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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

9 January - Blogs I'm Following II

Galang IslandGalang Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A vegitabile farm in vattavada.(idukk...English: A vegitabile farm in vattavada.(idukki district) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Indonesia: Mount Merapi continues to eruptIndonesia: Mount Merapi continues to erupt (Photo credit: EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection)
Munnar, a hill station in Kerala, South India,...Munnar, a hill station in Kerala, South India, is one of the most beautiful places in the Western Ghats. A view of a tea garden in the morning mist is shown here. The area in the picture is 8 km east of the town of Munnar. The place is pallivasal panchayat and the builgings visible are in Chithirapuram. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A river in the Marayoor region of northwestern...A river in the Marayoor region of northwestern Idukki district (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Idukki Dam across the Periyar riverIdukki Dam across the Periyar river (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The waters of Thekkady, which is in the Idukki...The waters of Thekkady, which is in the Idukki district, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Justin Trudeau promotional photo take...English: Justin Trudeau promotional photo taken by Jean-Marc Carisse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Beaverton...

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 3 minutes ago
It's like The Onion for Canadians and it is very good. As Justin Trudeau continues his tour around the country, seeking to inspire Liberal Party members' hearts and minds as his father did some 42 years ago, no one has yet worked up the courage to mention to the family scion that the Liberal Party has been defunct for almost two years. "I was about to tell him, I swear," said

Russia to Americans: Never give up your guns

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions. This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered. ... more »

Texas: Brief fire prompts shutdown of reactor at Bay City nuke plant

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 minutes ago
A fire at the South Texas Project Electric Generating Station, the nuclear power plant about 90 miles southwest of Houston, shut down one of the plant’s two reactors Tuesday afternoon. The fire broke out at 4:42 p.m. at the main transformer that feeds power from the reactor to the public power grid, and the reactor was shut down immediately, plant spokesman Buddy Eller said. The fire was extinguished within 15 minutes, Eller said. He did not know when the reactor might be restarted. http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/01/08/county-judge-bay-city-nuke-plant-fire-contained/

Indonesia: Tornado Hits Batam, Damages Hundreds of Houses

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 minutes ago
A tornado struck the Riau Islands city of Batam on Wednesday afternoon, damaging hundreds of houses and injuring a child. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the tornado struck at 3:30 p.m. and badly damaged 29 houses, moderately damaged 102 houses and inflicted slight damage on 96 houses. Two mosques, a government office and a gas station were among other buildings harmed by the tornado, the BNPB said in a press statement on Wednesday. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/tornado-hits-batam-damages-hundreds-of-houses/565210

India: State announces steps to prevent anthrax outbreak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 minutes ago
The state government has announced emergency measures to contain a possible outbreak of anthrax among cattle. The move comes in the wake of an anthrax outbreak reported in Tamil Nadu's Theni and Cumbum districts, bordering Idukki district in Kerala. The government on Tuesday night banned cattle from Tamil Nadu being brought to the state through the checkposts in Idukki district. On Wednesday, the state animal husbandry department launched a n action programme to vaccinate the cattle breeds along the state's border districts. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/thiruvananthapuram... more »

Congressional Progressive Caucus At A Crossroads

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 minutes ago
This week Congressional Progression Caucus co-chair Keith Ellison sent out a fundraising letter for People for the American Way talking about the "3 Progressive Principles for the Next Deal." He points out that the fight is just getting started. We need to forge a way forward with economic policies that protect the security and enable the prosperity of *all *Americans. The only way to do this is to adhere to a set of basic, sensible principles that reflect our core American values. I’ve proposed three such principles that I believe will get us there. Simply put, they are: • No ... more »

Boston declares public health emergency as Massachusetts faces harsh flu season

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 minutes ago
The city is working with health care centers to offer free flu vaccines and hopes to set up places where people can get vaccinated. The city said there have been four flu-related deaths, all elderly residents, since the unofficial start of the flu season Oct. 1. "The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu shot," said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. The city was experiencing its worst flu season since at least 2009, Menino said, with about 700 confirmed cases of the flu, compared with 70 all of last season. http://www.newser.com/article/da3n2uio0/bos... more »

US Calls For 'A Strong British Voice In EU'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 minutes ago
The Obama administration has publicly indicated that it wants Britain to retain an influential role in the European Union. The US assistant secretary for European affairs, Philip Gordon, made it clear that Washington favoured a "strong British voice" within the EU *and cautioned against a referendum on Europe.* http://news.sky.com/story/1035904/us-calls-for-a-strong-british-voice-in-eu

MoD Overspends Equipment Budget By £6.5bn

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago
The Ministry of Defence has overspent its equipment budget by £6.5bn and some of its major orders are likely to be delivered 39 years late. The National Audit Office (NAO), in its latest report into the MoD's spending, has revealed that the 16 most costly projects, which originally totalled £56.5bn when they were approved and should have taken 159 years to deliver between them, now have a combined price tag of £61.1bn and will not be ready for a total of 195 years. However, the good news is things are improving. This year’s overspend is "only" £468m http://news.sky.com/story/103583... more »

Killer Whales Trapped In Canadian Sea Ice

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
About a dozen killer whales have become trapped in a vast stretch of sea ice in Hudson Bay, Canada. The animals, stuck in the waters near the remote Inuit community of Inukjuak in Quebec, are taking it in turns to gasp for breath through a hole in the ice, which was about the size of a van but is reportedly shrinking due to freezing temperatures. The whales are said to be panicking at times in their desperate bid to get oxygen. http://news.sky.com/story/1035933/killer-whales-trapped-in-canadian-sea-ice

Rizana Nafeek beheaded in Saudi Arabia for killing a baby in her care

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 25 minutes ago
A young Sri Lankan housemaid has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia for killing a baby who was in her care. Rizana Nafeek had denied strangling the 4-month-old baby in 2005 and the execution came despite global appeals to call it off because she was only 17 at the time. http://news.sky.com/story/1035919/saudi-arabia-beheads-young-sri-lankan-maid

Tappin: Extradited Brit Jailed For Arms Dealing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes ago
British businessman Christopher Tappin has been jailed for 33 months for trying to buy missile parts and resell them to Iran. US District Judge David Briones, who sentenced Tappin, said he would recommend that the Department of Justice approve any request by Tappin to be transferred to the UK. He was also fined $11,357 (£7,089). http://news.sky.com/story/1035783/tappin-extradited-brit-jailed-for-arms-dealing

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 10th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 30 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 02:54:26 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:54:26 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 5.434°S, 151.712°E Depth 60.1 km (37.3 miles) Region NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 134 km (83 miles) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

“Sandy Hook” Reference In Batman Movie Dark Knight Rises, at which Aurora Shooting Took Place (If this doesn't get you thinking, absolutely nothing will)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 32 minutes ago
Truth is stranger than fiction. At the 1:58 mark in Batman’s Dark Knight Rises feature you can see the words ‘Sandy Hook’ on the far left of the map. Coincidence? You make the call. There is just something that doesn’t feel right here. First the “Batman Massacre” and now the “Sandy Hook” Bloodbath. Click on the links to view the picture zoomed in. "Sandy Hook" is written clearly on the map on the bottom left. In the second picture, the hand actually points at it. Picture 1 Picture 2 http://govtslaves.info/sandy-hook-reference-in-batman-movie/ *Matt's thoughts:* Seriously, ... more »

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA - 9th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 32 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.1 Date-Time Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 22:05:06 UTC Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 01:05:06 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 60.740°N, 150.172°W Depth 47.8 km (29.7 miles) Region KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA Distances 35 km (21 miles) NW (324°) from Cooper Landing, AK

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake CARLSBERG RIDGE - 9th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 32 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 21:20:07 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 02:20:07 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.907°S, 68.058°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region CARLSBERG RIDGE Distances 577 km (358 miles) WSW of Hithadhoo, Maldives


Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 33 minutes ago

Ask The Leveretts Anything: The Treatment Of Women In Iran

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 35 minutes ago
Source: *The Dish*. Also, *read this*, and *this*. My opinion on the status of women and gay people in Iran: No society is perfect. The dress code for women in Iran is repressive, but it is superficial to only look at this aspect of life and paint a government as being against the liberation of women. Education is more important. But the ideology of the Islamic state is completely out of date with the times regarding gay rights. It is ridiculous for the Iranian president to say that there are *no gay people in Iran*. This just goes against reality, and it isn't a smart position to ... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 9th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 36 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 21:05:01 UTC Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 03:05:01 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 0.758°N, 92.727°E Depth 14.9 km (9.3 miles) Region OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA Distances 448 km (278 miles) WSW of Sinabang, Indonesia

Standard Stories for Hiring Decisions in Political Science

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 51 minutes ago
Why do political science departments in research universities make offers to particular candidates? I don’t have a good answer for that, but I think listing common justifications is a good place to start thinking about the question. So here are some standard arguments, distilled down to their essence, for hiring decisions: Signaling that we are Continue reading

'Folks are grabbing just about any gun they can get their hands on'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 52 minutes ago
* * *Matt's thoughts:* In your hands, or on your knees.

