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Sunday, May 24, 2015

24 May - Blogs I'm Following II

English: The Black sea, Fiolent rocks formatio...English: The Black sea, Fiolent rocks formation near Sevastopol. Русский: Черное море, мыс Фиолент возле Севастополя. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Landsat satellite photo of limans along the Bl...Landsat satellite photo of limans along the Black Sea coast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The wider area of the Urals, showing the trans...The wider area of the Urals, showing the transition of temperate forest, taiga, steppe and semi-desert. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
May 2004. Phytoplankton blooms and plumes of s...May 2004. Phytoplankton blooms and plumes of sediment form the bright blue swirls that ring the Black Sea in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Bay of Laspi on the Crimea's Black Sea coa...The Bay of Laspi on the Crimea's Black Sea coast at sunset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Specially For You

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 30 minutes ago
We, as consumers, have great power. Our purchases send a clear message to manufacturers about what we want ... and they, wishing to prosper, provide the products which we are willing to spend money on. So if we support Eco-friendly products and companies, we encourage the market to provide more of the same ... and that's good for us and the earth! Today I'd like to introduce you to the companies currently listed on our *Special Offers Page*. I don't receive any compensation for their listing, or this post ... I simply feel that it's important to support companies who are doing their... more »

The Art Of Avoiding War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 39 minutes ago
Cristoraul.com *Robert Kaplan, The Atlantic*: *The Art of Avoiding War* *Why it’s so hard to defeat an enemy that won’t fight you, and what this means for U.S. strategy on everything from the Islamic State to China* *The Scythians were nomadic horsemen who dominated a vast realm of the Pontic steppe north of the Black Sea, in present-day Ukraine and southern Russia, from the seventh century to the third century b.c. Unlike other ancient peoples who left not a trace, the Scythians continued to haunt and terrify long after they were gone. Herodotus recorded that they “ravaged the wh... more »

Coco de Mer - X

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 57 minutes ago

Russia Issues Travel Warning Of U.S. Arrest Threats

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 59 minutes ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, May 20, 2015. Reuters/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Reuters*:* Moscow issues travel warning over U.S. 'hunt' for Russians* *Russia's foreign ministry has warned its citizens traveling abroad of the risks posed by U.S. law enforcement bodies and special services, which it said were hunting for Russians around the world.* *In a statement on Friday it also accused Washington of kidnapping Russians, citing cases such as that of Vladimir Drinkman, who was extradite... more »

Greece Cannot Make Its Next Debt Payment To The IMF. The Country Is Now On The Verge Of A Default

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 59 minutes ago
*The Guardian:* *Greece warns it is set to default on debt repayment loans* *Interior minister says Athens simply cannot satisfy IMF deadline next month unless it works out a deal with eurozone creditors* *Greece has threatened to default on €1.6bn (£1.14bn) of debt repayment due on international bailout loans next month, claiming it does not have the funds to satisfy creditors at the same time as paying wages and pensions.* *The Greek interior minister, Nikos Voutsis, a long-standing ally of the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, insisted the country was near to financial collapse. ... more »

Are Military Tributes At Baseball Games True Honors Or Hollow Gestures?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Washington Post*:* Military tributes at baseball games: True honors or hollow gestures?* *Like most people, John Dever awoke Sept. 11, 2001, saw horrific images on the news and tried to make sense of what would come next. Dever worked in the San Diego Padres’ media relations department, and he was summoned to a meeting to decide how the team would stage a potential game that night. The schedule had not been canceled; they still did not understand the scope of what had happened.* *At the meeting, Dever spoke up with an idea. The traditional “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” would sou...more »

Stone: I Grew Up With a Disney World Version of History

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
Vladimir Posner/Oliver Stone Interview from Jacques Clouseau on Vimeo. Russian journalist Vladimir Posner interviews filmmaker Oliver Stone while he was in Moscow working on his upcoming feature film about Edward Snowden. Around the 30-minute mark it goes blank for a few moments so just skip ahead and the interview resumes.

CIA Admits Using News To Manipulate the USA

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Video - *This is an old clip showing admittance of the CIA that they use the mainstream media to manipulate the thoughts and ideas of American citizens in the USA. The post CIA Admits Using News To Manipulate the USA appeared first on Waking Times.

no more coal in ONtario

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 2 hours ago
I felt a great sadness due to the days filled with smog and then the goverment with great bravery closed those plants down now id == take us grANTED after that while thats the way the wynee blows but as a matter of fact I breather easy cause a gobermet said yes to fact

What's to be done about the 2016 GOP Presidential Field? (How many of them are there? 50? 60?)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*I had it written down somewhere, but what we have above -- click to enlarge -- is either the GOP 2016 presidential field or the composite of the Waco biker-brawl suspects. It may be that the scrap of paper on which I wrote it down will yet surface, but if not, does it really matter? Let's just make our best guess and get on with it.* *by Ken* Noah and I have taken to e-chinwagging about the groaning board of likely suspects that is officially the 2016 GOP Presidential Field. My question is what possesses most of these people, how have no chance of being nominated and probably no ... more »

We have no solution to life

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 2 hours ago
Thats the simple truth to the people sailiing away from Libya and ISIS in general. Well I can point out another time in history were we were stupid and did nothing. Galllapoli . We are all living in some king of lifefraft believe me. So do I die todays or an bLAck man yesterday. Is there really any differance as the band plays, we are dead black and white Thats way to harsh livng in the mans world I fear a sixth ectiction but you can be hopful\the people in charge will not bill their own self destruction

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“This pretty, open cluster of stars, M34, is about the size of the Full Moon on the sky. Easy to appreciate in small telescopes, it lies some 1,800 light-years away in the constellation Perseus. At that distance, M34 physically spans about 15 light-years. *Click image for larger size.* Formed at the same time from the same cloud of dust and gas, all the stars of M34 are about 200 million years young. But like any open star cluster orbiting in the plane of our galaxy, M34 will eventually disperse as it experiences gravitational tides and encounters with the Milky Way's interstellar c... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“It's no accident that when you look closely into the eyes of another, the very first thing you see, is yourself. That when you hold their hand, you can feel your own warmth. And that when you give of yourself, you give to yourself. Because, quite simply, both you and they are me. Freaky? Maybe. An accident? No.” “Let's get it started, uh-huh -” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” www.tut.com

