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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

12 January - Blogs I'm Following

English: South Georgia in Antarctic waters wit...English: South Georgia in Antarctic waters with its myriads of pinguins. Deutsch: Südgeorgien im antarktischen Ozean mit seiner grossen Pinguin-'Bevölkerung'. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Satellite image of central South Georgia: Hark...Satellite image of central South Georgia: Harker Glacier, Cumberland Bay, Thatcher Peninsula, Allardyce Range, Mount Paget. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Map of South Georgia Island (Settlements) publ...Map of South Georgia Island (Settlements) published by the author Apcbg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Whaling station on Grytviken, South G...English: Whaling station on Grytviken, South Georgia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
10:25 am MST

Belfast Protests: Four Police Officers Injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 minute 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 - 1 minute 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

Ask The Leveretts Anything: A Rift Between The Ayatollah and Ahmadinejad?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 minutes ago
Source: *The Dish*.

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 minutes 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 - 19 minutes 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 - 20 minutes 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 - 21 minutes 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 - 21 minutes 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 - 22 minutes 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 - 25 minutes ago
*five red flags. *

Do not disturb

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 35 minutes 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 - 35 minutes ago
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DAYS OF THE COIN: Kevin Drum on two forms of default!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 42 minutes 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 - 51 minutes 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 - 52 minutes 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 - 54 minutes 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 - 1 hour ago

Shaking Up the Middle East

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
Steak ’n Shake opening in Mideast * **Time to go vegan. *


Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*Man accused of threatening Letten once served time in daughter’s death* *City of New Orleans wants out of NOPD consent decree ~Tom Gogola, The Lens* *Landrieu: "City cannot afford a multi-million dollar police consent decree and at the same time a multi-million dollar prison consent decree this year" ~Charles Maldonado, Gambit * *Jindal proposes Byzantine plan to abolish income taxes* *State tries to find source of chemical odors* *Money will help Hurricane Isaac victims* *Mardi Gras landmark becomes New Orleans' latest film, event studio * *Dat Dog GM lucky to be alive after Dece... more »

Hegemonic Warfare Watch: Magical Thinking Phase

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
*One way to get a bike clean: wash it down at one of the ubiquitous self-service car washes.* The LA Times reports that Japanese and Chinese warplanes played footsie over the Senkakus. Chinese and Japanese fighter planes tailed each other over a disputed cluster of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, raising alarm that a miscalculation could set off an armed confrontation. Chinese military authorities ordered two J-10 fighter planes to perform what China called “verification and monitoring” on Friday after a Chinese transport plane was tailed by Japanese F-15 fighter jets. ... more »

Zeman vs Schwarzenberg

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 hours ago
The voting in the first direct Czech presidential elections ended 150 minutes ago but because 99% of voting districts have already been counted, it's clear who will continue to the second round in two weeks. *Zeman (left) is officially a left-wing candidate, Schwarzenberg (right) is officially a right-wing candidate. But given the political correctness of the latter and incorrectness of the former and many other things, this labeling is arguably inadequate.* Jan Fischer, a statistician, a former technocratic prime minister, and a genuine former communist from the 1980s, who has be... more »

Crown must take aboriginal status into account when considering filing notice mandating mandatory minim sentence in impaired driving matters

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
R v Anderson 2013 NLCA 2 holds ruling that the Crown breached s. 7 of the Charter in failing to take the offender's aboriginal status into account when filing notice mandating a minimum prison term. This case has broad application to all aboriginal offenders facing minimum prison terms for over 80, impaired driving & refusal.

Harper's Word

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 2 hours ago
A new day is dawning, the media conglomerates tell us this morning. We are told how, during yesterday's meeting with some -- but not all -- of the chiefs, the prime minister vowed to focus on aboriginal issues. Andrew Coynetells us that Shawn Atleo has been "courageous to meet with Harper as his constituency revolts." And yet -- after attending last night's meeting with the Governor-General -- Theresa Spence has decided to continue her hunger strike. Somebody's missing something. As Michael Harris wrote last week: Surely the press, steeped in the tradition of standing up against i... more »

help defend whistleblowers who defend animals: marineland suing former employees who went public on animal abuse

laura k at wmtc - 2 hours ago
Company abuses animals/the environment/labour. Employee comes forward to make the abuse public. Company tries to silence employee. It's an old story, and it repeats itself again and again, in many different contexts. You've seen it dramatized in movies like Silkwood and Erin Brockovich. It's what Bradley Manning is going through on a grand scale. Whistleblowers risk their jobs, and in some cases their lives, to stand up for others. Often, without whistleblowers, we would never know the truth. That's why we have an obligation to stand up for whistleblowers. If you live in Ontario a... more »

