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Thursday, July 31, 2014

31 July - Blogs I'm Following

10:46pm MDST

What National Group Is Funding the Pro-Common Core Lawsuit in Louisiana?

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 19 minutes ago
On July 29, 2014, the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 6 to 4 to become plaintiffs in the pro-Common Core (CCSS) lawsuit whose plaintiffs include nine individuals and the charter management company, Choice Foundation. (Click here for Choice Foundation’s home page. However, the information on their schools has not been updated […]

IS THE U.S. GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES AGAINST THE GAZAN PEOPLE?

The hypocrisy of the US knows no bounds. On the one hand they tell the world they are demanding the Israelis put a halt to the carnage they are wreaking in the Gaza Strip and, on the other hand are resupplying the Israelis with the wherewithal to continue their carnage. The US knows full well that the weapons and fuel they are supplying to the Israelis is for the purpose of continuing to wage war against civilians. They have no excuse. The US are fully aware that Israel are committing war crimes yet the US continues to supply weapons which they know the Israelis are more than likely... more »

Report: President Obama's Defense Strategy Is ‘Dangerously’ Underfunded To Counter Future Threats

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 45 minutes ago
The Pentagon is funding social science research to model risks of "social contagions" that could damage US strategic interests. Photograph: Jason Reed/REUTERS *Defense Panel: Obama Administration Defense Strategy ‘Dangerously’ Underfunded -- Washington Free Beacon* *Chinese, Russian aggression cited by defense experts* The Obama administration’s four-year defense strategy lacks funding needed for fulfilling global military missions and the U.S. military faces “high risk” in the world unless changes are made, according to a bipartisan report by a congressionally backed panel of def... more »

Boehner Immigration Nonsense Falls Apart On The House Floor-- He Should Resign

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 45 minutes ago
This afternoon House Republicans decided to follow Ted Cruz, Steve King and Michele Bachmann down the racist rabbit hole and defeated their own leaders who were trying to pass a border supplemental bill that was terrible-- but not terrible enough for the extremists. The bill deports people, but not enough people for enough Republicans to back it. And even with scumbag Blue Dogs like Henry Cuellar pledging to help Boehner pass his bill, it wasn't enough. So, the Republican do-nothing Congress, is taking the month off so they can go back to their districts and tell the same lies Luke... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 59 minutes ago

MH370/MH17 : Israel's Spare Malaysian 777

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 hour ago
"Why has this plane, a former Malaysia Airlines plane exactly like the missing MH370, been kept in Israel by GA Telesis, a supposedly Florida-based company? This photo is from an Israeli planespotter forum that identifies the plane as GA Telesis N105GT at Tel Aviv airport on December 2, 2013." - See more at: http://www.bollyn.com/why-does-israel-have/#sthash.wz3565wQ.dpuf GA Telesis only has one plane in its fleet, a Boeing 777 with a registration number N105GT. Why did GA Telesis give the plane a new registration number if it was scheduled for dismantling? - See more at: ht... more »

Iraq's Shiite Militias Are Running Amok In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Iraqi security forces arrest suspected militants of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, during clashes in Jurf al-Sakhar, 40 miles from the capital city of Baghdad, Feb. 15. Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani *Iraqi Shi'ite Militias Use Hit Lists To Pick Off Foes: Police -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militias have drawn up hit lists of suspected Sunni insurgents to be kidnapped, executed and hung in public, security and police officials said, raising the stakes in a sectarian war tearing the country apart. The militias became a vital line of defense for the ... more »

Fundamentalist Terrorist Leader Says The UN Should Shut The Fuck Up About Gaza

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
Video of Ayatollah Lindsey Graham's fatwa against the UN. Graham is a leading voice in the Judaic Republic of the United States.

Tony Abbott calls for Gaza ceasefire and two-state solution – video

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Tony Abbott calls for Gaza ceasefire and two-state solution – video.

truth of the future

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
paradise or oblivion

Not Equal: Gaza in Over 1,000 Frames

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
"There's a tendency in most Gaza reporting to treat both sides as tough, equally-matched adversaries. Israel must stand up to those evil, deadly Hamas terrorists before the nation is overrun, eek! But if the measure of success in this conflict is the combatants-to-civilians body count ratio (and it is), then Hamas is winning handily. You can read more on my site at MarkFiore.com" *Mark Fiore's latest animation is a harrowing visual portrayal of the Palestinian death toll in Gaza as compared with Israeli casualties incurred since the beginning of the hostilities this summer. Read... more »

Will The U.S. Be Able To Face The Rise And Challenge Of The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*The Islamic State’s Challenge To The United States -- David Ignatius, Washington Post* Warnings from U.S. officials about the terrorist Islamic State that has established a haven in Iraq and Syria sound ominously like the intelligence alerts that preceded al-Qaeda’s attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Richard Ledgett, the deputy director of the National Security Agency, said at the Aspen Security Forum last week that the “most worrisome” threat he’s tracking are the thousands of foreign fighters training with the Islamic State. Lisa Monaco, the White House counterterrorism adviser, said at... more »

Jon Stewart on America’s Favorite Way to Promote Peace in the Middle East

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
truthdig If you guessed supplying Middle Eastern countries with money and weapons (that then get “regifted”), you’re spot-on. “The Daily Show” host points out how many U.S. tax dollars and arms each country in the region received, highlighting what a moronic way this is to help the area stabilize. Meanwhile, Jon Stewart implies that everyone who went to his bar mitzvah is barraging him with criticism due to his questioning Israel’s strikes on Gaza. Read more *The Daily Show* Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive *You... more »

ISRAEL IS JUST SO DAMN THOUGHTFUL

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
*Running Orders * by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha They call us now. Before they drop the bombs. The phone rings and someone who knows my first name calls and says in perfect Arabic “This is David.” And in my stupor of sonic booms and glass shattering symphonies still smashing around in my head I think "Do I know any Davids in Gaza?" They call us now to say Run. You have 58 seconds from the end of this message. Your house is next. They think of it as some kind of war time courtesy. It doesn’t matter that there is nowhere to run to. It means nothing that the borders are closed and your papers are ... more »

MORE EXTERMINATION TALK

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
Donbass means eastern Ukraine where the Russian speaking people (the certain "category of people" he refers to) live who are now under attack from the US-NATO backed Kiev regime. Listen to this from one of the voices who calls for extermination of those in eastern Ukraine. Just like we see with the Israeli genocide of people in Gaza (fully supported by the US), it's the same game in Ukraine. Picture on the wall reads fascism folks. When he says Donbass should be used as a "resource" he is talking about plans for corporate fracking, Monsanto GMO planting, the coal deposits there,... more »

U.S. Congress Sees Photos That Documents Mass Torture And Murder In Assad's Syrian Prisons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
foreignaffairs.house.gov *Syrian Defector: Assad Poised To Torture And Murder 150,000 More -- Josh Rogin, Daily Beast* Congress was shocked Thursday when a Syrian defector recounted how he documented Assad’s killing of over 11,000 innocents. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, according to ‘Caesar.’ The regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad is holding 150,000 civilians in custody, all of whom are at risk of being tortured or killed by the state, the Syrian defector known as “Caesar” told Congress Thursday. According to a senior State Department official, his department in... more »

Libya Disintegrating Into A Failed State As Benghazi 'Falls To al-Qaeda-Linked Rebels'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*The armed groups that took the city belong to a group called Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries [Reuters]* Benghazi 'Falls To al-Qaeda-Linked Rebels' -- Al Jazeera Factions including Ansar al-Sharia say they have taken over Libyan city after defeating forces of renegade general. Armed groups claimed to have taken control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after defeating units loyal to a renegade general, taking over their barracks and seizing tanks, rockets and hundreds of boxes of ammunition. The main police headquarters was on Thursday still smouldering after it ... more »

Culture Watch: Are selfie-maniacs propelling a sharp rise in homelessness among black cats?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*"Many pet owners apparently complained when dropping the cats off at the shelter that they didn't show up well in pictures, and prospective owners at the shelter requested to meet cats that were any color other than black."* *by Ken* Another fine and alarming Culture Watch catch from Claire Hannum at The Frisky, who previously turned us on to those creepy cat-shaped marshmallows and the possibly creepier still toasters that produce toast-selfies. Now it's an apparent trend in the U.K. concerning what constitutes an adoptable pet. It appears that black cats are increasingly going... more »

