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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

6 January - Blogs I'm Following

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English: New South Wales Rural Fire Service - Forest Hill Category 1 at the Wagga Wagga Airport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Lower Post, B.C. Canada (Photo credit: Bruce McKay Yellow Snow Photography)

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 minutes 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 - 15 minutes 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 - 21 minutes 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 - 25 minutes 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 - 33 minutes 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 - 39 minutes 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 - 49 minutes 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

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 52 minutes 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 - 57 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 hours ago
*we all do (IMO)*

PC Andrew Bramma Killed Driving To 999

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 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! - 3 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 - 3 hours ago
Stay tuned because there is going to be more... Still believe the NATO media lies that Syrians have risen up against Assad? This is in Damascus

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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

Solar fireworks: Massive explosion on sun's surface extends 20 times the size of Earth - and astronomers call it 'subdued!'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
As people around the world rang in the New Year, the sun marked the occasion with some fireworks of its own. A solar explosion erupted on December 31 that extended around 160,000 miles out from the sun's surface - or roughly 20 times the diameter of Earth. The explosion made for an awesome light show, as it was recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257499/Massive-New-Years-solar-explosion-extends-20-times-size-Earth--astronomers-subdued.html

FBI reveals it spied on 60 minutes correspondent Mike Wallace because it thought he was a communist

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The U.S. Federal Investigation Bureau released records it was keeping on celebrated journalist and late ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent Mike Wallace, who died on April 7, 2012, at the age of 93. The files include a look into whether Wallace was involved in communist activities as well as an investigation of a threatening letter sent to him by an emotionally disturbed World War II veteran titled 'Communist Control of the Press.' Wallace, late '60 Minutes' creator Don Hewitt and three others took a trip to Cuba in the summer of 1970 to document the country, according to the files. http:/... more »

Obama prepares to launch clamp down on guns: President aims for sweeping firearm restrictions that go well beyond assault weapons ban

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The White House is weighing a far-reaching package of legislation that would tighten restrictions on firearm sales and ownership by requiring universal background checks for gun buyers and creating a national database to track the weapons. Gun rights advocates say the measures would crush private sales of firearms and lead to government confiscation of legally-owned guns. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257863/White-House-war-guns-Administration-weighs-far-reaching-firearm-restrictions.html

Robber left fighting for his life after Swedish police shoot him in the head during armed heist

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Swedish police left an armed robber fighting for his life after they shot him in the head during a dramatic lunchtime fire-exchange. The 26-year-old man and three accomplices armed with AK47 assault rifles robbed a small jewellery shop in a shopping centre – located just 200 metres (650 ft) from the police station. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257875/Robber-left-fighting-life-Swedish-police-shoot-HEAD-armed-robbery.html

michael moore: we do not "support the troops"

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
Michael Moore: These young men and women sign up to risk their very lives to protect us -- and this is what they get in return: 1. They get sent off to wars that have NOTHING to do with defending America or saving our lives. They are used as pawns so that the military-industrial complex can make billions of dollars and the rich here can expand their empire. By "supporting the troops," that means I'm supposed to shut up, don't ask questions, do nothing to stop the madness, and sit by and watch thousands of them die? Well, I've done an awful lot to try and end this. But the only way ... more »

Mahdi Hashi: Briton, 23, accused of working with terror group secretly quizzed by CIA for three months in African prison

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A British man controversially stripped of his citizenship last year by the Home Secretary has spent three months being interrogated by US agents in an African prison. Mahdi Hashi, 23, from London, who vanished last summer in Somalia, turned up in a New York courtroom just before Christmas, charged with terrorism offences. His sudden appearance in America five months after his family had reported him missing has prompted claims that he is the victim of international kidnap or ‘rendition’. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257741/Briton-23-accused-working-terror-group-secretl... more »

'Her name was Jyoti. I am proud of her': Father's anguish as he finally reveals identity of the Indian gang rape victim whose death horrified the world

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
The father of the 23-year-old victim of a horrific gang rape in India has given permission for her name to be revealed for the first time today. Badri Singh Pandey said he wants 'the world to know' the name of his daughter Jyoti, who died in a Singapore hospital 13 days after the brutal rape in New Delhi. 'I am proud of her. Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks,' said Mr Singh Pandey. 'They will find strength from my daughter.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257911/We-want-world-know-Identity-India-gang-rape-victim-revealed-f... more »

