Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 5 minutes ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful: - The #CTWW Gang - The Honor Society - My Final Thoughts on Our Last Challenge - This Week's Challenge We continued our paper theme last week and asked that no more than 6 squares of toilet paper be used at one t... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Circle the Wagons"

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 minutes ago
CIRCLE THE WAGONS Posted on April 30, 2013 Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com   MNN. Apr 30, 2013. Federal Court of Canada was asked: Does Canada have a constitution? Are Sections 109 and 132 still part of the British North America Act 1867? If so, our rights to our lands, resources, funds and our sovereignty supersede that of Canada. [Thahoketoteh

A Couple of Comments

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 20 minutes ago
Thought I'd paste my two New York Times comments in this space tonight, since the subject matter is interrelated. I was so busy writing my rich people post this morning that I missed Obama's presser, and didn't catch a replay of the sadness until later in the day. This guy is not only a lame duck, he's damn near a dead duck. All flapping wings, whiney quacks and absolutely no soaring flight to the oratorical heights. It apparently marked his 100th day in office. So, does that make him the ill-fated *Barry of the Hundred Days*, starring Daniel Day-Lewis? Is there actually any differe... more »

Arms transfers to Africa: Hold the phone!….China is the good guy?

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
This week’s topic for both my grad and undergrad human rights courses is “foreign policy and human rights promotion.” On the list of readings-not-on-last-year’s-syllabus is this little gem: “Enter the Dragon! An Empirical Analysis of Chinese versus US Arms Transfers to Autocrats and Violators of Human Rights, 1989-2006” by Indra de Soysa and Paul Midford. Continue reading

high stakes testing moratorium? @slekar says not enough!

Timothy D. Slekar at @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER - 1 hour ago
Sorry, but Randi Weingarten’s call for a “moratorium on the consequences of high stakes testing with the Common Core standards” is worthless! We don’t need a moratorium on “consequences” associated with the Common Core. We need the abolition of all high-stakes testing and dissolution of the Common Core. Anything else is a capitulation to the [...]

Here are the new bank bills

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago

While Harper's Conservatives chase after single Mom's on EI ... they let affluent Canadians accumlate over $29 Billion in unpaid income tax ...

leftdog at Buckdog - 1 hour ago
** *"But the leader of the Official Opposition didn’t have time to dwell on the inconsistency of billions potentially being spent on something other than that for which authority was granted. He was off on the next damning chapter of the report — “turning a blind eye to $29-billion hidden in tax havens” — followed in turn by another that criticized the Aboriginal Affairs department for failing to co-operate with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to create a historical record of Indian residential schools."* *John Ivison*

Alan Waldman : Brit Crime Series ‘Cracker’ is a Gripping, Off-Beat Winner

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
Waldman's film and TV treasures you may have missed: Former comedy star Robbie Coltrane is outstanding as an obese, alcoholic, degenerate gambler and psychologist who profiles sicko criminals for the Manchester Police. By Alan Waldman / The Rag Blog / April 30, 2013 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and TV series that readers may have missed, including TV


leftdog at Buckdog - 1 hour ago

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago

“Aw, You're Just Figuring It Out, Are You? (WSJ)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Aw, You're Just Figuring It Out, Are You? (WSJ)”* by Karl Denninger “One of the more-amusing aspects in observing and commenting on whatever goes on in a given day, whether it be in the political or business arena, is how many editors and writers ignore the obvious for weeks, months, years or even decades and then drop a "quip" that sounds pithy but in fact illustrates the vapidity of their mental prowess. This is one of those times: One of the enduring—by now even touching—assumptions of people who advocate for ideas like gun control is that if the government waves its ha... more »

National Poetry Month 2013: Gods and Marble

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 1 hour ago
April is National Poetry Month. As usual, I'm posting late and wanted to recommend the wonderful Favorite Poem Project. This year, I thought I'd look at two poems involving the Greek god Apollo. The first one is better known: Archaic Torso of Apollo By Rainer Maria Rilke
 (Translated by Stephen Mitchell) We cannot know his legendary head with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso is

Lamar W. Hankins : 'Dirty Wars' and Bush-Obama Foreign Policy

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
Yemini writer Farea al-Muslimi testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Screen grab from Democracy Now!. Dirty Wars: The terror of Bush-Obama era foreign policy While some Bush policies may have been changed, the Obama administration has found new ways to accomplish the same purposes using Bush’s and Cheney’s tactics in slightly different ways. By Lamar W. Hankins / The Rag Blog /

If Gay Marriage Were Legal In 1998, Maybe Paul Crouch Would Still Be Preaching

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Pastor Paul and his lover Enoch Oh... he still is... at least on TV. Crouch, the founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network empire, the country's largest "Christian" television network, is 79 and pretty senile-- though not when it comes to sharp business dealings and milking the cash cow TBN has become. His baby, the international network, is bigger than CBS, bigger than Fox and bigger than NBC. The Crouch family has been using it as a personal piggy bank for years-- which has very serious-- and very unexplored-- tax implications. In 2010, *Forbes* reported that Crouch was paid just ove... more »

Replacing Nuclear Weapons

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
This is a guest post by Jarrod Hayes. He is Assistant Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. He received his PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southern California in 2009. His research broadly focuses on the social construction of foreign and security policy. They are complex weapons. They are expensive. Continue reading

NDItech: In Bed with CISPA Sponsors, Seeks Hacktivists to Spread Corporate Fascism Worldwide

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 hours ago
Seeking to co-opt the tech community, NDItech opens doors and taxpayers' pocketbooks to lure in talent. *Image: A visual representation of the corporate-financier interests represented on the National Endowment for Democracy's (NED) board of directors. NDItech falls under the umbrella of NED. While NED and NDItech pose as fighting for "democracy," their corporate-financier interests lie poorly disguised just beneath the surface. Surely Goldman Sachs, Exxon, and the SOPA-sponsoring US Chamber of Commerce don't care about democracy or freedom - on the Internet or elsewhere. * .... ... more »

“Off to See the Wizard”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Off to See the Wizard”* by Byron King “Author Lyman Frank Baum wrote the original book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. The book, published in 1900, was whimsical. But among other things, it poked fun and caricatured the gold and silver debate in the U.S. in the 1890s. More broadly, Wizard was an allegory about life and political populism in the U.S. in the 1890s. Author Baum had a keen eye for the gold-silver debate because he knew something about the subject. Baum was wealthy, and heir to serious family money that came from the 19th-century oil fields of Pennsylvania. So he ... more »

The Economy: "On the Value of Information"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"On the Value of Information"* by David Galland “It has become tradition at La Estancia de Cafayate for Casey Research to host an intimate conference in conjunction with the Harvest Celebration. In the most recent of the series, Bill Bonner, co-founder of The Daily Reckoning, kicked the program off with a thought-provoking discussion about the nature of information. With a nod to Nietzsche, Bill dissected the nature of information into two categories. The first sort is that which is derived from direct observation. For an example, Bill pointed to the tangible information th... more »

Blessings on a pagan holiday

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
A blessed Beltane to all. May the fire bring the sun and your fields, real and virtual, be fertile and the Faeries be kind.

A Principal Retires on Principle

Chris Cerrone at @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER - 3 hours ago
A colleague of mine shared this letter from her child’s beloved principal here in Western New York. Kathleen Knauth’s “early retirement” is another example of how the current education reforms are driving dedicated, child-centered leaders out of our public schools. With Mrs. Kanuth’s permission, I would like to share the letter to the parents at [...]

Mixed Messages?

antiqueteacher60 at @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER - 3 hours ago
Reblogged from An Antique Teacher: Today, my inbox had two very interesting bits of information. 1. Commissioner King's "News and Notes" showed up telling me: "As you know, the Common Core will not just arrive in the mail in a shiny, new box. (The truth is, the CCSS show up at schools in brown cardboard [...]

