Chicago Nato Protesters (Photo credit: Michael Kappel)
Man on donkey, Afghanistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Children at a creek, Afghanistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Street scene, Afghanistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Afghanistan street scene with shops (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bakery in Kabul, Afghanistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Horse and buggy, Afghanistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
House in Afghanistan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My Feedly Feed your mind
Rupert Wyndham’s excellent prose to Bishop Langrish
No one says it quite like Rupert. Reprinted with permission, thank you. Read, enjoy the vivid panoply, — Jo My favourite extract — the 26 ethical flaws of propagandists (For the full letter and context go straight to the post below – apologies to Rupert for discontinuous edits) Climate change major risks: Such as? There is not one shred of empirical evidence for your assertion. There is, of cour
Russia Attempts to Put Positive Spin on Moscow Nuclear Talks
The third round of nuclear talks reached its second and final day in Moscow on Tuesday, with Russian officials expressing more optimism than the other parties involved in the negotiations. Prior to the commencement of the meetings, the deputy head of the Iranian nuclear team stated that he anticipates that the P5+1 will offer its opinion on Iran’s suggestions, including the continuation of uranium
Exiting Afghanistan: A Regional Approach
Now that the dust has settled on the Chicago Summit, it might be time to see what truly emerged from all the noise and celebration about the cooperation among NATO allies and with Afghanistan. One issue got lost in that hoopla: Afghanistan’s regional context. As NATO troops come home, a diplomatic strategy for the region must be put into place. It isn’t a stable Afghanistan that is key to generati
Sheldon Adelson To Lavish $71 Million In Casino Money On GOP Super PACS, Nonprofits
Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson speaks at a news conference for the Sands Cotai Central in Macau Wednesday, April 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) HuffPost Peter H. Stone Posted: 06/16/2012 12:24 am Updated: 06/16/2012 2:06 am WASHINGTON — Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, whose net worth makes him one of the world’s richest men, is on a check-writing spree that will soon bring
Obama Administration To Stop Deporting Younger Undocumented Immigrants And Grant Work Permits
HuffPost Elise Foley Posted: 06/15/2012 9:41 am Updated: 06/15/2012 1:12 pm WASHINGTON — The Obama administration responded to years of pressure from immigrants rights groups on Friday with an announcement that it will stop deportations and begin granting work permits for some Dream Act-eligible students. Some 800,000 people are expected to come forward to receive deferred action from deportati
Corbett Report Radio 157 – The Borg Agenda with Lenon Honor
Tonight on the broadcast we’re joined by husband, father, author, lecturer and documentary filmmaker Lenon Honor. We discuss his work exposing media manipulation and mind control, from Disney princess programming to the Star Trek fetishization of technology.
Episode 231 – The Revolution of the Mind
We live in an era of upheaval with the word “revolution” on the tip of many a tongue. But what kind of revolution is it to be? Join us this week on the podcast as we scour the secret text of Emmanuel Goldstein and the scientific philosophy of Thomas Kuhn in search of the only revolution that matters: the revolution of the mind. For those with limited bandwidth, CLICK HERE to download a smaller, lo
Corbett Report Radio 156 – EUpocalypse Now
Athens in flames? Spain the next domino to fall? Can Germany stay afloat with the weight of the Eurozone on its shoulders? The headlines are dire and seemingly worse by the day. Join us tonight on Corbett Report Radio as James explores the background, history and context of the crisis and offers a sneak preview of this week’s subscriber-only newsletter editorial on this weekend’s Greek election. W
Corbett Report Radio 139 with Guest Host Holland Van den Nieuwenhof
Holland Van den Nieuwenhof of anoblelie.com fills in for James while he’s away on vacation. He discusses the news and takes your calls.
