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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

14 August - Blogs I'm Following

10:25pm MDST

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 minutes ago
*Ukraine Approves Law On Sanctions Against Russia -- Reuters* Aug 14 (Reuters) - The Ukrainian parliament approved a law on Thursday to impose sanctions on Russian companies and individuals supporting and financing separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The government has already prepared a list of 172 citizens of Russia and other countries, and of 65 Russian companies, including gas export giant Gazprom, on whom they could impose sanctions "for financing terrorism". After Thursday's vote, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk told parliament that Ukraine had taken a historic step. "By a... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 minutes ago
*Photo:* Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Wikipedia *Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Says Talks With The U.S. Are Futile -- Daily Beast* *The Supreme Leader suggests the only thing worth talking to the Americans about is ending sanctions, and even then he doesn’t hold out much hope.* In a speech to diplomats from around the world, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that he firmly believes further negotiations with the United States should not go ahead. Iran is willing to cooperate with any country in the world, he said, “with two exceptions: the Zio... more »

Musical Interlude: David Schombert, "A Space Journey"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 46 minutes ago
David Schombert, "A Space Journey" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un5SEJ8MyPc&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 48 minutes ago
“Large, dusty, spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen edge-on near the center of this rich telescopic image. The field of view spans nearly 2 degrees, or about 4 times the width of the Full Moon, toward the expansive southern constellation Centaurus. *Click image for larger size.* About 13 million light-years distant, NGC 4945 is almost the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. But X-ray and infrared observations reveal even more high energy emission and star formation in the core of NGC 4945. The other prominent galaxy in the field, NGC 4976, is an elliptical galaxy. Left of center, NGC 4976 ... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 49 minutes ago
"Just when we think we figured things out, the universe throws us a curveball. So, we have to improvise. We find happiness in unexpected places. We find ourselves back to the things that matter the most. The universe is funny that way. Sometimes it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong." - "Dr. Meredith Grey", "Grey's Anatomy"

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 51 minutes ago
Arab Bank in Jordan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons *Terrorism Trial Of Mideast Bank Worries The Financial World -- New York Times* The judge called it the Beirut account. It was a basic bank account at Arab Bank’s Al-Mazra branch in Beirut, Lebanon, unremarkable except for the name on the account: Osama Hamdan, a spokesman for the terrorist group Hamas. For the six years Mr. Hamdan maintained the account, at least three wire transfers sent to it were earmarked for Hamas, transactions that officials at Arab Bank vetted and initialed, the plaintiffs say. Now, the Beirut account is at th... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 51 minutes ago
Reuters *ISIS Still Baffles US Intelligence Agencies -- Eli Lake & Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast* It’s been two months since ISIS took over Iraq’s second largest city. But U.S. analysts are still trying to figure out how big the group is and the real identities of its leaders. The U.S. intelligence community is still trying to answer basic questions about the jihadists who tried to wipe out Iraq’s remaining Yazidis and who now threaten to overrun the capital of the country’s Kurdish provinces. In a briefing for reporters Thursday, U.S. intelligence officials said the government is...more »

Chet Raymo, "Final Exam: Philosophy 101"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 51 minutes ago
*"Final Exam: Philosophy 101"* by Chet Raymo “Among the collected aphorisms of the poet Wallace Stevens is this: "The thing seen becomes the thing unseen. The opposite is, or seems to be, impossible." Discuss. The first question to ask is whether this aphorism, or any of Mr. Stevens aphorisms, means anything at all. Stevens is known for his tricky opacity, his oblique glance, his wry twists. All of this sometimes makes him seem profound, and fine fodder for the critic, but one has to ask: Does it really add up to a hill of beans? And the answer, I think, is: Yes. It does add up to... more »

"Are Humans Becoming More or Less Psychopathic?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 51 minutes ago
*"Are Humans Becoming More or Less Psychopathic?"* by George Dvorsky "Readers of this blog know that I've started to develop a bit of a fascination with psychopathy. It all got started after attending the Moral Brain conference at NYU last April. The more I look into this subject, the more I understand why so many neuroscientists are making such a big fuss about it. The one statistic that has stuck with me is the observation that 1-2% of the general population is psychopathic. As previously noted, psychopathic traits don't always lead to crime or violence. In fact, studies have sh... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 51 minutes ago
Siler City, N. Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Foaming At The Mouth..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 56 minutes ago
"I am a person who is unhappy with things as they stand. We cannot accept the world as it is. Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth because of the injustice of things." – Hugo Claus

"The Status Quo: Life as We Know It"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 56 minutes ago
*"The Status Quo: Life as We Know It"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Our lives can sometimes become status quo and that is ok as long as we aren't keeping it that way on purpose. When our lives are going well, and sometimes even when they aren’t, we may find ourselves feeling very attached to the status quo of our existence- life as we know it. It is a very human tendency to resist change as though it were possible to simply decide not to do it, or have it in our lives. But change will come and the status quo will go, sooner or later, with our consent or without it. We may find a... more »

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 56 minutes ago
*"Song of the Builders"* "On a summer morning I sat down on a hillside to think about God - a worthy pastime. Near me, I saw a single cricket; it was moving the grains of the hillside this way and that way. How great was its energy, how humble its effort. Let us hope it will always be like this, each of us going on in our inexplicable ways building the universe.” ~ Mary Oliver, “Why I Wake Early”


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

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

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

above top secret

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

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

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 2 hours ago
The Thursday paper is easy. It has only one item in it worth reading - on p. D7. Brian Cormier has a column on depression, and it's a good one. As usual, it's a personal story rather than an opinion. But in this case, it works. And it's well-written. The editorial writer attacks the party leaders for not having a policy entirely meeting the wishes of the TandT (and its boss). ---I notice the editorials are almost always on matters of interest to the boss, and always support his views.. This suggests, obviously, that the editors are hired shills. And it also suggests they aren't brig... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Iraq’s Prime Minister Agrees to Renounce Power -- Voice of America* WASHINGTON — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to renounce power, saying he will give up his post to his replacement, moderate Shi'ite Haider al-Abadi. Appearing on state television late Thursday flanked by Abadi and other Shi'ite politicians, Maliki said he was withdrawing his candidacy in favor of Abadi in order to "ease the movement of the political process and the formation of the new government." Maliki had faced enormous pressure at home and abroad to step aside, dropping his bid for a third ... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*This hilarious photo of Chairman Trey -- master of the House's select committee on Benghazi Made-Up Stuff -- was posted with Dana Milbank's column. It looks like the chairman is wearing the suit (and tie) his mommy bought for him the day he first went out selling snake oil.* *"The Republican Party has finally admitted what has been fairly obvious for much of the past six years: It produces fake news. This is not an earth-shattering revelation to anybody who has been paying attention, but, still, it's an important step for the party to embrace the phoniness."* *-- Dana Milbank, in h... more »

Will Israeli Leaders Be Charged For War Crimes?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Israel Braces For War Crimes Inquiries On Gaza -- New York Times* JERUSALEM — The fighting is barely over in the latest Gaza war, with a five-day cease-fire taking hold on Thursday, but attention has already shifted to the legal battlefield as Israel gears up to defend itself against international allegations of possible war crimes in the monthlong conflict. Israel has excoriated the United Nations Human Rights Council over the appointment of Prof. William Schabas, a Canadian expert in international law, to head the council’s commission of inquiry for Israel’s military operation... more »

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

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Michael Snyder Let’s be honest – Ferguson, Missouri is under military occupation right now, and the entire world is watching in horror as militarized police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at unarmed protesters. Yes, the rioting and looting in Ferguson needed to be stopped. If order had not been restored, more stores and businesses would have been destroyed. However, there is no excuse for the brutal tactics now being employed. At one point, police snipers were even using laser scopes to target protesters that were obviously unarmed. Sadly, this is just a preview of what is c...more »


Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Infowars has a live UStream right there at the front where it's all going down (below). We have the "I am Mike Brown from Ferguson MO" live stream and the local Fox affiliate's live stream, as well.(you can view all three livestreams below). Reddit has a live stream gathering all the information coming out as it happens here. *If you lose the connection, refresh screen.* *Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream* *You can visit our Michael Brown article archive here.* *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLO... more »

The Mike Brown Shooting What You're Not Being Told

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
*Storm Clouds Gathering* *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Friday Morning Ramble: Dirty Edition

