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Deadly storm and tidal surge batter northern Europe

Hurricane-force winds and tidal surges have killed at least seven people in northern Europe, flooded parts of Hamburg and left thousands of homes without electricity.
The storm, called Xaver, blew a tree on to a car in Poraj, northern Poland, killing three people inside.
The storm also caused two deaths in the UK, one in Sweden and one in Denmark.
Dozens of flights have been cancelled, hitting travellers at Berlin Tegel, Copenhagen and smaller airports.
Many rail and ferry services were also cut in Germany and Scandinavia.
There is severe disruption in southern Sweden, with all rail services cancelled in the Skane region. Planes have been grounded at Sturup airport and Gothenburg's Landvetter airport, Radio Sweden reports.

Bob Dylan's Fender Stratocaster sells for nearly $1m

The electric guitar played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival has been sold at auction in New York for a record $965,000 (£591,000).
The Fender Stratocaster had been in the possession of a New Jersey family for 48 years after he left it on a plane.
The pilot's daughter had it authenticated on a television programme on US broadcaster PBS.
The festival in Newport, Rhode Island, is often cited as the performance where Dylan "went electric".
Dylan's move "changed the structure of folk music", Newport Folk Festival founder George Wein, 88, told the Associated Press news agency.
"The minute Dylan went electric, all these young people said, 'Bobby's going electric. We're going electric, too.'"

But at the time, the three-song set drew boos from the crowd, who had come expecting Dylan's traditional acoustic folk performance.


American Airlines, US Airways to form largest air carrier Monday


A deal to form the world's largest airline is set to be inked Monday.
The merger of American Airlines and US Airways is expected to form an air travel giant larger than the current industry leader, United Continental Holdings (UAL, Fortune 500).
The deal cleared a series of legal hurdles, including an antitrust lawsuit this fall from the Justice Department and a last-minute challenge from a consumer group.
The airlines and Justice Department settled the antitrust suit last month, and the Supreme Court declined late Saturday to take up the challenge that the merger will lead to higher airfare and fewer choices for passengers.

Boost for trade as global deal struck
They're saying Trillion.

The first major global trade deal in nearly 20 years was struck Saturday as 160 countries agreed on measures that could boost the world economy by as much as $1 trillion.
The deal was struck at a summit on the Indonesian island of Bali. At the heart of the 'Bali Package' is an agreement to simplify customs procedures and speed up the flow of goods. It's the most significant multilateral trade pact since the World Trade Organization was formed in 1995.
The package could cut the costs of trade by 10-15%, according to the OECD, by slashing paperwork and easing border delays and transit bottlenecks.
Developing nations could save as much as $445 billion a year, and over time the deal could generate bigger benefits for the global economy by increasing trade flows, revenue collection, and boosting investment.
N Y Times

Near a Vote, Volcker Rule Is Weathering New Attacks

Even as five regulatory agencies prepared to vote Tuesday on a regulation that seeks to rein in risk-taking on Wall Street — an effort known as the Volcker Rule — lawyers and lobbyists were gearing up for another round of attacks against it.

In recent letters and meetings with financial regulators, lobbyists for Wall Street banks and business trade groups issued thinly veiled threats about challenging the Volcker Rule in court, people briefed on the matter said. The groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are hinting that they could use litigation to either undercut or clarify the rule, which is intended to bar banks from trading for their own gain and limit their ability to invest in hedge funds.

The rule, a cornerstone of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act and a barometer for the overall strength of the regulatory overhaul, is aimed at preventing future trading blowups on Wall Street.


Ukraine's capital Kiev gripped by huge pro-EU demonstration

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Ukrainian capital Kiev seeking the resignation of the government for refusing a deal on closer ties with the European Union.
Protesters, who oppose a customs union with Russia, toppled a statue of Lenin and smashed it with hammers.
President Viktor Yanukovych has said he shelved the EU deal after Russian opposition.
Protest leaders have given him 48 hours to dismiss the government.

As darkness fell, protesters were blockading key government buildings with cars, barricades and tents.
Witnesses said a group of protesters toppled the statue of Soviet leader Lenin at the top of Shevchenko Boulevard using metal bars and ropes. Then they began smashing it up with hammers.

