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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.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

3 July - Blogs I'm Following

10:19pm MDST

Sean McMeekin | July 1914: Countdown to War

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 18 minutes ago
*"July 1914: Countdown to War" by Sean McMeekin. * Video Title: Sean McMeekin | July 1914: Countdown to War - January 29, 2014. Source: The Kansas City Public Library. Date Published: January 29, 2014. Description: In a discussion of his new book, historian Sean McMeekin reveals how a small cabal of European statesmen used the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to initiate a long-awaited showdown among the Continent's powers, ultimately leading to the start of World War I.

Why Boycott Organic Food Distributor Eden Foods?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 19 minutes ago
Michigan right-wing crackpot Michael Potter (left) Do you automatically assume organic and health food companies are hippies? Liberal? Progressive? You shouldn't. Hitler was a vegetarian, remember? And Mormon anti-gay fanatics, the Lassens are still running their health grocery chain in Los Feliz and threatening to open another one in Echo Park. Then there's Eden Foods… as bad as Hobby Lobby. Lisa Hymas, writing for *Grist*, spilled the beans. "Like Hobby Lobby," she wrote, "Eden Foods sued the Obama administration to try to get out of providing contraceptive coverage for its employe... more »

the grateful dead

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 23 minutes ago

hate it openly

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
paradise or oblivion

The One Shows That There Is Still Some Good In Humanity: Algerian Soccer Team To Donate Their World Cup Prize Money To Gaza!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
Many have criticized me for constantly putting up articles at this blog that points to the doom and gloom in our world... But the facts are that we are indeed in a war for all humanity against a very evil force that seeks world domination and wants the eventual enslavement of us all.... I will not sway from my own efforts in getting the message and the truth out about that very criminal and most evil tribe of misfits and scoundrels...... But periodically something does happen that shows that mankind is deep inside very good and that we all do care about the injustices committed agai... more »

Thomas Jefferson vs. Ron Paul's First Episcopal Marital Rape Ministry

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 hours ago
*Religious Freedom ≠ Religious Dictatorship* In actual fact, ≠ DOES NOT* mean "Does Not Equal", or "Is Not The Same As" - *it specifically denotes* "Inequality";* Meaning that Uncle Ron is actually saying " *"Wants" are either inferior or superior to "Rights"* ". By the notation "*Wants ≠ Rights*", what he is actually expressing is that " *Wants*" *he *agrees with, and thinks are virtuous and admirable (such as black people not breeding, being forced to quit work due to medical bills and time off due to unwanted pregnancies, and yet him *still *not having to pay for it) are someti... more »

The Big Question That Everyone Should Be Asking: What Was The Israeli Connection To The 3 Settler Kidnappings? (I Would Say PLENTY!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
It does seem that I am always apologizing these days for my absence.. I have had a lot of family and business issues to attend to the last while, and sadly I have had to neglect this blog... I am doing my best in catching up on what has been happening around the world when I can, and will continue to post articles WHEN I do have the time... Patience everyone... Yes, I have been watching what has been happening in Israel since the "bodies" of the three Israeli teens has been found.... We have already seen the criminal Israelis viciously attacking the Palestinians, blaming them for t... more »

The Movie Transcendence

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 2 hours ago
The best part was this song. Otherwise Meh!

Ethiopian Famine Relief

Spike EP at News Spike - 2 hours ago
*His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, * *Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, * *King of Kings of Ethiopia, * *Elect of God".* *Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael* *(23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975)* The Emperor sent aid to the British government in 1947 when Britain was affected by heavy flooding. His letter to *Lord Meork, National Distress Fund, London* said, *"even though We are busy of helping our people who didn't recover from the crises of the war, We heard that your fertile and beautiful country is devastated by the unusually heavy rain, and your request for aid. "Therefore, We ... more »

summer, teens, the library, and me

laura k at wmtc - 3 hours ago
Yesterday was my first summer program at the library. Attendance was low, but very keen. An artist and activist (who happens to be a friend of mine from the war resisters movement) led a workshop I called "Comix that Save the World". We explored the use of the comics form to express larger social concerns. It was so much fun, the teens were so into it, that I'm thinking of expanding it to an ongoing series, where kids could really develop something. The summer at Mississauga Central Library will be packed with programs for teens - sometimes as many as three a week - and all are free... more »

Picket, Boycott, Shut Down Weingarten's Common Core Convention

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
From Inside AFT: The *AFT convention*, set for July 11-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will focus on fighting back and fighting forward on key domestic issues to reclaim the promise of America, including the Common Core State Standards . . .

Book Watch: This cool New York summer reading list might work just as well for non-New Yorkers

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* Especially with a holiday weekend coming up, some of us may have turned our thoughts to getting some reading done. Summer reading lists have become a publishing tradition, based on the apparent assumption that people who don't read many books the rest of the year suddenly turn bookworm in summer, or perhaps that summer readers are looking for a different *kind* of reading. Depending on who's doing the listing, I sometimes give a quick glance. (I always feel like I'm way behind on my reading, so this is likely to make me feel worse, and you can't put a price on that.) Gen... more »

The region is boiling

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 4 hours ago
I was staggered to hear the Today programme dealing with the Islam-related stories this morning. No connection was made between any of them by the BBC, yet the main headlines concerned two major back-to-back Islam-related stories. Thursday 3rd July 2014. *1.) “Good morning here are the headlines: Extra security measures are being put in place in British Airports after the US authorities warned of a potential new threat from Islamist extremists.* *2.)Israeli military planes have targeted the Gaza Strip with tensions running high over the murder of Palestinian and Israeli teenagers. W... more »

UK planned to "Extract, Equip, Train" 100,000 Syrians for "shock & awe"

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*By BBC 'Investigations Correspondant" - Wow! That is impressive! Right?* *Problem? I am not getting any sense of investigation?* "The plan was called Extract, Equip, Train... a shock and awe attack that would allow the Syrians themselves to defeat Assad", reports Nick Hopkins The UK drew up plans to train and equip a 100,000-strong Syrian rebel army to defeat President Bashar al-Assad, BBC Newsnight can reveal. The secret initiative, put forward two years ago, was the brainchild of the then most senior UK military officer, General Sir David Richards. It was considered by the PM an... more »

Connecting dots ( July 3 , 2014 ) -- With the clamoring for a new great war making the rounds , is the game already afoot ? War in July ??? Some items to consider ....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
War in July....... FWIW Cryptome claims all Snowden files will be published in July to avert a war Published time: July 01, 2014 17:13 Edited time: July 03, 2014 18:16 Get short URL [image: Screenshot from cryptome.org] Screenshot from cryptome.org Share on tumblr Trends NSA leaks Tags Internet, Snowden, USA, WikiLeaks ​All of the National Security Agency files accessed by former contractor Edward Snowden could be published in the month of July if vaguely worded predictions tweeted this week from the digital library site Cryptome prove to be correct. A series of micro-messages publishe... more »