The Harper Broadcasting Corporation . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 4 hours ago
STEVIE IS MOVING IN ON THE CBC. According to Lauren Strapagiel at Canada.com with an article, "If Harper ran CBC programming", there is "newly tabled legislation that would give Prime Minister Stephen Harper a tighter grip on Canada’s national broadcaster". Go read the article, and keep Stevie from turning the CBC into the HBC.

Happy Birthday Duke Ellington

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
My apologies, I forgot to pay tribute to the great Duke Ellington on his birthday this week, April 29. He would have been 114. Ellington always said his instrument was his band. Here he is in a rare performance video, playing beautiful solo piano on a tribute to his co-writer and arranger Billy Strayhorn. Here’s a trio take on his signature tune: What looks to be his 1948 band (with Ben Webster back in the sax chair) playing a classic Ellington medley: And, proving his music can’t die, here’s the Harlem Jubilee Singers singing one of the showstoppers from his *Second Sacred Conce... more »

Bob Feldman : More African-Americans Enter Texas Politics, Prisons, 1974-1995

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
Hoe squad from Texas' Clemens Unit in early 1970s. Photo from Texas Prison Museum. The hidden history of Texas Part 14: 1974-1995/1 -- More African-Americans in politics, prison By Bob Feldman / The Rag Blog / April 30, 2013 [This is the third section of Part 13 of Bob Feldman's Rag Blog series on the hidden history of Texas.] Between 1970 and 1990 the number of African-Americans who lived

A Real Food Manifesto

cowboss at WALLACE SPRINGS CATTLE COMPANY - 4 hours ago
*The moment we restore food’s proper value, we begin to see where it belongs—not at the periphery of society, but at its heart. For example, “cheap food”—the apparent triumph of modern agribusiness—is an oxymoron, an illusion created by externalizing food’s true costs. Once you factor in all the fossil fuel consumption, rainforest destruction, soil erosion, pollution, water depletion, carbon emissions, loss of biodiversity, rural depopulation, animal suffering and obesity that result from cheap food, it doesn’t look quite so cheap. In fact, we pay a very high price.* picture cour... more »

An Offer of Service....with Love

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
*An Offer of Service...with Love* By Brian Kelly April 29, 2013 (The very first article I put out is what inspired this post) ~BK When I decided to follow my heart and leave my 9-5 job in late February, I took into consideration there was an outside chance I would need to raise some funds before the new system launches and cash shortages become a thing of the past. (Based on yesterday's post, it appears that may be happening sooner than later). I know, without a doubt in my mind, I need to stay committed to this work. So, I carefully scanned my options and came up with a plan wh... more »

Photos: Occupation of Alcatraz Exhibit opens on the Rock!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
'We are still here!' Photos and video by Tony Gonzales, AIM West Censored News Photo 1: Eloy Martinez, veteran of the occupation of Alcatraz Island November 1969 until June 1971, speaking  Sunday, April 28, 2013, on the occasion of the National Park Service providing a secure site on the Rock to exhibit artifacts during the occupation and that we are still here! And here to stay!

San Francisco: Indigenous Arts Coalition Tonantzin Jams

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
TONANTZIN JAMS INDIGENOUS ARTS COALITIONSUNDAY MAY 511-5pmTenderloin National Forest 509 Ellis Street, San FranciscoTraditional and contemporary indigenous art, activists and rockers: Speakers:Wichapiluta Candelaria (Ohlone)Anthony Sul (Ohlone)Douglas Duncan (Pomo)Clayton Duncan (Pomo)L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva-Acjachemen)POBREs/Po' Poets Project - Poets in Poverty Using the word, to heal,

Elsewhere: ACA, Cruz, Post-Policy

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
Today I have a post over at PP about the ACA, implementation, and public opinion. Yesterday at PP I had a fun one about "How to be Ted Cruz." Alas, it sort of got lost because Jennifer Rubin posted her Ted Cruz slam at almost exactly the same time. At Plum Line yesterday, I wrote about post-policy Republicans and the debt limit. Oh, and at Salon over the weekend, another one about term limits, focused a little more on why it keeps coming back. And I'm just going to add: I've been enjoying the last two months of Watergate blogging, but I'm really, really, ready for things to calm d... more »

Pro-life Activist Lila Rose from Live Action on Bill O'Reilly...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 5 hours ago
*good for her.* Let's save whales and kill our little human babies. That makes sense...

The next Elizabeth Warren

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
I've never heard of her before today, but it sure looks like Susan Crawford is to telecom reform as Elizabeth Warren is to banksters. She was briefly part of the Obama administration but quit out of disgust with the Beltway kabuki. She's now taking on the telecom industry as a private citizen. The telecoms loathe and fear her, with good reason. She's armed with dangerous facts. Like this: Last year, Americans paid Comcast a monthly average of $153 for television, telephone, and Internet. According to a New America Foundation study, Parisians paid as little as $34.47 a month for th... more »

Hardly working

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
There are millions of Americans who have been out of work for so long they stopped even looking for a job. There are millions more who are barely employed in jobs that don't pay a living wage. I've heard that there are fast food joints that now require a bachelor's degree to apply for a position as an assistant manager. Against that backdrop, this was the scene at a Joint Economic Committee in the Senate hearing on long term unemployment. The hearing started with only one out of 20 members of the committee in attendance. Eventually three others managed to show up. Shortly thereaf... more »

Yes, it’s May Day. Remember the fallen.

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*“When, at the age of twelve, at the time of the Russian revolution, I first heard the Communist principle that Man must exist for the sake of the State, I perceived that this was the essential issue, that this principle was evil, and that it could lead to nothing but evil, regardless of any methods, details, decrees, policies, promises and pious platitudes. This was the reason for my opposition to Communism then— and it is my reason now. I am still a little astonished, at times, that too many [adults] do not understand the nature of the fight against Communism as clearly as I... more »

Native Youth Filmmaking Workshop! Outta Your Backpack Media

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Outta Your Backpack Media Greetings! OYBM MAY 3-5, 2013 NATIVE YOUTH FILMMAKING WORKSHOP! MEDIA JUSTICE! Greetings, OYBM will be hosting a Free Filmmaking Workshop at our Media Center located at 1700 N. 2nd St. East Flagstaff, AZ. Come and join us to learn hands on script writing, camera operating, video editing, and media justice! The workshop is FREE & open to Indigenous

Recent Buzz

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 6 hours ago
Is it only Tuesday? It seems like a full week already. Here is a quick round-up of a few items of my week thus far: - At the Guardian's Political Science blog James Wilsdon (@JamesWilsdon) and I have a piece up responding to George Monbiot's over-the-top attackon newly appointed UK Chief Scientific Adviser Mark Walport. The conversation continues in the comments and on Twitter. - At the Lowy Interpreter I provide a rejoinder to the last few defenders of the EU ETS. I suspect that its defenders will long outlast the program itself. My post is a response to a respon... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Shadow Government'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
SHADOW GOVERNMENT Posted on April 29, 2013 MNN. Apr. 29, 2013. The conquest of our resources by a few who impose misery, oppression and indignity is ending. The “Council of Chief Executives” CCCE describes itself as a “not-for-profit, non-partisan organization” of CEOs of Canada’s largest corporations. They are the shadow government devoted to theft and genocide! It

Parents and Students Have the Power – Now Use It!

freetoteach at @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER - 7 hours ago
From the Atlantic Journal Constitution. How to end overtesting in schools: Tell kids to answer only half of the questions http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/get-schooled/2013/apr/29/how-end-overtesting-schools-tell-kids-flub-tests/ Filed under: CHALK FACE: General News & Commentary

Ted Cruz vs Chris Van Hollen-- How To Win Friends And Influence People

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Ted Cruz wants to make a name for himself as the Senate's biggest douche bag. Fellow Texans Louie Gohmert and Steve Stockman could give him a run for his money in the House, but in the Senate... Cruz is as bad as it gets. I suspect other Republican congressmen don't like being publicly referred to as squishes by this loudmouthed Texas pissant. And outside of Texas, it's not a good idea calling the grieving and sincere parents of the murdered Newtown victims political props. In his short time at the Capitol, Senator Ted Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has shown little rega... more »

