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Monday, July 21, 2014

21 July - Blogs I'm Following

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skrashen at Schools Matter - 17 minutes ago
To the editor: Antonio Villaraigosa asks"Why are teachers unions so opposed to change?"(July 21). I would like to know why Mr. Villaraigosa is so opposed to learning the facts about American schools and the Common Core. Villaraigosa claims that American students do poorly compared to students in other countries on international tests and that the Common Core will help us do better. Is he aware that when researchers control for the effect of poverty, American scores on international tests are at the top of the world? Is he aware that our overall scores are unspectacular because ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 53 minutes ago
“Bright star Markab anchors this dusty skyscape. At the top right corner of the frame, Markab itself marks a corner of an asterism known as the Great Square, found within the boundaries of the constellation Pegasus, the flying horse. The wide and deep telescopic view rides along for some 5 degrees or about 10 times the angular diameter of the Full Moon, with blue reflection nebulae scattered around the scene. * Click image for larger size.* And even though this line-of-sight looks away from the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, it covers a region known to be filled with nearby molecular... more »

Goldman Sachs managing director, 39, found dead after kiteboarding accident

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 hour ago
*Goldman Sachs managing director, 39, found dead after kiteboarding accident* By DAILY MAIL REPORTER PUBLISHED: 21:24 GMT, 21 July 2014 | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 22 July 2014 A Goldman Sachs managing director has died following an apparent kiteboarding accident, police said. The body of 39-year-old Nicholas Valtz was found floating off Lazy Point in Napeague Harbor, Long Island, on Sunday. The amateur kiteboarder was still attached to his kite, while his gear was scattered in a grassy area of the harbor. Full article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2700515/Goldman-S... more »

Detroit: Water, Water, Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
There's a horrible drought in California and I'm going to rip out my lawn and replace it with a rock and cactus garden, as several neighbors and friends already have. The city even offers a cash incentive for doing so. There are also serious drought conditions on northern Texas, western Nevada and southeastern Colorado. But not in Detroit-- nor anywhere in Michigan or Ohio (which is closer to Detroit than lots of Michigan itself is). Plenty of water there... except for people to use. Well, not all people. Poor people are the ones who have no water-- tens of thousands of them. A f... more »

President "Ribbon Cutter" has another busy day ahead of him...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 hour ago
I really hate this "man"... H/T as always to *White House Dossier * *10:35 am ||* Meets with Apollo 11 representatives to recognize the 45th anniversary of the moonlanding *12:10 pm ||* Signs H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; South Court Auditorium *1:00 pm ||* Departs the White House *3:15 pm PDT ||* Arrives Seattle, Washington *5:05 pm PDT ||* Attends a DNC fundraiser; private residence, Seattle *6:00 pm PDT ||* Attends a fundraiser for Senate Democrats; private residence; Bellevue, Washington *7:25 pm PDT ||* Departs Seattle, Washington *9:10 pm PDT ||* Arrives... more »

Gaza Questions Confound State Department Spokesperson

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
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Robert Sutter Rocks on China

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
*Danger lurks behind every leaf.* Robert Sutter, the longtime US government Taiwan specialist, nails it in a brilliant piece saying, essentially, it's about time the US actually imposed some costs on China for its behavior. He then goes on to lay out some of the actions that the US can take. That the piece is at CSIS, a corporate establishment thinktank which usually advocates unicorns and rainbows for China, is even more impressive. The key point for us is the Taiwan part [emphasis mine]: 2)*Taiwan is an area of acute sensitivity for China; one where the United States has several... more »

Offended yet?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
Oops. Manurewa MP Louisa Wall and the South Auckland group Warriors of Change are offended. They’re offended by some year-old cartoons. Cartoons by Al Nisbet about the Government's breakfast in schools programme ran in The Press and the Marlborough Express in May last year. One depicted a group of adults, dressed as children, eating breakfast and saying: "Psst ... If we can get away with this, the more cash left for booze, smokes and pokies." The other depicted a family sitting round a table littered with Lotto tickets, alcohol and cigarettes and saying: "Free school food... more »

Brzezinski has harsh words for Israel, Tells Netanyahu he's 'making a very serious mistake'

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
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ISIS Using Bitcoin to Finance Terrorism?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
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Quick announcement from @ the Chalk Face radio show

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
In the meantime, get anything you need from the archive, 24/7.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face Tagged: at the chalk face radio, education reform

Russian Institute for Strategic Studies: NATO Is Attempting to “Revolutionize The Current World Order”

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Daniel Taylor The tense situation between Ukraine and the United States is outlined in a paper released earlier this month by theRussian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS). A week prior to the downing of Malaysian flight 17, the institute warned that the West “refuses to adhere to the principles and norms of international law and the rules and spirit of the existing system of international relations.” Much like the United States Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, RISS provides “…information support to the Administration of the President of the Russian Federati... more »

New World Disorder: Emerging Division Between East And West Threatens To Plunge The Globe Into Chaos

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Michael Snyder In general, over the last several decades the world has experienced an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity. The opening up of relations with China and the "end of the Cold War" resulted in an extended period of cooperation between East and West that was truly unique in the annals of history. But now things are shifting. The civil war in Ukraine and the crash of MH17 have created an enormous amount of tension between the United States and Russia, and many analysts believe that relations between the two superpowers are now even worse than they were during ... more »

"Hell: Exothermic or Endothermic?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
* "Hell: Exothermic or Endothermic?"* by Jonathan Turley "This answer to a college chemistry exam was sent to me recently and restores my faith in the new generation of college students. The answer was purportedly in response to the bonus question on a University of Arizona chemistry midterm: “Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?” Here is the student’s answer: First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely. I think... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Burden of Thinking”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“The Burden of Thinking”* by Chet Raymo "Let me speak for gray. Not black or white. Good or evil. Truth or falsity. Yes or no. Let me speak for maybe. Sort of. More or less. I think so. I am reluctant to speak for gray for fear of being considered wishy-washy. Indecisive. Unprincipled. But lately it seems as if we are surrounded on every side by zealots, and it's not a pretty sight. We are surrounded by people who are so certain of their Truth that they are willing to strap bombs to their chests and walk into crowded pizza parlors. Or fly airplanes into towers. Or bomb abortion... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Moultrie, Georgia, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Kahlil Gibran, "A Poet's Voice"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"A Poet's Voice"* by Kahlil Gibran “You are my brother, but why are you quarreling with me? Why do you invade my country and try to subjugate me for the sake of pleasing those who are seeking glory and authority? Why do you leave your wife and children and follow Death to the distant land for the sake of those who buy glory with your blood, and high honor with your mother's tears? Is it an honor for a man to kill his brother man? If you deem it an honor, let it be an act of worship, and erect a temple to Cain who slew his brother Abel. Is self-preservation the first law of Natur... more »

