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Thomas Paine

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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

10 July - Blogs I'm Following

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Satire: “Americans Unhappy to Be Reminded That Sarah Palin Exists”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 38 minutes ago
*“Americans Unhappy to Be Reminded That Sarah Palin Exists”* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— “A new poll released Thursday reveals that a broad majority of Americans describe themselves as “deeply unhappy” to have been reminded that the former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin exists. Palin’s call for the impeachment of President Obama, a ploy to remind people that she still roams the earth, appears to have backfired, the poll shows. With seventy-two per cent of respondents saying that they were “upset” or “very upset” to be reminded of her existence, Palin is one of t... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago

Jindal Says No to Roemer, Garvey and Boffy’s 2014-15 Assessment “Offer”

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
On July 10, 2014, three members of the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)– President Chas Roemer, James Garvey, and Holly Boffy– decided that they would make Governor Bobby Jindal an offer regarding a plan for 2014-15 assessments in Louisiana schools. Within hours, Jindal rejected the Roemer et al. offer. The decision to […]

Shell Shock and the Emotional History of the First World War a lecture by Professor Jay Winter

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Video Title: Shell Shock and the Emotional History of the First World War a lecture by Professor Jay Winter. Source: The British Academy. Date Published: July 10, 2014. Description: Held at the British Academy on July 9 2014, this lecture looked at shell shock as a new category of emotional response to the terrors of modern war, arising not from individual war experience, but from the monstrous character of the war itself. Professor Winter will contend that the number of men suffering from psychological disabilities after the First World War has been significantly underestimated. ... more »

timothy good

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

Odd tidings ( July 10 , 2014 ) .... Thanks to El Nino , get ready for a cold blast next week...... Meanwhile in Las Vegas , Lake mead hasn't been this low since the building of Hoover Dam !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
The Polar Vortex Is Back... In The Middle Of July [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/10/2014 19:55 -0400 - Bank of Japan - El Nino - Japan - Obamacare - Recession inShare1 While every single economist and "*straight to CNBC*" pundit was quick to blast the atrocious economic performance in Q1 as solely due to the "harsh weather", what has emerged in various retail earnings reports so far in Q2 is that, drumroll, they lied. In fact, as one after another "stunned" retailer admits, the depressed spending observed during Q1 continued, ... more »

America in crisis: Who's looking out for adequate school drop-off and parking facilities for our children's chauffeurs?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*DNAinfo New York caption ("Private School Stole Parking Spots from Residents, They Say"):* *"Residents want three parking spots returned to alternate side parking instead of 'no standing' by the DOT."* *by Ken* This may be too personal a reaction to today's story, but heck, it's my blogpost, so for once I get to say whatever I want. Anyway, in thinking about this problem -- which is to say, the problem of ensuring adequate drop-off and/or parking facilities for the chauffeurs of children who are chauffeured to school -- one of my first thoughts was for once to be grateful for bei... more »


As part of its propaganda against Israel’s enemies, Israeli and neoconservative propagandists like to present Palestinian fighters as cowards that hide behind so-called ‘human shields’. Neoconservative propagandist Jonathan Tobin, for example, today writes that, “having decided to escalate another round of violence by launching hundreds of rockets into Israel, the Islamist group is still hoping to use the presence of Palestinian civilians around legitimate military targets as a weapon against the Jewish state”. However, as Tobin concedes, the Gaza Strip is extremely densely populate... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Majestic nebulae and stars of our Milky Way Galaxy stretch across this panoramic image of the entire night sky. At full resolution, the 5 gigapixel mosaic was stitched together from over 37,000 images, the result of a season following, year long effort and 60,000 travel miles in search of still dark skies in the American west and the western Cape of South Africa. *Click image for larger sizes.* *‧* The well-planned project combined many exposures from the dark sites, intended to produce an inspiring view of the night to rival the brightness of day. An interactive journey through th... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "There Is Time Left"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“There Is Time Left”* “Well, there is time left – fields everywhere invite you into them. And who will care, who will chide you if you wander away from wherever you are, to look for your soul? Quickly, then, get up, put on your coat, leave your desk! To put one's foot into the door of the grass, which is the mystery, which is death as well as life, and not be afraid! To set one's foot in the door of death, and be overcome with amazement!” ~ Mary Oliver

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Thanks for stopping by.

Kahlil Gibran, “The Prophet: Freedom”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Freedom”* "And an orator said, “Speak to us of Freedom.” And he (the prophet) answered: At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom, Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them. Aye, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff. And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goa... more »

"Our Fate..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension, which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living. Because we are alone with the unfamiliar presence that has entered us; because everything we trust and are used to is for a moment taken away from us; because we stand in the midst of a transition where we cannot remain standing. That is why the sadness passes: the new presence inside us, the presence that has been added, has entered our heart, has gone into its innermost chamber and is no longer even there, - is already in our b... more »

"Really Suffer..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” - Chuck Palahniuk

Why I'm no longer an "anti-government extremist"

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
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Paulo Coelho, "The Power Of The Word"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Power Of The Word"* by Paulo Coelho "Of all the powerful weapons of destruction that man has invented, the most terrible – and the most cowardly – is the word. Knives and firearms leave traces of blood. Bombs shake whole buildings and streets. Poisons can always be detected. But a destructive word can provoke Evil without leaving behind it a single clue. Check to see if you yourself are using this weapon. Children are subject to years of conditioning by their parents, artists are mercilessly pilloried, women are systematically undermined by remarks made by their husbands, the... more »

Free Download: Olaf Stapledon, "Star Maker"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"The thought of the disaster which almost certainly lay in wait for the Other Men threw me into a horror of doubt about the universe in which such a thing could happen. That a whole world of intelligent beings could be destroyed was not an unfamiliar idea to me; but there is a great difference between an abstract possibility and a concrete and inescapable danger. On my native planet, whenever I had been dismayed by the suffering and the futility of individuals, I had taken comfort in the thought that at least the massed effect of all our blind striving must be the slow but glorious ... more »

