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Sunday, June 29, 2014

29 June - Blogs I'm Following

How WW I helped entrench the art of mass persuasion

Very Serious Superbugs in Imported Seafood

‘Poverty trap’ keeps Nunavummiut in tragic conditions

“Individual Actions Are Doomed to Failure”: Coalition Asks for Global Action on Antibiotics


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A Bogus Caliphate

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 18 minutes ago
An excerpt from, *"Isis announces caliphate in 'declaration of war'"* The Guardian, June 29, 2014: The announcement of a formal Islamic state by insurgents in Syria and Iraq is a "declaration of war against the West and al Qaida", an expert has warned. The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (Isis) group has sought to solidify its leadership of worldwide jihad today by declaring that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the new caliph, or head of state. Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, a spokesman for the group, called for those living in the area under the group's control in both countr... more »

Finally, Independent Kurdistan- Re-Re-Drawing The Map Of The Middle East

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 25 minutes ago
You may have read this weekend that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for an independent Kurdistan in northern Iraq. Israel has had "discreet" intelligence relations with the Kurds for 5 decades and has more recently been selling oil to Israel directly (via a pipeline through Turkey to a Kurdish tanker in the Mediterannean). Baghdad has threatened legal action against anyone who buys the Kurdish cargoes, and the US and several European countries have warned firms not to accept them. Israel, however, does not have any contracts with Baghdad, so it would face li... more »

Did the US leave Iraq too soon? [Source: The Aspen Institute]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 43 minutes ago
Did the US leave Iraq too soon? Source: The Aspen Institute. Date Published: June 29. Description: Balancing Instruments of Power in a Multi-Polar World Featuring Mike Mullen and Jeffrey Goldberg Maliki is a stubborn sectarian survivor and Karzai is a corrupt gangster who fears for his life.

Harry Targ : The intellectual impacts of historians Joyce and Gabriel Kolko

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 55 minutes ago
The ‘Limits of Power’ demonstrated that the United States was committed to expanding its capitalist empire across the globe. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | June 29, 2014 I have been teaching courses on United States foreign policy … finish reading Harry Targ : The intellectual impacts of historians Joyce and Gabriel Kolko

Free Download: Omar Khayyam, "The Rubaiyat" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 59 minutes ago
"We are no other than a moving row Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go Round with the Sun-illumin'd Lantern held In Midnight by the Master of the Show; But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days; Hither and thither moves, and checks, and slays, And one by one back in the Closet lays. The Ball no question makes of Ayes and Noes, But Here or There as strikes the Player goes; And He that toss'd you down into the Field, He knows about it all- HE knows- HE knows! The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall ... more »

"Let the Chips Fall Where They May..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 59 minutes ago
“It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. The things you own end up owning you. We are defined by the choices we make. If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? I say, never be complete. I say, stop being perfect. I say, let’s evolve and let the chips fall where they may…" - "Fight Club"

"The Road..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say. The Road goes ever on and on Out from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, Let others follow it who can! Let them a journey new begin, But I at last with weary feet Will turn towards the lighted inn, My evening-rest and sleep to meet." - J R R Tolkien

"My Purpose..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars...” ~ from “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Beautiful Planet Earth” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
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What The Hell? Criminal Jews Have Forced The Shutdown Of Internet Traffic Originating From Iran (Prelude To War?)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I have read the reports over the last two days about how a criminal Jewish scumbag lawyer in the United States has been able to convince a court in the United States to have ALL internet traffic originating from the innocent nation of Iran (all sites ending with ".ir") to be shut down... The excuse from this scumbag in this lawsuit is that Iran is a "terrorist nation" and is responsible (?) for the Israeli led attacks of 9-11! After reading the official statement put forward by the scumbags behind this atrocity, I honestly wanted to puke... I am shocked that they have had the auda... more »

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left. Many globular clusters were destroyed over the eons by repeated fateful encounters with each other or the Galactic center. Surviving relics are older than any Earth fossil, older than any other structures in our Galaxy, and limit the universe itself in raw age. *Click image for larger size.* There are few, if any, young globular clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy because conditions are not ri... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Ninth Duino Elegy" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Ninth Duino Elegy"* "Praise the world to the angel: leave the unsayable aside. Your exalted feelings do not move him. In the universe, where he feels feelings, you are a beginner. Therefore show him what is ordinary, what has been shaped from generation to generation, shaped by hand and eye. Tell him of things. He will stand still in astonishment, the way you stood by the ropemaker in Rome or beside the potter on the Nile. Show him how happy a thing can be, how innocent and ours, how even a lament takes pure form, serves as a thing, dies as a thing, while the violin, blessing it, fades... more »

