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Monday, July 28, 2014

28 July - Blogs I'm Following

9:47pm MDST

Special Report: The Militarization of Local Police

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 19 minutes ago
LITTLE ROCK, AR - There's a trend that is sweeping the nation, including Arkansas. More and more police departments are aquiring military grade weapons and equipment. According to a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting, in the years following the 9/11 attacks more than 34 billion dollars in grants were awarded to various law enforcement agencies to fight terrorism. But the recipients of those military type assets weren't just cities like New York or Washington D.C. They also included small towns, like Oxford, Mississippi and Pine Bluff, Arkansas which aren't exa... more »

Musical Interlude: David Schombert, "A Space Journey"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 38 minutes ago
David Schombert, "A Space Journey" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un5SEJ8MyPc&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 38 minutes ago
“Large galaxies grow by eating small ones. Even our own galaxy practices galactic cannibalism, absorbing small galaxies that get too close and are captured by the Milky Way's gravity. In fact, the practice is common in the universe and illustrated by this striking pair of interacting galaxies from the banks of the southern constellation Eridanus (The River). * Click image for larger size.* Located over 50 million light years away, the large, distorted spiral NGC 1532 is seen locked in a gravitational struggle with dwarf galaxy NGC 1531, a struggle the smaller galaxy will eventually lo... more »

Chet Raymo, "The Great Silence"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 42 minutes ago
*"The Great Silence"* by Chet Raymo "If there is one word that should not be uttered, it is the name of - no, I will not say it. Any name diminishes. In the face of whatever it is that is most mysterious, most holy, we are properly silent. It is appropriate, I think, to praise the creation, to make a joyful noise of thanksgiving for the sensate world. But praising the Creator is another thing altogether. When we make a big racket on His behalf we are more than likely addressing an idol in our own image. What was it that Pico Iyer said? "Silence is the tribute that we pay to holines... more »

"The Only Question..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 42 minutes ago
“Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Libya, Israel, Iraq What You Need To Know

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 44 minutes ago
*Airport in Tripoli, Libya. Photo Source.* Libya, Israel, Iraq What You Need To Know. Source: WeAreChange. Date Published: July 28, 2014. Description: In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews legendary Mi5 whistle blower Annie Machon about her analysis of the situation in the middle east and the under reported situation in Libya.

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “Why I Wake Early”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 45 minutes ago
*"Song of the Builders"* "On a summer morning I sat down on a hillside to think about God - a worthy pastime. Near me, I saw a single cricket; it was moving the grains of the hillside this way and that way. How great was its energy, how humble its effort. Let us hope it will always be like this, each of us going on in our inexplicable ways building the universe.” ~ Mary Oliver, “Why I Wake Early”

"Lifting Pain's Veil: Bitterness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 45 minutes ago
*"Lifting Pain's Veil: Bitterness"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Bitter feelings allow us to become perfect victims in that we no longer feel obliged to work toward healing. It is natural to feel resentment or anger when life does not unfold as expected. We consciously or unconsciously anticipated one experience, and we grieve for the loss of it when the universe puts something else in our path. Most of the time, we work through these feelings and they pass. Occasionally, our anger and resentment do not fade and are instead transformed into bitterness. Bitter feelings allow us t... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 49 minutes ago
“Each blossom still blooms in its field; each child still clutches your hand; each friend still lingers in your heart. And that is where time goes. Wish your keys were as easy to find, huh?” “Forever young,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com

Trial Scheduled Over Missing Surveillance Tapes of Oklahoma City Bombing

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
*Fox 13* "Jesse Trentadue is suing the CIA and FBI, demanding the agencies release surveillance video of the bombing that killed 168. But the federal government claims the tapes don’t exist anymore." ... "The trial begins Monday and is expected to wrap up Wednesday. It is anticipated that the federal judge handling the case will issue a ruling in writing at a later date." *Full lawsuit can be read here:* http://www.scribd.com/doc/234908837/Trentadue-FOIA-lawsuit-over-OKC-bombing-videotape http://fox13now.com/2014/07/23/oklahoma-city-bombing-video-trial-to-begin-next-week-in-utah/... more »

South Sudan: On the brink of famine

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
South Sudan: On the brink of famine. Source: UNICEF. Date Published: July 28, 2014. Description: Famine looms in South Sudan, where resurgent conflict has raised pre-existent emergency levels of undernutrition among children to grave heights. Nearly one million children under age 5 in South Sudan will require treatment for acute malnutrition in 2014, and without immediate intervention, it is estimated that 50,000 children could die from malnutrition by the end of the year. Further, one in every three people in the country faces dangerous levels of food insecurity, with many not kno... more »

Two Things You Need to Know About War in Ukraine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour ago
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The Israeli Genocide Of Gaza Continues: I Was Wondering When These Psycotic Criminals Would Play Their Holocaust Card, And Here We Go!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
The slaughter of the innocent people of Gaza continues... Right now, the criminally psychotic state of Israel has turned their armies towards the center of Gaza itself and especially Gaza City itself. Over the next few days I can guarantee that the death toll from these mass murdering thugs as they continue to shoot and maim Palestinians without any just cause will escalate. What we are indeed witnessing it the criminal Israeli "final solution" to the Palestinian "problem" which will be the extermination of every single one of them. It is cold blooded murder and much of the world ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

REMEMBERING

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago

What? You say Comic-Connies aren't big spenders? Suddenly my esteem has risen

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*NYT caption: "Comic-Con attendees lunching near the convention center. Spending by visitors to the five-day convention, San Diego’s largest by far, is about $603, a fraction of that of much smaller events."* *by Ken* Hey, almost everything I know about Comic-Con comes from watching *The Big Bang Theory* -- and that hasn't made it seem any more like a gathering where I would want to, you know, gather. But now comes word that the Comic-Connies stand accused of one of the vilest crimes in Consumerist America: being cheapskates. I'm not exactly free and easy when it comes to parcelin... more »

Seizing Control of Our Destinies

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Julian Rose In 1381, at a time of great repression for the British agricultural work force, an extraordinary people's revolutionary named Wat Tyler sprang to his feet and announced “England should be a nation of self governing communities” to which he added “ No lord shall exercise lordship over the people, and, as we are oppressed by so vast a horde of bishops and clerks, the property of the holy church should be taken and divided.” His colleague, the priest John Ball, spoke out with equal fervour “The lords' claims to be more lords than we are rests solely on their power to fo... more »

Mariann G. Wizard : BOOKS | Trudy Stern’s lovely poetry reveals a finely-honed precision of expression

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 3 hours ago
Trudy, who helped us start ‘The Rag’ in ’60s Austin, was a warm and generous friend. Somewhere along the way, she became a wonderful poet. By Mariann G. Wizard | The Rag Blog |July 28, 2014 [Taurus in Lake Erie … finish reading Mariann G. Wizard : *BOOKS* | Trudy Stern’s lovely poetry reveals a finely-honed precision of expression

