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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

16 July - Blogs I'm Following

English: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister ...
English: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey at Çanakkale Türkçe: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Başbakanı (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Is Gaza a Modern Masada? Lieberman Announces Its Abolition

Whitewraithe~ at Northerntruthseeker - 3 minutes ago
*Avigdor Lieberman, Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel, threw a bomb on Gaza while speaking in the Knesset on July 15, 2014. "The operation* must end with the IDF controlling the entire Gaza Strip," he said after calling for the obliteration of the Palestinian government.* *A Good Roman Pension* *H*iding under broken pottery, the two women were gossiping quietly. Their five children were half-buried under a giant half-pot, and were asleep. Earlier that evening, commander of the fortress Eleazar ben Ya'ir gave his final speech, announcing that the Romans were about to enter and that ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 4 minutes ago
*Big Green’s lethal agenda* The outstanding presentations at this Ninth International Conference on Climate Change clearly demonstrate that activist climate science is increasingly devoid of evidence … increasingly removed from the scientific method – and yet is increasingly being used to devise, justify and impose policies, laws, and regulations that govern our lives. Indeed, rules formulated on the basis of “dangerous manmade climate change” allegations control the hydrocarbons that power America and the world, improve and safeguard our lives, lift billions out of abject poverty,... more »

Owning Freedom

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 minutes ago
We sense now a freedom because there is this energy of release that is blowing, a pre-cursor to this letting go of the iron grip held by the “controllers”. Freedom is not a state we fully comprehend. It is an absence of debt in any sense – emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual. The process of liberation is gradual and will be accomplished with persistence as well as tenacious, relentless focus. You cannot be partially free. To act from a self determined point of view means that each moment is approached and conducted by choice. We have been asleep for a lifetime. ... more »

Erdogan Should Be The Last Head of State to Accuse Another State of "State Terrorism"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 35 minutes ago
Video Title: Turkey PM accuses Israel of 'state terrorism' over Gaza. Source: AFP. Date Published: July 15, 2014. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday stepped up his rhetoric against Israel over its deadly air offensive on Gaza, accusing the Jewish state of committing "state terrorism" against the Palestinians. Erdogan is not a good spokesman for Palestinians since Turkey is not exactly innocent when it comes to killing civilians with airstrikes, and committing acts of genocide. The Turkish government has backed ISIS terrorists against the Kurds in northern Syri... more »

Tristan & Isolde’s Prelude

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
*Wagner’s thrilling *Tristan and Isolde* is **being performed in Auckland on Saturday**. This is the second post getting ready for the great event!* So Wagner takes his Tristan Chord, that *single* chord that changed music forever, and then in the opera’s prelude – the twelve minutes or so of music before the drama starts – *he tells the opera’s story in music alone*. True story. The chord is built on the tension between two impossibly star-crossed lovers – excuse me, between two chords that shouldn’t go together that, when they do are themselves transformed – a tension and releas... more »

Alice Embree : VERSE | Beyond Borders

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | July 15, 2014 On the edge of memory The slogan echoes “El Salvador is Spanish for Vietnam” U.S. weapons for Right-wing death squads Yield peasant massacres And refugees In recent memory President … finish reading Alice Embree : *VERSE* | Beyond Borders

Gazans Are Reaching The Point of "Nothing Left To Lose"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
Only Israel benefits from these one-month wars, and ten-day dust-ups that leave thousands of Palestinians dead and wounded, and zero Israeli casualties. What is happening in Gaza does not deserve to be called a war. Bill Hicks's *famous line about the first Iraq War*, that there never was a war, is applicable here. Palestinians know deep down that any genuine, long-standing, and worthwhile gains must be borne from sacrifice. And the Israeli government understands that there is a limit to their aggression. The last thing the cowardly Israeli government wants is an all-out, face-to-fa... more »

Time To Go Back To Vietnam-- But Only As Tourists And Trading Partners

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
I'm planning a trip to Vietnam. I haven't been there in a long time and I've never been to the northern part of the country. So when someone on twitter recommended a *NY Times* piece, I grabbed it and saved it for when I'd have some free time to read it. What I eventually started reading was Tuong Lai's OpEd from last week, Vietnam's Overdue Alliance With America, and man, did he sound like a warlike dick! Within two paragraphs I said to myself, "self, if this guy is gay, he's the Vietnamese Lindsey Graham and if he's straight and senile, he's the Vietnamese John McCain. Oh, yeah…... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Ban Plastic Bags

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 2 hours ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourage ... more »

A libertarian joins the Australian Senate

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Australia now has its first member of parliament from a libertarian party: David Leyonhjelm, from the Liberal Democrats. Here’s his maiden speech: [Hat tip Catallaxy Files] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Ravitch Lashes Out at Union Misleadership Critique

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
*"Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. Spark is fine, as long as it's contained."*--President Snow, *The Hunger Games* When Diane Ravitch spoke at the National Association of School Psychologists in February 2012, her hefty speaking fee was paid for by none other than Pearson*. *Yes, that Pearson. When challenged on one of the listservs by California whistle blower, Kathleen Carroll, Ravitch admitted she had been paid by Pearson without getting specific about the amount, and then she accused Carroll of smearing he... more »

July 15: The news is bad, really bad...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 3 hours ago
I'm doing it again. I'm starting this late on a Saturday night when I should be doing something recreational like washing pigeon poo off my balcony. The trouble is that so many things are happening - and almost all of them ignored by our news media. It all got ne to thinking of the meeting of Churchill and Roosevelt on a warship anchored at Newfoundland in 1941, just months before the US would enter World War Two. That's when they drafted a statement of our purpose in the war. It was very noble. We were fighting to bring peace to the world so that all peoples could live in freedom ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“How and why are all these stars forming? Found among the Small Magellanic Cloud's (SMC's) clusters and nebulae NGC 346 is a star forming region about 200 light-years across, pictured above by the Hubble Space Telescope. A satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) is a wonder of the southern sky, a mere 210,000 light-years distant in the constellation of the Toucan (Tucana). * Click image for larger size.* Exploring NGC 346, astronomers have identified a population of embryonic stars strung along the dark, intersecting dust lanes visible here on the right. ... more »

SUZUKI RECOMMENDS, #1: The Mystery of Capital

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*Our regular Asian/Australian correspondent Suzuki Samurai wanted to tell you about three brilliant books about progress and economic development. So, naturally, I said yes. Here’s the first.* *The Mystery of Capital – Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else *by Hernando De Soto *Review by Suzuki Samurai* Unlike fiction, when reading a non-fiction book I have to create the voice of the narrator myself. I mean really, how many of you had a clear voice in mind when reading Adam Smiths' *An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations*? Was its ... more »

Paulo Coelho, “Frogs Being Boiled”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Frogs Being Boiled”* by Paulo Coelho “A lawyer friend of mine, Renato Pacca, sent me an interesting text: Several biological studies have shown that a frog placed in a container along with water from his pond, he will remain alive while you heat the water. The toad does not react to the gradual increase of temperature (change of environment) and only dies when the water boils, swollen and happy. On the other hand, if a toad is thrown into that same container when the water is already boiling, he will immediately jump out. He will be a little singed, but alive! Sometimes we can b... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “Evidence”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Evidence”* “Where do I live? If I had no address, as many people do not, I could nevertheless say that I lived in the same town as the lilies of the field, and the still waters. Spring, and all through the neighborhood now there are strong men tending flowers. Beauty without purpose is beauty without virtue. But all beautiful things, inherently, have this function - to excite the viewers toward sublime thought. Glory to the world, that good teacher. Among the swans there is none called the least, or the greatest. I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially w... more »

Judith beheading Holofernes

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
Caravaggio 1598-1599 Oil on canvas

Archaelogy: "Göbekli Tepe- 12,000 Year Old Temple?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Göbekli Tepe- 12,000 Year Old Temple?"* by Patrick Symmes "Six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, Klaus Schmidt has made one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 12,000 years old, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery. The megaliths predate Stonehenge by some 7,000 years. The place is called Gobekli Tepe, and Schmidt, a German archaeologist who has been working here more than a decade, is convinced it's the site of the world's oldest temple. They c... more »

number 9

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Athens, Attiki, Greece. Thanks for stopping by.

Derrick Jensen, “Love Does Not Imply Pacifism.”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Love Does Not Imply Pacifism.”* by Derrick Jensen “Many hundreds of pages ago, and now for me many years ago, I wrote that this book was originally going to be an exploration of when counterviolence is an appropriate response to the violence of the system. In fact what has become this book was supposed to be nothing more than a pamphlet in which I took the main arguments normally presented by pacifists and examined them to see if they make any sense. Here now is that pamphlet. Here are some standard lines thrown out by pacifists. I’m sure you, too, have heard them enough that if ... more »

"The Questions..."

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


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
Watching the bombs fall and enjoying the show in Israel....."just clear off all the city" one says.... "yes I'm a little bit fascist." Quite an interesting thing - a Jewish fascist.

