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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

8 January - Blogs I'm Following II

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11:36 am MST

Israeli ex-security chief sees risk of Palestinian uprising

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 43 seconds ago
Israel faces the prospect of a new Palestinian uprising because of despair over the gridlock in peacemaking, a former head of the Israeli internal intelligence agency who is standing in the January 22 election said on Tuesday. Yaakov Peri, running for the centrist Yesh Atid party, told Reuters in an interview that the next government must make peace negotiations with the Palestinians its foreign policy priority. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/us-israel-election-palestinians-idUSBRE9070PU20130108

10:31 a.m.

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 3 minutes ago
CKNW's Question of the Day Do you think John Doyle should have been reappointed Auditor General of BC? Yes 84.8% No 15.2% Back

Tunisia frees man held over attack on U.S. consulate in Libya

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 minutes ago
Tunisia has freed, for lack of evidence, a Tunisian man who had been suspected of involvement in an Islamist militant attack in Libya last year in which the U.S. ambassador was killed, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Ali Harzi was one of two Tunisians named in October by the Daily Beast website as having been detained in Turkey over the violence in which Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other American officials were killed. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/us-tunisia-usa-benghazi-idUSBRE9070HY20130108

Teachers in Ohio, Texas flock to free gun training classes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 minutes ago
School teachers in Texas and Ohio are flocking to free firearms classes in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre, some vowing to protect their students with guns even at the risk of losing their jobs. In Ohio, more than 900 teachers, administrators and school employees asked to take part in the Buckeye Firearms Association's newly created, three-day gun training program, the association said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/us-usa-guns-teachers-training-idUSBRE9070MV20130108

Gabrielle Giffords Takes On US Gun Lobby

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 minutes ago
Gabrielle Giffords has announced plans to take on America's powerful gun lobby, on the second anniversary of the Arizona shooting which almost killed her. The former Congresswoman and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly are launching an initiative aimed at curbing gun violence in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The couple wrote in an article published in USA Today that their Americans for Responsible Solutions initiative would help raise money to support greater gun control efforts and seek to "balance the influence of the gun lobby". ... more »

Ivory Poachers Kill Elephant Family In Kenya

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 26 minutes ago
A family of 11 elephants has been killed by poachers in Kenya in what officials describe as the biggest single mass shooting of the animals on record in the country. A gang of about 10 attackers hacked off the elephants' tusks in Tsavo East National Park on Saturday, officials said - the latest sign of a rise of mostly Asian demand for ivory jewellery and ornaments. http://news.sky.com/story/1034987/ivory-poachers-kill-elephant-family-in-kenya

Tuesday Afternoon Linkage Club

PM at Duck of Minerva - 33 minutes ago
In the wide world: Taylor Fravel lets us know about China’s surveillance fleet’s op tempo (learn more about the China Marine Surveillance) and the role of cell phone service in territorial disputes Thane Gustafson talks about Russia’s oil infrastructure Handy capsule history of the international oil market Closer to home: Congress more popular than Communism, Continue reading

Meet Debra Cooper, Blue America's First 2013 Candidate

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 35 minutes ago
The Blue America candidate we're introducing today-- 11am at Crooks and Liars-- is someone Digby, John and I have known for years, a colleague and a comrade in arms (metaphorically; she's not into actual arms, except for hugging)-- Debra Cooper. We didn't have to vet her in the conventional sense. We've been working with her for years as an activist and leader in the equality movement-- for women, for immigrants, for gays, for the disabled, for ordinary American working families. Digby, John, Jacquie and I were all struck by one particular quote from the video above: “I have bee... more »

Geo-Engineering Could Be the Road to War

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 46 minutes ago
The message from the World Economic Forum is loud and clear: we're heading for trouble if we fall back on geo-engineering to save us from global warming. A major drawback to geo-engineering technologies is that there is no "one size fits all" option. One country may need more water. In another corner of the globe other countries may want less water or less sunshine or cooler skies. Geo-engineering is sort of like moving one's food around on the plate. The hash browns still wind up somewhere. In other words, geo-engineering can export crises from one part of the planet to a... more »

Howard Wooldridge : Rocky Mountain High / 3

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Howard "Cowboy" Wooldridge in Washington, D.C.,  with unidentified pro-pot mom. Misty and me: Fighting pot prohibition in Colorado, Part III An analysis of the 2013 state initiatives on cannabis. By Howard Wooldridge / The Rag Blog / January 8, 2013 Howard "Cowboy" Wooldridge, the founder and director of Citizens Opposing Prohibition (COP), is a Texan since 1994 and a former Michigan

Debt Limit Options

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 hour ago
I thought I had written about the platinum coin last time around, but if I did, I can't find it. But basically, I think we all covered this last time around... At some point, Barack Obama will, if Congress does not act, be faced with an impossible choice. He will have clear, conflicting imperatives. Congress will have obligated him to spend money; not spending money that Congress has appropriated is an impeachable offense. The government will also be obligated to make good payments on current debts; he's clearly required to do that, as well. However he also will will be without mone... more »

Terror Suspect 'Escaped In Black Cab'.......He called a taxi and got in it (No great escape just useless authorities)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Missing terror suspect Ibrahim Magag escaped surveillance by simply ringing for a black cab, the Shadow Home Secretary claims. Yvette Cooper told MPs that a tweet from London taxi news service Cabwise suggested Somali-born Magag had evaded detection by picking up a ride less than half-a-mile from Euston station on Boxing Day. In a fierce exchange with Home Secretary Theresa May, Ms Cooper said: "Are you worried that surveillance can be shaken off simply by jumping into a black cab?" http://news.sky.com/story/1035051/terror-suspect-escaped-in-black-cab

India Gang Rape: Two Men To Plead Not Guilty

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Two of the men accused of gang-raping and killing a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in Delhi will plead not guilty to all charges, their lawyer has said. Mukesh Singh and Akshay Thakur are among five suspects charged with abduction, rape and murder over the December 16 attack on the medical student. A sixth accused, who is 17, will be tried in a separate court for juveniles. http://news.sky.com/story/1035005/india-gang-rape-two-men-to-plead-not-guilty

Señor mirando los grandes paisajes que lo rodean

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Misterioso señor mirando el paisaje desde la gran colina] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de paisajes* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF MICHOACAN, MEXICO - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 15:50:10 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 08:50:10 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 15.405°N, 104.986°W Depth 40 km (24.9 miles) Region OFF THE COAST OF MICHOACAN, MEXICO Distances 394 km (244 miles) SSW of Coahuayana, Mexico

Oz Weather Map Scale Changed As Heat Rises

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Record temperatures have forced the Australian government's weather bureau to increase its scale to 54C to reflect the extreme highs forecast for next week. The temperature in parts of central Australia could soar to above 50C next Monday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Head of climate monitoring and prediction David Jones said the new scale, which features a purple and pink colour code for temperatures from 52 to 54C, shows there is potential for records to be smashed. http://news.sky.com/story/1035107/weather-map-scale-changed-amid-australia-heat

