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Saturday, August 2, 2014

2 August - Blogs I'm Following

10:32pm MDST

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton Has Apparently Earned The Title Of Being The Most Detested Person Under The Protection Of The Secret Service

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 minute ago
*Hillary Told One Agent To 'F*** Off' And Another That His Suit Looked 'Cheap.' Secret Service Staff Say Guarding The Former First Lady Was 'The Worst Form Of Punishment,' Author Reveals In Explosive New Book -- Daily Mail* * Author Ronald Kessler claims agents confess that being on Hillary’s security detail is the worst duty assignment in the Secret Service * If agents driving her went over a bump, she’d swear at them * 'When she's in front of the lights, she turns it on and when she's not she's a totally different person,' says one agent * Arriving at a 4-F Club in upstate New York... more »

How A Solar Superstorm Could Destroy The Earth

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 minute ago
*Apocalypse NOW: Killer Solar Superstorm Could Destroy Earth At ANY MOMENT, Scientists Warn -- * VIOLENT solar superstorms could destroy life as we know it at ANY MOMENT, shocked scientists have warned today. It is “only a matter of time” before a catastrophic eruption on the surface of the sun hurtles towards the planet with devastating consequences. The Earth could be the target of an explosion equivalent to “10 billion Hiroshima bombs exploding at the same time”. It has emerged crisis meetings have been held to discuss how to limit the damage of solar superstorm... more »

Despite Breathtaking Failures At The DCCC, Steve Israel Insists On A Leadership Position

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 30 minutes ago
An abject failure at the DCCC, Steve Israel is likely to do even worse this cycle than he did last time. But he's already warning House Democrats that he isn't done with them yet. He's well aware that no one will tolerate another cycle with his inept and catastrophic handling of the DCCC, so he's insisting on another leadership post. He told *The Hill* that he for all the enjoyment he's had at the DCCC-- failing to take back the House in 2012 while Obama and the Senate Democrats were scoring breathtaking victories across the board-- and on the verge of a far, far worse cycle this y... more »

Are Reports Of An Afghan-Taliban Surge Exaggerated?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 46 minutes ago
Gen. John F. Campbell holds a news conference at the Kinnard Mission Training Complex at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Aug. 1, 2013. Sam Shore/MVISC via U.S. Army *Reports Of Taliban Surge Are Exaggerated, Incoming ISAF Commander Says -- Stars and Stripes* WASHINGTON — Reports of the Taliban gaining ground as U.S. troop levels fall and Afghan soldiers take on more fighting duties are more about PR than battlefield realities, the general set to take over command of the NATO combat mission in Afghanistan suggested. Gen. John F. Campbell, who spoke to reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, ... more »

U.S. Army Unveils New Camouflage Pattern

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 46 minutes ago
The Army announced the service's newest camouflage pattern for combat: a palette of muted greens, light beige and dark brown. This swatch is based on an experimental design, because the actual design hasn't been released yet.(Photo: Army Times) *Combat By Design: Army Unveils New Camouflage Pattern -- USA Today* The Army plans to transition to this new camo over time, phasing out the unpopular gray-green Universal Combat Pattern. The Army, in a statement, said a phase-out of the older uniform was "fiscally responsible." The name "Operational Camouflage Pattern" is intended to empha... more »

U.S. Army To Fire 550 Majors

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 46 minutes ago
*500 Army Majors to Be Axed in Latest Budget Cuts -- Newsmax* Pink slips will start going out next week to about 500 Army majors – including some on duty in Afghanistan – in the latest wave of troop cuts forced by "budget restrictions," the Army announced Friday. "We don't want to do this," but the Army has no choice under the constraints of the Budget Control Act and the Congressional sequester process, Gen. John Campbell, the vice chief of the Army, said Friday, * reports.* Campbell noted may of the 1,100 captains on a hit list last month were serving in Afghanistan ... more »

$300 Million In Kurdish Crude But No Buyers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 46 minutes ago
A still image from video taken by a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft shows the oil tanker United Kalavyrta (also known as the United Kalavrvta), which is carrying a cargo of Kurdish crude oil, approaching Galveston, Texas July 25, 2014. Credit: Reuters/US Coast Guard/handout via Reuters *For Wandering Tankers With $300 Million Of Kurdish Crude, End-Game Still In Doubt -- Reuters* (Reuters) - After a legal show-down in Texas this week, the outlook for a handful of tankers holding some $300 million worth of Kurdish oil is not looking good. Seemingly unable to find enou... more »

Fordham’s Michael Petrilli: Manufacturing “Emotion” for Common Core

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 hour ago
I am sitting in my easy chair on this Saturday afternoon, and I am trying not to write any posts. I know that I need a rest. Sure enough, though, I come across Common Core State Standards (CCSS) promotional slant from the brand-spanking new, non-teacher-practitioner president of the Gates-funded Fordham Institute, dedicated think tanker Michael […]

11 Countries Are Near Bankruptcy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Not Just Argentina: 11 Countries Near Bankruptcy -- USA Today* After years of bitter court battles with creditors, Argentina has defaulted on its debt, according to rating agency Standard & Poor's. After failing to come to an agreement with creditors from its previous default in 2001, the country missed necessary bond payments on July 31, triggering the default announcement. As of publication, other organizations, most notably the rating agency Moody's Investors Service and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, a derivatives trade group, have yet to release public s... more »

U.S. - Russian Nuclear Talks And Agreements Now In Jeopardy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
A deal signed by Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz would have let American and Russian scientists visit one another’s nuclear facilities. Credit Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters *U.S. Nuclear Deal With Russia Fails As Tensions Rise -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — The growing confrontation between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine has derailed a recent accord that promised one of the most expansive collaborations ever between the countries’ nuclear scientists, including reciprocal visits to atomic sites to work on projects ranging from energy to planetary defense. It was only 11 months a... more »

The Ebola Outbreak: The "Pandemic" that isn't.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago SATURDAY, 2 AUGUST 2014 *The Ebola Outbreak: The "Pandemic" that isn't.* There have been many many moments over the past few years that have made me ponder my past and the experiences and knowledge that I have gathered along the way. I cannot tell you how many times in the last two years alone that I have had major personal revelations about things that I have gone through or learned in the past that are suddenly so relevant in the NOW. Last night was one of those moments. For almost 20 yea... more »

U.S. Spy Plane Flees Into Sweden After Being Chased By A Russian Fighter Jet And Tracked By Russian Radar

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Wikimedia Commons/Chris Finney *U.S. Official: Spy Plane Flees Russian Jet, Radar; Ends Up Over Sweden -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- The Cold War aerial games of chicken portrayed in the movie "Top Gun" are happening in real life again nearly 30 years later. A U.S. Air Force spy plane evaded an encounter with the Russian military on July 18, just a day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed by a suspected surface-to-air missile that Ukraine and the West allege was fired by pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine. The RC-135 Rivet Joint fled into nearby Swedish airspace without th... more »

Is Ukraine Using Ballistic Missiles?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
RIA Novodti/Igor Zarembo *Ukraine Denies Using Ballistic Missiles -- Deutsche Welle* Ukraine's defense minister and a NATO representative in Kyiv have denied DW reports that the Ukrainian army has been using ballistic missiles against pro-Russian separatists in the country's east. At first, NATO confirmed to DW a report by US news channel CNN that the Ukrainian army has used short-range ballistic missiles against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. "The information is based on data from US reconnaissance" a spokesman at NATO's Brussels headquarters said Friday (01.08.2014... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Loving Touch” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Deuter, “Loving Touch” -

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"In 2003, the Hubble Space Telescope took the image of a millenium, an image that shows our place in the universe. Anyone who understands what this image represents, is forever changed by it."- YouTube/NASA "It helps to put things in perspective here on our frenetic little planet with a look at this extraordinarily powerful and moving video of the Hubble Space Telescope mapping of the Universe, whose known size is 78 billion light years across. The video of the images is the equivalent of using a "time machine" to look into the past to witness the early formation of galaxies, perha... more »

The Daily "Near You?" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Grass Valley, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Carlos Castaneda, "The Path" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Path"* by Carlos Castaneda "Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is not affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try ... more »

The Poet: W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame." -W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"

Chet Raymo, "The Ring of Truth" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Ring of Truth"* by Chet Raymo "In Salley Vickers' novel, 'Where Three Roads Meet,' the shade of Tiresias, the blind seer of the Oedipus myth, visits Sigmund Freud in London during the psychoanalyst's final terrible illness. In a series of conversations, Tiresias retells the story of Oedipus - he who was fated to kill his father and sleep with his mother - a story at the heart of Freud's own theory of the human psyche. At one point in the conversations, as Tiresias and Freud discuss the extent to which our lives are fated, the question of immortality arises. Freud says of Oed... more »

"A Grindstone..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us." - L. Thomas Holdcraft

Is Russia About To Invade Eastern Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters *Russia’s Military Is Already in East Ukraine. Will There Be a Full-Scale Invasion? -- James Miller, The Daily Beast* The troops, the tanks, and the artillery is in place. The shelling has begun. Is this just another skirmish? Or something much, much bigger? Right now Russia is moving troops, armor, and advanced antiaircraft missiles toward the border with Ukraine. In the last 48 hours, dozens of videos have been uploaded to social-media sites that show Russian armor very close to the border, many of them confirmed to be within mere kilometers of Ukraine. On ... more »

The Decline Of U.S. Influence In The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry departed from New Delhi on Friday. Credit Pool photo by Lucas Jackson *U.S. Struggles In Middle East, With Fewer Allies And Less Influence -- Arshad Mohammed, Reuters* (Reuters) - The U.S failure to secure a firm ceasefire in the Gaza Strip despite two weeks of intense diplomacy reflects new regional dynamics in which the world's most powerful actor has diminished influence and fewer allies. When Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington on July 21 on a mission to try to halt the latest Israeli-Palestinian war, more than 400 Palestinians ha... more »

Beware the Neoconning Liars Club (Cantor Out Permanently But Not As Far As $$$$ Goes - Tea Party Grabs Pouch) They Nicknamed It The Hustle (Robo-Signers Hell-0 Pay Light Fines) MH17 Resources (Shale Oil) Fooling You Twice (Impenetrable Iron Dome Heads?)

