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Saturday, June 28, 2014

28 June - Blogs I'm Following

English: NGC 1042 spiral galaxy in the constel...
English: NGC 1042 spiral galaxy in the constellation Cetus; Hubble Space Telescope; 2′ view (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: NGC 6503 spiral galaxy by Hubble spac...
English: NGC 6503 spiral galaxy by Hubble space telescope (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 minutes ago
Giant elliptical galaxy M60 and spiral galaxy NGC 4647 do look like an odd couple in this sharp cosmic portrait from the Hubble Space Telescope. But they are found in a region of space where galaxies tend to gather, on the eastern side of the nearby Virgo Galaxy Cluster. * Click image for larger size.* About 54 million light-years distant, bright M60's simpler egg-like shape is created by its randomly swarming older stars, while NGC 4647's young blue stars, gas and dust are organized into winding arms rotating in a flattened disk. Spiral NGC 4647 is estimated to be more distant than... more »

Wall Street-Owned New Dems Work With Singapore’s Repressive Government In Push For TPP

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 25 minutes ago
Singapore has long had one of the world’s most repressive governments. And things aren’t getting better anytime soon. But Singapore's government supports "free trade," and worships at its alter. So Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is popular in Washington, D.C. and on Wall Street. He was in town recently to be congratulated for his abiding commitment to trade. He took advantage of the occasion to lecture Americans on the "need" for Congress to approve the "vital" Trans-Pacific Partnership. The secretive TPP would be the world’s largest trade agreement-- and would ignite a worldwide... more »

Musical Interlude: Gandalf, “Blossoms Unfolding”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 55 minutes ago
Gandalf, “Blossoms Unfolding” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRf9scJDbb8

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 55 minutes ago
“Giant elliptical galaxy M60 and spiral galaxy NGC 4647 do look like an odd couple in this sharp cosmic portrait from the Hubble Space Telescope. But they are found in a region of space where galaxies tend to gather, on the eastern side of the nearby Virgo Galaxy Cluster. * Click image for larger size.* About 54 million light-years distant, bright M60's simpler egg-like shape is created by its randomly swarming older stars, while NGC 4647's young blue stars, gas and dust are organized into winding arms rotating in a flattened disk. Spiral NGC 4647 is estimated to be more distant th... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Things As They Are”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 55 minutes ago
*“Things As They Are”* by Paulo Coelho “Of course things don’t always happen they way we wish they would. There are moments in which we feel we are seeking something that is not meant for us, knocking on doors that don’t open, waiting for miracles that don’t manifest themselves. Fortunately that is the way things are – if everything went the way we wanted, soon we would no longer have anything to write about, nothing to guide our daily thoughts. This script serves our dreams as nourishment, but to our battles as energy. And as it always happens with the warriors that spend all thei... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "What I Have Learned So Far"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 55 minutes ago
*"What I Have Learned So Far"* "Meditation is old and honorable, so why should I not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside, looking into the shining world? Because, properly attended to, delight, as well as havoc, is suggestion. Can one be passionate about the just, the ideal, the sublime, and the holy, and yet commit to no labor in its cause? I don't think so. All summations have a beginning, all effect has a story, all kindness begins with the sown seed. Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of light is the crossroads of- indolence, or action. Be ignited, or be gone." ... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Maintenance of Self”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“The Maintenance of Self”* by Chet Raymo "Ah, yes, the pitcher plant. Those devouring goblets. Those caldrons of digestive juices. And now naturalists have found the biggest one yet, as big as a chalice, on a mountaintop in the Philippines, its punch bowl filled with beetles, flies and wasps. *Come hither, ye who flitter. Admire my colors. Sip my nectar. Yes, yes, just like that, * *touch my milky pool. I'll be your Tar Baby. Your flypaper paramour. That's it. * *Sniff my irresistible scent. My buffet waits. Sip. Lap. Gorge yourself. * Gotcha! Countless plants use insects to consu... more »

The Daily "Near you?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Rancho Cordova, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Tell Yourself..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” - Louise Erdrich

"For My Part..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” - Vincent van Gogh

"The Only Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." ~ Art Buchwald

“9 Signs You've Found Your Soulmate (If You Believe In That Sort Of Thing)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“9 Signs You've Found Your Soulmate* * (If You Believe In That Sort Of Thing)”* by Kelsey Borresen “Mention the word "soulmate" to a group of people and you're bound to get a few eye rolls. The idea that there's one magical person for you who you'll fall in love with instantly and never disagree with is just not realistic. What does exist- at least for many people- is a person who you know instinctively, who you connect with on the deepest level and who allows you to grow as a person within the relationship. When that person is a romantic partner, you've come across something truly... more »

Indonesia Threatens to go Fascist Again

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 hours ago
Freddie would NOT be amused by this... As the candidate who it was made for, Prabowo Subianto, once said, "Do I have the guts, am I ready to be called a fascist dictator?" A music video made by several singers as a tribute to Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is causing outrage with its strong Nazi overtones. Bali-based filmmaker Daniel Ziv described the video as bringing “Nazi skinhead imagery to Indonesian politics.”In the video, an adaptation of the Queen classic “We Will Rock You,” musician Ahmad Dhani sports a fascist-style uniform and holds a golden *Garu... more »

Indonesia Threatens to go Fascist Again

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 hours ago
Freddie would NOT be amused by this... As the candidate who it was made for, Prabowo Subianto, once said, "Do I have the guts, am I ready to be called a fascist dictator?" A music video made by several singers as a tribute to Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is causing outrage with its strong Nazi overtones. Bali-based filmmaker Daniel Ziv described the video as bringing “Nazi skinhead imagery to Indonesian politics.”In the video, an adaptation of the Queen classic “We Will Rock You,” musician Ahmad Dhani sports a fascist-style uniform and holds a golden *Garu... more »

From WaPo, on teacher demographics

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
A student laments in a blog for the Washington Post that his “school district hires too many white teachers.” My PhD dissertation was specifically on the lack of men in education, especially at the early childhood level. Overcoming the gender roles, sexism, and homophobia, among other things, that created the “feminization” of the teaching profession, […]

BEHIND THE SCENES

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
The shaky truce in East Ukraine has been extended with both the army and anti-government fighters promising to recognize it. The ceasefire, which has been in place for a week, is part of attempts to bring peace to the region. RT's Maria Finoshina saw first-hand what Eastern Ukraine is like amid the promised 'peace'.

