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Thomas Paine

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

13 July - Blogs I'm Following

English: Poster in Occitan language from the F...
English: Poster in Occitan language from the French Revolution period (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Exhibit at the alter to reason from t...
English: Exhibit at the alter to reason from the French Revolution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Romantic history painting. Commemorates the Fr...
Romantic history painting. Commemorates the French Revolution of 1830 (July Revolution) on 28 July 1830. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"The Storming of the Bastille", Visi...
"The Storming of the Bastille", Visible in the center is the arrest of Bernard René Jourdan, marquis de Launay (1740-1789), Watercolor painting; 37,8 x 50,5 cm Español: "Toma de la Bastilla", En el centro se apreciaba el aresto del marqués de Launay Português: A "Tomada da Bastilha", no centro se vê a prisão de Jourdan de René de Bernard, marquês de Laundry (1740-1789). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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It’s Bastille Day!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 26 minutes ago
*It might be Germany’s day on the sports field, but it’s France’s day in history…* Eugene Delacroix: *Liberty Leading the People*, 1830 *The French Revolution and the Marseillaise should not be symbols of Liberty. The *Art* about the French Revolution should definitely be . . .* - Sandrine Lonchampt *“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”* With those words, and a litany of hope and despair to follow, Charles Dickens began his novel of the French Revolution – the Revolution celebrated today on the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille. *It was the best of ... more »

METRO | Beverly Baker Moore : Old and in the way in Austin

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 42 minutes ago
This article is a casual investigation of available cheap digs for seniors in Austin. By Beverly Baker Moore | The Rag Blog | July 13, 2014 AUSTIN — As the saying goes, getting old ain’t for sissies, especially in a … finish reading *METRO* | Beverly Baker Moore : Old and in the way in Austin


Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 42 minutes ago

Northern San Diego County-- Will They Ever Have Good Representation In Congress?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 42 minutes ago
Though many of the most salient questions about his corruption have never been addressed, Republican former-congressman/*DWT* star Duke Cunningham is out of prison. Apparently, we will never find out what happened to the $400,000 Thomas "Gus" Kontogiannis gave Cunningham to pay off George W. Bush for a pardon. (Be sure to read the comments at the link; some of these folks have very inside information they're sharing.) Anyway, now that the Dukester is out, the media isn't asking him about the bribes, especially not the big Bush bribe, just about what it was like to be in a Club Fed.... more »

Meet & Greet (#MtaGt) - July - EcoFriendlyLink

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 42 minutes ago
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American Federation of Teachers: “Remediating” Duncan and Retaining the “Corrupted” Common Core

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
I’m wondering what of substance was accomplished thus far at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) national convention in Los Angeles July 11-14, 2014. On July 13, 2014, AFT was supposed to consider asking for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s resignation. The National Education Association (NEA) passed a resolution on July 4, 2014, asking Duncan […]

Do you dance when you come to work every morning?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
Why not. Tim does. Isn’t capitalism wonderful? [Hat tip Barbara Clarihew] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

RANT in process.....

Whitewraithe~ at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
*Just wanted to let everyone know that, yes, Sunday's "RANT" is a bit late, obviously.* *I guess I'm just a little intimidated taking over for NTS these next few weeks because I know what his readers have come to expect and I hope to meet just a few of those expectations. * *NTS told me to just write from the heart, which is difficult for me. I'm too much of a planner and more calculated, so I guess he meant I need to loosen up and let the words flow. Some can do that with no hesitation and NTS is no doubt brilliant on that point. His mind works in tandem with the coordination... more »

Entre vista de Robert Kiyosaki

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 2 hours ago
Si quieres tener Esperanza, reconpensa por tu trabajo, y rescatatar tu familia applica lo que dice este señor, Kiyosaki en tu vida Seed Newsvine

Thomas Piketty and ‘The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
*Guest post by Andrew Wilson* Ludwig Von Mises’ treatise on why capitalism sits in the dock, falsely accused of various crimes against humanity, is a classic: his book *The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality *bravely saying what still needs to be said. It offers a robust rebuttal to the jaundiced view of capitalism found (most recently and conspicuously) in Thomas Piketty’s *Capital in the Twenty-First Century*. In *The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality*, Mises asks: Why do so many people “loathe” capitalism? He gives a threefold answer. The first factor is simple ignorance. Few people cred... more »


Neoconservative master propagandist Jonathan Tobin writing in *Commentary* today says about the current crisis that “Hamas set events in motion last month when some of its operatives kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers and then escalated the conflict by shooting several hundred rockets into the Jewish state from its Gaza stronghold”. Rubbish. It was Israel that set events in motion when IDF snipers shot dead Gazan civilians during the months preceding the current crisis. A number of those randomly murdered were farmers tending fields close to the border with Israel. One ... more »