"A Thousand Disguises..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of life." ~ Carl Jung

The Poet: Sheenagh Pugh, “What If This Road”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“What If This Road”* “What if this road, that has held no surprises these many years, decided not to go home after all; what if it could turn left or right with no more ado than a kite-tail? What if its tarry skin were like a long, supple bolt of cloth, that is shaken and rolled out, and takes a new shape from the contours beneath? And if it chose to lay itself down in a new way; around a blind corner, across hills you must climb without knowing what's on the other side; who would not hanker to be going, at all risks? Who wants to know a story's end, or where a road will go?” ~ Sheenagh... more »

The eloquence baby boomers

Sandra Guzman at Sandra Guzman - 2 hours ago
It's been a while since I posted. Working on several projects. One of them, The Boomer List, comes out this fall. Stay tuned

At KIPP, "they wouldn't have desks at first" and then they are "chained to a desk 10 hours a day"

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
ob Andres bandres@ajc.com Detria Mills and Justin Campbell work on the floor with their fellow eighth-graders at a KIPP academy in metro Atlanta. Students get classrooms and desks when they demonstrate they have earned them by meeting their student goals.--AJC Last week Atlanta Public Schools picked former KIPPster, David Jernigan, as its new deputy superintendent. This decision should be concern for any parent in Atlanta Public Schools who aims to protect the health and human rights of children in Atlanta public schools. Jernigan was overseer of the Atlanta KIPP network of seve... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Many years ago while attending the University of Florida I got a part-time job working for a disabled woman. I'd do simple chores for her and go to the library to do research for her book on genocide that she was writing. Her basic premise was that genocide takes many forms - it wasn't just Hitler's ovens that killed the Jews. To help illustrate this point she needed a page from a particular book and I was to find and copy it for her. This important document was called the "Caloric Reduction Intake Schedule" for the Jews inside the Warsaw ghetto in Poland. I was stunned when I... more »

Do You Back Candidates Because They're The Same Color Or Religion As You Are?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
If you read *DWT* much, you know how much we distrust identity politics around here. Voting for someone because they are the same religion or ethnicity of gender, etc seems kind of primitive and politically immature. I always thought it should be about character and policy. I was very happy last week when People for the American Way endorsed Stanley Chang for the Honolulu-based congressional seat that Hanabusa gave up and I had been very happy a couple months before that to see the Congressional Progressive Caucus endorse him. Stanley is, hands down, the most progressive of the 7 ... more »

MH-17 changed course over Poland- Why? How could MH370 have been lost?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
*A couple of images that really got me wondering?* *And another question that is really bugging me? * *It looks to me the course change that sent MH-17 over a war zone took place in Poland?* *Why?* *We know Poland is embedded with NATO...* *Had this course change not taken place in Poland. MH17 would not have been in position for a take down* *So, what took place over Poland that would cause MH-17 to change course* *First image BBC* *Second image* *It's very, very, very clear that MH-17 changed course in Poland. Why?* *Does NATO have something to do with this?* BRUSSELS, July 18. ... more »

Capitalism vs. crony capitalism

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
*Guest post by Richard Ebeling* In the minds of many people, the term “capitalism” carries the idea of unfairness, exploitation, undeserved privilege and power, and immoral profit making. What is often difficult to get people to understand is that this misplaced conception of “capitalism” has nothing to do with real free markets and economic liberty, and laissez-faire capitalism, rightly understood. During the dark days of Nazi collectivism in Europe, the German economist, Wilhelm Röpke(1899-1966), used the haven of neutral Switzerland to write and lecture on the moral and econom... more »

A July 21, 2014, Update on Common Core, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 3 hours ago
On Sunday, July 20, 2014, I took the day off from writing. No book editing; no blogging. I think I have done so only for one other day since May. Instead, I read a book for the sheer enjoyment of reading. I chose my all-time favorite, a work of fiction by C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce. […]


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Israeli snipers have been caught on camera firing upon a Palestinian civilian of Gaza while he searches for relatives among the rubble of his city. He is surrounded by medics and international volunteers who are supporting the search, and bear witness to his shooting. He is shot first in the hand. While he writhes in shock and pain, and the others are frozen in fear, the sniper fires a second shot which appears to be near fatal – his hands flailing intermittently. Finally, a third shot appears to kill him. This is a war crime. - There are more than 5 million Palestinian re... more »


When CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview on Sunday what his exit strategy from Gaza is, Netanyahu replied: “Sustainable quiet. I mean we didn't seek this escalation, Hamas forced it on us. They started rocketing our cities, steadily increasing the fire”. The implication here is clear. Netanyahu is saying that Hamas started the present round of violence between the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and Israel by lobbing rockets into Israel. The suggestion is that Hamas simply started firing rockets into Israel in order to provoke the Israe... more »

Once again I've run into a censored embeded video. Who would not want you to see it? In any event you will have to go to the original to play the video. Use the link below. It's not what you see on TV.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 4 hours ago
------------------------------ *MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014* Breaking: In Latest Attack on Gaza Medical Site, IDF Shells al-Aqsa Hospital; 5 Dead, Dozens Hurt http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/21/breaking_in_latest_attack_on_gaza Topics * Gaza, Israel & Palestine* Guests *Dr. Mads Gilbert*, Norwegian doctor providing medical assistance in Gaza. He recently recently submitted a report to the United Nations on the state of the Gaza health sector in 2014, titled "Brief Report to UNRWA: The Gaza Health Sector as of ... more »

make love, not war

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Loyal, but why?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
If the saccharine-sound of Dave Dobbyn singing Loyal makes your teeth grind, there might be more to your loathing than just the awful nasal whine. It might be that loyalty, in the way he whines about it, is not the value it could be, or – given how popular the sappy song is – people think it is, or would like it to be. Loyalty is a sub-species of integrity – a reflection of consistency between your principles and your actions. Psychologist Michael Hurd reckons however that, very often, we choose sports teams, friends, even lovers on the basis only of vague or unidentified feelings... more »

