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Saturday, August 23, 2014

23 August - Blogs I'm Following

The Trifid Nebula in infrared as seen by the S...
The Trifid Nebula in infrared as seen by the Spitzer Space Telescope (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Is Florida Really The Most Corrupt State In America?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 34 minutes ago
The superficial, court-ordered redistricting in Florida only scratches the surface of the prevalent culture of political corruption that permeates the state's two political parties. The judgment does not attempt to deals ith anything but two tiny and blatant cases of grotesque gerrymandering-- and that was all the state legislature dealt with. Even if the new plan goes into effect in 2016, Florida will still be one of the most unfairly gerrymandered states in the Union-- despite the overwhelming passage of a citizens' initiative to put an end to the practice. But even the tiny ame... more »

The Privatizing Agenda of Survey-producing Education Next

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 41 minutes ago
In August 2014, Education Next released the results of its annual education poll. In a post on August 20, 2014, I wrote briefly on the EdNext survey findings specific to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I plan to examine the entire survey more closely in a future post. However, in this post, I will examine the folks behind the […]

Missouri situation: -"St. Louis cop: 'If I need to, I will kill whole bunch more"

LeDaro at LeDaro - 45 minutes ago
*(CNN) -- A Missouri police officer involved in maintaining security in troubled Ferguson was put on administrative leave Friday after a video surfaced showing him railing about the Supreme Court, Muslims, and his past -- and perhaps, he said, his future -- as "a killer."* Watch the video and read the story here

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, "Above the Clouds"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 48 minutes ago
Kevin Kern, "Above the Clouds" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJCU1eMWUOo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Clouds of glowing gas mingle with dust lanes in the Trifid Nebula, a star forming region toward the constellation of the Archer (Sagittarius). In the center, the three prominent dust lanes that give the Trifid its name all come together. Mountains of opaque dust appear on the right, while other dark filaments of dust are visible threaded throughout the nebula. A single massive star visible near the center causes much of the Trifid's glow. * Click image for larger size.* The Trifid, also known as M20, is only about 300,000 years old, making it among the youngest emission nebulae know... more »

"In The Presence of Difficulty, Compassion"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"In The Presence of Difficulty, Compassion"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "True compassion recognizes that all the boundaries we perceive between ourselves and others are an illusion. Compassion is the ability to see the deep connectedness between ourselves and others. Moreover, true compassion recognizes that all the boundaries we perceive between ourselves and others are an illusion. When we first begin to practice compassion, this very deep level of understanding may elude us, but we can have faith that if we start where we are, we will eventually feel our way toward it. We mo... more »

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
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Disease and 3 Recent Social Engineering "Challenges"

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Heather Callaghan Have you gotten your daily Vitamin DDD - Death, Destruction, and Disease? If you have been online, in front of a TV, in audible distance of a radio, then you have overdosed. Meanwhile, other far-reaching and newsworthy concepts that literally touch people on a daily basis get "drowned." I only say vitamin because that's how a lot of people take their media, like it's sustenance. While the media are dousing the public in the three Ds, which appear to be ritualistic in nature, I'll briefly touch on that last D - the focus on disease and the "challenges" meant for ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Wonder And Humility”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Wonder And Humility”* by Chet Raymo “My generation is the last who will remember these old Mobil gas pumps with the round glass globes on top and the sign of the Flying Horse. Or, for that matter, the two-lane blacktops that threaded their way across America in the days before the Interstates. Here we see them in Edward Hopper's 1940 painting titled, simply, "Gas". Click to enlarge. So much of Hopper's work evokes solitude and loneliness - somber loners in spare hotel rooms, store fronts on deserted streets, Victorian houses on desolate hills. Gas, too, captures a moment of isola... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina Thanks for stopping by.

Gov't Fear Factory: ISIS Is Here, Just in Time for Another 9/11 Anniversary

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
*Melissa Melton* The government has been doing a whole lot of talking lately about the 9/11-style threat ISIS poses on American soil, how ISIS is like 'nothing the Pentagon has ever seen' and how ISIS is likely already here... and all just in time right before another 9/11 anniversary! Fancy that. Considering it's on record where ISIS got a lot of its military training and funding IN THE FIRST PLACE, perhaps we should all go back to the dictionary and look up what the definition of terrorism is. Visit TruthstreamMedia.com Also see Senator Inhofe saying "ISIS is so bad, Al Qaeda ... more »

Startup Governments: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
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"Tears..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief... and unspeakable love.” - Washington Irving

"The Wisdom Of Satchel Paige"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter.” “Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you.” “Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common.” “How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?” "Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching." - Satchel Paige

"In the Loop" fans provide alternate names for Anthony Weiner's planned Rockaways restaurant-and-training project

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* "When news broke that former congressman Anthony Weiner’s latest career endeavor would be a New York City restaurant/culinary school," *Washington Post* "In the Loop" master Al Kamen wrote Friday, "we felt compelled to help somehow. It's the least we could do for all the fodder he’s provided over the years." But, as I reported at the time ("Doesn't Carlos Danger need a better name than "Rockaway Restoration Kitchen" for his entry into the restaurant world?"), the Loopsters worried about the name so far slotted for this worthy eatery plus training and jobs-creation proj... more »

“A Look Behind The Thick Façade of Civilization”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“A Look Behind The Thick Façade of Civilization”* by Capt. Ray Jason "Most of the sky was clear and starry, but ten miles out to sea there was a cluster of clouds filled with lightning. I was anchored peacefully behind a low island that afforded me a perfect view of this dramatic spectacle. Sitting on the foredeck with my back against the mast, I sipped some hot sake and marveled at this exquisite display. Each burst of sky fire was contained within an individual cloud. Some would erupt in amber-colored brightness and others would shimmer in soft silver or lavender. The almost Jap... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

The Invisibles of Hollywood

Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
"…it means… I don’t know. It means, basically, that some movies are clearly being made by Invisibles and they contain messages for other Invisibles. Invisibles talking to each other in ther own secret language… the movies are signals, they let us know that others are out there…” “Speed is about human evolution, right? It’s so obvious. The bus represents the world. Watch it again – they’ve got every nationality on there. Not only that, but it’s being driven to disaster by this guy who’s either made up to look Cro-Magnon or chosen becasue he looks that way. He’s our brutal evolu... more »

Once, We Were Angels...

Spike EP at News Spike - 4 hours ago
We were all of us once angels, 'til we walked upon the Earth... "Don't ask me what you know is true. I told you that we could fly 'Cause we all have wings... But some of us don't know why."

Fighting for Power or Building Bridges

*C* at The Web (Untangled) - 6 hours ago
Posted on August 23, 2014 by theozarker July 23, 2014 We can argue “’til the cows come home” about whether, percentage wise, per capita, blah, blah, blah more blacks than whites are on welfare, in prison, commit more crimes and so forth. Truth is, white power is the dominant (and pretty much only) power in the United States. And the wealthier the white, the more powerful the white. It is also true, that white power structure has worked mightily – from small town governments to the halls of Imperial power that rule us all – to keep it that way while maintaining an outward appear... more »

August 23: let's be nice....

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 6 hours ago
,,,,just for the start. Friday's regular Whatever section with columns written by high school and university students always has some of the best writing in the paper. All of those students have loads of potential; and it must be a pleasure to teach any of them. But today's columns blew my socks off. ....especially two of them who not only have potential but are already writing to excellent journalism standards. One of them is Aureli Pare who writes on general health. The other is Isabelle Agnew who, particularly for this week, wrote a WOW! column. It was on the death of Robin Will... more »

"The Grapes of Wrath" (Excerpts)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"The Grapes of Wrath" (Excerpts) by John Steinbeck "They breathe profits; they eat the interest on money. If they don't get it, they die the way you die without air, without side-meat." [referring to the banks- CP] "The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it." "It ain't that big. The whole United States ain't that big. It ain't that big. It ain't big enough. There ain't room enough for you an' me, for your kind an' my kind, for rich and poor together all in one country, for thieves and honest men. For hunger and fat." ... more »

Fighting for Power or Building Bridges

theozarker at The Conflicted Doomer - 7 hours ago
July 23, 2014 We can argue “’til the cows come home” about whether, percentage wise, per capita, blah, blah, blah more blacks than whites are on welfare, in prison, commit more crimes and so forth. Truth is, white power is … Continue reading →

“How the Ultra-Rich .01% Have Sucked Up Even More of America's Wealth Than You Think”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“How the Ultra-Rich .01% Have Sucked Up Even * *More of America's Wealth Than You Think”* By David DeGraw "You know, I've been around the ruling class all my life, and I've been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country." - Gore Vidal “An extensive analysis of economic conditions and government policy reveals that the need for significant systemic change is now a mathematical fact. Corruption, greed and economic inequality have reached a peak tipping point. Due to the consolidation of wealth, the majority of the population cannot generate enough income to k... more »

Critiquing Doctor Who: Deep Breath

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Before sitting down to watch the new *Doctor Who* with Peter Capaldi, there are two things reasons to be optimistically cheerful about. Mr Malcolm Tucker has said no to flirtatious banter with his co-stars. Second, Jenna Coleman might exit at Christmas. This is no reflection on Coleman, she's only playing a part after all. Unfortunately, Clara is a highly problematic: an object that exists solely as a story line, from the get-go she was a wise-cracking, ass-kicking, bum-pinching get-up-and-go-girl; a walking, talking female sonic screw-driver whose sole reason for being was to get ... more »

(Chump Goldman-Suks Change?) MS Admits $100B Offshore (Most Ever) Untaxed Profits (Anti-Zionist NOT Anti-Semitic) A Country of Lone Gunmen:  One Nation Under SWAT (Plea For Ukraine Inquiry By Millions Urging No WWIII, Please!)