This is why the EU needs more of your Money

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
- £15million a year given to dozens of cross-border arts projects - £162,000 to celebrate baking skills of grandmothers in five countries - £152k for actors to pose the question: 'Are we happy?' - £160,000 to enable seven bands that have achieved success in their home countries to perform in Britain Conservative MP Mark Reckless, who is campaigning for a cut in the EU budget, said: ‘My constituents will be outraged at this latest example of disgraceful waste at the EU at a time when ordinary people are struggling to make ends meet. It adds insult to financial injury.’... more »

This was Philosophical Comment 2012

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 3 hours ago
So, this being the last day before I'm back at the office after the winter holidays, I sense it's the last chance to provide my traditional summary of the basic statistics of this blog for the year that has just passed (the one from last year is here). First out, an image demonstrating the number of readers over the blog's entire existence that illustrates several things worth highlighting: As you can see, there was a drastic and significant dip in readership from February (which was a top month of the blog up till then with 6 477 readers) to July (1 852 readers). During this time... more »

The GOP Record in Texas May Predict the Future

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 3 hours ago
*by Len Hart, the Existentialist Cowboy* If Texas is the GOP 'lab' experiment as some have said then one may be justified in drawing several conclusions: - In TX, the GOP deliberately neglected education; high school graduations dropped to dead last (nationwide) under Bush/Perry; - As a result, crime rates rose; Dallas became the nation's murder capital; - Only the CORPORATE OWNED prison system benefited from the resulting rise in crime which the GOP had the NERVE to demagogue! The GOP is not a political party; it's a crime syndicate with characteristics o... more »

Cameron: Britain would fight to keep the Falklands

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday Britain was prepared to fight militarily to keep the Falkland Islands if necessary, in the face of renewed Argentinian rhetoric over their future. Cameron said Britain had "strong defences" in place on the islands and fast jets and troops were stationed there. Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner said this week Britain was forcibly stripped of the Falklands in "a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism" and demanded they be handed over to Argentina. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5idwIf0AYHcECb3jB49QEu7M-qLHQ?docId=... more »

Pakistani, Indian Troops Exchange Fire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Pakistan and India are accusing each other for starting a deadly incident Sunday along their disputed border in Kashmir. Pakistan's military says troops from India raided a Pakistani military post on the Kashmir border, killing one Pakistani soldier and critically wounding another. Pakistan says it repelled the attack. Indian officials deny that any troops crossed the border, and accuse Pakistan of starting the skirmish with a mortar attack on an Indian village. India says its troops responded with small arms fire. http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-india/1578505.html

Australia Bushfires: Fears For The Missing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Several people are feared dead and hundreds more have been left homeless as bushfires continue to burn in southern Australia. Specialist rescue teams are moving from home to home searching for the missing in the island state of Tasmania. Thousands of people have been left stranded and around 100 buildings destroyed across the scorched landscape since Friday. http://news.sky.com/story/1034036/australia-bushfires-fears-for-the-missing

Gerard Depardieu Handed Russian Passport

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The French actor Gerard Depardieu has received his passport after being granted Russian citizenship, saying he was leaving France to avoid proposed tax increases. "There was a short meeting and Depardieu was handed his passport," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. http://news.sky.com/story/1034017/gerard-depardieu-receives-russian-passport

David Cameron: we will keep out EU benefit tourists

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The Prime Minister suggested only working immigrants should be allowed into the country, even if it means undermining the EU's key principle of "free movement". He said there are already some restrictions on immigration across the EU, which could be extended when Britain seeks a new settlement with Brussels over the next few years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9783545/David-Cameron-we-will-keep-out-EU-benefit-tourists.html

Adam Lanza DNA to be studied?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Earlier this week, it was revealed that scientists have been asked to study Lanza's DNA to see if has an 'evil' gene that led him to carry out the massacre. The study, which will look at any abnormalities or mutations in his individual DNA, is believed to be the first of its kind ever carried out on a mass murderer.The massacre prompted President Obama to look into new gun controls and banning assault rifles such as AR-15 Bushmaster used by Lanza in his rampage. The study of the killer's DNA was been ordered by Carver - who carried out the post-mortems on all the victims. http:/... more »

