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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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“The U.S. Supreme Court Is Marching in Lockstep with the Police State”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 days ago
*“The U.S. Supreme Court Is Marching in Lockstep with the Police State”* by John W. Whitehead “If the individual is no longer to be sovereign, if the police can pick him up whenever they do not like the cut of his jib, if they can ‘seize’ and ‘search’ him in their discretion, we enter a new regime. The decision to enter it should be made only after a full debate by the people of this country.” - U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas "The U.S. Supreme Court was intended to be an institution established to intervene and protect the people against the government and its agents ... more »

Isolation and Restraint: Will MicrosoftNBC Televise School Lockup?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 days ago
Great reporting by ProPublica and Alternet on the realities that are never presented by the corporate media: Public schoolchildren across the country were physically restrained or isolated in rooms they couldn’t leave at least 267,000 times in the 2011-2012 school year, despite a near-consensus that such practices are dangerous and have no therapeutic benefit. Many states have little regulation or oversight of such practices. This map shows where your state stands. Data compiled as of January 2014. *Related:* Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids are Being Pinned Down, Is... more »

The Economy: “Janet Yellen Is Wrong About Inflation”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 days ago
*“Janet Yellen Is Wrong About Inflation” * by Bill Bonner “Janet Yellen has dismissed rising inflation figures. They were "noisy," she said. She didn't like the sound of them. Valid numbers are harmonious. Invalid ones are cacophonous. But after so many years of listening to such loud noise coming from her own colleagues, poor Ms. Yellen may be tone deaf. At least, that is one explanation for her nonchalance toward the threat of inflation. As we pointed out yesterday, the Titanic-like US markets glide over the smoothest seas in nearly a decade. The squalls and swells seem to have ... more »

Ramble

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 days ago
These kids could work for the NSA. Or Chinese security. *Chinese Teens Have Found Remarkable High-Tech Ways To Cheat On Tests* – BUSINESS INSIDER Geek Press, Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Satire: “Iraq to Have Unity Government Before U.S.”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 days ago
*“Iraq to Have Unity Government Before U.S.”* by Andy Borowitz BAGHDAD (The Borowitz Report)— “In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the importance of forming a unity government in Iraq but refused to commit to a timetable for creating one in the United States. The sensitive topic of a unity government for the United States came at the end of a thirty-minute meeting, during which Secretary Kerry lectured the Iraqi Prime Minister about the value of a government “where people of different parties put aside their differ... more »

"Will Society Ever Wake Up?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 days ago
*"Will Society Ever Wake Up?"* by Martin Armstrong "QUESTION: Does society ever wake up? Are there any such examples from history? ANSWER: Of course. If society did not wake up now and then, the outcome would always be the same – a dark age. The late 1700s was a revolution against monarchy – i.e. American Revolution. Then there was the overthrow of the kings and birth of Roman Republic in 509 BC. Each of these two events was followed by a contagion where the first inspired the French Revolution and the latter the Athenian revolution giving birth to Democracy. Then there was the col... more »

Intersectionality, Class, and Capitalism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 2 days ago
Belated second sketchy contribution on intersectionality. I recommend looking at Identity Politics and Intersectionality first. 1. Intersectional thinking, informed in general by some kind of identity politics/new social movement theory accepts, in the abstract, that gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, etc. are constituted by and through social relations. These relations are also relationships characterised by greater and lesser degrees by domination, discrimination, subordination, oppression, inequality, and silencing. 2. While acknowledging it in theory, the relational character ... more »

WATER...A HUMAN RIGHT OR NOT?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 days ago
Is water a free and basic human right, or should all the water on the planet belong to major corporations and be treated as a product? How about our air? Should we next put a meter on every human and charge then for every breath?

If We're Going To Have Garbage Like Ted Cruz In The Senate, Let's Balance Him Out With Shenna Bellows

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 days ago
Ron Johnson is pretty much acknowledged to be one of the dimmest bulbs in the Senate-- and one of the most ideologically stubborn. He's Wisconsin's far right senator whose 52-47% defeat of Russ Feingold in 2010 was one of that very upsetting year's biggest upsets. Many in Wisconsin have been very sorry ever since. Example: 2 weeks ago only 3 crackpots in the whole Senate voted against the bipartisan compromise authorizing desperately needed money for the V.A. Even teabaggers Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Rand Paul (R-KY) and anti-veteran fanatic Richard B... more »

Bury the Hachette and Jeff Bezos, While We're at it

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 2 days ago
Those of you who've stuck with me since the beginning of this blog in July 2008 are well aware this is mainly a political/social blog and not one dedicated to the publishing business (I had a blog for that but it never took off). But I often do write about the unimaginable evil in today's corporations in this 21st century of ours. And the standoff between the Hachette Book Group and Amazon.com is something that strikes near and dear to my heart because as well as being a political/social commentator, I'm also an independent author. Now, for those of you who are aware of th... more »

June 24: The most important news story - ever.....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 2 days ago
.....No, it doesn't get a lot of space It has almost no information in it. And it's hidden in yesterday's (June 23) paper in a small section at the bottom of p. A2. Did the editor deliberately hide it? I don't think so. I think the editor just didn't have a clue how important the story is. I've noticed that news, especially foreign news, seems to be chosen at random - or with a toss of the dice. There's no reason to believe that the editors have the remotest clue about which stories are more important. That might explain why the op ed columns written by staff writers are almost alwa... more »

Anti-sex work revamp is just so wrong

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 2 days ago
Could this be Peter MacKay?How timely to have University of Victoria researcher Cecilia Benoit and her team looking into the realities of the Canadian sex industry right now. Cecilia and other key researchers connected to the multi-project research have been gathering really meaningful information about the sex industry for many years, and with this project are investigating all aspects of the industry, from working conditions to management structures and clients. Such research will mean little to the Conservative government, which has already proven on a number of occasions tha... more »

NJ Legislature Waking Up to Damage of Common Core and High Stakes Testing

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 2 days ago
This didn't happen by osmosis. It happened because parents, teachers, administrators and citizens in New Jersey have been lobbying their local representatives to end the damage being done to their children by high stakes testing that is abusive and punitive for teachers, schools and communities. The people of New Jersey have had enough of Governor Christie and Common Core Standards tied to multiple choice, computerized high stakes testing that is turning the state's public schools into soulless test prep factories as more and more experienced teachers run for the hills and suburba... more »