Gaza: “The Pattern (Musically Annotated)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“The Pattern (Musically Annotated)”* by David Rovics “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” Philip K. Dick, “Valis” “I’m getting older, and the pattern is now a familiar one. Israel starts committing war crimes on a daily basis in Gaza (or the West Bank, or Lebanon). “In response” to Hamas missiles. (Or Hezbollah provocations, depending. But always in response.) The war of words heats up. Israeli and US leaders are all over the airwaves, saying Israel has a right to defend itself and that Hamas is responsible for all deaths on both sides. The news orga... more »

The Real News: Despite Growing International Condemnation, No End to Gaza Violence in Sight

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Despite Growing International Condemnation, No End to Gaza Violence in Sight. Source: The Real News. Date Published: July 28, 2014. Description: As the death toll in Gaza passes 1,000 Lia Tarachansky and Phyllis Bennis respond to a poll which found 86% of Israelis reject a ceasefire, while a growing number of Americans want the Israeli offensive to stop

Boring is a strategy too [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Is there anyone truly excited about this election? Commentators are bored by it. Bloggers are bored by it. The half-a-million (and growing) non-registered to vote are clearly bored by it. Even politicians making deal-or-no-deal seem bored by it. There is one fat German who’s not bored by it, but he’s produced far less of real interest than those bored by it all might have hoped. There is an election campaign currently underway, not that you’d know it. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the big issues this week appear to be which deals are being made where, or not; what a minister sa... more »

Senate Bill 2277 Isn’t Just about ‘Russian Aggression’ — It’s Also about Oil, Gas and Propaganda

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Melissa Melton The full name of Senate Bill 2277, introduced on May 1st, 2014, is “To prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes.” It starts out claiming to be about the Department of Defense creating “a strategic framework for U.S. security assistance and cooperation in Europe and Eurasia”. Currently, the bill is listed on Congress.gov as having been read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. The bill’s full text can be found here. As Paul Craig Roberts has pointed out, “Washing... more »

"All Mad..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” - Mark Twain, “Mark Twain's Notebook”

“How Changing Your Diet Can Alleviate Bipolar Disorder”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“How Changing Your Diet Can Alleviate Bipolar Disorder”* By Pamela Peeke “If you're one of the estimated 5.7 million U.S. adults dealing with bipolar disorder, you know the potent control it can have on your moods, energy and emotions. What you may not know is how much power you have to control it. Thanks to an emerging science called epigenetics, researchers have learned that DNA is no longer destiny and that each of us has the ability to influence how our genes express themselves to the rest of the body. With healthy lifestyle choices and environmental changes, we can actually a...more »

Report: Obama's NSA Stasi Destroying Free Press in USA

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 4 hours ago
President Barack Obama's Nixonian war on journalism received an ironic seal of approval today in a joint report issued by watchdog groups Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union that points out the obvious in that the very basis of the First Amendment, a free press is well on the way to extinction in *The Homeland*. The Founding Fathers understood that it was imperative to establish that most important check on the government to restrain the corruption of entrenched power and the ability of journalists to be able to inform the populace of what elected officials we... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

Pork Barrel 12: Why DAP is Wrong

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
These are my notes about the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) last week, posted in my fb wall. --------- DAP is wrong. Not for constitutional issues (I leave that to my lawyer friends) but for fiscal and economic issues. Those "idle" funds were not there in the first place; they were borrowed money. If DAP is P100 B and government borrows P300 B a year, then if DBM/Malacanang left those "idle" funds unused and unspent, then govt borrowing should be only P200 B or less. DBM Sec. Abad said at the Senate hearing last week that "DAP is made on the principle, 'use it or lose it.... more »

Harvesting Human resources Humanly

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
A lump of coal is just stored energy and maybe it should stay that way. That is unless humanity can use this concentration of energy in a planet saving way. You all watching reality TV better go undercover because human endorsed climate change is going to rip out your big screen in a way that will make sure your remote never recovers. Work the problem people. That the first thing a black leader of any team seen on national TV or most movies says. Like its something intelligent. We got problems now a TV mind cant fix. Drought, crop failure, Ebola, species loss, warming oceans and... more »

THE US NUCLEAR TEAM

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago

Economic Collapse of US, Not Shitty Hamas Rockets, Will Finally Knock Some Sense Into Israel

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
Israel backed Hamas in the 80's at the same time that the US backed Osama bin Laden. But that was not the end of their terror-inducing ways. In this century they've armed, financed, and trained terrorists to fight in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and God knows where else. If these insane and dishonest regimes want to defeat terrorism, how about stop nurturing it in the first place? Oh, that's right, these criminals have never been interested in defeating terrorism. There is too much at stake to actually win this fraudulent war. Fighting the war is winning for them. Al-Qaeda was replaced by... more »

Superpower for Hire: Rise of the Private Military

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
*YouTube/Vice* Vice takes an unprecedented look into the shadowy industry of Private Military Companies. For the past two decades these private companies, likeBlackwater, Aegis and G4S have silently consumed military operations around the world, doing everything from back-end logistics, protection of government VIP’s and diplomats to actual combat duties. In this documentary Vice explores the origins of this industry, their rise in the war on terror and their future operations around the world. *Hat tip: Old-Thinker News* Be the Change! Donate Today! *Enter your email addres... more »

“An Easy Way to Avoid Pig-Headed Mistakes”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“An Easy Way to Avoid Pig-Headed Mistakes”* by Bill Bonner “Large groups of people do extraordinarily pig-headed things from time to time. Republicans can drive a car more or less as well as Democrats or Communists. Of the millions of autos on the road, driven by Rosicrucians, Rotarians, River Keepers, and all manner of people with all manner of ideas, there are relatively few accidents. People don’t like Fate. Fate is the bad stuff that happens when no one is in charge, when chaos reigns. Making their own decisions about their own lives, people of all sorts get along passably wel... more »

Revisiting the Common Core Math Content and Practice Standards (sort of)

Michael Paul Goldenberg at @ THE CHALK FACE - 6 hours ago
I think there is a great deal of monocular vision when it comes to issues surrounding the Common Core Standards themselves (as opposed to the overall CCSS-Initiative, which I find execrable and irredeemable), and this narrow viewing through emotionally-charged lenses causes a lot of confusion while leading to little insight. I started out 95% opposed […]

Palestinians and Intersectionality

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Shamelessly ripped from here. Raises some interesting questions for carriers of "Israelis stop killing Palestinians, Palestinians stop killing queers" placards. thepeoplesrecord: *Eight questions Palestinian queers are tired of hearing* July 25, 2014 You might think that the main goal of a group of queer activists in Palestine like us in Al-Qaws should be the seemingly endless task of dismantling sexual and gender hierarchy in one’s own society. It is. But you might think otherwise, judging from the repetitive questions we get during our lectures and events, or from inquiries we r... more »

