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Saturday, July 12, 2014

12 July - Blogs I'm Following

Location of Alpha Centauri in the constellatio...
Location of Alpha Centauri in the constellation Centaurus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Giveaway: Slide the City

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 4 minutes ago
One of my favorite activities as a child was playing on the slip n' slide during the summer. As I grew the slip n' slide became less fun because there just wasn't enough of it, but now Slide the City is putting the fun back in slip n' slides. Slide the City is coming to Salt Lake City and bringing with them a 1,000 foot water slide. It will stretch from the Captiol building to the Salt Lake Temple and be one awesome ride. Slide The City is a free weekend event open to the public with tickets to ride the slide available for purchase. The event will require the street to be shut down... more »

The Poet: Joy Harjo, "A Map to the Next World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*"A Map to the Next World"* "In the last days of the fourth world I wished to make a map for those who would climb through the hole in the sky. My only tools were the desires of humans as they emerged from the killing fields, from the bedrooms and the kitchens. For the soul is a wanderer with many hands and feet. The map must be of sand and can't be read by ordinary light. It must carry fire to the next tribal town, for renewal of spirit. In the legend are instructions on the language of the land, how it was we forgot to acknowledge the gift, as if we were not in it or of it. Take not... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
"The glare of Alpha Centauri, one of the brightest stars in planet Earth's night sky, floods the left side of this southern skyscape. A mere 4.3 light-years distant, Alpha Centauri actually consists of two component stars similar in size to the Sun, locked in a mutual orbit. Much smaller and cooler, a third member of the same star system, Proxima Centauri, lies outside this field of view. * Click image for larger size.* Still, the telescopic scene does reveal often overlooked denizens of the Milky Way's crowded galactic plane that lie beyond the glare of Alpha Centauri, including a ... more »

“7 Ways to Tell If You’re Not Currently Living Your Highest Purpose in Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*“7 Ways to Tell If You’re Not Currently * *Living Your Highest Purpose in Life”* By Jacob Sokol *1. You’re not waking up excited in the morning.* If you’re not excited (or at least enthusiastic) in the morning – then you’re most likely not living your highest purpose. If you’re waking up a couple of days each week with a monotonous feeling of having to do this again today – that’s probably a sign that you’re “off purpose.” When you’re Living On Purpose, you wake up excited in the morning because a personally exciting life awaits you. “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mir... more »

"Stained Glass..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
“People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.” - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Chet Raymo, “To Look And To Know”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
*“To Look And To Know”* by Chet Raymo “Screws, rivets, ball bearings, pins, axles, couplings, belts, chains, gears, flywheels, levers, rods, ratchets, brakes, pipes, pistons, valves, springs, cranks, cams, pulleys. I have just spent an afternoon perusing again Leonardo da Vinci's Notebooks, or facsimiles thereof. Anyone with an interest in engineering cannot turn these pages without pleasure. What an explosion of ingenuity! A mind racing pell-mell through an encyclopedia of mechanical contrivance, moving at such frenetic speed that application gets left in the lurch. Everything is ... more »

"Illusions..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 35 minutes ago
“Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.” - Sigmund Freud

How Steve Israel's Democratic Mystery Meat Candidates Alienate Democratic Voters

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 37 minutes ago
Yesterday we saw that may more Americans have been leaving the two corrupt Beltway political parties and re-registering as independents. As Emma White pointed out, independents "are skeptical of the political system and doubt that it will produce outcomes that satisfy them." Moments later Rocky Lara, a garden variety Steve Israel mystery meat candidate who has exactly no chance whatsoever to win in her. happily announced she had been endorsed by Israel's band of right-wing fake Dems, the Blue Dogs. She somehow tried blaming incumbent Steve Pearce, who is at least up front about hi... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Sunset"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Sunset"* “Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors which it passes to a row of ancient trees. You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you, one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth, leaving you, not really belonging to either, not so helplessly dark as that house that is silent, not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing that turns to a star each night and climbs– leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads) your own life, timid and standing high and growing, so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out, one moment your life is a ... more »

NAFTA'S CHILDREN

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 hour ago

Afghan Presidential Campaign reaches solution to Runoff Vote Controversy ( July 12 , 2014 ) -- Afghan rivals agree to UN-supervised recount John Kerry says Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani will abide by audit of entire presidential poll to settle dispute.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 hour ago
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/afghan-rivals-agree-un-supervised-recount-201471219451977537.html Afghan rivals agree to UN-supervised recount John Kerry says Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani will abide by audit of entire presidential poll to settle dispute. Last updated: 12 Jul 2014 19:53 [image: Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker] [image: Email Article] [image: Print Article] [image: Share article] [image: Send Feedback] The two rival candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election have agreed to abide by the results of a UN-supervised recount of the entire poll... more »

ONE YEAR IN THE SLAMMER

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
After carrying out a peaceful protests at the Hancock air field in Syracuse, New York where U.S. drones are piloted remotely, Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to a year in prison. Mary Anne had been issued an order of protection aimed at keeping her away from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base after she participated in an act of civil disobedience there in 2012. Last year, Grady Flores says she attended another peace action, but did not participate, instead photographing it from the roadway, beyond what she believed was the base's boundary. She was later told the base's pro... more »

