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Friday, August 22, 2014

22 August - Blogs I'm Following

10:35pm MDST

“Reframing” California Common Core for a Better Public Sale

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 29 minutes ago
The Frameworks Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the images of other nonprofits with the goal of hooking the public regarding the target nonprofit’s agenda: Changing the conversation on social issues FrameWorks designs, conducts and publishes communications research to prepare nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, to build public will, and to further public understanding of […]

"A good day"? If it happened to Dilbert, it could happen to you! (But maybe not to me, I think?)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 34 minutes ago
*DILBERT by Scott Adams -- August 13* *Click to enlarge. And wait, there's more!* *by Ken* Yesterday morning, I think it was, yes I'm pretty sure it was yesterday, or almost sure (it seems somehow longer ago), I had the strange but unmistakable sensation of having a good day. Felt OK, work was OK, no personal disasters that I was aware of were impending. (Non-personal disasters didn't count. That was maybe kind of the point.) So naturally I flashed back to Dilbert's recent good day. Today I don't remember much more than what I just told you about that "good day" sensation -- what ... more »

Washington Created ISIS In Iraq, As It Created Al-Qaeda In Afghanistan, To Pose As The Saviour

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*"The lesson of the rise of the IS is that sustained U.S. engagement in the Middle East is essential to stability and progress.* Many may wish to turn their backs on the region, but the costs of doing so have already proven higher than those of a smart engagement strategy. This lesson implies that we should keep a residual force in Afghanistan beyond 2016 and that shaping the region in positive ways will require presence and active management of partnerships across the region." - *Zalmay Khalilzad, "A Five-Step Plan to Destroy the Islamic State" The National Interest, August 22, 20... more »

Meaningful Punishment

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
Seeing reports in the New York Times today on further Russian aggression in Ukraine has me thinking about Ely Ratner and Elizabeth Rosenberg’s recent article entitled “Pointless Punishment?” where they argue that Western sanctions on Russia are at best pointless and at worst counterproductive. I think Ratner and Rosenberg (R&R henceforth) have a valid point Continue reading

Civil Summary Judgment

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
Density Group Limited v. HK Hotels LLC, 2014 ONCA 605:(1) SUMMARY JUDGMENT UNDER* HRYNIAK* [53] As noted above, the Supreme Court's decision in* Hryniak* greatly expands the use of the summary judgment process for the resolution of civil disputes. [54] The decision makes it clear that the new fact-finding powers available to judges under Rules 20.04 (2.1) and (2.2) are discretionary and presumptively available: para. 45. [55] The Court directs that deference is owed to motion judges on summary judgment motions: [81] In my view, absent an error of law, the... more »

Will IS Strike Willis?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
The global 9/11 truth and justice community has been warning the world for over five years that a future false flag terror target in the United States to be blamed on a radical Islamist group is the Willis Tower in Chicago, formerly known as the Sears Tower. MetLife Inc. sold the Willis tower to personalities connected to Larry Silverstein and the ownership of the WTC. A more disturbing fact is that the company responsible for Willis Tower's security is the same company that was in charge of the WTC's security on 9/11. So, there are enough reasons to be suspicious and on guard. R... more »

Catching up with: Openly gay NBA center Jason Collins -- since coming out, his life is "exponentially better"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
*And we catch up with the St. Louis Rams' Michael Sam* *Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, now 35, says he doesn't know yet what's in store for next season.* *"[New York] is where the Stonewall riots happened. Flash-forward to when I entered a game and got a standing ovation when I took the court for my team. As a society we're on the right path."* *-- Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins,* to the *Washington Blade*'s Michael K. Lavers *by Ken* In April 2013, I wrote a post called "Still-active NBA center Jason Collins comes out -- is this the 'breakthrough' we've been waiting for?"... more »


It seems that a full-on invasion of the Gaza Strip, Israel’s ultimate endgame plan for the Palestinian enclave, is moving inexorably closer to realisation. Israel again has called up thousands of reservists and Israel’s Communications Minister and security cabinet member, Gilad Erdan, has announced that Israel is close to being in a position to launch a full invasion. Erdan asked that Israelis be patient. Erdan also made it clear that Israel will not be conceding to any of Hamas’s demands inferring that Israel had no even considered any of Hamas’s demands which were put forward ... more »

"Assad Policies Aided the Rise of ISIS"- Lies and Fabrication- Spin

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
*We're going long boys & girls- But, it's going to be worth it!* *Seriously, I cannot begin to describe how furious this lie filled piece of propaganda masquerading as fact, from Wall Street Journal, made me feel.* I have written and read so much aboout Syria that, yes indeed, I feel confident in saying that WSJ has published garbage. *WSJ- Islamic State, or ISIS, Gained Momentum Early On From Calculated Decision by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Go Easy on It* *First paragraph from this propaganda article* *The Islamic State, which metastasized from a group of militants seek... more »

Christian Patriarchs of the East Visit Kurdistan, Appeal to International Community for Help

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*Title: Christian Patriarchs of the East Visit Kurdistan, Appeal to International Community for Help. Source: Eretz Zen. Date Published: August 21, 2014. Description:* Patriarchs of several eastern churches in the Middle East traveled to the Kurdistan region and met with Iraqi Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain in the town of Ankawah. They also visited Erbil and gave a press conference in which they appealed to the international community for help in protecting the Iraqi Christians and other minorities and preventing them from leaving their land, thereby bringing ... more »

Musical Interlude: Roger Waters, “The Tide Is Turning”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Roger Waters, “The Tide Is Turning” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66nqhVtq6xo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“From an altitude of over 5,000 meters, the night sky view from Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes is breathtaking in more ways than one. The dark site's rarefied atmosphere, at about 50 percent sea level pressure, is also extremely dry. That makes it ideal for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) designed to explore the universe at wavelengths over 1,000 times longer than visible light. * Click image for larger size.* Near the center of the the panoramic scene, ALMA's 7 and 12 meter wide dish antennas are illuminated by a young Moon nestled in the arc of the ... more »

Chet Raymo, “A Fishy Tale”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“A Fishy Tale”* by Chet Raymo "As dumb as a goldfish. I mean, what could be dumber than swimming around in murky water all day - glassy eyed, slimy scaled, cold blooded - waiting for someone to sprinkle food flakes into the pond or tank. On a scale of smarts, goldfish would seem to fall somewhere between a limpet and a stone. Conventional wisdom has it that fish have a memory span of about a second. But conventional wisdom, it turns out, is wrong. Goldfish are not the dummies they are made out to be. Scientists at Plymouth University in England have successfully trained goldfish t... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Neptune, New Jersey, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Human Condition"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Human Condition"* by Meanings of Life "Man remains largely unknown of himself. What are we, in our innermost recesses, behind our names and our conventional opinions? What are we behind the things we do in our lives, behind what we see in others and what others see in us, or even behind things science says we are? Is man the crazy being about whom Carl Gustav Jung spoke ironically, when he demanded a man to treat? Is man the Dr. Jerkyll that contains in himself a criminal Mister Hyde, and more than a personality, and contradictory feelings? Are we the result of our dreams, as... more »

"Sons Of The Cosmos..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“We are sons of the cosmos, but our conscience, our soul, make us strangers in that same cosmos, from which we were produced, and which still remains secretly intimate to us. Earth life is unique, or at least particularly rare in the cosmos, and our conscience is perhaps solitary in the living world. Man is a marginal creation in the animal world, the development of which has increased his marginality. We are alone on the Earth, among the known living beings. Our thought, our conscience, gives us knowledge of the physical world, but simultaneously drives it away from us.” - E. Morin... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “The Leaf and the Cloud"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* “The Leaf and the Cloud"* "When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider the orderliness of the world. Notice something you have never noticed before, like the tambourine sound of the snow-cricket whose pale green body is no longer than your thumb. Stare hard at the hummingbird, in the summer rain, shaking the water-sparks from its wings. Let grief be your sister, she will whether or no. Rise up from the stump of sorrow, and be green also, like the diligent leaves. A lifetime isn't long enough for the beauty of this world and the responsibilities of your life. Sc... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more – the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort – to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires – and expires, too soon, too soon – before life itself." - Joseph Conrad, 1857-1924, English writer, "Youth"

“How to Be Brave in 8 Steps”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“How to Be Brave in 8 Steps”* by Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD "Jack Canfield said: "Everything we want is on the other side of our fear." In my life thus far, I've been fortunate enough to live many of my dreams... and survive a few hair-raising experiences (a lion attack, robbery at gunpoint, and more). Many people ask how I've gotten the chance to travel the world, act on national television, make a documentary film in Congolese refugee camps, blog on HuffPost, etc.- and honestly, a lot of it comes down to constantly making the choice to feel my fears and take action in spite of ... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'Sink The Bismarck' (1960)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*My Comment:* I have always enjoyed these old British war/navy films. "Sink The Bismark" is one of those classics.

Ferguson Updates ( August 18 , 2014 ) -Governor Nixon calls in the National Guard after another night of chaos in Ferguson with Police ( Local PDs and State Police ) attempting to run peaceful protesters and the media off the street hours before the curfew of midnight ( with predictable bad results ) ....... Autopsy reports released by the family show Mike Brown struck six times by police fire ( twice in the head ) .....

Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-18/protesters-storm-governors-office-downtown-st-louis-demand-removal-national-guard Evening tweets.... A far Different Night ! Retweeted by VICE News *Nathan Grant* ‏@NathanBGrant 2h Man says when police shut down roads, it's sorta like "Being kidnapped" LIVE via @vicenews; https://news.vice.com/article/live-f rom-ferguson-missouri … pic.twitter.com/gUiYW1BO4P [image: Embedded image permalink] <a cl

"What Americans must understand, what we have chosen to ignore, what we have fearfully turned a blind eye to lest the reality prove too jarring is the fact that we no longer live in the “city on the hill,” a beacon of freedom for all the world." Instead, "[w]e live in a state of undeclared martial law. We have become the enemy." -- John W. Whitehead

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 4 hours ago
------------------------------ *America Is a War Zone where the People Are the Enemy — John W. Whitehead* ------------------------------ August 22, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Guest Column by John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute Turning America Into a War Zone, Where ‘We the People’ Are the Enemy By John W. Whitehead August 20, 2014 “If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’... more »

Opinions . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 4 hours ago

Is Russia Invading Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters *Has Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Begun? -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast* *The white-painted military trucks that have been stopped at the Ukraine border for more than a week are rolling across it. The war begins a new stage.* YEVPATORIA, Crimea — Hundreds of Russian military trucks painted white began driving across the Ukrainian border on Friday. NATO was quick to condemn the move: “This is a blatant breach of Russia’s international commitments, including those made recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty by Russ... more »

U.S. And NATO Condemn Russia For Sending It's Aid Convoy Into Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*U.S. Says Russia Must Pull Convoy From Ukraine Or Face More Sanctions -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbor and threatening more sanctions. Moscow, which has thousands of troops close to the Russian side of the border, warned against any attempt to "disrupt" the convoy, which it said was purely humanitarian; it did not say what action it might take if the Ukrainian military interven... more »

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Invading The Eastern Part Of The Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Invasion After Aid Convoy Crosses Border -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukraine declared on Friday that Russia had launched a "direct invasion" of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces. Moscow, which has thousands of troops close to the Russian side of the border, warned against any attempt to "disrupt" the convoy it said was a purely humanitarian operation; but it did not say what action it might take if Kiev's military intervened. The European Uni... more »

" With the passage of time the wrongful police and government behavior become institutionalized as the young are born into the system and know no different [while] the old who remember accountable government and liberty pass away. This is how liberty and freedom die, citizens become serfs, and the rise of tyranny is accomplished." -- Paul Craig Roberts

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 5 hours ago
------------------------------ *How Tyranny Arises — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ August 22, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter *How Tyranny Arises* Paul Craig Roberts Law & Order Conservatives continue to shill for police as goon thugs continue to violate constitutional protections and abuse the public: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/crime-courts/henderson-family-sues-police-breaking-their-homes http://www.campaignforliberty.org/national-blog/think-third-amendmen... more »

The BBC and less than half the story

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
This may take a little time and reading but it may be worth the effort to compare and contrast the reporting of the BBC and the *New York Times *regarding today's murders by Hamas. Here's the BBC website's take [note in particular the sub-headline and the paragraphs that follow it]: *Gaza: Hamas says 18 suspected informants executed* Hamas sources in Gaza say 18 people suspected of collaborating with Israel have been executed. The killings came after an Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas leaders on Thursday. Two more Palestinians died in overnight strikes. Israel says ... more »

Dumber and Then Huffman

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
Is dumberer a word? TN's state ed chief and TFA cult member, Kevin Huffman, told the New York Times yesterday that TN would not back down on using invalid, unreliable, and unfair methods to evaluate teachers in Tennessee. Do "the best interests of children" really require us to ignore science, common sense, and public opinion? Some states will continue to use test results in teacher evaluations. In Tennessee, for example, Kevin Huffman, the commissioner of education, said the scores would remain a part of performance reviews. In an email, he added that he hoped states would make... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
The real-life missile silo setting really helps make this short film something special. A nuclear engineer lets his art hobby get in the way of his job—but when something goes awry, it may just save him. Writer and director David Soll, who produces political ads as his day job, funded *Silo* through a successful Kickstarter campaign and got the rights to film in a decommissioned Cold War-era missile silo in the Adirondacks.

The new series of Doctor Who starts tomorrow, here's a sneak preview - NSFW links

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
OK that's from a Brazzers parody porn film and not a particularly good one, although I have obviously only seen the above preview. For a more realistic parody porn Doctor Who, there is a film by Woodrocket that nails the look rather better. The following links to the four parts of the film Doctor Whore are obviously very NSFW Part 1 has the Matt Smith Doctor and a worryingly convincing Amy Part 2 has the Matt Smith Doctor and a not quite so convincing River Song Part 3 has the David Tennant Doctor and a fairly convincing Rose Tyler Part 4 has a rather disappointing female Doctor,... more »

'Newsnight' and the 'Laughing Jihadi'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
*Should Newsnight have given a platform to the depraved British-Pakistani 'laughing jihadi'?* On Wednesday night *Newsnight *featured a report from BBC reporter Secunder Kermani ("Disillusioned revolutionary, serial daydreamer, sporadic narcissist, @SecKermani") during which the views of a British-born IS fighter were broadcast to a sleepy BBC Two audience. This vicious Islam-besotted prat (whose 'alias' was given in honour of some dead al-Qaeda pervert) said that Islam allows the kind of atrocities IS commits, that he'd only return to the UK to plant a bomb, and [indirectly] tha... more »

Are You Prepared for Civil Unrest and Martial Law?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 7 hours ago
*watching the happenings in Ferguson should be a wake-up call.* *From: Daisy Luther: * *Lessons From Ferguson: Prepping For Civil Unrest And Martial Law* Any prepared and informed person knows that the threat isn’t always the event itself, which could be anything from a natural disaster to a rioting spree after a sporting event to an economic collapse. It’s the chaos during the aftermath of the event. If you ever had any doubts about that statement, you need look no further than Ferguson, Missouri. A few days ago, Governor Jay Nixon called in the National Guard. Martial law has... more »

Sometimes Bipartisanship Leads To A Plot Against The People Of This Country By The Beltway Political Elites

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
This diagram shows the ideological spectrum of the Members who supported the Grayson amendment on police demilitarization George Bush demanded-- hysterically-- that Congress pass the TARP giveaway to banksters that came close to wrecking the economy. But it can't only be pinned on Bush; both Establishment Beltway parties were complicit in that catastrophic vote. Boehner voted for it and he was rewarded with the Speakership. Three Republicans were elected U.S. Senators: Blunt (MO), Kirk (IL) and Boozman (AR) and Mary Fallin was elected governor of Oklahoma. I bet virtually none of the... more »

CDC whistleblower William Thompson in grave danger now

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 7 hours ago
Jon Rappoport From a previous report: The Autism Media Channel has posted a short video in which the whistleblower is named: William W. Thompson, PhD. He was in fact one of the authors of the 2004 De Stefano study that has been accused of hiding true data linking the MMR vaccine to autism. Thompson once worked for Merck. Questions abound. Does Thompson know his name has been released? Was it done with his permission? Is he going come forward and make a statement? *The latest:* William W Thompson, PhD…the CDC whistleblower…was escorted off the premises of the CDC campus yesterd... more »

New Terror Narrative Emerging: ISIS Supports American Resistance

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 7 hours ago
Dees Illustration Daniel Taylor In the ongoing effort by the establishment to demonize the Tea Party and resistance to an expanding federal government, a new narrative is emerging that could provide justification for a nation-wide crackdown on dissent. The riots in Ferguson, Missouri are a focal point for an unfolding historical drama that could further divide the nation. Tribal passions are being stirred across the world by outside manipulators. Members of The Islamic State (ISIS) are announcing their support for protesters in Ferguson, with one member saying on Twitter “It’s time... more »

Russia - Ukraine Border Is Buzzing With Russian Miltiary Activity

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Rebels Falter, but Russian Border Buzzes With Military Activity -- New York Times* DONETSK, Russia — They arrive every day, carloads of young men and women in camouflage who pass through this Russian border checkpoint before heading for the battlefields of eastern Ukraine. Although patches sewn into their uniforms identify them as separatists, their passports are routinely stamped by Russian officials. After passing by a monitoring station from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and a Ukrainian border post now operated by the separatists, they disappear into... more »

Supplemental: Another day, another onslaught!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014* *Peter Baker plays golf:* For those who are keeping score, this was the third morning out of four when the New York Times went after the feckless, uncaring Obama on its hard-copy front page. On Wednesday, Peter Baker wrote a “News Analysis” helping us see that Obama doesn’t care if black kids get shot and killed. Today, Baker wrote a “Political Memo.” It’s built around the callous indifference displayed when Obama played golf. Headline: “A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf: Incongruity Fuels Obama Critics.” In theory, a person could write an intelligent piece a... more »

World News Briefs -- August 22, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Diyala province has been heavy fighting in recent weeks between government troops and IS *Scores Dead In Attack On Sunni Mosque In Iraq -- Al Jazeera* Shia armed group kills at least 73 people inside place of worship in the city of Baquba in eastern Diyala province. At least 73 people have been killed after a Shia Muslim armed group opened fired inside an Iraqi Sunni mosque in the country's eastern Diyala province, medical sources have said. A security source said bodies had been arriving at the hospital in the city of Baquba in Diyala province on Friday. Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf,... more »

The Library is Now Open

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 8 hours ago
Gaia Just for amusement (and possible utility) I have created an Apocalypsi Library...a Map of the Doomosphere...which is now open to the public for reading, borrowing, browsing, commenting and contributions (not monetary - ideas and links). Enjoy! And no need to keep your voices down. Make all the noise you like! Portal HERE.

