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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

26 June - Blogs I'm Following - back 3 days

5:50pm MDST

Dear Canada ... Kiss your navy goodbye

Dave at The Galloping Beaver - 3 days ago
The Royal Canadian Navy, your navy, is now in worse condition than it ever was under any other government since before the 2nd World War. Today the RCN announced that HMCS Iroquois is so badly rusted out and so dangerous to sail that it may never return to service. That leaves the RCN with one, that's right, one serviceable destroyer. The RCN has one, that's right, one replenishment ship.

Fate of Indian workers at stake + Four Contenders to Replace Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 days ago
Indian workers who are stranded in Iraq are being used as target practice in ISIL-controlled territory. The Iraqi army can't even protect their own asses, so the idea of them locating these hostages and rescuing them is not realistic at this point. Video Title: Fate of Indian workers at stake. Source: Times Now. Date Published: June 23, 2014. Video Title: Four Contenders to Replace Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki | Times Minute | The New York Times. Source: New York Times. Date Published: June 23, 2014. LOL @ this list of Iraq's presidential contenders. One is a pro-Iranian torturer, the ... more »

More roading doesn’t mean more traffic jams

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 days ago
*Public transport advocates repeatedly claim that building more roads only makes more and busier roads. Russel Norman, for example, invokes the story of his road-building brother in Queensland, who reckons building more roads just gets you to the next traffic jam faster. And Public Transport Blog of course has **a stack of posts on this alleged** phenomenon, called “induced demand,” in which more road building is alleged to encourage so many new motorists on to the road that congestion can never be wiped out.* *Not true, however, as Randal O’Toole argues in this guest post…* Debun... more »

"London Holds 9/11 Memorial"

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 days ago
London Holds 9/11 Memorial by hiring and engaging an acclaimed and beknighted (endamed..?) actor to perform for the occasion - how apt. *I'm not really the Head of MI6, I just play one on television.* "Today I've repeatedly heard how irrelevant my department has become. "Why do we need agents, the Double-0 section? Isn't it all antiquated?" Well, I suppose I see a different world than you do, and the truth is that what I see frightens me. I'm frightened because our enemies are no longer known to us. They do not exist on a map. They're not nations, they're individuals. And look ar... more »

you might not remember

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 days ago
you might not remember it's happened before what don't you know ? (the hidden hand now available streaming on netflix)

"Oh, How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago

“Mr. Fix-It: The Handyman’s Way of Living (and Dying)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago
*“Mr. Fix-It: The Handyman’s Way of Living (and Dying)”* by Chet Raymo “Handy. What a useful little word. The sort of word you could carry in your pocket like a jackknife or a ball of twine. One of the earliest members of the genus Homo is called Homo habilis, handy man. Skulking around in the savannahs of East Africa two million years ago with a bit of sharp rock in his hand. Maybe a pointed stick, too. Or a shell. And who knows what other crude tools he contrived from what he could find. He was short, with long arms dangling at his side, and a cranial capacity only half that of mod... more »

The Angry Arab on The Racist Legacy of Fouad Ajami, The Self-Hating House Arab

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 days ago
*An excerpt from, "Fouad Ajami and his legacy" by As'ad AbuKhalil, Al Akhbar English, June 23, 2014:* The Zionists loved Ajami and he became a sought-after media guest and congressional and government expert. *This is a man who once told a congressional committee that the “Sunnis are homicidal and the Shia are suicidal.” I was watching the event on C-Span and I was struck that everyone in the room laughed. If one is to replace the word “Jewish” with “Arab” in all the rhetoric and analysis of Ajami, one would rightly be accused and condemned as an anti-Semitic. * But Ajami’s name ... more »

EastEnders is 'twice as depressing' as the real East End warns BBC Trust boss

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 3 days ago
According to the Daily Mail.... *EastEnders is 'twice as depressing' as the real East End warns BBC Trust boss as she calls for 'a less miserable portrayal of modern Britain'.* EastEnders is 'twice as depressing' as the real East End according to the head of the BBC Trust, who has called for the corporation to do more to 'provide a less dispiriting portrayal' of modern Britain. Acting head of the BBC Trust Diane Coyle, said the unfathomably popular BBC One soap is also too badly-acted and has too many 'kitchen sink' style plot lines to be an accurate reflection of an area such as... more »

Public transport is for other people [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 days ago
They want you to spend $3 billion adding a tunnel to their system (above), but they won’t use the system themselves. Staff at the agency that runs and promotes public transport in Auckland, complete with ads on the back of buses crowing how much faster buses are than cars, are refusing to use public transport themselves between their office right beside the downtown Britomart rail and bus terminal and their office right beside the Henderson rail and bus terminal. They’re refusing to use public transport because, they say, public transport is too slow. About which, of course, they’... more »

Death of Humanity Explaind

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 days ago
the worlds finest obit was around our SUN I do not think we know the politicians who decided this was the final one So much green energy being expelled so much hydrogen that would blow up conservative cells Yeah we gotta Sun ]Yeah it gives to everyone and if you think your going to rape this earth look the sunrise because it will give you and yours a horrible sunscreen vision of dearth

“Thoreau As A Lone Crazy”; "On Civil Disobedience"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago
*“Thoreau As A Lone Crazy”* by Wendy McElroy “Murray Rothbard used the "lone crazy" theory to describe the individual who comes out of nowhere and dramatically alters the course of history; perhaps he assassinates a president. The lone crazy could also be an event, such as 9/11. Its essence is surprise, improbability and its transformative nature. The essay "On Civil Disobedience" (1849) by Henry David Thoreau is the literary equivalent of a lone crazy. It recounts his one-night imprisonment for refusing to pay a tax that would have financed the oppression of other human beings – ... more »

I just did something very evil, but do not feel bad about it.

