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Thursday, January 3, 2013

3 January - Blogs I'm Following

10:56 am MST

a comment on the Common Core from the 14th century

skrashen at Schools Matter - 22 minutes ago
Hafiz, 14th century Sufi poet, comments on the Common Core: "Dropping Keys The small person Builds cages for everyone She Sees. Instead, the sage, Who needs to duck her head, When the moon is low, Can be found dropping keys, all night long For the beautiful, Rowdy, Prisoners." (For this and other great quotes, see http://www.susanohanian.org/quotes.php)

Chris Christie Bares His Fangs at Boehner and Congressional Republicans

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 23 minutes ago
New Jersey's popular Republican governor, Chris Christie, has turned on the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and House majority leader John Boehner is reeling. *"Americans are tired of the palace intrigue and political partisanship of this Congress, which places one-upmanship ahead of the lives of the citizens who sent these people to Washington DC in the first place," Christie said.* *He added: "America deserves better than yet another example of a government that has forgotten who they are there to serve and why." Referring specifically to the failure to act on th... more »

Putin gives citizenship to tax exile Depardieu

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 24 minutes ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, the French movie star who is quitting his homeland to avoid a tax hike on the rich, the Kremlin said on Thursday. The "Cyrano de Bergerac" actor bought a house across the border in Belgium last year to avoid a new tax rate for millionaires in France planned by Socialist President Francois Hollande but said he could also seek tax exile elsewhere. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/03/us-russia-depardieu-idUSBRE90206G20130103

Syria rebels in push to capture air base

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 24 minutes ago
Rebels battled on Thursday to seize an air base in northern Syria, part of a campaign to fight back against the air power that has given President Bashar al-Assad's forces free rein to bomb rebel-held towns. More than 60,000 people have been killed in the 21-month-old uprising and civil war, the United Nations said this week, sharply raising the death toll estimate in a conflict that shows no sign of ending. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/03/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE8AJ1FK20130103

Mujer sentada en la playa bajo la luz de la luna

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 42 minutes ago
[image: mujer sentada en la playa] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de Playas* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Hermoso lago azul entre las montañas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 46 minutes ago
[image: Lago azul en las montañas] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de Lagos Azules* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Trippy watching fireworks in reverse...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 51 minutes ago
This video is of the fireworks in melbourne for New Years Eve.

Don’t shoot—he wants to grow up!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 54 minutes ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013* *Was Bazelon’s aim true:* On this morning’s front page, the New York Times reports on the homicide rate in Chicago. The report features a photograph of a young black child in Chicago. We’ll guess that he’s eleven or twelve. He’s at a peace vigil, holding this sign: “DON’T SHOOT. I want to grow up.” Younger kids stand beside him. For our money, Monica Davey’s report was a bit light on the information. In Chicago, homicides were up 16 percent from 2011, she says, even as overall crime in the city dropped. But how did the number of homicides in Chicago com... more »

Arenas del desierto

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 58 minutes ago
[image: Arenas del desierto] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de Desiertos* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

On How the American Judicial System Sanctions Growing US Fascism

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
Judge backs Obama administration on secrecy of targeted killings of terrorism suspects By Karen DeYoung, Published: January 2 The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/2013/01/02/83799c18-5515-11e2-8b9e-dd8773594efc_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines [Excerpted] The Obama administration acted lawfully in refusing to disclose information about its targeted killings of terrorism suspects, including the 2011 drone strikes that killed three U.S. citizens in Yemen, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. But the judge also described a “veritable Catch-22” of secur... more »

Pequeños lagos en la montañas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Lago en las montañas] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de Lagos azules* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Heatwave across Australia set to break records – ‘Most serious bushfire threat in more than a decade’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Australians escape the 2013 heat wave on the beach. Ryan Osland / SMH] By Peter Hannam, Carbon economy editor 4 January 2013 (Sydney Morning Herald) – LONG-STANDING temperature records may be broken in coming days as a massive heatwave sizzles much of the country. A huge swath of central and south-eastern Australia is poised to swelter on Friday with temperatures expected to peak at 41 degrees in Melbourne, 44 in Adelaide and even 39 in Hobart. "We probably will get close to some of the really significant Australia-wide records," said Aaron Coutts-Smith, the NSW climate s... more »

Airstrikes and Other Explosions in Afghanistan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*As reported by my printed Boston Globe these last few months:* "Taliban insurgents die in airstrike KABUL — A *coalition airstrike* *killed more than 20* Taliban insurgents who gathered to oversee a public execution in northeastern Afghanistan on Saturday, Afghan officials said. Some Afghan officials in Kunar Province, where the strike occurred, put the death toll much higher, at *40 to 50*. NATO said only that ‘‘at least two dozen’’ insurgents were killed. The bombing took place in the Chapa Dara district of Kunar Province, an area near Pakistan (New York Times)." "A *coalition a... more »

Paisajes de otoño en el bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Colores del Otoño] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *Arboles en Otoño* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Paisaje de casas lindas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Casas lindas] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *Fotos de Paisajes* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Lindo caballo blanco en el campo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
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An Answer to harperscum Critics of Chief Spence

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 hour ago
Making my rounds of the mainstream news online I notice that harperscum trolls have all been trained to parrot the lie that Chief Spence was given $90 million to provide housing for her community of 2,000 people and yadda-yadda-yadda, These disgusting cretins insinuate that Chief Spence's hunger-strike (so-far onto its 21st day) is merely a ploy to mask her siphoning of Canadian taxpayers' dollars into an offshore bank account.* The thing is, these racist pieces of shit have forgotten that Chief Spence's community, Attawapiskat, was under co-management with the federal government. S... more »

As pheasants disappear, hunters in Iowa follow

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Hunter Mike Wilson looks in vain for pheasant in Iowa. The pheasant, once king of Iowa’s nearly half-a-billion-dollar hunting industry, is vanishing from the state. Surveys show that the population in 2012 was the second lowest on record, 81 percent below the average over the past four decades. Daniel Acker for The New York Times] By JOHN ELIGON 31 December 2012 ELKHART, Iowa (The New York Times) – Mike Wilson glared dejectedly through the mist on his silver-frame glasses at the soggy field of tall, dense brush, tilting the barrel of his 12-gauge shotgun toward the gray c... more »

