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Thursday, March 26, 2015

26 Mar - Blogs I'm Following

10:33pm MDST

How we keep ourselves healthy

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 33 minutes ago
Our last survey asked about all the ways we use to keep our diets nutritious. Here are the results: How do you maximize nutrition? [image: How we keep ourselves healthy] [image: How we keep ourselves healthy] [image: How we keep ourselves healthy] Here are the comments listed under "Other": - I cook at home and eat unprocessed, low fat, whole organic foods much of the time. I drink water to keep hydrated from a stainless steel water bottle instead of plastic when I'm on the go. At pot lucks I bring my own plate and utensils so I won't have to resort to using plastic. I ... more »

nothing to see

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
lunar anomalies in apollo photos

Why Ukraine Is Divided

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Amanda Taub, VOX*:* The real roots of the war in eastern Ukraine* *We tend to talk about the conflict in eastern Ukraine as a tale of Russian aggression. That's not inaccurate — but it isn't the full story, either.* *It's true Russia took advantage of Ukraine's weakness after massive protests forced former President Viktor Yanukovych out of office a year ago, first by invading and occupying Crimea, and then by backing a violent separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. Putin's aggression helped spark the war, and it has helped prolong it.* *But as this video explains, Ukraine was a... more »

Ghetto Hip Hop Obama: High as a kite in Alabama doing his best shuck and jive routine...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 hour ago
*don't miss all the nose pulling and touching. * As Weasel Zipper said: I love watching Obama trip over his numerous fake accents. At the 2:02 mark he starts with “fifty,” followed by “fitty” and then ends with “fiddy” The tax payers of this country paid big time to fly his ass down to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama to speak to a predominantly black audience of remedial students. The libtards I know love this crap. "He da man, doncha know." My apologies for not being around lately. I've been fighting off a cold and finally think I may be winning. I've als... more »

Israel Keeps Exposing That They Are Not Our Friend, And The U.S. Congress Keeps Exposing That They Work For Israel

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 2 hours ago
First it started with the Republicans violating The Logan Act by asking Netanyahu to speak in front of congress without consulting the president. The only heroes during that were the Democratic Black Caucus who banned attending it. Don't forget what Netanyahu's speech was about: dragging us into another war for Israel with U.S. taxpayer money. When it comes to U.S. taxpayer money for wars for Israel, there's no talk about "AUSTERITY", "FISCAL CLIFF", or the "DEFICIT". Congress saves that for when they cut the American People's unemployment, social security, health care, and educat... more »

Antidepressants

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 hours ago
*A month after 9/11, a direct-to-consumer print ad for Paxil taps into the national mood. * *A tense-looking woman walks down a city street, surrounded by blurry figures and the words "Irritability," "Sleep problems," "Fatigue," "Anxiety," "Restlessness," "Muscle tension," "Worry." Despite the inevitable associations of the image, the ad doesn't talk about situational stress but about biological imbalance: small print claims that "10 million people" in America suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder and that Paxil "works to treat the chemical imbalance" believed to cause it. * *... more »

The Ukraine Crisis Continues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Steven Erlanger, New York Times*: *No One Sees Easy Way Out on Ukraine* *BRUSSELS — Hardly anyone expects Ukraine to get better before it gets worse, or for the latest set of commitments in last month’s cease-fire agreement to be kept.* *Instead, senior Western diplomats and analysts are predicting a further escalation of tensions, including the placing of Russian nuclear weapons in newly annexed Crimea; more unrest in cities like Mariupol and even Odessa; more advances by Russian-supported rebels against an under-gunned and dispirited Ukrainian Army; and attempts to destabilize ... more »

"Why are science museums in bed with science deniers?" (actor-activist Mark Ruffalo)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*The link in Mark Ruffalo's tweet is to the above-referenced petition, organized by a new outfit called The Natural History Museum, which "is free from ties to the fossil fuel industry, calls out climate science deniers and culprits obstructing action on climate change, and actively champions the just transition to a sustainable and equitable future."* *by Ken* Actor-activist Mark Ruffalo isn't the only one wondering, "Why are science museums in bed with science deniers?," but earlier this week Mark was putting the question out with a vengeance. Of course he, like everyone else ... more »

US-Saudi Blitz in Yemen: Naked Aggression, Absolute Desperation

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 3 hours ago
*March 27, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The "proxy war" model the US has been employing throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and even in parts of Asia appears to have failed yet again, this time in the Persian Gulf state of Yemen. Overcoming the US-Saudi backed regime in Yemen, and a coalition of sectarian extremists including Al Qaeda and its rebrand, the "Islamic State," pro-Iranian Yemeni Houthi militias have turned the tide against American "soft power" and has necessitated a more direct military intervention. While US military forces themselves are not involved alle... more »

What Is The U.S. Military And Political Role In The Yemen War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Dan Lamonthe, Washington Post*: *How U.S. weapons will play a huge role in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen* *Yemen spiraled further into chaos on Wednesday night, with a Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition launching a military intervention marked by airstrikes by dozens of fighter jets and the deployment of thousands of ground troops and tanks on its Yemeni border. U.S. officials said they will offer intelligence and logistical support to the Saudis, but that’s really only a piece of it: The Saudi military is equipped with billions of dollars in advanced American-made weapons.* *Betwee... more »

The Next Middle East Wars Are Beginning

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast*: *America Loses No Matter Who Wins the Next Great Middle East War* *It’s a potentially apocalyptic fight between some of the closest U.S. allies and the country America is desperately trying to court. Will Washington really join in?A cataclysmic war is taking shape in Yemen, one that pits nearly all of Washington’s key allies in the Middle East against Iran and its proxies in a fight that could quickly spin out of control.A Saudi-led bombing campaign already has begun and troops from Egypt and some other countries may soon intervene on the g... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Meredith Buel, VOA*: *Analysts: Iran’s Supreme Leader Has Ultimate Say on Nuclear Deal* *WASHINGTON - Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is likely to have the final say on whether or not the country accepts a nuclear deal, if one is reached by month's end, Middle East analysts say.* *As negotiations continue into the weekend between Iran and world powers, analysts say Khamenei, 75, is the most powerful political authority in the Islamic Republic because he controls the main levers of power. He commands the armed forces and the judicial system, along with state radio a... more »

DC's Latest Attempt to Torch the Peace Process

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 4 hours ago
This is one of the best articles I have read all week!! Factual, Funny, and sarcastically biting in it's rendering of the Facts. I truly appreciate the art of the terminally sarcastic- being terminally sarcastic myself. If you read only one article this month about the US and Ukraine puppet show, this definitely should be the one that you read. d http://thewealthwatchman.com/washingtons-latest-attempt-to-torch-the-peace-process/ Washington’s Latest Attempt to Torch the Peace Process [image: post date]March 26, 2015 • [image: post categories]BRICS, China, City of London, E... more »

Military Public Relations or Food for Hungry Kids

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
- Each branch of the US military spends hundreds of millions of *$$$ *each year on their public relations marketing campaigns. The idea is not only to recruit young people to join the military but to also convince the average American taxpayer that the massive amount of money wasted on our endless wars is a valid expenditure - because we are doing good bringing 'freedom and democracy' to the world. It's all about creating illusions and mythology. - The Navy has a big marketing program where they describe their branch of the military as "A global force ... more »

An Analysis of The Saudi Attack Against Yemen

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "Yemen People in Sanaa and the North are angry..." Martin J, Col. Patrick Lang, Sic Semper Tyrannis, March 26, 2015: * "Yemen People in Sanaa and the North are angry. People in Aden and the South are ecstatic. Yesterday the Houthis and Ali Abdallah Saleh military stood at the gates of Aden despite resistance. Now they have fled Aden. This is just Day 1. I don't think the Saudis are going to leave it at 3 hours of airstrikes. There has been real damage done to Saleh's military. This makes him vulnerable to his current partners, the Houthis, who have been working wit... more »

Stephen Harper`s Personal Shitstorm Approaches Fast

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 5 hours ago
*Stephen Harper weather forecast......Shitstorm a coming* *Written by Grant G* What a pleasant day indeed, the good people of Alberta can`t be too happy, Jim Prentice released his budget today, and my oh my the news is ....Interesting. Alberta has ran 4 straight deficit budgets with oil at near record levels and now, oil is low and forecast to stay low for years, last month Alberta shed 17,000 jobs, news reported today out of Alberta, EI unemployment claims are up 25%...Food bank use is up 30%....And how did Jim Prentice, Harper`s old time, one time elected federal Conservative... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Memories Of An Angel (Oblivion)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Deuter, “Memories Of An Angel (Oblivion)” - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is just below center in this telescopic field of view with the angular size of the Full Moon on the sky. *Click image for larger size.* The cluster itself is about 200 light-years in diameter. Glowing interior ridges and swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation and shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material and triggered a progression... more »

