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Sunday, July 20, 2014

20 July - Blogs I'm Following

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Harry Targ : The Central American refugees are 21st century descendants of imperialism

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 55 minutes ago
The popular narratives about the horrific migration ignore the history of U.S.-inspired violence in the region and the economic devastation caused by neoliberal economic policies. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | July 20, 2014 A military coup in … finish reading Harry Targ : The Central American refugees are 21st century descendants of imperialism

What I’ll Be Reading While Off The Grid

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
As of tomorrow I am turning on my “vacation” auto-responder, ceasing blogging for a bit, and hitting the road for some combined business/leisure. Highlights will include: Some Colorado conference travel to present my research findings to one of the activist communities whose work I profiled in my book London for a week of exploratory research among NGOs Continue reading

Israeli raids lead to massacre in Gaza's Shejaiya

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Israeli raids lead to massacre in Gaza's Shejaiya. Source: Middle East Eye. Date Published: July 20.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
Fascinating and troubling story emerging from eastern Ukraine. The international crash investigation team appears to be huddled in Kiev and not being in any hurry to come to crash site to begin their investigation. Local self-defense forces, already accused by Obama and the western media for the crime, appear to be stalling knowing that plane victims bodies are decomposing in the hot weather and making a serious investigation more difficult. Why the delays in getting the international team to the crash site? [For subtitles click the "captions" button next to the "settings" wheel ... more »

Quote of the day: On responding to Wagner

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
“… opera audiences … are responding to the heightened atmosphere of the music-dramas which, as Thomas Mann put it, “implies that the highest and best available to man is a life cast in the *heroic* mould.’” - Simon Williams, *Wagner and the Romantic Hero* - HERALD: ‘Concert review: *Tristan und Isolde*, Auckland Town Hall’ - HERALD: 'The agony and the ecstacy' Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Field Notes From a Lagging Indicator

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 2 hours ago
*By William Neil* *Introduction:* Anyone with a social conscience or who has just followed the news since 2010 knows that the struggle for decent health care is not an issue that can stand isolated from other intimately intertwined factors, although our medical and political system tries to keep it that way. My tale is not unique….it has been already lived by millions if not tens of millions of others, and the pattern by now has become a familiar horror story, if not a drill: a medical crisis leads to an income crisis which leads to a housing crisis…which can in turn create a fu... more »

Northern Cross Sanity Break

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
*Resting in Lower Baling with my good friends Kenji and Jeff.* Saturday and Sunday I ignored my currently enormous workload and rode one of favorite routes, the Northern Cross Island Highway from Yongning Metro to Yilan Train Station with my redoubtable friends Kenji and Jeff. Click on Read More to see more.... *ROUTE NOTES*: This is an easy two day ride. From Yongning Metro, the last stop on the blue line, head southwest on the 3 until you reach the 108. You can head all the way to the alternate 7 but then you have to fight the traffic on the alternate 7? TRICKY PART: Follow th... more »

Hopelessness And The Rise Of Fascism

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
All that money sloshing around the political system is so important because it is primarily used to brainwash low-info voters. If you have a brother-in-law you've probably experienced it first hand. Propaganda trumps reason and self-interest, especially for the half the population with double-digit IQs. "When people are [already] misinformed," wrote Professor Marty Kaplan, founding director of the USC's Norman Lear Center, "giving them facts to correct those errors only makes them cling to their beliefs more tenaciously. More and better facts don’t turn low-information voters into... more »

The Most Important Book for Humanity Right Now is Available for Free

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
*The most important book for humanity right now is available for free!* Be the Change! Donate Today! Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner

Rockets From Gaza? Human Shields? Tunnels? Again?

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 3 hours ago
(above, REALLY LOOK at how tiny Gaza is, and how tiny it is compared to Israel and the entire Middle East...the TINY little black box in the upper-left of the map really brings it home to you how small Gaza is...it is about 6 miles across in some spots) Practically the entire world's 99% (not governments or the 1%) are against the Israeli's brutal attack against the Palestinians in Gaza. Their reason, though, is different than mine. They are against one of the top 5 nuclear powers using their full force against civilians, women, children...but begin with accepting the "news" stori... more »

The Middle East Friendship Chart

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
“Friendship” might be the wrong title. It’s not clear that Iraq, among others, is even friends with itself – let alone the Palestinian Authority and its separate heads. [image: image] Head to Slate for the full interactive chart. [Hat tip Vinay Kolhatkar] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago

“Civilians Fleeing Gaza City Neighborhood After Israeli Strike Say They Have Nowhere To Go”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Civilians Fleeing Gaza City Neighborhood After* * Israeli Strike Say They Have Nowhere To Go”* by Sophia Jones GAZA CITY - “Just after sunrise on Sunday, Zeinab, a young Palestinian mother, ran out of her house in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood with her husband and barefoot 5-year-old daughter. With the sound of Israeli drones overhead and air strikes and tank shelling all around, Zeinab watched as her neighbors poured into the streets and began to run. So she did the same. “We were running, and [the Israeli Army] was attacking behind us,” she said, sitting within the safety... more »

Antiwar video by award-winning songwriter Tabitha Elkins

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
*YouTube * Who says there is a shortage of protest music in the music scene these days? Proof positive is the new song penned by singer-songwriter Tabitha Elkins - whose output so far has ranged from Hard Bop Jazz to acoustic folk rock - and whose self-penned anti-war song takes on news propaganda and the culture of violence. It's a brave move for a new artist, but Tabitha, who played all of the instruments on the song herself, stands by her stance, explaining, "People need to start speaking up and thinking for themselves. The culture of violence and war is not the answer." ... more »