Beware the Neocon Exaggerators: They Were Wrong on Russia and the Mideast Before — and They’re Wrong About the Threat Now August 2, 2014 Michael Lind Stop worrying about Putin: Russia is a second-tier economic and military power, and not a threat to U.S. interests. A second Cold War is possible — but if Russia were to play a role, it would probably be as a junior sidekick to China, in a

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah Tells White House: Don't 'Ever Second Guess Me Again'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Defense Ministry in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv July 11, 2014. Reuters *Netanyahu To Obama Administration: Don't 'Ever Second Guess Me Again' On Hamas -- IBTimes* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration late Friday “not to ever second-guess me again" on the subject of dealing with Hamas in the ongoing conflict in Gaza. According to sources close to the administration who spoke to the Associated Press, Netanyahu’s o... more »

IDF Declares That Israeli Soldier Thought To Be Captured Was Actually Killed in Battle

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
The soldier's family held spoke to press outside their home in Kfar Saba after being told of his death. BBC *Soldier Thought to Be Captured Was Killed In Battle, Israel Says --- New York Times* JERUSALEM — The Israeli military announced early Sunday morning that Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, who had been thought captured by Palestinian militants since a deadly clash Friday morning that shattered a planned 72-hour cease-fire, was now considered to have been killed in battle. A military spokeswoman declined to say whether Lieutenant Goldin had been killed along with two comrades by a... more »

#KeepmyTV Advocates Are Getting Jerked Around

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
*My public service announcement* *because a lot of people are getting jerked around on Twitter * *they don't know it* *and they need to know it* Nastiness in the cable TV industry and it's got a real piece of nasty associated with it. Real nasty! *Background:* Anyone who has antenna (free) TV is seeing ads from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) telling them to contact Congress to *KeepMyTV* Here's why The cable companies are up to some real nastiness in DC that NAB is warning may end up in free broadcast antenna TV being eliminated AND your local broadcast channels be... more »

Temple Goes SAT-ACT Optional

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
From : In an effort to cultivate talented students who don't test well, Temple University says it will become the first national public research university in the Northeast to make standardized test scores optional for admission. The university expects as many as 150 to 200 students who likely would not have been accepted because of low SAT and ACT scores, but who exhibit other promising attributes, will be admitted for fall 2015. Many of them could come from the Phila... more »

"How It Really Is" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

“Why Being Human Matters, for the People of Gaza and the World” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Why Being Human Matters, for the People of Gaza and the World”* by Stephanie Van Hook "Dr. Mona El-Farra, medical doctor and associate of the Middle East Children’s Alliance recently made headlines on Democracy Now! with her plea to end the military assault on Gaza with one powerful statement: “We are human beings.” She is, of course, absolutely right. Human beings live in Gaza, and it seems like nothing could be more obvious — if not human beings, then who or what does? And why are we paying attention? Of course, what she is really saying is something much deeper. She’s saying, t... more »

Ian Welsh asks what you plan to do with the "toy" that is your life -- and how your choice may impact other lives

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*PRINCESS IDEA*: The world is but a broken toy, its pleasure hollow — false its joy. Unreal its loveliest hue, alas! Its pains alone are true, alas! Its pains alone are true. *HILARION*: The world is ev'rything you say. The world we think has had its day. Its merriment is slow, alas! We've tried it, and we know, alas! We've tried it and we know. *ALL*: Unreal its loveliest hue, its pains alone are true -- *PRINCESS IDA*: Alas! *ALL*: The world is but a broken toy, its pleasure hollow — false its joy. Unreal its loveliest hue, alas! Its pains alone are true, alas! Its pains alone are true.... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
when we put profit above life we are feeding on our young

"Every Normal Man..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H. L. Mencken (You'll see what this is all about in the following post, lol. - CP)

"Oh Really? Benny Warns US 'Never Second Guess Me'?" VERY Strong Language Alert! (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Netanyahu Warns the US: * *Do Not 'Ever Second Guess Me Again' on Hamas”* by What Really Happened “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration 'not to ever second guess me again' on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be 'trusted' on the issue and ab... more »

Bitcoin is the Revolution You've Been Waiting For

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
David Seaman Yesterday, President Obama stated that “we tortured some folks” in the aftermath of 9/11. Later in the day, he expressed his full confidence in his CIA Director, a man several pundits have pointed out was supportive of such torture during the Bush administration. Obama pointed out that torture is against our “values”. No. A long wait at the grocery store is against our values. Abduction and torture without trial, on the other hand, is illegal. Warrantless surveillance of the American civilian population, more than a year after Edward Snowden first came out with his “r... more »

Public Hearing on Covert Chemtrail Operations in Shasta, CA (Full Video)

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
*Youtube* Public hearing July 15th, 2014 Shasta County Air Quality Management Board Discussing GEOENGINEERING CHEMTRAILS R-7. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*

The Words That Enslave Us

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
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House Quietly Passes Three Cybersecurity Bills

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
*Activist Post* On July 28, 2014, the House of Representatives passed three bills aimed at enhancing the cybersecurity efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in certain critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy sector: - H.R. 3696 – the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act(NCCIPA), the primary bill of the three, which passed by voice vote; - H.R. 2952 – the Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Act (CIRDA), a bill promoting cybersecurity research and development, which passed by voice vote and ... more »

An Israeli Soldier's Powerful Story

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
*Youtube* The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talks about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*The Jimmy Graham Rule ~Mike Triplett, ESPN*

Washington Appeases A Deranged Netanyahu At Its Own Peril

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
* Who does this son of a bitch think he is? The king of the world? * "Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say *the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration "not to ever second guess me again" on the matter.* The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be "trusted" on the issue and about the unwillingness of Ham... more »

“The Entire History Of Human Culture... In 5 Minutes” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Entire History Of Human Culture... In 5 Minutes”* By Kevin Short "If you could compress 2,600 years of cultural history into one moment, it'd look something like this. The stunning visualization created by Maximilian Schich, an art historian at the University of Texas at Dallas, depicts the birth and death locations of history's most influential people. Schich's team pulled information from Freebase, a database of historical figures. The mapping starts in 600 B.C., around the dawn of the Roman Empire, and ends in 2012. The blue dots represent birth locations, and the red dots ... more »

Israel's War On Knowledge

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
Israeli Airstrikes Target Gaza's Islamic University. Source: Wall Street Journal. Date Published: August 2, 2014. Israel Strikes Gaza's Islamic University. Source: NDTV. Date Published: August 2, 2014. Israel strikes university in Gaza City. Source: Al Jazeera. Date Published: August 2, 2014.

guest post: "rob ford, eid prayer and the silencing of dissent"

laura k at wmtc - 6 hours ago
Rob Ford, Eid Prayer and the Silencing of Dissent by Fizza Mir July 30, 2014 My Eid started out like most, enjoying a morning coffee after a month of abstinence, rushing to get to the downtown prayers at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and navigating through hoards of playful children and beautifully dressed congregants. The khutbah was moving and poignantly addressed the state of our Ummah. Even as we celebrated the end of a blessed month, our hearts were heavy and our thoughts consumed by the horrors unfolding in Gaza, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma . . . it... more »

A Plea for Civility

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 6 hours ago
From Larry Kotlikoff. A noble effort that is likely to be in vain.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Afshin Rattansi goes underground with filmmaker and author John Pilger as he challenges Western mainstream media spin. He warns that ‘to be informed by it is not an option’ because of censorship, omission and distortion of the facts. Whilst other stories overtake it, we find out the death toll in Libya is still rising. We discover why illegal immigrants were prevented from smuggling themselves OUT of Britain. We look at whether Cameron is privatising the NHS by selling it to doctors and nurses. And as the IDF offensive on Gaza continues, are media attitudes softening whilst those o... more »

One Week From Today-- Hawaii Picks Between A Proven Progressive And Two Proven Conservatives

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Who fought against LGBT equality? Mark Takai and Donna Kim, the 2 conservatives in the race *"Peace through strength!"-- Reagan’s bellicose slogan emulated by faux-progressive congressional candidate in Hawaii.* "Peace through strength" wasn't thought up by Reagan-- nothing was-- but by Emperor Hadrian around 100 years after the birth of our lord. Mark Takai, candidate for the open seat in Hawaii’s First Congressional District, in a nearly hour-long interview with the Hawaii Independent this week made explicit what’s been obvious to anyone following his 20-year career in politics. ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Despite the Ukrainian conflict claiming more lives every day, Kiev is getting further support from its Westen backers. The Obama administration now plans to train and equip National Guard fighters, while the EU's quietly lifting a ban on supplying Ukraine with weapons.

