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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

10 January - Blogs I'm Following

English: Spacewar! running on the Computer His...English: Spacewar! running on the Computer History Museum's PDP-1. Deutsch: Spacewar! auf einer PDP-1 des Computer History Museums. Français : Spacewar fonctionnant sur le PDP-1 du Musée de l'histoire de l'ordinateur. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Les Misérables (musical)Les Misérables (musical) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Michelle RheeMichelle Rhee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The headquarters of the Social Securi...English: The headquarters of the Social Security Administration Español: La sede de la Administración del Seguro Social (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Steve Russell : Hiding Behind a Girl

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 minutes 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 - 8 minutes 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 minutes 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 minutes 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 - 18 minutes 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 - 20 minutes 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 - 24 minutes 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 - 24 minutes 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 - 31 minutes 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 - 32 minutes 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 - 32 minutes 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 - 32 minutes 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 »

Esfige junto a alas piramides de ejipto

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 32 minutes ago
[image: Esfinge junto a las piremides de ejipto] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de piramides* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Occupy Now Controlled Opposition

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 36 minutes 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 - 41 minutes ago
[image: Dama elegante en el parque natural] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de mujeres* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Get the Lead Out?

Rodger Payne at Duck of Minerva - 41 minutes 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 - 48 minutes 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 - 51 minutes ago
[image: Animalitos caminando sobre la arena de su isla] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de pinguinos* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Not One Inch

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 58 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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* *The never-changing, ever-changing scene: JACKSON SQUARED ~Press Street*

Cornerstone Academy Embroiled in Child Abuse Charges in Memphis

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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! - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 hours ago


Anon at aangirfan - 4 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 »

More About That Audit

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 4 hours ago
The awesome Canadians are making complete assholes of themselves. (Which, in a sense, is kinda honest!) Setting aside for a moment the obvious hypocrisy they're displaying in calling for Chief Spence to be dragged in chains to the Peace Tower for alleged indiscretions or incompetence that their own governments practice on a routine scale, ... they're also showing themselves to be ignoramuses and racist turds quick to pass judgment on the First Nations just because they're the First Nations I will say again; I have believed and still believe that there are corrupt First Nations leade... more »

India Signs Mandatory GMO Labeling into Law by Anthony Gucciardi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
Many Thanks To The People Of India India Signs Mandatory GMO Labeling into Law by Anthony Gucciardi Natural Society, 10 January 2013 *Paving the way for other nations to introduce similar legislation and inform consumers what they’re really putting into their mouths, the labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) within the nation of India is now mandated by law. The country’s Ministry of Consumer Affairsmakes **declared in a** June 5, 2012 notice that all GMO-containing packaged foods must be labeled by January 1, 2013 or face legal repercussions.* ... more »

Amazon 'Auto-Rip' Music on Demand

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 4 hours ago
CNET today report, that Amazon is poised to release a facility that will enable CD buyer to automatically receive copies of the all the CD’s tracks stored for free in their Amazon cloud. The digital files can then be accessed on demand via any web enabled device so not only promoting Amazon’s cloud but also effectively giving the user access to their music at any time and place with them having to rip and copy themselves. Amazon are reported as also debating storing your past CD purchases and enabling those to be accessed free of charge. It would be a novel way to both further lock... more »

Moira Anderson's Remains 'Not Found' In Grave

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The remains of a girl who went missing 56 years ago have not been found in a grave in Lanarkshire. Forensic scientists investigating the disappearance of Moira Anderson began exhuming a burial site in Old Monkland cemetery in Lanarkshire this week, but the search has been unsuccessful. Chief Inspector Kenny Macleod, of Strathclyde Police, said: "I can confirm that Moira's remains have not been found. http://news.sky.com/story/1036113/moira-andersons-remains-not-found-in-grave

Police changed report on Trayvon Martin's death FOUR times before downgrading George Zimmerman's charges from murder to manslaughter

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Florida police downgraded proposed charges against George Zimmerman from second-degree murder to manslaughter on the day they turned over the case to prosecutors, newly released documents show. The downgrade was one of at least four changes that the Sanford Police Department made over the course of five hours on March 13 to the final report on the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259608/Police-changed-final-report-Trayvon-Martins-shooting-death-FOUR-times-day-turned-prosecutors---downgraded-George-Zimmermans-charges-murder-manslaug... more »

James Holmes Self Portrait: Maniacal photos 'Dark Knight killer' took of himself - just before bloody shooting spree at packed movie theater... as pre-trial hearing ends

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
James Holmes smirks for the camera and sticks out his tongue in photos taken on his iPhone just before he allegedly sprayed bullets inside a Colorado movie theater. The photos, shown in court on the final day of his pre-trial hearing today (artist's impression of the pictures), also show the accused gunman holding a Glock pistol under his face and displaying his high-powered arsenal arranged on his bed. Also found on the phone were photos of the Colorado movie theater taken weeks before the shooting, implying that he had cased the theater in the weeks before the bloody shooting. h... more »

Was mechanical failure to blame for Manhattan ferry crash? Investigators focus on engine problems after 'bomb-like' collision that injured at least 74 commuters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Investigators believe a mechanical failure was the most likely cause for Wednesday's ferry crash that left at least 74 rush-hour commuters injured at Manhattan's Pier 11. According to sources, the Seastreak ferry struck and destroyed a buoy floating in the harbor channel before its dramatic collision with the dock, which was likened to a bomb going off. 'It wiped out the buoy,' a source told The New York Post. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259587/New-York-ferry-crash-Was-mechanical-failure-blame-Manhattan-ferry-crash.html

'President Obama has officially decided I am NOT being deported:' Piers Morgan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The White House defended the freedom of speech and the press on Wednesday in a long-awaited response to an online petition to deport CNN host Piers Morgan over his views on gun control. 'Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First,' White House Press Secretary wrote in a blog post attached to the petition, which had gathered more than 109,000 signatures by Wednesday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259773/White-House-defends-freedom-speech-response-petition-deport-Piers-Morgan-views-gun-control.html

American Officials Blame Iran for massive cyber attack on U.S. banks data centers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
American officials blamed the Iranian government for a series of coordinated hacking attacks that targeted U.S. banks. The hackers purposefully targeted bank databases and flooded their systems causing major disruptions and even complete shutdowns of company networks. No money was stolen and no individual accounts were breached as the hacks were merely meant to disrupt business for the banks, which officials say is a trademark of a government-lead attack. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259851/Iran-blamed-massive-cyber-attack-U-S-banks-data-centers-puppet-hacking-group-says-... more »

