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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

29 July - Blogs I'm Following

11:50pm MDST

25 Ways To Use Tea Tree Oil

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 minutes ago
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Israel Has Tunnel Vision, Condemns Gaza To Death

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
* The tunnels in Gaza are a sign of life, not terror.* You can't cage people in and expect them to die. Life has a way of springing up against impossible obstacles if the will is there to live. The tunnels in Gaza are a manifestation of this basic principle. Israel closed down Gaza's border route in partnership with Egypt and prohibited it from trading with the world. So out of economic necessity, and also for military reasons, they painstakingly constructed these tunnels that we're now seeing on television. They need these tunnels to breathe. That they serve a dual-purpose is bes... more »

Michael James : Heartland takes root with new workers & friends, arson on my birthday, and a rising, 1976-’79

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
My partners and I began to learn the ins and outs and challenges of running our business as we pioneered our community-oriented, left-leaning business model. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | July 30, 2014 [In this series, Michael … finish reading Michael James : Heartland takes root with new workers & friends, arson on my birthday, and a rising, 1976-’79

When Will Rick Weiland Start Covering Some Stone Temple Pilots Songs? They Were Huge In South Dakota

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
There is exactly zero chance the Democrats will take back the House in November. And there is not a single serious, non-senile person who will tell you that there is a chance. A few days ago we looked at some of the underlying reasons here, in an open letter to Nancy Pelosi: extraordinarily bad leadership. The situation in the Senate is not as hopeless, although the leadership at the DSCC this year is not what it was when Patty Murray ran the show in 2012 and swept the field. This cycle an abysmally weak and clueless chairman, Michael Bennet, is beyond worthless and takes orders ... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) - Reusable Batteries

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 1 hour ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. This post contains great information and I encourage ... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Blaise Pascal

Chet Raymo, "Soul"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Soul" by Chet Raymo "There is a moment early in Stefan Zweig's The Post Office Girl when the eponymous heroine has a moment of illumination: "In this instant, shaken to her very depths, this ecstatic human being has a first inkling that the soul is made of stuff so mysteriously elastic that a single event can make it big enough to contain the infinite." Two interesting thoughts here. First, that the soul is elastic. This is a rather different notion of the human soul than the one I was raised with. We were taught that the soul - the essential self - is created fully formed at the ... more »

This man is a racist [update 2]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
[image: image] ACT leader Jamie Whyte is calling for a taskforce to identify and repeal laws which he says give special treatment to Maori, saying that "the principle that the law should be impartial has never been fully embraced in New Zealand.” That’s enough for Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell to play the racism card : Dr Whyte is vying for the "redneck sector of the voting community,” [says Flavell] and there is "no doubt that there is an element of racism in those comments." This from the leader of a race-based party, sitting in a race-based seat, elected to parliame... more »

Paulo Coelho, "The Dangers Of Words"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Malba Tahan illustrates the dangers of words: A woman said so often that her neighbor was a thief that the young man was finally arrested. Some days later, they discovered that he was innocent and set him free. Then he sued the woman. “Comments are not so serious,” she said to the judge. “Granted,” answered the magistrate. “When you get back home today, write down everything bad you said about the young man, then tear up the paper and throw the bits away as you walk along. Come back tomorrow to hear the sentence.” The woman obeyed and returned the following day. “You are pardoned ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

The Poet: James Kavanaugh, "Searchers"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Searchers"* "Some people do not have to search - they find their niche early in life and rest there, seemingly contented and resigned. They do not seem to ask much of life, sometimes they do not seem to take it seriously. At times I envy them, but usually I do not understand them - seldom do they understand me. I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk alon... more »

"We Must Marvel..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"In our society, confidence leads to knowledge - which leads to power - which leads to pride - which leads to a fear of seeming ignorant - which constricts learning like an iron vise. We must understand that confidence is a blessing, for it is the embodiment of self-love, and through it we find the fuel for innovation and progress. We must realize that ignorance is merely the opportunity to learn more. And lastly, we must marvel rather than groan at the fact that there will always be more to learn... Only then will we be free of the intellectual prisons we have so readily caged ours... more »

FBI terrorists among us: 1993 WTC Bombing

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
*The mind-boggling role of the Bureau* Jon Rappoport There seems to be a rule: if a terror attack takes place and the FBI investigates it, things are never what they seem. Federal attorney Andrew C McCarthy prosecuted the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing case. A review of his book, *Willful Blindness*, states: “For the first time, McCarthy intimately reveals the real story behind the FBI’s inability to stop the first World Trade Center bombing even though the bureau had an undercover informant in the operation — the jihadists’ supposed bombmaker. “In the first sentence of his ha... more »

More Evidence for the Chilling Effects of NSA Surveillance

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Cindy Cohn *Electronic Frontier Foundation* Human Rights Watch and the ACLU today published a terrific report documenting the chilling effect on journalists and lawyers from the NSA's surveillance programs entitled: "With Liberty to Monitor All: How Large-Scale US Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law and American Democracy." The report, which is chock full of evidence about the very real harms caused by the NSA's surveillance programs, is the result of interviews of 92 lawyers and journalists, plus several senior government officials. This report adds to the growing body of ev... more »

ECONOMICS FOR REAL PEOPLE: The Epitome of the Financial Collapse

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
[image: 276464_137539366339987_1226509_n] Here’s the note about tomorrow night’s session hosted by our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group: The most spectacular collapse of the 2008 financial crisis was Iceland’s financial system. It was wiped out, and it nearly wiped out the country. How could such a developed and sophisticated economy collapse so spectacularly? And what has happened since? Turns out this is one of the most important questions that can be asked about the ongoing world economic malaise, because the Icelandic experience mirrors the experience of man... more »

Why are massive numbers of sea creatures dying along the west coast right now?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Michael Snyder Never before have we seen so much death along the west coast of North America. Massive numbers of sea stars, bluefin tuna, sardines, anchovies, herring, oysters, salmon, marine mammals and marine birds are dying, and experts are puzzled. We are being told that we could even see “local extinctions” of some of these sea creatures. So are all of these deaths related? If so, what in the world could be causing this to happen? What has changed so dramatically that it would cause massive numbers of sea creatures to die along the west coast? The following are 15 examp... more »

Could you pass this new, harder high school equivalency test?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* Here in New York State there has been a rolling uproar since January, when the NYS Education Department began replacing the age-old General Educational Development (GED) test with what DNAinfo New York's Amy Zimmer describes as "a more rigorous test that's pegged to the new federal Common Core standards." The 7.5-hour Test Assessing Secondary Completion, known as the TASC, covers far more challenging topics than the GED, requiring students to know everything from Newton's second law of motion to the reasons particular amendments were added to the Constitution. On the wr... more »

Scahill: Leaked Terror Watchlist Rules Reveal "Global Stop and Frisk Program"

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
*Democracy Now* The Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watch list system by approving broad guidelines over who can be targeted. A leaked copy of the secret government guidebook reveals that to be a deemed a "terrorist" target, "irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary." Both "known" and "suspected" suspects are tracked, and terrorism is so broadly defined that it includes people accused of damaging property belonging to the government or financial institutions. Jeremy Scahill calls it a global stop and frisk program. Visit DemocracyNow.org ... more »