(Editor's Note: If you can make a small donation to Pottersville2, it will be hugely appreciated as we've come under vast financial pressure recently and need to ask for some aid. Thanks so much for your support!) Goldman Sachs to Pay $1.2 Billion for Selling Faulty Mortgages to Fannie and FreddieReuters Goldman Sachs has agreed to a settlement worth $1.2bn (£723m) to resolve a US

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Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Lots of comings and goings at the Addams-Melman House these days. Housemate Karen has moved to North Berwick to be with her artist man friend through the winter. Into her space has just moved one of MB's friends and her son. Then downstairs in an empty room a young man who is teaching math and science in a nearby middle school has moved in. For two weeks we have three college student guests from Malaysia, Israel, and England visiting. The kitchen has been humming non-stop and this morning I made a big pot of pasta sauce from all the tomatoes we have grown and been given by fri... more »

Will Their Opposition To Obamacare Help Defeat Any Of The Last Wretched Blue Dogs In Congress?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Georgia Blue Dog John Barrow has one of the most reactionary voting records of any Democrat in Congress-- to the point where he defines the term "DINO," Democrat in Name Only. For 2013-14, ProgressivePunch has scored him a dismal 27.73, just fractionally worse from Utah Blue Dog, Jim Matheson who decided to retire rather than face certain defeat in November. Three principled conservative *Republicans* have more progressive scores than Barrow: Justin Amash (MI-29.09), Chris Gibson (NY-40.00) and Walter Jones (NC-41.23). His overall voting record, for a Democrat is putrid. That hasn... more »

Hamas is to Israel as IS is to us

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
I happened to have the television tuned to BBC News 24 in the afternoon when some breaking news came through. I think the presenter was Nicholas Owen. He did look a little perplexed while announcing that Hamas had executed eighteen suspected collaborators. I thought that news was very important. Evidently the BBC thinks otherwise, because it hasn’t made many headlines. It’s important because it clearly puts Hamas alongside IS. You know, ruthless and barbaric with no moral equivocation. No human shields to be seen. No sacrificial lambs. No input from Israel. Just violent and reckle... more »

U.S. Wants to Bomb ISIS In Syria ... Maybe We Should (cough) First Stop ARMING THEM?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-22/best-way-stop-isis-syria-stop-arming-isis-syria *Sometimes the obvious is so easily missed by those with complicated mind syndrome commonly found in intelligence circles and governments.... -AK* *U.S. Wants to Bomb ISIS In Syria ... Maybe We Should (cough) First Stop ARMING THEM?* Submitted by George Washington on 08/22/2014 17:59 -0400 U.S. foreign policy is schizophrenic. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says we need to attack the Sunni militants in Syria. The deputy national security adviser to President Obama says we should go... more »

The new Doctor Who

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
A fascinating episode: some nice interplay, some interesting back references and a nice touch that even the dumbest viewer worked out where the Doctor had seen the villain before, before the Doctor did. As for Peter Capaldi, he may be fine but following Matt Smith is a tall order. Will he be a Tom Baker following Jon Pertwee (in other words a triumph) or a Peter Davison following Tom Baker (in other words a disappointment). I suppose in a triumph of timey wimeyness, he could be a Matt Smith replacing David Tennant (could we be that lucky again? But then again, and this might sto... more »

“The Secret Playbook of Internet Trolls”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“The Secret Playbook of Internet Trolls”* by Washington’s Blog "Pleased to meet you Hope you guess my name. What’s puzzling you Is the nature of my game..." - The Rolling Stones, "Sympathy For The Devil"* "The reason that Internet trolls are effective is that people still don’t understand their game. There are 15 commonly-used trolling tactics to disrupt, misdirect and control internet discussions. As one interesting example, trolls start flame wars because – according to two professors – swearing and name-calling shut down our ability to think and focus. And trolls will often spe... more »

ISIS Is A Fake US/Israeli Created "Terrorist" Group: Government Fear Factory - "ISIS Is In The United States" Just In Time For Another 9-11 Anniversary!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
Lets get the facts straight here for everyone…. This "ISIS", or "IS" , or "Islamic State" group of "terrorists" is as PHONEY as a 3 dollar bill. This latest and greatest creation by the criminals in the US and the psychotic state of Israel was created and is right now doing its dirty work in trying to scare the hell out of the gullible American public and to make the American sheep wrongly believe that an "invasion" of SYRIA is required to squash this phoney-balognie "Terrorist" group. Sadly, again, most Americans are now nothing more than dumb-ass mutton brained sheep and will... more »

Whistling about Corruption in the DOJ

Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 9 hours ago
Wordgeezer August 23, 2014 I was watching Book TV on C-span this morning and imediately made a pot of coffee, just to make sure that I was awake. This beautiful person was talking about the US Department of Justice, from the viewpoint of Truth & Justice, which struck a harmonius chord with me when I was a contributor on Suzie-Q's Truth & Justice blog. This is where I cut my teeth on writing about the inequities that were being experienced, in these years, following the election of George Duhhbya Bu$h. I have been Bu$h Bashing ever since, but, of course, discovered, just like all... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
For the past few weeks we have been receiving visitors and family at our home. Playing host while doing the work that I do .... coupled with this blog .... has been a challenge. Fortunately .... the last person is leaving tomorrow night and I do not expect any visitors till the next vacation cycle .... which is next year. So ... blogging is going to be light for the next 24-36 hours .... but everything should return to normal by Monday morning.

What CDC whistleblower William Thompson needs to do now

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
Jon Rappoport *(Note: All posts related to this story are archived here under #Vaccinegate.)* I’m putting this together from bits and pieces of information I’m getting from various sources. William Thompson, the CDC whistleblower, who apparently can torpedo the CDC with his inside information about a falsified vaccine study, is cut off from outside help—except for his lawyer. I hope that lawyer knows the kind of danger his client is in. If the CDC’s position that the MMR vaccine has no connection to autism is shredded, the whole corrupt vaccine empire experiences an earthquak... more »

'More or Less'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I was going to do a piece on *More or Less'*s take on the BBC's coverage of the Gaza casualty statistics. It would have involved lots of transcribing and taken lots of time. Thankfully Hadar at *BBC Watch *has already done it, including all the transcribing. Her piece is well worth reading. Its focus lies less in confronting *More or Less*'s statistical findings than in undermining the integrity of the three organisations consulted by the programme [the United Nations High Commission of Human Rights, the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights in Gaza and the Israeli human rights group B... more »

What's It Worth to Jesse Register to Corporatize Nashville's Public Schools?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
In June a corporate reform school outfit called STRIVE, which is headed by a former TFA cult member, had its application rejected unanimously by Metro's school board. With the help of CorpEd crony superintendent, Jesse Register, that all changed last week. From Joey Garrison at the Tennessean: . . . .STRIVE, a middle school, is cleared to open next fall, joining five other new charters already approved. Board members Elissa Kim, Michael Hayes, Jo Ann Brannon, Anna Shepherd and Chairwoman Cheryl Mayes voted for the school. Pinkston, Amy Frogge and Jill Speering voted against it. P... more »

A Game Changer In Amphibious Warfare?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Star Wars At Sea! The $10m 'X-Wing' Stealth Speedboat That Could Fly Across The Water To Deliver Troops Into Battle -- Daily Mail* 38-foot long main cabin rests on top of a pair of 12-foot tall struts At high speeds they raise cabin above the water like a hydrofoil It looks uncannily like the X-Wing fighter from the sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars. However, in fact this is the Ghost - a $10m ship designed to 'fly' above the water on legs and deliver marines into battle. Invented by a Maine medical tech millionaire, the US Navy is already considering buying the craft. *Read more* ..... more »

America's Police State . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 10 hours ago
THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC has mutated into something ugly and carnivorous, not just in its policies with the rest of the world, but in the way it has turned on its poor. It's become a ghastly distortion according to Charles Stross*, who commented on his blog that American police have abandoned Sir Robert Peel's Principles of Policing. As you may know, the London Metropolitan Police was the first