Not Hamas- Sinai based 'terror group' claims resposibility for student deaths

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
Jerusalem Post The al-Qaida affiliated* Sinai-based* Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which reportedly recently pledged allegiance to The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has claimed responsibility for the murder of the three yeshiva students in Judea. The Egyptian-based group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and murder of the three boys on its website, stating that “the kidnapping and killing was a victory for the Islamic Caliphate.” The statement threatened future operations against targets of the Israeli “occupation.” *The claim to ha... more »

Some More *Clarity* on BESE’s “Special Counsel,” Contract Limitations, and PARCC

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 5 hours ago
July 03, 2014, has been quite the day for uplifting information in the Roemer/White vs. Jindal battle over Louisiana public education. In this post, I elaborate on three topics: 1) Roemer’s, White’s, and the BESE majority’s attempts to “retain special counsel” in order to sue the governor; 2) further limits placed upon LDOE and BESE regarding contracts, […]

NSA Spygate ( July 3 , 2014 ) - If you have a phone / TV / Laptop / Desktop / Xbox ... assume you are under surveillance ----- Are You Targeted By The NSA?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-03/are-you-targeted-nsa Are You Targeted By The NSA? [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/03/2014 16:01 -0400 - Apple - Erste - ETC - FBI - Germany - Google - Newspaper - PrISM - The Onion inShare1 *Meet XKeyscore - "a computer network exploitation system", as described in an NSA presentation, devoted to gathering "nearly everything a user does on the internet."* TheGerman site Das Erste has exposed the shocking truth about the rules used by the NSA to decide who is a "targe... more »

Gold news of note ( July 3 , 2014 ) ..... Funny how just as Deutsche Bank and Barclays have quit / been forced out of the gold manipulation business , along comes the Indian Central Bank -- India’s Central Bank To Sell Gold On The Market In Exchange For Gold At The Bank Of England ........ addditional items touching on gold and gold manipulations to consider ( h/t GATA )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 6 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-03/friday-farce-caught-rigging-gold-and-dark-pools-barclays-begs-least-keep-fx-manipula Caught Rigging Gold And Dark Pools, Barclays Begs To At Least Keep FX Manipulation [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/03/2014 15:31 -0400 - Barclays - Dark Pools - dark pools - Goldbugs - Hank Paulson - Hank Paulson - HFT - LIBOR - Market Manipulation - Predatory Algos - The Onion inShare6 2014 has not been kind to Barclays: first, the UK bank proved countless goldbugs right when i... more »

July 3: The exceptionalism of Exceptionalism.

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 6 hours ago
Obama has recently and publicly stated that he believes in American Exceptionalism with "every fibre of his being". In fact, that can be said of almost everyone in the American government - and the Canadian government. It such a strong belief that it's rather remarkable that few in the news media know have explained what it means. In fact, without knowing what it means, a very high proportion of Canadians seem to believe in American Exceptionalism. In brief, it means that the US has the right to do anything it likes to other countries. Laws, whether domestic or international, do not... more »

How Will Pope Francis Handle Bigoted Hypocritical Gay Archbishop John Nienstedt?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
I'm a huge Pope Francis fan. I've never been into religion but I've had a great feeling about this guy as soon as he became Pope. I've always said I wished there would be one truly great president-- instead of all the mediocre crap-- before I die. That's why I pray that Elizabeth Warren actually goes for it at some time. The office seeks the man (or woman), not-- ideally-- the other way round. It worked out well enough in Rome this last time. But now Pope Francis is going to have to confront what too many of his predecessors have hidden behind institutional hypocrisy to avoid: Chu... more »

Mike's Story Part 68 - A Presidential Energy Policy

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 7 hours ago
Jenna Orkin * Mike declined the political offer for sensible reasons boiling down to the likelihood that it would not be worth the risk. He ended his email to the friend who'd made the offer with, "I have a wonderful dog that I'm not willing to abandon to friends or a kennel. I am doing work that I like and I think my novel may well turn out to be the most important contribution of what feels like a very long life."* *June 14, 2008* *I am sending this to the two most powerful and wonderful women I have known in my life. I just wrote this as a note to go in the novel, which ... more »

The New Blitzkrieg

Edward H. Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
There’s a new version of maneuver warfare that’s being utilized mainly by Islamic fundamentalist forces to seize territory from government forces trained, equipped and organized along the Western model. This “new blitzkrieg” relies on lightly armed fighters mounted on “technicals” – 4×4 trucks with heavy machineguns, light cannons, or automatic grenade launchers mounted on the Continue reading

Inequality and British Capitalism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
As we saw the other day, inequality has become so pathological that capitalism could seize up. When lucrative markets are locked down, when governments bow and scrape to big business, when social mobility is choked off, and the unobtainable opulence of the vanishingly few is crassly paraded in front of the many, capitalism is going out of its way to court an existential crisis. Though, of course, there is no one as such to blame for this state of affairs. And that's the most terrifying thing about the system. Capitalism is blind. Market-driven production for profit means our econom... more »

fukushima vice

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago

Supplemental: Did Matthews claim to be one of “us?”

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014* *The press corps’ marketing scam:* Let’s give credit where credit is due! On Monday, June 23, the Post’s Philip Rucker authored a lengthy front-page report about Hillary Clinton’s troubling gaffes. Her troubling gaffes concerned her wealth, which is also troubling. The 1800-word poison pen piece ran beneath this headline: “Clinton's rarefied life could be a liability in campaign.” Since then, the cub reporter has been pouring it on, delivering Ole Massa’s narrative. Let’s give credit where credit is due! That very night, Chris Matthews was able to see, and... more »

Experts Challenge Israeli attempt to derail P5+1 Deal

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
So, if I am reading this correctly, Israel looks to be lobbying hard to derail any agreement being made with Iran?* Link* “A handful of non-proliferation experts are taking issue with the Israeli position on a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, specifically, Israeli demands that the deal model the plan that ridded Syria of its chemical weapons (CW) stockpile and that intrusive inspections won’t prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. Top Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have argued that the entirety of Iran’s nuclear program — inc... more »

Value-Added Scores Finally Explained by NM Education Department

Kris Nielsen at @ THE CHALK FACE - 9 hours ago
This summer, an ongoing action by New Mexico teachers is to send in Inspection of Public Records requests (IPRAs, for short), asking the Public Education Department (PED) to send evidence that backs up teacher evaluation reports received this year, and the means used to calculate the scores. We’ve waited. We’ve waited some more. Finally, some of those […]


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 9 hours ago
*Jimmy Graham ruled a tight end by arbitrator ~WWLTV * *Plaquemines argues for state court jurisdiction of suit against oil companies ~Mark Schleifstein* *Jaw-Dropping What Brad Pitt Is Doing To Native American Reservations* *Arthur upgraded to hurricane, expected to soak Myrtle Beach today* *Officials: Coralville Lake could top spillway next week~Josh O'Leary, Iowa City Press-Citizen *

