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Friday, August 15, 2014

15 August - Blogs I'm Following

10:24pm MDST

Did Ukrainian Forces Attack And Destroy A Russian Miltiary Incursion Or Is This Just A Fabricated Story?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 minutes ago
Russian servicemen drive armored personnel carriers on the outskirts of the city of Belgorod near the Russian-Ukrainian border on April 25, 2014. Stringer/Reuters *Did Ukraine Attack Its Own Tanks? White House "Can't Confirm Russian Convoy Was Destroyed By Kiev" -- Zero Hedge* While today's trading session was marked by news which at first blush correlated with what may be the 2014 equivalent of the Archduke Ferdinand shooting, in retrospect the newsflow made painfully little sense. Let's recap: 1. Yesterday afternoon, two UK reporters working for the Guardian and Telegraph... more »

Here at last is the TRUE story of Creation (courtesy of Roz Chast)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 23 minutes ago
*HERE'S ONE VERSION OF THE CREATION --from the Fourth Day: The lighting of the firmament* *THE ANGEL URIEL*: In full splendor rises now the sun, streaming: a wondrous bridegroom, a giant, proud and happy to run his path. With gentle motion and soft shimmer the moon steals through the silent night. *Waldemar Kmentt (t), Uriel; Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Eugen Jochum, cond. Philips, recorded July 1966* *NOTE*: We originally heard this excerpt, along with a snippet from the First Day ("And a new world, and a new world springs up, springs up at God's word"), and the... more »

Twitter User Appears to Have Live-Tweeted the Shooting of Michael Brown

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 36 minutes ago
A Twitter user who goes by the handle @TheePharoah and whose profile says he lives in St. Louis, Missouri, may have live-tweeted the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Rolling Stone national-affairs reporter Tim Dickinson curated this series of tweets from @TheePharoah, which all have time stamps that match up with the timeline of Brown's death. The alleged witness also tweeted a photo of Brown lying dead in the street while two police officers stand over him. The man claims to live on the residential street where the shooting occurred, and some of the photos show that... more »

The Zionist Fake Jihad of Syria-- Sheikh Imran Hosein

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*"Syrian rebel commander says he collaborated with Israel" (The Times of Israel, August 13, 2014).* In the video below, which is almost a year old, Sheikh Imran Hosein criticizes those who took up arms against Assad with backing from the tyrannical governments of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, Qatar, and the U.S. He also praises Russia's recent reconversion to Christianity under Putin. Every government does some evil to protect its interests, such as killing critical journalists and committing false flags to manipulate and shape public opinion, but the evil that Russia does on occas... more »

ISIS Tentacles Reach toward China

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
*This is an interesting article. * What do readers here think about these connections? I see it as a definite possibility, when we recall the fact that Uighers and Pakistanis were killing Syrians and making their *NATO best effort *to destroy that nation. It already seems we have some connectivity. I know nothing of Peter Lee. If anyone else has come across his work let me know? "It's been reported on the always-reliable Twitter by a Pakistan journalist, Ali Kamran Chishti, that Abdul Maulana Aziz has declared his support for the "Caliphate of Abu Bakar Baghdadi", ie ISIS, or the I... more »

redemption

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
The Mahavatar is in constant communion with Christ; together they send out vibrations of redemption, and have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age. The work of these two fully-illumined masters–one with the body, and one without it–is to inspire the nations to forsake suicidal wars, race hatreds, religious sectarianism, and the boomerang-evils of materialism. Babaji is well aware of the trend of modern times, especially of the influence and complexities of Western civilization, and realizes the necessity of spreading the self-liberations of yoga equally in th... more »

KILLING IN EASTERN UKRAINE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
Ukraine's National Guard which is supported by the West is controlled by Neo-Nazis with Nazi emblems. Documented in the video, war crimes are being committed by both the Ukrainian Army and the Ukrainian National Guard. In the media's coverage of unfolding atrocities directed against civilians in Eastern Ukraine, the words Nazi, Fascist or Neo-Nazi are a taboo. They have been eliminated from the anthology of investigative reporting. The mains... more »

Culture Watch: When selfies are the BETTER behavioral option, we know we're in cuckoo-land

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Ils sont fous, ces Français*: *This business of lovey-dovey couples attaching a lock to a bridge and then throwing the key in the river -- I'm just hearing about it this very hour. So this is my first opportunity to say that these people are stark, staring nuts and need to be institutionalized.* *by Ken* The Frisky's Claire Hannum is turning into our chief scout into The World of the Crazy. Recently, you may recall ("Culture Watch: Are selfie-maniacs propelling a sharp rise in homelessness among black cats?"), she tipped us off to this trend first documented in the U.K. of people... more »

Tonight Is Movie Night:Some Of The Best Clips Of Robin Williams

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* An exception to the rule for this week's "Movie Night". What we will have instead are some Robin Williams clips. If you have one that you enjoy and want to share it with us, just put the link in the comments section, and I will be reposting it later tonight. Sighhh .... he will be missed but his humor will live forever in our hearts.

Ukraine Updates ( August 12 , 2014 ) -- Ukraine Blocks Russian Humanitarian Convoy, Accuses Kremlin Of Sending "Disguised Military Gear" ...... Ukrainian Rada adopts package of sanctions against Russia ...... EU plans Russia sanctions talks with Latin America countries ....... Additional items of note !

Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
Zero Hedge...... http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/744714 ( Putin travels to Crimea - last time his plane was anywhere near Ukraine , some believe the Ukrainians try to shoot his plane down , hit MH 17 in error ! So keep an eye out for mischief while he travels ! ) Putin to travel to Crimea for a two-day tour Russia August 13, 2:08 UTC+4 The Kremlin press service reported that on Wednesday the President would confer with members of the Security Council of the Russian Federation © ITAR-TASS/Alexei Nikolsky MOSCOW, August 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ... more »

Emmy Awards 2014 - Rehearsal Leaked Clip for Best Psychopath

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
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Musical Interlude: Davy Spillane, Maire Brennan, “A Place Among The Stones”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Davy Spillane, Maire Brennan, “A Place Among The Stones” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cofvKWy_zlQ

The Kursk Incident - The Second Occasion when Vladimir Putin Prevented World War III

Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
Kursk - A Submarine in Troubled Waters from Spike EP on Vimeo. *It was US and UK that sank Russia's Kursk submarine? Pravda 18.05.2012* Strategic submarine "Kursk" that sank in 2000 was sunk by the Americans. This theory discussed in Russia and abroad was once again raised by the Polish Wprost, referring to the information allegedly received from the Russian General Staff officer, "Lt. Col. Andrei." According to the authors, the restraint of the Russians made it possible to avoid a full-scale nuclear war. The fact that "Kursk" perished at the torpedo explosion was adopted as t... more »

Musical Interlude: Dan Fogelberg, “Nether Lands”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Dan Fogelberg, “Nether Lands” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePrQFaB50w0

"Intelligent Life In The Universe?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” Calvin & Hobbes

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“The 51st entry in Charles Messier's famous catalog is perhaps the original spiral nebula - a large galaxy with a well defined spiral structure also cataloged as NGC 5194. Over 60,000 light-years across, M51's spiral arms and dust lanes clearly sweep in front of its companion galaxy (top), NGC 5195. Image data from the Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys has been reprocessed to produce this alternative portrait of the well-known interacting galaxy pair. * Click image for larger size.* The processing has further sharpened details and enhanced color and contrast in otherwise faint ar... more »

"The Great Progress"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Time advances: facts accumulate; doubts arise. Faint glimpses of truth begin to appear, and shine more and more unto the perfect day. The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn. They are bright, while the level below is still in darkness. But soon the light, which at first illuminated only the loftiest eminences, descends on the plain, and penetrates to the deepest valley. First come hints, then fragments of systems, then defective systems, then complete and harmonious systems. The sound opinion, held for a time by one bold s... more »

The End Of The World On 16 March 2880?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Making a movie about the threat of an asteroid impact dates back far longer than most are aware of. (credit: despair.com) *Huge Asteroid That 'Could End Human Life' Defying Gravity As It Moves Towards Earth, Scientists Say -- The Independent* 'One in 19,800 chance' that asteroid 1950 DA could hit planet on 16 March 2880 Scientists have moved closer to being able to stop a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth and potentially wiping out human life. Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered that blowing the space rock up could make the collision worse by causing se... more »

"Our Job..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it's our job to invent something better." - Chuck Palahniuk

“The Most Astounding Fact About the Universe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* “The Most Astounding Fact About the Universe”* by Max Schlickenmeyer “In a 2008 interview by TIME magazine, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked what he thought the “most astounding fact” about the Universe was. Never at a loss for words, the famed scientist gave his equally astounding answer. His response is in the video below, set to images and music by Max Schlickenmeyer. It’s the best three minutes and thirty-three seconds you’ll spend all day.” - http://beforeitsnews.com/

The Poet: David Whyte, "The Opening of Eyes"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Opening of Eyes"* "That day I saw beneath dark clouds The passing light over the water, And I heard the voice of the world speak out. I knew then as I have before, Life is no passing memory of what has been, Nor the remaining pages of a great book Waiting to be read. It is the opening of eyes long closed. It is the vision of far off things, Seen for the silence they hold. It is the heart after years of secret conversing Speaking out loud in the clear air. It is Moses in the desert fallen to his knees Before the lit bush. It is the man throwing away his shoes As if to enter heaven ... more »

"In the Middle..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"In the Middle..."* "In the middle of a life that's as complicated as everyone else's, struggling for balance, juggling time. The mantle clock that was my grandfather's has stopped at 9:20; we haven't had time to get it repaired. The brass pendulum is still, the chimes don't ring. One day you look out the window, green summer, the next, and the leaves have already fallen, and a grey sky lowers the horizon. Our children almost grown, our parents gone, it happened so fast. Each day, we must learn again how to love, between morning's quick coffee and evening's slow return. Steam from a pot ... more »

Who Serves In The U.S. Military (22 Charts)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *These 22 Charts Reveal Who Serves In America's Military -- Business Insider* Even as the Pentagon plans significant troop reductions, the U.S. Armed Forces remain by far the most powerful and most expensive military in the world. But who makes up America's over 1.3 million active personnel and its over 800,000 reserves, and how is the composition of the military changing? To answer these questions, we turned primarily to data from a 2012 Department of Defense report. *Read more* .... *My Comment:* There are a number of cool graphs/charts here. Chec... more »

The Incident at Pristina Airport - The First Occasion when Vladimir Putin Prevented World War III

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago
The Incident at Pristina Airport - The First Occasion when Vladamir Putin Prevented World War III from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"I'm not going to start Third World War for you," Jackson told Clark Behind the scenes battle over Pristina airport between British and US genereals comes to light Monday 2 August 1999 15.11 BST* * Nato supreme commander General Wesley Clark* is not being allowed to fade away quietly. Days after the Clinton administration relieved him of his command two months early, Newsweek is reporting that the victor of Kosovo was blocked from sending paratroopers to Pr... more »

From Boston to Ferguson: Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Police State?