The Grocery Store Rebellion: Here’s What We Ate During Week 2

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
Daisy Luther We had some setbacks this week, but we’re hanging in there with our Grocery Store Rebellion. At the end of Week 2, we ran out of milk. After choking down coffee without fresh cream, I finally broke down and went to our local co-op and purchased milk. Yuck. I really hope that our dairy farmer gets another cow soon, because this pasteurized stuff is for the birds. According to the sign at the co-op, it’s from a dairy that is not a factory farm type of place, so I went with the best option I could find. In other news, a sudden heat wave one afternoon may have wiped ... more »

Supplemental: Long ago, Lawrence told Matthews the truth!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014* *Concerning the work of the Times:* In our view, Lawrence O’Donnell won the week with some good press analysis. Along the way, he sometimes overstated and erred. But he won his basic point: The New York Times hasn't established the fact that “witnesses have given investigators sharply conflicting accounts of the killing” of Michael Brown. Let’s be clear. It’s possible that witnesses *have* provided “sharply conflicting accounts.” But in its Wednesday front-page report, the Times offered no examples. As usual, America’s most hapless newspaper didn’t com... more »

Hands Up, Don't Shoot

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Grayson's amendment to stop funding the over-militarization of local police forces never made it to the Senate. The House Republican leaders-- Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy-- teamed up with the House Democratic leaders-- Pelosi, Hoyer, Clyburn (along with Wasserman Schultz, Israel and Crowley)-- to urge their caucuses to vote against it. Only 62 Members of Congress had the wisdom and the guts to vote for it. Members who serve the interests of the Military-Industrial Complex Dwight Eisenhower warned the national about about over 6 decades ago, were the ones who killed the amendment. ... more »

A Look At The Russian Arms Buildup (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*My Comment*: This Russian arms buildup still does not match what the U.S. and China have done during this same time frame .... but with the crisis in Ukraine continuing .... and tensions with the West escalating .... I do not expect this Russian arms buildup to be curtailed anytime soon.

What To Make of Corporate Tax Inversions

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 11 hours ago
Click here to read my column in Sunday's *NY Times*.

Fukushima Updates ( August 23 , 2014 ) Items to consider relating to ongoing debacle at Fukushima with global implications ....... Decay of Futaba - Machi as metaphor for Japan .

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 12 hours ago
Energy news...... 10:25 AM EST on August 23rd, 2014 | 9 comments Japan Newspaper: “The seriousness of the current situation at Fukushima can’t be understated” — Report: Unmitigated radiation is pouring into Pacific Ocean — Video: They don’t know how to stop the radioactive leaks… we’ll never know how to stop this 08:10 PM EST on August 22nd, 2014 | 100 comments Scientist holds press conference in Tokyo: Urgent need to share new developments from Fukushima — Very, very striking results show radiation injury to whole ecosystems — Significant implications for Japan (VIDEO) 02:05 PM EST ... more »

The Ripening of a Sewer Socialist

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
I guess it could have been worse. Bernie Sanders could have totally lost it and hurled an imported Ferguson hand grenade at his Town Hall protesters last weekend instead of just hurling some pretty harsh invective at them. I guess it's easy to tell hecklers to shut up when you also have an armed Vermont state trooper firmly planted between them and you. You can watch the clip here. The protesters, from Occupy and the Code Pink anti-war group, were upset that their senator, along with every single one of his 99 compatriots, had voted to send more financial aid to Israel to support it... more »

Intel Community Now Zeroing In On Those Responsible For The Beheading Of U.S. Journalist James Foley

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a British man who rapped under the name "L Jinny," is a suspect in the beheading murder of journalist James Foley. *The Rapper, The Hacker And The Terror Travel Guide Writer. Is One Of These British Extremists Jihadi John? Three Potential Islamic State 'Beatles' Emerge As MI5 'Zeroes In' On Murderer Who Beheaded U.S. Journalist James Foley -- Daily Mail* * Intelligence agencies hunting for identity of jihadist who murdered reporter * Reports have suggested Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a 23-year-old from London * Abu Hussain al-Britani, 20, and Abu Abdullah al-Bri... more »

Europe's support for the Islamic State

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
"The Islamic State" terrorists are so cruel that at one point, Osama bin Laden had ruled out any collaboration with them. *Off-topic*: Czech readers may listen to an episode of Planetarium where they interviewed me about string theory. The program (archive) was aired on Czech Public Radio North on Saturday 18:05 Czech Summer Time. ------------------------------ *Volcano*: Bárðarbunga began to erupt, so far subglacially, but you may watch the webcam and it may get more interesting. These überjerks show that when you calibrate your moral sense to the situation of Syria, Bashar Assad i... more »

Breaking news: Eruption has started in Dyngjujökull glacier on August 23 , 2014 ! Badarbunga begins to erupt - aviation warnings for ash cloud ( red alert )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 12 hours ago
*DAILY SABAH* ‏@DailySabah 20m Small subglacial eruption underway at #Bardarbunga volcano in #Iceland http://goo.gl/6OT71k pic.twitter.com/dmSmkY6d3p [image: Embedded image permalink] http://icelandreview.com/news/2014/08/23/breaking-news-eruption-has-started-dyngjujokull-glacier NATURE & TRAVEL Breaking news: Eruption has started in Dyngjujökull glacier!August 23, 2014 15:13 Photo is from the 2010 eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. An eruption has occurred at the site of the volcano Badarbunga. At the moment, it is still a sub-glacial eruption, meaning that there is no visible e... more »

Go Fund Racism

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
Over the last several days, Go Fund Me has proven that, regardless of its official Terms of Service and mealy-mouthing about not promoting hate speech, racism or anything of the sort, all that gets defenestrated pretty quickly when there's money to be made. And, as with any crowd-sourcing corporation, GFM takes a healthy cut out of campaigns. As with Kickstarter, they take 5%. Now, if you do a Google search for Go Fund Me, one of the first six hits you'll get is the first campaign for Officer Darren Wilson, the brave white cop who gunned down an unarmed African America... more »

KIPP Memphis Collegiate $230,000 In Debt to Shelby County As State Test Scores Crater

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Today's Commercial Appeal reported in the print edition that KIPP Collegiate Schools owe Shelby County Schools $229,443.42 for overpayment based on KIPP's projected enrollment or for failure to pay teacher retirement benefits, utility bills, etc. to the County. There is no link because the story has been scrubbed from the *Commercial Appeal *website. Shelby County is asking the State "to allow it to reduce payments to the schools to cover the shortage." Judging by KIPP Memphis state test scores below, there is reason to keep researchers off the premises. The state website's 2014... more »

NBC News: Current U.S. Military Policy Against ISIL Is Not Working

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*My Comment*: The interesting part of this report is the admission that the Syrian regime may welcome U.S. intervention in their war against the Islamic State/ISIS.

MOURNING RUBBLE / FOR GAZA WITH LOVE

Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 13 hours ago
*Mourning Rubble* *For Gaza* When darkness overcomes us And Hope lies in the past What in our hearts sustains us? How do we make love last? When our weakness overwhelms us, And we watch as children die, How can we breathe this still foul air? What makes us even try? We see grief upon a father’s face. We hear a mother’s scream. How do we find another place For tortured hearts to dream? With darkness all around us Where do we find a light? What makes us wake another day To strive to set things right? What makes us dare to toil and sweat? What ma... more »

St. Louis Cop Suspended After Radical Views Are Exposed by YouTuber

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
*Guilt by Association:* Now, the U.S. government via the corporate media is attempting to demonize Oath Keepers, a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic", by associating the organization with Sgt. Dan Page (most likely a paid government agent). The Oath Keepers recently published an open letter to Governor Jay Nixon. Similarly, government agents have developed a new terror narrative which associa... more »

At War With Reality

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
http://www.shift.is/ In a recent speech to the Canadian Medical Association, Health Minister Rona Ambrose told her audience: “At the end of the day, for policymakers like me, it’s the medical science and data-based evidence that must guide our decisions on health sector regulation and allocation of resources.” It was a remarkable statement. In October, she announced that her government would no longer allow doctors to prescribe medical heroin because: There is no evidence at this point that heroin … giving he... more »

Rapper Talib Kweli Calls Out Corporate Media Coverage of Ferguson on Live TV

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
*Nick Bernabe | The Anti-Media* Rapper Talib Kweli takes CNN reporter Don Lemon to task over the lopsided and superficial coverage that CNN is doing on the Ferguson civil unrest. The town of Ferguson, MO has become a national media sensation following the shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown, the subsequent civil disobedience and massive militarized police reaction. Here’s the clip: The corporate media’s notoriously pro-government slant is coming under increased scrutiny following the incredible citizen journalism coverage showing the unadulterated situation on the gro... more »

The Special Ops Mission To Rescue Amercian Hostages In Syria Was Bigger Than The Bin Laden Raid

