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Saturday, January 5, 2013

5 January - Blogs I'm Following

Whale meat at the Tsukiji fish market
Whale meat at the Tsukiji fish market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Vendors begin selling their fish at 4am at the...
Vendors begin selling their fish at 4am at the Tsukiji fish market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Oroshi hocho tuna knife at the Tsukij...
English: Oroshi hocho tuna knife at the Tsukiji fishmarket. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tuna auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
Tuna auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
10:29 am MST

Mohawk Nation News: 'Harper Calls in Sell-Outs

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 minute ago
MNN: HARPER CALLS IN SELL-OUTS By Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com MNN. Jan. 4, 2013. Harper, take some food to Chief Theresa Spence now, she’s hungry! Canada’s Prime Minister did not call in the Haudenosaunee or the traditional people. He doesn’t want to hear the truth. Harper wants poverty in the midst of plenty. So on January 11th he is

Bluefin tuna sells for record $1.76 million in Tokyo

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 9 minutes ago
[image: Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., poses with a bluefin tuna in front of his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Saturday, 5 January 2013. The tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set in 2012. Shuji Kajiyama / AP Photo] By MALCOLM FOSTER 4 January 2013 TOKYO (Associated Press) – A bluefin tuna sold for a record $1.76 million at a Tokyo auction Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year. In the year's first auction at Tokyo's sprawling Tsukiji fish market, a 2... more »

Measuring the Externalities of US Food Production

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 minutes ago
From the National Academies Press Exploring Health and Environmental Costs of Food: by Leslie Pray, Laura Pillsbury, and Maria Oria, Rapporteurs; Food and Nutrition Board; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Institute of Medicine; National Research Council http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13521&utm_medium=etmail&utm_source=The%20National%20Academies%20Press&utm_campaign=NAP+mail+new+01.02.13&utm_content=&utm_term= DESCRIPTION [Excerpted] The U.S. food system provides many benefits, not the least of which is a safe, nutritious and consistent food supply. However, the... more »

Ellison to Repubs: Want cuts? Let’s Do It!!!

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 minutes ago
From The Turks - Current TV - 4 minutes (Sorry about this – the audio track is off – best to listen to it rather than watch it) “ ... we work with our Republican colleagues to make cuts that really make sense.” ”My point is, if Republicans want to do cuts, we should do cuts, but we’re not going to hurt America’s working class and poor to do it,” Ellison said. It appears one of the conversation and the topic of the conversation may be taking a left turn. Hopefully they stick with their talking points and refine them over the next two months.

Kind of Ironic

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 21 minutes ago

Raping the Land, Contaminating Our Water for Natural Gas Exports

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 23 minutes ago
Exports of American Natural Gas May Fall Short of High Hopes By CLIFFORD KRAUSS January 4, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/business/energy-environment/exports-of-us-gas-may-fall-short-of-high-hopes.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130105&_r=0 [excerpted] — Only five years ago, several giant natural gas import terminals were built to satisfy the energy needs of a country hungry for fuels. But the billion-dollar terminals were obsolete even before the concrete was dry as an unexpected drilling boom in new shale fields from Pennsylvania to Texas produced a glut of cheap dom... more »

Saturday Afternoon Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 27 minutes ago
Promotional and Disciplinary Peter Henne’s guest post — in which he asks questions about peer reviewing from the perspective of a junior scholar — has been getting a lot of traffic. But it’s a pretty big tell that no one has attempted to answer his questions. Iver Neumann’s not the first scholar to be interviewed Continue reading

Duncan-Bailey Search: Woman's Body Found

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 30 minutes ago
A body has been found by police officers investigating the death of a mother-of-two, Scotland Yard has said. Officers believe it is that of Janelle Duncan-Bailey, 25, who has not been seen since she went missing in south London in the early hours of Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police said a 30-year-old man was last night arrested on suspicion of her murder and remains in custody at a police station in the capital. http://news.sky.com/story/1033870/duncan-bailey-search-womans-body-found

Man Arrested After Shots Fired In NI Clashes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
A man has been arrested in Belfast on suspicion of attempted murder after gunshots were fired after clashes between loyalist and nationalist protesters. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed the arrest of the 38-year-old man. He was held after a number of shots were fired in east Belfast. Officers had earlier used water cannon amid disturbances in the Lower Newtownards Road area of the city. http://news.sky.com/story/1033841/man-arrested-after-shots-fired-in-ni-clashes

New twist in stricken Alaska rig saga: Shell was moving it to avoid tax – Salvors board to make initial assessment

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 32 minutes ago
[image: The Shell-owned drilling unit Kulluk, which grounded off the Alaskan coast, near Sitkalidak Island on the north edge of Ocean Bay, on 31 December 2012. USCG via upstreamonline.com] By Tom Bawden 4 January 2013 (The Independent) – Shell’s ill-fated attempt to tow an offshore oil rig from Alaska to Seattle in the final days of December was motivated by a desire to avoid $7m (£4.3m) of Alaskan state taxes, it emerged today. But the oil giant will instead suffer a multi-million dollar loss on the exercise after the rig ran aground off the Alaskan coast on Monday night. Th... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 41 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 15:41:43 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 06:41:43 AM at epicenter Location 55.622°N, 135.154°W Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 75 km (47 miles) SSW (204°) from Port Alexander, AK

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 47 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 15:32:15 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 06:32:15 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 55.485°N, 134.904°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 110 km (68 miles) W of Craig, Alaska

Ex-Burglars Say Gun Owner Maps Make Their Jobs Easier, Safer

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 51 minutes ago
Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service – to their old cronies in the burglary trade. The information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com. Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/ex-burglars-say-newspapers-gun-ma... more »

Aurora Hostage Situation: Colorado Man Allegedly Holds Multiple People In Townhouse, Police Say

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 53 minutes ago
AURORA, Colo. -- Authorities are outside a Colorado home where they believe an armed man may be holding as many as four people hostage. Officers have been negotiating with the man, sometimes using a bullhorn, and several homes in the area have been evacuated. Carlson says officers believe the man is holding three to four adults hostage. Aurora police did not immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press. Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below. Sharing on Reddit and Newsvine wil... more »