Psychology/Psychiatry: "Do You Have 'Oppositional Defiant Disorder'?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Do You Have 'Oppositional Defiant Disorder'?"* by Ethan A. Huff "Psychiatrists have issued the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and, in it, they hope to add a whole slew of new psychiatric disorders. Unfortunately, many of these disorders are merely differences in personality and behavior among people. The new edition may include “disorders” like “oppositional defiant disorder”, which includes people who have a pattern of “negativistic, defiant, disobedient and hostile behavior toward authority figures.” Some of the “symptoms” of ... more »

"Four Noble Buddha Quotes" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Four Noble Buddha Quotes" by Perry Garfinkel "Isn't it - I can't decide whether to say "ironic" or "appropriate" - that modern technology now brings us wisdom that would otherwise have been considered oh so 2,500 years ago? I refer here to sharing timeless tips from one Siddhartha Gautama, the prince who lived 500 years before the Common Era, a.k.a. the Buddha. But sage as he was, as relevant today as when he lived, quoting the Buddha is dangerous business. Nothing he said was written down until some 300 years after his death; it was all passed down orally. By the time it got to us... more »

Paulo Coelho, “The Well of Madness” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
* “The Well of Madness”* by Paulo Coelho “A powerful wizard, who wanted to destroy an entire kingdom, placed a magic potion in the well from which all the inhabitants drank. Whoever drank that water would go mad. The following morning, the whole population drank from the well and they all went mad, apart from the king and his family, who had a well set aside for them alone, which the magician had not managed to poison. The king was worried and tried to control the population by issuing a series of edicts governing security and public health. The policemen and inspectors, however, ... more »

The Daily "Near You?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Keauhou, Hawaii, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"God Grant Me The Courage..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.” -Adm. Chester W. Nimitz

"There For All Of Us..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"We are hurt; we are lonely; and we turn to music or words, and as compensation beyond all price we are given glimpses of the world on the other side of time and space. We all have glimpses of glory as children, and as we grow up we forget them, or are taught to think we made them up; they couldn't possibly have been real, because to most of us who are grown up, reality is like radium, and can be borne only in very small quantities. But we are meant to be real, and to see and recognize the real. We are all more than we know, and that wondrous reality, that wholeness, holiness, is t... more »

"Fight or Flight: Who Runs Your Life?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Fight or Flight: Who Runs Your Life?" by Tony Schwartz "Think, for a moment, about the life you're living. You skitter from activity to activity. The consequence is that you don't do anything particularly well. You're easily distracted and have difficulty paying attention. You rarely read anything challenging, if you read much at all, which is why so much of your knowledge is superficial. The same is true of your relationships. How does that description strike you? Have I got it pretty much right? My suspicion is I do, even if you are compelled to deny it. Okay, now take a moment ... more »

"How Ot Really Should Be" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

"It's All Written..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Its five in the morning, I can see the first rays of sun trying to penetrate through this grey sky, trying to change its color to dark blue, and declare the dawn, but it's strange, dawn and dusk both have the same color, both have that same murky feel about them, but how different is their nature. One exemplifies the end, while the other symbolizes a new beginning... but is that end the end of hopes or end of sorrows... or is that beginning the beginning of a new life or new difficulties which lie ahead... we can't ever figure it out... it's all written and that's what destiny is. ... more »

Musical Interlude: Irish Tavern Music, Gaelic Storm, "The Farmer's Frolic” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Irish Tavern Music, Gaelic Storm, "The Farmer's Frolic” -

FREE Download: "Words of Paradise- Selected Poems of Rumi" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"What in your life is calling you, When all the noise is silenced, The meetings adjourned... The lists laid aside, And the Wild Iris blooms By itself in the dark forest... What still pulls on your soul?" - Rumi (1207 - 1273) • "Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi was a 13th century Afghan poet and philosopher who heavily influenced both eastern and western poetry. His poetry is divided into categories: the quatrains and odes of the "Divan," the six books the "Masnavi," the discourses, the letters and the "Six Sermons." Rumi's major poetic work is "Matnawiye Ma'nawi," a six-volume poem, conside... more »

Updates On Iraq [6.29] Netanyahu Is The First Leader To Recognize Kurdish Independence In Iraq; Turkey Is Also On Board

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
An excerpt from, *"Israeli PM Netanyahu endorses Kurdish independence citing chaos in Iraq"* RT, June 29, 2014: *Citing the “collapse” of Iraq amid the ISIS insurgency and sectarian violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed the de-facto independence of Iraqi Kurds. Netanyahu has also called to support the “Kurdish aspiration for independence.”* The hawkish Israeli leader said on Sunday that Kurds are *“fighting people that has proved its political commitment, political moderation, and deserves political independence,”* Reuters reported. Speaking to Tel Avi... more »