Calling All Hackers: Help Us Build an Open Wireless Router

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Peter Echersley, Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, and Ranga Krishnan *EFF* EFF is releasing an experimental hacker alpha release of wireless router software specifically designed to support secure, shareable Open Wireless networks. We will be officially launching the Open Wireless Router today at the HOPE X (Hackers on Planet Earth) conference in New York City, aiming to bring aboard members of the hacker community. This release is a work in progress and is intended only for developers and people willing to deal with the bleeding edge. The software aims to do several things that existi... more »

Politics as horse race

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
It’s not exactly a contest of ideas out there on the hustings. Not that you’d know if any ideas were being debated, not if media reports were all you had to go on. The media, as always, steer clear of ideas and talk only about the race. The polls. The “gaffes.” The details of the campaign to come, without the ideas around which campaigns are supposed to centre. Politics as horse race. And the polls, the polls! If the polls are reported as your opinion about the parties, but all you heard about the parties is the polls, from whence and based on what would you form your opinions? ... more »

China, my China

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*Our regular Asian/Australian correspondent Suzuki Samurai has more book recommendations for you…* * The twenty-first century, it is said, is going to be China's century. The story is a fascinating one, and will be more so as it unfolds. Alas, the masses of information that most people use to form this story they get from China's propaganda apparatchiks through an often gooey-eyed and incurious western media – bushels more chaff than wheat. There is little doubt however, that China is a far better place than it was just a few decades ago. How it navigates the stormy waters of the... more »

The People Who Gather On The Hills of Sderot To Watch Bombing of Gaza Are Not Scum

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
It's important not to paint the people who gather on the hills of Sderot in Israel to watch the bombing of Gaza with a wide brush. Those *who threaten journalists* belong in a different category. Simply put, they are assholes. But they're not the only ones who attend these viewing parties. The experience for most is cathartic. It is more positive for them being there than staying locked inside a bomb shelter underground, and it's hard to blame them for feeling that way. We should not place too much emphasis on this phenomenon, and instead focus our attention on the causes of this wa... more »

Mining 40: MICC and its Proposed 79 Percent Effective Tax Rate

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
Early this month, the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) has proposed an effective mining tax rate of 79 percent. From BWorld, July 07, 2014, *“We are dismayed that the MICC has moved forward with a proposed increased tax policy without taking into consideration comments and observations not only from the mining industry that will be directly affected by said policy but by authoritative third parties,” CoMP said.* *The MICC proposed a payment of 10% of gross revenue, or 55% of the Adjusted Net Mining Revenue, whichever may be higher.* Perhaps the MICC, in particular the ... more »

Restaurant Reviews

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 5 hours ago
I have been living in Costa Rica for a little over 2 months now, and wanted to share a post about places we have eaten and our thoughts. Some we have eaten at other times before we moved here as well. It's hard to pick favorites, as we like different places for different reasons and food. Here goes though. I will update this list as we try different places as well and will try to post links to those that have websites. 1. Green Room CafĂ©. We have eaten here twice for dinner since moving here. A couple local people recommended it to me, and we finally tried it. Awesome place.... more »

In Response to Bill Wraga's Review of The Mismeasure of Education

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
University of Georgia professor, Bill Wraga, offered a review of *The Mismeasure of Education* in the UGA-based *Journal of Language and Literacy Education*. Because we feel strongly that, while everyone has a right to his own perspective, she does not have a right to her own facts. Therefore, we offered *JOLLE *a corrective to the more glaring inaccuracies in Dr. Wraga's review. We received this response to our proposed rejoinder from Principal Editor of *JOLLE*, Michelle Falter: Dear Mr. Horn, The Editorial board regrets to inform you that we are not accepting responses to bo... more »

Whitewraithe's RANT for July 20, 2014

Whitewraithe~ at Northerntruthseeker - 6 hours ago
Here we are, at the arrival of another Sunday and it's time for the weekly RANT and one hell-of-a rant it will be. I'm so angry at the bloodsucking, murderous, Jew-run "new world order" if I had supernatural powers you can be sure I'd be a bloody raging storm destroying everything that they love with the first being the Federal Reserve and the ability to create money out of nothing - for all time. But, I digress. I just had to get that feeling out of my system. The carnage and destruction to Gaza with the added murder of nearly 300 innocent people on yet another Malaysian 777 ... more »

Ministry of Propaganda Spins Shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 7 hours ago
*“It’s an insult to human reason and to the legitimacy of this institution to suggest that anyone other than the regime carried out this attack.”* *-President Barack Obama – Speech to United Nations on Syria gas attack* *“I will be voting to give the president of the United States the authority to use force – if necessary – to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”* *- Senator John Kerry* The notorious and legendary Nazi propagandist Paul Joseph Goebbels would be in sheer a... more »

Did Mikey Suits (R-Staten Island) Bring In A New Lawyer For The Plea Bargain?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Domenic Recchia is one of the worst of Steve Israel's awful, garden variety mystery meat careerist candidates for Congress, a scandal in-waiting. When Israel recruited him, there was little chance he could have beaten Staten Island's Mafia-connected incumbent, Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm. And that despite a district that has been rapidly turning bluer and bluer-- in 2008, McCain bested Obama there, 51-48% and 4 years later Obama beat McCain 52-47%-- voters, particularly of the Staten Island variety, were happy enough with their dumbed-down tough guy, thuggish congressman. And then ... more »

Amazing Maps

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
At the risk of crashing the side bar and making the blog look untidy (don't you hate it when that happens?), here are some gems from a Twitter feed called Amazing Maps. This sort of thing is right up my street (which appears on several maps though not on Amazing Maps): *Heavy metal bands per 100,000 people* *How many players from each world cup squad play abroad* *Age of Sexual Consent in Europe* *The Second Largest Religion by U.S. State* *How often countries vote with the United States at the UN* *The disease most likely to kill you by country* *Where does you... more »


Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 8 hours ago
METRO EVENT | Beverly Baker Moore says ‘party like it’s 1969′ at Thorne’s 69th Birthday Bash, Aug. 1, at Maria’s in Austin.

