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Sunday, January 6, 2013

6 January - Blogs I'm Following II

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Economist Bill Black: "The fundamental insanity at all times was that [Obama and the Congress] put together, one, we must avoid the fiscal cliff because that's austerity and it'll throw us into recession, and two, therefore we must make far greater budget cuts, adopt far greater austerity. Now, obviously, that's insane logic.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 4 minutes ago
------------------------------ * the**REALnews Permalink* January 3, 2013 *Cliff Deal a "Moderate" Betrayal* Bill Black: Compromise on tax hikes on rich and allowing payroll taxes to rise sets the ground for a "grand betrayal" yet to come More at The Real News *Bio* William K. Black, author of THE BEST WAY TO ROB A BANK IS TO OWN ONE, teaches economics and law at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). He was the Executive Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention from 2005-2007. He has ta... more »

Mystery of half-charred body of naked woman found on New York beach

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 minutes ago
The half-charred body of a naked woman has been discovered on a secluded New York City beach. The body was reported to police at 7.15am on Sunday by a hiker who was walking through the Marine Park nature preserve in Brooklyn. Detectives are trying to determine what befell the woman and whether she was murdered. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258250/Mystery-half-charred-body-naked-woman-New-York-beach.html

'They're starting to seriously worry': Aides growing increasingly concerned about low turnout at Obama inauguration

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 minutes ago
Crowds may have flocked to the National Mall to see President Obama make history in 2009, but the team behind the president's 2013 inauguration bash later this month are bracing themselves for a ton of empty seats. The ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won't be the historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the Capitol o watch Obama take the oath of office. This time, District of Columbia officials expect between 600,000 and 800,000 people for Obama's public swearing-in on the steps of the Capitol on Monday, January 21. http://www.daily... more »

Sonny Archuleta who left three dead in latest Aurora shooting lost his own brother to gun violence only a year ago

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 minutes ago
The second gunman to open fire in Aurora, Colorado in so many months has been identified by neighbors as 33-year-old Sonny Archuleta. The gunman shot dead three people yesterday at a house near the cinema where another lone shooter gunned down 12 people at a screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in July. Archuleta’s MySpace and Twitter pages reveal that he was deeply religious and lost his brother Pat to gun violence only last year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258008/Sonny-Archuleta-Gunman-left-dead-latest-Aurora-shooting-lost-brother-gun-violence.html

Hitler novel tops German chart: Comic novel follows the Nazi leader as he falls asleep in 1945 and wakes up in 2011

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 27 minutes ago
A comic novel about Adolf Hitler falling asleep in 1945 and waking up in Berlin in 2011 has stormed to the top of the bestseller lists in Germany. Some 250,000 copies of Timur Vermes’ Er Ist Wieder Da, translated as He’s Back, have been sold, along with 75,000 audiobooks. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258178/Hitler-novel-tops-German-chart-Comic-novel-follows-Nazi-leader-falls-asleep-1945-wakes-2011.html

Enough illegal migrants to fill THREE cities the size of Newcastle: Home Office reports that 863,000 are living in the UK

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
Britain is hosting enough illegal immigrants to fill three cities the size of Newcastle, according to border officials. A Home Office report says an estimated 70 per cent of the 863,000 illegal migrants are living in London. The study also reveals that 10,000 foreigners who had no legal right to live in Britain have been granted permission to stay under the so-called 14-year rule. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258216/Enough-illegal-migrants-cities-size-Newcastle-863-000-UK-study-finds.html

Deport first, ask questions later: 'Fed up' Cameron reveals plans to remove terror suspects before they launch appeals

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 33 minutes ago
Terror suspects could face a new system of being deported before they get the chance to hold a full appeal, David Cameron revealed yesterday. The Prime Minister said he was ‘fed up’ with the likes of hate-preacher Abu Qatada using a string of human rights appeals to remain in the UK. Mr Cameron went on: ‘That’s why I’m keen to move to a policy where we deport first, and suspects can appeal later.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258243/Deport-ask-questions-later-Fed-Cameron-reveals-plans-remove-terror-suspects-launch-appeals.html

Let's get serious about Mitch McConnell. Doesn't he always look like he knows he's just been caught?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 34 minutes ago
*Miss Mitch and the look that says, "Rats, they caught me!"* *by Ken* Not that I normally feel any need to defend my practice of steering clear of all the Sunday TV gabfests, but on a day like today it seems like the merest common sense. I mean "Miss Mitch" McConnell on CBS, NBC, and ABC? Aren't there laws about that sort of thing? Even before the rat opens his mouth, you know he wouldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it. And then he opens his mouth . . . *NYTIMES.COM* *G.O.P. Senate Leader Says No to More Tax Revenue* January 6, 2013 By BRIAN KNOWLTON WASHINGTON -- The ... more »

Coming Crisis January 72-Hour Help-a-thon Begins! (Please give this month if you haven't already done so and keep us going strong)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 37 minutes ago
*Have you contributed this month?* *Do you visit us each day?* *Would you like us to stay online?* *Want to be able to say you've done your part?* *Contribute right now and be proud. * Countless others have now joined our community as supporters and trusted friends. Can you count yourself among them? Your financial support allows us to do all the work we do, including delivering the news to you and broadcasting freedom, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,* even on holidays*. You can give a one-time support donation, or support us monthly, both of which help tremendously. ... more »

Northern Irish militants seen hijacking flag protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 40 minutes ago
Pro-British militant groups are instigating riots that have rocked the Northern Irish capital Belfast in the past month, a police officers' representative said on Sunday as officers came under attack again. The violence stems from protests over the removal of the British flag over Belfast City Hall. It has been among the province's worst since a 1998 peace accord ended 30 years of conflict in which Catholic nationalists seeking union with Ireland fought British forces and mainly Protestant loyalists. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/06/uk-irish-riots-idUKBRE9020RO20130106

James Holmes: Batman Shooting Suspect In Pre-Trial Hearing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 40 minutes ago
Prosecutors will today begin to outline the case against the student accused of a shooting rampage which left 12 dead and dozens wounded at a Batman movie premiere. A week-long preliminary hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence to put James Holmes on trial on more than 160 counts of murder, attempted murder and firearms offences. Holmes is accused of opening fire during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb of Aurora. http://news.sky.com/story/1034261/aurora-shooting-suspect-james-holmes-in-court

Belfast: Loyalist Call For Peaceful Protest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 40 minutes ago
Leading loyalists have held talks with Northern Ireland's chief constable Matt Baggott, as fresh disturbances erupted in Belfast. In a statement after the meeting, Billy Hutchinson - who leads the Progressive Unionist Party, the political wing of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force - welcomed attempts by church leaders to ease tensions and called for all protests to be peaceful. http://news.sky.com/story/1034234/belfast-loyalist-call-for-peaceful-protest

Briton Dies After Falling From Oz Waterfall

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
A British tourist has died after falling from a waterfall in New South Wales, Australia. A 20-year-old man was walking with friends in the Blue Mountains near Sydney when he slipped over the edge of Wentworth Falls, according New South Wales Police. Police, paramedics and rescue teams were called and the man, who has not been named, was declared dead at the scene. http://news.sky.com/story/1034228/briton-dies-after-falling-from-oz-waterfall