Your Friendly Government Inflation Monitor

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*Yeah, he's out there looking out for you, America*: "A government agent, on the prowl for inflation" by Megan Woolhouse | Globe Staff, October 09, 2012 When* rising food, gasoline, and other prices* *undermine purchasing power*and pinch household budgets, it can affect consumers’ views of their economic well-being. Overall *inflation is low*, but it remains at the forefront of economic debate *as the Fed pumps more stimulus into the economy* in the hope of accelerating growth and quickly lowering unemployment. * **I don't know where inflation is low, but it is not around here an... more »

France Commits Troops To Mali

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
I'm guessing most Americans scratched their heads quizzically when Mitt Romney brought Mali up during the foreign policy debate with President Obama. Mali has a storied history-- think Timbuktu-- and their gold helped fund the Renaissance and their music led directly to the blues. I spent almost a month there in 2008, mostly in Bamako, Timbuktu, Dogon country, Djenne and Mopti. More recently, the country has been devasted by a civil war and other African countries and the UN have been talking about coming to the Malians rescue... and talking and talking and talking. This week, ap... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 12:16:00 UTC Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:16:00 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.260°N, 144.767°E Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 331 km (205 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF OREGON - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11:19:51 UTC Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 03:19:51 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 43.631°N, 127.382°W Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF OREGON Distances 247 km (153 miles) WNW of Bandon, Oregon

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:22:07 UTC Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 09:22:07 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 18.878°S, 169.210°E Depth 212.6 km (132.1 miles) Region VANUATU Distances 74 km (45 miles) N of Isangel, Vanuatu

The Cuba Files - An Interview with Orestes Girbau

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 4 hours ago
*The Cuba Files – An Interview with Orestes Girbau* *By Debora Goldstern, Crónica Subterránea http://cronicasubterranea.blogspot.com.ar* This interview brings to a close the cycle of reports for the year 2009, published throughout the year in Crónica Subterránea, where little-heard-from voices found a place at our site, and which will continue next year, God willing. In this instance, readers of our blog will gain firsthand knowledge of the state of Ufology in Cuba, guided by one of its foremost exponents, Orestes Girbau Collado, who has been performing the task with gr... more »

Sleep in - it's the weekend!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago

The Cuba Files – An Interview with Orestes Girbau

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 5 hours ago
*The Cuba Files – An Interview with Orestes Girbau* *By Debora Goldstern, Crónica Subterránea* *http://cronicasubterranea.blogspot.com.ar This interview brings to a close the cycle of reports for the year 2009, published throughout the year in Crónica Subterránea, where little-heard-from voices found a place at our site, and which will continue next year, God willing. In this instance, readers of our blog will gain firsthand knowledge of the state of Ufology in Cuba, guided by one of its foremost exponents, Orestes Girbau Collado, who has been performing the task with gr... more »

GMO Soy Repeatedly Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality, Birth Defects by Lisa Garber

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
GMO Soy Repeatedly Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality, Birth Defects by Lisa Garber Natural Society, 12 January 2012 *The genetically modified crop soybean grown on 91 percent of US soybean fields is repeatedly attributed to devastating reproductive and birth defects in animal studies. Nevertheless, the powers that be—in both the private and public spheres—continue to allow Americans to shovel GMO soy onto their dinner tables.* ** Rats Fed GMO Soy Experience Reproductive Difficulties, Hairy MouthsRussian biologist Alexey V. Surov and his team fed three generations of hamsters ... more »

NotaSheepMaybeaGoat has a new pin-up

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago

BBC faces huge payout over Jimmy Savile: Victims 'hold bosses to blame' for creating monster who abused EIGHTEEN girls under ten and dying child at Great Ormond Street

