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Thursday, July 17, 2014

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House Republicans And Blue Dogs Defeat Minimum Wage Increase

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 minutes ago
Yesterday the House passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act 228-295, generally along party lines. All but 4 (completely random) Republicans voted for it and all but 6 Democrats-- Blue Dogs and New Dems from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party-- voted against it. No biggie. More interesting, though, was an amendment Alan Grayson brought up. Grayson has been more successful at putting together ad hoc coalitions to pass legislation than anyone else in Congress. This one, however was a bridge too far. He couldn't get a single Republican to sign... more »

(No Security Against NSA Spies - Especially Sexually Compromising Pictures and 2nd Malaysia Air Crash) Incinerating Iraq Armageddon (Except for the Oil Region)

You've got to feel sorry (or at least some empathy) for anyone who expects any of the western "democracies" to stick up for . . . oh well, the value of maintaining even the illusion of democracy, I guess. Not in the power/money politics world of today anyway. BREAKING: he NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a

be well

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
thx 1138

On the ground in Gaza: Four children die in Israeli strike on beach [Video]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
On the ground in Gaza: Four children die in Israeli strike on beach. Source: Middle East Eye. Date Published: July 17, 2014. Description: Four boys, aged between nine and 11, were killed on a Gaza City beach when the Israeli army struck with artillery fire on 16 July. On the same day, an attack in Khan Yunis killed a 4 year old girl, a 6 year old boy, a 23 year old man and a 70 year old woman in the 9th day of Operation Protective Edge. Reporter: Shams Odeh Voiceover: Arwa AB Ibrahim Quotes from grieving female family members of the four children who were killed on the beach: "We ar... more »

All Governance in Libya Remains Contested

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
An excerpt from, *"New York Times Report: CIA-Backed Militias Linked to Benghazi, Libya Attack"* by Patrick Martin, December 30, 2013: A lengthy front-page report in Sunday’s *New York Times* provides additional confirmation that the attack on a US facility in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012 was the outcome of the Obama administration’s use of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists in its war against the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi. The *Times* article, based on dozens of interviews in Benghazi, asserts that the attack that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Christop... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 1 hour ago
*BRITISH PSYCHIATRY: FROM EUGENICS TO ASSASSINATION* By Anton Chaitkin, Executive Intelligence Review, V21 #40, [30 July 2002] A behavior control research project was begun in the 1950s, coordinated by the British psychological warfare unit called the Tavistock Institute, with the Scottish Rite Masons, the Central Intelligence Agency, and other British, U.S., Canadian, and United Nations agencies. The project became famous in the 1970s under a CIA code name, “MK-Ultra.” Its notoriety for brainwashing by drugs, hypnosis, electroshock, and other tortures caused many books to b... more »

Gaza: The Hunger Games

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
*People are shocked and amazed that Israelis are cheering and dancing on hilltops as their government pounds Gaza with bombs. They seem to be forgetting, or don't know, that Israeli spies cheered and danced on the day of 9/11 on the streets of New York City! Cheering and dancing in response to the killing of innocent civilians is what they do.* *Excerpts from, "Gaza: The Hunger Games" by Omar Ghraieb, March 31, 2014: * Little did the millions who watched “The Hunger Games” film series know that a similar reality actually exists, it's not a fictional realm that the creator came up w... more »


liberalandlovingit at liberalandlovingit! - 2 hours ago
Dear Jymn; I was sad and surprised when I came over and saw you'd left. You were and are my first on-line hero. Since around the time Garth saw the light and crossed the floor. You have it all, Jymn. The slicing, dicing, blunt sardonicism that, come to think of it, most of my heroes have. Probably why I swear so much, yeah- I'll put that on you guys! You made me realize that I'm a DirtyFuckingHippy! for which I'll always be grateful- it's the one group I DO belong to and feel comfortable with...I raised one, too... Fuck Ya, Cartman!! I have a picture of him by me- Im' out for the l... more »

Vacation daze....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
Off to hit the mountains for a couple of days. No blogging until Monday. Enjoy a few links to tide you over the weekend. _____________ *Daily Links*: - Peter Chow at Thinking-Taiwan on Taiwan and the TPP - The always beautiful Synapticism with traces of Japanese rule. - US Media coverage of the Sunflowers: A brownout - KMT's rejected candidate in Keelung vows to continue campaign. Lessee... KMT rejects Huang, has no replacement, Huang continues, collects all KMT votes, serves KMT. Is this whole thing a set up to create distance between Huang and KMT??? - My Sev... more »

Musical Interlude: Seal, “Crazy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Seal, “Crazy” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A-hqZf7xQs

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Thanks for stopping by.

The Poet: David Whyte, "Waking"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Waking"* "Get up from your bed, go out from your house, follow the path you know so well, so well that you now see nothing and hear nothing unless something can cry loudly to you, and for you it seems even then no cry is louder than yours and in your own darkness cries have gone unheard as long as you can remember. These are hard paths we tread but they are green and lined with leaf mould and we must love their contours as we love the body branching with its veins and tunnels of dark earth. I know that sometimes your body is hard like a stone on a path that storms break over, embedded... more »

"The Peculiar Evil..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error." - John Stuart Mill, "The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth"

"But Then It Was Too Late"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"But Then It Was Too Late"* An Excerpt from "They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-1945" by Milton Mayer “What no one seemed to notice,” said a colleague of mine, a philologist, “was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. Just think how very wide this gap was to begin with, here in Germany. And it became always wider. You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has little, really nothing, to do w... more »

"It Was The Best Of Times..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative ... more »

“Bombshell Study: America's Wealthy Even More Obscenely Rich Than Anybody Thought”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Bombshell Study: * *America's Wealthy Even More Obscenely Rich Than Anybody Thought”* By Lynn Stuart Parramore “Just when you think you've got a handle on how bad wealth inequality is in America's Second Gilded Age, researchers find it's even worse than you imagined. The European Central Bank has crunched the numbers and it looks like wealth inequality in the U.S. is even more astounding than previous statistics have shown. Of the 10 rich countries the researchers analyzed, America's wealthy have grabbed the largest portion of the country's wealth. The most affluent 1 percent i... more »

Attacking Diane Ravitch? Or Questions Too Uncomfortable for the Comfortable?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
*"When Horn read Carroll’s post and realized it provided an opening for him to attack Diane Ravitch, I wonder if he wet himself from glee." *--Mercedes Schneider No, Ms. Schneider, I did not wet myself from glee when I read Kathleen Carroll's commentary, but I am pretty pissed right now after reading your uncharacteristically bitter attack on anyone who raises questions about what Diane Ravitch says in public. First, let me say that I thought Ms. Scheider was a lot smarter than to put together a rushed pastiche of wrongheaded attributions and conjectures into a breathless blog pos... more »

