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Sunday, January 13, 2013

13 January - Blogs I'm Following II

English: President Barack Obama tours the Grea...English: President Barack Obama tours the Great Wall in Badaling, China, Nov. 18, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Gun groups predict assault weapons ban will fail in Congress

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
Gun rights groups on Sunday forecast that bids to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips would fail in Congress, as Vice President Joe Biden prepares this week to give President Barack Obama proposals to curb gun violence. Even some congressional Democrats indicated that a bill to revive the U.S. assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 would have a difficult time winning passage in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-led Senate. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/14/us-usa-guns-congress-idUSBRE90C0DK20130114

US supported France's failed hostage rescue in Somalia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
U.S. troops lent "limited technical support" in France's bloody and unsuccessful bid in Somalia to rescue an intelligence agent who'd been held hostage for years, President Barack Obama said Sunday. Obama detailed the U.S. military involvement in the Friday night mission in a letter sent to the leaders of the nation's two legislative chambers. The letter was released publicly as well. While U.S. forces "provided limited technical support," they "took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage," the president explain... more »

Cameron WILL give us 'in-or-out' on EU, says Pickles as Labour rules out vote on the issue.........(what year will this be? 2018, 2025.....Never?)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 minutes ago
David Cameron will promise a referendum on ‘whether or not it’s in Britain’s interests to remain in the EU’, a Cabinet Minister said last night – as Labour ruled out any public vote on the issue. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles suggested the Prime Minister would use his long-awaited speech on Europe next week to offer the public a vote. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261955/Cameron-WILL-EU-says-Pickles-Labour-rules-vote-issue.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

China air pollution angers state media

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 minutes ago
Authorities have warned residents against venturing outside as smog continues to choke Beijing. Source: AAP ANGER has mounted in China over pollution which reached hazardous levels in recent days, with state media questioning the nation's breakneck development and government transparency over air quality. State media joined internet users in calling for a re-evaluation of China's modernisation process, which has seen rapid urbanisation and economic development achieved at the expense of the environment. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/beijing-choked-by-third-day-o... more »

How The House Agriculture Committee Is Killing Your Family

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 minutes ago
It took all year for the Senate and the House Agriculture committees to put together balanced, carefully crafted bipartisan omnibus farm bills last year-- only to see Boehner and Cantor refuse to bring the House version up for a vote in the waning days of the 112th Congress. A bill that balances the needs of rural farming communities, corporate AgriBusiness, consumers and food stamps users is always a work of great and minute compromise. Cantor charged into it like a bull in the proverbial china shop-- primarily to prevent a floor fight between farm state Republicans and teabaggers... more »

Goldman bankers' £8bn bonus after bumper year

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 minutes ago
Goldman Sachs is likely to revive the controversy over excessive bonuses as it kicks off the banking results season this week by announcing total pay awards for its staff totalling more than £8bn. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/goldman-bankers-8bn-bonus-after-bumper-year-8449990.html

Mali: France pledges 'short' campaign against Islamists

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 minutes ago
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that France's involvement in the campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali will last "a matter of weeks". On Sunday, French warplanes bombed the town of Gao in eastern Mali, extending their raids deep into rebel territory. France's military has been in action against Islamist militants in Mali since Friday, helping government forces recapture the central town of Konna. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21007517

The Criminalization of the Nation

Cannot be said too often. And rallied against enough in the streets. Until we bring these facts to the attention of authorities who are elected to ensure real change. "The action against JPMorgan," Reuters reported, "would be in the form of a cease-and-desist order, which regulators use to force banks to improve compliance weaknesses, the sources said. JPMorgan will probably not have to

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.1 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 02:06:14 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:06:14 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.068°N, 125.675°E Depth 100 km (62.1 miles) Region MOLUCCA SEA Distances 69 km (42 miles) SE of Bitung, Indonesia

Hey! Let's Give Away ALL the U.S. Taxpayers' Money! (If the Military Can't Have It All . . . .) It's Only FAIR!

The 'Crony Capitalist Blowout'By Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers and Company 12 January 13 BILL MOYERS: There's a chapter called "The Second Gilded Age" in Paul Krugman's book where he describes the extraordinary rise in wealth and power of the very rich during this era of unregulated greed. Since Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, the top one percent of Americans have seen their incomes

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake D'ENTRECASTEAUX ISLANDS REGION - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 01:57:15 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 11:57:15 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.752°S, 155.148°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region D'ENTRECASTEAUX ISLANDS REGION Distances 260 km (161 miles) SW of Gizo, Solomon Islands

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF ADEN - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 01:14:57 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 04:14:57 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 12.541°N, 47.440°E Depth 6.4 km (4.0 miles) (poorly constrained) Region GULF OF ADEN Distances 134 km (83 miles) SE of Ahwar, Yemen

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 26 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 00:58:06 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 05:58:06 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.953°S, 68.260°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region CARLSBERG RIDGE Distances 557 km (346 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL ALASKA - 13th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 26 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 22:59:59 UTC Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 01:59:59 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 63.148°N, 150.627°W Depth 124.7 km (77.5 miles) Region CENTRAL ALASKA Distances 85 km (53 miles) NNW (341°) from Chase, AK

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 13th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 26 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 22:56:48 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 07:56:48 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 2.815°S, 139.039°E Depth 34 km (21.1 miles) Region NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA Distances 172 km (106 miles) W of Abepura, Indonesia

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 13th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 32 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 21:23:27 UTC Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 06:23:27 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.102°S, 69.195°W Depth 83.7 km (52.0 miles) Region TARAPACA, CHILE Distances 99 km (61 miles) E of Iquique, Chile

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago
“Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is featured in this stunning Hubble image of the region. * Click image for larger size.* Fantastic ridges and swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation and shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material and triggered a progression of star formation moving away from the cluster's center. At the estimated distance of the Small Magellanic... more »

Blowback

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 1 hour ago
In this post commenter Double Nickel drew my attention to a Sun piece by John Robson (I won't link to that publication). It's of a bit convoluted piece, full of misrepresentations (e.g. "Queen of England") and outright racism ("the white man") that gets the lumpenprols a-frothing, but he does make a sort of point about the kind of resistance that Idle No More supporters are capable of. No, INM

PORTAL 2012: Etheric Liberation Update

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 hour ago
Sunday, January 13, 2013 *Etheric Liberation Update* There is even more progress being made. The etheric Archon grid in layers between 110 feet and 8.6 miles above and below the surface of the planet is slowly (and in some cases not so slowly) disintegrating due to actions of the Light forces and there are more and more Light beings present in those etheric layers. In the meantime, the innermost surface etheric layer (up to 110 feet above and below the surface profile) is still pretty dense with few occasional cracks in the Matrix. The main problem remaining is the etheric ELF H... more »

Coleman Barks - The Man in the Dream

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
YouTube video description [Channel - ReelChangeFilms]: In an interview shot in Athens, GA, Coleman Barks reveals a dream he had and how it led him to Rumi and began to define his spiritual path. This is part of a series of interviews conducted by Jason Scholder of Reel Change Films from Asheville, NC, comprising an ongoing, on-line spiritual documentary project entitled Walking the Path.

