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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

3 August - Blogs I'm Following

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Afghanistan's Presidential Recount Has Been Suspended Again

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 minutes ago
Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani announce an audit plan in Kabul on July 12, 2014. *Afghan Recount Delayed Again -- Voice of America* Afghan officials have again suspended the auditing of votes from the country's runoff presidential election. They said Saturday the count was delayed because presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has not yet agreed on how ballots will be determined to be valid or invalid. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke separately by telephone Friday with Abdullah and rival candidate Ashraf Ghani to of... more »

The First World War Started 100 Years Ago Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 minutes ago
*French, German Presidents Mark World War I Anniversary -- Voice of America* PARIS — French and German presidents evoked the bloody lessons of World War I and hailed the emergence of a largely peaceful Europe Sunday, as they marked the centenary of Germany's declaration of war on France. French President Francois Hollande and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck met in France's eastern Alsace region to lay the first stone of a memorial for French and German soldiers killed during what is called the Great War. Their meeting took place in Vieil Armand - known in German as Hartmannsw... more »

An Analysis Of The Islamic State's Military Strategy In It's War Against Baghdad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 minutes ago
*Islamic State Builds Forces, Targets For Baghdad Bomb Attacks -- Washington Times* The al Qaeda offshoot terrorizing Iraq is in the process of consolidating territorial gains and increasing the target list in Baghdad, a U.S. official and defense analysts say. But at this point, the Islamic State army of Sunni extremists does not have the capacity to take Baghdad, where a huge Shiite population and stiffer Iraqi forces defend the capital. “[The Islamic State] is solidifying its control in Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria,” said a U.S. intelligence official. “They attack or entrench ... more »

A Summary On The State Of The Syrian Army As ISIS Advances

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 minutes ago
Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad carry their weapons as they gather in the town of Safira November 1, 2013. Credit: REUTERS/George Ourfalian *Assessing The State Of The Syrian Army As ISIS Advances -- ABC News* The Syrian army said it had retaken the Shaar gas field near Palmyra – one of the country's largest – from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The battle and its heavy losses raised questions about the army's state of preparedness against the Sunni militant group; fueled by spoils from its June offensive in Iraq, ISIS has marched steadily across east... more »

Who Wants Congress Pushing Us Into A War With Russian Over Ukraine?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 39 minutes ago
McCain, Ayotte, Graham want to spend billions to provoke a war with Russia over Ukraine Marcy Kaptur should be home demanding answers about why her constituents can't drink the water that comes out of their taps. (They can't brush their teeth or shower with it either and they can't let their pets drink it. There's cylindrospermopsin in what used to be their drinking water and, according to the EPA "the primary toxic effect of this toxin is irreversible damage to the liver." Oh, and it causes cancer in mice.) Last week, Kaptur was busy in Washington introducing legislation with Republ... more »

ISIS The Start of World War III? David Icke with Luke Rudkowski

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 49 minutes ago
In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to David Icke about his predictions with ISIS and the possible start of WWIII. David breaks down many esoteric historical writings and the current political situation that can lead to bringing in other countries to war. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver : Tonkin Gulf: The event that changed my life forever

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 53 minutes ago
I was a fly on the wall. I was a member of the staff of the operational command under whose authority the destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy would enter the history books. By Thomas McKelvey Cleaver | The … finish reading Thomas McKelvey Cleaver : Tonkin Gulf: The event that changed my life forever

Misleading Public Over Exec Bonuses? (UltraRich, UltraPowerful) Should There Be a V.I.P. Room for Elections? (If Senate Dems Won’t Vote for You, Why Should You Vote for Them?)

Tired of having your pension invested in something with a good chance of making returns you can depend on being there when you retire? If you haven't felt like your government is trying to enfantilize (or at least hide the facts of life from) you yet, get ready. David Sirota does the honors: Govt Letter Declares Desire to "Minimize Attention" Around Wall St Salaries (From David Sirota,

Renzo Piano: “the only place where it all comes together is the mind…”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
[image: Interview - Renzo Piano] I really like this observation by architect Renzo Piano, on how the computer should remain a servant, not a master. *Paul Clemence: I look around your office and models are everywhere! From miniatures of entire buildings to blown-up structural details. Considering the integration of 3-D modelling software in architectural practice over the last decade, are models still essential to the preliminary design process? **Renzo Piano*: Doing one of these rough models is the same as sketching. The model is three-dimensional version of a sketch. With the ... more »

Gaza Death Toll Approaching 1,900

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Rescue workers search for victims as Palestinians gather around the wreckage of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike that killed at least nine members from the al-Ghol family, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa *Death Toll From Israel's Gaza Attacks Rises To 1830 -- World Bulletin* At least 71 Palestinians were killed and 150 others injured on Sunday in Israeli attacks on different parts of the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to a Palestinian health official. "This brings to 1830 the total number of Pales... more »

Israel Announces 7-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (R), Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, and IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz meet in Tel Aviv. Photo: ARIEL HERMONI / DEFENSE MINISTRY *Israel: Temporary Cease-Fire Starts Tomorrow -- CNN* Jerusalem (CNN) -- Israel has agreed to a 7-hour humanitarian cease-fire, according to the Israel Defense Forces, but a spokesman for Hamas says it's a no go. The cease-fire is expected to start at 10 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) Monday, the IDF said in a statement. It would not apply to the areas in which Israeli soldiers are currently operating. "The IDF will respo... more »

Iran's Elite Guards Are Now Waging War Against The Islamic State In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Smoke rises during clashes between Iraqi security forces and militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Ramadi, July 26, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Osama Al-dulaimi *Iran's Elite Guards Fighting In Iraq To Push Back Islamic State -- Reuters* (Reuters) - In early July, hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of Kamal Shirkhani in Lavasan, a small town northeast of the Iranian capital Tehran. The crowd carried the coffin past posters which showed Shirkhani in the green uniform of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and... more »

Dept of Ag Shuts Down Cell of Potential “Agri-Terrorists”: Seed Libraries Outlawed in Pennsylvania

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Daisy Luther It looks like Michigan is not the only state with a Department of Agriculture that is adamant about the best interests of their citizens. Residents in Pennsylvania can now breathe a little bit easier since an illegal enterprise has been shut down. The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg was participating in an activity that put the entire ecosystem of the state at risk. In an astonishing act of hubris, they were running a seed library, right there amongst the books, in the very facility where small children go to have stories read to them. I’m not maki... more »

New Tracking Tech Designed to Thwart the Next Edward Snowden

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
image source Jason Erickson Whether one calls the revelations of Edward Snowden legitimate whistleblowing or treason, the technology to potentially thwart future security breaches has been rolled out in an unlikely place: Estonia. After a wave of cyber attacks in 2007, Estonia began focusing on data integrity and is now leading the world toward big data governance. Simultaneously, Estonia is laying claim as the first country to implement a national digital identity system, proving that all forms of tracking are being taken seriously: Secure, authenticated identity is the birthr... more »

Maybe Jamie Whyte was wrong

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
Was Jamie Whyte right to compare the legal inequality of Maori today with the aristocrats of pre-Revolutionary France? Probably not. The more accurate analogy might be to compare the tribal leaders and their hangers-on to those aristocrats, busily eating cake while those they supposedly represent are getting their crumbs, if at all. An even more accurate analogy might be to compare this Browntable of today with the nineteenth-century version of the British House of Lords – an unelected body with entry based solely on hereditary privilege having veto power over the parliament of t... more »

QUOTE OF THE DAY: On responsibility for aggression

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
"He who initiates physical force is morally responsible for the destructive consequences of the retaliatory force he thereby necessitates. So says the law of causality. "This principle is as clear in a warzone in the Middle East as it is on the streets of Miami. If a thug grabs a woman and tries to shove her into a van, and the woman pulls a gun from her purse and shoots at the thug, thereby killing an innocent bystander behind him, who is morally responsible for the bystander’s death? Every thinking adult knows the answer. "Of course, the kind and extent of retaliatory force war... more »

Irish Senator Drops Some Powerful Truth About the Tragedy in Gaza

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
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5 Questions About the Ebola Scare

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Aaron Dykes & Melissa Melton Now that the Ebola situation has hit the 24/7 mainstream media zoo, serious questions are being raised as to why now. After all, people were dying of Ebola in the hundreds in West Africa before this week. Aid workers and doctors were getting infected before. These things are not new, but the sudden media focus raises lots of questions. To start… *Why are they shipping Ebola-infected patients onto American soil for the first time?* As many have pointed out, this move seems particularly…ill-advised. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... more »