Human Rights and Justice Committee Calls for Boycott

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
*"Boycott Now! We Demand our Human Rights!"* *by Mark Daniels* The Human Rights and Justice Committee (HRJC), a grassroots organization in Missouri, is calling for a boycott of corporations and corporate media beginning Monday, August 25, 2014 until specific demands related to the shooting death of Michael Brown are satisfied. In a Press Release made public via the HRJC Facebook event page, the grassroots organization says: "BOYCOTT NOW! WE DEMAND OUR HUMAN RIGHTS!", announcing a "National Day of Boycott against Banks, Businesses, and Retail stores as an act of solidarity and ... more »

UKIP's General Election Prospects

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Our Nige is standing in South Thanet (at last!). The party's pledged to take minimum wage earners out of income tax (and, whisper it, cutting the top rate for the very richest too). Prominent kippers gaffe, gaffe, and gaffe again. Admiring Hitler's demagoguery? Calling a Thai supporter "ting-tong"? It's so much water off a racist duck's back. Yet whatever they try, this silly season just isn't *that interested* in the doings of UKIP. With a low profile, some might be tempted to rule them out of contention for next year completely. After all, it's a rule of electoral gravity that pr... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

"The Only Thing We Can Do..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“There is no man, and no place, without a war. The only thing we can do is choose a side, and fight. That is the only choice we get - who we fight for, who we fight against. That is life.” - Gregory David Roberts, “Shantaram” "There's something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty." - Winston Churchill


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Russia's Foreign Ministry has called the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine appalling. Cities have been shelled by the military every day this week. RT's Maria Finoshina reports from Lugansk. The crime of those in eastern Ukraine? They wanted to vote for their own mayors and governors rather than having them appointed by corrupt oligarchs in Kiev. They wanted to be able to speak their historic Russian language and not have it banned by Kiev. They want the Nazi's running the show in Kiev to stop killing them.


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 9 hours ago
http://the-one-network.org/ THE COLLECTIVE IMAGINATION RELAUNCH With HEATHER AND SACHA 21 August 2014 Join the Former 5D Media Network as it relaunches after a 3 month hiatus with a new name, new home, new presenters and much more. We are very excited to announce the return of our founding radio show, The Collective Imagination with Hosts Lisa Harrison, Brian Kelly and D along with our special guests Heather Tucci Jarraf and Sacha Stone, August 26, 2014. Listen LIVE and join in the chat room at http://the-one-network.org Join the conversation with our call in number 347 467 1211 (Ne... more »

I Still Got It

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 9 hours ago
So this right-wing racist was on facebook the other day. Had taken over a friend's thread about the situation in Ferguson. Dude was one of those assholes who constructed their ludicrous, evil defences of George Zimmerman. (This guy regurgitated the nonsense that Trayvon Martin attacked Zimmerman because he was gay!) So, the guy blurted out a few boners and I noticed his errors and his failures of logic and I zeroed in on them and wouldn't let him go. This guy was decent on rote-recitation of right-wing racist talking-points, but had no real talent or ability. By the end of it, he wa... more »

The Economy: “This Is When the US Gov't Goes Broke”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“This Is When the US Gov't Goes Broke” * by Bill Bonner Kilkenny, Ireland - “First, we check in with the markets. What's new? Not much. The Dow crossed the 17,000 mark yesterday. Janet Yellen is supposed to address the world today from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is hard to imagine that she will say anything surprising... or even meaningful. Commentators all over the planet are waiting to analyze each word... hoping for a hint of what is coming. They want to know when we will be leaving this wacky world of price fixing by central banks. They want to know when we will get back to mor... more »

Supplemental: Lawrence O’Donnell, horribly wrong!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014* *Cable star praises the Times:* Lawrence O’Donnell has broken the law on each of the past two nights, as described in this morning's post. On Wednesday night, he named the New York Times by name, savaging the famous newspaper for its featured front-page report about the death of Michael Brown. Last night, he committed an even greater offense. Criticizing the Times again, he savaged a Timesman by name! Here's the background: Yesterday afternoon, the New York Times public editor wrote a post agreeing with O’Donnell’s criticism of the famous paper. In the co... more »

The War Against Syria Is ON Again: NATO Using Foley And ISIS As A Pretext For Bombing Syria - Ultimate Target Is Russia!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
For those readers that have been following this blog for the last few years, and especially those who read my weekly Sunday "rants", they are well aware that I have harped for quite some time that the criminals in the United States, and Israel, have long sought the destruction of Syria... The fact that the good guys, the Syrians under the popular President Bashar al-Assad, have basically wiped out the fraud murderous Israeli/US bought and paid for "rebel" forces, and have now achieved what is complete victory over these invaders of that peaceful nation. This however has not stopped... more »

9 Doctor Who and Union Jack Projects

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
In honor of Series 8 starting tomorrow, I thought we would celebrate by looking at some fantastic Doctor Who and Union Jack projects. These are some of my favorite posts on Housewife Eclectic and I absolutely can't WAIT for some of the awesome Doctor Who projects I have coming up for you over the course of Series 8! Crocheted Tweed Scarf, Fez and Bowtie. Doctor Who Cyberman Onesie. Customizable Doctor Who Pinboards. Doctor Who Lego Figure Necklace "The Silence" shirt. Doctor Who Tardis Bag Tutorial by Rae Gun Ramblings for Housewife Eclectic Paint a Tardis Umbrella Union Jack R...more »

Argentina refuses to bend over

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
I have no idea what all the bond swaps and juristician mean for Ireland it seems they mortgaged the next centuries to be part of a forced marriage predicated by a violation. Iceland said no Iceland continues to exist and doing okay but they are just a fishing post in the world that we know Now comes Argentina up to the plate they got all kinds of ugly baggage but in a pitchers complaint a deal has been worked out to give them a home run just to keep the team on the right side of a setting sun. But Argentina now compared to Iceland that is like the Falklands compared to the Maldives ma... more »

"You Snotty Little Bastard!… You Can't Handle The Truth!"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Is the tragedy of Ferguson serving as a national teaching moment? Maybe… at least for people open to learning. Nate Silver made a point the other day, for example, of how most police don't live in the cities they serve-- especially not white police serving in minority areas. In Ferguson, for example, "more than two-thirds of the civilian population is black. Only 11 percent of the police force is… Black and Hispanic officers are considerably more likely to reside in the cities they police than white ones." And Ferguson is anything but an outlier. On average, among the 75 U.S. ci... more »

A Word From Scott Carson

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 11 hours ago
Greetings and solicitations from Tribeca: This is Scott Carson, narrator of *Tatterdemalion*, the book what tells the true story of how Buffalo Bill's posse brought Jack the Ripper to ground. The bird who stuck my kisser but his name on the cover, Robert Crawford, likes to think he wrote the book. But, essentially, he was just a glorified stenographer. Scribes often get deluded like that. At any rate, Crawford's more savvy with this internet machine contraption than I'll ever be (In my defense, I *was *born in late November 1866). Ergo, he'd initiated an Indiegogo cam... more »

Eighty Games just to hit the post

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
No I do not think its really athleticism at its most but it is what we got and could be worse but not by a hell of a lot

Baby Jogger Summit X3 2014 Giveaway!

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
I am so excited to be able to bring you this awesome giveaway for a Baby Jogger! Check below to see how to enter! Welcome to the Baby Jogger Summit X3 Giveaway! hosted by Viva Veltoro & Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and generously sponsored by PishPoshBaby! PishPoshBaby is the #1 online baby shop for all of your needs as a parent or caregiver. They offer top of the line baby brands with top notch customer service to go along with it. Their goal is to give you clarity, confidence, and comfort when making important and significant purchases for your precious little one. Speaking of important p... more »

Spain Dips 37% Into Social Security "Piggy Bank", Fund Depletion in 4 Years at Current Rate. Worried?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
'The Government of Mariano Rajoy has released 24.65 billion euros of the Social Security Reserve Fund in less than two years. Such amount represents nearly 37% of the total 66.815 billion fund accumulation. That figure marks the highest cumulative piggy bank draw-down in history, following its commissioning in 2000 and after eleven years in which successive governments did not need to dip into it. The situation changed dramatically with the height of the crisis. The current government has broken into the social security bank twelve times since 2012. The total amount withdrawn exce... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
*Rangeley, Maine where the Pentagon is considering basing up to 60 'missile defense' interceptors aimed at Russia and China* In recent days two newspapers in Maine, the Portland Press Herald (largest paper in the state) and the Times Record (from the Midcoast) have written editorials opposing the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency proposal to base up to sixty interceptors in Rangeley. Also being considered as a host site for the expensive and destabilizing 'missile defense' (MD) base are Ohio, Michigan, and New York. It was quite encouraging to read these two editorials both of whic... more »

Researchers Achieve First Successful Telepathic Transfer

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Nicholas West There has been much speculation about what could be achieved in the area of human brain-to-brain transfer of information. A series of studies have intimated at the possibilities: - Brain-to-Brain Control Established Between Humans and Animals at Harvard - Remote Controlled Humans Via Internet Now a Reality - New Mind Reading Research Aims to Synchronize Humans Now an international team is declaring a successful brain-to-brain data transfer between a person sitting in India to a receiving person in France. image: PLOSone.org Journal *PLOSone* report... more »

