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Saturday, January 12, 2013

12 January - Blogs I'm Following II

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The Real News - Krugman and Obama's Dangerous Austerity Myths

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 minutes ago
*Source of photo*. Source - The Real News: Bill Black: Obama nominates a Wall St. loyalist to help negotiate the "Grand Betrayal"

The Bourne Bust

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 19 minutes ago
*It's the next sequel in line and they finally got him, folks.* "Man gets life for hiding drugs on jets" by Tom Hays | Associated Press, October 17, 2012 NEW YORK — The testimony at a federal drug-trafficking trial was chilling: Jurors heard how bribed baggage handlers at John F. Kennedy International Airport concealed cocaine on commercial jets inside sensitive wing-assembly compartments. Saying the tactic risked the lives of passengers, a federal judge sentenced the convicted leader of the drug ring on Tuesday to life in prison. Victor Bourne, a former American Airlines baggage... more »

OMG, I have a chance to win tix to the Inaugural Ball with what's-their-names!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 29 minutes ago
*No, nothing will happen if you try to click on the above button. But here's where the button would take you.* *by Ken* You know that post title -- I'm just kidding there. My first response is like with all those breathless e-mail announcements that I have a chance to win some presumed treasure: No, I don't. More than that, though, I don't have any interest in going to the Inaugural Ball. Besides, I'm going to be busy then. (When was it again? Oh, of course, Inauguration Day -- January 21. No, I'm going to be busy then. Doing what exactly, I forget, but definitely busy. I'm thinki... more »

Segregated Schools, Upper West Side Style

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 37 minutes ago
U. S. schools have been using standardized tests now for a hundred years to sort and segregate by race and class. How long can it continue? Big story from the New York Times. Chart below from NYTimes: Published: January 12, 2013A Major Gap in Gifted Programs The city started using tests as the main determinant of entry to gifted programs in 2008. Since 2009, the number of schools offering such classes has fallen, especially in minority areas of the city like central Brooklyn, southeast Queens and the Bronx. Related Article » 315 309 302 322 320 313 318 311 304 306 222 204 207 305 ... more »

'Idle No More' Tucson Mall in Chuk-shon Arizona

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 38 minutes ago
Published on Jan 11, 2013 Showing support for Idle No More, our sisters and brothers of Canada. http://idlenomore.ca/

Sandy Hook fake fundraisers galore: Yet *another* same-day-as-the-shooting fundraiser shows up, and even gets the actual date of the shooting wrong, places it as December 15th

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
Generosity is a Gift That Keeps Giving *(-1 point for lack of originality: Matt)* * * For the families in Newtown CT, this holiday season has been one that will be forever engrained with the tragedies that took place on December 15th, 2012. To help, many very generous people have gone well out of their way to express their care and support. Today we want to feature one of these generous and inspiring people, who is giving their best to support their fellow Americans. Meet Cathy Canfield, Cathy is a child therapist from Alexandria, VA who is doing everything in her ability to help ... more »


brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
FLASH MOB ATTACKED BY CHEEKTOWAGA POLICE! Mall Cop Starts to Lose his Mind, Calls in the Police at the Galleria Mall in Buffalo More at Let's Talk Native Pride by John Kane, Mohawk http://www.letstalknativepride.blogspot.com  

Adolfo Esquivel on Justice

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Wikipedia:* "Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (born November 26, 1931) is an Argentine pacifist, art painter and sculptor. He was the recipient of the 1980 Nobel Peace Prize." . . He disapproved of the European intervention in the Libyan civil war and warned against an intervention in Syria.[9] In the aftermath of the Death of Osama bin Laden, he sent a letter to President Barack Obama suggesting the United States killed rather than tried bin Laden because he may have revealed unsettling information about 9/11.[9] He argued, "You know that there are people who have investigated the tragic eve... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Indigenous Proclamation 2013'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
MNN: INDIGENOUS PROCLAMATION 2013 INDIGENOUS PROCLAMATION 2013  Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com   MNN.  Jan. 12, 2013.  This Indigenous proclamation supercedes every Royal Proclamation because this is all our land.  Natural law will be the legal way of Onowaregeh, Great Turtle Island, and our peoples.  Great Turtle Island, Our great

"Violence and Homosexuality": Why no matter how many times a piece of "diversity propaganda" is hammered into our skulls, the truth will always manage to escape

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
In 1992 two Jeffersonville, Indiana lesbians, aged 17 and 16, abducted a 12-year-old girl whom they accused of trying to “steal a girlfriend.” The little girl was pushed into the trunk of a car, stabbed repeatedly, and beaten with a heavy metal bar. While still struggling, they poured gasoline on her and set her ablaze. Later that year a Fort Lauderdale, Florida 14-year-old was convicted of first-degree murder for helping to kill his 40-year-old father. The father “was stabbed 45 times and beaten so badly with an iron skillet that the skillet shattered.” The boy confessed that he he... more »

Oh Christoph, I Feel For You

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 hour ago
I've discovered some new music tonight and decided to soak it up. Now, I had come across the name Christoph Graupner through my music studies but for the most part, it was just a name. Its rather unfortunate that his music isn't as well-known as Bach, Telemann or Vivaldi (he was a contemporary) but due to the circumstances of history, that's just the way it goes. I've just finished listening to a short choral piece that Graupner wrote as an audition piece. He wrote it in hopes of securing a position as cantor of St. Thomas Church in Leipzig when the post became vacant about 17... more »