Border Run to Nicaragua from Herradura

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 8 hours ago
In Costa Rica, you have to leave the country every 90 days and re-enter if you are not a resident. Technically, if you have applied to be a resident, you do not have to do this, however, there is another law that says if you do not leave every day and are not a resident, you cannot legally drive and your insurance is invalid. So, even though Kurt and I have applied for residency, we still had to do this border run in order to still be able to legally drive in the country. Kurt was coming up on his 90 days on August 1, so we decided to go on Friday together and get on the same sched... more »

BBC journalist: "Whenever I see Netanyahu I remember what happened to ex-PM Sharon! There's GOD wooo!"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
The ever-vigilant DB at* Biased BBC *has spotlighted a tweet from impartial BBC World Service journalist Naziru Mikailu ("views here are personal!")... Whenever I see Netanyahu I remember what happened to ex-PM Sharon! There's GOD wooo! #Gaza #Israel — Naziru Mikail (@nazirumikailu) July 20, 2014 As DB notes, Ariel Sharon died after being in a coma for several years. To which may be added a further impartial tweet: I wonder what PM Netanyahu will tell the world after massacring 500 people in Gaza - mostly women & children. #GazaUnderAttack — Naziru Mikail (@nazirumikailu) July 20... more »

Biasless in Gaza, at the BBC with Roger Bolton?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
This week's *Feedback *dealt with the issue of BBC bias over the latest Israel-Palestinian conflict. First came two listeners from one side of the argument: My name's Jean Fitzpatrick and I live in London. I wish the BBC would give more time to hear the Palestinian voice, the Palestinian side, so it's not so much that it's only about Israel but we don't hear the Palestinian voice, the Palestinian situation. My name's Jenny Hardacre. I'm calling from Cambridge. The current coverage, I think it is very one-sided. I don't think they present the Palestinian perspective at all and t... more »

Blasphemy! Kerry Slips Up and Criticizes Israel

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 8 hours ago
If you have to five one thing to the babbling ass who is the sitting Secretary of State of the USA! USA! USA! he is certainly is consistent. During John "Skull and Bones" Kerry's five show whirlwind tour of the Sunday morning propaganda circuit to gin up support behind a coordinated campaign to frame Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday the man with the ongoing and incurable case of diarrhea of the mouth slipped up in the worst possible place - Fox News. Kerry has inflamed pro-Israel sentiment by daring to drop the prove... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 9 hours ago
*Saints 2014 training camp preview ~Ramon Antonio Vargas*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 9 hours ago
*St. Tammany parish flood control board nominees scarce ~Faimon A. Roberts* *Political Horizons: Congressional candidates not regular voters ~Mark Ballard* *New Orleans RTA firm unveils $3.5 billion, 30-year transit expansion vision ~Richard Rainey* *Portland cargo bike disaster drill: When Cascadia earthquake hits, city's bicyclists will deliver relief ~Oregonian* *White sugarcane aphids, making a mess in milo ~Elton Robinson, Delta Farm Press* *Lagunitas Coming to Louisiana ~The Beer Buddha*

Absolute Reason Why the U.S. could have been behind MH17 being shot down. U.S. was in conflict with Russia for Europe's Energy Needs

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 9 hours ago
The U.S. and the U.K. are calling on all the European countries to get behind Russian sanctions. They want the EU to stop using Russian energy, especially Gazprom. Hillary Clinton directly said the EU has to stop using Gazprom. The U.S. has been in a conflict with Russia to get the EU to import the U.S. energy, but the EU has had a stronger relationship with Russia for energy. Now it is

Missile Guidance System being smuggled into Ukraine in June intercepted in Finland. Won't say who going to. Ukraine shot down airliner in 2001 with BUK missile

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 9 hours ago
I have uncovered the fact that Finland intercepted a shipment of missile guidance systems being smuggled into Ukraine from Vietnam. They will not say who was the intended recipient in Ukraine. Ukraine shot down an airliner in 2001 with BUK 300 missile, first they denied it and then had to admit it. NATO had two airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) planes in the air at the time of

Federal Court Rules Against Huntsville's Segregated Caste System of Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
From Alternet, a clip: . . . . "The record in this case is not as clear as the Board suggests, and the fact that the district integrated the student bodies of many of its schools in the early 1970s does not automatically lead to the conclusion that the district does not currently operate a dual system," she wrote. She pointed out that not only were many schools still segregated, but the opportunity to take advanced classes also appeared linked to race. She noted testimony from a white mother who withdrew her child from a predominantly black high school because it offered fewer advan... more »

'Free Palestine!' World marches to protest Gaza victims

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
The BBC showed only a few SECONDS of the London march. And in Paris pro-Palestinian marches are now ILLEGAL. Be the Change! Donate Today! Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner

John Kerry's Sunday Morning Orgy of Bullshit

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 11 hours ago
The last time that Secretary of Skull and Bones John Kerry hit for the cycle on the Sunday morning “news” shows he was pushing a war on Syria that was based on shaky evidence that to this day has not been substantiated. Whirlwind John and his incurable case of diarrhea of the mouth appeared on all five of the Sabbath day feasts of bullshit that far too many Americans believe are credible discussion forums rather than the interlocked propaganda dispersal systems that they are in reality. Kerry was seeking to exploit the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over a war zone... more »

METRO EVENT | Beverly Baker Moore: Thorne’s 69th Birthday Bash to be social event of the year!

