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by Chillymanjaro
The Watchers
October 30, 2012

All eyes are focused on Sandy and its epic impact on US East Coast. All of you that are focused also on space weather events, probably have noticed that there is blackout of solar observing data providers.  The SDO, SOHO, STEREO and helioviewer sites are all offline. Websites are being taken offline for immediate access during the east coast storm. Goddard Space Flight Center is in the metro DC area, which will experience significant storm impact.

However, all solar data is still being recorded. Current space weather conditions are still being monitored by the GOES spacecraft.

X-ray levels recorded by NOAA/SWPC at Boulder, Colorado are showing quiet conditions but latest few days we could see some activity. Large solar flares could be observed. However, although they looked spectacular, there were no M-class or even bigger C-class recorded on its charts.

video clip: The magnetic…

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Posted: October 31, 2012 in News

Occupy Savvy

This week we have witnessed, in many cases live, the unfolding of one of the largest hurricanes in recorded history.

#Sandy on Twitter has been aflame with live updates from citizens reporting from countless locations.

Major portions of the online communications infrastructure and social media channels of Occupy, Anonymous and other activism movements globally, have been consumed by spreading disaster preparedness and safety information to the unwitting who may be unaware of the extent of the dangers that face them.

Wikileaks supporters got on board, with @Wikileaks_forum posting transit/infrastructure notice and updates.

Some Occupy volunteers set up this amazing tool for other volunteers to register services or request help, and supply a variety of ways for virtually anyone to get involved in any capacity.

In the meantime, “Hurricane Hackers”…

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Posted: October 31, 2012 in News

Dandelion Salad

Dandelion Salad

by Chris Williams
SocialistWorker.org
October 30, 2012

Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, examines the man-made factors contributing to the disaster of Hurricane Sandy.

“If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections, and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind.

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Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Tuesday October 30, 2012 05:07 by IMEMC & Agencies
http://www.imemc.org/article/64478

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday evening, the village of Azzoun, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, sealed the village, and imposed curfew forcing the residents under house arrest.


File – Soldiers Kidnapping A Youth In Hebron – Raya.fm

Local sources reported that the soldiers were deployed on all main entrances of the village, and prevented the residents from entering or leaving it.

The army invaded the village from different locations, and forced all merchants to close their shops, and attacked several residents before imposing curfew on the village.

Several armored Israeli military vehicles drove into the village’s streets, and used loudspeakers to impose curfew on the village until further notice.

In related news, Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, reported Monday that Israeli soldiers violently attacked a Palestinian man and…

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CounterPsyOps

In two identical letters directed to the Chairman of the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General, the Syrian Foreign Ministry, on Monday, stressed that the failure of the UN Security Council to condemn the bombing in Daf al-Shouk has encouraged terrorists to continue committing crimes against the Syrian people.

In the two letters which the Ministry demanded by issued as official Security Council and UN General Assembly documents under counter-terrorism articles, the Ministry said that on Monday October 29, 2012, a car bomb explosion shook a neighborhood in the town of Jarmana south of Damascus, resulting in the death of 11 citizens and injuring over 20, in addition to causing grave material damage to buildings.

The letters said that this bombing took place in a town where Syrian Muslims and Christians of various sects coexist, and that it is one of the devastating bombings that took place in Syria…

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The Extinction Protocol

October 30, 2012ICELANDThe earthquake swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone north off Iceland continues into its 10th day. After a decline in intensity during 25-28 Oct, the frequency of quakes has again picked up. There are often more than 100 quakes a day including some above magnitude 3. The Icelandic Met Office maintains a warning for a possible larger quake in the area. –Volcano Discovery

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Silver Lining

by David Kenner, Foreign Policy, source

The Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology published a study in September titled “Metal Contamination and the Epidemic of Congenital Birth Defects in Iraqi Cities.”

The study, which was funded by the University of Michigan’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, examines the prevalence of birth defects in the Iraqi cities of Basra and Fallujah, both of which experienced heavy fighting during the worst days of the Iraq war. As originally noted by US analyst David Isenberg, the study found an “astonishing” increase in the number of birth defects in a Basra maternal hospital when compared to before the war.

