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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

15 January - Blogs I'm Following

English: Gen. David H. Petraeus explains secur...
English: Gen. David H. Petraeus explains security improvements in Sadr City while giving an aerial tour of Baghdad Monday to Sen.'s Barack Obama, Jack Reed and Chuck Hagel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the...
English: U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of Multi-National Force – Iraq, center, gives an aerial tour of Baghdad, Iraq, to Sens. Barack Obama, left, and Chuck Hagel, right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Senators Jack Reed, Barack Obama and ...
English: Senators Jack Reed, Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel study tactic boards displaying military equipment at "The Rock," Kuwait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) arrives at ...
English: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) arrives at Camp Ramadi for a short visit with U.S. servicemen, July 22. Sen. Chuck Hagel accompanied Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) on the trip. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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John Ibbitson - Media Troll

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 9 minutes ago
NOTE: I've decide that I'm too busy to finish this right now. I'll post as is and finish when i can. It will (eventually!) be a response to this: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/harper-needs-to-stay-the-course-in-winter-of-native-discontent/article7311834/ A troll lived under the bridge in the story "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." A troll is a mythical creature - an ugly, greedy, vicious thing. But the origin of the term "internet troll" came out of the habit of some people on internet discussion boards and what-not, to post nasty, vicious, outrageous comments that wou... more »

Mental health and guns...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 minutes ago
*be very careful when you say you want stronger restrictions on the mentally ill owning firearms.* Did you know that ADD and ADHD are considered "mental illnesses" by the so-called experts? Think about the hundreds of thousands of kids who are given dangerous drugs rather than teaching them in a way that is compatible with how their brains function. My guess? None of them will ever be able to purchase a firearm. I have ADD. I do not have a mental illness. I do not have a disability. I would, however, be much more interested in that little green ball while my friends were line... more »

Senators Doing It Right

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 16 minutes ago
Chuck Schumer today finally said that he would support confirming Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. This set off plenty of guffaws on the twitter machine, as savvy journalists pointed out that of course a leading, loyal, partisan Democrat would support Barack Obama's nominee for a cabinet position. And, yes, that's true as far as it goes. But the focus on whether Hagel will be confirmed (and he'll still need some Republican votes, or else a GOP willingness to allow confirmation by simple majority) misses that what Schumer was up to was a perfectly legitimate and meaningful part... more »

"Why Americans Are Broke, And Getting Further In Debt"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 minutes ago
*"Why Americans Are Broke, And Getting Further In Debt"* by Tyler Durden *"I'm in debt. I am a true American."* -Balki Bartokomous "Just as the president reminded us yesterday we are not a deadbeat nation, merely borrowing money today to pay the bills of yesterday, so, as the NY Times reports in this all-too-real article, many of the citizens of the US are also living not just paycheck-to-paycheck but short-term-loan-to-short-term-loan. As one debt-consolidation service noted "They've been borrowing just to meet payments on previous loans; it builds on itself." Rings an awful... more »

Drum versus dumb: The way the upper-end press corps reasons!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 22 minutes ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013* *David Gregory knows how to count:* Three cheers for Slate’s Dave Weigel, who has done a highly unusual thing. But first: Even as Kevin Drum’s detailed report was breaking every rule in the book, Maureen Dowd was helping us see the actual way the upper-end “press corps” reasons. (For yesterday’s award-winning post about Drum, go ahead—just click this.) Dowd was discussing a serious topic—the need for full inclusion of women at all levels of government. But as she started, she gave us a taste of what was to come: DOWD (1/13/13): President Obama ran prom... more »

10 Imágenes de amor para el Día de San Valentín

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 25 minutes ago
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A Definite Must See Video: Sherrie Telling It Like It Is! The Truth About 9-11, Sandy Hook, AND Who The REAL Conspiracy Theorists Are Now!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 26 minutes ago
I have been under constant fire since I posted up material in this blog concerning the quite obvious set up and very criminal operation conducted at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut last month. I and others in what I call the REAL truth movement saw through the bullcrap put out by the government and the criminal Jewish controlled media almost from the moment that this "shooting" took place, and we smelled a rat. Since that time, we have stuck to our guns, and realized this was a set up and a fraudulent operation for the sole purpose of convincing an already dumb... more »

Law enforcement has no duty to defend or protect you as an individual...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 34 minutes ago
*bet you didn't know that. * That's right, people. If you want real protection, it would have to be bought and paid for by you. In most cases the duty of the police is to string yellow crime scene tape, pick up spent shells, and take statements from witnesses - that is if any are still alive. Not to besmirch the police since in most scenarios they will do their best to help most citizens, but the fact remains - *they don't have to. * Listen to Keith Morgan, president of West Virginia Citizen's Defense League, destroy the wimpy libtard host on "State Journal's Decision Makers" on ... more »

Florida Python Hunt: Only 11 Snared So Far

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 37 minutes ago
Florida wildlife officials say just 11 Burmese pythons were killed during the first three days of a public hunt for the invasive species in the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said more than 1,000 people from more than 30 states registered to compete in the month-long Python Challenge. The snakes killed since the competition began Saturday will be processed by the University of Florida. http://news.sky.com/story/1038427/florida-python-hunt-only-11-snared-so-far

'Submerged in Symbolism' - An occult analysis of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 41 minutes ago
This is a great interview with Robert Richard Hieronimus. The main focus is his 2002 book, *"Inside the Yellow Submarine: The Making of The Beatles Animated Classic,"* but it branches off into other areas of his life and work. YouTube Video Description - [Channel: conspiroTV]: In an interview recorded on June 26th 2012 to mark the latest re-release of The Beatles' 1968 animated movie 'Yellow Submarine' on DVD and Blu-ray, ConspiroTV' chats to symbologist, artist, author, researcher and radio-host Robert Richard Hieronimus Ph.D. His 2002 book, 'Inside the Yellow Submarine: The M... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 15th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 42 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 13:42:58 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 07:42:58 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 15.872°N, 92.311°W Depth 200.8 km (124.8 miles) Region CHIAPAS, MEXICO Distances 12 km (7 miles) NNW of Chicomuselo, Mexico

Paying Just $11 a Day, Subcontractors Ripping Off Fukushima Nuclear Accident Decontamination Workers

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 42 minutes ago
The Tokyo Shimbun has discovered that workers involved with national government controlled cleanup projects resulting from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant are being ripped off by subcontractors. Despite being able to rent lodging facilities from the government and others for free or for very little money, contractors forcibly deduct inflated accommodation and meal charges from workers’ pay. When the 10,000 yen (US$111) a day “danger pay” provided to contractors by the government (read: taxpayers) is taken into consideration, it means the contractors them... more »

Extreme Misrepresentation: USGCRP and the Case of Floods

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 45 minutes ago
The US Global Change Research Program has released a draft national assessment on climate change (here in PDF) and its impacts in the United States, as required by The US Global Change Research Act of 1990 (which incidentally was the subject of my 1994 PhD dissertation). There has been much excitement and froth in the media. Here I explain that in an area where I have expertise on, extremes and their impacts, the report is well out of step with the scientific literature, including the very literature it cites and conclusions of the IPCC. Questions should (but probably won't) be as... more »

Dear 'Idle No More' Supporters ... Did you vote in the last election? That's how we will get rid of Harper!

leftdog at Buckdog - 50 minutes ago
*If you would like to see an end to the Harper administration, you need to vote and get other like minded people to vote. Elections Canada indicates that there was a much lower turnout of First Nations voters in the last Federal Election. Remember .. Conservatives get out and vote for Harper. Those of us who oppose Harper's policies MUST get out and vote against him!* * **There is a reason that Harper and his Conservatives are nervous about 'Idle No More'. There is a reason that Ezra Levant and Sun News Network are viciously attacking the movement. It's because they know that an or... more »

The First Totally Digital Public Library?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 58 minutes ago
We knew an exclusive digital public library was coming and to many it makes good sense for civic communities to mix their digital and physical offer to members. Now Bexar County, Texas, has announced its plans to become the first totally digital US public library. It is claimed that the initiative came to County Judge Nelson W. Wolff after he read Steve Jobs’s biography. He claims he was inspired to believe that future generations will have little use for hardcover or paperback renditions. As a result the new ‘BiblioTech’ system plans to make thousands of e-books available for coun... more »