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Operation To Rescue American Hostages In Syria Was Much Larger Than We Realised -- Business Insider* The failed U.S. mission to rescue a number of hostages being held by the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Syria earlier this summer was a much larger operation than previously realised, according to new reporting by James Gordon Meek and Lee Ferran at ABC News. The mission, carried out by U.S. Special Operations soldiers flown to the target location near Raqqah, Syria by the 160th Special Operations Air Regiment (SOAR), involved at least 24 soldiers and was supported by h... more »

Saturday Interview: Marshajane Thompson

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 14 hours ago
Marshajane Thompson is, in her own words, a "Unison activist and general lefty type". She lives in London with her family and used to blog at Union Futures many moons ago. Inbetween work and her union responsibilities, Marshajane tweets here. - You used to blog at Union Futures. Why did you stop? Life, work and twitter got in the way! - What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? That choosing your blog theme will take longer than you think :) But also to update it often and not be afraid to engage when you're called out or disagreed with. - Is blogging diffe... more »

Israel changes name to Judaic State (JS)

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 14 hours ago
[image: With the stroke of a pen, Bibi changed "Israel" to "Judaic State" - and appointed himself Caliph][image: With the stroke of a pen, Bibi changed "Israel" to "Judaic State" - and appointed himself Caliph]Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the Zionist entity formerly known as Israel will henceforth be known as Judaic State (JS), and that he has appointed itself as its Caliph. Netanyahu added that he will also assume the titles “Commander of the Zionist Faithful,” “Grand Poobah of all Jews, Freemasons, and Luciferians,” and “Child-Killer-in-Chief.” N... more »

A few links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*This macro shot with my Sony DSC RX100 II turned out to be really nice.* I've begun work on a book on biking here with a couple of well known local expat riders. So expect blogging to take a hit. Exhausted today, enjoy some links.... __________________ *Daily Links*: - Foreign Policy notices the Hong Kong-Taiwan connection against China. A good review of the events. Don't miss comment from TECO in the comments section. - Why the F-35 is ideal for Taiwan. It's nice to imagine, but the purpose of the discussion of F-22, F-35, etc, is to derail the whole idea of get... more »

The Best Chief Is - The Wisdom Of The Mohawk

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago

Alternative Medicine Is.......

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*Note:* * If one looks clearly and honestly at these two words, Alternative Medicine, one will come to realize that all forms or methods or schools of medicine are alternatives to choose among. All traditions are valid and options for treatment. It is only because of marketing or public relations or politics that certain traditons are acceptable and certain ones demonized in the public eye.*

NATO: Silly Proposals and Enduring Realities

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
I was going to post about my talk in Toronto on NATO , but now I have a slightly different NATO post to write: a response to this piece by Anne Applebaum proposing that Obama magically fix NATO. Given that the title of my talk was “The Present and Future of NATO: More of the Continue reading

Was Putin's Assessment On Syria Correct?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters) *Was Putin Right About Syria? -- Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post* What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, the West was gearing up for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was accused of carrying out chemical weapons attacks on his own people. That intervention never came to pass, not least because domestic public opinion in countries such as Britain and the United States was opposed to further entanglements in the Middle East. Now, the U.S... more »

RUSSIAN AID ARRIVES IN EASTERN UKRAINE

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Tons of food, water and medicine have finally reached the struggling citizens of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine. The aid column is now back in Russia - after unloading its vital cargo in less than 24 hours. RT's Maria Finoshina traveled with the convoy through the war-torn region. Corporations like Monsanto want control of the rich fertile land of eastern Ukraine to grow their GMO products for European markets that have been reluctant to accept them. Oil companies have already begun fracking operations under the cover of Kiev's shelling of the eastern region. NATO hopes for military... more »

South Korea Found Guilty Of Illegal Dumping In U.S. Markets-- Who Could Have Guessed!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Last week, we looked at the continuing saga of NAFTA and other so-called "free trade" agreements on America's deteriorating standard of living. One of the most recent of those new agreements-- October, 2011-- was the Korea Trade Agreement. For all the knee-jerk obstructionism offered by congressional Republicans for any and all Obama proposals, the vote on this bill was very different. It passed 278-151, 219 Republicans and 59 mostly Big Business-owned conservative Dems voted for it, and 130 Democrats and 21 Republicans voting against it. The roster of Democrats on board for this ... more »

Weapon of Mass Distraction: More Ridiculous Redskins Team Name Hogwash

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 15 hours ago
With the NFL season less than two weeks from the official opening games, the political circus over the Washington Redskins team nickname is back in the news. After all, it isn’t as though there are more pressing issues like wars and rumors of wars, a dismal economy teetering on the brink of collapse, the militarizing of the American police, spiking food prices, rampant political corruption and any number of other problems. The political class - especially the worthless swine in the U.S. Congress who are on their latest taxpayer funded vacation - see opportunity in pimping racism... more »

Untitled

jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Organizations Sign Statement Against Assault on a Student at Temple University* SPME joined 11 other groups in issuing a statement condemning the antisemitic attack against a pro-Israel Jewish student at Temple University. The student was punched in the face and called “baby-killer, racist, Zionist pig” and “kike” as he stood next to a table run by the Students for Justice in Palestine. The groups called on Temple University to publicly condemn this attack and to carefully monitor SJP because of its history of intimidation, harassment, and incitement against pro-Israel students... more »

Will The U.S. Launch Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Obama Considering Airstrikes In Syria Against Islamic State -- Washington Times* President Obama is considering U.S. airstrikes in Syria against militants of the Islamic State, the White House said Friday. “We’re not going to be restricted by borders,” said Ben Rhodes, a national security adviser to the president. “We’re actively considering what’s going to be necessary to deal with that threat.” The bombing of targets in Syria would mark a significant expansion of Mr. Obama’s three-week-old air war against the Islamic State, which has been limited to targets of the militant gro... more »

United Nations: Syria Death Toll Tops 191,000

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Syria Death Toll 'More Than 191,000' -- BBC* More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict up to April, the UN human rights chief says. Navi Pillay said the figure was "probably an underestimate" and criticised what she called "international paralysis" on the issue. The figure is more than double the UN estimate given a year ago. Opposition groups in Syria have been fighting President Bashar al-Assad for over three years, but have lost ground in recent months. The UN report was based on data from four different monitoring groups and the Syrian government which... more »

The Growing Humanitarian Crisis In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
People who have fled fighting in eastern Ukraine find temporary accommodations at a summer camp for children in the Stavropol region of southern Russia. (Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters) *With Thousands Now Dead, Ukraine Refugees Say Aid Is Welcome But Peace Is Better -- Washington Post* SHCHASTYA, Ukraine – Zhanna Sologub doesn’t know if the rocket that struck the courtyard of her house this month was fired by pro-Russian rebels or Ukrainian government forces. What she does know, she said, is that the biggest humanitarian gesture either side could make right now is to stop the fighting... more »

The End of the Alliance - The Kennedy Family vs. The House of Windsor

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
*President John F. Kennedy meets with Chief of the Defense Staff of the British Armed Forces Lord Louis Mountbatten, First Earl Mountbatten of Burma (center) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Lyman Lemnitzer (right) in the Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C., 1961.* *Chapter V - In 1961, European and U.S. Publications Revealed the Defense Intelligence Agency's Support of the Revolting French Generals.* Before the attempted assassination on DeGaulle by Thiery of *Permindex* and even before Maurice Gatlin, the New Orleans business associate of Guy Bannister, ... more »

NSW Heat Waves, Christchurch Quakes & Pike Mine Explosion - Kabal's plan to make NZ as their exclusive safe haven

Jason Leewig at Zionist Made2Happen Disasters - 18 hours ago
- FASEI et al. On 24 Nov 2010, we suggested that both the Pike River Mine Disaster (PRMD) and the BP Gulf Oil Disaster (BPGOD) were no accidental mishaps but MIHOP disasters planned and funded by the one and same KZB (Khazarian Zionist Banksters) global organisation. Part of BPGOD objectives was to depopulate and evacuate the Gulf coast. Why? There are richer (and more economical) oil reserves beneath the old depleted shallow reservoirs near shore and on-shore. But to exploit these vast hidden deeper reservoirs, costly and extensive 3-D seismic exploration are needed to cover every... more »

On land and sea, China’s nuclear capability growing

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: Jin class SSBN]Earlier this month, a minor Chinese environmental office broke some of the biggest news in nuclear missile technology since the end of the Cold War. The Shaanxi Province Environmental Monitoring Center posted a work summary of its projects, which included site monitoring for research into the Dong Feng-41 missile. The Department of Defense told Congress earlier this year that China was developing the DF-41, a road-mobile, next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile capable of launching multiple nuclear warheads. Raed more

Singapore quietly expanding F-15 fleet

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 18 hours ago
[image: RSAF F-15 Eagle]Singapore appears to have quietly boosted the size of its F-15SG fleet from 24 aircraft to 40, according to Boeing financial statements, aircraft registration filings, and US congressional reports. Singapore originally bought 12 F-15SGs - with an option for eight more - under a contract signed in December 2005. In October 2007 the city-state modified this option by buying 12 more to give it a total of 24. These aircraft have all been confirmed as delivered and have US-type serial numbers running from 05-0001 to 05-0024. Several remain in the United States wit... more »