Is drug use among right-wingers perhaps even heavier than we've been imagining?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Yes, it's our old pal Rep. Steve "Nuttier Than Any Fruitcake" King (R-IA)! The Fruitcake Man opened his giant yap, so you know there must be trouble.* *by Ken* The craziness is out there, and it's getting crazier. A few simple click-through's on Daily Kos's "Recommended" list brought me this daily sampling. Do I need to add that this almost random sampling could be multiplied by thousands? *THE HOUSE GOP'S NEW GO-TO GUY ON* *IMMIGRATION? GOD'S REP. STEVE KING!* Daily Kos's Hunter notes ("Republican who crafted House border policy says our nation's borders were established by God... more »

Kurdish Security Forces Have Been Routed By Islamic State Fighters. Extremists Have Taken Control Of Iraq's Largest Hydroelectric Dam. 200,000 Civilians Have Already Fled The Onslaught

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Extremists Seize 3 More Towns in Iraq After Routing Kurdish Forces -- New York Times* BAGHDAD — Sunni extremists seized control of three towns in northern Iraq on Sunday after fierce battles with Kurdish security forces, sending thousands of people fleeing to the nearby mountains and threatening the country’s largest dam. In the darkness of Sunday morning, the Sunni fighters swept in to take one of the towns, Sinjar, and set about their method of conquest, which is as familiar as it is brutal: They destroyed a Shiite shrine, executed resisters, overran local security forces and ... more »

Pro-Russian Rebels Boast That They 'Shot Down' A Ukrainian Spy Drone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Boastful Pro-Russian Rebels Parade Around Ukrainian Spy Drone 'Shot Down' In A Field 15 Miles From MH17 Crash Site -- Daily Mail* * Footage of aircraft in east Ukraine released by Donetsk Peoples' Republic * Rebels posted photo making peace sign and declaring themselves heroes * Site near city of Shakhtars'k 15 miles from where jet fatally crashed * AFP quoted Ukrainian military alleging a spy drone was shot down with similar 'missile' to system it claims was used against MH17 * But internet users scorned claim - as the craft appeared remarkably intact * And footage by rebels in rebel... more »

i say yes !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

Alan Waldman : New Zealand’s ‘Outrageous Fortune’ is an extremely clever comedy-drama TV series

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
An adorable cast creates a West Auckland criminal family struggling to go straight after its leader is imprisoned. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | July 22, 2014 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite … finish reading Alan Waldman : New Zealand’s ‘Outrageous Fortune’ is an extremely clever comedy-drama TV series

CARTOON OF THE DAY: On U.S. foreign policy successes

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
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Jon Voight on the luvvies’s denunciation of Israel

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Actor Jon Voight penned this Open Letter to the “dozens of Spanish film stars, directors, musicians and writers, led by Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Pedro Almodovar,” who denounced Israel's actions in Gaza in an Open Letter of their own. [image: image]My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused. They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offer... more »

Israeli Ambassador To America Equates Hamas With ISIS And Al-Qaeda

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*Hamas has more political credibility than Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu.* Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, went onto NBC this morning and equated Hamas with ISIS. This is a familiar talking point. We often hear that "Hamas is like Al-Qaeda." We know the creation of Al-Qaeda can be credited to the CIA, Mossad, MI6, and Saudi Arabia, so the Israeli ambassador is putting his own government on public trial when he resorts to this stupid talking point to defend the indiscriminate killing of women and children in Gaza. If he were truthful he would be saying Hama... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
Senator David Norris is a political and human rights activist in Dublin, Ireland and speaks about Israel's Gaza crimes.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
Post by Peeter Nass.

"The Jewish State Solution" comes to Canada

Alison at Creekside - 4 hours ago
West Bank settler Moshe Feiglin is a deputy speaker in Israel's Knesset and head of the largest faction within Netanyahu's Likud party. Today, actually, he is acting speaker. Three months ago on May 6, Feiglin was in Toronto for a speaking event put on by the Jewish Defence League (JDL) and the Toronto Zionist Council : *An Evening with MK Moshe Feiglin : "The Jewish State Solution".* Feiglin doesn't use the word Palestine as he contends Palestine does not exist. Shorter Feiglin : revoke the Oslo Accords, conquer Gaza, expel as many Arabs as possible, repopulate the area with... more »

Sparring regarding Vote audit continues ( August 4 , 2014 ) .... Abdullah rejoins Afghan vote audit ; Afghan vote audit delayed over disagreement Candidate Abdullah's objection to criteria to address alleged fraud claims in June run-off election stalls process.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/pakistanafghanistan/294257/abdullah-rejoins-afghan-vote-audit Abdullah rejoins Afghan vote audit August 04, 2014 - 12:50:08 am Afghan election commission workers unseal a box containing ballot papers for an audit of the presidential run-off vote, at a counting centre in Kabul, yesterday. KABUL: Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has agreed to rejoin an audit of the votes, the United Nations said yesterday, after tense negotiations to rescue the election amid a prolonged dispute over fraud. The country’s first democratic transfer of powe... more »

The pendulum of the Arab Spring has swung in Israel’s favor......."

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
The pendulum of the Arab Spring has swung in Israel's favour. That is not a coincidence. That is long term planning Ok, so much for my enforced break. After a lovely day in wine country..... I am back! Continuing on with the situation in the ME. *Hope you all listened to that Max Igan interview?* During the first hour of the interview Max says something along the line of the Arab Spring changing the scenery for Israel.* RIR- Max Igan- Zionist Terrorism in Gaza* Can't recall the exact wording, but, it was something like it appears the Arab Spring™ had to take place before Israel co... more »

In Flanders fields

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

When the US spys on Nations , don't be shocked other Nations return the favor ! ​Israel wiretapped Kerry’s calls during peace talks – report

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Russia Today..... ​Israel wiretapped Kerry’s calls during peace talks – report Published time: August 03, 2014 11:01 Get short URL [image: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.(Reuters / Lucas Jackson)] U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.(Reuters / Lucas Jackson) 8.3K2.1K13 Tags Intelligence, Israel, Scandal, USA Israeli agents were eavesdropping on US Secretary of State John Kerry as he was mediating last year’s futile Middle East peace talks, German magazine Der Spiegel has revealed. Kerry made reviving diplomatic ties between Israel and the Palestinian Authority after a three-year fr... more »

Ukrainian Soldiers Reveal What Life is Like On The Battlefield In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Ukrainian army tanks move past a checkpoint as they patrol the area near eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve August 3, 2014. Credit: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko *Ukraine’s Frontline Troops, Surrounded By Enemies -- Washington Post* KIEV, Ukraine — The calls home from the front line are very brief, often just two words conveying all that really matters. “I’m alive,” Marina Bershadskaya’s little brother, Sergey, tells her. Then he hangs up to pass the communal cellphone to one of his fellow paratroopers in the 79th Airborne Brigade deployed to Ukraine’s border with Russia. It has be... more »


Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 6 hours ago
EVIDENCE IS NOW CONCLUSIVE: 2 UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT SU-25 FIGHTER-JETS DID SHOOT DOWN THAT MALAYSIAN AIRLINER. NO “BUK” MISSILE GROUND-SHOT WAS INVOLVED. August 3, 2014 Share It | Print This SOURCE: ERIC ZUESSE Preface by Washington’s Blog: The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times,Bloomberg, Sydney Morning Herald, International Business Times and many other news sources have reported that the numerous holes in the wreckage of Malaysian airlines flight 17 are shrapnel from missiles fired from the ground in Ukraine. Reader-comments to my July 31st article, “First Examinatio... more »

Ebola in the US ? Reflections on August 3 , 2014 ....... Pondering the " What if " question - that being - What if Ebola is already here ? That makes the very recent August 1 , 2014 Executive Order from President Obama very interesting by way of timing and circumstance ......