The Garden, so Far

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 7 hours ago
August 2, 2014 We’ve had a run of lovely weather this summer, with hot, sunny days in the nineties followed by several cooler, cloudier days in the eighties. Not enough rain, but I get out and run the sprinkler for … Continue reading →

Finnish TV Reporter at Gaza's Al Shifa Hospital: 'It's True That Rockets Are Launched Here From the Gazan Side Into Israel' (VIDEO)

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Something that you won't read on the institutionally anti Israel BBC or Channel 4.

The Ebola Outbreak: The "Pandemic" that isn't.

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 8 hours ago
There have been many many moments over the past few years that have made me ponder my past and the experiences and knowledge that I have gathered along the way. I cannot tell you how many times in the last two years alone that I have had major personal revelations about things that I have gone through or learned in the past that are suddenly so relevant in the NOW. Last night was one of those moments. For almost 20 years I have had an almost morbid facination with the Ebola virus, and Haemoragic fevers such as Marlburg and Lassa, in general. It started when I read the book "Th... more »

We need to talk about Jon Donnison

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Jon Donnison's use of Twitter as an important arm of his reporting puts his tweets well beyond being merely "views mine". It's clearly meant as public BBC reporting. His Twitter feed over the last 24 hours has been highly active. This is what he's been telling the world through it: He begins with tweets about last night's airstrikes on Gaza, interspersed with two tweets reporting Hamas' statements saying (a) Hamas knows nothing about the missing Israeli soldier and (b) that "it was Israel that violated [the] ceasefire." (*Ed: Israel to blame, says Hamas. And the Israeli view, Jo... more »

Eric Turner's Corporate School Handouts

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
by Doug Martin Nursing home crusader and Cicero, Indiana’s Republican Eric Turner loves the corporate school crowd in Indiana. Here are a few of his funders. *LILLY* To add to the $1000 it gave him in 2013 (page 9), the $1000 (page 13) in 2011, the $500 in 2010 (page 6), and the $1,000 in 2009 (page 8), recently the corporate school pushers at Eli Lilly handed Turner $1,000*. * *WALMART/DEVOS* Then, on April 21, 2014, Walmart and DeVos’ Hoosiers for Economic Growth PAC, better known as the “13 Filthy Rich Who Bought Indiana Public Education,” wrote a $5000check for Turner’s campai... more »

The Continuing Israeli Genocide Of Gaza: THIS Shows The Insanity Of Israel - Sick Article Entitled: "When Genocide Is Permissible"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
I am indeed playing catchup today on some major articles that I missed over the last few days.. Many people have been asking why I do not place articles in a more quicker fashion, or post comments as soon as they are sent… I do have a life and personal and family business does take priority… Yesterday, I came across a most sickening article that was put out in the Times Of Israel website, at, that I found one of the most sickening and vile pieces of hatred imaginable… It was actually yanked from the internet within minutes, but luckily many bloggers and research... more »

This Is Hillarious: "Public Service Announcement: Thanks Jews!"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
A close ally of mine in this, the real "truth movement" sent me the following video that I want to share with my own readers… It is called "A Public Service Announcement:: Thanks Jews!" and is a must see by everyone… I have it right here, and of course my usual thoughts and comments to follow: NTS Notes: This was hysterical… And I found it so true about how much these criminals do indeed control so many facets of our lives.. And for those that somehow think this video is to somehow honestly "thank" these criminals for what they have done to humanity… Think again… It is indeed a ... more »

Brilliant Idea! Ebola Victims Brought to U.S.

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 9 hours ago
Just when you thought that the corporate scam that is Obamacare was the greatest healthcare related disaster of the modern era the news has broken that two victims of the deadly Ebola Virus are coming to the USA. The American aid workers who contacted the virus in Liberia are being flown to Atlanta for treatment. Despite the humanitarian idea to treat the duo - Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol - at a highly advanced medical facility, it is apparent that any serious consideration of the risk of the virus getting out of containment didn't cross the minds of our politica... more »

The New Ebola Virus Scare: Is It Ebola, Or Is It Psychological Warfare?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
I put out an article just two days ago that has questioned whether or not the United States government has been working on weaponizing the Ebola Virus in west Africa, in particular a "research" facility located in the nation of Sierra Leone. I did not expect the firestorm of negative comments (most of which I did not publish due to the language and slurs) that I received from this one article… My purpose put forward by the entire article is to try to get everyone to question their own governments and particularly to get Americans aware of the situation with this "epidemic" in west ... more »

August 2: As my father would say,...

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 10 hours ago
"'s enough to make a saint swear." The Friday edition of the TandT has a page one story on the party leaders of New Brunswick,and their views on job creation. It's not a very bright question as the opener of a series. I would certainly prefer a story telling us what their sense is of what a society should be, what we should be striving for, what the role of government should be.... There was a time when we were told that sort of thing. The Liberals stood for individual rights above all. That's what led them down the path to individual rights for corporations - as if each corpo... more »

Weird Al, My Hero

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
He's back to help us understand the missions of CorpEd, CorpMed, CorpRead, CorpFed, CorpTED, and even CorpDead. More at Alternet.

Comparing Obama's, Putin's 10-minute monologues

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
I was just listening to two recent monologues, a speech by Obama and answers by Putin during a press conference: President Obama announces expanded sanctions on Russia in Uk ------------------------------ Vladimir Putin on US Sanctions and Ukraine – English Subs The differences are striking. Putin is a calm, extraordinarily rational and pragmatic professional who doesn't really contribute anything to the escalation of the emotions and who seems aware of the major principles that underlie the Western values and the Western understanding of justice, too. That's very different from Ob... more »

"A distinguished writer on Arab affairs". Who could that be then?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Catching up time... Having found a couple of consecutive editions of *Dateline London* to be unusually full of genuine debate and *not* tilted against Israel in their discussions of the present Gaza conflict, I missed last week's edition which shifted the balance firmly back towards the familiar *Dateline * position. In the two previous editions, pro-Israeli guests had actually outnumbered pro-Palestinians guests. Last week's edition reversed that trend and had two pro-Palestinian guests - extremist left-wing Palestinian writer Abdel Barri Atwan and far-left Greek writer Maria Marg... more »

This is Genocide

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
Israel is committing genocide against Palestinian civilians. This policy will corrupt the soul of Israel, destroying the nation and its future far more than any external enemy could ever accomplish. Read about it at Counterpunch: I am not anti-semitic, nor do I stand against Israel's existence as a nation. However, I am sickened by the hate that appeared in *The Times of Israel* in the blog post titled, "Genocide is Permissible," which argued that genocide against the Palestinian people is acceptable. The author of this hat... more »

Bigger Better more hair Kabuki dance

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
Its time for us to deal with all the certainties like the native people will never own the USA or in Canada we will fight those ancestors to keep Canada a way. Now defending what is right is never wrong in our modern socitety we take shortcuts every day that tell the general populace you need to behave in the same way but if you should behave so and have no government backer your going to prison and we who are not in jail will make hay Elections are predictions and is seems they all align the same way there is no democracy just a struggle of interests who all behave in a universal way.... more »

Wall Street Journal: "A Party Whose Preoccupation Is Deporting Children Is Going To Alienate Many Conservatives"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
For the rest of this election cycle-- probably for the rest of a couple of election cycles-- all congressional Republicans are Steve King. The House Republican Caucus never elected him to a leadership position, but the deranged, sometimes delusional, racist fanatic was handed the reins of power by the de facto head of the Republican Party, Ted Cruz, their likely 2016 presidential nominee. Cruz will be the most catastrophic presidential nominee since the radical right got their way in 1964, when Republicans won Goldwater's home state of Arizona plus South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama,... more »

Are you missing out in restaurants too? Definitely NSFW Diner flashing

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Flashing at a Diner *by miketru*

David Greene Reports on the Excitement of the BAT Rally in D.C.