"Scorched Earth": How Israel Converted 40% Of Gaza Into A Wasteland Of Rubble

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-31/scorched-earth-how-israel-converted-40-gaza-wasteland-rubble "Scorched Earth": How Israel Converted 40% Of Gaza Into A Wasteland Of Rubble Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/31/2014 19:44 -0400 Moments ago, after weeks of relentless humiliation for John Kerry, Israel and Hamas agreed to yet another 72 hour ceasefire - one which if the previous "ceasefires" are any indication, will be broken within hours if not minutes. Regardless, Kerry, who cobbled this agreement after much "hard work" alongside the UN's Ban Ki-moon, was ecstatic: "We urge al... more »

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- July 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Israel Tells Hamas: You Can Keep Your Rockets -- Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Daily Beast* Israel's prime minister accuses them of being as bad as al Qaeda, but he isn’t trying to run the group out of Gaza. There’s a good reason why. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his military will not stop until it dismantles a labyrinth of tunnels often burrowed under private homes and even beneath Gaza’s mosques. But Netanyahu has not called for destroying the organization that built those tunnels: Hamas—and he won’t, multiple Israeli officials told The Daily Beast. Which raises ... more »

Russia And Germany Allegedly Working On Secret "Gas For Land" Deal

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-31/molotov-ribbentrop-20-russia-and-germany-allegedly-working-secret-gas-land-deal *Russia And Germany Allegedly Working On Secret "Gas For Land" Deal* Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/31/2014 14:50 -0400 While many were amused by this photo of Putin and Merkel during the world cup final showing Europe's two most important leaders siding side by side, some were more curious by just what the two were scheming: Thanks to the Independent, we may know the answer, and it is a doozy, because according to some it is nothing shy of a sequel to the ... more »

EVIDENCE POINTING TOWARD KIEV SHOOTDOWN

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
More evidence pointing toward Ukraine planes shooting down Malaysian airliner.... OCSE monitor Michael Bociurkiw mentions bullet holes in #MH17, not able to find any missile so far. I think it is obvious who benefited from the false flag story that Russia or the Ukraine self-defense forces shot this plane down. The US has never looked back from demonizing Putin for this crime. No wonder the US backed Kiev regime has been shelling the downed plane debris field in recent days - trying to destroy the evidence and keep inspectors away - all the while blaming it on Moscow. Can you ... more »

Friday Morning Ramble: So I found this stuff on the internet …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*It’s Friday, and you know what that means … * So David Cunliffe’s Labour wants to boost teenage and Maori unemployment, make it harder to employ new-starts, and harder to make money from any employees. That would be the effect of their “wages and work” policy announced Wednesday. *Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage* – NZ HERALD “But I am still left wondering what the IP stands for and how it proposes to effect change if its candidates are elected.” *Eye Candy, Window Dressing and Deep Pockets.* – Pablo, KIWIPOLITICO “If one of the the points of a public broadcaster is to p... more »

The Evils of An Ethno-Supremacist Totalitarian Fascist State; Why The World Should Forgive Israelis Who Are The Most Propagandized People In Human History

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
"A poll this week for Israel’s Channel 10 news, conducted by the Sarid Institute, *found that 87 percent of Jewish Israelis support continuing the Gaza operation*. A survey by the Israel Democracy Institute *found that 95 percent of Israeli Jews think the operation in Gaza is just*, and 4 of 5 oppose a unilateral withdrawal. *Just 4 percent said the Israeli military has used excessive force.*" - William Booth and Ruth Eglash, *"Israelis support Netanyahu and Gaza war, despite rising deaths on both sides,"* The Washington Post, July 29, 2014. Totalitarianism did not die with the ex... more »

Amicus not substitute for defence counsel

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
R. v. Al-Enzi, 2014 ONCA 569: [81] The traditional role of *amicus* was to assist the court, typically by making submissions on points of law. Only indirectly did the traditional *amicus* assist a party. The trial judge, however, did not appoint *amicus* in a traditional role. He appointed Powell in an expanded role more akin to the role of defence counsel. That expanded role fits uncomfortably with the Supreme Court of Canada's recent decision in *Ontario v. Criminal Lawyers' Association of Ontario*, 2013 SCC 43, [2013] 3 S.C.R. 3, at paras. 49-56. However, this trial took ... more »

"Markets In Turmoil" Russell 2000 Plunges Most In Over 2 Years, Dow Down For 2014

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
*"Markets In Turmoil" Russell 2000 Plunges Most In Over 2 Years, Dow Down For 2014* Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/31/2014 16:05 -0400 The deer is back... Stocks finally snapped and caught down to high-yield credit's warnings. The worst day for the Dow in 6 months, smashing through its 50- and 100-day moving-average. The Russell 2000 was worst on the day to end July down over 6% - its worst month since May 2012. The S&P's had almost its worst day in 6 months. Trannies dropped 3.4% on the week - the worst in 11 months. Stocks closed at the day's lows. Full article with charts... more »

RIR- Max Igan- Zionist Terrorism in Gaza

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
I would love to listen to the second hour! NO can do, however, the first is available for us all and it's worth the 57 minutes.* With thanks to Henrik @ RIR !* In this program we discuss Zionist terrorism in Gaza and the current bombing campaign and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. We’ll talk about the lies pushed by the Zionist controlled mainstream on this issue and the double standards of Israel’s policies. Max also talks about his visit to the Gaza Strip and the many kind Palestinians he met there. He tells us how he entered in to the checkpoint ridden area using one of the m... more »

House Bill Proposes Puerto Rico Bankruptcy; S&P Downgrades PREPA Utility

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
http://blogs.barrons.com/incomeinvesting/2014/07/31/house-bill-proposes-puerto-rico-bankruptcy-sp-downgrades-prepa-utility/ July 31, 2014, 4:58 P.M. ET *House Bill Proposes Puerto Rico Bankruptcy; S&P Downgrades PREPA Utility* By Michael Aneiro Puerto Rico’s nonvoting congressional delegate today introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that *would allow Puerto Rico’s government-owned corporations to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, the same type of municipal bankruptcy protection Detroit sought last year. *The move comes a month after the commonwealth p... more »

World News Briefs -- July 31, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Israel, Hamas Agree On 72-Hour Humanitarian Gaza Ceasefire -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Israel and Islamist militant group Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in their conflict in the Gaza Strip starting on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday. The ceasefire will begin at 8 a.m. local time (1.00 a.m. EDT) on Aug. 1, they said in a joint statement. The statement said "forces on the ground will remain in place" during the truce, implying that Israeli ground forces will not withdraw. U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry h... more »

BREAKING: Kaohsiung horror, gas main explosion kills 22, 292 injured UPDATE X 7

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
FocusTaiwan now saying it is petrochemical piping. Ben from Letters from Taiwan and I are jointly wondering how long before Chen Chu gets blamed by KMT. Politics has no bottom when it comes to cynical exploitation. Apple Daily report in Chinese 22 dead, 270 injured. http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/local/20140801/443864/ Apple Daily images http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtimenews/article/local/20140801/443894 RT.com with dashcam video http://rt.com/news/177108-taiwan-gas-explosion-multiple/ *UPDATES*: 1. Aftermath video 2. CCTV cam capture of moment of explosion ... more »

WARNINGS DO NOT ABSOLVE WAR CRIMES

The Israelis have been in the habit of calling some Palestinian families to warn them that their homes are about to be bombed. Most of these homes are owned by civilians, most of whom have no connection to Hamas or any other political or militant organisation. Deliberately bombing civilians is a war crime but, by warning the civilian occupiers that their homes are about to be destroyed, the Israelis believe that it somehow absolves them of any crime. Furthermore, not only do the Israelis think that it absolves them of crimes, but it also provides them with an opportunity to then ac... more »

Top CIA Nazi Brennan Cops to Spying on Senate Staffers

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 5 hours ago
CIA Director John Brennan fessed up today over his agency spying on staff members of a key Senate committee. Mr. Brennan's admission comes months after an ugly dust-up with Senate Intelligence Committee boss Dianne Feinstein (DiFi) over allegations that the CIA had hacked into the computers of staff investigating agency *interrogation and detention* programs or in layman's terms: *torture programs*. DiFi went absolutely ballistic at the time, going to the extraordinary lengths of denouncing the CIA's tactics on the Senate floor. Brennan, being the career spook that he is did what... more »

Chappaquidick

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago
Inside Story - Chappaquidick (1994) from Spike EP on Vimeo. "An investigation of the accident on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, in July 1969, when Senator Edward Kennedy's car plunged off a bridge and Kennedy's companion, Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned. The film was made in 1994, for the 25th anniversary of the event." http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00mzs4c Contains the first / only on-camera interviews with some of the other Boiler Room Girls who knew Mary Jo. They have never spoken on the record about the incident before, or since. Note, the mention of Ted's CHAUFFEUR driv... more »

Technology: “'BadBIOS': "And Now, You're Really Hosed"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"And Now, You're Really Hosed"* by Karl Denninger "This isn't good at all...* When creators of the state-sponsored Stuxnet worm used a USB stick to infect air-gapped computers inside Iran's heavily fortified Natanz nuclear facility, trust in the ubiquitous storage medium suffered a devastating blow. Now, white-hat hackers have devised a feat even more seminal- an exploit that transforms keyboards, Web cams, and other types of USB-connected devices into highly programmable attack platforms that can't be detected by today's defenses. This just plain sucks. What they've done here is... more »

Please Recycle. I Do.