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 6 hours ago
http://www.blacklistednews.com/U.S._Government_Seeking_to_Test_Ebola_Vaccine_on_Humans/37005/0/38/38/Y/M.html REUTERS REPORTS: The U.S. government will begin testing on people an experimental Ebola vaccine as early as September, after seeing positive results from tests on primates, according to media reports on Thursday. The National Institutes of Health’s infectious disease unit is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to put the vaccine into trial as quickly as possible, according to CNN and USA Today. The director of that unit could not be reached for comment. ... more »

Florida Group Gets Message Out About Israeli War Crimes in Gaza

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 6 hours ago
A central Florida based activist group, St. Pete for Peacehas taken the initiative to circumvent a corrupt and biased media in order to spread awareness about the ongoing Israeli ethnic cleansing operation in Gaza. Despite the long-term consequences of the unconditional backing of the right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the unspeakable truth that their tax money is being used to finance the murders of unarmed civilians (including children) Americans are ill-served by a media and political class that has a vested interest in maintaining a particul... more »

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- August 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Ukrainian servicemen, who are members of an artillery section, gather near a cannon being fired during a military operation against pro-Russian separatists near Pervomaisk, Luhansk region, Aug. 2, 2014. *Deadly Clashes in Ukraine Continue -- Voice of America* Deadly clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists continued Sunday as investigators searched the site of a plane crash for a third day. Reuters news agency reports nine people were killed around the cities of Lukansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. On Saturday, international investigators recovered the rema... more »

Israel Hamas War News Updates -- August 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Shelling Near U.N. Shelter Draws Strong Condemnation From U.N., U.S. -- CNN* Jerusalem (CNN) -- The United States and the United Nations used the strongest language yet in condemning the latest strike on a U.N.-run shelter in Gaza, with Washington calling the attack "disgraceful." At least nine people at the school, which was being used as a shelter for about 3,000 people, were killed in the shelling. The Israel Defense Forces said that it targeted three Palestinian Islamic Jihad members riding a motorcycle in the vicinity of the school. The IDF said it is reviewing the conseque... more »

Lyse Doucet on 'Feedback'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Following on from Sue's post and as part of *Is the BBC biased?*'s public service remit, here's a full transcription of this week's *Feedback * coverage of the BBC's Israel-Gaza coverage. The BBC's Lyse Doucet spells out the BBC's position, revealing a good deal about the BBC mindset in the process. Please see what you make of it. ********** *Roger Bolton*: First, the story that continues to dominate our inbox - the BBC's coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict. Last week, you may remember, we interviewed Phil Pegum, the producer of Radio 4's *The Moral Maze, *about what some list... more »

Sexualization of children

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 7 hours ago
*Sexualization of children by the International Criminal jew Mafia*

Fukushima Debacle Updates - August 3 , 2014 -- Focus on plant developments and contamination impacts in Japan and US H/T from Energy Blog and Fukushima Diary !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 7 hours ago
Energy News ...... 12:05 PM EST on August 3rd, 2014 | 49 comments Gov’t Report: Over 1,750 navy sailors suffer from ‘ill-defined conditions’ after exposure to Fukushima radiation while aboard USS Reagan — ‘Significant increases’ in male infertility and child birth complications — Dozens have thyroid disorders, many spontaneous abortions — Veteran: ‘Extreme measures’ used to cover this up (AUDIO) 06:42 PM EST on July 31st, 2014 | 177 comments Tokyo Professor: Surges in airborne radioactive releases have gone on for years at Fukushima — Exceeded 25,000 times normal level — Radiation alar... more »

If You Let Criminals Off Lightly, You Guarantee One Thing: More Crime

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
The end of last week saw a lot of outrage on the left. It was primarily directed towards the House Republican racism and xenophobia on display Thursday and Friday. Even left-wing rags like the *NY Times* and *Wall Street Journal* were outraged. There was less left-wing outrage directed towards President Obama's horrifying defense of CIA criminal John Brennan, a defense that will dog Obama's legacy for all time. Obama's premise was that some fine folks illegally tortured some other people and then lied about and now… well, what's past is past; let's move on. Sound familiar? Elites... more »

'This madness must stop' - inside the hospitals of Gaza

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
'This madness must stop' - inside the hospitals of Gaza. Source: Channel 4 News. Date Published: August 3, 2014. Description: Paul Mason meets some of the victims of the latest shelling in Gaza, including a two-year-old child, as the outside of a UN school in Rafah is hit. The UN says the strike is a 'criminal act' and 'the madness must stop'.

Amb. Rajendra Abhyankar talks on "Civil Wars in Syria and Iraq, ISIS and the ‘Caliphate’"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*"West Asia and the Region: Defining India's Role"* edited by Rajendra M. Abhyankar (2009). Book description (*Source: Amazon*): Comprised of essays by a host of leading scholars, this comprehensive volume examines the issues that will most influence India’s development of a policy approach towards the states of West Asia. India’s relations with this region have historically been based on geographical proximity and cultural and religious affinity, but the significant role West Asia will play in fulfilling India’s burgeoning energy, trade, and economic needs is indisputable. Recen... more »

Wild Bill: Biden on voter ID law is "an evil self-serving lie by a devious sinister man"...(This is a must see video)

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*well that sums it up nicely.* What does Bill see when he meets a Democrat? Probably about the same thing you see. All the democrats I know (few and far between in North Idaho, but rampant in my family) are vile vicious sociopaths who hate religion of any kind, never met a baby in the womb they didn't want to kill, think everyone but them is a stupid racist woman-hating gun-slinging wacko. Oh - and they lie. They lie about everything. They take personal vendetta to a level that any normal person would find almost impossible to imagine. Other than that, they're fine. My advice?... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
We had 19 folks join us in Bath, Maine today at noon... we stood on corners for an hour and then walked through the downtown shopping district in a solemn procession..... going to do it again next Sunday at noon as well. We had very good response from local citizens and tourists...... being on the street helps the public feel that they are not alone in thinking that Israel's attack on Gaza is shameful and a war crime.

Ukraine overview ( July 14 , 2014 ) -- Ukraine continues to attempt to cause a reaction by Russia - latest effort shelling from Ukraine into Russia territory......State of play on the ongoing civil war in South East Ukraine between Kiev and Federalist forces ...... Latest on the natural gas situation between Kiev and Russia.......

Catharsis Ours - 8 hours ago
Vineyard of the Saker ..... MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014 Crucial combat operation are possibly taking place in several locations (UPDATED) It is too early to post a formal SITREP simply because the situation is way too confused, but I want to give you all a small heads-up on what is happening right now. Take a look at that map: *Combat situation as of July 13th* The city on the top right is Luganks, center Left Donetsk and to the south you have the border with (Russia indicated by РОССИЯ). In blue the Ukie forces and in red the Novorussian ones. First, there are reports that the Novoru... more »

how a reinvented dutch library set new attendance records and why is this still controversial?

laura k at wmtc - 8 hours ago
This is a library! (Image found here.)This article about the incredible Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library) in the Netherlands got me thinking about the current state of libraries - and library staff and library customers - and people's attitudes towards *change*. Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving co... more »

Nicaragua: ‘Netanyahu Appears To Be Possessed By The Devil’, Bolivia: ‘Israel A Terrorist State’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
*The Pontiac Tribune* Last night more than 100 Palestinians were killed during an Israeli military offensive on Gaza. This brings the death toll on the Palestinian side to a shocking 1,600+ since July 8th, the majority of which have been innocent civilians caught in the middle of war zone. Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. They do not support Hamas, nor Israel… They’re just guilty of wanting to live peacefully in their own homes. The Israeli military has lost the lives of 60 soldiers during their ground invasion into Gaza. Only two civilian have died. Yup, one of the largest and... more »

Nicaragua: ‘Netanyahu Appears To Be Possessed By The Devil’, Bolivia: ‘Israel A Terrorist State’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
*Israel's bombardment of Gaza. Last night more than 100 Palestinians were killed during an Israeli military offensive on Gaza. This brings the death toll on the Palestinian side to a shocking 1,600+ since July 8th , the majority of which have been innocent...* *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*

The one where Ed Miliband makes a prat of himself

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
With nothing much going on in the world at the moment, I think I can safely sneak in another frivolous post in anticipation of another delightful week. It has to be said that my own jokes at 'Is' this past week have been little better than Marcus Brigstocke's. [Exhibit A, this joke from last Wednesday: "Q. What do you get if you cross Jon Donnison with a camel? A. A biased reporter'". [Can you believe I actually received a tweet from Jeremy Bowen complaining, in less than 140 characters, that *he* should have been the punchline of that joke. So much for BBC collegiality, eh?]. ... more »