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
John W. Whitehead “I thought I was losing my capacity to be shocked -- but events in Missouri over just the last couple of hours have crossed a frightening line, one that makes me pray that this assault on fundamental American values is just the aberration of one rudderless Heartland community, and not the first symptoms of nation gone mad with high-tech weaponry to keep its own citizens in line.”—Journalist Will Bunch The difference between what happened in Boston in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosion and what is happening now in Ferguson, Missouri, is not in the govern... more »

ISIS Is An Instrument of US Foreign Policy Just As Al-Qaeda Was

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*The idiot who took this picture has no idea that the White House created his beloved terrorist group. As Einstein said, "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” And as Kissinger said, "Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy." There is no longer any need for American military men to advance US foreign policy in the Middle East. That job has been exported out to the dumb, stupid animals in ISIS.* The evil snakes in Washington have achieved several objectives by employing ISIS terrorist... more »

Where in the world is al Baghdadi? Kurdish media official says he fled to Syria!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
Amongst the many other outrageous claims he makes... Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and self-proclaimed caliph Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi fled the northern city of Mosul to return to Syrian territory after the US authorized airstrikes on ISIS positions in Iraq, a Kurdish official said. In comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) spokesman Saeed Mamo Zinni said: “Caliph of the Islamic State Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi left Mosul for Syria a few days ago.” “According to our intelligence sources, Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi traveled to Sy... more »

Are We Witnessing The Collapse Of Democracy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Riot police stand guard as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni) *Attitude Is Everything -- Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics* Part of the war cycle is just the general feeling or attitude that shifts due to economics. We seem to be headed for such a fateful turn. The police domestically have turned militaristic. This is a very serious issue far beyond what most people would even guess. It tends to show the changing attitudes within society. Couple this with Obama who seems to think h... more »

Daily Living: “A Sign of Imbalance”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“A Sign of Imbalance”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Sometimes when we don't feel good enough, we create imbalance by overachieving or needing to be the best at something. Overachievers are people who have achieved but still feel the need to do more, creating an imbalance in their lives. People who exhibit this behavior may be trying to compensate for feelings of insecurity and doubts about their worth. They may be chasing unresolved issues from their past into the present, or they might not be looking at their lives as a whole, but judging themselves based only on one aspect of... more »

This Secret to Massive Yields Could Rock the Farming World

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
*According to a new study, it lies in an unpatented technique...* Heather Callaghan What will ultimately feed the world? Is it really genetic engineering? Is it biodiversity? What can maintain and stoke that diversity - I mean, make it really flourish with bountiful food using less land? Of course, using this discovery might mean severing ties with monolithic Big Ag and chemical corps whose actions could block this dream from becoming reality. Monoculture fans need not apply. Typical pollination from species like honeybees might be enough to generate a crop, but can we do better... more »

The World is Waking Up to the Dangers of the Militarized Police State

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 7 hours ago
*Written by Nick Bernabe | The Anti-Media* What we are seeing now is a reversal from just a year or so ago when the corporate media glorified the very same tactics being used against the residents of Watertown following the Boston marathon bombing. I’m sure you remember the pitiful act; video shown by the corporate outlets even depicted residents cheering paramilitary police in armored vehicles in a sort of Orwellian orgy of praise to the state. While the media glorified the militarized police reaction in Watertown and Boston, many residents told a much m... more »

Iowa Racist Steve King: "We're All God's Chillun"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Iowa, a swing state, has swung light blue in recent years. Bill Clinton won both times. Al Gore beat Bush in 2000. Obama won both times as well, 54-44% against McCain and 52-46% against Romney. The Democats control the state Senate and the GOP holds the state House. Party registration shows 689,794 Democrats (32.0%), 672,308 Republicans (31.2%) and 792,363 (36.8%) independents and others. The only really conservative congressional district in the state, is IA-04, home to one of Congress' most outspoken racists, Steve King. Of course, King's is the whitest district in the state an... more »

With The Resignation Of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Will Iraq Get Worse?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad in this January 12, 2014 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani/Files *Maliki's Gone. Will Iraq Get Worse? -- Stephen Carer, Bloomberg* The resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has led critics of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy to insist that there is no longer any reason to withhold military assistance from Baghdad in its struggle against the jihadist group Islamic State. This blast from an editorial in this morning’s Wall Street Journal is typical: “With Mr. Malik... more »

Homemade Kickstarter Campaign

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 7 hours ago
I promise at the first available opportunity (probably tomorrow in which I'll likely weigh in on the recent unpleasantness in Ferguson) to give you the largely ignored bloggy badness on any and sundry subjects both political and social. But for now, I'd like to propose an idea: Some of you may recall a Kickstarter campaign I did back in the fall of 2011 when I tried to crowd source some financing for a crime trilogy I was writing at the time. It fell flatter than the top of Allen West's head largely because Kickstarter immediately buried my campaign and at least at the tim... more »

South Sudan Facing Conitnuous War And Famine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*South Sudan Heads Towards Famine Amid ‘Descent Into Lawlessness’ -- The Guardian* Urgent need for peace ignored as another deadline for a deal passes and splinter groups of rebels threaten to spread conflict Another deadline has passed. But instead of bringing peace, the leaders of South Sudan’s warring parties have allowed the country to continue its slide toward famine. Sunday was the deadline for the delegations of President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar to present a final proposal for a unified transitional government that would end eight m... more »

Ebola Epidemic Deaths Vastly Underestimated

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Ebola Epidemic Most Likely Much Larger Than Reported, W.H.O. Says -- New York Times* GENEVA — West Africa’s deadly Ebola epidemic is probably much worse than the world realizes, with health centers on the front lines warning that the actual numbers of deaths and illnesses are significantly higher than the official estimates, the World Health Organization said. So far, 2,127 cases of the disease and 1,145 deaths have been reported in four nations — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone — the W.H.O announced Friday. But the organization has also warned that the actual number ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Kracow, Malopolskie, Poland. Thanks for stopping by.

"Here And Now..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"There is only one story. You already know the plot. Live it now. Eternity isn’t a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now which thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don’t get it here, you won’t get it anywhere. The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life." - Joseph Campbell

History: "The Cathars: 'Kill Them All, God Will Know His Own.'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"The Cathars:* *'Kill Them All, God Will Know His Own.'"* by Laura Knight-Jadczyk “'Kill them all, God will know His own.' A chronicler reported that Arnold Amaury, the monk who led the Albigensian Crusade, uttered this catchphrase outside the city of Beziers on July 22, 1209. His crusaders had asked him how to tell the Catholic believers from the Cathar Heretics. Arnold's instructions were followed, and the entire population of Beziers - some 20,000 men, women and children - were indiscriminately murdered. No one really knows if Arnold really said what was reported, but what is k... more »

Palestinian Interior Ministry In Gaza Accused Israel Of Violating Truce. Israel Denies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
A Palestinian worker walks inside al-Awdah food factory, which witnesses said was shelled and torched by the Israeli army during the offensive, in Deirl al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip August 14, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa *Palestinians Accuse Israel Of Violating Gaza Truce -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza accused Israel on Friday of a cross-border shooting in violation of a truce that has largely held since getting off to a shaky start on Thursday. An Israeli military spokeswoman said: "We have no knowledge of such an incident."... more »

ISIS Flag Photo In Front Of The White House

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
#AmessagefromISIStoUS We are in your state We are in your cities We are in your streets You are our goals anywhere pic.twitter.com/1EYMgCWJse — قهر الطواغيت (@Sunna_rev) August 9, 2014 *Secret Service 'Aware' Of Apparent ISIS Flag Photo In Front Of The White House -- ABC News* The Secret Service said it is "aware" of a photo that appeared to show an image of an ISIS flag in front of the White House. If authentic, the photo showed a hand holding up an image of a flag for ISIS (also known as ISIL or Islamic State), displayed on a smartphone, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the W... more »

Chet Raymo, “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“To Sleep, Perchance to Dream”* by Chet Raymo *“What is more gentle than a wind in summer?What is more soothing than a pretty hummerThat stays one moment in an open flower,And buzzes cheerily from bower to bower?What is more tranquil than a musk-rose blowingIn a green island, far from all men's knowing?More healthful than the leafiness of dales?More secret than a nest of nightingales?What indeed?”* The poet Keats answers his own questions: Sleep. Soft closer of our eyes. I've reached an age when I find myself occasionally nodding off in the middle of the day, an open book ... more »

"A Light In The Darkness..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being." - Carl Jung

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- August 15, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Did Russia And Ukraine Just Start A War? What We Know And Don't Know -- VOX* On Friday, as a Russian "aid convoy" of 280 trucks neared the Ukrainian border, NATO said that a separate "incursion" of Russian military forces had crossed into Ukraine. The Russian forces are reportedly in eastern Ukrainian territory held by Russia-backed separatist rebels, according to NATO and Ukrainian government officials. Some reports suggest that there may be open fighting between Ukrainian military forces and the Russian incursion, but it's far from clear whether that's true or what precisely is... more »

Why Would Any Normal Person Give A Damn If Dull Conservatives Gwen Graham Or Steve Southerland Wins?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
If you live Inside the Beltway instead of in America, there's a decent chance your involvement with politics centers on Team Red vs Team Blue horse races. And I'm sure that Abby Livingston from *Roll Call* really and truly meant it today when she tweeted this: Excluding friends and family and horse race aficionados, there is virtually no reason to be interested in the FL-02 race. It pits a run-of-the-mill, extremely unexceptional conservative Republican against a run-of-the-mill, extremely unexceptional conservative Democrat. The Republican is worse than the Democrat. He would... more »

MI6 officers and station...