Nobody cares about foreign policy

PM at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
It bears repeating that nobody votes on foreign policy, and most folks don’t know anything about it anyway (remember that a nontrivial number of Americans think South Korea is our greatest enemy). I’ll quote myself: [N]obody gives a damn about foreign policy. Theories of democratic responsiveness and empirical models of foreign policy choice need to Continue reading

The Mine Kafun — An Amazing Invention That Could Save Lives And Make the World a Safer Place

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Mine Kafon | Callum Cooper from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo. We all know that life can be cruel, but f*ew things in this world are crueller than landmines that can indiscriminately maim or kill innocent civilians,* young or old, decades after they’ve been planted. If ever you needed proof of human foolishness, you only have to think about the countless hidden landmines still buried in different parts of the world, perhaps long forgotten by the people who planted them, but still as capable as ever of maiming or killing unsuspecting victims. Sadly, *mines continue even today to be ... more »

Sunday Globe Special: California Cold Snap

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*Maybe the global warming fart mist can warm them up*: "Californians deal with a cold snap; Records could fall as frost takes aim at beaches" Associated Press, January 13, 2013 SAN DIEGO — Californians are bundling up with sweaters and gloves and stocking up on firewood as they endure a *winter storm* that has brought very *unseasonable freezing temperatures*. The National Weather Service said *records could fall* as the cold snap extends into the weekend. ‘‘It’s *only going to get colder*,’’ specialist Bonnie Bartling of the Weather Service said.... Freeze warnings were issued fo... more »

Hey, NYTimes: Garfield HS Teachers Made News

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
From Peter DeWitt's Ed Week Blog: 19 teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington refused to administer the district required Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) to ninth grade students on January 9th. After many years of out of control high stakes testing in the U.S. it was bound to happen sooner or later. It was another example of some strong teachers who are putting the needs of their students first. English teacher Kit McCormick said she "*has no problem with state testing, or testing in general. But they say this particular test has a number of problems, everything f... more »

Mercury emissions increase in developing countries

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Crude methods of gold extraction can also expose miners to very high levels of lead toxicity. Children gold miners in Nigeria suffer the twin effects of mercury and lead poisoning. Photo: greenfudge.org] United Nations, New York, 10 January 2013 (UPI) – People in developing countries are facing increasing health and environmental risks linked to exposure to mercury, a U.N. report says. Parts of Africa, Asia and South America are at risk of increasing emissions of mercury into the environment, mostly the use of the toxic element in small-scale gold mining and through the b... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Kill All the Lawyers

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*You will feel that way after reading this*: "New England Law head draws scrutiny for his pay; A princely paycheck for dean of unheralded school" by Michael Rezendes and Christina Pazzanese | Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent, January 13, 2013 New England Law, Boston has operated in the shadows of the ­region’s more prestigious law schools for decades, trailing so far behind in some measures of excellence that US News & World ­Report does not include the downtown campus in its widely read ranking of 145 better law schools in the nation. Yet the school’s longtime dean, John F. O’B... more »

Obama prepares public to accept first Iranian nuclear test

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told an Israeli TV interviewer Monday night, Jan. 14 that his government had spent billions of shekels to outfit Israel’s Defense Forces with offensive and defensive options which were hitherto lacking. He stressed Israel is obliged to be extremely strong – whether to stand up to the Iranian nuclear threat and the extremist Islamist wave lashing the Arab world – or to make peace. Earlier Monday, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz ceremonially installed Maj. Gen. Gady Eisenkott as deputy C.-of-S, after the state attorney had approved his taking up t... more »

China shuts factories in latest bid to cut pollution levels – ‘Once people have no water, no air, no land – something will happen’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Palaces in the Forbidden City are seen during the heavy smog in Beijing, China, 14 January 2013. Photo: Imaginechina via AP Images] 14 January 2013 (Bloomberg News) – China shut dozens of factories and pulled government cars off the road to limit pollution that hit hazardous levels for a third day, as state media said Beijing was becoming more famous for its smog than its culture or food. A cold front and strong winds tonight are forecast to clear the smog and pollution levels will be “good” in the next two days, Beijing’s environmental agency said in a briefing yesterday... more »

Rhino poaching hits new record in 2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Indian rhino with its horn sawed off, 2007. A cut-off horn may help keep poachers away, but doesn't guarantee it. Photo: Rhett A. Butler / mongabay.com] 11 January 2013 (mongabay.com) – 668 rhinos were killed in South Africa during 2012 according to new figures released by the South African government. The total, which represents a 49 percent rise over the 448 killed in 2011, reveals the heavy toll the black market trade in rhino horn is taking on one of Africa's best known and most endangered animals. The figures show that 425 rhino deaths occurred in Kruger National Par... more »

PEDDLING RHEE: Fuzzy claims, no actual numbers!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013* *Part 2—What happened to Washington test scores:* Did test scores rise in the DC schools because of Michelle Rhee's “reforms?” Last weekend, readers of the Washington Post were told that test scores *did * go up. But they were offered no data. (For part 1 in this award-winning series, see yesterday's DAILY HOWLER.) Over the weekend, the Post went into Full Rhee Mode, as is its periodic wont. In a trio of reports, the paper defined the wonders of the nation’s new “education celebrity” while defending her against claims of cheating on the DC-CAS, the Dist... more »

Herb School - How To Make Your Own Birch Leaf Oil and Tea

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 2 hours ago
 Birch Forest. Source of the picture: http://www.dw.de/forests-provide-a-range-of-healthy-remedies/a-15823835  Herb School. First Day Of Class *This information was from a Swedish Television program called, Herb School if translated into English that was a TV show in Sweden in which it was shown how to use fresh Birch leaves as a healing herb. You must live in a Northern area where the Birch tree grows to try your hand at being more health care self-reliant. * *There were 2 methods of use shown. * *The first was on how to make a Birch leaf oil:* 1. Put a handful of fre... more »

New water lows for Great Lakes could drain local economies – ‘In years past, there was always a buffer. That buffer’s gone.’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: In 2012, water levels in Lake Michigan, pictured, and Lake Huron fell to record low levels for December. Photo: Jeff Haynes / AFP / Getty Images] By Mike Pearson 14 January 2013 (CNN) – Chris Berkey makes his living plying the often treacherous waters of the Great Lakes, delivering staples like cement to industries nestled in the myriad harbors that dot a coastline that's equal to nearly half of the circumference of the globe. It's not glamorous work, but it is critical to the U.S. economy. And it's getting harder. Water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron fell to rec... more »

Extinction looms as Indonesia opens forests for logging – ‘We’ll see the extinction of all the charismatic species in 10 to 20 years’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Deforestation in Aceh, Indonesia. A new government plan will allow for companies to exploit Indonesian forests, threatening orang-utans, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, and other endangered species. Photo: Getty Images] By Michael Bachelard, Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax Media 15 January 2013 (Sydney Morning Herald) – Some of the richest and most biodiverse forests in Indonesia will soon be opened up for commercial exploitation under a plan drafted by the new government of Aceh. The chairman of the Aceh parliament's spatial planning committee, Mr Anwar (who goes by only on... more »

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Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*Happy Birthday Drew and Baylen Brees!*

First of 900 Nigerian troops to Mali 'in next 24 hours'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The first of a planned 900 Nigerian troops will deploy to Mali in the next 24 hours as part of a UN-mandated African force aimed at helping the country battle Islamists, a defence spokesman said Tuesday. "The president approved the deployment of a battalion, and in the next 24 hours a company of the battalion will be deployed," Colonel Mohammed Yerima told journalists. "The remainder will be deployed later." He added that Nigeria's total commitment will be around 900 troops, or 300 more than previously announced. The first company will include 190 personnel, he said. http://www.goo... more »

A Message From Northerntruthseeker

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
I have been quite busy the last while with family, business, and personal issues, and they will be continuing for the next week or two.... I am trying to post up material every chance I get, depending on if I have the time! Hopefully I will have these other matters fully cleared up by next week and I will be back into posting a few articles in this blog every day...Please bear with me.... Also, I have been seeing an increase in comments in each article that is posted in this blog... For that, I want to thank my readers....However, at the same time, I have seen an increase in very ... more »

“Supernatural: Magic and Spelling as Mind Control”

