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Friday, August 1, 2014

1 August - Blogs I'm Following

10:34pm MDST

The CIA's 'Dirty Laundry' Is About To Be Revealed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 minutes ago
Larry Downing/Reuters *The CIA's Dirty Playbook Is About To Be Opened -- Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast* A long-awaited Senate report won’t use the word ‘torture’ to describe the CIA’s interrogations. But it will show abuse that is horrific, systematic, and widespread. The White House is set to give Congress on Friday the final, declassified version of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s majority report on CIA interrogation. And according to one person who has reviewed the document and three people who were briefed on its contents, the committee’s report will reveal new a... more »

President Obama: After 9/11, 'We Tortured Some Folks'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 minutes ago
*Obama Says That After 9/11, 'We Tortured Some Folks -- Reuters* (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA "tortured some folks" after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into "enhanced interrogation techniques." "We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values," Obama told a White House news conference. Obama's comment was a reaffirmation of his decision to ban the use of interrogation techniques such as water... more »

Living on a $77-a-week minimum-wage budget: Lessons of the "Live the Wage" Challenge

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 33 minutes ago
*Here's the link for the Live the Wage Challenge PDF. The challenge, which invited everyone to try living on a minimum-wage budget of $77 a week, took place July 24030, but it's never too late to try it.* *by Ken* It's a point that Howie keeps coming back to in this space: that our political world -- our Congress, to pick a hardly random example -- is populated by way too many way too rich people. Of course, like any other group in our society, rich people are entitled to represent and advocate for their interests. But we have developed a political system where, to an eerie extent... more »

Jon Stewart nails corporate tax inversions

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 44 minutes ago
Last night Jon Stewart (h/t BruinKid) went after tax inversion with style, showing up Republican hypocrisy on welfare programs vs. "corporate welfare," all the subsidies one company has received from multiple levels of government, government contracts, and government-funded research. His primary target was Mylan, a Pennsylvania-based generic drugmaker. Mylan, as Ron Fournier recently pointed out, has as its chief executive officer Heather Bresch, the daughter of West Virgina Senator Joe Manchin. Manchin now says inversions should be illegal, according to Fournier in a follow-up artic... more »

"Remember..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 55 minutes ago
"All of us have been dying, hour by hour, since the moment we were born. Realizing this, let all things be placed in their proper perspective... Remember, it is always later than you think." - Og Mandino

On "Kidnapped" Israeli Soldiers: Their Shit Stinks, Too

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 58 minutes ago
*Photo Source: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters.* The USrahelli media is insane. The amount of totalitarian propaganda about the war against Gaza that is coming out of the US media and the President's own mouth is sickening. Since when is taking prisoners of war on a battlefield a shocking development and a serious breach of international law? This is normal stuff that goes on in war. ISIS rounds up and executes Iraqi soldiers like it's nothing. Members of different rebel factions, groups, and the Syrian army are regularly taken in Syria. The capture of soldiers is only news when the ... more »

"Belief"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 59 minutes ago
"The word 'belief' is a difficult thing for me. I don't believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it - I don't need to believe it." - Carl Jung

"Doubt"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." - Rene Descartes

The Poet: Clarice Lispector, "Change"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Change"* by Clarice Lispector "Change. But start slowly, because direction is more important than speed. Sit in another chair, on the other side of the table. Later on, change tables. When you go out, try to walk on the other side of the street. Then change your route, walk calmly down other streets, observing closely the places you pass by. Take other buses. Change your wardrobe for a while; give away your old shoes and try to walk barefoot for a few days– even if only at home. Take off a whole afternoon to stroll about freely, listening to the birds or the noise of the cars. Open a... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Sacred Depths of Nature”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“The Sacred Depths of Nature”* by Chet Raymo “NASA has released the latest and deepest look into space ever, revealing galaxies as they were 13.2 billion years ago, only 500 million years after the big bang. You will remember the Hubble Deep Field and the Ultra Deep Field. This new compilation of all the previous data is called the XDF, the Extreme Deep Field. Do this. Go to the Hubble XDF web site, download the highest resolution version and fill your screen with it. And while you're there, look at the little video below showing the tiny part of the sky imaged by the XDF. I see on... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qWFCocIfXI

Pretty Campbell Brown and Her Ugly, Misguided Anti-Due-Process CrusadePretty Campbell Brown and Her Ugly, Misguided Anti-Due-Process Crusade

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 2 hours ago
Over the past several weeks, I have read only a little on the situation of former CNN news anchor Campbell Brown’s sudden interest in forming a nonprofit in order to advance a lawsuit in New York purportedly to “save” public school students of the (surely) inept teachers currently protected behind “tenure” (i.e., due process rights). […]

Entire Park District Board Placed Under Citizen's Arrest

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Group objects to board's failure to allow public comment at meeting In a highly unusual move, the leader of a Downstate watchdog group placed an entire park district board under a citizen's arrest for failing to allow public comment and violating a state disclosure law. Public boards are used to facing angry crowds, but most have never dealt with what happened at one recent meeting in central Illinois. Around 30 people showed up at a Clark County Park District Board meeting in May, hoping to speak openly about recent park-related controversies. After most sat through a 2-1/2 ho... more »

FEEDING THE MARCHERS ON JEJU

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
Those behind the scenes who did the work to feed the hundreds of people during the Grand March for Life & Peace on Jeju Island, South Korea. The event concluded just as a major typhoon is heading toward the island.

THE OTHER (U.S. SUPPORTED) GENOCIDE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
Panikhida - A Panikhida is a memorial service which is a liturgical solemn service for the repose of the departed, in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Dedicated to all those killed in Eastern Ukraine (Novorossiya): Children, women, old people, men, militia and soldiers.

AMERICA - I LOVE YOU GUYS TOO!!

liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 2 hours ago
You're really stompin' on the numbers around here, people! Fucking GOLDEN!!! Thanks for coming out. And, as always- YOU'RE NUMBER ONE!!! Welcome to a liberal glimpse of Canada. Now. About those BILLS. If the Trumpster gets ownership of da Bills... Me and Wolf Blitzer are gonna kick some ass. Rather Bon Jovi did- and Buffalo doesn't want THAT either. I say we go 51% fan ownership. See what you can do, k? Thanks again. Peace, and Grace be upon us all! LJ

50 Members of Congress Urge EPA and USDA to Reject New GMO Crops

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
*GE Crops Would Lead to Dramatic Increase in Use of Toxic, War-era Herbicide 2,4-D* GMO farmer *Activist Post* Fifty Members of Congress led by Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) wrote today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing “grave concerns” over Dow Chemical's Enlist Duo™ herbicide and new varieties of genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy the herbicide mixture would be used with. “In the absence of leadership from the agencies tasked to protect our health, our food... more »

What are US biowar researchers doing in the Ebola zone?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Jon Rappoport This is a call for an immediate, thorough, and independent investigation of Tulane University researchers and their Fort Detrick associates in the US biowarfare research community, who have been operating in West Africa during the past several years. What exactly have they been doing? Exactly what diagnostic tests have they been performing on citizens of Sierra Leone? Why do we have reports that the government of Sierra Leone has recently told Tulane researchers to stop this testing? Have Tulane researchers and their associates attempted any experimental treatment... more »

Military Drills Surround MH17 Disaster

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville In November of 2013, I wrote an article entitled 11 Signs of a False Flag. In this article, I described at least 11 red flags that indicate the fact that an event was orchestrated for political purposes by a ruling government or otherwise controlling elite. One of the points that were detailed in this article was the issue of simultaneous drills. One hallmark of the false flag operation is the running of drills shortly before or during the actual attack. Many times, these drills will involve the actual sequence of events that takes place during the real-life att... more »

"A Lunatic And Fool..."

