Saturday, September 21, 2013

21 Sept - Blogs I'm Following

10:32am MDST

Can We Have Your Facebook Password?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 38 seconds ago
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What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 minute ago
There's a ton of stuff to choose from, isn't there? And the big ones, or at least the potential big ones, seem to be from the secondary headlines. I'll go with the Pope -- but I'll mention, too, carbon regulation and Iran. What didn't matter? I don't know about not mattering, but I'm certainly on the side of those who believe the House CR was a maneuver to avoid a government shutdown, not a step on the way to one. I guess we'll see. But as I said, there sure is a lot to talk about here. What do you have? What do you think mattered this week?


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 34 minutes ago
- I'm on the Amtrak regional train heading back north to Boston. This train makes more stops but the seats are much roomier and more comfortable than on the more expensive express train. When I get to Boston I'll then hop on a bus back to Portland where MB will pick me up for the ride home. I hear that eggplant parmesan is on the menu for supper tonight at the Addams-Melman House. Perfect! - My talk last night at the Catholic Worker Mary House in NYC was quite stimulating. Lots of interaction with those in the audience. It was a mix o... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 34 minutes ago


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 38 minutes ago

I applied to be on the DCPS Chancellor’s teacher cabinet. Should I hold my breath?

Chalk Face, PhD at @ THE CHALK FACE - 49 minutes ago
I whipped up and out some answers to a few essay questions to apply for a seat on Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s teacher cabinet. I’m copying my answers below. There are three answers pasted together, which is why it might read strangely. Will this get me on? I don’t know. I just wrote how I felt. […]

Chicago murders and cuts in food aid!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 53 minutes ago
*SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013* *What bad reporting looks like:* Thirteen people were shot in a single incident in Chicago on Thursday night. Reading Monica Davey’s report in today’s New York Times, it occurred to us that this is what bad reporting looks like: DAVEY (9/21/13): The attack, which took place during a pickup basketball game, was the latest flare-up of street violence that has confounded city leaders. *Chicago had more than 500 homicides in 2012—more than any other city in the nation and about 80 more than New York, which has three times as many people. * Most of the vio... more »

Whistleblower: HSBC Still Laundering Money for Terrorists, Drug Cartels

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] *Big banks are apparently too big to jail, even when they bankroll terrorists and drug cartels, while regular people fill the prisons in the world’s largest drug population for mostly non-violent drug offenses.* Aaron Dykes As a former Anti-Money Laundering Officer at HSBC, Everett Stern was arguably never actually supposed to catch money laundering activity. Instead, with little training but an inclination to make a difference, Stern caught massive levels of fraud, and contacted CIA and FBI officials in the summer of 2010 t... more »

Republican Priorities

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 hour ago
Last Wednesday, the *National Review*, the infamous right wing publication founded by the late William F. Buckley, quoted Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey as saying that Capitol aides “may be 33 years old now and not making a lot of money. But in a few years they can just go to K Street and make $500,000 a year. Meanwhile I’m stuck here making $172,000 a year.” This statement, which apparently was just tossed out by the NR's Jonathan Strong as a matter of fact, shows what a fundamental disconnect there is in the typical Republican mind. You may or may not remember Gingrey ... more »

Hysteria: Virginia Student Sent Home for Wearing Duck Dynasty T-shirt That “Implies Violence”

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...] Kimberly Paxton You know that the priorities are really messed up when we are being led off a cliff by the insane warmongers in Washington, when half the residents of the country can’t feed themselves without government assistance, where the middle class is dying a slow and painful death at the hands of deliberate saboteurs in our own government, and when kids need armed escorts to get to school safely in our inner cities, but the big line in the sand that gets a kid sent home from school is wearing a Duck Dynasty t-shirt. T... more »

Bashar Al-Assad, Russia and Chemical Weapons

LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 hour ago
Aid to Putin said that if Assad does not co-operate to handover chemical weapons then Russia may kick Assad's butts. *"Russia could abandon support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if it learnt that he was not committed to handing over control of his chemical weapons arsenal, the chief of staff for President Vladimir Putin suggested on Saturday."* Sergei Ivanov, chief of staff of the Presidential Administration. Read more here.

Man produces beer in his guts

LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 hour ago
It is an interesting story. An unusual illness. Drunk without drinking. *Having a beer gut took on a new meaning * *for a Texas man studied by U.S. researchers, * *who found that his overgrowth of yeast in his body * *was making him drunk because he was brewing * *beer from within. (Rick Rycroft/Associated Press* *"The man was found to have a blood alcohol level of .37, five times the legal limit in Texas. Medical staff assumed he was inebriated, but the man insisted he hadn’t had one drop of alcohol all day. They were also told he had spent the past five years with bouts of intoxicat... more »

Argentina: Humanoids in Santiago del Estero (1979)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 1 hour ago
*Argentina: Humanoids in Santiago del Estero (1979)* By Francisco Checchi UFO Press #11, April 1979 *[We have been fortunate to secure issues of Argentina’s UFO PRESS journal from the 1970s courtesy of journalist Alejandro Agostinelli, whose book Contactados we reviewed two years ago. I regret not having been able to include some of these amazing cases in “The Humanoid Conspiracy”, but I will nonetheless make them available to readers through Inexplicata. Our thanks to Mr. Agostinelli for sharing this information with us! – Scott Corrales]* During the first month of this year, t... more »

Audio: Canadian spy tries to entrap Kanesatake man at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
By Tom Fennario and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsMONTREAL--An agent with Canada’s spy agency tried to entice a Kanesatake man to meet over “coffee” and discuss his recent trip to Greece before turning the conversation personal by bringing up the 1990 Oka Crisis, according to a recording of the phone conversation posted online. The recording offers a revealing snapshot of the tactics agents


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*Lawsuit seeks Garret Graves' correspondence with oil and gas industry ~Jeff Adelson, New Orleans Advocate* *Custom guitar tribute to Saints is rocker's way of giving back ~Nancy Parker, WVUE* *Costco grand opening: 200 jobs and ‘a huge win’ for New Orleans, officials say ~Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger* *Taking Their Craft to the Next Level ~Poppy Tooker, WWNO*

Yet more evidence that #highered is as gutless as it comes

Chalk Face, PhD at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
Can an animal survive without a gut? I mean, perhaps a zombie, leaching off its own filth to survive, part of a nameless, nearly faceless horde hunting for their next hunk of gray matter. Did I spoil your breakfast? In my hometown of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, a private and religious institution, is getting some attention […]

Stephen Harper: Will he fade away by 2015

LeDaro at LeDaro - 2 hours ago
All the scandals: Senate, robocalls, secretive government, all that pro-roguing.... Has his time come and come 2015 he will lose elections and Cons will choose a new leader? Or he may resign before that.

What Does Santorum Think Of The Pope Now?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
I'm generally repulsed by religion but I'm a huge fan of Jesus Christ and his message and I've got a very good feeling about this new Catholic Pope Francis I and have since the day he was chosen to replace the Nazi Pope someone seems to have made resign. I asked Ken, who's the resident expert on all things Popish, is he wanted to do a post about the latest Francis pronouncement but he punted it back to me. We can't let it go by unremarked that the Pope told his followers that he's not a right-winger. Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, sai... more »

Ed Steer's Gold and Silver report - September 21 , 2013 ... News , data and Views touching on the precious metals !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago ¤ YESTERDAY IN GOLD & SILVER As I mentioned in *The Wrap* in Friday's column, the price action and volume in Far East trading on their Friday was dead right up until the London open. That's when things changed and, in hindsight, for the worst. The high-frequency traders spun prices lower on several occasions during the Europe and U.S. trading day, and bought up all the longs that the tech funds and small traders were prepared to puke up as sell stops were hit. It was t... more »

A hardened rivet

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 3 hours ago
This blog entry is completely unimportant so I urge all busy readers to stop reading now. Indeed, it's not my goal to inform you about every tomato I pick from a shrub or every roll I bake in the oven. ;-) Those things are mundane, boring, about 7 billion people is encountering similar things, and I don't have too many comparative advantages when it comes to these matters – perhaps a slightly enhanced talent to entertain you. But the title I choose allows me to merge two distinct down-to-earth-topics into one blog entry: music and bicycles. I've moved by about 40,000 kilometers ... more »

Super typhoon heads to Hong Kong - max sustained winds of 139 mph , gusts of 163 mph ! After causing landslides and power outages in the Philippines and likely passing by Taiwan , a strong storm likely in Hong Kong Monday morning !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago U.S. Navy's warning center predicted that Usagi poses a "severe threat" to Hong Kong. [image: AP Taiwan Typhoon] (Photo: Chiang Ying-ying, AP) STORY HIGHLIGHTS - Super typhoon Usagi expected to be most powerful of the year - Usagi triggered landslides and power outages in parts of the north Philippines - Storms achieve super storm status when its sustained winds reach 150 mph SHARE 693CONNECT 119TWEET 1COMMENTEMAILMORE TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The most powerful typhoon of the year swept thro... more »

US Navy was warned in August by Rhode Island Police that Monday's Naval sea Systems Command Center massacre shooter was hearing voices ( believing people were following him and sending vibrations into his body by some sort of microwave machine ) - and the US Navy still allowed Aaron Alexis access to the Facility and did not pull his secret clearance pending a full investigation ? Was Aaron a certified nut case - or was he being followed and were attempts being made to set him off some how ? Why did the US Navy do absolutely nothing despite this cler report of mental instability of one their contractors allegedly working at their Facility ?

Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago Confirmed: Navy Yard Shooter Was On Anti-Depressant Trazodone - [image: The Alex Jones Channel][image: Alex Jones Show podcast][image: Prison Planet TV][image: Twitter][image: Alex Jones' Facebook][image: Infowars store] Drug linked to previous mass shooting despite Washington Post declaring it “safe” *Paul Joseph Watson* September 19, 2013 It has been confirmed that Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis was on the anti-depressant drug Trazodone, providing yet another ex... more »

Greece updates - September 21 , 2013 .... As Finance Minister Stournaras prepares to meet with the Troika , news leaks out that Deputy Prime Minister Venezelos might have tried to get the ECB to " rig " Greece's fiscal gap figures ! Greeks believe Merkel's re-election will be bad for Greece - which German Pol would be good for Greece ? Meanwhile , three million Greks have no access to healthcare as Prime Minister Samaras swears Greece will be recover by 2019 ! .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago ( Did Venizelos ask ECB's Asmussen to " fix " Greece's fiscal gap numbers ? ) *Venizelos denies report he asked Asmussen to 'reorganize' fiscal gap figures [Update]* German newspaper Die Zeit has reported that Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos asked European Central Bank executive board member Joerg Asmussen if it was possible to “reorganize” figures so Greece’s fiscal gap for 2015 and 2016 appears smaller than it actually it is. The report was denied by Venizelos’s office. A spokesman told CNBC that it... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Global Network board member Holly Gwinn Graham (Olympia, Washington) doing her rock-folk love opera. On horns, flute and harp is John Croarkin. On piano is Brian Kinsella. Dan Walker played guitar. Singing were Hilary Lewis, Anne Kerr, and Margi Carlson. All songs were originals by Holly Gwinn Graham, aside from Love Train (the O'Jays), Children's Crusade (Sting), Common Ground (Ivan Lins and others), Save The Country (Laura Nyro), Five Pound Box O' Money, Imagine (Lennon), and Redemption Day (Sheryl Crow). Set 1 Common Ground, Earth Anthem, Love Will Prevail No Frackin' Way ... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 3 hours ago
As argued before, the fact that the BBC gets complaints from both sides * isn't* proof that the BBC is impartial. That point duly are two Twitter comments on the subject of bias that were made at almost exactly the same time today: *ChrissieSilverSurfer* ‏@ChrissieOAP 2h. @BBCNews showing UKIP conf @ SkyNews showing @Ed_Miliband on soapbox speech in full.#*BBCbias* at it's worse *james cooper* ‏@vicarjim4 2h* bbc* at labour party confernece not started yet. is that *bias* or has ED offered them more money. do they know UKIP conference on now?

Inequality For All

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
On September 27th, a documentary film with that title hits the theatres. The little guy who the film revolves around makes the same argument he has been making in print for over a decade: the middle class is being squeezed, and their plight -- the harvest of right wing ideology -- is why the United States is being pulled apart. Reich was interviewed this week for an article in *The Tyee*. Here are a few excerpts: "Losers in rigged games can become very angry," he says in the documentary *Inequality for All*, which will be released in the U.S. on Sept. 27. "We're seeing an entire... more »

Veiling the argument?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 4 hours ago
Not wearing a niqab I see that Radio 4's *Sunday* will be discussing what certainly seems to have been the 'hot topic' of the week (other than red squirrels making a bit of a return) - namely the Muslim veil controversy: Shelagh Fogarty explores where it [a national debate on the subject] may lead with Dr Sara Silvestri, from City University, London and Mirina Paananen, a student at the As-Suffa Institute in Birmingham. Given that Mirina Paananen, a Muslim convert who wears the niqab, is against 'banning the burqa' and that Dr Silvestri is also against 'banning the burqa', it seems... more »

When is a Person's Religion A Personal Matter and When is it Not? (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 5 hours ago
The following piece will not dig deep into the concept of religious belief and how it may or may not be different than other sorts of belief or committments. I have done that elsewhere. I am happy to live in a country that is fairly secularised in the political sense. This secularisation is of the sensibly liberal and tolerant kind, where people of openly displayed, institutionalised religious affiliation are as welcome as anybody else to run for political office, and anyone that may feel like it has the right to make religiously grounded arguments to support or reject political su... more »

14 minutes of film that I found facinating and hope you do too

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 5 hours ago
In 2005, an 83 year-old World War II pilot is surprised to see 16mm footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash for the first time. SPITFIRE 944 was put on YouTube as part of the Sundance Film Festival Memorial Day observance through from May 22 through June 5, 2013 (UPDATE, ShortsHD is allowing the film to stay on youtube for the moment:) The Sundance portal is here: If you are interested in your own copy, you can find it on iTunes here: An absolutely fascinating piece of living history.

The debt ceiling tactic is not unprecedented

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 5 hours ago
The *Washington Post* reports: In 1973, when Richard Nixon was president, Democrats in the Senate, including Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Sen. Walter Mondale (D-Minn.), sought to attach a campaign finance reform bill to the debt ceiling after the Watergate-era revelations about Nixon’s fundraising during the 1972 election. Their efforts were defeated by a filibuster, but it took days of debate and the lawmakers were criticized by commentators (and fellow lawmakers) for using “shotgun” tactics to try to hitch their pet cause to emergency must-pass legislation.... One of the mo... more »

English-Speaking 'Forest Boy' Nicknamed 'Siberian Mowgli' Born and Raised in the Altai Wilderness by Anna Liesowska

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
Odzhan, whose name translates as 'a great soul' is 20 years old. Picture: youtube English-speaking 'forest boy' nicknamed 'Siberian Mowgli' born and raised in the Altai wilderness by Anna Liesowska The Siberian Times, 11 September 2013 He is believed to be 20, born in the wild, never went to school, received no vaccinations, and was cut off from civilisation. The young man, named Odzhan or 'great soul', was born after his painter father Alexander and musician mother Elena opted out of society to live in mud huts and primitive timber houses in the wild. Until this week, he has ... more »

"Nobody's Listening..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"*Angel:* Well, I guess I kinda worked it out. If there's no great glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters... then all that matters is what we do. 'Cause that's all there is. What we do. Now. Today. I fought for so long, for redemption, for a reward, and finally just to beat the other guy, but I never got it. *Kate Lockley:* And now you do? *Angel:* Not all of it. All I wanna do is help. I wanna help because, I don't think people should suffer as they do. Because, if there's no bigger meaning, then the smallest act of kindness is the greatest thing in the world. *Ka... more »

“Combating Emotional Vampires” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Combating Emotional Vampires”* by Dr. Judith Orloff “Relationships are always an energy exchange. To stay feeling our best, we must ask ourselves: Who gives us energy? Who saps it? It's important to be surrounded by supportive, heart-centered people who make us feel safe and secure. It's equally important to pinpoint the emotional vampires, who, whether they intend to or not, leech our energy. To protect your sensitivity, it's imperative to name and combat these emotional vampires. They're everywhere: coworkers, neighbors, family, and friends. In Energy Psychiatry I've trea... more »