The 3 Year Old Little Girl/KFC Incident Is A Fraud: Evidence Now Coming Out That It Was An Elaborate Hoax

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 days ago
Just last weekend, I read an article (link here) put up by my friend, Whitewraithe, over at Pragmatic Witness (www.whitewraithe.wordpress.com), that tore at my own heart... It seems that recently a family went into a KFC restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi, USA, and was told by the management in the restaurant that they could not eat at that KFC location, due to the fact that their daughter, who had been attacked by a pit bull terrier and had her face heavily damaged from that attack, was scaring other customers... It was truly a tear jerker, considering the pictures from the article... more »

Supplemental: Addressing the gaps with Chris Hayes!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 days ago
*TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014* *His segments seemed shaky to us:* Last evening, Chris Hayes devoted two segments to issues of racial balance in schools and our large achievement gaps. In his second segment, he even interviewed Nikole Hannah-Jones, author of The Atlantic’s 10,000-word report, Segregation Now...” He also interviewed Sheryll Cashin, a professor at Georgetown Law School who focuses on certain types of school issues. We’d say both segments were very shaky. Here are some reasons why: In his first segment, Hayes discussed a school in Park Slope, Brooklyn—Park Slope Collegiate—... more »

"Holocaust" art

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 2 days ago
The *fake Jewish "Holocaust" story* is one of the strongest aspects of Jewish identity. No matter the political or ideological convictions of a Jew, whether they be Zionist, Communist, Capitalist, or anything in between, the vast majority of them identify with the deceitfully manufactured "Holocaust" narrative of WWII, and are constantly coming up with various ways to commemorate, profit from, and exploit it. A transgendered Jew named Gil Yefman has even created a number of absolutely horrific "art exhibits" designed to commemorate "Holocaust rape" (whatever that is). How sick are ... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 days ago
*Jindal the Koch Sucker signs bills to ban AG contracts, restricts states ability to sue corporations ~Mark Ballard, The Advocate* *Popular fishing spot off Terrebonne gets a reprieve ~WWLTV * *New La. law mandates life-support for pregnant women ~WVUE* *Baby Boomers fall for New Orleans ~New Orleans Advocate*

Operation Lock

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 days ago
*“Anything approaching the change that came over his features I have never seen before, and hope never to see again. Oh, I wasn't touched. I was fascinated. It was as though a veil had been rent. I saw on that ivory face the expression of sombre pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror--of an intense and hopeless despair. Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision--he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath:* *The horror! The... more »

Unknown planes bomb ISIS position in Northern Iraq- Pentagon: Not US

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 days ago
RT- Unknown planes bomb ISIS positions in N. Iraq, Pentagon denies it’s US Unidentified bombers have reportedly launched an air strike on ISIS positions in the northern Iraqi city of al-Qaim. Iraqi television has claimed they are US planes, but the Pentagon has denied responsibility. US planes were identified by Iraqi television, but the Saudi Al-Arabiya network claims that the raid was carried out by Syria, citing local tribal chiefs. The Turkish Anadolu Agency has claimed that 20 people have died, and 25 more were injured in the raid, which allegedly targeted the local market. [... more »

SIFTERS

Timothy Quinlan at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 days ago
Speaking of why one writes, Beckett opines: "James Joyce was a synthesizer trying to bring in as much as he could, I am an analyzer, trying to leave out as much as I can." Neither of them lived long enough to experience our information-overload times:where synthesizing and analyzing are both almost impossible. Bloggers, like all contemporary writers, are called to be Sifters of all this information overload! Onward with the Sifting so!!!

The Global Warming Fraud: Putting The Methane Gas False Fear Out Of Its Misery

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 days ago
Very recently I did read the reports coming out of the United States and elsewhere that we were false approaching a "crisis" and "tipping point" when it comes to this "Global Warming" fear...It concerned the fear that much of the world's Permafrost regions, especially here in North America and in northern Europe and Siberia were melting and thus would release billions of tons of global warming causing Methane gas into the Earth's atmosphere.... The fear mongers have been claiming that this Methane gas release would become out of control, cause the Earth to pass the so called "tippin... more »

JULY 4 PARADE IN BATH

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 days ago
We got our confirmation from city of Bath today and the PeaceWorks entry will be #67 in the July 4 parade. We are looking for helpers to carry signs, banners and props for our climate change & conversion/diversification entry in the parade. We’ll begin gathering just after 9:00 am on Friday, July 4 on the corner of Congress & Lincoln Streets just by the cemetery. You are also invited to the Addams-Melman House (212 Centre St) for a pot luck lunch afterwards. For our children’s future....

Updated 06/26/14: Morocco Diary #6

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 days ago
Main plaza Tetouan Morocco *Updated 06/26/14 I have been informed there is yet one remaining non-compromised Italian OPPT web site left, it is here: http://ioeternaessenza.blogspot.it/ Thank you to the Italian teams who worked so hard translating the documents from Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf! -AK* Its been an exhausting couple of months. We had barely moved into housing here and the swirl of activity around the QEG brought it in a huge group of people. I don't think any of us were prepared for the swirl of energy and agents that endeavor brought into our midst while we yet had ... more »

Is Mike Rounds Counting On Impeachment Fever To Turn Out The GOP Base In South Dakota?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 days ago
We've been trying-- unsuccessfully-- to get the DSCC to understand that they will hold or lose the Senate based on South Dakota, so maybe they should help the Democratic candidate for the open seat there. They don't listen to me. But maybe they'll listen to *Washington Post* Fix crew-- Chris Cillizza, Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan. Yesterday, in their list of the 12 races that will decide the Senate majority, they had South Dakota at numero uno. But the DSCC isn't playing there. *1. South Dakota (D):* The Jackrabbit State remains our most likely seat to flip. But let’s make the ... more »

Banality of Evil, American-Style

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 2 days ago
The long-suppressed memo giving pseudo-legal cover to President Obama's assassination of an American citizen has finally seen the cold light of day -- minus, of course, the damning parts which highlight the utter lack of any credible evidence against his victim. Details of how Anwar Al-Awlaki supposedly plotted to do imminent harm to the human race were deliberately redacted for the usual reasons of "national security". The document is long, plodding, pedantic, and heavily footnoted. But to give you an idea of the Alice in Wonderland gobbledygook employed to justify murder-by-POTUS,... more »

Wild Bill: "It's time to give the offensive left a taste of their own medicine"...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 2 days ago
*men and women of faith, it's time to stop being nice.*