Are Governors Too Big To Jail? Christie, Cuomo, Walker And Deal Must Be Hoping McDonnell Gets Off

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, as we've explained before, is probably the most overtly extremist governor anywhere. Polls show that Kansas voters are determined to remove him from office and that he's likely to be beaten by a moderate Democrat Paul Davis. Brownback is losing because of his political agenda and because his vision of governance has failed dramatically and, for many in Kansas, catastrophically. But at least no one wants to throw him in prison for corruption-related charges. At least 4 other governor-- 3 Republicans and a Democrat-- are facing the prospect of leavin... more »

Dear Nancy Pelosi-- You're Letting Steve Israel Throw Away A Winnable Seat In Michigan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
If there's one district that demonstrates the venality of Steve Israel and his utter unfitness to head the DCCC, it is the race in southwest Michigan between the hereditary multimillionaire chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Fred Upton, and Paul Clements, a professor at Western Michigan University, an advocate for middle class families and for environmental sanity. MI-06 has a PVI of R+1, one of only a dozen districts in the country with that rank. Five of those seats are held by Democrats and 7 are held by Republicans. For Democrats to ever think about taking b... more »

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Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
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Hamas threatening journalists in Gaza who expose abuse of civilians not that you'd know if you rely upon the BBC or Channel 4 for your news

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
'(Hamas) has emphatically limited reporters' access to aspects of Hamas operations that would reflect to its detriment. One example of this relates to Gaza's Shifa hospital, the official added. "We know that downstairs there is a Hamas command and control center and that Hamas leaders are hiding there. No reporter is allowed to go anywhere downstairs. They're only allowed to work upstairs to take pictures of casualties, the pictures that Hamas wants them to take." Shifa has indeed "become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices," the ... more »

To my nations

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
*Guest blog by Franz Joseph I, July 28th '14* *Original, JPG* His I&R [imperial and royal; "c. und k." in Czech, "k. und k." in German] Apostolic Majesty descended in order to most graciously publish this Highest blog post and a manifesto written by His own hand: Dear count Stürgkh It has been seen to Me to command the minister of My house and the foreign affairs to inform the royal government of Serbia that in between the Monarchy and Serbia the state of war has been initiated. On this fateful moment I feel the need to turn to my beloved nations. I therefore order you to publicly... more »

U.S. Government Invests in Robot Personal Trainers for Children

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Nicholas West The evolution of humanoid robots continues to quicken with greater strides being made toward applying artificial intelligence to create emotional robots. The commitment to reverse engineer the human brain coupled with the exponential increase in computing power is now forcing the discussion toward the *social *impact robotics is beginning to have as humans and robots begin interacting with greater frequency. Consequently, newer robots are being produced with the intention of manipulating emotional triggers that guide human-to-human interaction. It's all part of ... more »

All week: The culture of “horrible coverage!”

bob somerby at the daily howler - 6 hours ago
*MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014* *Also, the culture of silence:* If Hillary Clinton runs for president, she may well get her party’s nomination. If she does, is she “destined to get horrible coverage” from the mainstream press corps? Last Friday, Mark Halperin made that prediction on Morning Joe—and he stressed the word “horrible.” Three days earlier, he had made a similar statement on the same program. For fuller background, see this morning’s post. We’ll look at last Tuesday’s Morning Joe in tomorrow’s principal post. For now, here are some excerpts from Halperin’s statements that day: ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 6 hours ago
*Lessons from Teach For America* There is widespread agreement among education reformers that public school teachers should be hired based on their subject matter competence rather than their formal credentials; that the best teachers should be assigned to the lowest performing schools; and that teachers should be paid based on performance rather than tenure. Exactly the opposite takes place in most school districts. However, there is a program that does recruit, select, train, pay and evaluate teachers in a manner that most reformers would support. This privately funded program ... more »

Mass Incarceration: 21 Amazing Facts About America’s Obsession With Prison

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Michael Snyder Nobody in the world loves locking people behind bars as much as Americans do. We have more people in prison than any other nation on the planet. We also have a higher percentage of our population locked up than anyone else does by a very large margin. But has all of this imprisonment actually made us safer? Well, the last time I checked, crime was still wildly out of control in America and for the most recent year that we have numbers for violent crime was up 15 percent. The number of people that we have locked up has *quadrupled *since 1980, but this is not solvin... more »

“Zen” and U.S. Foreign Policy in A Time of Disquiet

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
What with Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, and other events, this has been an awful few weeks/months for international news and is a profound challenge to the world community, such as it is, and, if you are care about this sort of thing, U.S. foreign policy. While similar screeds from John McCain and Dick Cheney are likely Continue reading

It’s Not Just Big Data: Data Granularity and Aid Targeting

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
Earlier this spring, I had a chance to talk to Mark Dybul, the head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria and former administrator of PEPFAR, the U.S. bilateral AIDS program. At the time, he expressed optimism about using geo-referenced data on HIV/AIDS prevalence to better to target AIDS foreign assistance. In Continue reading

Foolish Obama About to Start World War III

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 7 hours ago
The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I is this week and at the rate that the dangerous and incompetent narcissist in chief is going we may just celebrate with a grand fireworks show that will usher in World War III. Let's face it, the United States has become addicted to war, outside of the financial fraud industry that was abetted by Obama with the huge Wall Street bailout and subsequent failure to prosecute any of those banksters responsible for wrecking the economy war is always the answer and in an election year with feckless Democrats terrified of being called ... more »

The Consistency of Official Iranian Commentary, Part III:On Khamenei's Referendum Rhetoric, Reuters is Wrong

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 7 hours ago
Last week, Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed a meeting of Iranian university students and, in his first public comments on the ongoing assault on Gaza, spoke of his belief in the necessity of continued Palestinian resistance to Israel aggression, oppression, and occupation. "Don't the Palestinians have the right to defend their lives and security?" he asked rhetorically, and

Asymmetric Warfare: MH17 False-Flag Terror and the 'War' on Gaza

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 7 hours ago
Niall Bradley Signs Of The Times When MH370 vanished into thin air on March 8th this year, an international search-and-rescue party scanned two of the world's oceans, pored over satellite images and radar readings, and consulted automated communication relays between parts of the plane and their manufacturers that monitor aircraft system performance in real-time. Despite these multiple layers of hi-tech monitoring systems, there is still no trace of the missing Boeing 777-200ER. Or so we've been told. All 239 passengers and crew are officially reported as missing, presumed dead. P... more »

THE OVERTHROW OF HAWAIIAN KINGDOM

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
My latest show talking with Jon Olsen from Jefferson, Maine about Hawaiian sovereignty. John has lived in Maine for 36 years and Hawaii for 36 years and remarkably connects Maine to the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom in the late 1800's. Jon has just written a book called "Liberate Hawaii".

