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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Male flowers and fruits of Artocarpus altilis,...
Male flowers and fruits of Artocarpus altilis, A. communis, Breadfruit ...Trái và hoa đực của cây Sa-kê... (Photo credit: Vietnam Plants & The USA. plants)
A starboard quarter view of the Iranian destro...
A starboard quarter view of the Iranian destroyer escort ITS ROSTAM (DE-73), now redesignated the frigate IS SABALAN (F-73). NOTE: This vessel was heavily damaged on 19 April 1988 by air attack of units of CVW-11 from the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) in retaliation for the mining of the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) in the Persian Gulf. The ship was reported under repair but as of 1991 has not yet been seen in service. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Iran to Launch New Home-Made Destroyer Soon

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 4 minutes ago
[image: IRIS Damavand]The Iranian Navy plans to launch one of its advanced home-made destroyers, named Damavand, in the country's territorial waters in the near future, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Tuesday. "Destroyer Damavand will join the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy in the near future," Sayyari told FNA. Elsewhere, he referred to the Iranian Navy's deployment in the international waters, and said, "Iran's 31st fleet of warships is sailing towards the region of its mission to replace the 30th fleet." Read more

2 more Aegis destroyers set for FY20

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 4 minutes ago
[image: Kongo class DDG]The government will start building two Aegis-equipped destroyers with the latest missile defense systems starting next fiscal year, in light of the progress seen in missile development by North Korea, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The Defense Ministry will include related expenses in its budgetary requests, informed sources said. The government will start building one destroyer in the next fiscal year and the other in fiscal 2016, aiming at reinforcing the defense system by increasing Aegis-equipped vessels from the current six to eight in fiscal 2020, s... more »

Civilians Killed, Children Among The Dead . . . . In Iraq

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 14 minutes ago
*Maliki The Magnificent: Those Zionists think they can kill more women and children than me? How dare they entertain such silly notions! Inshallah, I will show them. Fallujah and Mosul will surrender before Gaza.* An excerpt from, *"Iraqi Govt Barrel Bombs Kill 19 Civilians in Fallujah"* by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, July 22: The Iraqi government launched another round of airstrikes against an ISIS-held city today, this time pounding the area in and around Fallujah, one of the first cities to fall to ISIS way back in January. As with other recent strikes, the toll was entirely civil... more »

Russian waste transport ship completes test mission

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 minutes ago
[image: Rossita]The Rossita was launched at La Spezia, Italy in December 2010 destined for a role transporting submarine waste in north-west Russia. Atomflot took delivery of the vessel in early 2011 and was to put it to work shuttling between Gremikha, Andreeva Guba, Guba Sayda, Severodvinsk and other areas where submarine dismantling work is taking place. In its first mission, completed on 20 July, the ship transported ten 20-tonne containers filled with solid radioactive waste from submarines at the formal naval base of Gremikha to the Sayda Bay storage facility. Read more

Saab buys Swedish submarine shipyard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 28 minutes ago
[image: Saab logo]Swedish defence and aeronautics group Saab said Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp's submarine shipyard in southern Sweden. Saab paid 340 million kronor ($49.6 million) for the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems subsidiary, which the Swedish company said would come from existing funds. "The impact of the transaction on Saab's results for 2014 is not considered to be significant," it said in a statement. Read more

North Korea’s Asymmetric Submarine Doctrine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 44 minutes ago
[image: Kim Jong-un]North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un made headlines last month when he visited the Korean People’s Army Naval Unit 167, part of the Korean People’s Navy (KPN) East Sea Fleet unit based in the South Hamgyong province. Photographs released by the Korean Central News Agency showed Kim on a rusty green-painted submarine No. 748, toying with the periscope in its control room. Kim also reportedly guided an actual drill onboard. Many foreign analysts used Kim’s visit to comment on the decrepit state of the submarine he was visiting. For example, South Korea’s Defense Minist... more »

U.S. Govt: MH17 Stance Based On Obvious Social Media Hoaxes

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 54 minutes ago
*Who needs field intelligence officers when you have YouTube?* *New Study: Social Media Posts About War In Syria Are Biased And Unreliable: * An excerpt from, *"Study finds bias in Internet postings about Syria’s civil war"* by Lauren Kirkwood, McClatchy, February 24, 2014: YouTube videos and posts on Facebook and Twitter have made scenes from Syria’s civil war accessible to audiences thousands of miles from the conflict. *But the version of events disseminated by social media is not a completely accurate picture of the war, according to a report from the congressionally funded U... more »

Dutch declare Wednesday official day of mourning for MH17 dead

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 56 minutes ago
[image: National day of mourning]Wednesday July 23 has been designated an official day of mourning to remember those who died on flight MH17, prime minister Mark Rutte has announced. Flags will be at half mast on government buildings and church bells will be rung for five minutes prior to the landing of the first plane bringing back the first bodies of the dead. The plane is expected to arrive at Eindhoven air base at 16.00 hours. Read more

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Above the Clouds”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Kevin Kern, “Above the Clouds” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJCU1eMWUOo

Capitalizing on MH17

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 hour ago
*July 23, 2014* (Eric Draitser - RT) *Published on Jul 22, 2014 - *Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on RT (July 21, 2014) to provide his analysis of the politics surrounding the MH17 tragedy. Draitser explains that the US is trying to use MH17 to achieve politically what its proxy government in Kiev could not achieve militarily, namely the retreat of anti-Kiev separatists. He notes that the US has attempted to frame the narrative by blaming Russia for the tragedy, despite providing no hard evidence to refute that provided by Russia. Draitser also highlights the fact tha... more »

Untitled

JR at GREENIE WATCH - 2 hours ago
*Record high global temperature in June a lie* *Drawing on NOAA data, it is asserted below that we did have high global temperature in June. But the "record" temperature exceeded the previous high by only one twentieth of one degree, a figure that would be non-trivial only if it were repeated frequently. More importantly, it is well outside the accuracy inherent in the data. Temperature measurement is very spotty worldwide with large sareas such a China, Russia and Africa having very few data sources. So a great deal of the "data" used to calculatre world temperature is in ... more »

Murray Polner : MEDIA | A very very loud silence

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
How is it that for 11 long days of the Gaza War, the New York Times editorial board chose to remain voiceless? By Murray Polner | The Rag Blog | July 23, 2014 Respect them or not, it is undeniable … finish reading Murray Polner : *MEDIA* | A very very loud silence

Common Core in Louisiana: Two Days, Two Lawsuits

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 3 hours ago
In May 2009, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and then-State Superintendent Paul Pastorek signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to commit Louisiana to be “state led” and participate in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative, a show that the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) had actually “initiated.” […]

