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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

8 January - Blogs I'm Following

Main Reading Room of the in the Euskara: Kongr...
Main Reading Room of the in the Euskara: Kongresuko Liburutegiko irakur-aretoa, Jefferson eraikinean Español: Sala principal de lectura de la Biblioteca del Congreso, Edificio Jefferson Nederlands: Leeszaal van de Bibliotheek van het Congres van de Verenigde Staten Русский: Национальная библиотека США (Вашингтон) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Brooklyn Bridge, the first of seven bridge...
The Brooklyn Bridge, the first of seven bridges constructed across the East River, connects Long Island with the Borough of Manhattan (in background). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Great Hall, Library of Congress, Washington DC
Great Hall, Library of Congress, Washington DC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interior Library of Congress, by G. D. Wakely
Interior Library of Congress, by G. D. Wakely (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Library of Congress Police
Library of Congress Police (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Montauk Mind Control, Privately Run By Nazis, Funded and Controlled by Religious Secret Societies

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago

Seven die in Peru helicopter explosion

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 hours ago

SANDY HOOK; DAVE McGOWAN

Anon at aangirfan - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 6 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

Chet Raymo, “Letting Go”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Letting Go”* by Chet Raymo “We all know that Charles Darwin's five-year voyage aboard HMS Beagle in 1831-1836 planted the seeds that eventually led to his theory of evolution by natural selection. Less well know is his explanation of the atoll islands of the warm Pacific by a combination of volcanic action, erosion, subsidence and coral growth, also inspired by the voyage. On observing the isle of Mauritius on the homeward leg of the circumnavigation, he wrote of the corals: "We feel surprise when travellers tell us of the vast dimensions of the Pyramids and other great ruins,... more »

India rocked by another death of young woman gang-raped and dumped half-naked

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Four policemen have been suspended and a fifth transferred over the handling of a suspected new rape and murder case close to the Indian capital Delhi. The father of the alleged victim, a 21-year-old factory worker, said she was gang-raped and killed before being dumped semi-naked in the street. But he claimed in an interview with the BBC that police had failed to file a report until the family complained. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258321/Indian-police-suspended-father-claims-failed-file-report-daughters-suspected-gang-rape-murder.html

US Latest drone strike kills eight in northwest Pakistan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A U.S. drone strike killed eight people in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, three intelligence sources said, the latest in a series of drone attacks that come as a retired U.S. general warns their overuse may threaten American foreign policy goals. A foreign tactical trainer for al-Qaeda was reportedly among those killed in the latest strike, although reports differed on his nationality. Some intelligence officials said he was from Somalia but others said he was from the United Arab Emirates. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/08/us-pakistan-drone-idUSBRE90705320130108

Bahrain under pressure over refusal to reconsider activists' sentences

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Britain has expressed "deep dismay" at a decision by Bahrain's highest court to reject an appeal by 13 opposition activists who were convicted of involvement in the Arab spring protests in 2011. Eight of 20 defendants were given life sentences, part of a crackdown on dissent since anti-government demonstrations erupted in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, home to the US navy's fifth fleet. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/07/bahrain-pressure-opposition-activists-sentences

China hints at ending its labor prison camps

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Hints emerged Monday that China may terminate its controversial system of labor prison camps this year. The proposal to stop using the system was put forth at a working conference by the country's most senior law enforcement official, Meng Jianzhu, according to a post by the state-run CCTV on its Sina Weibo microblogging account. Meng is the secretary of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Politics and Law Commission. The proposal requires the approval of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress-- the country's legislature-- although it is largely a rubber-stamp ... more »

Protest Grows Over Censoring of China Paper

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Hundreds of people gathered outside the headquarters of a newspaper company in southern China on Monday, intensifying a battle over media censorship that poses a test of the willingness of China’s new leadership to tolerate calls for change. The demonstration was an outpouring of support for journalists at the relatively liberal newspaper Southern Weekend, who erupted in fury late last week over what they called overbearing interference by local propaganda officials. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/world/asia/supporters-back-strike-at-newspaper-in-china.html?_r=0

It's good to have "Downton Abbey" back, but watch out, "Girls" and "Enlightened" are coming back too (plus we've got 6½ minutes of enchanting music)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham) and other cast members talk about the changes in Season 3 of Downton Abbey in a preview clip.* *by Ken* I swapped times with Howie tonight for two reasons. First, I figured that whatever I had to say was going to be of less moment than what he did, and second, I still wanted to take a shot at writing something themed to the *Downton Abbey* Season 3 premiere, and not only did I not watch it tonight (I *knew*that, of course!) but I discovered when I got home from work this evening that I also didn't record it last night. I had this idea that I could wa... more »

Searing temperatures fan Australia wildfires

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
High winds and record temperatures have fanned fires in south-east Australia, as the prime minister warned of a "very dangerous day". More than 100 fires have already been reported in New South Wales, with residents in some areas urged to leave. An uncontrolled fire is burning by the Tasman peninsula, near areas already hit by blazes over the weekend. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20937509

'Moons rather than planets are the best place to find aliens'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Astronomers came to the conclusion after identifying up to 15 new planets orbiting the life-friendly ''habitable zones'' of stars. All are giant gaseous worlds similar in size to Jupiter or Neptune. While such planets would not themselves be suitable for Earthlike life, they could be circled by moons on which there are forests, oceans and living creatures. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9785860/Moons-rather-than-planets-are-the-best-place-to-find-aliens.html

James Holmes: Details of mass shooting at Batman premiere revealed in court

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The families of victims of last year’s mass shooting at a Colorado theatre sat through emotional testimony Monday from police officers who tried to save the lives of the wounded. One sergeant recalled during the hearing for suspected gunman James Holmes that he could not find a pulse for the youngest victim, 6-year-old Veronica Moser-Sullivan. Another who drove the wounded to the hospital said he had to stop one man worried about his 7-year-old daughter from jumping out of the moving patrol car. A bearded Holmes didn’t appear to show any emotion. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake BABUYAN ISLANDS REGION, PHILIPPINES - 8th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 02:51:45 UTC Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 10:51:45 AM at epicenter Location 19.221°N, 121.257°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region BABUYAN ISLANDS REGION, PHILIPPINES Distances 130 km (81 miles) NNE (32°) from Laoag, Luzon, Philippines

Sydney nuclear plant safe after fire breaks out

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A fire which broke out at a nuclear research facility in Sydney's south this morning has been extinguished. The alarm was raised at Lucas Heights nuclear plant after a smoke was reported coming from the back of the facility, which contains two nuclear reactors. Operators now say the fire has been extinguished the reactors made safe. http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/sydney-nuclear-plant-safe-after-fire-breaks-5313831

Seven new dengue fever cases confirmed in Cairns

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Queensland Health has confirmed seven people have now contracted dengue fever in the latest outbreak in Cairns in the state's far north. A spokeswoman says the seven cases over the last week are all type 1 of the mosquito-borne disease and are in the Cairns suburb of Whitfield. Five people have recently been diagnosed with dengue type 3 in the city's southern suburbs. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-08/seven-new-dengue-fever-cases-confirmed-in-cairns/4456408?section=qld

Motiva Shuts Down Texas Refinery Expansion Unit Due to Leak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Motiva Enterprises LLC said the crude unit of its Port Arthur, Texas, refinery expansion leaked while being restarted Sunday and was shut down. Kimberly Windon, spokeswoman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA), said the company still plans to have the VPS 5 crude distillation unit fully restarted "in the early part of this year." "We anticipate making the necessary adjustments/repairs and returning the unit to normal operation in an expeditious manner," Ms. Windon wrote in an email Monday. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20130107-709056.html?mod=WSJ_Energy_middleHeadlines

Bobcat Mauls Two In US Garage Attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A Massachusetts man and his nephew have been attacked by a bobcat after startling the wild animal in their own garage. Roger Mundell Jr said all he heard was a hiss before the wild cat pounced on him, sinking its teeth into his face and its claws in his back. "It only took a split second for him to be on me," Mr Mundell told Boston's WHDH-TV. "I didn't have time to process it." http://news.sky.com/story/1034768/bobcat-mauls-two-in-us-garage-attack

One Goh: College Shooting Suspect 'Unfit For Trial'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A man accused of killing seven people at a California Christian college has been deemed mentally unfit for trial. Former nursing student One Goh is also charged with three counts of attempted murder during a shooting rampage at Oikos University in Oakland in April. He has pleaded not guilty. http://news.sky.com/story/1034775/college-shooting-suspect-unfit-for-trial

Australian Bushfires: 'Catastrophic' Conditions

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The Australian state of New South Wales is facing one of the highest-risk fire days in its history, with temperatures climbing above 40C. Firefighters are battling over 100 wildfires raging across the southeast of the country, with more than 20 deemed out of control. Officials have evacuated national parks, warning that blistering temperatures and high winds are causing "catastrophic" fire conditions in some areas. http://news.sky.com/story/1034811/australian-bushfires-catastrophic-conditions

Illinois Lottery: $1m Winner Poisoned To Death

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A man who died after winning $1m (£620,000) in the Illinois Lottery was poisoned with cyanide, a medical examiner has ruled. Urooj Khan, who scooped the bumper prize in the summer, was initially found to have died of natural causes but a full toxicology test, demanded by a relative, has now revealed he had ingested a deadly amount of cyanide. A murder investigation has been launched by Chicago Police Department, and it is likely that his body will be exhumed as part of the inquiry. http://news.sky.com/story/1034792/illinois-lottery-1m-winner-poisoned-to-death