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 9 hours ago
Donate $25 for two DVDs of the Cryptome collection of files from June 1996 to the present 22 February 2006. A. reports that Mark Williams, 95 Tehran, is the same as Kenneth Mark Williams, 76 Kuala Lumpur, 79 Bridgetown, 88 Harare, 94 Delhi; dob 1944. Both names appeared on the 13 May 1999 list of MI6 officers and below. Thus the number of unique names is reduced to 275. A2 writes 23 January 2006: SIS Name is not Paul Cronton, but Paul Crompton, Third Secretary (Political Affairs) 23 January 2006. Russian video of British spy devices: http://www.4law.co.il/ukspy1.wmv [Now dead] 23 Jan... more »

BBC idiocy

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
BBC Radio 4 Front Row had a short piece on the new series of Doctor Who. Can I point out to the lazy idiots who wrote and/or presented that piece that The Doctor (not Doctor Who) doesn't have 'assistants' he has 'companions'.

Hamas Spokesman: We Deported Foreign Journalists for Filming Missile Launches

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
'Hamas spokeswoman Isra Al-Mudallal, head of foreign relations in the Hamas Information Ministry, on Thursday told Lebanon's satellite broadcaster Mayadeen TV that journalists who filmed missile launch sites were given a chance to change their stories, or deported from Gaza.' You can read more here http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/08/15/hamas-spox-we-deported-foreign-journalists-for-filming-missile-launches/ But not on the institutionally anti Israel BBC where the truth is less important than vilifying Israel and protecting Islamist terrorists.

Was President Obama's Remark That 'The Siege Of Mount Sinjar Was Over' Premature?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
'Crisis far from over': Some of refugees are still stranded on Mount Sinjar (above) despite assertions by the UK and U.S. that they were only a few thousand remain *'The Siege Of Mount Sinjar Is NOT Over': Iraqi MP And UN Chiefs Attack Obama's Claims That Islamic State Stand-Off Was 'Broken' - And Say 70,000 Refugees Are Still Trapped -- Daily Mail* * Yazidi MP Vian Dakhil claims U.S. troops had only cleared north of mountain * Estimates that tens of thousands of refugees are still stranded to the south * She dismissed claims by U.S. and UK, adding: 'The situation is very terrible... more »

Iraq Civil War News Updates -- August 15, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Steps Down -- Wall Street Journal* Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki relinquished power on Thursday, ending eight years of tumultuous rule and opening a new political chapter that U.S. officials hope will move Iraq toward a more united front against marauding jihadists. The surprise move defuses a potential crisis after Mr. Maliki had disputed in court the naming of another politician to the premiership and ominously deployed extra security forces across Baghdad. Mr. Maliki’s departure fulfills an Obama administration goal of a peaceful an... more »

Bill Whittle" The Struggle for Stupidity...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*I think the left is winning.* A few months ago, I told the story of a young man I worked with who was in his first year of college. He recounted how hard his math class was, but that he was doing much better than his peers with the "tables" and that he was able to complete the "tables" in under five minutes, which was required. I was puzzled, and asked him if he meant the "times tables", as in multiplication. He did indeed mean just that. I then asked if this was a remedial math class and he said it was. Remedial or not, what in hell is an 18 year old doing in his first year o... more »

Human Birth PAINS

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
Add caption I did not ask God to be born in your little town it was a great place to grow up as a kid but no matter what love you offered I was not going to be a victim to that town So I moved away to another town but at the end of day when the sun set the same red lines described the dawn We were just a little bit smaller and the rewards not so rich but you destroyed my view of humanity with your rule of prickle that life was just a son of a bitch and those with ' full pockets would always abide in the small universe that you existed and to the detriment of the population lived ve... more »

Supplemental: The New York Times brings us the head of Miami!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014* *A primer on how liberals lose:* Until yesterday, we didn’t realize that Pamela Druckerman’s piece on Miami appeared in last weekend’s Sunday Review, right there in the hard-copy Times. We had read the piece via email. In part because the piece was so odd, we assumed it appeared on-line. To us, it’s amazing that the New York Times would publish such a piece in the august Sunday Review. On the other hand, it almost defines a key way we liberals choose to lose. Poor Druckerman! Today, she lives in Paris, France, a fact we’ve learned in previous columns. But... more »

Video: Michael Brown Robbing Ferguson Convenience Store

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
*Gateway Pundit* *Ferguson police released a report today detailing a robbery before the fatal shooting last week of 18 year-old Michael Brown. *Chief of police Jackson held a press conference early Friday morning. *Here is a copy of the report on the Ferguson convenience story robbery.* Michael Brown was 6′ 4″ and 292 pounds. The convenience store video reveals Michael Brown entering the store followed by Johnson. Brown hands a box of Swisher Sweets to Johnson. Brown took several boxes of cigars and turned to leave the store. “Brown grabbed the clerk and *“forcefully pushed... more »

“Stress Relief Tactics Navy SEALs Swear By”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Stress Relief Tactics Navy SEALs Swear By”* By Kathryn Wallace “We asked former SEALs how they learned to keep their cool - and how we can better navigate our personal minefields. *Prep For Battle:* Instead of wasting energy by catastrophizing about stressful situations, SEALs spend hours in mental dress rehearsals before springing into action, says Lu Lastra, director of mentorship for Naval Special Warfare and a former SEAL command master chief. He calls it mental loading and says you can practice it, too. When your boss calls you into her office, take a few minutes first to ru... more »

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci Denying civilians admittedly needed aid constitutes, in the West’s own terms, a crime against humanity. While in Syria attempts by the West to openly arm and equip known terrorist organizations within Syrian territory included a mandate from the UN that allowed supplies to flow without the approval of the Syrian government. Those “aided,” are now clearly the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) running rampant on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border. In Ukraine, precisely the opposite is happening. The regime in Kiev is openly raising armies of Nazi militants ... more »

Been Caught Stealing

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
How many levels of genius is this. Thinking aboot it I got to say many.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Yesterday the Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal newspaper ran a front page story about the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) public hearings in Rangeley. I was quoted but there were two important mistakes in the article that also quoted my organizing companion Jason Rawn. So this morning I sent this response to the paper and will hope it gets printed. Lewiston Sun Journal Dear Editor, I read with great interest your article “Mixed emotions over interceptor base in Franklin County” (8-14-14). This issue about Maine possibly hosting a “missile defense” (MD) interceptor base should be give... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

Militarized Police: “To Terrify and Occupy”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“To Terrify and Occupy”* by Matthew Harwood “Jason Westcott was afraid. One night last fall, he discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend was planning with some co-conspirators to break in to his home. They were intent on stealing Wescott's handgun and a couple of TV sets. According to the Facebook message, the suspect was planning on "burning" Westcott, who promptly called the Tampa Bay police and reported the plot. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the investigating officers responding to Westcott's call had a simple message for him: "If anyone breaks into this house, g... more »

Untitled

New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Saintsational Saintsations Release 2014 Calendar!* *The Advocate buys four weekly Louisiana newspapers * *Coastal Rundown: Dr. John Lopez, Mr. Charlie And New Orleans To Venice ~Laine Kaplan-Levinson, WWNO*

Sandy Hook, Hippie Communes, and US Homeland Security

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Prof. Jason Kissner What follows either signifies next to nothing or something rather unsettling. On June 3, 2014 someone writing by the name of “Duke Reichert” contributed an article to the MemoryHole blog entitled “Gut Feeling: Something is Wrong with Newtown.” [image, right: Former San Francisco State University professor and spiritual guru Stephen Gaskin preaches to followers at his "Sandy Hook Church of Christ" circa 1972 in Summertown, Tennessee. "It's easier to be God than to see God," Gaskin proclaimed. Image Credit: remazcla.com] In that piece, Reichert indicates, amon... more »

9/11 Dust Cloud Caused Widespread Pregnancy Issues

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Pregnant women living near the World Trade Center during 9/11 experienced higher-than-normal negative birth outcomes, according to a new working paper by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. These mothers were more likely to give birth prematurely and deliver babies with low birth weights. Their babies - especially baby boys - were also more likely to be admitted to neonatal intensive care units after birth. The study, led by the Wilson School's Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt, was released by the National Bureau of Labor Economics in... more »

Fukushima Radiation Fallout Causing Serious Biological Effects on Plants and Animals

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown, biological samples were obtained only after extensive delays, limiting the information that could be gained about the impacts of that historic disaster. Determined not to repeat the shortcomings of the Chernobyl studies, scientists began gathering biological information only a few months after the disastrous meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan in 2011. *Results of these studies are now beginning to reveal serious biological effects of the Fukushima radiation on non-human organisms ranging from plants to... more »

Janes Adiction

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
I have been somewhat remiss in my predictions. So with out any debate. You got to hear Janes Addiction. Plowing through all the anarchy. Jane Said you must listen to Perry ferell. This is to me like a cowboy riding a horse or a ski person ripping up some course. Its not optional to kick tomorrow thats for sure,.

NAFTA Is 20 Years Old – Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The Economy

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Michael Snyder Back in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of the hottest political issues in the country. When he was running for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans and that it would reduce illegal immigration. Ross Perot warned that just the opposite would happen. He warned that if NAFTA was implemented there would be a "giant sucking sound" as thousands of businesses and millions of jobs left this country. Most Americans chose to believe Bill Clinton. We... more »

A Helpful Wave of National Indignation : MH17 - The Full & Independent Investigation

Spike EP at News Spike - 12 hours ago
A Helpful Wave of National Indignation : MH17 - The Full & Independent Investigation from Spike EP on Vimeo. A "Remember the Maine" incident could be arranged in several forms: We could blow up a drone (unmanned) vessel anywhere in the Eastern Ukraine. We could arrange to cause such incident in the vicinity of Donesk as a spectacular result of Russian attack from the air or land, or both. The presence of pro-Russian separatists merely investigating the wreckage could be fairly compelling evidence that the plane was taken under attack. The nearness to Donesk would add credibilit... more »

FERGUSON, MISSOURI / THIS IS WHAT MARTIAL LAW LOOKS LIKE

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 12 hours ago
Click on photo to enlarge *The police before a rally Wednesday in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, was shot by an officer last week.* Photo Credit Whitney Curtis for The New York Times *Spurred on by 9/11 and the War on Terror, America has become a feared military force of terror but the prime target has always been the American public which is becoming increasingly aware of their Government sponsored militarized police who see and relate to them as Middle East terrorists until proven innocent such as in Ferguson, Missouri**. **The military-style occupatio... more »

When time runs out what to remeber

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
I see my parents and they did their best but I had DNA that would not let me suffer with their toil I knew as most do they were wage slaves who bent and bred people who would take such toil. I do not blame anyone but I ran as fast as I can from that partridge. Life sucks but in cottage country they will not refrain from running out of town anyone who says we should be equal player in this green game. The greenest warrior will still make your blood spill if you disturb the hornets nest of wealth, Like Silver beach which they took away and the government of today and yesterday said ok.