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 11 hours ago
So let’s raise a margarita to the old guy… and party like it’s 1969! By Beverly Baker Moore | The Rag Blog | July 20, 2014 Event: Thorne’s 69th Birthday Bash Place: Maria’s Taco Xpress Address: 2529 S. Lamar Blvd. … finish reading *METRO EVENT* | Beverly Baker Moore: Thorne’s 69th Birthday Bash to be social event of the year!

Retired Border Control Officer tells the truth about asymmetric warfare...a must see video

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*I don't believe he says anything a thinking person has not already figured out, but it's nice to be validated.* This really is a "need to see" video. It was posted on July 19th and already has over 31K views. H/T Clash Daily *Asymmetric warfare* is war between belligerents whose relative military power differs significantly, or whose strategy or tactics differs significantly. *Asymmetric warfare* can describe a conflict in which the resources of two belligerents differ in essence and in the struggle, interact and attempt to exploit each other's characteristic weaknesses. Such... more »

What Happened to the Malaysian Airliner?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Paul Craig Roberts Washington’s propaganda machine is in such high gear that we are in danger of losing the facts that we do have. One fact is that the separatists *do not* have the expensive Buk anti-aircraft missile system or the trained personnel to operate it. Another fact is that the separatists have no incentive to shoot down an airliner and neither does Russia. Anyone can tell the difference between low-flying attack aircraft and an airliner at 33,000 feet. The Ukrainians do have Buk anti-aircraft missile systems, and a Buk battery was operational ... more »

Ghost of Sunday Classics: When the night wind howls in the chimney cowls

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*With update, in which I actually include the texts and music for the meeting of the two Bad Barts* *Carole Round in the 1999 SavoyNet Performing Group Ruddigore* *DAME HANNAH* [*quoting the burning witch*]: "Each lord of Ruddigore, despite his best endeavour, shall do one crime, or more, once every day forever. This doom he can't defy, however he may try. For should he stay his hand, that day in torture he shall die!" [*We heard the story in full in this week's preview, "The Witch's Curse."*] *Gillian Knight (ms), Dame Hannah; Orchestra or the Royal Opera House, Covent Gardn, Isid... more »

Palestine vs. Israel: An Immoral Conflict Devoid of Balance

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Steven MacMillan *Activist Post* The recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza is the latest example of the lack of equilibrium in a conflict that has been intermittently fought since the establishment of Israel in 1948. Following the killing of 3 Israeli teenagers last month, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the 4th largest military on the planet to conduct air, land and sea attacks on the densely populated Gaza Strip, which has left over 340 Palestinians dead – 75% of which are civilians, compared to 5 Israelis killed. Netanyahu was quick to blame Hamas for th... more »

NSA Employees Get Off on Nude Pics Per New Snowden Interview

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 12 hours ago
Not that it is any great surprise considering the level of corruption and abuse of power that permeates the entire American system these days but one of the fringe benefits of the NSA snooping programs is the ability to gather and drool over amateur pornography and naked pictures to take the edge off of a boring day at work. In a new exclusive interview conducted by The Guardian with former government contractor turned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden the perusing of such personal and intimate material for fun is but one of the many bits of information discussed with the American ... more »

Masters of War and Hypocrisy

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
What a difference a body count makes. Over the weekend, a numerical tie was reached between the corpses littering a field of Ukrainian sunflowers and the corpses spread out within the Gaza outdoor prison. The temporary parity achieved was 298 people in each locale. The Ukrainian crash death toll is static, while the Gazan casualties keep piling up. Today alone, an additional 87 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers died. The plane crash victims have engendered the usual official outrage from government officials pretending to be capable of such a normal human emotion. Photos and lif... more »

(Zombie Country? At Least the Consensus) Bombshell Study:   America's Wealthy Even More Obscenely Rich Than Anybody Thought

Happy Midsummer's Nightmare! Or at least a Zombie Jamboree? In approaching this subject, let us first address the historical situation of the Obama administration. The task of museums, like that of history generally, is to document periods of great change. The task facing the makers of the Obama museum, however, will be pretty much exactly the opposite: How to document a time when

Livesay [Haiti] Weblog: Our eyes are open, but do we see?

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 12 hours ago
Livesay [Haiti] Weblog: Our eyes are open, but do we see?: I learned a while back that kids that grow up abroad can grow up with an entirely different experience than their parents. Th... more »

Asymmetric Warfare in Gaza: "The Gate of Hell has Opened"

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
"The gate of hell has opened" Mass runaways from Shijaia toward UNRWA centers of #Gaza! Courtesy: @Mohammed Y. Ismail Is the Israel/Palestine conflict a classic case of *Asymmetric warfare?* In his recent article, Asymmetric Warfare in Gaza, Paul R. Pillar, provides significant insights about the use of the term in relationship to the ongoing conflict and recent attacks: Perhaps the usual use of the term *asymmetric warfare* has contributed to warping our ability to evaluate what has been going on in this conflict...In major, glaring respects, however, this conflict is... more »

John Holdren: The Energy/Climate-Change Challenge & the Role of Nuclear ...