"A Deeper Truth..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"There's a truth deeper than experience. It's beyond what we see, or even what we feel. It's an order of truth that separates the profound from the merely clever, and the reality from the perception. We're helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love, is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. It doesn't always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world. And the only way to know that truth is to share it, from heart to heart, just as Prabhakar told it to me, just as I'm telling it to you n... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

Senator Jack Reed Leads the People's Charge (Calls Wall Street A Casino Without Regard To Law) Democratic Party At Crossroads? (Obama's Experts Trained at Citigroup/Goldman Sachs/Morgan Stanley Perplexed Or Amused at Public Dismay?) Dark Pools Own the Stock Market

So, both-siderism rears its ugly head (and prevails) again. What Heather says: There are some areas of agreement among the left and right populists. They are both hostile to the “wealthy bipartisan elite” although for somewhat different reasons. It’s possible there could be some common legislative ground if both sides were sincere in their desire to rein in money in politics. But Sarah


As missiles and rockets fly from the Gaza Strip ever further into Israel, the Israeli government are seeing support in Israel for action against Hamas increasing. It’s just what the “don’t care what the world thinks” faction of the Israeli extreme right wants to see. It strengthens their argument for calling on Netanyahu to launch a full-on invasion of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in order to wipe out Hamas completely. Netanyahu, however, remains reluctant to go the full distance just yet, fearful of world opinion and a continuing lack of support for such a move from both Europ... more »

"Land of the Free? Don't Make Us Laugh..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Land of the Free? Don't Make Us Laugh..."* by Bill Bonner "Dear Diary, We are in Annecy, a beautiful French city on a lake. What takes us here? Business, of course. We travel a lot. But never for fun. That is not to say we don't enjoy it. We do. But you can't have much fun by trying to have fun. It has to come into your life, unbidden – like love or hummingbirds. Here in picturesque France, we think of home. Baltimore. America. Annecy is not Baltimore, but what is? As for America, what happened to it? A new Gallup poll shows freedom is on the wane in the Land of the Free. Free ... more »

July 10: What a jackass! it has

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 7 hours ago
I'm beginning this on the evening of July 9 so that tomorrow I can write, "I told you so". The federal justice committee is interviewing social workers, people in the sex trade, etc. to work on legislation to cut down on the sex trade,and to help people caught in it. Today, a quite dreadful incident in the questioning was reported by news media across Canada - but not in the Irving press. Tonight, I'm gambling to say the Irving press won't have it tomorrow, either. It involves Conservative MP Robert Goguen of Moncton (the city that is strong, and will recover.) My impression when h... more »

Theresa May, Pervert of Justice

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
*"Communications data have played a significant role in every Security Service counter-terrorism operation over the last decade. They have been used as evidence in 95% of all serious organised crime cases handled by the Crown Prosecution Service and they have played a significant role in the investigation of many of the most serious crimes in recent times, including the Oxford and Rochdale child grooming cases, the murder of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, and the murder of Rhys Jones. * *Communications data can prove or disprove alibis, identify associations between potential c... more »

How Ted Cruz Became The Rhoda Penmark Of The U.S. Senate

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
While I was researching this morning's lesbian piece, I saw how, in 1997, ambitious Buffalo closet case Bill Paxon used the power position Speaker Newt Gingrich had appointed him to, chair of the NRCC, to attempt a coup against Gingrich. Paxon plotted with House Republican power brokers Dick Armey, Tom DeLay and John Boehner to oust Gingrich, whose bizarre behavior had become a drag on Republican election prospects. However, each of the plotters saw himself as the next Speaker and when Armey sensed the plum was falling into Paxon's gay lap, he snitched to Gingrich. Gingrich forced ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*La. ranks 2nd for homes at risk from hurricane storm surge ~The Advocate* *Frustrated parents wait hours to enroll children in schools, only to be turned away ~Matt Higgins, The Lens* *Cadiz Street fire threatens future of century-old New Orleans metalwork business ~Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger* *Mary Landrieu Measure Seeks to Address Red Snapper Row ~Stephen Babcock, NOLA DEFENDER* *Concerns build over law enforcement's use of drones ~Scott Satchfield, WVUE*

The Obama Doctrine: Has it Reached the Time to Grow a Pair..?

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
As Air Force One prepared to touch down in the Holy Land last year, I looked out my window and was once again struck by the fact that Israel’s security can be measured in a matter of minutes and miles. I’ve seen what security means to those who live near the Blue Line, to children in Sderot who just want to grow up without fear, to families who’ve lost their homes and everything they have to Hezbollah’s and Hamas’s rockets. And as a father myself, I cannot imagine the pain endured by the parents of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, who were tragically kidnapped and m... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
In 1990 while working for the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice we sued NASA and the federal government trying to stop the launch of the space probe Ulysses with deadly plutonium-238 onboard. The man in this video, Andrew Kimbrell, was our lawyer in that case. We lost and the rocket was successfully launched but the court action brought tremendous global media coverage to our campaign to stop nuclear power in space.

James McEnteer : The age of compromises and the compromises of age

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 8 hours ago
Chastened by her exhausting persecution as First Lady, HRC apparently decided as a member of Congress to go along to get along. By James McEnteer | The Rag Blog | July 10, 2014 Once upon a time, Hillary Rodham, the … finish reading James McEnteer : The age of compromises and the compromises of age

Supplemental: Chasing Chelsea Clinton!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014* *The Times gets into the act:* Finally, the New York Times found a way to get into the act. In the past month, the Washington Post has staged a jihad about Hillary Clinton’s deeply troubling speaking fees. As we’ve noted, the New York Times had almost completely ignored the topic. This morning, that changed. The Times has found its way into the chase—and her name is Chelsea Clinton. Chelsea Clinton gets speaking fees too! Headline included, this is the way the news report by Amy Chozick started. Please note the highlighted point: CHOZICK (7/10/14): *Follo... more »


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 9 hours ago
My book will be out in early October as opposed to Nov. This means it can be ordered for fall/winter sessions...and spring... If you need more info re teaching from the book, write me back: XColumn@gmail.com or follow link on how to order books, etc.: http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2497.htm My publisher also sent me this message re exam copies for instructors: If your colleagues would like to pre-order an exam copy of the book, they can get in touch with me directly to send me a check, cash, or credit card number (with expiration date, csc code, and billing address, name... more »