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

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*◆* If you're unfortunately one of the one-in-three, consider the following: *"Learning How to Fight the Bill Collector"* - http://coyoteprime-runningcauseicantfly.blogspot.com/ ◆ Know your rights, Good Citizen: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: http:// www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/fdcpajump.shtm Wikipedia information on FDCPA: http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Debt_Collection_Practices_Act Sue the Bastards: "15 FDCPA Violations You Can Sue Them For, And Win" http://credit.about.com/od/debtcollection/tp/fdcpa-violations.htm Free Attorneys: http://www.westopdebtcollectors.com/Home.html ◆ *... more »

the elephant man

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
the elephant man

Left behind by Obamacare? Bob Mankoff speaks up for the ranks of poor, downtrodden hypochondriac

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*"But if you cure my hypochondriaI won't have any hobbies."* *by Ken* "I was at my doctor the other day for my annual physical exam," writes our pal *New Yorker* cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, in Hypochondria, My Faithful Muse, then quickly qualifies that "actually, for me, it’s more like a perennial." As a lifelong hypochondriac, I see no reason to wait a whole year, or even a whole month, to find out if that fizzy feeling in my fingers, the occasional twitching in my right (or is it my left?) eye, or the inability to remember the last name of the comedy duo of Peter Cook and Dudle... more »

Movie For Tonight: MacArthur (1977)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*My Comment:* This movie never gets old for me.

Free Download: University of Adelaide, “Essays of Schopenhauer”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“Certainly one of the greatest philosophers of the 19th century, Schopenhauer seems to have had more impact on literature (e.g. Thomas Mann) and on people in general than on academic philosophy. Perhaps that is because, first, he wrote very well, simply and intelligibly (unusual, we might say, for a German philosopher, and unusual now for any philosopher), second, he was the first Western philosopher to have access to translations of philosophical material from India, both Vedic and Buddhist, by which he was profoundly affected, to the great interest of many, and, third, his concer... more »

Expanding US Drone Facility- Egyptian/Pakistan/Saudi Troops at Iraqi border

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*Starting from early July and bringing this right up to date* * Drone Facility Irbil, Iraq*The presence of this drone facility tells me there was no way in hell that the ISIS "surprise" invasion of Mosul went unnoticed and unaided by the US/Israel/UK/NATO global tyranny. The presence of this ever expanding drone base tells my disbelief in the spin was correct and that the US is prepping for a wider war. Check our Irbil- In Kurdish run territory- Check out Mosul- Location?I will highlight the interesting bits- A supposedly secret but* locally well-known CIA station on the outskirts ... more »

Hey, Obama Has Faith in Patriotic U. S. Torturers

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-torture-20140801-story.html

“Israeli Officer's Insane Justification for Killing a 13-Year-Old Girl”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Israeli Officer's Insane Justification for Killing a 13-Year-Old Girl”* By Chris McGreal “An Israeli army officer who repeatedly shot a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza dismissed a warning from another soldier that she was a child by saying he would have killed her even if she was three years old. The officer, identified by the army only as Captain R, was charged this week with illegal use of his weapon, conduct unbecoming an officer and other relatively minor infractions after emptying all 10 bullets from his gun's magazine into Iman al-Hams when she walked into a "security a... more »

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Mocks President Obama In A Tweet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
У нас разные ценности и союзники pic.twitter.com/WCH98Zxutu — Dmitry Rogozin (@Rogozin) July 31, 2014 *Russian Deputy PM Mocks Obama By Tweeting ‘Unmanly’ Photo Of President -- The Telegraph* Days after announcement of US sanctions on Russia, the country's deputy prime minister challenges US president's masculinty by tweeting picture of Putin with a leopard and Obama with a poodle One Russian leader has made it very clear what the Kremlin thinks of the US in a tweet mocking their president’s masculinity. In a strange display of one upmanship, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozi... more »

On the ground in Gaza: Gazans speak out

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
"We feel there is a lot of complacency from the Egyptian government. If there are any political conflicts between Egypt and the Hamas leadership, Gaza is not only Hamas. It is all of the Palestinian people. There are many people who are independent and not affiliated to Fatah or to Hamas." - A resident of Gaza. The quote is from the video below. On the ground in Gaza: Gazans speak out. Source: Middle East Eye. Date Published: August 1, 2014. Description: The people of Gaza speak their minds on Egypt, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the blockade, Israel and the resistance.

Signs of us

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
As we discard the ego-self, a process of deep discovery emerges. It arrives unbidden and in unexpected moments. It is heralded by feelings of comfort and joy. You have touched, if only for a nano-second, the truth. Who you are is not afraid, anxious, controlling, demanding or confused. Who you are is truth. You are love. You resonate inside a field of freedom. These glimpses of the real you can’t help but peek out now – they are finding a welcome atmosphere inside the current vibration on the planet. Like moths to the flame, they cannot resist. It is time. What you can d... more »

Aw Shucks, Gosh Golly Gee Willikers. . . "We Tortured Some Folks"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
Immediately thought of Bugs Bunny when President Obama said the words "torture" and "folks" in the same sentence today on television. Those two words should never be uttered in the same sentence unless you're intention is to trivialize torture, in which case, bravo Obama!

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- August 1, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Attack On Gaza: The Truce That Was Not -- Inside Story/Al Jazeera* Fighting resumes in the Gaza Strip after yet another ceasefire collapses. A three-day truce in Gaza collapsed almost immediately after it started, with the Israelis and Palestinians blaming each other. The planned break in the fighting was announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. It was the most ambitious attempt yet to end more than three weeks of fighting, and followed mounting international alarm over the number of Palestinian civilians killed. That truce was supposed ... more »

Ritz's Attacker and the School Privatizers

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
by Doug Martin *UPDATE: THIS **JUST IN** FROM THE INDY STAR: "Indiana was not one of the five states awarded a waiver extension Thursday from strict federal rules administered by the U.S. Department of Education....It is possible Indiana could lose its waiver or be placed on a "high risk" status, according to education policy experts."* CECI front-woman Claire Fiddian-Green’s latest assault against Indiana supt. of public ed. Glenda Ritz was her response to the Associated Press recently concerning the “memo” CECI sent to Arne Duncan’s office. In the “memo,” CECI members criticize... more »

Mike's Story Part 72: The Beginning

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 6 hours ago
*By **Jenna** Orkin* I first met Mike at a symposium to observe the third anniversary of September 11. I'd been invited to speak on the environmental disaster that had ensued from the collapse of the buildings and which I'd come to know intimately because at the time, my son had been a student at Stuyvesant High School, located four blocks north of Ground Zero. Through attending, and often testifying, at hearings at all levels of government as well as at blue-ribbon scientific panels, I'd become familiar with the infinitely inventive, mercurial ways in which the government ... more »

“The Shadow Banking System is a Great Big Ticking Time Bomb”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The Shadow Banking System is a Great Big Ticking Time Bomb”* By Ellen Brown “One thing to be said for the women now heading the Federal Reserve and the IMF: compared to some of their predecessors, they are refreshingly honest. The Wall Street Journal reported on July 2nd: "Two of the world’s most powerful women of finance sat down for a lengthy discussion Wednesday on the future of monetary policy in a post-crisis world: U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Before a veritable who’s-who in international ec... more »

