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Oct 29 11:17

Meet Jack, the sheepdog that was so good no one knew he was blind

It's only fair to make allowances for a newcomer.

So when their new sheepdog missed rounding up the occasional ewe, farmers Barry and Liz Edwards put it down to inexperience and gave him a bit of extra training.

After all, their new recruit was a willing learner, had settled well into the farm and won the hearts of the family.

Unknown to them, it was amazing that Jack was doing any work at all. The four-year-old sheepdog was blind – a fact the Edwards only discovered when he ran straight into a wooden peg sticking out of the ground.

Oct 29 11:05

65% Favor Getting Rid of Entire Congress and Starting Over

Let’s face it: Most Americans don’t have much use for either of the major political parties and think it would be better to dump the entire Congress on Election Day.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters say if they had the option next week, they would vote to get rid of the entire Congress and start all over again. Only 20% would opt to keep the entire Congress instead. Fifteen percent (15%) aren’t sure.

Oct 29 10:57

Halliburton failed critical test not done on cement before blowout

Halliburton Co. acknowledged that it skipped a critical test on the final formulation of cement used to seal BP's oil well before it blew out catastrophically in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company, which was BP's cementing contractor, came under increased scrutiny when investigators from the president's oil spill commission revealed Thursday that tests performed by the company before the deadly blowout showed the cement to be unstable.

Halliburton in a statement issued late Thursday night said it did not conduct a stability test on the final mix of cement after a last-minute change by BP added more of a certain ingredient. Earlier statements by the company had said tests showed the cement to be stable.

The cement mix's failure to prevent oil and gas from entering the well has been identified by BP and others as one of the causes of the accident, the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

BP and Halliburton decided to use a foam slurry created by injecting nitrogen into cement to secure the bottom of the well, a decision outside experts have criticized.

Oct 29 10:56

Why Monsanto is paying farmers to spray its rivals’ herbicides

Monsanto's ongoing humiliation proceeds apace. No, I'm not referring to the company's triumph in our recent "Villains of Food" poll. Instead, I'm talking about a Tuesday item from the Des Moines Register's Philip Brasher, reporting that Monsanto has been forced into the unenviable position of having to pay farmers to spray the herbicides of rival companies.

Oct 29 10:47

US Mulls Escalating Drone Attacks in Yemen

Bomb scare = required excuse

Oct 29 10:32

Military Commissions Act of 2006

In the final hours before adjourning in 2006, Congress passed and the president signed the Military Commissions Act (MCA). In doing so, they cast aside the Constitution and the principle of habeas corpus, which protects against unlawful and indefinite imprisonment. They also gave the president absolute power to designate enemy combatants, and to set his own definitions for torture.

Oct 29 10:32

Nouriel Roubini: U.S. On Track For A 'Fiscal Train Wreck'

The U.S. economy is a "fiscal train wreck" waiting to happen that risks ushering in a period of stagnation featuring by minimal growth, high unemployment and deflationary pressure, U.S. economist Nouriel Roubini wrote on Friday.

In a commentary for the Financial Times, Roubini -- one of the first economists to predict the housing crash in the United States and known as 'Dr Doom' for his pessimistic forecasts -- said fiscal and monetary stimulus had prevented another depression.

Oct 29 10:31

Fraudclosure: ‘When you save broken companies from their own incompetence, this is what you get.’

The banks have gotten the Big Lie technique down to a science: State a lie so colossal that no one could believe anyone “has the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” In practice, adding factually accurate, but irrelevant or misleading color, helps push the lie on unsusp0ecting rubes.

Oct 29 09:49

People Are Awesome!

All I can say is WOW!

Oct 29 09:48

Getting Medieval On Your Assets: Four Reasons Foreclosure Fraud Really, Really Matters

Here's the bottom line: More than one in ten mortgages is in bad trouble. What's more, one in four mortgages is underwater, which means there's not enough collateral to cover billions of dollars in loans. The generous explanation for the banking industry is that they're completely incompetent at what they do. A huge chunk of the loans they've written are bad. Forgive the language here, but the bank-friendliest explanation for this systemwide breakdown is that bankers suck at what they do.

But the real explanation is that they knew these loans were bad -- and wrote them anyway.

Why? Because they intended to make quick and easy money by pumping up housing values, churning loans to customers who they knew couldn't pay. (The customers didn't know that, but the banks did.) They thought they could float this crap game forever, riding an ever-growing bubble and tossing the defaulting homeowners away when they couldn't pay the nut. But the bubble burst and the crap game got shut down.

Oct 29 09:46

The Hidden Story of the Americans that Finished the Vietnam War

The most neglected aspect of the Vietnam War is the soldiers’ revolt–the mass upheaval from below that unraveled the American army. It is a great reality check in an era when the U.S. touts itself as an invincible nation. For this reason, the soldiers’ revolt has been written out of official history.

The army revolt pitted enlisted soldiers against officers who viewed them as expendable. Liberal academics have reduced the radicalism of the 1960s to middle-class concerns and activities, while ignoring military rebellion. But the militancy of the 1960s began with the Black liberation struggle, and it reached its climax with the unity of White and Black soldiers.

