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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

10 January - Blogs I'm Following II

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'I didn't do it': Wife of $1m lottery winner killed by cyanide denies any part in murder as police reveal she DID NOT share his last meal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 minutes ago
The wife of the $1m lottery winner who died of cyanide poisoning a day after collecting his jackpot today denied killing him - as a police source claims that she did not share his final meal. Shabana Ansari frowned and told MailOnline: ‘No, certainly not’, when asked on Thursday if she was responsible for the death of Urooj Khan. Meanwhile, a Chicago police source has claimed that she did not share his last dinner, the traditional Indian Kofta curry she prepared at their home in Chicago. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260280/EXCLUSIVE-Wife-daughter-lottery-winner-murdered-... more »

Cyclone Narelle cuts fifth of global iron ore trade

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 minutes ago
A severe tropical cyclone off Australia's northwest coast that has shut ports handling a fifth of the world's globally traded iron ore and cut supplies of natural gas and oil intensified on Friday. Cyclone Narelle strengthened into a category 4 storm, one short of the most severe category 5 cyclone, meaning wind gusts could reach 250 kmph (155 mph) by Saturday as it veers closer to land, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/11/australia-cyclone-idUSL4N0AG0KF20130111

Smartly done, Queen E. Now you can go back to focusing on your little great-granddaughter being born healthy and happy

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 minutes ago
*Description:* The Queen overturned a rule that had been in place since 1917. The rule required a male heir to be first in line for the crown, but due to Kate's pregnancy announcement in December, that rule will be extracted. The new rule states any gender will have a stake in line for royalty. If the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a girl, she will be third in line for the throne. *by Ken* Two first responses to this momentous news: (1) You mean she can just do that, the queen? Just sign her name, and make royal girl-children just the same as boy-children in the line of roya... more »

116 killed, 235 injured as four blasts rock Pakistan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 minutes ago
Thursday marked a bloody day for Pakistan as four blasts rocked the country, leaving at least 116 people killed and 235 others injured. Out of the four blasts, three hit Quetta, capital city of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan Province bordering Afghanistan and Iran, while another hit a preaching center in the country's northwest district of Swat. On Thursday afternoon, at about 3:50 p.m. local time, a bomb hit a checkpost of Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force in Pakistan, at the Bacha Khan area of the downtown Quetta, leaving at least 12 including a FC member killed and 50 others... more »

Tornado hits Iberia Parish, Louisiana, but no injuries reported

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 minutes ago
An EF1 tornado touched down today southeast of New Iberia, blowing homes off their foundations, snapping trees and peeling siding and roofs off mobile homes, said Mike Marcotte, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles. It was one of three tornadoes reported today. The others were in Breaux Bridge and Iberville Parish. The Breaux Bridge tornado, also and EF1, was about 50 yards wide and three miles long. Fifty homes suffered minor to moderate damage, Marcotte said. http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20130110/NEWS01/130110041/Tornado-hits-Iberia-Parish-no-inj... more »

Dozens of pigs in Barahona died from a rare disease in Dominican Republic

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 minutes ago
Dozens of pigs have died in the last few days in 2 populations [farms] in this province, of a strange disease, that has led to concern among the people who raise pigs. Ruddy Medina who made the complaint said that the farmers of La Hoya and Habanero reported the situation and were requesting the intervention of Ministry of Agriculture authorities. He said that in his opinion, the disease responsible for these deaths is a type of KC2, which is determined as a consequence of the animals [having seizures]. He said that a farmer from the La Hoya community had 9 pigs, of which overnight... more »

After Meeting, NRA Says White House Has 'Agenda to Attack the Second Amendment'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 minutes ago
After meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House today, the National Rifle Association released a statement saying the White House has an "agenda to attack the Second Amendment." "The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about... more »

‘Severe’ Strain Of Flu Reaches Epidemic Proportions In New York City

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 minutes ago
The flu is currently at epidemic levels across the five boroughs, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley announced Thursday. Officials said a full 5 percent of emergency room visits are flu-related. “It’s a bad year. We’ve got lots of flu, it’s mainly type AH3N2, which tends to be a little more severe. So we’re seeing plenty of cases of flu and plenty of people sick with flu,” Farley told reporters including WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/01/10/farley-severe-strain-of-flu-reaches-epidemic-proportions-in-new-york-city/

California School Gunman 'Planned Attack'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 minutes ago
A 16-year-old who walked into a rural California high school and shot one student and fired at others had planned the attack, officials have said. The victim is in a critical but stable condition, and the suspect, whose pockets were stuffed with ammunition, is still being interrogated following the shooting on Thursday at Taft Union High School. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said that the suspect, a pupil at the school, had used a shotgun which belonged to his brother and went to bed on Wednesday night with a plan to shoot two fellow students. http://news.sky.com/story/10363... more »

James Holmes to Face Trial

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 29 minutes ago
A judge has ordered that the man suspected of killing 12 people in a cinema shooting in Aurora, Colorado, should stand trial. Judge William Sylvester found that prosecutors had established there was "probable cause" to believe James Holmes committed the crimes. "Therefore the court orders that Defendant shall be bound over for trial on all counts," he wrote in a 61-page ruling posted online. The 25-year-old has been charged with 166 offences following the shooting during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises last July. http://news.sky.com/story/1036512/colorado-cinema-massacre-suspect-... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake AEGEAN SEA - 11th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Friday, January 11, 2013 at 00:30:21 UTC Friday, January 11, 2013 at 02:30:21 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 39.631°N, 25.510°E Depth 5.8 km (3.6 miles) (poorly constrained) Region AEGEAN SEA Distances 46 km (28 miles) SE of Myrina, Greece

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake PAKISTAN - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 33 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 23:48:03 UTC Friday, January 11, 2013 at 04:48:03 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 28.918°N, 67.535°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region PAKISTAN Distances 30 km (18 miles) WSW of Bhag, Pakistan

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 33 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 21:57:19 UTC Friday, January 11, 2013 at 09:57:19 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.561°S, 175.250°E Depth 66.2 km (41.1 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 263 km (163 miles) WNW of Lautoka, Fiji

An Idea Whose Time Has Come!

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 33 minutes ago
All photos courtesy: © Studio Roosegaarde TreeHugger has already told us about how infrastructure designers in the Netherlands have decided that the country's highways need a major high-tech makeover and now those ideas are becoming reality. The Netherlands will start experimenting with photoluminescent paint on roads that charges in sunlight and then glows at night to denote lanes, traffic markers and even cold weather conditions. The Smart Highway concept was designed by Studio Roosegaarde and infrastructure management group Heijmans. It won Best Future Concept at the Dutch Desi... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 37 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 21:26:20 UTC Friday, January 11, 2013 at 07:26:20 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.345°N, 143.674°E Depth 34.5 km (21.4 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 236 km (146 miles) E of Namie, Japan

BEN FULFORD: The holiday lull is over, the fascist’s days are numbered

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 39 minutes ago
* * * * *The holiday lull is over, the fascist’s days are numbered* Posted by benjamin January 8, 2013 The fight {to} over the world’s financial system has been in limbo over the new year’s holiday, but big moves are now being made by various players in preparation for some upcoming decisive battles. In the US, Obama’s regime, in a show of bravado to hide fear and desperation, has announced it will issue trillion-dollar coins, confiscate Americans’ guns, murder and imprison Americans without due process, and eliminate term-limits so Obama can be made dictator for life. In the Mid... more »

When will testing fever end?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
Sent to Education Week, January 10, 2013. “Testing group picks ‘college readiness’ exam” (January 9) announces yet another test to add to the staggering pile of tests our students must take. When will this end? Because there is no evidence that adding more tests helps students, and plenty of evidence that increased testing will be very profitable for those who sell the tests and supply the infrastructure for the required on-line testing, the obvious answer is that testing fever will end only when the greed of the standardized-testing-industrial-complex is satisfied. In other word... more »

In Limbo

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 1 hour ago
I'm in the middle of a big move, over 400 miles away, to relocate for a new job. If you can believe it, it's still in Texas (distances are long here). I won't be posting again until late this month or early next month, but please come back and stay tuned. -- mj

Calling Out FAKE Liberals

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 hour ago
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How to Keep Your Valuables Safe From TSA Thieves

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 hour ago
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The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Mikado, Michigan, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, “A Wildly Seething Power”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“A Wildly Seething Power”* by Chet Raymo "I read Kierkegaard's “Fear and Trembling” at about the same age as Kierkegaard was when he wrote it- thirty. The young philosopher was wrestling with his demons, including the death of his father, a sternly religious man who demanded absolute obedience from his son. He had jilted the woman he loved, a self-inflicted wound that perhaps not even he understood. He was torn, in my opinion, between the demands of faith and reason. Like many before him, he turned to the story of Abraham and Isaac as a way of understanding his own endangered fa... more »

No More Clowning Around

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
"Clown collapses, dies during parade A clown suffered a fatal collapse in front of spectators at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Robert Blasetti, 67, went into cardiac arrest as he made balloon animals, officials said. A civilian worker for the New York Police Department also died, suffering an apparent heart attack while hooking up a vehicle to be towed off the parade route (AP )."

