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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2 January - Blogs I'm Following

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Feynman's "Ode to a Flower": an animation

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 minutes ago
You must have heard Richard Feynman's monologue on the beauty of a flower from the scientist's viewpoint. It was aired as a part of the interesting BBC program The Pleasure of Finding Things Out. But this may be the first time when you're encouraged to watch this animation that was created on the background of Feynman's wise words. Via Maria Popova (a neat Christmas gift I received from Peter F., in a box)

Flores en la puesta de sol

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 6 minutes ago
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100,000 were struck down with Norovirus in the UK over Christmas

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 minutes ago
Around 100,000 people were struck down with the winter vomiting bug over Christmas, latest figures suggested as it emerged the number of confirmed cases was 72% higher than this time last year. The dramatic rise was attributed in part to an early outbreak of the illness which closed dozens of hospital wards as it swept across the country. A total of 3,877 laboratory-confirmed cases of norovirus have now been recorded in England and Wales - up on the 2,255 of last year. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/revealed-100000-were-struck-down-with-vomit... more »

G8 summit: Cameron urges leaders to prepare to be brave

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 minutes ago
Prime Minister David Cameron wants his fellow G8 leaders to immediately start preparations to make brave decisions at the group's annual summit in June. The meeting will take place at County Fermanagh's Lough Erne golf resort. The UK has just taken over the year-long presidency of the group, which consists of, historically, the richest countries in the world. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20886448

Pretend this is a snappy and exciting title to a post that will not be written...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 minutes ago
*because I'm worn out from looking over the pretend "fiscal cliff."* We fell off that cliff long ago and anyone who doesn't realize this is not paying attention. It's all a bunch of crapola. I refuse to participate. Instead, I'll spend the day running important errands, working on my yearly plan, returning emails, and doing what I can to prepare for what's coming in the future of this country. I saw the following comment over at American Thinker and found it to be one of the most concise descriptions of a liberal ever written. The Democrats of today are elitists and authorit... more »

Ciudad junto al mar

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 18 minutes ago
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What Do British Columbians Know that the Rest of Canada Doesn't - Yet?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 21 minutes ago
What we know is that the RCMP is rotten, from the top down. The good news is that an increasing percentage of Canadians across the rest of the country is figuring out the same thing. Perhaps British Columbians know the RCMP better because we have to put up with a lot more of them - over 10,000 in fact, about the same number as in a WWII army division. In effect, we're occupied by a gang of federal thugs with some very nasty tendencies. From the unexplained bullet in the back of young Ian Bush's skull to the execution of Robert Dziekanski, from a litany of acts of brutality to... more »

“Final List” of Award Nominees and Additional ISA Reception Details

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 23 minutes ago
This constitutes our promised post containing the “final list” of OAIS Award Nominees. This is also your last chance to let us know if we’ve left off an eligible nomination. We will send out a ballot soon. The current plan is to use a Borda-count process to create a list of finalists and to proceed to a Continue reading

Hermosos delfines en la playa

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 27 minutes ago
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Anon at aangirfan - 29 minutes ago
*Dylan Hockley, victim of CIA brainwashing?* * * Dylan Hockley lived in a house opposite that of Adam Lanza. Nicole Hockley says: ‘Dylan and all the other children and teachers who lost their lives are *butterflies* now.' Sandy-Hook-victims-Proud-parent *Ian Hockley at the funeral of Dylan. Butterfly on lapel.* At Dylan's funeral, the mourners were able to watch a clip of Dylan popping out of a jack-in-the-box, as the organist played *Somewhere Over The Rainbow *. Sandy-Hook-victims-Proud-parents *Nicole Hockley recalled asking Dylan at one time why he flapped his arms... * * **“... more »

America avoids fiscal cliff disaster - but for how long?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
So the US fiscal cliff has been avoided - or rather, postponed for a couple of months after a last-ditch deal was clinched in Washington. Global share prices have already rallied on the news that this is not to be a story of financial calamity. But instead, there's a story to be told of what happened to a party which publicly pledged never to vote for tax rises; a leader accused of running a "dictatorship" and being more interested in his own job than the long term needs of the country, and another party whose bitter infighting meant a deal that so many found unacceptable finally g... more »

You Forgot Something

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 32 minutes ago
New York Republican Peter King has long been one of my least favorite members of Congress, which puts him in the running for least favorite person. He's no Scalia or Cheney, but the man does his damage to be sure. That's why his resounding freakout over Speaker Boehner adjourning the House last night without voting on relief funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy was so shocking in its plea for humanity from ghoulish hacks.

Hermoso paisajes naturales

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 36 minutes ago
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Russia poised for largest naval exercise for decades

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 37 minutes ago
Russian warships have embarked on a long voyage to the Black and Mediterranean seas to take part in what the Defence Ministry said would be the largest naval exercise in decades. It said on Wednesday that ships from its Northern, Baltic, Black Sea and Pacific fleets would stage the exercise at the end of the month to test their ability to act together outside Russian waters. Its website said the training exercise would also include anti-terrorism and anti-piracy drills. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/02/us-russia-naval-exercise-idUSBRE9010F120130102

Dos catarinas en una hoja

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 41 minutes ago
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U.N. raises Syria death toll to 60,000

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 46 minutes ago
More than 60,000 people have died in Syria's uprising and civil war, the United Nations said on Wednesday, dramatically raising the death toll in a struggle that shows no sign of ending. In the latest violence, dozens were killed in a rebellious Damascus suburb when a government air strike turned a petrol station into an inferno, incinerating drivers who had rushed there for a rare chance to fill their tanks, activists said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/02/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20130102

Oxfordshire: Train Hits Car At Sandy Lane Crossing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 50 minutes ago
One man has died when a car was struck by a freight train at a level crossing in the Yarnton village in Oxfordshire. The accident at the Sandy Lane crossing was reported to the British Transport Police at 3.40 pm. "It is believed two people were in the vehicle at the time. Sadly one of them, a man, was pronounced dead at the scene," the police said in a statement. http://news.sky.com/story/1032623/man-dies-as-train-hits-car-at-level-crossing

