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Monday, January 14, 2013

14 January - Blogs I'm Following

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right...Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) at the 2004 Istanbul summit, prior to his appointment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Yet More Monday Cranky Blogging

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 minutes ago
Gallup has a new piece out by Andrew Dugan about a supposed "second term curse," and noting that every second-term president in the Gallup era except for Reagan and Clinton had lower approval ratings averages in their second term than their first term. Watch out! A lot of this may only be regression to the mean. That is, if presidential approval is a coin flip set to an average around 55% over the long haul, then what you're going to find is that presidents with a first-term average north of that are going to fall back -- and those who fell short of it will rally. And guess what? T... more »

The Age of the Siege: Nazi Military Tactics Revisited

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 minutes ago
*NATO Strategies, Economic Sanctions and the "Responsibility to Protect" * Global Research Felicity Arbuthnot [image: NATOBLOOD]*“Disengage, avoid, and withhold support from whatever abuses, degrades and humiliates humanity.” (*Alice Walker, b:1944.). “*[former Danish PM and Secretary General of NATO] Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Du har blod på dine hænder”* ( “You have blood on your hands”), Danish protester, 2003. The siege of Leningrad is still considered the most lethal siege in world history, a shocking “racially motivated starvation policy”, described as: “an integral part of Nazi... more »

'Red October' has been spying on WORLD LEADERS for 5 years - researchers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 minutes ago
Security watchers have discovered a malware-based cyber-espionage campaign targeting diplomats, governments and scientific research institutions worldwide. Operation Red October has targeted Eastern Europe, former Soviet republics, and countries in Central Asia for the past five years, according to Kaspersky Lab. The attack has also claimed a smaller number of victims in Western Europe and North America. The firm said attackers are using the malware to slurp data and geopolitical intelligence from the targeted victims' computer systems, mobile phones and enterprise networks. The ma... more »

Islamists pose threat to French interests in Africa

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 minutes ago
France's intervention in Mali is driven by the fear of a future threat. But will it increase the danger for Paris in the short term? Islamists have already vowed revenge. "France has attacked Islam. We will strike at the heart of France," said Abou Dardar, a leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao), an offshoot of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). French President Francois Hollande has also said that "all necessary precautions" would be adopted. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21018675

The Economy: “Repudiation: Wipe the Debt From the Books”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 minutes ago
*“Repudiation: Wipe the Debt From the Books”* by Wendy McElroy "The national debt of the federal government is $16.5 trillion, $52,317.30 for every individual in the United States. The only sane and moral stance is to repudiate it entirely. “Repudiation” is not a word used by the political mainstream. Part of the reason is who holds the debt. China is often castigated as the largest holder, but it actually accounts for less than 8% of the money America has borrowed. On Sept. 4, Fox News reported, “Fully two-thirds of the national debt is owed to the U.S. government, American inv... more »

Indefeasibility of title is an essential feature of the land titles system established by the Land Titles Act

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 22 minutes ago
*719083 Ontario Limited v. 2174112 Ontario Inc.*, 2013 ONCA 11 is a source for the principle that indefeasibility of title is an essential feature of the land titles system established by *Land Titles Act*, R.S.O. 1990 subject to limited exception: [12] The parties accept that indefeasibility of title is an essential feature of the land titles system established by the Act. However, as the application judge recognized, the statutory protection of indefeasibility of title is available only to *bona fide* purchasers for value without notice: see for example, *Durrani v. Aug... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Swartz's Suicide

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 37 minutes ago
*One could argue he was bullied to death. * "Web activist Aaron Swartz takes own life" by Evan Allen | Globe Correspondent, January 12, 2013 Web entrepreneur and political activist Aaron Swartz, who made headlines in 2011 when he was *charged with hacking* into MIT’s network and *mass downloading millions of documents* from a subscription-based archive, *committed suicide* in Brooklyn Friday, according to a statement from his family and partner. * **I paid for my printed paper and web access, and I've been run through hoops for it. * Swartz, 26, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apa... more »

Obama says refusal to lift debt ceiling would hurt economy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 39 minutes ago
President Barack Obama warned Congress on Monday that a refusal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling next month would trigger economic chaos. Obama, at a news conference, said the U.S. economy was poised for a good year as long as Washington politics did not interfere. He said a Republican refusal to lift the debt ceiling could lead the United States into a debt default, which would prevent the U.S. government from being able to provide Social Security benefits to some seniors and possibly tip the economy into recession. "It would be a self-inflicted wound on the economy," Obama said. h... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE WEST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 42 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 16:20:04 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 01:20:04 AM at epicenter Location 36.122°N, 136.996°E Depth 266.9 km (165.9 miles) Region NEAR THE WEST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 61 km (38 miles) SSE (147°) from Kanazawa, Honshu, Japan

What Lies in Store for Our Neighbours to the South

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 43 minutes ago
This is taken directly from the draft National Climate Assessment prepared by U.S. government scientists for release next year. It is taken from the introduction to the chapter on water. *1. Annual precipitation and runoff increases are observed now in the Midwest and 18 Northeast regions and are projected to continue or develop in northern states; 19 decreases are observed and projected in southern states. 20 * *2. Summer droughts are expected to intensify in most regions of the U.S., with longer 21 term reductions in water availability in the Southwest, Southeast, and Hawai‘i ... more »

Obama: "I control America's guns"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
"My understanding is the vice president's going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence," said Obama. "Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we're going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I'm confident that there are some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility... more »

The Violence Of Hopelessness-- A Guest Post By Illinois Congressional Candidate Toi Hutchinson

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
There is no question that in America we have a problem with guns. The Newtown tragedy, the Aurora shooting, Columbine. These are places-- events-- that all of us will remember for the rest of our lives. And for me there is no question that there are certain kinds of weapons soldiers should have, and other kinds that civilians should be allowed to own. As a State Senator I represent a district that straddles the landscape of South Suburban Chicago and the rural counties of Will and Kankakee. And if I win this race for Congress in the 2nd district, I will cover even more rural areas... more »

You Can't Fix This Math

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
Here's the problem. Population is going up, food supply is heading the other way. The world is already in a state of permanent food insecurity even though, by some accounts, up to half the food we produce is wasted. We've had decades to rectify that but solutions have persistently eluded us. It's the price we pay for our capitalism and our globalism. In any case, food production is going to take a hammering from global warming. *Severe heatwaves, such as those currently seen in Australia, are expected to become many times more likely in coming decades due to climate change... more »

