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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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

30 July - Blogs I'm Following

Gaza Strip 1999
Gaza Strip 1999 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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10:37pm MDST


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 minutes ago
UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) Christopher Gunness breaks down in tears on live TV after attack on UN school in Gaza

Another Couple Of "Sarah Palins Of The South"-- Tough Love/Soft Hate

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 29 minutes ago
With right-wing congressman Bill Cassidy running for Mary Landrieu's Senate seat, his Baton Rouge-based House district looks very attractive to an awful lot of candidates. It's a grotesquely gerrymandered (i.e., ethnically-cleansed) deep red district with a PVI of R+21. Obama won 31% there against McCain and 32% against Romney. In 2012 the Democrats didn't even bother putting up a candidate against Cassidy. There are 18 Republicans in the open primary *but* an inordinate amount of coverage has been about the campaign of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. The video above, th... more »

Argentina Declared To Be In Default After Failing To Reach A Debt Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 51 minutes ago
*Argentina Declared In Default By S&P As Talks Fail -- Bloomberg* Standard & Poor’s declared Argentina in default after the government missed a deadline for paying interest on $13 billion of restructured bonds. The South American country failed to get the $539 million payment to bondholders after a U.S. judge ruled that the money couldn’t be distributed unless a group of hedge funds holding defaulted debt also got paid. Argentina, in default for the second time in 13 years, has about $200 billion in foreign-currency debt, including $30 billion of restructured bonds, according to S... more »

Israel Has Captured 100 Top Hamas Operatives Since The Start Of This War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 51 minutes ago
On July 23, 2014 Israeli soldiers guard Palestinians captured during a military offensive in the Gaza Strip in this photo obtained by Reuters from the Israeli news website Walla. REUTERS/Walla News *Captured Hamas Operative Reveals Paragliding Attack Plan -- Times of Israel* Terrorist confesses he trained in Malaysia to conduct raids on Israeli civilians from the air; 100 Hamas men captured to date. A highly trained Hamas operative captured by the IDF during the ongoing military campaign in the Gaza Strip told investigators that he had prepared to carry out a terror attack against... more »


Whenever Israel has chosen to use aggression to intimidate its neighbours in the West Bank, Lebanon or, as it is doing today, in the Gaza Strip, it has always left itself wriggle room to back off when public opinion and, more importantly, US and Western support seemed to be running against them. It has done this by progressively escalating their assaults on their enemies by pretending to be the victim when their enemies retaliate. That way they can always tell the world via their well-oiled global propaganda machine that they are merely responding to attacks being made against them ... more »

canadians for foreskins

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 hour ago
anal sex exists spreads due to lack of foreskins, circumcision is making us Gay and or perverts NTTAWWT " exclusive interview with porn star who had to cut to stay in the anal game" pleasure deprived citizens more likely to vote conservative, might be a correlation to foreskin removal , just saying temporary weakness arms and wrists linked to masturbation with no foreskin. Scientist searching if this is widespread amongst practitioners or just restricted to those cut off. Moneyball analysis of NHL players says circumcised players have not shot. Montreal Canadians suing doctor wh... more »

Here Are Three Ways That The Islamic State In Iraq And the Violence In Gaza Could Endanger US National Security.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Stringer *Three Ways Middle East Fighting Threatens US National Security -- Anna Mulrine, CSM* As fighting in the Middle East continues this week – from Israel to Iraq – some senior US military officials are acknowledging that they are pessimistic about the prospect for peace in the region. “Is there going to be peace in the Middle East?” Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), asked himself alo... more »

Manuel Iman, “This Moment Called Now”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Manuel Iman, “This Moment Called Now” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIno6Yu3rLE

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“NGC 253 is not only one of the brightest spiral galaxies visible, it is also one of the dustiest. Discovered in 1783 by Caroline Herschel in the constellation of Sculptor, NGC 253 lies only about ten million light-years distant. *Click image for larger size.* NGC 253 is the largest member of the Sculptor Group of Galaxies, the nearest group to our own Local Group of Galaxies. The dense dark dust accompanies a high star formation rate, giving NGC 253 the designation of starburst galaxy. Visible in the above photograph is the active central nucleus, also known to be a bright source o... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Defeat"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Defeat"* by Paulo Coelho "Does a leaf, when it falls from the tree in winter, feel defeated by the cold? The tree says to the leaf: ‘That’s the cycle of life. You may think you’re going to die, but you live on in me. It’s thanks to you that I’m alive, because I can breathe. It’s also thanks to you that I have felt loved, because I was able to give shade to the weary traveller. Your sap is in my sap, we are one thing.’ Does a man who spent years preparing to climb the highest mountain in the world feel defeated on reaching that mountain and discovering that nature has cloaked th... more »

"Why We Don’t Remember: The Gift of This Journey"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Why We Don’t Remember: The Gift of This Journey"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM ․ "If you would behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one." - Kahlil Gibran "There is a gift in not remember who we are when we are born into this lifetime; the gift is the journey. Many of us wonder why we do not remember who we were before we were born. We wonder what it was like to be a soul without a body and what it will be like to be one again. Many of us have a strange sense that we do remember, as if we... more »

"My Purpose..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars...” ~ from “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Chet Raymo, "ICBW IDTS"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"ICBW IDTS"* by Chet Raymo "Which means, according to text messagers, "It could be worse (but) I don't think so." It seems a Finn has published a 332-page novel written entirely in text messaging abbreviations. Leave it to the Finns, who essentially invented mobile phone culture. Well, that's one novel I will never read. At my age, I might as well try to learn Finnish as the language of TXT MSG. I've had a mobile (as they call them in Europe) for three years now, and I've yet to have an incoming call. Not surprising, since no one has my number, and even if they did the phone is ne... more »

The Poet: Jeanne Lohmann, "Questions Before Dark"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Questions Before Dark"* "Day ends, and before sleep when the sky dies down, consider your altered state: has this day changed you? Are the corners sharper or rounded off? Did you live with death? Make decisions that quieted? Find one clear word that fit? At the sun's midpoint did you notice a pitch of absence, bewilderment that invites the possible? What did you learn from things you dropped and picked up and dropped again? Did you set a straw parallel to the river, let the flow carry you downstream?" - Jeanne Lohmann, "The Light of Invisible Bodies"

"The Life You Have Left..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.” ~ Leo Babauta

The Israeli Genocide Of Gaza Continues: At Least ONE Nation On Planet Earth Has It Right In Calling Israel Exactly What It Is, A Terrorist State!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
Yes, the assault and genocide of the Palestinian people locked up in the largest open air concentration camp on Earth, also known as the Gaza Strip, continues…. We have watched in disgust as the majority of nations on this planet continue to absolutely kiss Jew ass by constantly harping the lies that this act of cold blooded murder is due to the criminally insane state of Israel's "right to defend itself"…. We however know the real truth that this massive assault is indeed Israel's "final solution" to the Palestinian problem in Gaza, which is to wipe out the entire population! I hav... more »

Blame the Jews

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 2 hours ago
For those of you not in your first rodeo with Thinking Aboot let me be clear. I am not Jewish. I have no family member going back generation that I know of who is Jewish. I have been punished as a taxpayer by Jewish Lawyers seeking reparations for things that happened before my time and for the majority of citizens who survived WW2. The Jews have unjustly taken land from the people of Palestine. (but who has not done the same sometime?) I think Jews work together to better themselves without regard to how this will hurt the competition. Its hard to believe but in the Jewish religion ... more »