PANIC: One Million AR-15 Magazines On Backorder

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 52 minutes ago
According to the gun review site, "Haus of Guns," backorders for the Magpul AR-15 30-round magazine ("PMAG") have surpassed one million. In a Facebook post dated today, January 9, Haus of Guns writes the following: "Had breakfast with a buddy who has reasonably close ties to the Magpul family. Word is the great PMAG panic backorder of 2012/13 has topped 1 million at Magpul HQ." Magpul is a designer and manufacturer of firearms accessories. The PMAG is one of their most popular products. It is a 30-round magazine designed for the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Sales of firearms, ammun... more »

Jon Rappoport: "the internet invades mainstream media"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 53 minutes ago
In the 1960s, there was the British invasion. In this decade,* *there will be the Internet invasion. *Alex Jones: Best Night of Television Ever* *Jon Rappoport* Infowars.com January 8, 2013 Piers Morgan (CNN) thought he might pump up his horrendous ratings and avoid having to go back to England. So he invited Alex Jones to come east and appear on his show. They would discuss gun control and the petition to have Morgan deported. It would be good television. An interesting conversation. Perhaps things would get contentious. But Morgan’s producers and bookers had made a fatal error ... more »

Pythons, lionfish, and now willow invade Florida waterways

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 53 minutes ago
[image: Foreign invaders such as pythons and lionfish are not the only threats to Florida’s natural habitat. The native Carolina Willow is also starting to strangle portions of the St. Johns River. Image courtesy of University of Central Florida] 8 January 2013 (University of Central Florida) – Foreign invaders such as pythons and lionfish are not the only threats to Florida’s natural habitat. The native Carolina Willow is also starting to strangle portions of the St. Johns River. Biologists at the University of Central Florida recently completed a study that shows this slender t... more »

Sandy Hook School Shooting Tribute - 1 month earlier?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
Sandy Hook School Shooting Tribute - 1 month earlier? What the..? (Very Sick) from Evoke & Evolve on Vimeo. *Matt's thoughts:* This gets more disturbing by the day. Could this be why the gun grab is intensifying, because someone realizing that the whole Sandy Hook charade is falling apart?

Another Sandy Hook Fundraiser Uncovered 4 Days Before The Shooting

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Another Sandy Hook fundraiser was uncovered. This fundraiser predates the massacre by four days. First it was the United Way, now the fundraising site Youcaring.com has a “Fundraiser for the Families Involved in the Tragic Newtown, CT Shootings.” This event was dated December 10 2012. As we all know the shooting took place on December 14. You can view the archived page here. http://govtslaves.info/another-sandy-hook-fundraiser-uncovered-4-days-before-the-shooting/

So called ‘doomsday asteroid’ Apophis much larger than previously thought

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Astronomers following the so-called doomsday asteroid Apophis, which will be whizzing past Earth on Thursday morning, have found the rock is much larger than had previously been assumed. Since the asteroid could hit Earth in 2036, that’s a problem. The asteroid, named after an Egyptian god of death, had been thought to be around 885 feet (270 meters) wide, plus or minus a couple of hundred feet (60 meters). But as Apophis approached last weekend, astronomers at the Herschel Space Observatory took new observations and have concluded that astronomers have seriously underestimated bo... more »

20 Mind-Blowing Then vs. Now Comparisons

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_507_20-mind-blowing-then-vs.-now-comparisons_p20#20 *Matt's thoughts:* The slide about the Generals disgusts me.

PRAVDA: Americans never give up your guns

*Who would have thought this would come from Russia? -AK* http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/28-12-2012/123335-americans_guns-0/ * * *Americans never give up your guns* 28.12.2012 By Stanislav Mishin These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions. This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on ea... more »

Jonah Raskin : In the Wake of Sandy

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
The Rag Blog's Jonah Raskin in post-Sandy Far Rockaway, New York. In the wake of Sandy: An interview with Far Rockaway community organizer Ofelia Mangen 'I think Sandy is a human disaster. We’re the disaster, not nature. We created it. If you call it a natural disaster, that’s a way to deny responsibility. Experts on climate change have been predicting this kind of storm for at least a


Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
Via Ari Kohen, a visualization of the nearest 100,000 stars in Sol’s neighborhood. Sometimes blogs should just share cool stuff, no? Can’t leave all that stuff to other social-media platforms.

For ThinkProgress, Any Critique of U.S. Foreign Policy is"Anti-American Propaganda"

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 2 hours ago
Ben Armbruster, national security editor for ThinkProgress, wrote yesterday that neoconservative pundits and politicians have resorted to promoting Iranian rhetoric in their zealous campaign to discredit and derail President Barack Obama's nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. He pointed to the eager promotion by many right-wingers of an article with a


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago
*Sample Document* * * *Insert text and change State officials were appropriate below* June 20, 2012 [name of judge] [address of judge] RICK SCOTT GOVERNOR STATE OF FLORIDA 400 S. Monroe St Tallahassee, FL 32399 KEN DETZNER SECRETARY OF STATE STATE OF FLORIDA P.O. BOX 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314 PAM BONDI ATTORNEY GENERAL STATE OF FLORIDA The Capitol PL-01 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050 cc: [Plaintiff's Attorney] and See Annex A, restated and incorporated here as if set forth in full Reference: Alleged [enter case # and name] Dear Mssrs. [last... more »

The Victorian Bushfires: How Environmentalism Leads to Disaster

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
[image: Photo of Ben O'Neill]*After the 2009 Victorian bushfires, which killed 209 people, Ben O’Neill (right) wrote this piece for the **Mises Daily*, *where it first appeared. Nothing he describes has changed since, either politically or environmentally.* On February 7, 2009, and in the week that followed, bushfires ignited across Victoria, in Australia.[1] The fires raged through many towns, destroying at least 1,834 homes,[2] and killing at least 209 people,[3]more fatalities than any bushfire in Australian history.[4] Let's compare: in the 1983 "Ash Wednesday" bushfires, seve... more »


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago
*Sample Document* * * *Insert text and change State officials were appropriate below* ------------------------------ June 20, 2012 [name of judge] [address of judge] RICK SCOTT GOVERNOR STATE OF FLORIDA 400 S. Monroe St Tallahassee, FL 32399 KEN DETZNER SECRETARY OF STATE STATE OF FLORIDA P.O. BOX 6327 Tallahassee, FL 32314 PAM BONDI ATTORNEY GENERAL STATE OF FLORIDA The Capitol PL-01 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050 cc: [Plaintiff's Attorney] and See Annex A, restated and incorporated here as if set forth in full Reference: Alleged [enter ca... more »

Bushfires drive Tasmania family into the sea – ‘Arguably the most significant heat wave in Australia’s history’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: A Tasmianian family takes refuge from record wildfires in the seawater under a jetty, 8 January 2013. Tammy Holmes (second from left) and her grandchildren, (from left) Charlotte, Esther, Liam, Matilda, and Caleb, survived the bushfires that raged for three hours. Tim Holmes / AP] By Luke Harding 9 January 2013 (guardian.co.uk) – The tornadoes of fire came from two directions. They quickly engulfed the small Tasmanian fishing town of Dunally, and swept towards the home where Tim and Tammy Holmes were babysitting their five grandchildren. There was no escape. No way out. A... more »


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago
* * *Sample Document* *Insert text and change State officials were appropriate below* ------------------------------ [ENTER DATE] CHIEF [ENTER CHIEF'S NAME] [ENTER SPECIFIC NAME] POLICE DEPARTMENT [ENTER SPECIFIC Detective] [ENTER EMAIL IF KNOWN] [ENTER MAILING ADDRESS] [ENTER CERTIFIED/REGISTERED MAIL #] CHRISTINE GREGOIRE GOVERNOR STATE OF WASHINGTON 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW Suite 200 P.O. BOX 40002 Olympia, WA 98504 SAM REED SECRETARY OF STATE STATE OF WASHIGNTON Legislative Building P.O. BOX 40220 Olympia, WA 98504-0220 ROBERT MCKENNA ATTORNEY G... more »