Law And Order, FSA Style

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Read this article for background: *Assassins of French reporter Gilles Jacquier captured in Syria*. This is funny but at least the FSA gangs are holding trials and creating the impression that justice is taking place. Washington has abandoned trials and the rule of law, even symbolically. It is skipping the trial by jury part of the charade that is the war on terror and going straight to the killing part. Saves time, I guess. They've also given up on torture because why torture when you can just kill the accused and be done with it in a flash? The mass murderers in the Oval Office ... more »

Did you do that?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
While living in Paris during World War II, *Picasso suffered harassment from the Gestapo. **One officer asked him, upon seeing a photo of **Guernica ** in his apartment, "Did you do that?" Picasso responded, "No, you did."* * *

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Shocking Video - NHK Documentary: Lives Slipped Away

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
I am still trolling through reports about the still ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster when ever they become available... I am deeply shocked these days that very little attention is being paid to this still ongoing disaster and the dangers that the entire world still faces from its still spewing nuclear radiation into our atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. Now I want to present something that is just as appalling as the disaster itself. I have the following video that is a must see by everyone. It is entitled: "NHK Documentary: Lives Slipped Away", and contains some shocking an... more »

The Fiscal Cliff: An Opportunity Avoided

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
*Guest post by Bud Conrad of **Casey Research** on the so-called “fiscal cliff” - perhaps it was a bullet dodged in the short run, he concludes, but in the real long-run an opportunity was missed to hit the real target: runaway spending, which is now clearly out of political control.* *The Fiscal Cliff: An Opportunity Avoided *By Bud Conrad The label "the fiscal cliff" evoked the fear that something terrible was about to happen if the US Govt’s previously legislated spending cuts and tax increases came into effect. From my point of view, America’s deficits and debt are growing at... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
I have been busy the last few days taking care of some family and personal business... Only now have I actually had the time to sit down, surf the Internet, and write my weekly rant.... I have done a large number of articles about the Sandy Hook "shooting", and everything that I have seen now points in the direction that it was an entire Psy-Ops and an operation of pure deception. I must point out the amazing videos about this fiasco that show clear evidence that we are dealing with actors, although very poor ones at best, that were hired to promote the lies and deception that some... more »

POOF: A Promise is a Promise, is a Promise

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago
Superstition Lyric Very superstitious, Writing on the wall Very superstitious, Ladder's 'bout to fall Thirteen month old baby, Broke that looking glass Seven years of bad luck, Good things in the past When you believe in things that you don't understand Then you suffer, superstition ain't the way Very superstitious, wash your face and hands Rid me of the problem, get all that you can Keep me in a daydream, keep me going strong You don't want to save me, sad is my song When you believe in things that you don't understand Then you suffer, superstition ain't... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Great Red Hope, Indigenous Youth'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
MNN: GREAT RED HOPE, INDIGENOUS YOUTH Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com GREAT RED HOPE, INDIGENOUS YOUTH  MNN.  Jan. 13, 2013.  Indigenous youth, you have work to do.  Remove the destructive corporate slavery system. Put the Great Law in place to protect the people and the land.  The white population of Canada is going down.  The

John McPhee's discussion of "structure" in his writing raises all sorts of fascinating questions about the way writers write and readers read

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* Here's a case where online non-access makes it awfully difficult for me to write about a piece I'd really like to -- in this case a new installment in the series of pieces *The New Yorker*'s John McPhee has been devoting to reflections on his own history as a writer. In the January 14 issue he offers a piece called "Structure" (see below for a link of sorts), which has two different subtitles. On the magazine's contents page, it's "Where do you start?" On the actual article, and int he online presentation, it's "Beyond the picnic-table crisis," which refers to the anecdot... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Lalitpur, Nepal. Thanks for stopping by.

Millionaire bankers die in private plane fireball: Tragedy as plane carrying brokers on business trip plummets to the ground after take-off in Texas

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=266241 * * *Millionaire bankers die in private plane fireball: Tragedy as plane carrying brokers on business trip plummets to the ground after take-off in Texas* A private plane carrying three men working for a Utah bank crashed in mysterious circumstances shortly after takeoff in Texas on Saturday, killing all three aboard, according to authorities. The Piper PA-46 aircraft had just taken off from an airport near Paris, Texas, around 8 a.m. when it came crashing down outside the town of Glory to the south. The Texas Departmen... more »

Satire: "Obama Furious He Wasted Week Posing for Coin"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Obama Furious He Wasted Week Posing for Coin"* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "President Barack Obama was “totally furious” he spent a week of his time posing for a trillion-dollar platinum coin that would never be minted, a White House source confirmed today. “The President is a super-busy man, so it’s understandable that he’d be mad,” the source said. “It’s not like he has time to sit still for hours on end for a coin that’s not going to happen.” Mr. Obama devoted much of last week to posing for the trillion-dollar coin on the assurances of outgoing Trea... more »

“Goldman Bankers Set For Bonus Windfall As Profits Rise”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Goldman Bankers Set For Bonus Windfall As Profits Rise”* By Richard Blackden "Analysts expect the Wall Street bank to have amassed a total compensation pot, which includes bonuses and salaries, of between $13.3bn (8.2bn pounds) and $13.8bn for 2012. That is up from $12.2bn in 2011, when the bank suffered only its second quarterly loss since becoming a public company in 1999. Goldman is expected to have enjoyed a better final quarter of last year, with both bond and share trading delivering a more robust performance. "We anticipate fourth quarter market conditions were fair for ... more »

Bachmann - "My favorite gun is an AR-15"

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
“ ‘I'm a pretty good shot,’ the candidate admitted. ‘I learned how to hunt here in Iowa from my dad. I went through gun safety when I was 12.’ ‘My favorite gun is an AR-15 because you can be so accurate with it,’ she explained. ‘And I scored the best in my class of any of the men too.’ ‘The AR-15, that's a combat weapon’? [WHO radio host Jan] Mickelson asked. ‘I love it,’ Bachmann declared. ‘It's a great gun.’ ‘It can be made automatic, but it's a semi-automatic .222,’ Mickelson said. ‘I like being accurate and that is a great gun’, Bachmann insisted. ‘Accurate and apparently lots o... more »

Shorter Matthew Coon Come to Theresa Spence?

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 4 hours ago
"Stop threatening my legitimacy." I don't know much about the relationship between Grand Chiefs and the AFN and the heads of individual Bands and settlements, but I'm increasingly convinced that the AFN is very worried about Idle No More and Theresa Spence. She's embarrassed them into action, and their actions have taken the standard apparently Constitutional form. He [Coon Come] explained that

Missouri gets ALEC Right To Work for Less

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
*Missouri** Right to Work for Less* *Bill Text* *Introduced (HTML | PDF)* *1/13/2013 5:55:27 PM* INTRODUCED BY *ALEC *REPRESENTATIVES BURLISON (Sponsor), Co-sponsor * ALEC *JONES (110), (Co-sponsors). ANDERSON BAHR, *ALEC *BRATTIN, COOKSON, *ALEC *DIEHL, *ALEC *DUGGER, ELMER, *ALEC *FREDERICK, *ALEC *JONES (110), *ALEC *KELLEY). *ALEC *LANT, *ALEC *LICHTENEGGER, MORRIS, *ALEC *REIBOLDT, *ALEC *ROSS, SCHATZ, *ALEC *WHITE, Looks like we have five legislators vying for an all expense paid trip to Chicago in August for the Annual meeting of the American Legislative Ex... more »

Linda cascada adornada de flores y árboles frondosos

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 5 hours ago
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Earth Revolution and Idle No More: A Press Release

*Press Release*: January 10, 2013 for immediate release Written by Devon Meekis *Idle No More* grassroots founders and organizers from across Canada, in solidarity with Common Causes—a new initiative bringing together social justice, environmental, labour and other activist groups—are planning a national and worldwide day of action on *January 28th, 2013*. This day of action will peacefully protest attacks on democracy, Indigenous sovereignty, human rights and environmental protections when Canadian MPs return to the House of Commons on January 28th. As a grassroots movement, cl... more »