Devoid of Purpose

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Our roving correspondent *Suzuki Samurai* has some advice for Jamie Whyte, after the response yesterday of the Racist Relations Commissioner to his call for equality before the law. Good on the Whyte man calling for Susan Devoid's resignation. But Baldy should grow some and make it ACT policy to get rid of that whole worthless commission; that would show us he means it. Or, in other words: Grow some balls, baldy. *UPDATE*: And there’s more: “ACT out your principles,” he says. The first principle you learn when playing squash is to return to (or hold) the 'T'; this is the m... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
With colorful and meticulous calligraphy, drawings, and huge portraits, Palestinians tell their story on the walls. This popular art's aim is to narrate the story as perceived by the Palestinians themselves. The idea is to glorify different militias for their acts, or to honor those who fell for the cause. The vivid and gaudy colors decorate the whole Strip with scenes, slogans and portraits of war death. © PHOTOS BY QUIQUE KIERSZENBAUM MUSIC : ' I DON'T HAVE FREEDOM ' DAM *You can visit our Gaza article archive here. * *Poll: Does the United States' support of Israel make A... more »

The Intended Roles of the Israel-Lobby and of Israel in the US-Empire are Incompatible with Peace

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 3 hours ago
By Denis G. Rancourt Several misguided commentators have advanced that Canada's unconditional support for Israel is the result of Christian Zionist ideology. This is flat wrong, and inexcusably naive. Harper's unconditional support for Israel is not from right-wing or religious ideology. Nor is this the case in the US itself. Canada's unconditional support for Israel started under

Man, what a dingbat ex-VA First Lady Mo McD is! Yes, the Dingbat Defense emerges as the McDonnells' secret weapon!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Wait, you didn't really want to see this clip about the McDonnell trial witness list, did you? Sorry, it was on the WaPo "McDonnell Trial" live-blog page, and I don't even have a living link for you. But consider, that's 32 seconds of your life you would never get back.* *by Ken* Hey, you'd be peeved too if the phone in the cubicle opposite yours had been ringing all frigging day -- and that cubicle has been unoccupied now for almost a year! Not to mention all that stuff going on in, you know, Washington and, well, the world! So I vowed that I was by God going to find a subject f... more »

Racist Cab Drivers Drive me Away

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
Know what when someone paints you in a picture they got something to say Maybe its the Gulf of Tolkien or maybe it 911 or maybe its a singer singing Cab Driver they are all just images devoid of context but still truth lingers for some when they cant catch a cab Black people, Black people are the N people of the world why is that and how cares and what will it cost to do a damm to change facts For me to say I got good feelings about black people is to say i feel the same way about humanity and I do not Black people the real Black people are well I cant continue because of racism. Th... more »


Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 3 hours ago
METRO EVENT | Beverly Baker Moore says ‘party like it’s 1969′ at Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer’s 69th Birthday Bash, Friday, Aug. 1, at Maria’s in Austin.

Shocking Analysis of the ‘Shooting Down’ of Malaysian MH17

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Peter Haisenko in Cockpit of Condor DC 10 By Peter Haisenko *Zur deutschen Version bitte hier anklicken* The tragedy of Malaysian MH 017 continues to elude any light of clarity being cast over it. The flight recorders are in England and are evaluated. What can come of it? Maybe more than you would assume. Especially the voice recorder will be interesting when you look at the picture of a cockpit fragment. As an expert in aviation I closely looked at the images of the wreckage that are circulating on the Internet. First, I was amazed at how few photos can be f... more »

Hamas Was On Its Knees Before This War, Now Its Chest Is Out Thanks To Netanyahu's Bloodlust

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*Extremists are drawn to each other. Their Messianic worldviews, their brutal methods, their low regard for civilian lives, and their total rejection of peace and co-existence, makes them brothers more than enemies. If Hamas did not exist the leadership of Israel would have to invent it before tomorrow morning to continue to justify its illegal occupation of Palestinian land.* *Photo Source: AFP.* "In March 2014, Netanyahu acknowledged that the number of rocket attacks from Gaza in the previous year was the “lowest in a decade.” The shock of the three Jewish teenagers kidnapped on ... more »

Susan Van Haitsma : Remembering our roots: Equality rejects war

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 3 hours ago
As the failures of war strategies have become increasingly obvious, the benefits of nonviolent approaches based on the principle of equality have become more obvious. By Susan Van Haitsma | The Rag Blog | July 30, 2014 At the root … finish reading Susan Van Haitsma : Remembering our roots: Equality rejects war


Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 3 hours ago
FRONT PAGE | Austin movement lawyer Jim Simons: ’50 years defying the systems of power.’

“Making Time for Reflection: Going on Retreat”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Making Time for Reflection: Going on Retreat”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Going on retreat can be a powerful way to process what is happening in your life. Giving ourselves time to reflect and heal can be a powerful way to process the things that are happening in our lives, and one of the best approaches to do this is by going on a retreat. Going on a retreat means that we have set the intention to heal and learn more about our spirit, and doing this is a decision that we make for ourselves. Since everyone sees and experiences the world differently, it is important to choose... more »

Fight Club Members that we know about

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
Argentina and Iceland. Read about it think aboot it. Its seems the way of the future is to not talk about it. One big nation and one insignificant one have said no mas. Zero Credit History must be making some wave tontie. Stay away from financial buildings out of caution. Soap caution.

"How It Really Is"

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

"All Government..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an o... more »

Larry Ray : A little bombing quiz for you

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
In the two photos below please identify which bombing was ordered by Bashar al-Assad and which one by Benjamin Netanyahu. By Larry Ray | The Rag Blog | July 30, 2014, 2014 There are two photos below and both are … finish reading Larry Ray : A little bombing quiz for you

“Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals ‘Global Stop and Frisk Program’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook * *Reveals ‘Global Stop and Frisk Program’"* By Amy Goodman “In an interview with Democracy Now!, investigative reporters Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept spoke about obtaining a leaked copy of a government guidebook, indicating that the Obama administration’s expansion of the national terrorist watchlist system. According to the book, "irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary" to be deemed a "terrorist" target. “What we have here is tantamount to a system that’s sort of like a global stop-and-frisk pro... more »

West Africa's Ebola Epidemic Is Now 'Out Of Control' Says charity

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge) * The latest outbreak of Ebola is the most severe since the disease was discovered in 1976. So far the disease has spread from a village in Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria *How Deadly Ebola Has Spread Across The Globe: Health Officials Try To Trace 30,000 Linked To Death Of US Victim - As Nigerian Film Star Sparks Outrage By Fleeing Africa First-Class In An Ebola Mask -- Daily Mail* * Hong Kong woman quarantined when she fell ill after returning from Kenya * Expert claims panic over death of U.S. man in Nigeria is 'justified' * He warned the s... more »

(Oh, Oh - The Shame) No Shame:  How Stupid Do They Think We Are? Don't Hold Your Breath Wondering! (Who Are These Secretive People Who Rule US? Let's Ask Billy Graham's Groupies) Oh, Where Did All the WWII Fascists Go? Long Time Passin' . . .

If you were wondering where all that data in Utah will end up . . . to make my point most succinctly, I only have to quote one of the readers of the article below who had this comment (and I'm sure they'll be sweeping up plenty of al-Qaeda there too): "# Jim Rocket 2014/07/30 11:03 - It would be interesting for someone to investigate how people like Alexander got their positions. There's

Is Obama Regime Covering Up the Truth of MH17 Shootdown?