Mike's Story Part 60 - Gold

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 2 days ago
*By **Jenna** Orkin* Anyone who was following Mike back in the FTW days knows that as soon as he got his inheritance, he would buy some gold. He did - $20,000 worth, and arranged to have it shipped to the apartment. Precious metals dealers are not fools - nowhere in their return address will you find the word "gold," "silver," or the chemical symbols thereof or anything else that might give the mailman ideas. The gold didn't arrive. I checked downstairs. There was a cabinet where packages too large for the mailbox were placed to await pickup by the intended tenant. ... more »

Some Truths About "Fracking": Hormone Disrupting Activity Of Fracking Chemicals WORSE Than Initially Found

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 days ago
Yes, I have been so very busy this last while with a multitude of personal and family issues to take care of... I am trying my best to still present articles at this blog, and even my friend, Digger, out of the United Kingdom suggested recently that I take a "tea up" break.... It is summer time and I will be on vacation very soon, but in the meantime I will continue to put up articles here WHEN I do find the time... Recently, some people asked me to take a look at the "fracking" issue that seems to be in all the news these days... For those who are still unaware of exactly what "fra... more »

CANARY IN THE MINES

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 days ago
- The state of Michigan has turned the city of Detroit over to corporations. The once vibrant auto manufacturing metropolis is now in haggars and is being privatized. This will soon enough be the 'perscription' for most struggling cities across the nation. The recent Veteran's Administration (VA) scandal is being used to push for privatization of the VA. Some politicians are already suggesting that very thing....right on schedule. News reports reveal that the corporate-run city of Detroit is preparing a campaign to shut off water service to 1,500 to 3,00... more »

Buried treasure, Forrest Fenn

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 2 days ago
A dying man with a passion for archeology and adventure hides an Aztec treasure chest filled with gold nuggets as big as chicken eggs in America’s Rocky mountains. The only clue to its whereabouts is a cryptic poem which has driven treasure hunters to the brink of obsession, with thousands who will stop at nothing to find it. Only it’s not a fairytale, but the true story behind 83-year-old art dealer and archaeologist Forrest Fenn, who has captured the global imagination with an old fashioned treasure hunt. Actual picture of treasure buried give by the person who buried the gold,... more »

Pence's Indiana Career Council: The Latest Power Grab?

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 2 days ago
by Doug Martin Earlier, I found the below message posted on facebook. I haven't seen the original text this facebook post quotes from, since it costs money to subscribe to the *Indiana Education Insight*, but it would not surprise me if there's another attempt in the works to steal power from Glenda Ritz and taxpayers in Indiana. The Indiana Career Council mentioned below met on June 16th. Pence is its chairperson, and its board is loaded with many corporate school people mentioned in *Hoosier School Heist*. You can find the link to its newest plan here. Please tweet this pos... more »

Ben Fulford 6/23/2014: Big power plays by Rothschilds, Rockellers leave Putin on the defensive and China in the middle

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 days ago
*The views below are solely those of Benjamin Fulford. -AK* *Big power plays by Rothschilds, Rockellers leave Putin on the defensive and China in the middle* Posted by Benjamin Fulford June 24, 2014 The unfolding geopolitical chess game between Western oligarchs and their puppet governments featured many big moves last week, notably in the Ukraine, the Middle East and the UK. These moves have, for now, left Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, uncharacteristically on the defensive. The game being played in the Ukraine, by what are almost certainly proxy mercenary forces worki... more »

ANTHROPOLOGY LESSONS: Joan Walsh disappears!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 days ago
*TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014* *Part 2—A very strange pattern of culture:* In our view, there were two remarkable aspects to Maureen Dowd’s recent column. One is the fact that the column was written at all. Hillary Clinton had been on TV; the predictable screeching had started. Still, it’s remarkable that Dowd’s column could have started in the manner shown below. Dowd was discussing the nation’s previous secretary of state. On the front page of the New York Times Sunday Review, her analysis started like this: DOWD (6/15/14): *No one wrote about blondes like Raymond Chandler.* *''There... more »

Pirate Radio Station for $55 Could Help Decentralize Big-Telecom

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 days ago
*June 24, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LocalOrg) - Make Magazine recently featured a tutorial on constructing a FM pirate radio transmitter using a Raspberry Pi board. Raspberry Pis are single board computers that go for about $55and are regularly used as the centerpiece for a wide variety of projects ranging from art installations to automation and everything in between. The FM transmitter will broadcast stored media within a limited range to any FM radio receiver nearby. It is a versatile proof of concept that can be used as is to "cover your home, DIY drive-in movie, a high school ba... more »

bamboo look woven jewellery box - silent jogging clairvoyance test - some blue jewel?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 2 days ago
I don't know about this one, but it's weird, so I'll relate it. I've just been out jogging in the glorious sunshine. You know when you're alone in the countryside, footstep follows footstep, all the time there's this song or thought or 'noise' in your head. A voice, questions you have, things you wanna do, say, be. Well, I tried. I tried really hard to filter out all this noise, this internal voice. And instantly, I got this image come through. Of a box. I could hold the box in my hands. It was about 'that big', you know, if you had your two hands like you were holding something... more »

Google driverless taxi - where would you like to go? - home James!

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 2 days ago
when this corporate-robot-car flies DIRECTLY to its destination, then I'll get in one. Remember the hapless Johnny Cab from Paul Verhoeven's *Total Recall*? Well, there's no question whether Google's driveless taxi would know whether you were a 'sir, or madam'. Google got all your (detailed) files. Plus, the Google-monolith hanging all over our heads like a damning Sword of Damocles? Good idea, when we could be living on a Free Planet? *FREE PLANET* PEANUT TAXI (1): *FREE PLANET* PEANUT TAXI (2):

Overestimating Them: stephen harper edition

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 2 days ago
Yesterday I talked about how Dick Cheney was reduced to stammering confusion when confronted with the mildest recitation of the truth about his dismal stupidity and asserted how all these cowardly cretins would fold if faced with genuine challenges. stephen harper is a sterling example of this cowardice and fraud. harper isn't a very bright guy. he leads a political bowel movement that is mainly based upon ignorance (the mass of their voting base) and greed (the capitalist vermin who finance them). To dominate the pack of idiots that is the Conservative Party of Canada doesn't requi... more »