Invading species can extinguish native plants despite recent reports – ‘These species are slowly going extinct’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 2 hours ago
[image: Native plants on a California reserve (in bloom on mounds in background) are found in marginal, patchy habitats following invasion by exotic grasses (in green in foreground). Ecologists at the University of Toronto and ETH Zurich have found that, given time, invading exotic plants will likely eliminate native plants growing in the wild despite recent reports to the contrary. James Cornwell] Contact: Benjamin Gilbert, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, 416-978-4065 (office), 647-778-0900 (cell) benjamin.gilbert@utoronto.ca TORONTO, O... more »

Carcinogen levels soar in Canada’s tar sand lakes

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: Aerial view of the tailings pond at the Athabasca tar sands mines, 18 May 2012. Most ponds are coated in a sheen of oil that can be deadly to waterfowl, like ducks and geese, that land on its surface. businessinsider.com] By Andy Coghlan 9 January 2013 Canada's push to exploit oil-rich sandy rock formations is certainly controversial, but does it pose a health threat? A first analysis has found an increase in carcinogens in sediment from lakes near to the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta but it is not yet clear if the pollution could make people ill. John Smol of Queen's U... more »

Jules et Jim et Sarah

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 3 hours ago
[image: Stories We Tell] This evening I saw Sarah Polley's _Stories We Tell_. It's cleverly crafted and passionate. A lively, entertaining, intelligent film experience. Don't read spoiler reviews of it, particularly any that would have stupid headlines like this one: "Toronto Film Critics Name Sarah Polley's Adultery Doc Best Canadian Movie". Go see it totally unprepared. You may have to see it again. There are many people involved and many overlapping stories. In the best of ways, it appears to have been inspired by _Rashômon_, _Jules et Jim_ and, possibly all of Norman Jewiso... more »

Did AIG's Mr. Greenberg set out to become the poster boy for corporate ingratitude and chutzpah?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Did central casting call for "a corporate-slimebag type"? No need -- that's former AIG chief Maurice Greenberg, the new poster boy for corporate slimitude.* *by Ken* I expect you've heard about this Maurice Greenberg, the former AIG chief executive who had his ass saved by the government bailout and was inspired to a novel form of thanks: suing the federal government to the tune of $25B for amounts he and other AIG shareholders say they lost as the result of what they claim, as represented by the NYT's Michael J. de la Merced and Ben Protess, were the "onerous terms" exacted by t... more »

Ant study deepens concern about plastic additives – ‘Phthlates are everywhere in the atmosphere’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 3 hours ago
[image: KHC8H4O4 is potassium hydrogen phthalate. The word 'hydrogen' is referring the the acidic hydrogen. This hydrogen comes off to neutralize the any OH- ions. In the image below a potassium ion has replaced a hydrogen. Before the hydrogen was replaced, the molecule was called phthalic acid. chemistryland.com]By DAVID JOLLY 7 January 2013 PARIS (The New York Times) – About five years ago, Alain Lenoir, a researcher at François Rabelais University in Tours, France, was studying the biochemical process by which ants differentiate between friends and foes. Scientists had come t... more »

Sunday Globe Specials: Russian Protests Are Fun

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 4 hours ago
*A clear giveaway that the Russian protests are nothing more than a CIA-sponsored attempt at destabilization. * * **"Soon protest became normal, even fun.... she dutifully turns out to protests.... even as she fantasizes about moving the United States"* *Not as much fun here. * * **Related: **FBI, Working With Banks, Chose Not To Inform Occupy Leadership Of Assassination Plot On Its Leaders* *I can't imagine who would want to hurt those good kids.* "Russian protests go on, despite opposition’s foundering" by Michael Birnbaum | Washington Post, December 29, 2012 MOSCOW — Thousands... more »

Statement: Chief Spence not attending meeting with Prime Minister

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
Chief Spence addressing AFN Chiefs on Wednesday.  Also see: Red Lake Chippewa resolution supporting Chief Spencehttp://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

TOPPT: First batch of "tools" available in ZIP file.

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
Kauilapele has loaded up a zip file of some files I am still in the process of posting. You can get the first batch of sample documents at this url: http://kauilapele.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/the-one-peoples-public-trust-now-paradigm-protocol-documents-in-one-zip-folder/ These are "tools" for people facing specific legal issues, which seem to mostly revolve around home loan foreclosures, which is the primary side of the UCC legal system that most people face through the mortgage loan business. Please don't ask me to explain all these. I am not a lawyer. I do not "practice la... more »

Sunday Globe Special: The Killers of Khorasan

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
*I'm tired of crap, readers.** * * **"the Ittehad-e-Mujahedeen Khorasan, a shadowy group that analysts consider to be Al Qaeda’s local counterintelligence wing."* *Shadowy and **murky** are coded giveaways for an intelligence operation, folks.* "Militants hunt down those suspected of aiding CIA strikes" by Declan Walsh | New York Times, December 30, 2012 ISLAMABAD — They are *dead men* talking, and they know it. Gulping nervously, the prisoners stare into the video camera, spilling tales of intrigue, betrayal, and paid *espionage on behalf of the United States*. Some speak in tre... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Canada: Path to Dissolution'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
MNN: CANADA: PATH TO DISSOLUTION Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com CANADA:  PATH TO DISSOLUTION  Canadian Embassy Removed MNN. Jan. 9, 2013.  We are confronting the Corporation of Canada.  Start by shutting down your foreign [band council] embassies in our communities immediately.  Traitorous chiefs, your foot in the canoe will be removed.  Red

Sunday Globe Special: Al-CIA-Duh Carves Out Corner of Africa

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
*‘‘A 4,300-mile-long ribbon of land that runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.’’* "Al Qaeda carves out own country in Mali; Northern Mali now its territory" by Rukmini Callimachi | Associated Press, January 06, 2013 MOPTI, Mali — Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic fighters are burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what has essentially become *Al Qaeda’s new country*. * **Well, there goes the **neighborhood. * * **And if you will excuse, I need to use the **toilet**. Happ... more »

Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Hugo Chavez

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
Voltaire The Venezuelan Minister of Correctional Services, Iris Varela, has announced on her Twitter account the expulsion of a French citizen known as Frédéric Laurent Bouquet, December 29, 2012 Mr. Bouquet (photo) had been arrested in Caracas on June 18, 2009, with three Dominican nationals in possession of an arsenal. In the apartment he had acquired, forensic police seized 500 grams of C4 explosives, 14 assault rifles including 5 with telescopic lenses, 5 with laser sighting and one with a silencer, special cables, 11 electronic detonators, 19,721 cartridges of different cali... more »

SWP, Rape, and Revolutionary Justice

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 5 hours ago
It takes a lot for me to feel sorry for the Socialist Workers' Party, but I genuinely do over the predicament they've brought upon themselves. What appeared to be another farcical frame-up in a history of farcical frame-ups later twisted into tragedy as it was revealed that the SWP's Disputes Committee had been investigating a *rape complaint* against a leading activist and Central Committee member. Cue leak. Cue mayhem. In the first instance, this crisis was precipitated entirely by the SWP's own actions, but from the off they were caught in a bind provided by their own revolution... more »

Sunday Globe Specials: Mexico Looking Good

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
"Mexico City transforms through beautifying public spaces" by Adriana Gomez Licon | Associated Press, December 30, 2012 MEXICO CITY — The plan is as big as this mammoth city: Turn a seedy metro hub into Mexico City’s Times Square; clear swarms of feisty vendors and remodel the historic Alameda Central; illuminate the plazas and walkways of a park twice the size of New York’s Central Park. Mexico City’s government is trying to transform one of the world’s largest cities by beautifying public spaces, parks, and monuments buried beneath a sea of honking cars, street hawkers, billboar... more »

The Young Turks Attack Alex Jones, Call Him Crazy

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
"Like Alex Jones, Michael Savage is a full blown lunatic. He has mental issues, needs to be on some sort of medication, and perhaps institutionalized." - Cenk Uygur. What utter garbage. This is stupid rhetoric. Is everyone now a clinical therapist? Is there a new priesthood coming to power? The media is throwing the word "mentally ill" around willy-nilly, just like they have done with the word "terrorist." Anyone who goes against mainstream thought is mentally ill according to the priests in the media. Calling the opposition crazy is the oldest trick in the totalitarian playbook. ... more »