TV Watch: "Rizzoli and Isles" (finally) says "Goodbye" to Det. Barry Foster -- and actor Lee Thompson Young

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Lee Thompson Young: Tuesday's episode was called "Goodbye."* *by Ken* I'm glad I didn't read joyceeng61's June 17 "Looking Forward" piece, "*Rizzoli and Isles* Boss on Writing Out Lee Thompson Young: 'It Was Very Daunting,' " *before* seeing the show's first two episodes of the new season these past two Tuesdays. And if you haven't seen them yet, you may not want to continue reading this until you have. Now that I *have* seen those episodes, and felt I needed to say something (something *approving*) about the way the show finally dealt with the suicide last August of cast ... more »

Unacceptable and Disgraceful Censorship of Delegate Internet Access to News and Social Media at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 3 hours ago
I'm writing this waiting in my hotel lobby for getting out to the airport to fly home from Mexico City after six days conferencing (and a bit of sightseeing) at the main international event of my central field of speciality, the biennial World Congress of Bioethics, this time organised by the Mexican Comisión Nacional de Bioetica, or CONBIOETICA, headed by congress president Manuel H Ruiz de Chávez. The congress tours around the world and is the official core event of the International Association of Bioethics, IAB, thus ultimately representing this global organisation for bioethi... more »

know your rights, rental edition, part two

laura k at wmtc - 5 hours ago
Just about one year ago today - July 8, 2013, to be exact - our area was hit with a massive flood that swamped homes, cars, highways, trains, and . . . our basement. The basement had been Allan's office. The office in which he was working to meet a publishing deadline. Stressful? You could say that. It could have been much worse. We got an insurance settlement, and we moved - not without some hassles, but we did it, moving in to our current rental home in September. Now, one year later, we mentioned to our current landlord that it's time to renew our lease. He said he'd come over f... more »

things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #14

laura k at wmtc - 5 hours ago
One of our regular Readers' Den customers approached me with her usual long list of movies. She researches movies online, prints out lists, and comes to the desk to see what we have in our collection. Anything we have, we place on hold for her. She's a great customer, in terms of library use. She has an intellectual disability, and sometimes helping her can be a bit of a challenge. This customer talks very fast, and a little too loudly. While you're searching for one item, she's rattling off the next few, so after placing each hold, you must ask her to repeat the next title. Becaus... more »

Texas Windas are unreliable.

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 6 hours ago
This is crazy. [image: Graph of Texas (ERCOT) hourly wind generation, as explained in the article text]

Was The DCCC Pestering You With Spam All Weekend?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
As you know, tomorrow (June 30) marks the end of the FEC's arbitrary reporting quarter. Candidates are hysterical and following DCCC suggestions to burn their lists with a constant barrage of requests for contributions. If you're ever signed a DCCC online petition you've probably had dozens of content-free requests since Friday, including multiple pleas from Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Steve Israel, neither of whom seems to have thought it was relevant to tell Democrats that each had just voted with the Republicans against Tom Massie's amendment to end unconstitutional domestic ... more »

Louisiana “Annual Tests” Tied Up in the New Mexico Courts?

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 7 hours ago
June 18, 2014, was an interesting day in Louisiana politics and education. (I realize these two are now one and the same, but humor me.) One event of June 18 was Governor Bobby Jindal’s decision to suspend Louisiana’s involvement in PARCC because Louisiana State Superintendent John White, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), and the […]

Pitchforks and Inequality

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
This "memo" from Nick Hanauer to his fellow billionaires is an absolute must-read. Couched in straight forward language, he's basically saying to his class that not enough people have a stake in the system any more and this *will* pose them an existential threat unless inequality is sorted out. Here's a snippet: Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change... more »

Indian nurses stranded in Iraq appeal for help

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
46 Indian nurses in Tikrit, Iraq have been abandoned by their government. They have appealed for help for three weeks and have yet to receive a response. Watch the video below for more details. Video Title: Indian nurses stranded in Iraq appeal for help. Source: Headlines Today. Date Published: June 29, 2014. Description: The 46 Indian nurses from Kerala who are stranded in Iraq's war zone have appealed the Indian government through Headlines Today for immediate help. Speaking exclusively to the channel, nurse Marina said that, their lives are at risk. Watch her speaking.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 8 hours ago
*The Populist Uprising Against Common Core Is Libertarian and It’s Winning* *It recognizes that there is no one answer to fixing education in America* When Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) announced last week that he would pull his state out of Common Core, he may have been sounding the death knell of the national education standards. Though a confluence of pushy and powerful interest groups have promised that they invented the solution to the American education crisis, people just aren't buying that more top-down standardization of America's education system is the answer. The populist ... more »