Boreal forests dying as Alaska warms

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: In almost every patch of boreal forest in Interior Alaska that Glenn Juday has studied since the 1980s, at least one quarter of the aspen, white spruce, and birch trees are dead. In the Interior, Juday sees significant numbers of dead trees, which he attributes to higher air temperatures here since the mid-1970s. Along with less moisture available to trees, some of the warmer temperature events have triggered infestations of insects. Anchorage Daily News] By Ned Rozell 31 December 2012 Anchorage, Alaska (Anchorage Daily News) – In almost every patch of boreal forest in I... more »

Falklands row: Cameron vows to defend Islanders

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The news came as Buenos Aries told the Prime Minister should return the islands to Argentina 180 years to the day since they were “forcibly stripped” from the south American country. Downing Street said that the Prime Minister would “do everything to protect the interests of the Falkland Islanders”. The source added: “The people of the Falklands have a clear desire to remain British and the Argentine government should respect their right to self-determination.” The commitment from Downing Street comes despite repeated warnings from ex-admirals that Britain might not have the mili... more »

Coveting horns, ruthless smugglers’ rings put rhinos in the cross hairs

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: A white rhino after it was dehorned at the ranch of John Hume, a South African entrepreneur who now owns more than 800 rhinos, with names like Curly, Titan, Hillary, and Pinocchio, and has amassed a 2,000-pound mountain of horn worth millions of dollars. Joao Silva / The New York Times] By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN 31 December 2012 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (The New York Times) — They definitely did not look like ordinary big-game hunters, the stream of slender young Thai women who showed up on the veld wearing tight bluejeans and sneakers. But the rhinoceros carcasses k... more »

NEW WONKS ON THE BLOCK: A somewhat peculiar favorite book!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013* *Part 3—High praise for those who failed us:* Who knows? Dylan Matthews may turn out to be the best “policy journalist who focuses on taxes, budgets, and other elements of US economic and fiscal policy” in journalistic history. (For part 2 of this award-winning series, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 1/2/13.) That’s the way Matthews describes himself at his personal web site. At the Washington Post’s Wonkblog site, the gent is profiled as follows: “Dylan Matthews covers taxes, poverty, campaign finance, higher education, and all things data. He has also written ... more »

Light absorption speeds melting of Arctic sea ice

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: image]By FELICITY BARRINGER 31 December 2012 (The New York Times) – The record-setting disappearance of Arctic sea ice this fall was an indication to many climate scientists and ice experts that the pace of climate change was outstripping predictions. Now a new study published this week in the journal *Geophysical Research Letters* provides a look at a dynamic that may further accelerate the process: the rate at which the ocean underneath the ice absorbs sunlight. The bottom line of the study, which was done by four scientists, three at the Alfred Wegener Institute for P... more »

Looking Back at the Cliff

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
I'm late to this post, so I'm just going to do it scattershot-style... First, I'll give you some links. Of course you're going to want to start with what Sarah Binder says. See also Simon Jackman on voting in the House, And Jared Bernstein is worth reading on the policy and the politics. Meanwhile, I wound up not having a post-length reaction, but I have a bunch of small points, so here they are before they get too stale: * "Permanent" in budget-speak is meaningful and important, but it doesn't mean what "permanent" means in ordinary language. If Democrats have the votes to do it in... more »

Happy, no Lucky, New Year 2013 !?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 2 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/Xcm9qsVaf0o I wish all of you a good, prosperous, creative, healthy and happy New Year! John

More snow

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago

Argentina: Strange Light Over Carlos Paz

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 2 hours ago
*Argentina: Strange Light Over Carlos Paz* *By Andrés Ferreyra Date: Wednesday, 02 January 2013* *The sighting took place on Friday, 7 December 2012* Carlos Paz Vivo! (website) gained access to two videos taken onn 7 December 2012 from a residence in Barrio Becú. SEE THE IMAGES HERE:http://www.carlospazvivo.com/carlos-paz/hechos/13120-ovni-extrana-luz-sobrevolo-carlos-paz After 8:00 p.m. on that day, a woman and some children in a house of that neighborhood of western Carlos Paz saw a strange light in the sky at dusk. They turned on their little camera and recorded tw... more »

The Dearth of Bestselling Economists

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 3 hours ago
Last October, Amazon introduced a new feature: a list of bestselling authors, aggregating across all books an author has written. Here is the list of the top 100 authors. For an economist, perusing the list is a humbling experience. As far as I can tell, not a single member of our profession made the list. I wonder whether Galbriath might have made it in his day, as he had written a large number of books accessible to general audiences. But these days, not a single one of us has wide enough readership to make it onto the list. The next time you are tempted to lament the sad state o... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Sarah Alexander, 41. "Coupling" is almost certainly in my top 5 sitcoms of 00s, the last season notwithstanding. Although I'm very slow getting to things and so I'm open to dumping it for something else. To the good stuff: 1. Andrew Sullivan, on his own. I've come to believe that, oddly enough, and whatever you think of his (and his team's) evolution into a blogazine or whatever it is (I think it's terrific, but that's another story), he's an underrated blogger. And he's always been incredibly nice to me and Plain Blog. Consider subscribing! 2. Excellent series o... more »

UN's Syria number fudging: Russia & the "writing on the wall"

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
Yesterday I worked and worked at this posting. It got so long, I broke it up. Still I couldn't get it to come together even as I worked at it more last evening It's a new day, so here we go yet again. Now that the holiday’s are over. Whew! (Wipes brow) Let's get back to the ‘news’. Or what passes for it? What is presented as news, doesn't strike me as informative or realistic, it is more like a hard sell. The steady drum beat growing louder and faster punctuated by shrieks and calls to keep your attention, in order to advance the war agenda. Often reinforced with gruesome images an... more »

Housing Benefit Cuts and Social Engineering

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 3 hours ago
This is a familiar story. Yesterday, Stoke's *Sentinel* reported that the City Council is having problems getting its tenants to "downsize" ahead of housing benefit cuts. For readers unfamiliar with the new rules due to come in, if you are, for example, a single person renting a two bed terrace, or a family living in a three bedroom house with a boy and a girl under the age of 10, you will be deemed to be "under-occupying" the property and get your housing benefit cut - hence it's being dubbed the "bedroom tax". As the *Sentinel* notes, there are significant difficulties because onl... more »

Why? 25 Good Questions To Ask....