NEW MISSILE DEFENSE BASE PUBLIC HEARINGS IN FOUR STATES

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*Ground-based mid-course 'missile defense' systems are now deployed in Alaska and California. Congress has called for studies to determine where an east coast deployment site could be located* There are various kinds of 'missile defense' (MD) systems now being tested. The one with the very worst testing record is the Ground-based Mid-course program. It is very likely the most expensive of the MD programs because of the sheer difficulty of trying to have a bullet-hit-a-bullet in deep space at more than 15,000 mph. In the end the program is incredibly destabilizing as the enti... more »

The BBC just really hate Sarah Palin, it's almost unbelievable how much they hate her.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
A couple of minutes near the end of tonight's 6pm BBC Radio 4 news were devoted to making fun of Sarah Palin's America radio station. A couple of mispronunciations were played so everyone knows how stupid she is. And there was a dig at her earnings from being a Vice Presidential candidate. Oddly the BBC have never had a similar piece on the many verbal mistakes made by Vice President Joe Biden. Nor have the BBC examined the massive amounts of money earned by Bill Clinton since he left office or by failed Presidential candidate Al Gore. The BBC's hatred of Sarah Palin is almost u... more »

To the Students for Justice in Palestine from an angry black woman

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
'If you seek to promulgate the legacy of early Islamic colonialists who raped and pillaged the Middle East, subjugated the indigenous peoples living in the region, and foisted upon them a life of persecution and degradation—you do not get to claim the title of "Freedom Fighter." • If you support a racist doctrine of Arab supremacism and wish (as a corollary of that doctrine) to destroy the Jewish state, you do not get to claim that the prejudices you peddle are forms of "legitimate resistance" More great sense here http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/180382/students-j... more »

Joan Rivers isn't scared of telling a few hard truths about Israel and the Palestinians

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
http://youtu.be/j-5Q7yuaXjM Joan Rivers recognises the BBC bias against Israel

The sleeping beauty problem

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
Sean Carroll's blog posts are getting stupider and stupider. The latest one is about the Quantum Sleeping Beauty and the Multiverse He believes that the blog post is about quantum mechanics or a "quantum version" of a silly problem that philosophers like to answer incorrectly. Of course, there is no quantum mechanics in his musings whatsoever. He hasn't even attempted to think quantum mechanically in his whole life and all his thinking has always been purely classical. In this case, he is thinking about the probabilities in a classical Universe with many worlds and a sleeping forge... more »

THE SICKNESS IN ISRAEL

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
This video shows an Israeli mob actually singing in celebration of children’s deaths in the style of a soccer fans’ song: “In Gaza there’s no studying, No children are left there, Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé.” The mob also incites directly against Ahmed Tibi and Haneen Zoabi, two prominent Palestinian citizens of Israel who are members of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. The video of the 26 July event in Tel Aviv was published by Israeli journalist Haim Har-Zahav. The words of the repulsive song have been translated for The Electronic Intifada by Dena Shunra: Tibi – Ahmed Tibi I wante... more »

How Iraq’s Civil War Broke Out In Diyala Province Interview With Richard Buchanan

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 10 hours ago
Diyala can be said to be a microcosm of Iraq. It is the home to all three major ethnosectarian groups in the country. It has lush farmlands and mountain ranges. It also remains a battlefield between the security forces, militias and the insurgency today. In 2005 Richard Buchanan worked there as a defense contractor interrogating prisoners where he saw first hand the early stages of the civil war. Here is an interview with Buchanan about how the Iraqi insurgency was organized, what the militias did in response, and how the Americans were caught in the middle. Diyala province in ea... more »

MH-17: Uraine releases unconfirmed, possibly ill gotten flight data- Updated!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
*Possibly, incorrect because as you will read the investigators are not confirming the claims made by Kiev.* *Ill-gotten* defined as *-acquired by illegal, dishonest or unfair means.* No confirmation which makes me question the credibility of the information presented. Is this just a psychological operation? Lots of news stories with the sentence "Kiev says". Exactly as was written when MH-17 crashed. This still reeks of creating/controlling the narrative. *Independent * *Dutch authorities have criticised Ukraine* for releasing information 'too early' and say they *do not know ho... more »

HL-LHC: 10-tesla shorter magnets are ready

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
The CERN website printed a cute engineering story about the Fermilab's success this spring: Next-generation magnets: Small, but powerful This fall, the Fermilab has shown a prototype of 10.4 tesla magnets. The high-luminosity (=more collisions per second) large hadron collider (HL-LHC) will need some new collimators etc. and in order to squeeze them over there, one will need magnets that are both shorter and stronger. The LHC has lots of 14-meter-long magnets that are 8 tesla strong. These Fermilab folks have presented a 2-meter prototype of a 11-meter-long magnet that has 10.... more »

Swimming

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago

Humanoid Encounters: The LIttle Green Men of La Plata - The Villa Montoro Case

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
*Humanoid Encounters: The Little Green Men of La Plata – The Villa Montoro Case* *By Carlos Sainz, Alternativa OVNI (No. 5, July 2014)* Toward late November and during the month of December of 1983, the neighborhood of Villa Montoro on the outskirts of La Plata (capital of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina) became the epicenter for a series of reports by local residents – mainly children and teenagers – who claimed having witnessed encounters with small, greenish, humanoid entities. The case became known as “the little green men of La Plata” and it caused significant local i... more »

“DESTINED TO GET HORRIBLE COVERAGE:” But why?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014* *Part 1—Halperin's striking prediction:* Last Friday, a gaggle of pundits on Morning Joe were discussing the White House campaign. At the present time, of course, there *is* no a White House campaign. According to almost all the experts, our next presidential election takes place in November 2016. That’s well over two years away! At present, there is no campaign. No one is currently running for president! But major parts of the mainstream press corps love discussing White House campaigns, including those which aren’t yet occurring. Our upper-end “journali... more »

My Interview on Departing FiveThirtyEight

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 12 hours ago
If you are curious about my views on no longer writing for FiveThirtyEight and my experiences in the climate debate, Keith Kloor interviews me here. If there is something that you wish Keith had asked but didn't, feel free to use the comments here.

Riiight. Who's more likely to shoot a doctor?

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 12 hours ago
"Prolife" has no shame or sense of irony. This is what was posted on the front page of their website. Gun held to the head of a Canadian physician? This is why. So "prolife" supports choice when it goes against the oath that doctors swear to uphold, AND limits women's choices. A reminder that the "prolife" movement has a violent history of executing doctors and staff at abortion clinics.