"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"The Road to New Beginnings: Completion"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Just as new beginnings are important, so is honoring the experience of closure. Life is a collage of beginnings and endings that run together like still-wet paint. Yet before we can begin any new phase in life, we must sometimes first achieve closure to the current stage we are in. That’s because many of life’s experiences call for closure. Often, we cannot see the significance of an event or importance of a lesson until we have reached closure. Or, we may have completed a certain phase in life or path of le... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Broken Web”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“The Broken Web”* by Chet Raymo “Every fall, when a mysterious seasonal alarm clock tells them to go, the monarch butterflies of our New England meadows set off on one of the most remarkable migrations in the animal kingdom. They wing their way to a tiny patch of forest in the mountains of central Mexico that they have never visited before, where they are joined by millions of their cousins from all over eastern North America. They rest and feed and wait out the winter. Then, in the spring, they set out for northern meadows, breeding and dying along the way. There will be no Mexic... more »

"Two Tragedies..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Take care to get what you like in life, or you will be forced to like what you get." - George Bernard Shaw

Nobody does stuff for fun, do not beieve the hype

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
we all got at the core some kind of personality and if you have lived my life back in the seventies and what you have to deal with now I would just say do what I do I just said fuck you and I do not find the princess all that attractive I know thats not an option today the man has found a way to make a profit off puberty and not only that a hope if nothing comes along better old age. The resistane to this kind of mind is all you can do however we can not prevent people who like a pickup from distoring our green gains so I am worried but the great thing I know from personal experiece the p... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Orwell, Vermont, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"For What Is Man..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"For in fact what is man in nature? A Nothing in comparison with the Infinite, an All in comparison with the Nothing, a mean between nothing and everything. Since he is infinitely removed from comprehending the extremes, the end of things and their beginning are hopelessly hidden from him in an impenetrable secret; he is equally incapable of seeing the Nothing from which he was made, and the Infinite in which he is swallowed up. We burn with desire to find solid ground and an ultimate sure foundation whereon to build a tower reaching to the Infinite. But our whole groundwork cracks,... more »

William Shakespeare: "The Undiscover'd Country: Hamlet"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,* *Act 3, Scene 1" * *‘To Be, Or Not To Be’ Soliloquy”* by William Shakespeare "To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what drea... more »

MENA Report - May 25 , 2015 Iraq / Syria Regional War in Focus .... Iran items of note ....Yemen Proxy War Ongoing ... ISIS Items .... Libya in focus....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
Tweets.... *DIA in 2012: West Facilitating Rise of 'Islamic State'* *Chaos in Iraqi Forces Contributed to Big ISIS Win* *Arab Air Strikes Hit Military Bases in Yemen* *171 Killed Across Iraq as Fight for Ramadi Begins* Saudi IDs Bomber After Kingdom's Deadliest Attack in Years Syrian Dissidents to Form New Coalition at Cairo Meet Palmyra: ISIS Locks Down Ancient City's Museum Why Did the Taliban Go to Tehran? Tweets..... *Al-Monitor* @AlMonitor · 5h5 hours ago A huge chunk of Iraq's federal budget seems to have disappeared, most of it reportedly lost under Maliki http://alm... more »

The True Story of the Holocoust

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
we have solutions for this The true story of the Holocaust has never been written until I did it today I will make many factual errors and my math may not add up to the extent the deniers will add my truth to their stump of lies after the tree of knowledge and probity has been sacrificed to a cause which to this day befuddles me cause if you look at the 21st Century no one with any clued is going to say the Jews are in charge The tale really begins with the old Testament, or the Torah as the Jews call it. WHICH, brings up a salient point of idenification that has long bugged me. The Tor... more »

"How It Really Should Be"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

Sunday Song - Bonus Cut

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago

Anne Meara (1929-2015)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Stiller and Meara -- Jerry and Anne in 2012* *"Anne's memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne."* *-- from a statement released by the family* *by Ken* Of course I can't speak for the family and friends, but speaking as one of the millions Anne Meara (who died yesterday) entertained as an actress, writer, and comedienne for all those decades, I'd say this statement gets it just right. Like the great Stan Freberg, whom we were remembering just re... more »

Corbett Report: ISIS Furious About Conspiracy Theories and Truthers!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Both the President and the Caliph hate the global 9/11 truth and justice movement. They have also both warned their brainwashed subjects to stay away from "9/11 conspiracy theories."* The U.S. and Israeli governments are on the same side as ISIS in the global propaganda war against free thought, critical thinking, scientific facts, and real history. *Video Title: ISIS Furious About Conspiracy Theories and Truthers! Source: Corbett Report. Date Published: May 24, 2015. Description: * Did you know that ISIS has an official, sleek English-language propaganda magazine? And were you ... more »

Clear anti-Israel bias at the BBC

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
I mentioned the other day my concerns about a series of BBC World Service reports, which began this Tuesday: And as for the BBC World Service's *Business Matters* and the opening episode of its "week of coverage from Israel and the Palestinian territories", entitled *Live from Gaza: Business Behind the Blockade*,... ...well, just allow me to quote you a bit from presenter Roger Hearing's introduction, which seems to me to achieve the status of being truly 'beyond parody': *"In this programme we're going to try and park the politics and look at how an economy under these circumstan... more »

The Poet: John Gillespie Magee, Jr., "High Flight"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"High Flight"* "Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew — And, while with silent lifting mind I have tr... more »