World News Briefs -- March 26, 2015 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman coordinated the strikes at the Royal Saudi Air Force operations centre near Riyadh [SPAnews] *Al Jazeera*: *Saudi and Arab allies bomb Houthi positions in Yemen* *At least 18 people reported killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, as Iran denounces operation as "US-led aggression".* *Saudi Arabia and a coalition of regional allies have launched a military operation in Yemen against the Houthi rebels, who deposed the US-backed Yemeni president last month.* *Adel al-Jubair, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on Wednesday that a coalition consist... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials On The War In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post:* *What Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen means for the Middle East* *In the early hours of Thursday morning, Saudi Arabia bombed positions in Yemen held by Houthi militias, a rebel force that had already thrown out sitting President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi from the capital, Sanaa, and was on the verge of ousting him from his last redoubt in the key southern port city of Aden.* *"We will do whatever it takes in order to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling," said Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador to the United States, at a media b... more »

MNN. I HEAR THE TRAIN 'ACOMIN'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Mohawk Nation News I HEAR THE TRAIN A'COMIN' I HEAR THE TRAIN A'COMIN'   Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. 26 Mar. 2015. This is my answer to the letter at the end of this post that came from Mohawk Council of Kahnawak... View on mohawknationnews.com Preview by Yahoo

Value Watch: Wow, $15 (instead of $30) for three empty bottles!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*What a deal!* *Just to be clear: "Bottles are sold empty ready to be filled with your favorite sauce!" Hey, you'd pay $30 for a deal like this, wouldn't you? Well, you can get it for only $15 -- that's right, for three (empty) 1.25-oz bottles! And note the "stainless steel carabiner for easy clipping."* *by Ken* Okay, I'm going to have to call a timeout on this, if not actually whistle a foul. I'm going to go with the more restrained course of action in recognition of the fact that *I'm cheap*. I could fall back on the more polite-sounding "frugal," but "cheap" is probably more d... more »

"The Meaning Of Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else. Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the w... more »

4th Grader Eloquently Rips Government Standardized Testing

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Heather Callaghan* - On Mar 17, tiny nine-year-old Sydney Smoot rocked the Brooksville Elementary Schoolhouse when she boldly ripped into the new Florida Standards Assessment. The post 4th Grader Eloquently Rips Government Standardized Testing appeared first on Waking Times.

Reactions To The War In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Reuters*: *Arab foreign ministers agree on unified military force* *CAIRO (Reuters) - Arab foreign ministers meeting in Egypt agreed a draft resolution on Thursday to form a unified military force, in a move aimed at countering growing regional security threats.* *The agreement came after warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi'ite Muslim rebels in Yemen on Thursday, in an effort to check Iranian influence in their backyard without direct military backing from Washington.* *Reactions To The War In Yemen* Arab FMs agree to form Arab un... more »

Yemen War News Updates -- March 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes on Houthi rebels* *(Reuters) - Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden under Saudi protection on Thursday and arrived in Saudi Arabia as Houthi rebels battled with forces still loyal to him on the outskirts of the southern port city.* *Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck at Houthi forces, who have taken over much of the country in their campaign to oust Hadi.* *The Saudi-led military intervention marked a major escalation of the Yemen c... more »

I'm Not Anti-Semitic (the poem)

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 6 hours ago
*(In memory of Helen Thomas. -KB)* One day I read an email And received distressing news: Of anti-Semitism I had been falsely accused But I'm not anti-Semitic, I like the Jews just fine In Troy New York or Timbuktu: Any place but Palestine The anti-Defamation league Put the kibosh on me They said that I believed in a "Jewish conspiracy" I'm not anti-Semitic, I like the Jews just fine In Northfield, Minnesota: Any place but Palestine It's true that Jewish thugs conspired To steal the Holy Land But now it seems that saying so Is grounds for being banned I'm not anti-Semitic, I like th... more »

Chet Raymo, "Matters of Life and Death"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Matters of Life and Death"* by Chet Raymo "For the past few days I've passed this poor bedraggled creature on the sidewalk. I cannot help but think of that essay in Lewis Thomas' "The Lives of a Cell" called "Death In the Open." How rare it is, he writes, to see a dead wild animal. He mentions squirrels in particular. They teem in his backyard, he says, all year long, but he has never seen, anywhere, a dead squirrel. It is always a queer shock, part a sudden upwelling of grief, part unaccountable amazement. It is simply astounding to see a dead animal on the highway. The outrage... more »

The Poet: Julian Symons, “Pub”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Pub”* By Julian Symons “The glasses are raised, the voices drift into laughter, The clock hands have stopped, the beer in the hands of the soldiers Is blond, the faces are calm and the fingers can feel The wet touch of glasses, the glasses print rings on the table, The smoke rings curl and go up and dissolve near the ceiling, This moment exists and is real. What is reality? Do not ask that. At this moment Look at the butterfly eyes of the girls, watch the barmaid's Precision in pouring a Scotch, and remember this day, This day at this moment you were no longer an island, Peop... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

What do Larry Summers, Doug Elmendorf, and Greg Mankiw have in common?

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 7 hours ago
Only one of us won a John Bates Clark Medal. Only one of us became Director of the Congressional Budget Office. Only one of us wrote a best-selling textbook. But all three of us were ec 10 section leaders early in our careers. Being an ec 10 section leader is one of the best teaching jobs at Harvard. You can revisit the principles of economics, mentor some of the world’s best undergraduates, and hone your speaking skills. In your section, you might even have the next Andrei Shleifer or Ben Bernanke (two well-known ec 10 alums). And believe it or not, we even pay you for this! If you ... more »

A Dialogue between the Soul and the Heart

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
By popular demand... The Radio 4 drama *Recent Events at Collington House (*Part 1 here; Part 2 here) prompted a metaphysical dialogue between the heart and the soul, here at *ITBB*. Here, channeling that marvellous Metaphysical poet Andrew Marvell, is a taste of that inner debate: *Heart*: I dutifully listened to the final episode of that Radio 4 drama, which was like a collection of all the recent 'issues' pasted together, but with an unusual outcome - the Muslims defeated the secular headmistress. A message of hopelessness I suppose. *Soul*: I was surprised at how emotional... more »

"Nicey-Nicey Land..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"In nicey-nicey land, you must be happy-clappy and positive all the time - bad news is taboo." - Michael Leunig Pass the Kool-Aid, please...

The Law of Unintended Consequences made a grisly reappearance over the French Alps [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
The Law of Unintended Consequences made a grisly reappearance over the French Alps yesterday. A law passed without thought immediately after 9/11 mandating all cockpit doors be sealed condemned 149 passengers and crew to their death -- as what appears to be their copilot's murder-suicide pact with himself plunged their plane into a mountain with every one of them powerless to enter the cockpit to stop him. It’s a situation no-one would want to be in. It’s a situation no human being would want to put another into. Except… In those terrifying seconds before the impact they knew w... more »

“The ‘Deep State’ Is Now in Charge”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“The ‘Deep State’ Is Now in Charge”* by Bill Bonner “But when he is disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader." – Plato on tyrants, “The Republic” “This is the last in our series on how America’s money, economy and government have changed since the collapse of the Bretton Woods agreement and the end of gold-backed money. Today, we keep the focus on government… and what it has become. The period is hardly coincidental: On August 15, 1971, ...more »

What Will This Iran Nuclear Deal Look Like?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Key nuclear facilities in Iran, most of which are impacted by the ongoing nuclear deal with the six superpowers of the P5+1 Group – the United States, Great Britain, France, China and Russia, plus Germany. After the International Institute of Strategic Studies (http://www.iiss.org/). *AFP:* *What an Iran nuclear deal could look like* *US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart meet in Switzerland on Thursday for a final round of talks before a March 31 deadline to agree the outlines of an elusive nuclear deal.* *This "framework" accord -- no one knows how detaile... more »

Sandra Rambler at Oak Flat: The Gift of Water and the Apache Burden Basket

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Apache elders, Isabelle Sisto Margie Curley joining the encampment at Oak Flat in Arizona where Indigenous Peoples are also gathered to oppose the $64.1 billion mine desecrating sacred and holy ancestral Apache land. Photo Sandra Rambler Traditionally Speaking Article and photos by Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache Censored NewsThere are some things in life that we take granted