Here is irrefutable evidence that Malaysian Airline MH17 was not shot down by an anti-aicraft rocket from the ground but rather by a pair of Ukrainian fighter planes seen tailing it. The most likely reason for this wanton mass murder was mistaking this flight for the one nearby carrying Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now who on earth is the terrorist who ordered this heinous hit job? Hmm... Maybe the sanctions slapped on Russia for allegedly downing this plane should now be transferred to Washington's stooges in Kiev.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 9 hours ago
------------------------------ Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile” By Peter Haisenko Region: Russia and FSU Global Research, July 30, 2014 Theme: US NATO War Agenda anderweltonline.com In-depth Report: UKRAINE REPORT [image: Malaysia MH17] * Zur deutschen Version bitte hier anklicken * - *The tragedy of Ma... more »

U.S. Government Can't Stop LYING: It Looks Like MH17 Was Shot Down With Bullets From Fighter Planes, NOT A Missile From The Ground

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 10 hours ago
How do you know when the U.S. government and their puppet mainstream media is LYING? WHEN THEIR LIPS ARE MOVING!!! There are MANY closeup pictures surfacing of the MH-17 cockpit riddled with bullets: See these excellent posts for all the pictures: *Evidence Is Now Conclusive: 2 Ukrainian Government SU-25 Fighter-Jets Did Shoot Down that Malaysian Airliner. No “Buk” Missile Ground-Shot Was Involved.* *Germans Say MH17 Shot Down by Ukie Migs. Shocking Analysis of the ‘Shooting Down’ of Malaysian MH17* *On July 30th, a German pilot headlined at anderweltonline, "Shocking Analysis ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 10 hours ago
*Building boom changes New Orleans cityscape ~Jed Horn, New Orleans Advocate * *The Rapid Rise of Terron Armstead ~Barry Hirstius, WhoDat Dish* *Junior Galette's relentless film study, work habits pay dividends ~Ramon Antonio Vargas* *Saintsational Saintsations will unveil swimsuit calendar at New Orleans gala on Monday! *

Time for the truth

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Colonel Richard Kemp has knowingly taken a big risk. He’s probably already surrendered a good deal of credibility by speaking out in the way he does. He might also be sacrificing much of the well-earned respect and veneration normally afforded, by general consensus, to those in a similarly distinguished position as he is. (30-year career in the British Army commanding front-line troops in fighting terrorism and insurgency in hotspots including Iraq, the Balkans, South Asia and Northern Ireland, Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan in 2003. From 2002 - 2006 and headed the inte... more »

Sunday Beaver - Financial edition

Demeur at Demeur - 10 hours ago
Not much to report of late. The world has gone crazy and I'm just sitting here waiting to die. That's life. It's what ya do while your waiting to die. Work has become something out of an ancient slave ship all that's missing are whips and a slave master. How's that you say? When the economy tanked companies desperate for business under bid projects just to keep their workers going, that is those lucky enough to find projects. Last jobs I was on were over budget by a week each. And nobody can work full out all the time, but that's what's happening. Think there's another consequence... more »

In Depth: Ron Paul "LIVE" Call in Show

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 11 hours ago
*Former Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) responds to viewers' questions and comments on topics such as the U.S. economy and foreign policy.* TODAY FROM 12pm-3pm ET, Ron Paul is LIVE on C-SPAN2 BookTV’s LIVE call-in program In Depth to take your calls, emails, tweets and facebook comments. Former Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) talked about his life and career. He also responded to viewer questions and comments on topics such as the U.S. economy and foreign policy. Dr. Ron Paul is an obstetrician who represented Texas’s 14th Congressional District from 1997-2013 and its 22nd Di... more »

Ghost of Sunday Classics: Let's meet "a genuine philanthropist" ("All other kinds are sham")

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Martyn Green (b); Lehman Engel, cond. Columbia, recorded 1953* *John Reed (b); Sir Malcolm Sargent, cond. Decca, recorded May 1965* *by Ken* Yes, we're still in Gilbert and Sullivan's treasurable if troubled musico-dramatic trove *Princess Ida*, which we dipped into last week to continue spotlighting the great Gilbert and Sullivan bass, specifically the role Arac, the most talkative of Princess Ida's "three hulking brothers." In a moment I'll share with you the logic whereby we've arrived at this week's ghost post, but first -- *LET'S GO BACK TO THE PRELUDE* Yes, I know we alr... more »

Are you missing out at the amusement arcade? NSFW

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Big tits and medium tits out at amusement park *by miketru*

I have been trying to find an Enron that would leave me less exposed

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
Turns out there is no shit that always smell good. Nope no way all the manipulation is here to stay So no matter what if you invest lite or you drive in with a truck it does not make a damm bit of difference we are like the south after the civil war civilians traumatized and helpless waiting to be plucked.

Europeans crying for our enemies. What is wrong with us?

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 12 hours ago
As I write these words, terrible suffering is underway; human beings are being slaughtered in massive numbers; lives are being destroyed. The tragedy I speak of is the massacre of Europeans in the Ukraine. This horrific crime against ordinary people has gained attention from time-to-time, but it has not become the focus of mass protests, with Europe-wide calls for 'something to be done' to stop the destruction of our European kin. Why not? Because Europeans being murdered in Europe for the benefit of global finance, simply isn't considered important to the liberal bigots - unles... more »

Schooling a Pakistani

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
Sometimes it's just like shooting fish in a barrel...

Ebola, Bilderberg and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Dean Garrison D.C. Clothesline In its statement, Emory said its “physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient. For this specially trained staff, these procedures are practiced on a regular basis throughout the year so we are fully prepared for this type of situation.” *A spokeswoman for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed declined to answer questions about the matter.* A spokeswoman for Emory University did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking additional comment. -From JCOnli... more »

A Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry: End the Occupation

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
*Henry Siegman, former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, tells Democracy Now!, "I think that sending rockets that are going to kill civilians is a crime. But for Palestinians to try, in any way they can, to end this state of affair—and to expect of them to end their struggle and just focus on less than 2 percent to build a country is absurd. That is part of—that’s propaganda, but it’s not a discussion of either politics or morality."* Amy Goodman/Nermeen Shaikh Democracy Now! July 30, 2014 Henry Siegman, former director of the American Jewish Congre... more »

World News Briefs -- August 3, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Arrived: This image, taken from a CNN helicopter, appears to show Dr. Kent Brantly being helped out an ambulance at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Saturday *PICTURED: U.S. Doctor Infected With Ebola Virus Unsteady On His Feet As He Is Helped Out Of An Ambulance In A Hazmat Suit And WALKS Into Hospital After Flying To Georgia For Treatment -- Daily Mail* * Father-of-two Dr. Kent Brantly landed in Marietta, Georgia, just outside Atlanta, on Saturday morning, from West Africa * Second patient, aid worker Nancy Writebol, will arrive Monday * Both victims will be treated in a su... more »

Islamic Jihad brags that dead Gaza babies are winning the media war for them

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
' Islamic Jihad mouthpiece Palestine Today is bragging that Gaza has won the media war - thanks to all those photos of dead babies.' More here http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/islamic-jihad-brags-that-dead-gaza.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&m=1

IDF's Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
*Israel's defence minister has confirmed that military plans to 'uproot Hamas' are about dominating Gaza's gas reserves* A Palestinian boy plays in the rubble of a house destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP From theguardian: Yesterday, (*July 8, 2014*) Israeli defence minister and former Israeli Defence Force (IDF) chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon announced that Operation Protective Edge marks the beginning of a protracted assault on Hamas. The operation "won't end in just a few days," he said, adding that "we are preparing to e... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday, August 3rd, 2014… And time again for my rant… There is a lot of things to talk about today, so bear with me while I do my best to touch on some very important subjects… First, as I stated just the other day, I am in no way trying to "whip up a frenzy" by my stance on the Ebola virus scare that has now gripped most of the major news outlets from around the planet. I laid it out clearly during the week that there is definitely something funny going on when you have a so called "research" facility in the nation of Sierra Leone doing work on the Ebola vir... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
War is big biz we arm the world the more war the better for those with the mega yachts they bought with 'Shock and Awe' profits I've seen the one docked in Freeport, Maine perfect name 'Freeport' free in this country to cheat, lie, steal, kill rampage slaughter burn blast til they surrender or are all gone or just hidden I saw a video yesterday a boy about 15 in Gaza still alive in hospital lower part of his face gone upper lip on down all gone I almost puked by my heart was injured I can't stop thinking about him and the rest of the innocents blasted and back home in places like BIW... more »