David Greene at @ THE CHALK FACE - 11 hours ago
David Greene Reports on the Excitement of the BAT Rally in D.C..Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face

Thank God for Elboa, its taken the focus off the Israeli Palestine confict

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
Is it Sunday or Saturday are the Jews crushing some babies today Crushed baby food filled with the bones and flesh of those Islam children filling a disputed neighborhood They thought or maybe not allot bit the parents would know if you launch a rocket attack its you kid that will line up perfectly for the cameras on death row Hit me twice and I will hit you back but I think I never want a mortar attack. A dream of Palestine is now dead there is no reason for Israeli to sanction a missile platform that will fill all citizens with dread/

Israeli newspaper removes blog post openly calling for Palestinian genocide

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 11 hours ago
*The Times of Israel*, a popular online Israeli news outlet, featured a blog post the other day entitled, "When Genocide is Permissible," which, as you can imagine, openly called for the genocide of the Christian and Muslim Palestinians under Israeli occupation. Anyone who is even slightly familiar with the brutal Jewish occupation of Palestine knows that what the Jewish state of "Israel" has done and continues to do to the indigenous Palestinian people amounts to genocide. The Jewish state was founded on murder, terrorism, and genocide, and what we are seeing it do today to Gaza an... more »

Russian Oligarchs Wave Goodbye To Visa, Switch To Chinese Credit Card

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago
*The speed of which this changes are occurring is amazing to watch... -AK* Russian Oligarchs Wave Goodbye To Visa, Switch To Chinese Credit Card Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/01/2014 22:17 -0400 So much for the "Russia is becoming increasingly isolated" meme that the West would like many to believe. As Russia continues to sign de-dollarization deals and trade agreements with its BRICS allies while pushing ahead with retaliatory actions against the US and Europe, it appears the ... more »

First Rule of Security, Deny Your Enemies Information

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 12 hours ago
The Canadian Government alleged this week that the Chinese Government hacked into NRC computer systems, and China's response has been "prove it". On the surface, this request for proof makes sense, as what we have is a game of "we said" "they said." But when it comes to IT security, publicly disclosing the proof is the last thing you want to do. And yes, it would have to be a public disclosure.

A President Bares His Teeth

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
"We tortured some folks," President Obama casually remarked as a kind of afterthought at the end of his Friday afternoon press conference. Obama Lightens Up on Torture (Aug. 1 Press Con) Let those brutally cavalier words be chiseled deep into the door of his soon-to-be-built shrine to himself so that visitors can be warned to "Abandon hope, all ye who enter here." "Folks" should also be advised to bring their own barf bags, because they probably won't be on sale in the gift shop alongside Barack's (TM) golf bags.... and the sweatshop-produced Bo and Sunny plushies and Michelle's ... more »

India Slams US Global Hegemony By Scuttling Global Trade Deal, Puts Future Of WTO In Doubt

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
India Slams US Global Hegemony By Scuttling Global Trade Deal, Puts Future Of WTO In Doubt Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/01/2014 15:44 -0400 Yesterday we reported that with the Russia-China axis firmly secured, the scramble was on to assure the alliance of that last, and critical, Eurasian powerhouse: India. It was here that Russia had taken the first symbolic step when earlier in the week its central bank announced it *had started negotiations to use national currencies in settlements*, a process which would culminate with the elimination of the US currency from bilateral se... more »

Doesn't Israel Have a Right to Defend Itself?

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
*What would you do if terrorists were firing missiles at your people? No country in the world would tolerate that!* Goodness gracious me! Who is firing missiles at you? *Hamas! They've sworn themselves to our destruction! It's in their Charter!* Why that's awful! Are they capable of destroying you? *Happily, no. They're really just a nuisance. A deadly nuisance if you will.* So, these people, who you could easily smash, just fire rockets at you for no reason? *Well, ... it's complicated. But we could smash them. Only we don't. We show forbearance and, with typical Arab ingratitude... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Searchings are finished at this moment…

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*Searchings are finished at this moment…* by ÉirePort Searchings are finished at this moment, and can no longer be used as Guidance rods. Energetics of the Higher Gaia dimensions are unsuited for traditional "searchings" protocols. Those attempting to follow such find great non-fulfillment. Moderation of Higher Incomings is not possible, thus "acceptance" and "riding the rising wave" is more appropriate. "Culminations" and "downhills" are no more, as Cosmic Energetic vibrationals continue to rise. Prepare for being "not prepared"... and Embrace the moment. ÉirePort | August 2,... more »

... pass me the tinfoil please.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago SATURDAY, 2 AUGUST 2014 ... pass me the tinfoil please. welllllllll......... this is just too funny!!!!! Further to the article I published and edited this morning. I tried to add another edited section and blogger refused to allow the edit. Then it refused to let me post a new article... then it refused to allow me to sign into blogger on Heather's computer..... I finally managed to get into my site.... Here is what I was... more »

Iron Dome Fake - A Massive Hoax - Missiles Blowing Up in the Air

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Israeli expert says Iron Dome defence is a hoax Iron Dome firing an interceptor missle An Israeli scientist and award-winning security expert has called the Iron Dome missile defence system "the biggest hoax the world has seen", *Addustour* news website has reported. According to Dr Motty Scheffer, "Today, there is no missile which can intercept other missiles or rocket-propelled grenades, and the Iron Dome is a light audio system which blocks Israeli public opinion and, of course, itself. In fact, all the explosions that we have seen in the atmosphere are self-destruction. The... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*New Orleans Saints draw fans, dollars to West Virginia ~The State Journal* *Gusman’s proposed new jail could house hundreds, cost $97 million ~Jim Mustian, New Orleans Advocate* *New Orleans school won’t be built atop a toxic dump — for now ~Brentin Mock, Grist* *Port of New Orleans pursues cruise passenger parking dollars ~AP, via Sun Herald* *Trombone Shorty to replace 14-year-old's instrument stolen at gunpoint ~WWL* *'Take a ride on the H train': 3 suspected of selling heroin on Craigslist~Chris Finch, WVUE* *Louisiana Food Service & Hospitality EXPO* *NJ chefs take their ... more »

I wish this was my wife

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
*The date is August first 2014* *this marks more decades of living the dream* *of having the love of Maureen* *I still remember the first time I saw* *her in my room numbered 572* *She was wearing a Hungarian peasant top* *and blue jeans* *She smiled at me but I was to shy to respond* *later that week we were on a corner* *raising funds for frosh weak* *somehow we mysticalicaly bound* *She and Mauve and some other guy whose* *name I forget* *But we started to fall in love on the corner* *of Wellington and Direct* *Neither of us moved on this bond* *It was a night at the Stork club* *that... more »

Supplemental: We the people, wrong on our facts!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014* *Also, Paul Krugman on “experts:”* It’s often surprising to see the things we the people believe. A few weeks ago, we noted this fact: We the people have little idea who is in charge of the Congress. Based upon the survey in question, we’d guess that maybe one third of the public actually knows which party controls the House and which party controls the Senate. We the people don’t follow such matters closely. This morning, we were struck by a similar factoid in the Washington Post. The factoid appears in a news report about a major survey. The survey foun... more »

The importance of being Paddy

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
*“Good Morning Sarah. Paddy will do.”* came the chummy greeting from ‘Lord Ashdown’. *“Do you share Clegg’s view that Israel must talk to Hamas?”* *“Yes. The one thing we know now - after three weeks and over a thousand dead - is that neither side can blast their way to victory.”* Well, Paddy, that depends what either side considers victory. Israel might consider it a victory to be left in peace. To exist. Hamas would consider that a defeat. Maybe “blasting” is the only way, for at least one side, to achieve a victory. *“Peace is a process, not an event, and you have to get ... more »

Removing the Shackles: D's Update: Contagious Conspiracy, Currency, & Consciousness Good morning my friends!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
SATURDAY, 2 AUGUST 2014 D's Update: Contagious Conspiracy, Currency, & Consciousness Good morning my friends! Please ignore the "\" *[I removed them in this reblogging -AK] *that appears at the end of every strike of the enter key.... my computer died, has been resurrected, lost half it's keys, had an external keyboard added.... and now it adds an "\" every time I hit enter. Go figure. I might steal someone elses computer to try to clean this all up before publishing..... I am currently working on three very different articles. Until yesterday it was just two articles, the... more »

Natural Treatments for Ebola Virus Exist, Research Suggests

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Sayer Ji Fear of infection with the Ebola virus is becoming as contagious as the virus itself, with mainstream media outlets like CNN reporting, *'Ebola outbreak could have 'catastrophic' consequences.'* Given the prevailing mortality statistics, perhaps the fear is, at least partially, justified, with the most virulent form of the virus – the Zaire Ebola virus – observed to have a fatality rate of about 83%,[1] and with no officially recognized conventional or natural therapy found capable of mitigating morbidity and mortality associated with infection from it. There are actuall... more »

Is It Really a False Flag? Well, It Certainly Could Be

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Melissa Melton We live in uncertain times. The term “false flag” gets thrown around a lot these days, perhaps often enough to confuse casual observers into thinking that false flags never happen or are merely “conspiracy theories” (as if there just simply can’t be a theory that a conspiracy took place). Nothing could be further from the truth. All one has to do is look no further than a government document dated 13 March 1962 from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara with the subject line “Justification for US Military Intervention in Cuba”. The... more »

For Surviving Ebola, medical care is better in Africa contrary to media due to available blood transfusions. My Personal Story how Hospital ignored "Nightmare Bacteria" last month, no precautions taken.