Huh? Why are they trying to hide Glenn Greenwald in the first place?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*by Ken* Okay, so this morning I had an e-mail from Amazon hawking a bunch of books, and right there at the top is this book called *No Place to Hide Glenn Greenwald*. To be honest, I hadn't even been aware that anyone was trying to hide Glenn G, or for that matter that anybody was looking for him. (I often find myself kind of out of the loop.) Still, I figured that this whole business of finding, or at least looking for, lost stuff is right up my alley, and maybe I could help. However, let me make two things clear at the outset: (1) I don't know who it is who's trying to hide Gl... more »

How the Welfare State begins …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
[image: image] Hat tip Power Line: ‘The Morals of the Welfare State’ Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Germany, France and Britain have threatened Moscow with sanctions over the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine. Shortly after the tragedy headlines blaming Russia have appeared in scores of publications across Europe. For more analysis on this RT is joined by British labor politician and former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

Picture of Food

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
Its not exotic but it is photogenic. If I get enough likes I will post more.


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
trinity test radio bikini


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Post by AntiMaidan l Say NO to fascism.

Quote of the day: “For every rocket fired on Israel, Hamas gets two in return…”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
“For every rocket fired on Israel, Hamas gets two in return. Gazans just have to listen to Israel when it warns them of attacks by phone, leaflets, radio or the final roof- knocking warning and get away from Hamas. So if you paid attention in elementary school math class, you’d know that if Hamas fired 0, Israel would fire 0×2=0.” He adds, “If Israel still fires rockets without provocation, I’ll be pro-Palestinians as well.” - Farid el-Nasire, co-creator of the Israel Under Attack programme, quoted in ‘Where'd that rocket come from? New site shows you’ Content is copyright ... more »

The Blue Rose

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Peter Straub who has been lauded had not been lauded enough. The protagonist of the Blue Rose trilogy solved crimes from newspaper clippings. There is a very good chance I am confused about the author and the timeline. However my point is still sublime. People used to solve crimes by reading newspaper headlines. Today we are far past that. Indeed it is not so easy because the printed pages contain so little truth. This makes the task of an internet detective so vermouth. So much information and all conflicting with everyone certified as truth. Someone is not speaking that but it... more »

“Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Nation Apparently Believed in Science at Some Point”* By Andy Borowitz MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—”Historians studying archival photographs from four decades ago have come to the conclusion that the U.S. must have believed in science at some point. According to the historian Davis Logsdon, who has been sifting through mounds of photographic evidence at the University of Minnesota, the nation apparently once held the view that investing in science and even math could yield accomplishments that would be a source of national pride. While Logsdon has not developed a complete t... more »

Gaza Protests Around the World - July 2014

Alison at Creekside - 7 hours ago
. Sixty or so pix of Free Gaza protests from all over the world including Israel. There's a lot more of course but here's rather more than I'm seeing from our nervous media who continue to nervously cling to the fiction that the occupied and the occupier are somehow equal combatants in "cutting the grass". Meanwhile, Steve is now standing around up to his armpits in fire and water with Netanyahu and the Israeli rightwingnuts in his coalition, who have just today shelled a Gazan hospital *for the third time in a week*, thus ensuring that even more enraged and dispossessed Gazan youn... more »

Hurry up and wait

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Guest Post* [image: Image: National Park Service]Here's a story you can tell the next time someone says America needs immigration reform. It's the story of Norma Uy from the Philippines. Back in the '80s, millions of men, women, and children from around the world illegally entered the U.S. But Uy didn't want to go that route. So 33 years ago, Uy got in line. That is, she started the legal process to enter the United States. It took a long time, but she didn't want to carry the stigma of an illegal alien in America, even though President Reagan could have granted her amnesty if ... more »

Blame Obama for the Shooting Down of MH17

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 7 hours ago
As one of the heroes of the neocons, President Harry Truman famously put it: *"the buck stops here"* and in the frenzy to blame the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over a freaking war zone on Thursday (what the hell was it doing there?) on the reviled and demonized Vladimir Putin our pathetic excuse for a media is blaming the wrong president. The responsibility for the loss of the lives of the passengers of that ill-fated jetliner can be parked directly at the foot of US President Barack H. Obama for it was he who signed off on the series of events that culminated ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

“Undocumented iOS Functions Allow Monitoring of Personal Data, Expert Says”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Undocumented iOS Functions Allow Monitoring of Personal Data, Expert Says”* *"Backdoor" can be abused by gov't agents and ex-lovers to gain persistent access.* by Dan Goodin "Apple has endowed iPhones with undocumented functions that allow unauthorized people in privileged positions to wirelessly connect and harvest pictures, text messages, and other sensitive data without entering a password or PIN, a forensic scientist warned over the weekend. Jonathan Zdziarski, an iOS jailbreaker and forensic expert, told attendees of the Hope X conference that he can't be sure Apple enginee... more »

Message to John Minto

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Message from Pat Condell to John Minto, Martin Bradbury, Annette Sykes et al … … and, to my surprise, echoed somewhat by Bill Maher: Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

What Is Sustainable — The Interview Video

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 7 hours ago
It is with great honor that I announce the premier of the What Is Sustainable video. It's 27 minutes, and rated PG. Fetch the popcorn! http://peakmoment.tv/videos/what-is-sustainable-271/ Much gratitude to Robin and Janaia, for their fine work at PeakMoment TV.

