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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

16 January - Blogs I'm Following

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English: The USC Trojan Marching Band leads a parade down Park Ave. in Park City, Utah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 57 seconds ago
Reposted from: http://nesaranews.blogspot.ca/2013/01/breaking-news-very-urgent-please-share.html Tuesday, January 15, 2013 ( BREAKING NEWS)) Very Urgent Please Share Widely *Ending The TRUTH EMBARGO* 01/15/13 For Immediate Release January 15, 2013 Los Angeles, CA - CHD2 Productions will hold a media event at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah to launch a major event/documentary project. At the press conference *Apollo14 Astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell*, the sixth person to walk on the Moon, will be introduced as the international spokesperson for the Citiz... more »

America's flu epidemic: TWENTY children killed as death toll hits highest level since 2004

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 minutes ago
Flu has already killed 20 children in America this winter in the worst death toll since the government began keeping track in 2004, it was revealed today. The deaths include a 6-year-old girl in Maine, a 15-year Michigan student who loved robotics, and six-foot-four Texas high school senior Max Schwolert, who grew sick in Wisconsin while visiting his grandparents for the holidays. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263210/America-flu-epidemic-TWENTY-children-including-6-year-olds-healthy-high-school-athlete-killed.html

"Paradigm Shift For The Healthcare Expense Monster"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 minutes ago
*"Paradigm Shift For The Healthcare Expense Monster"* by Wolf Richter "A sadly familiar theme in the US—the growing ranks of the working poor—was fleshed out by the report, “Low-Income Working Families: The Growing Economic Gap.” But it did something else: it added graphic details to the conundrum of US healthcare spending. While it ballooned to $2.7 trillion, 17.9% of GDP, or $8,680 per capita, households have lowered their share. And so have businesses. What gives? Despite improvements in the unemployment rate, *32.1% of all working households “may not have enough money ... more »

The hunt for Red October: The astonishing hacking ring that has infiltrated over 1,000 high level government computers around the world

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 minutes ago
A major cyber-attack that has been stealing information from high level government computers around the world since 2007 has been discovered. Kaspersky Labs, which made the discovery, said in addition to diplomatic and governmental agencies of various countries across the world, Red October also targeted research institutions, energy and nuclear groups, and trade and aerospace targets. The firm even said the malware was used to infiltrate smartphones of government workers to electronically steal information. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2263322/Operation-Red-Octob... more »

World's strongest man-made whirlwind attract record crowds

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 minutes ago
A German car museum has visitors flocking to an unlikely attraction within its walls - the world’s strongest man-made tornado. The Mercedes-Benz museum’s state-of-the-art fire safety system was created to effectively dispel smoke in case of a fire, but has tourists lined up to watch it go. The ‘indoor storm’ is created by 144 jet motors which align the walls up to the ceiling, 112ft above the central atrium. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263436/The-tornado-thats-causing-real-indoor-storm-Worlds-strongest-man-whirlwind-attract-record-crowds--just-safety-device.html

Mawks & Hawks

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 minutes ago
Everybody knows that the Republicans are phony deficit hawks, pretending to care about spending only when they are out of power. (see: two unfunded wars, unpaid-for Medicare prescription drug benefit.) They hilariously paint President Obama as a big-spending socialist leading us down the road to financial ruin, even as he accurately points out that he has actually slowed down the rate of government growth. But despite the fact that only about 15% of Americans point to The Deficit as their primary worry (most sane people declaring that the real national emergency is unemployment) Oba... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 14 minutes ago
*Hockleys and a butterfly.* Dylan Hockley's mum wrote: "I wanted a smallish, multi-coloured butterfly at the base of my back." *Sunday mornings* The Butterfly is the key symbol in CIA Monarch Brainwashing. Note the Butterfly, the CIA Monarch Brainwashing symbol, used in the above Sandy Hook TV interview. 'Over the Rainbow' is the key song used in CIA Monarch Brainwashing. Sandy Hook kids have now made a record of the song. The song was played at Dylan Hockley's funeral. Website for this image *sandy hook - dylan hockley - butterfly, wizard of oz, purple - Aangirfan*

A Warning Straight from the Horse's Mouth. We're In For a High-Carbon Fossil Fuel Future

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 21 minutes ago
If you were counting on "peak oil" to curb our fossil fuel addiction, forget it. BP CEO Bob Dudley says the peak oil theory is "increasingly groundless." It's not that we aren't running out of the relatively clean, conventional crude oil. We are. It's that we're finding ever new and larger sources of unconventional crude oil, the dirtiest stuff. *Bob Dudley's remarks came as the company published a study predicting oil production will increase substantially, and that unconventional and high-carbon oil will make up all of the increase in global oil supply to the end of this de... more »

What is Germany scared of? Bundesbank to retrieve $200bn of gold reserves from central banks in Paris and New York

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 minutes ago
Germany is set to retrieve its gold reserves held abroad, in a move critics fear could trigger a contagion of mistrust among the world’s central banks. The country’s Bundesbank is set to repatriate a large hoard from its holding in New York and all of its bullion from Paris, the German newspaper Handelsblatt has reported. Germany's Bundesbank owns nearly 3,400 tonnes of gold – only the US has a bigger reserve. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-2263254/Bundesbank-retrieve-200bn-gold-Paris-New-York.html

EU clamps down on credit ratings agencies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 25 minutes ago
Credit rating agencies will have to be more transparent about how they assess a country’s sovereign debt under changes agreed by MEPs on Wednesday. The changes will force agencies to indicate when they publish assessments, publishing ratings only after close of business and at least an hour before EU trading desks open. http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/16/eu-clamps-down-on-credit-ratings-agencies/

Merkel Says Mali Mission Protects Europe, Sends Transport Planes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 25 minutes ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that security in northern Africa is also Europe’s security after her government offered two transport aircraft to assist the military operation combating insurgents in Mali. The two Transall transport planes will fly African troops from the Economic Community of West African States to the Malian capital Bamako as French ground forces start operations to repel insurgents controlling northern Mali, Merkel told reporters today in Berlin. “Germany views security in the region also as a part of its own security,” Merkel said after meeting with Ivory C... more »

White House petitions will now require 100000 signatures before response

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 25 minutes ago
The White House has quadrupled the number of signatures required to receive an official response to petitions submitted on its We the People website, after a surge in its popularity. The Obama administration will now only be required to respond when a petition gathers 100,000 signatures, up from the previous 25,000. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/16/white-house-petitions-100000-signatures

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 25 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 16:24:44 UTC Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 09:24:44 AM at epicenter Location 35.901°S, 102.839°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region SOUTHEAST OF EASTER ISLAND Distances 2623 km (1630 miles) W (270°) from Valdivia, Chile

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 25 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 15:52:49 UTC Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 01:52:49 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.268°N, 142.881°E Depth 10.4 km (6.5 miles) (poorly constrained) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 193 km (119 miles) ENE of Hasaki, Japan

Rail Blockades underway across Canada Jan. 16, 2013

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 36 minutes ago
Manitoba blockade has shut down regional rail traffic: CN Also see BC Rail Blockade  Gitwangak Warriors CN Rail Blockade Today, Jan. 16, 2013 National News | 16. Jan, 2013 by APTN National News  APTN National News A Manitoba rail blockade has shut down regional rail traffic, according to a spokesman for CN. An APTN National News crew, including

Read the Executive Actions...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 49 minutes ago
*and plan on ignoring them.* *Here is a list of the 23 Executive Actions* President Obama signed today to impose further restrictions on the 2nd Amendment with my comments: *Today, the President is announcing that he and the administration will:* 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. *What "relevant" information? Your medical records perhaps? * 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent sta... more »

Congressional Republicans Have A Philosophy Of Governance: Unyielding Opposition To EVERYTHING

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 54 minutes ago
The video above is part of a *Frontline* political exposé that aired on PBS last night. It documents a meeting that happened in Washington 4 years ago-- a meeting to undermine smooth governance in this country and put party above country in every single instance for the next four years. The stated purpose for undermining the economy and the government back then was to defeat Obama in 2012. Since Obama's very substantial reelection in November-- and the concurrent Democratic gains in the Senate and House-- Republican obstructionists have only redoubled their efforts in blocking ... more »

Los tortolitos andan en las nubes de tanto amor

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 58 minutes ago
[image: Los tortolitos andan en las nubes] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de ositos* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Russian mobster 'Grandpa Khasan' shot dead in Moscow

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 58 minutes ago
One of Russia's top crime bosses has been murdered in Moscow in a war between two mobs over lucrative construction projects, including ones for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. A sniper fired seven shots at Aslan Usoyan near a restaurant, the third attack on him since the late 1990s. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russian-mobster-grandpa-khasan-shot-dead-in-moscow-8454410.html

Syrian Terro....Rebels set off Coordinated car bombs kill 24 in northwest Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 58 minutes ago
Three car bombs exploded within minutes of each other in northwest Syria on Wednesday, killing at least two dozen people in a coordinated assault on government positions, a monitoring group said. Fighting has spread throughout much of Syria and upended civilian life in many areas as rebels have pushed to uproot President Bashar al-Assad's better-equipped forces and tip the balance of the 22-month-old conflict. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/16/uk-syria-crisis-idUKBRE90E0VF20130116

