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Friday, December 7, 2012

7 December - Blogs I`m Following II

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Sunday Classics preview: This 40-second piano-and-violin excerpt is one of my favorite musical moments

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 23 minutes ago
*by Ken* This roughly 40-second piano-and-violin excerpt is for me a cherished musical moment, so we've heard it four times -- in performances that are pretty different but all pretty fine, I think. (We're actually going to hear another performance I'm not so crazy about.) I thought I'd hold off a moment identifying, not just the performers but the music. I'd like to think that listeners who don't recognize the music may be just a little surprised to learn who wrote it. ** *HERE'S THE SAME AUDIO CLIP, BUT NOW WITH ALL THE PERFORMERS IDENTIFIED* (1) *Zino Francescatti, violin; ... more »

Day Of Infamy: Pearl Harbor - Roosevelt Knew!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 58 minutes ago
Seventy-one years ago this fateful day, 6 Japanese fleet carriers of the main Japanese Naval Strike force known as Kido Butai, launched 351 aircraft in two waves at the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii. The result of that attack was that 9 American World War I vintage Battleships were sunk or heavily damaged. There was also some 200+ American Army Airforce planes destroyed at 3 airbases on Oahu. The total death toll was just over 2,400 men, and women, of the American armed forces. It has long been seen as a "deliberate attack" by the Japanese Empire on the Uni... more »

Arizona Again

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*As you can tell by the (lack of) commentary I'm rather apathetic **about what I find in my Globe these days (when I even bother to read it): * "Racial profiling trial begins for Arizona sheriff; Latinos’ civil suit precursor to case by Justice Dept." by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press | July 20 2012 ** * PHOENIX — Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s anti-illegal immigration patrols in Arizona are taking center stage in federal court in Phoenix.... * *And there are the Blogger tools and HTML f***ing up again.* At a late June hearing, Tim Casey, who is defending Arpaio, said the sheriff wanted... more »

Photo gallery: The wake of Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Typhoon Bopha is shown moving toward the Philippines from the International Space Station, 2 December 2012. The typhoon slammed into the Davao region of the Philippines early on 4 Decemer 2012, killing hundreds and forcing more than 50,000 to flee from inundated villages. NASA / Associated Press] Typhoon Bopha, an incredibly powerful typhoon, has killed hundreds, triggered landslides and floods and left immeasurable destruction in its path in the Philippines. The death toll stands at over 500 – entire families washed away – many still missing. At least 200 of the victims d... more »

Report: Foreign Jihadis Infiltrate Syria and Fight in an Islamist-Infested Syrian "Revolution"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
In the video below, a leader of one of the Jihadist terrorist groups in Syria says the Taliban "is an example to follow." Yikes. He also said this about Osama Bin Laden: "God bless his soul." The CIA is financing these Jihadist terrorists who praise Bin Laden and hold up the Taliban as a model of good governance. This makes sense because the CIA created Bin Laden and the Taliban, *with Pakistan's ISI*. The groups that the governments of the United States, England, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar are supporting in Syria do not want freedom and democracy. They want to create ... more »

Japan poised to shoot down North Korean missile

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The Japanese government has ordered its military to shoot down the missile that is expected to be launched by North Korea as early as Monday. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9728806/Japan-poised-to-shoot-down-North-Korean-missile.html

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

December 7, 1941: "Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor?"* by Patrick J. Buchanan "On Dec. 8, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt took the rostrum before a joint session of Congress to ask for a declaration of war on Japan. A day earlier, at dawn, carrier-based Japanese aircraft had launched a sneak attack devastating the U.S. battle fleet at Pearl Harbor. Said ex-President Herbert Hoover, Republican statesman of the day, "We have only one job to do now, and that is to defeat Japan." But to friends, "the Chief" sent another message: "You and I know that this continuous putting pins in rattlesnakes finally got this... more »

Australian Islamist Cerantonio: We Must Fight the Infidels Militarily Until Caliphate Restored

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
This guy is an undercover intelligence spy/agent provocateur (there are a lot of those). Either that, or he is a dangerous fool who is using his position to rile up the masses of Muslims to wage war against the West. Instead of calling for the peaceful co-existence of cultures, ideas, and nations, he is calling for the restoration of a mythic Islamic Caliphate through violence. Hopefully no one in Australia actually takes this idiot and his words seriously. Source: MEMRI.

Great news - 4,500 people are going to lose their jobs

paul at Paying attention - 3 hours ago
My grandfather - my mother's dad - was proud of his 40-year pin from General Electric. There were a few years when he didn’t work, during the Depression. My grandmother served up food to the desperate men who showed up at the door, despite her family’s own hard times. But mostly, over more than four decades, Arthur Jones walked a long block down Lansdowne to the Davenport Works each day, came home for lunch, and went back in the afternoon. There was an implicit deal - do the job well, and GE’s managers would do their job well so you would continue to be employed. I thought about my g... more »

Nine degrees of conspiracy kookification: "The Attack of the Gay Muslim Kenyan Divorcee President"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* "It was both a good year and a bad one for conspiracy theories and theorists," says *The New Yorker*'s Alex Koppelman in a new blogpost, "2012: The Year of the Attack of the Gay Muslim Kenyan Divorcee President." For one thing, Neil Armstrong died. That was sad for many reasons; included among them is that now he'll never be able to reveal the secret about the moon landing. On the other hand, it was a Presidential-election year, a particularly fertile time for conspiracy theorizing. People are fixated on an enemy, and they just need to take the next step and imagine all o... more »