Stirring The Pot: DOJ Sends ‘Marshals’ To ‘Coach’ The Protesters In Ferguson

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Michael Snyder Is the Obama administration looking to stir up more trouble in Ferguson? “Protest marshals” from the same Department of Justice division that organized protests against George Zimmerman in the aftermath of the shooting of Trayvon Martin have been deployed to the troubled city. It is being reported that these DOJ agents will be “conducting training” for Ferguson protesters that will focus on “best practices for participating in protests”. Local officials in Missouri hope that this will help defuse the situation, but if history is any guide it may... more »

PLAYING WITH DOLLS: A warning about that Rand Paul doll!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014* *Part 4—With praise for Ferguson’s kids:* Yesterday morning, Joan Walsh took out her Rand Paul doll, as she has sometimes does. Presumably, piddle like this is good for business. It makes us the clueless feel good: WALSH (8/14/14): [Sherilyn Ifill] made the important point that the militarization of the Ferguson police is something entirely new and enormously disturbing... [G]ood journalists have been reporting on this for a while. I apologize for not writing about this sooner. This is a bipartisan disaster that ought to be inspiring a renewal of biparti... more »

Canadian Robot Producer First To Denounce Killer Robots

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Take Action *HERE* Nicholas West One could debate the overall merits or failings of robotic systems, but one area that clearly has become a point for concern on all sides is the idea of "killer robots." According to robotics pioneer, David Hanson, we are on a collision course with exponential growth in computing and technology that might only give us a "few years" to counter this scenario. Elon Musk is the latest to proclaim the magnitude of the threat following a reading of Nick Bostrom's book *Superintelligence*, stating that robots infused with advanced artificial intelligen... more »

Cry for Argentina: Fiscal Mismanagement, Odious Debt or Pillage?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Ellen Brown Argentina has now taken the US to The Hague for blocking the country’s 2005 settlement with the bulk of its creditors. The issue underscores the need for an international mechanism for nations to go bankrupt. Better yet would be a sustainable global monetary scheme that avoids the need for sovereign bankruptcy. Argentina was the richest country in Latin America before decades of neoliberal and IMF-imposed economic policies drowned it in debt. A severe crisis in 2001 plunged it into the largest sovereign debt default in history. In 2005, it renegotiated its debt with... more »

New NSA Autonomous Weapons System Intercepts Threats and Retaliates Automatically

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Mac Slavo The name of it is telling. “MonsterMind.” They could just as easily have called it Skynet, the computer network of *Terminator *franchise fame that eventually led to the destruction of the modern world. Though not as advanced just yet, MonsterMind is a new autonomous cyber weapons system developed by the National Security Agency and according to Edward Snowden is capable of not only intercepting every single digital communication within the United States, but it can automatically detect and launch retaliatory strikes without any human involvement if a threat has been ... more »

You can not build your own TV but the computer is an afterthought

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
If you have half a brain and are not rich your building your own computer upon which you will play some games and engage in chat with your fellow builders who did not save a cent on the buy but bought a lamroghini for the cost of a pinto that could go to flames before those texts where deleteted or moved upstairs where the big boys spend the budget looking after simple people who become inflamed. Cyberbully you tell me what a flushie would do to your computer. Bully and Bully be highschool is al about recognizing that doubt and the great thing about bullies is they have no reach i... more »

The Economy: "This Country Is Completely ***cked Up..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"This Country Is Completely ***cked Up..." * by Bill Bonner Ouzilly, France - “It's Assumption Day. Today is a holiday here in France. You wouldn't know it. No one is working, but that is just like every other day in August. "This country is completely ***cked up," says our handyman. "Nobody works. Everybody expects something for nothing." Damien deserves description. His parents gave him to an orphanage. At 16, he began smoking and went to work; he's been smoking and working – as a truck driver, day laborer, gardener, and handyman – ever since. He always has a cigarette in his m... more »

DIY Mosquito Trap Catches Thousands Per Night

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Heather Callaghan DEET is a heavy-duty toxin to be spraying on clothes and especially highly absorbable skin. Not all natural skin repellent combos work to keep mosquito bites at bay. Mesh curtains, candles, bug lights - all of the above - offer minimal protection against mosquito bites. While some people don't like the idea of decimating a bunch of bugs - even pests - mosquitoes aren't just "pests" anymore, leaving behind a swollen thank-you bump for your generous blood donation. Not only are they out of control with changing weather patterns, they are legions of little carriers ... more »

Music Evoltion

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Open your eyes to techno. I am not a fan of computer or beat based music but here we have a case.

The Long Missing Malaysian Flight MH370 IS The MH17 Flight Shot Down Over Ukraine: This Is Morbid - Mystery Withdrawals Made From Bank Accounts Of MH370 Passengers!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I have received a lot of hate comments the last while concerning my stance and the obvious logical conclusion that this MH17 flight that was definitely blown out of the sky by the Ukrainian military over eastern Ukraine was in fact the long "missing" MH370 flight. It does appear that the slurs and insults mean that I am right "over the target" when it comes to this MH17 = MH370 fiasco and obvious false flag attempt in Ukraine. That MH370 aircraft that was first attempted to use in an aborted false flag operation back in late March against the Iranian Nuclear Summit in The Hague, ... more »

EU courage moved from Czechia to Slovakia, Hungary

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Some years ago, when Václav Klaus was the Czech president, my country would be the ultimate headquarters of those who are not afraid to say what is crucial and importantly wrong about the contemporary European Union. Well, at least the headquarters for the central and Eastern portion of the EU, but sometimes beyond this subset. I couldn't have hid my pride about those matters. Thankfully, Klaus was succeeded by Miloš Zeman who has at least some balls (and when it comes to the Ukrainian matters, he at least opposes the sanctions). His opponent in the elections, Karel Schwarzenberg, ... more »

Jack White

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
This is a modern day rock star. He can back up his celeiberty with talent. And he can rock an roll, and rock and roll and sing and play an instrument like he was just breathing something fast because in his chest his heart was beating at last.

Henry Giroux Explains It All

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Henry Giroux shares clips of his recent appearances on a Canadian TV show to talk about his new book, "The Violence of Organized Forgetting." You can watch both segments here. In the first part, the interviewer expresses disbelief that American police departments are using tanks to make arrests. Hopefully, she's since recovered from her original skepticism after (hopefully) watching events in Ferguson, Missouri unfold. For as Henry Giroux warns in the second part, regarding Canada's comparatively strong safety net, "There's a cold wind blowing from the south." He could have been t... more »

U.S. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene Is Buried With Full Honors At Arlington

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Goodbye Dad: Heartbroken Family Of Highest Ranking Soldier Killed By 'Insider' In Afghanistan Ambush Kiss His Casket As He Is Buried With Full Honors At Arlington -- Daily Mail* * A service featuring full military honors was held for Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday * Major Greene was shot by an Afghan military policeman in an ambush on two weeks ago * He was the highest-ranking Army officer to die in Afghanistan * His killer was hiding in a bathroom waiting for Greene and 20 other military personnel The highest-ranking U.S. military officer ki... more »

World News Briefs -- August 15, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Ukraine Tangles With Russia Over APCs as Convoy Stalls -- Bloomberg* Ukraine and Russia clashed over accusations about an alleged border incursion by Russian military vehicles as a humanitarian convoy awaits permission to enter Ukraine. The military in Kiev said Russia continues to aid militants with equipment and confirmed that vehicles crossed over from its neighbor’s side under the cover of darkness last night. The border violation, which Ukraine said it doesn’t consider the start of a possible invasion, was confirmed by NATO. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President V... more »

"The drums for war are being loudly beaten in Washington, European capitals, and the presstitute Western media." "The deadly consequences of such a war would extend beyond Russia, Europe, and the US to the entire world. The Western use of lies to demonize Russia endangers life on earth and reveals the West to be both reckless and irresponsible. Yet, few voices are raised against this recklessness and irresponsibility." -- Paul Craig Roberts

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 14 hours ago
------------------------------ *Washington Has Placed The World On The Road To War — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ August 14, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *Washington Has Placed The World On The Road To War* *Does the world have a death wish?* Paul Craig Roberts The drums for war are being loudly beaten in Washington, European capitals, and the presstitute Western media. A headline in the Asia Times is “NATO Is Desperate For War.” http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Cent... more »

Newsday Declares Down, Up, as Common Core Curdles

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Last year's god-awful results on Common Core tests in New York set off a statewide resistance movement among advantaged and the disadvantaged parents to dump the Gates and Pearson CorpEd plan into the Long Island Sound. This second year, when most new testing regimes usually see big gains, state language arts scores actually went down, while math scores edged up. Newsday headline? "Common Core Up Significantly in State in 2014." Another clear case of----

IKEA Hack: $5 Side Table into Stacked End Table

Lorene Nance at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
Hello again, friends! It's Lorene again. Debra has graciously allowed me to be here today to share my latest project with you -- an easy DIY to turn a pair of IKEA Lack end tables into a set of stacked bedside tables. We recently rearranged our master bedroom and needed new bedside tables. I wanted something simple and inexpensive. When I saw this simple stack-a-Lack tutorial, it was perfect -- especially since the Lack tables are an IKEA Family special this month for only $5 a pop! I only wanted my tables to be half the size (11" deep by 22"wide instead of the full 22" square), s... more »

War with Russia

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Does everyone forget they have thousand of nuclear weapons? Or is this the Illuminati de -population master stroke? Does anyone doubt there are people in power who would sanction a controlled by them outcome Nuclear War? Nuclear war may be a better alternative if you are controlling the dials than climate change. A few million survivors would inherit a paradise if they had the technology to continue. Robotics makes most people disposable. How to dispose of the useless masses? The title is a message from a Russian Girl. Is it propaganda well if it is its way more nuanced than throwi... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 15, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*U.S. Military Shifts to Helping Kurds Fight Back -- Wall Street Journal* WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is turning its focus toward helping Kurdish forces launch a counteroffensive against Sunni militants now that the refugee crisis in the northern Iraqi mountains has abated, American officials said Thursday. American military planners are building a coalition of countries that have agreed to take part in the effort to fly in ammunition, mortars, and rocket-propelled grenades the Kurdish fighters need to uproot extremist forces that call themselves the Islamic State, the officials ... more »

Syrian Kurds, Not U.S. Military, Rescued Trapped Yazidis In Iraq

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville In a perfect example of how world events can be misconstrued in mainstream media outlets for propaganda purposes, recent reports regarding trapped Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar have been used as cover for the justification of an American bombing campaign in Iraq. This tragedy, which is very real, has been presented to the American public as the reason that the U.S. military is engaging in “targeted airstrikes” in Iraq, despite the fact that the area where the airstrikes initially took place was Erbil, a “hub” for major international oil companies which is not “in the ... more »

Volt holds its charge against BWM

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
A plug in car is capable of being everything in transport. An all battery machine is a second car for most. Based upon this review the Volt is the better choice.