Corbett Report Radio 138 with Guest Host Jon Rappoport
Sitting in for James, investigative reporter Jon Rappoport exposes the smoking gun on medically caused death in the US, the population control operation in the Third World, medical lies about the immune system, and the real reasons for the historical decline of contagious disease in the West. Jon’s work can be found at www.NoMoreFakeNews.com
Corbett Report Radio 137 with Guest Host Stefan Molyneux
Finally, the link between UFOs, Global Warming, Taxation and Facebook is revealed! Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio, takes the helm and turns the wheel sharply in every conceivable direction, leaving the Corbett Report a twisted and broken shadow of its former self! Freedomain Radio is the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web – http://www.freedomainradio.com
World Wrestling Entertainment’s No Way Out event returned
After a gap of three years at the Izod Center in New Jersey in the US, the World Wrestling Entertainment’s No Way Out event returned on June 17, 2012. In en exciting Steel Cage fight between John Cena and Big Show, Cena emerged victorious. For many weeks, WWE has been focused on heavily promoting the milestone 1,000th episode of Raw on July 23. As the build of that show has kept on going, WWE has
Photo scandal of Miss Hong Kong comes to the limelight
A photo scandal has hit the Miss Hong Kong Kayley Chung 2012 beauty pageant, involving one of their 16 finalists as racy photos of her, which were leaked online. In this regard, a picture which was recently leaked online showed Chung and her boyfriend in a hotel bathroom. According to reports, she had earlier claimed never to have taken racy photos. Chung told the reporter that the image was taken
Reality Behind Memogate Case Proved
By Sajjad Shaukat On December 15, last year, in his reply to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in the memogate case, the Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani stated that the memo was a reality, and a conspiracy was being hatched against the army and national security. Ex-Chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha also submitted his reply, stating that Man
A Dancer hits Gaga on the Head
The US artist Pop diva Lady Gaga suffered concussion when a speedy dancer accidentally hit her on the head with a metal pole during her final New Zealand show. Pop diva Lady Gaga was performing her hit “Judas” at Auckland’s Vector Arena when the accident left her seeing stars, 3News reported. Footage of the incident indicated her staggering briefly after the pole crashed on the top of her head the
The Class That Dare Not Speak its Name
One sturdy axiom of our post-productive economic life is that the cohort of high-symbolic analysts who compulsively characterize themselves as creative are all but allergic to actual ideas. Take the ballyhooed TED (Technology, Education, Design) lecture series—a conclave of self-regarding New Economy pashas who strive mightily to impress each other in public for an admission fee of a cool $6,000 p
The Meaning of Heroism
In May, Christopher Hayes provoked a firestorm of right-wing wrath for stating the obvious: By equating war deaths with heroism, we run the risk of romanticizing war and chilling dissent. Here's what Hayes—MSNBC host, former In These Times senior editor and author of this month's cover story—said on May 27, on his show, Up w/ Chris Hayes: I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead a
Leading global provider of satellite services chooses a Pakistani IT company “TenPearls” for its Android app
Many international companies are opting to select Pakistani companies as their technology partners. One recent example is the Android application development by TenPearls for Intelsat. Intelsat is a leading provider of satellite services on the global level. TenPearls, a global application development company, helped Intelsat launch the Android mobile application for Intelsat’s satellite coverage
Alaska Militiamen Convicted in Antigovernment Murder Conspiracy
In the end, a federal jury in Alaska didn’t believe militia leader Francis Schaeffer Cox’s claim that he was just a free-speech loudmouth — more like Gandhi than Rambo — and convicted him of heading a conspiracy to murder a judge and law enforcement officials. The jury also convicted Lonnie Vernon, a member of Cox’s Alaska [...]
Armed with Pig’s Head, Christians Confront Michigan Muslims
Muslims in Dearborn, Mich., were once again targeted for their beliefs on Friday when a group of protesters calling themselves the “Bible Believers” confronted celebrants at the city’s annual Arab International Festival with a pig’s head on a spike and signs decrying Islam as a false religion, the Detroit Free Press reports. In addition to the [...]
Alabama Public Television Apparently Heading Far Right
Lord help us. Alabama Public Television (APT), a voice of reason in a state that often seems to have very little, is apparently succumbing to the crazies. Last week, the two top executives of the network were summarily fired by the Alabama Educational Television Commission, APT’s governing body, after they resisted an effort by a new [...]
Racist Skinhead Flattened by Man He Attacked Goes to Prison
An Idaho judge today sentenced a racist skinhead to up to five years in prison for maliciously harassing a black man who, it turned out, was a former boxer who defended himself last summer with a one-punch knockout. Daren C. Abbey, who has been free on bond, appeared surprised as he was led from a courtroom [...]