Bill Whittle: Rule of Lawlessness...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 hour ago
*is the new reality in the U.S.A.*

Adding Value to the Worthless?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
*Why Embrace 19th Century Assessments for the 21stCentury?* *Guest Commentary by Stephen Stollmack* * * Public education is part of the conceptual framework of this country. Most accept the basic format of a homeroom teacher keeping the younger children all or most of the day, phasing into different teachers, each one responsible for one of the menu of subjects laid out for every child based on his or her age. Most probably recognize that their children are facing an environment much different from the one they grew up – with ‘high-stakes testing, on-line classes, entirely new Stan... more »

On balance, Charles Blow rejects Django Unhinged!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2013* *Once more, presenting a Challenge:* At best, Charles Blow seems lukewarm about Django Unchained. Here’s how today’s column starts: BLOW (1/5/13): America has slavery on the brain these days. *There were the recent releases of the movies “Lincoln” (which I found enlightening and enjoyable) and “Django Unchained” (which I found a profound love story with an orgy of excesses and muddled moralities). I guess my preferences reflect my penchant for subtlety. *Sometimes a little bit of an unsettling thing goes a long way, and a lot goes too far. Aside from its... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 14:37:18 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:37:18 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.337°N, 155.066°W Depth 9 km (5.6 miles) Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII Distances 16 km (10 miles) SSE (156°) from Fern Forest, HI

Welcome

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 1 hour ago

sliver of sky: barry lopez tells his story of sexual abuse and recovery

laura k at wmtc - 2 hours ago
In the current issue of *Harper's*, there is a long feature by author Barry Lopez about the sexual abuse he endured as a child, and his path of recovery and healing. It may be the best first-person account of such trauma you will ever see. Right now it is only available on the newstand or online by subscription. Harper's makes most of their features available online eventually. However, if you have a personal or professional interest in child sexual abuse, I highly recommend buying a copy of the January 2013 issue of *Harper's* as soon as you can. Barry Lopez, Sliver of Sky.

Haiti In Fantino's Crosshairs

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 2 hours ago
Julian Fantino -- who proclaimed before Christmas that Canada's foreign aid would be linked to Canadian corporate opportunities -- announced this week that Canada was suspending aid to Haiti, that God-forsaken half of the island of Hispaniola: “If I can put it to you bluntly, we will not be signing any more blank cheques,” Fantino said. “There will be expectations and accountability associated with future aid.” The former head of the Ontario Provincial Police likes to be blunt. The problem is that, as he showed on the national defense file, he's clueless. If you want to know w... more »

The Awesome Canadian

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 2 hours ago
I'm not even going copy and paste the anonymous comments from mainstream websites about Chief Spence and "Idle No More." We all know the drill. They say that there is NO racism in Canada. The problems that the First Nations suffer (poverty, alcoholism, suicide, homelessness, high incarceration rates, prostitution, child abuse, unemployment, etc.,) are all their own fault. The need for change is entirely with them. Mainstream Canada would welcome them with open arms if they would only choose to abandon their retrograde cultures and assimilate. Oh! If only they would make that choic... more »

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Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*WR Lance Moore Named New Orleans Saints 2012 Man of the Year* *The BS From The NFL League Office Is Starting To Get Deep ~Saints Tailgate* *Chris Rose: The Super Bowl is a bore* *State spruces up NO for Super Bowl * *Property owners oppose land seizure* *Report: Levee project swells to $12.9 billion*

Sea Frozen In China As Temperatures Plummet

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Temperatures in China have plunged to their lowest in almost three decades, freezing coastal waters and trapping 1,000 ships in ice. Since late November the country has withstood average temperatures of -3.8C, 1.3C colder than average and the chilliest for 28 years. The bitter cold has even frozen the sea in Laizhou Bay on the coast of Shandong province in the east, stranding nearly 1,000 ships, the China Daily newspaper reported. http://news.sky.com/story/1033766/china-weather-ships-stranded-as-sea-freezes

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN XIZANG - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 13:41:33 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:41:33 PM at epicenter Location 31.301°N, 86.530°E Depth 27 km (16.8 miles) Region WESTERN XIZANG Distances 388 km (241 miles) N (357°) from Namche Bazar, Nepal

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:50:02 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:20:02 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 28.415°N, 51.980°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHERN IRAN Distances 74 km (45 miles) SW of Firuzabad, Iran

Boehner Needs Something For A Headache-- Something Strong

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
According to the latest Gallup poll, most Americans don't trust the Obama-Boehner deal and they blame Boehner and Republicans in Congress more than Obama and the Democrats. People are feeling surly and let down by our political elites. Sure, Boehner fares worst, but no one on either side of the aisle has reason for celebrating: Boehner, as usual, is ignoring the broad spectrum of American voters and focusing on reestablishing unity in his fractured House caucus and appealing strictly to the Fox-Hate Talk far right base of the GOP. He says he absolves everyone in the caucus who's ... more »

Obama says U.S. can't afford more showdowns over debt, deficits

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Fresh from the long legislative fight to prevent a "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts, President Barack Obama warned on Saturday that the United States could not afford further budget showdowns this year or in the future. Obama, who returned to Hawaii for a family vacation shortly after the House of Representatives passed a compromise bill on Tuesday, said in his weekly radio and Internet address that the new law was just one step toward fixing the country's fiscal and economic problems. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/05/us-usa-fiscal-obama-idUSBRE90404X20130105

Tsunami warnings for coastal parts of Alaska and Vancouver Island have now been cancelled following an earthquake in the Pacific.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist from the Pacific Warning Centre said: "We have seen a small tsunami at Port Alexander 100 miles south of the epicentre. "The tsunami amplitude was 13cm which suggests there may be troublesome waves in the immediate area of the quake, but beyond that there is no hazard so we do not have a tsunami warning for anywhere else in the pacific." Homes were shaken in Alaska's state capital of Juneau some 205 miles (330 kilometers) away, The Juneau Empire newspaper reported. But there was apparently no major damage in the city, the largest in the area. http://ne... more »

