Weasel Zippers is a moron. A good hawk and a conservative, but a moron.
No candidate is perfect.
Mitt would be better than Obama.
WZ should stick to the facts and the issues and the values that matter, and not deal in wildly wrong personal attacks.
For anyone who lost a loved one on 9/11, the urge to be vengeful toward those connected to the attackers must be overwhelming. But that isn't true of everyone.There is no sense in which the suffering of the mother of a serial murderer (who is killed in the act of committing serial murder) is equal to the suffering of the mother whose son is murdered. That statement is patently absurd.
Phyllis Rodriguez lost her son Greg in the attack on the World Trade Center. In the years since that terrible loss, she has formed what many consider to be an unusual friendship with Aicha el-Wafi, the mother of Zacarias Moussaoui, who was convicted of playing a large role in the attacks. He is currently serving a life sentence for his crimes.
Back in December, the two spoke at a conference for women, where Rodriguez talked about their mutual admiration for each other. Rodriguez remarked, "When I saw Aicha in the media coming over when her son was indicted, I thought, 'what a brave woman, someday I want to meet her... when I'm stronger.'"
In 2002, el-Wafi asked to be put in touch with the parents of the victims.
She was introduced to five families. She met Phyllis, and she "saw in her eyes that she was a mother" (like el-Wafi). A respectful relationship quickly formed.
When the two met, they were both nervous, not knowing what they wanted from each other. By the end of the afternoon, they felt like they'd known each other for a long time. Rodriguez says she feels the two have "a special connection which she values very much, that's all about being afraid of the other but making that step."
Rodriguez goes on to say that when people heard that her son had died on 9/11, she got immediate sympathy. But el-Wafi earned no such sympathy even though, in Rodriguez's words, "her suffering is equal."
Minorities accounted for 98 percent of the population growth in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas over the past decade, according to a new report, as the country’s white population continued to stagnate, and in many places, decline.
Hispanics and Asians led population growth in the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas over the past decade, growing by 41 percent and 43 percent respectively. The population of blacks grew by 12 percent, and the aging white population was largely flat, increasing by less than 1 percent.
William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution and the author of the report, also said the United States had reached a demographic milestone: About half of all recent births were to minority parents, a shift that will have broad policy implications in the years to come.
THIS IS INCREDIBLY VISIBLE IN NYC - WHERE 50% OF THE PEOPLE NO LONGER SPEAK ENGLISH AS THEIR FIRST LANGUAGE!
THE PROBLEM IS NOT REPEAT NOT RACIAL; IT'S CULTURAL:
MOST OF THESE PEOPLE ARE EDUCATED IN OUR DECADENT MULTICULTURAL CURRICULUM AND NO LONGER IDENTIFY WITH AMERICA OR AMERICAN HISTORY OR AMERICAN CULTURE OR AMERICAN VALUES.
THEY DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND THE WW2 AND PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF JEFFERSON OR LINCOLN.
IF THIS CONTINUES, THEN AMERICA WILL GO THE WAY OF ATLANTIS, BUT THROUGH THE DRIP-DRIP-DRIP OF DEMOGRAPHICS & MULTICULTURALIST POLICIES, AND NOT A DELUGE.
THESE URBAN "UN-AMERICANIZED" MASSES ARE BECOMING A CORE CONSTITUENCY OF THE LEFT - IN PART TO FUEL THEIR DESTRUCTIVE MULTICULTURAL POLICIES.
ORGANIZATIONS LIKE LA RAZA AND IDEOLOGIES LIKE MULTICULTURALISM ARE DESTRIOYING US FROM WITHIN.
WE MUST DEFEAT OBAMA TO DEFEAT THEM AND KEEP THE LAST BEST HOPE OF HUMANITY FROM DISAPPEARING FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
One hallmark of Homo erectus, a forerunner of modern humans, was his stone tools, an advanced technology reflecting a good deal of forethought and dexterity. Up to now, however, scientists have been unable to pin a firm date on the earliest known evidence for his stone tool-making.
A new geological study, being reported Thursday in the journal Nature, showed that tools from a site near Lake Turkana in Kenya were made about 1.76 million years ago, the earliest of their ilk found so far. Previous dates were estimates ranging from 1.4 million to 1.6 million years ago.