Teenage Girl Killed In Police Pursuit Crash

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
A 13-year-old girl has died in a crash involving a car which was being pursued by police in south east London. The teenager was travelling with her mother, father and brother in Ilderton Road, between New Cross and South Bermondsey, on Sunday when their Volkswagen Polo and a Peugeot 308 that was being chased by a marked police car collided. The girl, who was in the rear of the car, died at the scene from her injuries, Scotland Yard said. http://news.sky.com/story/1034250/teenage-girl-killed-in-police-pursuit-crash

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake FRANCE - 7th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 52 minutes ago
Magnitude ML 4.1 Region FRANCE Date time 2013-01-07 04:20:24.0 UTC Location 44.77 N ; 6.71 E Depth 5 km Distances 2 km W Arvieux, France

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION - 7th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 54 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Monday, January 07, 2013 at 03:33:23 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 07:33:23 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 49.035°N, 128.715°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION Distances 206 km (128 miles) W of Tofino, Canada

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake STRAIT OF HORMUZ - 7th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 54 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Monday, January 07, 2013 at 00:41:57 UTC Monday, January 07, 2013 at 04:41:57 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 26.839°N, 56.184°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region STRAIT OF HORMUZ Distances 15 km (9 miles) SW of Qeshm, Iran

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake GREECE - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 23:22:32 UTC Monday, January 07, 2013 at 01:22:32 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 40.153°N, 21.819°E Depth 11.8 km (7.3 miles) Region GREECE Distances 1 km (0 miles) S of Aiani, Greece

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 19:39:03 UTC Monday, January 07, 2013 at 05:39:03 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 45.676°N, 154.077°E Depth 27.2 km (16.9 miles) Region EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS Distances 487 km (302 miles) E of Kuril'sk, Russia

Sunday Globe Special:The Lincoln Lush

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
"Man charged with driving drunk with child in car" by Gal Tziperman Lotan | Globe Correspondent, November 24, 2012 Police in Lincoln arrested a man they said was driving drunk with a child in his car around 2 a.m. Saturday. Dingsit Yam, 27, who has numerous addresses in Massachusetts, was stopped on a civil violation on Route 2, Lincoln police Sergeant Paul Westlund said. Police determined Yam was drunk and charged him with operating under the influence of liquor and endangering the welfare of a child. Westlund said he did not know the child’s age, gender, or relation to Yam. A f... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Swansea Mystery

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
Swansea woman’s death investigated No arrests have been made, and no further details were immediately available.

The Wise Old Man tells American Muslims: "Man Up!"

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 hour ago
My good friend Zan Overall, better known as the Wise Old Man, has an important message to the Muslim community generally, and the American Muslim community specifically: Man Up! Israel and her criminal network of sayanim and stooges controlling America and the West did 9/11, NOT Muslims! The Jews carried out 9/11 and then blamed it on Muslims to kick start the fraudulent and genocidal "Global War on Terror"! It's a damn shame a white man has to show up at a pro-Palestine, pro-Muslim rally to speak the truth about 9/11 and the genocidal Jewish agenda against the Muslims world! Be s... more »


Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 1 hour ago
It has been so freaking cold here. It almost makes you not want to do anything that requires leaving the house. Ugh. I asked Kurt if he was working out with me tonight (which requires walking to the basement of our house) and he said "no, I am too cold to change". And our house is not even cold, LOL. Had a nice weekend of NOT working. We ran some errands on Saturday (had to pick up a package from FedEx, stopped at the office to pick up my phone charger & sunglasses I forgot and get the weekend deposit, picked up my car from the shop), and then I went on to finish family holida... more »

Have I Got Your Number Then, harperscum trolls?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 hour ago
So, let's see if we're clear here. Chief Spence of Attawapiskat is corrupt. That's why here reserve has been crying out for years and years, for a goddamned school and for houses for people whose homes are mold-infested hellholes? Becaubse for years and years she's been corrupt? And now her very public hunger-strike is an attempt by her to sweep her (so-far) unverifiable transgressions under the carpet? ???? Okay. Whatever. But what of the fact that for the majority of these years the federal government has co-managed Attawapiskat?? Oh! I see! It's entirely possible that the federa... more »

Sunday Globe Special: She's a Little Runaway

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 1 hour ago
*She's **Daddy's little girl**....* "Runaway’s parents seek to help others; Social media helped Wayland couple find runaway teen" by Bella English | Globe Staff, November 25, 2012 “Don’t look for me. I’m not lost. I’m found.” ********************** Middle school can be a difficult time, especially for girls, said Christina, 47. “Allie was struggling with the normal issues of being a teenager. I remember being miserable at that age.” Allie found the suburbs boring, and her parents weren’t surprised when police learned two days into the search that she had taken a Peter Pan bus to... more »

Decision making

Bill Robertson at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
*Decisions are mostly intuitive, logical explanations catch-up milliseconds later ~ Robert Sapolsky [ link ]*

Sunday Globe Special: Libyan Attack Led to Accelerated AmeriKan Occupation of Africa

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
"Libyan attack exposes shortcomings in military command; Pentagon group in region needed outside troops" by Eric Schmitt and Michael R. Gordon | New York Times, November 04, 2012 WASHINGTON — The assault, on the *anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks * on the United States, has *exposed shortcomings* in the *Obama administration*’s ability to secure diplomatic missions and act on intelligence warnings. * **Hmmmmmm. * *Related(?)*: *The President Who Lost Afghanistan* *And now he's lost Libya. * But this *previously undisclosed episode*, described by several US officials, poi... more »


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 2 hours ago

Will Taiwan Independence Rock the World in 2013?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
*Love getting out in the morning to see what bugs are hanging. Alas, he spun just as I hit the shutter.* Michael Mazza, longtime commentator and observer on things Taiwan, argues in Foreign Policy that in 2013 Taiwan independence could be an issue that rocks the world, with three other similar "surprise" issues: *+++++++++++* *Taiwan Independence* .......But while Taiwan's businesspeople enjoy closer ties with China, the average Taiwanese voter continues to move toward independence. Over the last 20 years, the portion of citizens of Taiwan identifying as "Taiwanese" has increased ... more »

Sunday Globe Special: A Bad Idea For Canada

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
"Global domination? Whoa, Canada! McGill University historian Gil Troy, in an essay published last spring in the Canadian magazine Policy Options, he argued that it’s no longer enough for Canada to be “the nice nation”—that to fulfill its potential, it must rise up and become a “leading player in the Western democratic West.” For Troy, that means *passionately supporting Israel*, denouncing Iran, and being willing to stand up, militarily, for its ideals. The emphasis on peacekeeping, Troy said in an interview, “curdled at a certain point—it turned, and became too concerned with appe... more »

Personal Light Pillars

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
Frame captured from unrelated YouTube video http://youtu.be/YzFk15wRlBk A reader writes: So, AK, I’m writing to share a lightworker story and I don’t know another good medium to share it. I’ve been following your blog for about a year I think. I’m a Usui Reiki Master, a lightworker, a truther, and a PhD chemist. I had a pretty remarkable experience over New Years with eleven other lightworkers in various stages of their spiritual journey. I’ve felt changes all around me since Ascension and since this trip, and I want to share my experience and see if it fits in with other peopl... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Europe Splitting Apart

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
"Separatist groups are gaining ground throughout Europe" by Edward Cody | Washington Post, November 04, 2012 ANTWERP, Belgium — Old *demons* of regional *separatism*.... Belgium’s prosperous Flanders region.... Independence-minded nationalists also have made recent gains in Spain’s Basque Country and in Catalonia.... In Scotland.... ‘‘*Secessionist temptations* are legion on our continent these days,’’ Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Green representative in the European Parliament, warned in a recent column. On the other side of the ledger, *two long-term separatist strains* have receded... more »

What Beijing Fears

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
People in China copying the Taiwanese WantWant media monopoly protest tactic in criticizing the government's closure of a newspaper there. _______________________ [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.