L A Times

Icy weather turns fatal; more than 2,000 flights canceled  

A series of snowy and icy storms swept through the southern and northeastern United States over the weekend, leaving at least five people dead and causing the cancellation of thousands of flights -- including more than 1,000 just at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday.
Some parts of north Texas received as much as four inches of sleet and ice -- a treacherous situation for drivers and travelers.
At least three storm-related deaths were reported in the Dallas area Saturday and Sunday, according to police reports reviewed by the Dallas Morning News. A 26-year-old man died after his car hit an icy patch and slammed into a tree; a 75-year-old woman died after slipping on some ice in her yard; and a woman in her mid-40s was found dead in a parking lot, possibly due to exposure to the cold, police said.
L A Times    Science
 Giant alien world discovered where it should not exist    
A massive planet found orbiting a star at a staggeringly great distance is smashing some long-held theories of planetary formation, researchers say.
The planet, according to a study published online Thursday in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, is unlike anything in our own solar system.
Eleven times more massive than Jupiter, planet HD 106906 b orbits a single sun-like star at a distance of 60 billion miles - about 650 times the distance Earth is from our own sun.
"This system is especially fascinating because no model of either planet or star formation fully explains what we see," said study coauthor Vanessa Bailey, an astronomy graduate student at the University of Arizona.
Researchers estimate the planet is very young, just 13 million years old, and the residual heat from its formation can be seen from Earth as infrared energy. Researchers used infrared cameras and the Magellan telescope in the Atacama Desert in Chile to capture images of the planet.
S F Gate

US vet held in N. Korea says he was comfortable

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A day after arriving home to California, the 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained for weeks by North Korea said Sunday that he was well-fed and kept comfortable in a hotel room, not a jail cell.
Merrill Newman spoke briefly with the Santa Cruz Sentinel ( ) outside his vacation home steps from the beach in Santa Cruz, a coastal community about 75 miles south of San Francisco. Newman and his wife also live about 45 miles north in a Palo Alto retirement home.

He was detained in late October at the end of a 10-day trip to North Korea, a visit that came six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas during the 1950-53 war.

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  •  their reach (18+ / 0-)


    One of the National Security Agency's partners is launching a spy satellite with a classified payload into space on Thursday night -- and its logo is an angry, globe-gripping octopus.

    The spacecraft, being rocketed into the sky by an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, carries a payload from the National Reconnaissance Office. Far less well-known than the NSA, the NRO has a budget that is only a shade smaller -- $10.3 billion a year -- and provides satellite-based surveillance capabilities.

    "Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach"

    Obama said the U.S. has fallen behind other advanced countries in income mobility. The idea that a child might never be able to climb out of poverty “should offend all of us,” Obama said. “We are a better country than this.”

    by anyname on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 09:01:53 PM PST

    •  Appropriately nefarious.... (10+ / 0-)

      The Americas greatest political dynasty...the Kaan

      by catilinus on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 10:10:50 PM PST

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    •  Except two morons armed with "Grannie's" (5+ / 0-)

      pressure cooker that's beyond their reach

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 10:57:33 PM PST

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    •  Emblems (3+ / 0-)
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      I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon’s Black World by geographer Trevor Paglen.

      The book is a concise but very thought provoking compendium of occult symbols used within the world of classified military projects.

      Black Budget EMBLEM PATCHES

      Obama said the U.S. has fallen behind other advanced countries in income mobility. The idea that a child might never be able to climb out of poverty “should offend all of us,” Obama said. “We are a better country than this.”

      by anyname on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 03:06:54 AM PST

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        Obama said the U.S. has fallen behind other advanced countries in income mobility. The idea that a child might never be able to climb out of poverty “should offend all of us,” Obama said. “We are a better country than this.”

        by anyname on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 03:18:28 AM PST

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        •  Trevor Paglen (3+ / 0-)
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          Obama said the U.S. has fallen behind other advanced countries in income mobility. The idea that a child might never be able to climb out of poverty “should offend all of us,” Obama said. “We are a better country than this.”

          by anyname on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 03:53:48 AM PST

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          •  none of your F#(*$& business (3+ / 0-)
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            The Dragon is in your Base Killing your Dudes

            You’re an imagery analyst, so naturally you see yourself as a Tolkein-esque flying serpent, dispensing destruction from the heavens. That’s the apparent animating impulse behind what Paglen can only call the Unknown Dragon Patch. Dragons typically stand in for signals-intelligence satellite launches; their wing patterns on patches “symbolize the massive gold-foil dish antennae” of SIGINT spacecraft.