Some Say, When the Wind is Blowing Right, It Still Does

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
1,900-million years ago, Ontario smelled like rotten eggs. Some say, if the wind is blowing just right... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
I was honored to be involved in the weekend drone conference and protest in Syracuse, New York organized by the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars. I've just returned home after spending Sunday night in jail (with maybe one hour of sleep) and the long eight-hour drive back to Maine. So my mind is slipping a few gears, my wrists still hurt after about 11 hours of wearing handcuffs, but my heart and soul feel strong from the experience. The drone conference began on Friday evening at a local community center in the Syracuse black community. More than 200 fol... more »

So Called 'Fiscal Conservative' Gov't Won't (or) Can't Explain Where Missing $3.1 Billion Tax Dollars Are!

leftdog at Buckdog - 7 hours ago
[image: Progressive Bloggers] *"Federal departments and agencies spent about $3.1-billion less on public safety and anti-terrorism activities than they were allocated, and no there was no explanation for the gap. In a report released Tuesday, Michael Ferguson revealed that the Harper government has been unable to explain why so much money set aside in recent years for the anti-terrorism initiative has simply gone missing. Furthermore, he found the government did not have a clear handle on whether it had met the strategy’s objectives of keeping terrorists out of Canada, and deterr... more »

Look at the HEAT coming from Fukushima Daiichi

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 7 hours ago
The heat is both REAL and METAPHORIC. The real heat can be viewed in this video clip. See it in full screen if possible. I started at about 1:20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZqPIrPANQ4&list=UUDu1KkkwuzybKx6MXQgGHuw&index=1 (hat tip: Elibi at Enenews posted the link from Enenews) Majia here: Recent observations of radioactive heat at Daiichi I've made include steam erupting from the ground, steam emissions directly above unit 3, the common spent fuel pool, and steam above the dry cask storage area. The rising heat has also been documented in spiking radiation levels in Fukushima ... more »

West's WMD Lies Fray as Syrian Army Overruns Terrorist Proxies

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 7 hours ago
Absurd "chemical weapons" claims begin to fall apart amidst NATO's desperate bid to save its collapsing terror front in Syria. *Image: Chemical weapons were used extensively during the 8 year Iran-Iraq War during the 1980's. Despite vast quantities of chemical agents being used, both mustard and nerve gas, these "weapons of mass destruction" would only constitute 2-3% of all of the war's casualties. Not only has the West lied about Syria using chemical weapons, but they have once again lied to the world about the threat posed by such weapons in the first place. * .... * * *May 1, ... more »

Anne Lewis : Corporate Crime Scene in West, Texas

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 8 hours ago
Putting on the makeup. Television reporter on the scene at the fertilizer plant explosion in West Texas, Thursday, April 18, 2013. Photo by Patrick Bresnan / The Rag Blog. Getting the picture: Corporate crime scene in West, Texas How do we avoid the news story framework that gives us nothing but heroes and victims when tragedy strikes? How can those narratives, as seductive as they may be,

Lightning Round--Flake Popularity Craters, Reaction to Jason Collins, Obamacare is Still a Thing, Tebow Released, Blogs Are Dead

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 8 hours ago
*TPM: *Several of the Senators who voted against the bill to reform background checks for gun purchases have registered sharp drop offs in support in polling done since the vote. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona is doing particularly poorly, hitting 32 percent according to PPP.* *Josh Marshall attributes his poor numbers at least in part to his late decision to vote against the bill, which alienated both sides of the debate. ** * **DKos: *Most of the reaction to NBA player Jason Collins's announcement that he is gay has been positive. The next three items are examples of the opposite of... more »

Bill Goes for the Anti-Marketing Dollar

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 8 hours ago
Bill Hicks planted seeds.

Official story unraveling for Boston marathon bombing; clear evidence points to bomb squad’s prior knowledge by Mike Adams

Jason Leewig at Our Manmade Disasters - 8 hours ago
(NaturalNews) It’s now becoming clear that members of the Boston bomb squad had *advance notice* of the horrific bombing that took place at the marathon today. As an eyewitness reports, once the bombs went off, officials began announcing, “this is just a drill!” This logically means they were all informed of the “bomb drill” beforehand. Otherwise, why would they respond with, “this is just a drill” ? According to Local15TV.com, a University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach said there were bomb-sniffing dogs at both the start and finish lines, long before any explosions went off. He ... more »

Joel Klein’s latest pitch, featuring Charlie Rose!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013* *This time, he’s peddling MOOCs:* We always let the analysts shower after they watch Joel Klein. The former head of New York City’s schools now works for Rupert Murdoch. Last week, he appeared with Charlie Rose, selling on-line education. We’re not opposed to on-line education—to on-line college classes, for instance. We *are* opposed to people who make grandiose claims like this: KLEIN (4/25/13): I mean, you can get the greatest, take the ten best professors in the world— *You know, take what Michael Sandel does on justice. If you have sat in on his clas... more »

Nuclear time bombs

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
The problems at Fukushima keep getting worse: Two years after a triple meltdown that grew into the world’s second worst nuclear disaster, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is faced with a new crisis: a flood of highly radioactive wastewater that workers are struggling to contain. Groundwater is pouring into the plant’s ravaged reactor buildings at a rate of almost 75 gallons a minute. It becomes highly contaminated there, before being pumped out to keep from swamping a critical cooling system. A small army of workers has struggled to contain the continuous flow of radioac... more »

Johnny Hates Jazz: The Comeback

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 8 hours ago
This is weird. I doubt there have been many people who, over the last 20 or so years have thought "you know who I really miss from my yuppie bar days? Johnny Hates Jazz". And yet, remarkably, they're back with a new single, video and album. I don't know, maybe it's just me - I think this is a very weird comeback. Not because the song is particularly bad or far out, it's not like they drop a few wub-wubs or anything. It's inoffensively pleasing Radio 2 fodder for the shoulder pads and hairspray generation. But the question I ask myself is is there any need for a new Johnny Hates Jazz ... more »

Oy, Fournier

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
Ron Fournier: A president is in trouble when he’s forced to defend his relevancy, as Bill Clinton did 18 years ago, or to quote Mark Twain, as Barack Obama did today. “Rumors of my demise,” he said at a news conference, “may be a little exaggerated at this point.” Not wrong – just “exaggerated.” Not forever – just “at this point.” Parsing aside, Obama channeled Clinton’s April 18, 1995 news conference by projecting a sense of helplessness – or even haplessness – against forces seemingly out of a president’s control... “So my question to you,” ABC reporter Jonathan Karl asked Obama,... more »

A Voice from Guantanamo

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
When we think of the men held captive by the Americans at Guantanamo we probably conjure up images of men in orange jump suits with long beards but that's about it. Although most of them have been held for years, the public hasn't heard their voices or learned much of their treatment in captivity. *Slate.com* is changing all that by publishing a 3-part memoir from a 466-page manuscript handwritten by prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi. In his years of captivity the captive has taught himself English. He's still there even though nobody, not the authorities in his homeland of Maurit... more »

Colorado Observer and Sunana Batra (@cold666pack) Censor Comments supportive of Teacher Brian White

Timothy D. Slekar at @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER - 9 hours ago
Do you remember Brian White? You know…the teacher from Colorado that decided to fight back against corporate education reform. The teacher who spoke these words at his local school board meeting: Good evening. My name is Brian White. I’m a parent of two young children currently enrolled in Douglas County schools, a taxpayer, involved community [...]

