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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

26 June - Blogs I'm Following - back 1 day

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Couple suing to have same-sex marriage performed in Iowa recognized in Louisiana ~Katy Reckdahl, The Advocate* *Live blog: Mayor Landrieu discusses how he plans to pay looming city expenses ~Charles Maldonado, The Lens* *Future bright for sunglasses business launched by local ~Mike Hoss, WWLTV * *Grow Dat’s City Park farm yields an unexpected crop: good jobs for youth ~Johanna Gilligan * *Hurricane recovery gave New Orleans reason to band together to offer more healthful food ~Della Hasselle, Washington Post* *I think we’ll head on down to KFC today for lunch ~Slabbed * *50-Foot-... more »

Yo! BC welders and pipe fitters!

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
A video follow-up to my Sunday post, *Prepping TFWs for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. * Two Philippine press agencies reported on the Canadian Welding Bureau pre-accrediting welders in three schools in the Philippines and quoted a now-retired Canadian Welding Bureau Certification Services Representative as touting welding and pipe fitting jobs for temporary workers from the Philippines "when construction for the pipeline from Alberta to BC begins." In light of the Canadian Welding Bureau's disclaimer in April 2014 denying their involvement : "For the record, the CWB is not in ... more »

Suckers and Smoke

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 1 day ago
President Obama must be making e-cigarette users, cigar connoisseurs and their addiction-promoting suppliers choke up with joy. That's because his administration has either burnt restrictions on sales right down to the filter, or else drowned health warnings in the burbley grave of a hookah pipe. It seems that Big Tobacco lobbyists flacks converged on the White House and pitifully wheezed that regulations meant to protect the public health would hurt their bottom lines. You know the drlll. We must not let the perfect pair of lungs be an enemy of the free market good. Despite pleas ... more »


Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 1 day ago
Time to clean up my desk top...zzzZZZ ZZZZZzzzzzz.....

Sleight of Hand: US reaches out to "awakening councils"

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Sleight of hand is often associated with tricks done by magicians. Sleight of hand is a method of deceiving an audience. Whether done by one man. Or a group of many. *Sleight *defined: Old Norse- dexterity or deceptiveness Cunning; craft; *artful practice.* *2. * A clever or skillful trick or deception; *an artifice (subtle but base deception) or stratagem (*A military maneuver designed to deceive or surprise an enemy.* 2. * A clever, often underhanded scheme for achieving an objective. Sleight of hand depends on the use of psychology, timing & misdirection. Let's now expose the... more »

Sports Report - Wimbledon Tennis Tournament - Andrey Kuznetsov

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
winner here it is then, another 'rare' sports report from Free Planet. And it concerns former Wimbledon junior tennis champion, Andrey Kuznetsov (Russian tennis player, 1991 - ). He's never won a Grand Slam match against a top ten player. He's been kicking arse in this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament. He's currently in the fifth set against Spain's David Ferrer... Kuznetsov's a really laid back player, he's got the moves, he's got the style, let's see if he has the staying power against a seed like Ferrer. If he's not kicked out this match, it'll be worth following his progress ... more »

General Principles of Insurance Policy Interpretation

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Simpson Wigle Law LLP v. Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company, 2014 ONCA 492: [54] As the application judge noted at para. 21 of his reasons, the Supreme Court of Canada recently reiterated the general principles governing the interpretation of insurance policies in *Progressive Homes Ltd. v. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada, *2010 SCC 33, [2010] S.C.R. 245, at paras. 22-24. These principles can be summarized as follows: The primary interpretive principle is that when the language of the policy is unambiguous, the court should give effect to that language, readi... more »

"No planes" on 9/11 for dummies

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 day ago
Someone please send this to *Mike Delaney, Scott Roberts, and Andrew Anglin* .

The Import-Export Bank Controversy-- Has The GOP Figured Out How To Use Populism Against Corporate Democrats?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The other Jeb Jeb Hensarling-- who has no Democratic opponent in his R+17 suburban Dallas district-- is the chairman of the Financial Services Committee and has accepted $1,121,622 in legalistic bribes (i.e., "campaign contributions") from the financial sector so far this cycle, the 4th most of any Member of Congress. That's more than Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan ($838,621), more than the new Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy ($804,686) and more than Wall Street's favorite pet Democrat-- and their designee to run the DCCC post-Israel-- Jim Himes ($681,950). Since he was first ele... more »

Sex, Bugs and Violence on Game of Thrones’ Epic Fourth Season

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
In the same weekend that parents around the nation watched their high-school and college students graduate and spread their wings for brighter shores, Game of Thrones served us up a season finale that was both about passages out of childhood, and about the shadow of parent-child relationships that follow people into their young-adulthoods. Similarly, it Continue reading

A short history lesson re the San Remo mandate.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
http://youtu.be/BmMmJ46O-3Q Note that the Arabs got over 80% of land promised to Israel but weren't satisfied with that. They want no Jewish state of any size.