BU Hockey Team Sent to Penalty Box

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
"BU task force faults hockey team’s star culture" by Peter Schworm | Globe Staff, September 05, 2012 A Boston University task force has concluded that the *men’s hockey team*is detached from the general campus and that a “ *culture of sexual entitlement*” exists among some players, a *sense of privilege* officials say contributed to *two alleged sexual assaults* on campus during the past season. That culture of entitlement stems “in part from their *elevated social status* on campus,” and is marked by *heavy use of alcohol* and *casual sexual encounters* with female students, accor... more »

Ask The Leveretts Anything: Are Israeli Fears Of A Nuclear Iran Overblown?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Source: *The Dish*. Flashback: Beeb E. Coyote's speech at the UN in September 2012. (*Source: Richard Silverstein*).

Harvard Basketball Players Foul Out

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
"Cheating case entangles athletes at Harvard; Basketball star leaving, aims for eligibility later" by Mary Carmichael and Amalie Benjamin | Globe Staff, September 12, 2012 Harvard University basketball star Kyle Casey is *voluntarily withdrawing from school* for the year and will *miss the entire season* because he is one of about 125 students suspected of cheating on a take-home final exam, according to a person with direct knowledge of Casey’s decision. Casey, a senior cocaptain and the team’s leading scorer, is not the only prominent athlete to be touched by the *cheating scanda... more »

Excellent Article From Whitewraithe: The US Government Plans To Kill You And Everyone You Know!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
My friend, Whitewraithe, who writes the blog: Pragmatic Witness, at www.pragmaticwitness.com, wrote me an email requesting that I take a look at her latest work and promote it on my blog here for my readers to view for themselves.... After reading the material, I knew that it belonged here without any hesitation.... I want to present the latest work from Whitewraithe, entitled: "Revised: The US Government Plans To Kill You, And Everyone You Know", right here for everyone to read for themselves. As the title speculates, there is much danger in store for the American public due to t... more »

Nice Gift For Northeastern

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
2 grateful graduates give $60m to Northeastern Two Northeastern University dropouts who went on to earn their degrees after encourage­ment from a mentoring professor are teaming up to donate $60 million to the university, a record gift aimed at shaping the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. The two said they hope their donation inspires others who have been helped by Northeastern to give back to the school.

Short Idle No More musings

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 2 hours ago
I have some issues with the position of some players within the movement. I abhor the term "settler-Canadian" when it is applied to individuals and think it is a divisive, counterproductive frame. Why, because I am not not my ancestors. I am not a coloniser. I am not a settler. I have only one country of origin and I am aware of my privilege. Regardless of the past, how many generations must I


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
IDLE NO MORE MOVEMENT TRANSCENDS CANADA-ALASKA BORDER  Upstream BC Industrial Development and Gutting of Canadian Environmental Laws Pose Major Threats to Salmon and Clean Water in Alaska By Carl Wassilie, Alaska Big Village Network, Ramsey Hart, MiningWatch Canada, Chris Zimmer, Rivers Without Borders  Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com (ANCHORAGE) The Idle No More


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Editilla say Archie Whodat!* @bound4somewhere Found @*Editilla* on instagram. See @thefabulouseileenphoto http://instagram.com/p/PpUwEWy0S8/ *Falcons Fan? Atlanta Man Run Over By Car He “Allegedly” Stole ~Saints Tailgate*

Japan Takes A Dangerous Step Backwards Towards Fascism

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Abe's new cabinet-- as far right as his grandfather's fascist cabinet during World War II In the lead up to World War II, Japan had it's own homemade brand of violent fascism-- and it wasn't a coincidence that they were allied with Germany and Italy. Until recently very few Japanese historians hesitated to describe the Japanese experience in the 1930s as fascist. Most interpreted it in Marxist terms as a last-ditch defense by monopoly capitalism, while also stressing that fascism had special characteristics in Japan. As Abe Hirozumi puts it, 'it goes without saying that fascism is ... more »

Trillion Dollar Coin Reveals the Monetary System in Death Throes

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
Eric Blair I’m thrilled that the trillion dollar coin idea is being taken seriously by the establishment. Not because I think it is a viable solution to the national debt, necessarily, but because it shows just how close our monetary system is to reform. First, for those not familiar with the trillion dollar coin; the idea is that the U.S. Treasury can coin any monetary value they want for whatever purpose they choose. In this case the idea has been floated to Obama to avert the mandatory raising of the debt ceiling by coining a trillion dollar coin. In other words, Obama can ... more »

It's NOT A Gun Issue, It's A "MIND ISSUE"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Gerald Celente speaks with Alex Jones.

Not a well regulated militia

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, a Tennessee company hawking "weapons and tactical training" apparently wants to cash in on the confiscation paranoia currently surging in the black gun crowd. Yeager posted this video rant to fire up the fear factor to eleventy. You really have to click through and watch him deliver this script: "Vice President [Joe] Biden is asking the president to bypass Congress and use executive privilege, executive order to ban assault rifles and to impose stricter gun control," Yeager explained in his video message. "Fuck that." "I'm telling you that ... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Traitors Among Us'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
MNN: TRAITORS AMONG US Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com TRAITORS AMONG US  MNN.  Jan. 10, 2013. Time to drop the Black Wampum.  The Indigenous People charge the Band Councils, Assembly of First Nations, provincial and territorial native organizations and all ‘Indian’ entities of the Corporation

Project Shamrock, Lydia Sleppy and the FBI

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 3 hours ago
Back in August 1945, Project Shamrock was created to accumulate data entering or leaving the United States telegraphically. It was operated by the Armed Forces Security Agency (AFSA) which used the resources of the Army Security Agency (ASA), Naval Security Group, and later the Air Force Security Service. The AFSA eventually evolved into the NSA. Project Shamrock was a sister project for Project Minaret which was a way to monitor the activities of individuals through electronic surveillance. In other words, the government using these two projects was monitoring communications into ... more »

Commentary by Brian on the TOPPT and a Discussion between Lisa M. Harrison and Adnan Sakli

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
Brian *Brian here, from the American Kabuki Ground Crew. * In light of the recent popularity of TOPPT all over the internet (Google currently produces 17,500 hits searching “The One People’s Public Trust) I’d like to take some time to address a few things, in hopes of bringing some clarity to the many who have been asking questions as to the validity of The One People’s Public Trust. First of all, it’s only natural to be skeptical of the claims that have been made over the last few days. I would be lying if I said that I understood all of it. Truth is, most of the legal framewor... more »

Tar Sands Blockade Oklahoma launches in solidarity 'Idle No More!'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
Tar Sands Blockade Tar Sands Blockaders in Oklahoma launch the first action in the state in solidarity with Idle No More, the Unis'tot'en Camp, and people everywhere fighting extraction and ecocide. We're excited about escalating and expanding our campaign of sustained direct action! View more at: http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/

As liberals propose more gun control, Google searches on ‘Hitler gun control’ spike

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Journalists were startled yesterday when Matt Drudge used photos of Hitler and Stalin on his Drudge Report website to highlight a story about Obama possibly issuing an executive order to tackle the gun issue. But according to research on Google Trends, web users interest in the history of Hitler and gun control has spiked since Democrats began demanding more restrictions on high capacity magazines and semi-automatic weapons. In December the keywords “Hitler gun control” spiked to a 100 rating - the rating given to Google’s peak search volume since 2004. http://washingtonexaminer... more »

Lawsuit For Price-fixing Continues Against Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, Agrium And Mosaic Corp In US Courts

leftdog at Buckdog - 4 hours ago
*Two foreign fertilizer companies have agreed to turn over information about an alleged price-fixing cartel and pay nearly $13 million to settle an antitrust lawsuit over potash. * ***A federal judge recently granted preliminary approval for two deals that would end litigation between fertilizer buyers and the Russian potash companies, Uralkali and Silvinit, and their affiliates. * ***However, the fertilizer buyers will continue to pursue a class-action lawsuit against other major global potash producers who didn't sign on to the settlement, including Agrium, Potash Corp. of Saskat... more »