Remembering Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan: Does he serve as an inspiration for modern-day right-wingers?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* We've celebrated "Postcard Thursday" -- courtesy of the *Inside the Apple* blog team of Michelle and James Nevius, authors of *Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York* and *Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers* -- before, and today we're, you know, doing it again. I'll have a little something more to say in a moment, but first let's just do "Postcard Thursday." (If you're not signed up to receive it, or other updates from the team, you can take care of that here.) Today's postcard, as you may have figured out, is posted abo... more »

Malaysian Passenger Flight Shot Down over Ukraine: False Flag to Make 'Cold War' Go Hot?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
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Friday Morning Ramble: Edition #2001 [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Did you know: this week, in 1917, the Royal House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha changed its name to the less German sounding "House of Windsor”” Thought you’d like to know that. (If you like, you can brag about being a co-holder of the World Cup?) Elsewhen: [image: Embedded image permalink] Malaysian Airlines plane MH17 is down, but the cause and those responsible is still unclear. [UPDATE: “US intelligence agencies have confirmed that the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, but it is unknown who launched it.”] *Ukrainian Buk Air Defense System Allegedly Deployed Near D... more »

6 Reasons To Question the Official Story of the Malaysian Flight Over Ukraine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville Activist Post With the recent shooting down of a Malaysian Boeing 777 over Ukraine, the Western media is aflame with fingerpointing at Russia and Ukrainian separatists. However, while NATO and its media mouthpieces attempt to rekindle the Cold War and ignite a confrontation with Russia, there exists a number of fundamental questions surrounding the events that have taken place in Eastern Ukraine. Although not a detailed list, below are six reasons why one should question the official story of the Malaysian flight shot down over Ukraine. *1.) The Ukrainian sep... more »

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 Downed Over Warzone Ukraine. Who Was Behind It? Cui Bono?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
*Tony Cartalucci* *Flying Over War Zone Ukraine, The Probable And Convenient Happens* *At no juncture during the Ukrainian crisis could the downing of Malaysian Boeing 777 flight MH17 have been more convenient for NATO and its proxy regime in Kiev.* *Kiev’s forces were being picked apart in eastern Ukraine with several units encircled and destroyed. In the west of the country, dissent was growing by Ukrainians unwilling to march off to fight in the east. NATO’s attempts to bait Russia into moving into Ukrainian territory and shift global opinion against Moscow had repeatedly faile... more »

Iraq Update ( July 12 , 2014 ) -- Maliki and the Shi'a Government take on with vigor not just Sunni Opposition / ISIS - ISIL / Baathists ( note war crimes part of tactics ) , but really just a few steps removed from open War with the Kurds - Maliki Replaces Kurd FM as Relations Disintegrate , Kurds return favor by seizing two oilfields in their territory ....... Where does the US stand as far as Kurdistan goes ? Note -- Expansion of ‘secret’ facility in Iraq suggests closer U.S.-Kurd ties .....

Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
To Iraq - Despite the storms of the present , look to the Rainbow ! Sweet tomorrow morning ..... burst in with the dawn ! Kurds message to Maliki ? Anti War ...... Maliki Replaces Kurd FM as Relations DisintegrateRemaining Kurds Boycotting Cabinet by Jason Ditz, July 11, 2014 Print This | Share This Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, today announced he is replacing long-time Foreign Minister Heshyar Zebari, a top Kurdish politician. He has named State of Law MP Hussain al-Shahristani as acting FM. As tensions between Maliki and the Kurdistan Regional Governmen... more »

Was the downing of Malaysia Airline Flight 17 today ( July 17 , 2014 ) an attempted assassination attempt on Vladimir Putin ? Interfax dangles some tantalizing hints that someone may have planned a grand welcome for Putin from the BRICS Conference in Brazil ! And recall the other cryptic hints from Cryptome about releasing documents in July to prevent a War - was this what they were hinting about ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
First we saw the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 - disappeared on 3/8/14 and no evidence of the plane since then...... Today we see Flight 17 ( incorrectly identified by yours truly as Flight 370 in an early draft of this post ) .... today is July 17th ! Flight 17 blown out of the July on the 17th ? Odd coincidence ..... Tweets of note..... 1. *Edward Harrison* ‏@edwardnh 8m "@BuzzFeedNews: The Latest @MAS Statement On MH17: http://www. malaysiaairlines.com/my/en/site/mh17.html … pic.twitter.com/RNbyXcITDk" [image: Embedded image permalink] Expand... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
*Unknown 21-year old man, supposed to be Christopher Marlowe* *A portrait, supposedly of Christopher Marlowe. There is in fact no evidence that the anonymous sitter is Marlowe, but the clues do point in that direction. * *Marlowe was 21 years old in 1585, when the painting was made. He was also the only 21-year old student at Corpus Christi, where the painting was later found.* *"All they that love not tobacco and boys are fools."* *Remark attributed to Marlowe from the testimony of Richard Baines, * *a government informer,* *1593.* PBS Frontline - Much Ado About Something from S... more »

Nice Job Obama: US Stands at the Brink of World War III

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 5 hours ago
*"MH-17 is not an incident or catastrophe, it is a terrorist attack"* * US puppet in Kiev Petro “the Chocolate King” Poroshenko* When I first heard the news about the latest Malaysian Air jetliner disaster early this afternoon my first thought was something like "why in the hell was it flying over a war zone?" but rapidly following that was the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that the Obama regime had finally succeeded in finding a way to launch World War III by blaming it all on Putin. Did it only seem like the rush to judgment had already begun within the US government, the ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

"Fabricated Compassion: Democrats Abandon U.S. Homeless, Veterans And The Hungry In Rush To Roll Out Red Carpet For Illegals"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Fabricated Compassion: Democrats Abandon U.S. Homeless, * *Veterans And The Hungry In Rush To Roll Out Red Carpet For Illegals"* by Mike Adams "We are all connected. We can't just build a wall or a fence and say no more. This is America. Our doors are open." These are the words of U.S. House of Representatives John Lewis, one of many democrats who seem to be stampeding over each other to see who can offer the most enticements to accelerate the flood of illegal aliens sweeping across America's border. Those enticements include not just free housing, free health care, free food and ... more »

