Friday, February 28, 2014

28 Feb - Blogs I'm Following

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Boldly, the New York Times tackles the Klan!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 minutes ago
*FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014* *From Oberlin on to Ole Miss:* We aren’t thrilled by the New York Times’ general approach to issues of race. In our view, the paper favors a grandstanding approach built around tired and blinkered self-glorying notions of upper-class Northern exceptionalism. On balance, last week’s reporting about Ole Miss seemed like a case in point. On Sunday, February 16, two or three youthful lost souls committed a pitiful act on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Three days later, the Times’ Alan Blinder reported what had occurred: BLINDER (2/16/14): *The... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 minutes ago
Yesterday in the mail I received a letter from Susumu Inamine, the Mayor of Nago City on Okinawa. I was one of the singers of a January letter of US activists and intellectuals who declared our opposition to the relocation of a US Marine base at Futenma to another part of the island at Henoko in Nago City. The letter was widely printed, along with our photos, in major Okinawan newspapers. Mayor Inamine wrote that on January 19 he was reelected in Nago City "holding fast to my previous campaign promise not to allow the construction of a new military base either on sea or land....... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 minutes ago
When we really need them?

Terrance Nelson: Canadian Border Turns Away Native Americans at CENSORED NEWS - 19 minutes ago
Southern Chiefs Grand Chief Terrance Nelson By Terrance Nelson SCO Grand Chief Terrance Nelson Vice Chair American Indian Movement Censored News February 28 2014 Good Morning Tom It has been a long time since we talked and I am so glad to know that you are the elected Tribal Chairman of Lac Du Flambeau again. I was Chief of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation for 5 terms and

Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, Lynda Carter Dance and Sing...(w/ two "must see" videos)

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 47 minutes ago
*and we actually allow these skanks to dictate how we are to live our lives?* Jammie Wearing Fools reminded us of this awful disgusting display of our elected officials acting like rhythm challenged dopes back in June. According to JWF, Nancy Pelosi is so proud of her behavior, she tweeted the video yesterday to congratulate Mooch on her "Let's Move" 4th anniversary. The tweet: #tbt: Dancing with Wonder Woman—the only way to move, right @FLOTUS? Happy 4th Anniversary, #LetsMove. #DancyPelosi — Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) February 27, 2014 Make no mistake abo... more »

Local Council By-Elections February 2014

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 48 minutes ago
Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- Jan Average/ contest +/- Jan +/- Seats Conservative 9 4,021 29.3% +4.1% 447 +24 0 Labour 6 4,839 35.3% +2.7% 806 +189 -1 LibDem 6 1,201 8.7% +1.1% 200 +58 +1 UKIP 4 1,109 8.1% -4.8% 277 -3 0 SNP* 0 -7.9% 0 Plaid Cymru** 2 1,169 8.5% +8.5% 584 +584 0 Green 2 291 2.1% -0.1% 145 +35 0 BNP 0 0 TUSC 2 305 2.2% +1.9% 152 +109 0 Independent*** 3 669 4.9% -6.2% 223 -337 0 Other**** 2 108 ... more »

How UNC Beat Duke (2014) Marcus Paige WOWS!

I'm a little bit late with this story (so please pardon me), but it's well worth the wait. From Adam Lucas via Linked-In: By Adam Lucas "What are you writing?" the lady in front of me asked. We were sitting in the Smith Center around 8:30, and I had a (very nerdy) black pocket notebook that I carry with me everywhere at games. I write down big plays. I write down turning points. I write

Wisconsin #commoncore Senate Bill 619: A conundrum?

Timothy D. Slekar at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 hour ago
Here it is as plain and simple as I can make it. Wisconsin Republicans in the state Senate drafted a bill that essentially turns over the writing of education standards to politicians and kills the common core. Someone has to say it: “Any bill that would allow politicians the ability to directly and/or indirectly write learning […]

Wide Asleep on Radio Dispatch, again!

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 1 hour ago
I had the sincere pleasure of joining the great John Knefel - investigative reporter, Occupy gadabout, and broadcaster extraordinaire - on today's episode of Radio Dispatch, the stellar progressive daily podcast. John and I spoke about the ongoing multilateral negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program, the constant barrage of disinformation and sabre-rattling from Israel, and the AIPAC

The people Obama should speak to next!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014* *Perhaps with O’Reilly’s assistance:* Yesterday, President Obama announced an initiative designed to help black youth. In the New York Times, Michael Shear quotes the president: OBAMA (2/27/14): *He called the challenge of ensuring success for young men of color a “moral issue for our country” as he ticked off the statistics: black boys who are more likely to be suspended from school, less likely to be able to read,* and almost certain to encounter the criminal justice system as either a perpetrator or a victim. *“We just assume this is an inevitable pa... more »

The BBC not quite reporting the whole story re the sentencing of the murderers of Lee Rigby

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 hour ago
Compare this BBC article with this Telegraph one, specifically the part about the fracas that occurred during sentencing. The BBC: 'The pair were absent during sentencing after a fracas in the dock. As Mr Justice Sweeney began to sentence the men they started shouting and scuffling with court security guards. They had to be forced to the ground and were removed from court. Fusilier Rigby's family wept as Adebolajo shouted "Allahu Akbar", and Adebowale called out "that's a lie" as the judge told them their extremist views were "a betrayal of Islam". One relative needed medical tre... more »

Censored News Fundraiser 2014: Photo gift for donation! at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
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Hard hearted talk

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 2 hours ago
The episode of HardTalk with Stephen Sackur and Naftali Bennett I know interviewers aren’t supposed to answer questions put to them by the subject of the interview. The understanding is that the interviewer asks the questions and the interviewee answers them. But Stephen Sackur’s line of questioning took no account of Israel’s circumstances. In other words he spoke as though Israel did not have to contend with people to whom the very idea of normal relations with Israel is considered a deadly sin, never mind the inconceivable proposal that such people might actually contemplate pe... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
R. v. Tomlinson, 2014 ONCA 158: [48] The principles that govern the defence of alibi are uncontroversial. A brief reference to some of their features is sufficient for our purposes. [49] First, the Latin word "alibi" means "elsewhere". When used in the context of criminal prosecution, an alibi is a claim that a person, usually a person charged with a crime, was elsewhere when the allegedly criminal conduct took place and thus it was *impossible* for him or her to have committed it: *R. v. Hill*(1995), 102 C.C.C. (3d) 469 (Ont. C.A.), at p. 478; and *R. v. Wright*, 2009 O... more »

WHO IS RACHEL MADDOW: Under the Sharpie!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014* *Part 4—An excellent lesson ignored:* As late as last evening’s 10 o’clock hour, Lawrence was taking it seriously. He was treating the email exchange as if it was serious, straight. We refer to the newly released email comments concerning that New Jersey rabbi. Concerning those now-famous remarks, Lawrence played it amazingly straight. This is the way he opened last evening’s program. His monotone reading, and some errors that followed, suggest that he may not have been fully prepared: O’DONNELL (2/27/14): The New Jersey legislature’s special committee... more »

