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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

21 Oct - Blogs I'm Following

10:51pm MDST

14 Ways To Re-use Plastic Bottles

Waking Times at Waking Times - 49 minutes ago
*Video - *Fourteen ways that a small farm in Uganda re-uses plastic drinks bottles. The post 14 Ways To Re-use Plastic Bottles appeared first on Waking Times.

Unlike South Dakota, Australia Will Help China Seize Stolen Ex-Pat Funds

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 50 minutes ago
In the light of the Mike Rounds EB-5 visa-selling scandal that could throw the South Dakota senate race to outspoken progressive populist Rick Weiland, maybe it's time to go back to the June guest post Qiao Li did for us, China's Naked Officials. Short version: Chinese bureaucrats and government officials are illegally moving vast sums of wealth offshore for their own and their families' use. The Washington-based Global Financial Integrity group, which analyses illicit financial flows, estimates that $2.83 trillion flowed illegally out of China from 2005 to 2011. Yesterday, Reute... more »

The Story Behind The Hamas Gaza Tunnel Plot To Massacre Hundreds Of Israelis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 51 minutes ago
We know that Hamas terrorists are operating underground, and that's where we will meet them. — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 17, 2014 *Did Israel Avert A Hamas Massacre? -- Adam Ciralsky, Vanity Fair* The story behind the Gaza tunnel plot, from Israeli intelligence officials—and Hamas leader Khalid Mishal. Noises in the Night Yossi Adoni, a village leader in Zarit, is worried. For years, residents in his small Israeli farming community, on the northern border with Lebanon, have heard drilling under their homes, late at night. His mother, Ruth, for one, says she has often been awak...more »

Watch Sway 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 hour ago
*Sway (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 8.7 Release : 13 Apr 2014 Duration : 89 min Genre : Crime, Drama, Mystery Director : Andy Wilson Writer : Colin Dexter (characters), Russell Lewis (written and devised by) Cast : Shaun Evans, Jack Laskey, Roger Allam, Michael Thomas Synopsis SwayWhen Vivienne Haldane is found murdered in her house she becomes the third victim of a serial killer who strangles married women with a silk stocking and removes their wedding rings after death - though the women are unknown to each other. Separated from her husband Mrs Haldane had a secret lo... more »

The Realist Report - American Front

John Friend at The Realist Report - 1 hour ago
On this edition of The Realist Report, we'll be joined by Diane Stevens, Director of the American Front. Diane and I will be discussing the history of the American Front, her experience with the organization, and the tyrannical, unconstitutional persecution of American Front leader Mark Faella. You can download the entire program *here*. Below are relevant links for this program: - *American Front* *- ADL (what a joke)* - *The White Race on Trial: Mark Faella and the American Front - Daily Stormer* - *Charges Dropped Against Most Defendants in American Front Case - ... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Get Smart!'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
GET SMART! Posted on October 21, 2014 Please post and distribute. Nia:wen. MNN. Oct. 21, 2014. The Quebec Police in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu were chasing a 25-year old businessman, Couture Rouleau. His car hit two men in a parking lot, who happen to be soldiers. One died. With the cops in hot pursuit, his car flipped over near the Canadian Forces Base. Witnesses saw him crawl out with

The Spectre, or Otherwise, of Deflation

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
[image: 276464_137539366339987_1226509_n] Here’s what’s on tomorrow night, Thursday, with our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group… A new spectre is haunting the world’s financial houses, say economists. After decades of warning that inflation must be kept in check, and years in which central banks claim to have produced price stability -- a little healthy inflation will do you good, they say -- many economists are now fearing an imminent deflation. Falling consumer and commodity prices are on the immediate horizon, they say, which will lead to a deadly downward sp... more »

Is The U.S. Rready For A Biological Attack?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Red Cross volunteers, acting as potentially anthrax-exposed Pentagon employees, remove their "contaminated" clothing before being "decontaminated" during Gallant Fox 06 May 17 in a Pentagon parking lot. The exercise tested the response of Pentagon police and local and federal agencies to a biological attack at the Pentagon. Photo by Sgt. Sara Wood, USA *Could US Handle Biologic Attack? -- Kristina Wong, The Hill* The slow-footed federal response to Ebola shows that the United States would be overwhelmed by a biological attack, experts warn. Ever since 9/11, security analysts hav... more »

VOTE NO TO ALEC in November

2old2care at Because I Can - 1 hour ago
respriv.org/voteno2alec/ *http://respriv.org/voteno2alec/ * *#VoteNo2ALEC* *The American Legislative Exchange Council is one nasty, evil organization.* *The American Legislative Exchange Council hates the control of the Federal government.* *The American Legislative Exchange Council hates control at the local level.* *American Legislative Exchange Council members only want* *evil ALEC state legislative members to have control.*

METRO | Steve Russell : Bee Czar News

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
Central Texas Bee Rescue is dedicated to seeing that bees scaring humans with their natural swarming behavior will help pay for their own preservation. By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | October 22, 2014 AUSTIN — Last year, there … finish reading *METRO* | Steve Russell : Bee Czar News

Earthcycles Livestream Boarding School Tribunal

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
Watch live streaming video from earthcycles at livestream.com http://www.livestream.com/earthcycles Follow live sessions on Wednesday through Friday Oct. 22 -- 25, 2014 Green Bay, Wisconsin Earthcycles and Censored News are live in Green Bay!

Watch V/H/S: Viral Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 2 hours ago
*V/H/S: Viral (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : 6.5 Release : 23 Oct 2014 Duration : 97 min Genre : Horror, Thriller Director : Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Todd Lincoln, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Vigalondo Writer : Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, T.J. Cimfel, Ed Dougherty (additional material), Todd Lincoln, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento (story), Nacho Vigalondo, David White Cast : Emmy Argo, Amanda Baker, Dan Caudill, Stephen Caudill Synopsis V/H/S: ViralFollows fame-obsessed teens who unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation. Description V/H/S:... more »

F-16 Jets Collide In Midair Crash Over Kansas

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Pictures of the F-16 wreckage near Moline, KS. Plane took off from Tulsa. Pilot ejected himself. @NewsOn6 pic.twitter.com/MlyBxkiCWx — Allison Harris (@allisonlharris) October 21, 2014 *F-16 Pilots OK After Midair Collision Over Kansas -- Yahoo News* One jet crashes in pasture; other makes it back to Oklahoma base Two Oklahoma Air National Guard pilots escaped serious injury Monday after their F-16 jets collided midair near Moline, Kan., during an afternoon training flight. Kansas Highway Patrol officials reported a large swath of wreckage slightly north of the Elk County town, n...more »

Save the Present by Letting Go of The Past

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Randi G. Fine* - "The human experience is not an easy one. No two people have the same reality so no two people will experience adversity the same way..." The post Save the Present by Letting Go of The Past appeared first on Waking Times.

Bitcoin Trader shuts down ( October 21 , 2014 ) , bankruptcy filed in Panama ..... This follows the recent failure and bankruptcy of Moolah ( associated with Dogecoin ) ...... The takeaway is - be careful out here folks !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
http://cointelegraph.com/news/112775/bitcoin-trader-shuts-down-the-only-question-left-scam-or-theft-plus-details-on-panamanian-bankruptcy-laws Bitcoin Trader.Biz Shuts Down: Scam or Theft? (Plus, Details on Panamanian Bankruptcy Laws)by Ian DeMartino @ 2014-10-21 04:49 PM Facebook6 Twitter81 G+2 Pinterest inShare2 Art by: Jing Jin It is becoming an increasingly familiar situation for bitcoin users who are involved in the high-speed trading that practically requires the user to trust another party to hold their keys. That third party fails, vanishes into the night, and the user... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

NDP Party of Canada, Party of the Privileged Few

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 3 hours ago
I have had all I can take with the "fight to save Canada Post's home delivery." Every time, it's about saving home delivery for those that currently have it. No one proposes getting home delivery back for those that have lost it before. And no one proposes starting home delivery for those communities that have never had it. That's right. Never had home delivery. I grew up in a little town in

Hopi in Hotevilla Receives Green Award

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Trees, Water and People Announces Winner of $40,000 “Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award” Trees, Water & People (TWP) is pleased to announce Tyler Tawahongva as the winner of the 2014 Green Business in Indian Country Start-Up Award. Mr. Tawahongva, a Hopi member of the Coyote Clan from Hotevilla, Arizona, will receive up to $40,000 in start-up capital and technical assistance to

As Dilbert's Pointy-Haired Boss returns from vacation, we look back at the temporary boss's management style

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Does this boss need a vacation?* *Wednesday* *DILBERT by Scott Adams* [*Click to enlarge*] *by Ken* As all *Dilbert* fans know, today is the big day: Dilbert's Pointy-Haired Boss returned from vacation. So I thought this would be a good time to look back through this tumultuous week, in which the PHB deputized an unexpected fill-in. I've taken the liberty of placing the Sunday strip where it would seem to belong in the sequence. *Thursday -- "A soulless creature of questionable intelligence"* *DILBERT by Scott Adams* [*Click to enlarge*] *Sunday -- "Robots will never ... more »

Al Qaeda Wants To Close The World's Oil Choke Points

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Al Qaeda’s Next Target: American Oil Tankers -- Sarah Kaufman & Saar Fresco, Vocativ* The group's newest publication talks about attacking U.S. supertankers and screwing up the oil supply chain Al Qaeda discusses strategic attacks on chokepoints of oil shipments from the Middle East to the West in its first issue of “Resurgence,” an English-language propaganda magazine posted to al Qaeda online forum Shamikh1.info. In a 117-page issue produced by As-Sahab, a new South Asia al Qaeda media branch, the group lays out the American oil flow system in detail and suggests the interrup... more »

The Five Pillars of Spiritual Mastery

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Free Spirit* - "Spiritual Mastery is defined as the perfection of the spiritual process and a complete understanding as to the nature of reality..." The post The Five Pillars of Spiritual Mastery appeared first on Waking Times.

22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It)

Waking Times at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Lynn Hasselberger - *It seems nearly impossible to escape plastic in our every day lives, and we can't escape plastic pollution, either. The post 22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It) appeared first on Waking Times.