On Bullshit and the Air Force

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 5 hours ago
In the last posting about “Lies and More Lies” Larry suggested that it wasn’t actual lies the Air Force was spreading, but bullshit as defined by Harry G. Frankfurt. Larry wrote: Back in 2005 there was a little (and I do mean little) book published by a retired Princeton Philosophy professor—Harry Frankfurt. The book was titled “On Bullshit” (which I will hereafter abbreviate as “BS”). It purported to be the first scholarly treatment of the subject of BS, even though the term BS is commonly utilized by everyone speaking the English language. If you haven't read it already, I would ... more »

Airplane seat of the future? Just think how many more fellow travelers you'll be sharing your space with

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
*SEATING DEVICE COMPRISING A FORWARD-FOLDABLE BACKREST Original document: US2014159444 (A1) ― 2014-06-12* ABSTRACT: *A seating device with reduced bulk, for example for an aircraft. This seating device comprises a backrest which describes a circular translational movement towards the front and upwards of the devide when the seating device is brought to the retracted configuration. A seating structure is provided comprising a bearing piece on which are fixed, side by side, a plurality of seating devices with reduced bulk. An aircraft is provided comprising a seating device with redu... more »

Soccer: He’s right, you know

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Sinclair Davidson has been watching soccer, or trying to. Don’t you just love the term “scoreless action”. That describes the average soccer match. One of my colleagues suggested to me that the game would be a lot quicker if they went straight to the penalty shoot-out. He makes a fair point. And another one, here, about incentives. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

“Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’”; "Israelis Watch Gaza Bombing For Just Good Fun"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’”* by Chris Hedges “Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint,” Hilberg wrote. The Palestinians over the past few decades have endured a similar “destructive process.” They have gradually been stripped of basic civil liberties, rob... more »

The Psychology Behind A Minority of Israelis Cheering On The Bombing of Gaza on Hilltops

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Israelis enjoying the entertainment of war on a hot summer night. They might as well be living on Mars, because none of the shitty rockets from Hamas will ever reach their precious neighbourhoods, settlements, and towns. * "Last Wednesday night, as he stood on a hilltop outside the Israeli town of Sderot and watched the bombardment of Gaza on the plain below, a Danish newspaper reporter snapped an iPhone photo of about a dozen locals who cheered on their military from plastic chairs while eating popcorn. Allan Sørensen, a veteran Middle East correspondent for Denmark’s Kristelig... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Heavenletter #4981 - God Is Shaking a Tree of Silver Apples

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
*Heavenletter #4981 God Is Shaking a Tree of Silver Apples * July 15, 2014 God said: You have one surprise after another arriving at your door. Of course, I am speaking of surprises that delight. This is the trend visiting upon you, beloveds. You will see how easy life is and how it blesses you. I am shaking a tree of silver apples for you. You are going to be inundated with snowballs of delight. You will anticipate surprises, yet you will not know what the surprises are until they appear. You don’t have to know ahead of time. It is enough – it is plenty – to simply receive the s... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
New Development Bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike the IMF or World Bank, each nation has equal say, regardless of GDP size. "BRICS Bank will be one of the major multilateral development finance institutions in this world," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday at the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago

Do Not Forget That You Are All Mirrors to One Another.

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
*Do Not Forget That You Are All Mirrors to One Another* channeled by John Smallman July 13, 2014 www.johnsmallman.wordpress.com All are One. You have all heard this many, many times already, but as humans, as apparently separate unconnected individuals, it is very difficult for you to really comprehend this absolute Truth. In the illusion separation seems intensely real, especially if you become suddenly and unexpectedly parted from a loved one. Individuality is an intensely felt sensation when you dwell on it, and apart from moments when you are physically embracing someone you d... more »

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Advice on voting

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*“If you’re drunk, don’t drive. If you’re ignorant, don’t vote. Both drunk driving and ignorant voting are threats to life and property.”* - George Reisman Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Aisha North:A short update on the energies

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
*A short update on the energies* by Aisha North July 15, 2014 Let us begin this missive by saying that you have now entered a phase that is like no other you have experienced, and it will probably not be one that you will experience ever again. For now, so much is shifting and reshaping on all sides, both within and without, and so, this will indeed be a season of change on every level. You have by now grown accustomed to not being able to predict just what the next day or even the next hour will bring, and even if you mentally or physically may not have grown quite as accustome... more »

Guess what is 50 years new today?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Can you guess what is 50 years new today? If your answer was “the Japanese bullet train,” then you get the chocolate fish. [image: image] Japan’s network of super-fast trains, capable of regular in-service speeds of 320km/h (that’s 200mph to those with old British cars) changed travel, and not just in Japan. The Tokaido Shinkansen (-New Trunk Line’) … made every other main line railway seem old-fashioned when the first line opened on 1 October 1964, at the height of Beatlemania and when the fastest British trains could manage 100mph (160km/h) over short sections of upgraded Vic... more »

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*Strong language alert!* “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfgSEwjAeno#t=19

(Exceptional Country's Exceptional Decline) Who Wants A Depression? (The Answer Will Not Surprise Those Paying Attention) The Age of Impunity

As we continue heading into either another dip or an all-out, bad-times, depressionary spiral, it surprises almost no one anymore that some people might be looking forward to a (or another) depression. Who Wants a Depression? Paul Krugman July 10, 2014 One unhappy lesson we’ve learned in recent years is that economics is a far more political subject than we liked to imagine. Well, duh,

Picket the Koch Heads Education Privatization Meeting in Nashville July 22

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
The Badass Teacher of Tennessee need to saddle up, along with any other folks in Tennessee that care about public education. 6 PM at the Renaissance Hotel July 22. If you need pamphlet ideas or one page handouts, let me know. Can't be there--teaching that week. Be sure to contact the TV stations for coverage. From Joey Garrison: A group led by one of the conservative Koch brothers, increasingly scorned by liberals nationally as they extend their influence, is hosting an education forum in Nashville next week focused on school choice and opportunities for parents. The Charles K... more »

Stone Cold Justice: Australian Documentary Reveals Israeli Torture of Palestinian Youth

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
Stone Cold Justice Australian film 'Stone Cold Justice' on Israel's torture of Palestinian children from cherie22579 on Vimeo. A film which has been produced by a group of Australian journalists has sparked an international outcry against Israel after it explicitly detailed Tel Aviv's use of torture against Palestinian children. The film, titled ‘Stone Cold Justice’ documents how Palestinian children, who have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces, are subjected to physical abuse, torture and forced into false confessions and pushed into gathering intelligence on Palestinia... more »

Ramzy Baroud discusses the attempted ceasefire in Gaza

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
Video Title: Ramzy Baroud discusses the attempted ceasefire in Gaza. Source: Middle East Eye. Date Published: July 15, 2014. Ramzy Baroud, managing editor of Middle East Eye, discusses the validity of the Egypt-proposed ceasefire in Gaza, the long term strategy for all the interested parties, and what the fallout is likely to be in the Israeli political scene.

Shuffling Toward Defeat

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
"What a weird cabinet reshuffle", muses Dan Hodges. "Massacre of the moderates!" shouts Labour. Yes, really. "Brutal ministerial cull" says *The Mirror*. On and on it goes. Yes, some Tory careers have limped unlamented into the night, including some big hitters. But the story is of ruthlessness and verve, of Dave slicing through his government and leaving behind him a pile of quivering limbs. Dan can barely hide his admiration. This is the audacity of a PM at the top of his game. Au contraire, this reshuffle is symptomatic of weakness and a belief that the Tories are looking down t... more »

Doug Martin's Letter to Gordon Hendry and the Indiana State Board of Ed

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
By Doug Martin Once again the *Indy Star* has given space to complete unreality, this time by you, Gordon Hendry, the new state board of education member all goo-goo eyed over your neoliberal heroes Bill Clinton and Bart Peterson. In fact, your piece, in many ways, is an attempt for Mike Pence and the state board to do damage control over a recent *Journal and Courier* guest editorial by Dr. Lynn Nelson and his wife Trudy (a retired public school teacher), who both attended the last state board fiasco. In an accurate take on that last board meeting, the Nelsons say this: “With ... more »

There’s no excuse for being unlearned (updated)

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
“All education is self-education,” writes the Mind Unleashed blog It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop. We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn. “Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world.” As Mark Twain advised, never let school get in the way of your learning. And even you refuse to read, it’s still easier than ever to self-learn, with more and more educational opportunities online than ever before. Their post lists 12 dozen – in subj... more »

Satire: “How To Look Smarter”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“How To Look Smarter”* by Andy Borowitz NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – “A new study released Tuesday indicates that wearing glasses does not make a person look smarter, but standing next to Texas Governor Rick Perry does. In the study, when participants were shown photos of a person with and without glasses, they registered little or no change in their view of the person’s intelligence. However, when the photo of the same person was juxtaposed with a photo of Governor Perry, participants suddenly said that the person looked “much smarter” or “brilliant,” with some participants e... more »

Beltway Pundits Are Surprised Chicago Is Rejecting Rahm Emanuel-- Normal People Aren't

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
The *Sun-Times* mayoral poll shows Rahm Emanuel being decisively beaten by two possible opponents, both progressives. Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle would crush him 55.23% to 30.98% and Teachers Union president Karen Lewis is ahead 45.35% to 36.44%. The only demographic group that seems to be able to stomach Emanuel are whites… and Preckwinkle even beats him-- 54.83% to 34.01%-- among whites. In May we looked at another poll showing that most Chicagoans think Emanuel was a mistake they;re not willing to make twice. That poll showed that "only 29 percent would support ... more »

Debating Common Core Is Proof that Educators Have Lost

plthomasedd at @ THE CHALK FACE - 9 hours ago
Debating Common Core Is Proof that Educators Have Lost. via Debating Common Core Is Proof that Educators Have Lost.Filed under: PAUL THOMAS: Becoming Radical

The Gaza Bombardment - What You're Not Being Told

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
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Our Sacred Maiz is Our Mother

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 10 hours ago
Front Cover by Laura V. Rodriguez University of Arizona Press (Oct 2014) For ordering info: http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2497.htm Just had to showcase the front cover to my forthcoming book

I think I've found Jeremy Bowen's role model

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
Israeli TV parody on BBC Gaza bias: http://youtu.be/iyN8vMbYjlU Jeremy Bowen?