Forgetting Love is not possible.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
https://johnsmallman2.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/forgetting-love-is-not-possible/ *Forgetting Love is not possible.* March 21, 2015 by John Smallman To experience Oneness is really not that difficult, it is just a question of waiting patiently and allowing it to happen. To allow means that you do not attempt to be in control of the moment, of the situation, you just accept what arises, and if nothing arises do not concern yourself about it because nothing arising is very, very close to Oneness. Oneness is a state of alert attention, a state in which you observe – your feelings, ... more »

Report: Iran Nuclear Deal To Be Reached This Weekend

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Negotiators at Iran Talks Said to Aim for Weekend Agreement* *(Bloomberg) -- Negotiators aim to conclude a framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear program by March 29, diplomats said, as envoys reported progress after talks resumed in Switzerland.* *Reaching an understanding by Sunday is a best-case scenario and the sides may be forced to go until March 31, according to three European and U.S. officials, who asked not to be named in line with diplomatic rules. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is provisionally scheduled to attend an event with President Barack Obam... more »

"Only You..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
“A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world. There is nothing that is an accident. You are a special combination for a purpose- and don't let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion. (Live an illusion if you have to.) You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do. Don't ever believe that you have nothing to contribute. The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.” - Leo Buscaglia

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

March 26: Damn!

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 9 hours ago
A reader pointed out I made a mistake in my blog of March 25. I said the demonstration at MP Goguen's office would be on April 31. I should have said March 31. That's this coming Tuesday at noon. _______________________________________________________________________________ The front page headline looks important. "Bilingualims giving unilingual workforce more jobs, says report.". In the first place, language bigots are not going to change their minds based on any report. In the second place, it doesn't matter if it creates more jobs. Not everything is a matter of money. French-spea... more »

Dear Christian Medicos: The 21st Century Is Calling (And Suggests You Take Up Podiatry)

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 9 hours ago
The old-guard patriarchal medical establishment has come out swinging against the new Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO)'s referral requirement for treatments too icky for their sensitive Xian souls. No 21st-century medicine, ethics, or standards of patient care for them, thank you very much. And look how they're framing it. *BOOGA BOOGA! DEATH PANELS! DOCTOR DEATH!* With physician-assisted suicide on the horizon, the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada [CMDS] is asking the Ontario Superior Court to declare that a new regulatory policy infringes upon doct... more »

“When Money Destroys Nations: Understanding How Currencies Collapse”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“When Money Destroys Nations:* * Understanding How Currencies Collapse”* by Adam Taggart “The global debt glut, plus the related money printing efforts by the world's central banks to try to stimulate further credit growth at all costs, leads us to conclude that a major currency crisis- actually, multiple major currency crises- are practically inevitable at this point. To understand better the anatomy of a currency collapse, we talk this week with Philip Haslam, author of the book “When Money Destroys Nations.” Haslam is an authority on monetary history, and more recently, has spen... more »

A Subtle Reminder

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago

Supplemental: What Wendy McElroy said at Brown!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015No wonder the students were frightened:* Uh-oh! The free-thinking students at Brown’s Janus Forum had scheduled a debate. For background, see our previous post. At the Brown Daily Herald, two reporters described the growing concern. They profiled the two debaters: BRANDFIELD-HARVEY AND KELLY (11/17/14): *A Janus Forum debate titled “How Should Colleges Handle Sexual Assault?” that will take place in Salomon 101 Tuesday has incited controversy among some students,* prompting a community-wide email from President Christina Paxson this weekend and the creat... more »

Germanwings A320 Crash: Lone Nut Theory gaining traction in Main$tream Media UPDATED

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*UPDATE: March 26, 2015* - Unfortunately, somehow the memory card of the flight data recorder in the other black box has mysteriously been "lost without a trace". "...Standing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy, Hollande told a news conference in Seyne-les-Alpes, the town nearest to the crash site, that the second "black box," the flight data recorder, was found but without its contents. The recorder's memory card was missing. Aviation experts expressed surprise that the unit, which is designed to withstand powerful impacts, could have ejec... more »

"Five Eyes," Global Spying & Deep State

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*You can vote for the puppets, but notfor the puppeteers (image source)* *by Gaius Publius* On the one hand, this is old news, in the sense that we knew it had to be true anyway. On the other hand, here's yet more evidence that the NSA does indeed, according to one of its own slides, "sniff it all, know it all, collect it all, process it all, exploit it all." There's a global network of what appears to be both satellite- and cable-sniffing stations, identically outfitted with nearly identical instrumentation, trained on our global communications networks, sniffing it all, collec... more »

Putin: Provocations against Russia Possible in 2016

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
InSerbia Speaking at a board meeting of the federal security service FSB on Thursday he demanded quashing such destabilization attempts. *“There have been continued attempts by Western secret services for using non-governmental organizations and politicized associations for their purposes first and foremost for discrediting the authorities and destabilizing the internal situation in Russia,” *Putin said. He warned there were plans for such actions during the forthcoming election campaigns of 2016 and 2018. *“I have said more than once and I can say once again: we are prepared for... more »

“Anatomy Of A Bubble – How the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Congress Have Created a Debt Crisis of Historic Proportion”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Anatomy Of A Bubble – How the Federal Reserve and the * *U.S. Congress Have Created a Debt Crisis of Historic Proportion”* By Sannleikur Komist “To understand where the stock market is going we first need to understand from where it has come. Let’s start by comparing the currently in vogue macro economic philosophy, Keynesianism, to a much older and wiser philosophy known as the Austrian School. Keynesians believe consumers must perpetually be coaxed into borrowing and spending in order to maintain growth in an economic system, whereas the Austrian School does not believe the econ... more »

10 Shady Origins Of Consumerism In The US

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*S. Grant* - As it turns out, Americans were carefully and systematically manipulated into becoming insatiable shoppers. The post 10 Shady Origins Of Consumerism In The US appeared first on Waking Times.

Three Major Iraqi Shiite Militia Groups Have Pulled Out Of The Fight For Tikrit In Protest Of U.S. Air Strikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*New York Times:* *3 Shiite Militias Quit Iraqi Siege of ISIS Over U.S. Air Role* *AL RASHID AIR BASE, Iraq — Three major Shiite militia groups pulled out of the fight for Tikrit on Thursday, immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground even as American warplanes readied for an expected second day of airstrikes against the Islamic State there.* *The militia groups, some of which until recently had Iranian advisers with them, pulled out of the Tikrit fight in protest of the American military airstrikes, which began late Wednesday night, ... more »

Transpicuous News Special Report: Crashing Planes and the CERN Equation

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 10 hours ago
Transpicuous News Special Report on the Germanwing A320 Crash in the Alps.... and CERN. This special report has been isolated from last nights Transpicuous News Midweek report on CCN. I will post the entire Midweek report as soon as it is uploaded to the youtube archive. As the story of the crashed Germanwing A320 plane into the French Alps rolled out, I was able to screen shot several pieces of information that were released very early on into the investigation and coverage of the story, yet were magically deleted or edited as the day progressed. In this Special Report V... more »

U.S. Led Coalition Launches Air Strikes On Islamic State Targets Around Tikrit (Update)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Coalition, Iraqi planes target IS militants in Tikrit presidential compound* *(Reuters) - Coalition and Iraqi planes struck a sprawling complex of palaces in the city of Tikrit on Thursday where Islamic State militants have been holding out for more than three weeks.* *U.S.-led coalition planes launched their first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Saddam Hussein's home city on Wednesday, coming off the sidelines to aid Iraqi forces fighting alongside Iran-backed Shi'ite militia on the ground.* *The decision to provide air support for the Tikrit campaign dr... more »

Why the BBC's biased coverage of Israel matters

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
The *Times *reported today that Amnesty International (famously no supporter of Israel) has accused Hamas of being responsible for the deaths of 11 Gazan children at the Al-Shati refugee camp on July 28, 2014: *Misfired Hamas rockets’ killed children in Gaza* A rocket salvo that killed 11 Gazan children and hit a hospital on a Muslim religious holiday was the work of Palestinian militants hitting their own people, a report has found, in a damning indictment of Hamas’s conduct during last summer’s war with Israel. The explosion at the Al-Shati refugee camp on July 28, which killed t... more »

Hummers to Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
US unloading hummers in Ukraine to help the Kiev regime better wage war on Russia's border. Overall 230 of them will be shipped to Ukraine along with loads of other weapons systems. Who does this benefit? Of course first on the list is the military industrial complex that is witnessing an endless flow of American tax dollars into the weapons industry bank accounts. Secondly it benefits the fossil fuel extraction corporations that want control of Russia's natural gas (largest supply on Earth) and can only get it if there is 'regime change' in Moscow. Destabilizing Russia's bor... more »

The Zombie Meme & Collective Psychosis

WTStaff at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Robert Bonomo* - The zombie meme is pointing to a fear that something has broken in our culture and what awaits us is a collective psychotic break of apocalyptic proportions. The post The Zombie Meme & Collective Psychosis appeared first on Waking Times.