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Many of his 214 known offences were on BBC premises and he even attacked a girl during the last edition of Top of the Pops in 2006. The paedophile also preyed on young people at a hospice and 13 hospitals, including a terminally ill child at Great Ormond Street. The victim, aged 11 or 12, told relatives before dying that Savile had touched them inappropriately. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261077/Jimmy-Savile-scandal-Report-reveals-raped-34-women-girls-sexually-assaulted-450.html

2,000 Year-Old Treasure Discovered in Black Sea Fortress

Among the discoveries from the hoards were gold rings with carved gemstones. They've been buried for nearly 2,000 years and a coin has apparently become stuck to this piece. Photo courtesy Russian-Ukrainian Archaeological Artezian Expedition via Yahoo!News Residents of a town under siege by the Roman army about 2,000 years ago buried two hoards of treasure in the town's citadel — treasure recently excavated by archaeologists. More than 200 coins, mainly bronze, were found along with "various items of gold, silver and bronze jewelry and glass vessels" inside an ancient fortress wit... more »

Ed Miliband's solar swindle: Cost of green subsidies will add £1 billion to family household bills

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Ed Miliband’s controversial scheme to encourage homeowners to install solar panels and wind turbines is set to cost families an extra £1billion in higher bills, figures reveal. Subsidies for solar panels rose 14-fold last year as individuals and businesses piled into the scheme, criticised as being a licence to print money. The payments, funded by a levy on electricity bills, jumped from £9.2million in 2010/11 to £128.3million in 2011/12, according to figures compiled by energy regulator Ofgem. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261055/Ed-Milibands-solar-swindle-Cost-green-s... more »

SATURDAY ESSAY: He's taken millions from dictators and cosied up to warlords, but is 'Teflon Tony' really plotting an alliance with a super-rich financier?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
When Tony Blair visited Beijing a few weeks ago to open a prestigious conference on philanthropy, he showed he had lost none of the evangelical fervour that once dazzled British voters. Giving an impassioned sermon to an A-list audience on the crucial role of compassion, the former Prime Minister spoke of how societies should be measured not just by what people do for themselves, but by what they do for others. ‘The best philanthropy is about changing the world,’ he proclaimed. ‘Flourishing philanthropy is an essential part of a flourishing society.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new... more »

1,000 Britons a day hit by Indian call centre swindle: Police believe fraudsters have made £10million from UK victims

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Up to 60,000 Britons have been the victims of a multi-million-pound Indian call centre and internet fraud, the Mail can reveal. Investigators believe the sheer number taken in by the loans scam makes it one of the biggest frauds ever carried out in the UK from overseas. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261142/1-000-Britons-day-hit-Indian-centre-swindle-Police-believe-fraudsters-10million-UK-victims.html

Spanish police say seized items intended for Iran nuclear program

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Madrid (CNN) -- It was not a routine traffic stop. At a toll road booth in northern Spain on Friday, Spanish police swooped in to inspect a trailer truck and seized what they said was material destined for Iran's nuclear program, an Interior Ministry statement said. Two people were arrested. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/11/world/europe/spain-iran-material-seized/?hpt=wo_c2

Haiti quake: Why isn't aid money going to Haitians?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Three years on from Haiti's devastating earthquake, the country's UN special envoy has revealed little official aid money has gone to the country's government and organisations. Why is the funding bypassing Haitians? After the Earth shook beneath Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince in the late afternoon of 12 January 2010, the epic scale of the destruction soon became clear. Many of the country's poorly-constructed buildings had simply disintegrated, leaving 200,000 people dead and more than two million without homes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20949624

Israel orders eviction of Palestinian outpost in E1 area

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Israel has ordered the leaders of the Bab al-Shams Palestinian outpost, erected Friday in the disputed E1 area, near Ma'aleh Adumim, to immediately evict the premises. A group of 200 Palestinians, backed by foreign activists, created the outpost, whose name means "Gate of the Sun," in the early hours of Friday morning. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4331460,00.html

Angry Pakistani Shiites refuse to bury dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Shiite families refusing to bury their dead after twin bombings in Pakistan's troubled southwestern city of Quetta vowed to continue their sit-in protest Saturday until the army takes over security. Hundreds of protesters have gathered on the main road near the snooker hall that was the scene of Thursday's twin suicide attacks, alongside more than 60 coffins carrying the victims' shrouded bodies, senior administration official Hashim Ghilzai told AFP. The refusal to bury the bodies is an extreme position in Islamic society where the dead are normally buried the same or next day, but... more »

