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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

16 July - Blogs I'm Following

Walt Whitman Bridge. Delaware River.
Walt Whitman Bridge. Delaware River. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Waterhouse's The Lady of Shalott Looking at La...
Waterhouse's The Lady of Shalott Looking at Lancelot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Thursday, July 16: Another busy day for President "Ribbon Cutter" raising money and talking jive...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 20 minutes ago
*never mind the border, Benghazi, an out of control IRS, and Fast and Furious - to name a few.* He's really going to ready for that long vacation in Martha's Vineyard in that big ol' house with 8 bedrooms and a gazillion bathrooms. He has to fly to Delaware to deliver remarks on infrastructure?? What the hell would he know about infrastructure? *11:20 am ||* Departs White House *12:15 pm ||* Arrives Delaware *2:10 pm ||* Delivers remarks on Infrastructure; Port of Wilmington, Wilmington, Delaware *3:15 pm ||* Departs Delaware *4:00 pm ||* Arrives New York City *5:45 pm ||* At... more »

Hawaii-- A Simple 6-Minute Video Shows The Difference Between Progressives And New Dems On Social Security And Other Issues

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 40 minutes ago
There may not be a more important Democratic primary this summer than the August 9th election in Hawaii as incumbent progressive Senator Brian Schatz faces a challenge from Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a leader of the Wall Street-owned New Democrat Coalition, the predominant component of the Beltway's Republican wing of the Democratic Party. They differ on a range of important issues, including the environment, war and peace and LGBT equality. But it’s on Social Security where their differences-- and the differences between progressives and New Dems generally-- are perhaps most stark, ... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 52 minutes ago
*STOP PRESS!* Australia has just abolished its carbon tax. It has now passed both houses and awaits only the formality of Royal Assent

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young stars and dust lanes are seen to trace out NGC 1309's spiral arms as they wind around an older yellowish star population at its core. *Click image for larger size.* Not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy, observations of NGC 1309's recent supernova and Cepheid variable stars contribute to the calibration of the... more »

The Poet: Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Song of the Open Road” * by Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass” “Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not good fortune- I myself am good fortune; Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Strong and content, I travel the open road. The earth- that is sufficient; I do not want the constellations any nearer; I know they are very well where they are; I know they suffice for those who belong to them. (Still here I carry m... more »

"Our Destiny..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Our destiny can be examined, but it cannot be justified or totally explained. We are simply here." - Iris Murdoch

Chet Raymo, “Half Sick Of Shadows”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Half Sick Of Shadows”* by Chet Raymo "Who is this woman? Her name is on the prow of her boat: The Lady of Shalott. *Click image for larger size.* Yes, it's Tennyson's "Lady of Shalott," from the poem of 1842, here illustrated by John William Waterhouse in 1888. By some unspecified curse this lovely maiden was confined to a tower… "Willows whiten, aspens quiver, Little breezes dusk and shiver Through the wave that runs for ever By the island in the river" …near Camelot, where, forbidden to look out the window, she observed the world in a mirror and wove what she ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Santa Rosa, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Paulo Coelho, “The Neighbor And The Trees”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“The Neighbor And The Trees”* by Paulo Coelho "My old mill in the little Pyrenees village has a line of trees separating it from the farm next door. The other day the neighbor appeared: he must be about seventy years old. Now and again I have seen him working with his wife on the farm and thought it was high time for them to retire and have a rest. In a very nice manner, the neighbor complained that the leaves from my trees were falling on his roof and that I had to cut them down. I was most shocked: how could a person who has spent his entire life in contact with nature want me t... more »

"What Is the Piri Reis Map?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
* "What Is the Piri Reis Map?"* by World-mysteries.com . "In 1929, a group of historians found an amazing map drawn on a gazelle skin. Research showed that it was a genuine document drawn in 1513 by Piri Reis, a famous admiral of the Turkish fleet in the sixteenth century, whose passion was cartography. His high rank within the Turkish navy allowed him privileged access to the Imperial Library of Constantinople. The Turkish admiral admits in a series of notes on the map that he compiled and copied the data from a large number of source maps, some of which dated back to the fourth ce... more »

"Shifting the Mood: Attitude Follows Perspective"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Shifting the Mood: Attitude Follows Perspective"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM We all have to do things in our life that we don't want to and the easiest solution is to change our attitude. We all have days when we are faced with chores, errands, or responsibilities that we don’t want to do. At times like these, it’s easy to get into a bad mood and stay in one as we tackle these tasks. However, given the fact that our bad mood will not change the fact that we have to do these things, and will most likely make things worse, we could also try to shift our attitude. Many wise peopl... more »

Debategate

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 hour ago
By Morton Kondracke It seems virtually certain that a crime was committed when Carter campaign briefing documents were transferred to the Reagan campaign prior to the 1980 Presidential debate. What’s not at all certain is whether the crime constitutes grand theft of petit larceny. Just how seriously “Debategate” should be taken depends on answers not yet available. Did these documents include vital strategy memos as well as routine position papers? Were they sent to the Reaganites unsolicited, or were they procured? Was the transfer part of some continuing espionage operation? ... more »

The New York Times Blames The Victims In Their Coverage of An Israeli Strike On A Gaza Beach That Killed 4 Kids

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*A photo of the father whose four children were killed by the Israeli army in a vicious strike on a beach in Gaza. The New York Times says the kids' deaths was their own fault because they defied their parents' orders and went out to the beach to play.* An excerpt from, *"Boys Drawn to Gaza Beach, and Into Center of Mideast Strife"* by Anne Barnard, The New York Times, July 16: The four Bakr boys were young cousins, the children of Gaza fishermen who had ordered them to stay indoors — and especially away from the beach. *But cooped up for nine days during Israeli bombardments, the ... more »