Newfoundland Man Wants Prime Minister Charged For Advocating Genocide Against Palestinians! Makes One Proud To Be A Canadian!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 3 hours ago
Yes, the cruel and inhuman attacks by the psychotic Israelis continues against the innocent people of Gaza. As of this point, the reported number of innocent people that have been murdered by these monsters now exceeds the number that were killed in Operation Cast Lead some 4 years ago. Now with the psychotic and insane Israeli leadership saying they will "escalate" the brutal assault on Gaza, the number of dead will increase significantly.... We are indeed watching the possible extermination of some 1.8 million people in what is properly called the largest open air concentration ... more »

This man is a racist [update]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[image: image] ACT leader Jamie Whyte is calling for a taskforce to identify and repeal laws which he says give special treatment to Maori, saying that "the principle that the law should be impartial has never been fully embraced in New Zealand.” That’s enough for Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell to play the racism card : Dr Whyte is vying for the "redneck sector of the voting community,” [says Flavell] and there is "no doubt that there is an element of racism in those comments." This from the leader of a race-based party, sitting in a race-based seat, elected to parliame... more »

A Happy Moment: “Three German Students Surprise A Homeless Guy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Three German Students Surprise A Homeless Guy"* by be japy e.V. “The video below is of a German student who took note of a homeless man attempting to get money from those passing by. He noticed that the man’s techniques were not very successful so he asks the homeless man to borrow his bucket. I usually don’t share stories like this one, but this time I just couldn’t help myself! This story not only brought me to tears but encouraged me to take note of others around me.” - http://beforeitsnews.com/

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

“Explaining Gaza to My Granddaughter”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*A Comment:* Oh, I'm so sorry, does this image offend your delicate feelings? Don't you *dare* look away, Good American Taxpayer Citizen, because you and all of us paid for every single bomb and bullet, every fighter-bomber warplane and tank, every artillery piece and combat helicopter. We paid for this horror, and own it, and the blood's as much on our hands as it is the monsters actually doing the killing... And AIPAC and the rest who don't like it, I don't give a *damn* what you don't like... - CP ◆ *“Explaining Gaza to My Granddaughter”* by Gary Engler “Grandpa, why are they ki... more »

I'm Afraid to Return to the Land of the Free

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Talon Windwalker There was a time when America truly was synonymous with the tagline Land of the Free. However, that statement is becoming less and less truthful. Snowden revealed the lengths our country is going to monitor all our communications, and our government insists on continuing this Orwellian type of surveillance. Despite committee findings showing that not one single act of terrorism has been thwarted by these unconstitutional practices. Over the last several years we’ve also witnessed our police force becoming militarized to the point where they are u... more »

Washington Under Siege Over D.C. Handgun Ruling

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
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The Columbine Cause: An Examination of the April 20, 1999 Attack on Columbine High School

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
The Columbine Cause: An Examination of the April 20, 1999 Attack on Columbine High School from Evan Long on Vimeo. evanlong.net Columbine: Unraveling the Sheriff's Official Line from Evan Long on Vimeo. http://www.EvanLong.tk http://www.TheColumbineCause.tk Unraveling the Sheriff's Official Line 13 December 2009 Columbine Researcher Rolf Zaeschmar on School Shootings and More This program consists primarily of audio content and is 31 minutes in length. "Rolf Zaeschmar is a longtime Columbine shooting researcher who's been on the case for over ten years. His many writings on the in... more »

A Question of Guilt: The Massacre at Port Arthur

Spike EP at News Spike - 3 hours ago
A Question of Guilt: The Massacre at Port Arthur from Evan Long on Vimeo. A video questioning the Australian government's official conclusions with regard to Martin Bryant's involvement in the shooting massacre at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania on 26 April 1996 and related events. The video was produced "in the public interest by survivors of the Port Arthur massacre and sympathetic investigators".

A Guest Post on Prof. Grant Schofield's Blog

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 4 hours ago
This is just a short post to direct readers to my guest post here: http://profgrant.com/2014/07/30/all-that-fat-a-guide-for-the-perplexed/ Which contains all my thoughts about dietary fat recommendations and the lipid hypothesis, without too many distracting details. I also want to supply a link to a most enjoyable book, Bertha M. Wood's "Foods of the Foreign-born in Relation to Health" from 1922. https://archive.org/details/cu31924003579756 I think this is the first record of "dietary transitions", adverse changes to the traditional diets of migrants in a new land. It was written a... more »

Holy Moses Batman! Arne Met with the Badass Teachers!

freetoteach at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
The BATS Swoop Down on Department of Education From With a Brooklyn Accent The party's over but looks like the Badass Teachers, a group of people who have devoted their lives to educating children, had a meeting with Arne Duncan. The party at the DoE was a lot of fun and nice to see new faces. The music was particularly good and the speakers, weather and entertainment was just what teachers needed this summer. Ok, waiting for a response.

2 sides of Charlie Christian [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Today is, or would have been, Charlie Christian's birthday. Guitarist Charlie Christian was one of the pioneers of electric guitar and jazz guitar. In the early days, he had to make his own amps and pickups, the volume of the guitar and the skill and inventiveness of his horn-inspired picking style making it a lead instrument in big bands and small groups. Here are two contrasting performances: from 1939, one of his first recordings with Benny Goodman’s Sextet, soloing on Rose Room (the perfect accompaniment to a dry martini) … … and a rare recording of Charlie Christian “after ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Israel’s Iron Dome: a misplaced debate By Subrata Ghoshroy Back in 2012, Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system was hailed as a real, working battlefield weapon that could shoot down unguided rockets before they struck Israel. Iron Dome was lauded as a game changer in the Israel-Palestine conflict; at the time, Israel claimed that it shot down 441 Hamas rockets in flight, before they could do serious damage. Admittedly, normal life in Israel was disrupted, as its citizens had to scamper to bomb shelters when the siren sounded, but that was held to be acceptable. Israeli casualti... more »

Costing Climate: It is all Relative

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 5 hours ago
The White House released a report today on "The Costs of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change" (here in PDF). The report concludes (based on a summary by William Nordhaus in his book, The Climate Casino): Based on a leading aggregate damage estimate in the climate economics literature, a delay that results in warming of 3° Celsius above preindustrial levels, instead of 2°, could increase economic damages by approximately 0.9 percent of global output. The report seeks to place 0.9% of output into context by presenting it in terms of the US economy in 2014: To put this percentage ... more »

Repeal Prohibition, Again!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
[image: image]This is big. The *New York Times* is not the paper it was, but it still regularly sets the news and political agenda. And the *New York Times* has now come out four-square for marijuana legalisation, saying the US Government should Repeal Prohibition, Again. It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great... more »

Hot, Hot, Hot

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 5 hours ago
Now, if it was a dance club I was referring to in my post title or perhaps even some night-time er, "extra-curriculars" it wouldn't be such a bad thing. Unfortunately, in this case, the title is in reference to the weather here. Yes, I know it's summer and I realize the mercury can climb but it still messes with my head that it can be just as warm here (sometimes even warmer) than down in Edmonton or Calgary. Having spent quite a few years in northern Canada, its taken me a bit of time to readjust to hotter summers. It wasn't until last summer that I began to feel comfortable ... more »

Was The Malaysian Plane In Ukraine The Same One as In March - Joaquin

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
Was The Malaysian Plane In Ukraine The Same One as In March - Joaquin. Source: 108morris108. Date Published: July 29, 2014.