The World Is Catching On

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 13 hours ago
http://www.pm.gc.ca/ Rumour has it that CETA -- the Canadian-European Trade Agreement -- is in trouble. The problem is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism. Germany doesn't like it. Jim Stanford writes: Germany's limited experience with ISDS (it was recently sued by a Swedish company for billions in lost profits resulting from its phase-out of nuclear power) has heightened these concerns. Canada has had lots of experience with ISDS -- and it has not been good: As Scott Sinclair has demonstrated thr... more »

Argentina accuses US of judicial malpractice for triggering needless default

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/11004486/Argentina-accuses-US-of-judicial-malpractice-for-triggering-needless-default.html *Argentina accuses US of judicial malpractice for triggering needless default* *Country threatens to take US to The Hague after defaulting on its debts for the second time in 12 years* Ambrose Evans-Pritchard By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard 7:56PM BST 31 Jul 2014 Argentina has threatened to take the US to the International Court of Justice for judicial malpractice, accusing the country of gross incompetence for allowing two small hedge funds to p... more »

South Africa’s “Dr. Death” Again Evades Sentencing

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Janet Phelan Dr. Wouter Basson, whose work as head of the South African apartheid government’s biological and chemical warfare unit earned him the nickname “Dr. Death,” has again evaded sentencing. Basson was first arrested in 1997, following the dissolution of the apartheid government. His much publicized trial in Pretoria High Court in the years 1999-2002 produced outcries of judicial bias by his prosecutors. With 200 witnesses against him, who testified to his involvement in multiple assassinations as well as fraud and embezzlement during his tenure as head of Project Coast, ... more »

The Reader Supported News, with thousands of readers but less than a hundred supporters, may have scooped all its rivals with this: How a nuclear war with Russia may be averted by a Russia/Germany pact. Human existence may continue afterall, no thanks to the U.S. government's full court press to bring on armageddon. Hallelujah!

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 14 hours ago
------------------------------ Russia's president Vladimir Putin talks to German chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Kurhaus resort in Wiesbaden, Germany,in October 2007.(photo: Frank Augstein/AP) Crimea: Can Merkel Still Strike a Deal With Putin? By Steve Weissman, Reader Supported News Original Here 01 August 14 Even as Washington and its sycophants were pushing Europe “to stand up” against Russia, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Pu... more »

Moral eqvilantcy is the great lie of the sheeple

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Only strict observation of the laws of thermodynamic assures equality. That is the first testament. observations that stack up when you do the math The Israeli Palestine conflict must be solved it is taking up way to much of the oxygen in a world that must radically evolve So how do you solve a problem like Gaza numerator to zero a hard calculation but it beats waking up governed by something less than ones and zeros Two sides in love with a present desert that is just going to get drier an less sustainable Israel the great and noble state that we all admire how long could it surv... more »

From Korea to KIPP: "production, performance, and obedience"

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
Reading the essay by Se-Woong Koo on the South Korean system of educational child abuse, I was struck by how much of what he said could have come from former teachers of KIPP who have since let their conscience be their guides: incredible stress, diminished affect, clumps of hair falling out, physical and psychological breakdowns, enraged screaming teachers, incredibly long hours, constant demands for higher test scores. And just as South Korea's cramming for higher PISA scores has turned up the heat on other nations who appear to be laggards by comparison, KIPP's high test scores... more »

There are other brands

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
We all know what advertising is don’t we? It’s the business of making people want things. There’s a science behind it. Subliminal or overt psychological manipulation, persuasion, all that lot. If you’re alive you can’t be completely impartial. Every time we interact with others we (inadvertently) ‘advertise‘ but let’s not pursue that for now. What we will pursue in this sermon is the way the BBC and the other main news organs are acting as advertising agents. Have you noticed, as I have, that the footage we’re currently seeing on the BBC from Gaza is getting increasingly mawkish... more »

Will Illinois Elect A Sleazy Billionaire Sociopath As Governor? Meet Bruce Rauner

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
There is no way to shame a Republican. None of their selfish, narcissistic behavior ever seems to embarrass them. As Wall Street attorney Oliver Budde explained, "[O]ur ethos in a nutshell: grab every dollar you can, for as long as you can, using every scheme you can think of, and pay out to yourself and your cronies as much as you possibly can, as quickly as you can. You don't sweat morals or ethics; if it looks doable without getting caught or at least without serious risk of penalty to the executives (who couldn't care less if the corporation has to kick back some of the loot ... more »

Fighting And Tensions Between Armenia And Azerbaijan Are Escalating Over The Dispued Region Of Nagorno-Karabakh

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Troops Killed As Border Tensions Rise Between Armenia And Azerbaijan -- Independent (Ireland)* Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry said that 12 of its troops have been killed in the past four days. Nagorno-Karabakh's armed forces said one of its soldiers was killed on Friday, the third in recent days. Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region and some adjacent territory have been under the control of Armenian soldiers and ethnic Armenian local troops since the end of a six-year separatist war in 1994. Both sides report frequent shootings and attempted incursions along the ceasefire line, bu... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*College: Not the Be All, End All We’re Led to Believe* *Ways to Skip the Years Lost, Crippling Debts* EspañolThe average starting salary for the class of 2013 was $45,259 a year, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. While such earnings are certainly enough to get by, a graduating member of the class of 2013 also owed an average of US$35,200 in student loans. Meanwhile, salary growth is only at 2.4 percent and barely keeping up with annual inflation of 2.1 percent. With these deflating facts in mind, young people need to start looking at themselves in t... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Joe Scarborough (former conservative Republican congressman from Florida) railed against Israel's ongoing offensive in Gaza. This is the beginning of the end for Israel. Serious splits developing among the American people and now even in the mainstream media. With the coming starvation and disease that will be the next crisis in Gaza (having been intentionally created by Israel's genocide policy) there will be an even stronger global outcry. The days of Israel getting away with anything they want are over. And now the US will have to wear this 'wreath of death' in Gaza around... more »

This Is A Time Of A Great Awakening.....by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
This is a time of a great awakening to the truth of Man. No longer will a few hide easily in the dark shadows and direct the affairs of Man. For many have heard and answered the call to service and will not accept the slavery offered by the few, but will seek the fruits of their own labours upon this Earth. A great collapse is in order and will pave the way for a new way of living within human community. A sharing of food and resources and more than this, an opening of heart to heart which will further facilitate an opening in the communal heart of Man. It has been centuries s... more »

Metta Prayer For All Beings

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago

Watch City of Toledo press conference on water crisis in its ent - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Watch City of Toledo press conference on water crisis in its ent - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Israel Wiretapped John Kerry’s Phone Calls During The Middle East Peace Negotiations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.(Reuters / Lucas Jackson) *Wiretapped: Israel Eavesdropped on John Kerry in Mideast Talks -- Speigel Online* New information indicates that Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on telephone conversations by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Sources told SPIEGEL the government then used the information obtained from the calls during negotiations in the Mideast conflict. SPIEGEL has learned from reliable sources that Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during Middle East peace negotiations. In addition to the Israelis... more »

Sunday Morning Sidewalk

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
Yeah the puke of Fukushima, Ukraine and Gaza are still sticky and make strolling hard, I am doing some kind of hurdle Tia Chi as I juke around and over the moving stains to make my way to a place I can be alone. At least we dont have Ebola breaking out in these streets. At least flesh eating disease is not airborne. At least its all on the far side of the world and it will never hit home.

Defence or Destruction?