A Comment Pissed Me Off

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
So, in this little post, I wrote about ... Ah hell, it's so short it's taking me just as long to summarize it. Here it is: "Change the Culture" - Progressives got to get out and put it out there. People have to take a side: Democracy or Inverted Totalitarianism? Food and shelter for all or super-mansions for the super-rich and starvation for the majority? Dignity or consumerism? Artists, musicians, business owners, ... we have to make a culture and an economy that is ours and put it before the majority and reject the corporate system and sustain ourselves. Ah, who am I kidding? Wel... more »

Precarious Relationship Between The Islamic State of Iraq And The Baathist Naqshibandi

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
Jaysh Rijal al-Tariq al-Naqshibandi (JRTN) is the Baathist insurgent group led by Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein’s former number two. After the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) the Baathists are one of the largest insurgent groups in the country. Those two organizations have had a very rough relationship. For years the two have cooperated in carrying out attacks in Iraq with one usually providing the money and planning, while the other launches the operation. Now however ISIS is demanding that JRTN units pledge allegiance to it, which has been resisted. That has... more »

The Earth Is Truly a Jewel Of Priceless Value by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
*The Earth is truly a jewel of priceless value. Not the value given by men of objects, but the value that those of Light and those of Earth's Helpers that have chosen to view Her with.* M.N. Hopkins

Clean Eating.

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago

Oklahoma Makes History, and Not Just in Edu-Politics

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
It looks like Paula Sophia will be elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Unlike Paula, I never served in Iraq, but we were comrades in a “broad church” of open arms. Paula is a 22-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Back when our neighborhood was still the turf of the Hoova’ set […]

@amprog imitates neoliberal wankers and excludes educator voices

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
A panel on the Common Core today from the Center for (on?) American Progress. See the speakers. Any educators in site? Introductory Remarks: Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress Panelists: Gov. Jim Douglas, Former Governor of Vermont Gov. Ted Strickland, Former Governor of Ohio Chester E. Finn, President, Thomas B. […]

Refuse All the Tests 2014-15

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
A clip from Peg Robertson: . . . .I am keeping it very simple for the 2014-2015 school year. I have seen the chaos. I have been knocked down many times. And as a result, I have been given the opportunity to see what works and what doesn't work. I get that we all have a role to play, so I am not knocking anyone who chooses a different route. But I'll just say this, refuse the mandates that have been imposed on our children in the form of opt out and watch those legislators wake up. Refuse all the tests - not just one - all of them. Watch the politicians listen with intent this tim... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The Vineyard of the Saker reports today: It appears that the ceasefire has had a bigger impact on the big cities of Lugansk and Donetsk than in the smaller cities on the frontline like Slaviansk or Kramatorsk were combat operations have apparently continued. Furthermore, as Juan has reported, Ukrainian troops are further being resupplied and reinforced. The junta's Minister of Defense has officially confirmed that the notorious "Battalion Aidar" death-squad, which had been wiped out by the NDF, was being re-formed and re-trained with new soldiers. Igor Kolomoiski appears to be ... more »

Houston KIPPsters Blow Off Steam by Hanging Classmate

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
From Fox affiliate in Houston: *By Alexander Supgul, Digital Content Manager - bio* *On May 20 during recess at KIPP Academy, David Rodriguez says he quite nearly strangled to death.* *"I thought I was going to die and I was not going to see my Mom, my Dad and my sister," said Rodriguez.* *David's mother, Zulma Rodriguez, insists her 3rd grader was persuaded by classmates to put a string around his neck and stand beneath a tree on a cinder block - a block that was knocked away.* *"The kids were just laughing at him, just laughing and laughing and he said he was struggling to take it ... more »

ANTHROPOLOGY LESSONS: An oleaginous, oily old coot!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014* *Part 3—Diane Sawyer’s concern:* Yesterday morning, the New York Times discussed the so-called “word gap.” Motoko Rich’s news report topped the paper’s National section. It ran beneath this headline: “Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth.” Good for the New York Times and good for Motoko Rich! In her report, she discussed the advantages which are said to accrue from early immersion in literacy. And not only that! At the very end of her report, she mentioned Hillary Clinton: RICH (6/24/14): Dr. Navsaria is the medical direct... more »

Greenwald Touts Imminent Release of Shocking NSA Story

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
Having successfully forced the hand of the US power structure in returning to America despite threats of his arrest and imprisonment - where he likely would have been tortured - Glenn Greenwald has been hitting the media circuit to speak and promote his book "No Place to Hide". This really must burn the Obama regime although they due to their own arrogance and foolhardy recklessness have other fish to fry with percolating foreign opportunities for regime change in Russia, Syria and now Iraq but having Greenwald hauled in by government thugs and disappeared into the bowels of our m... more »

Who's on First?