            Better still, the Latin translates to “All your Base are belong to us ” which we remember as the earliest and most bizarre of all memes. Maybe the crew operating the “Largest Satellite in the world” which the National Reconnaissance Office launched into space on Friday, will have a Double Rainbow patch someday.

            The More Secretive the Drone the more Psychedelic the Patch

            Groom Lake doesn’t just house cutting-edge piloted planes. It’s also home to the Desert Prowler, a Lockheed-designed drone shrouded in mystery since its 2005 launch — and, perhaps, related to a different secret drone, the RQ-170 Sentinel aloft over Kandahar.

            And since its remote pilots and crew can’t exactly flaunt their involvement with the program, their patches will have to suffice. The Roman numerals for 9 and 11 partially bound the badge — subtle! — and the rainbow-emanating eye has a lightning bolt through it, suggesting that the drone is armed and ready to rain vengeance for 9/11 on presumed Kandahari insurgents. Wild guess: The lightning-bolted Omega in the thought balloon indicates the drone is dreaming of a violent end to its targets.

            I want to Believe (in the Navy`s Communication Network)

            The Navy uses a system of Boeing-designed space satellites to keep mariners connected with each other and home base while they’re out at sea. The system is known as the Ultra High Frequency Follow on program.

            If you squint enough, that kinda-sorta-maybe abbreviates to UFO. Naturally, some wise-cracking sailor — Paglen doesn’t specify whom — had the idea to make this X-Files-inspired patch.

            The Only thing falling to Earth is your Secrets

            This one belongs to the Hawaii-based 6594th Test Group, the wide receivers of military intelligence. In the early days of photo-reconnaissance satellites, back in the 1960s, the images taken by satellites printed to actual film. That meant anything the satellite observed had to be physically transported back to Earth for analysis.

            Those were the “Falling Stars” in this patch: Film canisters ejected from the satellites fell to earth over the Pacific. The 6594th Test Group “had to go out in airplanes and try to catch them as they fell from the heavens,” Paglen says. This patch is one of his favorites.

            Drone Strikes From Space

            The PAN satellite is so secretive that people joke it stands for “Pick a Name,” rather than “Palladium at Night.” Launched into geostationary orbit in September 2009, no military or intelligence agency claims to operate the communications Device
            Paglen reports that’s led space-watchers to suspect it’s a rare CIA-controlled satellite, used as a “communications relay for armed CIA Predator and Reaper drones operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

            PAN is also the name of an ancient horned god important in occultism and that has a strange link with the history of rocket science in the United States.


            Jack Parsons, a pioneer in American space propulsion who is often credited for having “propelled” the United States into the space age (a crater of the moon is named in his honor), was also a notorious occultist. He was a prominent member of the Ordo Templi Orienti (the O.T.O.), an occult secret society popularized by Aleister Crowley. Seeing no separation between his professional and his occult work, Parsons was known to chant Crowley’s poem entitled Hymn to Pan before each test rocket launch.

            Spies in Space are Ready to Breach your Borders

            Paglen won’t be able to find the origins of every patch he comes across. But rarely is a mystery more appropriate than in the case of the Sensor Hunters, whoever they are. Illustrated by one of MAD Magazine‘s spies, their brief(cases) include spying on the entire world, with swaggering disregard for nations’ claims to control their own internal affairs.

            The twinkling stars probably suggest these guys have something to do with space, but all Paglen writes is that they “devoted to reconnaissance and intelligence operations.”

            Special Projects Flight Test Squadron

            Welcome to Area 51

            Out in the Nevada desert, in a place called Groom Lake, the Air Force’s most secretive organization tests its advanced prototypes. Supposedly, Lockheed’s F-117A Nighthawk stealth plane went through Groom Lake’s test facilities — one of many flown by the Special Projects Flight Test Squadron, whose patch this is.

            The diamond shape in the center of the undated patch “may refer to early designs of stealth aircraft,” Paglen writes. Those planes are parked next to the dismembered Martians.

            Confirmed The Air force Totally Hides Aliens From Us

            You don’t know how many Freedom of Information Act requests we’ve filed in the hope of finding the Alien Technology Exploitation Division, the intrepid souls who’ll soon announce a sources-sought contract to develop the Hyperspace Blaster. Alas, they don’t exist.