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
December 21, 2012 DECLARATION OF FACTS & COMMERCIAL BILL UCC Doc. No. 2012138448 TO DEBTORS: TO: alleged STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF PIERCE C/o Robert McKenna, rob.mckenna@atg.wa.gov Bryan Chushcoff Linda CJ Lee Kevin Stock Mark Maenhout 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Department 19 Tacoma, WA 98402 TO: alleged PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF C/o Paul A. Pastor, JR. Civil Section, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. Rm. 1B-203, Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 798-7520 Tel. TO: alleged KEY BANK N.A. C/o Stephanie K. Miller, stephanie_Miller@KeyBank.com Penny Rohrs, Penny_Rhors@KeyBank.com Ronald_W_Goss@KeyBank.c... more »

Vets & Adverse Reactions to the Anthrax Vaccine

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
http://consilioetarmis.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-phantom-carcinogen-scourge.html *Vets & Adverse Reactions to the Anthrax Vaccine* I remember the day I got my Anthrax Vaccine like it was yesterday. We had all been bussed to the airfield efficiently and without incident. It was still dark, no less than 0330. We could hear huge C5's turbines warming up on the runway as we stumbled with our bags from the busses to the terminal. It was a bitter cold, the kind of cold that freezes your breath to your eyebrows. I had arrived on post 2 days prior. I had just completed AIT (Advanced Infa... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Saints head coach Sean Payton signs 5-year extension!* *Drew Brees heading to Pro Bowl!*


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
*SAMPLE DOCUMENT - FLORIDA* * - CHANGE WHERE APPROPRIATE -* ------------------------------ June 20, 2012 [name of plaintiff's attorney] [address of plaintiff's attorney] cc: See Annex A, restated and incorporated here as if set forth in full Reference: Alleged [enter case # and name] Dear [Plaintiff's Attorney] I received a document that purports to be a complaint to the [enter name of court] in Miami, Florida. As the lawful owner of the private land and building located near [enter your address], I will be happy to comply with this purporte... more »


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
If you’re like most people, the summer break is an ideal chance to catch up on your reading. And if you’re like me (for which you have the sympathies of my friends), you like to highlight parts of books as you read them for later use. Here’s a few selections I read over the holiday break from Richard Toye’s *Churchill’s Empire: The World That Made Him and the World He Made *: - [Churchill] showed much hostility to Islam in his early writings, this died away and was replaced in the inter-war years with a near-fanatical hatred of Hinduism. In 1943 he remarked, “I’m pro-Mosl... more »

PhilHealth Watch 14: Not Yet 85 Percent Coverage

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 6 hours ago
* This is my article yesterday in the online magazine, http://thelobbyist.biz/index.php/perspectives/less-government/item/142-universal-healthcare-and-philhealth ----------- Universal health care (UHC) is a noble goal and I fully support it. Everyone will get sick somewhere in his/her lifetime so everyone must have a health insurance. It does not mean though that UHC should be implemented only or dominated by the government. In the Philippines, there are no government carinderia or restaurant corporation, or a government grocery or supermarket corporation, or government tilapia or p... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Morning Services at the Cairo Mosque

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 6 hours ago
*Can't you hear the call **of the minaret**?* "Egypt’s future might hinge on Cairo mosque" by Griff Witte | Washington Post, December 30, 2012 CAIRO — The *revolution* that began here two years ago with *calls for justice and freedom* has become a *rout by Islamist forces* that have racked up victory upon victory at the polls. But within Egypt and across the region, the *real source of fears* that the country is *hurtling toward theocracy* lies in an *unlikely place*: the ancient stone corridors of al-Azhar, a Cairo mosque and university complex that long has been known as a res... more »


        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
------------------------------ *UCC 3-501 DEMAND* *(all international and “STATE OF . . .” equivalents)* TO DEBTOR: HSBC Bank USA, N.A., et. al. C/o: 523 Union Street Seattle, WA 98101 Attn: Abraham A. Dairi abraham.a.dairi@us.hsbc.com 206.224.9973 fax 206.336.0580 direct Attn: Terry Park terry.x.park@us.hsbc.com 206.224.9973 fax 206.224.9961 phone Ref Account Name/Number: ANNEXES: A – HSBC Premier Statement of Account [ENTE... more »

RAG RADIO / Thorne Dreyer : Sixties Music Legends Powell St. John and Charlie Prichard

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
From left, musicians Charlie Prichard and Powell St. John and Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer at the KOOP studios in Austin, Texas, Friday, December 21, 2012. Photo by Alan Pogue / The Rag Blog. Rag Radio podcast: Sixties music legends Powell St. John and Charlie Prichard By Rag Radio / The Rag Blog / January 9, 2013 Sixties music legends Powell St. John and Charlie Prichard were Thorne Dreyer's

Alex Challenges Piers Morgan to 2nd Debate

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Alex Jones Challenges Piers Morgan to Moderated Debate* Gun control showdown – round two *Paul Joseph Watson* Infowars.com January 9, 2013 Fresh off an explosive CNN confrontation between the two that has generated viral media attention, Alex Jones has challenged Piers Morgan to another debate on gun control that would be overseen by an independent moderator.

Fatwa by Al Jazeera's Top Cleric: Pro-Gov't Syrian Civilians Are Legitimate Targets

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
I guess this guy will now be on "Al Jazeera America" telling viewers that it is okay for the U.S. government to kill Syrians. All thanks to global warming charlatan Al Gore. The blood of Syrians is on the hands of Al Jazeera. They are sanctioning war crimes and terrorism by pushing this crap. They should be ashamed of themselves for giving this thug in a Muslim dress a platform.

A World of Dying Trees

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 6 hours ago

“Did We Just Kill a Kid?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Did We Just Kill a Kid?”* The Sad Short Life of Mr. George Stinney by Tom McNamara "In the spring of 1944, in the quiet little town of Alcolu, South Carolina, two young girls, Betty June Binnicker, age 11, and Mary Emma Thames, age 8, were brutally murdered while picking flowers along a railroad track. Their bodies were found in a nearby water filled ditch. The cause of death was determined to be multiple blows to their skulls with a metal railroad spike. A Mr. George Stinney was soon arrested for the murders. While there was no physical evidence or eyewitness accounts linking ... more »

International Relations Fetish on the Rise

Brian Rathbun at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
The Canard “All the fake news that fit to print” –Washington A new report issued Tuesday by the American Political Science Association reveals that compared to their counterparts in American politics, comparative politics and political theory, international relations scholars are twenty times likelier to have a belly button fetish. “There is an epidemic of navel-gazing Continue reading

Wild Bill: Obama's job evaluation...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 7 hours ago
*perfectly done. *

Time Warner And Media Fascism In America

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Yesterday, on my travel blog, I documented how Emirates, which hypes itself as a first-rate international airline, unceremoniously dumped all its L.A.-bound business class passengers flying from Cochin in Dubai so the airline could sell their seats to other customers. I was one of those travelers and I was forced to spend 24 unscheduled hours in Dubai. Aside from visiting the world's biggest-- and most garish-- shopping mall, I spent much of my time watching Al-Jazeera. I don't get the station in L.A. but I do watch it online and find it far more informative and in-depth than CNN ... more »

Solis Out

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced just now that she's leaving the administration. Barack Obama is going to be under some pressure on the demographic characteristics of her replacement; with Jack Lew, John Kerry, and Chuck Hagel getting the last three nominations, Democratic constituencies will be expecting women to fill upcoming vacancies. However (and as I've been saying for a week now on twitter), there's an opportunity here for him to solve a problem that the Kerry appointment created. The Democratic primary in Massachusetts could easily wind up selecting social conservati... more »

Right-wing sectarianism

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 7 hours ago
Sectarianism is bemoaned on the left. Too many socialist parties not enough socialists. Everyone's sectarian, except me. You get the picture? It's interesting, actually, but there is a proliferation of groups on the right as well, much less commented on. The breakdown of the Tories popular base is well documented. The decline of Toryism is covered, for now, by the convergence of the mainstream parties. The Lib Dems support the current government and the Labour party doesn't really oppose it. The general logjam in our society stems from the fact all significant civil society groups a... more »