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
Dirty politics? A whole book illustrates the thesis by its own methods. Folk comment. *NZ POLITICS DAILY: August 14 2014* – Bryce Edwards, NBR *I’ve either been hacked or spied on* – David Farrar, KIWIBLOG *Dirty Politics* – David Farrar, KIWIBLOG Irony? *Hell Pizza boss calls in police over stolen emails* – HERALD *Slater, Greens plan complaints after Hager revelations* – OTAGO DAILY TIMES No, no other bloggers do it. *The Left blogosphere is as pure as the driven snow* – LINDSAY MITCHELL *Prentice irritated by Labour links* – YOUR NZ *Left wing bloggers defend their own work... more »

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

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 5 hours ago
Fifth grade level teachers for Halloween, characters from Harry Potter. Myself as Hermione Granger. Let your eyes settle on that one for a bit. Why do I look like I’m in pain? And, why does my wig look like it was stolen from Bea Arthur, may she rest in peace.Filed under: SHAUN JOHNSON, PHD: Musings […]

Replacing Maliki Changes Nothing

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*Photo Source: Moises Saman/NewYorker. * There is a lot of wishful thinking going on both in Iraq and outside of Iraq about the graceful exit of Prime Minister Maliki from power. And this is understandable. People want to be hopeful about Iraq's future. The decision by Maliki to step down peacefully is a good news story. But Maliki's absence from Iraqi politics won't change much. Saudi Arabia and Qatar will continue to support ISIS and fund terrorism against Baghdad. The US, Turkey, Israel, NATO, and Jordan will continue to train ISIS terrorists in secret camps and send them to Sy... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Answer: None...

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Fukushima: We’ve Opened the Gates of Hell"* by George Washington "*Preface:* we’ve written thousands of articles on Fukushima and radiation. But this post will spotlight recent articles from EneNews, with which we have no affiliation of any nature whatsoever. The American media hasn't covered Fukushima for a long time. But that doesn't mean there hasn't been any news. It just means that the U.S. and Japanese governments have worked hard to cover it up. Here’s a roundup of recent news (links to EneNews; click through to see original source material. That's how the web WORKS): . *R... more »


Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 5 hours ago
"We have police taking a military response... and making matters much worse" *by* MIKAEL THALEN | INFOWARS.COM A former Seattle police chief is calling the Ferguson Police Department’s use of military equipment against protesters an “act of provocation.” In an interview with Vox, Norman Stamper, a 34 year law enforcement veteran who oversaw the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, said Ferguson police are not utilizing much needed defusing techniques. “If they’re out there in military gear from the beginning that’s an act of provocation,” Stamper said. “... more »

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

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
The image below was not chosen to offend any of my American audience. I am certain that you all, like me, would like people where ever they live, to choose their own way. Amongst themselves. *Unfortunately psychopaths who have usurped power have other twisted ideas* Directly below this image is the news of the day and a reminder. Scroll down! *"Mission Accomplished"* Claimed George Bush with regard to Iraq- some years back. But, today another US President,* a peace prize winner,* has again accomplished his mission. A mission that my readers were informed of two months ago! *FLASHBAC... more »

DotCon Drivel

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*Guest post from our accidental Invercargill correspondent, Jim Cuttance**, **who inadvertently stumbled into an InternetMana revival meeting….* The principle message from the savvy new internet party that's going to change everything is: don't change anything. That's what Auckland school teacher and list no. 3 Miriam Pierard insisted at the InternetMana party's Invercargill show this week. She assured everybody that education in New Zealand was bureaucratic perfection and new-fangled charter schools would ruin things for young people. Because, you know, overseas evidence and stu... more »

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"From Boston to Ferguson:* * Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Police State?"* By John W. Whitehead “I thought I was losing my capacity to be shocked- but events in Missouri over just the last couple of hours have crossed a frightening line, one that makes me pray that this assault on fundamental American values is just the aberration of one rudderless Heartland community, and not the first symptoms of nation gone mad with high-tech weaponry to keep its own citizens in line.” —Journalist Will Bunch The difference between what happened in Boston in the wake of the Boston Marat... more »

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki Has Agreed To Resign

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Nouri Maliki had been under intense pressure to make way for Haider al-Abadi. BBC *Maliki Steps Down As Iraqi Prime Minister -- Al Jazeera* Nouri al-Maliki agrees to give up his post as prime minister, endorsing Haider al-Abadi's appointment as his successor. Nouri al-Maliki has in a television address announced his decision to step down as Iraq's prime minister and endorsed Haider al-Abadi as his successor. He said his decision was aimed at preserving the country's "unity". "I announce before you today, to ease the movement of the pitical process and the formation of the new gov... more »

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

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

Ukraine's Military Is Broke

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko greets servicemen at the military camp near the town of Svyatogorsk in Eastern Ukraine, June 20, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters *Ukraine's Broke Military Is Underpaid and Undertrained -- Bloomberg* A group of men and a few women clad in neat, matching camouflage uniforms and combat boots walk through an airport, presumably on their way to the front. As the soldiers make their way toward their gate, people around them rise in applause. A message appears on the screen: “Come back aliv... more »

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

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 7 hours ago
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-11/money-market-investors-risk-losses-on-african-bank-write-down.html Investors in South African money-market funds holding African Bank Investments Ltd. (ABL)securities are facing capital losses even as money managers slash interest payments to offset writedowns of the debt. Funds may use one day’s worth of accrued interest to offset losses, the Financial Services Board said in a circular to money managers yesterday. That may not be enough to cover losses for some funds, according to Andrew Canter, chief investment officer at Futuregrowth Asset ... more »

I suppose that by now most of my readers are aware that the U.S. government lies about virtually everything -- particularly in the realm of foreign policy and our endless wars -- and that they are abetted by the despicable mainstream media who value their jobs more than the lives of our troops dying in distant lands for no purpose whatsoever. And now our idiot neocon government has its sights on a nuclear war with Russia and China that could eradicate the human race! The only thing that may save us and our children and grandchildren is for us to spread these truths far and wide.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 7 hours ago
------------------------------ *Washington Chokes Truth With Lies — Paul Craig Roberts* ------------------------------ August 13, 2014 | Original Here Go here to sign up to receive email notice of this news letter Washington Chokes Truth With Lies Paul Craig Roberts Are Western propagandists fooling anyone but themselves? The latest absurdity coming out of Ukraine, the EU and Washington is that the humanitarian aid that Russia and the Red Cross are trucking into the former Russian territories that comprise eastern Ukraine is a trick, a d... more »

Aaron Schock Is Not A Knight Bachelor-- But Cliff Richard Is

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
It's not a big deal-- at least not a *public* big deal-- that Arizona State University football player Edward "Chip" Sarafin came out, and very matter of factly, in a magazine article. He had already told his team mates, family and friends. After the magazine article was published, Ray Anderson, the school's athletic director, said, "The entire athletics department is extremely proud of Chip and is unequivocally supportive of him. His undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, his pursuit of a master's in the same field, his research involving football-related concussions, an...more »

For my sons...Lester Brown thinks

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 7 hours ago
Seed Newsvine

Breaking News: Russian Armored Vehicles And Military Trucks Have Crossed Into Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
So @RolandOliphant and I just saw a column of APCs and vehicles with official Russian military plates cross border into Ukraine. — Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) August 14, 2014 Erm ok so this isn't humanitarian aid. Column of over 20 APCs, 10km from the Ukraine border, and heading closer pic.twitter.com/OMvJmHzsx1 — Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) August 14, 2014 *Russian Armoured Vehicles And Military Trucks Cross Border Into Ukraine -- The Telegraph* Exclusive: Telegraph witnesses Russian armoured vehicles and military trucks cross the border from Russia into Ukraine A column of ... more »

Ukraine Civil War News Updates -- August 14, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Shells Hit Central Donetsk, Russian Aid Convoy Heads Towards Border -- Reuters* (Reuters) - Artillery shells hit close to the centre of Ukraine's separatist-held city of Donetsk for the first time on Thursday, killing at least one person, as a large Russian aid convoy rumbled towards the border. With Ukrainian government forces tightening the noose on pro-Russian separatists, shelling rocked Donetsk, sending frightened residents rushing for cover, witnesses said. It was not immediately clear if the artillery was fired by government or rebel forces. Two shells landed 200 metres ... more »