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 days ago
I was at a big box store and parked next to a massive four door truck that could have been a key to Hitler conquering Russia. The abmietn temperature around 25 degrees and the lady in the passager seat was not well past fifty. I went into the store an it was running, I cam out 45 minutes later and still going. As happenstance happens the driver came to my location. I gently admonished him and he brought out an AK47. Yes he won that argument.

Jordan: Threatened by Western pressure applied via ISIS- Chafe at US/Israeli peace plan

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 days ago
ISIS has taken an Iraqi border with Jordan! This will not result in US military intervention.* At least not in the way many assume.* *ISIS at Jordan border, but West taking military action would only help Islamist*s Odd how that western military action keeps helping Islamists? There is some concern that controlling the border crossing with Jordan may be a prelude to greater activity within Jordan, but for now that seems unlikely. *For now* *Analysts have therefore cited Jordan as a candidate for major public protest,* but this has not so far been reflected in a rise in radical ... more »

Dangerous Racist Fool Proves Himself to be Dangerous Racist Fool

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 days ago
Below is a post from 2011 that gives a little background on why this recent outing of right-wing serial blog commenter could not have happened to a more awful person. *John Huppenthal, Dangerous Racist Fool* Schools Matter September 28, 2011 With every brief and successive generation of Tea Party spokesmen and nutjob officials, particularly in Arizona, the current ones make the previous ones seem like lily-livered liberals. If Ronald Reagan were alive today, for instance, he would have to run as a socialist. Earlier this year John Huppenthal replaced racist Tom Horne as Arizona'... more »

Canada can not find enough pilots to fly for National Defense

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 days ago
top ten reasons RCAF uses Temporary Foreign Pilots 1) Canadians do not apply because they want to bond with their Children 2) Canadians don't apply because Gen X wants to skip pilot and go straight to astronaut. 3) ISIS airforce has better veteran care so they are getting all the top guns. 4) Canadians are smart they know the F35 only has one engine and do not want to die from engine failure. 5)Harper can fool them into thinking he is commander in chief. 6)Canadians wont go to Cold Lake Alberta 7) Polish and Hungarian Pilots hate Russia without propaganda. 8) Canadian pilots are ... more »

Why Congress So Unpopular A Mystery To Congress? (They Don't Appear Too Smart Because They Don't Want To?) Fortunately, Dark Pool Not Confusing To Those With Some Education (Paywall To Democracy:  Goldman Sachs' Rule)

The idea that serious money is not at stake is preposterously naïve. Former SEC Chair Mary Schapiro estimated that individual investors lost more than $200 million in improperly triggered stop loss orders on May 6, 2010 during the Flash Crash – an event fueled by high frequency trading.Before the approval rating of Congress slips further, Republican obstructionists need to put down the

Whole Brain Teaching, the Latest Lucrative Quackery for Repackaged Rote Learning

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 days ago
There is a respectable body of literature on brain-based learning, but it has nothing to do with the current testing factory craze, Whole Brain Teaching (WBT). WBT represents the same centuries-old memorization and recitation techniques duct-taped to repeated displays of loud chanting and clapping, with some primitive behavior mod thrown to give this latest chain gang craze the thinnest veneer of science. If this were to be whole brain teaching, it would have to be for parrot brains or, perhaps, seal brains. The fact that people are actually buying this non-thinking approach to co... more »

"We're tired of hearing about Islam."

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 3 days ago
It may be late Monday evening, but early Sunday morning is on my mind...yes, here's this week's belated review of Radio 4's *Sunday *with St. Edward of Stourton. It will come in two parts, spread over two days. Here's the bit about the first half of the programme.... Just before catching up with it, I happened to read an admiring review in the *Telegraph* of a new book about British Islam called *Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent. *The book's author is a BBC radio editor called Innes Bowen [no relation apparently]. The *Telegraph *reviewer calls her book "admirable and clear-he... more »

Conseravtives And The G.I. Bill

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 days ago
Russian subversive Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (AKA, Ayn Rand) came to America when she was 21 and struggled to make a living as a screenwriter-- and didn't have a single success. She didn't write her profoundly anti-American drivel, *The Fountainhead,* until after she became a volunteer on behalf of reactionary Wendell Wilkie, running against FDR, and a seriously addicted meth head. She was severely addicted to amphetamines for 3 decades and under their anti-social, psychotic influence, also wrote her second load of garbage, *Atlas Shrugged* (1957). A third-rate intellect in Wis... more »

Why BBC News Ignored the People's Assembly March

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 3 days ago
By any common sense measure, a large protest ambling through London should be big news. *The Graun* covered it. Twitter was all over it. And yet, the many thousands who turned out on the People's Assembly March Against Austerity got nary a mention on BBC News bulletins. All it merited was a postage stamp of an article on the website. And to think, more or less simultaneously, the rolling news channel was gurning over the annual summer solstice hippy fest at Stonehenge. We say cutback, they say, erm, "Look at the sun rising behind the Heelstone!" So yes, some people are pretty peed ... more »

When the levee breaks!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 days ago
Germany has been asking the USA for its Gold back for nearly ten years. Now in a surprising development, Germany has decided the God in good hands stateside. How wonderful the level of trust is so golden. I feel so much better now. The shenanigans going on in China with metals have no relevance with the repeated failure of European companies to get their Gold back from the USA and London. I think I shall have a spot of tea.

