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Saturday, December 8, 2012

8 December - Blogs I'm Following II

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Are The House Democrats Already Doomed For 2014?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 seconds ago
[Before we get started this evening, let me just mention that the last congressional race of 2012 was a run-off today in Louisiana's 3rd congressional district pitting two conservative Republicans, "Lord" Charles Boustany, the Establishment candidate, and teabagger Jeff Landry. Democrats were allowed to vote but both Republicans were so busy claiming that they were more right-wing than the other one, that I suspect most Democrats were turned off. Turnout was light. A.P. called the race pretty fast for Boustany, who is best known for having once bought a fake British title of nobi... more »

Apocalyptic Hysteria: Obama's Creative Imagination Trumps Facts In His Narrative About Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 minute ago
Numerous experts have poured cold water on the Obama administration's wild conspiracy theory that the government in Syria is getting ready to use chemical weapons on its own people. McClatchy *reports*: With concern over the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons stockpile reaching a fever pitch this week, international experts are cautioning against alarmism, saying there’s no confirmation that the Syrians are mixing weapons components or loading them into delivery systems, as some U.S. news organizations have reported. Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/12/07/176799/ex... more »

Arizona Election Fraud: Is Arizona's Secretary of State Feigning Ignorance Over Terry Goddard's RTA Investigation?

Intercept at The Intercept - 46 minutes ago
J.T. Waldron Arizona's Secretary of State's office has issued a surprising answer to Supervisor Ramon Valadez's request for ballot scanning. Contrary to what has been publicly revealed and analyzed in Arizona Attorney General's public recount of the 2006 RTA election, Arizona's Secretary of State's office issued a memo citing the "accuracy" of Goddard's recount as a reason to forego graphic scanning of ballots. The key quote in the document is as follows: "The Secretary of State's office has viewed the idea of ballot scanning as a way to further audit our elections process. Howe... more »

Stop Imperialism - Episode 51

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 hour ago
US workers on strike, Syria, Egypt, Iran, and more. *December 8, 2012* (Stop Imperialism) [image: ep51_533x309.jpg] Podcast Powered By Podbean In this episode: - *1. U.S. Labor Struggle - Port-strike talks continue even on Sunday, but stalemate goes on* - *2. Syria - Turkey scrambles jets as Syrian warplanes bomb border region* - *3. Egypt - Opposition marches to presidential palace against new charter* - *4. Iran - US boosts number of spy drone flights over Iran* - *5. Under the Radar - US set to establish new spy network as big as CI... more »

Retiring Dictator Finally Obeys The Will of Egyptians, Ends Dictatorial Decree

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Photo: During his historic visit to America, the former aspiring dictator Mohamed Morsi paraded through the streets of New York on the same camels that his predecessor Mubarak used to crackdown on anti-regime protests in Tahrir Square in his reign as Pharaoh.* An excerpt from *"Egypt president scraps decree that sparked protests"*(Reuters): Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has cancelled a decree that gave him sweeping powers and sparked deadly violence, but did not delay this month's referendum on a new constitution as his opponents had demanded. The announcement that Mursi had... more »

Mohamed Morsi approves martial law in Egypt, state media reports

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
CAIRO: Struggling to subdue continuing street protests, the government of President Mohamed Morsi has approved legislation reimposing martial law by calling on the armed forces to keep order and authorizing soldiers to arrest civilians, Egypt's state media reported on Saturday. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Mohamed-Morsi-approves-martial-law-in-Egypt-state-media-reports/articleshow/17535688.cms

Sharing is Not a Crime: A Battle Plan to Fight Back

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 hour ago
*December 7, 2012 *(LocalOrg) -* The Battlefield*: Christopher Dodd was at one point an alleged elected representative of the people. As a US Senator he was charged with upholding the Constitution and laws of the people, and representing the interests of voters in his state of Connecticut - for 30 years. In reality, Dodd didn't represent the people, and instead, represents corporate special-interests - and unfortunately, Dodd is not the exception. In early 2011, it was announced that Dodd - after retiring from 30 years in the Senate - would take up a leading role at the Motion Pict... more »

RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER CLAIMS EXTRATERRESTRIALS LIVE AMONG US

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 2 hours ago
http://exopolitics.org/?p=732 *RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER CLAIMS EXTRATERRESTRIALS LIVE AMONG US* DECEMBER 8, 2012. *Russian Prime Minister claims that Men In Black movies depict a real life secret organization that monitors extraterrestrials living among us* On Friday, December 7, the current Russian Prime Minister and former President, Dmitry Medvedev, made some startling off-air comments to reporters while his microphone was still switched on. He was asked whether the President is given any secret files on extraterrestrials while in office. In his responses, Medvedev not o... more »

Typhoon Bopha makes U-turn, threatens Philippines again

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: A rare cloud formation is seen amidst destroyed banana plantation four days after Typhoon Bopha left hundreds of people killed and rendered extensive damage to agriculture at Montevista township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Saturday, 8 December 2012. Search and rescue operations following the typhoon that killed at least 600 people and left several hundred more missing and tens of thousands homeless have been hampered in part because many residents of this ravaged farming community are too stunned to assist recovery efforts, an official said Saturday. Bullit ... more »