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
[image: Marcel Proust] ― Marcel Proust


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
See the full news article *here* Also a bit of coverage in the Portland Press Herald of my arrest (thanks to Maine friend and fellow activist Lisa Savage for alerting media here in the state.) See it *here*

Beyoncé Mrs Carter Show: the pictures she doesn't want you to see - Telegraph

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago

On Receiving the Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 9 hours ago
*Cualli Yohualli Nehua no toca Roberto Dr Cintli Rodriguez * Tlazocamati huel miac – thank you to members of the Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award Committee, American Educational Research Association, Division B, for 2013. I first want to acknowledge the Ohlone peoples – the peoples Indigenous to these lands. And I want to pass on a teaching I received: everyone of us, we are all Indigenous… to somewhere. That should create the consciousness within us to help us understand that we are all stewards of this earth, responsible for the health of Pachamama. Secondly, I wo... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
From Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, South Korea

The Realist Report with John Friend

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 9 hours ago
On this edition of *The Realist Report*, we'll be joined by Andre from * TotalFascism.com*. Andre and I will be discussing a wide variety of subjects, including some of his recent articles. We will also be addressing potential political, social, and economic solutions facing our nation and race from a variety of perspectives. Scott Roberts from * TheForbiddenTruth.net* will likely make an appearance as well. Stay tuned for what will surely be a lively and interesting conversation! You can download the entire program *here*, or subscribe to the American Nationalist Network via iTune... more »

Bagram airfield crash 29 apr 2013 - YouTube

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
The weirdest planet crash ever? Seriously scary. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=icfVsql38oc&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Ffeature%3Dplayer_embedded%26v%3DicfVsql38oc&client=mv-vf-uk&safesearch=always

The Benefits (and Costs) of School Reform in Three Cities Part I

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER - 9 hours ago
The contemporary school “reform” movement has been amazingly brazen in proclaiming their supposed successes in increasing student performance. A study by Elaine Weiss and Don Long of the Broader Bolder Approach shows, however, that those achievements evaporate upon close examination. “Market-Oriented Education Reforms’ Rhetoric Trumps Reality” documents the minimal gains and the significant damage done [...]

A Moment to Ponder Time

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
If you want to beat your intellect to a pulp, ponder time. What is it? Does it exist? Is it really what we perceive it to be or is it something else or many other things? The fact is nobody can prove that time actually exists. I heard that first from the commander of the U.S. Naval Observatory who oversaw the operation of the world's timepiece, the atomic clock. Back in the fourth century, St. Augustine wrestled with the question of time. Here's how he summed it up. "*What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not kn... more »

Is the Truth Out There?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
This is a fun video about ETs from Al Jazeera http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/04/20134302349604843.html I'm an agnostic on ETs myself. I think that in some respects the ET debate is a distraction. Too often ETs are depicted as race-destroying villains or saviors. In truth, *we *are the ones that inhabit those roles. Humanity needs to look to itself for salvation from the problems it has engineered. Consider our circumstances from the ETs perspective: Would you want to save an alien race that is aggressively plundering and destroying its own home ecosystem? Would yo... more »

The Benefits (and Costs) of School “Reform” in Three Cities Part One

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER - 10 hours ago
The contemporary school “reform” movement has been amazingly brazen in proclaiming their supposed successes in increasing student performance. A study by Elaine Weiss and Don Long of the Broader Bolder Approach shows, however, that those achievements evaporate upon close examination. “Market-Oriented Education Reforms’ Rhetoric Trumps Reality” documents the minimal gains and the significant damage done [...]

The long winding route to a waiting ambulance >50 yards away when it could be as near as 5 yards.

Jason Leewig at Our Manmade Disasters - 10 hours ago
Why choose the long and winding route to an ambulance > 50 yards away when a direct (green arrow) path to a waiting ambulance could be less than 5 yards in <1/2 minute? That must be the question to ask. In a real emergency situation, there would be no opportunity for the cameramen to catch a glimpse of the STAR ICONIC VICTIM with the severed blown legs, especially if the severed legs were covered with blankets on a stretcher. What! All that trouble and no photo-shots to display the severed legs to billions of people around the world. NO WAY, Jose'. We need those "shocking shots... more »

Ron George (MD-ALEC) Just Say NO to ALEC! on June 5th

2old2care at Because I Can - 10 hours ago
Committee to Elect Ron George Special Campaign Announcement Scheduled Annapolis, MD - 4/30/2013 By Committee To Elect Ron George, Anthony Pelura, Treasurer Maryland State Delegate, Ron George (R-Annapolis) will be announcing his plans for the upcoming 2014 elections at a special event, Wednesday, June 5th 2013 at 6pm at the Sheraton Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. *He serves on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. * *PLEASE make sure that this person is NOT elected!!!!!* *Would be nice if there were some anti-ALEC protestors at this anno... more »

The Benefits (and Costs) of School “Reform” in Three Cities Part I

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER - 10 hours ago
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ACTION: Need Your Help with Big Eddie

2old2care at Because I Can - 10 hours ago
*Need your help.* I have written to Big Eddie multiple times – including sending hard copies of reports on the American Legislative Exchange Council to his office in Fargo. *To NO avail.* Big Eddie NEVER talks about ALEC and when a guest does – he doesn’t acknowledge the reference to ALEC – cause IMHO – he doesn’t know what ALEC is and he is not taking the time to educate himself.. Big Eddie claims to speak for the people. How can you do that if you aren’t aware of or talk about ALEC? Please help me with an email campaign to Big Eddie. Email Address: ed@edschultzshow.com If yo... more »

The Future of English

Russell Potter at History of the English Language - 10 hours ago
The future of English has long been speculated about, and science fiction and fantasy novels and films offer multiple notions about what it might look and sound like hundreds of years from now. Bladerunner (1982) famously offered us "Cityspeak," described in Harrison Ford's voiceover as " gutter talk, a mishmash of Japanese, Spanish, German, what have you." And, as shown in the original screenplay, it was exactly that, including words from Hungarian, Japanese, German, French, and Korean (thought notably *not*Spanish). However, while it's true that on a drive through LA one can pass ... more »

USW - Depicts the Nastiness of ALEC

2old2care at Because I Can - 10 hours ago
From the webpages of The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union This webpage is a pretty good introduction to ALEC RAPID RESPONSE NEWS | April 02, 2013 *Who the Heck is ALEC?* Article Brief As we continue to deal with a barrage of state focused legislative battles, it is imperative that we understand exactly who is behind them. The answer? The American Legislative Exchange Council, or better known as ALEC. But this comprehensive graphic from their webpage is really good. I would like to call it –... more »

C'mon, Take (More) Questions, Barack Obama

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
Barack Obama holds relatively few press conferences -- and must answer fewer questions when he does than any other president. At today's press conference he called on six reporters. Granted, some of the questions were two entirely separate parts, but at best it was maybe eight or nine questions. Here's a press conference from Ronald Reagan in which, if I'm counting correctly, he took 23 questions, although here's a later one in which he took just 9. Counting question is sometimes pretty tricky; here's one with George H.W. Bush, after the tax reversal, with over a dozen separate que... more »

Can an assessment officer conduct an assessment where there is an underlying dispute between the solicitor and the client about the nature and validity of the retainer agreement?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Cookish v. Paul Lee Associates Professional Corporation 2013 ONCA 278 holds: [16] Ms. Pagliaroli submits on behalf of the appellant that an assessment officer does not have the authority in any circumstances to deal with disputes concerning the retainer, other than disputes regarding quantum alone. In my view, while that is true where an order is obtained on requisition under s. 3(1), it is not accurate to say that such authority may never be given to an assessment officer. However, the preferable procedure is for a judge to determine these issues. Once they have been reso... more »

Bill Good And CKNW, What Is Wrong With Them?