Booms & Houses Shaking Reported In Oklahoma, South Carolina & Alaska

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Residents of Red Bank in Lexington County appear to have gotten a loud awakening Thursday morning as multiple reports indicate a loud booming noise in the area. WIS News 10 viewers poured onto our Facebook page this morning to report the sound. "What was the horrific boom in the Redbank area," asked Lisa Russell Fields. "People are saying it sounded like a plane crash or explosion." http://www.wistv.com/story/20496354/source-of-loud-boom-in-red-bank-remains-a-mystery ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Southcentral Alaska authorities didn’t have any immediate cause for a loud booming noise heard T... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Up to 100 people remain unaccounted for as devastating bushfires that have ravaged southern Tasmania continue to burn. Police are conducting painstaking property-to-property searches in the worst hit towns of Dunalley, Boomer Bay and Marion Bay as they fear lives may have been lost. More than 100 buildings have been destroyed by the fires, which continue to burn out of control in several areas of the state but no deaths have yet been confirmed. http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/15769382/tas-fires-may-have-claimed-lives-police/


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A cat carrying a saw and a mobile phone was "detained" as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported on Saturday. Prison guards were surprised when they saw a white cat crossing the main gate of the prison, its body wrapped with tape. A closer look showed the feline also carried drills, an earphone, a memory card, batteries and a phone charger. All 263 detainees in the prison of Arapiraca, a city of 215,000 people in the state of Alagoas, are considered suspect in the plot, which is being investigated by local police. http://au.news.yahoo.com/odd/a/-/od... more »

Assad denounces 'puppet' opponents

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has delivered a rare TV address, denouncing his opponents as "enemies of God and puppets of the West". He lamented the suffering of the people in the civil war, saying a "black cloud" of pain engulfed every corner. Mr Assad also set out a plan involving a national dialogue conference and a referendum on a national charter. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20924452

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SALTA, ARGENTINA - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 11:48:00 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 08:48:00 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 24.287°S, 67.047°W Depth 184.5 km (114.6 miles) Region SALTA, ARGENTINA Distances 74 km (45 miles) W of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 11:08:32 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 08:08:32 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.096°N, 127.482°E Depth 149.9 km (93.1 miles) Region HALMAHERA, INDONESIA Distances 34 km (21 miles) NNE of Ternate, Indonesia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH INDIAN OCEAN - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 10:25:08 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 04:25:08 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.863°N, 89.663°E Depth 13.7 km (8.5 miles) Region NORTH INDIAN OCEAN Distances 750 km (466 miles) WSW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 10:20:41 UTC Monday, January 07, 2013 at 12:20:41 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 17.191°S, 174.157°W Depth 100.8 km (62.6 miles) Region TONGA Distances 144 km (89 miles) SSW of Hihifo, Tonga

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 08:37:30 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 11:37:30 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 55.810°N, 135.090°W Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 127 km (78 miles) WNW of Craig, Alaska

Follow the Gates Money

P. L. Thomas at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
A graphic worth considering from Adam Bessie: Follow the Gates Money

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 08:11:27 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 05:11:27 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.599°N, 142.077°E Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 96 km (59 miles) E of Namie, Japan


Anon at aangirfan - 5 hours ago
*Emilie Parker* We don't think that '*the powers-that-be*' want all their dirty secrets to be revealed. They don't want 'the public' to know that the Sandy Hook event was the work of a Black Ops team. So, how does one explain "all those mistakes", such as the Robbie Parker video? Robbie Parker, whose daughter supposedly died, is seen 'smirking'. Some possible explanations: *1.* Psychopaths like to boast to some of their acquaintances about the cleverness of their crimes; and they feel that they can 'get away with it'. *2.* Some faction within the elite is deliberately leaking in... more »

Fatah - Israel's moderate 'Partners in Peace'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
Fatah is not 'moderate', it is as bad as Hamas. It is based on the principles of terrorism, Jihad, genocide and nationalism. From Fatah's charter: Article (5) Liberating Palestine is a national obligation which necessitates the materialistic and human support of the Arab Nation. Article (8) The Israeli existence in Palestine is a Zionist invasion with a colonial expansive base, and it is a natural ally to colonialism and international imperialism. Article (12) Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence. Articl... more »

China chills hit 28-year low, trapping 1000 ships in ice, Reuters | Climate Realists

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
SHANGHAI: Temperatures in China have plunged to their lowest in almost three decades, cold enough to freeze coastal waters and trap 1,000 ships in ice, official media said at the weekend. Since late November the country has shivered at an average of minus 3.8 degrees celsius, 1.3 degrees colder than the previous average, and the chilliest in 28 years, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday, citing the China meteorological administration. 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 n... more »