Gustáv Husák: 100 years

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 5 hours ago
Today, the last communist president of Czechoslovakia and Slovak communist Gustáv Husák would celebrate his 100th birthday. When I was a kid, this birthday – January 10th, 1913 – would be the most frequently celebrated one. It would be written down in all the calenders, too. *Click the image for various pictures of Husák. YouTube offers tons of videos. New Year Address in which he said the year was 1895 so they returned the clock by 5 minutes and started again. Various parodies in which Husák says jokes, and so on. It's easy to find his pictures and videos with all the fellow comm... more »

Obama could use 'executive orders' to force through new gun control measures, warns Joe Biden

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Vice President Joe Biden has signalled that Barack Obama could use his presidential powers to bypass Congress and exact more stringent gun controls. Speaking before a White House meeting with gun control advocates, Biden said: 'The president is going to act.There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet, but we're compiling it all.' Executive orders have the full force of law and are issued by a president using his executive powers independently of Congress. Use of them, however, is highly controversial because it bypasses the le... more »

The worst flu epidemic for a decade: Boston declares state of emergency as Chicago hospitals turn away ambulances

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Hospitals across the country are battling what is shaping up to be one of the worst flu outbreaks in a decade, 41 states have reported cases and 18 states are experiencing a flu epidemic. Health officials say 20 children have died and more than 200,000 people have been hospitalized already from influenza this winter including 14-year-old Carly Christenson, who died yesterday at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259774/Flu-epidemic-worst-decade-Boston-declares-state-emergency-Chicago-hospitals-turn-away-ambulances.html

Wife of 'murdered' lottery winner 'tried to cash $1million check in the days after he was found dead from cyanide poisoning'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The family of a lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide the day after he collected his $1million jackpot are at war with his widow amid claims she tried to cash the winning check in the days after his death. Urooj Khan's brother, ImTiaz Khan, has alleged that Shabana Ansari attempted to claim the windfall 'shortly' after Urooj's death but was unable to do so. ImTiaz Khan also claimed that his late brother and Shabana were *not even married*, meaning that she could miss out on half of the lottery prize to which she is entitled. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259978/W... more »

Swiss trains collide, 17 injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Two Swiss trains collided on Thursday, injuring 17 people, none of them seriously, and closing the line near the German border, police said. The two local trains, one travelling from Winterthur and the other from Schaffhausen, crashed just outside the Neuhausen station in northern Switzerland, not far from the German border. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/10/uk-swiss-train-idUKBRE9090AA20130110

Syria fires ballistic missile at rebels, Nato says

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The Syrian military has fired a ballistic missile towards cities in the north, Nato says, making it the third such launch in recent days. A spokesman told the BBC the missiles were unguided and had been fired in the direction of Aleppo and Idlib. The Syrian government has denied using the missiles. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20970866

Kurdish PKK co-founder Sakine Cansiz shot dead in Paris

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Three Kurdish women activists - including a co-founder of the militant separatist PKK - have been found dead with gunshot wounds in a Kurdish information centre in Paris. The bodies of Sakine Cansiz and two others were found on Thursday. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls called the killings "intolerable". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20968375

Apophis asteroid is 20% BIGGER than previously thought.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Astronomers following the so-called "doomsday" asteroid Apophis which could collide with Earth have discovered it is 20% bigger than previously thought. Previous estimates put the asteroid's average diameter at 270 metres (877 feet) representing a mass that would equal the energy release of a 506-megatonne bomb, according to Nasa figures. The European Space Agency (ESA) said its Herschel telescope had scanned the space rock as it headed towards its closest fly-by with the planet in years on Wednesday. http://news.sky.com/story/1035995/doomsday-asteroid-that-could-crash-into-earth

Six Prisons Shut As Super Jail Project Begins

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Six prisons in England are being closed as work begins on plans to create Britain's biggest jail in a move to drive down costs. Some 2,600 offenders are held at the prisons targeted for closure. Another three sites will be partially shut down. The prisons shutting are Bullwood Hall in Essex, Canterbury, Gloucester, Kingston in Portsmouth, Shepton Mallet in Somerset and Shrewsbury. http://news.sky.com/story/1036053/six-prisons-shut-as-super-jail-project-begins

Does Publishing Have Ketchup On Its Hands?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 6 hours ago
At a time when many are trying to achieve their New Year resolutions to get fitter, TV schedules are littered with the dangers of obesity, the news has increased coverage on the increased obesity of not only of adults, but also children and also the Hairy Bikers top the charts with a book about their own battle to fight their obesity, it is somewhat cynical that the industry celebrates the promotion of 15 million children’s books by McDonalds. Some would that this is a somewhat cynical promotion of heavily discounted children’s books through the sale of what many would regard as ... more »

Kristen Meghan - ex-military bio-environmental engineer - the reality of Chemtrails

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 6 hours ago
"I began to wake up to Chemtrails (and Agenda 21), monitored the white-plane flight patterns, did my own grid samplings and found barium and aluminium in the soil," so says ex-military bio-environmental engineer Kristen Meghan. I love the Wide Awake News host(ex-military Charlie McGrath)'s non-ironic term 'under the weather', LOL. ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: Kristen Meghan has appeared on Infowars Nightly News on the subject of ex-military Brandon Raub, 'kidnapped by FBI' for posting on Facebook about 9/11 being an 'inside job', she posted the original video of Brandon's arrest on her... more »

CES - Pacific Rim trailer - today, we are cancelling the Apocalypse

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 7 hours ago
I wrote a CES editorial piece on the new EYE CONTROLLER from Tobii, as effusively delivered by Upgrade Your Life's Becky Worley (but their so-called EMBED function didn't work so I deleted its ass), yesterday. Random CES-related hyperlink-trawling guided my eye towards this new trailer for PACIFIC RIM from Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth). In other sci-fi film news, and following on from yesterday's Free Planet post about TIME TRIPS, WORM HOLES and ANTI-COMMUNIST 9/11 SACRIFICIAL PAYOFFS, writer/film director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy and Incepti... more »

Obama relying on federal contractors and businesses to Pay $1 million for his inauguration party

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
President Barack Obama, who has tried to limit the influence of money in politics, is relying on federal contractors and businesses that profited from his campaign to pay as much as $1 million for his inauguration party later this month. The fundraising strategy marks a shift from Obama's 2009 inauguration, when he banned corporate money and limited individual contributions to showcase his commitment to transparency and clean government. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/10/us-usa-politics-inauguration-idUSBRE90906920130110

I Will Never Stop Talking About Breaking Bad or The Wire

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 7 hours ago
And *Firefly*. And *Deadwood*. And *Sons of Anarchy*. And... and... and...