US & Europe Push Confrontation with Russia towards War

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
My husband states today "It's as if the US wants war with Russia" I reply "that is exactly what they want" Every opportunity the US and their toadies in the EU could have taken to bring this horrendous situation to a peaceful resolution has been instead used to increase the odds of confrontation- We aren't the only ones noticing. *The so called ceasefire has been a ruse * Claims by Ukraine of a ceasefire were mere perception management. A meme planted so the blame could be cast on Russia for it's failure- The Ukrainian thugs never stopped their killing. *As evidenced by abundant repo... more »

Border patrol policy - Israel vs. America

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 9 hours ago
A recent article appearing in *The Jewish Daily Forward* dealing with Israeli border patrol policy offered a striking contrast to American border patrol policy. *The Forward* reports: More than 1,000 illegal African migrants have been camping out near the border with Egypt to protest their treatment in Israel. The migrants walked out of Israel’s Holot detention center on Friday, and attempted to cross into Egypt, according to reports. The Israel Defense Forces prevented them from crossing the border. *The migrants*, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, *live in the open detention facilit... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 9 hours ago
*Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation helps teach kids to fish ~Andrew Canulette, The Advocate* *Hidden in plain sight ~Fix the Pumps * *Climate Scientist: Manhattan Will Need “Venice-Like Canals” to Stop Flooding ~Claus Jacob, Next City* *~Editilla Cotellas~**1NONewsladder2 * *• 6 minutes ago* Mr. Jacobs, 80% of New Orleans flooded from 3 catastrophic engineering failures: 17th Street Canal flood wall, London Ave Canal flood wall and the Industrial Canal flood wall --NOT from hurricane Katrina storm surge. These flood walls breached at below design spec, due to a number of bad calls ... more »

John Baird is either a liar or stupid ...

Dave at The Galloping Beaver - 9 hours ago
And, no, you are not limited to one or the other when trying to decide. I've said before that Harper and his incompetent thugs are nothing more than hillbillies playing at governing with no coherent plan and no clear concept of the world around them. No one epitomizes the intellectual laziness of the Harper regime than his so-called Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird. This is the guy

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Yes, it is Sunday again, and as usual I am presenting my weekly rant of what I see is really happening in the world around us. It has been a very interesting week indeed, so lets get down to it... First, I am very happy that my son has finished High School here in Canada and graduated with honors last Thursday.... He has not decided yet what to do about his future and/or his future education, but he is definitely not set on going to any University... He fully understands that a University/College diploma is no longer a guarantee of employment, and instead is ... more »

The Emperor of Ice Cream

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 10 hours ago
It's the presidential summer of comfort food love. In the cruel absence of any economic relief for struggling Americans, and in the sordid presence of too much economic relief for the war profiteers of the global battlefield, Barack Obama is doing what he does best. He's out campaigning, mingling with the masses, and ... eating. Scarfing down gallons of soft vanilla ice cream and all-American burgers for our vicarious pleasure. To show that He Is One Of Us. To make us forget his alter egos of Emperor of Drones, Friend of Wall Street, and Deporter-in-Chief of thousands of refugee ch... more »

The Republican Guantanamo Bay Torture Camp Fetish

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 10 hours ago
Strangely absent from the public view has been outgoing Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, the fanatical authoritarian who is stepping down from a safely gerrymandered Michigan congressional seat for a career in right-wing talk radio. Rogers was a Sunday morning fixture for months as he defended the NSA Stasi for unconstitutional mass surveillance and data-mining as well as continued to pull out unsubstantiated allegations that former government contractor turned patriotic whistleblower Edward Snowden was a Russian spy. Well this Sunday he has made his r... more »

Mike's Story Part 64 - Spellbound

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 10 hours ago
*By **Jenna** Orkin* * After we got back from Oregon, I was doing the shopping on Montague Street when I saw that our videostore was going out of business. That was too bad but the silver lining was the resulting sale. I snapped up some bargains including Spellbound, a movie about - among other things - psychoanalysis and repressed memories. Gregory Peck is the troubled new director of a psychiatric institution in which Ingrid Bergman practices.* * "You can take that back," Mike said, "I've seen it." * * "I haven't." * * A week later he said again, "You can take that ... more »

Mike's Story Part 63 - Oregon

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 10 hours ago
*By **Jenna** Orkin* * I came across the complete account of the time Mike was bitten on the testicle.* * He and at least one other cop had been summoned by a sergeant, 6' 5''. When they arrived, they found him cornered by a small, wiry man holding a 35" T.V. above his head. The guy had a glazed look in his eye and a thin sheen of perspiration all over, telltale signs of PCBs. The cops wrestled him onto a gurney with Mike at the head. They managed to get plastic handcuffs on him and canvas restraints on his legs. The guy broke the restraints but not without consequence; his sh... more »

How is #teacherprep really different at Western Governor’s?