New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato - Interview 575

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
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Libtards are bullies...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 6 hours ago
*you know that's true.* How many times have you squelched your true opinion in order to avoid a confrontation with a libtard? I have done this many times because, at my core, I don't like confrontation. And when confronted by someone who gets in my face and calls me stupid, I usually choose the path of least resistance. All too often, the worst offenders are family members, who will speak to you in a way they would never speak to someone outside the family. Because I believe in the Constitution, think abortion is inherently evil, and homosexuals are called to chastity, my own ... more »

Happiness is a warm gun

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
Deposed Tea Party darling Joe Walsh effectively encouraged treason at a rally this week. At his most aggressive, he told dozens of supporters to "defy and or break the law and engage in civil disobedience" if faced with federal health care law restrictions or new gun laws. He paraphrased Thomas Jefferson in saying, "We may have to shed blood every couple hundred years to preserve our freedoms." That would be the freedom to die with a belly full of lead or lack of preventive health care. Of course, that does not include freedom for persons possessing lady parts to make their own re... more »

Obama signs law giving himself, Bush lifetime Secret Service guard

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
President Barack Obama, accompanied by a Secret Service agent, waves at reporters shouting questions. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/obama-signs-law-giving-himself-bush-lifetime-secret-184305122--politics.html * * *Obama signs law giving himself, Bush lifetime Secret Service guard* By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News – 3 hrs ago Former presidents have to give up rides on Air Force One. But now they don't have to give up being shadowed by the armed-and-earpieced bodyguards of the Secret Service. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush ... more »

"At A Time Like This..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation's ear, I would, today, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its cri... more »

Idle No More

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 6 hours ago
A press event was held this afternoon with the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo and with regional chiefs Jody Wilson-Raybould and Perry Bellegarde. From here: *"We are absolute in our convictions," [Atleo] said. "We need action in particular for our most vulnerable citizens." * *Referring to the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women, Atleo's voice caught as he recalled going with a family to a morgue after a 16-year-old girl was killed. * *"This is what our people are saying. That poverty is killing our people. That the history of colonization... more »

Take Iran to the ICC for war crimes against Israelis and Palestinians | Max Samarov | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
This is big news and should feature on the BBC were it not so hideously anti Israel. http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/take-iran-to-the-icc-for-war-crimes-against-israelis-and-palestinians-2/

Ask The Leveretts Anything: Is Iran's Enrichment Legitimate?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
Source: *The Dish*.

The Future of Nixon

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Andrew Sullivan notes that Richard Nixon sometimes didn't kick disabled kids in the face and was a pragmatist on domestic policy and concludes: This was a criminal who betrayed the core of American democracy, lied to the people, persecuted those dedicated to free speech, ordered robberies and cover-ups, and laid the ground work for some of the best innovations of the time - like the EPA - and the worst - price controls. For one generation he will always be evil. For the next he may be more complicated. Still a crook and an enemy of the Constitution. But complicated. Well, I can't re... more »

Miss McConnell In Trouble Back Home

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
This week, Kentucky grassroots SuperPAC, Progress Kentucky launched a recruitment drive to draft challengers for Miss McConnell. "McConnell, the most unpopular Senator in the country," said Progress Kentucky Executive Director Shawn Reilly, "must be challenged by someone that can bring about a brighter future for our state and someone who prioritizes good government and the needs of our state of their own ambitions. It’s unacceptable that someone as unpopular as McConnell would be unopposed for a sixth term.” Polls show that McConnell is probably vulnerable on two levels-- from a T... more »

SUMMER REPRISE: Fiji: Just scratching a living in paradise

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*I wrote this post back in 2008, with some hope for Fiji’s future—hope not (so far) borne out by developments, as even this morning’s newsdemonstrates. One wonders how it might have been otherwise if New Zealand and Australian politicians had helped instead of hindered Fiji’s necessary constitutional reform over the last half-dozen years since Bainimarama’s coup—or even if they understood the purpose of a constitution at all.* It was the hand plough that got to me most. There on the main road between two of Fiji's main cities, just minutes from a major town in an area locals pro... more »

Climate Change? "How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

"The Trouble Is..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.” - P. J. O'Rourke

"Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke"* by Matt Taibbi If you've ever been arrested on a drug charge, if you've ever spent even a day in jail for having a stem of marijuana in your pocket or "drug paraphernalia" in your gym bag, Assistant Attorney General and longtime Bill Clinton pal Lanny Breuer has a message for you: Bite me. Breuer this week signed off on a settlement deal with the British banking giant HSBC that is the ultimate insult to every ordinary person who's ever had his life altered by a narcotics charge. Despite the fact that HSBC admitted to l... more »

Tory Disarray Over Europe

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 7 hours ago
1. You know the government's position on Europe is broken when the US State Department is compelled to publicly comment on Dave's anti-EU posturing. As far as US interests are concerned, whether there is a Republican or Democrat in the White House they need their most steadfast ally at the heart of Europe. Partly as a Trojan horse to those federalists who would like the EU grow into a counterweight against overweening US domination, partly to promote the liberalisation of markets for the benefit of US corporate giants, and partly to ensure its interests have a place round the decis... more »

Peter Schiff: Inflation propaganda exposed

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
“The CPI is no longer a tool to accurately measure inflation,” says Peter Schiff in his latest video blog, “but an instrument of propaganda the government uses to hide accelerating inflation from the public and financial markets. Modest CPI increases over the past several years do not reflect an absence of inflation, but a design flaw in the index that fails to fully capture the magnitude of price increases. Central bankers drawing economic conclusions regarding inflation and monetary policy based on this highly flawed data point are making a major policy error.” Have prices been i... more »

Crisisactors.org ...Believe it, they have people doing this garbage, and likely many more staging unreal "tragedies"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Added info: * In case you haven't heard of them, this is a group which trains individuals to act as if they're criminals, mass shooters, and so on for "training purposes". Uh-huh. Also take note of the Professor's nervous retraction at the end of the interview. I'm very confident in saying that pressure was in his face to relent on what he really wanted to say: that those 20 kids either never existed, or weren't shot, or were deliberately chosen to be shot, all of which are disturbing possibilities.

Baseball Hall of Fame elects no players for first time since 1996

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 8 hours ago
Before steroids came along and made baseball's Hall of Fame voting even messier, the selection process was always too subjective and most voters were badly informed as to what criteria should be used to measure a player's on-field performance over the course of a career. Based on what writers have said about how they determine their votes, it's clear most have a poor understanding of baseball metrics and some seem to be influenced by their personal relationships with the players. Using sabermetrics, such as Wins Above Replacement (WAR), it's not hard to decide who had a Hall of F... more »

"Is American Justice Dead?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Is American Justice Dead?"* By David Galland "Every nation-state has a body of laws woven into the fabric of society. As Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto has commented on extensively, the stronger the rule of law, the stronger the economy. And by "stronger" laws, I mean laws that are impervious to tampering for personal or political gains. The connection between a sound judiciary and economic health is readily comprehensible, except maybe to a politician… businesses and individuals are far more likely to invest capital in a country with understandable laws that are impartia... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Hollywood South's 'Beasts of the Southern Wild', 'Django Unchained' earn Oscar nominations*~Hollywood South is home to several Oscar nominations this year, with the locally-filmed “Beasts of the Southern Wild” picking up four nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress, for Houma native Quvenzhané Wallis, who becomes the youngest Best Actress nominee in history.

Snake on a Plane: Python Stuck on Quantas Jet

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago

NAPOLITANO: The right to shoot tyrants, not deer

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal sovereignty. It is specifically insulated from governmental interference by the Constitution and has historically been the linchpin of resistance to tyranny. Yet the progressives in both political parties stand ready to use the coercive power of the government to interfere with the exercise of that right by law-abiding persons because of the gross abuse of that right by some crazies in our midst. When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence ... more »

NCEG Squanders Millions of Government Funds as Students Fail and Abscond in the West

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*The following written piece has been smuggled out and provided to us by a source embedded within Pakistani academia. Their name will not be revealed for their own safety, as recent university bombings in Pakistan attest to the risks taken by those wanting justice for their country.* In 2011, the Coming Crisis posted a story about the damage worth hundreds of millions made by the National Center of Excellence in Geology (NCEG) and the lack of accountability by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan which is pretending ignorance of the cases of absconders and failed gradua... more »

Bean-counters of the world, unite!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013* *Susan Rice disappears once again:* We’re going to give Ruth Marcus credit. Today, she writes a column on a topic which became an instant standard: Obama doesn’t have enough women in his second-term cabinet! Let’s give Marcus credit. Even as she calls Obama’s selections “a shame,” she mentions a famous name in just her fifth paragraph: MARCUS (1/10/13): To be clear: I’ve got nothing against white guys. Some of my best husbands are white guys. White guys get to be secretary of state, too, and John Kerry will be the first in 16 years. But to look at the mo... more »