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 5 hours ago
Sorry I haven't been posting of late, guys. It's not as if I'm not aware of what's going on in the Ukraine and Palestine and, the biggest news of all, Lebron's return to Cleveland and Jon Lester's trade to Oakland. But this revision of *Tatterdemalion*'s still kicking my ass and I still have more than 30,000 words to excise before I can even think of resubmitting it to that agency that'd asked for it last March. If it's any consolation, I haven't invested much time this summer on Twitter, either. These are some of my more noteworthy tweets from the last three weeks. Fortunately... more »

The Golden Dollar: A Recipe for an Economic Boom

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Guest post by Peter Ferrara, introduced by **Laissez Faire Today* Sometimes the best solution is to do nothing. But when you have the eyes of the world watching your every move, expecting you to save the day, that might be the hardest decision you can make. Thankfully, you might never be in a position like this. But for government and Federal Reserve officials, they find themselves in this predicament quite often. Don't bother offering them any sympathy. Most of the time, they got themselves into this mess. Why am I bringing this up? Well, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen stayed true... more »

CIA Director Admits That Officers Penetrated Senate Intelligence Computers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*CIA Director John Brennan Apologizes For Search Of Senate Computers -- Washington Post* CIA employees improperly searched computers used by Senate investigators involved in a multi-year probe of the agency’s use of harsh interrogation measures on terrorism suspects, according to the findings of an internal agency probe that prompted CIA Director John O. Brennan to apologize to lawmakers this week. The embarrassing admission by the agency stems from a dispute that erupted in public earlier this year when the CIA and the committee traded accusations of illicit spying and security ... more »

BREAKING NEWS: Israel and Hamas Have Agreed To An Unconditional 72-Hour Ceasefire To Begin On Friday Morning

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Israeli armoured personnel carriers outside the central Gaza Strip. July 31, 2014. Photo by Reuters *New Gaza Humanitarian Truce 'Agreed By Israel And Hamas' -- BBC* *Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza from 08:00 (05:00 GMT) on Friday, the US and UN say.* Since Israel began its offensive in Gaza on 8 July, 1,422 Palestinians have been killed, most of them civilians, according to Gaza's health ministry. Fifty-six Israeli soldiers and two civilians have also died. Israel says its operation in Gaza is designed to defend its populati... more »

NATO Unprepared To Face A Russian Invasion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, April 1, 2014. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/Reuters *Nato 'Unprepared' For Possible Russia Attack -- SKY News* *Nato troops should maintain a presence in "vulnerable" member states to counter possible threats from Russia, says a UK report.* Nato is badly prepared for a potential attack by Russia on a member state, a parliamentary report has warned. An influential group of MPs says that the recent conflict in Ukraine has revealed "serious deficiencies" in Nato's preparedness to counter thre... more »

This is Why No One Trusts Gov't, CIA Apologizes After Denying Torture Hack

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Eric Blair When will the American people learn that the government is filled with liars? The good news is that in the information age denial of facts is becoming much more difficult. Today, the head of the CIA John Brennan apologized for hacking into US Senate computers to cover-up torture investigations, a charge he mockingly dismissed earlier this year. Using very political language the CIA admitted their officers "acted improperly" and "inconsistent with the common understanding" of sharing classified data, and Brennan was forced to apologize to leaders of ... more »

Member of FBI-Raided School Funds Todd Rokita AFTER the Raid

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
by Doug Martin I mention Todd Rokita, the Indiana US congressman from the 4th district, in my book *Hoosier School Heist*because of his role with the Muslim Gulen charter schools recently raided by the FBI (*see more on this at the end of this article*). Since Rokita is up for election this year, I decided to peek into his campaign funding ("peek" because I merely touch the surface with what is below). Unsurprisingly, Rokita and Tony Bennett have a lot in common. Rokita is tight with the main players who have turned our schools over to privatizers in Indiana. First off, in 2010... more »

Concerns About the Focus on “Grit” in School Improvement

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 7 hours ago
My approach was to focus on my students’ strengths. To do so, it could be said that I needed to “get inside the mind(s)” of my students. To help my students master a legitimate college prep curriculum, I would prefer to say that I needed to listen to my students. In my experience, if teachers […]

Identity Politics Rearing Its Ugly Head Again-- In Hawaii, Michigan And California

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
This week, EMILY's List dropped a last minute $17,441 into an independent expenditure for the extremely conservative candidate they're supporting in Honolulu, Donna Mercado Kim. Many elderly ladies who remember when EMILY's List was founded by Ellen Malcolm 30 years ago don't realize EMILY's List has swung from being a basically progressive organization to being one of the most conservative and untrustworthy elements in the Democratic coalition. "We don't care about anything except electing pro-choice women to office," they use as their excuse for backing absolutely horrible conse... more »

Mr Big

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago
R. *v. *Hart, 2014 SCC 52: The Mr. Big technique is a Canadian invention. Although a version of the technique appears to have been used more than a century ago, its modern use began in the 1990s and by 2008, it had been used by police across Canada more than 350 times. The technique, used only in cases involving serious unsolved crimes, has secured confessions and convictions in hundreds of cases. The confessions wrought by the technique are often detailed and confirmed by other evidence. However, the Mr. Big technique comes at a price. ... more »

Indiscriminate Slaughter of Innocent Men, Women and Children? Check.

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 8 hours ago
Good lord, but the heights of our society's moral depravity and hypocrisy! The Canadian weekly news magazine "Maclean's" cover for this week was a picture of Vladimer Putin and the bold headline: "Getting Away With Murder," in reference to the Malaysian airliner shot down over eastern Ukraine. In the first place, I'm leaning towards the notion that a Ukrainian fighter-jet shot that plane down. In the second place, the USA never even apologized when their own USS Vincennes acknowledged shooting down that Iranian airbus. They gave the captain a fucking medal! In the third place, ... a... more »

Christy Clark Fatigue and The Streaking Diversion

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 9 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* Boy oh boy, how does one get around Vancouver city and the burbs when there are road closures and diversions everywhere, all caused by a myriad of Bollywood movie productions, ...just kidding, $20 million dollars flushed down the toilet on a Bollywood award show, political pandering and vote buying on the taxpayer`s dime... "*In my heart I am Filipino*"... *......."I would rather by a MILF than a cougar*"..."*LNG, a $trillion dollar once in a lifetime opportunity"....* Christy photo-op vote buyer say anything but the truth Clark,........We don`t care about... more »

'Pretty Disturbing': 37 Minutes of State Department Dodging Questions about Gaza

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza on Wednesday. She called for a "full and prompt" investigation into the incident, but declined to immediately place the blame on Israel. Artillery shells hit the UN school crowded with refugees, while Israeli airstrikes hit a group of rescue workers and onlookers who had rushed to the scene of a previous attack in a busy shopping area - Read more Related article: ‘World stands disgraced’: 20 killed in Israeli UN school shelling *You can visit our Gaza article archive here.... more »

Doc McStuffins Costume Felt Doctor Bag

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
The costume my daughter is wearing in this post was provided by Anytime Costumes, the project and tutorial are my own. We love Doc McStuffins in our house. My daughter loves Disney's Adorable Doctor and I love that the show is something I don't mind listening to in the background while I work. My daughter has been working hard this summer to earn points that she can exchange for small things. Instead of exchanging them for anything she has been saving them all summer because she wanted a Doc McStuffins Costume. She finally earned enough this last week and has been wearing the cos... more »

Thursday Linkage: The Future of Israel edition

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
In the wake of the latest Gaza military intervention by the Israeli government, the liberal Jewish diaspora appears to be coalescing quite significantly around the view that, as awful as Hamas’ rockets and ideology are, the current Israeli government’s actions in Gaza are immoral and unwise. I start with a link to celebrated Israeli writer David Grossman and Continue reading

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- July 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Ukraine Premier Stays On, Envoys Agree On Crash Site Route -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's resignation on Thursday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion in the east and avert a national default on its debts. The assembly's about-turn on laws it refused to back a week earlier offers relief to Kiev's Western backers, who had feared Ukraine was sliding deeper into political chaos and might renege on an international bailout as it heads into an election peri... more »