Book Watch: In the course of a 6000-mile trans-Eurasian horseback journey, a technological time warp changes lives

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Central Mongolia is where Tim began his 6000-mile westward horseback journey across the steppe to the Danube. With both Russia to the north and the Chinese "autonomous" province of Xinjiang to the south closed to a foreigner in 2004, he continued into giant Kazakhstan, the second-largest of the former Soviet republics (after Russia). There he met Bakhetbek, a Kazakh born near the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi who had fled back to ancestral Kazakhstan because of anti-Kazakh violence (the murder of his brothers) tolerated, if not actually encouraged, by the Chinese regime. Bakhetbek's ... more »

dark city

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
dark city trailer


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Apologies for not tending the blog too well recently. To those who asked: nothing was wrong -- I was just up to my eyes getting out work while preparing for and attending a conference. Evidence of the very blurry variety below. [image: HETSA1] Ask me anything, if you’re curious. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
The US-NATO are pushing for war with Russia. By actively supporting the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev, Ukraine with money, weapons, and military advisers the plan is that Russia will eventually come to the aid of Russian ethnic people in the eastern portion of the country thus giving the US-NATO the pretext to fully enter into war with Russia via Ukraine. This video about the growing reality of genocide against Russian speakers inside Ukraine is a must watch and a must share. Ukraine is the trigger for war with Russia. Any war with Russia is a suicide pact with the devil for sure. ... more »

Sacramento Journalist Seth Sandronsky Reviews A Chronicle of Echoes

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 5 hours ago
BOOK REVIEW/Seth Sandronsky Education Reformers’ Playbook Want names of and motives for public school reformers? Read A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Public Education by Mercedes K. Schneider. The author has skin in this game. She is a public school teacher against the corporate conquest of community-based public education. Schneider opens […]

Neocons Hedge Bets in Backing Flaky Rick Perry

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 5 hours ago
The very definition of a fixed horserace is when the same interests own both horses in that race. Such is the growing neocon push behind Texas Governor Rick Perry who has been cleaned up after his 2012 GOP primary season embarrassment to emerge as the Mexican bashing, American exceptionist promoting ringer in the upcoming race against neocon Democratic party candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. They even gave him Barry Goldwater style horn-rimmed glasses for his coming out party. The neocon central transmission beacon The Washington Post prominently featured an op ed allegedly penned... more »

German spy scandal spreads ( July 13 , 2014 ) - Did the CIA recruit a dozen spies among various German Ministries ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Over a dozen CIA-recruited spies work in German ministries – report Published time: July 13, 2014 18:07 Get short URL [image: Security officers stand outside the U.S. Embassy in Berlin July 10, 2014. (Reuters/Thomas Peter )] Security officers stand outside the U.S. Embassy in Berlin July 10, 2014. (Reuters/Thomas Peter ) Share on tumblr Tags CIA, Germany, Intelligence, Politics,Scandal US secret services have recruited more than a dozen officials in various German government ministries to work as spies, with some of them working for the CIA for many years, a German tabloid reported on S... more »

The Poet: Langston Hughes, “I Dream A World”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“I Dream A World”* by Langston Hughes “I dream a world where man No other man will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom's way, Where greed no longer saps the soul Nor avarice blights our day. A world I dream where black or white, Whatever race you be, Will share the bounties of the earth And every man is free, Where wretchedness will hang its head And joy, like a pearl, Attends the needs of all mankind- Of such I dream, my world!”

“'The A**hole Effect': What Wealth Does to the Brain”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“'The A**hole Effect': What Wealth Does to the Brain”* By Anne Manne "Call it the a**hole effect. That is the term coined by US psychologist Paul Piff* after he did some stunning new research into the effects of wealth and inequality on people’s attitudes. As we ponder [Australian politician] Joe Hockey’s budget and his division of the world into "leaners" and "lifters", as we learn from Oxfam that the richest 1% of Australians now own the same wealth as the bottom 60%, we would do well to consider the implications of Piff’s studies. He found that as people grow wealthier, they ar... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

Lies and More Lies

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
In an earlier posting I purposely and deliberately said that the Air Force lied about sighting solutions in the Project Blue Book files. I said this because they knew, based on their own files, that the satellite solution for one aspect of the Portage County Chase did not work. They, which is to say Hector Quintanilla, knew the truth. As the man in charge, he owns the ultimate responsibility here and he had, naturally, complete access to the Project Blue Book files. Let’s look at something that I have found in the Air Force file on the Las Vegas UFO crash of April 1962. A New York ... more »