Former Head Of U.S. Counterterror Operations: 'Imminent Threat' Remains

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Former U.S. Counterterror Chief: 'Imminent Threat' Remains -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- The former head of U.S. counterterror operations said Tuesday the "imminent threat" posed by an al Qaeda offshoot in Syria hasn't lessened after a U.S. air campaign there. Speaking to CNN's Jim Sciutto, Matt Olsen said by his analysis the threat from the Khorasan group "is still in the same place as it was before" President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes against the terror operation last month. "This group was in a position to train without any sort of interference, they were able to recruit ... more »

Watch Confessions of a Womanizer 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 4 hours ago
*Confessions of a Womanizer (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 7.5 Release : 27 Mar 2015 Duration : 106 min Genre : Comedy, Drama Director : Miguel Ali Writer : Miguel Ali (story), Miguel Ali Cast : Gary Busey, C. Thomas Howell, Jillian Rose Reed, Andrew Lawrence Synopsis Confessions of a WomanizerWhat happens when a womanizer falls in love? Description Confessions of a WomanizerThe Augsburg Confession. The Confession of Faith which was submitted to His Imperial Majesty Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg in the year 1530 by certain princes and ...,Confessions of a Quackbuster... more »

Bill Meacham : IDEAS | Mental parasites

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
Just as a parasitical lancet fluke can direct an ant to climb up a blade of grass, we are unknowingly manipulated by cultural memes. By Bill Meacham | The Rag Blog | October 21, 2014 What if your brain were … finish reading Bill Meacham : *IDEAS* | Mental parasites

Conversation Hijacking: How Not To Insert Yourself into a Conversation by Pushing a Woman Out of It

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
This is a guest post from Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham, an associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Inside the Politics of Self-determination (Oxford University Press, 2014). I was recently at a relatively small academic conference, one that I’ve been attending for years whenever I can. The Continue reading

Democrats Whip Out Their Slick Willie

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 5 hours ago
Outside of Adolf Hitler himself it would be hard to imagine a historical political figure who is as much a turnoff to so many as President Barack Obama. Barry is now officially radioactive to the point where his even speaking at a campaign stop to bolster a hapless Democrat’s election hopes sent hordes of disgusted Americans scrambling to the exits. One could say that he is about as popular as the Ebola virus these days which is particularly ominous for the staggering Dems as they are about to be given the knockout punch by voters. So what do the Democrats do? They bring in the b... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 21, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
A fighter from the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) waves a flag in Raqqa, Syria on June 29, 2014. Reuters *How To Financially Starve ISIS -- Naina Bajekal, Time* Air strikes will help but to ruin the extremist organization the U.S.-led coalition will have to cut off ISIS's sources of funding. The U.S.-led air assault in Iraq and Syria on the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria(ISIS) is just one front in the battle being waged against ISIS. The U.S. Treasury recently confirmed plans to try to bankrupt the militant group by targeting its oil bu... more »

Tribute to 19 Hopi Imprisoned for Resisting Boarding Schools

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
. Hopi Prisoners at Alcatraz, January 1895 Back Row (left to right): unidentified; Polingyawma; Heevi'ima; Masatiwa; unidentified. Middle Row: Qötsventiwa; Piphongva; unidentified; Lomahongewma; unidentified; Lomayestiwa; Yukiwma. Front Row: Tuvehoyiwma; unidentified; Patupha; Qötsyawma; unidentified; Sikyakeptiwa; unidentified. Hopi arrested in Arizona, 1894 #57, Mennonite Library

World News Briefs -- October 21, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*No Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal At EU Talks; Moscow Queries Finances -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in EU-brokered talks on Tuesday but agreed to meet again in Brussels in a week in the hope of ironing out problems over Kiev's ability to pay. After a day of talks widely expected to be the final word, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told a news conference the three parties agreed the price Ukraine would pay Russia's Gazprom (GAZP.MM) - $385 per thousand cubic meters - as long as it paid in advan...more »

“Alan Shore,” “Speech on America”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Alan Shore,” “Speech on America” A little dated, but totally accurate, and it's much worse now. "Boston Legal" character Alan Shore, an attorney, gives an interesting speech on the status quo of the American throng. A thought provoking video... - CP - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YI2LSK4pEQ

Watch Vampire Academy Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 6 hours ago
*Vampire Academy (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : PG-13 Score : 5.6 Release : 07 Feb 2014 Duration : 104 min Genre : Action, Comedy, Fantasy Director : Mark Waters Writer : Richelle Mead (novel), Daniel Waters (screenplay) Cast : Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne Synopsis Vampire AcademyRose Hathaway is a dhampir, half-vampire and half-human, who is training to be a guardian at St Vladimir's Academy along with many others like her. There are good and bad vampires in their world: Moroi, who co-exist peacefully among the humans and only take blood from donors, and a... more »

If Ted Cruz Is A Reactionary And Obama And Clinton Are Conservatives, Do We Ever Get A Liberal?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Obama comes in a progressivism package but his record is conservative-- not reactionary like Ted Cruz or John McCain or Mitt Romney... conservative... like Hillary Clinton. Maybe not as bad as her, at least in terms of obsequiousness to Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex, but pretty bad. When they were both in the Senate together, her overall voting record was slightly better-- more progressive-- than his. But both were part of the DC conservative consensus. Neither is anything like the Elizabeth Warren Eugene Robinson wrote about yesterday. The Massachusetts Democra... more »

Shoot me now!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
The new president of Afghanistan channels JFK.

Who Is Financing The Right Wing Jihad Against Mike Honda-- And Why?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Two weeks from today will likely be the last time anyone ever hears about Ro Khanna, unless he gets arrested for criminal activities up the road. His campaign is one ultra-expensive failure financed by conservatives-- both Republican conservatives and Democratic conservatives, all eager to replace progressive icon Mike Honda with a sleazy conservative disguised as a Democrat. Alexander Kaufman wrote up a report of the interview *Politico* did with Warren Buffet, the second richest man in America (after Bill Gates), worth $67.3 billion. Buffet says he thinks wealthy people like hi... more »

“Hollow Justice and Courts of Order in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Hollow Justice and Courts of Order * *in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny”* By John W. Whitehead “The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people.” —Justice William O. Douglas Justice in America makes less sense with each passing day. A Michigan couple that has been raising chickens in their backyard as a source of healthy food for their family could get up to 90 days in jail for violating a local ban on backyard hens. A Kentucky prison guard who was charged with 25 counts of sexual abuse against female inmates, traffickin... more »

5 Things You Need to Know About Honey

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Dr. Mercola* - Honey, especially locally sourced natural honey, is one of the most beneficial products for health and healing... The post 5 Things You Need to Know About Honey appeared first on Waking Times.

The Islamic State's Oil Business Continues To Be A Big Business

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Street vendors selling diesel and gasoline wait for customers along a street in the Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa (Reuters / Stringer) *Islamist Terror Group Earns $800 Million a Year From Oil Sales -- Bloomberg* The Islamic State is earning about $2 million a day, or $800 million a year, selling oil on the black market, according to one estimate. The terrorist group is producing 50,000 to 60,000 barrels a day, according to a report released today by Englewood, Colorado-based IHS Inc. It controls as much as 350,000 barrels a day of capacity in Iraq and Syria. The Islamic Sta... more »

“You didn’t tick Box 6”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Clients sometimes ask me about lodging past at Auckland Council. It’s something like this … ,,, except the plan processors still get to reject everything once you've gone. [Hat tip Auckland Transport Blog] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

War of the words

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
What did you think of the video Craig posted the other day, Educating Rona (Rona being the new chair of the BBC Trust, Rona Fairhead.) I expect she can look forward to one or two variations on that name. The most frequent complaint from those exBBC staff and critics is that the BBC has an inherently “liberal” mindset, an accusation that implies that the BBC is guilty of something objectionable. As offensive as institutional racism, maybe? The first thing that struck me was how ‘our side’ has turned the word ‘liberal’ into a pejorative. (How would it be if the BBC had an inherently... more »

DMT – The Inner Path to Other Worlds

Waking Times at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Video - *DMT is a psychoactive chemical produced by the human body and by many plants that causes intense visions and can induce its users to quickly enter a completely different "world." The post DMT – The Inner Path to Other Worlds appeared first on Waking Times .

The Impact of Voting Within the Confines of Society

Waking Times at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Video -* Russell Brand and Lawrence O’Donnell discuss the impact that voting lacks within the current structure of the political system and society. The post The Impact of Voting Within the Confines of Society appeared first on Waking Times.

The Universe Is about to Unzip its Limitations

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
*I have no idea who the Council of She is, but the message resonates to me... -AK* http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/10/20/draft-council-of-she-via-gillian-macbeth-louthan-the-universe-is-about-to-unzip-its-limitations/#more-233956 *Council of She via Gillian MacBeth-Louthan: The Universe Is about to Unzip its Limitations* Posted by Brian R on October 20, 2014 *Council of She:* The Universe is About to Unzip its Limitations, channeled by Gillian MacBeth-Louthan, October, 2014, http://www.thequantumawakening.com *The light that you so seek has become meticulously activated. You ha... more »

Tribal Revolts Against The Islamic State Are Being Ignored By The Western Media

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Suspected massacres by the Islamic State. (The Washington Post/The Institute for the Study of War, the Long War Journal, news reports) Syria Tribal Revolt Against Islamic State Ignored, Fueling Resentment -- Washington Post REYHANLI, Turkey — The cost of turning against the Islamic State was made brutally apparent in the streets of a dusty backwater town in eastern Syria in early August. Over a three-day period, vengeful fighters shelled, beheaded, crucified and shot hundreds of members of the Shaitat tribe after they dared to rise up against the extremists. By the time the killin... more »

Indispensable Nations Always End Up in Graveyards (ALEC’s New Assault on America:  Why the Far Right Isn’t Relying on Congress)

Indispensable? Is this a new vocabulary word? From Tom at the Dispatch: You get (the) idea. We are ... go ahead, chant it: indispensable! And this is: our century ... if you don’t mind my completing the phrase ... to screw up totally. As it happens, that word “indispensable” is often used without any indication of what exactly our indispensability consists of. Evidence from the last 13

5 Solar Flares, Electro-discharge with Comet Siding Spring and Mars...

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
http://spaceweather.com/ MONSTER SUNSPOT: The biggest sunspot of the current solar cycle is turning toward Earth. This morning when astronomer Karzaman Ahmad of Malaysia's Langkawi Nagtional Observatory looked through the eyepiece of his solar telescope, he declared AR2192 a "monster" and snapped this picture: This behemoth active region is 125,000 km wide, almost as big as the planet Jupiter. These dimensions make it an easy target for backyard solar telescopes--hence so many pictures in the realtime photo gallery. A few days ago, AR2192 unleashed an X1-class solar flare. ... more »

Harry Targ : On democracy: ‘Can we talk?’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
The United States political system, we are told repeatedly, is the gold standard for the world. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | October 21, 2014 Through her decades of entertaining on stage and screen, [Joan] Rivers developed numerous … finish reading Harry Targ : On democracy: ‘Can we talk?’