SUMMER REPRISE: Where Jesus goes, so goes Brian Tamaki

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*In this post that appeared here in July, I wonder why Brian Tamaki is treated like a nut when he’s only going where Jesus and all the mainstream religious cults churches went before him…* Mainstream reaction to Brian Tamaki’s church continues to amuse me. *Stuff*reportsBrian Tamaki’s latest “revelation”: Bishop Brian Tamaki has raised the stakes with his Destiny Church followers, exhorting them to leave behind houses, jobs – even family members – to join him at a "City of God" he is building in South Auckland. At the church's annual conference in Rotorua on Friday night, Tamaki sp... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*Chase Kowalski* What happened to the Sandy Hook children? "The plot by America’s military bosses was devilish in both design and intent – to fabricate an outrage against innocent civilians, fool the world... "In the Pentagon, a top secret team drew up a plan to simultaneously send up two airliners painted and numbered exactly the same, one from a civil airport in America, the other from a secret military airbase nearby. "The one from the airport would have military personnel on board who had checked in as ordinary passengers under false names. The one from the airbase would be a... more »

Reflections on a life-changing year

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 8 hours ago
This time last year, I was in one of the most stressful periods of my life as we stripped away all that was familiar and beloved to prepare for our move to Honduras. I was stepping into a new job in a strange land where I'd have to work in a language I barely knew, leaving behind friends, family and the security of a comfortable and fulfilling 30-year career. I was unsettled by the constant reports of violence and murder coming out of Honduras, and wondered just what exactly my spouse and I had gotten ourselves into with our decision to volunteer for Cuso International. But it felt... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Study: New Orleans work force development faces big hurdle ~Chris Miller, WWL*

"Borrowing From MasterCard to Pay For Visa"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Borrowing From MasterCard to Pay For Visa"* by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Financial analyst Gregory Mannarino says, “The Fed cannot and will not stop printing. If they do that, overnight the system would collapse. They are in desperation mode.” Mannarino thinks the U.S. should be cutting spending and not raising the debt ceiling. He contends, “By raising the debt ceiling, we are borrowing from our MasterCard to pay for our Visa.” Mannarino says global central banks are all “purchasing gold and silver in record numbers. Meanwhile, they are flooding the world with fiat curren... more »

"The Failure of Common Knowledge"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"The Failure of Common Knowledge"* by Jeffrey Tucker "It takes a shockingly long time for the masses of people to pick up on new realities. This is especially true if the new realities reverse very old trends that have burrowed certain false assumptions in our minds. As examples, most people even today assume that you should: * get as much formal education as possible * buy a house as a solid investment * look to the stock market as an economic barometer * trust the Fed as the nation’s money manager. Another thing that everyone knows: Prisons keep us safe from pr... more »

Black Craps

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: image] I’ve just been catching up on the full extent of our national cricket team’s embarrassing capitulation in South Africa a fortnight ago. Blunt’s cartoon is apposite: [image: clip_image001] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

what i'm reading: chango's beads and two-tone shoes (and maybe more, again) by william kennedy

laura k at wmtc - 8 hours ago
I am reading *Changó's Beads and Two-tone Shoes*, the latest novel by William Kennedy, one of my very favourite authors, and in my opinion, one of the greatest English-language writers of our time. *Changó's Beads* is Kennedy's first novel in several years, and after not reading him for so long, his work is a bracing shock of beauty and possibility. I've read all of Kennedy's fiction - *Legs*, *Billy Phelan's Greatest Game*, *Ironweed*, *Quinn's Book*, *Very Old Bones*, *The Flaming Corsage*, and * Roscoe* - and loved each one, each book very different, but all linked and related to... more »

A National Con(versation), or Summit Like That

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 8 hours ago
I just couldn't get the plaintive trademark whine of the late Andy Rooney out of my head this morning as I mulled the question: "D'ja ever wonder what a national conversation is? Does a national conversation happen when 330 million people rush to their kitchen tables and all start babbling at once? Or is a national conversation limited to what the ruling class decides it is, and only the pre-approved big shots are allowed to do the talking? How does a National Conversation become declared a National Summit? When the big shots go to the mountain-top, will the hoi polloi remain down ... more »

Piers Morgan and Guests Discuss Shooting Alex Jone

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
CNN and the gun grabbing media are now calling for Alex Jones to be shot the day after his heated appearance with Piers Morgan. In a segment on Piers Morgan’s CNN program, sports columnist for the Daily Beast, Buzz Bissinger, shockingly states: “I don’t care what the justification is that you’re allowed in this country to own a semi-automatic weapon – much less a handgun. But what do you need a semi-automatic weapon for? The only reason I think you’d need it is, Piers, challenge Alex Jones to a boxing match, show up with a semi-automatic that you got legally and pop him.” Abby Hu... more »

Korea: Hundreds of Copycats Follow Celebrity Suicides

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Korea has the highest suicide rate among the OECD countries. According to estimates by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, 15,000 people kill themselves every year, and about 100,000 are admitted to emergency rooms following a suicide attempt. But the number of suicides increases 30 percent over the two months after a celebrity commits suicide, according to a study. Ha Kyoo-seob of the Korean Association for Suicide Prevention on Tuesday said analysis of suicide data for a period after 2005 released by Statistics Korea shows that an average of 2,632 people killed themselves in the ... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 9th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 18:38:41 UTC Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 03:38:41 PM at epicenter Location 17.882°S, 69.422°W Depth 78.9 km (49.0 miles) Region TARAPACA, CHILE Distances 38 km (23 miles) NNE of Putre, Chile

President Obama ‘seriously considering’ hosting climate summit

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 9 hours ago
[image: U.S. President Barack Obama approaches the podium. President Obama listed climate change among the top three priorities of his second term. Alex Wong / Getty Images]By Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent 9 January 2013 (guardian.co.uk) – Barack Obama may intervene directly on climate change by hosting a summit at the White House early in his second term, environmental groups say. They say the White House has given encouraging signals to a proposal for Obama to use the broad-based and bipartisan summit to launch a national climate action strategy. "What we t... more »

Tom Baugh: When to Shoot the Colonels...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
In view of the hysterical rhetoric about gun seizure being bandied about, I thought this was a good time to re-post this essay, written several years ago by Tom Baugh, author of *Starving the Monkeys. * * *I've read Starving the Monkeys, and while it has many good points, there are many that I don't agree with. For one thing, Mr. Baugh is virulently anti-Christian and, in particular, anti-Catholic, which had absolutely nothing to do with his points on "makers vs takers", the economic situation, and preparedness. His points on self-sufficiency are good, but overall the book was a ... more »

Inside Story Americas - Which stories did the media ignore this year?

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
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Coalition publishes 122-page audit but is accused of a 'whitewash'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The Government published the 122-page document this afternoon, promising a candid assessment of any pledges it has not yet met. The existence of the review’s annex was only made public when the Telegraph revealed that one of Mr Cameron’s senior advisers was photographed in Downing Street yesterday carrying a document that discussed the advantages and disadvantages of releasing it. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9790290/Coalition-publishes-122-page-audit-but-is-accused-of-a-whitewash.html

Tigre feróz sobre las frías aguas turquesa

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 10 hours ago
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The Jewish Controlled CNN Alex Jones Piers Morgan Staged Fiasco - My Views!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
I have received a lot of email from friends asking me to give my take on the recent laughable fiasco show and absolute circus act on the Jewish controlled CNN "News Network" between corporate Jewish controlled shill, Piers Morgan, and equally Jewish controlled Gatekeeper, Alex Jones. I figure I would take a shot and give my views in an article... For those that have not seen this laughable and very staged performance by these two controlled fools, I want to present the three parts of that circus act on CNN for everyone to see for themselves here: Part I: Part II: Part III: ... more »

Nixon 100

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
Sometimes, the most obvious things are worth pointing out. Richard Nixon -- born 100 years ago today -- was on a national ticket 5 times, and had he completed his second term would have held national office for 16 years. Not only that, but because his vice presidency and presidency were interrupted by Kennedy/Johnson, he first took national office in 1953 and resigned the presidency in August 1974, spanning over 20 years. And of course Nixon was around longer than that; he became at least somewhat famous while in Congress. But Congress-famous isn't the same as national-ticket famous... more »

Germans unveil 'star wars' laser than can shoot a drone out of the sky from TWO MILES away and cut through a steel girder at 700 yards