US To Israel: You Want To Perform Child Sacrifice In Gaza? Yeah, Sure, Go Ahead. But Criticize Sec. John Kerry? How Dare You!

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Israhell is waging war on an entire people.* An excerpt from, *"U.S. to Israel on Kerry criticism: 'Not the way allies treat each other'"* by Barak Ravid, Haaretz, July 29, 2014: The U.S. administration on Monday continued its counterattack against the recent criticism in Israel of Secretary of State John Kerry's attempts to forge a cease-fire in the fighting with Hamas. At the daily news briefing for foreign correspondents, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki blasted the criticism of Kerry voiced by senior Israeli officials. "This is not the way partners and allies treat ea... more »

"A Delicate Balance..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Capitalism tries for a delicate balance: It attempts to work things out so that everyone gets just enough stuff to keep them from getting violent and trying to take other people’s stuff." - George Carlin


Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
METRO PODCAST | Thorne Dreyer interviews Eddie Wilson of Armadillo World HQ & Threadgill’s fame.

Moral equivalence in Gaza

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Why is there a prevalent view that Israel and Hamas are, at best, morally equivalent – and, at worst, that Israel is morally inferior? Take John Minto and his friends, for example, who want everyone to shun Israel, but make no mention of shunning the people who take millions in international aid and turn it into networks full of tunnels, thousands of rockets, and suicide bombs and bombers. It’s like judging a rapist and a rape victim the same, and suggesting all that’s needed is mediation. Or, worse, that all that’s needed is the rape victim to lie down. There’s a simple way to s... more »

Journey of the CNN Tunnel Wolf

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 7 hours ago
The nadir for the American state-corporate media have finally been hit with the now six months running vomit of lies about the nature of exactly what type of neo-Nazis that the US establishment and the Obama regime are backing in Ukraine, the 24/7 "two minutes hate" directed at the now thoroughly demonized Vladimir Putin and most recently the disgusting orgy of apologies for the criminal murder of women and children in Gaza by the insane Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu. The latest example of just how rotten that the star-spangled, Kardashian drenched, exceptionali... more »

US-Supported "Good Guys" Firing Ballistic Missiles in Ukraine?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 7 hours ago
*U.S. official indicates Pentagon likely to hold back evidence of use of powerful weapons because they come from the side cast as the "good guys" in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine* Lauren McCauley Common Dreams A residential home that was destroyed Tuesday by Ukrainian military shelling. (Photo: Christopher Allen) One day after the U.S. government accused Russia of betraying a signature treaty by test-firing a medium-range ballistic missile, questions are mounting on Tuesday over whether the Ukrainian Army has actually fired short-range ballistic missiles at rebel-held area... more »

“Why the Government Views You As Collateral Damage”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Why the Government Views You As Collateral Damage”* by Bill Bonner “The illusions, mistakes and misconceptions of central planners take their toll in a great variety of ways — mostly as costly nuisances. Occasionally, when they are particularly ambitious, they make the history books. Napoleon’s march on Moscow. Mao’s great famine. The Soviet Union’s 70-year economic experiment. These fiascos are caused by well-meaning, smart public officials. They are the Hell to which the road paved with good intentions leads. The pretension of the central planner is that he knows a better futur... more »


David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 8 hours ago
PISSSED OFF..Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

Is the BBC's Gaza reporting biased and naive?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
That said - and before I shut up for a while about the subject (and return to things like pygmy boa constrictors), I would like to recommend a piece by Jonathan Foreman from Breitbart London, THE BBC'S GAZA REPORTING IS BIASED AND NAIVE. (No question mark in that title!) Jonathan's first paragraph reads: Over the last week BBC news bulletins have, inevitably, led with the Gaza war. This might seem like an obvious, rational choice, although of course it was also the worst week of the last three years in the Syrian war, with at least 1,700 deaths. Still it is fair enough for the BB... more »

Not Cool

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
Can any Arab or Muslim leader make a speech about resisting the crimes of Israel that does not include horrific words such as "extermination"? Jesus, man. There is nothing attractive about the leaders of Israel and Hamas. They're not rational. They take warfare to inhuman limits. One side is cheering the deaths of children, and using propaganda talking points like "they're human shields" to cover up their naked barbarity, and then the other side comes out the next day and tops them in stupidity and irrationality.

Corporate Dems Like Schumer Aren't Done Wrecking The Democratic Party

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
I've never missed an election in my life-- even while living in difficult to vote places like the mountains of Afghanistan-- and I've never voted for a Republican, although before I was old enough to vote, I was a volunteer for John Lindsay, a liberal Republican-- they had them back then-- running against the conservative machine hack Abe Beame. Lindsay responded to the GOP's inexorable drift rightward by switching to the Democratic Party while he was mayor. That said, it has gotten harder and harder for me to vote for Democrats in recent years. The further Democratic candidates dr... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago

Thorne Dreyer : METRO PODCAST | Austin legend Eddie Wilson of Armadillo World HQ & Threadgill’s fame

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Concert promoter and restaurateur Wilson talks Austin cultural history in a colorful and informative interview on Rag Radio. Interview by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | July 29, 2014 Legendary Austin concert promoter and restaurateur Eddie Wilson was our … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *METRO PODCAST* | Austin legend Eddie Wilson of Armadillo World HQ & Threadgill’s fame


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
It's been described as the space based version of neighborhood watch. The US has sent two military satellites into orbit to get a greater insight into other countries activities in orbit.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
The US is itching for a fight a war money is to be made lands conquered resources taken Mr. Big wants it all The American people follow the flag afterwards have regrets but largely do what they are told The 'experts' make all the *$$$* claim we protect freedom democracy civilization justice you can see this brand in action today in Gaza Russia and China next on the list to be taken down they want multi-polar world Mr. Big is offended angry and will get revenge Empire is crumbling Mr. Big is nervous and dangerous as he flails about attacking everywhere at once

July 29: It's noon - and my morning paper is still not here...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 9 hours ago
......so let me start with a sermonette on two stories that go back several days, and were quite uncritically reported on.I'm starting it in a religious context; but don't be alarmed. That's only because religion is really quite secular. Christians are told "to love thy neighbour". Good idea. But it gets screwed up by being tied to the concept that if you don't "love they neighbour", then you'll be tortured in horrible pain and go down to the burning flames of hell for ETERNITY, while those who have been saved (which only counts if it's salvation by believing in Jesus) and have lo... more »

Evan Bayh Loves Christel DeHaan and Hedge Funders: CORPORATE SCHOOL ALERT

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
*by Doug Martin * With so many people saying Evan Bayh must come back to Indiana to "save" public education as governor, it is time to set the record straight and let Hoosiers know about the real Evan Bayh. Here is just a glimpse (after only a few hours of research) into Indiana’s hero, Fox News' on-air contributor*,* and former governor of and senator for Indiana, and it is not pretty. Anyone who thinks Evan Bayh is good for public education is either lying or has not been informed. Let’s inform the unformed now and expose the liars. *BAYH’S CORPORATE SCHOOL PIECE OF THE PIE... more »