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
*Jan Irvin @ Gnostic Media interviews Jose Barrera : "“Supernatural: Magic and Spelling as Mind Control"* Where to begin? *WOW!* Does wow* *work for you? I first listened to the audio only, which is included below the video. Then I watched the video and that made all the difference in taking away the ideas being presented and also understanding how deep the mind control programming runs. Or, for people who for whatever reason find the term mind control to* out there*, this video makes very clear how the implementation of specific images and rituals are used, EVERYDAY, to manage your... more »

Tuesday Morning Linkage Club

PM at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Good morning, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ducks at sea! China The New York Times reports Western studios are giving Chinese censors early access to their films. Wikipedia’s background on Chinese film censorship. Alyssa Rosenberg discussed this in June. Some Chinese directors don’t like censorship Some in Taiwan are suspicious of cross-strait media Continue reading

Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies- My Favorite Cookie

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 3 hours ago
These have been my absolute favorite cookies, ever since I was a little kid. I begged my mom to make them and then would usually hide them and eat the entire plate. Before Christmas I hadn't eaten one in years. My little girl was deathly allergic to peanuts and then miracles of all miracles, outgrew the allergy. To celebrate my mom made a huge batch for Christmas, which I think I ate most of. You will need: 1/2 C. Granulated Sugar + extra for rolling 1/2 C. Brown Sugar 1/2 C. Peanut Butter 1/4 C. Shortening 1/4 C. Butter 1 egg 1 1/4 c. flour 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking pow... more »

Southern Man... Don't Forget What Your Good Book Says

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
My sister didn't move far from where we grew up. She and her family live in Manhattan Beach, a very narrow spit of land in Brooklyn between Sheepshead Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. She's been in Florida since right after SuperStorm Sandy inundated her home. Her husband and two kids have moved into hotels while they renovated the house and my brother-in-law's business, also wiped out by the storm. Manhattan Beach was almpst completely devastated by the storm. My sister's refrigerator was last seen floating down the street towards Sheepshead Bay and her car drowned too. Her insurance... more »

Snookered

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
Shawn Atleo stepped down as head of the Assembly of First Nations yesterday, a victim of the norovirus which has been ravaging North America's population. His absence, we were told, will be "brief." But, if he read Michael Harris' column yesterday, Atleo might consider extending his leave. Harris wrote that he co-operated in a classic Harper strategy -- divide and conquer: First, he destroyed the official unity of his organization. That is a big gift to the PM, a master of the Rovian game of divide-and-conquer politics. Thanks to Atleo, it will be much easier for Harper to pull t... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Regina King, 42. On to the good stuff: 1. Brendan Nyhan on covering the IPAB. 2. You won't be surprised to learn that I agree with Eric Patashnik that Congress should "Bring back pork barrel spending." 3. Larry Bartels looks back on the economy and 2012. 4. I finally got around to Annie Lowrey's NYT Magazine piece on Washington; it's excellent. 5. And a good one from Jamelle Bouie on No Labels.

Italy suspends activity at Benghazi consulate, withdraws staff

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Italy suspended activity at its consulate in Benghazi and withdrew staff for security reasons on Tuesday after a gun attack on its consul at the weekend which underlined the precarious security situation in the North African state. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Guido De Sanctis's heavily armored car in Benghazi, Libya's second city, on Saturday. The diplomat was unhurt but the attack was a reminder of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission there that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-italy-libya-idUSBRE90E0EQ20130115

Syrian Rebels Bomb Aleppo university causes casualties

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
An explosion rocked the University of Aleppo in Syria's second largest city on Tuesday, causing casualties, state television said. The report described the explosion as a "terrorist attack." Fighting between rebels and government forces has reached a stalemate in Aleppo and left the city divided. Rebels say they control more than half the province. The university lies in government-controlled territory. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-syria-crisis-explosion-idUSBRE90E0I920130115

Arab Spring makes region $225 billion poorer

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Ousting dictators in the Arab world doesn’t come cheap, according to Breakingviews calculations. The hope is wealth will be more evenly distributed, but the fear is the new regimes are less growth-friendly.

U.S. seeks to calm Japan, South Korea

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The United States sent its top Asian diplomacy and security officials to South Korea and Japan to calm tensions between two U.S. allies whose squabbling has frustrated efforts to deal with a troublesome North Korea and an increasingly assertive China. The high-powered delegation from the White House, Pentagon and State Department departed on Monday and will be visiting the region shortly after the election of a new nationalist-leaning Japanese government in December and before Seoul inaugurates a new president in February. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-usa-japan-diplo... more »

ALEC - "Have Propoganda, Will Travel"

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
Most of the time we focus on the meetings held by ALEC and we error in not mentioning the other ways that ALEC influences through their propaganda. In addition to the multiple meetings across the United States, the American Legislative Exchange Council also promotes their extremist right wing agenda through: Monthly magazine issued to members Email newsletters issued to members Amicus briefs before all levels of the court system in the Untied States Letters written to the leaders of the US Congress promoting ALEC agendas Editorials published in local newspapers promo... more »

Czech Budweiser defends the trademark in the U.K.

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 3 hours ago
*A major loss for the world's #1 brewer* Pilsner Urquell is clearly the most valuable Czech beer trademark – not only because it's produced in my hometown. The brewery belongs to SABMiller these days, the world's second largest brewing empire after Belgium's AB Inbev which is known as the owner of Anheuser-Busch ("Budweiser"). On the contrary, Budweiser is arguably the second most well-known Czech beer after all the Pilsner brands. Yes, I said Budweiser. The Czech brewery(founded in 1895 in its current form but the city has produced OK beer since the 13th century and pils since the... more »

Fitch warns on U.S., Spain ratings, upbeat on Ireland

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The United States faces a "material risk" of losing its triple-A status if there is a repeat of the wrangling seen in 2011 over raising the country's self-imposed debt ceiling, credit ratings firm Fitch said on Tuesday. Fitch also said Spain will continue to face downgrade risks even if it avoids having to ask for a bailout, while Ireland could claw its way back into the single-A rating band if a deal is struck to share the burden of its banking debts. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-united-states-rating-fitch-idUSBRE90E0D620130115

France steps up Mali operation, Africans try to catch up

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
France hit Islamist rebels in Mali with fresh air strikes and deployed armored cars on Tuesday, stepping up its intervention in the West African state as regional allies struggled to accelerate their plans to send in troops. Paris has poured hundreds of soldiers into Mali and carried out air raids since Friday in the northern half of the country, which was seized last year by an Islamist alliance combining al Qaeda's north African wing AQIM with Mali's home-grown MUJWA and Ansar Dine rebel groups. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE90D0FX20130115

Pakistan turmoil deepens as court orders PM's arrest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister on Tuesday in connection with an alleged corruption scandal, ratcheting up pressure on a government locked in a showdown with a cleric who has a history of ties to the army. The combination of the arrest order and a mass street protest in the capital Islamabad led by Muslim cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri raised fears among politicians that the military was working with the judiciary to force out a civilian leader. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-pakistan-cleric-protests-idUSBRE90E04920130115

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 15th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:07:35 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 09:07:35 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.312°S, 133.074°E Depth 17.6 km (10.9 miles) Region NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA Distances 154 km (95 miles) NNE of Tual, Indonesia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake MYANMAR - 15th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:17:00 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 05:47:00 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 23.669°N, 94.817°E Depth 115.2 km (71.6 miles) Region MYANMAR Distances 41 km (25 miles) E of Mawlaik, Myanmar

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 15th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:58:55 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 08:58:55 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.760°N, 143.702°E Depth 34.9 km (21.7 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 222 km (137 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 15th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:47:09 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 08:47:09 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.545°N, 143.878°E Depth 29.4 km (18.3 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 269 km (167 miles) ENE (78°) from Iwaki, Honshu, Japan

Egypt: Train Crash Leaves 19 Dead Near Cairo

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
At least 19 people have died and more than 100 are injured after a train derailed in Egypt. Two coaches at the rear of the train, which was carrying army recruits, jumped the track shortly after midnight local time just outside the capital Cairo. More than 60 ambulances were sent to the scene, where rescuers tried to reach survivors and bodies from a twisted heap of metal left on the side of the rails. http://news.sky.com/story/1038212/egypt-train-crash-leaves-19-dead-near-cairo