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 14 hours ago
I have found out, contrary to what the media and government is putting out about medical care in Africa for Ebola is not as good as the U.S., is not true. In fact U.S. medical treatment will not be able to save Ebola victims as African treatment. WHY? Those that have survived Ebola are able to give blood and save people who have come down with it. The cure is the blood of surviving

Sleeping beauty in Guantánamo Bay

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
*If Alice could have been to Wonderland, why shouldn't the Sleeping Beauty visit Gitmo?* I've concluded that the elementary mistakes that lead some people to say that the correct answer to the Sleeping Beauty Problem is \(P=1/3\) is the primary cause of these people's totally invalid claims about the arrow of time as well as the anthropic principle as well as their irrational fear of the Boltzmann Brains. When I was a kid and as recently as 15 years ago, I wouldn't feel that there exist similar controversies about similarly trivial issues. I swear that various mathematical olympi... more »

We Tortured Some Folks: Obama Defends Brennan and Admits War Crimes

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 14 hours ago
Four words uttered during President Barack Obama's Friday White House press conference sum everything up: *"we tortured some folks"*. It was an admission of how far that America has fallen since the dawn of the twenty first century, the phony war on terror, the real wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the coming ones in Europe and the Middle East. The days of America always being the "good guys" is over. Gone forever is the tremendous amount of global goodwill that came after our fathers and grandfathers saved the world from totalitarianism and suffering under the yoke of Nazi Germa... more »

The Cost of Spying

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
As my first official post as a guest contributor to the Duck, I would like to take a moment to thank Charli, Jon, and the gang. This really is an honor and a privilege for me, and hopefully my posts will live up to the Duck’s high standard! There has been no lack of coverage Continue reading

Great Fools

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago Jeffrey Simpson has an interesting piece this morning on Canada's bullhorn diplomacy: Today, without exaggerating Canada’s influence anywhere, it is instructive how offside Canada is on various issues with traditional allies. For example, every country with which Canada has been traditionally allied has been calling for a ceasefire in the Israeli-Hamas “conflict” (or “war” if you prefer). The Obama administration has been using whatever diplomatic leverage it could to bring one about. Canada, by... more »

... pass me the tinfoil please.

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 15 hours ago
welllllllll......... this is just too funny!!!!!| | Further to the article I published and edited this morning.\ \ I tried to add another edited section and blogger refused to allow the edit. Then it refused to let me post a new article... then it refused to allow me to sign into blogger on Heather's computer.....| | | I finally managed to get into my site.... Here is what I was trying to post as an update to the previous article I published this morning. I think you'll find it amusing considering th... more »

School Board Says No to Lily-White Charter

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Fayette County, Georgia is over 70 percent white and its median household income is almost twice the state average. But that is still not white enough or rich enough to suit some Fayette Countians who want their home-schooled or privately-educated children now supported with state funds intended children who choose public education. The only vote for the segregated charter came from Tea Party favorite on the Board, Dr. Barry Marchman. Photo and story from The Citizen:

Republican Illegal Gerrymander Throws Florida Congressional Politics Into Chaos

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
John Mica, the other Republican most likely to lose his House seat besides Taliban Dan Webster Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court recommended that Tallahassee Judge Judith Hawkins be removed from the bench because she has exhibited a "disdain for the rule of the law." She was found guilty of running a side business, Gaza Road Ministries, from her judicial chambers, something about Ethiopian eunuchs in the courthouse. I don't expect the Supreme Court to respond the same way to Terry Lewis, the judge of Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit, who issued a confusing ruling on Florida's ger... more »

Who Broke The Ceasfire? The Truth About Cease-fire Violations Between Israel and Gaza

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
A Palestinian woman reacts upon seeing her destroyed home after it was hit by Israeli shelling in Gaza. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters As reported by theguardian on Friday: The humanitarian truce in Gaza has collapsed after two hours with fierce fighting in the south of the enclave, reports of a missing Israeli soldier and a formal Israeli announcement that it would resume its military operation. Israeli tank fire on the southern town of Rafah was reported to have killed at least 40 Palestinians on Friday, turning what was intended to be the first day of calm into one o... more »

Coal2nuclear revisited

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 15 hours ago
*This document and its accompyning comments, remain a valid proposal for the reuse of old coal fired power plant sites as housing sites for new Nuclwar power generation facilities. The idea is not original, as I note, and received previous attention on Nuclear Green.* Jim Holm has made an important contribution to the discussion of the future of nuclear power in the United States. I believe that Jim was the first person to publicly advocate the recycling of coal fired power plant sites, as nuclear sites. Holm correctly noted advantages for doing so. Practically everyone who is inter... more »

Links and Break Time

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 15 hours ago
[image: IMG_8628] *A damselfly hides in the darkness* I'm taking an extended break from the blog for a couple of weeks. Enjoy yourselves. - Kaohsiung Gas Explosion: LCY Chemical says wasn't their pipes, but inquiry says it appears to be. - Sean Lien video patiently RIPPED. This one is excellent, don't miss. - Market solutions should be solution to Taiwan's economic problems with China. Lots of great numbers. - ROC clownishly protests Japan's naming of Senkaku islets. - Economic growth picking up? - Fourth Nuke plant to be mothballed. - A million pangolins sac... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Guidance on Shutting Down "I-20 Mills"* *How to spot questionable educational institutions* The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has published a brief, informal guide to aid U.S. consular officers in properly assessing educational institutions when issuing visas for foreign students. These officers currently lack key information, such as on schools that are not accredited by any entity recognized by the U.S. Department of Education but which nonetheless are certified by the Department of Homeland Security to issue the I-20 form, which leads to the issuance of foreign student v... more »

Canadian Ambassador: "Abortion = Terrorism" (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 16 hours ago
What kind of maroon would compare the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to a common medical procedure? The next Canadian ambassador to the Vatican Taliban, that's who. Mr. [Dennis] Savoie, once a senior executive at New Brunswick Power and a former top official with the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic service organization, was tapped Friday to represent Canada to the Holy See, the government of the Roman Catholic Church in Vatican City. As if Canada's international reputation needed any further mockery criticism, now we've got one of these jackasses representing us. Not only does he ha... more »

Facebook Censors Author Naomi Wolf On Gaza

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Counter Current Jews, Muslims and citizens of the world in general have been following author Naomi Wolf and her comments about the War on Gaza. Since she walked out of her synagogue recently, when they refused to denounce the killing of civilians in Gaza, as a result of recent IDF operations, she has gained a lot of support from fellow dissidents who want to hear what she has to say. Today, Naomi revealed that Facebook sent her a warning, suggesting her account could be removed, and explaining that they had censored images she posted from her sources in Gaza. “We received a wa... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Saturday is my day for chores and spending time with the family and girlfriend. Blogging will return late Saturday night.

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Starwalkers" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
2002, "Starwalkers" -

"Let Others..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." - Jim Rohn

D's Update: Contagious Conspiracy, Currency, & Consciousness

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 17 hours ago
Good morning my friends! \ \ Please ignore the "\" that appears at the end of every strike of the enter key.... my computer died, has been resurrected, lost half it's keys, had an external keyboard added.... and now it adds an "\" every time I hit enter. Go figure. I might steal someone elses computer to try to clean this all up before publishing.....| | I am currently working on three very different articles. Until yesterday it was just two articles, then one of my wonderful friends dropped me a link that was a time bomb in my brain, and I was immediately off and running resear... more »

Saturday Interview: Rowan Draper

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 17 hours ago
Rowan Draper is a Labour Councillor on Stafford Borough Council, Secretary of the Constituency Party, and a founder member of the Young Labour Councillors Network. He was shortlisted for the LGiU's Young Councillor of the Year 2014 Award. Rowan blogs here and is an active tweeter. - Why do you blog? When I was a Students’ Union Officer in 2008 I believed that having a blog would enable me to communicate with a larger audience and to put across my message of what I was doing and how I was working. When I left I took up topical writing and wrote pieces on TV, football and life. Not... more »

Code-Word: NIMBY

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
*Discredit The Memes.*

MH17 Missile Can't Hide From This Sleuth

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Over the last two weeks I’ve documented the various open source information that has revealed key pieces of information about the Buk Missile Launcher linked to the downing of flight MH17. Now, using that information, I believe it’s possible to construct a timeline of events on the ground in Ukraine on July 17th that can be evidenced using a variety of open source information. To begin with, lets review the photographs and videos of the Buk Missile Launcher which appear to have been taken on the day of the attack, in chronological order. All times are approximate. Read more