Jihadist Terrorists Became Beloved Rebels In The Public Imagination

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
When President Obama announced that he ordered the death of Bin Laden, an untruthful claim, his *zombie-like followers gathered at the White House*to cheer the end of Al-Qaeda's decade of terror. But, while they were busy cheering, their leader was secretly supporting Al Qaeda in its armed struggle against Assad. This fact was at first suppressed, but now the whole world knows that Al Qaeda is leading the fight against Assad while being backed by the Obama administration, Turkey, Israel, France, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. According to neoliberal and neoconservative interventionists who... more »

Sunday Globe Special: North Korea Better Than U.S.

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*Hard to believe, but.... * * **"a country that sends political dissenters to gulags, wobbles under food shortages, channels money to the military, and uses the occasional satellite launch as a way to show off a ‘‘thriving nation.’’" * * **We have the secret torture sites, the hunger crisis, and the military-industrial complex, Americans; however, we are **now missing** the space program.* "North Korea’s plan to launch rocket seen as missile test" by Chico Harlan | Washington Post, December 02, 2012 SEOUL — Security analysts say the North could be using the launch as a way to fir... more »

Sunday Globe Special: The Land of the Setting Sun

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*And where it is now rising*: "Once-powerful Japan finds few believers in its recovery" by Chico Harlan | Washington Post, November 04, 2012 TOKYO —An alternative — and increasingly accepted — school of thought about Japan: The country is not just in a prolonged slump but also in an inescapable decline. There’s frequent evidence for that in economic data, and the current doom is a sharp reversal from several decades ago, when Japanese companies bought up Columbia Pictures and Rockefeller Center, and Americans argued whether Japan was to be feared or envied. Like a separate but r... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Elementals have Inspired the Clear Higher Dimensional Air

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
* * *Elementals have Inspired the Clear Higher Dimensional Air* by ÉirePort Elementals have inspired the clear Higher Dimensional air. There comes now an inbreath of all Hue-manity (and humanity general) of this Elemental-clarified air. The Essence of the new Gaia. As this Essence is embodied generally, planet wide, Gaia total, including all humanity, animality, plants, elementals, express the Higher D vibrations. Energetic landmarks have been attained. Up-steps continue, at a pace suited for each. "humanity" continues to develop to "Hue-manity". Rainbow Humanity. Signs a... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Chinese Sexism

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
Women remain barely visible in Chinese Communist ranks ‘‘Many women don’t want to adjust themselves to the current political culture — the boys’ club, the drinking culture.’’ Women have had more success advancing in the private sector. * **Private sector? In a Communist country?*

Sunday Globe Special: French Whore

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*It's a pejorative word that I do not care for; however, I'm sure some people feel that way about her*: "Ex-French minister sues tycoon for paternity" by Elaine Ganley | Associated Press, November 11, 2012 PARIS — The tale is the *latest in a series of amorous sideshows that has spiced up the French political scene*. These increasingly complicated liaisons have gnawed away at the country’s long-standing veil of silence over top politicians’ private lives. Today, the *press doesn’t shirk* at *recounting the jealousies* of President Francois Hollande’s live-in companion toward the ... more »

VA GOP Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, contemplating an independent run for governor, finds an "independent" voice

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, known heretofore as a GOP loyalist, may have an opportunity to make an impact in a governor's race that features a scary-extremist R vs. a sleazy, voter-unfriendly D.* *"[W]hen his plan to become the GOP nominee [for Virginia governor] in 2013 hit unexpected obstacles -- first, [Attorney General Ken] Cuccinelli jumped into the race, then the Republican State Central Committee switched the nomination method to benefit the tea party favorite -- the mild-mannered lieutenant governor found his 'independent voice.' "* *-- from "More independent Bolling returns to ... more »

updates: acupuncture, slow cooker, star trek

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
I decided to try acupuncture again. In October, I saw my nephew and niece-in-law who practice Traditional Chinese Medicine and other holistic healing methods. They encouraged me to use our small insurance benefit on more treatment, even though I can't afford to continue it past that. I purposely started in December, so I could use the acupuncture allowance for 2012, then go straight into the benefit for the 2013 calendar year, for maximum bang for my insurance buck. I definitely feel a change. I have more energy, my head is clearer (less fibro fog), and I am *cooler*. Like many wo... more »

By Any Measure, the U.S. Is the Largest Sponsor of Terror

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
By Washington's Blog *Preface: As a patriotic American – I was born here, lived here all of my life, and love this country – I want the best for the U.S. * *Lawless actions are tearing my country apart. I want my country to regain its vision, strength and moral compass. Thomas Jefferson said that “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism”. I criticize my country because I know we are better than this … and that if enough people know how far we have fallen, we can start to pull ourselves back and reclaim our greatness.* Many Countries Sponsor Terror … But America Is the Wor... more »

Duck, duck, goose*...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 3 hours ago
*or how I spent my day.* The phone rings. I answer. It's our neighbor. There's an injured Canada goose outside his door. Can I help? "Can I help" is code for, "Do something!" This is my second goose rescue. The first happened when a goose got his head stuck in a chain link fence behind our church. I managed to cajole a Post Falls police officer into helping me. My reward? That cop was so dang cute my heart almost stopped when I first saw him. But I digress. Here's the thing about geese. If you don't have a wildlife license, you can't deal with the goose. You can shoot it... more »

Deficit attention disorder

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
A psychological breakdown shown to be harmful to responsible governance. [via Facebook, Mike Thompson cartoon. Click for more.]

The Power of Words & Activating the Future

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-power-of-words-activating-future.html SUNDAY, 6 JANUARY 2013 *The Power of Words & Activating the Future* Hello my friends, this is just a quick post to let you know that I'll be joining Deb, Hope, Carrol and Sherie on the Shift is Happening radio show on Blogtalk radio tomorrow. Deb is doing 7 broadcasts in a row starting January 7th. As I've said before both here and on previous broadcasts, I am am not fond of anything that hints of organized religion. I steer clear of terms like "Christ consciousness", and I dislike the exp... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*VIDEO: 60 Minutes on cutbacks at The Times-Picayune ~Kevin Allman, Gambit** *

Can Obama Get This Kind of Love From His People?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
Answer: No. Obama, Al-Qaeda's backer, is a leader in name only.