I'm Disillusioned With The 9/11 Truth Movement

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
I just thought I'd put that out there. Don't expect to read more 9/11 truth articles on this site. I won't be writing anything new on the subject. The strict, literal, and factual view of the event, falsely called the "conspiracy theory" version, is by now well known on the Internet. Don't get me wrong, I haven't changed my opinion about the facts-of-the-matter. The official story is BS. It doesn't pass the smell test. But, I'm coming around to the belief that it was a necessary and noble lie. It wasn't the first of its kind, and it won't be the last. This is how history has alway... more »

Everything About Newly Minted "Democrat" Charlie Crist... Even His Life In The Closet

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
The Florida Democratic Party has been a mess for a long time-- a losing mess. It's one of the country's most pathetic and least successful statewide Democratic parties, has been for a very long time, and looks like it will get considerably worse as Debbie Wasserman Schultz tries throwing her weight around. She's decided lifelong Republican and opportunist Charlie Crist should be the party's next gubernatorial nominee and she's threatening anyone who tries to oppose him. This week Miami's *New Times*did an in-depth look at Wasserman Schultz's candidate for governor. Wasserman Schu... more »

History teaches us that the biggest guns are always taken first, then dictators chip away until all means of self-defense are possessed

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
When the Supreme Court, or any other court for that matter, makes a ruling in a case they first look for precedent, in other words to see if there has been a court decision rendered on the same subject in the past and usually defer to the old decision in ruling on the case. The greatest teacher in life is experience; it only takes one time of burning your fingers on a hot stove to know that you never want to touch another one. The next greatest teacher is observation, paying attention to someone else's experiences and profiting from their wins and losses, trials and errors. In my ... more »

Sick and 2012 Netflix Review

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 3 hours ago
Just as I was saying I almost never get sick, yep, I get sick. I even knocked on wood, but it did not help, boo. Bad sinus infection. Everyone at the office has been sick on and off so it as bound to happen. I was sick Thursday, almost had no voice. Friday, i woke up and said to Kurt, "I think I am going to stay in bed and come into work later." I woke up at 2:00 p.m. and could have slept more. Got up, checked my voice mail, called the office to answer some questions, and laid back down on the couch for the rest of the day. Luckily, I felt a ton better when I got up today. ... more »

SUMMER SNIPPETS: ‘The Origins of the Common Law’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[image: Origins of the Common Law]*More interesting snippets from another of the books on my summer reading list—this time from **The Origins of the Common Law** by Arthur Hogue, one of the few books on what, to me, is a fascinating story on the origins of our modern civiilisation.* “[Common law in the Middle Ages was] simply the body of rules prescribing social conduct and justiciable in the royal courts of England … in competition with concurrent rules enforced in other courts. Save when a matter of freehold was at issue, Englishmen were not compelled to present their causes bef... more »

In Defense of Melting the Platinum Coin Option

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
Some prominent liberal commentators are upset that Treasury and the Fed have ruled out the “$1 trillion coin” option. The basic reasoning: the declaration weakens the President’s bargaining position and forecloses a way that it could have ameliorated the consequences of a failure to extend the debt limit. I suspect that the reason for the Continue reading

Australian Spy Agency ASIO Wants Powers To Hack Into Personal Computers

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
* * *Spy agency ASIO wants powers to hack into personal computers* New powers allowing Australian spies to hack into personal computers would target suspected terrorists, says a spokesman for the Attorney-General’s Department. SPY agency ASIO wants to hack into Australians’ personal computers and commandeer their smartphones to transmit viruses to terrorists. The Attorney-General’s Department is pushing for new powers for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to hijack the computers of suspected terrorists. But privacy groups are attacking the ”police state” plan as ... more »

Confronting Soldiers About Defending Our Freedom

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
*Youtube* * *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below. Sharing on Reddit and Newsvine will help the most.

The Shocking Lack of Evidence Supporting Flu Vaccines

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
Sayer Ji, *Contributor* With the flu season ramping up, many are looking to vaccination as a "preventive" approach. Those who abstain are often accused of being uneducated, or worse, socially irresponsible. Nothing could be further from the truth. As it presently stands, it is not sound medical science, but primarily economic and political motivation which generates the immense pressure behind mass participation in the annual ritual of flu vaccination. It is a heavily guarded secret within the medical establishment (especially within the corridors of the CDC) that the Cochrane... more »

Flu (Scare) Season Goes Into Overdrive

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
John Galt Each year seems to hit a new level of hype surrounding the seasonal flu. The pharmaceutical-media complex is drooling over the latest "outbreak," which has resulted in Boston declaring a "Health Emergency" as highlighted in the video below and New York reaching epidemic proportions. Additionally, nurses are being denied the right to refuse flu vaccinations, even on religious grounds, and are being fired for any resistance. However, fine details are normally not the strong suit of corporate media, so that is where we must look before we decide to go into full-blown pan... more »

Judge Dale on the UCC filings, and further info

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2013/01/judge-dale-on-ucc-filings-and-further.html *Judge Dale on the UCC filings, and further info* *I asked Judge Dale to please take a moment and review the UCC filings we have been posting from The People's Trust and to give us his comments on them in simple language for my readers. This is his response(s)- I added one small note, which is in this colour purple. -D.* Dear Dee, This is basically an: ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS TO ESTABLISH A FOREIGN JUDGMENT visa vie the UCC [UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE] against all corporations and corporate... more »