Economics for Real People: How Economies Grow

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[image: 276464_137539366339987_1226509_n] Exams are over, holiday have finished, and students are hard at it again. That means Auckland Uni Economics Group meeetings start up again. Here’s what’s on tomorow night: Hi everyone, We hope that you are all set for another semester of classes. And more importantly, we hope that you are all set for another great semester of Economics Group seminars. Economic ideas, as we have seen, change the world and any student of economics must be familiar with the range of ideas that exist. This is especially important as economists struggle to ex... more »

Eating Native Foods Is One Of The Pleasures Of Foreign Travel-- Being Careful With Your Restaurant Choices Might Keep You Alive

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
You maybe be aware that we also have a travel blog-- and we cover eating in strange places-- whether the bacon craze in Jersey City, the raw food craze in London, how to eat healthy in Bali and Bangkok or even the best eatery in Mali. And we always try to alert readers to problems with food safety-- contaminated bottled water here, filthy food there and... well an article by David Sedaris prompted us-- precisely 3 years ago-- to ask the question How Important Is Food In Determining Where You Travel? Hygiene? Everything is clean and even pristine in Japan, he asserts, but not in Chi... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Continue On

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 3 hours ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. I am moving so there won't be a new CTWW activity thi... more »

Why the push to make students "Career Ready"?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
--> Why the push to make students "Career Ready"? Because companies are doing much less training. We often hear that public schools are failing because they do not prepare students for jobs. Employers complain, we are told, that recent graduates are unprepared for the real world of work. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal explains what is really going on: "Companies complain that they can't find skilled hires, but they aren't doing much to impact these skills , economics and workforce experts say. U.S. companies have been cutting money for training programs for decades,... more »

This week's updates at Pragmatic Witness

Whitewraithe~ at Northerntruthseeker - 4 hours ago
Until Northerntruthseeker returns please check out my blog, Pragmatic Witness, for updates. http://whitewraithe.wordpress.com OH, and I did correct the misinformation about flight MH-17/MH370 with Jim Stone's article which you can read at my blog. Brian, I'm looking forward to your return. The world always goes to hell when you're gone. More on the way - *Whitewraithe~*

Alan Waldman : Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are hysterical in P.G. Wodehouse’s droll ‘Jeeves and Wooster’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
A sagacious butler helps his rich twit master Bertie and his nincompoop pals out of all kinds of ridiculous jams. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | July 22, 2014 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of … finish reading Alan Waldman : Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are hysterical in P.G. Wodehouse’s droll ‘Jeeves and Wooster’

World's Most Useless Body Debate The War In Gaza

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
UN Security Council meets to debate over Gaza crisis. Source: AFP. Date Published: July 22.

How Anonymous Cops Online Are Reacting to the Death of Eric Garner

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
A demonstration against the death of Eric Garner.Spencer Platt/2014 Getty Images Joe Coscarelli, New York Mag In internet communities for law enforcement, like PoliceOne.com, "the One resource for Law Enforcement online," and Thee Rant, an NYPD message board, the Garner story has stirred up racial, political, and professional tensions, most of them quite ugly. While all of the comments below are anonymous, and therefore not verifiable, both sites do require registration for membership ("No ID card, No Approval!" says Thee Rant). By no means a comprehensive view of law-enfo... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the edge-on profile of the slender spiral galaxy NGC 5775, which is surrounded by a halo of gas that astronomers suspect is kicked up by star explosions like a galaxy-size fountain. A new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed what scientists have called a veritable galactic "fountain of youth," one that would turn the fictional pirate captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean films green with envy. Journeying to the mythic Fountain of Youth is Sparrow's goal in Disney's latest installment in the adventure film ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Take My Arm”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Take My Arm”* by Chet Raymo “I'm sure I have referenced here before the poems of Grace Schulman, she who in inhabits that sweet melancholy place between "the necessity and impossibility of belief." Between, too, the necessity and impossibility of love. Belief and love. They have so much in common, yet are as distinct as self and other. How strange that two people can hitch their lives together, on a whim, say, or wild intuition, knowing little if nothing about the other's hiddenness, about things that even the other does not fully understand and couldn’t articulate even if he di... more »

fear of sex

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
eugenics

“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”* by Dr. Michael J. Breus “Dreams are one of the most fascinating - and least understood - aspects of sleep. Though science has offered possibilities, we don't yet understand the purpose of dreaming. Dreams can encompass a dramatic range of emotion, and subject matter. Some dreams seem plucked directly from our everyday lives. Most of us have had the experience of waking up shaking our heads at the odd and sometimes amusing circumstances that unfolded while dreaming. Dreams can contend with deep emotions, dealing with loss and reunion, anger, so... more »

"Blue Eyes? What A Small World"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Blue Eyes? What A Small World"* by KU.DK "New research shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. A team at the University of Copenhagen have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye color of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today. “Originally, we all had brown eyes”, said Professor Eiberg from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. “But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a “switch”, which literally “turned off” the ability to pr... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Weatherford, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"If Your Happiness Depends..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem." - Richard Bach, "Illusions"

"Opinions..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"The Time Will Pass..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” - Earl Nightingale

“7 Grammar Rules You Really Should Pay Attention To”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“7 Grammar Rules You Really Should Pay Attention To”* By Ben Yagoda “I recently wrote an article for TheWeek.com about bogus grammar "rules" that aren't worth your time. However, there are still plenty of legitimate rules that you should be aware of. Not following them doesn't make you a bad person or even (necessarily) a bad writer. I'm sure that all of them were broken at one point or another by Henry James, Henry Adams, or some other major author named Henry. Moreover, grammar is one of the least pressing problems when it comes to the poor state of writing today. In my new book... more »

“I'd Like a Word With You”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“I'd Like a Word With You”* by Malcolm Kushner “Publication of a new edition of "The Chambers Dictionary", Britain's "bible" for word worshippers, caused a stir among linguistic conservatives and traditionalists. The latest version of the famed reference work now includes numerous new words reflecting current British trends, technology and culture. Words such as "jeggings" (a hybrid of jeans and leggings) and "skank" (a derogatory term for a loose woman). Should Shakespeare be turning over in his grave or "tweeting" in delight? Not surprisingly, the Internet provides one of the la... more »

Workplace Secrecy Agreement at Hanford

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 6 hours ago
Higham, S. & K. Belval. (2014, June 29).Workplace secrecy agreements appear to violate federal whistleblower laws (2014, June 29). The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/workplace-secrecy-agreements-appear-to-violate-federal-whistleblower-laws/2014/06/29/d22c8f02-f7ba-11e3-8aa9-dad2ec039789_story.html?wpisrc=nl_hdtop [Excerpted] In November 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy asked contract employees at the Hanford plutonium processing plant in Washington state to take an unusual oath. The DOE wanted them to sign nondisclosure agreements that prevented th... more »

Banker Deaths Climb to 15, as Goldman Sachs Managing Director Found Dead

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Melissa Melton Another high level banker has been found dead. Nicholas Valtz, a 39-year old managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in New York, was found dead Sunday afternoon in Napeague Harbor where he had reportedly gone earlier that day to kiteboard. Valtz’ body was found still tied to his kite. Kiteboarding, also called kitesurfing, combines elements of windsurfing and paragliding which can garner speeds of up to 40 mph. His brother told Bloomberg that Valtz was still new to the sport. “As a cross-asset sales executive, he helped manage orders for trading clients... more »