We Hear A Lot Of Hype About Premier Wall's 'Saskatchewan Advantage' - Here's The Reality: Case # 2

leftdog at Buckdog - 3 hours ago
Homeless man found frozen to death behind Prince Albert store*PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Social agencies say the freezing death of a man highlights the issue of homelessness in the northern Saskatchewan city of Prince Albert.* ***James Benjamin Roberts, who was 49, was found behind a Michaels store in a retail district on Tuesday. People who knew Roberts, also known as Ben Dahl, say he had no place to call his own.* * **Edna Bruce, manager of the YWCA’s Our House, says services for the homeless are barely skimming the surface of what is needed.* ***She said many people with no where to... more »

Video: Exxon hates your children

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
5 December 2012 (other98) – FINALLY: A TV ad that tells it like it is: EXXON HATES YOUR CHILDREN. Go to http://ExxonHatesYourChildren.com if you want to see it on national television! (And go straight to http://bit.ly/XuuWsK to donate.) What would YOU spend the $10 billion on instead? Exxon Hates Your Children via Tamino Technorati Tags: global warming,climate change,propaganda,corruption,oil production

China to flatten 700 mountains for new metropolis in the desert

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Lanzhou new area plan to begin with 'mountain-moving project', but financial and environmental wisdom of project questioned. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/06/china-flatten-mountain-lanzhou-new-area

Smith & Wesson Posts 48% Increase In Second Quarter Sales As Demand Surges For All Firearm Products

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/smith-wesson-posts-48-increase-second-quarter-sales-demand-surges-all

Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Schools in America are to drop classic books such as Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye from their curriculum in favour of 'informational texts'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9729383/Catcher-in-the-Rye-dropped-from-US-school-curriculum.html *Matt's thoughts:* This is precisely how one would use the educational system to create a police state. First, remove any and all ideas that foment rebellious thought (Catcher), or enforce justice (Mockingbird). Then, replace that information with rote, technocratic ideas that have no em... more »

Steve's Friday Night Special - China Gets Nexen

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 3 hours ago
Steve Harper, whose credibility is beyond shredded, is pledging to Canadians that he'll never, never, ever, ever let the Chinese government corner a chunk of the Tar Sands - except for this one time. Just this one. No more. Ever. Promise. Unless, of course, it's "exceptional." *While green-lighting the sale, Harper said the mounting wave of takeovers of Canada’s oilsands by foreign state-owned firms has gone far enough and will not be allowed to continue except in “exceptional” circumstances.* *“To be blunt, Canadians have not spent years reducing the ownership of sectors of th... more »

Musical Interlude: Live, "Overcome"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Live, "Overcome" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQrN4Ehu0EU

A contingent claim may fall into a bankrupt's estate

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
Newfoundland and Labrador *v.* AbitibiBowater Inc., 2012 SCC 67 deals with whether environmental claims by a provincial government fall into bankruptcy. In deciding the issue the Court held more generally that a claim may be asserted in insolvency proceedings even if it is contingent on an event that has not yet occurred. The criterion used by courts to determine whether a contingent claim will be included in the insolvency process is whether the event that has not yet occurred is too remote or speculative. The Court writes: [36] The criterion used by c... more »

He knows if you've been naughty

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
Being allergic to strict schedules, not committing to a daily seasonal post. But in an effort to get into the spirit of the season, I'll share the best of graphics that cross my screen in any given day. This one seems appropriate for the current news cycle. Next stop Lansing, Michigan. [Stuart Carlson cartoon]

Not for Vegetarians

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
My friend Paul S sent this to me. Thanks man! _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

"Why the Rich Immolate Themselves"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Why the Rich Immolate Themselves"* by Jeffrey Tucker "In the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, the American rich walked tall. They dressed the part. Top hats, canes, tails, spats, you name it. They built glorious mansions for all the world to see. They traveled in style, and did so publicly. They were profiled in popular magazines. Indeed, they were idolized and studied and emulated. Today, the rich are different. They wear jeans and sneakers and ratty-looking sweaters. If they build large homes, they make sure they are inaccessible and nearly invisible. They talk like the ... more »

Fukushima Watch: View Latest Nuckelchen Video

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 4 hours ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMLBqlse5eI There is SPREADING DARKNESS followed by ephemeral, pinkish-red eruptions in the area of unit 4. I say ALERT!

Elsewhere: 2016, Republicans, More

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
A few things from the last couple days: At PP, I wrote about Tom Mann, Norm Ornstein, and where the press failed in 2012. Yesterday, I brought up election mechanics reform, and urged people not to forget about it. At Greg's place on Wednesday, I noted that if liberals want Senate reform they should actively push for it. And at PP on Wednesday I did one about early 2016 polling compared with early 2016 reporting. I'm for the latter, but don't see much point to the former.