Professor James F. Tracy on KPFA

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
KPFA "Sandy Hook: Unanswered Questions" with Professor James F. Tracy. Discrepancies in media coverage; coroner's press conference; political fallout. *Guns and Butter - January 9, 2013 at 1:00pm* Click to listen (or download) Help Us Transmit This Story Add to Your Blogger Account Put it On Facebook Tweet this post Print it from your printer Email and a collection of other outlets Try even more services

Encantadores bebés en plena siesta para relajarse

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 5 hours ago
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Trigger happy

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
David Keene is right about mass panic buying of high caliber guns and high capacity ammo clips happening because gun hoarders are afraid President Obama going to take their guns away. But the NRA President is surely lyingwhen he denies the NRA is actively fostering the fear of everything in service of their bottom line. Their own fundraising pitches make a mockery of that absurd claim. Fear drives sales. The NRA gained somewhere around 100K memberships post Sandy Hook. And let's not forget the benefits to the rest of the gun industry. Panic buying drove up pricing at least fivefold.... more »

Colorido tigre embelleciendo el paisage natural

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 5 hours ago
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"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

DOWN TO THE DOCTOR'S: The land of the sinking sun

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*[image: _McGrath001]Libertarianz** leader Richard McGrath takes the new Japanese Prime Minister into his clinic for a once-over.* Japan Pumps More Money Into Economy - The Japanese government has a bold new blueprint for the economy that will create over half a million jobs. At least, that’s what the headlines tell us. What a cunning plan! It's never been tried anywhere before. You see, they've come up with this great idea where if you fire up the printing presses and make lots of money tokens, everyone will be richer. There will be a vicious cycle of spending and an upwardly spi... more »

US already has high elder poverty rate; how can cutting Social Security even be on the table?

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 5 hours ago
In the recent debate over the so-called "fiscal cliff," President Obama was reportedly at one point offering to raise the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67 and Social Security. However, in view of the coming retirement crisisdue to the decline in defined benefit plans guaranteeing a specific retirement income, this is a terrible idea. Given that proposals to cut Social Security and Medicare will be repeatedly floated in the coming debt ceiling and related budget fights, we need to understand just how bad an idea this is. First, let's look at what Social Security and Medicare... more »

Winnie pooh y sus amigos jugando en el jardín de los sueños

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 5 hours ago
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“Americans Feel Austerity's Bite As Payroll Taxes Rise”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
* * *“Americans Feel Austerity's Bite As Payroll Taxes Rise”* By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "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 abo... more »

Verdes y saludables vegetales para una buena comida

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 5 hours ago
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Aaron Swartz: Was a critic of Obama’s ‘kill list’ -- Surprise, surprise?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Prominent American blogger and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who spoke against US President Barack Obama’s “kill list” and cyber attacks against Iran, has been found dead in New York. Police found the body of the 26-year-old in his apartment in New York City borough of Brooklyn on Friday, said a spokeswoman for the city’s chief medical examiner. Brooklyn’s chief medical examiner ruled the death a suicide by hanging, but no further detail is available about the mysterious death. Last year, Swartz openly criticized the US and the Israeli regime for launching joint cyber attacks agai... more »

I’m a sexist.

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
According to this* Listener* survey, I’m a “hostile sexist.” The survey’s “reasoning” seems to be if you distrust feminists, then you must necessarily be a misogynist. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Saddam Commemorated at Fatah Rally in Gaza

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
These people see Saddam Hussein as a martyr. LOL. What stupidity! Since when did thugs and tyrants become martyrs for liberty? It's ridiculous. But Fatah is not alone in its praise of Saddam. The *U.S.-backed FSA in Syria*also considers Saddam Hussein a martyr. Source: MEMRI.

D-FOX: Please contact us if you can read this

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
To D-fox: if you're reading this, please contact us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. It's important -- we believe.

SUMMER REPRISE: Cue Card Libertarianism -- Common law

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Another post from the archives, made topical again by my **summer reading** .* Common law arose in England almost by accident, but much of the English-speaking world has benefited from its property-rights based solutions to otherwise complex problems. What began in the late twelfth-century as a formalisation of existing customary law, was to become by the end of next century later (mostly because of King Edward I, known as Edward Longshanks) a way of dealing in an ordered, uncomplicated way with the legitimate concerns of his subjects. What Longshanks was trying to solve was what... more »

Is Obama Willing To Take On The NRA For Real?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Obama has certainly been willing to take on foreign terrorists and hasn't let "legalities" stand in the way of the use of unconventional tactics. What about the homegrown terrorists who kill far more Americans year after year after year than any foreigners ever do. The NRA has captured the Republican Party in it's grip so strongly and so powerfully that foreign terrorists and their support groups can only look on with envy as thousands of Americans are murdered annually with the guns that the NRA promotes for its own and it's backers' profits. And although the NRA has developed a ... more »

Fun With Food--BBQ "Chicken" Salad

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 7 hours ago
I made an amazing lunch today! Here is what i used, nothing fancy, but it was super yum and only like 165 calories. weirdly filling for being so low cal too. Trader Joe's Butter Lettuce 67 Grams (basically, iceberg lettuce, you could sub any kind of lettuce here) Kroger's Baby Carrots cut up 18 grams (again any carrots will work) Wishbone low fat Italian dressing 1 serving (2 TBSP) (any dressing will work, but this is one of a few we keep at home because of the low fat content) Trader Joe's Chicken-Less Pulled chicken in BBQ sauce 1 serving (bought in the refrigerated section of TJs)... more »

Sunday Question for Liberals

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
Should Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign from the Supreme Court (conditioned, presumably, on a replacement being confirmed)? Or is that an unreasonable partisan demand on her?

Aaron Swartz In An Interview (January 2010)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
"Interviewer: Why do you do what you do? Aaron Swartz: It's a good question. I mean, I feel very strongly that it's not enough to just live in the world as it is, to just kind of take what you're given and, you know, follow the things that adults told you to do and that your parents told to do and society tells you to do. I think you should always be questioning. I take this very scientific attitude that everything you've learned is just provisional, that ti's always open to recantation or refutation or questioning. And I think the same applies to society. I felt growing up I slowly ... more »

The Economy: “Qui Bono- To Whose Benefit?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Qui Bono- To Whose Benefit?”* by Paul Craig Roberts "In November the largest chunk of new jobs came from retail and wholesale trade. Businesses gearing up for Christmas sales added 65,700 jobs or 45% of November’s 146,000 jobs gain. With December sales a disappointment, these jobs are likely to reverse when the January payroll jobs report comes out in February. Family Dollar Stores CEO Howard Levine told analysts that his company’s customers were unable to afford toys this holiday season and focused instead on basic needs such as food. Levine said that his customers “clearly d... more »

A mystery in the desert . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
— One half of the mystery. Big. — WHAT ARE THEY UP TO? According to WIRED, it's big and mysterious and in the desert of western China: "What Did Google Earth Spot in the Chinese Desert? Even an Ex-CIA Analyst Isn’t Sure". One thing, whatever they're doing, it doesn't need a lot of water. Logistically, it's a hump.

"ENOUGH! (Guns, Active Shooters And Pharma)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"ENOUGH! (Guns, Active Shooters And Pharma)"* by Karl Denninger "I'm done being nice. And I'm doubly-done with the damned people in this country performing the moral equivalent of ritual human sacrifice of children to advance their gun-control agenda. That's what I charge they're doing. And I'm going to back it up with mathematics, using just one of the common psychotropic medications used commonly today- Paxil. This is from the prescribing information for Paxil: "*Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk:* Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), both adult and pediatri... more »

Sunday Question for Conservatives

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
What, if any, compromise do you think Republicans in Congress should make on gun control issues?