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 52 minutes ago
Magnitude M 4.7 Region KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA Date time 2013-01-02 16:24:09.6 UTC Location 3.97 N ; 127.73 E Depth 149 km Distances 316 km SE Caburan, Indonesia

Flores de color lila en la carretera

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 53 minutes ago
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4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 55 minutes ago
Magnitude M 4.6 Region SULAWESI, INDONESIA Date time 2013-01-02 15:56:20.0 UTC Location 0.63 S ; 121.80 E Depth 30 km Distances 115 km W Luwuk, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 56 minutes ago
Magnitude M 4.6 Region SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA Date time 2013-01-02 14:57:41.6 UTC Location 10.97 S ; 113.88 E Depth 10 km Distances 287 km S Muncar, Indonesia

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
Magnitude ML 4.1 Region OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE Date time 2013-01-02 14:41:40.0 UTC Location 35.85 S ; 73.55 W Depth 40 km Distances 100 km NW Tomé, Chile

New York Principals Lead Fight Against More Guaranteed Testing Victims

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
Please sign the petition. From Carol Burris: Dear friends and colleagues, Happy holidays to all. The spring testing season is just around the corner. The Commissioner and Chancellor have already warned us that the 3-8 tests will be more difficult, and fewer students will reach proficiency. We know what that means-more frustrated and upset students, more confused parents who will fear that their child is not on the road to "college readiness" and more anger directed at schools and teachers in the press. If a decade ago there was a good reason for NCLB testing, that reason is l... more »

James Foley Kidnapped in Syria SIX Weeks Ago

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
An American journalist is missing after being kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in northwest Syria six weeks ago, his family said on Wednesday. The family of freelance journalist James Foley, 39, launched a public campaign to bring him home after requesting a news blackout since Foley was taken on 22 November in Idlib province. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/02/us-syria-crisis-journalist-idUSBRE9010EA20130102

Los rostros de las mujeres - Hadas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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Paisajes con grandes montañas nevadas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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Iran says captures two U.S.-made miniature surveillance drones

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Iran has captured two miniature U.S.-made surveillance drones over the past 17 months, Iranian media reported on Wednesday. Several drone incidents over the past year have highlighted tension in the Gulf as Iran and the United States flex their military capabilities in the vital oil exporting region in a standoff over Iran's disputed nuclear program. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/02/us-iran-drones-idUSBRE9010EV20130102

'Tsunami bomb' tested off New Zealand coast

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The United States and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a "tsunami bomb" designed to destroy coastal cities by using underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves. The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could potentially create a 33-foot tsunami capable of inundating a small city. The top secret operation, code-named "Project Seal", tested the doomsday device as a possible rival to the nuclear bomb. About 3,700 bombs were exploded duri... more »

Carbon Based Energy Threatens Ecosystem in Myriad Ways

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
It seems that every time I read the newspaper I find yet another article discussing the myriad ways carbon-based fuel is destroying our ecosystem. What people don't seem to fully realize is that human's seat at the top of the food chain means they are likely to bio-accumulate the greatest amount of toxins over the long term. Humans are bigger than bees, bats and frogs, which are all animals we know are experiencing population collapse due to environmental contamination. Our size makes us think we are not vulnerable to the environmental risks bedeviling small animals. That belief i... more »

113th House Fun Facts

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 hour ago
The House Press Gallery has a nice fact sheet on the incoming 113th House. Lots of fun facts, some of which I knew (78 women, 59D/19R, not counting 3 delegates, all Democrats), and some of which I didn't (9 Asian Americans -- all Democrats, not counting two Democratic delegates). And one total shocker, at least to those of us who remember 1995. Also worth noting... 7 of the 47 new Democratic Members are also old Democratic Members. Seems like a pretty experienced frosh class. Only one of the 35 new Republicans has been in the House before -- Steve Stockman of Texas. 27 incumbents w... more »

Helicoptero en los cielos junto al sol

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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Student test scores: Let's get the lead out!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013* *Kevin Drum’s long-awaited report:* Ever since we learned it was coming, we’ve been looking forward to Kevin Drum’s long-awaited report. Has the removal of lead from the air driven the steep reductions in crime over the past twenty years? In this post about crime rates in L.A., Drum previews his new report for Mother Jones about the effects of lead removal. Drum has posted on this topic for years. At some point last year, a terrible thought crept into our heads as we watched the remarkably self-contained children we now see emerge, on a regular basis, ... more »

Scientologists build massive underground 'cathedral' near Roswell, and it's H-Bomb proof

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Scientologists have constructed an enormous underground "space alien cathedral" near Roswell in the United states, according to a BBC reporter. John Sweeney, who has dedicated much of his career to investigating the secretive church, describes the multi-million dollar facility in his new book, Church of Fear. “We are seeking the space alien cathedral that ex-Scientologists say was built deep underground by the church in the 1980s at a cost of millions of dollars," says an extract from the book adapted for The Sun newspaper. "Its vault houses the lectures of church founder L Ron Hubb... more »

Brain Circulation in 16 Countries

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 1 hour ago
Via the World Bank, the graphic above shows "brain circulation" -- the immigration and emigration of researchers -- for 16 countries in 2011. Countries that experienced a "drain" included India, Italy and Belgium. Gainers included the US, Australia and Switzerland. The data comes from: Chiara Franzoni, Giuseppe Scellato, and Paula Stephan, May 2012. “Foreign Born Scientists: Mobility Patterns for Sixteen Countries,” National Bureau of Economic Research.