Japan: Heavy Snow Leaves Thousands Stranded

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Thousands of people were left stranded at Tokyo's Narita International Airport after 71 flights were cancelled due to heavy snow. A total of 3,400 travellers were forced to spend the night in the terminal as the season's first deluge in the Japanese capital left around three inches of snow. Central Tokyo and Narita received some of the worst weather on Monday - a national holiday in Japan - causing major delays to traffic and trains. http://news.sky.com/story/1038253/japan-heavy-snow-leaves-thousands-stranded

Train Acid Scare: Man Arrested After Alert

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A man has been arrested after a bottle containing hydrochloric acid was left on a train which sparked a major alert. The 27-year-old suspect was detained on suspicion of endangering railway safety. Middlesbrough station was evacuated and closed after a passenger reported a burning smell on board a Northern Rail service to Darlington on Sunday evening. The hazardous liquid was left in a drinks bottle in the middle of the train. http://news.sky.com/story/1038327/train-acid-scare-man-arrested-after-alert

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Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Nagin, feds may soon reach plea agreement* *7 years later, are New Orleans schools better off? ~Karran Harper Royal* *Super Bowl Bicycle Share* *MLK Jr. events get started in New Orleans* *Texas Brine, state agree on sinkhole imaging plan ~The Advocate* *Houma homeless housing center, Jindally evicts longtime tenant for missing one rent payment* *Corps of Engineers finishes project to try to keep Mississippi River open * *Hey Blake, who was Sam Bonart? ~Gambit * *Event kicks off journey toward reopening of Circle Food ~Danny Monteverde* *Bidders, Brunch and Bubbles aims to introd... more »

Cleaner Steals Train And Hits House In Sweden

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The woman was seriously injured when the train derailed at Saltsjobaden station, southeast of Stockholm, and collided with the building, police spokesman Lars Bystrom confirmed. She was flown to hospital in the capital city and has been arrested on suspicion of endangering the public. http://news.sky.com/story/1038312/cleaner-steals-train-and-hits-house-in-sweden

DPP 'Fury' March Success

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*Morning traffic hurries past motorcycles parked by the train station in Tanzi.* LOL. Lots of different numbers out there for the DPP protest on Sunday. AP reports in an article that gives an excellent view of the situation, hitting on Ma's many failures: Organizers from the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party estimated the crowd at 150,000, though Associated Press journalists on the scene put the number at no more than 50,000. There was no immediate estimate from police. Since Ma’s re-election, his popularity has plummeted amid the failure of his China-oriented economic... more »

More snow

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

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James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago

No to Assimilation, No to Colonisation.

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 5 hours ago
Islam in the Europe is on the rise due to people being sick of degenerate political correctness. However, it is a fallacy that vast numbers of Europeans are converting to the Mohammedan cult. Rather, the decline in Christianity which has occurred as a result of the collusion of the Church with the Talmudic enemy, has given the Muslim colonists a higher profile in the arena of morality than they deserve. The numerical increase in the Muslim population is not due to a significant percentage of Europeans accepting the drivel of Islam, but due to the vast numbers of Muslims entering... more »

Lentil and Seafood Stew!

Casey at The Adventures of Limited Eating - 6 hours ago
*Lentil and Seafood Stew!* Last Friday night I wanted something a little special, but didn't have much to work with. So once again I went for an improv and ended up with something surprisingly good! It was a green lentil soup with prawns, tilapia, chorizo, a splash of white wine and pinch of saffron. And what a winning meal it was. Perfect for a Friday night in! I hope you love this healthy and decadent meal as much as we did! Get that eating ooon! *What you need:* Serves 6 - 1 3/4 cup green lentils - 1 medium onion, chopped - 2 cloves of garlic, crushed - 2 cans of crushed toma... more »

Word for the day - Polycephalous

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
http://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2010/04/22/cleggie-thinks-we-brits-need-to-be-put-in-our-place/ Boris Johnson & Will Self, the two writers you need to read with a dictionary to hand!

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake MID-INDIAN RIDGE - 15th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 09:20:21 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 01:20:21 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.127°S, 66.510°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region MID-INDIAN RIDGE Distances 719 km (446 miles) WSW of Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory

Pakistan's Supreme Court Orders PM's Arrest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Pakistan's supreme court has ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf over a corruption case. The surprise move plunges the country into fresh political turmoil and came as a populist cleric, who is believed to be backed by the military, demanded the resignation of the government in protests attended by thousands in capital Islamabad. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/50972497/comingcrisisbreakingnewsbanner.jpg

in Taichung, even the dogs....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 7 hours ago
In Taichung, even the dogs dress like betel nut girls... _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

Two MORE whales wash up on NY beaches hours apart - three weeks after finback whale washed up and died in Breezy Point

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Two additional whales washed up on New York's Long Island shore just hours apart, less than a month after a pregnant whale washed up on New York's Breezy Point shore and died soon after. Among the most recent New York whale fatalities, one was found dead and the other was later euthanized, marine officials said. The two helpless marine mammals were discovered on Sunday on separate stretches of East Hampton beaches, Newsday reports. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262192/Two-MORE-whales-wash-NY-beaches-hours-apart-weeks-finback-whale-washed-died-Breezy-Point.html

Officer Richmond Phillips 'shot dead mistress and left their baby to die in boiling car - because he didn't want to pay child support’

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Richmond Phillips, a Washington, D.C., police officer involved in a paternity dispute with his mistress shot the woman dead and left their infant child to die in a hot car, prosecutors say. Phillips killed the two because he didn't want to pay child support, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said during opening statements in court on Monday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262444/Richmond-Phillips-D-C-police-officer-paternity-dispute-mistress-shot-dead-left-infant-child-die-hot-car.html

Obama to take on Republicans over immigration with plan to attract skilled workers and give illegal immigrants amnesty

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Barack Obama is set to make a new push for immigration reform - and hopes to solve a number of tricky issues at once. The U.S. President plans to introduce a comprehensive reform bill which will enable illegal immigrants to earn citizenship, attract highly skilled workers and establish a guest-worker programme for temporary immigrants. The immigration agenda represents a significant political risk for Mr Obama, who is also battling with Congress over gun control and fiscal policy. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262083/Obama-Republicans-immigration-weeks-plan-attract-skille... more »

Obama confirms he IS prepared to use executive orders to tighten gun controls without approval of Congress

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
President Obama confirmed Monday that he is prepared to use executive orders to tighten gun controls without the approval of Congress. '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,' Obama said during his final press conference of his first term. Obama is also reviewing a range of legislative actions, such as a 'meaningful' assault weapons ban and limit to high-capacity magazines, he said. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262324/President-Obama-confirms-prepared-use-executive-orders-ti... more »

Aaron Swartz Death: I WARNED over-zealous prosecutors that tragic Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz was suicidal, claims his lawyer

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A lawyer who formerly represented Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz on hacking charges said Monday he told federal prosecutors about a year ago that Swartz was a suicide risk. Swartz, 26, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his New York apartment Friday. Andrew Good, a Boston attorney who represented Swartz in the case last year, said he told federal prosecutors in Massachusetts that Swartz was a suicide risk. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262518/Lawyer-says-warned-prosecutors-Reddit-founder-Aaron-Swartz-suicidal.html

Bryan Oliver Charged: Bullied teen who shot his 16-year-old 'tormenter' at LA high school before he was talked down by hero teacher

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A student who was teased by his California high school classmates for his red hair, bookish appearance and social awkwardness has been charged as an adult for allegedly wounding one of his 'bullies' with a shotgun and targeting another. Bryan Oliver, 16, pictured, pleaded not guilty on Monday to two counts of premeditated attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm in the attack Thursday at Taft Union High School that left another 16-year-old wounded. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262579/Bryan-Oliver-Bullied-teen-tried-adult-Taft-High-School-shooting.html

Pakistan: Clashes At Protests Called By Qadri

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Security forces in Pakistan have fired live rounds in the air and used tear gas to try to control anti-government protests. Television pictures also showed demonstrators throwing stones at a rally in Islamabad organised by the Sufi cleric Tahirul Qadri. His supporters said the crowds prevented the cleric from being arrested by government forces. http://news.sky.com/story/1038155/pakistan-clashes-at-protests-called-by-qadri