Three Kurdish women found shot dead in Paris: police

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Three Kurdish women said to include a founding member of the PKK militant group were shot dead overnight in Paris in killings that appeared politically motivated, police and other sources said on Thursday. The bodies of the women were found early on Thursday at the Information Centre of Kurdistan in the city centre, a police source said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/10/us-france-kurds-idUSBRE90907B20130110

Northern Switzerland: Two Trains Collide, at least 30 injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
At least 30 people are injured as two trains collide at a station in the Schaffhouse area of northern Switzerland. http://news.sky.com/story/1036028/two-trains-collide-in-northern-switzerland

Man Rescued In Runaway Speedboat Drama

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A man in Australia has been rescued after falling from his out-of-control speedboat off the coast of Perth. A television news helicopter spotted the man swimming in the water. http://news.sky.com/story/1035961/man-rescued-in-runaway-speedboat-drama

India Gang Rape: Lawyer accused police of brutality against evil rapists

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A lawyer for three of the defendants accused of murdering and gang-raping a student in Delhi has accused police of brutality. Speaking before a hearing at the city's Saket District Court, M.L. Sharma claimed the men had been beaten while in custody. He said: "They (the police) have used the third degree to extract the statement that suits the evidence they have collected. "My clients have been forced to confess to crimes that they did not commit." http://news.sky.com/story/1036016/india-gang-rape-men-beaten-for-confessions

Oz Bushfire Rages Towards Unexploded Bomb Site

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Firefighters in Australia are racing against the clock to prevent a bushfire from spreading to a former weapons range littered with unexploded bombs before another heatwave hits parts of the country. The blaze is burning 2km from the Tianjara plateau in New South Wales which was used by the Australian army as a practice bombing range until the mid-1970s. Officials said the fire's path was currently playing into their "firefighting strategy" and that if necessary, they had time to put in a firebreak in the area. http://news.sky.com/story/1035950/bushfire-rages-towards-unexploded-bo... more »

Make sure the common core doesn’t get credit for test score inflation

skrashen at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Make sure the common core doesn’t get credit for test score inflation S Krashen Please don’t get too excited when initial common core tests appear to produce low scores. New tests typically result in low scores, and then scores rise for the next few years as teachers and students get used to the test format and content, and teachers learn how to teach to the test (Linn, Gaue and Sanders, 1990). I predict that the Common core will get credit for this bogus “improvement.” The improvement will stop after a few years, but by then the apparent success of the common core will be considered... more »

Drug Innovation 9: Treating Lympho Leukemia and HIV/AIDS

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 8 hours ago
I like this story from the NYT although this was published half year ago. A dedicated scientist at Washington University studying human gnome and lympoblastic leukemia has developed the same cancer that he is personally studying. and subsequently weakened him, awaiting death. His colleagues in the research team set aside many things they were doing and focused only on one thing -- find out what is that disease, how it developed, and how it can be killed. Below is portion of that news report. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/health/in-gene-sequencing-treatment-for-leukemia-glimpses-o... more »

Poll about foundations of QM: "experts" disagree on everything

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
The physics arXiv blog was intrigued by a new preprint by Schlosshauer, Kofler, and Zeilinger: A Snapshot of Foundational Attitudes Toward Quantum Mechanics They kind of repeated a 1997 poll organized by Max Tegmark (among 48 participants of a conference at that time) but among 33 participants of a recent quantum-foundations conference. *Off-topic. Greatest snowfall in Jerusalem since 1992. President Peres teaches the Israeli how to keep snowmen from getting cold.* The main result is that there is no consensus on anything. I was actually pleased because I was expecting that there... more »

News of the Oaks #1124

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This newsletter is worth a read as it is a snap shot on a prospering communal society engaged in agriculture. Not everything is worked out yet but a lot of bogus ideas are also missing. This not the only such enterprise and such endeavors do work out many of the issues so making a transition to an enhanced version of all this can become natural and even obvious. What most have failed to do has been to integrate better into the economic life of the local community. Once that can be done with an internal economy that balances inputs and spreads the lifeway organically, we w... more »

Monarch Butterfly Migration Film

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This will be neat to see. It is one of the great migrations in the world and perhaps one of the most unlikeliest. I grew up with them and even collected pupae to watch them emerge. A real surprise is that a tagged butterfly from Wisconsin made it all the way down to Mexico in one generation. These are amazingly, generational migrations. Fears about this butterflies future are likely misplaced now that the winter refugia is well known and the insects have zero economic value. However poaching suggests that landholder are uncompensated and need to be bought out. Do that ... more »

Brain Science Connecting

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Quite rightly, research in Brain science is booming as has all biological science. We are getting answers and lots of them. What is missing yet though is a clear understanding of memory itself. My own conjecture is that we establish a linkage directly to the time and place in which an experience took place partly because I suspect that this will turn out to be possible and really possible at the molecular level and nature is wonderful at grabbing every opportunity. Thus the brain is about linkages only which is just what we are looking at. This item tells us just how... more »

2012 was Warmest Year on Record

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Do keep in mind that it was not the warmest globally but still a warm year even there. What appears clear though is that odd spring and odd fall jumped the averages and gave us this exceptional record. That all looks like the right confluence of major weather events paying off in the same year with a low likelihood of repetition. As posted in the past, the average climate in the past two decades has held at about a half degree over the Holocene mean. Since the actual Holocene spread is around plus or minus one degree, we remain well within the working range. Thus exceptional... more »

Corbett Report - Rings Within Rings - How Secret Societies Direct World Politics

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 9 hours ago
*NEW FOR 2013, FROM CORBETT REPORT* In the coming series of our EyeOpener reports, James Corbett will examine some of the lesser known groups that constitute part of this system of “rings within rings:” the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Common Purpose UK. *by James Corbett BoilingFrogsPost.com January 8, 2013 The idea that global politics is directed by a small group of well-connected elite has long been decried as “conspiracy theory” by the establishment and their media outlets. As listeners to the most recent Corbett Report po... more »

The cheek of Jim Flaherty … expensing his Maybelline while preaching austerity!