Globe Wants You to Die

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
"With *death and dying*, most Americans engage in a *conspiracy of silence*, surveys show, failing to discuss their final wishes until it is *too late*.* * * **Interestingly, the same could be said for a self-delusional newspaper industry and AmeriKan media. * A new Massachusetts-based coalition aims to change that. Called The Conversation Project, the national campaign encourages open and honest discussions among families and friends about how they want to live life at the end, so that their wishes will be followed.... * **And look who is leading the charge.* --more--"

“The Holy Hangman Still Kills”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Holy Hangman Still Kills”* by Jeffrey Tucker “Half of Americans think that government is their benefactor. The other half think it is a sworn enemy. Depending on the day and the issue, they can and do switch sides. These hydraulics are at work in the never-ending arguments about taxes, medical care, marijuana, education, war — you name it. This is how government pits one group against another in mutual pillaging, like primitive tribes of people who have yet to discover how to make stuff, trade, and get along. The struggle is tearing up civilization in an epic battle that n... more »

Verizon DVR Spies on Customers

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 5 hours ago
http://consciouslifenews.com/patented-new-dvrs-will-spy-owners-better-target-advertising-video/1144738/ Verizon has filed a patent for a DVR equipped with a microphone and motion sensors to record what its customers are doing. That means the television will be watching the viewers watching it. The idea is that Verizon could target advertisements to what their customer are doing while watching TV. The new technology has disturbing echoes of the George Orwell dystopia 1984. Liz Walh explains whether this new policy sits well with privacy advocates. For more on this topic, see: ... more »

Robert D. Skeels' Talk at Association of Raza Educators on December 6, 2012

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
LAUSD District 2 candidate Robert D. Skeels speaking, and the following roundtable discussion at the December 6, 2012 meeting of the Association of Raza Educators Los Angeles. The topic was 'Reclaiming Education is a Human Right during this era of Neoliberalism.' The talk was in preparation for the anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, celebrated on the December 10 of each year. [image: Robert D. Skeels and LAUSD Adult Ed Students at UTLA the night of his endorsement]

2012 Crossing Over - A New Film

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
This is a new film on December 21, 2012. It appears to be made by people from Indian Spiritual backgrounds. If you would like to buy a copy of this film the details are at YouTube.

A campaign whose time hasn't come

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 6 hours ago
Imagine the garbage ethos of 1950s-North America overlaid with the acute environmental sensitivity of the modern-day world, and you've got the Honduras dilemma. People are still dropping garbage on the streets here. They're chucking it out of the windows of their cars. Shredded plastic, rusted tin cans, chip bags and pop bottles are common sights along rivers and creeks, as are garbage-strewn spots along the road that residents without municipal garbage services have turned into dumps. Yet the country also has educated, affluent citizens influenced by the Internet, television and ... more »

Podcast No. 15: Interview with Barry Buzan

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
The fifteenth Duck of Minerva podcast features Barry Buzan. Professor Buzan discusses his academic and intellectual biography, his major works, and his ongoing projects. For additional background readers might consult the interview at Theory Talks or at the London School of Economics Department of International Relations blog. In short, Buzan is a toweringly influential figure in international relations Continue reading

Corruption-- A Culture, A Way Of Life... But We're Better Than Sudan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
I'm always arguing with my financial advisor about investing in Third World businesses. She's kept up a steady barrage for two decades that there are tremendous profits to be made in countries like India, China, Russia, South Africa, etc. My argument is that I've lived for years in the Third World and that I still travel in the Third World a lot and that if we can barely trust the U.S. stock market to be honest and transparent-- and "barely" is an extremely generous description-- then the stock markets in countries like India and businesses in countries like India, are absolute ces... more »

When Dr Elizabeth Plimpton stripped what did Leonard see? A Rule 5 Friday Post - NSFW

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Here's the Big Bang Theory scene I am referring to, as if you needed reminding And here's roughly what Leonard saw... The lovely Judy Greer from the film Adaption.

More derivative Beatles stuff

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 8 hours ago
*Quinn the Eskimo* When I said almost this is the proof. There is nothing out there remotely related to The Beatles in any way beginning with the letter Q. This is it, a fragment of a song from rehearsals in January 1969 for the abandoned concert. The song was written by Bob Dylan, originally recorded with The Band in what became The Basement Tapes. The Tapes… are an odd collection. The album was released eight years after the songs were recorded. They were laid down in the informal setting of The Big Pink, a country house in upstate New York. The recording was primitive too. Som... more »

Your daily jutxaposition

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
Unnamed sources and our useless establishment media edition. Compare and contrast. From (as Charlie Pierce calls them) Tiger Beat on the Potomac: Obama to take corporate cash for inauguration President Barack Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his Inauguration in January, reversing his position from his first Inauguration, according to two sources close to the planning. From the White House itself: Presidential Inaugural Committee unveils unprecedented limits on fundraising; Broadens public access The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced today that... more »

Shooting the Shit Will Make You Rich

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
*That's what the Boston Globe tells me.... * "The simple act of *sitting down and talking* about problems can be an *effective way to help people out of poverty*. Inspired by Weight Watchers, it has shown so much promise that the US Department of Labor recently awarded the nonprofit, The Neighborhood Developers, a $3 million grant." * **So where's my cut?* * **Also see: *Most laid-off workers take pay cuts in new jobs

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 7th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 19:50:21 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 05:50:21 AM at epicenter Location 7.633°S, 146.963°E Depth 118.9 km (73.9 miles) Region EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 98 km (61 miles) S (182°) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG

A College Like No Other

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 9 hours ago
"Hampshire College establishes a scholarship fund for students in the US illegally" by Peter Schworm | Globe Staff, August 23, 2012 Hampshire College, a private liberal arts college in ­Amherst, has created a *financial aid endowment* specifically *for students who are in the country illegally*, an unusually targeted response to the *divisive issue*of whether undocumented immigrants should ­receive college assistance. The *school, known for its progressive bent and alternative approach*, began soliciting donations for the fund from alumni, parents, and students earlier this year an... more »