REMOVING THE SHACKLES: From Dark to Light: Change is Here

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
*Note: Wise eyes will read between the lines. -AK* http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.ca/2013/01/from-dark-to-light-change-is-here.html THURSDAY, 10 JANUARY 2013 From Dark to Light: Change is Here Change is something that many people dread. Even if their current situation is miserable, there are many many people who would chose to stay where they are rather than venture outside the intolerable NOW that they live in. That is part of our programming, part of the brainwashing instilled into us to create the fear of change and the fear of the unknown. ...the fear of FREEDOM. The... more »

"Chris Hedges Explains How Entire Regions Within the US Are Treated Like Exploited Colonies"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Chris Hedges Explains How Entire Regions Within* * the US Are Treated Like Exploited Colonies"* By Vince Emanuele "The following is a recent interview conducted with Chris Hedges surrounding his latest book "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt": *Emanuele:* In Chapter One of your new book, "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt," you describe the horrendous conditions endured by the Native American population living in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. This population earns, on average, anywhere from $2,600-$3,500 a year, with 49% of the total population living in official poverty statu... more »

Shout-Out from A Liberal To My Rightwing FRIENDS: I Trust YOU With A Gun, More Than I Trust The Government, Police, & Military With Guns!

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 8 hours ago
*Just trust the government, police, & military with guns??? NO THANKS!!!* Rightwingers: guess what? You're right about the "gun control" debate. I'm a liberal, or at least a left-leaning liberal (if there is such a thing), and I am on your side of the "gun control" debate. I'd rather see YOU with a gun, than the government, police, or military with guns. I TRUST you, and not them. I know that, even though we argue all the time, YOU would be the first to rush to my aid WITH A GUN, should the occasion present itself. That's what being FRIENDS is all about. I'm not FRIENDS with the go... more »

String of bombings kill 101, injure 200 in Pakistan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
At least 101 people were killed in bombings in two cities in Pakistan on Thursday, officials said, with most casualties caused by sectarian attacks in the city of Quetta. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/10/us-pakistan-explosions-idUSBRE90911P20130110

Keith Ratliff Murder wasn't Robbery

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Police are continuing their hunt for the killer of the highly popular YouTube channel operator whose site is dedicated to high-powered guns and explosives. Investigators have ruled out robbery as a motive in the murder of Keith Ratliff, who was a business partner at FPSRussia, YouTube's ninth most popular channel with more than three million active subscribers and a half billion total views. Ratliffe, 32, was discovered dead in his office that was connected to a residence in Carnesville, Georgia. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260178/Keith-Ratliff-Hunt-continues-killer-cu... more »

Gerald Melling, architect (1943-2012)

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
Wellington architect Gerald Melling died over the summer break. These two gems, posted before here at NOT PC, are two of my favourites of his work. 'Split Box' House - Melling:Morse Architects House by Gerard Melling and Allan Morse on a secluded site in Tuateawa Bay, Coromandel. Two mezzanine rooms looking over a double-height living space – and an outside toilet. Of course. Simple, yet effective. The Modern Residential Design blog calls it “seaside loft style living.” It doesn’t mention the quality of the seaside. The reasons for the house's name should be obvious enough... more »

Coauthorship – Like Bad Marriages and Struggling Nonprofits

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
It’s that time of year again: the time when professors team up with their best buddies/colleagues/random-people-who-publish-in-the-same-area and endeavor to write a brilliant ISA/Midwest/APSA paper. At least, that’s what the spring semester always means for me. I like working by myself, don’t get me wrong, but I also enjoy working with others. And, I don’t think Continue reading

Assassinated in Paris: Three women found shot in the head and lying side-by-side in Kurdistan Workers' Party office

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The founder of a Turkish militant group has been found shot dead alongside two other female activists in what is believed to be a 'politically motivated execution.' The body of Sakine Cansiz was discovered alongside Fidan Dogan, 32 and Leyla Soylemez at the Paris headquarters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party. The women were all members of the group - known by the initials PKK - which campaigns for an independent Kurdish nation free from Turkey. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260071/Assassinated-Paris-3-Kurdish-PKK-women-including-founder-Sakine-Cansiz-shot-head.html

Are these the world's cruellest zoo-goers? Chinese visitors pelt frightened lions with SNOWBALLS......Should close ALL Zoo's, want to watch animals in cages go and visit a Prison

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Throwing snowballs at lions does not sound the safest - or kindest - way to enjoy yourself. But when the animals are contained in a zoo enclosure and you are firing down on them from behind a safety barrier - it is a little easier to be brave. These lions certainly looked less than pleased when they were pelted with snow by laughing visitors, including children, at Hangzhou Zoo in Zhejiang Province, eastern China. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260253/Getting-roar-deal-Angry-lions-sitting-ducks-pelted-snowballs-laughing-crowd-Chinese-zoo.html

CRUSH CRIMINALS: Man tracks down stolen iPhone using location app then films violent confrontation as he takes law into his own hands

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A vigilante iPhone owner has tracked down a man who allegedly stole the gadget by using a location app - and then filmed their violent confrontation. Kenneth Schmidgall, a 26-year-old construction worker from San Diego, California, took the law into his own hands after the phone was taken at a reggae concert on December 28. After he repeatedly called the phone to no answer, he and his friend Greg Torkelson launched an iPhone app two days later called 'Find My iPhone' to track down the device using GPS. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259611/Man-tracks-stolen-iPhone-using... more »

FIGHT BACK: Utah town makes arming households a top priority

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Officials in a small Utah town want to make sure every head of household has a firearm and knows how to use it, and they want to give school teachers training with guns too. Spring City Councilman Neil Sorensen first proposed an ordinance requiring a gun in every household in the town of 1,000. The rest of the council scoffed at making it a requirement, but they unanimously agreed to move forward with an ordinance "recommending" the idea. The council also approved funding to offer concealed firearms training Friday to the 20 teachers and administrators at the local elementary scho... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
Ben Wyatt is the father of Allison Wyatt. Benjamin "Ben" Wyatt is a character in the TV series above. *Allison Wyatt or Allison Whatt. Website for this image* *Lily Gaubert* *Lily Gaubert* * * *Lily Gaubert or Allison Wyatt* * * *Lily Gaubert* *Allison Wyatt or Lily Gaubert* *Allison Wyatt. Website for this image* Above is logo for CEOP - Child exploitation and Online Protection *Lamb Chops* Above is Jimmy Savile's Glencoe "lair", note graffiti. *Lamb Chops* *Saul Alinsky (left)* Anonymous referred us to Saul Alinsky. Saul Alinsky's 12 Rules for Radicals | Best of ... more »

A new twin? Scientists announce most Earth-like world yet found - boosting chances in search for alien life

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
An alien planet spotted by Nasa's Kepler space telescope is the best candidate yet for an Earth-like world beyond our solar system, Scientists claim. The planet - whose existence is yet to be positively confirmed. has a radius that is just 1.5 times that of our own and orbits in the 'habitable zone' of a star similar to our own Sun. That means the planet would likely have a similar amount of gravity as Earth and liquid water could exist on its surface - making it a prime candidate to host alien life. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2260203/A-new-twin-planet-Scienti... more »

Did you know that I won a Zilla Award for Awesomeness in the Dextrosphere?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*well, I did.* And in THREE categories. *Nicest Blogger* *Most Thoughtful Blogger* and *Best Pictures Posted to Help Us Get Our Minds Away from All the Bad News* Hooooo Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Zilla. You love me, you really, really love me! This is the second annual Zilla Awards in which she rewards us hard working conservative bloggers. *Go see who else won. * * *

Twin Snooker Hall Blasts Kill Scores

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
At least 56 people have been killed after two bombs exploded at a snooker hall in southwest Pakistan, police say. Police officer Mohammed Murtaza said the attack in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, also wounded more than 100 people. The first suicide bomber detonated his device inside the club, then about 10 minutes later another attacker in a car outside the building blew himself up late in the evening, officer Mir Zubair Mehmood said. http://news.sky.com/story/1036387/pakistan-snooker-hall-blasts-kill-scores

FREEDOM STRIKES BACK: Wyoming Lawmakers Propose ‘Gun Protection’ Legislation that would nullify any Federal anti-2nd amendment laws

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Several Wyoming lawmakers are proposing legislation designed to protect gun-owners from any potential federal firearm ban. The “Firearms Protection Act” bill, introduced this week, would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries. Anyone trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face felony charges under the proposal. It also includes a provision allowing the Wyoming Attorney General’s office to defend any state resident against any federal firearm ban. http://k2radio.com/wyoming-lawmakers-p... more »