Gila River Youths stand against Pangea and Loop 202

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
Gila River Youths stand against Pangea and the Loop 202 in Ahwatukee *By Gila River Youths against 202* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com AHWATUKEE, Ariz. -- On Friday, December 7, a group of 17 people from the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) and from the Phoenix area held an anti Loop 202/anti-Pangea rally at the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Public Policy meeting. Pangea was in attendance to present its “City Concept” which centers on developing almost 6000 acres of Gila River land south of Pecos Road. Protesters came to challenge the merit of the pla... more »

Dog team, Iqaluit

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago

Urban Gadabout: Stalking owls in Inwood Hill Park

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*No, as far as I know this isn't the great horned owl we (supposedly) made voice contact with this evening in way-Northern Manhattan's Inwood Hill Park. But I can't say for sure it isn't. Or it could be a relative.* *FINAL TALLY FOR "OWL PROWL"* Total number of owls made visual contact with: 0 Total number of owls made voice contact with: 1 (alleged) Total amount of fun had during Owl Prowl: tons * **by Ken* Now you're going to tell me you could resist an offer like this? *Owl Prowl with Mike Feller**Saturday, December 8, 2012* * 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.* Whoooo goes there? Bring the w... more »

ALEC Alumni & Friends - Embarrassment to USA

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
You find the strangest things sometimes. This time an article at Think Progress. Please take the time to read the snips below – cause it is ridiculously absurd at the same time that it is so very sad for all bright, above-average Americans. Climate Progress *U.S. Senator Protests Climate TalksWith Activist Who Believes The UN Is The Anti-Christ* By Zack Beauchamp posted from Climate Progress on Dec 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm Senator *James Inhofe* (R-OK), the lead Republican on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, held a climate-denial press conference at the UN Framewo... more »

LOL @ These Drugged Out Apes

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago

Mining 5: Benefits of Mining Even Without Taxes

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 3 hours ago
Last Thursday, December 06, I recommended this article in my facebook account and two friends, Jayant Bhandari and Citos Buenaventura, commented on my fb wall. It was a nice, civil discourse and debate. Portions of the article say: *"Funny though, the government does not seem to know its own anti-mining proclivities. This seems to be the case as the agency in charge of the sector had to backpedal on its target of $2 billion in mining investments this year after the latest figures showed a 50 percent plunge to $160 million in the first half. The government agency admitted that “uncer... more »

Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren 2016

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
I want to shoot myself for mentioning 2016 but I was only half joking when I tweeted that last night. I mean how fun would it be, after years of the fake "Obama is a socialist" spin, to have a *real* Socialist run? And what's not to love about the way Bernie Sanders talks? “In a time of disfunctionality in the Senate, and all kinds of absurdity, this probably takes the cake when you filibuster your own” bill, the self-described "democratic socialist" lawmaker told MSNBC's Ed Schultz Friday evening. “The American people want action and it is undemocratic, it is unAmerican when a sma... more »

Enduring Cholera

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 4 hours ago
Watch Long After Earthquake, Haiti Still Endures Cholera Epidemic on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Heroin production is still on the rize in Afghanistan

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 6 hours ago
PROSECUTE BIN LADEN THROUGH TALIBAN HEROIN CONNECTION,EX-WHITE HOUSE DRUG STAFFER URGES; A.G. AND SEC. STATE SHOULD LOOK AT TALIBAN NURTURING FUNDSFROM WORLD-LEADING OPIUM CULTIVATION AND HEROIN PRODUCTION September 18, 2001 (Washington, DC) – Robert Weiner, former White House Drug Policy Director of Public Affairsand spokesman for Drug Czars Barry McCaffrey and Lee Brown, is suggesting the investigation and prosecution of terrorist Osama bin Laden through the Taliban’s “nurturing” of funds from Afghanistan’s world-leading opium poppy cultivation, the raw product for heroin prod... more »

MUST WATCH - Michigan - "This is where democracy goes to die"

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
A MUST WATCH on Daily Kos. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/08/1168352/-Brandon-Dillon-D-Grand-Rapids-calls-out-MI-Republicans-on-Right-To-Work

What Do The Gays Want?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Not all the members of the House LGBT Equality Caucus are gay, of course. Nor are all the gay members of Congress part of the Caucus. Closeted gays like Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Aaron Shock (R-IL) and David Dreier (R-CA) won't have anything to do with it. But yesterday Caucus members Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Barney Frank (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jared Polis (D-CO), David Cicilline (D-RI), and John Conyers (D-MI) applauded the Supreme Court’s grant of review in *United States of America v. Edith Schlain Windsor*, a landmark case challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ... more »

Worst. Idea. Ever.

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
The internets are in an uproar about persistent rumors that the dreaded fiscal deal is going to shake out with Obama accepting a slightly lower than Clinton rate rise on the 2%ers and an agreement to raise the Medicare age to 67 years old. I'm not going to get too freaked just yet. I find it hard to believe that Obama doesn't *know* raising the Medicare age is the fking dumbest idea ever. Besides the fact that it doesn't save any money and would actually would cost more, it endangers the public health. As Adele says in her post: But the added cost is not the trigger for the invect... more »

Happy Chanukah!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
Happy Chanukah! I wish you a Happy Chanukah filled with light, laughter and latkas!