The Economy: “Was This Sexist?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Was This Sexist?”* by Bill Bonner “Let us begin with some criticism from a reader: “What you said about Janet Yellen is disrespectful to All Women. You said you meant no disrespect, and then you go ahead and say most women her age are baking cookies for their grandchildren and saying she has soft shoulders. You would not make the same kind of sexist comment about a man holding the position that she does. You should grow up... your comments are so old fashioned and out of touch. If you are going to put someone down because you don't agree with what they are doing, resorting to sex... more »

The trouble with employing arts graduates

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
Could someone please tell the BBC news that 10,000 metres is not 30,000 feet. It's around 32,800 feet but I'd accept 33,000 feet as an approximation. Bloody arts graduates.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
- Yesterday we saw reports that up to 800 of Kiev's military were surrounded by self-defense forces in the eastern part of the country. Reports said that up to half of them had already been killed and it appeared like many had taken off their uniforms and surrendered. I saw that up to 100 wounded Kiev's forces were being treated inside Russia, quite good of them under the circumstances. - In a clear rejection of western IMF and World Bank economic supremacy the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have created not only a n... more »

Happy birthday paper money: celebrating 353 years of wanton destruction

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Over the weekend, a new economist friend told me he’d just visited Yap Island in the South Pacific. Bonus points if you know why a visit to Yap Island might interest an economist.* *Hint: It involves what you might call the ultimate hard currency.* *Here’s a guest post by Simon Black, who might have visited at the same time …* *Making a payment on Yap* If you ever find yourself vacationing in the western Pacific, I highly recommend swinging by Yap Island, home of one of the most bizarre forms of money in history. Over a thousand years ago, natives would mine enormous chunks of ... more »

Kiev Losing, Sanctions Flopped, Airliner Down, War Back On?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 6 hours ago
*July 18, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - With Kiev's forces being encircled and decimated in eastern Ukraine, western Ukrainians in Kiev protesting the war, and US sanctions receiving global ridicule as feckless - the downing of a Malaysian Boeing 777 airliner with over 280 on board in eastern Ukraine - allegedly shot down over a conflict zone - will undoubtedly be exploited by NATO to vilify Kiev's opponents, particularly fighters in the east and Russia who NATO accuses of "destabilizing eastern Ukraine." Preceding the downing of Malaysian flight MH17, just hours beforehand, Ukr... more »

Egyptian TV Host Osama Mounir to Hamas Leaders: Dream on! You Belong in a Mental Asylum

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
An excerpt from, *"How US and Blair plotted ‘ceasefire’ scam"* by Jonathan Cook, July 16: We now have confirmation from the Israeli daily Haaretz of what we should have suspected: that the idea for the so-called Egyptian “ceasefire proposal” was actually hatched in Washington, the messenger boy was arch-war criminal Tony Blair, and the terms were drafted by Israel. The intention was either to corner Hamas into surrendering – and thereby keep the savage blockade of Gaza in place – or force Hamas to reject the proposal and confirm the Israeli narrative that it is a terrorist organisa... more »

Guardian - Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications - video interview

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 7 hours ago
The Guardian's Alan Rusbridger gets another Snowden scoop by interviewing him in Moscow - man, this is just like The Real Spy Game or some other book written by Robert Ludlum twenty years before its time. *The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations.* *Snowden said professionals were failing in their obligations to their clients, sources, patients and parishioners in what he described as a new and challenging... more »

Are Americans Losing Faith In The Republican Party As A Legitimate Institution?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Tuesday, the *Wall Street Journal* reported that Kansas Republicans, so sick of far right extremist lunatic Sam Brownback, once their senator and now their governor, that they're going to help a Democrat beat him! Over 100 prominent Republicans endorsed Paul Davis, including 2 former lieutenant governors, a former congresswoman and the state insurance commissioner. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report in recent days shifted its prediction of the race from "leaning Republican'' to tossup. The pushback against Mr. Brownback from some in the GOP is due in part to his effort two ye... more »

Breaking news...on Twitter

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
We were quite complimentary recently about one BBC reporter currently in action in the Middle East, namely Quentin Sommerville. Here's a sample of his Twitter feed today [embedding doesn't always show that it's him who's re-tweeting, but rest assured it is Quentin S doing the re-tweeting here!], quoting all his Israel-Palestinian-related tweets and re-tweets since the end of the ceasefire this afternoon. See if you can see any bias here. Frankly it makes a refreshing change from the likes of Jon Donnison, Jeremy Bowen and Paul Danahar: 2 rockets fired from Gaza, less than 5 minut... more »

'I love the tongue'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
Greg Wallace on Celebrity Masterchef tonight - 'I love the tongue' - I sense a followup to 'Buttery Biscuit Base/Bass'. Come on Cassette Boy, your public awaits...

Flight MH17 Down Over Ukraine

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 hours ago
Flying over warzone Ukraine, the probable & convenient happens. *July 18, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - At no juncture during the Ukrainian crisis could the downing of Malaysian Boeing 777 flight MH17 have been more convenient for NATO and its proxy regime in Kiev. Kiev's forces were being picked apart in eastern Ukraine with several units encircled and destroyed. In the west of the country, dissent was growing by Ukrainians unwilling to march off to fight in the east. NATO's attempts to bait Russia into moving into Ukrainian territory and shift global opinion against Moscow had r... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
*Pay dirt. * *No flight, no dead people. * *End of.* *BTS - Bureau of Traffic Statistics showing Flight 11 never departed from Boston Logan international Airport on 9/11/2001.* "8. It is possible to create an incident which will demonstrate convincingly that a Cuban aircraft has attacked and shot down a chartered civil airliner enroute from the United States to Jamaica, Guatemala, Panama or Venezuela. The destination would be chosen only to cause the flight plan route to cross Cuba. The passengers could be a group of college students off on a holiday or any grouping of persons... more »

Supplemental: How does Dowd connect to the right?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014* *No one could answer the question:* Is Maureen Dowd really concerned that Chelsea Clinton is being drawn into “the rapacious, gaping maw of Clinton Inc.?” If so, *should* she be concerned? Is that a sensible view of the conduct of Bill and Hillary Clinton? We don’t know how to answer the first question. Dowd’s loathing of All Things Clinton has been apparent for some time. It has taken an array of peculiar forms. During Campaign 2008, the public editor at the New York Times finally savaged Dowd for her virulent anti-Clintonism. He said her work could ea... more »

22 Years Later Corrupt UK Drug Regulator The MHRA Eventually Changes “not recommended” to “must not be used” – but just for the one dangerous drug