Chile: Aeronautical Agency Confirms UFO Sighting and Disseminates Image

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 9 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFODate: July 1, 2014* *Chile: Aeronautical Agency Confirms UFO Sighting and Disseminates Image* *Workers at the Collahuasi Mine in the northern region of Tarapacá saw and photographed a silver disk that remained visible for some 2 hours at an altitude of 600 meters.* SANTIAGO DE CHILE (EFE) - Scientists from the Centro de Estudios de Fenomenos Aéreos Anómalos (CEFAA), a branch of the General Office of Civil Aeronautics, concluded that a sighting from April 2013 corresponds to an unidentified flying object (UFO) whose image was disseminated on Tuesday. After a y... more »

The Facebook Laboratory: Social Control in the Twenty-First Century

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
The Wall Street Journal today has an article titled “Facebook Lab Had Few Limits.” (July 3, 2014 p. A1). See also Washington Post’s “Cornell’s Ethic Board did Not Approve Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation Study.” Apparently a Cornell faculty member involved in the study failed to get Institutional Review Board approval for the study before it was conducted, a human subjects requirement in all universities: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/01/facebooks-emotional-manipulation-study-was-even-worse-than-you-thought/ In the study, researchers at Facebook tweak... more »

Fukushima Steaming May 30

Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
I was out of town for over a week and couldn't watch the webcams. However, I've seen plenty of ugly looking screenshots posted by Enenewsers over the last week in the webcam discussion forum here. I had a chance to view for myself today Fukushima steaming away. <img alt="" height="224" src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAARkAAADGCAIAAABpbWMOAAAgAElEQVR4nOy9+ZMc13XvCRLoDUt315K1V3fXlsvdt1yruhs7CZIgCZIASIkEsYMbCBLcKUqU5GdL8kzEvJg3fvEcE+93/2RHjP1sS7JEW/Z/4V/efzLzw828lbU0FhKU5Des+AajWJ2VlVW4n3vOPfeck/v+3+8e3z2+ezyKx75///d//9+/e3z3+O7x8I//+T//5wRLf/VXf7Xvu8d3j+8eD//4u7/7uwmW/u... more »

Court Case - there is no justice - when it's treated like a Game

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 10 hours ago
*like a lovely pointless Chess set.* first of all, *CRIMINAL scum*, right... oh, let me temper my tone for the purposes of this missive... these *'innocents until proven guilty'* are often-times *LYING ON THE HOLY BIBLE*. So, what's the point in forcing an Accused to 'swear on it'? I'll caveat this by saying, "If there really was a God, and he really did know everything about you, you'd know whether you were lying under Oath or not." Do you get this? Lawyers and Judges *ALLOW *the Accused to lie. Why can I say this? Ask yourselves this, "Has anyone convicted of a crime ever been *FU... more »

If We're Not Losers, Why Do Our Own Parties Ignore or Defy Us

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 10 hours ago
Why am I not "training my guns" on the real enemies? Because, say I were to write some brilliant condemnation of the capitalist-imperialists, what would happen? The left would go "You tell 'em thwap!" and that'd be it. There's no movement to galvanize. There's no organization. There's no hope of tactics. There's nothing. Better, methinks, that I shame the smug, self-satisfied denizens of the left out of their brain-dead allegiance to failure. Or not. It's what I want to talk about anyhow, so tuff shit to you all. It's pretty simple really. We're so useless and powerless that even ou... more »

Celestial Mechanics

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
the worlds finest obit was around our SUN I do not think we know the politicians who decided this was the final one So much green energy being expelled so much hydrogen that would blow up conservative cells Yeah we gotta Sun ]Yeah it gives to everyone and if you think your going to rape this earth look the sunrise because it will give you and yours a horrible sunscreen vision of dearth

Mariann G. Wizard : SPECIAL REPORT | The Drug War: ‘Against the Wind,’ Part 1

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 10 hours ago
Marijuana prohibition is a house of straw. During the past month, the winds of change have started to rip that house apart and now the DEA may be reevaluating cannabis’ status as a ‘dangerous drug.’ By Mariann G. Wizard | … finish reading Mariann G. Wizard : *SPECIAL REPORT* | The Drug War: ‘Against the Wind,’ Part 1

9th ICCC, Las Vegas

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
The 9th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC) will be held next week in Las Vegas, USA. It is an annual, sometimes twice a year (2009, NYC and Wash DC; 2010, Chicago and Sydney) conference sponsored by the Chicago-based free market think tank, the Heartland Institute. I was able to attend the 2nd ICCC in March 2009 in NYC, and the 4th ICCC in Chicago in May 2010. In both instances I was given a travel grant by Heartland because MG Thinkers was among the minor NGO co-sponsors of the event, courtesy of our membership at the IPN-initiatied Civil Society Coalition on Climat... more »

Did Steve Israel Send Lox With The Bagels And Cream Cheese To Sean Eldridge's Campaign?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Yesterday there was all kinds of commotion on the right from a hum drum post about Sean Eldridge firing his campaign manager and the quality of assistance his campaign gets from Steve Israel. One person in the campaign seems angry that I mentioned Israel sent widely unappreciated bagels and cream cheese every week and another told me the story lacked credibility because I didn't mention the lox (while another refused to even confirm that there ever even *was* lox). On the other hand, my suspicions about why Eldridge dumped campaign manager Mike Reid were partially confirmed. Ever... more »

Wallace Springs Farm Sausage and Ground Pork

cowboss at WALLACE SPRINGS ECO CENTRE - 11 hours ago
Wallace Springs Farm's freezer has just been restocked with fresh frozen sausage and ground pork in time for your summer BBQs. Six varieties of sausage to choose from or buy ground pork and make your own. Buy 20 lbs or more and receive a free 1 litre of Wallace Springs pure old fashioned Maple syrup. Sausage $5.49/lb. and the ground pork $4.99/lb.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Post by AntiMaidan l Say NO to fascism. This short video shows just how the US-NATO corrupt regime in Kiev lies to their own people and the rest of the world. You'd think that by now folks would learn not to trust these cats but put some bars and stars on a uniformed soldier and they can get away with just about anything. The first part has the Ukrainian military spokesman saying they take great care not to harm civilians and then the rest of the video shows the truth.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
More peace activists in Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, South Korea take a brave stand in non-violently resisting the building of the naval base on the 'island of peace'! We salute your powerful witness against militarism and pray for peace in the Asia Pacific region! Two more peace activists went to jail today for refusing to pay fines related to protests opposing the construction of a naval base on Jeju Island. Lee Jong-Hwa and Park Seung-Ho took a conscientious stand against militarism and injustice. They said, "We will resolutely resist till the day when the Jeju naval base c... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Carving up the spoils..... the US-NATO program was always about breaking Iraq into pieces just like was done to Yugoslavia and Libya.....Russia and China are also on the list for carving up.


Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
I am trying to watch it but it transends my abiltiy or hardware or something, it marketing trickery if you ask me. Like humans cataloging big Ape behavior, big data is going to make you want to buy a sex toy for your mother in law. We are stupid humans there should be a twelve step process for that. Native Americans fled ancient China because they did not want to be the next eunech who was intelligent enough to see Now right now we all have to believe. We got to believe in far more constructed senarios than anyone who ever invented a religion could possibly believe. Mankind to it... more »

Dear visitor to my blog, As you may know, most of my recent posts are quasi-replicated re-postings of the work of others. Accordingly, I was getting set to repost the June 30, 2014 lead post of Democracy Now, when I discovered that the embed code would not function ...even though it appeared to be no different in construction from the many Democracy Now embed codes I've used in the past. After many tries with no luck, I finally decided that it must have been censored. Why do I think that? Well, upon watching the video corresponding to the frozen copy below, I've concluded that it is because Edward Snowden comes across in this testimony before the German Parliament as such a sincere individual with true concern for human rights so deep that he regards his having to hide in Russia indefinitely is a small price to pay to get out the story of NSA's spying. Indeed, it is my sense that anyone who has been previously been lied into believing that Snowden is a traitor will immediatly see him as a hero! So go to the link below the photo, which should take you to the original, and watch at least long enough to take in this close-up segment (about 4 minutes in), and then decide whether or not you agree with my assessment.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ Snowden Asylum in Germany? Support Grows for NSA Whistleblower After Merkel Cancels Verizon Contract http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/30/snowden_asylum_in_germany_support_grows Cherchez la Verite

Of C. David Heymann, lies and truths

Real History Lisa at Real History Blog - 12 hours ago
I wrote this a while back for the CTKA.net site, but given that a new book from the author has been published, it's worth a reprint here. - - - - - - As a researcher into a controversial subject – the assassinations of the sixties – people often ask me this question: How do you know which sources to believe and which to disbelieve? My answer is this: When you read an author for the first time

I can not complain

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
I can not complain though if I could a wood I would grow a tree in my honor and collect all its benefits as a royalty But that's not my fate I was born in a bad way and raised myself with my parents help I can not complain I see the world and I am free of pain Like 80% of the planet I am not a coal fanatic So I feel the pain I know all the simptions and even the cause But the solution its pollution Yeah the world we got can handle an infite amout of pollution or unatrural compounds that in nature would not exist we are taunting God every day with the way we work the earth to what I e... more »

In search of a truly portable cellphone

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 12 hours ago
I wouldn't say I rail against all of life’s constraints, but the lack of control for customers of cellphone service in Canada has always made me crazy. This, then, is the story of one woman with minimal knowledge of cellphone technology on an all-consuming mission: To find an affordable phone that could be taken almost anywhere in the world with just the change of a SIM card. The term for this magical thing is an “unlocked world phone,” a phrase I’d never heard when the search got underway in May, but one which I’d become very familiar with in the research-filled weeks... more »

Agri Econ 14: NO to Further Extension of Agrarian Reform

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
Three weeks ago, there was a report that after President Noynoy Aquino met with several farmer leaders, he was persuaded to have another extension of agrarian reform (AR) in the Philippines, from end-June 2014 (last weekend) to another two years, mid-2016. This is wrong. Endless extension of forced land redistribution is wrong. Agrarian reform in Japan, S. Korea and Taiwan took only three years or less, zero extension. Here, it is 42 years now, plus two more years? Then extend again when the next administration comes to power? If one has 10 hectares or more of inherited land from h... more »

Another tough schedule for the president...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
H/T White House Dossier *Obama Schedule || Thursday, July 3, 2014* *10:00 ||* Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing *12:30 pm ||* Lunch with Biden

Attack on “Balanced Literacy” Is Attack on Professional Teachers, Research

plthomasedd at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago
Attack on “Balanced Literacy” Is Attack on Professional Teachers, Research. via Attack on “Balanced Literacy” Is Attack on Professional Teachers, Research.Filed under: PAUL THOMAS: Becoming Radical

Said it before and we’ll say it again: #edreform is cheap @rocketshiped

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago
Rocketship Education sputters. I guess they didn’t build that play too well as they flew it. An editorial from the WI Journal Sentinel pretty much sums it up. Rocketship relies on inexperienced teachers, almost one-third of whom quit last year. It saves money by having students as young as kindergarten spend one-quarter of their day […]


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Significant protests against the war being waged in eastern Ukraine by the governing regime in Kyiv are taking place by the conscript soldiers of the Ukraine army and their families, friends and supporters. The protests are entirely unreported in mainstream, western media. They take on a renewed urgency as a result of Kyiv's July 1 announcement that it is ending a ten day ceasefire and resuming its military assaults against the towns and cities in the east. *(Click here for many more stories and links about growing resistance to the US-NATO Kiev regime by citizens of Ukraine)* *A... more »

ANTHROPOLOGISTS WITHIN: Despising the Clintons in block-long estates!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014* *Part 4—Anthropologist Leibovich speaks:* In this morning’s Washington Post, the famous newspaper’s jihadic obsession burns on. It’s true that Philip Rucker, the cub reporter, has been exiled to page A3 today. But on that page, he is given 1358 words, and a photograph, to extend his “Ahab watch” concerning those grotesque and obscene speaking fees, the sign of a sick society. Today, Rucker considers the unseemly amounts Hillary Clinton has received, or will receive, for speeches at eight universities. He highlights “outrage” from student leaders about these... more »

Fight Salt and Sugar in our Foods

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
RATS will eat themselves to death if salt and sugar are at unnatural levels in their food, and so will horses. Admit you can not control your lizard brain and be part of a better future.

Reasonable apprehension of bias

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
Langstaff v. Marson, 2014 ONCA 510: [24] There is a strong presumption of judicial impartiality and a heavy burden on a party who seeks to rebut this presumption. [25] Judicial impartiality has been called "the key to our judicial process": see*Wewaykum Indian Band v. Canada, **[2003] 2 S.C.R. 259*, at p. 288. Chief Justice Lamer referred to "public confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary" as "essential to the effectiveness of the court system": see *R. v. Campbell,* [1997] 3 S.C.R. 3, at para 10. The presumption of impartiality anchors public confidence in the... more »

Fight GMO foods

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
I just know in my heart they are wrong, wrong like Nuclear power, wrong like Oxycontin, wrong, wrong, wrong as the future. When I see wrong repeated over and over I thinkaboot it must be a Klingon word we have adapted.

Paul Bernardo Getting Married

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
I want to throw up. I want to lock up the women in question because she is obviously a danger to the state. I just wonder because the source is the SUN is this all a Harper black ops? I am proud of Canada for not having capital punishment. Its wrong on every level. Bernardo is getting punishment, but this headline is gravy for the Conservatives. No serious journalists should have published this story. Its bullshit news.