TRUTHOUT: Fruits of Iran's Revolution

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 2 hours ago
The following article was co-authored with Tyler Cullis and originally published at Fruits of Iran's Revolution Thursday, 27 February 2014 By Nima Shirazi and Tyler Cullis, Truthout | News Analysis Accurately assessing the fruits of the Iranian Revolution is crucial to understanding Iran today. February 2014 marks the 35th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution - an epochal

Governor General plants an outsourcing tree

Alison at Creekside - 2 hours ago
Yesterday on his state visit to India, Governor General David Johnston, along with High Commissioner of Canada to India Stewart Beck, visited software and outsourcing giant Infosys. He planted a tree and participated in a panel discussion on simplifying rules of cross border trade. Last fall, Infosys was investigated for circumventing immigration laws in an alleged visa scam that brought thousands of workers into the US to be paid at Indian wages - giving them an advantage in underbidding local competitors - and "building a system to teach applicants how to deceive immigration aut... more »

William Engdhal with James Corbett: The Western Agenda in the Ukraine

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
Very interesting interview. Worth listening to. A little over an hour in length. Thanks to patrick crane for bringing it to my attention :) Interview 830 – William Engdahl Exposes the Western Agenda in Ukraine Posted by Corbett Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this wide-ranging interview, author and geopolitical analyst William Engdahl of breaks down the history and context of the geopolitical machinations in Ukraine. We talk about the US/NATO encirclement of Russia and the evidence of western intervention in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. We also discuss... more »

Who's funding EUou, BBC?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 2 hours ago
Now, we already know that the BBC has received money from the EU in the past, but this - from the *Spectator *(£) - looks like a questions-*really*-need-answering kind of scoop to me, and quite damning against the BBC: Over the last three years the BBC has secretly obtained millions of pounds in grants from the European Union. Licence fee payers might assume that the Corporation would have been compelled to disclose the source of this money in its annual reports, but they bear no trace of it specifically. In the latest set of accounts, for example, these funds are simply referred t... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 2 hours ago
*Why an independent Scotland could become the richest country in the World* On 27 February 2014, the ratings agency *Standard and Poors* concluded that an independent Scotland would have a rich and relatively diversified economy that would qualify for* its 'highest economic assessment'.* Standard and Poors cited Scotland's "high-quality human capital, flexible product and labour markets and transparent institutions" Standard and Poors writes that "with a GDP (including North Sea oil output) only slightly below that of New Zealand, a developed economy and developed financial system,... more »

Concern-Trolling the Bro People

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 2 hours ago
The social justice charm offensive from an increasingly irrelevant White House continues, full hot-air steam ahead. The latest episode in the president's tanking telenovela series ("I've Got a Pen and a Phone!") debuted yesterday with the Biblical title "I Am My Brother's Keeper." Aimed at paying lip service to the plight of minority youth, it managed to totally ignore the role that the American Ruling Class continues to play in causing and perpetuating institutionalized racism. The star-studded cast chosen by Barack Obama to headline his event told the real story before he even utt... more »

Moving the Mountain

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago
It is the end of an era – much was learned, much was lost. The choice for change, for an end, for justice and for peace has already been made. This choice was made by everyone; this “everyone” includes every person inside the 7 billion of humanity. Movement is accomplished bit by bit – sudden movements are not possible. Change is inevitable and guaranteed. It feels slow. You are moving more than a mountain. You are altering an entire race. This thing that is happening, this altering of life on earth, is occurring within the only “time frame” that it can. Depending on your l... more »

Republicans And Their Own Peculiar Version Of A "Gay" Lifestyle

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
To be a conservative always means swimming against the tide of history. Under intense pressure from business groups, Jan Brewer may have vetoed her party's latest crazy anti-gay legislation in Arizona, but that isn't stopping other conservatives in other states the GOP controls from trying to pass identical loathsome legislation. GOP bigots are on this particular warpath in Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma. Louise Melling, the deputy legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the efforts are part of a misguided attempt to preserve an outdated social ord... more »

One-Sided Debate on Gun Control

LeDaro at LeDaro - 3 hours ago
I usually like Power and Politics and Evan Solomon is generally a good host, but what was up here? Why did he only have pro-gun supporters in this discussion? Why no one from the other side to raise the public safety concerns? This was a very one sided discussion. You can read more on this topic here.

We Are Seriously Fucked

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 3 hours ago
We're basically being bent over a barrel and told we can't even have a stick to bite. Look, I know you guys are really, really sick and tired of my constant financial woes. I'd directly appealed to nearly 80 people for help last week and got a very anemic response. This is why I'm taking the extraordinary measure of showing you a screengrab from my bank's website, complete with today's date, to let you know that I'm not scamming you all and hoarding donations I don't need. The Massachusetts Dept of Revenue claims I owe them back taxes from FY 2009, a fact I've mention... more »

Jews milking "oldest Holocaust survivor" for all he's worth

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 3 hours ago
Apparently, the world's "oldest Holocaust survivor," a lady named Alice Herz-Sommer, *recently died*. Now there is a new "oldest Holocaust survivor" the organized Jewish community is parading about, milking him for all the propaganda value he is worth. *The Jewish Daily Forward* reports: Alice Herz-Sommer, the Jewish pianist from London and survivor of Theresienstadt, died Sunday at the age of 110. After the passing of Sommer, whom the media described as the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, the unofficial title passes to Yisrael Kristal, an Israeli confectioner from Haifa, who cel... more »

"Workers As Citizens" is not Confiscatory

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 3 hours ago
There is no transfer of property rights under "Workers as Citizens." Workers receive the rights that citizens in a democracy nominally receive. They do enjoy far greater control over the organization's decision than previously, which includes the distribution of the earnings. But this is what we're all calling for anyway and would happen even under far more modest reforms such as more pro-unionization legislation and enforcement. Even fairer taxation would produce the effect of a "confiscation" of wealth. And, again I ask: What else is there? There is a reason that we can't simply r... more »

If Your Contract Says It Isn't A Contract Is It A Contract?

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 4 hours ago
A reader asks this question in the comments to my post Non-Compete Agreements - Top 5 Ways To Get Out of Yours *In 2012 my husband started working for a contractor. As a subcontractor he signed a subcontract agreement. In which case has schedule of payment as 45 days net and the non compete agreement. As he did sign it but in bold letters it states THIS IS NOT A BINDING CONTRACT AND CAN BE TERMINATED ANYTIME FOR ANY REASON. In 2013 he got let go because they butted heads. (not because he did bad work). Its now been over 125 days and yet still no payment. Does that mean the non compe... more »

The Spectacle In Kiev: The Brown Revolution

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*Israel Shamir* *ht karin * *I am a great fan of Kiev, an affable city of pleasing bourgeois character, with its plentiful small restaurants, clean tree-lined streets, and bonhomie of its beer gardens. A hundred years ago Kiev was predominantly a Russian resort, and some central areas have retained this flavour. Now Kiev is patrolled by armed thugs from the Western Ukraine, by fighters from the neo-Nazi -Right Sector, descendants of Stepan Bandera, the Ukrainian Quisling’s troopers, and by their local comrades-in-arms of nationalist persuasion.* After a month of confrontation, Pre... more »