Stevie's endgame . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 8 hours ago

Class warfare is real [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
People are right. There *is* a class structure in New Zealand—and in every democracy on which we model ourselves. But it’s a very different one to the class structure of Marxists’s fantasies. The *real–life *class structure looks like this: those nearest the top of the tree are closest to the dispensers of political favours, while those at the bottom are paying for them all. It is ever thus, and will be as long as power and favour come out of the barrel of a legislator’s pen. [Diagram by David M. Hart, from a lecture on ‘The State and the Ruling Class.’ Hat tip Sandrine L.] *UP... more »

Calling on Mother Earth, Prayers and Blockade Jan. 16 and 19, 2013

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
 Dakota 38 Native Elders will ask for spiritual help on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at noon in Winnipeg and Minneapolis. In Winnipeg, Albert Taylor, 85, will sing the death song used by the 38 Dakotas who were hanged in Mankato, Minn., in 1862. Blockade in Manitoba on Wed., Jan. 16 2013. "We know that we are still alive today because the Dakota Ghost Dancers prayed for us, now we must pray

Audits and things

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 8 hours ago
It stands to reason that if Idle No More and/or the initiative of the Assembly of First Nations with the government continues, that some pretty shocking information about the social and political reality of many Aboriginal communities and settlements will emerge. The challenge will be in explaining how these are symptoms of the problem. These are WHY INM exists, and why something so desperately

Nexon: Right on Motivations… Outcome Pending

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
Me: And, in fact, bargaining theory suggests that [abandoning the "platinum coin" option] strengthens Obama’s hand. Krugman: Meanwhile, I get calls. The White House insists that it is absolutely, positively not going to cave or indeed even negotiate over the debt ceiling — that it rejected the coin option as a gesture of strength, as a way Continue reading

Ask The Leveretts Anything: Will Iran Stay A Theocracy?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
Source: *The Dish*. I respect the integrity and convictions of Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett. But I don't agree with their view in the video below. The Islamic Republic has an expiration date just like its brother regime in apartheid Israel. The question is how and when it will exit the stage of history, and by whose hands. The regime has survived until now not because of its virtues but because 1) Iran went through a devastating war in the 1980s which allowed Khomeini to consolidate power, justify his tyranny, and terminate the democratic opposition. And 2) Iran is unde... more »

Aaron Swartz Suicide stokes activist anger

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Angry Internet activists mourned Sunday the loss of Aaron Swartz, a US programming prodigy who took his own life at just 26, weeks before he was due to go on trial for alleged computer fraud. "Aaron did more than almost anyone to make the Internet a thriving ecosystem for open knowledge, and to keep it that way," wrote Peter Eckersley from Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading advocate for online freedom. "He refined advocacy for the progressive and open-information movement," said David Moon, program director for Demand Progress, a group Swartz co-founded to combat Internet c... more »

China pollution results in factory closures, flight cancellations

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A prolonged spell of air pollution across a large area of China has led to the cancellation of flights and sporting activities and the closure of highways, factories and construction sites. From Beijing to Guiyang, 1,400 miles to the southwest, the thick soup of pollution led the Chinese government to urge people to "avoid outdoor activities," and Beijing education authorities to cancel school gym classes. As an emergency measure, the Beijing Environmental Protection Ministry announced Sunday that factories and construction sites had agreed to reduce or stop work entirely until the ... more »

America's Second Revolutionary War

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 9 hours ago
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France says US is providing communications and transport help to Mali military intervention

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
France claimed new successes in its campaign to oust Islamist extremists from northern Mali on Sunday, bombarding the major city of Gao with airstrikes targeting the airport and training camps used by the al-Qaida-linked rebel group controlling the city. France’s foreign minister also said the 3-day-old intervention is gaining international support, with communications and transport help from the United States and backing from Britain, Denmark and other European countries. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/hundreds-of-french-troops-drive-back-al-qaida-linked-rebels-in-battl... more »

Syrian forces kill 36 in bombardment east of capital: opposition

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Government forces killed at least 36 people, 14 of them children, in a bombardment of rebel-held areas on the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday, Syrian opposition activists said. Video footage showed women weeping over the dismembered bodies of children strewn across a field in Eastern Ghouta, near an air defense base on the edge of the town of Muleiha, 5 km (3 miles) east of Damascus. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/13/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE90A0NH20130113

Gun groups predict assault weapon ban will fail in Congress

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Gun rights groups on Sunday forecast that bids to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips would fail in Congress, as Vice President Joe Biden prepares this week to give President Barack Obama proposals to curb gun violence. Even some congressional Democrats indicated that a bill to revive the U.S. assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 would have a difficult time winning passage in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic-led Senate. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/13/us-usa-guns-congress-idUSBRE90C0DK20130113

Police State America: When do the people have a right to abolish or change the government?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 9 hours ago
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as ... more »

Raise high the debt ceiling, Congresscritters

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 9 hours ago
So Treasury and the Fed shut down the platinum coin frivolity last night by announcing Treasury won't mint it and the Fed wouldn't recognize it as legit if they did. Still don't think this means the coin is actually gone. As I said before, it's already been virtually minted on the interwebz. Everybody knows what is created on the interwebz lives forever. But it was always a last resort defense weapon, not a solution. And it was a smart move, now that it's been created, to take it out of play and put the focus back on the real issue -- the GOP's insane threat to commit economic terr... more »

Professor's Questions About Sandy Hook Shooting Recall Columbine Massacre

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
Editor's Note: *“While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place—at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation’s news media have described.”* Anderson Cooper jumps on this portion of the sentence: *“While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place—"* * * before the following qualifying prep:* "**at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation’s news media have described.” *This is intended to milk a reaction of outrage fro... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Field of Dreams

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 9 hours ago
*Set-hut! Hike! * "Schools in Mass. report nearly 3,000 concussions; A partial but worrisome look at head injury crisis" by Lisa Kocian | Globe Staff, October 28, 2012 Nearly *3,000 Massachusetts students *suffered a *concussion or other head injury* while *playing sports* during the last school year, according to the results of a first-of-its-kind survey completed by 164 schools. The reports from middle and high schools across Massachusetts, collected under a state law passed in 2010, *highlight the extent of the problem* at a time when medical experts and sports leagues, from Po... more »

Michael Endo, Michael Dale Bradley and Rob Thompson Killed in private jet as plane plummets to the ground after take-off in Texas

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A private plane carrying three men working for a Utah bank crashed in mysterious circumstances shortly after takeoff in Texas on Saturday, killing all three aboard, according to authorities. The Piper PA-46 aircraft had just taken off from an airport near Paris, Texas, around 8 a.m. when it came crashing down outside the town of Glory to the south. The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the men as Michael Endo, 50, Michael Dale Bradley, 44, and the pilot Rob Thompson, 49, according to a report in the The Desert News. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261683/Three-... more »

Lynda Hill: Widow leaves £100,000 to Wood Green Animal Shelter - then it immediately puts down her loyal dog found lying beside her body

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
When widow Lynda Hill drew up her will, she left £100,000 to her favourite animal charity and expressed a hope that its staff would find a new home for her faithful dog, Henry. But just hours after Mrs Hill’s body was discovered in her home, a vet from the charity recommended that the golden retriever be put down, and he was destroyed the following day. Friends of Mrs Hill say she would have been ‘devastated’ by the actions. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261484/Widow-leaves-100-000-pet-charity--immediately-puts-loyal-dog-lying-body.html

Tom Billodeaux shot multiple times during screening of Les Miserables after Police Stormed the Movie theatre

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Police shot and wounded an armed suspect who was hiding out in a movie theater in San Diego, sending theatergoers at a Saturday matinee of 'Les Miserables' diving for cover. Officers say Tom Billodeaux, 20, of Escondido, California, pulled a handgun on them after they discovered sitting with 15 other people in the dark theater at Reading Cinemas Carmel Mountain. San Diego police armed with assault rifles stormed the cinema and went theater-to-theater looking for Billodeaux after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend and a bystander with a pistol and then fled into the megaplex. ... more »