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
What is wrong with Bill Good, what is wrong with CKNW, will they ever present honest talk radio, honest unbiased commentary, let me be clear, I certainly didn`t expect Bill Good to jump on the Adrian Dix bandwagon but.. But how can you bring on air Gordon Wilson to give what Bill Good called a honest assessment of last night`s television debate. Gordon Wilson is not only a self serving pundit, he is extremely bias, he has been bashing Adrian Dix on Twitter, bashing Farnsworth, Horgan, Jenny Kwan and every other BC NDP... How can you Bill Good bring on Gordon Wilson for an opinion ... more »

Well, Of Course Rich Kids Are Smarter Than Poor Kids

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
My pal Roland teaches in an inner city elementary school in one of the toughest neighborhoods in L.A. Everyday he comes home exhausted and frustrated and drained. "Maybelline was suspended again," he seems to tell me more often than I ask him if he wants to eat at Ink or M.A.K.E. Maybelline is 8. I remember when he first told me about her at the beginning of the semester. He said he thought she might be a genius, definietly the smartest child in his class. He seemed excited to play a role in helping her reach her potential. Now he's relieved when she doesn't terrorize his other st... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
*Ruslan Tsarnaev, uncle of the 'Boston Bombers'* According to researcher Daniel Hopsicker, *'Uncle Ruslan' aided terrorists from a CIA official's home.* In 1995 Ruslan Tsarnaev set up a company called the "*Congress of Chechen International Organizations*." This company sent aid to 'Islamic terrorists' in Chechnya in Russia. Ruslan was listed as the company's resident agent. The company's address was 11114 Whisperwood Ln in Rockville MD. This is the home of Graham Fuller, the one-time Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA under President Reagan. *Graham... more »

Herschel retires

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
*...and other events and anniversaries...* The Herschel Space Observatory lost its ability to see after four years: Science World Report, Google News, Herschel on TRF. The life expectancy, 4 years, is pretty short, isn't it? What was the reason why Herschel had to end its mission? Well, it ran out of the liquid helium coolant. Such things are finite. Incidentally, I think that the general claims that we're running out of helium on Earth are heavily overblown. The telescope was the largest space telescope sent by humans. It was named after Sir William Herschel who discovered t... more »

Breaking: Obama- No Rush to Judgement on Chemical Weapons/Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-no-rush-to-judgment-on-chemical-weapons-in-syria/2013/04/30/60eca3a6-b1a0-11e2-9a98-4be1688d7d84_story.html The headline changed to some spin about Gitmo..Original url above * **Obama: No Rush to Judgement...* *Obama said he needs more time to decide whether the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in such a way that would violate a “red line” he has set as a trigger for escalating U.S. intervention in the violent conflict in that country.* * **“What we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria,” h... more »

10 Tips to Make Sure Your Activist Group Isn't Set Up by the Feds

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Jason Charles The FBI and federal government have been caught red-handed setting up groups , staging terrorists attacks,staging drills, creating patsies, and infiltrating activist groups. Here are 10 good tips to avoid the embarrassment of your group ending up in the headlines as another excuse to further the police state agenda. No matter if you are a 9/11 group, anti-GMO, anti-war, Christian, Muslim or whatever the cause may be. If you run a group these tips are for you. *#1 Make everybody introduce themselves each meeting* When meeting as an activist group always have new peopl... more »

Disturbing report indicates Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s requests for a lawyer were ignored

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Madison Ruppert A recent report reveals a disturbing fact about the treatment of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: his multiple requests for a lawyer during his interrogation were ignored. While reports indicating that Tsarnaev’s Miranda rights were being withheld were disturbing enough, this new aspect pointed out today by Glenn Greenwald is far worse. Apparently, Tsarnaev was Mirandized only because a federal magistrate decided to hold an in-hospital hearing for the suspect during which he was advised of his right to remain silent and appointed a lawyer... more »

Texas Prepares to Survive Global Economic Collapse

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
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Take your savings acounts out of the "too big to fail banks" before they confiscate them. It's perfectly legal ...and inevitable, given the precarious conditions of the big banks due to their derivative speculations and the fact that futher taxpayer bailouts are now against the law. It's called a "bail-in." The FDIC can't save you, it's already broke. And don't let your stock broker keep your cash in money market funds, because these are mostly run by TBTF banks.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ Bail-out Is Out, Bail-in Is In: Time for Some Publicly-Owned Banks Posted on April 29, 2013 by Ellen Brown “[W]ith Cyprus . . . the game itself changed. By raiding the depositors’ accounts, a major central bank has gone where they would not previously have dared. The Rubicon has been crossed.” —Eric Sprott, Shree Kargutkar, “Caveat Depositor” The crossing of the Rubicon into the confiscation of depositor funds was not a one-off emergency measure limited to Cyprus. Similar “bail-in” policies are now appearing in multiple countries. (See my ear... more »

Stop Imperialism – Episode 64

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
*Lots of good info, if you have the time to listen entirely. If not it is possible to pick that which interests you for listening.**1. United States * [image: us] Boston bombing suspect cites U.S. wars as motivation, officials say Martial law in Boston: American democracy in shambles Canadian government unveils “terror plot” as it adopts draconian new law New report on torture, extraordinary rendition The money helping CISPA through Congress CISPA’s immunity provision would allow corporate hacking Segment Start: 00 h 11 min 08 secSegment End: 00 h 48 min 22 sec*2. Syria * [image: syria_80... more »

Korean Toddler gets new Trachea at OSF-CHOI...OSF's Haitian Patients Refused Care

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 11 hours ago
Toddler youngest in world to get lab-made windpipe in Peoria operation shar.es/lpMUZ via @sharethis — John A. Carroll (@haitianhearts) April 30, 2013

Talking with GOD

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
If the only thing that comes forth from these episodes of lucid at death experiences, happens be be a simple willingness to go through death's door in expectation of bliss, than much has been gained. We do see also that all those so affected returned completely settled in themselves, often for the first time in their lives. I will go further. The near death experience is extremely good for the individual. That is an objective reality beyond denial. What this describes is an actual communion with GOD and an instruction to share the experience. I am seeing this instruction ... more »

Resuscitation Medicine

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
A lot of what we know about death is changing drastically. It is also becoming clearer. I also think that CPR is additionally important in that it keeps disturbing the oxygen rich blood and postpones real cell death. That is not suggested here. It is noteworthy that the brain goes almost immediately into a dormant state and stays there until it is safe to come back. What we do learn here is that if death is merely postponed, the consciousness will recall activity even without the direct use of sight and experience a common connection with an apparent entity that welcome... more »

Fertility Needs in High-Yielding Corn Production

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
The fertility needs of modern corn culture will not be resolved until we master the biochar protocol which allows sequestering of all nutrients on a continuing basis from either chemical treatment or natural decay based release. In the meantime, corn happens to be our most hungry crop. Thus fertility is a challenge at best. We need to perhaps find a way to engineer corn to somehow be a better citizen as we are completely set up to work with it in particular. *Fertility needs in high-yielding corn production* * by Staff Writers* * Urbana IL (SPX) Apr 22, 2013* ... more »

Large Earthquakes can Trigger Another Far Away

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
I am sorry chaps, but if rock is cracking and breaking, then it is pretty obvious that stress is moving through the system and not obviously settling down however gentle it might appear. Put another way, when a real collapse takes place, you have lost control of your assumptions and must wait until it truly settles down before you begin testing your ideas again. Of course, no one wants to do this. This also naturally implies that stress release in one locale sets up stress elsewhere especially in a quake environment. For that reason, we observe long faults taking turns r... more »

Electric Cars Will Be Great

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
A number of things are somewhat overstated in this story, but that is not particularly relevant. What is relevant is that we still do not have a meaningful deliverable as far as the battery is concerned. We do have several ways to get there now that are completely creditable but are still grinding through the design realization stage. This always takes time even when you know that you will touchdown. What we have instead is a body of rapidly improving technology that is simply waiting for the battery deliverable. Everyone knows now that we are going to get there. Also... more »

Never a dull moment

risa bear at A Way to Live - 12 hours ago
Almost May! Frost this morning, expecting 80s later in the week. View from kitchen window. Fence has been set back up to regulate doggy's bathroom activities (it's usually there in winter for when the poultry are cleaning up the garden). Also at upper left, extension of poultry moat has returned. Now the ducks and chickens get a ringside seat as things grow -- and get to help interrupt even more slugs migrating toward the goodies. In middle ground, center, Lacinato kale going to seed. Foreground, potatoes, knocked back by a freeze but recovering. Upper right, compost drum and the... more »

Crazy Huge Mother's Day Giveaway!