Nine Belfast Police Injured In 'Sustained Attack'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Nine officers have been injured in east Belfast after a crowd of up to 300 people hurled fireworks, bricks and petrol bombs during "a sustained attack". A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said 18 arrests were made after the public disorder in the Castlereagh Street and Templemore Avenue areas overnight. Some 30 petrol bombs were thrown at police officers as they dealt with the fresh riots on Friday night. http://news.sky.com/story/1033643/nine-belfast-police-injured-in-sustained-attack

Six Russian Tourists Killed In Snowmobile Crash

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A mother and her daughter were among six Russians killed after their snowmobile crashed through a safety barrier and fell 300ft in the Italian Alps. Two others were seriously injured in the late night tragedy, which police have blamed on excessive speed and icy conditions on the Mount Cermis in north east Italy. Officials said the run is usually lit at night but it had closed early because of the icy conditions, and was shrouded in darkness when the accident happened on Friday night. http://news.sky.com/story/1033719/six-tourists-killed-in-snowmobile-crash

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:28:30 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 03:28:30 AM at epicenter Location 55.235°N, 134.527°W Depth 9.8 km (6.1 miles) Region SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 91 km (56 miles) WSW of Craig, Alaska

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:08:57 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:08:57 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 30.341°S, 72.107°W Depth 9.4 km (5.8 miles) Region OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE Distances 85 km (52 miles) WSW of Coquimbo, Chile

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 11:39:37 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 02:39:37 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 55.520°N, 135.087°W Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 122 km (75 miles) W of Craig, Alaska

Citizens Call for GMO Labeling in Washington State – The Movement Continues by Mike Barrett

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 4 hours ago
Yes on I-522 Citizens Call for GMO Labeling in Washington – The Movement Continues by Mike Barrett Natural Society, 4 January 2013 *Once again the fight for GMO labeling has reignited with the introduction of a new GMO labeling bill, but this time in Washington. The “**Label it Wa* *” campaign has already gained 350,000 signatures, and is finally headed to the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia for submission. As the movement comes during the same time that a New Mexico law **calls for mandatory labeling of GMOs**, it is obvious that individuals everywhere are still deeply conc... more »

is it time to ban WIFI and MOBILE PHONES completely?

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 4 hours ago
there comes a time in anyone's career where they achieve a LEVEL OF INCOMPETENCE; that point where all their old experience and training has suddenly become extinct. IMPRACTICAL, or surplus to requirements. At this point, one moves on to something more useful for oneself and one's aspirations. And so it should be with the wireless world. And please don't think I'm joking about this. I'm currently amending a third draft of CUSTODIAN (book one of the free planet series) and this radiational pollution, this false global warming of the airwaves, this ruination of the evolved species i... more »

Intro to Synthetic Biology

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 5 hours ago
*January 5, 2013* (LocalOrg /Tony Cartalucci) - Professor Jamie Davies walks an audience through the coming synthetic biology revolution. Comparing it to the personal computer revolution of the 70's and 80's, Professor Davies explains the lessons learned and how they can be applied to developing an open and constructive use of synthetic biology. What is synthetic biology (video)? It is the next step in genetic engineering - not simply copying and pasting genetic code from one life form to another, but creating entirely new genetic sequences, and thus entirely new life forms. Alread... more »

The Word From on High in Massachusetts

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
*And they don't even have to tell you why.* "Judges needn’t reveal thoughts behind rulings, SJC declares" by Andrea Estes and John R. Ellement | Globe Staff, August 09, 2012 The state’s highest court barred ethics investigators Thursday from asking embattled Boston ­Municipal Court Judge Raymond Dougan how he reached individual decisions during his 21 years on the bench, ruling that judges cannot be forced to explain their inner thinking to anyone. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Judicial Court created an absolute “judicial deliberative privilege” for the first time in Massa... more »

Don't Cross the Law in Cambridge

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
"Cambridge man charged with stealing ID in benefits scam" by Milton J. Valencia | Globe Staff, August 27, 2012 A Cambridge man used the identity of an out-of-state man to *steal tens of thousands of dollars* in *government benefits* over the last two decades, authorities alleged Monday. Frederick Cross, 68, was charged with multiple counts of *identity theft*and with making false statements under penalty of perjury and to falsely obtain medical assistance. He faces up to 20 years in prison on some of the charges. “Public assistance fraud is *much more than a crime* against governm... more »

War on Syria: Gateway to WWIII

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 5 hours ago
*January 5, 2013* (Corbett Report/Global Research) .... *The book, "War on Syria: Gateway to WWIII," can be found, for free in .pdf format, here. For the latest Land Destroyer Report headlines on Syria, see here. *

January 3: Why, exactly, is it not in the public interest? - Readers' Letters / Opinion / The Courier

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
http://www.thecourier.co.uk/opinion/readers-letters/january-3-why-exactly-is-it-not-in-the-public-interest-1.63372

ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING IS CANCELLED...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
CANCELLATIONS ------------- * THE TSUNAMI WARNING IS CANCELED FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CAPE FAIRWEATHER ALASKA/LOCATED 80 MILES SE OF YAKUTAT/ IMPACTS - UPDATED ----------------- * A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED DURING THIS EVENT BUT NO LONGER POSES A THREAT. * SOME AREAS MAY CONTINUE TO SEE SMALL SEA LEVEL CHANGES. * THE DETERMINATION TO RE-OCCUPY HAZARD ZONES MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL OFFICIALS. RECOMMENDED ACTIONS - UPDATED ----------------------------- * DO NOT RE-OCCUPY HAZARD ZONES UNTIL LOCAL EMERGENCY... more »