4 Years Ago Could You've Imagined We'd Let Banks Off Laundering Money For Terrorists & Drug Cartels?

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
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The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
There's no need for any additional commentary. Here's the report. Read it for yourself. Here are excerpts of the report published in the prestigious *Proceedings of the Royal Society:* *"...today, for the first time, humanity's global civilization—the worldwide, increasingly interconnected, highly technological society in which we all are to one degree or another, embedded—is threatened with collapse by an array of environmental problems. Humankind finds itself engaged in what Prince Charles described as ‘an act of suicide on a grand scale’ [4], facing what the UK's Chief Scient... more »

Did a shark decapitate this crocodile? Reptile's head discovered on beach sparks fears over huge great white...... what was it Doing in the Waters off South Africa?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The gruesome scene was photographed and videoed by Neale and Brigitte Cary-Smith and has quickly become an internet hit, with people wondering how the animal met its end. Some believe the mighty croc fell victim to poachers, will others are blaming hippos and tiger sharks. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261622/Shark-blamed-decapitated-crocodile-beach-South-Africa.html

Mystery biker named as prime suspect after he was seen near Alpine layby where murdered British family was found

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A mystery motorcyclist seen around the Alpine beauty spot where four people were blasted to death is now the prime suspect for the murders, it emerged today. The breakthrough in the baffling case came thanks to Brett Martin, a British cyclist who discovered the bodies close to Lake Annecy, in eastern France. The 53-year-old ex RAF serviceman has told French police that he passed a motorbike driving away from the isolated lay-by where the slaughter took place on September 5th last year. Between three and five minutes later he discovered a BMW containing the bodies of Surrey enginee... more »

It Doesn't Make Much Difference

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 10 hours ago
It doesn't make much difference if you are poor and uneducated in Peoria or Port-au-Prince. You don't have much of a chance. If you, or your equally poor neighbor, or the local mafia, or the "good guy" at your community center, doesn't throw up barriers, someone else will. And for the rest of us silence and keeping one's head buried in the sand is golden.

The withering of all woods is drawing near

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 10 hours ago
*And it may well be that that time is drawing near at last. For if Sauron of old destroyed the gardens, the Enemy today seems likely to wither all the woods.* ~ Treebeard...Chapter 4, The Twin Towers, The Lord of the Rings January 2012, Maidstone, EnglandI don't think of myself as lacking imagination, but, being a mostly doggedly practical person, I never was a fan (*loathed* him!...thought he was a weird boring wuss!) of elaborately convoluted fantasies such as Tolkien's. I tried, and failed, to read him when I was a teenager. But now I think maybe he was on to something (I've b... more »

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 13th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 17:53:47 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 03:53:47 AM at epicenter Location 7.240°S, 144.012°E Depth 33.7 km (20.9 miles) Region NEAR SOUTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. Distances 159 km (99 miles) S (190°) from Mount Hagen, New Guinea, PNG

Say No to Thimerosal, Say No to the Flu Vaccine

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Dees Illustration Dr. Mark Sircus, *Contributor* Saying no to vaccines in the face of the gale wind of propaganda and governmentally supported vaccine campaigns is high treason punishable to the point of having your kids taken away if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. True medicine cries out against vaccines and all the harm they are doing to children and people around the globe, but we have medical authorities claiming them to offer deliverance when in reality they offer little of anything but further toxic attacks on the body and immune system. Medical trut... more »

Top 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Government Agencies

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
"The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress" *Activist Post* We have chosen to highlight United States agencies; however, this top 10 list has global impact, as the U.S. has now proven to be the enforcement division of the overarching globalist agenda of centralized control. One could argue that *every* government agency serves the purpose of stifling freedom and wasting taxpayer money. Yet, the 10 listed below go the extra mile for their sheer corruption, draconian regulations, and ultimate impact upon the largest number of citizens. The mai... more »

EU President: Egypt must guarantee freedom for recovery

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Image shows Spanish People enjoying their EU Freedom* The EU president has told Egypt's Islamist president that guarantees of freedoms of expression and religions are essential for attracting foreign investors and tourists. Herman van Rompuy added that genuine democracy can be achieved only through consensus and inclusiveness. He spoke after meeting Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who is facing an economic crisis brought on by two years of political turmoil. http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_EGYPT?SITE=NDBIS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-01-13-10-34-15

Flu Season Deaths Reach Epidemic Level but May Be at Peak, C.D.C. Says

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Deaths in the current flu season have officially crossed the line into “epidemic” territory, federal health officials said Friday, adding that, on the bright side, there were also early signs that the caseloads could be peaking. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking on a telephone news conference, again urged Americans to keep getting flu shots. At the same time, they emphasized that the shots are not infallible: a preliminary study rated this year’s vaccine as 62 percent effective, even though it is a good match for the most worrisome virus circula... more »

Beijing Orders Official Cars Off Roads to Curb Pollution

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Beijing ordered government vehicles off the roads as part of an emergency response to ease air pollution that has smothered China’s capital for the past three days, while warning the smog will persist until Jan. 16. Hospitals were inundated with patients complaining of heart and respiratory ailments and the website of the capital’s environmental monitoring center crashed. Hyundai Motor Co. (005380)’s venture in Beijing suspended production for a day to help ease the pollution, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Official measurements of PM2.5, fine airborne particulates that ... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF CALIFORNIA - 13th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 17:04:47 UTC Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 10:04:47 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 26.061°N, 110.283°W Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region GULF OF CALIFORNIA Distances 99 km (61 miles) SW of Etchoropo, Mexico

Need Brain Therapy? Try the Bard.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
A bit of old William Shakespeare could be just the thing to get your brain tuned up. *Academics at Liverpool University found that reading the works of the Bard and other classical writers had a beneficial effect on the mind, by catching the reader's attention and triggering moments of self-reflection.* * * *Using scanners, they monitored the brain activity of volunteers as they read pieces by Shakespeare, Wordsworth, T.S. Eliot and others. They then ''translated'' the texts into more ''straightforward'', modern language and again monitored the readers' brains as they read the words... more »

NBinSFF Cross-Promotion: Interview with Felix Gilman

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
I completely forgot to flog this at the Duck. I’m sure that disappointed, oh, about zero people. Nonetheless, I persevere. From the write up: I first learned about Felix Gilman‘s work from the influential academic blog Crooked Timber. I proceeded to read Thunderer, Gears of the City, and Half-Made World and found myself impressed by Gilman’s distinctive settings, themes, and voice. It Continue reading

Ecuador Taxes Bankers, President Faces CIA Assassination Plot

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
*Activist Post* Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's government has recently passed a law to raise taxes on the financial sector to help raise the standard of living for the poor. President Correa, an economist who is running for re-election, has reduced poverty and increased the overall standard of living in Ecuador during his term. Understandably, the big banks, some of whom were bailed out, oppose Correa. In fact, his primary contender for the presidency is an entrenched banker. But Correa may face a more dangerous opponent than his political rival. There is an $88 million C... more »

Sunday Classics goes on hiatus (continued)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Tenor Michel Sénéchal (born 1927, apparently still with us), whom we're going to hear sing, of all things, Mahler -- and something else* *by Ken* As I wrote Friday night in connection with this hiatus Sunday Classics has chosen to go on, a happy surprise for me in beginning to tinker with the heap of hundreds and hundreds of posts that have by now accumulated was the discovery that by golly there really and truly is a heap of wonderful music buried in that heap. This at least slightly undercuts the feeling I generally have when one of these posts is sent out into the ether (beyond... more »

story of the seed

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
Vandana Shiva (Hindi: वन्दना शिवा; b. November 5, 1952, Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, India), is an Indian philosopher, environmental activist, author and eco feminist. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books. She was trained as a physicist and received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1978 with the doctoral dissertation "Hidden variables and locality in quantum theory." She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, Jeremy... more »

Fighting Back Against the 'Intellectual Property' Racket

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Aaron Swartz protesting SOPA (Demand Progress) Tony Cartalucci, * Contributor* In your standard dictatorship, activists are brought out back and shot. In the United States' crypto-dictatorship, activists are bullied by the state until they go bankrupt, are buried under a mountain of legal woes, are publicly discredited or humiliated, or as in the case of activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, made to crack under the constant pressure, and commit suicide. While superficially the United States may seem more progressive, a dead activist bullied to death for his political views,... more »

It's Sunday...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*church and football.* Enjoy your day.