Harvard Professor Warns, CCD is Only the First Alarm Bell from Bees

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Heather Callaghan While chemical corporations and critics of bee activists want people to remain focused on addressing symptoms of colony collapse disorder, and fund research aimed at that goal, one Harvard PhD stands out as he presses on pesticides. Researcher and Harvard professor, Chengsheng (Alex) Lu, has been outspoken about the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides and their contribution to colony collapse disorder. Especially so, since conducting his own tests for a number of years now. But he now warns that a pollinator drop could be the least our worr... more »

When ‘Anti-Government’ Violence Erupts, Who Is Really At Fault?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Brandon Smith This past week, I have been examining a recently leaked document from the Department Of Homeland Security entitled “Domestic Violent Extremists Pose A Threat To Government Officials And Law Enforcement.” (Yes; the title leaves nothing to the imagination.) Generally, such documents are not classified. But it is internally accepted within establishment agencies that they should not be shared with the public. Similar documents like the Missouri Information Analysis Center report titled “The Modern Militia Movement” and the Virginia Fusion Center’s Terrorism Threat Asse... more »

Advice for the secret CDC vaccine whistleblower

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
image source Jon Rappoport I have been writing about the CDC research scientist who may be about to step out of the shadows and reveal himself— He was, a decade ago, part of the CDC team who suppressed data showing a clear connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. If he comes clean now, he will expose deep crimes of the CDC. He will torpedo the ship. To succeed, he has to be strong. He has had ten years to consider how to go public. Express his own shame, remorse, and regret? Yes. But he mustn’t let his remorse make him so weak he can’t tell the truth in the forthright... more »

Mobilize – Finally A Documentary Depicting The Dangers Of Cell Phone Radiation

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Dees Illustration Arjun Walia Cell phone use is only a couple of decades old, and just like anything else we use in this world, revelations regarding their use have not been properly examined and studied until now. The use of cellular phones has become the norm today for people of all ages, using it to stay connected and keep in touch with friends and family. Almost everyone you see today has a cell phone. That’s why it’s so important to share documentaries like this one which are just starting to surface. For example, a study conducted by the Massachusetts Aggression Reductio... more »

America is Falling Apart

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
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New Bill In Congress Would Ban Private Citizens From Owning Body Armor

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Michael Snyder A new law that has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives "would prohibit the sale, transfer or possession of military-level body armor by civilians". In other words, private citizens all over the entire nation would be permanently banned from owning body armor if this bill gets passed and signed into law. The bill that I am talking about is H.R. 5344 (The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act), and you can view the proposed legislation for yourself right here. The driving force behind this new law is Democrat Mike Honda from California. To Honda, it... more »

New PSA: “Because Fluoride!”

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
*Truthstream Media* The same government that has no problem legalizing all kinds of chemicals that wreak havoc on your entire body…really *cares* about your *teeth.* A lot. Enough to add chemical byproducts from fertilizer manufacturing to your water for you whether you like it or not. For your teeth. They don’t care enough about you to add, say, vitamins to the water while they’re in there adding that fluoride…but your teeth. Yes. Your teeth (and only your teeth) are very, very important to the government. Brought to you by the *Oh Just Shut Up and Drink It Already, Who Even Need... more »

CNN Caught Staging 'ISIS is Here' Psyop In Ferguson

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
*Dahboo77* 'ISIS is Here' sign strategically placed in the background of a CNN Ferguson production. If this isn't a deliberate psyop, don't you think this protester would have been seized by authorities or even other protesters? Or perhaps the protester is comparing police to terrorists by saying "ISIS is Here"? Either way, it seems odd. *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

NATO Using Foley and ISIS As A Pretext For Bombing Syria - Ultimate Target Is Russia

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
"Time for War" - Anthony Freda Art Brandon Turbeville The Islamic State and the war in Syria is back on the front pages of the news once again on the heels of the alleged killing of James Mark Foley, an American journalist working in Syria. The outrage surrounding the alleged beheading of Foley, while justifiable if it is real, is already being used for propaganda purposes, namely in order to build up American support for an aerial bombing campaign against the Syrian government. With this in mind, it is important to examine the facts surrounding the alleged execution of James Fol... more »

Rising Political Candidate Takes Firm Stance Against GMOs

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville After years of leading the charge against genetically modified food, California now has its own anti-GMO/pro-organic political candidate. James Hinton, an Independent running for California’s US House District 5, has come out strong against the proliferation of GM food in the US food supply as well as in the environment. Hinton has also taken a strong stand in favor of GMO labeling. Hinton has received an impressive amount of support already, despite running against an opponent who is a career politician with a sizable campaign purse. Hinton has amassed en... more »

NO JOURNALISM, NO JUSTICE: Lawrence O’Donnell wins the week!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014* *Part 5—Cable star is correct on one point, horribly wrong on another:* In theory, journalistic values are very important at a time like this. What actually happened in Ferguson? It’s very easy to make up a story—perhaps a simplistic, pleasing story. This can be done from different perspectives. Such stories have already emerged. It’s harder to ascertain basic facts. In theory, though, it’s important to take that journalistic approach at times like this. What actually happened in Ferguson? What are the actual facts? In our view, cable star Lawrence O’Donn... more »

Elizabeth Green’s Portrait of the Potential Benefits of Academic Teacher Education Programs

John Thompson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 13 hours ago
Elizabeth Green, author of the outstanding Building a Better Teacher, recalls that she attended affluent high schools but she didn’t have a surplus of engaging teachers. She still must have had far better teachers than I had in the 1950s and 1960s. I’m also likely to look differently at the question of whether we now […]

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 22, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp *Despite ISIS Horror, Congress Is Wary of U.S. Military Expansion -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — For weeks, Capitol Hill has tried to keep America’s military engagement in Iraq at arm’s length: Democrats and Republicans warily backed President Obama’s limited airstrikes against Sunni militants, but nobody — aside from Senator John McCain and a few fellow hawks — demonstrated an appetit... more »

Nigerian Air Force To Get Two AW101 Helicopters Originally Intended For India

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 13 hours ago
[image: AW101 VVIP helicopter]The Nigerian Air Force will soon take delivery of two AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters originally intended for the Indian Air Force and will be used for VIP transport duties. One of the AW101s was seen at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil, Somerset, in the United Kingdom painted in Nigerian Air Force (NAF) VIP colours. The aircraft will presumably be operated by the NAF’s 101 Presidential Air Fleet in Abuja, according to Air Forces Daily. Read more

New Zealand's OPVs complete Typhoon gun acceptance trials

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 13 hours ago
[image: Rafael Typhoon 25 mm naval gun]The Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) Otago-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Wellington , have completed successful acceptance trials of the Typhoon naval gun system, an RNZN spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 20 August. The trials were conducted over 11-12 August at an undisclosed location. "The aim of the trials was to verify that the installed Rafael Typhoon Weapon System functions correctly firing live ammunition at a towed target," said Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall. The vessels, formerly armed with the MSI DS ... more »

Axe your personality to survieve

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
I say fuck that maybe negotiations with the person who scrubs your toilet should be more difficult; Today we know the only public servants that can display with certainty are Cops and thats a crime against humanity Not that cops can be human just the rest of us can not lay out our best and trust in the rest to realize its part of a package within we all exist sometimes you just have to scream your intentions its a human element and we can all forgive it when it exists not so forgiving when it has a daily persist. Wake up Zombies and all you grey backs trying and contoll the troops its g... more »

Arne Duncan: Just Sucking

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
As he watches Bill Gates' Common Core spinning quickly now before it heads down the toilet bowl, Arne Duncan has once again offered too little too late to save the latest miseducative boluses of the profiteers and privatizers at CorpEd. Trying to suck the air out of the Resistance by offering one year off from the high stakes part (for teachers) of the testing idiocy (which is half of what Bill Gates has offered) doesn't make Bill Gates look like a good guy--it just makes Duncan look more like an out-of-touch fool. This statement yesterday from FairTest: Today's announcement that t... more »

Who Leaked The Intel That Revealed The Failed U.S. Attempt To Rescue American Journalist James Foley?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*State Dept: We Had ‘No Intention’ Of Revealing U.S. Failed Foley Rescue, ‘No Idea’ Who Leaked -- Washington Free Beacon* State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Thursday her department would never have willingly revealed the failed U.S. attempt to rescue American journalist James Foley from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), and that she has “no idea” who leaked the information to the press. The report, citing U.S. officials, came to light Wednesday, after Foley was beheaded by ISIL. “We had no intention of ever making this public, period — I wan... more »

Remembering Jack ....

leftdog at Buckdog - 14 hours ago
No One Had More Fun Doing Segments On 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Than Jack Layton

US Begins Selling "Syria Intervention" Using ISIS Pretext

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci In a previous report titled, "Growing Mayhem - US Operating on Both Sides of Syrian-Iraqi Border," it was reported that (emphasis added): Clearly, the answer, left for readers to arrive at on their own, is that these "successful" US airstrikes in Iraq must be carried over into Syria - where mission creep can do the rest, finally dislodging the Syrian government from power after an ongoing proxy war has failed to do so since 2011. *After arming and aiding the Kurds in fighting ISIS in Iraq, the US will attempt to make a similar argument regarding the arming of terr... more »