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 3 hours ago
It is now 2013, and although the world did not end as the Mayans had "predicted", there are some very serious issues that this world faces this year. As I have said many times already, 2013 could be the year that we either defeat the criminals out for our enslavement, or we lose this battle and allow them to have the finishing pieces put into place for their push for world domination. I want to present a very interesting article, that I came across from the website: "The American Dream" at www.endoftheamericandream.com, simply entitled: "Why?". This article presents 25 important... more »

Getting Fit with Lean Moms and a Giveaway ($67 Value)

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 3 hours ago
One of my major resolutions this year is to see my pre-baby weight on the scale. I am a stress eater. I have always know that about myself and moving across the country and then living apart from my husband for two months before moving again was NOT good for my goals. I had worked so hard to lose 25 pounds last year and then I saw some (luckily not all) of that come right back on. After all that stress and the holidays, I knew I had to take action, I needed a program, something to stick to, but I have never found something that fit me. I have always wanted a program that focused on ... more »

Spring Revolution in Iraq

Hani Fakhouri at Middle East Today - 3 hours ago
The recent mass protest movements that have been taking place in several Iraqi governates can be classified as the beginning of a spring revolution in that country. These protests took place when in al-Anbar, Nineveh, Salahuddin, Mosul Fallujah and Al-Ramadi. The Sunni protestors are reacting to Prime Minister Nouri-al-Malik’s (Shiite) suppression against them and the jailing of some of their Sunni political leadership including the Sunni Iraqi women’s ill treatment in prison. The arrest of members of the Sunni community in Iraq on suspicion of terrorist activities is in reality... more »

For Once Congressional Republicans Are Right And Obama Is Completely Wrong

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Jeff Merkley Obama is wrong often enough, but rarely does that coincide with the Republicans being right about the same issue. He may suck-- he does-- but they're even worse. He's always been a solid "D" or, at best, an occasional "C." The Republicans never rise beyond an "F." Never. Even when they stumble onto the right decision, it's always for the wrong reason. And that's what we're talking about today. Obama signed an Executive Order giving congressmembers a raise. A raise! Their salaries should be cut in half! The first sign I had of it was a tweet from progressive Oregon Senat... more »

Canadian Class Warfare

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
Michael Valpy -- whose new address seems to be the *Toronto Star* -- writes that Canadians are becoming markedly intolerant of one another -- and Stephen Harper is reaping the political benefits: What we have are profound, systemic demographic divisions of age and education that aren’t going to go away for years, if ever — divisions which Harper, like Shakespeare’s Brutus, has recognized as a tide in the affairs of men that, taken at the flood, can lead to victory. He’s deftly caught the baby-boom on the boomerang — the young and rebellious of the 1960s and ’70s who grew into ... more »

State Expropriation of Our Uteruses, Israeli Style

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 4 hours ago
It just get more and more blatant. Israel's two chief rabbis, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar, have come out in support of the controversial Efrat organization, which opposes abortion in Israel. . . . Organizers of the right-wing Jerusalem Conference, sponsored by Israel National News and the B'Sheva newspaper, recently announced their plan to award their "Jerusalem Prize" to Efrat. . . . The Efrat organization achieved notoriety in October after an 18-year-old, Raz Atias, threatened to kill his pregnant girlfriend and commit suicide. Ati... more »

ALEC Report Leads to Poor States

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
I love it when right-wingers make Freudian slips. Cascade Policy Institute Those who subscribe to the principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets call themselves by many names, including conservative, liberal and libertarian. Cascade combines an appreciation for private enterprise and the market process with a respect for civil liberties. Yep right-wingers!! Extremist right-wing policy in line with ALEC – in fact they are an ALEC-er. Now that you know who is the focus of this post – here’s the reason. A recent rebuttal to the American Legislative Exchange C... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 3rd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 12:30:12 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 06:30:12 AM at epicenter Location 16.303°N, 95.147°W Depth 18.9 km (11.7 miles) (poorly constrained) Region OAXACA, MEXICO Distances 9 km (6 miles) ESE (109°) from Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 3rd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 11:20:58 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 05:20:58 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 12.453°N, 88.318°W Depth 49 km (30.4 miles) Region OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR Distances 87 km (54 miles) SSW of Chirilagua, El Salvador

Is Fukushima A Factor In Japan’s Record Deaths In 2011-12?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The CIA’s projected Japan death rate for 2012 is shown in this chart. Instead, after the Fukushima disaster, the actual mortality rate is the same as 2011. Contravening the Japanese government’s claim that not a single person has yet to die from Fukushima radiation, national mortality figures just released to the press by the Ministry of Health and Welfare presents undeniable data confirming a record high death rate since the 3.11 disaster. http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/01/03/is-fukushima-a-factor-in-japans-record-deaths-in-2011-12/

Russia sends more warships to Syria: Reports

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Russia has reportedly sent a warship carrying a marines unit to Syria’s Mediterranean port of Tartus, where Moscow has a naval base. Citing military sources, Russian media reported on Sunday that the Novocherkassk landing ship left the port of Novorossiisk in the Black Sea and is due to arrive at Tartus in the early days of January. Two other warships, the Azov and Nikolai Filchenkov, have also reportedly been dispatched to Syria from Russian naval bases since Friday. http://www.pakalertpress.com/2013/01/02/russia-sends-more-warships-to-syria-reports/

300 Birds Mysteriously Fall From The Sky In Seymour, Tennessee

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Residents and those passing by near Dogwood Hills subdivision on Boyd Creek Highway Sunday afternoon were met with an unusual scene. Dozens of dead birds littered the highway and surrounding fields after falling from the sky. Sgt. Robert Stoffle of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department said a call about the birds came in around 1:15 p.m. http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2012/12/up-to-300-birds-mysteriously-fall-from-the-sky-in-seymour-tennessee-2526024.html

haliburton wolf killed, others trying to come home

laura k at wmtc - 4 hours ago
This beautiful wolf, the alpha male of the pack at the Haliburton Wolf Centre, was shot and killed on New Year's Day. The previous night, some idiot cut both the inner and outer fences on the pack's enclosure. Four wolves escaped. Haida is now dead, and the other wolves, who were born in captivity and are unlikely to be able to survive the winter on their own, were missing. An update from a local paper says that the other escapees have been spotted outside the fence, trying to get home. Wolf centre people are trying to lure them in with food. Poor Haida. What a terrible waste, a... more »