Are Books Merely a Form of Physical Decoration?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 9 hours ago
Some will say we are party poopers and that we should applaud and celebration the British Museum’s novel use of the book to create art, but is the ‘wheel of books’ just a cheap gimmick or we should we be mindful of what could be easily copied? The British Museum’s newly refurbished bookshop got Lumsden Design, who are based in East London, to create their space and engage customers. At is centre is a two metre ‘wheel of books’ which sits proud in the shop’s window. It has caught people’s imagination and has engaged, but is it about promoting books for reading, or promoting them a... more »

My Struggle

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
*"I bought Mein Kampf when I was 17, I've got it on a shelf in the front room back home."* *- Tony Benn * *Should Germans Read ‘Mein Kampf’?* *By PETER ROSS RANGE* *JULY 7, 2014* WASHINGTON — GERMANY is once again passing through the wringer of its past. At issue this time are not the deeds but the words of Adolf Hitler and the planned republication of his infamous manifesto-as-autobiography, “*Mein* *Kampf*,” a book that has been officially suppressed in the country since the end of World War II. *But while the prospect of the Führer’s words circulating freely on the German ma... more »

How Can 2004 Data Prove that Reports in 2007 to 2012 on the Damage Done by NCLB Would Be Wrong?

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 9 hours ago
“Estimating the Effects of No Child Left Behind on Teachers and Their Work Environments and Job Attitudes,” by Jason Grissom et. al., uses NCES polling data from 1993-94 to 1999-2000 to 2003-04 to 2007-08. It begins by reviewing and challenging “anecdotal” evidence from great journalists and education writers. As I explained previously, I believe the […]

Go Wild

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 10 hours ago
*Go Wild* was written by Dr. John Ratey and Richard Manning. I’m a Manning fan, and I was hoping for a book with rhythms similar to the writing of Tom Brown, Richard Nelson, or Jay Griffiths — work rooted in a spiritual connection to the family of life. Our current path is a dead end. If Big Mama Nature decides to let two-legged animals have a future, the key to survival is returning to a path of reverence, respect, and balance, like our ancient African ancestors lived. Be aware that *Go Wild* does not take you on a fascinating tour of wild cultures. The authors did not live wi... more »

The Genocide Of The People Of Gaza: POS American "News Network" Tells Viewers Outright Lies That Scenes Of Destruction Are From Israel And Not Gaza!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
I have been following the outright genocide taking place right now in Gaza with such disgust over the last few days.... This assault was carefully planned for years, and all it needed was the outright LIE of three "innocent Israelis murdered by Palestinians" to get it launched... The Israelis are definitely now going for broke, and I do strongly believe that we may indeed be seeing the outright slaughter of thousands of innocent people living in that open air concentration camp... What I found especially revolting was the response or actually the LACK of response coming from the Jew... more »

Turnabout: WE Have Conscience Issues Too

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
This is good. An Edmonton teenager and her mother have successfully filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, alleging the Edmonton Public School District’s use of a Christian fundamentalist abstinence education program infringed upon their rights as non-Christians. And it should start a trend. @fernhilldammit @Auragasmic @01CindyLee @blueskies366 "...infringed upon their rights as non-Christians." WHY HAVEN'T MORE PEOPLE SAID THIS? — MsBlack (@InternetPerson6) July 10, 2014 A similar objection to sex-ed taught by religious nutbars, who, by the way, run fake a... more »

CMS "sees" \(650\GeV\) leptoquarks

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
It seems pretty obvious to me by now that the LHC experiments were publishing lots of papers where things look "clear" and nothing new is observed and they were increasingly scrutinizing and postponing the searches and surveys that are potentially "seeing something new". Just to be sure, one may feel uncomfortable about this bias because the message extracted from the papers published before a moment \(t\) is skewed. On the other hand, this bias is understandable because extraordinary claims deserve extraordinary care (and require extraordinary evidence). So one should arguably ac... more »

A New York State Senate Race With National Implications

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Bronx Sen. Jeffrey Klein-- New York's top GOP enabler Blue America's normal job is to vet candidates in House races-- and occasionally in Senate races-- and endorse the progressive cream of the crop. We'll occasionally stray from that mission when we find an especially important state legislative race. That's why we've joined other progressives backing Oliver Koppell in the Bronx this year. A key test of the power of political blackmail is taking shape in his state Senate race. The New York State Senate had been under Republican control for decades until 2008, when a majority of Demo... more »


Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
The psychopaths on the left, which would be most of them, are trying to argue from moral superiority when it comes to the situation on our border. Really? The most immoral amoral people - people who champion the killing of infants in the womb, who think two men having sexual contact is about "love", who bleat like the sheep they are about a "war on women", are now calling the invasion on our border a "moral" issue? Don't let anyone do this to you. Someone who attacks from a position of moral superiority, usually in front of other people, must be stopped immediately. They do this... more »

A word about my troll...w/Update

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*who displays all the signs of a true sociopath. * Because, who but a sociopath would go to the trouble to acquire a VPN (virtual private network) just so they can come here anonymously and leave silly comments? Does this person think calling me a c*nt, or any of the other colorful slurs, however unimaginative, is harming me? You can almost hear the giggling with each new comment. "Wow, this will piss her off, hee hee." Well, no - it's not pissing me off. I find it hilarious that you're spending your entire day leaving juvenile comments on my blog. I also find it amusing that y... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
This short video was made by Dave Webb in Leeds, England. He does the web site for the Global Network and is our board convener. He also chairs CND in Great Britain. This year Keep Space for Peace week begins with a global day of actions against drones on October 4. It should be a great week of local events all over the world. Be sure to let us know if you organize anything in your community. The art work on the poster at the end of the video was done by Will Park in Florida. You can order posters at the GN web site. See more *here*

Reply to LALI

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
At first I thought that I'd ignore it. (Which seemed to be LALI's request anyway.) I thought I'd write about something else. But it all seemed so pointless to have a blog with a comments section and to not .... oh well. In the comments section of the last post there's some back and forth between me and the commentator I call "LALI." You can read the rest if you want, but suffice to say that after a detailed comment from LALI I wrote: *There's too much for me to go at in that comment. I'll limit myself to two points:1. Yes, Afghanistan is over for us. But for the ELEVEN YEARS... more »