Mice in the War Machine

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Mice in the war machine always looking for cheese easy to kill one with a trap but impossible to wipe them off the map ISIS is the perfect enemy for the mousetrap constantly renewed but not really threatened and no one can build a better one. End of the day in the day the big boys come to play Nuclear Annihilation thats has stayed we might de emphasize it its a hard tool to use in a asymmetric conflict. Its a weapon that do not need no explanation or improvement Nuclear hell fire can not be improved upon except for little innovations like the neutron and dirty bomb We should Nuke ISI... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Sorry Forbes Magazine – Saints Fans Are NFL’s Best ~Barry Hirstius, Who Dat Dish* *City Council opposes construction of another jail building ~Jim Mustian, N.O. Advocate* *City Announces Plans for Redevelopment of Historic St. Roch Market * *French Quarter NOLA Patrol proposal irks police association ~Sabrina Williams, WVUE* *DoD Awards US$117-M New Orleans Dredge Contract ~George Backwell, MarineLink.com* *Foo Fighters HBO doc puts Preservation Hall on national stage ~WWLTV *

Large Holes Forming Near The New Madrid Fault And A Giant Crack In The Earth In North Mexico

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Michael Snyder Did you know that the number of big earthquakes during the first three months of 2014 was *more than double* the yearly average of what we have experienced since 1979? And did you know that the number of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. *has quintupled* in recent years? If you do not believe this, just keep reading. We live at a time when earthquakes are increasing in frequency and severity. And we are starting to see some very unusual activity in places that have been quiet for a very long time. For example, large holes are starting to mysteriously ap... more »

A U.S. - Iran - Hezbollah Alliance?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Powerless To Stop Islamic State, West May Have To Join Forces With Iran, Hezbollah -- Jerusalem Post* *Israel, Sunni world wary of any Western rapprochement with Iran; Israeli expert says West is helpless, doesn't know what to do against Islamic State.* US attacks on the Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and its cooperation and arming of the ruling Shi’ite government there, is the latest signal that the West is moving towards an arrangement with the Shi’ite Iranian axis, which includes Hezbollah, Iraq, and Syria. Such an alignment has been feared by the Sunni world and Israel for some ... more »

Islamic State's 'Press Officer' Killed In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Abu Mosa, Islamic State Press officer. (Image: YouTube, Vice News) *Islamic State Press Officer Who Taunted White House With ‘Flag Of Allah’ Killed In Syria -- Washington Times* The Islamic State press officer who taunted the Obama administration by saying the terrorist group would “raise the flag of Allah” in the White House is now dead. Abu Mosa was killed by Syrian forces loyal to dictator Bashar Assad, whose regime also is fighting against the Islamic State, which began as part of the anti-government militia there and is accordingly also known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS. ... more »

The Islamic State's Ultimate Goal Is To Control The Oil Fields In The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*ISIS' Thirst For Oil Could Lead To 'Global Catastrophe' If Unchecked, Experts Say -- FOX News* Islamic State's thirst for blood has the world on edge, but its equally insatiable yearning for oil could prove a "catastrophe" for the global economy if the terror organization isn't stopped, experts say. The jihadist group, formerly known as ISIS, now controls seven oil fields and two small refineries in northern Iraq, bringing in as much as $2 million per day by selling up to 40,000 barrels via middlemen in illicit deals. The black market oil sells for roughly $25 to $60 per barrel, ... more »

U.S. Navy Cheating Scandal At A Nuclear Training Site Is Far Greater Than Originally Reported

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The sailors caught cheating were seeking to be certified as instructors at the nuclear training unit at Charleston, South Carolina. Students there are trained in nuclear reactor operations to prepare for service on any of the Navy’s 83 nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, like the USS USS Nimitz, pictured. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./U.S. Navy *Navy's Nuke Cheating Scandal Is Getting Even Bigger -- Kate Brannen, Complex/Foreign Policy* It turns out that a Navy cheating scandal at a nuclear power training site in Charleston, South C... more »

GAO: Bergdahl Swap For Five Taliban Leaders Violated U.S. Law

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Photo*: U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Army and received by Reuters on May 31, 2014. Credit: Reuters/U.S. Army/Handout via Reuters *U.S. Watchdog Finds Pentagon Broke Law In Bergdahl Transfer -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The Defense Department violated U.S. law by failing to alert Congress before releasing five Taliban members held at Guantanamo Bay military prison in exchange for a captured U.S. soldier, a government watchdog agency said on Thursday. The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon broke the law by... more »

Paul Ryan Vows That The GOP Suicide Mission Will Not Take Place Until AFTER November (When Its Too Late For Voters)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
You probably saw the whole McConnell kerfuffle this week when he admitted the Republicans plan to shut down the government if they keep control of the House and win control of the Senate in November. Republicans with pretensions to national office and some aura of being part of the mainstream, were having coronaries. Paul Ryan, for example, when speaking to audiences that aren't all Republican, vowed that there would be no government shutdown-- at least not *before* the election. He hints strongly, though, that *after* the election, House Republicans will be on the same ruinous pa... more »

From Ferguson and Gaza to the Toronto G-20

Alison at Creekside - 15 hours ago
Combined Tactical Systems, Inc. (CSI), according to its website, manufactures and markets tactical munitions and crowd control devices to armed forces, law enforcement, corrections and homeland security agencies around the world. This photo of its Jamestown, Pennsylvania headquarters raised a few eyebrows this week because : 1) as you can see in the photo, CSI was flying an Israeli flag alongside the US one up until January 2012 and, according to a former CSI plant employee in the first comment here, it is flown whenever the Israeli owner/founder is in town, and 2) CTS tear gas... more »

The Randian

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://chronicle.com/ The death of Tina Fontaine has once again sparked demands for a public enquiry into the epidemic of murdered and missing aboriginal women. But, yesterday, Stephen Harper again rejected those demands: "We should not view this as sociological phenomenon," the prime minister told a news conference Thursday. "We should view it as crime. It is crime against innocent people, and it needs to be addressed as such." Mr. Harper has never been interested in the causes of crime. He cares only ...more »

Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest in Ferguson Missouri

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Greater St. Mark's Church has seen a lot of cops lately and they haven't come by to pray. *As evidenced by the following video, Clergy Response Teams were deployed by Homeland Security** to quell public unrest during the declared "state of emergency"in Ferguson Missouri this week.* For the third time since the police slaying of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, St. Louis County police raided the Greater St. Mark Church property Wednesday. Church leaders have allowed community activists to use the gymnasium of an abandoned private school on... more »

States With Pro-Employee Laws: Discrimination Against Unemployed

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
(Or, States That Don't Suck For Employees) I have the sad duty of informing my clients pretty much daily just how bad Florida law is for employees. It's pretty depressing how few legal protections my home states offers employees. So I thought I'd periodically celebrate some states that actually have laws protecting employees. Today, I'm celebrating the states that have enacted laws protecting the unemployed from discrimination. During the not-so-Great Recession, some help-wanted ads started popping up saying only those already employed need apply. While it had always been illegal to... more »

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Will Demand The Withdrawal Of Pro-Russian Separatists Forces When He Meets Putin Next Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko chairs a meeting in Kiev July 17, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Mykola Lazarenko/Pool *Ukraine's Poroshenko Talks Tough Ahead Of Meetings With Merkel, Putin -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in pro-Russian separatists when the two men meet next week and told the Kremlin chief he had "a strong country, a strong army" behind him. Poroshenko spoke as government forces, despite taking heavy losses themselves, thrust deeper into rebel-held territory in Ukra... more »

Ashoke Sen: elementary particles are small black holes

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
*Three string theorists added as Dirac Medal winners* On August 8th of every year, the Abdus Salam Institute in Trieste, Italy chooses up to three recipients of the Dirac Medal. (It's the anniversary of Dirac's 1902 birth. There exist three other awards called the "Dirac Medal" which I will ignore because they're less relevant for this blog's audience.) Of course, the medal tries to decorate deep minds who are doing a similar kind of profound research as Paul Dirac did which is why dozens of string theorists have already won it. The Dirac Medal shows what the Nobel prize would look ... more »

Iraq Updates ( August 22 , 2014 ) -- Even as the US continues the Air Strikes primarily in Kurdish areas in Northern Iraq and expansion of the new US war in Iraq seems in the cards ( against ISIS ) , note that Baghdad allegedly is blocking Western weapons from reaching the Peshmerga ( new Shi'a Boss same as Maliki )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
*Can't form a lasting Union if you keep betraying Kurds and Sunnis....* http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/08/dozens-dead-attack-sunni-mosque-iraq-2014822121452319807.html Scores dead in attack on Sunni mosque in Iraq Shia armed group kills at least 73 people inside place of worship near the city of Baquba in eastern Diyala province. Last updated: 22 Aug 2014 22:52 LISTEN [image: Email Article] [image: Print Article] [image: Share article] [image: Send Feedback] At least 73 people have been killed after a Shia Muslim armed group opened fired inside an Iraqi Sunni mos...more »

Obama Finally Gets His Excuse for Middle East War With Beheading

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 17 hours ago
Bad ass Barry is about to become a real, live war president in Iraq. Continuing with the finest of American traditions of the previous four war criminals who held the office Obama is taking the USA! USA! USA! back to war. The beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had been captured in Syria is the excuse of the week and it will sell to the masses of asses. Not that the bastard and his warmonger infested administration and State Department have not been itching to do so for at least the past year. There was the horseshit about the babies being thrown out of incubators childre... more »