*C* at The Web (Untangled) - 1 day ago
By The Ozarker [Reposted from The Conflicted Doomer] June 21, 2014 Okay, let me see if I can get this straight. The Saudis (our Sunni friends) trained ISIS (their Sunni terrorists) to fight in Syria (their Shia enemies) and we supported them because they were the “good” terrorists (therefore, friends of our friends) until they went rampaging through Iraq and threatened the (Shia) government (therefore, the Saudi’s enemy, and, if not our friend, at least originally our hand-picked puppets) and to protect that now re-elected Shia government in Iraq, but only if they play nicer... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

“The Ghoulish Face of Empire”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Ghoulish Face of Empire”* by Chris Hedges “The black-clad fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, sweeping a collapsing army and terrified Iraqis before them as they advance toward Baghdad, reflect back to us the ghoulish face of American empire. They are the specters of the hundreds of thousands of people we murdered in our deluded quest to remake the Middle East. They are ghosts from the innumerable roadsides and villages where U.S. soldiers and Marines, jolted by explosions of improvised explosive devices, responded with indiscriminate fire. They are the rise... more »

Chili Thom - underwater series

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
Chili Thom is a legend ... *Being born and raised in British Columbia has offered me an interesting and inspiring life hiking and exploring the vast and beautiful wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. As a small child I developed a keen interest in the outdoors as well as in the arts. At the age of nineteen I studied very briefly at the University of British Columbia in Fine Arts but, not finding the guidance I was looking for, I decided to return to the wilderness and also began exploring acrylic paints.* *Working primarily in acrylic paints I've developed a style that uses lin... more »

Save Syria, Iraq is already lost? An interesting opinion piece

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
About this opinion piece*, author Jamal Kashoggi-* Related to uber arms dealer Adnon Kashoggi. Adnon in his hey days was very admired by the Western moneyed classes. As wikipedia says he participated and was revered in 'western high society' Likely because he was gettin' high society, higher *Jamal Kashoggi* served as a media aide to Prince Turki al Faisal while he was Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.And surprise of surprises- Interviewed Osama Bin Laden. More then once. Jamal moves in all the right circles. He has all the right connections. Jamal puts forth the agen... more »

That Ole Brat Magic Just Failed To Materialize In Mississippi Last Night-- Or Maybe It Was Defeated By Some Ole Black Magic

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Karma's a bitch, y'all Stunning upset last night as Thad Cochran's team managed to inspire enough African American Democrats to come to the polls to defeat bigoted teabagger Chris McDaniel by just over 6,000 votes. Turnout for the runoff was higher than it was in the primary last month-- around 10% higher and almost all the increase was in African-American precincts. I wonder if anyone will ever explain to Cochran what happened and why. If they do, there's always a chance he feels a sense of obligation to moderate his positions the way Lisa Murkowsky did after the Tea Party humiliate... more »

US Economic Data is NOT Pointing to Recovery ( June 25 , 2014 ) ......GDP Disaster: Final Q1 GDP Crashes To -2.9%, Lowest Since 2009, Far Below The Worst Expectations , Durable Goods Orders Tumble; Biggest Miss In 2014 !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Economic Recovery ? GDP Disaster: Final Q1 GDP Crashes To -2.9%, Lowest Since 2009, Far Below The Worst Expectations [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/25/2014 08:41 -0400 - Personal Consumption - Recession - recovery inShare1 Remember when in January 2014, Q1 GDP was expected to rise 2.0%? Well, here comes the final Q1 GDP revision and it's a doozy: *at -2.9%, far below the -1.8% expected and well below the -1.0% second revision, it is an absolute disaster, *and is the worst print since Q1 2009. And while a bad GDP print was largely exp... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Liberals Furious over SC Law to Teach the Constitution in Schools* The Republican controlled legislature in South Carolina recently infuriated liberal groups by insisting that state universities teach students about the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents. The SC House of Representatives had recently cut funding for two state universities that had required students to read homosexual-themed books. This month, a revised budget restored the funding. But the renewed funding had strings attached. The new budget stipulated that the money was to be used "for instruction in th... more »

China ponzi scheme involving commodities as collateral claims first victim ( June 25 , 2014 ) ----China state copper firm chief jumps to his death ........ Copper Snaps Win-Streak As Imports Plunge 17% & Default Fears Reignite ......... China's Port-Ponzi-Probe Spreads To Entire Warehousing Sector

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140625/china-state-copper-firm-chief-jumps-his-death The head of a $2.0-billion Chinese copper producer fell to his death from a building, the firm announced Wednesday, and a state-run newspaper said he committed suicide following corruption allegations. The chairman of state-owned Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group, Wei Jianghong, died on Tuesday after falling off a building, the company said in a statement. A string of officials have killed themselves in recent months, with speculation linking some to a crackdown on graft launched by Presi... more »

Putin winning the game of geopolitical chess ? June 25 , 2014 -- Lead news item -- Putin Fires Warning Shot - Russia May Bar Firms Using Foreign Banks , Austria rebukes EU / US and moves forward with South Stream Project , Russia strategy winning in Ukraine ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Russian imposing its own "costs " regarding Ukraine ? Putin Fires Warning Shot - Russia May Bar Firms Using Foreign Banks [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/25/2014 08:23 -0400 - Bank of America - Bank of America - Global Economy - Merrill - Merrill Lynch - Newspaper - Reuters - Ukraine inShare With the cease-fire on shaky ground in Ukraine, and the ongoing proxy war between the US and Russia growing in intensity (once again ignited in Syria); it seems Putin has fired a significant warning shot across the bow of th... more »