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 11 hours ago
We keep hearing about these NCTQ teacher preparation rankings. There’s so much critique out there of NCTQ as a legitimate research organization, of their data and methods, I don’t even have to get into it. I’m hearing a lot about Western Governors University. I was only vaguely aware of the institution prior to the “rankings.” […]

Ghost of Sunday Classics: One's a peasant and one's a governor's wife, but both are adored by the locals

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Desdemona receives an outpouring of love from the adoring Cypriots in Act II of Cape Town's 2013 Otello.* *by Ken* Last week we listened to the opening scene of Verdi's *Luisa Miller*, as I tried to make my case about the kinship between Luisa and her Verdian cousin Desdemona in *Otello*, heroines who (to quote myself yet again) -- who are genuinely and all but universally loved because of their basic uncompromised decency and humanity, living exemplary practitioners of the Golden Rule. Naturally they are crushed -- easy pickings in a world that talks a good game about the Golden... more »

Franson's "breakthrough" concerning the speed of light

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Increasingly pathetic crackpot papers are being promoted by the outlets calling themselves "scientific media" at an increasing frequency that has probably surpassed the value of "one crackpot paper per day" a long time ago. In recent days, tons of journalists got obsessed with the theme that "the speed of light might be wrong". The places where you could read this stuff included The Daily Mail and Pakistan's The Nation claiming that Einstein was wrong all along in the very title, The Huffington Post, The Financial Express, Science Alert, and dozens of others. Most shockingly, there... more »

Houston Hobby Airport opening day 1940

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago

Kevin Carey Plays His Fear Card about American Colleges: It's a Deuce

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
With ALEC far on in writing model legislation to put steerage of higher education under the ham hands of the Tea Party and the Oligarchs (sounds like the worst band ever, right?), and with the federal government too in debt to the oligarchs to do anything about it, the only remaining stumbling block is the need to convince the public that higher ed is going to hell in a hand basket. Enter, Kevin Carey, to declare all rotten in higher ed. His evidence? Another test, of course, this one designed by the same international cabal that has turned the world PISA-centric with its period... more »

Obama Wraps War Mongering in Phony Gay Rights Crusade

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
The American war machine is constantly working to sell perpetual war based on such false pretenses as making the world safe for democracy, killing those who hate us for our freedoms, stopping the global communist menace, the war on terror, preemptively taking out the latest “new Hitler” and now making the planet safe for gay rights. This is a masterpiece of bullshit from the Obama regime and it will play very well with the ongoing cynical manipulation of gay voters as the 2016 election campaign begins. Liberals who have learned to love the wars that they at one time wanted George W... more »

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Mystery June 26 - 27 , 2014 -- INVESTIGATORS believe someone in the cockpit of MH370 turned on the plane’s autopilot before it disappeared, as Australian search chiefs announced a new phase in the hunt for the missing airliner ( Who do this ? ) .... Blamescaping ?? BUT WHO IS THE SOURCE & WHY ARE THE LEAKS MADE! Family, friends of MH370 pilot furious at 'prime suspect' report

Catharsis Ours - 13 hours ago Friday, 27 June 2014 06:41 Map of new search area - h/t WSJ .... Malaysia Chronicle..... MYSTERY DEEPENS: Who turned on MH370's autopilot? - font size [image: decrease font size] [image: increase font size] - Cetak - E-mel - Komentar (0) Rate this item - - 1 - 2 - 3 - <a class="four-stars" href=" more »

Mass Killings

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
It is like capital punishment. If the state can kill you then to kill is okay. The Vietnam war and Gulf One, Iraq war etc have told the people, its okay to kill and make mistakes if your objective is worthy. In some ways its like the drug war.