Death toll from SW China landslide rises to 46

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
ZHENXIONG, Yunnan, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a landslide that hit a mountainous region in southwest China's Yunnan Province Friday rose to 46 as bodies of the last two missing were found Saturday morning, rescuers said. The landslide hit the Zhaojiagou area of Gaopo Village, Zhenxiong County around 8:20 a.m. Friday. Zhenxiong is some 550 km northeast of the provincial capital, Kunming. Forty-six residents -- 27 adults and 19 children -- were buried in the landslide, according to the local civil affairs bureau. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-01/12/c_13209... more »

U.S., Russia talks on Syria end without breakthrough as rebels seize strategic air base

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
This citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, shows a damaged Syrian air force helicopter at Taftanaz air base, Friday Jan. 11, 2013. International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi and senior envoys from Russia and the United States called for a political solution to end the Syria conflict on Friday but reached no breakthrough. Brahimi urged world powers to "create an opening" diplomatically to help stem the bloodshed and alleviate the Syrian people's suffering. He said that he would brief the UN Security Council later this month on his latest consultations. http://... more »

U.S. warns on Java software as security concerns escalate

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 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.reuters.com/article/2013/01/11/us-java-security-idUSBRE90A0S320130111

No clear path for Obama to act alone on U.S. debt cap: experts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The White House would be taking a risk if it tries to make a constitutional end-run around Congress' authority to raise the debt ceiling, legal experts said. The "public debt" clause of the 14th Amendment is being cited by a number of lawmakers as giving President Barack Obama a legal way to issue debt and pay bills, working around the debt ceiling and avoiding default. The 14th Amendment is best known for extending civil rights protections in the wake of the Civil War. The amendment's fourth section was designed to guarantee Union debt incurred during the war, including compensatio... more »

French hostage Denis Allex killed in raid in Somalia: France defense ministry

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Denis Allex, a French soldier held hostage in Somalia since 2009, was killed during a raid on Friday night by French troops trying to rescue him, the French defense ministry said on Saturday. Two other French soldiers and 17 Somalian fighters were killed in the fighting, the ministry said in a statement. "Faced with the instransigence of the terrorists, who refused to negotiate for three and half years and who were holding Denis Allex in inhumane conditions, an operation was planned and carried out," said the ministry. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/12/us-somalia-france-host... more »

Flu hits epidemic level: CDC

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Influenza has officially reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. The early start and fast spread of flu this season - especially after 2011-2012's very mild outbreak - has overwhelmed doctors' offices and hospitals, forcing some patients to wait through the night to be seen in emergency departments. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/11/us-usa-flu-idUSBRE9080WD20130111

Canada, Newfoundland: Blizzard wallops Newfoundland, St. John's buried under 48 cm of snow Read it on Global News: Blizzard wallops Newfoundland, St. John' s buried under 48 cm of snow

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
ST. JOHN'S - It could be days before Newfoundland's capital city is unearthed after a brutal winter storm that brought St. John's to a virtual standstill, knocked out power across the island and shut down its busiest airport. Schools and government offices were closed Friday in St. John's, which was among the areas hit hardest. The airport recorded wind gusts of more than 100 kilometres an hour and 48 centimetres of snow before it changed to freezing drizzle in the afternoon. Snow continued to fall in the northwest Avalon Peninsula after it turned to rain in St. John's, but Environ... more »

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish reported on Masonboro Island, North Carolina

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Image: (Source: Michele Walker, NCDENR) Hundreds of thousands of dead fish have been reported this week at Masonboro Island by state environmental officials, according to a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Environmental officials explain that the fish, Atlantic menhaden, which travel in very large groups, took a wrong turn, up Loosins Creek. In under an hour, the area caused dissolved oxygen levels in the water to drop to close to zero, which ended up killing them. http://www.wect.com/story/20566054/thousands-of-dead-fish-reported-on-masonb... more »