From October 1994 to October 1995, there were 1.37 birth defects at al- Basrah Maternity Hospital per 1,000 live births. By 2003, at the beginning of the war, the number of birth defects skyrocketed to 23 per 1,000 live births — a 17-fold increase. Then…

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Posted: October 31, 2012 in News

Silver Lining

by David Kenner, Foreign Policy, source

The Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology published a study in September titled “Metal Contamination and the Epidemic of Congenital Birth Defects in Iraqi Cities.”

The study, which was funded by the University of Michigan’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, examines the prevalence of birth defects in the Iraqi cities of Basra and Fallujah, both of which experienced heavy fighting during the worst days of the Iraq war. As originally noted by US analyst David Isenberg, the study found an “astonishing” increase in the number of birth defects in a Basra maternal hospital when compared to before the war.

From October 1994 to October 1995, there were 1.37 birth defects at al- Basrah Maternity Hospital per 1,000 live births. By 2003, at the beginning of the war, the number of birth defects skyrocketed to 23 per 1,000 live births — a 17-fold increase. Then…

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Silver Lining

IOF arrests 7 Palestinians including a woman and 3 children

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The occupation authorities arrested last night and Tuesday morning, seven Palestinians in al-Khalil; including three children, a woman and her son.

Informed sources in the town of Beit Ummar, north of al-Khalil, reported this morning that an Israeli force surrounded a house owned by the citizen Wahid Hamdi Abu Maria, 45, accompanied by a big bulldozer and started demolishing part of the house while the family members were inside it.

Eyewitnesses stated that the Israeli soldiers transferred Abu Maria, blindfolded, to Etzion camp when clashes erupted, in the area, between Israeli soldiers and angry young residents.

An Israeli force also stormed at dawn Tuesday the house of the liberated captive Mohammed Ahmed al-Najjar in the Fawwar refugee camp, south of al-Khalil, then arrested him after destroying and breaking the contents of his house.

Meanwhile, another occupation…

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Silver Lining

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, source

The Pentagon is working to encircle Eurasia and to surround the Eurasian Triple Entente composed of China, Russia, and Iran. For every reaction, however, there is a counter-reaction. Neither one of these three Eurasian powers will sit ideally as passive US targets. Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran are all taking their own distinct counter-measures to oppose the Pentagon’s strategy of military encirclement.

In the Indian Ocean the Chinese are developing their military infrastructure under what the Pentagon calls the Chinese “string of pearls.” Iran is going through a process of naval expansion, which is seeing it deploy its maritime forces further and further from its home waters in the Persian Gulf and Gulf and Gulf of Oman. All three Eurasian powers, along with several of their allies, also have naval vessels stationed off the shorelines of Yemen, Djibouti, and Somalia in the geo-strategically important maritime corridor…

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CounterPsyOps

BEIRUT, (SANA) – British MP George Galloway affirmed that the global war currently being waged on Syria is similar to the one waged against Egypt in 1956, voicing confidence that Syria will be victorious over this war under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad similar to the victory of the late Jamal Abdelnasser.

During a meeting with former Lebanese President Emil Lahhoud in Beirut on Tuesday, Galloway stressed that the Syrian leadership will not be defeated, underlining the need for the plan launched by former UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan to bear fruit and for countries to stop providing military support to the Syrian opposition.

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I hate to jump on the “it was a conspiracy!” bandwagon all the time, yet I like to play devils advocate, so I’m a walking contradiction. I just find when you call everything a conspiracy you lose a lot credibility. Like when you tell a loved one who just got diagnosed with cancer that ingesting cannabis oil will cure them, they might take you more seriously if you hadn’t talked about RF weapons, project bluebeam, and satanic rituals in the past- not to mention the tinfoil hats and the post-it note covering your laptop cameras. Not saying that RF weapons, project bluebeam, and satanic rituals are all bullshit, but not saying that they’re 100% fact either. I just like to throw the possibilities out there since the mainstream media tends to distract the masses, stick with “the official story” with a dual perspective to perpetuate the illusion of political difference…

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