'Briton killed' and '40 BP workers held hostage' in Algeria attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 58 minutes ago
Algeria's official APS news agency cited provincial officials for news of the death, which came after an early morning attack by Islamists. The militants say they are holding seven Americans and an unspecified number of British, Japanese and French amongst other nationalities, a spokesman is cited as saying by two Mauritanian news agencies - Agence Nouakchott information et Sahara Medias. A security source quoted by Algeria's El Watan newspaper quoted the same figure. "A second person, a British national, died in the terrorist attack carried out early on Wednesday morning in Tiganto... more »

Obama's possible election dig against Netanyahu could backfire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 58 minutes ago
President Obama's possible attempt to pay back Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu for praising his rival during the last election could be backfiring. Obama, who was reportedly peeved by Netanyahu’s perceived endorsement of Mitt Romney leading up to November’s election, was recently quoted saying, “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/16/obama-election-dig-against-netanyahu-could-backfire/

City heavyweights back Cameron to demand an in/out referendum on membership of the EU

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 58 minutes ago
Senior City allies of George Osborne will tomorrow dramatically back David Cameron’s pledge to stage a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. In what is thought to be the start of a concerted campaign, MailOnline has learned that a group of leading business heavyweights will use a letter to a newspaper to demand voters are able to make an ‘informed decision’ about whether to sever ties with Brussels. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263441/City-heavyweights-Cameron-demand-referendum-membership-EU.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Q Day 3: Massachusetts Romney?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 hour ago
Another anonymous commenter asks: What do you think would have been the result of the 2012 presidential election if Romney had campaigned on his record? * Said that he did his job of creating wealth for stock holders at Bain even though people lost jobs and that he would do his job of president to get more people working. * Stood behind Romneycare. * I think he was for cap-and-trade before running for president. * Proposed tax policies that actually added up. It's an important question because it has a clear, certain answer: that Romney could not have been nominated by the 2012 Republ... more »

Lindo regalo para el día del amor y la amistad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Lindo regalo para el dia del amor, chocolates y rosas.] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de chocolates* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

America's Eastern Seaboard Now a Sitting Duck

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
The outgoing director of the U.S. Geological Survey says Hurricane Sandy demonstrated that cities along America's eastern seaboard are now sitting ducks. *Marcia McNutt, who last week announced her resignation as director of the US Geological Survey, told a conference that Sandy had left coastal communities dangerously exposed to future storms of any size.* *"Superstorm Sandy was a threshold for the north-east and we have already crossed it," McNutt told the National Council for Science and the Environment conference in Washington. "For the next storm, not even a super storm, even ... more »

Obama signed 23 executive actions

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The president said he would announce 23 executive actions today, but said they are not a substitute for action in Congress. He said he is calling on federal lawmakers to pass several proposals "right away", including universal background checks for anyone trying to buy a gun. Right now, some 40% of US gun purchases are done without background checks. As part of his $500m (£311m) plan, Mr Obama also called on Congress to restore the expired ban on military-style assault weapons and to enact a 10-bullet limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines. http://news.sky.com/story/1038974/... more »

Pareja de enamorados mirando el cielo estrellado

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Enamorados mirando el cielo estrellado] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de cielos estrellados* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Cupido trabajando el 14 de febrero

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Cupido trabajando el 14 de febrero] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de cupidos* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

While You're Blowing Out Your Candles, Blow Me, Too

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 hour ago
By Cyril Blubberpuss, Esq. So, the proprietor of this liberal sewer of a blog turns 54 at 9:50 tonight. When you blow out the candles on the cake bought with food stamps, blow me, while you're at it. Instead of exploiting another meaningless birthday for the purposes of begging his dwindling readership for more income redistribution, your latter-day George Bailey decided to give me the mic and let me have my say. I remember when I turned 54. I had just made my first billion when I cashed in my stock in an adult video wholesaler that specialized in gay porn and ho... more »

Gitwangak Warriors CN Rail Blockade Today, Jan. 16, 2013

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
Photo Rail Blockade Aamjiwnaang First Nation Gitwangak Warriors regarding the CN Rail Blockade by Dini Ze Toghestiy on Wednesday Press statement Posted at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Gitwangak, BC – The Gitxsan of Gitwangak announce that there will be a CN Rail Blockade happening on January 16, 2013, between the times of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. As Idle No More moves

It's Hard to See Any Other Way Forward

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
We are going to have to accept substantially higher costs for liquid-carbon fuel. There are some uses, such as aviation, that just don't suit alternative energy options, at least not those available today. Why should petroleum-based fuels cost two, three, four times what they do today? Two reasons: we need to price fossil carbon realistically to reflect the true environmental costs it imposes and we need to use that revenue to support non-fossil fuels. There are new technologies that enable us to use surface carbon assets instead of fossil carbon to produce the gasoline and oil ... more »

Corazón de rosas para el día del amor y la amistad

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Corazón de rosas para el día del amor y la amistad] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de rosas* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Angelitos bebés entre las nubes del cielo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Angelitos bebes entre las nuves] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de angelitos* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Fuel Rods Blasted in 2011, Cancers and Disease in 2013

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
April 5, 2011 U.S. Sees Array of New Threats at Japan’s Nuclear Plant By JAMES GLANZ and WILLIAM J. BROAD The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/world/asia/06nuclear.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 [Excerpted] United States government engineers sent to help with the crisis in Japan are warning that the troubled nuclear plant there is facing a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely, and that in some cases are expected to increase as a result of the very measures being taken to keep the plant stable, according to a confidential assessment prepared by th... more »

The Surveillance State Update

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
Op-Ed Columnist Invasion of the Data Snatchers y Bill Keller January 13, 2013 New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/opinion/keller-invasion-of-the-data-snatchers.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130114&_r=0[Excerpted] Last month Julia Angwin of The Wall Street Journal disclosed that Attorney General Eric Holder had authorized the National Counterterrorism Center to copy and examine pretty much any information the government has collected about you. In the past, the agency couldn’t store information about ordinary Americans unless they were suspects in or party to ... more »

The Economy: "Bernanke Playing With Fire"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Bernanke Playing With Fire"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Boston University Economics Professor Laurence Kotlikoff is worried about America’s dire financial situation. Dr. Kotlikoff says, “The situation is getting worse and worse and worse. We are running a massive six decade Ponzi scheme, and it’s coming to a real threatening point.” Dr.Kotlikoff calculates the real government deficit is enormous and it’s growing exponentially. “It’s *$222 trillion*. Last year it was $211 trillion. We grew the deficit by $11 trillion in one year,” charges Dr. Kotlikoff. He also says, “We... more »

How the South Kept Slavery Alive for Generations After the Civil War

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 hour ago
Slavery, we were taught, was ended in America by Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Southern blacks continued to suffer persecution of almost any sort for decades afterwards but at least they were free. Apparently not. Apparently slavery was very much alive and well in the southern States right up until WWII. America's National Archives and the archives of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are said to hold thousands of letters and official documents attesting to many decades of slavery in the post-Civil War south. *As dumbfounding as the story to... more »

Amor entre la arena y las olas del mar azul

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 2 hours ago
[image: Amor entre la arena y el mar] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de amor* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Drum versus dumb: Why can’t Barry socialize out in the Wind Rivers more!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013* *Maureen Dowd, definition of dumb:* All week long, we’ve asked you to notice a difference in culture—a difference in *intellectual* culture. On the one hand, we have Kevin Drum’s recent report about lead abatement and violent crime. It’s a very serious look at some very serious topics. Yesterday, Drum continued to add to the piece, offering links to the various updates he has penned in recent weeks. Later, he offered a post about lead and high school graduation rates, in which he says the following: “When I was doing research for my lead article, I stay... more »

Q Day 2: Major Change Coming?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
Ron E. asks: What do you think the prospects are for major changes to our Constitutional system? For instance term limits for (Supreme Court) judges, abolition of the electoral college, an Amendment to overturn Citizens United and allow campaign finance legislation, the ERA, etc.? You don't have to comment on each of these individual items, but I'm interested in if you think there is any possibility of changes at least as radical as these taking place anytime soon. Thanks to partisan polarization, it's very, very difficult to see any changes by Constitutional amendment happening an... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR N COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.6 Region NEAR N COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA Date time 2013-01-16 14:14:18.6 UTC Location 2.49 S ; 139.40 E Depth 87 km Distances 132 km W Aberpura, Indonesia

Bird flu hits 4 places in Pokhara, Nepal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Belongings being removed from a Cowseghari‚ Pokhara based chicken farm owned by a cooperative after the confirmation of Bird Flu (H5N1) Bird flu (H5N1) has been confirmed at least four places in Pokhara, the sub-metropolitan city on Tuesday. All the chicken, used materials in the farms of all four places have been destroyed during this evening after the Bird Flu confirmation. Regional Director at the Western Regional Animal Health Directorate Dr. Bamsi Sharma said that the officials from the directorate culled over 2200 chickens, destroyed their wastes, grains and medicines from... more »

Collapse of 8-story apartment building in Egypt's port city of Alexandria kills 22 people