Common Ground on Climate

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 12 hours ago
The warring tribes in the climate wars appear to have found something they can agree on. Unfortunately, that agreement is that the Kaya Identity is stupid. At WattsUpWithThat they take issue with a new UN report (here in PDF) which utilizes the Kaya Identity: [T]heir goofy equation is known as the “Kaya Identity“. Apparently, the number of innumerate people on the planet is larger than I had feared. And of course recently Paul Krugman also took issue with the Kaya Identity while putting words into my mouth: This is actually kind of wonderful, in a bang-your-head-on-the-table sort ... more »

IN THE YEAR 2525: Krystal Ball and the talking-points!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014* *Part 3—Fruit of the RNC:* Over the weekend, anthropologists of the future came to us in a dream. Can this unusual dream be trusted? We can’t answer that! But what follows is derived from the various things the anthropologists said: In the year 2525, Krystal Ball’s June 17 commentary will be regarded an iconic text. Anthropologists will say it contained all the features of the priestly “pundit speak” which took down the American nation. In yesterday’s post, we focused on the absurdity of one of Ball’s central statements. Today, we’ll run through her broadc... more »

Long Island, NY

SBC 525 Dirty Water from Sustainable Dave on Vimeo. Final project from SBC 325 Stony Brook University's Media and The Environment class, Spring 2014. Co-taught by Prof Heidi Hutner and Dave Chameides.

Hollow Towers, Dead Souls

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*Understanding The Silhouetted Images Of The Twin Towers.* *WTC 1* Below on the left is WTC 1 at sunrise. The view is not looking down the hallways, we look nearly along the long axis of the towers core. The vertical line of light in the lower segment is created by sunlight reflecting off the inner core walls then shining out the core hallway. This was the north tower hallway layout, more or less, upper floors were different. The hallway scheme below went up to the 43rd floor for maximum strength. Below, the North Tower had a core oriented east and west. This image is looking ea... more »

"It is difficult to imagine a country as wrong as the US, where government serves not the people but a tiny handful of the one percent, a government incapable of delivering any kind of justice, a government that if it uttered truth would destroy itself." -- Paul Craig Roberts

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 13 hours ago
------------------------------ *Washington’s Arrogance Will Destroy Its Empire — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ July 9, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Washington’s Arrogance Will Destroy Its Empire* *Washington reeks of the stench of evil* Paul Craig Roberts Alone among the governments in the world, Washington requires sovereign governments to follow Washington’s laws even when Washington’s laws contradict the laws of sovereign countries. The examples are endless. ... more »

The death of Plasma TV

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
I still look in awe at the 42 inch plasma I saw in 1996. It cost $20,000. It was a case for the future, a confirmation that we were in for some consumer excellence. Now its dead for good reasons, unlike the stupid man dictated death of betamax. It has been the stupid choice for years, die you energy pig.

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“A great trick to getting what you want, fast, though one requiring a deep level of understanding, is "insistence." Not the kind, however, that expects "life" to behave a certain way, but the kind that expects you to behave a certain way. After all, you are your life's only variable.” “Yours truly,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com

Thank heaven there are U.S. journalists who don't want to be part of the despicable "mainstream media" which pass off as the truth only what our lying goverment alleges to be the truth. Unfortunately, however, the White House is the Matrix's Liar-in-Chief.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 14 hours ago
------------------------------ Washington Journalists Accuse White House of Politically-Driven Suppression of News*Point to public information office controls of interviews, access * 7/08/2014 12:43:00 PM Eastern ------------------------------ *by: John Eggerton* Over three dozen journalist organizations including the Radio Television Digital News Association, National Press Foundation, and the Society of Professional Journalists, have asked the President to drop the "excessive controls" on public information by federal agencies, branding it "politically driven suppression of ne... more »

VIDEO:More SU-25s Arrive In Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
This video of Russian SU-25 attack jets was widely seen in Iraq and on the internet. It purposed to show the newly arrived planes being flown over Iraq. It turns out these aircraft were actually from Iran and operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. Saddam Hussein sent the jets to Iran in 1991 in an attempt to preserve his air force during the Gulf War. They were never returned and integrated into Tehran’s armed forces.

Israel and the Palestinians - so true

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago

Ed Miliband on strikes and strikers

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
These Strikes are Wrong - Ed Milliband: http://youtu.be/wCem9EZb-YA

Weingarten Riding High on Teacher Union Dues

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Mercedes Schneider has another solid piece on the secret society memberships and sordid political machinations of Rhonda (aka Randi) Weingarten, the corporate manufactured president of the AFT. Seems that Randi recently plunked down 30K to join and another 100K promised every year to wine and dine with ostensibly liberal billionaires. Your union dues at work! Not that Rhonda couldn't afford to pay it, herself, if she was of a mind to. Even though she is lying about her salary all over Twitter. Thanks to Hemlock on the Rocks for posting this chart. Just the facts, ma'am.

Who Lives in a House Like This...?

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
*Who lives in a house like this...?* *And who've they got tied up in the cupboard...?*

You Still Don't Read Much About Lesbians In American Politics, Right?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
So wrong... in so many ways-- Gingrich, Molinari, Paxon Chekov's last play, *The Cherry Orchard*, was performed for the first time in 1904. There's a production of it in New York next week-- free no less-- starring Ellen Burstyn and one of my friends snagged some tickets. I'm a Chekov fan; he's a Burstyn fan. I don't know much about her except that she was in *The Exorcist* and *Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore* back in the '70s. I knew even less about *Karen* Burstein who I mixed her up with. But Karen Burstein wasn't getting Academy Award nominations in the '70s and Ellen is the onl... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Sung-Hee Choi reports from Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, South Korea: *Samsung C & T caisson, 10,000 ton per a piece, broken away even by medium typhoon* If you remember the seven destroyed caissons (a caisson is a huge concrete structure for building breakwater) by the big typhoons in 2012, you will also remember how unreliable the caisson construction has been; how wrong the base location is as the village is located on the very way of typhoon; how dumbfounding is waste of people’s tax for war base; and how the sea has been polluted by the navy who has illegally destroyed th... more »