David Climenhaga at Alberta Diary - 9 hours ago
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty before application of his Smashbox and Cover Girl. Below: Mr. Flaherty after his makeup makeover. Warning: Any resemblance to J. Edgar Hoover is certainly purely coincidental. Below that: FBI icon J. Edgar Hoover and the real Mr. Flaherty. Jim Flaherty portrait by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Who would have thought that ... more »

NYT: P.L.O.'s Abbas Meets Hamas's Meshal in Cairo

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
'... many analysts say that the gulf between the militant, Islamist Hamas and the more moderate, negotiation-oriented Fatah remains deep on major policy questions like whether to recognize Israel and what the borders of a future Palestinian state should be.' This from the New York Times Except there's a problem, isn't there?Neither Hamas or Fatah want to live peacefully alongside Israel. Both want to destroy Israel. You don't believe me? Take a look at the many examples on this blog for proof.

Earthbag Homes for Post-Earthquake Haiti

All photos courtesy: konbit shelter Coverage of Haiti's 2010 earthquake disaster may have dwindled in the news, but rebuilding efforts are still slowly continuing, running the gamut from shelters made from tires, shipping containers and recycled plastic bottles -- each with their advantages and disadvantages. But that's not all; besides these methods, the superadobe "earthbag" building technique is also being used. Originally developed by architect Nader Khalili and Cal-Earth, the practice involves layering long fabric or plastic tubes or bags filled with sand, clay, water and fibr... more »

"Tending the Emotions: Having a Breakdown"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Tending the Emotions: Having a Breakdown"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Having a breakdown is often the catharsis that is needed to keep our emotional life in balance. Most of us have had the experience of holding back our emotions for such a long period of time that when they finally come out, we have something resembling a breakdown. For a certain period of time, the overwhelming flood of feelings coursing through our bodies consumes us, and we stop functioning. Often, these outbursts take us by surprise, welling up within us as we drive to or from work, watch a movie, or... more »

Muhammad Ali speaking frankly

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 10 hours ago
Muhammad Ali, SPEAKING THE TRUTH! God bless him! Video found via *B'Man's excellent blog*:

New island size of 25 football pitches appears off German coast after sandbanks emerge from the North Sea

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
An island the size of 25 football pitches has appeared seemingly out of nowhere off the coast of Germany. The landmass, which is composed of sandbanks, gradually emerged from the violent waters of the North Sea over the past few years. It lies 15 miles off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany’s far north in a stretch of coastline known as the Wattenmeer, a marine national park. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259842/New-island-size-25-football-pitches-appears-German-coast-sandbanks-emerge-North-Sea.html

Piers Morgan uses BBC interview to slam 'stupid and dangerous' guests from gun lobby who appeared on his CNN show

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Piers Morgan last night criticised the U.S. gun lobby as ‘stupid and dangerous’ for suggesting that more firearms could reduce crime - and said he doesn’t care if his opinions make him unpopular. His comments came as the White House defended freedom of speech and the press yesterday in a long-awaited response to an online petition to deport the 47-year-old over his views on gun control. The CNN broadcaster got himself into a spectacularly bad-tempered confrontation on Monday when radio host Alex Jones challenged him to a boxing match following his calls for tougher gun laws. http:... more »

Thom Hartman: "We have become, in the United States, and increasingly all over the world, a society with only two classes: Those who own, and those who owe." "The owe-ers - the indebted - find themselves trapped on a lifelong treadmill paying interest and fees to the Takers. The owe-ers are also mostly the workers, the people who make things (from manufactured goods to hamburgers), and so are rightly called the 'Makers'.''

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ AlterNet / *By* *Thom Hartmann* There's a Violent World War Going On, with Millions of Casualties -- Oligarchs vs. Everyone Else *We have become, in the United States, and increasingly all over the world, a society with only two classes: Those who own, and those who owe.* *January 13, 2013* | History is littered with the corpses of those who thought they could conquer the world, or at least the “known” or “important” world, through force of arms. Many come immediately to mind: Alexander the Great; Caesar; Hitler; the Celts, Ottomans, and Cat... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 04:58:58 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 02:58:58 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.954°S, 152.711°E Depth 53.8 km (33.4 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 64 km (39 miles) SSW of Taron, PNG

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 04:28:43 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 01:28:43 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 32.364°N, 141.600°E Depth 53.6 km (33.3 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 186 km (115 miles) ESE of Hachijo-jima, Japan

Zorb death: Organiser facing charges

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A man accused of organising a zorb ride at a Russian ski resort that killed a man has been detained and will face court, authorities say. There have been media reports that three owners of the zorb ride which killed the father-of-two on January 3 have gone on the run. The incident, caught on amateur video, has angered New Zealanders who invented the adventure sport in the 1990s. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10858370

Australia: Heat to sear eastern states again

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Waves and winds are lashing northwest Australia while a wave of heat will engulf the eastern states again on Friday. A cyclone off Western Australia's north coast is intensifying as it comes closer to land, prompting authorities to warn residents to prepare their homes and emergency kits. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warns the category three Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle is expected to be upgraded to a level four later on Thursday as it continues towards the Northwest Cape, near Karratha. http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/heat-to-sear-eastern-states-again... more »

In Syria, chemical weapons - and talks - are off the table

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Russia is coordinating the supervision of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal with the country's embattled President Bashar Assad. According to a report in the Syrian Damas Post, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov agreed last month in Dublin that the U.S. would not support foreign military intervention in Syria in exchange for Russian assurances that the Assad regime would not unleash its chemical weapons in the country's civil war. The solution to the crisis would be diplomatic, not military in nature, the leaders agreed. In the wake of t... more »

Don't give People the Vote on staying in EU, the US Warns Cameron just weeks before announcement on in-out vote

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
America issued an extraordinary warning against Britain holding an EU referendum last night just weeks before David Cameron is due to promise voters an 'in-out' choice in 2018. The Obama administration took the unusual step of signalling public concern about the Government's stance on the EU, saying 'referendums have often turned countries inward'. Philip Gordon, US assistant secretary for European affairs, insisted Britain should not leave the EU or end up playing a diminished role in Brussels. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259695/Dont-hold-poll-staying-EU-US-urges-Came... more »

Biden says Obama could use executive orders to restrict guns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday the White House is determined to act quickly to curb gun violence and will explore all avenues - including executive orders that would not require approval by Congress - to try to prevent incidents like last month's massacre at a Connecticut school. Kicking off a series of meetings on gun violence, Biden said the administration would work with gun-control advocates and gun-rights supporters to build a consensus on restrictions. But he made clear that President Barack Obama is prepared to act on his own if necessary. http://www.reuters.com/... more »

China: Girl, 9, dies in hospital from mystery illness

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A nine-year-old girl has died in hospital after being struck by a mystery illness, the Centre for Health Protection said last night. The girl had a good health record, had not traveled outside Hong Kong and tests for flu and enterovirus had shown to be negative, the center said. She was initially diagnosed with myocarditis, an acute inflammation of the heart muscle. On Saturday the girl, who lived in Eastern District and studied locally, complained of epigastric pain, fever and vomiting. A spokesman for the center said she was admitted to the pediatric ward of the Pamela Youde Neth... more »

The Beaverton...