Ukraine situation updates ( August 22 , 2014 ) -- Humanitarian effort finally underway as Russia dispatches convoy of trucks.... natural gas update and sanctions watch ..... state of play on the battlefield.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 18 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-22/russian-humanitarian-convoy-enters-ukraine-without-authorization-ukraine-considers-m Russian Humanitarian Convoy Enters Ukraine Without Authorization; Ukraine Considers Move "Direct Invasion" [image: Tyler Durden's picture] Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/22/2014 06:42 -0400 - headlines - Ukraine inShare1 *Update*: the farce is complete, although at least this time it didn't take Ukraine several hours to fabricate then unfabricate its plot line,*because literally minutes after it accused Russia of invading,Ukraine's foreign minist...more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 19 hours ago
*Global warming pause 'may last for another decade', scientists suggest* *Basic physics: When something is hot, its molecules are farther apart than when it is cold. When water is hot, its molecules are further apart, so it takes up more room. That makes hot water lighter than cold water, because the cold water has more molecules in the same amount of room. And put a ping-pong ball into any container of water and watch it sink to the bottom (NOT!). It's only in Warmist models that hot (less dense) water sinks. And the Warmists not only say that warm water sinks to the bottom but the... more »

Who Am I......... A Guest Post by Seldom Heard

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
 Source: *https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112548481567794821784*


Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
You may wish to view this video that will further explain The above: *http://mnhopkins.blogspot.se/2012/01/hoo-pono-pono-gift-of-reconciliation.html*

Coming to a street near you

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
The murder of the Army drummer Lee Rigby on the streets of London last year was portrayed by the 'liberal' media as an aberration, a on-off. The Standard reports that another attack almost happened a couple of days ago: 'A man was charged today with plotting a terror attack on the streets of London. Brustchom Ziamani, 19, appeared in court charged with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts. He was arrested on the street in Camberwell on Tuesday with a bag containing a hammer and a knife, a court heard. Both were wrapped in an Islamic flag, prosecutor Mark Dawson to... more »

Sainsburys respond

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Following the Holborn incident I sent an email to Sainsburys, actually I sent two, to different people there, here's one (they were identical apart from the addressee): NotaSheepMaybeaGoat . 18 Aug (4 days ago) to john.rogers I am writing to complain about the management of your Holborn store removing all kosher food from their shelves. If this was a protest about Israel's action in Gaza, can I point out that not all Jews support Israel and that 20% of the Israeli population is Muslim. Can I ask if you removed halal items following the 9/11... more »

China's second hypersonic glider test fails as PLA trials nuclear weapons delivery system

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HTV-2]The People's Liberation Army has carried out a second, albeit unsuccessful test of a hypersonic vehicle, two sources close to the military said, as China attempts to find a way to deliver nuclear weapons at immense speed to evade defence systems. The test was carried out on August 7 at a missile and satellite launching centre in Shanxi province, about 300km from its capital Taiyuan, said the sources, who asked not be named. The vehicle broke up soon after it was launched. It was the second time the PLA has tested the system, the two sources said. Read more

Spike Missiles for Helicopters of Columbia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: UH-60 Black Hawk]Rafael upgrades Sikorsky AH-60L Harpy IV Black Hawks of the Colombian military (FAC) and equipping them with Spike missiles of different ranges, according to the website infodefensa.com. The 10 upgraded helicopters are supposed to provide the Air Force the ability to attack ground targets, especially against armored and artillery divisions and strengthen the deterrent power of Colombian military units. This model was introduced by the Colombian Air Force to the Air Force leaders of the America during the 54th Conference CONJEFAMER held in late June the city ... more »

All 365 Sierra Leona ebola casualties due to a herbalist

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
The Daily Mail and everyone else mentioned the sad and bizarre statistical fact: all 365 people (3/4 of the victims are women because they're more "the social glue" of their communities, caregivers) who died due to ebola (a lethal cousin of flu) in Sierra Leone caught the disease from a herbalist. What an irony. The mass infection began in Guinea (patient zero has probably been correctly identified) and lots of the infected ones came to the herbalist in Sierra Leone – which used to be a healthy country. She got infected and many others caught the disease from her, many of them dur... more »

After Sukhois, India deploys Akash missiles in Northeast to tackle China threat

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Akash SAM]Amid growing apprehensions about China's 'real' intentions, India has started deploying squadrons of surface-to-air Akash missiles in the Northeast. As per a report in an English daily published on Friday, six such squadrons are being deployed in the northeastern parts of the country to tackle Chinese jets, helicopters and drones against any misadventure. The government had not very long ago deployed Sukhoi-30MKI fighters at Tezpur and Chabua. Read more

Dutch and Japanese warplanes take to the skies to accompany Russian bombers

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RNLAF F-16 Fighting Falcon]A Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 fighter jet took to the skies twice on Thursday to escort two Russian Tu-95 bombers, the Dutch Defense Ministry said. According to the Ministry, two Russian warplanes were flying from the north accompanied by two Danish F-16 planes. A Dutch fighter jet accompanied the Tu-95s over the Dutch territory up to the British area of responsibility. The Dutch Defense Ministry claimed that after that the Russian bombers had made a U-turn and headed for the Dutch territory for a second time. The country’s Quick Reaction Forc... more »

GE eyes S. Korea's fighter jet development project

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: KF-X]American conglomerate General Electric (GE) hopes to be given the right to build the engine for South Korea's indigenous fighter jet in partnership with local companies and in exchange support Seoul's global marketing efforts, its Korean branch said Thursday. The South Korean government will soon open bidding for an 8.5 trillion won (US$8.3 billion) fighter jet development project, dubbed the KF-X program, which was approved last month after a decade-long delay. The program includes building 200 middle-level fighter jets for delivery starting in 2025 to replace South Ko... more »

ACC loans Global Hawk to Global Vigilance Combined Test Force

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: RQ-4 Global Hawk]The 412th Test Wing's Global Vigilance Combined Test Force received a Global Hawk Block 40 Aug. 6, on loan from Air Combat Command. The aircraft, from Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, is joining the Block 20 and 40 aircraft at Edwards AFB to offer an additional platform for configuration-constrained testing, allowing the test force to balance their schedule. The Block 40 aircraft will test upgrades for the diminishing manufacturing source, or DMS, - the loss or impending loss of manufacturers of items or suppliers of items or raw materials - and ... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 8.22.14”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 8.22.14”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “This may sound strange to you, but the top story is still the Ukraine crisis because it is far from over. In my view, the West is still inching towards war with Russia. The building of a new natural gas pipeline through Bulgaria has been stopped for the second time this week. Nearly 200 troops and a dozen NATO F-15 fighter jets are also going to Bulgaria for more war games. Meanwhile, Germany’s Leader, Angela Merkel, is saying that NATO will defend the Baltic States, if needed. On top of that, the fighting in Eastern ... more »

Chinese Jet Threatened U.S. Intelligence Aircraft

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: J-11 (Flanker B+)]A Chinese jet fighter flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft near Japan this week in an encounter that highlights China’s continued aggressiveness in the region. The P-8, a new, militarized Boeing-737 anti-submarine warfare aircraft, was conducting routine surveillance of the Chinese coast over the East China Sea on Monday when the incident occurred, said U.S. defense officials familiar with reports of the encounter. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeffrey Pool had no immediate comment but said he would provide “an explanation... more »

Vinson strike group to leave SD Friday for Middle East

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to depart its San Diego base Friday for deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East. The vessels in the strike force include the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, and guided-missile destroyers USS Gridley, USS Sterett and USS Dewey, carrying around 6,200 sailors among them. The aircraft of Carrier Air Wing 17, which includes nine fixed-wing and helicopter squadrons, will be aboard the Vinson. The carrier returned from deployment in May 2012 and underwent a seven-month overhaul. Read more

Wall Street-- All Is Forgiven?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 21 hours ago
What better vehicle to declare Wall Street banksters no longer villains than the *Wall Street Journal*? And that's exactly what Patrick O'Conner did this morning. "As political villains go," he wrote, "Wall Street seems to be enjoying something of a reprieve." He claims "its image is on the mend" and that only about a third of Americans view Wall Street negatively. No industry was more battered on the airwaves in 2012 than the financial-services sector. Candidates, parties and outside groups aired a total of more than 280,000 political ads that mentioned Wall Street, “Big Banks,... more »

Navy Bribery Scandals Highlight the Importance of Enforcing a Code of Conduct

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
There are a wide range of business opportunities available for supplying, equipping and servicing the U.S. Navy's more than 323,000 active personnel, 290 ships and over 3,700 aircraft around the world. Unfortunately, this also makes it an enticing target for those willing to engage in corrupt behavior and defraud the U.S. government. Fraud and bribery scandals have hit the Navy in recent years, including one involving the Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC), the primary provider of ocean transportation for the Navy and the rest of the U.S. Department of Defense. Read more

US Subs on Routine Patrol Missions Off Russian Shore – Admiral

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Virginia class SSN]The recent sighting of a Japanese submarine off Russia's Pacific coast is a rare one, unlike the presence of the US Navy’s subs, Admiral Viktor Fyodorov, former commander of the Russian Pacific Fleet, told RIA Novosti Thursday. “There have hardly been any sightings of Japanese submarines near Russia’s maritime border, unlike American ones, which have been on routine patrol missions off the Kamchatka [peninsula] shore and the main base of Russia’s Pacific Fleet in Vilyuchinsk,” Adm. Fyodorov said. This comment came after a report by Russia’s Kommersant dail... more »

Israel’s new attack submarines nearing completion at German shipyard

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Dolphin class SSK]Israel’s newest version of its Dolphin-class submarine, which is quieter than the nuclear-powered engines on American and Russian submarines, is nearing completion at Germany’s hyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyards in Kiel. Three Dolphin II-class submarines, which Real Clear Defense called “part attack submarine, part nuclear strike ship and part commando taxi,” are undergoing trials in Germany before heading to the Mediterranean. When complete, analysts believe that the Dolphin II-class submarines will carry nuclear-tipped Popeye Turbo cruise missiles, alth...more »