Climate 'Feedback' loops

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 4 hours ago
Chillin' *There is no need for "balance" in pieces about climate change. Does the BBC now feel compelled to have someone who thinks that smoking is good for you every time smoking is discussed? Are we now to expect a member of Occupy to be offered the right of reply every time Robert Peston discusses the economy? The BBC has a duty to reflect reality, rather than allowing dinosaurs like Lord Lawson to fill the airwaves with unscientific and deeply-irresponsible views. [Rob Hopkins, Transition Network].* That's a point of view, expressed in an open letter of complaint to the BBC... more »

Update: We live in a very troubled world

LeDaro at LeDaro - 5 hours ago
I did this post yesterdsy. Mound of Sound left a great comment. I am posting it here for others to read. *"Don't count on it getting better anytime soon, LD. We're at the 'early onset' stage of climate wars. * *Drought in Syria and resulting food shortages are said to have been a major factor in that horrible civil war. Sudan was a water war.* *Israel will never give autonomy to the Palestinians for fear of losing control of the aquifer that sits beneath the West Bank.* *Iraq is threatened by Turkey and Syria damming the Tigris and Euphrates. Likewise Egypt is endangered by u... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Environmental groups pledge to fight changes in levee board appointments ~Jeff Adelson, New Orleans Advocate**~The groups announced their opposition at the site of the London Avenue Canal floodwall breach in Gentilly. They said that had a more active and professional board been in place prior to Katrina, it could have argued against design decisions that led to that breach and other failures in the area’s U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-designed flood-protection system. The creation of an independent board filled largely with engineers and other experts was a critical element of the 2... more »

Human Development After the Iranian Revolution

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 5 hours ago
College graduates in Iran (Hossein Salmanzadeh / Fars News Agency) Over at Truthout, Tyler Cullis and I have published an analysis of certain societal gains achieved in Iran over the past 35 years following the 1979 revolution. It explores a number of factors, namely that of the United Nations' "Human Development Index," which charts advancements over time with regard to access to education,

The “Baptist-Burqa” Network and LGBT Advocacy

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 6 hours ago
It’s been a big and extremely depressing week for the rights of sexual minorities. Despite some minor victories in Texas and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s veto, anti-gay bills remain on the agenda in many US states. Things continue to get worse in Uganda and Russia. What can be done to help stop the abuse? Unlike Continue reading

GMO loses another battle

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
I have just added Stranger in a Strange Land to my blog list, if you want a world with options I suggest you do the same. I do not know if GMO are safe or dangerous. I know its a big change from the natural way. These kinds of scientific advancements in the past have been at the very least double sided. "GMO agriculture is devastating Filipino farmers and they've made a video to share their stories. Monsanto gets them hooked and after a few years, they double their prices. Farmers are forced to take out loans to cover the cost of the seeds ...and chemicals. If the farmers can't pa... more »

The future of the Internet a PSA from the ZSRDF

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Zombie Apocalypse or not the Internet is going to go more local, more secure and virtually free. If you want to start building now start here. And complete plans and details are just a link click away here.

Hitler, Newton and Barnum

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg *I. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it. * That's true for things above the level where quantum physics makes hash of such laws but for things which are not things, but lies, it has no bearing. Promoters of things for which there is no evidence whatever and promoters of lies, hoaxes and propaganda rely on the fact that no external force will impede, delay or arrest the appointed rounds of lies while truth often demands too much of us. Every day a new crop of gullible witlings an... more »

The Munchkin Brigade

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 6 hours ago
John Baird and his brigade are in the Ukraine this morning. Tim Harper writes that it's interesting to examine the composition of the group: The delegation on the ground in Kyiv Friday includes Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, an unelected Conservative senator and a couple of Conservative MPs, including Ted Opitz, who could use a few more votes from constituents of Ukrainian heritage to build on his mighty 26-vote victory in Etobicoke Centre in 2011. There are no Liberals or New Democrats in the delegation because, according... more »

You Remember Miami's Ex-Rep David Rivera, Right?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Florida GOP crooks Alliegro and Rivera We've been on his case for a long time but this isn't about him beating up a woman or even his crooked fundraising or even about the free-flowing-drugs-and-shady-cash party house he and Marco Rubio maintained in Tallahassee-- or even about how he managed to finance his extravagant and expensive lifestyle. All the evidence of Rivera, who was defeated in a reelection bid last cycle by Joe Garcia, immersing himself in gangsterismis leading to a trial and yesterday intrepid *Miami Herald* reporter Marc Caputo had the latest scoop on Rivera. A fake D... more »

China Currency Plunges Most In Over 5 Years, Biggest Weekly Loss Ever: Yuan Carry Traders Crushed ....... Is the Yuan Carry trade the true "House of Cards " ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 6 hours ago China Currency Plunges Most In Over 5 Years, Biggest Weekly Loss Ever: Yuan Carry Traders Crushed [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/27/2014 23:18 -0500 - Carry Trade - China - Deutsche Bank - fixed - Morgan Stanley - Price Action - Real estate - Reality - Renminbi - Shadow Banking - Volatility - Yuan inShare5 And just like that the Chinese yuan devaluation has shifted awa... more »

War Watch February 26 , 2014 - Iran ( Obama administration officials insist "possible military dimensions" of Iran’s nuclear program must be resolved to the satisfaction of the IAEA to complete a nuclear agreement. But the term refers to discredited intelligence from suspect sources. ) ........ Syria ( Nusra Gives Rival al-Qaeda in Syria Ultimatum: Mediation or Be Wiped Out Weeks of Fighting Between Factions Killing Hundreds ) ........ Iraq ( Iraq Officials Give Conflicting Reports on Iran Arms Deal Defense Ministry Denies Deal, But Parliament Confirms It , Daily death dealing continues )

Catharsis Ours - 6 hours ago
Iran - Curveball Redux ? Obama Pins Fate of Nuclear Pact on Documents From an Iranian "Curveball"Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:59By Gareth Porter, Truthout | News Analysis - 4 - font size [image: decrease font size] [image: increase font size] - Print - Email [image: President Barack Obama leaves his podium after addressing the nation on an agreement reached with Iran that would temporarily freeze Tehran’s nuclear program and lay the foundation for a mo... more »

Diversity, as sung from one hymn-sheet

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
It's been quite a month for pledges from senior BBC figures. There was Director of BBC Television Danny Cohen decreeing the end of all-male panels on BBC TV comedy shows. Then came the BBC's Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson saying that a greater emphasis will be placed on gay characters and storylines in BBC drama. Then came Controller of BBC One Charlotte Moore promising a greater range of roles for women in BBC drama, and more roles for black actors too. 'Diversity' is the word on all of their lips. How about another commitment to diversity from them: To a ... more »

Bitcoin Updates February 26-27 , 2014 -Japan authorities “gathering information” on Mt Gox closure ..... Interestingly , When bitcoin’s biggest exchange ( Mt Gox ) failed, it asked for a bailout from its competitors - and even tried to declare that Mt Gox was " Too Big To Fail " ! Apparently the argument was not bought and no one is planning to bail out Mt Gox ! SecondMarket CEO to Launch Regulated US Bitcoin Exchange this Summer - and the door to bitcoin will be opened to Wall Street Banks !