SWP: Life on the Revolutionary Treadmill

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 6 hours ago
In recent years, it's become customary for SWP conference time to be accompanied by a split, and 2013's meeting (due to convene at the customary 'secret location' in London today) is likely to see the tradition continue. And for the sad Kremlinologists who follow the far left, we're in for something of a treat. In the red corner we have the 'Democratic Opposition' faction, which was formed to defend four oppositionists expelled prior to conference for "factionalising" (something the SWP's permanent leadership cadre is never guilty of doing), and raise questions about the appalling ... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 10:11:16 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 01:11:16 AM at epicenter Location 55.759°N, 135.451°W Depth 7 km (4.3 miles) (poorly constrained) Region OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 73 km (45 miles) SW (223°) from Port Alexander, AK

LHC: discovering grand unification

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
*...aside from supersymmetry...* Apologies if the title was too dramatic. Supersymmetry and its possible looming discovery at the LHC has been discussed many times. But let's look at a different portion of modern model building in particle physics, Grand Unification. Grand Unified Theories (GUTs) are those that embed the Standard Model group\[ SU(3)_c\times SU(2)_W\times U(1)_Y \] into a larger group, typically "simpler" (having fewer factors), ideally "simple" group in the technical sense (one factor). If it is possible, and it possible, the advantage is that the quarks and lepton... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:41:25 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:41:25 AM at epicenter Location 55.736°N, 135.211°W Depth 16.2 km (10.1 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 66 km (41 miles) SSW (212°) from Port Alexander, AK

Alaska 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake - TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT FOR...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
..THE TSUNAMI WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT... WARNINGS/ADVISORIES/WATCHES - UPDATED ------------------------------------- TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT FOR... * THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA TO CAPE FAIRWEATHER ALASKA/LOCATED 80 MILES SE OF YAKUTAT/ CANCELLATIONS ------------- * THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS CANCELED FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM THE WASHINGTON-BRITISH COLUMBIA BORDER TO THE NORTH TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA * THE TSUNAMI WARNING IS CANCELED FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM... more »

Taiwanese young people are awesome...now with Chomsky Update

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 7 hours ago
[image: anti-mediamonopoly] Young people against the WantWant media monopoly. Noam, you rock! _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:32:08 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:32:08 AM at epicenter Location 55.102°N, 134.634°W Depth 9.2 km (5.7 miles) Region SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 103 km (64 miles) WSW (247°) from Craig, AK

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:27:20 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:27:20 AM at epicenter Location 55.541°N, 135.252°W Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 86 km (54 miles) SSW (206°) from Port Alexander, AK

Quickie Poll....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 7 hours ago
*Spider waits inside flower....* Taiwan tourism people want to know.... have you foreigners ever participated in any of the following four activities? Leave the answer in a comment below 1. Pingxi Lantern Festival 2. Dachia Matsu Procession 3. Yenshui Fireworks Festival 4. 101 Stairway Climb _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

THOUSANDS STRANDED AS FIRES DEVASTATE TASMANIA

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
At least 100 properties have been destroyed and thousands of people have been left stranded by bushfires that are continuing to rage out of control in Tasmania. Towns on the devastated Tasman Peninsula in the state's south-east are cut off and only accessible via sea. Meanwhile, a fire emergency warning has been issued http://au.news.yahoo.com/local/tas/a/-/local/15765837/thousands-stranded-as-fires-devastate-tasmania/

Mary Polak Plants Both Feet Firmly In Her Mouth

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 8 hours ago
Christy Clark and Mary Polak just made a huge critical error, I can`t believe how stupid this out going Government is, actually I can believe how stupid they are, Christy Clark`s handlers must be the dumbest people on earth.. Yesterday the Port Mann crown corporation admitted the sub-contractors de-icing was insufficient, they admitted the bridge turned into a skating rink after the last road check by the contractor.. They told the public the contractor was going to apply more stronger de-icing and more often than every 48 hours...Here is the Thursday statement from the Transpo... more »

7.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013 - TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 7.7 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 08:58:19 UTC Friday, January 04, 2013 at 11:58:19 PM at epicenter Location 55.292°N, 134.728°W Depth 9.6 km (6.0 miles) Region SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 101 km (63 miles) SW (221°) from Edna Bay, AK PUBLIC TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1 NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK 1201 AM AKST SAT JAN 5 2013 ...A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT... ...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT... WARNINGS/ADVISORIES/WATCHES - UPDATED ------------------------------------- TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT FOR... * THE COASTAL AREAS OF BR... more »

Three people die as plane crashes into Florida home and explodes into fireball

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Authorities say a small plane carrying three passengers was trying to land at a Florida airport when it crashed into a house, killing all three aboard. The Flagler County Sheriff's Office reports that the pilot declared an emergency shortly after 2 p.m. Friday, saying that the plane was shaking. Authorities say the plane hit a Palm Coast home near the Flagler County Airport in Jacksonville, Florida just west of I-95 a few minutes after the pilot's mayday call. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257397/Three-people-die-plane-crashes-Florida-home-explodes-fireball.html

James Russell's documentary - Resonance - melatonin creation is disabled in the modern electromagnetic environment

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 8 hours ago
As David Icke will explain in his forthcoming newsletter, GET OFF THE BLOODY CELLPHONE already. *I have been warning for years about the electromagnetic ‘sea’ of pollution and distortion in which billions live their lives and now comes an excellent documentary by British television presenter James Russell that looks in detail at this very issue. I have posted the video below, but in this newsletter I want to put James’ work into an even wider context of human suppression and control. It would be bad enough if what is happening was the result of crass stupidity and irresponsibility.... more »

Theory of something: QM has reached limits

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
Several people have asked me about the following press release that was published a few days ago and that was reprinted at various servers such as one that belongs to San Francisco Chronicle: Theory of Something Reveals Why Quantum Mechanics has Reached its Limits: Mass is Outside of Particles (press release) We learn that quantum mechanics has been defeated. More colorfully, the mass is located in a grid outside particles that is 100,000 times larger than the particle itself. A proton has a core with 63 "negtrinos", electron has 9 of them, and the hydrogen atom has a "grid room" fo... more »