Weekend Update

Southern Man at Southern Man - 4 hours ago
It is finally a bit warmer (which is important when one lives in an unheated trailer with no insulation *at all* in the walls) and, more importantly, a few days without many obligations, so the weekend was a lot of fun. On Saturday Southern Man went to the monthly "coffee talk" with his church friends, which is always both fun and refreshing. There was an interesting moment that demonstrates how technology can actually make our lives easier: one of the girls was talking and it occurred to Southern Man that there was a book that she'd really like. With the iPad it took only seconds ... more »

Lincoln Said He Wanted To Visit Jerusalem On Night of His Death

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
An excerpt from Bill Tammeus's post on November 20, 2012, called, *"Abe Lincoln and Jerusalem"*: Beliefnet.com has offered readers this excerpt from a just-released book about Lincoln by Stephen Mansfied, *Lincoln's Battle with God* (a book I've not had a chance to read). Mansfield, based on words later reported by Mary Lincoln, reports that as the play was going on, the president was whispering to his wife about some ideas on how they would spend the future. After the war and his term, Lincoln said to Mary, according to this account,* “We will not return immediately to Springfi... more »

Girls need more protection from 'greedy corporate world'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Rising numbers of girls are suffering mental health problems after coming under “sustained assault” from diet advertisements, alcohol marketing, fashion pressures and access to pornography, a leading psychologist has warned. A “greedy corporate world” increasingly sees girls – particularly those in the pre-teen group – as soft targets to be exploited, it is claimed. Steve Biddulph said girls were being forced to grow up too quickly and warned that parents had failed to protect them from external pressures. In a new book, Raising Girls, he says that a “marked plunge in girls’ menta... more »

Another Case Where Large Quantities of Gold "WENT MISSING"...LOL!!!

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
* * * * *This happened a few months ago, it's another example of gold "mysteriously" vanishing... -AK* http://www.silverdoctors.com/breaking-cargo-ship-carrying-700-tons-of-gold-vanishes-in-sea-of-okhotsk/ *CARGO SHIP CARRYING 700 TONS OF GOLD VANISHES IN SEA OF OKHOTSK OFF RUSSIA* OCTOBER 29, 2012 BY THE DOC *Breaking* A cargo ship carrying 700 tons of gold ore has vanished late Sunday in the Sea of Okhotsk. A distress beacon was reportedly activated late Sunday, but Russian rescue operations have had no success locating the wreckage or survivors: *A sonar distress beacon was... more »

Rachelle Guyton: Calls 911 for Detroit Police to report her Van (and the gun under the seat inside of it) as stolen, told to "Call back later"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
While Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Interim Police Chief Chester Logan explore a restructuring of the city’s police department, some residents are expressing frustration with how their calls are being handled. Detroiter Rachelle Guyton said she called 911 around 6:30 a.m. Saturday to report that her 2003 Chrysler Town & Country minivan had been stolen from an apartment building in Palmer Park — but it wasn’t the van she was worried about. “I have a gun under my car seat, and when I called the police department to explain this to them and try to have them help… they didn’t give me any ... more »

Conservative crack up

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
Not often I would link to anything someone from Powerslime said, or to the New York Post, but this little lament is too amusing to pass up. Shorter JPod: You crackpots cons are making all of us look stupid. A couple of my favorite bits: And so many of them are literally embracing chaos. Though they oppose raising taxes, by voting against the tax bill on Tuesday night they effectively voted to raise taxes on 98 percent of Americans. [...] This is how people who are more comfortable on the margins than in the middle of things behave. This is cannibalism, not political combat. This... more »

Russia kills militants suspected of Christmas attack plan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Russian security forces in a restive North Caucasus province on Sunday killed three militants suspected of planning attacks on church services during the Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday, authorities said. Security forces tried to stop a van in the Kabardino-Balkaria province on Sunday but its occupants opened fire and were killed in the ensuing battle, during which the vehicle caught fire, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a statement. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/06/us-russia-caucasus-idUSBRE9050DM20130106

D-FOX: Please contact us if you can read this

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
To D-fox: if you're reading this, please contact us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. It's important -- we believe.

Another MacKay-Fantino Love Child?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
They could've stuck with the ships Paul Martin had on the books when he left office, but nooooo. The ships, three of them, were to replace the navy's 45-year old supply ships only they were to be supply ships and more. That deal was scrapped by the Tories. Now we're told to expect an announcement that the navy will get two, possibly three, replacement ships but they won't measure up to what was promised. *What followed, (after Martin's plan was scrapped) according to the series of internal briefings, was a drastic scaling back of the navy’s design concept, overseen by senior ci... more »

KDE 4.10 / Kubuntu 13.04 - moving forward strongly.

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 7 hours ago
*KDE*, *the K-Desktop Environment*, is one of the *fast rising stars*amongst the 'desktop environments'. Interesting distros, aside from *Kubuntu*, are NetRunner, 'Linux Mint' and 'Mageia'. All with KDE4 versions. Ubuntu, still the most popular Linux desktop, is seeking its place on the consumer market with an 'all-in-one' concept, suggesting that the user interface for a power PC is to a major extent similar to a mobile phone or a even TV-set. I allowed myself 3 months to daily follow and test Kubuntu/KDE, the Linux distro using parts of Ubuntu but with KDE on top. Of course using th... more »

Gwynne Dyer Also Gets Gassy

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
Wow, a week* *past just jam packed with reality. TruthDig came out with an explanation of how America has slipped into a fracked gas bubble in which bundled gas leases were substituted for bundled sub-prime mortgages and flogged by the usual suspects at wildly inflated prices. And Gwynne Dyer also took a hard look at fracked gas and concluded it's all sizzle and no steak: *Production of shale gas has soared in the United States (still the home to most shale plays) in the past 10 years, but it is only compensating for the decline in conventional gas production in the same period. ... more »

If only Sen. Mike Crapo, beset by so much tension, could have fixed himself a nice cup of herbal tea

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*Hey, here's some fun!* *One of these guys headed for Alexandria District Court on Friday is Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) -- can you guess which? (I got it wrong! If I were casting the role, I would have gone for the guy on the left. The guy on the right then could be, I don't know, maybe some hard-drinking bail bondsman? (The suit doesn't look cheap.) But no, the senator is the slug on the right. On closer look, I guess the briefcase is a tipoff that maybe the other guy is his lawyer. The washingtonpost.com caption doesn't mention him. (Actually, the article says: "The 61-year-old Idaho... more »

When Rallies, Flyers and Public Forums Won't Work

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
They call themselves *Deep Green Resistance Vancouver*. They're a group of local environmental activists calling "for militant action - including sabotage - to defend the environment." *Although they emphasize that as an aboveground organization they’ll only engage in nonviolent actions, one of the group’s stated objectives is to “shift public opinion toward supporting an underground resistance that exists or may come to exist”.* *“It was born out of necessity,” Jason Doherty said about the concept of “deep green resistance” during a phone interview with the Straight. “A lot of ... more »

Global warming, the tool of the West?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
For years, the Elites of the West have cranked up the myth of Man Made Global Warming as a means first and foremost to control the lives and behaviors of their populations. Knowing full well that their produce in China and sell in the West model and its consiquent spiral downward in wages and thus standards of living, was unsustainable, the elites moved to use this new "science" to guilt trip and scare monger their populations into smaller and more conservatives forms of living. In other words, they coasted them into the poverty that the greed and treason of those said same elites w... more »