Party Poly-ticks

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 14 hours ago
Perhaps it's the nature of party politics that eventually causes parties to abdicate themselves of their founding principles. Political parties come into existence with ideological agendas and a set of corresponding positions and policies. It's what makes them political parties. Eventually though, parties lose themselves in politics. The Conservatives, whether Reform or a proper Tory variety,

O Yeah Links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
Too tired to blog. Enjoy some links. Yeah!!! Taipei Times says obstacle to foreign nationals taking out local citizenship may be removed. - Epoch Times: CCP Using thugs to undermine Occupy movement? - Was the Sunflower movement successful? - Ma meets Kerry in Panama - Tsai Ing-wen presser in English (video) - D Engbarth: Rights experts urge Action on gender equality - FPIF: China's South China Sea move gives it strategic access to the Indian Ocean - China's Dangerous Taiwan Gambit - WantWant: using aboriginal culture to expand Chinese tourism _______________... more »

Who Is Grubbier-- France's Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy Or L.A.'s Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca? How About Mississippi Nutcase Chris McDaniel?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
What's wrong with voters who allow themselves to be suckered by conservative politicians? I was listening to an amazing broadcast on KCRW the other night. It was a discussion between an anchor who didn't know it was amazing and a beat reporter who was just as clueless. The reporter was babbling to the anchor about how 6 officials of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department were convicted of obstructing a federal probe into violence against inmates in county jails. She reported that they could get long prison sentences-- like 15 years or more-- but that no one thought they would because, ... more »

It Takes Imagination

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.aoga.org When it comes to climate change, Murray Dobbin writes, knowledge isn't the problem. We have plenty of it. And it's growing everyday: We have seen especially alarming predictions in the past few months. Two studies released almost simultaneously claim with a high degree of certainty that the glaciers in the western Antarctic are irreversibly melting. The first, by NASA and the University of California-Irvine, examined a group of large glaciers that collectively contain the eq... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*“Diversity”: The Idol of Academia* “Diversity” is not just a good in the academic world. It is the supreme good, the one good before which all other considerations must yield. Recently, a colleague expressed a preference for a certain Northeastern city university over a certain Midwestern Christian college because, he said, the former has more “diversity” than the latter. All that this means, though, is that because this big city university in the Northeast is a racial, ethnic, and socio-economic polyglot and its Midwestern Christian counterpart is just too white, the former is p... more »

Can we exchange seats for something else?

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 15 hours ago
It has started to rub me the wrong way when media outlets refer to increasing school enrollment as “seats.” From the NY Daily News: The city will offer 53,000 pre-K seats in the fall, up from about 20,000 this year. Many of the new seats will be in public schools, but the majority will be […]

Big-Pharma Vaccines Deemed "Safe" by Big-Pharma Funded "Study"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
*July 3, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - RT's article, "​Vaccines don’t cause autism, complications extremely rare – study," states that: *There is no evidence that immunizing vaccinations cause autism while any complications arising from their administration to children are extremely rare, new analysis comprised of 67 research studies has discovered.* *“There is strong evidence that MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine is not associated with autism,”the study’s results said.* RT cites a "Pediatrics: Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics" study titled, "Safety... more »

Nuclear Green all time hits

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 16 hours ago
EntryPageviews United States 294048 United Kingdom 48501 Canada 30824 Germany 24553 France 19324 India 17928 Norway 16920 Australia 15489 Netherlands 14541 China 12844

sometimes knowing your rights is all it takes: in which we win our landlord battle

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
We won! And we won so easily, we're left scratching our heads and asking, "What just happened?" As you'll recall, our landlord asked for an illegal rent increase - 10.5% when the legal allowable is 0.8%! - and implied that he would resort to dirty tricks if we didn't pay. We did our homework, checked and double-checked that this home does not fall through a serious loophole in Ontario rent laws. We crafted an email with just the right tone - straightforward and firm, but with nothing that could be considered belligerent. When he received our email, he asked when he could come over ... more »

Glenn Greenwald's Big NSA Story Gets Squashed

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 17 hours ago
On Monday, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald let the news slip via Twitterthat his long-awaited NSA story was to be published on The Intercept at midnight. By Tuesday morning, much to the dismay of myself and many others it appeared that the site - which since its rollout has been disappointly devoid of new material - has caved to government pressure tactics did not post the story. According to a rather cryptic Tweet by Greenwald later on Monday, *"After 3 months working on our story, USG today suddenly began making new last-minute claims which we intend to investig... more »

Iraq Sectarian Civil War and Jihadist Battles Updates ( July 3 , 2014 ) ..... As if battling the Kurds and Sunnis wasn't enough on his plate , PM Maliki opens a third front by battling a Shi'a rival in southern Iraq - and somehow Maliki sees a new Iraqi Government by next week ( with Maliki still at the helm ? ) ..... Ever notice Maliki listens to no one but wants everyone to help him ( Maliki Urges Neighbors to Join in Iraq’s War Against ISIS Says Caliphate Is a Problem for the Whole Region ) ? Biggest problem for any Unity government is neither of the three major factions and combatants ( Shi'a / Sunni or Kurd trust each other and no one trusts Maliki )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Anti War...... Maliki Cracks Down on Shi’ite Rival: 45 Killed In Karbala ClashTroops Tried to Arrest Cleric Critical of 'Call to Arms' by Jason Ditz, July 02, 2014 Print This | Share This After a bloody crackdown on Sunni Arabs, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki saw violence soar for months, and most of the Sunni portion of the nation now taken over by ISIS. Kurdistan, likewise, is one foot out the door to secession. The lesson apparently unlearned, Maliki’s forces attacked the offices of a popular cleric in the Shi’ite holy city of Karbala today, aiming to arrest him for public ... more »

The Middle East conflict summed up - 'One side wants the other side dead'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
'The Middle East conflict is framed as one of the most complex problems in the world. But, in reality, it's very simple. Israelis want to live in peace and are willing to accept a neighboring Palestinian state. And most Palestinians do not want Israel to exist. As Dennis Prager explains, this is really all you need to know. In 5 minutes, understand how Israel was founded, and how, since that auspicious day in 1948, its neighbors have tried to destroy it, again and again. '

U.S. plans sale of 4,000 more Hellfire missiles to Iraq

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: AGM-114 Hellfire]The State Department has told lawmakers informally that the Obama administration wants to sell Iraq more than 4,000 additional Hellfire missiles made by Lockheed Martin for the government’s fight against Islamic insurgents, according to people familiar with the plan. Sale of the laser-guided missiles would be in addition to 500 previously purchased, of which about 400 have been delivered. The U.S. has pledged military aid to Iraq in its fight against the militants, an extremist Sunni group that’s seized a swath of territory north and west of Baghdad. Iraq’s ... more »

D's Update: Computers, Communications and Cats

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 19 hours ago
*Edited July 3 at 9:54 am: Well folks.... it's taken me 6 DAYS to get this article to post! I was literally about to go over to Bill's place and retype it all out on his computer and get him to post it on American Kabuki instead!! Well.... I'm about to press publish- everyone cross your fingers!!!* June 27th, 2014, Good morning everyone! I'm back..... again. lol. Since my last post, I've run into a litany of communications issues. It's almost as if someone is telling me to stay off the computer- which really doesn't work well with my schedule, lol. This is just a short upd... more »

The Best of Russell Brand: The awakening of humanity and our revolution ...

noreply@blogger.com (Say No To Corporate America!) at Say No To Corporate America - 19 hours ago