Satire: “Millions Pay for Rare Opportunity to Hear Sarah Palin Speak”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“Millions Pay for Rare Opportunity to Hear Sarah Palin Speak”* by Andy Borowitz NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) – “Sarah Palin’s online video service starring herself had a hugely successful launch on Monday, as millions of Americans paid $9.95 for the rare opportunity of hearing the former Alaska Governor speak. The Web site for The Sarah Palin Channel reportedly crashed several times during the day, as it was overwhelmed by subscribers seeking a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of the reclusive Palin sharing her opinions. At the corporate headquarters of the Palin Channel, the marketing... more »

Campfire Banana Boats

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Growing up, my parents took us camping every year. We would drive away from all of the distractions of life and set up camp for a few days, just the 7 of us. It was always my favorite trip of the year because there wasn't any chance my dad would be called into the hospital. My mom would bring all sorts of delicious things to make over the fire, but my favorite was always Campfire Banana Boats.... more »

Is There One Single Best Member Of Congress? Have You Met Alan Grayson?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
When Blue America weighs the pros and cons of endorsing a candidate for Congress, we often find ourselves measuring them by how similar he or she appears to be to Orlando Congressman Alan Grayson. Grayson is brilliant, courageous and, more than anyone else in the House, he defines progressivism. And you know what? One Congressman can matter. A lot-- that's why we're asking you to consider making a contribution to Grayson's reelection campaign today. You've probably heard that Grayson passed more amendments than any other member of Congress. You've probably heard that he helped pa... more »

It's canning season and some prepper advice...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
* I can't handle any more politics right now.* It's also going to be very hot today and tomorrow - close to 100 degrees, so I must get my outside work done early. First batch of canning stuff: sweet banana with cherry peppers and carrots. My personal favorite? Pickled beets. Hubby hates beets. No, really. He'd rather dive into a pool of razor blades then be forced to eat a beet, so all those lovely beets are mine - all mine! I'll probably make up another batch since my boss loves beets as much as I do. *Wealth* *So much better than store bought* *Beautiful color!* *Simple ... more »

The Ford-Fest Bigots

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
A lot of people have already talked about the eruption of homophobia at the "Ford-Fest" in Scarborough. I watched it a couple of days ago at Montreal Simon's and I just thought I'd discuss what I saw at that NOW Magazine video. In the first segment, we hear someone shout "Fag!" But mostly it becomes an attempt by Ford's fans to drown out the organizers of "Queeruption" from speaking to the media by shouting "Rob Ford!" over and over, louder and louder. I also noticed the rainbow of diversity; the multicultural mosaic of both the "Queeruption" and Ford's fans. I noticed in that first... more »

NATO warned about presence of missiles in 'rebel-held' Eastern Ukraine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 13 hours ago
[image: SA-11 Gadfly]A report has recently revealed that NATO had announced publically that the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are in possession of missile systems more than two weeks before flight MH17 was shot in the rebel-held region of Donetsk. The warning however, was not heeded by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), whose duty is to warn domestic aviation authorities of danger in the skies, reported the Daily Express. The report revealed that General Philip M Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, had said in an announcement in Washington on J... more »

Paul Ryan Does Christmas in July

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
It's as regular as melting Salvador Dali clockwork: Paul Ryan speaks, and the media-political complex (aka the Permanent American Ruling Class) melts. It's the persistence of false memory and denial of reality. The important people listen, and they are filled with gratitude and awe. Paul Ryan has taken a bold new leap, going where no Republican has gone before! He has devised a brand new Poverty Plan, a starting point from which both political parties can slice and dice the safety net, and then have the nerve to call it a darned good plan for the indigent. "Democrats should welco... more »

25 Recent Events Causing WW3 They Want You To Forget

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Eric Blair Remember when our rulers told us that regimes like Saddam, Gaddafi, and Assad were the epitome of evil and must be liberated because they allegedly killed their own citizens? Probably not. Americans have short memories. I only remind you to let you know that the U.S. and other Western governments have reversed their stance on regimes killing their own citizens. They now fully endorse and support this rule-with-an-iron-fist so long as the victims can be successfully labeled "separatists" or "terrorists". In fact, they want in on the action. The Penta... more »

The Propaganda and Politics of MH17

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Eric Draitser The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (MH17) is a tragedy that will be remembered for years to come. However, the way in which the West has distorted the facts about what happened is no mere accident. Rather, it is a clear attempt by Washington and its allies and proxies to capitalize on the incident, using it as a weapon in their continued belligerent and aggressive policies toward Russia. Recent days have seen a deluge of propaganda from both the US government and the Western media (especially US media) which, despite being short on facts, has attempted to p... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Fans flock to Saints training camp for smiles, autographs ~Tom Boone, Bluefield Daily Telegraph* *New Orleans Saints' Champ Bailey fully displaying his fire for football ~BlackandGold.com* *Business And Community Leaders Working To Reduce Louisiana's Record Incarceration Rate ~Marcia Kavanaugh, WWNO* *Here’s what The Lens found when they looked through thousands of city salary records* *Follow these scientists' crucial work on the Gulf Dead Zone* ~Hat Tweet *@GRN* *A day at the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo* *Forward to a Preface ~Odd Words* *~One of the benefits of Gene... more »

....Simply Shows How Out of Touch Sean Lien Is

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*Bird and owner out for a cycle trip. * Sean Lien, the son of KMT Honorary Chairman for Life and KMT mayoral candidate for the KMT fiefdom of Taipei stunned the political universe this week by lunching with a bunch of foreigners. The event was widely mocked by netizens for its $500 NT lunchboxes (normal ones go for a fifth of that price), once again displaying the Lien clan's total lack of the common touch. The foreigners touched on various issues, Lien gave the KMT party line. Boring, and Lien dismissing claims that the FPEZ opposition is just pro-independence types, as longtime K... more »

zucchini abundance recipe of the day: penne with zucchini and fresh herbs

laura k at wmtc - 14 hours ago
This is probably the easiest way to use zucchini from your garden, and if you're growing herbs, it's an excuse to use those, too. It's also one of those dishes that takes just about anything you like in pasta. I'm keeping it very simple, so as not to drown out the zucchini. I use brown rice pasta. I originally tried it when we thought one of us was celiac, then it became habit. It's delicious and very healthy, but it does need the extra step of rinsing the cooked pasta. If you don't do that, the pasta will all stick together in a one big gluey mess... something I discovered painful... more »

Libya’s Destruction a Warning to Egypt, Syria, and Ukraine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Dees Illustration Tony Cartalucci RT’s article, “90% of aircraft destroyed at Tripoli airport, Libya may seek international assistance,” reported that: Libya is considering a deployment of international force to re-establish security amid a flare-up of violence in Tripoli which saw dozens of rockets destroy most of the civilian aircraft fleet at its international airport. “The government is looking into the possibility of making an appeal for international forces on the ground to re-establish security and help the government impose its authority,” a government spokesman, A... more »

Michio Kaku (2014) "The Future of the Mind"

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
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Gen. Dempsey Absurdly Compares Putin to Stalin Revealing the Agenda