Wiktoria Was Killed when her family's car was caught up in a police chase

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
A schoolgirl killed when her family's car was caught up in a police chase has been named as 13-year-old Wiktoria Was. Wiktoria was a back seat passenger in the VW Polo when it was hit by another car that was being pursued by police through southeast London. She was pronounced dead at the scene on Ilderton Road, close to Millwall Football Club on Sunday evening. http://news.sky.com/story/1035075/teenager-killed-in-police-chase-is-named

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 14:46:33 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 05:46:33 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 56.008°N, 135.454°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA Distances 56 km (35 miles) WSW (243°) from Port Alexander, AK

Linda cabaña rodeada de flores en el bosque encantado

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Bonita cabaña junto a las flores del bosque encantado] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de cabañas* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Alex Jones Stalked by NYPD Goons after Piers Morgan Debate

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 hour ago
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The Bad Audit

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 hour ago
Right now, I also know that you can read about it at Dr. Dawg's, Montreal Simon's and the Sixth Estate. An audit by Deloitte & Touche done last summer shows that the First Nation of Attawapiskat does not have all its paperwork for spending on federal housing from 2005-2011. (Also, according to Simon, it seems they often didn't evict people for non-payment of rent in a timely fashion.) Chief Spence was elected in 2010, and was a co-Chief a couple of years before that. So this audit covers fully one year of her term. I also understand she's known about the audit since September. I'm ... more »

For Rhee and Corporate Reform Schools, the Gig Is Up

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
The Face of Corporate Reform Schooling *From Stan Karp: Former Washington, DC Superintendent Michelle Rhee and her organization, Students First, will be the subject of a PBS documentary tonight. Despite misrepresenting her own teaching career, presiding over an extensive cheating scandal, and getting poor results during her tenure as Supt., Rhee has become the media face of corporate education reform. She recently released a “state report card” grading states on the basis of how thoroughly they have adopted proposals for test-based teacher evaluation, charters, and privatization. Sta... more »

Rich People Really Enjoyed 2012 - The 'War On Terror' - By Design - Can Never End

To begin on a slightly lighter note (NOT) we learn from our bestest reporting team at Wonkette: 10:45 am January 7, 2013 Good News, Everyone! Rich People Had A Very Nice 2012! by Kris E. Benson “Last year was a great one for the world’s billionaires,” said John Catsimatidis, the billionaire owner of Red Apple Group Inc., in an e-mail written poolside on

Lindas flores azules como el cielo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 1 hour ago
[image: Lindas flores azules como el cielo] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de flores* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake AEGEAN SEA - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Magnitude 5.7 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 14:16:08 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 04:16:08 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 39.658°N, 25.543°E Depth 10.3 km (6.4 miles) Region AEGEAN SEA Distances 47 km (29 miles) WSW of Bozcaada, Turkey

WSJ: Rules for Lenders Rleaxed: Regulators Agree to Ease Requirements for Meeting Guideline on Liquidity

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
by David Enrich, Geoffrey T. Smith, and Andrew Morse Wall Street Journal Mon Jan 7 2012, p. C1, C3. [Excerpted] Basel, Switzerland-Global banking regulators watered down a key element of their plan for creating a safer financial system, giving ground to banks that argued the rules were unworkable and financially risky... Bowing to two years of intense pressure from the banking industry, the regulators made it easier for banks to meet the rule, known as the 'liquidity coverage ratio,' and delayed its full implementation until 2019. It is the latest instance of regulators chipping a... more »

HEAT VERSUS LIGHT AMONG LIBERAL ELITES!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2013* *Part 2—Charles Blow defines the two tribes:* Is America facing “a new Civil War?” That’s what Andrew O’Hehir said last weekend at Salon (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 1/7/13). Given the sweep of our first Civil War, this sounds like a troubling notion. Strangely, though, O’Hehir says he isn’t even clear what this new Civil War is about. “The new Civil War is not entirely or even principally about race, although there’s no mistaking its pernicious racial component,” he writes. A bit later, he adds this: “While the Civil War of the 1860s really was about slavery ... more »

Hermosa mariposa admirando la belleza de las flores del campo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 2 hours ago
[image: Hermosa mariposa admirando la belleza de las flores del campo] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes de mariposa* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

High Strangeness: The Escalante Entity (Spain, 1914

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 2 hours ago
*Source: looculto.260mb.com and Facebook.com Date: 01/07/2013* *High Strangeness: The Escalante Entity (Spain, 1914)* *By Francisco Renero* One evening in the late summer of 1914, Claudio Rey was walking home from Lastra to Escalante (Santander, Cantabria) late in the evening after having dropped off his girlfriend at her home. Upon reaching the corner of the town’s church, he saw a rather tall man standing in a luminous outfit. The entity wore a sort of metallic tunic, and no features were visible at all. Thinking someone was trying to play a prank on him, Claudio Re... more »

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest opens an emergency triage tent to care for the increased number of people with flu-like symptoms

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
It’s the most miserable time of the year for many people in the area. Flu season is in full effect and this one in particular is shaping up to be more extreme than usual. The State Department of Health reports that four Pennsylvanians have already died of complications from the influenza virus. In response to the early start of flu season, the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest had to open an emergency space to care for the increased number of people with flu-like symptoms. The hospital tells NBC10's Katy Zachry why the tent was erected. "If we can remove them from the main ED an... more »

Allison Wyatt: Cathy Gaubert Claims Her Daughter’s Photo Was Stolen From Flicker And Used As Sandy Hook Shooting Victim (Is this a 2nd Emilie Parker? Are both girls still alive?)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
More interesting developments on the Sandy Hook shooting "conspiracy"… A women named Cathy Gaubert is claiming someone stole her daughter’s “first day of school” picture. The photo was lifted from their Flicker account and published as a victim in the Sandy Hook shooting. The mother took to Instagram posting this interesting message asking readers to put pressure on Facebook users to remove it from their pages. According to the mother there is one page who is ignoring her request. The above picture looks like its from the Daily Mail, although attempts to find a cashed version of ... more »

Anonymous -- A Message to Canadians

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
Published on Jan 6, 2013 Citizens of Canada, We are Anonymous.Your country is in far deeper trouble than the government makes it out to be,then what the media allows you to see. This program will just touch on some of the major issues you as Canadians face.This program will show how Harper deceived thousands.How he has angered many, and has not done

Who Is Watching What You Read?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 2 hours ago
In a previous life, we learnt the power of information on behaviour and buying patterns. Some 30 years ago one of the leading examples was Vons supermarkets in the US. They not only tracked every purchase, but also every purchase against the individual store layout and other associated products. This information enabled them to send their customers paper vouchers not for what they did buy, but also associated products they didn’t buy, or areas of the store they didn’t buy from and when a competitor open up nearby they supplied vouchers for the essentials the individual bought re... more »

Three Days Before Shooting “United Way Extends Our Most Sincere Condolences To Sandy Hook Families” (Silence! How dare you disturb me and my crayon time with such information!?)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
More twists to the Sandy Hook narrative. On December 11 Google indexed the United Way website that offered condolences to the family’s of Sandy Hook. This is a full three days before the actual shooting that took place on December 14 2012. You can view the Google page here and the United Way pagehere . Below is a excerpt from the December 11 united Way page. Don’t we all love a good conspiracy? United Way extends our most sincere condolences and prayers to all those families affected by the devastating events in Newtown/Sandy Hook, Connecticut. While the eyes of the world may be... more »