TPP: Even Worse Than We Thought

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Not only are they secretly planning to take over the world, they were actually planning to keep us all in the dark about their multiple coups d'etat for four years. In four years -- or so the latest leaked document claims -- they were finally going to let us all know we'd been robbed. How very white of them. Somehow, the corporations and their political lackeys thought that the widespread replacement of legislatures and judiciaries with private corporate tribunals would go unnoticed, for four long years. The estimated one third of the world's population to be victimized would remai... more »

U.S. Government Reveals Israel's Nuclear Program And Secrets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Dimona nuclear reactor circa 1960s. National Security Archive/Flash 90 *Michael Karpin, Jewish Daily Forward*: *Revealing Israel's Nuclear Secrets* *The Pentagon Declassifies a Surprising 1987 Report* *In early February, the Pentagon declassified a 386-page report from 1987, exposing for the first time ever the actual depth of top-secret military cooperation between the United States and Israel — including, amazingly, information about Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear program.* *In view of the caustic tension that has increased lately between Washington and Jerusalem, the timing of ... more »

Weinstein: Jews must violently assault "anti-Semites," organize as mafia

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 12 hours ago
The disgusting Jewish Hollywood mogul and director, Harvey Weinstein, has openly called for violently assaulting "anti-Semites," who are simply people who criticize and expose Jewish criminality, subversiveness, and domination of the Western world. *The Algemeiner* reports: Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday night urged Jews to stand together and act against antisemites, according to *The Hollywood Reporter.* *“We better stand up and kick these guys in the ass,”* he said upon accepting the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s National Tribute Dinner at the Beverl... more »

Iraqi Sunni Cleric Slams Media, Egypt's Azhar

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 12 hours ago
Title: Iraqi Sunni Cleric Slams Media, Egypt's Azhar. Source: IraqEnglish. Date Published: March 20, 2015.

World News Briefs -- March 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Co-pilot appears to have crashed Germanwings plane on purpose, prosecutor says* *(Reuters) - A young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of a Germanwings airliner and flew it into a mountain with what appears to have been the intent to destroy it, a French prosecutor said on Thursday.Investigators and grieving relatives were left struggling to explain what motivated Andreas Lubitz, 28, to kill all 150 people on board the Airbus A320, including himself, in Wednesday's crash in the French Alps.French and German officials said there was no indication t... more »

Small potatoes for big job in Bolivia

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 12 hours ago
In the US they finance their campaigns by getting millions of bucks from banks that need favours, like a massive cover-up. In Bolivia, one candidate is getting her money grassroots, from the ground, literally; she is selling potatoes to get her campaign rolling. Felipa Huanca, of La Paz, will be selling chunyo - that is, dried potatoes, a staple in Bolivia - to get her message to the voters. 29 March is the date of the gubernatorial elections in Bolivia's nine departamentos, seven of which are already MAS districts (the two opposition districts are Santa Cruz and Beni). The potato i... more »

"The only conclusion that informed analysis supports is that Washington is the greatest threat to life on earth. Washington is a greater threat than global warming. Washington is a greater threat than the exhaustion of mineral energy sources. Washington is a greater threat than the rise in world and US poverty from Washington’s policy to enrich the few at the expense of the many." -- Paul Craig Roberts

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *Lithuanians Under Police State Attack: and the world under Washington’s attack — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ March 25, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Lithuanians Under Police State Attack* *and the world under Washington’s attack* Paul Craig Roberts According to news reports https://ltnacionalistas.wordpress.com/angliskai/lithuanian-government-intensifies-persecutions-against-anti-imperialist-activists/ and to this appeal by Kristof... more »

UFOs: Theirs, Ours or Whose?

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 13 hours ago
*UFOs: Theirs, Ours or Whose?* *By Scott Corrales* In recent years, the news has been filled with stories about drones – unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) -designed for a variety of purposes, perhaps most visibly military operations in the Middle East. In recent days, however, the media has been abuzz with stories of Amazon.com receiving authorization to deploy its own drone fleet... could Barnes & Noble be far behind? We may then be able to say, paraphrasing the wisdom of Master Yoda, “begun the drone wars have.” The presence of these pilotless aircraft in over our heads will no do... more »

OUR CONVERSATIONS TO NOWHERE: The pros and cons of feeling “safe!”

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015Interlude—Minder knows best:* We couldn’t help feeling that Lawrence O’Donnell was helping us liberals feel “safe.” Let’s be clear about that. No physical danger was being avoided as we watched The Last Word Monday night. We were being protected from something else—from various types of information which we liberals may not most enjoy. For background, see yesterday’s report. In a rational world, there was no reason why liberals and progressives should be shielded from the information at issue. That said, Lawrence and a scripted panel seemed intent on keepi... more »

Opposing U.S. 'Missile Offense' Radar Base in Kyoto

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*U.S. X-Band Radar Base Jeopardizes Environment and Lives of Citizens of Kyotango **in Japan* By Prof. Harumi Ishino Is establishment of the U.S. Kyogamisaki TPY-2 Radar Base (The 14th Missile Defense Battery) in the city of Kyotango really necessary for defense of the nation? Is it really for enhancing safety and peace, and for benefit of people? According to Government’s announcement, the purpose of establishing X-band radar base in Kyotango is for ‘missile defense’ to control especially attacks from North Korea. It is uncertain, however, that the X-band radar, providing data... more »

YES Prep Says NO to Teacher Town

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
The Commercial Appeal has a story today on the decision by the high-flying YES Prep charter chain, which has decided to back out of a contract with the doomed Achievement School District of Tennessee. Yes Prep, a nationally recognized charter school operator, is leaving Memphis before opening its first school, saying the shifting political climate here makes it difficult to offer the high-quality education on which it has built its reputation. My comments posted at the Commercial Appeal: Yes Prep follows in the footsteps of another big brand name, KIPP, which backed out of South ... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: "The US military no longer does war. It does assassinations, usually of the wrong people. The main victims of the US assassination policy are women, children, village elders, weddings, funerals, and occasionally US soldiers mistaken for Taliban by US surveillance operating with the visual acuity of the definition of legal blindness."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 13 hours ago
------------------------------ *How The US Government and US military Became Murder, Inc. — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ March 24, 2015 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *How The US Government and US Military Became Murder, Inc.* Paul Craig Roberts Andrew Cockburn has written a must-read book. The title is Kill Chain: The Rise Of The High-Tech Assassins. The title could just as well be: How the US Government and US Military Became Murder, Inc. The US military no longer does w...more »

KMTitanic V: Eternal Champion Version (with bonus Reuters fun)

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
[image: IMG_9734] *Ants are like the future, constantly in motion, and getting a clear pic of them with the aphids is hard. Very pleased with this one.* *Rose: This is absurd. I don't know you and you don't know me and we are not having this conversation at all. You are rude and uncouth, and presumptuous, and I am leaving now.* Remember this Ma Ying-jeou gem from 2007 (ChinaPost): When an aboriginal woman came to Ma and asked his support in preventing the community from being relocated to a new complex built by city authorities, Ma lectured the elderly person and said, “I will treat... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*The Australian/Wall Street Journal:* *US launches airstrikes on Tikrit after Iran’s ‘failure’ to defeat Islamic State * *US warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Tikrit yesterday in what US officials said was a sign of the failure of Iranian-backed forces to retake the city.* *The offensive to retake the city has been stalled for more than a week and US officials said they began the strikes after the Iraqi government formally requested help. The US in recent days began providing video feeds and other intelligence to Iraqi forces, drawing the Americans into c... more »