Boycotting Israel is an anti-Semitic act

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
Boycotting Israel is an anti-Semitic act. '... Now apply the image to the behaviour of boycotters. A dispersed weak focus is the trademark of their interest in Palestinians, where ever that unhappy refugee-people may live. No heat results. Nothing catches fire. War-torn Syria displaces Palestinians by the thousands; drops deadly gas on them. Lebanon stops Palestinians from entering; the near half a million that have lived for generations in Lebanon get third class treatment. Egypt closes tunnels into Gaza, strangling the life out of Palestinians in the strip. Meanwhile look at boyc... more »

Links for a Slow Typhoon Day

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 8 hours ago
I know you must be trapped indoors on this ugly typhoon day -- no rain here yet in central Taiwan so far. So enjoy some links.... - Taiwan should reform its economy to prosper. - The Writing Baron on the old Beitou Granary. Such sites are found all over Taiwan. - Halpin says the MaWangMess is nothing like Watergate. - Tourists from India to Taiwan on the rise. - China's Xi touring Central Asia, where it is a huge investor and power player. China is the major victor of America's defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its influence in the area is unmatched. - Of... more »

U.S. threw two H-bombs on North Carolina

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
The Guardian brought us some chilling news: US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document A B-52 bomber broke up in mid-air near Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the detonation mechanism of one of the bombs the bomber carried was ready to do its job. Its parachute opened, its trigger mechanisms engaged, and only one low-voltage switch prevented untold carnage. In fact, two Mark 39 bombs could have detonated but only one of them came "really close" to the catastrophe. Each of them carried the equivalent of 4 megatons of TNT, 250 times more than 16 kilotons... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Child abuser Sir Jimmy Savile with his friend Mick Starkey, a West Yorkshire police inspector* On 20 September 2013, we learn that, in the UK, the 'child-abuse police' have reduced the number of their senior officers. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK 'tackling child sex abuse'. CEOP's deputy chief executive, Andy Baker, has admitted the organisation has got rid of some of its most experienced officers. Child abuser Sir Jimmy Savile and his friends in the police. Baker told* PC Pro* that CEOP has cut the number of chief superintende... more »

Blackberry to Cut 4,500 jobs among Income Thrust

*Blackberry has announced it is planning to cut 4,500 jobs, or 40% of its worldwide workforce, in an attempt to stop vast losses. *The smart phone maker supposed it expected a loss of as much as $995m when it reports its second-quarter income next week. Shares in the firm closed down 17% after briefly being halted subsequent the announcement. According to Blackberry's chief executive Thorstein, we are implementing the difficult, but necessary operational changes announced today to address our position in a growing and more competitive industry, and to drive the company toward pro... more »

Friday Baseball Post

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
Back to playoff structure again; I can't help it. I just flipped on the Orioles/Rays game when it got to the 15th's now the 16th. I have to admit: this is a great game between two division rivals competing for the same playoff spot, right near the end of the season. That's not bad. And in my preferred system, this game would be irrelevant, assuming all else equal (which we absolutely cannot, but what else are we going to do?). Assuming that the Tigers were in the AL East, they would have a lock on second place. But they and the Red Sox would be still be fighting for the ... more »

Your moment of Zen

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 12 hours ago
Fairy Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon. [Photo via Nate Zeman gallery. Check out the rest of his fabulous work.]

Broken government

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 12 hours ago
In the face of all evidence to the contrary, John Boehner keeps telling us the real Murkin people support the crackpottery in his House of Dysfunction. I suspect what they really would support is complimentary psyche evals for him and his entire crackpot caucus. These idiots are literally destroying this country and our entire form of government. As Steve Benen said: We've all heard the "elections have consequences" adage many times, but let's be clear about what we're witnessing in 2013: Republicans are very clearly telling the country, "No, actually, elections don't have consequ... more »

Teacher Educators MUST Reject CAEP! @caepupdates

Timothy D. Slekar at @ THE CHALK FACE - 12 hours ago
A few weeks ago it was AACTE that sold us out. This week EdWeek published “Why the New Teacher Ed. Standards Matter“ By Mary Brabeck & Christopher Koch. According to Brabeck and Koch, the new CAEP standards are so damn good that blind acceptance of the standards and compliance is required if teacher education is to ever […]

Sunday Classics preview: "He said, she said" in the opening scenes of "I Pagliacci"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*NEDDA*: How his eyes did blaze! I turned mine away for fear he should read my secret thought! Oh, if he should catch me, brutal as he is! But enough, these are frightening nightmares and silly fancies! *[A] - [C]* *[D] - [F]* *by Ken* This week we return to the troubled marriage of Canio and Nedda, the protagonists of Leoncavallo's *I Pagliacci*, whose acquaintance we made several weeks ago "On our way to focusing on Nedda's scenes with the two baritones of Leoncavallo's *Pagliacci*." Tonight we've plunged right into the recitative that Nedda sings when she's left alone at her t... more »

Is this More of the ‘Cabal Takedown’?… “The BRICS “Independent Internet” Cable. In Defiance of the “US-Centric Internet””

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
This was posted at KPs blog.... Is this More of the ‘Cabal Takedown’?… “The BRICS “Independent Internet” Cable. In Defiance of the “US-Centric Internet”” Posted on 2013/09/20by kauilapele [image: image]Another move to separate BRICs and other non-West–aligned countries from the US (et al) corporate controlled media , as I see it… —————————————————– *The BRICS “Independent Internet” Cable. In Defiance of the “US-Centric Internet”* The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff announces publicly the creation of a world internet system INDEPENDENT from US and Britain ( the “US-centric i... more »


Paul Coker at News Spike - 12 hours ago
** * "If you hide your ignorance, no-one will hit you, and you will never learn"* "8 Million Poor Children Now Have Access Basic Medical Care - What, That Wasn't Enough to Buy My Way Out of the Doghouse..? from Spike1138 on Vimeo. *Fuck you. You get Biden.* "44 million Americans are uninsured, and eight out of ten of these are workers or their dependents. Why is being uninsured a problem? About 44 million people in this country have no health insurance, and another 38 million have inadequate health insurance. This means that nearly one-third of Americans face each day without the ... more »


Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 13 hours ago
Another really long day of real life, which is exhausting but somehow not as stressful as trying to read the news on the internets. I got as far as the latest thuggery from the crackpot cons voting to defund Obamacare for the 42nd time because, hearing Rosa Parks' voice in their heads and gave up. This hot the heels of the GOP's vote to starve the poors because Jesus told them to do it. Or something. We need a new word for this level of insanity. Batshit crazy doesn't really cover it anymore. Maybe we should bring back befuckled. Or invent a new one.

For District Leaders Considering Adopting the New Orleans “Miracle” Model

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago
New Orleans’ Recovery School District (RSD) is being promoted nationwide as a model of corporate reform “turnaround.” Thus, numerous legislatures, superintendents and school boards across the country are facing the question of whether or not to emulate RSD. In this post, I address school officials who are tempted to believe and adopt the RSD “miracle.” RSD success is a […]

Reports: U.S Ally Turkey Is Intervening Militarily In Syria On The Side of Al-Qaeda

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
*U.S. ally Turkey has intervened militarily in liberated Kurdish towns in Syria on the side of al-Qaeda.* Related: *Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Helicopter, Harbors Al-Qaeda, Looks To Play Spoiler (Videos)*. *America, Turkey, And Saudi Arabia Are Waging War On Kurds In Syria Via Al-Qaeda.* *America's Main Middle East Client Regimes, Turkey And Saudi Arabia, Are Using Al-Qaeda To Suppress Kurdish Rights In Syria.* II. Reports: U.S Ally Turkey Is Intervening Militarily In Syria On The Side of Al-Qaeda The website 'The Rojava Report' says that the Turkish military is attacking... more »

VIDEO Vicam Yaqui Highway Blockade in Defense of Water Rights Sept 2013 at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
Photo: Vicam Water Rights Gathering Sept 17, 2013 Yaqui maintain major highway blockade for more than 100 days in defense of water rights Article by Brenda Norrell Video by Ali Brooks Censored News Ofelia Rivas, O'odham VICAM PUEBLO, Sonora, Mexico -- At Vicam Pueblo in Sonora, Mexico, Vicam Yoeme (Yaqui) maintain their highway blockade in defense of water, now for more than 100 days

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young stars and dust lanes are seen to trace out NGC 1309's spiral arms as they wind around an older yellowish star population at its core. *Click image for larger size.* Not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy, observations of NGC 1309's recent supernova and Cepheid variable stars contribute to the calibration... more »

Louis Massignon On The Sykes–Picot Agreement, T. E. Lawrence, And The Balfour Declaration

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 hours ago
*Wikipedia:* Louis Massignon (July 25, 1883 – October 31, 1962) was a French scholar of Islam and its history. Although a Catholic himself, he tried to understand Islam from within and thus had a great influence on the way Islam was seen in the West; among other things, he paved the way for a greater openness inside the Catholic Church towards Islam as it was documented in the pastoral Vatican II declaration Nostra Aetate. Below are excerpts from, "My Entry into Jerusalem with Lawrence in 1917" by Louis Massignon. Source: *Testimonies and Reflections: Essays of Louis Massignon... more »

This Sunday at 6PM EST, Diane Ravitch is At the Chalk Face to discuss Reign of Error.