Sunday Globe Special: British Food Banks

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 2 hours ago
*Better fill up while you can, 'murkn*: "Britain’s austere cutbacks a cautionary tale for US" by Megan Woolhouse | Globe Staff, December 30, 2012 SALISBURY, England — Trussell Trust was founded here more than a decade ago to help starving children in Bulgaria, but in recent years the nonprofit has expanded its mission dramatically in a once-unthinkable direction, opening more than 200 *food banks across the United Kingdom*. This year alone, the centers have distributed free groceries to about 130,000 British families, more than double the number in 2011. “The fact that people nee... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: "We need to be concerned about a financial media and economics profession that believes a recovery is underway when the unemployment rate is so high and the real median income is so low." "Essentially, Americans were told a packet of lies designed to win their gullible acceptance to an economy that produces high returns for Wall Street, shareholders, and corporate executives at the expense of everyone else in the country."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 3 hours ago
------------------------------ *Washington’s Hegemonic Ambitions Are Not in Sync With Its Faltering Economy — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ January 7, 2013 | Original Here In November the largest chunk of new jobs came from retail and wholesale trade. Businesses gearing up for Christmas sales added 65,700 jobs or 45% of November’s 146,000 jobs gain. With December sales a disappointment, these jobs are likely to reverse when the January payroll jobs report comes out in February. Family Dollar Stores CEO Howard Levine told analysts that his company’s customers w... more »

Mountain pine beetle threatening high-altitude, endangered trees

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Whitebark pine stand. A warming climate has allowed mountain pine beetles not only to make it through the winter, but to move higher up mountain slopes to whitebark pine forests. Unlike, lodgepole pines, whitebarks have no defenses against the beetle onslaught. Richard Sniezko / U.S. Forest Service] By Jeremy Hance 2 January 2013 (mongabay.com) – In the western U.S., few trees generally grow in higher altitudes than the whitebark pine (*Pinus albicaulis*). Providing shelter and food for bears, squirrels and birds, the whitebark pine ecosystems also help regulate water flo... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Last Call at the Casablanca

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
Harvard Square’s Club Casablanca closes for good The Brattle Street bistro has scripted its own exit scene — a poignant reminder that time indeed goes by. On Dec. 21, four months after announcing its imminent departure, the Casablanca closed for keeps. Known for its sultry ambiance and wall murals depicting scenes from the film, the restaurant joins a long list of Harvard Square establishments whose recent closings have left many in mourning for what’s gone, if not forgotten. Across the Charles River, another iconic restaurant, Locke-Ober, went dark two months ago. It is especially... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Last Call at Gin Joint

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
Harvard Square’s Club Casablanca closes for good"The Brattle Street bistro has scripted its own exit scene — a poignant reminder that time indeed goes by. On Dec. 21, four months after announcing its imminent departure, the Casablanca closed for keeps. Known for its sultry ambiance and wall murals depicting scenes from the film, the restaurant joins a long list of Harvard Square establishments whose recent closings have left many in mourning for what’s gone, if not forgotten. Across the Charles River, another iconic restaurant, Locke-Ober, went dark two months ago. It is especially... more »

‘Exceptional’ Australia heatwave challenges records – ‘Australia-wide, we are currently well above average by many degrees’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Hobart sun through bushfire smoke at around 5.30pm, 8 January 2013. Adelaide Now] By Peter Hannam, Carbon economy editor 8 January 2013 Australia's “exceptional” heatwave has produced record-breaking temperatures, with at least six of the first seven days of 2013 among the top 20 hottest days in the past century. The extreme January heat has prompted the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a special climate statement, with further updates planned as the scorching temperatures continue. Data for Monday is still to be fully analysed by the weather bureau, but it may be the hot... more »

An avalanche of decline: Snow leopard populations are plummeting

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Snow leopard in the Toronto Zoo. Experts have estimated that there are between 4,000 and 6,000 snow leopards left in the wild, making them one of Asia’s most endangered mammals. This estimate was calculated several years ago, however, and it is believed that the number today is significantly lower. John Vetterli] By Erica Santana 3 January 2013 The trading of big cat pelts is nothing new, but recent demand for snow leopard pelts and taxidermy mounts has added a new commodity to the illegal trade in wildlife products, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency (E... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Drive-In Movie

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*We can leave anytime you want, reader. * "Lacking funds to go digital, drive-ins fading out" by Michael White | Bloomberg News, December 30, 2012 LOS ANGELES — *Drive-in movie theaters* that scraped by during the surge in modern multiplexes are *edging closer to extinction* as Hollywood phases out the 35-millimeter reels they need to show films. * **I believe there is **one** still open just up the road just past the New Hampshire state line. * Most of the remaining 368 US drive-ins, down from more than 4,000 in 1958, must decide whether to pay as much as $70,000 to install digit... more »

Socialism Not Ma

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 3 hours ago

Shifting The Focus

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 hours ago
Deloitte-Touche did as requested, and the reaction was predictable. Tasha Kheiriddin writes: The audit is out, the verdict is damning. As reported by CBC News, an independent assessment of six years of transactions on the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation reserve reveal “no evidence of due diligence.” Auditors Deloitte and Touche concluded that out of 505 transactions, “an average of 81 per cent of files did not have adequate supporting documents and over 60 per cent had no documentation of the reason for payment.” The argument is, "those who can't control their finances deser... more »

Oregonians ALECWatch WebPage Estalbished

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
In a proactive fashion - Oregonians have set up a webpage that will track ALEC legislation in their state. *BRAVO!* You can see it >>>>HERE<<<< Thought I would share - as an idea generator for other activists in other states. All you need if to set up a blog - and have someone who enjoys reading and comparing legislation (which I loathe doing). Good luck to all who replicate this wonderful example. You will be doing a great service for the citizens of your state.

Sunday Globe Special: Stay Off Massachusetts' Highways

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*Maybe you would like to come along for a ride?* "Safety chief has *long list of driving violations*; *Democratic operative given state job* in 2007" by Sean P. Murphy | Globe Staff, November 18, 2012 Her driving record includes seven ­accidents, four speeding violations, two citations for failure to stop for a red light or stop sign, one failure to stay in her lane, one driving without registration or license in possession, and one driving without wearing a seat belt. When she was nabbed for speeding in New Hampshire in 1999, she failed to show up at her hearing, records show. U... more »

Sound a bit familiar?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
------------------------------ New York Times: January 7, 2013 *Questions Left for Mississippi Over Doctor’s Autopsies*** By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON JACKSON, Miss. — For a long time, if a body turned up in Mississippi it had a four-in-five chance of ending up in front of Dr. Steven T. Hayne. Between the late 1980s and the late 2000s, Dr. Hayne had the field of forensic pathology in Mississippi almost to himself, performing thousands of autopsies and delivering his findings around the state as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases. For most of that time, Dr. Hayne performed abou... more »