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
An eight-story apartment building collapsed Wednesday in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, killing at least 22 people in the second deadly accident to hit the country in as many days. The MENA state news agency said 11 people were also injured and that rescue teams were searching for survivors under the rubble. Military police from a nearby naval base had cordoned off the area to help the rescue operation. The collapse came a day after 19 police conscripts were killed when the last car of the train they were riding in jumped the tracks and smashed into another train just outside Cai... more »

Quantum physics doesn't depend on definitions of observers

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 hours ago
Lots of people who are trying to understand quantum mechanics but who don't really want to listen constantly ask the same question: What is an observer really? This question is usually encapsulated in the linguistic mud that is equivalent to the following monologue: I'm sick and tired of explanations of quantum mechanics because they never tell me who is an observer and who isn't. Now, I am the savior of physics who will ask you and you will finally tell me and everyone else what are the ultimate, exact, well-defined criteria that determine who is an observer and who isn't, when th... more »

European car market plunges to lowest since 1995

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Demand for new cars in recession-bound Europe fell to a 17-year low in 2012, leaving mass market manufacturers little hope for this year as they try to cut costly excess factory capacity and aggressive discounting dents their margins. Registrations data released on Wednesday also showed the biggest annual drop since a 16.9 percent downturn in 1993, highlighting the crisis for automakers in Europe. Consumers are fretting over austerity measures, job security and rising living costs, and those who want to buy new cars are struggling to secure credit. http://www.reuters.com/article/20... more »

Six bombers attack Afghan spy agency, kill two

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Six suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack on Afghanistan's spy agency in Kabul on Wednesday, killing two people and wounding 30, Afghan officials said. The attack started at around noon (0730 GMT) when a suicide attacker detonated a large car bomb near a gate of one of the National Directorate of Security's (NDS) buildings, the Kabul police chief's office said in a statement. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/16/us-afghanistan-blast-idUSBRE90F0D620130116

Somali Islamists say French hostage sentenced to death

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Somali militants linked to al Qaeda said on Wednesday they had sentenced a French agent to death after a failed attempt by French armed forces to rescue him at the weekend. It was unclear whether the rebels were saying they had already killed Denis Allex, held hostage in Somalia since 2009. France said it had heard nothing since the military raid to alter its belief that he was killed during the rescue operation. Al Shabaab said in a statement their decision to kill Allex was unanimous and followed three years of what it called "exhaustive attempts at negotiations" over his release... more »

Islamists attack Algerian gas field, kill, kidnap foreigners

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Islamist militants attacked a gas production field in southern Algeria on Wednesday, kidnapping at least nine foreigners and killing two people including a French national during a dawn raid, local and company officials said. The raid, claimed by an al Qaeda affiliate, came after Islamists had vowed to retaliate for France's military intervention in Mali, where its forces have been in action against al Qaeda-linked militants since last week. The attack also raised fears that the French action could prompt further Islamist revenge attacks on Western targets in Africa, where al Qaeda ... more »

UK Government commissions study advocating mind control

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
*Indoctrination. Submission. Capitulation.* That is what the UK government is going for. However, they dressed it in religious regalia to increase acceptance and prevent recognition that this study is a potential threat to your human freedom I caught this story yesterday, and it compliments the previous post so nicely I just knew it had to be dragged into the light. *“Spiritual but not religious are more like to have mental illness and health issues”* “A *scholarly study *out of Britain has concluded that people who say they’re spiritual but not religious (SBNRs) are significant... more »

France in Mali fights the unfinished Libyan War

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Matt's thoughts: Most important point in all of this? A significant number of fighters, if not the majority of them, are the Taureg, an ethnic group treated like crap by France and now Mali (much like the Algerians and others) that have joined into this fray for independence. If I were to venture a guess, there's probably next to know "Islamic terrorists" at all, although, it provides a good opportunity for Western/Israeli propagandists to strut their stuff.

Brilliant citizens' video: Fighting judges and lawyers harming and exploiting families

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 2 hours ago
This movement is occurring in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Here is the video: And here is an association trying to help with these citizens' struggles in Ontario: Ontario Civil Liberies Association for Self-Represented Litigants And here are the Facebook groups: Sarnia Group: CFFLR OCLA Group

Pete Barnes Killed when his Helicopter hit a Crane in London

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The helicopter pilot who was killed when his helicopter hit a crane in central London has been named as Pete Barnes. The helicopter smashed into a crane on St George Wharf Tower, in Vauxhall, amid heavy fog. It cartwheeled out of the sky, smashed into two cars as it hit the ground and exploded into flames. http://news.sky.com/story/1038710/helicopter-crash-in-vauxhall-pilot-named

Study Highlights California Groundwater Contaminants

By: Nathan Lamb Groundwater from the southern California desert has higher-than-average levels of naturally occurring contaminants, according to this story from the Desert Sun newspaper. A recently released study from the U.S. Geological survey found contaminants in 42 percent of aquifers from the Coachella Valley, which is roughly 100 miles west of Los Angeles. The study found high levels of arsenic, boron, fluoride, molybdenum and strontium—all of which have been linked to adverse health impacts by the Environmental Protection Agency. The study did not evaluate samples from wate... more »

Australia town virtually blown off the map after a freak storm – ‘I’ve never been in anything like it before, it was very scary’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: A freak storm wrought damage in the small Western Australia town of Karlgarin, 15 January 2013. AAP] 16 January 2013 (AAP) – The tiny West Australian town of Karlgarin has been virtually blown off the map after a freak storm blasted through it. The State Emergency Service (SES) and Volunteer Emergency Service (VES) volunteers said they were working to help people in the Wheatbelt town after destructive storms caused damage to up to 12 buildings in the small community last night. Authorities said the storm front hit the town about 5pm (WST), bringing heavy rain and stron... more »

Null Results

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
Chris Blattman links to a paper (PDF) that finds no relationship between oil production and violence. He comments: Regardless what you believe, however, there’s a striking shortage of null results papers published in top journals, even when later papers overturn the results. I’m more and more sickened by the lack of interest in null results. Continue reading

The year ahead in the Eurozone: lower risks, same problems

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: A journalist compares the new 5 euro note with an old one (top) during a ceremony with Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), in Frankfurt] By Nouriel Roubini 14 January 2013 Financial conditions in the eurozone have significantly improved since the summer, when eurozone risks peaked because of German policymakers’ open consideration of a Greek exit, and the sovereign spreads of Italy and Spain reached new heights. The day before European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s famous speech in London in which he announced that the ECB would do “whatever ... more »

Now Blockbuster Collapses

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
DVD rental chain Blockbuster has called in administrators - becoming the third major retailer to collapse this year - Sky's City Editor has revealed. Mark Kleinman said Deloitte was in the process of being appointed administrators for the company, which has 528 stores across the UK, and employs 4,190 people. Deloitte's Lee Manning said Blockbuster faced increasing competition from internet rivals and the shift to online streaming of movies and games. http://news.sky.com/story/1038898/retail-crisis-now-blockbuster-collapses

PEDDLING RHEE: What the NAEP scores actually say!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013* *Part 3—The Post’s idea of progress:* Last weekend, the Washington Post was engaged in its favorite task. The Post was peddling Rhee. On Sunday, a 2100-word front-page profile introduced the world, for the ten millionth time, to its new “education celebrity.” Meanwhile, an editorial and a separate opinion piece told the world, for the ten millionth time, about the progress Michelle Rhee achieved in just three years as head of DC’s public schools. (For part 2 in this award-winning series, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 1/15/13.) As usual, the Post was peddli... more »

Black soot impact on global warming worse than thought: study

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: Soot emissions from sources such as this brick kiln in Karkhla, Pakistan, absorb sunlight and contribute directly to global warming. J. Stanmeyer / VII / Corbis] 16 January 2013 (Sydney Morning Herald) – Black carbon, the soot produced by burning fossil fuels and biomass, is a more potent atmospheric pollutant than previously thought, according to a four-year international study released on Tuesday. Emitted by diesel engines, brick kilns and wood-fired cookstoves, black carbon is second only to carbon dioxide as the most powerful climate pollutant, according to the study ... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Jindal's tax-less, revenue-negative budget proposal discussed at panel ~ Advocate* *Proposal to eliminate income tax has lawmakers looking at new revenue sources ~WWLTV* *Voucher program can continue in Tangipahoa ~WDSU * *Today's must-read: io9 profiles Zack Kopplin ~Charles Maldonado, Gambit* *New Orleans not hindered by low water ~American Shipper * *Is Drew Brees rooting for hated Falcons to get to New Orleans? ~CBS Sports* *White House petition to issue an executive order forcing NFL Commissioner Roger Godhell to return the New Orleans Saints 2nd Round Draft Pick* *Kromer To ... more »

Idle No More-Gulf Coast

Sunday, January 20, 2013 11:00am until 3:00pm in CST Pavilion #1, City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana We, the Indigenous peoples of the Gulf Coast, call upon all people to join us in honoring Indigenous sovereignty and the protection of air, land and water in solidarity and support of the grass roots movement, Idle No More. In honor and recognition of Chief Theresa Spence and the Attawapiskat people, Idle No More – Gulf Coast invites you to attend an event set to be held on January 20, in City Park's Pavillion number one, New Orleans, Louisiana, at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Grand Cail... more »