The Traveller's Guide to Beijing. Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Passport and, Oh Yeah, Plenty of Oxygen

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
The World Health Organization sets the safe level at 25. The U.S. EPA puts the emergency level at 300. For days Beijing has been at anywhere between 600 and 900. The figures are for PM2.5 or particulate matter tiny enough to be absorbed into human tissue. *Air quality has long been a problem in the Chinese capital, but this weekend saw levels more than 30 times above the level judged safe by the World Health Organisation.* *Breakneck economic growth, reliance on coal, dramatic expansion of car ownership and the widespread flouting of environmental laws have all contributed to ... more »

A Farewell to Mick Williams

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 1 hour ago
I was sorry to hear about the passing of Stoke labour movement stalwart, Mick Williams. He died in hospital last Thursday after a short illness. I never worked closely with Mick, but he was one of those larger-than-life figures whose reputation always preceded him. I therefore recommend readers have a look at the obituary by his friend and comrade Adam Colclough. I first encountered Mick four or five years ago when I represented Keele UCU on the local trades council along with my erstwhile blogging comrade, Brother S. Despite his slight stature and frail appearance, he had this abil... more »

Colin Powell Tells GOP to Grow Up

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
Former state secretary and four-star general, Colin Powell, has told his own Republican party that it's time for them to grow up, ditch their racist ways and start working for the American people again. Powell referred to the GOP's "dark vein of intolerance" that has left it out of touch with America's rapidly changing demographics. “I think what the Republican Party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed. The country is changing demographically. And if the Republican Party does not change along with that demographic, they’re g... more »

I think this commenter might have missed the point!

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 hour ago
To my post on Casino Banking, I have received this comment: 'Casino banking isnt simplistic. Most of the banks wont accept funds to transfer to casino sites. Only few sites like neteller, moneybookers only accept casinos. If you have any questions, get back to me. I can explain you better. Thanks. regards, Henry' I think Henry may have misunderstood what my post was about!


Anon at aangirfan - 2 hours ago
*James Hanna* James Hanna, from Japton in Madison County in Arkansas, has been accused of raping children in Madison County. In January 2013, Hanna admitted to producing sexually explicit photos of two 13-year-old girls. James Hanna, 66, pleads guilty to producing child pornography *Arkansas - West Memphis Three - accused of child abuse and murder.* In 2003, James Hanna arrived in the notorious town of Blaenavon in Wales, in the UK. welsh-booktown-left-stunned-by-entrepreneur-s-child-abuse-conviction Hanna wanted to transform the former iron-making town into a 'book town'. In B... more »

Weekend Update, Again

Southern Man at Southern Man - 2 hours ago
No blog updates for a week? Well, it's been busy, busy, *busy*! OK, not *that* busy. There was a lot of prep to be done at work during the week but other than that it was sufficiently cold that Southern Man spent his evenings holed up in The Trailer drinking hot cocoa and watching movies, and much of Saturday doing the same and wondering if Friday's flu shot had made him ill. Of course there was daily geocaching (but often just one a day to keep the streak alive) and Sunday was filled with church and parents and friends and then church again (singles leadership team meeting). And... more »

Very Quick Reviews

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 2 hours ago
My older son and I saw *Zero Dark Thirty* over the weekend. Great movie. On par with *Argo*. Much better than *Lincoln*, which seems to be the Oscar favorite. By the way, I have heard that the revival of *Pippin* I saw and loved is moving to New York after its Boston run is over. Highly recommended.

European Parliament costs £1.8 million for each politician compared to £590,000 for every member of the Commons.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
MEPs in Brussels cost three times more than MPs in Westminster, shocking new figures reveal. The annual bill for a member of the European Parliament is almost £1.8million, compared to £590,000 for politicians in the House of Commons. Critics condemned the ‘eye watering’ sum, and blamed the insistence of the European Parliament on having three different homes. Eurocrats said it was like ‘like comparing apples and oranges’. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2260745/Every-MEP-Brussels-costs-eye-watering-THREE-times-MPs-Westminster.html

Israel advances plan to invest in sensitive West Bank sites as its 'national heritage'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The Israeli government says it is moving forward on a plan to invest in places it considers part of Israel's national heritage, including nine West Bank sites. Israeli Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser says Israel is adding handicapped access to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site in the West Bank city of Hebron sacred to both Jews and Muslims. The announcement comes a week before Israeli elections and could appeal to hard-line voters. Hauser said Monday that Israel has an obligation to renovate the sites, and it is not related to politics. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/14/israel... more »

Iraq frees prisoners in gesture to end Sunni protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Iraq's government has released more than 300 prisoners held under anti-terrorism laws as a goodwill gesture to try to appease Sunni Muslim demonstrators who are staging protests against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Three weeks of demonstrations, mainly in Sunni-dominated Anbar province, have evolved into a tough challenge for the Shi'ite premier, increasing worries that Iraq could slide back into the sectarian confrontation of its recent past. Officials said a ministerial committee had freed 335 detainees whose jail terms had ended or whose cases had been dismissed for la... more »

They Always Get Their Man. Or Maybe Not. Who Knows Anymore?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
The Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police needs to explain why it took his officers *four years* to compile a list of cases of serious misconduct by its members. The CBC submitted a request for that information in November, 2008 and the list, or at least a list, was delivered up in November, 2012. Commissioner Bob Paulsen admits no one was tracking these cases. No one at the top knew how many there were or where the incidents were occurring or what exactly was going on. It's unfair to lay this entirely at Paulsen's feet. For the first three of the four years it t... more »

NO Justice for Goldman Sachs, Major Culprit in Financial Crisis Goes Unpunished

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago
Chung, J. (2013, Jan 14) Goldman: Insurer Knew Paulson was 'Shorting' The Wall Street Journal, p. C3 Majia paraphrasing here: ACA Financial Guaranty Corp. filed suit against Goldman Sachs in 2011, asserting that Goldman deliberately misled ACA about a 2007 collaterized mortgage debt deal known as Abacus. Goldman allegedly told ACA that Paulson & Co (one of Goldman's clients) "was betting on a deal, when in fact Paulson was betting against it." ACA claims it would never have done the deal if it had known Paulson was betting against it, or 'shorting it.' Paulson used credit default ... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'US Terminator Act in Canada'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
MNN: US ‘TERMINATOR’ ACT IN CANADA Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com US ‘TERMINATOR’ ACT IN CANADA  MNN.  Canadian Prime Minister Harper has adopted the US “Termination Act” of 1953.  [Public Law 280]  C-45 copies the US version of Hitler’s “Enabling Act” 1933.  Indigenous were deemed a burden.