Antarctic Sea Ice Sets Another Record

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
*Forbes* James Taylor [image: Antarctic Iceberg]*Editor’s note: An update from the author has been added to this article on September 20, 2012.* Antarctic sea ice set another record this past week, with the most amount of ice ever recorded on day 256 of the calendar year (September 12 of this leap year). Please, nobody tell the mainstream media or they might have to retract some stories and admit they are misrepresenting scientific data. National Public Radio (NPR) published an article on its website last month claiming, “Ten years ago, a piece of ice the size of Rhode Island ... more »

Photos! Akwesasne Cornwall Border Action 'Idle No More' Jan 5, 2013

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
. Akwesasne Cornwall Border Action 'Idle No More' Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 Thank you Don Smith, www.cornwallfreenews.com for sharing with Censored News! Watch videos of the action: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/01/video-cornwall-akwesasne-border-idle-no.html The International Bridge was closed to traffic for nearly five hours Saturday as Mohawks marched to Cornwall, Ontario,

Labour Councillors Against the Cuts

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 9 hours ago
*At Stoke-on-Trent Labour's city-wide meeting on Friday evening, just shy of a hundred party members heard Council Leader Mohammed Pervez give a detailed presentation on the cuts that are coming this year, an outline of how the local authority is going to manage them, and the controversial regeneration strategy the council will be pursuing over the next few years. During the meeting I was handed a leaflet from an organisation calling itself 'Councillors Against the Cuts'. It does not have any contact details but, as the leaflet notes, the network is sponsored by the Labour Represe... more »

Sunday Question for Liberals

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
Immigration reform is thought to have a chance in the new Congress, but there's been very little substantive discussion, at least that I've seen, about what would go into "comprehensive" reform. What should Democrats be fighting for? What should they be fighting against?

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

"What We Know..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we *know* that ain't so." - Will Rogers

“‘Hidden’ Groups To Save Humanity, Or Just PSYOP Disinformation?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“‘Hidden’ Groups To Save Humanity, * *Or Just PSYOP Disinformation?”* by Carl Herman “Many sources claim insider information of imminent large-scale action to unleash Earth into a Golden Age (here, here, here, here, among many). I read such information, for I know insiders working to build a brighter future. While some seem plausible, I have no easy way to verify much of the information. Among my colleagues, none of us know with certainty who is doing what behind the scenes, or what will happen when. Therefore, I suggest three responses from the 99%: *1.* As always, trust/h... more »

Sunday Question for Conservatives

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
Who would you like to see as Speaker of the House in the 114th Congress, beginning in 2015?

Flu vaccine will NOT work for one in ten Americans, says CDC as fears grow over spread of flue across country

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
This year's flu season is one of the quickest and most aggressive on record, and the evolving strain is causing problems for doctors as the vaccine will not work for one in ten cases. Doctors continually send samples of the flu cases that they treat to the Centers of Disease Control so that they can understand what strands of the flu are spreading rapidly, and they use that information to create the vaccine sent out nationally. 'We did about as good as we could have done to put the right three strains of flu into the flu vaccines that are available on the market,' CDC spokesman Tho... more »

Deadly Flu sweeps America: 'Particularly aggressive' strain of winter virus leaves 18 children dead as experts warn epidemic will worsen

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012. And health officials say the numbers haven't even peaked yet. 'I think we're still accelerating,' Tom Skinner, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman, told reporters. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257597/Flu-infections-sweep-America-hospitalizing-thousands-leaving-18-children-dead-complications-going-worse.html

Paul Ali Slater Shot: Brave mother shoots home intruder five times in face after he cornered her in attic as she shielded her nine-year-old twins

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
As a home invader broke into her house in Loganville, Georgia, a mother of twins armed herself and hid with the children in an attic crawlspace. When Paul Ali Slater, pictured top left, reached the top floor, he found himself staring at the barrel of a .38 revolver. Protecting herself and her children, the unidentified mom emptied the chamber, missing only once. Slater tried to escape in his truck, but his injuries would not let him get far, and he crashed in a nearby wooded area, pictured right. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257966/Paul-Ali-Slater-Intruder-shot-times-fac... more »

Baton Rouge Mall Brawl: Flash mob at Mall of Louisiana goes horribly wrong when massive 200-person brawl breaks out instead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A flash mob at the Mall of Louisiana turned violent last night, causing the shopping center to be evacuated. As many as 200 young people were in the food court of the Baton Rouge mall for an apparent flash mob, but things turned ugly quickly. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258022/Baton-Rouge-Mall-Flash-mob-goes-horribly-wrong-massive-200-person-brawl-breaks-instead.html

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 18:24:45 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 12:24:45 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.135°N, 94.994°W Depth 65.3 km (40.6 miles) Region OAXACA, MEXICO Distances 8 km (4 miles) E of Palomares, Mexico

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake JUJUY, ARGENTINA - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 18:17:31 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 03:17:31 PM at epicenter Location 22.875°S, 66.102°W Depth 252.6 km (157.0 miles) Region JUJUY, ARGENTINA Distances 147 km (91 miles) NNW (348°) from San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina

Investigative Report of US Drone Strikes

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
Emerging from the shadows: US covert drone strikes in 2012. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism January 3rd, 2013 | by Chris Woods, Jack Serle and Alice K. Ross | http://readersupportednews.org/off-site-news-section/43-43/15412-the-secret-history-of-us-drone-strikes-in-2012 [excerpted] In 2012,the US also chose to loosen the bonds of secrecy on its 10-year-old drone targeted killing programme. A number of senior officials went on the record about aspects of the covert war. But details of those killed – still a highly contentious issue - remain classified. The year also saw a num... more »

Cat Carnes Photos Shawnee, Okla. 'Idle No More!'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Photos by Cat Carnes 'Idle No More' Shawnee, Oklahoma Thank you Cat for sharing with Censored News! History of the Idle No More! movement http://idlenomore1.blogspot.com/p/background-on-idle-no-more.html

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, Sadly

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Ah'm fixin to git me one of them thar assault rifles. Seriously, how did this guy, James Holmes, ever get his hands on an assault rifle? He's the accused shooter who killed 12 and wounded 70 after opening up on a movie theater of people in Aurora, Colorado last July.

Irrational hysteria about Klaus' amnesty

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
At the end of his last New Year address as the Czech president, Václav Klaus offered a "shocker" and declared a partial amnesty that has freed about 1/3 of the prisoners. A wave of hysterical criticism has emerged and it is still strengthening. I conjecture that the passionate critics (a group that unfortunately includes almost all people around me who care one way or another; and among the famous people, only the Archbishop of Prague, ex-boss of National Gallery Knížák, several Klaus' aides, and your humble correspondent have defended the decision) don't have a clue about the backg... more »

U.S. Coast Guard Probes Ottawa-Beijing's Tanker Scheme

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
The U.S. Coast Guard has been ordered to investigate and report on the implications of large scale bitumen supertanker trafficking out of Vancouver. *A legislative amendment proposed by Washington state Sen. Maria Cantwell and signed into law by President Barack Obama a couple of weeks ago gives the U.S. marine safety agency six months to conduct a risk assessment of the planned expansion of oil pipeline capacity to the West Coast.* *While several proposed projects would see oil from the Alberta oil sands brought to the B.C. coast for export primarily to China, the legislation deal... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Canada, This is the End'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
MNN: Canada, This is the End By Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com          CANADA, THIS IS THE END  MNN.  Jan. 5, 2013.  You know everything is ours.  It’s the end of the road.  Corporate Canada, you and your photo op Indians will no longer show off how well you’ve done from the genocide of our people.  It’s over.