Wayne Lee Busst and Ian Watson Murders: 23-year-old man is charged

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A man has been charged with the murders of two Big Issue sellers in Birmingham. The 23-year-old is accused of killing Wayne Lee Busst, 32, and Ian Watson Gladwish, 31, both from Birmingham. They were killed on Friday just before 6pm. One of the men was found outside a Sainsbury's store in Martineau Place, and the other slumped yards away near Boots in Union Street. Both had suffered stab wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene. http://news.sky.com/story/1037416/man-charged-with-murdering-big-issue-sellers

China Makes Daytime Disappear

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
What's the difference between daytime and night time in Beijing? Fewer cars on the Ring Road. *A blanket of toxic air that has blocked out the sun across most of north China is dominating social media and looming as a serious political challenge. Visibility was reduced to a few hundred metres for much of the weekend in the Chinese capital and many of the city's 20 million went online to vent their fury about ''apocalyptic'' and ''post-apocalyptic'' conditions.* *The Beijing News covered the story with the headline ''Blown the Charts'', showing that several air monitoring statio... more »

Where Now for the SWP?

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 11 hours ago
They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, but the fate befalling the Socialist Workers' Party is proving to be the exception to the rule. Coverage in the *New Statesman, The Indy,* and *The Daily Mail* is bringing the SWP's monumentally fatal decision to a wider audience. Surely other media outlets can't be far behind, even if only as January filler between *Celebrity Big Brother* and impending snowmageddon. I also couldn't help but note *The Mail* disallowed comments on their piece. If the most stupid and reactionary paper in the land can foresee potential legal difficulti... more »

Mali - one African war France could not avoid

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Just as its leaders were defining a new "hands-off" strategy for Africa, France has been thrust onto the front line of one of the continent's riskiest battlefields deep in the desert of Mali. President Francois Hollande's backing of air strikes to halt Islamist rebels advancing on the capital Bamako raises the threat level for eight French hostages held by al Qaeda allies in the Sahara and for the 30,000 French expatriates living in neighboring, mostly Muslim states. It could also trigger an attack on French soil. But, in what could be the biggest foreign policy decision of his pres... more »

Thousands March In Paris Against Gay Marriage

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Thousands of people have marched through the streets of Paris to protest against President Francois Hollande's plan to legalise gay marriage and adoption by June. Protesters waving pink-and-white posters walked through Paris in near freezing temperatures, many of them couples with children in tow, in strollers or on their fathers' shoulders. "I am perfectly happy that homosexual couples have rights and are recognised from a civil point of view," said protester Vianney Gremmel. "But I have questions regarding adoption." http://news.sky.com/story/1037448/thousands-march-in-paris-agai... more »

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF CALIFORNIA - 13th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.6 Date-Time Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 16:28:29 UTC Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 09:28:29 AM at epicenter Location 26.052°N, 110.059°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region GULF OF CALIFORNIA Distances 90 km (56 miles) W (280°) from Ahome, Sinaloa, Mexico

Aaron swartz manifesto

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 12 hours ago
** *All he wanted was for information to be freely shared....Rest in peace Aaron...* *Ben judea* Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier. There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movemen... more »

New York: Mentally challenged girl, 15, 'gang raped under her desk during class as teacher did NOTHING'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A mentally challenged 15-year-old New York girl endured a brutal gang rape as she was trapped beneath her by two boys with her teacher only feet away, alleges a lawsuit filed Friday. The special needs student, identified only by the initials K.J., was allegedly sexually assaulted for 10 minutes as another student 'hit her on the head whenever she tried to escape,' during a science class at Martin De Porres Academy in Elmont, N.Y. The girl's mother, who filed the suit, alleged that the teacher ignored the assault even as one student danced on the desk while another attempted to sodo... more »

Caucasian Cockhead Threatens Mass Murder, Other White Men Waggle Finger

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
By now, you've probably heard about James Yeager, the undeclared neonazi skinhead "CEO" who threatened to "fire the first shot" and "start killing people" if our scary black dictator made one move to take away his guns Well, the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security responded by taking away his concealed carry permit for his handgun, which ought to immediately make him completely defenseless against the horde of Marxists who want to make us all defenseless. What you see above are the 32 seconds he removed from the original video he was stupid enough to put up on ... more »

US Scientists Prepare New National Climate Assessment

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Who knew? U.S. government scientists are about to release an updated National Climate Assessment that warns the United States is in for a future of severe storm events of increasing intensity and frequency. *The draft version of the US National Climate Assessment reveals that increasing storm surges, floods, melting glaciers and permafrost, and intensifying droughts are having a profound effect on the lives of Americans.* *"Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington state and maple syrup producers have observed changes in their local climate that are outside of their exp... more »

SAVILE THE SATANIST; LINKS TO THE SECURITY SERVICES

Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
*Savile the spy* The Sunday Express relates that JIMMY SAVILE WAS PART OF A SATANIC RING *According to Dr Valerie Sinason, director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in London:* *1.* Sir Jimmy Savile beat and raped a 12-year-old girl during a satanic ritual at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the UK. *2.* Savile wore a hooded robe as he abused the girl in a candle-lit basement. *3. *Savile chanted chanted 'Hail Satan' in Latin. *4.* Other paedophile satanists joined in and assaulted the girl. *Savile with Princess Anne, president of Save the Children.* aangirfan: SAVE THE CHIL... more »

Gun Violence Solution: Improve Mental Health Services for NRA Officials

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
As I watched the Sunday morning blatherers on the networks this morning, it became clear that the preferred solution by those who want to avoid the problem of gun violence is to give lip service to mental health improvement while continuing to allow the impeded flow of guns, ammo, and hate. * **If 6,000 white male children and young adults were being murdered every year in the U. S, as is the case among African-American males, do you think we would see any hesitation in taking serious actions to restrict the availability of guns? * * *Meanwhile, the NRA chiefs and the corporate gun ... more »

Jerry Springer: 'I Am the Father of the Destruction of Western Civilization'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
“Look, my show is stupid,” admitted Springer. “It’s stupid. But, it’s fun to do. I enjoy it. People obviously like it otherwise they wouldn’t watch it." “It has no redeeming social value,” he continued. “It’s an hour of escapism.” Responding to whether he paved the way for staged reality shows, Springer said, “I am the father of the destruction of Western civilization. I have done that. But, frankly, I think we’ve got to give Eastern civilization a shock.” Well, at least he’s willing to admit his role in society’s decline. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/01/12/je... more »

Healthcare Monopoly 6: Cuba Socialism

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
Cuba's healthcare socialism is being touted by some health NGOs and academics here as a possible "model" for the Philippines. They like the service monopolization and big spending on healthcare by the socialist government there. Among those who gave praises for the Cuban state monopoly in healthcare was *Dr. Reynaldo Garcia,* a life scientist academic and manager of technology and innovation at the same time. He is the Director of the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office of the University of the Philippines (UP) System and a Full Professor at the National Institute o... more »

Fighting Back Against the "Intellectual Property" Racket

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
Aaron Swartz protesting SOPA. (Demand Progress)*January 13, 2013* (LocalOrg/Tony Cartalucci) - In your standard dictatorship, activists are brought out back and shot. In the United States' crypto-dictatorship, activists are bullied by the state until they go bankrupt, are buried under a mountain of legal woes, are publicly discredited or humiliated, or as in the case of activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, made to crack under the constant pressure, and commit suicide. While superficially the United States may seem more progressive, a dead activist bullied to death for his p... more »

Fukushima Fallout

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
It's bad enough that coastal British Columbia is going to have to cope with countless tons of debris from the Fukushima tsunami but now homeowners are going to take a hit also. According to the *Times Colonist*, earthquake insurance premiums are going up 25% this year. Apparently insurers are looking to cover their losses on Fukushima and re-assessing British Columbia's exposure to the "Big One", a 9+ Richter-scale monster that's expected to strike the coast sometime between this afternoon and a century from now.