Norman Finkelstein - "Israel Mowing the Lawn in Gaza"

Norman Finkelstein speaking on August 17th, 2014 in Princeton, NJ. at the "A Peaceful March and Rally for the People of Gaza", at the rally located at the 'Fountain of Freedom' in front of Woodrow Wilson Library, Princeton University. [image: (2014) "Norman Finkelstein Israel Mowing the Lawn in Gaza"] Tags: OCCUPIED PALESTINE AKA ISRAEL GAZA

Over 400,000 flee homes in east Ukraine: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency says over 400,000 people have fled their homes due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine. Tags: UKRAINE

De facto martial law in Ferguson, Missouri

The state of Missouri, with the full backing of the Obama administration, has responded to continuing protests against the police murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, by imposing de facto martial law on the largely working class city of Ferguson. Tags: UNITED STATES POLICE STATE

Official: 22 killed by Israeli strikes since truce collapsed

Renewed Israeli attacks on Gaza have killed 22 Palestinians since a temporary ceasefire collapsed on Tuesday, a health ministry spokesman said Wednesday. Tags: OCCUPIED PALESTINE AKA ISRAEL GAZA BARBARITY

Ukrainian warplane shot down over rebel-held territory

A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory on Wednesday (Aug 20) as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. Tags: UKRAINE

South Stream ‘Plan B’ opts for route through Greece and Turkey

A Russian newspaper has published an article suggesting that the Kremlin-favoured South Stream gas pipeline could drop Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia for its route, and instead reach its final destinations, Italy and Austria, through Turkey and Greece. Tags: RUSSIA TURKEY GREECE AUSTRIA ITALY NATURAL GAS

Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'

A fascinating nuclear/energy ballet involving Iran, Russia, the US and the EU is bound to determine much of what happens next in the new great game in Eurasia. Tags: RUSSIA IRAN UNITED STATES EUROPEAN UNION

Ukraine Crisis Continues

Washington is interested in fomenting crises, not in resolving them. Tags: UKRAINE RUSSIA UNITED STATES

Thousands flee Donetsk as Ukrainian army closes in

Eastern Ukraine has sustained another day of heavy shelling. At least 5 people were killed in an army assault on a village near Donetsk, while the city itself was also hit. Inside the city, people are struggling with a dire humanitarian situation. [image: Ghost Town: Thousands flee Donetsk as Ukrainian army closes in] Tags: UKRAINE

Crisis in the eastern Ukraine unlikely to be solved exclusively by force - Poroshenko

Ukrainian leaders understand that the crisis in Donetsk and Lugansk regions cannot be settled only by force, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said at a meeting with Jeffrey Feltman, the visiting U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, on Wednesday. Tags: UKRAINE

U.S. Air Force tests Raytheon's upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: F-16C Fighting Falcon]Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force successfully flight tested an upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). The HARM Control Section Modification (HCSM) is more precise and accurate, which reduces potential collateral damage. During this test mission, an F-16 aircraft fired an HCSM, AGM-88F, against an emitter located outside of a zone of exclusion, which contained a similar radiating emitter. The HCSM used its new global positioning system (GPS)/inertial measurement unit (IMU) capability and successfully impacted the correct target. Rea... more »

Denmark to join Nato's missile defense system

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: HDMS Iver Huitfeldt]Denmark has decided to join NATO's missile defence system, local media reported Friday. Denmark will contribute at least one frigate to NATO's missile defense shield, the country's Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said after a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday afternoon. "We will offer that one and more of our frigates can be outfitted with a radar that can be part of the missile defence. There was wide support for that (in the Foreign Affairs Committee)," Lidegaard was cited as saying by Denmark's newspaper Berlingske Tidende. Read more

Incredible Ghost boat is perfect Bond villain runabout

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
It looks like a half-submerged X-Wing, or maybe a Star Trek Shuttle, but it's actually Ghost, one American start-up's vision for what an attack helicopter designed for the navy might look like. Mustering 4,000 HP from two engines on the end of powered legs, Ghost promises to whip across the ocean in a supercavitation bubble, avoiding radar and with a silky smooth ride for the crew inside. What makes the boat special is how it improves on hydroplane technology, more commonly used in racing boats. Read more

Fighting Back Against Western Sanction

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 hours ago
*August 23, 2014* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - While the impact of sanctions leveled against Russia is being debated, one fact is perfectly clear; the dangerous interdependence cultivated by the concept of “globalization” leaves nations vulnerable amid a global order dominated by hegemonic special interests that use such interdependence as a weapon. Two rounds of sanctions have been leveled against Russia targeting Russian banking, arms manufacturing, and oil industries. Even as the sanctions are marketed to the world as Russia “paying a price” for its role in “destabilizing” Ukraine, Ru... more »

King Mohammed VI urges Maghreb integration

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
[AFP/Ho/Moroccan Royal Palace] Morocco's King Mohammed VI prepares to deliver a speech marking the 15th anniversary of his coronation on July 30th in Rabat. 2014-08-01 *King Mohammed VI urges Maghreb integration* By Siham Ali in Rabat for Magharebia – 01/08/2014 King Mohammed VI used his Throne Day speech Wednesday (July 30th) to give another push for Maghreb integration. "With regard to the Maghreb, we reaffirm our determination to build a strong union based on solid bilateral relations and inclusive economic projects," the Moroccan monarch underlined on the 15th anniversary of his ... more »

A 'Ukrainian Missile' Or A Failed Russian Space Launch?

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
Backers of pro-Russian separatists have recently accused Ukraine's armed forces of using powerful ballistic missiles against civilian populations in eastern Ukraine. But Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) says it can prove that a report on a TV station run by Russia's Defense Ministry, which claimed to show a Tochka-U missile strike, was actually old footage of a failed Russian Proton-M satellite launch in Kazakhstan. The August 20 report on Zvezda, the Russian channel, shows footage it claims was shot in eastern Ukraine. Read more

China's Chengdu J-20 fighter to compete with Russia's T-50

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: J-20 Powerful Dragon]China would have undisputed first-strike superiority throughout a region where tensions are on the rise. Exact details of the aircraft's fuel capacity and range are unknown, but estimates give the J-20 a striking range of 1,000 nautical miles, which would place Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Philippines airfields within reach of China. And China has simmering economic and territorial disputes with each of these countries Read more

NAVAIR Orders Electronic Support Measures for French Navy E-2Cs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: E-2C Hawkeye]Northrop Grumman has been awarded a Naval Air Systems Command contract for engineering and development of five ALQ-217 electronic support measures (ESM) systems for the French Navy’s three E-2C Hawkeye radar early warning aircraft. Airborne Early Warning & Electronic Warfare Systems, Bethpage, N.Y., a unit of Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., has been awarded a $47.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order for non-recurring engineering and development of five AN/ALQ-217 ESM sets under the Foreign Military Sales program. Under the order, Northrop Grumman will p... more »

Import-dependence impacting Indian forces' combat-readiness

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 19 hours ago
[image: INS Kolkata]The commissioning of INS Kolkata in Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL) Mumbai, with due pomp and circumstance, on Aug 16 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was an event of considerable significance for both the Indian Navy (IN) and the nation. So far the biggest Indian-built warship to join the navy, the size, firepower and advanced technologies incorporated in this 7,500-tonne guided-missile destroyer make it a formidable weapon platform. What places the Kolkata many notches above most of its contemporaries is the advanced multi-function radar embedded in its mast and a long... more »

Russia's Nuclear Revival And Its Challenges – Analysis

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Yuri Dolgoruky]Although attention is naturally focused on the role of Russia’s conventional forces in the Ukraine conflict , we should not overlook the modernization of the country’s nuclear forces. The last few years has seen Moscow make great progress in stabilizing Russia’s decaying nuclear arsenal. The Russian government considers its nuclear weapons as its best tool of defense, deterrence, and global influence– essential for protecting Russia against external aggression and for preserving its great power status. Read more

Australia's military innovation to be driven by Tasmanian maritime college

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: SEA 1000 future submarine concept]Tasmania will be the home of a new training centre for highly qualified Navy engineers, as Australia embarks on a multi-billion dollar naval shipbuilding program. The Training Centre for Transforming Australia's Naval Manufacturing Industry will be based at the University of Tasmania's Australian Maritime College in Launceston. It will partner with the University of Wollongong and Flinders University to train 10 PhD students and 3 postdoctoral fellows to drive the research and development required by the Defence Force. Read more

INS Kamorta, India's first indigenously built anti-submarine warship, inducted

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
India's first indigenously built submarine hunting ship, INS Kamorta was handed over to the Navy by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) here Saturday, a defence statement said. The super-sophisticated frontline warship will be formally handed over by GRSE chairman and managing director, Rear Admiral (retd) A.K. Verma to the Indian Navy at a brief ceremony at GRSE's fitting-out jetty. INS Kamorta, first in its class of four ASW corvettes being built by GRSE for the Indian Navy, is the first Indian naval warship ever built in the country with almost 90 percent of indi... more »