Bellas ciudades junto al mar

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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Why did Senator Bennet vote no!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013* *Don’t even bother to ask:* Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, is apparently in the United States senate. On New Year's Eve, he voted no on the fiscal cliff budget deal. In this morning's New York Times, Maureen Dowd tells us all about him. What follows is almost half her column. In a truly remarkable moment, she even quotes Katherine Boo: DOWD (1/2/12): Michael Bennet was supposed to be going off a cliff in Vail. *But instead of his usual New Year’s trip to a ski lodge with his wife and three daughters, the junior senator from Colorado found him... more »

Where are the Sandy Hook Bodies?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The inconsistencies and the questions continue to mount in the Sandy Hook massacre. Why are parents being told they can not see the bodies? It is their right to see the bodies, officials have no right to tell them they cannot. Parents need to demand the bodies be exhumed, and they need to be there. From CNN transcripts….. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) LYNN MCDONNELL, MOTHER OF GRACE MCDONNELL: I had said that to Jack that it’s OK to be angry because sure, we have anger and we are upset and we don’t know why, but I told Jack that he could never live with hate. Grace didn’t have an ounce of ha... more »

British Aid 'Funding Iranian Executions'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
British taxpayers have effectively funded executions in Iran by providing £3.6m in aid to the country, according to human rights campaigners. The money has been used to fight the flow of drugs into Europe, with Iran historically the leading recipient of UK anti-drugs assistance. Prisoners' rights charity Reprieve claims recent spending has coincided with a jump in the number of executions for drug crime. http://news.sky.com/story/1032579/british-aid-funding-iranian-executions

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 12:01:47 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 08:01:47 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 23.938°N, 121.748°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region TAIWAN Distances 15 km (9 miles) ESE of Hualian, Taiwan

Secret Renditions Continue Under Obama

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
Renditions continue under Obama, despite due-process concerns By Craig Whitlock, Published: January 1 The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/renditions-continue-under-obama-despite-due-process-concerns/2013/01/01/4e593aa0-5102-11e2-984e-f1de82a7c98a_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines [Excerpted] The three European men with Somali roots were arrested on a murky pretext in August as they passed through the small African country of Djibouti. But the reason soon became clear when they were visited in their jail cells by a succession of American interrogat... more »

Ships, not.

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 2 hours ago
F-35, now ships. Go read The Sixth Estate for some thinking on the numbers behind the next Conservative military procurement scandaliciousness.

Syria: Petrol Station Strike 'Kills Dozens'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Dozens of people have been killed after an air strike on a petrol station in the capital Damascus, according to opposition activists. Mohammed Saeed, an activist who visited the site, said "tens of people were killed or wounded" in the strike, while "body parts could be seen on the ground". Amateur video, which cannot be verified, showed block smoke billowing from the petrol station in the eastern suburb of Mleiha and casualties fleeing the scene. http://news.sky.com/story/1032591/syria-petrol-station-strike-kills-dozens

Environmental threat map highlights Great Lakes restoration challenges – ‘The Great Lakes continue to be degraded by numerous environmental stressors’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: This map merges data for all major categories of environmental stressors to the Great Lakes, ranging from climate change to pollution to invasive species. greatlakesmapping.org] Ann Arbor, Michigan, 20 December 2012 (SPX) – A comprehensive map three years in the making is telling the story of humans' impact on the Great Lakes, identifying how "environmental stressors" stretching from Minnesota to Ontario are shaping the future of an ecosystem that contains 20 percent of the world's fresh water. In an article to be published in the *Proceedings of the National Academy of ... more »

China’s economic boom savages coral reefs: study – ‘Coral abundance has declined by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Aerial view of Boomerang Island, a coral atoll and part of the disputed Spratly Islands in South China Sea. China's economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years, a joint Australian study, with researchers describing 'grim' levels of damage and loss. Storm Crypt / Flickr] Sydney, 27 December 2012 (AFP) – China's economic boom has seen its coral reefs shrink by at least 80 percent over the past 30 years, a joint Australian study found Thursday, with researchers describing "grim" levels of damage and loss. Scientists from the ... more »

Wednesday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Saudia Arabia seeks water in Ethiopia with violent consequences. Via Laleh Khalili. “Morsi and the Deep State.” The case for the US continuing a hard line against Cuba. First-image explanations for US strategic failure. Walt’s “Top 5 parties in World History” should include instead the celebration of the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis rather than “The Fields of Continue reading

Australia set to swelter as biggest heatwave in decades settles in

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Feeling hot hot hot... Australians are set to face one of the largest heatwaves in decades in 2013. Simone De Peak] By Peter Hannam, Carbon economy editor 3 January 2013 AUSTRALIA'S notoriously variable climate is on full display, with parts of the nation about to experience one of the largest heatwaves in territorial extent in decades, after coming off a sharp shift last year from wetter- to drier-than-average conditions. A swath of central Australia stretching from Oodnadatta to Coober Pedy and Birdsville can expect maximum temperatures of 45 degrees or hotter for at l... more »

NEW WONKS ON THE BLOCK: Who the heck is Dylan Matthews!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013* *Part 2—Promising echo of Klein:* At MSNBC, at the Washington Post, new liberal and mainstream elites are being assembled and certified. Often, they call themselves wonks, nerds or geeks. It’s the liberal world’s top humblebrag! That said, who *are* these new wonks on the block? Quite possibly, they will define the horizons of the liberal world over the next many years. Who are the new wonks? Struck by two year-end lists at the Post’s Wonkblog site, we felt it was time to find out. One example: Who the heck is Dylan Matthews, we finally decided to ask.... more »

Swan Dive of 2013 Economy

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
James Hall, Contributor Hold your breath, the race to the bottom is ready to escalate. The consequence of the corporate consumerism economy has reached the tipping point. The old rules that mainstream spending will dig the way back to prosperity are permanently dead. The one sure implication that is indisputable is that taxes are set to rise at unprecedented levels. With Obamacare revenue obligations coming into effect, the latest phase of centralized medical socialism spreads like a virus. Under such circumstances, how can the patient regain their health? The Rino Republicans... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Robbie Ftorek, 61. My all-time favorite hockey player, from his three years with, and the only three years of (how could it have been only three years?), the WHA Phoenix Roadrunners. And now, after a long holidayish break, back to the good stuff: 1. John Sides on early ads in 2012. 2. Suzy Khimm has 5 facts about the fiscal cliff vote yesterday. 3. Also yesterday: Public Domain Day. 4. Ed O'Keefe noted that the fiscal cliff was also the end of David Dreier's House career; I think he was a pretty good Member. 5. Paul Krugman, being brutal.

New Year's petty bile

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 3 hours ago
I read Dr. Dawg's posts pretty much everyday. Still like the way the dude thinks. But I read the comments section too, for a laff. K-Z is still there. Babbling his vile, racist stupidities. Peter 1 is still a pompous, evil fraud. How happy I am that I've chosen not to engage with that human filth. Yea I am petty! Verily art I small! Look out woild! Here's 2013!!