NSA Can Spy on 98 Percent of the World

noreply@blogger.com (Say No To Corporate America!) at Say No To Corporate America - 19 hours ago

the Paddington bear film - the REAL CONSPIRACY - who is this imposter?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
*Creepy Paddington image c/o Irish Times* I realise you're going, "Free Planet blog generally deals with serious *satanic* anti-Illuminati or *conglomerate* anti-Profit issues that are ruining modern life and making us wage-slaves, oh, and sometimes some art. But this rough and scruffy cunning and 'attitude crippled' life-like naked brown bear cub with flesh-ripping canines is NOT Paddington bear... ...because Paddington bear is a *talking toy* in a planar world. Not a real i.e. voiceless, bear cub in a 3D world. This is the real Paddington bear, notice his plump proportions and... more »

No wonder Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls made such a mess of the UK economy, they can't do simple maths

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Guido Fawkes has the details http://order-order.com/2014/07/02/eds-pmqs-figures-out-by-134/

Xi Arrival in South Korea Marked by N. Korea Missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks with South Korean President Park Geun Hye today with a series of North Korean missile launches lending urgency to their pledge to rein in Kim Jong Un’s nuclear ambitions. North Korea has conducted three rounds of missile firings in the past week, including two overseen by Kim, that heightened tensions on the peninsula before Xi’s arrival. As one of Kim’s few allies and his country’s biggest trading partner, China has leverage over North Korea, which has detonated three nuclear devices and threatened to turn Seoul into a sea of fire. Re... more »

Boeing signs contract to produce Super Hornets and Growlers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: EA-18G Growler]Boeing has been awarded a contract by the F/A-18 and EA-18G Programme Office (PMA-265) to produce and deliver 44 F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft over the next two years. The latest contract will allow the US Navy to acquire the remaining aircraft included in the programme of record by the end of the fiscal year 2016, as well as 12 EA-18Gs for the Royal Australian Air Force, which were requested in July 2013. PMA-265 programme manager captain Frank Morley said that F/A-18 and EA-18G jets are the predominant tactical force for both the US Navy an... more »

The Mogambo Guru, “A Massive Tax Hike That Will Doom Us All”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“A Massive Tax Hike That Will Doom Us All”* by The Mogambo Guru “I can hear the family gathered outside, banging on the walls of the Mogambo Bunker Of Paranoid Hysteria (MBOPH), demanding that I unlock the door, come outside immediately, stop acting like a crazy person, and at least pick up the empty pizza boxes that I threw out into the yard, because the neighbors are complaining, and it looks so tacky, and blah blah blah. Well, the neighbors may be complaining to each other about a few colorful cardboard boxes festively strewn randomly about, decorating the yard, but it is never... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Suddenly Yours”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
2002, “Suddenly Yours” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQn4U-IxDL8

'Iranian attack jets deployed' to help Iraq fight Isis

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Iran has supplied Iraq with attack jets to help it counter an offensive by Sunni rebels led by the Islamist group Isis, strong evidence suggests. Russia supplied an initial delivery of the aircraft just a few days ago. But analysts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London say that a further delivery, on 1 July, originates from Iran. Read more

The Mogambo Guru, “A Massive Tax Hike That Will Doom Us All”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*“A Massive Tax Hike That Will Doom Us All”* by The Mogambo Guru “I can hear the family gathered outside, banging on the walls of the Mogambo Bunker Of Paranoid Hysteria (MBOPH), demanding that I unlock the door, come outside immediately, stop acting like a crazy person, and at least pick up the empty pizza boxes that I threw out into the yard, because the neighbors are complaining, and it looks so tacky, and blah blah blah. Well, the neighbors may be complaining to each other about a few colorful cardboard boxes festively strewn randomly about, decorating the yard, but it is never... more »

FA-50 Fighter Jets to Join Philippines' Military Fleet Next Year: Report

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F/A-50 Golden Eagle]A pair of FA-50 fighter jets will be added to the Philippines' military fleet next year, the president announced Tuesday, as the country aims to defend its territory. President Benigno Aquino III said two of 12 FA-50 multi-purpose fighters will be delivered by their South Korean manufacturer next year and the rest are expected to follow in the next three years, The Associated Press reported. The Philippines has scrambled to modernize its military, one of Asia's weakest, amid increasingly tense territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea. Re... more »

Northrop Grumman Receives $3.6 Billion Multiyear Contract for 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: E-2D Advanced Hawkeye]The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $3.6 billion fixed price, incentive fee multiyear contract to deliver 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, bringing the total number of aircraft on contract to 50. Developed and produced by Northrop Grumman, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the world's only aircraft specifically designed as a carrier-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system. With its structurally distinctive design – a rotating rotodome and four vertical stabilizer tail configuration – the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye provi... more »

Boeing, U.S. Navy Expand P-8A Maritime Patrol Fleet with 14th Delivery

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon]Boeing recently helped expand the U.S. Navy’s maritime patrol capabilities with delivery of the 14th P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The P-8A, delivered on schedule, is now with its squadron at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. Boeing will deliver seven more of the maritime patrol aircraft this year. “We’re putting P-8A aircraft through their paces out in the field and appreciate all the reliability, capabilities and improvements the Poseidon brings to the table,” said U.S. Navy Commander Tony Rossi, P-8A deputy program manager. “The next squadron is trained, read... more »

China's Most Dangerous Missile (So Far)

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: H-6G Badger with YJ-12 cruise missile]Buried on page 40 of the Pentagon’s latest annual report on China’s military power is a brief mention of the YJ-12, a recent addition to China’s portfolio of anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM). The report notes that, “The new missile provides an increased threat to naval assets, due to its long range and supersonic speeds.” True, but in an understated way. In fact, the YJ-12 is the most dangerous anti-ship missile China has produced thus far, posing an even greater risk to the U.S. Navy’s surface forces in the Western Pacific than the m... more »

F-35 fleet grounded pending engine inspections

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35B Lightning II]The entire fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighters will reportedly be grounded in order to facilitate a thorough engine inspection. The order comes after the June 23 fire in an F-35A at Eglin AFB in Florida in which the pilot was forced to abandon his takeoff and the aircraft was extensively damaged. The pilot escaped without injury, and the aircraft has been sequestered pending an investigation. US media reports indicate the fire was likely engine-related, and that a joint directive from US and UK military officials will require mandatory eng... more »

New lighter-weight anchor system tested for aircraft carrier

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Gerald R. Ford]The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, will feature a new lighter-weight anchor and chain than predecessor vessels. Huntington Ingalls Industries says the anchor weighs 30,000 pounds, a significantly lighter weight than anchors used on other carriers. Each link of the 1,440-foot anchor chain weighs about 136 pounds. Testing of the ship's anchor windlass system with simulated 180- and 360-foot drops was conducted recently by the company's Newport News Shipbuilding Division. Read more

Canadians Together Can Save The Bees

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
[image: Foto: Thanks to a four-year review of 800 studies, the science is now clear. Neonicotinoid pesticides kill bees. And butterflies, birds and worms. They may even harm humans. Help us ban neonics in Canada. Take two minutes to send a note to federal and provincial politicians. Together we can #SAVEtheBEES. TAKE ACTION NOW: http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/neonics] Thanks to a four-year review of 800 studies, the science is now clear. Neonicotinoid pesticides kill bees. And butterflies, birds and worms. They may even harm humans. Join us in calling for a ban on neonicotinoid ... more »