CUPE Ontario has the right idea: Sex work regs ought to be about workers' rights

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 2 hours ago
CUPE is my new favourite union now that CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn has written a piece in the National Post saying the thing Canadians should be aiming for in laws and regulations around the adult, consensual sex industry is a safer workplace for sex workers. So true. The violence and vulnerability that Justice Minister Peter McKay keeps going on about as he tries to push through the flawed and dangerous Bill C-36 exists primarily because sex workers don't enjoy any of the standard workplace protections that the rest of the country's workers rely on. When you're a sex ... more »

The Black Lodge

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 hours ago
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"This Land is Mine" and Marketing the Tools of Occupation

Alison at Creekside - 3 hours ago
Nina Paley's "A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant" and a Who's-killing-who viewer's guide Some news headlines from yesterday and today .. Haaretz :* Israel's international credit to pound Gaza is running out* Businessweek : *Israel Tells Gazans to Leave Homes Before Intensified Attacks* CP : *Canada Accuses UN Official Of Unfairly Criticizing Israeli Operation In Gaza * G&M *: **Harper confirms Canada’s support for Israel in conversation with Netanyahu* Media Co-op : *Canadian hands involved in Gaza bombings* Real News Network interviews Shi... more »

When Joanie met Andy: We meet Doonesbury's Andy Lippincott

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* In this brave new world of Permanent Except-on-Sunday *Doonesbury* Flashbacks -- er, "Classic Doonesbury" -- there is consolation in the reality that the *Doonesbury* archive isn't a bad place to be stranded. There's a lot of stuff here that I myself missed the first time around, and it's been great to catch up on the earlier adventures of characters I only later came to know and cherish. In particular, as regular readers know, I've been fascinated to encounter highlights of the life and times of Joanie Caucus before she became the Joanie Caucus I've known. When last we ... more »

US should "follow" Kiev's lead & act unilaterally on sanctions- Canada does

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
Let's be absolutely clear- The fascist government in Kiev is not acting unilaterally, in any way shape or form. So the idea that the US should follow Kiev's lead is absurd. I couldn't believe anyone, anywhere, accepts that narrative at face value. Does this WP editorial suggest to readers that Europe is not as willing to fall on the sword for the US as even I had believed? And covered previously? *Trigger a cold war to make it easier (for the US) to annex Europe * * Or* *"Toward a Europe Whole & Free" Via NATO global dominance * It is spin from the Washington Post, of course. Germa... more »

“The Universe: For Every Grain Of Sand On Earth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Universe: * *For Every Grain Of Sand On Earth”* by Wait But Why “Some people stick with the traditional, feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. Personally, I go for the old “existential meltdown followed by acting weird for the next half hour.” But everyone feels *something.* A really starry sky seems vast- but all we’re looking at is our very local neighborhood. On the very best nights, we can see up to about 2,500 stars (roughly one hundred-millionth of the stars in our galaxy), and almost all of them are less than 1,000 light ye... more »

occupy your mind

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
occupation nation

ABC News Tells Viewers That Scenes Of Destruction In Gaza Are In Israel

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 6 hours ago
(Before It's News) Saturday, July 12, 2014 [image: Profile image] By N. Morgan If you have ever wondered if mainstream media is intentionally out to deceive you, this should answer that question. Diane Sawyer of NBC showed footage of a bombing in Palestinian and misrepresented it as Israeli victims. NBC along with other media outlets have proven they will change the news to fit this regime’s intentions or to cover their crimes. This is just another example of either incompetency or straight out deception. On her Twitter account on Tuesday, Mrs. Sawyer apologized saying,” I want t... more »

The Unpeopled

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 6 hours ago
July 12, 2014 The world rushes into madness again as the crumbling Empire which designates itself indispensable becomes, in fact if not in its fictions, dispensable and the exceptional people who rule the Empire and its vassal states around the … Continue reading →

@the Chalk Face radio Sunday at 6:00 pm Eastern. #chalktalk #CrazyinCO.

Timothy D. Slekar at @ THE CHALK FACE - 6 hours ago
Tomorrow night @the chalk face radio. Another installment of “Crazy in Colorado.” We will be talking to bully journalist Karin Malchow. Karin just doesn’t understand how paid for reports and internal board press releases can be passed off as news to the public. We will try and help her understand “priority journalism.” Also we’ll be […]

Wasted Taxes/Happy Lobbyists-- Subsidizing Billion Dollar Corporations Through The Export-Import Banks

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Once there was a time… when we knew what it meant to be a Democrat. I remember it. It was the party of the working and middle classes, not another party of Big Business and Wall Street. I can't pinpoint the exact change but one inflection point was when George H.W. Bush was unable to pass NAFTA and Bill Clinton went to Wall Street and said he could do it for them-- the political birth of Rahm Emanuel… and the beginning of a downward spiral for Democrats. Friday, David Sirota pointed out that there was a time when the Export-Import Bank was supported by Republicans and opposed by ... more »

Terror Trains (This Is What We Reap When We Allow Media Manipulators To STOP Oil Replacement by Alternative Energy Sources) At Issue Is Who Shall Rule The World

As the bombing continues in the Gaza and Ukraine (see below) we learn about the ecological bombing the forces of darkness (true, ultimate darkness) have brought much closer to home. And it's not the worst bombing ecologically that we've suffered. From the illuminative Karen Garcia (you gotta love those Garcias!): From the Del Marva News Journal: Rail companies balked at states

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*2014 Saints roster maybe the strongest one ever on paper, Archie Manning says ~Ramon Antonio Vargus*

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Family points finger at OPP after released bipolar woman struck in crash ~N.O. Advocate* *Post-Katrina Politics in New Orleans ~Charlie Cook, National Journal* *Homeless camp concerns grow over aggressive panhandling ~WWLTV* *Rental demand in metro area soars to new heights ~WVUE* *Generous retirement benefit boost slipped into bill for State Police Col. Mike Edmonson on last day of legislative session ~Louisiana Voice*

July 12: What's going on?