Wherever He Goes

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
With two recent decisions, Tasha Kheiriddin writes, Stephen Harper may have lost B.C -- and beyond. His first decision -- to approve Northern Gateway and then disappear -- has stoked growing opposition to the project: The Tories’ *sotto voce* approval might be a sign not only of Gateway’s mortality but Keystone’s as well. This would put into question their entire western economic and political strategy. Without increased pipeline capacity, Alberta petroleum producers can’t take more oil to market, unless they send it by rail. That’s already causing massive problems for another we... more »

Mike's Story Part 61 - Thumb

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*By **Jenna** Orkin* * A call: Mike’s broken his thumb. He was assisting the guide of a tour group in Prospect Park. His horse, Mack Truck (not really but the name was similar,) the biggest, baddest horse at the stable, had been acting up; he didn’t "get along with" another horse on the ride.* * As they crossed the intersection, Mack Truck "must have gotten stung by a bee" because he bucked. Mike landed on his thumb. The bone got pushed back into his wrist. * * His body is still in shock so his mood remains upbeat. But after surgery which installs six brightly colored p... more »

Easy Patriotic Baby Bows

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
The supplies used in this tutorial are courtesy of the Ribbon Retreat. The Fourth of July is easily my favorite holiday. Barbecues, parades, fireworks and family. The best combination I can think of. I usually dress my kids up in full patriotic colors for the holiday and with a new baby, I knew I needed some new baby bows in red, white and blue. These bows are easy to make, and they stay put. They will stay in my newborn's fine hair and they still look great clipped into the pony tail of my 5-year-old. You will need: - 3/8 Grosgrain Ribbon in Patriotic Colors (Check out the ... more »

China and other countries create new Credit Rating Agency due to U.S. controlled Credit Rating companies. China trade deals with Greece - No dollar

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 1 day ago
A summit forum was held in Beijing on the 23rd of June between many countries to create an independent and new credit rating agency. The new agency is: Universal Credit Rating Group - UCRG. China and other countries do not trust the current big 3 credit rating agencies, which are controlled by the U.S., they accuse them of being politically motivated and don't rate correctly. They state

Here's a little music documentary that you might enjoy, if you like Sparks that is

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Very nice, if a little amateurish but as it features Sparks I will let jedenobel off.

ISIS: Corporate Terrorists with an Annual Report?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
This is so wrong on so many levels. Rebels with an annual report replete with infographics? This so reeks of British and American managerial techniques and return on investment thinking. Reports are already coming out on involvement of Saudi, Kuwait and Qatar financing of this group. Why is it petroleum rich countries are exempted from US laws regarding state sponsored terrorism? Historically I suppose you can say there was an Anglo precedence for these kind of operations, it was British officer Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) who installed the House of Sa... more »

EU wants stronger military industry

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: European Defence Agency (EDA)]The European Commission on Tuesday (24 June) laid out plans on how to boost the EU’s military and defence industries. It wants to create a single market on defence, make it more profitable, and intensify and merge research with the civil sector. Antonio Tajani, the EU industry commissioner, said greater defence collaboration is needed between member states to enable the EU to "adequately face its security challenges". Read more

Musical Interlude: Yanni, “Flight of Fantasy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Yanni, “Flight of Fantasy” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkqkTKlRjaw

Navy to Retire T-39N Training Jets in August

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: T-39 Sabreliner]The Navy’s air training command will retire the last of its Rockwell T-39 Sabreliner training aircraft this summer, closing out a four-decade service of training Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) in navigation and radar intercept procedures. Training Squadron 86 (VT-86) at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., responsible for training NFOs to operate the weapon and sensor systems in the Navy and Marine Corps’ multiseat tactical jets, such as the F/A-18, EA-18G and EA-6B, will retire the last T-39N versions in August. The T-39G non-radar versions already have been wi... more »

U.S. Army places blimp-borne radar in strategic readiness

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: JLENS]Should the U.S. or its allies need enhanced protection against cruise missiles, hostile airplanes, sea-borne threats or unmanned aircraft, military commanders will have a new system at their disposal. Raytheon Company has finished preparing a blimp-borne radar system previously used for testing, for use as a rapidly deployable strategic asset. JLENS is a powerful airborne radar system that floats at altitudes as high as 10,000 feet, suspended from two 80-yard long, helium-filled blimp-like aerostats which are tethered to ground stations via a rugged cable. It helps d... more »

BAE Systems Wins 57mm Naval Gun Contract In Mexico

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
BAE Systems has been awarded a contract to produce and deliver four 57 Mk3 Naval Guns to the Mexican Navy. “This contract award further strengthens our strong position in the naval guns market,” said Lena Gillström, managing director of Weapon Systems, Sweden, at BAE Systems. “This competitive win shows that BAE Systems’ world-leading 57mm naval gun and ammunition systems continue to be selected as the best solution for both new and existing customers around the world.” The 57 Mk3 gun is proving to be a successful product for various customers. In addition to Mexico, the 57 Mk3 is ... more »

U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Contract For Next Two SBIRS Missile Defense Early Warning Satellites