Enström: Sweden Must Keep Sub-building Know-how

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström]Sweden’s parliament, the Riksdag, has endorsed a government plan to increase defense spending by more than 10 percent in 2015-2024. To a great degree, this level of investment is in response to regional tensions over Russian aggression in Ukraine, and Sweden’s need to strengthen its military organization and defense capability, with an emphasis on reinforcing its presence in the Baltic. The crisis in Ukraine also has re-opened debate on Sweden’s traditional position of military neutrality and its long-term relationship with NATO. Rea... more »

Submarine Novorossiysk delivered to Russian Navy

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Novorossiysk SSK]On August 22, 2014, RF Navy flag raising ceremony was held at the Admiralty Shipyards (Saint-Petersburg) for the diesel-electric submarine Novorossiysk (Or 636.3 Varshavyanka), IAA PortNews reporter says. The Novorossiysk, the first submarine of project 636.3 in the series being built by Admiralty Shipyards for RF Navy was laid down in August 2010. All submarines of the series are named after Hero-Cities or Cities of Military Glory The second submarine, Rostov-on-Don, was laid in November 2011; the third, Stary Oskol, - in August 2012. Read more

Marshall Tuck's staunchest supporters are unabashed Ayn Rand votaries

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 20 hours ago
*"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs." — John Rogers* I'm frequently accused of hyperbole. The charge might merit some consideration in a context other than the struggle against neoliberal corporate education reform. The truth is that these reformers often exceed my imagin... more »

Ebola - The French Disease

Spike EP at News Spike - 21 hours ago
Ebola - The French Disease from Spike EP on Vimeo. *"People that don't watch the news and don't read newspapers know a darn sight more than those that do..."* *- Ian R. Crane* *Ebola:* a virus causing severe hemorrhagic fevers. Ebola virus first emerged in two major disease outbreaks which occurred almost simultaneously in Zaire and Sudan in 1976. Over 500 cases were reported, with mortality rates of* 88% in Zaire* and* 53% in Sudan. * *[Control Group..? **Testing a new vaccine..? Gulf War Syndrome?]* Following incubation periods of *4-16 days [Evolutionarily disadvantageo... more »

The Absolute Worst People in the World

Spike EP at News Spike - 21 hours ago
*"Jesus! And all I wanted to do here was make a pitch for going to South Africa, where TV cameras have suddenly become useless and print journalism has been elevated, by default, to a bizarre and critical level.* *I assume you've been following these ominous developments on TV — (as I have, thanks to my recently installed TVRO "Earth Station") — which have effectively shut down all coverage of public violence in South Africa by our colleagues in the video press. The South African government has made it punishable by up to 19 years in prison (that's PRISON, in SOUTH AFRICA) for us... more »

Asteroid Risk 2880?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/08/15/article-2726039-208DF69700000578-541_634x532.jpg] As usual it will miss us. As well, the technology will exist to move it about by then anyway if the threat is significant. In fact I have seen sufficient evidence of prior movements to have little doubt that it is possible even if we are restricted to Newtonian methods. As well the extreme spin suggests that the object is solid enough for actual workings. As usual this is headline silliness. *Human life could be wiped out on March 16, 2880 because a huge asteroid is hurtling ... more »

The Healing Power of Probiotics Impresses Researchers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: (Shutterstock*)] We used to have this all together through traditional eating practises. Now we are rediscovering it all, sometimes one ingredient at a time. What it all calls for is adding raw sauerkraut, raw yogurt and raw milk to our diets. It likely does not have to be every day either because all the good stuff dwells nicely in the gut and works on everything else. It certainly was not everyday traditionally. This is a rapidly expanding line of research and will become much expanded. In the mentime, it is possible to buy kimchee and to eat it raw. They have some... more »

Circle in the Sky

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Here is a real oddity. We can speculate on the expansion of the spirit to alter the atmosphere. Or perhaps this is a way to provide confirmation that the physicality of our spirit is real and can easily affect the physical around us. We have already understood that the information content of our spirit is orders of magnitude greater than the information content of our physical reality Thus i now have a far deeper respect for my own spirit and no longer dismiss it out of hand simply because i cannot touch it with my fingers. how blind we can be. For all that, without direc... more »

9 Signs You’re an Old Soul

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
If this were a test, then I have nailed it nine for nine. Yet it is the patience that stands out. Our life is transient yet our best is sifted through the maze of short term needs. If truth advances it is often when abject failure has chased all else from the field. In the face of that we must be patient and return to the fray again and again. It is my doom to speak wisely to the future and place ideas out there for others to absorb, then forget and then remember in the face of need. I know today how to create heaven on earth in fine and excellent detail and those details are sca... more »

Slavery’s Modern Face in the Middle East with Robert Fulford

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: http://wpmedia.fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/08/saudi.jpg?w=620] The harsh reality is that we have demanded an end to slavery and the Middle East in particular, but also less so elsewhere, have chosen to write in the laws and have then paid lip service to any form of proactive enforcement and actual protection of human rights. This will end when poverty itself is ended and that is not too far away either. In the meantime human exploitation abounds and far beyound the numbers I ever imagined. What I find bizarre is the sense of entitlement that pervades the Arab w... more »

Finding the Fountain of Youth in an Ancient Irish Bog

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: The Tollund Man. (Photo by Boleyn/Flickr)] The important take home is that a mask of this fluid can heal second degree burns without the agony. I suspect some advanced chemistry at work here but this needs to be in every burn unit. The cosmetic angle is typical of the industry and pretty meaningless as wrinkles are unlikely affected.* The fluid is an effective concentrate that needs plenty of attention as wounds and burns all could use better solutions.**Finding the Fountain of Youth in an Ancient Irish Bog* *By Audrey McGlinchy * *The peat found in some anti-oxidant-ri... more »

Dinosaurs 'Shrank' Regularly to Become Birds

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Dinosaur lineage] Think of it as an arms race. Mammals love to eat eggs and it became progressively more difficult to protect nests. This drove adaptation to avoid mammal predation that ultimately drove them into the trees, into the air and largely out onto the islands. They have actually done quite well at this. What is useful here is the fact that it all took so long to mature and we have to view the marsupial suite in Australia as part of the same pathway. Gigantism is useful only so long as one can protect your young That was the real Achilles heel even to ... more »

Re-Examining the Out of Africa Theory and the Origin of Europeoids (Caucasoids) in Light of DNA Genealogy

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The role of the Neanderthal genome just leapt into serious prominence. The African component provided the naked skin. We have that much right. The neanderthal was fur covered and I have a recent original sighting of a remote village which conforms to both the body hair and the red fur color as well as the robust stature. This evidence was reported before recent work which confirms all that. Thus European man is a fairly recent, in the last 60,000 years, hybrid of Nenderthal and the naked African with all the implied hybrid vigor The actual genesis of the Neanderthal a... more »

Quebec Tribalism Fades

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: During Pauline Marois' 18-month reign, even the most petty ethnic or linguistic dispute became grist for widespread anxiety and bitterness — because the PQ was desperate to seize on any pretext to fire up the nativists and separatists who comprised its core supporters.] Most of my readers are barely aware of the tribalism promoted by politically driven individuals in the Canadian province of Quebec for the past two generations. I suspect that streak had now completely run its course with the demise a few months past of the eighteen month long minority government of Ms ... more »

Alzheimer's Cognitive Decline Shown Reversable

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The critical news is that the cognitive problem is even reversable. I suspect that the physical changes observed are not altered here and may well be neutral on their own. The brain is quite amazing in its ability to do work arounds. For now it is a good start because it promises the return of coherancy ro victims of alzheimers. As that vis the most suignificant problem it is an excellent protocol. We still however have little idea of actual causation. Speculation runs the usual gamet but nothing definitive has been discovered. In the meantime, even if one is been slowl... more »

Bp Oil Spill Much Worse

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Article image] This gives us a snippet of information regarding the impact on the ocean floor. I presume then that the brown goo has disappeared. If true, then that is good news and suggests that full reef recovery is likely rather quickly. We have no further data regarding the muds which may be able to postpone breakdown for a long time. The trruth is that this is not very helpful except to confirm that no one looked too hard. * Bp Oil Spill Much Worse?* *Published: Wednesday 30 July 2014* * http://www.nationofchange.org/bp-oil-spill-much-worse-people-think-sci... more »

Megadrought: Huge Surge of Pacific Heat Fails to Start El Nino, Heats Planet to 3 Warmest Months