A working-class army

Oct 29 09:15

New Hidden Missile System Unknown To Feds (VIDEO)

A Russian weapons company is marketing a new missile system that is hidden inside an ordinary shipping container. It can turn a ship, train or truck into a long range missile launcher. Channel Two Action News anchor Justin Farmer investigated the threat and found officials at the Port of Savannah had never heard of the Club K Missile system

Oct 29 09:09

'Time Traveler' May Just Be Hard of Hearing

What Clarke didn't consider was that a simple ear trumpet could still explain it all, said hearing device historians,

And the fact that the were not so many cellular base stations around in that era for a time traveler to attach to...

Oct 29 08:58

New pat-downs in airport security lines drawing ire

The Transportation Security Administration rolled out a new pat-down technique Friday aimed at boosting security, but it is drawing criticism already for being too intrusive.

Screeners now use the fronts of their hands, instead of the backs, and use a sliding motion along a person's body. In some cases, security workers are now allowed to touch body parts that were previously off-limits.

Oct 29 08:51

Unplug: The Truth Will Not Be Televised video

Unplug: The Truth Will Not Be Televised video I think everybody will like this high quality 3 + minute presentation.

Oct 29 08:43

Woman Kills Baby For Interrupting Farmville Session

H/T to Cedar Sage at Facebook.

A 22 year-old woman from Jacksonsville, Florida has pleaded guilty to killing her baby son over a game of...Farmville.

Oct 29 08:12

5 Dangers To Global Crops That Could Dramatically Reduce The World Food Supply

Already, there are huge warning signs on the horizon. Just check out what agricultural commodities have been doing. They have been absolutely soaring.
A recent article on the Forbes website noted a few of the agricultural commodities that have skyrocketed during this year....

Here’s what’s happened to some key farm commodities so far in 2010…
•Corn: Up 63%
•Wheat: Up 84%
•Soybeans: Up 24%
•Sugar: Up 55%

Oct 29 07:33

Federal Government Asks for Closed Courtroom to Protect Goldman Sachs Secrets

The U.S. Department of Justice has requested that a federal judge seal the courtroom of a trial involving computer code theft in order to protect trade secrets of Goldman Sachs.

Sergey Aleynikov was arrested by the FBI on charges of stealing computer code that supports Goldman’s high frequency trading system, which allows the bank to buy and sell stocks in a fraction of a second.

Oct 29 07:21

First Russia-US operation in Afghanistan hailed a success

Two hundred million doses of heroin have been destroyed in Afghanistan thanks to the joint efforts of Russia and the US, Russia's drug control chief said on Friday.

Four drug laboratories were raided and destroyed on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Thursday morning.

Oct 29 07:07

'Israel hogging Gaza water sources'

The Gaza aquifer is the only source of water for residents of Gaza. Reports show that 90 percent of its water is not suitable for human consumption due to high levels of nitrate and salinity.

In an interview with Press TV, public health coordinator Tracey Wise said, "Because of such limited amounts of water in Gaza that's acceptable for human consumption, mostly this is the shallow, coastal aquifer, and this aquifer is being over-pumped, so much water is being taken out to supply the needs of Gazans, that you have much more intrusion of sea water."

"And then also you have upwelling of this very, very old water that has high salinity and high concentrations of other pollutants," she added.

Oct 29 07:06

COINTEL PRO: America's dirty war

At the height of the Cold war, the US government was not content infiltrating abroad, they will also engaged in a war at home. It was known by a number of organizations and individuals who were targeted as America's dirty war against it's own citizens. Show Less

Oct 29 06:57

Boulder on Track for “Averagest” Weather Year

If November and December temperatures continue to straddle the averages for those months, 2010 could be the “averagest” weather year on record in Boulder, Colorado. To date the average temperature has been within a tenth of a degree of the mean temperature. The mean temperature for the year is actually lower than the long term average due to the relatively cold winter in the early part of the year.

But the tail end of the year has shown some signs of fully recovering those temperatures to hit the average.

Oct 29 06:42

Corrupt Congress, insider secrets

A new Wall Street Journal report found that many Congressmen are taking advantage of insider knowledge of markets they have influence over to make a few extra bucks, sometimes in the tens of thousands of dollars. Filmmaker Francis Megahy describes how easy it is for former staffers to influence Congress by working for lobbyists and making up to a million dollars!

Oct 29 06:30

The scary actual U.S. government debt

Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff says U.S. government debt is not $13.5-trillion (U.S.), which is 60 per cent of current gross domestic product, as global investors and American taxpayers think, but rather 14-fold higher: $200-trillion – 840 per cent of current GDP. “Let’s get real,” Prof. Kotlikoff says. “The U.S. is bankrupt.”

Oct 29 06:15

The Food Crisis of 2011

Every month, JPMorgan Chase dispatches a researcher to several supermarkets in Virginia. The task is to comparison shop for 31 items.

In July, the firm’s personal shopper came back with a stunning report: Wal-Mart had raised its prices 5.8% during the previous month. More significantly, its prices were approaching the levels of competing stores run by Kroger and Safeway. The “low-price leader” still holds its title, but by a noticeably slimmer margin.