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Saturday, December 8, 2012

8 December - Blogs I'm Following

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

laura k at wmtc - 28 minutes 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 - 30 minutes 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 - 58 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 hours ago
Ayako - Guitar Tokyo, Enjoy!

Sheldon prefers Windows Vista to Windows 7

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago

Charlie Crist Came Out

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 hours ago
Define irony. Have at it, peeps.

Slamming Down a Post About Alabama

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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)

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
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Syria Propaganda Looking a Lot Like Iraq Propaganda

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
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The clinic as court

noreply@blogger.com (Námo Mandos) at DAMMIT JANET! - 4 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 - 4 hours ago
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John Pilger on How Media Promotes Aggressive War

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
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Caturday Cat Blogging

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 6 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! - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 hours ago

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 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 - 9 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 - 10 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 - 10 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 - 11 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 - 11 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 - 11 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 - 11 hours ago
It's time for an interlude. A *camp* interlude:

Ketchum Bigfoot Paper Status

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
A number of folks have injected themselves into this story, so it is my turn. Firstly, having the paper rejected is no surprise as there are no peers except in regards to DNA work. It is also quite reasonable at this stage for the DNA work to be challenged. What will be interesting are the objections raised. Since the work was apparently done to a high standard, it may simply be too difficult to raise that standard. In the meantime we are flying blind'. However there is a real problem here. The work required two separate hypothesis: 1 A unknown hominid exists. ie. Bi... more »

Communication Across the Vegetative State

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
Slowly but surely we are learning to apply MRI data to query the patient. It can become effective and needs to be. Certainly we have plenty of cooperative patients here. Using memory chains may turn out useful here. In that case a string of objects are clearly visualized and memorized. Then other data is associated with the string to establish data communication flow. I think this could be made to work. These people are in prisons and lack sensory stimulation. It should be easy to fix that. Right now they are simply trying to ask a couple of questions. *Breakthrough... more »

Ocean Acidification

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
I have problems with the conclusions been drawn here in this item and do not trust them at all. I would like to have data that likely does not even exist yet. However, it at least draws attention to a mechanism. Beyond that the global atmospheric CO2 content has continued to climb and has reached and passed the ten percent mark over the past forty years. This is obviously significant and remains troublesome. The very good news is that geological carbon consumption is ready to flatten out and enter a long decline as superior energy sources are put into play. Yet human p... more »

Inconvenient Arctic Observations Before Satellites

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
The one aspect of present climate punditry that has been a skeleton in the closet has been a decided inattention to the Arctic's historical record as we have it before the advent of sat elites. This item is a small step to remedy all that. The point is that warming in the Arctic appears to come in sustained surges that last several years before reversion to the natural average. The important question that remains unanswered is whether any of it represents compelling trend lines outside the expected recovery from the little ice age and even that may be just an excessive... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 07:18:13 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 05:18:13 PM at epicenter Location 37.834°N, 143.884°E Depth 35.2 km (21.9 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 267 km (166 miles) E (99°) from Sendai, Honshu, Japan

Iran's long-range missiles lag U.S. fears

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
An internal report for the U.S. Congress has concluded that Iran probably is no longer on track, if it ever was, to having an ocean-crossing missile as soon as 2015. The study casts doubt on a view long held by U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran could be able to test-fly by 2015 an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, if it receives "sufficient foreign assistance." http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/08/us-iran-usa-missile-idUSBRE8B61C920121208

Pakistan tribal sources say U.S. drone strike kills al Qaeda commander

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Tribal sources from Pakistan's northwest said on Saturday a U.S. drone attack had killed a senior al Qaeda commander in the latest blow to the militant Islamist group that has been targeted in many similar attacks. Abu Zaid was killed, along with 10 other people, in the drone strike on a hideout in Pakistan's North Waziristan, one of the tribal regions near the border with Afghanistan, early on Thursday, the sources said. Zaid had just moved to the hideout a few days ago, they said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/08/us-pakistan-qaeda-drone-idUSBRE8B704820121208