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 13 hours ago
John Holdren is President Obama's science advisor. ROD adams blog, ATOMIC insights, has recently carried a couple of posts, regarding nuclear proliferation avoidance. There are questions that can be raised about Holdren's account. For example a family of reactors that do not require enriched fuel exists. Holdren undoubtedly knows this. Such reactors, called CANDUs, would appear exempt from Holdrens proliferation concerns. Various methods of desposinf of so called nuclear waste, have been tested by scientists, and found viable. The choice of which method to use is a politics rather... more »

RIP James Garner

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Jimmy was one of my best friends growing up. Not that I ever met him or even came within a thousand miles of his physical presence. He had a unique screen power that made us friends for life. Rockford files on the pavement, twisting the Firebird 180 degrees to escape the goverment. The Rockford Files is my all time favorite show. James Rockford is one of my greatest life coaches. Once again a giant has left the set, never to be replaced, a insoluble loss to our culture.

New Aftermath Video of Gentle Giant, Eric Garner, Murdered by NYPD

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Daily Mail *Despite Garner's dire medical condition being apparent to the still-building crowd, many cops stand around casually talking with each other, some can even be heard laughing.* Be the Change! Donate Today! Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner

CNN: Death comes early in Gaza

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
CNN *Children and youth are often the victims of the violence in Gaza. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.* Be the Change! Donate Today! Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner

It's Sunday: You know what that means...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*Reaganite's SUNDAY FUNNIES* and *Silly Sunday at Woodsterman's place*

Prostitution Again

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
There seems to be a lot of rhetoric on both sides of the abolition/de-criminalization/legalization debate. Very often this rhetoric backs up some valuable insights. Personally, I can't see that I'd ever use the services of a prostitute. There's too much of coercion and desperation in that line of work. I can't even see myself getting a high-price "escort" (assuming I could afford it) because of the continuities between the exploited victims of human traffickers and the drug addicts and the confident, highly remunerated "lady of the evening." (Pornography; now THAT's a different mat... more »

Prepping As a Form of Personal Activism

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Gaye Levy Backdoor Survival There are some days when I feel as though I am out there in the world alone, fighting a battle that can not be seen or heard. The battle is one of preparedness and is one I endure day in and day out in spite of my best effort to step away and live a normal, middle class, mainstream life. I have given a lot of thought to this and even though I tell strangers that I am a “crazy old prepper lady”, in my heart of hearts I know that I am doing both myself and every other prepper-type a disservice by minimizing the importance of embracing preparedness a... more »

Police Play NSA: Warrantless Data Collection the New Normal?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
*ReasonTV* Sacramento sheriff's deputies have been playing NSA. They tool around town with suitcase-sized StingRay surveillance devices in their squad cars, scooping up cellphone data from whomever happens to be within a one-mile radius. The deputies have reportedly been doing their shady business without warrants, and dozens of law enforcement agencies nationwide may be doing likewise. But hey, what's the big deal? After all, the feds say it's OK. Visit Reason.com Be the Change! Donate Today! Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by Feed... more »

Netanyahu and Rahm Emmanuel Agree: Never Let a Crisis Go To Waste

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville While the world is focused on the questions surrounding the Malaysian flight that crashed in Ukraine on July 17 and the aftermath that will result from it, another campaign of genocide in a long list of campaigns of genocide is taking place in Gaza. After days of both air and sea-based military strikes against Palestinians living Gaza, Israeli tanks have crossed the border and are now pushing even deeper into the tiny sliver of land. According to Israeli military statements, Israel has called up 48,000 reserve troops as well as 18,000 additional soldiers... more »

Two Ways Bird Declines Are Linked to Chemical Pesticides

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Heather Callaghan *Activist Post* *Netherlands researchers fear the second coming of Silent Spring* "Neonicotinoids were always regarded as selective toxins. But our results suggest that they may affect the entire ecosystem," says Hans de Kroon of Radboud University and co-author of a study recently published in *Nature* journal. It's not just the bees. There are at least two ways that neonicotinoid pesticides dramatically affect the bird population. Neonicotinoids are growing in the world market to become the most widely used pesticides and are often used to treat seeds - ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Barack Obama claims the US has firm evidence that the plane was shot down by a missile, fired from an area controlled by anti-Kiev fighters. He also accuses Russia of supporting them. Nevertheless US president agrees to Putin's calls to conduct transparent investigation and says it's too early to say who and why shot down the plane. Ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern see the situation as isolation for President Poroshenko.

John Holdren: The Energy/Climate-Change Challenge & the Role of Nuclear ...

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 14 hours ago
John Holdren is President Obama's science advisor. ROD adams blog, ATOMIC insights, has recently carried a couple of posts, regarding nuclear proliferation avoidance. There are questions that can be raised about Holdren's account. For example a family of reactors that do not require enriched fuel exists. Holdren undoubtedly knows this. Such reactors, called CANDUs, would appear exempt from Holdrens proliferation concerns. Various methods of desposinf of so called nuclear waste, have been tested by scientists, and found viable. The choice of which method to use is a politics rather... more »

Former State Department Exec Calls E.O. 12333 a “Legal Loophole” for Spying on Americans

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
e-mail your rep *here* Rainey Reitman *Electronic Frontier Foundation* “What kind of data is the NSA collecting on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans?" That’s the question John Napier Tye, a former State Department section chief for Internet freedom, calls on the government to answer in his powerful op-ed published today by the *Washington** Post*. In it, Tye calls the NSA's surveillance operations abroad, conducted under Executive Order 12333, a threat to American democracy, stating that this power “authorizes collection of the content of communications, not ju... more »