Brazil's GM Soy Tied Up Over Trade Dispute With Monsanto

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
*Image source* Heather Callaghan Brazil is the world's number one exporter of soy. It is Monsanto's biggest market after the United States. The USDA expects Brazil to break records next year with 91 million tons of soybean production, but has said the U.S. could replace Brazil as the world's top soybean exporter. Could that have anything to do with a current trade dispute? Monsanto wants commodity trading companies to make sure farmers pay up. Royalty fees, that is. There's just one problem... The trading firms don't want to get involved. Monsanto, infamous for suing fa... more »

Oregon Votes to Legalize Recreational Marijuana This November

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Phillip Smith The New Approach Oregon marijuana legalization initiative has qualified for the November ballot, the secretary of state's office reported today. It won't get a measure number until next month. First word came in an email from New Approach Oregon's Anthony Johnson. When the Chronicle contacted Johnson to confirm the email, he said "I got the call from the secretary of state's office today." The initiative had needed some 87,000 valid voter signatures to qualify; it handed in about 145,000 a couple of weeks ago. That means Oregon will join Alaska in voting on mari... more »

Israeli Professor: Rape Palestinian Sisters and Mothers To Stop Terrorism

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville As bombs rain down upon Gaza and Israeli troops march forward with tanks and bulldozers, a recent radio interview conducted on Israeli radio is drawing some criticism from across the world as well as in Israel. Although the interview was conducted nearly three weeks ago, shortly after the bodies of three Israeli teens were found after being kidnapped and murdered, Dr. Mordechai Kedar stated that the only way to force “terrorists” to think twice about their actions is the threat of the rape of their sisters and mothers. A Middle East scholar from Bar-Ilan... more »

Can the ideological perversions of two unapologetic far-right-wing activists on the District Circuit Court of Appeals lead to defunding Obamacare?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Plus a promise of thoughts-to-come about James Garner* *Yes, justice is supposed to be blind, in the sense of being impervious to outside influences. Unfortunately, the two right-wing crusaders on the District Circuit Court of Appeals who channeled their hostility toward the ACA aren't blind, they're dumb and dishonest.* *by Ken* You've no doubt already heard that, as the washingtonpost.com headline put it this afternoon, "Federal appeals courts issue contradictory rulings on health-law subsidies." Which was at least an improvement over the earlier headline, before the announcemen... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

“If Gaza’s Dead Were America’s Dead”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“If Gaza’s Dead Were America’s Dead”* by Barry Lando “On the face of it, the casualty figures in Gaza may seem not that horrific to Americans—unless you transpose that same level of death and mayhem to the United States, 176 times the population of Gaza. For instance, so far reportedly 571 Palestinians have been killed, including 154 children. Total wounded: 3,550, of which 1125 are children. If the United States were to be hit by a similar onslaught, the number of Americans killed–mostly in the past five days–would be 101,000, of which 27,000 would be children. The number of Ame... more »

SWINGING IN KIEV

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Footage shows a brawl between opposition Ukrainian party members in parliament today. The fight was between members of the nationalist Svoboda [Freedom] party and the Party of Regions. The fighting broke out after parliamentary members voted to call up military reserves to 'protect Ukraine's border with Russia' and one parliamentary member told an opposition politician that his party "kills its citizens." The Svoboda party is fascistic and anti-semitic. Earlier today Ukrainian parliament banned the Communist Party. Does this remind you anything? Communist Party was banned in Nazi ... more »

THE END OF DOMINATION OF GLOBAL ECONOMY BY WESTERN CAPITAL

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa

KERRY CAUGHT OFF GUARD

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago

Tony Dungy Hates Fags

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 8 hours ago
Former NFL player, head coach and current television football analyst Tony Dungy has found himself in a bit of hot water over comments that he made regarding St. Louis Rams rookie defensive lineman Michael Sam who is gay. Dungy, a vocal Christian came under fire for his statement that were he still an NFL head coach that he would not have drafted Sam, a former University of Missouri player who was an All American who came out as being openly gay back in February prior to May's draft where he was taken in the seventh and last round by the Rams. Dungy who rocketed to national promin... more »

Re post "The Jerusalem Post

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 9 hours ago
Why is Gaza blockaded? By Maurice Ostroff *The demand by Hamas that the blockade be lifted before even negotiating a ceasefire leads straight to the IMPORTANT question about its purpose. Was the blockade imposed because of the rockets or did rocket fire start because of the blockade?* The answer will surprise many, including the BBC, France 24 and other influential mainstream media as well as politicians and journalists with short memories. When Israel evacuated the Gaza strip there was no thought of a blockade. Rather, as will be shown in this article, the intention was to impro... more »

The US backs off it's false flag! "No direct link to Russia in downing of MH17

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
No direct link to Russia in downing of Flight MH17: U.S. officials * The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment*, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine,(yet another claim made by the US that has never been proven)* the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia" * *I am going to ignore all the wild speculation these mouthpieces engaged in and cut to the chase!* *In big bold lettering because I want this easily readable to all* *"the officials said they did not know who... more »

Demeanour Evidence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
R. v. Hubrich, 2004 CanLII 11370: [22] The appellant argued that the admission of post-arrestdemeanour evidence is *per se*improper. Mr. Coughlan relied in particular upon *R. v. Sodhi* (2003), 66 O.R. (3d) 640 (C.A.) at 662-4; *R. v. Levert *2001 CanLII 8606 (ON CA), (2001), 159 C.C.C. (3d) 71 (Ont. C.A.) at 80-2; *R. v. Baltrusaitis* 2002 CanLII 36440 (ON CA), (2002), 162 C.C.C. (3d) 539 (Ont. C.A.) at 560-2;*R. v. Bennett*, [2003] O.J. No. 3810 (C.A.) at para. 120-123, 143-5, 147;*The Report of The Commission on Proceedings Involving Guy Paul Morin* (1998), vol. 2, pages ... more »

It’s not investors driving up house prices [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
[image: image] See that bit of paper above? That’s a building permit from 1975. Cost of the permit: $3. That is not a misprint. The cost of the building permit in 1975 was three dollars. (That’s thirty dollars in today’s devalued money.) The most recent permit I received from council cost my clients nearly *ten thousand* dollars. That, too, is not a misprint. A ten with three zeroes. Sure, it was for more than just a garage, but this might suggest to you one of the reasons house prices are way higher now in terms of what you and I earn than they were in 1975. Think about it.... more »

Israeli/palestine conflict caused by Land grab?