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
[image: Rise:]Rise: Transparency International's Global Corruption Barometer 2013, released today, revealed that 65 per cent of people believe that corruption has increased in the past two years 22 Years Later Corrupt UK Drug Regulator The MHRA Eventually Changes “not recommended” to “must not be used” – but just for the one dangerous drug Child Health Safety, 16 July 2014 That the UK’s drug regulator the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency is corrupt is not difficult to demonstrate, as just this one previous CHS article demonstrates: UK Drug Safety Agency Falsifie... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Coastal Louisiana land loss worth price to fix, study will attempt to show ~Amy Wold, The Advocate* *Future of coastal loss lawsuit could rest in hands of board’s nominating committee ~Bob Marshall, The Lens* *State Representative Concerned For Eroding Wetlands In New Orleans East ~Jesse Hardman* *New Orleans Transit System Disproportionately Serves Whiter and Wealthier Neighborhoods ~Ariela Cohen, Next City* *NOPD gearing up for anti-abortion protest expected to draw hundreds ~WWL* *Heart of Louisiana: History of Cajun culture ~Dave McNamara* *The New Thing In Jazz, Revisited ~W... more »

Thursday Linkage: Hey! A Non-World Cup/Brazil post

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
I’m ready to move on from Brazil and football/soccer news. Really I am. Here are some links related to climate change and I’ve thrown in a link to Will Moore’s post about using satellite rain data rather than rain gauge data to track rainfall (the latter may be subject to variation due to conflict. Hard Continue reading

Five Reasons The Situation in Eastern Ukraine is About to Become Much More Dangerous

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
SCGNEWS *Though this latest phase in the Ukraine crisis might seem like a repeat of recent events, this round is more dangerous for a number of reasons. Here are five of them.* This past week the mainstream coverage of the Ukrainian civil war has focused on Kiev's move to encircle Donetsk. However there are reports coming out of the east right now that indicate that the Ukrainian troops may have just walked into a trap. Specifically the separatists claim to have encircled western troops and have completely stalled their advance. Note that this report is coming from those wh... more »

Broadie McIntyre Demotes Top Ranked Principal to Make Room for Corporate Leadership Trainees

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
With an anonymous gift (is that a Broad smell or Gates?) and RttT money, UTK and Knox County Schools have been churning out corporate-trained school administrators since 2011. Jim McIntyre, KCS Broad-trained Superintendent, needs to place these new and inexperienced administrators in order to satisfy the oligarch who is funding the "leadership academy." Here is pic of Tennessee's oil executive governor with McIntyre and one of the "academy's graduating classes. What do you do to make room for the newbies funded by the oligarchs? If you are a professional a-hole like Jim McIntyre... more »

Why Was the Malaysian Airliner Shot Down?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
What a barbaric week. The appalling suffering inflicted on the open air prison that is Gaza, of which more another time. Then there has been a ratcheting up of the conflict in Ukraine as the government offensive grinds down and routs its pro-Russian breakaways. Now, it's taken an altogether darker turn: the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger jet with the deaths of some 300 people over the skies of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic. Amid the tragedy is the pinning of blame. The Ukraine government say they didn't do it, and lack the capability. Russia do have the means, but ... more »

Obama responds to Malaysian airliner allegedly shot down with 23 Americans aboard...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 9 hours ago
*next up? * Probably golf. *No, really.* *Check out President "Ribbon Cutter" eating with one of the common folk, a certain Ms Tanei Benjamin, who is struggling as a single mother. Ummm, is she even old enough to have children?* *She looks a bit different on her Facebook page. * White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House was aware of reports of the crash but that he was "not in a position to confirm" details. President Barack Obama has been briefed and has directed his national security team to be "in close touch" with Ukrainian authorities, Earnest said. (Obama... more »

July 17: ...funny how us people think....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 10 hours ago
In Wednesday's paper, on p. 5, Canada's Foreign Minister says Hamas started this bloodshed, and can end it. He expressed sympathy for the dead and injured by Israel's attack. But, in effect, the hell with them. In the whole record of this Conservative government, there is not a single instance of Israel ever being declared wrong. I don't know whether Mr. Baird is ignorant or just a bigot. But, of course, we all know he's saying this to get the Jewish-Canadian vote - a vote that seems to have forgotten what Judaism is about.. But his statement does raise questions about how we think.... more »

Thorne Dreyer : PODCAST | Best-selling author Jeff Sharlet and his father, political scientist Robert Sharlet

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 10 hours ago
Jeff Sharlet, Molly Prize-winning journalist and author of ‘The Family,’ and scholar/author Bob Sharlet, join Thorne Dreyer on Rag Radio. Interview by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | July 17, 2014 Award-winning journalist Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family, … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *PODCAST* | Best-selling author Jeff Sharlet and his father, political scientist Robert Sharlet

upcycling with teens at the library

laura k at wmtc - 11 hours ago
My summer youth programs have been going really well. Attendance has increased with each program - first 7, then 13, then 15 - and yesterday we hit the jackpot with 23 teens. We actually had to turn away three kids without tickets, as our program room was so packed with people and materials. I wasn't planning on blogging about individual programs, but there seems to be some interest. Plus, since I regularly Google for ideas for programs and displays, I'm happy to give back by adding to the ideas out there. Upcycling was a huge hit! For those not familiar with the term, *upcycling* ... more »

Strange New Humanoid Presence on the Beaches of Necochea, Argentina

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
*Strange New Humanoid Presence on the Beaches of Necochea, Argentina* *By Guillermo D. Giménez, Planeta UFO – INEXPLICATA contributing editor* Once more we find ourselves with direct information regarding strange presences during the month of May 2014 on the shores of Necochea, Argentina. It is here that we have found four (4) witnesses who speak of seeing strange lights at night on the Necochea’s very shoreline, its beach, as well as sightings of a strange humanoid-type creature. These events occurred on Sunday, 18 May and Tuesday, 20 May at night. In both cases, the sightings too... more »

Can Peter King Be Defeated? Yes, As Soon As Pelosi Fires Steve Israel

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Long Island's 2 crooked congressmen When Peter King's congressional district was last redrawn in 2010, it went from a north-south district-- from the Atlantic to the Long Island sound, right across Nassau County-- to an east-west district-- from Lake Ronkonkomo and Sayville, across Islip, Deer Park and Babylon to Levittown, mostly in Suffolk County. And, more important, from a D+2 district where Bush only managed to get 44% of the vote in 2000 to an R+1 district that gave McCain 48% and Romney 47%. The object was to make it safer for incumbent Republican Peter King. But that isn't al... more »

MH Flight Shot Down over Ukraine

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
My deepest sympathies for the family's of the lost. It is likely the Donesk rebels thought it was a Ukraine troop transport and blasted away. The big question is what was a commercial plane doing flying over such a hot spot? I hope this results in cooler heads prevailing all round. Now for the tweets from the crazy birds. "Putin is responsible for giving hand grenades to monkeys" "Putin's personal jet was on the same route" "The Ukrainian army is the only army with BUK missiles" The answer is the question who had the BUK?