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Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Jonathan Vilma upset with anonymous Saint's ripjob ~Greg Rosenthal* *One month out, officials go into high gear preparing Superdome for Super Bowl * *Witness gives account of traffic collision on Decatur St.**~"The only information we're getting is from the friends that were there and from Facebook. Facebook has given us more information than anybody else. The police have yet to contact us. They have never talked to us. As far as I know they haven't talked to Brett Matherne either," says Piglia. * *NOFD could see cuts even as city breaks ground on new engine houses * *New Orleans ... more »

Thank Obat for the Moderation Requirement

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 5 hours ago
Thanks to a user calling him- or herself Obat with varying made up surnames, who has been spamming the comments fields of this blog with lamely disguised commercial messages during the last few weeks, I will for some time switch the comments-function to obligatory moderation. That is, if you post a comment, it won't appear until I give the go ahead - which I obviously will not if you display some sort of off-topic, commercial or otherwise inappropriate message, ditto link or somesuch. This goes for links embedded in usernames as well. I regret to have to do this, preferring very muc... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 3rd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 11:14:13 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 08:14:13 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 44.905°N, 141.788°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION Distances 52 km (32 miles) S of Makubetsu, Japan

Healthcare Workers Fired for Failing to Get Flu Vaccinations

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
A person is vaccinated against the flu Global Political Awakening Six people in Indiana have been fired from a hospital over the flu shot. The hospital’s parent company is mandating workers get the vaccine, saying the health and safety of its patients is the top priority. “I am not a troublemaker,” fired Oncology nurse Joyce Gingrich explains. “I feel like I’m a good nurse. And unfortunately, the hospital is losing some good nurses.” Two other employees quit because they didn’t want the shot. The hospital did allow some exemptions for people with allergies or religious belie... more »

Sex is Better on Thursday Linkage

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
Some sex, gender, and women highlights and lowlights for the week: In the post “2012: The year in sexism” Laura Bates lists the sexist ‘lowlights’ of each month (from Rush Limbaugh’s slut comment to Todd Akin’s ‘legit’ rape gaff). The Huffington Post has some high and low gender moments of its own- the high point Continue reading

Obama uses AUTOPEN to sign fiscal cliff deal from Hawaii vacation... after fitting in a round of golf

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
President Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, signed the deal using an autopen, a device that copies his signature. He's the only president in history to use the gizmo to sign a bill into law. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2256428/Obama-uses-autopen-sign-fiscal-cliff-deal-law--playing-round-golf-Hawaii.html

Fiscal cliff deal sends stocks into biggest rally in a year...but U.S. is warned it may STILL lose AAA credit rating

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The 'fiscal cliff' compromise, even with all its chaos, controversy and unresolved questions, was enough to ignite the stock market on Wednesday, the first trading day of the new year. The Dow Jones industrial average careened more than 300 points higher, its biggest gain since December 2011. It's now just 5 percent below its record high close reached in October 2007. The Russell 2000, an index that tracks smaller companies, shot up to 873.42, the highest close in its history. The reverie multiplied across the globe, with stock indexes throughout Europe and Asia leaping higher. A le... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 3rd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 09:24:29 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 07:24:29 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.457°N, 142.740°E Depth 35.8 km (22.2 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 178 km (110 miles) ESE of Iwaki, Japan

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake CRETE, GREECE - 3rd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 08:39:09 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 10:39:09 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 34.086°N, 25.087°E Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) Region CRETE, GREECE Distances 101 km (62 miles) S of Pirgos, Greece

The "Fiscal Cliff" and the Coming Retirement Crisis of the Middle Class

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 8 hours ago
On January 1, Congress approved a tax and spending bill to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that would have created deflationary pressure on the United States (though Yglesias questioned the conventional wisdom of whether it would necessarily cause a recession). Let's take a look at the deal in some detail, then proceed to the gruesome details of what will happen around the Ides of March. From Think Progress, here are some of the more critical parts of the deal. 1) The Bush tax cuts expire on only about 0.7% of households, those earning m... more »

Moms Across America March - July 4, 2013

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
Source: https://www.facebook.com/MomsAcrossAmerica *Moms Across America is a coalition of American Moms who want GMOs Labeled NOW! Because WE SAID SO! We are forming the Moms Across America March to Label GMOs at July 4th 2013 parades on Main Streets USA everywhere !* *Beskrivning* *This page is to connect and update Moms Across America who want to know more about how to go GMO Free, and what you can do and to get involved in sharing with Moms in your area and march together on July 4th to get them labeled. As Robyn O'Brien said " It's the most patriotic thing you can do".* *Our m... more »

New Mexico Law Calls for Mandatory Labeling of GMOs by Anthony Gucciardi

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
Next Prop 37? New Mexico Law Calls for Mandatory Labeling of GMOs by Anthony Gucciardi Natural Society, 3 January 2013 *Is this the next Prop 37, complete with a forthcoming wave of successful activism and education from concerned consumers? Unfortunately we know that Prop 37 failed due to not only **irrefutable deception** and lies from the Monsanto-funded ‘No on 37′ campaign, but also seriously questionable vote counting. What did succeed, however, is mounting awareness over the dangers of GMOs and the subsequent need for labeling.* This awareness has triggered New Mexico lawmak... more »

Genetic Engineering and the GMO Industry: Corporate Hijacking of Food and Agriculture by Colin Todhunter

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 9 hours ago
Genetic Engineering and the GMO Industry: Corporate Hijacking of Food and Agricultureby Colin Todhunter Global Research Canada, 30 December 2012 *“I recognized my two selves: a crusading idealist and a cold, granitic believer in the law of the jungle” – Edgar Monsanto Queeny, Monsanto chairman, 1943-63, “The Spirit of Enterprise”, 1934.* *When rich companies with politically-connected lobbyists and seats on government-appointed bodies bend policies for their own ends, we are in serious trouble. It is then that our democratic institutions become hijacked and our choices, freedoms... more »

MEN ARRESTED OVER US-AUSTRALIA GUN SMUGGLING

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Two Sydney men are set to be extradited to the United States for firearm and drug-related offences. Police arrested the men, aged 31 and 44, this morning as part an investigation into an alleged illegal gun supply route between Nashville, Tennessee, and Sydney. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15757030/men-arrested-over-us-australia-gun-smuggling/

December Gun Sales Set “All Time” Record….. and They Continue to SOAR…..