Labour/National–relevance/reform?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
Hugh Pavletich asks if Labour has the capacity to reform and become relevant – which prompted me to wonder if National will ever have the balls to become meaningful, and enact reform. Hugh reckons New Zealand Labour has massive problems, but the issues are much deeper than New Zealand Labour and David Cunliffe … Voters everywhere have had enough of bloated and dysfunctional governments, says Britain’s *Daily Telegraph. *In the US, a recent Gallup Poll reveals that the number one US problem for those polled is the US Government,) And here in New Zealand, the New Zealand Productivi... more »

Kathleen Carroll Soars on the Wings of Research Blunder; Jim Horn Hitches a Ride

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
On July 15, 2014, California attorney Kathleen Carroll posted a piece on the City Watch LA blog entitled, When Did Teacher Unions Decide to “Turn”… Against Collective Bargaining Rights? Based upon emails I have received referencing this same piece, it appears that Carroll first publicized this piece on July 12, 2012 (though possibly before). Also on July 15, 2014, the Carroll […]

Ken Derstine Commentary

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
From Defending Public Education: *Which Side Are You On?* by Ken Derstine July 14, 2014 The union movement of today has been transformed from what the unions were when most started in the 1930’s, increasingly taking on the characteristics of company unions. Ever since the PATCO strike in 1981, when air traffic controllers who refused an order from the Reagan administration to return to work or be fired for going on strike, unions have been in decline due to globalization of the world economy with companies searching the globe for the cheapest workforce possible combined with a un... more »

Martin Lawrence

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 hours ago
With a pistol in his pocket, comedian Martin Lawrence ran into traffic on busy Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks on Tuesday, cursing and screaming at oncoming cars until he was taken away by police and hospitalized, authorities and witnesses said. Lawrence, star of the television sitcom "Martin" and the films "Bad Boys" and "A Thin Line Between Love & Hate," was found in the middle of Ventura Boulevard at Tyrone Avenue about 12:30 p.m., said Sgt. Bert Mora of the Los Angeles Police Department. After police restrained Lawrence, he was taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital and Health Ce... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

in and out

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

“Cultures aren’t museum pieces.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Suzuki Samurai’s post on Australian aboriginal culture was picked up and linked to by Kate at popular Canadian blog Small Dead Animals (thanks Kate), prompting some mostly interesting comments there. The most interesting, I thought, was essentially about division-of-labour. Said Steve: The aborigines didn't have much of a chance to advance culturally. Isolated with a small population doesn't lend itself to rapid advancement. Eurasia was huge teaming with peoples trading and exchanging knowledge. Each culture in Eurasia learned from the other. The point being that cultures enjoyin... more »

Satire: “Fleeing Iraqis Relieved That Cheney Has No Regrets About War”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Fleeing Iraqis Relieved That Cheney Has No Regrets About War”* by Andy Borowitz BAGHDAD (The Borowitz Report)— “Just days after former Vice-President Dick Cheney said that he had no regrets about the invasion of Iraq, people fleeing their homes across that war-torn nation expressed tremendous relief that he was at peace with his decision. As news spread that Cheney would not change a thing about the 2003 invasion, Iraqis driven out of their villages and towns by marauding terrorists called the former Vice-President’s words well-timed and soothing. Sabah al-Alousi, who fled Mosul ... more »

Maliki Is Challenging The IDF For Most Civilians Killed This Week By Government

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Maliki to Israel Defense Forces: You will not kill more civilians than Maliki the Magnificent while I'm still in power. I'll show you how it's done. *Video Title: Iraq civilians tell of indiscriminate killing. Source: Al Jazeera. Date Published: July 16, 2014.* "The politicians don't care about the people. This will go on. They're just fighting for seats while civilians are being killed and displaced." - Displaced Iraqi Shaker Khalil.

Re. the Great CIA Grape Scandal: What would "Big Dick" Cheney have done about those "grapes"?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*The Great CIA Grape Scandal: * * A Typographical Reenactment* *How long do you suppose it took President Putin to find out about the CiA's grape scandal?* *by Ken* Say, you remember the good old days at the CIA, when Vice President "Big Dick" Cheney, the man who put the "vice" in "vice president," used to hang out running roughshod over the boys and girls, knocking heads and breaking arms to make sure that all the "intelligence" and analyses incorporated "Big Dick's Favorite Fables," especially about Iraq? Man, those were the days, when lies were lies, and intelligence came out o... more »

"War..."; "Human Nature"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"War does not determine who is right, only who is *left*." - Bertrand Russell "The more one analyzes people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner of later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature." - Oscar Wilde

The Big Cheese stands alone- US expands sanctions against Russia- Unilaterally

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*WP * *How much harm is the US attempting to inflict on the EU with this move? * *It is Europe that get's it's energy from Russia.* The United States on Wednesday increased sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, despite ongoing European reluctance to take similar action so far. *The administration took the measures against a series of banks, energy and defense companies *as European leaders, meeting in Brussels, discussed possible sanctions against a new list of individuals and a handful of companies tied to Russia’s annexation in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, as w... more »

International Law = Taiwan's friend

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*The Zhoufu Industry Road in the Rift Valley.* My friend and fellow member of the Ohio Diaspora Brian Benedictus (his excellent blog) and I spanked Julian Ku hard in The Diplomat today: US Policy and International Law: Taiwan's Friend. Enjoy... _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

As Russia leads revolt against US foreign policy and the USD , US and EU levy more sanctions against Russia ( July 16 , 2014 ) -- US Kicks The Growling Bear, Issues More Russian Sanctions; Restricts Debt Market Access ....... EU summit confirms sanctions expansion against Russia ....... ​Putin: US sanctions contradict its national interests, will backfire.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-16/us-kicks-growling-bear-issues-more-rassian-sanctions-restricts-debt-market-access US Kicks The Growling Bear, Issues More Russian Sanctions; Restricts Debt Market Access [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/16/2014 16:36 -0400 - Bond - Fitch - Kalashnikov - President Obama - ratings - Ukraine - White House inShare3 Just as they promised (and acting unilaterally as *Europe declined to go along* with The White House), President Obama has unleashed a set of 'sectoral' sanctions to wr... more »

Gaza's Killers

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
"A United States congressional committee on Tuesday approved a spending bill that would double the funding for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system, Fox News reported. The defense spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense, including $351 million for the Iron Dome system." - *Source*.