A Photo Gallery From Two Photographers On Opposite Sides Of The Israel - Hamas War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A Palestinian firefighter participates in efforts to put out a fire in a van, which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 31, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem *Inside Gaza and Israel: Two Photographers, One War -- Time* *As the death toll rises in the war between Israel and Hamas, TIME LightBox profiles two photographers who have spent weeks covering the opposing sides: Andrew Katz interviewed Oliver Weiken of European Pressphoto Agency and Olivier Laurent spoke with Getty Images’ Andrew Burton.* The main border crossing between Israel and Gaza is a... more »

Anonymous Has Taken Down Mossad's Website

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Anonymous 'Take Down Mossad Website' Over Gaza Conflict -- Newsweek* The hacktivist group Anonymous have claimed responsibility for disabling a series of Israeli government websites, including that of its national intelligence agency, Mossad, as a show of solidarity for the Palestinian cause in Gaza. Global access to mossad.gov.il ceased at 00:40 GMT this morning, Russia Today reported. However, a Twitter account associated with the Anonymous hashtag called @AnonymousGlobo reported the Mossad site as “down” much earlier, at 09:50 GMT on 27 July. The website was still offline at ... more »

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: Refers To Israel As A “Festering Zionist Tumor”

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Iran's President Hassan Rohani speaks during an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society in New York September 26, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Keith Bedford *Rouhani: ‘This Festering Zionist Tumor Has Opened Once Again’ -- Washington Free Beacon* *Iranian president adopts violent rhetoric towards Israel* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Israel in vitriolic terms on Wednesday, referring to Israel as a “festering Zionist tumor.” Rouhani, who has been championed by Western media as a moderate reformer who could change Iran’s extremist ways, appear... more »

Israel - Hamas War News Updates -- July 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Is Israel Planning To Widen Its Gaza Offensive? An Extra 16,000 Reservists Are Called Up As Aerial Bombardments Continue -- Daily Mail* * Decision to call-up extra troops comes amid stalled efforts to end the war * Offensive in Gaza has already claimed the lives of at least 1,360 Palestinians * Yesterday alone total of 116 Palestinians and three Israeli soldiers were killed * Israel continued offensive this morning, hitting a mosque next to UN school * Egyptian efforts to broker ceasefire between Israel and Hamas have stalled Israel is to call up an additional 16,000 military reser... more »

Supplemental: It just keeps coming at the Post!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014* *Who the heck is Alexander Becker:* It just keeps coming from the Washington Post. Granted, the piece in question only appears at the paper’s “Post Politics” blog. It hasn’t appeared in the hard-copy paper. Nor do we have any idea who Alexander Becker, the author of the piece, is. He seems to be new to journalism, and to the Post, in the past few months. In fact, he seems to be new to the world, based upon Google and Nexis searches. Unless he’s the guy from Siena. That said, Becker’s piece is being pimped on the front page of the Post’s site. It’s the lat... more »

Makeout Sessions at the Highest Levels

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 10 hours ago
Two weeks after the Obama Justice Department announced that it wouldn't bother investigating the CIA for allegedly hacking into the computers of Senate staffers investigating CIA torture, the CIA has come clean about hacking into the computers of Senate staffers. In case that verbiage is too obfuscatory for you, let the CIA, via McClatchy Newspapers, come clean in its own cogent way: Findings of the investigation by the CIA Inspector General’s Office “include a judgment that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate... more »

World News Briefs -- July 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay attends a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Dec. 2, 2013. *UN: Israel, Hamas May Be Guilty of War Crimes -- Voice of America* GENEVA — The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says the targeting of civilian infrastructure or the use of civilian structures for military purposes violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law. She warns both Israel and Hamas may be guilty of war crimes in breaching these humanitarian principles. U.N. figure... more »

I HEAR IT COMING

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
On Facebook today you can see the signs that many activists are feeling that it is hopeless to take on the military machine and stop carnage like in Gaza. They care deeply and are outraged, but like me they have no easy answers. It's going to take a mind shift for most Americans to step out and demand an end to the utter madness being perpetrated by our government which is run by corporations. Classic fascism...or call it feudalism. We've all been there before. First they came for the communists but I was not a commie so no big deal Then they came for the Palestinians I wa... more »

The Shootdown of Long "Missing" Flight Malaysian Flight MH370 Over Ukraine: Buried Evidence Proves Fighter Escort Shoot Down Of MH17/370

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
Yes, that Malaysian flight MH17 that was blown out of the sky over Ukraine earlier this month was ABSOLUTELY that long missing Malaysian flight MH370... There can be absolutely no doubt in anyone's minds once they take the time to look over all the evidence and do some comparisons of the wreckage of the crashed "MH17" flight to the long "missing" MH370 aircraft. Jim Stone over at his website, "Jim Stone Freelance Journalist" at www.jimstonefreelance.com has been all over this attempted false flag attack from the very beginning, and I do again recommend that everyone take a time t... more »

Is Europe’s breadbasket up for grabs? The Plunder of Ukraine.

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
*Ukraine's Plunder- Readers here knew this was coming. How many in Ukraine were truly aware of the costs of western style 'democracy'- Vast wealth for the tiny elite psycopaths and vast impoverishment for the masses.* *Minimal background on this topic: * ** Ukraine: Cargill acquires stake in UkrLand Farming/food control = people control* *The New Great Game: Why the Ukraine matters to so many other nations** Battle for Ukraine* NEW YORK, Jul 30 2014 (IPS) - Amidst an exodus of some 100,000 people from the conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, ongoing fighting in the urban strongholds of... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Saints DE Akiem Hicks Powers His Way to “Superstar” Status ~Barry Hirstius, WhoDat Dish**~In 2013, Hicks had a “breakout” season. He tallied 56 total tackles, which was fifth among defensive tackles in the NFL last season — along with 4½ sacks, good for third on the Saints behind fellow DE Cam Jordan and OLB Junior Galette. Hicks was the benefactor in an increase of playing time, and he took full advantage: often “blowing up” plays in the opponent’s offensive backfield. Hicks used that raw power to become the 15th overall rated DE in the League (according to Pro Football Focus), and... more »

Elizabeth Warren: "The Time For Free-Loading Is Over"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Just a week ago we warned about how conservatives were eager to prevent progressives to end a tax loophole that allows corporations to do "inversions" that allow them to pay no taxes. Yesterday, the Senate failed to break a Republican filibuster lead by Wisconsin corporate whore Ron Johnson. Breaking the filibuster requires 60 votes and the Democrats only mustered 54, so it failed 54-42, all but one Republican joining the filibuster this time. Elizabeth Warren was up on the floor of the Senate (as you can see in the video above), denouncing the corporations that are taking advant... more »

Thought experiment on teacher evaluation and high-stakes

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 11 hours ago
This from a Twitter convo a few minutes ago. High-stakes obviously creates a culture of cheating on assessments. Broad evidence for that. Good, bad, or indifferent, teachers learn to play this unfair game to their advantage. Call it cheating, or not. Call it survival. Nevertheless, teachers do reap the rewards of an unfair system, while […]

July 31: Thoughts of childhood....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 11 hours ago
I grew up in the North End of Montreal, not far from where Little Italy was, and where the community's church still serves. Mafia leader Rizutto recently put it in the news when his funeral was held there. Just to the east of it was the Syrian district.My school friends were largely Italians and Syrians. I remember them well, especially the Syrians. There was Junior Aboud, a quiet kid who still lives in the north end flat he was born in. The Ayoub boys were great friends of mine. So was "Zarbie" Zarbatani, the son on the Bishop of the Syrian Orthodox church. (The Bishop's 'palace' ... more »

The Economy: "How America's Working Stiffs Got Stiffed"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"How America's Working Stiffs Got Stiffed" * by Bill Bonner "Amazing how much difference a few years make. We first visited China in the 1980s. It was an appalling dump. Few cars. Few roads. Almost no decent restaurants or hotels. Now in Beijing you see large black luxury automobiles everywhere... and modern highways crisscrossing in front of huge hotels and apartment buildings. The Chinese have made real progress! Thank You, Deng Xiaoping! Nobody had any money in China in the 1980s. In contrast, today you lose control of your car in downtown Beijing and you are bound to run over ... more »

Ebola - What You're Not Being Told

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
There is something very, very important that the corporate media and public health officials are not telling you regarding the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. Read More If you want to learn more about Ebola I highly recommend that you read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*

The God with the keys

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago

Portuguese Regulator Bans Short-Selling After Banco Espirito Santo Unveils Massive $5 Billion Loss