Pakistan: Mysterious disease affecting 1.5 Million animals

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Thursday, January 03, 2013 - Following the outbreaks of cholera and measles which have claimed the lives of more than three hundred children and sickened several thousands in the northern Sindh districts, now the outbreak of one unknown mysterious diseases in the same region has killed more than 360 domestic animals including buffaloes, cows and goats. Much to the horror of the animal bearers, the large number of deaths have been reported within a week in Ghotki, and Sukkur. According to the villagers buffaloes and cows feel congested in breathing and die in a short time span. The s... more »

Idle No More Probably Defies Convenient Definition

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
*Idle No More* doesn't speak to a grievance. It doesn't speak to two or three. What it speaks to is defined solely by how broadly and deeply it resonates both within the First Nations community and beyond into the greater society. That's probably what most vexes our autocratic government. Despite their resistance, even the best efforts of the talking points they have distributed for circulation throughout the rightwing (i.e. corporate) media, we are siding with INM if for no other reason that it validates our own distrust, contempt and alienation from our government. We have h... more »

Skydiver Dies After 'Parachute Failure'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A 56-year-old man has died after his parachute apparently failed to open during a skydive. The accident happened at Strathallan Airfield near the town of Auchterarder in Perthshire. http://news.sky.com/story/1033982/skydiver-dies-after-parachute-failure

Cameron Wants Another Seven Years As PM

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
David Cameron has said he hopes to serve another full term as Prime Minister if he is re-elected in 2015. His comments come as the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg prepare to unveil a review of how the coalition has performed and set out its top priorities for the rest of their term. http://news.sky.com/story/1033966/cameron-wants-another-seven-years-as-pm

'Several Shots Fired' At NI Police

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Frontline police officers in Belfast have reportedly come under gunfire as fresh violence erupts over the flying of the Union flag. A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after gunshots were reportedly fired during clashes between loyalist and nationalist protesters. Sky sources revealed that pictures from a PSNI helicopter prompted the detention of the suspect. http://news.sky.com/story/1033841/ni-clashes-several-shots-fired-at-police

Police Officer Dies Driving To 999 Call

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A police officer has died in a road accident while answering an emergency call near Ripon, North Yorkshire Police said. The officer was killed when his patrol car collided with a tree in the village of West Tanfield at 7pm on Saturday http://news.sky.com/story/1034002/police-officer-dies-driving-to-999-call

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 6th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 02:32:33 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 11:32:33 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 35.261°N, 141.124°E Depth 26.6 km (16.5 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 58 km (36 miles) SSE of Hasaki, Japan

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 22:04:37 UTC Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 09:04:37 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 44.101°N, 146.849°E Depth 102.4 km (63.6 miles) Region KURIL ISLANDS Distances 34 km (21 miles) NNE of Shikotan, Russia

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 5th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 21:26:56 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 12:26:56 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 55.312°N, 134.728°W Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles) Region SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 101 km (62 miles) W of Craig, Alaska


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
Is there such a thing as the typical heterosexual female? In 16th Century England, 13 year-old Elisabeth Ramsbotham complained that her 11 year-old husband, John Bridge, had not yet deflowered her. Elizabeth Báthory was not a typical female. She was a child abuser. Mary Kay Fualaau (above) is an American schoolteacher who had sexual intercourse with her 13-year-old student. [image: www.Army.mil] *A child hugging a soldier. * * *Not everyone will see this the same way. *The Lynching of Laura Nelson. * * * Some people get picked on, because of the group they belong to. Laura ... more »

On necessary forensics and foraging for survival

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 9 hours ago

Cobra and Robert Potter on Coast To Coast AM January 8, 2013

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2013/01/08 *Dark Forces* *Date: 01-08-13* *Host: John B. Wells* *Guests: Cobra -, Robert Potter* * * Filling in for George, John B. Wells welcomes the man code-named Cobra, who for 35 years has been in contact with an underground movement, resisting the dark forces attempting to control humanity. UFO contactee Rob Potter also joins the discussion about the nature of the dark forces, the havoc they have wreaked on Earth, and how the resistance movement is on the brink of a major breakthrough. Website(s): babarobgod.blogspot.com gala... more »