Why we shouldn't cry for Gaza in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 4 hours ago
On the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, the tiny coastal sliver of Gaza has been bombarded by Israel for over a week. Interestingly, in Europe the controlled media and the alternative (also controlled) media, have taken the position that we should have sympathy for the people of Gaza, and should be outraged by the actions of Israel. Those of us who fight against globalisation and the over-representation of Jews amongst those who are driving us to cultural and ethnic genocide, tend to be happy to jump on the anti-Israel bandwagon. Although it is against all instincts to say any... more »

Christopher Walken Dancing

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
*Love him.*

Neocon Propagandist Jennifer Rubin Absolutely Explodes Today

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 5 hours ago
For not the first time in her illustrious career as the yappy, prolific neocon water-carrier at the Washington Post and high priestess of bullshit Jennifer Rubin cites the work of arch Iran-Contra criminal Elliot Abrams in making the case for a Middle Eastern war to end all wars. In a piece today - one of a whopping *SIX* that bear Rubin's byline as of suppertime this evening - the felon and spouse of an insane racist Elliot Abrams is cited in a piece entitled "Leading from the front is . . . Israel?!". I don't know if Rubin and Abrams consider the shelling and murder of four young... more »

Gaza Is A Shooting Gallery

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
The kids who were killed in an Israeli airstrike were playing soccer on the beach. Unfortunately for them, the IDF is not a fan of the beautiful game. On the ground in Gaza: Doctor seeing Gazans with DIME-related injuries. Source: Middle East Eye. Date Published: July 16, 2014. Description: At Gaza City's Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr Mads Gilbert tells MEE that patients are showing up with injuries related to DIME, an experimental munition Israeli forces used against Gazans in 2009. Medical supplies are also running low.

Unwelcome headlines from New Zealand [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
In contemplating changing the centuries-old legal protection of presumption of innocence,New Zealand’s two biggest political parties are making unwelcome headlines around the world. Charles Oliver from *Reason* magazine writes, in his Brickbat column: *It Is Better That 10 Innocent Persons Suffer Than One Guilty One Escape* New Zealand's two major political parties, concerned that not enough men are being convicted of rape, are considering changes to centuries-old legal protections enjoyed by criminal defendants. The Labour Party wants to remove the assumption of innocence, shif... more »

Footy

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
I forgot to mention, I did a post at the Footy Almanac that’s mostly autobiographical, and only somewhat embroidered. According to reviews, if you like that sort of thing then it’s the sort of thing you would like: - Rules? What rules? – THE FOOTY ALMANAC Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Trickle Down Civil War

hygiecrat at hygiecracy - 6 hours ago
originally published on CounterPunch For those who haven't heard, a major offensive is being planned in the ongoing war between the classes. While the poor, and what remains of the middle and the working classes, suffer defeat after defeat, the wealthy are hammering out yet another "free trade agreement." Memorably described by Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach as "NAFTA on steroids," the Trans-Pacific Partnership - or TPP - is the largest such agreement to come along since the creation of the WTO in 1995. Negotiated in secret between the US and 11 other Pacific nation-sta... more »

I dont care if they spy on me I got nothing to hide

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
And that the NSA talking point. Right up there with I don't vote because all politicians are same/evil. George Washington explains it in terms even a political zombie can understand. Its not about you, its about controlling you by controlling the political process. "I don't write about the future to predict it, I write to prevent it" Ray Bradbury

“No, Germany Didn’t Start World War I”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“No, Germany Didn’t Start World War I” * by Bill Bonner “Among all the discussion, on the 100th anniversary year of World War I, appeared a new booklet by French economist and journalist Philippe Simonnot. It's called "No, Germany Was Not Guilty." In the first instance, Simonnot reveals that war guilt, forced onto Germany like a noose at a lynching, was a bum rap. Germany did not want war. Nor did she start it. At the start of the war, it was widely reported that German soldiers in Belgium were acting like monsters – bayonetting babies, cutting off thousands of hands, raping nuns... more »

How Republicans Use Gerrymandering To Undermine Democracy And Subvert The Will Of The American People

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
NC-12, which snakes through the state looking for African-Americans, has a D+26 PVI Last week, the whole country got a chance to look in behind the walls of the political sausage-making machine known as gerrymandering-- at least for Florida. A judge threw out the Republican Party gerrymander of congressional seats that was in direct violation of an amendment passed by 63% of Florida voters. "They were successful in their efforts to influence the redistricting process and the congressional plan under review here," he wrote. "And they might have successfully concealed their scheme and ... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Graham, Saints deal a win for both ~Scott Rabalais, New Orleans Advocate* *Road Home repayment demands to be addressed at meeting ~WVUE* *Orleans deputy sues sheriff over alleged toxic mold exposure at jail, courthouse ~Jim Mustian* *The State of Transit in New Orleans ~Ride New Orleans * *New images captured of WWII Nazi U-boat in Gulf of Mexico ~WWL *