NATO Has No Confirmation of Ballistic Missile Use by Ukrainian Army

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: NATO Flag]NATO cannot officially confirm that the Ukrainian troops used a ballistic missile in the country's east, a representative of the alliance told RIA Novosti on Friday. "As of now, NATO has no official confirmation of a ballistic missile use by Ukrainian forces," NATO's military officer said. The statement followed a Deutsche Welle report, saying that NATO had confirmed Ukraine's usage of the weapon. Read more

New Fighter Jet Debuts at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
An F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter performed a short takeoff/vertical landing for the first time Friday at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. The new fighter jet is replacing the Marine Corp’s aging legacy tactical fleet. Military officials say the aircraft’s ability to land in austere environments and remote locations where few airfields are available for conventional aircraft will increase the Marine Corp’s expeditionary capabilities including the ability to operate from amphibious ships, a capability no other tactical aircraft possesses. The landing was executed by Mar... more »


Writing in *Commentary *today, Israeli apologist and neocon propagandist Jonathan Tobin said: “…the Netanyahu government decided to accede to the [ceasefire] proposal put forward by the United States and the United Nations. But that decision has been rendered moot by the decision of Hamas to use the cover of the cease-fire to launch a suicide attack on Israeli forces that led to the possible kidnapping of a soldier.” Not mentioned by Tobin was the ‘kidnapping’ of almost 300 Palestinians who had been taken by the Israelis during the first days of their invasion of the Strip, and nor... more »

IAF's Jaguar plane crashes near Bhuj, pilot safe

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: IAF Jaguar]A Jaguar combat aircraft of Indian Air Force on Friday crashed near Bibber village in Kutch while on a routine sortie from Bhuj air base but the pilot ejected safely. "A Jaguar fighter jet which had taken off from Bhuj air base for a routine sortie crashed near Bibber village, which is 30kms from the base," an IAF official said. "The pilot ejected safely and is not hurt in the mishap," he said. Read more

Flight Tech gets contract in Africa

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Horus FT-100 UAV]Flight Tech company has been contracted for supplying Horus FT-100 Mini-UAV and associated logistics support to a country in Africa. The first units will be delivered by the second half 2014, with the possibility for new orders in 2015. The contract is the first Brazilian export of defense Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The company’s light tactical UAS technologies are originally designed in cooperation with Brazilian Army, Navy and Air Force. Read more

Japan gives Vietnam six ships to boost maritime patrol

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Fumio Kishida & Pham Binh Minh]Japan said on Friday it would give Vietnam six vessels to boost the communist country’s capacity to patrol its territorial waters, amid a bitter maritime dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea. The deal for the six used vessels, worth $5 million, was announced in Hanoi during a two-day visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida aimed at deepening bilateral ties. “We hope this will help strengthen the maritime law enforcement capability of Vietnam,” Kishida said at a press briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh. Rea... more »

"A Look to the Heavens" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
“The great variety of star colors in this open cluster underlies its name: The Jewel Box. One of the bright central stars is a red supergiant, in contrast to the many blue stars that surround it. The cluster, also known as Kappa Crucis contains just over 100 stars, and is about 10 million years old. *Click image for larger size.* Open clusters are younger, contain few stars, and contain a much higher fraction of blue stars than do globular clusters. This Jewel Box lies about 6,400 light-years away, so the light that we see today was emitted from the cluster before even the Great Pyr... more »

HII Awarded $49.6 Million Contract to Begin Planning for Work on USS George Washington (CVN 73)

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS George Washington (CVN 73)]Huntington Ingalls Industries announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $49.6 million contract to begin planning for work on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The contract is for 12 months and includes planning, engineering and shipboard inspections for work associated with the defueling of the ship. "We are pleased to be able to begin planning for the defueling of CVN 73," said Chris Miner, Newport News Shipbuilding's vice president, in-service aircraft carrier programs. "We ... more »

Sunk Costs: New Carriers Commit UK To Buy Escorts & F-35Bs, Says 1st Sea Lord

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: HMS Queen Elizabeth]65,000-ton ships are hard to turn around, and they can drag a lot else in their wake. That’s the $10.4 billion (£6.2 billion) bet the Royal Navy has placed on its controversial program to build two new aircraft carriers. While a third smaller than American nuclear carriers, the ships’ costs have grown so much that the British government is considering temporarily mothballing the second ship, HMS Prince of Wales, as soon as it’s complete, while the first ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was christened July 4th but won’t get its F-35B fighters for years. But Fi... more »

Trent Jaklitsch - Alyssa Monks - TONE

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 22 hours ago
Free Planet has featured the photorealism gone painterly works of Alyssa Monks before. Now, film maker Trent Jaklitsch has created an indulgent sensual lingering piece called TONE that reinforces Alyssa's claim that it's, "All about the paint," and not necessarily just about the photo-realistic depiction of a moment. TONE is mesmerising stuff that demonstrates the vast range of painterly techniques involved in Alyssa's emotiono-realistic paintings. You like my new word: *Emotionorealistic*? and then Jaklitsch's earlier piece on Alyssa herself, and her newer work. The incidenta... more »

Energy Econ 24: NPC Debt, PSALM and Universal Charges

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
This report is confusing. It says, *"Psalm said Napocor incurred stranded contract costs (SCC) amounting to P4.1 billion in 2013... Last year, Psalm proposed a P0.13 per kilowatt-hour increase in the SCC after Napocor incurred P17.69 billion in obligations from 2011 to 2012."* I checked with the National Power Corp. (NPC), it already has net income since 2012. Its 2013 net income is P500+ M. The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) is referring to old NPC loans especially during the power crisis of the early 90s when the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) pu... more »

Did The Israeli Military Implement The 'Hannibal Protocol' Upon Learning That IDF Soldier Hadar Goldin Was Kidnapped?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
#Hamas: Missing #IDF officer probably killed by Israeli shelling together with his captors #Gaza RT @haaretzcom — Anshel Pfeffer (@AnshelPfeffer) August 1, 2014 *The Hannibal Directive: Did Givati Battalion Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin Blow Himself Up? -- American Power* Israel's "Hannibal Directive" indicates that if an Israeli soldier is abducted he should blow himself up, rather than be taken into captivity. Considering the case of Gilad Shalit, it's not clear if or when the directive is operational. But with the developments today of Hamas rejecting t... more »

How To Survive A War Zone With Little If Any Military Training

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. Army Sgt. Jerry D. White (left), Royal Thai Master Sgt. Satit Sitparsert (center) and U.S. Army Spc. James M. Lupo hold their fighting stance during hand-to-hand combat training as part of Exercise Cobra Gold '97 in Tak, Thailand, on May 15, 1997. Cobra Gold '97 is the latest in a continuing series of U.S. /Thai military exercises designed to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand. The training will include joint combined air, land and sea operations. Cobra Gold is the largest strategic mobility exercise involving the... more »

The Reasons Why President Obama Will Not Fire CIA Director John Brennan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters *Does John Brennan Know Too Much for Obama to Fire Him? -- Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic* It's difficult to cross man with details on every secret drone strike you've authorized—especially the legally dubious ones. When John Brennan assured the country that the CIA hadn't improperly monitored the Senate team that compiled a report on Bush-era torture, he fed us false information. That much is clear from Thursday's news that "the C.I.A. secretly monitored a congressional committee charged with supervising its activities." Either the CIA director was lying... more »

[Videos] Kevin Sites on his new book, The Things They Cannot Say (Washington, D.C.)

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
*"The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won't Tell You About What They've Seen, Done or Failed to Do in War" by Kevin Sites (2013).* Kevin Sites on his new book, The Things They Cannot Say (Washington, D.C.). Source: Kevin Sites. Date Published: May 30, 2013. Description: Kevin Sites talks about his book, The Things They Cannot Say: Stories Soldiers Won't Tell You About What They've Seen, Done, or Failed to Do in War, at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism (Washington, D.C.). Kevin Sites talks conflict, recovery, and storytelling. Source: HalftheBattle20... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Larry Downing/Reuters *The CIA's Dirty Playbook Is About To Be Opened -- Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast* A long-awaited Senate report won’t use the word ‘torture’ to describe the CIA’s interrogations. But it will show abuse that is horrific, systematic, and widespread. The White House is set to give Congress on Friday the final, declassified version of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s majority report on CIA interrogation. And according to one person who has reviewed the document and three people who were briefed on its contents, the committee’s report will reveal new a... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Obama Says That After 9/11, 'We Tortured Some Folks -- Reuters* (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA "tortured some folks" after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into "enhanced interrogation techniques." "We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values," Obama told a White House news conference. Obama's comment was a reaffirmation of his decision to ban the use of interrogation techniques such as water... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Here's the link for the Live the Wage Challenge PDF. The challenge, which invited everyone to try living on a minimum-wage budget of $77 a week, took place July 24030, but it's never too late to try it.* *by Ken* It's a point that Howie keeps coming back to in this space: that our political world -- our Congress, to pick a hardly random example -- is populated by way too many way too rich people. Of course, like any other group in our society, rich people are entitled to represent and advocate for their interests. But we have developed a political system where, to an eerie extent... more »