Neofeudal Lords and the Dispossessed

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
The global financial elite have been raping and pillaging in earnest for the last twenty years. One would think that the financial crisis might have reigned in their excesses. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. The financial elite are more powerful and more in control than prior to the crisis while impoverishment rises globally among the bottom 90% of the world's populace. I really enjoy economist Michael Hudson's analyses of the banksters' operations. Here is an excerpt from his recent essay titled America's Deceptive Fiscal Cliff The Ideological Crisis Underlying Today’s Tax an... more »

"ScienceBlog" Pre-selling Geoengineering (after the fact)

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
Key points relayed by the ironically named "ScienceBlog" are the legal ramifications of geoengineering and the unavoidable fact that some groups may be adversely affected by the practice. How to regulate geo-engineering efforts to fight climate change With policymakers and political leaders increasingly unable to combat global climate change, more scientists are considering the use of manual manipulation of the environment to slow warming’s damage to the planet. [image: carlson jonathan 150 How to regulate geo engineering efforts to fight climate change]But a University of Iowa law ... more »

I don't give a damn...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*about what you think about "assault" weapons.* *Deadly Assault Weapon*

If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
By Dean Garrison I feel a tremendous responsibility to write this article though I am a little apprehensive. Thinking about the possibility of rising up against our own government is a frightening thing for many of us. I am not Johnny Rambo and I will be the first to admit that I do not want to die. The reason I feel compelled to write this, however, is simply because I don’t think the average American is equipped with the facts. I feel that a lot of American citizens feel like they have no choice but to surrender their guns if the government comes for them. I blame traditional medi... more »

People - wake up...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*now.* Gleefully stolen from *Subvet*

WI - Iron Mining Bill Drafted by Corporations

2old2care at Because I Can - 11 hours ago
'Prove It First' law subject of 'well-funded mining industry attack on a grassroots and tribal movement' - Beth Brogan, staff writer Wisconsin's landmark miningmoratorium, which has protected sacred tribal lands and other areas from strip mining for 15 years, is under attack by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and industry executives who hope to overturn the requirement that, before obtaining a permit, prospective mining companies prove at least one mine in the country has not polluted surface or groundwater. Rebecca Kemble at The Progressive reports: Governor Scott Walker recent... more »

Oregon youth incriminates himself on Facebook, but his isn't the only foolish behavior we encounter

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*You can view the clip here. Just one thing, though: What's all this about the fellow "Bragging About Hit-and-Run on Facebook"? Here's the tweet:* *The "classsic ;" may indicate an inappropriate casualness about the incident, but "bragging"? I do see apologizing, though, which goes unmentioned in the presentation.* *by Ken* And while I'm complaining, what's the deal with the HuffPost head, "Jacob Cox-Brown, Oregon Teen, Posts Facebook Status About Drunk Driving, Gets Arrested"? When on earth does a headline writer begin a head with the full name of someone nobody has ever heard of,... more »

Budget ACTION: Comment to the Whitehouse

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
*Sen. Bernie Sanders: Millions of People Must Say 'No Cuts to Social Security'* this video was brought to my attention on Common Dreams. 4 ½ minutes of your time + the time to make a comment to POTUS *Bernie Sanders: "I am not confident that the President will protect Social Security."* "We need support from the American people." "The vast majority of the American people have to be there." *Sen. Bernie Sanders: We Must Say,* Mr. President, You're Not Going to Cut Social Security. You're Not Going to Cut Medicaid. You're Not Going to Cut Medicare You are Not Going to Cut Vetera... more »

Climatologist Files Suit Against Secret and Illegal Military Weather Modification Using Chemical Aerosols

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Chemtrails Planet [image: Climatologist, Karsten Brandt, PhD] Climatologist, Karsten Brandt, PhD *Karsten Brandt was born in Bonn, Germany in 1973 and currently holds a doctorate in the field of Climatology* After graduating from the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium in Bonn (1992), Brandt founded *www.donnerwetter.de* and is one of the first private weather service sites in Germany. After studying business administration at the University of Hagen (Diploma in Business Administration, 2001) as well as the history, politics and economics (Master’s degree, 2004) In 2007 Brandt earn... more »

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Important Video: Nun's Warning About Fukushima Radiation Hurting Children!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
It is now 2013, and almost 2 years since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Japan that is very much, unlike what the liars in the media try to promote, out of control. The failed reactor cores are still spewing toxic radioactive material into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean, and now we are seeing the effects of exposure to that deadly radiation by people getting very sick in Japan, especially children... I want to present an important video for all of my readers to view for themselves. It is called: "A Nun's Warming: Radiation Hurts Children", and as the title states, it bring... more »

So Many Lies and Secrets About the Bailouts (and Huge Bonuses) That Everyone Was Enriched From But US!