Bride of the Son of the Return of Cranky Blogging

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
Oh, Chris Cillizza: Since the 2008 election, here is just a sampling of the senators who have gone: Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), John Warner (R-Va.), Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), Arlen Specter (R-then-D-Pa.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and, of course Vice President Joe Biden (D-Del.) Virtually every major moment you can think of in the Senate over the past 50 years happened because of the men and women listed above. That's...awful, and forces me to do some cranky blogging. "50" years? That would include, say, the Civil R... more »

Syrian Regime 'Using Banned Cluster Bombs'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The Syrian regime has used rocket launchers to fire banned cluster bombs on least two occasions in the last two months, according to a new report. An investigation published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims to have evidence of Syrian forces using BM-21 Grad multi-barrel rocket launchers to fire the Egyptian-made munitions near the city of Idlib in December and at Latamneh, a town just northwest of Hama, earlier this month. http://news.sky.com/story/1037768/syrian-regime-using-banned-cluster-bombs

Drum versus dumb: A detailed report!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013* *Intelligent scribe breaks the rules:* Kevin Drum of Mother Jones has broken every known rule. He has written a very intelligent piece about a very serious topic. And Drum’s a professional journalist! We know—by now, you think we’re kidding. But we mentioned Drum's piece a few weeks ago, before it became available on-line. Now, Drum’s piece is there for all to see. It bears this pair of headlines: *America's Real Criminal Element: Lead* *New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing th... more »

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 14:55:53 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 05:55:53 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 55.081°N, 134.560°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 99 km (61 miles) WSW of Craig, Alaska

North Korea 'preparing for new nuclear test'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
North Korea vowed on Monday to strengthen its defences amid concerns the country may conduct a nuclear test as a follow-up to last month's long-range rocket launch. Citing US hostility, Pyongyang's foreign ministry said in a memorandum that North Korea will "continue to strengthen its deterrence against all forms of war". The memorandum carried by state media did not say what action North Korea would take to defend itself. However, North Korea has claimed the right to build atomic weapons to protect itself from the United States, which stations more than 28,000 troops in South K... more »

The BBC Trust responds

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 hours ago
I received this email on the 8th January but forgot to post it here. It's their response to this complaint. Don't worry it's not very exciting, just a holding email. I do like their 40 working days self-imposed time limit to respond. 40 working days equates to 8 weeks, assuming no bank holidays. They're not exactly speedy at the BBC Trust are they? Trust Editorial 8 Jan (6 days ago) to me Dear Notasheep I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your appeal. We will now consider your request for a final appeal under the BBC’s Editorial complaints procedure. In order to do this we w... more »

Edge: What should we be worried about?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 3 hours ago
*Giddings on crisis in physics, firewalls* Edge.org asked their annual question to 151 or 152 scholars, What *should* we be worried about? I suppose that the word "should" was highlighted in order to prevent the respondents from giving an easy answer to the opposite question, what we shouldn't be worried about. We shouldn't be worried about the end of the world in 2012 (now for sure), collision with another planet, catastrophic climate change, and similar nonsensical conspiracy theories. *Katinka Matson and John Brockman of Edge.org.* Among the 152 contributors, there are lots of... more »

China's space activities raising US satellite security concerns

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The United States is concerned about China's expanding ability to disrupt the most sensitive U.S. military and intelligence satellites, as Beijing pursues its expanded ambitions in space, according to multiple sources in the U.S. government and outside space experts. A classified U.S. intelligence assessment completed late last year analyzed China's increasing activities in space and mapped out the growing vulnerability of U.S. satellites that provide secure military communications, warn about enemy missile launches and provide precise targeting coordinates, said the sources, who we... more »

Una cachetada a GOOGLE

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 3 hours ago
GOOGLE Google tiene un sistema que permite microbloggers como este para expresar sus opiniones. El "gratis" sistema de blogger y privilegios tienen un precio. El precio por expresar su opinión es esposado y permitidas por la codicia / política de google. Si Google tiene en cuenta su orientación sexual blog un blog de Google restringirá e incluso eliminar su blog ... TINY poder de Google proviene de los ingresos de publicidad ... Los anuncios que ponen y que permite en su blog. ¿Cómo bloquear los anuncios? Podríamos mostrar pero Google ha bloqueado esta capacidad blogs para subir f... more »

PEDDLING RHEE: The Post won’t stop!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013* *Part 1—A true journalistic disgrace:* Over the weekend, the Washington Post was at it again. It was doing the thing the Post does best. The Washington Post was peddling Rhee. This newspaper simply won’t stop. The paper’s most visible pimping of Rhee appeared at the top of Sunday morning’s front page. Lindsey Layton offered a 2100-word profile of the former chancellor of the DC schools. As she started her piece, Layton fawned, kissed keister, bowed and scraped. She announced a sacred claim: Rhee has become a celebrity! We’ll include both headlines, as t... more »

As Texas bakes in a long drought, water becomes a focus for legislators

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Water Storage at O. H. Ivie Reservoir in Texas, 1991-2012. Texas Water Development Board with data from USGS, IBWC, and USACE] By MANNY FERNANDEZ 12 January 2013 AUSTIN, Texas (The New York Times) – There is usually no shortage of controversial and politically divisive issues for lawmakers to address in the opening days of a state legislative session, from abortion to immigration to gun rights. But throughout the opening of the 83rd Texas Legislature last week, one of the most frequently discussed topics had bipartisan support: improving the state’s water infrastructure ... more »

Syria: One little Lion & Jabhat Al Nusra, NATO elite forces

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
Another day and more suspect claims about Syria- Today it is, yet again, killing kids and cluster bombs. We have been there and done that all previously. The claims are being made by Human Rights Watch. *Refreshing your memory:* We are all aware that HRW is ‘owned’. It makes just enough noise against the NATO world army machine to maintain tiny bits of credibility, but, the majority, the vast majority of it’s work revolved around boistering NATO world army/UN agenda. In other words HRW is a pure Global tyranny/NWO apparatchik. Why this claim at this time? There is always some reason... more »