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 9 hours ago
1. *Israeli* *settlement* - *Wikipedia*, the free encyclopedia *en.wikipedia.org*/wiki/*Israeli*_*settlement* *Israeli* *settlements* in the occupied territories ... While according to official *Israeli* policy no *new* *settlements* were built, ... - History · - Geography and ... · - Types of *settlement* · - Resettlement of ... 2. *Population* statistics for *Israeli* *West Bank* *settlements* ... *en.wikipedia.org*/wiki/...statistics_for_*Israeli*_*West_Bank*_ *settlements* *Population* of *Israeli* *West Bank* *settlements*; Name Hebr... more »

Lebanon war pictures, Israel punds Gaza

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 9 hours ago
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Israel VS palestine

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 9 hours ago
Seed Newsvine

Everything is a weapon, Cyber war update

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 9 hours ago
Seed Newsvine

Where are Kiev's Air Traffic Control Recordings? Who's Withholding Evidence?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
*Paul Joseph Watson* As the West claims the resisting force in Eastern Ukraine are compromising evidence at MH17 crash scene, Kiev refuses to release air traffic control recordings. Ukrainian security services confiscated the tapes immediately after the incident. What do they have to hide if their version of events is true? *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

Opt Out: Stop the Education Genocide

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
by Ira Shor *Opt-Out: The REAL Parent Revolution* We parents can stop the destruction of our public schools. We can stop the looting of school budgets by private charters and testing vendors. We can stop the abuse of our children by the relentless hours of testing. We can stop the closings, the co-locations, the mass firings, the replacement of veteran teachers with short-term Teach for America newbies, the shameful indignity of public schools told they have 24 hours to clear out so a charter can seize their classrooms. To do this, we have to opt-out our kids from the new testing r... more »

U.S. Admits Its MH17 'Evidence' Is Based On YouTube Clips & Social Media Posts

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
*Youtube* *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

Even If The Senate Dems Avoid A Wave, Pelosi Set The Fate Of The House Dems When She Reappointed Steve Israel

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
Yesterday's *NY Post* found some nicely dressed young people who don't get drunk or get arrested for violent crimes and who knew how to use iPhones and dubbed them the next generation of Republicans, "throwbacks-- spurning drugs, crime and disorder, being sexually responsible and making sound choices about education. They might be the least disaffected, least rebellious kids since the Kennedy years. And that might have surprising political implications down the road." [Obviously *The Post* is clueless-- and this is the real future of the Republican Party-- but let's play along for... more »

"Teacher, what will the Angel Gabriel do if a woman says 'No' to sex with her husband?"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Talking about comparing and contrasting things, the difference between Sky News and BBC News in their reporting of terror chief Peter Clarke's report into the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham is quite striking. From the BBC's Sean Coughlan we get: Teachers could face misconduct inquiries, she [Nicky Morgan] told the House of Commons, after Mr Clarke's report found a social media group called the "Park View Brotherhood" used by male senior staff at Park View School. Mr Clarke's report said this included "grossly intolerant" messages. He said the social media messages included "expli... more »

The long and short of it

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
From the *Jerusalem Post *today: *UN's Ban arrives, says no country would allow rockets to rain down on its cities* *No country would accept rockets raining down on its civilians, and all countries and parties have an international obligation to protect civilians, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.* *Ban, who arrived in Israel as part of his effort – together with US Secretary of State John Kerry – to broker a cease-fire, said at a press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the UN position was clear: “We condemn strongly the rocket att... more »

Transaction Costs

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
The key to successful biz is to limit them. Case closed you all now have a Harvard MBA. To bad GWB never went to class. In the case study of Israel vs the Palestinians we have huge transaction costs for both sides. The Arabs pay more in blood, but the Israel side suffers more in commerce given the economies in this hot zone. Israel has an endless supply of cash from ex patriots Jews and even gentiles who look forward to the Apocalypse and hope their cash helps it happen faster. Israel should realize this is a product that may no longer sell. Its ripe, its past the due date and eve... more »

“Jon Stewart Learns What Happens When You Talk About Israel”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*The Daily Show* Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive *“Jon Stewart Learns What Happens When You Talk About Israel”* By Ed Mazza “Many have accused Jon Stewart of being pro-Hamas for expressing sympathy for the residents of Gaza, where more than 500 people have been killed- including at least 100 children- in recent fighting with Israel. So on Monday night's "Daily Show," just about the entire roster of correspondents popped up to scream at him any time he uttered the word "Israel." "Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on ... more »

Satire: “Perry Boosts Presidential Stature by Using Troops for No Reason”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“Perry Boosts Presidential Stature by Using Troops for No Reason”* by Andy Borowitz AUSTIN (The Borowitz Report)— “An aide to Rick Perry is confident that the Texas Governor proved he “has what it takes to be President” with his decision on Monday to send troops somewhere for no reason. By deploying a thousand National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border, Perry has shown that as President he would be “ready and willing” to use troops without a defined objective, mission, or exit strategy, the aide confirmed. “Sending troops someplace with no clear idea of why they are going or what... more »

Quote of the Day: Artist as revolutionary

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 12 hours ago
*Venus*, Michael Newberry, 2008, oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches Artist Michael Newberry painted that glorious nude, above. *Venus*. Inspired by "the feeling/image/theme…: a beautiful woman free to be, from the inside outwards." Yesterday, he posted these cogent thoughts: There is a lot crap going down worldwide: religious warfare, American fascism, unethical scientists promoting political agendas, educators that want government policy to rule young minds, instead of individual teachers and parents - I see so much stupid stuff going down and so few right answers it's painful. And when... more »

Tierno changuito posa para la foto del recuerdo

José Luis Ávila Herrera at FOTOFRONTERA - 12 hours ago

More evidence of the heartless air and ground attacks of Israel on thousands of mostly-non-militant men, women, and children of the Gaza strip. Ask your local TV station why they don't give you better coverage of such things. If they don't respond (which is likely) consider signing up with The Real News Network. It's free.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *Original Here* *"We Are Going through Hell" - Report from Gaza* On the 14th day of Operation Protective Edge, Gazan blogger Nalan al-Sarraj and TRNN Correspondent Yousef al-Helou discuss how Palestinians are responding to the massacre in Shujaiyeh, as well as the widespread support for the resistance against the siege - *31 min ago* More at The Real News Bio *Nalan al Sarraj* is a Gaza-based blogger. She can be found on Twitter @NalanSarraj. *Yousef Al-Helou* is a Palestinian journalist and correspondent for The Real News Network based in G... more »

The Realist Report - Del from Outside Radio

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 12 hours ago
On this edition of The Realist Report, we'll be joined by Delcroix of *Outside Radio*. Del and I will be discussing a variety of subjects, particularly focusing on the role that the Jewish controlled mass media plays in maintaining and perpetuating Jewish tyranny and control. You can download the entire program *here*. Below are relevant links for this program: - *Understanding false flags, PSYOPS, and media fakery - John Friend* - *The Art of Subversion - Yuri Bezmenov (vid)* - *Bezmenov on demoralization in America (vid)* - *September Clues (must watch if you still hav... more »

Where are the *&%#$*@ sanctions against Israel for the genocide happening in Gaza? How come Israel can murder whoever they want?

