at lunchtime. Local media reports say two of the dead were killed when a concrete slab landed on a truck. http://news.sky.com/story/1021425/new-zealand-tornado-hundreds-flee-storm

Four Dead After Ships Collide In North Sea

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Four crew members have died and seven are missing after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast. "We can confirm that four bodies have been found, along with 13 people rescued alive," said Coast Guard spokesman Marcel Oldenburger. An air and sea rescue operation involving several helicopters, two navy patrol ships and even one of the ships involved in the collision has now been suspended. http://news.sky.com/story/1021362/four-dead-after-ships-collide-in-north-sea

Aaron Greenz - Global Domination with Lyrics

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
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Almost half of Fukushima children now have thyroid disorders from radiation poisoning, officials blame ‘too much seafood’

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Thousands of Japanese children from Fukushima and the nearby areas have been diagnosed with cysts and nodules on their thyroid glands. So far, 41.1 percent of 57,000 tested have shown these early warnings of potential thyroid cancer. Even worse, four out of five Fukushima evacuees have been observed with developing thyroid abnormalities. It’s not just iodide isotopes with their relatively short radioactive half-lives that can penetrate thyroid glands, cesium-37 isotopes with longer half-lives can too. http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/12/04/almost-half-of-fukushima-children-now-ha... more »

Why Is the Media Ignoring the Mass Sinkholes Popping Up Around the Country?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Have you heard of the massive sinkholes popping up around the nation? Flammable craters spanning acres wide and leaking radiation, monster sinkholes described as ‘apocalyptic’ have forced residents out of homes, expelled radiation into the environment, and are now ushering in concerns about serious Earth changes in the near future. If you’ve heard of these sinkholes, chances are it has been from the alternative media. http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/12/05/why-is-the-media-ignoring-the-mass-sinkholes-popping-up-around-the-country/

20 Shocking Examples Of How Sadistic And Cruel People Have Become

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
#1 Down in Florida, authorities recently discovered four cats that had been shoved into sandwich bags and stuffed into a freezer. Fortunately, three of the cats were still breathing when they were rescued, but the fourth cat did not make it. #2 Animal welfare workers recently found 11 puppies that were dead and that had been skinned in a park in eastern Pennsylvania. #3 Down along the Gulf of Mexico, authorities have been coming across a substantial number of dolphins that have “gunshot wounds, cuts and missing jaws“. Authorities believe that there is a group of people out there on ... more »

In Panicky Russia, It’s Official: End of World Is Not Near

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
There are scattered reports of unusual behavior from across Russia’s nine time zones. Inmates in a women’s prison near the Chinese border are said to have experienced a “collective mass psychosis” so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them. In a factory town east of Moscow, panicked citizens stripped shelves of matches, kerosene, sugar and candles. A huge Mayan-style archway is being built — out of ice — on Karl Marx Street in Chelyabinsk in the south. For those not schooled in New Age prophecy, there are rumors the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, when a 5,125-ye... more »

UFO Sightings, December 21, 2012 Theories: Is The World Ending? Is 'Doomsday Mountain' Your Best Bet?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
UFO sightings and the end date of December 21, 2012 have people across the globe getting prepared for what some are calling "the end of the world" in just sixteen days time. Are you ready? Apparently, 12/21/12 is going to be an end-all for the current civilization on planet earth and though NASA and the US government has come out to debunk the theories, it appears not many are listening. People are flocking to underground shelters, learning how to survive without power and water and in some cases, leaving everything behind to move to the tiny village at the base of "Doomsday mounta... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 06:30:41 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 12:30:41 AM at epicenter Location 13.748°N, 92.375°W Depth 35.1 km (21.8 miles) Region OFFSHORE GUATEMALA Distances 91 km (56 miles) S (191°) from Suchiate, Chiapas, Mexico

Bird Flu case found in Nepali capital

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A case of bird flu or the H5N1 virus has been found in the Nepali capital Kathmandu on Tuesday. The bird flu was found in less than six months after the government of Nepal declared Nepal a bird flu free zone. The virus was located in a squatters’ area in Jadibuti at Kathmandu. More than 500 ducks and chicken have been destroyed after the news of the disease. http://www.nzweek.com/healthlifestyle/bird-flu-case-found-in-nepali-capital-34696/

Tornado strikes New Zealand city killing at Least 3 People

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Three people have been killed as a rare tornado ripped through western suburbs of the New Zealand city of Auckland. The tornado struck Hobsonville and Whenuapai on Thursday afternoon, uprooting trees and taking roofs off houses. One resident described the storm as "five minutes of utter devastation". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20621443

BBC promotion of the ‘targeting the media’ myth | BBC Watch

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago

Eight dead in earthquake in eastern Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
An earthquake measuring 5.5 in magnitude struck eastern Iran on Wednesday, killing eight people and injuring 12 others as emergency teams scrambled to rescue others and treat the injured, Iranian media reported. People fled their homes as the quake struck and brought walls and buildings down. But others were left trapped under rubble in villages across the district of Zohan in South Khorasan province, Fars news agency said. http://news.yahoo.com/magnitude-5-9-quake-hits-eastern-iran-u-181527636.html

WHO: 2 people in Jordan died from SARS-like coronavirus

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Two people who died in Jordan in April have been found to have been infected with the new virus from the same family as SARS which sparked a global alert in September, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The coronavirus, previously unknown in humans, has now been confirmed in a total of nine people in three countries in the Middle East region, including a Saudi who had severe acute respiratory illness last month, the United Nations agency said. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/12/03/who-2-people-in-jordan-died-from-sars-like-coronavirus/