The Purge: Anarchy PARODY

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
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MH17: Weathering the Propaganda Firestorm

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci The level of unsubstantiated propaganda being directed against Russia regarding the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has reached unprecedented lows. There is tangible desperation across Western media establishments, their political spheres, and within their corporate-financier funded policy think-tanks as they attempt to reassert their agenda and narrative not only upon the crisis in Ukraine, but upon the entire world as their weakening grip becomes apparent to all. The dangerous desperation emanating from the West follows the latest in a series of ... more »

NEA, SEIU, and Eli Broad

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
At the recent AFT and NEA coronations, there was news about new linkages with SEIU, whose former president, Andy Stern, had close ties with Broad, Gates, and Obama (Stern had a choice seat in the Obama box at the Inauguration Parade). Below is part of a post I did in 2007, a day or so after a big fund-raiser in Los Angles for charter chain, Green Dot Public [sic] Schools, Inc. To the left of Broad in the pic is Green Dot CEO and reliable attack dog, Steve Barr. To the right of Broad is his equally reliable poodle, Andy Stern. Broad coughed up $10 million that evening. *Green Do... more »

Hillary Tells EU to Use MH17 Tragedy to Find Alternatives to Gazprom (dollar dumping gas giant)

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Activist Post Ah, now the agenda is starting to make a bit more sense. Hillary Clinton doesn't want a good crisis to go to waste. She told Charlie Rose that her recommendation to the European Union is to take advantage of the shot-down MH17 tragedy to "Immediately accelerate efforts to find alternatives to Gazprom." Moscow-based Gazprom is the largest producer of natural gas in the world and one of the globe's largest companies. A few weeks back on June 26th they announced that they would settle contracts with China using yuan or rubles instead of dollars. This move came a... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Professor of Russian Studies Stephen Cohen (Princeton & New York University) on what this incident could mean for the region. His most recent article for *The Nation* magazine is "The Silence of American Hawks About Kiev’s Atrocities."

We Need Duffy's Emails

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
There has been a lot of public befuddlement -- including from Mike Duffy's lawyer -- as to why the senator has been charged with accepting a bribe, while Nigel Wright has been given a free ride. The official explanation seems to be that everything hangs on one word --"corruptly." To be convicted, Wright would have to have acted in a corrupt manner. It's a difficult standard of proof, because it assumes corrupt intention -- something which runs against the grain of Wright's public persona. He is seen as a man who sees, hears and does no evil. Michael Spratt writes that the decisio... more »

Peter King (R-NY) Knows More About Terrorism Than The Media Acknowledges

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Last night I came across a Newsmax article entitled Peter King: Harry Reid's Denial of 'Broken' Border Hampers Reform. We're not regular Newsmax readers around here, but... well, we're here to do it, so you don't have to. As you might expect, it was your typical, hypocritical Peter King diatribe. The first two-thirds of the piece focused on immigration, and it was funny to see King attempt to straddle the fence, so to speak. Before 2010, King was a hardliner on immigration who opposed any form of amnesty; now he’s taken a more conciliatory tone without appearing too accommodating, ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Court Rules Against Woman Challenging University’s Race-Based Admissions Standards* On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled against Abigail Fisher in her ongoing battle against the University of Texas at Austin for discriminating against her based on race. The court upheld the university’s admissions policy which uses racial and ethnic preferences to achieve “diversity” on campus. Texas adopted a plan in the mid-1990s that automatically admitted Texas students in the top 10 percent of their high school class to all state-funded universities. Following a ... more »

"Priorities of "human rights" protesters"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
Priorities of "human rights" protesters: http://youtu.be/SaLjLfT6Pl8

The Onion - Deadly Super Rainbow Tears Through West Coast - a rainbow looking for its stolen gold?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
in this neck of the woods i.e. Free Planet, is a big fan of 'the ability to tell it like it is' through SATIRE. Here's a new one (and destined to be a classic) from The Onion News Network: *Dozens in California are killed after a powerful Super Rainbow burns a trail of destruction across the state.* "Or is this merely a rainbow looking for its stolen gold?" Jesus Christ AD 12.

Long live the power pyramid - death to Free Planet - War World rules you scurvy dogs

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
| It seems that nothing is able to bring *HUMANITY* (the slave race of a ruling hierarchy) back from the brink. You've proven, time and time again, that a FREE PLANET of Creativity, Passion and Kinship just doesn't interest you. At all. Long live the power pyramid that crushes you because of your own ignorance. You won't be remembered when you're *ERASED IN THE NAME OF **PROFIT*. This will most likely be a WAR WORLD until the end of time. "You know, you're dead for a lot longer than you're alive."