            A former officer at Air Force Space Command tells Paglen that he and his friends had the patches made at their own expense after getting endlessly ribbed for working in a secure vault “where they kept the alien bodies.” They wore them on their flight suits for months before a one-star general asked where he could get one of his own.

            Oh, and the barely-decipherable legend on the bottom? It’s Klingon for “Don’t Ask.” Paglen got it in the mail from its creator after mentioning that he knew about its existence on the Colbert Report

            Special Projects Flight Test Squadron

            No one patch may cobble together as many symbols as this one does. “Rat 55″ is the call sign for pilots flying the T-43A a radar testbed (“Rat,” get it?) with an Air Force serial number ending in 55.

            The rat’s holding a pair of radar devices, one stretched outward and one near its butt, “both of which recall the radome configuration” of the plane. Other flight-test operators for classified aircraft wear patches with wizardy features, so presumably that’s what’s up with the rat’s hat.

            Like a Space Phoenix From Hell

            The Latin phrase below the Phoenix translates to “The Devil You Know.” That’s the rationale behind the spy-satellite operators at the National Reconnaissance Office, who peer into the workings of foreign military arsenals from hundreds of miles into space.

            This patch, from National Reconnaissance Office Launch 49, puts a bold face on a failure: the Future Imagery Architecture, a $10 billion disaster in the guise of a satellite able to peer through heavy cloud cover. The end of Future Imagery Architecture meant that NRO had to continue with its KH “Keyhole” satellite family, many of which the United States uses to Spy on Russian Nukes. Launch 49 of the KH-11 series supposedly used spare parts from Future Imagery Architecture — hence the Phoenix design.


            Because the acronym for the Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile (TSSAM) recalled the Tasmanian Devil Cartoon Character,the tornado-like image of the Character in Motion came to represent the Classified Cruse Missile

            Semper Un obscurus Special Projects

            This patch comes from the special Projects Office which operated out of The Air Forces Sacramento Air Logistics Center and Oversaw Maintenance and Support of the F117A Stealth Fighter Program The Phrase Semper Un Obscurus Translates as Always in the Dark The Mushroom which Grows in Darkness Symbolizes the Secret Nature of the Offices Work

            This same patch is now used by the 412 Test Wings Special Projects at Edwards Air Force Base

            Mission patches are used by military and space organizations to identify, symbolize and describe a mission’s objectives and its crew. This tradition is also observed in the shady world of PSYOPS where each secret mission of the Pentagon gets its patch. These patches offer a rare glimpse into the Pentagon’s secret operations and the symbolism on them is rather striking: ominous and cryptic phrases, dark occult symbolism, references to secret societies, and sometimes even a rather dark sense of humor.

            In 1965, NASA began using cloth patches to identify each of its missions and to symbolize the missions’ objectives and their crew.  Each rocket launch has therefore a patch designed by crew members and in collaboration with the official design team. The patches are then proudly displayed on equipment and worn by NASA astronauts and other personnel affiliated with a particular manned or unmanned space mission.

            Since then, other organizations involved in space travel and secret operations began using mission patches, including those that specialize in PSYOPS (psychological warfare): the CIA, the Department of Defense and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). What does space travel have to do with psychological warfare? Spy satellites. Since 1960, the NRO (whose existence was only declassified in 1992) has launched dozens of secret spy satellites into space, collecting an incredible amount of information on the United States’ friends, enemies and citizens.

            As it is nearly impossible to obtain information regarding these highly classified endeavours, mission patches offer a rare glimpse into the world of PSYOPS. Even if one is not well-versed in symbolism, it is easy to perceive a sinister “vibe” emanating from the patch designs. Laced with strange symbols, ominous creatures, obscure Latin phrases and even dark humor, these patches reflect the mindstate of those wearing the patches.