Chalk Face, PhD at @ THE CHALK FACE - 15 hours ago
Listen to the show here. I have to get reading. Tagged: diane ravitch, reign of error

TN Achievement School Distict Official Granted Charter Approval by TN Achievement School District

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Posted at Memphis Schools Matter: After Bobby White got national attention on Fox & Friends by enforcing a ban on baggy pants at Westside Middle School in Memphis, where he was principal a couple of years back, White has become the darling of the State-funded effort to corporatize and charterize Memphis schools, per the Bill Gates design. White has his own consulting business, has hired on as Director of Community Communications for the Achievement School District (ASD), has started his own charter school company, and is a voice for the State Charter School Incubator. Showing no c... more »

Peltier Tribunal on Indigenous Rights announces judges and witnesses at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Planning session: Dorothy Ninham, Bill Means and Clyde Bellecourt By Brenda Norrell Censored News The Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Human Rights has announced the judges and the preliminary list of witnesses. The Tribunal will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Oneida land, Oct. 2, 3 and 4, 2013. It is open to the public and will

Women's Knowledge: Three Reasons We Won't Solve Climate Change Without It by Katrina Rabeler — YES! Magazine

Women's Knowledge: Three Reasons We Won't Solve Climate Change Without It by Katrina Rabeler — YES! Magazine

The DAmN Party (aka GOP) rampages onward in its take-no-prisoners assault on truth, justice, and the American way

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Confirmation yesterday by the Senate Judiciary Committee was the second step toward the failure of Nina Pillard's nomination to the District Circuit Court of Appeals, which began with the president's announcement of her nomination.* *by Ken* I had to really scrutinize a "Fix" item the other day, "Ted Cruz vs. House Republicans," to grasp the nature of the reported rupture in the Capitol Hill GOP, occasioned by the exhortation of Texas Sen. Ted "Rock Brain" Cruz to his fellow GOP-ers in the House to stand firm when the Senate strips their latest legislative stra... more »

Tahltan First Nation coal protesters prepare for arrests at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Rhoda Quock hugging 9-year son, Caden with Tahltan Elder Bertha Louie at protest camp againt coal mining project in the Pacific coast province of British Columbia. Photo Credit: Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition Tahltan First Nation protesters of coal mine project prepare for arrests By Wojtek Gwiazda | Friday 20 September, 2013 RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL http://

Terrance Nelson 'Economic Terrorism to be Legalized Again' at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
Economic Terrorism to be Legalized Again Terrance Nelson By Terrance Nelson Roseau River Anishinabe Censored News As Canadian Press reports Tuesday, it is a battle between the good guys and "illegal" supposedly criminals, operating outside the laws of Canada and the Province of Manitoba. The reality is that the immigrants who have come into our lands legislated their own laws to legalize

"At Odds..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"My desire to be well informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane."

"Societal 'Stockholm Syndrome'" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
* * *"Societal 'Stockholm Syndrome'"* by Kathleen Trigiani "The term, “Stockholm Syndrome”, was coined in the early 70's to describe the puzzling reactions of four bank employees to their captor. On August 23, 1973, three women and one man were taken hostage in one of the largest banks in Stockholm. They were held for six days by two ex-convicts who threatened their lives but also showed them kindness. To the world's surprise, all of the hostages strongly resisted the government's efforts to rescue them and were quite eager to defend their captors. Indeed, several months after ... more »

As the United Empire of America and Israel searches for new ways to bomb and/or destabilize Syria in order to get at Iran and corner Russia and China, these three countries are forming a win-win free-trade alliance without dropping a single bomb. Pepe Escobar tells you how they're doing it.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 16 hours ago
------------------------------ *OpEdNews Op Eds 9/13/2013 at 22:21:47* *China stitches up (SCO) Silk Road* *By Pepe Escobar (about the author)* *Permalink* Headlined to H2 9/13/13 Source: Asia Times While the whole world was terrified by the prospect of the Obama administration bombing Syria, Chinese President Xi Jinping was busy doing the Silk Road. One has to love that famous Deng Xiaoping dictum; "Always maintain a low profile." This being the second-largest economy in the world, "low profile" always packs a mighty punch. Cue to September 7, in Astana, Kazak... more »

"The Real Tragedy..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago

“What is the ‘Hegelian Dialectic?’" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
* * *“What is the ‘Hegelian Dialectic?’"* - Stirling "The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." - J. Edgar Hoover “Why is it important for you to understand the subject of the Hegelian Dialectic? Because it is the process by which all change is being accomplished in society today. More importantly, it is the tool that the globalists are utilizing to manipulate the minds of the average American to accept that change, where ordinarily they would refuse it. The Hegelian Dialectic is, in short, the critical p... more »

Friday Nerd Blogging: The End Is Nigh, Say It Ain’t So

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 17 hours ago
Breaking Bad is down to two episodes left. Just like a great book, you want to desperately get to the end until you realize that the end means the end of a great story-telling experience. So, here is one set of folks pondering the end with heaps of spoilers.

CIA Weapons Are Being Used In Syria To Kill Christians, Kurds, And Other Minorities

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
*Photo: President Obama on a conference call with al-Qaeda, Saudi spy Bandar Bush, and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, being informed that Christians, Kurds, and other minorities are being killed in Syria as planned.* Who says U.S. policy in Syria is broken? It is working perfectly fine. Murder and mayhem is what Washington wanted, and this is exactly what it has got. Religious and ethnic minorities are being attacked by US-Saudi-Turkish backed Sunni terrorist groups, with al-Qaeda at the tip of the spear. American-led Jihadist terrorism is driving hundreds of thousands out of ... more »

SWAT Team Told to ‘Stand Down’ During Navy Shooting Stonewalled by Authorities - why the hell aren't folks outraged by this ? Who gave that Order - and who did they discuss the stand down order with before issuing it ? Why was the leader of CERT replaced without explantion , why have four members applied for temporary leave , why has a stone wall been put in place ? Anyone think this isn't just SLIGHTLY ODD ? Taking a further look at Aaron Alexis's claim to the Rhode Island Police that he was being stalked and targeted by a microwave device sending vibrations through his body - is there something to his claim , any scientific support ? The answer may surprise.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago SWAT Team Told to ‘Stand Down’ During Navy Shooting Stonewalled by Authorities - [image: The Alex Jones Channel][image: Alex Jones Show podcast][image: Prison Planet TV][image: Twitter][image: Alex Jones' Facebook][image: Infowars store] Unit’s leader replaced, others apply for leave *Paul Joseph Watson* September 20, 2013 Members of a Washington SWAT team who were told to stand down during the Navy Yard shooting have been stonewalled by authorit... more »

Blackberry releases massive shocker - here are the grim low lights ..............BlackBerry just announced that it plans to cut 4,500 jobs............. It also said it only shipped 3.7 million smart phones last quarter, which is an epic fail.....................The company pre-announced earnings, saying it had a net operating loss of $995 million in Q2 this year......... BlackBerry says it will cut operating expenditures by 50% by 2015.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago BlackBerRIP: BBRY Plummets Over 20% On Friday Afternoon Early Earnings Debacle [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/20/2013 15:25 -0400 - GAAP - New Normal - Short Interest inShare1 *UPDATE: BBRY opens and trades down to $8.06 - all-time lows -21%* So much for the 8 analysts who have "Buys"... Having risen phoenix-like off the lows in July, it seems Blackberry is echoing the Eastman Kodaks of the world. Releasing its ear... more »