OSF-SFMC Needs to Read This Article

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 3 days ago
John A Carroll 18 mins · “Intimidation or retaliation against whistle-blowers — or any employee who raises a hand to identify a legitimate problem, make a suggestion, or report what may be a violation of law, policy, or our core values — is absolutely unacceptable,” Mr. Gibson said. Administrators who retaliate against whistle-blowers, he added, would be disciplined. Top Investigator Has Blistering Criticism for V.A. Response to Whistle-Blowers The head of an independent agency within the executive branch criticized the... THE NEW YORK TIMES|BY RICHARD A. OPPEL JR. LikeLike · · Sha... more »

Don't Overestimate Dick Cheney

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 3 days ago
Perhaps I'm wrong, but, obviously I don't think so. I've long recoiled at the notion that we on the left shouldn't underestimate our political opponents, given that most of these guys are fucking morons. Maybe people who disagree with me see something that I don't. I don't see anything intimidating about stephen harper, or ezra levant or bush II, or any of them. Case in point: Gary Leupp over at CounterPunch.org describes plodding failure Dick Cheney reduced to incoherence when Megyn Kelly of FAUX News mentions the unavoidable in the middle of Cheney's babbling about Iraq's present... more »

Temple built for one million at one time

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 days ago
I have taken a peek at many religions. If I was forced to pick one it would be Buddism. Now it may be some evangelicals are advising this branch? But I think there has to be some impact being with a million people thinkingaboot the same thing. Church makes people feel good. If you see people in Africa undaliting, that's a sense of community every so called first country has lost.

Thanks to Wikileak cables we now know that Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, has been working for the U.S. government since at least 2006 and they knew he was corrupt. Now the so-called "civil war" in Ukraine consists of Kiev attacking Russian speaking civilians in the southeast with vicious neo-nazi troops, artillery, and arial bombing at the pleasure of Washington, which claims that Russia is the aggressor, and the despicble mainstream media repeats this lie daily.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 3 days ago
------------------------------ *Wikileak Cables: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Washington's Pocket Since 2006* *It turns out that Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, has been working for the U.S. government since at least 2006 and they knew he was corrupt. * ------------------------------ There's not much point in staging a coup if you don't influence who is placed in power in the aftermath. Of course in order for a puppet government to be effective, they can't be perceived as such. You wouldn't want the natives to get restless would you? The evidence that the U.S... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 days ago
*Flood Into Baton Rouge!* [image: https://twitter.com/small_affair/status/481118832778829824]


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 days ago
*Issues hover over Holy Cross condo towers despite rezoning ~Jaquetta White, New Orleans Advocate* *Scientists Unearth Decade-Old Federal Levee Failures Damage Beneath New Orleans’ Streets ~Katy Reckdahl, Next City* *ITF, International Food Technology, Expo kicks off in New Orleans ~WDSU* *A Louisiana first: Poverty Point named World Heritage Site ~WVUE*

Agri Econ 13: What and Where to Plant, Nature vs. Government Planning

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 3 days ago
Rice trade liberalization, not rice protectionism and "anti-smuggling" campaigns, is a better alternative for the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries. What to plant where, nature itself provides the clue. This is a good report from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Rice self-sufficiency: A question ofgeography? It observed that *In theory, the reasons why the exporting countries might have more rice area per person could be that their land is more suited to growing rice (as opposed to other crops), cropping intensity (the number of crops planted per ... more »

The Paso Lovera CE-3: A High Strangeness Event

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 3 days ago
*The Paso Lovera CE-3: A High Strangeness Event* *By Pablo Omastott – Investigadores de Campo OVNI Unidos* Within the framework of encounters with unknown entities recorded within the Province of Corrientes, some of which have been investigated by Ufology as close encounters of the third kind, we find some which are of interest to the researcher without being directly related to the UFO phenomenon. This is the case with the Paso Lovera incident (San Luis del Palmar – Corrientes), an event with an elevated quotient of high strangeness and which would not be considered, in of itself, w... more »

Masonic Ritual Murder

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 days ago
*"I, A. B., of my own free will and accord, in presence of Almighty God and this worshipful lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, dedicated to God, and held forth to the holy order of St. John, do hereby and hereon most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will always hail, ever conceal and never reveal any part or parts, art or arts, point or points of the secret arts and mysteries of ancient Freemasonry which I have received, am about to receive, or may hereafter be instructed in, to any person or persons in the, known world, except it be to a true and lawful brother M... more »

Starting today: Anthropology lessons!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 days ago
*MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014* *We invite you to ponder new frameworks:* Today, we start a new, award-winning series, “Anthropology lessons.” In this series of reports, we’ll invite you to ponder a new set of frameworks for understanding the way the American public discourse works. In effect, we’ll be suggesting a new set of “paradigms.” In truth, we’ll be going over frameworks we’ve recommended in the past. In the process, we’ll suggest you approach the various players in our public discourse as an anthropologist would. What are the cultural practices of the tribe called the “mainstream ... more »

Cheney, Wolfowitz, Kagan And Other Of America's Enemies Are Emboldened And On The March

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 days ago
I don't know anyone who was a Saddam Hussein fan… but I've never been to Iraq. In fact, I always avoided the place. Even in the '60s and '70s when I traveled a lot in that part of the world, I did all I could to avoid Iraq, spending my time lolling around Trabzon, Ezurum and Van in Turkey (much of it, without any real paved roads, having just been opened to foreigners for the first time since 1925) and Tabriz and Zanjan in Iran, to avoid the dubious allure of Baghdad (where the Ba'athists had *just* taken over). When I was traveling in the area, Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr was in charge ... more »

US Government Doing Monsanto's Dirty Work Financed By Taxpayers

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 3 days ago
[image: Foto: The U.S. Government Has Tied El Salvador $277 million Aid Package to Monsanto’s GMO Seeds. In recent weeks, the U.S. has been pushing the El Salvadoran Government to sign the second Millennium Challenge Compact. One of the main conditions on the agreement is allegedly for the purchasing of GM seeds from Monsanto. At the end of 2013 it was announced that without ‘specific’ economic and environmental policy reforms, the U.S. government would not provide El Salvador with $277 million in aid money through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). It is now clear that by ... more »

Time for BCTF, government to prepare for fall legislated settlement (and save summer school)

paul at Paying attention - 3 days ago
I’m sure Vince Ready is busy. But I expect he also decided against getting involved in the teachers’ strike/lockout because there is no real chance of a mediated settlement now. In a past life I was involved in labour negotiations. In one difficult set of talks, a mediator was appointed to help us reach a deal. He arrived, met with management and union, and booked out less than an hour later. The parties were too far apart, he said, and mediation would be a waste of time. Good luck. That’s true in this dispute. There are too many issues on the table, the parties are too far apart and... more »