Q Day 1: The 2016 Nomination Process

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
An anonymous commenter asks: Do you foresee any meaningful rules changes occurring for the 2016 primaries and what impact on the nomination process do you think they would have? I doubt that anything significant will happen with the formal rules. Republicans, I suspect, will follow up on tightening the link between votes and delegates, making them a bit more like the Democrats in that regard; this part of the process has always been a bit murky to me, so I don't want to predict much about how successful the change will be. And it's not likely to matter a whole lot to nomination out... more »

Wednesday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
In the spirit of last night’s post, two blogs worth reading: Empirical Legal Studies and The Cultural Cognition Project at Yale. Here’s Carolyn Shapiro at the former talking about two posts by Dan Kahan at the latter. Every once in a while I attempt to goad PTJ by sending him links to pieces that are (1) thoughtful but Continue reading

WotW: Show Off Your Best Self with Vizify

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 4 hours ago
Here on Wednesdays on the Web, we've shown you some neat ways to show off. When it comes to resumes, there is CVMaker. And if you want to brag about your Facebook usage, you can use Wolfram Alpha's data processing power. Today, I'm going to share with you a site that's a cross between a real-life resume and a social media resume. Are you ready for it? It's called Vizify. As you might guess from the name, it's a visual representation of yourself. But unlike other resume websites, like LinkedIn, this doesn't require you to input any new information. All you have to do is link up you... more »

China Getting Ready for War - A Bluff?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A few days ago, Japanese aircraft, above the Diaoyu (Senkaku) Islands airspace, confronted China's military aircraft for the first time. It was as if a Sino-Japanese War could break out at any moment. China's General Staff Headquarters issued "2013 military training instructions". This requested the military and armed forces to strengthen combat thoughts and good combat preparation. Last year, Xi Jinping not only promised to enhance the entire military situation but also revise awards payouts. A combat bonus can be of several hundred million dollars. But outsiders say that the Chinese Com... more »

Is the Harper government funding christian missionaries abroad?

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 4 hours ago
According to this reportage in La Presse, more and more CIDA funds are being directed towards christian groups and projects that have a mandate to proselytize. Few have solid experiences with humanitarian aid projects as well regarded as Kairos; most have no international credibility. *While reducing financial support to many international cooperation agencies, the Harper government is now providing more subsidies to religious NGOs, especially those that have a mission to spread the faith.* * * *This is what emerges from research conducted by François Audet, Director of the Canadian ... more »

Is "Too Big To Jail" A Sacred Concept In America... Even With A Democrat In The White House?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
The story of Henry Frick, one of the worst monsters of American capitalism, should have ended the idea of "too big to jail" in 1889. But he got off scott free and... it didn't-- nor have any of the other outrages against society done so. This week, after the latest HSBC fiasco, George Miller (D-CA) and a group of other progressives are giving it a try again. They blasted the Justice Department’s decision to “defer prosecution” of bank officials as symptomatic of an unacceptable lack of accountability for large financial institutions. “We believe that the Department of Justice ow... more »

The "IF" That Divides Us

Storm at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
We watch in children with pathetic interest, the degree in which they possess recuperative force. When they are hurt by us, or by each other, or go to the bottom of the class, or miss the annual prizes, or are beaten in the game, — if they lose heart, and remember the mischance in their chamber at home, they have a serious check. But if they have the buoyancy and resistance that preoccupies them with new interest in the new moment, — the wounds cicatrize, and the fibre is the tougher for the hurt. Emerson, "Power," in *The Conduct of Life*.

A Fifteen Year Reign?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 5 hours ago
Yesterday, Lawrence Martin floated a depressing thought: We may have to live with Stephen Harper for a long, long time: With still plenty of time in his current term, Mr. Harper will join the group of long-time tenants and it’s even possible he will one day make the 15-year club. Opposition party members will quietly tell you that without amalgamation or a co-operation deal of some kind among progressive parties, the chances of unseating the Conservatives are small. Reducing them to a minority is well possible, they feel, but not throwing them out. Harper, most certainly, has bee... more »

US guns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago

BP Gas Site Hit By 'Kidnap Terror': possible Revenge motive for French military action in Mali

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
At least eight foreigners, including an Irishman, have been kidnapped from a gas facility part-operated by BP in Algeria. The Foreign Office confirmed a "terrorist" incident was ongoing soon after BP said it had reported a "security incident" to the UK authorities. But the company was yet to confirm a link to reports that Islamist militants, said to be connected to al Qaeda, had seized a number of people in an attack that had a possible revenge motive for French military action in Mali. http://news.sky.com/story/1038832/bp-gas-site-hit-by-kidnap-terror

Taiwan's legislature stirs from its torpor, slashes budget, and other links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
*Several of my future dinners in a farm outside of Houli.* Enjoy some delicious links... - A Koxinga Shrine with a Difference - Yes, just what we need in the current era of stagnating economic growth: austerity in the form of slashed budgets. The legislature yesterday decided to whack 1.9% of the budget away. - Oz on the Yonghoshan Reservoir in Miaoli - Wild at Heart: Taroko People vs Asia Cement. - New agreement reduces fees for Pinoy workers in Taiwan by 85% - Under the Radar news from AsiaEye _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! An... more »

10 Holistic Cold & Flu Remedies by Roxanne

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
* Holisitic Cold & Flu Remedies *** by Roxanne The Holistic Mama, 10 December 2012 *1. Garlic Tea * Garlic* **tea* might not sound that tasty but I assure you it’s not that bad and it is definitely worth it. Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity which is very helpful when trying to fight something off. Eating a whole clove of garlic would also help but its not easy to eat on its own. You can, however, puree it into dishes like hummus to make it easier to eat. Garlic *tea* offers the same benefits and the warming effect of the tea help... more »

Pigeon Cages

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 6 hours ago
Look around you. They are everywhere, atop buildings, next to homes, in the back of fields. Pigeon cages, housing valuable racing animals. Check out this old piece on pigeon racing to see why they are so important. Click on read more to continue. Freshly painted in rural areas... ...hiding in urban areas where you'd least expect them. This giant green castle is probably the successor to the rusty cage at the right. Tucked away behind bushes. Prize pigeons locked up safely. I'm always amazed by their size. A three story building is not at all unusual. Fenghsing Road outside o... more »

Question Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Wow, it hasn't been question day around here for ages. Today should be a good day for it, I think (among other things, I have to run over to the airport...the eldest daughter, after a very nice gap semester, is setting off for college. Yikes!). Anyway: it's on. Leave your questions in comments below, or email them, or via twitter, and I'll get to as many as I can. Whatever you have: filibuster, the new Congress, the next round of presidential elections, the HOF vote, anything. Apologies in advance if I don't get to yours -- and while I don't always get to it, I try at the end of the... more »

Anthem, foreigners, and PC: Czech edition

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
There is some sense in which I personally like Karl Schwarzenberg, the 75-year-old prince who will become Václav Klaus' successor as the Czech president if he beats Miloš Zeman next Saturday. I think that he's been doing good things throughout much of his life, he isn't really obsessed with harming or restricting other people, I have no problems with his links to the late ex-president Havel that he managed to build, I like some of the residual aristocratic manners he still displays, and I acknowledge that he has inherited some good things (in my opinion) from the Czech character. Ma... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Albert Pujols, 33. He's so good that he was able to do something that only the Panda and a couple of other guys could do. And just a little good stuff: 1. Barack Obama doesn't take questions from the press corps very often. Donovan Slack has the story, with numbers from Martha Kumar. 2. Really good reporting and analysis from David S. Bernstein (yeah, I know, but I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true) on field-clearing and the Massachusetts Democrats. 3. An nice slideshow explaining filibusters, from Newsbound. I wish they would put less emphasis on "silent," and a... more »

Universe - is it alive??!

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 6 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/2LKtiR3Y3SE Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? Familiar questions? Let me add one: what are we doing here? Ever arrived to this opinion: how * narcissistic* the gods from Churches must be to need us to praise and worship *their* Creation. As if we were the only living creatures in this Universe of course. Like ancient gods who were preoccupied 24/7 with the fate of this planet. But isn't there in fact *one God*, one incomprehensible metaphysical Force that shaped invisible fields of waves and particles into a holographic virtualization or a... more »

has Blogger stopped Free Planet embed'ing youtube videos?

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 6 hours ago
Look down at any (of the many) embed'd youtube videos here on Free Planet and you'll see that NONE OF THEM ARE WORKING as they should be. I've checked other blogspot blogs just to be sure and their embed'd youtube videos are working. I'll update this post when service is resumed but until then, I gotta opt for "Free Planet Under Attack."