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
One of the most powerful laser weapons ever fired has successfully shot drones out of the sky from two miles away. The groundbreaking weapon uses a high powered 50kW laser, and is powerful enough to cut through a steel girder from 1km away, yet accurate enough to hit a target the size of a mortar round. Rheinmetall Defence, the firm who developed it, say it could eventually become commonplace on the battlefield, and are developing a smaller version that could be taken to the front line to protect troops. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2259639/The-groundbreaking-Star... more »

Voters could finally get a say on leaving the EU in 2018 but Cameron's big Europe speech risks disappointing sceptics......What happened to before 2015?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
David Cameron will pledge to hold a referendum on a new deal with the European Union in 2018, it was reported today. The Prime Minister will use a landmark speech on the UK’s relationship with Europe to set out the process he hopes will secure the return of powers from Brussels before seeking the approval of the British people. But up to nine Cabinet ministers are said to be unconvinced by early reports of the deal Mr Cameron is seeking and could campaign to leave the EU altogether. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259695/Voters-finally-say-leaving-EU-2018-Camerons-big-Euro... more »

Perro pequeño saltando el árbol caído

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 10 hours ago
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The obsession with teacher evaluation

skrashen at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
The obsession with teacher evaluation Sent to the Seattle Times, January 9 The publicity given to the latest Gates Foundation report on teacher evaluation (“Gates: Test scores not enough for teacher reviews,” January 9) adds strength to the common view that there is something very wrong with American teachers. There is, for example, no pressing concern about how we should evaluate nurses, carpenters, doctors, dentists, lawyers, engineers, plumbers, butchers, newspaper reporters, etc. Every profession has some inferior practitioners, but the available evidence says that American tea... more »

Delfin inteligente nadando en el mar

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 10 hours ago
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Helicóptero listo para emprender su viaje

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 10 hours ago
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Are the BBC easier on Europhiles than Eurosceptics?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
Further to my earlier post, here's the current Telegraph polling results... Yes, greater deference is given to Europhiles 92.34% (2,544 votes) No, reports are always objective 7.66% (211 votes) The BBC unbiased?

Alcón listo para cazar a su presa en las montañas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Can The Republican Party Destroy Themselves Further-- They're Trying

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Yesterday a really funny poll came out from PPP, showing just how unpopular John Boehner's Congress has become. Our newest national poll finds that Congress only has a 9% favorability rating with 85% of voters viewing it in a negative light. We've seen poll after poll after poll over the last year talking about how unpopular Congress is but really, what's the difference between an 11% or a 9% or a 7% favorability rating? So we decided to take a different approach and test Congress' popularity against 26 different things. And what we found is that Congress is less popular than coc... more »

Nigeria: Explosion in Lagos port

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Eyewitness Willem Auret filmed the moment of the blast An oil depot in the port area of the Nigerian city of Lagos has been hit by a major explosion and fire. The blast, which shook buildings in the Apapa area, happened during a transfer of fuel, the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said. Firefighters have been at the scene and four people were wounded in the blast, AFP news agency reports. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20960214

Cyprus bailout: No aid without privatisations, says German chancellor Merkel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Angela Merkel has just given a clear signal that Cyprus will not get its bailout until it drops its opposition to wide-ranging economic reforms. During a press conference in Berlin, the German chancellor insisted the aid deal would not be completed without Nicosia agreeing to a programme including privatising some state-controlled companies. Merkel said (via Reuters): We agree it is important that the troika should talk with Cyprus and that there can be no special conditions for Cyprus because we have common rules in Europe We are far from the end of the talks. http://www.guardian... more »

Norovirus: new strain may be to blame for record cases say experts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The so-called Sydney 2012 strain has become the most common form of norovirus in circulation, scientists at the Health Protection Agency said. The virus, named after the place it first emerged, caused a similar early start to the norovirus season in Australia as has happened here. So far over 1.1m people have contracted nororvirus this winter in England as cases approached double the normal rate. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9790313/Norovirus-new-strain-may-be-to-blame-for-record-cases-say-experts.html

John Friend on Freedomizer Radio

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 11 hours ago
Yesterday afternoon, I was a guest on Gadsen Rising on *Freedomizer Radio*. The hosts and I discussed my views on Sandy Hook and media PSYOPS, WWII and Adolf Hitler, and related matters. It was an excellent show guys, be sure to download it *here*. The first hour and a half of the show is actually a different program, FYI.

US publicly voices concerns over Britain leaving EU

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
America has publicly voiced its concern about the consequences of Britain leaving the European Union, stating that London's "voice" within the EU is "critical to the United States". Philip Gordon, the US assistant secretary responsible for European affairs, said that Britain's membership of the EU was "in the American interest". *(but not in the British interest)* http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/9791484/US-publicly-voices-concerns-over-Britain-leaving-EU.html

There is a method here -- it is not merely being churlish

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says she won't attend Friday's "working meeting" between First Nations chiefs and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, because the presence of Gov. Gen. David Johnston is "integral" and he won't be there. "We have sent a letter to Buckingham Palace and requesting that Queen Elizabeth II send forth her representative which is the Governor General of Canada," Spence said in a release. "I will not be attending Friday's meeting with the prime minister, as the Governor General's attendance is integral when discussing inherent and treaty rights." Story

Rape Culture in Canada and India

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 11 hours ago
Been thinking about the huge national trauma presently going on in Indiaand how it compares to Canada. I've written before about how Canada really doesn't have any claim to advertise itself as a feminist paradise, but I've some thoughts on the matter. India is a far more puritanical society than Canada is. Watch a few Bollywood movies and see if you ever see a kissing scene. I'm going to do some empty speculating here now. Patriarchal societies (and Canada and India are both patriarchal) that are also puritanical are going to be anti-female. Because the moral code is controlled by ma... more »

Modern journalists love What It Takes!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013* *But should modern journalists do that:* What kind of book is What It Takes? We have no real idea. We’re fairly sure we’ve never read it, except perhaps in part. But in the wake of Richard Ben Cramer’s untimely death, his book is being treated as a classic. In this morning’s Washington Post, Matt Schudel offers a fairly standard assessment: SCHUDEL (1/9/13): *"What It Takes," all 1,047 pages of it, was seen, then and now, as more than an insider's account of a campaign. Overwhelming in its detail, scope, ambition and hubris, the book stands as a classi... more »

Bonita catedral junto al agua bajo un cielo azul

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Iran is guilty because...we say so

Left I on the News at Left I on the News - 11 hours ago
The U.S. is ramping up pressure on the American public to accept an attack on Iran, with not one but two stories in today's news. It wasn't enough to accuse Iran of producing nuclear weapons based on no evidence, now we're throwing into the mix accusations of cyberattacks and hostage taking as well. In perhaps the more serious charge, an AP story accuses Iran of holding retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 on an Iranian island. Iran has repeatedly denied holding Levinson, which would seem reasonable on two counts — one, they never denied holding the three Ame... more »

The secret language of crime: Police reveal symbols used by burglars to help fellow criminals target rich and vulnerable homes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The symbols - dubbed may indicate that a home is wealthy, has already been burgled or may have nothing worth stealing. Chillingly, they may also indicate if there is a vulnerable female in the home, or if the occupant is nervous or afraid and easily duped. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259445/Police-reveal-symbols-used-burglars-help-fellow-criminals-target-rich-vulnerable-homes.html

Linda pareja de caballos en un atardecer romántico

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 11 hours ago
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Indian Soldier 'Beheaded' In Kashmir Dispute

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
One of the two Indian soldiers killed in a clash along the disputed Kashmir border was beheaded by Pakistani troops who then carried away his head, India's chief military spokesman has claimed. "We can confirm that one of the Indian soldiers was beheaded by the Pakistani army in Kashmir," J Dahiya said. "They have taken away the head." http://news.sky.com/story/1035515/kashmir-pakistan-troops-behead-indian-soldier

Barack Obama Mulls Action On Gun Laws

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
President Barack Obama is considering making a possible executive order to prevent gun attacks in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. Vice President Joe Biden said that Mr Obama was "determined to take action" against gun violence and was considering making executive orders to stop further attacks. http://news.sky.com/story/1035725/barack-obama-mulls-action-on-gun-laws

New York Ferry Crash: Up To 50 Injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A commuter ferry has crashed into the dockside in Lower Manhattan in New York during the morning rush hour, injuring between 30 and 50 people. The Seastreak Ferry, which provides daily services from Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey, struck Pier 11 in the East River not far from Wall Street at about 8:45am ET (1:45pm GMT). Officials say at least two of the passengers were in a critical condition, one with confirmed head injuries. http://news.sky.com/story/1035638/new-york-ferry-crash-more-than-50-injured