Why America And The West Came To The Defense of Yezidis Fleeing ISIS, But Not of Christians

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 21 hours ago
*In 1973, "Henry Kissinger came to President Frangieh and asked him to deport all Christians from Lebanon." - Lebanese Christian bishop Antoine al-Shedrawi.* *Video Title: Lebanese Bishop: Plan to Drive Christians out of Mideast is Decades-Old Western Policy. Source: Eretz Zen. Date Published: October 25, 2013. Description:* In a televised interview with Lebanese MTV, Lebanese Christian bishop Antoine al-Shedrawi discusses the current situation of the Syrian Christians, the status of the two Aleppo bishops kidnapped by rebels, and the exodus of Christians from the Middle East. He ... more »

India to Unveil First Warship to Deter Chinese Submarines

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: INS Kamorta]India will unveil its first home-built anti-submarine warship tomorrow in a move to deter China from conducting underwater patrols near its shores. Defense Minister Arun Jaitley will commission the 3,300-ton INS Kamorta at the southeastern Vishakapatnam port. The move comes a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the largest indigenously built guided-missile destroyer and vowed to bolster the country’s defenses so “no one dares to cast an evil glance at India.” Read more

Russia’s new Alexander Nevsky submarine to arrive in Kamchatka by yearend

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Alexander Nevsky SSBN]Russia’s new nuclear submarine Alexander Nevsky will arrive at its base in Kamchatka before the end of the year to begin combat training, Eastern Military District Commander, Colonel-General Sergei Surovikin said on Thursday. Surovikin is inspecting the construction of infrastructure facilities for the fourth-generation submarines in Vilyuchinsk, Kamchatka. “The commander inspected the construction of the pier, including mooring areas and support facilities, to ensure that work was proceeding according to the schedule approved by the ministry of defense... more »

US Begins Selling "Syria Intervention" Using ISIS Pretext

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 22 hours ago
*August 22, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - In a previous report titled, "Growing Mayhem - US Operating on Both Sides of Syrian-Iraqi Border," it was reported that (emphasis added): *Clearly, the answer, left for readers to arrive at on their own, is that these "successful" US airstrikes in Iraq must be carried over into Syria - where mission creep can do the rest, finally dislodging the Syrian government from power after an ongoing proxy war has failed to do so since 2011. After arming and aiding the Kurds in fighting ISIS in Iraq, the US will attempt to make a similar argument re... more »

Americans again rate local schools higher than schools of the nation

skrashen at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
Groundhog Day: Americans Again Rate Local Schools Higher than Schools of the Nation Stephen Krashen As is the case every year, the PDK/Gallup poll (September 2014) found that people rate their local schools much more positively than they do schools in the US in general. The differences, as usual, were striking: Fifty percent of respondents said they would give the public schools in their neighborhood a grade or A or B, but only 17% would give public schools in the nation A or B. When asked about the school their oldest child attends, 67% said they would give the school at A or... more »

Chinese Fighter Jet Buzzes U.S. Intellgience Plane Off The Coast Of Japan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Two U.S. Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon (BuNo 168429, 168435) of Patrol Squadron VP-16 "War Eagles" refuel at Naval Air Facility Atsugi. The squadron's landing at NAF Atsugi was part of the Poseidon´s inaugural operational deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kegan E. Kay *Chinese Jet Threatened U.S. Intelligence Aircraft -- Washington Free Beacon* Su-27 flew within 50 feet of new P-8 anti-submarine warfare jet near Japan A Chinese jet fighter flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy P-8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft near Japan this week in an encounter... more »

Alishan by Scooter

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 23 hours ago
*The point on the 159甲 where it becomes stunning.* Another ride on one of my favorite routes in Taiwan, the Ten Thousand Year Gorge and Caoling via the 149 and the 149乙, Alishan via the 149甲 and the 169, and back to Chiayi via the 159甲. Only this time, my wife and I did it on our sturdy 125cc scooter. Scootering presented certain problems. The last gas station is in Zhushan 60 kms from Laiji where we planned to overnight, while the next one on the other side is in Shijhuo. It is certainly possible to purchase gas in the mountains, but such trade is illegal and sellers are subject ... more »

What Is A 'Killer Robot'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*So What Exactly Is a 'Killer Robot'? -- Rose Eveleth, The Atlantic* Why so many groups are against them, but haven't agreed on what they are For as long as we’ve been able to make robots, we’ve been worried about them killing us. In 1942, Isaac Asimov published a short story called Runaround that both coined the term "robotics" and introduced the idea of robots killing humans. Last week, one company set out to assure people that it, too, was worried about this potential threat. Clearpath Robotics announced that it would take a stand against killer robots. “To the people agains... more »


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 23 hours ago
What a comeback! You don’t see heroism like this politics. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

"Nothing In Any Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“Nothing in any life, no matter how well or poorly lived, is wiser than failure or clearer than sorrow. And in the tiny precious wisdom they give to us, even those dreaded and hated enemies, suffering and failure, have their reason and their right to be.” - Gregory David Roberts, “Shantaram”

A Detailed Look At How A U.S. Air Strike Is Conducted

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Pratt/Handout *Anatomy Of An Air Strike: Three Intelligence Streams Working In Concert -- David Axe and Robert Beckhusen, Reuters* In a fast-moving war with an elusive foe like the Islamic State militants, information is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs. Sometime early this summer, U.S. Special Operations Forces launched a raid into Syria in an effort to rescue several American hostages being held by the group. But the commandos’ information was out of date. The captives were no longer ... more »

Here Are The Top Six Global Strategic Threats

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Top Six Strategic Threats to Worry About in Today’s Global Headlines -- Elaine M. Grossman, Real Clear Defense * OMAHA, Neb.— What do hundreds of nuclear-weapons wonks discuss when cloistered for two hot August days in a windowless Midwest conference center? Turns out, it’s not just nuclear weapons. It’s about their deepest and well informed fears of how conflicts dominating today’s global headlines could translate into real life-altering events for Americans. No one is ruling out the risk — even if remote — that a newly aggressive Russia or China might someday put a mushroom clo... more »

Israel’s Deadliest Submarines Are Almost Ready

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Israel’s new Dolphin II-class submarines are the largest undersea craft built in Germany since the Second World War, and when they reach active service they’re expected to take their place among the world’s most effective subs. Intercepts *Israel's Doomsday Submarines Nearly Ready -- Robert Beckhusen, Real Clear Defense/War Is Boring* *Dolphin II Class Nearing Completion* The Israeli navy is a bit of an odd duck. It’s designed largely for coastal and eastern Mediterranean warfare. But among all of Israel’s small corvettes and missile boats are some some seriously mighty submarines...more »

A $5,300 Paycheck For A Suicide Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Paycheck For Terrorism: $5,300 For Suicide Attack -- The Signal* For the first time, startling details are being made public about the millions of dollars funneled from Middle East charities to Islamic terrorists and their families. The money was used to reward terrorists and their families after attacks on Israelis and U.S. nationals visiting Israel between 2000 and 2005 during the second intifada or Palestinian uprising. The evidence was presented today in a landmark case in New York federal court. Three hundred U.S. nationals claim Arab Bank knowingly provided financial servi... more »

More British Muslims Are Fighting For The Islamic State Than For Britain's Military.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*More British Muslims Fight For Islamic State Than Britain -- USA Today* LONDON — It is likely that there are now more British Muslims fighting for the Islamic State than for Britain's military. Britain's Ministry of Defense confirmed to USA TODAY that there are approximately 600 British Muslim servicemembers in its armed forces of almost 200,000 people. Official government estimates put the number of British Islamic State fighters operating in Syria and Iraq at up to 800. The Foreign Office cautioned Thursday that it is difficult to provide precise numbers. The militant who behe... more »

Mosul Archbishop: We Instilled Culture in the Muslims, But They Sold Us Out

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
"People, you have to realize that there has been no law in Iraq for 10 years. Baghdad is ruled by mafias: looting, plundering, oppression, militias, and sectarianism. All this is the result of the mistaken policies of the US and the West. When Western evil is fused with Arab stupidity, nations die. So here we are, dying before the eyes of the world." - Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Nikoodimos Daoud. Mosul Archbishop: We Instilled Culture in the Muslims, But They Sold Us Out. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: August 20, 2014.