Rural at Democracy Under Fire - 16 hours ago
*Gaza deaths reported to July 8 - July 30 *– 1,363, Injured – 6,780 the majority being civilians, including women and children. Israeli deaths – 58 just two of which were civilians.... Whilst it is very difficult for those of us just observing from a distance via various news media and other online sources to know the true situation in Gaza, it is clear that the virtual imprisonment of an entire population and the targeting of civilian infrastructure by a far superior Israeli force is not simply 'defending' themselves and should not be supported by ANY democratic nation. I do not end... more »

Wisdom from Thomas Sowell

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 17 hours ago
Larry Kotlikoff's comment on Paul Krugman's debating style in my previous post reminded me of an email I received earlier this summer: Hi Professor Mankiw, I'm an entering graduate student at [withheld] and a long-time reader (reading your blog when I was in high school introduced me to and got me interested in economics). I was reading Thomas Sowell's *A Conflict of Visions* and stumbled upon a passage that immediately reminded me of you, and your debates with Professor Krugman. I think it accurately describes a lot of disputes I've seen among intellectuals. If you're familiar w... more »

Boko Haram Strapped And Remotely Triggered Explosives On Unsuspecting Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
'In what could only be deemed as one of the world's most heinous crimes, the Boko Haram militants have been strapping explosives scoured from a Chinese factory onto little schoolgirls and exploding them via remote controls. Terrorism has been mutating into grotesque forms lately. The Boko Haram faction is perhaps the most dishonorable and cowardly team of so-called rebels who have been wreaking havoc in Nigeria. However, as The Inquisitr had reported, Boko Haram gained a new low in terrorism tactics by strapping bombs on little schoolgirls and sending them into their enemy camp. ... more »

Gaza, WWI, Muslim charities and the banks & the West's guilt over Iraq

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
This morning's *Sunday *dwelt mainly on the Gaza conflict and on the WW1 anniversary, with side features on how some Muslim charities are being badly treated by the banks and on the West's responsibility for the present plight of Iraqi Christians. If that sounds to you like a typical left-liberal-biased edition of *Sunday* then you wouldn't be far wrong. Here's what happened: *1. "As the Middle East crisis intensifies, Matt Wells reports from New York on the US Government's response to the conflict." * Ed Stourton asked about public demos in the U.S. Matt Wells said the pro-Pale... more »

Medicine: "The Mystery of Sudden Cardiac Arrest"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"The Mystery of Sudden Cardiac Arrest"* by Matthew Herper and Robert Langreth "When cardiologist Sumeet Chugh was a medical resident in Minneapolis in 1992, a beautiful 19-year-old woman was rushed into the emergency room after collapsing while dancing. Her heart had suddenly stopped. Chugh and his colleagues worked for almost an hour but couldn't save her. An autopsy found nothing. The only clue was her mother, who had also died abruptly at a young age. "It was devastating to me," says Chugh, now associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. He dedicated hi... more »

James Fenimore Cooper, "Afterglow"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"Afterglow"* "At the quiet close of day, Gently yet the willows sway; When the sunset tints are low, Lingers still the afterglow; Beauty tarries loath to die, Every lightest fantasy Lovelier grows in memory, Where the truer beauties lie." ~ James Fenimore Cooper

Satire (?): “Poll: 37% of Americans Unable to Locate America on Map of America”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*“Poll: 37% of Americans Unable to Locate America on Map of America”* by Steven Shehori Washington, D.C. - “According to a Gallup/Harris poll in 2008, a full 37 percent of American citizens are incapable of identifying their home country on a map of the United States. Of the 1,400 residents surveyed, the most common incorrect responses placed the more than 230-year-old territory in the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans (19 percent), the space where Mexico would appear were it in fact included on the map (10 percent), and inside the word "America" written just above the northernmost states (... more »

"We Hate Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
* "We Hate Truth"* by Richard Dolan "Blaise Pascal once wrote that unhappiness in this world could be eliminated if only people learned to sit quietly in their rooms. We constantly pursue outside stimulation. Anything will do. From all types of games and trivial pursuits, right up to joining the local navy and engaging in wholesale plunder. The reason, Pascal argued further, is that most of us are unable to bear the poverty of our own minds. We have few thoughts to begin with, and when we do ponder our lives, we realize our weaknesses, our immoralities, and especially our mortality... more »

"Two Ways To Be Fooled..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
”There are two ways to be fooled: one is to believe what isn’t so; the other is to refuse to believe what is so." - Soren Kierkegaard


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Marcus Brigstocke's new series of *The Brig Society *began this Friday. It was a laugh an hour. (And it only lasted half an hour). What did you miss? Lots of anti-UKIP rants and jokes, an anti-*Daily* *Telegraph *joke [what, no anti-*Daily Mail *jokes, Marcus? You're slipping!], some gentle anti-Lib Dem quotes, an attack on Geert Wilders (he's a racist), digs at anti-immigration audience members on *Question Time* (they're racists), some banker-bashing, digs at fracking, private healthcare providers and Eric Pickles, various points in favour of the EU, a section arguing how democr... more »

The Myth of Russian Aggression

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 hours ago
*August 3, 2014* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The term "Russian aggression" has been inundating headlines across the Western media and even graces the title of a US Senate bill introduce this year - S.2277 - Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014. But what "aggression" is the West referring to? A cursory look at Russian history over the past 500 years compared to say, Britain, France, or even America and its "Manifest Destiny," portrays Russia as a nation preoccupied within and along its borders, not in hegemonic, global expansion. The idea of far-flung former colonies is one uniqu... more »

200 to 1

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 21 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* I don`t normally put in my 2 cents worth on international stories, in this case the Palestine Israeli ongoing disgrace, however one can only remain silent for so long, Stephen Harper`s finger wagging is bad enough but when a below average IQ deficient school drop out Christy Clark chooses sides, when she has no skin in the game, doesn`t represent the views of British Columbia, pandering to the simplistic Fox news, Sun news crowd, old angry black n white simplistic thinkers, those of time gone by, ... Harvey Oberfeld, rightwing Stephen Harper promoter and raci... more »

Nato must deploy weapons in eastern Europe to combat Russian threat, says David Cameron

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: David Cameron]Nato must show Russia that it “means business” by carrying out more military exercises and deploying more weapons to protect Europe’s eastern borders, David Cameron has said. In a letter to Nato leaders ahead of a summit next month, the Prime Minister said the alliance had “to make clear to Russia that neither Nato nor its members will be intimidated”. He also strongly hinted that he wants defence spending to start to increase now that Western democracies’ economies are starting to recover. Read more

Sanctions prompt Putin to deploy Iskander missile

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: SS-26 Stone (Iskander M)]In a meeting before the Russian National Security Council, President Vladimir Putin announced the end of cooperation between Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, emphasizing the need for a buffer zone with the Western alliance and effectively ending missile defense cooperation, according to informed sources. Putin’s decision at the July 22 meeting to end cooperation with the West follows the imposition by the U.S. and Europe of stringent sanctions aimed at Russia’s defense, energy and financial sectors. The sanctions were imposed agains... more »

Ukrainian Troops Moving Tochka-U Missile Launchers to Donetsk - Militia

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: SS-21 Scarab]Independence supporters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said on Saturday that the Ukrainian government troops are moving Tochka-U short-range ballistic missile systems to Donetsk. “The Ukrainian Army is moving to Donetsk Tochka-U [NATO reporting name SS-21 Scarab] missile complexes. The enemy’s columns of BM-30 Smerch and BM-27 Uragan have been spotted,” the Donetsk militia said in its Twitter microblog. The commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic militia Igor Strelkov said earlier this week that Tochka-U complexes have been delivered to Kram... more »

JAS 39 Gripen will meet Air Force’s multirole combat aircraft needs

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: JAS 39 Gripen]“And after the F/A-50s, we are hoping that we will soon acquire our first modern fighter aircraft,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin in earlier report. It is also known that coming 12 FA-50 Philippine version will act as the country’s trainer and main fighter jets for the meantime, until PAF pilots have gained enough experience in flying supersonic jets and enough budget to acquire more capable and sophisticated aircraft. Before the week ends, IHS Jane reported that SAAB, manufacturer of JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft, is positioning to meet Philippines combat... more »

U.S. spy plane avoids dangerous run in with Russian jet by flying into Sweden's airspace without permission

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: RC-135 Rivet Joint]A U.S. Air Force spy plane avoided a run-in with the Russian military just one day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a suspected missile allegedly fired by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. CNN reports that the RC-125 Five Joint evaded the Russians by flying into Swedish airspace without Sweden’s permission. The plane may have traveled into other countries' airspace as well and it's unclear as to whether the plane had permission to do so. Read more

Poseidon completes debut deployment

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: P-8A Poseidon]The inaugural deployment of the P-8A Poseidon is now in the books. Patrol Squadron 16 returned to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, after a seven-month deployment to Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, Japan. The squadron’s last P-8A touched down at NAS Jacksonville on July 16, signaling the beginning of the end for the venerable P-3C Orion, which will phased out over the rest of the decade. “The P-8 Poseidon either met or exceeded any expectations I had for that aircraft,” said Cmdr. Daniel Papp, VP-16’s commanding officer. Read more