IT ONLY TOOK MANKIND 1.8 MILLION YEARS TO GO FROM THAT TO THIS:
The new and fresh like Arab Spring Egypt may desecrate the Sphinx...[and destroy]...the country’s $13 billion a year tourism industry while robbing the world of precious, priceless historical artifacts and landmarks. Welcome to Iran 2.0.Fundamentalist Muslims do have a propensity for destroying artifacts. HERE is one example. Other examples abound.
... an al-Qaeda asset turned out to be the top Libyan military commander in still war-torn Tripoli is bound to shatter - once again - that wilderness of mirrors that is the "war on terror", as well as deeply compromising the carefully constructed propaganda of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) "humanitarian" intervention in Libya.SO IT LOOKS LIKE THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WILL TAKE OVER EGYPT, AND AL QAEDA WILL GET LIBYA.
Muammar Gaddafi's fortress of Bab-al-Aziziyah was essentially invaded and conquered last week by Belhaj's men - who were at the forefront of a militia of Berbers from the mountains southwest of Tripoli. The militia is the so-called Tripoli Brigade, trained in secret for two months by US Special Forces.
This turned out to be the rebels' most effective militia in six months of tribal/civil war.
Already last Tuesday, Belhaj was gloating on how the battle was won, with Gaddafi forces escaping "like rats" (note that's the same metaphor used by Gaddafi himself to designate the rebels).
Abdelhakim Belhaj, aka Abu Abdallah al-Sadek, is a Libyan jihadi. Born in May 1966, he honed his skills with the mujahideen in the 1980s anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan.
He's the founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and its de facto emir - with Khaled Chrif and Sami Saadi as his deputies. After the Taliban took power in Kabul in 1996, the LIFG kept two training camps in Afghanistan; one of them, 30 kilometers north of Kabul - run by Abu Yahya - was strictly for al-Qaeda-linked jihadis.
Let's fisk them, shall we:Lichtman developed his 13 Keys in 1981. They test the performance of the party that holds the presidency. If six or more of the 13 keys go against the party in power, then the opposing party wins.“The keys have figured into popular politics a bit,” Lichtman says. “They’ve never missed. They’ve been right seven elections in a row. A number that goes way beyond statistical significance in a record no other system even comes close to.”They’ve been right seven elections in a row about the popular vote.
... For fair-use reasons, I can’t excerpt Lichtman’s analysis of how the 13 Keys will play out for Obama next year, so follow the link up top and read through.
He’s got The One winning on nine of 13 counts:
1. No contested primary
3. No third-party candidate
4. Major domestic-policy changes in his first term
5. No social unrest
6. No major scandals
7. No major foreign-policy failures
8. Major foreign-policy achievements in his first term (killing Bin Laden)
9. Little charisma by his likely opponent
The GOP wins three categories:
1. The incumbent’s party lost seats in the last House election
2. The long-term economy looks poor
3. Little charisma by the incumbent
1. No contested primaryMAYBE
2. IncumbencyOKAY - 1 FOR 2
3. No third-party candidateMAYBE
4. Major domestic-policy changes in his first termBUT OBAMA'S CHANGES FAILED TO LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT OR HEALTH COSTS WHILE ADDING 4 TRILLION TO THE DEBT AND GETTING US OUR FIRST EVER DOWNGRADE
5. No social unrestTEA PARTY
6. No major scandalsFAST AND FURIOUS
7. No major foreign-policy failuresNOT IF YOU ASK THE LEFT:
8. Major foreign-policy achievements in his first term (killing Bin Laden)SEE ABOVE
9. Little charisma by his likely opponentPERRY HAS MORE CHARISMA - AND EVEN ROMNEY EVINCES MORE WISDOM OVER THINGS ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT IN GENERAL.
Beijing is two cities. One is of power and of money. People don’t care who their neighbors are; they don’t trust you. The other city is one of desperation. I see people on public buses, and I see their eyes, and I see they hold no hope. They can’t even imagine that they’ll be able to buy a house. They come from very poor villages where they’ve never seen electricity or toilet paper.There are several things Weiwei outlines here which portend the collapse of a society. Pulling stitches out of the bodies of people who can not afford their medical bills indicates a lack of the kind of trust and care for the common man which inevitably leads to a dog eat dog, feeding frenzy type of mentality. As Natan Sharansky has so eloquently pointed out, Fear Societies inevitably break down as people find it impossible to cooperate with each other.