The Hastening Demise of Common Core: PARCC Down to 15 Members; Smarter Balanced, 22

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 days ago
Tennessee done. Next likely to be Mississippi and North Carolina. TN Parcc Withdrawal and Attachment

Chariots of Fire - A Study of British Israelism

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 days ago
*Executive Producer Dodi Fayed (-DECEASED(?)-) and Producer David Puttnam (Now Lord Puttnam of Queensgate)* *"**I will not cease from Mental Fight,* *Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:* *Till we have built Jerusalem,* *In Englands green & pleasant Land"* *- Blake,* *Founding Prophet and Race Theoretician of British Israelism* *"Perhaps they are God's chosen people after all,"* (Note that Abrahams has the date of Beltane / The Waco Fire / Oklahoma City / Dissolution of the Warsaw Ghetto on his chest, alongside the flag of the Grid of Oppresion) *The Grid of Oppression* *"It's esse... more »

Moqtada al-Sadr And Iraq's Militia Mobilization

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 3 days ago
As security continues to deteriorate in Iraq all of the major Shiite parties have said that they are mobilizing their militias. This process started with the Iranian backed groups such as the League of the Righteous, the Hezbollah Brigades, and the Badr Organization back in January 2014. After the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIS) charge through Mosul and into Salahaddin in June the mainstream Shiite parties made the call for men as well. Moqtada al-Sadr said that he was creating a new organization called the Peace Brigades that would defend Iraq’s shrines. Recently t... more »

Thorium periodic table

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 3 days ago

Mike's Story Part 59 - Reward

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 3 days ago
*By **Jenna** Orkin* Now that we're coming out of the depression phase, the heart of this account, I should relay a scene which got overlooked early on. One night after Mike had settled in at my apartment and we were still eating dinner together, I showed him a story I'd written (it appears in Writer Wannabe Seeks Brush With Death,) about a quirky kid with oddball parents. It's not a children's story although it's written in a deceptively naif style. One of the mother's eccentricities is that if she has a snack at night after she's taken out the garbage, she puts any ensu... more »

US blunting insurgency in Iraq? Justice. Nation building. And other nonsense

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 days ago
The US is pushing an agenda. The US does have the means to *blunt* the insurgency, as opposed to sharpen, it has instigated. Means that would not necessitate regime change however, regime change is the agenda no matter how many skeins of utter nonsense the NATO media spins. *WSJ* Deep gaps between U.S. and Arab views over the crisis have grown more obvious in recent days, say American and regional officials, hampering Washington's response to the onslaught by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, which this month seized control of territories straddling Iraq and Syria. ... more »

GAIA PORTAL: “Flash portals” have activated across Gaia

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 days ago
*“Flash portals” have activated across Gaia* by ÉirePort "Flash portals" have activated across Gaia. Locations of such are known to those with Higher Discerning capabilities activated fully. "Flash portals" enable rapid transformation of Hue-Beings and hu-beings ready for such. These portals will also find application in removing those with chronic ingrained resistance patterns to suitable cultivation facilities. Gaia has demonstrated grand patience with all of the hu-beings, but the time has been entered where resist-ers will energetically be unable to tolerate the refined Cos... more »

UPDATE: Humanoid Presence in Necochea, Argentina

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 3 days ago
*UPDATE: Humanoid Presence in Necochea, Argentina* Contributing editor *Guillermo Giménez* has sent us an update on the investigations surrounding the presence of an alleged humanoid in the beaches of Necochea: "We have located four (4) witnesses who have spoken of the strange presence of a humanoid-type being in Necochea on Tuesday, May 20, at approximately 22:15 hours. It appeared to float, had a normal stature and took long strides. It was seen from an apartment in the coastal area of the beach resort [*readers are advised to remember that it is winter in the Southern Hemispher... more »

Da Skins

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 3 days ago
By Capt. Fogg Redskins - that's what we call the tourists with their New Jersey complexions who come down here in the Winter to expose themselves to old Sol in all his ultraviolet glory. Mad dogs and Northerners go out in the noonday sun. But anyway, I wouldn't dream of calling one of our proud Seminoles a 'redskin' and for more reasons than that they're actually not red at all, having the sense to stay out of the sun, but none the less, they are an indigenous population which is not really the case with a Washington professional football team or its owner. No thought has been gi... more »

Links Links Links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 days ago
*A bee captured by a spider attracts tiny flies to feast on its corpse.* Some Links..... - Ben Goren rocks Chinet with Chinese influence on Taiwan media - CRS Report: US Arms sales to Taiwan since 1990 - Extracts from the second edition of the Brandt Travel Guide for Taiwan - Taiwan in Cycles over the hills of Nantou. Great ride. - Occupy Central with people's referendum in Hong Kong: 700K votes and counting - My Several Worlds Daily - Taiwan-India links to take off - Industrial output reaches record high in May on electronics boom _______________________ [Ta... more »

An interesting variation of the Periodic Table

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 days ago
The Periodic Table with the country/countries of the discoverer shown for each. *Thhaks to The Smithsonian for the image.*

ANTHROPOLOGY LESSONS: As the gods watch!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 days ago
*MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014* *Part 1—Famous Times pundit gone wild:* If we can believe the writings of Homer, the gods once amused themselves on Olympus, very much at our expense. They watched the things we mortals did. Often, they roared with laughter. In a sense, Homer’s gods behaved like anthropologists. We mortals were the primitive beings whose habits and capabilities they surveyed, frequently shaking their heads. Are the gods still watching from Olympus? We can’t answer that! But by now, they’re probably averting their gaze from the anthropology lessons awaiting them here on th... more »