Amazon Goes Unlimited

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 11 hours ago
Today, the market is talking about the Amazon offer, Kindle Unlimited, which certainly is a smart name as it aims to do exactly what it says on the tin. It should come as no surprise and it was only a matter of time until Amazon entered the ‘all you can read’ ebook subscription arena that services such as Oyster and Scribd have started to open up. We have long argued that the subscription model is coming and that it starts to change how we relate to books that now can be effectively ‘borrowed on demand’, without having to worry about collecting them on virtual shelves, kidding you... more »

ARISTOTLE’S ERROR: The smell of war in this morning’s Post!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014* *Part 3—Rucker’s return:* In his second inaugural address, Franklin Roosevelt described what he saw when he looked out at the nation: ROOSEVELT (1/20/37): I see a great nation, upon a great continent, blessed with a great wealth of natural resources... *But here is the challenge to our democracy*: In this nation I see tens of millions of its citizens—a substantial part of its whole population—who at this very moment are denied the greater part of what the very lowest standards of today call the necessities of life. [...] I see millions lacking the means t... more »

Breaking! Malaysian Passenger Plane crashed (shotdown) in Eastern Ukraine

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
*Holy smokes! If Russia won't take the Ukrainian bait would a false flag be the next move? * *This is exactly, I kid you not, exactly something mentioned as a distinct possibility just yesterday during a real life conversation* *So, that freaks me out quite a bit!* *And, a Malaysian passenger plane? Another Malaysian plane?* What would be the odds? It's certainly memorable. As in the memories are already embedded in the mass consciousness.- Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 unofficial disappearance theories My other thought is Malaysian Airlines are not so good and this tragedy is being sp... more »

It's suicidal to fly over New Russia these days

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
The mysteriously lost MH370 flight of the Malaysian Airlines hasn't been found and there's another tragedy for the company: MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down near Shakhtar in the Donetsk People's Republic, about 30 miles from the Russian border. The 295 people on board (280 passengers + 15 crew members) died. I was saddened and shocked at the same moment. People get harassed with all kinds of security regulations but when it comes to the actual trajectories of airplanes, they continue to fly right above the de facto warzone as if nothing were happening over there. ... more »

BBC News - Malaysia airliner crashes in Ukraine - reports

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
The BBC report that: 'Malaysian airliner with 295 people on board has crashed in Ukraine near the border with Russia, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, reports say.' Two things come to mind: first that I'm not going to ever fly Air Malaysia again and second how will Jeremy Bowen manage to blame Israel for this incident? More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28354856

Jews most popular religious group in U.S., despite criminality, subversion

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 12 hours ago
Despite their outrageously brazen criminality and subversion of America, Jews are the most popular religious group in the United States, according to a recent Pew survey. The *Jewish Telegraph Agency* reports: *Jews are the most warmly regarded religious group in America*, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The *survey* of 3,217 adults conducted in June asked respondents to rate their feelings toward various religious groups on a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being coldest, 100 warmest and 50 meaning they have neither positive nor negative feelings. Jews rated 63, sl... more »

reality busting devices failing like farabochi Fibonacci dominoes.

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
reality busting devices failing like Farabochi Fibonacci dominoes. the masters of the universe creating their own black holes the fall that started so cleverly acceleratingly sinister as the event horizon looms muppets stripped in a feeding burlesque to supply the drones commanded to Marshall the resources to feed the flickering reality distortion field exhausting the participants until the physics dictates they all fly into the singularity When all the gravity defying souls are sucked away fall off the end of the flat earth in an ironic scientific way it should leave lots of room for... more »

Meanwhile in Cambodia: The Detention of Mu Sochua

Jon Western at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
Mu Sochua a leading member of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) was arrested on Tuesday along with five others after a demonstration to gain access to Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park turned violent in clashes between police and some of the protesters. Sochua was elected to the Cambodian parliament in 2013 and is a leading human rights Continue reading

Islamic State Carries Out Intimidation Campaign Destroying Homes And Kidnapping And Murdering People In Northern Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Since the Islamic State (IS) swept through northern Iraq in early June 2014 it has started a two-pronged strategy to govern the millions of people that have come under its control. While carrying out a hearts and mind campaign in large cities like Mosul it has also set about threatening and intimidating the population especially in the rural areas. This has led to the destruction of hundreds of homes, over one hundred kidnappings, and dozens of reported executions. The Islamic State (IS) has used violence to maintain and expand its hold over northern Iraq. In contested areas alon... more »

How Cooking Can Change Your Life by Michael Pollan

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago
*4 September 2013* Renowned activist and author Michael Pollan argues that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family's health, build communities, fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations. The event was chaired by Tim Lang, professor of Food Policy at City University London. To find out more about this talk, visit the event page on the RSA website: *http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-an...* Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A: *http://www.thersa.org/__data/a... more »

Energy Econ 23: Death of Australia's Carbon Tax

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
Today, Australia officially killed the onerous and climate alarmism law, carbon tax. I am posting below portions of selected news reports on the subject. From The Australian today, *The Prime Minister, while claiming victory after a five-year campaign against carbon pricing, also launched a new campaign against the Labor Party’s promise to take a replacement emissions trading scheme to the next election.* And from the WSJ today, *"He said the carbon price was acting as a A$9 billion a year handbrake on the economy, which was adjusting to the end of a record mining investment ... more »


David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
South Korea's Defense Minister nominee Han Min-koo says he has no plans to adopt a U.S.-designed missile defense system. At his confirmation hearing Sunday, Han said South Korea currently deploys the US Patriot-3 system as a high-altitude defense shield over the peninsula. The nominee also vowed to install the country's indigenous missile defense system as soon as possible to counter any North Korean threats. He said the defense ministry will push for early establishment of the Korea Air and Missile Defense system -- or KAMD -- and the so-called 'Kill Chain', a pre-emptive missile... more »

This is not the first time that Paul Craig Roberts and his colleagues have exposed flagrant rigging of the Comex (paper) gold market downward by market insiders. One possible motive for such manipulation "...is to operate and control Comex trading in a manner that helps the Fed contain the price of gold, thereby preventing its rise from signaling to the markets that problems festering in the U.S. financial system are growing worse by the day. This is an act of financial terrorism supported by federal regulatory authorities. Another motive is to help support the relative trading level of the U.S. dollar..." Blogger's recommendation: Buy real gold metal (not paper) now, because sometime in the not too distant future such rigging will no longer work, whereupon the value of gold metal will double or triple over night...