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Strongest Kelvin wave ever recorded in equatorial Pacific fails to start an El Nino. Ocean heat moves out of equatorial region.] What we are seeing is a heat build up that is certainly capable opf producing a huge drought throughout the western States. Add to that the pending collapse of the *ogallala* aquifer and we have a complete collapse of irrigation and agriculture generally in the West. The prognosis was dire anyway and they are now becoming far worse. The solution to this crisis which is not recognised yet will be either the Eden machine described by myself as ... more »

NASA Tests ‘Impossible’ no-fuel Quantum Space Engine – and it Actually Works

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: emdrive head] That nicely ruined NASA's classical models. I no longer think that we are dealing with a Vacuum in space at all. We have dark matter instead that will decay into more complex particles from time to time. I am just beginning to query this core discovery so i do not yet wish to say more about this thruster except that producing a high powered thruster using dark matter now appears feasible. The photon torpedo is likely coming also. The key point is that all these tests and unusual hardware is challenging our current knowledge. Again these results do f... more »

Too Little Too Late With Krauthammer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Cover photo] One wonders if Mr Obama has ever read a single book on history. Unschooled is the only way to describe his whole decission making process. That his academic qualifications were seriously suspect was always obvious merely because he was in sociology, particularly in his time and place. He acts like a hand picked cipher of what we may call liberal interests who needed to protect the massive amounts of wealth that had been looted from the USA treasury in one of the most breath taking acts of treason ever completed. These same interests see little advantage for... more »

Emergency Stem Cell Protocol Works on Stroke

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Quite bluntly, the take home is that the immediate infusion of the bodies stem cells hugely augments what the body is doing anyway and allows a rapid response to counter the damage long before scar tissue interferes and the like. This is a major discovery that will also obviously apply to all heart attack victims as well. We know immediately were the damage is taking place and supercharging it witl stem cells is surely the best possible emeergency protocol. This can also be applied to trauma victims as indicated, particularly to those suffering concussions although isolating... more »

Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What this brings home with a thud is that the Arab regimes are at war with radical Islam as much as Israel is and that the best solution is to allow Israel to liquidate this enclave and add the land strip back into Israel. We can also be sure that Israel will have a plan to handle the population displacement as well. Egypt then ends up with a completely secure Eastern border which has almost never been true in thousands of years of Egyptian history except perhaps during the time of Herod. That completely eliminates any risk of conflict for Egypt and cleanly disentangles it fro... more »

Dark Matter Identified and Described

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I will not share all the details yet, but this weekend I was able to clarify the nature of so called dark matter. It is not the neutral neutrino either, though that was my first conjecture. The neutral neutrino has no gravitational effect on its own and this limits its effect except to been part of the content of the universe, but not one measured readily through our means. A simple experiment revealed the truth and will now lead to important devices. Thus there will be no disclosure yet. I am reporting this here to establish time and place. It turns out to be very surpris... more »

Okanagan salmon is back

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: It takes a community: Despite the odds, Okanagan salmon is back] Several years ago I wrote that fesh water salmon at least need to be introduced into our lake systems including the Great Lakes and ultimately throughout the boreal forest. This steruck me as the best and easiest as thanks to the recent retreat of the Ice Age much of our lake system had as yet been fully optimised. Now we discover just how rapidly this can happen. The clear next step is to stock all those lakes in the Okanagon which thanks to advanced hatchery technology is now laughibly efficient. Obviou... more »

Alien Abduction Thoughts

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is remarkable in that it is unambiguously a physical intervention confirmed by removal of the kidney confirmed by a third party. From that we can also presume that hybrid babies are been placed with us. They surely did not stop here. What is also clear and apparent is that this is a pattern of intervention that has direction and long term intent. Our observations are reported in the thousands and that likely implies a head count in the tens of thousands easily. Most folks are not remembering at all, or suppressing the memory or simply do not know who to approach. Yet we ... more »

Iraq is Already Splitting into Three States

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: AFP_531639366] It is rather simple. Neither the the Kurds, nor the Shiites, nor the Sunnis have the slightest will to organize a government able to fairly accommodate each other. It is not going to happen. Thus we are faced with the reality of a three party state in which the Shiite portion is a natural extension of southern Iran at least while the Sunni portion is a natural extension of a larger non Levant Syria. The Kurds also have disputed territorial ambitions but those involve Turkey and Iran. That is the historical imperative only overcome through a successful ... more »

The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It is a fiscal racket that is underwriting a rising police state . No more and no less. Thay is why not only pot, but all drugs need to be decriminalized forthwith. In fact all behavior, however egregious between two consenting adults and or self applied needs to be decriminalized to just get them cleanly out of the criminal procurement system. As we have learned, the criminal procurement system soon becomes laviously self funded and literally out of control. Yet we have ample tools to adress all the real problems if we treat it all as a non criminal event. The crime is impos... more »

Improving the Bathroom

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
* Yes, we have to do way better with this problem. Yet the long term solution may well be to integrate effective night soil into all our lifeways once and for all and separate out the grey water system to a different application. **Again this is something readily accomplished in a natural community system were we are managing 150 people and using land as well. Then there is ample use for both the night soils and the grey water. The night soils are immediately useful as an additive to *cellulose *rich composts to correctly break them down. The grey water carries soap whi... more »

Potential 'Universal' Blood Test for Cancer Discovered

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Potential 'universal' blood test for cancer discovered] Just a blood test that rules out cancer will be very important and very welcome. Far too much of the disease systems we encounter need to become obvious and often dangerous before we actually intervene. Been able every five years to actually check on this will be a revolution in medicine. Far better, if one is positive, benign interventions are then available to suppress the tendency then and there to prevent actual emergence. Thus even without a cure for cancer it is practical to hugely reduce the number of vi... more »

Scientists Have Located the Brain's On/Off Switch for Consciousness

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It does sound as if turning oneself off will become a viable option and taking this further, we cannot be too far from allowing parts of the brain to simply sleep while the rest continues to operate. This remains an accidental first step but it is powerfully indicative. Right now we operate under nature's own programing and that was for radically different conditions. There is plenty of obvious improvements we will want to test out. Plenty here to consider. In the meantime there must be a way to tap this effect without those electrodes. *Scientists Have Located the Brain'... more »

Arrested Sexual Progress

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Add in the revelations of Swedenborg regarding the existence of a spiritual marriage that transcends physical release and this lifetime and we have a rather compelling proposition or challenge rather. It is to work with one's partner to achieve a spiritual realization of ones marriage. Such a goal certainly can replace the demands of parenthood as that phase of ones life recedes. Regrettably that is surely harder to sustain even than a lifetime of mutual love and respect. Worse, failure is also a greater disappointment because it also represents a setback spiritually for this pa... more »

Friday Beaver - dead beaver edition

Demeur at Demeur - 21 hours ago
This is getting uglier than a dead beaver. Here we are fighting ISIS in Iraq an admirable mission considering they murdered entire villages for not converting to their way of thinking. The irony in all this is that by doing so we are doing the will of Syrian leader Assad as well as the wishes of the Iranian leadership. While Assad may be pleased that we are doing much of his dirty work for him by thinning the ranks of ISIS in Iraq, it's doubtful he'd be pleased to have the U.S. enter his airspace. And what of the innocents caught in the crossfire where three armies to clash in nor... more »

What Has Happened To Our Pensions?

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 22 hours ago
Is the 'pensions crisis' really our own fault? Caused by us not saving enough, and not dropping dead soon enough? Is it because we fail to build up our pension pots in the good times, when we are working, to fund our modestly comfortable retirements?  This post by our guest author, Dr. Ros Altmann CBE, explains how our pension funds have been raided since the 1980s by successive governments

Iraq / Syria War Updates ( August 23 , 2014 ) As the line rapidly become " blurred " in the side by side fighting in both Iraq and Syria , an examination of items of the day from the Iraqi Battlefield , items of note from the Iraq political front and the impact of both on the Syria War front ....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 22 hours ago
Tweets...... *Joel Wing* @JoelWing2 · 7h Trans MIn Hadi Ameri of Badr involved in investigation of mosque massacre Means if militias involved nothing substantive will come of it *Joel Wing* @JoelWing2 · 7h Mujahadeen Army & IS come to a ceasefire after fighting each other in Anbar http://www.alsumaria.tv/news/108688/%D 8%AA%D9%88%D9%82%D9%81-%D8%A5%D8%B7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%82-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%B4-%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%8A%D8%B4-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86/ar … - *Memlik Pasha* @MemlikPasha · 8h Following t... more »

Ukraine situation ( August 23 , 2014 ) -- Russia humanitarian aid trucks reach Donetsk Friday Evening ......... UN Security Council discussion on Ukraine looked like Kingdom of Curved Mirrors - Churkin ...... The significance of the Russian decision to move the humanitarian convoy into Novorussia ...... Ukraine Cries ‘Invasion’ as Russian Humanitarian Aid Trucks Reach Luhansk US Denounces Humanitarian Aid as 'Flagrant' Violation of Sovereignty