Former Student Sees KIPP As "a cancer"

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 days ago
This student graduated from KIPP in the early 2000s: *KIPP at its core means well but it is a cancer, one that threatens children with Machiavellian methods and punishments that are unneccessary.*

Turkey&#39s agression against Syria & Iraq: Cut off water supplies

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 days ago
Al Gore! AGW has nothing to do with the destabilization campaign in Syria- Al Gore = Banker Whore * Reported almost one month ago..*. *A new Turkish aggression against Syria: Ankara suspends pumping Euphrates’ water* *The Turkish government recently cut off the flow of the Euphrates River, threatening primarily Syria but also Iraq with a major water crisis. Al-Akhbar found out that the water level in Lake Assad has dropped by about six meters, leaving millions of Syrians without drinking water.* *Two weeks ago, the Turkish government once again intervened in the Syrian crisis.* Thi... more »

Obama schedule for Monday...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 3 days ago
*participates in a discussion about working families?* What the hell would he know about work? President "Ribbon Cutter" hasn't worked a day in his life. Meanwhile Valerie Jarrett and her cronies are running the country. Obama Schedule || Monday, June 23, 2014 by *Keith Koffler * *10:00 am ||* Receives the President Daily Briefing *1:40 pm ||* Delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families; Washington *2:10 pm ||* Participates in a discussion at the White House Summit on Working Families; Washington

Brave Neoliberal World

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 3 days ago
Former Bush Treasury Secretary/Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson is getting lots of plaudits today for his brave *New* *York Times *Sunday op-ed, in which he bravely broke ranks with the climate change denialists of his own Grand Guignol Party and proposed a brave new carbon tax to combat pollution. It's the fierce urgency of now, as told by a plutocratic con$ervation afficionado: *For too many years, we failed to rein in the excesses building up in the nation’s financial markets. When the credit bubble burst in 2008, the damage was devastating. Millions suffered. Many still do.* ... more »

This is how I want my week to go...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 3 days ago
gleefully and unashamedly stolen from Odie, the Woodsterman - and I thank him.

James Webb Space Telescope

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 days ago
James Webb ran NASA from 1961 to 1968. The telescope named after him might be able to image planets light years away. In terms of discovery this is as exciting as the voyages of Columbus, Magellan etc. The science behind imaging planets

Education Reform as the New Misogyny: A Reader

plthomasedd at @ THE CHALK FACE - 3 days ago
Education Reform as the New Misogyny: A Reader. via Education Reform as the New Misogyny: A Reader.Filed under: PAUL THOMAS: Becoming Radical


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 days ago
You can learn more about the sponsoring group for this event - Midcoast Citizens for Sustainable Economies *here*

What Will It Take To Turn The Wisconsin State Senate Blue?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 days ago
Unless you were completely out of it last week, you probably saw something about Wisconsin prosecutors accusing Gov. Scott Walker of overseeing a sweeping “criminal scheme” to illegally coordinate fundraising and campaign activity among conservative groups in a broad effort to help him-- and Republican senators-- beat back recalls in 2011 and 2012. Walker worked with the Kochs and Rove to secretly and illegally raise money and coordinate spending with a dozen right-wing groups during the recall elections. Juxtaposed with that report was from from the Bureau of Labor Statistics s... more »

Spirit bear with 2 black bear cubs

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 days ago

Injunctive relief

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 days ago
*Renfrew Insurance Ltd. v Cortese*, 2014 ABCA 203: [8] The test for an interlocutory injunction is well established and not in dispute. It has three components (*RJR McDonald Inc v Canada (Attorney General), *1994 CanLII 117 (SCC), [1994] 1 SCR 311): (i) a strong *prima facie* case, in cases of employees restrictive covenants, or a serious issue to be tried; (ii) irreparable harm before trial if no injunction is granted; and (iii) the balance of convenience must favour the granting of the relief... more »

Old Joe's Advice

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 3 days ago
Old Joe Kennedy reportedly told his son, the president, "It's not who you are that matters. It's who people think you are." Old Joe was a master of self promotion. It made him rich and it opened the doors to the corridors of power. The prime minister has taken Old Joe's advice to heart. Michael Harris writes: Stephen Harper has made an amendment to the old saying that bullshit baffles brains: marketing trumps all. Playing off that central tenet of Harper politics, perception as reality, there is a rift out there these days suggesting how formidable the Conservatives will be in th... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 3 days ago
*LA: Jindal seeks to block Common Core tests* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took steps Wednesday to block the use of tests tied to the Common Core education standards, a move that puts him at odds with state legislative, education and business leaders but one that could help the likely 2016 presidential candidate with tea party supporters and conservative voters. Top Louisiana education officials said the Republican governor overstepped his authority and they intend to go ahead and roll out the standards and the testing tied to them. Jindal once supported Common Core, but reversed h... more »

Read This Book: Against the Grain

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 3 days ago
This edited collection by Evan Smith and Matthew Worley is launched tonight in London. More details here. The discussion, 'Revolutionary force or pressure group? The role of the British far left in British politics since 1956' certainly sounds very interesting. I wish I could have been there. Below is the list of contents, which is a veritable smorgasbord of left trainspotterly goodness. The bloke who wrote chapter four sounds familiar too. *AGAINST THE GRAIN: THE BRITISH FAR LEFT FROM 1956* (Manchester University Press, 2014) Evan Smith & Matthew Worley (eds) Introduction: the ... more »

Ugly Americans Not Winning Hearts and Minds

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 3 days ago
There is no question, nor any wonder that the lofty esteem once enjoyed by this at one time great country in the eyes of the civilized world has evaporated since the commencement of the hegemonic crusade that was foisted off as the global war on terror in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. Now midway through the second decade of the twenty first century we are a global pariah, feared and mocked across the face of the globe. The haughty air of superiority and the bullying, both militarily and financially by the arrogant asses who inhabit the political class are but one reason but ... more »