My Mom's Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 4 hours ago
*Have you entered the LeanMoms giveaway yet?* Something about missing my mom always makes me crave chicken pot pie. Even though we live so much closer to my parents now than we did last year, some days it doesn't seem close enough, and so I make chicken pot pie, to bring a little home to me. This recipe started out much more complicated once upon a time, with homemade crusts and then my mom realized that sometimes simple is just better and it has been this way ever since. You will need: pie crusts, go ahead use one of the refrigerator ones, my husband can never tell the differe... more »

Dry-cleaning byproducts a costly problem in Medford

By: Nathan Lamb Contaminants from a long-gone dry-cleaning business are the prime suspect behind a costly problem in Medford, Mass., according to a local news story. At issue are high levels of tetrachloroethylene at a city parking lot and three nearby businesses. Also known as perchloroethylene (or perc), the chemical is often used in dry cleaning, but it also produces vapors that can cause a variety of short- and long-term health problems. The City of Medford is seeking federal grants to help pay for a $1.8 million remediation project to remove tainted soil from the parking lot. ... more »

Replacing Jesse Jackson, Jr In IL-02

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Just when we thought the off-season was starting, there’s another critical race on the horizon. After getting caught up in some unfortunate dealings, Jesse Jackson Jr resigned his seat in Illinois’s 2nd district before Thanksgiving last year, setting up a crowded special election in Chicagoland—on the south side of the city, in the south suburbs and Will and Kankakee counties. While the district is generally considered a reliably Democratic seat, the choice voters face there is a stark one. Only one poll has been released in the district, and it shows former Congresswoman Debbie ... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Jenny Lewis, 37. Some sad news, and the good stuff: 1. Richard Ben Cramer, RIP. If you haven't read What It Takes...it's just wonderful, and marvelous accomplishment. Here's a C-SPAN spot; here's a Ben Smith profile from two years ago. 2. John Sides knocks down 2012 presidential campaign effects. 3. Nice one from Timothy Noah about influential Veeps. 4. A useful overview of health care the the federal budget, from Amy Fried. 5. And from Seth Masket, who just possibly might have too much time on his hands: Jews for Cheeses.

MS NAACP Releases New Report on ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
The Mississippi NAACP has released an excellent new report on ALEC that is well worth the read – in EVERY state. As we are well aware of what is happening in Mississippi – is or will happen in all ALEC states across the US. I strongly recommend reading the whole report. *ALEC HELPS WRITE MS LAW * Did you know? Corporate Front Group Writes MS Law Below are a few snips from the report that apply to all in the US when it comes to ALEC. AS I noted above – don’t let the fact that it was written in Mississippi stop you from reading the whole thing – it is important. January 7, 2013 – J... more »

Untitled

Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Officials slam Senator Reid's stupid Katrina comments ~Jordan Bloom, Advoca te* *Ninth Ward residents, others blast U.S. Senate Majority Leader* *Lycée charter school parents ask state education chief to investigate school’s board ~Rebecca Catalanello, The Lens* *La. children's mental health program to cease * *Today in Military History: Jan. 8, 1815, The Battle of New Orleans* *198th Eucharistic Celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Prompt Succor * Over the past 198 years, many miracles have been attributed to Our Lady of Prompt Succor (*Notre Dame de Bon Secours*). The mirac... more »

Review of The Geek Manifesto

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 5 hours ago
My review of The Geek Manifesto is up over at The Breakthrough Institute. In it I discuss "predistortion," the UEA emails, David Nutt's sacking and a conversation between Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman in Unforgiven. Here is a short excerpt: The idea that science and scientists deserve special treatment in politics is often what leads to the temptation to exploit that specialness for political gain, which ultimately works against science being afforded special treatment. In this manner, calls for a “geek revolution” can have a hard time avoiding the slippery slope of scientific a... more »

US/New Zealand & the Tsunami Bomb

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
Unusual news. The kind that makes one go "what the hell"!!! *This news story*, really got me thinking or perhaps rethinking Fukushima, Haiti and other coastal disasters. *Tsunami devastated ships and debris are seen in Namie Town which is inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Fukushima * *During its search for the 'ultimate weapon' to end World War II, the United States apparently teamed up with New Zealand to test a 'tsunami bomb,' which could be used to destroy the enemy's coastal cities.* * A total of 3,700 b... more »

Confident, combative Obama risks overreaching

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Just two weeks before his second inauguration, President Barack Obama is acting as if he believes he has a big mandate for his next term. The latest sign: his decision to defy a concerted campaign against his choice for defense secretary. The Democratic president, re-elected in November, unveiled a more combative approach during the end-of-year "fiscal cliff" taxes and spending drama, exploiting disarray in Republican ranks that underscored Washington's legislative dysfunction. Obama also showed a "get-tough" strategy in his determination to pursue gun control after last month's m... more »

Los Alamos National Laboratory Removes Huawei Products ... While Brad Wall Hands Rural Saskatchewan Cell Coverage To Huawei

leftdog at Buckdog - 5 hours ago
*(Reuters) - A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components because of national security concerns, a document shows. * * **A letter from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, dated November 5, 2012, states that the research facility had installed devices made by H3C Technologies Co, based in Hangzhou, China, according to a copy seen by Reuters. H3C began as a joint venture between China's Huawei Technologies Co and 3Com Corp, a U.S. tech firm, and was on... more »

Commercially Corrupted Medicine Leading Cause of Death in USA – Washington Post

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 5 hours ago
Commercially Corrupted Medicine Leading Cause of Death in USA – Washington Post Child Health Safety, 7 January 2013 *You could say these marketing tactics are merely concerning. But I think of them as satanic. What the data are telling us is that these drugs are ruining people’s lives,” said Phillip Prior, MD* Commercially corrupted medicine is the leading cause of death in the US—and it is bankrupting the US budget. The Washington Post is addressing both issues in a powerful hard hitting investigative series by Peter Whoriskey titled: *Can Medical Research be Trusted?* The f... more »

Nonsensical hype on negative temperatures

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
Fox News and tons of other sources proudly announced that physicists in Munich have finally realized temperatures colder than the absolute zero, –273.15 °C. Their article has ignited a storm in the Jan 4th issue of Science. *When you combine objects with people or worlds that are upside down, like in this 2012 Canadian-French romantic movie "Upside Down" about the love between Adam and Eve from two co-existing worlds, things may get confusing or, more often, downright inconsistent. One has to be careful. ;-)* Needless to say, I completely agree with David Berenstein: Bad science ... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SUMBA REGION, INDONESIA - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 11:26:49 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 07:26:49 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 10.428°S, 120.163°E Depth 38.7 km (24.0 miles) Region SUMBA REGION, INDONESIA Distances 27 km (16 miles) SSW of Nggongi, Indonesia

Cut to the chase

The Arthurian at The Rules of Exposition - 6 hours ago
I've gotten better at trimming loose ends from the end of my posts. Usually, I read thru what I've written until it gets confusing, and then cut off the confusing part. It seems to work pretty well. But I also have trouble getting to the point. I sorta have to get warmed up first. I write about related irrelevant things like trimming loose ends from the end of my posts, when really what I want to say is: Find the thing that you really want to say, and just keep that part.