Lucky Duckies and Fortunate Sons

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 7 hours ago
A high school teacher of mine told the story of playing a trading game as part of teacher training on race and social issues. The kicker was that the game was rigged. My teacher wound up in the group the game was rigged against. A competitive guy, he grew increasingly frustrated, and eventually stood off to the side and asked others to play his turn for him. Throughout the game, the group the

Supplemental: Instant cartoons!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014* *On looking into Perlstein’s Nixonland a second time:* We recall Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland as a fascinating book. It appeared in 2008. Truth to tell, you had to skim it. The problem wasn’t the number of pages (748) as much as the number of words on each page (far too many to count). Truthfully, Nixonland couldn’t be read. But its subject matter, and its themes, made it a very good skim. Nixonland confronts an important historical question. It asks how we got from the Johnson landslide of 1964 to the equal but opposite Nixon landslide of 1972. It says t... more »

Thursday Linkage

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
Potpourri this week with Micah Zenko on the tendency for mission creep in humanitarian interventions and other U.S. military missions, Marc Lynch pushing back on whether arming the Syria rebels would have worked, story on ISIS’ capture of the Mosul Dam and an interesting twist on water and security challenges, bad air in China (I’m Continue reading

Is The White House Showing A Lack of Concern On The Rise Of The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
U.S. Air Strikes Outside Of Erbil. US Department of Defence Handout *Obama Administration Shows Little Urgency For Stemming Islamic State Violence -- Greg Jaffe and Greg Miller, Washington Post* Senior U.S. officials describe the threat posed by the Islamic State in chilling terms, but they have mounted a decidedly modest military campaign to check its advance through northern Iraq. The radical Islamist organization has attracted more fighters, controls more territory and has access to a larger stream of money than al-Qaeda did before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to U.S... more »

What Can The U.S. Really Do In Iraq?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrea Delosreyes inspects the boom with Airmen 1st Class Christopher Morgan and Jacob Manuel before an in-air refueling mission over Iraq, Aug. 12, 2014. Before each mission, the aircraft commander does a walk-around inspection to validate the safety of the aircraft. Delosreues, a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot, and Morgan and Manuel, KC-135 Stratotanker engine mechanics, are assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr. *What The U.S. Can Realistically Do In Iraq -- Nada Bakos and Tara Maller, CNN*... more »

Islamists Are Now Presenting A New Face On The Web

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
A militant Islamist fighter uses a mobile to film his fellow fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Stringer *From Jihad To Pop Culture, Islamists Present New Face On Web -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The jihadist calling himself Abdullah caused a brief stir on the Internet this week - but not, to his disappointment, because of his backing for Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Instead, his comments posted on Twitter over the death of U.S. actor Robin Williams went viral, prompting a blizzard o... more »

Crisis In Iraq -- News Updates August 14, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The distribution of tents and non-food aid continues as the population of Newroz camp grows as more and more Yazidis arrive from Mount Sinjar in Iraq. Photo: UNHCR *UN Declares Iraq ‘Level 3 Emergency’ To Trigger More Resources, Speed Up Aid Delivery -- UN News Centre* The United Nations has designated its highest level emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, citing the scale and complexity of the situation, which is impacting tens of thousands of people that have been forcefully displaced by the armed group, Islamic State (IS). The “Level 3 Emergency” designation will “fac... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 9 hours ago
*55-foot silos going into ground at Ft. Greeley, Alaska, a GMD base similar to the one being proposed for the east coast of the US. Public hearings are now under way in four states, including Maine, as potential basing sites.* Yesterday I made the drive to Rangeley along with fellow Maine activist Jason Rawn. The occasion was the "public hearing" put on by the Pentagon's "Missile Defense Agency" (MDA) - better termed missile offense agency. The corporation Black & Veatch was contracted to organize the hearings to help determine where the MDA should build an "east coast" missile int... more »

UN Rep Admits Hamas Fires Rockets By UNRWA Facilities

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
UN Rep Admits Hamas Fires Rockets By UNRWA Facilities http://youtu.be/hhD8pjFHk5c This will not be reported on the institutionally anti Israel BBC

New! at Indigenous Resistance Aug. 2014

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Photo by Media Collectivo La Realidad, Chiapas New! at Indigenous Resistance Aug. 2014 Indigenous Resistance is carrying forward the work of Censored News, our 8-year labor of love. New articles include photos and articles by the media collectivo at the gathering of the Zapatistas and National Indigenous Congress, and more: www.indigenousresistancejuly2014.blogspot.com ▼  2014 (66) ▼

World News Briefs -- August 14, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*UN Declares Highest-Level Humanitarian Emergency In Iraq As Clashes Erupt Near Baghdad -- FOX News* The United Nations announced it had declared the humanitarian crisis in Iraq to be the highest level of emergency, while clashes between Iraqi troops and Sunni militants west of Baghdad killed at least four children Thursday. The U.N. on Wednesday declared the situation in Iraq a "Level 3 Emergency" -- a development that will trigger additional goods, funds and assets to respond to the needs of the displaced, said U.N. special representative Nickolay Mladenov, pointing to the "sca... more »

Hate Gets Smoked by #Prolove

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
Since they were in the general nab (PEI), the Ontario-based fetus-fetishist gang "Show the Faked-Up Gory Fetus Pr0n Pix" thought they'd mosey over to Halifax to spread some hate and disgust. But about a hundred young Haligonians were ready for them. Big-hearted & Brainy: #ProLOVE supporters in #Halifax - perfect response to anti-abortion lunacy there: pic.twitter.com/MgyVvaQaut — Nathalie-Roze (@NRandCo) August 14, 2014 Media coverage. Blogger coverage with an update. UPDATE: The repulsive image brigade moved on to Fredericton this afternoon, almost certainly oblivious to the da... more »

Ikea Hack: Spice Rack to Doll Closet

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
I only have two kids, but there is a third one that seems to follow my family wherever we go. No, it isn't a dog, my husband would have a heart attack. It is a doll. Lily has been apart of our family for four years, ever since my daughter got her for Christmas one year. She goes on every trip, every sleepover at grandma's house, it is all I can do to keep her from coming on every trip to the store. Over the years, Lily has gathered almost as many clothes as a regular member of the family and since she doesn't grow out of them, they just keep piling up. We needed a place to hang up...more »

The Truth about the Ferguson Riots and Martial Law

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 14, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey (C) reviews the guard of honor with his Vietnamese counterpart General Do Ba Ty during a welcoming ceremony at Vietnam's Defense Ministry in Hanoi, Aug. 14, 2014. *Top US Military Officer in Vietnam for Historic Talks -- Voice of America* The United States’ top military officer is in Vietnam for historic talks with Communist Party officials, as part of the latest effort to expand defense ties between the two former foes. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets Thursday in Hanoi with ... more »

Pretty little things delivering the fake news

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
I never wanted to jump DAN Rather. Maybe Kennetyh had the frequency The winds and the atmosphere are element that i feel have been ignored in central developments not to say a bit of tweak would serve mankind but changing a dessert into a orchard that is trespassing into Gods game I do not believe in him so do not blame' me when he failed to supply a dessert with water no matter how many billions you spent to change the game Stupid investments in earth science leave this world right now today in conflict over a coal fart that stinks and can not be fluffed with a pretty girl on a ice b... more »

Is Rand Paul Ready?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
I get the feeling Rand Paul just wants to have some fun. I wonder if he's a pot head. He's certainly different from the button-down phonies and square we usually associate with the GOP. This week when most presidential hopefuls were kissing the asses of likely caucus participants in Iowa, he was in the Hamptons partying with FuFu. The *Des Moines Register* claims he stiffed 1,200 right wing religious freaks so he could party down with Alec Baldwin. An Iowa evangelical Christian leader stood on stage and told the 1,200 conservatives in the audience and the dozens of reporters that... more »

Phil Cantor and Zephyr Teachout @ the Chalk Face

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 11 hours ago
Link to the full, double episode.Filed under: @TCF Radio Episodes

Alan Waldman : ‘Love/Hate’ is a very dark but highly compelling Irish crime drama