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
It's like The Onion for Canadians and it is very good. As Justin Trudeau continues his tour around the country, seeking to inspire Liberal Party members' hearts and minds as his father did some 42 years ago, no one has yet worked up the courage to mention to the family scion that the Liberal Party has been defunct for almost two years. "I was about to tell him, I swear," said

Russia to Americans: Never give up your guns

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions. This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered. ... more »

Texas: Brief fire prompts shutdown of reactor at Bay City nuke plant

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A fire at the South Texas Project Electric Generating Station, the nuclear power plant about 90 miles southwest of Houston, shut down one of the plant’s two reactors Tuesday afternoon. The fire broke out at 4:42 p.m. at the main transformer that feeds power from the reactor to the public power grid, and the reactor was shut down immediately, plant spokesman Buddy Eller said. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes, Eller said. He did not know when the reactor might be restarted. http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/01/08/county-judge-bay-city-nuke-plant-fire-contained/

Indonesia: Tornado Hits Batam, Damages Hundreds of Houses

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A tornado struck the Riau Islands city of Batam on Wednesday afternoon, damaging hundreds of houses and injuring a child. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the tornado struck at 3:30 p.m. and badly damaged 29 houses, moderately damaged 102 houses and inflicted slight damage on 96 houses. Two mosques, a government office and a gas station were among other buildings harmed by the tornado, the BNPB said in a press statement on Wednesday. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/tornado-hits-batam-damages-hundreds-of-houses/565210

India: State announces steps to prevent anthrax outbreak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The state government has announced emergency measures to contain a possible outbreak of anthrax among cattle. The move comes in the wake of an anthrax outbreak reported in Tamil Nadu's Theni and Cumbum districts, bordering Idukki district in Kerala. The government on Tuesday night banned cattle from Tamil Nadu being brought to the state through the checkposts in Idukki district. On Wednesday, the state animal husbandry department launched a n action programme to vaccinate the cattle breeds along the state's border districts. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thiruvananthapuram... more »

Congressional Progressive Caucus At A Crossroads

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
This week Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Keith Ellison sent out a fundraising letter for People for the American Way talking about the "3 Progressive Principles for the Next Deal." He points out that the fight is just getting started. We need to forge a way forward with economic policies that protect the security and enable the prosperity of *all *Americans. The only way to do this is to adhere to a set of basic, sensible principles that reflect our core American values. I’ve proposed three such principles that I believe will get us there. Simply put, they are: • No ... more »

Boston declares public health emergency as Massachusetts faces harsh flu season

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The city is working with health care centers to offer free flu vaccines and hopes to set up places where people can get vaccinated. The city said there have been four flu-related deaths, all elderly residents, since the unofficial start of the flu season Oct. 1. "The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu shot," said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. The city was experiencing its worst flu season since at least 2009, Menino said, with about 700 confirmed cases of the flu, compared with 70 all of last season. http://www.newser.com/article/da3n2uio0/bos... more »

US Calls For 'A Strong British Voice In EU'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The Obama administration has publicly indicated that it wants Britain to retain an influential role in the European Union. The US assistant secretary for European affairs, Philip Gordon, made it clear that Washington favoured a "strong British voice" within the EU *and cautioned against a referendum on Europe.* http://news.sky.com/story/1035904/us-calls-for-a-strong-british-voice-in-eu

MoD Overspends Equipment Budget By £6.5bn

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The Ministry of Defence has overspent its equipment budget by £6.5bn and some of its major orders are likely to be delivered 39 years late. The National Audit Office (NAO), in its latest report into the MoD's spending, has revealed that the 16 most costly projects, which originally totalled £56.5bn when they were approved and should have taken 159 years to deliver between them, now have a combined price tag of £61.1bn and will not be ready for a total of 195 years. However, the good news is things are improving. This year’s overspend is "only" £468m http://news.sky.com/story/103583... more »

Killer Whales Trapped In Canadian Sea Ice

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
About a dozen killer whales have become trapped in a vast stretch of sea ice in Hudson Bay, Canada. The animals, stuck in the waters near the remote Inuit community of Inukjuak in Quebec, are taking it in turns to gasp for breath through a hole in the ice, which was about the size of a van but is reportedly shrinking due to freezing temperatures. The whales are said to be panicking at times in their desperate bid to get oxygen. http://news.sky.com/story/1035933/killer-whales-trapped-in-canadian-sea-ice

Rizana Nafeek beheaded in Saudi Arabia for killing a baby in her care

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A young Sri Lankan housemaid has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia for killing a baby who was in her care. Rizana Nafeek had denied strangling the 4-month-old baby in 2005 and the execution came despite global appeals to call it off because she was only 17 at the time. http://news.sky.com/story/1035919/saudi-arabia-beheads-young-sri-lankan-maid

Tappin: Extradited Brit Jailed For Arms Dealing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
British businessman Christopher Tappin has been jailed for 33 months for trying to buy missile parts and resell them to Iran. US District Judge David Briones, who sentenced Tappin, said he would recommend that the Department of Justice approve any request by Tappin to be transferred to the UK. He was also fined $11,357 (£7,089). http://news.sky.com/story/1035783/tappin-extradited-brit-jailed-for-arms-dealing

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 02:54:26 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:54:26 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.434°S, 151.712°E Depth 60.1 km (37.3 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 134 km (83 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