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 8 hours ago
Ain't nothing going on in Section A of Friday's paper. In C, page 5, we have a headline "Pension report favours province's pension reforms". The sub-head tells us the N.B. Superintendent of pensions is one of the authors of the report. There is one thing it doesn't tell us; and there is a question it doesn't ask. It tells us that the report comes from the C.D.Howe Institute. What it doesn't tell us is that this is a fancy name for what is, in fact, a propaganda house for big business. It has no interest in human needs and, indeed, no understanding of them. It's aim, it's only aim, i... more »

Dearth of Earthworms in Ontario

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
The Wall Street Journal reports “Worm Shortage Bites Fishing Trade” (2014, July 12-13), p. A5 Apparently Ontario is the center of commercial picking of the earthworms (nightcrawlers) used as fishing bait. The worms are actually “hand-picked in the wild” and then shipped south in the millions. This year has been the biggest collapse in Ontario’s nightcrawlers in at least 26 years, according to the article. Bad weather in Ontario caused a delay in Spring (March-May) picking and the shortages due to delays were exacerbated by “a dry May” that “kept the moisture-loving creatures b... more »

Missile-destroying Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle Intercepts Target

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 9 hours ago
[image: Ground-based Interceptor]Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile target in space on Sunday, marking the first successful intercept for the latest variant of the EKV and the ninth for the overall program. “This is an important moment for our nation,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. “The successful test reflects the tireless systems-engineering work by a joint government-industry team to ensure the U.S. is protected from long-range ballistic missiles.” The intercept took place during a Missile D... more »

I have coined an new word " Prepperation (TM)"

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
*Prepperation (TM) - the act of actively preparing or thinkingaboot TEOTWAWKI. One who practices prepperation is a Prepperationalist (TM)* *Copyright bitches, when the end of the world comes, I will trade the use of this word for food.* *These other people forgot to TM it.*

The Beast

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
A new e bike that tickles my fancy. They claim for use less than 10KM a day the solar panels on the battery case will do the charging. The top model ($3500 CDN) claims a 45KM range with a top speed of 32 KM/hr. Well done people! You can help kickstart it here. I have added it to my shopping list for the end times.

Climate Change Hits Hard in Nevada

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
If you really want to understand the pickle the Southwest USA is now in watch Cadillac Desert. Its a fascinating 1997 documentary about water management. Red Red Flags should be going off all over America. Twenty five % of America's agricultural output is produced in deserts. When things can no longer move forward they stop.

@the Chalk Face radio Sunday at 6:00 pm Eastern. #chalktalk #CrazyinCO.

Timothy D. Slekar at @ THE CHALK FACE - 10 hours ago
Tomorrow night @the chalk face radio. Another installment of “Crazy in Colorado.” We will be talking to bully journalist Karin Malchow. Karin just doesn’t understand how paid for reports and internal board press releases can be passed off as news to the public. We will try and help her understand “priority journalism.” Also we’ll be […]

Saturday Interview: Jim Jepps

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 11 hours ago
*Imitation, nay, outright plagiarism is the highest form of flattery. In this spirit find below the first in a regular Saturday feature carrying on the fine tradition established by the late Norman Geras. Eagle-eyed readers might spot a resemblance/"adaptation" of some of Norm's questions. So, from now on look forward to the low down from activists, bloggers, political types and other cool cats. And we kick off the series with ...* Jim Jepps is a political activist in Camden, London. He's written for a variety of publications and is involved in the *The North London Star*, launched... more »

Latest Democrat Fundraising Scam: Obama Impeachment Looming

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 11 hours ago
Bereft of ideas, loathed by many progressives as unable to continue to maintain the illusion that they are not eaten to the core by corruption the Democrats, facing an epic ass-kicking come November are fundraising off of the fear tactic that the so-called Tea Party contingent is going to impeach President Barack Obama. This is ridiculous and really, when it comes right down to it the bastard deserves to be impeached although not for any of the silly horseshit that John Boehner and Sarah Palin are accusing him of. Obama, like ALL US presidents are by definition war criminals and an... more »

RIP- Tommy Ramone-- Thank God For The Ramones… Or We Could Still Be Listening To Journey

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Alan Grayson: "None of the Ramones started as a Ramone. But now we are all Ramones."* Yesterday Thomas Erdelyi-- Tommy Ramone-- passed away, age 62, after a struggle with bile duct cancer. He was the band's original manager but by the time they were ready to record their eponymous first album, he was also the drummer. He stayed with the band for their first 3 studio albums, *Ramones*, *Leave Home* and *Rocket to Russia*, as well as their first live album *It's Alive* and co-produced the latter three. (He also produced *Road to Ruin* and *Too Tough to Die* and the Replacements' c... more »

How many children?