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 11 hours ago
Despite its violence, this Dublin gang war saga is well written, performed, and produced, with strong characters and dialogue. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | August 14, 2014 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his … finish reading Alan Waldman : ‘Love/Hate’ is a very dark but highly compelling Irish crime drama

The impossible spaceship engine

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 12 hours ago
What a novel concept....however we have several improvements already in mind that can increase thrust thousand fold...Stay tuned... for drawing [image: http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/spacegif22.gif] Seed Newsvine

Alien and alien shadow on the MOON

Abraham Ben Judea at Abraham says - 12 hours ago
Alien and alien shadow on the MOON Seed Newsvine

PLAYING WITH DOLLS: In this case, with an O’Reilly doll!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014* *Part 3—Joan Walsh toys with the facts:* Early this morning, we could tell that Salon was quite upset about last night’s events in Ferguson. In part, we could tell because of the site’s top front-page post: *Nightmare in Ferguson: Cops become a brutal occupying force* Journalists are arrested, tear-gassed as protesters are abused for another night. Where is the political leadership? VIDEO JOAN WALSH Had police become “a brutal occupying force?” For our money, that language seems a bit overwrought, based on what we’ve seen so far. That said, we could tell... more »

If its Thursday it must be a bad day

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
Most bad news is delivered on Friday after 6:30 PM so the networks can ignore it with continuing and increasingly alienating happy talk. I may have remarked once or twice but its worth repeating, the news is now total propaganda, part of the glue being applied to a house of cards heavy with paper, a structure that can not stand when the lies are stripped away. Sunshine is a disinfectant but the people who are paid not to know are brilliant at putting up blinds. The laws of thermodynamics dictate this behavior is like a perpetual motion machine fueled by fraud as all such devices ... more »

Student activist and school board candidate Melissa Katz @ the Chalk Face #stuvoice

Shaun Johnson at @ THE CHALK FACE - 12 hours ago
The link to the full episode. After you listen, words of encouragement would be nice. Filed under: @TCF Radio Episodes Tagged: activism, new jersey, school board, student activism

Searching For Answers About The Ebola Virus Fear: Using Vitamin C To Ward Off Ebola

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 12 hours ago
Over the last few weeks with this ever increasing Ebola virus outbreak scare, I have been putting up information that everyone should be taking high doses of Vitamin C on a daily basis. It is important again that everyone take supplements and natural substances rather than subject themselves to the soon to be prescribed "Ebola vaccine" that is being developed and will be unleashed on unsuspecting and gullible people. For this article, I want to present the following report from Jim Stone's website, at www.jimstonefreelance.com. This article contains some very important information... more »

Public Enemy Number One: The American Public

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Ferguson, Missouri sector, Homeland Security States of America: (Reuters)(New York Times)(YouTube)As so many others have observed, these are the photos of a war zone. The explosion of events in a predominately black midwestern community is the direct result of 1) endemic racism and the paranoid "us against them" mentality of many police departments; and 2) putting the surplus high tech weaponry of war into the hands of poorly trained (mostly) men, who then act out of macho fantasy, abject fear, and mindlessness nurtured by stunted lifetimes' worth of consumption of violence-as-ente... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*Lewis: Greenbrier could be Saints’ training camp for years to come ~Ted Lewis, The Advocate * *The shelters may not be the answer for all under the Pontchartrain Expressway ~Disenfranchised Citizen* *Major upgrades to pump stations at outfall canals to bring noise to lakefront ~WWLTV * *"When finished, it will be a whole new way of battling storm surge."* *Crane strikes Florida Avenue Bridge, tugboat captain killed ~Brian Wiechert, WVUE *

Missouri Governor to Relieve Ferguson Police Department of Duties

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
A police officer watches over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Saturday. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, has experienced three days of violent protests since the killing. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | Scott Olson via Getty Images The St. Louis County Police Department will no longer be involved in the policing of Ferguson, Missouri, the suburban community rocked by protests after the death of an unarmed black teenager who wa... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 12 hours ago
*U.S. Democrats Embrace Shale Boom Ahead Of Midterm Elections* When House Republicans took up a measure to speed the government's reviews of applications to export natural gas, a move long sought by energy companies, the unexpected happened: The bill won "yes" votes from 47 Democrats. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.), anticipated some Democratic backing, but not that much. Rep. Steve Israel of New York, who leads the Democrats' House campaign arm, was a yes, as was House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland. Both voted in 2012 to restrict oil and gas exports. Th... more »

The Cop Who Killed ‪Michael Brown Has Been Identified

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 13 hours ago
Anonymous has followed through on its threat to release the name of the Ferguson police officer who it claims shot dead teenager Mike Brown on Saturday. The hacktivist collective threatened to release the name on Wednesday but said it was holding back the name before it confirmed the identity of the police officer with a second source. However on Thursday morning the group published the name of a Ferguson police department officer it claims shot 18-year-old Mike Brown on Saturday. The name of the officer was released by the @TheAnonMessage Twitter account but the claims have be... more »

British SAS Forces Are On The Ground In Northern Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *SAS Sent In To Iraq As US Troops Land On Mount Sinjar -- The Telegraph* David Cameron has suggested that British helicopters could be used within days as US forces deploy to herald start of rescue operation The SAS is on the ground in Iraq as part of the operation to rescue 30,000 “desperate” Yazidi refugees, it emerged on Wednesday, as US forces landed on Mount Sinjar. American officials confirmed that a combined contingent of 20 US Marines, special forces and USAID disaster assistance experts had "briefly" landed on Mt Sinjar just hours after Davi... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Ferguson, Missouri saw more protests Tuesday night as the community’s anger over the shooting and killing of an unarmed African-American teen by police refuses to subside. Seeing the tragedy as a representation of a larger racial divide in the country, residents are demanding leaders address their concerns and more fairly treat minorities in their city and across the nation. RT’s Anastasia Churkina is in Ferguson and speaks to several citizens.

What Does Ferguson, MO Have to Do With 9-11?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Last night I watched the police in Ferguson, MO as they rolled out their armored vehicles with machine guns on top to confront peaceful protestors and the media. Even though no curfew had been declared by the mayor or any of the other political cowards in the state, the police, bristling with armor bought with unlimited Homeland Security funds, took it upon themselves to decide when people should end a peaceful assembly and when the media should stop taking pictures. I saw protestors running for cover from repeated volleys of tear gas, some launched onto lawns, and running to avoi... more »

Netanyahu talks about controlling America

John Friend at John Friend's Blog - 13 hours ago
This is a rather revealing video I'd say. It reminds me of the former Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon's admission that *"we, the Jewish people, control America."* *America is Zionist Occupied Territory*, and has been for generations now.

Encounters with Jerry Olsen

Charles Barton at The Nuclear Green Revolution - 14 hours ago
*This is a reposting of a 2010 post. I kinw Jerry Olsen during my involvement withn the ORNL-NSF Environmental Studies Program in 1970-71. My most important memory of Jerry from that time, was of his briefing to Environmental Study researchers on CO2 and the prospects for Anthropogenic Global Warming. Jerry had made numerous predictions that during the next 35 years had come to pass, so when Al Gore's movie appeared in 2006, it fell on very well prepared soil. Not only had I learned of the AGW problem 35 years before Al Gore's movie, I also knew about ORNL's solution to the prob... more »

Iowa Becomes Latest to Dump the Common Core

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
from the Blaze: Yet another state has kicked Common Core to the curb. Iowa had implemented much of the Common Core State Standards into its “Iowa Core” education standards, working with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium on a single testing program to measure students’ progress. The testing consortium has been one of the key organizations in helping states fully implement Common Core. But on Tuesday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s office announced that his state is withdrawing from the consortium, the Associated Press reported. . . .