I AM... Back!!!!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 3 days ago
Good morning my friends!!!!!! Long time no chat! As you may or may not have noticed, many of us here in Aouchtam Morocco have been taking an extended break from the internet and the realms of computer communication. This was a multi-faceted hiatus for myself and many others. Not only did we purposely create a news blackout for the Aouchtam area (which I will delve into in greater detail at another time), but it became very clear to a lot of us that it was time to change things up, retire old energetics and create new pathways forward. Speaking for myself, this time of renewing, re... more »

Helicopters and Cons

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 3 days ago
This is ludicrous. Canada's Seaking replacement is the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone. This is a militarised version of the civilian S-92 helicopter. Two S-92 helicopters, one in Australia and one in Canada, have crashed due to the loss of oil in the main gearbox. The Canadian crash killed 17 oil rig workers and crew. Now, CBC News has learned the details of what the government has agreed to

Destroyer to remain tied up due to corrosion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 3 days ago
[image: Rust on the hull of HMCS Iroquois]The Royal Canadian Navy has decided to keep one of its few destroyers tied up after assessing a string of rust patches on its hull and concluding it may not be safe to send out to sea. Capt. Peter Ryan said naval engineers and architects reviewed the corrosion in an area that stretches between a couple of decks on HMCS Iroquois, which was sidelined in April after the rust was detected. They are now trying to determine if the aging ship should be repaired or retired, leaving the navy fleet further diminished as more than a dozen other vessel... more »

War World - WE ARE ALL CONSCRIPTS - Attention!

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 3 days ago
*War World examination of conscripts in Ukraine.* CONSCRIPTION: *Compulsory enlistment for state service, typically into the armed forces.* *Typically*, into the armed forces. You know why they put that caveat in there? Because it's *NOT ALWAYS* into the armed forces. It can be (and is regularly) into all sorts of aspects of our so-called not-at-war WWS or War World System. 1) World of War work conscription: most of us have to go to work to support our families; to feed, clothe and house them? Most jobs do insist on you having a medical (pictured above) so how is this any diff... more »

War watch June 23 , 2014 -- Audio Tapes Reveal Afghan Election Official Ordering Vote Fraud ...... Clashes erupt as Qadri returns to Pakistan ...... Developments in the Iraq / Syria War Theatre

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 days ago
Afghanistan...... Audio Tapes Reveal Afghan Election Official Ordering Vote FraudOrdered Ballot Boxes Stuffed Before Run-Off Vote by Jason Ditz, June 22, 2014 Print This | Share This Audio tapes released by Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah’s teamappear to reveal a conversation in which top Afghan election official Zia ul-Haq Amarkhail ordered ballot boxes stuffed in favor of Abdullah’s rival Ashraf Ghani. Though the tapes have yet to be independently authenticated, they detail Amarkhail ordering ballot stuffing and advising regional election officials to replace worke... more »

NATO partners mull ending Patriot mission in Turkey

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 3 days ago
[image: Dutch Patriot System]NATO allies have started preliminary consultations on concluding the Patriot missile mission in Turkey at the end of 2014, German media reported on Sunday. U.S., Germany and the Netherlands have held exploratory discussions on a possible withdrawal of their Patriot units as the mission is expected to meet its objectives at the end of the year, German weekly Der Spiegel reported. NATO allies Germany and the Netherlands believe that after the full transportation of Syria’s chemical weapons, material and equipment from the country, the continuation of Patr... more »

Lang & Dallaire: Canada has a second chance to make the right choice on missile defence

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 3 days ago
[image: Standard Missile 3 launch]On Feb. 25, 2005, Canada announced in the House of Commons that it would not participate in the United States’ ballistic missile defence (BMD) program. Canada’s decision not to participate in BMD reportedly surprised and puzzled the United States. Up until that point, Canada had indicated an interest in participation and was already a de facto participant through its agreement that warning information collected under the auspices of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) could be used in BMD. Read more

Blimps, the latest privacy worry

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 3 days ago
[image: Blue Devil]The US Army is planning to launch two blimps over the US state of Maryland this northern autumn to watch the Eastern Seaboard for incoming cruise missiles. It's what else they might be able to see from up there that worries privacy advocates. The Army says the aerostats - blimps tethered to the ground in Harford and Baltimore counties - will carry technology capable of detecting, tracking and targeting cruise missiles and rockets up to 550 kilometres away. That means they can cover an area from the US state of North Carolina to the Canadian border. Read more

Northrop Grumman Directs Target Engagement in Successful Missile Defense Intercept Test

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 3 days ago
[image: Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system]Northrop Grumman Corporation's advanced battle management and launch control capabilities successfully performed in today's intercept test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system. Northrop Grumman is a strategic partner of The Boeing Company for the GMD program that provides the nation's only defense against long-range ballistic missiles. "Our systems serve a pivotal role in effectively delivering weapons on target," said Dan Verwiel, vice president of air and missile defense systems, Northrop Grumman Information Systems... more »

U.S. Releases $575 Million of Suspended Funds to Egypt

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 3 days ago
[image: AH-64D Apache]The United States has released about $575 million of the suspended funds to Egypt over the past 10 days, Reuters reported an unnamed State Department official as saying. The United States froze some of the $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt following the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last year, which was prompted by mass protests against his rule. It also withheld deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as $260 million in cash aid pending Egypt's progress on democracy and human rights. Read more

Submarines to choppers: A sneak peek into Modi’s defence agenda

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 3 days ago
[image: AH-64E Apache]Major decisions and policy announcements aimed at beefing up the country’s defence are going to be on the front burner of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next few weeks. Multi-billion dollar deals for acquisition of submarines, attack helicopters, heavy-lift helicopters, missiles and fighter aircraft are on Modi’s radar screen. In fact, the Prime Minister’s foreign policy in near term too will have heavy defence agenda, be it in terms of his forthcoming foreign visits to Japan and the United States or in-bound trips of leaders of major powers like Russia d... more »

U.S. looks to Europe amid Ukraine crisis

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 3 days ago
Only last year, the U.S. European Command was facing some of the deepest cuts of any region in the U.S. military. Now, after Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, the Pentagon finds itself focusing on the continent in a way not seen in decades. Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama said he would ask Congress for an additional $1 billion to increase Washington’s military commitment to the continent. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Air Force said it had deployed two B-2 stealth bombers to England, joining two B-52s sent earlier this month. The two aircraft are America’s pr... more »

1,000-pound tar mat is being cleaned up on Fort Pickens beach.