Iraq Updates ( July 10 , 2014 ) Connecting dots regarding ISIS - Is ISIS a creation of the United States government ? State of play politically and keep your eyes on Kurdisatan , which is the key to Iraq remaining whole and not defacto or de jure partioned !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2014/07/the-isis-conspiracy-theories.html The ISIS Is A U.S. Tool "Conspiracy Theories" Is ISIS a creation of the United States government ? I do not have enough data to judge on that question. My gut instinct on this trends towards "no." But there is some data that points into the "yes" directions and it seems that many people have judged "yes" on that basis. In 1957 the CIA and MI6 conspired for regime change in Syria: The plan called for funding of a "Free Syria Committee", and the arming of "political factions with paramilitary or other actionist ca... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*I will send my children private if I can't get them into a grammar* The latest row to embroil the Education Secretary, Michael Gove - whether he did or didn’t want Of Mice and Men taken off the GCSE syllabus - took me juddering back to my schooldays. That slender volume was a standard text at my comprehensive. I’d always had the suspicion that, being a novella, it was chosen because it was easier to read than, say, a weighty Dickens tome. And far easier to teach, too, when it was common for staff to spend up to two-thirds of a 50-minute lesson performing crowd control. But readin... more »

No Good Answer

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
For eternity we have been messaged about the better days ahead, especially about how death will be better than life. No one knows if those afterlife promises ring true, but what we know for sure is that the days of promising a better future on earth are more and more suspect. If humanity could ramp up its resources like the invasion of D day we might defeat the enemy, which is ourselves. So hard to take down oneself when there is always a bigger mountain to climb. This planet is in crisis, and our leaders are worried about the voters not understanding what needs to be said. No pers... more »

This is just wrong (today)

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
And Then I will suck the blood from your babes penis. I think all religious are just made up out of whole cloth for various reasons. Thousands of years ago it may have made some sense. Get all the idiots going in the same direction. Today Islamic idiots are making life hell for the whole world. In reality the Jude o Christians are just as nutty but not as life threatening. Sucking the blood from the circumcision wound on a baby's penis is something hard to defend in a sound bite. I am sure in most cases there is no sexual element to this. But there are hundreds of cases in NYC alon... more »

IDF's Gaza assault is to control Palestinians Gas. And so much more

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*One reason for Israel's assault on Gaza. Straight up resources theft! * *There are others- read on* *Updates at bottom recalling previous news on Israel's covetous ways * IDF's Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisisYesterday, Israeli defence minister and former Israeli Defence Force (IDF) chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon announced that Operation Protective Edge marks the beginning of a protracted assault on Hamas. The operation "won't end in just a few days," he said, adding that "we are preparing to expand the operation by all means standing at our di... more »

Is He An Automaton?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.citynews.ca/ Tommy Douglas' grandson -- Kiefer Sutherland -- has his own television show, *24*. Stephen Harper also has his own show, *24/7*. Jeffrey Simpson writes: Prime Minister Stephen Harper stars in every episode, although other cabinet ministers occasionally make cameo appearances, as do Canadians with something positive, even glowing, to say about the performance of Mr. Harper and his government. A team of half a dozen people put together this weekly thriller, at a cost we do not kno... more »

Saddam's Uranium: The Sequel

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 17 hours ago
*"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."* *-President George W. Bush* The latest escalation of the propaganda war against people desiring a return to some semblance of normalcy as existed prior to September 11, 2001 – the day when everything changed – is the claim that the bad-ass Islamic bogeymen ISIS has taken control of 88 pounds of Uranium in Iraq. The dirty bomb card has now been dealt and will be hyped by the corrupt state-corporate media as one more reason to ratchet down civil liberties, subject... more »

“The Emperor's New Clothes: The Naked Truth About the American Police State”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*“The Emperor's New Clothes: * *The Naked Truth About the American Police State”* By John Whitehead "The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself. Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable."- H.L. Mencken, American journalist It's vogue, trendy and appropriate to look to dystopian literature as a harbinger of what we're experiencing at the hands of the government. Certainly, George Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm" have much to say about government tyran... more »

Makerspaces: More Than a Fad

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 17 hours ago
*July 10, 2013* (LocalOrg) - Make Magazine describes a makerspace as a "gym where you get a membership to use the equipment." That equipment ranges from everything including basic hand and power tools, to machining equipment and 3D printers. Some makerspaces even serve as springboards for DIYbio labs that give the public access to the tools and techniques required to measure, detect, and alter the environment around us on a molecular level. *Image: Mackerspaces from top left and going clockwise in Germany, Canada, and Singapore. A makerspace starts with basically a table and a group... more »

Stopping Job Piracy in Dayton, Denver,... and maybe even Kansas City

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 18 hours ago
As I have reported before, job piracy is a big problem in metropolitan areas like New York City and Kansas City. Giving subsidies to relocate existing facilities is a net loss for the country and for the region as well. The flip side is that the existence of job piracy makes it possible for companies to threaten to leave their current location unless they get a subsidy, as Sears has done twice in Illinois. I showed in my book *Competing for Capital* that several multi-state agreements to end job piracy have been total failures. A new study by Good Jobs First, "Ending Job Piracy, Bui... more »

A brief note on the Hobby Lobby thing.

noreply@blogger.com (Námo Mandos) at DAMMIT JANET! - 18 hours ago
Well, not really, because it's a more general point that has been made before, and I want to point it out again. In reading a lot of the reaction to the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, in which they decide something something about Hobby Lobby not having to pay to provide a form for something something IUD (I currently can't be bothered to parse the complexity of US health insurance), I find that a lot of people still ask the question: if the religious far-right hates abortion, why would it strive so assiduously for contra-contraception? I find increasingly that the answer ... more »

Austal contract for two 72m High Speed Support Vessels is for the Royal Navy of Oman