CO Education - in the BullsEye of Right to Work for Less

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
Colorado teachers and educational public employees are in the bullseye of ALEC Right to Work For Less Found this Meanwhile, the honor of carrying this year's right-to-work(known to opponents as "work for less") bill falls to freshman Sen. Owen Hill, who brings us Senate Bill 13-024. Sen. Hill could have made more edits to the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) sample "Right to Work" bill--which Sen. Hill's legislation is rather obviously cribbed from. But we guess he was busy. Then I found this Here’s a look at the two union membership bills: Senate Bil... more »

Patriotic Group 'Citadel' To Build Armed 'Defensible' Neighborhood Fortress, Hosting Thousands of Americans Ready to Fight Federal Government

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A group of like-minded patriots, bound together by pride in American exceptionalism, plan on building an armed community to protect their liberty. The group, named Citadel, intends to purchase 2,000 to 3,000 acres for the project in western Idaho. The community will comprise of 3,500 to 7,000 families of patriotic Americans who "voluntarily choose to live together in accordance with Thomas Jefferson's ideal of Rightful Liberty." According to the Citadel website, Rightful Liberty means that "neighbors keep their noses out of other neighbors' business, that neighbors live and let ... more »

Reuters Spins Flu Story

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
Janet C. Phelan In an article entitled, "Flu reaches epidemic level in U.S., says CDC", reporter Sharon Begley pumps up alarm concerning the virulent and epidemic nature of the current flu sweeping the country. However, the report admits it lacks documentation of the very numbers it purports to use to buttress its claims. While the Reuters article, published on January 11, solemnly announces that a pandemic is officially at play when the flu achieves a rate of 7.2 % of deaths during a time period, it also earnestly states that there is no definitive count of the total deaths cau... more »

5 Reasons Why I’ll Never Get a Flu Shot

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 4 hours ago
Daisy Luther, *Contributor* If you’re looking for a deeply scientific treatise on the flu shot, this isn’t it. I’m not a chemist, a physician or someone with an advanced degree in biology. I’m just a mom with an Internet connection. I’m a person who has researched and compiled an assortment of worrisome facts that point in one direction: the flu shot is NOT beneficial. Some of these reasons are backed up by science, and others are an acceptance of that little voice of reason whispering “Something just isn’t right about this.” As a reader, you are welcome to take my personal insti... more »

F2C2012: Aaron Swartz keynote - "How we stopped SOPA"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
RIP Aaron Swartz.

ALEC Experimentation = Failed Public Policy

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
While ALEC legislators still insist on implementing ALEC experimental policies and legislation claiming they are cost effective. But, at the same time, the public is being inundated with more and more research that privatization of governmental agencies does not benefit anyone – except ALEC corporate profit sector member who gets the state contract or buys state assets. Two of the on-going experimental legislative projects that ALEC has pushed for several decades includes Privatization of governmental goods and services * **“government cannot provide goods or services as c... more »

Benjamin Fulford: Reader Comment on South Africa

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
01/11/2013 Posted by Benjamin Fulford at: http://goo.gl/sFHlE *To readers, here are some good links on the situation in South Africa and elsewhere that are worth taking a look at. * Hi Ben, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu In your recent report ( January 8th 2013) you mention Mandela. Wonderful idea, however I am afraid that all that we have is a legend. The dear man is very old now . As a result he is very protected and no longer makes public appearances, but remains in the safety and care of his family. As an alternative suggestion, might I propose the name of Arch Bishop Desm... more »

Italian consul in Benghazi shot at in car but unhurt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
An Italian consul came under fire in his car in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday but was unhurt, the Italian Foreign Ministry said. "He is completely unharmed," said the spokesman. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/us-libya-italy-idUSBRE90B0GM20130112

Treasury says it will not produce platinum coins to avert debt crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The U.S. Treasury Department said on Saturday it will not produce platinum coins as a way of generating $1 trillion (620 billion pounds) in revenue and avoiding a battle in Congress over raising the U.S. debt ceiling. The idea of minting $1 trillion in platinum coins has gained some currency among Democrats in recent days, with Republicans threatening to hold up an increase in the debt ceiling unless deep spending cuts are made. The United States is expected to reach its debt limit in February. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/us-usa-debt-platinum-idUSBRE90B0HI20130112

Petrol bombs thrown at protesters outside Egypt president's palace

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Unknown attackers threw petrol bombs at tents housing protesters outside the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo on Saturday and fired rubber bullets at security forces, injuring at least 15 people, officials and witnesses said. Four tents were burnt in the attacks, injuring several protesters. One police officer and six soldiers, deployed to the scene to arrest the attackers, were wounded by rubber bullets, according to the interior ministry. The health ministry said a total of 15 people were injured. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/us-egypt-protesters-idUSBRE90B0GR2013... more »

Britain Sends Planes To Hep French Fight In Mali

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Britain will provide transport planes to assist the French military operation in Mali, Downing Street has confirmed. David Cameron spoke with Francois Hollande on Saturday evening as France attempted to contain al-Qaeda linked rebels in the north of the West African country. French military strikes on the country have already claimed the lives of at least 100 rebels in a fight over the strategic town of Konna. Mr Hollande has raised his country's terror threat level amid fears of retaliatory terror attacks in France. He said that France "has to take all necessary precautions" in ... more »