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
Portuguese Regulator Bans Short-Selling After Banco Espirito Santo Unveils Massive $5 Billion Loss Submitted by Tyler Durden on 07/30/2014 16:46 -0400 Having waited until after the US equity markets closed, Portugal's troubled Banco Espirito Santo unveiled an enormous EUR 3.577 Billion loss - that is 15 times larger than the loss the bank suffered a year earlier. The data - to end-June, before the crisis really got going - already shows notable deposit flight, a 73.1% plunge in banking income, and a EUR 3 billion collapse in repoable assets (i.e. liquidity). On the heels of this... more »

Fat Free Econ 55: The President's 5th SONA and Market-Oriented Reforms

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
* This is my article yesterday in interaksyon.com. ----------- Overall, the President's State of the Nation Address (SONA) was good. More statesman-like, less combative. He mentioned several liberal and free market-leaning policies, which is good and consistent with his party affiliation. But there was also an overall hangover belief that government can do and will do almost everything for the people. Some liberal and free market reforms that the President mentioned in his address are the following: 1. More airline competition as a result of ICAO, European Union (EU) and US Federal... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 31, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*NATO Unprepared For Potential Attack by Russia, Although Risk Is Low – Report -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - NATO is not prepared to deal with a military threat from Russia, although the risk of attack is very low, according to the cross-party Defense Committee of UK lawmakers report. "The risk of attack by Russia on a NATO Member State, whilst still small, is significant…NATO has been too complacent about the threat from Russia, and it is not well-prepared," Rory Stewart, chair of the cross-party Defense Committee said in a report. The report suggests that the ... more »

Budget Restraints On Kurdish Peshmerga Making It Difficult To Secure Iraq’s Disputed Territories

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
The Kurdish Peshmerga are in a tense standoff with the Islamic State across northern Iraq. When the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) collapsed after the fall of Mosul the Peshmerga moved into the disputed territories that had been abandoned by the police and army. One such place was Jalawla in Diyala, which locals had complained about for years as being an insurgent hotbed. The Kurdish forces have tried to clear the area, but they have been constrained by budget problems. The Peshmerga have tried to secure Jalawla but have not been able to because of budgetary constraints (*NY Times*)... more »

Search for the truth on sex work

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 12 hours ago
So many untruths are being bandied about as the Tories try to railroad uncertain Canadians into accepting new prostitution laws that will criminalize even more of the industry. I know from my own circle of friends - at least the ones who aren't sex workers themselves - that it's almost like people are frightened to rethink what they think they know about the sex industry. Yet there is so much exceptional research out there that challenges this fuzzy belief that to be a sex worker is to be a helpless, trafficked victim dragged into the business by a man who will beat you if you... more »

Canada-Israel Solidarity Rally

Alison at Creekside - 12 hours ago
Yesterday while this carnage was going on, Chris Gunness from UNRWA, *the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, *was breaking down in tears on live TV after 19 were killed and 125 wounded in the latest attack on a UN school in Gaza, which the UN accused Israel of carrying out after being warned 17 times that civilians were seeking shelter there ... Gunness : "UNRWA is overwhelmed in #Gaza - we have reached breaking point, our staff are being killed, our shelters overflowing. Where will it end?" Note : Canada once provided 10% of UNRWA's budget. Now, according to UNRWA's list o... more »

The Ebola Virus Outbreak In West Africa: Has The US Secretly Developed A Weaponized Version Of Ebola?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
With most of the world's attention still focused in on Ukraine with the obvious false flag attempt by the criminals in both the US and Ukraine to get a nice little war started against Russia, and of course the insane lunatic asylum known as Israel's attempt to massacre the Palestinians in Gaza, there has been little attention on the growing crisis in West Africa. That crisis is of course the rapid epidemic of a new form of Ebola that is spreading from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and into Nigeria as I type this report.... What concerns me about this new form of Ebola is not only its fero... more »

Argentina Default Imminent as Talks Collapse

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
http://online.wsj.com/articles/argentina-bonds-rise-to-multiyear-highs-on-prospect-of-deal-1406728458 *Argentina Default Imminent as Talks Collapse* Setback Sends Argentine Shares Down in After-Hours Trading By NICOLE HONG, TAOS TURNER and MATT DAY CONNECT Updated July 31, 2014 3:45 a.m. ET Argentina faces default Wednesday for the second time in 13 years if it doesn't meet a deadline to make payments to a small group of bondholders. WSJ's Matthew Cowley explains Argentina's dispute with these creditors and the long-standing battle that stems from the country's default in 2001. (Pho... more »

The needed role of intellectuals in the resistance to stop the Israel genocide

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 13 hours ago
Dieudonné M'bala M'bala By Denis G. Rancourt What do Norman Finkelstein, Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, and George Galloway have in common? All three are Western intellectuals (true intellectuals, not service intellectuals [1]) who attack the Israel Lobby with the viciousness necessary to be effective. And all three have been subjected to significant establishment backlash for their dissidence,

Bank ‘glitch’ leaves thousands without wages across Ireland

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/bank-glitch-leaves-thousands-without-wages-across-ireland-1.1883670 Bank ‘glitch’ leaves thousands without wages across Ireland *Bank apologies for error affecting public and private sector workers* Rachel Flaherty First published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 10:27 Thousands of people, working in both the public and private sector, have not been paid their wages today. Teachers, nurses, gardaí, and also people working for private companies and civil servant pensioners have reported receiving payslips but no payments. It is understood that ... more »

Pork Barrel 13: Executive-Legislative Honeymoon and Presidential-Parliamentary Forms

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
This is my article today in thelobbyist.biz. --------- Last Monday, before President Aquino delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2014, I noted that facebook was peppered with so many anti-government, anti-PNoy posts and complaints. Was it good? Maybe yes, maybe no. But one thing is sure: Government is force and coercion. No matter how much we complain about the government or a particular administration, we are forced, coerced and arm-twisted to contribute to its annual funding via taxes, fees, fines and mandatory social contributions. Next time, people should NOT suppor... more »

Does electron's magnetic field look like that of a bar magnet?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
*Yes. It's just the laymen's whole way of thinking about it that is wrong.* Brian Bi asked a question on the Physics Stack Exchange, What does the magnetic field of the (quantum-mechanical) electron look like? He seems annoyed by the idea that "quantum spinning electrons" have dipole magnetic fields because the magnetic field of a magnetic dipole looks like this: It's a nice, classical picture of the magnetic field. On the other hand, the spin \(\vec J={\mathbf S}\) of an electron (the arrow above a letter or the bold face represent three-dimensional vectors) is a bizarre quantum ... more »

Republicans - Its all About Them

2old2care at Because I Can - 13 hours ago
A little under 100 days until the midterm elections and what do we know? The Republicans have made it clear – it’s all about them - they will not compromise on anything – it’s their way or the highway - to hell with anyone else. The Republicans have made it clear – it’s all about them - they support the wealthy and tax cuts for the wealthy and to hell with everyone else. The Republicans have made it clear – it’s all about them - they will continue to block anything that is not on “their agenda” - to hell with everyone else. The Republicans have made it clear – it’s all about them - th... more »

“DESTINED TO GET HORRIBLE COVERAGE:” Brzezinski acknowledges being shallow!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014* *Interlude—Two things they’re permitted to say:* When the press corps pretends to discuss its own conduct, ranking pundits are permitted to make at least two different claims: They’re permitted to say that they try to create competitive White House elections. Beyond that, they’re allowed to chuckle about how silly and shallow they are. Last week, on two Morning Joe programs, Mark Halperin made some rather unpleasant claims about the press corps’ long-standing treatment of Bill and Hillary Clinton. According to Halperin, Hillary Clinton “is destined is ge... more »

Blaming Boomers for Social Security Crisis is a Crock!