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake D'ENTRECASTEAUX ISLANDS REGION - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:23:02 UTC Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 09:23:02 PM at epicenter Location 9.679°S, 155.048°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region D'ENTRECASTEAUX ISLANDS REGION Distances 264 km (164 miles) ESE (105°) from Kulumadau, Woodlark Island, PNG

James Edward Satterfield Arrested for writing letter to judge's wife threatening to kill, cook and eat her children

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A 58-year-old man is facing terrorism charges after sending a threatening letter to a superior court judge's wife saying that he would kill the couple's children and eat them. James Edward Satterfield, 58, also made the chilling claim that he would 'cook them first to make them more palatable' according to the Cobb County, Georgia arrest warrant that was issued. The letter, sent on December 20th to the home of Judge Reuben Green, states: 'Please give a copy of this letter to the police so that when you are slaughtered the public will know who were really responsible.' http://www.d... more »

BP Admits Security Incident Amid Kidnap Claim

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
BP is setting up a helpline for relatives following reports five Japanese nationals and a French citizen were kidnapped from a facility part-operated by the company in Algeria. The oil firm said it had reported a "security incident" to the UK authorities but was yet to confirm a link to reports that Islamist militants had seized six people. In its statement BP said: "We can confirm that there has been a security incident this morning at the In Amenas gas field in the eastern central region of Algeria. http://news.sky.com/story/1038832/bp-admits-security-incident-amid-kidnap-claim

Fort Bragg: Army will stop 'shooting, stabbing, and blowing up goats to train military medics' following new legislation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Thousands of goats who were used to train Army medics will now be spared, thanks to legislation that was passed at the beginning of 2013. Goats at Fort Bragg were routinely shot, stabbed, and blown up to simulate injuries soldiers could receive in combat situations, according to animals rights’ activists. As many as 3,600 goats were used in the program last year, government documents show. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263114/Fort-Bragg-stop-using-goats-training-Army-medics--saving-300-goats-MONTH-shot-stabbed-blown-up.html

'Lance Armstrong should be sitting in front of a judge, not Oprah': Anger of former assistant whose life was 'made hell' by the disgraced champion

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The former assistant who was once Armstrong's right-hand man today damns the disgraced cyclist as a ‘calculating individual’ who should be in jail - not sitting down with Oprah Winfrey. Mike Anderson was so close to Armstrong he was dubbed 'husband number two' by the star's then wife. But the friendship imploded when Mr Anderson claimed he discovered Armstrong's drug-stash in a bathroom cabinet and evidence that he was avoiding random drug tests. Speaking to MailOnline Mr Anderson said: ‘I have a pretty solid understanding of who Lance Armstrong is. He is a very calculating individ... more »

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL CALIFORNIA - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 3.6 Date-Time Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:25:40 UTC Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 03:25:40 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 35.488°N, 118.284°W Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) Region CENTRAL CALIFORNIA Distances 18 km (11 miles) SSE (165°) from Weldon, CA

Europe: Tory MPs Demand Return Of Powers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*EU FACT: Members of the European Commission and other Brussels EU officials are “immune from legal proceedings in respect of acts performed by them in their official capacity, including their words spoken or written.” Moreover, they “continue to enjoy this immunity after they have ceased to hold office.” (Chapter V, article 11; Chapter VII, article 19).* Tory MPs will today demand that David Cameron seizes back powers from Brussels, warning "the status quo is no longer an option". A report called Manifesto for Change backed by Foreign Secretary William Hague calls for a "new and d... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake REYKJANES RIDGE - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.2 Region REYKJANES RIDGE Date time 2013-01-16 09:53:03.0 UTC Location 60.99 N ; 28.09 W Depth 10 km Distances 464 km SW Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.2 Region SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA Date time 2013-01-16 06:47:10.1 UTC Location 41.92 N ; 82.48 E Depth 1 km Distances 43 km NW Kuche, China

Panic as gunman opens fire in St. Louis business school shooting one man in the chest before turning the gun on himself

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A part-time student strode into the office of a longtime administrator at a downtown St. Louis business school Tuesday and shot the man in the chest, creating panic in the school before turning the gun on himself, police said. Both men were in surgery Tuesday afternoon at Saint Louis University Hospital. Police Chief Sam Dotson said he was optimistic both would survive, but a hospital spokesman declined to discuss their conditions. Police did not identify either man, but Dotson said the administrator was a longtime employee in his late 40s. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2... more »

Monotracer goes futuristic in Total Recall

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 7 hours ago
that's a picture of it, in the recent remake of TOTAL RECALL (based on Philip K Dick's We Can Remember It For You Wholesale). What am I talking about? The Monotracer from Swiss cockpit-bike-maker Peraves. The big crime about this film wasn't The Fall coring through the earth's plasma centre on its daily commute, nor the bland action-based storyline that just drummed along at a tedious pace for one and a half hours, nor the flat acting skills displayed by core participants Farrell and the Beckinsale/Beal twins. Though the "two weeks," fat woman customs scene and the triple-breasted... more »

helicopter hits crane on new tower beside Thames and plunges into rush-hour traffic - Two dead - including pilot - and 11 injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The helicopter - which left Gatwick Airport, Sussex, at 7:36am and was heading to Elstree, Hertfordshire, to collect an executive - was using the route of the River Thames and hit a crane at the top of the tower near Vauxhall Bridge in Vauxhall, central London, at 8am. The helicopter, which hit the under-construction St George Wharf Tower, was reported to have been carrying a pilot but no passengers. The aircraft struck the ground just 20 yards from Vauxhall station, which is a major commuting hub in the capital. Eleven people were injured - one critically - and two people died, in... more »

Syrian army on offensive in Aleppo after university blast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Syrian armed forces launched a renewed offensive in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, state media said, a day after 87 people were killed in explosions at the city's university. The state news agency SANA said the military had killed dozens of "terrorists" - a term Damascus uses for rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad - in the new fighting. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/16/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE90E0V820130116

Six bombers attack spy agency in Kabul, kill two

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Six suicide bombers launched a coordinated attack on Afghanistan's spy agency in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least two and wounding 22 others, Afghan officials said. The attack started at around noon (0730 GMT) when the first assailant detonated a large car bomb near the entrance to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Kabul police chief's office said in a statement. Five others strapped with explosives and driving a minivan were shot dead as they tried to enter the NDS compound, it said. Two NDS guards were killed by the first bomber and 22 others wounded, security a... more »

French, Malian troops encircle Islamist rebels in central Mali

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
French ground troops and Malian army forces encircled Islamist fighters in the central Malian town of Diabaly on Wednesday, military sources said, as France prepared to launch its first ground assault on the rebels. France, which has warned that Islamists' seizure of Mali's desert north last year represented a threat to the security of the West, moved a column of armored vehicles on Tuesday into position at the nearby town of Niono, some 300 km (190 miles) from the dusty riverside capital Bamako. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/16/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE90D0FX20130116

London Helicopter Crash: Witnesses Talk Of Shock

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Michael Krumstets and his flatmate were walking to work when "out of the blue, this happened". He told Sky News: "We saw the helicopter hitting the crane at the top of the building and there was a loud crack, and then the helicopter started spinning out of control and incredibly towards us ... I mean directly towards us. "We ran to the side of the road and it then crashed into the road just feet away from us and my flatmate fell over and I had to grab him but it was just awful. "You see a helicopter hurtling out the sky towards you ... it's the last thing you expect on your way t... more »

helicopter smashes into a crane in central London, 2 Killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Two people have been killed as a helicopter smashed into a crane in central London, crashing into two cars as it hit the ground. Witnesses said the aircraft cartwheeled out of the sky after hitting the crane on St George Wharf Tower, in Vauxhall, amid heavy fog. It then exploded into flames. http://news.sky.com/story/1038710/two-die-as-helicopter-hits-crane-in-vauxhall

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN PERU - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 07:04:15 UTC Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 02:04:15 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.795°S, 76.876°W Depth 26.7 km (16.6 miles) Region NORTHERN PERU Distances 29 km (18 miles) NNE of Moyobamba, Peru

Agri Econ 7: On Rice Price Stabilization

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 8 hours ago
Agriculture is among the sectors with heavy government intervention and subsidy. In some European countries like France, the number of government agri-related bureaucrats could be as many if not plentier, than their farmers. During the Federation of ASEAN Economic Associations (FAEA) conference last November 28-29, 2012 held at the PICC, Manila, one of the panel discussions was on agriculture and food security. I did not attend that panel because I went to the panel on Competition policy. Nonetheless, I have some of the presentations in USB during the conference. One of the paper... more »

US Court Awards Multi-Million Dollar Payouts To Two More US Children With Vaccine Caused Autism

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 10 hours ago
US Court Awards Multi-Million Dollar Payouts To Two More US Children With Vaccine Caused Autism Child Health Safety, 14 January 2013 This breaking news is reported by award winning journalist David Kirby, who in 2008 broke the Hannah Poling story. The two new cases are reported here: * **Vaccine Court Awards Millions to Two Children With Autism* David Kirby Huffington Post 14th January 2013. The children in the successful new cases are Ryan Mojabi aged 10 from Northern California and Emily Moller. Hannah Poling developed an autistic condition after receiving 9 vaccines in one d... more »