Message to John Minto

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Message from Pat Condell to John Minto, Martin Bradbury, Annette Sykes et al … … and, to my surprise, echoed somewhat by Bill Maher: Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Less emoting more reporting

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Instead of wall-to-wall footage of Lyse Doucet interviewing people like Dr. Belal Al-Dabour who celebrated at the thought of an abducted Israeli soldier, and the notorious Hamas supporting Doctor Mads Gilbert and tearfully showing us round hospitals, (Lyse, remember what happened to Barbara Plett, sniff sniff?) What fate awaits those that blub on the beeb? ...as well as ‘emoting for reporting,’ what about telling us something we don’t know as well. News about, say, the extent and purpose of Gaza tunnels. “soldiers discovered there was an underground Gaza just like there was an a... more »

War and Sociology

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Sociology is a wonderful thing. As the discipline that busies itself with the analysis of social relations you can find it burrowing into everything. It's like the internet. If you can imagine it, sociology's already had a look. Yet some things tend to get looked at more than others. One of these, according to Hans Joas is war. What is it good for? Not ground-breaking leaps in theory and technique, it would seem. War is as extreme a social phenomenon you can envisage. It is the outbreak of sustained collective violence under the direction of a state or semi-state institution against... more »

Crucial Primary In Hawaii-- August 9

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Down in every poll, unable to get even a single woman senator to endorse her rotgut campaign against progressive Senator Brian Schatz, corrupt New Dem Colleen Hanabusa is eager to talk about anything other than her record in Congress because her record is so awful. She's talks more about what she did in the state Senate than about doing anything in Congress. That's because she hasn't *done* anything in Congress-- at least not for her constituents. Although she's always at the front of the line when corporate lobbyists are handing out their greasy checks, she's a quintessential bac... more »

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
h/t Phrases.Org.Uk: *There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics* This quotation is often attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th century British Prime Minister. The source for this view is the autobiography of Mark Twain, where he makes that attribution. Nevertheless, no version of this quotation has been found in any of Disraeli's published works or letters. An early reference to the expression, which may explain Twain's assertion is found in a speech made by Leonard H. Courtney, (1832-1918), later Lord Courtney, in New York in 1895: 'After all, facts are f... more »

MUST SEE: An Honest Israeli Soldier Speaks

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 9 hours ago
*ICYMI: Good stuff from Jimmy Graham ~Mike Triplett, ESPN* *From Shul to Shrimp: Who Dat Jew Dat in New Orleans ~Anne Cohen and Sigal Samuel* *Boats get no safe harbor when hurricanes approach ~Chad Caulder The Advocate* *Painted utility boxes transform Lakeview streets into an art gallery ~Jaclyn Kelly, WWL * *WWNO Sweeps Press Club Of New Orleans Radio Awards* *1934 Louisiana Lomax Recordings Now Available Online ~WWOZ*

(We Are An Empire - We Do What We Please?) Will Admission of Blatant Lies Spell End of American Empire? (Or Will U.S. Hug Violence Embrace Tighter?) Sanctions and Airliners

With at least 24% of the people of the world believing that the U.S. is “the greatest threat to peace in the world today,” isn't it time to put an end to the idea of the conquering American Empire? People Are Mobilizing to Finally Put an End to the Disastrous U.S. Empire By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers July 21,2014 The historian who chronicles US Empire, William Blum, issued his 130th

Christian Holocaust Underway In Iraq! MSM Blackout! [Video]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
* For Iraq's Christians the Genghis Khan era represents the good old days. Genghis Khan didn't discriminate between Christian, Muslim, and Jew, he killed everyone in his path.* *1. An excerpt from, "ISIS Forces Last Iraqi Christians to Flee Mosul" by Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, July 18, 2014:* By 1 p.m. on Friday almost every Christian in Mosul had heard the Sunni militants’ message — they had until noon Saturday to leave the city. Men, women and children piled into neighbors’ cars, some begged for rides to the city limits and hoped to get taxis to the nearest Christian vill... more »

Israeli War Crime: Video Shows Sniper Killing of Wounded Gaza Civilian

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
Global Research Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada A video has emerged of the targeting and killing by a sniper of a Palestinian civilian in Gaza City’s Shujaiya neighborhood where Israeli shelling killed dozens of civilians and caused massive destruction early on Sunday morning. The video, documenting a war crime, was uploaded to YouTube by the International Solidarity Movement, which described the incident in a 20 July press release : The Israeli military just shot a Gazan man trying to reach his family, during an announced ceasefire. He was with a group of municipality w... more »

“The Stealing of America by the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“The Stealing of America by the Cops,* * the Courts, the Corporations and Congress”* By John W. Whitehead “What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.” - Author Tom Clancy “Call it what you will—taxes, penalties, fees, fines, regulations, tariffs, tickets, permits, surcharges, tolls, asset forfeitures, foreclosures, etc.—but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the government and its corporate partners is theft. We’re operating in a topsy-turvy Sherwood F... more »

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
Heather Callaghan Based on the sheer amount of research studies available dating back to the 1950s on the association between industrial chemicals and neurobehavioral disorders - it makes sense that more recent studies are finally starting to emphasize the chemical/neurodevelopmental disorder connection. That is, additional links to keynotes seen in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ADHD symptomology. Many agricultural pesticides are, after all, neurotoxic - that's how they work on eradicating the intended pest. While regulatory and corporate entities continue to espouse t... more »

Kiev Attacks Donetsk, Headquarters for MH17 Response

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci Reuters reported that the NATO-backed regime in Kiev has launched an offensive on the eastern city of Donetsk, Donetsk province. In its article, "Fighting erupts in Ukraine as crash investigators arrive," Reuters states: Ukrainian army tanks were reported to be launching an assault to break pro-Russian rebels' hold on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday in the first major outbreak of hostilities in the area since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week. A separatist leader said Ukrainian government forces were trying to break into Donetsk and ... more »

Ron Paul History Lesson Flashback: ‘Israel Created Hamas’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
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Arizona Charter, Heritage Academy, Teaching the Benefits of Slavery for African Americans

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
From Atlanta Black Star: A charter school in Arizona has come under fire after it was revealed the school is using controversial books that suggest slavery was actually beneficial for African-Americans. Despite the backlash, the school’s principal is defending the use of the texts in the classroom, claiming that the school is not purposefully trying to change the students’ religious and political views. The school decided to make *The 5,000 Year Leap* and *The Making of America* required reading for senior students at Mesa-based Heritage Academy. Cleon Skousen, a conservative autho... more »

The Mainstream Media’s Blind Spot in Gaza

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton Someone recently asked, “If my neighbor next door shoots my neighbor across the street, does that give my neighbor across the street the right to come shoot me?” If someone’s corrupt government does something horrible, are all of its citizens, right down to the infants, to be held responsible? Votes seem to matter very little in the modern world. How would you feel if another country invaded and tried to kill you and everyone you know — all because of what your horrible government does? You aren’t in charge of those rockets. You aren’t in ch... more »