Venezuela: UFOs Shed No Light on Mysteries

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 2 days ago
*Source: El Tiempo (Venezuela)Date: 06.22.2014* *UFOs Shed No Light on Mysteries* *By Ragdeli Peraza Mobilio* ****Research on unidentified flying objects is known to have commenced in the middle of World War 2. There is currently no irrefutable evidence for them ****** A direct relationship is incorrectly made between UFOs and aliens **** She doesn't remember the date exactly, but believes the strange event to have occurred in late November 2009. Marjorie Buloz was in her apartment that evening around approximately 8:00 p.m., and the windows of one of her rooms in the Pascal Di... more »

Slanting the news

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 2 days ago
I always find it interesting to see how different media organisations angle a particular 'breaking news story'. The news today is that Andy Coulson has been found guilty while Rebekah Brooks has been cleared. The BBC is leading with news of the verdicts in the 'Hacking Trial'. They have two main headlines about it, heading the two main sections of their home page: Andy Coulson guilty of phone hacking Cameron apologises over Coulson The various minor headlines linking to related articles beneath run as follows: Phone-hacking trial updates *Live* Cameron apologises over Coulson ... more »

Will Free-Pass Mainstream Media Clean Up Their Chetty Mess?

plthomasedd at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 days ago
Will Free-Pass Mainstream Media Clean Up Their Chetty Mess?. via Will Free-Pass Mainstream Media Clean Up Their Chetty Mess?.Filed under: PAUL THOMAS: Becoming Radical

HUGE: Chu to run again in New Taipei City

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 days ago
*The pear market in Dongshih.* Taiwan's political commentators were working overtime today with the dramatic announcement by current New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (Chu Li-luan) that he will run for re-election in the Nov 2014 local elections. He has promised that if elected he would not step down to run in 2016 for President. There had been much speculation that Chu would run in 2016 and many us considered him the KMT's best choice for Presidential candidate. Why would Chu decide to remain in New Taipei City? He's only 53, so he has a decade in front of him. The year-end elections... more »

Cheney Wants To Send U.S. Troops Back To Iraq. Will That Be The GOP Message? Will It Be Hillary's In 2016?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 days ago
A new CBSNews/NYTimes poll was released yesterday showing that 50% of Americans say the U.S. has no responsibility to act on violence in Iraq. Even 42% of *Republicans* think it's not our responsibility. But that hasn't translated to Members of Congress, 250 of whom voted last Thursday against Barbara Lee's amendment to require that no funds in next year's Department of Defense appropriations bill go towards combat operations in Iraq. 142 Democrats and just 23 Republicans voted for peace. 44 Democrats-- lead for Military Industrial Complex trolls Steny Hoyer, Debbie Wasserman Schu... more »

A Nation Of Yes Men

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 2 days ago
From her new perch at the University of Calgary, former Liberal leadership hopeful Martha Hall Findlay suggests that building the Northern Gateway pipeline is really a nation building exercise. But Andrew Nikiforuk -- an Albertan of much longer standing than Findlay -- suggests that the province which now thinks of bitumen as its economic lifeblood provides a cautionary counterpoint to Findlay's claim. Consider, he writes, what bitumen has left in its wake: A ring of mercury now surrounds the mining operation. Regulators have allowed industry to accrue a $20-billion public liabi... more »

Canadians residing abroad can vote - Court of Appeal reasons

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 days ago
*Frank v. Canada (Attorney General),* 2014 ONCA 485: The Attorney General’s stay motion [11] I note that Elections Canada was not served with this motion. In my view, it should have been served as it would be immediately and directly impacted by the effect of a stay. I allowed the motion to proceed as it is apparent from correspondence in the record that Elections Canada is fully aware of this motion and its legal counsel has outlined the steps Elections Canada could take in the event a stay is granted. [12] It is common ground that to obtain a stay the Attorney General... more »

A Bear with a Bear

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 days ago

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 2 days ago
*Too smart for school? Parents threaten to remove seven-year-old from classroom in row over his short back-and-sides haircut... the style that EVERY boy once had* A row over a seven-year-old's smart haircut has become so heated that his parents have threatened to remove him from school. Regan Bradley, a pupil at St Brigid's RC Primary School in Manchester, upset the authorities by getting his hair styled with short sides and a combover - a style that wasn't uncommon in the much stricter schools of the 1950s. He has been threatened with increasingly severe 'behaviour sanctions' i... more »

What Every Teen (And Parent) Needs To Know About Sexual Harassment At Work

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 2 days ago
Thinking about a summer job or internship? I bet you didn't know that, if you are an intern, there is no federal law against sexual harassment of interns. Some states have recently passed laws to fix this horrible omission. If you live in New York, Oregon or DC, you're protected. Other places, not so much. Big problem, right? That makes stepping out into the work world doubly scary. Your high school and college probably didn't prepare or warn you about the possibility of sexual harassment at work and tell you what to do about it. If you're a teen or young adult new to the workplace... more »

Dubai remains under pressure - June 24 , 2014 .... Arabtec pressures Index .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 days ago
Gulf News..... Dubai index suffers biggest daily loss since August 2013 Dubai index reels under heavy selling pressure - Staff Report - Published: 14:04 June 24, 2014 - Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services1 Dubai: Dubai’s benchmark index plunged by 6.68 per cent to 4,009.01 points on Tuesday, its biggest daily loss since August 2013. The index has dived around 8.7 per cent during intra trade and recovered slightly towards the close, led by real estate, services, investment and financial shares. The shares entered a bear... more »

Trey Gowdy is able to get IRS Commissioner Koskinen to admit lies were told from White House and he doesn't know laws. Resolution filed in House "Dog Ate My Tax Return"

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 2 days ago
Trey Gowdy a Congressman from South Carolina who is obviously an excellent lawyer. He grilled IRS Commissioner Koskinen and made Koskinen admit to not knowing much about the law or anything else and how the White House lied. This is an awesome video and I wish all the Congressional officials were as him with finding the truth of all things in the government. Through Gowdy's grilling, Koskinen

Interview At the Chalk Face: Critical Free Press

plthomasedd at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 days ago
Interview At the Chalk Face: Critical Free Press. via Interview At the Chalk Face: Critical Free Press.Filed under: PAUL THOMAS: Becoming Radical