Jon Stewart nails corporate tax inversions

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 day ago
Last night Jon Stewart (h/t BruinKid) went after tax inversion with style, showing up Republican hypocrisy on welfare programs vs. "corporate welfare," all the subsidies one company has received from multiple levels of government, government contracts, and government-funded research. His primary target was Mylan, a Pennsylvania-based generic drugmaker. Mylan, as Ron Fournier recently pointed out, has as its chief executive officer Heather Bresch, the daughter of West Virgina Senator Joe Manchin. Manchin now says inversions should be illegal, according to Fournier in a follow-up artic... more »

"Remember..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"All of us have been dying, hour by hour, since the moment we were born. Realizing this, let all things be placed in their proper perspective... Remember, it is always later than you think." - Og Mandino

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

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Photo Source: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters.* The USrahelli media is insane. The amount of totalitarian propaganda about the war against Gaza that is coming out of the US media and the President's own mouth is sickening. Since when is taking prisoners of war on a battlefield a shocking development and a serious breach of international law? This is normal stuff that goes on in war. ISIS rounds up and executes Iraqi soldiers like it's nothing. Members of different rebel factions, groups, and the Syrian army are regularly taken in Syria. The capture of soldiers is only news when the ... more »

"Belief" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The word 'belief' is a difficult thing for me. I don't believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it - I don't need to believe it." - Carl Jung

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

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

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

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt” -

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

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
Over the past several weeks, I have read only a little on the situation of former CNN news anchor Campbell Brown’s sudden interest in forming a nonprofit in order to advance a lawsuit in New York purportedly to “save” public school students of the (surely) inept teachers currently protected behind “tenure” (i.e., due process rights). […]

Entire Park District Board Placed Under Citizen's Arrest

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


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Those behind the scenes who did the work to feed the hundreds of people during the Grand March for Life & Peace on Jeju Island, South Korea. The event concluded just as a major typhoon is heading toward the island.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Panikhida - A Panikhida is a memorial service which is a liturgical solemn service for the repose of the departed, in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Dedicated to all those killed in Eastern Ukraine (Novorossiya): Children, women, old people, men, militia and soldiers.


liberalandlovingit! at liberalandlovingit! - 1 day ago
You're really stompin' on the numbers around here, people! Fucking GOLDEN!!! Thanks for coming out. And, as always- YOU'RE NUMBER ONE!!! Welcome to a liberal glimpse of Canada. Now. About those BILLS. If the Trumpster gets ownership of da Bills... Me and Wolf Blitzer are gonna kick some ass. Rather Bon Jovi did- and Buffalo doesn't want THAT either. I say we go 51% fan ownership. See what you can do, k? Thanks again. Peace, and Grace be upon us all! LJ

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

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*GE Crops Would Lead to Dramatic Increase in Use of Toxic, War-era Herbicide 2,4-D* GMO farmer *Activist Post* Fifty Members of Congress led by Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) wrote today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing “grave concerns” over Dow Chemical's Enlist Duo™ herbicide and new varieties of genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy the herbicide mixture would be used with. “In the absence of leadership from the agencies tasked to protect our health, our food... more »

What are US biowar researchers doing in the Ebola zone?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Jon Rappoport This is a call for an immediate, thorough, and independent investigation of Tulane University researchers and their Fort Detrick associates in the US biowarfare research community, who have been operating in West Africa during the past several years. What exactly have they been doing? Exactly what diagnostic tests have they been performing on citizens of Sierra Leone? Why do we have reports that the government of Sierra Leone has recently told Tulane researchers to stop this testing? Have Tulane researchers and their associates attempted any experimental treatment... more »

Military Drills Surround MH17 Disaster

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Brandon Turbeville In November of 2013, I wrote an article entitled 11 Signs of a False Flag. In this article, I described at least 11 red flags that indicate the fact that an event was orchestrated for political purposes by a ruling government or otherwise controlling elite. One of the points that were detailed in this article was the issue of simultaneous drills. One hallmark of the false flag operation is the running of drills shortly before or during the actual attack. Many times, these drills will involve the actual sequence of events that takes place during the real-life att... more »

"A Lunatic And Fool..." (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

"How It Really Is" (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*◆* If you're unfortunately one of the one-in-three, consider the following: *"Learning How to Fight the Bill Collector"* - ◆ Know your rights, Good Citizen: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: http:// Wikipedia information on FDCPA: http:// Sue the Bastards: "15 FDCPA Violations You Can Sue Them For, And Win" Free Attorneys: ◆ *... more »

the elephant man

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
the elephant man

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"But if you cure my hypochondriaI won't have any hobbies."* *by Ken* "I was at my doctor the other day for my annual physical exam," writes our pal *New Yorker* cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, in Hypochondria, My Faithful Muse, then quickly qualifies that "actually, for me, it’s more like a perennial." As a lifelong hypochondriac, I see no reason to wait a whole year, or even a whole month, to find out if that fizzy feeling in my fingers, the occasional twitching in my right (or is it my left?) eye, or the inability to remember the last name of the comedy duo of Peter Cook and Dudle... more »

Movie For Tonight: MacArthur (1977)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*My Comment:* This movie never gets old for me.

Free Download: University of Adelaide, “Essays of Schopenhauer” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Certainly one of the greatest philosophers of the 19th century, Schopenhauer seems to have had more impact on literature (e.g. Thomas Mann) and on people in general than on academic philosophy. Perhaps that is because, first, he wrote very well, simply and intelligibly (unusual, we might say, for a German philosopher, and unusual now for any philosopher), second, he was the first Western philosopher to have access to translations of philosophical material from India, both Vedic and Buddhist, by which he was profoundly affected, to the great interest of many, and, third, his concer... more »

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

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Starting from early July and bringing this right up to date* * Drone Facility Irbil, Iraq*The presence of this drone facility tells me there was no way in hell that the ISIS "surprise" invasion of Mosul went unnoticed and unaided by the US/Israel/UK/NATO global tyranny. The presence of this ever expanding drone base verifies that my disbelief in the spin was correct and that the US is prepping for a wider war. Check our Irbil- In Kurdish run territory- Check out Mosul- Location?I will highlight the interesting bits- A supposedly secret but* locally well-known CIA station on the ou... more »

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

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago

“Israeli Officer's Insane Justification for Killing a 13-Year-Old Girl” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Israeli Officer's Insane Justification for Killing a 13-Year-Old Girl”* By Chris McGreal “An Israeli army officer who repeatedly shot a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza dismissed a warning from another soldier that she was a child by saying he would have killed her even if she was three years old. The officer, identified by the army only as Captain R, was charged this week with illegal use of his weapon, conduct unbecoming an officer and other relatively minor infractions after emptying all 10 bullets from his gun's magazine into Iman al-Hams when she walked into a "security a... more »

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Mocks President Obama In A Tweet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
У нас разные ценности и союзники — Dmitry Rogozin (@Rogozin) July 31, 2014 *Russian Deputy PM Mocks Obama By Tweeting ‘Unmanly’ Photo Of President -- The Telegraph* Days after announcement of US sanctions on Russia, the country's deputy prime minister challenges US president's masculinty by tweeting picture of Putin with a leopard and Obama with a poodle One Russian leader has made it very clear what the Kremlin thinks of the US in a tweet mocking their president’s masculinity. In a strange display of one upmanship, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozi... more »

On the ground in Gaza: Gazans speak out

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

Signs of us

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
As we discard the ego-self, a process of deep discovery emerges. It arrives unbidden and in unexpected moments. It is heralded by feelings of comfort and joy. You have touched, if only for a nano-second, the truth. Who you are is not afraid, anxious, controlling, demanding or confused. Who you are is truth. You are love. You resonate inside a field of freedom. These glimpses of the real you can’t help but peek out now – they are finding a welcome atmosphere inside the current vibration on the planet. Like moths to the flame, they cannot resist. It is time. What you can d... more »

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

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Immediately thought of Bugs Bunny when President Obama said the words "torture" and "folks" in the same sentence today on television. Those two words should never be uttered in the same sentence unless you're intention is to trivialize torture, in which case, bravo Obama!

