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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

1 January - Blogs I'm Following II

"Clean water and health care and school a...
"Clean water and health care and school and food and tin roofs and cement floor, all of these things should constitute a set of basics that people must have as birthrights." -- Paul Farmer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, KBE (Persi...
English: Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, KBE (Persian: صدرالّدين آغا خان, Ṣadr ad-Dīn Āghā Khān) (17 January 1933 – 12 May 2003) served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1966 to 1978. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The village of Trnovo which was destr...
English: The village of Trnovo which was destroyed during the hostilities in the prior Yugoslavia. The village will be fully reconstructed through funding by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The work will be completed by a local contractor by the end of 1996. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Workers from the United Nations High ...
English: Workers from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, and CARE gather bundles of shelters and mosquito nets that have been dropped from a U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Packages containing tents, tarps, and mosquito...
Packages containing tents, tarps, and mosquito netting sit in a field in Dadaab, , December 11, 2006, after being delivered via C-130 Hercules aircraft by U.S. service members assigned to . The organization is providing humanitarian aid and relief supplies to the approximately 160,000 people stranded by recent flooding in rural areas of Kenya. DoD photo by Tech. Sergeant Steve Staedler, U.S. Air Force. (Released) (Released to Public) Location: DADAAB REGION, KENYA AFRICA 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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So we have a fiscal-cliff "compromise." Here's a glimpse of some of the corporate giveaways that are actually in it

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 37 seconds ago
* * *by Ken* The *Washington Post*'s Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Hedlerman reported tonight at 11pm ET: The House late Tuesday gave final approval to a Senate-backed bill that will let taxes rise for the richest Americans, shield the middle class from tax hikes and extend emergency unemployment benefits, ending Washington's long drama over the "fiscal cliff." The dramatic vote followed a wild day in which the critical measure was assumed for several hours to be headed for defeat because of widespread Republican objections. The vote was 257 to 167, with 85 Republicans joining ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 37 minutes ago
“Few star clusters are seen to be so close to each other. Some 7,000 light-years away, though, this pair of open or galactic star clusters is an easy binocular target, a lovely starfield in the northern constellation Perseus. Also visible to the unaided eye from dark sky areas, it was cataloged in 130 BC by Greek astronomer Hipparchus. *Click image for larger size.* Now known as h and chi Persei, or NGC 869 (above right) and NGC 884, the clusters themselves are separated by only a few hundred light-years and contain stars much younger and hotter than the Sun. In addition to bein... more »

Another Long, Cold Night in Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 38 minutes ago
*Been a lot of them over the years.* "In a separate development Sunday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees distributed emergency cold weather supplies to families in a *refugee camp* where two days earlier a *3-year-old child died *of exposure. But camp leaders and Afghan government officials criticized the aid delivery as inadequate to protect camp residents from *continued cold conditions* and to prevent more deaths." * **Where is the damn global warming when you really need it?* * **Also see*: *Cold Killed Afghan Children* The Children of Afghanistan *Maybe the Af... more »

Fiction/nonfiction debate a diversion from the big question: Should we have common core standards?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 39 minutes ago
Posted as a comment at: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2012/12/literature_versus_nonfiction_d.html#comments The debate over fiction vs. non-fiction in the Common Core is diverting us from a more important question: should we have common core standards? The rational for the standards is the belief that our schools are "broken." There is no evidence this is true: Middle class American students who attend well-funded schools score at the top of the world on international tests. Our unspectacular scores are because US has such a high percentage of child poverty, 23.1%, the se... more »

Happy New Year!!!!!

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 45 minutes ago
Happy New Year, friends! :). I had an absolutely fabulous New Year's Eve. We were supposed to go to a friends' house for drinks and hanging out, but her daughter got the flu and they did not want to infect everyone, so they cancelled and we decided to stay in, which is our fav thing to do on NYE anyway. Our night consisted of a competitive game of Sequence, a bottle of champagne I bought for the night from Whole Foods, and some mixed drinks, as well as football bowl games. It was awesome, and we were in bed by 1201 AM. Loved every second. Also, the champagne we had was really ... more »

Chet Raymo, “When No One Is Looking?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 50 minutes ago
*“When No One Is Looking?” * by Chet Raymo “Here is a short passage from Rachel Joyce's sweet little novel “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”. Harold, a retired, henpecked, sixty-something couch-potato, for a reason we need not describe, is walking, absurdly ill-equipped, 500 miles across England. Footsore, discouraged and forlorn, he steps into a cathedral: "When no one was looking, Harold slipped to his knees and asked for the safety of the people he had left behind, and those who were ahead. He asked for the will to keep going. He also apologized for not believing." Whe... more »

End Of Year Notes By John Friend

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 54 minutes ago
I am doing some catching up on some great articles put out by my friends in this, the real truth movement, so bear with me... It is very important that the message presented by everyone be shared so as to reach as many people as possible... I want to share with my own readers one great article that comes courtesy of my friend, John Friend, who writes the blog: John Friend's Blog, at www.johnfriendsblog.blogspot.com. It is simply entitled: "End Of Year Notes" and John does a great job of summing up 2012 and our battle against Jewish criminality in fine detail. I have that article r... more »

Checking Up on Afghanistan's Abductions

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
"US doctor rescued from Taliban in Afghanistan" New York Times, December 10, 2012 KABUL — An *American doctor* kidnapped by the Taliban was *rescued* Sunday by Afghan and coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. At least *six people were killed* and two Taliban leaders were arrested during the rescue. The American, Dilip Joseph, and two Afghan doctors were abducted Wednesday as they traveled to a clinic in the Sorobi District of eastern Afghanistan, about an hour outside of the capital, Kabul, said the district police chief, Naqeebullah Khan. The rescue took place ... more »