Catharsis Ours - 7 hours ago
1/27/14 items of note...... Unilateral Statement Regarding Mt. Gox from an Insider Jesse Powell (<a class="authortwitter" href="" style="-webkit-transition-duration: 0.25s; -webkit-transition-property: color; -webkit-transition-timing-function: linear; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-color

Nigel Farage - Love Britain - Vote UKIP

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET BLOG - 8 hours ago
*I personally detest this poundstretcher-style U£IP logo* "Supporting Nigel Farage's *ugly-nationalist* UKIP, Mike, how does that resonate with your supposed *Free Planet* message?" Though I don't necessarily agree with all UKIP's policies, I've always admired Farage's no nonsense non-PC delivery in the European Parliament. Sure, he has the aura of a Classic GCHQ Operative or Agitprop about him, can anyone really be this non-PC and live to shout-smile another day? Farage uses the term *Patriotic* and I don't see any free-planet conflict of interest there. I don't necessarily ca... more »

South Carolina and Common Core: A Next Step?

plthomasedd at @ THE CHALK FACE - 8 hours ago
South Carolina and Common Core: A Next Step?. via South Carolina and Common Core: A Next Step?.Filed under: PAUL THOMAS: Becoming Radical

Central banker appointed as Prime Minister of Ukraine

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
Newly appointed Prime Minister of Ukraine and former central banker Arseniy Yatsenyuk *Central banker appointed as Prime Minister of Ukraine* 27 Feb 2014 by Clark Kent A reshuffled Ukrainian Parliament installed following a coup last week has voted to appoint Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the new prime minister of the country. Yats, as Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. State Department, called him, is a natural choice. He is a millionaire former banker who served as economy minister, foreign minister and parliamentary speaker befor... more »

Out riding links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 8 hours ago
I'm riding in the rift valley, but I thought I'd drop off some links on the way.... ___________________________ *Daily Links*: - The stupid, it buuurrrnnnnssss: Back in the day, The Taipei Times editorial page hosted great writers who really knew the score like Lawrence Eyton and Brian Kennedy and Bo Tedards. Now things have gone downhill so much that the page actually said Sean Lien, the son of the honorary chairman of the KMT, who is one of the richest, most powerful men on the island, is a political outsider. He's the ultimate insider, who is getting handed... more »

Say Good Bye to John Mersheimer

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 9 hours ago
John Mersheimer's piece Say Goodbye to Taiwan has been making the rounds in Taiwan circles. I plan to submit a response to it along with another well known blogger, but anyone who has been out here a while should be able to see through its articulate air of sympathy (*Gosh those Taiwanese, poor kids, gonna miss 'em when they're gone*) to its awful, impoverished core. But I will say this -- Mersheimer's piece isn't about Taiwan, it's about Mersheimer. The whole point of the piece isn't to say anything intelligent about Taiwan, but to legitimate Mersheimer as a Realist, over the dead ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 10 hours ago
*Humans are NOT to blame for global warming, says Greenpeace co-founder, as he insists there is 'no scientific proof' climate change is manmade* There is no scientific proof of man-made global warming and a hotter earth would be ‘beneficial for humans and the majority of other species’, according to a founding member of environmental campaign group Greenpeace. The assertion was made by Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore, a member of Greenpeace from 1971 to 1986, to U.S senators on Tuesday. He told The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: ‘There is no scientific proof that h... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 2.28.14” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 2.28.14”* By Greg Hunter’s “All eyes are on Ukraine and its political upheaval. Pro-western protesters have forced the Ukrainian President to flee, and now there is a new president who is partial to the West. The U.S. and the EU have provided billions of dollars to fuel the uprising, and they are looking to offer more financial assistance. Ukraine is about to collapse financially. Isn’t the timing funny here? The Ukraine protests happened during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia? Before the games closed, the government was toppled, and ... more »

High Levels Of Roundup Herbicide In Air & Water

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 10 hours ago
A newly published U.S. Geological study found that 75% of the Mississippi air and rain samples tested from the year 2007 contained the herbicide Roundup. The environment is becoming so saturated with the 'fall out' from the ever-expanding G...M agrichemical farming grid, that even if you somehow find a way to avoid eating contaminated food, you will be forced to have to deal with its adverse health effects, as long as you need air to breathe and water to drink. This study brings to the surface the extent to which GM farming has altered our daily exposure to chemicals, such t... more »

The truth slips out about the EU

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Thanks to Guido Fawkes here Well done Bjorn Kjellstrom, Head of the UK Office of the European Parliament, for helping the Eurosceptic cause no end. While berating British journalists in a letter for not correctly reporting EU matters, the grumpy Swede has let the cat out the bag: “not all citizens are aware that possibly a majority of the laws that have an impact on their daily lives are decided on by MEPs in the European Parliament.” Something swivel-eyed Europhiles always try to deny…


Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago Boone, a gifted five-year-old boy with autism, predicted 9 11. Boone's mother reported that six months prior to 9 11, Boone drew over one hundred clocks, each showing the time 9:11. When the family was traveling to Atlanta from Georgia, Boone began crying and insisted that his mother stop the car. They stopped for lunch. Once back on the road, they very soon came upon a huge accident involving many badly damaged cars. *book review* *Elijah and twin brothers.* Four-year-old Elijah Howell, from Naples Florida, appears to be psychic. Reportedly, when he... more »

We live in a very troubled world

LeDaro at LeDaro - 12 hours ago
It is heartbreaking. We humans never learn from history. Here are some examples: AFRICA: Hot Spots: Central African Republic (civil war), Democrati Republic of, Egypt (popular uprising against Government), Mali, Nigeria, Somalia Sudan ,Sout Sudan (civil war) ASIA: Hot Spots: Afghanistan ,Burma-Myanmar (war against rebel groups), Pakistan, Philippines EUROPE: Hot Spots: ,Dagestan , Ukraine (in Crimea russian people are forming Popular Brigades against new Government created on February 23 2014. Until now have not reported clashes.) MIDDLE EAST: Hot Spots: Iraq ,Israel , Syri... more »

Talk About Entitlement, How About Those Multi-Millionaire Republicans?

I'd say the Republican Party is in big trouble. For many reasons. But being the nephew of Dumbya has got to be a disqualifier, doesn't it? Just kiddin'! In a world where the Pauls are seen as intellectuals, anything can be sold. GOP’s Secret Idiot? If George P. Bush Is Its Future, The Party’s In Trouble Dubya's nephew is running for office, and is Rand Paul's expert on Hispanic

“Constructive and Useful” Talks Continue between World Powers and Iran

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 15 hours ago
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif share a laugh during a press statement after a conference in Vienna February 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader) "We have had three very productive days during which we have identified all of the issues we need to address in reaching a comprehensive and final agreement," European

Belated Thursday Quick Links

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
This duck is a bit under water these days. We’ve reached the mid-semester pre-spring break moment of high activity and low energy (warm weather and SXSW beckon). In the meantime, I’ve flagged a few stories, a great Economist round-up on the health of the oceans (not good), a post by Chris Bertram on the changing Continue reading

Susan Collins Proves Rick Santorum Was Right About Her-- GOP Ideology First, Maine's Veterans Last

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
This afternoon, the Republicans were able to kill a bill living up to the country's debts to military veterans, by filibustering the attempt to move it forward. Although every Democrat plus two Republicans-- Dean Heller (NV) and Jerry Moran (KS)-- voted for it, they needed 60 to shut down the filibuster. The final vote was 56-41. Even if Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who was away from the Senate today, was there and voting yes-- she's one of the few Republicans who is reliably pro-veteran-- the bill would have still failed. All the fake GOP "moderates," who claim to want to help military... more »

Photos Carter Camp honored at Wounded Knee Liberation Day 2014 at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
Honoring Carter Camp, Ponca Wounded Knee Warrior at Liberation Day Wounded Knee 2014 Photos by Carter Camp's niece Julie Camp, Casey Camp-Horinek's daughter, thank you for sharing with Censored News. Casey Camp-Horinek and family members at today's Liberation Day at Wounded Knee 2014. More photos of today:

Wisconsin #commoncore Senate Bill 619: A conundrum?