I am posting this for those of you who either read my 4th of July post without linking to the original work of Eric Zuesse or missed it entirely. This is what our government is doing to Russian speaking in Ukraine while claming falsely the Russia is the villain.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 6 hours ago
------------------------------ The U.S. Elite Run a Ukrainian Genocide While American Public Are Ignorant of It Posted on July 3, 2014 by Eric Zuesse. Eric Zuesse On Wednesday, July 2nd, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko resumed unlimited war against the residents of southeastern Ukraine, whom he calls “terrorists” for their wanting not to be killed by his troops. European leaders (especially Merkel of Germany, Hollande of France, and Putin of Russia) urged him not to resume his bombing campaign against the southeast, but the U.S. (specifically President Obama) supports the bom... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Diego Maradona, Che Guevara, gauchos, General Galtieri, tango dancers, Nazi war criminals, Jorge Luis Borges, Pope Francis (and, therefore, Ed Stourton), Juan Peron and Evita...Can you hear me President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner!... Your boys took one hell of a beating!

"And Never, Never, To Forget..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget." - Arundhati Roy


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.” - Kent Nerburn

Satire: “Sight of Rick Perry at Border Convinces Immigrants That Anyone Can Succeed in America”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Sight of Rick Perry at Border Convinces Immigrants * *That Anyone Can Succeed in America”* by Andy Borowitz RIO GRANDE (The Borowitz Report)— “A recent tour of the United States-Mexico border by Texas Governor Rick Perry has had the unintended consequence of convincing thousands of immigrants that anyone can succeed in America. After Gov. Perry and the Fox News host Sean Hannity toured the Rio Grande on Thursday, news quickly spread that the two men were actually among the most powerful in America, fueling the immigrants’ impression that the U.S. is a place where anyone can make ... more »

Edwin Edwards-- In Louisiana He's Not Just The Punchline To A Joke

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Last February we looked at the possibility-- which seemed remote-- that former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards would run for Congress. And here we are, 5 months later, and he's in the middle of a free-for-all contesting the open seat-- incumbent Bill Cassidy is running against Mary Landrieu for Senate-- in LA-06 (a blatantly ethnically-cleansed Baton Rouge plus Thibodaux). A gerrymandered mess, LA-06 has a PVI of R+21 (and, without the Afican-American neighborhoods of north Baton Rouge is 22.1% Black) while LA-02 was designed to contain as many African-Americans as possible in bo... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Here is a message from Irina Timofeeva where she gives evidence of genocide in Slavyansk made by so-called "National Guards" and troops of Ukrainian army. Dear All, You may have heard that self-defense forces have taken the militiamen families, armaments, and escaped from the besieged town, so long as they were hoping Ukrainian army would stop bombing the town and civilians, besides, DPR Commander Igor Strelkov is after winning the war and not losing the battle as some had hoped. This is what happened thereafter. Urgent! The truth from Slavyansk about what is happening in the to... more »

“Keeping Things in Perspective: Mountains”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Keeping Things in Perspective: Mountains”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “From the top of a mountain, we are able to witness life from a different perspective bringing us a new awareness. Mountains have always captured our imaginations, calling us to scale their heights, to circle and worship at their feet, and to pay homage to their greatness. Mountains can be seen from thousands of miles away, and if we are lucky enough to be on top of one, we can see great stretches of the surrounding earth. As a result, mountains symbolize vision, the ability to rise above the adjacent lowlan... more »

A Tale of Two Reports

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
The BBC's coverage of the present Gaza conflict hasn't been monolithic. Take the following pair of reports from tonight's 6 O'Clock News on Radio 4. The first comes from Jeremy Bowen: For much of the night the wounded and the dead were brought into Shifa, Gaza's main hospital. It was the most sustained bombing so far. For Israel, with American support, it's self defence but, as more Palestinian civilians die, the pressure for a ceasefire is growing. At the mortuary blood covered the floor as staff prepared 17 members of the al-Batsh family for burial, including five children. ... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*ARM’D year! year of the struggle! * *No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year! * *Not you as some pale poetling, seated at a desk, lisping cadenzas piano; * *But as a strong man, erect, clothed in blue clothes, advancing, * *carrying a rifle on your shoulder...* 1963 : Prologue - The Washington Bullets from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"For the very first time ever, When they had a revolution in Nicaragua,* *There was no interference from America - Human rights in America* *Well the people fought the leader, And up he flew...* *With no Washington bullets, what else ... more »

World Cup Live Tweeting

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 8 hours ago
OK, so I'm sure everyone knows it's Argentina vs Germany in the World Cup Final (In Red Sox Nation, that means the *other *game besides the Red Sox/Houston matchup). A few quick peeks into the Pope's Twitter account shows Francis and Benedict are watching the game together at Frankie's place and the two aren't getting along so well. Benedict & Francis made a #WorldCup bet- The loser has to wash the Popemobile with Biden in St. Peter's Sq. stripped to the waist. #p2 #p21 — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) July 13, 2014 @Pontifex: "I really hope Benedict doesn't make a Nazi sal... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago

Rail-guns and Lasers for sure

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
We will need them to fight the space lizards. This is the proper use of taxpayers for security purposes. Seriously you have to love the new attitude, the Navy promoting the fact these weapons are less of an environmental hazard. The mag lev catapult being installed on the George HW Bush aircraft carriers should be installed at every airport in the world to launch passenger jets.