Holiday Parties

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 7 hours ago
We had two holiday parties to attend this year on the same night, of course. The first was the Downriver Holiday Party, which is hosted each year by a local attorney who is a good friend of ours. It is had held at The Grand in Trenton. The place closes for our event. Anyway, we go every year and have an awesome time as we know most of the people there. This year was awesome as well. Got there around 4 and stayed until 630. Left for the Monroe event then (which started at 600). This event was at the Monroe Country Club. Got there around 700 and stayed there until around 1030 ... more »

University students quit after ‘toxic’ antisemitism in Edinburgh | The Jewish Chronicle

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/93495/university-students-quit-after-toxic%E2%80%99-antisemitism-edinburgh

Snopesing

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 7 hours ago
What does an info junkie do on a wet Saturday in December? Get punked. In my defense, so did the Ithaca Journal. Here's the story I tweeted today, dated December 5, 2012, by Dave Henderson, Correspondent. Vermont, which may be the most liberal state in the union, nevertheless is the only state that allows its residents to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Go figure. I’m sure this logic wouldn’t fly in the Ithaca area, but Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack is proposing that the state not only register non-gun owners but also charge them for not having a gun. Yup, under Ma... more »

LOL @ The US Govt. Trying To Downplay Its Connection To Jihadi Terrorists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
An excerpt from The NY Times article, "U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands": WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels fromQatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats. LOL at this absurd article. This is some clever propaganda. Blaming the shitstorm on the Qataris. I gotta say, I like the CIA's style. I especially like the line "some of the w... more »

Last man on the Moon: 40 years ago

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 7 hours ago
Some technologies such as the communication technologies have experienced unbelievable progress which seems to be continuing. But there are some technological challenges in which the mankind has apparently become weaker. We may argue hundreds of times that it's silly and unscientific to send the humans into the outer space. But aren't you worried that we may have grown unable – or unwilling so that it's effectively equivalent to unable – to send the people to the Moon? Isn't it obvious that such a fading potency affects more useful dreams as well? In total, 12 Americans have walk... more »

WSJ Account of Japan's Recent Earthquake

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 7 hours ago
Title: Strong Earthquake Shakes Northern Japan. By K. Ingaki, E. Warnock, & K. Narioka. Dec 8, 2012 Wall Street Journal, p. A11 Majia here: What is interesting about this article is its selective coverage of nuclear plants that could have been impacted. The last paragraph in the 13 paragraph article mentions the Fukushima Daiichi plant and the Onagawa plant. No other plants are mentioned - not even the Fukushima Daini plant, which apparently vented radioactive material: M7.3] Reactor1 of Fukushima Daini discharged air from reactor building to have positive pressure Posted by Moc... more »

Let's get this party started!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
The 12th of December is the beginning of an onslaught of light to the earth. Here is a link for the 12th hour on the 12.12.12 date; all time zones. * 12.12.12 12th Hour Time Zone Conversion* As we unite our energy at this moment, we activate the force of light coming onto our Mother Earth and accelerate the much heralded “New Age”. We speak As ONE. At your time (as shown above), meditate with an open heart and welcome the light. Choose any method that works; from quiet contemplation to deep trance. Visualize life propelled by only love. It is lush, peaceful,... more »

Rumor: Marine Corps Officers' Wives Told to Stock Food, Water, and Some Cash

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
My wife, through her network of girlfriends in Oceanside, was told yesterday that the Marine Corps Officer wives at Camp Pendleton were being told to stock up on food, water and cash in contingency for 7-10 days of possible disruption of normal shopping and electronic banking systems. They were also told to keep the gas tanks full of fuel. This is very similar to what Poof and Cobra has said. Married life has taught me a healthy respect for the informal ad-hoc communication networks that women create among themselves. Is this the ramp up to the change in the banking system... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Rapid Movement through Energetic Upgrades

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
* * *Rapid Movement through Energetic Upgrades* by ÉirePort Movement of Hue-manity through energetic upgrades process is taking place as each Hue-person lives increasingly in the moment to moment. Release of prior levels is encouraged more and more strongly by the incoming 12-12-12 through 12-21-12 period. Formerly used paradigms are being released and Higher D multiple paradigms are being embraced. Smooth running on smooth seas is supported. humanity (small "h") not-fully-awakened are not assisted in their sleep desires. And cannot stay with smooth waters. Such may awaken... more »

LADY CAMOYS

Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*Jeanne Stourton, Lady Camoys.* Jeanne Stourton (1913-1987), was bisexual and loved the Nazis. Her mother was Frances Stourton a British army major's wife. Her father was a Spanish diplomat named Don Pedro de Zulueta. Jeanne seduced the Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton and slept with Joachim von Ribbentrop. She entertained British and European royalty and various celebrities including Benjamin Britten, John Betjeman and Graham Greene. *Source: Sherman’s Wife by Julia Camoys Stonor. ** dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244783/* *Jeanne Stourton* Jeanne blackmailed Cecil Beaton's you... more »

things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 6

laura k at wmtc - 9 hours ago
This is my first unhappy "things i heard at the library" post. Today I saw a child being abused. It happened so fast, it was over and the parent gone before I had could clearly register what had happened. I was sitting on the edge of our lighthouse, the play space in the centre of our children's library, collecting books left inside. A child was crying. He couldn't have been more than three years old. His mother was yelling at him in a language I don't understand. She grabbed his arm roughly, jerking him backwards. His head hit the lighthouse, right next to me. Then she yanked hi... more »