Interstellar Flight in the News
Tau Zero founder Marc Millis is interviewed by Bruce Dorminey in Forbes this week, the logical first question being where interstellar flight ranks on our list of priorities. A case can be made, after all, that we have yet to get humans beyond the Moon, and that while we have managed robotic missions to the outer planets, our technologies need development closer to home. Should a Moon base get our
Voyager 1 Nearing Interstellar Space
It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows Centauri Dreams that I am a great admirer of Ed Stone, the former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (from 1991 to 2001) and more than any single scientist, the public face of many of our missions to the outer Solar System. Stone’s work on space projects began as far back as 1961 with the cosmic ray experiments he designed for the Discover
Ajami’s Syria Rebellion; Homs Bombed
Fouad Ajami’s new book, The Syrian Rebellion, is reviewed by Dexter Filkins in the New York Times. I have a copy of the book that Prof. Ajami kindly sent to me and have gone through it. It is classic Ajami, an excellent read filled with wonderful details. Ajami knows the region with all its prejudices and over the top characters better than just about anyone. His sense of history and choice of wor
UN Suspends Mission as Syria Becomes Regional Proxy War
In Syria’s Sectarian Battle, Who Are The Alawites? : NPR Renee Montagne talks with Professor Joshua Landis about the Alawite sect in Syria. The minority group is the power base for President Bashar Assad’s government. Landis is director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. UN monitors enter Haffa, amid massacre fears – BBC with video footage. Only a handful of resid
The Cruellest Egotism
That's what Roberto Unger, who taught President Obama two courses at Harvard Law School, is indulging in here. I'm not going to try to embed the video. Frankly, his self-righteous manner makes me ill. But do click the link, because it is to an article by Garry Wills explaining why Dr. Unger is mistaken. Or check out what Richard Barry has to say at The Reaction.We will have two choices in November
Bits and Pieces - Moscow Negotiations Edition
It looks like the negotiators in Moscow are being close-mouthed, a good sign that they are seriously negotiating rather than posturing. The bad news is that the standard media talking points will continue.However, there are several articles this morning that are actually worth reading!Dennis Ross fleshes out what a "going big" proposal from the P5+1 might look like. The headline should be ignored;
In My Inbox
Not sure how it got there, but here it is:MemoFrom: MSM EditorTo: Reporting StaffIt’s within a week of the next negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran, so we need some commentary from important people on what is likely to or should happen at the talks. If you can’t get someone important, here are some ideas that you can combine with odd facts about Iran’s nuclear program or the 1979 coup or whatev
Film review: Prometheus.
(Some spoilers ahead, as you might expect.)It's a strange thing, hype. Rare as it now is for a film to be sprung upon us, you get the feeling that the practice is self-defeating. As much as we ought to be able to rationalise it, the process of posting teaser trailers and then eventually the trailer itself online does raise often unrealisable expectation. Those behind the marketing for Prometheu
Great strategic analysts make the most of the opportunity to conceptualize the dawn of a new era. Bernard Brodie hit the jackpot twice, writing at a time when revolutions in military affairs came with dizzying frequency. As noted in an earlier post, The Absolute Weapon (1946) provided a prescient assessment of what the atomic bomb meant for international relations. Brodie anticipated the advent of
Edinburgh Censorship and Surveillance Campaign Training
Many of you know that the government has recently launched its Communications Data Bill aka the internet snooping law. Also, there are proposals to censor porn sites using an “opt-in” system. The Open Rights Group are doing some training on how to persuade MPs that these are bad laws: So we’re running these training sessions that will help you learn about two of the biggest current digital rights
WWF: Rio+20 Negotiating Text is colossal failure of leadership and vision
WWF Director General Jim Leape today issued the following statement on the negotiating text released this morning by Brazil: “Despite a late night negotiating session, the revised text is a colossal failure of leadership and vision from diplomats. They should be embarrassed at their inability to find common ground on such a crucial issue. “Now it’s up to world leaders to get serious about su
Brazil and Mexico leaders key to fate of sustainable development vision
World leaders have four days to hash out a sustainable development vision, which is rapidly disintegrating in the Rio+20 negotiations – and Mexico and Brazil hold the keys to breaking the current political deadlock. Mexican President Felipe Calderon is hosting G20 leaders in Los Cabos to address global economic and financial stability – a crucial platform to determine how countries can move beyon
Photos of rare Amur tiger give hope to NE China’s tiger recovery efforts
Changchun, Northeast China – Photos of a rare Amur tiger, caught on film for the first time in Wangqing Nature Reserve in northeast China’s Changbai mountains, are giving hope to tiger recovery efforts in the region. A camera trap set up in the reserve captured two photos of the tiger in April. These photos provide evidence of the extension of the Amur tiger’s range from Hunchun, located close t
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to aid Nepal’s Conservation Efforts
Kathmandu, Nepal – A successful test of two Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or Conservation Drones, was carried out on 12 June 2012 in Chitwan National Park in Nepal’s Terai Arc Landscape. Introduced for the first time in Nepal by WWF Nepal with the support of WWF’s Asian Rhino and Elephant Action Strategy (AREAS), the Drones will be used for monitoring tigers and rhinos as well as illegal activi
Rio+20 heroes and blockers: WWF country asks 06/18/12
It’s crunch time and the actions of a few governments over this week will either save or break these negotiations and, ultimately, save or break the future of the planet we all depend on. WWF has identified the potential heroes and blockers, as well as those that are on the fence, and our experts can speak to each of these in more detail. POTENTIAL HEROES • Brazil – As the host country and
WWF joins Rio launch of Rhino Under Threat film
WWF today joined United Nations TV (UNTV), and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at the launch of the film Rhino Under Threat at Rio+20. From the massive parks in South Africa and Swaziland, to the crowded streets of Hanoi in Vietnam, the film shows the brutality of the current spike in illegal killing of rhino and the i
Radiation Dose Chart.