“Sandy Hook” Reference In Batman Movie Dark Knight Rises, at which Aurora Shooting Took Place (If this doesn't get you thinking, absolutely nothing will)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Truth is stranger than fiction. At the 1:58 mark in Batman’s Dark Knight Rises feature you can see the words ‘Sandy Hook’ on the far left of the map. Coincidence? You make the call. There is just something that doesn’t feel right here. First the “Batman Massacre” and now the “Sandy Hook” Bloodbath. Click on the links to view the picture zoomed in. "Sandy Hook" is written clearly on the map on the bottom left. In the second picture, the hand actually points at it. Picture 1 Picture 2 http://govtslaves.info/sandy-hook-reference-in-batman-movie/ *Matt's thoughts:* Seriously, ... more »

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA - 9th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.1 Date-Time Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 22:05:06 UTC Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 01:05:06 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 60.740°N, 150.172°W Depth 47.8 km (29.7 miles) Region KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA Distances 35 km (21 miles) NW (324°) from Cooper Landing, AK

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 21:20:07 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 02:20:07 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.907°S, 68.058°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region CARLSBERG RIDGE Distances 577 km (358 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives


Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago

Ask The Leveretts Anything: The Treatment Of Women In Iran

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
Source: *The Dish*. Also, *read this*, and *this*. My opinion on the status of women and gay people in Iran: No society is perfect. The dress code for women in Iran is repressive, but it is superficial to only look at this aspect of life and paint a government as being against the liberation of women. Education is more important. But the ideology of the Islamic state is completely out of date with the times regarding gay rights. It is ridiculous for the Iranian president to say that there are *no gay people in Iran*. This just goes against reality, and it isn't a smart position to ... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 9th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 21:05:01 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 03:05:01 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 0.758°N, 92.727°E Depth 14.9 km (9.3 miles) Region OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA Distances 448 km (278 miles) WSW of Sinabang, Indonesia

Standard Stories for Hiring Decisions in Political Science

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Update: so the very first commentator revealed how much this was the product of a bad cold. Indeed, I’ve completely misnamed the post. It shouldn’t be “standard stories” but “contextual assumptions.” The most important rhetorical commonplace, in my experience, is exactly what the commentator said: “quality” of research and presentation. What I’m interested in is Continue reading

'Folks are grabbing just about any gun they can get their hands on'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
* * *Matt's thoughts:* In your hands, or on your knees.

PANIC: One Million AR-15 Magazines On Backorder

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
According to the gun review site, "Haus of Guns," backorders for the Magpul AR-15 30-round magazine ("PMAG") have surpassed one million. In a Facebook post dated today, January 9, Haus of Guns writes the following: "Had breakfast with a buddy who has reasonably close ties to the Magpul family. Word is the great PMAG panic backorder of 2012/13 has topped 1 million at Magpul HQ." Magpul is a designer and manufacturer of firearms accessories. The PMAG is one of their most popular products. It is a 30-round magazine designed for the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Sales of firearms, ammun... more »

Jon Rappoport: "the internet invades mainstream media"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
In the 1960s, there was the British invasion. In this decade,* *there will be the Internet invasion. *Alex Jones: Best Night of Television Ever* *Jon Rappoport* Infowars.com January 8, 2013 Piers Morgan (CNN) thought he might pump up his horrendous ratings and avoid having to go back to England. So he invited Alex Jones to come east and appear on his show. They would discuss gun control and the petition to have Morgan deported. It would be good television. An interesting conversation. Perhaps things would get contentious. But Morgan’s producers and bookers had made a fatal error ... more »

Pythons, lionfish, and now willow invade Florida waterways

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: Foreign invaders such as pythons and lionfish are not the only threats to Florida’s natural habitat. The native Carolina Willow is also starting to strangle portions of the St. Johns River. Image courtesy of University of Central Florida] 8 January 2013 (University of Central Florida) – Foreign invaders such as pythons and lionfish are not the only threats to Florida’s natural habitat. The native Carolina Willow is also starting to strangle portions of the St. Johns River. Biologists at the University of Central Florida recently completed a study that shows this slender t... more »

Sandy Hook School Shooting Tribute - 1 month earlier?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Sandy Hook School Shooting Tribute - 1 month earlier? What the..? (Very Sick) from Evoke & Evolve on Vimeo. *Matt's thoughts:* This gets more disturbing by the day. Could this be why the gun grab is intensifying, because someone realizing that the whole Sandy Hook charade is falling apart?

Another Sandy Hook Fundraiser Uncovered 4 Days Before The Shooting

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Another Sandy Hook fundraiser was uncovered. This fundraiser predates the massacre by four days. First it was the United Way, now the fundraising site Youcaring.com has a “Fundraiser for the Families Involved in the Tragic Newtown, CT Shootings.” This event was dated December 10 2012. As we all know the shooting took place on December 14. You can view the archived page here. http://govtslaves.info/another-sandy-hook-fundraiser-uncovered-4-days-before-the-shooting/

So called ‘doomsday asteroid’ Apophis much larger than previously thought

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Astronomers following the so-called doomsday asteroid Apophis, which will be whizzing past Earth on Thursday morning, have found the rock is much larger than had previously been assumed. Since the asteroid could hit Earth in 2036, that’s a problem. The asteroid, named after an Egyptian god of death, had been thought to be around 885 feet (270 meters) wide, plus or minus a couple of hundred feet (60 meters). But as Apophis approached last weekend, astronomers at the Herschel Space Observatory took new observations and have concluded that astronomers have seriously underestimated bo... more »

20 Mind-Blowing Then vs. Now Comparisons

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_507_20-mind-blowing-then-vs.-now-comparisons_p20#20 *Matt's thoughts:* The slide about the Generals disgusts me.

PRAVDA: Americans never give up your guns

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*Who would have thought this would come from Russia? -AK* http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/28-12-2012/123335-americans_guns-0/ * * *Americans never give up your guns* 28.12.2012 By Stanislav Mishin These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions. This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on ea... more »

Jonah Raskin : In the Wake of Sandy

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 13 hours ago
The Rag Blog's Jonah Raskin in post-Sandy Far Rockaway, New York. In the wake of Sandy: An interview with Far Rockaway community organizer Ofelia Mangen 'I think Sandy is a human disaster. We’re the disaster, not nature. We created it. If you call it a natural disaster, that’s a way to deny responsibility. Experts on climate change have been predicting this kind of storm for at least a


Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
Via Ari Kohen, a visualization of the nearest 100,000 stars in Sol’s neighborhood. Sometimes blogs should just share cool stuff, no? Can’t leave all that stuff to other social-media platforms.