CPC3 - No, It's Not a Star Wars Character

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
*Calgary Petroleum Club - Beijing Chapter* *CPC3* - it's the unholy union of the *Conservative Party of Canada*, the *Calgary Petroleum Club* and the *Communist Party of China*. Peas in a pod. In more ways than you might care to imagine. So when does Beijing get to start running its pipeline to Kitimat? *Can't Wait 'Til We Get to Athabasca*

The Root of All Evil

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Liberal, New Democrat, choose your poison. Layton, Ignatieff, Mulcair, Rae or Trudeau, makes no difference to me. They sold me out and they sold you out in the bargain. To echo Mulroney's attack on Turner, they had a choice. Not one of them chose us, you and me. No matter how well Steve Harper did, three out of five voted for someone else. But Steve wasn't content with winning, he wasn't even content with winning a majority. Steve had to sever the Canadian public from their own government, the public servants we pay to toil in *our* interests. If the government uses taxpayer m... more »

Shelly Frey Killed by Walmart security guard

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Shelly Frey, (pictured) a 27-year-old mother of two has been fatally shot by an off-duty sheriff's deputy after he suspected her of shoplifting at a Houston Walmart. Harris County Sheriff's deputies have said that Tisa Andrews, Yolanda Craig and Shelly Frey were stealing when they were confronted by Louis Campbell a 26-year veteran of the force who works as a security guard at the store. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2245074/Walmart-security-guard-shoots-shoplifting-mother-dead-parking-lot-tries-escape-young-children.html

Tundra is Fuel and It Will Burn Us

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
We hear a lot about the tundra that blankets the far north thawing due to global warming. As it thaws it releases previously trapped methane and CO2. Well it does more than that. As tundra thaws it turns into fuel for wildfires. And let's put it this way, fire fighting isn't very effective up there. In 2007, a tundra fire on the Anaktuvuk river in Alaska showed what's at stake. *"'Fire has been largely absent from tundra for the past 11,000 or so years, but the frequency of tundra fires is increasing, probably as a response to climate warming,' said co-author Syndonia "Donie... more »

George Takach - Running to be Federal Liberal Leader

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
​Interview with George Takach ​​​ ___________________________________________________________________ James C. Morton:​I am speaking with George Takach, candidate for leader of the Federal Liberal Party of Canada and ultimately, Prime Minister of Canada. How are you doing, George? George Takach:​I’m very well, thank you and thank you for speaking with me. James C. Morton:​Well, it’s an exciting race and it looks like it will be a crowded field. First, George, why are you running? George Takach:​Because I want to take Canada confidently, sensibly into the 21stcentury. Harper is ta... more »

Tabitha Schulke fighting for life after mystery illness forces doctors to amputate her legs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Doctors in Portland are searching for the cause of an 18-year-old girl's worsening illness that has taken her legs and is now threatening to take her life. Tabitha Schulke, 18, began experiencing flu-like symptoms on Thanksgiving morning. Suddenly, her illness worsened and she began developing gangrene on her feet. She's now fighting for her life in the critical care unit of a Portland Hospital. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244913/Oregon-teen-fights-life-mystery-illness-forces-doctors-amputate-legs.html

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
I'm confident that Jim DeMint's resignation matters, although to be honest I'm not exactly sure how. At the very least: as I always say, ever Senator counts. DeMint's replacement will vote about how he votes, but there's more to being a Senator than floor voting -- as DeMint's career demonstrates. Something that doesn't matter? Well, I already talked about the super-early 2016 polling, but I'll stick with that. What else? What do you think mattered this week?

Triple-dip alert: Recession fears as figures show industrial output has fallen to lowest level in 20 years

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Britain is on the brink of a triple-dip recession, experts warn as latest figures reveal industrial output has now fallen to its lowest level in 20 years. In a week when chancellor George Osborne put yet another squeeze on the hard working middle-classes, figures for October revealed manufacturing production dropped by 1.3 per cent - more than two per cent down on this time last year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2245015/Triple-dip-alert-Recession-fears-figures-industrial-output-fallen-lowest-level-20-years.html

Christmas Party

Southern Man at Southern Man - 10 hours ago
No doubt the first of many. This one was church singles. Two of Southern Man's favorite girls. Here's *most* of the girls... ...and most of the guys, too. We played "Dirty Santa" which is always a lot of fun. A good time was had by all!

ALEC Members - Subverting Representative Government

2old2care at Because I Can - 10 hours ago
A really good article just hit the web – written in a concise and easily understandable way that outlines the inherent dangers, to our representative government, perpetrated by the corrupted legislative members of American Legislative Exchange Council. Just a few snips from: *ALEC – Centralized Conservative Legislative Clearingho*use by John Lawrence on December 8, 2012 · 0 comments Why hire individual lobbyists and send them out in search of Congressmen when you can set up a lobbying clearinghouse and have them come to you? So instead of the lobbyists fanning out on Capitol Hill t... more »

North Korea looks set to delay controversial rocket launch

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
North Korea will likely postpone the launch of a long-range rocket, state news agency KCNA said on Saturday, but gave no reasons for delaying the plan which has been widely condemned by countries including Russia and the United States. KCNA quoted a spokesman for the country's space agency, which plans to send a satellite into space on the rocket, as saying it was "seriously examining the issue of readjusting the launching time of the satellite". http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/08/us-korea-north-idUSBRE8B70AY20121208