The Coin Is Dead, Long Live the Coins

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 4 hours ago
 Was your whole weekend ruined by the weekend news dump that the Obama Administration had nixed the trillion dollar platinum coin and is opting instead for more Debt Ceiling Crisis drama? Don't despair. While you're waiting for Austerity to kick in, the president wants you to go on a spending spree on the off-chance that you still have any actual money to burn. Just go ahead and plunk it down on a set of three Obama Coins. You heard it right. Although the Treasury declared that minting a coin to stave off national default is illegal, unethical, unfathomable and undoable even tho... more »

‘Shocking’ Australia bushfire destroys 33 homes, burns over 150 square miles of land

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: Aerial picture shows smoke billowing from an out-of-control fire raging towards the Siding Spring Observatory (centre), a remote global research facility in the Warrumbungle ranges about 500km north-west of Sydney, 14 January 2013. Photo: NSW Rural Fire Service] By Ilya Gridneff and Kristen Amiet 15 January 2013 (Sydney Morning Herald) – The worst bushfires in NSW for more than a decade have ripped through the state's north-west, taking 33 homes and destroying 40,000 hectares [154 square miles] of land. More than 80 Rural Fire Service volunteers supported by 18 aircraft s... more »

Is the Distance Student Who They Say they Are?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 4 hours ago
The explosion in demand for higher education is no longer restricted to the physical lecture hall or even campus. In fact we constantly have to redefine the word campus and distance learning as it is fast becoming the effective tool for satisfying the emerging economies demand for places. Obviously distance learning is not new and players such as the Open University, University of Phoenix and BPP are among many who have long championed the approach. However the ability to validate the individual and ensure the person doing the work is the right one can be a challenge. Now Coursera... more »

Hitting back at Google

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 4 hours ago
GOOGLE Google has a system that allows microbloggers such as this one to express their opinions. The "free" blogger system and privileges come at a price. The price for expressing your opinion is handcuffed and allowed by the greed/policy of google. If Google considers your blog a sexually oriented blog google will restrict and even delete your TINY blog...Google power comes from the advertisement revenue...The adverts they place and you allow into your blog. How do you block the advertisements? We could show you but Google has blocked this blogs ability to upload pictures and movies... more »


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

Vaccinated Children Over 5 Times More Prone to Disease

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
Vaccinated Children Over 5 Times More Prone to DiseaseChild Health Safety, 14 January 2013 CHS has previously reported on a unique survey with data predominantly from children from the USA: *New Survey Shows Unvaccinated Children Vastly Healthier – Far Lower Rates of Chronic Conditions and Autism* ** *Unvaccinated Kids Healthier Study – Gorski & His Internet Bullies Admit Sabotage* The most recent results published during 2012 can be seen summarised here from: *the original website* :- Source: *Child Health Safety*

The Cat's Out of the Bag

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 5 hours ago
Ain't it grand when you have such a talented cat he physically helps you turn a proverb? This is Popeye and Mrs. JP last night minutes after we got home from the airport in Warwick. I suppose this is the closest our stoic Russian Blue could bring himself to say, "I'm glad you're finally home, Mommy." Anyway, pending her breaking the news to her mother that she wasn't, in fact, staying indefinitely, I was under injunction back when she was still in Vero Beach not to mention her imminent return or the fact that I had to spend $150 we didn't have to get her back in what h... more »

Toy Organization in a Closet/ Kids Closet Organization + Free Label Printable

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 5 hours ago
If your kids are anything like mine, they have a crazy amount of toys and if you are anything like me, you are drowning in them. In our last place, I couldn't control the toys and my little girl's room was always a crazy mess. When we moved here, I swore that I wouldn't let my life be overrun by toys anymore. My solution to the problem was 24 plastic containers and a high shelf. I bought containers based on how many of each particular toy we had and the size of the toys. I bought nine large plastic boxes and 15 plastic show box containers. I bought big boxes for things like Barbi... more »

Maintiens le droit ...

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 5 hours ago
It appears that we've written quite a lot about the RCMP, at DJ! And most of it covers the police violence within and outside its ranks - not the regrettable armed display of force required to fulfill its mandate of law enforcement - but a corrupt and despicable exploitation of its resources and its mandate that has repeatedly, unjustly harmed, damaged and killed people. There's no end in sight, as it emerges that the Mounties do a truly negligent, incompetent job of keeping records with regard to officers that have been brought up on cases of professional misconduct, and possibly, ... more »

Rubio Says No Progress Likely On Immigration Because Obama Is Such A Meanie To Republicans

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
Over the next few years, Marco Rubio will be doing everything and anything he can to distance himself from a series of corruption investigations and--presumably-- trials for his former roommate and longtime BBF, ex-Congressman David Rivera. Rivera was defeated 135,551 (54%) to 108-737 (43%) by Democrat Joe Garcia two months ago, largely based on the media reports of his stunningly corrupt career, much of it involving Rubio. And while Rivera was only supported by 43% of the district's voters, 46.4% backed Romney on the same day. Virtually every serious illegal activityRivera engaged... more »

Fuel Contamination Suspected Near Former Garage

By: Nathan Lamb Environmental officials are investigating whether fuel contaminants have spread from a defunct service garage to neighboring residential properties in the city of Rockland, Maine. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, the garage closed in 2006, and soil contamination from fuel leaks was discovered a couple of years later, when the underground gasoline tanks were removed. The company commissioned tests in 2009, which indicated that the underground leak had spread to a neighboring parcel that’s home to an apartment building. Contaminants were also found ne... more »