Australia: 26 dengue fever cases in four Cairns suburbs

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
DENGUE fever has spread to two more suburbs, taking the number of victims to 25 and forcing authorities to put the entire city on alert. Parramatta Park and Manoora yesterday joined Whitfield and Mt Sheridan as outbreak areas, raising fears that residents who contracted the mosquito-transmitted virus during the 2008-09 outbreak could be at risk of being infected again. Queensland Health is conducting tests to determine the source of the latest type-1 dengue cases. http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2013/01/12/238360_local-news.html

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 09:15:13 UTC Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 06:15:13 PM at epicenter Location 2.073°S, 138.859°E Depth 44.3 km (27.5 miles) Region PAPUA, INDONESIA Distances 211 km (131 miles) WNW (284°) from Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia

Texas House Explosion Hurts At Least Three

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
At least three people, including two firefighters, have been hurt in what may have been a natural gas explosion that destroyed a home and scattered rubble throughout a North Texas neighbourhood. Investigators are looking into what caused the blast on Friday afternoon in the town of Lewisville, 20 miles northwest of Dallas. http://news.sky.com/story/1037006/texas-house-explosion-hurts-at-least-three

Death Star Proposal Shot Down By White House

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The White House has rejected a petition signed by thousands of people calling for a Death Star to be built. Started by a John D, from Colorado, the petition demanded that work should begin on the project within the next four years. He claimed having a moon-sized space station and inter-stellar weapon from the Star Wars film series would strengthen national security and create jobs. http://news.sky.com/story/1037059/death-star-proposal-rejected-by-white-house

Jerome Isaac Jailed for 50 years For Burning Woman Alive In Lift

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A handyman who burned a 73-year-old woman to death in a Brooklyn lift has been sentenced to a minimum of 50 years in prison. Prosecutors said Jerome Isaac, 48, was sentenced for killing Deloris Gillespie inside her Brooklyn apartment building in December 2011. http://news.sky.com/story/1037017/man-gets-life-for-burning-woman-alive-in-lift

Anastasia Voykina Death: Boyfriend Felipe Lopes Charged With Murder

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The boyfriend of a 23-year-old Russian woman who was found dead in her flat has been charged with her murder, police have said. Felipe Lopes, 27, was arrested on the street in the Farnborough area of Bromley on Wednesday morning after police discovered the body of Anastasia Voykina in a house in Streatham at around 2am on Monday. A post-mortem examination found she died as a result of multiple fractures to the face, head and neck. http://news.sky.com/story/1037021/russian-womans-boyfriend-charged-with-murder

Mali: French Air Strikes Drive Back Militants

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Mali's army has driven back Islamist rebels from a strategic central town after France intervened with air strikes to stop militants controlling the country's desert north from advancing. French President Francois Hollande took action in the West African country at the request of interim President Dioncounda Traore who has declared a state of emergency. Western governments expressed alarm on Thursday after an al Qaeda-linked rebel alliance captured the town of Konna, a gateway towards the capital Bamako 600km (375 miles) south. http://news.sky.com/story/1037037/mali-french-air-str... more »

Belfast Clashes: Police Hurt As Bombs Hurled

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Four police officers have been injured after more than 30 petrol bombs as well as other missiles were hurled at them in another night of Union flag demonstrations in Northern Ireland. The most serious disorder was witnessed in Carrickfergus and the Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey, both on the northern outskirts of Belfast. A bus was also set on fire during the disorder. Police deployed water cannon in an attempt to restore calm. Two people were arrested, police said. http://news.sky.com/story/1036999/northern-ireland-clashes-four-officers-injured

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.3 Region SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA Date time 2013-01-12 08:55:02.0 UTC Location 31.72 S ; 68.04 W Depth 242 km Distances 51 km SE San juan, Argentina

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 05:42:14 UTC Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 01:42:14 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.677°N, 64.442°W Depth 33 km (20.5 miles) Region VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION Distances 106 km (66 miles) N (353°) from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN IRAN - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 03:25:05 UTC Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 06:55:05 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 31.847°N, 50.960°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region WESTERN IRAN Distances 115 km (72 miles) SW (216°) from Esfahan, Iran

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 12th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.8 Region FIJI REGION Date time 2013-01-12 01:10:46.3 UTC Location 20.82 S ; 178.09 W Depth 588 km Distances 300 km W Nuku'alofa