Every year millions come to Beijing to build its bridges, roads, and houses. Each year they build a Beijing equal to the size of the city in 1949. They are Beijing’s slaves. They squat in illegal structures, which Beijing destroys as it keeps expanding. Who owns houses? Those who belong to the government, the coal bosses, the heads of big enterprises. They come to Beijing to give gifts—and the restaurants and karaoke parlors and saunas are very rich as a result.
Beijing tells foreigners that they can understand the city, that we have the same sort of buildings: the Bird’s Nest, the CCTV tower. Officials who wear a suit and tie like you say we are the same and we can do business. But they deny us basic rights. You will see migrants’ schools closed. You will see hospitals where they give patients stitches—and when they find the patients don’t have any money, they pull the stitches out. It’s a city of violence.
The worst thing about Beijing is that you can never trust the judicial system. Without trust, you cannot identify anything; it’s like a sandstorm. You don’t see yourself as part of the city—there are no places that you relate to, that you love to go. No corner, no area touched by a certain kind of light. You have no memory of any material, texture, shape. Everything is constantly changing,
... there are many hidden spots where they put people without identity. With no name, just a number. They don’t care where you go, what crime you committed. They see you or they don’t see you, it doesn’t make the slightest difference. There are thousands of spots like that. Only your family is crying out that you’re missing. But you can’t get answers from the street communities or officials, or even at the highest levels, the court or the police or the head of the nation. My wife has been writing these kinds of petitions every day, making phone calls to the police station every day. Where is my husband? Just tell me where my husband is. There is no paper, no information.
This city is not about other people or buildings or streets but about your mental structure. If we remember what Kafka writes about his Castle, we get a sense of it. Cities really are mental conditions. Beijing is a nightmare. A constant nightmare.
Iran has invited the chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council to visit Teheran, according to an Iranian foreign ministry statement quoted by the AFP news agency Tuesday.I THINK THE SO-CALLED "ARAB SPRING" WILL TURN OUT TO BE MORE LIKE THE ISLAMIC REBELLION AGAINST THE SHAH, THAN A DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION.
According to the statement, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi spoke with NTC head Mustafa Abdel Jalil on the phone and "congratulated the victory of the Muslim people of Libya and stressed [the need] to deepen bilateral ties."
Euro zone economic sentiment fell more than expected in August, underlining prospects for slower economic growth and expectations that the European Central Bank may cut inflation forecasts and cease raising interest rates.THE MARKETS HAVE HAD 6 UP DAYS IN A ROW - MORE OR LESS.
A monthly European Commission survey showed economic sentiment in the 17 countries using the euro, a good indication of future economic activity, fell to 98.3 in August from a revised 103 in July with optimism declining in all sectors.
Economists polled by Reuters had expected a fall to 100.5.
"The decline in sentiment clearly indicates that the euro zone economy has lost a lot of momentum. As a result, growth will probably remain very sluggish in the second half of the year, while the risks are tilted to the downside," said Aline Schuiling, economist at ABN AMRO Bank.
Merkel told a rally in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern that countries which are willing to make a lasting and credible detour away from policies of heavy indebtedness can count of solidarity from other Eurozone states.
“But those that don't do their homework will not get our support,” Merkel said at the rally of her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in the state capital Schwerin ahead of an election this week.
Merkel also spoke out once again against the issuance of joint eurozone bonds.
EU leaders trying to dig Europe out of its debt crisis should be planning an orderly break up of the single currency, according to almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of City A.M’s Voice of the City panel, run in association with PoliticsHome.com.
Thirty-eight per cent said they “strongly approve” of a Eurozone break-up, with a further 24 per cent saying they “somewhat approve”.
Our panel – drawn from business and finance professional across the City – also threw its weight behind calls for indebted Eurozone countries such as Greece to be left to default on their debt.
Sixty-three per cent of those surveyed would approve of allowing a Greek default, compared to just 32 per cent that who would oppose a lack of intervention.
THE SOONER GREECE AND OTHER WEAK COUNTRIES LEAVE THE EURO THE BETTER FOR THE GREEKS AND THE EURO.
BTW: THAT POLL SHOWS THAT 62% OF THOSE WHO KNOW THE MOST ABOUT INTERNATIONAL FINANCE THINK THE EURO SUCKS.
ONLY SOCIALIST POLITICIANS AND CAREER BUREAUCRATS FAVOR THE EURO.
AND THE CHINESE.