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
I’ve been quiet recently because people on other websites have tackled specific instances of unfair reporting more assiduously than I have been able to. BBC Watch in particular regularly highlights errors and thoughtless statements made by interviewers and reporters, which are apt to compound misunderstandings and confuse the public in the name of clarification and impartiality. Yolande Knell and Jeremy Bowen have been particularly unhelpful recently. Knell is in Gaza to “tell your story” like Alan Johnston before her, but that shouldn’t mean spouting untrue propaganda such as the ... more »

Northerntruthseeker Vacation Alert

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
Yes, I am taking a much needed vacation break, or as my friend Digger in the UK says… A 'tea up' …. It is long overdue, and hopefully will alleviate some of the stress that I have been going through over the last while…. I will be bringing a portable laptop with me to keep me up to speed on what is really going on in the world….. I have asked my friend, Whitewraithe, if she wants to give it a whirl at putting up a weekly "rant" over the next few weeks in my absence and she said she would give it a shot….. It will be interesting to read and I can guarantee it will be just as infor... more »

The Genocide Of The People Of Gaza: Is THIS Not A War Crime? Israel Purposely Targeting Hospitals In Gaza!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
Yes, the assault on the innocent people of Gaza continues unabated as of today… The criminal and psychotic state of Israel is well into its murderous rampage on the largest open air concentration camp on the planet known as the Gaza Strip and it continues to use the outright LIE that the attacks are in "response" to "rocket attacks" originating from that strip! The fact is that there is no way in hell considering how much Israel has surveillance and control over the strip that materials for making such rockets is even possible for the people of Gaza… That is why I smell another rat... more »

Open letter to Ellie Herman, or how Green Dot's Marco Petruzzi's special education policies hurt everyone including their own administrators

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
*"It is not legally or morally acceptable that these so-called "schools of choice" that are concentrated in urban communities and supported with public funds, should be permitted to operate as segregated learning environments where students are more isolated by race, socioeconomic class, disability, and language than the public school district from which they were drawn." — COPAA* [image: Marco Petruzzi takes pride in Green Dot Charter Corporation's discrimination against special needs students] Wall Street privatization darling Marco Petruzzi (above) led a beleaguered Green Dot th... more »

Supplemental: Education reporting in the Post!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014* *The latest sorry example:* We’re often amazed by the education reporting in the Washington Post. Thursday produced the latest example. Education reporter Emma Brown published a news report bearing this headline: “Critics of D.C. education policies question test score gains.” Test score gains are always subject to (competent) challenge, of course. That said, we were struck by the part of Brown’s report which we've posted below. In this passage, Brown refers to Ellen Weiss, one of the “education advocates” who says the District’s test score gains overstate... more »

It's Saturday...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*what's going on.* Moonbattery: Some Blacks Can Smell the Coffee Regarding Demographic Transformation Conservative Hideout 2.0: Border Crisis, ISIS, IRS, VA, Benghazi, NSA, Fast & Furious and more = Half Month Vacay for Obama Clash Daily: PREPARE FOR INVASION: Mexico and Guatemala Partner Up And Make Fast Track For Illegals to Cross the Border All the Right Snark: DIANNY RANTS: Have You Had Enough? IOwnTheWorld: Obama’s TSA: allowing illegals to fly without identification

Out of nothing, nature makes something.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*Reposted from 2013... big changes coming, time to learn adaptation skills.... -AK* From: http://www.kk.org/outofcontrol/ch24-b.html *Excerpt from the book Out of Control, by Kevin Kelly* *Out of nothing, nature makes something.* First there is hard rock planet; then there is life, lots of it. First barren hills; then brooks with fish and cattails and red-winged blackbirds. First an acorn; then an oak tree forest. I'd like to be able to do that. First a hunk of metal; then a robot. First some wires; then a mind. First some old genes; then a dinosaur. How do you make something ... more »

Insolvable Problems Really Aren't

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 14 hours ago
The Israel-Palestine tragedy isn't insolvable. It simply isn't the case that the peace-loving people of Israel will be forever doomed to their tragic "self-defence" against the insane death-cultist Palestinian Arabs. It seems like an insolvable problem to some observers because they think that the weak, barely armed Palestinians are irrationally hurling themselves against the benevolent and wise and heavily armed and powerful Israelis out of vile anti-Semitism and nationalist delusions and infernal Muslim blood-lust. The reality, of course, is that bigoted Israeli expansionists are ... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
I was mentioned in Tom Ricks post “Iraq, the unraveling (XXXVIII): Will it exist in 5 years?” at his Best Defense blog on Foreign Policy, and quoted in Hayder al-Khoei's "Why are Iraq's politicians dithering as their country burns?" on CNN. I was interviewed for this article "Islamic State issues wages to government employees in Mosul" in the Middle East Eye, and EPIC talked with me about the current situation in Iraq in its latest Podcast "An Iraq Update: A Look At The Iraqi Security Crisis."

REUTERS VIDEO: ISIL Parades Military Hardware In Syria

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
1st few vehicles were all captured in Iraq and taken to Syria

Following Rhonda's Advice: Be a "Little Badass"

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
With salary and benefits at $550,000 a year, it won't be easy to pry Weingarten from her offices at AFT. But following the advice she offered teachers at the convention, here are a few ways teachers might be a "little BadAss": 1) Place pickets outside AFT and NEA headquarters until policies and leadership change to protect children, teachers, and parents, rather than exploit them. 2) Disrupt every meeting of AFT and NEA with pro-children and pro-education pickets. 3) Write letters to your local newspaper outlining the corruption of AFT and NEA misleadership. 4) Organize a real u... more »

Judge Throws Out Unconstitutional Florida Republican Gerrymandering Of Congressional Districts

