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Astronaut Neil Armstrong dies aged 82
Former US astronaut and first man to walk on the moon underwent heart-bypass surgery earlier this month.
Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dies at 82
Former NASA astronaut Neil A. Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930Today we mourn the loss of a true hero and icon of a generation, if not an entire century: Neil Alden Armstrong, former NASA astronaut and first person to set foot on the Moon, has passed away due to complications from cardiovascular surgery. Armstrong had recently turned 82 years old on August 5.(...)Read the rest of Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon, Dies at 82 (479 words)© Jason Major for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | 4 comments | Post tags: Apollo, astronaut, death, landing, Moon, NASA, Neil A
Mullah Dadullah Dead: Key Pakistani Taliban Figure Reportedly ...
Islamabad has long demanded that NATO and Afghan forces crack down on Pakistani militants launching attacks from hideouts on the Afghan side of the border. At the same time, American military commanders have been ...

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Patrick McHenry Senses A DWT Vendetta Against Him
This week Joe Conason did a perceptive post for the National Memo on why the GOP breeds politicians like Todd Akin. "The embarrassing fall of Todd Akin," he writes, "should induce Republicans to confront their own responsibility for the low quality of politicians they are inflicting on us (and themselves). Having developed an extremist culture that encourages figures such as Akin to seek legislati
British Paper Claims Western Troops are in Syria
With zero mandate, SAS allegedly "hunts for WMDs" as West attempts incremental intervention at any cost. by Tony Cartalucci August 26, 2012 - The British Daily Star has reported in their article, "SAS HUNT BIO ARMS," that, "nearly 200 elite SAS and SBS troops are in or around Syria hunting for Assad’s weapons of mass destruction." The Star also claims that the SAS are accompanied by Brit
Perspectives on Politics: Special New Orleans Issue
From Jeffrey C. Isaac, the editor of Perspectives on Politics:I am very happy to report that Melissa Harris-Perry just held up a copy of the new Perspectives on Politics on her MSNBC show and quoted me (!!) about "Post-Katrina New Orleans and the Politics of Reconstruction," the theme of our new 10th anniversary issue!! The "play" she gave our journal on the air was greatly appreciated....I believ
Fukushima Criticality?
Looks bad.Heart of the Rose posted this. At about 1:07 there is a bright flash amidst growing smoke. The video is from 8/24 (Japan time) so that would be yesterday US time:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGl0SrtsOdg&feature=plcpOn August 22 I posted another disturbing video. Here's the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pbFersDBHI&feature=channel&list=ULKeep in mind what Nuclear Profe

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Unhappy returns – Romney, his taxes and why you keep finding blood in your underwear
I guess we’re never going to see Romney’s actual tax returns, never going to know the truth. We’ll have to take his word that he’s “never paid less than 13 percent in taxes.”  Keep in mind that, for the vast majority of Americans who work for their money – folks who have to show up at a job every day and not just cash in on their investments – the 15 percent tax bracket kicks in at $8,500 a year i
Remembrance of teachers past
Tom McBride, who’s more handsome than I remember. Of course, they can do some amazing stuff with Photoshop. Seems I’ve had teachers all wrong. I listen to the rhetoric this campaign season and I hear a lot of blowhards on the right who think that teachers are leeches, wastrels attached to the public tit, driving up taxes by making us pay them a living wage for the privilege of being locked in a ro

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Number of Environmental Refugees to Grow to 50 Million by 2020
No country is impervious to the threat of climate catastrophes, yet little is being done to address the growing population of climate victims
Methane’s Contribution to Global Warming is Worse than You Thought
To tackle climate change, we need more honest accounting of this potent greenhouse gas

