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Thursday, July 24, 2014

24 July - Blogs I'm Following

10:30pm MDST

Stratbase Forum on ASEAN Competitiveness

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 44 minutes ago
Last Wednesday, I attended a Citizen Watch round table discussion on "An Economic Reform Agenda for ASEAN Competitiveness" organized by the Stratbase Research Institute (SRI), a Makati-based think tank. It was held at the Tower Club, 33rd floor of Philam Life building. I think it was my first time to see that place. Nice. Only 10 of us were invited, nine came.Photo below, from left: Dr. Epictetus "Lingling" Patalinghug of the UP College of Business Administration and Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) fellow; Calixto "Toti" Chikiamco, President of the FEF; Dr. Dindo Manhit, Presi... more »

Obama: MH17 incident may 'stiffen the spine' of European partners on sanctions

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
Cui Bono? *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


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, time stays, we go." - Henry Austin Dobson

Leo Buscaglia, "'Loving"' Excerpt

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"'Loving"' Excerpt* by Leo Buscaglia "Emotional detachment, maintaining our distance from others, is being prescribed as a solution for avoiding pain. Neglect and abuse of children and the aged is a growing problem. Social and religious institutions, which in the past helped to set standards of behavior and brought people together in companionship, are actively downgraded. Individualism, independence, and personal freedom are valued above love, commitment, and cooperation. Examining the complex nature involved in loving each other (the dynamic and ever changing nature of two or ...more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Chet Raymo, "Matters of Life and Death"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Matters of Life and Death"* by Chet Raymo "For the past few days I've have passed this poor bedraggled creature on the sidewalk. I cannot help but think of that essay in Lewis Thomas' "The Lives of a Cell" called "Death In the Open." How rare it is, he writes, to see a dead wild animal. He mentions squirrels in particular. They teem in his backyard, he says, all year long, but he has never seen, anywhere, a dead squirrel. It is always a queer shock, part a sudden upwelling of grief, part unaccountable amazement. It is simply astounding to see a dead animal on the highway. The ou... more »

They Tracked the MH17 Missile from Space but Just Can't Seem to Find a Whole Boeing 777 Anywhere

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
Truthstream Media *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

"Never, Never, Never..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Defeat is a state of mind; No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.” - Bruce Lee

“Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself” – How Much do They Pay you to Say That?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
Global Research Chris Wrinn created these cartoons with an aim to have activists and the media stop heckling. Here is a more productive approach: ask U.S. Congressional representatives and Canadian Members of Parliament one question: “How much do they pay you to say that?” every time they repeat the pro-Israeli talking points at their press conferences. Repeated often enough it might start to sink into a few minds. Please distribute to your friends, enemies, groups, lists, Facebook, Twitter etc., as you find appropriate. *You can visit our Gaza article archive here. * ... more »

How Israel Uses Twitter, Facebook & Tinder to Legitimize Murder | Brainwash Update

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
Public diplomacy in Israel (also hasbara) (Hebrew: הַסְבָּרָה‎ hasbará, "explaining") refers to public relations efforts to disseminate abroad positive information about Israel. The term is used by the Israeli government and its supporters to describe efforts to explain government policies and promote Israel in the face of negative press, and to counter what they see as delegitimisation of Israel around the world. Hasbara means "explanation", and is also a euphemism for propaganda. *You can visit our Gaza article archive here. **Poll: Does the United States' support of ... more »

Stanford biologist warns of early stages of Earth's 6th mass extinction event

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Bjorn Carey James Temple image The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data published in Science, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the rema... more »

Nothing Says 'Free Society' Like Secret Gov't Pre-Crime Watch Lists

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
*Youtube* See leaked government rule book on what might land you on the terror watch list here. Be the Change! Donate Today! Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner

"The Most Harrowing, Heart-Breaking Dispatches from Palestinians in Gaza"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Most Harrowing, Heart-Breaking Dispatches from Palestinians in Gaza"* By Graham Liddell "As Israeli forces bombard the Gaza Strip by air, land, and sea, some 1.8 million Palestinians are largely stuck inside their homes, shaken by relentless explosions, wondering if and when their turn to die will come. When death does strike, international media will recalculate the tally of the dead, dropping names if those in question are old or children, but otherwise leave untold the stories of their time alive on the crowded sliver of land they called home. Isolated and with nowhere to f... more »

AP Reporter Clashes Again with State Dept "Is there a YouTube video you can back that up with?"

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
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BESE President Roemer Might Have to Sue for the Right to Sue Jindal

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
So, I thought that there might be more lawsuits to add to the two that were filed on July 21 and 22, one against the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) by 17 lawmakers regarding the slighting of proper procedure for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in July 2010, and one against […]

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
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Satire: “Rick Perry Orders Dallas Cowboys to Mexican Border”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Rick Perry Orders Dallas Cowboys to Mexican Border”* by Andy Borowitz DALLAS (The Borowitz Report)— “In his boldest move yet to address the immigration crisis, on Thursday Texas Governor Rick Perry dispatched the Dallas Cowboys to the United States’ border with Mexico. In a photo opportunity with the Cowboys and several of the team’s cheerleaders, Perry explained the rationale behind his latest decision. “Those who would cross our borders illegally will have to contend with the power and fury of America’s Team,” he said. Critics of the move dismissed it as political theatre, noti...more »

ALEC - Cronyism, Corruption, Perversion

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
But - no - that's not what they are writing about. Ever heard the old adage Poking at a Hornets nest Ever been told *Don’t do that?* Well - - - - As the Right-wing reports it Report: Rampant Tax Favoritism And Lack Of Transparency In State Governments A new report released by the American Legislative Exchange Council looks at widespread state government favoritism through the tax code, in which specific individuals and businesses are treated unequally and given tax carve-outs. , which according to ALEC, distorts the market and should be replaced with a simpler and more competit... more »