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
There was a virtual earthquake in Florida politics Thursday when Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis threw out Florida's congressional map. The grubby Florida legislature has a long and sordid history of gerrymandering the state to create congressional districts for themselves and their allies and this has featured collusion from both parties, so not just slime-ball former Republican legislators like Ander Crenshaw, Daniel Webster, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Adam Putnam and Lincoln Diaz-Balart who created congressional districts for themselves but equally sleazy and corrupt Dem... more »

That Will Take Some Doing

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://bookdome.com/ Stephen Harper came to Ottawa like a bull in a china shop -- determined to get his way in all things, even if it meant destroying the shop in the process. But, Carol Goar writes, the bull has been wounded: It took a while to find the chinks in Stephen Harper’s armour. But Canadians have done it now. They are chipping away at the prime minister’s policies on everything from electoral reform to military procurement. Advocacy groups have raised red flags, the media have highligh... more »

Belarus sold two "Stilet" missile systems to Azerbaijan

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 15 hours ago
[image: T38 stiletto]Belarusian "Tetraedr" company, which is engaged in the development of advanced electronic systems of armaments and modernization of air defense, has already sold two "Stilet" type missile systems to Azerbaijan. As reports "Armenpress", referring to Azerbaijani media, Igor Novikov, head of the department of the Belarusian company "Tetraedr", in a conversation with journalists said that two "Stilet" systems had been already delivered to Azerbaijan and the company now holds a large order. The company also suspended cooperation with Kiev KB "Ray" to develop a new ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*UK: Boys losing out in university gender gap: Nearly 95,000 more women apply for degrees to start this autumn* The gender gap in the race for university places is bigger than ever as young men become a ‘disadvantaged’ group on campus. Nearly 95,000 more women than men applied to start degree courses this autumn as girls’ success at school translated into university applications. Demand among both sexes rose this year despite £9,000-a-year tuition fees but applications from women grew faster, increasing four per cent against men’s three per cent. Figures published by the Universit... more »

The Health Benefits Of Boneset (Eupatorium Perfoliatum)

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
BONESET, Eupatorium perfoliatum Strangely enough, this boneset herb has nothing to do with a broken bone. This is another herb that was introduced to us from our friends, the Native American Indians. They used it to fight flu and fevers. When they tried to describe the terrible pain that was felt in the bones and the muscles from the fever of influenza, they called it “break bone fever.” This fever make you feel like your bones were breaking. From this name “break bone fever” the name modified to “boneset.” Boneset is a perennial plant that grows to about four or five feet tall wi... more »

Tennis, taxes, patriotism, and jealousy

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
Taxes are a form of institutionalized theft. When they get too high, subjectively or objectively, successful people start to escape – covertly or overtly – the nation that is stealing in this way. That's why Depardieu became a Russian chap. Czech tennis players (plus some other athletes) generally employ their residence in Monaco to get rid of their Czech taxes. It is totally legal and understandable. Our best female tennis player is open and honest about it and I appreciate it. Needless to say, if I could legally save millions in this way (and if I found the amount of paperwork "... more »

Bravo To Beech-Nut Baby Foods Company.

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
[image: Foto: Beech-Nut is leaving Gerber in the dust and has announced that they are going through Non-GMO Project Verification for ALL Beech-Nut baby foods. On the company's website: “We believe the Non-GMO Project's seal is a good fit for our products, because the seal is trustworthy, defensible, transparent, and (most importantly) requires ongoing testing.” Beech-Nut is owned by the Swiss branded consumer-goods firm Hero Group. We'd like to thank Beech-Nut for understanding that American babies should not be eating Roundup drenched, pesticide-producing GMOs and for doing the rig... more »

Debate on 'Dateline'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Having spent so many posts on this blog bemoaning the bias of Gavin Esler's *Dateline London - *especially the way that bias so often results in a soggy *bien pensant *consensus where *all* the panelists agree with each other - it's good to report that today's *Dateline *most definitely did *not* achieve a cosy consensus. Very far from it... ...especially on the issue of the present Israel-Gaza conflict. The panel split three-against-one, with Algerian journalist Nabila Ramdani representing the Palestinian side, and the others (liberal U.S. writer Michael Goldfarb, left-wing Frenc... more »

PH finalizing P2.68B air defense radar deal with Israel

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Elta ELM-2288 AD-Star radar]The Philippines is fast tracking the acquisition of air defense surveillance radars from Israel’s Elta Systems so it can monitor intrusions in its air space. The project worth P2.68 billion ($62.85 million*) will fund the installation of radar systems in Palawan to cover the West Philippines Sea (South China Sea) and old radar sites Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro and Pasuquin Air Station in Ilocos Norte. “Palawan is a new location but even the old ones have to be restored or we have to build new basing facilities. This is part of the overall ... more »

EXACTO Demonstrates First-Ever Guided .50-Caliber Bullets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program recently conducted the first successful live-fire tests demonstrating in-flight guidance of .50-caliber bullets. This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is aimed. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful hits. Read more

Embraer to partner with Saab on fighter jets for Brazil air force

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Gripen NG]Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer will partner with Sweden's Saab in the development and manufacture of 36 Gripen NG fighter jets for Brazil's air force, the two companies said in a press release Friday. Embraer and Saab, which was awarded a $4.5 billion fighter-jet contract from Brazil late last year, signed a memorandum of understanding to partner in joint program management for the Brazilian air force's so-called F-X2 Project. "Under this agreement, Embraer will perform a leading role in the overall program performance as well as undertake an extensive share of ... more »

U.S. Navy maintains grounding order for F-35 fighter jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35C Lightning II]The U.S. Navy on Friday maintained a grounding order for F-35 B-model and C-model fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, saying it was still not clear what caused a massive engine failure on an Air Force F-35 jet on June 23. "At this time, I do not have sufficient information to return the F-35B and F-35C fleet to flight," Vice Admiral David Dunaway, who heads the Navy's Air Systems Command, said in an update to a fleetwide grounding order issued by U.S. officials on July 3. A copy of the document was obtained by Reuters. Dunaway said in the document... more »

Brasil v Germany World Cup semi-final with no Brazilian players

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The World Cup semi-final between Germany and Brazil with no Brazilian players. http://youtu.be/gBF9MUsNUkQ Not too far removed from how easy it felt at the time!