Ben Shapiro on Hannity: The time for civility is over...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
"We can't be civil with them. We can't. We've reached the end of bipartisanship. We've reached the end of civility. It's like the Geneva Conventions. These people are out of uniform. Once they exit the realm of civility they are now fair game. And it's enough playing fair with them. It's enough having the moral high ground. If we have the moral high ground it means that we lose. We need to start fighting back and fighting back hard." H/T The Gateway Pundit

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake AEGEAN SEA - 9th January 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 15:41:33 UTC Wednesday, January 09, 2013 at 05:41:33 PM at epicenter Location 39.670°N, 25.733°E Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program Region AEGEAN SEA Distances 34 km (21 miles) WSW of Bozcaada, Turkey

National Boycott of MSNBC

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
(Photo: MSNBC Leaning Forward) How long can the "progressive network" ignore progressive educators? No longer. Pretending to be stupid about the anti-democratic corporate takeover of American public education is no longer acceptable. My advice to Maddow and the rest of the nightly liberal crew: Get educated on the issues or get lost. From Tim Slekar: January 7, 2013 by Timothy D. Slekar Why in the hell would MSNBC’s *morning joe* prominently feature Michelle Rhee and her ridiculous state report card? Why does this woman continue to get media attention? Every reform that sh... more »

Sunday Globe Special: India's Cancer Train Keeps Chugging Along

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 12 hours ago
*Runs on pesticides. * "Indian officials take stock as more pack into ‘cancer train’; Ranks of afflicted swell after years of pesticide use" by Rama Lakshmi | Washington Post, January 06, 2013 BHATINDA, India — The train crawls into the grimy station, and scores of anxious cancer patients scramble to find assigned berths, floor space, even corners. Wrapped in large woolen blankets against the wintry cold, the passengers prepare for an overnight journey to the nearest public hospital, 220 miles away. Many call it India’s ‘‘cancer train.’’ **************************************** ... more »

Beck Shows His True Colors, Calls Alex "An Extremist Nut Job"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
Glenn Beck *says*: "Want to know who the media wants to make the face of the pro-gun argument in America? Look no further than conspiratorial radio host Alex Jones, best known for his 9/11 Truther theories and his love of Charlie Sheen's hernia. Jones is the man behind the petition to deport CNN host Piers Morgan for his views on gun control. Morgan invited Jones onto his show to debate the gun issue yesterday, and not surprisingly, Jones made a fool of himself, giving the left the perfect poster boy for their attempts to paint every logical conservative as an extremist nut job." C... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Thai-Dyed Shirt

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 12 hours ago
"Thai antigovernment protesters clash with police" by Thanyarat Doksone and Todd Pitman | Associated Press, November 25, 2012 BANGKOK — Protesters calling for Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to step down rallied in Bangkok on Saturday, clashing with police in the *first major demonstration* against the government since it came to power last year. Organizers had *spoken of mobilizing hundreds of thousands* of supporters. But *only around 10,000 turned up*, and by dusk the leaders called the rally off. * **We have no way of knowing if the agenda-pushing is accurate h... more »

Wednesday Afternoon Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
I’m home sick. With my daughter. Who is also sick. So this will be brief. Sean Kay makes the “case for Chuck Hagel” at the Huffington Post. Daniel Larison slams Jonah Goldberg and other “petty, spiteful critics of Hagel.” The Onion reports that Israel “plan to use veto power” against Hagel. Michael Flynn gives the Hagel debate Continue reading

LDP and the Folly of Nuclear Deterrence

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Last night I posted about the insanity of nuclear deterrence here Today I read in The Asahi Shimbun that Japan's new hawkish LDP government plans on expanding military spending, particularly in the area of missiles Defense Ministry targets economic stimulus with hardware requests January 09, 2013 THE ASAHI SHIMBUN [Excerpted] The Defense Ministry has asked for additional hardware worth 180.5 billion yen ($2 billion) in a forthcoming supplementary budget intended to unleash a new economic stimulus before the end of this fiscal year. The requests include the purchase of Patriot Adv... more »

Time for action as disaster risks rise, insurer says

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: A fire truck near a bushfire in Australia, 8 January 2013. Les Smith / Sydney Morning Herald] By Peter Hannam, Carbon economy editor 8 January 2013 (Sydney Morning Herald) – Australia's exposure to natural risks is on the increase and governments at all levels should step up joint efforts to limit the losses and prevent insurance costs from spiralling higher, one of the country's biggest insurers says. Modest investments in flood or fire mitigation measures can significantly reduce the cost of the disasters when they inevitably occur, Suncorp Group said in its *Risky Bus... more »

By a wide margin, 2012 was warmest year on record in the U.S.

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: This map shows where 2012 U.S. temperatures were different from the 1981–2010 average. Shades of red indicate temperatures up to 8° Fahrenheit warmer than average, and shades of blue indicate temperatures up to 8° Fahrenheit cooler than average—the darker the color, the larger the difference from average temperature. Map by NOAA climate.gov team, based on Climate Division Data from the National Climatic Data Center. climatewatch.noaa.gov] By Susan Osborne and Jake Crouch 8 January 2013 (ClimateWatch Magazine) – According to the latest statistics from NOAA’s National Clima... more »


Disaster MapNet at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Livingston Parish: FEMA lied about Gustav* *Encino, CA Community Leaders Move to Sanction Army Corps of Engineers* *Lower Ninth Ward man battling food desert* *Scoot Blog: New Orleans -No Place Like Home!* *Cooler Than You: Booty’s Street Food ~He Said/She Said NOLA* *Food Truck Rally at the Fairgrounds Sat! ~Eater New Orleans* *Food Truck Rally in Da Bywaters Sun!* *Figuring Out Mardi Gras for the First Time ~Hale Adams, myNewOrleans.com* *Leonard Cohen to perform at Mahalia Jackson Theater in March ~Gambit* *James Booker, Bayou Maharajah ~NOLA DEFENDER*

About things science tries to hide for us?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 14 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/VjpCKZ7cEoY Whether you agree with all of its content, this mega-movie is worthwhile viewing! Are we ready for a new perspective on this world? Do we really understand what goes on around us? Or do we prefer to stay in the 'ignorantosphere', believing in the gospels from so-called 'sciences' that cling to paradigms from yesteryear? Real science is way ahead and starts to expose that we know 'little if anything' about ourselves and the Cosmos. "The God beyond god" is in fact the question we are dealing with. Not in a childisch way with images of a man with a gr... more »

The platinum coin and the death of the west!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013* *Paul Krugman explains how it works:* Should President Barack Obama mint a $1 trillion platinum coin? Yesterday, we offered a few first thoughts about this novel idea. Later in the afternoon, Paul Krugman doubled down on the peculiar proposal in a blog post. First, Krugman constructed an argument against the idea that this action “would be undignified.” You can judge that one for yourselves. Moving right along, Krugman explained how the magical coin would work. We aren’t saying that what follows is wrong. We’re saying it’s deeply revealing: KRUGMAN ... more »

You can't fix stupid... .

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
*Traffic* *Camera * *A man was driving when he saw the* *flash of a traffic camera.* *He figured that his picture had been taken for exceeding the limit, even though he* *knew that he was not speeding... Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed. Now he began to think that this was quite funny, so he drove even slower as he passed the area again, but the traffic camera* *again flashed. He tried a fourth time with the same result.. He did this a fifth time and was now laughing when the camera flashe... more »

WotW: Stay Organized and Strengthen Your Relationship in 2013

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
It's a new year and a new opportunity to set some goals. I'm sure you have a solid list of resolutions you're already working on, but may I add one more? The goal I would suggest to you is to strengthen your relationship with your spouse and/or children by staying organized. You heard me: strengthen your relationship by being better organized. You're probably thinking I'm crazy, but hear me out. About two months ago, my wife and I began an organization scheme that has benefited our relationship tremendously. The secret? Two simple online tools: Google Calendar and a relative newcome... more »

Another bizarre and alarming twist in the auditor general scandal

paul at Paying attention - 14 hours ago
The Times Colonist has a damaging story and column on the decision not to reappoint John Doyle as auditor general. Rob Shaw and Les Leyne reveal that Liberal MLA Eric Foster, the chairman of the committee that turfed Doyle, was cited for spending and conflict concerns in an auditor general’s report in October - “the only MLA singled out.” The devastating audit identified widespread sloppy management practices of MLA expenses and $63 million in legislature spending. And it cited the case of $78,000 paid to the landlord for renovations at Foster’s constituency office in 2009. Doyle rais... more »