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 10 hours ago
*Lawyer for levee authority says battle over coastal loss lawsuit is just beginning ~Bob Marshall, The Lens* *City blasts Gusman plan for housing mentally ill inmates ~Jim Mustian, N.O Advocate* *New video captured inside OPP sparks controversy ~Bill Capo, WWL * *State Police Retirement System to discuss ‘Edmonson Retirement Bill’ during its Wednesday staff meeting ~Louisiana Voice* *Music Vault on YouTube features a slew of New Orleans musicians ~Gambit *

The Economy: “Feds Go ‘Full Retard,’ Part II”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Feds Go ‘Full Retard,’ Part II” * by Bill Bonner “When we left off yesterday, we were explaining how the feds had unlearned the three critical lessons of more than 2,000 years of market history: 1) Make sure the money is backed by gold (otherwise it loses its buying power). 2) Don't let the government spend too much money it doesn't have (otherwise it will cause havoc). 3) Don't try to centrally plan an economy... especially not with fixed prices (or you'll soon have a wealth-destroying mess on your hands). The US took gold out of the global monetary system through two closely ... more »

The Realist Report - Charles Krafft

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 10 hours ago
On this edition to The Realist Report, we'll be joined by nationally renowned artist *Charles Krafft*. Charles and I will be discussing a variety of subjects, including his artwork and the alleged Jewish "Holocaust" of WWII. You can download the entire program *here*. Below are relevant links for this program: - *Charles Krafft Is a White Nationalist Who Believes the Holocaust Is a Deliberately Exaggerated Myth - The Stranger* - *How the "Holocaust" was faked - John Friend* - *Nazi Concentration Camps (vid) - produced by Lt. Col. George Stevens, U.S. Army Signals Cor... more »

The only thing our elected officials can find to do is worry about free birth control for women?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*really?* WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress said Tuesday that they had developed legislation to override the Supreme Court decision on contraceptives. The bill would ensure that women had access to insurance coverage for birth control even if they worked for businesses that had religious objections. The bill, put together in consultation with the Obama administration, would require for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Stores to provide and pay for contraceptive coverage, along with other preventive health services, under the Affordable Care Act. * read the rest * This bill eve... more »

"He’ll be missed"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Meanwhile, in a place nearby... I confessed before to subscribing to the *London Review of Books *earlier this year, having read that it contains some of the best writing in British publishing. Well, so it does, but it also contains a heck of a lot of Marxism. Thus, on many a political subject, you can guess that some very predictable points will be made along the erudite way. There's a very interesting article in the latest edition called *How should we think of the Caliphate? *that, for the most part, isn't as obviously Marxist/New Left as most of the other political stuff...whic... more »

Supplemental: The journalism of pseudo-scandal!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014* *Dowd picks and chooses her facts:* Should we the people be upset about Chelsea Clinton’s vile conduct? Everything is conceivable! That said, Maureen Dowd is deeply upset about the former first daughter’s behavior. Rending her garments and tearing her hair, Dowd started Sunday’s column like in this way, headline included: DOWD (7/13/14): *Isn’t It Rich?* Chelsea Clinton never acted out during the eight years she came of age as America’s first daughter. No ditching of her Secret Service detail. No fake IDs for underage tippling. No drug scandal. No court ap... more »

Blue ribbons of Light wrap the bulk of Gaia at this time

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
*Blue ribbons of Light wrap the bulk of Gaia at this time* by ÉirePort Blue ribbons of Light wrap the bulk of Gaia at this time. This energetic construct allows full energetic alignment and upgrade for Hue-manity. Florescent manifestations begin for many, and begin anew for many others. Porcelain structures are transcended as Gaia ascends. ÉirePort | July 15, 2014 at 10:08 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-s5 *AK Note: The term porcelain brought to me mind the "porcelain throne".... in the spirit of "The Game of Thrones I found this image below.... :) *

Morocco Diary #7

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
Been without well water for about 7 days now. Guess I shouldn't have mentioned my well was working in the last Morocco Diary. The well here was one of the better ones in the area. But its been a hot dry summer with little rain, and its been at least 5 months since the heavy rains of last winter. I don't expect much rain here until maybe October or later. Winters here along the Med. tend to be wet and windy. Night time Ramadan well digging My landlord hired some local well diggers to dig the well deeper by 3 meters (9 feet) through hard shale. Since its Ramadan, and the local... more »

Victorian C36, sex work and the CPC god-and-pony show

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
If last week's opportunistic display by the Harper government Con MPs at the special Justice Committee's hearings about C36 wasn't enough, today's rightwing fundamentalist religious histrionic zealotry given voice by CPC useful idiot Bob "Douchert" Dechert amply illustrates Poe's Law. The collective CPC and its individual MPs' squalid, Christian Taliban-like beliefs about sexwork are deeply gynophobic, cruel and oppressive as well as redolent of 19th century England hypocrisy. Not only is Bill C36 unlikely to survive a Supreme Court of Canada challenge, it expresses the worst of Ha... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago

Rape-Stoves, Techno-Rationality and Global Humanitarian Policy

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
Samer Abdelnour and Akbar Saeed have published a terrific article in International Political Sociology. “Technologizing Humanitarian Space: Darfur Advocacy and the Rape-Stove Panacea” critically traces the emergence of fuel-efficient cook-stoves as a global “solution” to sexual violence in refugee camps. Here’s the abstract: We examine how an unassuming domestic technology—the fuel-efficient stove—came to be construed Continue reading

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on the situation in Israel and Gaza

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the situation in Israel and Gaza: "The Liberal Party of Canada strongly condemns Hamas' rejection of the Egyptian ceasefire proposal and its rocket attacks on civilians. "Israel should be commended for having accepted the ceasefire proposal, and demonstrating its commitment to peace. The Liberal Party of Canada, and many in the international community including the United States, the U.N. Security Council, and the Palestinian Authority, had urged a ceasefire that could have ... more »

nadine gordimer, 1923-2014

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago
Nadine Gordimer was a great writer, and a steadfast voice for justice. Gordimer, a white South African, was a member of the African National Congress when the organization itself was illegal. Several of her novels, which explored the affects of apartheid on those who lived it, were similarly banned. Gordimer was a courageous woman, an outspoken intellectual, and a writer for whom art and politics became inseparable. She lived life on her own terms, and died at the old age of 90. Despite that, her passing feels like a great loss to the world. Nadine Gordimer's obituary in *The Gu... more »

tommy ramone, and how can it be the ramones are gone from this world?

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago
Back-to-back obituaries again. Obits are taking up a large percentage of wmtc real estate these days, yet another indication of how little I'm writing. The passing of Thomas Erdelyi this week, better known as Tommy Ramone, brings an uncomfortable reminder of mortality for people my age and younger: the last surviving original Ramone. Like a lot of people, I discovered the Ramones in a kind of backwards fashion, through the Clash and other great British punk and new wave bands. No matter how many times I've read and heard that these guys from Queens were a heavy influence on British... more »

Watch "IDF Aircraft Calls Off Strikes to Protect Gazan C…" on YouTube

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
IDF Aircraft Calls Off Strikes to Protect Gazan C…: http://youtu.be/PuL-OA84p54

Will Any Gay Mainers Be Fooled By HRC's Transactional Endorsement Of Republican Susan Collins?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
The LGBT equality movement has been successful with the help of dedicated allies like Shenna Bellows and Marianne Williamson Maine Senator Susan Collins doesn't have a bad voting record on LGBT rights… for a Republican. Fir a normal human being, though, her record is awful-- and disgraceful. And when it comes to any kind of *leadership* for LGBT equality she gets a flat-out "F." Her ProgressivePunch lifetime crucial vote score is worse than *any* Democrats' and worse than several Republicans', including Kelly Ayotte (NH), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Marco Rubio (FL). She's exactly tied ... more »

Resistance is futile

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
We see this in videos and fact with the IRON Dome. DO not be a fool that victory will be well communicated at home. We are in a future were people will determine what is humanity,.

HMS Ocean refit running behind schedule

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 13 hours ago
[image: HMS Ocean]The GBP65 million (USD111 million) refit of the UK Royal Navy (RN) helicopter carrier HMS Ocean is running more than three months behind schedule, sources have told IHS Jane's . The delay has resulted in Invincible-class former carrier HMS Illustrious being brought to readiness to replace Ocean on a major exercise in the Middle East. Work on Ocean , undertaken at Babcock Marine at Devonport naval base, was scheduled to have been completed in March. However, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to IHS Jane's on 9 July that the ship has not yet been handed back to... more »


Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
iT used to be centuries, and now its the next day. Raise a flag.

I am not going to spell things correctly or even use good grammer

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
I love language and you cAN read it in my posts. If you want to make a case that I can not spell or forum a cogitation sentence, go forward with you distracting assault on hell.

When I'm King: I name her NHS Great Britain

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Battsby gets it right.... '... Our borders are sold, our armed forces made toothless, terrorist imams recruit in our jails and our easy-going largesse with tax money is abused by hordes of freeloaders we are powerless to deny. The hospital ship of state is holed below the waterline yet the stewards still ply the takers with all-inclusive drink and drugs while the captain and officers squabble over the course. Meanwhile, at each port of call, the sober and self-reliant slip away quietly, their empty bunks taken up by ever more stowaways. Cruise Ship Britain; doomed to roam the po... more »

Lets leave the pedophlie aside

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
the sun comes up and the plants make oxygen some eat nasty parts but the human he has navigated a great place in this world as we see it I call it world after the cooling down number six formation You got to be stupid to not realize we are only the citizens of a great civilizations demise So should we follow our leaders into the sun of ignorace our show;dud we say about our illietation that we are the chosen ones? i Think God does not give a fuck. At least two generations and by my guage six have run on this earth and the biggest task for mankind is to detrmine why all their citzens... more »

Ban Hand Guns

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Yes we must. Its the relative diametric opposition to legal pot. Of course Medical Pot's a camels nose in the tent. So are legal hand guns.