“The Making of a Modern Debt Slave”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The Making of a Modern Debt Slave”* by Bill Bonner “In the ancient world, when people got themselves into debt, they were often forced to sell their daughters into prostitution and their sons into slavery. Sometimes, the weight of debt broke up families... Sometimes, families fought back. Writes anthropologist David Graeber in his book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”: “For thousands of years, the struggle between rich and poor has largely taken the form of conflicts between creditors and debtors – of arguments about the rights and wrongs of interest payment, debt peonage, amnesty, ... more »

World News Briefs -- August 1, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Gaza Truce Over, Israel Soldier Captured, 50 Dead In Rafah Shelling -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it came into effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers. Renewed Israeli shelling killed more than 50 Palestinians and wounded some 220, hospital officials said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his security cabinet into special session and publicly warned Hamas and other militant groups they would "bear the consequences of their actions". ... more »

I WAS SENT TO PALESTINE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talk about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism. Eran Efrati, 28, was born and raised in Jerusalem. After graduating high school he enlisted in the IDF, where he served as a combat soldier and company sergeant in Battalion 50 of the Nachal Division. He spent most of his service in Hebron and throughout the West Bank. In 2009, he was discharged... more »

Government's $40-a-day payment to parents bad news for teachers' union

paul at Paying attention - 7 hours ago
The government’s promise of $40-a-day payments to parents if schools are closed in September is an astute tactical move. The plan, announced by Finance Minister Mike de Jong Wednesday, is a triple threat to the teachers’ union efforts to make gains in a new contract. First, the payment - $400 a week for a family with two children in school and under 13 - will mute, at least a little, parent protests if schools are closed in the fall. Second, the money government saves when schools are closed - about $60 million a week - will be taken off the table. The BC Teachers’ Federation won’t be... more »

Is The KKK The Tip Of The Spear For House Republicans On Immigration Policy?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Ted Cruz has gotten most of the blame for making the House Republicans look like a bunch of monkeys in the immigration debate-- and especially in the debate about how to handle the Central American refugees on our southern border. But a House GOP whip gave equal blame to Alabama KKK-sympathizer Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. The House leadership's plans weren't racist or punitive enough for Sessions and, like Cruz, he worked right-wing extremists in the House to oppose it. You may not remember that in 1986 Sessions was rejected by the Senate for a federal judgeship because o... more »

John Kerry Pressures Qatar And Turkey To Gain Release Of Israeli Soldier From Hamas

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on his phone while his plane refuels at Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein-Miesenbach August 1, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson *Kerry Calls On Qatar And Turkey To Gain Release Of Israeli Soldier -- New York Times* RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged Qatar and Turkey to use their influence to secure the release of an Israeli soldier who apparently was captured in Gaza shortly after an announced cease-fire went into effect. “Hamas, which has security control over the Gaza Strip, must immediately and un... more »

The Collapse of Western Civilization

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 8 hours ago
Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway are science historians, and they are hopping mad at folks who deny that humans are the primary cause of climate change. Their outrage inspired them to write *The Collapse of Western Civilization*, which has been selling furiously in its first month on the market. It’s a 112-page science fiction rant. The story is a discourse on the Penumbral Age (1988-2093), written in 2393 by a Chinese historian. The Penumbral Age was a time of paralyzing anti-intellectualism, when humankind failed to take action on an emerging climate catastrophe, which ended up s... more »

11 countries near bankruptcy

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/11-countries-near-bankruptcy-223350842.html Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT *11 countries near bankruptcy* 24/7 Wall St. By Alexander E.M. Hess and Alexander Kent 6 hours ago After years of bitter court battles with creditors, Argentina has defaulted on its debt, according to rating agency Standard & Poor’s. After failing to come to an agreement with creditors from its previous default in 2001, the country missed necessary bond payments on July 31, triggering the default announcement. As of publication, other organizations, most notably the rating agenc... more »

President Obama And Russian President Putin Discuss Sanctions, Ukraine, And Missile Tests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), (AFP Photo / RIA Novosti / Pool / Alexey Nikolsky) and U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Yuri Gripas) *Obama Talks To Putin About Sanctions -- USA Today* WASHINGTON -- President Obama spoke Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since the United States and the European Union hit Russia with new sanctions over its activities in Ukraine. Obama "reiterated his deep concerns about Russia's increased support for the separatists in Ukraine," said a brief statement from the White House. "The President reinforced his prefe... more »

NSA Friendly Judge Sucker Punches Microsoft in Email Privacy Ruling

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 8 hours ago
The lasting damage inflicted upon American tech companies by the out of control NSA surveillance machine never gets the attention that it deserves. While the ongoing trashing of civil liberties, the gutting of the constitution and the complete elimination of all rights to privacy have turned this once great country into a borderline totalitarian state, the effects of government spying have been nothing short of devastating to business. The inability to protect privacy along with the ongoing NSA efforts to crack encryption and lack of NSA oversight are putting American business at ... more »

President Obama Delivers A Statement (Live)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Update:* President Obama's remarks and statement have concluded.

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- August 1, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Ukraine Reports Losses After Pro-Russian Ambush Near Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash Area -- Wall Street Journal* *Fighting Continues as Forensic Investigators Reach MH17 Site* Ukraine said Friday it had lost at least 10 of its troops in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists not far from where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed, as a team of forensic investigators reached the site and said they were beginning work immediately. A convoy with 70 Dutch and Australian experts had arrived to begin recovering any human remains and personal effects still there, the Dutch government s... more »

California Drought Spreading

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
Chris Carrington The US Drought Monitor is reporting that 58% of California is now affected by a crippling drought, and that it is spreading at an unprecedented rate. The agency has five levels of alert with ‘exceptional drought,’ the current level in California, listed as the most serious. The LA Times reports: This is the first year that any part of California has seen that level of drought, let alone more than half of it, said Mark Svoboda, a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center, which issued the report. “You keep beating the record, which are still all f... more »

Are you missing out when you're flying? NSFW

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
We know what happens on the flight deck, I've posted the videos before. However there's all sots of shenanigans going on in the cabin as well... 2 Girls Flash on Airplane and Airport *by miketru* *naughty on flight by Medelisss* * Girl flash tits on the airplane by Medelisss* Un plan a 3 avec des hôtesses de l'air pris en... *by VideoBuzzActu*

Long Established Mideast Powers Are Now Being Threatened By The Islamist Surge

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Islamist Surge Threatens Mideast Powers -- Wall Street Journal* *U.S. Officials Hope Egypt, Israel, Iraq and Saudi Arabia Find Common Ground in Fight Against Extremist Groups * The eruptions of Islamist violence in the Gaza Strip, Syria and Iraq have begun shaking the Middle East to its core, increasing the likelihood that a new order will emerge when the dust starts to settle. The region's traditional power centers—Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Israel—are all threatened by the surge of Islamist forces that aim to disrupt the status quo. Even Shiite Iran, which often stokes Islam... more »

Is The Conflict Between Israel And Hamas A 'Proxy War' For The Entire Middle East?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*This Time, Gaza Fighting Is 'Proxy War' For Entire Mideast -- Josh Levs, CNN* (CNN) -- The conflict raging in Gaza is different this time. While Hamas' rocket attacks and Israel's military actions may look familiar, they're taking place against a whole new backdrop. "This is unprecedented in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict," says CNN's Ali Younes, an analyst who has covered the region for decades. "Most Arab states are actively supporting Israel against the Palestinians -- and not even shy about it or doing it discreetly." It's a "joint Arab-Israeli war consisting of Eg... more »