UK Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands against Argentinian invasion

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Defence chiefs have drawn up new contingency plans designed to prevent hostile action by Argentina towards the Falkland Islands. A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies. It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islands’ future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west London are also said to include a “show of force” such ... more »

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEASTERN IRAN - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.0 Region NORTHEASTERN IRAN Date time 2013-01-12 22:12:02.9 UTC Location 35.39 N ; 60.70 E Depth 4 km Distances 20 km N Torbat-e jam, Iran

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF WESTERN TURKEY - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.0 Region NEAR THE COAST OF WESTERN TURKEY Date time 2013-01-12 20:50:12.0 UTC Location 38.85 N ; 26.06 E Depth 10 km Distances 28 km S Polikhnítos, Turkey

Belfast Protests: 29 Police Officers Injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Twenty-nine police officers have been injured during disorder in East Belfast. Police used water cannon during sectarian clashes between loyalists and republicans in the Castlereagh Street area. http://news.sky.com/story/1037204/belfast-protests-29-police-officers-injured

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 21:50:18 UTC Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 08:50:18 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 0.072°N, 17.034°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND Distances 931 km (578 miles) NNW of Georgetown, Saint Helena

Democrats Worry About Voter Drop-Off For 2014 Midterms-- They Need To Stop Worrying And Recruit Better Candidates

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
This week, political science professor and author Tom Schaller shared his insights on midterm voter drop-off at Sabato's Crystal Ball. It’s no mystery why Democrats generally perform better in presidential years while Republicans tend to excel in midterm cycles: Lower midterm turnouts tend to skew the electorate toward older, white and/or more affluent voters. Given the growing cleavage in recent decades between partisan preferences of white and non-white voters, cyclic differences in racial composition are particularly important. Since the Census Bureau began collecting data on ... more »

Extraordinary: New Island Rises Off German Coast

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
A new island has been discovered off the coast of Germany. Picture: Martin Stock/ LKN-SH * * http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/news/new-island-rises-off-german-coast/story-e6frg8ro-1226551755699 *Extraordinary: New island rises off German coast* From: Daily Mail January 11, 2013 8:19AM 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 24 kilometres off the coast of Schleswig-Hols... more »

James Corbett: The BBC Exposed

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago

DAYS OF THE COIN: Major Dem leaders instruct Obama!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013* *But what are they talking about:* What should Obama do about the impending expiration of the debt limit? More specifically, what should he do if Republicans refuse to extend the debt limit? Yesterday, Congressional Democratic leaders issued a statement about that. In this morning’s New York Times, Jonathan Weisman reported what they said. We highlight one key point: WEISMAN (1/12/13): The Democratic leadership in the Senate asked President Obama on Friday to take “any lawful steps” available to avoid a default on the nation’s debt if Republicans con... more »

Should straight men support gay marriage?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Of course they should, otherwise gay men will marry their girlfriends!

Juxtaposition of the Day

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
How Democrats kiss. How Republicans kiss. [Dharapak photo]

Moose Got Loose in Belchertown

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
Angry moose puts Mass. logger on the run *Time to go on a **hunt**.* *Also see*:* **Globe Tracks Bear's Footsteps* *Good for a **laugh**, anyway. *

Hate-Crime Stats Deflate ‘Islamophobia’ Myth - Article - National Review Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
' A detailed analysis of FBI statistics covering ten full calendar years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks reveals that, on a per capita basis, American Muslims, contrary to spin, have been subjected to hate crimes less often than other prominent minorities. From 2002 to 2011, Muslims are estimated to have suffered hate crimes at a frequency of 6.0 incidents per 100,000 per year – 10 percent lower than blacks (6.7), 48 percent lower than homosexuals and bisexuals (11.5), and 59 percent lower than Jews (14.8). Americans should keep these numbers in mind whenever Islamists attempt to... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*Girls bathe in the tent camp, where residents make do without amenities such as electricity and running water. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)Website for this image* * * An earthquake hit Haiti in 2010. Venezuela's Hugo Chávez supplies Haiti with subsidised oil. By reselling some of the oil, the Haitian government gets up to $400m a year, or about 4% of GDP. The rest of the world has done little to help. *Haiti is still waiting for recovery* - The Economist [image: Haiti] *By Marcello Casal Jr* "Most of the money that was disbursed went... on temporary relief and the sal... more »

From Kindergarten to University: Homeland Security Culture in America

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Global Research Sancho Jones [image: academic]*In early March of 2009, The Department of Homeland Security, held it’s annual National Fusion Center Conference [1]. The conference highlighted the necessity for Fusion Centers to achieve Baseline Capabilities in the sharing of information and intelligence with the federal government and each other.* *At the end of the same month the DHS gave a press release [2] to announce their selection of Purdue, and Rutgers Universities to co-lead the newest Center of Excellence (COE).* *Centers of Excellence* were created through the Homeland Se... more »

Taking a Stab at This Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 9 hours ago
"Boy, 14, charged in Dorchester killing; Fatal stabbing in group attack in Dorchester" by Brian Ballou | Globe Staff, October 15, 2012 A *14-year-old boy* was charged Monday with the *stabbing death* of a *39-year-old man* who resisted when a *group of teenagers tried to rob him* near the Fields Corner MBTA station Oct. 6. The boy, Ernest Watkins IV, was one of at least four teenagers who allegedly attempted to rob Cherby LaJoie, authorities said, but Watkins was *singled out by witnesses* as the one who *repeatedly plunged a knife in*to the victim. LaJoie was stabbed 37 times. W... more »

Fukushima Video

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
Nuckelchen created a new Fukushima video by editing (bringing building 3 into focus) webcam material. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNkH7wN_7qQ&feature=youtu.be the strange sparkles at unit 3 are apparent.