            The trailblazer in this area of research is Trevor Paglen, who, in 2008, published the book “I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon’s Black World”. By the means of hundreds of Freedom of Information requests, he obtained and analyzed forty mission patches. From the book reviews:

            “The iconography of the United States military. Not the mainstream military, with its bars and ribbons and medals, but the secret or ‘black projects’ world, which may or may not involve contacting aliens, building undetectable spy aircraft, and experimenting with explosives that could make atomic bombs look like firecrackers. Here, mysterious characters and cryptic symbols hint at intrigue much deeper than rank, company, and unit.”
            —UTNE Reader

            “Of course, issuing patches for a covert operation sounds like a joke … but truth be told, these days everything is branded. Military symbols are frequently replete with heraldic imagery—some rooted in history, others based on contemporary popular arts that feature comic characters—but these enigmatic dark-op images, in some cases probably designed by the participants themselves, are more personal, and also more disturbing, than most.”
            —Steven Heller, The New York Times Book Review

            Since the release of this book, new mission patches have been released that are as strange and cryptic as their predecessors. If these patches are meant to symbolize “the values of the crew and the objectives of the mission”,  perhaps we should be a little concerned.

            Alien Face

            TENCAP is an acronym for “Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities” and is a collection of programs involving the cutting edge of warfare.

            “The purpose of the AF TENCAP program is to exploit the current and future potential of existing national, commercial, and civil space systems and national air-breathing systems, and to provide these capabilities to the warfighter as rapidly as possible.”
            - Source

            In PSYOPS, “Special” almost invariably means “black” or highly classified. Does the “highly classified part” of the mission have something to do with the fact that the badge bears the face of an alien? The saying at the bottom does not help: The phrase “Oderint Dum Metuant” is usually associated with Caligula, the first-century Roman emperor whose name became synonymous with depravity, madness, and tyranny. It translates as “Let them hate so long as they fear.” Right.

            Supra Summus

            This is a patch for a NRO spy-satellite launch. Those familiar with this site will probably recognize this Illuminati 101 symbolism: An unfinished pyramid topped by the All-Seeing Eye. This All-Seeing Eye requires help: it needs spy satellites to be even more all-seeing.

            “LMA” at the bottom right most likely refers to Lockheed Martin Aerospace, which is the ultimate Big Brother mega-company working with the CIA, NRO, NSA and IRS.

            Above the All-Seeing Eye is written “Supra Summus”, which can be translated to “Most Superior and Highest”, which, if nothing else, indicates a healthy level of self-esteem.

            Other NRO spy-satellite launches have also used similar designs.

            The 23rd Space Operations Squadron (23 SOPS) is a United States Air Force unit located at New Boston Air Force Station in New Hampshire. The patch of this mission features a creepy-looking figure in a creepy hood looking over the earth with creepy eyes, staring creepily at the American continent. However, that is not the creepiest thing in this patch. If you look closely at the contour of the black face, you’ll see another face, with pointy nose and pointy ears, looking left.  Who is this creepier dude within an already creepy dude? And what’s up with all the layers of creepy?

            The saying “Semper Vigilans” means “Always Vigilant”. At least I can relate to that. But in the context of this patch, it is definitely creepy.

            Another patch related to NRO-49 depicts the satellite as a winged fiery being (referred to by NASA as a devil named Betty) who is holding a trident and a wrench.

            “An image of a devil features on the launch patch. The old tradition of giving rockets personal names also appears to have been revived; Delta 352 seems to have been named “Betty”, and the Atlas V that launched from Vandenberg last year was named ‘Gladys’.”
            - Ibid.

            The patch shows the moon (or a comet?) partially covering the earth. If you look closely, there are letters in the detail of the grey astral body. What do they refer to? At the bottom of the patch, the Latin phrase is also enigmatic: “Primoris Gravis Ex Occasus”.  Primoris means “First”, Gravis stands for “important, heavy or serious” and Occasus means “setting of the sun, the West, or fall”. In other words, I don’t know what it means. “First heavy setting of the sun”? “The most important thing after the sunset”? “First serious fall”? Regardless of the exact meaning, there seems to be an emphasis on the concept of darkness. Betty is pure darkness wrapped in flames and is partially covering the sun. There is a grey celestial body moving towards the earth … and we’re still talking about a spy-satellite. Okay.

            There are many other patches giving a glimpse in the somehow twisted world of PSYOPS:




            Obama said the U.S. has fallen behind other advanced countries in income mobility. The idea that a child might never be able to climb out of poverty “should offend all of us,” Obama said. “We are a better country than this.”

            by anyname on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 04:07:54 AM PST

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              Obama said the U.S. has fallen behind other advanced countries in income mobility. The idea that a child might never be able to climb out of poverty “should offend all of us,” Obama said. “We are a better country than this.”

              by anyname on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 04:21:44 AM PST

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                Ultra High Frequency Follow-On ( UFO )


                The system Ultra High Frequency Follow-On ( UFO ) is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored and developed by the U.S. Navy to provide a communications system for airborne troops , ships, submarines and ground forces .