Jews crassly exploiting genocidal slaughter of Palestinians to solicit donations

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 5 hours ago
The organized Jewish community, through its various cultural and religious organizations and political lobbies, is *constantly* engaging in fundraising campaigns. In fact, Jews seem perfectly incapable of actually producing a product or engaging in some sort of productive economic activity. For example, rather than farming or manufacturing a useful product, Jews solicit donations for their non-profit organizations and charities, engage in usury and financial fraud, and spread their subversive, degenerate, and destructive (for everyone other than Jews that is) ideas in the media, Ho... more »

this year's mini garden and a mini pupdate

laura k at wmtc - 6 hours ago
This year's garden-ette is completely out of control! In a very good way. Here's June. And here's today. No idea what I'm going to do with all the zucchini. Neither of us bakes, so zucchini bread and muffins are not an option. Guess I'd better start Googling... This eggplant is tiny right now, but I suppose soon I'll need those recipes, too. Random Diego pic. And because you're never too old to be a puppy, Tala recently fell in love with an empty peanut butter jar. No idea why.

happy blogiversary to wmtc

laura k at wmtc - 6 hours ago
This month - July 11, 2014 - I have been blogging for 10 years. Ten years! I clearly remember telling Allan I was considering beginning a blog about emigrating to Canada. He thought it was a great idea. July 11, 2004. I was working weekends at my (incredibly easy, wildly overpaid) job at Most Evil Corporate Law Firm. Our applications had been submitted, and we were waiting. August 30, 2015 will be the 10-year anniversary of our move to Canada, but I felt the 10-year anniversary of wmtc was worth a mention. Thanks for being part of what I love* about blogging. * Or hate, in some cases

Forsaken Places

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 6 hours ago
Wit's End is primarily about the subject of trees dying prematurely from air pollution, and so most of the images on the blog are of damaged foliage and trees falling on houses and so forth. At the same time, I am very fond of taking photos of abandoned farms, cemeteries and other scenes of evocative loss, which I love for their atmosphere of decay. This collection of pictures - of deteriorating buildings and cars, where nature is reclaiming the ephemeral detritus of human civilization - is taken from earlier posts at Wit's End (as a link for another project in the works). A trip ... more »

"He Who Makes The Rules Never Goes To Jail For Breaking Them"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"He Who Makes The Rules Never Goes To Jail For Breaking Them"* by Martin Armstrong "Working for the government was always pitched as somehow being better guaranteed than risky corporations. However, he who makes the laws never goes to jail for breaking them - a plain fact of life. The problem with government pensions has been they promised whatever sounded nice, with zero accountability. The presumption that tax revenue was an endless pit is one of those fallacies that nobody ever investigates. It was the city of Mainz where the Gutenberg printing press was invented. This created... more »

Rockets from Gaza are morally justified and are not contrary to international law

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 6 hours ago
By Dr. Denis G. Rancourt Many well-meaning observers who indiscriminately oppose violence and who support Palestine against its ruthless oppressor Israel have condemned the Hamas rockets launched towards Israel. To condemn the rockets is misguided at best. To condemn the rockets supports Israel in its war crimes against Gaza. To condemn the rockets is also pompous, paternalistic, and

Fifty Shades of Grey

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
The trailer for the much anticipated *Fifty Shades of Grey* adaptation touched down today. Looks stylish. Due for release on Valentine's Day next year, it's getting billed as a "romantic drama". That's like describing Ron Jeremy as "an actor". Whatever. *Fifty Shades* is a proven literary juggernaut, with some 60 million books sold. Not bad for a trilogy that began life as *Twilight* fan fiction. And as I was busy doing anything but blogging when the books came out, the trailer's release is the perfect opportunity to throw down some words. First off, snooty reviews like Salman Rush... more »

Far out MH17 theory Man!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
I still think it most likely that the Russian Rebels by accident took down MH17. However the finger pointing has a certain Macbeth entertainment value. The coldest Dick Cheney like post of the day. *"According to the colonel, at 16:19:45, a Ukrainian jet fighter targeted the Boeing with an air-to-air missile R-60. The missile damaged the right engine of the Boeing. The Boeing was hit, but still managed to stay in the air. However, in doing so, the Boeing turned 180 degrees to the left. It was at this moment that the false flag attack started falling apart. According to Zhilin, par... more »

And so it goes!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
Yep the police are doing that!

[Random number] things to know about _Words And Pictures_

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
So on $2.50 Tuesday at a local second-run movie theatre, since I was in the vicinity to dispatch some banking business, I decided to go watch something. _Words And Pictures_ seemed moderately interesting: Australian director Fred Schepisi; Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen in lead roles. Unfortunately it is set in the USA, yet shot in British Columbia passing for New England. Thus it gets the Vegas treatment rather than a quieter, gentler interpretation of an intriguing narrative. Consequently Owen reprises the Hemingway bombast he perfected in an earlier role. He plays Jack Marcus:... more »

Ukraine's Government Crumbles- Yatsenyuik resigns- US hurls new accusations

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
**Updated with new accusations and additional information- scroll down, please* *Interesting timing for the rats to jump ship?* Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, a *"pro-Western technocrat" *who has guided the Ukrainian government through the tumultuous months since the ouster of President Viktor F. Yanukovyvch, resigned abruptly on Thursday, after the governing coalition of Parliament collapsed. “I declare my resignation in connection with the collapse of the coalition and blocking of government initiatives,” Mr. Yatsenyuk said from the rostrum of Parliament, according to Ukrainian news servi... more »

McDonald's Stands By Meat Supplier Amid Shanghai Food Scandal

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
Heather Callaghan One of the latest food scares has rocked Shanghai, China and the restaurant chains serving patrons there. Recent revelations have also rocked trust in the processed food system. A TV report on Sunday showed workers at a branch of Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, owned by Illinois-based OSI Group, using expired meats and those that had fallen on the floor. Yesterday, five people connected to the company were arrested and detained by Shanghai police. Yum Brands Inc which owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut have cut ties with the company. Starbucks pulled away too, af... more »

University of Texas Student Arrested for Terrorism Felt Austin was Safest Place for Muslims

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
*UT student suspected of terrorism believed in “balance”* Julie Wilson In mid-June, two Austin men were arrested on charges related to terrorism, one of them being University of Texas student, Rahat Khan, and the other, Michael Wolfe, also known as Faruq. Both men, 23, were charged with “conspiring to provide material support to terrorists,” according to the Department of Justice. The criminal complaint against Khan alleges that he conspired to “recruit people to travel overseas to support terrorist activities including committing violent jihad,” and that he used the Authenti... more »