More Walk Photos

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*Walking from Saco to Pratt-Whitney* *Rosemary from Montana carries the banner* *Starr embracing the return of Dud Hendrick* *Lunch stop in Kennebunk**Sally Breen calling the local media* *The banner returns* *VFP members from Massachusetts**The whole gang at the end* *Photos by Peter Woodruff*

Days Like This

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
Van Morrison – Days Like This Lyrics When it's not always raining there'll be days like this When there's no one complaining there'll be days like this When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch Well my mama told me there'll be days like this When you don't need to worry there'll be days like this When no one's in a hurry there'll be days like this When you don't get betrayed by that old Judas kiss Oh my mama told me there'll be days like this When you don't need an answer there'll be days like this When you don't meet a chancer there'll be days like this When all the ... more »

Is The Islamic State About To Lose The Battle For Kobani?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuter *In The Battle For Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But For How Long? -- Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast* *Potential reinforcements from Iraq, U.S. airstrikes, and the sheer bravery of the town’s defenders may hand ISIS a major defeat. But the battle’s not over.* SURUC, Turkey — There was sun and blue sky over the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday, perfect conditions for airstrikes. But for most of the day there was an eerie quiet. From the Turkish villages nearby we didn’t hear the now familiar sounds of U.S. bombing sorties or the thuds and bangs of ligh... more »

Isenberg Offers Antidote to the Ravitch Sedative

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
When Diane Ravitch published *Death and Life of the Great American School System*, it broke down a bunch of barriers and gained mainstream attention for long-neglected insights and observations that formed the core of her book. Since then, Ravitch has grown her new anti-reformy fiefdom built on borrowed material into a sprawling empire that includes a growing cadre of speechifers and worshipful, protective acolytes who vie for her attention while hoping that some of her celebrity will rub off on them. Meanwhile, Ravitch has used the excuse of friendship to support corporate union... more »

Watch 50 Kisses Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 10 hours ago
*50 Kisses (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 6.3 Release : 01 Feb 2014 Duration : 89 min Genre : Comedy, Drama, Horror Director : Chris Jones, Rocko Paolo, Vlastimir Stevanovic, Andrew T. Wright, Danny Matier, Shaun Bond, Douglas Caldow, Dan Cayzer, Djonny Chen, James Cookson, Deanna Dewey, Simon Foster, Michael Gilhooly, Andromeda Godfrey, Sherice Griffiths, Marc Grundy, Maureen Hascoet, Baz Hodson, Kingsley Hoskins, Diana Juhr-De Benedetti, Vance Malone, Evan Marlowe, Darren Newton, Luis Nieto, Phil Peel, Dan Price, Anil Rao, Carolina Rath, Matthew Real, Simon Reglar, Kawita ... more »

Watch Inherent Vice 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 10 hours ago
*Inherent Vice (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : N/A Release : 09 Jan 2015 Duration : 148 min Genre : Crime, Drama, Mystery Director : Paul Thomas Anderson Writer : Paul Thomas Anderson (screenplay), Thomas Pynchon (novel) Cast : Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin Synopsis Inherent ViceIn Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry 'Doc' Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. Description Inherent ViceIt's Mummy on the Orient Express in the Trailer for the Next New Doctor Who. Sony Pictures Plans Robin Hood Shared Cinemat... more »

Healing Time

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago

Nov. 21: late news. In fact, it isn't here yet.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 10 hours ago
(an apology for today. You may find two copies of this coming up on your screen. That's because while I was typing the first half or so, the cat sat on something that published it long before I had finished. This is the real one. Believe no others.) The National post for today (Tuesday) breaks the story that Harper has ordered Revenue Canada to crack down on the tax files of "left-wing" think tanks to take away their tax-free status. He claims that they are biased. But they are not touching right-wing think tanks like the CDHowe or AIMS, presumably because they are broad-minded and ... more »

Satire: "New Texas Law Would Require Candidates for Governor to Show Proof of I.Q."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"New Texas Law Would Require Candidates * *for Governor to Show Proof of I.Q."* by Andy Borowitz AUSTIN (The Borowitz Report) — "A controversial new bill in the Texas House of Representatives would require those running for governor to show proof of the minimum I.Q. necessary to perform the duties of the office. If the bill were to become law, every politician in Texas with gubernatorial ambitions would be issued an I.D. card featuring his or her photo, current address, and performance on a state-administered I.Q. test. Carol Foyler, one of the co-sponsors of the bill, acknowledged... more »

More Suspected Submarine Sightings Reported In Sweden

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
BBC *Sweden Has More Sightings Amid Russian Submarine Speculation -- Bloomberg Businessweek* Sweden’s Armed Forces received reports of two further sightings as it continued to search for foreign vessels in waters near Stockholm amid media speculation a damaged Russian submarine was seeking to evade capture. The most recent sightings bring the total to five as the army searches both on water and land “for something or someone,” Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad, the deputy chief of operations at the Swedish Armed Forces, said today at a press conference in Stockholm. While the army can’... more »

Heartache and Genocide: Indian Boarding Schools in Photos

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Heartache and Genocide: Indian Boarding Schools in Photos By Censored News Boarding School Tribunal begins tomorrow, Wed., Oct. 22, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/09/tribunal-on-indian-boarding-schools.html Photos below (three) from Kumeyaay website, original from e-book Lakhota.com http://www.kumeyaay.info/history/History_Indian_Boarding_Schools.pdf

2 Secrets to letting go of Judgment

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
We need to look in the mirror. Why are you afraid to love yourself? This, in truth, is your only fear. It's always and only about you. What's going on is this. You are afraid that if you forgive yourself everything – THAT YOU'LL STAY THIS WAY FOREVER. Without judgment or “correction” you'll never improve. Without stern disapproval, what will be the driving force to succeed? In your mind, acceptance of yourself without condition dooms you to the conditions you so desperately want to change. *There are two secrets to keep in mind:* *Attention/focus/energy of any kind is creative... more »

Supplemental: Our fund-raising drive has started at last!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014Our least favorite time of the year:* No one puts anything off to quite the extent that we put off our not-always-annual annual fund-raising drive. It’s our least favorite time of the year! Despite the distaste, only a fool could ignore the need. In the next week or so, we’d like to lay out our excuses for the past year’s work. We’d like to establish some goals for future work. And we’d like to seek out an actual sponsor for our companion site, How He Got There. The half-told story at that site really ought to be finished. (Most of the research has been ... more »

Walking Underneath the Curtain of Censorship

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
*Nipponzan Myohoji monks and nuns drumming and chanting yesterday at Pratt-Whitney F-35 fighter engine facility. We learned that the company moved to North Berwick in order to get rid of the union at their previous location. There is still no union at the Berwick weapons plant.* The walking would not be possible for me without the drums and chanting Na mu nyo ho renge kyo I don't often chant out loud it comes and goes in my mind as I walk other thoughts pass my way politics personal issues my connection to the natural world and to all my relatives The Nipponzan Myohoji monks and ... more »

ISIS Fighters Seize Weapons that were supposed to be for the Kurds of Kobane(i)

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
*Big surprise!- Not!* I had saved some material yesterday for a post on this ridiculous air drop the US had undertaken. And in the unpublished post I mentioned this exact scenario IS Fighters Seize Weapons Airdrop Meant for Kurds Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to suppy Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache of weapons included hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, according to a video uploaded by a medi... more »

Coming Soon: The Next Best Thing to Free Energy

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Terence Newton* - Free energy has yet to make become a reality, but will the military industrial complex produce the next best thing in less than 10 years? The post Coming Soon: The Next Best Thing to Free Energy appeared first on Waking Times.

Iran Arrests Several Suspected Spies Near Bushehr Nuclear Plant

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alawi *Iran Arrests Several Spies In Bushehr Province -- FARS News Agency* TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alawi announced on Tuesday that the country's security forces have arrested several spies in the Southern province of Bushehr which hosts the nation's first nuclear power plant. "Thanks to the vigilance of the Intelligence Ministry forces who monitor the moves of the foreign intelligence services, some agents who intended to carry out surveillance and intelligence gathering for the foreigners in Bushehr pro... more »

The Battle For Kobane Continues -- News Updates October 21, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*ISIL 'Launches Fierce New Assault' On Kobane -- Al Jazeera* *Kurdish fighters hold the line but struggle as they await reinforcements to cross from Turkey.* Kurdish fighters in the battle for the Syrian town of Kobane weathered a fresh onslaught by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as they awaited promised reinforcements from Iraq. The Kurdish militia faced fierce attacks on Tuesday, fresh from heavy battles on Monday evening in which ISIL appeared to be trying to cut off the border with Turkey before the reinforcements could arrive. This account is a... more »

U.S. Accidentally Drops A Cargo Of Weapons To Islamic Fighters (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands -- Josh Rogin, Daily Beast* In a new video, ISIS shows American-made weapons it says were intended for the Kurds but actually were air dropped into territory they control. At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Syria appears to have fallen into the hands of ISIS, a dangerous misfire in the American mission to speed aid to Kurdish forces making their stand in Kobani. An ISIS-associated YouTube account posted a new video online Tuesday entitled, “Weapons and munitions dropped by American planes and landed in the...more »

Ukraine, Russia, EU Energy Chiefs Meet At Brussels To Finalize Gas Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko as he arrives for a meeting on the sidelines of a Europe-Asia summit (ASEM) in Milan October 17, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool *Ukraine, Russia, EU Energy Chiefs Meet To Finalize Gas Deal -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies on Tuesday as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner. Citing unpaid bills worth more than $5 billion, Russia cut off gas flows to K... more »

How The Republican Party Began Their War Against Women By Defeating The Equal Rights Amendment

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
It isn't news that George Will is using his skills as a right-wing propagandist to try to undermine the work of the Senate's #1 proponent of individual liberty against the encroachments of the CIA and NSA, Mark Udall. It's no secret which side of that existential battle Will and his ilk are on. In a *Washington Post* column last week datelined Denver, no less, Will takes on Udall not because he's the Senate's champion of privacy rights, but because he's a champion of women's rights. "One of the wonders of this political moment," Will asserts, "is feminist contentment about the in... more »

The Argentinian ambassador gets the full BBC Complaints treatment

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
So, according to the *Telegraph*, Argentina’s ambassador to the UK has made a formal complaint to the BBC about Jeremy Clarkson’s “provocative behaviour” in the recent Top Gear special, and demanded a public apology. Ambassador Alicia Castro visited the BBC on Monday afternoon. The embassy released details of the ambassador's meeting with the BBC’s director of television, Danny Cohen, in which she condemned the presenter and his team. Well, it's one rule for the Argentinian ambassador and another for us licence-fee-paying Brits, isn't it?! I'm appalled that the BBC has allowed ... more »