An Undefeated Insurgency in Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*We knew that **two years ago**.* "NATO says Afghan attacks increase" July 28, 2012 KABUL — Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the past three months were up 11 percent, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics on monthly violence released by the US-led coalition. The figures, which NATO released on Thursday, also show that the number of attacks in June was the highest for any month since fighting surged in the summer of 2010. The *disturbing increase* comes at a time when foreign troops are leaving and insurgents are trying to prove they rem... more »

The "real hurdle" in educational reform: Poverty

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
Protecting children from the impact of poverty Sent to the Chicago Sun Times, January 1, 2013 Yes, poverty is the “real hurdle to education reform” (Dec. 29). We can protect children from some of the impact of poverty immediately and inexpensively. Poverty means inadequate diet, inferior health care, and lack of access to books at home, in school and in the community, among other things, and each of these has a devastating effect on school performance. We are investing billions in new standards and tests, and there is no research indicating that this will help children. Instead, ... more »

Long Forgotten Afghanistan Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*I'm sorry it took so long for me to get around it, readers. * "Afghan war barely echoes in US; Battles rage in Afghanistan, but political and public focus fades" by Bryan Bender | Globe Staff, August 17, 2012 DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — The *longest war in American history commands little attention or debate* — in the halls of Congress, on the presidential campaign trail, or in the public square.... For most Americans, the *war is not at the forefront of their political consciousness*, even though Americans will be in combat for at least another two years, and some troops could ... more »

Important Health News: Video - Vaccine Nation

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
I have been warning people for years to absolutely stay away from vaccines, period. It has been especially troubling for me to see people being gullible and lining up for their poisonous seasonal "flu shots". I have repeatedly warned people to not fall victim to the media and government lies about the "need" for seasonal flu shots, but it does appear that my words have fallen on deaf ears. I want to present a fabulous video that I came across some time ago. It is entitled: "Vaccine Nation", and the facts that it presents about vaccines is truly shocking and an eye opener. I ... more »

Paulo Coelho, “The Imperfect Attracts Us”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“The Imperfect Attracts Us”* by Paulo Coelho "Beauty exists not in sameness but in difference. Who could imagine a giraffe without its long neck or a cactus without its spines? The irregularity of the mountain peaks that surround us is what makes them so imposing. If we tried to make them all the same, they would no longer command our respect. It is the imperfect that astonishes and attracts us. When we look at a cedar tree, we don’t think: ‘The branches should be all the same length.’ We think: ‘How strong it is.’ When we see a snake, we never say: ‘He is crawling along the ... more »

Happy New Year From The Northerntruthseeker

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
I have been busy all day today with family and friends.... Only now have I been able to surf the net and take the time to focus on this blog.... I want to wish everyone, and especially my friends in this, the real truth movement, a very Happy New Year. This will most definitely be a very troubling year, with the danger of full world economic collapse coming, as well as a new push for war against the innocent nation of Iran. And we will definitely see the push by the criminal Jewish elements to have full gun control laws imposed on the citizens of the United States to finally ensla... more »

Happy 2013

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 2 hours ago
I plan on calling it twenty thirteen, by the way. Thirteen is a significant number in my life, in many good ways. So I've been waiting for a great graphic to express my hopes for this year and a facebook friend delivered a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon from 1996. Possibly the last panel Waterman ever posted. I still miss this cartoon so much. Wish he hadn't retired.

Thankful to be in Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
"US troops in Afghanistan celebrate Thanksgiving" by DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press / November 22, 2012 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) —There was roast turkey, sliced turkey, ham and rib-eye steaks. The troops were served steaming side dishes of dressing, corn, collard greens, yams and mashed potatoes and gravy that some lapped up with spoons. For dessert, there was a massive cake with a turkey etched in icing, pumpkin spice cookies and scores of pies. A short walk from the dining hall, service members were playing a modified version of American football. Parts of the scene could have co... more »

House GOP ready to push America over the cliff

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 2 hours ago
Latest word is the House Republicans will maybe end up allowing the passage of the Senate bill at some point tonight, but not before making a day long public spectacle of their dysfunction. Clear highlight being Cantor's brief challenge for the gavel. Which apparently failed if one is to take the clues from the subsequent solidarity photo ops. Like this one: [Photo: AP file/J. Scott Applewhite] To which the White House replied: [photo via Zeke Miller] I've seen a few call this day a turning point on the twitter. Not so sure we've really reached peak wingnut myself, but surely t... more »

Right-wingers at sea both literally and figuratively, says Richard Cohen

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
* **"Nothing good happens when Republicans leave land."* *-- Richard Cohen, in his WaPo column* "Republicans adrift" *by Ken* This observation by columnist Cohen is prompted by a pair of right-wing ocean voyages: the famous one in 2008 when loony tunes gathered by *The Weekly Standard* headed north to Alaska and made a shocking discovery, and one just this past November, organzied by *National Review*, when the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam chugged out of Fort Lauderdale carrying a shipload of crazies who no doubt booked passage thinking they would be celebrating the Great Triumph ov... more »

Fueling Afghan Corruption

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
"US watchdog raises worry about Afghan fuel program" Associated Press, September 11, 2012 WASHINGTON — The watchdog for US spending in Afghanistan says lax accountability in a *$1.1 billion* program *supplying fuel* to the Afghan National Army needs ‘‘immediate attention’’ before control of the program is turned over to the Kabul government in less than four months. There’s no proof the fuel is actually being used by Afghan security forces for their missions, meaning it is not known how much fuel has been *lost, stolen, or diverted* to the insurgency, according to a report released ... more »

Interview With Edward F. Edinger ["The psyche is real"]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*"Archetype of the Apocalypse: Divine Vengeance, Terrorism, and the End of the World,"* by the late Jungian analyst Dr. Edward F. Edinger. Dr. Edward F. Edinger "was a leading Jungian analyst and founding member of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. He was chairman of the C.G. Jung Training Center in New York, where he practiced for many years." [Source: Amazon.com]. Dr. Edinger died on July 17, 1998. Here is an excerpt from The New York Times obituary, dated August 2, 1998, titled, *"Edward F. Edinger, 75, Analyst And Writer on Jung's Concepts"*: Dr. Edward F. Edinger, a ... more »