Jack A. Smith : Obama is wrong about natural gas

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
A new scientific study argues that both shale gas and conventional natural gas have larger greenhouse gas footprints than do coal or oil. By Jack A. Smith | The Rag Blog | July 29, 2014 Natural gas is falsely promoted … finish reading Jack A. Smith : Obama is wrong about natural gas

Medicare report shows Obamacare is bending the cost curve

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 10 hours ago
The 2014 Medicare Trustees Report has just been released, and it shows that the program is on noticeably sounder financial footing than it was just a year ago. One of the biggest signs of this is that the projected depletion date of the Hospital Insurance (Part A) Trust Fund has been pushed back by four years just since last year's report. Indeed, Sarah Kliff points out that Part A actually spent $600 million less in 2013 than in 2012, even though it insured 1.6 million more people. As she emphasizes, the big news in this is that per capita Medicare Part A spending has been falling.... more »

The Palestinian death toll in Gaza has surpassed 1,000 and many thousands more are injured, while hospitals and schools are being shelled. In the meanwhile, the Israeli govenment tells its citizens that the war is against Hamas, whereas in reality 80% of the killed and wounded have been civilians ...and President Obama has told Israel to keep on killing. I think this is genocide. What do you think?

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 10 hours ago
------------------------------ Original Here *Despite Growing International Condemnation, No End to Gaza Violence in Sight 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 - * July 28, 2014* More at The Real News *Bio * *Lia Tarachansky*... more »

The Realist Report - Friedrich Paul Berg

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 10 hours ago
On this edition of The Realist Report, we'll be joined by noted revisionist *Friedrich Paul Berg*. Friedrich and I will be discussing the fake Jewish "Holocaust" during WWII and the role this false narrative of history plays in our everyday lives. You can download the entire program *here*. Below are relevant links for this program: - *NaziGassings.com* - *Holocaust Hoax Museum* - *Treblinka by David Cole* - *Response to David Cole Regarding Treblinka by Eric Hunt*

Preface to a study

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
One of the frustrating things about answering the question 'Is the BBC biased?' is that, however long you may blog about it, providing anecdotal evidence by the bucketful over many years and finding that people who agree with you agree with you, is that huge numbers of people don't agree with you - or don't even care about the issue. That's why I always hoped (with hope in my heart) that statistical evidence (like counting interruptions) would help win over some of the unconverted - the guiding principle behind my 2009-10 blog. (I think I succeeded there, but the BBC didn't agree.... more »

"Hail Caesar" Syrian "Defector" appears in Washington

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
*I cannot believe they are still 'wagging the dog' with this psyop?* *Seriously. I covered this so long ago. It's baloney. Plain and Simple. And yet, here it is July 29/14 and Caesar is still making the rounds* So "hail Caesar" as your lying reigns supreme in Washington DC. With your 'friends' from the Holocaust ™ Memorial Museum. A Syrian defector *(not)* who smuggled out thousands of photos of mutilated corpses, showed some of those images in Washington on Monday and said they depicted prisoners who were tortured and killed by the security services of Syrian President Bashar al-Ass... more »

Thank you, the journey was never my own

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
By Brenda Norrell Censored News Today, between a hospital stay and fight for my life in May, and a journey to the Zapatista Stronghold in Chiapas in August, I'm especially thankful for this road I've been on, which was never really my own. I've never spoken in public about journalism over the past 32 years, because, for me, it was a matter of following my inner voice, and what some call the

Democracy in Colonial America, 1984, and 2014

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
It’s nice to be home. For the last 10 days I traveled to Boston, MA and Portland Maine with my family. In Boston we took our teenage boys down “Freedom Trail.” We walked among places frequented by those who first institutionalized the grand Enlightenment experiment of modern democracy at the close of the eighteenth century. It is true that only a tiny minority of Americans were counted as citizens and afforded the rights institutionalized in the US Constitution at the time of its signing. Habeas corpus, free speech, and privacy were granted only to a small minority of white m... more »

Supplemental: Millionaire’s Christmas in July!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014* *Watching the liberal mind crumble:* We humans love to be programmed. We love to be told that our tribe is the best. We then go rampaging through the streets in support of this insight. For an example of what we mean, read the New York Times news report which bears this remarkable hard-copy headline: “3 Killed in Facebook Blasphemy Rampage.” The New York Times did a news report on a “Facebook blasphemy rampage?” Good lord, what a phrase! In fairness, this horrible news report comes from Pakistan. To our ear, that phrase sounds like a description of the w... more »

Man Who Shot at Police When They Were Breaking Into His House Found Innocent

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
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Worldwide Water Shortage by 2040?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
*New study concludes that water shortages may be a bigger problem than we thought.* Kevin Samson Fresh water supplies are under assault on multiple fronts. We are seeing the continuing fallout from the droughts in the Western U.S. and Brazil - both are incredibly important areas to the global food supply. At the same time, corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. Nestle's former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. Knowing that both the climate and corporate influence are con... more »

The Fisk jumps another shark

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Do you know the original of the phrase 'jumping the shark' (when something reaches such a low point that it becomes utterly absurd and passed-its-sell-by-date)? It came from an episode of 'Whacky Days' when The Fisk got off his motorbike, donned jet skies, raised his thumbs, said 'Heyyy!' and, yes, jumped a shark: The Fisk (real name Robert Fiskerelli) has been jumping sharks every since and, as CiF Watch points out, jumped a particularly huge great white over at *The Independent *yesterday in an article called: It's not just radicalised Islamists – what about foreign fighters who... more »

Jon Donnison and the 'PFLP charity worker'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
As you may have noticed today has been 'Jon Donnison Day' across the BBC-monitoring pro-Israeli blogosphere. Alan at *Biased BBC* spotlighted a report from Jon Donnison which he (Alan) says is "a subtle pro-Hamas piece", and that very same report is also the basis of Hadar's latest post at *BBC Watch*. Now, we can argue till we're blue in the face about whether that article is pro-Hamas or not, but one thing does seem certain (if 'seeming certain' isn't a contradiction in terms): Jon Donnison's piece contains a passage that appears *at best* naive - and possibly much worse. This ... more »

Does Paul Ryan Really Want To Help Working Families And The Unemployed?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Paul Ryan's voting record in Congress-- going back to 1999 when he was a 20-something with the consciousness, though not the wisdom, of an angry 80 year old-- shows pretty conclusively he has never cared a whit about working class families. He has consistently voted against unemployment insurance for the men and women tossed out of work when conservative economic agendas have passed and wrecked the economy. So has he changed his mind? I wouldn't bet on it. Last week most Republicans and a gaggle of slimy New Dems and Blue Dogs from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party voted... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*A GOP Ultimatum to Vlad* By Patrick J. Buchanan July 28, 2014 "ICH" - With the party united, the odds are now at least even that the GOP will not only hold the House but also capture the Senate in November. But before traditional conservatives cheer that prospect, they might take a closer look at the foreign policy that a Republican Senate would seek to impose upon the nation. Specifically, they should spend time reading S. 2277, the “Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014,” introduced by Sen. Bob Corker on May 1, and endorsed by half of the Senate’s GOP caucus. As ranking... more »

Newspaper Comment Sections Become Cordoned-Off Hate Crime Scenes

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 13 hours ago
This is a lengthy article I wrote recently for Truthout's Public Intellectual Page regarding the hate that emanates from media. This article analyzes the hate, primarily from the comments sections of the Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star during the height of the SB 1070 (racial profiling) and HB 2281 (anti-ethnic studies) issues.. http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/24684-editorial-pages-as-cordoned%E2%80%93off-hate-crime-scenes#.U9bMka8mgiQ.email Please post, share, etc.