"Memorial Day Holiday"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Those who will may raise monuments of marble to perpetuate the fame of heroes. Those who will may build memorial halls to remind those who shall gather there in after times what manhood could do and dare for right, and what high examples of virtue and valor have gone before them. But let us make our offering to the ever-living soul. Let us build our benefactions in the ever-growing heart, that they shall live and rise and spread in blessing beyond our sight, beyond the ken of man and beyond the touch of time." - Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Memorial Day 1884 ◆ Have a safe, and tho... more »

"You Still Think..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“You still think it's beautiful to die for your country. The first bombardment taught us better. When it comes to dying for country, it's better not to die at all.” - Paul Baumer, "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930)

"Remembering the Dead"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Remembering the Dead"* by Bill Bonner "Monday is the day set aside by the US federal government for us to rememberour war dead. Here at the Diary of a Rogue Economist, we always do as we are told. So, today, we will turn our thoughts back to Vicksburg, Mississippi... which gave the country enough corpses to remember... and from where we've just returned. We were born south of the Mason-Dixon line. More importantly, we were born south of Pratt Street in Baltimore, giving us Southern tendencies from the start. Even as a child, we felt a sentimental attachment to the Old South an... more »

Memorial Day, 2015: “For the Fallen”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“For the Fallen”* by Laurence Binyon "Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres. There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears. They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. They mingle not...more »

May 24: catching up.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 7 hours ago
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/03/the-death-of-american-universities/ A reader sent me the article above. It really caught my eye because, some twenty yeas ago I was asked by the chairman of a board of university governors to become president of the university. I was reluctant because I had no wish to be an administrator. So he sat me down with three of his lawyers to explain the terms to me. I was astonished. The pay was scandalously high. Even better, if I turned out to be a stinker as a president and had to fired, I would still get that salary until retirement. And then I would... more »

The Empire of Chaos, as Pepe Escobar terms the US Government, is fast becoming circumvented by parnterships between the major countries of the southern hemisphere, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, South Africa and others financed correctly by China and Russia, i.e., both the lenders and the borrowers will profit (as distinguished from the International Monitory Fund, which first pays off the banksters and then extracts the money supposedly owed them from the people's salaries, health care, pensions, etc., making it impossible for the people to ever get out of debt). The biggest deal will be "the proposed $30 billion, 3,500 kilometer-long, Atlantic-Pacific mega-railway, that is slated to run from the Brazilian port of Santos to the Peruvian Pacific port of Ilo." This mega-money making project contrasts with the U.S. Congress refusing to upgrade the decaying US railroads even in the face of the recent disaster.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 8 hours ago
------------------------------ *OpEdNews Op Eds 5/23/2015 at 17:42:49* BRICS trample US in South America *By Pepe Escobar (about the author)* Permalink Original Here Reprinted from RT Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (image by YouTube) License DMCAIt started in April with a rash of deals between Argentina and Russia during President Cristina Kirchner's visit to Moscow. And it continues with a $53 billion investment bang as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Brazil during the first stop of yet another Sout... more »

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician And Nobel Laureate John Nash, Wife Killed In Car Crash

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*CNN:* *'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash, wife killed in car crash* *(CNN)John Forbes Nash Jr., the famed mathematician and inspiration for the film "A Beautiful Mind," and his wife died in a car crash Saturday in New Jersey, according to state police.* *Nash, 86, and wife Alicia Nash, 82, were riding in a taxi near Monroe Township when the incident occurred, State Police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams said.* *They were traveling southbound in the left lane when the taxi went out of control while trying to pass another car, Williams said.* *The car crashed into the gua... more »

just look at us

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
"Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom." Michael Ellner

U.S. Vets Who Fought For Ramadi Are Angry Over Its Fall To The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News:* *All for nothing? US vets who fought for Ramadi angry over fall to ISIS* *Iraqi War veteran Sgt. Ben Rangel remembers fighting to secure the city of Ramadi when he first arrived in Iraq for a tour of duty in 2004. He also recalls the bloodshed.* *Now, like other veterans who fought Iraqi insurgents for the capital city of Iraq's Anbar province, as well as the loved ones who died in fierce battles there, Rangel bristles at the sight of the ISIS flag-waving above the government complex. Many are wondering why their hard-fought ... more »

The Power of Conscious Intention in the Achievement of True Abundance

WTStaff at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Video - *Neville Goddard elaborates on how to discover the creative power within yourself and assert the supremacy of conscious intention. The post The Power of Conscious Intention in the Achievement of True Abundance appeared first on Waking Times.

"Give Me Liberty Or Keep Me Safe!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"Give Me Liberty Or Keep Me Safe!" by William Astore "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin "Every school boy and girl knows the famous cry of PatrickHenry: "Give me liberty or give me death!" However imperfectly realized, enshrining and protecting personal liberties and freedoms was the core ideal of our American Revolution, and Henry became a martyr to the cause of greater liberty. Others heard his cry and rallied to advance his cause, to be vouchsafed by a new concord of likeminded ind... more »

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack Will To Fight

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Defense Secretary Carter: Iraq’s forces showed ‘no will to fight’ Islamic State* *Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Iraqi forces "showed no will to fight" as the Islamic State militant group captured the city of Ramadi, and he rejected calls by Republican lawmakers to commit ground troops to the conflict.* *"What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight," Carter said in a CNN interview that aired Sunday. "They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight. They withd... more »

Iraqi Politicians And Militia Leaders Are Blaming The U.S. For The Fall Of Ramadi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Nancy A. Youssef, Daily Beast:* *Iraqis Now Blaming U.S. for Losing Ramadi to ISIS* *The Americans weren’t the ones who ran away as ISIS detonated its car bombs. But they were the ones who held back Iraqi reinforcements, Iraqi politicians and militia leaders say.The Iraqi army may have fled, as ISIS attacked the key city of Ramadi. But it’s the United States that’s now being blamed in Iraq—at least in some quarters—for losing the battle.On the streets of Baghdad, Iraqis said afterward that had Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sent Shiite militias to Ramadi sooner—and not acqu... more »