Saving The Appearances Goes On Without Pause

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 14 hours ago
Roy Spencer has a recent post suggesting a way that "deep ocean warming can bypass the surface" (for those trying to explain the "pause" in global mean surface temperature, without admitting their basic theory has been proven wrong by that "pause"). My response: *The comparison of temperatures in the atmospheres of Venus and Earth, at points of equal pressure over the range of Earth tropospheric pressures, shows that the Venus/Earth temperature ratio is precisely explained by the different solar distances of the two planets and nothing else. This proves there is no increase of tempe... more »

U.S. Knew About 9/11 Warning, Staged Egypt Revolution: Ex Interior Minister

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Ex Interior Minister Habib Al-Adly Brandon Turbeville Over the weekend, the former Egyptian Interior Minister under Hosni Mubarak, Habib El-Adly, gave a speech at his own retrial in Cairo, Egypt. Among a number of generic statements, El-Adly made at least two bombshell claims during his testimony that have received little to no coverage in the Western press. One of these claims was that the United States was behind the 2011 Egyptian revolution which overthrew Hosni Mubarak. The other, however, was that the Egyptian intelligence agencies and Interior Ministry received information ... more »

The U.S. Air Force's 30-Year Strategy On Future Technology Revealed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Here Is The Futuristic Technology The Air Force Is Targeting Over The Next 30 Years -- Allan Smith, Business Insider* The Air Force recently released its outline for a 30-year strategy, charting the future of a branch of the military that has been recently transformed by technological innovations like the development of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles. In the new plan, the Air Force highlighted technologies it would be targeting in the coming decades. The advances will focus on adding even more "speed, range, flexibility, and precision" to the Force's operations. "The aircraf... more »

Ebola Watch -August 15 , 2014 --- Ebola Outbreak "Moving Faster" Than Reported Cases Suggest, WHO Warns May Be Far Worse ...... Items of note from the frontlines in Africa ....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Tweets...... *Morning Consult* @MorningConsult · 5h The story of experimental #Ebola drug and involvement of the #FDA #CDC and # NIH is at times conflicting. Read here: http://bit.ly/1t3HIuw - *Ebola Alert* ‏@ebola_alert 3h FIVE SUSPECTED EBOLA VICTIMS FOUND IN ALBANIA: Newsweek is reporting that five immigrants out o... http://bit.ly/1rCxkcl #*EbolaOutbreak* *MSF UK* ‏@MSF_uk 6h #Ebola: international response to #*Ebolaoutbreak* dangerously inadequate http://www.msf.org.uk/article/ebola- international-response-ebola-epidemic-dangerously-inadequate … - *Solomo... more »

Not Just One Bad Apple

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
nigelroberson.blogspot.ca So Michael Sona is guilty of election fraud, even though the crown prosecutor and the judge both agree that he did not act alone. The Harperites will continue to insist that Sona was just one bad apple. But that meme has become the punchline of a national joke. Michael Den Tandt writes: There was the “in and out” affair in 2007, related to spending-limit violations in the 2006 election, which the Conservatives minimized for years but to which the party ultimately pleaded guilty. In-and-out a... more »

Is an Airborne Biological Weapons Release Imminent?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Janet Phelan A surprise drill in New York City has the authorities scrambling to address an anthrax attack. MERS is reported to have mutated and is now airborne. Ebola is now being discussed as a major airborne threat to the US population These stories hit the news during the past week. All three issues highlight enhanced structured and established concerns about the possibility for an airborne pandemic—launched either through a natural occurring disease agent or a biological weapons attack. But are these concerns realistic? Since the anthrax attacks of September 2001, the US has... more »

MH17 Update

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Curiously nothing to report. How can that be?

CIA records: wanted to kill using chemical, biological substances

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Credit: Omar Boubess Jon Rappoport By analyzing CIA documents from earlier days, we can understand the programs of the Agency and its government cousins. Given the fact that the CIA’s umbrella research program, MKULTRA, went completely dark in 1962, and given the technological advances that have been made in the intervening years, we can draw inferences about present-day covert ops. Document: May 20, 1975; sent by CIA Inspector General, Donald F. Chamberlain, to the Director of Central Intelligence, William Colby. Subject: CIA activities at Fort Detrick, Maryland [in the 195... more »

Who Voted Against Militarizing The Local Police-- And Who Was Just Fine With It?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
I saw a lot of coverage of Ferguson, Missouri in the last few days. But I didn't see any photos of Georgia Republican congressional candidate Jody Hice. Hice never showed up-- or maybe he was hiding under something. Gun Owners of America only spent independent money on one candidate so far this cycle: Jody Hice and that may be because of Hice's most famous quote: "It is my belief that any, any, any, any weapon that our government and law enforcement possesses ought to be allowed for individuals to possess in this country, provided they can afford it." He goes on the explain why p... more »

‘Drone-vertising’: Great, Now UAVs Are Going to be Flying around Selling Us Stuff

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Melissa Melton Am I the only one who feels like I’ve been born in the wrong time period? Or maybe we just permanently live in *1984* year after year after year… Apparently the next trendy new thing will be drones flying around everywhere trying to sell you stuff. That’s right. Tagline? “Advertising has never been so high.”Meet “drone-vertising” (via Yahoo! News): Sometimes it seems like every technological innovation ultimately just turns into a new way to show us ads. But drones? Yes, drones, too: Ads of the World and PSFK have brought to our attention the concept of “drone-ver... more »

A Look At The Massive U.S. Military Depots Built And Hidden In The Caves Of Norway

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
This 1997 aerial photograph shows the entrance to a cave facility the U.S. military uses in the Trondheim region of central Norway. (Defense Department photo courtesy of the National Archives) *The Pentagon Is Adding To Its Arsenal Of Weapons In Norway’s Caves -- Washington Post* In the heart of Norway’s countryside, the U.S. military is bolstering its arsenal of weapons with tanks, gun trucks and other armored vehicles along with hundreds of containers of equipment. The Marine Corps is overseeing the effort, which expands the existing Marine Corps Prepositioning Program. It stash... more »

5 Big Brother Technologies for Tracking and Surveilling Children

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Terrence Newton Without much of a mentionable public debate about the implementation of police state surveillance and tracking technologies in our society, we are quickly moving into an era where personal liberty and privacy do not exist. For those of us who grew up without being monitored and tracked everywhere we went, watching the high-tech infrastructure of a super-funded police state emerge is both alarming and intolerable. For today’s children, however, ubiquitous surveillance and zero-expectation of privacy is the standard in a culture dependent on smartphones, Wi-Fi, const... more »

"We tortured some folks"

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
"But we were really scared." The depths of American liberalism. "We tortured some folks." "We tortured some folks." "We tortured some folks." "WE tortured some folks.." "We TORTURED some folks." "We tortured SOME FOLKS." What a disgusting culture. And it's our culture. Our governments are just as stained. Our "conservatives" are just as debased as those who condemned Obama for admitting what was impossible to deny.

Is Ukraine Using Phosphorus Weapons In It's Campaign Against Pro-Separatist Rebels?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*‘White Rain’: Donetsk Residents Record Alleged Phosphorus Shelling (VIDEO) -- RT* Citizens of Donetsk have recorded multiple videos of white glowing particles raining on residential quarters. The locals allege that Ukraine's military has shelled their city with internationally prohibited phosphorus incendiaries. On Thursday night, people in the Lenin district of the city of Donetsk saw a flow of white fire pouring down from the dark sky alongside the now-familiar sound of bombing, RIA Novosti reported. They suspect these have been incendiary shells stuffed with white phosphorou... more »

Russia's Military Buildup At The Ukraine Border Intensifying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Russian Aid Convoy Checked; Military Vehicles Mass Near Ukraine -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Dozens of heavy Russian military vehicles massed on Friday near the border with Ukraine, while Ukrainian border guards crossed the frontier to inspect a huge Russian aid convoy. Kiev has said the humanitarian aid might be used as cover for a Russian military intervention, and has insisted that its forces check the convoy before it moves across the border. Moscow has denied any ulterior motives, but has allowed Ukrainian border guards to enter Russia and look at the caravan of trucks in an area... more »

Ferguson Updates August 15 , 2014 -- ( Some different angles of observation ) Tear Gas Use at US Protests Excessive Use of Force – Russian Lawmaker..... Irony Watch items regarding Ferguson !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
http://en.ria.ru/world/20140815/192031350/Tear-Gas-Use-at-US-Protests-Excessive-Use-of-Force--Russian.html Tear Gas Use at US Protests Excessive Use of Force – Russian Lawmaker [image: A protester kicks a smoke grenade that had been deployed by police back in the direction of police in Ferguson] A protester kicks a smoke grenade that had been deployed by police back in the direction of police in Ferguson © AP/ Jeff Roberson 13:10 15/08/2014 Tags: violence, mass protests, police, State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee , Alexei Pushkov, Missouri,United States Related News - Arrest of... more »

"Jail 'Em" Says Pennsylvania Senator About Employers Who Misclassify

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 15 hours ago
I've written here recently about the one-sided Criminalization of Employment Law. It seems that employees are getting tossed in jail while scofflaw employers sail off in their yachts laughing at the 99%. Well, at least one state Senator is doing something to balance things out. Senator Mike Stack has proposed a bill in Pennsylvania to toss employers who misclassify employees in jail. Employers who declare employees to be independent contractors are illegally avoiding paying worker's compensation premiums, overtime and employment taxes, and at least Senator Stack is doing something a... more »

14 Reasons Why The U.S. Economy’s Bubble Of False Prosperity May Be About To Burst

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Michael Snyder Did you know that a major event just happened in the financial markets that we have not seen since the financial crisis of 2008? If you rely on the mainstream media for your news, you probably didn't even hear about it. Just prior to the last stock market crash, a massive amount of money was pulled out of junk bonds. Now it is happening again. In fact, as you will read about below, the market for high yield bonds just experienced "a 6-sigma event". But this is not the only indication that the U.S. economy could be on the verge of very hard times. Retail sales are... more »