When Genocide is Permissible

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 10 hours ago
Never. Well, sometimes. Or at least thinking aloud about it is okay. Why else would *The Times of Israel* publish such a thing? They may have removed it in short order, but as we know once things get on the internet ... Yochanan Gordon's execrable screed shits on the memory of his ancestors. I am loathe to bring up history, but someone else once justified the extermination of Europe's Jews in terms of securing the national well-being of his people. Yet Gordon has done the world a service. By putting his thoughts down on paper, as it were, he has distilled the barbarism consuming I... more »

U.N. High Commissioner For Human Rights Condemns Israel, U.S. For Not Sharing Iron Dome With Hamas

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference for a report on ''the right to privacy in the digital age'' at the United Nations in Geneva, July 16, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Pierre Albouy *U.N. Condemns Israel, U.S. For Not Sharing Iron Dome With Hamas -- Washington Times* The United Nations slammed Israel for possibly committing war crimes in its fight against Hamas — and then backed that accusation by suggesting the Jewish nation ought to be sharing its Iron Dome defensive technology with the very terror group it’s fighting. U.N. High Commissioner... more »

Jon Stewart on Israel, Hamas cease-fire - "We cannot be Israel's rehab sponsor and its drug dealer "

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
On Thursday night’s Daily Show, host Jon Stewart continued to try and make heads or tails of America’s actions in Israel. Despite the fact that Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly tried to broker a peace deal between Israel and Hamas, Stewart finds the nation’s actions a little confusing. Moments after a 72-hour ceasefire was announced between the two countries, Israel asked the United States for more weapons, which the United State was ready to provide. “Maybe they’re just running out of sh*t to blow up…maybe it’s the opportunity for peace that as we heard earlier, the... more »

THUGS COME MARCHING IN

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
Left to their own devices the thugs are always problematic their power though is limited but when Mr. Big gives them money and face time on TV they gain undue influence The thugs attract other sad characters, likely deeply wounded when young, need to take revenge on someone or the bullies just do it for cash egos fanned by ideological contamination The thugs are at work in many places now mercenaries like the ones the CIA planted in Ukraine directing their ops against those near a certain border Our 'friends' in Gaza, better to call them partners in crime, are testing the tactics... more »

Supplemental: Same as it ever was!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014* *Same con games, fifteen years back:* Major pundits are rarely forced to discuss their own conduct. Last week, it happened on Morning Joe—twice! All this week, we’ve discussed the faux discussions which ensued among those Morning Joe panels. On several occasions, we’ve mentioned a bit of journalistic history. Back in 1999, when the press corps’ War Against Gore was taking shape, the same discussions happened, twice, on CNN’s Reliable Sources. To his credit, Howard Kurtz had started discussing the coverage of Gore in June of that year. At that time, he wro... more »

Robert D. Skeels and Doug Martin on War Report on Public Ed Sunday

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
by Doug Martin I will be joining fellow *Schools Matter* blogger Robert D. Skeels and BATS member Dr. James Avington Miller Jr. this Sunday, August 3, on the War Report on Public Education. Robert will be speaking about the upcoming LAUSD school board election (he ran against a billionaire-funded candidate for a board seat in 2013) on the first segment of the radio show, starting at 2 pm Pacific California Time and 5 pm Indiana Time. My segment will begin around 2:45 pm (or a bit later) California Time or 5:45 (or a bit later) Indiana Time. I will be discussing Evan Bayh's inv... more »

A PASSION FOR TEACHING EVOKES A PASSION FOR LEARNING

David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 11 hours ago
A PASSION FOR TEACHING EVOKES A PASSION FOR LEARNING. An excerpt from DOING THE RIGHT THING: A Teacher SpeaksFiled under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

Two Jewish Voices Fiercely Debate Gaza Siege | Max Blumenthal vs. ZOA’s Morton Klein

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Abby Martin Features a debate on Israel-Palestine you won’t hear on the corporate media. On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on the latest news regarding the conflict in Gaza, highlighting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for 16,000 additional reserve troops as well as the announcement of a 72-hour ceasefire. Abby then features an exclusive debate on the issue between Journalist and Author Max Blumenthal and President of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein asking both guests their opinions on everything from what the appropriate I... more »

Obama Hasn't Fired John Brennan Yet-- Let Alone Had Him Arrested

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
We've been suggesting that it is past due to disband the CIA for many years. And that includes the NSA (which has illegally intercepted virtually every e-mail ever sent by every American citizen). Most senators don't care *who* the CIA spies on-- other than… senators. Then they get a little riled up. Yesterday the CIA finally admitted they had indeed hacked into Senate computers to spy on senators. Caught like a rat, John Brennan said... he is sorry. One senator who actually *does* care about unconstitutional domestic spying on Americans is Mark Udall (D-CO). He's a member of the... more »

When Is A Company A Joint Employer With Its Franchise Operators?

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 11 hours ago
The National Labor Relations Board made a finding that has caused management-side employment lawyers to blow several gaskets, namely, that McDonald's is a joint employer with a franchise owner and is thus responsible for labor law violations that occurred in a McDonald's workplace. And you're thinking, "duh," right? I mean, why wouldn't McDonald's be responsible for what happens in a McDonald's? As with everything else in my chosen profession, it's not that simple. For many years, corporations have escaped liability for discrimination, labor law issues, overtime and unpaid wages by ... more »

IsraelÍs Peculiar Position by Eric Hoffer

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
As true today as it was in 1968. 'The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people, and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it. Turkey threw out a million Greeks and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Everyone insists that Israel must take back every single Arab. Arnold Toynbee calls the d... more »

Incredible Photographs Capture Israeli Missiles A Split Second Before Impact

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
(*Click on Image to Enlarge*) Incoming: Palestinians brace themselves as an Israeli missile falls from the sky towards an apartment block a few hundred metres away *Incredible Photographs Capture Israeli Missiles A Split Second Before They Reduce Gaza Buildings To Rubble In Front Of Palestinians -- Daily Mail* * Young men and children cower in street as four missiles smash into apartment block a few hundred yards away * Family of 35 fled the building moments earlier after being warned by the Israeli military of the impending strike Gazing skywards with their hands over their ears, ... more »

Israel - Hamas War News Updates -- August 1, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*'If We Don't Get Our Soldier Back, We Should Start Leveling Gaza': Palestinians Face New Wave Of Bloodshed As Ceasefire Breaks Down After British-Israeli Soldier Is 'Kidnapped By Hamas' -- Daily Mail* * Lt Hadar Goldin, 23, believed to be from family of British Jewish immigrants and cousin of Israeli defence minister * 'Abduction took place when militants emerged from tunnel and detonated bomb vest, killing two other soldiers' * Israel resumed shelling in Gaza just two hours after start of ceasefire after accusing Hamas of snatching soldier * Military wing of Hamas claims kidnappin... more »

World News Briefs -- August 1, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *72-Hour Cease-Fire Fails In 90 Minutes -- CNN* (CNN) -- The latest attempt at an Israel-Hamas cease-fire disintegrated Friday. After the capture of an Israeli soldier, the conflict edged closer to escalation than to peace. The soldier was "abducted" by Palestinian militants during an attack in Gaza in which two other Israeli soldiers died, Israeli military Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. The soldiers were decommissioning a tunnel at the time, Lerner said. The Israel Defense Forces earlier identified soldier as 2nd Lt. Hada... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 1, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
President Vladimir Putin. © RIA Novosti. Mikhail Klimentiev *EU Arms Embargo Against Russia Begins Aug. 1 -- Defense News* BRUSSELS — The European Union’s embargo on the import and export of arms and related material with Russia, which covers all items on the EU’s common military list, will come into force Friday. “Exports of dual use goods and technology for military use in Russia or to Russian military end users will also be prohibited, with all items on the EU list of dual use goods included,” said an EU press release. “The measures will apply to new contracts,” it adds. The EU... more »