Help Hamas Help Itself

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Hamas has about the same amount of popular support in Gaza as Steve Harper does in Canada. That is a core of fanatics topping out around 30%. The repeated missile attacks on Israel are like Harper's repeated attacks on non reported crime. Every time an innocent Palestinian dies Hamas wins. The world should follow Harper's lead on this and say, sorry Gaza, there is nothing else the world can do, blame Hamas. If this futile policy is seen as futile, they may decide to face reality and pay attention to the desires of the majority. Seen on the internet and mostly true. I do not think L... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Gusman wants $4 million from city of New Orleans in next year to house mentally ill inmates ~Charles Maldonado, The Lens* *Legal battle pits law against church ~Heidi R. Kinchen, The Advocate* *Business owner loses everything in Bywater fire ~Jaclyn Kelly, WWL* *Hattiesburg woman is Saintsational ~Emily Ham Price, Hattiesburg American*

Breaking news- Putin & Merkel "constructive talks" regarding Ukraine

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
*Interesting tidbit- * *Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed that the situation in Ukraine, where Kiev is continuing an offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east, is "deteriorating", the Kremlin says.* *"Putin and Merkel had a constructive, very thorough dialogue during which they discussed in detail possible options for resolving the situation in Ukraine," *Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov told the Russian news agency Ria Novosti. *"The two leaders agreed that unfortunately the situation is deteriorating."* They als*o "stres... more »

Sunday Morning McCain: Fortress America Edition

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 9 hours ago
This Sunday's all star lineup of war criminals, liars, charlatans, recycled political hacks and deranged fiends featured more than the usual gaggle trotted out to spew lies and engage in demagoguery but the one constant remains that mangy, deranged old bastard Senator John McCain. McCain - this week sans his little butt buddy Lindsey Graham, the Palmetto State princess - was in his usual dyspeptic and cranky form in pushing for increased US involvement in Iraq. The target of McCain's ire during his appearance on State of the Union with that annoying sow Candy Crowley was Senator Ra... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*The Return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s War On Palestine, Ukraine and the Truth* by John Pilger The other night, I saw George Orwells’s 1984 performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell’s warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening, almost reassuring. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never said, “To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.” Acclaimed by critic... more »

Compelling evidence

skrashen at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
Sent to the Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2014 In "Test scores may move, learning doesn't" (July 12), Jo Craven McGinty says that there is "compelling evidence" that the US education system is inadequate, because American students "score below average in math and average in reading and science" when compared to other countries on international tests. Not mentioned is the finding that when researchers control for the effect of poverty, American scores on international tests are at the top of the world. Our overall scores are unspectacular because of our high rate of child pove... more »

The Comment Awards 2014: Vote Solid

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 10 hours ago
Since Twitter killed the comments box star, a lot of fine blogging traditions have been forgotten. Memes like this one used to circulate around blogs, driving traffic through tagging and plentiful linky-love. There used to be lovely blog carnivals showcasing writing from your compadres and comrades. These were excellent for community-building and discovering smart bloggers you may otherwise have missed. And yes, one much-missed tradition was the annual battle of the blogs. Each year, roughly coinciding with the onset of silly season Iain Dale/*Total Politics* would run their top 10... more »

Recent Israeli Attack on Gaza

Hani Fakhouri at Middle East Today - 10 hours ago
The recent violent attacks that took place between the Israeli government and Hamas in Gaza during the past week led to the followings: 1. The launching of more than1, 300 air strikes by the Israelis since the offense began. A of 7/12/2014 more than 165 Palestinians died and over 1000 were injured. In addition the Israelis destroyed 200 homes and some public buildings, including mosques and hospitals. 2. The launching by 800 rockets by Hamas. However, there were no fatalities reported by the Israeli government. The Israelis forces destructive attacks are not the first and will n... more »