Supplemental: Maureen Dowd (publicly) speaks!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014* *Student IQs pay the price:* Maureen Dowd doesn’t like the idea that Hillary Clinton accepts speaking fees for speeches delivered at colleges. She voiced her disgust with the troubling practice in Sunday’s fiery column. After critiquing the rapacious Chelsea Clinton, the columnist offered these thoughts: DOWD (7/13/14): *Hillary doesn’t see the disconnect between expressing grave concern about mounting student loan debt while scarfing six-figure sums from at least eight colleges,* and counting. She says now that she’s passing the university money to the ... more »

A Little Hump Day Humor: Dear Kitten...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*the vah-cuuum cooom is my favorite part.* I no longer vacuum the house - I vah-cuuum. *cooom*

Medical Mutiny: The Power of One

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 9 hours ago
A Navy nurse refused early this month to force-feed Guantanamo hunger-striking detainees on grounds of conscientious objection, and has since been "reassigned" to other duties. From Carol Rosenberg of the *Miami Herald*: *A prison camp spokesman, Navy Capt. Tom Gresback, would not provide precise details but said Monday night that the episode had “no impact to medical support operations at the base.”* *“There was a recent instance of a medical provider not willing to carry out the enteral feeding of a detainee,” he said in an email. “The matter is in the hands of the individual’s l... more »

Cui Bono from Next (and Last) Wall Street Drop (Stock-man To Rescue?) Rahmbo In Voters' Sights? (Rich Keep the Game Rigged While Americans Cling To Hope of Winning Lottery) Oliver Calls Dim Tune (All Old White Men:  Jaysus! Are We Gonna Get NO Respite Any Time Soon? Russia and China Say No)

BREAKING! Andrew Ross Sorkin helps awful company’s CEO justify skipping out on taxes . . . Wall Street's favorite NYT reporter helps a tax-dodging company's CEO somehow come across as the victim I was poor, but a GOP die-hard: How I finally left the politics of shame . . . I hated government - even as it was the only thing trying to save me. Here's how, one day, I finally saw the light . . .

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 10 hours ago
*Climate Change Quackery* “He who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.” – Niccolo Machiavelli, “The Prince,” 1532 A truly scientific case for man-made “climate change” has yet to be made, but never underestimate the ability of the “climate changers” to hide that reality – and nowhere does that lack show up more tellingly than in their “Appeal to Authority” campaign to convince lay-people that it’s all “settled science.” NASA itself, for example, has been stating for years that “97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming ... more »

Contribution and indemnity or claim in negligence?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Addison & Leyen Ltd v Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, 2014 ABCA 230: [22] The leading authority on the common law of contribution and indemnity is *Birmingham and District Land Co* *v London and Northwestern Railway Co*(1886), 34 Ch D 261 (CA). In that early decision, the English Court of Appeal broadly defined the right to indemnity under the common law as a direct right to reimbursement which may arise: (1) by express contract, if provided in the terms of a contract between the parties; (2) by implied contract, if the parties intended such indemnity; or (3) by implication,... more »

Fire, Walk with Me

Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago
* "When this kind of fire starts, it is very hard to put out.* *The tender boughs of innocence burn first, and the wind rises, and then all goodness is in jeopardy."* Agent Provocateur: The Season Of The Witch from Mademoiselle Eugénie on Vimeo. A good old-fashioned romp for AP's* 'The Season of the Witch'* campaign film. Our witches include Daisy Lowe, *Peaches Geldof* & Paz De La Heurta. *Peaches Geldof*, best known as the daughter of rock legend/humanitarian Bob Geldof, has received the pink slip from lingerie line, *Miss Ultimo*. The UK brand’s decision to drop Peach... more »

Officer Involved Domestic Violence: Little Rock Cop Arrested for Assaulting His Own Son

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
[image: Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...]Mark Daniels Donald Woods, 51 Arkansas Police Accountability Project (Little Rock, AR) As reported by local news affiliates, a fistfight with his 16 year old son led to the arrest of Little Rock Police Officer, Donald Woods. According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Woods was arrested after deputies witnessed his son with a ripped t-shirt, an abrasion on his elbow that was bleeding, a cut on his finger, and a red mark on the side of his neck. Details were released this morning about the incident that happened at the ... more »

New Jersey May Be Very Democratic, But The Political Machines Make That Pretty Irrelevant

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Norcross and Christie, the two grotesque crooks who run New Jersey Earlier today we mentioned, in passing, an insurance-related dust-up in the South Jersey congressional race for the open NJ-03 swing seat being vacated by Jon Runyan. It pits multimillionaire insurance executive Tom MacArthur against Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard, a Democratic. Belgard, who studied Environmental Science before getting a law degree, has been endorsed by both the progressive, grassroots Sierra Club and the more transactional, less trustworthy and more Beltway-oriented League of Conservation... more »

Another Take On the Do-Nothing (English-Canadian) Left

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 11 hours ago
A somewhat different take on the pathetic lack of ability of progressive Canadians by rabble.ca's Mike Laxer: "Limiting the Possible: English Canada's invisible left" Laxer starts off by telling us that good things are happening elsewhere: In virtually every single developed, nominally democratic capitalist country in the world, interesting anti-capitalist or left social democratic movements are being formed, winning seats and threatening the established do-nothing centrist "left" that has become a collaborator with the austerity agenda. In Quebec, Quebec Solidaire, which is the vic... more »

Defence of Canada under Harper

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
Canada's political, social and physical geography define its defence priorities. Unless there is a massive shift in US politics, it has no land connection to any existing or potential military adversary. Our small population density and massive geography compared to the US means that even if that were a hostile relationship, the 49th parallel is too long to manually defend anyway. Even without