Navy says farewell to the C-9 Skytrain II aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: C-9B Skytrain II]Ending its 41-year commitment to a workhorse aircraft, the U.S. Navy retired the last C-9B Skytrain II on June 28 to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group based in Tucson, Arizona. As of January, the Navy had four C-9B aircraft remaining in its inventory — one was retired in February and two were transferred to Marine Transport Squadron (VMR) 1 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, where they will continue service until replacement aircraft are purchased. In 2001, C-40A aircraft began replacing the C-9... more »

MC-27J ITAF test results

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MC-27J Spartan]ATK announced that the ATK and Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi have successfully completed the first phase of ground and flight testing of the fully configured multi-mission MC-27J tactical transport aircraft with the support of the Italian Air Force (ITAF). The series of tests exceeded all test objectives and demonstrated the accuracy of ATK’s side-mounted GAU-23 30mm cannon. The ITAF MC-27J aircraft was modified with an L-3 Wescam MX-15Di Electro-Optical and Infrared Turret mounted under the nose of the aircraft to support multi-mission applications such as a... more »

DPRK blasts Security Council's criticism of missile launches

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Skud tactical ballistic missile]The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will further build up its strength to protect itself if the UN Security Council fails to perform its duty in a fair and just manner, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. All military measures taken by the Korean People's Army, including firing tactical rockets, are the exercise of its right to protect the sovereignty and security of the country against the U.S. nuclear threat, the ministry said in a statement, which slammed a note released to the press by the UN Security Council that called th... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 20 hours ago
*Climate data from air, land, sea and ice in 2013 reflect trends of a warming planet; Increases in temperature, sea level and CO2 observed* *The Warmists at NOAA are clutching at straws here. 1). They say that just three countries in the Southern hemisphere had record high temperatures. But if it's GLOBAL warming, shouldn't the high temperatures have happened in more countries than that? Nothing in the Northern hemisphere? If a phenomenon is not global it is local and of no use in upholding Warmist dogma. There are plenty of local weather influences.2). And it's a wonder... more »

Greece To Spend EUR 1B on Army Modernization

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HS Kanaris (Elli class frigate)]Greek Defense Ministry is planning a large-scale modernization of the army which will cost a minimum of EUR 1B. Currently, the modernization program is up for consideration in the parliamentary defense committee. If approved, the plan will be launched by the end of July, according to local media, cited by Bulgarian private TV station BTV. A total of 36 M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems will be modernized. Another part of the funds will go for the transportation of American Oshkosh HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) from the US to... more »

Missile that downed MH17 is Indian Navy's primary defensive weapon

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: The 3S-90 missile launcher fires one of her 9M317 (SA-N-11, navalised SA-17) surface to air missiles during her sea trials]The missile that downed Malaysian Airlines' Flight MH 17 over Ukraine is also the Indian Navy's principal protective missile, defending its warships including the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, far out at sea. The Buk missile's naval variant the "Shtil", dubbed the SA-17 "Grizzly" by NATO, was inducted on board the three Russian-built Talwar class frigates beginning in 2003 and their follow-on class, the three Teg class frigates, beginning 2012. An... more »

USS Elrod back in Norfolk having completed its final deployment

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Elrod (FFG-55)]The frigate Elrod made her last homecoming Saturday morning having completed a final six-month deployment to 6th Fleet. The 29-year-old ship is to be decommissioned Jan. 30 and sold to a foreign military. The frigate shed its historic role of anti-submarine warfare and brought a Fire Scout detachment to provide unmanned surveillance to Africa Partnership Station off that continent’s western coast. The crew also teamed with the amphibious assault ship Bataan on June 6 to rescue 282 mariners from a small ship sinking near Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. It... more »

France secures $1.7b deal in Egypt to sell four naval frigates

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Gowind class corvette]France has secured its first major military contract in Egypt in about 20 years with a 1 billion euros (S$1.7 billion) deal to sell four naval frigates, a French diplomatic source said on Saturday. Paris and Cairo have enjoyed close economic ties in the past but turmoil in the north African state since former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted has left Western governments wary of signing contracts, especially in the defence sector. "We have good bilateral relations," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in Cairo after meeting Egyptian President... more »

CAG pulls up IAF for grounding AN-32 transport planes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: An-32 Cline]The Air Force was on Friday chided by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for an ‘avoidable expenditure’ of Rs 227 crore modernization programme of its 105 Soviet-origin An-32 transport aircraft and the grounding of over 50 percent of the fleet due to delay in creating upgrade facilities. The CAG in its report tabled in Lok Sabha said IAF procured 17 engines in 2007 and 100 engines in 2009 for the Antonv-32 transport fleet. "IAF had paid USD 719,500 (Rs 3.16 crore) per engine against the contract of June 2007, whereas, it had to pay USD 10,90,000 (Rs 5.43 c... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 21 hours ago
*Compassion and the Damage Done: Maximizing The Hurt of A Very Tragic Death ~Varg Vargus, The Chicory*

Rigged BBC audiences?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
Another group who have a habit of gathering outside BBC buildings to noisily protest against what they see as BBC bias are Scottish nationalists. They have held many a demonstration outside the BBC's headquarters in Scotland at Pacific Quay, Glasgow over the past year. Another protest will probably be on the way then if today's *Sunday Times* is anything to go by: *Better Together ‘tipped off’ on BBC debates* SCOTTISH nationalists have voiced fresh concerns about the BBC’s approach to the independence referendum, suggesting a production company organising debates for the corporat... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

"Grave Faults..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Only the following items should be considered to be grave faults: not respecting another's rights; allowing oneself to be paralyzed by fear; feeling guilty; believing that one does not deserve the good or ill that happens in one's life; being a coward. We will love our enemies, but not make alliances with them. They were placed in our path in order to test our sword, and we should, out of respect for them, struggle against them. We will choose our enemies.” ― Paulo Coelho, "Like the Flowing River"

Aristotle, Virtue And Elizabeth Warren

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The other day I visited my old campus-- Stony Brook-- for the first time in exactly 45 years. I was there to begin a relationship with a program that assists high school kids from financially strapped backgrounds envision themselves going to college and the succeeding in college. Great program! It's called EOP/AIM-- Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit. The kids in the program have a significantly higher rate of graduation than the general college population does. While I was talking to the students about my experiences at Stony Brook and how those exper... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“A man who has blown all his options can't afford the luxury of changing his ways. He has to capitalize on whatever he has left, and he can't afford to admit — no matter how often he's reminded of it — that every day of his life takes him farther and farther down a blind alley... Very few toads in this world are Prince Charmings in disguise. Most are simply toads... and they are going to stay that way... Toads don't make laws or change any basic structures, but one or two rooty insights can work powerful changes in the way they get through life. A toad who believes he got a raw deal... more »

"U.S. Complicity Brought Up to Date" in Israel's War Against Gaza

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Title: "U.S. Complicity Brought Up to Date" in Israel's War Against Gaza. Source: The Real News. Date Published: July 19, 2014. Description: Phyllis Bennis says the calls in Israeli for genocide against Gaza are not only coming from fringe elements in the political establishment

Special Report: Malaysian Flight False Flag Evidence Revealed.