Hospital sets up quarantine TENTS in parking lot to deal with flood of flu patients

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Pennsylvania created an outdoor area on Tuesday to treat patients with flu symptoms after four people have died of complications from the virus. Officials believe this year will be a particularly bad outbreak of the flu - known as the H3N2 strain - and treating patients in isolation is the best way of keeping cases at bay. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259366/Philadelphia-hospital-opens-quarantine-style-tent-deal-flu.html

things i heard at the library: an occasional series: # 6

laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
I must preface this post with a statement. If you aren't a regular wmtc reader, if you've stumbled on this post without knowing anything about my views: I am a fierce proponent of free speech, and I am passionately committed to intellectual freedom. Once, discussing my opposition to capital punishment, someone asked me, "Even for George Bush?" And I thought, you don't know me very well, do you? I'd give my eye teeth to see a POTUS - former or sitting - stand trial for war crimes. I'd dance in the streets as he were sentenced to life behind bars, his wealth distributed to survivors ... more »

First cases of 'incurable' antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea found in North America as CDC warns of public health nightmare

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
The long feared nightmare of U.S. public health officials has come to pass with the news anti-biotic resistant Gonorrhea has been detected in North American patients. A study released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association announced it had found nine patients with a strain of the sexually transmitted disease immune to the last remaining effective oral antibiotic. This confirms the fears of both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation who warned last year that untreatable gonorrhea, the world's second most common STD would soon become a rea... more »

Angry Canadians

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Gloria Galloway reports in the *Globe and Mail* that hope is fading for those who believed Friday's meeting between native leaders and Stephen Harper would put an end to the Idle No More protests: Idle No More organizers will hold their own Friday meeting for chiefs that were not invited to the talks on that day with Mr. Harper. And Governor-General David Johnston announced on Tuesday that he would not be at Mr. Harper’s working meeting with key Assembly of First Nations leaders. As a result, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who called for the meeting in first place, said she ... more »

Ben Swann Destroys Piers Morgan’s Anti-Gun Argument

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
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Why Blue America Never Endorsed Heidi Heitkamp Last Year

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Early last year very few people thought the Democrats would be able to hold the North Dakota Senate seat which Kent Conrad was giving up. In 2008, Obama only won 45% of the vote there (and this year he wound up with an even more dismal 39%, winning only 6 of the state's 53 counties). It's a red state turning redder. But Heidi Heitkamp was the perfect candidate for the seat-- a populist firebrand against the super-wealthy corporate hackthe GOP was running. And Heitkamp did win, beating Rep. Rick Berg 160,752 to 157,758 and taking 24 counties, including the entire eastern part of the ... more »

NSPCC slam social workers who let four-year-old girl live with child porn pervert despite being warned he was a suspected paedophile

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Child protection campaigners have slammed social workers who allowed a four-year-old girl to stay with a foster parent for two weeks after they suspected he might be a paedophile. Bristol City Council failed to act instantly after police warned them the vulnerable child lived with an alleged sex offender, which the NSPCC believe could have put her at 'serious risk of harm'. The local authority has spent two months fighting a High Court battle to prevent details of the case being reported. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259482/Social-services-knew-girl-4-living-paedophile-f... more »

Polish sex attacker 'stabbed to death by passer-by as he molested girl, 18, in the street'....Justice Served!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A Polish sex attacker was killed by a passerby who intervened to stop him molesting an 18-year-old girl in the street, a jury heard yesterday. Janusz Smoderek died of stab wounds soon after he drunkenly assaulted the teenager while on his way home from a lap-dancing club. Stephen Sleaford admits stepping in to save the young woman, but insists he was not responsible for Smoderek's death, and says it was in fact the Pole who was carrying a knife, not him. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259478/Polish-sex-attacker-stabbed-death-passer-molested-girl-18-street.html

Norovirus: Blame It On The Aussies, Experts Say

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A new strain of norovirus, which spread from Australia, is responsible for the majority of recent cases, health experts have said. The new variant of the bug, called Sydney 2012, has become the "dominant strain", officials said. In October, when the number of cases started to increase, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) performed genetic testing on norovirus strains in England and Wales. http://news.sky.com/story/1035562/norovirus-vomiting-bug-spread-from-australia

Jessops Set To Go Into Administration

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Photography retailer Jessops is on the verge of calling in administrators, according to Retail Week. The demise of the decades-old chain would be the first high street casualty of 2013. http://news.sky.com/story/1035613/jessops-set-to-go-into-administration

Killing the Post Office for ALEC UPS and Fedex?

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
Nine Minutes of very good video from RealNews *Selling government assets - buildings* *Privatization of government services* *THIS is part of the ALEC agenda.* I have written about the ALEC style privatization of the postal service in this blog entry *>>>HERE<<<<* UPS & Fedex denies - HAH! Why do you think they belong to ALEC? Another excellent - excellent writeup on this issue can be found at the Voter Legislative Exchange Council webpage. *>>>>HERE<<<<* ALEC/Koch Cabal Pursuing Privatization of the US Postal Service for UPS and FedEx… Posted on April 5, 2012 by Bob Sloan

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Imelda Staunton, 57. And plenty of good stuff: 1. Ryan Grim and Sabrina Siddiqui on how Members of Congress spend their time. Depressing. 2. Is it the worst ever graph? It's certainly a contender, and Andrew Gelman has it. 3. Lots of reasons to take not of a small health care story hidden in the fiscal cliff bill: Peter Orszag reports why it's important for budget reasons, but it's also a great how-Congress-works story. 4. Paul Krugman really wants to mint the coin. 5. Keith Hennessey has a very reasonable debt limit strategy for Republicans. Therefore, it pro... more »

The one hundred and seventy second weekly "No shit, Sherlock" award or a Conservative MP gets it

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
The Telegraph report this: 'Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Public Administration Committee, appeared to accuse the broadcaster of bias as he was asked about splits within the Conservative Party on Europe. He predicted that James Naughtie, his interviewer on BBC Radio Four's Today Programme, would be more deferential to the next guest, Lord Brittan, a former member of the European Commission and ex-Home Secretary. "I appreciate the BBC wants to talk about the the Conservative Party but let's talk about the issue," he said. Told he was being "silly", Mr Jenkin hit back: "I bet yo... more »

Better Schools = Stronger Communities

P. L. Thomas at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
From EmpowerEd Georgia Better Schools = Stronger Communities

Syrian rebels free 48 Iranians in prisoner swap for 2000 Syrian Prisoners: Turkish NGO

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Syrian rebels freed 48 Iranian hostages on Wednesday in exchange for the release of more than 2,000 civilian prisoners held by the Syrian government, the head of a Turkish aid agency which helped broker the deal said. The Syrian rebel al-Baraa brigade seized the Iranians in early August and initially threatened to kill them, saying they were members of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps sent to fight for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/09/us-syria-crisis-iranians-release-idUSBRE9080EH20130109

Anti-Torture Demo At Bin Laden Film Premiere

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Protesters wearing orange jump suits and black hoods staged a protest outside the Washington premiere of a controversial film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Activists held placards bearing slogans including 'Torture Is Wrong' as lawmakers and media guests filed in to the screening of Zero Dark Thirty. It comes as the US Senate Intelligence Committee begins a review of contacts between the makers of the movie and CIA officials. http://news.sky.com/story/1035460/zero-dark-thirty-premiere-hit-by-protest

Nasa Reveals Neutron Star Effects

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
Nasa has released a film showing a spectacular light show made by a fast-moving jet of particles from a rapidly rotating neutron star. The film may provide new insight into the nature of some of the densest matter in the universe, Nasa says. The images were captured by space telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory. http://news.sky.com/story/1035464/nasa-reveals-neutron-star-effects

Quebec judges accused of buying drugs

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago
If judges are buying drugs what does that say about the law; what does it say about judges??? Story The Canadian Judicial Council announced Tuesday it is reviewing the conduct of Justice Michel Girouard of the Quebec Superior Court for the alleged purchase of “an illicit substance from a police informant.” Another judge, Marc Grimard of Quebec Court, is facing a similar allegation. On Monday, Chief Justice Elizabeth Corte of the Quebec Court said the allegation against Judge Grimard is being taken “very seriously” and he is not being assigned new cases. Both judges sit in Rouyn-... more »
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