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Austal HSSV 72]Austal announced earlier this year that it has been awarded a contract from a naval customer in the Middle East for the design, construction and integrated logistics support of two new 72 metre High Speed Support Vessels (HSSVs) based on the U.S. Navy's Joint High Speed Vessels design. It now appears that this customer is the Royal Navy of Oman. The value of the contract is approximately US$124.9 million. Read more

Cobham Weapons Launcher Positioner Supports Successful HELLFIRE and DAGR Missile Tests

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Cobham's WLP-1000 weapons launcher positioner successfully supported Lockheed Martin's successful test firings of HELLFIRE and DAGR missiles from its Long Range Surveillance and Attack Vehicle (LRSAV) during recent ground-to-ground tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The WLP-1000 is a compact, lightweight, military ruggedized launcher positioner that is weapons and platform agnostic. The positioner is easily configured to support existing M299; M310, M260, M261, and LAU-10 launchers. This modular 2-axis positioning system is optimized for size, weight, and power (SWaP), and i... more »

Azerbaijan buys anti-aircraft missiles systems from France

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: SAMP/T complex]France intends to sell anti-aircraft missiles of medium range to Azerbaijan. Oxu.Az reports citing ANSPRESS, information is published in the French Bulletin «Intelligence Online». According to the report, French President Francois Hollande lobbied the sale of SAMP / T complexes during his visit to Azerbaijan in May this year. Read more

US donates two Cessna Caravan aircraft to Mauritania

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AC-208B Combat Caravan]The US government has donated two new Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft to the Mauritania Islamic Air Force (FAIM) to boost its capacity to conduct patrols to counter maritime crimes and regional terrorist groups. The aircraft, as well as a supply of spare parts and components, was officially handed over to the Mauritanian defence minister Ahmedou Ould Idey Ould Mohamed Radhi and Army Chief of Staff General Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed Ahmed by US Africa Command Chief of Staff Major General Michael Kingsley in the capital Nouakchott on June 25. According to ... more »

Musical Interlude: Leonard Bernstein, “West Side Story- America”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Leonard Bernstein, “West Side Story- America” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhSKk-cvblc

Canada's Military Wants New Drones, Fighter Jets, and the Arctic

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS)]The Canadian military has released details on its new $100 billion wish list for new gear, and it's a revealing look at how the service views the future of war. The laundry list of hardware was released as part of Ottawa’s new procurement strategy, which was hastily installed following the government’s bungling of the F-35 acquisition process. It’s also a signal for the defence industry, one designed to give contractors a heads-up as to what Canada will be shopping for over the next two decades. The guide, which is basically a rough draft ... more »

German Defense Minister: Europe Needs Drones

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: EuroHawk UAV]Europe should work together to develop its own armed drones, and in the meantime the German Army should rent them. So said German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, according to an article published by Süddeutsche Zeitung on July 1. “I am convinced that we should develop a European armed drone,” she told the newspaper the day before a question and answer session on the subject in the German parliament, July 2. “We’re looking for partners for the project, which will take at least a decade.” Germany currently uses reconnaissance drones in Afghanistan but lacks... more »

Israel receives first 2 Lavi trainers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: M-346 training jet]Alenia Aermacchi on 9 July delivered the first two of 30 M-346 training jets to the Israeli Air Force. The M-346 – renamed the “Lavi” by Israel – will replace Douglas TA-4s and eliminate the need to bridge with the Lockheed Martin F-16A/B for Israeli fighter pilots. Israel selected the M-346 in 2012 as part of a government-to-government agreement with Italy, which included the sale of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)/Gulfstream G550 conformal airborne early warning and control aircraft to the Italian air force. Read more

Report Reveals Chinese Military Developing New Scramjet-Powered Hypersonic Missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
China’s military is working on a jet-powered hypersonic cruise missile in addition to an advanced high-speed glide warhead that was tested earlier this year. A Chinese technical journal disclosed new details of research on what China’s defense researchers are calling a hypersonic cruise vehicle. A line drawing of the scramjet-powered vehicle shows that the concept being studied for eventual construction is nearly identical to an experimental National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scramjet vehicle called the X-43. Read more

Britain's new F35 jet fighter to miss international debut

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35B Lightning II]The F35B Lightning II joint strike fighter, the cornerstone of Britain’s new aircraft carrier fleet, looks set to suffer an embarrassment by failing to appear on its planned debut international. Concerns about the reliability and safety of Britian’s next generation jet fighter, which will give Britain new aircraft carrier fleet its strike power, mean it will almost certainly not arrive at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford. The entire F35 fleet was grounded following an engine fire during takeoff in a development aircraft in the US l... more »

The littoral combat ship might not be living up to the Navy's promises

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: LCS-1 & LCS-2]The Navy positioned the littoral combat ship, manufactured by both Lockheed Martin Corp. and Austal USA, as a low-cost alternative to other ships in the surface fleet. Six years after the first one was commissioned, it appears the LCS might not be living up to that promise. Here’s why: Available data, much of it collected during the first-time deployment of Lockheed Martin's USS Freedom to Singapore, indicates that per year, per ship life-cycle costs are nearing or may exceed those of other surface ships, including multi-mission ships with greater size and lar... more »

Will France's Mistral Assault Warships Make Russia a Naval Threat?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RFS Vladivostok]With the first of two French-built Mistral class amphibious assault carriers set to be delivered to the Russian Navy in October, France is handing Russia the keys to one of the world's most advanced warships at a time when many in the West are questioning Moscow's expansionist ambitions. In the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, the U.S. and several of its NATO allies have lobbied to convince the French government to withhold the ships, but Paris has held firm in its commitment to the deal. The problem, in NATO's eyes, is not that France is selli... more »

PN shopping for 2 anti-submarine choppers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AW109]The Philippines Navy is shopping around for two anti-submarine helicopters it intends to purchase before 2020. The Department of National Defense released the detailed technical specifications for the P5.4-billion Anti-Submarine Helicopter Acquisition Project, part of the Medium Term Development Capability Plan 2013-2017 of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The acquisition of the missile and torpedo armed helicopters has become a priority after China recently deployed three Type 094 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines to Hainan Island, its main military bas... more »