Genetically Engineered "Lifestock Improvement"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
The discussion below looks at two new technologies for genetic engineering. One is Talens and the other is Cas9. I wonder whether the FDA has to approve these technologies or the USDA? I wonder what the long-term consequences are going to be for human health if Talens and Cas9 animals end up in our food supply? From the article "Editing Our Genes, One Letter at a Time" by Matt Ridley Jan 12-13 Wall Street Journal, p. C4. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323482504578227661405130902.html [Excerpted] "In recent years, it has become possible to insert a DNA sequence i... more »

Video: Sandstorm in Western Australia, 11 January 2013

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 9 hours ago
By Ruth Doherty 11 January 2013 (AOL) – Incredible pictures of an enormous wall of dust hitting Australia's west coast have been captured by tugboat workers and plane passengers. The red sand and dust storm headed towards the town of Onslow in north-western Australia, after being picked up by winds in the Indian Ocean. Tugboat worker Brett Martin, who managed to capture some shots of the tsunami of sand, said visibility was reduced to 100 metres, and the swell rose to two metres, according to the *Daily Mail*. Brett, who was working west of False Island when the storm passed over... more »

Gun crazy

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 9 hours ago
Honest, I don't want to keep writing about gun nuts but this guy is clearly a menace to society. The good news is, James Yeager lost his state permit. Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has suspended the handgun carry permit of a local man who threatened to "start killing people" to protect his Second Amendment right. In a statement released Friday officials said they had suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response based on "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public". The bad news is, that's not nearly enough. All this doe... more »

WSJ: "Forecast is Grist for Grains: Corn, Wheat Futures Jump as USDA Projects Supplies Will Dwindle by Summer"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
by L. Pleven and O. Fletcher p. B6 Sat/Sun Jan 12-13 2013 p. B6. "The USDA forecast Friday that domestic corn stockpiles will total 602 million bushels at the end of August, the lowest for that time of year since 1996. At the current pace of consumption, the US would burn through that much corn in less than 20 days" Majia here: Last year's poor corn crop is cited as the reason for such low supplies: "The fresh evidence of tight supplies highlights the ongoing consequences of last summer's drought..." The US apparently produces nearly 1/3 the world's corn and soybeans so one hopes ... more »

Underwear Bomber Video

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 9 hours ago
Anyone who has not seen stuff on the past on our experience with Flight 253, this is a great video that really goes over everything that happened.

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
I'll go with something that's going to happen: a new White House Chief of Staff. Far more important than the press generally recognize, at least based on the coverage when there's turnover. I'm not sure what I have for something that didn't matter much...I guess I think the coin is probably getting more attention than it deserves, which I've contributed to as well. What else? What do you think mattered this week?

Quick Notes on Awards

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
We’re still getting ballot requests. They tend to come in waves. Indeed, the last one all came from individuals at the same university. Hmmm. Anyway, if you’ve asked for a ballot and still haven’t gotten an email with instructions, let us know. All the information that you need about the nominees and procedures is now Continue reading

Aaron Swartz Death: He was facing charges for allegedly hacking millions of documents from MIT

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Mr Swartz was indicted in July 2011 on charges of stealing millions of documents from MIT and online scientific journal archive JSTOR. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in September 2012. Mr Swartz founded software company Infogami which later merged with the popular social news site Reddit. He also founded and served as the director of Demand Progress, a non-profit political action group that focuses on "civil liberties, civil rights, and government reform". http://news.sky.com/story/1037210/reddit-co-owner-aaron-swartz-found-dead

Over 100 dead in French strikes and fighting in Mali

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
More than 100 people including rebels and government soldiers were killed in Mali during French air strikes and fighting over the strategic town of Konna, Malian military sources and witnesses said on Saturday. An army officer at the headquarters of Mali's former military junta in Bamako said nearly 30 vehicles carrying Islamist fighters had been bombed and "over 100" rebels had been killed in fighting. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE90912Q20130112

Big Issue Vendors Stabbed To Death in Birmingham

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The Big Issue has confirmed that two men who were stabbed to death in Birmingham city centre worked as vendors of the publication. The magazine's founder and editor-in-chief John Bird said: "Myself and everyone at The Big Issue has been deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that two of our well-liked Birmingham based vendors were stabbed to death in the city centre. "We are struggling to make any sense of this utterly senseless attack, and our sincerest condolences go out to the families of the victims. http://news.sky.com/story/1037121/birmingham-big-issue-vendors-stabbed-to-death

calm your self

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago


Eric Whitney at Reality Pimp - 10 hours ago
I have been so disgusted, dismayed and disgruntled at recent news that I just can't bring myself to blog. Obama in particular makes me sick. Maybe next week I might get back into writing. It ain't like anyone reads this stuff, anyway.

More Ben Shapiro...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*on how to fight back against the bullies on the left.* Excellent! [...]"They *don't* have good intentions in many cases." [...]"Unless we get on the same page as the left has been on for the past 40 years. Unless we all recognize who it is we're fighting , we're going to have the moral high ground and lose every election from here to kingdom come."