The 1930 "KJ" Henderson Streamliner

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
Henderson Motorcycle

Arne Duncan Praises Worsening Segregation and Calls It A Tribute to Brown v Board

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
Arne Duncan was in Tennessee last month to deliver the keynote at a corporate Education Writers Association. Duncan loves Tennessee, as it represents one of the few states that has remained loyal to the RTTT plan devised by the Gates Foundation. Since 2009 Duncan has been spewing the bromide that education is the civil rights issue of our time, but in Nashville in May, Duncan took his game up a notch. Now he's claiming that equality means equalizing test score results. Once that is done, by whatever means necessary (see documented brutality of KIPP and KIPP knock-offs), the equal... more »

Looks like NJ's Imperial Thieving Fat Bastard isn't going to be toiling on a chain gang anytime soon

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*"Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to work we go."* *You'd think by now NJ's Imperial Thieving Fat Bastard governor would be packing his toothbrush for a decade or two in the slammer, but it isn't looking that way. And "Scummy Joe" Scarborough will tell us why.* *by Ken* For now, anyway, the last word apparently goes to "Scummy Joe" Scarborough, who now seems to have officially set himself up as apologist of and coddler of right-wing Imperial Thieving Fat Bastards. MediaMatters took the trouble to document ("STUDY: New Investigation Into Gov. Christie Adminstration Virtually Ignored By Majo... more »

Something wicked has arrived and most folks are clueless ( June 28 , 2014 ) Is the " planned " assault on the US Border and Border States the start of a larger assault ( Us Sovereignty ) ? Martin Armstrong discusses the Reset -- Martin Armstrong Warns Civil Unrest Is Rising Everywhere: "This Won't End Pretty"

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
Assault on the Border..... *MEXICAN MILITARY CHOPPER CROSSES INTO USA, FIRES AT BORDER AGENTS... AMNESTY ADVOCATES STORM CONGRESS...Activists arrested at Rep's office...Illegals bankrupting border towns...'OBAMA GOING TO LET THEM GO'...PAPER: Central America Economies Dependent on Remittances...SURPRISE: FEDS TO FLY MIGRANTS TO CALIFORNIA...BORDER PATROL AGENTS TEST POSITIVE FOR DISEASES...HIV FEARS AS MIGRANTS EXPOSED ON JOURNEY NORTH...Ranchers say criminal illegals 'everywhere'...Militia members form human chain to stop...* Dave Hodges...... The Trigger Even... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

"One Purpose..."

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

"The Crash Course: Massive Change Is Upon Us- The Three 'E's”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"The Crash Course: Massive Change Is Upon Us- The Three 'E's”* by Chris Martenson Submitted by Tyler Durden “The Crash Course has provided millions of viewers with the context for the massive changes now underway, as economic growth as we've known it is ending due to depleting resources. But it also offers real hope. Those individuals who take informed action today, while we still have time, can lower their exposure to these coming trends- and even discover a better way of life in the process. We'll show you how.” "It is fair to say that this particular constellation of issues, pro... more »

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

*C* at The Web (Untangled) - 4 hours ago
By NICK HANAUER [Source: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html#ixzz35r2xaXD3] Memo: From Nick Hanauer To: My Fellow Zillionaires You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company tha... more »

"For Me, Not For Thee"

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 5 hours ago
*"Hey, kid, c'mere. Aren't you glad your mother didn't have you yanked with a coathanger?"* In the midst of this past week, with the fundraising drive to mitigate our financial circumstances, getting my three ebooks ready for the relaunch, the interview, editing *Tatterdemalion*, and attending to thousands of details that make up modern life, I neglected to write about the one big story that directly affected my adopted state of Massachusetts. Actually, there were two, the other being Gov Deval Patrick signing into law a bill raising the minimum wage to $11 ph by 2017, which w... more »

Saturday Live

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
You would have to have a heart of stone not to find yourself warming to parts of Radio 4's morning-hogging *Saturday Live. * At the same time you'd also have to have a brain made out of mashed potatoes not to realise that the programme has palpable designs upon us. *Saturday Live* is very obviously, actively, seeking to warm the cockles of our hearts. Gratitude, love, sorrows, youthful enthusiasms, affectionate memories, etc, are the strings upon which *Saturday Live* plays so well. Similarly, you'd have to be a complete curmudgeon not to be beguiled by its main presenter - the g... more »

“5 Sad Truths About Success And Happiness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“5 Sad Truths About Success And Happiness”* by Bernard Marr “Even as medical science and quality of life continues to increase our life spans, it seems as though many of us are not really living the life we’re given. Too often we are caught in the “busy” trap, running, running, running—but never getting much of anywhere. But how would you live differently if you knew you were going to die? Finding true success and happiness: Not to be maudlin, but we all are going to die—sooner or later. And while death is something we humans pretty universally fear, thinking about our own demise ... more »

Enough

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 6 hours ago
June 28, 2014 “Round and round she goes and where she stops, nobody knows”. This has been a good week in my little corner of the world. Goldilocks weather – not too hot, certainly not too cold – meant I … Continue reading →

Joe Stiglitz: "We Are Not Embracing A Politics Of Envy If We Reverse A Politics Of Greed"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
The word on the street: rigged. It's certainly the central theme of what we're hearing from Elizabeth Warren-- and has a lot to do with why voters in Massachusetts replaced Wall Street's favorite senator with her. Yesterday we read, watched and listened to Nick Hanauer warn his fellow billionaires of the dangers inherent in too much and too blatant rigging. And today let's look at it from the perspective of one of the world's foremost economists, Joseph Stiglitz, who seems to believe we've already reached the inequality tipping point and that rigging is sending America down an ugl... more »

Whackin' Adlai : Goldwater, the Tower Commission, Dallas Nazis and theYMCA

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
*"Those who know how the security of President Kennedy is organized, know that it’s not possible for such a fanatic to commit such an assassination. * *A political crime, thoroughly prepared and planned, has taken place. It is not accidental that it took place in the Southern states, which are well-known as a stronghold of racists and other fascist scum. * *It is precisely here that Goldwater, one of the contenders for the presidency, gets his support.”* *Valerian Zorin, * *Moscow State Radio,* *November 22nd 1963* *Before the Assassination* The jostling of* Senator Lyndon B. Joh... more »

Nancy Pelosi, "ardent Catholic", makes a bunch of contradictory statements in the Rio Grande Valley......