The Health Benefits Of Strawberry Leaf Tea

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
*Source:* *Occupy Food Facebook * *Note:* Make sure they are organic or if wild strawberries, make sure you pick the leaves in a clean place free of spraying, away from highways or roads where there is car , bus or truck traffic or where people walk their dogs. Another important point is to pick the leaves early before the fruit forms. The fruit takes much of the plants power later in their growing season. I have picked wild raspberrry and blackberry leaves and used them for tea also. They are high in vitamin C plus other good qualities and taste good as tea. I pick the lea... more »

Paint Stick Union Jack Wall Hanging

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 21 hours ago
Hello again! I'm Lorene, and I'm back to share another fun British-y project with you. In addition to feeding Debra's Doctor Who obsession (a bandwagon that I have very lovingly also jumped on!) I also love feeding her British mania. And you can't get much more British than the flag, the lovely Union Jack! Add the crazy appeal of the flag with the fact that I love inexpensive projects and materials like paint stir sticks, and you have today's project: a paint stick union jack wall hanging. Free as long as you paint on hand and don't mind picking up a few paint stir sticks on every ... more »

According to Palestinian sources...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
When you hear the BBC or any other anti Israel media outlet quoting Palestinian sources, remember this video. http://youtu.be/t_B1H-1opys Pallywood exposed

Iraqi PM Al-Maliki: Saudi Arabia and Qatar Declared War of Terrorism against Iraq (March 2014) + President of Kurdistan Barazani: It Is Time to Reorganize The Region (April 2014)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
*"No man can have two masters."* An excerpt from, *"Iraq PM calls Kurd city 'base for terrorism'"* Al Jazeera, July 9, 2014: Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday: "We will never be silent about Erbil becoming a base for the operations of the Islamic State and Baathists and al-Qaeda and the terrorists. His comments come days after the Kurdish president, Massoud Barzani, asked his parliament to plan a referendum on independence from the rest of Iraq. Kurdish forces have also taken over the city of Kirkuk when it was attacked by Sunni rebels. Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Bag... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“What did the first galaxies look like? To help answer this question, the Hubble Space Telescope has just finished taking the eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), the deepest image of the universe ever taken in visible light. Pictured below, the XDF shows a sampling of some of the oldest galaxies ever seen, galaxies that formed just after the dark ages, 13 billion years ago, when the universe was only a few percent of its present age. *Click image for larger size.* The Hubble Space Telescope's ACS camera and the infrared channel of the WFPC3 camera took the image. Combining efforts spread over ... more »

Genetics: "Mankind Nearly Extinct 70,000 Years Ago"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
* "Mankind Nearly Extinct 70,000 Years Ago"* by Freddie Cook "The late stone age, around 70,000 years ago, saw mankind almost became extinct. The total population dwindled to as little as 2000 humans beings. All mankind still lived in Africa at this time and it is believed that they were split into two separate groups by a severe climatological shift that kept the two species apart, one in East Africa– one in South Africa, for nearly half our entire history as a species. The two groups came together again around 40,000 years ago and the population began a miraculous recovery before... more »

"Twixt Night And Morn..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge.” - Lord Byron

Mathematica 10 released

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
Stephen Wolfram and colleagues have released a new version of Wolfram Mathematica, Mathematica 10: Launching Mathematica 10— with 700+ New Functions and a Crazy Amount of R&D (Wolfram Blog) It's said to be the greatest jump in the functionality ever. The new functions include, interestingly for me (who just jumped from 3.76 to 3.78 in the contest), machine learning. But there's also geometric computation, geographic computation. You may calculate the photograph of the Yorkshire Terrier ;-), quickly draw the map of France on a parabola, or solve differential equations with 100,... more »

Shepherd Bliss and Scott Hess : Black oak down

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 23 hours ago
I never imagined that I could outlive this hundreds-of-years-old grandfather oak. It felt like the loss of a family member from another generation. Climbing the fallen oak at Kokopelli Farm is Lukas Hess. Click on image or go here to … finish reading Shepherd Bliss and Scott Hess : Black oak down

"So Great..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
"So great has been the endurance, so incredible the achievement, that, as long as the sun keeps a set course in heaven, it would be foolish to despair of the human race." - Ernest L. Woodward

Chet Raymo, “The Universe Becomes Conscious of Itself”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“The Universe Becomes Conscious of Itself” * by Chet Raymo "By now most of us will have seen this spectacular photograph of a dusty star-birthing region of the Carina Nebula, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. I offer a slightly different cropping from what you may have seen in the media or on APOD. Please click the image to see it it all of its glory. Let me add some context. The image shows an area of the sky that you could cover with the intersection of two crossed sewing pins held at arms length. Think about that for a minute. Hold two imaginary cr... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Hunter S. Thompson, "Security"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Security"* by Hunter S. Thompson "Security... what does this word mean in relation to life as we know it today? For the most part, it means safety and freedom from worry. It is said to be the end that all men strive for; but is security a utopian goal or is it another word for rut? Let us visualize the secure man; and by this term, I mean a man who has settled for financial and personal security for his goal in life. In general, he is a man who has pushed ambition and initiative aside and settled down, so to speak, in a boring, but safe and comfortable rut for the rest of his li... more »

“Once When We Were Free”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“Once When We Were Free”* By Jon Rappoport "We’re so much more sensible now. We don’t live our lives as much as we arrange them and organize them. B follows A. D follows C. We take our medicine and our shots because the doctor says so. We’re careful, because accidents happen. We don’t say what’s on our minds a lot of the time, because other people might pass that on, and who knows? We might get into trouble. But once upon a time, when we were young, we were free. We didn’t take any shots and when we got sick we recovered. We were stronger than kids are now. We didn’t ask for much... more »

"What Suits Our Purpose..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
"No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma- but we make out of them just what suits our purposes." - Alfred Adler

Polar Bear

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 23 hours ago

Justice, Peace and Finger-Pointing

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 23 hours ago
This is a guest post by Ari Kohen, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He blogs at Running Chicken and tweets @kohenari. As I write this, Twitter and Facebook inform me that air raid sirens are going off in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as well as several cities and towns closer to Continue reading