The Chicago archdiocese's Gang of Seven promotes panic in the parishes

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Cardinal George, ringleader of the Chicago Gang of Seven* * * *by Ken* When the lame-duck session of the Illinois State Senate resumes this afternoon, one piece of legislation scheduled to receive consideration, and possibly a Thursday vote, is same-sex marriage. And so predictably, the Archdiocese of Chicago is on the job. As Kate Sosin reported for *Windy City Times*: Chicago's Archbishop wants Catholics to oppose efforts to pass same-sex marriage in Illinois. With a vote on marriage equality possibly days away, Cardinal Francis George has issued a letter against same-sex marri... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Sweeping Kabul's Streets

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
Afghan streets get overdue facelift * **Same with **this blog**. *

Raising Raziq

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
"Police Chief in Southern Afghanistan Survives Attack That Kills 4 Civilians KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban tried and failed to kill one of their most hated enemies late on Monday when the police chief of Kandahar Province, who is pursuing an aggressive campaign against the insurgents in their former southern homeland, survived a powerful suicide car bombing that killed four civilians and wounded 20 more, Afghan officials said Tuesday. The police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, who has survived several Taliban assassination attempts, was driving through the eastern part of Kandahar c... more »

Afghan Bonfire

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*Just for show.* "5 British marines charged in Afghan death" by Jill Lawless | Associated Press, October 15, 2012 LONDON — Also Sunday, Afghan officials announced that counternarcotics police poured gas on more than 24 tons of narcotics and other illegal substances, then set the pile ablaze on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghan authorities said the drugs, drug-making chemicals, and alcohol were seized in and around the capital during the past nine months. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, deputy minister of counternarcotics at the Interior Ministry, said the destroyed drugs included heroin, opiu... more »

Night in an Afghan Jail

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*In the custody of.... ?????? * "US to keep control of some detainees in Afghanistan" by Charlie Savage and Graham Bowley | New York Times, September 06, 2012 WASHINGTON — The *US military will maintain control over a cluster of foreign detainees* and *new ones captured on the battlefield* in Afghanistan, even as the two countries prepare to *ceremonially turn over detention operations* to Afghan control at President Hamid Karzai’s demand, Afghan and US officials said. The *persistence of US-run holding cells* in Afghanistan, in a section of the main Parwan prison complex, *under... more »

High School Student Faces Expulsion For Writing Poem About Sandy Hook Massacre

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
After the shooting in Newtown, Conn. left her emotionally traumatized, high school student Courtni Webb vented the best way she knew how, through poetry. Her poem spoke about the possible motivations that could have inspired Adam Lanza’s murderous rampage, but apparently that was ground not to be treaded on as the school suspended her for it and is threatening to permanently expel her. Her school, the Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island in San Franscisco, Cali., saw the poem as a threat and said it violated their zero tolerance policy on violence. http://www.infowars.com/hi... more »

50 doomiest stories of 2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
At some point, the pace of doom will overtake this blog’s capacity to document it. In 2012, Desdemona came pretty close to this threshold, as a burst of extreme weather events battered civilization and illustrated the nature of abrupt climate change to the most obdurate of nation states. “The new normal” is how observers from Christiane Amanpour to *The Onion*characterized the various forms of extreme weather that wrought havoc around the globe. Thousands of high-temperature records fell in the United States alone, and immense swaths of boreal forest burned across the Northern Hemi... more »

50 doomiest stories of 2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
At some point, the pace of doom will overtake this blog’s capacity to document it. In 2012, Desdemona came pretty close to this threshold, as a burst of extreme weather events battered civilization and illustrated the nature of abrupt climate change to the most obdurate of nation states. “The new normal” is how observers from Christiane Amanpour to *The Onion*characterized the various forms of extreme weather that wrought havoc around the globe. Thousands of high-temperature records fell in the United States alone, and immense swaths of boreal forest burned across the Northern Hemi... more »

The Most Important New Drug Of 2012: Kalydeco?

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 4 hours ago
Matthew Herper, a science and medicine blogger for Forbes, says that Kalydeco, a new drug which treats cystic fibrosis, "is a triumph of genetics and drug development." The pharmaceutical concern is Vertex, which also makes Incivek for hepatitis C. He points out that Kalydeco itself will only help about 2,800 patients worldwide. As such, it is not the numbers this one drug will serve which make it significant. Rather, Mr. Herper claims "it’s probably the most exciting as a harbinger of drugs to come." Herper gives three reasons why he believes Kalydeco is important. The first po... more »

The very politically incorrect truth about the Second Amendment

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
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Fat-Free Econ 35: World's 25 Largest Economies in 2012

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
This is my article in TV5's news portal last December 31, http://www.interaksyon.com/business/51641/fat-free-economics--philippine-economic-prospects-viewed-against-global-growth-scene ----------- Diversity and spontaneity are important characteristics of the human mind if unhindered in pursuing individual talent and creativity. The more restrictions and limitations imposed on people, the less creative and innovative they can be. This is the case of many developed economies as welfare populism has tied their entrepreneurial creativity and public finance, resulting in slow growth, a... more »

Enbridge Pipeline and Stephen Harper, Both Will Be Stopped

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 5 hours ago
* * * ** Breakaway Oil Rig, Filled With Fuel, Runs Aground* *"* *An enormous Shell Oil offshore drilling rig ran aground on an island in the Gulf of Alaska on Monday night after it broke free from tow ships in rough seas, officials said.....**The rig, the Kulluk, which was used for test drilling in the Arctic last summer, is carrying about 139,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 12,000 gallons of lubricating oil and hydraulic fluid, the officials said. ....**officials from Shell, Alaskan state agencies and other groups that has been directing the response since the troubles with the rig b... more »