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 06:11:51 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 04:11:51 PM at epicenter Location 5.014°S, 143.084°E Depth 142.8 km (88.7 miles) Region NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 52 km (32 miles) NNW of Porgera, Papua New Guinea

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 05:28:01 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 09:28:01 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 52.977°N, 132.393°W Depth 10.5 km (6.5 miles) Region QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION Distances 116 km (72 miles) S of Masset, Canada

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FLORES REGION, INDONESIA - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 04:09:07 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 12:09:07 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 8.388°S, 120.481°E Depth 43.6 km (27.1 miles) Region FLORES REGION, INDONESIA Distances 5 km (3 miles) ESE of Ruis, Indonesia

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 02:24:25 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 08:24:25 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 2.462°N, 90.435°E Depth 11.8 km (7.3 miles) Region OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA Distances 642 km (398 miles) WSW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SERAM, INDONESIA - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 01:15:15 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 10:15:15 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 2.880°S, 129.295°E Depth 41.7 km (25.9 miles) Region SERAM, INDONESIA Distances 65 km (40 miles) NE of Amahai, Indonesia

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 6th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 00:43:24 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 08:43:24 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 11.003°N, 126.618°E Depth 28.3 km (17.6 miles) Region PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION Distances 84 km (52 miles) E of Sulangan, Philippines

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 23:41:56 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 11:41:56 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 31.036°S, 177.571°W Depth 29.9 km (18.6 miles) Region KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION Distances 133 km (82 miles) ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 23:08:37 UTC Thursday, December 06, 2012 at 11:08:37 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.710°S, 178.933°W Depth 617.7 km (383.8 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 24 km (14 miles) WSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 5th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 22:49:38 UTC Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at 02:49:38 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.978°N, 126.382°W Depth 7.2 km (4.5 miles) (poorly constrained) Region OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Distances 226 km (140 miles) W (261°) from Mendocino, CA

RoboConduct Unbecoming : To Canada from North Dakota

Alison at Creekside - 15 hours ago
3 days before polls opened in the last federal election, Elections Canada officials were using the word "scam" to describe election irregularities, making this statement from the EC commish throwing in the towel two weeks after the election even before any investigation is begun all the more astonishing : Commissioner of Canada Elections May 16, 2011 "There was no conduct reported that would bring into question the integrity of the election result overall or the result in a particular riding. Although misconduct was reported in several ridings, there is no complaint that it affec... more »

Rule of Law 18: Why Nations Fail

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 15 hours ago
"Why Nations Fail", that's a book title written by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson (published 2012, 529 pages). Acemoglu is an economist from MIT while Robinson is a political scientist from Harvard University. Yesterday, I attended a half day conference, *Roundtable discussion on Why Nations Fail* with Dr. James Robinson himself as the main speaker, held at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City. The event was jointly sponsored by the Angara Center for Law and Economics and the World Bank. The room was full, many people were already standing at the back. The other speakers during t... more »

Adolf Hitler on race

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 15 hours ago
Video found via *JewishProblem.com*: *…I promise you I am quite free of all racial hatred: It is, in any case, undesirable that one race should mix with other races. Except for a few gratuitous successes, which I am prepared to admit, systematic cross-breeding has never produced good results. Its desire to remain racially pure is a proof of the vitality and good health of a race. Pride in one’s own race – and that does not imply contempt for other races – is also a normal and healthy sentiment. I have never regarded the Chinese or the Japanese as being inferior to ourselves. They ... more »

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
A million more votes were cast for Democrats running for Congress than for Republicans. When you include third party candidates, Democrats got 49.03% of the vote for House seats, Republicans got 48.15% and third-party candidates got 2.81%. If House seats were awarded proportionally the make-up of the House would be 213 Democrats, 209 Republicans and 13 independents. Instead there are no independents and the Democrats only have 201 seats. The dozen that slipped away, plus the 13 that would have gone to third-party candidates all went to the GOP, which has 234 seats in the next Cong... more »

Big Brother Denialism

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 16 hours ago
Both presidential campaigns got a lot of negative press this campaign season for the creepy Orwellian ways they were able to peer deep into the personal lives of millions of potential voters. The nerve centers of campaign HQs were sending volleys of synapses into the Great American Brainpan. I know, because my mind had been getting all jittery over the perpetual political horse race. Now, thank goodness, all is temporarily calm and bright in my own little corner of cyberspace. Blissfully gone are those days when I couldn't visit a web-page without the grinning face of Barack or the... more »

Shocking Article: Children Assessed For Their Future Tax Value!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 16 hours ago
Again, I have had many long conversations with my friend and colleague, Whitewraithe, (www.pragmaticwitness.com) over exactly what ails our world, and exactly what the criminal Jewish power elite is planning for both our destruction and our future enslavement. It sometimes is disheartening to think that these criminals are in the last stages of their plans, and there is now very little that can be done to stop them from unleashing their hell on Earth! I want to share a very important article, that comes from the Pragmatic Witness website, at www.pragmaticwitness.com, and is entitle... more »

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

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*Just picked up a Tokina 100mm macro lens. Sharp and built like a panzer, I'm going to have a ton of fun with it.* Well, you'd think the earth was crashing into the sun, anyway. FocusTaiwan rounded up some of the comments in the media on Tsinghua U's Chen Wei-ting scolding Minister of Education Chiang for being a hypocrite and a liar who never apologizes.... The staidly pro-KMT China Times was the most restrained and insightful: Renowned local writer Chang Ta-chun said the biggest problem of the students is not that they were being impolite but that it was their "empty" remarks th... more »

Lord of all he surveys

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago
From the centre all round to the sea I am lord of the fowl and the brute O Solitude! where are the charms That sages have seen in thy face? Better dwell in the midst of alarms, Than reign in this horrible place. From: The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk
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