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 13 hours ago
At some point aren't people going to wake up? Don't people see the propaganda happening against Russia and Putin? Yet the silence from the world about what Israel is doing by mass murdering people they had caged up and imprisoned in the first place in Gaza! What is happening is outrageous! Israel has murdered over 600 people in a few days time but I am not hearing the U.S., EU or anyone

Things as they are and things to come

risa bear at A Way to Live - 13 hours ago
There is a hint of fall in the air here for a few days -- with rain, which has been hard to come by -- and some signs which I am used to ascribing to the arrival of late August, such as the bloom of the chickory, and September, such as the croaking of Canada geese flying low in vee formation toward the south. We have been promised high eighties and nineties next week, but it's too late for me; something has triggered my nesting instincts and I've become interested in battening down the hatches! I'm not the only one; at the worker-owned Bi-Mart which I frequent (in lieu of bigger box... more »

Is Prositution Inherently Degrading?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
What kind of a question is that? Is sex inherently degrading? No. But it sure can feel that way sometimes. (Louis CK has a routine where, early in his career, he sleeps with a drunken patron and she wakes up and looks at him and then holds her face in her hands in disgust. He says it's always interesting to find out you're part of somebody's hitting rock-bottom in their life.) So, yeah. Sex can be messy and sordid and nothing you'd want your parents or your pastor to see you doing. But other times it can be pretty darned nice. Darned tootin'! So I think it is with prostitution. Mo... more »

Salami Tactics - NATO and the Near Abroad

Spike EP at News Spike - 14 hours ago
Salami Tactics : NATO History 1989-Present from Spike EP on Vimeo. Who are, or what is, the near abroad? Who coined the phrase in Russian, and who first translated it into this English phrase? What does it mean, and is it important? The answer to the last is: you bet it's important, because the words deal with the new relationship between Russia and the other republics of the former Soviet Union. Tension on the border of Ukraine and Russia, for example -- with Moscow claiming influence over ethnic Russian brethren within Ukraine -- cannot be reported without the use of this big di... more »

The Mystery Of Christy Clark`s Shrinking Prosperity Fund Exposed

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 14 hours ago
An interesting article appeared in the Vancouver Sun today, the article describes how the BC Liberal Government has been making wee, tiny insulting cash offers to First Nation elders, what you are seeing the BC Liberals do is attempt to make end run around(s) , a sad attempt to avoid the latest Supreme Court ruling on First Nation land claims... These bribes coming from Christy dumb as a sack of hammers Clark come with a caveat, First Nations must agree to look the other way, not go to court, be submissive, bend over and take it up their ass!... BC`s LNG industry is not an indu... more »

Defense Report Sees Environmental Warfare, Corporate Armies and Robot Takeover

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Daniel Taylor In 2006, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense published the DCDC Strategic Trends 2007-2036 report, outlining possible scenarios for technology, society and world politics. Among other issues, the 2006 report accurately envisioned a “revolutionary middle class” that would revolt against economic hardship and burdens of debt. An updated version of the report was published on June 30, 2014. Titled "Global Strategic Trends out to 2045", the report outlines a future in which globalization limits countries “freedom of action”, alternative currencies challenge th... more »

SMART MOVE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
Smart move to give the black boxes directly to Malaysian authorities. Would not have been good if US-NATO got their hands on them. Now maybe we'll get a clearer picture about what really happened.

Today At The Races: Georgia

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 14 hours ago
It's another vile lesser of two evils election in Georgia today. Neither Jack Kingston nor David Perdue is fit for any public office, let alone for the U.S. Senate. But, then again, neither was Saxby Chambliss, the imbecile who's resigning the seat. The Republican primary itself was May 20 and the top 5 candidates didn't generate much enthusiasm: *•* David Perdue- 185,466 (30.64%) *•* Jack Kingston- 156,157 (25.8%) *•* Karen Handel- 132,944 (21.96%) *•* Phil Gingrey- 60,735 (10.03%) *•* Paul Broun- 58,297 (9.63%) Perdue, who was endorsed by his cousin, Sonny, the ex-Governor, by ... more »

FBI: Framing Muslims as “terrorists” to justify certain political agendas

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*Let's call this type of action exactly what it is. It is state sponsored terrorism, perpetrated by the state against all of it's own citizens! Period!* This* 'news'* should come as no surprise to anyone who reads here. Or anyone who is at all in tune with reality? As opposed to being a spoon fed media manipulated dupe? *FBI: Framing Muslims as “terrorists” to justify certain political agendas* *Not limited to but including these agendas:* *1.Depriving all citizens of their innate human rights* *2.Traumatizing citizens with state sponsored acts of tyranny the news of such occurenc... more »

Both the U.S. government and that of Israel have been covering up the fact that Israel has been committing genocide against innocent Palestinian men women and children and lying about it, particularly via the despicable U.S. "mainstream media." Have you ever noticed U.S. TV announcers "accidentally" showing massive carnage within Gaza while purporting that the scene represented damage in Israel due to Hamas rockets? Those rockets have caused only 2 fatalities.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 15 hours ago
------------------------------ *Original Here* *"U.S. Complicity Brought Up to Date" in Israel's War against Gaza* Phyllis Bennis says the calls in Israel for genocide against Gaza are not only coming from fringe elements in the political establishment - *July 21, 14* More at The Real News Bio *Phyllis Bennis* is a Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. She is the author of *Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, **Before and After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11 Crisis *, ... more »

Iraq’s New Refugee Crisis

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
The fighting in Iraq has led to a new internally displaced crisis. Nearly 900,000 people have fled their homes over the last seven months. The initial cause was the battle in Anbar, which began when Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki decided to shut down the protests sites there at the end of December 2013. The insurgent summer offensive, which led to the fall of Mosul and roughly half of Salahaddin and Kirkuk provinces in June 2014, has led to a new wave of refugees. The displacement continues to this day as the fighting spreads and the Islamic State (IS) begins to enforce its rule o... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Corps of Engineers raises questions about St. Tammany fracking permit ~Kim Chatelain*

She's my Cousin. But Doesn't She Look Almost Exactly Like Laura Palmer...?

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
Gentlemen, two days ago a young woman was found murdered by the same individual I believe responsible for the death of Laura Palmer. I have reason to believe that the killer is in this room. As a member of the Bureau, I spend most of my time seeking simple answers to difficult questions. In the pursuit of Laura's killer, I have employed Bureau guidelines, deductive technique, Tibetan method, instinct, and luck. But now I find myself in need of something new, which, for lack of a better word, we shall call... Magick.

Supplemental: “Bill Clinton repealed the Glass-Steagall Act, which led to The Great Recession!”