Adrian Salbuchi : 2013- What's in Store?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
*Freethinker* just left this piece. Thanks kindly!! Having read through it I am posting it, entirely. *Adrian Salbuchi shares his thoughts for 2013* * Note to Kenny @** Kenny's Sideshow : * 2013 is shaping up to be even uglier, like you, I will be there to witness it and write about it. What the hell, at least, were in dam fine company! World Government stepping onto sovereign Nation-States, puppet politicians unable to cope with social challenges, chaos in the Middle East and ever increasing global crises – all this awaits us in 2013. Is it time for ‘We the People’ to wake up? ­... more »

Penguin, Puffin and The Snowman Get Closer

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 3 hours ago
As publishers have always been in the content and rights business but have long been restricted by the book format. Now the digital world offers new forms and licensing opportunities and enables publishers to redefine their role in the development and exploitation of content and rights and also build brands. An example is the recent move by Penguin to take full ownership of Snowman Enterprises Limited (SEL). This logical acquisition means that Penguin now control not just the traditional book rights but the film, TV, digital and merchandising rights to Raymond Briggs' classic, *... more »

House Ethics Committee #Fail, Buck McKeon Gets Off on a Technicality

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
We already knew that Congress had a pretty low approval rating by the American public. In fact, 2012 has seen the lowest approval since Gallup has been keeping records and the trend doesn’t look good. Approval is at 18% right now, but we anticipate that to tank after the bungled fiscal cliff negotiations. But aside from the low job approval ratings, the American people don’t think Members of Congress are very honest. In a December Gallup poll most Americans gave members of Congress as having “low/very low” ethical standards, lower than car salesmen, HMO managers, and stockbroker... more »

Old contaminants shut down Cleveland park

By: Nathan Lamb Industrial waste dumping from the early 20th century is the primary suspect behind recently discovered contaminants that have shut down a popular city park in Cleveland, according to this story. The City of Cleveland started renovations on the 12.5-acre W.C. Reed Playfield over the summer, but that plan was put on hold after soil tests discovered elevated levels of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (or PAHs) on the site. PAHs are typically a byproduct of petroleum processing or combustion and can be highly carcinogenic at relatively low levels, according to the U.S... more »

Max Keiser: 'Fiscal cliff' theater distracting from real problems

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
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The Elite Want You to Keep Calm and Slave On

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Those foggy, little round glasses ~Who Dat Warriors* *2013 New Orleans Saints Opponents Announced* *NY lawmakers: House GOP scraps vote on Sandy aid* *N.O. student helps get bill passed in Legislature ~Keri Dequine Harden * *Army Corps Optimistic About Miss River ~Corn and Soybean Digest* *The Parish ~G.,G. Rae* *MARDI GRAS 2013 SCHEDULE! *

Vaccinated Kids Have 2 to 5 Times More Diseases Than Unvaccinated Ones

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
Big Study: Vaccinated Kids 2-5 More Diseases Than Unvaccinated by Louis Rain Health Freedom Alliance, 14 October 2011 *Preventable Vaccine-induced Diseases* A German study released in September 2011 of about 8000 UNVACCINATED children, newborn to 19 years, show vaccinated children have at least 2 to 5 times more diseases and disorders than unvaccinated children. The results are presented in the bar chart below; *the complete data and study results are here*. The data is compared to the national German KIGGS health study of the children in the general population. Most of the respo... more »


Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 4 hours ago
Max Arthur OBE We are thrilled to learn today that for services to military history in this year's New Year's Honours list, Max Arthur, a longtime friend of Annie and staunch supporter of Bibliophile, has received an OBE in deserved recognition for his writing on oral military history. Max has brought history back to life through his 'Forgotten Voices' series of war books working closely with the Imperial War Museum on *Forgotten Voices of the Great War* and *Forgotten Voices of the Second World War*. In the course of his work he developed a close relationship with the last survi... more »

Doing The Corporate Dance

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
The Liberal Party's traditional strategy of campaigning from the left and governing from the right led the late Rene Levesque to conclude that the party was "the biggest whorehouse in the world." Now, Paul Adams writes, the party seems to be campaigning from the right: Martha Hall Findlay calls for an end to supply management. Marc Garneau wants to open up telecommunications to foreign investment. And most important — because he appears to be an almost prohibitive front-runner — Justin Trudeau has tried to outflank the Harper Conservatives in welcoming offshore money to the oilp... more »

Republican Decorum - Go F___ Yourself!

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
From Politico and again on Politico It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal. “Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present. Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?” Boehner repeated: “Go f— yourself.” The harsh exchange just a few steps from the Oval Office — which Boehner later bra... more »

South Korea Rejects North's 'Bland' Message

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
South Korea has dismissed as "bland" a New Year message from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in which he urged a lessening of tensions between the two countries. In the first televised New Year's Day message by a North Korean leader in 19 years, Kim stressed the importance of improving his impoverished country's economy and improving relations between the two Koreas, which are technically still at war. http://news.sky.com/story/1032416/south-korea-rejects-norths-bland-message

Bloodless Abstractionism

Storm at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
A dedicated advocate for putting the reality of a living being, a child, back into the actuarial equations of our political considerations, Peg With Pen posts this on the first day of 2013: Teachers, as you plan how to resist corporate education reform and rebuild public schools on National Opt Out Day (Jan.7th) - or any day for that matter - here is one way to do it - do not allow others to refer to children based on their test scores. Children cannot be called "UnSats" or "Partials" or any other label attached to a number. It is beyond disrespectful and allows teachers to become... more »

Mohawk John Kane urges Chief Spence to halt fast and join the people

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Mohawk John Kane says the 'nation to nation' relationship is a white man's concept and urges Chief Spence to halt her 'suicide mission' Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence said,“First Nations leadership need to take charge and control of the situation on behalf of the grassroots movement. We need to re-ignite that nation-to-nation relationship based on our inherent and constitutionally

Paparazzo Killed Taking Pics Of Bieber's Car

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A paparazzo has been killed moments after taking photos of singer Justin Bieber's Ferrari in California. The photographer, who has not yet been identified, died in hospital shortly after the crash in Los Angeles on January 1. http://news.sky.com/story/1032391/us-paparazzo-killed-taking-pics-of-biebers-car