ELM GUEST HOUSE

Anon at aangirfan - 6 hours ago
*Elm Guest House, Rocks Lane, London.* * *In both the USA and Europe, it has been reported that the security services have used government-run children's homes as brothels. At a house in London, boys in care were were reportedly groomed for sex at parties attended by top people. *Police revisit the grim mystery of Elm Guest House* *- The Independent* Elm Guest House "became a convenient place for rent boys to take their clients." Elm Guest House's German-born manager was Carole Kasir. Reportedly Elm Guest House became a place for "the grooming of young boys in care for sex, elabor... more »

Idle No More

Poverty can strip you of pride and hope. Infirmity can deprive you of basic dignity. Heartbreak can empty out your soul. Loss can can leave you broken. These are the way stations of life. The stopping points that absolutely demand our attention. If we fail to notice, or to give our full presence, we can be gripped by the emotions, the dull ache of these things and they can become our lives, our children's lives and theirs. Or we can stop grinding it out and listen. Your spirit is speaking. The world whispers. The wind softly breathes and all life speaks in quiet tones. Quiet an... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Establishment of New Protocols has been Completed

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
*Establishment of New Protocols has been Completed* by ÉirePort Establishment of new protocols for transmission of Higher D Energies into the New Gaia has been completed. Further adjustments will be made as Gaia projects forward via the finalized timeline. Some will call this period that of "homeward bound". That is correct. The home has been prepared appropriately by the New Gaia, and each of her Hue-man inhabitants. Short period of adjustment will be necessary for those unaware of their presence on this timeline. All has been accounted for during transition. Fellow tr... more »

Are British Telecom that incompetent?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
1. Report a home phone line fault to BT - line too crackly to use 2. Give BT your mobile number to reach you on 3. Wonder at a BT automated service calling you on the home line, all you can make out is that it is BT but not the message, not the mobile number 4. Move telephone line service to another provider?

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake KYRGYZSTAN - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 10:47:41 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 04:47:41 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 39.491°N, 71.740°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region KYRGYZSTAN Distances 33 km (20 miles) NNE of Karakenja, Tajikistan

JOGGING NEWS - new speed record for four miles

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 6 hours ago
that's not me in the pic, obviouslyI know how fast I normally jog, in shorts and t-shirt; it's about one mile every ten minutes, even if I sorta push myself. Well, something caught my eye on the online catalogue of Summertown library. And you know me, "Any excuse for a bit of a jog." I set off in my running shoes, Chinos and lightweight raincoat round my waist the four miles via the canals from Botley to Summertown. THIRTY FIVE MINUTES! that's less than one mile every *nine minutes*.

Neurons Of Space - As Above - So Below

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
*Video: Neurons Of Space - As Above - So Below* http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=265544 Posted By: Lion Date: Sunday, 6-Jan-2013 20:03:46 ---------------------- I have been witness to this anomaly many times, and have long suspected the virtual patterns of the universe are modeled AFTER the neuronal patterns of the human brain. Not in static form, but ever changing patterns and a constant cycling and re-routing of energies to (S)source, and back again. I contend the energy of the universe is modeled AFTER the human neuronal codes, because it is a unique ab... more »

Montauk Mind Control, Privately Run By Nazis, Funded and Controlled by Religious Secret Societies

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
Last last night a former "3 letter" agency patriot contacted me with a video of the most unusual sort. This video covers several topics, I've excerpted the portion on MONTAUK MIND CONTROL. Montauk is on Long Island, New York. Its also an area were unusual animals are known to wash up on shore, the Daniel papers on this blog go into the unusual creatures that inhabit TIME-SPACE and relates an incident where one came through a time portal and trashed the facility severely. I was aware of the subject Montauk mind control, and have heard Al Bielek on Project Camelot, but ... more »

Library of Congress digs into 170 billion tweets

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
An effort by the Library of Congress to archive Twitter posts has amassed more than 170 billion tweets, which the library is now seeking to make available to researchers and other interested parties. Created in 1800, the Library of Congress serves as the unofficial library of the United States, as well as being Congress' official research library. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/07/tech/social-media/library-congress-twitter/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Brothers

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago

Seven die in Peru helicopter explosion

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Seven people, including at least two Americans, were killed when a helicopter crashed and exploded in central Peru, authorities said. The crash happened Monday afternoon after the chopper took off from the Pucallpa Airport, according to the Peruvian Corporation of Airports and Commercial Aviation. Minutes after takeoff, communication with the pilot was lost, and a heavy smoke column could be seen in the distance from the control tower. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/08/world/americas/peru-helicopter-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

CHEPSTOWE FIRE CLAIMS HOMES, INJURES TWO

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Two people have been injured and two homes have been destroyed by a fire at Chepstowe west of Ballarat in central Victoria. The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has issued an emergency warning for the area, as the grass fire burns out of control. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15780971/chepstowe-fire-claims-homes-injures-two/

TASMANIA STAYS ON BUSHFIRE ALERT

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Tasmania remains on alert with 40 bushfires burning around the state and five blazes still considered a major threat. A fire at Montumana northwest of Burnie was still cause for an emergency warning from authorities on Tuesday evening, while massive blazes on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley continued to burn out of control. Two more fires, at Mathinna in the northeast, and Holwell, south of Beaconsfield, reached emergency-warning level on Tuesday but were downgraded. http://au.news.yahoo.com/local/tas/a/-/local/15780441/tasmania-stays-on-bushfire-alert/

AUSTRALIA FIRES 2013: VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER RICK HINDS IN FIGHT OF HIS LIFE

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The wife of a firefighter, who was badly injured in a blaze yesterday, has spoken exclusively to 7News about the terrifying incident which nearly claimed her husband's life. Father-of-three, Rick Hinds, was fighting his first fire since becoming a volunteer, when the flames turned on him. Rick was flown to Sydney's Concord hospital for treatment yesterday, and regained consciousness this morning. http://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/latest/a/-/newshome/15786896/volunteer-firie-in-fight-of-his-life/

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF TAIWAN - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 09:08:32 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 05:08:32 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 22.883°N, 123.064°E Depth 19.1 km (11.9 miles) Region SOUTHEAST OF TAIWAN Distances 175 km (108 miles) S of Yonakuni, Japan

Is this start of India's 'Arab Spring'?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The recent school shooting in Connecticut looked like a tipping point in U.S. public consciousness. Americans have been asking themselves some tough questions: why does this happen so often and so much more in America than in other countries? What does gun violence say about us as Americans and what measures can we put in place to stop it? A similar bout of public soul-searching was on display in India recently. Across the country, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to express outrage over the rape and death of one unnamed woman. The latest on the case The national att... more »

Report ties Syrian rebels to al Qaeda

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A jihadist group with links to al Qaeda has become the most effective of the different factions fighting the in regime, according to a new analysis, and now has some 5,000 fighters. The group is Jabhat al-Nusra, which was designated an al Qaeda affiliate by the United States government last month. It is led by veterans of the Iraqi insurgency "and has shown itself to be the principal force against Assad and the Shabiha," according to the study. CNN obtained an advance copy of the analysis, set to be released Tuesday by the Quilliam Foundation, a counterterrorism policy institute bas... more »

NASA space telescope shows there may be 17 BILLION Earth-like planets in outer space