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 20 hours ago
*Hurricane Katrina defies comparisons ~Jarvis DeBerry*

America Sets Sail: New Class Of Amphib, LHA-6, Leaves Shipyard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
After five years in the shipyard, the first of a new class of Navy amphibious warship set sail today from its Pascagoula, Miss. birthsite for San Francisco, headed for the fleet. LHA-6 will be commissioned as the USS America this October. America has been controversial in the military and on this website. I’ve argued the LHA-6 is a dead end in naval design, because in order to carry more aircraft — MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors, F-35B Joint Strike Fighter jump-jets — it sacrifices the well deck required to launch landing craft and amtracs, which sort of takes the “amphibious” out of “amp... more »

N. Korea vows to boost nuclear forces against U.S. threat

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS George Washington]North Korea threatened Saturday to strengthen its nuclear forces as a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier prepares to take part in joint military exercises with South Korea and Japan. The 97,000-ton supercarrier USS George Washington arrived at South Korea's southeastern port city of Busan on Friday to participate in naval drills with the South Korean Navy in the country's southwest sea from July 16-21. The carrier is also set to participate in a search and rescue exercise with South Korean and Japanese maritime forces in waters south of the southern ... more »

Congressman Says Wrong Time to Dry Dock Cruisers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Lake Erie]Lawmakers overseeing the nation's sea service believe that the U.S. Navy's plans to pull half of its cruiser fleet out of commission for expensive upgrades will send these critical missile boats to an early grave. Currently, the Navy has 22 missile cruisers that serve as key players in the air defense of the service's aircraft carrier groups. These cruisers provide ballistic missile defense but also serve as the command and control ship for larger, guided missile destroyers, Navy officials said. Navy leaders, testifying Thursday before the House Armed Services ... more »

Indian Navy takes delivery of INS Kolkata

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
INS Kolkata, the indigenously built lead ship of the Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyers, has been delivered to the Indian Navy, following extensive sea trials and tests at the Mazgaon Dock (MDL), India. The MDL-built anti-submarine warfare (ASW) vessel's official commissioning ceremony could be held in a month's time. MDL chief managing director rear admiral (retired) R.K. Shrawat was quoted by the Asian Age as saying that the destroyer will be called Yard 701, but will be designated as INS Kolkata after the ceremony. Read more

France may have just what DND needs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dassault Rafale]A phalanx of major French defence firms is lining up to provide Canada with new warships and planes, in hopes of prying a share of the biggest Canadian military hardware bonanza since the Second World War away from U.S. industry heavyweight Lockheed Martin. In the process the French appear to be offering the Harper government a timely and politically salable off-ramp from its multiyear, multibillion-dollar procurement mess. What remains to be seen is whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper and cabinet have the wit and wherewithal to seize the opportunity, or w... more »

Britains future frigate: A look at the Type 26 Global Combat Ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Type 26 Global Combat Ship]The shake up of the armed forces is well underway, with the UK moving forward with plans for its future of defence and security. This has seen numerous projects announced and completed for use on the land, in the air, and sea. One of the biggest recent procurement projects going through the system is the replacement of the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates. The al-new replacement Type 26 will also have a primary role as a specialist anti-submarine warfare ship, but it will be expected to be inherently flexible in capability and able to carry out a wid... more »

RIMPAC 2014 Participants Conduct Sinking Exercise

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Live fire from ships, submarines and aircraft participating in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2014 sank the decommissioned USS Ogden (LPD 5) at 7:28 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in waters 15,000 feet deep, 55 nautical miles northwest of Kauai. Units from the Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States participated in the sinking exercise (SINKEX), which provided them the opportunity to gain proficiency in tactics, targeting and live firing against a surface target at sea “The SINKEX is just one of the unique training opportunities offered at RIMPAC on the state-of-the-art... more »

No TTIP Day Of Action All Across The UK On 12 July 2014

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
Source: http://weownit.org.uk/blog/hands-our-public-services-say-no-ttip For a better understanding of what is at stake, please view the video you can view by clicking on the link below: *http://vimeo.com/98116253*

Does anyone else struggle with movement in the classroom?

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 21 hours ago
This from the Answer Sheet: In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests yet another reason more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it: the amount […]

What is important about poetry from the First World War? + Santanu Das on First World War poetry

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
What is important about poetry from the First World War? Source: Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press). Date Published: June 23, 2014. Description: As we approach the centenary, Jon Stallworthy looks at what was significant about the First World War in marking such a major shift in war poetry. From Julian Grenfell to Wilfred Owen, he maps the change in attitudes to the horrors they witnessed. Santanu Das on First World War poetry. Source: Cambridge Academic Books. Date Published: June 26, 2014. Description: In the run up to the centenary of the First World War Santanu Das t... more »

Three Year Anniversary!