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 5 hours ago
The pile of official lies about what really happened in Benghazi and what the NSA is really up to stacked up by the Obama administration and the State Department have already firmly established that this latest regime absolutely cannot be trusted to tell the truth and this is especially so when it comes to the disastrous foreign policy of the warfare state. What grows ever more apparent is that the Obama gangsters, in particular the warmongers over at the State Department are engaged in a serious cover-up over what *really* happened in regards to Malaysian Airlines MH17 that was ... more »

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- July 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
The Sykes-Picot agreement. (Creative Commons) *In 10 Years’ Time, The World’s Borders Will Look Totally Different -- Frank Jacobs, Washington Post* Border-watchers are the seismologists of geopolitics. And lately, we’ve begun to notice a lot of fault lines. The boundaries that separate states are shifting and dissolving at an accelerating rate. Take, for example, the establishment of an “Islamic State” astride the Syrian-Iraqi border, which forebodes a major realignment in the Middle East. In a slick propaganda piece titled The End of Sykes-Picot, a triumphant ISIS fighter shows u... more »

Smallpox: A Deadly Shell Game

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
Janet Phelan The recent announcement by the WHO that it was postponing a decision on destroying the remaining smallpox depositories—one allegedly in Russia at VECTOR and the other in the United States at the CDC—may not have been prompted by what the press has termed a difference of opinion between research groups. In fact, the WHO may have no idea how many labs actually possess the deadly variola virus. As widely reported, WHO's advisory committee on variola virus research (ACVVR), felt that the stocks should be maintained, as the live virus was still needed to develop antivira... more »


Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 5 hours ago

Look Again: Who is Behind UK's Initiative to "Help the Bees"?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Heather Callaghan *With friends like these...* Recently I wrote about a large Canada-wide surveillance initiative: Look Who's Behind This Large Study to "Help the Bees". Following the money trail, one could see that Canada's government was placing "hope" for an answer unto major international biotech and agricultural companies such as Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta etc... The very same companies whose chemical products are implicated for diminishing bee populations and have everything to gain by "finding" an answer that doesn't point back to them. Does that s... more »

Robot Bees Will Be Better Than The Real Thing Says Greenpeace

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
Heather Callaghan *This is an update to the original post on April 17, 2013. * No, this is not a tabloid - it's real. According to several videos, which are posted below, robotic insects have made their first controlled flight. According to the creators of Robobee: The demonstration of the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot is the culmination of more than a decade's work . . . Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, the robot was inspired by the biology of a fly, with submillimeter-scale anatomy and two wafer-thin wings that flap almost i... more »

Food Forward: New PBS Series Explores 'Food Rebel' Innovation

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Heather Callaghan The food freedom bug has turned heads at PBS. Food Forward TV is an upcoming series that basically showcases people striving to dramatically transform the way we eat in the United States. "Food rebels" and outliers, so to speak. Across 50 cities, it showcases farmers, chefs, scientists, fishermen and ranchers with ways that deviate from the "conventional" large agricultural and food system. Some of their methods emulate traditional farming - which only seem unique to newer generations - but most are new, innovative solutions to feed the world. Will the world pa... more »

Glyphosate Detected in Deformed Piglets

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Heather Callaghan In April, a Danish farmer called for a ban on glyphosate. For three years he had used non-GMO soy feed for his pig herds, but when he ran out, he ordered two tons of GM soy feed. His herdsman immediately told the farmer of diarrhea in the piglets and lack of appetite in the sows. He had not told the herdsman of the feed switch. Worse, he began noticing an absurd amount of deformed piglets and reproductive problems in the sows. Roundup is used on GMO soy shortly before it is used as pig feed. But that's not all - he brought 38 malformed piglets to a laboratory. ... more »

Audience Brain Waves Are Being Used to Better Predict YOU

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Heather Callaghan Recently, I wrote about findings showing that the brainwaves of people viewing the same movie are '*synched*.'Some people thought this was great news, suggesting that it meant more connection and intimacy. But people who feel more disengaged or isolated by spending time with people watching media would probably doubt that suggestion very much. Building on that discovery, researchers are testing brainwaves to forecast public response to television programming. Of course, this has questionable implications. And, now, it only takes a few people to accurately predic... more »


liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 6 hours ago
Israel is THE ONLY democracy in the M.E.? A lie. CBC/Evan Solomon of Power and Politics: Would it be too much to ask, for you to inject a fact or two into the CPC's propagandizing of yet another of their world-views?? LJ

World News Briefs -- July 30, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Peace Corps Evacuates West Africa Volunteers Due To Ebola Threat -- CNN* (CNN) -- Humanitarian agencies working in west Africa are stepping up precautions against the deadly Ebola virus as local and international health officials struggle to bring the outbreak under control. The Peace Corps announced Wednesday it was removing hundreds of its volunteers from the region. The Peace Corps said 340 workers would temporarily leave Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries primarily affected by the outbreak. Two volunteers on the continent were isolated after coming in conta... more »

Does Israel "Cause" Anti-Semitism?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
The great German socialist August Bebel once dubbed anti-semitism "the socialism of fools". This oft-quoted aphorism referred specifically to the conspiracy-mongers of his day for whom capitalism was the front for international jewry. But could it be that anti-semitism is the delusion of the desperate too? This question was raised in the Lords last night. Ex-diplomat and crossbencher Lord Wright of Richmond mused whether there was a link between the rise of anti-semitism in Europe and Israel's brutal assault on civilians in Gaza. He further suggested that its spread might be curbed... more »

Jim Simons : The 50-year lawyer: Defying the systems of power

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
I knew that what I would write would never be published by the ‘Bar Journal.’ So I happily write it for ‘The Rag Blog.’ Here I stand, though the road was not exactly what I expected. By Jim Simons | … finish reading Jim Simons : The 50-year lawyer: Defying the systems of power


David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 6 hours ago
THE TURN OF THE CENTURY BLUES.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

Toronto Pollice Chief not renewed

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 7 hours ago
First of all he has been there since 2005. Thinking aboot J Edgar we know that 14 years is long enough even for Mother Teresa with a badge. (For sure after year ten she would have been all Judge Dredd on Rich Pricks, a BMW lets roll people) IMHO he has one of the most important public service jobs in Canada. Compared to his predecessor who now continues to reveal himself as a source of jaundice., Bill Blair was F5 tornado of fresh air. I could make this into a blog about how the police play politics and of that Bill Blair was a master. However he always seemed to play the game for... more »

Obama's Message To Republicans: "Stop Just Hatin’ All The Time"...w/update

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 7 hours ago
*did president ribbon cutter really say that today after spending our money to fly to Kansas and entertain some people with his phony preacher shuck and jive talk?* According to Reuters he did just that. *From Zero Hedge:* Two weeks ago the head of the *"most transparent administration ever*" (perhaps to the NSA?), president Obama, told the common American to "not be cynical" and have hope. Today, speaking appropriately in an ornate theater in Kansas City, he had a message for republicans: *"Stop being mad all the time. Stop. Stop. Stop just hatin’ all the time."* *Reuters has mor... more »

"Shama Lama Ding Dong"

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago

Blue America End Of The Month Match For Shenna Bellows

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
One of Blue America's most dedicated supporters is offering an end-of-the-month match for Shenna Bellow's, the progressive Democrat running for the U.S. Senate seat in Maine. As you can see, Blue America contributors have donated as much to Shenna's campaign as to all the other Senate candidates we are backing *combined*. But its going to take more than that to get her message out; she's up against Susan Collin's money machine. Collins is already swimming in $5,380,803, only 2% of it ($123,536) from small grassroots contributions. The rest is from wealthy donors and PACs. Our ano... more »

Diplomats Flee Libya As The Violence Escalates Out Of Control

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*International Diplomats Evacuate Libya as Violence Escalates -- US News and World Report* *French, British and American diplomats are among a growing number withdrawing from a tumultuous Libya.* At least 30 people were killed Tuesday when Libyan militants swarmed a government military base in Benghazi, according to reports. The escalating violence in the region has driven scores of international diplomats out of Libya. Libyan special forces fled from a Benghazi military station as militants overwhelmed them with rocketfire, according to Reuters. A special forces spokesperson to... more »

Head Of Benghazi Probe Says That No Witnesses Will Be 'Off-Limits'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Head Of Benghazi Probe Says No Witnesses Off Limits, Including Clinton -- FOX News* The Republican head of the Benghazi Select Committee warned Tuesday that no witnesses would be off limits in its upcoming probe and that he would consider going to court, if necessary, to compel testimony. "I can't skip over a witness that I think we ought to talk to simply because there is an assertion of either privilege or immunity," Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told Fox News in an exclusive interview. He said that while he has received good c... more »

The Israeli Genocide Of Gaza Continues: Absolutely Spot On Video By Anthony Lawson: The Blood Of Palestine Is On The Hands Of The Bribe-Takers!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
The horrific and genocidal assault on Gaza continues... The number of dead now from that Israeli atrocity exceeds that of "Operation Cast Lead" and we are indeed witnessing the extermination of an entire people. Even today, we have new shocking reports of the Israelis targeting and bombing refugee camps and hospitals that in international law is indeed a war crime... However we see little action by the United Nations due to the Jewish control over that very organization itself! Right now, I want to present a fabulous new video by Anthony Lawson that tells the truth about this murde... more »

Rabbi Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: "A Slaughter of Innocents"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Netanyahu looks like a man on a mission. Obama looks asleep. Abbas looks lost.* Rabbi Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: "A Slaughter of Innocents." Source: Democracy Now. Date Published: July 30, 2014.