German Bank Heist: Robbers Tunnel Into Vault

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Robbers dug a 30-metre tunnel into the vault of a Berlin bank, German police have said. The criminals escaped with the contents of safety deposit boxes, setting fire to the tunnel as they left to destroy any evidence. Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said the tunnel led from an underground garage into Volksbank's safe deposit room. Mr Neuendorf said the tunnel was "very professional" and must have taken weeks or possibly months to complete. http://news.sky.com/story/1038136/german-bank-heist-robbers-tunnel-into-vault

Armstrong 'Confesses Drug Use To Oprah'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Fallen sports star Lance Armstrong has admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, according to reports. In an interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, the cyclist ended a decade of denial, according to the AP news agency. http://news.sky.com/story/1038106/lance-armstrong-confesses-drug-use-to-oprah

Murderer Brian Grady On Run From Open Prison

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A murderer has gone on the run from prison and could be a danger to the public, police have warned. Brian Grady, also known as Brian Revill, walked out of HMP Prescoed in south Wales on Monday and failed to return, Gwent Police said. The 26-year-old was jailed for at least 11 years in July 2003 at Bristol Crown Court after being convicted of murder and robbery. Police believe he could be in the Bristol area where he has contacts. http://news.sky.com/story/1038163/murderer-brian-grady-on-run-from-open-prison

HMV Collapse: Gift Cards And Vouchers Invalid

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
HMV has confirmed it will not be accepting gift cards or vouchers from customers as the retailer prepared to collapse into administration. The company confirmed its intentions following a board meeting last night, as exclusively revealed by Sky's City Editor Mark Kleinman. In its statement, HMV - which employs 4,350 people - said its 238 stores would remain open while administrators Deloitte sought a buyer. It added that trading in HMV's ordinary shares had ceased. http://news.sky.com/story/1038182/hmv-collapse-gift-cards-and-vouchers-invalid

Diet Soda With Aspartame Shown to Destroy Kidney Function by Lisa Garber

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
Source: http://mnhopkins.blogspot.se/2012/11/9-health-risk-of-drinking-soda-pop-by.html Diet Soda, Aspartame Shown to Destroy Kidney Function by Lisa Garber Natural Society, 15 January 2013 *In an 11-year **study** by scientists at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, there was a strong positive correlation found between degeneration of kidney function and consumption of aspartame-containing diet soda.* Published in the *Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology*, the study followed 3,318 women for a number of years as they consumed diet soda containing a... more »

What is your favorite word?

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 8 hours ago
The Davis Enterprise's man-on-the-street question this week was, "What is your favorite word?" Although I think it's a good question, the answers published were rather uninspired. ‘Bungalow,’ because it’s fun to say. ... ‘Dunno,’ because I say that a lot. ... ‘Hello.’ When you meet somebody, you don’t want to say the other words. ... I heard my friend say ‘aardvark’ today. I’m not quite sure what it is. I think it’s an animal. ... “Paradise.” ... “I like ‘ey-ther’ instead of ‘ee-ther.’ It just really stands out to me.” I am not sure I have a favorite word. I love a lot of word... more »

JAVA

Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
US says Java still risky, even after security update Reuters UK . "Unless it is absolutely necessary to run Java in web browsers, disable" Java still contains security flaws, experts claim BBC News Homeland Security STILL warning Americans to disable Java ... No, Seriously, Just Disable Java in Your Browser Right Now Java is a free bit of software, distributed by Oracle, used to enable features of certain websites to run on all computers regardless of operating system, A flaw in the Java software could allow computers to being taken over by malicious attacks. This is according to... more »

Attack of the GM Mosquitos

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
It appears that this protocol is working well enough to seriously suppress targeted mosquito populations. It is at least as effective as a pesticide program that inevitably leaves gaps in coverage and destroys no end of non targeted species. In fact it is working well enough to be universally applied. The present heat is motivated by the subclass of anti GM agitators who have had ample success demonizing genetic modification and will not quit over the bodies of millions of malaria victims. This happens to be the one solution that is simply good enough. The enemy will no... more »

Freezing Antimatter

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Antimatter is the interesting problem and is simply not understood at all. What it clearly proves is that particles can degenerate into photons or my preference as partially bounded curvature. Again my work nicely encompasses that but does not as yet understand the natural production of larger particles or the direct creation of an anti proton. I think it most likely that preferred neutron decay produces a hydrogen atom. A non preferred decay will produce the anti hydrogen. The question becomes what drives preference and modeling may well reveal all that. It could be sim... more »

Inflatable Module Will be Added to Space Station

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
I have posted before extensively on the utility of using rotating bubbles out in space. The skin itself would not rotate, but the goods inside could easily do so around a central axis that acted as a cable stay hub. After that is in place, your imagination runs wild. So it is good to see an over engineered inflatable device now going up to work out the inevitable issues. Yet even a Mylar bubble hundreds of yards across could stand in as a safety net and garbage retainer. A few puffs of air would keep it inflated and micrometeorites could simply pass through. If that wor... more »

17 Billion Earth Sized Planets in Galaxy

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
At least we now have a number. It happens to be completely huge. What is more, this is likely the minimum number of planets that can be terraformed and are likely been terraformed or have been. In our own solar system Earth has long been effectively terraformed and is now in the process of been redone after the Pleistocene nonconformity some 13,900 years ago. On top of that Venus was likely ejected from Jupiter quite recently and now needs to be bombarded with volatiles to cool down the crust and provide enough water and carbon. We will eventually get the job. Otherw... more »

World Economic Forum Releases Top Risks List

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
The World Economic Forum is fearful of an imminent risk of major systemic economic failure. *"...high in the rankings of nail-biting concerns were also risks related to climate change, both rising greenhouse gas emissions and the failure of governments and businesses to mitigate or adapt to these changes. "At the report’s launch, John Drzik, the CEO of the risk and insurance services group Oliver Wyman, said, 'We see two big risks coming together, one is an environmental storm and the other is an economic storm, and we see them on a collision course.' "He pointed out that governm... more »

Alisa Massaro, Bethany McKee, Adam Landerman and Joshua Miner Arrested: Brutal teens 'kill and try to dismember' Terrence Rankins and Eric Glover

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Two men had been killed and dismembered by four young adults who were caught playing video games in the home when police arrived at the scene of the gruesome murder. The bodies of Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins were found by police inside a home in the suburb of Joliet, Illinois on Thursday and the atrocious nature of the deaths shocked even veteran members of the force. 'This is one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting things I've ever seen in my 27 years of law enforcement,' Police Chief Mike Trafton said. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262564/Brutal-teens-kille... more »

Republican Congressman vows to impeach President Obama if he institutes gun control

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman is threatening to attempt to impeach President Barack Obama if the commander in chief uses an executive order to institute new gun control measures. Stockman claimed that such measures would be 'unconstitutional' and therefor 'infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.' 'I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,' Stockman said in a statement. http://www.dailymail.c... more »

Mid-January Flooding Hits Alaska

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Homeowners in Anchorage are having to cope with a new winter challenge - flooding in mid-January Alaska. That's right - Alaska - mid-January - flooding. *Some call it a Chinook, while others say the "Pineapple Express". No matter what you call it, the weather has created a headache for some homeowners.* *As of 4 p.m. Sunday, Anchorage had received 10" of rainfall according to Channel 2 meteorologist Tracy Sinclare.* * * *Some residents in Anchorage, Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley spent the weekend trying to protect their homes by averting the melting snow and ice. “It was like ... more »

Mindy McCready's boyfriend shoots himself dead at the Arkansas home he shared with troubled country music star

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
David Wilson, the live-in boyfriend of troubled country singer Mindy McCready (seen together center), shot himself in his Heber Springs, Arkansas home on Sunday night and died hours later in a nearby hospital. McCready, 37, described songwriter Wilson, 34, as her 'soul mate' and 'life partner.' Wilson is the father of their nine-month-old son Zayne and played a father-figure role to the singer's elder son Zander (left). McCready, who made a name for herself in the country music world, was found in December 2011 in the Heber Springs home when she fled with her son Zander as part of ... more »

Serial rapist accused of murdering nine-year-old girl in India is released from jail and commits almost identical crime