Happy New Year

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
Fireworks, nice food, wine, beer, other high octane or low octane drinks. Good way to greet the new year, always looking up, hopeful and cheerful for the coming year. A good friend, Boye Quiambao, posted this in her facebook wall yesterday, I like it, so am reposting here. *Recipe for a Happy New Year** **(Anonymous)** ** **Take twelve fine, full-grown months and see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate. Cleanse them completely from every clinging spite. Pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness. In short, see that these months are ... more »

The Reading (Half)Year

Laura Sjoberg at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
I read. Really, I do. In fact, I read alot. But most of the reading I do, I’ve figured out, is for one of two particular purposes. First, I read to review. The International Feminist Journal of Politics gets about 100 manuscripts a year, and I read about 30 books between the Oxford Series on Continue reading

where are we going ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

earthrise

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Download and enlarge this image and you can see structures inside the large crater near the bottom. (moon rising) (download this image)

AmericaBlog's Gaius Publius points out that the Bush tax cuts HAVE EXPIRED, and therefore . . .

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*by Ken* Over at AmericaBlog, Gaius Publius notes: "Bush tax cuts have expired, no law has replaced them." As he points out : No, a handshake between Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell is not a new law, desite what you're reading in the papers. And yes, the negotiating ground has changed, despite what you're reading in the papers. I'm not absolutely sure that's the case, bearing in mind what WaPo's Village Fixer Chris Cillizza pointed out the other day about congressional electoral math: that whatever the polls say, congressional Republicans are pretty much invincible in their distric... more »

Untitled

mollymew at Molly'sBlog - 7 hours ago
*LIFE IN MUTUALISM:* *IN THE BEGINNING PART ONE-THE TIMES OF GENESIS:* Life probably began about 3.8 billion years ago.during the Eoarchaen Era (4 > 3.6 Billion years ago).This is the approximate time that we find the oldest rocks of Earth. Before this time the surface of the Earth was molten, and hence there there is no recoverable record., This was the Hadean eon. The Eoarchaen era left few signs in the fossil record, but of those which remain there is at least some evidence of bacterial colonies. Why 'colonies' ? Why was life undetectable until the arrival of a colonial lifest... more »

Russia throws poisonous meat back to US

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Pravda Anastasia Garina [image: Russia throws poisonous meat back to US. 48807.jpeg] U.S. meat supplies to Russia have been banned. The Russian Federation and the United States differ in the assessment of the causes of the situation. Russia claims that the reason for the ban was the presence of ractopamine drug in US meat. America insists that Russia's actions were a response to the adoption of the Magnitsky Act by the Senate and accuses Russia of violating WTO rules. On December 7, 2012 Russia's Federal Agency for Agricultural Control, Rosselhohznadzor, banned the imports of meat c... more »

Bachmann - Doesn't Deserve a Raise or To Be Paid

2old2care at Because I Can - 7 hours ago
From a local newspaper: Michele Bachmann Introduces Legislation to Rescind Congressional Pay Raise "We have a spending problem in our country and we should be looking for areas to cut spending," Bachmann said ... "we should not increase government spending and add to the debt burden by giving members of Congress a pay raise." Oh - Michele - SHUT UP - please, just SHUT UP Nobody cares about what comes out of your piehole. No - dear Michele - we have - an abundance of idiots like you in congress and we should be looking at getting rid of all of them, not paying them. Maybe she sho... more »

Passing A Very Bad/Lousy/Nationwide-Regrettable Deal (Why Financial Criminals Get A Free Pass (Largely) and Small-Time Nonviolent "Criminals" Do All the Time)

Paul Krugman | Perspective on the Deal Paul Krugman, The New York Times Krugman writes: "If Obama stands his ground on the debt ceiling, this deal won't look bad in retrospect. If he doesn't, yesterday will be seen as the day he began throwing away his presidency and the hopes of everyone who supported him." READ MORE And from the Congress: Harkin Blasts Fellow Democrats: ‘No

Evidence of Fukushima Fallout: Increase in Global "Background" Radiation Levels

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 7 hours ago
An Enenews poster, Vital1, has been collecting and graphing his radiation monitoring data. His careful data collection help document an increase in background radiation over the last year and a half. I find his data particularly concerning because he is in the southern hemisphere and therefore is not directly downwind of Fukushima fallout from the jet stream, which is I believe the most significant atmospheric conduit of Fukushima fallout* *outside of Japan. Furthermore, his data support my empirically based observations that fallout significantly increased in December of 2011 and... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

Overnight Stay at an Afghan Hospital

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
*The doctor may not be right with you*: "US should investigate alleged abuses at Afghan hospital" August 02, 2012 The photos of Afghan patients at the *US-funded* Dawood National Military Hospital in Kabul are troubling. * **It is not that I think Afghans are not worthy of medical care, but this as we are prescribed Medicare and Medicaid cuts here at home.* * **I suppose it wouldn't be so bad were they not there based on a series and sequence of unholy lies.* Injured Afghan soldiers, photographed by US military whistleblowers, are seen on beds at their country’s premier military hosp... more »

Dissension Among US House ALEC-ers????