Benefits Rise 'Almost Double Salary Increase'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Welfare payouts for the jobless have risen almost twice as fast as average salaries over the last five years, according to official figures. Out-of-work benefits have increased in value by 20% since 2007, compared to a rise of 12% in private sector pay. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the increases had cost the taxpayer £6.3bn since the start of the recession in 2008. http://news.sky.com/story/1032329/benefits-rise-almost-double-salary-increase

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 12:00:11 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 09:00:11 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 42.097°N, 143.538°E Depth 74.3 km (46.2 miles) Region HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION Distances 94 km (58 miles) SSE of Obihiro, Japan

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 10:31:01 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 07:31:01 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 29.347°N, 142.284°E Depth 34.2 km (21.3 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 251 km (155 miles) N of Chichi-shima, Japan

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 09:41:22 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 07:41:22 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.518°S, 151.561°E Depth 86 km (53.4 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 76 km (47 miles) WSW of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 07:44:52 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 01:44:52 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 12.606°N, 87.704°W Depth 91.1 km (56.6 miles) Region NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA Distances 30 km (18 miles) WSW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

Mohawk Nation News 'Indigenous Rising'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
MNN: INDIGENOUS RISING Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationness.com         INDIGENOUS RISING  MNN.  JAN. 1, 2013.  Corporate band and tribal councils are falling.  A new day is coming.  Out with individualism.  In with collectivism.  The fraudulent corporations of Canada and the United States of America are duly put on notice that you will be soon dissolved. Your

Taiwan: Renewable Energy Reserves

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
I saw this piece on how Scotland and Taiwan are working on a wave power system for the Beautiful Island and was reminded of Chen et al's *Assessment of renewable energy reserves in Taiwan (2010)... *the authors write: According to the estimation of this paper, the reserve of wind energy, up to 29.9 kWh/d/p (i.e., kWh per day per person), is the largest one among seven kinds of renewable energies in Taiwan, followed by 24.27 kWh/d/p of solar energy, 4.55 kWh/d/p of biomass, 4.58 kWh/d/p of ocean energy, 0.67 kWh/d/p of geothermal energy and 16.79 kWh/d/p of hydropower. *If regarding ... more »

The Ultra Isolation Transformers

In order to identify about Isolation Transformers and *Ultra Isolation Transformers,* you want to understand what a transformer is and what principle it serves. A transformer, basically stated, is a machine that converts 1 volt to another. There are of course several types of transformers. Let’s some transformers have single coil with a range of fixed or movable taping and they are known as auto-transformers. But these kinds of non-isolated transformers are attractive obsolete and their use is now limited to equipments like voltage regulators/voltage stabilizers. Today transforme... more »

The Taiwan You Never Knew: Underground Gas Station?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 6 hours ago
Taichung, an area for cutting edge underground operations, offered up a classic for public inspection last month. An allegedly criminal entrepreneur bought 95 octane gas at 20.5 NT a liter and sold for 27.5, 7 NT below the rate in the gas stations. Naturally the place, housed in an abandoned metalshop, was a great favorite with taxi drivers. He even handed out $300 coupons for bringing in new people, printed up business cards, and operated a delivery service. One of the more delightful aspects of Taiwan's gray and illegal businesses is the way they mimic the formalities of legitimat... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 6 hours ago
Ronan Parke has performed to an estimated audience of 700m people on a 2012 New Year’s Eve show in China. ** Ronan in China. "The courage of our forces" *Skulls* Butterflies all havin' fun you know what I mean Sleep in peace when day is done - Lyrics sung by Ronan. *Ronan* *Andy Williams and Donny Osmond.* *Andy Williams* * * *"A doctor named Ross MacLean administered LSD and another hallucinogenic drug, mescaline, to me in different doses and supervised my trips." - Moon River & Me, by Andy Williams* *Purple (Asclepias) flowers used as Identifiers and Triggers* Monarch... more »

NYT urges Obama to introduce socialism

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
*Off-topic, firewalls:* Ted Jacobson wrote the 26th followup of the AMPS firewall paper and he joined the majority that disagrees with the "original perpetrators", as he calls Polchinski et al. He declares that their paper assumes that one may tensor-factorize the Hilbert space and isolate inner and outer degrees of freedom which is incorrect in quantum gravity where the Hilbert space is "a priori constrained", something that doesn't make local measurements impossible. I rarely agree with Jacobson but here he's on the right side. Many American conservatives remain significantly pr... more »

A proposed 28th amendment to the US Constitution

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
I know that in the US there is much debate about whether members of Congress are in fact 'above the law'. I think that making it clear that they are not would be a good thing. In the UK where MPs enjoy huge privileges, I would suggest that such a law should be the first priority of a true Conservative government. This of course means not David Cameron's CINO party lead coalition, but maybe one day.

Transport Econ 7: Encourage Branding, Deregulate Fares of Taxi

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 9 hours ago
* This is my article last week in TL online magazine, http://thelobbyist.biz/index.php/perspectives/less-government/item/141-taxi-and-corporate-branding --------- The Christmas holiday season is a time of very high demand for taxi relative to their supply. Different complaints by passengers would be heard while complaints by taxi drivers, justified or not, are often not heard. So proposals like rounding off and penalizing if not sending to prison all taxi drivers who choose their passengers. or choose their destinations, or demand higher fare beyond those indicated in their fare metr... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
"On November 23,1980 at precisely 19.35, it was the end of the world. "The earthquake devastated Campania and Basilicata. "The area of Irpinia was hit the hardest, with a violent shock of 90 seconds, which culminated in a death toll of 2914." [image: Napoli - kids] *Naples* I arrived in Naples during the period of aftershocks. The comfortable and almost empty Palace Hotel, in Piazza Garibaldi, was most welcoming. At dinner I had the restaurant to myself. A few workmen were filling in cracks on the walls. Along dark and narrow Via S.Biagio d.Librai, in the slummy Spacca qua... more »