Baton Rounds Fired Amid Belfast Flag Violence

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Police have fired baton rounds and deployed water cannon on rioters as violence linked to the Union Flag row flared in east Belfast again. The fifth successive night of trouble in the area came after hundreds of loyalists staged a largely peaceful protest at Belfast City Hall. The disorder erupted as around 250 demonstrators from east Belfast returned from the city centre past a volatile community interface at the republican Short Strand. http://news.sky.com/story/1034234/belfast-violence-baton-rounds-fired-at-rioters

Alex Jones Gives Piers Morgan the Respect He Deserves

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
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the mighty leap

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

Important Health News: Video - Lethal Injection: The Story Of Vaccination!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 6 hours ago
I have been trying to warn people for years now about the dangers of rolling up their sleeves and allowing so called doctors, nurses, or pharmacists, to inject poisonous vaccines into their bodies. Research now shows clearly that VACCINES DO NOT WORK, and in fact, vaccines actually weaken the body's own natural immune system and allows for very deadly diseases to take hold in our bodies! I was made aware of another great video that exposes the truths about vaccines, through my friend, John Friend, who writes the blog: John Friend's Blog, at www.johnfriendsblog.blogspot.com, that I ... more »

The Realist Report with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 7 hours ago
I just finished the first ever broadcast of *The Realist Report with John Friend* on Truth Militia Radio. My guest *Dr. Rebecca Carley* and I discussed her history as a medical professional, the medial mafia, vaccines, and the history of the medical establishment in America. You can download the entire program *here*, or subscribe to Truth Militia Radio on BlogTalkRadio *here*. Also, check out Dr. Carley's radio archives *here*. If you haven't sat down and watched Dr. Carley's presentation *Vaccines - The True Weapons Of Mass Destruction*, you really should. Finally, check out... more »

Holiday Dinner

Lori Anne Haskell at Adventures with Kurt and Lori - 7 hours ago
Had a really nice time tonight at the Haskell Law Firm holiday dinner. We celebrated late since Kurt and I were out of town for the actual holiday. We went to Benihana's in Dearborn and had a great time, with awesome good. Funny happening of the day...I was filing some stuff at the clerk's office, and one of the clerk's said "Lori, I almost did not recognize you, you look so short!" I wore flats today, one of the first time's ever to court. Apparently, being 5'9 is short. LOL.

Alex Jones vs. Piers Morgan: "1776 Will Commence Again If You Try To Take Our Firearms"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
You will notice the usual propaganda / psychological tactics be used against Alex Jones in order to diminish his (fantastic) argument: 1) Reduce the issue to a few emotional bite-sized events that most unthinking people will take as encapsulating the entire argument. 2) Deflect true, finely detailed statistics with broad, misleading or carefully selected statistics. 3) Immediately attempt to quench the passion used to deliver the argument. 4) Use directing statistics / questions as a bludgeon and repeat them until the opponent is browbeaten into answering them out exasperation. 5... more »

with our thoughts

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago

Too much too young: Children glued to TV and computer screens at increased risk of cancer and obesity

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
With the sort of technology now available, children are spending more time in front of a screen than ever. And experts warn that even if youngsters get daily exercise, the increasing hours sat watching TV, playing computer games or surfing the internet could put them at a much higher risk of getting cancer in adult life. Doctors fear long spells of inactivity while glued to a screen may lead to childhood obesity and the associated health dangers. And they are now calling on parents to restrict the amount of time kids watch telly or play computer games to less than two hours a day an... more »

If the police ignore lawful direction ...

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
Rereading Gene Sharp's book "From Dictatorship to Democracy" I was struck by the following passage: "Defiance strategists should remember that it will be exceptionally difficult, or impossible, to disintegrate the dictatorship if the police, bureaucrats, and military forces remain fully supportive of the dictatorship and obedient in carrying out its commands." What particularly stood out was how this related to the decision of Justice Brown, reported earlier today, where the Court complained that the police could not be relied on to enforce Court orders. Now, to be clear, I do not... more »

Pruning season

risa bear at A Way to Live - 7 hours ago
What do I like? My son the master gardener opening up my apple trees while I wash dishes in the nice warm house, of course.

Christy Clark Gets Shanked By Conservative Flank Of Her Own Party

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 7 hours ago
It`s no secret that I am no fan of Christy Clark, however, this post isn`t about my personal dislike of Christy, this story is about disapproval of Christy Clark that`s coming from members of the Liberal party itself, blatant sabotage directed towards Clark and this sabotage is coming from seasoned Liberal politicos, Christy`s toxic cauldren has finally boiled over , now factions within her own party have shoved a knife deep into Christy Clark`s back..There is no other way to describe it.. Now before I lay out the recent facts that led me to this supposition let us review the no... more »

Rancourt files application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 7 hours ago
In the on-going case of St. Lewis v. Rancourt, Rancourt has done everything possible to have his complaint of reasonable apprehension of bias of Justice Robert Beaudoin heard on its merits, either at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice or at the Ontario Divisional Court. These efforts were put to a close by the November 29, 2013 decision of Justice Peter Annis to not grant leave to appeal to

Amazing mindreader reveals his gift...

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Matt's thoughts:* Don't be fooled. This isn't about guys in masks stealing your credit card. It's about the government mining data for control and command of the population. Keep facebooking to an absolute minimum, and share your personal details with no one. Stay analogue as much as possible. Trust few, question all.

Haiti Still Waiting for Recovery

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 7 hours ago
*Haiti: Still waiting for recovery * Three years after a devastating earthquake, the “Republic of NGOs” has become the country of the unemployed The Economist, print edition, Jan 5th 2013 http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21569026-three-years-after-devastating-earthquake-republic-ngos-has-become-country “HAITI is open for business”, Michel Martelly, the country’s president since May 2011, likes to proclaim. His government has backed up this talk by making it easier for foreigners to own property and by setting as a goal that Haiti climb into the top 50 countries in the World ... more »

Munich Re: Natural catastrophe statistics for 2012 dominated by weather extremes in the United States – ‘These catastrophes clearly demonstrate the type of events we can expect to contend with more often’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 7 hours ago
[image: Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field on 16 July 2012 near Shawneetown, Illinois. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades. According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture 48 percent of the state’s corn crop is currently in poor to very poor condition. Illinois is the second largest producer of corn in the United States behind Iowa. Scott Olson / Getty Images] Contact: Media Relations Munich, Michael Able, Tel.: +49 (89) 3891-2934 Media contact in Asia, Nikola Kemper, Tel.: +852 ... more »

Hannan (UK:MEP - ALEC) - Hates UK Medical System

2old2care at Because I Can - 7 hours ago
In the UK *You are 'TERRIFIED" of ending up in a national health hospital.* *TERRIFIED!!!!* They have "DEATH PANELS" in the UK. Who knew. Would an ALEC-er intentionally lie to other ALEC-ers? Hell ya! * * * "Our hospitals are dirty places." * Wow - Guess if I worked in the healthcare system in the UK .................................... Welcome ALEC-er MEP Hannan - we have a free frontal lobotomy - scheduled just for you!!! After this makes the rounds in the UK - good luck to all ALEC-ers who go there on vacation and end up in the hospital.

Location, location, location . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
IT'S GREAT TO BE A CANUCK, as the map above clearly indicates. That's what a report in the Washington Post proclaims, "A surprising map of the best and worst countries to be born into today". Click on the link for details and observations. It is important to remember that Stevie will change this, if he can.

Alex Jones Unchained On CNN

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
This is the best thirteen minutes of CNN's broadcast history. Main message: A tyrannical, totalitarian, and rogue regime is a bigger killer of innocent human beings than lone psychos and terrorists. "The Second Amendment isn't there for duck hunting. It's there to protect us from tyrannical government and street thugs." - Alex Jones told Piers Morgan.

Worst drought in decades hits Brazil’s Northeast

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 8 hours ago
[image: A dry riverbed in Brazil, 6 January 2013. Brazil's northeast is suffering its worst drought in decades. presstv.com] By Caroline Stauffer, with additional reporting by Jeb Blount; Editing by Brian Winter and Vicki Allen 4 January 2013 SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil's Northeast is suffering its worst drought in decades, threatening hydro-power supplies in an area prone to blackouts and potentially slowing economic growth in one of the country's emerging agricultural frontiers. Lack of rain has hurt corn and cotton crops, left cattle and goats to starve to death in dry pastu... more »

Ron Jacobs : Punk, Politics, and the 1980s

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 8 hours ago
Patti Smith, New York, circa 1976. Photo © Stephanie Chernikowski. Punk, Politics, and the 1980s Rock music historians and critics generally agree that punk was a reaction to the gaudiness of 1970s stadium rock and the creation of rock royalty like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. By Ron Jacobs / The Rag Blog / January 7, 2013 My introduction to punk rock shows was less than auspicious.