Vancouver Islanders Have Spoken

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Vancouver Island's round of faux public hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline have wrapped up. The panel heard 253 presentations. When they were done, the tally was 253 opposed edging out 0 in support of the supertanker initiative. That's 253 to nil. Sort of gives you an idea of what awaits the island's Conservative MPs in the next federal election. Liberals need take no comfort in the Tories' plight. It's a safe bet that ridings on the island and coastal mainland will be divvied up between the Greens and the NDP. Then again, maybe that's just what ... more »

50 Degrees Celsius, Australia Burns

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Moomba, a gas exploration town in South Australia, reached a record, 49.6 degrees Celsius in the noonday sun. Meanwhile the country is being swept with brush fires and grass fires that have already consumed 350,000 hectares of land. The first nine days of 2013 have all exceeded average maximum temperatures in excess of 39 degrees C. And the savage heat is making a bit dent in climate change skepticism down under. '*'There's a powerful climate change signal in extreme weather events in Australia,'' said Joseph Reser, an adjunct professor at Griffith University's school of applie... more »

Electric planets - a shocking truth?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 13 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/5DEvb6yEQ_0 We do live in an *electrical* universe - that is (also) my opinion...! John

DAYS OF THE COIN: Apparently, we can’t have nice things!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2013* *Trillion-dollar platinum coin rolls under a million-pound couch:*Apparently, we can’t have nice things! As Paula Poundstone once said! Just when we in the liberal world solve the impending debt limit crisis, the Treasury Department comes along and puts the squadoosh on the deal. In this morning’s New York Times, Annie Lowrey explains what Treasury—and the White House—have said: LOWREY (1/13/13): *Treasury Won’t Mint Coin to Defy Debt Ceiling* *The Treasury Department said Saturday that it will not mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin* to head off an immi... more »

7 Fotografías con efecto HDR by Iván Maigua - Hermosas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 14 hours ago
Haga usted click sobre las imágenes para ampliar su tamaño El día de hoy lunes 14 de enero de 2013, tenemos como invitado especial al *fotógrafo y artista digital Iván Maigua*. Es un honor para nosotros contar con la aportación al arte de personajes tan distinguidos en el mundo de la * fotografía* como él. Al ver estas *imágenes con efecto HDR*, nos transporta directamente al lugar donde hizo las *fotos*. Se puede sentir el viento suave de los paisajes de Holanda y el olor a heno de las caballerizas. El agua luce transparente y pura que se antoja estar ahí para disfrutar de esa ... more »

The Observer Screws Up

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 14 hours ago
There are things one does not do in a national newspaper. One does not call Blacks "uppity niggers". One does not state as fact that Yids drink the blood of Christian children. And one does not publish articles like this one. Starting with a quote illustrating a complete lack of anything redolent of white feminist privilege "Sod that, we're having lobster and champagne at Frederick's and I'm paying," I told her. Half a bottle of Bolly later, she looked at me with faraway eyes: "Ooo, I could get to like this…" And so she did. No privilege there. I nevertheless felt indignant that ... more »

On Liberty: More Relevant Than Ever

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 14 hours ago
*by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy* John Stuart Mill's classic essay "On Liberty" deals with the issue of "civil liberties" not the metaphysical issue of "free will". In context, it would appear that most attacks on civil liberties originate from within the right wing and, more specifically, tyrannical police states and/or aristocratic rule. Mill addresses threats against liberty from within the institutions of democracy. The issue is especially relevant when widespread domestic wiretapping and Government ordered surveillance violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constituti... more »

The Same Story With A New Twist

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
In his book, *Hegemony Or Survival,* Noam Chomsky argued that George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq was merely the next step in an imperial grand strategy which was drawn up in Washington at the end of World War II: The imperial grand strategy asserts the right of the United States to undertake "preventative war" at will: *Preventative* not preemptive. Preemptive war might fall within the framework of international law. Ross Douhat, in this morning's *New York Times*, argues that President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense and John Brennan as Director of the ... more »

A new jail in Nunavut

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
Another jail opened in Nunavut last week. It is long overdue - the existing facility in Iqaluit, Baffin Correctional Centre is, as Justice Mahar of the Nunavut Court of Justice recently said, "notoriously over crowded and under resourced". BCC, as Baffin Correctional Centre is usually called, is far from the worst jail in Canada. Apart from the grotesque overcrowding it is reasonably good - the guards are approachable and try to treat the prisoners with respect. The prisoner themselves are (usually but not always) compliant and respectful of the guards and each other. Cultural issu... more »

it's time we all starved the trolls: stop reading comments on mainstream news stories

laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
Robert Fisk has a good piece in *The Independent* about the incivility (to put it mildly!) that is endemic in the comment sections of online news stories: "Anonymous trolls are as pathetic as the anonymous "sources" that contaminate the gutless journalism of the New York Times, BBC, and CNN". Fisk wonders why newspapers that will not publish an anonymous letter to the editor will allow anonymous lies and hateful screed in comments. Surely he knows the simple answer: money. Advertisers are paying for clicks, and the idiots in the comments section are increasing the clickage. Why sho... more »

How Essential Oils Changed My Life and a Plant Therapy Essential Oil Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
I never imagined myself using essential oils. I am a skeptic by nature and essential oils seemed really out there, so they weren't something I considered for my family, until last May. Last May I was in a car accident, and while I was lucky enough to walk away, my life changed forever that day. I spent a week in a haze of pain killers that the ER doctors had prescribed, expecting the pain to go away. A week after I ran out of pain killers I was still hoping the pain would subside soon. A month later I was begging it to leave. I told my husband I felt like I was living in "the... more »

GOP Doctors Caucus-- A Roomful Of Crackpots

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
If you never heard of the GOP Doctors Caucus before, you probably did on Friday, thanks to the deranged ravings of it's crazy co-chairman, right-wing Georgia psychopath Phil Gingrey, an obstetrician. Rep. Phil Gingrey, an ob-gyn and chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, explained to the audience at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday in Smyrna, Ga., that Akin wasn’t far off on the science when he said rape victims rarely get pregnant because their bodies have “ways of shutting that whole thing down.” “I’ve delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things. It is t... more »

Apple Daily says 100K at the DPP protest today

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
Apple Daily says 100K at the protest.... 民進黨「人民火大、一路嗆馬」遊行今天下午登場,民進黨預估有*10萬人上街嗆嗎* ,表達換內閣救經濟、召開國是會議、駁回壹傳媒交易案三大訴求;遊行從國父紀念館旁的仁愛路,一路往西走向總統府前的凱達格蘭大道。 At present UDN merely repeats the DPP claim that there were 150,000 (yeah, right). 100K would be an excellent turnout, if true, especially with the ugly weather today. Comments from people at the protest? *UPDATE*: Video from Yahoo. *UPDATE*: My friend Richard Z has pics on Facebook. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, an... more »