Thailand: Two English Teachers Found Dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Two English teachers have been found dead sitting side-by-side in the living room of an apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok, according to Thai police. The men - an American aged 40 and a 35-year-old from Britain - were discovered in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to Lieutenant Colonel Chamnong Kongtapan, chief investigator at the local police station in Pathum Thani province. Detectives investigating the cause of death found an empty medicine bottle in the room from a government-run drug rehabilitation centre. http://news.sky.com/story/1022591/thailand-two-englis... more »

Starbucks Tax Protest: Stores 'Shut Down'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Campaigners claim to have shut down a number of Starbucks' UK stores during protests over the coffee chain's tax arrangements. Activisit group UK Uncut had planned more than 40 demonstrations across the country, "transforming" shops into refuges, creches and homeless shelters to highlight the "disproportionate" effect the coalition government's cuts to the public sector are having on women. http://news.sky.com/story/1022526/starbucks-tax-protest-stores-shut-down

Silvio Berlusconi Says He Will Run For PM

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has said he will run for prime minister again in a general election next year. Speaking near the northern city of Milan, the leader of the right-wing People of Freedom party said: "I'm returning sadly to public service. "And again, I'm doing it out of a sense of responsibility." http://news.sky.com/story/1022649/italys-silvio-berlusconi-says-he-will-run-for-pm

Plane Crashes In Suffolk Village, 1 Dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
One person has died after a light aircraft crashed into a tree in a Suffolk village. Suffolk Police said the aircraft came down in Aldham, near Hadleigh, where it collided with a tree and became submerged in a pond. At around the same time as the crash, homes in Aldham and nearby Elmsett lost power because of a fault on the 11,000-volt overhead electricity distribution network. http://news.sky.com/story/1022641/suffolk-light-aircraft-crash-one-person-dead

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 8th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.7 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 16:35:17 UTC Sunday, December 09, 2012 at 02:35:17 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 7.211°S, 143.929°E Depth 10.7 km (6.6 miles) Region NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. Distances 102 km (63 miles) S of Ialibu, Papua New Guinea

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN REGION - 8th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 14:26:55 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 10:26:55 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 25.753°N, 122.336°E Depth 289.1 km (179.6 miles) Region TAIWAN REGION Distances 91 km (56 miles) NE of Keelung, Taiwan

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 8th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 13:53:37 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 11:53:37 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.768°N, 143.955°E Depth 34.7 km (21.6 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 243 km (150 miles) SE of Ofunato, Japan

Philippines typhoon deaths rise as president declares state of calamity

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: Typhoon Bopha toppled thousands of banana trees on a plantation in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province, in the Philippines on Friday, 7 December 2012. CNN] By Liz Neisloss and Jethro Mullen 8 December 2012 Montevista, Philippines (CNN) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has declared a state of national calamity as the death toll from Typhoon Bopha, the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines in decades, continues to climb. At least 459 people have died since the typhoon, known locally as "Pablo," hit Tuesday, the Philippines' emergency management agenc... more »

Daily jutxaposition

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 10 hours ago
Christmas in New York edition. If you ever wondered how they decorate the giant tree in Rockefeller Center (and I have), here's what it looks like when the tree arrives. [via Justin Shanes] And after it's decorated: [Tony Fratto photo] And a long view of the plaza. [via Hudsonette] It's been years since I've been in New York at Christmastime, but Rockefeller Center was always one of my favorites. And the shop windows on Fifth Avenue.

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 8th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 12:50:10 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 10:50:10 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.623°N, 143.569°E Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 218 km (135 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

Ayako: Guitar Tokyo

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
Ayako - Guitar Tokyo, Enjoy!

Charlie Crist Came Out

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
We don't have many closet cases in the Democratic Party. That's because Democrats have evolved in such a way as to not judge gays and lesbians-- including themselves-- to be lesser human beings. In recent years there were a dozen closeted Republicans in Congress-- all of them severely mentally disturbed, unbalanced individuals filled with self-loathing and living dark, painful lives based on deception and fear. Some, like Aaron Schock (R-IL), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Trent Franks (R-AZ) and David Dreier (R-CA), are still in Congress, still hysterically antigay, still sneaking arou... more »

Veteran Dan Burks on Overcoming the Stresses of War with TM

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
A Vietnam war vet speaks about getting psychologically healthier after trying transcendental meditation. I've heard both good and bad things about this form of meditation. I don't know what to believe because I haven 't tried it. Director David Lynch is a big proponent of TM. Here is the message I got from the video: If you are a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, don't suffer in silence. Don't live in hell. You were brainwashed to be a killing machine by your dishonest political and military leaders. It's not your fault that you killed women and children. You were put in an ... more »

Black Pete’s Breakout Year

PM at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
It’s that time of year that Dutch people living outside of Dutchland are beginning to hate: the time of Zwarte Piet. To be fair, the feast of Sinterklaas, a holiday that displays none of America’s advanced marketing techniques, was a couple of days ago, but that actually just means that Americans and others have been Continue reading

FAO chief warns Pakistan of future floods – ‘The emergency triggered by climate change is unfolding fast’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 11 hours ago
[image: Evacuees from a flooded village dodge an army truck carrying relief supplies in Pakistan’s Punjab province on 11 August 2010. Adrees Latif via Ethiopian Review] By Sikander Shaheen 6 December 2012 ISLAMABAD (The Nation of Pakistan) – A top UN diplomat has cautioned that Pakistan faces potential threat of flash flooding for the next year, saying that over a million flood-affectees in Sindh are still in need of food assistance. “Climate change is causing extremely unexpected changes in the weather, a bit too quick. There have been flood predictions in Pakistan as well,” ... more »