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014* *And now, for the rest of the script:* It’s a bit like New England weather! If you don’t like Maureen Dowd’s view, you can just wait a while. On Sunday, July 13, Bill Clinton was letting his only child be drawn into “the rapacious, gaping maw of Clinton Inc.” “The Clintons keep acting as though all they care about is selfless public service,” the irate columnist thundered. “So why does it keep coming back to gross money grabs?” The Clinton Foundation was “wasteful and disorganized,” Dowd said. As she closed, she said that Bill and Hillary Clinton “need to ... more »

72 % Of Northwest USA Citizens Say Yes To The Labelling Of GMOs

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
Source of poster: http://earthfix.opb.org/communities/article/most-northwest-residents-say-they-want-labeling-fo/

White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 16 hours ago
With all eyes glued on the atrocities in Gaza and Ukraine, another homegrown atrocity may soon be underway. The Obama administration has quietly executed one of those sneaky summer weekend news dumps in hopes of nobody noticing or caring. Because what, after all, are pods of insane dolphins, and hordes of dead turtles, and the extinction of an entire whale species compared to hundreds of battered human bodies? From *Think Progress:* *On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) approved the use of seismic airguns to explore the seabed from Cape May to Cape Canaver... more »

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Bittersweet”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Kevin Kern, “Bittersweet” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEGp4nrUIs4

israel slaughters palestinians, pays for online propaganda, and north americans gobble up the bait

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
I've been trying to write about Israel's latest slaughter of Palestinian people ever since the hideous spectacle began, without results. I post little bits of horror and disgust on Facebook, but can't sustain anything worth posting here. Because... what is there to say? A mighty military power unleashes deadly force against a civilian population. Some people within that population have dared to use violence to resist their own oppression. Therefore the entire population must be terrorized, hundreds murdered, thousands maimed, lives destroyed. Another great military power and a secon... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*Prison monitor raps Sheriff Gusman for slow pace of hiring key aides ~Jim Mustian* *La. ranked No. 47 for overall well-being of children ~BR Business Report* *'Fix My Streets' holding meeting to voice concerns ~Carolyn Scofield* *Graffiti in New Orleans ~Della Hasselle* *New Orleans-Based Planet Beach Opens in Cairo, Egypt * *Gulf Captains See Red Snapper Recreational Sector Separation in Positive Light ~GSI*

Islamist agenda

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
The news conference in Tel Aviv with Ban Ki Moon and Benjamin Netanyahu was beamed into our homes on BBC News 24 a few minutes ago. PM Netanyahu was explaining that Hamas is an extreme Islamist organisation, just like Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, Al Shabab etc. etc. meanwhile a rolling banner was crawling across the screen below........... “...........a government inquiry into evidence of an aggressive Islamist agenda in Birmingham schools finds clear evidence of extremist views........” When it was over the BBC anchor summarised the content of the news conference: “Ban Ki Moon has stro... more »

Witness Box in Iqaluit, Nunavut

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago

Carlos Spanish Kiev Air Traffic Controller Real. All His Tweets day of MH 17 shot down.

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 17 hours ago
The Spanish air traffic controller was real it has been confirmed by the industry he existed and was a controller in Kiev. He has since disappeared and his twitter account has too. His tweets were copied before the account was taken down. People are saying because the account was taken down and he has disappeared than it was faked. Now does that really make sense? No. This site is one I

NEW KIDS ON THE LAWN: The mice who aren’t inclined to roar!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 17 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014* *Part 2—Rampell on the ramparts:* Over at the Washington Post, Catherine Rampell is one of the so-called “new kids on the lawn.” We’ll advise readers not to be fooled. First, a bit of background: All across the mainstream press corps, an older generation of Sam-and-Cokies is finally leaving the stage. They came of age during the era which gave rise to the TV political talk show. Arguably, they have been the *worst* generation, a possibility we’ll explore a bit more tomorrow. All over the press corps, these mastodons are being replaced by younger, more at... more »

They Aren’t Hiding It Anymore: Calls for Genocide, Rape of Palestinian Women enter Israeli Mainstream

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
Global Research Jonathan Cook: The Blog from Nazareth As we watch the horrifying slaughter unfold in Gaza, bear in mind the Israeli psychosis that fuels and justifies it. Here are comments from three rightwing Israelis – two leading politicians and a professor – who very much reflect a strain of mainstream thinking in Israel, one that the international media largely avoids noting. Each, in their different ways, is advocating a genocide of the Palestinians. Ayelet Shaked, of economics minister Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party, calls on her Facebook page for murdering the... more »

Israel’s right to defend itself

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 18 hours ago
Joseph Massad, The Electronic Intifada Palestinians inspect a mosque in Gaza City destroyed by Israel during its 22 days of attacks on the Gaza Strip that killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, 18 January 2009. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages) Common Western political wisdom has it that when Western countries support Israeli military action against Arab countries or the Palestinian people, they do so because they support Israel’s right to defend itself against its enemies. This has always been established wisdom in Israel itself, even before the colonial settlement was established, ... more »

VETS SEND MESSAGE TO ISRAEL

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 18 hours ago
We had a presence at the Israeli consulate yesterday in Washington DC. Col. Ann Wright read the letter (below) out loud (we had a speaker system). I read my own statement (below) and then Tighe from Code Pink who supplied the graves spoke spontaneously condemning Israel and supporting Palestinian's right to live, then Helen Jaccard also spoke very strongly and then I spoke again off the cuff and from my heart as a Jew. Channel 9 had someone there and I was interviewed by phone by some news service. It was all filmed by the great Pali Wieland and of course Ellen Davidson took pictu... more »

Five Digital Changes To Respond To

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 18 hours ago
Battle lines are being drawn in the digital book arena and these are changing both in terms of goals and measures of success. The changes taking place may appear relatively small and tactical today, but their impact could be significant over time. How long they will take to deliver change is questionable, but that they will, is inevitable. Although there is much noise in the market and many are merely shouting about what they are doing and it’s often hard to determine noise from substance and authority. It is also has to be recognised that different sectors have different issues... more »

Is Rula Jebreal right about US Media Bias against Palestinians?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 18 hours ago
Juan Cole Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal points to the overwhelming bias in US media against the Palestinians, calling NBC to account for having tried to remove an Arab-American reporter from Gaza after he reported the Israeli navy’s deliberate killing of children on the beach. She also points to the stranglehold the American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby has on congressional politics toward Israel. She doesn’t mention but should the pressure organizations like CAMERA, well-heeled and powerful fanatics devoted to punishing American journalists who tell the truth... more »

A New Paper on Disaster Losses and Climate Change

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 18 hours ago
A new paper appeared in *Climatic Change* this week by Visser et al. which looks at disasters and climate change (open access here). Like other studies and the IPCC assessment, Visser et al. find no trends in normalized disaster loses, looking at several metrics of economic and human losses. They conclude: The absence of trends in normalized disaster burden indicators appears to be largely consistent with the absence of trends in extreme weather events. This conclusion is more qualitative for the number of people killed. As a consequence, vulnerability is also largely stable over ... more »