The Islamic State Is The World's Newest Petrostate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
ISIS has captured large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, including all of oil-rich Deir Ezzor. (File photo: Reuters) *The Islamic State Is The Newest Petrostate -- Keith Johnson, Stars and Stripes/Foreign Policy* WASHINGTON — The Islamic State, like many shady and not-so-shady groups before it, are apparently getting into the oil business. And it seems to suit them as they reportedly are making millions of dollars a day off of it. The militants, who have conquered broad swaths of Iraq and Syria, are turning to good old-fashioned crime -- oil smuggling, in this case -- to u... more »

“How You’re Attracting Unwanted Government Attention”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“How You’re Attracting Unwanted Government Attention”* by Mike Leahy “I was talking with one of my colleagues the other day, and he raised a very interesting question, one that deserves consideration by anyone worried about their digital privacy. He read an article that championed the idea that the more steps one took to protect their privacy by using anonymous Web-browsing tools like Tor, the more likely that individual would be targeted for “surveillance” by the NSA. The article went on to say the NSA closely watched user accounts searching for information on non-Windows operati... more »

The Fight Over Who Owns Iraqi Oil Intensifies Between Baghdad And The Kurdish North

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
A still image from video taken by a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft shows the oil tanker United Kalavyrta (also known as the United Kalavrvta), which is carrying a cargo of Kurdish crude oil, approaching Galveston, Texas, July 25, 2014. *Iraq And Its Kurds Fight Over Oil Tanker Off The Texas Coast -- L.A. Times* A $100-million bonanza of crude oil sits in a tanker off the coast of Galveston, Texas, but moving it to shore has become a knotty foreign policy problem. Late Monday, a federal court ordered U.S. marshals to seize the cargo of the tanker, the United Kalavrv... more »

Real History Revealed: How The Jews Started The Biggest War Of All

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
With all of the news focused these days on the criminal Israeli assault and massacre in Gaza, as well as the American lies and BS being whipped up to try to start a war against Russia, we sometimes forget that this period marks the 100th anniversary of what was the beginning of the First World War. It was this time back in 1914 that nations in Europe were either already at war, as in the case of Austria-Hungary, or were in rapid mobilization and ready to escalate the conflict as in the case of Germany, Russia, France, and the British Empire.... I have always been a student of rea... more »


David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 9 hours ago
A BATTY 36 HOURS.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

Moscow Fights Back After Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) chairs a government meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, July 30, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Moscow Fights Back After Sanctions; Battle Rages Near Ukraine Crash Site -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine, where fighting between Moscow-backed rebels and government troops has intensified since a Malaysian airliner was shot down. The confrontation between Moscow and the West entered a new phase this week, with the United ... more »

Bond Air is Go: The Secret History of MH17 - The Flight of the Dead

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
Bond Air is Go: The Secret History of MH17 - The Flight of the Dead from Spike EP on Vimeo. "A top pro-Russia rebel commander in eastern Ukraine has given a bizarre version of events surrounding the Malaysian jetliner crash — suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off. The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted *Igor Girkin* as saying he was told by people at the crash site that *“a significant number of the bodies weren’t fresh,”* adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition. " *Associated Press* The ... more »

Jewish groups receive 94% of DHS funding for non-profits

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 9 hours ago
*As I've explained*, the entire "Homeland Security" industry is *a Jewish racket*. We have even more confirmation of this fact today from the *Jewish Telegraph Agency*: *The Department of Homeland Security allocated to Jewish institutions $12 million, or 94 percent, of $13 million in funds for securing nonprofits*. The Jewish Federations of North America’s Washington office director, William Daroff, said Tuesday that the allocation made sense particularly in light of an intensification of threats on Jewish community targets in the United States and overseas. “In the current environ... more »

Kiev Fires Ballistic Missiles into Eastern Ukraine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
*Pentagon intentionally withholds information on Kiev's indiscriminate use of ballistic missiles in populated areas.* Tony Cartalucci CNN has reported that the regime in Kiev launched several short-range ballistic missiles into eastern Ukraine - each missile containing warheads of up to 1,000 lbs (450 kg). The missiles fired were OTR-21 Tochka also known by their NATO reporting name as SS-21 Scarabs and are considered far from "precision" weapons. While smaller than the infamous "Scud" missile, SS-21s are similarly inaccurate and their use in combat against an enemy entrenched in... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
*Global Network board member Sung-Hee Choi (on left) holds banner with Catholic Bishop Kang during peace walk* Once again during this hot summer the folks on Jeju, South Korea are walking around their island home in the Grand March for Life and Peace. They continue to protest against construction of a Navy base that will port US nuclear aircraft carriers, destroyers, and nuclear submarines that will all be aimed at China and Russia. Their unwavering determination is remarkable. But even more remarkable to me is the banner just above that links their effort to the struggles in Pa... more »

Supplemental: Drum does “they love to cover her hard!”

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014* *We wait for The One Liberal Channel:* Exactly as we predicted, Kevin Drum has gone on the record concerning the Clinton coverage. In yesterday’s post, he quotes an interesting observation by Slate’s Dave Weigel, whose overall work on this subject strikes us as being quite poor. We’ll discuss that observation tomorrow. For today, this is Drum’s conclusion about Mark Halperin’s recent statement that Clinton is “destined to get horrible coverage if she runs for president”—that “the press loves to cover her hard:” DRUM (7/29/14): The media's preoccupation w... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 10 hours ago
*In my proven heart centered work with combat veterans with PTSD it is obvious that the healing power of unconditional love can facilitate transformative change. Nowhere is that more evident than with Combat Veterans with their special need dogs ~ for only unconditional love can penetrate the dark shadow world of PTSD: Allen L Roland, Ph.D * *“The only way love can last a lifetime is if it's unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.”* ~ Stephen Kendrick, *The Love Dare* During the past four years, I ... more »

Thanks Jews! (Public Service Announcement)

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 10 hours ago
Absolutely brilliant stuff from Kyle Hunt and *Renegade Broadcasting*. Share this far and wide!

METRO | Nancy Simons : Finding ‘Democracy Now!’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 10 hours ago
When ‘Democracy Now!’ disappeared from Austin public access television, we worked to get it back. By Nancy Simons | The Rag Blog | July 30, 2014 AUSTIN — Years ago, the first time my husband and I watched Democracy Now!, … finish reading *METRO* | Nancy Simons : Finding ‘Democracy Now!’