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
Today I am thinking about my Mother. Every year I spend hours trying to come up with the perfect gift for my mom. To try and show just a little bit about what she means to me. I have come to the conclusion that even with a million dollars I wouldn't be able to show my mom half of what she means to me. My mom went without year after year, so my siblings and I could play sports, take music and dance lessons and just have money to see summer movies and go to the pool. My mom is the most selfless person I know, she serves everyone around her and blesses everyone that meets her. She i... more »

CCA Private Prison Stealing Tax $$ - Not Once, But Twice

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
Fool me once - shame on you Fool me twice - Shame on Me CCA - Stealing US taxdollars - not once - but TWICE Shame on US. *From Alternet* *The Corrections Corporation of America's Latest Shady Business?Tax Evasion* To save millions in money they would have to pay to taxes, the CCA is now claiming to be a "Real Estate Investment Trust." April 26, 2013 | Earlier this year, the Corrections Corporation of America offered to take over state-run prisons, provided that they remain 90% stocked full of inmates ready for cheap labor. Now, the CCA -- which runs 44 private prisons and deten... more »

Obama is having some sort of news conference...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*allow me to sum it up for you.* Ahhhhhh, I, um, um, um, um, um, um, um, um, um, um, er, er, bbbbbbbbbbb, I, I, I, ah, ah, ah, annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, thaaaaaaaaaaaaaat, I, um, ah, ah, ah , ah. Ahhhhhh, um, um, I. um, um, um, um, um, um, I, um, um, er, er, bbbbbbbbbbb, ah, ah, ah, *annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd*, *thaaaaaaaaaaaaaat,* um, ah, ah, ah , ah. Ahhhhhhhh, ah, ah I... Oh, yes - he took time at the end to praise Jason Collins for having weird sex and the progress we peons have made in our acceptance of the aforementioned weird sex. And we as Americans should be proud!! We judge ... more »

You're Not the Chamber of Commerce, You're the Government.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Canada's business community has the understandable view that the Harper government is the handmaiden of commerce. And so, when the conservative government was caught out over abuses of the temporary guest worker programme and had to enact modest reforms, that set the business types to howling in indignation. Doesn't this government understand that filling jobs with cheap foreign labour pads the bottom line? The Chamber of Commerce (corporate sector) had a warning for the Chamber of Commerce (Harper sector) and the Canadian public - stand up to us and these businesses will leave... more »

New Israeli Math and the Return of the Holocaust Analogy:Steinitz: Iran "Equal to 30 Nuclear North Koreas."

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 12 hours ago
Yuval Steinitz and Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in 2011 ( Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images) At the second annual Jerusalem Post Conference, held in New York City on Sunday April 28, a number of former and current Israeli officials offered new estimates about Iran's nuclear progress, issued threats of war and pretended Israel is more powerful and militarily capable than it really is

Climate Change News Round-Up

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
European Union nations have been warned to renew climate change adaptation programmes. The European Environment Agency has released a report that concludes cities around Europe may have to install flood barriers similar to those that protect London. Even Europe's vineyards may have to switch the types of grapes cultivated or move entirely. EEA studies have found climate change impacts in all regions of Europe with rainfall diminishing in the south and increasing in the north and extreme fluctuations in temperatures. In Washington, Congressional Democrats are focusing on the way... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
Oleg Tsarnaev (also translated as Tsarev) former Russian spy. Misha Pozhininsky, former Russian soldier. Tamerlan's mentor is Misha. *Tamerlan Tsarnaev (also translated as Tsarev) in Lowell, Massachusetts.* According to Before It's News , the 'Boston Bombers' have connections to the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department. *Connecting Boston Bombers To Lowell, MA Police Dept.* Jeff Bauman, 'the man with his legs blown off in the Boston explosion', has connections to Joe Mac. Reportedly Joe Mac was with Jeff Bauman at the finish line just 7-8 minutes before the first explosio... more »

Spray Painted Doily Canvas

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
The other day I was out an about scouring thrift stores for some interesting pieces of art to decorate an upcoming event. I came home empty handed and frustrated. Thrifting is like that. Sometimes I hit jackpot and other times I waste a whole day. The deadline was approaching and I needed to pull something together quickly and so I did what I usually do when I need a project fast, pulled out the spray paint. . I began playing around with spray paint, canvases and random objects. I ended up with some funny looking canvases to paint over later and a few that I loved. This was one o... more »

Extending our themes for the coming year!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013* *Your chance to impoverish yourself:* Last week, we cited two themes we would continue to pursue in the coming year. As our fourth non-annual fund-raising drive continues, we thought we would mention one or two more. As we mentioned last week, we plan to continue examining the development of the new liberal news organs, such as MSNBC. After all those years of liberal silence, this continues to be the most interesting development in American political media. We also plan to keep exploring basic themes involving the public schools. We liberals quit on this t... more »

Consumed by Advocacy in the Marketplace of Mendacity

plthomasedd at @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER - 13 hours ago
Big Daddy and Brick confront the power of mendacity in a key scene from Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, swept into popular culture by the 1958 film starring Elizabeth Taylor (Maggie), Paul Newman (Brick), and Burl Ives (Big Daddy). In the play, Big Daddy replies to Brick’s question, “Have you ever heard [...]

Canada as Seen from Sri Lanka: It Ain't Pretty

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 13 hours ago
Those not on Twitter may have missed this absolutely fabulous thrashing of John Baird and Stephen Harper by Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe writing in the Daily News, 'Sri Lanka's National Newspaper since 1918'. Titled 'Harper and Baird should clean their own backyard before coming to CHOGM', it will warm the cockles of your heart while demonstrating how bloody low Canada has sunk in the world's opinion. You should read the whole thing, but I'll excerpt some good bits. The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Foreign Minister John Baird are leading the charge against Sri Lanka as... more »

David Brooks, describing Paul Krugman!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013* *One phrase gives the Brookster away:* In this morning’s New York Times, David Brooks writes as interesting if limited column about two kinds of policy writers. One type of writer is “engaged;” the other type is “detached.” As he started, Brooks offered a description of writers he calls “engaged:” BROOKS (4/30/13): *Engaged or Detached?* Let’s say you are a young person beginning to write about politics and policy. You probably have some idea of what you believe, but have you thought about how you believe it? That is to say, *have you thought about where ... more »

What Do Those One Percenters Want, Anyway?

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
It is a truth universally acknowledged that rich people have an outsized influence on politics. The wealthiest Americans and corporate persons just financed a two billion dollar presidential campaign, after all. That their weighted votes have borne fruit is most recently evidenced by the Congressional stampede to liberate the plutocrats who were mistakenly and outrageously caught up in the sequestration dragnet with meal-deprived old people and evicted preschoolers and ousted chemo patients. On Friday, our legislators restored FAA funding to air traffic control towers. By Monday, f... more »

Friedrich Hölderlin - To the Sun-God

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
Related: *Friedrich Hölderlin - Love*. *Friedrich Hölderlin - The Gods*. *Friedrich Hölderlin - The Time of Socrates*. Source: *Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin. Translated by Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover.* 2008. Omnidawn Publishing: Richmond, California. Pg. 71. *Friedrich Hölderlin - To the Sun-God* Where are you? Drunk, my soul grows dim From all your delight; for only now I watched how, exhausted by his travels, The enchanting young god Bathed his hair in golden clouds, And now my eyes fill with the sight of him; Th... more »

PROFESSORIATE FAILS US AGAIN: No one checked Reinhart and Rogoff’s work!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013* *Part 2—The tale of the graduate student:* We can think of two obvious questions about the latest giant bungle by the nation’s high-ranking professors. Here’s the first question, and others have asked it: How did Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff manage to bungle so badly? People do make mistakes, of course, especially Harvard professors. But some of the errors by Reinhart and Rogoff do seem just a bit strange. If you’re averaging data from twenty countries, how do you manage to leave out five countries? (Answer: You make an Excel coding error.) Once yo... more »