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A 32-year-old Indian man acquitted of the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl was arrested on Friday after an almost identical attack. He had been released from jail for two other rape-murders just months earlier, because of good behaviour. Sunil Suresh (aka Pappu Salve) is now accused of kidnapping a nine-year-old girl from Shirdi town in Maharashtra in December and carrying out another brutal attack. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262246/Serial-rapist-accused-murdering-year-old-girl-released-jail-commits-identical-crime.html

Mindaugas Butkus: Fugitive criminal from Eastern Europe stalked and raped two women in knife-point attacks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A fugitive Eastern European criminal exploited EU 'open door' border laws to enter Britain and rape two women in terrifying twin attacks. Mindaugas Butkus, 23, fled his native Lithuania over a vicious knife-point robbery - yet he was allowed to come to the UK legally and without permission saying he wanted to work here to support his family back home. Just weeks after arriving in Liverpool, he stalked two women before beating one across the face and threatening the other with a knife in two separate rapes. Bizarrely an EU arrest warrant for Butkus was only issued in Lithuania aft... more »

Norovirus led to the closure of 1,500 hospital wards last year with South West of England the hardest hit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The winter vomiting bug led to the closure of 1,500 hospital wards last year, new figures show. There were a total of 1,818 norovirus outbreaks in hospitals in England in 2012, which closed 1,513 wards, according to statistics from the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Hospitals in the South West of England appear to have been the worst hit, with 363 wards closed in the region. The East of England saw the fewest hospital ward closures, with just 15 units shut as a result of the bug. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2262369/Norovirus-led-closure-1-500-hospital-wards-year-Sout... more »

Cenk Uygur Interviews Alex Jones

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
Good interview. I respect both men. Both have chosen a life of passion, purpose, and principles. It is good that people are talking about controversial subjects, whether it be gun control, indefinite detention of activists, the destructive use of drones, unjust counter-terrorism policies, etc. There are authoritarians who don't want debate and dialogue about public policy. They are not confident about their ideas and solutions so they censor opposing views and smear critics. The favourite tactic of the thought police is to label dissenters as "mentally ill," to discredit what they ... more »

Paul Currie fighting for his life after being punched unconscious by speeding 4x4 driver he waved at in bid to slow him down

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A father-of-three is fighting for his life today after he was punched in a road-rage attack by a driver he had asked to slow down. The 40-year-old victim, named locally as Paul Currie, waved his arms at the driver urging him to kill his speed as he drove along the quiet residential street in Dudley, West Midlands, at 3pm on Sunday. But the driver took exception to the man's gestures and pulled over in his 4x4. He approached Mr Currie, who was making his way home from the pub where he had been playing in a darts league and floored him with a single punch - leaving him lying unconsc... more »

60-mile front wildfire blazes across Australia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A wildfire with a 60-mile front is blazing across Australia's most populous state of New South Wales after destroying more than 30 homes and damaging the country's biggest observatory. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9799889/60-mile-front-wildfire-blazes-across-Australia.html

U.S. Sees Stakes as the French Do the Fighting in Mali

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The U.S. is leaving France to battle militant Islamists in Mali, providing “limited” military support even as officials warn that al-Qaeda advances there endanger American interests. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday that the U.S. is providing intelligence to French forces, and is considering “some limited logistical support” such as airlift. While the U.S., which is speeding its withdrawal from combat in Afghanistan and has steered clear of the fighting in Syria, doesn’t plan to commit troops to the conflict in Mali, Panetta said it has a “responsibility” to prevent al... more »

Dozens of Civilians Are Said to Be Killed by Syrian Airstrikes (shh! Don't mention the amount of civilians killed at the hands of Rebels)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Lebanon — Syrian warplanes have killed dozens of civilians, including more than 20 children, in an intensifying campaign of anti-insurgency airstrikes across the country over the past few days, bombing some targets as families were congregating outside to enjoy a sunny break from prolonged winter storms, activists and international medical aid workers said Monday. Their version of events was disputed by the Syrian government, which said through the official news agency that the airstrikes had made great progress against what it called armed terrorists fighting against President Bash... more »

In 2011, Fraser Institute continued to take Koch Brothers donations and file tax returns claiming no political activity

David Climenhaga at Alberta Diary - 10 hours ago
Michael Walker, right, President of the Fraser Institute Foundation and former director of the Fraser Institute, looks at a copy of the Edmonton Sun with a well-known columnist from that newspaper. The great public intellectuals of the Canadian right may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Consistent Fraser Institute donors Charles and David Koch. In ... more »

Train carrying army recruits derails in Egypt, 19 killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A military train carrying young recruits to an army camp derailed in a Cairo suburb on Tuesday, killing 19 people and injuring 107, Egypt's health ministry spokesman said. The train was traveling from Upper Egypt to Cairo when it derailed in the Giza neighborhood of Badrashin, a security source said, adding that the train was a military vehicle carrying conscripted youth on their way to an army camp. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/15/us-egypt-train-crash-idUSBRE90E03P20130115

What decades of research tell us

skrashen at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
Sent to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan 14 What decades of research tells us Re: Educators struggle to combat dropout rate disparities (January 14, 2013) Here is what we know from decades of educational research: A large percentage of minority students live in poverty. Those who live in poverty have a hard time in school. Those who live in poverty have inadequate nutrition, poor health care and little access to books. Each of these factors is associated with low school performance. We can take a huge step forward by protecting students from some of the effects of poverty and we can ... more »

Analysis: Move on assault weapons creates risks for Obama

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
President Barack Obama appears ready to gamble in the debate over gun control. By signaling on Monday that he will ask Congress to ban military-style assault weapons, Obama is embarking on a high-risk strategy that is likely to further inflame tensions with Republicans at a time when feelings already are raw because of a series of running budget battles. At a White House news conference, Obama said he favored a "meaningful" assault weapons ban, stronger background checks for gun buyers and tighter controls on high-capacity magazine clips in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, sch... more »

Assad and family said to be living on a Russian warship, having fled Syria

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad has moved with his family and a select cadre of associates to a warship off Syria’s coast, where he is being guarded by Russian naval forces, a Saudi daily reported on Monday. The Russian protection effectively amounts to political asylum for the Syrian president, unnamed intelligence sources told the Saudi daily al-Watan. Assad now travels by helicopter to mainland Syria for official meetings in his presidential palace in Damascus, having lost faith in his security detail, the report said. Assad has grown increasingly entrenched in the 22 m... more »

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
*Mass murder pills* have many negative side effects. There are better, alternative techniques to heal people who suffer from mental problems. One alternative is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation [TMS]. Read about it *here*and *here*. And watch the two videos below for more information. YouTube Video Description - [Channel: bu]: A transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment is simulated by Domenic Ciraulo, a MED professor and chair of the department of psychiatry and chief psychiatrist at Boston Medical Center, and Maryam Afshar, a MED assistant professor and principal investigator o... more »

Sunday Globe Special: The Nantucket Effect

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 11 hours ago
"21 states take aim at Mass. hospitals’ Medicare windfall; Nantucket’s tiny hospital that funnels hundreds of millions to other institutions" by Tracy Jan | Globe Staff, January 13, 2013 WASHINGTON — Nantucket Cottage Hospital is *a national symbol of inequity and political machinations* in the way the federal government reimburses hospitals for treating Medicare patients. Under an arcane hospital payment system, Nantucket Cottage’s rural designation has allowed the state’s 81 other hospitals to collectively reap between a *$256.6 million and $367 million annual bonus* for the las... more »

DAVID LYN MILLER

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
PLEASE PEOPLE... DON'T SEND ME ANY MORE DAVID LYN MILLER VIDEOS! THIS IS GETTING TO BE LIKE HARRY POTTER'S LETTER FROM HOGWARTS...ITS AN AVALANCHE IN MY EMAIL BASKET. THAT'S MOST OF MY EMAILS RIGHT NOW. LET ME GET SOME FREE TIME FIRST AND REVIEW IT FIRST... more »

Blackall in central Queensland hit by tornado as 120km/h winds come to town

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A TOWN in central Queensland was hit by a tornado Monday night, just 11 months after a flood swept through the area. Blackall retailer Ian Kinsey said a tornado hit the town about 9pm, ripping part of his clothing store’s roof clean off. “The tornado wasn’t a massive one…but it would have been a couple of more minutes before it ripped the roof off completely." http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/blackall-in-central-queensland-hit-by-tornado-as-120kmh-winds-come-to-town/story-e6frg6n6-1226554204928