Missouri Voters to Consider State Privacy Amendment With National Implications

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
In a referendum that could ultimately have national implications, Missouri voters will go to the polls Aug. 5 with the opportunity to add protection for electronic data and communications to their state constitution. Amendment 9 would give “electronic data and communications” the same state constitutional protections as “persons, homes, papers and effects.” This would eliminate any constitutional ambiguity surrounding electronic data and specifically bar state agencies from accessing it without a warrant in most cases. By prohibiting state agents from “accessing” warrantles... more »

FAIR Act Introduced to Stop Policing for Profit

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
Sen. Rand Paul yesterday introduced S. 2644, the FAIR (Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration) Act, which would protect the rights of citizens and restore the Fifth Amendment's role in seizing property without due process of law. Under current law, law enforcement agencies may take property suspected of involvement in crime without ever charging, let alone convicting, the property owner. In addition, state agencies routinely use federal asset forfeiture laws; ignoring state regulations to confiscate and receive financial proceeds from forfeited property. The FAIR Act would ... more »

Internet Sales Tax Quietly Moving Through Congress

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
Image source Eric Blair *Activist Post* Big retailers, including Amazon, have been lobbying long and hard for it, and now the Internet sales tax is back after being quietly reintroduced in the US Senate last week. The Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act would force customers to pay sales taxes for online purchases from out-of-state online merchants, and it forces online retailers to collect and remit separately sales taxes to all US territories. Washington Post says "Currently, officials can only levy sales taxes on retailers who have a physical presence, be it a st... more »

Government Confiscation of Dormant Assets

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
Ted Bauman From my father Bob Bauman, I inherited an affinity for the great American vaudeville and film comic, W.C. Fields. For those who remember him, W.C. is best known for his drinking habits and his creative partnership with another great star of his era, Mae West — she of “come up and see me some time” fame. W.C.’s unique brand of humor — like that of the Marx Brothers, my appreciation for which signifies another Bauman idiosyncrasy — is rooted in a healthy disdain for convention and distrust of authority. But W.C. was like many of us in another way: he practiced a soun... more »

The significance of a forgotten CIA document: MKULTRA

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
image source Jon Rappoport This June 27, 1994, document is stored at the National Security Archive at The George Washington University. It was written by a CIA advisory committee, and forwarded to the Presidential Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, which was preparing public hearings at the time. The document has many interesting implications. In this article, I want to focus on two. The first point concerns the CIA mind control program, MKULTRA. Here is a key quote: “In the 1950s and 60s, the CIA engaged in an extensive program of human experimentation [MKULT... more »

Supplemental: Scholar addresses Baltimore club!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014* *Baltimoreans unveil their concerns:* We’ve returned from a chic luncheon address to the ladies of The Hamilton Street Club, one of Baltimore’s great institutions. In the group’s former stable turned salon, Baltimoreans unveiled their concerns. We were pleased to see that a number of ladies were willing to volunteer the thought that Maureen Dowd is perhaps just a bit overwrought. Yesterday, the New York Times expressed that thought in a slightly different way. The paper announced, at the bottom of page A25, that Maureen Dowd is “off.” We were even mor... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
The US just sold $11 billion worth of Patriot missile parts and Apache attack helicopters to Qatar. Although the US considers Qatar an ally in the Middle East, the State Department recently accused the country of funding al-Qaeda in Syria as well as the organization best known as ISIS in Iraq. And according to the Washington Institute, David Cohen, the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Qatar is a "permissive terrorist financing environment." So...are they a friend or foe, and should the US be arming them? The Resident discusses.

The Coming Calamity, The Coming Resistance

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
Dees Illustration Devon Douglas-Bowers Currently, the world is facing a number of problems, politically, socially and economically. While we may be paying attention to important stories such as the Islamic State’s movements in Iraq and the ongoing fighting in the Gaza Strip which are extremely important, there are dealings being made behind our backs of which we know virtually nothing about. There are major international trade deals in the works and the government seems to be getting prepared for the fallout. *The Trans-Pacific Partnership* The Trans-Pacific Partnership (T... more »

“We lost contact with the plane.” Really?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
Jon Rappoport Today—Air Algerie Flight 5017, from Burkina Faso to Algiers crashed, according to “officials.” Some of these officials state contact with the plane was lost an hour after takeoff. You can probably remember similar statements about other doomed flights: lost contact. Wasn’t that the case on 9/11? “Lost contact” appears to cover all available means of communication. Nothing on radar screens. Radio inoperative. No transponder signals picked up. In this day and age, with a blizzard of technology available to track and surveil, what is going on? Commercial jets h... more »

Police Militarization: The New Search and Seizure

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
Ted Bauman As World War I drew to a close in November 1918, over 2.5 million soldiers of the Imperial German Army remained in the field. They brought training, experience and battle-hardened attitudes with them as they streamed back across Germany’s borders. These *soldaten* soon found ways to deploy their skills at home. Supported by Minister of Defense Gustav Noske, right-wingers — including one Corporal Adolf Hitler — organized ex-soldiers into *Freikorps*, and armed them with surplus military weaponry. These militia brutally crushed Germany’s nascent post-war democratic ... more »

If you think that Israel is justified to carry out their murderous attacks on hundreds of un-armed men, women, and children, it is certainly due to a bias forced upon an all-to-happy-to-comply "mainstream media" so long as they can keep their despicable jobs. The woman in the picture below believes that anyone with moral principals would seek to stop a genocide before worrying about his/her job. Please watch this inspiring video. However, this is now the third DemocracyNow! interview that I've come across to have been censored by way of blocking the function of the embed code. Accordingly, you will need to watch the original by clicking the link below the picture.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 10 hours ago
------------------------------ *WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014 * *MSNBC’s Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Gov’t Bias at Network & in US Media* *http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/23/msnbcs_sole_palestinian_voice_rula_jebreal* *Topics* *Gaza**, Media Analysis, Israel & Palestine* *Guests* *Rula Jebreal*, Palestinian author and political analyst who frequently appears on MSNBC. She worked for many years as a broadcast journalist in Italy, where she also covered the Middle East. She is the author of Miral, which was made into a film by J... more »

Thursday Linkage: Gaza, Russia, Rhinos

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
This past week has been a doozy for awful international news, and I’ve been thinking about a post on Gaza, another on Russia, possibly a third on immigration, or staying in my lane of expertise by commenting on wildlife conservation, the environment, and public health. Well, Thursday is upon us, and I’ve taken the path Continue reading