                The constellation of satellites of the UFO, which will reach the 11 specimens, has replaced that of the Fleet Satellite Communications System (FLTSATCOM).

                The terminal segment consists of ground equipment and personnel at the stations of satellite communication already exist.

                The spacecraft are controlled by the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC) based at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu in California.

                Obama said the U.S. has fallen behind other advanced countries in income mobility. The idea that a child might never be able to climb out of poverty “should offend all of us,” Obama said. “We are a better country than this.”

                by anyname on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 06:48:33 AM PST

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  •  Thank you!! (14+ / 0-)

    Best wishes to all here!!!

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 09:05:34 PM PST

  •  RE: Dylan's stratocaster (11+ / 0-)

    That was featured on last season of the PBS series "History Detectives," and if memory serves me correctly, although they were fairly sure it was the real deal, they couldn't definitively authenticate it.

  •  Thank you side pocket. (12+ / 0-)

    Good selection of articles.

    The snow storm on the east coast was, apparently, a big surprise. Only an inch or two was expected.

    From Holy snow job, Batman!

    Sunday's flash snowstorm buried not only Lincoln Financial Field, but the I-95 corridor from Philly south to Newark, Del. and east across southern New Jersey with the exception of the shore.

    I'll be very honest with you, although I did see the snow coming, not in any meteorological computer mind did we see snow piling up at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour in such an intense, relatively narrow band of geography. It was fascinating from a meteorological point of view but I'm sure many of you felt quite differently, maybe thinking of your weatherfolk, #*!!@ idiots.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 09:13:44 PM PST

  •  A video I missed last night (14+ / 0-)

    I glanced at the thumbnail preview on the USAF YouTube page last night, but didn't bother to look.  I should have.  It's awesome!

    USAF Band Holiday Flash Mob at the National Air and Space Museum

    The United States Air Force Band performed a flash mob at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on Dec. 3, 2013.
    From the USAF Band website:
    A man walks to the center of the museum carrying just one chair and places it in an open area. Nobody seems to notice. Suddenly, one cellist removes a civilian coat to reveal his ceremonial uniform. He sits down and begins to play "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." A few close spectators turn and begin to listen. The cellist is joined shortly by the Band's commander and conductor, Col. Larry H. Lang, as well as a bassist and a handful of winds and strings who are each presented with their instrument by a member of the United States Air Force Honor Guard. The small group slowly turns into a mass of airmen musicians, each adding a new texture to the tune. From the balcony, two solo voices begin to float out over the crowds. They are joined by a host of singers lining the balcony railing. As "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" draws to a conclusion, the music changes. The tempo accelerates and as the key changes, a group of brass players in ceremonial uniforms sound a glorious fanfare from the balcony of the museum. This fanfare leads directly to a rousing rendition of "Joy to the World." The music fills the National Air and Space Museum and lights the faces of the audience members. At the conclusion of the performance, the final triumphant brass chord lingers in the museum long after the musicians have stopped playing. The audience erupts into applause.

    Immediately following the performance, Colonel Lang wished spectators a happy holidays and invited them to come forward and meet the members of the band. Airmen musicians showed children their instruments, talked to tourists, and wished all a happy holiday season. One young talented girl even took a seat to play a tune on Senior Master Sgt. Eric Sabatino's harp. There was no denying it--the National Air and Space Museum was filled with the spirit of the season.

    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 09:14:36 PM PST

  •  For palantir (10+ / 0-)

    Maybe the test won`t be so hard now.

    Sorry about the ten second advert.

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 09:19:41 PM PST

  •  Boost for trade for whom? And what about... (17+ / 0-)

    ...the next round, this time for TPP?

    And many of the officials who took part in the Bali summit flew straight to Singapore Saturday for talks on finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. [...]

    But campaigners have argued that the Bali and TPP deals will tip the balance in favor of big companies and further limit the ability of government to protect the poor.


    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 09:20:19 PM PST

  •  I wish North Korea would grow up. (6+ / 0-)

    Holding an 85 year old man in the name of vengence for 60 years ago.  Sheesh.  But then, many in the US still hold a grudge for the Confederacy losing the Civil War 150 years ago.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 09:49:19 PM PST

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