Off to work...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*see you later.* *Coming soon:* - Hugelkultur (*F*or Kathleen. Check out this* post of hers*. It's hilarious!) - Lasagna gardening - Francis Porretto (who doesn't garden, but *does *write fabulous books)

Excellent Report From Whitewraithe: The Tyrannical State Of Israel Should Be Vanquished From The Pages Of History

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
Right now, the Israeli assault and slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza has momentarily "halted" supposedly under the guise of a 72 hour cease fire.. But this morning, I was alerted to a report that an Israeli fighter jet violated that ceasefire and has bombed a home in south Gaza killing some 10 innocent women and children... It shows again that these monsters can never ever be trusted and their so called "cease fires" are a sham... The goal of these psychos from the criminal state of Israel should be obvious by now, and that is to wipe out and exterminate every living person holed up ... more »

“DESTINED TO GET HORRIBLE COVERAGE:” Julie Pace earns her stripes!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014* *Part 4—Young scribe showered with praise:* When pundits are forced to discuss their own conduct, they rarely try to say what they actually know or believe. Instead, they throw the gorilla dust, attempting to obscure the behavior of their colleagues and friends. This helps explain what happened last week on two different Morning Joe programs. Breaking the rules of pundit decorum, Mark Halperin offered a stinging portrait of the way the press covers Hillary Clinton. You aren’t supposed to do such things. Halperin did it twice! “She has a lot of positive... more »

Is War Coming to Europe?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
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DOW Loses All Yearly Gains On GDP Number & Fed Tapering

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
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FBI Scandal: Flawed Forensics Rampant, Impacted Many Cases

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Lily Dane Over two years ago, the Justice Department and the FBI began a review of thousands of criminal cases to determine if any defendants were wrongfully convicted based on flawed forensic testimony. The review included 2,600 convictions and 45 death-row cases from the 1980s and 1990s in which the FBI’s hair and fiber unit reported a match to a crime-scene sample before DNA testing of hair became common. On July 10, 2012, Spencer S. Hsu of The Washington Post broke the story: The undertaking is the largest post-conviction review ever done by the FBI. It will include cases co... more »

Biological Fallout of Fracking Still Largely Unknown: Scientists

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Photo courtesy of EcoFlight *Activist Post* In the United States, natural-gas production from shale rock has increased by more than 700 percent since 2007. Yet scientists still do not fully understand the industry's effects on nature and wildlife, according to a report in the journal *Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment*. As gas extraction continues to vastly outpace scientific examination, a team of eight conservation biologists from various organizations and institutions, including Princeton University, concluded that determining the environmental impact of gas-drilling s... more »

Scientist Warns 'Solar Super-Storms' Are Inevitable and a Significant Threat

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
*Activist Post* Solar flare NASA gif In this month's issue of *Physics World*, Ashley Dale from the University of Bristol warns of the "catastrophic" and "long-lasting" impacts of "solar super-storms" and the dangers we face if the threat continues to go unnoticed. Dale, who was a member of an international task force – dubbed SolarMAX – set up to identify the risks of a solar storm and how its impact could be minimized, explains how it is only a matter of time before an exceptionally violent solar storm is propelled towards Earth. Such a storm would wreak havoc with our communica... more »

THE SHAMING CEREMONY ON PARLIAMENT HILL IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO - CANADA'S CAPITAL CITY

liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 13 hours ago
The Copper was broken. A rare; historical; act. SHAME ON CONSERVATIVES EVERYWHERE. My best birthday gift, almost ever? ONTARIO CHIEFS (and their allies) PROCLAIM- "WE ARE PREPARED TO LAY DOWN OUR LIVES!!" This is what happens when those of us who have little to lose but our broke-ass poor, starvin', thirsty, lean 'n' mean DIGNITY... have had enough. BONO- 'when a people become willing to TAKE UP ARMS AGAINST THEIR OPPRESSOR' ...check. To which I would add- Keep kickin' at the DARKNESS 'til it BLEEDS DAYLIGHT!! -Bruce Cockburn And H O N O U R T H E T R ... more »

Rosemary and Lavender Oils Affect Cognition and Mood Differently

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Heather Callaghan Ancient Greeks held essential oils in the highest esteem, believing that rosemary oil in particular could improve memory. In the 15th century, rosemary was believed to be a disinfectant. The documented clinical use of essential oils for mood-disorders goes back to 1920s Europe. Throughout the centuries, people have reported the same effects for the same oils. In the last decade, researchers who hadn't often officially studied essential oils, wanted to know - Is this just a belief? Or do these claimed far-reaching complex oils produce an actual biological shift? ... more »

Do stringy electrons spin faster than light?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
*No. String theory's resolution of the old paradox is a sign of the hidden cleverness of string theory.* After he read some of my essays on the electron's spin, Tom W. Larkin asked an interesting question: Does string theory resolve the paradox of (post-)classical physics that the electron, if imagined as a spinning ball of a very small radius, has to rotate faster than the speed of light for its spin to be \(\hbar/2\)? One natural, fast, legitimate, but cheap reaction is to say: the electron isn't really a rotating ball. The spin may be carried even by a point-like particle, with... more »

Why Do Our Elites Keep Behaving Like Criminals And Sociopaths?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
I've always been a law-and-order kind of guy. And yesterday I was horrified-- though not surprised-- when CIA Director John Brennan admitted the CIA had hacked Senate computers. Government officials do these kinds of things with alacrity because they know that even in the unlikely chance that they get caught, nothing happens to them anyway. Has Brennan been fired? Indicted? Jailed? Anything? Maybe given an award by Obama? Our elites don't suffer the consequences of their criminal behavior. Oh, maybe .0001% of the time but, basically, never. This week the *NY Times* clutched its wo... more »

Walmart Must Tell Us Why Their Ice Cream Sandwiches Don't Melt

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Source Heather Callaghan For at least one week, the World Wide Web has been in an uproar about Walmart's Great Value ice cream sandwiches that won't melt after 12 hours in 80-degree heat. The issue was raised in this WPCO report when a Cincinnati mother, Christie Watson, saw that her child's ice cream sandwich simply wouldn't melt. Then, Dan Collins of KIKN 100.5 in Sioux Falls also put the sandwiches to the test: Some consumers are freaking out, while others are trying to quell the "alarmism." Is there a cause to be worried about this everlasting gobstopping creation? An... more »

World inverted

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
You can see an example of the Palestinian approach to public relations in this video over at Elder of Ziyon. (wait for second video) Blunt questioning from a canny interviewer from ABC in Australia turned her interview with Mustafa Barghouti into a farce. Barghouti was dumbfounded by her forthright questioning. “When will Hamas stop firing rockets and inviting the wrath of Israel upon the Palestinian people? All he could do was splutter: “You’re asking the wrong question.” We’ve heard the same tactic, (deflect, parry, attack the Israelis) so many times that you have to ask why the... more »

10 Command Centers for Back to School

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 13 hours ago
With Back To School just around the corner, I am scrambling to get ready. I want mornings to go as smoothly as possible in our house, so I have been looking at putting together a command center. I want a place for a calendar, mail and a hook for my daughter's back packs. Here are some of the places I have found inspiration! Chalkboard Command Center by SAS Interiors Command Center by The Caldwell Project Family Command Center by The Homes I Have Made. Kitchen Command Center by Ciburbanity. How to Create a Command Center that Works for Your Family by Unoriginal Mom Giant Wall Com... more »

ROLLIN' WITH IT - BORN ON THIS DAY

liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 13 hours ago
Happy Birthday to us! *~*~*~*~*~* Here's To Another 24, KIDS!! I would like to thank Professor Morton of Morton's Musings, whom also, I believe, is a LPOC candidate in the next race; for posting the most beautiful, interesting, photos; (as well as relevant to the times- information on law) which I have borrowed and re-posted here for our enjoyment. I hope I haven't broken laws or stepped on toes. Many of the other photos, I borrowed from TWOROWTIMES.com and photobucket. I haven't yet learned linkage; or copy and paste; but for some unknown reason- I can post phot... more »

Life Under Hamas Is Not Easy For Many In Gaza

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*My Comment:* This video was uploaded to *LiveLeak on July22, 2014*. I do not know if this was taken before the current Israeli-Hamas war or during the hostilities .... but it shows how brutal Hamas can be in enforcing their rule. *Hat Tip:* To regular reader Plowman for this link.