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: GEO-2 Encapsulation]The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). SBIRS provides our nation continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence. The Air Force awarded initial funding for the two satellites in a 2012 contract to complete non-recurring engineering activities and to procure select long lead parts. In 2013, the service awarded the... more »

Illuminated Energetic grid structures become visible to Higher Vision, and those with such

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*Illuminated Energetic grid structures become visible to Higher Vision, and those with such* by ÉirePort Illuminated Energetic grid structures become visible to Higher Vision, and those with such. Such grid structures now clarify all beings with dense intent and end points have now been established, subject to minor alteration. Shadow regions have dissolved sufficiently for all Gaia inhabitants to pursue passionates without resistance. Passion seekers reach from feminine depths to manifest Gaia-centered paradigms and establishments. Relief paradigm for Gaia injuries accelerates... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
* New paper claims the 'pause' is 'not so unusual' & 'no more than natural variability'* He's baack!... Shaun Lovejoy has published a new paper which cites his prior claim of 99.9% confidence that one of the two temperature graphs below is your fault, and the other due to natural variability. Both graphs are half-century plots of HADCRUT4 global temperatures. Both use exactly the same time and temperature scales. Can you tell with 99.9% confidence which one is 1895-1945 (Nature’s fault), and which is 1963-2013 (Your fault)? [graphs from Not A Lot Of People Know That, not Lov... more »

Germany ready to keep Patriot missiles in Turkey's southeast

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Patriot system]Germany's Defense Ministry Deputy Spokesman Ingo Gerhartz dismissed media reports over claims that Patriot Missile Batteries in Turkey would be withdrawn at the end of 2014, adding that the mission could be extended for two more years. Germany has announced it is prepared to extend its deployment of Patriot missile batteries in Turkey if Ankara requires it. The announcement on Monday came one day after the German press reported that NATO allies had begun talks on halting the mission - which Ankara had requested in 2012 amid possible threats from Syria - at th... more »

B-2 Bomber Set to Receive Massive Upgrade

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: B-2 Spirit]The Air Force’s B-2 Spirit is receiving a technological upgrade to allow the service’s bat-winged, nuclear capable bomber to fly through 2058. Air Force officials have started planning the modernization overhaul to include digital nuclear weapons and a new receiver that allows the bomber to receive messages in the event of a nuclear detonation, said Eric Single, chief of the Global Strike division for Air Force acquisition. Northrop Grumman, the lead defense contractor on the B-2, owns a contract with a $9.9 billion ceiling to complete maintenance and modernizatio... more »

Burma to Purchase Chinese-Pakistani JF-17 Fighter Jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: JF-17 Thunder]Myanmar will purchase the Sino-Pakistan jointly produced JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter aircraft, according to local news reports. According to the Burma Times, Myanmar is looking to purchase a license to domestically produce the J-17 aircraft, which is called the FC-1 Xiaolong in China. If the report is accurate, it would make Myanmar the first foreign purchaser of the jet. Currently, only Pakistan’s Air Force operates the J-17 and, as Ankit has reported, Islamabad is in the process of making a number of upgrades to the fighter jet. Read more

China and Vietnam Ships Clash in Territorial Bout

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: A ship belonging to the Vietnam Fishing Surveillance Department]China and Vietnam-owned vessels again clashed on Monday near a Chinese oil rig that has been set up in a part of the South China Sea that is being claimed by both countries. According to Vietnamese Coast Guard, the incident left two Vietnamese sailors injured and their Fisheries Surveillance ship KN-951 severely damaged. Vietnam TV reports indicate that seven Chinese vessels pursued the Vietnamese vessel 11.5 nautical miles south-southwest before one of them rammed into it. Further reports say that two Chinese ... more »

Imtech Marine selected by BAE Systems to provide key systems for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Type-26 Global Combat Ship]Imtech Marine has been selected by BAE Systems to provide electrical distribution and HVAC systems for the prestigious UK MOD Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme. The HVAC system comprises the CBRN system, for protection against chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear threats, and the air handling units, fans, air distribution system and climate control panels. Imtech Marine’s HVAC specialised division Schiffbau-/Dockbautechnik will design, manufacture, install and test the system. Read more

Orion Man - Return of the Giants - our Ancient Alien Ancestors might never come back

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
author of *The Hidden Records*, Wayne Herschel has found The Planet of Our Ancient Alien Ancestors, and knows where it was positioned in the sky 17,250 years ago. Wayne has some strange thoughts about our Ancient Ancestors and I *kinda-quote* "Once Humanity finds the planet of this 'one god' all religious wars will end." Seriously? We all know WAR isn't about God. Even if it's a claimed Holy War or Crusade or Jihad. War is generally more to do with THE GAME of Ownership and Leadership and Indoctrination. Wars will happen even without God, it's like hyenas fighting over a pi... more »

F-35 fighter jets to resume flights after fire led to grounding

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: F-35C Lightning II]A fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets is expected to return to regular flight operations at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida after being grounded because of a fire this week. All F-35 flight operations for the Air Force at the base had been temporarily suspended as the military investigated the incident. A spokesman at the base said flight operations were expected to resume Wednesday. Early Monday, one of the radar-evading, supersonic fighter jets caught fire before takeoff. The pilot left the aircraft uninjured, officials said. Read more