Seriousness of charge and 11(b) balancing

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
R. v. Stilwell, 2014 ONCA 563: [61] Lastly, in my view, while the trial judge did not err in finding some prejudice, she significantly under-emphasized the seriousness of the charges against the respondent and society's interest in having them tried on their merits. At p. 787 of Morin, Sopinka J. stated that as the seriousness of the offence increases, so does the societal demand that the accused be brought to trial. Further, as McLachlin J. (as she then was) stated in her concurring reasons in Morin, at p. 812: "Where the accused suffers little or no prejudice, it is ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago

July 24:"Metro's first Tim's to be rebuilt"

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 11 hours ago
Yes. it's on the front page. I mean, this is big. After all, the site is the same one as the first Tim's ever built outside Ontario. A couple of days ago, there was a first page story on how the restaurant just got closed. And there was a picture so you could see it was closed. And there is a picture in the new story, too, for those who still don't know what a Tim's looks like. There's an interesting story on A4, "Francophone women's group sets out demands before vote." But it goes downhill from there. P. A3, for example, has a story on provincial liquor sales. This is the only news... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Post by Khalid Bounouar.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Note the disregard Netanyahu has for the US....which gives him $3.1 billion a year. This video reminds me of a story that old friend Nat Kaplan told me years ago in Delray Beach, Florida. Nat had been an early union activist in the CIO when it was merged with the AFL. I would annually, for close to 20 years, be invited to speak to the predominately Jewish peace group in Nat's community. Each time, before my talk, someone would pull me aside and tell me not to mention Israel or else there would be a big fight in the group. At the end of my talk the tall and handsome Nat would st... more »

Hamas Al Qassam offices are next to the emergency room at Shifa Hospital

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
'... the Palestinian journalist was summoned by the security services of Hamas on Sunday. "I received a call from a private number. They summoned me to Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza City center, " explains Radjaa. He carried with him his two phones, his press card and a small camera. A few meters from the emergency room where the injured from bombings are constantly flowing, in the outpatient department, he was received in "a small section of the hospital used as administration" by a band of young fighters. They were all well dressed, which surprised Radjaa, "in civilian clothing... more »

Why do they keep saying Dan Markel must have known his killer because he opened the door...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*don't most people open their door when someone knocks on it?* From ABC news: A criminal law professor at Florida State University gunned down at his home was shot in the side of the head at relatively close range, ABC News has exclusively learned. Professor Dan Markel, 41, was fatally shot Saturday in the Betton Hills section of Tallassee, Florida, a neighborhood marked by Spanish moss and ranch-style homes. Investigators believe Markel knew his killer and may have literally opened his door to his own death. “He was the intended target in this situation,” Tallahassee Police D... more »

Indiscriminate Air Strikes By Iraq’s Army On Civilian Targets

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
When the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) surrounded Fallujah in January 2014 it quickly turned to indiscriminate shelling of the city. Some of the strikes were targeted against insurgents, but the vast majority appeared to be simply lobbing mortar and artillery shells into Fallujah in the apparent belief that it was all enemy territory and therefore legitimate. Now that most of northern Iraq has fallen to insurgents the ISF has began using air strikes more and more against civilian targets with no apparent concern for casualties. The Iraqi Army’s air arm has hit cities and towns in N... more »


Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago
To all the educators out there: did you ever catch yourself saying you’re “just” a teacher? As I contemplate my future participation in any and all public conversations on education reform and activism, the one thing that gives me pause is that, without the activism and public commentary, I’m just a Kindergarten teacher. I seriously […]

The Austerity Diaries: How Long Can You Go Without Spending Money?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Daisy Luther Most people spend money every single day. I’m not talking about your day-to-day necessities like house payments and fuel for the vehicle. I’m talking about those little impulse buys that most of us make without thinking twice about them. We spend more money on silly things than we realize. If you spend money on the following, you could go a lot longer than you think without spending. - Drive-thru coffee - Delivery or takeout pizza - Lunches out with friends from work - Buying a drink while you are out - Buying magazines - Going for manicur... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Israel calls them feral wild uncontrollable unwilling to surrender savages terrorists the wild cats Palestinians want warm milk and a safe place to sleep respect and fair treatment love if possible dignity is a must


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*Syed Wali Shah 7 years old, killed by an American Drone strike. Momina Bibi, mother and midwife, killed by an American drone strike. Tairk Aziz, 16, killed by an American drone strike… This Must Stop!* We, members of the Atlantic Life Community, come to Hancock Air Force Base [Syracuse, NY], the national maintenance and control center of the MQ9 Reaper Drone, to protest these lethal drones, the latest weapon being used in endless war. We are a community of peacemakers who resist war, racism and greed. We stand here today in solidarity with the men, women and children being terr... more »

Jeremy Bowen's Gaza notebook: "I saw no evidence of Hamas using Palestinians as human shields"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has written a 'Gaza notebook' for the *New Statesman*. (Well, did you *really* think it would be for the *Spectator *or the *Jewish Chronicle*?). It is strikingly opinionated, even by his standards. He uses it to dispute Benjamin Netanhayu's claims that Hamas uses civilians as human shields; indeed, even going so far as to paint Hamas in a rather protective-sounding light: I saw Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, giving an interview to the BBC after Israel had killed more than 60 people in the Gaza district of Shejaiya. He said ... more »

Bill Whittle: The Case for Israel...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*Civilization vs Barbarity *

FAA Lifts Ban on U.S. Flights to Israel

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
[image: Mideast Israel Palestinians] Dan Balilty/AP *A departure flight board displays canceled and delayed flights at Ben Gurion International Airport a day after the FAA imposed a ban on flights.* The Associated Press Jul 24th 2014 6:00AM WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The decision was effective at 11:45 p.m. Eastern time. "Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counter... more »

The Problems of Bioaccumulation and Synergy

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
I've written extensively about the problem of bio-accumulation that occurs as toxins in the environment are stored within the body. Please see this post for details http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/unbelievable-us-government-promotes.html The combined effects of "low-levels" of stored toxins are never studied in the tests conducted for FDA and EPA approval processes. Yet, chemical synergies can threaten health and reproduction. Add radioactive decay to the mix and you have a recipe for species collapse. We see this process occurring with bees, as this insightful edito... more »