...researchers studied hair from 18 mummies (15 mummified in a desert cemetery called the Dakhleh Oasis and three from museum samples of unknown origin) who lived around 300 B.C. in ancient Egypt. By taking a close look at the hairs under a microscope, the researchers noticed that nine of these mummies had an unknown substance coating their hair.
The researchers believe that this fat-based hair gel was used by the Egyptians to mold and hold the hair in position to enhance appearance, since some of the deceased that had been mummified naturally in the desert also had fats in their hair. When mummified using embalming chemicals, the undertakers seem to have taken special care to retain the deceased's hairdos, as they used different chemicals on different parts of the body.
I GUESS WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED THAT THE VAIN FOLKS WHO WANTED THEIR BODIES TO MUMMIFIED WERE ALSO VAIN ENOUGH TO USE "PRODUCT."
MAKES THEM A LOT LIKE US TODAY...
Palestinians in Gaza have acquired anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets from Libya during its six-month civil war, enlarging but not significantly improving their arsenal, Israeli officials said on Monday.IT'S JUST THE START.
While the rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi has stirred concern abroad about the fate of Libya's aging chemical weapons stockpiles, Israel has no indication Hamas or other Palestinian factions have sought these, the officials said.
Instead, Israeli officials have detected an inflow of SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), said one official, describing an overland supply route that opened up between eastern Libya -- after it fell to the rebels -- and the Gaza Strip via Egypt.
"We've been seeing more SA-7s and RPGs coming across," said the official. "It's not a major qualitative enhancement for them."
Toronto-listed Sino-Forest has seen its stock price plummet since June 2, when short-seller Carson Block and his firm, Muddy Waters, accused it of fraudulently exaggerating the size of its forestry assets.
Its market capitalization has fallen by roughly $4.1 billion since.
Sino-Forest has denied any wrongdoing and has appointed a committee of independent directors to investigate the matter. Chan could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday.
However, last Friday, the Ontario Securities Commission ordered a 15-day halt in trading of Sino-Forest shares and said it appeared that Chan and other executives had misrepresented revenues and kept bogus accounts, leading to Chan's voluntary resignation this past weekend.
The Sino-Forest saga is the most prominent of a series of recent accounting scandals to have buffeted investor confidence in Chinese companies listed in North America, triggering a flurry of regulatory probes both in Canada and the United States.
FAMED HEDGE FUND MANAGER JOHN PAULSON - WHO MADE BILLIONS BETTING THERE WOULD THE USA REAL ESTATE BUBBLE WOULD BURST WHEN IT DID - SOLD HIS SINO FOREST IN JUNE.
IT'S PROBABLY TIME FOR EVERYONE TO SELL ALL THEIR CHINESE STOCK HOLDINGS, AS THE WIDESPREAD FINANCIAL FRAUD AND OVER-DEVELOPMENT OF REAL ESTATE AT INFLATED PRICES CANNOT BE LONG SUSTAINED.
THE PROBLEM IS... WHERE DO YOU PUT IT?!?!?!
GOLD IS HIGH. THE DOLLAR AND EURO AND YEN LOOK WEAK. THE SWISS DON'T WANT THE FRANC TO APPRECIATE.
A Palestinian attacker wounded five Israeli policemen and civilians near a Tel Aviv nightclub early Monday, hitting several people with his car and then stabbing others, police said.
Just before 2 a.m., the attacker hit two people with a car that was apparently stolen, she said.
THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS ARE BEASTLY ISLAMO-THUGS - MURDEROUS SCUM.
LET'S GIVE THEM A COUNTRY!
THINK I'M WRONG ABOUT THEM BEING ISLAMO-THUIGS!?
Investigators searched the rubble of the shattered United Nations headquarters building here in the Nigerian capital on Sunday as the number of deaths climbed to at least 21 and questions lingered about who bore responsibility for Friday’s suicide car bombing, even as men who said they were representatives of a radical Islamist sect claimed it.NOT A ZIONIST JEW WAS AMONG THE VICTIMS.
The 2nd Amendment’s “right to keep and bear arms” is proving to be a right to keep a gun at home, but so far not a right to bear a loaded firearm in public.
The Supreme Court breathed new life into the amendment when it struck down strict handgun bans in Washington and Chicago and spoke of the “inherent right of self-defense.”
But to the dismay of gun rights advocates, judges in recent months have read those decisions narrowly and rejected claims from those who said they had a constitutional right to carry a loaded gun on their person or in their car. Instead, these judges from California to Maryland have said the “core right” to a gun is limited to the home.