For ThinkProgress, Any Critique of U.S. Foreign Policy is"Anti-American Propaganda"

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 14 hours ago
Ben Armbruster, national security editor for ThinkProgress, wrote yesterday that neoconservative pundits and politicians have resorted to promoting Iranian rhetoric in their zealous campaign to discredit and derail President Barack Obama's nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. He pointed to the eager promotion by many right-wingers of an article with a


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*Sample Document* * * *Insert text and change State officials were appropriate below* June 20, 2012 [name of judge] [address of judge] RICK SCOTT GOVERNOR STATE OF FLORIDA 400 S. Monroe St Tallahassee, FL 32399 KEN DETZNER SECRETARY OF STATE STATE OF FLORIDA P.O. BOX 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314 PAM BONDI ATTORNEY GENERAL STATE OF FLORIDA The Capitol PL-01 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050 cc: [Plaintiff's Attorney] and See Annex A, restated and incorporated here as if set forth in full Reference: Alleged [enter case # and name] Dear Mssrs. [last... more »

The Victorian Bushfires: How Environmentalism Leads to Disaster

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 14 hours ago
[image: Photo of Ben O'Neill]*After the 2009 Victorian bushfires, which killed 209 people, Ben O’Neill (right) wrote this piece for the **Mises Daily*, *where it first appeared. Nothing he describes has changed since, either politically or environmentally.* On February 7, 2009, and in the week that followed, bushfires ignited across Victoria, in Australia.[1] The fires raged through many towns, destroying at least 1,834 homes,[2] and killing at least 209 people,[3]more fatalities than any bushfire in Australian history.[4] Let's compare: in the 1983 "Ash Wednesday" bushfires, seve... more »


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*Sample Document* * * *Insert text and change State officials were appropriate below* ------------------------------ June 20, 2012 [name of judge] [address of judge] RICK SCOTT GOVERNOR STATE OF FLORIDA 400 S. Monroe St Tallahassee, FL 32399 KEN DETZNER SECRETARY OF STATE STATE OF FLORIDA P.O. BOX 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314 PAM BONDI ATTORNEY GENERAL STATE OF FLORIDA The Capitol PL-01 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050 cc: [Plaintiff's Attorney] and See Annex A, restated and incorporated here as if set forth in full Reference: Alleged [enter ca... more »

Bushfires drive Tasmania family into the sea – ‘Arguably the most significant heat wave in Australia’s history’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: A Tasmianian family takes refuge from record wildfires in the seawater under a jetty, 8 January 2013. Tammy Holmes (second from left) and her grandchildren, (from left) Charlotte, Esther, Liam, Matilda, and Caleb, survived the bushfires that raged for three hours. Tim Holmes / AP] By Luke Harding 9 January 2013 (guardian.co.uk) – The tornadoes of fire came from two directions. They quickly engulfed the small Tasmanian fishing town of Dunally, and swept towards the home where Tim and Tammy Holmes were babysitting their five grandchildren. There was no escape. No way out. A... more »


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
* * *Sample Document* *Insert text and change State officials were appropriate below* ------------------------------ [ENTER DATE] CHIEF [ENTER CHIEF'S NAME] [ENTER SPECIFIC NAME] POLICE DEPARTMENT [ENTER SPECIFIC Detective] [ENTER EMAIL IF KNOWN] [ENTER MAILING ADDRESS] [ENTER CERTIFIED/REGISTERED MAIL #] CHRISTINE GREGOIRE GOVERNOR STATE OF WASHINGTON 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW Suite 200 P.O. BOX 40002 Olympia, WA 98504 SAM REED SECRETARY OF STATE STATE OF WASHIGNTON Legislative Building P.O. BOX 40220 Olympia, WA 98504-0220 ROBERT MCKENNA ATTORNEY G... more »

Invading species can extinguish native plants despite recent reports – ‘These species are slowly going extinct’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Native plants on a California reserve (in bloom on mounds in background) are found in marginal, patchy habitats following invasion by exotic grasses (in green in foreground). Ecologists at the University of Toronto and ETH Zurich have found that, given time, invading exotic plants will likely eliminate native plants growing in the wild despite recent reports to the contrary. James Cornwell] Contact: Benjamin Gilbert, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, 416-978-4065 (office), 647-778-0900 (cell) benjamin.gilbert@utoronto.ca TORONTO, O... more »

Carcinogen levels soar in Canada’s tar sand lakes

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Aerial view of the tailings pond at the Athabasca tar sands mines, 18 May 2012. Most ponds are coated in a sheen of oil that can be deadly to waterfowl, like ducks and geese, that land on its surface. businessinsider.com] By Andy Coghlan 9 January 2013 Canada's push to exploit oil-rich sandy rock formations is certainly controversial, but does it pose a health threat? A first analysis has found an increase in carcinogens in sediment from lakes near to the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta but it is not yet clear if the pollution could make people ill. John Smol of Queen's U... more »

Jules et Jim et Sarah

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
[image: Stories We Tell] This evening I saw Sarah Polley's _Stories We Tell_. It's cleverly crafted and passionate. A lively, entertaining, intelligent film experience. Don't read spoiler reviews of it, particularly any that would have stupid headlines like this one: "Toronto Film Critics Name Sarah Polley's Adultery Doc Best Canadian Movie". Go see it totally unprepared. You may have to see it again. There are many people involved and many overlapping stories. In the best of ways, it appears to have been inspired by _Rashômon_, _Jules et Jim_ and, possibly all of Norman Jewiso... more »

Did AIG's Mr. Greenberg set out to become the poster boy for corporate ingratitude and chutzpah?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Did central casting call for "a corporate-slimebag type"? No need -- that's former AIG chief Maurice Greenberg, the new poster boy for corporate slimitude.* *by Ken* I expect you've heard about this Maurice Greenberg, the former AIG chief executive who had his ass saved by the government bailout and was inspired to a novel form of thanks: suing the federal government to the tune of $25B for amounts he and other AIG shareholders say they lost as the result of what they claim, as represented by the NYT's Michael J. de la Merced and Ben Protess, were the "onerous terms" exacted by t... more »

Ant study deepens concern about plastic additives – ‘Phthlates are everywhere in the atmosphere’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 15 hours ago
[image: KHC8H4O4 is potassium hydrogen phthalate. The word 'hydrogen' is referring the the acidic hydrogen. This hydrogen comes off to neutralize the any OH- ions. In the image below a potassium ion has replaced a hydrogen. Before the hydrogen was replaced, the molecule was called phthalic acid. chemistryland.com]By DAVID JOLLY 7 January 2013 PARIS (The New York Times) – About five years ago, Alain Lenoir, a researcher at François Rabelais University in Tours, France, was studying the biochemical process by which ants differentiate between friends and foes. Scientists had come t... more »