Belfast Protests: 16 Police Officers Injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Sixteen police officers have been injured during disorder in East Belfast this afternoon. Police used water cannons during sectarian clashes between loyalists and republicans in the Castlereagh Street area. http://news.sky.com/story/1037204/belfast-protests-16-police-officers-injured

Weekend Links / Open Thread

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 10 hours ago
Flu-y Hooey: it's the big one, folks. Hope none of you is suffering, but if you are, that you were able to score some Tamiflu or other anti-viral meds that temper the vile effects, and are otherwise being well cared for. If you haven't yet had your fill of Flu Lit, you can find some here, here, here and for comic relief, here. (hint: it's another Rush Limbaugh conspiracy theory.) In New York City, officials don't think the flu is making people cough enough. They have begun mass, 24/7 open-air burning of the tons and tons of Superstorm Sandy debris, despite protests from the American... more »

Disable Java on your computers to avoid hacking attacks, Americans warned by Homeland Security

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp's Java software, amplifying security experts' prior warnings to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf the Web. Hackers have figured out how to exploit Java to install malicious software enabling them to commit crimes ranging from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc network of computers that can be used to attack websites. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261318/Americans-warned-Homeland-Security-warning-disable-Java-computers-Java-av... more »

The Mighty FSA Special Forces

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
Syria - FSA Special Forces Training in the Snow

Instagram loses nearly HALF its daily users in a month after backlash over failed bid to win right to sell users' photos to advertisers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Facebook’s ill-fated purchase of Instagram stumbles from one disaster to the next after new figures revealed that the photo-sharing service has lost almost 50 per cent of its daily users in less than a month. The dramatic drop in traffic has been attributed to an attempt made before Christmas to introduce new terms and conditions which sparked an outcry from users including celebrities such as Kim Kardashian. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260955/Instagram-lost-nearly-HALF-daily-users-month-backlash.html

Anderson Cooper: Suppressing the truth about Sandy Hook?

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 11 hours ago
Anderson Cooper, easily one of the most establishment serving, despicable scum bags in the mainstream mass media, is incredulous, and a bit irate, about *some of the legitimate statements* and *claims* made by Florida Atlantic professor of communications *James Tracy *about the Sandy Hook "shooting" hoax. The excellent writer and actual journalist DC Dave Martin's *Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression* will come in handy after viewing the video above. Which techniques are Anderson Cooper and the clowns at CNN using to suppress the truth and perpetuate the Sandy Hook "shooti... more »

TEDEd Continues to Deliver Lessons Without Walls

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 11 hours ago
TED Ed is not a replacement for the teacher or the lesson but a complimentary guide a way of introducing the best teachers into the classroom in an engaging way that stimulates the student, validates their attention and allows the teacher to build on the sound bite and messages conveyed. TED Ed doesn't try to own the classroom, build a walled garden around it and be the only source of information. There is a ‘think’ features and quick quiz features which enable students to answer questions and a , ‘dig deeper’ one which expands on the lesson and material and the teacher can tak... more »

Content to Fit the Digital Container?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 11 hours ago
We have been brought up to believe that irrespective of the container it is rendered within, content is content. A story is a story and doesn't change and a book is a book and apart from illustrations the content itself remains the same. It’s often hard to accept that up until 1878, some 135 100 years ago, music was restricted to the live performance, be it in the home, on the streets, in bars and clubs or in concert halls. The original recorded format was restricted in both length and quality. What the likes of Sousa feared, that we would see the recording as the master and the l... more »

Foolishness Abounds (Historically), So, Lew's Just A Brick In Wall Street Wall (Untold U.S. History?)

If you don't want to understand current U.S. history, for god's sake, don't read this book or watch the movie (on Showtime free this weekend): Oliver Stone is releasing a new book, entitled "The Untold History of the United States", which highlights key facts in US history over the last century that have been largely ignored or affirmatively distorted. I've read parts of the book and recommend

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake SERAM, INDONESIA - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude mb 5.5 Region SERAM, INDONESIA Date time 2013-01-12 17:33:41.0 UTC Location 2.95 S ; 129.83 E Depth 30 km Distances 119 km NE Amahai, Indonesia

Thomas Oatley on Peer Reviewing

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
Tom responds to Peter Henne’s questions. 1. Is there an objective standard for “so what?” No, there is not. Yet, this doesn’t make it fully subjective. Any good paper will explain why what it reports matters, and few papers under-sell their findings. A reviewer’s job is to evaluate the degree to which those assertions are warranted. Continue reading

Russ Baker Asks The Serious Questions About John Brennan That The Senate Won't

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
The good news: The House Intelligence Committee-- think Michele Bachmann-- won't be able to make a circus out of Obama's nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. The bad news: Republicans on the Senate Committee include Saxby Chambliss, Richard Burr, lobbyist Daniel Coats, and two Bachmannoid excuses for senators, Marco Rubio and Tom Coburn. Yeah, so it'll be a circus. A serious look at Brennan's fitness for the office-- he is, after all, Obama's "assassination czar"-- is very much called for. CREDO's political director, Becky Bonds: “It was wrong when the Bush administration d... more »

Water cannon and plastic bullet fired in Belfast as 1,000 protestors clash in escalating violence over flying of union flag