Better Barley

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Work like this is always welcome to see. What we need to see is genetic engineering that adapts desert plant strategies into our grassland crops. A thick blade that holds water sounds like a deal maker costing little if any extra plant energy. Such a plant can grab moisture and hold it through a long dry spell. It may even make the blade more palatable and useful to ruminants. Selection will be helpful, but mostly marginally. A genetic strategy could be applied across all grains and allow cropping in lands far more arid and make irrigation far more efficient. We know t... more »

Yen Decline

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
It is not exactly a collapse of course, but it is certainly a readjustment that properly reflects the collateral position Japan occupies with China and the USA. It is still noteworthy and suggests a strong burst in Japanese growth is now pending. At the same time it is defensive and markets out uncertainty regarding both China's and the USA's financial posture. In the meantime, Japan is liquidating the tsunami damage in good order although it will require several more years for that to be finished. Rumors of war are more to do with internal infighting in China than anyt... more »

Grazing Amazonia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Something as obvious as grazing rotation stabilizes the pasturage and plausibly prevents its elimination. That is very good news for tropical soils everywhere. If they also sustain partial forest cover while they do all this, we may also have natural refertilization underway also. Recall that cattle grazing is minimal on the uptake of nutrients. This should also lead to groomed forests with a modest investment in effort. What is clearly needed is an ongoing education program for farmers on practical methods used elsewhere. This also tells us that grazing rotation has be... more »

Mag 9 Threat Cascadia and Himalaya

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
It has long been known that the Cascadia subduction zone is able to deliver a magnitude 9 event having done so three hundred years ago. What we have lacked is meaningful comparisons for folks living in the areas of population concentration. So a few thoughts are in order. A tsunami will happen, but it is almost no threat around the inland waters of the Salish Sea. On the Pacific side there is plenty of risk but limited outright exposure except around the Columbia river. Otherwise the coastal population is modest but all fatally exposed by and large. I have driven through ... more »

New Troubles, Old Rivalries Keep Iraq On The Edge

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Photo: Sunni protesters in Iraq. Source: Associated Press/Hadi Mizban.* Iraq is once again on the edge. Relations between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Northern Iraq continue to deteriorate. Last month, President of Iraqi Kurdistan Massoud Barzani personally *visited* Kirkuk, a contested and oil-rich city that could be the major battlefield in a future war between the two sides. While talk of war has quieted down in the past week, it is inevitable as neither side is willing to sacrifice its own interests for the greater good of Iraq. ... more »

The Jews want your guns America!

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 10 hours ago
Photoshop courtesy of *INCOG MAN* Predictably, the Jews are using *the fake Sandy Hook "shooting" PSYOP* and their control of the media to promote their un-American, tyrannical anti-Second Amendment crusade. Will America let the Jews take their guns? Are they dumb enough to let the Jews disarm them? *The Jewish Daily Forward*, December 23, 2012 *A Jewish community strongly supportive of gun control plus Jewish lawmakers eager to enact new gun control laws may bring Jews into a lead role* as the nation debates federal measures to rein in mass murders at its malls and schools. ... more »

Series of sinkholes forces almost 30 homes to evacuate, frustrating residents, Pennsylvania

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Residents of the 2100 block of North Fourth Street have been asked to evacuate their homes. One sink hole Monday led to a second, larger one, Monday night and the disruption of water, sewer and gas services to the neighborhood. Utility crews have been working at the location of the sinkhole all day. But it was Tuesday afternoon that the city told residents it will be several days before repairs will be finished. http://www.cw15.com/news/local/story/Series-of-sinkholes-forces-almost-30-homes-to/IJPa5g4hakaSUOOx1PKjSA.cspx

The Al Qaeda Executive - Documentary

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
* President Drone: "I love me some Al-Qaeda." And is he wrong to love Al-Qaeda? No. What's not to love? Endorse terror against your enemies while appearing the Saint? Seems like a good plan to me, but only if you can get away with it, of course.* Description of the documentary "The Al Qaeda Executive" [*Source: larouchepac.com*]. Financed and used by the British-Saudi Empire, Al-Qaeda has been protected under the Obama administration to accomplish the Empire's of global war. In this feature we document President's Obama's use of Al-Qaeda networks to overthrow Ghaddafi in Libya, ... more »


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*As we previously reported here: http://thecomingcrisis.blogspot.ca/2013/01/disturbing-proof-sandy-hook-shooting.htmlsomething has gone awry with the Emilie Parker story. Once claimed to be killed, she suddenly showed up in a photo op with Obama, and is now has a charity fundraiser based around here.* * * *However, something is truly twisted about this situation.* * * *If you go the Facebook page for the fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/EmilieParkerFund, and look at the "Activity Box". Notice the date?* * * *The fundraiser page was created at 2:39 PM on December 14, not only the ... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 02:24:23 UTC Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 11:24:23 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 34.836°S, 71.601°W Depth 44.5 km (27.7 miles) Region LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE Distances 31 km (19 miles) SW of Santa Cruz, Chile

112th Congress Screws Over Sandy Victims!

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
Right after the POTUS spoke - right after The last thing they did - was screw the victims of Hurrican SAndy. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it *BREAKING: House says "F**k Off" to Sandy victims* then I couldn't believe my eyes while I was watching it on CSPAN. And then the 112th Congress adjourned - to a a volley of objections - clear NO's to the adjournment motion. And ten minutes later - I am searching the web - because I can't believe what happened and - it did. *Oh. My. God. * The GOP House just killed legislation to provide relief for Hurricane Sandy victims. READ THA... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 02:00:21 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 09:00:21 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 2.928°S, 101.136°E Depth 41.1 km (25.5 miles) Region SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA Distances 97 km (60 miles) SSW of Sungaipenuh, Indonesia

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 1st January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 23:40:40 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 04:10:40 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.594°N, 71.439°E Depth 141.8 km (88.1 miles) Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Distances 13 km (8 miles) SW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SIMEULUE, INDONESIA - 1st January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Tuesday, January 01, 2013 at 20:05:03 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 03:05:03 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 2.378°N, 96.175°E Depth 38.3 km (23.8 miles) Region SIMEULUE, INDONESIA Distances 25 km (15 miles) WSW of Sinabang, Indonesia

So we have a fiscal-cliff "compromise." Here's a glimpse of some of the corporate giveaways that are actually in it