GAZA TURKEY SHOOT

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

Israel - Hamas Ceasefire Collapses Within Hours. Israeli Soldier Is Captured

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Israel-Gaza Cease-Fire Collapses Within Hours -- L.A. Times* A hard-won internationally brokered truce between Israel and Palestinian militants collapsed within hours Friday after the Israeli military said one of its soldiers was missing amid heavy fighting in the southern Gaza Strip and may have been captured by Hamas fighters. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped short of declaring the cease-fire dead, but accused Hamas of “flagrantly violating” what was to have been a three-day truce. Hamas in turn insisted it was Israel that had broken the cease-fire terms agreed ... more »

Fugitive NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Has Applied For Temporary Asylum In Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Snowden Applies For Temporary Asylum In Russia -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) – Fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied to have his temporary asylum in Russia extended for another year, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said Thursday. “Edward is still in Russia, we have recently prepared and submitted a package of documents to receive a temporary political asylum," LifeNews TV quoted the lawyer as saying. Kucherena said Snowden’s request should be resolved “today or tomorrow." “If this is issue not resolved, we will clear up the situation,” the lawyer adde... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Tropical Storm Bertha forms near Barbados* *Buffa's, Torres reach agreement in live music dispute ~WDSU* *New Orleans Welcomes Matsue City, Japan ~MyArkLaMiss.com* *Spreading Oil Rig Dumpsites in the Gulf of Mexico? ~Cassady Sharp*

How to be a PC Automaton rather then a living, breathing, thinking, sentient human.

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
h/t anonymous commenter who left the link for the image below AnonymousJuly 30, 2014 at 7:11 AM *Good Citizens Don't Think* This image compliments Winter's guideline, which is posted directly below the image. I enjoy Winter's *self censoring behaviour rules so much, I have decided to break them, daily!* *Take it away Winter!: WinterPatriot* *Be sure to read Winter's examples of how these rules can be applied? Or broken?* *The choice is yours * "Fortunately, it is quite easy not to be anti-American, anti-Semitic, and so on. There are ten rules that you need to learn and understan... more »

Enslavement is trendy! Get ready for your very own ‘smart’ robo-servant!

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Melissa Melton Coming soon to a home near you, it’s your very own Hal 9000, er, your “first family robot” JIBO. Complete with facial and voice recognition software, your new trendy new “smart” robo-servant will be able to*participate* in you and your children’s lives 24/7/365! The “world’s best cameraman” can intelligently track the action around him to independently take video and photo, meaning he not only knows exactly what distance you are away at any given second, but whether or not you are feeling the appropriate emotions, I mean, smiling. *See how they’re all recognizab... more »

The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://www.netnewsledger.com/ On the environment, Stephen Harper's record is appalling. Rick Smith summarizes the damage he has done: The Fisheries Act no longer protects most fish. The Navigable Waters Protection Act no longer protects most lakes and rivers. The federal Environmental Assessment Act was repealed in its entirety and replaced with a law so cursory it might as well have been drafted on a cocktail napkin. Canada remains the only country in the world that signed the Kyoto agreement on carbon pollution, onl... more »

Buy *prolife* propaganda or a doctor gets shot. In the head.

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 15 hours ago
That is congruent with the violent ideology and vicious intolerance of organizations that have incited violence against healthcare professionals, as DJ! pointed out here. But Holy Obfuscation Batman! Jack Fonseca [...] a Campaign Life project manager and the author of the blog post in question, decided to wade into the comments section on his blog Tuesday afternoon to clear up any lingering confusion about the photo of a handgun pointed at a doctor. His explanation? That's not a handgun pointed at the doctor; it's a proverbial handgun: "In the graphic you referenced, the proverbi... more »

The Truth About Israel and Palestine

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
*Stefan Molyneux* The Israel-Palestine conflict has been raging on for decades and there seems to be no end in sight. On July 8, 2014, Israel launched operation Protective Edge, carrying out airstrikes on 50 cities in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. The Israeli government claimed this was retaliation against rockets fired from Palestinian territories controlled by the Islamic political movement Hamas. The July events are the latest of a series of bloody attacks between Israel and Palestine. What is the cause of all this violence and why are both sides so committed to it? (Source) ... more »

"above the snake line"

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
From NetRoots Nation July 19, Rev. William Barber, the voice of human rights in education: from Alternet: Then Rev. William Barber III, leader of the Forward Together movement in North Carolina, electrified the crowd with an address that included support for public education in a moral vision for America. Six panels on education topics – ranging from curriculum standards, to student suspensions, to student loan debt, to reclaiming the promise of public schools – presented a unified front against current “reform” policies and for a vision of equity and excellence in public educati... more »

Local Council By-Elections July 2014

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 16 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- June Average/ contest +/- August +/- Seats Conservative 40 17,652 29.3% +7.0% 441 +6 -7 Labour 38 15,497 25.7% -19.9% 408 -579 +5 LibDem 26 6,709 11.1% +9.2% 258 +186 +2 UKIP 34 9,197 15.3% +3.8% 271 -11 -2 SNP* 1 595 1.0% -5.0% 595 -575 -1 Plaid Cymru** 1 228 0.4% +0.4% 228 +228 0 Green 21 2,355 3.9% +1.6% 112 -2 +1 BNP 1 58 0.1% +0.1% 58 +58 0 TUSC 4 54 0.1% +0.1% ... more »

Outbreak of PC in science media

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
Along with Hank Campbell, the manager of Science20.com, Alex Berezow wrote the 2012 book Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left He also runs RealClearScience.COM where he recently published a text Outbreak of Political Correctness in Science Media He starts with some numbers indicating that 80-95 percent of science journalists are leftists and then he mentions some consequences of this particular pandemics. A SciAm blogger was fired because he or she "dared" to defend a non-left-wing book on genetics as well as a non-feminist physicist Ri... more »

Juxtapose

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 17 hours ago
The Canadian Commons church group Singing songs of solidarity Against the sight and smell Of a rotting child's corpse (Vice)

Musical Interlude: Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, "Don't Give Up"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, "Don't Give Up" Song by Peter Gabriel, video produced by Barney Hilton Murray. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHcIHKqoij4&feature=fvsr

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 8.1.14”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 8.1.14”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Top story is the Israel/Hamas war. Now, even the Pentagon is concerned about civilian deaths as allegations of Israel shelling a U.N. facility housing civilians was hit. Hamas vows to fight on and so does Israel. Hamas wants its borders opened, and Israel wants the rockets and tunnels shut down. I predicted this is going to go on for a while and is looking like it may spark a wider Middle East war. Israel is calling up another 16,000 troops. Meanwhile, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is out with new incendiary statem... more »