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 7 hours ago
*I watched so you don't have to.* Ms Pelosi flew down to tour the "humanitarian crisis" on the border where magically, thousands of unaccompanied children from Honduras and Guatemala have somehow made it all the way across Mexico, and are now being given new underwear that's way too big for them. At the 4:30 mark she says, "If you believe as we do that every person, every child has a spark of divinity in them and is therefore worthy of respect." She goes on to say that what she saw in the faces of the illegal immigrant children was "dazzling." Yet this woman, who calls herself ... more »

THE REVOLUTION NEEDS YOU: A Message from Russell Brand

noreply@blogger.com (Say No To Corporate America!) at Say No To Corporate America - 7 hours ago

The Bullshit Chronicles:  Yes, It's What We Unleashed (They Want to Say That This Is Not Even Just About Iraq, But About Islamic Radicalism from Nigeria to Pakistan)

No one saw it coming. So "they" are now saying (again). Except for the hundreds of thousands of citizens who opposed, marched, and wrote thousands of essays against it. And the millions who were positively influenced by them but whose supporting opinions were ignored purposely by the powerful decision makers. For years. If it's not Tricky Dick Cheney and his prancing twisted spawn

Return To Paradise

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 8 hours ago
So, I went back to the States for a short time to attend the wedding of two of my favorite people, Ron and Erika. Flew Delta Thursday night and returned Spirit the following Tuesday night All flights were easy and no delays. Yay. Got into Michigan late Thursday night and Ron and Meghan picked me up from the Erika. Stayed at Ron's Thursday and Friday night. Friday I went to the office and had lunch with everyone and picked up all the random stuff I had sent to the office to bring back to Costa Rica with me. Packed it all in the extra suitcase I brought with me. Friday night ... more »

June 28: propaganda, cheap sensationalism and plain old trivia

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 9 hours ago
Section D for June 28,has five - count them. five - full pages of pictures of grad dance couples. Apart from their parents, is it possible that anybody gives a damn? Yes, it is possible for a province that has been been brainwashed by generations of lazy, commercial journalism practiced by unprincipled and, seemingly, untrained journalists. They're still playing up the stunning courage shown by Moncton through its recent police shootings, and still marveling at the incredible resilience which shows that Moncton "will rise again". This is really the cheapest sort of sensationalist j... more »

Marina and the Diamonds - Primadonna

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Blasting out the disco speakers tonight is ... this.

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 9 hours ago
*Coastal lawsuit won't move back to state court ~Mark Schleifstein* *Student: My New Orleans school district hires too many white teachers ~Glen Sullivan* *A Salute to the James Beard Awards ~Poppy Tooker, It's New Orleans* *A Salute To The James Beard Awards * *June 28, 2014* *A Salute To The James Beard Awards * *June 28, 2014*

RADIO FREE IRAQ

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 10 hours ago

Quarter Two Local By-Election Results 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 10 hours ago
Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- Q1 Average/ contest +/- Q1 +/- Seats Conservative 118 77,874 29.6% +1.0% 660 +233 -1 Labour 112 83,902 31.9% +0.7% 749 +208 0 LibDem 79 29,280 11.1% +1.0% 371 +169 0 UKIP 68 35,399 13.5% +0.1% 520 +243 +4 SNP* 5 4,463 1.7% -2.2% 892 +51 -2 Plaid Cymru** 1 329 0.1% -1.7% 329 -256 0 Green 45 16,639 6.3% +4.0% 370 +263 +3 BNP 1 327 0.1% +0.1% 327 +327 0 TUSC 13 896 0.3% -0.2% 69 -47 0 I... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 10 hours ago
I was quoted in “ISIL funding becomes increasingly self-sufficient” in Today’s Zaman and Andrew Sullivan's "The Ever-Expanding ISIS, Ctd" in the Daily Dish.

Common Core Writers Hate Balanced Literacy

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
Another reason to dump the Common Core, from NYTimes: *. . . .The city’s Education Department turned away from balanced literacy several years ago amid concerns that it was unstructured and ineffective, particularly for low-income children. And Ms. Fariña is facing sharp resistance from some education experts, who argue that balanced literacy is incompatible with the biggest shift in education today: the Common Core academic standards.* *During her almost six months as chancellor, Ms. Fariña, a veteran of the school system, has reduced the role of standardized tests, increased collab... more »

Supplemental: Rucker keeps pouring it on!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014* *Also, the Times bungles Denmark:* Young elite “journalist” Philip Rucker just keeps pouring it on! This morning, he’s been bumped to page A3 of the Washington Post. But he continues to document every penny the Clintons have stolen since 2001. “Obscene” and “grotesque,” he says today, describing a payment for a speech which will apparently go to the Clinton Global Initiative. (Rucker fails to record that apparent fact, which was reported on CNN last night.) Rather, Rucker quotes a pundit who dropped those bombs. He quotes no one asking why the Post has e... more »

ALEC's Model Bill to Get Public Money for Corporate Charters Before Any Students Enroll

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
From Politico: — *ALEC will also consider two model bills* that could vastly expand funding for charter schools, including facilities funds. One would require states or districts to pay charters for their entire first year of operation based on the enrollment figures administrators projected before they opened their doors — not how many students actually show up. (Any discrepancies would be addressed with adjustments to funding in the second year.) Read the agenda and model bills:http://bit.ly/TAFxCC.