Fukushima Updates ( June 29 , 2014 ) -- Lead items - Japanese Gov advertises seawater of all of the crippled reactors even outside for worldwide ideas to remove molten fuel from 3 crippled reactors ....... Highest density of Tritium measured from of underground wall ......... Study: Fukushima plutonium in playground 60 km from nuclear plant — “Proves that indeed Plutonium has been emitted by the accident” — Some “in the form of fuel fragments”? — Up to 14 Billion Bq of Pu-239 and-240 released ! Additional items on contamination and human impacts to ponder.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 13 hours ago
Fukushima Diary..... Tepco to cover the 180,000 m2 of sea bed of Fukushima plant port with concrete Posted by *Mochizuki* on June 29th, 2014 · 2 Comments Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on printMore Sharing Services On 6/26/2014, Tepco announced that they are going to start covering the sea bed of Fukushima plant port with concrete. It’s 180,000 m2. Tepco states they will start the construction in the end of this month and complete by the end of next March. Tepco also commented they measured 190,000 Bq/kg of Cs-134/137 from the soil of the sea bed. The covering i... more »

Mike's Story Part 53 - Spellbound

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
*By **Jenna** Orkin* * After we got back from Oregon, I was doing the shopping on Montague Street when I saw that our videostore was going out of business. That was too bad but the silver lining was the resulting sale. I snapped up some bargains including Spellbound, a movie about - among other things - psychoanalysis and repressed memories. Gregory Peck is the troubled new director of a psychiatric institution in which Ingrid Bergman practices.* * "You can take that back," Mike said, "I've seen it." * * "I haven't." * * A week later he said again, "You can take that ba... more »

A Halo Over Finland

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*SPECTACULAR HALO OVER FINLAND: *Looking at the sun can be a wincing, painful experience. Yesterday in Finland it was a rare delight. "On June 24th, multiple arcs and rings of light appeared around the sun," reports Ville Miettinen of Kuopio. "What a spectacular view!" He dashed inside and grabbed his camera to record the amazing vista: Source:

Is Japan joining the global unrest parade ? June 29 , 2014 --- ​Japanese man sets himself on fire in protest to reform of pacifist constitution

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 14 hours ago
​Japanese man sets himself on fire in protest to reform of pacifist constitution Published time: June 29, 2014 13:03 Get short URL [image: Photo from Twitter/@JuhaniHeiskanen] Photo from Twitter/@JuhaniHeiskanen Share on tumblr Tags Health, Human rights, Japan, Politics,Protest, Security A middle-aged man has set himself on fire in the center of the Japanese capital in an apparent protest to government plans to change Japan’s pacifist constitution. Authorities hosed the man down and immediately rushed him to hospital. In a dramatic act of protest, the protester scaled a pedestrian bridg... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

Acne where did it come from?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
I am looking at WW1 photos and hearing testimony of old people that acne was never around for the most part. Now everyone has acne. In those days they could barely take a photograph so do not tell me all those clear skin faces where photoshoped. Considering Acne amelioration is the biggest source of income on the planet should someone not look into this? Something has changed from 1917 to now in terms of our skin condition. Our current economic model is all appoint treatment but no resource for the cause. Cause which for acne did not exist 100 years ago. One might think all the re... more »

Zhang Visit Unravels

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*A monkey inspects a vehicle on the 23 near Donghe.* The visit of China's Taiwan Affairs Office head Zhangzhijun ended ignominously as he fled the island in the face of relentless public protests. WSJ scribes: * China's top cross-strait negotiator, in Taiwan on a landmark visit, canceled three public appearances at the last minute Saturday after protests against his bridge-building trip turned violent.* Zhang Zhijun, head of Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office, is the first ministerial-level Chinese official to set foot on Taiwanese soil after both sides split 65 years ago. *Mr. Zhan... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Sacrificial paradigms have released from Gaia energetics

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*Sacrificial paradigms have released from Gaia energetics* by ÉirePort Sacrificial paradigms have released from Gaia energetics. Hue-manity collective has supplanted distorted concepts. Passionates of Ascension complete their works. Planetary mis-alignments corrected. Seamless adventures lie ahead. ÉirePort | June 29, 2014 at 00:01 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Seek truth from facts with intelligence expert William Engdahl; economist Professor Michael Hudson; former US intelligence officer Scott Rickard; and the prosecutor who put Yulia Timoshenko's partner behind bars, Martha Boersch.

Hollywod Making More Money in China than America?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Teabagger you been played. The place where everything is pirated is the best source of income. Maybe someone will win a Nobel prize in economics explaining that. Or maybe they will die in the attempt?