Hacker Machines and the Galactic Federation of Dreamers

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 8 hours ago
Graham Ellis's wondrous creationlast night I spent a good hour, pre-sleep preparing my sleeping mind to get MILITARY with the contextual demand I intended to make, having tried and tried and tried before, "What dream planet is this?" It's a pre-sleep quest I've invested quite a lot of pre-sleep meditation in; to no effect. Every time I wake up in the middle of the night, having noted some new dream or some recurring theme or a new player within the dream, I've 'remembered' that I forgot to ask, "What dream planet is this?" And nothing much changed last night, woke up, argh, forgot ... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*Sir Jimmy Savile in Israel in 1975. * Who knew, or did not know, the real Sir Jimmy Savile? The spooks knew. Staff at the BBC, including reporters, newsreaders and presenters, were all vetted by MI5. MI5 vetted Savile. "*The Prince of Wales*, the *BBC director general*... celebrities ... ... know the real Savile ... as they paid lavish tribute to a 'unique' personality... "... did former *Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher* who used to invite the former DJ to watch television with her family at Chequers and who agreed his 1990 knighthood. "And ....... did *Pope John Paul II* wh... more »

Fracking Abundance Questioned

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is not pleasant reading. Shale production has been capital driven and plenty of smoke has obscured economic reality. I have been in and around oil industry finance for decades. So let us make it all simple. All the capital costs are up front. After that a successful well pays back quickly and then on to produce a decent living for years at a modest percentage of the original production. The only important question to answer is just how many months of production is required to achieve payback. We can live with two to three years on conventional wells. In the presen... more »

Great Plains dust Storms Awake

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Our practices are substantially better but the necessary conditions happen to be upon us. Most likely we have an additional five years to suffer through before the climatic cycle turns over and provides enough water. We should still avoid severe dust bowl conditions. In time engineering and the Eden machine (Google this blog) can change it all, but we may be a century away. I would still like to see the buffalo commons restored on the waste lands were growing is either impossible or inadvisable. Otherwise, this will be followed by another sixty years of good growing c... more »

Galactan and Biofuels

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
I suppose that the idea here is to increase the yield of galactan in order to produce a viable feedstock for high quality fuel. Since the model is some species of mustard, using canola can not be far behind. It would be convenient to covert a ton of canola waste into a couple hundred pounds of fuel feedstock. Otherwise, I think that this is a long shot for the advertised benefits and more pure research. Then again, converting plant waste into useful feed-stocks is high on the research agenda anyway. It allows us to jump past the oil industry with superior green credentia... more »

Resolving Bronze Age Atlantic Surface Temperature Anomoly

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is a revisit to an important problem. Sea bed work has shown us that during the Bronze Age or between 4000 BC through 1000BC, that the Northern Atlantic surface waters were two degrees warmer. My conjecture, albeit unsatisfactory was that the Sahara and the Middle East had remained vegetated during most of this and retained more warmth that somehow fed back to the ocean. We have recently come to understand that the 1159BC geological event was vastly more important than I had ever suspected. Land masses the size of Ireland, France, Britain and Japan associated with th... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Bottom left - Alan Lascelles, who became private secretary to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. It was the bisexual Prince of Wales (who later became the Duke of Windsor) who first made Alan Lascelles a private secretary.* Aged 11, Alan Lascelles, a relation of the Earls of Harewood, was attending a school called Durnford House. He wrote to his sister: "There are forty-four boys here... and there are no Jews which is a great blessing... "Mr Pellatt (the owner of the school)... whacks you for anything... "Mrs Pellatt... kisses all the boys before going to bed... (It was Mrs... more »


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
THE DISCLOSURE... ABSOLUTE CURRENT PRESENT MOMENT IS VISIBLE NOW. Yes. You asked for answers regarding so many things, including St. Germaine's Trust, NESARA, The Prosperity Packages, the Global Collateral Accounts and before you unconsciously choose to live with limits or to live without limits...Pay conscious attention to the answers to all all your questions...Pay energy of attention to the release of truth, and the whole truth, for nothing but the absolute truth. Absolute truth is visible by conscious free will choice to breath and bring forth all data transparen... more »

SALUSA: We are therefore careful to ensure that our allies keep everything above board and within your legal system.