Iraq news and views - June 24 , 2014 -- Lead news item ....... Kerry visits Erbil to try to sell Kurdish Regional President Barzani on trusting Prime Minister Maliki ( good luck with that one John , have the Kurds already said " No Deal " ? )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 days ago
http://www.theguardian.com/world/middle-east-live/2014/jun/24/iraq-crisis-kerry-visits-irbil-live-updates John Kerry's flying visit to Irbil is coming to an end. Matt Viser @mviser Follow After several hours in Erbil, Iraq, John Kerry is now about to depart for NATO meetings in Brussels. 6:11 AM - 24 Jun 2014 The Times reckons that Kurdish leaders rebuffed Kerry's appeal for unity, which maybe an over interpretation of Barzani's remark about living in "different times" http://rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/24062014 Kerry in Erbil for Tough Sell to Iraq's Kurds2 hours ago [image... more »

Prolific WaPo Neocon Blogger Jennifer Rubin is Foaming at the Mouth

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 2 days ago
The neocon central propaganda transmission station at the Washington Post is as usual engaged in pushing agitation and lies to send more American money and bodies into a sucking black hole of death where we have absolutely no business in being. While it is hard to pick out the most wretched of the WaPo propagandists - they have an amazingly deep bench - I would have to say that Jennifer Rubin more than merits a share of the prize. Her ongoing screeds, often in the number of several a day call into question as to whether she actually writes this bullshit herself for just works from... more »

Divded (Dualed #2) and Dangerous Dream, A Beautiful Creatures Story

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 2 days ago
West Grayer will never have to kill again. She has defeated her alternate, a genetic twin that everyone in Kersch faces in a battle to the death. She is no longer an assassin and she should be able to move forward with her life, but The Board has other plans for her. Promising her that her children will never have to kill their alts, West agrees to strike against three more targets, but will The Board just let her walk away when she is done? Divided, addressed a lot of the frustrations I had with Dualed. I wanted more background and history on the world that West Grayer was living ... more »

4th of July Kool-Aid Fruit Drink Popcorn

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 2 days ago
I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. #CollectiveBias [image: Housewife Eclectic: 4th of July Kool-Aid Popcorn #KoolOff #CollectiveBias #Shop] In our house, the 4th of July and candied popcorn go hand in hand. There is nothing like eating crunchy, fun popcorn at a BBQ or while watching a parade. It is one of my family's favorite treats and making it is actually really easy to make at home. All you need it some plain popcorn, some powdered Kool-A... more »

charles barsotti, 1933-2014

laura k at wmtc - 2 days ago
Two obituary posts in a row, and I didn't even mention Tony Gwynn. My favourite cartoonist, Charles Barsotti, has died from cancer at the age of 80. My favourite Barsotti character is, of course, The Pup. The Pup often saw his therapist. And sometimes lawyers were involved. But Barsotti had a political side, too. This cartoon has pride of place on my desk, next to Mankoff's "...assuming the FBI is making copies." Here's another great political cartoon. I'm so pleased that I emailed with Charles Barsotti some years back, after ordering some goodies from his website. If you... more »

Obama Schedule: Tuesday June 24, 2014...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 2 days ago
*is this a joke?* No, really. This* must* be a joke. Someone, please tell me this is a joke. From *White House Dossier: * *4:20 pm ||* Meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel *6:30 pm ||* Hosts the 2013 Presidents Cup Team; East Room That's it? That's all president "ribbon cutter" can manage to do during the entire day for 400K per year?

QI on flying and accents

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 days ago
Quite interesting, indeed!

Future USS Tripoli Keel Authenticated

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
The keel laying and authentication ceremony for the amphibious assault ship, the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7) was held at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Pascagoula shipyard June 20. Ship Sponsor Mrs. Lynne Mabus and retired Lt. Cmdr. Steve Senk, the chief engineer of the previous Tripoli (ex-USS Tripoli, LPH 10) served as the keel authenticators. The laying of the keel traditionally marked the first step in ship construction. With today's advanced modular shipbuilding, the keel laying ceremony now recognizes the joining together of a ship's components and is a major milestone in... more »

Boeing Signs Rotorcraft Maintenance Agreements with Royal Netherlands Air Force, Fokker

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: RNLAF AH-64E Apache]Boeing has signed separate agreements with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and Fokker Technologies to explore advanced maintenance opportunities for Dutch rotorcraft and expand efforts to make the Netherlands a regional hub for military and civilian aircraft support services. Boeing and the RNLAF signed a strategic partnership agreement that builds on an existing support contract for Dutch AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters to identify new areas of long-term cooperation. Opportunities under consideration include adding components to the ex... more »

Russian Defense Ministry plans to buy 32 Ka-52K helicopters for Mistral ships

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: Ka-52 Alligator]Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov visited the Progress aircraft manufacturing company, based in the city of Arsenyevsk, Primorye Territory, where he discussed potential acquisitions of Kamov Ka-52K ship-based helicopters for Mistral-class helicopter carriers, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release, seen by Interfax-AVN on Tuesday. "The plant is in a stable position and has a long-term contract on the delivery of 146 Ka-52 Alligator helicopters for the period up to 2020. Further plans include [the sale of] 32 ship-based helicopters," B... more »

Turkey to select foreign engine for local fighter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: F-35A Lightning II]Turkey has requested bids from global motor companies GE, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney to present bids to power Turkey’s future fighter jet. The defense authorities, who mull to complete the program by 2023, see the engines as the first step for the ambitious program. Turkey’s aerospace industry and procurement authorities have decided to first choose a foreign-made engine for the indigenous fighter jet that the country’s local industry will develop, and then finalize its design. A senior aide of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkish scient... more »

Military's pricey F-35 fighter jet catches fire during takeoff in Florida

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: F-35B Lightning II]A fire broke out on a F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after an attempted takeoff at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The radar-evading, supersonic fighter jet, a nearly $400-billion weapons program under development for more than a decade, experienced the emergency on the ground Monday at 7:15 a.m. Pacific time. The aircraft was preparing to take off on a training mission, but aborted due to flames that appeared in the back end of the aircraft. Emergency responders then moved in and extinguished the fire with foam, according to an Air Force statement. Read more

Reports on PLA's aircraft carrier ambitions overinflated

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: Liaoning]In a new article written for the Tokyo-based Diplomat, Harry Kazianis, the managing editor of the National Interest magazine, said that predictions regarding China building its first carrier battle group in three years need to be taken with a "grain of salt." Currently, the People's Liberation Army Navy only has one refurbished aircraft carrier named the Liaoning. China originally purchased the vessel from Ukraine and it will very likely serve as a training ship for the PLA Navy to learn how to operate future aircraft carriers in the open sea. There have been a num... more »