... "The 2nd Amendment does not create a fundamental right to carry a concealed weapon in public," U.S. District Judge Morrison England ruled in May.
"That's the cutting-edge issue: whether the 2nd Amendment applies outside the home," said Chuck Michel, an NRA lawyer in Long Beach who has appealed the question to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
State judges in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York have also ruled recently that there is no constitutional right to carry a loaded gun for self-defense. And in Virginia, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the federal conviction of a man who fell asleep in his car near Washington's Reagan National Airport with a loaded gun.
HERE'S AN EXCERPT FROM THE 2ND AMENDMENT:
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms
OUR FOUNDERS KNEW WHAT "KEEP AND BEAR" MEANT.
"BEAR" MEANS TO HAVE ON YOUR PERSON.
LITERALLY "TO CARRY".
(AND DON'T QUOTE ME THAT IN THE 19TH CENTURY THERE WERE PLENTY OF LAWS LIMITING THE RIGHT TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPONS.
THERE WERE PLENTY OF BAD DECISIONS BY ALL THE COURTS BACK THEN - DRED SCOTT COMES TO MIND!).
LEFTISTS ARE MENDACIOUS IMMORAL SCUM.
YEAH, I SAID IT - SCUM.
THEY WANT TO ERADICATE THE SECOND AMENDMENT SO YOU CAN'T DEFEND YOURSELF FROM HARM.
THIS IS AS EVIL AS THE OTHER TOUCHSTONE OF THEIR IDEOLOGY - ABORTION RIGHTS.
THAT'S THE LEFTISTS IDEA THAT MOTHERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO MURDER THE BABIES-IN-THEIR-WOMB AT WILL.
LEFTISTS ARE MURDEROUS EVIL SCUM.
WHETHER IN CONGRESS OR ON THE COURTS OR IN THINK TANKS.
EVIL MURDEROUS SCUM.
I WAS THERE!
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
President Hugo Chavez will undergo a third round of chemotherapy for cancer at home in Venezuela beginning Sunday, he said, instead of traveling to Cuba where he had two previous rounds of treatment.CHAVEZ IS BECOMING AS UGLY AS HIS POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY:
The 57-year-old gave few details during a TV appearance on Saturday, but the choice to have his next session at home could indicate he is more optimistic about the pace of his recovery ahead of a bid for a new six-year term at an election in 2012.
The socialist leader underwent surgery in Havana in June to remove a baseball-sized tumor, then returned to the communist-led island twice for chemotherapy as the guest of his friend and mentor, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Security officials stormed the al-Rifai mosque in the Kafar Susseh district, the activists said, reportedly wounding the mosque's imam.
Unconfirmed reports say at least one person was killed in clashes with troops on Saturday.
NO OUTRAGE EXPRESSED FROM THOSE WHO REGULARLY CASTIGATE ISRAEL FOR MUCH LESS.
WHY THE DISPARITY? IT'S THE ANTISEMITISM, STUPID!
THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TREATS ISRAEL DIFFERENTLY FROM ALL OTHER NATIONS - AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY.
ISRAELIS ARE DERIDED FOR DOING WHAT EVERY OTHER NATIONS DOES, AND WHEN OTHER NATIONS DO WORSE THAN ANYTHING ISRAEL HAS EVER DONE, THEY GET AWAY SCOT FREE.
That attack was claimed by the Islamist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is active in the region.
It was not clear how many of those killed in the latest attack were military. A hospital source told Reuters news agency 16 soldiers had been killed and two civilians.
Political violence has subsided since the 1990s when more than 150,000 were killed after the 1992 election, won by an Islamist party, was annulled.
But militant groups continue to carry out sporadic attacks.
THIS ATTACK WAS NOT BECAUSE OF BUSHCHENEYCHIMPY MCHALLIBURTON ISRAELI ZIONIST TEA-PARTY RACISTS.
MUSLIMS HAVE KILLED MORE MUSLIMS THAN NON-MUSLIMS HAVE KILLED.
There are few places in California where people can see snow year-round, let alone, ride or ski it. But this year, Lake Tahoe might be one of those places.IOW: AGW = TFBS.
“I've never gone this late in the season,” said Joanna Dzierzawski, a South Lake Tahoe snowboarder. “There was plenty of snow up at the second patch and I'm pretty sure you could just keep finding more and more up higher.”