Could Obama Have Fought Harder For What He Says He Believes In?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 18 hours ago
Obama got kicked around pretty good over the weekend-- from the right and the left. Clark Judge is a right-wing propagandist and former speech writer for Reagan and one of the Bushs. Sunday his latest anti-Obama screed was published by a right-wing U.S. tabloid, *The Mail* in which the editors described him as "a top Washington insider." He may be-- but only in the circles Cheney and Bolton travel. "This weak and timid President," he insists, "talks big... and does nothing." This is followed by a few called-in right-wing talking points on the Ted Cruz/Ann Coulter-school of foreign... more »

More And Worse Conflict

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 19 hours ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/ Michael den Tandt writes that Stephen Harper's foreign policy will outlive Harper: It is axiomatic for Harper’s critics, certainly for those who churn out talking points for the Dippers, Grits and Greens, that this prime minister is a ham-fisted and embarrassingly unsubtle foreign-policy actor. The prima facie evidence is his notorious letter to the Wall Street Journal in 2003, penned with Stockwell Day, lamenting Canada’s refusal to participate in George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq. ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 19 hours ago
*Why it’s really bad that Michael Gove is gone* Following David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle yesterday, many teachers and education union leaders, together with their collective hangers-on, worked themselves up into a celebratory frenzy over the demotion of Michael Gove, the education secretary they so loved to hate. All of two minutes after the announcement of his departure #GoveGone was trending on Twitter, accompanied by increasingly competitive declarations of loathing for the man or expressions of jubilation at his demise. In contrast, the earlier news that the minister of stat... more »

The Best New York Street Food You Can Make At Home- Halal Guys Copycat

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 19 hours ago
Last year, I went to New York City for a week with my husband and my mom. It was an amazing trip — what can I say, I love New York! Even though we saw a ton of cool things, we were a little bummed by most the food we tried. We love to eat out and knew New York was a food paradise, but we must have chosen the wrong places. But there was one place that stood out above the rest and was the best food we had while we were there. No, it wasn't a fancy restaurant, it was from a food cart. At 11, one night, my husband and I were starving after a day of running around the city. We stepped ... more »

What Jews think

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
More verbiage about the interview I mentioned below. I woke up this morning (no, I’m not going to start singin’ de blues) and heard Sarah Montague announcing that we're going to hear later in the programme 'what British Jews think of the situation in Gaza.' Oh, I thought to myself, I’ll stick around. Maybe I’ll hear a different perspective from the usual BBC fare, surgically targeted emoting. You know, the precision engineered tearfulness that strikes without any collateral context whatsoever. At last, I’m thinking, we might get to hear something to counteract the wall-to-wall on... more »

Western media caught trying to frame Putin over flight MH17

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 19 hours ago
Is Western media trying to frame Putin and destroy his presidency? Mainstream media in western countries have rushed to blame Russia and pro Russia Separatists for the missile shot on MH17 flying over Ukraine on Thursday. However, at this stage there is not enough evidence to support either claims. The video below reveals another perspective that balances out the mainstream media bias: *Founder and leader of 21st Century Australia, Jamie McIntyre shares his views regarding the media coverage of this issue:* Western media is attempting to use the Malaysia Airways disast... more »

Remember the Hacked Emails (real) from Army Attache at Embassy in Kiev to Ukraine Military "Create False Flag to Blame on Russia"

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 20 hours ago
A CNBC story jogged my memory about hacked emails from March of this year. The emails were from a Jason Gresh (U.S. attache at Kiev Embassy) to an Igor Protsyk, General in the Ukraine Military. The emails are real. The CNBC story is about Russia and their 'propaganda' machine saying the CIA was behind the downing of MH17. Here are all the details: More articles about MH17 I have

Report: Foiled Domestic Terror Plots are Fed Setups

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 21 hours ago
According to a new report by Human Rights Watch, the majority of the high-profile domestic "terrorism" plots that are foiled by the feds and then trumpeted by the corrupt state-corporate are in fact set-ups. It is the ultimate in self-justification for a bloated federal law enforcement system that continues to suck up taxpayer money while growing like a cancer. The war on terror has always been a massive fraud, conveniently providing cover for a massive expansion of the police state, the creation of the monstrosity that is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the lynchpin up... more »

July 21: lean pickings

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 21 hours ago
(Sorry to be late with this one. My daughter, her husband and my granddaughter were at the shore - and today was my last chance to see them. I'll do a blog on the July 22 paper, and generally figure out a way to catch up while I also get a tooth pulled this week. Oh, joy.) The biggest story (perhaps the only story) in section A is that a new shoe store is coming to Moncton. We're on the edge of the greatest crisis in history. Newstoday has three stories on it - and altogether they take up less space than the obituaries. All three stories are heavily biased - a bias which is to be f... more »

Al Stewart, “Roads To Moscow”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Al Stewart, “Roads To Moscow” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ZG6tRGMYk War, hatred, death... we never learn, do we? And it will never, ever end...

Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter crashes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Mi-35 Hind]Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters says investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances that led to the crash of a Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter on training mission Monday afternoon. The Mi-35 Helicopter, according to the Defence Headquarters crashed due to a technical fault at a location South of Bama. It is not clear if any life was lost but the Defence Headquarters has ruled out possibility of any attack. Read more

Oregon Contractor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding US

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: OH-58 Kiowa]An Oregon defense contractor has pleaded guilty to selling $10 million worth of phony parts for attack helicopters and military vehicles to the U.S. government, including a locknut that secures the rotor on the Kiowa attack helicopter. According to court records, the company Kustom Products Inc., a longtime seller of truck and RV parts based in Coos Bay; owner Harold Ray Bettencourt II, and four employees pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland to conspiracy to defraud the United States. "These crooks took deliberate actions to supply defective e... more »

MH17: Russians claim Ukrainian jet flew close to plane

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Su-25 Frogfoot]A senior Russian officer has claimed that a Ukrainian military jet was flying just a few kilometres from the Malaysian Airlines plane minutes before it was downed, while also refuting allegations that it had provided separatists with BUK missile launchers. In a statement to a press conference today, Lieutenant-General Andrei Kartopolov said the Defence Ministry would like to know "why the military jet was flying along [the same civil aviation lines] at almost the same time and at the same level as a passenger plane." The SU-25 was, Mr Kartopolov says, gaining ... more »

Airbus Seeks Pan-European Drone Pact to Challenge Taranis

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 23 hours ago
[image: Barracuda UAV]Airbus Group NV (AIR) said it favors a pan-European deal on military drones after an Anglo-French agreement from which it’s excluded received government backing and the U.K.’s Taranis model began testing stealth technology. A bilateral approach to developing a combat drone that could succeed aircraft such as the Eurofighter ignores both the capabilities of other countries and the success of more inclusive aerospace programs, Domingo Urena-Raso, who heads Airbus’s military-aircraft operations, said in an interview. “It won’t be enough,” Urena-Raso said at the F... more »