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
SaLuSa, January 11, 2013 Naturally, some people are still unsure of the reason why the 21st. December was a relatively quiet affair, but we would emphasize that as a civilization you took a great step forward. What is now important is that you continue to focus on all that you wish to be manifested, and you will see it gradually take place. Now that you have left the lower energies behind it will be easier to achieve results, as you will no longer be impeded or held back. Progress as we measure it is the level to which you can raise your consciousness, and it did not reach the ... more »

'all-right thinking people'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
'At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. … Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.' Hard to argue with? That was George Orwell in "The Freedom of the Press" More in Toby Young's Telegraph article from yesterday.

Plotinus on Evil

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
*Check this out*. YouTube video description [Channel - Gottfried Leibniz]: Peter Adamson discussion Plotinus's philosophy on the conception of evil.

Friday Baseball Post

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
So no one got in, at least not on the writers' ballot. I don't know...given what I expected, I'd say it wasn't bad at all. Jack Morris failed to move up; he may have a surge next year, but then again it's just as likely that extra publicity won't help him. The thing about Morris is that this isn't a "traditional stats" vs. "sabermetric stats" thing. *Any* careful look at the stats may hurt him. His case really is that weak. The worst thing that happened was that Bernie Williams (clearly below my line) and Kenny Lofton (close call) both fell off the ballot -- but in Lofton's case it... more »

Sunday Classics goes on hiatus

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*The "Moonlight Interlude" from Richard Strauss's last opera, Capriccio, is played here by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the composer's friend Clemens Krauss, who happened also to be the librettist of the opera. It's from a complete Munich broadcast performance of Capriccio from 1953.* *by Ken* As TV savants know, this is not usually a good thing, when a program goes -- or more properly *is sent* -- on hiatus, a domain from which only the select few spectacles return, except perhaps for the run-off of previously unaired by already-paid-for episodes during times when ... more »


A few months ago, panic struck neoconservatives, right-wing Zionists, and especially Benjamin Netanyahu, were telling the world that in a few months time Iran will have a bomb which they will then use against Israel unless the US and the rest of the world attacked Iran right away. Despite the rhetoric, there were no takers. The West and Obama kind of sort of agreed that Iran needed to be watched carefully but didn’t think attacking Iran just yet would be a very good idea on account of the upcoming US presidential elections. Netanyahu jumped up and down and made childish empty threat... more »

Obama Signs Bill Giving Him Armed Protection For Life (While simultaneously launching effort to disarm the American people)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Despite launching a gun control agenda that threatens to disarm the American people, President Obama has signed a bill that would afford him armed Secret Service protection for life. “The legislation, crafted by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents. Bush would have been the first former commander in chief affected,” reports Yahoo News. The new bill, which will cost American taxpayers millions of dollars, is a re-instatement of a 1965 law which will see presidents prote... more »

I know people who tout "animal rights"...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*that don't even like animals.* Dopes!

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
“How do clusters of galaxies form and evolve? To help find out, astronomers continue to study the second closest cluster of galaxies to Earth: the Fornax cluster, named for the southern constellation toward which most of its galaxies can be found. Although almost 20 times more distant than our neighboring Andromeda galaxy, Fornax is only about 10 percent further that the better known and more populated Virgo cluster of galaxies. *Click image for larger size.* Fornax has a well-defined central region that contains many galaxies, but is still evolving. It has other galaxy groupin... more »

U.S. Lags Peers in Life Expectancy

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
Wall Street Journal Louise Radnofsky Americans die younger and have more illnesses and accidents on average than people in other high-income countries—even wealthier, insured, college-educated Americans, a report said Wednesday. The study by the federally sponsored National Research Council and Institute of Medicine found the U.S. near the bottom of 17 affluent countries for life expectancy, with high rates of obesity and diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease and arthritis, as well as infant mortality, injuries, homicides, teen pregnancy, drug deaths and sexually transmitt... more »

Photos 'Idle No More' Jan. 11, 2013

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
Anchorage, rallying for Idle No More today and for their way of life in the Arctic Winnipeg today Above Ottawa CBC News: Earlier, some protesters attempted to block the door to the Langevin building where the meeting was being held. Chiefs from Manitoba spread tobacco on the steps to "protect" their people, and several dozen women linked arms to try to stop people from entering.