On becoming a Maori

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
A friend highly recommends this doco: It's gold … an *Inside NZ* doco that got shuttered into daytime death slot while *Inside NZ* re-runs took to primetime. So perhaps it contains some too-close-to-home truths. Oh, it's on becoming a Maori to get funding. Hilarious. [Hat tip Michael D.] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)


Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 9 hours ago

Hacker Leads Japanese Police to Cat With String of Clues

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/306707-hacker-leads-japanese-police-to-cat-with-string-of-clues Jan 07, 2013 4:38 PM EST By Max Eddy Japanese law enforcement is apparently engaged in a bizarre cat-and-mouse game with a hacker that recently involved an actual cat. Like something out of a movie, Japan's National Police Agency (NPA) was compelled to follow a series of clues leading to a memory card attached to the collar of a cat. This strange series of events began with emails sent from computers around Japan which contained threats to blow up an aircraft, bomb the kindergart... more »

The crazy climate change obsession that's made the Met Office a menace

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
- The £200 million-a-year official weather forecaster often gets it wrong - This week it has admitted there is no evidence that ‘global warming’ is happening - The Met Office quietly readjusted its temperature projections on its website on Christmas Eve Daily Mail James Delingpole Was there ever a government quango quite so useless as the Met Office? From its infamous ‘barbecue summer’ washout of 2009 to the snowbound winter it failed to predict in 2010 and the recent forecast-defying floods, our £200 million-a-year official weather forecaster has become a nat... more »

Snow strikes the Holy City: Jerusalem hit by worst blizzard for TWENTY YEARS

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The Holy City of Jerusalem has been covered in a brilliant white blanket after the worst snowstorm in 20 years. Schools and highways have been closed as up to eight inches of snow piled up in the city centre by this afternoon. Israel and much of the surrounding region has been hit by five days of rain, wind and snow as temperatures have dipped below freezing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260223/Jerusalem-hit-worst-snowstorm-TWENTY-YEARS-inches-falls-Holy-City-closing-roads-schools.html

Ian Watkins refused bail over child rape plot charges

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The singer of top rock band Lostprophets was refused bail today and remanded in custody after being accused of plotting to rape a child. Frontman Ian Watkins, 35, is facing six child sex offences - including conspiring with a woman fan, 24, to rape a girl under the age of 13. The singer and two women are also accused of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 13. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260271/Lead-singer-Lostprophets-Ian-Watkins-refused-bail-child-rape-plot-charges.html

3/11 Japan Earthquake Visualization Video (Must-see)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
And the world visualization:

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 16:26:27 UTC Friday, January 11, 2013 at 03:26:27 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.887°S, 161.962°E Depth 57 km (35.4 miles) Region SOLOMON ISLANDS Distances 48 km (29 miles) S of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

Here Comes the Anti-Coin Backlash

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
Ezra Klein adopts the arguments which conservatives Philip Klein and Ross Douthat have made: that the "mint the coin" crowd is really bailing out the GOP crazies. The theory goes like this: only a handful of GOP crazies really want to default the nation; the bulk of Congressional Republicans, including the leadership, is just playing along with them for now, perhaps in the hope that they can get something out of the White House, but when push comes to shove they won't really risk the future of the nation by refusing to raise the debt limit. However, if it's clear that the White Hous... more »

"Mr. Wonder, Mr. Orbison, This is What Color Looks Like..."

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
Seriously, trying to explain people of color to the Republican party is like, well, you know... I mean, how much chutzpah does it take for a political faction that looks like 50% Off Day at a Brooks Brothers outlet to chide an African American president for not making enough racially diverse nominations for his second term Cabinet? And don't forget, this is a party that had protested Susan Rice's nomination for Secretary of State before Obama had even made the nomination. And, as Joan Walsh had recently pointed out on MSNBC, if the Cabinet nominations uncomfortably r... more »

Black teenager punches woman after she calls him a 'smelly Nigerian' in latest shocking racist footage filmed on the Tube

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Violence erupts on the London Underground after an argument between a white woman and a black teenager gets out of hand. Video footage captured on a mobile phone shows the pair arguing after the woman accused the man of stepping on her foot (left). The two exchange insults, with the woman calling him a 'smelly Nigerian' before he calls her a 'white princess'. As the argument escalates, the man stands over her and is seen throwing punches at her (centre) before other passengers drag him off her (right) as he accuses her of hitting him with a bottle. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar... more »

All in this together? Now MPs demand a 32% pay increase in the week they capped benefits rises at 1%

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
MPs were today accused of living in 'cloud cuckoo land' after demanding a 32 per cent pay hike to £86,250 - more than three times average wages. A survey of politicians carried out by the Commons expenses watchdog reveals Tory MPs think they should be paid more than £96,000-a-year. The research, which politicians completed anonymously, found that 69% thought they were underpaid on £65,738. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260277/MPs-demand-32-pay-increase-week-capped-benefits-rises-1.html

Images of a dead bin Laden still dangerous: U.S. lawyer

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Twenty months after U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, the United States told a court on Thursday it is not ready to release images taken after the al Qaeda leader's death because they still might lead to violence. A federal appeals court heard arguments in a lawsuit over whether the government must release the images under the Freedom of Information Act, a 1966 law that guarantees public access to some government records. President Barack Obama's administration points to an exception in the law that covers documents classified in the interest of national defense. http://ww... more »

22 fotografías de canguros en su hábitat natural

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 10 hours ago
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Syria's rebels form their own secret police

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Just the mention of the word would send shivers down the spine of Syrians: "mukhabarat", or secret police. Abuses by President Bashar al-Assad's feared security units were among the reasons Syrians took to the streets in March 2011, leading to an uprising that has become a civil war. But now some of the rebels fighting Assad say they have set up a mukhabarat of their own to "protect the revolution", monitor sensitive military sites and gather military information to help rebels plan attacks against government forces. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/10/us-syria-crisis-mukhaba... more »

Taft Union High School Shooting, 2 People shot

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
At least two people were shot at Taft Union High School in Kern County on Thursday morning and the suspected shooter has been taken into custody, according to local media reports. 23ABC News in Bakersfield said that the incident happened about 9 a.m. and that the suspect was taken into custody about 20 minutes later. The television station said it received phone calls from people hiding in closets inside the school, which was being evacuated and searched. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/taft-high-shooting-kern-county.html

Taft Union High School Shooting reported - California

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Gunfire erupted on Thursday at a California high school in inland Kern County, and there was no immediate word on casualties, a sheriff's department dispatcher said. The dispatcher confirmed the shooting at Taft Union High School but gave no other details. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/10/us-usa-shooting-california-idUSBRE90910H20130110

Cyclone gathers strength off Australia's west coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Australia's first cyclone of the storm season is intensifying off the country's northwest and is expected to disrupt coastal areas in mining powerhouse Western Australia state as soon as Friday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said. Fortescue Metals Group, Australia's third-largest iron ore miner, said on Thursday its mines and port operations were running as usual but it was monitoring the progress of Cyclone Narelle as it bore down on Australia's west coast. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/10/us-australia-cyclone-idUSBRE90904B20130110

Kitchen Tip: Tiles as Cutting Boards

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
When we lived in Texas, I asked my husband to bring home a new cutting board with him one day. When he walked in the door with a Lowe's bag, I just assumed he forgot to stop by the store I needed. When he placed the bag on the counter and told me he bought me a couple different colors of cutting boards, I was perplexed. It took some convincing for me to use the tiles as cutting boards, but I have ended up loving it. My husband's reasoning behind the tiles was germs. Germs seep into those plastic and wood cutting boards, contaminating the next food you use them to cut. Food partic... more »

US Gun Control Plans Coming 'By Tuesday'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
US Vice President Joe Biden has said he will provide the president with recommendations to curb gun violence within the next five days. Mr Biden said he would send the results of his probe into the hot-button issue to President Barack Obama soon, as the response to the Newtown school massacre gathers momentum. "I have committed to him I will have his recommendations to him by Tuesday," Biden said on Thursday, ahead of a meeting with sportsman and hunting organisations as part of his wide-ranging investigation into the causes and impact of firearms abuse. http://news.sky.com/story/1... more »

First the US and now GERMANY warn Cameron against holding referendum on the European Union....Who the hell do they think they are!!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Germany today escalated the global row over David Cameron's plan to stage a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, warning him against 'blackmailing' other member states. Less than 24 hours after the US took the unusual step of signalling public concern about the Government's stance on the EU, Angela Merkel's closest allies that Britain risks being 'isolated'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259695/First-US-GERMANY-warn-Cameron-holding-referendum-European-Union-row-goes-global.html

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 17:21:01 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 07:21:01 AM at epicenter Location 52.230°N, 170.451°W Depth 13.2 km (8.2 miles) Region FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA Distances 133 km (83 miles) SW (234°) from Nikolski, AK

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 16:33:37 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:33:37 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.671°N, 64.346°W Depth 24 km (14.9 miles) (poorly constrained) Region VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION Distances 105 km (65 miles) N (359°) from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands

But if you are going to do the organised religion thing,

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
I must insist that you do it like this!