Govt not to blacklist Rolls Royce for 'operational' reasons

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Hawk trainer]The Modi government has decided to go ahead in its dealings with Rolls-Royce, ruling out blacklisting of the global engine-manufacturer which is under the CBI scanner for allegedly employing agents and paying hefty commissions to secure contracts in India. Sources said the defence ministry will now give the green signal to those projects and deals with Rolls-Royce that are crucial for "operational urgency and national security", and there is no other alternative available. "The decision was taken after consultation with the attorney general/solicitor general.... more »

Another CMS 2.6-sigma SUSY excess

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*Edge at \(m_{\rm inv}=79\GeV\) in dilepton events* There were virtually no deviations of the LHC from the Standard Model a month ago. But during the last month, there has been an explosion of so far small excesses. Off-topic: Have you ever played 2048? Flash 2048. A pretty good game. Cursor arrow keys. One day after Tommaso Dorigo presented another failed attempt to mock the supersymmetric phenomenologists, he was forced to admit that "his" own CMS collaboration has found another intriguing excess – namely in the search for edge effects in dilepton events. The detailed data may b... more »

thoughts from within

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 22 hours ago

How Russia Could Help China's Military Become Even Deadlier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Photo: World Affairs Board *Five Ways Russia Could Help China's Military Become Even Deadlier -- National Interest* The continued deterioration of relations between Russia and NATO may not yet have resulted in a new Cold War, but it’s undoubtedly produce an environment in which Russia has independent reasons to try to hurt the United States. While the arms trade between China and Russia exploded after the fall of the Soviet Union, shipments of major systems slowed in the early part of last decade. Part of the reason was demand; China felt that it no longer needed to pay top dolla... more »

China Confirms That It Has Developed A New Generation Of Long Range Missiles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
New photo of China's newest ICBM, the DF-41 *Chinese Government Website Confirms New Multi-Warhead ICBM -- Washington Free Beacon* Disclosure touted on anniversary of Chinese military founding A Chinese provincial government website has confirmed China’s newest and largest intercontinental missile—the multi-warhead DF-41, which is capable of striking the United States Official confirmation of the new multi-warhead missile was touted by state-run Chinese press a day before the Aug. 1 anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army, China’s communist-controlled military... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours ago
*Kidney Stoned and Global Warming‏* You can correlate an increasing trend of one phenomenon to an increasing trend for any other thing and ... Eureka! ... someone stupid enough will attribute causation. First of all, observations are affected by observation tools. A year ago, my wife went to the ER in terrible abdominal pain. They gave her two shots of morphine and antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. When she continued to have pains in the following days, she saw a specialist who did an ultrasound scan and found a bulging in her kidney tract cause by a large stone that h... more »

A lot of great interviews coming up, here’s a preview with Linda Darling Hammond

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 23 hours ago
I actually over-booked, so a lot of great people in the hopper that I will be rolling out just in time for the new school year.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings from the Chalk Face Tagged: @ the chalk face, interview, linda darling hammond, radio, Stanford

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

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

How A Solar Superstorm Could Destroy The Earth

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

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
An abject failure at the DCCC, Steve Israel is likely to do even worse this cycle than he did last time. But he's already warning House Democrats that he isn't done with them yet. He's well aware that no one will tolerate another cycle with his inept and catastrophic handling of the DCCC, so he's insisting on another leadership post. He told *The Hill* that he for all the enjoyment he's had at the DCCC-- failing to take back the House in 2012 while Obama and the Senate Democrats were scoring breathtaking victories across the board-- and on the verge of a far, far worse cycle this y... more »

Are Reports Of An Afghan-Taliban Surge Exaggerated?

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

U.S. Army Unveils New Camouflage Pattern

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Army announced the service's newest camouflage pattern for combat: a palette of muted greens, light beige and dark brown. This swatch is based on an experimental design, because the actual design hasn't been released yet.(Photo: Army Times) *Combat By Design: Army Unveils New Camouflage Pattern -- USA Today* The Army plans to transition to this new camo over time, phasing out the unpopular gray-green Universal Combat Pattern. The Army, in a statement, said a phase-out of the older uniform was "fiscally responsible." The name "Operational Camouflage Pattern" is intended to empha... more »

U.S. Army To Fire 550 Majors

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

$300 Million In Kurdish Crude But No Buyers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A still image from video taken by a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft shows the oil tanker United Kalavyrta (also known as the United Kalavrvta), which is carrying a cargo of Kurdish crude oil, approaching Galveston, Texas July 25, 2014. Credit: Reuters/US Coast Guard/handout via Reuters *For Wandering Tankers With $300 Million Of Kurdish Crude, End-Game Still In Doubt -- Reuters* (Reuters) - After a legal show-down in Texas this week, the outlook for a handful of tankers holding some $300 million worth of Kurdish oil is not looking good. Seemingly unable to find enou... more »

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

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

11 Countries Are Near Bankruptcy

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

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A deal signed by Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz would have let American and Russian scientists visit one another’s nuclear facilities. Credit Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters *U.S. Nuclear Deal With Russia Fails As Tensions Rise -- New York Times* WASHINGTON — The growing confrontation between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine has derailed a recent accord that promised one of the most expansive collaborations ever between the countries’ nuclear scientists, including reciprocal visits to atomic sites to work on projects ranging from energy to planetary defense. It was only 11 months a... more »

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

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-ebola-outbreak-pandemic-that-isnt.html SATURDAY, 2 AUGUST 2014 *The Ebola Outbreak: The "Pandemic" that isn't.* There have been many many moments over the past few years that have made me ponder my past and the experiences and knowledge that I have gathered along the way. I cannot tell you how many times in the last two years alone that I have had major personal revelations about things that I have gone through or learned in the past that are suddenly so relevant in the NOW. Last night was one of those moments. For almost 20 yea... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Wikimedia Commons/Chris Finney *U.S. Official: Spy Plane Flees Russian Jet, Radar; Ends Up Over Sweden -- CNN* Washington (CNN) -- The Cold War aerial games of chicken portrayed in the movie "Top Gun" are happening in real life again nearly 30 years later. A U.S. Air Force spy plane evaded an encounter with the Russian military on July 18, just a day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed by a suspected surface-to-air missile that Ukraine and the West allege was fired by pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine. The RC-135 Rivet Joint fled into nearby Swedish airspace without th... more »

Is Ukraine Using Ballistic Missiles?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
RIA Novodti/Igor Zarembo *Ukraine Denies Using Ballistic Missiles -- Deutsche Welle* Ukraine's defense minister and a NATO representative in Kyiv have denied DW reports that the Ukrainian army has been using ballistic missiles against pro-Russian separatists in the country's east. At first, NATO confirmed to DW a report by US news channel CNN that the Ukrainian army has used short-range ballistic missiles against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. "The information is based on data from US reconnaissance" a spokesman at NATO's Brussels headquarters said Friday (01.08.2014... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Loving Touch”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Deuter, “Loving Touch” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQc1KqCZM9U

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"In 2003, the Hubble Space Telescope took the image of a millenium, an image that shows our place in the universe. Anyone who understands what this image represents, is forever changed by it."- YouTube/NASA "It helps to put things in perspective here on our frenetic little planet with a look at this extraordinarily powerful and moving video of the Hubble Space Telescope mapping of the Universe, whose known size is 78 billion light years across. The video of the images is the equivalent of using a "time machine" to look into the past to witness the early formation of galaxies, perha... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Carlos Castaneda, "The Path"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Path"* by Carlos Castaneda "Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions. To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is not affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition. I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try ... more »

The Poet: W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"

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

Chet Raymo, "The Ring of Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Ring of Truth"* by Chet Raymo "In Salley Vickers' novel, 'Where Three Roads Meet,' the shade of Tiresias, the blind seer of the Oedipus myth, visits Sigmund Freud in London during the psychoanalyst's final terrible illness. In a series of conversations, Tiresias retells the story of Oedipus - he who was fated to kill his father and sleep with his mother - a story at the heart of Freud's own theory of the human psyche. At one point in the conversations, as Tiresias and Freud discuss the extent to which our lives are fated, the question of immortality arises. Freud says of Oed... more »

"A Grindstone..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us." - L. Thomas Holdcraft