MH17 Show and Tell: It's the West's Turn

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci Russia has now shown its satellite pictures and radar information from the Donetsk, Ukraine region during the July 17, 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash. The Wall Street Journal reported in its article, "Russia Presents Its Account of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash," that: Russia's Defense Ministry on Monday presented its first detailed account of the final moments of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, saying Russian radar had spotted a second aircraft in the vicinity shortly before the crash and that satellite imagery showed Ukraine had moved missile ... more »

Intelligence Whistleblower: US Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shot Down MH17

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
*Paul Joseph Watson* Award winning former Associated Press reporter Robert Parry has been told by an intelligence source that the United States is in possession of satellite imagery which shows that Ukrainian troops were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Visit PrisonPlanet.com *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

Bill Maher Channels Alex Jones on Police State

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
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...and statistics

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
I have been asking myself this question. If the situation were reversed would I do the same? Would I produce a body count to bolster my position? And I’d have to say that yes, I probably would do something similar. Not flaunt the images as the Palestinians and supporters of the Palestinians do, but perhaps I might use the casualties to amplify a defensive position. Of course the present situation could never be reversed for reasons too numerous to state here, but we don’t have to *imagine* a case in reverse where the death toll, at least, was disproportionate. We have a ready-made ... more »

Update on the Save the Clinic Campaign

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
All along, the fundraising campaign by Reproductive Justice New Brunswick was nothing more than a stop-gap, intended to ensure the continuing possibility of an abortion clinic that accepted self-referring patients. Having hit the initial goal of $100,000 last week, yesterday they announced they're raising their sights in order to buy necessary equipment. The words "Thank you" don't feel big enough to express the gratitude that we at Reproductive Justice New Brunswick are feeling right now. To surpass our original goal in the first 2 weeks of our campaign? There are no words! Thank ... more »

What makes a good economist?

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 12 hours ago

Lies, damned lies......

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
I’ve been thinking about images of dead babies. In November 2012 I wrote a piece called War Porn. *“**At the first sign of trouble, simply whip out an image, verbal, visual or subliminal, of a Palestinian baby, and you’ve won your own little war.” * I said that then, and now I have to say it again. Cast your mind back to Question Time, November 2012. Operation Pillar of Cloud/Defense. Owen Jones was on the panel, and the Israel question came up. He delivered a lengthy unchallenged and uninterrupted rant devoted to castigating Israel, firstly for the disproportionate number of Pale... more »

Crown Prosecutor's Duty

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
*R. v. Hurd,* 2014 ONCA 554: [32] Crown prosecutors are advocates who are expected to act rigorously but fairly, persuasively but responsibly. A criminal prosecution takes place within the parameters of an adversarial system. As Moldaver J.A. emphasized in *Clark*, at para. 126, a murder prosecution is not a tea party: "both sides [are] entitled to press their case and put their best foot forward." [33] On the other hand, as noted by this court in *R. v. Henderson* (1999), 44 O.R. (3d) 628 (C.A.), at p. 638, Crown counsels' role is unique given their role as "ministers... more »

New Gig

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 12 hours ago
If you are interested in my writings on sports-related matters, you can now find me over at Sporting Intelligence, run by the brilliant Nick Harris. I have recently completed an evaluation of World Cup predictions and just today have a piece up on doping in sport. Comments and suggestions always welcomed.

About vicars

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
"Male vicars (as opposed to women vicars whose gender predisposes them to ‘listen to people’) are frequently waiting to fill the first moment of silence with their own intellectual offerings” said the father of a female vicar on Sunday Live. (roughly) It was a negative comment about the latter, but still, in the absence of debate all we can do here on this blog is fill space with offerings. We’re not even vicars. Anyway that made me think of a vicar I admire, Canon Andrew White “The Vicar of Baghdad” and I wonder how he’s doing now.

Russia Proving Ukraine shot down MH17, not through Propaganda but through irrefutable satellite images of Military jet and missile systems

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 12 hours ago
All the propaganda coming out of the U.S. and Ukraine, along with the U.K. and Australia regarding Russia separatist are the ones who shot down MH17. Russia is now proving that the information released about a Ukrainian military jet was there by MH17 when it went down is correct and the fact that Ukraine had BUK missile systems set up where the plane was shot down. Russia has released

Netroots Nation-- What Next?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
I don't know a lot about Netroots Nation and I've never been to one, although everyone else from Blue America usually goes and generally speaks well of it. I always thought Markos from Daily Kos was the founder and owner. But over the weekend I read a post he wrote about next year:, Netroots Nation is going to Arizona, Daily Kos is not. That provoked an evolving discussion of Netroots Nation both at Kos and among progressive bloggers in general. And it certainly went beyond Markos' complaints about Arizona's anti-immigrant posture. Our old pal, author Dave Neiwert, summed up a lot... more »

Sunnis In Baghdad Fleeing Militias And Harassment By Iraqi Security Forces

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Iraq is suffering through yet another internal refugee crisis. Previous to the current insurgent offensive there were over 1 million Iraqis who lost their homes during the civil war period and never returned. Now there is another wave of internally displaced, which started with the fighting in Anbar in January, and increased after the fall of Mosul in June. The majority of these new refugees come from Anbar, Ninewa and Salahaddin. In the midst of this new crisis several thousand families have fled Baghdad province. Most of these Iraqis appear to be Sunnis that are fleeing random a... more »

Easy Custom Pinboards for Doctor Who Fans

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 13 hours ago
Hi again! Lorene here, the blogger formerly known as just Lu. (The blog is still there, but the blogger isn't as often :)) If you've been reading Housewife Eclectic for many moons, you might remember me from my Wednesdays on the Web posts back in the day. But this time, I'm here to share some fun projects with you to give Debra a little break and some time to snuggle that sweet baby girl! Up today: super easy, customizable pinboards. Yup, real-life pinboards, not the Pinterest kind. Make them for whoever -- I highly recommend your favorite Whovian :) *How to Make Custom Mini Pinbo... more »