Pay more tribute?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
The Harper goverment saw no defense system it did not want. Canadian jobs were not secondary, they were no wary. The F35, C17 Galaxy, and new trucks were all to be made in the USA, and in the case of the planes the lucrative maintenance would be/is outsourced there as well. The military case for buying these systems critics consider weak to foolish. In diplomatic circles this is called bending over. Caesar called it tribute. Lockheed Martin would not be the first arms dealer to use a carrot and a stick to close a deal. There is no shortage of plain brown envelopes in the closets ... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 11 hours ago
*LA Kings celebrate their second Stanley Cup in three years* *The final nail in the coffin of East Coast sports dominance was provided by the LA Kings winning the coveted Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in June, 2014. As a native New Englander, I once worshipped the Boston Bruins, Red Sox and New York Giants but when my beloved Giants moved west in1958 shortly after my move west as a Naval Aviator ~ my allegiance shifted and I saw the handwriting on the wall which has now become reality. The West is now supreme in pro ... more »

Ghost of Sunday Classics: Rataplan!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*How many "Rataplan"s can you count in these 33 seconds?* *rataplan * *n.* A tattoo, as of a drum, the hoofs of a galloping horse, or machine-gun fire. [French, of imitative origin.] *-- The American Heritage Dictionary* *by Ken* So this is what I suddenly found going through my head this week. And once it was lodged in there, it was mighty hard to get out. Then it occurred to me that we've never listened to this wonderfully goofy moment from the little one-act farce *Cox and Box*, with a libretto by F. C. Burnand, here in Sunday Classics. (Regular readers will know that my adm... more »

A new feminist attack on Richard Feynman

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
PC ideologue and cosmologist Matthew Francis wrote a rant titled The problem of Richard Feynman We learn that "Feynman is no hero to us" – he's surely a hero to me – and that Feynman was a "sexist" in attitudes and especially actions which must be so bad. We are told that it's so bad that he was picking girls in bars. Feynman would pretend he was an undergraduate and had some successes with girls, including the graduate students' girlfriends. Well, Feynman could afford to market himself as an undergraduate because he looked like one – and he was spiritually a lively undergraduate... more »

Hitler on the Roof: Netanyahu's Rampage

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 12 hours ago
Murderous Lunatic Netanyahu's Killing Spree Sanctioned by USA Sunday morning television in the USA!, USA!, USA! is where the weekly talking points are trotted out by the political elite and the Washington war machine. War criminals are feted as statesmen and given the sort of credibility they are undeserving of, in any decent and civilized society mass-murderers, psychopaths and fiends are tried for their crimes and thrown in prison or executed - on our great star-spangled lemming farm they are given a nationally televised forum. Making an appearance this week on CBS's Face the Na... more »

Welcome to the Planet of the Frankensteins

hygiecrat at hygiecracy - 12 hours ago
It seems these days that the name *Frankenstein* is used to designate not only the scientist Victor Frankenstein, but also the monster he created in Mary Shelley's early 19th century novel. Rather than reflecting a mistake of some sort, however, this may reflect the recognition of a deeper, underlying truth. For while both creator and creation are monstrous in the novel, in many respects it is the creator who is the more horrible. As such, it seems entirely appropriate that his name should come to designate not merely the monster, but the monstrous. Among other things, it ... more »

Monsanto and the MAN!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
Better living through chemistry. Monsanto has been at the forefront of the chemical manipulation of our environment. Not all bad for sure, but this history should slow down any positive catalyst. H/T to Terra Forming Terra (how Kim Stanley Robinson)

Ludicrous ideas

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
The way the BBC reports the trouble and strife in the Middle East has its most pernicious affect on the casual observer. Anyone with more than a general interest in current affairs will go to their own preferred specialist websites, newspapers and TV stations for news and views, but the opinion of the casual observer is a litmus test indicative of the BBC’s political inclinations. So although some people have detected a slight shift in the general atmosphere, starting from a low base of outright hostility to Israel where the actual word Zionist is a pejorative, through ‘a plague on ... more »

The Diplomat: Julian Ku argues PRC Murder of Taiwanese is Legal, US defense of Taiwan is not

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
*The wreckage of Ku's arguments.* *No one seems to know from what deliberations this declaration [Cairo] issued, it was apparently drafted, at the moment, by Harry Hopkins, after consultation only with the President and the Chinese visitors. Of all the acts of American statesman- ship in this unhappy chapter, the issuance of this declaration, which is so rarely criticized, seems to me to have been the most unfortunate in its consequences. The other direct results of this phase of American statesmanship have either been erased by subsequent events or seem to have produced, at least,... more »

"Fantasy" - Earth, Wind & Fire

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Just heard a never ending remix of this classic track and it really pissed me off. No melody, no variation, just repetitive crap. This however is brilliant... "Fantasy" - Earth, Wind & Fire: http://youtu.be/VZ5FsOZWC3A

Implanted Microchips are the Next Step Towards a Totalitarian USA

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 13 hours ago
NSA whistleblower William Binney is absolutely correct when speaking of the mass surveillance and data-mining and storage operations as having "the ultimate goal is total population control". The next iteration in the transformation into a totalitarian society will be the inevitable implanting of tracking chips in humans. The key is getting to the point where Americans will willingly accept the chip, mandated forced implantation by the government could be the one thing outside of Dancing With the Stars being taken off the air that could trigger a revolt. There is of course that re... more »