2old2care at Because I Can - 8 hours ago
Proof that there is no honor among thieves. *ALEC-ers in BOLD below * From The Hill today Boehner's 100 loyal soldiers might give him political cover on 'cliff'By Bob Cusack - 01/01/13 03:06 PM ET By Bob Cusack - 01/01/13 03:06 PM ET Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) has about 100 Republican members he can count on if and when the Senate-passed "fiscal-cliff" bill hits the House floor, according to an analysis by The Hill. The following is the list of 92 House Republicans who didn't defect on any of the five fiscal cliff bills reviewed by The Hill. 1. Aaron Schock (Ill.) 2. *Adr... more »

Baling Together This Post About Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
*Turned out to be a patsy when I was all done. * "Robert Bales – Lone Nut or Scapegoat?; What are the Americans hiding?" by Justin Raimondo, March 23, 2012 The murder of 17 Afghan civilians – most of them children – by staff sergeant Robert Bales may be far worse than we think at present. The semi-official story, as related by our compliant news media, is that a formerly model soldier went bananas under the pressure of war-related injuries, financial problems at home, and the all-purpose PTSD explanation for military misbehavior, whereupon he decided – at 3 am in the morning, after ... more »

Crocker's Car Crash

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
"Ex-ambassador to Afghanistan faces charges of drunken driving, hit-run SPOKANE, Wash. — Former US ambassador Ryan Crocker is facing hit-and-run and *drunken driving* charges in Washington state after striking a semi truck when he tried to make a right turn from the left lane, authorities said Thursday. The 63-year-old Spokane native registered a 0.160 blood-alcohol content — *twice the legal limit* — and a 0.152 in successive breath tests when he was arrested Aug. 14 in Spokane Valley, State Trooper Troy Briggs said. Crocker, who was driving a 2009 Ford Mustang convertible, was sto... more »

"Empires of Illusion and the Credibility Trap"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Empires of Illusion and the Credibility Trap"* by Jesse "I came across a nice, compact interview with Chris Hedges which illuminates his thesis of the decline of the American Empire and the illusory thinking that accompanies it. Can the shock and meltdown of Karl Rove on election night be any better contemporary illustration of the power of selective thinking to delude a group of seemingly rational people to their own downfall? The end of empires and the accompanying sea change of social organization are always remarkable for their extremes of human behavior. The almost frene... more »

Why wait? Read 2013’s shocking political headlines right now on Alberta Diary!

David Climenhaga at Alberta Diary - 8 hours ago
The Dagny Taggarts, a synchronized skating team from Ottawa get ready to do their popular routine, “Where Is John Galt?” Defence Minister Joan Crockatt is in the front row, second from right. Below: Senator Tom Flanagan; U of C economics student Kim Jong-un, in full Calgary drag; Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk, ecstatic for his boss; ... more »

Karl Denninger, "Only One Thing To Say To This"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Only One Thing To Say To This"** by Karl Denninger "Yeah, it's pretty clear, eh? "The Senate early on New Year's Day voted overwhelmingly in favor of a fiscal cliff deal that would extend tax rates on annual household income under $450,000 and postpones automatic spending cuts for two months. The bill was approved in an 89-8 vote that came after only 10 minutes of formal floor debate and no official score from the Congressional Budget Office. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated it would reduce federal revenue by $3.93 trillion over the next decade compared to current law... more »

New Year's Resolutions: The 52 & 7 Challenge...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*this is something I can run with.* This whole year long resolution thingy just doesn't work. You know that and I know that. So why do we still keep doing it? It's a mystery. Jon Acuff has come up with a great idea. *Really* great! From *Jon Acuff:* [...]So how do I approach 2013? Knowing that I’ve had much more enjoyable years when I’ve been deliberate with my time do I change my design on the year? Easy, I break the year down. There are 365 days in the year. There are 7 core areas of life. (Spiritual, Financial, Physical, Social, Mental, Career, Family.) 365 divided b... more »

One tweet to fool them all and in the darkness bind them

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 9 hours ago
The Senate passed a bill in the early hours of January 1st, meaning technically the Bush tax cuts have expired and we've been effectively pushed off the "fiscal cliff." So now we're waiting for the House to pick up their side of the legislative safety net to break the fall. I'd advise not to hold the breath, since Cantor has already announced the House GOPers haven't yet decided to take a vote today. Hey, what's the rush? Booman explained the Senate deal. Clearly it's not perfect. It's far from a resounding victory for liberalism, but Dems have made much worse concessions and GOPer... more »

"To the Class, and People, of 2012"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"To the Class of 2012"* By Bill Bonner "We spent the weekend in Charlottesville, VA…at the UVA graduation for our son, Henry. The University of Virginia is probably the most handsome campus in America. Especially in May. It has a green central esplanade bordered by columned buildings in the Greco-Roman style. At one end is the famous Rotunda. Flowers and trees bloom everywhere. We know of no other president who achieved anything equivalent. Some waged dubious wars. Some launched weasely social welfare programs. The best of them idled away their careers, shaking hands, making de... more »

Greenhouse effect doesn't contradict any laws of physics

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
It's the new year, 2013, and I will start it with some sort of "hardcore skeptic bashing". Needless to say, it's not the first time when you can read a text on this blog that could be described in this way. Your humble correspondent is balanced when it comes to the catching of mistakes spread by "alarmists" as well as "skeptics", "believers" as well as "infidels", and so on. *The glass greenhouses resemble the greenhouse effect in the sense that they make it harder for the heat to escape. However, the methods to achieve so are different. The greenhouse mechanically stops convectio... more »

Russia's Sanctuary for Deposed Leaders

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
You've probably never heard of Barvikha, Russia. It's a posh little villageon the A105 out of Moscow. And it might soon be the new home of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. *The village hosts a luxury sanitarium popular with Russian presidents and top drawer nobs. It also serves as a refuge for several deposed bad guys, the type who understood when they absolutely had to get out of Dodge.* *This improbable small town of villas and luxury boutiques, built around the sanitarium, is home to half a dozen or so deposed leaders and members of their families.* * * *In its snowy tranqui... more »

Shell drilling rig runs aground in heavy Alaska seas

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: The Kulluk drill barge as it was being towed Sunday south of Kodiak Island in Alaska, 30 December 2012. Heavt seas forced crew members to disconnect the rig from its last remaining tow line and the vessel went aground on a small island south of Kodiak on 1 January 2012. U.S. Coast Guard] By Kim Murphy 1 January 2013 (Los Angeles Times) – Days of efforts trying to guide a mobile offshore drilling rig through stormy Alaska seas hit a crisis Monday night when crew members were forced to disconnect the rig from its last remaining tow line and the vessel went aground on a smal... more »

Thought for the day...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
heh Gleefully stolen from rmactsc via Phoebe's Detention Room.