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 day ago
Today marks the three-year anniversary of Middle Class Political Economist. It's hard to believe I've been at this for three years! According to Blogger, I've had over 480,000 page views in that time. I want to thank everyone for reading, commenting, and emailing me. I owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have helped promote my blog, including Marty Pflugrath at BartCop Entertainment, Mark Thoma, Brad DeLong, Laffy at The Political Carnival, the folks behind Mike's Blog Roundup at Crooks & Liars, Mike the Mad Biologist, Lynn Parramore at AlterNet, and Dan Crawford at Angry Bear.... more »

Crumbs Bake Shop (2003-2014?)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Among the pictures I found when I looked at the still-there Crumbs website today was this one, which originally I thought was too heartbreaking to reproduce. Then I thought it would help us remember all those people who found out suddenly this week that they were out of work. If it's any comfort to the young lady on the far right, it wouldn't have made any difference if she'd had her Crumbs cap for the photo.* *by Ken* Okay, it may be premature to write an obituary for Crumbs Bake Shops. The NYT's Sydney Ember is now reporting: "Crumbs Cupcakes May Live Another Day." It’s not ove... more »

Thomas Lynch on the turmoil in Iraq

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Thomas Lynch on the turmoil in Iraq. Source: CCTV America. Date Published: July 11, 2014. Description: For more on the turmoil in Iraq, we are joined by Thomas Lynch. He is a research fellow for South Asia and the Near East at the Institute of National Strategic Studies here in Washington DC, and he also writes and lectures on the Middle East.

July 11: just annoyed. that's all..

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
It's late Friday night. I should be in bed doing crossword puzzles. But It's been a bloody annoying day - starting with a CTV "news" report on Palestine. And once annoyance after another came to me mind that I must write about some day. Not tonight. Tonight is just about things I should write about - and I thought maybe it might get you thinking, and sending in things that have always bugged you. 1. The CTV news on Palestine was so biased and ignorant it was painful to watch. These TV news bits with there exquisitely coiffed women news readers, and the men, usually men, who claim t... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Satire: “LeBron Congratulates People of Cleveland on Having Him Back”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“LeBron Congratulates People of Cleveland on Having Him Back”* by Andy Borowitz CLEVELAND (The Borowitz Report) — “In an emotional speech to the people of Cleveland on Friday, N.B.A. superstar LeBron James congratulated them on “realizing the incredible dream of having me back.” Appearing as a fifty-foot hologram projected on the side of Quicken Loans Arena, James seemed on the verge of tears several times as he praised the city for achieving what he called “a goal no words can describe.” “The city of Cleveland has taken some hard knocks over the years,” James said. “But here you ... more »

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Updates ( July 11 , 2014 ) Today's 6.8 quake near Fukushima is the second notable quake in less than a week for Japan ........... Plant status , updates regarding remediation attempts ......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Fukushima Diary..... [Breaking] M6.8 hit Fukushima offshore / No update on Fukushima plant status[image: [Breaking] M6.8 hit Fukushima offshore / No update on Fukushima plant status] 219 30 0 1 July 11, 2014 At 4:22 7/12/2014 (JST), a strong earthquake of M6.8 hit Fukushima offshore. The maximum seismic intensity was 4. In area where Fukushima nuclear plant is located, it was 3. The epicenter was approx. 10km deep. At this moment, no update on Fukushima plant situation has been published. http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/ http://weathernews.jp/quake/ M5.8 quake hit South part of ... more »

Direct from Zhongshan: In which I enter the Video Import Business, without even knowing it

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Wouldn't you guess Zhongshan is lovely this time of year? I hope if when my DVDs arrive, they have not only nice pictures from home but maybe some amusing stories.* *by Ken* We all know how Jerry Seinfeld and in particular his friend George Costanza lurked on the fringes of the import-export business. Little did I imagine that one day I would find myself too on the periphery of this noble calling. If When I actually get my stuff, I think I will qualify more or less officially as a *video importer*. Which brings us to the picturesque Chinese metropolis depicted above. Ah, Zhongsh... more »

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Time Is Running Out - Iraq Edition

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 1 day ago
Whenever the United States or its partners in war crimes face a seemingly intractable foreign adversary - one that refuses to simply yield to Western domination or diktat - the "ticking clock" paradigm is invoked, lending a fierce urgency to the threats, ultimatums, and bullying demands made by government officials. For them, time is always running out. Whether it's the non-existent "

Ukraine Updates ( July 11 , 2014 ) -- State of play in the ongoing civil war between Kiev and Federalists in South East Ukraine ...... Latest in the ongoing natural gas talks ( nothing will happen until Europe feels cold weather )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://rt.com/news/172160-east-ukraine-military-killed/ 'At least 30' Ukrainian military killed as militia shell convoy with Grad rockets Published time: July 11, 2014 18:28 Edited time: July 11, 2014 19:54 Get short URL [image: image from @soborna_com] image from @soborna_com Share on tumblr Trends Ukraine turmoil Tags Arms, Conflict, Military, Opposition,Politics, Ukraine Dozens of Ukraine’s government troops have been reportedly killed after local militia shelled pro-Kiev military forces with Grad rocket launchers. President Poroshenko has vowed “killing hundreds” for each deceased... more »