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
*TruthStreamMedia* How's this for ramping up the war rhetoric? Check out what Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey had to say about our 'changing relationship' with Russia during his July 24 appearance at the Aspen Institute. He actually found it within himself to utter, "You’ve got a Russian government that has made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its objectives. It’s the first time since 1939 or so that that’s been the case." Visit TruthStreamMedia.com Be the Change! Donate Today! ... more »

Cathy Young/Slate- Let's count the adhominems against Stephen Cohen

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
Never heard of this presstitute previously. Who can keep track of them all? A dime a dozen like any other cheaply made product. Oh, my! Did I use an adhominem to describe this alleged journalist? Why yes I did! "Presstitute". Obviously a spin off on prostitute- someone who does what ever is asked- for payment. Except with Cathy Young, not a journalist, the label - Presstitute- fits. She did whatever asked, for money. And she put her name to it! I read her entire diatribe. It can't be taken seriously. It's a stream of smears, attacks, derisions, adhominem, hysterics etc It's not fact... more »

Outrageous coverup of 1995 OKC bombing continues

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
image source Jon Rappoport Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue claims his brother, Kenneth, was killed during interrogation, in federal custody 19 years ago, because Kenneth resembled the “other suspect” in the OKC Bombing case, John Doe #2. The FBI claims Kenneth, with “41 wounds and bruises (according to AP),” committed suicide. Attorney Trentadue states there was another man with Tim McVeigh at the scene of the Bombing on April 19, 1995—and it wasn’t his brother. The FBI claims McVeigh was alone. To settle this issue, in 2009, as AP reported, the FBI finally gave Trentad... more »

The truth about 'Desert Island Discs'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Breaking BBC-related news from the *Daily Mash*: Desert Island Discs not hypothetical 28-07-14 GUESTS on Radio 4’s *Desert Island Discs* are actually abandoned on a remote Pacific atoll, the BBC has revealed. Most of the 19,000 previously uninhabited rocky outcrops in the Pacific now have heavily-bearded media personalities on them, waving desperately at planes passing overhead and cursing their agents.Since 1942 the broadcaster has marooned thousands of celebrity guests on tiny islands with just eight pieces of music for comfort. A BBC spokesman said: “The show would be pretty poin... more »

Taking sides?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
The claims of BBC pro-Israel bias being made by pro-Palestinian activists, their far-left supporters and some Radio 4 listeners beggar belief. Anyone listening to the daily news bulletins on Radio 4 who believes that the BBC is displaying an overall pro-Israel bias is severely mistaken (at best). We've had Greg Philo telling *Today *listeners, "Well the Palestinian perspective is just not there. The Israelis are on twice as much", and complaints on *Feedback *that "it's not so much that it's only about Israel but we don't hear the Palestinian voice, the Palestinian situation" and "... more »

Ice Cream Kitchenaid Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
[image: ice-cream-giveaway] Today I have teamed up with some of my very favorite bloggers to bring you this fantastic giveaway. The only thing better than having a brand new KitchenAid in the color of your choice, is to get the Ice Cream Attachment so you can make your very own ice cream at home. The full prize includes: - KitchenAid 5 qt Artisan mixer (color chosen by the winner) - KitchenAid Ice Cream attatchment - Copy of The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz - 1 Zak Designs Ice Cream Container, Pint Sized Check out the wonderful blogs that have made this giveaway possi... more »

"Exactly Why..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*Scully:* "Mulder, it is such a gorgeous day outside. Have you ever entertained the idea of trying to find life on this planet?" *Mulder:* "I have seen the life on this planet, Scully, and that is exactly why I am looking elsewhere." - "The X-Files"

"We Hope To Live..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
“We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight. So imprudent are we that we wander in the times which are not ours and do not think of the only one which belongs to us; and so idle are we that we dream of those times which are no more and thoughtlessly overlook that which alone exists. For the present is generally painful to us. We conceal it from our sight, because it troubles us; and, if it be delightful to us, we regret to see it pass away. We try ... more »

Islamic Jihad Said to Have Iranian 'Judgement Day' Missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Zelzal 3 missile]Islamic Jihad has “many more surprises up its sleeve,” said Abdullah Shalah, head of the terror group said Sunday. In an interview on an Arab satellite station, Shalah said that “We have a store of strategic weapons that we have never used,” but was prepared to bring out against Israel if the war in Gaza continued. With that, he did not specify what those weapons were. Read more

2nd Mistral Warship Looks Set For Mediterranean Role

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: Vladivostok LHD]The Russian navy said during Sunday’s Navy Day celebrations that a French-made Mistral-class carrier will become the flagship of its budding Mediterranean Fleet, while Western leaders continue to pressure Paris into withholding the delivery of the warships. Russia ordered two Mistral ships from France in 2011 in a deal worth 1.2 billion euros ($1.7 billion), but events in Ukraine have elicited Western calls for the contract to be torn up amid fears that Moscow has designs on reforging its lost empire. The calls intensified following the downing of Malaysia A... more »

Russian Navy to take delivery of armament support ship Akademik Kovalev by the end of 2014

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: RFS Akademik Kovalev]Severodvinsk, Russia based Zvezdochka Shipyard has launched new generation armament support ship "Akademik Kovalev" of Project 20180, the Ministry of Defense PR office said. The seagoing armament support ship "Akademik Kovalev" is scheduled to enter service with the Pacific Fleet until the end of 2014. Ship's displacement is about 6,000 tonnes, complement - about 100 people. Read more

Israel Kills To No Purpose

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 20 hours ago
An excerpt from, *"Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ is Not enough"* by Juan Cole, July 27, 2014: When ordinary countries fight wars they have war aims. In World War II, the US wanted to defeat Germany militarily, but then to help it return to democracy and to economic health. By 1947 the US would actually be spending a lot of money on Germany’s well-being via the Marshall Plan. Israel has no strategic war aims in Gaza because it has no large scale, long term strategy concerning the Strip. Its war is all about tactics and minutiae. How many tunnels and rockets can it destroy? How much damag... more »

Scam-wary govt defers decision on naval copters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AW101 VVIP helicopter]The Navy's wait for desperately-needed anti-submarine warfare helicopters to operate from its warships has just got longer. The Modi government has deferred the decision on acquisition of 16 naval multi-role helicopters (MRH) since one of the two companies in the fray is linked to Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica, which is under the scanner in the infamous VVIP helicopter case. The long-pending naval MRH procurement project has been "kept on hold" till the CBI completes its probe into the kickbacks in the 556 million euro contract inked between India... more »

Warships parade across Russia on Navy Day

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Part 2 People across Russia gathered for Navy Day festivities on Sunday, showing their support to naval soldiers. Ships, submarines, aircraft, troops, and even robots were paraded at harbors in Vladivostok, Sevoromorsk, St. Petersburg, and Sevastopol. Navy Day, which commemorates the victories of Russian sailors, is celebrated each year on the last Sunday in July. The Pacific Fleet’s large landing ship, Nikolay Vilkov, appeared before the crowd in Vladivostok. Also present were the large anti-submarine ship Marshal Shaposhnikov, fleet destroyer Bystry, and the parade's flagship –... more »