Iran and the USA: A history of deceit

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 11 hours ago
[image: Seyed Hossein Mousavian - a frustrated pro-US Iranian diplomat] A review of *Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace *by Seyed Hossein Mousavian "The most interesting aspect of Mousavian’s book is his suggestion that most if not all of the “Iranian terrorist attacks” that have wrecked US-Iran relations at critical junctures have been false flag operations..." Full article: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/10/21/mousavian/

Democracy the hospice for failed ideas

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
We churn and whorl but at the end of the day some poop comes out of the chute. Thats the magic of democracy or as the yutes call it crowd deciding. You can game the plan one or two times but in the end all the money spent will reveal a master piece. There is no slowing down mankind with all our wants and needs and desire overall to succeed not just for the one but for all the people because no mater how alone we are sometimes the planet of humanity really cares Not to be cynical but we humans have already lost God in our struggle to understand and we will replace him her with our own m... more »

12 fotos de paisajes naturales para meditar

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 11 hours ago
*QUIZÁS TAMBIÉN LE INTERESE;* ▶ Rechazó $500 millones por su empresa en 2012 y hoy ya vale más de $1.000 millones de dólares ▶ Policías Municipales Contribuyeron a la Desaparición de los 43 Estudiantes Normalistas en Iguala Guerrero, México. ▶ Google te anima a que dejes iOS y te conviertas en usuario de Android Lollipop con una guía muy amigable ▶ ¿Qué hay de nuevo en Android 5.0 Lollipop? Lo que usted debe saber... ▶ Muere el gran diseñador de modas Óscar de la Renta en NY ▶ Total, se convierte en la mayor empresa de Francia

This post was broadcast by Paul Craig Roberts to those subscribed to his blog. His message was: "From the nurses description of the lack of any ebola protocols among the staff and the absence of isolation and protective suiting, it will be a miracle if large numbers of people were not infected. If you think you can have any confidence in health authorities, disabuse yourself of the idea by reading the nurses' statement."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ *THE BLOG* *Statement by RN’s at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as provided to National Nurses United* *National Nurses United, 10/15/14* This is an inside story from some registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who have familiarity with what occurred at the hospital following the positive Ebola infection of first the late Thomas Eric Duncan and then a registered nurse who cared for him Nina Pham. The RNs contacted National Nurses United out of frustration with a lack of training and preparation. They are choosing to re... more »

Kids Halloween: Handprint Bats

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
Right now, I am gearing up for the Kindergarten Halloween Party for my daughter's class. I am in charge of the crafts and the games and I have been working to make them fun projects for each of the kids, that practice the skills they have been working on. When I am looking for crafts for the kids to do, I look for something that will take a little bit of time without being overwhelming. I also look for projects that don't need adult help for every step. There are too many kids in a Kindergarten class to have them need help every step of the way. These Handprint Bats are one of my... more »

Pastafarian nightmare

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
A shortage of speggiti sauce. Every movement has a weak point.

The Penis and Vagina and the Taliban

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
Whats wrong with our anatomy? All humans have one or the other, its crazy for some kind of suppression from big brother. So I say if you are anti penis or anti vagina your the Taliban. If you put the world into an 8 by 10 its obvious how far we have strayed because if one viewed a vagina that way there is no ugly No one is singing she had a beautiful face and a sexy body but her vagina made me think twice about the total package.

Human Rights Watch: Ukraine Military Used Cluster Bombs In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Ukrainian Military Accused Of Repeatedly Using Cluster Bomb Rockets Against Separatists -- Washington Post* The Ukrainian military has used cluster munitions numerous times in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists, likely scattering deadly bombs that did not immediately explode and putting civilians at risk, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. An investigation earlier this month found that the weapons were used more than a dozen times in fighting in eastern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch reported. Dozens of countries, including the United States, agreed not to use cluster ... more »

Afghanistan Opium Poppy Production Booming

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Defense Department map, released by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. *After $7Bln US Effort, Afghanistan Poppy Cultivation Still Booming: US Watchdog -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti) – Despite US counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan amounting to $7.6 billion, opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013, the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) stated in a special report released last Tuesday. "Despite spending over $7 billion to combat opium pop... more »

Supplemental: Lawrence O’Donnell challenged the Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014Then said it pained him to do so:* Did Lawrence O’Donnell even *read* that New York Times report? In our view, he cast himself in the watchdog role, then quickly floundered and flailed. Even worse was something he said midway through his performance. For background, see our previous post. Good God! The analysts cried and ran from the room when they heard Lawrence make the highlighted statement: O’DONNELL (10/20/14): Remember—if you’re on the scene on the street as an eyewitness and a gun is being fired, your ability to flawlessly report every distinct s... more »

Janie Jones

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
I love her. Not that I want to clash.

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 13 hours ago
*UK: Didcot fire raises risk of winter blackouts and soaring prices* * One more unexpected interruption to power supplies could cause a "serious" shortage and soaring prices, expert warns. "Green" Britain has shaved its safety margin to the bone in order to phase out "dirty" coal and gas power stations* The fire at Didcot power station has raised the risk of Britain facing blackouts and soaring prices this winter, a leading energy analyst has warned. Just one or two more unexpected events - such as power plant closures - "could cause a serious security of supply event, and a prob... more »

World News Briefs -- October 21, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
A black flag belonging to the Islamic State is seen near the Syrian town of Kobani, as pictured from the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 6, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Umit Bektas *Kurds, Islamic State Militants Continue Kobani Fighting -- Voice of America* Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants continue to battle in the northern Syrian town of Kobani. Plumes of smoke could be seen Tuesday from across the border in Turkey, as the two sides clashed again in the weekslong fight that has drawn international support to help the... more »

GATEKEEPERS GONE: Lawrence O’Donnell in watchdog role!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014Part 2—Competence gone:* Was there ever a time when the theory was accurate? On balance, we’d say there was. At one time, we had a pair of powerful gatekeepers—Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley. Neither man was crazy or dumb. If you or your message was crazy or dumb, it wasn’t likely that you could get it on the air. Today, that gatekeeper system is gone. What Dr. Keith Ablow did last week is, by now, completely the norm. What did Ablow do last week? He aired twelve minutes of manifest lunacy on John Gibson’s mid-day show on Fox News Radio. For yest... more »

Its dangerous to be anti Harper

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
But like the millions who will kick his can into the ash bin of history I have little to lose. Fuck You Harper, two seats is your future if you successful. The people with something to lose are going to vote overwhelmingly.

"I Deny This Reality"

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*"I deny this reality - the reality is a computational Matrix!"* I You are engaging in ascientific juvenile and immature wordsmithing. You are "a skeptic" - people who have looked at either the same, or more information than you have and drawn different conclusions are "denialists". Skepticism is not Science, it's critique, it's rhetoric and it's opinion. The first Skeptics to go under that banner were not men of science, they were the Greek thinkers Diogenes and Pyrrho. They were contrarians. Thus, a Skeptic can never be a Scientist, and likewise, a Scientist can never a Ske... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 21, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*U.S. Fighter Jocks Pray The ‘ISIS Air Force’ Rumors Are True -- Dave Majumdar, Daily Beast* Syrian rebels say ISIS now has a few aircraft. American pilots can’t wait to shoot the things down. The ISIS terrorist group may have acquired a few old Soviet-built MiG fighters, according to a Syrian opposition group. But even if ISIS does have jet fighters, there is little chance that the group can do any real damage with those antiques beyond their value as propaganda tools, U.S. military pilots say. “If ISIS is flying, or is thinking about flying, it will not be doing so for very lo... more »

I recoil in horror

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Not when a goat herder is killed though i recognize this is an important skill When you kill a doctor or and engineer you are revealing to the world what a primitive you will look in the mirror and see. Nihilist takeover of the planet is the trajectory we are on in the godhead of liberty the USA they are spellbound by Creation Museums and arguments about if science can move the lips of Gods mouth. For some reason not disclosed or even rational humans lept from being just another creature to being a creature maker now and for centuries as far as the other lifeforms on this planet we ha... more »

I want to buy your vote

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
No your say my vote is sacrosanct then you are telling me you never bought anything from Madison avenue The first step to recovery is to admit the truth I am a human and advertising fucks with my head in ways I can not understand but at the end of the day my thought process busy what is sold because they played me perfectly desipete my IQ I did not have fascist insurance.

Comparing Fukushima and Chernobyl

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Data are slippery and estimates diverge greatly for Fukushima and Chernobyl source terms. There exist no definitive figures for atmospheric emissions, only estimates. Here are some data points I've found: CHERNOBYL Atmospheric Estimates Estimates for Cesium-137 range from 70-280 PBq Estimates for Iodine-131 range from 1760 PBq to 4000 PBq FUKUSHIMA Atmospheric Estimates Estimates for Cesium-137 range widely but in Schöppner et al. estimates range from 100-1000 PBq Estimates for Iodine-131 range widely but Schöppner estimates 10,000 PBq *CHERNOBYL SOURCES: * OECD Nuclear Energ... more »

Did China And Russia Just Make The F-35 Obsolete?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Photo: Lockheed Martin *Did China Just Render America's $1 Trillion Stealth Fighter Program Obsolete? -- Rich Smith, The Motley Fool* Over-budget, behind schedule, and -- reportedly -- not a particularly good fighter jet, Lockheed Martin's ultramodern Joint Strike Fighter may be destined for the scrap heap. In a 2013 RAND Corporation report, one of the nation's foremost military analysts, blasted the F-35 for being a fighter that "can't turn, can't climb, can't run." Proponents of the F-35 reply that because it's stealthy, it shouldn't have to do any of those things -- lobbing mis... more »

Triumph of reality over faith brings society justice.

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Hey I know if some punk punked me I would want the death penalty. While that may serve me well its not going to be good for my society. Thats a leap of faith proven everyday in Europe. Crime is a symptom of a problem. Eliminate the cause and you save billions of dollars on remuneration.