Who Wants War? Who Is Still Part Of Richard Nixon's Tribe?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Although many NeoCons are tiptoeing around it, Cheney isn't. They all want to send American troops tonight for corporate profits in Iraq again but only Cheney is actually saying it on TV-- although 206 Republicans and 44 Democrats voted for it on June 19 when they opposed Barbara Lee's amendment to prohibit the use of funds for newer military operations in Iraq. 142 Democrats voted for the amendment and there were only 23 Republicans with the good sense (or guts) to cross the aisle and vote with them. These are the 23 Republicans: *•* Justin Amash (R-MI) *•* Dan Benishek (R-MI) ... more »

Fracking for natural gas/oil causes earthquakes

LeDaro at LeDaro - 11 hours ago
I believe it does. Are Oklahoma Earthquakes Tied to Fracking? Answer is yes. But gas/oil companies won't admit it. Please watch the video here.

Birth Control: Deeply Moral or Inconsequential?

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
You can't have it both ways. Either birth control is a highly moral issue on which physicians must be allowed to impose their "conscience" or it is a trivial matter with negligible consequences that can be easily dealt with. "A doctor at a Calgary walk-in clinic is refusing to prescribe birth control due to her personal beliefs." This caused a ruckus starting on Facebook and a comment was sought from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (bold mine). Under the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta’s policy on Moral or Religious Beliefs Affecting Medical Care,... more »

Local Council By-Elections June 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 12 hours ago
Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- May Average/ contest +/- May +/- Seats Conservative 10 4,349 22.3% -7.8% 435 -276 +1 Labour 9 8,883 45.6% +14.5% 987 +221 +1 LibDem 5 362 1.9% -10.0% 72 -314 0 UKIP 8 2,253 11.5% -2.1% 282 -308 0 SNP* 1 1,170 6.0% +4.6% 1,170 +347 -1 Plaid Cymru** 0 Green 4 456 2.3% -4.6% 114 -287 0 BNP 0 -0.... more »

Hey little buddy

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
The fact is you fucked me for your own advancement. So well did I school you when you came to me because of your Mothers suicide attempt. I made that go away in the corporation and then you betrayed me for your own ends. I did not perform, I let the valve to regime change open. For this I do not blame you. I was wrong but when you where right, you where not there. That is something you will live to regret. Not because I will take any action. This all happened twenty years ago. I do not dwell upon it as I am sure you dont. I just wanted to say this is an anniversary of failure. Mine ... more »

Are U a Rob Ford Voter

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
1) Like your coke a) coke is sugar water b)powder my nose instead of flaming my lungs c) Rock on, Rock on and on an on 2) Transit preference a) Escalades only lanes b) If its not underground, its not expensive enough to not do c) Only failures ride buses d) I would like to ride Karen Stinz 3) Sexual preference a) Homos will turn Toronto to Salt, and I would love to pepper that b) any port in a storm is a good place c) I can not see my penis 4) The waterfront a) monorails, monorails and destination Ferris wheels b) big condos, just make them bigger because I have shorted all the ones... more »

FORUM IN BATH SUPPORTS REDIRECTION OF MILITARY SPENDING

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
We had 100 people turn out last night in Bath for the public forum on Maine's growing dependence on military spending. A three-woman panel of speakers did a good job putting our present situation in context and offered ideas for ways we can begin to deal with our state's economic addiction to military spending. The key take away was that we need more local discussion across the state about how military spending is capital intensive - meaning that federal spending on military production creates fewer jobs than any other kind of investment. Studies have long revealed that if we pu... more »

FORUM IN BATH SUPPORTS REDIRECTION OF MILITARY SPENDING

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
We had 100 people turn out last night in Bath for the public forum on Maine's growing dependence on military spending. A three-woman panel of speakers did a good job putting our present situation in context and offered ideas for ways we can begin to deal with our state's economic addiction to military spending. The key take away was that we need more local discussion across the state about how military spending is capital intensive - meaning that federal spending on military production creates fewer jobs than any other kind of investment. Studies have long revealed that if we pu... more »

Jewish Defense Explained

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
I am making the case that people of Jewish persuasion are no different than other people of other persuasions. First they come for the Jews, then the homosexuals and then the downloaders. Yes this is what I fear. There is a economic and geographic HARDRAIN going to rain down upon me an you, and our children, I doubt they will be enough grandchildren to care about. The same people who decided exterminating some of their most productive creative educated citizens have not left the playing field. Its like Cambodia baby, if you think, you could be marginalized at the very least, and push... more »

Toronto Mayors Race

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
I expect John Tory to drop out. He will do this to stop Chow from winning. However no one is going to vote for Ford. Tim Hudak proved this.

IRS troubles just getting started ? June 28 , 2014 .....BREAKING: Meet Emmet Sullivan, IRS Judge Who Once Sicced a Special Prosecutor on DOJ Lerner, Holder, Obama: Are You Packing Your Bags?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
New York Observer..... BREAKING: Meet Emmet Sullivan, IRS Judge Who Once Sicced a Special Prosecutor on DOJLerner, Holder, Obama: Are You Packing Your Bags? By Sidney Powell | 06/27/14 8:44pm [image: Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner takes the Fifth before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, March 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)] Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner takes the Fifth before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, March 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevi... more »

Fuel Cells VS Battery

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Fuel Cells in a knockout. Hydrogen bitches!

What Are The Odds That Two Completely Different Stories In The U.S., One In The North (Detroit) And One In The South (Texas), Are Both Calling for U.N. Intervention ???