2old2care at Because I Can - 14 hours ago
Every time I hear a news report that Social Security is in grave danger and we have to make drastic changes to retirement benefits – I want to scream. Every time they talk about drastic changes it is always about retirement benefits needing change – I want to scream. Yesterday CNBC suggested Boomers were going to bankrupt Social Security and I WANT TO SCREAM! To a topic people don’t like to talk about. BOOMERS ARE GOING TO DIE! Got it? Do you understand that? Does it make sense to you? Pay attention here – this is really important when talking about “aged benefits” and Social ... more »

U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Two North Korean Shipping Companies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*U.S. Blacklists North Korea Shipping Firms Over Arms Shipments -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean shipping firms that it said tried to conceal arms shipments from Cuba to North Korea, following a similar move by the United Nations. The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was discovered last July near the Panama Canal hiding a large amount of arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters under 200,000 bags of sugar, which the United States said showed a clear attempt to circumvent U.N. and U.S. sanctions against North Korea. North Korea is under an ar... more »

The Maltese Double Cross

Spike EP at News Spike - 14 hours ago
The Maltese Double Cross - Lockerbie (1994) from Spike EP on Vimeo. "The local police force, Dumfries and Galloway, they were most concerned at the SWARMS of Americans, fiddling with bodies, and shall we say tampering with those things that the police were carefully checking themselves. I'm not pretending that they said they were from the FBI or the CIA - they were just Americans, who seemed to have arrived extremely quickly, on the secne..." - Tam Dalyell MP The Maltese Double Cross – Lockerbie discusses evidence and witnesses that would eventually figure at the Pan Am Fl... more »

40 Questions

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
The BBC has recently dispatched so many reporters to Gaza that I’ve lost count. So far we’ve had Jeremy Bowen, Yolande Knell, Lyse Doucet, Ian Pannell, Chris Morris, Paul Adams, Martin Patience, Jon Donnison John Simpson; in Israel Orla Geurin Bethany Bell and James Reynolds. I’m sure there are more and sorry if I’ve forgotten you. What’s happened to Kevin Connolly? We’ve seen analyses and comment by James Robbins, Frank Gardner, Stephen Sacker, Andrew Roy, adversarial interviews by Emily Maitless, Kirsty Wark, Robert Peston, the Today team, the World At One team, the News 24 tea... more »

The Israeli Genocide Of Gaza Continues: US Condemns Shelling Of UN School In Gaza, But Restocks Israel's Ammunition! (Shows American Hypocrisy At Its Worse!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
It has indeed been shocking to myself to read the reports that came out yesterday where the criminal and psychotic Israelis had the gall to bomb a UN School in Gaza that was loaded with refugees. I have been troubled by this report and have been asking the same question that everyone should be asking: WHY IS THIS NOT A WAR CRIME? And why in the hell has the UN not stepped forward and demanded Israel immediately stop their attacks on civilians? But again as I stated before, the UN is nothing but a tool for American/Israeli interests and therefore will do nothing to stop the blo... more »

Internationalists Are Pushing The World Towards Globally Engineered Economic Warfare

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Brandon Smith Over a year ago I published an essay entitled 'The Linchpin Lie: How Global Collapse Will Be Sold To The Masses'. This essay addressed efforts by the ever malicious Rand Corporation to create a false narrative surrounding the possibility of global collapse. Linchpin Theory, as it was named by it's originator and Rand Corp. employee, John Casti, is I believe the very future of propaganda. Every engineered crisis needs a clever cover story, and in Linchpin Theory, we are told that all human catastrophe is a mere natural product of the “overcomplexity” within variou... more »

Is Russia And Germany Holding Secret Talks To End The Ukraine Crisis?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin *Land For Gas: Merkel And Putin Discussed Secret Deal Could End Ukraine Crisis -- The Independent* Merkel and Putin negotiate to trade Crimea’s sovereignty for guarantees on energy security and trade Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine. The Independent can reveal that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing ... more »

Kiev Deploys WMDs Against Eastern Ukraine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Ulson Gunnar Ukraine’s Kiev-based regime has deployed OTR-21 Tochka ballistic missiles also known as SS-21 “Scarabs,” against the people of eastern Ukraine. The missiles measure 6.4 meters in length and carry warheads of up to 454 kg, making them without a doubt a weapon of mass destruction (WMD). Their use was revealed by a CNN report released just as US President Barack Obama announced that the US and EU would be issuing more sanctions against Russia. CNN revealed that, “there were reports that Ukraine’s government in the past 48 hours used short-range ballistic missiles agai... more »

Knowing How To Launch A BUK Missile Is Apparently Not That Hard

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Russian 9K37 BUK air defense system in 2010. WIKIMEDIA Commons *Need To Learn To Launch A BUK Missile Quick? Look Online. -- Robert Beckhusen, Reuters* No one has admitted responsibility for firing the sophisticated missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 people over Ukraine on July 17. But untrained rebels could probably have done it with a little practice. There are even instructions online, making it possible for nearly anyone who comes into possession of one of these systems — anywhere in the world — to use it. Washington and Kiev both blame Russian-... more »

Record Label Lawsuit Against Vimeo Threatens Free Speech Online

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
*Activist Post* The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of advocacy groups have asked a federal appeals court to block record labels' attempt to thwart federal law in *Capitol v. Vimeo*—a case that could jeopardize free speech and innovation and the sites that host both. In this lawsuit, the record labels sued online video site Vimeo, alleging that dozens of sound recordings were infringed in videos posted on the site. A ruling from a district court judge earlier this year found Vimeo could be responsible for copyright infringement, and in doing so imposed new, i... more »

"Man-made biological leaf" could provide oxygen for space travel

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
*Vimeo* RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri says the synthetic biological leaf he developed, which absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant, could enable long-distance space travel. See more here. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*

The Big Blackout: Why I’m Going Low-Tech to Prep for an EMP

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Daisy Luther This might be stating the obvious, but in the event of an EMP, things will not be the same, no matter how great your generator is. Aaron Dykes of Truthstream Media wrote an excellent article about the extreme likelihood of a catastrophic event that could take out our power grid: 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,... more »

Bill Whittle: A Brief History of Mental Illness...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
* powerful.* In this searing and personal Firewall, Bill Whittle talks about his Brief History of Mental Illness, how he managed to avoid going Full Progressive, the famous author who helped bring him back to sanity, and asks the fundamental question: "What if I'm wrong?"

THIS IS PURE EVIL

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
They finally made me cry today this video shows two ambulances driving up to rescue wounded Palestinians they get shelled this is pure evil it is demonic and was done on purpose Israel has the Palestinians inside a fishbowl and is picking them off at will it's pure evil The Obama team plays good cop bad cop makes statements calling for ceasefire then sends Israel more ammunition that is pure evil but they get away with it because we here in the US let them and that is pure evil

COURAGEOUS RESISTANCE IN ISRAEL

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Israel is calling up sixteen thousand additional reserve troops as its assault goes on. But, there are 51 IDF soldiers who are making a stand and refusing to take part in any more destruction.

12 Examples of Hamas Firing Rockets from Civilian Areas

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
12 Examples of Hamas Firing Rockets from Civilian Areas http://youtu.be/IUrDAEgisXM Yet still the anti Israel brigade will deny that Hamas are doing any such thing

Retirement Is For The Rich

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://lewisbarton.com There used to be a social contract in this country. One of the clauses in that unwritten document was,"if you work hard all your life, you can retire in comfort." But neo-conservatives have shredded that contract. Linda McQuaig writes: The notion of retirement security in exchange for a lifetime of hard work — a central element in the implicit social contract between capital and labour in the postwar years — has been effectively tossed aside, as corporations have become more in... more »

WHERE'S BONO??

liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 15 hours ago
What say you, to Israeli Settlement Aparthied, Mr. BONO? If one more person says... 'it's a complex, grey issue"... I would suggest a vigorous shake o' the head, check o' the heart to detect life, and realize - IT'S NOT!! It is very clear. Historically documented. And NOT A FUCKING FOOTBALL/HOCKEY GAME where da men-folk of da world line-up wit' der pick and DAMN THE TORPEDOES!! Fuck you all - who JUSTIFY; RATIONLIZE; EXCUSE; and 'look the other way' while INDIGENOUS PEOPLE the world over are GENOCIDALLY SLAUGHTERED. FUCKING BASTARDS, you are. See? That clear enough, f... more »

Is Russia's Violation Of The INF Treaty A Military Threat?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev signing the INF Treaty in the East Room of the White House. 12/8/87. Reagan Library *Does Russian Treaty Violation Pose Military Threat? -- Voice of America* The United States upped the diplomatic pressure this week by saying Russia has violated provisions of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty - or INF - a treaty considered to be the cornerstone of the U.S.-Russian nuclear disarmament structure. This is a serious accusation, analysts say, and one that has roots dating back to the close of the Cold War. The INF treat... more »

British Prime Minister, David Cameron: We Won’t Start World War Three Over Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (Reuters/Pascal Rossignol) *Cameron: We Won’t Start World War Three Over Ukraine -- RT* The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said Britain was not going to "launch a European war or send the fleet to the Black Sea" over the Ukraine crisis, applying economic pressure instead. Mr. Cameron, was addressing a Q&A session with staff at the headquarters of United Utilities in Warrington when he said that the West had to stand up to Russia. The Prime Minister alluded to the lessons the UK learnt dealing with Germany’s aggression in Europe be... more »