Meanwhile, in a parallel universe nearby...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
There's been a demo against BBC bias. The *Graun*, the *Indie* and the *Indie*-owned *Evening Standard *have all reported it, though no one beyond these left-wing/local papers seems to have bothered with it. It was staged by a few hundred noisy anti-Israeli activists (or, if you're credulous enough to believe the figures posted on social media, a few hundreds more). This morning's *Today *(about a quarter of an hour before the end) dealt with the protests by inviting on one of the protest's supporters - Glasgow-based far-left media activist/academic, Greg Philo - and putting ... more »

Russian/Ukrainian News- Moscow shows damage/Ukraine kills civilians and more

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
*WSJ* Russia's Ministry of Defense brought 11 foreign military attachés, including one from the U.S., to a neighborhood on the Russian side of the border where Moscow accused Kiev's forces of shelling a residential house on Sunday, killing a 47-year-old Russian man and wounding two others. The delegation inspected a neighborhood in the Rostov region that Russian officials said was hit by six 120-mm artillery shells from the Ukrainian side, where Kiev's forces and pro-Russia separatists have been facing off for months. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said he invited ... more »

ARISTOTLE’S ERROR: Digby seems to embellish a tad!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014* *Part 2—The liberal world and its values:* Are we so-called human beings really “the rational animal?” No exactly, no. Consider what happened in Atlanta. As has been widely reported, a major cheating scandal occurred within the Atlanta Public Schools during the past decade. In the current New Yorker, Rachel Aviv offers a harrowing, detailed look at the way this massive fraud went down in Atlanta’s Parks Middle School. Aviv’s report is detailed, harrowing. That said, you almost have to laugh at the way it starts: AVIV (7/21/14): One afternoon in the sprin... more »

WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Years ago while living in Orlando I was approached by some leaders from the Palestinian community in Central Florida. I was working for the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and they asked me to help them organize a pro-Palestinian march through the city. There had never been such a thing done in Orlando before. I said I would be happy to help. We began by having small meetings at the home of an older Palestinian man. I had previously not worked on the Israel/Palestine issue very much and was grateful for the chance to meet so many wonderful people of Arab origin. The mar... more »

City Summer Swimming

hygiecrat at hygiecracy - 14 hours ago
originally published on CounterPunch New York City’s municipal swimming pools will open their gates, and their blue, chlorinated depths to the public in a few weeks. And while local and even national papers will report the advent of the city’s swimming season, the conduct of the crowds, the (overwhelmingly petty) crimes that tend to arise when so many people are concentrated into such tight confines, and (to a lesser degree) the ongoing privatization of the public realm that is limiting these spaces ever further, as so often happens the real issue will hardly be discussed at all ... more »

Andre Carson's Wife and the Mind Trust/Indy Chamber

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
By Doug Martin In an attempt to privatize more schools and train students for future jobs that don't exist, the Indy Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its Pancakes and Politics education panel event yesterday in Indianapolis with the Mind Trust and Teach Plus. US neoliberal Democrat Andre Carson's wife highlighted the event. Andre, as I mention in *Hoosier School Heist*, is friends with school privatizers and Gulenists, regardless of what the *Indy Star* claims and despite the many standing ovations he gets at Indiana Party conventions. Carson's wife, Mariama, not surprisingly, wa... more »

Updated: Global Weather Disasters and Global GDP

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 14 hours ago
Munich Re has just released their tabulation of disaster losses for the first half of 2014. I thought I'd use the occasion to update the dataset shown above. The graph above shows global weather disasters as a proportion of global GDP. Note that 2014 represents January-June. I assume that the first half of 2014 global GDP is 2.5% higher than 2013. I also assume that total 2014 losses to date are all due to weather. Both assumptions err on the conservative side of things. Enjoy! Data: Munich Re and UN

Do Dead Bodies In The Street’s Of Iraq’s Capital Point Towards A Renewed Civil War?

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Talk of a new civil war emerging in Iraq has already begun to be discussed by some media outlets. The Islamic State (IS) has been working for at least a year if not more to infiltrate its people into Baghdad to restart street fighting there. It already has extensive networks in and out of the capital city, which have allowed it to carry out several attacks a day in the province from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to sticky bombs to drive by shootings to larger car bomb operations. The Baathist Naqsibandi is active in northern Baghdad province as well. At the same time the Shi... more »

Musical Interlude: Melanie, “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Melanie, “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgrCtZKkgqI

Taipei Mayoral Election polls

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
FormosaNation sent around these two images. He's bullish about the prospects of Ko Wen-je in Taipei against Lien Chan's son Lien Sheng-wen (Sean Lien) and has been twitting Ben Goren at Letters from Taiwan and I about our pessimism. The top image shows the China Times poll that has Ko at 38%, Lien at 30%, and Shen Fu-hsiung, a former DPPer, at 10% with the remainder at no opinion/undecided. The bottom poll is even more terrifying if you are a KMTer: Ko is on the left and even or winning in traditional KMT districts. FormosaNation pointed out to me that KMTers are wailing and gnash... more »

Corrupting Civil Society

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://buzznigeria.com/ The government has always had the power to revoke an organization's charitable status. But it didn't happen very often; and, Carol Goar writes, the rules were clear: They siphoned donations into their founders’ own pockets, they provided a front for shadowy groups or they used most of their funds for administration. But things changed with the advent of Stephen Harper: The Conservative government, angered that environmentalists were tying up pipeline projects in the West, ... more »