Storms on U.S. Plains stir memories of the Dust Bowl

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 8 hours ago
[image: Dust covers a residential area during a dust storm in Lubbock, Texas, Wednesday, 19 December 2012. A dust storm in West Texas triggered a series of accidents Wednesday that killed one person, injured at least 17 others and led authorities to close part of Interstate 27 north of Lubbock, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Zach Long / AP Photo / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal] By Kevin Murphy, with additional reporting by Greg McCune and Christine Stebbins; Editing by Claudia Parsons 31 December 2012 LIBERAL, Kansas (Reuters) – Real estate agent Mark Fa... more »

Oil tanker collides with San Francisco Bay bridge, no oil apparently spilled

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
An empty oil tanker struck a tower of the San Francisco Bay Bridge on Monday but did not appear to spill any oil into the bay, the U.S. Coast Guard and California state officials said. The 750-foot-long "Overseas Reymar," sailing under a Marshall Islands flag, was leaving the bay amid heavy fog on Monday morning when its starboard hull scraped one of the towers supporting the Bay Bridge. Officials played down the incident, which occurred about 5 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, where the San Francisco Bay opens into the Pacific Ocean. There were no injuries reported, according ... more »

Unity through silence: A Tucson Story

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 8 hours ago
By Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez A special length commentary Human beings are defined by the sum total of our values… what we believe in and that which guides us in our daily lives. Yet, values are virtually worthless if one preaches them, but does not adhere to them. So too ethos? Ethos are not what one believes per se, but what one lives by. This discussion is not abstract, but is about the footprints that have been left behind the past several years in the monumental struggle in Tucson, in defense of Ethnic/Raza or Mexican American Studies (MAS). The battle here has never really... more »

Fire has broken out at a nuclear reactor, the Lucas Heights Nuclear Reactor, in Southern Sydney, Australia

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A fire has broken out in an electrical substation building at the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney's south. Fire crews are attending the scene. A Fire Brigade spokesman says smoke has been reported in two rooms. The fire is believed to have been started by an electrical failure. http://au.news.yahoo.com/full-coverage/australian-bushfires/a/-/article/15782913/fire-burning-at-lucas-heights-nuclear-reactor/

Watch Conservative Michael Bennet Crap All Over Patty Murray's Outstanding Record at The DSCC

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
Only one of these 8 Conservative Consensus imbeciles-- Mark Warner, Saxby Chambliss, Tom Coburn, Kent Conrad, Mike Johanns, Mike Crapo, Dick Durbin and Michael Bennet-- was made head of the DSCC The DCCC did an exceptionally bad job this year-- wasting their resources on Blue Dogs and other conservative losers while ignoring progressives with real shots to win seats. The result: another two years of John Boehner as Speaker, Eric Cantor as Majority Leader... and a completely dysfunctional House of Representatives. And for his incompetence and venality Steve Israel wasn't fired... he ... more »

Why Canadian Journalism Sucks

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
The *CBC News* report about lake contamination from Tar Sands operations came straight from the horse's mouth, an Environment Canada "spokesman." *"Not so bad, no indeedy*," proclaimed EnviroCan spokesman Adam Sweet. So just what sort of hydrologist or chemist or scientist of any sort is Adam Sweet? Well it seems he's actually Peter Kent's spin meister, not a scientist at all. But Adam Sweet is about as close to an EnviroCan scientist as any reporter is going to get on a Tar Sands contamination story, that is to say nowhere remotely close at all. Adam Sweet? He's reprising th... more »

Keith Ratliff: Manager of FPSRussia found murdered in recent spate of deaths / policing actions against pro-gun individuals

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Keith Ratliff, the manager of FPS Russia, the 3rd most popular youtube channel was found dead yesterday, tied up to a chair and shot in the back of the head. The radio and media at large isn’t mentioning the exact details, however this is a very important thing. FPS Russia is a driving force in the pro-gun movement concerning youth. The videos published are very pro-gun, and reach literally millions of impressionable youth showing them that firearms just aren’t for people in movies or video games. From the details, it was not a robbery turned murder. His guns were still left in the... more »

Mass Killing of Camels in the Australian Outback: Is there a better way to handle the situation?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Camels were brought to Australia from Pakistan and India by the British to help with exploration and load-carrying in the mid-1800s. Given the Australian outback's vast, arid landscape, camels were the only animals strong enough for the job. But by the early 1900s, there were trucks and trains to do this work, and camels were no longer useful. So the South Australian government ruled that they be destroyed. This was unthinkable for the Asian camel herders. They disobeyed the order, and set the animals loose in the outback. Today's Australian camels are the great, great grandchildre... more »

Are the Los Roques islands the new Bermuda Triangle?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The as-yet-unexplained disappearance last Friday of the plane carrying six passengers and crew, including Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni, has prompted some to blame the "Los Roques curse". The label has been attached to a series of mysterious plane crashes and "vanishings" over the past decade or so between the Caribbean archipelago of Los Roques and the Venezuelan capital Caracas, 140km to the south. Inevitably, comparisons have been made with the infamous Bermuda Triangle, the area between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico that has long had a reputation for unexplained disa... more »

Untitled

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The as-yet-unexplained disappearance last Friday of the plane carrying six passengers and crew, including Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni, has prompted some to blame the "Los Roques curse". The label has been attached to a series of mysterious plane crashes and "vanishings" over the past decade or so between the Caribbean archipelago of Los Roques and the Venezuelan capital Caracas, 140km to the south. Inevitably, comparisons have been made with the infamous Bermuda Triangle, the area between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico that has long had a reputation for unexplained disa... more »

Two atoms are walking down the street together. The first atom turns and says, "Hey, you just stole an electron from me!"

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
"Are you sure?" asks the second atom. To which the first atom replies, "Yeah, I'm positive!"

Dragones lanzando fuego en su gran isla

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 10 hours ago
[image: Dragones lanzando fuego en las tinieblas] *Nota:* Click aquí para ver más *imágenes dragones* Por favor visite nuestra página oficial: www.fotofrontera.com

Assad Says In Speech, "A revolution needs leaders. Who is its leader?"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
An excerpt from President al-Assad's *recent speech* to the Syrian people: "They call it a revolution, but in fact it has nothing to do with revolutions. A revolution needs thinkers. A revolution is built on thought. Where are their thinkers? A revolution needs leaders. Who is its leader? Revolutions are built on science and thought not on ignorance, on pushing the country ahead not taking it centuries back, on spreading light not cutting power lines. A revolution is usually done by the people not by importing foreigners to rebel against the people. A revolution is in the intere... more »

Not Stevie-friendly . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
BILL McKIBBEN & 350.ORG urge you to do the math, because they believe it shows we're running out of time. Bill also believes that it is time to organize to take on the fossil fuel industry. I believe he's right: HuffPost has a fine explanation of the urgency. Anyway, Bill took his message on the road, in his "Do the Math" tour of the US. In printed form, it can be found at Rolling Stone.

The land where fireworks are king

paul at Paying attention - 11 hours ago
I’ve lived in places where they set off fireworks to celebrate different cultural events, but Hondurans are the most enthusiastic. Fireworks here feature in the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. They start early. We were listening to the whistles and bangs - some quite resounding - by mid-December. The really big explosions are at Christmas and New Year’s. I grew up in Ontario, and fireworks were pretty much a one-night thing, on Victoria Day. In Quebec, fireworks were a St. Jean Baptiste Day tradition, although more subdued. (Or maybe just more subdued for anglophones.) When we... more »

Cole (VA-ALEC) - Still Pushing Voter ID

2old2care at Because I Can - 11 hours ago
From Daily Kos Veteran Republican Delegate Mark Cole isn't happy with Virginia's non-photo voter ID law and he plans to introduce legislation to fix it as the legislature in Richmond comes back into session this week. You would think he would leave well enough alone since the U.S. Department of Justice approved the state's existing voter ID law last August, the only such law to pass federal scrutiny under the Voting Rights Act in 2012. But noooo. *NOOOOOOOOOOO!* * * *Not ALEC Again??????* *Not Voter ID again???? * *The American Legislative Exchange Council still pushing voter ID - ... more »

Bank of America Freezes Gun Manufacturer's Account, Company Owner Claims, "Because we don't like the fact you sell guns"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Bank of America has reportedly frozen the account of gun manufacturer American Spirit Arms, according to its owner, Joe Sirochman. In a Facebook post dated December 29, Sirochman wrote the following: “My name is Joe Sirochman owner of American Spirit Arms...our Web site orders have jumped 500 percent causing our Web site e-commerce processing larger deposits to Bank of America. So they decided to hold the deposits for further review. “After countless hours on the phone with Bank of America, I finally got a manager in the right department that told me the reason that the deposits w... more »

Summer Ramble, #001

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
[image: image] *I can’t claim to have been on top of very much news at all over the last few weeks (been too busy chilling out on the beach), but somehow these websites persist in staying open in my tabs. Maybe you should take a look at them too.* *Five breakthrough technologies reshaping the economy* – CASEY RESEARCH (30-min video) The era of wearable computers may begin to dawn in 2013. *Will Your Next Computer Be In Your Car, On Your Face, On You Wrist Or In Your Ear?* – FORBES “Robots, high speed trains, electric cars, and cutting edge electronics; you know what country I’m... more »

Spam and Blogging the Welfare Cuts

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 12 hours ago
No, this isn't about the fare on offer from the mushrooming number of soup kitchens food banks, but about the spam bots crawling around out there. Since I returned to blogging back in October I've noticed the number of spam comments this blog attracts is an order of magnitude above that I experienced before February 2011, when I took my 18 month break. Some of it is your usual porn stuff (I'll be battening down the hatches - a post on porn and erotica is due soon), and other crap comes from self-described 'social media entrepreneurs'. There is, of course, the gnawing flattery of t... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Istanbul, Turkey. Thanks for stopping by.