Islamic State Forces Launch Multiple Attacks Against Kurdish Positions In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*ISIS Forces Launch Multiple Attacks On Kurdish Territory In Iraq, Officials Say -- CNN* (CNN) -- ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for territory. ISIS also launched attacks against Mosul Dam, a strategic prize, and also renewed its offensive on the Sinjar mountain range in northern Iraq. An ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the ... more »

The Man Behind The Curtain

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://www.sodahead.com Andrew Coyne is a philosophical and an economic conservative. So one would expect that he would support the present government. But he saw through the facade long ago. Despite his conservative bias, he has very little good to say about the Harper government: If the nastiness of its politics is the dominant impression of this government, it is in part for lack of anything else to identify it. It seems so pointless, all this poisonous effort for so little actual accomplishment, until you realize that is the point... more »

A Discussion Of The Islamic State’s Strategy, Tactics And Commanders In Iraq And Syria With Georgetown's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University. He recently published an article “The Islamic State’s Anbar Offensive And Abu Umar Al-Shisahni” in War on the Rocks that documented the Islamic State’s (IS) on going Anbar offensive and the role of one of its commanders, Abu Omar al-Shishani. To shed more light on this insurgent leader and the Islamic State’s strategy and tactics in Iraq and Syria is an interview with Gartenstein-Ross. He can be followed on Twitter at @DaveedGR. *1. Y... more »

Satellite Images Reveal The Destruction From U.S. And Coalition Airstrikes On The Syrian City Of Kobani

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Pounding: With intense fighting between Kurdish fighters and ISIS militants a daily occurrence in Kobane, simply getting from one destroyed street to another appears to have become an incredibly difficult business *Inside Kobane's Fight To The Death: Incredible Satellite Images Reveal The Scale Of Destruction After A Month Of U.S. Airstrikes Intense Street Battles With ISIS -- Daily Mail* * Before and after photographs show dramatic changes that have taken place in Kobane over the past few weeks * Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed and many roads are impassable due to rubbl... more »

Okay; One More Time ...

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
One "anarchist" I know has the stupid notion that the way to victory begins with everybody deciding to stop voting. Then, there's apparently a black box wherein all sorts of wonderful, amazing things happen, and then, an indescribable utopia emerges at the end of this process. It should go without saying that this "analysis" leaves me cold. Teeth-chatteringly cold. Other anarchists and radicals believe that there will be a revolution and that it will be in the streets. So cool! Organizing via surveilled social media sites, empowered youth will head out against the cops, who only hav... more »

Sports is the best tool of facism!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Sports as a metaphor locally applied today. I am a real hockey playing watching worshiping Canadien. Naturally my church is the Bell place in Montreal. Humans mostly males crave conflict in one forum or another. I like to argue about anything. Most people take that personally but they should not, I was just trying to make a point for no reason. Our civilization has codified conflict into competition. We have people killing other people over beauty pageants and great pumpkins when the veneer of good sports is scrapped away to reveal all humans have a secret desire to be a silverba... more »

Sweden To Increase Defense Spending As Its Military Continues The Search For A Foreign Submarine In Its Waters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Sweden Vows To Increase Defence Spending As Capability Questioned -- Financial Times* Sweden's prime minister pledged to increase spending on defence in Thursday's budget as the Nordic country's search for a foreign submarine entered a fifth day. Sweden's new centre-left government has been placed in an awkward situation by the chase for the submarine – presumed to be Russian – as it is firmly against Nato membership and wants to focus more on co-operation with the UN rather than partnership with the western military alliance. But, on a visit on Tuesday to Estonia, Prime Ministe... more »

An Islamic State Attack In Canada?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Soldier Hit By 'Radicalized' Driver In Quebec Dead -- Globe and Mail* One of the two soldiers struck by a Quebec motorist with suspected jihadi sympathies has died. The Canadian Forces member, who had been taken to hospital in critical condition Monday, died during the evening, a Sûreté du‎ Québec spokesman, Sergeant Benoît Richard, confirmed in a telephone interview. He said the provincial police is not releasing more information at this time about the victim. The soldiers were hit while they were walking late Monday morning in a shopping mall parking lot, a few kilometres fro... more »

Japan Didn't Cave

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
Earlier this week The Diplomat ran a piece entitled "Japan Caves to China on the Senkaku Islands Dispute". Citing reports in the Japanese media, it opened: In order to secure a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe agreed to a significant concession in Tokyo’s ongoing dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands, according to Japanese media outlets. I'd been sitting on it for a couple of days because I just couldn't believe even the Japanese, who have been notoriously incompetent in presenting the historical reality of the Senkakus, could do somethi... more »

Fred Upton Can't Hide From His Record-- Although He's Trying... As Well As Threatening Campaign Donors

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
There are a lot of reasons Fred Upton should be replaced as the congressman from southwest Michigan (MI-06). Not the least of them is the calibre of Paul Clements, the progressive Democrat running for the seat. But polling shows is that the two reasons that most resonate among the district’s voters are that Upton has changed since they first sent him to Congress in 1986— and not for the better. He’s twisted himself into knots trying to stay on the good side of the Confederate extremists who have so much say over the House Republicans. So much so, that his voting record is now far ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Let's Repeal Reality* Katherine Timpf is young, beautiful and very sane. Oh, have I said something wrong? Good. Writing for National Review, Timpf covers the complete flight from reality that characterizes today’s progressivism/feminism. A quick glance at her recent titles gives the flavor of the world they seek to create and impose. “Feminists: Remove World War II Sailor Statue Because It’s ‘Sexual Assault’” (that would be the iconic image from Times Square on VJ Day in 1945). “Feds Spending Money To Find Out Why Obese Girls Get Fewer Dates.” “Feminists: Slow Motion Is Sexist.” ... more »

THE CURRENT NEED FOR THE PATH AHEAD.

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 16 hours ago
by American Kabuki Once again I face a move before the end of the month. This one outside my control. Many of us are in the same situation and its not likely any us will remain in the same location. There's kind of diaspora occurring, friends are still friends, but we seem to be congregating in location nodes of some sort around Morocco. I am not really sure what that means but I can see it happening. Could be just Source spreading the love around. You feel good one place but not another and you go by that. Could be geography, resources, Internet connections, business needs... more »

Watch Tusk 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 16 hours ago
*Tusk (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : R Score : 6.7 Release : 19 Sep 2014 Duration : 102 min Genre : Comedy, Drama, Horror Director : Kevin Smith Writer : Kevin Smith Cast : Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment Synopsis TuskWhen podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him. Description TuskOur spacious and extensive Designer premises house several display islands, each containing piping-hot Tradi... more »

Lisi, triality, postmodernism, and Hawaiian beaches

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
After the merchant of smear Ms Naomi Oreskes, Edward Witten has another "peer" who has also been interviewed by John "End of Science" Horgan: the surfer dude also known as Garrett Lisi: Surfer-Physicist Garrett Lisi Offers Alternative to String Theory—and Academia The absurdity of this company is self-evident and comical. Horgan begins by an explanation why Garrett Lisi is "famous". In November 2007, Lisi submitted a paper on a theory of everything. Lee Smolin added him to his short list of 17 "geniuses" (which included 5 people whom Smolin hasn't slept with; I make no statements w... more »

Heavenletter #5078 Where Your Consciousness Dwells

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
Heavenletter #5078 Where Your Consciousness Dwells October 20, 2014 God said: Sometimes it may seem that life is rigged, that it’s a set up, that you are given the idea that you have free will, yet everything is already in place. Sometimes you feel that life is all destiny and not your free will at all, only you are the last one to know. That’s just it. Free will means free. It doesn’t mean Free Control. This is another way to say that free will doesn’t have to mean getting your way. How do you know what is actually your free will. In the world, you have been indoctrinated, even... more »

Ebola Updates - October 21 , 2014 - Global News pertaining to the 2014 Outbreak !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Tweets.... Mosul Eye and 9 others follow *ABC News* ‏@ABC 1h1 hour ago Rwanda screening all visitors from US and Spain for *Ebola* after cases in both cases: http://abcn.ws/1rpPDQf - @ABCNewsHealth ABC News [image: View this content on ABC News's website] Rwanda Introduces Ebola Screening -- for Americans By Liz Neporent @Lizzyfit Rwandan officials want to screen Americans amid Ebola fears. View on web *Laurie Garrett* ‏@Laurie_Garrett 3h3 hours ago A British naval vessel w 350 passengers & medical supps is on its way to # *SierraLeone* #*Ebola* epidemic now http://news.y...more »

Ebola Special Report ( October 16 , 2014 ) - Executive Order: Ordering the Selected Reserve and Certain Individual Ready Reserve Members of the Armed Forces to Active Duty - to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa ...... DOCTOR: U.S. ARMY REJECTED SUCCESSFUL EBOLA DRUG 2 WEEKS BEFORE OUTBREAK Exclusive: Former flight surgeon had been working with Ft. Detrick to develop treatment ...... The critical tweets of the day as Ebola here in the US keeps taking unexpected twists and turns !

Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Links.... *FRESH NIGHTMARE FOR THE LAND OF EBOLA: FOOD... * *Dallas' Top Public Health Epidemiologist Being Monitored... * *Hospital Had Screening Machine Military Using in Africa... * *TX health workers receiving orders to stay home... * *Solace in USA with Sanitizer, Prayer... * *First Video of Infected Nurse: 'Come party in Maryland'... * *PAPER: Fears have cast suspicions on Africans... * *CRUZ: CONGRESS SHOULD BE CALLED BACK FOR TRAVEL BAN...* *BUCHANAN: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS COULD KILL A LOT OF US...* *Protester In Mask, Hazmat Gear Stumps Outside White House... * *Alarm...more »

The message you send...

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
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FEAR-BOLA - CNN COVERING ITS PROVERBIAL ASS AS TO ITS COMPLICITY IN THIS???