Clock: doom arrives in five minutes

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
*...but the sky has already been falling too many times for any credibility to have survived...* You may hear from Fox News and other journalists that the doomsday clock will show 23:55, five minutes before the midnight, as the time indicating the "imminent destruction of humans" for the whole year of 2013 (unless an urgent modification is needed). We are told that the timing – one that has been said many times before – was calculated and announced by "scientists". When you read a few more paragraphs, you will realize that it's some article written in the Bulletin of Atomic Scienti... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Barker.* Sir Victor Barker worked for the British fascist group called the *National Fascisti*. Barker lived at the group's London headquarters, working as the secretary for the group's leader Henry Rippon Seymour. Barker trained fascist teenage boys in boxing and fencing. Barker became one of the most dedicated defenders of the fascists and often took command of operations. "We had many rows with the Reds," said Barker Barker was involved in rowdy behaviour with the lads in Hyde park. *Barker* One of his neighbours said: "We all looked upon him as... the best type of Army o... more »

Disaster Relief a Disaster With Ellen Brown

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Ellen is right on this. In fact it is always better to localize governmental functionality and decision making as much as possible and disaster management in particular. Once again we are suffering from the curse of the King. Central power deludes itself into thinking that only one person is able to make decisions and naturally dis-empowers everyone else with bureaucratic arteriosclerosis. It took me a long time to understand that central banking itself is now stuck the same way. Its power needs to be handed down just as deep as is possible and even beyond. Surprise me ... more »

Toyota and Audi Testing self Driving Protocols

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
We are not there yet but the competition is clearly heating up as the majors pile on. The first obvious stage is to have an effective system that the driver simply monitors in a hands off position. This may be possible largely even now. Such a transitional will then be natural and quick as confidence also rises. The majority of driving is repetitive and just removing that particular load will popularize its acceptance. From that point, it should take less than a decade to see it all go driver-less to everyone's safety and ease. From then on mankind will be simply cat... more »

Black Hole Burp

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
The problem that I have with this interpretation is that it is been observed simultaneously across thousands of light years at least. This is either absurd or plausibly, these galaxies are vastly closer to us than we had ever imagined. Recall that our measurement protocol is dependent on one rather iffy assumption that has been producing a number of uncomfortable inferences over the years. For the record, my own work explains the Red shift as an artifact of the age of the universe itself and unrelated to galactic velocity which is in fact generally modest and over the whole... more »

Aging Outright Reversed for First Time

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
The present reality regarding telomere therapies is one of surprising outright success with zero side effects. All the reported cautions are completely untested and speculative. It is rubbish until shown otherwise by appropriate science. Now we have a stunning age reversal in a nicely prepared animal model. This powerfully indicates that we are way closer to outright success than anyone ever imagined. This surely deserves a high five. In the meantime individuals are out self testing the protocol at serious expense and with little reporting underway. I would like to see mo... more »

Sheldan Nidle’s Update for the Galactic Federation of Light and Spiritual Hierarchy

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
*Sheldan Nidle’s Update for the Galactic Federation of Light and Spiritual Hierarchy* *A new Age of Light will dawn and the time of the sacred prophets of the Creator will again be seen. Every one of you is a potential prophet and a deliverer of Good News! You are to form a society based upon your great Light, which is to shine in glory and multifarious service to the Creator.* 13 Chicchan, 13 Chicchan, 9 Eb Dratzo! We return! Your world continues to move forward toward the day chosen by Heaven for manifesting your new reality. Our Agarthan family informs us that their part in... more »

Hactivist, Internet innovator Aaron Swartz commits suicide

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
* * Aaron Swartz *Hactivist, Internet innovator Aaron Swartz commits suicide* Juan Carlos Perez @JuanCPerezIDG Jan 12, 2013 4:47 PM *Aaron Swartz, the brilliant Internet pioneer, passionate political activist and computer programming prodigy, committed suicide on Friday as he faced hacking-related charges that could have landed him in jail for decades, according to published reports.* Swartz, who was 26, killed himself in his New York City apartment, according to The Tech, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) newspaper that first reported his passing on Saturday. Swartz p... more »

The snowball squad: We'll ARREST you if you throw one, police warn children

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
You're picking your way carefully along an icy pavement when suddenly – thwack! – a snowball thrown by an unseen hand hits you on the back of the head. As you stop to dry off, you look round for the pesky little brat who threw it, but there’s no one to be seen. Irritating, of course, but hardly a matter for the police ... unless, that is, you live in County Durham. The force there provoked derision yesterday after threatening to arrest children found throwing snowballs at cars or bystanders. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262876/Police-Facebook-warn-youngsters-throw-snowb... more »

President Assad and his family 'are now living on a warship guarded by the Russians off Syrian coast'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Syrian president Bashar Assad and his family are living on a warship guarded by the Russian navy, according to reports. The embattled dictator is said to have moved with his family and a select band of aides to the warship off Syria's coast. The move, which is said to have come about after the president lost confidence in his own security detail, sees Assad travel by helicopter to Damascus to attend meetings in his presidential palace. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263110/President-Assad-family-living-warship-guarded-Russians-Syrian-coast.html

Police recruits to be paid less than trainee McDonald's manager after reforms see starting salary cut by £4,000

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Police reacted with anger yesterday after their starting salary was slashed to below that of a trainee manager at McDonald's. Theresa May backed a package of controversial reforms which will see new recruits earn a minimum of £19,000-a-year – a cut of £4,000. The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said the cut was 'ill-conceived and fails to reflect the dangers and demands inherent in the job'. There was also widespread anger on social media sites used by officers. One wrote on Twitter: 'McDonalds starting salary £21.5k…' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art... more »

Sunni Lawmaker in Iraq Is Killed in a Suicide Bombing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
An Iraqi Parliament member who was also the leader of a local council of the Awakening movement, an American-backed group of Sunni militias that switched sides to fight against Al Qaeda in Iraq, was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Anbar Province on Tuesday, security and government officials said. The lawmaker, Efan al-Essawi, who owned a construction company, had gone to inspect a road that it was building to connect Falluja with the main highway in Anbar, a trade route that leads west to Syria and Jordan. The region has been embroiled in strife since last month, when protests, l... more »

Delhi gang-rape protests to intensify today

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The ongoing protests demanding stringent punishment for the culprits involved in the gang-rape of the 23-year-old student that had waned over the past couple of weeks are expected to regain momentum on Wednesday as it marks one month since the ghastly crime took place. Several groups including students, activists and informal groups which have been active on social media in mobilising campaign seeking justice for the gang-rape victim have called for a large-scale peaceful protest at Jantar Mantar and different other parts of the Capital. Medical students, residents and nurses of Va... more »

Israeli troops kill teenager near West Bank barrier

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager Tuesday near Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank, Palestinians said, in the latest of several fatal shootings in recent days near fences in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The shooting at Budrus, west of Ramallah, occurred when a group of high school students, out walking after first-semester final exams, approached the fence that runs outside the village, according to reports from the scene. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-troops-kill-teen-near-west-bank-barrier-palestinians-say/2013/01/15/65... more »

Aaron Swartz's 'killed by the government': Father Robert Swartz

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
"He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles," Robert Swartz said at the memorial service in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Swartz, 26, was found dead in his New York apartment on Friday. He was facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence after being indicted in Boston in 2011 for allegedly gaining access to academic articles from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The charges carried a maximum penalty of decades in prison. Robert Swartz said his son was "hounded by the governm... more »

White House fury over Morsi description of Israelis as ‘blood-sucking descendants of apes and pigs’

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The White House last night denounced remarks made by Egypt’s Islamist President in which he described Israelis as “descendants of apes and pigs”. Footage of President Morsi’s video interview with the Lebanon-based Al-Quds channel was recorded in September 2010, but it has only just emerged — on the eve of a visit by a high-ranking American delegation to Cairo. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article3658597.ece

Leaked cable claims ‘compelling’ evidence of chemical weapons in Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
There is “compelling” evidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against rebels in the city of Homs last month, according to a State Department cable leaked to US media. Foreign Policy, an online magazine, reported that the leaked cable, signed by Scott Kilner, the US Consul General in Turkey, said there was evidence that President Assad’s military had used poison gas during fighting on December 23. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article3659004.ece

Syria's UN Ambassador Condemns Aleppo Terrorist Attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Syria's ambassador to the United Nations has condemned as a "cowardly terrorist act" an attack at a university in Syria's biggest city, Aleppo. Bashar Ja'afari said the explosions at Aleppo University on January 15 killed 82 students and wounded 162 more. http://www.rferl.org/content/syria-aleppo-attack/24825050.html

Europe: Conservative group demands return of powers to UK

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A group of Conservative backbench MPs is to publish a report later calling for a substantial return of powers to the UK from the European Union. Fresh Start, which says it is backed by more than 100 Tory MPs, wants the UK to remain in the union, but with "significant revisions" to treaties. Foreign Secretary William Hague has backed the report. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21037590

France launches ground offensive in Mali

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
French army tanks are heading from the Malian capital Bamako under the cover of darkness towards the north of the country, to target areas currently in the hands of militant islamists. It is the first time ground troops have been deployed in the six-day operation. French air strikes against militant strongholds in the north began last Friday and are continuing. http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/16/france-launches-ground-offensive-in-mali/

Mali's Islamist groups united by war threat

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A powerful southern offensive by Islamists in Mali last week, halted only by French air strikes, showed that a loose alliance of rebels from al Qaeda's North African wing and local groups has been united by the threat of foreign intervention. When the coalition of Islamists swept across northern Mali last year, massacring army troops and carving up the vast desert zone, ties between Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and local groups Ansar Dine and MUJWA had looked opportunistic, and regional mediators believed they could prize them apart. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01... more »