Bird Flu: H5N1 in Bhutan, variant H3N2 pandemic risk

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
H5N1 hits backyard flocks in Bhutan An outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu in backyard free-ranging flocks in Bhutan has killed 18 poultry and led to 952 more being culled, according to a Jan 11 report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The birds had died from Dec 19 through Dec 30 in Dagana village in Dagana district, the report said. Trace-back investigations found that 10 more birds had died in the previous month but had not been reported, the report said. http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/jan1413fluscan.html Modeling study ... more »

Robert Richard Hieronimus - Decoding the Great Seal

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
There is nothing sinister about this symbol. Robert Richard Hieronimus is the author of the book, *"Founding Fathers, Secret Societies: Freemasons, Illuminati, Rosicrucians, and the Decoding of the Great Seal."* *Wikipedia:* Robert Richard Hieronimus, Ph.D. (b. 1943) is an educator, artist, author, activist and has been an acknowledged pioneer in the "New Paradigm" movement since 1971. Hieronimus's research on the Great Seal has been used in the speeches, literature, and libraries of the White House (1976, 1982), the State Department (1978), and the Department of Interior (1... more »

Struggling HMV Calls In Administrators

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
HMV has thrown in the towel after years of struggling to fend off nimbler rivals by calling in administrators in a move which puts more than 4,000 jobs in jeopardy. As Sky News revealed exclusively earlier on Monday evening, the board of HMV has served notice of its intention to appoint Deloitte to oversee last-ditch efforts to rescue the high street entertainment retailer. http://news.sky.com/story/1038057/struggling-hmv-calls-in-administrators

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 15th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 02:58:14 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:58:14 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 32.448°N, 141.554°E Depth 43.7 km (27.2 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 178 km (110 miles) ESE of Hachijo-jima, Japan

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 15th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 00:54:54 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 08:54:54 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 43.386°N, 81.054°E Depth 27.5 km (17.1 miles) Region NORTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA Distances 56 km (34 miles) SSW of Yining Xian, China

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 14th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Monday, January 14, 2013 at 23:40:43 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 04:40:43 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 2.041°S, 68.097°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region CARLSBERG RIDGE Distances 576 km (357 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives

India-- Another Woman Raped On Another Bus By Another Gang

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
I arrived in India on December 16, the same day a 23 year medical student was brutally gang-raped on a bus in Delhi. Her fight for life-- a fight she eventually lost-- was the only story anyone cared about in Delhi for the entire time I was there. The core of the downtown was often shut down-- the metro stations closed and the roads in and out barricaded-- as hundreds of thousands of Indians protested, first the brutality of the crime and Indian society's nonchalance towards violence against women, but eventually the inevitable police brutality directed against the protesters. Lik... more »

Reduce Footprints is back (so is #CTWW & #MtaGt)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 12 hours ago
Happy New Year and welcome back to Reduce Footprints. We have a new look and some exciting activities planned for 2013. Last year, before leaving for hiatus, I asked readers the following question: "What would you like to see on this blog in 2013?" I got some great responses and plan to incorporate them into this year's activities. Here are a few changes we'll start with: - Challenges will no longer include a requirement to return to this blog for an update. You'll simply be asked to accomplish the task. However, since I believe we learn from each others experiences, you a... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Toddler Lost in Lawrence

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 12 hours ago
"Police investigate tot’s troubled trip home" by Patricia Wen | Globe Staff, January 13, 2013 Lawrence *police are investigating* a day-care transportation company for allegedly losing track of a 2-year-old boy for up to two hours Friday afternoon, before getting the child safely back into the arms of his desperate mother with little immediate explanation of what happened. “I need questions to be answered,” said Diana Bermudez, 30, who said her toddler was sleeping in a *urine-soaked diaper and partially covered in vomit* when reunited with her. The transportation company, Trans... more »

Coleman Barks' Dream & the Dreamers

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago

Funny Video: Member of Elite FSA Special Forces Gets Shot In The Hand

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
Maybe the FSA "rebels" do need American training. Nothing fancy, just the basics, like how to hold your gun, how to confront the enemy, and how not to run away like a little girl when you're in the middle of a firefight.

the buddha

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago

origin of the world

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago

Not a nation of deadbeats -- yet

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 13 hours ago
President Obama gave a presser today on gun control. But the twitter told me the White House media insiders found it *much* too boring so the questions were about the dreaded deficit that so consumes what Charlie perfectly named the courtier press. President actually did well on defining the players and the stakes in the GOP's reckless gamble with their ante of the full faith and credit of the United States. Sadly, he failed on the defining the solution. This compelled Charlie Pierce to evoke his First Law Of Economics: *Fk The Deficit. People Got No Jobs. People Got No Money.* ... more »

US and Japan: Locked Into a Pathological Military Partnership

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
*U.S. Arms Sales to Asia Set to Boom on Pacific 'Pivot'* By Jim Wolf, Reuters 09 January 13 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/01/us-usa-asia-arms-sales-idUSBRE90005D20130101 *U.S. sales of warplanes, anti-missile systems and other costly weapons to China's and North Korea's neighbors appear set for significant growth amid regional security jitters.* [Excerpted] Japan has emerged as the most important U.S. partner in crafting a layered shield against ballistic missiles of all ranges and in all phases of flight. The administration told Congress two days before Pyongyang... more »

First Nation Terrance Nelson: Oil Pipeline and Rail Blockades

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
  By Terrance Nelson, First Nation Roseau River Ojibway Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com   Chief FoxMy sources have raised a concern that needs to be considered. Although, I have not used these two sources too much and I do not know if this information is true, it rings like the truth. I am being told that the "big money" in the States are hoping that an oil blockade

stop it

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 14 hours ago

Lamar W. Hankins : Obama Continues Immoral Bush Policies

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 14 hours ago
Four more years. Image from NewsOne. Obama embraces five immoral Bush policies “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period... was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr. By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog / January 14, 2013 Looking back over the last four years, it has become clear that

Musical Interlude: Loreena McKennitt, "Kecharitomene"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Loreena McKennitt, "Kecharitomene" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dq9kI74kRk

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"In silhouette against a crowded star field toward the constellation Scorpius, this dusty cosmic cloud evokes for some the image of an ominous dark tower. In fact, clumps of dust and molecular gas collapsing to form stars may well lurk within the dark nebula, a structure that spans almost 40 light-years across this gorgeous telescopic portrait. * Click image for larger size.* Known as a cometary globule, the swept-back cloud, extending from the lower right to the head (top of the tower) left and above center, is shaped by intense ultraviolet radiation from the OB association of v... more »

Chet Raymo, “On Offering It Up”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“On Offering It Up”* by Chet Raymo “I provided here previously a religious naturalist's reading of Pope Benedict XVI's recent encyclical Spe Salvi, "in hope we are saved." I have no delusions that my critique will satisfy or convince the majority of people. The hope for something better than we find in this vale of happiness and tears is part and parcel of the attraction of Christianity and other religions. In the latter part of the encyclical, the pope comments at length on suffering as a school for learning Christian hope. "It is not by sidestepping or fleeing from suffering ... more »

Top 3 PC operating systems - for women...?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 14 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/sYTOavWs6Aw Quite interesting to have your Mum do the testing... Although I nearly experienced the same when my wife changed her Win XP for Ubuntu! The test is quite interesting and amusing for several OS's are shown. From bad to good, old to new. Enjoy! John

SUMMER SNIPPETS: ‘Migrations & Cultures,’ by Thomas Sowell

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 14 hours ago
[image: Migrations And Cultures: A World View]*More interesting snippets I highlighted during my summer reading, this time from Thomas Sowell’s* Migration & Cultures*, part of his Race & Culture trilogy. (Send a copy to Tariana Turia.)* “Cultures are not merely customs which people have a sentimental attachment, or badges of “identity” which permit them to engage in breast-beating. Cultures are particular ways of accomplishing the things that make life possible—the perpetuation of the species, the transmission of knowledge, and the absorption of the shocks of change and death, am... more »