Syria on my mind- all the latest that you and I can stand

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
I don’t know that Syria is ever far from my thoughts these day? I often think about the ordinary people and how they are faring? Tozz, often comes to mind. He was gracious, kind and always appreciative of the people and the news he could get at the blog. I, was happy for his presence. Seems so long ago now..... *Rehashing- * We of course looked at the UN increase in casualty numbers. UN's Syria number fudging: Russia & the "writing on the wall" A count designed to create the perception of human catastrophe all blamed on the Assad government. Ignoring all others involved. NATO. US. G... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Paul Krugman: Bobby Jindal's Fiscal Cliff Position Is 'Uninformed' *

Miss McConnell In Trouble Back Home

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
This week, Kentucky grassroots SuperPAC, Progress Kentucky launched a recruitment drive to draft challengers for Miss McConnell. "McConnell, the most unpopular Senator in the country," said Progress Kentucky Executive Director Shawn Reilly, "must be challenged by someone that can bring about a brighter future for our state and someone who prioritizes good government and the needs of our state of their own ambitions. It’s unacceptable that someone as unpopular as McConnell would be unopposed for a sixth term.” Polls show that McConnell is probably vulnerable on two levels-- from a T... more »

Republican Main Street Partnership Now Accepting Applications From Blue Dogs

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Can you read who paid for the shindig? Everyone who attended lost Before he supposedly "quit" the Blue Dogs to pursue a leadership post in the House Democratic caucus, Long Island corporate whore Steve Israel had founded-- along with Republican Tom Johnson-- the Congressional Center Aisle Caucus. It's the most secretive caucus in the whole Congress and absolutely impossible to get a list of the 47 members (which eventually grew to 60). I've tried and I've had congressional staffers try. No one gives out that list. It was David Broder's favorite group in Washington and he pimped it to... more »

there are buildings on the moon

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
Here's a close-up of Tycho crater. Download and enlarge image to see buildings on the moon. (moon rising) (download this image)

"The Great Robbery of Wage-Earners"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"The Great Robbery of Wage-Earners"* by Jeffrey Tucker "If you think of American wage-earners as swimmers, they were mostly underwater after 2008. Then last year, wages increased a bit. It was only 2.4% for the year, but it was like coming up for a slight gulp of air. Now think of Congress and the president as the people in a boat pushing the swimmers’ heads back underwater. That’s exactly what they did when they let the payroll tax arrive on the first day of 2013. The 2% increase wiped out virtually the whole wage gain for the previous year. It came as a shock to most worker... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE HONDURAS - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 13:52:20 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 07:52:20 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.725°N, 85.949°W Depth 35.9 km (22.3 miles) Region OFFSHORE HONDURAS Distances 32 km (19 miles) NNW of Savannah Bight, Honduras

Siluetas de canguros saltando en el amanecer

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Polls: Choose your Czech president

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
Let's try to organize presidential elections among the TRF readers. It's supposed to be fun, you may choose your winner for serious reasons as well as less serious ones. Please feel more than free to invite your friends to vote for your favorite candidate, too. The actual presidential elections take place on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. There are nine candidates. I keep their ordering 1-9. Zuzana Roithová MD is a politically correct physician who's been working in managements of hospitals and healthcare. She got an MBA remotely from Sheffield Hallam University. She's been ... more »

Ricos mini hot cakes emvueltos en miel

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Diet Soda Linked to Depression in NIH Study

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Millions of people reach for an afternoon diet soda as a pick-me-up to make it through the rest of the day. But new research suggests sodas and other sugary drinks — especially artificially sweetened ones — could be related to depression. According to the research, which will be officially released at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting in mid-March, people who drink four cans or more of soda daily are about 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression than people who don't drink soda. Coffee drinkers are about 10 percent less likely to develop depression ... more »

Padre e hijo disfrutando de la frescura del mar

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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The Asda £1 Bestseller Returns

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 11 hours ago
Yesterday we visited our local Asda Supermarket, (WalMart) here in London and were immediately greeted by the £1 bestseller paperback stand. This is the same £1 promotion we wrote about last year. It is after all January and sales time, so it must be ok and they do it every year, so let’s not rock the boat. It is somewhat ironic the display was sited in the same spot occupied by the Kobo ereaders before Christmas! A case of, out with the new and in with the old. It’s especially sad to see many of the same authors with £1 stickers on their jackets and Peter James with several titles ... more »

Material variation rule does not apply where contracted out

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Fifth Third Bank v. O'Brien, 2013 ONCA 5 holds the material variation rule vacating a guarantee does not apply where the contracts supporting the guarantee contracts out of the rule. The rule provides if the principle obligation is varied that, absent contract, voids the guarantee: [17] Finally, the motion judge held that the material variation rule discussed in*Holmes v. Brunskill*, [1987] 3 Q.B.D. 495* *and *Manulife Bank of Canada v. Conlin*, [1996] 3 S.C.R. 415 does not apply here as the changes made to MPI's loan facilities were authorized by the principal loan agreement... more »

Lies, Damn Lies, and Infographics

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
You may have seen this graphic: …which purports to show that for every 998 rapists, there are 100 rapes reported, thirty people tried, ten people jailed, and only two people falsely accused. The numbers, particularly the last one—only two false accusations for every 100 true reports—are very interesting to me. Where did the illustrator get them? According to Sarah Beaulieu, who published it, “Statistics from Justice Department, National Crime Victimization Survey: 2006-2010 and FBI reports.” Sounds good. But wait. One of the key challenges about sexual assault statistics is that it... more »

Montañas nevadas bajo el cielo púrpura

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Steve Russell : Hiding Behind a Girl

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
We are all Malala. Photo from Reuters. I am Malala: Hiding behind a girl By Steve Russell / The Rag Blog / January 10, 2013 It is we sinful women who come out raising the banner of truth up against barricades of lies on the highways who find stories of persecution piled on each threshold who find that tongues which could speak have been severed. -- Kishwar Naheed (Urdu-to-English

Frontline mails it in about Rhee!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013* *On balance, a large waste of time:* Did Frontline decide to get tough on Michelle Rhee? Alex “Kid” Pareene said they might. But did it actually happen? We’d have to say no, it did not. On Tuesday evening, Frontline aired a program about Rhee’s three-year reign in the DC schools. But Frontline was late to the scene of the action, and it glossed almost all topics. For Frontline's preview, just click this. To watch the whole program, click here. In fairness, you probably can’t cover the relevant topics in a 53-minute report. That said, no one made Frontl... more »

California Vote Leaves Bad Taste in My Mouth

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 12 hours ago
*"**V**oters in California** **rejected** a **measure calling for labeling on food products containing genetically modified **ingredients**." * *Yeah, RIG JOBS usually leave me sour! It's enough to make ones stomach turn.* *It's especially hard to get down after this*: "Calif. initiative will test appetite for GMO food; Voters will decide on disclosure labels" by Alicia Chang | Associated Press, October 07, 2012 LOS ANGELES — Calories. Nutrients. Serving size. How about ‘‘produced with genetic engineering?’’ California voters will soon decide whether to require certain raw and ... more »

Social Security Has a SWAT Team?