Helicopters Herald Army's New Focus

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: AH-64E Apache]The arrival of Army Apache helicopters on Oahu will bring a unique training mission for the attack choppers: landing on Navy ships during Rim of the Pacific war games to gain more familiarity with sea-based operations while also demonstrating the land service's versatility. Eight of the latest model Apache Guardians were shipped to Hawaii in the past few days, and while they are here on a couple of months' deployment, their arrival signals an Army transition to a more expeditionary force and what will likely be a permanent Apache presence to come at Wheeler Arm... more »

Iran Navy Eyes Stronger Presence in High Seas

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: Jamaran ''Destroyer'']Iran’s Navy commander said his force is capable enough to expand its presence in high seas given its indigenous potential to manufacture heavier destroyers and cruise ships. “The more we want to advance into high seas, the heavier destroyers and cruise ships we need and we have technical facilities and knowhow to domestically manufacture such vessels if the administration supports us,” said Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari on Sunday. The commander added that the Navy needs new equipment and educational to train its officers for carrying ou... more »

£70 Million contract awarded to service Type 45

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
The UK's Ministry of Defence has awarded us a £70 million contract to manage the support, maintenance and upgrade of the Type 45 Destroyers at Portsmouth Naval Base and on all their operations in the UK and globally. We have been awarded a £70 million contract by the UK's Ministry of Defence to manage the support, maintenance and upgrade of the Type 45 Destroyers at Portsmouth Naval Base and on all their operations in the UK and globally. The contract will sustain 100 roles at our site in Portsmouth and is due to commence in July 2014 and run until the end of November 2016. Read more

Navantia upgrades Algerian amphibious ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: Kalaat Beni Hamad]Spanish shipyard Navantia has handed over the amphibious ship LSTH Kalaat Beni Rached to the Algerian Navy after a major 18 month long upgrade. The 2 130 tonne vessel was handed over in Ferrol, Spain, on June 12 after complete overhauls of engines and systems, life extension repairs and the integration of a new command and control system, new gun and targeting systems and the structural modernisation of the vessels for greater performance and safety. The handover ceremony was attended by Algerian Navy representatives and Ferrol repairs director Miguel Rod... more »

Yes, I know it's Tuesday but...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 2 days ago
Continuing from where we left off with this week's *Sunday *on Radio 4.... Amen, brother. Amen. Next up came one of the programme's regular discussions of Vatican matters. Ed Stourton talked to liberal papal historian Michael Walsh about the Pope's excommunication of part of the Mafia and about his sacking of several cardinals overseeing the Vatican Bank. I was struck yet again by how differently Ed asks questions about Pope Francis to how he asked questions about Pope Benedict. He's turned from a sniffy critic (of the last pope) into an adoring groupie (of this present pope). Go... more »

Philosophy became a euphemism for crackpot physics

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 days ago
Sean Carroll attempted to defend philosophy against the physicists who rightfully point out that it is not the right path to learn how the world around us works: Physicists Should Stop Saying Silly Things about Philosophy (Preposterous Universe) This defense isn't surprising because Sean Carroll is an eminent example of a physics crackpot who uses philosophy and his personal links with philosophers to suggest that he is something else than a physics crackpot. He lists three valid criticisms that physicists sometimes raise against philosophy and attempts to disagree with them: “Phi... more »

Babcock receives support contract for submarine weapon systems

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: WHLS & SSE]Weapon handling and launch systems on British submarines are receiving support services from Babcock Defense Systems Technology UK. The contract, which also covers Submerged Signal Ejector equipment, was issued by the Ministry of Defense for a period of five years, the company said, but its value was not disclosed. Babcock said that under the award it is responsible for the provision and management of all capital spares and repairs and also provide engineering support within Britain and overseas. Read more

Centre rushes to buy new submarine batteries as Navy suffers shortage

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: Kilo class SSK]The government has woken up to the harsh reality of military equipment shortages, and has duly set the ball rolling to replenish the Navy's diminishing submarine battery reserves. The shortage of submarine batteries hit the nation hard in February, when a fire on board INS Sindhuratna led to the death of two officers. Though the fire was caused by faulty cables, the accident brought into focus the critical shortage of submarine batteries. Read more

I Envision A World .....by Roxana Jones

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 2 days ago
*MORE LOVE LESS ECONOMY* *I* * envision a world where the economyis not as important as the lovewe are able to feel for one Another.* #HealThruWords #Quote #InspirationalQuote #Motivational #DoShare HealThruWords® by Roxana Jones http://roxanajones.com/2014/06/18/inspirational-quote-more-love-less-economy/ *MÁS AMOR MENOS ECONOMÍA* *Visualizo un mundo donde la economíano es tan importante como el amorque podemos sentir unos por otros.* HealThruWords® por Roxana Jones *http://roxanajones.com/es/2014/06/18/citas-motivacionales-mas-amor-menos-economia/*

Russia’s newest nuclear submarine to join Navy before yearend

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 2 days ago
[image: Aleksandr Nevsky]Russia’s second serial Borei-class strategic submarine Vladimir Monomakh (Project 955), built by the Sevmash shipyard, will join the Navy before the end of the year, the company’s press service said on Monday, June 23, quoting its Director-General Mikhail Budnichenko as saying. He said the submarine would be handed over to the Navy after the end of the current sea trials. “In strict compliance with the schedule we are building two new craft for the Navy and upgrading the heavy cruiser Admiral Nakhimov,” Budnichenko said. On June 11, the Vladimir Monomakh be... more »

21 Day Whole Body Cleanse: Tips and Inspiration for Making it Work by Lori Popkewitz Alper

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 2 days ago
[image: Groovy Green Livin Cleanse] 21 Day Whole Body Cleanse: Tips and Inspiration for Making it Work By Lori Popkewitz Alper Groovy Green Livin, 5 June 2014 When I first heard the words “21 day cleanse” my automatic response was NO WAY. After a few weeks and much convincing I warmed up to the idea of a 3 week cleanse. Sounds kind of crazy, doesn’t it? For the past few years I’ve been doing a 5 day juice cleanse. It was quick and painful. The juice concoction was making me gag by the end of the 5 days. And drinking juice-no solid food-for 5 days wasn’t cutting it. I needed a... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 days ago
“The most distant object easily visible to the eye is M31, the great Andromeda Galaxy some two and a half million light-years away. But without a telescope, even this immense spiral galaxy - spanning over 200,000 light years - appears as a faint, nebulous cloud in the constellation Andromeda. In contrast, details of a bright yellow nucleus and dark winding dust lanes, are revealed in this digital telescopic image. Narrow band image data recording emission from hydrogen atoms, shows off the reddish star-forming regions dotting gorgeous blue spiral arms and young star clusters. *Cli... more »