"We're Not Ready for an Era Where People Prefer Virtual Experiences to Real Ones- But That Era Seems to Be Here"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"We're Not Ready for an Era Where People Prefer Virtual* * Experiences to Real Ones- But That Era Seems to Be Here"* by Wagner James Au "An academic study co-authored last year by leading virtual world academic Edward Castronova suggests that people get more happiness from being in Second Life than they do from good news in their real life. In other words, as he wrote on his blog, "Second Life is providing a big chunk of life satisfaction, just as big as the factors that previous researchers on life satisfaction have found were the 'biggies,' like health, employment, and fami... more »

Gun Control: Amidst the Noise... (video)

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*some facts.* H/T The Blaze

James Holmes Looked 'Out Of It'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The student accused of a shooting which left 12 dead and dozens wounded at a Batman film screening appeared "out of it" when he was arrested. Prosecutors have begun outlining the case against James Holmes, who is accused of opening fire during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises in the Denver suburb of Aurora. The week-long preliminary hearing in Centennial, Colorado, will determine whether there is enough evidence to put him on trial on more than 160 counts of murder, attempted murder and firearms offences. http://news.sky.com/story/1034261/aurora-shooting-suspect-james-holmes-in-c... more »

Life Skills: "Releasing the Reigns: Changing Others"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"Releasing the Reigns: Changing Others"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "If your tendency is to try and change other people, take some time to explore why you feel the need to do so. Our perception of humanity as a whole is, to a large extent, dualistic. We paint people with a broad brush—some are like us, sharing our opinions and our attitudes, while others are different. Our commitment to values we have chosen to embrace is often so strong that we are easily convinced that our way is the right way. We may find ourselves frustrated by those who view the world from an alternate... more »

Elsewhere: House GOP, Hardball, Hagel

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
I have a new column over at TAP today on Constitutional hardball and the GOP scheme to rig the electoral college. Also, over the weekend at Salon I was more than a little unkind to House Republicans -- the clowns, but especially the sane ones who are intimidated by the clowns. At PP today, I wrote about Chuck Hagel's nomination and Senate reform, arguing that what Republicans really want is to register their objections, not defeat the nomination -- and so if anything having an automatic filibuster on everything actually complicates their situation.

Sunday Globe Special: India Outsourcing to AmeriKa

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
*I guess they think we will believe anything....* "Indian, US companies reversing the outsourcing tide" by John Helyar | Bloomberg News, November 04, 2012 ATLANTA — Janie James says she was cool at first when Indian outsourcing company Infosys Ltd. approached her about a job near Atlanta, even though she was unemployed. She didn’t know much about the company, and it seemed a step down from her old vice president post at Primerica Inc. In the end, she decided she could use experience gleaned from her work at life insurer Primerica and another stint at a financial-investment company... more »

Supernature

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 13 hours ago
Cryptids are a fascinating branch of the monster family. Cryptids are unrecognised, often mythical plants or animals, though some cryptids go on to become recognised species (the Okapi was once a rumour, later to be proven true). Here is a Wikipedia list of cryptids, everything from extinct creatures to out and out hoaxes. The fascinating ones are of course the myths, the true monsters. There are a few themes; human/animal hybrids, water dwellers and beasts in the forest. These are respectively ancient sublimations of the outlaw, the foreigner and awe in the face of nature. Water a... more »

Australia: CATASTROPHIC FIRE ALERTS AS HEATWAVE HITS

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
New South Wales residents are being warned to prepare for possibly the worst fire threat in the state's history today, with conditions in some areas rated as "catastrophic". A total state-wide fire ban is in effect, with a catastrophic rating in place for the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Ranges. Many other areas are expecting extreme danger levels. Temperatures are expected to soar above 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of the state today, including in Sydney. Fire crews across Victoria are also on high alert, with a large fire burning in the state's south-west, and severe fi... more »

Sunday Globe Specials: The Great American Economic Recovery

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
Worst Since World War II: 50% Unemployment Amid a worsening fiscal crisis, a crumbling economy, and the destruction of over 40% of America’s wealth in just the last few years, it should be quite clear that this is no ordinary recession. In fact, with progressively dwindling job opportunities, a long-term downward trend in real estateprices, and the near doubling of participation in emergency benefits programs like food stamps and disability, one could make the argument that the United States is smack-dab in the middle of the next Great Depression. * **But one won't*: "Shoppers showi... more »

Alex Jones Detained By TSA

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Radio talk show host and ardent Homeland Security critic Alex Jones was detained by the TSA at Austin-Bergstrom airport earlier today and threatened with arrest for refusing to take his shoes off at a security checkpoint. Traveling to New York to appear on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, Jones had already showed his ID as he approached the metal detector. Jones and colleague Rob Dew noticed that a large number of people across all age ranges were not removing their shoes as they walked through the metal detector. The x-ray body scanners were not in use. http://beforeitsnews.com/altern... more »

Polluting The Oceans-- Or Cleaning Them Up With Solar Powered Ships

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
I just got back from India and one of the things that astounded me is how the progress that had been made towards cleaning up Delhi's notorious air pollution seems to have stopped-- even gone backwards. The city seems as polluted as it was when I was first there in 1970, sad considering all the progress that had been made in the last few decades. Delhi usually makes it ono every credible list of the world's most polluted cities and this year I can attest to the fact that things have gotten even worse. A list from the University of Vermont ranks it the 10th most polluted big city i... more »

Air Capture Update 2013: Stil Progressing

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 13 hours ago
One of the most tantalizing possibilities for dealing with the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is to take it out using brute force methods of chemistry, biology or even geology. I discuss such "air capture" of carbon dioxide in Chapter 5 of *The Climate Fix*. As the climate debate continues to generate more heat than light, technologies of air capture are continuing to improve. On Saturday, the New York Times had a smart article with an update on the technology: [A] Canadian company has developed a cleansing technology that may one day capture and remove some of... more »

Rob Ford's appeal will fail

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
*“Is that the demeanour of someone who is trying to hide something or is it the demeanour of an honest man?” Mr. Lenczner thundered upon hearing last February’s speech. In it, the mayor defended a charity he runs for high-school football teams, under scrutiny because of $3,150 in donations that the integrity commissioner said were obtained improperly. Mr. Ford said at the time that he should not be forced to repay money he never received personally.* *“Do we want to throw out a mayor… who was elected by the people because he voted on one occasion for no… detriment to the city and n... more »

Niña hermosa jugando con unas palomas sobre las nubes

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 13 hours ago
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Is the price of gold about to take a dive?

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 13 hours ago
In my childhood in the 1970s, the price of gold rose along with inflation. Investors wary of the falling value of the U.S. dollar were buying gold as a hedge, it was said. In 1970, gold sold for $38.90 for one ounce. By 1974, the spot price had risen to $183.77. After a few down years from 1975-77, gold climbed up to $208.10 in 1978. A year later, the price more than doubled to $459 an ounce. It peaked in 1980 at $594.90. With inflation whipped in the 1980s, gold took a fall. In 1990, an ounce cost $386.20, 64.9 percent as much as a decade earlier. In 2000, gold was down to $27... more »

What’s not to like about Marshawn Lynch!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013* *Remembering the “beast mode” run:* With the rise of the freshman QBs, this has already been a very interesting NFL playoff season. That said, why not revisit Marshawn Lynch’s famous “beast mode” run? This is the run which knocked the defending champion Saints out of the 2010 play-offs. To review the run through Lynch’s eyes, just click here. As you watch the run, Lynch will tell you what he was thinking. What’s not to like about Marshawn Lynch? This is an amusing report from NFL films. A bit of context: The run came with 3:22 left in the game and the Sa... more »

"We seem to be drifting into dangerous waters in the life of the public affairs of this province when courts cannot predict, with any practical degree of certainty, whether police agencies will assist in enforcing court injunctions against demonstrators who will not voluntarily cease unlawful activities, such as those carried on by the protesters in this case"

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
A judge who issued an injunction order to stop a blockade on a main rail line between Toronto and Montreal on Saturday has criticized police for not trying to stop the protest. The protest by 15 people, who said the blockade was “to show support for First Nations Chiefs in their upcoming meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper” on Friday, stopped passenger and freight travel on the main line for several hours on Saturday. In Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown’s written reasons for issuing the injunction, he says police stood by instead of attempting to stop the protest,... more »

The Dish: Ask The Leveretts Anything: Your View Of The Ahmadinejad Regime?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
The old wise man and the young firebrand. *Source: The Dish*. Also, *read this*.

The Answer: not a CON minister.