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 13 hours ago
------------------------------ *Insider Trading and Financial Terrorism on Comex* ------------------------------ July 16, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Paul Craig Roberts and Dave Kranzler* July 16, 2014. The first two days this week gold was subjected to a series of computer HFT-driven “flash crashes” that were aimed at cooling off the big move higher gold has made since the beginning of June. During this move higher, the hedge funds, who typically “chase” the momentum of gold up or ... more »

People Are Not Illegal

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Here's a snippet from Tuesday's regular White House briefing, in which press flack Josh Earnest was confronted about the gut-churning televised spectacle of a planeload of mothers and children being deported from the US and dumped into the most dangerous city on the planet. MR. EARNEST: Well, Jeff, the flight that you’re referring to was a flight that was operated by the Department of Homeland Security in their capacity as a law enforcement agency, that they were enforcing the law. So that is a decision that was made by that law enforcement agency. I would point out, though, t... more »


sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
The subject of “the BBC’s bias towards Israel” was brought to us on the Today programme yesterday because it was thought very odd that the BBC failed to report the noisy protest outside its own building the previous day. (2:38 mins in.) In the parallel world that Craig alluded to in his recent post, that omission could be yet another indication of the BBC’s bias towards Israel. The real reason is probably because the BBC doesn’t think it has any kind of bias, so its nonexistent bias is not a subject it would wish to include in news bulletins. However, they might mention it if one o... more »

Sen. Ted Cruz: “Mr. President, when did the Democratic Party declare war on the Catholic Church?”...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*and the outcome is?* Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) criticized Senate Democrats and their legislation to circumvent the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision by explaining that their bill would impose “faith fines” on groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor, who refuse to subsidize abortion-inducing drugs, and asked, “Mr. President, when did the Democratic Party declare war on the Catholic Church?” “The bill that is being voted on this floor, if it were adopted, would fine the Little Sisters of the Poor millions of dollars unless these Catholic nuns are willing to pay for abortion-... more »

Is time going slowly near the equator?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
John Rennie – who is going to jump above me at Physics Stack Exchange in a few months unless I will find motivation to prevent him from doing so – has asked a very nice question: Does time move slower at the equator? The Earth is spinning so all people living at the equator are apparently moving at 464 m/s relatively to what seems like a "better inertial frame". By the special relativistic time dilation, this should slow their time by one part per trillion. That would be a 100 larger relative effect than the accuracy you may achieve with state-of-the-art atomic clocks. Has someone ... more »

Are Self-Entitled Politicians With Too Much Money Endangering The Rest Of Us?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Monday we did two posts about the problem climate deniers pose for normal people-- the first one here and the other one here. In both posts, we looked specifically at the Florida congressmembers whose districts are likely to sink under the waves and who are still denying climate change science to please the Cheney types and their donors (while betraying their constituents). Most of them are Republicans, of course-- crooks and idiots like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, Dennis Ross, Vern Buchanan, Bill Posey-- but there are two Democrats from the Republican wing of the Dem... more »

On The Dogmatic Jihad of Radiative Transfer Theory Believers

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 15 hours ago
Steven Goddard has a post "categorizing idiot clans" and listing them, to which one commenter added, "I see a missing category, the geran category: Populated by mean, vicious little SOBs (a technical term, I assure you) who limit their knowledge of thermal energy transfer to simple concepts of gaseous convection and the ideal gas law and nothing whatsoever involving radiative energy transfer …". My response follows: *That's probably because the only globally effective (i.e., not localized and transient) radiative energy transfer is from direct solar to atmosphere and to ground (yes,... more »

UK Foreign Minister William Hague Fired - But Why ? ???? Implication as to why set forth ......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
July 15, 2014 UK Foreign Minister William Hague Fired - But Why? Reshuffle Surprise As William Hague Quits As Foreign Secretary , July 15 William Hague surprised Westminster on Monday evening by announcing he would quit as foreign secretary, as David Cameron culled male ministers of all ranks as part of a wide-ranging reshuffle expected to see the promotion of several women to top jobs. Hmm ... There is currently another inquiry into pedophile rings in the UK which, allegedly, included major British politicians since the 1960s and several, some seemingly still ongoing, cover-ups by t... more »

Kiev authors latest fable concerning Russia while bombing South East Ukraine and trying to provoke Russia .... ( July 17 , 2014 ) -- Kiev Reports Ukraine Warplane Was Shot Down By A Russian Fighter Jet

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Zero Hedge ..... Kiev Reports Ukraine Warplane Was Shot Down By A Russian Fighter Jet [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/17/2014 07:47 -0400 - Germany - Reuters - Ukraine inShare While most news coming out of Ukraine regarding the ongoing civil war are merely propaganda designed to make Russia look bad, and hence irrelevant (and vice versa from Russia of course - the only news that matters re: Ukraine is i) what happens with gas deliveries to Europe via Ukraine and ii) the fate of the South Stream pipeline; the rest is mostly noise), it ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Schools Dispense With History in Favor of Political Correctness* Former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin once said, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” Lenin understood how important education is to a young person’s worldview, and how intractable ideas can become. Lenin used education to the fullest, as do his heirs in the West. The cultural revolution of the 1960s remains very much with us. In the last 50 years it has chipped away at the foundations of our nation, little by little, relentlessly, with an agenda of fundamentally c... more »

They're Really Not Very Smart

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.parl.gc.ca/ After several rebukes from the Supreme Court, the Harperites are feeling mean. Earlier this week, Conservative MP Larry Miller complained that the "courts are making laws." Andrew Coyne writes: People who supposedly stand for limited government get surprisingly antsy, once in office, about having their own discretion circumscribed. That they profess to do so in the name of Parliament only compounds the incoherence. Who do they think passed the Charter? And, of course, as always for the... more »