Iraq: Confident In PM And Government, But Hesitant About Economy

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Gallup just released a new public opinion poll of Iraqis that was conducted at the end of 2014. 1,003 Iraqis from all of the country’s provinces were asked three questions about their confidence in the new Prime Minister Haider Abadi, what they thought of the government overall, and their opinion of the economy. Both the premier and government got high marks, but many Iraqis believed that the economic situation in the country was deteriorating. The first question was did people approve or disapprove of the prime minister. Haider Abadi received a 72% positive rating. This was acro... more »

Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 News Updates -- March 26, 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *BREAKING NEWS: Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz DELIBERATELY crashed Flight 4U9525 into mountain to 'destroy the plane' after locking his captain out of cockpit, reveals French prosecutor * * * Black box voice recorder reveals final chilling moments of Airbus A320* Prosecutor: 'Death was instant. You only hear screams in final seconds' * Co-pilot was named today as 28-year-old German Andreas Günter Lubitz* Prosecutor says he does not believe disaster was terrorism or suicideThe co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings Airbus A320 locked his captain out of... more »

A major international war has just broken out

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 14 hours ago
Syria, Iraq (with Iranian support), ISIL, Kurds and assorted internal factions and now Yemen with it's own complicated civil war with likely involvement from Iran, both meet a Saudi-dominated pan-Arab military coalition.  Libya has internal problems. Al-Shabaab, Horn of Africa. Boko Haram, Nigeria and other places, links with ISIL. Al-Qaeda is still in there somewheres. There is now effectively a

Benefits of Berries

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Infographic - *Berries may be small, but the benefits they offer the human body are far from diminutive. These fruits are power-packed with lots of vitamins and minerals enough to keep you going, glowing and growing. The post Benefits of Berries appeared first on Waking Times.

Budget Battle-- The Losers Are America's Working Families, Of Course

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Yesterday the House defeated the Progressive Caucus's People's Budget... again. It was a budget put together as a roadmap to do the job of uplifting ordinary American working families-- and doing so in a fiscally responsible manner. Conservatives easily beat it back without breaking a sweat, 96 to 244. More than half (51.5%) of the Democrats in Congress voted for it and it was the most votes the CPC budget ever got (even though the Democratic caucus is smaller). It certainly is not the kind of budget that would please the paymasters of the American political system. The big loser... more »

10 Functional Foods Which Destroy Cancer Cells

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Dave Mihalovic* - There is no such thing as a cancer cell that cannot be defeated by the human immune system. The post 10 Functional Foods Which Destroy Cancer Cells appeared first on Waking Times.

U.S. State Department Spokesperson: 'Bowe Bergdahl Release ‘Absolutely’ Worth It'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*FOX News:* *Obama administration official defends Bergdahl trade despite charges* *The incoming White House communications director defended the decision to trade Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders last year, even as newly announced desertion charges for Bergdahl renewed Republican criticism of the prisoner swap. * *"Was it worth it? Absolutely," Jen Psaki told Megyn Kelly on Fox News' "The Kelly File." "We have a commitment to our men and women serving in the military, defending our national security every day, that we're going to do everything to bring them home if we... more »

Wikileaks Release: Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) - Investment Chapter WikiLeaks releases today the "Investment Chapter" from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and the Environment (January 2014). The TPP Investment Chapter,

What We Know About German Crash Co-Pilot

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Sky are reporting http://news.sky.com/story/1453119/what-we-know-about-german-crash-co-pilot ' The co-pilot of Flight 9525 which crashed in the French Alps wanted to "destroy the plane", a prosecutor has said. Andreas Lubitz, who was 28 and a German national, is understood to have joined the Germanwings airline in 2013 straight after training. It is also reported Lubitz had been included by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its database to show he had met or exceeded its pilot certification standards, which aim to "reduce pilot errors that lead to fatal crashes". The ... more »

The Comercial Pilots time has mostly flown

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Its pretty clear there is no way to safeguard agaist the event the pilot is suicidal its happened eight times now in the last seven years So now its the time safety staticalicy wise to clip the human pilots wings and have them on the ground like drone pilots. Eliminate the threat of suicide crash

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*A Retired LA Teacher Remembers The Black/Hispanic Race Wars In His School* I taught at an inner-city high in Los Angeles for over 20 years. The school was 90% Hispanic, 10% black in the latter years. There were constant fights. The school had 12 armed LAUSD policemen on site. In the early 2000s the Mexican kids decided to get rid of the blacks. Race riots occurred at lunch with blacks taking the worst of it, losing parts of ears and noses to biting. No TV/radio station or newspaper made any mention of these riots. It didn’t fit in with the MSM pro-immigration message. Enrollment ... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*The latest "ad hominem" attack from a Warmist below* *Even an alleged scientist, Ken Rice of U Edinburgh, just cannot bear to mention any scientific data about climate. His attack below on the skeptical Richard Tol in fact presents neither evidence nor reasoning. It is a pure attack on the man himself. And such attacks are a classical informal fallacy in logic. They prove nothing. Where is the data that prove Tol wrong? There is none -- not a single solitary fact. As any kind of a reply to Tol it is non-existent. It's probably a reasonable expresion of faith though* Rich... more »

Cilantro Lime Chicken Zoodles with Homemade Baked Tortilla Strips

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
[image: Cilantro Lime Chicken Zoodles| HousewifeEclectic.com] Eating healthy is a goal many people share, but it's hard, right? Not only is it difficult to find healthy meals, but so often these so-called healthy meals are full of ingredients you've never heard of. And even if you find recipes with ingredients you know and enjoy, they're often so devoid of balance that you're still starving after eating. But eating healthy doesn't mean depriving yourself of filling foods you enjoy. Healthy eating is about balance, portion control and replacing unhealthy ingredients with healthier a... more »

Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
'The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday appeared to want to "destroy the plane", French officials said.Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, citing information from the "black box" voice recorder, said the co-pilot was alone in the cockpit. He intentionally started a descent while the pilot was locked out.Mr Robin said there was "absolute silence in the cockpit" as the pilot fought to re-enter it. The co-pilot, now named as Andreas Lubitz, 28, was alive until the final impact, the prosecutors added.' More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl... more »

He Wants It Both Ways

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
https://www.pinterest.com/ When Stephen Harper rode into town almost ten years ago, he claimed that he was the new sheriff and he vowed to make Canadians feel safe. To that end, Steve Sullivan writes, he made all kinds of changes: He amended the Dangerous Offender law, brought in mandatory minimum penalties for gun crimes, raised the age of consent, toughened penalties for white collar criminals and abolished accelerated parole review. He repealed the faint hope clause for killers and brought in consecutive sentences for multiple ki... more »

Economic News , Data and Views ( March 26 , 2015 ) - Germanwings crash in French Alps a case of suicide via jet ........Greece economic and banking data , Grexit / financial travails items .... Yemen airstrikes roil markets ( equities / currencies / oil ) ... Additional items to consider !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Evening Tweet Wrap.... *Kathimerini English *@ekathimerini · 1h1 hour ago Time to get moving http://dlvr.it/97PrbY *Yves Smith* @yvessmith · 8h8 hours ago Mathew D. Rose: Greece – Plus ça change: Whether the Greek government's protests are substantive or mere grand... http://bit.ly/1M4Clcf *Yannis Koutsomitis* @YanniKouts · 1h1 hour ago #Greece EcnMin Stathakis met British Ambo @HMA_JKittmer today, said Greek gov't will not pursue any new privatizations. *Manos Giakoumis* @ManosGiakoumis · 53m53 minutes ago €80 mln from the €350 mln cash reserves of the Att... more »

Yemen: GCC bombing aided by US- Operation Storm of Resolve- Denying China?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*A few interesting news items* WASHINGTON: *President Obama has authorized U.S. logistical and intelligence support for Saudi Arabia *as it launches airstrikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen. Saudi Arabia began the airstrikes Wednesday night. The Houthi rebels reported firing anti-aircraft missiles as jets struck a military base in Yemen's capital. The Saudi government says nine other countries have joined its military operation but that the U.S. is not among them. In a statement Wednesday night, a White House official says *the U.S. is coordinating U.S. military and intelligence suppor... more »

Egypt to Import Israeli Gas

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
Bad news for the Palestinians. Given that some of the gas, if not all of the gas belongs to the Palestinians in Gaza- I've covered this situation previously. This explains why Egypt is assisting in the strangulation of Gaza Egypt's Decision to Import Israeli Gas is an "Important Decision", Says EFG Hermes Egypt & Israel- partnering in plunder Egypt’s plans to import natural gas from Israel is an “important development”, according to EFG Hermes, one of the Middle East’s biggest investment banks. Earlier this month Dolphinous Holdings, a private company run by a group of Egyptian i... more »