Ed Steer's Gold and Silver report - September 18 , 2013 .... News , Data and Views including - India escalates gold capital controls , hikes duties on gold jewelry ......Brazil spurns US State visit over NSA spying and demands public apology from US ..... Barclays raising 9.2 Billion in capital , fined 79 million by UK Regulators for lying about bribes paid to Qatari bond investors ....France opts for meek reforms and hope ......Ambrose Evans Pritchard rips German FM Schauble ......Russian ruble debuts on Paypal...Russia seeks to privatize state assets of Greece ...... China seeks to avoid bailout , eyes private funds to tackle bad debt build up ..... fake silver bars reported ( 10 ounce bars ) .... Ed Steer's WRAP for September 18 , 2013...... Syria items of note

Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago India Escalates Gold Capital Controls, Hikes Duty On Gold Jewelry Imports To 15% [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 09/17/2013 13:59 -0400 - Capital Markets - India - Precious Metals - Reuters - Trade Deficit - Transaction Tax inShare5 Anyone following the Indian economy and capital markets has been witness to what is the worst case outcome for a modern-day central banker: on one hand forced to keep inflation dow... more »

Winnemem Wintu to protest Shasta Dam raising on Sat., Sept 21, 2013 at CENSORED NEWS - 18 hours ago
1236855_10151897769780990... Caleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, speaks against the raising of Shasta Dam as Jessica Abbe, writer for the On Sacred Ground series, listens at the premiere showing of Episode 1: Pilgrims and Tourists, at the Cascade Theatre in Redding on Saturday, September 14. The film was superb with stunning coverage of the common struggles of

May I be excused?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Jimmy Perry, co-creator with David Croft of *Dad’s Army*, *It Ain’t Half Hot Mum* and *Hi De Hi! *(to name but a few of his popular triumphs) has just turned 90 and the *Daily Telegraph* pays tribute to him today, asking "Is there anyone living in Britain today who has contributed more to our Gross National Happiness than Jimmy Perry?" Here's how he first sketched out his ideas for *Dad's Army - *that most golden of comedies from the days when the BBC produced such things: “I had one of those exercise books with multiplication tables on the back, and scrawled down the characters wh... more »

5 Years After the Financial Crisis, The Big Banks Are Still Committing Massive Crimes

Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago 5 Years After the Financial Crisis, The Big Banks Are Still Committing Massive Crimes [image: George Washington's picture] Submitted by George Washington on 09/20/2013 12:12 -0400 *Preface: Not all banks are criminal enterprises. The wrongdoing of a particular bank cannot be attributed to other banks without proof. But – as documented below – many of the biggest banks have engaged in unimaginably bad behavior.* You Won’t *Believe* What They’ve Done …... more »

Elsewhere: The CR, Ted Cruz, more

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 18 hours ago
Let's see...haven't done this for a while, so there are a few. Today at Plum Line I got into the question of whether Democrats have already surrendered on the budget by accepting a sequestration level CR (the answer? No, probably not, but I'm not impressed with their strategy). And I got on Ted Cruz's case for his "new paradigm" of grassroots activism. What else? Cruz's rhetoric is self-defeating. The Republicans could use a Pope -- or maybe Gowron. Five reasons we might get a budget calamity. Summers and the proper use of trial balloons.

Credit Poor Marksmanship and Sheer Luck

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 18 hours ago
A mass shooting in Chicago has left 13-wounded but, so far, no dead. The fusillade was attributed to gang violence and many of the wounded were gang members. Police say an assault rifle with a high capacity magazine was used. *A 3-year-old boy, Deonta Howard, was critically hurt but was alert when he arrived at a hospital and seemed to be doing well, family and friends said. Two other people were in critical condition. The others were reportedly in serious or fair condition. The attack happened while a park was still crowded with people watching a basketball game and enjoying a wa... more »

Weaver Slams Christy Clark's Gassy Pipedream

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 18 hours ago
Green Party MLA and professor, Andrew Weaver, says B.C. premier Christy Clark's vision of a future economy padded by immense wealth from liquified natural gas exports is a fantasy. *“I think talk of B.C. becoming a major LNG exporter is nothing more than a pipe dream,” said Weaver, a climate-change expert and B.C.’s only Green MLA. * *** Weaver said there is no way the province can meet legislated greenhouse-gas emission targets if it continues to develop the LNG option.* ** *“The numbers just don’t add up. The greenhouse-gas emissions associated with LNG development are simply too... more »

One Nun puts US/Israeli intelligence to shame over stage managed Syrian footage

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
*Excellent op ed from Mahdi Nazemroya * *Also available at Information Clearinghouse - ht anonymous commenter * *Just posting parts of this article, one should truly take the entire piece in and look at all the images presented * The US intelligence community has been put to shame by the dedication and determination of a lone Christian nun. Her modest study of the videos of the Syrian chemical attack shows they were productions involving staged bodies. Those who take the time to read the report by Mother Agnes and the International Support Team for Mussalaha in Syria (ISTEAMS) wil... more »

It came from the swamp...

Roobin at THROUGH THE SCARY DOOR - 19 hours ago
Godfrey Bloom, MEP for Yorkshire and Humberside has had the UKIP whip withdrawn after he referred to female party activists as “sluts”. It was all a joke, apparently... I guess we must be still waiting for the punch line. The worst thing, perhaps, about this latest UKIP to-do is all the concerned pundity: "will it affect the party's popularity?" Let me clear it up for you. No. Middle England bigots and reptiles have found a home in UKIP. Godfrey Bloom is merely expressing what these scum think but, usually, don't have the gall to say. MEP calls women UKIP delegates "sluts" - everyo... more »

The Daily "Near You?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Orwell, Vermont, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Full Video of "JFK and the Unspeakable" panel discussion with Jim Douglass, Oliver Stone and Lisa Pease, moderated by Robert Ellsberg

Real History Lisa at Real History Blog - 19 hours ago
Here is the entire talk, filmed at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, California, on November 8, 2010, 50 years to the day after John F. Kennedy was elected President. I have to say, each and every one of these men was just as nice and genuine and brilliant offstage as they were onstage. It was such a treat to share the stage with them for this event! YouTube limits uploads to 15 minutes, hence

David Reichert (R-WA) Needs Independent Voters To Be Reelected But Jason Ritchie Has Other Plans For Those Voters

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 19 hours ago
Many of us know about WA-08 because a progressive champion, Darcy Burner ran against Republican incumbent Dave Reichert in 2006 and 2008. Darcy came close but never unseated Reichert... and the DCCC has ignored the district. They shouldn't. With a PVI of R+1, President Obama won it in 2008 against McCain 51-47% and last year against Romney 50-48%. It's a winnable district and this year the Democrat running against Reichert is Jason Ritchie, an Issaquah small businessman. I asked him to introduce himself to *DWT*readers. This is his guest post: *Pragmatic Progressivism by Jason Rit... more »

Women in Bhutan: We are one - One Billion Rising

Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
Published on Feb 10, 2013 There is nothing remotely excusable about violence against women anywhere, at any time! Bhutanese women, men and children join One Billion Rising to pledge our support to end towards violence against women. Join us at to make a difference.

Nigel Farage and that Hitler moustache: Coincidence or conspiracy?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Who's that, dressed up as a Nazi at university? It's shadow chancellor Ed Balls, of course. Is he embarrassed by the photo? “Of course I’m not embarrassed by it. If I had the choice again, would I do it? No. Is there a difference between being 20 and being 40? Yes. "I went along with it for a laugh. In retrospect I wouldn’t do it again.” Now, I'll admit I'm not a fan of Ed Balls, but one thing's for sure - he's not a Nazi. And nor is Nigel Farage. *Newsnight'*s former Tory-Basher-in-Chief, Michael Crick, now at *Channel 4 News*, has obtained a letter [via whom, and for what u... more »

The Hermetic Universe

Americani Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 20 hours ago
* * * * *The Hermetic Universe* September 19, 2013 By WakingTimes Michael Hayes, New Dawn Ever since my formative years, when I first began to think in concepts, I have always been confounded by the mystery of human existence. By and large we all tend to take this consciousness of ours for granted, but for me it has always been a source of wonder. Equally perplexing is that ultimate question in life: death – that future happening looming over the horizon of all of our lives like some conceptual black hole. What, one wonders, is the purpose in the unending cycle of the genesis and ... more »

"Enemy Action" of FEMA?

Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 20 hours ago
I don't usually post articles like this any more, but this FEMA shit really pisses me off! I had friends who were midwives and medics who were first boots on the ground in Haiti. I was involved with several groups that shipped food and medical supplies (at their own expense) to Haiti. I knew a group that were boots on the ground in New Orleans within a few hours of Katrina. I followed the volunteer efforts after hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey very closely, and watched the facebook page that the Occupy Wall Street group set up to keep everyone updated on the volunteer ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 20 hours ago
*Politicos peddling the paper — the latest wrinkle in New Orleans' newspaper wars ~Kevin Allman, Gambit *

David Ignatius breaks major guild rule!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 20 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013* *Rebel pundit names the names of three colleagues:* The Washington Post’s David Ignatius just keeps breaking the rules. Last year, he published the text of the “talking points” Susan Rice was given concerning Benghazi. In doing so, he established a key premise: Rice had simply presented the CIA’s best understanding, at that time, of what had occurred. Yesterday, Ignatius did it again. He wrote a column which suggested that Obama shouldn’t be getting hammered so hard about recent events in Syria. At the start of his piece, he outlined his case—and he sh... more »

“How to 'Fed Proof' Your Wealth” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
* * *“How to 'Fed Proof' Your Wealth”* by Bill Bonner “Stocks settled down yesterday. The Dow dropped 40 points. Either the market had already priced in “QE forever”… or investors are starting to wonder. Maybe an economy with falling household incomes is not a good place to own stocks. Maybe an economy that is barely growing doesn’t justify the highest stock prices of all time. And maybe the Fed’s $85 billion a month bond-buying spree doesn’t work… Economists, analysts and advisors have been trying to figure out exactly what QE does. The Fed is adding more than $1 trillion to the... more »

The Global Warming Fraud: Climate Scientists Told To "Cover Up" The Fact That Earth's Temperature Hasn't Risen For The Last 15 Years!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 21 hours ago
I have been extremely busy over the last while, concentrating more on finishing this course that I have been taking for enhancing my work skills.... Therefore many subjects such as the fraud of man caused "Global Warming" have fallen by the wayside.... I figure that with some extra time today, I would delve into that subject of "Global Warming" for a change of pace and away from all the news still coming out about the push for war on Syria. I came across the following article from the Mail online news service, out of the United Kingdom today (, and I knew right a... more »

Former Canadian Diplomat Ken Taylor: "Argo was entertaining. . .but it had nothing to do with reality"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 21 hours ago
*Related:* * * *The Shadow CIA Was Instrumental In The Taking of American Hostages In Iran *. *Hostage To False Flag Terror: The Link Between The October Surprise And The September Surprise*. *Dave Emory's Interview With Fara Mansoor About The Truth About The Iranian Hostage Crisis (January 1993)*. *Wikipedia:* Kenneth Douglas "Ken" Taylor, OC (born October 5, 1934) is a Canadian diplomat, educator and businessman, best known for his role in the 1979 covert operation called the "Canadian Caper" when he was the Canadian ambassador to Iran. With the cooperation of the Americ... more »

Ayumi Hamasaki - M (Above & Beyond Cyber Trance Remix)

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 21 hours ago
No time for a proper post this evening as I'll be heading to that most august monthly occasion: the Stoke-on-Trent Central Labour Party meeting. But thanks to Ed's entirely welcome announcement of Labour's intention to scrap the bedroom tax, the assembled comrades may be a little less cynical. While it is ridiculous that the leadership have prevaricated over the bedroom tax for so long, a return to something resembling principled opposition deserves marking. And this blog being this blog, the proper way is to inflict a superb trance classic on you readers. This time it's the Above &... more »

Merrow Vs. Schneider on New Orleans and Rhee

Michael Paul Goldenberg at @ THE CHALK FACE - 21 hours ago
I don’t blame Merrow for wanting more support and for suggesting that folks reach out to the many media people he mentions. I do blame him for: 1) doing it in such a mewling tone – he’d be more effective to suggest not complain with that “Why aren’t people . . . ” intro that […]

Brassia orchid in watercolour

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 21 hours ago
Watercolour of a spider (Brassia) orchid.

Re-billed Toucan

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 21 hours ago
Red-billed Toucan, also known as the White-throated Toucan *Ramphastos tucanus.*

Toco toucan

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 21 hours ago
Toco toucan. *Ramphastos toco.*

Harpy Eagle

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 21 hours ago
Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja).

In League With the Devil. How the NSA is Giving Organized Crime a Cyber-Leg Up

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 21 hours ago
It was all done in the name of national security and who can argue with that? Certainly not organized crime. From *The Economist:* *Many cryptographic systems in use on the internet, it seems, are not "properly implemented", but have been weakened by flaws deliberately introduced by the NSA as part of a decade-long programme to ensure it can read encrypted traffic.* *The extent and nature of the programme is still unclear, but it appears to involve getting software companies and internet service providers to insert secret vulnerabilities, or backdoors, into apparently secure sy... more »

Sponsored: #FABsmile Membership Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 22 hours ago
I was given an opportunity to review this service, in exchange for hosting this giveaway. My Reason to Smile. We all know that we are supposed to replace our toothbrushes every three months. How often they actually get replaced in our house would make my dentist brother cringe. I usually just don't think about replacing my toothbrush until I start brushing my teeth and then I forget by the time I am at the store. Floss and Brush has come up with a system that will make sure your teeth get the new tooth brushes they deserve. For $1 per family member per month, they will ship ... more »

Told you it was underground erosion didn't we?

Jason Leewig at Our Manmade Disasters - 22 hours ago
This was what we wrote on JUNE 18, 2013. Far from being solely an “impact crater” as implied by Clifford Tan and The Star; the 6m deep crater which Lim's car had “sunk” into was a cave-in (collapsed) crater, a consequence of both deep impact and existing underground weaknesses like erosion voids beneath the road foundation. The volume of upheaval mass did not equal the volume of the observed crater. There are significant differences. An impact crater on solid ground would have the typical b... more »

Mohawk John Kane 'Rule of Law or Rule of Lawyers?' at CENSORED NEWS - 22 hours ago
Rule of Law or Rule of Lawyers? By John Kane, Mohawk Censored News  We often hear from the righteous voices of the U.S. and Canada when looking at countries and peoples they view as inferior, that “rule of law” must prevail in these “developing” nations. “Developing”…? Excuse me! Forget the fact the U.S. and Canada have no culture or even a language of their own and barely a


Anon at aangirfan - 22 hours ago
The Mossad faction within the CIA and MI6 appears to be fighting the non-Mossad faction within the CIA and MI6. *Now fighting each other * (the author at the Telegraph is close to MI6) *[image: Maltese Bar]* *1.** * Brian comments: *International law expert: Francis Boyle* critiqued the UN report. He says: (1) The UN inspectors “admit they were under the control of the opposition.” (2) *“None of the 3 hair samples tested positive for sarin.”* (3) There were very few bodies. According to Boyle: “Of 36 samples, the 2 labs together could not confirm even ONE use of chemical wea... more »

Legends of the Fall

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 22 hours ago
Happy First Day of Fall, Y 'all! (It's not till Sunday, but better early than never.) The seasons may change for most of us, but the manufactured fiscal crises dreamed up by our leaders for the sole purpose of scaring us and screwing us always seem to remain the same. Our political system, ruled as it is by the moneyed interests, has all the seasonality of Antarctica: forever frozen in phony bipartisan gridlock, the better to attract the campaign and lobbyist cash while they pretend to fight over war, citizen surveillance, immigration reform and gun control. Or conversely, (as lon... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 22 hours ago
Six CUNY Students Violently Arrested Protesting Ex-General David Petraeus * * *News Release * Six students were arrested Tuesday evening in an unprovoked police attack against a peaceful protest lead by City University of New York (CUNY) students and faculty decrying the University’s appointment of former CIA chief and ex-General, David Petraeus as an adjunct professor to the Honors College. Students were punched, pushed against parked vehicles and thrown to the pavement by police captains and officers after the NYPD forced them off the sidewalk and into the street. Tuesday’s demon... more »