This is something I’ve found recently…..I can’t verify the calculations right now…but they make sense. For those of you concerned about how much contamination that we are really receiving from Japan.. Or any general idea of how harmful background Radiation can be…..Click Here- http://xkcd.com/radiation/
Banks received ‘implicit’ taxpayer subsidy of up to £220bn, Bank of England says.
By Angela Monaghan 28th May 2012. Find Full Article Here:- Taxpayers may have provided Britain’s biggest lenders with a combined “implicit subsidy” of up to £220bn in 2009 and 2010, according to the Bank of England. Sir Mervyn King, Bank of England Governor, has said in the past that in the good times banks took the benefits but in the bad times the taxpayer bore the costs. Photo: Bloom
Judge’s son caught with cocaine and Ecstasy keeps job as barrister.
By Andrew Hough 28th May 2012. Find Full Article Here:- The son of one of the country’s top High Court judges, Henry Mostyn, was caught with cocaine and Ecstasy just weeks after qualifying as a trainee barrister. His father Mr Justice Mostyn left his wife of 30 years after beginning an affair with Elizabeth Saunders, 42 (L). The former Etonian and Oxford University graduate was arre
The UK taxman has been cleared of agreeing “sweetheart” deals with big business
By Philip Aldrick 14th June 2012. Find Full Article Here:- The taxman (HMRC) has been cleared of agreeing “sweetheart” deals with big business but been told to clean up its processes to remove the suspicion of unhealthy relationships with companies. In a report into five major tax settlements by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), including controversial deals with Goldman Sachs and Vodafone, th
Obama's in the Corner; Romney must Pound his Socialist Energy Policy
by Kevin C. Caffrey: The article addresses the key factors necessary for an Energy Policy that is different than President Obama's Double Down Green Energy plan.
Libertarians are not the heart of conservatism!
by Mark Vogl: Senator Rand Paul, on Beck said Libertarians are the heart of American Conservatism, wrong. Very wrong, but laying groundwork for liberalism
Thoughts On The Death Of Rodney King
I’m sorry for the death of Rodney King. Mr. King drowned yesterday in Southern California. Mr. King was a fellow human being who was responsible for his many mistakes, and who also very much part of a world that he never made. I’m sorry Mr. King was never able to find a right path in life. I’m sorry for the police who were so removed from their humanity for some amount of time that they beat Mr.
Charles De Gaulle’s Great Speech Of June 18,1940
June 18, 1940 is the day that General Charles De Gaulle made the speech on the BBC from London that began French resistance to Nazi occupation. It was a great speech that is still recalled in France and in all places where the great events of World War II are remembered. (Above–De Gaulle speaking on the BBC during World War II.) De Gaulle left France in 1940 as an exile and came back four years l
Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up—The Work Of Freedom Of Each Of Us
Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers working for a better Texas. (Above–I’m always looking for a new image of Texas for this weekly post. Texas does indeed have many fine colleges and universities. Here is a history of higher education in Texas from the excellent
Houston Janitors Conduct Peaceful March For A More Fair Wage—Video Of The Arrest By Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s Police
There was a peaceful protest in Houston this afternoon asking for no more than that janitors in Downtown Houston’s big office buildings be paid a more fair wage. Below is a picture I took of these peaceful protesters marching under the Flag of the United States on this Flag Day. What could be more patriotic and more American than the belief that a fair day’s work merits a fair paycheck? What coul
City Fish—Discovery Green Park & The Houston Ship Channel
Here are some city fish that I took a picture of a few days ago in Houston’s Discovery Green Park. The fish are swimming in the water under the reflection of tall downtown buildings. If you walk long the trails going along many of Houston’s bayous, you will almost always see some fish swimming about. Here is a list of 20 fishing spots in our near Houston. There is no fishing allowed in Discovery
What was worse, the Cat could be pretty offensive. Like the time he popped bouncily out of a pregnant womb during an obstetrics lecture at John Hopkins, or his feeding of the rats in the city ghettos, or the time he dropped six planeloads of unsweetened chocolate pies on Disneyland. Taking a crap onstage in a sandbox while addressing the Daughters of the American Revolution in Boston didn’t go ove