An Insane and Degenerate Political Culture

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
This country is sick. The Canadian body-politic is sick. I still believe that most of the racist trolls denigrating "Idle No More" and Chief Spence are a minority of from 20-30% of the population. But I now think that the majority of Canadians sympathizes more with them than with progressives on the First Nations. I think, for the most part, that Canada's intellectual culture is too childish, ignorant, and, yes, racist, to process the reality of the condition of the First Nations in this country. The majority of Canadians are so self-centered and ignorant that they're unable to pr... more »

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Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*City prepares for parades to roll* *From: The Office of the Commissioner, the National Football League To: The New Orleans Saints Franchise and Fan Base* *FEMA to pay $19M for sewage pump stations inNew Orleans* *Why the Public Uses Social Media During Disasters (and Why Some Don’t) ~iRevolution* *Focus turns from saving to documenting sinking cemeteries* *Middendorf’s holds its own against Mother Nature* *Creole Macaroni and Cheese ~Red Beans and Eric*

How Flimsy, Manipulated Research Leads to more Harmful Pharmaceuticals by Lisa Graber

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
*   Source: http://cogpsy.info/methods/scientific-fraud/ * *How Flimsy, Manipulated Research Leads to more Harmful Pharmaceuticals* by Lisa Graber Natural Society, 13 January 2013 *From headaches to heartburn, anxiety to cancer, there’s a pharmaceutical for everything these days. Few of us really bother reading the long list of side effects before popping a few pills, and we don’t question our doctors or the so-called medicine for which they make us break the bank. We assume that they all mean well. Maybe they do. Even if that were true, it’ not working.* Big Pharma Does... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN ALASKA - 13th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:44:08 UTC Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 03:44:08 AM at epicenter Location 60.534°N, 152.879°W Depth 131.3 km (81.6 miles) Region SOUTHERN ALASKA Distances 86 km (53 miles) W (266°) from Salamatof, AK Note Eartquake was downgraded from a 5.5 Magnitude to 4.7 Magnitude

Homes in danger from blaze in northern New South Wales

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Authorities are warning lives and property are under immediate threat as a large bushfire burns out of control near communities in northern New South Wales. The Rural Fire Service has issued an emergency warning for the large, fast moving blaze near Coonabarabran, which has already destroyed two properties. Authorities have downgraded the alert for a bushfire near Bundabarina to watch and act, after the blaze earlier jumped containment lines and threatened the town of Collarenabri. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-13/homes-under-threat-in-northern-nsw/4462930

Ed Miliband rules out referendum

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Ed Miliband has described an EU referendum as an incredibly dangerous gamble as he made clear that Labour would not include any such plebiscite in its 2015 manifesto. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6f22da18-5d71-11e2-a54d-00144feab49a.html

ARMED VIGILANTE GROUPS POLICING 2 MEXICAN TOWNS

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Several hundred civilians have taken up arms in two towns in a southwestern Mexico state and are arresting people suspected of crimes and imposing a curfew, leading authorities to promise to reinforce security forces in the area. People wearing ski masks or bandanas and carrying small arms this week began manning checkpoints on roads into the municipalities of Ayutla de los Libres and Teconoapa in Guerrero state's Costa Chica area about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Leaders said they were acting against crime and insecurity. http://hosted.ap... more »

Sheriff's Office wants to fly drones over Orange County skies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is experimenting with two surveillance drones that it hopes to turn loose over Metro Orlando skies this summer. Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Williamson would not reveal specific uses for the drones, larger versions of which are known for flying over tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan to drop bombs on suspected terrorists. But Williamson did say Orange's remote-controlled planes would not be armed. The agency still needs approval from county leaders and the Federal Aviation Administration to use them. The FAA said it does not comment on drone ap... more »

California cold snap threatens citrus crop, strands motorists

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
An Arctic air mass sent temperatures plunging across California, forcing the 17-hour closure of a key interstate highway through the mountains north of Los Angeles and threatening citrus crops in the state's vast central valleys, authorities said on Friday. Temperatures throughout the state fell by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius) below normal, allowing snow to accumulate at elevations as low as 1,500 feet, the National Weather Service reported. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/11/us-usa-weather-california-idUSBRE90A13C20130111

Jackie Chan calls USA 'most corrupt' country in world

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
He may enjoy a Hollywood payday now and then, but that doesn't stop Jackie Chan from criticizing America. The martial arts star called the U..S the 'most corrupt' country in the world during a recent interview on a Hong Kong television show. 'If you talk about corruption, the entire world, the United States has no corruption?' Chan asked the host. Chan then referred to America as 'the most corrupt in the world.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261567/Jackie-Chan-calls-America-corrupt-country-world.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Patriotic Group To Build Armed 'Defensible' Neighborhood Fortress

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 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 liv... more »

Mali: British Military Plane 'Leaving Today'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
The first British military plane destined to assist the French operation in Mali will leave this afternoon, Sky sources say. The RAF C17 will stop off in Paris to load before a 10-hour flight to the West African country and will not arrive before tomorrow, the sources added. It comes after Downing Street confirmed the Prime Minister had agreed to provide "logistical military assistance" to the French. http://news.sky.com/story/1037037/mali-british-military-plane-leaving-today

OBAMA, JUNG, STRAUSS, SANDY HOOK, BATMAN

Anon at aangirfan - 16 hours ago
*Image from How Philosophy Overcomes Tyranny* Richard Nixon, like all US presidents, appears to have had more than one 'self' or personality. There is the 'noble Quaker' Nixon and the 'lying murderous' Nixon. Carl Jung wrote about 'archetypes' or personalities. "Jung believed that universal, mythic characters - archetypes - reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over. "Archetypes represent fundamental human motifs of our experience as we evolved; consequentially, they evoke deep emotions." The 12 Common Archetypes Jung called the dark side of a person the '... more »

Once more on bourgeois culture...

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 16 hours ago
The role of any socialist approaching modern culture is as a critic. There is no such thing as socialist culture and trying to create such a thing is at best misguided. Just because something is said in the bourgeois press does not make it untrue let alone something that can simply be written off. Modern mainstream culture is bourgeois. The prevailing ideas in any epoch are the ideas of the ruling class; this includes ideas about law, justice and so on. Most people we want to reach are, to this extent, 'bourgeois'. If mainstream press attacks a part of the socialist you deal with i... more »

Obama's gun control plan set to feature universal background checks for all buyers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
With days to go before he presents his recommendations on gun control to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly centering his plan around universal background checks that would required of all gun buyers. Mr Biden, who is leading a White House task force putting together the new legislation, told reporters Thursday he had found a 'surprising recurrence of suggestions' for "universal background checks" in meetings with interest groups. The White House Friday addressed reports that it was backing away from a assault rifle ban -- another key component to the l... more »

Sic

The Arthurian at The Rules of Exposition - 17 hours ago
What do you do when you want to quote something because it's important for what you have to say, but there is a mistake in the text you want to quote? You can stick a "[sic]" in there. That's what I was gonna do. Somebody misspelled the word "ideological". It came out as "idealogical" which was kinda funny and quite distracting. But does sticking a *sic* in there make it less distracting? Not really. Just the opposite, I think. It draws attention to the error and distracts the reader from your important message. But I wasn't thinking that way. I just looked up how to use *sic* prop... more »

The invisible drive-through driver - "Instagram dat joint"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
MagicofRahat is good. Love the girl who closes and opens the window a few times!
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