Updated Normalized Disaster Losses in Australia: 1966-2013

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 14 hours ago
The graph above is the most recent update of the normalized disaster loss database for Australia, sent to me by Ryan Crompton of Risk Frontiers at Macquarie University. Ryan also sends this explanatory text: Crompton and McAneney (2008) normalised Australian weather-related insured losses over the period 1967-2006 to 2006 values. Their methodology adjusted for changes in dwelling numbers and values (excluding land value) and in a marked point of departure from previous normalisation studies, they applied an additional adjustment for tropical cyclone losses to account for improvemen... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
A Norwegian doctor in the besieged Gaza Strip has strongly criticized Israel for using cancer-inducing bombs against Palestinian civilians. Dr. Erik Fosse told Press TV that the majority of patients hospitalized in Gaza are civilians injured in attacks on their homes and about thirty percent of them are children. Dense Inert Metal Explosive, known as DIME, is an explosive device developed to minimize collateral damage in warfare. Experts say it has a relatively small but effective blast radius and is believed to have strong biological effects on those who are hit by the bomb's mi... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
The war on the Palestinian people is one of the most despicable and inspiring human stories of all time The Palestinians are the canary in the mines they are the picture of where Mr. Big intends to take all of us Extract our resources water, oil, nat gas, minerals our labor everything is a dollar Place don't matter to the oligarchy their heart long ago surrendered to darkness they lost the feel for land and community for la famiglia Their war comes from a rage they must feel having given their heart to the darkness maybe they were wounded as a child and now take it out on the world ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
The war on the Palestinian people is one of the most despicable and inspiring human stories The Palestinians are the canary in the mines they are the picture of where Mr. Big intends to take all of us Extract our resources water, oil, nat gas, minerals our labor everything is a dollar Place don't matter to the oligarchy their heart long ago surrendered to darkness they lost the feel for place and community for la famiglia Their war comes from a rage they must feel having given their heart to the darkness maybe they were wounded as a child and now take it out on the world But the Pale... more »

Three New JPMorgan IT Deaths Include Alleged Murder-Suicide

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
Julian and Alita Knott: From Alita Knott’s Public Facebook Page *Three New JPMorgan IT Deaths Include Alleged Murder-Suicide* Posted at: http://wallstreetonparade.com/2014/07/three-new-jpmorgan-it-deaths-include-alleged-murder-suicide/ By Russ Martens and Pam Martens: July 14, 2014 Since December of last year, JPMorgan Chase has been experiencing tragic, sudden deaths of workers on a scale which sets it alarmingly apart from other Wall Street mega banks. Adding to the concern generated by the deaths is the recent revelation that JPMorgan has an estimated $180 billion of life insu... more »

Pictures of Food

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
I will post some, and after that to bump my numbers kittens. It chilling to realize that to change the world you need kitty pictures.

Free Access to Thinking Aboot

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
You know when I get big you will have to pay, so enjoy it now for free!

Baghdadi 'Mossad trained' - Gulf Daily News

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*Interesting?* WASHINGTON: The former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA),* Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British a**nd American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). * *In**telligence services of three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called "the hornet's nest".*Snowden said *NSA documents refer to recent implementation of the hornet's nest to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans... more »

Paul Craig Roberts teams up with two specialists in economic analysis, finding that the US Bureau of Economic Analysis has been 'cooking the books' for years, leading to "Years of understatement of inflation has resulted in years of overstatement of GDP growth." Then they show by means of graphs what has been happening to the TRUE GDP in the past 13 years, finding that "debt is a major and unappreciated issue for the US economy," leading irreversibly to "substantially lower living standards for the 99 percent" and warning that this monstrous debt could result in "a serious tumble in the value of the US dollar, more wealth contraction, higher inflation via import prices, and less US wealth available to support US debt." They summarize that "it cannot be long before Americans experience economic catastrophe."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 15 hours ago
------------------------------ *The Deteriorating Economic Outlook* ------------------------------ July 8, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Paul Craig Roberts, Dave Kranzler, and John Williams The third and final estimate (until the annual GDP revisions) of first quarter 2014 real GDP growth released June 25 by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis was a 2.9% contraction in GDP growth, a 5.5 percentage point difference from the January forecast of 2.6% growth. Apparently, the first quarter c... more »

Timeline: Downing of An-26 supply plane

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*This is an entirely new post regarding the shoot down of An-26 supply plane.* I spent too much time going through the news this a.m. Going back to when it seems this news first broke? And then looking at what was being reported/covered even before that event took place. *Timeline begins here:**4-Antifascist separatists surround airport in Lug(h)ansk* Independence supporters have surrounded the airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, but it is still controlled by the Ukrainian Army, Luhansk Commandant Sergei Grachev told RIA Novosti. We have the antifascists surrounding... more »

Jeremy Bowen's "infantile sensibility"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Rod Liddle hits the nail squarely on the head in his latest *Spectator * blog-post: Will the BBC accept that Hamas wants to kill lots of Jews? A fairly typically partisan report on the Israel and Palestine crisis last night on the BBC ten O Clock News. The focus was entirely on the killed or injured Palestinians, referred to exclusively as ‘civilians’; the point was made, at the top of the report, that Hamas had killed nobody. Yes, but only because Hamas is utterly useless: it clearly WANTS to kill lots of people, which is why, on a daily basis, it bungs over the rockets – indiscrim... more »

Little Rock Implements Orwellian Police State: Operation Ceasefire

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." --*George Orwell* by Mark Daniels *Arkansas Police Accountability Project* (Little Rock, AR) Little Rock Police Department's Operation Ceasefire: Necessary Police Action or A Slippery Slope Spiraling Downward Toward an Orwellian Nightmare? As reported by local news, this year is being called one of the deadliest in Little Rock history with a total of 29 homicides so far. To fight back, the Little Rock Police Department has implemented Operation Ceasefire to saturate neighborhoods ... more »

Ogunquit, Maine Bans The Use Of Pesticides

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
[image: Bilde: Residents in the small ocean-side community of Ogunquit, Maine, voted to become the first town in the state to prohibit the use of pesticides on public and private property for turf, landscape, and outdoor pest management activities. Ogunquit’s ordinance makes the town the second local jurisdiction in the United States in the last year to ban pesticides on both public and private property, and the first to be passed by popular vote, 206 to 172. Ogunquit’s ordinance is modeled on the first private/public pesticide ban in Takoma Park, Maryland, last year. GO OGUNQUIT! T... more »

ARISTOTLE’S ERROR: To the couch!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014* *Part 1—Digby in pearls:* Anthropologically speaking, are we so-called human beings really “the rational animal?” Pretty much no, we are not. In yesterday’s prelude to this series, we discussed the American public’s extremely low level of political information. At the most, only forty percent of American adults actually know the answers to these basic questions: *Which political party has a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives?Which political party has a majority in the U.S. Senate?* Something less than forty percent actually know who holds those ... more »

A Kurt Vonnegut Jr Straight line

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
I saw but sadly never met Kurt. His novels as I remember them where hilariously funny in a dark way. Kurt survived the biggest Ally war crime known of WW2. The fire bombing of Dresden. War crime is a loaded gun, its meaning is best expressed by Colonel Kurtz " charging a guy with murder while fighting in Vietnam, is like handing out speeding tickets at the Indianapolis 500" There is no light that can penetrate the heart of darkness, though Kurt and Conrad gave it a good try. Philp K Dick is the current favorite of the power progressives. He leads with dark and ends with dark. Mos... more »

A History Of The Iraqi Communist Party Interview With Univ of East Anglia’s Johan Franzén

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 16 hours ago
Iraq’s Communist Party (ICP) used to be one of the largest and most powerful organizations in the country. It drew upon nationalist and anti-imperialist Iraqis rather than people who were well versed in Marxist-Leninism. Throughout most of its history it was persecuted first by the British authorities and then the post-independence political elite. At the same time, it flip-flopped on the questions of Iraqi Kurdistan and the Ba’ath Party with the latter leading to its eventual demise. To help explain this complicated history is University of East Anglia’s Johan Franzén, the author... more »

U.K. government survey: climate optimists use less electricity than climate fearmongers

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
There are diverse ways to visualize a climate fearmonger. You may think that a typical representative alarmist looks like a Luddite maggott who lives in the Stone Age, sleeps in the treetops, eats earthworms, and consumes no electricity. Another, very different way to visualize a climate alarmist is to think about Al Gore, a hypocritical jerk who preaches about the reductions of the carbon footprint but whose household resembles a medium car factory and whose frequent flying emulates the evacuation of an island. Which visualization is more accurate? As The Telegraph and Anthon... more »

President "Ribbon Cutter" at his shuck and jive best...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 16 hours ago
*The Obama Speech Recipe...* Ugh. H/T White House Dossier


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
Two soldiers are tasked with deciding the fate of a terrorist with a single push of a button. As the action plays out in real time, their window to use a deadly military drone on the target slowly closes. With time running out, the soldiers begin to question what the real motives are behind the ordered lethal attack. Eloise Mumford (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, THE RIVER) and Matt O’Leary (FAT KID RULES THE WORLD, EDEN) star in Rick Rosenthal’s film based on the stage play by Matt Witten and produced by Whitewater Films. This new film will show in Brunswick, Maine on Friday, August 15 a... more »

Debiting His Credit

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
http://www.cbc.ca/ Stephen Harper has a habit of taking credit for what others have done -- or for just pure dumb luck. In 2008, he took credit for the solidity of Canadian banks, even though it was Paul Martin who beefed up capital requirements for the banks, while Harper -- as the Leader of the Opposition -- insisted that Canadian banks should follow the model of their American cousins. And recently, at the Calgary Stampede, he took credit for the "gradual decline in Quebec separatist sentiment.... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Student debt and the value of an education* In the face of rising tuition costs, which have more than doubled since 1982, more and more students are attending colleges, with Millennials being considered "the best-educated generation in history." Despite the mounting cost and swelling debt, America’s demand for education, particularly higher education, has not decreased, defying typical market expectations. This is what economists call inelastic demand, when people continue to buy a good or service regardless of an increase in prices. Though the post-recession job market is still d... more »

All in the Headline

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Israel’s security cabinet approved the Egyptian ceasefire proposal despite the fact that it’s still a long way off its objective, eliminating Hamas’s ability to send rockets from Gaza. Mahmoud Abbas was in favour and Hamas against. So when Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel after the deadline, Israel resumed strikes too. “In other words: Israel agreed to a proposal to *stop the war*. Hamas has chosen instead to *continue the war*.” What is the BBC’s headline? Gaza conflict: Israel restarts air strikes amid rocket fire.