NY State Candidate for Governor Arrested For Filming Police

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
image source Brandon Turbeville Despite the Supreme Court having ruled that videotaping police is legal and protected by the 1st Amendment, citizens all across the country continue to be arrested, charged, and abused by police for doing so. Generally speaking, those videotaping and subsequently subjected to police harassment or brutality are activists or otherwise concerned and “average” citizens. However, the police state grows bolder and bolder every day in its attempt to crush dissent and instill the concept that challenging the power of the state will not be allowed, regar... more »

Sanctions watch August 15 , 2014 --- Europe fractures over Russian sanctions ( See Finland , Slovakia , Poland , Lithuania , Hungary ) , while other nations rush to void the food trade void left by EU blockage by Russia ( Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Mozambique and China. ) ...... Hungary's Orban offers common sense regarding the EU shooting itself in the foot with EU sanctions against Russia .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Sanctions price breaking European solidarity against Russia ? http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/08/finland-president-heads-to-russia-to.html Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:23 PM Finland President Heads to Russia to Meet Putin; Phone Rings in Switzerland Over Cheese In a welcome development (except for warmongers and sanction lovers) Kremlin news reports President of Finland to Visit Russia on a Working Visit . The Heads of State will discuss the state and prospects of bilateral cooperation between Russia and Finland. Have in mind to pay attention and international is... more »

Regional War watch ( August 15 , 2014 ) Syria and Lebanon in focus .... items of note for the day !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Anti War ....... Syrian Troops Retake Damascus Suburb of MieihaIslamist Rebels Expelled From Key Suburb After Shelling by Jason Ditz, August 14, 2014 Print This | Share This After months of on-again, off-again mortar strikes, the Syrian military finally retook the key Damascus suburb of Mieiha, with the rebels reportedly withdrawing to nearby villages. The capture of the suburb gives them the heart of the Ghouta District, which is the key supply line for what rebels remain in the area around Damascus and southward into Golan. Though the rebels had only a handful of possessions left ar... more »

Ukraine Permitted To Inspect Russian 'Aid' Convoy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Ukrainian Border Guards Inspecting Convoy Of Trucks In Russia -- CNN* Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- Ukrainian border guards are in Russia and have started to examine the contents of a huge convoy of trucks that Moscow says is carrying relief goods for civilians in war-torn eastern Ukraine, authorities said Friday. The purpose of the procession of trucks, which abruptly changed course earlier this week, has been the subject of dispute between Russia and Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has expressed fears that the mission is a camouflaged effort to smuggle supplies to pro-Russian rebel... more »

Look Upon Each Other.......by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
*Look upon each other with kindness, with compassion, with sympathy, and with the concern that springs from the heart spring. * *That Spring that flows endlessly and quenches Mankind's thirst.* M.N. Hopkins

Iraq Updates ( August 15 , 2014 ) -- US ditches so called humanitarian rescue of Yazidis in a heartbeat ( without rescuing one Yazidi ) and now are focusing on the new War and new missions , like reinvading Fallujah ! ISIS seems to have quickly adapted to US intervention and tactics ( as if they had been schooled in same ) .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Anti War...... Iraq Escalation: US Troops Headed Back to FallujahAnbar Governor Confirms Deal for US Presence 'Very Soon' by Jason Ditz, August 14, 2014 Print This | Share This Having ditched the Yazidi rescue pretext for the new US war in Iraq, after discovering there weren’t really many Yazidis to rescue in the first place, the US has reportedly set its sights on the Anbar Province, site of some of the bloodiest US battles during the previous occupation. In an interview with Reuters, Anbar Governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi confirmed meetings with US diplomats and senior military offi... more »

Rand Paul: Demilitarize the Police

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 17 hours ago
In writing a piece published by Time magazine, Senator Rand Paul once again despite the nearly insurmountable odds that he faces shows why he represents the best opportunity for change in America. A large part of the change that is needed to save the republic from fascism is a rollback of the militarized police state and the surveillance colossus that underlies it. The menace of the government showering surplus battlefield equipment from the endless wars on local law enforcement is the most important story of the last decade yet has been largely ignored. That is until this week’s ... more »

Further restrictions lifted for F-35 test fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: F-35 AF-2 Lightning II]The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test fleet will be able to fly six hours between engine inspections for weapon test and refueling missions, as restrictions on the fifth-generation fighter continue to ease. Previously, the entire F-35 fleet was limited to three hours of flight time before an engine inspection was required as an investigation continues into a fire that heavily damaged an F-35A model on June 23. The test fleet is made up of 20 F-35 fighters. The remaining 79 F-35s are still operating under the full restrictions. Read more

Happy Day

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 18 hours ago

Judges limited to issues properly before them

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 18 hours ago
Iskander v. BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., 2014 ONCA 582: [2] On his own motion, the application judge determined that there was no basis in law for BMO to withhold tax. He erred in so holding. That issue was not before him and this was not the appropriate forum to make that determination:*Tax Court of Canada Act*, R.S.C. 1985, c. T-2. S. 12.

Did Israel once support Hamas?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
Occasionally on Twitter I get a smart arse who triumphantly tells me that Israel used to support Hamas. Occasionally they say Israel created Hamas but I tend to ignore people who are that stupid. In answer to the first group: Israel used to support the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) back when it was focused on bringing religious piety into the public sphere but before it added the mission violent opposition to Israel. Later, a separate Islamic organization, Palestinian Islamic JIHAD (PIJ) , started up and was focused on violent opposition to Israel. So as not to lose support to PIJ, the... more »

A Note on the TERF Wars

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 18 hours ago
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the fire of radical politics burns fiercest when fuelled by the polemic of other radicals. Nowhere is this truer than the ruinous, ceaseless battle between transwomen and activists who've come to be known (pejoratively) as trans-exclusionary radical feminists. I'm not going to get too much into that fight. There's little point my mansplaining matters to readers, especially as there's plenty of stuff out there already. I agree with Caroline Criado-Perez, 'cis' is not a neutral term merely meaning "not-trans". Bound up in trans discourse w... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 8.15.14”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 8.15.14”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “We start, once again, with the crisis in Ukraine. Russia sent a humanitarian convoy to the pro-Russian separatist. It was stalled well short of the border for a while and it looks like it will cross at some point. The Ukraine government said it would stop the convoy that is aimed at resupplying the rebels with food and water. Meanwhile, a second Russian military convoy also crossed into Ukraine to help aid the pro-Russian rebels, according to the Guardian in the UK. The reporter noted that the convoy was only 23 vehic... more »

Some Happy Music From Nahko and Medicine For The People - Budding Trees

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
*Published on August 7, 2013* Nahko and Medicine for the People - Budding Trees From the album "Dark As Night" available now! Purchase: iTunes - http://bit.ly/DANiTunes A film by Grototote and Mari Kari. A big thank you to everyone who contributed! *Get a free download of Budding Trees at:* *ttp://www.nahko.com* *http://www.facebook.com/nahkoandmedic...* *http://www.twitter.com/nahkobear* *http://www.soundcloud.com/nahko*

Russian Tanks in Ukraine? Consider the Source

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
*Image: British propagandists took this picture inside Russia. No evidencewhatsoever suggests the armor crossed the border with Ukraine, leavingonly the Guardian's "word" to depend on. The Guardian's word, however,is of little worth.* *August 15, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Denying civilians admittedly needed aid constitutes, in the West's own terms, a crime against humanity. While in Syria attempts by the West to openly arm and equip known terrorist organizations within Syrian territory included a mandate from the UN that allowed supplies to flow without the approval of the ... more »

Global Hawk Reaches New Milestone, Expands Operational Area

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RQ-4 Global Hawk]The U.S. Air Force's RQ-4 Global Hawk, a wide area surveillance unmanned aircraft system, has just completed its 100th operational mission in Southwest Asia and recently moved into the Pacific region. Built by Northrop Grumman Corp. Global Hawk is operated largely out of the 69th Reconnaissance Group at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The 69th Reconnaissance Group falls under the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, central station for the entire Global Hawk fleet based at Beale Air Force Base, California. Read more

RCAF to acquire systems to protect CP-140 Auroras from missiles

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: CP-140 Aurora]The Canadian government is spending more than $200 million to ensure that the RCAF’s CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft are protected against enemy missile attacks. Canada will purchase from the U.S. government what is called a Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system. The Royal Canadian Air Force has requested six of the systems for the Aurora aircraft; the deal includes sensors to warn of an approaching missile and devices to counter that, as well as spare parts and training. Read more

India plans to buy 3 radar reconnaissance aircrafts A-50 in Russia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: A-50 Mainstay]India plans to buy three airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircrafts A-50 in Russia, a source in Russian governmental military and industrial commission told ITAR-TASS on Friday. In 2003 India has already ordered three such warplanes and the contract was fulfilled in 2010. “India is mulling possible delivery of another three AEW&C aircrafts, talks are on now,” the commission’s source said. He did not specify a timeline planned for a deal to strike. Read more

Third AWACS to be delivered in September

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Boeing 737 Peace Eagle]The airborne early warning and control aircraft (AWACS) project initiated in order to ensure complete and uninterrupted surveillance of Turkey's surroundings and to manage air traffic when necessary is drawing to an end. According to Turkish Daily Dünya, the third aircraft will be delivered to Turkey in September. The project named as "Eagle of Peace," which consisted of the purchase of four aircraft had been delayed for seven years and the first aircraft was delivered in February and the other one in May. Read more

Indonesians Boost CN235 Sales after Pact with Airbus D&S

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: CN235 Persuader]PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has stepped up its marketing of maritime versions of the CN235 and is completing assembly of its first C295. The moves result from the strategic collaboration agreement that PTDI signed with Airbus Defense & Space in 2011. That deal also transferred production of the smaller C212 transport to PTDI’s facility in Bandung. Read more

AHRLAC gets airborne

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AHRLAC]South Africa’s Paramount Group announced on 13 August that its AHRLAC [advanced high-performance reconnaissance light aircraft] has entered flight testing; just shy of three years after launching the indigenous project. “Unique-looking” is probably the nicest way to describe the prototype’s look, although we certainly do like the chosen camouflage scheme (squint a bit and it’s almost a mini OV-10 Bronco with Slovakia’s funky MiG-29 markings; or is that just me?). Paramount describes the twin-seater as being “the first military fixed-wing aircraft to be fully designed... more »

Understanding Piketty, part 1

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 20 hours ago
Thomas Piketty's (CV) *Capital in the Twenty-First Century* is the most important book on economics published in this century. The book has made a huge splash, and drawn the ire of conservatives, for its straightforward argument that recent increases in inequality in numerous countries are likely to rise to unprecedented heights unless governments can reach democratically based solutions to this problem. As I mentioned previously, the book's success is built on a mountain of data that a multinational team of researchers has been compiling for 10 years, the World Top Incomes Database... more »