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The number of FBI background checks for U.S. gun purchases set a record in December, as the Connecticut school massacre prompted renewed talk of limits on firearms, according to new FBI data. The FBI said it recorded 2.8 million background checks during the month, surpassing the record set in November of 2 million checks. The number was up 49 percent over December 2011, when the FBI performed a then-record 1.9 million checks. http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/01/02/december-gun-sales-set-all-time-record-and-they-continue-to-soar/

Shelves go bare at gun stores

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
NEW YORK – The phones at Red's Trading Post wouldn't stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho, gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped. Overwhelmed, gun store manager Ryan Horsley had to do what no employee would ever think of doing just days before Christmas: He disconnected the phone lines for three whole days. "We had to shut everything off," says Horsley, whose family has owned Red's Trading Post, the state's oldest gun shop, since 1936. "We were swamped in the store... more »

Robert D. Skeels' responses to the Arts for LA Spring LAUSD Candidate Survey

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
First published on Echo Park Patch on January 2, 2013. ------------------------------ *"Thinking is not the intellectual reproduction of what already exists anyway." — Theodor Adorno* [image: LAUSD Candidate Robert D. Skeels supported the struggle to save LAUSD K-6 Arts]One of the more intriguing aspects of being a candidate for a high profile office like Member of Board of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, is the number of questionnaires various organizations ask you to complete. Some of these are for endorsement considerations, others are just to publicize your st... more »

Kim Jong-Un Seeks Confrontation End

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
So far we have been forced to read tea leaves with the new North Korean Leader as he consolidates control and retires any opposition. This represents the first pronouncement that can be accepted as an invitation to rationalize the situation and should be followed up. Unless he is blind and stupid, not a zero risk, the way forward is obvious. Resolving the confrontation and standing down is a really good place to begin. After all that, the next order of business is to establish protocols that groom North Korea for outright absorption into a Greater Korea. It is a decad... more »

Toy Companies Feel Wind of Tablet Competition

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Well maybe and maybe not. The problem is that we are inept at optimizing the child's experience so that he is rewarded for improving his brain functionality. The bad news is that I think it can be done and really be beneficial also. The brain has a number of functionalities that need to be worked in order for them to be optimized. The best time to start is always as soon as possible. It is not the tablet but the promise of the tablet that now clearly has the horsepower to manage robotic toys and soon will. We will likely have to develop new toy concepts to properly exploit... more »

Flexible Graphene Transistor Sets New Records

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This tells us that full blown graphene fabrication and manufacturing integration is well on the way to achieving it's natural promise. Yet it is barely into public awareness even several years after it arrived on the scene. I also think that manufacturing is barely beginning to master this product and expect to see astonishing things here not possible on anything else. We can see decades of advances coming into this easily equal to what was experienced with silicon. *Flexible graphene transistor sets new records* *Dec 10, 2012* * http://physicsworld.com/cws/arti... more »

Romani Exodus Began Fifth Century AD From India

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
What makes this problem interesting is that the population was both dispersed but mobile and this allowed any single unit to avoid outright absorption and assimilation. Intermarriage took place often enough but it was a single individual every few years and they would always move on severing any local ties. Thus the population remained internally more homogenous than would be expected. They also arrived in Europe at much the same time as the Jews entered Europe from the Mediterranean. Both interacted throughout Europe and it will be instructive to compare the resultant g... more »

Musical Interlude: Bruce Springsteen, “My Home Town”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Bruce Springsteen, “My Home Town” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DbQlzjVGwg

What global warming? Alaska heading for an ice age, judging by research

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
New research from the Alaska Climate Research Center shows that since the beginning of the 21st century, temperatures in the snow covered land of Alaska are actually getting colder - bucking the overall global warming trend. In the Last Frontier, where temperatures can get as cold as 50 degrees below zero, local residents have experienced the increasing chill and scientists now confirm that the Northwest state is indeed seeing a temperature drop. A new report from the research center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks reveals that the 49th state of the union has cooled by 2.4... more »

America could still go over the cliff - and take the rest of us with it

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
After America postponed its jump off the fiscal cliff in the small hours of Tuesday night, world stock markets soared. Anyone listening to the BBC yesterday with its headlines praising Barack Obama would think something quite profound had changed in the world’s greatest — if battered — economy. However, it has not. Intractable problems — chief among them chronic over-spending and weak consumer demand — have still not been solved. The tackling of those issues has merely been postponed until the end of next month, when America’s legally enforceable ‘debt ceiling’ will probably be rea... more »

Councils refuse to reveal number of homes they give to foreigners: Authorities stop giving figures amid worries over impact of immigration

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Councils are trying to cover up the number of taxpayer-subsidised homes they are handing to foreigners, it was claimed yesterday. Local authorities have stopped giving figures for how many houses and flats they have given to foreign citizens amid rising worries over the impacts of immigration, a report said. Councils in London, where one in five publicly-financed homes are already known to be occupied by foreigners, are among those no longer supplying the figures. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2256366/Councils-refuse-reveal-number-homes-foreigners-Authorities-stop-giving-f... more »

4,000 foreign murderers and rapists we can't throw out. . . and, yes, you can blame human rights again

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A Parliamentary answer reveals 3,980 foreign criminals who should have been sent back to their country of origin are 'living in the community'. Convicted rapist William Danga (above) violently molested two young girls while he fought deportation on human rights grounds. The figures do not even include than handful of terror suspects like Abu Qatada (inset) whom the Government is seeking to extradite. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2256285/4-000-foreign-murderers-rapists-throw--yes-blame-human-rights-again.html