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
Faster than you can say "HEAD-LIES NEWS", CNN launches this article on the *EBOLA HYSTERIA* known as FEAR-BOLA sweeping the North American continent... Like..HUH? WHEN DID YOU GET A CONSCIENCE? Maybe Ben Fulford is right on this one? It was all a negotiating tactic by partners in contrast? Oh but there's going to be an energetic consequence for this one... Even if it was all illusion... ARTICLE HERE: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/20/health/ebola-overreaction/index.html?sr=fb102014ebolahysteria4pVODtopPhoto

Libya Updates ( October 21 , 2014 ) Reporting on the Chaotic State of Affairs ......As Noted by The Economist " Libya Is Dangerously Divided ...... A Country On The Edge "

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Overview - The Economist...... *The Economist* @TheEconomist · 17h17 hours ago Libya is dangerously divided. Our #Dailychart looks at a country on the edge http://econ.st/1sGMDTw [image: Embedded image permalink] LibyaAlHurra retweeted *Voice of America* @VOA_News · 9h9 hours ago Fierce fighting in Benghazi kills at least 65 - http://bit.ly/1sHjkjz [image: Embedded image permalink] *Good Morning Libya* @Morning_LY · 10h10 hours ago #Libya | After pledging allegiance to #ISIS, #Darnah's Islamic Youth Shoura Council launches an 'Islamic Court'. [image: Embedded ... more »

Ukraine / Russia Situation ( October 21 , 2014 ) Current items pertaining to the Natural Gas Talks , Sanctions , MH 17 situation , State of Play in East Ukraine , Ukrainian Elections - and much more .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
Anti War.... FM: Russia Won’t Accept US Terms to End SanctionsInsists Demands Not About Resolving Ukraine Crisis by Jason Ditz, October 20, 2014 Print This | Share This In a high profile interview with NTV, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that his country was not going to be able to make the concessions demanded by the United States as conditions of ending the sanctions on the Russian economy. Lavrov insisted his country is doing more than any other to try to keep the Ukraine ceasefire in place, and was trying to resolve the situation there, but that the US demands had... more »

ZEROHEDGE: "Anti-Petrodollar" CEO Of French Energy Giant Total Dies In Freak Plane Crash In Moscow

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-20/anti-petrodollar-ceo-french-energy-giant-total-dies-freak-plane-crash-moscow "Anti-Petrodollar" CEO Of French Energy Giant Total Dies In Freak Plane Crash In Moscow [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/20/2014 19:10 -0400 Three months ago, the CEO of Total, Christophe de Margerie, dared utter the phrase heard around the petrodollar world, "*There is no reason to pay for oil in dollars," * as we noted here. Today, RT reports the dreadful news that he was *killed in a business jet crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow ... more »

Iraq / Syria Regional War Updates ( October 21 , 2014 ) - Focus on Turkey , Northern Iraq and Northern Syria

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 19 hours ago
Tweets of note..... *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 1h1 hour ago #PYD leader expresses gratitude for weapons received from #Kurdistan region to combat #ISIS in #Kobane. http://fb.me/3185nVLn9 Wladimir retweeted *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 3h3 hours ago #ISIS advanced into Qara Tappa disguised as #Kurdish Peshmerga, Kurdish security sources reveal. http://fb.me/6Qk1EoR8Z *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 2h2 hours ago U.S. approves sale of $600 million in tank ammunition to Iraq — Reuters http://fb.me/70iBXNYnu *Bas News English* @EnglishBasNews · 37m37 ... more »

Turmoil in Hong Kong, Terrorism in Xinjiang: America's Covert War on China

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 hours ago
*October 21 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - China is facing increasing pressure along two fronts. In its western province of Xinjiang, terrorists have been stepping up destabilization and separatist activities. In China's southeast Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, protests have disrupted normality in the dense urban streets, with protest leaders seeking to directly confront Beijing while dividing and destabilizing both Hong Kong society and attempting to "infect" the mainland. What is more troubling is the greater geopolitical agenda driving both of these seemingly "inte... more »

Total Oil

Spike EP at News Spike - 19 hours ago
"A staunch defender of Russia and its energy policies amid the conflict in Ukraine, De Margerie told Reuters in a July interview that Europe should stop thinking about cutting its dependence on Russian gas and focus instead on making those deliveries safer. He said tensions between the west and Russia were pushing Moscow closer to China, as illustrated by a $400bn deal to supply Beijing with gas that was clinched in May. *“Are we going to build a new Berlin Wall?” *he said. *“Russia is a partner and we shouldn’t waste time protecting ourselves from a neighbour … What we are looki... more »

Boeing Seeks Revised Schedule for U.S. Aerial Tanker

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: KC-46 aerial tanker]Boeing Co. is revising its master schedule for developing the new U.S. Air Force aerial tanker, adding to uncertainty about a plane that already has run up an estimated $1 billion in excess costs for the contractor. The Air Force “has been continually monitoring” Boeing’s “progress on their internal schedules, and as we get” the contractor’s proposed revised time line “we will continue to assess the milestones,” Ed Gulick, a spokesman for the service said in an e-mailed statement. Boeing won the tanker work in February 2011 when it beat Paris-based Europ... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Transcendence of issues arising within and (apparently) without is of primary importance for all Gaia out-lookers

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 20 hours ago
*Transcendence of issues arising within and (apparently) without is of primary importance for all Gaia out-lookers* by ÉirePort Transcendence of issues arising within and (apparently) without is of primary importance for all Gaia out-lookers. Flairing of Cosmics concurrently with incursions of Cosmics into darker holes of Gaia, creates turbulence at all levels of Gaia consciousness, collectively and individually. Clandestines are no longer. Residences of Energies continues the climb, and will continue through the Golden Sun Emergence. Within and With-out are now the same. Pres... more »

Nuclear weapons deal with US renewed in secret, UK confirms

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Aldermaston site of the Atomic Weapons Establishment]The British government has just published amendments updating a treaty that goes to the heart of the UK's special relationship with the US. They relate to the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA) first signed in 1958, which, according to the government, enables the UK and the US "nuclear warhead communities to collaborate on all aspects of nuclear deterrence including nuclear warhead design and manufacture". One amendment refers to potential threats from "state or non-state actors". But the amendments are for the most part arcan...more »

Russia to Launch Third and Final Bulava SLBM Last Week of November: Defense Source

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RFS Alexander Nevsky]The third and final launch this year of the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) will take place in the final week of November from the Alexander Nevsky nuclear submarine, a high-ranking official from the Russian military-industrial complex announced Monday. “There will be two more launches of the Bulava [submarine-launch ballistic] missile by the end of the year. One launch will be held in the last week of October from the Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear submarine, and the last one will be in the end of November from the Alexander Nevsky,” the offi... more »

Pilot killed after two Taiwan air force training jets collide mid-air

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AT-3 Advanced Trainer]Two Taiwan air force jets collided mid-air during a routine training flight in southern Taiwan on Tuesday, killing one pilot, the air force said. The accident occurred shortly after the AT-3 training jet, code number 0815, of the air force aerobatic team “Thunder Tigers,” took off from Gangshan air force base in Kaohsiung with another AT-3 training jet from the same team at 11:10am, an air force officer said. “Code 0815 crashed in a banana farm in Chikuan and the pilot was hospitalised,” said Wang Chou-hsuan, political warfare director of the air force... more »

Two F-16 fighter jets collide in Elk County

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The Oklahoma Air National Guard says two of its fighter jets collided over southeast Kansas Monday during a training exercise, with one ejecting from one of the aircraft. Military officials confirmed the collision took place around 2:20 Monday afternoon. One of the jets then crashed near the intersection of Road 13 and Harvest Drive, about three miles north of Moline. Around 2:30 p.m., officials at Tulsa International Airport received an emergency alert. Minutes later, the other fighter jet landed on a runway at the airport. Read more

Disfraces y Maquillaje de Halloween con Ideas Muy Realistas

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 21 hours ago
Tenemos para ti el día de hoy una bonita *colección de imágenes* con personas que se han maquillado para celebrar la fiesta del *Halloween* de una manera muy realista. En las siguientes fotos usted será testigo de la creatividad que estas *chicas y chicos* han puesto para conseguir un aspecto que asusta de verdad. Esperamos que estas grandes ideas puedan servirle a usted para que también *asuste a sus amigos la noche de Halloween*. Vamos a las imágenes... -Fuente: Mashable

Navy's Advanced Hawkeye will deploy next year

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: E-2D Advanced Hawkeye]The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been declared to be operational, meaning that deployment training for the US Navy’s newest airborne warning and control aircraft can begin in earnest. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Advanced Hawkeye was achieved Oct. 10 when Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (VAW-125) was certified to have five operational aircraft, five trained air crews and a fully-certified maintenance team. With IOC declared, the VAW-125 Tigertails now will train with Carrier Air Wing 1, scheduled to deploy next year aboard the c... more »

Bring back the Harrier fighter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: SeaHarrier]The British-designed P1127 – the prototype Harrier fighter – first flew on October 21 1960, a date shared with Lord Nelson’s success at Trafalgar in 1805. The situation developing in Ukraine and the Middle East may require, once again, everything this country can provide, including both new aircraft carriers. Britain’s “next generation” fighter, the F-35, is not ready, not serviceable, not battle-proven and is so expensive that only small numbers are ordered. Read more

China's Only Air Craft Carrier Is Having Some Technical Difficulties

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Liaoning]China has developed some impressive defence capabilities in recent years. But one of its flagship achievements has had some notable technical problems in recent weeks. As Robert Beckhusen explained at War is Boring, the Liaoning, China’s sole aircraft carrier, unexpectedly powered down during a sea trial last week. The vessel “appeared to suffer a steam explosion which temporarily knocked out the carrier’s electrical power system,” Beckhusen wrote, citing a Chinese-language media report (which is summarized at Asia Defence News). Beckhusen notes these sorts of failu... more »

HMS Liverpool begins final journey to scrapyard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMS Liverpool]HMS Liverpool will be towed from the UK today to be broken up at a Turkish scrapyard. The Type 42 destroyer, nicknamed “Crazy Red Chicken” after her red Liver Bird badge, was built by Cammell Laird in 1982 and after 30 years’ service was finally laid up at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, on March 30 2012. During service, HMS Liverpool was stationed in the Falkland Islands for six months after the war with Argentina in 1982 and she helped evacuate the Caribbean island of Montserrat after a volcanic eruption in 1995. Read more

Russia offers India 3 additional Talwar class frigates

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Talwar class FFG]Russia offered India three additional Project 11356 or Talwar class frigates, after New Delhi made a formal request, Vladimir Spiridopulo, the general director working on this project at the Northern Design Bureau, said. Negotiations have been taking place since this spring, TASS said. Russia supplied India with two sets of three Project 11356 frigates, with the last one being the INS Trikand. “Negotiations on the third set of three frigates have been taking place with the Indian side since this spring. India sent us a request and we presented a proposal in... more »

N.K. believed to have acquired new type of submarine: U.S. think tank

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: New North Korean submarine]North Korea is believed to have acquired a new type of submarine, a U.S. think tank said Sunday, citing an analysis of years of satellite imagery of the communist nation’s submarine bases and shipyards. The new submarine was moored in the secured boat basin at the Sinpo South Shipyard on the North’s northeast coast, according to a review of satellite imagery from 2010 until the present, according to the 38 North website run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. “The newly identified submarine has a ... more »

Swedish hunt for Russian submarine sparked by interception of encrypted message, newspaper claims

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMS Stockholm]It is like a scene from the Cold War: the sighting of a suspicious underwater object in the waters off Stockholm forces Swedish military forces to launch their largest search operation in decades. To add extra spice to the affair, a Swedish newspaper reports that the mobilization of ships, troops and helicopters is in response to the interception of an encrypted message from a stricken Russian submarine to its fleet headquarters in the Baltic Sea. The claim that a Russian boat is responsible for sparking the alert is immediately denied in Moscow, where the defe... more »