MH17 Show & Tell: It's the West's Turn

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 14 hours ago
*July 21, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Russia has now shown its satellite pictures and radar information from the Donetsk, Ukraine region during the July 17, 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash. The Wall Street Journal reported in its article, "Russia Presents Its Account of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash," that: *Russia's Defense Ministry on Monday presented its first detailed account of the final moments of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, saying Russian radar had spotted a second aircraft in the vicinity shortly before the crash and that satellite imagery showed Ukraine ha... more »

Supplemental: Award-winning series postponed!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014* *The Houses of Journalist County:* Do Bill and Hillary Clinton have too much cash? Too many fancy houses? Last month, these questions arose, prompted by a Q-and-A involving Diane Sawyer. During a thoroughly pointless interview with Hillary Clinton, the famous broadcaster popped these questions: SAWYER (6/9/14): Tonight Hillary Clinton, 66 years old, lives on a schedule almost as taxing as a campaign tour. She and her husband, thanks to some big spenders, including Wall Street companies, are no longer the couple struggling for money. Reportedly, they can char... more »

The Fall of Iraq - What You Aren't Being Told

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
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ISIS Leader a Confirmed CIA Puppet

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
NSA documents add more detail to plan to destabilize Middle East *by KURT NIMMO | INFOWARS.COM | * *Editor’s note: The validity of the document mentioned below cannot be verified due to the exclusivity of the Snowden cache. Cryptome sent a letter to various sources in possession of the documents, including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Barton Gellman, Laura Poitrias, Glenn Greenwald, ACLU, EFF and others demanding an accounting. The allegation about ISIS and al-Baghdadi, however, pairs up with other information demonstrating ISIS is an inte... more »

Because Happiness is Greater Than Any of Life's Obstacles: 'Yes We Can Be Happy, Yes We Are From Gaza'

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
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President "Ribbon Cutter" spends the weekend at Camp David to enjoy some "family time"...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*except he spent Sunday on the golf course at Fort Belvoir.* *Cocky long-legged mack daddy* *in his natural habitat* Wow, with a schedule like his, the August 9th annual vacation to Martha's Vineyard can't come fast enough. Wonder what his wife and kids were doing on Sunday. Word has it that he failed to recognize his eldest daughter last time he saw her. America, are you tired yet of him rubbing your noses in his armpit? *Weekend Must-Read: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist * Perfectly describes just about every libtard I ever met.

“No new federal spending” Equals “This really doesn’t matter”

plthomasedd at @ THE CHALK FACE - 14 hours ago
“No new federal spending” Equals “This really doesn’t matter”. via “No new federal spending” Equals “This really doesn’t matter”.Filed under: PAUL THOMAS: Becoming Radical

Every 300th day in the bulk of a solar cycle is sunspot-free

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
*...they are not that rare...* The Daily Mail is the most influential source that wrote that Why has the sun gone quiet? ------------------------------ Scientists baffled as sun spots disappear during peak period of solar activity Surely it must be a miracle that days without any sunspots began last week, inside the Solar Cycle 24. This shouldn't happen, should it? The Sun is going to be turned off, or at least an ice age is coming. But is it? Should we be stunned? To answer the question, I downloaded the SIDC daily sunspot numbers from a website. Between January 1820 and June 20... more »

Back from vacation to crowdsource a problem with school enrollment

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 15 hours ago
Help. My elementary school in a low-income part of Washington, DC needs its community to enroll its children in school. Otherwise, we’re going to have a problem. In previous weeks, and in weeks to come, myself and others are canvassing surrounding neighborhoods to ensure that students are enrolled in school. Previously, I’ve called this “predatory […]

NEW KIDS ON THE LAWN: The intellectual legacy!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 hours ago
*MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014* *Part 1—What Dowd leaves behind:* The generation of pundits now leaving the stage leaves behind a truly appalling intellectual legacy. They’re the gang who invented “invented the Internet.” Before that, they invented the Whitewater “scandal.” (They gave that famous name—Whitewater—to a whole political era. To this day, can you explain what Bill Clinton is or was alleged to have done wrong?) Their technical incompetence is a thing to behold. Beyond that, they’ve been in thrall to big-money interests for as long as they’ve been in control. Why do we America... more »

Just some links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
Typhoon to make landfall on Wednesday. Typhoon track as of noon on Monday. Central Weather Bureau typhoon link. _____________ *Daily Links*: - Explanation of the Point System for foreigner grads of local universities to find local jobs: Winkler. Note that last line has useful translation. - SOAS roundtable on Sunflower movement - Bill Hayton with another strong piece on China's bizarro-world claims to the South China Sea - Forbes on the Confucius Institutes - Local Vietnam government to compensate big Taiwan steel firm _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't mi... more »

nina paley looks at the Middle East Conflict

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
Its a fantastic animation that really made me (and others see video below) thinkaboot it. Editors Note: At this time in history I am on the side of Israel. That is not to say I or even most Jews support everything they do. I just do not know what other choice they have? I have a solution but it makes to much sense to implement.

Sabotaging Responsible Government

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
www.nationalpost.com/ Over at *ipolitics*, Andrew Mitrovica asks,"Is Mulcair just another Harper with a beard?" It's an important question, given the evolution -- some would say devolution -- of the New Democratic Party. There is a nomination battle unfolding in British Columbia. Officials at party headquarters have banned Paul Manly from seeking the party nomination in Nanaimo-Ladysmith: This fracas is instructive for a number of reasons. The prickly issue, however, at the core of the dispute – that... more »

Gazan to Netanyahu- Thanks monster, my life is ruined. MH17 spin/sanctions/BRICS bank

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*No, post title is not a real headline. It's fictional. Like most mainstream media content * *But, it could be very real? When applied to Mr Putin, of course* *This is a rambling post.... * *You may not think so, but, all these subject are intertwined* *Gaza, MH17, Sanctions, BRICS, spin and perception management so let's get started * *Seen this news today?* In a grief-stricken open letter that went viral after being posted on social media sites, he signed off as "Hans de Borst – whose life is ruined". In my opinion. And this may be controversial. No grief stricken father or mother... more »