Sunday Globe Specials: Russian Protests Are Fun

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 16 hours ago
*A clear giveaway that the Russian protests are nothing more than a CIA-sponsored attempt at destabilization. * * **"Soon protest became normal, even fun.... she dutifully turns out to protests.... even as she fantasizes about moving the United States"* *Not as much fun here. * * **Related: **FBI, Working With Banks, Chose Not To Inform Occupy Leadership Of Assassination Plot On Its Leaders* *I can't imagine who would want to hurt those good kids.* "Russian protests go on, despite opposition’s foundering" by Michael Birnbaum | Washington Post, December 29, 2012 MOSCOW — Thousands... more »

Statement: Chief Spence not attending meeting with Prime Minister

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
Chief Spence addressing AFN Chiefs on Wednesday.  Traduction française Christine Prathttp://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=1396See Translation Also see: Red Lake Chippewa resolution supporting Chief Spence http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

TOPPT: First batch of "tools" available in ZIP file.

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
Kauilapele has loaded up a zip file of some files I am still in the process of posting. You can get the first batch of sample documents at this url: http://kauilapele.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/the-one-peoples-public-trust-now-paradigm-protocol-documents-in-one-zip-folder/ These are "tools" for people facing specific legal issues, which seem to mostly revolve around home loan foreclosures, which is the primary side of the UCC legal system that most people face through the mortgage loan business. Please don't ask me to explain all these. I am not a lawyer. I do not "practice la... more »

Sunday Globe Special: The Killers of Khorasan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 16 hours ago
*I'm tired of crap, readers.** * * **"the Ittehad-e-Mujahedeen Khorasan, a shadowy group that analysts consider to be Al Qaeda’s local counterintelligence wing."* *Shadowy and **murky** are coded giveaways for an intelligence operation, folks.* "Militants hunt down those suspected of aiding CIA strikes" by Declan Walsh | New York Times, December 30, 2012 ISLAMABAD — They are *dead men* talking, and they know it. Gulping nervously, the prisoners stare into the video camera, spilling tales of intrigue, betrayal, and paid *espionage on behalf of the United States*. Some speak in tre... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Canada: Path to Dissolution'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 17 hours ago
MNN: CANADA: PATH TO DISSOLUTION Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com CANADA:  PATH TO DISSOLUTION  Canadian Embassy Removed MNN. Jan. 9, 2013.  We are confronting the Corporation of Canada.  Start by shutting down your foreign [band council] embassies in our communities immediately.  Traitorous chiefs, your foot in the canoe will be removed.  Red

Sunday Globe Special: Al-CIA-Duh Carves Out Corner of Africa

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 17 hours ago
*‘‘A 4,300-mile-long ribbon of land that runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.’’* "Al Qaeda carves out own country in Mali; Northern Mali now its territory" by Rukmini Callimachi | Associated Press, January 06, 2013 MOPTI, Mali — Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic fighters are burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what has essentially become *Al Qaeda’s new country*. * **Well, there goes the **neighborhood. * * **And if you will excuse, I need to use the **toilet**. Happ... more »

Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Hugo Chavez

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
Voltaire The Venezuelan Minister of Correctional Services, Iris Varela, has announced on her Twitter account the expulsion of a French citizen known as Frédéric Laurent Bouquet, December 29, 2012 Mr. Bouquet (photo) had been arrested in Caracas on June 18, 2009, with three Dominican nationals in possession of an arsenal. In the apartment he had acquired, forensic police seized 500 grams of C4 explosives, 14 assault rifles including 5 with telescopic lenses, 5 with laser sighting and one with a silencer, special cables, 11 electronic detonators, 19,721 cartridges of different cali... more »

SWP, Rape, and Revolutionary Justice

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 17 hours ago
It takes a lot for me to feel sorry for the Socialist Workers' Party, but I genuinely do over the predicament they've brought upon themselves. What appeared to be another farcical frame-up in a history of farcical frame-ups later twisted into tragedy as it was revealed that the SWP's Disputes Committee had been investigating a *rape complaint* against a leading activist and Central Committee member. Cue leak. Cue mayhem. In the first instance, this crisis was precipitated entirely by the SWP's own actions, but from the off they were caught in a bind provided by their own revolution... more »

Sunday Globe Specials: Mexico Looking Good

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 17 hours ago
"Mexico City transforms through beautifying public spaces" by Adriana Gomez Licon | Associated Press, December 30, 2012 MEXICO CITY — The plan is as big as this mammoth city: Turn a seedy metro hub into Mexico City’s Times Square; clear swarms of feisty vendors and remodel the historic Alameda Central; illuminate the plazas and walkways of a park twice the size of New York’s Central Park. Mexico City’s government is trying to transform one of the world’s largest cities by beautifying public spaces, parks, and monuments buried beneath a sea of honking cars, street hawkers, billboar... more »

The Young Turks Attack Alex Jones, Call Him Crazy

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
"Like Alex Jones, Michael Savage is a full blown lunatic. He has mental issues, needs to be on some sort of medication, and perhaps institutionalized." - Cenk Uygur. What utter garbage. This is stupid rhetoric. Is everyone now a clinical therapist? Is there a new priesthood coming to power? The media is throwing the word "mentally ill" around willy-nilly, just like they have done with the word "terrorist." Anyone who goes against mainstream thought is mentally ill according to the priests in the media. Calling the opposition crazy is the oldest trick in the totalitarian playbook. ... more »


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
December 21, 2012 DECLARATION OF FACTS & COMMERCIAL BILL UCC Doc. No. 2012138448 TO DEBTORS: TO: alleged STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF PIERCE C/o Robert McKenna, rob.mckenna@atg.wa.gov Bryan Chushcoff Linda CJ Lee Kevin Stock Mark Maenhout 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Department 19 Tacoma, WA 98402 TO: alleged PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF C/o Paul A. Pastor, JR. Civil Section, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. Rm. 1B-203, Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 798-7520 Tel. TO: alleged KEY BANK N.A. C/o Stephanie K. Miller, stephanie_Miller@KeyBank.com Penny Rohrs, Penny_Rhors@KeyBank.com Ronald_W_Goss@KeyBank.c... more »
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