Stubborn U.S. drought could be costlier than hurricane Sandy

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 11 hours ago
[image: Months of drought have exposed man-made dikes and large sandbars along the shoreline of the Mississippi River south of St. Louis. Colby Buchanan / United States Coast Guard / AP] By Pete Spotts 7 December 2012 (Christian Science Monitor) – Less than 18 months after the US Army Corps of Engineers blasted gaps in a levee on the Mississippi River to cope with a record flood, it's getting ready to detonate explosives for the opposite reason – to clear rock outcroppings on the bottom of the drought-depleted waterway so cargo can keep moving. “From one extreme to another in j... more »

Censored this week: Collapse of news industry in Indian country endangers future generations

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
*Collapse of news industry in Indian country endangers future generations * *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The seriousness of the collapse of journalism in Indian country was pointed out by Gary Farmer, Cayuga, in Tucson. "Native people don't have any access to any form of media that reflects them. I think its quite significant in terms of our own self esteem and why we have such a high rate of suicide," Farmer said. The fraudulent news coverage, and political and corporate spin, continues to endanger future generations. The news throughout I... more »

Your Weekly Dose of Austerity Propaganda

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
The latest presidential side of non-fiery chat: (rough draft rescued from a White House dumpster.) Hello, everybody. Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of bullshit talk about phonydeadlines we’re facing on how to steal from the poor and let my donor class take whatever they want jobs and taxes and investments. But with so much manufactured fear-mongering noise and so many opinions flying around, it can be easy to fool most of the people some of the time lose sight of what this debate is really about. It’s not about which political party comes out on top, or who wins or ... more »

Saturday Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
Musical Politics and Political Science: I’m currently downloading the free EP by Hey Anna, a well-reviewed band involving Mike Tierney‘s nieces. Hume’s Bastard discusses PSY’s profanity-laden anti-Iraq War stylings. More from Juan Cole. Apparently this is a big deal, or something, given the mass emails appearing in my inbox. Prosaic Politics and Political Science: Continue reading

The Estimate of the Situation: A Different Perspective

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 11 hours ago
While studying the legendary “Estimate of the Situation,” the document written in secret in 1948 by Air Force personnel in Dayton, Ohio, I came to understand some more about it. The Estimate, or EOTS as it has come to be called, was described by Ed Ruppelt, one time chief of Project Blue Book and Dewey Fournet, the Pentagon’s liaison for UFOs in the 1950s. They provided a limited listing of the cases included in it, and in today’s world, it is possible to access some of that information. What struck me was the poor quality of some of the cases reviewed. Yes, the Arnold sighting that... more »

Doha climate talks throw lifeline to Kyoto Protocol

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: Friends of the Earth Europe activists demand action to address climate change in Doha, Qatar. Engineering and Technology Magazine] - Talks agree eight-year extension to protocol - Puts off decision on increasing aid to 2013 - No major emissions goals have been set at Doha talks By Alister Doyle and Barbara Lewis 8 December 2012 DOHA, 8 December 2012 (Reuters) – Almost 200 nations extended on Saturday a weakened U.N. plan for fighting global warming until 2020, averting a new setback to two decades of U.N. efforts that have failed to halt rising world greenho... more »

A Picture Worth Far More Than 1,000 Words - In These Times

Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 12 hours ago
A Picture Worth Far More Than 1,000 Words - In These Times David Sirota's article from *In These Times.*

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
The attack on Pearl Harbor (called Hawaii Operation or Operation AI by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters (Operation Z in planning) and the Battle of Pearl Harbor) was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Japan). The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United King... more »

Fox News at its Finest: Mini edition

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
Define irony. Have at it, peeps.

Slamming Down a Post About Alabama

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 12 hours ago
*I'm going to try and chug it! * * *"Officer in college shooting also had baton, spray" by Jay Reeves | Associated Press, October 13, 2012 A University of South Alabama *campus police officer* was carrying not just his gun but also pepper spray and a baton the night he *shot and killed an unarmed freshman* student, the school said Friday. University spokesman Keith Ayers said officer Trevis Austin, a four-year veteran of the department in his first police job, was armed with all three weapons when he walked outside the police station with his gun drawn to confront Gil Collar. Coll... more »

morning hike... to deal with the Arizona stress

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 12 hours ago
Tucson Monument at dawn Visitor during my morning meditation

Fat-Free Econ 33: Institutions and Why Governments Fail

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
This is my article yesterday in TV5's news portal, http://www.interaksyon.com/business/49935/fat-free-economics--institutions-and-why-governments-fail --------------- Institutions are mechanisms and structures of social order, whether created via volunteerism or by coercion. Private institutions are characterized by their voluntary creation and sustenance while public and government institutions are created by coercion through the Constitution, legislation, or other government orders or proclamations. In most public discourse, institutions often refer to those in the public sector b... more »

R U A Member of Curves??? Really - Really???