Republican Party War Against Infrastructure And Growth

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
I suppose if a major bridge collapses-- 63,522 of them are obsolete or in need of crucial structural repair-- the Republicans will snap to and stop obstructing the transportation bill. Short of that… they'll give the president some crumbs to avoid a fuss in the media. The average additional cost of vehicle maintenance to motorists due to sub-par road conditions is around $440/year across the country. Here in L.A. it's $832 and it's $782 in San Francisco, $700 in Milwaukee, $625 in Seattle… And it's not just in blue areas where people are feeling the pain the GOP is inflicting on th... more »

Portugal breaking ? ( July 15 , 2014 ) --- EU and ECB Chiefs jaw boning like mad or like mad hatters ? ......Portugal Contagion Spreads: Espirito Santo To Default On Portugal Telecom Loan, Business Lending Drops Most On Record

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Really , this is what it all boils down to..... Draghi Knows Narratives Are No Longer Enough, But "There Are No Easy Choices Here" [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/15/2014 21:21 -0400 - Anglo Irish - B+ - Banking Practices - Bear Stearns - default - Epsilon - Erste - ETC - Greece - Italy - Portugal - Sovereign Debt - Sovereigns - Unification inShare3 *Submitted by Ben Hunt of Salient Partners Epsilon Theory blog,* *"He's dreaming now," said Tweedledee, "and what do you think he's drea... more »

Bottom Line: We Didn't Stop harper

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 17 hours ago
It's possible that by shitting on veterans, stopping home mail delivery, screwing over both workers with the Temporary Workers Program, and then the low-paying employers who they first enabled, and stumbling from scandal to scandal, the stupid, corrupt harpercons might have alienated so many voters that even healthy doses of election fraud won't gain them another majority. It's possible, but it is by no means a certain thing. Thanks to a majority on the Supreme Court of Canada, ballot stuffing is now legal. If there are more ballots than names on the voters' list, challengers will ha... more »

Of course its not happening today!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
The pedophile ring that penetrated deep into the heart of the Thatcher Cabinet has surely been cleared up. No one would suspect that William Hague stepped down as Foreign Minister yesterday because as Thatchers protege he has been tainted. No one could imagine the hi jinks in Britain could be linked to the Vancouver Club , Robert Picton, washed up sneakers full of feet, or good old Jeff Guckert Gannon. I find it hilarious that there is speculation these pedophile rings were used to control the agenda by blackmailing world leaders and governments. One example widely cited is they... more »

How Do I Prove Sexual Harassment?

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 17 hours ago
An AOL Jobs reader asked: I was just wondering if I will get in trouble for bringing light to my situation at work, I'm being sexually harassed by my supervisor. It started back in July and I've made multiple complaints, nothing has been done except the incidents have been "documentedIt's very uncomfortable to work with him because he retaliates by making me work late so I have to stay there with him. I even called corporate and they told me I need to continue to work with him and let them know how it goes. It's not fair and I thought harassment would be taken more seriously. I work... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Return to Freedom”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
2002, “Return to Freedom” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYVHVHniU80

Snowden: Brit Spying Law Could Have Been Written by NSA

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 19 hours ago
In an exclusive interview with The Guardian former US government contractor turned heroic whistleblower Edward Snowden has commented on British leader David Cameron's new emergency surveillance bill to be rammed through parliament this week much like the USAPATRIOT Act was in the aftermath of 9/11. During the interview, conducted in Moscow to and be made available in its entirety later this week Snowden states that the law is comparable to the 2007 Protect America Act which the Bush administration similarly rushed into law. According to a The Guardian story entitled "Edward Snowden ... more »

Only one in five white Britons votes for Labour - Politics - News - London Evening Standard

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
'... two thirds of non-white voters supported Labour, which received the backing of just one in five white British voters. The analysis suggests that the migration of ethnic minority voters to the capital's inner suburbs is behind recent Labour victories there. ' Now do you see why Labour massively increased immigration whilst in government? Forward planning, they're not as stupid as you might think. They are as evil though. More here http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/only-one-in-five-white-britons-votes-for-labour-9604547.html

Transcendence and DARPA's Restoring Active Memory

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 hours ago
*July 15, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LocalOrg) - In the movie "Transcendence," the lead character, an artificial intelligence researcher, is uploaded to a super-computer before his body dies. His consciousness survives and his mind, unencumbered by the weakness of his physical body, begins expanding exponentially. While science fiction, the movie's premise is not entirely impossible. While the human brain is highly complex, accessing it, decoding it, and interfacing with it has long-ago already begun. The US Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA,... more »

Iraq Items of note ( July 15 , 2014 ) -- Best tweets of the morning ( Rudaw - Maliki disarming Iraqi Parliament Security Guards , Bas News - Iran seeking alternative to Maliki , Joel Wing - analyzing the state of Iraq Security Forces aka ISF )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Tweets....... *Al Arabiya English* @AlArabiya_Eng · 1h Kurdish singer Helly Luv to ‘Risk it All’ for independence http:// ara.tv/5pyve #Kurdistan pic.twitter.com/cKfau73ZAY [image: Embedded image permalink] *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 1h #Maliki 's Bodyguards disarm Iraqi Parliament's Security guards. #Iraq Follow and Share Rudaw's English Blog:... http://fb.me/1soVkcFrm - *Rudaw English* @RudawEnglish · 4m Iraq's army and Shi'ite militia forces launch an assault to retake the city of Tikrit — Reuters. View translation *Bas News English* @EnglishBasNews · 32... more »

War Watch ( Non- Iraq news - July 15 ,2014 ) -- Syria Civil War continues as ISIS consolidates power in Deir Ezzor Province , kicks out rival rebels but hasn't attacked Assad's military airfield ( quiet cooperation between ISIS and Assad against West backed rebel forces ? ) Qatar blows 11 billion on arms from the US - this is a nation of 250 thousand people , so the cost per person for this splurge is 40 thousand a head ! Afghan Vote deal means never will a future Afghan President be able to hem in the US as Karzai did - President and Prime Minister type of system being stitched together of the fly ( whatever can go wrong will go wrong with this one ! ) Iran offers concessions , the US will continue to play Lucy with the elusive football ..... ......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Anti War ..... Syria ..... ISIS Expels Rivals From Key East Syrian CityControls Virtually Whole Oil-Rich Deir Ezzor Province Now by Jason Ditz, July 14, 2014 Print This | Share This As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to expand its control over the Deir Ezzor Province in eastern Syria, they have turned their focus on oilfields, and onexpelling rival factions from the provincial capital. Some of the fighters chose to defect to ISIS outright, though others were killed or chased off. The local leader for al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra was slain, and photos of his body ... more »

Libya Update - 90 percent of aircraft parked at Tripoli's international Airport destroyed , Control tower damaged as well ( July 15 , 2014 ) - Libya is considering a deployment of international force to re-establish security amid a flare-up of violence in Tripoli which saw dozens of rockets destroy most of the civilian aircraft fleet at its international airport.......... Libya didn't get the meme - NATO and the US just destroy countries , they don't secure countries after an " unpopular " leader is ousted !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 20 hours ago
Zintan militia in control of Libya airport Armed group, which has held Tripoli airport since fall of Gaddafi, repulse attempt by rival militias to take facility. Last updated: 16 Jul 2014 00:27 [image: Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker] [image: Email Article] [image: Print Article] [image: Share article] [image: Send Feedback] Fighting between rival militias wrecked 11 civilian planes at Tripoli's airport and damaged the control tower [Reuters] Fighters from Libya's Zintan militia, armed with anti-aircraft guns and mortars, have fanned out across Tripoli's airport, transformed... more »

Lyse Doucet oops

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The BBC's Lyse Doucet tweeted this this morning It struck me that I hadn't noticed Lyse Doucet reporting rockets being fired from Gaza pre the Israeli response, so I tweeted her and she responded.. That sounded a weak excuse, so I responded. In response, Lyse Doucet tried to fob me off, and indicated that the conversation was over. Just like Jeremy Bowen, it would seem Lyse Doucet doesn't like being questioned or having her bias pointed out to her. So I did some quick research and lo and behold, just as I thought would be the case, I couldn't find a single Lyse Doucet tweet abo... more »

Raytheon SeaGriffin™ completes guided flight test with new dual-mode seeker

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: ВGM-176B Griffin B]Raytheon Company successfully completed the latest guided flight test of its SeaGriffin™ missile. The test further demonstrated the effectiveness of SeaGriffin's semi-active laser guidance system, and the missile's ability to capture images from a newly-added imaging infrared seeker (IIR). During the Raytheon-funded test, a SeaGriffin missile, launched from an integrated surface launch system, provided streaming video from its IIR seeker through an on-board datalink. Command and Control operators could use the datalink for target verification before the m... more »