John L. Wathen at BP Slick - 3 days ago
Nearly four years to the day when BP oil began soiling our beaches, a 1,000-pound tar mat is being cleaned up on Fort Pickens beach. (Pensacola News Journal) [image: Tar mat cleanup 1.jpg] (Photo: Special to the Pensacola News Journal ) 1098 CONNECTTWEET 2 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE A U.S. Coast Guard pollution investigation team is leading another day of cleanup of a tar mat discovered Friday on the beach at Fort Pickens. So far, the team has removed about 960 pounds of the mat, which is about 8 to 10 feet off the shoreline in the Gulf of Mexico, just east of Langdon Beach, Coast Guard ... more »

BICEP2 and PRL: journalists prove that they're trash

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 3 days ago
On Wednesday, Prof Knížák, a top Czech artist, told us that the journalists are wrong about everything. Whatever they write down is guaranteed to be wrong. He has famously said that nowadays, the state of being informed is a sign of the lack of education because people are being mass-fed by distorted, irrelevant, and bogus stories. Students at schools are no longer able to think or debate. A cacophony of meaningless monologues has superseded a thoughtful dialogue. The Internet search engines have amplified the problem because especially young people are increasingly copying whole se... more »

Submarines to join Navy fleet: Ashraf

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 3 days ago
[image: Ming (Romeo) class SSK]The government is in a process to add submarines to Bangladesh Navy’s fleet apart from incorporation of maritime patrol aircraft and maritime helicopter in an effort to enhance ‘deterrence’ in the Bay of Bengal. LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, also in-charge of Defence Ministry, said this in Parliament on Sunday while responding to a tabled question from Begum Pinu Khan (Women seat-23). He said modern guns, missiles, torpedo, mines and SAM batteries would be incorporated in the Bangladesh Navy to enhance its capability, according ... more »

Washington's War In Iraq: A Noble Failure

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 days ago
Fruits of the noble failure: A stubborn sectarian despot who has backing from the Ayatollahs, a powerful transnational Jihadist terrorist group, destruction of ancient libraries and modern museums, hundreds of thousands of dead and many more injured, *long-term environmental damage to lakes, rivers, and water systems*, *ongoing health catastrophes for Iraq's population*, overall decline of quality leadership in key areas of society due to a massive brain drain, endless sectarian strife, etc. From one point of view Washington's war in Iraq is a failure. But that would be naive. To ... more »

Racism in Honduras: Not Just On The Soccer Field

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 3 days ago
This is a great read from the Washington Post on the roots of racism in Honduras, which I definitely saw during my time there. There were occasions when I asked someone if they were part Garifuna - the Afro-Hondurans who live along the Caribbean coast - only to see such questions were perceived as a grand insult. One woman pulled me aside after I asked and confirmed quietly that yes, she was part Garifuna, but quickly added "I don't like the blacks." Another laughed nervously and said no, she was just from an area of the country where they didn't use chlorine... more »

Higgs correctly decays to bottoms, taus

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 3 days ago
*The confidence level exactly matches the ATLAS contest top scores* The MIT released a cute press release 12 hours ago (which promotes a new paper in Nature Physics): Fresh evidence suggests particle discovered in 2012 is the Higgs boson ------------------------------ *Findings confirm that a particle decays to fermions, as predicted by the Standard Model.* ------------------------------ Evidence for the direct decay of the \(125\GeV\) Higgs boson to fermions (Nature Physics) Markus Klute of MIT and his collaborators looked for traces of a Higgs boson decaying to a pair of tau lepto... more »

Since 1990 Oil Companies Have Paid Republicans $163,773,719 To Not Believe In Climate Change

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 days ago
My grandfather was a Socialist who was proud to have voted for FDR in 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944. A couple of decades after his last vote for Roosevelt, I had come on the scene and he told me too never trust the Democrats. No, he hadn't turned Republican, of course, he just saw how the corporate warmongers and Southern racists were able to extort effective control over the party on crucial issues. I've usually taken his advice to heart. And even though there were relatively plausible Republicans in office and in contention back then-- Jacob Javits (R-NY), Mark Hatfield (R-OR), Chuc... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 3 days ago
*Gore Blames Syria Civil War on Global Warming* *Ya gotta laugh. He offers not a shred of proof for the way he connects everything to global warming. And he has a good reason for that. There has been no warming for 17 years so nothing recent CAN be attributed to warming. Neither droughts in the middle East nor anything else can be caused by something that does not exist. But the wackiest part below is his claim that Canadian oil has to be shipped via the USA to reach China. That Canadians could simply ship it via the Pacific obviously eludes him. Mr Harper has threatened to ... more »

Updates On Iraq [6.22]: To Defeat Terrorism In Iraq, Baghdad Should Take The Fight To Saudi Arabia; KRG Would Be Better Off Selling No Oil Than Selling It Only To Israel; Shiites Should Be More Interested In Protecting Strategic Border Towns Than Useless Religious Shrines

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 days ago
*Related: Hundreds of Indians Stranded In Iraq Without Help; The Governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey, And U.S. Must Be Held Responsible If Any Harm Is Done To Them.* *1. To Defeat Terrorism In Iraq, Baghdad Should Take The Fight To Saudi Arabia.* Last week, the Iraqi government *accused the leadership of Saudi Arabia of sponsoring genocidal crimes in their country*. The accusation is exaggerated because so far ISIS terrorists and other Sunni militants have only mass killed Shiite soldiers who fled away in civilian clothes and have not committed the same crimes agai... more »