Jason Leewig at Our Manmade Disasters - 22 hours ago
The Boston Bombing Is An Inside Job -- Evidence! Friday, April 19, 2013 The Boston marathon bombing has the signature of the shadow government written all over it! "Boston marathon bombing happened on same day as 'controlled explosion' drill by Boston bomb squad", Mike Adams reports for Natural News. "What's not yet being reported by the mainstream media is that a 'controlled explosion' was under way on the same day as the marathon explosion. As the Boston Globe tweeted today, 'Officials: There will be a controlled explosion opposite the library within one minute as part of bomb... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
Here's a comment about the BBC, and BBC bias, which may have many of you shaking your heads - perhaps because you're nodding along in agreement but also perhaps because you can't quite believe you're agreeing with the man who said it: “The pay of senior executives is a scandal. They are all of a type too, Oxbridge, glorified civil servants. They go in after university and they stay there for life. It’s incestuous, it’s cushy, it’s well-paid and it’s unchallenging. And they replicate themselves, the Clives and Samanthas. The argument used to be advanced that they had to pay these hu... more »

House Passes Bill To Kill ObamaCare/Cuts $40B from Food Stamps (Because They're Lazy!), DeLay Delay Delayed, and International Efforts Solidify Against US Small-Minded Policy Re: NSA Illegalities

House Passes Bill To Kill Obamacare, Avert Government ShutdownHouse Votes To Cut $4B A Year from Food Stamps Talk about a shit-eating grin. Even if this picture isn't that current, it's certainly character driven. Tom DeLay Conviction Overturned by Texas Court Talk about terrorism against the helpless. The U.S. is making a reputation today that will take decades to put aright once the

“11.6 Billion and Counting: Voyager 1 Makes Interstellar History” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“11.6 Billion and Counting: * *Voyager 1 Makes Interstellar History”* by Patrick Copeland “I didn’t meet Capt. Janeway until I was in my 20s, but I felt as though I’d known her all my life. In fact, being the unapologetic geek that I am, I’ve always looked up to the brave leaders of those star-faring ships that took me places I had never imagined before… And it looks like Voyager is at it again. After what scientists estimate to be about a year of traveling through a sea of plasma and ionized gas, NASA’s spacecraft Voyager 1 has finally become the first man-made object to tr... more »

Throwing Down the Gauntlet - "Rational" People Will Be Convinced By the Science - IPCC

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 23 hours ago
There are encouraging signs that, this time, climate scientists are coming prepared for a fight against the forces of denialism. You can tell the Fossil Fuelers and the rest of their supporting cast in the denialist community have their knickers in a bunch over the pending release of the next IPCC report on climate change. Their worry over the report's findings has sent them into a tizzy rehashing the "*5 Stages of Denialism*" - 1. Deny the Problem Exists; 2. Deny We're the Cause and Deny the clear Scientific Consensus; 3. Deny It's a Problem; 4. Deny We Can Solve It; and, 5. Cla... more »

The Greed of Big Pharma + Total Compliance Reformer Schools = More Child Doping

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 23 hours ago
From Alternet, a clip from an excerpt of this book: Prices of ADHD meds at the middle dose for ninety pills on in 2011 were Concerta, $540; Vyvanse, $532; Intuniv, $500; Adderall, $278; and Ritalin, $191. The price of the most common antidepressants, like Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, Zoloft, Cymbalta, and Wellbutrin, for ninety pills, was around $380. Two of the drugs prescribed to Rebecca Riley by Dr. Kifuji happen to be quite pricey. rates in 2011 for 180 500 mg tablets of Seroquel were $1,048 and for Depakote, $708. Among drug reps, it is common knowledg... more »

Longest Walk 4: Walking into Lawrence, Kansas at CENSORED NEWS - 23 hours ago
. Photos by Carl 'Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone Censored News LAWRENCE, Kansas -- The Longest Walk 4 Return to Alcatraz walked into Lawrence, Kansas, on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 Photos by Carl 'Bad Bear' Sampson, thank you from Censored News! Bad Bear said today, "All the walkers left looking for other walkers to go all the way with us." Bad Bear said at Haskell

House Republicans Celebrate War On Poverty By Gutting The Food Stamps Program

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
Thursday afternoon, all but 15 Republicans voted to take $40 billion out of the food stamps program. It will never pass the Senate or be signed by the President, but it was a way for Republicans to reassure their crazy Tea Party base that they're as greedy, selfish and filled with hatred as the people who vote for them are. Progressive Caucus co-chairs Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) and CPC Whip Barbara Lee (D-CA), like every Democrat in the House, voted NO. Grijalva: "Some of my Republican colleagues want to cut food assistance for needy families instead of closin... more »

Walsh wasn’t willing to tell you the truth!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 23 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013* *This is how tribes get dumb:* It took a lot of work to make The Other Tribe as dumb and crazy as it often is at this point. Sean and Rush have been at it for decades. In this morning’s column, Paul Krugman recalls a few highights: KRUGMAN (9/20/13): Some pundits insist, even now, that this is somehow Mr. Obama’s fault. Why can’t he sit down with Mr. Boehner the way Ronald Reagan used to sit down with Tip O’Neill? But O’Neill didn’t lead a party whose base demanded that he shut down the government unless Reagan revoked his tax cuts, and O’Neill didn’t f... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Not Final!' at CENSORED NEWS - 23 hours ago
NOT FINAL! Posted on September 19, 2013 MNN. Sep. 19, 2013. This program to systematically murder us was carried out when the European invaders arrived on our shores. Over 100 million of our people were massacred. It continues to this day. In 1920 Duncan Campbell Scott formally put the “Final Solution” of the Indian Problem into policy. “I want to get rid of the Indian problem…. Our

Is it true that Bill Clinton said that 'Hillary had eaten more pussy than he had'?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Weasel Zippers reports the story that was in, out and then back in the Daily Mail. Gennifer said: ‘I don’t know Huma or the Weiners. I just know what Bill told me and that was that he was aware that Hillary was bisexual and he didn’t care. He should know. ‘He said Hillary had eaten more p***y than he had.’

Innovation? No Thank You

P. L. Thomas at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
There is a problem with really successful people: They tend to believe they are incredibly capable in every field, and that most other people are not. Success is a deluding experience, and if there is anything that innovators are, it is delusional—delusional that being innovative is greater than having field experience or expertise. In education reform, delusion is rampant. And the key source of all that delusional innovation is that innovators are often keen on pushing their innovations in fields in which they have no experience or expertise (see above). And thus, good people with ... more »

Love without Boundaries

Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
In my opinion the following article is one of the best that Bill has ever written on American Kabuki. (He seemingly channeled George Carlin for a few sections, lol) "*When you can remove the boundary on your love, you remove the limit on your BEING and DOING. * Its really as simple as that. *ALL THE UNIVERSE MOVES ASIDE FOR LOVE. FOR IT IS ALL MADE FROM LOVE. * *Densities, dimensions, realms, are all constructs of beliefs and consensus of those that chose to play in the experimental playground of the illusion of separation."* Love without limits. This is one of the most di... more »

"The World’s Most Evil Corporation Issues A Dire Warning" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* * *"The World’s Most Evil Corporation Issues A Dire Warning"* by Dave Hodges “The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.” - Clarence S. Darrow "Goldman Sachs is the epitome of the word “evil.” If one wants to know what the evil central bankers are up to, one only needs to pay attention to the actions of Goldman Sachs. The power elite residing inside of this country does not begin and end with the Federal Reserve, that privilege is reserved for the interrelationship between Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reser... more »

Innovation? No Thank You

plthomasedd at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
There is a problem with really successful people: They tend to believe they are incredibly capable in every field, and that most other people are not. Success is a deluding experience, and if there is anything that innovators are, it is delusional—delusional that being innovative is greater than having field experience or expertise. In education […]

Hitler Youth

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
No, this isn't Hitler Youth but it's pretty darn close. Why didn't the news cover this ? The federal government calls them FEMA Corps, but they resemble the Hitler Youth of Nazi Germany. On September 13, 2012 the DPS graduated it's first class of "FEMA Corps" aka "Obama Youth" first responders.