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 22 hours ago
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/08/russian-aid-trucks-begin-leaving-ukraine-2014823833162998.html All Russian aid vehicles 'leave' Ukraine European monitors say all trucks crossed into Russia as German Chancellor Merkel arrives in Kiev for crisis talks. Last updated: 23 Aug 2014 11:39 LISTEN [image: Email Article] [image: Print Article] [image: Share article] [image: Send Feedback] Over 200 vehicles said to be loaded with tinned food and bottle water crossed into Ukraine on Friday [Reuters] A Russian aid convoy, which has escalated further tensions between the West and... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“A little known secret concerning life in the jungles of time and space is that however far you reach, you will go farther. However great your dreams, they will be grander. And however much you love, you will be loved much more. We call it the Law of Increasing Returns. Reach, dream, love.” “Love you much more,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com

China’s Second Hypersonic Glider Test Fails On It's Second Attempt

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*China’s Second Hypersonic Glider Test Fails As PLA Trials Nuclear Weapons Delivery System -- South China Morning Post* The People's Liberation Army has carried out a second, albeit unsuccessful test of a hypersonic vehicle, two sources close to the military said, as China attempts to find a way to deliver nuclear weapons at immense speed to evade defence systems. The test was carried out on August 7 at a missile and satellite launching centre in Shanxi province, about 300 kilometres from its capital Taiyuan, said the sources, who asked not be named. The vehicle broke up soon aft... more »

“Reframing” California Common Core for a Better Public Sale

deutsch29 at @ THE CHALK FACE - 1 day ago
The Frameworks Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the images of other nonprofits with the goal of hooking the public regarding the target nonprofit’s agenda: Changing the conversation on social issues FrameWorks designs, conducts and publishes communications research to prepare nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, to build public will, and to further public understanding of […]

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Plus Cartoon Alert: Duck Amuck this weekend!* *DILBERT by Scott Adams -- August 13* *Click to enlarge. And wait, there's more!* *by Ken* Yesterday morning, I think it was, yes I'm pretty sure it was yesterday, or almost sure (it seems somehow longer ago), I had the strange but unmistakable sensation of having a good day. Felt OK, work was OK, no personal disasters that I was aware of were impending. (Non-personal disasters didn't count. That was maybe kind of the point.) So naturally I flashed back to Dilbert's recent good day. Today I don't remember much more than what I just to... more »

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

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

Meaningful Punishment

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

Civil Summary Judgment

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

Will IS Strike Willis?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
The global 9/11 truth and justice community has been warning the world for over five years that a future false flag terror target in the United States to be blamed on a radical Islamist group is the Willis Tower in Chicago, formerly known as the Sears Tower. MetLife Inc. sold the Willis tower to personalities connected to Larry Silverstein and the ownership of the WTC. A more disturbing fact is that the company responsible for Willis Tower's security is the same company that was in charge of the WTC's security on 9/11. So, there are enough reasons to be suspicious and on guard. R... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*And we catch up with the St. Louis Rams' Michael Sam* *Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, now 35, says he doesn't know yet what's in store for next season.* *"[New York] is where the Stonewall riots happened. Flash-forward to when I entered a game and got a standing ovation when I took the court for my team. As a society we're on the right path."* *-- Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins,* to the *Washington Blade*'s Michael K. Lavers *by Ken* In April 2013, I wrote a post called "Still-active NBA center Jason Collins comes out -- is this the 'breakthrough' we've been waiting for?"... more »

ISRAEL’S ENDGAME FOR GAZA MOVES CLOSER

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

"Assad Policies Aided the Rise of ISIS"- Narrative Creation at work!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*We're going long boys & girls- But, it's going to be worth it!* *Seriously, I cannot begin to describe how furious this lie filled piece of propaganda masquerading as fact, from Wall Street Journal, made me feel.* I have written and read so much about Syria that, yes indeed, I feel confident in saying that WSJ has published garbage. *WSJ- Islamic State, or ISIS, Gained Momentum Early On From Calculated Decision by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Go Easy on It* *First paragraph from this narrative creating article* *The Islamic State, which metastasized from a group of militan... more »

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

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Title: Christian Patriarchs of the East Visit Kurdistan, Appeal to International Community for Help. Source: Eretz Zen. Date Published: August 21, 2014. Description:* Patriarchs of several eastern churches in the Middle East traveled to the Kurdistan region and met with Iraqi Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain in the town of Ankawah. They also visited Erbil and gave a press conference in which they appealed to the international community for help in protecting the Iraqi Christians and other minorities and preventing them from leaving their land, thereby bringing ... more »

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Roger Waters, “The Tide Is Turning” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66nqhVtq6xo

"A Look to the Heavens"

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

Chet Raymo, “A Fishy Tale”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“A Fishy Tale”* by Chet Raymo "As dumb as a goldfish. I mean, what could be dumber than swimming around in murky water all day - glassy eyed, slimy scaled, cold blooded - waiting for someone to sprinkle food flakes into the pond or tank. On a scale of smarts, goldfish would seem to fall somewhere between a limpet and a stone. Conventional wisdom has it that fish have a memory span of about a second. But conventional wisdom, it turns out, is wrong. Goldfish are not the dummies they are made out to be. Scientists at Plymouth University in England have successfully trained goldfish t... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Neptune, New Jersey, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Human Condition"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Human Condition"* by Meanings of Life "Man remains largely unknown of himself. What are we, in our innermost recesses, behind our names and our conventional opinions? What are we behind the things we do in our lives, behind what we see in others and what others see in us, or even behind things science says we are? Is man the crazy being about whom Carl Gustav Jung spoke ironically, when he demanded a man to treat? Is man the Dr. Jerkyll that contains in himself a criminal Mister Hyde, and more than a personality, and contradictory feelings? Are we the result of our dreams, as... more »

"Sons Of The Cosmos..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“We are sons of the cosmos, but our conscience, our soul, make us strangers in that same cosmos, from which we were produced, and which still remains secretly intimate to us. Earth life is unique, or at least particularly rare in the cosmos, and our conscience is perhaps solitary in the living world. Man is a marginal creation in the animal world, the development of which has increased his marginality. We are alone on the Earth, among the known living beings. Our thought, our conscience, gives us knowledge of the physical world, but simultaneously drives it away from us.” - E. Morin... more »

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* “The Leaf and the Cloud"* "When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider the orderliness of the world. Notice something you have never noticed before, like the tambourine sound of the snow-cricket whose pale green body is no longer than your thumb. Stare hard at the hummingbird, in the summer rain, shaking the water-sparks from its wings. Let grief be your sister, she will whether or no. Rise up from the stump of sorrow, and be green also, like the diligent leaves. A lifetime isn't long enough for the beauty of this world and the responsibilities of your life. Sc... more »

Remember..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more – the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort – to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires – and expires, too soon, too soon – before life itself." - Joseph Conrad, 1857-1924, English writer, "Youth"

“How to Be Brave in 8 Steps”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“How to Be Brave in 8 Steps”* by Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD "Jack Canfield said: "Everything we want is on the other side of our fear." In my life thus far, I've been fortunate enough to live many of my dreams... and survive a few hair-raising experiences (a lion attack, robbery at gunpoint, and more). Many people ask how I've gotten the chance to travel the world, act on national television, make a documentary film in Congolese refugee camps, blog on HuffPost, etc.- and honestly, a lot of it comes down to constantly making the choice to feel my fears and take action in spite of ... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*My Comment:* I have always enjoyed these old British war/navy films. "Sink The Bismark" is one of those classics.

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

Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-18/protesters-storm-governors-office-downtown-st-louis-demand-removal-national-guard Evening tweets.... A far Different Night ! Retweeted by VICE News *Nathan Grant* ‏@NathanBGrant 2h Man says when police shut down roads, it's sorta like "Being kidnapped" LIVE via @vicenews; https://news.vice.com/article/live-f rom-ferguson-missouri … pic.twitter.com/gUiYW1BO4P [image: Embedded image permalink] <a cl

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

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ *America Is a War Zone where the People Are the Enemy — John W. Whitehead* ------------------------------ August 22, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Guest Column by John W. Whitehead, Rutherford Institute Turning America Into a War Zone, Where ‘We the People’ Are the Enemy By John W. Whitehead August 20, 2014 “If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’... more »

Opinions . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 1 day ago

Is Russia Invading Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters *Has Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Begun? -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast* *The white-painted military trucks that have been stopped at the Ukraine border for more than a week are rolling across it. The war begins a new stage.* YEVPATORIA, Crimea — Hundreds of Russian military trucks painted white began driving across the Ukrainian border on Friday. NATO was quick to condemn the move: “This is a blatant breach of Russia’s international commitments, including those made recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty by Russ... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*U.S. Says Russia Must Pull Convoy From Ukraine Or Face More Sanctions -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The United States demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission on Friday, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbor and threatening more sanctions.Moscow, which has thousands of troops close to the Russian side of the border, warned against any attempt to "disrupt" the convoy, which it said was purely humanitarian; it did not say what action it might take if the Ukrainian military interven... more »

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