Lockheed Martin Receives $212 Million Contract for PAC-3 Missile Support

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Patriot PAC-3]Lockheed Martin received a contract award recently totaling $212 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Maintenance & Surveillance services to U.S. and international PAC-3 customers from the Missile Support Center. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 Missile Segment of the Patriot air defense system. These Maintenance and Surveillance services will begin immediately at Lockheed Martin facilities in the United States. The PAC-3 Missile is one of the world’s most advanced, capable and reli... more »

First Modernized Il-38N ASW Plane to Be Delivered to Russian Navy on July 15

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Ilyushin Il-38N]The first modernized Il-38N anti-submarine warfare plane will be delivered to the Russian Navy on July 15, an Ilyushin Aviation Complex spokesperson told RIA Novosti. The company completed repair and modernization work on the first mass-produced Il-38N anti-submarine warfare plane for the Russian Navy. The work was completed under a contract that provides for the modernization of five combat aircraft," according to a spokesperson for the Ilyushin Aviation Complex, a subsidiary of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation. Read more

Thales Reveals 6-Kg Glide Bomb For UAVs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: FreeFall LMM]Thales has developed a ready-for-market precision-guided bomb based on its Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) designed for use on small unmanned air systems. The weapon, known as the FreeFall LMM or FFLMM, is a 70-cm (28-in.) long, 6-kg (13-lb.) glide bomb with many of the common components used on the LMM missile developed by Thales to meet the U.K. Defense Ministry’s Future Air-to-Surface Guided Weapon (Light) (FASGW (L)) requirement. The FFLMM was developed by Thales at its missiles division based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but the company has partnered ... more »

Taiwan-built reconnaissance drone has range to reach mainland

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Chung Shyang II UAV]The Chung Shyang II, a drone designed by the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology under Taiwan's defense ministry is capable of carry out reconnaissance missions over the coastline of southeastern China, our sister paper Want Daily reports. Ministry officials said 32 of the unmanned aerial vehicles entered service with the ROC Army Aviation Special Forces Command in March. Although the drone is designed primarily to conduct tactical reconnaissance missions over the eastern and southern coast of Taiwan, it has the range to fly across the Taiwan S... more »

Boeing Unveils New Maritime Surveillance Plane

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Boeing MSA]Boeing developers have combined sensors and mission-equipment from their P-8 Navy surveillance aircraft with a Bombardier long-endurance Challenger 605 business jet to engineer a medium-size, high-speed, high-tech surveillance plane. “We’ve taken P-8 mission systems, modularized them and put them on the Challenger 605. It has many of the same capabilities as the P-8 and the same look and feel with hand-picked sensors,” said Bob Schoeffling, a Boeing officials for maritime surveillance aircraft. Although it will not be equipped with the weapons and anti-submarine ... more »

UAC Boosted By MiG-29SMT Order

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: MiG-29SMT Fulcrum]Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, a UAC subsidiary, comes to the Farnborough 2014 show boosted by a new Russian order for 16 MiG-29SMT single-seat, multirole fighters due for delivery by the end of 2016. Signing the $495 million order, Russia’s deputy defense minister Yuri Borisov said, “This order will make MiG feel more secure and look to the future with greater hopes…and provide a good starting point for setting up production of newer aircraft, such as the MiG-35.” Talks on acquiring some 40 MiG-35s for the Russian air force are ongoing. Read more

BRICS Prepare Launch of their Development Bank ( July 15 , 2014 ) , which may grow into an alternative to the IMF and World Bank over time - authorized capital 100 Billion from each BRICS nation , initial capital a total of 50 Billion between the Principals , currency reserve fund of 118 Billion .......Despite Putin's denial , is the hidden and deeper goal a military and political alliance ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 21 hours ago
The game is afoot..... BRICS Announce $100 Billion Reserve To Bypass Fed, Developed World Central Banks [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/15/2014 14:38 -0400 - Brazil - BRICs - Central Banks - CRA - India - International Monetary Fund - Monetary Policy inShare34 As we suggested last night, the anti-dollar alliance among the BRICS has successfully created a so-called "mini-IMF" since the BRICS are clearly furious with the IMF as it stands currently: this is what the world's developing nations just said on this topic ... more »

Journey of Man - Out of Africa - the Pacific Cataclysm?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
this very interesting documentary tells the story of the San Bushmen of Namibia in southwest Africa who (this documentary's host, and author) Spencer Wells says fathered the majority of Human Races. So, it seems that the journey *Out Of Africa* was merely African hunter-gatherers FOLLOWING THE MIGRATING HERDS as they headed northeast away from African drought into what was to become Europe/Asia. But is there an UNTOLD STORY here? That is the story of the Pacific Cataclysm, directly across the globe from Africa, the home land of man. 23 million years ago apes started to become H... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 22 hours ago
*In court hearing, city and sheriff dig in their heels on cost of mental health care at OPP ~Charles Maldonado, The Lens*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 22 hours ago
*Basinkeeper, St. Martin gov’t unite against oil field waste disposal expansion plan ~Walter Peirce, Acadiana Business* ~F.A.S. Environmental Services applied in April for a rezoning of land near the community of Belle River where it wants to expand a waste transfer station; the station would handle hundreds of thousands of barrels of waste from conventional drilling as well as fracking. The St. Martin Parish Planning and Zoning Board, however, denied the rezoning request. What did F.A.S. do? An end run around the zoning board. The company now claims the rezoning request was unnecess... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 22 hours ago
*Corps selects three restoration projects to mitigate east bank post-Katrina levee construction environmental damage ~Mark Schleifstein *

NATO Hopes for Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 23 hours ago
*July 15, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - In the minds of many following along with the Western narrative regarding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the Russians have already "invaded." Despite paradoxical claims of nuclear-armed Russia "invading" eastern Ukraine but with Kiev's battered, disorganized troops in mismatching uniforms and without daily rations overwhelming these forces, many have chosen to believe that indeed Kiev's inability to assert control in Ukraine's easternmost provinces is solely because of Russian "intervention." *The "Re-Invasion" of Ukraine? * Even with th... more »

More F-35 Engines Show Signs of Blade Rubbing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: F-35 Lightning II engin fire]Pentagon officials on Monday shed new light on what caused a fire that led to a recent grounding of the F-35 fighter jet, but didn't say when – or whether – the aircraft will make its international debut this week at one of the world's biggest airshows. A preliminary investigation into a fire that crippled an F-35A during takeoff June 23 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida was due to excessive rubbing of fan blades in a certain section of the Pratt & Whitney-made F135 engine, according to Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, who manages Joint St... more »

Navy's Sub-Hunting Helicopters Enter Service Early

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Merlin Mk2]Since successfully entering service with the Royal Navy, the aircraft have been put through their paces on exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. Embarked on HMS Illustrious, the Merlin Mk2 aircraft took part in Exercise Deep Blue, simulating anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol and casualty evacuation capabilities. The new helicopters are part of an £800 million program to upgrade the Royal Navy’s existing fleet of aircraft. The Merlins, which have been delivered on budget, have state-of-the-art glass cockpits, which provide improved night-vision capability for pilo... more »

Upgrades to Aurora aircraft puts Royal Canadian Air Force on cutting edge of anti-submarine warfare

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: CP-140 Aurora]The silhouette of a nuclear-powered U.S. navy Los Angeles class attack submarine, its periscope slashing through the surface, was quickly spotted by the crew of a Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft during a five-hour mission south of the Hawaiian Islands over the weekend. Within seconds of the discovery of the kind of boat that Tom Clancy made famous in the Hunt for Red October, the Nova Scotia-based turboprop swooped down to 100 metres above the ocean. The crew dropped several dozen passive and active sonar buoys as they circled ne... more »

BrahMos Missile for Planes, Submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Airlaunched BrahMos]The Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace is ready to test by this year end a smaller version of its 290-km eponymous supersonic cruise missile for deployment on combat aircraft and submarines. BrahMos chief A Sivathanu Pillai also supported the idea of the country relying on its own weapons and systems to meet the needs of its armed forces, saying that Indian defence scientists and production agencies have proved their capabilities in this regard. At a function here to release a book on BrahMos he has penned, Pillai said the Indo-Russian firm was... more »

PAGASA 4: On Unjustified Class Cancellations

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 23 hours ago
Yesterday, I was upset that the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declared public storm warning signal (PSWS) #1 over Metro Manila at 11:45am, when it was sunny, thin clouds above. So pre-school afternoon classes have been cancelled. My younger daughter who was excited to go to her 12:30 – 3:30pm class was sad when I told her that classes have been cancelled. The range of PAGASA warning was far out, signal #1 from Marinduque & Burias Islands south of M.Manila up to Tarlac and Pangasinan in the north. Tropical storm “Rammasun” (loca... more »

Beggars Can't Be Choosers

noreply@blogger.com (Niles) at DAMMIT JANET! - 23 hours ago
In poetry, the word 'thousand' has represented not only an actual mathematical number of distinct properties, but also a metaphor for infinity or without end; for example, 'never in a thousand years', 'one picture is worth a thousand words' and so on. As I write this tonight, the fundraising effort to keep the Morgentaler clinic for women's health services in New Brunswick up and running has taken an optimistic turn. With 17 days to go on the deadline for fundraising, the requested funds of $100,000CAN has sprouted to over 63% of the way. It wasn't looking so hopeful last night wh... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The first hint of what will become of our Sun was discovered inadvertently in 1764. At that time, Charles Messier was compiling a list of diffuse objects not to be confused with comets. The 27th object on Messier's list, now known as M27 or the Dumbbell Nebula, is a planetary nebula, the type of nebula our Sun will produce when nuclear fusion stops in its core. *Click image for larger size.* M27 is one of the brightest planetary nebulae on the sky, and can be seen toward the constellation of the Fox (Vulpecula) with binoculars. It takes light about 1000 years to reach us from M27, s... more »