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*UPDATE: House whiffs on Sandy aid (see below)* * * *by Ken* The *Washington Post*'s Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Hedlerman reported tonight at 11pm ET: The House late Tuesday gave final approval to a Senate-backed bill that will let taxes rise for the richest Americans, shield the middle class from tax hikes and extend emergency unemployment benefits, ending Washington's long drama over the "fiscal cliff." The dramatic vote followed a wild day in which the critical measure was assumed for several hours to be headed for defeat because of widespread Republican objections. The vot... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
“Few star clusters are seen to be so close to each other. Some 7,000 light-years away, though, this pair of open or galactic star clusters is an easy binocular target, a lovely starfield in the northern constellation Perseus. Also visible to the unaided eye from dark sky areas, it was cataloged in 130 BC by Greek astronomer Hipparchus. *Click image for larger size.* Now known as h and chi Persei, or NGC 869 (above right) and NGC 884, the clusters themselves are separated by only a few hundred light-years and contain stars much younger and hotter than the Sun. In addition to bein... more »

Another Long, Cold Night in Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
*Been a lot of them over the years.* "In a separate development Sunday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees distributed emergency cold weather supplies to families in a *refugee camp* where two days earlier a *3-year-old child died *of exposure. But camp leaders and Afghan government officials criticized the aid delivery as inadequate to protect camp residents from *continued cold conditions* and to prevent more deaths." * **Where is the damn global warming when you really need it?* * **Also see*: *Cold Killed Afghan Children* The Children of Afghanistan *Maybe the Af... more »

Fiction/nonfiction debate a diversion from the big question: Should we have common core standards?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Posted as a comment at: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2012/12/literature_versus_nonfiction_d.html#comments The debate over fiction vs. non-fiction in the Common Core is diverting us from a more important question: should we have common core standards? The rational for the standards is the belief that our schools are "broken." There is no evidence this is true: Middle class American students who attend well-funded schools score at the top of the world on international tests. Our unspectacular scores are because US has such a high percentage of child poverty, 23.1%, the se... more »

Happy New Year!!!!!

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 13 hours ago
Happy New Year, friends! :). I had an absolutely fabulous New Year's Eve. We were supposed to go to a friends' house for drinks and hanging out, but her daughter got the flu and they did not want to infect everyone, so they cancelled and we decided to stay in, which is our fav thing to do on NYE anyway. Our night consisted of a competitive game of Sequence, a bottle of champagne I bought for the night from Whole Foods, and some mixed drinks, as well as football bowl games. It was awesome, and we were in bed by 1201 AM. Loved every second. Also, the champagne we had was really ... more »

Chet Raymo, “When No One Is Looking?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“When No One Is Looking?” * by Chet Raymo “Here is a short passage from Rachel Joyce's sweet little novel “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”. Harold, a retired, henpecked, sixty-something couch-potato, for a reason we need not describe, is walking, absurdly ill-equipped, 500 miles across England. Footsore, discouraged and forlorn, he steps into a cathedral: "When no one was looking, Harold slipped to his knees and asked for the safety of the people he had left behind, and those who were ahead. He asked for the will to keep going. He also apologized for not believing." Whe... more »

End Of Year Notes By John Friend

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I am doing some catching up on some great articles put out by my friends in this, the real truth movement, so bear with me... It is very important that the message presented by everyone be shared so as to reach as many people as possible... I want to share with my own readers one great article that comes courtesy of my friend, John Friend, who writes the blog: John Friend's Blog, at www.johnfriendsblog.blogspot.com. It is simply entitled: "End Of Year Notes" and John does a great job of summing up 2012 and our battle against Jewish criminality in fine detail. I have that article r... more »

Checking Up on Afghanistan's Abductions

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
"US doctor rescued from Taliban in Afghanistan" New York Times, December 10, 2012 KABUL — An *American doctor* kidnapped by the Taliban was *rescued* Sunday by Afghan and coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. At least *six people were killed* and two Taliban leaders were arrested during the rescue. The American, Dilip Joseph, and two Afghan doctors were abducted Wednesday as they traveled to a clinic in the Sorobi District of eastern Afghanistan, about an hour outside of the capital, Kabul, said the district police chief, Naqeebullah Khan. The rescue took place ... more »

An Undefeated Insurgency in Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
*We knew that **two years ago**.* "NATO says Afghan attacks increase" July 28, 2012 KABUL — Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the past three months were up 11 percent, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest statistics on monthly violence released by the US-led coalition. The figures, which NATO released on Thursday, also show that the number of attacks in June was the highest for any month since fighting surged in the summer of 2010. The *disturbing increase* comes at a time when foreign troops are leaving and insurgents are trying to prove they rem... more »

The "real hurdle" in educational reform: Poverty

skrashen at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Protecting children from the impact of poverty Sent to the Chicago Sun Times, January 1, 2013 Yes, poverty is the “real hurdle to education reform” (Dec. 29). We can protect children from some of the impact of poverty immediately and inexpensively. Poverty means inadequate diet, inferior health care, and lack of access to books at home, in school and in the community, among other things, and each of these has a devastating effect on school performance. We are investing billions in new standards and tests, and there is no research indicating that this will help children. Instead, ... more »

Long Forgotten Afghanistan Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
*I'm sorry it took so long for me to get around it, readers. * "Afghan war barely echoes in US; Battles rage in Afghanistan, but political and public focus fades" by Bryan Bender | Globe Staff, August 17, 2012 DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — The *longest war in American history commands little attention or debate* — in the halls of Congress, on the presidential campaign trail, or in the public square.... For most Americans, the *war is not at the forefront of their political consciousness*, even though Americans will be in combat for at least another two years, and some troops could ... more »

Important Health News: Video - Vaccine Nation

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
I have been warning people for years to absolutely stay away from vaccines, period. It has been especially troubling for me to see people being gullible and lining up for their poisonous seasonal "flu shots". I have repeatedly warned people to not fall victim to the media and government lies about the "need" for seasonal flu shots, but it does appear that my words have fallen on deaf ears. I want to present a fabulous video that I came across some time ago. It is entitled: "Vaccine Nation", and the facts that it presents about vaccines is truly shocking and an eye opener. I ... more »