Follow-Up on Lee County, FL Board Consideration of Opting Out Entire County from State Tests

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
from News-Press.com: *If the Lee County school board opts out of state-mandated testing, it will be the first district in Florida to do so. But the legality of that defiance remains unclear.* *Members almost brought it to a vote Tuesday evening at the school board meeting — prompting audience applause at the very suggestion — but it was tabled for further legal consideration.* *Florida statutes broadly require all school boards to be in compliance with the state board of education's rules and laws. Those who do not follow the law could stop receiving funding from the state or be de... more »

Thinking About Governments and Violence

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
I got into an extended twitter discussion about the 1992 LA riots. Why? Because that event helped to inform much of my thinking about ethnic conflict and because I see in Ferguson some key similarities despite the on-going events being about police aout of control rather than riots. How so? The event that triggered the Continue reading

China's Space Weapons Program Continues To Grow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Missiles are displayed in a parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing on Oct. 1, 2009. Jason Lee/Reuters *Stratcom: China Continuing to Weaponize Space with Latest Anti-Satellite Missile Shot -- Washington Free Beacon* July 23 test 'concerning,' 'problematic' OMAHA—China last month conducted another test of a satellite-killing missile that reflects Chinese efforts to weaponize space, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday. “It’s very problematic to see China working to weaponize space in tests like t... more »

Anonymous Threatens To Release Name Of Officer In Ferguson Police Shooting

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Lebanese activists wear masks as they protest against corrupt governments and corporations, in support of the anonymous activist moment, at the Martyrs square, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013, as part of a Million Mask March of similar rallies around the world on Guy Fawkes Day. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) | ASSOCIATED PRESS Gerry Smith The hacker group Anonymous claims it has the name of the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager over the weekend. But in a rare display of caution, the group said Wednesday... more »

We Don't Know What We've Lost

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 15 hours ago
Many Canadians don't know. Many Canadians are incapable of processing what's immediately before them. They participate in it. I've done some mean, selfish things in my time. The thing is; I feel bad about it. But harpercon supporters on the other hand they're so stupid that they'll do criminal, anti-democratic things and praise themselves to the sky about it. They'll act as if efforts to uncover their criminality are "witch-hunts" whose soul purpose is to victimize them. The depths of our national failure were recently reached in Gaza, where our [stolen] government party stood side-... more »

The U.S. Wanted A Second Guantanamo-Style Prison On Diego Garcia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The island territory of Diego Garcia, alleged to have been a refuelling point for CIA rendition flights, may have been a potential prison camp site in the War On Terror Photo: REUTERS *Britain 'Discussed' US Request To Build Guantanamo-style Prison On Diego Garcia After September 11 Attacks, Officials Say -- Peter Foster, The Telegraph* As Democrats fight for information about the CIA's secret kidnap and torture programme to be published in a landmark report, The Telegraph has learnt details of America's requests to use British territory of Diego Garcia in network of secret prison... more »

NSA Watch ( August 14 , 2014 ) - Meet MonsterMind, the NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously , latest NSA product to understand .... ....... New Snowden Interview in Wired....... The US Intelligence Community has a Third Leaker .....

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/08/new_snowden_int.html New Snowden Interview in Wired There's a new article on Edward Snowden in Wired. It's written by longtime NSA watcher James Bamford, who interviewed Snowden is Moscow. There's lots of interesting stuff in the article, but I want to highlight two new revelations. One is that the NSA was responsible for a 2012 Internet blackout in Syria: One day an intelligence officer told him that TAO­ -- a division of NSA hackers­ -- had attempted in 2012 to remotely install an exploit in one of the core routers at a major Internet... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
*Adam Jones from the Baltimore Orioles - a team once mighty, then fell to a long sleep, now resurrected and taking down the evil empire* Orioles beat the Yankee*$* after 14 years of losing O's now in first place Yankee*$* baseball empire on the wane collapsing maybe a sign of the times Birds (nature) trump empire a headline long overdue A start of things to come? or already deep in motion toward an unstoppable shift we just don't see it yet The motto is stick with your team through the hard times and the good

Back-to-School Vaccines: Know the Risks and Failures

Barbara Loe Fisher at Vaccine Awakening - 15 hours ago
Posted 8/13/2014 *By Barbara Loe Fisher* As summer comes to an end, the drumbeat promoting back-to-school vaccinations grows louder and louder in America. Unlike children in Canada and the European Union,1 2 our children must get dozens of doses of vaccines or they can’t get a public school education.3 *No Shots, No School, No Exceptions* Over the past century, denial of a public school education has been used like a club by public health and medical trade officials demanding that state legislators enact “No Shots, No School, No Exceptions” vaccine laws.4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 In 1... more »

The Growing Exodus Of Russian Money And Brains

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin walks down the stairs upon his arrival at Belbek airdrome near the Crimean port of Sevastopol, August 13, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Putin's Ukraine Gamble Hastens Exodus Of Russian Money And Talent -- Reuters* (Reuters) - The Kremlin's worst clash with the West since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union has accelerated the outflow of two of Russia's most prized assets: money and brains. Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and support for rebels accused of shooting down a passenger plane over Ukraine then hinderin... more »

Which Members Of Congress Voted For Domestic Spying?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Yesterday, when we talked about conservative assholes who voted to deny Climate Change was real, we were able to look at a roll call vote and see who voted well and who voted badly. We saw that one Republican, Chris Gibson, voted with the Democrats-- and that all the Republicans who try to pass themselves off "mainstream," like Dave Reichert (WA), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), Michael Grimm (NY), Jeff Denham (CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Charlie Dent (PA), Peter King (NY), Mike Firzpatrick (PA), and David Jolly (FL) voted with the crazy extremists like Michele Bachmann, Fred Upton and S... more »

Back-to-School Vaccines: Know the Risks and Failures

Barbara Loe Fisher at Vaccine Awakening - 15 hours ago
Posted 8/13/2014 *by Barbara Loe Fisher* As summer comes to an end, the drumbeat promoting back-to-school vaccinations grows louder and louder in America. Unlike children in Canada and the European Union,1 2 our children must get dozens of doses of vaccines or they can’t get a public school education.3 *No Shots, No School, No Exceptions* Over the past century, denial of a public school education has been used like a club by public health and medical trade officials demanding that state legislators enact “No Shots, No School, No Exceptions” vaccine laws.4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 In 1914... more »

Cat Days Of Summer?

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 15 hours ago
It must be the heat.....because I really don't know how else to explain her rather odd sleeping positions as of late.

Hot Air And Bad Law

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
http://o.canada.com Steve Sullivan writes that Stephen Harper's obsession with PR makes for bad laws. Consider the recently passed "Increasing Offenders Accountability For Victims Act:" The latter bill, which came into effect in October 2013, requires judges to impose $100 or $200 surcharges on convicted offenders. Prior to the law, judges had the discretion to waive the surcharge for offenders who could not pay. Across the country, provincial governments rely on surcharges to fund services for victi... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Back to School* Jackie Gingrich Cushman Maybe it's the fact that both my parents were teachers when I was growing up, or that I was a studious, serious child, but I've always loved going back to school in the fall. My mother was a high school math teacher, and my father taught at West Georgia College, now called the University of West Georgia. Going back to school meant a chance to start over, to get organized, to get into a routine and to create a plan to be successful in the year ahead. My earliest memory of school is being dropped off in front of Carrollton Kindergarten under... more »

Why blogging has been light recently

Zoe Brain at A.E.Brain - 15 hours ago
Woman burnt in Downer house fire June 2, 2014 A 56-year-old woman has suffered serious burns following a kitchen fire on Burn Street in Downer. ... The woman was treated by intensive care paramedics at the scene of the fire and then transported to the Canberra Hospital. The ESA spokeswoman said she was in a stable condition. My face was never my fortune, and a few minor scars on the forehead won't make any difference to that. I lost all the skin on my face, but it grew back, and I still have lips, eyelids, nose etc, and looking not very different from before. A few patches on my arm... more »

Police search Cliff Richard's home - BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
' Police search Berkshire property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to alleged historical sex offence' Oh my... More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28790718

“End the siege in Gaza!” – But there is no siege « View from Geneva

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago

Hamas Controlled And Threatened The Press Corp In It's Coverage Of The Recent Israel - Gaza War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
The Electronic Intifada *Hamas Manipulated And Intimidated The Media In Gaza. Why Was That Kept From Us? -- Alan Johnson, The Telegraph* * We should normally say if our reports are censored or monitored or if we withhold information, and explain, wherever possible, the rules under which we are operating.- Section 11.4.1 of the BBC Editorial Guidelines on accuracy and impartiality in times of War, Terror and Emergencies* The Foreign Press Association (FPA) issued an astonishing protest yesterday about "blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox" intimidation of journalists in the ... more »