A New Form of Matter

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago

7 Tips for a Summer Trip The Kids Will Always Remember

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
It's summer and with the warmer weather, surely the kids will want to get outdoors and play, right? Wrong. Left to their own devices, kids these days will waste away and entire summer playing on a mobile device or watching endless episodes on Netflix. I don't know about you, but when I think back on my summers growing up, they're full of adventure and family time. Don't get me wrong, these aren't necessarily all happy memories (though most are), but they are definitely memorable and contributed to who I am today. RVing is one of the best ways to get kids to unplug, because, let's f... more »

20 Facts You’re Not Being Told About Israel and Gaza on TV

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
The Pontiac Tribune 1) 4 Palestinian boys playing soccer on a beach were killed yesterday when an Israeli airstrike suddenly took their lives. Dozens of international journalists were stationed at the Al-Deira Hotel as they watched in horror while Israeli airstrikes fired upon the Palestinian civilians for a second time, chasing the children across the beach as they screamed for someone to help. Since July 7th the death toll in Gaza has swelled to well over 200 Palestinians. A whopping 80% of the victims have been confirmed as civilians, including several dozen Palestinian child... more »

Charter Cap in Massachusetts Will Not Be Lifted

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
It is gratifying to know that the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where public schools were born, took a significant step this week to support Horace Mann's notion of quality public schools for all children. As Mann said some 160 years ago, "agitate, agitate, agitate, but always for a good cause." The good cause that MA citizens agitated for most recently was to keep the charter school cap in place so that citizens might study the effects of a two-tiered separate and unequal system of schooling in Massachusetts that has resulted from the birth and expansion of co... more »

Iraq Updates ( July 17 , 2014 ) -- State of play in Sectarian War , Political Front , Kurdistan ......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Anti War..... Offensive Fails, Iraqi Military Retreats From ISIS-Held TikritWeeks of Fighting Ends With Military Defeat by Jason Ditz, July 16, 2014 Print This | Share This Nearly three solid weeks of reports of Iraq’s Army either defeating the rebels to reclaim Tikrit or being on the cusp of defeating the rebels and regaining control over Tikrit, the military has withdrawn outright, leaving the city in ISIS hands. Tikrit is one of several “contested” cities in the area due north of Baghdad, but after weeks of fighting there was a remarkable sense of calm today, as daily sorties from... more »

Haughty Obama Hits Russia With More Sanctions

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 17 hours ago
Late Wednesday the pathetic Obama administration fired yet another salvo at the Russian bear showing that they are as determined as ever to provoke a new cold war or maybe even a hot one with a nuclear armed power. Despite warnings from American business groups such as the US Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers that the months running dick-measuring contest between El Presidente and Russian leader Vladimir Putin would be harmful to American business the sanctions were leveled anyway. It is obvious that Obama has a huge inferiority complex and his thin-ski... more »

Guest Post: Kerry Emanuel Clarifies a Recent Quote in the NYT

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 17 hours ago
The comment below is by Kerry Emanuel, at MIT, who is clarifying a recent quote of his in the *New York Times*. I would like first to thank Roger for allowing me to post this response to the article about John Christy by Michael Wines in Tuesday's New York Times. Although I was quoted accurately, the context in which the quotation was phrased distorted its intended meaning. Several weeks ago, I had several phone conversations with Mr. Wines about the work of John Christy. In those conversations, I emphasized the value of skepticism in science and also said that I agreed with some e... more »

So tired!!!

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

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Another Realm”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Kevin Kern, “Another Realm” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a2JtNQublQ

F-15E takes first flight with new radar system

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-15E Strike Eagle]The first 389th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle received a Radar Modernization Program upgrade here in June. The inaugural flight with the new radar system was flown by Capt. Matthew Riley, 389th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Maj. Jacob Lindaman, 389th FS weapon systems officer. "The new radar system does everything faster, is extremely precise and requires less maintenance," Riley said. "It can designate air-to-air and air-to-ground simultaneously, allowing us to track enemy aircraft and identify ground targets at the same time." Read more

Russia Deliveres Last Batch of Mi-171E Helicopters to China

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Mi-171 Hip]The Russian Helicopters holding delivered the last batch of Mi-171E transport helicopters built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to Chinese company Poly Technologies, a company spokesperson stated Tuesday. It's the last batch under a contract for 48 helicopters signed in 2012 by the Chinese company and Russia's arms exporter Rosoboronexport. In total, with additional contracts, 52 helicopters were delivered, the statement said. Mi-171E helicopters are successfully operated in China, in particular in regions with challenging terrain and severe climate conditions. Hel... more »

Donbas terrorists now have Strela-10 AA missile complex

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: 9K35 Strela 10 SA-13 Gopher Self-Propelled Air Defense System]Donbas terrorists are now armed with self-propelled Strela-10 AA missile complex, NDSC spokesman Andry Lysenko said, LigaBiznesInform reports July 16. “This weapon could have been made available to the terrorists only by the Russian army,” he stressed. Meanwhile, the terrorists continue to seize buildings in Donas cities and place AA missiles and artillery in schools and residential houses. Read more

Royal Air Force Upgrades Tornado in Shadow of F-35

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tornado F3]The British Royal Air Force plans to finish technological upgrades of as many as 59 Tornado aircraft by 2016 as part of a modernization plan to keep the plane relevant as the F-35 and Typhoon come on line, officials said at the Farnborough International Airshow. The upgrades included outfitting the planes with precision weapons, improved information exchange and secure communication technology, said Dave Waddington, Tornado Force Commander, RAF. Although at least eight upgraded Tornado aircraft have recently served in Afghanistan, the RAF plans to fully phase out ... more »

MBDA’S Brimstone missile demonstrates its maritime capability

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
MBDA has successfully demonstrated its Dual Mode BRIMSTONE missile against fast moving and manoeuvring Fast Inshore Attack Craft even in a cluttered environment with multiple neutral vessels in very close proximity. Conducted in March and April 2014 at the QinetiQ managed Aberporth range in west Wales, UK, an RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft fired two Dual Mode BRIMSTONE missiles (one telemetry and one operational), each fitted with MBDA’s latest Anti-FIAC software upgrades, at remotely controlled, 40ft ASV C13 Fast Inshore Attack Craft targets powered by twin 350hp engines. The telemetry ... more »

Norway, Australia collaboration could reduce Joint Strike Missile costs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Joint Strike Missile]A potential collaboration between Australia and Norway could reduce the costs of integrating Kongsberg Gruppen's Joint Strike Missile into Lockheed Martin's new F-35 fighter jet, the Norwegian Air Force said on Wednesday. "Australia has signalled interest in a collaborative effort on the integration portion (of the missile's development)," Lieutenant Colonel Sigurd Fongen told reporters at the Farnborough Airshow. "That would potentially save money, however that remains to be seen. We have to keep the discussions going with the Australians," he said. Re... more »