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Enough planets exist in the Milky Way to ensure that there is at least one for each of the hundred million stars in the galaxy, NASA has revealed. Analysis of data from the Kepler space telescope shows that 17 billion planets in the galaxy are Earth-like in size. The findings are making scientists increasingly confident of finding a rocky planet the same size as Earth, with a similar orbit and situated in the 'habitable zone' of a solar system. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2258842/NASA-space-telescope-shows-17-billion-Earth-like-planets-Milky-Way.html

AUSTRALIA: HOMES DESTROYED BY RAGING GRASS FIRES

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
At least two homes have been destroyed by an out-of-control grass fire and many more are under threat in Chepstowe, near Ballarat. More than 120 firefighters have been sent to the area to help local crews tackle the 1000 hectare blaze. The CFA says the fire could put lives and more homes at risk, and people should put their bushfire survival plans into action. http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/15786744/homes-destroyed-by-raging-grass-fires/

Michael Nodianos apologises as he describes how his life has been ruined after being caught on Video laughing at horrific ordeal of Ohio teen 'raped by high school football team'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The attorney for 18-year-old Michael Nodianos right, who was featured laughing and joking over the fate of the alleged Ohio rape victim in a leaked YouTube video, has described his client's behaviour as, 'disappointing, insensitive and unfortunate.' Nodianos has been forced to drop out of Ohio State university after he and his family received a slew of death threats amid growing outrage over the case in Steubenville, Ohio. Attorney Dennis McNamara said: 'After some sober reflection he is ashamed and embarrassed himself. He's sorry to victims and his family.' http://www.dailymail.co... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 08:29:42 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 06:29:42 PM at epicenter Location 4.295°S, 141.985°E Depth 119.2 km (74.1 miles) Region NEW GUINEA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 197 km (122 miles) SSE (157°) from Vanimo, New Guinea, PNG

European shares, euro dip ahead of data rush

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
European shares and the euro dipped on Tuesday after an unexpected slump in German exports set a negative tone ahead of other data that will fill out the picture of the region's economic health. Euro zone sentiment, employment and retail sales are due at 1000 GMT and economists have forecast a slight improvement. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/us-markets-global-idUSBRE88901C20130108

China holds man in secret under new law despite reform talk

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A Chinese man who agitated for an investigation into the suspicious death of an activist has been detained at an unknown location, his lawyer said on Monday, describing him as possibly the first to be held under a controversial new law that allows secret detention. Authorities in Shaoyang city in central Hunan province told family members of Zhu Chengzhi, 62, last Friday that he would be put under "residential surveillance" under "Article 73", Zhu's wife, Zeng Qiulian, told Reuters by telephone on Monday. Article 73 legalizes detaining people in secret. http://www.reuters.com/articl... more »

Afghan man in army uniform kills NATO soldier in Helmand

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot dead one soldier from the NATO-led force in Helmand in the country's south, where mostly British and U.S. troops are based, officials said on Tuesday. At least 63 NATO-led personnel were killed in 47 insider attacks across Afghanistan last year, far more than previous years, eroding trust between Afghan soldiers and their foreign counterparts as the coalition plans to withdraw most of its troops by the end of 2014. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/us-afghanistan-shooting-idUSBRE90706220130108

Fast-moving fire takes properties in central Victoria as NSW battles 135 blazes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
DOZENS of homes remained under threat late today as NSW firefighters battled 135 blazes in 40-plus temperatures and often "catastrophic" conditions, and a fast-moving fire in central Victoria has destroyed at least two properties. Fuelled by soaring temperatures and powerful winds, the worst fires were in the south of NSW near Cooma, Nowra, Bega and Wagga Wagga. In Victoria, at least two properties have been burnt out by a bushfire in the area of Chepstowe. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/fast-moving-fire-takes-properties-in-central-victoria-as-nsw-battles-135-blazes/story-e6f... more »

Chuck Hagel will initiate America's inevitable military decline

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
There has been a huge, vicious, and well co-ordinated campaign against the appointment of Chuck Hagel, the decorated Republican Vietnam hero, being appointed as Barack Obama's Secretary of Defense. Ostensibly, this has been based on his relatively dovish views on the Iraq War, defending Israel, and attacking Iran. But according to David Brooks in today's New York Times, all these policy considerations are "secondary". The truth, Brooks says, is that Obama wants political cover for beginning the decades-long process of reducing America's expenditure on the military. The cost of heal... more »

Washington: 9 Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant workers checked for radioactive exposure

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Nine workers at the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant are being checked as a precaution to determine whether they may have breathed in radioactive material. Last week, radiation release alarms sounded as workers were completing the removal of contaminated material from within a glovebox. No contamination was found on the skin or personal clothing of those workers, who were using respirators. However, nasal smears indicated radioactive material might have been breathed in by some of the workers who helped the glovebox workers remove the protective clothing worn over their personal c... more »

Mexican officials: Wild dogs mauled, killed four in park

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Wild dogs killed and mauled four people whose bodies were found over the past two weeks in a park on the edge of Mexico City, authorities confirmed Monday. In one case, a teenage girl frantically called her sister with her cellphone to plead for help as the attack took place. Neighbors of the Cerro de la Estrella, a partly wooded, hilltop park surrounded by the city's poor and populous Iztapalapa district, found the bodies of a 26-year-old woman and a 1-year-old child in the area on Dec. 29, authorities in Mexico's capital said. One of the victims, Shunashi Mendoza, was missing her ... more »

Rodney Alcala Sentenced In 1970s Murders

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A California serial killer has been sentenced in New York to an additional 25 years to life after pleading guilty to murdering two young women in the 1970s. Rodney Alcala said last month he wanted to plead guilty to the two New York murder counts so he could get back to California - where he was sentenced to death for convictions on five other killings - to pursue an appeal there. http://news.sky.com/story/1034781/dating-game-killer-sentenced-in-1970s-murders

Australia Bush Fires: CATASTROPHIC FIRE ALERTS AS HEATWAVE HITS

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
More than 130 fires are burning across New South Wales as dangerous fire conditions remain prevalent across much of southern Australia. A total state-wide fire ban is in effect across NSW, with a catastrophic rating in place for the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Southern Ranges and Riverina. Many other areas are experiencing extreme danger levels. The mercury skyrocketed above 40 degrees this afternoon, accompanied by strong winds and humidity in the single digits but relief is on the way. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15780785/live-catastrophic-fire-alerts-as-heatwave-hits/

OUTBACK TOWN SWELTERS THROUGH WEEK OF 45C

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Residents in the outback town of Oodnadatta are preparing for their seventh consecutive day above 45 degrees Celsius. The temperature at the town in South Australia's far north is forecast to reach 47C today after reaching 46C on Saturday and 47C on Sunday and Monday. It will be the 10th day in a row above 40C. The last time the town experienced a maximum below 35C was December 10. http://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/latest/a/-/newshome/15781577/outback-town-swelters-through-week-of-45c/