Musical Interlude: Phil Keaggy, “Epilogue: Amazing Grace”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago
Phil Keaggy, “Epilogue: Amazing Grace” - http://www.youtube.com/

"Don't Be Dismayed..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago
"Don't be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends." – Richard Bach, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

Kurt Cobain - The Last Photoshoot

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 days ago
*Bad case of Suicide : Two Guns.* *(And an absolutely incapacitating quantity of Heroin)* *"Pop eats it's young, that's for sure..." -- MICHAEL HUTCHENCE ON KURT COBAIN*

Code-phrase: "Crackpot"

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 days ago
Finkelstein. My own formulation is to use *The Holocaust (1978 TV-Mini)* to refer to the Public Myth of The Holocaust and *Shoah* to refer to the historical reality of the Jewish experience under National Socialism. In this regard, Wikipedia articles such as "*The Holocaust in Italian Libya*", or "*The Holocaust in Demark"* are shown *prima face* to be clearly absurd. But such an article does exist in both cases - in fact, in both cases, they reveal the extraordinary length that the Danes and Italian Fascist administration went to to preserve not only Jewish lives, but proper... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago
“A remarkable telescopic composition in yellow and blue, this scene features a trio of interacting galaxies almost 90 million light-years away, toward the constellation Virgo. On the left, two, spiky, foreground Milky Way stars echo the trio galaxy hues, a reminder that stars in our own galaxy are like those in the distant island universes. *Click image for larger size.* Predominately yellow, with sweeping spiral arms and dust lanes, NGC 5566 is enormous, about 150,000 light-years across. Just below it lies small, blue NGC 5569. Near center, the third galaxy, NGC 5560, is multicolor... more »

Chet Raymo, “Angels And Devils”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago
*“Angels And Devils”* by Chet Raymo “I've taken note here before of Steven Pinker's newest book, "The Better Angels of Our Nature," which argues that human violence has historically declined, and purports to give the reasons why. Many reviewers have taken issue with Pinker's optimistic view of things. Generally they quote the 60 million deaths during World War II, and other 20th-century mass atrocities, and ask, "How can anyone say things are getting better?" Of course, Pinker is not talking absolute numbers, but percentages. An average person has a better chance of dying a natural... more »

The Poet: William Stafford, "Starting With Little Things"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago
*"Starting With Little Things" * "Love the earth like a mole, fur-near. Nearsighted, hold close the clods, their fine-print headlines. Pat them with soft hands- Like spades, but pink and loving; they break rock, nudge giants aside, affable plow. Fields are to touch; each day nuzzle your way. Tomorrow the world." - William Stafford

The Daily "Near you?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago
Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland. Thanks for stopping by.


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." - Carl Sandburg

Who Is the Bilderberg Group and How Effective Are They?

Gee. Golly gee! It's almost a shame to break up (by public illumination) their little game. And you thought all those insurance and banking mistakes were because they were not paying attention. Bad enough that you’ve got military chiefs briefing arms companies bosses — in private — about their hopes and dreams for Ukraine. But you’ve also got billionaire speculators and the heads of

Diana: If They Did It

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 days ago
*SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: *In the matter of *Diana, Princess of Wales*, have you reached a verdict on which at least nine of you have agreed? *THE JURY FOREMAN: *We have. *SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: *Could you give us the verdict, indicating the number of jurors that have dissented to that? *THE JURY FOREMAN: *The verdict is unlawful killing, grossly negligent driving of the following vehicles and of the Mercedes, and that is nine of us, sir. *SECRETARY TO THE INQUEST: *Could you please read the rest of the narrative of your inquisition, indicating, where appropriate, the number ... more »

Food Watch: Tell the truth, couldn't you do with some nice crisp and lacy onion rings right now? Kitchen Daily's got 'em

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 days ago
*"Some of the laciest, crunchiest onion rings you’ll ever taste"* *by Ken* It just so happens that Kitchen Daily's got just the recipe for you, and son of a gun, it turns out to come from *our old Top Chef pal Richard Blais* ! There are all sorts of tricks for making deep-fry batters both delicate and crisp. Sometimes, recipes call for beating in beer or club soda (the little air bubbles lighten the mixture), or adding vodka (alcohol boils off more quickly than water, enhancing a batter’s texture). For these onion rings, Richard Blais uses both strategies and amplifies their effect... more »

Congressman Rangel (D) made the oddest statement. Did anyone catch it? Very Telling in what is happening to the Country.

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 3 days ago
I have been reading how Congressman Charles Rangel who is the longest serving Congressman in D.C. He is from New York, Harlem district and has been serving since 1971. He is 84 years old now. His district is now 52% Hispanic due to immigration so he has a tough primary. I was reading the story on Washington Post when I read something Rangel said that is at the least very odd and very

Free Download: Hervey Cleckley, “The Mask of Sanity”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 days ago
*“The Psychopath: The Mask of Sanity”* Free Download: Hervey Cleckley, “The Mask of Sanity” A Special Research Project of the Quantum Future School “Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken. And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a ... more »

f r e a k s

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 days ago

Epidemiology can be Interesting

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 3 days ago
Hat tip to Nigel Kinburn for pulling up two studies from Siri-Tarino et al.’s 2010 saturated fat meta-analysis that did show correlations with heart disease. These were also the studies with the widest range of intakes. So what can they tell us? The first is by Jim Mann and colleagues from 1993, and straight up I am surprised that this has been included in any meta-analysis, because it uses a self-selected vegetarian cohort, with friends and family standing in for the rest of the population. “The study differs from previous prospective studies of diet and IHD in t... more »

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