Pastor John Hagee CUFI War Politics & American Exceptional Ism

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 1 day ago
Only in times like these where American Exceptionalism runs rampant and Moving Forward, to god knows where, is the catch word for the New American Century, can we witness such bilateral chutzpah from a televangelist. A self proclaimed minister of God advocating war and blatantly spouting propaganda instead of advocating peace harmony and brotherly love is, IMO, the antithesis to anything that is truly holy and good for mankind... This from PBS: Bill Moyers Bill Moyers Journal October 7, 2007 "If a line has to be drawn, draw it around Christians and Jews. We are united." -Pastor Jo... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Is Australia drying out because of global warming? * *The usual Warmist dishonesty. They carefully note that it is Southern Australia that has been experiencing lower rainfall but then fail to say what is going on in Northern Australia! All that has happened is a normal oscillation whereby the rain has moved North. It is raining outside as I write this (in the North), during what is normally the driest month of the year. The rain will move South again in its own good timeAnd note that The Australian bureau of statistics says: "Australia's most severe drought periods since... more »

"Even The Little Ones..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I should dearly love that the world should be ever so little better for my presence. Even on this small stage we have our two sides, and something might be done by throwing all one's weight on the scale of breadth, tolerance, charity, temperance, peace, and kindliness to man and beast. We can't all strike very big blows, and even the little ones count for something." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"The Hound In The Kennel"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Hound In The Kennel"* by John James "In my experience most of us take whatever frightens us or makes us uncomfortable and push it out of sight. This puts it into the unconscious. It does not disappear, but just lies in waiting like a faithful hound until let out. Meanwhile the conscious part can go on living as if nothing had happened. But as Carl Jung pointed out so perspicaciously, the hound keeps howling from the depth and thereby influences all that we do. So we can’t go on as before. We may try to carry on as always, but in truth everything we do is influenced by the un... more »

"Why Not Now..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?" - Robert Louis Stevenson

"No Price Is Too High..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Arthur Gordon

"Deep Thoughts on What Makes Humans Special"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "Deep Thoughts on What Makes Humans Special"* By Jeremy Hsu "Our special stature among Earth's creatures may look shaky when considering that humans share 98 percent of our genes and many behaviors with chimps. Yet human behaviors stand out by reaching levels of complexity unseen in any other part of the animal world, according to a neurobiologist. Seeing humans beyond mechanistic cause-and-effect or animal-like behaviors can be difficult after a lifetime spent studying brains and behavior, said Robert Sapolsky, a neurobiologist and primatologist at Stanford University. But he p... more »

David Bacon : How U.S. policies helped create the current immigration crisis

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Six reasons why U.S. trade and immigration policies — not ‘lax immigration enforcement’ — have caused migration from Central America. By David Bacon | The Rag Blog | July 14, 2014 David Bacon will be Thorne Dreyer‘s guest on Rag … finish reading David Bacon : How U.S. policies helped create the current immigration crisis

House Votes To Officially Deny Climate Change-- Really

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
This morning we started the day with a look at the irreversible catastrophe Global Warming has in store for Florida-- and how Florida congressmembers from districts that will wind up entirely under the sea-- like Dennis Ross, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, Patrick Murphy, Bill Posey and Vern Buchanan-- have consistently voted against policies that would save their own constituents and for an agenda that will utterly destroy the very districts they represent. All of them are Republicans, although Murphy calls himself a Democrat and is one of the up-and-comers in the Republ... more »

Tristan & Isolde on Saturday!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Wagner’s thrilling *Tristan and Isolde* is being performed in Auckland on Saturday. It’s an all-day event -- not just because of the perceptive Peter Bassett’s pre-concert talk,*but because each act of Tristan is as long as your Italian operas! But in the concert hall that matters not at all. Each act seems to last no time at all. (And it’s perfect for “angsty teenagers.”) It starts with the Tristan chord, and ends with an orgasm. The orgasm you’ll hear about on Friday. The Tristan Chord, the most discussed musical noise in history, today. From the moment it first rung out over ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

On the ground in Gaza: Beit Lahia residents calls for aid from Egypt

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Title: On the ground in Gaza: Beit Lahia residents calls for aid from Egypt. Source: Middle East Eye. Date Published: July 14, 2014. Description: A former resident of Beit Lahia in Gaza, now displaced, talks about the Israeli bombardment and calls on Egyptian President Sisi to be more like former President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Eloise Bollack reports from Gamal Abdel Nasser street in Gaza City.

Review & Giveaway - SoapBox Soaps

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 day ago
Eco-friendly products are better for us! I get that! With some products, we accept the "better for us" concept on good faith. Logically we know the truth but we don't really experience the difference in a day-to-day manner. Natural body soaps have allowed me to feel the difference. I have very sensitive skin and have suffered from allergies all my life. Since switching to Eco-friendly soaps, my skin has actually gotten healthier. Rashes and skin irritations are things of the past. So, I have tangible proof that Eco-friendly body soaps are good for us! I was thrilled to receive an ... more »

Egyptian TV Hosts Slam Hamas Leaders: We Are Sick and Tired of You

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
An excerpt from, *"Assad: Hamas Has Betrayed Us Repeatedly, But…"* by Elie Chalhoub, Al-Akhbar, October 14, 2013: "Assad says, “When the crisis began, [Hamas officials] claimed that they gave us advice. This is a lie. Who are they to give Syria advice? Then they said that we asked for their help, which is also not true. What business do they have in internal Syrian affairs?” Later, the president of the World Federation of Muslim Scholars, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, made his insulting statements about Syria. Assad says, “Yes, we demanded that they take a stance. A while later, they came and ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Post by Brock J. Faour.

sexy bitch

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Chet Raymo, “To Be Alive”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“To Be Alive”* by Chet Raymo "To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.” ~ William Blake “Many years ago, my religious education began with the first question of the Baltimore Catechism: "Why did God make me?" Answer: "He made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him." These days, I reverence a Mystery that is less purposeful, less personal, and less gendered than the fatherly "He" I studied in primary school. But the answer to that first catechism question seems as relevant as ever. In hi... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “October”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“October”* by Mary Oliver *1* "There’s this shape, black as the entrance to a cave. A longing wells up in its throat like a blossom as it breathes slowly. What does the world mean to you if you can’t trust it to go on shining when you’re not there? and there’s a tree, long-fallen; once the bees flew to it, like a procession of messengers, and filled it with honey. *2* I said to the chickadee, singing his heart out in the green pine tree: little dazzler little song, little mouthful. *3* The shape climbs up out of the curled grass. It grunts into view. There is no measure for the confid... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

Paul Krugman disgraced?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Which of these following statements is true: a.Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize winner. b. Paul Krugman called for a housing bubble to fix the economy in 2002, and fro a space aliens to fix the economy in 2011. c. Paul Krugman is the most prominent economist today calling for massive money printing and government over-spending . d. Paul Krugman is leaving Princeton university in “quiet disgrace.” Actually, that’s a trick question. If a report coming out of the States today is correct, *all* of the above statements are true. The report asks, Is Paul Krugman Leaving Princeton In Quiet... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago

Oz'dpolitik : The Wizard of Oz - Parable on Populism

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
[image: [rule]] *The Wizard of Oz: Parable on Populism* *by Henry M. Littlefield* On the deserts of North Africa in 1941 two tough Australian brigades went into battle singing: Have you heard of the wonderful wizard, The wonderful Wizard of Oz, And he is a wonderful wizard, If ever a wizard there was. It was a song they had brought with them from Australia and would soon spread to England. Forever afterward it reminded Winston Churchill of those "buoyant days."[1] Churchill's nostalgia is only one symptom of the world-wide delight found in an American fairy tale abo... more »

Toronto Handgun Ban?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Olivia Chow promised Monday to seek a ban on pistols and revolvers, insisting the country requires more stringent gun control. Agree or disagree - and most firearms bans, as opposed to registration and regulation requirements, are mere politics - it is absolutely clear that firearms regulation is not a municipal matter. Firearms regulation is primarily a federal matter with some provincial jurisdiction. Municipal by laws dealing with guns would almost certainly be invalid - and a Toronto bylaw purporting to ban handguns would clearly fail. And it is also clear that Ms Chow, as a fo... more »

Gaza Thinkage, Outside-The-Box

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Lots of ink is being spilled over Gaza. Watching and reading, I am reminded of something I read early in my career, while writing my second book. This thing I read was a manual for reporters, written by veteran British war correspondents Annabel McGoldrick and Jake Lynch. Jaded by knowledge of how the media can Continue reading

Gold items of note ( July 14 , 2014 ) -- GLD ETF surprisingly surges ( now that Germany allegedly put a halt to seeking its long gone gold goodbye ) ........ Meanwhile , after steadily gaining in price , one just had to know a gold smash was overdue ..... More manipulation on tap as Yellen set to testify before Congress - when will Fed easy money end if ever ........ China demand still steady as she goes ............. Regulators and Investigators search for wrongdoing everywhere but perhaps the most obvious places .