Timothy D. Slekar at @ THE CHALK FACE - 16 hours ago
Here it is as plain and simple as I can make it. Wisconsin Republicans in the state Senate drafted a bill that essentially turns over the writing of education standards to politicians and kills the common core. Someone has to say it: “Any bill that would allow politicians the ability to directly and/or indirectly write learning […]

Krugman Finally Yawns Out a TPP Column

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 17 hours ago
Due to popular demand and thanks to its waning popularity in the world of rationalism, *New York* *Times* columnist Paul Krugman has made it official: he considers the now-iffy TransPacific Partnership agreement to be "No Big Deal." Let's face it. If Krugman told the truth and announced that the TPP is a fascist coup in the making, he would no longer be invited to pose as the token liberal on the cable shows sponsored by the same entities who stand to vastly increase their already bloated wealth once this deal goes through. He might not even get his *Times* contract renewed, or be a... more »


This piece in *The Drum* the other day demonstrates clearly how democracy has been eroded and usurped by a media dedicated to manipulating public opinion with spin, half truths and outright lies. It seems that most people who answered the question referred to in the article about whether or not they believed 'most of the refugees were genuine’ said they were not, whereas the reality is that the vast majority of them in fact actually are genuine refugees. One needs to ask then; where are those people getting their information from that led them to making a factually incorrect decisi... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago
My dear artist friend in Florida W. B. Park wrote me today after reading my rant about the US destabilizing Ukraine. I've been working with Will since the early 1980's when I was organizing in Florida. He made countless drawings and cartoons for leaflets, newsletters, posters, and even once designed us a billboard that we put up. When I published my book, Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire, I used all of Will's artwork that I could dig up. Will's first draft today was a pencil sketch and I asked him to add the "missile defense" interceptors that th... more »

Join Seedy Saturdays & Sundays In Canada - March 1 to April 19, 2014

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
[image: Foto: Starting this weekend March 1st, "Seeds Of Diversity", seedy Saturday & Sunday events throughout Canada. Learn the proper methods of seed saving to maintain the genetic integrity of crop varieties, exchange seeds with others, gardening, meet farmers and so much more. For more information, click on the link to find a seedy event near you. It's all about learning and sharing. READ MORE HERE: #SeedySaturdayandSunday #SeedsOfDiversity #Heirloomandendangeredseedvarieties #Genebanks #gmofreecanadaa] Starting this weekend March 1st, "Seeds O... more »

Think of the wounded warriors

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 17 hours ago
Republicans "support the troops" on the TV when it makes for a good press but in the chambers of the so-called "greatest legislative body in the world," the GOPers kick "America's brave warriors" to the curb. This afternoon, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont brought forth a carefully crafted bill to provide $21 billion in new veterans benefits over the next decade. These included medical benefits, education benefits, and job-training. It contained 26 provisions that came from the Republican members of the Veterans Affairs Committee, which Sanders chairs. It failed miserably. Repub... more »

Don't be a dick

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 18 hours ago
Like this: Diners at eight Gator’s Dockside casual eateries are finding a 1% Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, which comes to 15 cents on a typical $15 lunch tab. Signs on the door and at tables alert diners to the fee, which is also listed separately on the bill. The Gator Group’s full-time hourly employees won’t actually receive health insurance until December. But the company said it implemented the surcharge now because of the compliance costs it’s facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate kicking in in 2015. “The costs associated with ACA complia... more »

Reconsidering Canada's prostitution laws: An opportunity to do so much better

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 18 hours ago
We have until March 17 to give the federal government our opinion on laws around sex work, as the 3 major laws affecting adult, consenting sex workers were struck down in December as unconstitutional. Here are my answers, and I urge you to submit your own responses here, Please don't make the mistake of thinking you don't know enough to respond. Just imagine that it's your sister, your mom, your little brother who is working in the industry, making a free choice as an adult (because nobody's talking about changing any laws that prevent violence, coercion, human trafficking or child ... more »

More on our "courageous" right-wing loons, including the nutjob who wanted to ban gay players from the NFL

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 18 hours ago
*"Lucky Jack" Burkman sez:** "If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it."* *"Ultimately, the bill proposed by lobbyist Jack Burkman isn’t aimed at keeping gay players out of NFL locker rooms. Instead, it’s about keeping gay players in the closet."* *-- from an NBC Sports blogpost today by Mike Florio* *by Ken* You remember lobbyist Jack Burkman, don't you? He's the other "profile in courage" I tried my darnedest to make fun of night before last ("From Arizona to K Street: Profiles in courage, 2014 right-wing-loon-style ") -- the other being Ari... more »

What deficit?

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 19 hours ago
Can't fail to notice the GOPers don't really mention the once dreaded deficit anymore. Probably because: *Nothing To Cheer* But for the deficit fetishists, the 2013 deficit is $139 billion lower than Simpson-Bowles promised to deliver. That's actually bad news, and of course it won't even be seen as good news by people who claimed it was the most important thing ever. Because nobody cares about the deficit. Stolen from Atrios. Supporting documents linked at Eschaton.

I'm still able to post

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 19 hours ago
People are losing access to their blogs after posting about the radiation event near Carlsbad New Mexico. The latest news on the event: Breaking: 13 WIPP employees exposed to radiation 02/26/2014 04:26:01 PM MST CARLSBAD -- Thirteen employees of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant were exposed to radiation, according to test results taken the day a radiation leak was detected at the nuclear waste repository. [end] SEE also Enenews here. I advise careful monitoring of this situation.

Massive job cuts belie recovering economy jibber jabber...... Highlighting layoffs from 2/27/14 -2/21/14 !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 19 hours ago
*February 27 , 2014* *The Crozer-Keystone Health System PA - 250* *IBM Essex Junction VT - Layoffs Begin?* *Ingram Micro Williamsville NY - < 24* *Wells Fargo - 700* *General Dynamics Lynn Haven FL - 730??* *Best Buy - up to 2,000 Manager Layoffs* *LeMaitre Vascular - 10% or 30* *Acxiom Corp. - 3rd Round of Layoffs Begins* Acxiom Corp *Qantas ( International ) - 5,000* *Cox Communications - 500 San Diego* *Aetna Inc. Blue Bell Office - 7+ Layoffs Reported* *February 26 , 2014* *Sony Electronics San Diego - 400* *Assumption College - 15* *Graham Packaging Co. - Some La... more »

Your moment of Zen

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 19 hours ago
The Majestic Diner on Ponce de Leon in Atlanta. World renowned for its cheese grits.