Jalapeno Cheese Bread: Puffy vs Free-form...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*and the difference is?* My demo yesterday was the store's lovingly made-from-scratch by our master baker jalapeno cheese bread. *Me to customer: * "Let me show you the different versions. They both have the same exact ingredients and are the same weight. Some have been baked in a round pan producing a puffier bread. Others were baked free-form creating a slightly flatter, denser bread." *Customer to me with a puzzled look on her face: * "Did you say puppy?" *Me:* "Huh?" *Customer with realization dawning on her face:* "Oh, I though you said *"puppy"* not *"puffy."* *Me... more »

Are you SERIOUSLY 'Ready for Hillary'?!

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
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Libya Updates ( July 13 , 2014 ) -- Fierce fighting at Libya's international Airport halts flights as rival Militias battle for control there ( Zintan Militai in control of Airport battling various Islamist Brigades ! Run of gun on full display ........

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/07/13/Fierce-fighting-halts-flights-into-Libyan-capital.html Fierce fighting halts flights into Libyan capital Airplanes are seen at the airport in Tripoli March 21, 2014. (Reuters) Text size A A A AFP, Tripoli Sunday, 13 July 2014 Fierce fighting erupted around the Libyan capital's international airport on Sunday as the anti-Islamist militia that control it came under attack, airport officials said. “Rockets struck inside the airport perimeter around 6 am (0400 GMT)” interrupting flights, an official said. “Clashes followed betw... more »

a spontaneous day out in Salisbury - Wessex archaeology museum - Old Sarum neolithic hill fort

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 15 hours ago
couple of hours by train, from Oxford (change at Basingstoke), Salisbury was our 'spontaneous day out' selection, this weekend. We'd been before, but only to take the tour bus to Stonehenge and Avebury. Upon arrival in Salisbury, like consummate tourists (or pilgrims of yore), the wife and I made our way directly to the Cathedral for a quick shuftie round. We wandered around the quadrangle and then inside, but it was mostly cordoned off by a First Communion Ceremony. For those who don't realise this, a Cathedral is a massive cemetery for the rich/patrons with a roof over it. Outside... more »

Rank Treachery

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
Rank Treachery - The Mountbatten Coup and the English May of 1968 from Spike EP on Vimeo. To Play the King. Adam Curtis' Rough cut of the short film "Every Day is Like Sunday"

Remember the Ottawa cop who abused a black woman?

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 15 hours ago
Sgt Steven Desjourdy has a new job. That's him on the right. Yes Desjourdy - who should NOT even be allowed within 10 metres of any woman in police custody - now works in the division that investigates human trafficking. In April this year - yes in 2014 - Desjourdy was "*found guilty of discreditable conduct at an internal Ottawa police disciplinary hearing into a widely reported, controversial cellblock strip search in 2008.* *In September 2008, Desjourdy left a female prisoner half naked in pants soaked with urine; her shirt and bra had been cut off during a strip search [...]*... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Artillery shells from Ukraine hit a private house in the Rostov region of Russia, killing a citizen and leaving two more injured. The Russian Foreign Ministry promised heavy consequences. It seems likely that this shelling of Russia by the Kiev regime was timed as Vladimir Putin was on his South American tour. It is a taunt and a challenge to draw Russia into direct war with Ukraine - just what US-NATO has been trying to do for the past several months.

Wall Street Hates Elizabeth Warren… But They LOVE Hillary Clinton

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Why do progressives worry so much about Hillary making a deal with Wall Street to buy her the White House? What difference does it make? What can Wall Street do to hurt America anyway? Nick Confessore's and Amy Chozick's "Thorny Embrace" article last week was just the latest about the love affair between Wall Street and the titular head of the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. "As its relationship with Democrats hits a historic low," they wrote, "Wall Street sees a solution on the horizon: Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mrs. Clinton was the industry’s home state senator, and the ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

Iran nuclear Talks Update ( July 13 , 2014 ) State of play in the Iran and P 5 + 1 Talks ( deadline to complete Long Term Agreement - 7/20/14 ) ....... A Final Agreement extremely unlikely so an extension of three to six months looming .......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Moon of Alabama..... July 13, 2014 Iran: The Nuclear Negotiations Scam Four "western" Foreign Ministers flew to Vienna today to further negotiate about Iran's nuclear achievements. It is quite dubious why Kerry thought that such a meeting now would be helpful. It looks like this was planned as an attempt to intimidate Iran into further concessions but failed because neither Russia's nor China's Foreign Minister are attending. The negotiations are supposed to find a compromise until July 20. After that the negotiations would have to be prolonged for another 6 month which would only g... more »