No Labels-- Further Stinking Up The Sewer That DC Already Was Without Them

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Yesterday we looked at how Steve Israel's "bipartisan" conservative group, the Center Aisle Caucus, so dear to the heart of Establishment imbeciles like David Broder, destroyed any chance the Democrats had to retake the House (in 2012 and again this year). So brilliant of Pelosi to appoint a bipartisan with his chains to so many vulnerable Republicans to head the post that should be the *most* partisan in the Democratic conference! Previously, we talked about Big Business shills Patrick Murphy and Kyrsten Sinema working with teabaggers to undermine Democratic values in Congress ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Is Common Core on the ropes?* Opponents of rigid and controversial Common Core education standards just may be winning the battle. That pending victory is something Reason has pointed out in the past, as we've urged that libertarians should cheer for such an outcome, and work instead for expanded flexibility in education, and more consideration for the diversity of the kids on the receiving end of educrat ambitions. It's impassioned moms who are defeating Common Core, suggests Stephanie Simon at Politico, overwhelming "sedate videos" and "talking points." Honestly, though, Common... more »

As The Israel - Hamas War Continues To Rage, The U.S. Resupplies Israel With Munitions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip July 28, 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner) *U.S. Resupplies Israel With Munitions As Gaza Offensive Rages -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The United States has allowed Israel, waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local U.S. arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday. The munitions were located inside Israel as part of a program managed by the U.S. military and called War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I), which stores munitions locally for U.S... more »

What Israel is doing.

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
One of the cliched phrases that has worked its way into the psyche of anti-Israel zealots (it’s a favourite of Baroness Tonge) as well as many at the BBC (Sarah Montague likes it a lot) is “What Israel is doing”. It’s the shorthand for, well, whatever you like. The implications contained in those four little words range from the well-worn “disproportionate response”, through ethnic cleansing, apartheid, siege on Gaza, war crimes, baby-killing and genocide, all the way to a final destination; committing a holocaust on the Palestinian people. All those incendiary, hyperbolic accusation... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Sheriff Marlin Gusman: The Deadbeat Dad of New Orleans ~Disenfranchised Citizen* *Feds: Drilling for oil in Louisiana's wetlands may be a dumb idea ~Stuart Smith* *Is Fracking To Blame For Increase In Quakes In Oklahoma? ~NPR* *Tainted Legacy: Legislature's fixes create obstacles to oil and gas cleanup ~David Hammer and Mike Perlstein * *Flood control delays worry Mandeville residents ~Faimon A. Roberts III, The Advocate* *Circle Food Store Fighting To Serve WIC Customers ~Eileen Fleming, WWNO* *Water purification company unveils 80,000-square-foot facility near Mandeville ~Bob ... more »

Tired!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago

Join us this Sunday at 7PM EST with Nel Noddings

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 16 hours ago
Of all the criticisms of corporate education reforms, one that gets short shrift is the concept of “care.” Emphasis on testing, accountability, high stakes, and competition don’t sound caring. The ethic of care seems to be lacking. We should instead emphasize the “whole child.” There is an abundance of information and skills and dispositions that […]

9/11 - We Attack the Myth Where it Stands

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
Good for you, Paramount Pictures. Hunt The Beast - Give Him no quarter.

@andreperryedu tells us to stop blaming black parents

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 17 hours ago
An important article from the Washington Post. Clearly, there is widespread belief that black parents don’t value education. The default opinion has become “it’s the parents” — not the governance, the curriculum, the instruction, the policy, nor the lack of resources — that create problems in urban schools. That’s wrong. Everyday actions continuously contradict the […]

Libya Falls (Again) - French, US, Germany, Japan, Phillipines All Evacuate Embassies in Tripoli

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
*This is the legacy of "The Responsibility to Protect".* *British Ambassador Michael Aaron **"Rumour control: a small group of British Nationals still here and the embassy is still open!"*

"The Last Whale"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"As I rocked in the moonlight, And reefed the sail. It'll happen to you Also without fail, If it happens to me. Sang the world's last whale." - Pete Seeger

“North America: Massive Numbers of Sea Creatures Dying Along the West Coast”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*“North America: Massive Numbers of Sea * *Creatures Dying Along the West Coast”* by Michael Synder “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 nu... more »

UN official admits that Hamas are using UN buildings as shields

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
That's John Ging of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations confirming that Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza fire their rockets into Israel from near UN buildings, using them as shelter. Let's see if the BBC or Channel 4 report this admission.... Of course I know they won't, it's not as though they are unbiased news reporting organisations. Who's John Ging? John Ging (born 1965) is an Irish national and former officer in the Irish Army who served as head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip from 200... more »

Come Back To Your Good Senses by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
[image: stick_figure_no_backdoor_deals_sign1] *We say today that there is far too much fear now upon your planet. This fear spawns odd behavior. That which was rational is less available. Fantasy and cruel images are demanded by Man. It is a loss of good sense that drives the current paradigms.* *Yes, a lack of vision as well as a lack of willingness to forge ahead and prepare others for the coming days of tribulation. This is due to the vast lack of leadership, the total lack of real solutions and the mass hysteria that passes for reality when in fact, humankind has lost all conne... more »

Need to learn to launch a BUK missile quick? Look online.

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: BUK-M1]No one has admitted responsibility for firing the sophisticated missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 people over Ukraine on July 17. But untrained rebels could probably have done it with a little practice. There are even instructions online, making it possible for nearly anyone who comes into possession of one of these systems — anywhere in the world — to use it. Washington and Kiev both blame Russian-backed separatists from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic for attacking the plane with a 9k37 BUK missile system. These rebels ... more »

Royal Australian Air Force scores direct hit with JSOW C

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: JSOW-C]The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) successfully tested a Raytheon Company Joint Standoff Weapon C (JSOW C) against a hardened wall target at the RAAF Woomera Test Range. Launched from an F/A-18F Super Hornet at an operationally representative stand-off range and altitude of 25,000 feet, the JSOW C scored a direct hit. The RAAF test marked the third successful employment of JSOW C this year against one of the most challenging target sets. Previously, two JSOW C air-to-ground weapons also destroyed simulated cave targets in U.S. Navy flight tests at the China Lake f... more »

To Defile The Earth Is To Defile Ourselves by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
Taken by Morten Ross on July 4, 2014 @ Sandbukta, south of Oslo, Norway. *For to defile the Earth, is to defile yourselves, since you are part of the Earth's body. This tendency toward self-destruction will change in time and Mankind will again make an honest effort to protect and cherish the Earth and see to it's restored health and vitality.* M.N. Hopkins

Russia: US claims on nuclear missiles treaty unfounded, we have questions too

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Mk-41 VLS]Moscow has slammed Washington’s allegations that Russia breached the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, calling the claims unsubstantiated. It added Russia also has complaints about the US’s fulfillment of their obligations under the treaty. US claims that Russia violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) are “just as unsubstantiated as everything that has recently been heard by Moscow coming from Washington, including other issues. There is absolutely no evidence provided to support [these allegations],” Russia’s Foreign Ministry sai... more »

F-35B passes wet runway and crosswind tests

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: F-35B Lightning II]The Lockheed Martin F-35B has completed wet runway and crosswind testing, which comprised 37 missions over a 41 day period using aircraft BF-4. “This testing is absolutely critical to 2B flight software fleet release and the Marine Corps’ [initial operating capability],” says J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification. “Collectively, the results support clearing the 20 knot crosswind envelope for conventional take off & landings, short take offs, and short landings , with ideal handling quality ratings and meaningful impro... more »

On Japanese Rearmament

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
*July 31, 2014* (James Corbett - Ryan Dawson)

Lakeland fighter-jet company seeks state funds for expansion

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: L-159 Alca]The world’s largest collection of tactical air support fighter jets is stored inside a 100,000-square-foot hangar across from the flight line at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. There are eight U.S.-built Douglas A-4K Skyhawks, nine Italian-made Aermacchi MB-339CB fighters and five Aero L-39 Albatross fighters. The hangar is also home to 28 Mikoyan MiG 21s, purchased from Poland, in various parts, waiting to be rebuilt. It is a unique aerial armada that, among other missions, helps U.S. and allied combat pilots learn how to dogfight. And the company is about to a... more »

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: F-35C Lightning II]A longtime defense analyst and critic of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program says taxpayers next year will pay between $148 million and $337 million per jet, depending on the model. Winslow Wheeler, a staff member at the Project On Government Oversight who has worked on national-security issues for the Senate and the Government Accountability Office, detailed his cost estimates for the Lockheed Martin Corp.-made fifth-generation stealth fighter in a recent article on Medium​.com. Wheeler puts the per-plane production price tag at $148 million for the Air... more »