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 14 hours ago
Isn't this odd? Two stories at the same time are about the U.S. calling for U.N. help on American soil. *NBC "news": Groups Seek UN Help to Restore Detroit Water Service* HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: HALF OF DETROIT RESIDENTS ARE GOING TO HAVE THEIR WATER SHUT OFF BECAUSE THEY CAN'T PAY THE BILL Nicole Hill holds up her past due water bill at her home in Detroit on June 25, 2014. *BELOW...we have ANOTHER "humanitarian crisis" at the complete opposite border in the South in Texas:* THE "INVASION OF THE HONDURAS KIDS" "humanitarian crisis". When this "INVASION OF HONDURAS KIDS" story st... more »

Anti-Spying Blimp Flown Over Massive NSA Data Storage Facility in Utah

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 14 hours ago
In an attempt to bring publicity to the mass surveillance and data-mining activities of the American Stasi a blimp with the message "Illegal Spying Below" was flown over that massive data storage facility that the NSA has built in Bluffdale, Utah. The blimp was a joint venture between three disparate activist groups Greenpeace, The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tenth Amendment Center in an alliance that confounds the corrupt two-party power structure and the phony left-right paradigm and proves that people can set aside differences and unite against a shared enemy. I have ... more »

It's the which

The Arthurian at The Rules of Exposition - 15 hours ago
Working on a post for the economics blog, as usual. Here is my opening paragraph: GDP is a measure of *final* spending only. Not *all* spending. For example, GDP excludes things that can be taken as corporate tax deductions. Things like the "cost of goods sold" which, if you buy stuff in order to sell it, is clearly not "final" spending when you buy it. This stuff is clear to me because I know it. But when I read the paragraph it isn't clear to me. The trouble is that last sentence. It doesn't make things clear. It makes things complicated: Things like the "cost of goods sold" whic... more »

Do Bluegrass Voters Want To Give Up On Their Old Kentucky Homo?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
I have no dog in this fight-- or in the battles in *any* of the states where corporate ConservaDems are opposing reactionary Republicans. I would like to see Shenna Bellows (ME) and Rick Weiland (SD) win their races-- and I'm contributing regularly (can you, too?)-- but who wins Senate seats in Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky is pretty academic for me. Or maybe a better way to describe it-- and why I write about these races-- is that they are pure entertainment. If a charismatic coke freak causes Lindsey Graham to lose to a right-wing Democrat in South Carolina, ... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Back to the dead-end* *Drop out and get a real education* Life Experience, New Technology Can Teach You More Than School Ever Could I have written before about the college bubble in the United States and where it may lead. The current problems in the college system are pretty obvious, just as Mark Cuban stated in an interview last week. How this giant college debacle unfolds will have huge implications and may lead to entirely new ways of looking at education, not only in the university system but with schooling overall. For the last few generations in the West, the prest... more »

A Nation Of Laws

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS This week's Supreme Court decision is not a blanket rejection of pipelines. It's more complicated and far reaching than that. Tom Walkom writes: First, it doesn’t exclude aboriginal lands from provincial laws. Provinces are free to make laws about matters like oil drilling and forestry. But these laws must be applied to lands under aboriginal title in a manner that protects native rights. For instance, provincial governments can’t unilaterally let forest companies clear-cut Indian land. Second, the decision... more »

Free Planet returns - GPS watches always give you - the correct local time.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 15 hours ago
*where, but not when*it's been a while since I did a dedicated *Free Planet* blogpost but here's a new one: *GPS WATCHES*. "We already have GPS-watches, Mike, ya dumb-ass!" and you'd be right. You'd be impolite, and (hence) a little bit off-topic, but you'd be right. We *do* already have GPS-enabled watches, but we only use half the functionality of them. We know *where* we are but not really *when* we are. You confused? Well, let's put it like this, "The Sun crosses the sky all day, every day," and we always know the path for any given set of GPS coordinates. We have tables of the... more »

art - Tran Nguyen - place the woman down in the suburbs...

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 15 hours ago
*Tran Nguyen* *is a Georgia-based gallery artist and freelance illustrator. Born in Vietnam and raised in the States, she is fascinated with creating visuals that can be used as a psycho-therapeutic support vehicle, exploring the mind's landscape. Her paintings are created with a soft, delicate quality using colored pencil and acrylic on paper.* [source TRAN NGUYEN] There's something really special (and haunted) about Tran Nguyen's subtle artwork, especially the images in this claustrophobic suburban series.

Pushing Atwan up a hill forever

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Not Polly Toynbee Alas, poor Sisyphus! - punished by being forced to push an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action for eternity. Thank the gods that that poor man's only a Greek myth! Still, it could be worse: He might have been forced to watch *Dateline London *for ever and ever. For his sins. Today's edition began by discussing David Cameron, Mr Juncker and the EU. In an ideal world where the makers of *Dateline London* really cared about being 'BBC impartiality', they would have made sure that the assembled panel would offer some ... more »

Iraq Updates June 28 , 2014 -- Drones, Troops, and Hellfire Missiles: US Involvement in Iraq Grows Iraq Used All 300 Hellfire Missiles Weeks Ago ( Mission creep and policy by the seat of pants ? ) , While Grand Ayatollah Sistani urges that the Iraq Parliament agreee on a new PM by Tuesday , can that happen with atrocities occurring on both the Sunni and Shi'a side ? Regional impacts ( Syria , Jordan , Lebanon and Saudia Arabia in focus ) .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Tweets to consider -- FWIW... *Mark* @markito0171 · 24s #Iraq Heavy battle now on road (50km) btw #Samarra & #Tikrit -dozens of burning vehicles (probably ambush on the huge #Maliki-forces convoy) - *Mark* @markito0171 · 16m #Iraq #Anbar Rebels destroyed tanks & armored vehicles on highway bridges in northern Saqulauiah area http://wikimapia.org/#lang=de&lat=3 3.424708&lon=43.655891&z=13&m=b … - *Mark* @markito0171 · 39m #Iraq #Maliki-forces started today biggest assault so far to regain control of #Tikrit with thousands of soldiers, aircrafts & heavy weapons *Mark* ... more »

Polish Nationalists Destroy Multicultural Antifascist Festival in London June 21st 2014

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 17 hours ago
No wonder JewKIP are so keen to attack our Polish brothers and sisters, whilst making the insane claim that Pakistanis with UK documents have more right to be here than Europeans! Long live the European Nation. Let us hope that the heroic actions of our brethren from the east inspire the subdued Anglo-Saxons and Celts to arise from their slumber and join the fight against the liberal neo-Marxist 'politically correct' genocide of our people.