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
Woman hating woman????? Please read this article on Think Progress The whole thing - don't stop when you get to the parts that you think nullify your involvement. *See what your Curves dues / money has helped to finance over the years.* *Read it* *>>>>HERE<<<<*

SYRIAN REBELS CAPTURE AL-SAFIRA, BASE CONTAINING SCUD MISSILES TIPPED WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS, ASSAD WARNS REBELS NOT TO USE THEM AND THREATENS CHEMICAL WEAPONS COUNTER-STRIKE: DEVELOPING

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*More info:* http://www.debka.com/article/22596/Assad%E2%80%99s-last-warning-to-rebels-before-using-chemical-weapons-West-Israel-on-high-preparedness

ALEC-ers Booted from House Committees

2old2care at Because I Can - 13 hours ago
From The Hill this morning: *Ousted GOP freshmen demand explanation from Speaker Boehner* *By Justin Sink - 12/07/12 06:20 PM ET* Three Republican congressmen who were booted from House committees are demanding an explanation from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to Boehner asking for "a full and complete written explanation of the rationale for removing us from our current committee assignments, including any 'scorecards' presented to the Steering Committee to justify our removals.... more »

Breaking the Taboo (Full Documentary)

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
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Syria Propaganda Looking a Lot Like Iraq Propaganda

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
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The clinic as court

noreply@blogger.com (Námo Mandos) at DAMMIT JANET! - 13 hours ago
Apropos of the current fashion in some quarters of letting people die in front of them in agony in order to prove particularly obscure points, I submit to your attention this 2008 missive from a US anti-abortion lobby group about the availability of OTC chemical abortifacients. The group is called the Population Research Institute, which is another of those "Holy Roman Empires"---neither about Population, nor doing Research, nor really an Institute (it operates out of what appears to be a country club in northern Virginia). The principal concern appears to be contained in these two ... more »

A Wise Man is Dangerous to Establishment

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
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John Pilger on How Media Promotes Aggressive War

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
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Caturday Cat Blogging

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
*"I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille."* I swear, sometimes I think someone dropped Popeye on his head when he was a kitten. There's something that's not quite right with my cat. I know cats are weird, to begin with, but most cats I've known are more pragmatic in feline matters. For instance, if you get your cat a scratching post, they'll know immediately what to do with it. Or, when they use their litter box, they'll cover their scat. But, oh no, not Popeye. He scratches the shit out of everything in the house, including our legs, *but* the scratching post I got him ove... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*Broadcast Information: Saints at Giants* *Dana Kaplan loves Ray Nagin! ~The New Orleans Levee* *Bayou residents prepare Christmas bonfires* *N.J. says post-Sandy discussion is a plot to take advantage of victims* *Oil Industry PR says it's picking up safety reviews * *The Rodney Dangerfield of Louisiana Finfish – Finally Gets Some Respect* *Happy Chanukah Yous Jews! *

2013: The Year of the Comets

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Last Great Comet Hale-Bopp (1997) Wiki image Nicholas West Some ancient cultures referred to them as "the Menace of the Universe" and "the Harbinger of Doom." Comets have almost universally been viewed by the ancients as messengers or omens carrying bad news from the gods. In the midst of our busy lives it's difficult to keep in mind that we reside on a ball that's corkscrewing through space around a ball of gas called our sun, which is also sweeping through our galaxy. The ancients didn't have distractions like TVs and the Internet. They looked to the sky for clues and guidance f... more »

Why a certain percentage of Amtrak riders don't really care for Charles Blow!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012* *The essence of tribal hustle:* Since alighting from Amtak, we've spent a good deal of our time visiting with a sick older friend. But before we head back to the Medicaid-funded facility in question, we thought we'd help you see why a percentage of Amtrak riders don't much care for Charles Blow. On Wednesday, we discussed Marco Rubio's response to that "curveball question" concerning the age of the earth. That same day, Rubio said that he doesn't doubt the accuracy of current scientific estimates. (Current estimate: *very* old). But that wasn't nearly e... more »

You Can Cry For Me, Argentina

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
*I spent half-an-hour flipping through unread, half-read, and quarter-read Globes to find these*: "Argentina wants foreigners, 16-year-olds to vote" Associated Press, August 21, 2012 BUENOS AIRES — Argentina is rethinking what it means to be a citizen, proposing radical changes that would have foreigners and 16-year-olds vote to determine who should run the country.* * * **I actually agree with lowering the age to 16 here. Those will soon be the kids fighting the next war and occupying some foreign land. They should have a say. * President Cristina Fernandez’s legislative leaders s... more »

Instead Of Talking About Deficit Reduction During An Economic Crisis, Why Isn't The Focus On Stimulus And Job Creation?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
With Democrats like Baucus & Landrieu, who needs Republicans? Despite the announcement yesterday that unemployment had ticked down to 7.7%, as Krugman pointed out in his *Times* column, the crisis that this country is facing now is not a ginned up "Fiscal Cliff" but a real live jobs crisis that is gnawing away at our economy from the inside. [W]e may be about to slash spending and raise taxes not because markets demand it, but because Republicans have been using blackmail as a bargaining strategy, and the president seems ready to call their bluff. ... [T]here is a whole industry bui... more »

Fraud -- Pure and Simple

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
In case his readers have forgotten, Jeffrey Simpson reviews the increasinglytangled web of deceitwhich surrounds the F-35 fiasco: The contract, insisted the government, would cost $9-billion for the aircraft, and $7-billion for maintenance over 20 years. Over and over, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and the entire Conservative chorus repeated this mantra. Critics in the U.S. alerted Congress that cost overruns were plaguing the project. The Parliamentary Budget Office in Ottawa said, no, the cost would be more like $30-billion over 30 years, for which... more »