The Royal Society of Canada Tells Harper to Unshackle Our Scientists

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
The President of the Royal Society of Canada, Yolande Grise, warns that the relationship between public policy and science is broken within the Harper regime. *Policy and science are in a mutual relationship based on the importance given by government to scientific advice in policy development, and the recognition by scientists that government decisions are made democratically and must take into account evidence beyond that provided by the scientific community.* *For this relationship to work, scientists have a responsibility to act ethically and to communicate their findings to th... more »

Egypt strengthens Islamist role in cabinet, eyes IMF deal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Egypt's president added fellow Islamists to a reshuffled government on Sunday and the new finance minister pledged to finish talks on an IMF loan to stave off a currency crisis that risks provoking more popular unrest. A senior IMF official is due in Cairo on Monday to meet Egyptian leaders over the $4.8 billion loan deal, which was postponed last month to give Egypt more time to tackle political tensions before introducing unpopular austerity measures. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/06/us-egypt-government-idUSBRE90509220130106

Giant Python Hunt: 400 Sign Up In Florida

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
At least 400 people have signed up to hunt giant pythons in Florida, after the serpents became a significant threat to native wildlife in the Florida Everglades. The 2013 Python Challenge, designed to target the feral Burmese constrictors, has lured hunters from across the United States. http://news.sky.com/story/1034138/giant-python-hunt-400-sign-up-in-florida

Does Rape Merit The Death Penalty?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
This is a horrible rape case-- some Saudi air force pilot stationed at San Antonio-Lackland, ground zero for the U.S. military's rape scandal and a horrendous coverup being orchestrated by House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon. Horrendous, yes. But worthy of the death penalty? Not to my mind. I just got back from nearly a month in India and the big story dominating the news there for the entire month was the brutal gang rape and murder of 23-year old Indian medical student. Now *that's* a rape that deserves the death penalty. Virtually all the India women's groups a... more »

"Limits to Economic Growth: Humanity Is Still on the Way to Destroying Itself"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
* * *"Limits to Economic Growth:* * Humanity Is Still on the Way to Destroying Itself"* by Raul Ilargi Meijer "Quote Of The Year. And The Next. I came upon this quote a few weeks ago in an interview that Der Spiegel had with Dennis Meadows, co-author of the Limits to Growth report published by the Club of Rome 40 years ago. Yes, the report that has been much maligned and later largely rehabilitated. But that's not my topic here, and neither is Meadows himself. It's the quote, and it pretty much hasn’t left me alone since I read it. Here's the short version: "...we are going to... more »

Americans' Forever Blowing Bubbles, This Time It's Gassy

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Is America caught in a shale fracking bubble? An article from TruthDig.com claims it is and that it's set up the same way as the last one only with bundled gas leases replacing *subprime *mortgage-based derivatives and peddled to hapless investors by the usual suspects for wildly inflated values. *Although hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) is in the media’s hot seat, the prospect of a drilling bubble coupled with the underreported problem of methane leakage may be the most destructive qualities of natural gas in the United States. * *From commissioning false field reports to floo... more »

the limits of tyrants

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." Thomas Jefferson.

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
It is 2013, and it is time for my first rant of the New Year! First, I want to say to all those naysayers and idiots that are attempting to flood my comment section with their tirades against me for calling the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting a massive criminal operation, that they are barking up the wrong tree. I and others have seen through this scam before and we are no longer fooled... Sandy Hook was a criminal operation for the sole purpose of convincing the already dumbed down American public to surrender their guns, period. It was botched from the word go with all of... more »

Assad Vows To Fight On Against Syria's 'Enemies'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Syria's president has blamed Islamic extremists and "outside forces" for orchestrating the conflict in his country in a rare public address to the nation. The embattled leader, who appeared before cheering crowds at an opera house in the capital Damascus, struck a defiant tone and was frequently interrupted by supporters chanting: "With our soul with our blood we sacrifice ourselves for you O Bashar." With insurgents fighting their way closer to the seat of his power, President Bashar al Assad spoke about the latest developments and "suffering" in Syria. http://news.sky.com/story/... more »

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 16:28:18 UTC Monday, January 07, 2013 at 04:28:18 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 26.169°S, 178.396°E Depth 618.5 km (384.3 miles) Region SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS Distances 500 km (310 miles) NW of Raoul Island, New Zealand

Unless We Act Soon, There's Not Much Reason To Act At All.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
We're in the battle of our lives and we're almost as indifferent to it as our adversary, the science of physics. Bill McKibben, writing at tomdispatch.com, says time is not on our side. *We’re talking about a fight between human beings and physics. And physics is entirely uninterested in human timetables. Physics couldn't care less if precipitous action raises gas prices, or damages the coal industry in swing states. It could care less whether putting a price on carbon slowed the pace of development in China, or made agribusiness less profitable.* ** *Physics doesn’t understand that ... more »

Banksters: "Are You Really That Dumb?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"Are You Really That Dumb?"* by Karl Denninger “The Atlantic asks:* “When we asked Dane Holmes, the head of investor relations at Goldman Sachs, why so few people trust big banks, he told us, “People don’t understand the banks,” because “there is a lack of transparency.” (Holmes later clarified that he was talking about average people, not the sophisticated investors with whom he interacts on an almost hourly basis.) He is certainly right that few students or plumbers or grandparents truly understand what big banks do anymore. Ordinary people have lost faith in financial insti... more »

A tale of two Sandys...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*interesting.* Let's cut to the chase: * **Hurricane Sandy: October 29th, 2012* Still waiting for aid. *Sandy Hook shooting: December 14th, 2012* Obama can't wait to ramp up gun legislation. *Do you see a problem? *

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.1 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 15:24:14 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 06:54:14 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 29.963°N, 57.605°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region SOUTHERN IRAN Distances 61 km (37 miles) SE of Kerman, Iran

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF SOUTHERN PERU - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 14:34:57 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 09:34:57 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.751°S, 72.109°W Depth 87.9 km (54.6 miles) Region NEAR THE COAST OF SOUTHERN PERU Distances 72 km (44 miles) SSW of Punta de Bombon, Peru

Voters Promised A 'Real Choice' On Europe......In Five Years!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Voters should be "in no doubt" they will be offered a "real choice" on Europe at the next election, the Prime Minister has said. David Cameron said any vote would happen within five years but refused to be drawn on whether a poll would include the question whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union. http://news.sky.com/story/1034081/voters-promised-a-real-choice-on-europe

1,000,000 Chinese receive "emergency treatment" for H1N1 flu in just past week in Beijing