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 12 hours ago
"Social Security’s bullets fuel fire of critics; Social Security arms investigators" by Stephen Ohlemacher | Associated Press, September 05, 2012 WASHINGTON — It did not take long for the *Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories* after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point bullets. Why is the agency that provides benefits to retirees, disabled workers, widows, and children stockpiling ammunition? Whom are they going to use it on? ‘‘It’s not outlandish to suggest that the Social Security Administration is purchas... more »

The Connecticut Elementary School Shooting: Is This The Proof That It Was All A Fraud?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
I was in a conversation just the other night with my good friend, Gregg aka "pt1gard" who has been an ally of mine in the exposure of the fraud known as Project Apollo. He asked me to take a close look at a video that was just released on Monday over Youtube about the Sandy Hook School shooting fraud. I want to share that video, and the subsequent follow up video, with everyone here for themselves. Please look at that video, and the follow up video made shortly afterwards. They show clear evidence that we have been played as suckers by this Sandy Hook shooting! Here are thos... more »

Peter Schiff interviews Ted Nugent: Today's slaughter houses - "gun free" zones...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*a very good interview.* *More:* American Thinker: *The Connecticut Bill to 'Out' Gun Owners Shows Us a Nationalized Issue*

Alan Waldman : My Favorite Films (and TV Shows) of 2012

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
Les Misérables was Alan's top pick. My 13 favorite films (and 43 TV shows) of 2012 'Les Miz' was #1 and 'I Am' was #2. By Alan Waldman / The Rag Blog / January 10, 2013 Les Misérables (U.K.) is a magnificent movie! I consider the stage version to be the greatest musical ever (followed by Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and Sweeney Todd). Despite the bland singing of Russell Crowe,


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Majia here: I've been reading The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. The book is well documented and engagingly written.I'm a fan of history so I am familiar with many of the major events recorded in this ambitious project. Still, the book offers *many *new insights with its surprising and often disturbing details, all of which are well documented. One of the most disturbing phenomena documented is the insanity surrounding chemical weapons production during World War I.The book explains that asphyxiating and deleterious gases had been outlawed b... more »

Liberalism kills, didn't you know? (The sad story of Isabella Viola)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Karoshi is the Japanese word that means death by fatigue that affects those who work beyond their natural limits. The death usually occurs with a heart attack due to the stress and work effort: the heart cannot bear the fatigue and stops. And if anyone thinks it's a tragic but picturesque thing, typical of the far-flung islands of Japan and maybe of some distorted oriental mentality ... well ... they're wrong. In the civilized Europe of proxy wars and humanitarian interventions made at the sound of bombs, there is a nation that can proudly boast its first and official death by fatig... more »

Orcas trapped in Quebec ice have left, mayor says

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The killer whales trapped in the ice in northern Quebec appear to have left the area, Inukjuak Mayor Peter Inukpuk said this morning as experts were said to be en route to the scene to help free them. On Wednesday, residents of an Inuit village called for the government's help to save a dozen killer whales trapped in the ice about 30 kilometres off the coast of Inukjuak, Que. The orcas were spotted at a breathing hole at the eastern top of Hudson Bay. When two hunters went to check the ice Thursday morning, they discovered the whales were gone, according to Inukpuk. http://www.cbc.... more »

Germany tells Cameron: don't blackmail the EU (by which they mean stop talking about giving people a Referendum)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
One of Angela Merkel's closest allies has warned David Cameron not to try to blackmail the rest of Europe. The prime minister was also told a UK referendum was a high-risk option that might paralyse Europe and end in economic disaster for Britain. The chair of Germany's European affairs committee, Gunther Krichbaum, is leading a high-powered delegation from the German Bundestag on a two-day visit to Britain. He said: "There is certainly a risk that [a referendum] could paralyse efforts for a better Europe and deeper integration. Britain would risk being isolated. That cannot be in... more »

Boston flu outbreak prompts mayor to declare public health emergency

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The city of Boston has declared a public health emergency as fears of a nationwide flu outbreak intensify. Mayor Thomas Menino urged residents to get vaccinated against flu, as the city scrambled to deal with 700 confirmed cases so far – compared to just 70 cases during the whole of last year's flu season. The move came as experts warned that the current flu strain is one of the worst in the past 10 years. Data Google's Flu Trends indicator, which has proved a reliable indicator of outbreaks, shows higher flu activity than at any point in the previous six years. http://www.guardian... more »

Esfinge junto a las pirámides de Egipto

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Occupy Now Controlled Opposition

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 12 hours ago
*At least as presented in my corporate mouthpiece called a newspaper.* "Occupy movement uses social media to mobilize storm aid" by Meghan Barr | Associated Press, November 11, 2012 NEW YORK — Occupy Wall Street was born in late 2011 in a Lower Manhattan plaza called Zuccotti Park, with a *handful of protesters* pitching tents and vowing to stay put until world leaders offered a fair share to the ‘‘99 percent’’ who don’t control the globe’s wealth. * **Yeah, wasn't much at all.* The world heard the cry as that camp grew and inspired other ones around the globe. Ultimately, though,... more »

Dama elegante lista para la foto en el parque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 12 hours ago
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Get the Lead Out?

Rodger Payne at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Yesterday, Dan Drezner’s “one post about American gun violence” explicitly linked the post-Newtown debate about gun violence to Kevin Drum’s interesting and provocative Mother Jones article on the disturbing relationship between lead (Pb) in the environment and criminal violence. “If the White House is smart, they will take, verbatim, Kevin Drum’s suggested policy proposals for Continue reading

Privatization of Risk in Canadian Pipeline

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Majia here: The idea that we would allow our national heritage - our land and water - to be fracked and mined for export illustrates the privatization of risk in a couple of ways. First, the profits will be "privatized" as the drillers/producers reap profits raping the land for export. The costs will shift to the public. Second, the risks will also be "privatized" as the costs shift to the public. The private citizens assuming the risks are not the companies producing them. The risks will be externalities affecting citizens impacted by the environmental pollution and other hazards... more »

Animalitos caminando sobre la arena de su isla

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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Not One Inch

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 13 hours ago
New year, new load of nutty emanating from the US. What do the sane people expect from their zygote zealots? Super-sized abortion restrictions. [Elizabeth Nash, State Issues Manager for the Guttmacher Institute] admitted that bills in the past have become so extreme, she wouldn't be surprised if something new came out of the woodwork. But perhaps the bills we should be prepared for aren't going to be "new," but instead super-sized versions of the ones that are already in place. Passing more extreme versions of current legislation may be the easiest way for anti-choice politicians to... more »

Are There Really Only Four Business Gangs That Run the US?

The 30-year achievement of the corporatocracy has been the creation of America's rich and super-rich classes, he says. And we can now see their tools of trade. Only four of these nefarious rings of scum? Seems like so many more. But perhaps four fills the bill. The US bill anyway. For scoundrels needed to eviscerate the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the USA. And install

Math Lessons for Compromisers

P. L. Thomas at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Many in debates, especially the education debate, call for honoring "both sides" of issues and seeking compromise. For those let me offer some basic math lessons: *The Compromise Formula:* Truth + Lie = Lie *The "Fair and Balanced" Formula:* Both Sides - Lie = Truth Now, Compromisers, please study because there will be a test every day from now on.

Hmmm.... Weakened Immune Systems, Mutated Viruses?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Flu Widespread, Leading a Range of Winter’s Ills By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.and KATHARINE Q. SEELYE Published: January 9, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/health/flu-widespread-leading-a-range-of-winters-ills.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130110&_r=0 [Excerpted] The country is in the grip of three emerging flu or flulike epidemics: an early start to the annual flu season with an unusually aggressive virus, a surge in a new type of norovirus, and the worst whooping cough outbreak in 60 years. And these are all developing amid the normal winter highs for the many viruses that... more »

The dog that doesn’t yelp or howl!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013* *More praise for the magical coin:* Will Obama mint a $1 trillion platinum coin? We’ll guess that’s extremely unlikely. *Should* Obama mint such a coin? Yesterday, in another blog post, Paul Krugman kept saying yes. In our view, Krugman’s assessment of this matter is remarkably limited: KRUGMAN (1/9/13): I feel comfortable in my understanding of the economics of the platinum coin, but don’t claim any legal expertise. However, Laurence Tribe knows whereof he speaks—and he says that it’s quite legal. *And so there you have it: if we have a crisis over the... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Beast of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis receives "Best Actress" Oscar nomination! ~Daily Comet* *Loomis: Saints won’t ‘sweep anything under rug’~Sheldon Mickles, The Advoca te* *New developers of major riverfront project have troubled past ~David Hammer, WWLTV* *Metro area officials prepare for severe weather * *More rain, flooding expected* *Gun, ammo sales skyrocket as control debate rages ~Rob Mason, Fox 8* *Mississippi Blues: When The River Doesn't Run ~NPR* *The never-changing, ever-changing scene: JACKSON SQUARED ~Press Street*

Cornerstone Academy Embroiled in Child Abuse Charges in Memphis

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
In order to encourage charter schools to "innovate," almost all oversight and regulations have been removed, so that now these corporate reform schools operate with impunity, free to pay school CEOs hundreds of thousands of tax dollars each year to run total compliance chain gangs for children, where teachers are more prison guard than educator. The only innovation we see from these one-size fits all behavioral neutering factories is in the punishment techniques devised to break children down in order to make them entirely compliant. Such is the case in Memphis, which is now Grou... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Quvenzhané Wallis receives "best-actress" Oscar nomination for Beast of the Southern Wild!!!* *Loomis: Saints won’t ‘sweep anything under rug’ ~Sheldon Mickles, The Advocate* *More rain, flooding expected** *