The Corbett Report
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Corbett Report Radio 204 – The Best of Pepe Escobar
Following our conversation with Pepe Escobar earlier this week, tonight we dip into The Corbett Report archives to highlight some of our previous conversations with the Asia Times Online correspondent. Tonight we look at pipeline politics, the Palestinian bid for UN membership, and the R2P humanitarian bombing paradigm.
Interview 535 – Andrew Gavin Marshall on the Desmarais family and Canadian politics
Today we are joined once again by Andrew Gavin Marshall for an analysis of the power and influence of the Desmarais family, sometimes known as “Canada’s Rockefellers.” We discuss the family’s history, their stewardship of Power Corporation, their connections to globalist institutions, and how the average citizen can circumvent their death grip on Canadian political power.
Corbett: IAEA and Nuclear Monopolists a “Gang of Thugs”
Iran and the UN’s nuclear watchdog are set to resume talks later on Friday – more than two months after the previous round failed. Tehran insists it only wants peaceful energy, but the West remains suspicious of its nuclear ambitions. Hopes aren’t high for these negotiations either – while Iranian citizens continue to be hit hardest by US and European sanctions. For more on this we RT talks to Jam
Interview 534 – New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato
Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com – the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: Iceland Was Right, We Were Wrong: The IMF http://ur1.ca/a0iq2 Rothschild, Paulson And Soros All Betting Financial Disaster Coming For Euro http://ur1.ca/a0iq3 Shares, Euro fall as Greek meetings

Obsidian Wings
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Apple is turning Japanese
by liberal japonicus Something a bit off of the politics talk. I'm a mac user, but I wanted to give a different perspective to the Apple-Samsung decision and maybe talk about something other than politics. As usual, the thread is also for everyone who wants to explain why the patent system sucks, why Apple is the best/worst thing since TV dinners, why Samsung was screwed/got their just dessert
The Case of the Unexpected Buddha
by Doctor Science My foray into Art of the Low Countries fandom continues apace. (Previous installment: How cleanliness sat down next to godliness) Today I bring you Pieter Aertsen's Adoration of the Magi, with some observations that have never before been published, as far as I can tell. Here's the painting, currently in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The work was originally a triptych altarpiec
your artistic ability Friday open thread
by liberal japonicus As a person with not a scintilla of drawing ability, I feel this woman's pain. Juan María de Ojeda, a city councillor, said the woman, acting "spontaneously and with good intentions", had confessed what had happened as soon as she realised "that things had got out of hand". Discuss here the biggest artistic screwups you know of, either observed or co
Assange Bleg
--by Sebastian This isn't really important, but it has bugged me for a little while and I was reminded about it when Julian Assange came back into the news recently.  Assange says that he doesn't want to go to Sweden because he is afraid that Sweden will extradite him to the United States.  The weird thing about this is that it makes sense for Assange to want to avoid being extradited to t

Syria Comment
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Turkey’s Syria Problem
Turkey’s Syria conundrum Sinan Ulgen, 25 Aug 2012, National Interest Syria used to be the poster child for Ankara’s “zero problems with neighbors” policy. At the peak of their rapprochement, Turkey and Syria were holding joint cabinet meetings and talking about spearheading a common market in the Middle East. Then the Arab wave of reforms reached Damascus. The relationship turned hostile as [...]
Syria and the US – by Sami Moubayed – New Book
Sami Moubayed has just come out with a wonderful book about US policy toward Syria. Forced to flee his beloved Damascus, Sami is now a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beirut. Bravo Sami Syria and the USA: Washington’s Relations with Damascus from Wilson to Eisenhower ‘Syria and the USA is a well-told and entertaining overview of US-Syria relations from World W
“Revolt in Syria,” Stephen Starr’s Book; Sahner on Syrian Heritage beign Destroyed; Ajami on Clinton
Stephen Starr’s new book on Syria is full of startling insights that only someone who has lived and worked there for the last five years could write. It is also a good read. Here is an excerpt. ‘Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising’ excerpt By Stephen Starr Laila met me at a café in downtown Damascus. She was from a wealthy family that lived in Dummar, a suburb on the north-western outskir
Assad’s Kurdish Strategy
Assad’s Kurdish Strategy Joshua Landis – Aug 20, 2012 Assad’s Kurdish strategy appears to be to help the PKK to take control of the Kurdish regions of Syria in the North East. His aim is to hurt both the Free Syrian Army and Turkey, which are leading the opposition against him. In general, his strategy is to weaken the Sunni Arabs of Syria. On July 19, the Syrian Army withdrew from the town of Ko