Was The White House Caught Off Guard By The Growing Islamist Threat In The Middle East?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
CIA Director John Brennan (Reuters / Gary Cameron) *Obama Administration Caught Off Guard By Islamist Threat In Iraq -- Washington Times* The White House is facing questions about whether it underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq after the surfacing of a 2011 speech by John O. Brennan, then President Obama’s counterterrorism chief and now CIA director, who dismissed the danger of an Islamic caliphate as “absurd.” “Our strategy is … shaped by a deeper understanding of al Qaeda’s goals, strategy and tactics,” Mr. Brennan said on June 29, 2011. “I’m not talkin... more »

Last Night in Ferguson: Police Storm a Neighborhood, Break Up a Protest

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
*Police break up a protest with gas, rubber bullets, and firecrackers. * *Things start to get crazy about nine minutes in:* *RealAlexJones Ustream Video (Recorded Live)* *Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream* *Related: **VIDEO: SNIPERS POINT LASER SCOPES AT UNARMED FERGUSON PROTESTORS* *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Elites Gather at Google Camp to Discuss Calico Life Extension Tech

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
James Hall When the billionaire tech jet-set decides to let down their hair, what do they talk about around the campfire? According to the New York Times, "Google is sponsoring an elite conference this week at a golf resort in Sicily, with a guest list of chief executives, investors and celebrities, all of whom were invited to bring their families. On the agenda are high-minded discussions of global issues — along with relaxation by the Mediterranean Sea." How quaint! . . . For the real scoop, Here's What Went On At Google's Exclusive Conference For The Rich And Famous In Sicily. ... more »

Iraq Updates ( August 14 , 2014 ) -- Yazidis Weren’t Stranded, Pentagon Looks for Other Missions State Dept Tries to Credit US With Solving Phony Problem ....... Between Oil and Grains , ISIS really becoming quite the Commodities Broker ...... Any heavy arms given to the Kurds likely will be used at some point against the Iraq Army when the Kurds inevitably seek independence ........ State of the various battles around Iraq and Maliki still hasn't gone away........

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Anti War...... Yazidis Weren’t Stranded, Pentagon Looks for Other MissionsState Dept Tries to Credit US With Solving Phony Problem by Jason Ditz, August 13, 2014 Print This | Share This The 40,000 Yazidis stranded on the mountain. That was the pretext for US military intervention in Iraq, as set out by President Obama last Thursday. The air war was commenced, and officials were talking up sending ground forces for “rescue” operations as recently as this afternoon. But a funny thing happened when the US “advisers” got to Mount Sinjar. There weren’t 40,000 starving Yazidis stranded ther... more »

Some news footage from proper journalists in Gaza.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
http://youtu.be/jGe0Sguazqw Not the sort of thing you will every hear about on the institutionally anti Israel BBC, where protecting the reputation of Hamas is a priority.

A Photo Has Been Released Showing NSA Leaker Edward Snowden With Then CIA DIA Director General Hayden Wearing Tuxedos

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Snowden with General Michael Hayden at a gala in 2011 http://t.co/UABVyCMSYC pic.twitter.com/0ur1bfRNKE — Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) August 13, 2014 *That Time Edward Snowden And Gen. Michael Hayden Took A Photo Together — Wearing Smiles And Tuxedos -- Washington Post* Wired has published a massive profile of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. And while it’s worth a read in its entirety, there’s one photo from the story that has already emerged as a standout. Yes. Snowden is on the left, and former National Security Agency and CIA chief Michael Hayden is on the right. Both are ... more »

Police Escalate in Ferguson: Begin Arresting Reporters

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 17 hours ago
Welcome to Obamastan. The aggressive actions of militarized police shock troops in Ferguson, Missouri are entering the fourth day of operations and things are escalating. In addition to flooding the area with armed to the teeth, jacked up state police goons with their armored vehicles and automatic rifles news reporters are now being harassed and arrested. What is this, a banana republic? Obama's war on journalism long ago passed the level of former White House paranoid Richard M. Nixon and now with dear leader having set such a fine example the police are taking the war on the p... more »

Egypt Asks Russia for Anti-Tank Missiles, Warplanes

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 17 hours ago
[image: MiG-29 Foxbat]Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has asked Russia to supply Egypt with high-tech fighter jets, attack helicopters, and anti-tank missile systems, according to regional reports. Sisi made the request in Moscow Tuesday during a meeting with his counterpart, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met with the Egyptian leader to discuss expanding arms exports. The request for these advanced weapons comes just months after the Saudi Arabian government donated $2 billion to Egypt to finance the purchase of Russian-made weapons. Read more

RC: 20 million Russian black holes needed for methane emergency

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
One month ago, a very large crater was found on Yamal Peninsula in Siberia. Where did the black hole come from? What was the cause? These questions were mysterious for us but now it seems that experts have reasons to say that there's lots of methane in the hole and the hole was a result of a methane bubble under the ground that found its way to the surface. Cool. Such an insight is obviously a huge temptation for the repetitive "mainstream" media. It actually combines two favorite "threats" that millions of brainwashed morons who trust the "mainstream" media are being served on... more »

ISIS Does Not Exist - More Proof

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
“According to the U. S. Terrorist Screening Database, or TSDB , watchlisting guidelines, published by The Intercept in July 2014, officials don’t need ‘concrete facts’ or ‘irrefutable evidence’ to secretly place someone on the list — only a vague and elastic standard of ‘reasonable suspicion.’’’ - *The Intercept*, August 5, 2014

More Pallywood - "Hamas Funeral: I See Dead People ... Move"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
See Dead People Move at a Hamas Funeral http://youtu.be/OdYa-lnSgaE That's odd, why might this be happening?

'Pilot lost control of plane when artificial arm became detached' Most bizarre headline this year?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
The details are here http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?m_id=_rn~AY!s~v&news_id=201278

Conflicting Objectives Push Washington To Assist Both ISIS And PKK In Syria And Iraq

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 18 hours ago
It wasn't long ago when Obama administration officials planned to use drones to take out the core leaders of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), as a favour for the Turkish government. In December 2012, *Kevin McKiernan reported in The Huffington Post* that, "Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., Obama's ambassador to Turkey, revealed that the U.S. had secretly offered Turkey what was, in effect, a bin Laden-style assassination of the top leadership of the PKK." That was before the Islamic State stormed its way into Mosul and marched across Iraq's Sunni heartland. Since June, everything ha... more »

A U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal's Biggest Roadblocks Are Internal: Obama And Rouhani Face Similar Struggles Against Infantile Hardliners

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 18 hours ago
"Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani delivered a broadside Monday at critics of his efforts to engage with the West and seek a nuclear deal, accusing them of political cowardice and mischief. In a speech broadcast live, Rouhani attacked the hardline factions within Iran’s parliament who have consistently opposed him since he took office a year ago after a surprise electoral victory. “Some of them chant slogans but they are political cowards. As soon as we negotiate they start shaking. Go to hell and find somewhere to stay warm,” he told his opponents." - Middle East Eye, *"Iranian Pre... more »

they call it ALL YOU NEED IS KILL in Japan

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
All you need is kill ... well, let's use its Westernised or Hollywoodized name, *Edge of Tomorrow* ... found the Japanese poster. And guess what? They call it ALL YOU NEED IS KILL in the home territory after Hiroshi Sakurazaka (Yoshitoshi ABe-illustrated) novel of the same name. Now, that's a title of a film I might wanna watch. Damn. *how does this translate to Edge of Tomorrow?*

B-52 aircrews hone long-range ISR capabilities

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: B-52H Stratofortress]Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command recently took advantage of a multinational U.S.. Southern Command-led exercise to hone their long-range reconnaissance capabilities. The 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, flew a B-52 Stratofortress bomber on a nonstop mission from the United States to the U.S. Southern Command area of operations Aug. 12 during PANAMAX 2014 - an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise series that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. An almost entirely simulated exercise, the 15.5-hour lo... more »

Russia postpones Iskander missiles export

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Iskander E]Russia embargoed export of Iskander missile systems until 2016 due to insufficient production capacities, the weaponry producer said Wednesday. "Production of these missiles is a bottleneck. The Votkinsk plant (in northwestern Russia's Udmurt republic) has been working to the limits of its capacity," Itar-Tass news agency quoted a deputy director of the KBM Machine-building Design Bureau as saying. The official said that all potential clients have been informed about the delay, as he was attending an arms expo in the city of Zhukovsky outside Moscow. Read more