Is The U.S. And Saudi Arabia Manipulating Oil Production (And Prices) To Bring Russia And Iran To The Brink Of Economic Collapse?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Is The Oil Crash A Secret US War On Russia? -- Anthony Zurcher, BBC* Lower oil prices, reflected in falling petrol prices at the pump, have been a boon for Western consumers. Are they also a potent US weapon against Russia and Iran? That's the conclusion drawn by New York Times columnist Thomas L Friedman, who says the US and Saudi Arabia, whether by accident or design, could be pumping Russia and Iran to brink of economic collapse. Despite turmoil in many of the world's oil-producing countries - Libya, Iraq, Nigeria and Syria - prices are hitting lows not seen in years, Friedman... more »

Alarmists argue about the 5-year plan

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
*The alarmist party is split to a joule wing and a kelvin wing* Three weeks ago, Mr Victor and Mr Kennel admitted in Nature that the 2 °C "warming target" is a plain idiocy. In the climate alarmist movement, even such obviously valid observations turn out to be immensely controversial. So Stefan Rahmstorf published another memo on RealClimate.ORG, Ocean heat storage: a particularly lousy policy target The tirade starts with a 2027 article in the New York Times where they announced that the 2 °C target was replaced by the 1024 joule target after the 385th gathering of the climate al... more »

IPR and Innovation 19: The Policy Workshop Seminar in Hong Kong

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
Two weeks from now, I will participate in a small group meeting-seminar on intellectual property rights (IPR) of independent Asian think tanks to be held in Hong Kong. The event is sponsored by The Policy Workshop, a public affairs firm that helps clients meet public policy challenges and communications, headed by a friend, Cathy Windells. The event will be held one day before the Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia 2014 conference, Among the cool reading materials are these. The Global IP Center (GIPC) of the US Chamber of Commerce published a few months ago *The International I... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Falling Through Time”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
2002, “Falling Through Time” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn5SjXaxc74&feature=g-vrec

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“An asterism is just a recognized pattern of stars that is not one the 88 official constellations. For example, one of the most famous (and largest) asterisms is the Big Dipper within the constellation Ursa Major. But this pretty chain of stars, visible with binoculars towards the long-necked constellation of Camelopardalis, is also a recognized asterism. *Click image for larger size.* Known as Kemble's Cascade, it contains about 20 stars nearly in a row, stretching over five times the width of a full moon. Tumbling from the upper right to lower left in the picture, Kemble's Cascade ... more »

Smoking Gun! Wall Street Banker Marshall Tuck violated student and parent civil rights!

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
*"...raises significant concerns that [Marshall Tuck run] PLAS continues to disregard state law, regulation, and LAUSD policy and is failing to implement transparent and uniform procedures to ensure parent and student rights are protected." — MALDEF / Public Counsel* [image: Smoking Gun! Wall Street Banker Marshall Tuck violated student and parent's civil rights!] Those of us who have had the great misfortune of watching Eli Broad's protegé, Wall Street Banker Marshall Tuck, operating in Los Angeles over the years have witnessed numerous nefarious activities. From Tuck's thinly v... more »

Could You Give Like This Man?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 23 hours ago
*Video - *Research suggests that not only is giving good for you—your health, your happiness, and your sense of purpose—but gift-giving activates the good things that people do to heal a wounded world. The post Could You Give Like This Man? appeared first on Waking Times.

"Thucydides In The Underworld"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Master, what gnaws at them so hideously their lamentation stuns the very air?" "They have no hope of death," he answered me..." - Dante Alighieri, "The Inferno" *"Thucydides In The Underworld"* by J. R. Nyquist "The shade of Thucydides, formerly an Athenian general and historian, languished in Hades for 24 centuries; and having intercourse with other spirits, was perturbed by an influx into the underworld of self-described historians professing to admire his History of the Peloponnesian War. They burdened him with their writings, priding themselves on the imitation of his method... more »

"Stop Being Perfect..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. The things you own end up owning you. We are defined by the choices we make. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? I say, never be complete. I say, stop being perfect. I say, let’s evolve and let the chips fall where they may…" ~ Chuck Palahniuk, "Fight Club"

Chet Raymo, “Finding It Where You Are”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Finding It Where You Are”* by Chet Raymo “Yes, I've been to Walden. Been there several times, in fact. With students. We sat on the earth at the site of the cabin and read from the book. And the wind stirred the pines, and the hickories, and the oaks, and rippled the pond that shone like silver in the early morning sun. And then, to honor the spirit of the man we came to visit, we sat silently, as if on the stoop of his cabin with friends, knowing that any words, even his own, intruded on the haunting beauty of the place itself. Walden Pond Mary Oliver has a poem called "Going To... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Life... is not about how fast you run or even with what degree of grace. It's about perseverance, about staying on your feet and slogging forward no matter what." - Dean Koontz

“Once When We Were Free”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Once When We Were Free”* By Jon Rappoport "We’re so much more sensible now. We don’t live our lives as much as we arrange them and organize them. B follows A. D follows C. We take our medicine and our shots because the doctor says so. We’re careful, because accidents happen. We don’t say what’s on our minds a lot of the time, because other people might pass that on, and who knows? We might get into trouble. But once upon a time, when we were young, we were free. We didn’t take any shots and when we got sick we recovered. We were stronger than kids are now. We didn’t ask for much... more »

Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet- On Laws"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Prophet- On Laws"* "You delight in laying down laws, Yet you delight more in breaking them. Like children playing by the ocean who build sand-towers with constancy and then destroy them with laughter. But while you build your sand-towers the ocean brings more sand to the shore, And when you destroy them the ocean laughs with you. Verily the ocean laughs always with the innocent. But what of those to whom life is not an ocean, and man-made laws are not sandtowers, But to whom life is a rock, and the law a chisel with which they would carve it in their own likeness? What of the crip... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

Ebola: “Top Scientist Warns This Version Of Ebola Looks Like ‘A Very Different Bug’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Top Scientist Warns This Version Of Ebola * *Looks Like ‘A Very Different Bug’"* by Michael Snyder “Barack Obama and the head of the CDC need to quit saying that we know exactly how Ebola spreads. Because the truth is that there is much about this virus that we simply do not know. For example, a top Ebola scientist that is working in the heart of the outbreak in Liberia says that this version of Ebola looks like it could be "a very different bug" from past versions. Other leading scientists are echoing his concerns. And yet Barack Obama and Thomas Frieden continue to publicly ... more »

Accepting Money From Lobbyists Is A Form Of Legalistic Bribery— And Everyone Knows It

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
This week PolitiFact asked a direct, simple question: Does Mitch McConnell receive more money from lobbyists than any other member of Congress?. It was based an the ascertain by Alison Lundergan Grimes on March 27— and disputed by McConnell operatives— that he does. What she said, precisely, is that McConnell is “the number one recipient of contributions from lobbyists this cycle.” There can be little dispute that he is, but that didn’t stop Team Mitch from disputing it. McConnell took $281,301 from lobbyists this cycle and the second most corrupt man in Congress, John Boehner (R-... more »

Murray Polner : Silent rabbis

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Arthur Hertzberg believed that the quasi-religious reverence for Israel, right or wrong, tainted the beauty and grandeur of Judaism. By Murray Polner | The Rag Blog | October 21, 2014 One of the smartest, most courageous and provocative rabbis I … finish reading Murray Polner : Silent rabbis

Could Mysterious Engravings of Ancient Egyptians in Autrialia Rewrite our History?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Steve Strong* - Do the Gosford Glyphs in Australia offer evidence that the continent was populated long before we think the human race inhabited earth... The post Could Mysterious Engravings of Ancient Egyptians in Autrialia Rewrite our History? appeared first on Waking Times.

Watch Tamako Love Story 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*Tamako Love Story (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 8.2 Release : 26 Apr 2014 Duration : 83 min Genre : Animation, Comedy, Romance Director : Naoko Yamada Writer : Reiko Yoshida (screenplay) Cast : Yuki Kaneko, Juri Nagatsuma, Aya Suzaki, Atsushi Tamaru Synopsis Tamako Love StoryN/A Description Tamako Love Storytvtokyo mxkbsbs11BS20131,Tamako Market () is an original anime TV series produced by Kyoto Animation and directed by Naoko Yamada, with Reiko Yoshida serving as head ...,20141002 104()Blu-rayDVD,The structure follows a episodic layout, and it's not surprising as it'... more »

Watch Call Girl of Cthulhu Full Movie 2014 Streaming

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*Call Girl of Cthulhu (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 6.8 Release : 01 May 2014 Duration : 92 min Genre : Comedy, Horror Director : Chris LaMartina Writer : Jimmy George, Chris LaMartina, H.P. Lovecraft (inspired by the works of), Chris LaMartina, Jimmy George Cast : David Phillip Carollo, Melissa O'Brien, Nicolette le Faye, Dave Gamble Synopsis Call Girl of CthulhuWhen a virginal artist falls in love with a call girl, she turns out to be the chosen bride of the alien god Cthulhu. To save her, he must stop an ancient cult from summoning their god and destroying mankind. ... more »

The Economy: “Poor Ron Paul...”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Poor Ron Paul...”* by Bill Bonner “Over the weekend, we were down in Nashville at the Stansberry Conference Series event, along with Ron Paul, Porter Stansberry, Jim Rickards and others. The question on the table: What's ahead for the US? Ron Paul took up the question from a geopolitical angle. He told the crowd that the military-security industry had Congress in its pocket. As a result, we can expect more borrowing, more spending and more pointless and futile wars. They may be bad for the country and its citizens, says Paul, but they are good for the people who make fighter jet... more »

Watch Ready 2 Die 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*Ready 2 Die (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : 5.0 Release : 18 Mar 2014 Duration : 80 min Genre : Crime, Drama, Thriller Director : John Azpilicueta Writer : John Azpilicueta, Ted Grau Cast : Pablo Santiago, Jacob Martinez, John Azpilicueta, Bless May Synopsis Ready 2 DieAfter a violent bank robbery, the trio of hoods make their way across East L.A. carrying a blood-soaked bag of money. When word gets out, they must fend off gangs and crooked cops alike as they strive to keep the loot and stay alive. Description Ready 2 DieDownload the Magento Community Edition, our free o... more »

Images of the People

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*The core walkers* *One of our best lunch spots during the walk * I am home now after our big finish at Pratt-Whitney in North Berwick. We walked from the UCC church in Saco where we were hosted last night in a supper of more than 50 people....music by church members, great food, words and music from walkers. Then this morning the church minister and his staff (about 7 in all) walked nine miles with us. Walking with us too were a good bunch of Veterans For Peace (VFP) members from Massachusetts so our walking line was impressive - particularly with the white VFP flags. As we w... more »