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African American Arrogance 2: The Audacity of the Plantation Negro
Allow me to present these questions to you directly: 1.  What is your position, and more specifically, what do you suggest as an alternative to voting for the president, and 2.  If you are a non-African American living in Canada, what dog do you have in this fight? What is your purpose of arguing that AFRICAN AMERICANS should not vote? I was in a debate on an African American Facebook page about B

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IAEA Inspectors’ Risk in Iran
In a phone call at one o’clock in the morning on March 17, 2003, the U.S. Ambassador to the IAEA, Kenneth Brill, advised IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to remove his inspectors from Baghdad immediately.  The following day, the IAEA gave orders for personnel to leave Iraq. On March 19, the U.S. launched Operation Iraqi Freedom. Fast-forward nine years. We’re now moving into the fifth month
Deterring Syria’s CW
A minor miracle the other day. U.S. President Barack Obama drew a “red line” concerning Syria’s chemical weapons. Everyone understood what he meant. No one thought he was threatening to nuke Syria. Hallelujah! In case you missed it, President Obama responded to growing concern that the Syrian government might use chemical weapons by drawing a “red line” for the Assad regime, warning that use of
Small Change or Big Investment?
Last Sunday, the Washington Post ran my op-ed suggesting that the United States pursue a space Code of Conduct with Beijing, not only to foster norms relating to debris mitigation, space traffic management and purposeful, harmful interference, but also as a door opener for U.S.-China strategic cooperation. This could be a “SALT moment” for Washington and Beijing – an opportunity to begin a difficu

Pesticide Action Network
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Prop 37: Just the facts, please
This week an article has been making the rounds in the press under the auspices of an objective policy assessment. "California's Proposition 37: Effects of Mandatory Labeling of GM food" comes out strongly against Prop 37 — the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act — by deploying a series of specious arguments and unfounded facts. read more
IQs at risk: Boys beware!
I keep reading about how boys have a harder time at all levels of school than girls. It turns out there may be more going on than the commonly held argument that teaching styles are more conducive to girls' success. Boys may also be at a biological disadvantage — new research shows that their brains may be more vulnerable to harm from pesticides. As a mom of an infant boy, this has me seriousl

WWF - Latest News
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TRAFFIC: “Loose horns”, surging demand and easy money create “perfect storm” for rhino poaching
Johannesburg, South Africa— A comprehensive new TRAFFIC report into the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa documents how poor compliance over rhino horn stockpile management, loopholes in sport hunting policy, and surging demand for horn in Viet Nam created ideal conditions for the involvement of sophisticated criminal networks, leading to a dramatic escalation in poaching in southern Africa.
Certified farmed tilapia is a taste of what’s to come
Seafood farms in Indonesia belonging to Regal Springs are the first to have their production of farmed tilapia certified under the new Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard for responsibly farmed tilapia. “Positive changes are happening on the water that will ripple throughout the entire aquaculture industry,” said José Villalón, WWF’s Vice President of Aquaculture and Chairman of the AS

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PTA ensures you can not talk to your loved ones on EID
A very happy EID to all of you. Since last night (Chand Raat) till morning of EID most mobile networks across major cities of Pakistan were suspended by orders of PTA, which got their instructions from interior ministry, seems the best way interior ministry thinks to stop terrorist operations is to deprive it’s citizens of one basic right of communication. I am sure the telcos would not have been