These Are The Wild Radar Ships That Make Missile Defense Possible

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: USNS Howard O. Lorenzen]America's complex and costly ballistic missile defense programs regularly make the news, and although land based interceptor launch sites or AEGIS equipped Navy ships get the spotlight, few know of the small fleet of highly specialized sensor ships that have made this controversial technology possible. Whether the focus of a test is shorter ranged theater ballistic missiles or long-range intercontinental ballistic missile with multiple reentry vehicles (MRVs), or even one of our own, we cannot properly learn how to counter or improve them without incr... more »

Chinese warships tailed after by Japanese ships and planes again

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Chinese warships]The Asayuki frigate and P-3C anti-submarine warfare aircraft of the the Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF) confirmed that two missile frigates and one comprehensive ship of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) were located at the sea area about 110 kilometers to the east of Tanegashima Island and sailed from the Pacific Ocean to the East China Sea at about 02:00 on June 22, 2014, Beijing time, according to an announcement on the website of the Joint Staff Office of Japan's Ministry of Defense on June 22, 2014. The Japanese ships and planes confirm... more »

GE to Power Next Generation of Royal Ships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Type-26 Global Combat Ship]Today’s frigates operate in the most challenging of circumstances. Whether they are fending off enemy submarines, thwarting pirates or carrying out disaster relief and humanitarian missions, these ships need to be effective, efficient, safe and sustainable. The U.K. Ministry of Defense has engaged in a major program to update and upgrade its current fleet of frigates. In the next decade, Type 26 Global Combat Ships will become the backbone of the Royal Navy, replacing its existing Type 23 Frigates. The Type 26 will incorporate the latest in hybrid... more »

Royal Navy frigate intercepts Russian vessel in the Baltic after warship strays close to Nato-protected waters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: RFS Soobrazitelny]A Royal Navy warship intercepted a Russian military vessel that strayed close to Nato-protected waters in the Baltics in an echo of the Cold War. HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, was taking part in a multinational exercise off the Danish coast when she was dispatched to investigate an unidentified surface ship picked up on radar. Despite choppy seas and 30 knot winds, the crew identified the unknown ship as the 104-metre-long Steregushchiy-class frigate RFS Soobrazitelny skirting Danish waters as it sailed west in the Baltic Sea. Read more

EU Punishes Thailand for Ousting Mass Murdering Dictator

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*June 24, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - AFP reported in an article titled, "EU raps Thailand on coup, cuts official contacts," that: *European Union foreign ministers on Monday condemned the military takeover in Thailand and agreed punitive measures to back up calls for an urgent return to democratic rule.* It also claimed: *The ministers halted all official visits to Thailand and suspended the signing of a partnership and cooperation accord with Bangkok, a statement said. * *Expressing "extreme concern" at developments, ministers said the military should restore "as a matter ... more »

‘Rim of Pacific’ Maritime Exercise Kicks Off June 26

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: RIMPAC2014]Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, maritime exercise scheduled June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series, which began in 1971. ... more »

India's new anti-submarine warfare corvette ready to sail out

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
India's newly-built anti submarine warfare (ASW) corvette Kamorta is now ready to join the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet. The warship is slated to be commissioned into the Indian Navy in July at Vishakhapatnam, where a nuclear submarine - Arihant - is also being built indigenously. Now docked at the fitting-out jetty (FOJ) of Garden Reach Shipbuilders amp; Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) here, Kamorta - a super-sophisticated frontline warship with stealth features - is readying to sail out to play its role as Indian Navy's newest submarine hunter/killer, a defence ministry statement said Tu... more »

Kongsberg unveils for the first time a Submarine Launched NSM at Balt Military Expo 2014

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Sublaunched Naval Strike Missile]At the 13th Baltic Military Fair BALT-MILITARY-EXPO 2014 currently held in Gdansk, Poland, Kongsberg shows for the first time a concept of a submarine launched variant of its NSM (Naval Strike Missile). The missile is based on the JSM (the variant specifically designed to fit inside the F35 JSF jet's weapons bay). Kongsberg with its partner Nammo will design a specific booster to launch the missile after breaking out of the water. Read more

BBC News - Patients 'facing longer GP waits', warns BMA

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
' Longer waits to see a GP in the UK are "becoming the norm", the British Medical Association is warning. BMA GP leader Dr Chaand Nagpaul said "chronic underfunding" meant patients were often having to wait one or two weeks for an appointment.' No mention of the massive increase in population as a possible cause. But then what would you expect from the BBC? More here... http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27913230

BBC News - Atheist declared mentally ill in Nigeria

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
' A Nigerian man has been sent to a mental institute in Kano state after he declared that he did not believe in God, according to a humanist charity. Mubarak Bala, 29, is said to have been forcibly medicated by his Muslim relatives, despite being given a clean bill of health by a doctor.' Islam strikes again... More here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28010234