Britain's High-Tech New Plan to Rule the Waves

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Type-26 Global Combat Ship]After too many years of hearing senior U.S. Navy officers gripe about budget cuts and political interference, it’s refreshing to hear a flag officer sounding optimistic. Britain’s First Sea Lord—the Royal Navy’s senior officer—is Sir George Zambellas, educated as an aeronautical engineer, a helicopter pilot by specialty and a confessed “antisubmarine warfare guy.” He was in Washington late last month, in part, on a mission to boost the Royal Navy’s capabilities, which former defense secretary Bob Gates had casually trashed in a British radio inter... more »

The USS Enterprise Is Being Shut Down

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Enterprise]It's the beginning of the end for the USS Enterprise. After 50 years of service, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is going dark at the same shipyard where it was first built. Around 600 sailors and 1,200 employees at the Newport News shipyard in Virginia have been tasked with completing the "inactivation." As the Daily Press newspaper reports: The Navy has never permanently shut down a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. A big part of the job — removing spent fuel from the ship's nuclear reactors — is nothing new. Newport News has accomplished... more »

Panel: Taiwan Facing Increasing Chinese Pressure

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: KJ-2000 AEW&C]Since the 1996 Taiwan Straits crisis, when China tried to intimidate the island by testing missiles in waters near Taiwan and the United States responded by sending two carrier battle groups to the region, Beijing has built up its naval forces of conventionally powered submarines, corvettes, and frigates to influence events in “the first island chain” off its coast—and looks to extend its reach by 2050 to the Mariana Islands with nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. China “doesn’t need nuclear-powered submarines to operate around Taiwan,” said Bern... more »

China Declares Australia a Military Threat Over U.S. Pact

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: HMAS Canberra]China’s state-run media have declared Australia a threat to its national security, after Australia finalized a 25-year military pact with the United States. The United States currently has 1,200 troops from the Marine Corps and Air Force training with Australian troops for humanitarian and disaster relief. The defense agreement will increase the number of U.S. troops at Darwin in northern Australia to 2,500. The Chinese regime is none too pleased about the agreement, however. Read more

Hire your CERN and click at your discoveries

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
If you want to assure yourself that you're capable of doing all the work that is done by people at CERN – from the Director General to the PhD advisers, detector technicians, statisticians etc., you may simply open this CERN game: CERN particle clicker You must click at buttons to discover the CP violation and do many other things. Heuer and the folks at ATLAS, CMS, and other collaborations aren't doing too different things. If you're going to click vigorously enough, you will be receiving packages with beer, coffee, graduate students, postdocs, research fellows, reputatio... more »

The Poet: John Clare, “I Am!”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*“I Am!”* by John Clare “I am- yet what I am none cares or knows; My friends forsake me like a memory lost: I am the self-consumer of my woes- They rise and vanish in oblivious host, Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes And yet I am, and live- like vapours tossed Into the nothingness of scorn and noise, Into the living sea of waking dreams, Where there is neither sense of life or joys, But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems; Even the dearest that I loved the best Are strange- nay, rather, stranger than the rest. I long for scenes where man hath never trod A place where wo... more »

Freedom of information?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
According to the BBC, London free newspaper The Metro is reporting that: 'Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 23, has reportedly asked Google to erase references of his performance for Belgium against Argentina at this summer's World Cup under the European Union's recent 'right to be forgotten' ruling.' Two thoughts strike me: first that I don't think this is what the ruling was meant for and second David Luiz could be very very interested if Eden Hazard gets his way.

You Confine Yourself - Author Unknown

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 22 hours ago

Are U.S. Aircraft Carriers Too Big To Fail?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits up the Elizabeth River as it passes the downtown Norfolk waterfront after completing a successful and on-time six-month Planned Incremental Availability at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Folnsbee/Released) *The U.S. Military's Ultimate Fear: Are Aircraft Carriers Too Big To Fail? -- Henry Holst, National Interest * Various defense pundits, scholars, and journalists have spent a considerable amount of digital ink debating the variou... more »

President Obama Fails To Credit The PKK For The Rescue of Yezidis On Mount Sinjar in Iraq

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
*President Barack Obama: "We Broke the ISIL Siege of Mt. Sinjar." Obama you didn't break shit. Stop lying about Iraq. * *An excerpt from, "Syrian Kurds, Not U.S. Military, Rescued Trapped Yazidis In Iraq" by Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post, August 14, 2014: * "Of course, the mainstream Western press is attempting to paint the improved conditions on Mt. Sinjar as a success of the American military, U.S. Marines, and other related personnel. However, the fact is that the U.S. military personnel only ever engaged in air relief drops and “reconnaissance.” The real heroes for the Mt... more »

Obama-- OK With The Evil Lobbyists Now?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
I was head over heals about Barack Obama in 2003 when he was an Illinois state Senator and I helped put on one of his first Los Angeles fundraisers when he ran for the U.S. Senate. He was in 4th place in the Democratic primary when I wrote my first check to his campaign. When I heard him speak in person, I wrote a bigger check. And then he was elected to the Senate. By the time he ran for president, I knew he wasn't what I thought he was. I had watched him carefully in the Senate and I didn't vote for him in the 2008 primary. I did vote for him against McCain-- my last vote ever f... more »

Ukraine Passes Law That Sanctions Key Russian Industries And Individuals. Russian Gas Interruptions To Europe Are Now Feared

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ukraine Approves Law On Sanctions Against Russia -- Reuters* Aug 14 (Reuters) - The Ukrainian parliament approved a law on Thursday to impose sanctions on Russian companies and individuals supporting and financing separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The government has already prepared a list of 172 citizens of Russia and other countries, and of 65 Russian companies, including gas export giant Gazprom, on whom they could impose sanctions "for financing terrorism". After Thursday's vote, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk told parliament that Ukraine had taken a historic step. "By a... more »

Iran's Supreme Ruler: Talks With The U.S. Are Futile

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Photo:* Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Wikipedia *Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Says Talks With The U.S. Are Futile -- Daily Beast* *The Supreme Leader suggests the only thing worth talking to the Americans about is ending sanctions, and even then he doesn’t hold out much hope.* In a speech to diplomats from around the world, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that he firmly believes further negotiations with the United States should not go ahead. Iran is willing to cooperate with any country in the world, he said, “with two exceptions: the Zio... more »

Musical Interlude: David Schombert, "A Space Journey"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
David Schombert, "A Space Journey" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un5SEJ8MyPc&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Large, dusty, spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen edge-on near the center of this rich telescopic image. The field of view spans nearly 2 degrees, or about 4 times the width of the Full Moon, toward the expansive southern constellation Centaurus. *Click image for larger size.* About 13 million light-years distant, NGC 4945 is almost the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. But X-ray and infrared observations reveal even more high energy emission and star formation in the core of NGC 4945. The other prominent galaxy in the field, NGC 4976, is an elliptical galaxy. Left of center, NGC 4976 ... more »

"Curveballs..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Just when we think we figured things out, the universe throws us a curveball. So, we have to improvise. We find happiness in unexpected places. We find ourselves back to the things that matter the most. The universe is funny that way. Sometimes it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong." - "Dr. Meredith Grey", "Grey's Anatomy"

The Move To Punish Banks That Handle The Money Of Designated Terror Groups Is Gaining Support

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Arab Bank in Jordan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons *Terrorism Trial Of Mideast Bank Worries The Financial World -- New York Times* The judge called it the Beirut account. It was a basic bank account at Arab Bank’s Al-Mazra branch in Beirut, Lebanon, unremarkable except for the name on the account: Osama Hamdan, a spokesman for the terrorist group Hamas. For the six years Mr. Hamdan maintained the account, at least three wire transfers sent to it were earmarked for Hamas, transactions that officials at Arab Bank vetted and initialed, the plaintiffs say. Now, the Beirut account is at th... more »

U.S. Intelligence Is Still In The Dark On The Size And Scope Of The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Reuters *ISIS Still Baffles US Intelligence Agencies -- Eli Lake & Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast* It’s been two months since ISIS took over Iraq’s second largest city. But U.S. analysts are still trying to figure out how big the group is and the real identities of its leaders. The U.S. intelligence community is still trying to answer basic questions about the jihadists who tried to wipe out Iraq’s remaining Yazidis and who now threaten to overrun the capital of the country’s Kurdish provinces. In a briefing for reporters Thursday, U.S. intelligence officials said the government is... more »

Chet Raymo, "Final Exam: Philosophy 101"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Final Exam: Philosophy 101"* by Chet Raymo “Among the collected aphorisms of the poet Wallace Stevens is this: "The thing seen becomes the thing unseen. The opposite is, or seems to be, impossible." Discuss. The first question to ask is whether this aphorism, or any of Mr. Stevens aphorisms, means anything at all. Stevens is known for his tricky opacity, his oblique glance, his wry twists. All of this sometimes makes him seem profound, and fine fodder for the critic, but one has to ask: Does it really add up to a hill of beans? And the answer, I think, is: Yes. It does add up to... more »

"Are Humans Becoming More or Less Psychopathic?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Are Humans Becoming More or Less Psychopathic?"* by George Dvorsky "Readers of this blog know that I've started to develop a bit of a fascination with psychopathy. It all got started after attending the Moral Brain conference at NYU last April. The more I look into this subject, the more I understand why so many neuroscientists are making such a big fuss about it. The one statistic that has stuck with me is the observation that 1-2% of the general population is psychopathic. As previously noted, psychopathic traits don't always lead to crime or violence. In fact, studies have sh... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Siler City, N. Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Foaming At The Mouth..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I am a person who is unhappy with things as they stand. We cannot accept the world as it is. Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth because of the injustice of things." – Hugo Claus

"The Status Quo: Life as We Know It"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Status Quo: Life as We Know It"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Our lives can sometimes become status quo and that is ok as long as we aren't keeping it that way on purpose. When our lives are going well, and sometimes even when they aren’t, we may find ourselves feeling very attached to the status quo of our existence- life as we know it. It is a very human tendency to resist change as though it were possible to simply decide not to do it, or have it in our lives. But change will come and the status quo will go, sooner or later, with our consent or without it. We may find a... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Song of the Builders"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Song of the Builders"* "On a summer morning I sat down on a hillside to think about God - a worthy pastime. Near me, I saw a single cricket; it was moving the grains of the hillside this way and that way. How great was its energy, how humble its effort. Let us hope it will always be like this, each of us going on in our inexplicable ways building the universe.” ~ Mary Oliver, “Why I Wake Early”

NOTHING TO LAUGH AT

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
On August 9th in Hebron, Israeli soldiers celebrated shooting an 18-year-old Palestinian youth in the leg with live ammunition. See much more on the story *here *

Fukushima Debacle ( August 14 , 2014 ) -- Japan definitely getting close to a " Nearer My God To Thee " moment regarding Fukushima...... The Ice-Wall Go-eth - Japan Scraps Fukushima Freezing Plan , time for Plan Z ?