'Today', Lord Lawson and the BBC Complaints Unit

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Evidence from the latest IPCC report? Here's one that will wind some of you right up!... According to the Guardian*,* the BBC Editorial Complaints Unit has apparently upheld a complaint against the *Today *programme for inviting Lord Lawson on to discuss climate science without undermining him beforehand. *Grauniad *environment blogger Hugh Muir writes: It still sends a frisson down the spine of certain producers to give airtime to the former chancellor Lord Lawson so that he can chip away at the widespread scientific agreement over the causes and impact of climate change. The temp... more »

Taiwan Voice on Zhang's visit

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
*Kitteh is unhappy with Zhang.* I've been busy putting together a presentation so enjoy Taiwan Voice's reporting on the visit of Zhang Zhi-jun's visit to Taiwan. Click on Read More to see full report.... (Facebook). Taiwan Voice: Fourth and last day of Zhang Zhijun’s visit—Zhang cancels scheduled visits; Taiwan’s MAC still treated as nothing more than Zhang’s personal secretary. Today (28th) at 2 AM, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) announced on short notice that Zhang Zhijun’s travel schedule will change. His scheduled visit to Kaohsiung’s Chien-Cheng Fish Harbor and The Li... more »

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, “In Caelum Fero”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Adiemus, “In Caelum Fero” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dc-tRfKjuQ

Musical Interlude: Enigma, “T.N.T. For The Brain”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Enigma, “T.N.T. For The Brain” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZfLIsfredU

"There Is A Family Of Us...'

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
"There is a family of us who have this yearning for a kind of excellence that we can manifest every day of our lives, a family who wants to believe we're not pawns, we're not victims on this planet, that knows we have the power within us here and now to change the world we see around us!" "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof." - "Illusions: The Adventures of A Reluctant Messiah" "If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we finally ov... more »

"Moving Image Shows 2 Shelter Dogs Who Turned To Each Other For Love And Companionship"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"Moving Image Shows 2 Shelter Dogs Who Turned * *To Each Other For Love And Companionship"* By Melissa McGlensey "All creatures need comfort and companionship, not just humans. A photo of two shelter dogs who, without a real home and people to love them, found friendship in one another, is making its rounds on the Internet this week. The touching image shows Delaware, a friendly 8-month-old a pit bull mix, and Kyra, a playful 1-year-old Lab mix, spooning together in their shared space at the Fulton County Shelter in Atlanta, Georgia. *Click image for larger size.* Every year, millio... more »

Jeremy Clarkson Beatbox

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
I've previously posted the masterwork of Swede Mason - MasterChef Synesthesia (twice in fact) but here's the almost as good Jeremy Clarkson Beatbox.

Archaeologists Recreate Elixir of Long Life Recipe from Unearthed Bottle

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
It could be said that this was more for fun than any practical reason. But the history does show a long lasting interest and serious claims been made. I suspect that vtnhe interest was well grounded in ancient practice and a real elixir. Work today in this field is plausibly drawing close to such a concoction. It is certainly not to be deemed impossible and may well be plausible. As well we have a scattering of recent evidence supporting this theme that come with excellent credentials. It may well not be that difficult in practice. At least now I see work ongoing. Our own civ... more »

The Impossibility of Growth?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
The impossibility of the growth model always misses the power of resource displacement. We use scarce resources only because it is presently cheap. When that changes a new resource is applied. This whole blog has been about discovering those inevitable options and telling you about it. After seven years, I how know that energy will be almost free and that it will be available to every human on Earth. I even know how to deliver it. Otherwise, sustainable surface agriculture can support 100,000,000,000 souls in comfort and delight and fabulous health. If we then get bored we can t... more »

Japan’s Population Problem

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
The problem is actually simple to fix, but then no one has been willing to cast it in a proper framework. The difficulty is with the nuclear family concept engineered directly into our whole society is such that its natural inefficiencies are papered over but never addressed. This is also a leading cause of structural poverty as well. The correct formula must be engineered around the natural community of one hundred and fifty forming a natural community. Communal childcare becomes practical and this allows for the security to produce larger families or even to have families at all.... more »

Scientific Truth About Psychodelics

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
I have long since come to the conclusion that regulatory policy at the government level regarding the scientific investigation of all psychological agents is at best psychotic and more likely it has been criminally diverted to preserve commercial advantage at the expense of serious competition. There is just too many outright willful lies been peddled to allow much forgiveness. Now we are discovering that these illegal substances are clearly beneficial at a very low level of investigatory involvement. What this means is that the large laboratories knew this decades ago and then ... more »

Sarajevo assassination: 100 years

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Exactly 100 years ago, the Great War became unavoidable. (That's how the people called a world war before they were forced to realize that this exercise is repeatable.) On Sunday, June 28th, 1914, the prospective Czech king – who also managed to be destined to become the Hungarian king and the emperor of the rest of Austria-Hungary, too – archduke Franz Ferdinand d'Este, along with his wife, Czech countess Sophie (Žofie, genetically Czech aristocrat, culturally fully Germanized) who was afraid of her husband's safety (rightfully, it turned out, but her fear didn't help), was murde... more »

Van Roekel to NEA: With what will you replace the accountability system?

Kris Nielsen at @ THE CHALK FACE - 20 hours ago
It’s not the first time Dennis Van Roekel (DVR) has asked this loaded question. Last year, DVR asked the NEA membership at large, during an interview, with what they would purport to replace the Common Core State Standards, if we did get rid of them. Now, he’s asking the same question, but regarding the current […]

Who's giving feedback to 'Feedback'?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
Since that remarkable interview between John Humphrys and Roger Bolton on *Feedback* (back on 14 March), where Mr Humphrys outlined his reasons for saying that the BBC had "a liberal bias" and Mr Bolton argued against him rather testily, *Feedback *has dealt with the issue of bias on a number of further occasions. In the closing weeks of the last series of the programme, they focused on criticisms of the BBC for inviting 'sceptical' non-scientists like Lord Lawson to give their views on climate change. So far in this new series, *Feedback *has discussed (a) criticism of the BBC fo... more »

Bruno Zumino: 1923-2014

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
Sadly, Bruno Zumino, an Italian emeritus professor at UC Berkeley, died at age of 91 on June 22nd early after the midnight. His 100 or so papers have won him 20,000 citations or so, a sign he was a top physicist. His papers include six very different articles with over 1,000 citations per paper. They cover the eras both before the discovery of supersymmetry and after the discovery of supersymmetry. The first class includes work on chiral Lagrangians and collaborators like Coleman and Callan. However, as his surname indicates, Zumino was most important for the research of supersy... more »

[Videos] Will an alternative to prime minister Maliki emerge in Iraq? + Al-Maliki's Fate Hinges On Iraqi Shi'ite Political Forces

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
Video Title: Will an alternative to prime minister Maliki emerge in Iraq? Source: PBS NewsHour. Date Published: June 27, 2014. Video Title: Al-Maliki's Fate Hinges On Iraqi Shi'ite Political Forces. Source: The Real News. Date Published: June 26, 2014.