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-14/gld-etf-holdings-surge-most-three-years-gold-has-biggest-daily-drop-2014 GLD ETF Holdings Surge Most In Three Years As Gold Has Biggest Daily Drop In 2014 [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/14/2014 18:34 -0400 inShare1 Today saw the mainstream media congratulate themselves over the demise of the anti-status-quo indicator - gold. The precious metal dropped over 2% on the day amid major volumes in futures - its biggest drop in 2014. However, it seems the GLD ETF decided today's dump was the right opportunity to... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

“The Truth About High Gas Prices”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Truth About High Gas Prices”* by Walter Brasch "Gas prices at the pump during the July 4th extended weekend were the highest they have been in six years. This, of course, has little to do with supply-and-demand economics. It has everything to do with supply-and-gouge profits. Over the past decade, the five largest oil companies have earned more than $1 trillion in profits. Last year, the Big Five—BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Shell—earned about $93 billion in profits. Their CEOs last year earned an average of about $20 million. Included within the profits is $... more »

Benjamin Fulford: Nazionist mafia circles the wagons as investigations zero in on Bush/Netanyahu

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*Views below are solely of Benjamin Fulford's and the WDS and not necessarily of this blog. There is much I cannot say right now, but things are in a huge state of change. There is some interesting data in this post, but how much of it is accurate remains to be seen. When secret socities and intel agenices release information it is generally done so to shape opinion or perception, which may not always match reality. * *D. of Removing the Shackles blog, has told me privately her military intel sources say the Bush "Texas Camp" has largely been defanged. In many respects it op... more »


There has been much talk of an Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip these last few days as Israeli tanks and armour together with some 20,000–30,000 Israeli troops amass around the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel; indeed, Israeli commandoes have already made some incursions into the Gaza Strip clashing with Hamas fighters in fire-fights. The question is, however, will Israel actually commit itself to this massive escalation of the crisis and what would be the likely consequences of such an action? But the first question one needs to ask is: Why haven’t the Israel... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

When Auckland is strong … ?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Finish this phrase for me: “When Auckland is strong … ” Let’s hope it’s not true, eh. I always said it would end badly when they gave the Blues to a man knighted for his services to depression. Still, at least Andy Dalton is doing a fine job as Auckland CEO. For Counties. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

The Economy: "Feds Go 'Full Retard'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Feds Go 'Full Retard'" * by Bill Bonner "Everybody knows you never go full retard." – Kirk Lazarus, "Tropic Thunder" "It looked as though US stocks were about to correct last week. But the market steadied on Friday. Calm, complacency, confidence – almost every measure (save for valuations) tells us we have nothing to worry about. Still, since we have nothing to worry about, we will worry about nothing. Or as Churchill might say, if we have nothing more to fear than fear itself... surely, we're missing something. But let us move on by turning our heads around and looking at the ... more »

DotCon takes another scalp?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Is there a politician in the country who hasn’t been stained by Kim DotCon? The latest is former immigration minister Jonathan Coleman, who in exercising the discretion to let him enter New Zealand was supposed to have overlooked the fat German’s previous crimes and indiscretions. Or not. But Coleman’s not the first, and he won’t be the last, to be embarrassed by association. The reason that so many have been embarrassed by just one man, however large, is that – let’s be frank – there are so many laws, and so many ways in which politicians have given themselves discretion over t... more »

“What I Don’t Like About Life in the American Police State”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“What I Don’t Like About Life in the American Police State”* By John W. Whitehead “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” - Edward Abbey, American author “There’s a lot to love about America and its people: their pioneering spirit, their entrepreneurship, their ability to think outside the box, their passion for the arts, etc. Increasingly, however, as time goes by, I find the things I don’t like about living in a nation that has long since ceased to be a sanctuary for freedom are beginning to outnumber the things I love. Here’s what I don’... more »

Foucault, Discipline and Work

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Chances are you've seen this. In what looks like summer kite-flying to me, the Tories have floated the idea that people who receive Employment Support Allowance for mental health problems should undergo treatment on pain of losing social security payments. Forcing medication on people, piling unnecessary stress on existing illness ... there's a special category of stupid for the cretin who came up with that. It's as vicious as it is ridiculous, yet has that ring of plausibility to it. You just *know* they will implement it if this government is given a new lease of life. Still thin... more »

we do not care

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
There is so many things going bad right now it would hurt someone who grows things in there fridge enough to clean it out if they paid attention to anything Net neutrality is a big one and the whole surveillance state someday somewhere if you live long enough you will hear a guy faucet massed protester say how did it get this way who approved in a democracy that a handful of people could pull the strings and make sure that elections were meaningless things

New Brunswick Activists Push Back, Canadians Respond Generously

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
I've been watching the fundraising efforts by Reproductive Justice New Brunswick. They are trying to raise $100,000 to secure the lease on the Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic, which is closing this week. At about 8:30 this morning, the total stood at $18,400 with just 17 days left in the campaign. Sometime soon after that, a piece in the Globe and Mail titled "Abortion in New Brunswick: The vise tightens, and activists push back" appeared. By 11 a.m., the total had zoomed to more than $32,000 and as of just now (6:30 p.m.) it stands at more than $51,000. As comments at the fundra... more »


David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
NEW YORK MAGAZINE BIAS?.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face Tagged: answer sheet, arne duncan, corporate education reform, diane ravitch

music today

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Did you like Did you really like all the beautiful music with harmony and intricate chords well right now its kind of blasphemy because if you want to make cash there is a copyright code So sing your song in a two time beat bring out your inner Guthrie John Prine never conquered the world but if he needed I heart I would give him mine One Band I used to love but now hate Oaisis One Band I used to love but now love more Janes Addiction

The Neocon vs. Rand Paul Pissing Contest Rages On

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
Senator Rand Paul has taken withering fire from the cheerleaders for American interventionism and global conquest at gunpoint for he is a very serious threat to the warfare and surveillance state as it currently exists and if he is not halted before the 2016 presidential campaign the idea that we do not have to be a nation crushed by the yoke of perpetual war may take hold. Paul represents the increasingly influential emerging libertarian wing of the Republican party and with growing popularity with the younger demographic - the youth that Obama shit on after mobilizing them in 200... more »

Did Anyone Live In Palestine Prior to the Formation of Israel?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
There *Were* People In Palestine Washington's Blog Many claim that no one lived in Palestine prior to the formation of the state of Israel. Indeed, Israel was sited in Palestine under the slogan: “A land without a people for a people without a land” …. But the history of Palestine is much more complicated: The claim that no one lived in Palestine is undercut by this video footage shot in 1896: And any implication that there was no *place *called Palestine is undercut by this travel advertisement from the 1940s: [image: http://file.vintageadbrowser.com/7p8vnpq3p4zwxc.jpg] ... more »

Did Anyone Live In Palestine Prior to the Formation of Israel?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Washington's Blog There Were People In Palestine Many claim that no one lived in Palestine prior to the formation of the state of Israel. Indeed, Israel was sited in Palestine under the slogan: “A land without a people for a people without a land” …. But the history of Palestine is much more complicated: The claim that no one lived in Palestine is undercut by this video footage shot in 1896: And any implication that there was no *place *called Palestine is undercut by this travel advertisement from the 1940s: [image: http://file.vintageadbrowser.com/7p8vnpq3p4zwxc.jpg] Enter ... more »

Germany Didn’t Win the World Cup.

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Germany won the Men’s World Cup. The other half of the tournament takes place next year, in Canada. Calling the men’s half of the tournament ‘The’ World Cup while excluding half the world’s population including some of the best players in the world is really nothing more than gendered language at its sexist best. At Huffington Continue reading

EMILY's List Teams Up With Christian Coalition In Hawaii

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Three of the four Hawaii state senators who voted against marriage equality last year: Mike Gabbard, Donna Kim, Sam Slom* Last Thursday night, backward and reactionary congressional candidate Donna Kim told PBS Hawaii viewers she opposes marriage equality based on her Catholic faith. The very next morning she was endorsed by EMILY's List, a nominally pro-choice organization. When Stephanie Schriock described Kim as “pro-choice” in the group’s endorsement statement, it was more than a desperate stretch; many in Hawaii were shocked. That term has rarely, if ever, been used to describ... more »

this land is mine

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

The unfathomable and the unconscionable

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
After episode two I thought the plot of The Honourable Woman was unfathomable so I’m unable to comment on its political message at the moment, but I agree with Alan at Biased-BBC that Hugo Blick’s cinematic devices were derivative, pretentious and boring. Reviewers kept praising Maggie Gyllenhaal’s convincing English accent. Why make life unnecessarily difficult? Get a British actress, and while you’re at it, get one that looks like a Stein. Same goes for the brother. It’s typical that a production like this gets shedloads of praise from the lefty press. As for “Albaman’s” contra... more »

Kiev "claims" plane shot down by Russia- Spin, spin, spin

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Apologies readers... I misread the date, but, am leaving this posted anyway. Feel free to leave info and comment regarding today's incident, which still features the usual contradictory reports. Then I will update this post accordingly Again, my apologies. All kinds of contradictory news about this incident. *I tend to think the shot that downed the plane was fired from anti-fascist held territory. That fact won't stop Kiev's fascist from suggesting otherwise* *NYT's Europe* *Separatists in Ukraine used a shoulder-fired missile to shoot down a large Ukrainian military transport j... more »

Non-Academic Job Searches in DC – What to Know

amurdie at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Many graduate students are expanding their job searches outside the academy. As an advisor, I’m horribly underprepared at offering job advice outside of the academic job market – besides work you can get off of Craigslist, I’ve never held a real job. Recently, I had a student come to me with questions about finding a job in Continue reading


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*French Quarter businesses considering paying for extra details, crime cameras ~Scott Satchfield, WVUE* *Fair housing center files suit over discrimination against deaf homeseekers * *Acadian history owes thanks to historian Carl Brasseaux ~The Advertiser*

What a piece of work is Man

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 1 day ago
By Capt. Fogg Lovely meal, nice restaurant, best company, but the people at the next table were telling each other just what the* Universe* thought about this or that and how the *Universe* had solved some problem one of them had had. You don't get this at the Taco truck or the Wendy's drive through. Perhaps they were Northerners. The locals would simply have substituted the word God with no embarrassment, or perhaps they were the last holdouts of Deism, the folks who seek God in nature and not in churches or scriptures. Who knows? But I hear this a lot. I'm even wondering wheth... more »

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