“Javert’s Religion of Statism”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Javert’s Religion of Statism”* by Jeffrey Tucker "Those who take prosperity for granted- and all of us do whether we admit it or not- would do well to make their way to the film "Les Misérables", which features Russell Crowe playing the role of the relentless French cop Javert (not to mention an astonishingly effective presentation of “I Dreamed the Dream” by Anne Hathaway). This film brilliantly pictures a level of poverty that none of us has ever known. We do well to reflect on it and the reasons that we do experience such poverty now (hint: it’s not because of Congress.) An... more »

My Store, Mi Tienda

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 10 hours ago
Store Menu By Price All Prices Under $10 From $10 to $15 From $15 to $20 From $20 to $25 From $25 to $30 From $30 to $35 From $35 to $40 From $40 to $50 Over $50 The Burning question One of a kind copyrighted, thought provoking original art work to wear. People will ask you, "where did you get it?" [image: For thinkers, problem solvers ant those who find themselves in a dilema to solve or don't know where to go in life.] The burning question products iPad Sleeve $22.49 [image: For thinkers, problem solvers ant those who find th... more »

Monbiot, 2012 - The Year of the Great Polishing

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
To *The Guardian's* enviro-scribe, George Monbiot, 2012 was the year we did our best to abandon the natural world. *In 2012 governments turned their backs on the living planet, demonstrating that no chronic problem, however grave, will take priority over an immediate concern, however trivial. I believe there has been no worse year for the natural world in the past half-century.* *...Their indifference was distilled into a great collective shrug at the Earth Summit in June. The first summit, 20 years before, was supposed to have heralded a new age of environmental responsibility. Dur... more »

Fate On A Subway Platform-- And Ugly, Ignorant Uniquely American Racism And Xenophobia

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
For the last two weeks the *only* news in India-- and 24/7-- has involved the brutal gang rape of a 23-year old unnamed woman in Delhi who died from her injuries over the weekend. She was undergoing medical treatment in Singapore and her body was shipped back to Delhi today. Delhi has been overtaken with protests-- and shocking police brutality-- the entire time. The center of Delhi has ground to a halt, even the subway system shutting down all the stations in the center of town. And the roads were all blocked by the heavy-handed security forces who treated the hundreds of thousand... more »

One Little Word for 2013

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
Fearless. In 2013, I want to be Fearless. So many times I have let fear dictate my life. It has kept me from doing something things and almost paralyzed me into not doing other things. Fear almost kept me from going to my first blogger event in 2012 and I am so glad it didn't. The blogger community is an incredible thing to be apart of. Something I wouldn't miss for the world. Fear often keeps me from driving. I never know when a migraine is going to hit and so I just don't go anywhere. I let fear trap me. I know it is impossible to actually be fearless for 2013, so the goal is ... more »

Satire: "Washington Celebrates Solving Totally Unnecessary Crisis They Created"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Washington Celebrates Solving Totally* * Unnecessary Crisis They Created"* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "Official Washington was in celebration mode on New Year’s Day after kind of averting a completely unnecessary crisis that was entirely of its own creation. “This deal proves that if we all procrastinate long and hard enough, we can semi-solve any self-inflicted problem at the very last minute in a way that satisfies no one,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). But even as Sen. McConnell basked in self-congratulation, he warned Con... more »

My New Store Mi nueva Tienda

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 11 hours ago
Store Menu By Price All Prices Under $10 From $10 to $15 From $15 to $20 From $20 to $25 From $25 to $30 From $30 to $35 From $35 to $40 From $40 to $50 Over $50 The Burning question One of a kind copyrighted, thought provoking original art work to wear. People will ask you, "where did you get it?" [image: For thinkers, problem solvers ant those who find themselves in a dilema to solve or don't know where to go in life.] The burning question products iPad Sleeve $22.49 [image: For thinkers, problem sol... more »

Northern Ireland: Evacuation after pipe bomb thrown

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A viable pipe bomb was thrown at a house in west Belfast on New Year’s Eve. Dozens of homes in the Glenalina Park area of Ballymurphy were evacuated during the alert just after 10pm on Monday. Residents were moved to the nearby Whiterock Community Centre but were allowed back into their houses at about 12.30am. http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/headlines/evacuation-after-pipe-bomb-thrown-1-4632501

Happy New Year

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 11 hours ago
I got lost yesterday but all of you were in my thoughts, and I raised a glass to all at midnight -- in my dreams. Thirteen is a lucky number in my life. Here's hoping that translates to a prosperous and happy year for everyone.

Middle Class - No Kids? Fiscal Deal was Not for You.