EMERGENCY WARNINGS FOR MANY AUSTRALIAN TOWNS

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Shortly before 10.30am (AEDT), RFS spokesman Ben Shepherd told reporters the fire burning out of control around 12km east of Cooma had jumped the Numeralla Bridge. It's now headed towards around 20 properties in the Kybeyan valley. Those in the Kybeyan Valley should shelter where they are as it's now too late to leave. Mr Shepherd said residents in the valley should leave now and head to Nimmitabel, a small town in the Monaro region. http://au.news.yahoo.com/full-coverage/australian-bushfires/a/-/article/15780732/nsw-faces-worst-ever-fire-danger-day/

AUSTRALIA: RESORT EVACUATED AS FIRES BURN IN RED CENTRE

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Emergency services are struggling to assess the scale of damage caused by a bushfire which has engulfed a Central Australian tourist resort. Aerial spotters reported seeing flames surrounding the Kings Canyon Resort as a one-kilometre wide fire front raced through the Watarrka National Park. A group of 11 rangers were forced to flee the blaze and have made it safely on to burnt out ground behind the firefront. http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15783095/resort-evacuated-as-red-centre-fire-threatens/

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 07:51:31 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 04:51:31 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 40.208°N, 142.203°E Depth 38.6 km (24.0 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 67 km (41 miles) ESE of Hachinohe, Japan

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 06:15:06 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 08:15:06 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.682°N, 37.986°E Depth 10.1 km (6.3 miles) Region CENTRAL TURKEY Distances 11 km (6 miles) E of Besni, Turkey

Complaining to the BBC Trust

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
I have finally got my emailed complaint to the BBC Trust re Jeremy Bowen's discriminatory choice of day to hold a Twitter Q&A on, namely Rosh Hashonah. Here's the text of my email: I have been referred to you by Stephanie Harris, Head of Editorial Compliance & Accountability, BBC News, as I was not satisfied with her explanation re this matter. The bare facts are these: The BBC's Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, held a Twitter Q&A on Monday 17 September. This day was the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashonah, one of the 'high holy days' when all religious, and most even only slightly reli... more »

1940s Japanese Map of Taiwan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 10 hours ago
1940s Japanese map of Taiwan. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 06:05:09 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 08:05:09 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.810°N, 37.952°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region CENTRAL TURKEY Distances 3 km (1 miles) ENE of Tut, Turkey

Spain - a one-eyed picture from the BBC ?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 10 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/hEBcJUQ92rg The BBC is well-known for its high-quality documentaries. Their latest on Spain is one. However: what exactly is the message of this docu? I am in doubt. What I do observe today is some results from the 90 degrees turn the Spanish government under president Mariano Rajoy (PP) imposed on society. Less of everything it appears: food (which was usually 30% thrown away anyway), unemployment (I observe more people working who were for years without work), 'corruption' (several stark cases were/are rolled up), banks (biter bit) and false promises from po... more »

American Hero Alex Jones Told Unspeakable Truths On CNN

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
Alex Jones was a tour de force on CNN on Monday night. America needs to hear the truth loud and clear, and Alex delivered it. Some people are put off that Alex acted like a wild man, but America and the world needs a bit of wildness at this moment in time. The situation is critical. Private banks are looting the West without facing accountability, unjust austerity measures and social chaos is around the corner, and a new world war is being manifested through false flags that began with 9/11. Another covert false flag operation that was used to divide the West and Islam was the *orch... more »

Airship Test Flight Planned

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
It presently weighs eighteen tons and will carry sixty tons. It is certainly a good start. What it really becomes is a learning platform for the integration of modern materials into effective airship design. While we are at it, it would also be a good idea to discover if we can also operate safely with hydrogen again. If hydrogen could be held in chemically neutral bladders and designed to fail upward for safe release we may have something. On the very large craft, it may be practical to place helium filled bladders around the perimeter while all the interior bladders hold ... more »

Was There a Church in Mecca?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
Quite likely of course. Christianity became the Roman state religion and expansion was inevitable on the edges of the empire. Natural support would be available. That it was then suppressed is also a certainty after Mohammed. In the long term the Roman agenda of using Christianity (unwitting or otherwise) to pacify the barbarian marches succeeded brilliantly. It was not in time to resolve the short term pressures it faced or Arab barbarians turning the idea to barbarian account. If you were an alien from outer space though, or with a Chinese sense of perspective, one c... more »

France's Financial Transaction Tax Experimen

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
They cannot even get this right. There is merit in taxing financial activity, or more accurately, there is merit in taxing fees paid to facilitate a transaction including interest. We call it VAT. Such cost is negligible over the amortized life of the capital and is naturally low. It is simple. You pay ten dollars in interest, you tag on fifty cents to a dollar in tax and this can be offset by tax paid on interest paid. In this way most tax is paid at retail as has to happen to avoid a loading that distorts the financial sector. Taxation is already onto the usual dodges... more »

Breakthrough Russian Paper on DNA and Paranormal

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is a very important piece and goes a long way to providing a scientific paradigm for a wide range of phenomena. I have entered a fair number of comments in the text as well and it all calls for a slow read. I am not overly comfortable with the last conjecture as a fit all explanation for the UFO phenomena, but it certainly provides us a plausible explanation for a subclass of that. I also suspect that slime molds are pretty handy for another such subclass. None of these can however be used on the more robust manifestations. Otherwise I can support everything said he... more »

5 Steps for Avoiding and Detoxing the Bt-Toxin Found in GMO Crops by Elizabeth Renter

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 10 hours ago
Source: https://www.facebook.com/GMOBoycott5 Steps for Avoiding and Detoxing the Bt-Toxin Found in GMO Crops by Elizabeth Renter Natural Society, 7 January 2013 “It will make agriculture more efficient,” *they* claim. “It won’t hurt anyone but the bugs,” *they* say. But despite all of their promises, Big Agriculture has a vested interest in “selling” us the benefits of their frankenfoods. After all, this is how they make their millions and billions. Regardless of what they tell us, however, the vast majority of people are waking up to the game and recognizing the current big ... more »

Today's must read on gun control: Bracken: Dear Mr. Security Agent

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*because it's important.* [image: to protect and serve] For widespread distribution, more cutting-edge commentary from Matt Bracken, former SEAL and author of the *Enemies Foreign and Domestic*trilogy, along with his most recent novel, *Castigo Cay*: *Dear Mr. Security Agent, * Federal, state, or local. You, the man or woman with the badge, the sworn LEO or FLEA and those who inhabit the many law enforcement niches in between and on all sides. This essay is directed to you, because in the end, how this turmoil about gun control turns out will depend largely upon your decisions a... more »

Aramaic Prayer / Hymn - King of Kings

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago

SANDY HOOK; DAVE McGOWAN; ELM GUEST HOUSE

Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
*Eric Holder, David Fein, Dannel P. Malloy, John DeStefano* Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder and Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy met on 27 *November* 2012. *Eric Holder And Connecticut Governor Met Two Weeks Before Sandy Hook* *Logan Dryer* Karen Dryer took her son Logan Dryer, 5, out of kindergarten at Sandy Hook Elementary School just two weeks before the deadly massacre... "Logan started kindergarten in September 2012. *"He was perfectly fine in September and October, and then in November he started acting strange. * "I got an email from his teacher saying h... more »

Eureka! Labour relations in Alberta explained by, of all things, NHL hockey!