Last weekend, Dzierzawski and friends took a camping trip near Red Lakes out Highway 88 to catch some late season runs. What they found was a snowpack that has a chance at making into next winter. And conditions weren't too bad.
“The snow was definitely pretty hard in the morning,” Dzierzawski said. “But it softened up when the sun came out."
... One indicator of how much snow is left in the mountains is to gauge how much water is still flowing in local streams. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the flows from the Sierra are still far above average.
Thursday, Trout Creek was running at 320 percent of average, in a the “much above normal” class. On the West Shore, Blackwood Creek was at 235 percent of average. Through the first 21 days of August, the American River was running at more than 300 percent of average for that time of year, according to the Department of Water Resources.
“Either there was a lot of water coming out of the ground or we're just starting to see the snow at the highest elevations begin to melt,” said DWR engineer Steve Nemeth.
Pyramid Peak has snow covering about half of its north side. Just below, Lake Aloha is brimming at the top of its dam.
Around the lake, 17 of the Natural Resource Conservation Service's 24 working Tahoe region snow data collectors are still showing some snow depth as of Thursday. Manual measurements of the snowpack stopped in May and few automatic data collectors exist at the higher elevations in the region.
It is a possibility for snow to last year-round in the Sierra, though it's more likely in the Southern Sierra than the Tahoe region, Nemeth said. But by the looks of things up at “the Patch,” it might be a 365 day ski season.
... The King's Knot, a geometrical earthwork in the former royal gardens below Stirling Castle, has been shrouded in mystery for hundreds of years.
Though the Knot as it appears today dates from the 1620s, its flat-topped central mound is thought to be much older.
Writers going back more than six centuries have linked the landmark to the legend of King Arthur.
... Around 1375 the Scots poet John Barbour said that "the round table" was south of Stirling Castle, and in 1478 William of Worcester told how "King Arthur kept the Round Table at Stirling Castle".
Sir David Lindsay, the 16th century Scottish writer, added to the legend in 1529 when he said that Stirling Castle was home of the "Chapell-royall, park, and Tabyll Round".
... Archaeologists from Glasgow University, working with the Stirling Local History Society and Stirling Field and Archaeological Society, conducted the first ever non-invasive survey of the site in May and June in a bid to uncover some of its secrets.
Historian John Harrison, chair of the SLHS, who initiated the project, said: "Archaeologists using remote-sensing geophysics, have located remains of a circular ditch and other earth works beneath the King's Knot.
"The finds show that the present mound was created on an older site and throws new light on a tradition that King Arthur's Round Table was located in this vicinity."
In a cannon shot across Europe’s bows, he warned that Germany is reaching bailout exhaustion and cannot allow its own democracy to be undermined by EU mayhem.I THINK THE COLLAPSE OF THE EURO IS INEVITABLE - AND A GOOD THING; (THOUGH WHEN IT COMES IT WILL INITIALLY CAUSE GREAT DISPLACEMENT, HAVOC - EVEN LOSSES FOR MANY BETTING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY).
“I regard the huge buy-up of bonds of individual states by the ECB as legally and politically questionable. Article 123 of the Treaty on the EU’s workings prohibits the ECB from directly purchasing debt instruments, in order to safeguard the central bank’s independence,” he said.
“This prohibition only makes sense if those responsible do not get around it by making substantial purchases on the secondary market,” he said, speaking at a forum of half the world’s Nobel economists on Lake Constance to review the errors of the profession over recent years.
Mr Wulff said the ECB had gone “way beyond the bounds of their mandate” by purchasing €110bn (£96.6bn) of bonds, echoing widespread concerns in Germany that ECB intervention in the Italian and Spanish bond markets this month mark a dangerous escalation.
He did not explain what else the ECB could have done once the bond spreads of these two big economies began to spiral out of control in early August, posing an imminent threat to monetary union and Europe’s financial system.
The blistering attack follows equally harsh words by the Bundesbank in its monthly report. The bank slammed the ECB’s bond purchases and also warned that the EU’s broader bail-out machinery violates EU treaties and lacks “democratic legitimacy”.
The tone of language from two of Germany’s most respected institutions suggests that both markets and Europe’s political establishment have been complacent in assuming that the court would rubberstamp the EU summit deals in Brussels.Nobel laureate Joe Stiglitz told the forum that the euro is likely to fall apart unless Germany accepts some form of fiscal union.
North Korea has supplied Iran with a computer program as part of intensified cooperation that could help Tehran build nuclear weapons, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing Western intelligence sources.