"The Sharp Tang And Savor Of Existence"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 days ago
"The thought of the disaster which almost certainly lay in wait for the Other Men threw me into a horror of doubt about the universe in which such a thing could happen. That a whole world of intelligent beings could be destroyed was not an unfamiliar idea to me; but there is a great difference between an abstract possibility and a concrete and inescapable danger. On my native planet, whenever I had been dismayed by the suffering and the futility of individuals, I had taken comfort in the thought that at least the massed effect of all our blind striving must be the slow but glorious ... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 2 days ago
*I shouldn't laugh! Pathetic Warmists excited by alleged temperature change for May of only two HUNDREDTHS of one degree!* *That's not data. It's a statistical abstraction. They don't give many figures below but you can find them here* Driven by exceptionally warm ocean waters, Earth smashed a record for heat in May and is likely to keep on breaking high temperature marks, experts say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Monday said May's average temperature on Earth of 59.93 degrees Fahrenheit (15.54 degrees Celsius) beat the old record set four years ago. Howev... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 days ago
*BP shuts down internal oil spill claims program ~David Hammer, WWLTV *

Try Wolfram Programming Cloud now

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 days ago
*Sort of a remote online Mathematica+ for everyone* Stephen Wolfram and his folks have silently started an amazing thing: WolframCloud.COM (click!) See also Wolfram's blog post, Wolfram Programming Cloud is live, that offers you some cool examples what you may do right now. I came to the web above, WolframCloud.COM, and tried a username/password combination I used to use with some Wolfram Alpha widgets or something. It has worked! You may create a new account over there, I guess. What's really new and live on WolframCloud.COM is the "Wolfram Programming Cloud". You may click at ma... more »

'Atom in the Universe’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 days ago
Time to share a friend’s favourite poem, by the late, great physicist Richard Feynman: [image: "I, a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe." - Richard P. Feynman] *'Atom in the Universe’* ...I stand at the seashore, alone, and start to think. There are the rushing waves, mountains of molecules Each stupidly minding its own business Trillions apart, yet forming white surf in unison Ages on ages, before any eyes could see Year after year, thunderously pounding the shore as now For whom, for what? On a dead planet, with no life to entertain Never at rest, tortured by energ... more »

Alan Waldman : ‘Exile’ is touching, thrilling, surprising three-hour Brit drama

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 days ago
Superb acting by award-winners Jim Broadbent, John Simm, and Olivia Colman, plus powerhouse writing, make this a must-see. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | June 23, 2014 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite … finish reading Alan Waldman : ‘Exile’ is touching, thrilling, surprising three-hour Brit drama

Insecurity spurs displacement in Iraq's north

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 days ago
"ISIL didn't harm anyone at first, but gradually their true colors began to show. Each day someone goes missing, and the longer it lasts, the worse it's going to get." - Mosul resident who escaped after ISIL captured the city from the Iraqi army. Insecurity spurs displacement in Iraq's north. Source: Al Jazeera. Date Published: June 23, 2014. Description: In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in northern Iraq in fear of being targeted by Sunni fighters who seized control over many parts of the country. Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid reports from the ... more »

"We Hope..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 days ago
"I've heard that it's possible to grow up - I've just never met anyone who's actually done it. Without parents to defy, we break the rules we make for ourselves. We throw tantrums when things don't go our way, we whisper secrets with our best friends in the dark, we look for comfort where we can find it, and we hope - against all logic, against all experience. Like children, we never give up hope..." - "Dr. Meredith Grey", "Grey's Anatomy"

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 days ago
Osage Beach, Missouri, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, "The Most Astounding Fact"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 days ago
Neil deGrasse Tyson, "The Most Astounding Fact" "Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This is his answer." - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU&feature=player_embedded#!

An LHC-friendly type IIA stringy braneworld

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 days ago
Dimitri Nanopoulos et al. have studied a different class of string compactifications capable of describing the Universe around us, at least as the first sketch. But today, they switched to type IIA braneworlds: A Realistic Intersecting D6-Brane Model after the First LHC Run Tianjun Li, D. V. Nanopoulos, Shabbar Raza, Xiao-Chuan Wang look at a particular model with D6-branes in type IIA string theory on the \(T^6/ \ZZ_2\times\ZZ_2\) orbifold. *This picture is originally from a paper about F-theory model building but the 2D illustrations aren't too different.* And this model end... more »

"I Wish You Enough"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 days ago
"I Wish You Enough" by Bob Perks "I never really thought that I'd spend as much time in airports as I do. I don't know why. I always wanted to be famous and that would mean lots of travel. But I'm not famous, yet I do see more than my share of airports. I love them and I hate them. I love them because of the people I get to watch. But they are also the same reason why I hate airports. It all comes down to "hello" and "goodbye." I must have mentioned this a few times while writing my stories for you. I have great difficulties with saying goodbye. Even as I write this I am experienc... more »

Trey Gowdy annihilates IRS Commissioner smarmy, weaseling POS John Koskinen...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 2 days ago
*you need to watch this,* No, really - you need to watch this.

The Real-Life Masters Of War Are Hanabusa’s Friends And Supporters

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 days ago
Colleen Hanabusa’s brief tenure in Congress has been notable mostly for the brazen loyalty she’s shown to defense contractors and her unequivocal support for more military spending. Since taking office in 2011, representing Hawaii’s First Congressional District, she’s compiled one of the worst voting records on war and peace of any Democrat, according to ProgressivePunch. So, to anyone who’s been paying attention to her career, it was galling to see two of the best journalists in the country fawn over Hanabusa’s supposed efforts to promote peace during a June 20 *Democracy Now!* ... more »

Review - Guide To Wild Foods and Useful Plants

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 2 days ago
Part of an Eco-friendly life is living closer to the earth. When we take the time to really look at the natural world, we begin to appreciate and love all that the earth offers us ... and what we love, we protect. [image: We protect what we love!] Foraging is one way to live closer to the earth. When I was a child, my family enjoyed searching for food in the forest. Foraging was a fun, family activity. We hunted for mushrooms, picked hazelnuts, and collected wild huckleberries (which my Mom would bake into delicious pies). Finding an edible was like finding treasure and, at dinner ... more »

Madeleine McCann - The Stolen Child

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 days ago
*"Come away, O human child!**To the waters and the wild**With a faery, hand in hand.**For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand..."* *- William Butler Yeats,**Order of the Golden Dawn**1886* *How rare is heterochromia iridis?* Heterochromia can be present at birth (congenital) or acquired. The incidence of congenital heterochromia iridis is approximately six out of a 1,000, although in most of these cases, it is hardly noticeable and unassociated with any other abnormality. *"They've taken her, They've Taken her!!"* *Kate McCann* *It can sound as silly to y... more »

Is All of This Focus on Transitional Justice Really Worth It?