Sunday Classics snapshots: Verdi at peak power soars and slumps

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*Thomas Hampson as Germont at Covent Garden, 2009* *GERMONT*: No, you won't hear reproaches from me; let's bury the past in forgetfulness. The love that guided me can pardon everything. Come, see your loved ones in joy with me again; do not deny this joy to one who has suffered long. A father and a sister -- make haste to console them. No, you won't hear reproaches from me, *etc.* *ALFREDO*: A thousand serpents devour my breast! *GERMONT*: Are you listening to me? *ALFREDO*: No. *GERMONT*: A father and a sister -- make haste to console them. No, you won't hear reproaches from me, *etc.* *... more »

“Investigative” or “Investigatory” Receiverships

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Akagi v. Synergy Group (2000) Inc., 2015 ONCA 368 [65] The idea of appointing a receiver or monitor with investigative powers – and sometimes, with only those powers – has emerged in recent years. This Court has not previously been asked to consider whether, or in what circumstances, a s. 101 receiver may be empowered in this fashion. For the purposes of this appeal, it is not necessary that the contours of such an appointment be traced in a detailed manner. Suffice it to say that the idea of appointing a receiver to investigate into the affairs of a debtor is not itself unsound... more »

Mess - the situation we call the Middle East

Demeur at Demeur - 10 hours ago
Beaver is taking a day off this week so that we may bring you the following: The mess we call the middle east. We see that Iran is now assisting in taking on ISIS in Iraq. That somewhat complicates matters as we have been no friend of Iran for the last 35 plus years. But digging deeper into all this we find that it's more a matter of Iran against Saudi Arabia. Iran is Shia while the Saudis are Sunnis. So it's a safe bet the Iranians were delighted when Bush invaded Iraq and threw out the Sunni government. But wait didn't we label Iran a terrorist country? We did right after they... more »

Forces of Occupation

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
I do not like to see the military looking back at me when I am drinking in the street it makes me think that I'm a dink You see the military is great thing when the bad man comes around but I get tired of hearing that patriotic sound when its just voters their trying to tie down Germany and Japan its been sixty years is there any plan to let them just both be living what they consider free Call it what you will its just not normal despite the shill for anyone country to have troops in every land to be the one with the whip hand when the world just wants to spin and we are now smart eno... more »

Market Reforms in the 2016 Elections

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
A friend and fellow UPSE alumni, Gary, posted in our SE alumni ygroups, a crowd-sourcing of reform agenda for the next President in 2016. He asked us to suggest top three economic initiatives that we believe would be real game-changers for the country. They could be new reforms, or reversals of current policies. Can be outrageous as long as they're not just motherhood and apple pie statements (like "build more infrastructure"). Also explain the world view behind them and practical action agenda to make them happen. Gary started with his own three: i. Amend the Constitution to allo... more »

RMC misogyny continued

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 10 hours ago
It just goes from bad to worse. First we hear about about massively disrespectful and insubordinate jeering that Julie Lalonde got from Officer Cadets (rank given to officer trainees) at RMC. Next we find that her received mistreatment and abuse continued on Twitter in the months after the event, including the belated apology letter from the Commandant. Further still, the 'disciplinary action'

7 Books That Will Change the Way You See the World

Waking Times at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee - *The best thing you can do is find out what you’re interested in and read up on the subject. It may see the world in a different light. The post 7 Books That Will Change the Way You See the World appeared first on Waking Times.

Turned Away in PEI

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
This is so fucked up, it's hard to know where to begin. One rendition: A person waits 5 hours for treatment at a Canadian emergency department then is turned away with the words "we are not comfortable dealing with this situation." Or: A person is turned away from a hospital emergency department and told to go to a clinic in ANOTHER PROVINCE. Or: The Minister of Health looks into the situation and is satisfied that all protocols were followed. Here's the story as reported in the media. Here's the story as told by the woman herself, Courtney Cudmore, to As It Happens (at 9:50 ma... more »

Open Thread

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
I'm ba-a-a-a-ck. Well, sort of. Without going into specifics or gory details, I've had some fairly major surgery and just got home from the hospital yesterday. As soon as I feel well and clear-headed enough to get back to blogging, I will. Meanwhile, please use this space -- or, as Obama would say, climb your ladder of opportunity to a level playing field to share links, opinions, etc. My only request is that you please not discuss your own health issues or mine in this forum. There are plenty of other places on the Internet to do that. This is a politics/culture blog. That being s... more »

Iraq Launches A Counterattack To Retake Ramadi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Iraqi forces battle ISIL for control near Ramadi* *ISIL launches suicide attacks as Iraqi troops and allied forces prepare for drawn-out operation in Anbar province.Iraqi government forces backed by thousands of Shia militias have been sent to the Sunni heartland of Anbar province in a bid to counter the offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.Kareem al-Nouri, a spokesman for the Popular Mobilisation Forces, an umbrella organisation of Shia militiamen, told Al Jazeera it was "hard to predict the timetable" for the battle. * *WNU Edito... more »

Elaborately constructed Piles of Manure are signs of wealth in some cultures

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Elaborately Constructed Pile of Manure* Believe it or not, in some primitive cultures, elaborately constructed piles of manure are considered signs of wealth. Lots of these piles in a village mean the people are very wealthy. There is the same mentality/value system in the West's desperation to *publish elaborate lies* about what the cabal is doing in the Middle East. Let's be clear. From the very beginning of the West's relentless destruction of the Muslim countries and culture of the middle east, [since 1946?] the goal has been to divide and conquer all the countries into helple... more »

Let's Celebrate Memorial Day the Cleveland Way by Rioting and Pepper Spraying Restaurant Patrons...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*no, really. They did that.* What the hell is wrong with these people?? I know. Silly question. From Gateway Pundit: A total of *71 individuals were arrested* in Cleveland Saturday night including 39 men, 16 women and some juveniles. The protesters took to the street after *Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo* was cleared of manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of *Timothy Russell* and *Malissa Williams.*

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday... Memorial Day weekend in the United States (but not here in Canada) and again time for my weekly rant.. I do feel that I do need to apologize to all of my readers for my absence the last while and not posting as many articles as usual, but I do have a personal life and recently there has been increasing demands for myself in both my personal and business life... Therefore I have been forced to neglect this blog... But hey, it is my blog and I will post material when I can.... Yes, it is Memorial Day in the once great United States of America, and t... more »

Harpers Mounted Police?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Thomas Walkom points out an eyebrow raising series of action/inaction's by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that would make even the most jaundiced observer a little more yellow. Has the RCMP been showing at the very least paritisian colours or at the worst nothing less than treason?

