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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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English: Picture taken from the safari vehicle...
English: Picture taken from the safari vehicle, at a stream just beyond the main gate of the Bijrani Range of the Jim Corbett National Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: An Asian Elephant herd at Jim Corbett National Park. Uttarakhand, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The No-Nonsense, Non-Alarmist, Essential Guide to the Flu
Flu season came early this year, and it's not only worse than expected, but it's also the worst flu season in years. The mayor of Boston declared a public health emergency in the city due to the high number of cases—over 700—there. And dozens of cases across the country have been fatal. In fact, the outbreak is more intense in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world right now. So,
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Mystery Sinkhole Threatens Bayou Corne, Louisiana
There are so many environmental disasters at any given time. Some are natural, others are caused by humans, and some are more mysterious. Few make it to the front page of the New York Times, although many probably should.
Chatham House Rule: Inside the Royal Institute of International Affairs
by James Corbett BoilingFrogsPost.com January 15, 2013 The Council on Foreign Relations is well known amongst researchers of parapolitics as one of the organizations of interest directing Washington’s foreign policy. Once derided as “conspiracy theory” the influence of the group is now a truism that is openly joked about in Washington’s foreign policy circles. What many do not know, however, is that the CFR is in fact a branch of a slightly older, slightly less-known organization: the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Born from the ashes of war-ravaged Europe following the Great War, t

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Death toll from Rebel Double Bombing at Aleppo University rises to 52
Rebels have used car bombs and suicide attacks in fighting government forces and attacking government-controlled areas.Which includes unarmed civilians and now Universities
Three Ways Stephen Harper Aided al Qaeda in Mali
Scott Taylor of Espirit de Corps magazine indicts Stephen Harper for repeatedly aiding al Qaeda in Mali and now turning his back on the mess he helped create.
The 3 Percent Cut to Social Security, A.K.A. the Chained CPI, Means A Cut In Your Lifestyle
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"Economic Advice To Congress"
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Interview 578 – Dr. James Tracy on the Sandy Hook Controversy
Dr. James Tracy of MemoryHoleBlog.com joins us to discuss the inconsistencies in the official narrative of the Sandy Hook shooting, and how the media is treating anyone who questions the official story. We address the recent international attention that the Memory Hole Blog has been receiving for Dr. Tracy’s work on the shooting, and the real meaning of academic freedom.
Interview 577 – Radio Liberty: Ceilings and Repos and WOCUs
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Nano-Technology Initiative Launched by PCST
Recently, Chairman of the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) had announced that a nano-technology initiative will be launched under National Nano-Technology by Revival of National Commission of Nano-Science and Technology. There will be a task force established by the Ministry of Science and Technology but at this stage there will be sub-committees which will suggest specification

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Should journalists interview people as they are being tortured?
I would think probably not, but the editor of The Atlantic apparently thinks that's ok: Ibrahim al-Halabi was confused by my questions. He could neither tell me how he landed himself in a makeshift prison cell nor respond to even simple queries, like what job he held. The 27-year-old had been picked up at a routine checkpoint in the city of Aleppo by rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) fightin
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Photos from Badrashin
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Assad Does not Live Russian Ship; Islamists More Honest and Capable than FSA; Winter Misery
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Thai ivory ban needed to save elephants
Massive quantities of African ivory are being laundered through shops in Thailand and fuelling the elephant poaching crisis, conservation group WWF says. The organization today is launching a global petition asking Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to ban all ivory trade in Thailand in order to curb the illegal killing of African elephants. Although it is against the law to sell ivory from

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Who Will Replace Hilda Solis?
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Death Star Amendment
The internet is abuzz with the White House’s official, very amusing response to the online petitionto build a Death Star (This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For). (I will admit that I got a little silly myself on Twitter: 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9) Even before the White House responded, there was a very amusing little gem making the rounds.  Some genius staffer on the House side create this m

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Oh, for goodness sake.
Of all the things I don't understand about this world, the Twitter flounce out only to return 24 hours or so later is one of the things that perplexes me most.  It's the kind of thing I used to do on games forums when I was 15; when you're 55 you really ought to be over it.This said, you can't help but sympathise with Suzanne Moore, if not with those who decided to come to her defence.

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Obama Speech on Debt Ceiling Jan. 14, 2013
Tweet Jan. 14, 2013 Today, the US President Obama warned of another global economic collapse at the hands of republican controlled house determined to destroy the economy. Although his speech evolved on a history lesson of what the debt ceiling is and is not, he outlined the responsibilities of Congress to pay it’s bills on... (read more)

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Boy, 12, Convicted of Killing Neo-Nazi Father
The tragedy of the racist and the son is now complete. A California judge found a 12-year-old boy guilty today of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his father, Jeff Hall, a West Coast leader of one of the country’s largest neo-Nazi groups, the National Socialist Movement. The boy was just 10 when he shot [...]
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