Is Ron Paul the New JFK?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
*"I want to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds"--JFK* *Is Ron Paul the new JFK?* [image: Ron Paul] Former congressman Ron Paul (Reuters/Robert Galbraith) Former congressman Ron Paul advocates for abolishing the United States Central Intelligence Agency in a new op-ed where he condemns the CIA and its controversial enhanced interrogation practices. On Sunday, the retired Texas lawmaker wrote on the website for the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity that *“CIA covert actions across the globe have led to destruction of countries and societies ... more »

Coming Soon: "Digitial Resurrection" of Presidents and Campaign Holograms for 2016

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
image source Kevin Samson Also known as "telepresence," the use of holograms is on the rise. Instead of Princess Leia, the last 5 years have ushered in real-world holograms that have been used to resurrect dead musicians, to create new musical stars in Japan, and and to transport political analysts into the studio of their choice. Yet there are many other uses for holograms that could have a far greater impact on our everyday world, as the following video chronology suggests. In 2010, The Guardian announced that holographic communication had flickered into life in Arizona: I... more »

Israel's attempted genocide must fail -- Lessons from Canada's genocide

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 13 hours ago
By Denis G. Rancourt The Zionist Project is to eradicate all Palestinians who make claim to a home in Palestine. The Zionist Project is exactly what Israel has been doing since its artificial creation. The Zionist Project is planned incremental dispossession and an on-going attempted genocide, and this has been repeatedly and explicitly expressed by its architects and executioners. The

Zionism's Prior Condition: Propaganda

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 13 hours ago
Blood and and discarded belongings are left behind at a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) "Propaganda by its very nature is an enterprise for perverting the significance of events and of insinuating

Why Europe depends on America: WW1 and a single pivot point

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
I find this Chicago Tribune piece- Odd? Disconcerting? Considering we are in the 100 year anniversary of WW1 and knowing how history repeats, because we aren't told any real factual history this editorial reads like a real call to war! A reason the US simply must act. "The Great War" and "The war to end all war" proved to be neither. The conflict that would bleed to death some of Earth's proudest empires - while killing 16.5 million soldiers and civilians - later would be christened World War I to distinguish it from the next, even deadlier slaughter. WWI also created a precedent ... more »

Iraq’s Southern Oil Industry Untouched By Insurgency But Technical Problems Continue

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
While several small oil fields have fallen under the control of the Islamic State in northern Iraq the vast majority of the country’s reserves reside in the south and have been unaffected. In fact, new infrastructure recently opened that expanded the capacity for southern exports. That doesn’t mean output can’t continue to fluctuate like it always has. In June 2014 exports were down from May due to technical issues and an accident. Problems with docking tankers were the main reason why June exports decreased. Last month Iraq exported 2.423 million barrels a day compared to 2.582... more »

UHC 25: Some Physician Stories in Hospital ERs, Wards

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 14 hours ago
Below are notes by a physician friend, Doc Erwin Abueva, in his facebook wall, February-March this year. Real stories from physicians in emergency room (ER), wards, operating rooms. Some stories are funny, some are sad. Somehow they provide additional dimensions in the continuing discussions about universal health care (UHC). Thanks a lot for sharing these stories Doc. Non-physicians like me find them informative. 11 stories, 2,000+ words, more than 4 pages long. Enjoy. Meanwhile the photos, I got from the web and just added them here. ------------- *(1) February 6* 2PM, HEMODIALYS... more »

Jon Donnison v Lt Col Peter Lerner

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Jon Donnison is really going for Israeli spokesmen at the moment. (Just listen to the 'Sound Cloud' in one of the tweets below.) His tweet-sent *editorial judgement* on this is: There is a clear policy by both Hamas and IDF of disputing events before facts are known. It muddies water and makes truth harder to stick. IDF @LTCPeterLerner just told me doesn't believe Israeli fire killed 13 people at UN school in Gaza. Says only 1 mortar hit school. 1/4 — Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) July 28, 2014 Idf @LTCPeterLerner says he believes UNWRA boss bob turner was lied to by his staff re... more »

MH17 / MH370 - One of Our Airplanes is... No Longer Missing...

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
MH17 / MH370 - One of Our Airplanes is... No Longer Missing... from Spike EP on Vimeo.

His Name is BOB - The Murder of Peaches H. Geldof

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
His Name is BOB - The Murder of Peaches H. Geldof from Spike EP on Vimeo. "Peaches was born, looking perfect and gorgeous, like a little peach. Peaches was the best baby ever - since Fifi. She was talking at eight months and loved Vivaldi, although now she likes opera as well and has a funky streak." - Paula Yates, The Autobiography, 1995 *How Paula was killed:* The television presenter Paula Yates died of a heroin overdose in a "foolish and incautious" binge after having apparently overcome her drug problem, an inquest found yesterday. The coroner, *Paul Knapman*, said *the a... more »

Is the Catholic Church in bed with the Obama administration?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*of course they are.* No, not every priest or bishop, but the ones who cause the most trouble most certainly are. This started happening when I was but a wee little one. To be fair, it really started happening when Eve coerced Adam into eating the forbidden fruit, but I missed that event. Any Catholic who doesn't believe this is happening is not paying attention. I leave you with some wise words from Ann Barnhardt and a link to Judi McLeod's article in today's Canada Free Press. *From Ann Barnhardt:* The one about… THE BERNARDIN-ALINSKY-OBAMA NEXUS *As an opening to this repo... more »

Free Planet - Man supports his family - Bringing home the bacon

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 15 hours ago
one of the great lies of State or Private Education, or 'access to the corporate mind-control system that leads innocent human beings into the criminal World of Corporate War for Profit' i.e. work, is *Man Supports His Family* aka 'bringing home the bacon'. In this invented world of work, man (and woman) spends the majority of their time working in jobs that may be above/below them in terms of physical/emotional capability. Many people hate these jobs they find themselves in. Many people crack under the pressure, pressures of the job or pressure from colleagues battling among themse... more »

Ultimate Reason? Why, The influx of young Illegal immigrants arranged by White House - 'Dream Act': "Military Purposes"

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 15 hours ago
I have been researching how all the thousands and thousands of illegal immigrant children are going to get enrolled in public schools. I have found many law sites (here is one for New York) saying illegals are allowed in schools with proof of residency and age. The vaccination proof can be skipped by saying "Religious objection". How are they going to get into public schools with no proof