World Bank cuts outlook, recovery frustrates

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A frustratingly slow economic recovery in developed nations is holding back the global economy, the World Bank said on Tuesday, as it sharply cut its outlook for world growth in 2013. The World Bank forecast that global gross domestic product will inch up 2.4 percent this year, from 2.3 percent in 2012. In its last forecast in June, the bank projected global growth would reach 3.0 percent in 2013. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/16/us-worldbank-global-idUSBRE90E17G20130116

U.S. pushing for North Korean sanctions at U.N.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The United States is pushing hard for tough sanctions against North Korea, one of its top envoys for Asia said on Wednesday, although diplomats at the United Nations said it appeared unlikely that the North's ally, China, would support them. Washington, along with South Korea, Japan and European Union states, want to punish North Korea for its December rocket launch with a United Nations Security Council resolution and tougher sanctions against Pyongyang. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/16/us-korea-north-sanctions-idUSBRE90F08Z20130116

Syrian Rebels Bomb University as exams begin, killing at least 83 and wounding Dozens More

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Syrian security personnel and civilians gather at the site where two explosions rocked the University of Aleppo in Syria's second largest city, January 15, 2013. Credit: Reuters/George Ourfalian Each side in the 22-month-old conflict blamed the other for Tuesday's blasts at the University of Aleppo, located in a government-held area of Syria's most populous city. Some activists in Aleppo said a government attack caused the explosions, while state television accused "terrorists" - a term they often use to describe the rebels - of firing two rockets at the school. A rebel fighter sa... more »

South Carolina: Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Up On Pawleys Island

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Thousands of dead fish washed up on the beach at the south end of Pawleys Island Tuesday afternoon. The fish are menhaden, and the SC Department of Natural Resources have been notified of the incident. http://www.wltx.com/news/article/216791/2/Thousands-of-Dead-Fish-Wash-Up-On-Pawleys-Island-

Hydrocarbon leak prompts Cormorant A evacuation (North Sea, [Cormorant Alpha Oil Platform])

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A major evacuation of workers is under way from Taqa Bratani’s Cormorant Alpha platform in the UK northern North Sea following a leak involving oil and gas, Upstream can reveal. Hydrocarbons were detected in one of the platform’s concrete legs at 4.15pm UK time on Monday. It is understood that the main release of hydrocarbons into the platform leg involves crude oil but that associated gas from that crude has activated gas detector alarms. The volumes of oil and gas involved are not yet known as the situation is understood to be ongoing. http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/article13... more »

Second Bullhead City resident tests positive for hepatitis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A second Bullhead City resident has confirmed they have tested positive with hepatitis C after allegedly contracting the infectious disease following a procedure performed by Dr. Terrance Kwiatkowski with the Ear & Sinus Center of the Southwest. The 43-year-old man said he received not one but two letters informing him that he may have been exposed to the disease following the improper sterilization of an endoscopy instrument used to treat his deviated septum. The patient, who was treated by Dr. Kwiotkowski over a period of three months beginning in January 2012, received the letter... more »

Newtown: Obama To Unveil Gun Proposals

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
President Barack Obama will unveil "a package of concrete proposals" to curb gun violence, the White House has said. Vice President Joe Biden, who Mr Obama directed to lead a panel tasked with creating the proposals, will join the president at the White House on Wednesday morning to announce the measures. http://news.sky.com/story/1038520/newtown-obama-to-unveil-gun-proposals

Two people are killed and three injured after gunmen open fire at colleges in Kentucky and Missouri.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Two people have been shot dead at a community college in eastern Kentucky as a gunman injured himself and an administrator at another college in Missouri. Authorities said a teenager was also wounded during the shooting in the car park at Hazard Community & Technical College in Kentucky. Conor Duff, the college's evening coordinator, said the shootings took place around 4.30pm at the campus 90 miles south east of Lexington. http://news.sky.com/story/1038587/two-dead-after-separate-college-shootings

'NRA Shooting Video' Game Branded Outrageous

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The National Rifle Association has provoked controversy after apparently releasing a shooting video game aimed at children as young as four. Critics say the sale of the iPhone and iPad app, NRA: Practice Range, weeks after the Sandy Hook school massacre is insensitive. http://news.sky.com/story/1038594/nra-shooting-video-game-branded-outrageous

John McTiernan Facing Jail For Lying To FBI

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Director John McTiernan, second left, with the cast of The Thomas Crown Affair The director of Die Hard and Predator faces a year in jail after losing his bid to have the US Supreme Court review a guilty plea and prison sentence for perjury and lying to the FBI. John McTiernan, who also directed The Hunt For Red October, could now start his prison sentence after months of appeals. Prosecutors accused the 62-year-old of lying about hiring former private investigator Anthony Pellicano, who represented many Hollywood stars, to wiretap a film producer. http://news.sky.com/story/10386... more »

New York Enacts Nation's Toughest Gun Controls

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The New York state legislature has passed the toughest gun control law in the US and the first since the Newtown school shooting. The bill calls for a tougher assault weapons ban and provisions to try to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who pushed hard for the legislation, signed the bill within an hour of it being passed by the state assembly. http://news.sky.com/story/1038599/new-york-enacts-nations-toughest-gun-controls

Honduras: British Tourist 'Shot Dead By Robbers'.... for his Camera

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A British tourist has been shot dead in an apparent mugging in Honduras. The man was taking photos in San Pedro Sula, the Central American nation's second city, when he was attacked by two armed men, police said. Deputy Police Chief Leonel Sauceda said: "It looks like he put up a fight when they stole his camera, so they shot him." http://news.sky.com/story/1038664/honduras-british-tourist-shot-dead-by-robbers

Horsemeat In Beef Burgers: Tesco Removes Product

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Tesco, along with a number of other supermarkets, has removed certain brands of frozen beefburgers from its shelves after they were found to contain horsemeat. A study examining the authenticity of a number of beefburger, beef meal and salami products available from retail outlets in Ireland found that horsemeat accounted for approximately 29% of the content in one sample of Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers. http://news.sky.com/story/1038575/horsemeat-in-burgers-tesco-removes-product

Dreamliners Grounded After Emergency Landing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Two Japanese airlines have grounded all of their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a sixth problem in less than two weeks. All Nippon Airlines (ANA) announced it was grounding all 17 of its 787s after one was forced to make an emergency landing in west Japan on Wednesday. Japan Air Lines Co Ltd (JAL) said it would also suspend all Dreamliner flights scheduled to leave Japan on Wednesday over safety concerns. http://news.sky.com/story/1038642/boeing-dreamliners-grounded-by-japan-airlines

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake OKLAHOMA - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 3.2 Date-Time Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 06:26:35 UTC Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:26:35 AM at epicenter Location 35.623°N, 97.368°W Depth 8.7 km (5.4 miles) (poorly constrained) Region OKLAHOMA Distances 6 km (4 miles) SW (219°) from Arcadia, OK

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake ALAMAGAN REG., NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 02:38:24 UTC Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:38:24 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.432°N, 145.988°E Depth 124 km (77.1 miles) Region ALAMAGAN REG., NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Distances 81 km (51 miles) SSE (163°) from Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands

after New York takes action, President Obama to announce national gunlaw changes following Sandy Hook massacre

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 11 hours ago
"Never let a good crisis go to waste," allegedly attributed to Rahm Emanuel, ex-White House Chief of Staff. The following video contains information about EMERGENCY PLANNING during the atrocious events of July 7th 2005 London bombings information, September 11th 2001 WTC demolitions and the Dec 14th 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre. After New York takes action against the sale of 'assault weapons', President Obama to announce national gunlaw changes following Sandy Hook massacre. GUN CONTROL QUESTION, MIKE: *are you for/against these gun control legislations re: the Free Planet ... more »

Misleading with statistics: the Fraser Institute on health care and ‘value for money’

David Climenhaga at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
This just in! The latest mainstream media news straight from the Vancouver studios of the Fraser Institute, complete with no fact checking! No sooner noted than illuminated – yesterday morning mainstream media was credulously reporting another “Fraser Factoid,” this one a report by the far-right political lobby group purporting to show Albertans get poor value ... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 16th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 00:07:44 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 07:07:44 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 15.047°S, 70.686°W Depth 74.4 km (46.2 miles) Region SOUTHERN PERU Distances 21 km (13 miles) SSW of Ayaviri, Peru

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN PERU - 15th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 22:34:49 UTC Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 05:34:49 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.760°S, 80.845°W Depth 37.1 km (23.1 miles) Region NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN PERU Distances 22 km (13 miles) S of Sechura, Peru

The Poet: Wendell Berry, "A Warning To My Readers"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"A Warning To My Readers"* by Wendell Berry "Do not think me gentle because I speak in praise of gentleness, or elegant because I honor the grace that keeps this world. I am a man crude as any, gross of speech, intolerant, stubborn, angry, full of fits and furies. That I may have spoken well at times, is not natural. A wonder is what it is."