Lest we forget: A tally of police shootings and taser deaths of Canadians with severe mental illness

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 10 hours ago
I am haunted by the 2013 police shooting death of Sammy Yatim, and the words of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair this month that the recommendations that came out of the investigation of the 18-year-old's death won't be "left to gather dust." If only we could believe that. Blair has said versions of that before, in past years when Toronto police killed some other person with mental illness. The case of Sammy Yatim was particularly tragic, what with him being a young man alone on an empty streetcar when he was first shot nine times by the police and then tasered as he lay dy... more »

Ukraine's Economy Is Imploding As Fighting In The East Intensifies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Archive © ITAR-TASS/Anton Tushin *Ukraine’s GDP Fall Quickens By 4.7% -- ITAR-TASS* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has made a worse Ukrainian GDP falling forecast from five to 6.5% in 2014 IEV, July 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s GDP in the second quarter of 2014 has plummeted 4.7% compared the same period in 2013, Ukrainian State Statistics Service said on Wednesday. The second quarter’s GDP rate went down 2.3% compared with the first quarter with due account of seasonal factor. The GDP decline has amounted to 1.1% in the first quarter of this year, the republican service sa... more »

Stop the Media Madness.

David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 10 hours ago
Stop the Media Madness..Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

Obama Joins The EU in Imposing New Sanctions on Russia

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
Rachel Blevins BenSwann On Tuesday, after accusing the Kremlin of supporting anti-Kiev militias in eastern Ukraine, and threatening to cripple the Russian economy, the United States, along with the 28 nations that comprise the European Union, announced a new series of sanctions against Moscow that could take place as early as August 1, 2014. According to *The Washington Post*, the European measures were “*the strongest against Russia since the Cold War, with the potential to sway Russian decision-making in a way that previous penalties have not*.” The EU released a statement sayin... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- July 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Ukraine Conflict: Army Claims Strategic Town In Donetsk -- BBC* *The Ukrainian army says it has seized a key town near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, as fighting rages in the east.* Pro-Russia separatists were driven out of Avdiivka on Wednesday, the army said. The strategic town is near the airport and train station in Donetsk. Heavy fighting around Donetsk has again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site of flight MH17. Meanwhile, Russia said new sanctions were "destructive and short-sighted" and would lead to higher energy prices. Almost two weeks afte... more »

MH17 - The VicSims

Spike EP at News Spike - 11 hours ago
These are not real people. Human beings do not look like this. These are* VicSims.*

Corporatism Stifles Innovation

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
James Hall For an economy to grow and create actual wealth, innovation is a bedrock component in the development of enhanced prosperity. Prosperity is an intriguing concept. Simply making and accumulating money falls short of establishing a successful economic model. This recent report illustrates a prime example. Facebook stock soars, as company briefly passes IBM in market value. By most measures, Facebook is dwarfed by IBM: With about 7,000 employees, ten-year-old Facebook is on track to garner $12 billion in sales this year. The 103-year-old IBM has more than 400,000 workers... more »

‘Catastrophic’: Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer warns of EMP

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
*Imminent: ‘Only a matter of time’ until entire electric grid destroyed by natural or man-made event…* Aaron Dykes Billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer is warning investors – and more broadly, lawmakers and leaders – about the potential destructive power of an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, which could be triggered by solar events or artificially, via blasts in the atmosphere. According to Singer, research shows that no other incident, including a nuclear bomb, has the potential for such wide-scale devastation, coupled with the relative likelihood of occurring. While a nuk... more »

Australia, ‘better slave than dead’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Pine Gap, Australia Jon Rappoport Remember the name “Pine Gap.” It lies at the heart of this story. I’ve always thought Australians were more blunt and forthright than Americans. I don’t know if that’s true, but the current debate about total surveillance in the Land Down Under is cutting to the bone. The government wants to tax the Australian people so it can use giant telecoms to collect wall to wall “metadata” on them. (Pay us so we can spy on you.) The Age newspaper reports on an Australian senate inquiry into the plan: “ASIO [the national security service of Australia]... more »

Obama Remarks on Situation in Ukraine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
President Obama announced that the U.S. would join with the European Union in additional economic sanctions against Russia for its ongoing conflict with Ukraine. The sanctions target Russia’s energy, arms, and financial sectors. You can visit our Ukraine article archive here. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Why Champ Bailey WON’T Be Cut by the Saints ~Barry Hirstius, Whodat Dish*

Hamas Military Wing Release Video of Covert Tunnel Raid That Killed Five Israeli Guards

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Gaza Crisis: Hamas Military Wing Release Video of Covert Tunnel Raid Which Killed Five IDF Soldiers -- IBTimes* Hamas' military wing has released footage claiming to be its militants entering Israel, via an underground tunnel from the Gaza Strip, and storming an IDF guard post, in an attack which killed five Israeli soldiers. The unverified video censors the faces and conversations of the militants as they emerge from a tunnel believed to originate in Shejaiya, Gaza and run towards a guard post south of Kibbutz Nahal Oz near Karmi Crossing. An anti-tank missile and shots are fire... more »

How Steve Israel Killed Red-To-Blue

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Red to Blue looks like such a stinker for Steve Israel this cycle that he's started slipping in candidates in *blue* districts so his batting average won't look as atrocious on the morning of November 5th as anyone looking at his inept recruiting will surmise. A good red-to-blue program would have strong, progressive candidates running against Republicans in blue-leaning districts. Instead, Israel's personal agenda had him out-right protecting Republicans in many of these districts. These are all districts Democrats should be able to win but that Israel has screwed up-- as he chase... more »

Coordinated Sanctions Target Russia's Ability to Tap Oil Reserves including Arctic resources

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
I have mentioned the control of Arctic resources previously as one of many reasons for the targeting of Russia by NATO. So, it is interesting to note that the sanctions are geared towards prohibiting Russia from accessing it's Arctic resources Before we get to the sanction we are going to FLASHBACK to December 2011. Back more then 2 & 1/2 years ago.... Cause sometimes you have to *go back to the future *- Pun intended Who controls the Arctic, controls vast resources *Just a quick post. A little something to think about..*. If you had doubts that the NATO world army has designs on Rus... more »

Before And After Satellite Images Show The Devastation Of Israel's Bombardment On Gaza

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Devastation: Using images from before the conflict began and comparing them with ones from July 25, they identified 700 destroyed homes and mosques *Razing Gaza: Before And After Satellite Images Show The True Devastation Of Israel's Bombardment As 700 Homes And Mosques Are Turned To Rubble And 400 Craters Blight The War Zone -- Daily Mail* The obliteration of Gaza from relentless Israeli air strikes and tank shelling was laid bare today in a series of satellite images charting the escalating violence across the region. Analysis from UN satellite expe... more »

Resisting Technocracy and “Smart Grid” Ultimatums

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
James F. Tracy This week James is joined on his podcast (posted below) by Josh Hart, founder and director of the California-based Stop Smart Meters, one of the foremost organizations raising public awareness on the roll out of wireless technology and the “smart grid.” They discuss the ongoing plan to install dangerous microwave-emitting devices on homes and businesses throughout North America and the world–and how the citizenry can resist. Hart is a journalist and researcher, having completed graduate work at the University of West England at Bristol on the relationship between ... more »

Israel - Hamas War News Updates -- July 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Israeli Military Offers 4-Hour Humanitarian Ceasefire In Gaza -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Wednesday it would hold fire unilaterally in limited areas of the Gaza Strip for four hours from 3 p.m. (1200 GMT) for humanitarian purposes, an army statement said. Hamas described the truce as a media stunt because it only applied to some areas. "IDF (Israel Defence Forces) has authorised a temporary window in the Gaza Strip. The humanitarian window will not apply to the areas in which IDF soldiers are currently operating," the Israeli statement said. *Read more* ... more »

The purpose of the Indian Act and the intention of Parliament.