2old2care at Because I Can - 11 hours ago
*Middle Class?* *No kids?* *Middle Class?* *No kids living at home?* *Middle Class?* *No kids going to school?* The fiscal cliff deal done in the middle of the night does nothing for you. *Absolutely nothing.* *We weren't even considered in the process last night. * *We don't count, even though there are a lot of us in today's society.* Is the House going to pass it? Frankly - I don't give a damn. Republicans - Democrats - Independents - they are all the same to me today. * * * (Except - *Democrats Thomas R. Carper (DE), Michael Bennet (CO), and Tom Harkin (IA) who voted no) * ... more »

Stephen Ashton Killed In Thailand 'Gang Attack'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A British tourist shot dead in Thailand has been named by the Foreign Office as Stephen Ashton. He was reportedly killed at a New Year's Eve party after being caught in the crossfire during a fight between two local gangs. The 22-year-old was said to have died as he danced with friends at a beach bar on the island of Koh Phangan. http://news.sky.com/story/1032169/brit-tourist-killed-in-thailand-gang-attack

Islamic militants massacre five women teachers travelling to primary school in protest at female education in Pakistan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Five female teachers in Pakistan have been slaughtered by Islamic militants bent on keeping women and girls away from education. They were murdered in a New Year's Day ambush on the van carrying them home from their jobs at a community centre and primary school in the north-west of the country. The teachers and two health workers - one man and one woman - were killed this afternoon in the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255649/Islamic-militants-massacre-women-teachers-travelling-primary-school-protest-female-education-Pa... more »

Sean Cawthray: Police hunt for dangerous serial rapist who walked out of open prison

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A serial rapist is being hunted by police after walking out of an open prison. Sean Cawthray, 41, was jailed indefinitely in 2002 after attempting to kidnap a 14-year-old girl by dragging her away from a bus stop. He was last seen at Leyhill Open Prison in south Gloucestershire at 5.30pm on Sunday and is believed to have left the unit before 8.30pm. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255642/Public-warned-approach-dangerous-serial-rapist-walked-open-prison.html *Police warn public not to approach him, so what's he doing in an open prison?*

Drifting Shell drill ship grounds on rocks off Alaska

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A large drill ship belonging to oil major Shell ran aground off Alaska on Monday night after drifting in stormy weather, company and government officials said. The ship, the Kulluk, broke away from one of its tow lines on Monday afternoon and was driven to rocks just off Kodiak Island, where it grounded at about 9 p.m. Alaska time, officials said. The 18-member crew had been evacuated by the Coast Guard late Saturday because of risks from the storm. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/01/us-alaska-ship-idUSBRE90005S20130101

Pussy paranoia . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 12 hours ago
UNLIKE STEVIE, it can be hard to tell what your cat may be up to, cats are subtle creatures. Matthew Inman's oeuvre is available at Amazon and elsewhere.

There is No Printable Title for This

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
Saw this on the top of the ever evolving front page of Daily Kos and it pissed me off more than anything I have read in a long time. Here's some cheery news to take your mind off the fiscal cliff curb. The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Saturday: WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama is urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage in his home state as lawmakers are poised to take up the measure as early as this week in Springfield. "While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone ... more »

David Brooks to American voters: Drop dead!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2013* *Rhetorician, heal thyself:* David Brooks was looking for someone to blame for a rather weak budget agreement and for more failures to come. He settled on a familiar safe target. And yes, we have that date right: BROOKS (1/1/13): *Whom should we blame for this?* Again, we should not blame Obama and Boehner. In their different ways, they and a number of other people in the Congress are trying to find a politically palatable way to deal with these hard issues. They got what conditions allowed. *Ultimately, we should blame the American voters. The average Med... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN SULA, INDONESIA - 1st January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 15:18:37 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 12:18:37 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.105°S, 126.818°E Depth 32.8 km (20.4 miles) Region KEPULAUAN SULA, INDONESIA Distances 98 km (60 miles) WNW of Laiwui, Indonesia

Tuesday Morning Linkage Club

PM at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Happy New Year, if you’re into that whole Gregorian calendar thing. (And this photo is, inshallah, our last Gangnam Style reference.) Sorry to those of you who thinks this blog inclines too much toward America-centric linkage; there’s a lot of that in today’s edition. Look below for more traditional IR links. On a related note, Continue reading

Sex Offender Sent to Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 12 hours ago
*No wonder the Afghans want us to leave. * "Oregon soldier on probation can go to Afghanistan" by STEVEN DUBOIS | Associated Press, September 15, 2012 PORTLAND, Ore. — An Army Reserve corporal can deploy to Afghanistan without the fear he will be arrested when returning home, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled Friday. Derrick James McDonald, 22, had asked the court to resolve a conflict between his Army orders to deploy and his local probation requirements. In response to the emergency request, the court directed Washington County Judge Gayle Nachtigal to modify the terms of the sold... more »

Django reviewers in chains: Can A. O. Scott possibly mean that?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2013* *The press corps’ relation to power:* The wonderful thing about certain movies is you get home so *early.* Yesterday, that’s the way it was when we went to see Django Unchained. We were back in the car by 3 o’clock, not the expected 5. “Free at last,” we appreciatively murmured as we hurried from the multiplex. While inside, we had endured a very long string of numbingly dim-witted trailers, then a 40-minute dose of Tarantino’s latest. Were we driven from the theater by the much-heralded blood and violence? By the use of the N-word? Actually, no—in the e... more »

Another Year, Another Deal

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
So, did you have an exciting New Year's Eve? I sure did. I wore a tacky necklace made out of purple beads and a plastic shot glass, watched a bit of Twilight Zone marathon, switched over to CNN to watch the orgy, and switched off the TV the minute the ghoulish ricti of Shrillionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his union-busting, Occupy-evicting girlfriend Diana Taylor appeared. It could always have been worse. At least he wasn't tonguing Lady Gaga this year. "It could always have been worse" is the conventional wisdom of the Great Fiscal Cliff Averting deal apparently reached last nigh... more »

The Terrorists Haven't Won... Yet.

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
If we had gone off fiscal cliff, GOP wouldn't have had to vote on tax hikes, only cuts. Obama made 'em break the pledge. — The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) January 1, 2013 The latter-day Republican Party is more misused than an internet apostrophe. The party that a couple of generations ago had given and had helped give us a progressive tax rate of 90% on the 1%, the Eisenhower Highway System, a strong national defense and kick-ass foreign policy has degenerated into the world's premiere clown show, the worst show on earth. It's one that's reduced to heckling the President and o... more »

Kathy Griffin "jumps the shark"...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*by kissing the sardine on live TV.* *Vile, vile people! * Way to go, CNN. * **From NewsBusters:* *Kathy Griffin Kisses Anderson Cooper's Crotch On National Television* Glad I was in bed by 10:30.