Decommissioning plan pulls all frigates from fleet by end of FY '15

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Kauffman]Start saying goodbye to the frigates. By October 2015, the fleet will be devoid of frigates for the first time in more than 70 years, according to the Navy’s latest decommissioning plan. The Navy plans to retire all of the remaining frigates, as well as five ships and two subs, during fiscal year 2015, the service announced Tuesday. Read more

Competition seeks ideas to transform nuclear sub

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Dmitrii Donskoy]Reappropriating structures or spaces for new uses is a common occurrence. Sydney's Goods Line and Battersea Power Station are both the focus of such projects. Now, architectural firm Matterbetter is asking for submissions to reimagine perhaps the most unusual thing yet: a Russian nuclear submarine. Matterbetter explains that the Typhoon Class submarine joined the Soviet fleet in 1980 during the Cold War and is still the largest nuclear submarine ever built. At 175 x 23 m (574 x 75 ft), it is comparable in size to Norman Foster's Gherkin building in London. ... more »

U.S. Navy promotes first woman to four-star admiral

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The U.S. Navy made history Tuesday when they promoted the first woman to the rank of four-star admiral. Michelle Howard is the first female sailor to become a four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history. During the promotion ceremony held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Howard talked not about herself, but her fellow servicemen and women, Huffington Post reports. “Our sailors and Marines are this legacy. They are volunteers,” Howard said. “And with every mission, they demonstrate our core values, values our founders would ... more »

S. Korean Navy launches 5th 1,800-ton-class attack submarine

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: KSS II (Type 214) class SSK]South Korea's Navy launched a 1,800-ton Type 214 submarine Thursday as part of efforts to boost its underwater warfare capabilities against North Korean submarines, officers said. As the fifth of its kind, the sub, named after Korea's famous independence fighter Yun Bong-gil (1908-1932), is equipped with indigenous ship-to-ship cruise missiles named Haeseong, or Sea Star, torpedoes and mines for anti-submarine warfare, the Navy said. Source

How To Make A Non-Toxic Cocconut Oil Sunscreen

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
[image: non toxic] How To Make A Non-Toxic Cocconut Oil Sunscreen by Jessica Espinoza Higher Perspective Many carrier oils used in holistic and natural skincare have an intrinsic natural SPF, or sun protection factor, and coconut oil is one of many carrier oils which can be used to make a sun protection cream. The recipe below for a natural homemade coconut oil sunscreen uses a variety of oils and produces more of a body butter. It is safe for the whole family to use, but make sure not to ingest it. Ingredients - 1/4 cup coconut oil - 1/4 cup shea butter - 1/8 cup... more »

US to Sell India Submarine-Launched Missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: UGM-84 Harpoon]On Tuesday, the U.S. announced its intention to sell India submarine-launched missiles. The announcement was made in a press release by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India for UGM-84L Harpoon missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $200 million,” the press release said. It noted that it sent a certification of delivery to Congress on July 1, 2014. Read more

British boy Photographs Scottish Soldier's Ghost During Cemetery Visit

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Feature Rates Apply MANDATORY CREDIT: John Phillips/Rex Features. Editorial Use Only. No books, advertising or merchandising without photographer's permission] I have seen a number of purported ghost images and all lacked identity. Yet this one changes all that and add in the post discovery research in which a battle connection is made not obvious in the middle of a German graveyard and we have a quality observation of a spirit affecting the physical surround to produce this visible representation. We have had plenty of claims that say just this. Now we have an excellent... more »

Spray On Graphene

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
*Slowly but surely we are getting there. Now imagine two layers on either side of flexible stretchy material. Modest annealing might produce almost perfect sheets of graphene. Sooner or later this is going to be possible and here we the many ways forward.* *Again we are coming closer to the multilayered sandwich.* *This technology is now almost a decade old and the advances have been excellent. There is little doubt that it will become central to all aspects of technology.* *Scientists create "spray-on graphene"* *Ben Coxworth* *May 29, 2014* *http://www.gizmag.com/spray-on-gr... more »

Dolphins Guide Scientists to Rescue Suicidal Girl

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is an astonishing story and powerfully informs us that as we learn to properly work with the ocean, that our natural allies in this endeavor are already there for us. I wonder why? Recall that we have an outstanding conjecture that humanity established a global civilization as early as 40,000 years ago until the deliberate abandonment in preparation for the Pleistocene Nonconformity of 12900 years ago. That happens to be an effective working span of some 27,000 years at least. Assuming they then took at least twenty thousand of those years to reach modernity, we still hav... more »

Wild Husbandry and Bruce 'Buckshot' Hemming

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is an insightful article that bears reading. As I have been posting an actively groomed forest is a healthy forest and along with all that comes species management to produce ample nut and fruit harvests. Now we discover just how critical predictor management becomes also. Predator control allows ample utilization of the habitat and even supplies the remaining preditors with an ample supply of scavenged game as well. As this item makes clear, the game density can be sustained at a huge level provided predator behavior is tightly managed. A hundred fold increase in game av... more »

Saab acquires ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Saab logo]Defence and security company Saab has today entered into an agreement with ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG regarding the acquisition of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB (TKMS AB, formerly Kockums). The purchase price is MSEK 340. This acquisition is in line with Saab’s ambition to increase its capabilities in the naval domain. This move further strengthens Saab’s status as a comprehensive supplier of military systems. In April 2014, Saab and ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding regarding the acquisition of the S... more »

Fifth Borei, fourth Yasen submarines to be laid down in Severodvinsk July 27

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Yasen class SSN (Project 855)]The construction of the firth Project 955A strategic nuclear submarine and the fourth Project 855M multirole submarine will begin on July 27, a week later than was initially planned, a source in the Russian defense industry told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday, July 2. “The change of the date is not connected with technical reasons and has been necessitated solely by the fact that July 27 is Navy Day in Russia,” the source said. Russia’s defense shipyard Sevmash in Severodvinsk, northern Arkhangelsk region, will start building three new fourth-generation... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 21 hours ago
*Goddard was right after all* *Anthony Watts climbs down below. A climate record that people rely on to justify billions of dollars of panic spending is now admitted to contain extensive "zombie" data. Watts is still apologizing for the Warmist "scientists" as he obviously wants to be loved. But he has no explanation for the fact that most of the "errors" are in the Warmist direction. If you are aware of the extensive exposition of crookedness at NOAA by Roger Pielke Sr., you would be much less optimistic about the Warmist "scientists" than Watts is* Sometimes, you can believe... more »

Higgs contest: the hard way to return to top 3

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Now it's a good (but not stellar) moment for the Higgs ATLAS-Kaggle challenge. If you look at its leaderboard, only one minor permutation of the top 7 rankings (879 teams compete in total) has occurred in the last 7 days: *Due to a permutation of the top 2 places exactly 7 days ago, this screenshot became a bit obsolete minutes after I posted it.* And – the T.A.G. duo will surely agree – it is a small change in a good direction. ;-) And it was so hard to achieve this small change of the AMS score! What have I done? I decided that one particular algorithm isn't good enough. It'... more »