“Relying on Others: The Wisdom of Surrender” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*“Relying on Others: The Wisdom of Surrender”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “A deep feeling of gratitude can emerge as we open to the experience of being helped. Most of us pride ourselves on our self-sufficiency. We like to be responsible for taking care of ourselves and pulling our own weight in the world. This is why it can be so challenging when we find ourselves in a situation in which we have to rely on someone else. This can happen as the result of an illness or an injury, or even in the case of a positive change, such as the arrival of a newborn. At times like these, it is... more »

"How It Really Is" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago

“Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1, ‘To Be, Or Not To Be’ Soliloquy” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*“Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1, * *‘To Be, Or Not To Be’ Soliloquy”* by William Shakespeare "To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off... more »

“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”* by Dr. Michael J. Breus “Dreams are one of the most fascinating - and least understood - aspects of sleep. Though science has offered possibilities, we don't yet understand the purpose of dreaming. Dreams can encompass a dramatic range of emotion, and subject matter. Some dreams seem plucked directly from our everyday lives. Most of us have had the experience of waking up shaking our heads at the odd and sometimes amusing circumstances that unfolded while dreaming. Dreams can contend with deep emotions, dealing with loss and reunion, anger, so... more »

Caspian Report: Tymoshenko's return to Ukrainian politics

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 20 hours ago
Video Title: Tymoshenko's return to Ukrainian politics. Source: Caspian Report. Date Published: February 27, 2014. Description: When Yanukovich came to power in 2010, he led the charge against Timoshenko for abuse of power. The accusation was that her energy negotiations with Russia were based on her personal interests, and there is certainly some truth to the story. I personnally think that both Yanukovich and Timoshenko had huge corrupt dealings. But in essence this was a politicelly motivated trial, because Yanukovich nullified his political opponent. And what happened next is ... more »

Brit Spooks Get Knickers in a Wad by Spying on Yahoo Sex Videos

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 20 hours ago
GCHQ, the American Stasi’s overseas counterparts across the pond have just been busted for their theft and storage of webcam images and videos - including sexually explicit images - from millions of law-abiding Yahoo users. This latest transgression against privacy and basic human dignity from the Norsefire arm of the U.S. Surveillance machine smacks of the type of perverted voyeurism that in most decent societies would have the perps arrested and in more regressive ones have the offenders penises chopped off in a public exhibition of what dirty perverts can expect. Here in the lan... more »

Fukushima radiation contamination updates February 25 , 2014 - a look at impacts in Japan and abroad as well as the state of the Fukushima plant site..... US nuclear news including updates on the WIPP site in New Mexico and also a South Florida facility - St Lucie

Catharsis Ours - 21 hours ago
Energy News - Japan...... 11:12 PM EST on February 24th, 2014 | 178 comments Kyodo: Alarm sounds at Fukushima plant, Unit 4 cooling system stops (VIDEO) 01:30 PM EST on February 24th, 2014 | 102 comments Gov’t: ‘Very serious problem’ at Fukushima; Safety system ‘failed’ — Expert: 12 Trillion Bq of Strontium-90 leaked, could exceed 1/8 of total release since 3/11 — CNN: It’s absorbing into ground — Tepco: “You may feel we didn’t do enough” (VIDEO) 11:14 PM EST on February 23rd, 2014 | 54 comments LA Times: Top NRC official in Japan compared Fukushima to ‘never-never land’ — At same tim... more »

Kerry talks with Lavrov about 'respecting territorial integrity' of Ukraine

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 21 hours ago
A concept that is very humourous coming from Kerry. As we can see from his impartiality in the Israel/Palestine situation, Kerry is all about territorial integrity. And of course we see how much the US respects the territorial integrity of Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Bosnia, Libya, Syria, etc, etc., ad finitum Yup, the US and company are all about the integrity of territory- The US who has an agenda of destabilization and balkanization is all about integrity of territory John Kerry says so, so you had better believe it! ;-) * It's been a busy day in the Ukraine and the Crimea* So, it's ... more »

'No ultranationalist or anti-Semitic actions occurring in Ukraine' - ex-US ambassador [Source: RT]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
[image: The synagogue in Zaporozhye] Source of photo: *Times News*. For background, check out: "*Ukrainian synagogue reportedly firebombed in first violence against Jews*" (Haaretz, February 25). 'No ultranationalist or anti-Semitic actions occurring in Ukraine' - ex-US ambassador. Source: RT. Date Published: February 27, 2014. Description: Featuring John Herbst, US ambassador to Ukraine 2003-06. The tragic loss of life in Ukraine has shocked, saddened and angered the world. With uncertainty still gripping the nation and tensions running high, the situation remains fragile. Will U... more »

What Do We Do When Our Own Government Becomes The Enemy?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
Earlier today we looked at the interview Bill Moyers did with Adolph Reed, Jr. about how the American left has basically shriveled up and withered away. Reed made the point that Clinton and Obama both sold out entirely to Wall Street in the same way that the Republican Party has. The corporate agenda is their agenda. Yesterday Curtis Ellis of the American Jobs Alliance, wrote that the TransPacific Partnership, the latest manifestation of their trade policies, is the next step in a 50+ year plan to replace national governments with rule by multinational corporations. The TransPac... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: "To toot my own horn, I might have been the first and only to predict that Washington's organization of pro-EU Ukrainian politicians into a coup against the elected government of Ukraine would destroy democracy and establish the precedent that force prevails over elections, thereby empowering the organized and armed extreme right-wing. This is precisely what has happened. Note that there was no one in the Obama regime who had enough sense to see the obvious result of their smug, self-satisfied interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 22 hours ago
------------------------------ *Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Declare that Power Comes Out of the Barrels of their Guns* ------------------------------ February 26, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Declare that Power Comes Out of the Barrels of their Guns* Paul Craig Roberts Reality on the ground in Ukraine contradicts the incompetent and immoral Obama regime's portrait of Ukrainian democracy on the march. To the extent that government exists in post-coup Ukraine, it is laws ... more »

Engels on Stoke-on-Trent

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 22 hours ago
North of the iron district of Staffordshire lies an industrial region to which we shall now turn our attention, the Potteries, whose headquarters are in the borough of Stoke, embracing Henley, Burslem, Lane End, Lane Delph, Etruria, Coleridge, Langport, Tunstall, and Golden Hill, containing together 70,000 inhabitants. The Children's Employment Commission reports upon this subject that in some branches of this industry, in the production of stoneware, the children have light employment in warm, airy rooms; in others, on the contrary, hard, wearing labour is required, while they rec... more »

Political Homophobia in Uganda and a (Very) Belated Apology

Laura Seay at Duck of Minerva - 22 hours ago
In what I suspect is the least auspicious debut ever made by a Duck guest blogger, six months after being welcomed by the Duck team, I’m finally posting. It turns out that starting a new job, prepping a new course, learning how to shovel snow, and attempting to finish a book manuscript all at once Continue reading

"The Trick..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same." - Carlos Castaneda