Retirement date for HMS Illustrious

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMS Illustrious]The Royal Navy's helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious is to be retired next month after 32 years of service. The Portsmouth-based warship is to be replaced by HMS Ocean, which has just received a £65 million refit. A decommissioning ceremony will be held later in the year and Illustrious's final return to base could be as early as next Tuesday. Read more

Canada to supply decommissioned fighter aircraft to Ukraine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: CF-18 Hornet]The Ukrainian combat aviation received reinforcements from Canada. The Canadian government proposes to deliver nearly 20 combat aircraft CF-18A to the Ukrainian military. The information appeared on social networks. Russian English-language television channel Russia Today reported the same. These 20 aircraft can be delivered to the Ukrainian side for free, as they had been written off from service at the Air Forces of Canada in connection with the purchase of new aircraft. In addition, Canada offers to send a dozen experts to Ukraine to train Ukrainian pilots a... more »

Raytheon to provide torpedo integration on Alenia Aermacchi aircraft for Turkish Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: ATR72-600TMUA]Raytheon Company will serve as weapons integrator for Italian aircraft manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi, providing 31 months of engineering services support for integration of MK 54 and MK 46 torpedoes onto the Alenia Aermacchi ATR-72-600ASW maritime patrol aircraft. Raytheon received a $5.7 million contract to support Alenia Aermacchi's test, integration and qualification for the external carriage and tactical employment of the lightweight torpedoes. Alenia Aermacchi is the prime contractor on the Meltem III contract under which it is obligated to provide ATR-7... more »

Navy Selects Ships for Out-Year Retirements

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Ponce]In addition to the 14 ships identified for decommissioning or removed from active service in fiscal 2015, the Navy has selected 17 the ships to be removed from service from 2016 through 2019. In the “Report to Congress on the Annual Long-Range Plan for Construction for Naval Vessels for FY2015,” prepared and submitted to Congress by the deputy chief of naval operations for integration of capabilities and resources, the Navy lists 11 Los Angeles-class attack submarines (SSNs), one Ticonderoga-class cruiser (CG), two Powhatan-class fleet ocean tugs (T-ATFs), two Safe... more »

Navy launches second review of HMCS Whitehorse events

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMCS Whitehorse]A navy ship ordered home over allegations of misconduct has prompted a second review – this one focused specifically on HMCS Whitehorse’s crew and senior officers. The review will look at everything from the actions of the senior leaders on board to the overall situation on the vessel, and comes just days after Whitehorse returned to Canada. In a rare move, the head of the Royal Canadian Navy ordered the ship to return home after crew were involved in three separate incidents of misconduct in San Diego, Calif. HMCS Whitehorse, a maritime coastal defence vess... more »

Russia Set to Reopen Soviet-Era Spy Post in Cuba

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
Russia has quietly reached a provisional agreement with Cuba on reopening a big Soviet-era base on the Caribbean island from which it spied on the U.S., a Russian security source said Wednesday. The proposed move comes as U.S.-Russian relations have reached a post-Cold War low in a dispute over policy towards Ukraine. Confirming a report in the daily Kommersant newspaper which said the deal was agreed in principle during a visit to Cuba last week by President Vladimir Putin, the source said: "A framework agreement has been agreed." Read more

Truong Sa submarine to undergo tests in Rammasun typhoon

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Truong Sa submarine]In May, Hoa said the submarine was ready for a test. The Rammasun typhoon is expected to hit northern provinces of Quang Ninh and Hai Phong on July 19. “I will go the sea to test the sub when the hurricane rushes in,” Hoa said. Explaining his decision, Hoa said one of his purposes in designing the sub was to make it capable of joining rescue activities under extreme weather conditions. Read more

Christy in NYT, little girl, and school bus

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
The New York Times have published a relatively friendly story by Michael Wines about John Christy, a well-known climate skeptic: Though Scorned by Colleagues, a Climate-Change Skeptic Is Unbowed I say that the article is "relatively friendly" because it pictures Christy as a decent human being and an achieved enough expert while his opponents, the climate alarmists who have contaminated the community of atmospheric scientists, were shown as what they are, a cruel, fanatical, inhumane, Gestapo-like sect that won't even shake Christy's hand. From an emotional viewpoint, they treat Chr... more »

Jack A. Smith : Israel bombs Gaza civilians. Again.

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 22 hours ago
In 2008-2009, Israel virtually crushed the tiny territory and its 1.7 million inhabitants, killing 1,400 Palestinians, while losing only 10 Israeli soldiers. By Jack A. Smith | The Rag Blog | July 16, 2014 Once again, Israel has found a … finish reading Jack A. Smith : Israel bombs Gaza civilians. Again.

The People of Iraq Are Stuck Between Jihadist Madmen And Shia Maniacs

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
* Iraq, who do you want to be ruled by? The madmen on the left or the maniacs on the right?* "That is when you start looking to the core of what the Prophet Mohammad reveals in these revelations, especially during that initial decade in Mecca. *And the core of that message is as clear as it gets: it is a message of social justice for the weak, for the poor, for the dispossessed, the orphans, the widows, and those without protection.* It is a message of condemnation and judgement for those who accumulated power and wealth." - Reza Aslan, from, *"The Sociology of Islam"* interview... more »

Tristan and Isolde: Coitus Interruptus

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 23 hours ago
*Wagner’s thrilling *Tristan and Isolde* is **being performed in Auckland on Saturday**, the first time ever in New Zealand! This is the third post getting ready for the great event! (Part One; Part Two.)* What happens on stage in opera is mostly not as important as what happens in the music. The music is telling you the real story. On stage, characters might only be having a bit of a cuddle, but the music reveals much more is going on under the covers. The music of Act II is the emotional core of Tristan and Isolde. It grows organically from the Tristan chord right at the very st... more »

Thursday, July 16: Another busy day for President "Ribbon Cutter" raising money and talking jive...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*STOP PRESS!* Australia has just abolished its carbon tax. It has now passed both houses and awaits only the formality of Royal Assent *Australia's conservative Prime Minister, Tony Abbott today* *Details*

"A Look to the Heavens"

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


Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day 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 day 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 »


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

in and out

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

“Cultures aren’t museum pieces.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 we... more »

International Law = Taiwan's friend

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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. - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
*Love him.*

Neocon Propagandist Jennifer Rubin Absolutely Explodes Today

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day 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)

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