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Police have come under attack during fresh violence linked to the Union flag in Belfast. Bricks, bottles and other missiles were hurled in east Belfast this afternoon, an eyewitness said. Trouble erupted close to a nationalist interface as loyalists were returning from a city centre protest about the union flag in the city centre. The ugly brawl happened as loyalists returned from a demonstration at city hall, against the council's decision to limit the number of days the union flag is flown. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261290/Water-cannon-plastic-bullet-fired-Belfas... more »

Aaron Swartz commits suicide at 26

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Aaron Swartz, an online activist and co-founder of the popular social media site Reddit, committed suicide in New York City Friday. He was 26 years old. The news of Swartz’s untimely death was confirmed to MIT's The Tech by both his uncle and his lawyer Saturday morning. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261277/Aaron-Swartz-Co-founder-popular-message-board-Reddit-dead-New-York-battling-depression.html (Aaron Swartz keynote - "How we stopped SOPA")

Tucson: Idle No More: Tucson Mall Jan 11, 2012

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 11 hours ago
These are photos from Idle No More Tucson. Action at Tucson Mall Jan 11, 2013. Idle No More is Canada's First Nation's Peoples manifesting same demands as seen throughout Abya Yalla... namely, the Zapatistas. The Idle No More movement has blossomed into Indigenous suport across North, South and Central America. Idle No More Tucson MallCanada in the House Several hundred participated in Flash Round Dance Calopolli Teoxicalli-Tlamanalca In the House Calpolli Teoxicalli Representing

Carl, Get Your Gun

Storm at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
Just as I was about to start writing this an image that springs out of my "cultural" heritage popped into my head. In the movie *The Breakfast Club*, the man of superior conscience turns out to be Carl, the janitor. Do you remember? I'm pretty sure none of the teens in the movie will turn out to be of superior conscience or character, which is interesting too. I sometimes marvel at the actual complexity in our filmed representations of institutional roles and human responses. We know the assistant principal is an ass, not least due to the anticipated viewer response to the actor... more »

Syrian troops capture majority of key Damascus suburb: official

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Syrian troops have captured most of a strategic Damascus suburb used by rebels as a base to threaten key regime facilities in the capital, a government official said Saturday. The announcement that regime forces had taken Daraya came a day after anti-government activists said rebels and Islamic militants seeking to topple President Bashar Assad took full control of Taftanaz air base in the northwest. That dealt a significant blow to Assad's military, with helicopters, tanks and multiple rocket launchers seized. http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/syrian-troops-capture-majority-of-key-damasc... more »

Kurd Protest in Paris Demands Justice in Killings

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Thousands of Kurds from across Europe descended upon Paris on Saturday, demanding justice for three activists shot dead in the French capital. The Turkish leader, meanwhile, demanded how a wanted militant could have found a comfortable refuge in France. Crowds of Kurds streamed to Paris from throughout Europe, marching through the neighborhood where Sakine Cansiz's body was found inside a Kurdish information center along with two other activists. Cansiz was a founder of the Kurdish rebel group that has been battling the Turkish government for three decades. http://abcnews.go.com/In... more »

China landslide kills 46

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago

U.S. hit by flu epidemic

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago

African states ready troops as France bombs Mali rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
French aircraft pounded Islamist fighters in Mali for a second day on Saturday and neighboring states accelerated plans to send in troops in an international campaign to crush the rebels. A French pilot died on Friday when his helicopter was shot down near the central Mali town of Mopti. Hours later, a French hostage being held by Islamists in Somalia was killed during a bungled rescue attempt unrelated to events in Mali but which highlighted France's conflict with such groups in Africa. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE90912Q20130112

Americans feel austerity's bite as payroll taxes rise

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Americans are beginning to feel the pinch from Washington's decision to embrace austerity measures aimed at bringing down the nation's budget deficit. Paychecks across the country have shrunk over the last week due to higher federal tax rates, and workers are already cutting back on spending, which will drag on the economy this year. In Warren, Rhode Island, Ben DeCastro got his first paycheck on Friday in which taxes on his wages rose by 2 percentage points. That works out to about $30 a week. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/us-usa-fiscal-taxes-idUSBRE90B0AW20130112

Denis Allex Killed in Somalia Hostage Raid: Islamists Claim he is still Alive!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
France has said one of its soldiers and an intelligence agent have been killed in a failed hostage rescue attempt in Somalia. The agent, who is code-named Denis Allex and was captured by militants in 2009, died in the fighting with Islamists overnight, the French government said. However, the Al Shabaab militia has said he is still alive. http://news.sky.com/story/1037144/somalia-hostage-raid-french-agent-killed

Belfast Protests: Four Police Officers Injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Four police officers have been injured during disorder in East Belfast this afternoon. Police used water cannons during sectarian clashes between loyalists and republicans in the Castlereagh Street area. Trouble flared after a city centre demonstration against the council's decision to limit the number of days the Union flag is flown from City Hall. http://news.sky.com/story/1037204/belfast-protests-four-police-officers-injured

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFF W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.8 Region OFF W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA Date time 2013-01-12 16:41:19.5 UTC Location 3.46 N ; 93.08 E Depth 10 km Distances 340 km SW Banda aceh, Indonesia

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.2 Region OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE Date time 2013-01-12 15:57:16.0 UTC Location 18.77 S ; 70.69 W Depth 36 km Distances 52 km SW Arica, Chile