It's Crunch Time

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 5 hours ago
The Idle No More movement is about to declare war on Stephen Harper's vision of Canada, The Petro Power. According to this morning's *Globe and Mail*: Allan Adam The chief of Alberta’s Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said in an interview that local resentment will fuel a movement to block the main artery linking Fort McMurray to the south. “The protest will last through the summer and the blockade of Highway 63 is going to happen if things don’t change,” Mr. Adam said. “If he’s going to stonewall the first nations people, we can stonewall the highways too.” Mr. Adam, 46, said m... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Faye Dunaway, 72. As it happens, I just watched both "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Chinatown" again in the last few weeks; as big a Warren Beatty fan as I am, I do think she's the best thing in Bonnie and Clyde, and when she's in a truly great movie, in Chinatown...well, she'll do until someone else comes along. Also, some good stuff: 1. Greg Koger: against majority-imposed Senate reform. 2. John Sides on the possible electoral effects of what House Republicans are up to. 3. You've seen it by now, but Ezra Klein reports: no coin. 4. Stan Collender explains the WH stra... more »

workers doing it for themselves: fighting the austerity agenda in north america

laura k at wmtc - 5 hours ago
I'm re-running this, which I wrote for Socialist Worker Canada (now at a temporary site while a new website is being completed). If you are part of this struggle - or if you want to be part of it - and live in the GTA, please join us tomorrow night for *Fighting Austerity in North America: Walmart Workers to Bill 115*. Details below. * * * * Workers Doing It For Themselves: Food service workers in New York and Chicago unite to improve working conditions One of the most exciting developments currently unfolding among the working class in North America is the organizing efforts of no... more »

why you cannot save your way to a comfortable retirement

laura k at wmtc - 5 hours ago
I was very pleased to see this run in the *New York Times*. I guess it was safe because the writer didn't actually use the word socialism. But this Op-Ed is all about the dead-end of capitalism, choking the life out of the working person, and more recently, the middle class. ...we struggle with our personal finances not because we spend too much money on small luxuries but because salaries have stagnated at the same time as the costs of nonluxuries have gone up. Even as the average household net worth plunged by almost 40 percent between 2007 and 2010, the cost of everything from h... more »

Dogma, Not Reason, Rules Today

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 5 hours ago
Dogma (in the form of unquestioned and unquestionable theory) has ruled the climate debate for over 20 years now. It is, in fact, at its worst right now, as the public is being bombarded with fraudulent stories about runaway global warming. The following statement, taken from a "basic climatology text", was included in a comment on the Real Science site: * http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/reprint/ocean_warm_and_cool.pdf Dr. Robert E. Stevenson SOME BASICS OF MARINE CLIMATOLOGY “The atmosphere cannot warm until the underlying surface warms first. The lower atmosp... more »

Mali Islamists counter attack, promise France long war

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels launched a counter-offensive on Monday in central Mali after four days of air strikes by French warplanes on their strongholds in the desert north, promising to drag France into a long and brutal Afghanistan-style ground war. France intensified its air raids on Sunday using Rafale aircraft and Gazelle attack helicopters to pummel training camps at the heart of the vast area seized by rebels in April, while pouring hundreds of troops into the capital Bamako. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/14/uk-mali-rebels-idUKBRE90B0H120130114


Anon at aangirfan - 6 hours ago
*Debra Hunter Pitts* "Debra Hunter Pitts, was taken from her mother when she was a preschool child by a CIA agent named Terry Johnson and a Satanic sheriff named Massingham. "She and her twin sister, Barbara, were born in Missouri in 1955. "The girls were forced into two different homes of brutal pedophiles. "The Child Protective Services refused to remove them from the dangerous situation that gave them a life of suffering and torment. "Ms. Pitts said, 'I was raped, beaten daily, drugged and tortured almost to death until I was seventeen years old in 1972.' "'I was for sal... more »

Netanyahu government doubled budget deficit to buy votes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The Finance Ministry's announcement on Sunday that Israel's budget deficit for 2012 was more than double the government target makes it impossible for Israel's leaders to cover up their irresponsible behavior any longer. No longer will Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz be able to compare Israel favorably to Europe, not after the announcement that the 2012 deficit was 4.2 percent of the gross domestic product, far exceeding the government's target of 2 percent. No longer can Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu engage in wordplay about growth and employment. The fact is that the two of the... more »

David Cameron: Britain would not collapse outside EU......But does not want to leave

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Britain would not collapse if it was forced to leave the European Union, David Cameron said as he denied his strategy of seeking to renegotiate the country's relationship with the EU was dangerous or risky. The prime minister restated his belief that it was in the national interest to remain, and said he was "confident and optimistic" he could secure a successful renegotiation of Britain's relationship with the rest of Europe that could be put to the public. He said he did not expect to stage that referendum shortly, saying he wanted to put renegotiated terms to the British people. ... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEA - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.4 Region CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEA Date time 2013-01-14 11:50:58.0 UTC Location 35.71 N ; 21.71 E Depth 2 km Distances 152 km S Kalamáta

Brazilian Bikini Waxes Make Crab Lice Endangered Species- Bloomberg

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
Finally some good sexual health news... ' Pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwelled in human groins since the beginning of history, are disappearing. Doctors say bikini waxing may be the reason.' http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-13/brazilian-bikini-waxes-make-crab-lice-endangered-species-health.html

Chief Spence Preparing For Death

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 6 hours ago
According to APTN News: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has signed off on her will and is prepared for death, *APTN National News* has been told. Spence’s will includes a description of who will care for her daughters and she has also signed off on directions requesting non-intervention if her health takes a turn for the worse. The documents are in the hands of her lawyer, aides told *APTN National News*. harper and the rest of the racist stooges in this country are banking on Chief Spence's actions being mere theatre. I fear that they have so denigrated and belittled this woman t... more »

Beijing haze prompts emergency action

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Schoolchildren were ordered to halt outdoor sports activities until Tuesday this week, as a dirty cloud of smog continued to shroud China's capital. This was among a series of emergency response measures adopted in Beijing Sunday when the city's Air Quality Index exceeded 500 micrograms, the highest level. Anything above this is regarded as "beyond index." Reports of respiratory problems -- as well as the sale of masks -- have skyrocketed, according to state media, and over the weekend, streets appeared emptier, as a sun was barely visible amid a hazy blanket. http://edition.cnn.co... more »

France vows to eradicate Mali terrorism

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
As a new round of French military strikes targeted Islamist rebels in Mali on Sunday, both sides of the fight said they were determined to win. French fighter jets bombed rebel training camps and other targets in northern Mali, France's Defense Ministry said in a statement. "France's goal is to lead a relentless struggle against terrorist groups," the ministry said, "preventing any new offensive of these groups to the south of Mali." http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/13/world/africa/mali-military-offensive/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Training hackers to fight cyber crime