Vienna Is The World's Leader In Espionage

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Vienna Named As Global Spying Hub In New Book -- The Telegraph* *Vienna is the world leader in espionage with at least 7,000 spies plying their trade in the Austrian capital * Its reputation as a centre of espionage long predates its notoriety as the setting for the 1949 film The Third Man but only now can a figure be put on the number of spies operating in Vienna. A survey compiled by experts in spying activities in the Austrian capital shows that at least 7,000 agents work undercover in the city. As neutral country, Vienna was a Cold War spying hub where both sides were able ... more »

China Confirms Development of Next-Generation Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
China acknowledged its development of a next-generation ballistic missile, the Dongfeng-41 (DF-41), Xinhua reported Friday. According to Xinhua, a government environment monitoring station in Shaanxi Province published a document, saying that one of the province’s facilities is developing a ballistic rocket with a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV). Xinhua quoted a Chinese military analyst as saying in an interview with local media that, "as the US continues to strengthen its missile defense system, developing third generation nuclear weapons capable of carryi... more »

Australian auditors slam bungled NH90 procurement

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: NH90]In a scathing report, Australian auditors have blamed a series of procurement errors and “development deficiencies” for the delayed service entry of the nation’s fleet of NH Industries NH90 helicopters. Final operational capability (FOC) for the rotorcraft is now not anticipated before April 2019 – almost five years late. In the meantime, the Australian Army Aviation Corps has had to continue operating its fleet of ageing Sikorsky S-70A Black Hawks beyond their planned retirement date. The Royal Australian Navy has been left with a capability gap following the withdrawa... more »

Excalibur Ib enters full rate production and receives $52 million award

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Excalibur]Raytheon Company's Excalibur Ib precision guided projectile has entered full rate production (FRP). U.S. Army approval of FRP completes Excalibur Ib's low rate initial production phase. Additionally, the U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon $52 million for continued Excalibur Ib production. "The full rate production decision is the culmination of superb teamwork between the U.S. Army and Raytheon," said Lieutenant Colonel Josh Walsh, U.S. Army Excalibur product manager. "I am proud of the combined team's effort that is putting the world's finest cannon artillery munition... more »

North fires four missiles, though three attempts fail

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: KN-09 multiple-rocket launcher]North Korea fired four short-range projectiles with a cutting-edge, precision-guided rocket launcher, though three of them fell to the ground, failing to reach the sea, a Seoul official told the JoongAng Ilbo on Wednesday. A senior official from South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense said North Korea appeared to use its KN-09 multiple-rocket launcher, with a Russian GLONASS GPS system, for the launch of the four rockets on Wednesday. The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed Pyongyang test-fired four 300-mm projectiles at 7:30 a.m., 7:... more »

Five Most Popular Posts for July

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 20 hours ago
This month's five most-read were ... 1. On the "Obsession" with Israel and Palestine 2. The SWP's Moral Vacuity 3. Investigating Paedophile Politicians 4. Effacing Rolf Harris 5. Lauren Goodger" Against Revenge Porn No prizes for guess a post about Israel and Palestine would come top in July. I have no special insight into this interminable conflict, it's not something I've spent years researching, writing and arguing about. But what I do know about is British politics and how international issues are refracted through its narrow prism. That's where I have plenty to say and am likel... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 20 hours ago
*'Chill out about GM food': We've been modifying crops for thousands of years, claims scientist* Supporters of genetically modified food claim they it help feed the world and eradicate disease, while their opponents believe they could contaminate natural food and even harm people. Now, American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who presents the TV documentary Cosmos, has defended controversial genetically modified organisms (GMOs), saying that people should just ‘chill out’. He claims that practically every type for food for sale is genetically modified in some way already and t... more »

The Price Of Oil Is Putin's And Russia's Achilles Heel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Carnegie Europe *Beyond Oil And Reserves, Russia Running On Empty -- Reuters* (Reuters) - For all the sanctions Western leaders can throw at Russia, the biggest threat to President Vladimir Putin's ability to back separatists in east Ukraine is something beyond his or their control: the price of oil. With Russia's $2 trillion economy heavily dependent on crude exports, oil prices are always closely monitored by the Kremlin, but the government is particularly wary now as tensions with the West mount and sanctions ratchet up. Such conflicts often push up crude prices, but as long as... more »

To Find America's Nuclear Missiles, Try Google Maps

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
Earlier this week, NPR ran a short series I did on America's land-based nuclear missiles. One diagram in particular raised a few eyebrows: It showed the location of a Missile Alert Facility, along with the silos for 10 nuclear weapons. summed up what several of our readers were thinking: "Thanks for the map. Can you now publish the GPS coordinates. You've been real helpful, Kim IL Sung." In truth, the location of these weapons is no secret. Read more

Raytheon fires four TALON Laser-Guided Rockets from MD 530G helicopter

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: MH-6/AH-6 Little Bird]Raytheon Company and MD Helicopters, Inc. successfully fired four TALON laser guided rockets from the MD 530G armed aerial scout (AAS) helicopter during a series of tests at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. "This test further demonstrates the maturity of the TALON Laser Guided Rocket weapon system as a complement to MD's AAS platform," said Darryl Kreitman, Raytheon TALON program director. "These test shots included four firings showcasing TALON's versatility over the entire firing envelope with direct hits for all events." TALON LGR is a low-cost, digital s... more »

French Army flight tests latest Tiger attack helo

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Tiger HAD-E]The latest version of the Tiger combat helicopter of the French Army has undergone operational trials at a French military base in Djibouti. The Tiger HAD, or fire-support and destruction, aircraft is made by Airbus Helicopter, formerly known as Eurocopter. It is a four-bladed, twin-engine missile-firing attack helicopter. Read more

An ill-equipped Britain must not sleepwalk into another disaster

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMS Queen Elizabeth II]As we approach Monday’s anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, it is hard to escape the conclusion that today’s Armed Forces are in the same wretched state of unpreparedness as they were on that fateful day in 1914 when Britain declared war on Germany. The Royal Navy, admittedly, was ready for battle with its fleet of all-powerful dreadnoughts, not least because Winston Churchill, in his capacity as First Lord of the Admiralty, had the foresight to ensure the Navy enjoyed supremacy over the Kaiser’s fleet. But the Army, which bore the bru... more »

Ruussia's Top General Says Moscow Will Abide By It's Nuclear Missile Treaties With The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov. © RIA Novosti. Сергей Пятаков *Russian Military Reaffirms Strict Adherence to INF Treaty -- RIA Novosti* MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) – Chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, said on Thursday that Russia is strictly implementing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with the United States. Gerasimov discussed the situation around the Soviet-era agreement in a phone call with US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey. “Gerasimov reaffirmed Russia’s adherence to strict im... more »

Benefit cuts have pushed more people into work, says Ben Broadbent

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
' Ben Broadbent says welfare reforms have encouraged people on benefits to rejoin the labour force Benefit cuts have encouraged more people back into work, though demand for lower paid jobs has also pushed down wages, according to the deputy governor of the Bank of England. Ben Broadbent said changes to welfare rules had encouraged more people to look for jobs. ''In certain areas of the labour market, particularly the lower-skilled end, there are things that are increasing the supply of labour," Mr Broadbent told Bloomberg. "I'm thinking of changes to welfare rules in particular... more »

BrahMos Aerospace to participate in Oboronexpo 2014

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: BRAHMOS successfully test-fired from indigenously-built INS Kolkata]BrahMos Aerospace will install a display at the Oboronexpo 2014 weapons exhibition, Tass reported this week. The entire BrahMos missile family, which can be launched from the air, land, sea surface, or underwater, will be showcased at the exhibition that will be held near the Russian capital on August 13-17. The development of the BrahMos program is currently progressing according to the approved plan. A new 16-container vertical launching system (VLS) for the BrahMos surface-to-surface ultrasonic missile ha... more »