“DESTINED TO GET HORRIBLE COVERAGE:” Halperin’s theory in full!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014* *Part 2—Gregory starts to explain:* If Hillary Clinton runs for president, is she “destined to get horrible coverage?” We can’t answer that question, although events of the past few months make it a plausible theory. So do events of the past several decades, as David Gregory, and other insiders, mumblingly noted last week. Let’s start at the beginning! Last Tuesday, Mika Brzezinski introduced a segment on Morning Joe about Clinton’s White House prospects. Needless to say, she also discussed Clinton’s troubling wealth, then asked a stupid question: BRZEZINS... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*93L in Eastern Atlantic Growing More Organized ~Dr. Jeff Masters, Wunderground* *Figure 1.* Analysis of the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) made at 8 am EDT Monday July 28, 2014 using data from the Meteosat-9 satellite. Dry, dusty air was present from the coast of Africa westwards across the tropical Atlantic, but was located well to the north of tropical disturbance 93L. Image credit: University of Wisconsin CIMSS/NOAA Hurricane Research Division.*~Editilla Rotellas~ We're gonna keep an Eye on this one, since Dr. Masters has an uncanny ability for picking winners during Hurricane Season.* ... more »

Everywhere Is War: Gaza Edition

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 16 hours ago
Let's just say that both George Orwell and Hannah Arendt would be having a field day with the way the Western media are covering both the Forever Wars and the Forever Propaganda Wars. Luckily for us, the major actors are dumb enough and clumsy enough to be caught in the act of gross dishonesty on a regular basis. Every day comes news of some major new atrocity and every day come revelations of the atrocious ways the media are trying to hide the truth and twist the facts. If there's one thing we've learned since the latest assault on Gaza began, it's that the American government, t... more »

Are There Any Terrorist Groups Who AREN’T Paid Foot Soldiers for the U.S. Military-Intelligence Agenda?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Melissa Melton *In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.* — President Dwight D. Eisenhower Let me see if I have this right, because it’s getting really hard to keep things straight these days. So it is on record that the U.S. government/military-industrial complex has financially backed the ISIS rebels in Syria to the tune of *tens of millions of dollars, *and key members were traine... more »


Alison at Creekside - 16 hours ago
That was from five years ago - even the number of casualties is close to the same as now. *This was also from five years ago * - we've gotten acclimatized to the language spin now but it was greeted with incredulity at the time. Plus ça change ... .

Shit Bitcoin Fanatics Say

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
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Is There Any Way To Measure If Cuomo Is More Corrupt Than Christie Or Christie Is More Corrupt Than Cuomo?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*Andrew Cuomo and real estate donors (clockwise from left) Joseph Moinian, Jerry Speyer, Daniel Tishman, Andrew Farkas* You shouldn't have been surprised by Bill Rashbaum's stunning revelations about Andrew Cuomo's ethics problems. Ken and I have been warning readers for years that Cuomo is nothing like his father, Mario Cuomo, a pawn of the powerful and wealthy and an avatar of the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. And his corruption is nothing new to anyone who's been paying attention. Catherine Austin Fitts is a Wall Street bankster type. She was managing director of Dill... more »

Russian Aggression Prevention Act Seems Designed to Provoke Russian Aggression

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
image source Brandon Turbeville Although there has yet to be any proof of “Russian Aggression” surrounding the Ukrainian situation in general and the Malaysian flight shoot down more specifically, the general public of the Western world (at least those that actually watch TV news) is consumed with paranoia over a new Russian threat to world democracy. In their minds, that threat is marching westward in the Stalinesque or Hitlerian model (depending on the mode of propaganda being pushed that day) with the ultimate goal of world domination. Of course, this paranoia has been develo... more »

I will be in-studio for an interview on @EmpowerDC radio show today

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 17 hours ago
Here’s the show’s synopsis for my visit: Topic: Malcolm X elementary was slated to close at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, however, it was removed as DCPS chancellor Kaya Henderson had other plans for it. These plans included co-locating Achievement Prep charter school in the same school building and eventually blending the two […]


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*The King of Bryan College* Mike Adams In my columns, I often write about the swift moral decline within our nation's secular universities. That usually involves writing about corrupt university administrators. But I would be a hypocrite were I to ignore corruption by administrators at Christian colleges and universities. Right now, there is a controversy brewing at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee with moral ramifications that are simply too important to ignore. At the center of the controversy is Bryan's president Dr. Stephen Livesay. His conduct as Bryan's president has been ... more »

Book Review: The Burning

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 17 hours ago
A serial killer is on the lose. He has already beaten four women beyond recognition before lighting the bodies on fire, earning him the nickname, The Burning Man. Detective Maeve Kerrigan is on the task force that is working to bring him to justice, when a fifth body, Rebecca Haworth, is discovered. As Kerrigan digs deeper into the fifth victim's life she starts to realize that The Burning Man might not be responsible after all and a second killer is on the loose. I wasn't sure what I was expecting in this detective but I ended up liking Maeve Kerrigan a lot more than I thought I... more »

Ukraine Crisis: Death and Destruction Continues in Eastern Ukraine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
*"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime."--Ernest Hemingway* Extensive war crimes in Donbass from July 2 to July 24, 2014. Kiev's warmongers continue genocide of civilian population and deliberate destruction of Eastern Ukraine's infrastructure - schools, hospitals, kindergartens, power plants, train stations, etc. The majority of the footage and interviews you will see in this documentary film have never been shown on TV. Warning - *Ukraine Crisis: Death and destruction continues in Eastern Ukraine / Хунта убивает людей. [ENG SUB] ... more »

Obama And Netanyahu Are Authors of "Blood, Destruction, Pain, Grief And Sadness”

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 17 hours ago
*Source of photo.* *It's all smiles amongst the baby killers. * An excerpt from, *"Netanyahu Presses for Disarming of Gaza, Says War Could Drag On"* by Saud Abu Ramadan, Jonathan Ferziger and Calev Ben-David, Bloomberg, July 29, 2014: Yesterday, streets were almost empty in Gaza City, the territory’s biggest urban area, as people visited fresh graves, bouquets of flowers in hand, paid hospital calls on family and friends wounded in the fighting, and surveyed the damage done by the Israeli strikes. The Eid is usually the best season for business in Gaza, yet this year, many shops ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 18 hours ago
*Saints Nick Toon works on receiving skills to score roster spot ~Ramon Antonio Vargas* *Shamarr Allen says state police pulled him from vehicle, threatened him ~WWL * *Sober in New Orleans: Jules Bentley on what it’s like living the dry life in Alcohol City ~Gambit* *Report alleges oil and gas industry an important part of St. Tammany economy~Faimon A. Roberts* *Word Pumps September ~WorldPumps.com * [image: http://www.weftec.org/]~*WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation’s,** 87th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference*, September 27 - October 1, 2014, New Orleans Morial ... more »

Democrats Continue to Milk Obama "Impeachment" for Donations

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 18 hours ago
Just to get things out of the way right off the bat so there is no doubt where I stand President Barack Obama should be impeached and removed from office - but it isn't going to happen. Obama should be ousted from power primarily due to his manifest and ongoing unfitness for the gig in the first place. He has always been an amateur, an incompetent and a man who immediately surrounded himself with cronies, crooks and political foes - that slick media hyped team of rivals thing - and has not only carried on with the job that George W. Bush started in destroying the country but has t... more »

The s-word

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
I've rather given up on *Newsnight*, but it's a definite sign of where they are at that they held a discussion on the use of the word 'slut' (after *Telegraph *columnist Bryony Gordon told the world that Tory minister Michael Fallon had used it about her) and chose to invite Godfrey Bloom to take part, along with the *Telegraph*'s Rowan Pelling. Though Mr Bloom has had the UKIP whip withdrawn, it's not hard to imagine that Ian Katz & Co. thought it would be a great wheeze to get him to make some more outrageous statements and embarrass the party once again (if only now by associat... more »

Brazil orders Airbus C295 search and rescue aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: C295 Persuader MPA]Brazil has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the acquisition of three Airbus C295 search and rescue (SAR) aircraft. The three aircraft will progressively be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) from the end of this year under the terms of an agreement which also includes a five-year Full In Service Support (FISS) contract. In Brazilian service the SAR aircraft will join 12 transport-configured C295 aircraft, taking the total FAB C295 fleet to 15. Read more

Interview with Larry Summers

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 19 hours ago
In *The New Republic*.