Jon Western at Duck of Minerva - 2 days ago
[Note: This is a guest post by Geoffrey Dancy, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tulane University] Nearly every civil war negotiation or democratic revolution is now accompanied by a consideration of how to publicly address previous human rights abuses—what practitioners refer to as transitional justice. Over the last week, Juan Manuel Santos was narrowly Continue reading

Nakum Journal: Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce—People the Color of the Earth

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 2 days ago
Indigenous Cultures InstituteNakum Journal2014 V 4 #1 Smiling Brown: *Gente de Bronce*—People the Color of the Earth *By Roberto “Dr. Cintli” Rodriguez* I begin this essay on brown skin color and color consciousness with memories of my early childhood when I would sit on the porch step of my house in an alley on Whittier Boulevard in East LA and absorb the rays of the blazing hot sun. When I did this, I was constantly warned to stay out of the sun lest I get darker. I never paid any heed because I was already dark, and my body craved the rays of the sun. It was the heat I wanted; i... more »

China's ponzi scheme involving missing commodities used for collateral just keeps getting worse ( June 23 , 2014 ) -- China's Port-Ponzi-Probe Spreads To Entire Warehousing Sector !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 days ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-23/chinas-port-ponzi-probe-spreads-entire-warehousing-sector China's Port-Ponzi-Probe Spreads To Entire Warehousing Sector [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/23/2014 20:05 -0400 - China - Hong Kong - Reuters inShare *"The banks still haven't looked under the hood," *warns one executive as the probe at Qingdao port (centering around the duplication of warehouse certificates in order to use a metal cargo multiple times to raise financing) begins to spread to the entire Chinese warehousing sector. AsReut... more »

The United Way Now Promotes the Common Core

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 days ago
United Way Worldwide offers the following as its mission statement: United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. Our mission: To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. The goal of the United […]

Vimeo

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 days ago
I know for an absolute fact that this action on your part has nothing whatever to do with any genuine or perceived breach of your guidelines. I edit footage on my iPad - the only way I can easily import the footage I incorporate into my original works in a standardised format is via the Vimeo app. For this reason, since my previous account was suspended, without notice and without refunding the cost of my Plus+ Subscription, I have maintained two paid Vimeo+ Plus accounts - one for solely original work and the other for found footage and potentially infringing material, both acco... more »

America Unearthed and the Smithsonian

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 2 days ago
As sometimes happen, I was just cruising around the TV dial (remember when there were dials on televisions?) and came across an episode of *America Unearthed*. They were looking at a stone covered in runes that suggested Vikings had made it to the new world and had actually gotten as far south as New England long before Columbus. Examining the stone, the guy said that because of the type of stone, he couldn’t tell if it was weathered enough to be from the proper time frame. Now I believe that the Vikings reached Canada… that evidence seems to be solid. I believe that a group of Eur... more »

Just what we need now is "Big Dick" Cheney and his ilk polluting public discourse with their plug-ignorant lies and delusions

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 days ago
*And these lies and imbecilities come from a scumbag who should be living out the rest of his wretched existence in prison for his war crimes and crimes against humanity.* *by Ken* It can't be easy to be Dick Cheney. Even now, at his advanced age, in his precarious state of health, there are so many lies left to tell -- and so little time to tell them in. And when you have a record as catastrophically dismal and overweeningly earth-destructive as his to obfuscate and explain away and cover up, that just makes it harder. Still, you have to wonder what sort of human being is capable... more »

Is Marissa Meyer a Dead CEO Walking ? Marissa Mayer Overslept For A Big Meeting With Ad Executives In France

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 days ago
http://blogs.wsj.com/cmo/2014/06/23/how-marissa-mayer-fell-asleep-and-kept-ad-executives-waiting-for-hours/ - June 23, 2014, 3:36 PM ET How Marissa Mayer Fell Asleep and Kept Ad Executives Waiting For Hours - Article - Comments (22) - smaller - Larger - facebook - twitter - google plus - linked in - Email - Print - By - SUZANNE VRANICA - CONNECT Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo YHOO -1.20%, attends the Cannes Lions 2014, 61st International Advertising Festival in Cannes, southern France last Tuesday (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)... more »

Fukushima Updates June 23 - 25 , 2014 - Why does the Japanese Government continue to lie , misrepresent data , cover up the truth - all the while knowing its citizens are dying a slow death ? I can't tell you why .......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 days ago
Ex SKF WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014 (UPDATED) #Fukushima I NPP: 4700 Bq/L of Tritium Detected from Groundwater Taken from 20-Meter Deep Near Reactor 1/2 Turbine Building (Updated with information of the depth of the frozen soil wall holes, which is 30 meters) The water was drawn from the lower permeable layer 20-meter deep, according to Kyodo News (6/24/2014) from an observation hole newly dug in preparation for monitoring the frozen soil impermeable wall that is to surround the reactor/turbine buildings of Reactors 1-4. Cesium and all-beta (that includes strontium) are below detection... more »

Germany gives up the ghost on getting its gold back from the Fed - June 23 , 2014 -- ( Germany's gold is in the Hotel California ) --- Germany Gives Up On Trying To Repatriate Its Gold, Will Leave It In The Fed's "Safe Hands" ....... Retort from Peter Boehringer is telling -- Head Of German Gold Repatriation Initiative Responds To Bloomberg Story About Repatriation Halt

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 days ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-23/head-german-gold-repatriation-initiative-responds-bloomberg-story-about-repatriation Head Of German Gold Repatriation Initiative Responds To Bloomberg Story About Repatriation Halt [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/23/2014 21:56 -0400 - B+ - Germany inShare Just hours after we noted Bloomberg's story of Germany's decision to halt its repatriation of gold from the NY Fed, the gentleman at the center of the story, who Bloomberg quoted as saying his 'Repatriate Our Gold' campaign was "on hold" - Peter ... more »

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