Tea Party Jim DeMint stepping down as Senator to work for The Heritage Foundation proves rightwing media whistleblower David Brock of Media Matters RIGHT once again

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 9 hours ago
*David Brock of Media Matters years ago said The Heritage Foundation is part of the "vast rightwing media conspiracy", and Tea Party Jim DeMint steps down as senator to work for - you guessed it - THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION:* * * (my famous montage of rightwing media figures below, which Laura Ingraham happens to be in the middle and also happens to be a subject in this post:) Former rightwing "news" figure David Brock, who turned whistleblower on rightwing media and started the rightwing media watchdog group MediaMattersForAmerica.org, wrote a book years ago that greatly influenced m... more »

Globe's Kindergarten Class

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 9 hours ago
"Boston scrambles to accommodate an influx of kindergartners" by James Vaznis | Globe Staff, August 24, 2012 More than 300 kindergartners in Boston do not know which school they will attend this fall as the city’s school system confronts rising demand in some neighborhoods and a shortage of seats. The predicament, just weeks before classes begin, prompted the Boston School Department this month to add two kindergarten classrooms in East ­Boston and one each in Dorchester and the South End, as well as to hire several teachers at the last minute.... --more--"

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 7th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude M 5.0 Region NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Date time 2012-12-07 19:25:01.0 UTC Location 40.97 N ; 142.83 E Depth 45 km Distances 120 km NE Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan

Friday Petty Complaining 2

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
I mention earlier that the Washington Post hasn't updated their election statistics. It's not just the Post. Here's the New York Times election map, which has the same erroneous 62M votes for Obama that WaPo has. So does Politico. Real Clear Politics has the 2.8% number. Fox News has 62M Obama votes. And CBS News. CNN, at least, takes a middle ground. They haven't updated, but they don't feature a national vote total that I could find, and each of their state totals includes the date and time it was last updated. That's not great (they're some 2M votes behind in California, for exam... more »

Leave that plant alone

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 9 hours ago
A lot of people flagging Charlie Savage's piece on rumors the DOJ will be cracking down on Colorado and Washington state over the recently passed citizen initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana use. Not sure this is even real. There's a lot of words like "might be considering" here but I'll join the Greek chorus to say, if it's true, it's the dumbest, idea, ever. Andrew thinks Obama should advocate for re-classifying pot out of Schedule One. A worthy project but I don't think Obama should be spending political capital on that either. It would likely lead to a media frenzy t... more »

Kate Prank Call: DJs Suspended After Nurse Death

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The radio presenters who made a prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge have been suspended from their show after a nurse involved was found dead. Mel Greig and Michael Christian were said to be "deeply shocked" by the tragedy, which has provoked an angry backlash against them on the internet. The pair, who work for 2Day FM in Australia, and the radio station's parent company Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) decided together that they should stay off air. http://news.sky.com/story/1022350/kate-prank-call-djs-dropped-after-death

The Alien Who Spoke Russian and the Corkscrew-Shaped Antenna

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 9 hours ago
*The Alien Who Spoke Russian and the Corkscrew-Shaped Antenna* *By Paco Mañez – La Cara Oculta de los Ovnis* On 20 October 1954, Louis Ujvari, 40, a native of Slovakia, got on his bicycle and pedaled away from home. After 10 years in the French Foreign Legion, he had lived in France with his wife and five children for 3 years, specifically in the town of Le Bas in a small, isolated farm near the picturesque road from Saint-Remy to the Fraispertuis Valley. His work shift began at three o’clock in the morning at the Derey works, a construction materials firm, in the town of Eti... more »

David Icke Debunked

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

Robert Patrick Hoffman II arrested after 'attempting to hand over Navy's secrets to FBI agents posing as Russian spies'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Former U.S. Navy submarine warfare specialist Robert Patrick Hoffman II was arrested Thursday morning on charges of turning over classified information to undercover FBI agents posing as representatives of the Russian Federation. Hoffman, 39, of Virginia, allegedly gave the agents information on how to track U.S. submarines. He faces life in prison if convicted. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244374/Submarine-expert-arrested-attempting-hand-Navys-secrets-FBI-agents-posing-Russian-spies.html

U.S. ignites another 'Cold War' as Senate passes Magnitsky Law targeting Russian corruption

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Congress ignited outrage in Moscow on Thursday by voting to empower the U.S. to punish Russians implicated in human rights abuses. The Senate approved the measure, which has already passed the House of Representatives, in a sweeping 92-to-4 vote. As it was originally crafted, the legislation was meant to strengthen U.S. relations with Russia by finally lifting Cold War-era restrictions on trade relations. The restrictions were adopted in the 1970s as a means of punishing Communist countries. Without them, trade with Russia is expected to double. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar... more »

Organics, Pesticides and Health Risk

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
Environmental Health Perspectives this month features an article outlining limitations of the recent Stanford study that claimed no nutritional benefits from consuming organics. The Stanford study results were reported in The New York Times here. I posted about the story, as it was reported in the NYT, when it was published because the reporting and the study seemed biased Majia's Blog: New York Times MISSES the Point on Organics Sep 05, 2012 Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce by Kenneth Change Sep 3, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/s... more »

Exercises in Futility

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
1) Naming and calling your cat. 2) "Trying to apply reason to one who has renounced it." 3) Rooting for the Cubs. 4) Trying to work with Republicans instead of what we ought to be doing, which is putting the puss of every one on a wanted poster, unleashing Dog the Bounty Hunter on them and outlawing them out of existence. Although I'd also settle for siccing on them Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. If the endlessly comical sight of Mitch McConnell filibustering his own bill yesterday, which led Majority Leader Harry Reid to rightly characterize the Republican Party as being unable ... more »