US clears air missiles sales to Turkish army

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: AIM-120 AMRAAM]The United States has cleared a potential $320 million advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) missiles sale to Turkey after the country demanded arms from its NATO ally amid increasing security risks in the region. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced that the State Department has approved a possible sale to Turkey for AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles from Raytheon and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $320 million, a statement released by the agency on its website said. T... more »

Akash Trial Successful

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Akash SAM]After a ‘failed’ test on Tuesday, Indian Air Force successfully carried out another user trial of surface-to-air missile Akash from Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the Odisha coast on Wednesday. The missile targeted an aircraft, which mimicked the enemy fighter aircraft. The indigenously developed sophisticated sleek missile having a strike range of 30 km was fired from the launching complex-III of the ITR at about 1.15 pm. On Tuesday, the missile had failed to hit the target. Read more

US to support Saudi Arabian E-3 AWACS upgrade programme

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Saudi E-3A Sentry]The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of airborne warning and control system (AWACS) upgrade programme and associated equipment to Saudi Arabia. Under the estimated $2bn sale, Saudi Arabia has requested the supply of five E-3A AWACS Block 40/45 mission computing upgrade systems, along with 20 AN/UPX-40 next-generation identification friend or foe (NG IFF) systems. The package also includes communication equipment, spare and repairs parts, support equipment, mission planning system,... more »

Russia's Mistral Warships Won't Have French Weapons

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Vladivostok LHD]A Russian defense official said two French-built Mistral-class warships on order for the Russian navy will be retrofitted with Russian weapons systems after their delivery, signaling that Western sanctions against Russia may have succeeded in scaling back the military technology transfer proposed in the Mistral sale deal. "The construction of the Vladivostok [the second Mistral ship] is being completed. … She will be retrofitted with Russian-made weapons at port [in St. Petersburg]," Igor Sevastyano, a spokesman for Russia's state arms import and export agen... more »

China continues building ‘fixed aircraft carrier’ inside PH territory

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Kagitingan (Fiery Cross)]Amid Philippine government’s call for construction freeze within the disputed territories in South China Sea including West Philippine Sea, China openly rejected the proposal. “China opposed it immediately. They should study it before they reject it. If they reject it without studying it, then it looks like China does not recognize that the developments in the South China Sea are creating problems for everyone,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said after attending the regional Ministers’ Meeting over the weekend. According to del Rosario... more »

INS Kolkata, the Biggest Naval Destroyer, is the weakest link in Defence

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: INS Kolkata]Its ironic, but true. INS Kolkata is ready to be launched by the Prime Minister of India-Narendra Modi on Saturday, but it is yet to be battle-ready. Built with an aim to be India's biggest and most powerful guided missile destroyer, this 7,500 ton warship lacks basic weaponry, which cuts down the possibility of detecting incoming missiles and submarines. The ship was under construction for the past 11 years, with a little help from Ukraine and Israel. However, the Israel-built long range surface-to-air missile called the Barak NG is still under construction. T...more »

PLA may deploy 10,000-tonne destroyers in future: military expert

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: Type-052D DDG]China is planning to build a total of 12 Type 052D guided-missile destroyers, but it will eventually have the capability to construct larger destroyers with displacement of over 10,000 tonnes, said Fang Bing, a military expert, in an interview with the state-owned Beijing Television on Aug. 12. Fang said Type 052D destroyers are likely to play a very important role in the People's Liberation Army Navy for a period of time. Known as the Chinese Aegis, Fang said that the Type 052D destroyer is currently the most powerful warship China has constructed. He said t... more »

The Pentagon's 'Ship Of The Future' Is In Even More Trouble

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 20 hours ago
[image: USS Freedom]A new Congressional report suggests the Pentagon may face further scrutiny over its direction to issue no new contracts for the controversial Littoral Combat Ship program beyond 32 ships. The August report questions whether the Pentagon did the proper analysis before making the decision to truncate the Navy’s planned buy of 52 ships down to 32. The LCS vessels are currently being procured under a 2010, 10-ship deal with each of the two contractors — the Lockheed design is a steel semi-planing monohull and the General Dynamics/Austal USA design is an all-aluminum... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Sea of Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
2002, “Sea of Dreams” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMkzdVrgQ68

Blog Report, 6 Years On...

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Happy birthday, “Running.” This blog started on August 14, 2008 as a sort of “journal” to collect my thoughts and store things of interest. Over time it made sense to share what I’d found to be of value. I’d have never dreamed I’d still be doing this after 6 years, either, lol. According to Google Blogger and StatCounter as of this moment we have 25,877 posts, have had 1,669,833 unique visitors from all over the world, with 2,897,584 pageviews. We’ve come a long way together, and covered nearly everything imaginable, and I thank you all very much for spending time here and stopping ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"Drifting through the one-horned constellation Monoceros, these dusty streamers and new born stars are part of the active Monoceros R2 star-forming region, embedded in a giant molecular cloud. The cosmic scene was recorded by the VISTA survey telescope in near-infrared light. Visible light images show dusty NGC 2170, seen here just right of center, as a complex of bluish reflection nebulae. *Click image for larger size.* But this penetrating near-infrared view reveals telltale signs of ongoing star formation and massive young stars otherwise hidden by the dust. Energetic winds and r... more »

"In The Time Of Your Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"In the time of your life, live - so that in good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed. Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unwor...more »

"A Perpetual Illusion..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"Human life is thus only a perpetual illusion; men deceive and flatter each other. No one speaks of us in our presence as he does of us in our absence. Human society is founded on mutual deceit; few friendships would endure if each knew what his friend said of him in his absence, although he then spoke in sincerity and without passion. Man is then only disguise, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in himself and in regard to others. He does not wish any one to tell him the truth; he avoids telling it to others, and all these dispositions, so removed from justice and reason, have a natura... more »

Chet Raymo, "The Silence"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"The Silence"* by Chet Raymo "The hiding places of my power Seem open; I approach, and then they close; I see by glimpses now; when age comes on, May scarcely see at all, and I would give, While yet we may, as far as words can give, A substance and a life to what I feel..." "These few lines from Wordsworth's "The Prelude" leapt off the page at me this morning. They capture well enough what my life has become. All those years of teaching, of writing in the Boston Globe, were years of sharing public knowledge, knowledge that had been vetted by the scientific co... more »

SAS Charlotte Maxeke refit on hold

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: SAS Charlotte Maxeke]The second of the Navvy’s Heroine class submarines, SAS Charlotte Maxeke, will not undergo a refit in the immediate future because the Request for Offer (RfO) was withdrawn by Armscor. At the same time the Navy, though its public relations officer, Captain (SAN) Zamo Sithole, said the “refit is scheduled to commence once requisite funding has been identified”. Charlotte Maxeke was commissioned on March 14, 2007, with the pennant number S102. Her sister underwater craft are SAS Manthatisi (S101) and SAS Queen Modjadji 1 (S103). Read more

Trident missiles 'could be relocated to Plymouth from independent Scotland'

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: Vanguard class SSBN]There would be no insurmountable technical or financial obstacle to relocating Britain's Trident nuclear missile base to England out of an independent Scotland, a report by a leading thinktank says on Thursday. Any local opposition might delay but not stop relocation, and the favoured site would be Devonport in Plymouth, it says. Some opponents of Scottish independence have suggested it would mean the end of the Trident nuclear weapons system and that the cost of moving the submarine base at Faslane and the nuclear warhead depot at Coulport would be proh... more »

Meet MonsterMind, the NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously

Ko Savonije at Naval Open Source INTelligence - 21 hours ago
[image: MonsterMind, the NSA Bot]Edward Snowden has made us painfully aware of the government’s sweeping surveillance programs over the last year. But a new program, currently being developed at the NSA, suggests that surveillance may fuel the government’s cyber defense capabilities, too. The NSA whistleblower says the agency is developing a cyber defense system that would instantly and autonomously neutralize foreign cyberattacks against the US, and could be used to launch retaliatory strikes as well. Read more

Truth - A Guest Post by Michael Brine

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
[image: Truth - Melissa Phillippe] Truth *Truth is not confined. It is everywhere and is everlasting. * *It does not reside, nor is it the purview of any one person * *or religion. * *It rests within the hearts of us all. It is found in the Silence * *when the mind is still. * *It overflows from the heart when we ‘Listen’. * *It has no limitations, for it is everywhere and in all created * *things, and Love is its messenger.* Michael Brine *To read more of Michael's writings visit:* *http://www.missionignition.net/btb/* .