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Picture the scene: dozens of computer hackers poring over their keyboards in a room filled with powerful computers, feverishly typing in code most of us could never comprehend. Their mission? To "break in" to virtual servers in a simulated world. Yet these particular hackers are not breaking the law, they are actually reinforcing it. They are taking part in a six-month program organized by the South Korean government to train some of the brightest code-breaking minds to become the nation's first line of defense in the war against cyber crime. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/14/world... more »

Deaf twin brothers in Belgium who discovered they were going blind and would never see each other again are euthanised in hospital

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Deaf 45-year-old identical twin brothers, from the Antwerp region, Belgium, have been euthanised by doctors at Brussels University Hospital after finding out they would also soon go blind. The brothers spent their entire lives together and were unable to bear the thought of never seeing each other again, according to reports. Euthanasia is legal in Belgium if those making the decision can make their wishes clear and are suffering unbearable pain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261985/Belgian-twin-brothers-killed-doctors-choosing-euthanasia-able-again.html

More than 700 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and C when veterans hospital mistakenly re-uses insulin pens to deliver medication

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
More than 700 patients at the Buffalo Veterans Administration Center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C because of accidental reuse of insulin pens, according to a hospital statement and published reports. Authorities told The Buffalo News there is a 'very small risk' for the diabetic patients who may have been exposed to the reused insulin pens - but not the needles - between October 19, 2010 and November 2012. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262021/More-700-vets-possibly-exposed-HIV-hepatitis-B-C-veterans-hospital-mistakenly-uses-insulin-pens-them.html

Stun Gun Attack On Bouncer: Image Of Suspect

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Police searching for a "violent man" who gave a bouncer an electric shock with a stun gun have released a CCTV image of the suspect as they made an appeal. The offender tried to get into a Manchester nightclub and when refused entry he became abusive with door staff, said Greater Manchester officers. http://news.sky.com/story/1037676/stun-gun-attack-on-bouncer-image-of-suspect

Devon Tugboat Crash Sparks Pollution Fears

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A tugboat carrying 200 tons of diesel is at risk of sinking off the Devon coast after a collision with a vessel it was towing. Eight people had to be rescued from Christos 22, which was travelling from Germany to Turkey, and was damaged as it tried to anchor a mile off Hope's Nose in Torbay. The master in chief of the tug and the engineer later boarded two Royal Navy ships, which are conducting a salvage operation to stop the boat from sinking. http://news.sky.com/story/1037683/devon-tugboat-crash-sparks-pollution-fears

Ivan Esack Jailed for 28 Years for the murder of his estranged wife

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A "controlling" former policeman who stabbed his estranged wife to death at her hair salon has been jailed for life - with a minimum 28-year term. Ivan Esack planned the killing "to the minute" before he knifed Natalie Esack, up to 11 times because he could not cope with her being with someone else, said the judge at Maidstone Crown Court. Friends and relatives of Mrs Esack broke into applause after Judge Charles Byers handed down the sentence. http://news.sky.com/story/1037734/hairdresser-murder-ex-cop-jailed-for-life

April Jones: Mark Bridger Pleads Not Guilty

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The man accused of the abduction and murder of April Jones has entered a plea of not guilty, at Mold Crown Court. As well as facing charges of abducting and murdering April, Bridger is also accused of unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice. http://news.sky.com/story/1037666/april-jones-mark-bridger-pleads-not-guilty

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake LUZON, PHILIPPINES - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 11:03:29 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 07:03:29 PM at epicenter Location 14.844°N, 119.953°E Depth 48.7 km (30.3 miles) Region LUZON, PHILIPPINES Distances 18 km (11 miles) SW of San Nicolas, Philippines

Diverse forms of energy

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
*TBBT:* The latest episode The Bakersfield Expedition of the Big Bang Theory attracted the record 20.0 million U.S. viewers. That's quite a number. The episode showed the boys in sci-fi costumes going to a Comic Con and the girls accidentally plunging into a boy-like argument about sci-fi topics. Energy is a concept that is often given associated either with a mysterious or, on the contrary, excessively corpuscular meaning by the laymen. What do I mean? The laymen either think that energy is some ill-defined, science-transcending form of a soul or happiness or something that can'... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Farmers: Crawfish on track despite weather* *THE TIMES-PICAYUNE FIASCO: Why the Newhouses are Wrong – An Epiphany ~Errol Laborde* *Welp, looks like Piyush Jindal is running phony baloney appraisal scams in Red Stick ~Slabbed* *Ursuline nuns challenged with shrine upkeep* *Sinkhole petition is now online* *Army Corps' Options Dwindle Along With Mississippi River* *Rex organization hands out $525,000 in education grants * *Zulu announces plans for Lundi Gras Festival*

A Natural Flu Shot

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
  NATURE'S FLU SHOTS Juice of 6 fresh lemons 1 bulb Garlic 2 tsp. Ginger powder 2 Tbsp. Honey ... 3 cups Pineapple juice ¼ tsp Cayenne powder Blend all ingredients thoroughly and store in a glass jar. Take 1 cup 4 times a day until the symptoms are resolved. ** *Source of poster & text:* *Agriculture Society Facebook* *You may also wish to visit:* *http://www.homesteadingsurvivalism.com/* *Or:* *http://amzn.to/RkkEcP*

Families face £17billion bill after Miliband's offshore wind farm blunders

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Basic mistakes in the design of Ed Miliband’s original scheme to encourage a new generation of offshore wind farms will cost households £17billion, MPs warn today. In a devastating report, the Commons public accounts committee (PAC) said millions of families faced years of higher electricity bills as a result of a poorly designed scheme to link wind farms out at sea to the national grid. The scheme was drawn up under the Labour leader during his time as Climate Change Secretary in the last government. It was then implemented by his Lib Dem successor Chris Huhne. The report comes j... more »

Cameron accused of putting Britain at risk of terror attack after agreeing to help French fight Al-Qaeda militants in Mali

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
David Cameron today defended being the 'first out of the blocks' to offer help to France in fighting Al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali amid claims it puts Britain at risk of a terror strike. The Prime Minister insisted it was in Britain's interests to provide two RAF C-17 Globemaster cargo planes to the French forces. He has been warned that the decision to transport foreign troops and equipment to the war zone could provoke reprisals on UK streets. Mr Cameron insisted that British combat troops would not join the military mission to the west African nation. http://www.dailymail.co... more »