David Climenhaga at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
An Alberta Labour Relations Board official suddenly realizes how the world works, and immediately rules in favour of the employer. Application of the law in Alberta may be pretty much exactly as illustrated. All but forgotten amidst the rejoicing about the tentative end of the National Hockey League lockout reached during the Feast of the ... more »

Alex Jones vs Piers Morgan on CNN - petition to deport Piers Morgan - Redcoat debate

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 11 hours ago
Hardcore Texan mouthpiece Alex Jones is difficult to interrupt but Piers Morgan allowed him into New York, into CNN's lair, so let's see the result. "Ya finished?" asks Morgan. Nope, he wasn't finished. And he's furious! The really sad thing about this 'debate' is (of course) BOTH SIDES ARE RIGHT. Alex doesn't have his 'well trained militia' it's just THUGS or NUTTERS in control of dangerous weapons. And Piers is right, "It's easier to kill with readily available guns." I did have a hearty chuckle when President Jones dropped into PROFESSORIAL ENGLISH parlance to lay down some f... more »

Friday Baseball Post

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
Yeah, I know, it's not Friday. But before the HOF results are announced, I did have one other process point to make, and I didn't get to it when I was supposed to over the weekend... Rob Neyer has a good column out, by the way, on the current ballot. But while he says that the current voting process is probably fine, I think there's one reform I'd like to see. It's about the notion of "first ballot" HOFers. We know about it: some writers believe that they can come close to the sensible notion that there are regular and "inner circle" HOFers by only voting for the best-of-the-best t... more »

Sunday Globe Specials: Great Scott Takes Over as GM of MBTA

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 12 hours ago
*See*: Atlanta transit head hired to lead MBTA "MBTA’s pick for chief had faced scrutiny; MassDOT unaware of audit, evaluation at Atlanta agency" by Sean P. Murphy | Globe Staff, November 11, 2012 The newly selected director of the MBTA was *required to undergo counseling*with a *business psychology consulting firm* while she was running the mass transit system in Atlanta, a fact that state officials say they were *not aware of* when they hired her. Beverly Scott’s relationship with her board of directors in Atlanta had grown so strained that the board in 2010 paid $144,000 to a ... more »

Mystery as American drone is found floating off the coast of the Philippines... 1,000 miles away from the nearest U.S. base

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A Filipino naval officer said officials did not know how the UAV ended up near the island, more than 200 miles from the capital Manila. The drones are frequently used by the U.S. military as targets during training exercises and weapons testing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258572/Mystery-American-drone-floating-coast-Philippines--1-000-miles-away-nearest-U-S-base.html

Sunday Globe Special: Boston's Buses Are Racist

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
*And we are not talking school buses....* "Black commuters face longer trips to work; Disparity particularly bad on buses, averaging 80 minutes more per week" by Eric Moskowitz | Globe Staff, November 25, 2012 In other words, affordable housing is scarce and often far from desirable subway and rail stations. Those who can afford to drive largely do so, because it is faster. And a transit system built up over a century to funnel commuters toward downtown Boston does a poorer job connecting to the service and physical-labor jobs not concentrated downtown — meaning longer, slower bu... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Cock-a-Doodle-Pooh

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
*I'm **pecking** my battles.... * "Boom in backyard chicken flocks produces rooster glut" by Annys Shin | Washington Post, December 16, 2012 WASHINGTON — The question of what to do with Hanz — and other roosters like him — is an unforeseen byproduct of the growth of backyard chicken flocks, which proponents promote as a more-nutritious and humane source of eggs. Recently, efforts to amend laws that prohibit chickens in densely populated areas have gained momentum. But that has meant a *proliferation of unwanted roosters*, many of which arrive unexpectedly from hatcheries along wit... more »

Hunt for China's secret nukes: Obama orders the Pentagon to find ways to 'neutralize' store of up to 3,000 nuclear weapons

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The United States military will need to consider conventional as well as nuclear means to ‘neutralize’ China’s underground nuclear weapons storage facilities, according to a Pentagon authorization signed into law this month. The new National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed on Tuesday, January 2, orders the head of the U.S. Strategic Command to submit a report by August 15 on the ‘underground tunnel network used by the People’s Republic of China.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258793/U-S-military-need-look-ways-neutralize-Chinas-underground-s... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Dutch Piet

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
"Dutch fictional figure ‘Black Pete’ seen as blight on nation" by Toby Sterling | Associated Press, December 16, 2012 AMSTERDAM — Foreigners visiting the Netherlands in winter are often surprised to see that the Dutch version of St. Nicholas’s helpers have their faces painted black, wear Afro wigs, and have thick red lips — in short, a *racist caricature* of a *black person*. The overwhelming majority of Dutch are fiercely devoted to the holiday tradition of ‘‘Zwarte Piet’’ — whose name means ‘‘Black Pete’’ — and insist he’s a *harmless fictional figure* who doesn’t represent any ... more »

Vittorio Missoni kidnapped? New evidence emerges in search for aircraft that disappeared off coast of Venezuela

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
As the search for fashion heir Vittorio Missoni and his wife continues today, after a small plane carrying the couple disappeared off the coast of Venezuela on Friday, new evidence suggests that they may have been kidnapped. According to Telecom Italia Mobile, the son of fellow passenger Guido Foresti received a text message from his father on the evening of January 6th that read, 'Call now, we are reachable.' The phone company confirmed to a local Italian television station that the message was sent, but they cannot verify exactly when it was written, and subsequent calls to the n... more »

American may Create a Trillion $ Coin, then use it to pay their own DEBT!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
American politicians are considering creating a $1trillion platinum coin which the US Treasury would pay to itself with the aim of reducing the country’s monumental debt. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has the authority to mint platinum coins in the denomination of his choosing, and experts say the idea is being taken seriously in Washington. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258832/Will-1trillion-coin-fix-US-debt-crisis.html

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
“The grand, winding arms are almost mesmerizing in this face-on view of NGC 7424, a spiral galaxy with a prominent central bar. About 40 million light-years distant in the headlong constellation Grus, this island universe is also about 100,000 light-years across making it remarkably similar to our own Milky Way. * Click image for larger size.* Following along the winding arms, many bright clusters of massive young stars can be found. The star clusters themselves are several hundred light-years in diameter. And while massive stars are born in the arms of NGC 7424, they also die t... more »

Colin Gregg arrested by child sex police as his luxury farmhouse is searched by officers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Colin Gregg, 71, son of Greggs' founder Jack, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on Saturday at his home in Gosforth, Newcastle, which was raided by police. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258311/Greggs-Child-sex-police-raid-luxury-farmhouse-baking-heir-Colin-Gregg.html

Oracle, Xerox, Dell, CSC Computer Sciences and Symantec paid no UK tax despite earning £500m from Government contracts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Five technology giants that earned nearly £500million from taxpayer-funded government contracts paid no UK corporation tax last year. Oracle, Xerox, Dell, CSC Computer Sciences and Symantec had UK turnover of more than £7billion, MPs heard last night. Microsoft, which took £700million in government contracts, paid only £19million in tax. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258735/Under-hi-tech-giants-paid-tax-despite-earning-500m-Government-contracts.html


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