NEW KIDS ON THE LAWN: Their technical work!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014* *Part 3—What ever happened to standards:* As the so-called “worst generation” of journalists exits the stage, they are often being replaced by eager young Ivy League kids. These replacements come from the finest schools, though you wouldn’t necessarily discern this fact from their frequently horrible work. In some settings, these bright young kids are simply accepting the broken norms of their establishment news orgs. At the Washington Post, Philip Rucker (Yale 2006) recently became head spear-chucker in his newspaper’s never-ending jihad against the Clint...more »

Late breakfast

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 15 hours ago

Politics as Usual

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
*The 193 north of Ruisui.* Ah, the KMT, still the world's richest political party. Ma had promised to sell off the Party's assets and put everything in trusts. LOL. For weeks I've been wondering when the lack of professionalism of Ko Wen-je, the pan-Green candidate for Taipei mayor, would show itself. This week it was the Ko campaign's hiring of an alternative service military conscript as the campaign office's technical advisor that gave us a double whammy -- first, hiring in-service military people for political campaigns is probably technically legal, but not a bright thing to d... more »

Pointing out the obvious of initial reports between Algerie Flight losing contact and MH17 losing contact.

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 15 hours ago
It appears a horrible crash may have happened with another commercial airline today. An Air Algerie flight has had no contact with Air Traffic Control and it is feared it crashed and is labeled missing at this time. There is a search for the Algerie plane as they are not sure where it is. (update, they have found it crashed in Mali) I am seeing the headlines every where about the missing


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Be your own boss, British employment minister tells pupils* Middle-class children should believe that setting up their own business is every bit as good as going to university and working for a big company, the employment minister has said. Esther McVey told The Daily Telegraph that self-employment should be given the same social status and respect as the more conventional university route into employment. The Conservative Party should be championing those who have the “spark” to create their own businesses and become “little engines” of wealth creation in their communities, she ... more »

There's Only One Word For It -- Tyranny

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/ In the wake of the news that the Harper government has directed the CRA to audit PEN Canada, Linda McQuaig asks,"Why is Harper punishing charities while letting tax cheats off the hook?" This beefing-up of tax audits of charities is particularly striking when compared to Harper’s laid-back approach to auditing the *real* bad guys: corporations and citizens using offshore tax havens to cheat the government out of billions of dollars in revenue. Indeed, the allocation of an extra $13 million to c... more »

If you read nothing else today read this article by Kay Wilson

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Here's a brief extract, but do read it all ' Without exception, the Palestinian leadership has sabotaged every single offer that a mediator has brought to the table. But even now—and most bizarrely of all—the world lays the blame inequitably on Israel.' More here http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-terror-from-within/

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

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Further to an earlier post... DB at *Biased BBC* has followed up his spotting of a particularly biased tweet from a BBC journalist with the self-same journalist's apology: I sincerely apologised for making partisan comments on the situation in #Gaza - it was against my employer's guidelines. Lessons learned! — Naziru Mikail (@nazirumikailu) July 23, 2014 (He probably meant "I sincerely apologise" rather than "I sincerely apologised"). On previous occasions, DB's catches have resulted in the Head of BBC News, whether it be Helen Boaden or Mary Hockaday, sending out emails to BBC ... more »

Hot Mic Catches Un Interpreter Saying Anti-Israel Votes Are 'A Bit Much'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
'there's other really bad Shit happening' Indeed there is but it doesn't matter, the United Nations can only agree to hate Jews http://www.vodio.com/HlgfL/hot-mic-catches-un-interpreter-saying-anti-israel-votes-are-a-bit-much


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Louisiana coastal parishes demand a surge in dollars for projects ~John Snell, WVUE* *N.O. could become a world leader in flood losses ~Amy Wold, The Advocate* *Author Interview at #RT14 in New Orleans * *Bollinger Shipyards Gets Major Coast Guard Contract* *Surveys explore U-boat, oil spill impact ~AP via Bradenton Herald* *Mardi Gras on Water ~eMissourian.com* *"There’s plenty of debauchery to be had on Missouri’s popular canoeing streams." *

Executive Order 12333: The Root of All Evil

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 17 hours ago
The cornerstone of the post-September 11, 2001 new order of unaccountable mass surveillance, data-mining and the transformation of the United States of America into a land of war and woe called *The Homeland* truly began on December 4, 1981 with then President Ronald Reagan's Executive Order 12333. Long before the USA PATRIOT Act was rammed through a cowardly Congress in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks with no legitimate debate there was 12333 or "twelve-triple-tree" as insiders refer to it. With the continuing unveiling of different aspects of what is now obviously a "turnkey t... more »

The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
By Chris Hedges *A relative inspects a Palestinian family’s apartment, destroyed by an Israeli strike in Beit Lahiya on July 19. AP/Lefteris Pitarakis* If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons t... more »

Hillel Neuer speaks out against United Nations anti Israel bias

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
UN emergency session on Gaza: Hillel Neuer speaks out http://youtu.be/fjW_H1ydFas

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates JAGM Dual-Mode Guidance Section in Second Flight Test

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM)]Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated its Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) dual-mode guidance section during a second internally funded flight test at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. During the test, the rail-mounted JAGM flew 6.2 kilometers and initially acquired the target using its precision strike, semi-active laser. The dual-mode guidance section then engaged its millimeter wave radar, and the moving target was destroyed. This flight test is a risk reduction milestone critical to Lockheed Martin’s performance on the U.S. Army’s 27-m... more »

China conducts successful third anti-missile test

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
China on Wednesday said it successfully conducted a land-based anti-missile test, stated to be the third of its kind, as part of its efforts to build a missile shield to intercept incoming warheads. Chinese military forces conducted a "land-based anti-missile technology experiment," the Ministry of National Defence announced. The experiment "achieved the desired objectives," it said, without giving details, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Read more

France Confirms Future Warship Delivery to Russia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Vladivostok LHD]President Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing the objections as hypocritical. Speaking on the eve of an EU meeting to discuss sanctions on Moscow over the downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, Hollande said late on Monday that a first Mistral warship would be handed over on schedule in October but a decision on a second would depend on Russia's attitude. It was the clearest signal yet that Paris... more »