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
Tyendinaga Mohawk Council v. Brant, 2014 ONCA 565: [53] There are two legal principles that underpin the assessment of the purpose of the *Indian Act *and the intention of Parliament. First, early Canadian jurisprudence relied on the *Royal Proclamation *(*1763*)*,* R.S.C., 1985, App. II, No. 1,[2] as the origin of Indian title: see *St. Catharine's Milling and Lumber Co. v. The Queen*, [1887] 13 S.C.R. 577, affirmed (1888), 14 App. Cas. 46. It is now clear from more recent authority that Indian title existed in Canada independently of the *Royal Proclamation*: see *Calder... more »

“Gaza is a graveyard,” sing joyful Israeli youths

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Abu Abunimah Electronic Intifada In her latest post, my colleague Rania Khalek makes reference to “a new racist chant mocking the more than two hundred children slaughtered by Israel’s merciless bombing campaign in Gaza: ‘Tomorrow there’s no school in Gaza, they don’t have any children left.’” This video shows an Israeli mob actually singing in celebration of children’s deaths in the style of a soccer fans’ song: “In Gaza there’s no studying, No children are left there, Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé.” The mob also incites directly against Ahmed Tibi and Haneen Zoabi, two prominent Pale... more »

Paul Craig Roberts: "The extraordinary propaganda being conducted against Russia by the US and UK governments and Ministries of Propaganda, a.k.a., the “Western media,” have the purpose of driving the world to war that no one can win." "In contrast, Russia has emerged from tyranny and from a government based on lies..."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ *War Is Coming — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ July 28, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter War Is Coming Paul Craig Roberts The extraordinary propaganda being conducted against Russia by the US and UK governments and Ministries of Propaganda, a.k.a., the “Western media,” have the purpose of driving the world to war that no one can win. European governments need to rouse themselves from insouciance, because Europe will be the first to be v... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Given his background, what American Jewish leader Rabbi Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s “big three” Jewish organizations, along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Siegman’s family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement that ... more »

World News Briefs -- July 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Israel Announces Brief Cease-fire After Shelling UN School -- Voice of America* GAZA CITY — Palestinian officials say Israel has announced a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire in some areas of the Gaza Strip, in the wake of an Israeli tank attack on a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip that killed at least 19 people. The cease-fire began at 3:00 p.m. local time (1200) Wednesday. Israel authorized the pause in fighting against Hamas militants, saying it would be limited to parts of the densely populated coastal strip. Hamas continued to fire rockets, saying it would fight... more »

It's good to talk

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
There are a lot of tired-out old phrases which have become meaningless, (through being over and mis-used) for example; massacre, siege, ethnic cleansing, militant and so on. The one that puts Craig off, he’s obviously very squeamish, is “useful idiots”. For his sake let’s just call them *U*nwitting *S*impletons *E*xploited *F*or *U*se, *L*argely *I*n *D*efending *I*slamists *O*penly *T*errorising *S*ociety, or for short the handy acronym “useful idiots”. I’m sure someone could come up with a neater alternative version, but I’m putting that on the back burner for now. Did you hear ... more »

Pressure Grows On Iraq’s Premier Maliki To Give Up On A Third Term

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Iraq’s politicians have taken some important steps towards forming a new government. A speaker of parliament and a new president were elected in July 2014. Now President Fuad Masum must pick a candidate for prime minister from the largest bloc in parliament, which is the National Alliance (NA) made up of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law (SOL), the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq’s Citizen’s Alliance, Moqtada al-Sadr’s Ahrar bloc, and Ibrahim al-Jaafari’s National Reform Trend. That’s the last major barrier as Premier Maliki has refused to step aside despite oppositio... more »

Happy Birthday Heather!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
Excuse the left alignment of the video, jibjab seems to want to left align its videos.... < param name='scaleMode' value='showAll'> Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

“DESTINED TO GET HORRIBLE COVERAGE:” Robinson and Barnacle baffled!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014* *Part 3—Insiders can’t figure it out:* Last week, on two different Morning Joe programs, Mark Halperin delivered a stinging indictment of the mainstream press corps. For background, see yesterday’s post. Halperin is a major insider. He understands the insider press. He knows the other insiders. But uh-oh! According to Halperin, Hillary Clinton “is destined to get horrible coverage if she runs for president,” at least as matters stand. “The press loves to cover her hard,” Halperin memorably said. As Halperin voiced his full indictment on last Tuesday’s M... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 30, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The view is shown from a turret of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle making its way back to Camp Leatherneck after a combat logistics patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province, July 14, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alex Roberts *Afghanistan To Cost More Than Marshall Plan, Watchdog Says -- Stars and Stripes* KABUL, Afghanistan — By the time its combat troops depart at the end of 2014, the United States will have appropriated more money trying to fix Afghanistan than it did on the Marshall Plan that helped Europe recover economically after World War II, according t... more »

For Shame! Canadian MP's "fact find" for Israel's "perspective"

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
Named below *The six parliamentarians travelling on the mission, which returns to Canada on Thursday, are: Liberal MPs Carolyn Bennett and John McCallum, Conservative MPs Randy Hoback, Ted Opitz and David Sweet and Liberal Sen. Grant Mitchell.* *3 Cons and 3 Libs- The two sides of the same coin.* *Bought and Paid for by an Israeli lobby in Canada- The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs * * "the parliamentarians won't be going to Gaza"* Fogel also made no excuses for the fact that the view they'll get of the conflict will be one-sided, with briefings provided by Israeli gove... more »

Are There Any Competent Climate Scientists?

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 14 hours ago
Steven Goddard has a post claiming "Some climate scientists are actually competent". My response: *There have been two basic camps in climate academe, those who spout "greenhouse effect" and "runaway global warming" with alarm, and those who beat the drum for "ENSO" (or "multidecadal ocean oscillations") and a cyclical variation in global temperature, on top of a widely-believed global warming from the depths of the Little Ice Age (c. 1680) of 0.5 °C/century (but, like Phil Jourdan above, I doubt their global temperature records either way, since I found the utterly stable Standard ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
*The Daily Show* Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive Could it be considered that the US understands that arming all sides in the Middle East creates chaos which then heightens arms sales profits and allows Israel to justify smashing the Palestinian people? America's job #1 in the world today is 'security export' and is very good at it. Increasingly we find that the economies of most states and local communities are dependent on military production. We've become a killer nation. Isn't it time we got serious about converting the m... more »

Is Israel Creating A Buffer Zone In Gaza?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Israel Creates ‘No Man’s Land’ in Gaza, Shrinking Strip by 40 Percent -- Jesse Rosefeld, Daily Beast* *To protect itself from Hamas rockets and tunnels, Israel is forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes, turning their old neighborhoods into a no-man’s land.* BEIT HANOUN, Gaza — This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on Earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out of the 3-kilometer (1.8 mile) buffer zone it says it need... more »


liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 15 hours ago
Now that you're here; a question: do you have any of our bears in captivity- in YOUR zoos? LJ

Is Colombia's Peace Talks With FARC About To Collapse?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks after the signing of agreements at the second day of the 2014 Alianza del Pacifico (Pacific Alliance) political summit in Punta Mita in the Nayarit region, in the West Coast of Mexico, June 20, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Jorge Dan Lopez *Colombia President Says 'Demented' FARC Attacks Could End Peace Talks -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos warned on Tuesday that continuing attacks perpetrated by leftist FARC guerrillas, many of which target infrastructure, could bring an end to peace negotiations with the gove... more »

Today's Democratic Party-- Soul On Ice

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
If you're from Connecticut, you probably remember Bill Curry as a leader of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and a two-time nominee for governor. Most Americans who know who he is, though, know him for his role as a domestic policy advisor to Bill Clinton. I know the Clintons are very touchy about their sometimes tattered brand and I suspect Bill Curry won't be invited to the Medici Palace when Hillary takes over the world. A look at the piece he wrote Sunday for Salon-- My party has lost its soul: Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and the victory of Wall Street Democrats, makes... more »