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 13 hours ago

Sunday Globe Special: Warren's Whining

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
*“We face a system that is rigged for those with power, wealth, and connections.”* *Did she really win?* "Elizabeth Warren is prepared to pick her spots; As a watchdog, she spoke out. But in the Senate, the establishment critic is showing restraint" by Noah Bierman and Michael Levenson | Globe Staff, December 09, 2012 Elizabeth Warren, during her first extensive interview since her victory last month, said she had no bills or initiatives ready to propose when she becomes senator next month. Instead, she said, she is studying the ways of the Senate, looking into issues that others... more »

Wolf-Children and Feral Man

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 14 hours ago
Reverend J. A. L. Singh was ordained in 1912, and became a missionary. He spent over 20 years wandering through the vast forests of deepest, darkest India, saving the souls of Hindus and assorted animists. He travelled with an entourage of at least 30 men, including drummers, to reduce the odds of becoming lunch for tigers. Along with his wife, he operated an orphanage in Midnapore. In the autumn of 1920, he began hearing reports from villagers who were living in fear because of “man-ghosts” in the forest. An investigation revealed that the ghosts lived in a termite mound that ... more »

Destination Terror: Bloody chaos in Syria attracts foreign jihadists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
It doesn't make sense why young Tunisian Muslims would rather go to Syria to fight infidels rather than Palestine-Israel or Afghanistan. The only explanation is stupidity. Syria is a Muslim country, and yet they're willing and eager to spill Muslim blood for the benefit of America and Israel. Source: Russia Today.

Comments on C. Chomsky (1969): Stages in language development and reading exposure

skrashen at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
“… perhaps wider reading should find a place in the curriculum”: Comments on Chomsky, C. 1969. Stages in language development and reading exposure. Harvard Educational Review 42 (1): 1-21. S. Krashen Carol Chomsky’s analysis of the order of acquisition of complex grammatical construction received a lot of attention when it was first published in 1969. Chomsky studied children’s ability to understand, for example, that the subject of “see” in: “The clown is eager to see” is the clown, but in “The clown is easy to see” the subject of see is not the clown but somebody else. This stu... more »

Cachorro corriendo sobre las hojas secas del bosque

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 14 hours ago
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High stakes grifters

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 14 hours ago
Alex Pareene digs deeper into the big con of the conservative media machine. Fleecing the rubes is *not* about advancing the conservative agenda. The problem this presents for the movement, beyond the threat of eventually bankrupting the people who give it power, is that the business of money-making, for consultants and media personalities and Herman Cains, is at this point getting in the way of the business of advancing conservative causes. The groups exert massive influence, and they only ever push the Republican Party to get more extreme. Apocalyptic hysteria is much more effec... more »

FAILURE OF EGYPT'S REVOLUTION

Anon at aangirfan - 14 hours ago
[image: Beautiful girl] *Egyptian. By rsaslan* *1. *Egypt is currently home to Mohammed al Zawahiri. Mohammed al Zawahiri is the brother of al Qaeda's leader, Ayman al Zawahiri. Longwarjournal.org/threat- Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian-born cleric, has called on jihadists to attack and kidnap Westerners. The UK government has raised the terror threat level for Egypt from 'general' to 'high', meaning an attack is likely. "Security sources" fear that al-Qaeda is going to target Western tourists. Terror threat for Egypt raised amid fears of attacks on Britons ... [image: Egypt_097.jp... more »

Molino de agua en el río del bosque - Cabañas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 15 hours ago
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Since Steve Is Selling Out to Beijing, You Might Want to Look at These Numbers

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 15 hours ago
When it comes to foreign investment and takeovers, China is only getting started. *According to Professor Yiping Huang of Peking University, writing in the September 2012 issue of East Asia Forum, what we have seen to date is only the beginning: * *Chinese outward direct investment is a relatively new phenomenon. In 2002, the first year after China's accession to the World Trade Organization, China's total ODI [outward direct investment] was less than US$3 billion. By 2010, however, it had already increased to more than 20 times this amount. According to forecasts by economists at ... more »

Movie Review: North Sea, Texas

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 15 hours ago
(As followers of this political blog know, I usually don’t do film reviews. Yet, sometimes when I see a movie that permanently alters me emotionally, such as *North Sea, Texas*, I’m moved to write one.) Imagine if Ang Lee’s *Brokeback Mountain* had taken place in Belguim, with protagonists about 10 years younger, and you might have Flemish cult director Bavo Defurne’s *North Sea, Texas*. In this undeclared period, coming-of-age movie, heart-breakingly handsome Flemish actor Jelle Florizoone plays the moody and shy Pim (or Pimmy to his few intimates), a teenaged introvert... more »

Pareja de leones bajo el cielo azul - Hembra y Macho

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 15 hours ago
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Met Office says no warming.

Keith Peat at No Eco Twaddle- or other false policy (N.E.T) - 15 hours ago
Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. HOME WHO WE ARE LATEST POSTINGS GWPF REPORTS PRESS RELEASES VIDEOS CONTACT CCNet 07/01/13Met Office Forecasts No Global Temperature RiseGlobal Warming Standstill May Last For 20 Years The UK Met Office has revised its global temperature predictions as a result of a new version of its climate model and climate simulations using it. It now believes that global temperatures up to 2017 will most likely be 0.43 deg C above the 1971 -2000 average, with an error of +/- 0.15 deg C. In reality this is a forecast of no increase in glob... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago

Adam Lanza wore EAR PLUGS during massacre

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*The earplugs were still in his ears when police found his body, which they considered strange - that he would be worried about his hearing when he intended to commit suicide.* http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258208/Sandy-Hook-school-shooting-Did-Adam-Lanza-target-teacher-Lauren-Rousseau.html

Defiant Obama nominates 'anti-Israel' Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief and dares critics to block Vietnam veteran 'who bears scars and the shrapnel of war fought in our name'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Barack Obama today nominated Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief, daring Republicans to block a decorated Vietnam veteran who 'bears the scars and the shrapnel of battles he fought in our name'. The nomination will trigger a fresh battle - that over his nomination in the United States Senate, where a number of Democrats are openly sceptical about the former Republican senator following his comments about 'the Jewish lobby' and opposition to 'an openly, aggressively gay' nominee as ambassador to Luxembourg. Obama's choice of the former two-term senator for Nebraska, revealed by congress... more »

Mystery of the triple impact craters spotted on the surface of the moon

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Scientists have revealed a series of three mysterious impact craters on the surface of the Moon. Dubbed the 'three amigos' by experts operating the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera which took the images, experts believe the craters formed within minutes of each other - but have no idea how. They believe the bizarre arrangement may have been caused by a meteorite or comet breaking up - or three separate impacts occuring in a unique coincidence. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2258417/The-lunar-amigos-Mystery-bizarre-impact-craters-spotted-surface-moon.html

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 - 15 hours ago
A U.S. naval drone has been found floating off the coast of the Philippines - hundreds of miles away from the nearest American military base. The fishermen who found the 10ft orange device originally reported that it could have been a bomb, prompting local officials to send munitions experts out into the sea. But when it was determined to be safe, the unmanned aerial vehicle was taken into the care of the Filipino navy. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258572/Mystery-American-drone-floating-coast-Philippines--1-000-miles-away-nearest-U-S-base.html

Another Burr for Netanyahu's Saddle

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 15 hours ago
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has directed his government to start issuing passports, drivers licenses and ID cards bearing "State of Palestine" in place of the current "Palestinian Authority." *Israeli officials declined comment, including whether Israel would prevent Palestinians with new ID cards and passports from crossing borders and checkpoints.* *"Whether the changes are really implemented is unsure because of the political situation right now," said Al Jazeera's Jane Ferguson, reporting from Jerusalem. "But the move is to regain momentum after the UN vote."* ** *In la... more »

Fears of European biker gang turf war as new 'outlaw' groups arrive from U.S. in bid to control illegal drugs market

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Violent biker gangs from Australia, Canada and the US have arrived in Europe prompting fears of a battle for organised crime markets throughout the continent. Britain has been warned that turf wars could break out as 'Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs' fight for control over the drugs, weapons and human trafficking criminal markets. The European Union's law enforcement agency has now warned of a repeat of the 1990s biker wars that left at least 11 dead. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258270/Violent-biker-gangs-arriving-Europe-prompt-fresh-fears-new-turf-war.html

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Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
*Politics and prosecutors: tortuous route to an all-powerful office ~Mark Moseley, The Lens*

A slap on the wrist for hardened criminals: Record number of serial offenders let off with warnings

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
More than 26,000 repeat offenders were given a caution or verbal warning instead of being taken before the court, figures from the Ministry of Justice have revealed. The figures, for the year up to June 2012, include up to 4,500 criminals with more than 15 previous offences on their criminal record. This means 4.9 per cent of all adult offenders escaped with a caution, the highest proportion on record and more than twice the 2.2 per cent recorded a decade ago, reported the Daily Telegraph. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258332/A-slap-wrist-hardened-criminals-Record-number-... more »

Florian Graf: Champ apologises for turning gun towards himself in 'blackout' moment

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
German biathlete Florian Graf has apologised for his 'blackout' moment in which he turned his highly sensitive small-bore rifle into his own face during a World Cup race in Oberhof, Germany at the weekend. Graf was disqualified following the incident, which was captured on television cameras, in which he paused between shots on the shooting range to blow moisture from the barrel of his weapon. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2258411/Shooter-Florian-Graf-apologises-turning-gun-blackout-moment-World-Cup-race.html

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Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Vitter: Reid's Katrina comments 'revealed himself to be an idiot'*