A Candidate With Conviction-- Ready For Warren

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Bob Costa's headline in the *Washington Post* the other day, "Progressives turn from Obama to embrace Warren"-- which an editor probably wrote-- missed a key point. Obama isn't running for president, or anything else, again. Perhaps "Progressives turn from Hillary to embrace Warren" would have been more to the point. "Citibank and Goldman Sachs and all those other guys on Wall Street, they’ve got plenty of folks in the U.S. Senate willing to work on their side," Warren told the partisan Democratic crowd in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. "We need some more people willing to work on... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Common Core Becomes Touchy Subject for Governors Group* *Organization Leaves Education Standards Off Its Meeting's Official Agenda* The National Governors Association was one of the founders of Common Core, a set of academic standards aimed at raising student achievement. But as Democratic and Republican governors gathered here for summer meetings, Common Core wasn't on the official agenda, a sign of how the bipartisan idea has become a political minefield. Three Republican-led states recently abandoned Common Core, concerned that national standards would allow President Barack Ob... more »

Reality Check - Controlling Energy resources for Global Domination

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
This is a bit of an older article Dec 2013. Seemed timely since *Palestinian oil, and it's theft by Israel, is on the present day agenda. *The title is "Putin's Mediterranean Move" but that's just typical NATO media arrogance. How dare anyone else compete or vie for energy rights. When it all belongs to the US or the UK. *The subtitle presents the "problem" Moscow crashing the party of oil exploitation by other interested parties -** "The race is on to exploit off-shore energy around Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Cyprus -- and Moscow is crashing the party"* Russia's eroding hold over ... more »

Buying and selling a house

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago
Generally you buy (or sell) a house "as is" so let the buyer beware. The courts have decided that a strict application of this doctrine would be oppressive and unfair to purchasers so the law provides relief in certain circumstances. The courts have made a distinction between a patent defect and a latent defect. Patent defects are defects that are discoverable on a superficial inspection of the property by an ordinary purchaser. A vendor does not have a duty to draw the purchaser's attention to patent defects. An example of this might be a large crack in the side of the house. If th... more »

TURNcoat, Mary Ricker, to Serve as Exec VP for Weingarten

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
With Ricker's election, Weingarten, Gates, and Broad are building the next generation of misleaders. Google "TURNcoats" and "AFT" and you will get the links to understand what I'm talking about. You might start here. Principal Members are the primary liaisons & spokespersons for each local in matters related to the Teacher Union Reform Network. Name Title Organization Kevin Ahern President Syracuse Teachers Association Tom Alves Executive Director San Juan Teachers Association Karen Aronowitz President United Teachers of Dade Ellen Bernstein President Albuquerque Tea... more »

Argentina: Lights and Mystery in the Valley of the Dinosaurs

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 16 hours ago
*Argentina: Lights and Mystery in the Valley of the Dinosaurs* From *Gaceta OVNI* The Ezequiel Ramos Mexía reservoir is Argentina’s largest artificial lake, created to supply power to the largest hydroelectric undertaking in the history of Patagonia, the Chocón Complex. The waters of the Limay River, which separate the Andean lacustrine region from the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro, arrive with great turbulence, following a basin that crosses the vast Patagonian desert like a blue line, giving its sky-hued color to the landscape it traverses. The monumental earthen dam, stand... more »

Obama's Willing Executioners

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 17 hours ago
With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu once again bombing Gaza back to the stone age and the ongoing ISIS related fighting in Iraq the situation in Ukraine has slipped through the cracks. Not that the US state-corporate media has bothered to tell the truth about the Obama backed coup government in Kiev and it's neo-Nazi muscle anyway but Americans are being hoodwinked into lining up behind what is increasingly becoming a campaign of the use of the military against civilians as well as ethnic cleansing operations. In the myriad of foreign policy disasters under the Obama re... more »

Piketty on the minimum wage

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 17 hours ago
A lot going on with the minimum wage lately, but I will contextualize it first with Thomas Piketty's analysis in *Capital in the Twenty-First Century*, pp. 308-313. I'll have more to say about other parts of the book later, but for now it's important to remember that one of the keys to the book's success is that it is built on a gigantic trove of long-term data. His French wealth data, for example, goes all the way back to the immediate aftermath of the French Revolution! (Speaking of which, it's Bastille Day as I write this.) Piketty writes in this section about increasing labor in... more »

Iraq Updates ( July 16 , 2014 ) -- ISIS resembling a small army these days ( ISIS Captured 52 US-Made Howitzers, Could Shell Iraq Cities Also Believed to Have Captured 1,500 Armored Humvees. ) ....... Political tension betraying efforts of miitary commanders ( Former Mosul Commander Blames Internal Tensions for City’s Fall Kurdish Brigadier Says Govt Undermined His Command , Iraq Lawmakers Select Speaker, But Carnage Continues: 233 Killed, 185 Wounded ) ........

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
News from Kurdistan.... New Iraqi parliament speaker calls for new president 16.07.2014 - - - - *BasNews, Baghdad* Iraq’s new Speaker Salim al-Juburi called on all eligible Iraqis to run for president within three days, and the Iraqi parliament session will be held on 23 July to discuss the state budget and presidency. In a joint press conference with his two deputies, Al-Juburi called on all Iraqis to apply for the presidency before the parliament session takes place. A parliamentary session will then be held to choose the president, he said. According to... more »

Golden Rice: GMO "Super Gruel" for the Masses

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 18 hours ago
You don't need big-ag's Golden Rice, you just need a garden. *July 16, 2014* (LocalOrg) - Corporate biotechnology monopolies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, and others have met increasing resistance to their attempts to patent and control global agriculture. They have spent untold fortunes attempting to sway the public but to no avail. Local, organic agriculture is growing in popularity and proliferating across all social-strata. The introduction of technology to automate and augment organic farming is making it as competitive and accessible or more so than the capital-intensive mo... more »

Breakfast

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 18 hours ago

John Baird, international man of something or other

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 19 hours ago
Why? Canada is adding a further 14 individuals to the list of those sanctioned over Russia's ongoing involvement in the situation in Ukraine... "Peace will only be achieved if Russia and the gunmen it continues to support start showing good faith in talks with Kyiv," he said, calling on Russia to stop arming insurgents and draw down its forces on the Ukrainian border. Baird called news

Identifying with Gaza

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
There’s a powerful article by Brendan O’Neill in "Spiked". Everyone at the BBC should read it and ask themselves some important questions. In particular "why are WE doing this?" They very well know that their influence over millions of listeners is akin to WMD in the wrong hands. *“Why are Western liberals always more offended by Israeli militarism than by any other kind of militarism?* *It’s extraordinary.”* begins O’Neil. He goes on to cite examples of Western and European militarism which the people accept with little more than a shrug and a sigh. Libya, Pakistan.... “Anyone ... more »

Chicago blacks pile on Obama: "Do something for our children."