I Always Thought Every Band Should Cover A Bob Dylan Song, Especially "With God On Our Side"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Last week, as you may have read (here and here), I spent time out at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where I haven't been since graduating in 1969. That's 45 years ago and I literally didn't recognize a single thing about the campus, at least not physically. One moment that did ring a bell however, was when one of the administrators asked me if I'm an atheist. The administrators back in the '60s probably had every reason to think so, since atheism has always been part of tearing down the Establishment, something I've always had a penchant for, and certainly gave pr... more »

Recommending Oldephartte Blog

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
Suburb Photo Credit Sergiu Bacioiu Years ago my go to source for news was the Drudge Report. After a decade of chases his links I realized I was being groomed. Then I moved to the Huff Puff, but the Canadian Edition is run by a right winger. Lately my world view is mostly informed by reading it.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*The $2 Million Teacher* *Teachers Pay Teachers lets educators reassert their professionalism—and earn big bucks* When Paul Edelman was working as a middle school teacher in New York City during the early '00s, his school gave him none of the lesson plans, handouts, and workbooks necessary for running a classroom. "When school ended at 3 p.m., it was really just the beginning of my workday," says Edelman. He says his first year was "brutal," and his second and third years were only marginally better. Edelman's experience is hardly unique; many young teachers burn out in part beca... more »

Asymmetric Warfare Everywhere

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
*VS* The illegal immigration crisis on the US southern border is seen in the video below as warfare. I guess the enemy is the poor and huddled Central American masses. George W Bush and the Banana Republicans for reasons unknown created the child crisis by changing the law. Every person arrested in the drug war is a Asymmetric warrior because the cost of imprisonment weakens the enemy. Bottom line he does not understand Asymmetric warfare. He equates it with guerrilla warfare. They are two different things. Anyway its a fascinating video with a look into the Republican mind, wi... more »

Putin calls for an end to conflict in Ukraine as pressure builds on Moscow

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
*Full transcript:* In connection with the terrible tragic events that happened in the skies over Donetsk, I would like to explain once again Russian attitude to events that are taking place in Ukraine. We have repeatedly called on all parties of the conflict to immediately stop the bloodshed and sit down at the negotiating table. We strongly believe that if military action in the East of Ukraine was not renewed on the 28th of June, this tragedy most likely wouldn’t have happened. However, no one should have the right to use this tragedy to pursue egoistic political aims. S... more »

Do I Have Workplace Rights If I Work In An Indian Casino?

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 17 hours ago
An AOL Jobs reader asked: I work security at an Indian Casino in California. I'm not sure how state overtime laws apply to Indian Casinos, but my workplace requires me to arrive early, get in uniform and clock in before I'm scheduled to start (no more than seven minutes prior to start). And if we're more than one minute late, we're penalized. What can be done? I get questions about liability of tribal casinos a lot because my office is just a few miles from a major one here in Florida. In general, Native American reservations are considered to be on sovereign soil, and therefore th... more »

Musical Interlude: Dire Straits, “Private Investigations”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
Dire Straits, “Private Investigations” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxS-ICzjO6I

New Study Reveals That Roundup Herbicide Damages Sperm

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
 NEWSTUDY: Roundup herbicide altered rats’ testicular function after only 8 days of exposure at a concentration of only 0.5%, similar to levels found in water after agricultural spraying. The study found no difference in sperm concentratio...n, viability and mobility, but there was an increase in abnormal sperm formation measured 2, 3, and 4 months after this short exposure. The study's findings should raise alarm in farm workers, as well as people who spray Roundup for municipal authorities and even home gardeners. People exposed to lower doses repeated over the long term, inc... more »

TURNcoats Meet in Rosemont, IL to Promote Common Core

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 17 hours ago
--> *TURN is hosting a regional summer CCSS conference July 28-29 in Rosemont, Illinois. Both NEA and AFT have representation and Fresno, CA and Nashville, TN seem heavily represented. Of course, their intellectual relic, Patrick Dolan, will be there to explain how those on the bottom should properly collaborate with those on top. The full agenda is on the TURN website: * *http://www.turnexchange.net/blog.htm * ht to Ken Derstine.

“The Al-Shejaia Massacre in Gaza – In Photos & Video”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"That truth is that monsters are real, and ghosts are real, too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win." - Stephen King, “The Shining” ◆ *A Comment: *I cannot speak freely about this mind-numbing savagery, simply do not know the words to describe something so astonishingly vile and incomprehensible. Click the link below, if you dare, for many more pictures of the unspeakable horror that has happened, and is happening, in Gaza right now. And we Americans paid for it all, and could stop it instantly if the government chose to, but that's not reality when our government is owned ... more »

Kiev Attacks Donetsk, Headquarters for MH17 Response

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 18 hours ago
*July 21, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Reuters reported that the NATO-backed regime in Kiev has launched an offensive on the eastern city of Donetsk, Donetsk province. In its article, "Fighting erupts in Ukraine as crash investigators arrive," Reuters states: *Ukrainian army tanks were reported to be launching an assault to break pro-Russian rebels' hold on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday in the first major outbreak of hostilities in the area since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week.* *A separatist leader said Ukrainian government forces were trying to br... more »

Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 20 hours ago
From: New Scientist http://goo.gl/L4iVmg Video: Electric bacteria connect to form wires *Unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere* STICK an electrode in the ground, pump electrons down it, and they will come: living cells that eat electricity. We have known bacteria to survive on a variety of energy sources, but none as weird as this. Think of Frankenstein's monster, brought to life by galvanic energy, except these "electric bacteria" are very real and are popping up ... more »

Fatalities in Gaza, what the BBC is not telling you

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago

John Kerry talks sense!