Mexico: Flood devastation continues

LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 day ago
In Acapulco the tourist-heaven has turned into a hell. Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy *"In the Pacific resort of Acapulco, roads have become raging torrents, stranding some 40,000 tourists, including hundreds of Americans. *** *Mexican authorities scrambled to launch an air lift to evacuate tens of thousands of tourists stranded amid floods in the resort of Acapulco and deliver relief supplies following a pair of deadly storms. *** ** *Looters have added to the misery, wading through waist-deep water to raid abandoned stores, even as the f... more »

And on that note…

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
It seems altogether appropriate to me that my last Duck post should be a post about pedagogy. The more years I spend in this business, the more convinced I am that our area of greatest impact, and the place where our academic vocations are most clearly on display, is the classroom. Whether in-person or virtual, Continue reading

Stephen Mehler - Egypt's Cataclysm - 12,000 years ago

Mike Philbin at PROGNOSIS II - 1 day ago
Modern Egyptology says the Pyramids are a few thousand years old i.e. from the time of the Pharaohs whose embalmed corpses they housed. Not so, says Stephen Mehler. Along with others who claim signs of WATER DAMAGE on the Sphinx in front of the Great Pyramids, Stephen Mehler suggests that the pyramids themselves hail from a much earlier age. A much more technologically advanced age, too. Mehler's suggestion is that this ancient global scientific race was WIPED OUT by a natural (*worldwide*) cataclysm that all aboriginal people talk about *e.g. flood or solar events or pyramid energy... more »

Finally someone treats human irritant Michael Crick with the respect that he deserves

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
UKIP's Geoffrey Bloom takes on Channel 4's Michael Crick

Revisiting Democratic Mistakes: Debt Limit

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 day ago
You know what the "Gephardt rule" was? Majority House Democrats back in the 1970s automatically linked the debt limit to the deficit that Congress passed, so that there didn't need to be a separate vote. Then when Republicans took control of the House in 1995, they scrapped it. And then when Democrats regained control in 2007, and had unified government with (briefly) 60 Senators in 2009, they...well, they didn't do anything at all. They didn't even pass a debt limit increase that would have at least meant that it wasn't an issue in 2011-2012 leading up to the presidential election.... more »

DIVISION AND CONQUEST: Those People are crazy, Maddow says!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013* *Part 3—The liberal world’s version of Sean:* From a liberal or progressive standpoint, red and blue voters share some major interests. Red and blue voters may not agree on abortion rights. But from a liberal or progressive standpoint, everyone in The Lower 99 Percent has been getting hosed over the past several decades. Wages are stagnant (or worse). All the economic gains have been going to those at the very top of the pile. From a liberal or progressive standpoint, how do you get conservative voters to see this as a problem? How do you get those vot... more »

COINTELPRO: Marcus Garvey and The Uncle Tom J. Edgar Hoover

Paul Coker at News Spike - 1 day ago
* * * * * * *A Bureau of Investigations internal memo dating back to the period of the US and Allied Invasion of the Soviet Union.* October 11, 1919. MEMORANDUM FOR MR. RIDGELY. I am transmitting herewith a communication which has come to my attention from the Panama Canal, Washington office, relative to the activities of MARCUS GARVEY. Garvey is a West-Indian negro and in addition to his activities in endeavoring to establish the Black Star Line Steamship Corporation he has also been particularly active among the radical elements in New York City in agitating the negro movemen... more »

The United States of Satan Vs. The Satanic Republic of Iran: Where To Go From Here?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Faces of change? More like faces of tyranny. * Related: * * *End of The Great Satan Narrative: Why An American-Iranian Truce Is Not So Far-Fetched.* *Iran's Soft Power Strategy: Why Iran Does Not Want A Nuclear Weapon. * *The British And U.S. Governments Installed Khomeini Into Power In 1979. * *A Rigged Revolution: How The Shadow CIA-MI6 Network Put Khomeini And Militant Islamists in Power.* The United States of Satan Vs. The Satanic Republic of Iran: Where To Go From Here? Just as President Barack Hussein Obama represented cosmetic change for the United States government... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
- I am sitting in the train station in Boston with time on my hands. It's a three-hour wait for my train to New York City where I speak tonight at the Mary House. This is the Catholic Worker house created by Dorothy Day many years ago. It's been a long tradition there to hold an event every Friday night that they call "Clarification of Thought" where they host various folks to speak on a particular subject. I was invited to talk tonight about the militarization of space, its costs, and the Global Network's upcoming Keep Space for Peace Week on October 5... more »

In the context of a purchase and sale of a business, a restrictive covenant is lawful unless it can be established on a balance of probabilities that its scope is unreasonable

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
*Payette v. Guay inc.,* 2013 SCC 45 is an important commercial decision. Generally restrictive covenants (non‑competition and non‑solicitation agreements) are unenforceable unless shown reasonable. However, here the Supreme Court holds: [58] Whether non‑competition and non‑solicitation clauses in a contract for the sale of assets are reasonable must be determined on the basis of the rules that govern freedom of trade so as to favour the application of such restrictive covenants: *Burnac Corp. v. Les Entreprises Ludco Ltée*, [1991] R.D.I. 304 (Que. C... more »

Why Didn't School "Reformers" Respect Dunbar High School's History?

John Thompson at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Alison Stewart’s *First Class *begins with her mother, Carol Stewart, as she watches the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Carol, a retired biology teacher, marvels, “What a magnificent display of what Homo Sapiens is capable of in his most civilized state?” That evening, when asked about Washington D.C.’s Dunbar High School marching band, Carol comments, “I can’t believe those girls were switchin’ their behinds … That is not what young ladies should do!” In a , I contrasted the disciplinary excellence that was required at the Dunbar of 1954 with the chronic disorder and frequ... more »

Playing Syrian Poker

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*Eric Draitser of appears on RT's CrossTalk to debate the current situation in Syria. Draitser explains that the strategic and political interests of the US and its regional clients are driving developments on the ground and diplomatically. He argues that "regime change" has always been the objective and that the US is using humanitarian concerns as political cover. In addition, Draitser examines the critical geopolitical background against which the war in Syria is being fought.*

Festival on Mount Wugongshan in China's Jiangxi province

LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 day ago
*Thousands of people are taking part in the 2013 International Camping Festival on Mount Wugongshan in China's Jiangxi province.* *The event, which began on September 14, has attracted more than 15,000 campers from all over the world, according to Xinhua News Agency.* *Reuters* ** I like pictures. An interesting festival.  

Researchers: Tart Cherries Have ‘Highest Anti-Inflammatory Content of any Food’ by Elizabeth Renter

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
Source of poster: Researchers: Tart Cherries Have ‘Highest Anti-Inflammatory Content of any Food’ by Elizabeth Renter Natural Society, 19 September 2013 Fruits and vegetables don’t only hold the key to better health overall, they can be used to treat and prevent very specific ailments. For example, using ginger to fight an upset stomach or cranberries to prevent urinary tract infections are two well-known plant-healing remedies. *Another notable example is with tart cherries, and how the tiny red fruit can effectively fight inflam... more »

Non-Muslim teachers ‘forced to wear veil’ at faith school - Telegraph

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
'Female teachers at a state funded Muslim school have been ordered to cover their heads with Islamic scarves during school hours even if they are not Muslim, it has been claimed. Staff at Al-Madinah School, in Derbyshire, say that they have been told to sign new contracts agreeing to wear hijabs and make girls sit at the back of classes.' More here Still we'll be told by Islamists and their left wing associates that there's no compulsion to wear the hijab.... more »

Rob Ford working in his office

LeDaro at LeDaro - 1 day ago
Maybe he smoked too much weed.

Satire: “McCain Dares Putin to Tear Down Berlin Wall” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* * *“McCain Dares Putin to Tear Down Berlin Wall”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “In a sharply critical op-ed piece for the Russian Web site Pravda, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a brutal, freedom-hating tyrant” and challenged Mr. Putin to tear down the Berlin Wall. “The Wall stands as a symbol of your failed, repressive system,” Sen. McCain said. “Until you tear it down, the world will see you and your Soviet goons for what you are: relics destined for the dustbin of history.” “Mr. Putin, tear down that wall,” Sen. Mc... more »

Tony Cartalucci: In Syria, There are no Moderates

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*In Syria, There are no Moderates* *By Tony Cartalucci* *Land Destroyer* *September 20, 2013* Stopped short of direct military intervention by Syrian-Russian geopolitical maneuvering, the West has attempted to retrench their agenda of subverting Syria in a variety of ways. It was reported that the US is now officially arming terrorists inside of Syria after years of semi-covertly passing them thousands of tons of weapons at a time and billions in cash directly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, and Qatar. The goal, in part, is to sabotage any attempted UN incursion... more »

Iran’s ‘Constructive Engagement’ Undermines Israeli Propaganda

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 1 day ago
I’m committed to fulfilling my promises to my ppl, incl my pledge to engage in #constructive interaction with world. — Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) September 19, 2013 In anticipation of his first trip to the United Nations General Assembly as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani is making it increasingly difficult for American and Israeli


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

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