Flight 9525: a suicidal act?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
*This blog post was written hours before it was revealed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to want to 'destroy the plane': prosecutor, and is therefore obsolete (but my basic guess about the "suicidal act" was right)* My half-sister has been afraid of flying for many years. For two days, there is some evidence that she had a point. The crash of Germanwings 9525 occurred 100 kilometers Northwest of Nice, and she's been living in Nice for many years. And yes, she has flown with Germanwings – a subsidiary of Lufthansa – in the past. An audio recording told us that one of the pil... more »

Harper "whips out" his ISIL lawyer joke

Alison at Creekside - 16 hours ago
The Con bench seals laugh and clap at Steve's joke blowing off the UN and international law because grade six. Harper went on to explain that Canada will be bombing Syria as part of an international coalition, although the US is the only NATO member currently bombing Syria. The other coalition countries bombing Syria are Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, and the UAE. This same coalition of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, and the UAE minus Qatar also began bombing Yemen today. Egypt and Kuwait will be joining the offensive while Pakistan is still considering ... more »

MENA Report ( March 26 , 2015 ) Juan Cole aptly notes " Washington’s 2 Air Wars: w/ Iran in Iraq, w/ Saudis in Yemen " , which sums things up the absurdity of US foreign policy nicely ! While Saudi led Coalition struck Houthi positions in Yemen and Egypt Warships steam toward Gulf of Aden today ---- US planes and Coalition partners assisted Iraq ( and Iranian led Militias ) in the battle against ISIS in Tikrit , Iraq ! Yesterday must have been "International Airstrike Day " Iran nuclear talks continue , although nothing other than a fudge factor " agreement because we say it's an agreement " will be reached between both sides

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Evening Tweets.... *Sputnik* ‏@SputnikInt 3m3 minutes ago #SaudiArabia Coalition Starts Naval Blockade of Bab El-Mandeb Strait http:// sptnkne.ws/Pk [image: Embedded image permalink] *Joyce Karam* ‏@Joyce_Karam 7m 7 minutes ago #Saudi and GCC ask UN for #Yemen Arms Embargo . [image: Embedded image permalink] *The Daily Star *@DailyStarLeb · 1h1 hour ago Disputes with Iran must be resolved to clinch nuclear deal: Britain http:// bit.ly/1HPwEbI *The Daily Star *@DailyStarLeb · 2h2 hours ago White House concerned about Iranian weap... more »

Saudi Attack on Yemen - The New Normal?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 17 hours ago
*March 26, 2015* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Saudi Arabia, in an unprecedented act of unprovoked unilateral military aggression against Yemen by the autocratic absolute monarchy, was allegedly triggered in a US-backed attempt to restore what Riyadh is calling the "legitimate government of Yemen." What exactly constitutes a legitimate government is not clear for a despotic regime where elections are not held, women cannot drive, and enemies of the state are beheaded in medieval displays of public barbarism not entirely unlike their ideological ambassadors among the so-called "Islamic ... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival will not sell controversial poster at festival ~WBRZ* *Mayor proposes new sales tax to fund F.Q. patrols ~WWLTV**~City's press release* *Rising river could impact fishing industry ~WVUE* *It’s Settled: No Country Does Water Management Better Than the Netherlands ~Rachel Keeton, Next City*

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 18 hours ago
*Give me that old time religion ~American Zombie*

Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure and the Germanwings plane disaster

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure: https://youtu.be/ixEHV7c3VXs Watch especially from 3:56 for the emergency access procedure, why could the pilot of the Germanwings wings plane not access the cockpit via this method? Reports say that the cockpit voice recorder showed that one of the pilots was trying to break the door down in order to get onto the flight deck, why? Also I note that the names of the two pilots have not been named, why? The captain is described as having more than 6,000 hours flying experience and prior to Germanwings as having flown for L... more »

GODhood Rethought.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
I want to share an odd thought and really it is a struggle in finding language. We already have extracted an understanding of what i am calling the second tier of matter which is presently called Dark Matter. This is the physical home of our consciousness in the form of light bodies or spirit. These are massively information dense and an aspect of such a being operates our physical bodies. There are several billion such spirits at the minimum but even then many could be multiple aspects of the same unique entity. So it is not so simple either. They report the existence ... more »

NASA to Investigate Magnetic Explosions

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
The simplest explanation is that the powerful magnetic field rip through Dark Matter releasing free electrons which provides ample explosive power. Or are we releasing positrons which then strip electrons from atoms. Or even are we using massively powerful magnetic potentials to strip electrons from gases to unleash their explosive potential. Is any of this good enough? What we are observing are spiraling waves quit able to deliver massive energy at the level even perhaps of the neutrino. We are not lacking energy delivery at all. The only question is the direct explosive... more »

The Paradox of America's Electoral Reform

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
Read this and you gain a clear understanding of why most of the world opt for a parliamentary system. What makes it worse is that the best talent is dragged away from exercising his duties now for as much as two years. In the end it is simply wrong headed and unsatisfactory as well. It is much better that an elected leader maintain the confidence of his party at least. That is the best first check you could ask for. Instead we have a dictator in chief for four years who is difficult to ever remove. And as we have watched often, the parliamentary system will end rule uncer... more »

Zen and the Art of Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
You must do two things. you must internalize the teachings of these great masters first so that their roodmaps become elementary. Then investigate the ideas of dissenters to sharpen your understanding. If that is achieved, you can set it aside for now until greater experience allows you to return to even teach or produce new inputs This is obviously a philosophical list focused on mastering the spiritual road. The same applies to all knowledge. It is unfortunate that most reject these intellectual lineages all of which have shaped our common language of ideas. Try to i... more »

Russia's New Military Transport Plane Set to Make Its Maiden Flight in 2017

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Ilyushin Il-112]The Ilyushin Il-112, Russia's brand new light military transport plane, is slated to make its maiden flight in 2017, said Yury Borisov, a Russian Deputy Minister of Defense. The aircraft's mass production is expected to be launched in 2019. The twin-engine turboprop plane, developed by the Ilyushin Aviation Complex (JSC IL), will be manufactured by the Voronezh Aircraft Production Association at an aircraft plant in Voronezh, located some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Moscow. It will replace the Antonov An-26. Read more

Poland's MESKO and Raytheon sign second Letter of Intent

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Excalibur Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM)]In a move designed to collaborate and share advanced defense technologies, Raytheon Company's Missile Systems business signed a Letter of Intent with MESKO, Poland's leading missile and ammunition manufacturer. Areas of cooperation focus on Raytheon's solutions for the KRAB howitzer precision fires and new Polish Attack Helicopter, including offset proposals and opportunities for MESKO. "This is a tremendous step forward, allowing Raytheon to expand its collaborative relationship with our partners at MESKO and the Polish in... more »

Northrop Grumman Selected to Provide Latest Generation Directional Infrared Countermeasure System for Canadian Chinook Fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: CH-147F Chinook]Northrop Grumman Corporation announced it has been selected by the Royal Canadian Air Force to provide infrared missile protection on its fleet of CH-147F Chinooks. "Battle-tested in the harshest conditions and in use around the world, Northrop Grumman's infrared countermeasure systems have been protecting warfighters for more than 50 years," said Carl Smith, vice president, infrared countermeasures, Northrop Grumman. "This mature system will give the Royal Canadian Air Force the ability to provide advanced protection against growing threats." Read more

Lockheed Martin Acquires High-Speed Wind Tunnel, Plans Upgrades

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RATTLRS cruise-missile inlet]Lockheed Martin has purchased a wind tunnel that is one of only two of its kind in the United States, and is planning key improvements to the facility. Since 1958, Lockheed Martin and its heritage companies have used the High Speed Wind Tunnel (HSWT) in Grand Prairie, Texas, for subsonic, transonic and supersonic research-and-development testing. Although the company is the long-time operator of the HSWT, it has leased the facility from Triumph Aerostructures. The purchase will enable Lockheed Martin to invest in upgrades and manage scheduling, ... more »

Turkey to take missile decision after elections

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: S-400 Triumf]Ankara has put off its final decision on a disputed, multi-billion dollar contract for the acquisition of the country’s first long-range air and anti-missile defense system. Senior defense procurement officials said the government was reluctant to make a decision until after parliamentary elections on June 7. “Talks with all three bidders are in progress but there is every indication that a decision will have to be made by the new government,” a senior official said. Read more