Opportunity for Reform

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
White House Declines to Renominate Member (2014, June 23) The Wall Street Journal, A4. “George Apostolakis, first nominated by President Barack Obama in 2010, will leave the NRC on June 30 when his term ends…. [Mr Apostolakis] has publicly stated he would like to continue as a commissioner” Apparently he was notified this week that he will not be re-nominated despite his desire to remain on the commission. I don’t know much about George Apostolakis. I sure find his PP presentation on risk assessment to be full of flawed assumptions (here http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/organizatio... more »

Oh, Please! Not More EMILY's List Anti-Semitism!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
EMILY's List has a reputation for being the dirtiest players in politics-- as bad or worse than the Republican sociopaths employed by the Kochs and Adelson. The difference is that the man-haters at EMILY's List don't deploy their vicious nature against Republicans or against conservative Democrats-- only against progressive men in office. Especially *Jewish* progressive men in office. EMILY's List was once an essential part of the progressive coalition. Their battles were the progressive community's battles and they were widely admired. There's been a lot of water under the bridge... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Discovering Nature

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourage ... more »

He's Right - Iraq Is Over

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Source of map.* Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to Iraq will be as effective and fruitful as his trip to Israel-Palestine was earlier this year. The *US-led Israeli-Palestinian peace process* is now dead. And the government that the U.S. created in Baghdad is also now dead. It is a zombie government, a ghost government. I remember reading somewhere that most Iraq MPs don't even live in Iraq but in the Gulf states for the majority of the year. So its politicians are crap. And its soldiers are worse. Its soldiers remove their uniforms and disappear into crowds when the enemy a... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Why is the sky near Antares and Rho Ophiuchi so colorful? The colors result from a mixture of objects and processes. Fine dust illuminated from the front by starlight produces blue reflection nebulae. Gaseous clouds whose atoms are excited by ultraviolet starlight produce reddish emission nebulae. Backlit dust clouds block starlight and so appear dark. *Click image for larger size.* Antares, a red supergiant and one of the brighter stars in the night sky, lights up the yellow-red clouds on the lower center. Rho Ophiuchi lies at the center of the blue nebula near the top. The distant... more »

"Against All Odds..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"There's a little animal in all of us and maybe that's something to celebrate. Our animal instinct is what makes us seek comfort, warmth, a pack to run with. We may feel caged, we may feel trapped, but still as humans we can find ways to feel free. We are each other's keepers, we are the guardians of our own humanity and even though there's a beast inside all of us, what sets us apart from the animals is that we can think, feel, dream and love. And against all odds, against all instinct, we evolve." - "Grey's Anatomy"

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Evidence"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Evidence"* "Where do I live? If I had no address, as many people do not, I could nevertheless say that I lived in the same town as the lilies of the field, and the still waters. Spring, and all through the neighborhood now there are strong men tending flowers. Beauty without purpose is beauty without virtue. But all beautiful things, inherently, have this function - to excite the viewers toward sublime thought. Glory to the world, that good teacher. Among the swans there is none called the least, or the greatest. I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especi... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Chet Raymo, “Strange”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Strange”* by Chet Raymo “In a review in the “New York Times” Book Review, Daniel Handler writes: “And strange? Well, let's get this straight: All great books are strange. Every lasting work of literature since the very weird "Beowulf" has been strange, not only because it grapples with the strangeness around us, but also because the effect of originality is startling, making even the oldest books feel like brand new stories.” Strange: Out-of-the-ordinary, unusual, curious. "The strangeness around us," says Handler. There is a paradox here. What could be less strange than the wo... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Sooner or later, fate puts us together with all the people, one by one, who show us what we could, and shouldn’t, let ourselves become. Sooner or later we meet the drunkard, the waster, the betrayer, the ruthless mind, and the hate-filled heart. But fate loads the dice, of course, because we usually find ourselves loving or pitying almost all of those people. And it’s impossible to despise someone you honestly pity, and to shun someone you truly love.” - Gregory David Roberts, “Shantaram”

“Reflections of Self: We Are All Mirrors for Each Other”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Reflections of Self: We Are All Mirrors for Each Other”* by The DailyOm “People you feel drawn to reflect your inner self back at you, and you act as a mirror for them as well. When we look at other people, we see many of their qualities in innumerable and seemingly random combinations. However, the qualities that we see in the people around us are directly related to the traits that exist in us. “Like attracts like” is one of the spiritual laws of the universe. We attract individuals into our lives that mirror who we are. Those you feel drawn to reflect your inner self back at yo... more »

"The Reason Why..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"At last, the answer why. The lesson that had been so hard to find, so difficult to learn, came quick and clear and simple. The reason for problems is to overcome them. Why, that’s the very nature of man, I thought, to press past limits, to prove his freedom. It isn’t the challenge that faces us, that determines who we are and what we are becoming, but the way we meet the challenge, whether we toss a match at the wreck or work our way through it, step by step, to freedom." - Richard Bach, “Nothing by Chance”

ECONOMICS FOR REAL PEOPLE: “Freedom, the fundamental human right”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Our friends at the Auckland University Economics Group are all busy acing exams at the moment, but they’ve spotted a public event this Monday evening they reckon will be good. Hi everyone, For those in Auckland after exams, a public presentation this coming Monday evening (30 June) at the University of Auckland Business School should interest you. Tim Wilson, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner, will be speaking on “Freedom, the fundamental human right.” Tim is a very controversial person in Australia so it promises to be very interesting. And maybe controversial. ... more »