MBDA SPEAR 3 missile would bring true anti-ship capabilities to RAF and FAA F-35s

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MBDA Artist impressions]MBDA was showcasing its SPEAR 3 missile at the Farnborough International Air Show 2014. SPEAR is MBDA’s response to a component of the UK’s Selective Precision Effects At Range air launched requirement. The weapon will maximize the potential of the UK’s future combat air capability, matching the weapon to the aircraft: “a 5th generation weapon for a 5th generation fast jet”. Read more

Australia To Build $1.5 Billion Air Combat Facilities For F-35

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35C Lightning II]Australia is to take delivery of its first F-35 fighter jet on Thursday from Lockheed Martin. It plans to buy another 72. Australia is building a $1.47 billion New Air Combat Capability Facility and has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defense Darren Chester announced on Australian Defense Forces Website. Mr Chester said the facilities project will provide new and upgraded facility and infrastructure at William town and Tindal and supported the acquisition of 72 new F-35A Joi... more »

Kiev says Ukrainian fighter jets shot down from Russian territory

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Su-25 Frogfoot]Two Ukrainian fighter jets have been shot down in the rebel-held area where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, allegedly by missiles fired from Russian soil. “According to preliminary information, the rockets were launched from Russian territory,’’ Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council claimed. The planes came down close to the village of Dmytrivka, some 45 kilometres southeast of the MH17 crash site, towards the Russian border, as they were providing air support for government infantry against separatist rebels, the statement said. Read more

PLA plans unmanned battle tanks, vehicles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: ZTZ-99 (Type 99) Main Battle Tank]Chinese military has started research on developing unmanned armoured vehicles including battle tanks for deployment in future battles as part of an ambitious plan to modernise its defences. “Unmanned ground vehicles will play a very important role in future ground combat. Realising that, we have begun to explore how to refit our armoured vehicles into unmanned ones,” Major-General Xu Hang, president of the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Armoured Forces Engineering in Beijing, was quoted as saying in the official media here on Wednesday... more »

Williamtown base radar system revealed

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Williamtown base radar]Hours before the Malaysia Airlines plane bound for Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine, the Newcastle Herald was being shown a radar defence system at Williamtown RAAF base that will play a key role in security for the G20 leaders’ summit in Brisbane in November. In the Williamtown base’s Eastern Region Operations Centre, the Herald watched on as air-battle managers engaged with a wave of RAAF fighters and a radar-carrying Boeing 737 – the E-7A Wedgetail ‘‘airborne early warning and control platform’’ – taking part in simulated war games over the oc... more »

US to give PAF two planes, Lockheed interested to turn PAF C-130s into maritime patrols

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: C-130J Super Hercules]One week old Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff disclosed United Stated will be giving the Philippine Air Force two Lockheed C-130 “Hercules” planes. “I just talked to our US counterparts, they told us they are making available another two C-130s to address our humanitarian assistance disaster relief concerns,” the AFP Chief said. Currently, the Air Force has three operational C-130s that are being used heavily during relief operations. Read more

Our overall scores are unspectacular because of our high rate of child poverty. (WSJ)

skrashen at Schools Matter - 20 hours ago
Test Scores, Students and Learning Our overall scores are unspectacular because of our high rate of child poverty. Published in the Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2014. When researchers control for the effect of poverty, American scores on international tests are at the top of the world. Our overall scores are unspectacular because of our high rate of child poverty. The U.S. has the second highest level of child poverty among all 34 economically advanced countries. In some big city public school districts, the poverty rate is over 80%. Poverty means poor nutrition, inadequate health ... more »

Ukraine must provoke Nato shake-up

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Nato cyberwarfare base]The UN wrings its hands over what's happening in Gaza, Nato wrings its hands over Putin and Ukraine. Officials at the UN are used to talking but not acting. Officials at the world's most powerful military alliance are getting increasingly used to it, it seems. They are now giving up their summer holidays to prepare for the Nato summit in Newport, Wales, on 4 and 5 September. Read more

Timelapse: aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth floated for first time

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
The UK's largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has been successfully floated out of the dock in which she was assembled. In an operation that started earlier this week, the dry dock in Rosyth near Edinburgh was flooded for the first time to allow the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier to float. It then took three hours on the 17 July to carefully manoeuvre HMS Queen Elizabeth out of the dock with just two metres clearance at either side and then berth her alongside a nearby jetty. Read more

Peru augmenting blue water capabilities with replenishment ship

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HNLMS Amsterdam]The Peruvian Navy (MGP) acquired the 17,040-ton HNLMS Amsterdam replenishment ship from the Royal Netherlands Navy in June. Amsterdam was originally launched in 1995 and will be replaced in Dutch service by the Joint Logistics Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman . The acquisition is part of the MGP's force modernisation programme that seeks to bolster Peru's naval patrol and power projection capabilities by 2025. Read more

Russia Is Using Crimea To Expand And Modernize Its Black Sea Fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Project 677 Lada Class SSK]Russia announced Wednesday that it had begun expanding and modernizing its Black Sea fleet based in Crimea with new ships and submarines, just months after annexing the peninsula from Ukraine. "Today we have started forming a powerful Black Sea fleet with an absolutely different level of air service, coastal missile and artillery troops and marines," said Alexander Vitko, the Black Sea fleet commander, in a message to servicemen. "We are preparing bases and crews to serve on new ships and submarines." Read more


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 21 hours ago
*Mega pesky: Deep Oceans have been Cooling For The Past 20 Years* *In polite scientific language, this study demolishes the Warmist explanation for "missing heat". At every point of the warmist explanation, the data show the opposite of what that explanation requires. In addition, and as even I have repeatedly pointed out, the authors note that there is no known mechanism that would cause ocean heat to move in the paradoxical way that Warmists theorize. It's all BS, to put it in layman's terms* Two of the world’s premiere ocean scientists from Harvard and MIT have addressed the... more »

Enlisted women to serve on attack submarines after 2020

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS Wyoming (SSBN-742)]With female officers having served in the boomer force for nearly three years, the Navy is aiming for women to make up a significant portion of the ballistic-missile submarine force by 2020, one of the new waypoints in the silent service’s historic integration. By 2020, the Navy plans to have women make up 20 percent of the enlisted crew on seven of the 18 Ohio-class submarines, according to the Navy’s latest integration plan. The plan also calls for enlisted women to begin serving on attack submarines after 2020, when the Block IV Virginia-class subm... more »