David Ulansey: The Principle Feature of Shamanism

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
David Ulansey is a "Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at U.C. Berkeley, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco," and, "a scholar of the history of religions, comparative religion, and cultural history (Ph.D., Princeton Univ.)." [*Source*]. He is the author of *"The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries: Cosmology and Salvation in the Ancient World."* I am several chapters into the book and it is fascinating. Read some of his work *here*. YouTube Video Description - [Channel: rodcmp]: In this excerpt... more »

New Colours Added to Weather Chart to Display Australia's Heat Wave

Image courtesy: Australia's Bureau of Meteorology/Public Domain It's official, 2012 was a record year for heat in the US, and 2013 is already turning out to be historic for Australia, a country that is used to extreme heat, but nothing quite like what they're getting now. A "dome of heat" has settled over the country and caused record-breaking temperatures; so much so that the Australian Bureau of Meteorology actually had to add a new color to its weather maps to show the hottest parts of the country (it's purple, as you can see above). This extends the range up to 54 degrees celsi... more »

The unsmart ones

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 13 hours ago
That would be the NRA dragging the president's kids into their little tantrum. It isn't like there life is going to get any easier from here on, but really!

Drought Gives Rise to New Crime

The round hay bales used on larger farms. Photo courtesy: Flickr/CC BY 2.0 Economics 101 says that, all else being equal, when the supply of something goes down, the price should go up. That's exactly what has been happening with hay in drought and wildfire-afflicted areas of the United States. In fact, many aren't ready to fork out the extra cash, or they simply can't locate a seller, because there's been a big resurgence of hay bale thefts. "Sheriffs in rural counties in Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas say the spike in hay thefts is part of a broader rise in agricultural c... more »

Citizens File Articles of Impeachment Against Obama

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. There can no longer be any doubt – the forces of tyranny are running wild across our once great Republic. The time has come for all good men and women to rally to the aid of their country. We have now entered a historic crossroads that will decide the destiny of the United States. Ar... more »

A Tale Of Two House Republicans-- Justin Amash And Lynn Westmoreland... And The Asshole Factor

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Boehner has something in his eye-- Justin Amash With Ron Paul no longer in Congress, libertarian Justin Amash (R-MI) now has a voting record second only to New Yorker Chris Gibson as the most consistently at odds with the House Republican leadership of anyone in the GOP caucus. Presumably that's why Boehner, Cantor and Ryan kicked him off the Budget Committee-- rather than the stated reason. (Boehner lapdog Lynn Westmoreland, always in a fierce contest with Gohmert for the title of "Dumbest Member of Congress," has told anyone who would listen that Amash was kicked off the committee ... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 13 hours ago
Welcome back to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Have you missed our weekly challenges as much as I have? I'm happy to be back and even happier to see you! Yesterday's POST included the changes we'll be making this year and we started things off with our first poll. If you haven't yet voted and commented, please do ... I'd love to know your thoughts on the subject. Ready to challenge yourself? Let's jump right in! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. The new year seems to beg us to sort th... more »

IDEAS / Bill Meacham : Speaking of Consciousness

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 14 hours ago
Image from TZA's photostream / Flickr. Speaking of consciousness The cardinal sin of philosophy, committed all too often, is to use terms that are ambiguous. By Bill Meacham / The Rag Blog / January 15, 2013 The philosophy club is currently studying Philosophy of Mind, a topic fraught with ambiguity. People use terms such as “mind,” “consciousness,” “awareness,” “experience,” and so forth as

dear god,

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 15 hours ago

Musical Interlude: Enya, “Only Time”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
Enya, “Only Time” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6g2BoHQGwk


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 15 hours ago

Musical Interlude: Enya, Full Album: "The Best Of Enya"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
Enya, Full album: "The Best Of Enya" Orinoco Flow 0:00 Caribbean Blue 4:32 Book Of Days 8:30 Anywhere Is 11:29 Only If... 15:16 The Celts 18:38 China Roses 21:38 Shepherd Moons 26:22 Ebudae 30:03 Storms In Africa 32:02 Watermark 36:16 Paint The Sky With Stars 38:44 Marble Halls 43:00 On My Way Home 46:58 The Memory Of Trees 50:38 Boadicea 54:58 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOtQ2vMxOl0

Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam Statement Jan. 15, 2013

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
Press Statement From Chief Allan Adam regarding Highway 63 Roadblocks January 15, 2013 – Fort McMurray, AB – In the wake of Idle No More and the AFN’s calls for blockades, peaceful protests and a stall of the Canadian economy Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) has made waves with talk of potential long term blockades in Northern Alberta. “At this

HuffPost Live: Going To Tehran

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
Source: *HuffPost Live*. Description: "Iran is the most serious U.S. foreign policy challenge. The policy approach is consistently unproductive. So how can the U.S. begin to appeal to its long time enemy?" Link: *Leveretts Discuss Going to Tehran on HuffPost Live*.

Obama Will Use Children as Props for Gun Control Announcement

Intercept at The Intercept - 16 hours ago
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Chief Spence's Statement Jan. 14, 2013

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago

"Bipartisan" House GOP says: Can you really put a price on the defense of ignorance, bigotry, and hatred?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*Why, it's the all-Republican "bipartisan" majority of the House's "Bipartisan" Legal Advisory Group ("B"LAG)!* *"In a statement this week, House Democrats said the agreement was reached in secret and they weren't aware of it until late Monday."* *-- Chris Johnson, **reporting for the *Washington Blade* on the* *House GOP's secret doubling of the budget for defending DOMA* *by Ken* In October I wrote a post asking, "Does anyone believe the now-spent $1.5M is all 'Sunny John' Boehner will ram through for the defense of DOMA ignorance and hatred?" The $1.5M, you'll recall, was authori... more »

ALEC - You Do NOT Find This - at an NCSL Meeting

2old2care at Because I Can - 17 hours ago
I just forced myself to listen to a 10 minute presentation on a radio program sponsored by the extremist right-wing free-market radio station from the John Locke Foundation in North Carolina. They were talking about ALEC. In fact they were whining about how the American Legislative Exchange Council is being picked on by the left -whining, whining, whining. They spent ten minutes trying to get the listener to believe that ALEC is just like NCSL. I get so sick of that argument. While I was listening to it I thought of this quote from a PR Watch articlethat was released today (my em... more »

Berlusconi: Libya's "Revolution" is a FAKE!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
*"We Came, We Saw, He Died."* - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The same could not be said about Osama Bin Laden's departure. In that case, U.S. solders bravely went to Afghanistan, saw, and at the last minute were pulled back and prevented from killing Bin Laden in 2001 by their superiors in D.C. He later died of natural causes, hardly the spectacular ending to his life that is portrayed in "Zero Dark Thirty." There is zero truth in that film. Bin Laden's image as a menacing dragon who has the ability to escape the reach of the United States was central in the selling... more »

Another Virtue of Blogsphere Engagement?

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 18 hours ago
PM’s latest post, “Nobody cares about foreign policy” (note to self: we need a style manual to resolve whether, for example, post titles should be capitalized), was prompted by a proseminar we both attended on Monday. At this proseminar, the always-interesting and invariably thoughtful Elizabeth Saunders presented part of her book project: a paper entitled Continue reading

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
“Big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 7331 is often touted as an analog to our own Milky Way. About 50 million light-years distant in the northern constellation Pegasus, NGC 7331 was recognized early on as a spiral nebula and is actually one of the brighter galaxies not included in Charles Messier's famous 18th century catalog. * Click image for larger size.* Since the galaxy's disk is inclined to our line-of-sight, long telescopic exposures often result in an image that evokes a strong sense of depth. The effect is further enhanced in this sharp image by galaxies that lie beyond th... more »

American Lives Shorter and Less Healthy

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 19 hours ago
U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. The National Academies Press Authors: Steven H. Woolf and Laudan Aron, Editors; Panel on Understanding Cross-National Health Differences Among High-Income Countries; Committee on Population; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Research Council; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Institute of Medicine [excerpted from the overview] The United States is among the wealthiest nations in the world, but it is far from the healthiest. Although life expectancy and surv... more »

Jon Stewart battles a bit with Paul Krugman!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 19 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013* *The key thing Jon Stewart knew:* Oof. By light years, Paul Krugman has been the most valuable player in upper end journalism over the past dozen years. That said, we have increasingly felt that his political judgments aren’t always as crisp as his understanding of policy. And uh-oh: Last night, Jon Stewart had a bit of fun at Krugman’s expense. We think the tape is worth watching. Click here. A bit of background: Last week, Stewart was mocking that trillion dollar coin before it rolled under that million pound couch. Krugman voiced his annoyance, even ... more »

Chet Raymo, “One Last Reflection About ‘The Middle Ground’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“One Last Reflection About ‘The Middle Ground’"* by Chet Raymo "I have been reading again Karl Iagnemma's collection of stories “On the Nature of Human Romantic Attraction.” At the time my paperback edition was published (2004), Iagnemma was a research scientist in mechanical engineering at MIT. The stories in the collection all involve scientists of one sort or another trying to negotiate the bewildering no-man's land between the analytic and the romantic. ․ “You've got to live a little, take a little, And let your poor heart break a little...” Is there a middle ground betwe... more »
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