Reasons in Family Law

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Titova v. Titov, 2012 ONCA 864, released today, makes it clear that reasons are as important and necessary in family law cases as elsewhere: [29] The requirement that a judge give reasons for decision is clear. It is an inherent aspect of the discharge of a judge's responsibilities. See R. v. Sheppard 2002 SCC 26. As Binnie J. noted at para. 24 of Sheppard: [T]he requirement of reasons is tied to their purpose and the purpose varies with the context. At the trial level, the reasons justify and explain the result. The losing party knows why he or she has lost. Informed consideratio... more »

A Question of Trust

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 10 hours ago
This post is about the tragic story about a nurse in England who may have committed suicide because she was prank called by two DJs People on Twitter quickly starting debating the morality of this story and whether or not the Australian DJs are morally culpable for the nurse's apparent suicide over their prank. It was fascinating to see the various arguments put forth, and it was the ones that

Friday Petty Complaining 1

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
Yes, this is petty. But so what? He deserves it. Charles Krauthammer: This is entirely about politics. It’s Phase 2 of the 2012 campaign. The election returned him to office. The fiscal cliff negotiations are designed to break the Republican opposition and grant him political supremacy, something he thinks he earned with his landslide 2.8-point victory margin on Election Day. "Landslide 2.8 point victory"? Well, no. Krauthammer does link to the WaPo election map, but it hasn't been updated. David Wasserman's spreadsheet, however, tells us that Barack Obama's lead over Mitt Romney ... more »

Bradley Manning: Unlawful Treatment | Interview with Alexa O'Brien

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
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6.3 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND - 7th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 6.3 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 18:19:08 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 07:19:08 AM at epicenter Location 38.334°S, 176.044°E Depth 167.2 km (103.9 miles) Region NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND Distances 32 km (20 miles) SW (221°) from Rotorua, New Zealand

Nine out of 10 knife yobs don't go to prison with 20% escaping with just a caution

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Nine out of 10 youths caught in possession of a knife walk free without being locked up, new figures show. The number receiving a caution for possession of a knife has also fallen with the lowest form of formal police action being accepted by 20 per cent (875 cases) of those caught carrying bladed weapons. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244396/Nine-10-knife-yobs-dont-prison-20-escaping-just-caution.html

Apocalypse: Advice Issued For End Of The World

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
British authorities have insisted they are prepared for the looming apocalypse and have issued advice on how to cope. In the event that the world ends on December 21, the public should check the car, fit a smoke alarm and learn to make a fire. The helpful advice follows an official US government blog this week which insisted that "the world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012". http://news.sky.com/story/1022272/apocalypse-advice-issued-for-end-of-the-world

Egypt: Protesters 'Breach' Palace Barricade

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Egyptian protesters have broken through a barbed wire barricade outside the presidential palace in the capital Cairo, according to reports. Thousands of protesters had gathered outside the palace following a night of clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday. After forcing their way through, some protesters climbed onto army tanks and began waving flags, Reuters said. http://news.sky.com/story/1022186/egypt-protesters-breach-palace-barricade

Just another brick in the (pay) wall

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 11 hours ago
Apparently digital ad revenues are down so pay walls are back in fashion among the online news sites. The rush to brick up the open doors appears to be predicated on NYT's success with the tiered model. Word has it WaPo is seriously considering going to pay wall next year. It's not that I don't want them to make money for their work but I'm guessing if everyone does it, most likely it will lead to news consumers re-evaluating the worth of their product. I agree with this guy: What pay walls are reminding me of is that time is my most valuable (or scarce) resource, not access to co... more »

Susan "Genocide" Rice: Is Susan Rice "Bad for Congo"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
Critics say Susan Rice is not "Secretary of State" material, but they couldn't be more wrong. Rice's record of defending mass murder and blacking out the truth qualifies her for this prestigious position. The Secretary of State has always been filled by genocidal freaks and mass murderers such as Madeleine Albright *who defended the killing of 500,000 Iraqi children* by the United States government. So, is Susan Rice "bad for Congo"? Was the Black Death bad for Europe? Was the Great Flood bad for Mesopotamia? Is Susan Rice "Bad for Congo" - Source: The Real News.

Kate Prank Call: Online Backlash At DJs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A fierce online storm has been sparked by the death of a nurse who was the subject of a prank call by two DJs about the Duchess of Cambridge. Furious demands were made for the presenters, who work for 2Day FM in Australia, to resign and for the recording of the hoax to be removed from the radio station's website. http://news.sky.com/story/1022350/kate-prank-call-online-backlash-at-djs

US boy, 7, pieces together his parents' dismantled gun and shoots his eight-year-old sister

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A seven-year-old boy accidentally shot his eight-year-old sister in the arm after he managed to open a lock box and put together a dismantled gun. Police say the youngster inadvertently fired at his sister while playing with the weapon at home in the West Oak Lane area of Philadelphia at around 10.40am on Thursday. The gun was stored in a lock box at the home of the children's grandparents, but the boy managed to get hold of the keys, open it up and put it together. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244454/Boy-seven-pieces-parents-dismantled-gun-shoots-year-old-sister.html

Kiaran Stapleton holds prison vicar hostage after losing appeal against whole life sentence