Three Degrees out of Phase: BE the WAVE

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 22 hours ago
I don't know if it is because I read so many articles these days that perhaps I've become a bit numb, but there is a rarity to those moments when I read something that really hits me and brings a verbal "WOW!" out of my mouth.... WOW!! All things have their own measurable frequency, including ourselves. We automatically gravitate to the frequencies that we are most comfortable with, guided by our internal oscilloscope which tells us, consciously or unconsciously,what resonates with our frequency. If you've ever been around a drunken kazoo player or attended your nephews grade on... more »

The Times [HEART] certain themes about race!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 23 hours ago
*THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014* *At long last, we learn about Oberlin:* As we’ve often noted, the New York Times adores certain themes about race. We don’t mean that as a compliment. In our view, the Times enjoys the fatuous stuff, especially if it lets them lord it over their lessers in the benighted South. The great newspaper tends to be AWOL concerning more serious themes. We were struck by the Times’ two reports about race at Ole Miss last week. In the process of musing about those reports, we even learned what happened at Oberlin last year, in the Klan sighting the Times ballyh... more »

Bob Barker fails to convince Ontario to ban the Spring bear hunt

CM at LILITH NEWS - 23 hours ago
Bob Barker (TV host from The Price is Right) has tried and failed to convince the Ontario government not to bring back the Spring bear hunt, which the province cancelled in 1999 during declining bear numbers. But now the bears are back and they're becoming a nuisance. It costs the province time and money to hire game wardens to shoot and kill nuisance bears that are threatening the human population and thus Fall and Spring bear hunts allows Ontario hunters to kill bears and keep the bear population at a manageable level. It is normally rare for black bears to attack humans (80% of ... more »

The Toronto Escalator Rules

CM at LILITH NEWS - 23 hours ago
This is hilarious! It isn't really news, but it is worth sharing. It is proof positive that Torontonians get really annoyed when people don't follow their precious escalator rules. *THE TORONTO ESCALATOR RULES* Rule #1. If you don't know the rules, learn the rules. Rule #2. These rules are not matters of etiquette. They are rules. Follow them or suffer the consequences. See Rule #8. Rule #3. Respect the elderly, pregnant women, and people who are disabled. They can break the rules as they see fit. Rule #4. If standing on the escalator then stand to the right. Other people will be... more »

Friday Morning Ramble: The McCarten Edition

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 23 hours ago
If Matt McCarten’s organisational genius is overrated, his easy identification of a phony is not. And this is on the money in any language, “"Everyone talks about the centre ground as if it actually exists. The policies are actually what wins an election. There's a million New Zealanders who didn't vote last [election] or didn't bother to enrol, they're disengaged in the political process at the moment, and they've got to do it."” Would that some other parties (ahem) understand that. [Pic from Whale Oil, who reckons: “The Chief of Staff title fools no one…we all know that Labour ... more »

Inside Radio 4's brand of science

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 23 hours ago
Given that BBC Radio 4 doesn't offer its listeners much in the way of dedicated science programmes, I should probably refrain from complaining too much about *Inside Science*, but... As *Inside Science *is a weekly magazine show dedicated to news about science, you might reasonably expect it to be free from the kind of left-wing point-scoring which - either subtly or with the application of an king-sized sledgehammer - pervades so much of the rest of Radio 4's output. Yet, bizarrely, *Inside Science *rarely seems to go an edition without ensuring that some left-wing point or othe... more »

“Fukushima Dangerously Contaminated the USS Reagan” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“Fukushima Dangerously Contaminated the USS Reagan”* by Harvey Wasserman “A stunning new report indicates the U.S. Navy knew that sailors from the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its meltdowns and explosions nearly three years ago. If true, the revelations cast new light on the $1 billion lawsuit filed by the sailors against Tokyo Electric Power. Many of the sailors are already suffering devastating health impacts, but are being stonewalled by Tepco and the Navy. The Reagan had joined several other U.S. ship... more »

Newark AFT Members Begin to Suffer Effects of Weingarten Deal

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 23 hours ago
The following links and annotations are from Ken Derstine in Philadelphia. We have to wonder how much longer Diane Ravitch will keep her buried while Randi Weingarten makes off with more millions in hard-earned dues from teachers who are losing their jobs because of Randi’s complicity with CorpEd and misleadership of AFT. Ravitch posted Randi’s letter to Christie, but she dares not post anything critical of her collaborator (think Vichy) pal—such as the one posted from the Newark teacher below. _______________________________ *Randi to Christie: Give the People of Newark Their Schoo... more »

Princess Buggie

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 23 hours ago
Princess Buggie and Grandma--February 26, 2014 (Photo by John Carroll)

When did the Left ditch democracy?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Douglas Carswell nails it in this article - Here's an extract: 'On issue after issue, where they know they cannot win openly, the Left has passed responsibility over to quangocrats and Commissioners, Human Rights lawyers and judicial activists.The Left obtains by top down decree what they cannot win at the ballot box. And the Right loses, even when we win elections. Far too many on the right still seek either re-heated Thatcherism or a kind of mid-70s, patrician Toryism. Neither will d... more »

Project Blue Book, the RB-47 and Moon Dust

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
Yes, I put Project Blue Book, RB-47, and Moon Dust in the title and story because it is a good draw to the blog, but also because all these things are related in a way. I’ve been looking into the RB-47 case and this resulted in a review of the material that can be found in the Project Blue Book files. What I found strange was that Project Blue Book files about the RB-47 case contained two long documents that were written in 1971, or some 18 months to two years after Blue Book was officially closed. One was the long analysis written by Dr. James McDonald and the other was a rebutta... more »

What people continue to hear about Rice!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014* *Where different Americas come from:* Back in 2004, John Edwards ran for president talking about “the two Americas.” Sociologically, his number seemed to be off, though that’s neither here nor there. We saw Edwards give his “two Americas” speech at Manchester’s Palace Theater, on the day when Brother Franken got into the fight with the heckler. (We were there for that event too, a Howard Dean speech.) We were amazed by how bad Edwards was—memorized to the last gesture. Today, we are splintering into at least several Americas. Edwards was talking abo... more »

Viktoria Pilsen 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
FC Viktoria Pilsen, previously a mediocre countryside team and now the charismatic soccer team in my hometown whose international and national successes since 2010 or so have been shrouded in mystery, has been playing under a new coach, Dušan Uhrin Jr, for a month because the previous legendary coach Pavel Vrba was stolen by the Czech national team. So far it looks like Pilsen can continue its miraculous crusades through the European soccer. The new strategy seems to be more defensive than Vrba's, and the offensive character of the game was a part of the special enigma, but today, t... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The US-NATO plan to upend the government in Ukraine has been aided on the streets of the country by right-wing forces that were linked with Hitler when they supported the German invasion of the Soviet Union during WW II. These are the type of cats the US has been funding to do the street protests in Kiev and across the Ukraine.