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Zero Hedge..... The Ice-Wall Go-eth - Japan Scraps Fukushima Freezing Plan [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/14/2014 21:21 -0400 - B+ - Bloomberg News - Google - Japan - Meltdown - Newspaper inShare On the heels of our previous aggregation of all things Fukushima, we were 'shocked' to see the flashing red headline tear across the Bloomberg exclaiming that "*The Japanese government has decided to abandon the 'frozen water wall' solution to Fukushima's meltdown*." When they unveiled this "Game of Thrones"-esque 1.4km long ... more »

above top secret

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

August 14: At last, we catch up...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
The Thursday paper is easy. It has only one item in it worth reading - on p. D7. Brian Cormier has a column on depression, and it's a good one. As usual, it's a personal story rather than an opinion. But in this case, it works. And it's well-written. The editorial writer attacks the party leaders for not having a policy entirely meeting the wishes of the TandT (and its boss). ---I notice the editorials are almost always on matters of interest to the boss, and always support his views.. This suggests, obviously, that the editors are hired shills. And it also suggests they aren't brig... more »

World News Briefs -- August 14, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Iraq’s Prime Minister Agrees to Renounce Power -- Voice of America* WASHINGTON — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to renounce power, saying he will give up his post to his replacement, moderate Shi'ite Haider al-Abadi. Appearing on state television late Thursday flanked by Abadi and other Shi'ite politicians, Maliki said he was withdrawing his candidacy in favor of Abadi in order to "ease the movement of the political process and the formation of the new government." Maliki had faced enormous pressure at home and abroad to step aside, dropping his bid for a third ... more »

Dementedly truth-free right-wingers double down on their bottom line: "We can't (or just don't wanna) handle the truth!"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*This hilarious photo of Chairman Trey -- master of the House's select committee on Benghazi Made-Up Stuff -- was posted with Dana Milbank's column. It looks like the chairman is wearing the suit (and tie) his mommy bought for him the day he first went out selling snake oil.* *"The Republican Party has finally admitted what has been fairly obvious for much of the past six years: It produces fake news. This is not an earth-shattering revelation to anybody who has been paying attention, but, still, it's an important step for the party to embrace the phoniness."* *-- Dana Milbank, in h... more »

Will Israeli Leaders Be Charged For War Crimes?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Israel Braces For War Crimes Inquiries On Gaza -- New York Times* JERUSALEM — The fighting is barely over in the latest Gaza war, with a five-day cease-fire taking hold on Thursday, but attention has already shifted to the legal battlefield as Israel gears up to defend itself against international allegations of possible war crimes in the monthlong conflict. Israel has excoriated the United Nations Human Rights Council over the appointment of Prof. William Schabas, a Canadian expert in international law, to head the council’s commission of inquiry for Israel’s military operation... more »

The Military Occupation Of Ferguson, Missouri Is Just A Preview Of What Is Coming To America

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Michael Snyder Let’s be honest – Ferguson, Missouri is under military occupation right now, and the entire world is watching in horror as militarized police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at unarmed protesters. Yes, the rioting and looting in Ferguson needed to be stopped. If order had not been restored, more stores and businesses would have been destroyed. However, there is no excuse for the brutal tactics now being employed. At one point, police snipers were even using laser scopes to target protesters that were obviously unarmed. Sadly, this is just a preview of what is c... more »

LIVE: FERGUSON MISSOURI

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Infowars has a live UStream right there at the front where it's all going down (below). We have the "I am Mike Brown from Ferguson MO" live stream and the local Fox affiliate's live stream, as well.(you can view all three livestreams below). Reddit has a live stream gathering all the information coming out as it happens here. *If you lose the connection, refresh screen.* *Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream* *You can visit our Michael Brown article archive here.* *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLO... more »

The Mike Brown Shooting What You're Not Being Told

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
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Friday Morning Ramble: Dirty Edition

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Dirty politics? A whole book illustrates the thesis by its own methods. Folk comment. *NZ POLITICS DAILY: August 14 2014* – Bryce Edwards, NBR *I’ve either been hacked or spied on* – David Farrar, KIWIBLOG *Dirty Politics* – David Farrar, KIWIBLOG Irony? *Hell Pizza boss calls in police over stolen emails* – HERALD *Slater, Greens plan complaints after Hager revelations* – OTAGO DAILY TIMES No, no other bloggers do it. *The Left blogosphere is as pure as the driven snow* – LINDSAY MITCHELL *Prentice irritated by Labour links* – YOUR NZ *Left wing bloggers defend their own work... more »

Yours truly as Hermione Granger in, I think, 2003?

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
Fifth grade level teachers for Halloween, characters from Harry Potter. Myself as Hermione Granger. Let your eyes settle on that one for a bit. Why do I look like I’m in pain? And, why does my wig look like it was stolen from Bea Arthur, may she rest in peace.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings […]

Replacing Maliki Changes Nothing

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Photo Source: Moises Saman/NewYorker. * There is a lot of wishful thinking going on both in Iraq and outside of Iraq about the graceful exit of Prime Minister Maliki from power. And this is understandable. People want to be hopeful about Iraq's future. The decision by Maliki to step down peacefully is a good news story. But Maliki's absence from Iraqi politics won't change much. Saudi Arabia and Qatar will continue to support ISIS and fund terrorism against Baghdad. The US, Turkey, Israel, NATO, and Jordan will continue to train ISIS terrorists in secret camps and send them to Sy... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Answer: None...

"Fukushima: We’ve Opened the Gates of Hell"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Fukushima: We’ve Opened the Gates of Hell"* by George Washington "*Preface:* we’ve written thousands of articles on Fukushima and radiation. But this post will spotlight recent articles from EneNews, with which we have no affiliation of any nature whatsoever. The American media hasn't covered Fukushima for a long time. But that doesn't mean there hasn't been any news. It just means that the U.S. and Japanese governments have worked hard to cover it up. Here’s a roundup of recent news (links to EneNews; click through to see original source material. That's how the web WORKS): . *R... more »

FORMER SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF: FERGUSON MILITARY GEAR AN ‘ACT OF PROVOCATION’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
"We have police taking a military response... and making matters much worse" *by* MIKAEL THALEN | INFOWARS.COM A former Seattle police chief is calling the Ferguson Police Department’s use of military equipment against protesters an “act of provocation.” In an interview with Vox, Norman Stamper, a 34 year law enforcement veteran who oversaw the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, said Ferguson police are not utilizing much needed defusing techniques. “If they’re out there in military gear from the beginning that’s an act of provocation,” Stamper said. “... more »

Maliki stands down- US Regime change accomplished via ISIS terror proxy

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
The image below was not chosen to offend any of my American audience. I am certain that you all, like myself, would want people where ever they live, to choose their own way. Amongst themselves. *Unfortunately psychopaths who have usurped power have other twisted ideas* Directly below this image is the news of the day and a reminder. Scroll down! *"Mission Accomplished"* Claimed George Bush with regard to Iraq- some years back. But, today another US President,* a peace prize winner,* has again accomplished his mission. A mission that my readers were informed of two months ago! *FLAS... more »

DotCon Drivel

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Guest post from our accidental Invercargill correspondent, Jim Cuttance**, **who inadvertently stumbled into an InternetMana revival meeting….* The principle message from the savvy new internet party that's going to change everything is: don't change anything. That's what Auckland school teacher and list no. 3 Miriam Pierard insisted at the InternetMana party's Invercargill show this week. She assured everybody that education in New Zealand was bureaucratic perfection and new-fangled charter schools would ruin things for young people. Because, you know, overseas evidence and stu... more »

"From Boston to Ferguson: Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Police State?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"From Boston to Ferguson:* * Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Police State?"* By John W. Whitehead “I thought I was losing my capacity to be shocked- but events in Missouri over just the last couple of hours have crossed a frightening line, one that makes me pray that this assault on fundamental American values is just the aberration of one rudderless Heartland community, and not the first symptoms of nation gone mad with high-tech weaponry to keep its own citizens in line.” —Journalist Will Bunch The difference between what happened in Boston in the wake of the Boston Marat... more »

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki Has Agreed To Resign

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Nouri Maliki had been under intense pressure to make way for Haider al-Abadi. BBC *Maliki Steps Down As Iraqi Prime Minister -- Al Jazeera* Nouri al-Maliki agrees to give up his post as prime minister, endorsing Haider al-Abadi's appointment as his successor. Nouri al-Maliki has in a television address announced his decision to step down as Iraq's prime minister and endorsed Haider al-Abadi as his successor. He said his decision was aimed at preserving the country's "unity". "I announce before you today, to ease the movement of the pitical process and the formation of the new gov... more »

Where We're Going? Social Democracy Has To Be Abandoned (Murdered By the Dim NeoLibs?) UBER UBER! (Williams Diagnosis:  Parkinson's)

Why did that first hint of Third-Wayism leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth? (Or were you one of the open-minded who thought "I'm sure there's a better way than being a progressive"?) Remember the glib remonstrances? "Noooo . . . we didn't mean abandon all progressive hope!" It's more than the fact that it really appeals to multi-millionaires who have a lot of moolah to throw at its

Ukraine's Military Is Broke

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko greets servicemen at the military camp near the town of Svyatogorsk in Eastern Ukraine, June 20, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters *Ukraine's Broke Military Is Underpaid and Undertrained -- Bloomberg* A group of men and a few women clad in neat, matching camouflage uniforms and combat boots walk through an airport, presumably on their way to the front. As the soldiers make their way toward their gate, people around them rise in applause. A message appears on the screen: “Come back aliv... more »

First Bail In hits Africa ! ( August 14 , 2014 ) -- African Bank Investments LTD rescued and their depositors part of the rescue......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-11/money-market-investors-risk-losses-on-african-bank-write-down.html Investors in South African money-market funds holding African Bank Investments Ltd. (ABL)securities are facing capital losses even as money managers slash interest payments to offset writedowns of the debt. Funds may use one day’s worth of accrued interest to offset losses, the Financial Services Board said in a circular to money managers yesterday. That may not be enough to cover losses for some funds, according to Andrew Canter, chief investment officer at Futuregrowth Asset ... more

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