ACTION: PA - Support Clean Energy

2old2care at Because I Can - 13 hours ago
*Stop ALEC by passing groundbreaking clean energy standards in Pennsylvania* * * *To: The Pennsylvania General Assembly* Stop ALEC by passing groundbreaking clean energy standards in Pennsylvania We call on Pennsylvania’s legislature to move to pass a Renewable Energy Standard of 100% of the state’s electric supply to come from clean sources by 2021. Why is this important? In the face of catastrophic climate change, we need solutions which speed our shift to clean, renewable energy sources. Unfortunately, most states have moved only incrementally towards increasing the amount of el... more »

Maher (SD-ALEC) - ALEC Corporations "You Learn from Them"

2old2care at Because I Can - 13 hours ago
Oh my. more ALEC friendly crap in the papers today. This time in New Mexico - a reporter that is jumping forward to defend South Dakota's decision to force ALL legislators to belong to ALEC. *Group membership fees divide SD lawmakers* PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Democrats and Republicans are at odds over using taxpayer money to pay for state lawmakers' memberships in an organization that describes itself as a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to free markets and limited government. ALEC can describe itself as anything it wants – that does not mean what they are telling the pu... more »

Economic Wisdom

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
Just want to point out something quickly. This Glob n' Mall article about PBO's Page vs. Dimbulb-Jimbo Flaherty's jobs forecasts says the following: The PBO does not comment on whether the finance minister’s approach is appropriately balanced. Governments and citizens around the world are debating whether an economy is better served by boosting market confidence with a quick return to balanced books or a stronger focus on spending and employment will pay off in terms of stronger government revenue. That's kinda weak sauce don't you think? Reading it you wouldn't think that 30 years... more »

Stevenson-Wolfers on Reinhart-Rogoff

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 14 hours ago
They write: In the end, all the corrections advocated by the critics shift the average GDP growth for very-high-debt nations to 2.2 percent, from a negative 0.1 percent in Reinhart and Rogoff’s original work. The finding remains that economic growth is lower in very-high-debt countries (see chart). It has been disappointing to watch those on the left seize on the embarrassing Excel errors but ignore this bigger picture. Click on graphic to enlarge.

Koch Stink Tank Concludes: Rich = Happy

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
*Research Confirms You Can’t Be Too Rich* By Brenda Cronin The Duchess of Windsor, who quipped, “You can never be too rich or too thin,” appears to have had it at least half right. New research by University of Michigan economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers found that for rich and poor alike, as income climbs, so does one’s sense of well-being. Their findings, to be published in the May 2013 American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, counter the idea that once certain basic needs are met, a rising income doesn’t translate into commensurate surges in happiness ... more »

Colbert's Sister-- Next Tuesday

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
I'm rooting for Colbert's sister-- and not just because she's Colbert's sister. And not just because Mark Sanford is likely to be one of the worst members of Congress-- far worse, in fact, than he was when he was in Congress the first time. Colbert's sister, thoroughly embraced as she is by the DCCC, doesn't need any help from Blue America and there's nothing to make me think she would qualify for a Blue America endorsement any way-- the way these guys have-- but... I'm still rooting for her because there's a lot of room between someone as good as Alan Grayson, Keith Ellison and ... more »

Arab Leagues makes 'concessions' on Palestinian land to Israel's benefit

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
Looks to me as if the traitorous nations doing the deals are largely the US/Israel subordinates in the GCC. Israel is the big winner and the Palestinians are getting railroaded..* :To rush or push (something) through quickly in order to prevent careful consideration and possible criticism or obstruction* *Arab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace plan on Monday when a top Qatari official said Israel and the Palestinians could trade land rather than conform exactly to their 1967 borders.* John Kerry: Making deals to appease Israel ... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Kirsten Dunst, 31. No shortage of good stuff: 1. Marc Ambinder notes that we've learned a bit more about the hunt for bin Laden, and it points again to a key point: "Based on what we know SO FAR, torture did not PRODUCE the intelligence leads that led to bin Laden's killing." Of course, the case for and against torture does not turn on this -- but it's still worth knowing which way the evidence points. 2. Elizabeth Drew on "arm-twisting." 3. The president's position on political science -- and the likely effects, from Seth Masket. 4. Ed Kilgore has a good point ... more »

ALEC Charter School Policies - High Fraud Risk

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
FRAUD = Stealing Charter School Fraud = STEALING TAX DOLLARS for corporate profit. Corporate profit - the middle name of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC even wrote a whole report on "Designing School Choice", that they distributed to EVERY ALEC member. *When was the last time you saw a news article about a "real" public school official engaged in fraud? (As a for-profit corporatist stealing tax dollars)* *WHEN?* BUT - when you put taxpayer dollars in the hands of for-profit companies - you are asking for trouble. For profit companies don't give a damn about taxpay... more »

Not Here. Not Now

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
The Parliamentary Budget Office has released its report on last month's Federal Budget. Kevin Page should be proud of the work his office has done. As was the case with its reports on the War in Afghanistan and the the purchase of the F35 fighter jets, the report excoriates the government's numbers: The federal government's most recent "jobs and growth" budget will wind up costing Canada both jobs and economic growth over the next few years, the Parliamentary Budget Officer says in a new report. The PBO's latest estimates on the impact of the 2013 budget handed down in March sho... more »

New self-defence provisions apply to cases from before amendments

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago
*R. v. Parker*, 2013 ONCJ 195 deals with recent amendments to the law of self-defence in Canada. It asks does the new law apply to assist an accused where the crime alleged took place before the change in the law? The Court holds the new law (and the earlier law also) applies: [5] With respect, I have reservations about this outcome. Parliament has declared, through the passage of section 34, what level of force contemporary Canadian society now considers justifiable. A justification, such as self-defence, "challenges the wrongfulness of an action which technically constitutes a cr... more »

The Blizzard is Over

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago
The blizzard is over, at least for Repulse Bay. It will linger on in Rankin Inlet for the rest of today. It was a real storm -- a typical spring blizzard north of the Arctic Circle. About 5:00 pm I had to travel from the green building you see on the left of the photograph to my hotel -- a distance of perhaps 300 yards. But I was carrying a command box of documents and as soon as I was out the door I realized I could not see more than a few feet in any direction -- indeed, my hands were hard to see. The wind was a great howling and disorientation easy. The Community Centre ... more »

Okla. Teamsters mobilizing to stop ALEC takeover

2old2care at Because I Can - 16 hours ago
Friday, April 26, 2013 Okla. Teamsters mobilizing to stop ALEC's corporate takeover of state capitols Our brothers and sisters at Local 886 in Oklahoma City are mobilizing hundreds of Teamsters to march FOR the middle class and AGAINST ALEC in early May. ALEC, the billionaire-backed escort service for corporations and state lawmakers, will hold its annual meeting on May 2-3 in the Oklahoma state capitol. Behind closed doors they will plan ways to eradicate the middle class by weakening workers' rights, eliminating consumer and environmental protections, empowering corporations and ... more »

thank you, jason collins!

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
It has finally happened. A professional male athlete in one of the big US team sports has come out as gay. Someone had to be first, and that person is Jason Collins of the NBA. Thank you, Mr. Collins, for your courage and your honesty! From the Sports Illustrated cover story: I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay. I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, "I'm different." If I had my way, someone ... more »

war resister and peace activist kim rivera sentenced to 14 months in military prison

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
From the War Resisters Support Campaign: Iraq War Resister Kimberly Rivera sentenced to 14 months in military prison after deportation by Harper government On Monday afternoon, during a court-martial hearing at Fort Carson, Colorado, Kimberly Rivera was sentenced to 14 months in military prison and a dishonourable discharge after publicly expressing her conscientious objection to the Iraq War while in Canada. A pre-trial agreement capped the sentence at 10 months of confinement and a bad conduct discharge. Kimberly Rivera with her husband MarioPrivate First Class Kimberly Rivera d... more »

kimberly rivera to be sentenced today

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
We expect Kimberly Rivera to be sentenced today. War resister, prisoner of conscience, peace activist, artist, mother, friend, Kim Rivera is in the hearts of all who know her, all her supporters who stand by her in this time of need. Kim is being punished for choosing peace over war, light over darkness, love over hate. She is being punished by the US military, but that punishment was made possible by Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney, and their so-called majority government. Shame on them. Shame, shame, shame.