Anti-farmer bias at the BBC?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 23 hours ago
In other BBC bias-related news, according to the Western Daily Press: *BBC is accused of bias over livestock farming coverage* The paper quotes former farmers' leader Richard Haddock accusing the BBC of showing "anti-farmer bias" with a report suggesting beef production is 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock production. Mr Haddock's beef? That "the [BBC] report is based on studies carried out in America, where production methods are vastly different from British – but fails to make this sufficiently clear." But he says few farmers will be sur... more »

Quote without comment

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 23 hours ago
NNadir, commenting at TheEnergyCollective: And your theory is that building vast carbon dioxide waste dumps to contain 31 billion metric tons of a gaseous compound would be easier? If one builds a waste dump, it involves charging waste fees.   If one builds a power plant, one has an asset.    Which one makes economic sense?   A dump or an asset? The world's largest carbon dioxide waste

Please sir, may I have some more?

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 23 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg *Pecunia non olet *said Vaspasian, or so they say. Money doesn't stink, or so you'd think when looking at the way Florida governor Rick Scott laps it up like a cat with spilt milk. Showing up Monday at a Boca Raton, Florida home of GEO Group CEO George Zoley for his $10,000 a plate fundraiser ( another $3K if you want to come to the reception) would suggest that Scott can't smell dirty money, as Zoley's company is in the business of running private prisons -- some say the worst in the country -- that squeeze the life and health out of prisoners as well as exposing th... more »

Backyard Sanity break: Answering a question

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 23 hours ago
Went to the backyard to take a sanity break today. Ordinarily I don't shoot leafhoppers, but this shot was so lovely I broke my rule. Last month I shot these aliens in my backyard. Posting on Facebook, someone opined that they might be ladybug larva. Sure enough, I caught one in mid-transformation today. Hard to tell, but I think it is turning into... ...something like this. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

In Defense of Matt Stroud

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
(Written after reading a comment at Collapsenet.com but before reading Wes Miller's brilliant response to the original Verge article.) *By* *Jenna** Orkin* Let’s start with the observation that apart from two smearing “Conspiracy Theorist” headlines in some of the less reliable media, The Verge is the only mainstream outlet thus far to have acknowledged Mike’s death. The reasons for this are best summarized by the following passage from Nathaniel Blumberg's The Afternoon of March 30: *...the American news media have been deeply penetrated by our intelligence community. Conf... more »

Poll: 57% of Americans support Jewish genocidal slaughter in Palestine

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 1 day ago
According to a recent poll conducted by CNN, 57% of Americans support the barbaric, absolutely ruthless slaughter and destruction of the largely defenseless Christian and Muslim Arab populations in Zionist-occupied Palestine. The *Jewish Telegraph Agency* reports: A majority of Americans back Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip, according to a poll. *Fifty-seven percent of Americans see Israel’s actions as justified*, with 12 percent among those respondents saying *Israel is not using enough force*, according to the CNN poll *conducted* from Friday to Sunday — just as Israel was sta... more »

Fraudcast News: You Will Believe What the Media Tells You To

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*Truthstream Media* *"The people will believe what the media tells them they believe."* *— George Orwell* "All news is lies and all propaganda is disguised as news." — Willy Munzenberg (Stalin's propaganda chief) "The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." — William Colby, former CIA director "The media is a Counter-Intelligence organisation. The media backs every war. The role of the media and embedded historians is to surround the truth with a bodyguard of lies. " — Greg Hallett "The media tries to put a sad face on these things... more »


liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 1 day ago
by Robbie Burns. tune- "For a' that." Is there for honest Poverty That hings his head, an' a' that; The coward slave- we pass him by, We dare be poor for a' that! For a' that, an' a' that, Our toils obscure an' a' that, The rank is but the guinea's stamp, The Man's the gowd for a' that. What though on hamely fare we dine, Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that; Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine, A Man's a Man for a' that: For a' that, an' a' that, Their tinsel show, an' a' that; The honest man, tho' e'ver sae poor, Is king of men for a' that. Ye see yon birki...more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Remember Now"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, "Remember Now" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Bq4qjI8VVzg#!

The Poet: May Sarton, "Now I Become Myself"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Now I Become Myself"* “Now I become myself. It's taken Time, many years and places, I have been dissolved and shaken, Worn other people's faces, Run madly, as if Time were there, Terribly old, crying a warning, "hurry, you will be dead before -----" (What? Before you reach the morning? or the end of the poem, is clear? Or love safe in the walled city?) Now to stand still, to be here, Feel my own weight and density! Now there is time and Time is young. O, in this single hour I live All of myself and do not move, I, the pursued, who madly ran, Stand still, stand still, and stop the Sun!”... more »

US Intel releases footage of Vladimir Putin climbing down Brooklyn Bridge after flag placement

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
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Journalist Speaks Truth to Employer, Demoted from "Contributor" to "Palestinian"

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 1 day ago
A day after journalist, writer, and frequent MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal harshly criticized that very cable news network during a broadcast of "Ronan Farrow Daily" for its biased and deferential pro-Israel coverage of the current military assault on Gaza, she appeared on "All In with Chris Hayes" to further discuss the matter. The evidence of anti-Palestinian bias in the mainstream media -

Police Brutality and the Failure of Liberal Democrats

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
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May your life be simple and your reservoir full

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 1 day ago
This is how life almost off the grid can affect you in a mere 13 days: It’s thundering rain this afternoon at our borrowed beach house in the Discovery Islands, and my first thought when it started to fall was, “This will be good for the reservoir.” Paul and I are currently in the waning days of an amazing housesit on North Rendezvous Island, at a property that is normally a little summer resort for getting away from it all but at the moment is totally ours. I can hardly believe our good fortune to have all of Solstua West to ourselves. I would be indebted for life to own... more »

The Most Moral Army in the World

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Dr. Mads Gilbert MD PhD Courtesy: The Deen Show *Letter from Norwegian hero doctor, Dr. Mads Gilbert MD PhD, who is in Gaza right now* Dearest friends - The last night was extreme. The "ground invasion" of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent. The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza's hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to ... more »