The Opposite Of Truth and Freedom

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://wellington.pm.org/ The Harper government came to Ottawa promising transparency and accountability. But, Tim Harper writes, when journalists request information from the Throne, they get obfuscation: When we ask for specifics on a program known as the International Experience Canada, a supposedly reciprocal program that is disproportionately being used by foreign workers in this country, [Chris] Alexander’s office tells us our economic recovery is one of the best in the G7 and “Canada’s economy ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Texas GOP Adds School Choice to Platform, Some Lawmakers Resistant* The Texas Republican Party added support for private school choice to its platform after several legislative sessions in which Republican leaders refused to advance school choice bills. The new platform says the Texas Republican Party advocates policies that “allow maximum freedom of choice in public, private, or parochial education for all children.” The platform also denounces government regulation of private schools. “Texas children can be forgotten in arguments over budgets and funding formulas, so it’s great... more »

Immigration chaos ! ( July 5 , 2014 ) The news and views on the subject of immigration , border security and chaos theory ......

Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Border / Immigration insanity...... Sabella can't believe US immigration policy or how Higuain hit the goal post ...... http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/05/border-meltdown-obama-delivering-290000-illegals-to-u-s-homes/ [image: U.S. President Barack Obama meets with members of his cabinet at the White House in Washington July 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque] Border Meltdown: Obama Delivering 290,000 Illegals To U.S. Homes 10:02 AM 07/05/2014 402 151 Share [image: Photo of Neil Munro] Neil Munro White House Correspondent - See All Articles<li class="article-email-a... more »

Hillel Neuer Takes on U.N. Human Rights Commission

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
Hillel Neuer Takes on U.N. Human Rights Commission http://youtu.be/uhWgZu6tcZU

The Ramones: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
The Ramones: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker: http://youtu.be/zGgfHZ02I2k RIP Tommy Ramone, the last of the original Ramones has passed away...

Tommy Ramone plays an acoustic version of "Rockaway Beach"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
"Rockaway Beach" by Tommy Ramone: http://youtu.be/os5wR9OvwlY

Tommy Ramone RIP

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop (Live): http://youtu.be/TYh1lRR1m6Y I love the Ramones and may post some more tracks later today. Tommy Ramone was the drummer with the Ramones, for whom 2. 5 minutes was excessively long for a track...

Taiwan's brewing academic scandals?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
Turn out the lights, the party's over for Minister of Education Chiang Wei-ling whose "I didn't know" excuses are crumbling in the widening scandal of the 60 papers retracted from a scientific journal... (TT) Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) has ordered the Ministry of Science and Technology to look into an academic publishing scandal involving Minister of Education Chiang Wei-ling (蔣偉寧), Executive Yuan spokesperson Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said yesterday. The directive came in the wake of accusations that National Pingtung University associate professor Chen Chen-yuan (陳震遠) committed academ... more »

Cosmic priorities have been established for the current moment

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
*Cosmic priorities have been established for the current moment* by ÉirePort Cosmic priorities have been established for the current moment. Although moment-to-moment shifts may occur, the Cosmic priorities remain in front. All of Gaia awaits Hue-manity and hu-manity up-steps in consciousness, which nears completion. Severance packages for non-aligneds have been presented and accepted. *The Snowball is ready to roll.* ÉirePort | July 13, 2014 at 08:14 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-s3

DCNS floats the FREMM multi-mission frigate Languedoc, fourth FREMM for the French Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: FREMM Languedoc]On 12 July 2014, DCNS floated the FREMM multi-mission frigate Languedoc in Lorient, France. The achievement of this industrial milestone marks an important step in the construction of the vessel. It once again underlines the industrial dynamism of DCNS: five multi-mission frigates are under simultaneous construction, at different stages of advancement. Read more

Uh Oh — A Crappy Italian Company Might Build The Netherlands’ New Stealth Fighters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35A Lightning II]The Dutch minister of defense recently attended talks in Rome to decide who would build nearly 40 F-35 stealth fighters for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Lockheed Martin in the U.S. designed the single-engine, radar-evading jet, but the company licenses some of the actual manufacturing to foreign factories. The Netherlands is considering tapping Italian firm Alenia Aerospace to make most of the Dutch jets, which could form the backbone of the RNLAF for many decades. The choice is a potentially risky one. Alenia Aerospace is part of the Finmeccanica Gro... more »

For the idiots on Twitter who claim that Hamas's hatred of Israel is not because of religion

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Article 7 of the Hamas Charter: "The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,' except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews." OK, that's that lie put to rest...