Something Awful at Isfahan?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
So far this story has near zero coverage and certainly no boots on the ground. As quoted it has come by way of the BBC and I am sure, no end of twitter messages. However you only evacuate a population because of a disaster that can not be safely contained. That cuts things down pretty quickly to chemical disasters including gas blowouts and at worst radiation. The fact that it looks like a full evacuation pretty well confirms those options. Something very serious has occurred and it is necessary to put distance between the population and the event center. So just what dir... more »

Ten Point Model for a Mental Health System

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Today, we have no system except in the form of hospital administered care which was never meant to handle this class of problem. This item is a valuable rethink of the whole project. What I would add is my direct reconnection with agricultural process. A respite in the urban environment provides convenience to some at the expense of constraining patient options. A farm based environment allows an internal economy to emerge and ample opportunity for self development and exercising choice. Again it is time to open a debate on this and to operate outright experiments to e... more »

Tobacco Can be Cancer Free?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is actually ugly. I would posit that all other obvious carcinogens produced by the combustion process are readily handled by the body itself since we have actually been doing just so for millennia. The problem is alpha emitters of any kind. Outside the body, they are effectively harmless. Recall how Radium glows so nicely and harmlessly. Inside they are in immediate contact and overwhelm the adjacent cells to trigger radiation induced carcinomas. I suspect that the body finds it difficult to remove these islands and the problems accumulate until the body is overwh... more »

Donna Vanzant: 'He made a promise to help us and he broke it': Hurricane Sandy Victim pictured in embrace with Obama reveals her heartbreak at receiving standardized letter after his visit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
When President Obama hugged a tearful New Jersey business owner after Hurricane Sandy ravaged her home and livelihood, it was the image of compassion, promise and hope. But the victim in the photo, Donna Vanzant, has now revealed that the president's promises to pour aid into the area were empty - and that, after the hug, she merely received a form letter from him. Obama visited the destroyed marina Ms Vanzant owns in Brigantine, New Jersey on October 31 and promised her 'immediate' aid. Soon after, Ms Vanzant wrote him an email. 'Many days later, I got a response back,' she told ... more »

German chancellor Angela Merkel courts international controversy by posing for photos alongside blacked-up children for annual 'Three Kings Day' celebrations

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Fortunately for the CDU leader, the children visiting the Chancellery in Berlin were not a political stunt but traditional carollers dressed up as the three wise men. Although the costumes of the children may appear controversial, the blackened face of the young girl is part of the Sternsinger, or star singer, tradition of Dreikönigstag, the Three Kings' Day. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257342/German-chancellor-Angela-Merkel-courts-international-controversy-posing-photos-alongside-blacked-children.html

The dolphin snatchers: Mail investigation exposes vile trade where animals are sold for up to £100,000 each to aquariums where they suffer unimaginable cruelty

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT These barbaric scenes took place at Taiji on the south coast of Japan just before Christmas, during a hunting season when fishermen 'harvest' dolphins to sell to aquariums. It is estimated for every wild dolphin caught to be trained, around four times that number are slaughtered. The fishermen then sell off the meat for about £10 a kilo. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257426/The-dolphin-snatchers-Mail-investigation-exposes-vile-trade-animals-sold-100-000-aquariums-suffer-unimaginable-cruelty.html

Neil Ellerbeck: Millionaire banker who killed wife in a jealous rage is back in the home where he strangled her with their two children after just three years in jail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Just four years after he killed his wife in a jealous rage, a millionaire banker is out of jail and back living with their two children at the family home where he strangled her. Neil Ellerbeck, 49, has moved into the smart suburban house where he took his wife Kate's life after she asked for a divorce. Mr Ellerbeck, who earned £170,000 as HSBC's global chief of investment, feared losing his two children, £650,000 home and £1.3million fortune in the break-up. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257449/Millionaire-banker-Neil-Ellerbeck-killed-wife-jealous-rage-home-strangled-... more »

Labour councils still squandering cash as if there were no tomorrow despite claiming cuts had taken them to the brink of civil unrest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
For more than a century the horse-drawn carriage, all polished wood and gold inlay, has transported the Lord Mayors of Newcastle as they perform their civic duties. But not any more. Today, the four-wheeled charabanc is up for grabs to the highest bidder, its sale ordered by Nick Forbes, the Labour leader of the city council. ‘I will always put people before objects,’ he announced late last year. ‘We have endured two years of savage cuts from this Government with another three to come. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257385/The-apocalypse-The-Labour-councils-squandering-ca... more »

BRICE TAYLOR

Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Brice Taylor* Brice Taylor (born Sue Ford) claims to be a former mind control victim. She claims to have been used as a sex slave by US presidents, and various other members of the elite, while under the influence of mind control. Some people believe that her story is essentially true. Some believe that the CIA has infiltrated her circle, and 'edited' her story, in order to try to discredit both her and the allegations concerning CIA mind control programmes. Mark Phillips, who reportedly has links to the CIA, helped Brice Taylor to writer her book. His aim may have been to make... more »

Thousand-hand Kwan-yin

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
Thousand-hand Kwan-yin performed by 21 hearing-impaired ladies.