Navy gets new facility to communicate with nuclear submarines prowling underwater

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
INS Kattabomman With India planning a larger fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, which can prowl underwater for several months at a time and let loose their nuclear-tipped missiles as and when required, the Navy has acquired a new advanced facility to communicate with the silent predators. The state-of-the-art very low frequency (VLF) transmitting station was commissioned at INS Kattabomman in Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu) by Navy chief Admiral RK Dhowan on Thursday. "The new facility will boost our ability to communicate with submarines, which have trailing wire antenna to pick up t... more »

Frederik de Wilde - the blackest black in the world - H.R. Giger would have loved this

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
*worried that your black just isn't black enough?* imagine Chur Switzerland's legendary H.R. Giger-themed bar repainted in THIS MATERIAL... the blackest black in the world, made up of carbon nanotubes grown on a titanium core. *ART is the poetics of the imagination – SCIENCE is the poetics of realityFrederik De Wilde acts on the border area between science, technology and art. The conceptual crux of his artistic praxis are the notions of the intangible, inaudible, invisible. It is this interstitial territory that Frederik De Wilde explores in his various works. Sometimes on the si... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “We Meet Again”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
2002, “We Meet Again” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_OmsxDef9c

"For This Is What We Do..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
“For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love: the passionate search for truth other than our own. With longing: the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on. God help us. God forgive us. We live on.” - Gregory David Roberts, “Shantaram”

EU Naval Force Dutch Frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provincien Holds Memorial Service for Families Affected by Malaysia Airlines MH17

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: 0]On Sunday morning 27 July a memorial service for the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 was held on board HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën. The Dutch frigate is currently at sea off the coast of Somalia conducting counter-piracy patrols as part of the EU Naval Force. The warship’s Chaplain, Thijs Oosterhuis, led the service, with poems and a reading in which he expressed that the thoughts of the Dutch Navy crew were with their people and families at home. Read more

Fourth known J-20 prototype makes first flight

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: J-20 Powerful Dragon]The fourth known prototype of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter made its first flight on the morning of 26 July, according to Chinese aviation websites. According to online postings by local spotters, the prototype flew for nearly two hours after having undertaken taxi tests since early July. The first hints on military web forums of a fourth J-20 prototype with the tail number '2012' emerged in late June, with clear photos emerging by mid-July. Images show that '2012' features the refinements first seen in the third pr... more »

"Vulcan Guiding Principles"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Vulcan Guiding Principles"* By Moon ‧ "Ideally, do no harm. Harm speeds up the heat-death of the Universe, and indirectly, your own. . More practically, do as little harm as possible. We are creations of a Universe in which entropy exists, and therefore see no way of escape, but we do not need to help it. . Harm no one’s internal, invisible integrities. Leave others the privacies of their minds and lives. Intimacy remains precious only insofar as it is inviolate: invading it turns it to torment. Reach out to others courteously: accept their reaching in the same way, with careful ha... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"The southern Milky Way appears spectacular in this composite image taken from Mangaia, the most southerly of the Cook Islands. Few sources of light pollution exist here, home to only 500 people. *Click image for larger size.* The two bright stars at the Milky Way’s center are Alpha (left) and Beta Centauri. They point to Crux the Southern Cross. Near the horizon, two of the satellite galaxies of our Milky Way, the Small (left) and Large Magellanic Clouds are easy to spot." - http://www.astronomy.com/

The Poet: Wendell Berry, "The Wish to Be Generous"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"The Wish to Be Generous"* "All that I serve will die, all my delights, the flesh kindled from my flesh, garden and field, the silent lilies standing in the woods, the woods, the hill, the whole earth, all will burn in man's evil, or dwindle in its own age. Let the world bring on me the sleep of darkness without stars, so I may know my little light taken from me into the seed of the beginning and the end, so I may bow to mystery, and take my stand on the earth like a tree in a field, passing without haste or regret toward what will be, my life a patient willing descent into the grass." ... more »

"What Is Life?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset." - Crowfoot, Blackfoot Warrior and Orator

"Who Are You? How Do You Know?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"Go without a coat when it's cold; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it's all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you're made of and what you're capable of. If you're never tested, you'll never define your character." - Henry Rollins

"As Far As We Can Go..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“The development of our cerebral cortex has been the greatest achievement of the evolutionary processes. Big deal. While allowing us the thrills of intellect or the pangs of self-consciousness, it is all too often overruled by our inner, instinctive brain - the one that tells us to react, not reflect, to run, rather than ruminate. Maybe we have gone as far as we can go and the next advance, whatever that may be - will be made by beings we create ourselves, using our own technology. Life forms we can design and program not to be ultimately governed and constricted by the rules of sur... more »

Just How Likely Is World War Three?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
James Vaughan/Flickr *Just How Likely Is Another World War? -- Graham Allison, The Atlantic* Assessing the similarities and differences between 1914 and 2014 A century ago this month, Europeans stood on the brink of a war so devastating that it forced historians to create a new category: “World War.” None of the leaders at the time could imagine the wasteland they would inhabit four years later. By 1918, each had lost what he cherished most: the kaiser dismissed, the Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved, the tsar overthrown by the Bolsheviks, France bled for a generation, and England... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Horton, Michigan, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Promise Me..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” - Christopher Robin to “Pooh”

"Life is A Journey- Don't Be Afraid"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Life is A Journey- Don't Be Afraid"* Author Unknown "Life is a journey filled with lessons, hardships, heartaches, joys, celebrations and special moments that will ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. The road will not always be smooth; in fact, throughout our travels, we will encounter many challenges. Some of these challenges will test our courage, strengths, weaknesses, and faith. Along the way, we may stumble upon obstacles that will come between the paths that we are destined to take. In order to follow the right path, we must overcome these obstacles.... more »

Chet Raymo, “Universal Constants, Universal Consensus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Universal Constants, Universal Consensus”* by Chet Raymo “I received a book in the mail, as I sometimes do, for potential review on this blog, James Stein's “Cosmic Numbers: The Numbers That Define Our Universe”. I often write here about books I read, but I don't review. I did glance at Stein's book, however. It has an audience, but it's not for me; been there, done that. The subtitle is provocative, however. The idea that a dozen or so numbers "define the universe." *That's* a mind-blowing concept. The gravitational constant. The speed of light. Absolute zero. Planck's constant.... more »

"Never Alone..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"On this earth as beyond this earth you never are alone, But are in constant company of things and beings That take a share in your life as you take a share in theirs. As you seek them, so they seek you. As you partake of them, so they partake of you." - Rumi, “The Book of Mirdad”

Is The U.S. Rushing Towards War With Russia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*The West's Reckless Rush Towards War With Russia -- Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge* For reasons that have no rational explanations at this time, the US and Europe have embarked on a concerted program to demonize Putin, ostracize Russia, and bring the world as close to a major conflict as it's been since the Cold War, a time hardly memorable to many in the current crop of our elected officials. Within hours of the MH-17 plane crash, the United States pinned the blame on Russia generally, and Putin particularly. The anti-Putin propaganda (and if there were a stronger term I'd use it) ha... more »

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

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

MH370/MH17 : Israel's Spare Malaysian 777

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day ago
Tony Abbott calls for Gaza ceasefire and two-state solution – video.

truth of the future

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

Not Equal: Gaza in Over 1,000 Frames

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

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