Starbucks Tax Row: Protests Planned Across UK

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Coffee chain Starbucks is braced for protests over its tax arrangements despite announcing changes to its payments. The US-owned giant said it expects to pay around £10m in UK corporation tax for each of the next two years, following the revelation that it paid just £8.6m in 14 years of trading in Britain and nothing in the last three years. Activist group UK Uncut is planning more than 40 demonstrations across the country, "transforming" Starbucks stores into refuges, creches and homeless shelters. http://news.sky.com/story/1022526/starbucks-tax-row-protests-planned-across-uk

Eight Police Officers Injured In Belfast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Belfast has been hit by another night of rioting as hundreds of loyalists took to the streets to protest over flags. Eight police officers were injured, with two needing hospital treatment, and five people were arrested following clashes across the city. Trouble flared at Shaftesbury Square - a popular party spot near Queen's University - after a man tried to drive a black van through a loyalist road block of about 200 people. http://news.sky.com/story/1022508/belfast-flag-violence-rioting-in-city-centre

Syria: Rebel Prisoners On Their Religious War

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Sky's Tim Marshall gains exclusive access to a prison where he finds evidence that international jihadists are operating in Syria. The men, four Syrian, an Iraqi, and a Turk, said they had indeed been in the jihadist movement fighting President Assad's forces, but now renounced the armed struggle even though they continued to espouse Salafist ideology. All are awaiting court appearances. Jamil Us Turk, Ahmed al Rabido, Hamid Hassan al Attar, Bahar al Bashah, Ali Hussein and Mahmoud al Ahab said they were happy to be interviewed and had not been badly treated. At one point I asked t... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 06:16:55 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 04:16:55 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 7.248°S, 143.930°E Depth 21.7 km (13.5 miles) Region NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. Distances 161 km (100 miles) SSW (193°) from Mount Hagen, New Guinea, PNG

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 02:26:14 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 12:26:14 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.408°N, 143.862°E Depth 30 km (18.6 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 265 km (165 miles) E (81°) from Iwaki, Honshu, Japan

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 02:12:52 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 12:12:52 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.604°N, 143.792°E Depth 30.5 km (19.0 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 236 km (146 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 8th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 00:30:30 UTC Friday, December 07, 2012 at 06:30:30 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.654°N, 97.204°W Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region OAXACA, MEXICO Distances 39 km (24 miles) W of Santa Maria Ayoquezco de Aldama, Mexico

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 00:08:17 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 10:08:17 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.921°N, 143.841°E Depth 10.7 km (6.6 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 225 km (139 miles) SE of Ofunato, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 7th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 23:52:04 UTC Friday, December 07, 2012 at 05:52:04 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 12.685°N, 87.868°W Depth 69.6 km (43.2 miles) Region NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA Distances 46 km (28 miles) W of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 23:00:02 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 09:00:02 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.732°N, 143.863°E Depth 34.2 km (21.3 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 237 km (147 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 21:36:37 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 07:36:37 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.727°N, 143.568°E Depth 27.6 km (17.2 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 213 km (132 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 21:20:52 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 07:20:52 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.437°N, 143.900°E Depth 40.8 km (25.4 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 252 km (156 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 21:01:12 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 07:01:12 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.447°N, 143.654°E Depth 21.7 km (13.5 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 232 km (144 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 20:30:39 UTC Saturday, December 08, 2012 at 06:30:39 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.796°N, 143.603°E Depth 25.5 km (15.8 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 213 km (132 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

Friday Baseball Post

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
Joe Sheehan: Certainly history has shown that the best way to repeat is to retain every veteran coming off a peak season for millions of dollars. Well, yeah. I was nice to Brian Sabean last week; now, here he goes, with Pagan and Scutaro, repeating his mistake from two years ago (Aubrey Huff, Freddy Sanchez). Hank Schulman said something about the hitters at every position being locked up through 2014, but, no, the odds of Pence, Pagan, Blanco, and Scutaro all making it that long as regulars are about zilch. For the most part, however, it's only money. I mean, there's no way that ... more »

Dave Brubeck Quartet – "Blue Rondo à la Turk"

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 13 hours ago
RIP. I have several Brubeck albums, and the man had a great run, performing 'til he was 88. This tune is one of his most famous, and also one of his best.