Sask New Democrat Leadership Campaign Moves Into New Year

leftdog at Buckdog - 16 hours ago
*Well ... it's time to pack away the Christmas decorations ... clean up after the New Years party and get ready to take the NDP leadership race to the home stretch ....* Leadership EventsThe party has planned an ambitious series of all-candidates' forums in every region of the province. Click here to find the time and location of the forum nearest you! Information about events organized by individual candidates can be found by contacting their campaigns. For more information on how to contact these candidates, click here. *Rosetown All-Candidates' Forum* When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 20... more »

NSW FACES 'WORST EVER' FIRE DANGER DAY

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
New South Wales residents are being warned to prepare for one of the most serious fire threats in the state's history today, with conditions in some areas rated as "catastrophic". A total state-wide fire ban has been issued for Tuesday, with a catastrophic rating in place for the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Ranges. Many other areas are expecting extreme danger levels. http://au.news.yahoo.com/full-coverage/australian-bushfires/a/-/article/15776338/nsw-faces-worst-ever-fire-danger-day/

Pope warns that selfish individuals are deliberately abusing the Human Rights Act to get what they want

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
Benedict XVI suggested that a false culture of human rights had gripped the West and that it was threatening the weakest and most vulnerable people. - Benedict XVI claims a false culture of human rights has gripped the West - He argues the rights to freedom of conscience and religion are being eroded - Pope made the remarks in his annual address to foreign ambassadors to the Holy See – including Nigel Baker, the British Ambassador - Comes after revelations that nearly 4,000 foreign criminals in the UK are using the Human Rights Act to avoid deportation http:... more »

PC knocked unconscious by gang of ten youths - one as young as 14 - in 'disgraceful' street attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
A police officer was attacked and knocked unconscious in the street when he approached a gang of youths. The PC was on patrol in Preston, Lancashire, when he went to speak to a group of ten youths when he was hit from behind and knocked to the ground. A member of the public alerted his colleagues shortly after the assault on Saturday and he was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where he later regained consciousness. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258286/Disgraceful-attack-PC-knocked-unconscious-gang-youths.html

Satire: "G.O.P. Freshmen Saddened by Failure to Shut Down Government on First Day”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"G.O.P. Freshmen Saddened by Failure to * *Shut Down Government on First Day”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “Just hours after being sworn in at the U.S. Capitol, the freshman class of House Republicans said that they were disappointed that they failed to shut down the government on their first day in office. “We were all like, ‘O.K., we’re sworn in, let’s shut this thing down,’” said freshman Rep. Byron Ernie (R-Kentucky). “We were all pretty bummed that the government just kept running.” Rep. Ernie acknowledged that it might have been “overly optimistic”... more »

'The threat to the euro is over': EU chief Barroso claims single currency will not implode

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
The threat against the survival of the euro has been overcome, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said today. 'I think we can say that the existential threat against the euro has essentially been overcome,' Mr Barroso told a conference in his native Portugal. 'In 2013 the question won't be if the euro will, or will not implode.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258446/EU-chief-Jose-Manuel-Barroso-claims-euro-implode.html

NPR Speaks to Brandon Sanderson, Harriet McDougal About A Memory of Light

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 16 hours ago
The Last Battle is at hand. NPR reports. Make sure to click on the full interviews near the bottom of the article.

That's nuts! Three fire engines sent to rescue tiny SQUIRREL from pond after it fell out of tree

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
It must have been a quiet day at the Watford fire station yesterday as a team of seven firefighters turned out to rescue a hapless squirrel stranded on reeds in the middle of a town pond. The firefighters arrived in three fire engines after a member of the public called to say the squirrel was stuck. The squirrel could not climb back up the steep concrete walls and had taken refuge on a small island of rocks in the high street pond in Watford, Hertfordshire yesterday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258432/Three-engines-sent-rescue-tiny-SQUIRREL-Watford-pond-fell-tree.html

Norovirus: Patients treated in hospital car parks as norovirus continues to wreak havoc across the country

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
More than 100 ambulance patients had to wait to be admitted to hospital as staff struggled to cope with demand due to winter sickness bugs. Hospitals say they have been so overwhelmed by people suffering from sickness bugs that paramedics were forced to care for 999 patients and ambulances stacked up outside hospitals. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2258546/Norovirus-Patients-treated-hospital-car-parks-winter-sickness-bug-continues-wreak-havoc.html

The Merkely/Udall Senate Reform Proposal

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 16 hours ago
After I wrote a post this morning about post-cloture time, I realized I've now written on each of the four provisions in the Merkley/Udall Senate reform proposal, but not gathered it all together. So here's the short version of my critique of their proposal, along with links to what I've said in more depth about each bit. Overall, I think it's a disappointing proposal, although overall I do think it would be at least somewhat better than the status quo. Perhaps the problem isn't so much Merkley and Udall, but the Senators they much build support from...it's very hard to tell, and if... more »

Bank of America in $10B-plus mortgage settlement

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
Associated Press/Charles Krupa - In this Dec. 13, 2012 photo, a customer stops at a Bank of America ATM office in Boston. http://news.yahoo.com/bank-america-10b-plus-mortgage-settlement-141939585--finance.html * * *Bank of America in $10B-plus mortgage settlement* Associated Press – 2 hrs 52 mins ago Bank of America Corp. says it will spend more than $10 billion to settle mortgage claims …more CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bank of America says it will spend more than $10 billion to settle mortgage claims resulting from the housing meltdown. Under the deal announced Monday, the bank will p... more »

DC Charters Kick Out the Problem Children and Keep the Compliant Ones

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
A clip from an investigative report by WaPo that details expulsion of 6 year old KIPP student: . . . .Greenfield said the D.C. school system is far from perfect and too often relies on suspensions, including long-term suspensions of up to 90 days, to deal with bad behavior. The city’s traditional public schools use long-term suspensions more often than charter schools, imposing nearly twice as many in the past academic year, according to school data. That year, 2011-12, 601 students were suspended from traditional schools for more than 10 days as punishment for a single incident; ... more »

Why India is not safe for solo women: Georgia Arlott recounts her gap year travels around India, during which sexual harassment was a constant problem.

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
It was in the second month of my gap year in India that I learned to get aggressive. It certainly didn’t come naturally. Like most happy teenagers, my three friends and I left our all-girls school full of optimism and eager to please. But from the very first day in the vivid, colourful and thrilling country of India, wandering hands were a constant problem for all of us. Giddily piling into rickshaws, I was the first to discover that sitting in the front seat means that many drivers will look for the ‘radio’ between your thighs. Hands were slipped underneath our trousers while we wa... more »

Based on how unemployment was calculated in the 1980s, economist John Williams reported the true number for December to be 23%. It's a "new (post WW II) high," he said.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 16 hours ago
------------------------------ *America's Lackluster December Jobs Report* *By Stephen Lendman (about the author)* Permalink *OpEdNews Op Eds 1/7/2013 at 01:21:16 * opednews.com *America's Lackluster December Jobs Report* *Official numbers belie weakness.* by Stephen Lendman Headlines belied its weakness. Economist John Williams reengineers economic data based on reliable decades earlier modeling. U-3 unemployment rose 0.1% to 7.8%. U-6 is broader. It's 14.4%. It includes: (1) Marginally attached workers wanting jobs but not actively looking in the pa... more »

Lord Strathclyde resigns as Leader of House of Lords

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/lord-strathclyde-resigns-as-leader-of-house-of-lords-8441247.html *Lord Strathclyde resigns as Leader of House of Lords* Timing of his announcement caused an unwelcome distraction to the Coalition NIGEL MORRIS MONDAY 07 JANUARY 2013 David Cameron suffered a blow to the “relaunch” of the Coalition government as one of his most experienced Cabinet ministers announced his resignation. Lord Strathclyde stood down with immediate effect as Leader of the House of Lords explaining that he wanted to resume his career in the private sector. T... more »

Life In a Box

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 16 hours ago
One bright idea that has received almost no attention in North America is Britain's ShelterBox. Yet these compact little lifesavers in their thousands are beginning to make their way to relief zones around the world. Here's what a ShelterBox looks like unpacked: It's survival for ten people. Tools, shelter, blankets, stove and cookware, water containers and purification products all in one neatly stackable, easily transportable box. It doesn't look like much except to anyone who doesn't happen to have any of these things, someone who has lost everything to conflict or natural... more »

At the Ford hearing

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago
A mad house -- never seen such a packed courtroom. My prediction? A reserve judgment and then dismissal -- then a Mayor will be appointed. Whether that is what should be is another issue... .