The Enemy At The Top

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.reuters.com/ Vladimir Putin's ascension to the Russian presidency for a third term was greeted with widespread public protest and charges of electoral fraud. Devon Black writes: Putin had hoped to re-take the presidency with confidence and a strong mandate. Instead, the pressure was on him to solidify his tenuous political position. Putin did so by stoking nationalist fervor, crafting a narrative of a Russia beset by enemies, inside and out. Putin told a story of traditional Russians fighting bac... more »

How the Term ‘Human Shield’ is Used to Justify State Sponsored Massacres

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
“Hamas is regularly described as 'Iranian-backed Hamas, which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.' One will be hard put to find something like 'democratically elected Hamas, which has long been calling for a two-state settlement in accord with the international consensus'—blocked for over 30 years by the US and Israel. All true, but not a useful contribution to the Party Line, hence dispensable.” ― Noam Chomsky, *Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians* …we cannot address terrorism of the weak against the powerful without also confronting the u... more »

This is what happened in Iraq, Tikrit in fact, where Sunni Muslim Jihadists killed Shia Muslims

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=706773732727983&id=689169714488385&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FmqMPDKA4zV&_rdr I watched that video and it struck me that it was very similar to the grainy film footage of Nazi soldiers killing Jews during World War 2. The names may change but evil stays evil. In a sane world this video would be all over the Western media but with an institutionally anti Israel BBC and an even worse Channel 4, nothing anti Islamist will be shown when Israel is there to be vilified.

Argentina Hours Away From Default

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Graffiti in Buenos Aires says, “No to the payment of the debt.” Hedge funds have won court victories demanding full payment on the bonds. Credit Marcos Brindicci/Reuters *Argentina Hours Away From Bond Default -- BBC* Argentina's economy minister is expected to return to the negotiating table on Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the country defaulting on its bonds. Axel Kicillof's talks with "hold-out" investors ended late on Tuesday night in New York without agreement. They are demanding a full pay-out of $1.3bn (£766m) on the bonds they hold. A US judge has ruled tha... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*More States Abandoning the Sinking Common Core Ship* “Barbarians at the gate.” That’s what Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal called opponents of Common Core national standards several weeks ago. His remarks are symptomatic of just how far elected officials within and outside Arizona have strayed from our Constitution, which doesn’t even contain the word “education.” Supporters claim Common Core will provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students should know to be prepared for college and their future careers. On the contrary, many experts ser... more »

Hamas Sermon from the Gaza Strip - the war with Israel is quite simply about Jew hatred

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
http://youtu.be/R7WAoczRV_k Despite what supporters of Hamas in the West tell you, Hamas want to destroy Israel and kill all Jews. It's about religion, Jew hatred to be exact.

Musical Interlude: Justin Hayward, ”This Is The Moment”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Justin Hayward, ”This Is The Moment” Images from the Soccer WorldCup 2006 in Germany, somewhat dated now, but the song, never... - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jaenvnFv3U

Stumbling Towards Catastrophe

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 16 hours ago
Humans; the sort of humans who either listen to Glenn Beck, or who were saddened at the fall of Eric Cantor, and the sort of humans who support Barack Obama and nod sagely when the read the *New York Times* editorial page, are driving us to disaster. The moral depravity of supporters of Israeli genocide against the Palestinians, whether in the comments section of the National Post or the CBC or the leaders of all of our political parties, is a sign of our inability to achieve peace. To live in peace. To not kill ourselves. The crisis in the Ukraine, between the detestable US-America... more »

Kiev Fires Ballistic Missiles into Eastern Ukraine

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
Pentagon intentionally withholds information on Kiev's indiscriminate use of ballistic missiles in populated areas. *July 30, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - CNN has reported that the regime in Kiev launched several short-range ballistic missiles into eastern Ukraine - each missile containing warheads of up to 1,000 lbs (450 kg). The missiles fired were OTR-21 Tochka also known by their NATO reporting name as SS-21 Scarabs and are considered far from "precision" weapons. While smaller than the infamous "Scud" missile, SS-21s are similarly inaccurate and their use in combat against ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*Jail monitor blasts Sheriff Gusman for lack of progress at OPP ~Jim Mustian* *Changes considered to allow Uber to operate in New Orleans ~Leigh Isaacson* *Potential development of green space off Magazine concerns Irish Channel neighbors ~Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger* *New Orleans' Canal Street ferry to expand weekday hours starting Aug. 1* *Drones Over NOLA ~It's New Orleans* *Work underway to battle future flooding along evacuation route in St. John ~WVUE* *Gulf of Mexico rigs-to-reefs program contested in letter to Interior Secretary and new e-book* *The Root Progression: ... more »

U.S. loosens rules for Lockheed F-35, allows faster flight, tighter curves

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 17 hours ago
[image: F-35 Lightning II]U.S. authorities have loosened some flight restrictions on Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jets, allowing pilots to fly faster and take tighter curves, as military officials investigate a massive engine failure that grounded the entire fleet of warplanes for over three weeks. Pilots can now fly at speeds of up to 1.6 Mach, up from 0.9 Mach, and carry out turns with a gravitational load of 3.2 Gs, up from 3 Gs, a U.S. defense official and other sources familiar with the program told Reuters on Tuesday. The changes will allow F-35 test pilots and trainer... more »

10 Incredible Ways Clove Oil Can Heal by Drew Skylo

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
10 Incredible Ways Clove Oil Can Heal by Drew Skylo Off The Grid News, 29 July 2014 When we think of the common spice known as “cloves,” many of us tend to quickly associate it with wonderful food dishes. However, like many other spices and herbs found in our kitchens, there are also several ways to use them as natural remedies as well as in cooking. Clove oil is extracted from the clove bud through distillation.While eugenol is the main ingredient in clove oil, it is also rich in calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorous, potassium, and Vitamins A and C. Eugenol is reported to... more »

High-Tech Sleeping sensor breaks through $1m on Kick starter

Megaan at Current news updates, World current news - 19 hours ago
A 22-year-old British entrepreneur's new sleep-tracking kit has cracked $1.2m in its first week on Kick starter’s mass funding platform. James Proud launched his product, Sense, on 23 July through a goal of raising $100,000 within 30 days. But it accepted the $1m-mark on Sunday, and has been estimate to raise more than $4m by the period's end. Sense includes an orb that monitors the bedroom, a clip that attaches to the pillow, and a cell phone phone app. The equipment produces a distinctive score for the preceding night's sleep and aims to wake the owner up at the top point in t... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 19 hours ago
In a new report, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union warn that "large-scale surveillance is seriously hampering U.S.-based journalists and lawyers in their work." The report is based on interviews with dozens of reporters and lawyers. They describe a media climate where journalists take cumbersome security steps that slows down their reporting. Sources are afraid of talking, as aggressive prosecutions scare government officials into staying silent, even about issues that are unclassified. For lawyers, the threat of surveillance is stoking fears they will be u... more »

Debunking The Map that Lies about Palestinian 'loss of land'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Read learn and then remember when anti Semitic scum try and lie about the poor Palestinians loss of land. http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2012/07/debunking-map-that-lies.html?m=1

Always Go To Far.....by Albert Camus

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 20 hours ago
*Kidney stone nonsense demolished* Warmists are chortling over a recent report that associated increased kidney stones with higher temperatures. A close reading of the press release that announced the findings is interesting, however. First note the following excerpt: *"A painful condition that brings half a million patients a year to U.S. emergency rooms, kidney stones have increased markedly over the world in the past three decades. While stones remain more common in adults, the numbers of children developing kidney stones have climbed at a dramatically high rate over the ... more »

Identical electrons in a nose you touched

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
*Impenetrability of matter proves that generic questions about the intermediate evolution can't have sharp classical answers* Sabine Hossenfelder wrote a playful text Can you touch your nose? that partially answers this would-be deep question by philosophers. You know, you never really touch your nose because there remains a gap between your hand and your nose. The atoms and electrons repel. Sabine correctly says that the Pauli exclusion principle preventing two electrons from being in "exactly the same state" is actually more important for the "impenetrability of matter law" than ... more »

Javelin Joint Venture Demonstrates Vehicle-Mounted Missile Launch

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
The Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently fired a Javelin missile from a remote weapon station integrated onto a wheeled vehicle at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The test demonstrated Javelin’s vehicle-launch capability to an international customer that has expressed interest in purchasing vehicles integrated with Javelin. The Javelin missile launched successfully and hit a T-62 tank target from a range of 1,000 meters. Immediately after missile launch, the remote weapon station engaged an alternate target with its ballistic weapon, demons... more »

U.S. Approves More Hellfire Missiles for Iraq

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: AGM-114R3 Hellfire]The U.S. government has approved plans to send an additional 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq to help the embattled Baghdad government tackle the threat posed by Sunni militants, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The $700 million deal for the missiles, made by Lockheed Martin Corp., comes amid other signs that Washington is tackling a backlog of approvals for weapons sales to one of the largest defense-export markets for U.S. contractors. Pressure on the Pentagon's procurement budget has pushed U.S. defense companies to focus more on export markets. Read more

Pentagon: F-22 whistleblower inquiry to finish in Aug.