Australia cracks opens door to foreign submarine build

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Soryu class SSK]Australia should discuss building its next-generation fleet of submarines overseas, the Department of Defence said on Monday, a shift that could open the door to a partnership deal with Japan that carries political risk at home and abroad. Australia is looking for partners to help it build about a dozen diesel-electric submarines to replace its aging Collins Class fleet and help to extend its maritime surveillance deep into the Indian Ocean. The proposed A$40 billion fleet of submarines is at the core of the nation's maritime defence strategy over the next tw... more »

Consumer Driven Organic Food Sales Projected To Double by 2018

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
[image: Foto: When you get great news! Share it! It's also helping to know your farmer! Support your local permaculture farm and organic agriculture. -or- grow your own from organic heirloom seeds. Many new CSA's and farms are popping up in Florida and farm to table restaurants too because of this demand. At GMO Free Florida (Genetically Modified Organisms) We believe the Tipping Point is near ... Share if you believe it too! http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Markets/Non-GMO-Project-verified-product-sales-surge-66-to-2.4bn http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/natural-and-organic-pr... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 21 hours ago
*American Farmers Just Love Their GMOs and You Should Too* The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its latest data on farmers planting of crops genetically enhanced to tolerate herbicides (HT) crops and to resist insect pests (Bt). HT soybeans went from 17 percent of U.S. soybean acreage to 94 percent in 2014. Plantings of HT cotton expanded from about 10 percent of U.S. acreage in 1997 to 91 percent in 2014. The adoption of HT corn reached 89 percent of U.S. corn acreage in 2014. Plantings of Bt corn grew from about 8 percent of U.S. corn acreage in 1997 to 80 percent in ... more »

Car Stuff in Costa Rica

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 22 hours ago
We have an SUV in Costa Rica, a Nissan Xterra, that Kurt drove from Michigan to Costa Rica. This post is about the maintenance we have had to do on our car while here and the cost. First, we needed an oil change right after I arrived here since Kurt drove so far to get here. We took it to a place that you drove up to and they lifted the car in the air, with us inside. No wait. The cost was about what it is in the States, but we got higher end oil. Super nice guy who owned the place. Very close to our house in Herradura. Today, we needed to get a flat repaired and changed, and wa... more »

Movie Watch: "Calvary" at MoMI -- first watch the movie, then watch the writer-director and principal actor talk about it

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
*Brendan Gleeson as Father James Lavelle* *by Ken* Here's something to imagine. Imagine that you've just seen a movie that so overwhelmed and shocked you that at the end you hadn't yet had time to piece together how you felt -- a film that is so centrally built around its central character that he's a central piece of the architecture of the film (into which he had substantial input) -- and you knew that when the lights went up, the film's writer-director and principal actor would be coming onstage to talk about it! Regular readers have probably guessed that the setting was the Mu... more »

Are there exceptions to green living?

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 23 hours ago
Earlier this month, we asked if there are times when you ignore your green living rules. Here are the answers: Survey Results [image: Are there exceptions to green living?] Individual Responses - When dealing with hospitals, which is what we do all to frequently,We are given plastic plates covered in cling film with plastic cups etc but we are not allowed to take in food and drink from home. Also all the medical gear and cloths are disposable. All tablets come in blister packs , in the EEC this or disposable weekly trays are all that are allowed. Also unfortunatel... more »

HILARION's WEEKLY MESSAGE ~ July 27, 201

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 23 hours ago
*HILARION's WEEKLY MESSAGE* by Marlene Swetlishoff ~ July 27, 2014 Love is the greatest force in the universe and this force will have its effect within and upon the planet. Beloved Ones, The pressure within increases as the energy intensifies from the cosmos. The activity of purification is intensifying in all quarters of life. There is no escape for anyone or anything upon the earth plane. All are as one in the eye of the cosmic storm that is passing through. *The energy sensitive among you will find yourselves moving into the next step of your journey in wonderful and unexpec... more »

Peak politician

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
You don’t hear the Greens talking about “peak oil” anymore, and there’s a simple reason for that. The simple reason is that even the Greens now realise “peak oil” is bollocks. Fracking changed all that. So now, they’re against that. So we are still nowhere near peak oil, and given how resource economics work, unlikely ever to approach it. However, we’re a small country, with few naturally occurring sources of hot air and blowhard, and it looks like we might have now approached peak politician. The evidence for this frightful state of affairs grew even greater over the weekend, ... more »

If Gaza Isn’t a Genocide, What Is?: discourse as resistance

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
At the moment many of us are watching the news with bated breath. New sites, facebook and twitter feeds are filling with images of civilian deaths and the leveling of Gaza. There is growing sentiment that the ‘targeted’ operations in Gaza by the IDF have been willfully indiscriminate- with example upon example of civilian safe Continue reading

Flight MH17 - What You're Not Being Told

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
SCGNEWS Please visit SCGNEWS today for full story, sources, transcript and bonus clips. *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

The Isreali Genocide Of Gaza Continues: WHY Do Israelis Continue To Kill Palestinians?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
The Israeli onslaught and massacre in the Gaza Strip against innocent people continues... The laughable ceasefire is now over and Israel is again killing Palestinians in what is in reality the world's largest concentration camp with impunity. It is so disgusting that our own governments continue to turn their backs on this slaughter and cold blooded genocide of innocent people. There has always been one very nagging question that everyone should be asking, and it is : WHY in the HELL do the Israelis continue to kill Palestinians?. I have long been troubled by this sickness and h... more »

TOUCHING WORDS FROM A REAL JOURNALIST

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Post by Channel 4 News.

Can Anyone Trust Pete Aguilar?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Substance abuser and New Dem Petey-Pie lets his hair down I don't think even someone as astoundingly incompetent as Steve Israel could lose CA-31-- the Inland Empire congressional district-- for the Democrats again this year, despite having maneuvered to get an ethics-free, corrupt ex-lobbyist, Pete Aguilar, the nomination. After all, the district has a PVI of D+5, Obama won it both times with 57% and the Republican incumbent Israel allowed to slip in in 2012, Gary Miller, is retiring. Almost nothing short of a coke bust-- always possible considering the photo above-- or a rape will... more »

BURNING THE DRAFT NOTICES FROM KIEV

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The Vineyard of the Saker writes: For a couple of days now, I have posted various items showing the large number of casualties amongst the Ukie forces fighting against Novorussia, and I have observed with some amusement how many of you have expressed doubts about the veracity of these figures. Today Nora drew my attention to a short video of a Ukie army recruiting officer being confronted by a crowd of civilians, mostly women, mostly mothers. The video is a few days old, but this version is subtitled in English, so please watch it now.

Duff: "Video shows Kolomoisky forces firing on MH17. These units are led by Israeli volunteers."