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A self-proclaimed 'psycho' killer who laughed as he shot a stranger in the head has tried to take his prison chaplain hostage after his appeal against a life sentence failed. Kiaran Stapleton, who bragged 'I can do 30 years standing on my head', wanted to seek revenge in an attack at Full Sutton prison near York. In October Stapleton pleaded to have his jail term reduced, despite saying he whiles away his days in 'the best cell on the wing' waiting for his favourite soaps to begin while stuffing himself with sweets. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244467/Psycho-killer-laugh... more »

Now Leveson wants new laws to regulate internet: Judge's broadside at Twitter and Google as he calls for end of web 'mob rule'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Lord Justice Leveson has today called for new laws to 'civilise' 'mob rule' on the internet during a £620-a-ticket Australian lecture on privacy in the media. Warning of 'trial by Twitter' the judge said the internet allows people to make damaging personal accusations and give victims 'unending punishment, and no prospect of rehabilitation, via Google’. A prank call by Australian radio presenters who got a condition report from the Duchess of Cambridge's nurse by pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles proved a need for new privacy laws, he added. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/n... more »

Joe Pitts And Grover... Sittin' In A Tree

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
We'll be learning a lot more about how Joe Pitts males America a worse place this year In our post from Tuesday discussing the benefits that some congressional candidates reap for staying committed to changing Washington through running for office a second time, we also mentioned another type of commitment... like the one to Grover Norquist that so many Republican House members just can’t seem to shake. One of those members in particular has been caught red-handed in trying to kiss up to Grover and he did it while in the well of Congress just so he made sure it was on the record. A... more »

World's biggest trees dying 'alarmingly' fast

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/12/07/big-trees-dying.html

State laying groundwork for managed bankruptcy for Detroit

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121207/OPINION03/212070365/State-laying-groundwork-managed-bankruptcy-Detroit?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

British Columbia is Booming Only In the Spin Zone

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
Fresh from the Straight Good`s truth zone... Canada adds 59,000 jobs in November, B.C. job numbers steady Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/economy/Canada+adds+59000+jobs+November+numbers+steady/7666420/story.html#ixzz2EO7rkiuu I`m not talking about that Vancouver Sun headline, I`m talking about the facts on the ground, Christy Clark`s jobs/propaganda campaign, and of course, the Vancouver Sun and Global BC`s pimping for Liberals campaign, and you can throw Daryll Bricker of Ipsos Reid and Vaughn Palmer into the bought spin zone mix too.. Vaughn Palmer in his last co... more »

Brujas adornando el arbol de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Sentada en una banca en temporada de otoño

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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America's Mini-Civil Wars

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
There's one brewing in the midwest, another raging in the southeast and a third building in the southwest. They're regional, inter-state conflicts over distribution of dwindling groundwater resources. In the southeast, the Army Corps of Engineers is under simultaneous attack by lawsuits from Georgia, Florida and Alabama, each state accusing the Corps of unfairly giving too much of their shared water resource to the others. It's a situation that could well worsen quickly as sea level rise begins to impact freshwater reserves including the Everglades. In the southwest, it's the C... more »

Osito con luz colgado en un arbol de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Padre e hijo dando un paseo a su mascota

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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2012: The end of Earth’s Arctic Era

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: Times have changed: Over a century ago Robert Peary explored a very different Arctic. The 2012 record ice melts in Greenland and the Arctic ocean aren't flukes, but confirmation that the Arctic is racing ahead into a new and unknown climate state, said top US climate scientists on 6 December 2012. NOAA's People Collection] By Larry O'Hanlon 6 December 2012 This year's record ice melts in Greenland and the Arctic ocean aren't flukes, but confirmation that the Arctic is racing ahead into a new and unknown climate state, said top US climate scientists today. The announceme... more »

Rebels circle Damascus airport; Russia, U.S. downbeat

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared Damascus International Airport a battle zone on Friday, while Moscow and Washington both sounded glum about the prospects of a diplomatic push to end the conflict. Fighting around the capital city has intensified over the past week, and Western officials have begun speaking about faster change on the ground in a 20-month-old conflict that has killed 40,000 people. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/07/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20121207

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 7th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 16:18:42 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 02:18:42 AM at epicenter Location 37.707°N, 143.877°E Depth 32.6 km (20.3 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 269 km (167 miles) ESE (102°) from Sendai, Honshu, Japan

Interesting question

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 12 hours ago
A similar question could be asked of nearly every single person sitting on Capitol Hill. [graphic via] Nearly all of them accrue significant nest eggs while they're in office and they leave their political careers with secure lifetime benefits far beyond what ordinary working people could even imagine. Pretty easy to then call for painful cuts to what were supposed to be guaranteed benefits to the people who paid for them over a lifetime when they aren't the ones who are going to feel the pain.