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: F-22 Raptor]More than two years after a Hampton-based F-22 pilot's career stalled when he and a colleague spoke out about life-threatening problems with the Air Force's newest fighter jet, Pentagon investigators say they'll complete their investigation of his treatment in August. U.S. Sen. Mark Warner met Tuesday with officials of the Department of Defense inspector general and said he is pleased they're promising to deliver their findings by Aug. 30 if not sooner. But Warner said he's angered that the investigation has taken years instead of months, calling it a message to ... more »

US Launches Satellites To Spy On Other Countries’ Spacecraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday with a pair of U.S. military satellites designed to keep watch on other countries’ spacecraft. The 206-foot (63-meter) tall rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, lifted off at 7:28 p.m. EDT and blazed through partly cloudy skies as it headed into orbit, a United Launch Alliance live webcast showed. Launch of two satellites for the U.S. Air Force’s recently declassified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, had been... more »

Australia pushes for Harpoon integration on P-8As

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon]Negotiations have commenced between Boeing and the US Department of Defense to secure integration of the AGM-84 Harpoon Block 1G anti-ship missile with the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, on behalf of the type’s Australian customer. Canberra announced in February it had approved the acquisition of eight P-8As for the Royal Australian Air Force, plus four options. Australia has maintained a co-operative programme with the US Navy on the development of the P-8A since 2007. Read more

Coalition hints British company likely to build air warfare destroyers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: David Johnston]The Abbott government appears to be laying the ground for the British defence giant BAE Industries to take the lead on an $8.5bn contract to build air warfare destroyers. The defence minister, David Johnston, told the ABC on Wednesday that no decision had yet been made to sideline the ASC – Australia’s largest shipbuilding company – from the air warfare destroyers project. But he gave a significant hint the shift was on the cards. Read more

Royal Canadian Navy navigating rough seas

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMCS Algonquin]These are difficult times for the Royal Canadian Navy. Earlier this month, Canada's top sailor, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, ordered HMCS Whitehorse home to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, B.C., from a mine-sweeping drill near San Diego that is part of the Hawaii-based Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise because of a series of incidents involving misbehaviour by its crew. The navy lost its West Coast flagship, HMCS Algonquin, when the 40-yearold destroyer collided with HMCS Protecteur during a towing exercise last year. Algonquin remains tied up because rust ha... more »

Canada: Chinese hackers infiltrated government org

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS)]Chinese hackers infiltrated the computer systems of Canada’s top research and development organization, the Canadian government said Tuesday. Canada’s Treasury Board said a “highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor” hacked into the National Research Council, which partners its scientists, engineers and business experts with private industry to bring new technologies to market. Adam Hodge, a spokesman for Canadian foreign minister John Baird, said Baird discussed the matter with his counterpart while in Beijing on Tuesday and had... more »

Navy takes Romeo for a test run

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RAN MH-60R Romeo]A new combat helicopter with the ability to hunt submarines has given the navy combat power not previously available to Australia. It's nicknamed Romeo but this new navy helicopter is a fighter not a lover. Australia has spent $3.2 billion on 24 of the submarine-hunting MH-60R Seahawk "Romeo" combat choppers. Read more


Sandra Guzman at Sandra Guzman - 21 hours ago
*"Learn the art of celebrating yourself - for no reason, for no cause. Just to be is enough, more than enough. To be part of the whole is such a great metamorphosis that you cannot resist – you have to dance, you have to sing, you have to express your joy, your blissfulness."* *~Osho*

Smooth transition to women on subs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: USS New Hampshire]Inexorably, with careful planning and a pragmatic eye, the Navy is going about the plan it announced in 2010 to integrate women into the submarine force. The service will be better for it. The submarine force trailed far behind the rest of the U.S. Navy when it came to assimilating women into service. Under a pilot program, women began serving on surface ships in the early 1970s and by the end of that decade were an official part of the surface force. In 1980, the first class of women graduated from the Naval Academy. Yet submarines remained a male-only dom... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Velvet Morning"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Liquid Mind, "Velvet Morning" Liquid Mind ® is the name used by Los Angeles composer and producer Chuck Wild of the best-selling Liquid Mind relaxation music albums. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp3BuiupOrc&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
“Big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 1055 is a dominant member of a small galaxy group a mere 60 million light-years away toward the intimidating constellation Cetus. Seen edge-on, the island universe spans about 100,000 light-years, similar in size to our own Milky Way. * Click image for larger size.* Colorful, spiky stars in this cosmic portrait of NGC 1055 are in the foreground, well within the Milky Way. But along with a smattering of more distant background galaxies, the deep image also reveals a curious box-shaped inner halo extending far above and below this galaxy's dusty plane... more »

The Poet: Rolf Jacobsen, "When They Sleep"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"When They Sleep" "All people are children when they sleep. There's no war in them then. They open their hands and breathe in that quiet rhythm heaven has given them. They pucker their lips like small children and open their hands halfway, soldiers and statesmen, servants and masters. The stars stand guard and a haze veils the sky, a few hours when no one will do anybody harm. If only we could speak to one another then when our hearts are half-open flowers. Words like golden bees would drift in. God, teach me the language of sleep." - Rolf Jacobsen "The Roads Have Come to an End Now"

walk in the woods - seven wrens - strange old hare

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
it was about 5 pm yesterday evening that I decided to begin my walk in Wytham Woods, it was 8pm by the time I sauntered back, so kinda out there for three hours, trying to be as quiet as possible and see as much woodlife as possible. Wrens, seven of them. This happened at the end of the walk, as the sun was setting. I didn't realise wrens roosted communally until this sighting, I'd only ever seen a solitary wren proclaiming its territory from within a hedge or from the branch of a tree. And the song was different, less shouty, just fast chirping as acknowledgement. I stood real clos... more »

25 Ways To Use Tea Tree Oil

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 23 hours ago
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Israel Has Tunnel Vision, Condemns Gaza To Death

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Elizabethton, Tennessee, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

The Poet: James Kavanaugh, "Searchers"

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

“Explaining Gaza to My Granddaughter”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 support this horror, this vile, unspeakable crime against humanity, and don't like criticism of it, I don't give a *damn* what you don't like... - ... more »

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

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 casualtie... more »

Costing Climate: It is all Relative

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
METRO PODCAST | Rag Radio’s Thorne Dreyer interviews Eddie Wilson of Armadillo World HQ & Threadgill’s fame.

Moral equivalence in Gaza

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 are... more »

“Why the Government Views You As Collateral Damage”

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

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

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
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Worldwide Water Shortage by 2040?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
*"I want to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds"--JFK* *Is Ron Paul the new JFK?* 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 and unpreceden... more »

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

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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? - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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