Royal Australian Navy MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter fires AGM-114 Hellfire missile for the 1st time

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, has successfully fired its first ‘Hellfire’ missile in the United States. The AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile was fired by Navy’s 725 Squadron from aircraft currently deployed to the United States Navy’s Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre off the Florida coast. Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, said the Seahawk Romeo’s cutting edge mission systems provided a formidable naval platform. Read more

Several Russian Tu-95MS bombers fly over Arctic

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Tu-95MS Bear H]Several Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers escorted by MiG-31 interceptor planes flew over the Arctic on Wednesday, the press service of the Eastern Military District said. Its spokesperson, Colonel Alexander Gordeyev told ITAR-TASS that the interceptor planes had been provided by the Pacific Fleet’s air base in Kamchatka. “In 2014, the intensity of Air Force flights in the Arctic increased several-fold,” he said, adding that MiG-31, Su-24, Su-27, antisubmarine Il-38 and Mi-8AMTSh and Mi-26 helicopter crews were not only patrolling, providing air support and s... more »

VVIP chopper deal: No change in ground situation in India, defence ministry says

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: AW 101 VVIP helicopter]The defence ministry on Wednesday said there is "no change in the ground situation here" as far as the VVIP helicopter case is concerned, even as it sought details from the Indian embassy in Rome about the "exact developments" in Italian court proceedings. "We cancelled the contract, got back our money and have agreed for arbitration. There is no change in all this. We have, however, asked for a report from our embassy, through its lawyer, about the purported shelving of legal proceedings against Finmeccanica," said a MoD official. The call on whethe... more »

Russia Can Build Own Mistral Warships, Rogozin Says

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RFS Vladivostok]Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Wednesday said that the latest U.S. sanctions demonstrate fear on the part of Russia's adversaries, and that Russia can build its own Mistral warships if France fails to deliver the two vessels. On Tuesday, the U.S. announced a new round of sanctions that target, among other things, Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation, an industry conglomerate that controls Russia's network of shipbuilding enterprises. The sanctions, which are aimed at punishing Russia over its alleged involvement in the Ukraine crisis, freeze any... more »

Should America Keep Its Aging Nuclear Missiles?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile]Sixty feet beneath western Nebraska, Lt. Raj Bansal sits in front of an ancient-looking computer console used to monitor 10 nuclear missiles. Everything in this command bunker feels outdated, including the tiny toilet. It's working today, but like a lot of equipment down here, it doesn't always. Bansal points to a drain under the command post. "At some point, sewage has flooded this bottom area," he says. "It smells awful." Read more

Plan to buy submarines from Japan ‘driven by politics’, says Defence analyst

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Soryu class SSK]“OPTION J” — a codename for plans to buy submarines from Japan — was the “worst-kept secret” at the Adelaide Defence and Industry conference this week, a senior Defence analyst says. Mark Thomson is from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, which advises the Government on Defence decisions and has two members on the six-person expert panel developing the Government White Paper. On Wednesday, Mr Thomson said he shared the fear of many that Option J — which could deprive South Australia of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars — was “being driven at t... more »

GMO Farm Fields Poisoning The Water In Midwestern Rivers

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
[image: Foto: A new U.S. Geological Study found that midwest rivers in the heart of the nations GMO corn & soy fields are persistently contaminated with neonicotinoid insecticides. While neonicotinoid use has increased throughout the country, the Midwest in particular has seen a dramatic increase over the last decade. The use of clothianidin, one of the chemicals studied, on corn in Iowa alone has approximately doubled in just two years, from 2011 and 2013. Neonicotinoids are chemically similar to nicotine and are pesticides that are toxic to a broad range of insect pests. They are ... more »

Amazon Deliver A PR Bomb To Hachette?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 21 hours ago
The problem with any open confrontation is that often things that were really said in public have a habit of rising to the surface and becoming public. Public Relations people then try to put them back into the box, or rationalise the issues, but often the damage is done, or the public’s perception has changed. Propaganda is a powerful tool when communicated effectively. Today’s standoff between Amazon and Hachette is becoming increasingly visible to the public. Some would say that the majority of book buyers are more concerned about getting the right price and service for themsel... more »

West Isolating Itself with Sanctions Against Russia

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 22 hours ago
*July 30, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Citing the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as impetus, US President Barack Obama announced stronger sanctions against Russia leveled by both the US and EU. This comes after previous sanctions implemented before the downing of MH17 failed to garner support across Europe, leaving the US measures politically and economically impotent. In the wake of American sanctions, pundits, politicians, and corporate-lobbyists decried Europe's desire to continue doing business with Russia, claiming US sanctions alone would only hurt US corporation... more »

KMT Splits?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 22 hours ago
*Yep, there was still one larva on the leaf where I had first seen them. They had turned into this.* *BREAKING*: DPP Sec-Gen again summonsed by Special Prosecutors. Still named as "related person/ 關係人" not defendant or suspect. Thus technically no right to lawyer. KMT Caucus Whip resigns over Control Yuan vote, scribes the Taipei Times. An interesting signal of what's going on inside the KMT... Lin and the KMT caucus blamed outgoing Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien (王建煊) for the “surprising outcome” on Tuesday night, after it became clear that KMT lawmakers had failed to vo... more »

Unitarity and analyticity say: gravity is the weakest force

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
In 2006, Arkani-Hamed, Motl, Nicolis, and Vafa presented evidence that gravity is the weakest force, a claim that would often be called the "weak gravity conjecture" (WCG) later. Yes, the swampland on Figure 1, so different from the peaceful Czech landscape, is some territory between Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus. ;-) It means that for any non-gravitational force, imagine the electrostatic or magnetostatic forces, there have to exist light enough particle species that are sufficiently charged so that their mutual non-gravitational forces exceed the gravitational ones. Be sure that th... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours ago
*Fun! With kidney stones!* AS soon as I had put up yesterday my demolition of the idiotic Warmist use of the latest kidney stone study, I tweeted a short summary of it, with link. Marc Morano retweeted my tweet, as he often does. And that generated further tweets. One tweeter (Dennis Krupski @Dkrupski) tweeted that, instead of saying I had demolished the kidney stone claims, I should have said that I *pulverized* the claims. That was rather witty. Lithotripsy is the first line of defence against kidney stones and pulverizing the stones is what lithotripsy hopefully does. B... more »

The Israeli Defense Forces Are Now Targeting Gaza's Infrastructure

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Israel’s Operation in Gaza Spreads Beyond Just Tunnels -- Time* *The Israeli Defense Forces now have Gaza's infrastructure in their sights* Israeli officials have said in the past week that their main goal in the war against Hamas in Gaza is to destroy as many of what it calls “terror tunnels,” the underground passages built by the militant group that have repeatedly been used to infiltrate Israel. But following a day in which Hamas militants managed to kill 10 Israeli soldiers, Israel responded Tuesday with massive air strikes that seemed aimed at both major infrastructure as w... more »

Criminal character of the sanctions

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
For more than a decade or so, I have known that most of the EU-level officials are crappy politicians – and crappy human beings, for that matter – but I wouldn't have believed that they would go towards something as insane as a trade war against Russia. Russia will undoubtedly retaliate but it doesn't even have to. The point is that trade wars and sanctions always automatically affect both sides. There is a sense in which it is obvious that the overall damages are exactly the same on both sides. Well, one side may have a bigger trouble to replace the "forbidden" business partner wi... more »

Why Are Arab Leaders Silent On The Ongoing Israel - Hamas War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Palestinians gather near the minaret of a mosque that police said was destroyed by an Israeli Air strike in Gaza City July 30, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly *Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent -- New York Times* CAIRO — Battling Palestinian militants in Gaza two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting. Not this time. After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United A... more »

A Look At The Russian Oligarchs Are Now Being Targeted By Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*EU Blacklists Russian Oligarchs to Pressure Putin -- Bloomberg * Assets of Russian oligarchs Arkady Rotenberg and Yury Kovalchuk were frozen by the European Union in its effort to pressure President Vladimir Putin to stop supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine. Rotenberg, who helps control SMP Bank and InvestCapitalBank OAO, and Kovalchuk, the biggest shareholder in OAO Bank Rossiya, were among eight people that the EU added yesterday to its blacklist of individuals and organizations being punished for the Ukrainian unrest. Three entities -- Russian National Commercial Bank, weapon... more »

IN TOUCH WITH HUMANITY

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

HAS NETANYAHU GONE BEYOND THE POINT OF NO RETURN?

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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Anacortes, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Chet Raymo, "ICBW IDTS"

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

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