Paulo Coelho, “The Imperfect Attracts Us”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“The Imperfect Attracts Us”* by Paulo Coelho "Beauty exists not in sameness but in difference. Who could imagine a giraffe without its long neck or a cactus without its spines? The irregularity of the mountain peaks that surround us is what makes them so imposing. If we tried to make them all the same, they would no longer command our respect. It is the imperfect that astonishes and attracts us. When we look at a cedar tree, we don’t think: ‘The branches should be all the same length.’ We think: ‘How strong it is.’ When we see a snake, we never say: ‘He is crawling along the ... more »

Happy New Year From The Northerntruthseeker

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
I have been busy all day today with family and friends.... Only now have I been able to surf the net and take the time to focus on this blog.... I want to wish everyone, and especially my friends in this, the real truth movement, a very Happy New Year. This will most definitely be a very troubling year, with the danger of full world economic collapse coming, as well as a new push for war against the innocent nation of Iran. And we will definitely see the push by the criminal Jewish elements to have full gun control laws imposed on the citizens of the United States to finally ensla... more »

Happy 2013

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 15 hours ago
I plan on calling it twenty thirteen, by the way. Thirteen is a significant number in my life, in many good ways. So I've been waiting for a great graphic to express my hopes for this year and a facebook friend delivered a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon from 1996. Possibly the last panel Waterman ever posted. I still miss this cartoon so much. Wish he hadn't retired.

Thankful to be in Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 15 hours ago
"US troops in Afghanistan celebrate Thanksgiving" by DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press / November 22, 2012 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) —There was roast turkey, sliced turkey, ham and rib-eye steaks. The troops were served steaming side dishes of dressing, corn, collard greens, yams and mashed potatoes and gravy that some lapped up with spoons. For dessert, there was a massive cake with a turkey etched in icing, pumpkin spice cookies and scores of pies. A short walk from the dining hall, service members were playing a modified version of American football. Parts of the scene could have co... more »

House GOP ready to push America over the cliff

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 15 hours ago
Latest word is the House Republicans will maybe end up allowing the passage of the Senate bill at some point tonight, but not before making a day long public spectacle of their dysfunction. Clear highlight being Cantor's brief challenge for the gavel. Which apparently failed if one is to take the clues from the subsequent solidarity photo ops. Like this one: [Photo: AP file/J. Scott Applewhite] To which the White House replied: [photo via Zeke Miller] I've seen a few call this day a turning point on the twitter. Not so sure we've really reached peak wingnut myself, but surely t... more »

Right-wingers at sea both literally and figuratively, says Richard Cohen

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
* * *"Nothing good happens when Republicans leave land."* *-- Richard Cohen, in his WaPo column* "Republicans adrift" *by Ken* This observation by columnist Cohen is prompted by a pair of right-wing ocean voyages: the famous one in 2008 when loony tunes gathered by *The Weekly Standard* headed north to Alaska and made a shocking discovery, and one just this past November, organzied by *National Review*, when the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam chugged out of Fort Lauderdale carrying a shipload of crazies who no doubt booked passage thinking they would be celebrating the Great Triumph o... more »

Fueling Afghan Corruption

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 15 hours ago
"US watchdog raises worry about Afghan fuel program" Associated Press, September 11, 2012 WASHINGTON — The watchdog for US spending in Afghanistan says lax accountability in a *$1.1 billion* program *supplying fuel* to the Afghan National Army needs ‘‘immediate attention’’ before control of the program is turned over to the Kabul government in less than four months. There’s no proof the fuel is actually being used by Afghan security forces for their missions, meaning it is not known how much fuel has been *lost, stolen, or diverted* to the insurgency, according to a report released ... more »

Interview With Edward F. Edinger ["The psyche is real"]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 hours ago
*"Archetype of the Apocalypse: Divine Vengeance, Terrorism, and the End of the World,"* by the late Jungian analyst Dr. Edward F. Edinger. Dr. Edward F. Edinger "was a leading Jungian analyst and founding member of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. He was chairman of the C.G. Jung Training Center in New York, where he practiced for many years." [Source: Amazon.com]. Dr. Edinger died on July 17, 1998. Here is an excerpt from The New York Times obituary, dated August 2, 1998, titled, *"Edward F. Edinger, 75, Analyst And Writer on Jung's Concepts"*: Dr. Edward F. Edinger, a ... more »

The Chicago archdiocese's Gang of Seven promotes panic in the parishes

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Cardinal George, ringleader of the Chicago Gang of Seven* * * *by Ken* When the lame-duck session of the Illinois State Senate resumes this afternoon, one piece of legislation scheduled to receive consideration, and possibly a Thursday vote, is same-sex marriage. And so predictably, the Archdiocese of Chicago is on the job. As Kate Sosin reported for *Windy City Times*: Chicago's Archbishop wants Catholics to oppose efforts to pass same-sex marriage in Illinois. With a vote on marriage equality possibly days away, Cardinal Francis George has issued a letter against same-sex marri... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Sweeping Kabul's Streets

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 16 hours ago
Afghan streets get overdue facelift * **Same with **this blog**. *

Raising Raziq

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 16 hours ago
"Police Chief in Southern Afghanistan Survives Attack That Kills 4 Civilians KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban tried and failed to kill one of their most hated enemies late on Monday when the police chief of Kandahar Province, who is pursuing an aggressive campaign against the insurgents in their former southern homeland, survived a powerful suicide car bombing that killed four civilians and wounded 20 more, Afghan officials said Tuesday. The police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, who has survived several Taliban assassination attempts, was driving through the eastern part of Kandahar c... more »

Afghan Bonfire

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 16 hours ago
*Just for show.* "5 British marines charged in Afghan death" by Jill Lawless | Associated Press, October 15, 2012 LONDON — Also Sunday, Afghan officials announced that counternarcotics police poured gas on more than 24 tons of narcotics and other illegal substances, then set the pile ablaze on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghan authorities said the drugs, drug-making chemicals, and alcohol were seized in and around the capital during the past nine months. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, deputy minister of counternarcotics at the Interior Ministry, said the destroyed drugs included heroin, opiu... more »
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