The Security State Ramps Up

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 16 hours ago
Newly extracted FBI documents show that, under Barack Obama, it's business even worse than usual for the American security state. Chris Hedges, writing for *TruthDig.com,* warns that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have been unleashed on ordinary Americans, "*to silence the voices and obstruct the activity of citizens who question corporate power.*" *Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the [Partnership for Civil Justice Fund], said in a written statement about the released files: “This production [of information], which we believe is just the tip of th... more »

“Zombie Nation”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“Zombie Nation”* by Bill Bonner "Creating and sustaining a nation of zombies is expensive. Large sections of the US population have been turned into zombies. Retirees. Medicare dependents. Food stamp recipients. Disabled people. They are not necessarily bad people. They are not necessarily dishonest or lazy. But rather than add to wealth, they consume it. And when you have too many of them, your society consumes more wealth than it produces and you are on the road to The Downside. But the feds are not only creating individual zombies, they are also creating corporate zombies. A... more »

Jyoti Singh Pandey Blamed for her attack by Indian guru Asaram Bapu

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
Asaram Bapu said that Jyoti Singh Pandey, whose fate has drawn the sympathy of the world and been treated as a national tragedy within India, was 'as guilty as her rapists'. He added that she should have been more friendly to her attackers if she wanted to preserve her own life. Politicians and web users have reacted with fury to the 71-year-old guru's comments. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258422/Fury-Indian-guru-blames-Jyoti-Singh-Pandey-vicious-gang-attack-killed-her.html *His sick, evil and ignorant comments came as 5 of the 6 attackers appeared in Court for the Murd... more »

Fukushima and The Privatization of Risk IV

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 17 hours ago
I’ve been editing my book on Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk. I've blogged on it here: Majia's Blog: Fuksuhima and the *Privatization of Risk*: Introduction Dec 17, 2012 Fuksuhima and the Privatization of Risk: Introduction. Every morning I look at the Fukushima webcam and I wonder at what I am seeing. I see strange brownish-purplish colors in vertical shafts, auras of blue-green, and *...* http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/ Majia's Blog: *Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk* 2: What is the *...* Dec 18, 2012 Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk 2: What is the Privatizati... more »

What Is It With Bubbles?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 17 hours ago
There's something about bubbles we must find enormously comforting or somehow rewarding. Look at the Americans. They had the Savings & Loan fiasco. Then it was Enron and a gaggle of similar cooked companies. Who can forget the Dot.Com bubble where billions in notional wealth were conjured out of thin air to snare unwary pensioners. And of course the housing/sub-prime mortgage bubble that rocked markets around the world. Now, still very much reeling from the Great Recession of 2008, we're drifting about inside this fossil fuel bubble that, by some accounts, could be ready t... more »

Miss McConnell Threatens To Shut Down The Government If He Doesn't Get To Cut Social Security And Medicare

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
Last night, Ken made it clear why he feels the 113th Congress is likely to be as much of a pilonidal cyst on the ass of American governance as the 112th was. And one of the reasons Congress has been so much more a cause of problems than a solution to problems is bad leadership, i.e.- Mitch "Miss" McConnell, for one. Friday we saw how Miss McConnell leads Senate Republicans into dysfunctional obstructionism to please his big corporate campaign donors, who want the free hand that results from weak and underfunded government. And yesterday Josh Marshall, sickened by the same *Meet t... more »

Sara Ege jailed for life after beating her 7 year old son to death for failing to learn the Koran by heart

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
A mother has been jailed for life after beating her son to death for failing to learn the Koran by heart and then burning his body to hide the evidence. Sara Ege, 33, collapsed as the sentence was delivered at Cardiff Crown Court and had to be helped, trembling and sobbing, from the dock. Ege had been praised as a "brilliant mother" to seven-year-old Yaseen but was convicted of his murder by a jury at the same court last month. http://news.sky.com/story/1034500/mother-jailed-for-murdering-son-over-koran

Derek Shrout Arrested Over US School Explosion Threats

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
A 17-year-old student has been accused of planning to use homemade explosives to attack his school. Derek Shrout, who attends Russell County High School in Seale, eastern Alabama, was due to appear in court in Russell County on assault charges. The teenager was detained last Friday after a teacher found a diary the boy had left in a classroom. http://news.sky.com/story/1034531/teen-held-over-us-school-explosion-threats

“The Magician’s Con: Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“The Magician’s Con: * *Renewing FISA and the NDAA Under Cover of the Fiscal Cliff Debates”* By John W. Whitehead “If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions, it would purify them as the sun disinfects.”- Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis “What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in t... more »

My Pantry Makeover

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 17 hours ago
*Have you entered the LeanMoms giveaway yet? * This project has been almost a year in the making. At the beginning of 2012 I completely changed our family's diet. We replaced fruit snacks and Pop-Tarts with raisins and cranberries, totally shaking our little girl's world for awhile there. When we changed our diet our old pantry had to go. We weren't eating anything in there any more and it wasn't suiting our needs as a family. I am almost embarrassed to show you the before picture. Not only is it full of unhealthy foods, it is so messy. I even spy an entire container of Valent... more »

The TFA PR Machine Even Works in the Critics

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 17 hours ago
Walt Gardner has a post on the TFA PR machine, and in it he shows exactly how effective the TFA PR machine is by perpetuating the lie that TFA teachers perform as well as, or better than, professionally-prepared teachers. The protracted recession has caused many graduates from top-tier schools to put their real career plans on hold and take their knowledge and skills to the classroom through TFA.* I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they perform as well as, or even slightly better than, traditionally certified teachers. *To the extent that such performance helps stud... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Negative Nader

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 17 hours ago
*I still wrote him in for president.* Student activism is alive and well Ralph Nader said that today’s college students lack “fire in the belly.” Indeed, according to published accounts of the talk, he’d said, “It is harder to get a rise out of college and university students today than any time in my 45 years of activity.” Did I think this was true, she asked. Was it all hopeless? I’m certain Nader was trying to inspire, not discourage — why else would he still be out on campuses? But, in my experience, it’s not true. At least in the climate change movement, where I’ve spent the l... more »

It's That Season Again. Might As Well Find the Humour

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 17 hours ago
Vancouver and other parts of B.C. are falling victim to widespread norovirus. Plenty of Vancouverites are "down" with the highly infectious bug and they're not alone. There's plenty of it in the U.K. at the moment which led *The Guardian's* Charlie Brooker to offer up this not so whimsical take on norovirus: *Everyone hates the norovirus, with the exception of two distinct groups. First: scientists. Professor Ian Goodfellow, who has spent the past decade studying it, has lovingly dubbed the norovirus "the Ferrari of the virus world", not because it makes the contents of your stom... more »

How Much Wood Can the Log Cabins Chuck?

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 18 hours ago
Let's get one thing straight: I never liked Chuck Hagel. I was never impressed about him volunteering to fight in a clearly unjust war in Southeast Asia. He's a typical right wing homophobe and Obama nominating him to head up the Pentagon is just another wearisome sign that he will never wean himself from the right wing douchebags that have largely gotten us into the seemingly insoluble fix we're in. Tolerating Chuck Hagel when he was in the Senate was like tolerating getting Hepatitis B because it's still better than having Hepatitis C. But, speaking as a bisexual lib... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 7th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Monday, January 07, 2013 at 13:53:49 UTC Monday, January 07, 2013 at 10:53:49 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.817°N, 142.356°E Depth 48.3 km (30.0 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 107 km (66 miles) SE of Ishinomaki, Japan

The Crass Argument for Teaching More Math In Poli Sci Courses

PM at Duck of Minerva - 18 hours ago
A few months back, we had a lively debate about what to teach undergraduates in political science. As I prepare to motivate 20 undergraduates to learn elementary statistical analysis tools AND basic R skills, I’ve been thinking about this subject a lot. I think that we both should aim to teach political science to undergraduates–that Continue reading

Good Stalker/Bad Stalker

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 18 hours ago
Did you know that the same federal government which just renewed its intention to spy on you with impunity, and re-declared its right to arrest you without ever charging you, and jail you forever for reasons it never even has to divulge, has declared January to be National Stalking Awareness Month? Although it is widely acknowledged that the National Security apparatus eavesdrops on, and collects the emails of, millions of American citizens, and is even building a new $2 billion facility in Utah to store all the data, the government still pretends to need to hear from you person... more »

A Live Filibuster Plan Even I Could Support

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 18 hours ago
This one is about the third plank of the Merkley/Udall reform package: reducing post-cloture time on nominations. I'm for it, but would do it in a slightly different way than they do. Why is there 30 hours of post-cloture time? I mean -- why is there any post-cloture time at all? I don't really know, but I assume that it was originally a concession to those who opposed the cloture rule, and it was justified on the basis of protecting the right of Senators to speak. I do know (from Greg Koger's book) that the 1975 reform that set cloture to 60 Senators included 100 hours of post-clot... more »

Dine-Haber symposium in Santa Cruz

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
Between Friday and Sunday, particle physicists organized a spectacular symposium in Santa Cruz to celebrate the 60th birthdays of Michael Dine (left) and Howard Haber (right). The website of the symposium shows that the program was impressive and included speakers such as Gross, Seiberg, Witten, Arkani-Hamed, Kane, Susskind, Allanach, Grossman, and others. I spent the first half of the year 2000 in this department inside the UCSC campus – with lots of redwoods around – so I know these two great physicists. Santa Cruz Sentinel wrote a few words about the event. Congratulati... more »

Panda cub

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 18 hours ago

Michelle Rhee yes, the real facts no!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 18 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013* *The Times continues to fawn:* Who the Sam Hill is Motoko Rich? Until this very day, we had very little idea. Rich moved to the New York Times education beat in June of last year. That said, it’s hard to find biographical info about major journalists. We’re sure that Rich is a very nice person—and it seems she’s plenty smart. Luckily, the Times published a bit of a bio of Rich when she married Mark Topping in 2003. We assume he’s a nice person too. In our experience, most people are: *Motoko Rich, Mark Topping* Motoko Rich and Mark Harrison Topping were... more »