The Angry Black Woman
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Tales From A Literary Bully
Last month I wrote a Goodreads review of Revealing Eden. I read the book, checked out SaveThePearls.com & concluded (not surprisingly) that the book’s premise was offensive and the writing was terrible. Of course that landed me a spot on the Stop GR Bullies blog. Some of Foyt’s fans found their way to my Twitter account & after a few rounds of “I’m not racist but…” I gave my block hand a

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Political Correctness is the modern tool of censorship!
by Mark Vogl:    Which respected politicians, academicians, journalists and public opinion makers from the main stream are outspoken defenders of Christ?
McCaskill Seat in Missouri pivotal to Obama Care!
by Mark Vogl:    Limbaugh today showed he does not understand Americans are smarter then one bad comment. Limbaugh subtley hinted Akin should withdraw.
Texas Judge's words are spun by Glenn Beck, Agenda 21 ignored!
by Mark Vogl:    A Judge in Texas predicts Civil War if President gives away national sovereignty, but Beck tried to turn it to domestic budget issues
Socrates Was a Fraud Pt. 3: Philosopher? King!
by Richard in Japan:    Socrates, privileged to live in the world's first functional democracy, was actually a reactionary elitist and democracy's mortal enemy.

In These Times
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Schooling in a Spot of Bother
In 1969, at the age of 36, after 11 years in publishing, I started teaching English at Holland Park, a London comprehensive school. That was a high point for teachers who were interested in educating working-class children, but even then there were friends who thought it masochistic of me to teach in that sort of school. Teachers—probably because a majority of them are women—are despised in th
‘Outsourced’ Workers Chase Elusive ‘Romney Hood’
Cheryl Randecker is hot on the trail of an elusive bandit, and she needs your help. The bad guy's name is Romney Hood. Unlike his good twin Robin, Romney made a career of robbing the poor to get rich before setting off on a quest to be president so that he could help all the rich rob all the poor. (Business school MBAs call this "scaling up.") But Romney's old gang--the Bai
How To Succeed in Business Without Adding Value
Private equity funds first emerged in the late '70s and '80s as part of an ideological shift toward making the most for shareholders, giving momentum to an early wave of banking deregulation and to changes in the tax code that made financial engineering more profitable. Firms like Bain Capital, spun off in 1984 from the consulting firm Bain & Company, benefited both from the eliminat
From Greenwashing to Workerwashing
Big Industrial Ag pretends to go organic. PC behemoths mimic Apple products. Barack Obama goes to the right of the Republicans on civil liberties. Mitt Romney suddenly portrays himself as a left-leaning moderate on immigration. It seems no matter the arena, the most cliched move in corporate and political combat is to co-opt an opponent’s message, expecting nobody to notice or care.   But as

Texas Liberal
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Neil Armstrong’s Death Is Noted Around The World
Astronaut Neil Armstrong died this afternoon. Above is the front page of the Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch from the day after the first moon landing in 1969. Here is the Associated Press obituary of Mr. Armstrong from the Observer-Dispatch. Here are facts about the moon from National Geographic. Here is the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  Wapakoneta was Mr. Armstrong’s homet
I’m Certain The Brown Furry Thing I Saw Was A Nutria—Nutria Links
I’m pretty certain the brown furry thing in the picture is a Nutria. I took this picture this past may at the Houston National Veteran’s Cemetery. I wish I had gotten a better picture of the creature, but it scampered away into the pond. In any case I was close to it as I needed to be. At first I was uncertain what it was. But I poked around on the internet for a time and came to view that what I
Litter In Houston Bayous—Crying Indian Commerical Asks Us Not To Live Like Pigs As Our Political And Corporate Leaders Would Like Us To Live
Above is a picture I took  a few days ago of a tree that fell into Buffalo Bayou not far from Downtown Houston. This fallen tree collected a great degree of  organic debris and litter. The organic debris is a fact of existence. But the litter is stuff that people decided to discard in an inappropriate manner. You can see that a great deal of litter has been collected here as well. Below is a pict
JUDGEMENT!—Hurricane Isaac May Disrupt Republican Convention
As you see from the National Hurricane Center map above, Tropical Storm Isaac may be arriving in Florida at the same time as the Republican National Convention. Though by Monday it may be known as Hurricane Isaac. Here is the hurricane center page on Isaac. The convention is set to begin on Monday in Tampa. Tampa is on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida. I think the hurricane will go where it wil