Syrian Government Suffering Military Losses On Multiple Fronts. Is This The End Of Assad?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Martin Chulov, The Guardian:* *Amid the ruins of Syria, is Bashar al-Assad now finally facing the end?* *As Isis surges ahead and the Syrian regime teeters on the brink of collapse, our Middle East correspondent, winner of the 2015 Orwell prize for journalism, reports on the deadly struggle for dominance in the region* *One evening at the end of March, a Syrian rebel leader returned from a meeting across the border in Turkey and called an urgent gathering of his commanders. The five men turned up at their boss’s house in Idlib province expecting to receive the same pleas for pat... more »

Reports: Islamic State Has Executed Hundreds In The Captured City Of Palmyra

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *ISIS slaughters 400 mostly women and children in ancient Syria city of Palmyra where hundreds of bodies line the street * ** State TV reporting victims are believed to be government loyalists* ** Follows execution of 300 pro-government soldiers in historic settlement * ** Jihadi fighters previously warned residents against sheltering troops* ** Black ISIS flag hoisted over an ancient citadel after taking over city* *Islamic State militants have executed at least 400 mostly women and children in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra.* *Eye-witnesses have reported the streets ... more »

Will Rubio Still Be A Contender If Adelson Winds Up In Prison?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson does an extremely complicated political dance for a bizarre set of fiddle players. He's a front man for the Mafia in Las Vegas, a key operator for the far right in Israeli domestic politics, a financier for right-wing Republicans willing to place Israel's interests above America's and he's Beijing's gambling czar in crime-infested Macau. It's his strange relationship with China that could earn him a well-deserved prison cell. (What about the his partner in crime, Miriam?) A judge in Las Vegas has ruled that a lawsuit involving accusations of graft and... more »

Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off

John L. Wathen at BP Slick - 14 hours ago
Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off Workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Thursday, May 21, 2015. More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across about 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. *AP* BRIAN MELLEY The Associated Press Published: Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9:00 p.m.Last Modified: Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9:49 p.m. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pipeline that leaked tho... more »

Another Paper Review

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
There was much to enjoy on this morning's *Broadcasting House...* ...Douglas Carswell v Steve Richards on the value of referendums, guest presenter Jonny Dymond correcting Mark Mardell's pronunciation of 'doyenne' (something I'm not sure MM entirely appreciated), Lionel Blair ruling himself out of the Labour leadership contest, an engaging piece on people with a penchant for pylons, a very interesting section on how people feel when they return to the place where their loved-one died, and Basil Brush on his romantic dalliance with Joanna Lumley... ...but, my goodness, that paper r... more »

Tolec of the Andromeda Council

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
[image: Tolec for the Andromeda Council] By American Kabuki This Tolec for the Andromeda Council video came in a YouTube email to me. I was magnetically drawn to it, I have been working more and more that way. I can't really define how I know something has useful information in it, but I sense it magnetically more and more. I get a lot of email and material sent my way and I only post what I feel is relevant to the current direction of the blog. This has been an open exploration journey of my own multidimensional awakening, which I share with a few million of my best friends. I... more »

Mold gold cape - Bronze Age Wales - Ancient Egyptian Burial Practices

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 14 hours ago
Why on Earth would Free Planet want to suggest that a bronze-age shoulder decoration called the Mold Gold Cape that was found in Wales should have *ANYTHING TO DO WITH* Ancient Egyptian Burial Practices? *The Mold Cape is a solid sheet-gold object dating from about 1900–1600 BC in the European Bronze Age. It was found at Mold in Flintshire, Wales, in 1833. The cape is thought to have formed part of a ceremonial dress, perhaps with religious connections. It is housed at the British Museum in London.* [source WIKI] Wales is so out of place, geographically from north Africa i.e. Egyp... more »

Dear Liz Kendall

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 14 hours ago
Dear Liz, *Re: Leadership of the Labour Party* As I noted the other day, leadership contests are that rare occasion when MPs and ordinary members are frank about the personalities and policies at the top of the party. Some also over egg the pudding and go for outright abuse. I'm thinking mainly, this time around, about the people who are mostly Andy Burnham identifiers and think attacking you as the Conservative Party candidate for Labour leadership is a smart way for their man to win. It isn't, it's unfair, and it's clear from an acquaintance with your material that a Tory you're... more »

Pentagon report, US Intelligence Whistle blowers... all points to US funded, trained and run ISIS

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 14 hours ago
Well well well.... a busy week it would seem for those who are making the subject of "Terrorism" clearly seen for what it actually is. This morning I published a report by Colonel-General Igor Sergun, Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia. In this report (HERE) Sergun States: "It is no secret that it was at the instigation of Western ‘partners’ that since the 1980s, Islamic extremism was rapidly gaining momentum. To counter the Soviet troops in Afghanistan, there was heavy arming – with the funds from the United Stated... more »

U.S. Refusing To Release Details On Osama Bin Laden's Porn Library

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *The bin Laden library the U.S. government doesn’t want you to see: The porn stash.* *Newly declassified documents from the compound in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 have revealed the late al-Qaeda leader's remarkable English-language library, including books by Noam Chomsky, Bob Woodward and even 9/11 conspiracy theorist David Ray Griffin.* *Yet the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which released the files on Wednesday, has not released all the material found in the compound. In fact, there's a rather notorious stash that the...more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

A history of Islam, not the sort of history that the BBC and Politically correct, left wing media propagate

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
William J. Federer with a history lesson. 46 minutes you should spare.