2 elderly patients die after norovirus outbreak sickens dozens at Marin County senior center, California

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Marin County officials say two elderly residents have died following an outbreak of a gastrointestinal virus that sickened nearly 60 people at a senior care center. The Marin Independent Journal reports the norovirus outbreak began just before Christmas and has afflicted residents and employees at The Redwoods facility in Mill Valley. http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5d8419446f1c42b7a2d3bd1a22f0a0cd/CA--Marin-Virus-Outbreak

Zimbabwe: More Than 20 Villagers Hospitalized With Anthrax After Eating Contaminated Meat In Makoni District

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
More than 20 villagers from the northeastern Zimbabwe village of Masvosva, Makoni District have contracted the bacterial disease, anthrax, after butchering and eating infected livestock, according to a Manica Post report Thursday. According to the report, sources at Rusape District Hospital confirmed more than 20 hospitalised cases of anthrax. Fortunately, there were no fatalities. District Medical Officer Dr Mohammed Khaled has advised the public to abstain from eating meat from animals whose causes of deaths are unknown. http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/zimbabwe-more-than-20-vil... more »

Hepatitis B kills 29 people in West Nile

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Health officials in West Nile have expressed fear over the persistent existence of Hepatitis B virus, which has killed at least 29 people. They say cases of Hepatitis B virus are on the rise in Moyo and Adjumani districts as most of the health facilities in the area lack the required vaccines to combat the virus. http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Hepatitis-B-kills-29-people-in-West-Nile/-/688334/1657636/-/cfi9xl/-/index.html

13 Cases of Meningitis Prompts Closure of Private Clinic in Algeria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Authorities said the Amina clinic in the town of Chiffa was closed by authorities as a precautionary measure following the detection of 13 meningitis cases. According to Dr. Zenati Ahmed, the director of health in the city of Blida, the cases of meningitis have been reported in patients who sought treatment ​​at the clinic. Based on health records, the first patient came in on December 6, although the alert was issued on December 24 following the diagnosis of additional cases. http://www.ubalert.com/Gp5

Family Poisoned After Barbecue Taken Indoors

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Four children were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after their grandmother brought a barbecue indoors to dry her washing. The woman, who has not been named, lit the device which she set up in the family kitchen before leaving the house. Her daughters-in-law were in the house with her grandchildren, two of whom were asleep upstairs. http://news.sky.com/story/1033639/family-poisoned-after-barbecue-taken-indoors

Belfast Police Injured In 'Sustained Attack'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Several officers have been injured in east Belfast after a crowd of up to 300 people hurled fireworks, bricks and petrol bombs during "a sustained attack", the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said. A PSNI spokesman said several arrests were made after the public disorder in the Castlereagh Street and Templemore Avenue areas overnight. It comes after 10 police officers were injured on Thursday during a demonstration against the decision to reduce the number of days the Union flag is flown from City Hall. http://news.sky.com/story/1033643/belfast-police-injured-in-sustained-at... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF PAKISTAN - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 05:58:21 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:58:21 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 24.516°N, 61.933°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF PAKISTAN Distances 61 km (37 miles) SSE of Jiwani, Pakistan

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:32:45 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 09:02:45 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.399°N, 71.343°E Depth 113.9 km (70.8 miles) Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Distances 35 km (21 miles) SSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:14:08 UTC Friday, January 04, 2013 at 07:14:08 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 53.613°N, 163.604°W Depth 23.4 km (14.5 miles) Region UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA Distances 138 km (85 miles) S of False Pass, Alaska

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:11:53 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 01:11:53 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 28.736°N, 128.580°E Depth 39.1 km (24.3 miles) Region RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN Distances 97 km (60 miles) WNW of Naze, Japan

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake MID-INDIAN RIDGE - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 04:00:44 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 08:00:44 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 13.206°S, 66.744°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region MID-INDIAN RIDGE Distances 799 km (496 miles) NNE of Port Mathurin, Mauritius

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 4th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Friday, January 04, 2013 at 23:16:27 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 10:16:27 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.904°S, 169.548°E Depth 73.3 km (45.5 miles) Region VANUATU Distances 152 km (94 miles) S of Isangel, Vanuatu

DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS - ARMY SPRAYED CHEMICALS ON KIDS

Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
Website for this image In Texas, planes were used to spray dangerous chemicals onto the local population. In St. Louis, the Army placed chemical sprayers on buildings and station wagons. *I-Team: The Army's secret Cold War experiments on St. Louisans ..*

For fans of inclusiveness and tolerance, it was a good night on the pizza line in Columbus

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*You can hear Joel Diaz tell the story of what happened that night in the Columbus pizza line via HuffPost Live here.* *by Ken* Since this story went viral you may well already have heard it, but it's a pretty happy story, so I thought we'd just give it a run here. Joel Diaz is the chief development officer for Ohio's AIDS Resource Center, a Columbus resident, and last weekend he and his friend Ethan, "after a fun night out in the Short North . . . ventured down the street to a popular pizza truck called Mikey's Late Night Slice," accepting the harsh reality of "the requisite wait... more »

Christy Clark Going Mobile, John Slater Going To Have A Knife Removed From His Back

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 12 hours ago
*MLA: John Slater* *Boundary-Similkameen* ------------------------------ *Elected:* 2009 *BRITISH COLUMBIA LIBERAL PARTY * *Yes indeed *folks, remember how the BC Liberals stabbed Moe Gill in the back, Moe Gill who signed up hundreds of new BC Liberal members and raised a-lot money for his anticipated election campaign*...Then Rich Coleman *brow beat Moe Gill with his stench and bellow, only to turn around and hand an uncontested nomination to fellow white trasher Bob Plecas...A crude rude move typical of this disgusting, lying, corrupt and inept BC Liberal Government... John Sla... more »

Australia: Pirates of the Suburbs - Destroying Communities

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago

David W. Scott on self-represented litigants

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 13 hours ago
Here in the capital city Ottawa of the advanced nation that is Canada, a Co-Chair of the national law firm BLG, and an officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. David W. Scott, was quoted in the following way in the city's Ottawa Citizen newspaper, on the topic of self-represented litigants in Canadian courts [1]: The jaundiced judicial attitude is a holdover from an earlier era, when many of

TOPPT - Transcript: A Conversation with Heather Tucci-Jarraf, Trustee of The One People's Public Trust

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*NOTE: We are still reviewing this transcript, and it will change when we insert words that were difficult to hear due to the phone connection. I put it up in its raw draft state so the translators can get started on translating it to other languages. -AK* Hello everyone Brian here from the American Kabuki ground crew. I am so incredibly thrilled to be here celebrating this beautiful moment of now with all of the amazing beings who will be listening to this call over the course of the coming days and weeks. Words couldn’t possibly express the level of gratitude I feel for bein... more »