Russia Likely to Extend Political Asylum for Patriotic Snowden

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
At this point it is difficult to see the Obama administration, the warmongering neocons at the State Department and the constantly squealing authoritarian freaks in Congress getting any bigger bug up their asses than the one that they already have embedded there against Russian leader Vladimir Putin so it remains to be seen how much weeping and gnashing of the teeth will occur now that the word out of Russia is that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's asylum is likely to be extended. This would be great news for those of us in *The Homeland* and the larger world outside who value t... more »

"Confessions of a Former Child Laborer"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Confessions of a Former Child Laborer" * by Bill Bonner "I wish we could get into that painfulness stuff." – One luggage handler to another, overheard in the airport in Paris "Today, exceptionally, we write about something we know something about: painfulness. This is our translation of a new concept in French labor law. It involves something called "la pénibilité," which refers to the difficulty, suffering or pain, involved in a job. Sitting at a desk in an air-conditioned office involves little or no pénibilité. Carrying heavy roof tiles up a steep ladder in the rain, by contras... more »

RUSSELL BRAND ON FOX NEWS & ISIS

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Let's not forget that the US and NATO have been funding, directing, and training ISIS in Jordan in recent years. ISIS was being used to take down Syria and were of no concern until they turned on Iraq. Blow back it is called.

Nothing In America Could Be As Bad As The KGB, The Stasi, The Gestapo And The SS… Right?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Tuesday we took a quick look at the story of how the NSA's war against patriotic whistleblower Tom Drake persuaded Ed Snowden to move outside the system to expose the criminal activities the government was perpetrating against the American people. In the story we met William Binney. Up top is the short documentary Laura Poitras did for the *NY Times* about Binney in 2012. It should scare your socks off. Binney was a top intelligence officer/code breaker with the NSA for over 30 years. Like Drake-- and with Drake-- he was a by-the-book, patriotic whistleblower when Bush and Cheney... more »

WORKER OWNED COOPS

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
As Americans are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the profit-driven motives of big business, a documentary airing on PBS this month endeavors to bring to light the worker-owned cooperative model that has begun to take hold in many sectors throughout North America. Shift Change, by filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, tells the "little known" stories behind some of the most successful worker-owned businesses in North America and Spain.

UKIE FASCISTS WANT MORE AID FROM U.S.

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Canadian activist Roger Annis shares: The internet is flooded with videos of the killings and rampages by [Kiev's] fascist militias in eastern Ukraine. The fascists like to boast about their murders and rampages. Here is one video of a battalion of the neo-Nazi Right Sector near the village of Karlovka, southeast Ukraine on July 6. Right Sector leader Dmytro Yarosh addresses his ‘troops’ shortly after they had engaged in a skirmish with self defense fighters. Below is the translated text of his remarks. Note the close ties with the Ukraine army and U.S. advisors that Yarosh ackno... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Flood Authority gives 17th Street Canal levee an 'all clear' ~WVUE* *AG: 'Big Oil' lawsuit supporter's term is over ~WWL* *For New Orleans coroner Jeffrey Rouse, a battle to restore trust and win new funds ~Richard A. Webster* *A look back at the roots of The Lens’ Squandered Heritage ~Karen Gadbois* *Southeast Louisiana NWS officials learn lessons from Hurricane Arthur ~WDSU* *Shrimp prices up as season closes ~Xerxes Wilson, Daily Comet* *Tainted Legacy: Wealthy and powerful vs. big oil ~WWLTV * *Land grab in Rapides: lawyer buys 2200 acres surrounding black family and then fen... more »

NATURE TO DESTROY JEJU NAVAL BASE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Regis Tremblay writes: This is a beautifully done short film showing the recent storm that just brushed Jeju, but did great damage to the caissons that will be the docks for the base. From Korean Director, Cho, Sung Bong. This open water naval base being constructed on Jeju Island, South Korea to port US warships is a contradiction in nature. When big typhoons come to this area they will continually over power the man-made breakwater walls being built with cement. The Samsung construction corporation that has the contract to build the base will have to keep repairing the breakw... more »

The SWP's Moral Vacuity

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Revolutionary politics has long been a fringe pursuit in Britain. The parties and organisations representing this tradition have barely got two activists to rub together. It has next to zero purchase in the media and as for elections, forget it. Yet when it comes to ambition, it's vaulting. Self-described revolutionary socialists seek nothing less than the seizure of power and the building of a new, more democratic society. Therefore in the 15 or so years I saw myself as part of the "movement", I approached questions of theory and practice through this lens. How do we get from the p... more »

Supplemental: The second question from Terry Gross!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014* *A peculiar follow-up question:* This morning, the New York Times continues with its new story. Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees aren’t just for the Washington Post any more! This is the way Amy Chozick starts her new report: CHOZICK (7/11/14): Of all the headaches of her current book tour—the declining sales, the constant travel, *the interviews that generated unkind headlines about her family’s wealth*—this one may sting Hillary Rodham Clinton the most: Her memoir, “Hard Choices,” has just been toppled from its spot on the best-seller list by a sensational... more »

THE OTHER BLITZKRIEG

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
I read yesterday that the US-NATO puppets in Kiev were moving heavy artillery and tanks near their border with Crimea. The Kiev thugs have been told to start a war with Russia by drawing them into eastern Ukraine. Russia would only take such a step to protect the people who have called for regional autonomy and are now being daily attacked by Kiev's neo-fascist led army. But so far Russia has not taken the bait.The puppet masters back in Washington, London and at NATO HQ in Brussels are likely pounding the table in furry. They have to force Kiev to be even more provocative in... more »

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