As Iraq Burns, US Plans $500 Million to Terrorists in Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 21 hours ago
*July 3, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The New York Times in its article, "Obama Requests Money to Train ‘Appropriately Vetted’ Syrian Rebels," stated: * President Obama requested $500 million from Congress on Thursday to train and equip what the White House is calling “appropriately vetted” members of the Syrian opposition, reflecting increased worry about the spillover of the Syrian conflict into Iraq.* The reportage is a stunning entanglement of contradictions, claiming that the additional funding for terrorists fighting in Syria will somehow address "spillover" that is in fac... more »

Labour's nepotismocracy

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
' We've got son of Blair, son of Straw, son of Prescott, son of Dromey. When you take out the Red Princes, you'll find that 80% of their candidates are union sponsored. They bought the candidates, they bought the policies, they bought the leader, we must never let them near the country."' Guido Fawkes has the story http://order-order.com/2014/07/02/red-princes-gets-box-office-treatment/

Yesterday, Paul Craig Roberts posted a partial translation of President Putin's July 1 address to the Russian diplomatic corps. Today, he published a complete English translation of Putin's entire speech as re-posted below. Those of you preferring the shorter version, which I posted this morning, need only to scroll down.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 23 hours ago
------------------------------ *Full Text of Putin’s Address to the Russian Diplomatic Corps* ------------------------------ July 2, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Below is President Putin’s complete address to the Russian diplomatic corps. It reveals Putin to be a person well aware of the threats that US unilateralism poses to the entire world. Washington’s belief that the US is exceptional and indispensable results in dictatorial behavior toward other countries and the overriding of th... more »

Ole Ole Ole Ole Ticos

Lori Anne Haskell at Our Paradise--Life in Costa Rica - 23 hours ago
We went to Dominical on Sunday to meet up with Jesse and Diana and watch the game. They live about 15 minutes from there, but used to live there and they love hanging at the beach there. WE went to a restaurant/bar called Tortilla Flats. While there, met some other people as well. I think almost the entire place was Americans, which was kinda strange. It took about an hour and 20 minutes to get there and we were early so we grabbed a table and ordered from chips and guac while we waited. Once we got there, we ordered lunch. I had mahi tacos and Kurt had a grilled cheese an... more »

Isn't Higgs a sneutrino dressed as a man?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
*Related LHC news*: Both ATLAS and CMS released lots of new papers and preprints today. Perhaps most interestingly, ATLAS' measurement of the WW cross section still shows a uniform 2-sigmish excess in all channels after the 20/fb of the 2012 data which keeps the idea of light stops alive. Note that the paper is based on a set of collisions that is disjoint from the previous collisions that also showed an excess. Carla Biggio wrote a serious paper about a question that is so playful and ambitious that it may look silly to most particle physicists: Is the standard model scalar the f... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, the star factory known as Messier 17 lies some 5,500 light-years away in the nebula-rich constellation Sagittarius. At that distance, this degree wide field of view spans almost 100 light-years, courtesy of ESO's new VLT Survey Telescope and OmegaCAM. The sharp, false color image includes both optical and infrared data, following faint details of the region's gas and dust clouds against a backdrop of central Milky Way stars. *Click image for larger size.* Stellar winds and energetic light from hot, massive stars formed from M17's stock of co... more »

Paul LePage Denies He Talked With Domestic Terrorists About Executing Or Hanging Democratic Legislative Leaders

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
There's supposed to be this huge chasm in the Maine Republican Party between the business-oriented moderates and the far right extremists (with another split in their for the Ron Paul libertarian branch). The moderates have been the home base for respectable political leaders like Senators Margaret Chase Smith, Bill Cohen, Olympia Snowe. Interestingly enough, Susan Collins has always attempted to glom onto that faction while maintaining strong ties to the extremists. You don't find many media reports of it this cycle, but Olympia Snowe sure isn't out on the hustings asking her su... more »

"High Flight"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“High Flight”* “Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . . Up, up the long, delirious burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or ever eagle flew - And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod The high... more »

Free Download: George Orwell, "Animal Farm"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Animal Farm" by George Orwell Biographical note: "George Orwell, 1903-1950, was the pen name used by British author and journalist Eric Arthur Blair. During most of his professional life time Orwell was best known for his journalism, both in the British press and in books such as "Homage to Catalonia," describing his activities during the Spanish Civil War, and "Down and Out in Paris and London," describing a period of poverty in these cities. Orwell is best remembered today for two of his novels, "Animal Farm" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four." Description: Power corrupts, but absolute... more »

"The Journey..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Happiness is a journey, not a destination. For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one." ~ Souza

The Poet: Walt Whitman, "Miracles"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Miracles" "Why, who makes much of a miracle? As to me I know of nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan, Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky, Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water, Or stand under trees in the woods, Or talk by day with anyone I love, or sleep in the bed at night with anyone I love, Or sit at the table at dinner with the rest, Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car, Or watch honeybees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon, Or animals feeding in the fields, Or birds, or the wond... more »

Chet Raymo, “Morning Stars”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Morning Stars”* by Chet Raymo “For some years this William Blake watercolor hung in my living room, blown up photographically to enormous size (that was back in my darkroom days). An illustration from The Book of Job: "When the morning stars sang together..." The original watercolor is small, not a lot larger than what you will get if you click on the image here... *Click image for larger size.* That's Job and his family at the bottom, enclosed by the thickest clouds, representing the flesh. Under the Lord's left arm is the Moon goddess Diana, the heart or feeling, delicately hol... more »

"Just Once..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"But because truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way keeps calling to us. Us, the most fleeting of all. Once for each thing. Just once; no more. And we too, just once. And never again. But to have been this once, completely, even if only once: to have been at one with the earth, seems beyond undoing." - Rainer Maria Rilke

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Cheras, Selangor, Malaysia. Thanks for stopping by.

"Stop Stress From Killing You"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Stop Stress From Killing You"* by Elizabeth Walling "What is stress? Physiologically, stress could be considered any event that triggers a marked response by the adrenal glands. In basic terms, this response is the release of cortisol. It's the body's natural reaction to any stressor. For occasional stressors, cortisol can provide a burst of benefits like increased energy, heightened reflexes and a higher threshold for pain. However, when stress is chronic, as it often is in modern society, cortisol levels can remain unnaturally high and lead to damaging effects, which include: ... more »

“Persistence: Why It's Sometimes Better To Walk Away”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Persistence: * *Why It's Sometimes Better To Walk Away”* By Art Markman “When Pope Benedict XVI announced he was resigning his decision shocked the world, because popes don't usually step down. And that got me thinking about the decision to walk away from things you have committed to in the past.We live in a culture that promotes persistence. Phrases like “Winners never quit, and quitters never win” dominate our public discussion. So, is that true? Should you really continue to pour effort into situations, even when they seem hopeless? Should you stay in a relationship, just bec... more »

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