The F35 Fiasco Continues…. More Proof That "If You Squeeze It You Get Lemon Juice: "F35 Burns On Runway During Testing!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 23 hours ago
I have put up many previous articles before at this blog concerning the Lougheed Martin F35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter that is soon to replace the ENTIRE American air fleet and is right now being sold to other air forces across the planet….I have already shown that this airplane is an absolute LEMON and all production of this fiasco should be ended immediately…. We have already seen evidence that the F35 is a flying disaster… It does not have the stealthy capabilities as promoted by Lougheed Martin… And on top of that it cannot even fly as fast as its competition or is even as ... more »

Video: My Five Minutes on Louisiana Public Broadcasting

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
As a means of addressing issues from the recent legislative session, Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) produced two shows involving three legislative issues: abortion clinic regulation, oil and gas companies/coastal preservation, and Common Core (CCSS). The first video aired weeks ago and featured individuals supporting one viewpoint (as concerns CCSS, that CCSS is good). On June […]

US State Dept Lacks All Credibility Regarding Refugee Figures fromNulandistan and Free Ukraine

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
The UN Refugee Agency estimates *164,000 *refugees within the Former Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic; Of that number, over *110,000* have fled to the Russian Federation, and *54,000 *have been "Internally Displaced", either within *Free Ukraine*, or ethnically cleansed from *Nulandistan* to free areas East of the *Dnieper*, not currently under NATO Occupation. *For comparison:* the massive human rights violations in the states that declared independence from the Former Yugoslavia from 1991 onwards, including Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, resulting in the deaths... more »

Rich people don't get (or stay) rich by just giving their money away to little people -- like the menials who bring them food

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"DNAinfo put together a map of GrubHub's data, showing how each neighborhood tipped from March 2013 to March 2014. (Note that the map does not include parts of the Rockaways, where GrubHub said they had insufficient data.)"* *"If you don't tip [food delivery people], I don't know how people think they're going to live."* *-- Upper West Sider Nancy Burden, an elementary-school teacher* *by Ken* Hold onto that thought, Nancy. We're going to come back to it. I think we have our Least Surprising Exposé of the Week here, as reported the other day by Rosa Goldensohn for DNAinfo New Yor... more »

HAARP Attack on Free Ukraine

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago

Whitewraithe On Charles Giuliani's Show Today, June 27th, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
My good friend, Whitewraithe, was on the Charles Giuliani show this morning over at Outside Radio (www.outsideradio.blogspot.com) and it was indeed a very informative show… For those that want the link to this broadcast, I have it here: http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/ctd07pr59r/Truth_Hertz_with_Charles_Giuliani_2014.06.27.mp3 Whitewraithe has always been an excellent speaker and I have always said that she makes for an excellent guest… The material covered in this interview was fantastic and again is a must listen to by everyone… Take the time and send Wraithe some of your comments ... more »

The Poet: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "What If You Slept"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What If You Slept"* "What if you slept And what if In your sleep You dreamed And what if In your dream You went to heaven And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower And what if When you awoke You had that flower in your hand Ah, what then?" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

At the Chalk Face programming updates

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
First, we want to thank everyone out there for listening and supporting At the Chalk Face radio. Ever since we started broadcasting in the winter of 2010, we knew the show fulfilled an important niche in the overall education dialogue that was unavailable at the time. I don’t think anyone else delivers it like we […]

Musical Interlude: Alan Parsons Project, “Lucifer”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Alan Parsons Project, “Lucifer” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAGUUrgmBkQ ◆ Finding this song got me thinking about "good" and "evil" in this most perfect world of ours, and I remembered something from the Bible which made me curious... Revelations 12:7 "And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down- that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his a... more »

Kahlil Gibran, “Maxims”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Maxims”* by Kahlil Gibran “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood. All that spirits desire, spirits attain. An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind. If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember. Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. I wash my ha... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Where The Stars And Moon Play”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Pamela and Randy Copus are the duo known as 2002. Randy Copus plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass and keyboards. Pamela Copus plays flutes, harp, keyboards and a wind instrument called a WX5. Both musicians also provide all of the vocals on their albums, recording their voices many, many times and layering them to create a "virtual choir" with a celestial, angelic quality.” 2002, “Where The Stars And Moon Play” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMqLFemZOOg&feature=related

Mark Twain, "Letters From the Earth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Letters From the Earth"* by Mark Twain "This is a strange place, an extraordinary place, and interesting. There is nothing resembling it at home. The people are all insane, the other animals are all insane, the earth is insane, Nature itself is insane. Man is a marvelous curiosity. When he is at his very very best he is a sort of low grade nickel-plated angel; at his worst he is unspeakable, unimaginable; and first and last and all the time he is a sarcasm. Yet he blandly and in all sincerity calls himself the "noblest work of God." This is the truth I am telling you. And this is... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The Sleeping Beauty galaxy may appear peaceful at first sight but it is actually tossing and turning. In an unexpected twist, recent observations have shown that the gas in the outer regions of this photogenic spiral is rotating in the opposite direction from all of the stars! Collisions between gas in the inner and outer regions are creating many hot blue stars and pink emission nebula. *Click image for larger size.* The above image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001 and released in 2004. The fascinating internal motions of M64, also cataloged as NGC 4826, are thought... more »