Mohawk Nation News 'Earth Changing News!' at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
EARTH CHANGING NEWS! Posted on February 27, 2014 Mohawk Nation News  M.T. Keshe of Iran has released to the world a brand new techonology using natural gravity and magnetism to decontaminate everything on earth. With the same principles, energy can be created by everyone for free.KESHE: FUKUSHIMA CLEAN-UP. He instructs the common man on how to use this simple humankind changing


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, long-time radical, prominent lawyer and human rights activist died suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday in Jackson, Mississippi. He was 66. Lumumba had only been in office as mayor since last summer. Born in Detroit, Edwin Taliaferro changed his name in 1969, saying the first name, Chokwe, came from an African tribe that resisted slavery centuries ago, and the last name from the Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba. Lumumba was labeled a Black terrorist by many for his leadership of the radical group, the Republic of New Afrika, in the 1970s and ’80s... more »

Photos Wounded Knee Liberation Day 2014 at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
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Anon at aangirfan - 1 day ago
*Kate Rothschild, Jay Electronica and his friend model Cara Delevingne.* *Kate Rothschild*, mother-of-three, has a rapper boyfriend called *Jay Electronica* (Timothy Elpadaro Thedford). Kate was married to Ben Goldsmith, the son of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith *Lord Victor Rothschild* Kate is descended from *Lord Victor Rothschild*, the spy alleged to have controlled the British Prime Ministers - Churchill, Heath and Thatcher. Lord Victor Rothschild's children include Lord Jacob Rothschild and* Amschel Mayor James Rothschild *(1955 - 1996). *Amschel* Amschel is t... more »

Beware of Education Reformers who Co-Opt the Language of the Civil Rights Movement

denishanjones at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
Originally published by emPower Magazine on 2/27/14 The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement is so great, that it come as no surprise that many groups would try and use the movement to bolster their own cause. Utilizing the lessons learned from the Civil Rights Movement to continue to fight against all forms of oppression […]

Musings On Iraq Security Report For Feb 1-7, 2014

MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
The first seven days of February 2014 saw a huge amount of violence. There were just over 200 reported security incidents and almost 300 deaths. Baghdad, Ninewa, Salahaddin, and Anbar were the main focus of insurgent activity, while Tamim and Diyala saw a mid-level of attacks. There were also scattered incidents in southern Iraq. The beginning of February showed that the insurgency was maintaining the same pace of operations as seen in January. Scene of a car bombing in Camp Sara, Baghdad Feb 6, 2014 (*AFP*) The press reported 204 attacks, 296 deaths, and 700 wounded in the first... more »

It is all downhill after 40

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 1 day ago
Click on graphic to enlarge. Source.

WHO IS RACHEL MADDOW: What is truth?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014* *Interlude—Recalling the chairman’s tale*: Last evening, Chris Christie appeared for the “Ask the Governor” radio segment he performs on a regular basis with Eric Scott of New Jersey 101.5. Treating the event as “late developing news,” Rachel Maddow devoted her program’s second segment to the things Christie said. “New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie has just wrapped up a live radio interview in which he, somewhat against his will, nevertheless answered questions about the bridge lanes scandal,” Maddow said as she introduced the segment. Th... more »

Ukraine: Crimea/Russia Tatars, Nazi's and Fascists oh my! History repeats

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
* The links for most of the info directly below are NYT"s and IBT's* If it's quoted, it's from there. But, first, the mainstream media is playing the divide card. In NYT's article headline *“Protesters’ Clash Shows Region’s Divide”* When the corporate NATO war media uses the word “divide” they want you to believe that the ''divide" is between parties of equals. It isn't. This type of narrative enables the media to present the simplified black vs white story line. My thinking when I read this is boy I need to be wary! NYT's *“With cries of “Allahu akbar,” *( I don't like to read tha... more »

A3 Newsletter: One Year Later: Albert Woodfox is still not convicted or released

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 1 day ago
One year ago today, supporters of Albert Woodfox were elated when Judge Brady's ruling on Albert's criminal case was announced. It was a THIRD overturning of his conviction! How can it be possible that an innocent man, who now stands unconvicted in the eyes of the law, remains locked in a solitary cage while he waits for the State's endless appeal efforts to play out? How many more appeals, how many courts will it take for the State to finally recognize that they've done enough to this man? There are oceans of press - firsthand accounts, testimony, scientific reports, documen... more »

Where Do Corporate Welfare Charter Kingpins Send Their Children to School?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
One answer here from Tamarac Talk: *By: Sharon Aron Baron* Imagine your neighbor owns a Ford dealership, however not only will he not drive a Ford, none his family will either, preferring to drive BMW’s. Now imagine this: the state is giving his dealership money because they believe in his business. Charter Schools USA operates 58 schools in several states, including Florida, for a combined 48,000 students, however, Charter Schools USA Founder Jonathan Hage along with his wife Sherry, Chief Academic Officer, send all four of their children to Pine Crest Schools – a private school Tu... more »

What the Internet Will Look Like After the Zombie Apocalypse

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*I can see a certain use for this in the hills of Morocco! -AK* *What the Internet Will Look Like After the Zombie Apocalypse* Mr. Homegrown February 27, 2014 Enterprising amateur radio operators in Texas, over the past several years, have created a wireless high speed data network, called HSMM-MESH or Broadband-Hamnet, completely independent of the internet. The map above is the network built by HAMs in Austin, Texas. Basically it’s a bunch of hacked Linksys routers connecting wireles... more »

The Realist Report - David Martin: Communist subversion of America

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 day ago
On this edition of *The Realist Report*, we'll be joined once again by *David Martin*. David and I will be discussing the systematic Communist infiltration and subversion of the Roosevelt administration and other prominent institutions in American prior to and during WWII. You can download the mp3 for this program *here*, or visit *The Realist Report* on BlogTalkRadio to subscribe via iTunes and view past programs. Below are relevant links for this program: - *Dave Martin -* * archives* - *Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government - A revi... more »

Movie Review: Robocop

Southern Man at Southern Man - 1 day ago
This is a Teen Daughter weekend and it turned out to be fairly low key but much to Southern Man's surprise when he offered her the choice of a movie to see she selected RoboCop. Southern Man had his doubts (the original was a favorite and he wasn't all that excited about a PG-13 remake of a hard-R film) but went with an open mind anyway. And indeed the new Robocop film has quite a bit going for it. There was considerable exploration of the impact on his wife and son, for example, so with her as the love interest "Lewis" was transformed into his male partner. They throw out a few l... more »

Maureen Lipman cuts ties with Oldie magazine per The Jewish Chronicle

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
The last line of this Jewish Chronicle piece is just so revealing... 'Actress Maureen Lipman has severed her professional links with The Oldie magazine, claiming she will no longer tolerate its monthly “drip-drip of antisemitic, anti-Jewish, anti-Israel material”. Ms Lipman is a long-time contributor to the magazine, which was set up 21 years ago by former Private Eye editor Richard Ingrams. She is also a regular judge at its Oldie Of The Year Awards. But following an article published in its March issue, in which travel writer Dervla Murphy described Hebron as a ghost town left ra... more »

Dangerous Driving

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
The requirement that the vehicle be operated in a manner “dangerous” to the public relates to the manner in which the vehicle is operated as opposed to the consequences of the driving : Roy, 2012 SCC 26, at para. 34. The focus is on the risk created of damage or injury; however, the materialization of risks that are inherent in driving should not be found to be culpable: Roy, at para. 34. The word “dangerous” is defined in Black’s Law Dictionary, 6th ed. to mean (at 394): “Attended with risk; perilous; hazardous; unsafe.” The Concise Oxford Dictionary, 6th ed. defines “dangerous”... more »

semen is "good for women's health"

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
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