Vendors who care about the earth

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 20 hours ago
*This post will introduce you to the companies listed on our Special Offers Page. I am receiving no compensation for this post ... I simply want to introduce you to companies doing their best to operate in an earth-friendly manner.* Every few months, I like to take the opportunity to feature vendors who are making a difference in our world. They embrace environmental sustainability and make protecting the earth the main focus of their business model. Let's meet them: [image: The Ultimate DIY Ebike Guide (an ebook) by Micah Toll] Micah Toll takes green transportation seriously. He ... more »

Jon Donnison v CiF Watch

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Talking of Jon Donnison, he saw fit to re-tweet this attack on a favourite blogs of ours a couple of days ago from one Bekah Wolf: @HughNaylor @CiFWatch is not a real organization, just a crappy smear campaign run by a couple of dunderheads — Bekah Wolf (@BekahWolf) July 27, 2014 And who exactly is this Bekah Wolf who doesn't reckon much to CiF Watch? Bekah Wolf@BekahWolfFounded @PalestinePSP with my husband Mousa Abu Maria. I live in the U.S. and in Beit Ommar, #Palestine. Have worked in Palestine since 2003 Or, to put it another way, a pro-Palestinian activist who sometimes wr... more »

The Truth About Dishonesty - Dan Ariely

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
*Published on August 15, 2012* Dan Ariely, bestselling author and professor of psychology and behavioural economics at Duke University visits the RSA to examine the mechanisms at work behind dishonest behaviour, and the implications this has for all aspects of our social and political lives. Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A: *http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-an...* *Youtube link: **http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGGxguJsirI* *I wrote this about the need for honesty in Community several years ago.* *Honest Living:* Light and Light alone... more »

Tuesday Lazy Links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 21 hours ago
*A wasp drags a paralyzed spider back to her lair to lay her eggs in its body.* Lovely day. Feeling lazy.... - *SPECIAL*: Taipei Times report on the ripped page featuring the CCK Foundation in the EACS conference in Portugal. As Ben Goren shows, this report is wrong. Ben clarifies. Expect more clarifications from the government. - Taitung's balloon festival - Travel in Taiwan magazine, the tourism bureau's magazine. - New York politician Vic Gentile in Taiwan on gov't junket. - Time India Stopped Looking at Taiwan through a China Prism - Scott Simon: Indige... more »

Jon Donnison v Micky Rosenfeld

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
Good grief, it didn't take long, did it? Jon Donnison is back in Israel and has already become the story. Via BBC Watch, comes this from *The Daily Beast*'s Eli Lake: *Israel Still Swears Hamas Kidnapped Those Teens* *After a weekend blowup on Twitter, it’s a case of 'he said, he said' between an Israeli spokesman and a BBC reporter*. Over the weekend it appeared that an Israeli official conceded something very valuable to Hamas. A BBC reporter in Israel tweeted out comments from the spokesman for Israel’s national police who allegedly said Hamas was not behind the kidnapping and m... more »

Lockheed Martin Completes Successful Operational Flight Tests of GMLRS Alternative Warhead

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher]Lockheed Martin successfully completed all Developmental Test/Operational Test (DT/OT) flight tests for the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The DT/OT tests included rockets fired at both mid and long range. All rockets were fired from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher. The DT/OT tests were the first tactically representative flight tests against simulated targets, and were also the first tests conducted with soldiers ... more »

U.S. Says Russia Tested Cruise Missile, Violating Treaty

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: R-500 / Iskander-K GLCM]The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed by President Obama to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a letter on Monday. It is the most serious allegation of an arms control treaty violation that the Obama administration has leveled against Russia and adds another dispute to a relationship already burdened by tensions over the Kremlin’s support for separatists in Ukraine and its decis... more »

Tunisia to buy UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: UH-60M Black Hawk]The US State Department has approved the sale of 12 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Tunisia, worth $700 million including equipment, parts, training and logistical support. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the planned sale on July 23. The UH-60M Black Hawk is the most advanced model of the UH-60/S-70 series, and features the ability to be armed with rockets and missiles. In fact, Tunisia has requested Battlehawk kits that effectively turn the aircraft into an attack helicopter. Read more

Alex Johnson’s corporate SuperPAC run by Eli Broad’s Dan “students must pledge to capitalism” Chang

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 21 hours ago
“Financed by conservative billionaire philanthropists like Bill Gates and Eli Broad, charters willingly carry out the indoctrination their benefactors seek.” — Professor Ralph E. Shaffer Corporate candidate Alex Johnson and his backer Mark Ridley-Thomas have already raised incredible amounts of money in their attempt to seize a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School (LAUSD) […]

Another milestone for F/A-50 program reached

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: F/A-50 Golden Eagle]Another milestone has been reached in the Philippine government efforts to acquire the South Korean made F/A-50 “Fighting Eagle” jet aircraft. This was after Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary for Finance, Modernization, Installation and Munitions Fernando Manalo disclosed on Monday that the Letter of Credit (LOC) for the aircraft has been finally opened by the supplier. “The LOC has been finally opened. We have also given the 15 percent payment requested by the contractor,” he said in Filipino. Read more


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 21 hours ago
*Climate change and air pollution will lead to famine by 2050, study claims* *Garbage predictions like this are common, even though they run against all plant science. To put it in simple language, plants LIKE warmth and they REALLY like CO2. If there ever is global warming, plantlife, including crops, will boom! I grew up in the tropics, which are really warm, and I know how plantlife flourishes there. Creepers almost reach out and grab you, for instance. And glasshouse farmers deliberately pump up the CO2 content in their glasshouses to more than double the general atmo... more »

F-15s needed in Europe to respond to Russia, Lakenheath commander says

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: F-15C Eagle]This is not the time to talk about reducing the number of F-15 fighter jets in Europe, given the situation in Ukraine, according to the new commander of the 48th Fighter Wing, which flies the only F15s in Europe. “What an exciting time to be in Europe and an exciting time to be at NATO, what an exciting time to be around this wing,” said Col. Robert Novotny, an F-15 pilot, who has been on the job for less than a week. “You know we have a lot of challenges, we really do.” U.S. fiscal austerity is squeezing military budgets, and Department of Defense officials are... more »

Army Test Flies Unmanned Airborne EW Attack System; Clay Ogden Comments

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS]The U.S. Army has completed a series of flight tests onan unmanned airborne electronic attack platform in order to assess its technical capability to deploy jammer to another aerial system. The Army conducted the testing for the Gray Eagle unmanned system-fixed Networked Electronic Warfare Remotely Operated from June 2 to June 19 within The Great Salt Lake Desert at Dugway Proving Ground Utah, the Army said July 10. “This demonstrated the viability of a Gray Eagle based high-powered jamming capability to support the Army’s EW (electronic warfare) counte... more »