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 20 hours ago
*do these people have any idea of how much they sound like the slaves the Democrats have turned them into?* I don't have very much sympathy for grown people who stand around decrying the fact that their "free" piece of the pie is being given to someone else. These people all voted for Obama. He was going to be their savior. Obama would reverse the flow of the rivers, keep the oceans from rising, and the sun from exploding...or something. Chicago is the most violent city in America. It is mostly blacks killing blacks. Drugs and gangs are rampant. "Do something for our children,... more »

Jon Donnison is back

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
He may have been the BBC's Sydney correspondent for over a year now, but the BBC's former Gaza correspondent continues to make his biased views of the Israel-Palestinian situation very clear on Twitter. He has been highly active over the past few weeks, tweeting almost entirely from a pro-Palestinian perspective. A selection of his tweets follows, but you would be better reading them as a whole to get the full biased effect. Note how the killing of the three Israeli teens doesn't seem to touch him much. He even re-tweets a dismissive comment from a Human Rights Watch spokesman abo... more »

Bangladesh Air Force Orders Two AW139 Helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AW139 SAR]AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has signed a contract for two AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. These helicopters, which will be delivered by the end of 2015, will be operated by the Bangladesh Air Force to perform maritime search and rescue (SAR) and other utility missions. This contract, which also includes a comprehensive support and training package, marks the establishment of the first dedicated maritime SAR helicopter fleet in the country. Read more

Boeing may face higher than expected costs on KC-46 tanker

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: KC-46]Boeing Co may face significantly higher than expected costs in the development phase for a new tanker for the U.S. Air Force, although the fixed-price contract with the government means the company will absorb those overruns, the Pentagon's chief arms buyer said. Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told reporters late on Sunday that Boeing was performing "satisfactorily" on the KC-46 tanker program, but several events - including water damage caused by a sprinkler malfunction at the company's Everett, Washington plant - meant costs were higher than expected. Boeing a... more »

AgustaWestland Successfully Completes Unmanned/Optionally Piloted Helicopter Demonstration for the Italian Ministry of Defence

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: PZL SW-4]AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the completion of a demonstration of its Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial System / Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) to the Italian Ministry of Defence. The trials were conducted to evaluate modern remote controlled rotorcraft technology and its potential to provide enhanced capabilities for the Italian armed forces in the future. Under the Research and Development contract, that is included in in the National Military Research Plan, signed with the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) Directorate for Air Armaments the company su... more »

Boeing Awarded New Contract to Provide Warhead Arming Devices to U.S. Air Force

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AGM-86 ALCM]The U.S. Air Force has extended Boeing’s work remanufacturing warhead arming devices for the nation’s air-launched cruise missile (ALCM), helping to ensure the readiness of the system. Under a new two-year contract, valued at $7.3 million, Boeing will remanufacture warhead arming devices for the air-launched cruise missile. The contract includes an option for six additional years at an estimated value of $50 million. "Providing these production systems to the Air Force fleet on schedule is our number one goal,” said Peggy Morse, vice president, Boeing Directed E... more »

Russia plans to sign Yak-130 aircraft supply contracts by 2017

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: YAK-130]Russian defense export intermediary agency, Rosoboronexport, plans to sign several agreements for supplies of jet training/light attack aircraft Yak-130 to foreign partners over the following two or three years, head of Rosoboronexport department on exports of special property and services, Sergey Kornev, told journalists ahead of Farnborough airshow opening in Britain. Yak-130 promotion to export markets was enabled by active production and use of the aircraft, Kornev said adding emergence of the new aerobatic display team, Wings of Taurida, would help increase fore... more »

Eurofighter Typhoon to get advanced radar contract by year-end

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Airborne Solutions E-CAPTOR Eurofighter E-Scan Radar]A contract to develop an advanced form of radar for the four nation-backed Eurofighter Typhoon jet should be signed later this year, Eurofighter’s CEO said, raising hopes that the fighter could secure further orders. Radar issues contributed to the Eurofighter consortium losing out on a $20 billion deal to sell 126 jets to India in 2012 and experts have said that equipping the new radar system to the fighters would help sell more of them. The consortium of Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain, have funded the initial developm... more »

US lifts fleet-wide grounding of F-35 fighter jet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35 Lightning II]The F-35 could still make its UK debut this week at the Farnborough International Airshow after US military officials lifted the fleet-wide grounding and said the fighter jet could make limited flights. The fighter jet was grounded last month after a fire at a Florida airbase saw the Pratt & Whitney engine break apart, before pushing through the top of the aeroplane and catching fire while a pilot was preparing to take off. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told Reuters that the US air force and navy officials had granted the stealth jet a limited ... more »

China tells US to stay out of South China Seas dispute

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Admiral Jonathan Greenert]China yesterday told the US to stay out of disputes over the South China Sea and leave countries in the region to resolve problems themselves, after Washington said it wanted a freeze on stoking tension. Michael Fuchs, US deputy assistant secretary of state for Strategy and Multilateral Affairs, said no country was solely responsible for escalating tension in the region. But he reiterated the US view that “provocative and unilateral” behaviour by China had raised questions about its willingness to abide by international law. Read more