Wall Street Wives So many lies. Where to start? Keep thinking "and we reelected these guys!" Cause the other guys were soooo muuuuuch woooooorrrssssse. It was all a lie - one of the biggest and most elaborate falsehoods ever sold to the American people. We were told that the taxpayer was stepping in - only temporarily, mind you - to prop up the economy and save the world from financial

Alex Jones - Obama Gives Al-Qaeda Missiles To Attack America And West!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
Obama is for gun control but not terror control. He is *arming people in Syria* who look back at 9/11 with a twinkle in their eye. Zionists also share that same feeling about 9/11. Remember the news reports about the Mossad spies who were dancing on the streets of New York when they saw the destruction of the twin towers? The memory of 9/11 lightens up the hearts of terrorists worldwide. Alex Jones - Obama Gives Al-Qaeda Missiles To Attack America And West!

Al Jazeera Exploits Plight of Victims To Help Bolster International Support For FSA Terrorists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
In the video below, Al Jazeera exploits the suffering of the victims in the imperialist and Zionist war against Syria to help bolster international support for the FSA gangs and Al Qaeda terrorists that are taking on the Syrian army and people. Fuck you Al Jazeera.

Catching up with Howie in the far southwest of India (And don't forget: Goo-gle SUCKS!)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Some of the rioting in New Delhi in response to the gang rape of a young woman on a bus. It's from a clip you can view here. (I couldn't embed it because the demolished the rest of this post, thanks to the software our bloghost, Blogger (now owned by Google), forces us to use, the worst software of the last 1000 years. Let's say it all together: Goo-gle SUCKS! Goo-gle SUCKS! Goo-gle SUCKS!* * * *by Ken* As many readers will have noticed, Howie has been in India these last two or three weeks -- first in Delhi, where his friend Roland eventually joined him, then in Cochin in the st... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
http://www.silverdoctors.com/truck-carrying-10-million-in-silver-bars-crashes-in-upstate-ny/#more-19588 *TRUCK CARRYING $10 MILLION IN SILVER BARS CRASHES IN UPSTATE NY* JANUARY 2, 2013 BY THE DOC A truck heading from Rochester to Queens, NY crashed on Interstate 81 Monday, along with its cargo of $10 million in silver bars. The truck and $10 million in silver slid down the Interstate embankment, with the silver strewn across the interstate. In other news, Jamie Dimon spent New Years Eve vacationing in upstate New York. We hope rescue workers were able to recover every last bar... more »

“Technology Addiction” in the Electronic Age: Worldwide Progress or Servitude?

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
Global Research Joel S. Hirschhorn [image: EMR]*Everywhere I look outside my home I see people busy on their high tech devices, while driving, while walking, while shopping, while in groups of friends, while in restaurants, while waiting in doctor offices and hospitals, while sitting in toilets – everywhere. While connected electronically, they are inattentive to and disconnected from physical reality.* People have been steadily manipulated to become technology addicted. Technology is the opiate of the masses. This results is *technology servitude.* I am referring to a loss of ... more »

Washington Worships The God of War

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 hours ago
With or without *Hagel at the helm in the Pentagon*, Washington is going to war with Iran. *USrael is going to attack*. Bet on it. The Great Satan will not disappoint his disciples. Imposing sanctions is an act of war, *as Dr. Paul said*, so America is already waging war on Iran. Israel has murdered Iranian scientists. You think these guys want peace? They want blood. The leaders of the Islamic regime in Iran also want war with the West. The war between Israel and Islam was on when *the CIA secretly installed Khomeini in Iran in 1979*. America, Israel, and Iran are pawns in th... more »

The Black Hole of Ick

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 16 hours ago
Today was supposed to be a quiet day I had done all my running around yesterday. Other than having an installer in this morning for a quote on a bathroom floor, I had no other plans. (The installer was quick to tell me it would be up to me to get the toilet off and fix the squeaks in the floor before the new linoleum went in.) It's been pretty quiet around the house lately with one tenant away and another working midnights. I bumped into one of them this morning who offered to take me downtown to pick up a new toilet for the bathroom I've been slowly puttering away at. At first... more »