Ed Miliband finally admits Labour WOULD borrow billions more | Mail Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
No great surprise but at least Ed Miliband has lined up alongside Ed Balls on favouring more borrowing in the attempt to boost economy More here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316998/Ed-Miliband-finally-admits-Labour-WOULD-borrow-billions-more.html Labour governments always end up borrowing to pay for the expansions of state and benefits, any future Labour government would be no different.

Ret. Army Intel Officer: FBI Lied When Publicizing They Didn't Know ...

Jason Leewig at Our Manmade Disasters - 17 hours ago
FORMER ARMY LT.COLONEL- SAYS "BLACK OPS" OPERATION IN BOSTON https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XEoDHXfyEc https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZIKLfRph_o0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=Uw5yBn2EuBI A hero or part of the gang? You will lose money if you follow the MSM. Details to follow. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=516208401773100&set=a.128510663876211.20575.100001518344620&type=3&theater To those who doubt the accuracy of telling time using the sun's azimuth and the shadow angle of a vertical object.......this is one of the ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*Bloomberg: New Orleans area is one of the nation's biggest boomtowns* ~The area is growing as it rebuilds from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.Tourism is booming, and the New Orleans area gained more residents than any other in the U.S. from 2007 to 2011. The population rose to 1.2 million in 2012, and there’s plenty of job growth in heavy construction and even the television and motion picture industry, according to New Orleans demographer Allison Plyer. The unemployment rate, at 5.9 percent, is below the national average. One worry: Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax plan could change the sta... more »

If Gideon Levy wills it, it is a nightmare | Lyn Julius | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago

And Jesus' Eyes and Ears Bled Like the Stigmata

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 18 hours ago
We'll never know from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John if Jesus prized intelligence in others or if it meant anything to him at all. My guess is that he may have appreciated it in others but still not disparage the feeble-minded just being feeble-minded. God knows we cannot all be Albert Einstein or, if you're too feeble-minded to understand even the rudiments of his Theory of Relativity and would prefer *The Coneheads* to trying to understand the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle or Schrödinger's cat, Dan Aykroyd. Yet I think even the famous patience of the son o' God would've... more »

(Most) Everything IS Rigged!

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 19 hours ago
Hat Tip: Thanks Craig Majia here: Remember when US Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the big banks were simply too big to prosecute: Lennard, A. (2013 Mar 7) Holder: Banks too big to prosecute The A.G.'s comment to the Senate Judiciary Committee points to structural problem with big banks. Salon, http://www.salon.com/2013/03/07/holder_banks_too_big_to_prosecute/ Majia here: Now Taibbi announces that EVERYTHING IS RIGGED and the banks are too big to prosecute: Matt Taibbi (2013, April 25) Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever The Illuminati were a... more »

Adrian Dix`s Proposed Ten Million Dollar Judicial Inquiry Into The BC Rail Scandal

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 20 hours ago
* * T *Adrian Dix`s Proposed Ten Million Dollar Judicial Inquiry Into The BC Rail Scandal* *Written by Robin Mathews * rmathews@telus.net * * * ** ** * The B.C. election draws near..*..* The Mainstream Press and Media are hard at work ... campaigning for the re-election of the Christy Clark neo-Liberals. Refusing throughout the four years of the (BC Rail Scandal) Basi, Virk, and Basi case to report the most important revelations (and covering up where possib... more »

Proof, at last: The more money we earn, the happier we are | City A.M. - NO shit Sherlock

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
'Happiness and life satisfaction are almost perfectly correlated with income. The results are one of those truly rare things in empirical economics: unambiguous, hugely powerful and awe-inspiring, with vast political and cultural implications.' http://www.cityam.com/article/proof-last-more-money-we-earn-happier-we-are

A Shepard Ambellas and Jason Bermas Film - Unbound Productions Presents - Shade the Motion Picture

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 21 hours ago
SHADE (the motion picture) from Shepard Ambellas & Jason Bermas is a glimpse into the Globalist's Domain. *For hundreds of years an elite group of oligarchs have ruled the land, fueled by a legacy of sex, money, power and greed. In the last 60 years their power has become more consolidated as they have become more organized. Their own documents and white papers show the diabolic plans they have in store for the population.* "Nothing in your world works the way you think it does." UNQUOTE. SHADE the Motion Picture Trailer 3 (Official Version) from Unbound Productions on Vimeo. K... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 21 hours ago
*Tamerlan Tsarnaev's CIA friends. *Страница 207 - KavkazChat * * *Tamerlan. alleged Boston Bomber.* In Dagestan, the Russian military has killed *Shakrudin Askhabov* a member of the CIA-linked 'Abu Dujan' jihad group. Reportedly, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the CIA-linked 'Boston Bomber', has met Shakrudin Askhabov. Tamerlan Tsarnaev met with *Shakrudin Askhabov* during his visit to Russia * **Boston Bombings* (Before It's News) According to Russian intelligence, *Shakrudin Askhabov* recruited people to help the CIA to destabilise Russia. *William Plotnikov * Reportedly Tamerlan Tsarnaev w... more »

April 29, 1973

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 22 hours ago
The newspapers are demanding resignations; Haldeman, when he reads them, realizes that the fight for leaves is probably over. And in fact, Nixon calls from Camp David to summon him and Ehrlichman for early afternoon meetings, with Ziegler calling back to let Haldeman know that the decision has been made: both of them would resign, and Dean would be fired. On top of that, Nixon is having Attorney General Kleindienst resign, and replacing him with Secretary of Defense Elliot Richardson. Meanwhile, Nixon is busy that morning. Kissinger calls him, and Nixon moves the subject to the "Ki... more »


Neocons and conservatives throughout the West have made much of the numbers of dead in the Syrian civil war as they tell us loudly and often that figures are rising rapidly as a result of al-Assad’s brutal war against his own people; some 70,000 dead after two years of fighting is about the latest number being quoted with more than three-quarters of that number having been killed in the last year alone as the war escalated. That’s more than 50,000 killed in one year alone. These are terrible numbers indeed. One can only imagine how many died in the even more vicious conflict that wa... more »

Your moment of Zen

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 23 hours ago
"The Mittens" in Monument Valley, AZ.

NRA Shills In The Senate In Trouble-- At Least On Paper

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Mark Begich will probably only win reelection if Alaska Republicans nominate Joe MillerThe Republican case for why the unpopular vote against background checks-- basically no one agrees with their position except hard-core Republican primary voters-- won't hurt them in 2014 is twofold: the House didn't vote on it at all, and in the Senate the GOP has only two vulnerable incumbents (the two closet cases, Lindsey Graham in South Carolina and Miss McConnell in Kentucky) and taking the NRA position won't hurt either of them in those states. So, yes, senators who voted no on Manchin-Too... more »

IRONY: The official champagne of #AERA13 #highered

Chalk Face, PhD at @ THE CHALK FACE knows SCHOOLS MATTER - 1 day ago
I don’t always drink champagne. But when I do, it’s after a discussion of poverty in education. IRONY. Filed under: CHALK FACE: General News & Commentary Tagged: aera 2013, education, poverty, research

Adrian Dix Wins Debate, Christy Clark Snickers(Updated 9:00 p.m.)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
Adrian Dix was the clear winner tonight, Christy Clark did too much giggling at inappropriate times.. _________ *UPDATED 9:00 p.m.....*According to Kyle Braid of Ipsos Reid.. ..At 9:00 p.m...He conducted a quick post election debate poll, and according to Ipsos Reid,...The question was, Who won the debate?...The winner was... Adrian Dix..35%....Christy Clark..30% A second question, Who has the best policies...the winner was.. Adrian Dix..37%...Christy Clark..24% Forget Alise Mills, all spin, no substance..Forget Baldrey, he was having hair issues..... This pundit called it sec... more »
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