Contempt And Criminal Justice

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago Eddie Greenspon and Anthony Doob write that Stephen Harper's contempt for all things institutional makes him a poor lawmaker: Stephen Harper’s high-handed personal attack on the chief justice of Canada is part of a pattern of contempt for legal institutions and the law itself. Harper’s so-called “defeats” at the Supreme Court of Canada illustrate his disrespect for principles of fairness and his complete lack of interest in attempting to create coherent, sensible laws. And the r... more »

Imagine All The Confederate Garbage Committing Suicide If Hillary Wins In 2016

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
One down... Mississippi dodged a bullet last Tuesday when Democrats turned out in strong enough numbers to save doddering Senator Thad Cochran from certain defeat at the hands of reactionary white supremacist Chris McDaniel. Cochran, who didn't even want to run, will probably retire after a respectable amount of time passes, allowing the state GOP Establishment to appoint a nebbish Chamber of Commerce-camp replacement. They are well aware that McDaniel's brand of Ted Cruz-style extremism isn't healthy for the party (not to mention the state or the nation). Mississippi is pretty red--... more »

Start of WW1

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Least we forget It was the stupidest war in History planned my milquetoasts and delivered human slaughter that was new and more horrible than ever. The funny point is that all the people who started the war lost except the British. Unfortunately for humanity the British managed to entangle Americans in the great game. Americans never wanted part of the big game, but WW1 was a flesh wound that never healed. But it works both ways like Tony Blair. Very sad for us all. On the bright side it set Europe free, free of Royals, free of Barons, from of a legal Hierarchy. This has been the ... more »

"When Your Beloved Pet Dies, "Until We Meet Again," "The Rainbow Bridge" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"When Your Beloved Pet Dies,* * "Until We Meet Again," "The Rainbow Bridge"* A friend recently told me about her beloved dog, a loyal and loving companion of many years, who is now nearing the end of her life. I hope this might comfort you when you need it, as it has me. - CP ․ *"Until We Meet Again"* Author Unknown "I know what you're thinking. You think I'm dead. Because you cannot see me with your human eye, cannot feel me with your hands or hold me in your arms, you think I am gone forever. You recall how I looked when I left this place, and you cannot remotely imagine that I ... more »

A Matter of Medical Education

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 16 hours ago
Key points to note: - Transgender medicine is rarely taught in medical curricula - Prior to the unit, 38% of students self-reported anticipated discomfort with caring for transgender patients. - Even in an endocrinology unit, prior to adding this subject, 5% of students reported that the treatment was not a part of conventional medicine. 1 on 20 new endocrinologists are completelely clueless without unusual training, and they're supposed to be the specialists! Fortunately, it doesn't take much to fill them in. A simple curriculum content change increased medical s... more »

Michigan High School Students Claire & Serena Create A Mobile Organic Gardening Classroom

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
[image: Foto: High School Students Create Mobile Organic Garden to Teach Local Kids about gardening: Claire Erwin and Serena Bian of Cranbrook High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, created the ‘GARDEN ON THE GO’ mobile organic garden as summer project to teach kids in Detroit the importance of gardening. “With so many opportunities available to people with a little creativity, willpower, and funding to get started in this age of information, anyone can make a difference by making the world a little greener and more organic. I would definitely encourage others to do projects lik... more »

The Congressional Budget Office: The Cost of Liability for Nuclear Accidents

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 16 hours ago
In a recent discussion of a Breakthrough institute Institute pos titled Nuclear Is Cheaper Than Solar Thermal a commenter who went by the name Solar Reserve stated: * . . . nuclear in the US cannot even be insured without the US government stepping in under the Price-A**ndersen act which provides billions in “no-fault” insurance to nuclear operators that cannot arrange the necessary insurance coverage.* I am am Reposting this 5 year old post because Solar Reserve and other renewable advocates continue to offer inaccurate information about the Price-Anderson Power Reactor Insuranc... more »

Running orders

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
The BBC, Sky and ITV have some shared news priorities this lunchtime on their respective news websites, but also some striking differences. Here are their respective running orders for you to compare and contrast at your leisure: *SKY NEWS* Radical Islamic Preacher's Family In Asylum Plea Iraqi Troops Strike Back In Tikrit Offensive England Fan Bites Supporter's Ear Off In Brazil Teen Gang-Raped After Walking Through Woods Rates 'May Return To Pre-Recession Levels' Policy Chief Hits Out At Miliband's Leadership All Staff Get Rights To Work From Home Sir Elton Says Jesus Would Back Gay... more »

Cassetteboy vs Dragons' Den

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
Cassette Boy is a genius, I've been collecting his disks for years, this one was new to me but it's so good.