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung said North Korea had in the spring delivered software, originally developed in the United States, that could simulate neutron flows.
Such calculations, linked to identifying a chain reaction, are vital in the construction of reactors and also in the development of nuclear explosives.
With the help of the program, Iran could gain important knowledge of how to construct nuclear weapons, according to the Munich newspaper, which quoted no individual source.
A confidential UN report earlier this year said North Korea and Iran appeared to have been regularly exchanging ballistic missile technology in violation of UN sanctions.
... the Obama administration has repeatedly bypassed federal law by allowing nearly all the oil to move on foreign-owned vessels, drawing protests from domestic maritime operators.UNREAL.
The domestic ship owners say that 46 times the administration has waived the Jones Act, a 90-year-old law requiring purely domestic cargo to move on United States-flagged ships except under extraordinary circumstances. Only once this summer has oil from the reserve moved on American barges.
Even as unemployment hovered over 9 percent, the administration approved dozens of applications to transport nearly 30 million barrels of domestic crude oil within the borders of the United States on tankers employing foreign crews and flying the flags of the Marshall Islands, Panama and other countries.
About three dozen activists from Peace Now held a protest outside the Glenn Beck rally in the Old City of Jerusalem on WednesdayThat little? Gee, and here there were at least a couple thousand people who came to hear Beck, even at affiliate locations. It may not be as big as the crowd he drew for Washington, but for one taking place overseas, it was certainly impressive.
First shelling from neighbouring Iran drove Iraqi Kurdish farmer Haider Rasul from his village, now weeks later bombardments from Turkish warplanes hunting Kurdish rebels stopped him going back.
Along the Iraqi northern Kurdish region's borders with Iran and Turkey, hundreds of refugees have fled since mid-July to small camps to escape attacks by Iraq's neighbours on rebels hiding along the frontier in their long war for Kurdish self-rule.
Iraqi Kurds say they are caught in the middle as Turkey and Iran attack their villages across the border while Ankara and Tehran court their local government with foreign investment that has helped make the Kurdish region the most stable part of Iraq.
Since mid-July, when Iran began shelling, farmers abandoned crops and livestock for small refugee camps on the parched hillsides at the foot of Qandil mountains where Turkish jets now fly low across the frontier to hunt Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels taking refuge in northern Iraq and southern Turkey.
THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. OBAMA IS DOING NOTHING TO PROTECT THE KURDS AS THEY COME UNDER INCREASING ATTACKS.
THE ROAD TO GLOBAL PEACE GOES THROUGH TEHRAN. AND CONSTANTINOPLE.
TURKEY SHOULD BE THROWN OUT OF NATO.
IRAN'S REGIME SHOULD BE PRE-EMPTIVELY ATTACKED.
THE LONGER WE WAIT, THE WORSE THE ULTIMATE CONFLICT WILL BE.
WE ARE DISCOVERING NEW SPECIES AND IDENTIFYING THEM FASTER THAN THEY GO EXTINCT.
The natural world contains about 8.7 million species [+/- ONE MILLION], according to a new estimate described by scientists as the most accurate ever.
But the vast majority have not been identified - and cataloguing them all could take more than 1,000 years.... If this is correct, then only 14% of the world's species have yet been identified - and only 9% of those in the oceans.
... About 1.2 million species have been formally described, the vast majority from the land rather than the oceans.
... At current rates of discovery, completing the catalogue would take over 1,000 years - but new techniques such as DNA bar-coding could speed things up.
At a time when Republicans in Congress are digging in their heels against raising more federal tax revenue, private-sector economists are sending an opposite signal in a new poll.NJ:
Some three-quarters of economists who do forecasting for the private sector say tax revenue should rise as part of efforts to tame unsustainable budget deficits, according to the survey released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE)
Lawmakers aren’t the only ones who can't agree on what to do to fix the economy.
Business economists are split on whether a restrictive fiscal policy or more stimulus will give the flailing U.S. economy the boost that it needs, according to a survey released by the National Association for Business Economics on Monday.
Nearly half of those surveyed by NABE say that they would like to see a more restrictive fiscal policy in the next two years, while 37 percent of the respondents would opt for a more stimulative approach.
As Washington readies itself for another fiscal fight, lawmakers will have to decide how to balance raising tax revenues and cutting spending in order to reduce the federal deficit.