Obama Inauguration Tickets Reach $2k Online...Even though the event is mean to be FREE

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Tickets to President Barack Obama's inauguration this month are being sold on eBay and Craigslist for up to $2k (£1.2k) Efforts by congressional offices and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which are distributing tickets to inaugural events, have not stopped online entrepreneurs. "These tix are going like hot cakes, and for FAR more than I am listing them for on here," boasted one anonymous seller in a post on Craigslist. http://news.sky.com/story/1036198/obama-inauguration-tickets-reach-2k-online

Jordan Cobb Missing: 'Jumped From Ferry For £100 Bet'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
A teenager who was last seen jumping from a ferry may have leapt into the water for a £100 bet, police say. Jordan Cobb, 16, was intending to take part in a New Year's Eve street party in Torpoint, Cornwall, after catching the ferry from Plymouth, Devon. The alarm was raised shortly after 9pm when he vanished beneath the surface of the River Tamar, around 70 yards from the shore. Police investigating his disappearance say they have been scanning social media and believe it may be the result of a "prank gone wrong". http://news.sky.com/story/1036152/missing-teen-jumped-from-ferry-fo... more »

Stepping In It

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
Julian Fantino has never had a reputation for winning friends and influencing people. He not only has shocked and offended Haitians. He's also made enemies in the United States. The *Globe and Mail* reports that the State Department is not impressed: One of the U.S. State Department’s top Haiti officials said it sees Canada as a valued partner in the country and doesn’t want it to change any of its programs. “Haiti is not going to become a middle-income country overnight,” Eileen Wickstrom Smith, a senior official in the U.S. State Department’s Haiti office, said Wednesday. “We... more »

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 5.8 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 13:47:03 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 08:47:03 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.754°N, 95.133°E Depth 35.1 km (21.8 miles) Region NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA Distances 91 km (56 miles) SSW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:48:21 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 09:48:21 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.561°N, 141.269°E Depth 53.3 km (33.1 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 25 km (15 miles) ENE of Namie, Japan

Gatwick, London: Anti-Terror Arrests: Police Question Four Men

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Police arrest four men on suspicion of terror offences - three in London and one as he attempted to take a flight out of Gatwick. http://news.sky.com/story/1036236/anti-terror-arrests-police-question-four-men

The Best Thing About Jack Lew's Nomination: He's Not Erskine Bowles

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Lew & Geithner-- you'll never know the difference It's not a shock that Obama picked his chief of staff, Jacob "Jack" Lew as his Treasury Secretary to replace Tim Geithner. It's unlikely anyone will ever know Geithner's gone and Lew took his place-- except on Saturdays when the Orthodox Lew doesn't work. (I wonder if Obama is looking into a *Shabbos Goy* if anything important comes up on a Saturday... Colin Powell, Mario Cuomo, Martin Scorsese and Elvis Presley have all played that role; no, really.) The White House spin machine has put it out there that Lew is "a liberal" who was d... more »

The UN and the ruse of a Mercury Ban (sort of)

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
Defining the UN: A festering, yet organized, pustule filled with elites and their lackeys that go about secreting their pestilence on the planet. A blight, presented as a cure. In case you haven’t figured it out yet..... *there is not much good that can be said of the UN.* *Today's news: UN finds mercury threatens health, need for global accord** * *Mercury is horrific and is a global problem. * *Mercury is toxic to all living things. Human and otherwise. **Despite the headline the UN doesn't really want a global accord... Not really* *The UN wants a happy shiny facade to mask the ... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Stretch -- Willie McCovey, 75. The best hitter in the league just as I was starting to follow baseball, although I was definitely too young to appreciate it. Great, great, player, from an era in which the Giants really did produce more talent than they knew what to do with. On to the good stuff: 1. No, I have no idea why Elliott Abrams is treated as a respected person. Ali Gharib catches Abrams behaving just like Elliott Abrams would behave(can't think of anything worse to call it). 2. A very nice piece on the GOP, the budget, and more, from Jonathan Chait. 3. Pew'... more »

Thursday Links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*Fence, Taichung.* Busy as heck this week. Enjoy some links - Only in Taichung: bet on whether the patient will die within a certain date! (here and here) - Rep. Dana Rohrabacker says we should not hand out visas to Chinese agents posing as journalists (Foreign Policy) - J Michael Cole says Taiwan Security Bureau is stopping sending agents to China - Latest Congressional Research Service report on US-Taiwan relations - Taiwan Photographer: way cool flying squirrel pics - Drew with another amazing ride up Sanlinxi's Twelve Turns - Hegemonic warfare watch:... more »

From ‘Of Good and Evil’ - A Poem by Kahlil Gibran

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
Source of the above poster : *http://roxanajones.com/*From ‘Of Good and Evil’ by Kahlil Gibran *One of the elders of the city said: ‘Speak to us of good and evil.’ And he – the prophet – replied: Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but the good within you that is tortured by its own hunger and thirst, for the experience of learning what will help you in due course to return to your true nature?* *That is why when the good in you is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves. And when it thirsts, it will drink of dead waters, too.* *You are good when yo... more »

ACTION: You Are the Soul Of America

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
The Soul of America Snips from a new missive from Bernie Sanders: Despite such terminology as “fiscal cliff” and “debt ceiling,” the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues. It is all about ideology. It is all about economic winners and losers in American society. It is all about the power of Big Money. It is all about the soul of America. Despite the reality that the rich are becoming much richer while the middle class collapses and the number of Americans living in poverty is at an all-time high, the Republicans and their... more »

the three levels of inception of the Free Planet ideal

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 15 hours ago
how can you do it, Mike? How can you POSSIBLY convince seven billion radically conflicted individuals that a Free Planet embodying the spirits of Creativity, Passion and Kinship is the ONLY WAY FORWARD for the human race when faced with cataclysmic cardian arrest of the whole planetary organism? INCEPTION. And by this I mean, a three-stage form of door-unlocking (based on the the pivotal scene from Christopher Nolan's eponymous 2010 film). The basic concept is this, "Free Planet has to be YOUR OWN idea," but currently, it's only my idea, projected into your dreamspace. Unless I us... more »

Trillion dollar coin: a road to Hell

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
Two years ago, a random guy in a random discussion has pointed out that the U.S. laws have a bizarre loophole. One may circumvent the debt ceiling by printing a trillion-dollar coin out of platinum and donating it to the treasury. I think that the laws are really silly if it matters whether the money is printed in the form of many $100 banknotes or a somewhat smaller number of $1,000,000,000,000 coins. What should matter is the total debt. However, the Treasury Department may apparently mint commemorative coins and their value isn't restricted. Let's not get to the legal details.... more »

Larry Pratt Slams Piers Morgan Over “Sham” Gun Control Argument

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
CNN host is still ludicrously claiming that gun control made England safe, when it is the most violent country in Europe *Paul Joseph Watson* Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt re-appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and proceeded to school Morgan on his ridiculous argument that England, a country with the highest violent crime rate in Europe, was made safe by gun control. Pratt savaged Morgan’s contention that gun control reduces violent crime and murders, labeling the CNN host’s position a “sham”. Morgan’s argument that England, a country with a higher violent crime rate... more »

Rule against multiple convictions applies to regulatory matters

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago
*R. v. Ralph*, 2013 NLCA 1 is a source for the principle that the rule against multiple convictions applies to regulatory matters: [26] The rule against multiple convictions was set out in *R. v. Kienapple*, 1974 CanLII 14 (SCC), [1975] 1 S.C.R. 729 and in *R. v. Prince*, 1986 CanLII 40 (SCC), [1986] 2 S.C.R. 480. Under the approach laid out by Dickson C.J.C. in Prince, multiple charges relate to “the same cause or matter” if two requirements are satisfied. First, there must be a factual nexus between the charges, so that the same act grounds each charge. Second, the ... more »

Just hangin' out

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago


Anon at aangirfan - 16 hours ago
[image: Ipanema - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - Parque do Penhasco Dois Irmãos] *By ˙ ♪ Claudio Lara ✔* *Sunday 8 October.* I had walked out of my job and was looking for work. I had flown to Brazil. An almost empty bus sped me from Rio airport to the centre of the city. The sky was full of black tropical clouds, but the air was warm and getting warmer. There were shanty towns, or favelas, built out over the waters of the bay, and beside the docks there were very seedy bars. The smiling Negro bus driver, speaking in Brazilian Portuguese, said something about Pele. I tried to explain tha... more »
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