Monti fires opening salvo of second-term campaign

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti pledged to cut labor taxes to fuel growth on Wednesday as he shed his neutral technocrat stance and fired the opening salvo of his campaign for a second term. The former European Commissioner was appointed in November 2011 to lead an unelected right-left government of experts to save Italy from financial crisis after Silvio Berlusconi quit amid a sex scandal and a crisis that threatened the euro. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/02/us-italy-vote-idUSBRE90109520130102

Blasphemous book published in France

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A French satirical magazine Wednesday published a blasphemous book against the holy prophet of Islam (PBUH). The offices of this magazine were earlier firebombed after it published blasphemous cartoons. The editor of Charlie Hebdo weekly, however, insisted that the new book, titled “The Life of Mohammed”, is a properly researched and educational work prepared by a Franco-Tunisian sociologist. It was edited by Muslims, he said. http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-19972-Blasphemous-book-published-in-France

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says UAE arrests unfounded

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Wednesday some of its members had been wrongfully arrested in United Arab Emirates (UAE) on allegations of helping to train local Islamists in subversion tactics. "I know 11 people were detained. I know that some of them are from the Brotherhood," said Mahmoud Ghozlan, a Brotherhood spokesman in Cairo. "The claim that they are a cell seeking to destabilize the country is devoid of truth." http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=298188

TASMANIAN FIRE CREWS BATTLE MAJOR BLAZES

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The Tasmanian Fire Service is trying to control three large bushfires in hot and windy conditions. Fires are burning in the areas of Richmond and Ouse in the south, and at Four Mile Creek on the east coast. The most recent fire is burning in bushland off Middle Tea Tree Road, near the historic town of Richmond. A police roadblock is in place and more than 50 people have been evacuated from a local caravan park. It is understood the Richmond Zoo has been closed and livestock from nearby farms is being moved. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15755486/tasmanian-fire-crews-battle-m... more »

It’s time for Ezra Levant to apologize or explain his hateful Roma commentary

David Climenhaga at Alberta Diary - 10 hours ago
Canadians struggle to cope with the offensive noise from the Sun News Network. Typical TV viewers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Commentator Ezra Levant. It’s 2013, and it’s time for Sun News Network commentator Ezra Levant to either apologize for or explain his comments on Sept. 5, 2012, about the Roma. Now, Mr. ... more »

UFO caught on video at Cardwell in north Queensland

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
VIDEO: UFO in Cardwell

BEST PLACES TO BE BORN; AND RETIRE

Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
[image: Spanish Team, Costa del Sol] *Spain: Number 28* The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has attempted to measure "which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life" in 2013 and the years ahead. The top countries all have small populations, and a relatively small gap between rich and poor: Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark... The top ten are mainly countries in Europe. The USA has slipped down to 16th position. *International: The lottery of life | The Economist* / *Singapore 6th, Malaysia 36th best nation to be born in 2... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake MANIPUR, INDIA REGION - 3rd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 05:47:27 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 11:17:27 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 24.886°N, 93.958°E Depth 65.7 km (40.8 miles) Region MANIPUR, INDIA REGION Distances 8 km (4 miles) N of Imphal, India

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 3rd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 05:27:43 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 03:27:43 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 40.329°N, 143.007°E Depth 24.4 km (15.2 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 118 km (73 miles) NE of Miyako, Japan

January 2, 1973

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
President Nixon and Chuck Colson are talking about a plan to mess with the Washington Post; I'm going to just excerpt the relevant bits, which have a wonderful den of thieves flavor about them. -- President Nixon: Let's face it. The only thing in my view, the main thing that was unfortunate from the standpoint of the presidency on the Watergate was the Segretti business, and Haldeman slipped a bit in here, ... he shouldn't have had, say Chapin, working on the damn thing. My point is that's *too Goddamn close*. You know what I mean? That kind of operation should be on the outside. ... more »

FIREFIGHTERS ON HIGH ALERT AS HEATWAVE TO HIT AUSTRALIA

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Firefighters are on high alert with parts of Australia tipped to have seven days above 40C. Roxby Downs and Oodnadatta in South Australia's outback are set to sizzle with six days in a row above 45C and the tiny town of Tarcoola is forecast to reach 47C on Monday. Temperatures will remain above 40C for the next six or seven days in many other inland parts of Australia including the towns of Mildura and Ouyen in Victoria. http://au.news.yahoo.com/vic/latest/a/-/latest/15753561/week-long-heatwave-to-hit-australia/

U.S. drone strike kills important Taliban commander

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A U.S. drone strike killed a Taliban commander, his deputy and eight others in northern Pakistan, intelligence sources and tribal leaders said Thursday. Maulvi Nazir Wazir, also known as Mullah Nazir, an important commander from the Wazir tribe, was killed on Wednesday night when missiles struck a house in Angoor Adda, near the capital of Wana, South Waziristan, near the Afghan border, seven intelligence sources and two residents from his tribe said. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/03/uk-pakistan-drone-idUKBRE90203I20130103

Mohawk Nation News 'Canada's Death Camps'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
MNN: CANADA’S DEATH CAMPS By Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com   CANADA’S DEATH CAMPS MNN. Jan. 2, 2013. The “Indian” reserves are concentration camps for Indigenous people, designed to breed hopelessness, suicides and eventually death. The world is seeing hunger striker Chief Theresa Spence as a victim of this policy. The main function of reserves is genocide to purge

Quadrantid meteor shower to peak overnight

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Dedicated stargazers are gearing up for the peak of the 2013 Quadrantid meteor shower, which will be best viewed from the Earth’s northern hemisphere in the wee hours of Jan. 3, according to NASA — but this year a bright moon may hamper the celestial show. The U.S. space agency notes that the gibbous moon, which will be more than half illuminated, will likely wash out fainter meteors. Also, the first shower of the year will only last a few hours, meaning timing will be key for eager observers. http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/01/02/sci-quadrantid-meteor-shower.html

Japan’s Population Falls by Record in 2012 as Births Decrease

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Japan’s population last year declined by 212,000, the biggest drop on record, according to an estimateby the nation’s health ministry. That’s the largest reduction since the ministry started recording the data in 1947 and a sixth straight year of declines. The number of births fell by 18,000 to a record low of 1.03 million last year, the ministry said. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-01/japan-s-population-falls-by-record-in-2012-as-births-decrease.html