Japan’s Citizen Kane: A media mogul whose extraordinary life still shapes his country, for good and ill

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 14 hours ago
In its year-end double issue, The Economist has an interesting short biography of Matsutaro Shoriki, the long-time owner of Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's most popular newspaper, and the founder of a media empire, which includes Japan's largest private TV network. Mr. Shoriki also was a founder of Japan's leading conservative political party, the LDP, and the founder of its best professional baseball franchise, the Yomiuri Giants. Here is an excerpt regarding the time Shoriki brought Babe Ruth to Japan: The melding of commercial pragmatism with ideological dogma shaped much of Shorik... more »

The Pope vs Paul Ryan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Ryan has long tried to fashion himself an image for Wisconsin voters as a sturdy conservative Catholic. He's certainly been fanatically anti-Choicebut Pope Benedict's New Year mass shows the basic divergence between the Catholicism of Ryan's anti-Choice/anti-gay zealotry and the Catholicism of one of the most conservative Popes in the last century. Ryan may try to pass himself off as a loyal son of the Catholic Church but he has always picked and chosen which parts of Catholicism he embraces and which parts he discards. And his stronger loyalty to Ayn Rand's reactionary social theo... more »

Loughareema, Ireland's Vanishing Lake

The lake when full and visible. Photo courtesy: flower76young Scotland has its vanishing village - Brigadoon - and Ireland has its disappearing lake. Magic just seems to shroud the British Isles. Loughareema. A sign posted along a roadside in far northeastern Ireland proclaims this lake's existence, but depending on when you visit, it may or may not be there. That's because Loughareema is Ireland's famous 'vanishing lake.' With phenomena like Loughareema, it's really no wonder that Ireland has such a rich mythology attached to it, but there is a very simple scientific reason for ... more »

Baked Canadian Bill Could Be Threat to National Security

A Kelowna bank teller has reported that she had heard of cases in which several new polymer banknotes had melted together inside a car. Photo courtesy: Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press Files , The Canadian Press via vancouversun.com The Canadian government has taken a lot of flack lately - on every level of government. I happen to believe they deserve it; but, that is only my humble opinion. After much ado about nothing it turns out, the Bank of Canada released their new banknotes - state of the art; harder to counterfeit; stronger; harder to destroy; and, a step into the future... more »

Gentlemen prefer platinum coins

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 15 hours ago
I don't know if the newly fabled One Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin, would work or not. Kevin Drum says it's illegal. But this fomer head of the US Mint says there's no reason not to mint a platinum coin and Josh Barro argues fiercely that we should. And though he never gets any credit, Atrioshas been pushing the One Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin solution for literally, years. If there's a chance it could shut down the GOP's hostage strategy, it's worth trying. Our government wasn't built to function well under extortion by a minority with the most money. I've seen a lot of calls t... more »

A Quick Note

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
I just wanted to let you know I am little behind on collecting some of the comments. They have been received and will be forwarding them on. I apologize for the lack of posts on the sister blog Obi Wan Kabuki, but that will probably be lean for the coming week. Most of you know where you can get those postings directly. But make sure you visit Sophia Love's posts at O.K. We are moving quite rapidly bringing more information forward, tools, protocols, and whatever aid we can lend to understanding what has taken place on planet earth with the Trust fund. Its a complex subje... more »

Fantino's Foot-In-Mouthitis Flares Again

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 17 hours ago
Harper loose cannon Julian Fantino is at it again. Now safely distanced from the F-35 fiasco, Fantino has been unleashed on the International Cooperation portfolio. His diplomatic prowess was demonstrated in *La Presse* where Fantino announced Canadian aid to Haiti was being frozen. It turns out that nobody notified the Haitians or, for that matter, Canada's ambassador to Port-au-Prince either. *Haitian ambassador to Canada Frantz Liautaud said the first he heard of Mr. Fantino’s freeze on aid to Haiti was through this morning’s news. He’s already contacted the Canadian Internat... more »

Elsewhere: Filibuster, Silly Polls, More

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 17 hours ago
Sorry for the slow blogging today; we had a power outage here at Plain Blog World Headquarters this morning (on top of a messed up night last night, as those who noted the time stamp on the Watergate post might have noticed), and next thing you know I hadn't actually wound up with anything to put here. I'll try to get back later with a baseball post...we'll see. Meanwhile, I wrote an Ignore Those Polls! post about the House Republicans and issue polling on the debt limit over at Greg's place. That episode reminded me of Newt and Luntz in 1994/1995, but yesterday I suggested that per... more »

'US dollar will collapse in 2013'

Intercept at The Intercept - 18 hours ago
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"Before We are Made" by Rilke

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 18 hours ago
YouTube video description - [Channel: honkyoku] "Before We are Made" by Ranier Maria Rilke (1875 -- 1926) poem translated from the German and read by Dr. Richard Borofsky www.beingtogether.com shakuhachi flute & drums by Dr. Robert A. Jonas nature videos & video editing by Robert A. Jonas rbtjonas@aol.com www.emptybell.org Translations of this poem, from German to English, differ. One might translate the title as "Before our Beginning." In this particular translation, Rich speaks of "welken words," which might be translated as "numinous words." Before the Beginning by Rainer Mari... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 4th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Friday, January 04, 2013 at 20:24:37 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 06:24:37 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.427°S, 146.071°E Depth 36.3 km (22.6 miles) Region EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 37 km (22 miles) SE of Madang, Papua New Guinea

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake ECUADOR - 4th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Friday, January 04, 2013 at 19:46:24 UTC Friday, January 04, 2013 at 02:46:24 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.586°S, 77.702°W Depth 191.3 km (118.9 miles) Region ECUADOR Distances 28 km (17 miles) ENE of Palora, Ecuador

Washington's Global Reign of Terror

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 18 hours ago
*Source: Dees Illustration*. Alternative title: USrael's global reign of terror. Glenn Greenwald writes in his article, *"The 'war on terror' - by design - can never end"*: "There's no question that this "war" will continue indefinitely. There is no question that US actions are the cause of that, the gasoline that fuels the fire. The only question - and it's becoming less of a question for me all the time - is whether this endless war is the intended result of US actions or just an unwanted miscalculation. It's increasingly hard to make the case that it's the latter. The US h... more »

Republicans Using Debt Ceiling As ‘Legislative Terrorism’

Did I mention too many times already how much I loooouuuurrrvvve this guy? Get ready. Much more to come. Rep. Grayson: Republicans Using Debt Ceiling As ‘Legislative Terrorism’ By Eric W. Dolan Thursday, January 3, 2013 Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) blasted Republicans on Thursday night for planning to use the federal debt ceiling as leverage in the ongoing battle over

What next for Venezuela?