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 20 hours ago
*Tainted Legacy: Heirs to ill-gotten fortune back in court seeking more ~WWLTV *

Senate panel doubles money for Israel’s Iron Dome

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Iron Dome]Congress is showing tangible support for longtime ally Israel as Gaza militants fire rockets, backing a measure that would double the amount of money for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a defense spending bill on Tuesday that would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense, including $351 million for the Iron Dome system that intercepts short-range rockets and mortars. In the latest hostilities between Israel and Hamas, Iron Dome has been successful in shooting down rockets and preventing I... more »

S. Korea, U.S. kick off joint naval exercise

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS George Washington]South Korea launched its five-day joint naval exercise with the United States in the country's southwestern sea on Wednesday amid North Korea's continued calls to withdraw from what it calls provocative action. The five-day exercise will involve two South Korean Navy Aegis ships as well as the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, two American cruisers and one U.S. Aegis ship, a Seoul military official said, adding that the areas of the training are north of Jeju Island as well as waters southwest of Mokpo. During the exercise, South Korean and U.S. ... more »

Money coming through for carrier George Washington

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS George Washington]Fears that the aircraft carrier George Washington's overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding might be called off because of sequestration were laid to rest Tuesday with a key Senate panel's endorsement of $848 million for the project, according to Virginia lawmakers. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, said credit for securing the funding goes to the state's 13-member congressional delegation. "It shows there's still a Virginia way in terms of the delegation working together," he said. Read more

Nato puts brakes on enlargement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: NATO flag]Nato announced earlier this July that it is shelving plans to welcome any new members during its forthcoming Wales summit. The hopes of four countries - Bosnia, Macedonia, Georgia and Montenegro – which were expecting to deepen their co-operation with Nato, are now all but dashed, as senior Nato officials have hit the pause button on future enlargement. Just like the European Union, it seems that Nato is also suffering from enlargement fatigue. Read more

New Australian warship has 14,000 defects: media

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMAS Canberra]Australia's newest and largest warship is riddled with more than 14,000 minor defects forcing a seven-month delay in its completion, local media reported on Tuesday. Problems with the 1.5 billion AU dollars (1.4 billion U.S. dollars) amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra are blamed on low productivity, poor skills and a shortage of trained supervisors, the Defense Department said. The Australian newspaper reported that more than 14,000 so- called "defects" were discovered about two years ago and are mostly minor. The most serious problems, including electrical ... more »

India, Russia begin naval drills in Sea of Japan

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: INS Shivalik]India and Russia have commenced naval manoeuvres in the Sea of Japan which coincide with their growing energy ties that could, in the future, include transit of oil through the Arctic route. A Defence Ministry statement has said the two countries, which are fielding an impressive array of warships and aircraft during the Indra-14 exercise, will work together to check piracy, render assistance to ships in distress and counter the threat from submarines. They will also coordinate missile strikes on land targets. Russia’s guided missile cruiser Varyag and destroyer... more »

Lyse Doucet update

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Yesterday I posted this piece about Lyse Doucet's reporting (or rather non-reporting) of rockets being fired from Gaza at Israel. This Twitter conversation ended with this tweet of mine I don't believe that I received an answer to that tweet, so when I saw this tweet I just had to respond To give Lyse Doucet some credit, she did have the courtesy to respond to me So I reminded her that she hadn't answered my question re her not tweeting about rockets fired from Gaza prior to the Israeli response Lyse Doucet came back with a reasonable excuse So I responded with the obvious follow-... more »

Navy ship ordered back to Canada after misconduct by sailors

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMCS Whitehorse]The head of the Royal Canadian Navy has taken the rare step of ordering one of its ships to return from an international exercise because of misconduct by its sailors. Vice Admiral Mark Norman issued the message Monday, citing three incidents involving the crew of HMCS Whitehorse that took place during Exercise RIMPAC 2014. The message, leaked to the Ottawa Citizen, also noted that Norman was appointing a senior officer to look at what is behind recent incidents involving the breakdown of professional and personal conduct in the navy. Read more

Michael and The Mob

Spike EP at News Spike - 21 hours ago
music Michael Jackson Shocks Al Sharpton By Calling Tommy Mottola A Racist Singer accuses Sony Music chairman of conspiring against black artists. by jennifer vineyard 7/8/2002 Michael Jackson took on Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola this past weekend, accusing the head of his record company of being a racist and part of a racist conspiracy against black artists. Though it was anticipated that Jackson would challenge standard practices of the music industry and champion artists’ rights when he spoke at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in New York’s Harlem neighborhoo... more »

Non-empirical confirmation of theories

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
*In science, confirmations are always ultimately empirical in character but science has always been more than just naive empiricism* A year ago, philosopher (and trained theoretical physicist) Richard Dawid wrote a book named String Theory and the Scientific Method where he essentially argued that science is becoming less dependent on empirical observations. *Off-topic: a huge black hole (diameter 80 meters) was discovered at the Yamal Peninsula, Siberia.* Two amazon.com reviewers admitted that they haven't read the book but as homeless losers, they don't like the price of the bo... more »

Is Gaza a Modern Masada? Lieberman Announces Its Abolition

Whitewraithe~ at Northerntruthseeker - 22 hours 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 »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 23 hours 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 - 23 hours 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 - 23 hours 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

The Daily "Near You?"

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

HAVING A BLAST

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

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

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day 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 »

RIVAL TO WESTERN CAPITAL - AN ALTERNATIVE TO IMF

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day 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.

Bears

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

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

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 ... - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
*“How To Look Smarter”* by Andy BorowitzNEW 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 »

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