Glenn Beck Speaks Logic About Sandy Hook (Kind of)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 16 hours ago
Most of what Glenn Beck says is nonsense. But not in this case. Go to the 1:30 minute mark in the video below. Glenn Beck says: "What happened is a shooting and killing of children. How? A guy using a gun. Why? The gun. What? Your How and Why are the same? No they're not." Beck is right. This is basic detective work. Beck adds near the end, "The culture we have created is bringing up a generation of zombie killers who are practically dead inside." His last point is kind of deep and philosophical, but it would make more sense if Adam Lanza was the actual shooter. But he wasn't. The ... more »

Thanks! Really Appreciate your letter!

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*A young woman contemplates the computer screens aboard the colorful metro cars on the Xinbeitou line out to the hot springs in Beitou. Hence the tub shaped computer center.* Last year I got contacted by a couple heading out to Taiwan. They had been inspired by my Huffpost piece from a couple of years ago. Yesterday they sent me a great letter that totally shows the great cycling potential of Taiwan and the silliness of the government in pushing Sun Moon Lake (bleah!) Hi Michael - I wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time biking in Taiwan, so thanks again for your artic... more »

Taichung 46

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
Gorgeous day yesterday, so I headed for the Taichung 46, a magnificent little loop south and east of Dongshih, right off the 8. Accessible, lovely, and a great workout, I highly recommend this road (map link for map above). Click on READ MORE to see more. The weather soon cleared. Under blue skies, we ran into a couple of local riders at a 7-11 on the way and they decided to come with us. We had a great time riding the loop together. The opening section is quite easy. The road runs into a river valley. Very relaxing. Up you rise through the area's numerous orchards. The govern... more »

Zbigniew Brzezinski : Iran should be key topic at hearings

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 17 hours ago
Found this an interesting read. Zbigniew Brzezinski. Very influential. I find some of the language very interesting..* * *"Stalinist Russia" *Why not Communist Russia or the USSR? Why use Stalinist Russia?** *Did he use language as a reminder?* * **" our Middle Eastern and European friends who advocate U.S. military action against Iran are usually quite reticent regarding their readiness to shed their own blood in a new Middle East conflict"* What 'friends' is ZB referring to? The Zionist lobby? The 'friends' that push the hardest for an attack on Iran are none other then the follow... more »

You have the Right to know

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
*Note: Regular text = D.* *BOLD ITALIC = Heather Tucci-Jarraf, Trustee of The One People's Public Trust* *Red italic = AK* http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.ca/2013/01/you-have-right-to-know.html SATURDAY, 5 JANUARY 2013 You have the Right to know By D. I started writing this around 11pm last night (first moment I had to sit quietly) but after writing around 6 paragraphs, I realized that it was disjointed mumble jumble. The caffeine had obviously worn off. This morning I realized that writing in a timeline was going to be too confusing for most people so I've decided to sta... more »

50 doomiest images of 2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 18 hours ago
In 2011, Desdemona experienced *déjà vu* while collecting doom-laden images, but not so this year. Doom has begun to have a certain characteristic look: the record flooding looks the same, whether it’s in the Philippines or Nigeria; spiderwebs coat the flooded landscape in Pakistan and Australia alike. Mega-fires in Siberia and the U.S. West produce the same rivers of smoke, so gigantic that they’re visible from space. The desolation of razed rainforest is familiar in the Amazon and in Madagascar. The decaying corpses of poached wildlife in Africa evoke the same despair as drying ... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 20:43:17 UTC Saturday, January 05, 2013 at 11:43:17 AM at epicenter Location 55.473°N, 135.318°W Depth 7.7 km (4.8 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 95 km (59 miles) SSW (206°) from Port Alexander, AK

If General Petraeus is the most fascinating person of the year, what was Norman Schwarzkopf?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 19 hours ago
*"The contradictions in his character and career are a reminder that no one, however powerful, is free of human frailty or immune to reversals of fortune. And that for us makes Gen. David Petraeus the most fascinating person of 2012." *[UPDATE: Sorry, our crap blog software seems to have eaten up the video clips.] -- Barbara Walters, announcing her Most Fascinating Person of the Year *by Ken* Huh? *That's* what made General Petraeus "the most fascinating person of the year"? *Seriously?* "No one is free of human frailty or immune to reversals of fortune"? Oh, for goodness' sakes! ... more »
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