Final modernised P-3 Orion delivered to Brazil

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: P-3 Orion]Airbus Defence & Space has delivered the last of nine Lockheed P-3 Orion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft it has upgraded for the Brazilian air force. The final enhanced example has been ferried from Airbus Defence & Space’s facility in Seville, Spain to the service's base in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil. Acquired from the US Navy in 2006, the nine aircraft have been equipped with a suite of mission sensors, communications systems and cockpit avionics, alongside the Airbus Defence & Space Fully Integrated Tactical System. Read more

Northrop Drone’s Development Cost to U.S. Navy Rises 25%

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: MQ-4 Triton]The cost to develop Northrop Grumman Corp’s reconnaissance drone for the U.S. Navy has increased by at least 25 percent, or $720 million, according to Navy estimates and congressional investigators. As development costs have risen to at least $3.9 billion, the scheduled dates to begin production and then deployment of the Triton drone have each slipped by more than two years, according to a Senate committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee said in its report on funding defense programs in fiscal 2015 that it “is concerned with the cost and schedule breaches ... more »

Elbit pushes maritime patrol Hermes 900

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Hermes 900 UAS]Elbit Systems is offering its Hermes 900 unmanned air system (UAS) in a maritime patrol configuration. The Israeli company says the variant has been designed to answer the "full spectrum" of operational needs for a maritime patrol UAS. The type's payload comes in at 350kg (770lb) and includes a maritime radar, electro-optical sensors and electronic surveillance systems. Read more

HMS Prince of Wales Delivery Begins

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Hull section of HMS Prince of Wales]A huge section of hull for HMS Prince of Wales, the second aircraft carrier being delivered to the Royal Navy, has today departed BAE Systems in Glasgow on a 600-mile journey to Rosyth where final assembly of the ship will take place. The 8,000-metric-ton section, known as Lower Block 03, weighs more than an entire Type 45 destroyer and forms the mid-section of the aircraft carrier’s hull from the keel to the hangar deck. The block, transported by seagoing barge, is scheduled to arrive in Rosyth on Saturday, August 2 where work is current... more »

Mabus: Stealth Destroyers, LCS Headed to Pacific

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Zumwalt (DDG-1000) class DDG]The Navy will send new stealth destroyers, littoral combat ships and an amphibious ready group to the Pacific, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Monday, reiterating the U.S. commitment to its military "pivot" to the region. "The rebalance to the Pacific is real," Mabus told sailors gathered at Yokosuka's Fleet Theater for an all-hands call. President Barack Obama announced plans for the Pacific pivot as the interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan were winding down. But conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Gaza have since heated up, raising questions about t... more »

Iran to Unveil New Missile, Radar Systems in September

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Ghadir radar]Iran plans to unveil several new missile and radar systems late in September, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli announced on Monday. "On September 22 (parades), a number of missile and radar systems will be unveiled in Iran and we have spread these systems and radars in different parts of the country," Esmayeeli told FNA. The annual September 22 parades mark the start of the Week of Sacred Defense, commemorating Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s. Read more

GMOs Have The Protential To Destroy Our Planet - Professor Nassim Taleb

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago
[image: Foto: Distinguished NYU Professor of Risk Engineering, NASSIM TALEB, recently raised eyebrows when he said genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have the potential to cause “an irreversible termination of life at some scale, which could be the planet.” The Precautionary Principle - which is what Taleb calls his warning - is all about managing risk, not about waiting for it to surface. The fact that GMOs are a systemic entity is undeniable. We don’t, as Taleb says, argue that a game of Russian roulette is safer with each empty barrel we find. It is, in fact, more dangerous. R... more »

Moeen Ali supported over pro Gaza wristbands according to BBC Sport

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
The institutionally anti Israel BBC of course support England cricketer Moeen Ali. As do the English cricket board. However according to Rule 19F of the ICC Clothing and Equipment Rules and Regulations, players should not convey messages with their clothing unless approved in advance by the player's official board, but approval would not be granted for political messages. Simple question: Did Moeen Ali get advance approval from the England and Wales cricket board? If he didn't then he's in breach of the Rule. This is regardless of whether the message is considered political. Th... more »

N. Korea has world’s largest submarine fleet: U.S. media

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: Sang-O-class SSC]North Korea possesses the world’s largest number of submarines, followed by the U.S., according to a U.S. online media outlet. Business Insider said that the North has a total of 78 regular and midget submarines, while the U.S. has 72 submarines. Its analysis is based on data from the Global Firepower, a military power evaluation organization. China ranked third with 69 submarines, followed by Russia with 63 submarines and Iran with 31 submarines. South Korea has only 14 submarines while Japan has 16 submarines, according to the BI analysis. Read more

Nuclear submarine "Vladimir Monomakh" completes Phase 1 state trials

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 22 hours ago
[image: RFS Yuri Dolgorukiy]New generation Borei class ballistic missiles nuclear-powered submarine "Vladimir Monomakh" has completed the first phase of the state tests, Severodvinsk based shipbuilder Sevmash said. The sea trials included the vessel's systems tests and conformance to her technical specifications. "Ship's trials passed normally. Despite the large number of automation implemented on board the submarine all system have worked in strict accordance with a predetermined program. The crew and commissioning team have successfully completed the first phase of state trials an... more »

New Pool Chairs

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 1 day ago
We decided when moving here to simply buy things slowly, as we found exactly what we wanted. We are in no rush to fill the house with "things", and we have no need for having everything done immediately. I have been watching Craiglist and Jaco boards on Facebook to see if things come up to buy that speak to me.... I previously went to a wedding in Florida for my friend, Katie. At that wedding, outside, there were there amazing chairs that I loved. I told Kurt I wanted one, but in Michigan, you cannot really have outside furniture for most of the year, so it was pointless to get... more »

Kate Braun : Rejoice in Mother Earth’s bounty during Lammas

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Give thanks for the harvest, symbolized by the bread you serve your guests. By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | July 28, 2014 “’Harvest moon’ / a change in the weather / I love this time of year” Thursday, … finish reading Kate Braun : Rejoice in Mother Earth’s bounty during Lammas

Colleen Hanabusa's Crazy War Against The Environment

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
New Dem Colleen Hanabusa has built a political career not based on values or principles but on mutual backscratching and ugly corruption. She desperately, even shrilly, wants everyone to ignore the fact that when the Sierra Club, Climate Hawks Vote, Ocean Champions and the League of Conservation Voters endorsed Brian Schatz for senator, they compared both their environmental records and found his ideal and hers… far from ideal. She would also like voters in the August 9th Hawaii primary to ignore that MoveOn, the PCCC, DFA and Blue America all sited Schatz's work on environmental ... more »

Special Report: The Militarization of Local Police

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 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 result in the extermination of every single one of these innocent people. It is cold blooded murder and ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

What? You say Comic-Connies aren't big spenders? Suddenly my regard for them has jumped

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

Pork Barrel 12: Why DAP is Wrong

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

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

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 ... - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 »


Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 this week: The culture of “horrible coverage!”

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day 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 »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »


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


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
http://youtu.be/j-5Q7yuaXjMJoan Rivers recognises the BBC bias against Israel

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