The Poet: Robinson Jeffers, “End Of The World”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“End Of The World”* by Robinson Jeffers “When I was young in school in Switzerland, about the time of the Boer War, We used to take it for known that the human race Would last the earth out, not dying till the planet died. I wrote a schoolboy poem About the last man walking in stoic dignity along the dead shore Of the last sea, alone, alone, alone, remembering all His racial past. But now I don't think so. They'll die faceless in flocks, And the earth flourish long after mankind is out.” - http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/ ◆ Related: “A World Without People” - http://www.theatlantic.com/ ... more »

we are on mars

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Taiwan Voice: Development and Ecology in Tainan

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
Taiwan Voice posted this to Facebook. Thanks for the hard work, Taiwan Voice. Click on READ MORE to finish... ++++++++++ Industrial development project in southern Taiwan raises concerns over ecological impact The issues of ecological preservation and sewage treatment surrounding the development of Hsinchi Industrial Park (新吉工業區) in Tainan brought about opposition by environmental and local cultural groups. In March, Tainan City government withdrew the initial plan and proposed amendments that, in addition to zero wastewater discharge, another hectare was to be set aside as a phea... more »

QUOTE OF THEDAY: Which Inequalities Matter?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
“Which inequalities matter is more interesting than what's going on on any particular margin of inequality.” - Eric Crampton, 'Nerd Pride' Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Interview Archive for At the Chalk Face (by name)

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
Archive of interviews At the Chalk Face (by name). This is a work in progress which includes all broadcasts going as far back as 1/6/2013. Check back frequently for updates. Scroll through the alphabetical list, find something you like. Use any of these shows for your own purposes, broadcast them at meetings, workshops, professional development. […]

"How It Really Is"

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"There Is A Twilight..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." - Justice William O. Douglas

Seen on the web

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 1 day ago
I wish I'd written it. By jnail7 However, it seems clear that you are attempting to follow a Socratic method in engaging in an argument for Biological essentialism. Here is an example of how to accomplish your goal in a form that is more functional to a comment thread than point by point posting. 1) Humans develop from a single cell egg to a complex multicellular organism. 2) The form of human includes various cellular expressions that create organs, tissues, etc. that provide specific functions for survivability and perpetuation of the species, which are universal across the sp... more »

The good news is: AMC's "Better Call Saul" is now in production, aiming for air in the first quarter of 2015

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*In this powerfully dramatic Better Call Saul "first-look photo," we see the man himself, Albuquerque shyster Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), with co-showrunners Peter Gould (who created the character) and Vince Gilligan (who's directing the premiere).* *"Production on Better Call Saul is underway, and we could not be more proud of, nor more excited about, the work to date. We join the fans in eager anticipation for this series, and today we happily confirm that our initial Saul order is for two seasons and a total of 23 episodes."* *-- AMC president Charlie Collier* *by Ken* Oh sure... more »

This Week's Charter Corruption and Crime Log

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
*Charter schools* release teacher salaries, withhold admin pay *Charter school* officials face federal bribery charges Most Michigan *charter* companies don't follow financial disclosure law Hartford *Charter School* CEO Acknowledges Inaccurate Academic Credential SE Idaho *charter school* could have charter revoked *Charter schools* under more scrutiny Criminal Convictions Of *Charter Schools* Group's CEO Raise Questions, Officials Say *Charter School* Commission sets conditions for continued existence of troubled Honolulu school *Charter school* companies in US face corruption... more »

Forgotten Libya Update - June 24 , 2014 ----- Libya heads to the polling places on June 25 , 2014 for its third Legislative Election since Gaddafi was deposed in 2011 ........ Libya prepares to vote amid tensions Libyans will vote for a 200-seat House of Representatives that will replace the discredited General National Congress ...... Mysterious purported Strongman General Khalifa Hafter threatens Turks and Qatari to leave in 48 hours or else ( Turkish workers start to leave including those working construction projects - this may result in power cuts including in Tripoli ) ...........

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Al Jazeera...... Libya prepares to vote amid tensions Libyans will vote for a 200-seat House of Representatives that will replace the discredited General National Congress. Al JazeeraLast updated: 24 Jun 2014 13:52 [image: Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker] [image: Email Article] [image: Print Article] [image: Share article] [image: Send Feedback] Third legislative election will take place on June 25 amid the worst violence Libya has seen in three years [AFP] Libyans go to the polls on June 25 to elect a new national parliament despite much of the country being in the grip of... more »


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Lincoln the Railsplitter*, Norman Rockwell, 1965 I’ve been more than disappointed over the years by the attitude taken by too many libertarians to Abraham Lincoln. Too ready, especially, to accept shoddy revisionist scholarship peddled by neo-confederate cranks – leading to the tragic spectacle of so-called lovers of liberty denigrating a president who defended rights, while they themselves defend the alleged “rights” of a slave state. Worse: In the face of widespread popular support for Lincoln (note, for example, the success of the 2012 Steven Spielberg film about him) and h... more »

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