Cameron plays down prospect of in-out EU referendum

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday played down the prospect of a near-term referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, ahead of a long-awaited speech on the issue he is expected to deliver next week. Cameron says he wants Britain to remain in the EU - a major trading partner - but is under intense pressure from his own party and an increasingly eurosceptic public to repatriate powers from Brussels or leave the 27-member bloc altogether. "If we had an in-out referendum tomorrow, or very shortly, I don't think that would be the right answer for the simple re... more »

Monday Morning Linkage

Vikash Yadav at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
Good mornin’, here’s your morning linkage… Mali Pascal Fletcher provides a good analysis of the challenges ahead for the French-led intervention in Mali. Angelique Chrisafis also examines the domestic stakes and neo-colonial implications of Mr. Hollande’s War. Saudi Arabia The Saudi government beheaded a maid, who was a minor employed for two weeks when a child in Continue reading

Idle No More Movement In Canada - The Natives Are Restless

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 9 hours ago
Global Research Canada, 12 January 2013 *“A study was done of all band audits ever done to look for evidence of corruption. Less than three percent of all of those audits ever found anything that could even be close to an individual purposely taking money for their own purposes and mismanaging it. That’s a lower corruption rate than all of the municipalities, provinces and Canada put together. So who is the corrupt ones here? It’s not First Nations!” - Miq’Maq lawyer Pam Palmater** * *Idle No More* is an indigenous resistance movement that has taken hold in centres across Can... more »

China's space activities raise U.S. concerns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The United States is concerned about China's expanding ability to disrupt the most sensitive U.S. military and intelligence satellites, as Beijing pursues its expanded ambitions in space, according to multiple sources in the U.S. government and outside space experts. A classified U.S. intelligence assessment completed late last year analyzed China's increasing activities in space and mapped out the growing vulnerability of U.S. satellites that provide secure military communications, warn about enemy missile launches and provide precise targeting coordinates, said the sources, who we... more »

UPS to withdraw TNT Express bid after European Commission veto (still people out there that believe the EC do not have any power?)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) (UPS.N) said it will withdraw its 5.2 billion euro ($7 billion) bid for TNT Express (TNTE.AS) because it expects the European Commission (EC) to block the deal. UPS, the world's No. 1 package delivery company, was seeking to buy Dutch peer and European market leader TNT Express to gain access to its network in the fast-growing Asian and Latin American markets. The EC has informed UPS and TNT Express that it is working on a decision to prohibit the proposed acquisition, the two companies said in separate statements. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013... more »

India's army chief turns up heat on Pakistan, says can retaliate

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
India's army chief accused Pakistan on Monday of detailed planning of an attack along Kashmir's de factor border last week in which two soldiers were killed and said India reserved the right to retaliate. The comments, which came as public anger mounts over the decapitation of one of the slain soldiers, appear certain to further inflame tensions between the nuclear-armed enemies. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/14/us-india-pakistan-idUSBRE90D08T20130114

Second French commando dies after failed rescue bid - Somali rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A second French soldier has died from gunshot wounds after an attempt to rescue a French agent failed on Saturday, Somalia's al Shabaab rebel group said on Monday. "The second commando died from his bullet wounds. We shall display the bodies of the two French men," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for al Shabaab's military operations, told Reuters by telephone. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/14/uk-somalia-hostage-idUKBRE90D0AX20130114

Anonymous Hacks MIT, Leaves Farewell Message for Aaron Swartz

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The Anonymous hacktivist group appears to have hacked MIT's website, leaving a tribute for Aaron Swartz, the online activist who recently committed suicide. Swartz was a the co-founder of Demand Progress and founder of Infogami, a service later merged with Reddit. He committed suicide in New York City on Jan. 11. MIT's website was defaced with a message claiming the prosecution of Swartz, who was arrested in 2011 for allegedly harvesting academic papers from the JSTOR online journal archive, was a "a grotesque miscarriage of justice". http://mashable.com/2013/01/14/anonymous-hacks... more »

David Cameron: beating heart of Britain wants less EU interference

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A desire to rein in what is seen as "too much bossiness from Brussels" is now a mainstream aspiration among voters and not just the concern of a Ukip-supporting fringe, David Cameron said on Monday morning, as he began to prepare the public ground for his long-awaited speech this month on relations with Europe. In an appearance on ITV's Daybreak programme, the first of a series of media interviews, the prime minister argued that while Britain should remain in the EU there was a groundswell of public support for a fundamental renegotiation of the country's relationship within the blo... more »

British plane to fly to Mali to support French effort against al-Qaeda

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Britain has thrown its support behind French efforts to halt an advance by al-Qaeda affiliated rebels in Mali. The C-17 was the first of two planes to be deployed to the west African country where insurgents had been pushing south from their northern base against the Mali government. Downing Street has stressed no UK troops would engage in combat operations in Mali, but the transport planes would provide logistical assistance. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/mali/9799813/British-plane-to-fly-to-Mali-to-support-French-effort-against-al-Qaeda.html

Imani Green: Eight Held Over Brit Girl's Death

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Eight people have been arrested over the fatal shooting of eight-year-old British schoolgirl Imani Green in Jamaica. http://news.sky.com/story/1037670/imani-green-eight-held-over-brit-girls-death

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 07:36:12 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 03:36:12 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.439°S, 112.853°E Depth 55.5 km (34.5 miles) Region SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA Distances 115 km (71 miles) S of Krajan Tambakrejo, Indonesia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NIAS REGION, INDONESIA - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 07:05:54 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 02:05:54 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.929°N, 97.007°E Depth 23.2 km (14.4 miles) Region NIAS REGION, INDONESIA Distances 92 km (57 miles) SE of Sinabang, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 06:53:51 UTC Monday, January 14, 2013 at 03:53:51 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.167°N, 141.518°E Depth 56.6 km (35.2 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 57 km (35 miles) SE of Namie, Japan

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEASTERN IRAN - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude ML 4.0 Region NORTHEASTERN IRAN Date time 2013-01-14 06:04:44.0 UTC Location 36.98 N ; 56.26 E Depth 60 km Distances 81 km SE Kalaleh, Iran

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.9 Region EAST OF NORTH ISLAND, N.Z. Date time 2013-01-14 05:37:25.7 UTC Location 35.06 S ; 177.47 W Depth 10 km Distances 567 km NE Gisborne, New Zealand