Important Message

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
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US Chemical Regulations Do NOT Currently Address Endocrine Activity

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
This article in Environmental Health Perspectives describes new sensitive tests being developed to study the effects of endocrine-disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that impact the complex chemicals of our body's endocrine system. Endocrine disruptors have been found to have big negative effects in low doses on developing mammals. The Environmental Health Perspectives article discusses a new protocol and explains that is is very much in demand to identify the most harmful endocrine disruptors. The article states that US chemical regulations do not currently address endo... more »

Alabama: 'Joyride' Plane Crash Kills Teens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The mother of a teen killed along with two friends in an Alabama plane crash says her son had his own key to the plane and had flown it many times. Sherrie Smith says her 17-year-old son Jordan Smith was the one flying the plane that crashed in the Alabama woods. She says two other male teen friends also died in the crash. Authorities have said they believed the plane was taken on a joy ride without the owner's permission. http://news.sky.com/story/1032631/alabama-joyride-plane-crash-kills-teens

Gunman Shoots Three Dead In Switzerland

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A gunman has killed three people and injured two others after opening fire in a village in southern Switzerland. The man had reportedly been drinking heavily before the attack on Wednesday night and was armed with an assault rifle. http://news.sky.com/story/1032795/gunman-shoots-three-dead-in-switzerland

Phillip Westwater: Escaped Killer Found

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Police have found convicted killer Phillip Westwater who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in Newcastle on Wednesday morning. It is understood a member of the public told Northumbria Police after recognising the 44-year-old from a circulated photo. Westwater - dubbed the "Black Dog Strangler" - has been taken back to the secure St Nicholas Hospital in Gosforth. http://news.sky.com/story/1032744/black-dog-strangler-escaped-killer-found

Dawda Jallow Wanted over Stabbing of Dogan Ismail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Detectives have released a picture of a 15-year-old they want to question over the suspected murder of a teenager in a row over a mobile phone. The CCTV image, filmed on a bus on Sunday just after 10.30pm, is believed to be the last sighting of Dawda Jallow from Peckham in South East London, who has been missing since the stabbing. It shows him travelling on the number 35 bus between Camberwell Green and Newington Causeway. http://news.sky.com/story/1032709/dawda-jallow-cctv-boy-wanted-over-stabbing

Ian McKeever Killed By Lightning On Kilimanjaro

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
An Irish climber has been killed after being struck by lightning while scaling Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Ian McKeever, 42, died in the freak tragedy as he led a group up the mountain. It is understood a number of other climbers with him also needed medical attention. http://news.sky.com/story/1032780/climber-killed-by-lightning-on-kilimanjaro

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 3rd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 03:30:07 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 09:30:07 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 12.470°N, 88.327°W Depth 41.2 km (25.6 miles) Region OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR Distances 85 km (52 miles) SSW of Chirilagua, El Salvador

Amnesty International supports Chief Spence and 'Idle No More'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
  Amnesty International Joint Statement Supporting Chief Spence and "Idle No More" Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com January 2, 2013 Indigenous and human rights organizations stand in solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence in her appeal for full respect for Aboriginal and Treaty rights by the government of Canada. There is an urgent need for Canada to demonstrate genuine

Paulo Coelho, “On Immortality”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“On Immortality”* by Paulo Coelho - http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2012/01/30/coelhooffice-05-on-immortality/ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KWAPjRIIvaQ#!

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 3rd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 01:40:17 UTC Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 07:40:17 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 12.251°N, 88.297°W Depth 71 km (44.1 miles) Region OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR Distances 107 km (66 miles) WSW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN OBI, INDONESIA - 3rd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 00:02:16 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 09:02:16 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.577°S, 127.405°E Depth 27.5 km (17.1 miles) Region KEPULAUAN OBI, INDONESIA Distances 39 km (24 miles) SW of Laiwui, Indonesia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 23:18:00 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 09:18:00 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.538°N, 143.613°E Depth 47.8 km (29.7 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 225 km (139 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

Academic New Year’s Resolutions You Won’t Keep

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Sure we know we don’t stick to New Year resolutions (apparently only 8% of resolutions are fulfilled) but they’re fun to make, right? In addition to the top 5 New Year’s resolutions that most people don’t keep (loosing weight, quitting smoking, going on a diet, stopping a bad habit, and getting more exercise) some of Continue reading

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 2nd January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 21:50:49 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 07:50:49 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.441°N, 143.709°E Depth 29.8 km (18.5 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 237 km (147 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at 21:03:44 UTC Thursday, January 03, 2013 at 06:03:44 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 30.220°N, 138.550°E Depth 431.4 km (268.1 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 338 km (210 miles) SSW of Hachijo-jima, Japan

Iranian officials tell citizens to vacate Isfahan city, located near nuke site

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material. An edict issued Wednesday by Iranian authorities orders Isfahan’s one-and-a-half million people to leave the city “because pollution has now reached emergency levels,” the BBC reported. However, outside observers suspect that the evacuation order may corroborate previous reports indicating that a uranium enrichment facility near Isfahan had been leaking radioactive material. Tehran went to great lengths in December to deny t... more »

Terrance Nelson: US Relations and First Nation Blockade Jan. 16, 2013

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Terrance Nelson discusses upcoming rail and pipeline blockade and US relations By Terrance Nelson Roseau River Ojibway Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Chief Fox, On July 20th 2010, US Ambassador David Jacobson made a presentation to the leadership of the First Nations at the Assembly of First Nations summit in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He did so despite the Government of

Chet Raymo, “Machines?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“Machines?”* by Chet Raymo “When his friend James Madison's betrothed broke off their engagement, Thomas Jefferson wrote in sympathy. "Of all machines," he said, "ours is the most complex and inexplicable." Would beautiful Kitty Floyd, Madison's intended, have appreciated being called a "machine"? Would you? But, of course, Jefferson is right, we are machines. Hugely complex and still largely inexplicable biological machines, at least by the evidence of the biological papers I read weekly in the journals Science and Nature, which profusely invoke the mechanical metaphor. "Cellu... more »