Costs to a losing litigant

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 18 hours ago
William v. British Columbia, 2013 BCCA 1 is a highly unusual case where a losing party is awarded costs: [34] While it is very rare for a court to award costs to a losing party, the jurisdiction to do so does exist: *Okanagan Indian Band* at para. 30, citing *B.(R.) v. Children's Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto* , 1995 CanLII 115 (SCC), [1995] 1 S.C.R. 315. [35] In the case before us, the public interest in having the issue of Aboriginal title determined by the Court was high. The need for jurisprudential development in this area was adverted to in the Court's ju... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Power Grab by State Inspector General

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 18 hours ago
*They served up a subpoena on a Sunday!* "Inspector general seeks greater powers" by Sean P. Murphy | Globe Staff, December 02, 2012 Five months after appointment as state inspector general, Glenn A. Cunha is moving to strengthen his office’s power to compel witnesses to provide sworn testimony in investigations of waste, fraud, and abuse in state and local government agencies. Cunha, a longtime prosecutor, last month *without fanfare filed a bill*with the Legislature that, if passed and signed into law, would *significantly expand the powers of his office* by giving it the *unfet... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Indian Affairs War Room'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 19 hours ago
MNN: INDIAN AFFAIRS WAR ROOM Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com INDIAN AFFAIRS’ WAR ROOM  MNN.  Jan. 2, 2013.  During the 1970s pipeline protests, the Department of Defense set up a secret “war room” on the 14th floor of Indian Affairs in Ottawa. The windows were blacked out, a large map of Canada sat on a table in the middle, with

N.Korea 'Seeks German Help to Open Economy'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
North Korea is preparing to open up its economy with help from German experts, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Saturday. The daily said Pyongyang is secretly seeking advice from German economists and lawyers to come up with new economic policies and attract foreign investment. According to the advisors from leading German universities, North Korea is currently devising investment laws and already has finalized a master plan with the goal of opening up by the end of 2013. One unnamed economist on the team told the paper that North Korea does not want to follow the Chines... more »

Dr Judy Wood interviewed by Anne Hess - and AMMACH follow-ups.

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 19 hours ago
for those of you who enjoyed Catherine Austin Fitts interviewed by Anne Hesshere's a treat for you ... and even though I "don't necessarily like" the DISINTEGRATION RAY theory of 9/11 these claims from Dr Judy Wood refuse to go away. And her evidence (people who survived in WTC stairwells) is a powerful debunk of my favourite alternative WTC-demolition theory, i.e. deep underground nukes c/o Dimitri Khalezov's presentation. And never forget Hurricane Erin which headed DIRECTLY towards Manhattan for ten days prior to 9/11 before veering off east into the Atlantic the day of the event.... more »

Michael Hoffman On Usury

NO ONE TO VOTE FOR at NO ONE TO VOTE FOR - 20 hours ago
. This very serious talk demands the full attention of all who consider themselves serious Christians: .

HEAT VERSUS LIGHT AMONG LIBERAL ELITES!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 20 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013* *Part 1—Heat versus light at Salon:* Is America facing a new Civil War? That’s what it says at Salon. A few weeks ago, Andrew O’Hehir was trashing Quentin Tarantino for clowning around, in Django Unchained, about the American Civil War. On Saturday, O’Hehir said we face a *new* Civil War. For our money, his rhetoric was perhaps a bit overheated: O’HEHIR (12/5/13): *So even though it’s a truism of American public discourse that the Civil War never ended, it’s also literally true. We’re still reaping the whirlwind from that long-ago conflict, and now we face... more »

Politicians As CEO's

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 20 hours ago
When Brian Mulroney first ran for prime minister, his sales pitch was that he would run government like a business. Mike Harris liked to refer to himself as Ontario's CEO. George W. Bush's calling card was that he possessed a Harvard MBA. All three were successful politicians but lousy mangers. Donald Savoie writes that the notion that government should be run like a business is wrongheaded: The notion that public administration could be made to look like private-sector management has been ill-conceived, misguided and costly to taxpayers. Management in the private sector has ev... more »

Migrating wolf packs spark ‘emergency’ in Sakha, Russia

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 20 hours ago
[image: An influx of wolves preying on reindeer herds has triggered a state of emergency in the Sakha Republic, in north-eastern Russia. AFP]7 January 2013 (BBC) – An influx of wolves preying on reindeer herds has triggered a state of emergency in the Sakha Republic, in north-eastern Russia. Squads of hunters will pursue the wolves in a three-month "battle" from 15 January, officials say. The most successful hunters will get bonuses. The vast, sparsely populated region is also known as Yakutia. Experts quoted by Russian media believe a shortage of mountain hares has caused the ... more »

Over 100 missing in Tasmania as ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions sweep Australia – ‘Perhaps the worst fire danger the state has ever faced’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 20 hours ago
[image: Smoke billows high into the atmosphere as fires rage across Tasmania, 6 January 2013. A 'dome of heat' pushed temperatures above 40 degrees, creating 'catastrophic' fire conditions, called 'the worst fire danger the state has ever faced'. Reuters] 6 January 2012 (BBC) – Australian police are searching fire-ravaged towns in southern Tasmania looking for 100 unaccounted people. Tasmania's police commissioner said he feared lives may have been lost in the wildfires which swept through parts of the island in recent days. Almost 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes... more »

‘Horrible’ sea level rise of more than 3 feet plausible by 2100, experts say

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 20 hours ago
[image: Shaded relief maps of Antarctica and Greenland showing regions of enhanced flow (in colour) and areas of the ice sheets grounded below sea level (hatched). Also shown are regions discussed in the text. JI refers to Jakobshavn Isbrae, a glacier that doubled in velocity during the late 1990s. J. L. Bamber & W. P. Aspinall, 2013]By John Roach, NBC News 6 January 2013 Melting glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland may push up global sea levels more than 3 feet by the end of this century, according to a scientific poll of experts that brings a degree of clarity to a murky and co... more »

Israel building Golan Fence in Syria since 2011

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 21 hours ago
You could be forgiven, based on reading the latest round of thousands of msm news stories, for believing that the Israeli theft, by stealth, of Syrian homeland in the Golan Heights was a recent development. However, if you ‘believe’ that you would be:* wrong*. Very wrong. If you continue to believe this obfuscated 'news' after reading what is posted below you are choosing to be willfully blind. Or foolishly naive? Just plain ignorant? Uninformed? Propagandized? Whichever? Why would anyone choose to fall under any of the previous descriptor categories? [image: ... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 21 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Mark Allen Shepherd, 52. And on to the good stuff: 1. Really nice 5 Myths column from Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein about the Ignominious 112th. Also, from earlier last week, a nice one from Ezra Kleinon the 112th . 2. Speaker elections scholar Jeffrey Jenkins on Nancy Pelosi, trend-setter. 3. Ashley Parker on what's up with Paul Ryan. 4. The House has a new history site. 5. And is steroids nonsense really just another example of the evils of baby boomers? I don't know, but Scott Lemieux makes the case.

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Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 21 hours ago
*Sen. Reid: Hurricane Katrina "nothing in comparison" to Hurricane Sandy* *Vancleave company's invention may save lives after disaster* *Will high cost sink levee plan?* *Experts say sinkhole gas burning off slowly * *Back in the High Life: The Grill Room at the Windsor Court ~He Said/She Said NOLA* *Happy Hour - Re-rockin' The Columns** **Rolling With Kings: The Story of the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi* *Nell Nolan Talks Debs and Carnival Balls*

The Art of the Possible Part 1

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 21 hours ago
I happened across a photo off of Facebook recently that caught my attention in many ways. It's from a small community on Baffin Island in Nunavut where I worked before moving to Alberta. On the surface, it may not appear that interesting to the average person....community members playing some traditional Inuit games to pass the time during the dark season. What caught my attention was actually up in the rafters. See that sports banner hanging up there on the right-hand side? It has a story to tell. And what a great story it is. If you've ever thought something was impossibl... more »

Regarding the "climate cliff": Time is not on our side -- Bill McKibben and Tom Engelhardt remind us

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
*We can just continue to watch the Arctic ice melting. Oh wait, that's already the "plan" we have in place.* *"We could postpone healthcare reform a decade, and the cost would be terrible -- all the suffering not responded to over those 10 years. But when we returned to it, the problem would be about the same size. With climate change, unless we act fairly soon in response to the timetable set by physics, there’s not much reason to act at all."* *-- Bill McKibben, in* "Obama Versus Physics: Why Climate Change Won't Wait for the President" *by Ken* Environmental activist and polemic... more »

Best WeAreChange Confrontations of 2012

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 21 hours ago
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Hovey (CT-ALEC) - One Nasty Piece of Work

2old2care at Because I Can - 21 hours ago
*From CNN last Thursday* (CNN) -- The former Arizona congresswoman who survived a mass shooting in her district roughly two years ago paid a visit Friday to Newtown, Connecticut, where last month a gunman killed 27 people and himself in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Gabrielle Giffords made the trip with her husband, Mark Kelly. The couple met with local and state leaders to discuss gun control legislation, mental health identification and treatment, and "concerns for the erosion of our societal values such that we are increasingly desensitized to violence," ... more »

Missioni search efforts continue

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
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