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago

Su-30MKI engine failures worry IAF; Russia told to fix snag

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Su-30MKI]The Sukhoi-30MKI fleet of the Indian Air Force has been encountering mid-air engine failures for the past two years. India has officially flagged the matter to Russia seeking a correction. Repeated engine failures and the newly introduced precautionary measures have affected the availability of planes for various operations. The IAF has a fleet of 200 Sukhois. After a failure, the engine is replaced after testing before allowing the plane to fly again. The process of removing and replacing an engine usually takes four-five days, but can be extended depending upon th... more »

Anti-tank missile defense system makes debut

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Merkava 4 tank]While nine Iron Dome batteries scattered around Israel protect the lives of millions of Israeli citizens, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tanks and armored vehicles operating in the Gaza Strip have their own Iron Dome: Operation Protective Edge is the first real test of Wind Jacket (known internationally as Trophy), the first-of-its-kind active-defense system for tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs). The defense system was developed by Iron Dome developer and manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and was first used in late 2010. The system has... more »

Non-orthogonal quantum states are not mutually exclusive

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*"Interpreters" of quantum mechanics deny nothing less than Born's rule* In classical physics, if we know that the system has generalized coordinates \((x_i,p_i)\), i.e. that it sits at the corresponding point of the phase space, then we may say that it certainly doesn't have generalized coordinates \((x'_i,p'_i)\) if the collections of numbers differ,\[ (x_i,p_i)\neq (x'_i,p'_i). \] Different points of the phase space are mutually exclusive even if they are very close to each other. This lesson holds in any classical theory, including classical field theory. If two configurations o... more »

Could Canada lease P-8 maritime patrol aircraft?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon]The Conservative government has delayed the purchase of a new maritime patrol aircraft to replace the current Aurora fleet. It won’t be until 2027-2030 until that replacement gets underway. Lack of money was the culprit. The RCAF had its eye on the P-8 patrol aircraft but had deemed it too expensive. Is Britain on the road to a solution to buy the aircraft? See below: As speculation grows that the UK could be interested in the Boeing P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, a Boeing official said the firm is looking at using its C-17 lease deal with the UK as a model for... more »

Ultra Electronics Says Sonar Systems Business Gets Contract Worth GBP 9.9 Mln

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMAS Perth]Ultra Electronics Holdings Plc Monday announced that its Sonar Systems business has been awarded a contract worth 9.9 million pounds for provision of its Sea Sentor Surface Ship Torpedo Defence, or SSTD system, to be used for New Zealand's ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade programme. Under this contract the Group will deliver two Sea Sentor SSTD Systems. The ANZAC FSU project will upgrade the surveillance, combat and self-defence capabilities of the ANZAC frigates to match current and future threats and address obsolescence of some of the current systems, the firm s... more »

State commission inks acceptance certificate for corvette "Stoiky"

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RFS Stoiky]State commission on July 18 2014 in Baltiysk signed the acceptance / handover certificate for the newest corvette "Stoiky", the third serial corvette of project 20380 (Steregushchy class). The ship was built at St. Petersburg based Severnaya Verf (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation), the Corp. said in a press release. The name of the third serial 20380-design corvette is inherited from its famous predecessors: the first of Baltic Fleet's 7U project destroyer that was defending Leningrad and Tallinn during WWII, the first serial destroyer of project 30 B... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours ago
*Warmists assume what they have to prove* *There are a great number of models that have been put out out by Warmists -- all with slightly different assumptions. And the assumptions are the key. With different assumptions you could predict cooling. But there are only a small minority that come close to the temperatures actually observed.So the latest effort by some well-known Warmists simply picks out those models that have done best and says: "Aha! The models are good after all!" Read the abstract below and see for yourself. They say: "only those models with natural var... more »

Navy feared frigate's excessive noise made it an easier target

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: HMCS Toronto]The noise generated by one of Canada’s frigates was so excessive that navy officers worried for a time that it had become more vulnerable to torpedoes and other weapons that home in on sound, according to a military report obtained by the Citizen. Royal Canadian Navy officials were scrambling last year to deal with the problem just as HMCS Toronto was getting ready to set sail for the Arabian Sea, a potentially high threat area for submarines operated by other nations. At first, the navy thought that the excessive noise was being generated by stern flaps, a dev... more »

Future submarines: Australia's $40 billion risk

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Collins class SSK]The selection process to build 6 to 12 future submarines in Australia involves many hurdles and risks. It would be hugely wasteful for politicians, admirals and officials to again make hasty choices that again steer this country into a Collins disaster. When the future planning Defence White Paper is published next year it will be too early to decide on "local or foreign built?" issues because Japanese submarine opportunities are only starting to emerge. Australia should not be locked into another ASC construction in South Australia fiasco - whatever Labo... more »

Reflections From The Echo Chamber

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 22 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* Motionless, not a breath of air, heat fear and anticipation of anything tangible, stoic posturing is the only order of the day... I haven`t written much lately, for a reason, the story(s), the stories have been written, federally Stephen Harper`s gang of ugly gnome like lawn ornaments have become tiresome, nauseating in fact, a one refrain repeating automatron buoy that never stops, one message, one theme,.. *Justin Trudeau bad, pot smoking unqualified trust fund baby with no depth, ........* *Thomas Mulcair is an angry socialist hell-bent on spending AAAAA... more »

Review & Giveaway - "The Big Tiny" by Dee Williams

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 23 hours ago
At the age of 41, Dee Williams nearly lost her life. After collapsing in a grocery store, she was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. While in the hospital, she witnessed a tragedy ... the death of the woman in the next bed. Those experiences reminded Ms. Williams that life is short and gave her a new appreciation for the important things in life, namely her friends, family, and home. While she loved her home, she now saw it with new eyes. She questioned the need for so many rooms and realized that they were filled with unused stuff. She thought about the cost of maintaining a... more »

Without Another US Intervention In Iraq, The Islamic State Will Permanently Establish Itself In The Heart of The Middle East

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
*"You break it, you own it." - General Colin Powell. * The Iraqi army, which since 2011 has largely come under the direct control of Prime Minister Maliki, was defeated again by the few but ferocious fighters of the Islamic State. An excerpt from, *"Islamic State overwhelms Iraqi forces at Tikrit in major defeat"* by Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy, July 18: The defeat brought to an end a three-week campaign by the government in Baghdad to recapture Tikrit, which fell to the Islamic State on June 11. Military spokesmen earlier this week had confidently announced a final push to reca... more »

Does reading online or via Kindle-type device change the way we read? Is it something to worry about?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Reading via an electronic device, even one that's designed to mimic reading from paper, may be as different from print reading as reading online is. Anne Mangen, a researcher in Norway, tells Maryanne Wolf: "Anecdotally, I've heard some say it's like they haven't read anything properly if they've read it on a Kindle. The reading has left more of an ephemeral experience."* *by Ken*One of the things I've meant to write about this week is a really interesting piece by newyorker.com contributing editor Maria Konnikova, who specializes in psychology and science, called "." Which is a... more »

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