Do these people know how to party or what? (Total reported casualty count: two people treated for "minor injuries")

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*El Buffet may not be your idea of Party Central, but people make do with what they have available to them. And you'll note that it's open 24 HOURS.* *by Ken* Just the other night -- New Year's Eve, actually -- I tried hard to allow for the possibility that 2013 might bring us grounds for hope. So far, though, the new year is looking creepily familiar. *DNAinfo.com* *Drunken Brawl Over Bathroom Line Mars New Year's Party, Witnesses Say*January 1, 2013 11:45am | By Nigel Chiwaya, Victoria Bekiempis, and Carla Zanoni INWOOD -- New Year's revelers attacked each other with broken Taba... more »

ISO: American Grand Strategy

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
The first decade of the 21st century was a heady time for foreign-policy wonks. Why? Because their world was awash with Great Debates about Grand StrategyTM. Now things seem much less exciting. Perhaps that’s because, despite the best efforts of the usual suspects, the partisan debate no longer maps well onto big ideas about grand Continue reading

Reviews of "Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
*"Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran" *by* *Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett will be available next week, January 8, 2013. Below are excerpts from reviews of the book by Lt. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh, professor Anatol Lieven, and professor Andrew J. Bacevich. [Source: Amazon.com] "One needn’t agree with every word in Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett’s new book, *Going to Tehran*, to grasp its basic truth: U.S. Ira... more »

Ubuntu operating system: Android smart phones

Megaan at Current news updates, World current news - 13 hours ago
*The Ubuntu operating system has been customized to run on smartphones.The Linux-based software will permit users to run desktop apps on their handsets, allowing them to double for PCs when docked to monitors.* The code will firstly be released as a file which can be installed on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone, replacing Android. Some analysts question whether consumers really want the power of a fully fledged processor on their phone. Ubuntu is the most accepted operating system to be based on the Linux kernel the code that lets software and hardware work together. The firm makes... more »

Pandas: Reviewing the Promises

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
*Attendance at Taipei Zoo, 1999-2012. The pandas arrived in Dec of 2008. Figures for 2012 do not yet include Dec, which should add at least 225,000.* Heh. It was four years ago this month that the Annexation Lardbombsexploded at the Taipei Zoo. They were delivered on Dec 23, 2008, and went on display a month later, to a brief flurry of absolute madness. Profoundly political and not the least bit a demonstration of goodwill, they were handled as a "domestic transfer" under CITES, one of the many quiet ways that the Ma government has capitulated to Beijing, as my round-up post above ... more »

The latest Syrian "death toll"

Left I on the News at Left I on the News - 13 hours ago
Regular readers (if any are left) will remember that I wrote many posts on the subject of the number of dead in Iraq. There was a concerted effort on the part of the U.S. government and media to minimize that number, and to denigrate or ignore scientific studies which yielded higher numbers, in keeping with their own self-interest. In Syria, of course, the shoe is on the other foot, and the U.S. government and media have every interest in *maximizing* the number of dead, and furthermore, in ignoring any breakdown of those numbers, because they want very much to leave the impression... more »

Goals and Anticipations

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 13 hours ago
I'm not really one to make New Years resolutions. I guess I'm too much of a student of history to view things in small yearly durations, opting instead to look at broader sweeps of time. But I do have a few broad goals in mind that I've been working on lately so I thought I'd share them here. First off, I'm hoping to be able to work a little less this year (or at least until summer hits) and make more time for myself). The nature of work being what it is here, its pretty easy to burn yourself out if you're not careful. I'm not sure how many 18-day shifts I worked since last... more »

ALEC Anti-Climate Education - It's Evil & Wrong

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
(My emphasis throughout) I wanted to show you a few snips – that will hopefully provide you with an example of the on-going anti-climate right-wing extremist agenda that is disseminated at ALEC meetings. Based on this information – it is not hard to understand why ALEC legislators come back from these meetings with stinking thinking that is based on right-wing extremist propaganda. First a little recap of the purpose of one of their meetings. Spring Task Force Summit The Summit is an intensive three-day meeting of ALEC’s task force members, designed to keep members abreast of new ... more »

Blog Archeology: No Decision Letter, No Peer Reviewing

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
Brad Delong calls this “hoisted from the archives,” which is clearly a better term for what I’m doing. But, as that’s taken and I’m not as smart as the great economics professor, I guess I’ll just have to stick with this alternative. Peer reviewing: a call to arms (updated) From: 22 April 2009 I just Continue reading

The Right Just Doesn't Get It

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 14 hours ago
Two prominent Rightwing bobble heads, PostMedia's John Ivison and the Ottawa Citizen's Terry Glavin have both written surly op-eds dismissing the Idle No More movement as frivolous, simplistic and disingenuous. Their columns reveal more about the state of rightwing minds than the Idle No More movement itself. To them, the native protest is to be taken in isolation, whittled down to something they can digest, spun and misconstrued, and then dismissed as irrelevant, insincere carping. What they refuse to see is Idle No More in the larger context. They don't see it as merely one... more »

China's Coral Reefs Nearly Extinct

Coral reefs off the coast of China have largely died off, a study finds. Photo courtesy: Hughes et al. Current Biology Coral reefs are under siege worldwide, and now a team of Australian and Chinese researchers has made an alarming discovery in the waters near China: The teeming coral reefs once found off the shores of the Asian giant have shrunk by an astonishing 80 percent over the last 30 years. Biological surveys in the South China Sea and off mainland China revealed that losses of living coral reefs, especially in the past 10 to 15 years, present a "grim picture of decline, de... more »

Can people on the Right pound a lick of sense into the rockbrains of the rampaging Loony Right?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*At the link, hear NJ Gov. Chris Christie tear into the other-than-"good" people in Congress who last night turned their backs on the victims of Superstorm Sandy.* They have the still North in their hearts, the hill winds in their veins, and the GRANITE of New Hampshire in their muscles and their brains, and the GRANITE of New Hampshire in their muscles and their brains. *-- the grand climax of a mercifully disused old college song* *by Ken* We actually used to that old college song in olden days, and some of us relished the silliness of all but boasting of that granite in our brains... more »
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