No Other Uncommon Truths

Storm at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
I have been thinking about a recent NYT Magazine piece on the "immortal" jellyfish and the science of researching the mechanisms by which this organism "reverses" the inevitable. I've posted a couple of things elsewhere (here and here and here) but what struck me as useful and interesting for this blog was that the piece opened with *The Epic of Gilgamesh*. Gilgamesh: What exists materially of the two-thirds-divine Gilgamesh? Nothing. A name (sometimes spelled with a "B") and a story...words. Sure there's likely some minor pile of dust somewhere that might be the magnificent w... more »

Summary judgment not blocked by "massive" record of respondent

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago
Fairview Donut Inc. v. The TDL Group Corp., 2012 ONCA 867 deals with granting summary judgment in the face of a significant documentary record. Commonly, on a summary judgment motion the respondent presents a massive record in hopes of showing the matter is so complex as to require trial. Here the Court of Appeal rejected that approach and held a massive record, unless it raises some triable issue, is no bar to summary judgment: [7] We acknowledge that the appellants' proposed class action is a large one, with a massive documentary record, and, potentially, a great deal ... more »

'GAY MARRIAGE' AND UNNATURAL VICE

NO ONE TO VOTE FOR at NO ONE TO VOTE FOR - 16 hours ago
. Here is Question 327 from the long-abandoned (Roman Catholic) 'Penny Catechism'. * * *Which are the four sins crying to heaven for vengeance?* The four sins crying to heaven for vengeance are: 1. Willful murder (Genesis 4) 2. *The sin of Sodom* (Genesis 18) 3. Oppression of the poor (Exodus 2) 4. Defrauding labourers of their wages (James 5) As Catholic schoolchildren, we worked our way through this little book in R. I. (Religious Instruction) lessons back in the early 1960's. As a basis for discussion it had a lot going for it. The book made it very clear what we were expected to ... more »

Hannukah starts tonight

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
Hannukah starts tonight and here's Dr Dreidel to teach you how to make latkas. "Happy Hannukah, bitches"

Icy

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 8th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 10:27:31 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 08:27:31 PM at epicenter Location 7.145°S, 144.048°E Depth 33.6 km (20.9 miles) Region NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. Distances 95 km (59 miles) S of Ialibu, Papua New Guinea

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake TAJIKISTAN - 8th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
Add captionMagnitude 4.7 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 10:09:41 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 03:09:41 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.124°N, 74.160°E Depth 157.6 km (97.9 miles) Region TAJIKISTAN Distances 17 km (10 miles) ESE of Murghob, Tajikistan

4 Naural Liver Detox Foods by Lisa Garber

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
Source of this chart: http://tuberose.com/Liver_Detoxification.html4 Naural Liver Detox Foodsby Lisa Garber Natural Society, 8 December 2012 *Whether you’re trying to lose weight or age gracefully, in all likelihood, your liver could use a little attention. There are many **reasons to cleanse your liver**, but if you’re not quite ready to go on a full-blown cleanse, try incorporating more of these 4 liver detox foods into your diet. * 1. Liver Detox Foods – Green TeaFull of powerful antioxidants called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), green tea provides an overall health boost... more »

The cure for California’s vocabulary crisis: Invest in libraries and librarians

skrashen at Schools Matter - 19 hours ago
Sent to the San Jose Mercury News, December 7, 2012 California’s low performance on the NAEP vocabulary test is no surprise (“California eighth-grade students score fifth from bottom in national vocabulary tests,” December 6, 2012). Research done over the last few decades, published in numerous scholarly books and scientific journal papers has informed us that advanced vocabulary knowledge is a result of reading, especially self-selected reading that young people are genuinely interested in reading. Research also tells us that young people read more when they have access to interest... more »

GOD DOES NOT LIKE REVOLUTIONS

Anon at aangirfan - 19 hours ago
[image: Boy, Pelabuhan Ratu, Java] God does not like revolutions. Sand will settle out of water in time if the water is left undisturbed. The Czech philosopher Comenius said: "Let all things spontaneously flow; let there be no violence to things". The Taoists would agree. Taoists believe we should cultivate "a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the natural world. "It is a kind of 'going with the flow' that is characterized by great ease and awake-ness, in which - without even trying - we're able... more »

The electron is spinning, after all

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
First, a brand new movie, Decay (2012), was released by the LHC students 12 seconds ago. If you have 75 minutes for a truly independent (I warned you!) underground bound state of comedy, unexplained quenches, VW New Beetles, unfaithful girlfriends, extra shifts ordered by CERN's Russian Director General (who may be less innocent than you think), LHC waking up spontaneously, radiation alerts, zombies running through the LHC tunnels (horror starts at 24:50 or so and then 26:50) and outside (1:02:00, 1:09:00), and Higgs bosons and Higgs bioentanglement, watch the video above. See als... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 8th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 08:11:56 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 05:11:56 PM at epicenter Location 2.571°N, 128.368°E Depth 153.9 km (95.6 miles) Region HALMAHERA, INDONESIA Distances 225 km (140 miles) NNE (29°) from Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia

No More Tears (Enough is Enough)

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 20 hours ago
It's time for an interlude. A *camp* interlude:
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