Is Venezuela Becoming A Narco State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Diosdado Cabello, president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, is a leading target of U.S. investigations into alleged drug trafficking and money laundering by senior officials in the South American nation, a Justice Department official said. Mr. Cabello has denied wrongdoing. Photo: Marco Bello/Reuters *Venezuela*: *Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub* *U.S. probe targets No. 2 official Diosdado Cabello, several others, on suspicion of drug trafficking and money laundering.* *U.S. prosecutors are investigating several high-ranking Venezuelan... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Dem To Grads: ‘They Go To College for Free in Germany’* Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told Hartford Seminary graduates last week, “students ought to be able to go to college, they go to college for free in Germany.” “We believe that the students ought to be able to go to college, they go to college for free in Germany. They’re not bigger than us, they are not richer than us -how can they send their kids to school for free and we cannot?” Ellison said. According to the YouTube video posted by Hartford Seminary, which describes itself as a non-denominational graduate school for rel... more »

Venezuela's Currency Collapsed This Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
A cashier counts bolivars at money exchange in Caracas, Febreuary 24, 2015. Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins *IBTimes*: *Venezuela's Currency Sinks To Record Low On The Black Market* *Venezuela’s currency, the bolivar, hit fresh lows this week on the black market, breaking a new record at 400 bolivars to the dollar. The currency has been rapidly tumbling in recent weeks on the parallel market, which many analysts consider a strong indicator of where the currency stands in light of stringent government controls and a severe scarcity of U.S. dollars.* *The bolivar’s tumble broke the 40... more »

Untitled

JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Cannes festival film aimed at saving the planet* *Saving the planet gives you SUCH a warm feeling! But it's a feeling bought at the expense of critical thinking.The idea that something crushed for thousands of years beneath a great weight of glacial ice would remain pristine and unchanged despite such pressure is ludicrous on the face of it -- but that is the assumption underlying the work of the galoot celebrated below. He assumes that air bubbles trapped in glacial ice thousands of years ago have remained unchanged for all that time and that the ice cores used to e... more »

Follow The Money

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.10tv.com Recently, Linda McQuaig asked a question which, so far, has stayed under the radar. Who, she asked, owns Stephen Harper? Mr. Harper has done his best to keep the answer to that question secret: In the 2002 Canadian Alliance leadership race, Harper disclosed some of his donors but kept secret 10 of the major ones. A list of donors to Harper's Conservative party leadership race two years later was at one point posted on the party's website but has since been removed. At the time of those races, it was legal for l...more »

Surprising Changes You May Need to Make to Eliminate GMOs from Your Diet

WTStaff at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Video - *There are some surprising changes you might need to make in regards to which dairy and meats you buy if you want to eliminate GMOs from your diet. The post Surprising Changes You May Need to Make to Eliminate GMOs from Your Diet appeared first on Waking Times.

Economic News , Data and Views ( May 24 , 2015 ) - Greece Updates ( Yannis Varaofakis explains what happened at infamous Riga Summit - including recording the Summit / discusses state of play in creditor talks / leaving euro , Tsipras says problem in creditor talks lies with " Institutions " , Greece overall debt picture improves as debt now at 305 BN euros - but June 5th IMF payment still in doubt , ) .... Broader Europe ( Russia does not intend to write off Ukraine debt , Spain's Regional and Municipal Elections to be held today , Italy in focus , Negative rates / Big Banks / Derivatives / Global Bond Market growth over last 15 years - things to ponder very deeply )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets.... Greece.... *Yanis Varoufakis* @yanisvaroufakis · 2h2 hours ago The Truth About Riga http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2015/05/24/the -truth-about-riga/ … WordPress.com The truth about Riga It was the 24th of April. The Eurogroup meeting taking place that day in Latvia was of great importance to Greece. It was the last Eurogroup meeting prior to the deadline (30th April) that we had c... View on web *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 53s 54 seconds ago fred walton retweeted Kathimerini English Check the numbers in poll against pension cuts and mass layoffs ! fred wa... more »

Head of the GRU (Russia) accuses US and allies of creating the transnational “Islamist” terrorist network

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 16 hours ago
Right. So. Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Ecuador, and now Russia.... all have officials making official statements that directly point to the US (and the UK and Coalition partners), as DIRECTLY being involved with ISIS and AlQaeda and "Islamist" terrorist networks, and/or CIA ops that are directly targeting legitimate governments. http://thesaker.is/the-head-of-the-gru-accuses-us-and-allies-of-creating-the-transnational-islamist-terrorist-network/ The Head of the GRU accuses US and allies of creating the transnational “Islamist” terrorist network *Dear friends,* *I... more »

Claudia Goldin

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 17 hours ago
An interview with my Harvard colleague.

Debate Debate Redux

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 17 hours ago
*The federal Conservative Party says it **won’t participate in the traditional leaders’ debates **run by a consortium of broadcasters.........* They are however pushing for a number of “independently staged debates” where the format can “allow more time for one-on-one debate between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau”. Apparently the NDP and Greens have no place in their plans to control the debates, however the New Democrats said they have also accepted TVA’s and Maclean’s debate invites but there is no mention of the GPC in this article. Seems rather co... more »

"It's not unusual," my swarthy, dark skinned, curly haired Welsh brothers...