Poll Results: 1 in 4 Never Expects to be Able to Afford to Retire

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 14 hours ago
Thanks to everyone who answered the poll on when you have or expect to be able to retire. The biggest takeaway is that 1 in 4 never expect to be able to retire. Full results: Retire before 65: 20% At 65: 20% At 70: 20% At 75: 4% Over 75: 8% Never: 25% (Total does not equal 100 due to rounding.) This underscores just how dire our retirement crisis will be. As I explained in my last post, the decline in defined benefit pensions from 38% of private sector workers in 1980 to 20% in 2008 means that Generation X will be particularly vulnerable to poverty in retirement, yet Republicans w... more »


laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago

And if there happened to be an extra one of those $1 trillion platinum coins lying around, you could stick it in my account

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*from TPM* *"Republicans go wild at this analogy, but it's unavoidable. This is exactly like someone walking into a crowded room, announcing that he has a bomb strapped to his chest, and threatening to set that bomb off unless his demands are met."* *-- Paul Krugman, in his NYT column* Coins Against Crazies *by Ken* "Mint that coin!" exclaims Paul Krugman at the end of his NYT column today, "Coins Against Crazies." so I guess that means we need to get up to speed on the subject. Oh, probably you've already doped out this platinum-coin business -- trillion dollars the limit, or ma... more »

Is that a trillion dollar coin in your pocket...

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 15 hours ago
I've read more about the platinum coin than any underpaid observer should endure. Here's what I think right now. The platinum coin is serious. It is real. The platinum coin has been virtually minted on the internets. The platinum coin exists in the public imagination just as surely as if it was a real weight in the hand. It would be folly for Obama to publicly endorse it as an option. He doesn't have to *show* it. Boehner is useless. McConnell is hamstrung. Harry Reid should put a clean debt limit bill on the floor that raises the ceiling -- as necessary -- *to honor the financial... more »

Thanks Obama: Millions noticing paychecks lighter today, due to payroll tax hike

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Gabriella Hoffman’s paycheck is a little lighter today, thanks to a payroll tax increase that is forcing millions of Americans to make the kind of tough budget cuts their representatives in Washington lawmakers seem unwilling to tackle. Hoffman, a 21-year-old Virginian who works at a nonprofit, estimates her paycheck will be roughly $30 less this biweekly pay period, or about $780 annually, thanks to the end of a two-year cut on payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. The tax has risen back up to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent, costing someone making $50,000 annually about $1,000 p... more »

I Was a Paid Internet Shill: How Shadowy Groups Manipulate Internet Opinion and Debate

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
CLN Editor’s Note: The type of propaganda strategy described in the article below occurs across a wide range of topics and is employed by various corporate, political, and governmental groups to promote a variety of agendas. It is called astroturfing, and it is far more common than most would imagine. This post is not about Israel. It is simply an illustration of the mechanics of how online debate is manipulated. For more information on this important topic, see: - Alcyone @CLN I Was a Paid Internet Shill By Ex-Shill, Above Top Secret I am writing here to come out of the closet as ... more »


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
CLN Editor’s Note: The type of propaganda strategy described in the article below occurs across a wide range of topics and is employed by various corporate, political, and governmental groups to promote a variety of agendas. It is called astroturfing, and it is far more common than most would imagine. This post is not about Israel. It is simply an illustration of the mechanics of how online debate is manipulated. For more information on this important topic, see: - Alcyone @CLN I Was a Paid Internet Shill By Ex-Shill, Above Top Secret I am writing here to come out of the closet as ... more »

what i'm reading, children's book edition: # 3: a war resister story of sorts

laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
In this children's book review, I look at a book about military war resistance and analyze its lessons and conclusions. *Shot at Dawn* deals with many unpleasant realities of war - including some shameful episodes in Canada's past - with open eyes and without sugar coating. Ultimately, the author pulls his punch, forcing a conclusion that is palatable to mainstream sensibilities. At the same time, though, the book insists on difficult questions without clear-cut answers. So while it doesn't square with my own views, neither does it satisfy pro-military or nationalist propaganda. I ... more »

A Good Time For This Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 16 hours ago
In art as in life, timing is ­everything.... more »
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