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Less than 24 hours after the devastating attack that downed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, Neocons and their state-run media would have us believe the case is closed...before an investigation has even been launched. We break down the repetitive false-flag narrative. *You can visit our MH17 article archive here. **Poll: Who do you think shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17?* Be the Change! Donate Today! Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner

Ghost of Sunday Classics preview: The Witch's Curse

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Dame Hannah (Maya Stroshane) tells the impressionable young village bridesmaids the story of the Witch's Curse in Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan's 2010 Ruddigore.* *by Ken* We first pondered "The Witch's Curse," though at the time I wasn't able to enable you to *hear* it, in a June 2007 post called "'Laws? I don't obey no stinkin' laws!' Are Chimpy the Prez and his partner in crime 'Big Dick' Cheney blood brothers of the Bad Baronets of Ruddigore?," in response to a *Washington Post* report, "'Signing Statements' Study Finds Administration Has Ignored Laws." Right-wing scu... more »

I've Never Seen the Israel / Palestine Conflict Illustrated More Uniquely Than This

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
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“The Nightmare of Gaza Continues”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Nightmare of Gaza Continues” * by James Zogby “I can only imagine the horror in Gaza today as Israel intensifies its assault of that overcrowded, impoverished strip. It is a continuing nightmare story of pain and loss, of trauma and devastation. The heartbreaking numbers by themselves tell part of the story - with hundreds killed, thousands wounded, tens of thousands without homes, and now 600,000 without water. But the story of Gaza is more than these numbers and this current assault. Even in earlier times, Gaza could be a nightmare. In the early 1990's, I spent time in Ja... more »

David McReynolds : In opposition to Israeli actions, and to anti-Semitism

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
It is a grave error to attack Jews anywhere based on the actions of the Israeli government. By David McReynolds | The Rag Blog | July 20, 2014 In recent days there has been a flurry of anti-Semitic outbursts in … finish reading David McReynolds : In opposition to Israeli actions, and to anti-Semitism

Part Five. (A rational idea from Abu Marzouk?)

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Over at H/P, something that Mehdi and his supporters ought to consider, and reflect upon. Something I’ve wondered myself has allegedly been articulated by one member of Hamas, no less. Given that the conflict is becoming more intractable than ever, owing to the incitement instilled from cradle to grave through the Hamas/UNWRA education system - (I sometimes idly wonder whether Mahmoud Abbas is *really* a genuine partner for peace after all, and when he assures his people in Arabic that his peacemaking strategy is for the Western world only and all part of the ‘slow Jihad’, he’s on... more »

Part four. (Headache)

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
I saw an episode of Head to Head, Al Jazeera’s answer to .... I don’t know what, a kind of debate or something. The person in charge is Mehdi Hasan posing as Islam’s answer to Stephen Sackur. He must think of himself as a thoughtful interlocutor whose penetrating questions and mental agility will slay his opponent with one or two crushing blows. He is wrong. He comes across as a bully, a hypocrite; lazy of thought and shallow. The production gathers together an anti-Zionist mob - their version of our very own baying, smirking Question Time audience - well they would, wouldn’t t... more »

Part three (Incitement)

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Further to that horrendous demo outside the BBC against the BBC’s perceived pro-Israel bias, Douglas Murray has a serious piece on the Gatestone Institute blog. Behind their smiles and the increasingly competent public relations that the pro-Hamas faction is managing in Britain, it is possible for some people to forget that what brings these people out is one simple thing: a hatred of the Jewish state and a desire to see it annihilated by the terrorists of Hamas or anyone else at hand. There are those who will say this is a not-sufficiently-nuanced observation, that the motives of... more »

Breaking: Dan Markel, Florida State Law Professor and founder of the PrawfsBlawg, has died from a gunshot wound...w/Upate

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--* The Florida State University community is mourning the loss of a law professor who was shot and killed. According to an email sent out by the school to students, Dan Markel was taken to the hospital after being shot Friday. He died from his injuries Saturday morning. According to the Florida State University Law School website, Markel primarily taught criminal law. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 2001. Funeral arrangements will be made by his family in his hometown of Toronto. A memorial service is planned in Tallahassee for Sunday, July 20 at ... more »

Part two. (The one about Lyse Doucet)

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Another bit of footage we’ve been shown repeatedly on the BBC is Lyse Doucet’s response to the evacuation of families moving out of the way of potential bombardment or a possible IDF ground invasion. The IDF give out warnings against a background of heavy criticism from the sages in the media. Damned if you do damned if you don’t. The bit of film is on a loop, with Lyse’s voice-over telling us that people are fleeing, “but where are they supposed to go.... (what about the designated UNWRA camps?).... taking with them “as much as they can carry.” “True Too” has commented on it here... more »

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