Keiser Report: Russell Brand Talks Revolution with Max & Stacy (E620) (Say No To Corporate America!) at Say No To Corporate America - 19 hours ago

Chris Alexander, Minister of IMPs and ICTs

Alison at Creekside - 20 hours ago
When Jason Kenney grandly announced his new temporary foreign worker program reforms last week - Putting Canadians First! - he slyly handed off the greater part of his troubles to Chris Alexander - Minister of G ollumization, Citizenship, and Immigration - and now also Minister of IMPs and ICTs. We don't hear much about IMPs (outside of childrens' books) - the* International Mobility Program* under which the majority of workers enter Canada. They do not have to pass a labour market test (LMIA) to determine whether they will be putting Canadians out of work because, as our new Mi... more »

Musical Interlude: Paul McCartney, "Mull Of Kintyre" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
Paul McCartney, "Mull Of Kintyre" -


Spike EP at News Spike - 20 hours ago

Rearrange Blogger labels, share buttons, comments

Peter at the original Blogger Tips and Tricks - 20 hours ago
Here is how easily to rearrange the position of Blogger's labels, share buttons and comments in the posts. Just go to the Dashboard, click the down arrow and select LAYOUT: [image: Blogger Layout Select highlighted] Then in the Blog posts section in the middle of LAYOUT, click EDIT and you will get a pop-up and at the bottom will be a REARRANGE ITEMS section. Hover your mouse cursor over any item and the cursor changes to a cross: [image: Blogger Blog posts section rearrange items] Just drag and drop the selected item to your desired location and click SAVE.

Catholic social attitudes, gay marriage, Nigeria, "Islamophobia", the living wage and then gay marriage again

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
This morning's *Sunday* talked about Catholic social attitudes, gay marriage, Nigeria, "Islamophobia", the living wage and then gay marriage again. First up, Catholic matters. (It wouldn't be *Sunday* if it didn't discuss Catholic matters!). The topic today were the early results of a Vatican survey into Catholic views on social matters. Ed Stourton talked to liberal Catholic commentator Fr Brian D'arcy about it. Ed said "people expect and hope there will be...change" as a result of it, and Fr Brian said "I hope...there could be a better pastoral approach" as a result of it. Th... more »

A Firm in a Firm : The Secret Wars of British Freemasonry

Spike EP at News Spike - 21 hours ago
A Firm in a Firm : The Secret Wars of British Freemasonry from Spike EP on Vimeo. "I, XXXX, of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God, and this Worshipful Lodge, erected to Him, and dedicated to the holy Sts. John, 1 do hereby and hereon (Master presses his gavel on candidate's knuckles) most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, that I will always hail, never conceal, and never reveal, any of the arts, parts, or points of the hidden mysteries of Ancient Free Masonry, which may have been, or hereafter shall be, at this time, or any future period, communi... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 21 hours ago
*Protesters walk 150 miles carrying 'troubled waters' to Governor's Mansion ~Xerxes Wilson *

The Jewish Question: A Problem Without A Solution (Part 2) - By Lasha Darkmoon

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 23 hours ago
In my previous article : The Jewish Question: A Problem Without A Solution (Part I) - By Lasha Darkmoon, Lasha began this 3 part expose on the Jewish Problem by showing some of their evil machinations throughout history and how in the past many nations tried to solve this parasitic problem through expulsion and then eventually giving them the land of Palestine that was NEVER theirs in the first place! Now the planet is stuck with this tribe and their push for world domination, and the question becomes... What exactly is the solution? Now I want to present Part II of Lasha Darkmoon... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 23 hours ago
*No denying climate change deniers* *The article below accepts "Steve Goddard's" claims that Warmists have fudged the temperature data. Some readers however may be aware that prominent skeptic Anthony Watts has criticized Goddard's claims. Reading Watts in detail is however a little amusing. He agrees that the Warmists have misrepresented the data but says that was by accident and not deliberate. I smell Koolaid. I have previously suspected that Watts wants to be loved by the Warmist experts (e.g. when he warned Warmists that outsiders could get into their computer files) and... more »

The Jewish Question: A Problem Without A Solution (Part 1) - By Lasha Darkmoon

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 23 hours ago
I have indeed been out of the loop for the last while, and now I am beginning to play "catch up" on many important articles .... One article in particular that has come to my attention, is a very important one written by Lasha Darkmoon, over at her site: Darkmoon ( It is entitled: "The Jewish Question: A Problem Without A Solution (Part 1), and I have it right here to share with all of my own readers.... I do have some of my own thoughts and comments to follow: THE JEWISH QUESTION: A PROBLEM WITHOUT A SOLUTION (Part 1) — by Lasha Darkmoon *Part 1: The Jewish Prob... more »

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Gandalf, “Blossoms Unfolding” -

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Rancho Cordova, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Tell Yourself..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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)” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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, […]


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day 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'.

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