Bad morning

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 23 hours ago
The Today programme trailed this interview with Mira Bar Hillel and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner as “What British Jews think of what is happening in Gaza” or “What Israeli Jews think of what Israel is doing”. This interview hardly needs any further comment. However if there’s anyone reading this who doesn’t know who Mira B-H is, let’s just say she’s not a representative of “British Jews” in any way shape or form. By promoting her untypical opinions the media is clearly exploiting a disturbed individual as provocateur for their own cynical ratings campaign. That’s the Guardian fee... more »

US Marines Testing Unmanned Support Vehicle

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
We generally think of autonomous vehicles as the future of motoring that will help make the roadways safer and our commutes less boring, the U.S. military is looking at other ways of using this technology to keep our troops safe. For that, meet GUSS – the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate being developed by the U.S. Marines. Showcased during the same Marine Corps Warfighting Lab that brought us video of the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC), GUSS is a proof-of-concept vehicle showing how autonomous technologies could be used in military vehicle applications. Read more

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*This weathercaster has earned farmers’ trust. He also believes climate change doesn’t exist* *This is a rather idiotic reporter from WaPo -- A business reporter. Seems to think every Warmist believes any bad weather is part of AGW trend. Reporter goes to absurd lengths to make skeptic look like lone extremist. Despite all peer reviewed studies and data showing extremes having no trend or declining* Bledsoe has cultivated a strong following among the tough men and women with whom he’s able to identify. “We give this guy a little more credence than we do others because he comes... more »

NASA Pilots Fly U-2 ‘Spy Plane’ Civil Variant for Polar Data Collection

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Lockheed ER-2]Two NASA research pilots separately flew a civil variant of the U-2 military reconnaissance aircraft last week to study diminishing sea-ice levels in the Arctic region, Alaska Dispatch News reported Thursday. Dermot Cole writes that pilots Tim Williams and Daniel Steele took turns flying the ER-2 jet to 60,000 feet and providing assistance from the ground for NASA’s polar climate change research project. The Lockheed Martin-built aircraft will aim to complete up to 48 hours of environmental flight missions through the end of July. Read more

Japan, South Korea, U.S. begin search and rescue exercise

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: USS George Washington]South Korea, the United States and Japan held two days of search and rescue drills south of the southern island of Jeju on Monday, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. The exercise, known as SAREX, has been held once or twice a year. This week’s drills started Monday and wrapped up Tuesday. The preceding exercise took place in South Korea’s southern waters in October. Read more

3 Strong & Beautiful Girls - Ainsley, Rylee & Rheann

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
Source of photo: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/young-cancer-patients-viral-photo-remission-article-1.1872349

Fire onboard Naval warship; no casualties

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: INS Savitri]A "minor" fire broke out in one of the living compartments of warship 'INS Savitri' in the Naval dockyard here but there were no casualties. It was the 16th reported mishap involving naval personnel and assets after the sinking of the Russian-origin submarine INS Sindhurakshak in August last year in which all the 18 personnel on board were killed. The "minor" fire, suspected to have been caused by an electrical short circuit, was reported on Saturday and it was brought under control by the duty staff on the ship, a statement from Navy said here today. Read more

Russia—Oko-1 Early Warning Satellite Replacement Expected By Q4 (Launch Preparations)

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Proton-M carrier rocket]The 14F142 will be pushed into a Tundra orbit (an identical orbit as the Oko-1, but with twice the orbital period) via a Soyuz2.1b launch vehicle, with Kommersant reporting that the instruments payload were built by Kometa Corporation. These instruments are purported to be able to identify cruise missile launches as well as firings from submarines. The flight parameters of launched missiles will also be calculated, which will aid Russian ground based radar stations to lock onto in-flight targets—with a like response then likely from the Russian mili... more »

Russian Navy gets analogue of P-8 Poseidon aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: Il-38 May]The Russian Navy is now equipped with a modernised Ilyushin Il-38 aircraft, designed to hunt down and destroy enemy submarines. The plane is equipped with a conceptually new targeting system and is another example of how platforms long used by the army and navy have been given a new lease of life after modernisation. The Il-38 – the military version of the famous Il-1 airliner – made its maiden flight as far back as 1961. At that time, the aircraft was equipped with the Berkut targeting and navigation system. The main purpose of these aircrafts was to patrol terri... more »

U.S. Navy is evaluating MBDA’s Dual Mode Brimstone for its F/A-18 Super Hornet jets

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 1 day ago
[image: CGI of an F/A-18E Super Hornet]Navy Recognition has learned that the U.S. Navy is beginning environmental and integration analysis of the UK’s combat proven Dual Mode Brimstone missile for F/A-18 Super Hornets. This activity is funded and being managed by the US Navy. Additionally, two recent positive reports from committees of the U.S Congress have expanded the funding in Fiscal Year 2015 by $10M for Dual Mode Brimstone on F/A-18s and asked for the Secretary of Defense’s views on dual mode missile technology. This news is matched by the UK MOD funding BAE Systems 5M Briti... more »

CMS: a \(2.1\TeV\) right-handed \(W_R^\pm\)-boson

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
Since the beginning of this month, the ATLAS and CMS collaborations have reported several intriguing excesses such as the apparent enhancement of the \(W^+W^-\) cross section (which may be due to some large logarithms neglected by theorists, as a recent paper indicated), a flavor-violating Higgs decay, leptoquarks, and a higgsino excess, among others. Bizarrely enough, all of us missed another, 2.8-sigma excess exactly one week ago: *CMS:* Search for heavy neutrinos and \(W^\pm_R\) bosons with right-handed couplings in proton-proton collisions at \(\sqrt{s} = 8 \TeV\) (arXiv) The o... more »

Uninformed

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day ago
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Robert Sutter Rocks on China

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
*CNN* Fareed Zakaria speaks with former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski about Israel's military operation in Gaza. *Israeli **Prime Minister Netanyahu on CNN told Wolf Blitzer that the invasion of Gaza was a strategy to demilitarize Gaza, explaining the use of force. But it has been quite a robust use of force…Do you think that it is going to succeed, the Israeli strategy?* No, I think he is making a very serious mistake. When Hamas in effect accepted the notion of participation in the Palestinian leadership, it in effect acknowledged the determination of t... more »

ISIS Using Bitcoin to Finance Terrorism?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
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Quick announcement from @ the Chalk Face radio show

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

"PUT THE PALESTINIANS ON A DIET"

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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. […]

WAR CRIMES IN GAZA

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day 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 »

THE ISRAELIS' BIG LIE

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 - 1 day 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 »

Loyal, but why?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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)

EXCELLENT INTERVIEW WITH FORMER LONDON MAYOR

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Its not exotic but it is photogenic. If I get enough likes I will post more.

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
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WATCHING THE MEDIA SPIN

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

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

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