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
*is this the Khumric lineage?*someone once said, "Language (and its fawning cohort in crime History) is re-written by the Conquerors." Such a bold statement has been substantiated more times than it's worth talking about, suffice to say that *Wales* might have been a 'capsule repository' for such an ancient language as Khumric in that it wasn't as 'successfully invaded' as the rest of Europe by successive BC Empires/Ideologies. In 55 B.C., Julius Caesar came to *Britain* and described the tribal people he found in a place now called The Vale of Glamorgan in Wales as dark-skinned an... more »

Paper Review

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
As Sunday morning sees paper review after paper review across the BBC, here's *ITBB*'s own selection from the Sunday papers. First, this from *The Sunday Times* in an article headlined, 'Toe the line or the tartan trolls will get you in Sturgeon’s state': Others, including the writer JK Rowling and the BBC journalists Nick Robinson and James Cook, have been relentlessly abused online by SNP supporters. One BBC Scotland journalist said: “The online abuse is one thing but the party’s behaviour is another. The SNP seems to complain about every single story, no matter how innocuous it... more »

(Our Soldiers Died for Secret Agendas of Which They Knew Nothing. Capitalists Hid Their Self-Interests Behind the Flag, and Our Boys Died for the One Percent’s Bottom Line)  Memorial Day A Hoax? (What US Should Remember)   What Does the MIC Buy With US Taxes?  (Al-Qaeda and ISIS are Products of US and Saudi Imperialism)  Neil Young Sets New Agendas

“Fast Track” Violates the U.S. ConstitutionThis Is What Happens To Truth-Tellers in America Isn't it about time you figured out what your country is doing to you and your grandchildren? After all, it's only self defense. The National Endowment for Democracy was established in 1983. The official purpose is to promote democracy abroad. The real purpose was to create dissension in Soviet

LTO Bureaucracy 8, No Driver's License Available

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 19 hours ago
I don't understand what is really happening at the LTO, DOTC and Sec. Jun Abaya. You bring your car for the mandatory annual registration, (a) No car stickers, (b) No car plate available, And if you get a driver's license (DL), (c) No DL available, only a temporary paper license, and you pay P473 for it. I covered my address, DL no., date of birth. When I asked one LTO officer when they will give that small laminated plastic DL, he said "*mga 3-4 months po sir, balik kayo*." *hayyy, dagdag abala naman yan pabalik ng LTO.* Here's a breakdown of the P473 payment. I asked them also ... more »

Graphs at a glance: UK wage inequality is the highest in the EU. The gender pay gap in the UK is the second highest. Coincidence?

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 19 hours ago
High pay and privileges is about the powerful helping themselves. Bosses deciding that they deserve more (pay & perks) for working hard, while asserting the rest of us must get less (employment rights; cash; pension rights) so we work harder.  Adrian Beecroft, a venture capitalist who advised the previous Tory led coalition, recommended allowing employers to sack workers on a "no fault" basis.

Eurovision song contest: the ultimate kitschy PC event

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Last night, about 200 million viewers in the world were watching the Eurovision Song Contest. This huge number sounds utterly incomprehensible to most Czechs. Last year, when a would-be transvestite Conchita Wurst won, the Czech TVs didn't air the contest at all. This year, people could watch it on an obscure Art Public TV channel, and 1% of the Czech population (100,000) did it. The contest is often semi-jokingly dubbed the most successful result of the European integration and unification. And various Czech journalists compare it to the summits of the European Union. It's boring, ...more »

The Beginning of The end for Behemoth Land-Based LNG Export Plants(Petronas`s Achilles Heel, Finding Profit)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 20 hours ago
* (*pictured above is Delfin LNG`s floating liquefaction ship*)* The Beginning of The end for Behemoth Land-Based LNG Export Plants(Petronas`s Achilles Heel, Finding Profit) *Written by Grant G* Hello people of British Columbia...... The USA can build LNG exports 40% cheaper than anything that can be built in British Columbia, ...Let me explain, before the fraccing shale gas boom the United States was gearing up for large volumes of imported LNG...Regasification plants were built in many locations in the USA...But before anyone could blink the fraccing revolution took place, .. Ame... more »

2014 Film Roundup, Part 4: The Rest (The Good, the Bad and the Godawful)

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 21 hours ago
(The annual post-Oscar film roundup is a pre-blog tradition, but was greatly delayed this round. It comes in four parts. In addition to this section, there's The Oscars and the Year in Review, The Top Six and Noteworthy Films.) Interstellar: Director Christopher Nolan (who cowrote the film as usual with his brother Jonathan) can't be faulted for lacking ambition, but Interstellar falls further

These Are The Five Big Decisions Now Facing The Pentagon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Wikipedia *Robert Farley, National Interest: *5 BIG Decisions That Will Decide the U.S. Military's Fate *"The United States no longer has the luxury to make the procurement mistakes that it has enjoyed over the past two decades."Over the next decade, the United States has some enormous decisions to make about the future of its military establishment. The technological and resource advantages that the United States had enjoyed since the end of the Cold War are waning, narrowing the margin of error for the U.S. military.These decisions go beyond questions of military necessity... more »

2014 Film Roundup, Part 3: Noteworthy Films

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 22 hours ago
(The annual post-Oscar film roundup is a pre-blog tradition, but was greatly delayed this round. It comes in four parts. In addition to this section, there's The Oscars and the Year in Review, The Top Six and The Rest (The Good, the Bad and the Godawful).) The Theory of Everything: This is a cut above for biopics, lifted by great performances from the two leads and an inherently sympathetic

2014 Film Roundup, Part 1: The Oscars and the Year in Review

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 23 hours ago
(The annual post-Oscar film roundup is a pre-blog tradition, but was greatly delayed this round. It comes in four parts. Scroll down for the rest.) 2014 featured some excellent blockbusters, both serious and fun, but the prestige films were a much thinner crop than 2013. The line I found myself writing in review after review was I wanted to like it more than I did. That said, some 2014

2014 Film Roundup, Part 2: The Top Six

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 23 hours ago
(The annual post-Oscar film roundup is a pre-blog tradition, but was greatly delayed this round. It comes in four parts. In addition to this section, there's The Oscars and the Year in Review, Noteworthy Films and The Rest (The Good, the Bad and the Godawful).) Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): "I'm not an actor – I'm a movie star!" goes the classic line from My Favorite Year,