Is Russia About To Invade Eastern Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters *Russia’s Military Is Already in East Ukraine. Will There Be a Full-Scale Invasion? -- James Miller, The Daily Beast* The troops, the tanks, and the artillery is in place. The shelling has begun. Is this just another skirmish? Or something much, much bigger? Right now Russia is moving troops, armor, and advanced antiaircraft missiles toward the border with Ukraine. In the last 48 hours, dozens of videos have been uploaded to social-media sites that show Russian armor very close to the border, many of them confirmed to be within mere kilometers of Ukraine. On ... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry departed from New Delhi on Friday. Credit Pool photo by Lucas Jackson *U.S. Struggles In Middle East, With Fewer Allies And Less Influence -- Arshad Mohammed, Reuters* (Reuters) - The U.S failure to secure a firm ceasefire in the Gaza Strip despite two weeks of intense diplomacy reflects new regional dynamics in which the world's most powerful actor has diminished influence and fewer allies. When Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington on July 21 on a mission to try to halt the latest Israeli-Palestinian war, more than 400 Palestinians ha... more »

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

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

#KeepmyTV Advocates Are Getting Jerked Around

2old2care at Because I Can - 1 day ago
*My public service announcement* *because a lot of people are getting jerked around on Twitter * *they don't know it* *and they need to know it* Nastiness in the cable TV industry and it's got a real piece of nasty associated with it. Real nasty! *Background:* Anyone who has antenna (free) TV is seeing ads from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) telling them to contact Congress to *KeepMyTV* Here's why The cable companies are up to some real nastiness in DC that NAB is warning may end up in free broadcast antenna TV being eliminated AND your local broadcast channels be... more »

Temple Goes SAT-ACT Optional

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
From http://articles.philly.com/2014-07-30/news/52192626_1_temple-university-minority-students-standardized-test-scores : In an effort to cultivate talented students who don't test well, Temple University says it will become the first national public research university in the Northeast to make standardized test scores optional for admission. The university expects as many as 150 to 200 students who likely would not have been accepted because of low SAT and ACT scores, but who exhibit other promising attributes, will be admitted for fall 2015. Many of them could come from the Phila... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

“Why Being Human Matters, for the People of Gaza and the World”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Why Being Human Matters, for the People of Gaza and the World”* by Stephanie Van Hook "Dr. Mona El-Farra, medical doctor and associate of the Middle East Children’s Alliance recently made headlines on Democracy Now! with her plea to end the military assault on Gaza with one powerful statement: “We are human beings.” She is, of course, absolutely right. Human beings live in Gaza, and it seems like nothing could be more obvious — if not human beings, then who or what does? And why are we paying attention? Of course, what she is really saying is something much deeper. She’s saying, t... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*PRINCESS IDEA*: The world is but a broken toy, its pleasure hollow — false its joy. Unreal its loveliest hue, alas! Its pains alone are true, alas! Its pains alone are true. *HILARION*: The world is ev'rything you say. The world we think has had its day. Its merriment is slow, alas! We've tried it, and we know, alas! We've tried it and we know. *ALL*: Unreal its loveliest hue, its pains alone are true -- *PRINCESS IDA*: Alas! *ALL*: The world is but a broken toy, its pleasure hollow — false its joy. Unreal its loveliest hue, alas! Its pains alone are true, alas! Its pains alone are true.... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
when we put profit above life we are feeding on our young

"Every Normal Man..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H. L. Mencken (You'll see what this is all about in the following post, lol. - CP)

"Oh Really? Benny Warns US 'Never Second Guess Me'?" VERY Strong Language Alert!

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Netanyahu Warns the US: * *Do Not 'Ever Second Guess Me Again' on Hamas”* by What Really Happened “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration 'not to ever second guess me again' on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be 'trusted' on the issue and ab... more »

Bitcoin is the Revolution You've Been Waiting For

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
David Seaman Yesterday, President Obama stated that “we tortured some folks” in the aftermath of 9/11. Later in the day, he expressed his full confidence in his CIA Director, a man several pundits have pointed out was supportive of such torture during the Bush administration. Obama pointed out that torture is against our “values”. No. A long wait at the grocery store is against our values. Abduction and torture without trial, on the other hand, is illegal. Warrantless surveillance of the American civilian population, more than a year after Edward Snowden first came out with his “r... more »

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

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*Youtube* Public hearing July 15th, 2014 Shasta County Air Quality Management Board Discussing GEOENGINEERING CHEMTRAILS R-7. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*

The Words That Enslave Us

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Our entire legal system is underpinned by Maritime or Admiralty Law, that very few people are even aware of and is guarded by the highest levels of our legal system. It is a great trick of deception that has been played on most of humanity, keeping us entangled in a web of confusion about who we really are and our rights as living breathing human beings, while we are literally treated as numbers by our so-called authorities. This is a deeply convoluted system that has been evolving for thousands of years. It has nothing to do with justice for the people but everything to do with t... more »

House Quietly Passes Three Cybersecurity Bills

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*Activist Post* On July 28, 2014, the House of Representatives passed three bills aimed at enhancing the cybersecurity efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in certain critical infrastructure sectors, including the energy sector: - H.R. 3696 – the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act(NCCIPA), the primary bill of the three, which passed by voice vote; - H.R. 2952 – the Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Act (CIRDA), a bill promoting cybersecurity research and development, which passed by voice vote and ... more »

An Israeli Soldier's Powerful Story

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*Youtube* The talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talks about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism. *Be the Change! Donate Today!* *Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter:* *Delivered by FeedBurner*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*The Jimmy Graham Rule ~Mike Triplett, ESPN*

Washington Appeases A Deranged Netanyahu At Its Own Peril

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
* Who does this son of a bitch think he is? The king of the world? * "Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say *the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration "not to ever second guess me again" on the matter.* The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be "trusted" on the issue and about the unwillingness of Ham... more »

“The Entire History Of Human Culture... In 5 Minutes”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Entire History Of Human Culture... In 5 Minutes”* By Kevin Short "If you could compress 2,600 years of cultural history into one moment, it'd look something like this. The stunning visualization created by Maximilian Schich, an art historian at the University of Texas at Dallas, depicts the birth and death locations of history's most influential people. Schich's team pulled information from Freebase, a database of historical figures. The mapping starts in 600 B.C., around the dawn of the Roman Empire, and ends in 2012. The blue dots represent birth locations, and the red dots ... more »

Israel's War On Knowledge

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Israeli Airstrikes Target Gaza's Islamic University. Source: Wall Street Journal. Date Published: August 2, 2014. Israel Strikes Gaza's Islamic University. Source: NDTV. Date Published: August 2, 2014. Israel strikes university in Gaza City. Source: Al Jazeera. Date Published: August 2, 2014.

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

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
Rob Ford, Eid Prayer and the Silencing of Dissent by Fizza Mir July 30, 2014 My Eid started out like most, enjoying a morning coffee after a month of abstinence, rushing to get to the downtown prayers at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and navigating through hoards of playful children and beautifully dressed congregants. The khutbah was moving and poignantly addressed the state of our Ummah. Even as we celebrated the end of a blessed month, our hearts were heavy and our thoughts consumed by the horrors unfolding in Gaza, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma . . . it... more »

A Plea for Civility

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 1 day ago
From Larry Kotlikoff. A noble effort that is likely to be in vain.


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Afshin Rattansi goes underground with filmmaker and author John Pilger as he challenges Western mainstream media spin. He warns that ‘to be informed by it is not an option’ because of censorship, omission and distortion of the facts. Whilst other stories overtake it, we find out the death toll in Libya is still rising. We discover why illegal immigrants were prevented from smuggling themselves OUT of Britain. We look at whether Cameron is privatising the NHS by selling it to doctors and nurses. And as the IDF offensive on Gaza continues, are media attitudes softening whilst those o... more »

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Who fought against LGBT equality? Mark Takai and Donna Kim, the 2 conservatives in the race *"Peace through strength!"-- Reagan’s bellicose slogan emulated by faux-progressive congressional candidate in Hawaii.* "Peace through strength" wasn't thought up by Reagan-- nothing was-- but by Emperor Hadrian around 100 years after the birth of our lord. Mark Takai, candidate for the open seat in Hawaii’s First Congressional District, in a nearly hour-long interview with the Hawaii Independent this week made explicit what’s been obvious to anyone following his 20-year career in politics. ... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Despite the Ukrainian conflict claiming more lives every day, Kiev is getting further support from its Westen backers. The Obama administration now plans to train and equip National Guard fighters, while the EU's quietly lifting a ban on supplying Ukraine with weapons.

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