Wonder How A Truly Warlike Economy Looks? (A National Disgrace)

Oh yes it is. This is not a story about America's insanely bloated "defense" budget. It is not a story about the bent priorities this nation has come to accept; to wit: more than half of every dollar collected in taxes goes to warfare and spying, a multi-trillion dollar industry, while we reel through national "debates" about cutting health care benefits for old people and closing schools

Tipos de adornos de navidad - Arbol de navidad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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The Occult Globalist Banksters That Control The U.S. Govt. Put Lenin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, And Khomeini In Power

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
"Our government and the British government, not just the robber barons, funded Lenin to take over. That's mainline history. Our government put Mao in. That's now declassified. Our government helped put Hitler in. And why do they do that? Why are they putting Al-Qaeda in Libya and Syria? Why are they putting Al Qaeda-lite, the Muslim Brotherhood? It's backing the folks in Gaza, no matter which side of that you're on, because they're going to put the crazies in charge everywhere and then they're going to kill them. And then they're going to let the crazies attack us so the government c... more »

YouTube embed code changed?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 12 hours ago
YouTube is apparently experimenting with new page-layouts and embed codes. Since a few days it is -except for - impossible to embed and run their videos from blogs, like this one. Also from the Wordpress world many complaints are coming. It's a pity that these 'experiments' (if any) prevent using uploaded YouTube materials. Maybe it's becoming time to find another video librarian? Let us wait and see if the below 3 examples of an embedded YT someday start working again... In a few hours the old code started to work, see below James Corbett about DARPA. Very interesting! ... more »

Old Pesticide Manufacturing Site Has Imminent Cleanup

By: Duane Craig Contaminated land on Whiteford Road in Whiteford, Md., nears a cleanup, according to this article. The soil on the site is laced with arsenic left behind from a chemical and fertilizer manufacturer. Up until 1976, the manufacturer released waste from its mixing operations into a pond on the property. The waste then flowed through a ditch and into a nearby stream. While the chemical operation stopped using the pond in the 1970s, the adjacent packing company continued to use it for years afterward. On the soil’s surface, arsenic has been recorded at 459 parts per bill... more »

Camino por las zonas verdes del bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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British Nurse Hoaxed by Australian Radio DJs Takes Own Life

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Jacintha Saldanha was on duty when two Aussie DJs tricked her into thinking they were the Queen and Prince Charles calling for an update on the Duchess of Cambridge. Saldanha put the call through to a duty nurse who divulged confidential, intimate information about the expectant royal. Just before 9:30, London time, this morning Saldanha was found unconscious. She died shortly afterward from an apparent suicide. A spokesman for St. James Palace said at no time did the palace complain but, instead, offered its full support to the nurses. Saldanha was a married mother of two.

The Storm is Brewing ...

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
It's taken far too long. But more and more, you'll notice that the harpercon trolls are starting to mutter rather than bray like jackasses. More and more, people are saying: "How long are we supposed to endure this?" More and more, Canadians (the sane, intelligent ones) are getting fed up with the ridiculous nonsense of the harper regime. As a people, we will NOT tolerate the blatant theft of the electoral process. Canadians are an apathetic lot. And when they're not apathetic, they're patient. Canadians have been waiting for some sort of official response to the disputed May 2011 ... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 7th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 16:11:56 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 02:11:56 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.810°N, 143.741°E Depth 34.9 km (21.7 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 224 km (139 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

Jacintha Saldanha Commits Suicide after Taking Prank Call from Australian DJs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A nurse working at the hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, who was duped by a prank phone call, has died in a suspected suicide. Jacintha Saldanha, who has worked at the hospital for four years, was found dead at an address near King Edward VII's hospital in London on Friday morning. The hospital confirmed she had been the victim of a hoax phone call in which two Australian DJs phoned up about Kate, who was being treated for severe morning sickness. http://news.sky.com/story/1022287/royal-prank-call-nurse-commits-suicide

Una estrella fugaz en el nacimiento de Jesus

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Loud Rumbling Sounds in Southern Wisconsin, USA

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
These noises were heard on Saturday September 01, 2012. These rumbling noises went on and off from 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. It was not fighter jets, no thunder, not a train, and all labor day festivities were done by 10:30 p.m. You may need to turn your speakers up to listen.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 7th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 16:01:54 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 02:01:54 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.723°N, 143.868°E Depth 30.7 km (19.1 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 238 km (147 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

Graph of the Day: Value of Logs and Sawn Timber Imports Into China From All Countries, 2000-2011

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: Value (US$) of logs and sawn timber imports into China from all countries, 2000-2011. EIA, 2012] China is now the biggest importer, exporter, and consumer of illegal timber in the world. Its footprint impacts vital forest ecosystems ranging from neighbouring countries such as Myanmar to remote areas of Africa. With domestic forests incapable of meeting surging demand, China has a gaping and growing timber deficit that can only be filled by imports. In 2011, China imported a massive 180 million cubic metres (RWE), a three-fold increase since 2000. Recently, supply restrict... more »

Pesticide in Tap Water Linked to Increased Food Allergies

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Pesticide-Chemical in Tap Water Linked to Increase in Food Allergies By Mike Barrett, Natural Society 06 December 12 http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/14893-pesticide-chemical-in-tap-water-linked-to-increase-in-food-allergies [Excerpted] Using government data, researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology sought out to find the potential link between pesticides and food allergies. They were particularly interested in dichlorophenols, a class of chemical compounds encompassing the well-known herbicide used in Agent Orange, 2,4-D. For their rese... more »

M408: Sheer Cynical Posturing

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 13 hours ago
At Rabble today, Joyce Arthur has a terrific article on the newest fetus fetishist gambit, Motion 408, to condemn sex selective abortion. She makes a bunch of excellent points, including this unintentional revelation of what they really think of those murderous sluts poor coerced women. Warawa wants Parliament to "condemn this worst form of discrimination against females," which he calls "gender violence -- gendercide." But women are the ones having sex-selection abortions, which means Warawa is accusing women of violence and gendercide -- and courtesy of MP Stella Ambler -- "atro... more »

COMING CRISIS ALERT: Syrian "intervention", military invasion imminent -- December 7, 2012