Yemen Houthi rebels targets of Saudi Arabia airstrikes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Saudi F-15 Eagle]Saudi Arabia began airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen, vowing that the Sunni kingdom will do "anything necessary" to protect its neighbour from Iran-backed Shia rebels. The airstrikes campaign was announced at the Saudi embassy in Washington by Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in a rare news conference. Offensive military action by Saudi Arabia is also a rarity, although Saudi Arabia is a partner in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria. There were indications that regional assistance to Yemen was extending beyond... more »

White House: Yemen Is Still A Successful Model For Counterterrorism

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*ABC News*: *White House Continues to Back Yemen as Model For Successful Counterterrorism * *The White House continues to hail Yemen -- a country that is descending into chaos -- as a model for fighting extremism, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today.* *“The White House does continue to believe that a successful counter-terrorism strategy is one that will build up the capacity of the central government to have local fighters on the ground to take the fight to extremists in their own country,” Earnest told reporters at the White House. “That is a template that has succeeded ... more »

Iran-Backed Houti Rebels In Yemen Loot Secret Files About U.S. Spy Operations And Informants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*L.A. Times:* *Iran-backed rebels loot Yemen files about U.S. spy operations* *Secret files held by Yemeni security forces that contain details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of confidential informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism strikes, U.S. officials say.U.S. intelligence officials believe additional files were handed directly to Iranian advisors by Yemeni officials who have sided with the Houthi militias that seized control of Sana, the capital, in September, which led the... more »

Uncertain Future For Boeing’s Fighter Jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RSAF F-15 Eagle]The global fighter jets market comprises a limited number of customers but a wide variety of models and makes of fighter jets, making it a highly competitive market to thrive in. In 2009, Lockheed Martin and Boeing comprised 31% and 24% respectively of the global fighter jets market. However, with the development of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet the competitive environment in the market has been seeing a shift. The F-35 has been garnering great support from the U.S. and other partner countries. It is now anticipated that moving forward Lockheed Martin ... more »

Washington National Guard Sends Helicopters to Sea

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
If a major earthquake strikes the Puget Sound region, the Navy could play a critical role in getting supplies and assistance to residents in isolated places. That's why the Navy is an important part of the Washington National Guard's preparations for what disaster planners consider to be an overdue temblor on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The Guard and the Navy practiced one part of the earthquake emergency response they anticipate Monday when Army helicopter pilots joined the aircraft carrier USS Stennis in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Read more

Saudi Arabia With Its Arab Allies Launch Air Strikes Against Houthi Positions In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Saudi Arabia, allies launch air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters* *(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge.* *Gulf broadcaster al-Arabiya TV reported that the kingdom was contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to the operations. Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Pakistan were ready to take part in a ground offensive in Yemen, it said.*... more »

The U.S. Navy's 'Robot Ghost Ship' That Will Be Used To Track Submarines Passes A Critical Test

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
The Anti-submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV will be able to operate for several months at a time scouring the seas and coastal areas for silent, diesel powered enemy submarines. *Daily Mail:* *The US Navy's 'ghost hunter' hits the water: Robo-boats set to track down silent enemy submarines for months at a time* * * Designed to hunt down silent and deadly diesel-electric submarines * Robot boats will go to sea for us to three months at a time * *The US Navy is set to unleash an army of 'ghost drones' to scour the coasts for enemy submarines.They hope t... more »

Japan Commissions It’s Biggest Warship Since World War II

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
The Japanese navy's new aircraft carrier, named the Izumo, cruises towards Yokosuka Base, in Kanagawa, Japan *Bloomberg*: *Japan’s Biggest Warship Since World War II Enters Service* *(Bloomberg) -- Japan’s armed forces took control of their biggest warship since World War II, underscoring Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to strengthen the nation’s military.* *The Izumo, a 19,500-ton helicopter carrier, will improve the Self-Defense Forces’ capacity to deal with submarines, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told reporters after inspecting the ship at the Japan Marine United Corp. shi... more »

Coalition of Failed States Vs. The Ultimate Failed State

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 20 hours ago
*Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, and others, have attacked Yemen. In other words, failed states and US-armed billion dollar armies are afraid of a small band of victorious fighters in slippers. * "The US confirmed its support for an extraordinary international military alliance that is emerging to counter Houthi rebel advances in Yemen as Saudi Arabia began pounding them with air strikes and countries from the Middle East to Pakistan were said to be prepared to commit troops for a ground assault. The US was providing “logistical and intelligence support” to the Saudi-led forces att... more »

SA Navy exploring SAS Drakensberg replacement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: SAS Drakensberg (A301)]The South African navy is looking at the eventual replacement of the combat support ship SAS Drakensberg, since the maritime arm of service takes great strain when the vessel is out of action for maintenance. Several platforms could be acquired to replace the nearly 30-year old vessel. Studies have commenced into a potential replacement for the Drakensberg, according to Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral Bravo Mhlana, who made the remarks during his state of the Navy briefing last week. “We are presently taking serious strain as the Drakensberg, for the ... more »

Attack Boat La Jolla Arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for Moored Training Ship Conversion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS La Jolla (SSN 701)]The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN-701) recently arrived at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia for conversion to a Moored Training Ship (MTS), according to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). La Jolla will spend 32 months in the yard before heading to the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, S.C., where new submarine and aircraft carrier nuclear operators are trained and qualified. During that time, the submarine will be cut into three pieces, and a portion of the hull and the missile compartments will be taken out. Thre... more »

Russia: Reviving the Pacific fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Steregushchy class FS]The Russian Pacific Fleet, though severely weakened in the two decades following the end of the Cold War, may soon see its importance and development resurge. The fleet has suffered from deficient investment, aging vessels, lower training levels and subpar maintenance. Moreover, it has only begun to receive new vessels again over the last two years. Moscow is trying to bolster the Pacific Fleet as a key component of its overall military modernization plan while it is increasingly looking to expand its influence in the east. Russia's economy, however, ... more »

The US Navy's 'ghost hunter' hits the water: Robo-boats set to track down silent enemy submarines for months at a time

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: ACTUV]The US Navy is set to unleash an army of 'ghost drones' to scour the coasts for enemy submarines. They hope to end the growing threat of quiet, diesel powered enemy submarines enters American waters undetected. The robot boats will go to sea for us to three months at a time. The project began in 2010, when the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, announced that they were building a 132-foot autonomous boat to track quiet, diesel-powered submarines. The program was dubbed Anti-submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel, or ACTUV. Read more

Ayotte calls for 2 new submarines annually between '16 and '20

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Virginia class SSN]New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte announced on Tuesday that she's advocating for two new Virginia Class submarines to be procured every year between 2016 and 2020. In a press release, Ayotte said the call for the 10 new submarines was a continuation of "her efforts to sustain America’s Naval power and advocate for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard." She announced that she has urged leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee to authorize the Department of the Navy’s request for the new subs citing "the importance of attack submarines to U.S. national ... more »

Russia Wants An Aircraft Carrier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier. PH2 Paul A. Vise / Wikicommons *Alexander Korolkov, Russia Beyond The Headlines*: *Russia renews talk of aircraft carrier* *Comments by Russian admiral along with the current geopolitical situation could finally prove the catalyst for the construction of Russia’s first floating airfield.* *Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy Admiral Igor Kasatonov recently announced that Russia would build its first aircraft carrier – although construction will begin only after 2025. This is not the first time a senior Russian military official has proposed the... more »

Germanwings plane crash: Pilot 'locked out of cockpit' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32062278 that: 'One of the two pilots of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps was locked out of the cockpit, according to reports. Early findings from the cockpit voice recorder suggest the pilot made desperate efforts to get back in, sources close to the investigation say.' I wonder where this story is going. Do we know the names of the two pilots and the cabin crew yet?