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Beijing has registered its first two H1N1-related deaths since 2010, following the death of two Chinese women, 10 days ago. A 65-year-old cancer patient died last Friday, while a 22-year-old migrant worker succumbed to the disease on Dec 27. Beijing Daily quoted Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Deng Ying as saying, influenza cases reported here were at its peak over the past five years, while the H1N1 strain had become the most dominant. He said, there were 1.04 million patients receiving treatment at emergency departments of Beijing's second-level or ab... more »

Welfare recipients take out cash at strip clubs, liquor stores and X-rated shops

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs — where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers, a Post investigation found. A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs inside Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lou... more »

"2013: The Year Of The Zombie Dollar"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"2013: The Year Of The Zombie Dollar"* by Byron King "OK, I admit it. I watch the television series "The Walking Dead." If you’re not familiar with this triumph of modern Kultur, it’s a cable TV show about people battling zombies in a post-apocalyptic world. Basically, The Walking Dead’s premise is that an exotic disease killed off most of the world’s population, but in the process reactivated the basal sections of their brains. Now the not entirely deceased entities prowl the land as zombies. As a counterpoint to these “walking dead” critters, an array of struggling humans batt... more »

Australia firefighters face threat levels not seen for years – ‘It’s in areas now that haven’t seen fire activity for decades’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: A firefighter in the New South Wales Rural Fire Service faces a brushfire, 7 January 2013. SMH] By Stephanie Gardiner 7 January 2013 THE heatwave Sydney has managed to avoid is due to hit on Tuesday, as firefighters prepare for the most dangerous bushfire conditions in years in the city and around the state. […] Some of the hottest areas in the state at the weekend were in the far west and the southern half of the state, including Hay, which set a record at 48 on Saturday, Ivanhoe, which hit 45, and Wilcannia, which hit 47.6 on Sunday. A NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman,... more »

Climate change threatens French wine

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: A vintager harvests Muscat grapes in the southern French town of Rivesaltes. The changing climate may force the French to change their strict system for producing wines. Raymond Roig / AFP / Getty Images] By Marie Doezema 1 January 2013 PARIS, France (Global Post) – From rising shorelines to devastating hurricanes, the visible effects scientists say climate change is wreaking on daily life no longer surprise many people around the world. The French have their own take on just how radically life may change. “In 20 years, the English will be making Grenache from Chateauneu... more »

Narwhal tusk-smuggling ring cracked by U.S. Justice Department

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: A narwhal, a kind of Arctic whale, breaks the water's surface with its unicorn-like horn. On 5 January 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice cracked a smuggling ring that operated for nearly a decade, often shipping narwhal tusks from the Canadian Arctic over the border into Maine in a trailer with a false bottom. Getty Images]By Ned Potter 5 January 2013 (ABC News) – The narwhal, a kind of Arctic whale, has been called “the unicorn of the sea” because of the long, straight, often spiraling tusk that males of the species can grow. It is illegal to import the tusks into th... more »

Flu infections sweep America hospitalizing thousands and leaving 18 children dead of complications, and it's going to get worse

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012. And health officials say the numbers haven't even peaked yet. 'I think we're still accelerating,' Tom Skinner, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman, told reporters. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257597/Flu-infections-sweep-America-hospitalizing-thousands-leaving-18-children-dead-complications-going-worse.html

Bolstered by 16 Russian warships, Assad nixes dialogue with “Western puppets” (One of the few men left with any guts)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
With a buildup of 16 Russian warships carrying thousands of marines on the Syrian coast “to deter the West from deploying ground forces in Syria,” Syrian Bashar Assad could afford to brazen it out in his first public speech in seven months. Speaking at the Damascus opera house, Sunday, Jan. 6, Assad said Syria no longer takes dictation from anyone and called on Syrian citizens to defend the country against “a war fought by only a handful of Syrians and many foreigners.” He rejected dialogue with the opposition which he referred to as “puppets fabricated by the West.” http://www.deb... more »

“This Conspiracy is Spreading all over Syria”. President Bashar Al Assad’s Speech with Translation

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
By Bashar al-Assad Global Research Syria’s president has blamed “outside forces” for orchestrating the conflict in his country in a rare public address to the nation. He said the conflict was not between the state and opposition, but the “nation and its enemies”. *“We are now in a state of war in every sense of the word.* *This conspiracy is spreading all over Syria.* *We meet today and suffering is overwhelming Syrian land. There is no place for joy in any corner of the country in the absence of security and stability* *I look at the eyes of Syria’s children and I don’t see an... more »

Revolutionary atmospheric vortex engine funded by Silicon Valley

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: Illustration of the Atmospheric Vortex Engine, created by Louis Michaud. http://vortexengine.ca] This is by far the best news that Desdemona has ever posted on this blog. After obsessive consideration of the plausible post-fossil fuel energy technologies, Desdemona has believed for some time that this is the only solution that scales to power civilization globally and also has an immediate salutary effect on climate. Contact: Louis Michaud, P.Eng., President, AVEtec Energy Corporation, 1269 Andrew Ct., Sarnia, Ontario N7V 4H4, 519-542-4464 Brian Monrad, VP Finance, 57 Du... more »

Latvia’s Economic Disaster Heralded as a Neoliberal “Success Story”: A Model for Europe and the US?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
By Jeffrey Sommers and Michael Hudson Global Research *A generation ago the Chicago Boys and their financial supporters applauded General Pinochet’s anti-labor Chile as a success story, thanks mainly to its transformation of their Social Security into Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) that almost universally were looted by the employer grupos by the end of the 1970s. In the last decade, the Bush Administration, seeking a Trojan Horse to privatize Social Security in the United States, applauded Chile’s disastrous privatization of pension accounts (turning many over to US f... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
* Not so stupid Republican tricks ~Library Chronicles** * *Such a long long long long time before the dawn ~moosedenied* ~*Welcome to 2013, bitches. Hope you weren't expecting this here soap opera to suddenly come to an end when the clock struck midnight Tuesday morning. Turns out it was just the beginning of the next episode, and it looks like this one's gonna be just as packed with incessant plot twists, intrigue and reality tee vee show drama as the last one. And you know what? I think I'm just fine with that. I've grown accustomed to it. And as frustrating and downright bizarre a... more »

How's That Elections Canada Investigation Going?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
With all the excitement surrounding "Idle No More" and Chief Spence's hunger-strike, the passing of 2012 and the complete failure of Elections Canada to have completed its investigation into the 2011 election law violations slipped my mind. Until today. So, ... um, .... yep. Massive violations of our election laws. Wholesale assault on the integrity of our electoral process. Still no report from our elections watchdog. Sigh. I guess I'll write about "Idle No More" instead. So, Montreal Simon has brought the latest example of Christie Belchforth's mental breakdown to our attentio... more »

The Investor Is King

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
If you wondered why the Harper government has gutted Canada's environmental legislation, Frances Russell provides the answer: The North American Free Trade Agreement was the first of a New World Order of trade agreements designed, to borrow the words of the Trilateral Commission in 1975, to repeal “an excess of democracy in the western world.” It set a precedent never before dreamed of, let alone achieved, in international trade: the right of private investors to sue nations. And not just for millions, but billions, robbing national treasuries of the means to address the social ... more »