Arkansas Libertarian Candidate Steals the Show

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Frank Gilbert, Libertarian candidate for Governor of Arkansas 'cracked up the audience at the recent debate hosted by the Arkansas Press Association in Hot Springs, Arkansas. *Who wouldn't vote for Frank Gilbert for Governor? He's intelligent, responsible, down to earth and funny!* As reported by Independent Arkansas' Steve Brawner: It’s still a tossup as to who will be the next governor, but we know who it won’t be: neither Frank Gilbert nor Josh Drake, the Libertarian and Green Party nominees. Gilbert, the Libertarian, and Drake also know neither of them will be the ne... more »

Horrible Whodunit: Vandals Destroy Tens of Thousands of Bees

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Source Heather Callaghan Bees are becoming as precious as lost water in the drought-stricken Western states. When millions of them die, it might be referred to as a bee ' holocaust.' Urban beekeeping has been shown to be safer for bees as it keeps them from agricultural plumes. It's no wonder then that the people who keep hives in their off time are praised as heroes. Even the government is willing to pay people in some states to raise them. So imagine the horror of beekeeper Stephen Mantell when he went into his back yard this weekend to find his hives strewn about and wrec... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Wikipedia writes: *Iran Air Flight 655* was an Iran Air civilian passenger flight from Tehran to Dubai that was shot down by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS *Vincennes* on 3 July 1988. The incident took place in Iranian airspace, over Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, and on the flight's usual flight path. The aircraft, an Airbus A300 B2-203, was destroyed by SM-2MR surface-to-air missiles fired from the *Vincennes*. All 290 on board, including 66 children and 16 crew, died. This event ranks seventh among the deadliest disasters in aviation history, ... more »

Secret Government Watchlist Criteria Revealed

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
Today the new First Look Media/Glenn Greenwald venture The Intercept published a story revealing a secret US government document outlining the rules - if you can call them such - governing the selection of individuals for the inclusion on terrorist watchlists. The story by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux is entitled "Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook for Labeling You a Terrorist" draws off of a "key government document obtained by The Intercept" that does not cite former government contractor turned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as the source. It has already been sp... more »

MH17 Radar Track Identical to the KAL-007 War Provocation of 1983 and Northwoods Plan 8

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
"In direct contrast to every other country's response to the disaster, Russia's Ministry of Defence claimed it saw MH17 detour from its route at the same time a Ukrainian warplane flew overhead and a US satellite flew over Ukraine. Lieutenant-General Igor Makushev told a news briefing in Moscow that Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jets had flown within 3km and 5km (2 to 3 miles) of the Malaysian Airlines jet prior to it crashing." *You're not even going to look at the charts, radar tapes and raw data, are you?* *No, I thought not...* 8. It is possible to create an incident whic... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Post by Ahmed 'Hamoodi' Saeed.

"No Surrender"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders." - Ben Stein

What is reasonable doubt?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
A reasonable doubt is not a doubt based on sympathy or prejudice; it is based on reason and common sense. It is logically connected to the evidence or absence of evidence. It does not require proof to an absolute certainty nor is it proof beyond any doubt. It is not proof beyond an imaginary or frivolous doubt. A determination that an accused "probably" had the requisite intent falls far short of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. (*R. v. Lifchus, [1997] S.C.J. No. 77, paragraph 36)*The reasonable doubt standard "falls much closer to absolute certainty than to proof on a balance of pr... more »

Why We Don't Want Politicians Who Have To Be Cajoled (I'm Looking At You!) FBI Creating Terrorists? Robots Taking Over?

If you thought progressives were out of ideas or luck, you couldn't be more mistaken. Keith Ellison shows us a group of collaborators on a path with integrity and real results. I see the Progressive Caucus as the legislative wing of the progressive movement. I see the Progressive Caucus as willing to take the aspiration and the inspiration and boil it down to a policy and a law. At the end

"What Are the Georgia Guidestones?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"What Are the Georgia Guidestones?" by Wiki "The Georgia Guidestones are a huge granite artifact in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. It is sometimes referred to as an "American Stonehenge", a title which has been applied at times to a number of other structures. A message comprising ten guides is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphs. The artifact is almost twenty feet (6m) tall, and made from six granite slabs weighing ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“How many arches can you count in the below image? If you count both spans of the Double Arch in the Arches National Park in Utah, USA, then two. But since the above image was taken during a clear dark night, it caught a photogenic third arch far in the distance - that of the overreaching Milky Way Galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Because we are situated in the midst of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, the band of the central disk appears all around us. The sandstone arches of the Double Arch were formed from the erosion of falling water. The larger arch rises over 30 meters a... more »

“Ending Relationships”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Ending Relationships”* by Earthrenewal "The ending of relationships, whether friendships, marriages or work is always painful. Often there is a great sense of loss. At times it is necessary when one or both partners are emotionally and/or physically abusive, and unable or unwilling to change what has become a toxic, unhealthy and/or addictive relationship. However, reconciliation is often possible if both people love, care, trust and respect each other and are fundamentally compatible. The ability and willingness to honestly, assertively, empathetically and non-judgmentally comm... more »

"A Dent In The Universe..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Listen to me. We're here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here?" - Steve Jobs

The Poet: Langston Hughes, "Dreams"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Dreams"* "Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow." - Langston Hughes

Chet Raymo, “Letting Go”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Letting Go”* by Chet Raymo “We all know that Charles Darwin's five-year voyage aboard HMS Beagle in 1831-1836 planted the seeds that eventually led to his theory of evolution by natural selection. Less well know is his explanation of the atoll islands of the warm Pacific by a combination of volcanic action, erosion, subsidence and coral growth, also inspired by the voyage. On observing the isle of Mauritius on the homeward leg of the circumnavigation, he wrote of the corals: "We feel surprise when travellers tell us of the vast dimensions of the Pyramids and other great ruins, bu... more »

Michigan Dept of Agri Forces Farmer to Dump 248 Gallons of Organic Milk and Break 1200 Free Range Eggs

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Daisy Luther While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water, the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought shares in the organic dairy. The Michigan Department of Agriculture must be so proud of their deeds, after they forced Joe and Brenda Golimbieski, the owners of Hill High Dairy and Jenny Samuelson, the owner of My Family Co-op, to dump out 248 ga... more »

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