“The Brutal Truth About How Childhood Determines Your Economic Destiny”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
* “The Brutal Truth About How Childhood * *Determines Your Economic Destiny”* by Lynn Stuart Parramore "Give me the child until he is seven," the old Jesuit teachers say, "and I will give you the man." "Back in 1964, filmmaker Paul Almond set out to test that theory by documenting the lives of a group of seven-year-old British children. Some were born to the manor; others grew up in charity homes. There were tykes from both the countryside and the city. Almond wanted to know if the destiny of the children had already been scripted by the circumstances of their birth - particul... more »

GOP congressman threatens impeachment if Obama uses executive action for gun control

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman threatened Monday afternoon that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he institutes gun control measures with an executive order. Stockman warned that such executive orders would be “unconstitutional” and “infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.” (RELATED: Levin: If Obama sidesteps Congress on debt ceiling, ‘no choice’ but impeachment) “I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the Whi... more »

"An estrangement between the South and the rest of the country would bring out the worst in both" (George Packer)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
* * *"An estrangement between the South and the rest of the country would bring out the worst in both -- dangerous insularity in the first, smug self-deception in the second. "Southern political passions have always been rooted in sometimes extreme ideas of morality, which has meant, in recent years, abortion and school prayer. But there is a largely forgotten Southern history, beyond the well-known heroics of the civil-rights movement, of struggle against poverty and injustice, led by writers, preachers, farmers, rabble-rousers, and even politicians, speaking a rich language of in... more »

Queen's Secret VETO Power on UK Laws

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
The Queen was asked for consent on a range of bills, including those affecting her estates. There is growing concern in parliament at a lack of transparency over the royals’ role in lawmaking. Photograph: Sergeant Dan Harmer http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/14/secret-papers-royals-veto-bills *Secret papers show extent of senior royals' veto over bills* *Court order reveals how approval of Queen and Prince Charles is sought on range of bills* Robert Booth The Guardian, Monday 14 January 2013 The extent of the Queen and Prince Charles's secretive power of veto over new laws has ... more »

The centrist solution

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 15 hours ago
It appears the mythical non-partisan problem solvers, a/k/a the Centrasauri, have arrived early this season. I see NoLabels is launching a mighty comeback and now we have Jon Huntsman and Joe Manchin teaming up to bring back civilized political discourse by recruiting a Gang of 24 on Capitol Hill. Their goals are lofty, and familiar: While in past years members of Congress used to interact regularly with members of the opposite party, today members of Congress interact very little with people from the other party — or even members of their own party in the opposite body. Members’ ... more »

Untitled

Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Crouere statement confirms claims that NewOrleans.com capitulated to Aaron Broussard's office ~Your Right Hand Thief *

Snark - A vew of Politics - By a Wannabe King

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
Excellent snarky wisdom – this post made me smile many times. Snips from “If I Were King”, 2013 edition. The King summons his sullen scribes with this year’s list of changes deemed necessary to restore peace and harmony to his lands. The King has had it up to his royal migraine with fools with guns. If aging macho men like Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis require mass amounts of ammo to shore up their manly bona fides the kingdom’s taxing authority will assess a per bullet fee for every shot fired. The liquor industry isn’t routinely invited to AA meetings, so ... more »

take me to your leader

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 15 hours ago

Iowa Takes Action Against ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
Something that definitely can be reproduced in every states. *Liberal group urges Iowa lawmakers to renounce membership in conservative organization* 5:04 PM, Jan 14, 2013 | by Jason Noble | Comments Categories: Iowa Politics Insider Progress Iowa, the liberal advocacy group, is ramping up pressure on Iowa lawmakers to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative think tank that provides model legislation to states across the country. The Des Moines-based group said Monday it has sent a letter to every Iowa legislator asking them ... more »

Bob Feldman : Texas During the Great Depression, 1930-1940

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 15 hours ago
Jobless men picket at San Antonio City Hall, c. 1932. Image from the San Antonio Light Collection, UT Institute of Texan Cultures. The hidden history of Texas Part 11: 1930-1940/1 -- Economic survival difficult during Great Depression By Bob Feldman / The Rag Blog / January 14, 2013 [This is the first section of Part 11 of Bob Feldman's Rag Blog series on the hidden history of Texas.]

The 4 Things That We KNOW for SURE....

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
http://theempressoftime.blogspot.com/p/the-4-thinngs-that-we-know-for-sure.html The 4 Things That We KNOW for SURE.... .... there are only *4 THINGS THAT i/WE KNOW FOR SURE:* *1. Everything will work out perfectly for everyone, somehow;* (i don't have to have all of the answers, or details right NOW. ) ALL IS WELL. *2. It doesn't look like what i think it looks like-* (...there are ALWAYS infinite perspectives to choose from in any given NOW. ) *3. NOBODY'S insanity is more superior to anyone else's;* ( I AM another yourSelf....got it?!) *4. THE cu... more »

Signs of cabal defeat are proliferating

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
*Signs of cabal defeat are proliferating* Posted by Benjamin Fulford January 14, 2013 Signs that the Satanic cabal is headed for a decisive defeat are proliferating. One clear indication is that even corporate media has begun to report on Satanic paedophiliac ceremonies presided over by the likes of UK media star Jimmy Savile. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/370439/Jimmy-Savile-was-part-of-satanic-ring Furthermore, 311 tsunami and nuclear terrorist-attack accomplice Senator J. Rockefeller announced he was not running for re-election. This is a sign the Rockefellers are join... more »

Media Malpractice: Politico edition

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 16 hours ago
Under no circumstances should you click on this link to Politico's surrender to pure stenography. It burns the brain cells and it's a waste of precious time you'll never get back. The piece reads like it was delivered full written by the RNC. Instead, read Steve Benen's takedown of the GOP talking points. It's unfortunate that the Politico passes along so many of these Republican allegations without scrutiny, but it's worth noting, in case anyone's forgotten, that (a) trashing the full faith and credit of the United States would almost certainly produce catastrophic results; (b) ... more »

New CIA Director John Brennan Cheers Torture

Intercept at The Intercept - 16 hours ago
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The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Fort White, Florida, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

MN Legislation - To Out ALEC Bills and Freebies

2old2care at Because I Can - 17 hours ago
* * *Bill aims to make ALEC disclose* Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger Updated: January 14, 2013 - 2:29 PM In a measure aimed at making the American Legislative Exchange Council reveal more, DFL senators on Monday proposed expanding who is a lobbyist and what lobbyists need to disclose. If the measure became law, anyone who promotes or distributes model legislation would be required to register as a lobbyist. Under the measure, lobbyists and lawmakers would have to disclose any scholarship funds they get to attend events or meetings. "It is aimed at ALEC," said Minneapolis DFL... more »

HMV Demise Offers All a Wake-up Call

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 17 hours ago
The UK High Street casualties continue. In recent weeks more have fallen and now media HMV chain is poised to follow With administrators being appointed tomorrow. Over the last decade the music chains that once dominated have fallen like domino and it is now hard to find any music on the High Street. The video stores have also largely disappeared along with the game stores. Is it all down to Amazon, Apple and their online offers? Is it down to the actual music going online and streamed services such as Spotify and YouTube? Is it down the likes of Love Film and Netflix? Is it dow... more »

“Mind Games: Reading Classics Stimulates Brain Activity”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“Mind Games: * *Reading Classics Stimulates Brain Activity”* by RT.com “British scientists have proved that reading Shakespeare and other classics can stimulate the mind and has a beneficial effect on brain activity. Scientists at Liverpool University have monitored the brain activity of a number of volunteers while they were reading works by William Shakespeare, T.S Eliot and others, The Daily Telegraph reports. Then the original texts were altered and "translated" to simpler modern language and given to the readers again. The data recorded during reading both versions of the... more »

Sandy Hook shooting - MSNBC reports that AR-15 rifle was left in the car

Intercept at The Intercept - 18 hours ago
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Idle No More and Recall to Basic Consciousness

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 18 hours ago
Idle No More spreads in all directions. On Dec 1, the Zapatistas took over 5 municipalities in total silence and issued a new declaration: http://drcintli.blogspot.com/2012/12/next-steps-for-ezln.html. This made me think back to an elder that I met long ago from the pueblo of Santa Clara. I ran into him recently and gave me a document. I misplaced it, but recently found it. Despite the reference to 2012, it speaks to us at this precise moment.
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