Wild Bill: Who Needs Guns?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*we all do (IMO)*

PC Andrew Bramma Killed Driving To 999

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
A police officer who died after his car crashed into a tree while answering an emergency call in North Yorkshire has been named. PC Andrew Bramma, 32, was killed when his patrol car hit a tree in the village of West Tanfield, near Ripon, at 7pm on Saturday, police said. http://news.sky.com/story/1034002/policeman-killed-driving-to-999-call-named

In the reach for general affluence, says Ian Welsh, "The monster facing us, as usual, is us"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
* * *"[W]hile my book has a lot of general principles of the sort which books on prosperity often have . . . that isn’t the most important part. The part that matters isn’t about the technical requirements of prosperity, it’s about why and when people do what is required to achieve prosperity, and when they don’t. And when, having obtained it, they throw it away."* *-- Ian Welsh, in his post* "To know what to do is not enough" *by Ken* When it comes to taking the long view, or the large view, we frequently turn to our friend Ian Welsh, and a few days ago Ian put up a blogpost that... more »

Assad mobbed by supporters/New peace plan

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
Stay tuned because there is going to be more... The speech was given in Damascus Still believe the NATO media lies that Syrians have risen up against Assad? Excerpts from the speech read entirely at link- SANA "At the beginning they wanted it a fake revolution but the Syrian people rebelled against them, then they tried to impose it by money, media and arms secretly and when they failed, they moved to the second phase through dropping the masks of a "peaceful revolution" and unveiled the cover of the weapons they were using secretly to use them openly starting their attempts ... more »

Severe Respiratory Infection Kills At Least 5 Children in the past few hours, Mexico

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
At least five children less than a year old have died in the past few hours and 41 others are suffering severe respiratory infections in a highly marginalized area of the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, officials said Saturday. The state government said in a communique that the deaths occurred in the Emiliano Zapata community of Yajalon municipality, and that health authorities are attending the children suffering from the illness. Authorities said that these respiratory infections, brought on by the intense cold and heavy rains, are characterized by coughs and high fevers, ... more »

Russian Region Declares State Of Emergency Due To Wolf Attacks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Russia's Siberian republic of Yakutia has declared a state of emergency due to attacks on livestock by wolves. Yakutia leader Yegor Borisov's press service said wolf attacks on reindeer and horses are increasing. Hunting parties are being formed and on January 15 a three-month battle against wolves will be declared. Currently, there are more than 3,500 wolves in Yakutia. http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-yakutia-wolf-attacks/24816564.html

Chinese city cuts off water supply after industrial chemicals leak into river

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Residents in a northern Chinese city are without water after the local government cut off the supply because of industrial chemicals that contaminated a river. The Handan city government in Hebei province says it cut off the water Saturday afternoon after an accident in neighbouring Shanxi province caused pollutants to pour into a river. It didn't say how many residents were affected. The population of the city and its rural areas is 9 million. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/technology/Chinese+city+cuts+water+supply+after+industrial+chemicals/7780904/story.html

David Cameron 'entitled' to use threat of veto to win back powers from Europe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
David Cameron has claimed he is "entitled" and "enabled" to block efforts by eurozone countries to pass treaty changes that would create an effective currency union unless his EU partners agree to his own demands for treaty changes that would create a looser UK-EU relationship. Cameron made his threat in an interview on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme on Sunday as speculation mounts on the contents of his landmark Europe speech later this month setting out his plans to demand a looser relationship with the EU. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/jan/06/david-cameron-entitled-thr... more »

New Blogs

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 15 hours ago
Time for a rundown of the latest new(ish) blogs to have crossed the desk this last month. As ever, all are firmly on the left and well worth checking out. 1. Anne Fairweather (Labour) (Twitter) 2. Dream Housing (Unaligned) (Twitter) 3. Grumpy Old Trot (Unaligned) 4. HegemonyOrBust (Unaligned) 5. Labour for Democracy (Labour) 6. Laura McInerney (Unaligned/Education) (Twitter) 7. Lipstick Socialist (Unaligned) (Twitter) 8. Next Generation Labour (Labour) (Twitter) 9. Not Such A Wonderful World (Unaligned) 10. sandrassp (SSP) 11. SharonGooner's Blog (Unaligned) (Twitter) 12. Solidarity Bear... more »

Swine Flu: Two Chinese women die from H1N1 flu in Beijing: state media

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Two Chinese women have died from the H1N1 flu strain in Beijing in the past 10 days, Chinese state media said on Sunday, the first reported deaths from the virus in China's capital since 2010. A 65-year-old cancer patient died on Friday and a 22-year-old migrant worker died on December 27, the Beijing Daily said on its website, citing the city's Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu cases in Beijing are at their highest level in five years and the H1N1 strain has become the most dominant, the centre's director Deng Ying said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/06/us-chi... more »

IMF aide to visit Egypt Monday to discuss $4.8 billion loan request

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A senior International Monetary Fund official is set to meet with Egyptian leaders on Monday to discuss the $4.8 billion loan agreement that was postponed last month at Cairo's behest because of political turmoil in the country. The IMF's Middle East and Central Asia director, Masood Ahmed, will visit Cairo to meet with Egyptian officials to discuss recent economic developments and "possible IMF support for Egypt in facing these challenges," the IMF said in a statement released on Saturday in Washington. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/05/us-imf-egypt-idUSBRE9040A920130105

US Drone attack in Pakistan kills at least 10: intelligence sources

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A U.S. drone strike killed at least 10 people suspected to be Taliban fighters in Pakistan's northern tribal areas on Sunday, intelligence sources said, days after another drone strike killed a top militant leader in the area. Between 10 and 12 people were killed in the attack on three compounds in Babar Pehari, South Waziristan, six intelligence sources said. More militants were believed to be in the compounds when they were hit, officials said, meaning the death toll may rise. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/06/us-pakistan-drones-idUSBRE90502820130106

naomi wolf: director kathryn bigelow is our generation's leni riefenstahl

laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
Naomi Wolf, in *The Guardian*: Zero Dark Thirty is a gorgeously-shot, two-hour ad for keeping intelligence agents who committed crimes against Guantánamo prisoners out of jail. It makes heroes and heroines out of people who committed violent crimes against other people based on their race – something that has historical precedent. Your film claims, in many scenes, that CIA torture was redeemed by the "information" it "secured", information that, according to your script, led to Bin Laden's capture. This narrative is a form of manufacture of innocence to mask a great crime: what you... more »

Michael Vanhise Arrested for offering 'Cannibal Cop' $5,000 to kidnap woman to be raped and murdered

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A New Jersey man offered to pay the ‘cannibal cop’ $5,000 to kidnap a woman so he could rape and kill her, U.S. officials alleged on Friday. Federal authorities arrested Michael Vanhise, 23, at his home Friday morning and charged him with conspiracy to commit kidnapping with Gilberto Valle III, the former New York police officer who was arrested in October and charged with plotting to kidnap, torture, cook and eat dozens of women. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257433/Michael-Vanhise-Man-busted-offering-Cannibal-Cop-5-000-kidnap-woman-raped-murdered.html
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