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Attack On Gaza: The Truce That Was Not -- Inside Story/Al Jazeera* Fighting resumes in the Gaza Strip after yet another ceasefire collapses. A three-day truce in Gaza collapsed almost immediately after it started, with the Israelis and Palestinians blaming each other. The planned break in the fighting was announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. It was the most ambitious attempt yet to end more than three weeks of fighting, and followed mounting international alarm over the number of Palestinian civilians killed. That truce was supposed ... more »

Ritz's Attacker and the School Privatizers

Doug Martin at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
by Doug Martin *UPDATE: THIS **JUST IN** FROM THE INDY STAR: "Indiana was not one of the five states awarded a waiver extension Thursday from strict federal rules administered by the U.S. Department of Education....It is possible Indiana could lose its waiver or be placed on a "high risk" status, according to education policy experts." According to the IDOE, there are still 20 states awaiting word about the NCLB waiver, so no final decision has been made yet. * CECI front-woman Claire Fiddian-Green’s latest assault against Indiana supt. of public ed. Glenda Ritz was her response to... more »

Mike's Story Part 72: The Beginning

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*By **Jenna** Orkin* I first met Mike at a symposium to observe the third anniversary of September 11. I'd been invited to speak on the environmental disaster that had ensued from the collapse of the buildings and which I'd come to know intimately because at the time, my son had been a student at Stuyvesant High School, located four blocks north of Ground Zero. Through attending, and often testifying, at hearings at all levels of government as well as at blue-ribbon scientific panels, I'd become familiar with the infinitely inventive, mercurial ways in which the government ... more »

“The Shadow Banking System is a Great Big Ticking Time Bomb” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Shadow Banking System is a Great Big Ticking Time Bomb”* By Ellen Brown “One thing to be said for the women now heading the Federal Reserve and the IMF: compared to some of their predecessors, they are refreshingly honest. The Wall Street Journal reported on July 2nd: "Two of the world’s most powerful women of finance sat down for a lengthy discussion Wednesday on the future of monetary policy in a post-crisis world: U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Before a veritable who’s-who in international ec... more »

“The Making of a Modern Debt Slave” (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Making of a Modern Debt Slave”* by Bill Bonner “In the ancient world, when people got themselves into debt, they were often forced to sell their daughters into prostitution and their sons into slavery. Sometimes, the weight of debt broke up families... Sometimes, families fought back. Writes anthropologist David Graeber in his book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”: “For thousands of years, the struggle between rich and poor has largely taken the form of conflicts between creditors and debtors – of arguments about the rights and wrongs of interest payment, debt peonage, amnesty, ... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Gaza Truce Over, Israel Soldier Captured, 50 Dead In Rafah Shelling -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it came into effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers. Renewed Israeli shelling killed more than 50 Palestinians and wounded some 220, hospital officials said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his security cabinet into special session and publicly warned Hamas and other militant groups they would "bear the consequences of their actions". ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talk about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism. Eran Efrati, 28, was born and raised in Jerusalem. After graduating high school he enlisted in the IDF, where he served as a combat soldier and company sergeant in Battalion 50 of the Nachal Division. He spent most of his service in Hebron and throughout the West Bank. In 2009, he was discharged... more »

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

paul at Paying attention - 1 day ago
The government’s promise of $40-a-day payments to parents if schools are closed in September is an astute tactical move. The plan, announced by Finance Minister Mike de Jong Wednesday, is a triple threat to the teachers’ union efforts to make gains in a new contract. First, the payment - $400 a week for a family with two children in school and under 13 - will mute, at least a little, parent protests if schools are closed in the fall. Second, the money government saves when schools are closed - about $60 million a week - will be taken off the table. The BC Teachers’ Federation won’t be... more »

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Ted Cruz has gotten most of the blame for making the House Republicans look like a bunch of monkeys in the immigration debate-- and especially in the debate about how to handle the Central American refugees on our southern border. But a House GOP whip gave equal blame to Alabama KKK-sympathizer Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. The House leadership's plans weren't racist or punitive enough for Sessions and, like Cruz, he worked right-wing extremists in the House to oppose it. You may not remember that in 1986 Sessions was rejected by the Senate for a federal judgeship because o... more »

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

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

The Collapse of Western Civilization

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 1 day ago
Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway are science historians, and they are hopping mad at folks who deny that humans are the primary cause of climate change. Their outrage inspired them to write *The Collapse of Western Civilization*, which has been selling furiously in its first month on the market. It’s a 112-page science fiction rant. The story is a discourse on the Penumbral Age (1988-2093), written in 2393 by a Chinese historian. The Penumbral Age was a time of paralyzing anti-intellectualism, when humankind failed to take action on an emerging climate catastrophe, which ended up s... more »

11 countries near bankruptcy

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

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), (AFP Photo / RIA Novosti / Pool / Alexey Nikolsky) and U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Yuri Gripas) *Obama Talks To Putin About Sanctions -- USA Today* WASHINGTON -- President Obama spoke Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since the United States and the European Union hit Russia with new sanctions over its activities in Ukraine. Obama "reiterated his deep concerns about Russia's increased support for the separatists in Ukraine," said a brief statement from the White House. "The President reinforced his prefe... more »

NSA Friendly Judge Sucker Punches Microsoft in Email Privacy Ruling

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
The lasting damage inflicted upon American tech companies by the out of control NSA surveillance machine never gets the attention that it deserves. While the ongoing trashing of civil liberties, the gutting of the constitution and the complete elimination of all rights to privacy have turned this once great country into a borderline totalitarian state, the effects of government spying have been nothing short of devastating to business. The inability to protect privacy along with the ongoing NSA efforts to crack encryption and lack of NSA oversight are putting American business at ... more »

President Obama Delivers A Statement (Live)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Update:* President Obama's remarks and statement have concluded.

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- August 1, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Ukraine Reports Losses After Pro-Russian Ambush Near Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash Area -- Wall Street Journal* *Fighting Continues as Forensic Investigators Reach MH17 Site* Ukraine said Friday it had lost at least 10 of its troops in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists not far from where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed, as a team of forensic investigators reached the site and said they were beginning work immediately. A convoy with 70 Dutch and Australian experts had arrived to begin recovering any human remains and personal effects still there, the Dutch government s... more »

California Drought Spreading

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Chris Carrington The US Drought Monitor is reporting that 58% of California is now affected by a crippling drought, and that it is spreading at an unprecedented rate. The agency has five levels of alert with ‘exceptional drought,’ the current level in California, listed as the most serious. The LA Times reports: This is the first year that any part of California has seen that level of drought, let alone more than half of it, said Mark Svoboda, a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center, which issued the report. “You keep beating the record, which are still all f... more »

Are you missing out when you're flying? NSFW

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
We know what happens on the flight deck, I've posted the videos before. However there's all sots of shenanigans going on in the cabin as well... 2 Girls Flash on Airplane and Airport *by miketru* *naughty on flight by Medelisss* * Girl flash tits on the airplane by Medelisss* Un plan a 3 avec des hôtesses de l'air pris en... *by VideoBuzzActu*

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Islamist Surge Threatens Mideast Powers -- Wall Street Journal* *U.S. Officials Hope Egypt, Israel, Iraq and Saudi Arabia Find Common Ground in Fight Against Extremist Groups * The eruptions of Islamist violence in the Gaza Strip, Syria and Iraq have begun shaking the Middle East to its core, increasing the likelihood that a new order will emerge when the dust starts to settle. The region's traditional power centers—Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Israel—are all threatened by the surge of Islamist forces that aim to disrupt the status quo. Even Shiite Iran, which often stokes Islam... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*This Time, Gaza Fighting Is 'Proxy War' For Entire Mideast -- Josh Levs, CNN* (CNN) -- The conflict raging in Gaza is different this time. While Hamas' rocket attacks and Israel's military actions may look familiar, they're taking place against a whole new backdrop. "This is unprecedented in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict," says CNN's Ali Younes, an analyst who has covered the region for decades. "Most Arab states are actively supporting Israel against the Palestinians -- and not even shy about it or doing it discreetly." It's a "joint Arab-Israeli war consisting of Eg... more »

When Genocide is Permissible

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Never. Well, sometimes. Or at least thinking aloud about it is okay. Why else would *The Times of Israel* publish such a thing? They may have removed it in short order, but as we know once things get on the internet ... Yochanan Gordon's execrable screed shits on the memory of his ancestors. I am loathe to bring up history, but someone else once justified the extermination of Europe's Jews in terms of securing the national well-being of his people. Yet Gordon has done the world a service. By putting his thoughts down on paper, as it were, he has distilled the barbarism consuming I... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference for a report on ''the right to privacy in the digital age'' at the United Nations in Geneva, July 16, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Pierre Albouy *U.N. Condemns Israel, U.S. For Not Sharing Iron Dome With Hamas -- Washington Times* The United Nations slammed Israel for possibly committing war crimes in its fight against Hamas — and then backed that accusation by suggesting the Jewish nation ought to be sharing its Iron Dome defensive technology with the very terror group it’s fighting. U.N. High Commissioner... more »

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

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
On Thursday night’s Daily Show, host Jon Stewart continued to try and make heads or tails of America’s actions in Israel. Despite the fact that Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly tried to broker a peace deal between Israel and Hamas, Stewart finds the nation’s actions a little confusing. Moments after a 72-hour ceasefire was announced between the two countries, Israel asked the United States for more weapons, which the United State was ready to provide. “Maybe they’re just running out of sh*t to blow up…maybe it’s the opportunity for peace that as we heard earlier, the... more »

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