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*The Coming Crisis now has sufficient information to make the announcement that a military invasion of Syria is likely to happen sometime soon. Various nations, including the United States, Great Britain, France, and Russia have stationed fleets off the Syrian coast containing thousands of marines, carriers and air forces. Arab nations are also preparing their military forces for the intervention, with Saudi Arabia moving its troops to the border, and the smaller nations preparing their air power. This may very well lead into a direct conflict with Iran and Hezbollah, although the d... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 7th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 15:15:31 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 01:15:31 AM at epicenter Location 37.800°N, 143.850°E Depth 35.8 km (22.2 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 233 km (144 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan 233 km (144 miles) SE of Ofunato, Japan

We Hear A Lot Of Hype About Premier Wall's 'Saskatchewan Advantage' - Here's The Reality: Case # 1

leftdog at Buckdog - 13 hours ago
Regina homeless man too sick for shelter, not sick enough for hospitalization REGINA — *The executive director of Carmichael Outreach worries Regina’s homeless population will fall through the cracks this winter, after her calls for help Thursday went unanswered.* *Danielle Goulden made eight calls to six different health-care branches when a homeless man who Goulden described as severely incontinent and in declining health showed up at Carmichael in the morning.* *Each one referred her to another. The man’s story calls into question what services are available for those who are to... more »

Paris: NATO-Arab Syria intervention imminent

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*More here:* http://www.debka.com/article/22594/Paris-NATO-Arab-Syria-intervention-imminent

Show Some Respect

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 13 hours ago
No sooner has it been announced that the nurse who took *that* prank radio call was found dead earlier today, the Twitterati have been piling in with the glee of the ignorant and the self righteous. Quite possibly the worst contribution I've seen is the following (I've kept the author anonymous to protect him from his own stupidity). He wrote "I hope those Australian DJs have a guilty conscience for the rest of their lives. Disgusting. #RIP" No doubt the DJs in question will thanks to the efforts of dumb, callous comments like this. You've got to ask what going on in someone's head... more »

Nasa releases stunning satellite images of the Earth at night

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*View entire amazing gallery here:* http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-releases-stunning-satellite-images-of-the-earth-at-night-8389372.html

Africa’s lion population plummets by two thirds in 50 years, study finds

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: This lioness was killed on 20 June 2012, along with her sister and four cubs in Sholinge, Kenya, just outside Nairobi National Park. The lionesses had gone into a cattle area to teach the cubs to hunt. Nickson Parmisa / Wildlife Direct] By Miguel Llanos, NBC News 6 December 2012 Africa's lions are running out of habitat and some populations, especially those in West Africa, are running toward extinction, according to a study published Tuesday. Using new satellite data, a research team at Duke University found that about 75 percent of Africa's savannahs were fragmented by ... more »

Cat parasite toxoplasma uses 'Trojan horse' to infect human brain and may cause suicidal thoughts and risk-taking

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/cat-parasite-toxoplasma-uses-trojan-horse-to-infect-human-brain-and-may-cause-suicidal-thoughts-and-risktaking-8390165.html

Power, Politics and Sorcery in Latin America

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 14 hours ago
*Power, Politics and Sorcery in Latin America* *By Scott Corrales (c) 2012* In July 2009, the notorious “Wonkette” blog published a story that made the rounds of the Internet with the speed of a stray neutrino: Mrs. Marian Robinson – better known to the whole world as President Barack Obama’s mother-in-law, was supposedly a practitioner of “Afro Hispanic magic” (Santería). The report, sourced to Jane Mayer of Townhall, indicated that the then newly-sworn-in head of state was livid at discovering that Mrs. Robinson was actively practicing her devotions within the hall... more »

Dutch to Send Turkey 2 Patriot Systems

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
The Dutch government approved a NATO request Friday to send two batteries of Patriot missile defense systems to Turkey, following in Germany's footsteps, Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said. Parliament must sign off on the Cabinet decision, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte's two-party coalition has a comfortable majority in the 150-seat lower house, so the vote is expected to be a formality. The Dutch decision comes a day after Germany agreed to send two Patriot batteries and troops to Turkey's southern border with Syria at NATO's request. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireSt... more »

Royal Prank Call Receptionist 'Kills Herself'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
The receptionist who put through a prank call at the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge is understood to have committed suicide. The woman, was the first to pick up the phone to the Australian DJs pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, and put the call through to the nurse caring for the Duchess. http://news.sky.com/story/1022287/royal-prank-call-receptionist-commits-suicide

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 7th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 14:32:17 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 12:32:17 AM at epicenter Location 37.762°N, 143.637°E Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 247 km (154 miles) ESE (102°) from Sendai, Honshu, Japan

The All New, New Transatlantic Pivot – Trade

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
This is a guest post by Sean Kay. Professor Kay is chair of the International Studies program and professor of politics at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is also Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. He has written extensively on NATO and Europe, with his most recent book, Global Continue reading

The Deceptive, Destructive ALEC Mechanism

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
In an article released on PRWatch – the truly destructive and horrific process of the ALEC legislative process is revealed. Many might read it and think - ti's the same old, same old - BUT IT IS NOT. New information released in this article - creates a new lens by which to judge the actions of your ALEC legislators. (My emphasis) All legislators who are ALEC Task Force members *are eligible for generous offers of flights and hotel rooms from the Task Force Scholarship Fund*, *paid for by the task force’s corporate members*. *How do legislators earn the privilege of task force m... more »
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