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 14:32:38 UTC Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11:32:38 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 53.114°S, 46.971°W Depth 14.5 km (9.0 miles) Region SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN Distances 702 km (436 miles) W of Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 13:37:23 UTC Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:37:23 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 47.400°N, 153.439°E Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region KURIL ISLANDS Distances 377 km (234 miles) ESE of Vostok, Russia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN REGION - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 12:34:16 UTC Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 08:34:16 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 23.984°N, 122.345°E Depth 28 km (17.4 miles) Region TAIWAN REGION Distances 74 km (45 miles) E of Hualian, Taiwan

France holds emergency war meeting over operations in Mali and Somalia after significant defeats and set backs

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
French special forces failed early Saturday, Jan. 12, to rescue a hostage from the hands of the Qaeda-linked Somali Shabaab, while a second French air and commando force continued operations in support of the Mali government‘s drive to arrest an Islamist advance. In Paris, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian denied a connection between the two French counter-terror operations taking place in the last 48 hours in East and West Africa – both against wings of al Qaeda. He reported a French soldier was killed in Somalia, another was missing and the fate of the hostage held for three y... more »

Fun at the Topsfield Fair

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 12 hours ago
Vendor at Topsfield Fair charged with rape *She didn't want his sausage.*

Wild Bill: The domestic enemies are here...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*five red flags. *

Do not disturb

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 12 hours ago
Watching footage of Chief Theresa Spence yesterday, as she spoke on Victoria Island, I found myself pondering a few things. A few years ago I had some medical issues that meant I couldn't eat. The solution  partly involved a couple of weeks of subsisting on an intravenous dextrose solution (sugar water) and five different courses of antibiotics, and sometimes morphine. I lost a substantial amount


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
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DAYS OF THE COIN: Kevin Drum on two forms of default!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013* *Are we liberals making our case:* Yesterday, Kevin Drum offered these thoughts about one part of our own award-winning post. Our post concerned the impending debt limit and that highly unusual platinum coin. Once again, we asked the question we have asked all week: Are we liberals successfully making our case concerning that approaching debt limit? Do we know how to talk pork to the people? In his post, Drum explains the difference between two types of “default.” We think that was very valuable—but in some ways, we’re even less clear on this whole mat... more »

On Being Sane In Insane Places (Must-read)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
How do we know precisely what constitutes “normality” or mental illness? Conventional wisdom suggests that specially trained professionals have the ability to make reasonably accurate diagnoses. In this research, however, David Rosenhan provides evidence to challenge this assumption. What is -- or is not -- “normal” may have much to do with the labels that are applied to people in particular settings. If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them? The question is neither capricious nor itself insane. However much we may be personally convinced that we can tell the normal fro... more »

US Has 330,000 Drug Offenders in Prison, Spends More On Drug War Than Cost to End World Hunger

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
CLN Editor’s Commentary: Shocking statistics released in the Bureau of Justice report discussed below reveal that the U.S. incarcerates 330,000 drug offenders, though this does, thankfully, represent a slight decline of .09% since the previous year. According to the VERA Institute for Justice, the national standardized average per-inmate annual cost of incarceration is $31,286. This represents an annual cost to US taxpayers of $10,324,380,000 per year, or about $103 billion over a decade. According to The Wall Street Journal, if you add in drug-related spending on police and the cou... more »

EMHN 4: Free Trade, TPP and Public Health Protection

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
Our new global health network, Emerging Markets Health Network (EMHN) has a new website, http://www.emhn.org/. We are composed of independent and private think tanks in emerging Asian countries that believe in greater role for market competition in the provision of healthcare for the people, rich and poor alike. Last month, EMHN Executive Director and a good friend, Philip Stevens, wrote an article published in WSJ Asia. Philip argued that free trade -- freedom to trade by producers from different countries and freedom to choose by consumers from different countries -- is consisten... more »

money for nothing

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago

Shaking Up the Middle East

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
Steak ’n Shake opening in Mideast * **Time to go vegan. *


Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*doesn't always have to be a problem.* H/T to my Facebook friend: Jeep

Found at the Bottom of the Charles River

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
"Missing student found in Charles River; Was bound with chains, weighted with cinder block" by Brian Ballou | Globe Staff, October 09, 2012 A *man found dead* in the Charles River Tuesday morning near the Boston University Bridge has been identified as graduate student Jonathan Dailey, who had been missing for a week, the ­Suffolk district attorney’s office said. “The facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. Dailey’s death ­remain under investigation by State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office,” Jake Wark, a spokesman for District ­Attorney Daniel F. Conley, sai... more »

Boston Cops Get Horne

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
"Dorchester man charged with assault Boston police officers" by Brian Ballou | Globe Staff, September 14, 2012 A Dorchester man who had recently finished serving a prison sentence for assaulting a Boston police officer allegedly tried to grab an officer’s handgun during a fierce fight early Friday morning that left the ­officer with serious injuries, includ­ing a torn ear. “My concern is that this man who has been recently released from state prison and has given no respite, he has hit the ground running with criminal activity,” said Dorchester District Court Judge Franco ­Gobour... more »

Saturday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
French troops took on an active combat role in Mali yesterday. Mark Leon Goldberg provides a short overview. After long delays, western African troops are reported to be headed for the country as well. There are interesting resonances here with Barak Mendelsohn’s Combating Jihadism. In Syria, a jihadist group overran a government airbase. David Collier on Continue reading
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