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL IRAN - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.2 Region CENTRAL IRAN Date time 2013-01-14 02:26:27.0 UTC Location 31.93 N ; 51.04 E Depth 10 km Distances 24 km W Borujan, Iran

Twitter's UK company risks closure over failures to file financial accounts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
One of Twitter's UK companies is at risk of being struck off over repeated failure to file accounts with the business regulator, Sky News can reveal. The firm under scrutiny, TweetDeck Ltd, has been fined for a second time after missing deadlines in September and December last year. http://news.sky.com/story/1036914/tweetdeck-twitters-uk-firm-risks-closure

DPP Documents Treatment of DPP Politicians by Justice System

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 10 hours ago
The DPP released a new document this weekend detailing the treatment of DPP politicians at the hands of the Justice system. This document contains a comprehensive list of cases, brief sketches of each case, and their (non-) resolutions. A list of references is provided at the end. For the sake of brevity I have removed most of the introduction. The list, which is very long, is available after the READ MORE button. For the full and most updated version, the link on the DPP blog is here. *++++++++++++++++++++++* * * *The Unfair Treatment Suffered by Former Democratic Progressive Party... more »

BPA Absloved

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 11 hours ago
This is major although it is actually downplayed here. It pretty well informs us that the earlier conclusions were biased by an agency other than that tested for and as a result BPA is fully absolved. The anti BPA campaign has been going strong for two decades now and stopping it cold is good news. I personally was never convinced simply because the tale was just too convenient to tin can makers who had to upgrade. Can liners have given us a far higher quality of canned food as a matter of course. Thus allaying trumped up fears over the necessary liner is good. It also sh... more »

End of Hard Contact Sports inevitable

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 11 hours ago
We are looking at a radical transformation in sports. Most certainly, football as we know it will disappear one way or the other, the other been a monster class action suite by the victims and the victim's families targeting both the NFL and the schools. All the rules regarding contact sports will need to be revisited and reset. Boxing will have to operate without head shots. Will it still be boxing? First let me make the case for the science so it is abundantly clear. If you receive one concussion capable of producing micro tears in the brain you have a problem that will tak... more »

North Korea Enlists German Help to Prepare Economic Opening

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 11 hours ago
Without question the tea leaves are clearly signaling a huge change in course. They are trying hard to avoid mistakes while they implement the changes so parts of it will appear slow. However, recall that China's conversion was also slow in appearance at any time and place. I am certain that they can get it right. However, once the proper framework is established and this is happening now, and the key individuals have gotten a little used to it, the obvious step is simply negotiate the reunification of North and South Korea. This can instantly jump pensions to modern leve... more »

Unique Mars Rock From Sahara

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 11 hours ago
I will take it. Any sample is superior to no sample and we are developing a spectrum of samples that could not be replicated with an actual expedition to Mars. In the meantime more eyeballs are getting familiar with the necessary characteristics and the desert regions are becoming more productive. In the meantime these are data points that help in piecing things together for our expeditions to the planet. Most ejecta will be part of a substantial event and that likely means that a lot of material went into space at the same time. Most of this will be from impact event... more »

Aaron Swartz 'suicided' and Jimmy Savile 'satanic ring'

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 11 hours ago
SUICIDED: Aaron Swartz (founder of Reddit and co-founder of RSS) was certainly NOT suicided, he just didn't want people to know he was a guest on Russia Today back in 2012 talking about the state-sponsored FLAME virus and the Military Industrial (Congressional) Complex. SATANIC RING: David Icke claims he knew since the 70's that Jimmy Savile was part of a Satanic Ring involving T.H.E.Y. and reports not only a paedophile angle (sex with children) but also a NECROPHILE angle (sex with corpses), as well as sex with disabled people. WHISTLEBLOWERS: why the fuck didn't you share thi... more »

But Robots Don't Buy Bread

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
The CBS show *60 Minutes* ran an item tonight about how robots were displacing humans in America's work force. The story featured great minds from MIT and elsewhere discussing how humans were becoming redundant to industry. Fair enough. Yes, we can replace human labour in a great many slots in the modern workforce. And we can have robots do their jobs more reliably and at much lower cost. What we can't do is make these mechanical marvels want to eat bread. Ours is the ultimate consumer society. Consumer spending drives our economy. Without willing buyers able to part wit... more »

January 13, 1973

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
Dean is keeping Haldeman up to date, as usual. They've been continuing to go back and forth on the plan to somehow use the (alleged) bugging of Nixon's campaign plane in 1968 to somehow derail the trial and the Senate investigation, which is now in the works; that's been taking up the last few days. Today, however, Dean's report to Haldeman is about something else. From Haldeman's diary: -- I had a report this afternoon from Dean on the Watergate. [...] McCord is off the reservation now, he had a meeting last night, he thinks he can get him back on, but he has a plan regarding call... more »

Censored News Never Silent

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
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Robert Kennedy speaks out about JFK's assassination 50 years ago: 'I'm convinced a second gunman was involved in killing my uncle'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a 'shoddy piece of craftsmanship.' Kennedy and his sister, Rory, spoke about their family Friday night while being interviewed in front of an audience by Charlie Rose at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The event comes as a year of observances begins for the 50th anniversary of the president's death. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261263/JFK-assassination-Robert-Kenned... more »

What’s with Laureen Harper’s stock portfolio selloff? Fiscal Götterdämmerung? Or what?

David Climenhaga at Alberta Diary - 13 hours ago
Laureen Harper tuning up her pipes for the fiscal Götterdämmerung? Canadian political spouses may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mrs. Harper; the unreal Mr. Harper, long rumoured to be in the doghouse. Terribly rude of me to ask, I know. Positively un-Canadian! But what’s with Laureen Harper’s stock portfolio selloff? The Ottawa ... more »

Gun groups predict assault weapons ban will fail in Congress

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 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/2013/01/14/us-usa-guns-congress-idUSBRE90C0DK20130114

US supported France's failed hostage rescue in Somalia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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! - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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. (And can anyone tell me why I'm being bombarded lately with "visitors" from Menlo Park and Palo Alto? Is this just regular NSA dawgs or real CIA snoopers as it seems a tad like overkill?) "The action against JPMorgan," Reuters

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 »


Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 15 hours 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 - 15 hours 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 - 15 hours 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 17 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! - 17 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 - 17 hours ago
Lalitpur, Nepal. Thanks for stopping by.
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