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake MICHOACAN, MEXICO - 7th December 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Friday, December 07, 2012 at 20:07:15 UTC Friday, December 07, 2012 at 02:07:15 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.357°N, 102.467°W Depth 70.6 km (43.9 miles) Region MICHOACAN, MEXICO Distances 13 km (8 miles) SSW of Arteaga, Mexico

ISRAEL, IRAN, UK, CUBA

Anon at aangirfan - 13 hours ago
*1*.* Israel-Iran cooperation* *2. *He was Director of Public Prosecutions in the UK. He resigned in October 1991 when he was allegedly spotted kerb-crawling [1] *Allan Green (barrister) * *3.* "There is plenty of circumstantial evidence, and at least one eyewitness, indicating that the real masters of the CIA recruited Fidel Castro through its newly created intelligence agency in early 1948 and was sent to Bogota, Colombia as agent provocateur on an important mission... "The CFR conspirators faced a serious problem: the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev revealed to the world his p... more »

When It Comes To The Middle East, USrael's Occult Elite Pretends Reality Doesn't Exist

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
USrael's occult elite has decided to mark the tenth anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq based on false intelligence and mass deception by attacking Syria, again based on false intelligence and mass deception. The game plan is the same. The Bush Doctrine is now the *Obush Doctrine*. After funding and arming *the Jihadist insurgency* in Syria, which has engaged in brutal executions of civilians and other war crimes, Washington is now finally ready to go to the next step in its long-planned aggressive war on Syria. The Obama administration is ludicrously hyping the non-existen... more »

If all else fails, US will hit Iran in 2013, say former top advisers to Obama and Bush

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
At Washington Institute gala, Dennis Ross, Elliott Abrams and outgoing US ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey insist the president will strike next year if diplomacy doesn’t succeed. http://www.timesofisrael.com/if-all-else-fails-us-will-hit-iran-in-2013-say-former-top-advisers-to-obama-and-bush/

The Brutal, Tireless Racism of ‘Stephen Harper Inc.’

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 14 hours ago
The Brutal, Tireless Racism of ‘Stephen Harper Inc.’ Written by *Robin Mathews * (Well, what a treat we have, a Christmas special article from everyone`s favorite thorn in the side, or as I like to call him, "*the lens", *a man with an ability to look long in both directions, meaning future and past and no one scribes or recites those prophetic warnings like the good professor.....Grant G I`m glad he`s in a festive mood........I present to you, Robin Mathews __________________ _________________________________________________________________________) * The Brutal, Tireless Racism... more »

Police drone crashes into police SWAT team

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 14 hours ago
http://www.salon.com/2012/12/07/police_drone_crashes_into_police/ *Police drone crashes into police SWAT team* A Texas sheriff's office confirms safety concerns about the spread of domestic drones FRIDAY, DEC 7, 2012 01:06 PM PST BY NATASHA LENNARD In a recent investigative report by the Center for Responsive Politics and Hearst newspapers, the authors expressed concern that drones were being pushed into the domestic market before safety and ethics issues had been sufficiently addressed. Such fears played out when the first police department in the country to acquire an aerial dr...more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours 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 - 15 hours 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 - 16 hours 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 »

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 16 hours ago
Political battles do not occur in a vacuum, and the current scrum features several highly familiar elements. If you've been following the "austerity bomb" / "austerity crisis" news (better terms than "the fiscal cliff"), one of many striking features is the colossal bad faith of the Republicans. Steve Benen devised the nifty chart shown above breaking down how lopsided the current "deal" is.

Photo gallery: The wake of Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 16 hours 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 - 17 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 - 17 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

The Post-Election "What Republicans Should Do" Rant

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 17 hours ago
Post-election analyses about what the Republican Party should change have been pretty popular recently, and it's been fun to see sharp bloggers poke holes in the most blind, hubristic or otherwise ridiculous "advice." Personally, while I'm happy to work with decent people who self-identify as conservative or Republican, that type of person is faaaar from the norm in the conservative base or

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 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 - 17 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 - 18 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! - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 - 19 hours ago
Live, "Overcome" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQrN4Ehu0EU

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