US Air Force integrating Raytheon aircraft-tracking transponders

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast]Raytheon Company has started integrating Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities for the U.S. Air Force's largest airplanes to ensure that the service meets an international deadline for equipping military aircraft with the latest satellite-based cooperative aircraft tracking technology. Air Force bombers, cargo planes and refueling tankers are receiving transponder capabilities that broadcast their location and other information while in civil airspace. ADS-B technology monitors plane movement, and is requir... more »

North Korea Launches Missiles in Latest Test-Fire

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
North Korea launched two ballistic missiles into the sea on Sunday, South Korea said, the latest in a series of test-firings seen as expressions of anger over the North's failure to win talks on receiving outside aid, and over U.S.-South Korean military drills. The missiles, believed to be of Scud variations, were fired from the North Korean city of Kaesong near the border with the South and had a range of about 500 kilometers (311 miles), said a South Korean military official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of department rules. North Korea experts said it was highly un... more »

Air Force Modernization: Future Radar Planes Need On-Board Battle Management

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: E-8 JSTARS]Air power is about more than fighters and bombers. In the case of the U.S. Air Force, it is also about supporting the rest of the joint force with vital enablers such as aerial refueling, long-distance transport, and timely intelligence. This commentary is about the intelligence — or to be more specific, what the military calls “intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance” (ISR). Piercing the fog of war is crucial to using combat forces effectively, and no military service in the world is better at generating the kind of detailed information warfighters need w... more »

Military facility hides secrets from the world

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
With journalists sentenced to hard labour for writing about an isolated installation, experts are concerned about what might be being produced. It was the kind of scoop any intrepid journalist dreams of getting, hitting all the right notes along the way — a vast and mysterious military installation, rumours of chemicals weapons, unexplained Chinese workers, the gaping maw of a tunnel jutting from the earth. No doubt the Myanmar journalists thought that, given the heady political changes afoot in their country, something might actually come of their revelation that the government a... more »

Get him...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
I hear that The Sunday Telegraph says Tony Blair faces being summoned before Parliament to explain "secret negotiations" he is said to have held with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams over on-the-run IRA suspects. I can hardly wait but then Blair is so slippery he'll get away scot free

Christchurch land wanted for Montessori School

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 22 hours ago
[image: image] *Here’s a guest post from our friends at Nova Montessori School, Christchurch. Can you help?* *Christchurch land wanted for Montessori School* Nova Montessori school in New Brighton, Christchurch operates both a preschool, and the South Island’s only primary school true to the brilliant principles that were developed by Maria Montessori. You can read Montessori’s books to get an appreciation of the genius in her method - but as a parent the thing that sells you completely is to see with your own eyes a classroom in action, and over time the difference it makes in ... more »

Yellowstone National Park Moves Toward More Organics On It's Menu

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
VACATION HOTSPOT! Yellowstone National Park is pushing toward sustainable menu options and is committed to making 50 percent of its food purchases from within 500 miles of the park or from a certified organic provider by 2016. Today, park v...isitors & employees will find that 34% of the menu is either sourced locally or is organic. A vacation spot with some REAL FOOD choices. WOOT WOOT! READ: *http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Yellowstone-looks-local-in-finding-food-to-serve-5587855.php#page-1* #Yellowstone #NationalPark #GrandFountainGeyser #Organic #GMO #sustainable #buy... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours ago
*Pop musician creates skeptical video* According to RawStory.com, founding OVERKILL drummer Lee "Rat Skates" Kundrat has written ad directed a new ad that uses graphic Holocaust footage in an apparent attempt to downplay the idea of global warming. Check it out below. Skates, who grew up in a middle-class household in New Providence, New Jersey, has reportedly been making short videos for conservative causes for the last few years. The 53-year-old former musician raised eyebrows last December when he created a seemingly pro-Christian ad dubbed "War On Christmas" (see below) which w... more »

Iraq War, Part III: The Return of Rationality And Realism To The Middle East? Maybe, But Not So Fast. . .

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
President Obama right now. An excerpt from, *"How a U.S.-Iran nuclear deal could help save Iraq"* by Ryan Crocker, William Luers and Thomas Pickering, Washington Post, July 11: An Arab proverb advises, “A problem is solved when it gets tougher.” Illustrating that point, the advance in Iraq and Syria of the Islamic State poses a threat to the United States while clarifying choices for U.S. policymakers. The question confronting the United States and Iran is no longer whether to work together but how to do so. And in light of decades of distrust and animosity, communications between ... more »

Giveaway: Slide the City

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »


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


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


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

"This Land is Mine" and Marketing the Tools of Occupation

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
Nina Paley's brilliant "A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant" and her 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 i... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
occupation nation

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

urupiper at Yesterday 's Lies - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*2014 Saints roster maybe the strongest one ever on paper, Archie Manning says ~Ramon Antonio Vargus*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 ... - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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