COMING CRISIS ESTABLISHES LINK BETWEEN HILLARY CLINTON'S INJURIES AND IRANIAN PLANE CRASH

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*Around Dec 30, Media quietly reports plane landing in Ahvaz, Iran on Dec 14:* http://news.yahoo.com/iran-us-plane-leaves-emergency-landing-181542975.html http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/12/30/uk-iran-plane-usa-idUKBRE8BT01M20121230 *Debka hints at plane crash/emergency landing link in Ahvaz, Iran:* http://www.debka.com/article/22645/Hillary-Clinton-in-hospital-amid-speculation-of-plane-accident-in-Iran *Hillary's ailments / hospitalization stories begin appearing Dec 15.* *Commander Job Price, head of Hillary's security detail, dies inexplicably, without any solid, confirmed date... more »

Iran warns off foreign planes during naval drill: report

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Iran has warned off foreign surveillance planes that have tried to approach its forces during naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz, an Iranian military spokesman said on Tuesday. The drills, which began on Friday, are aimed at showcasing Iran's military capability in the shipping route through which 40 percent of the world's sea-borne oil exports pass. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/01/us-iran-military-drill-idUSBRE90004O20130101

U.S. arms sales to Asia set to boom on Pacific "pivot"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
U.S. sales of warplanes, anti-missile systems and other costly weapons to China's and North Korea's neighbors appear set for significant growth amid regional security jitters. Strengthening treaty allies and other security partners is central to the White House's "pivot" toward a Pacific region jolted by maritime territorial disputes in China's case, and missile and nuclear programs, in North Korea's. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/01/us-usa-asia-arms-sales-idUSBRE90005D20130101

Pakistan Bomb Blast: Explosion In Karachi

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
At least two people have died after a bomb exploded in a crowded area of Karachi, according to Sky sources. More than 30 people have been injured in the explosion, which damaged six buses and four motorbikes. http://news.sky.com/story/1032129/pakistan-bomb-blast-explosion-in-karachi

Word-nappers: A subjectively abridged history of plagiarism

David DesRoches at Saving Ethical Journalism - 13 hours ago
The word “plagiarism” is derived from the Latin for “kidnap,” and the presence of word-nappers in this country is astounding, and growing — arguably at a rate commensurate with the growing ubiquity of electronic information*.* Plagiarism certainly is not a new problem, either, although some postmodernists would argue it’s an outdated and/or irrelevant relic from the Romantic era, when the acknowledgement of intellectual property as something tangible came into the public eye. Pre-romantic scholars and/or anarchists would argue that plagiarism can not exist because intellectual pr... more »

AmeriKan Military Clears Haze in Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
"A military jury recommended Tuesday that a sergeant receive a sentence of 30 days in prison for mistreating and assaulting Private Danny Chen, whose suicide in Afghanistan last year drew national attention to the standing of Asians in the US military." * **Also see: **The Haze of Afghanistan*

A Bad Year For The Environment

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
Canada's native peoples understand how toxic the Harper government is for the environment. So does the *Toronto Star*: Bill C-38 included more than $160 million in cuts to environmental spending, significantly impairing our ability to measure or mitigate our impact on Canada’s wilderness and wildlife. Yet it was never put before the Commons environment committee, nor does the bill ever mention climate change. The Harperites know exactly what they are doing. That is why they do it secretly. Apparently the Department of Fisheries and Oceans can’t find the $2 million per year re... more »

The Bottom Line in Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
"The bottom line is I see no real change."

Sunday Globe Special: Nigeria in the New Format

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
*In an entirely new yet similar style, and an exciting yet still familiar format.* "Radicals kill at least 15 in Nigerian village" by Haruna Umar | Associated Press, December 30, 2012 MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — *Gunmen suspected of belonging to a radical Islamist sect* ­attacked a village in northeast ­Nigeria, *tying up men, women, and children* before *killing at least 15* in the troubled region’s latest attack, witnesses said Saturday. The assault happened early Friday morning in the village of Musari on the outskirts of ­Maiduguri, the city where the sect known as Boko Haram first ... more »

New Year Will Bring New Format

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
*I know you have heard that before; however, I think you will find less Boston Globe, less highlighting, and more commentary. *

Angela Merkel fires warning shot at City as she calls for banking clampdown in New Year's address

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Angela Merkel has used her New Year's Eve speech to launch an open attack on the City of London as she attempts to win a third term as German Chancellor in 2013. In a move that will be grasped by British Eurosceptics, Mrs Merkel told Germany that she will repress Europe's biggest financial markets and fight to strengthen the EU's grip on banking. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255527/Angela-Merkel-fires-warning-shot-City-calls-banking-clampdown-New-Years-address.html

Venus Fly Trap

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
Malicious insects better watch out ... No sloshing digestive juices. Just clean oblivion. Grand merci to Lady Seraphina for the inspiration.

Shark Scare Closes Australia's Bondi Beach

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Thousands of bathers enjoying the hot New Year's Day weather on Australia's Bondi Beach fled the water on Tuesday after a shark alert was sounded. The crowded sea was cleared in a matter of minutes after authorities raised the alarm when a surf patrol boat said it had seen what it thought could have been a large shark. A helicopter was called in to scour the water but found no sign of the animal and the beach was reopened 25 minutes later. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/shark-scare-closes-australias-bondi-beach/564135

Hollande vows to revive French supertax

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
France's President Francois Hollande says he still plans to raise the top rate of income tax after his 75% plan was struck down on technical grounds. In a national address on New Year's Eve, he said the law would be redesigned, adding, "we will still ask more of those who have the most". However, he did not mention the 75% figure, leading some to speculate that the move would be watered down. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20881383
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