Watch: Every Planet And Star In The Known Galaxy Shown In One Video

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*American Museum of Natural History* The Digital Universe, developed by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, incorporates data from dozens of organizations worldwide to create the most complete and accurate 3-D atlas of the Universe from the local solar neighborhood out to the edge of the observable Universe. The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional ...more »

PEI: Still Lubing up for the Catlick Church

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
It seems the CBC got its hands on a leaked business plan to bring abortion to the "Gentle Island." A leaked business plan for a twice-monthly clinic prepared by Health PEI shows the province could have saved $37,000 a year providing abortions on the Island, rather than paying for them to be performed at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre in Halifax. In addition, women using the service would also save tens of thousands of dollars. Currently, PEI is the only province that has zip zero nada abortion services and forces women to travel at their own expense. So, while sensi... more »

Let Coakley Lose

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Some of us are done with "Democrats" who support corporate education agendas. I say let Coakley's incompetence take her where it will. *By Matt Murphy STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE * * Posted Oct. 20, 2014 @ 5:49 am * * MALDEN * *BOSTON, OCT. 19, 2014.....Democratic gubernatorial nominee Martha Coakley spent part of her weekend trying to patch up her campaign's relationship with a key constituency after her recent comments about charter schools left members of the state's largest teachers union feeling "deep anger and disappointment" with their candidate .* *The Massachusetts Teachers... more »

Mother and Cubs on Hudsons Bay

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago

What Is Russian President Putin's Next Move?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow. *Putin's Next Move Could Make Eastern Europe Explode -- Brett LoGiurato, Business Insider* What is going on in Vladimir Putin's mind? That's the question a panel of Russia experts was trying to answer Tuesday morning. Attention on Russia and the crisis in Ukraine has dwindled as the press has focused more on the West's fight against the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State. US Secretary of State John Kerry also announced Tuesday increa... more »

Ukraine Separatist Leader Declares That The Ceasefire Is Over

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Separatist 'Prime Minister': The Ceasefire In Ukraine Is Over -- Business Insider* The self-declared "prime minister" of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) has declared on Twitter that the month-old ceasefire between Ukraine and the separatist republic has ended. Granted, this was the sort of cease-fire during which heavy combat was frequent, including fighting that destroyed much of the Donetsk airport. But on Monday, DNR leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko admitted what has been obvious for some time, and tweeted the following after a period of particularly heavy fightin... more »

Don't be so sure that Pope Francis lost this round of squabbling with the bishops

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The pope at the now-concluded Vatican synod on the family.* *by Ken* On Friday I poked around the pushback being felt within and without the special synod of bishops gathered in the Vatican to ponder family issues. The synod seems clearly an initiative of Pope Francis to see where the boys in the hierarchi he inherited are standing on his initiatives to imbue Catholic family values with some measure of humanity. By then the vocal and power-grubbing coterie of scumbag bishops had already begun watering down the draft document circulated on Monday, and the power-grubbers in the hi... more »

Nigeria's Ceasefire With The Boko Haram Is 'Falling Apart'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BBC *Cease-Fire Falling Apart Amid Renewed Fighting In Northeast Nigeria -- Voice of America* The cease-fire deal announced by the Nigerian government on Friday appears to be unraveling as fresh clashes between soldiers and Boko Haram militants are reported in the northeastern town of Damboa. The news comes as the government prepares for more regionally mediated talks in Chad to discuss the release of 219 schoolgirls still held by the sect. Residents of Borno state said that since the cease-fire was announced Friday, militants have attacked several communities - killing at least ... more »

The Failure of The International Community And Islamic Leaders To Protect Minorities In Iraq And Across The Middle East

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*An excerpt from, "The international community is failing its obligation to protect Iraq’s persecuted minorities" by Lord Alton of Liverpool, Catholic Herald, August 12, 2014:* Almost 75 per cent of the world’s population live in countries with high levels of government restrictions on freedom of religion or belief. Christian minorities, Mandeans, Yazidis, Baha’is, Jews and Ahmadis are among those who face unspeakable persecution. And so do Muslims. The head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, Professor Dr Mehmet Gormez, told the World Islamic Scholars Peace, Moderation an... more »

future tech

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Weather Derivatives ??

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*I've speculated privately this was going on with HAARP weather manipulations after watching the TV series Rubicon which has a plot in which a cabal of highly placed military-industrial-think-tank types trigger and plan terrorist attacks worldwide to speculate in high frequency trading of market swings in energy and other commodities. Volitily makes HFT profitable. Death can come by many means including weather... but it still terrorism. I think its also the reason for the high secrecy surrounding HAARP and "Geo-Engineering"... that and the liability were it known to be an esta... more »

NASA Confirms A 2,500-Square-Mile Cloud Of Methane Floating Over US Southwest

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Mike G* - NASA confirms that there is a giant methane gas cloud forming over the Western US, and it is the result of the oil and gas industry... The post NASA Confirms A 2,500-Square-Mile Cloud Of Methane Floating Over US Southwest appeared first on Waking Times.

Thorne Dreyer : PODCAST | Author Michael Harris on the Digital Revolution and ‘The End of Absence’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Journalist and editor Harris, our guest on Rag Radio, discusses ‘Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection.’ Interview by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | October 20, 2014 Our guest on Rag Radio, journalist Michael Harris, … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *PODCAST* | Author Michael Harris on the Digital Revolution and ‘The End of Absence’

Creating False Reality with the Green Screen

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Heather Callaghan* - Chroma Key or 'Green Screening' is the tool that filmmakers use to make fiction come to life on the screen.... The post Creating False Reality with the Green Screen appeared first on Waking Times.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 20, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*What Does It Mean For An Ebola Outbreak To End? -- Alexandra Sifferlin, Time* *And how does the World Health Organization decide when that happens?* *Nigeria’s most recent outbreak of Ebola is over, the nation’s government and World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday.* But — with fear of Ebola continuing to grip the world — what does that even mean? How does the WHO know that Nigeria is in the clear? The answer, it turns out, is very specific: The WHO says a country can declare their outbreak to be over when it makes it through 42 days without a new case. That’s two i... more »

When the answer is Bryan Gould…

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: image] Bryan Gould has been selected to run the post-election review of Labour’s failure. He is a man fully qualified for the job. What he doesn’t know about failing Labour parties isn’t worth knowing. After all, that’s where he spent a whole lifetime. [image: image] [image: _BryanGould]Gould was a senior part of the British Labour Party that made themselves unelectable for virtually a generation. Leaders Neil Kinnock and Michael Foot were Labour’s gifts to Margaret Thatcher and John Major – making even the sub-mediocre Major look good enough to bring home the elector... more »

World News Briefs -- October 20, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Turkey To Let Iraqi Kurds Reinforce Kobani As U.S. Drops Arms To Defenders -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington had asked Ankara to help "get the peshmerga or other groups" into Kobani so that they could help defend the town on the Turkish frontier, adding that he hoped the Kurds would "take this fight on". *Read ... more »

Whoever Wins In Mississippi, It Will Be A Victory For The NRA And For Anti-Choice, Anti-Immigrant And Anti-Gay Fanatics

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The bitterly divisive Republican Party primary in Kansas has endangered the Republicans’ ability to hold that red, red state’s Senate seat. The Republican Party primary in Mississippi was even more bitter and more divisive. But Thad Cochran, the senile 76 year old incumbent who was first sent to Washington in 1973 (as a congressman) and who has been in the Senate since 1978, is probably going to hold on. He spent almost $6,000,000 in the primary and squeaked by teabagger Chris McDaniel 157,733 to 156,315 in the first round and 194,932 to 187,265 in the runoff. Two weeks from tomo... more »

Watch The Father's Love 2014 Full Movie Online

Vance Lindsey at MegaCinema HD Stream - 1 day ago
*The Father's Love (2014)* Year : 2014 Rating : N/A Score : N/A Release : 20 Aug 2014 Duration : 86 min Genre : Drama, Romance Director : Sharon Kon Writer : Sharon Kon, Mara Measor Cast : Angela Lin, Erik McKay, Raushanah Simmons, Jordan Turchin Synopsis The Father's LoveSarah, an aspiring filmmaker meets the man of her dreams. Charming, handsome, and wealthy, Reece becomes her world. As their story unfolds, Sarah is taken on a journey of heartbreak and forgiveness, exploring the meaning of her relationships both past and present. Description The Father's LoveFather Gruner & The M... more »

Windfall profits for some at the expense of affordable housing for others

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Here is how the housing market works under John Key’s crony capitalism: he and his housing minister and the council’s planners have between them just made around half-a-dozen land-owners around Auckland rich beyond their wildest dreams.* In announcing the “Housing Accord” with the Greater Auckland Council, planners and politicians failed to understand the power of Mr Market. Announcing out of the blue some land allowed to slip through the council’s zoning net, the land-owners quickly discovered their land formerly zoned rural by planners now had the politicians’ and planners’ tick...more »

Social Pollution or Social Control?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
Ajit Pai (2014, October 17) The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter. The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/truthy-project-is-unworthy-of-tax-dollars/2014/10/17/a3274faa-531b-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html?wpisrc=nl-headlines&wpmm=1*Ajit Pai is a member of the Federal Communications Commission.* [excerpt] If you take to Twitter to express your views on a hot-button issue, does the government have an interest in deciding whether you are spreading “misinformation’’? If you tweet your support for a candidate in the November elections, should... more »

coming full circle: my sixth-grade obsession meets my teen book club

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
Continuing on the young-adult fiction theme, it's been about six months since I blathered about my absolute favourite part of my job: teen book club. Our monthly gathering is still going strong, a small but dedicated group of young readers who love books, and love to talk about books. My posters for TBC invite teens to "hang out, eat snacks, talk about books, talk about life," and that pretty much sums up what we do. Every few months, the group votes on the next four titles, chosen from a selection that I gather, as well as their own suggestions. Most young readers gravitate towards... more »

the so-called "y.a. debate" rages on, but doesn't a debate have two sides?

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
In June of this year, *Slate* ran a now-infamous piece called "Against YA," in which Ruth Graham argued that adults shouldn't read young-adult fiction, and should be embarrassed if they do. A flood of posts and essays were written in response; my own response is here. In the short term, as far as I can tell, not a single writer agreed with Graham. Despite this lopsided showing, some headline writer (possibly here) dubbed this "The Great Y.A. Debate," and the name stuck. There must be people out there who agree with Graham - surely hers was not an original idea - but one cranky artic... more »