More than half -- 56 percent -- of economists surveyed said they favor reducing the deficit only or mostly through spending cuts; only about 7 percent of economists favored only or mostly tax increases. Thirty-seven percent of respondents said that they would prefer an approach that is equal parts spending cuts and tax increases.
2-OUT-OF-3 ANALYSTS AGREE: A MAJORITY OF NABE ECONOMISTS SURVEYED WANT SPENDING CUTS.The majority of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics believe that the federal deficit should be reduced only or primarily through spending cuts.The survey out Monday found that 56 percent of the NABE members surveyed felt that way, while 37 percent said they favor equal parts spending cuts and tax increases. The remaining 7 percent believe it should be done only or mostly through tax increases.
These articles demonstrate that it's becoming increasingly obvious that the EU is a socialistic bureaucratic mess that's committed more to its own existence than to the betterment of the lives of ordinary Europeans.Their socialist economies have DOUBLE THE UNEMPLOYMENT OF THE ("evil," "anti-worker") USA, and ALMOST NO GROWTH. The chickens are coming home to roost: THE EUROPEANS SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD THEIR INDIVIDUAL WELFARE STATES OR THEIR "VISION" OF WELFARE CONTINENT!
... As I have written in this blog many many times: Continental Europe needs a Thatcher and they need her NOW. WHY IS THIS INCONTROVERTIBLY TRUE? The ONLY nation in the EU with a robust economy and low unemployment is Britain - and only because of "classically liberal" Thatcher policies: the dismantling of socialism and the welfare state, lower taxes, looser labor/employment requirements for businesses, and a pro-entrepreneurial government. You'd think that the rest of Europe would've noticed the results in Britain, and already emulated Thatcher's policies - (as Blair has!)!?Only massive denial and cognitive dissonance on the part of the Euro-left - and the strangle-hold they have on their governments - prevents the continent of Europe from having a new birth of freedom and of the prosperity which only freedom creates.France and Spain and Italy and Germany - and the rest of Old Europe - need presidents and PM's who have the courage of Thatcher, and are willing to suffer unpopularity and the onslaught of non-stop reactionary attacks in order to bring about the REAL CHANGES that Europe so badly needs.
According to Justin Walters of the research firm Bespoke Investment Group, there have been 283 swings in the Dow of at least 4 percent since 1900.
That’s less than 1 percent of the 30,414 trading days.
More than a tenth — 10.95 percent — of those have come since October 2007. It’s the same for the 622 days plus or minus 3 percent and 1,735 plus or minus 2 percent days since 1900.
The data confirm what you’re probably feeling: This is nuts.
It used to be that swings of 1 percent in equity markets were considered normal levels of volatility. And 2 percent moves were even less common.
So if it seems like wild swings in the market are more frequent than ever, that is because they are.
MORE FROM THE WASH POST:
STOCK INVESTORS AREN'T MICRO-TRADING STOCK AND AREN'T BUYING SHARES IN COMPANIES.STOCK INVESTORS ARE MACRO-TRADING MARKETS AND CURRENCIES AND ECONOMIES.
THIS IS ONE REASON WHY THE MARKETS FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE VOLATILE THEN IN PREVIOUS DECADES.
(75% OF THE BIGGEST ONE-DAY LOSSES AND ONE-DAY GAINS HAVE BEEN SINCE 2008, AND 90% OF THEM HAVE BEEN SINCE 9/11/01.)
YES: PROGRAM TRADING AND COMPUTER TRADING MAKES TRADING MORE STOCKS MORE RAPID, AND THIS ALSO HAS AN EFFECT ON VOLATILITY.
I AGREE THAT THE RALLY IS OVER. A BEAR MARKET IS ABOUT TO BEGIN AND IT MIGHT NOT END UNTIL A GOP CANDIDATE DEFEATS OBAMA.
The rally that began in March 2009 looks to be running out of steam. Indeed, those gains have been among the best post-crash rallies of the past century. Only the 1932-33 and 1935-37 runs saw stronger rallies over a two-year period. The first saw the Dow Industrials double in two months. It gave back nearly all those gains by March 1933. From that low, the Dow once again doubled by July, only to give back about 26 percent by October 1933. And the next bear market rally — a two-year screamer from March 1935 to March 1937 — saw an astounding 135 percent in gains. That ended in yet another collapse, this time of 56 percent.
Compare that with the current run — the S&P 500 gained 105 percent from March 6, 2009, to May 6 of this year. It is getting harder to believe this run is still intact.