"If The Earth Were Only A Few Feet In Diameter..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"If the earth were only a few feet in diameter, floating a few feet above a field somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it. People would walk around it marveling at its big pools of water, its little pools, and the water flowing between the pools. People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the holes in it, and they would marvel at the very thin layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas. The people would marvel at all the creatures walking around the surface of the ball and at the creatures in the water. The people would declare it sacred bec... more »

Chet Raymo, "Splat!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Splat!"* by Chet Raymo "In Stephen Crane's American classic, "The Red Badge of Courage," young Henry Fleming goes off to war fired by dreams of heroic sweep and grandeur. "He had read of marches, sieges, conflicts, and had longed to see it all. His busy mind had drawn for him large pictures extravagant in color, lurid with breathless deeds." In the war to preserve the Union he would mingle in one of the great affairs of the earth. He longs, yes longs, for the symbolic wound, the blood-red badge of courage. The first foes Fleming encounters are some Confederate pickets along a ri... more »

"Unfair..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition." - Albert Ellis

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"The Status Quo: Life as We Know It"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Status Quo: Life as We Know It"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Our lives can sometimes become status quo and that is ok as long as we aren't keeping it that way on purpose. When our lives are going well, and sometimes even when they aren’t, we may find ourselves feeling very attached to the status quo of our existence- life as we know it. It is a very human tendency to resist change as though it were possible to simply decide not to do it, or have it in our lives. But change will come and the status quo will go, sooner or later, with our consent or without it. We may find a... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Satan Sells Used Objects”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Satan Sells Used Objects”* by Paulo Coelho “Needing to adapt to the new times, Satan decided to get rid of a whole lot of his stock of temptations. He placed an ad in the newspaper and attended his customers all day in his workshop. It was a fantastic stock: stones for the virtuous to stumble over, mirrors for increasing one’s self-importance, and spectacles that reduced the importance of others. Some objects hanging on the wall drew a lot of attention: a dagger with a curved blade to be used on someone’s back, and tape-recorders that registered only gossip and lies. “Don’t wor... more »

The Poet: Edwin Muir, "The Way"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Way"* "Friend, I have lost the way. *The way leads on.* Is there another way? *The way is one.* I must retrace the track. *It's lost and gone.* Back, I must travel back! *None goes there, none.* Then I'll make here my place, *(The road leads on),* Stand still and set my face, *(The road leaps on),* Stay here, for ever stay. *None stays here, none.* I cannot find the way. *The way leads on.* Oh places I have passed! *That journey's done.* And what will come at last? *The road leads on."* *․ * ~ Edwin Muir, "Collected Poems"

"The Peculiar Evil..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error." - John Stuart Mill, "The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth"

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

"As leaders, boomers are a bust" (Dana Milbank) -- or, what the world needs now is more Howard Bakers

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Is the root of all our political problems that we don't have any modern-day "great compromisers"? You know like that master political fixer the late Howard Baker? (If you're dying to see the master fixer "rendered" in a video minute, you'll find the clip here.)* *by Ken* I think this is wrong, or mostly wrong -- the case that Dana Milbank makes in a *Washington Post* column, "As leaders, boomers are a bust," arguing the all-surpassing virtue of compromise, and arguing that the failure of baby boomers to rightfully esteem compromises explains why boomers have produced such execrab... more »

Is the Fed losing control of the markets that they manipulate ? ( June 27 , 2014 ) The Panic Behind The Propaganda: Why The Fed Wants You To Sell Your Bonds ....... How The Fed Distorts Everything

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
The Panic Behind The Propaganda: Why The Fed Wants You To Sell Your Bonds [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durdenon 06/27/2014 13:30 -0400 - Bond - Delivery Fails - Fail - Federal Reserve - Repo Market inShare1 As Barclays' Joe Abate warns,*delivery fails in the Treasury market have surged recently.*While not at the scale of the 2008 crisis yet, we suspect the spike is what is panicking the Fed to say "the market is wrong", talk up short-end rates, and implore the public to sell-sell-sell their bonds. The Fed's market domination has meant ... more »

One way to silence a blowhard ! June 27 , 2014 ----Venezuela blackout leaves commuters scrambling, silences president

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Star Online..... Published: Saturday June 28, 2014 MYT 6:10:42 AM Updated: Saturday June 28, 2014 MYT 6:10:42 AM Venezuela blackout leaves commuters scrambling, silences president BY BRIAN ELLSWORTH AND PATRICIA VELEZ [image: People try to find other modes of transportation after subway services were cut off during a blackout in Caracas June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins] People try to find other modes of transportation after subway services were cut off during a blackout in Caracas June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins Email Facebook 2 CARACAS (Reuters) - A black... more »

John Kerry- Arm Syrian 'rebels' to push back Iraqi 'jihadis' ????

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Brand- rebels? Brand - jihadis? The label depends on the spin. * *1st up -Syrian rebels to receive yet more US funding. Let's look at them?* *President Barack Obama is seeking $500 million from Congress to train and arm select members of the Syrian opposition * U.S. administration officials say* the U.S. has grown increasingly confident in recent months *about its ability to distinguish the moderate rebels from the more extremist elements? More money to arm Islamist mercs to terrorize Syrians. Has the US grown more confident? No. This isn't about confidence. Or the nonsensical mo... more »

what i'm reading: dark age ahead by jane jacobs

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
*Dark Age Ahead*, by the late Jane Jacobs, contains some important insights about the state of North American society. For me, however, the book is more notable for what it doesn’t contain. Picking up where Jared Diamond left off in *Guns, Germs, and Steel* (which Jacobs references several times in her introduction) and *Collapse*, Jacobs identifies five pillars of society that she believes are in decay: community and family, higher education, the effective practice of science and science-based technology, taxes and governmental powers directly in touch with needs and possibilities,... more »

Satire: “Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “After announcing, on Thursday, that it would seek $500 million to help “train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the moderate Syrian armed opposition,” the White House today posted the following Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form: Welcome to the United States’ Moderate Syrian Rebel Vetting Process. To see if you qualify for $500 million in American weapons, please choose an answer to the following questions:As a Syrian rebel, I think the word or phrase that best describes me ... more »

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