Climate stupidity and human survival

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 23 hours ago
By Denis G. Rancourt [a] The human animal has an instinct to identify potential dangers and to warn others. It is a built-in survival mechanism of any animal that lives in a group. And it is a strong and constant activity, re-enforced by environmental stressors. This plays out on several time scales, from the immediate in the case of a potential physical assault, to the weekly in checking

Top U.S. General: 'Islamic State is Actively Recruiting In Afghanistan'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Photo*: General John F. Campbell. Wikipedia *Al Bawaba:* *Daesh actively recruiting in Afghanistan: US commander* *Daesh (ISIS) is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but it not operational there at present, AP has reported the commander of international forces in Afghanistan as saying.* *General John F. Campbell said that Taliban fighters in Aghanistan and Pakistan are being tempted to the group because of Daesh's sophisticated social media campaign. He also commented that Taliban fighters are frustrated at the lack of progress at overthrowing the government in Kabul.* *Daesh n... more »

NSA Program For The Bulk Collection Of Phone Records Is On The Verge of Being Shut Down

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Guardian:* NSA bulk phone records collection to end despite USA Freedom Act failure ** Administration has not applied to secret court for 90-day extension * USA Freedom Act fails in early hours after long Senate sessionEven as the Senate remains at an impasse over the future of US domestic surveillance powers, the National Security Agency will be legally unable to collect US phone records in bulk by the time Congress returns from its Memorial Day vacation.The administration, as suggested in a memo it sent Congress on Wednesday, declined to ask a secret surveillance court...more »

A look at the Jewish billionaires controlling American politics

The Realist Report at The Realist Report - 1 day ago
*The Jewish Daily Forward* recently published an incredibly revealing article discussing the immense influence and control over the American political process wealthy Jewish plutocrats, propagandists, and culture distorters have, particularly as it relates to the 2016 presidential race, a topic *highlighted and commented upon in this space on Thursday*. *The Forward* spotlights the top Jewish billionaires who financed and supported various political candidates and causes during the 2014 election cycle, and who they are likely to financially back for the 2016 presidential election. ... more »

8 Legendary Battle Cries

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian soldiers at Stalingrad. (Credit: German Federal Archives) *History.com:* *8 Legendary Battle Cries* *The prospect of combat is enough to leave even the bravest soldiers paralyzed with fear. That’s why armies have long mobilized their troops with battle cries and other military slogans. Some of these “war woops” were merely animalistic screams or yells designed to send a chill up the spines of the enemy, but others had political or religious significance that transcended the battlefield. Below, learn the stories behind eight of military history’s most intimidating rallying c... more »

There Are Some Major Differences Between Delta Force and SEAL Team 6

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*We Are The Mighty:** 5 key differences between Delta Force and SEAL Team 6* *SEAL Team 6, officially known as United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), and Delta Force, officially known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), are the most highly trained elite forces in the U.S. military.* *Both are Special Missions Units (SMU) under the control of the secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), they perform various clandestine and highly classified missions around the world. Each unit can equally perform various types of opera... more »

Bus Thieves and the PNP, Part 2

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Here is a continuation of my tweet exchanges with some PNP offices after I lost my wallet to bus theft/thieves four days ago. I noted in Part 1 that *"**I think the PNP national and regional offices are trying to be responsive to citizens' online reports and complaints."* I am happy that the three PNP offices were responding to my concern. I did not go back to Makati Central Police Station anymore. I think there is no need for a blotter report as these tweet exchanges are sufficient, they involve three PNP offices -- PNP national hotline, NCRPO and Makati Police. And as I stated ... more »

Marijuana begins slipping its way into the American mainstream

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The dueling pot covers, courtesy of* The Cannabist *(click to enlarge)* *"When American institutions as stolid as Time and National Geographic run cannabis on their covers, without the words 'crackdown' or 'out of control' or 'fear', the ground has truly shifted."* *-- Bruce Barcott, author of Weed the People: TheFuture of Legal Marijuana in America, in ane-mail to* The Cannabist *staffer Ricardo Baca* *by Ken* When I opened my mailbox today, there staring out at me was the new *National Geographic* with the cover you see above, and the giant cover line: "WEED: The New Science o... more »

White House Under Pressure To Deploy Ground Troops To Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo taken early in the morning of September 23, 2014. (Reuters/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew) *Bloomberg*: *Obama Under Pressure to Send U.S. Target Spotters to Iraqi Front* *Islamic State’s seizure of Ramadi has revived a debate in the Obama administration about whether to send a limited number of U.S. military specialists to Iraqi battlefields to target airstrikes on the extremists.* *The group’s advances in the capital of Anbar provin... more »

Ramadi Sunni IDPs: We Were Sold.

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Damascus and Baghdad are feeling the heat from ISIS.* Ramadi didn't fall because of the terrorism and psychological warfare of ISIS. As the individuals describe in the videos below, it fell because of the betrayal and corruption of certain Iraqi commanders, tribal bigwigs, political leaders, and Sunni Sheikhs. They did everything in their power to sabotage the city's defenses and hand the keys to ISIS. The Gulf-funded media in Iraq also did a masterful job of laying the groundwork for ISIS's takeover of the city by pumping misinformation, lies, and fear into the heads of the city'... more »

Rightwing Nuthouse: “5 Despicable Right-Wing Moments this Week You Might Not Have Heard About”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“5 Despicable Right-Wing Moments this Week You Might Not Have Heard About”* You'll never guess who's really to blame for ISIS' recruiting success. By Janet Allon *"1. Fox Newsian: American schools teaching multi-culturalism is why ISIS is so good at recruiting. *The only thing “Outnumbered” on Fox’s “Outnumbered” is sanity, which appears to have plain old vacated the building. On Thursday, co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy connected two seemingly unconnectable dots: American schools teaching and embracing diversity and the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s success at recruiting foreign fig... more »