Can Women Compete?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
You probably missed the article in the *Daily Mail*, a bottom tier London tabloid, about how rich boys are more competitive than girls. In a Norwegian study of 15 year olds shows that "boys really are more competitive than girls... but only if they come from rich families…[A]mong the well-off participants boys were much more aggressive… A similar American study from 2007 found 73 per cent of the men were competitive, against just 35 per cent of the women." The Professor conducting the Norwegian study was quoted saying that a lack of competitiveness may be a reason why women do no... more »

Vegan Recipe - Soy Chorizo Chili with Rosemary Polenta

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
*Please welcome Andrea, owner of The Green Queen of Moderation. I first met Andrea via our Meet & Greet series. Her blog is full of great content! Posts are organized into four categories: The “Re” Words, The Green Garden, Green Choices, and Simple Gifts. I headed straight for the garden section and was rewarded with posts about wildflowers, pollinators, and an interesting article about plants going to seed. Each post includes stunning photos.The Simple Gifts section has terrific ideas for meaningful, earth-friendly gifts. And the "Re" Words section offers tips for recycling, ... more »

FDIs, Hong Kong Democracy and China Communism

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
This 2013 data does not include foreign direct investment (FDI) outflows, only inflows and thus, the net inflow is not shown. Still a useful data. For European economies in this list, including the fiscally-unstable ones like Spain and Italy -- and note, France is not in the top 20 -- most of those FDI inflows I think are from EU members also. I am interested to see the net or balance (inflows minus outflows). In the ASEAN for instance, Malaysia has high FDI inflows but FDI outflows are also high, so net inflow is negative for 2012 and 2013. I don't remember where I saw the data. ... more »

Christopher Clark Lecture - The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*"The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914"* by Christopher Clark (2013). Christopher Clark - The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914. Source: Fritt Ord. Date Published: November 24, 2013. Description: 'How Europe went to War in 1914' - lecture by Christopher Clark, held at the House of Literature (Litteraturhuset), Oslo, Saturday 23 November 2013. Part of 'The War to End War' - public lectures and debates on the Outbreak, Development, and Aftermath of the First World War.

More deep tweets

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 1 day ago
Slowly emerging from my hiatus, I see Obama was in Texas today. Governor Good Hair doesn't look like he's enjoying the meeting. But hey, photo op. This shot is going to make a great image for his presidential campaign. No, War and Peace is not a book about a guy named Warren Peas. Oh, man, this guy. pic.twitter.com/zPXDfT9vIs — netw3rk (@netw3rk) July 10, 2014

Deep tweets - updated

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 1 day ago
No idea what's happening here but pretty sure crushing a car with a fleeing suspect in it never happened when I was a young lass. Not even in the movies. #Breaking Swat has multiple trucks on scene of police stand off after chase. Car being crushed suspect still inside pic.twitter.com/bEnaHlD5Tk — MyFoxHouston (@MyFoxHouston) July 10, 2014 Update: It appears the suspect in question is a crazed mass murderer. Still, crushing him in his car without due process feels a bit barbaric. Hard to believe it's legal. #KHOU source confirms a 6th victim of the mass shooting has died. http://... more »

World Cup fallout: Does the prospect of pancakes (or even waffles) justify the scourge of soccer? And what about the scourge of Twitter?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Can the World Cup really be unreservedly evil if it leads to the possibility of pancakes (or even, hypothetically, waffles)?* *by Ken* Let's dispose of the obvious questions about Matthew Barzun first. (1) He's currently the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom -- or in fancier lingo, ambassador to the Court of St. James. So you can tell he must have raised a lot of money for President Obama's presidential campaign(s). Ding-ding-ding-ding! In the first Obama presidential campaign, according to Wikipedia: Barzun’s small-dollar fundraisers were supporter-driven via online event ... more »

The New Blitzkrieg, Part II

Edward H. Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
As I wrote a few days ago, a new pattern of warfare is emerging in the Middle East and Africa. This “new blitzkrieg” isn’t really new, but it is asymmetric warfare at its best, pitting swarms of fast-moving, lightly armed fighters operating as a network against hidebound hierarchies of Western-trained and equipped “professional soldiers”. These Continue reading


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
ABC News’ Diane Sawyer misidentifies scenes of the aftermath of Israeli missile strikes in Gaza as destruction caused by Palestinian rocket fire. Sawyer’s bald misreporting reflects either a deliberate lie by ABC News or willful ignorance so severe that Palestinian death and misery is invisible even when it’s staring ABC producers right in the face. I posted the story on FaceBook and got this comment from Fred Morris: Incredible, but not surprising. ABC-News has long been a platform for the State Department's agenda. This reporting is total lies. Back in 1984, when I was local pr... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
I rode my scooter to Brunswick today for a 5:00 pm protest at WalMart in support of the boycott of SodaStream carbonation devices or other products made by this company. SodaStream manufactures these machines within an Israeli settlement in occupied Palestinian territory. These settlements are illegal under international law and are obstacles to peace. We began in front of the doors into WalMart and after a few moments their staff told us to leave. We just ignored them and they called the police. It took another 20 minutes for the cops to arrive and during that time we keep a m... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer (1960-1994) graduated from Revere High School in Bath, Ohio in 1978. On page 145 of the school's Minuteman yearbook, the following text appears on the right side: "JEFF DAHMER: Band 1; Lantern 3; Tennis Intramurals 2, 3, 4; Ohio State Univ. (Business)..." In The Jeffrey Dahmer Story author Don Davis depicts Dahmer as a prankish drunk at Revere who was shy around girls. So well-known were the future murderer's gags that classmates referred to generally outrageous behavior as* "Doing a Dahmer."** During the senior class trip to Washington, D... more »

The State Board of Ed, the Uneducated Educated, and the Unelected

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
By Doug Martin Despite letter after letter and a strong physical presence in support of our democratically elected supt. of public instruction, the Pence/state board/CECI trio today set the ball in motion to steal more power from Glenda Ritz to carry on the billionaires' corporate-theocratic agenda I detail in my book *Hoosier School Heist*. The whole attack against Glenda Ritz is, in essence, an attack against women who make up the majority of the teaching workforce. It is the same "Father-Knows Best" mentality that was at play with Mitch Daniels, which I wrote about a few yea... more »

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