Why Build An Aircraft Carrier When it Will Have No Planes?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Workers walk in front of HMS Queen Elizabeth.(Reuters / Russell Cheyne) *The Guardian:* *Prince of Wales aircraft carrier ‘makes little sense’ without aircraft to fly from it* *MPs warn in report of spiralling costs of aircraft and of support needed to protect carrier with ships and submarines* *A second large aircraft carrier planned for the navy – the Prince of Wales – would make “little sense” unless enough money could be found to provide it with planes to fly from it and ships to protect it, a cross-party group of MPs warned on Tuesday.* *The verdict, at a time of intense fi... more »

Chuck Norris Adds His Voice To Support The A-10 Warthog

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Photo:* Norris during a promotion ceremony at Camp Taqaddum in the Al Anbar province of Iraq on November 2, 2006. Wikipedia *Chuck Norris, WND*:* Save the A-10 Thunderbolt!* *Exclusive: Chuck Norris urges feds not to send fighter jets to airplane scrapyard* *The “Warthog” is term of endearment in the U.S. Air Force’s line up of fighter jets. Its firepower capability, speed and accuracy, frequent war use, and the oft-painted teeth on its nose cone have made it one of the military’s most popular aircraft. I am humbled and honored that many have called the Warthog: “the Chuck Norri... more »

Howe Sound, Bowen Island, West Vancouver, Kitimat and Prince Rupert, In The Line of Fire, KABOOM

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 22 hours ago
http://commonsensecanadian.ca/rafe-all-hands-on-deck-for-howe-sound-lng-storm-brews/ Before you read this article, and watch the videos, ....Jordon Sturdy, a BC Liberal, along with Rich Coleman, Susan Anton attended a swanky affair in a West Vancouver private golf course, media was forbidden to attend, Bob Mackin got chased out, ..The event was billed as an election 2017 fundraiser for BC Liberal Jordan Sturdy...However, the private, no media allowed event was funded by, paid by,...Woodfibre LNG...A company that just submitted their application for a environmental certi... more »

Is U.S. Weaponry Now Dependent On China?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*60 Minutes/CBS News*: *Modern life's devices under China's grip?* *From smartphones to cars and defense missiles, modern U.S. life depends on rare earth elements but China dominates the industryEditor's Note: In September 2014, while we were working on this story, a Pentagon spokesman emailed us to say:"The Department of Defense is confident in the ability of the defense industry to remain supplied with all necessary rare earths for U.S. defense acquisition programs. The Department continuously monitors and assesses its raw materials requirements, and if necessary, will ag... more »

Musical Interlude: Dan Fogelberg, “Nether Lands”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Dan Fogelberg, “Nether Lands” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePrQFaB50w0&html5=1

An Analysis On America's Arms Trade

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Russian-made multiple rocket launcher known as the TOS-1A fires during training at a military camp in Baghdad, October 14, 2014.REUTERS/Stringer *David Axe, Reuters*: *Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy* *The United States has a long tradition of arming its allies to advance Washington’s foreign policy. In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the United States the “arsenal of democracy” as he pledged thousands of ships, tanks and warplanes to countries battling Nazi Germany.* *Roosevelt’s characterization is no less true today. The U... more »

The Supreme Court takes a (small) stand in favor of pregnant women, and it's (real) news

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Peggy Young with her daughter Triniti, now seven* "The U.S. Supreme Court sided with a woman who was faced with the choice to either work her labor-intensive job during pregnancy at the United Parcel Service or go on unpaid leave without benefits. In an opinion issued Wednesday morning, the justices ruled 6-3 that Young should at least be given a full opportunity to make her case in court that she was not given the same accommodation as other employees considered injured or disabled." *-- ThinkProgress's Nicole Flatow, in* "U.S. Supreme Court Sides With Pregnant Worker In Major Dis... more »

“Millions of Americans Are Embarrassingly Ill-Informed– And They Do Not Care”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Millions of Americans Are Embarrassingly Ill-Informed– And They Do Not Care”* There must be terrible consequences when ignorance reaches a certain level. By Rick Shenkman "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." - Thomas Jefferson "Just how stupid are we? Pretty stupid, it would seem, when we come across headlines like this: "Homer Simpson, Yes- 1st Amendment 'Doh,' Survey Finds" (Associated Press 3/1/06). "About 1 in 4 Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendm... more »

When Drones Crash They Reveal U.S. War Operations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post:* *How crashing drones are exposing secrets about U.S. war operations* *Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations.* *A surveillance mission was exposed last week when a Predator drone crashed in northwest Syria while spying on the home turf of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. officials believe the drone was shot down, but they haven’t ruled out mechanical failure. Regardless, the wreckage offered the first hard evidence of a U.S. confrontation with Assad’s forces.* *The mishap in Syria follows a string of crashes in Yemen, another country ... more »

The Ditch At My Lai

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
By Mike Hastie This is the picture of the infamous ditch at the My Lai Massacre site that I took when I and three other Vietnam veterans went back to Vietnam in March of 1994. This ditch is where American soldiers herded close to 100 Vietnamese civilians, and executed them at point-blank range with automatic weapons. Now, imagine this village being one of a thousand villages that were bombed or received artillery rounds throughout the Vietnam War. One was done by air, My Lai was done with troops on the ground. The ones that were done by air strikes or artillery rounds are what I ... more »

Did Ancient Aliens Build Puma Punku?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Video - *This video from Cosmic Wakening explores the alleged mystery behind Puma Punku, one of the most incredible and unexplained ancient ruins in the world. The post Did Ancient Aliens Build Puma Punku? appeared first on Waking Times .

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 26th March)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
Britain's in love with borrowing again: Household debt hits record £9,000 and is growing at the fastest rate in a decade The figure, which does not include mortgages, soared by £20billion or nine per cent last year to hit £239billion, a report from PwC found. The situation will only get worse as interest rates start to rise, which will mean Britons will have to fork out an increasing

U.S. Official: 3 Members Of The 'Taliban 5' Tried To Reconnect With Terror Networks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News:* *Official: At least 3 members of 'Taliban 5' tried to reconnect with terror networks* *EXCLUSIVE: At least three of the five Taliban leaders traded last year for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have tried to plug back into their old terror networks, a government official familiar with the intelligence told Fox News, describing it as an attempt to "re-engage." * *The new allegations come as Bergdahl now faces desertion charges, and as the one-year deal governing the former Guantanamo detainees' supervised release in the Gulf nation of Qatar... more »

M503 Flight route fold

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
[image: IMG_9749] *A good photo of one of these fierce creatures always makes me happy.* I haven't been writing on this because (1) did not know the backstory and (2) it was obvious what the Ma Administration would do anyway. To wit: WantWant says that the Taiwan gov't did a(nother) kowtow to Beijing: W*hile the United States has praised consensus* reached by the two sides of the Taiwan Strait on a controversial commercial flight route that comes close to the median line of the strait, Taiwan's main opposition party wants the government to be held liable for what it describes as a fa... more »

Oglala Sioux ban Rapid City Journal following racist headline scheme

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Breaking News: Read article at Lakota Law Project https://lakotalawproject.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/oglala-sioux-ban-the-rapid-city-journal/

Economics for Real People: “What’s Wrong with Innovation Policy in New Zealand?”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*I know you were wondering about tonight’s session at the Auckland Uni Economics Group…* This week we are delighted to be joined by Professor Tony Endres, who will address the question “What’s Wrong with Innovation Policy in New Zealand?” Tony will apply the ideas of Joseph Schumpeter, Friedrich Hayek, Edmund Phelps and William Baumol to selected aspects of innovation policy in New Zealand, offering a critique of the main developments in NZ government innovation policy in recent years, especially the movement to target new-to-the-world type innovations at the expense of incrementa... more »

(Iraqi Forces Exposed?)  Obama Makes George W. Bush and Nixon Look Good  (Omidyar Nixes Journos)   Tommy Boggs Remembered and Apprised  (NSA Ruled by Whom?) Jeb Bush and Florida's Medicaid Meltdown

You may like to watch "Before Snowden: Behind the Curtain" tonight, Wednesday, 9:30 DST on Free Speech TV (FSTV). "Confronting Misogyny: Earth at Risk," which is on before it is also excellent. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ISIS/ISIL, who some report was invented in order to create confusion and cause more wars in lands close to Iraq, is now reported as abandoning war sites, whereby the U.S.-funded Iraqi

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Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago

Confirmed: U.S. Has Ordered Air Strikes Against Islamic State Positions In Tikrit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Orders given for U.S.-led strikes on Iraq's Tikrit: U.S. official* *(Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition has received orders to start carrying out strikes in support of Iraqi operations against Islamic State fighters in the city of Tikrit and operations are underway, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.* *The official said the strikes themselves had not yet started and described the ongoing operations as preparatory. * *More News On The U.S. Ordering Air Strikes Against Islamic State Positions In Tikrit* US conducting a... more »


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Vladimir Putin has said Russia was so fearful of attack at the height of the Ukraine crisis that it was preparing to arm its nuclear weapons, in extraordinary claims aired on state TV on Sunday night. Amid ongoing Russian media speculation that the President was watching the Crimea documentary from his ...