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
[image: Accused Israeli - Cypriot Terrorist Leader Kolomoisky] *"Ihor Valeriyovych Kolomoyskyi is an Ukrainian-Cypriot-Israeli business oligarch of Jewish descent and the current Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast." (Wikipedia). The people of Ukraine and the international community must bring this psycho son of a bitch to justice for his crimes.* An excerpt from, *"Breaking: Russian Satellite Imagery on MH17"* by Gordon Duff, Veterans Today, July 27: The Russians have finally allowed someone to send us their video of MH17. Judge for yourself. We stick to “bomb” but are taking this u... more »

things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #15! one that makes me very happy!

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
The conversation was simple enough. Teenage girl: "Where is the nonfiction?" Me: "Nonfiction is upstairs, but it's organized according to subject. There should be some nonfiction books on the Bingo display." Teen: "I think they're all gone." Me: "OK, we'll find you something. What would you like to read about?" Teen: "So far I've read one nonfiction book. It was about a man who left the war in Iraq. It was called *The Deserter's Tale*. I loved it." !!!!!!!!!!! Why did this make me so unreasonably happy? 1. War resisters! Teens reading about moral choices! Teens reading about c... more »

the decision "you'll regret for the rest of your life": the reality gap in fictional abortions

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
The conversation around the movie "Obvious Child" has prompted me to re-visit a long-standing interest of mine, one I share with many other reproductive rights activists: the portrayal of abortion in the mainstream media. I haven't seen "Obvious Child" (I wait for DVD or Netflix, as always), but I've heard that it includes a rarity: an honest and positive portrayal of the choice to terminate a pregnancy. Considering how many women do have abortions - and considering that the choice is usually met with relief and happiness - this shouldn't be exceptional. Yet it is. On fictional TV ... more »

More Twitter folly from another BBC reporter

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
DB at *Biased BBC* has noted an intriguing change of header on BBC journalist Julie Macfarlane's Twitter feed. It now shows "gun-toting pro-Palestinian flag-wavers", says DB, quipping, "But she’s not trying to make a statement, honest. Just a coincidence". Now, why would DB read anything into that change of header? Well, probably because he's been following her incredibly biased Twitter feed. Please read it for yourselves and see what you think. I think it shows a one-sided BBC journalist in action, albeit the kind of BBC journalist whose bias lies in her re-tweets rather than i... more »

ISRAELIS WAGE TOTAL WAR AGAINST THE GAZA STRIP

Such is the small size of the Gaza Strip, together with the extremely dense way the enclave is populated, and coupled with the devastating way the Israelis have destroyed entire neighbourhoods including homes, hospitals, schools, government buildings and infrastructure as well as the huge loss of civilian life across much of the entire Strip, the Palestinians can be forgiven for thinking that total war is being waged against them. And, as the entire world can see in this day and age of social media, total war, contrary to anything the Israeli propaganda machine is saying, is indeed... more »

Planning for the Unpredictable

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Guest post by Randal O’Toole* How do you plan for the unpredictable? That’s the question facing “planning” organisations writing transportation plans for their regions. Self-driving cars will be on the market in the next 10 years, are likely to become a dominant form of travel in 20 years, and most people think they will have huge but often unknowable transformative effects on our cities and urban areas. Yet not a single regional transportation plan has tried to account for, and few have even mentioned the possibility of, self-driving cars. Instead, many of those plans propose o... more »

15 Killed After Israel Bombs UN School in Gaza

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
* In total war, nothing is off limits.* Video Title: 15 Killed After Israel Bombs UN School in Gaza. Source: The Real News. Date Published: July 27, 2014. Description: TRNN speaks with UNICEF’s Gaza Field Chief Pernille Ironside about Israel’s bombing of a UN-school that killed women, children and UN staff and the realities of humanitarian relief in Gaza.

In Search of a New Warrior Ethos

Edward H. Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
It’s not often that a Marine officer writes a book that goes head-to-head with a title currently listed as “Commandant’s Choice” book by the Marine Corps, but in this case, I had little choice but to lay down the sword and take up the pen in order to debunk the honor-bound, shame-based relic of dead Continue reading

In A land where corporations are citizens will i get an equal vote?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
*Image provided by corporations for Soylent Green! * *no **wasted **protein is a legitimate precept* The idea that corporations should have human rights should be laughable not law. This is dehumanization full scale. They can pack the courts they can arm the police but there will come a time, that no human corporation can flee the long arm that humans have. You got to bleed to be human!

Why Did God not Give Jesus a Nuke

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Would have save him without the drama. Just Saying.

August Primaries

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
There are quite a few of them but the ones progressives have a stake in, in chronological order, are Hawaii (August 9), Wisconsin (August 12), and then a late super-Tuesday on August 26 for Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma. That same day has primaries in Alaska, Missouri, Oregon and Vermont with interesting races but no races that pit a progressive against a shill from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. Up top is the brand new video from one of the most grassroots campaigns anywhere, the Tom Guild campaign for the open Oklahoma City congressional seat. Guild came in a stro... more »

Life's a piece of shit/When you look at it...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
*Some things in life are bad* *They can really make you mad* *Other things just make you swear and curse* *When you're chewing on life's gristle* *Don't grumble, give a whistle* *And this'll help things turn out for the best...* *And...* The guests on this morning's *Broadcasting House *press review focused on the brighter side of life, which, given all the depressing news there's been in the past couple of weeks or so, is pretty understandable. An entertaining romp through the Sunday papers ensued (more about which later). I'm guessing that some of you might just be feeling the sa... more »

Mahmoud Abbas's Son: "We Will Not Forget. We Will Only Become More Extremist"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Photo: Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, speaking with President Barack Obama at the White House. * "We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?' Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!'" Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979. Video Title: Son of Mahmoud Abbas Criticizes Obama, Compares Israel to Nazis. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: July 27, 2014.

FUCK YOU STEVE HARPER

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
The Globe and Mail likes to think its Canada's Grey Lady. Well its never been that and now the Grey Lady is obviously as mixed up with strange fruit as any tree rooted in journalism. Dear Leader Harper prints a heroic message. Oh how I struggle to withhold the volcanic puke because I love this country too much to damage it further with my bile. Waging a finger at Russia, and Palestine may buy you some votes from the stupid Jews and ignorant Ukrainians, but they will not save you from the avalanche of Canadian who are seeking relief from your misguided missiles. If only to stop the o... more »

Love the Sunday Papers

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Print media is buggy whipped. The page will not survive this decade. The news will devolve into enformiamment. New York to nite for those who find Hollywood tonite so star centered. I will struggle without reading pretentious or ancient to describe the joy of reading a great newspaper. It was only about twenty years ago you could find one everywhere in the civilized world you might go. Today I found that Carbon Fiber bikes are not all they are cracked up to be. That fighting the Taliban is hopeless. A great bratwurst is not to be trifled with. Many Bond girls stand close to two m... mo

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