“Do you know why we lost the war?” Peter asked. “Why did you lose the war?” “It was explained to me by an old man. We were hiking in the Alps. We were on a high meadow surrounded by wildflowers when we stopped to eat. The subject of the war came up. He said the Nazis had committed ‘excesses,’ but the real reason Germany lost the war was because of sabotage. There were workers in the munitions fact
I’m Not Sleeping
There are many flowers here at the Manor. Roses, jasmine, violets, camellias, lavender, iris, purple vetch (unfortunate name, that), scotch broom, calla lily, alyssum, verbena, and many more, that I cannot identify, because I am no expert in flowers. I do know that I like them, and that every couple days or so, I pick some, and place them here and there around the Manor, in the Shrine, and elsewhe
Welcome to Walmeth
It’s time to just rename Walmart, Walmeth. I mean, that’s what people seem to do in there. Manufacture methamphetamine. So why not be up-front about it? Truth in advertising. Back in December, one Elizabeth Alisha Greta Halfmoon strode into a Tulsa, Oklahoma Walmart and there set up shop, brewing herself some Hitler hooch. Six hours later, she was still at it. Apparently your common Walmeth is so
Bless The Beasts And The Children
The young’un cat, for reasons that are not at all clear to me, has decided to go the full barbarian. Living with him is like having Attila the Hun in the house. The folks at Uncyclopedia describe Attila as a being who “made men shit in their togas, bar the doors to churches and look up to heaven for help.” Yeah. It’s like that. Earlier adventures of this absolute animal may be found here and here
Jump In The Line
Oh no. Goodness. Dear Me. Physicists and philosophers. They’re fighting with one another. Stephen Hawking has decreed that philosophy is “dead.” Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg dismisses philosophy as “murky and inconsequential” and of no use whatsoever to the goddom of Science. When a paper by physicist Laurence Krauss was savaged by philosopher David Albert, Krauss denounced Albert as “moronic,”
Indigenous Message to Rio+20: Leave Everything Beneath Mother Earth
Indigenous leaders from all over South America are making their way by foot, canoe and eventually on buses to be part of the Kari-Oca Caravan to Rio de Janeiro, to talk to world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20.
Defining Green Economy May Stymie Rio Summit
The thematic battle at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Brazil next week will be primarily around the new concept of a "green economy" - and how best to define it.
Q&A: "Today's Food System Is Failing Small Farmers"
With heads of state from more than 120 nations and tens of thousands of civil society and international development experts gathering for the U.N. Summit on Sustainable Development next week, it is accepted wisdom that rethinking agriculture is one of most critical issues facing this and future generations.
MEXICO: Yearly Floods the New Reality for Rural Women
Year after year, women in rural areas of the southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco have to get ready for floods that threaten their homes, crops and livestock.
Ethics for an ‘Ecological Civilisation'
Leading Japanese ecologists are pushing for the concept of environmental "ethics" to influence the upcoming Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, an approach they contend will foster accountability towards sustainable development.
MEXICO: Farmers Use Traditional Knowledge to Deal with Climate Change
Small farmers in Mexico, who receive little institutional support, are drawing on their traditional knowledge to deal with and adapt to climate change, experts say.
- Many types of bacteria are absolutely necessary for the body to thwart inflammation and other disease causing factors, without which there would be no natural defense against harmful bacteria.
- This handful of billionaires is going to own our country for a while. Might as well get to know them.
- We may soon be rid of the "crown jewel of the U.S. public lands system."
- Glenn Beck Doesn’t Want To Talk About Bilderberg
- Kaduna Counter-Reprisals: 5 Killed, Churches Burnt | Sahara Reporters
- SPONSOR LOUNGE EXCLUSIVE – RAND PAUL CONFRONTED AGAIN
GOOG 579.36 8.51
The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Nokia, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Caterpillar The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Nokia, Apple, Google, Microsoft and Caterpillar • 3 hours ago
CRM 137.2001 0.4001
The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: CA Technologies, Amazon, IBM, salesforce.com and Hewlett-Packard The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: CA Technologies, Amazon, IBM, salesforce.com and Hewlett-Packard • 1 day ago