Should The U.S. Declare War Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo from Veeoz *Why Washington Should Declare War on ISIS -- James Kitfield, National Journal* The terrorist group has a bigger sanctuary, far more money, and is more indiscriminately murderous than al-Qaida was on Sept. 10, 2001. When a centrist Democrat, a Republican hawk, a libertarian, and a tea partier all find common ground on Capitol Hill, it's worth noting this rare outbreak of bipartisan consensus. Sens. Tim Kaine, James Inhofe, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz all believe the White House should seek new approval from Congress for U.S. military operations in Iraq. President Obam... more »

Top U.S. General: To Stop ISIS The U.S. Will Need To Become Involved In Syria's Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp *Halting ISIS Would Require Attacks in Syria, Top General Says -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria cannot be defeated unless the United States or its allies take on the Sunni militancy in Syria, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday afternoon. “This is an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that will eventual... more »

Libya Updates ( August 22 , 2014 ) --- As Libya turmoil continues , The Arab Leagues rejects Libya's call for foreign intervention.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/public-execution-football-stadium-shows-libya-s-descent-lawlessness-2014-08-21 21 August 2014 ‘Public execution’ in football stadium shows Libya’s descent into lawlessness [image: The video appears to show an execution-style killing organized by an armed group.] The video appears to show an execution-style killing organized by an armed group. © YouTube/Libyan Proud “ The Libyan authorities, with the support of the international community, must urgently address the breakdown of law and order that has persisted in Derna and elsewhere following the end of... more »


ISIS, or just IS (Islamic State) as they now call themselves, as well as al-Qaeda are, of course, Israel’s arch enemy – as well as much of the rest of the world. But is Israel any better than their arch enemies when it comes to committing crimes against humanity? And, just because Hamas also happens to be an Islamic organisation, can it really be compared with IS or al-Qaeda? Neocon propagandist Jonathan Tobin, writing today in *Commentary* magazine, would have you believe that Israel are, as usual, the victims, while Hamas and the other Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fighting for ... more »

Russel Norman lies

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
So, is there a difference between wilful misinterpretation and lying? - *Green party costings* – Matt Nolan, TVHE - *Real decline?* – Eric Crampton, OFFSETTING BEHAVIOUR Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Not sure he succeeded, mind you

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Eric Bana, in some Hollywood film or other, tries to explain the world’s most libertarian sport to morons. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

When fraud sells

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: Sotheby's]“When all art becomes subjective then determining which art is best becomes essentially political.” - *Why Is The Artworld So Irrational And What Can Be Done About It?* – Joseph Bravo Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

But what’s in my beer, officer?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
IN a stand-off between wowserdom and healthb advocacy, the wowsers have the upper hand. - *Gluten-free, but don't tell anybody* – OFFSETTING BEHAVIOUR Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

“Auckland Council execs work with stunning views”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Remember when an over-sexed dwarf was telling us amalgamating Auckland’s bloated councils would save money? That it wouldn’t just put a new bloated elite on top of the existing overpaid scum? Why didn’t someone just punch him in the face back then? - *Auckland Council execs work with stunning views* – HERALD Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Chris Trotter still “acceptably corrupt"

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Chris Trotter argues when it comes to politics “(t)he options are not fair means or foul: they are foul means or fouler.” Pablo reckons this means either Chris has lost his ideological bearings or has consciously decided to join the Dark Side. Pablo has forgotten it was Chris defending “acceptable corruption” not that many years go. Acceptable, to Chris, if it turfed out the Tories. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Is The U.S. About To Escalate It's War Against ISIS?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Is the United States About to Ramp Up Its Fight Against ISIS? -- Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast* *In the wake of James Foley’s execution, Obama announced no plans to widen his air campaign against the group. Military officials hint it’s expanding—but not to a ground offensive.* Since U.S. airstrikes began targeting ISIS on August 7, the group, which had been steadily expanding its territory, has been losing ground in Iraq. Now there are signs indicating that the air campaign could be expanding. If it does, the model for what has worked in northern Iraq—U.S. airpower backing local gro... more »

See KIPP Co-Founder, Dave Levin, Model Totalistic Control & Compliance at Million Dollar Summit

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Source: Robert Lifton labeled the extraordinarily high degree of social control characteristic of organizations that operate reform programs as their totalistic quality (Lifton 1961). This concept refers to the mobilization of the entirety of the person's social, and often physical, environment in support of the manipulative effort. Lifton identified eight themes or properties of reform environments that contribute to their totalistic quality: - Control of communication - Emotional and behavioral manipulation - Demands for absolute conformity to behavior prescriptions der... more »

MA Taxpayers Fed Up With Up Expansion of Segregated Corporate Charters

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
This is the beginning of the end for another failed experiment by profiteers and businessmen to feed on public education. From the Boston Globe: Voter support for more charter schools in Massachusetts appears to be weak, according to a new Boston Globe poll, highlighting a politically risky situation for charter school supporters if they pursue a ballot question. The poll found that 47 percent of respondents opposed raising a state cap on the number of charter schools that can operate in Massachusetts, compared with 43 percent who favor such a change. The results mean that charte... more »

From the "Is There Life After ----?" File: Former NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Former Speaker Christine Quinn back on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday, looking relaxed and apparently sounding so too. "Life is good," she said.* *"The former City Council speaker and failed Democratic mayoral candidate said she has passed the last several months enjoying time with her wife, Kim Catullo, and resting at the New Jersey shore."* *-- from "Christine Quinn: 'Life is good',"by *AM New York*'s Emily Ngo* *by Ken* Probably there was a day when, pretty much en masse, her phone number was lost by erstwhile gladhanders throughout the five boroughs of NYC. And when she ma... more »

Federal documents show Harper's Conservatives are thwarting scientists' efforts to keep Canadians informed on Arctic ice levels

leftdog at Buckdog - 1 day ago
Federal scientists who keep a close eye on the Arctic ice would like to routinely brief Canadians about extraordinary events unfolding in the North. But newly released federal documents show the Harper government has been thwarting their efforts. In 2012, as the Arctic ice hit the lowest point ever recorded, scientists at the Canadian Ice Service were keen to tell Canadians about the stunning ice loss. “Less ice doesn’t mean less danger. In fact the opposite is true and there is greater need for ice information,” Leah Braithwaite, the service’s chief of applied science said in an Au... more »

ISIS' Quarterly Report Reveals It's Steady Growth And Expansion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Reuters *An Analysis Of ISIS Quarterly Reports: Kill And Conquer -- Vocativ* James Foley's beheading illustrates ISIS' ruthlessness; the growing organization's reports reveal its calculating nature Any doubts about how ruthless and single-minded the Islamic State (commonly referred to as ISIS) had become were dispelled on Tuesday. A gruesome propaganda video began circulating that evening, showing the purported beheading of James Foley, an American journalist who disappeared in Syria in 2012. A masked ISIS executioner, speaking to the camera in a distinctly British accent, announ...more »

RCMP's political response to budget cuts, or give us the money or we shoot the police dog

paul at Paying attention - 1 day ago
The only real surprise in RCMP budget cuts in British Columbia was that they didn’t threaten to chop the musical ride. The provincial government has reduced its contribution to the RCMP for policing in the province by $4.2 million. RCMP management has decided to make all the cuts in the budgets of the special enforcement unit, including the squad investigating biker gangs, and the major crimes section, responsible for the missing women file, among other things. Nowhere else left to cut, says Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, the top RCMP manager in B.C. Come on. The $4.2-million c... more »

The Natives' War: U.S. Should Stay Directly Out of The Fight With ISIS

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
"I suspect we ought to lighten our hand in the Middle East. We should move the framework away from the current situation where everyone is telling us everything is our fault and angry with us to a basis where they are seeking our help. In the future we should never use U.S. troops as a peacekeeping force. We're too big a target. Let the Fijians or New Zealanders do that. And keep reminding ourselves that it is easier to get into something than it is to get out of it." - Former Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, from a 1983 memo entitled "The Swamp." *Source: The Unknown Known (2013)*... more »

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Another Realm”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Kevin Kern, “Another Realm” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a2JtNQublQ


KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
When I began the Roswell investigation with Don Schmitt, I thought we’d find a solution quickly and that would be it. That didn’t happen, but as we talked with various witnesses, prowled various archives, museums and newspaper morgues, and found some limited documentation, it became clear that something had happened back in 1947. When I interviewed retired Brigadier General Arthur Exon on the telephone on May 19, 1990, I began the discussion by saying that we were doing some research into the activities at Wright – Patterson Air Force Base. The discussion began with him mentioning ... more »

The policy that is not a policy

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Is it still a policy if you promise not to do it? - *John Key: Dropping Maori seats would mean 'hikois from hell'* – HERALD Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Musical Interlude: Don McLean, “Vincent”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Don McLean, “Vincent” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsxfvwuCqxo ◆ Hat tip to Andy Alt for inspiring this selection.

Why The U.S. Special Forces Mission To Rescue James Foley And Others Failed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Why US Special Forces Failed To Rescue James Foley -- Anna Mulrine, Christian Science Monitor* US intelligence officials still know relatively little about the workings of Islamic State militants. James Foley may have been traded by insurgent groups before ending up in IS hands, which complicates the intelligence picture. Washington — The failed attempt to rescue journalist James Foley before he was killed by Islamic State militants – and the ongoing efforts to track down other American hostages before it’s too late – illustrate a glaring shortcoming in US military capabilities:... more »

ISIS Watch ( August 21 , 2014 ) - Certainly seems as if ISIS is being hyped as the latest danger to the Globe ! If an attack occurs here in the US , the stage has been set for ISIS to be the villian.....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2014/08/16/U-S-Secret-Service-to-investigate-tuant-ISIS-photo.html ‘We are in your streets:’ U.S. Secret Service to probe ISIS Twitter taunt The picture was initially tweeted on August 9 by an account that was later deleted. (Courtesy: Twitter) Text size A A A By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Saturday, 16 August 2014 The U.S. Secret Service has reportedly launched an investigation to probe a photo that appeared to show someone holding a smartphone outside the White House displaying the ISIS flag. The picture, which was first tweeted on Aug... more »

Adventures in Canning: Chili...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*without beans.* I'll add beans later before serving. I didn't want to mess with dried beans and I was afraid canned beans would turn to mush after processing for 80 minutes. This is not intended as a discussion on how to make authentic chili. There are as many different chilis as there are chili makers. Sometime I make it with big chunks of stew meat, no beans, and add things like beer. Other times I make it with ground beef, pinto and kidney beans, with a few healthy splashes of burgundy wine. One thing I always use is a ton of chili powder, cumin, garlic, and parsley. When... more »

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