Jon Western at Duck of Minerva - 19 hours ago
My colleague, Javier Corrales, has an excellent summary of the internal political dynamics in Venezuela on the news yesterday of President Hugo Chavez’s deteriorating health condition. Corrales reports that the “Venezuelan government is busy preparing for the re-inauguration of the country’s beloved president, Hugo Chávez, and also for his funeral.” The timing of all of Continue reading

Video 'The People Round Danced' Idle No More

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 19 hours ago
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Akwesasne Border Blockade 'Idle No More' Jan 5, 2013

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 19 hours ago

How Corrupt Are Members Of Corgress? Short Answer: Very Corrupt

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 19 hours ago
*A uniquely American shame* The congressional ethics committees are pitiful jokes-- and the joke is on the American people. They are the center of congressional corruption, protecting incumbents who get caught with their paws in the cookie jar. Two weeks ago, one of Congress' most horrifying corrupt members, Buck McKeon, was quietly let off the hook for his latest infraction. He's the last Member of Congress standing who took big bribes from Countrywide, the only "Friend of Angelo" who hasn't been defeated for reelection or forced to retire. This kind of cover-up and white-wash is th... more »

Syrian Victims of USrael-AlQaeda Terror Are Starving To Death In The Cold

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 19 hours ago
Video: Syrian refugees scrape out a living [Al Jazeera] Video: Syrian Refugees in a Race Against Winter [AP] Video: Syrian refugees seek shelter in Jordan - no comment [no comment TV] Video: Global National : Syrian refugees struggle through winter [Global Toronto]

Podcast No. 17: Interview with Iver Neumann

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 19 hours ago
The seventeenth Duck of Minerva podcast features Iver Neumann of the London School of Economics. Professor Neumann discusses his intellectual and educational background and a small part of his copious academic output. Topics incude post-structuralism, policy engagement, the practice turn, popular culture and politics, and the Mongols. I should reiterate important change to procedures. From now on, Continue reading

Dine' Arlene Bowman 'Salmoncrates' Magic of salmon

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 19 hours ago
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In Canada, Pro-Choice Is Winning

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 20 hours ago

Club for Growth says jump, GOP replies -- how high

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 20 hours ago
The ultra-conservative moneybags at the Club for Growth issued their marching orders to the GOP, demanding Congress votes against relief aid for Hurricane Sandy survivors still struggling to deal with the devastation caused by the storm during the freezing cold of a New England winter. So 67 Republicans obediently voted against the first relief bill which was only for $9.1 billion to allow federal flood insurance to meet its obligations. Still to come, on a vote allegedly to be scheduled for January 15th, is the additional $57 billion necessary to cover the costs of rebuilding the ... more »

Short term Senator Barney Frank?

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 20 hours ago
Hell yes. At first he said he wasn't interested, but today Barney Frank wants to be interim Senator from MA until the special election. Frank said that the fiscal cliff deal that passed the House of Representatives earlier this week and set the stage for a return to the same legislative fight in a matter of months "means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months" for the American economy. The outspoken Democrat indicated he would only hold the seat until the statewide special election and has no designs of carving out a career in the Senate, but... more »

I miss 'Episodes' - A Rule 5 Friday post - NSFW

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Great acting, intelligent humour and of course a topless Labia... Sophie Rundle Topless from Episodes - Follow... *by Badlandz* To explain, Labia was the name of Matt Le Blanc's stalker.

Grand Chief Clearsky's letter to Obama

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 20 hours ago
 Grand Chief Murray Clearsky's letter to President Obama President Barak ObamaUnited States of AmericaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania AvenueWashington, DC 20500Dear President Obama,RE:  Idle No More – Canadian Indian Democratic movementAs the Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization in Manitoba, Canada, it is my honor to extend to you our heartfelt congratulations on your successful

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
Kazakhstan. Thanks for stopping by.

"Belief vs. Fantasy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"Belief vs. Fantasy"* Which one is real and why? by MYei5 "When we are looking at the way we view the world, it is important to know if that view is from belief or from fantasy. As we have previously spoken about the topic of beliefs, how many of you are even really living by genuine beliefs or are you actually living from fantasy? If you don’t know the entire scope it is possible that your world is a world of ideals. An ideal is a difficult thing to discuss sometimes because ideals are based on concepts and concepts do not always consider all factors. Once we consider all of w... more »

Southern Son Moves North

Southern Man at Southern Man - 20 hours ago
After a - well, let's say *tumultuous* - year Southern Son has elected to head north and live with his mother for a time. Southern Man and Southern Parents agree that this is a Good Thing. This also means that, as of today, none of Southern Man's children live in the same state as he. And that will be...different.

Judge denies Obama administration attempt to dismiss challenge to “no-fly” list

Intercept at The Intercept - 21 hours ago
World Socialist Web Site Eric London A federal district court judge in California last week denied a motion by Obama administration lawyers to dismiss a legal challenge to the “no-fly” list brought by a young Malaysian woman, Rahinah Ibrahim. Ibrahim, at the time a Stanford University Ph.D. candidate, was detained at San Francisco International Airport on January 2, 2005 when she and her daughter attempted to board a flight to her home country. She was intending to fly home to present her doctoral research at a conference sponsored by Stanford. Ibrahim was subjected to harsh treatm... more »
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