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Yes, they were so in terror of Leveson, weren't they?
Ah yes, so it was fear of Leveson stopping the papers from publishing the pictures of Harry, wasn't it? Poor old Neil and Kelvin, it's always sad when it's your former employer that knocks your claims into a cocked hat. The Sun's editorial justifying their decision doesn't so much as mention Brian, for the reason this was all the doing of the PCC and royal aides.Not that the Sun's reasoning is a
It's the end of the free press as we know it!
Neil Wallis is, Kirsty Wark reminded us on Newsnight last night, still on bail after being arrested in connection with phone hacking. Rather than being humbled by this chastening experience (and Wallis is of course completely innocent of any involvement with what went on at the News of the World until proven otherwise), Wallis, alongside the ubiquitous Kelvin MacKenzie was everywhere yesterday cl
And so the Assange circus continues.
Sigh. This Julian Assange thing's still going on then? Am I really going to have write another post on it? Certainly seems like it.It's all a bit depressing really, as what everyone's fighting over is so arcane. What's more, two of those I respect and admire have, if not let themselves down, then certainly damaged their reputations. Glenn Greenwald and Craig Murray, both so right on so many o

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Kobach Tells Elderly White Southerners About the Power of States’ Rights
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach didn’t leave Birmingham Friday after offering testimony at a contentious U.S. Commission on Civil Rights briefing on the impact of restrictionist immigration laws like those enacted in Alabama and Arizona. Instead, the nativist lawyer and author of the abovementioned bills, remained in the state to speak Saturday at an event [...]
Ruby Ridge Carved Niche in History
Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Aug. 19 in The Spokesman-Review, based in Spokane, Wash. The 11-day siege at Ruby Ridge began 20 years ago today, on Aug. 21, 1992. The author of this post covered the Aryan Nations and other extremist groups during his 37-year career as a reporter with The  Spokesman-Review. Ruby [...]
David Barton’s Make-Believe Version of American History
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Aug. 20 at the website of Other Words, which publishes progressive editorials and offers them to newspapers around the country. David Barton, a self-styled Christian historian who claims to debunk left-wing myths about America, is sure of it: If you studied the Founding Fathers like he has, you would [...]
Kobach Tells Civil Rights Commission He’d Never Help a Known Bigot
Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and the architect of harsh, anti-immigrant laws in several states and cities, made a special trip to Hatewatch’s home state last week to testify in Birmingham before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The statutes pushed by Kobach – among them Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s even more draconian HB [...]

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Bits and Pieces - August 24, 2012
Mapping the origin of the Indo-European languages. Via Language Log, which I have recently discovered. Highly reccommended if you're interested in languages.Dr. Rubidium looks at the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. It turns out that not all the members are like Todd Akin.Yiddish curses for Republican Jews. Via Paul Krugman.Check out the economic impact of the presidential candid
Iran Already Has a Deterrent
No, I’m not going to argue that Iran has nuclear weapons.Deterrence goes beyond nuclear weapons, although the discussions of the Cold War seem to have inextricably combined the two words into “nuclear deterrence” and substituted the combined concept for the more general single word.Deterrence is convincing others that it would be a bad idea to attack you. That can start at the personal level w
Bits and Pieces - August 20, 2012
Doug Saunders makes an important point about how we too often conceptualize the Middle East.American stereotypes mapped via Google autocomplete.Here's a really good description of how summer camps help kids grow. I still recall my camp experiences in very much this way, but never got far enough outside them to be able to explain them the way this article does.Why are there no popular political son
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