Israel and Palestinians begin tense five-day Gaza truce - BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
' Israel and the Palestinians have begun a fresh five-day ceasefire in Gaza, agreed at the end of a three-day truce.As the ceasefire was announced, Israel launched air strikes in response to alleged rocket fire from Gaza.' As usual the BBC's wording re breaking this latest truce puts Israel's firing first even though it was a reaction to Hamas breaking the ceasefire. The BBC's institutional anti Israel bias is blatant and partly responsible for the recent rise in antisemitism in the UK. More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28782224

Corruption vs Reform - A Guest Post by Saker Saloum

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
Source: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SakerSaloum1973/posts

More NSA Revelations From Edward Snowden

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*The Most Wanted Man In The World -- Wired* The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ¶ ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with him—traveling to Berlin, Rio de Janeiro twice, and New York multiple times to talk with the handful of his confidants who can arrange a meeting. Among other things, I want to answe... more »

Why Is President Obama 'Secretly' Returning To Washington This Sunday?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq from Chilmark, Mass., August 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) *Why Is Obama Returning To Washington? -- The Hill* President Obama won't make any major announcements on immigration reform during his secretive mid-vacation trip back to Washington next week, the White House said Wednesday. The president is expected to return to the White House on Sunday, but officials won't say why Obama is taking the unusual, and costly, trip back to Washington. He's expected to return to Martha's Vineyard, where he... more »

U.S. Special Forces Have Just Completed A Reconnaissance Mission On Rescuing Thousands Of Iraqi Refugees On Mount Sinjar

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*U.S. Green Berets Land On Iraqi Mountain To Weigh Rescue -- CBS News* U.S. troops landed Wednesday among refugees who remain stranded and starving on a mountaintop in Iraq. Several thousand ethnic Yazidis ran to Mount Sinjar after an Islamic extremist group known as ISIS overran much of northern Iraq. President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes last week to push ISIS back. A team of about 20 American Green Berets has just completed a reconnaissance mission on Mount Sinjar. They spent nearly the entire day trying to determine what it will take to get thousands of desperate refugees... more »

When People Are Dying, You Must Come Back From Vacation

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius (C) visited Iraqi refugees in Nineveh province on Sunday, saying upon his return to France that vacations for certain world leaders should cease while people are dying there *'When People Are Dying, You Must Come Back From Vacation': French Foreign Minister Seems To Slam Obama For Golfing While Iraq Burns -- Daily Mail* * Obama is on Martha's Vineyard while Iraq undergoes regime change and terrorists slaughter ethnic and religious minorities * Calling heads of state to lobby participation in humanitarian assistance program – in between... more »

$100 Target Giftcard and Elph Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 23 hours ago
I am so excited to be teaming up with some awesome bloggers to bring you this giveaway! Check out the details below! It's that time of the year again: kids all over the country are headed back to school. While gathering those school supplies, it's also important to remember your child's safety. That's where ELPH comes in! ELPH is a silicone wristband designed specifically for children, adults, the elderly, and individuals with special needs. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification, with clear instructions directly on the band, so you can be reunited with you... more »


If either of Netanyahu’s right-wing political rivals for the Prime Minister’s job had been leading Israel over this last year or so, what would be the situation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank today? A future potential Israeli leader is the extreme right-wing Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party which is devoted to creating a Greater Israel that includes all of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and excludes any possibility of there ever being a Palestinian state. Bennett is currently Minister of the Economy in Netanyahu’s cabinet. Another contender is the even more ex... more »

Why North Carolina Partisan Hack Robert Pittenger Owes A No Sweat Reelection To Steve Israel

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
In 2013 right-wing lunatic Robert Pittenger and a less extreme, business-friendly Republican calling himself a New Dem, Patrick Murphy, sent out a letter to House leadership from a motley crew of conservative freshmen-- from crackpot sociopaths like domestic terror supporter Steve Stockman (R-TX), congressional coke dealer Trey Radel (R-FL), whack job teabaggers like Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Ted Yoho to the usual aisle-crossing Blue Dogs and New Dems from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party like Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog-AZ), Pete Gallego (Blue ... more »

Rest In Peace Lauren Bacall

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Lauren Bacall (/ˌlɔrən bəˈkɔːl/, born Betty Joan Perske; (September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) was an American actress of film, stage, and musical theatre, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks. She began her career as a model. She first emerged as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944) and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*More Warmist deception* *The notorious Mark Serreze fails to mention below that there was open water at the North pole on several occasions throughout the 20th. century. As NOAA says: "Recently there have been newspaper articles describing the existence of open water at the North Pole. This situation is infrequent but has been known to occur as the ice is shifted around by winds. In itself, this observation is not meaningful."And Serreze is simply lying about the Northwest passage. It too has been navigated on many occasions in the past. It was first navigated by Roald Amund... more »

Ukraine: This Time, West Sides With Nazis

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*August 13, 2014 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - A Russian aid convoy consisting of nearly 300 white trailer trucks carrying 2,000 tons of supplies for besieged Ukrainians in the eastern province of Luhansk is being blocked by the regime in Kiev. The Guardian in its article, "Russian aid convoy 'will not be admitted into Ukraine'," stated: *A Ukrainian security spokesman has said that a humanitarian convoy Russia has dispatched to eastern Ukraine will not be admitted into the country.* The Guardian would also admit: *Thousands of people are said to be short of water, electricity and med... more »

unveiled and lifted

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Sweeping agreements will further degrade university education in Ontario, "Canada"

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 1 day ago
 By Denis G. Rancourt In mid-summer vacations we learned from the media that the "Ontario government has signed a sweeping set of agreements with universities and colleges that will oblige them to choose areas of specialty and avoid overlapping programs with one another". [1] This is a structural change that goes to the heart of institutional identity and jurisdiction. Thus, it is important

Seminar: Socialist Calculation Debate

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: 276464_137539366339987_1226509_n] What’s on the agenda at tonight’s Auckland Uni Economics Group seminar? Here’s their update: One of the great economic controversies of the twentieth century was known as the Socialist Calculation Debate-drawing in thinkers and economists from Vienna to Moscow, and from Warsaw to Chicago—and included at its climax a joke whose punchline was new New Zealand. Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev entered the debate in 1956 by banging his shoe on the podium at the U.N., telling the west: "History is on our side. We will bury you in fine [goods]. You... more »

Monstermind or the Doomsday Machine? Autonomous Cyberwarfare

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Today in Wired magazine, James Bamford published a seven-page story and interview with Edward Snowden. The interview is another unique look into the life and motivations of one of America’s most (in)famous whistleblowers; it is also another step in revealing the depth and technological capacity of the National Security Agency (NSA) to wage cyberwar. What Continue reading


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Judge: Council approval of Holy Cross river- front condo development was invalid ~Jaquetta White, New Orleans Advocate * *Judge approves move of mentally ill OPP patients out of New Orleans ~WWLTV *

Lee County, FL School Board Pledges to Research Opting Out Entire District

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
From News-Press.com: FCAT. Florida Standards. Common core. No matter what you call it, the school board wants it gone. Board members unanimously expressed their disdain for standardized testing at the school board meeting Tuesday, pledging to research the possibility of "opting out" the entire district from standardized testing. "There needs to be a come-to-Jesus meeting ... to talk about these issues point blank," Chairman Tom Scott said. Board member Don Armstrong said the district cannot afford to continue testing at the current rate. "A lot of our money is being poured out of... more »

The Mother of All Encores

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 day ago
One of the things I love about classical music is discovering a new work or a piece by a composer you may not be all too familiar with. Such was the case this afternoon when I decided to escape our mini heatwave here and indulge in a few tunes. While Mozart is of course familiar to most, oft listened to and performed one of the unfortunate side effects with music of the Classical era is that there is a great deal of other great music out there that deserves to be better known but often isn't simply because....well, it's not Mozart. Anyhow, I came across some small ensemble works ... more »

Some Info On Yezidis

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
An excerpt from, *"The Templars' last crusade for the Yezidis"* by Wayne Purdin, Examiner.com, August 1, 2009: Mark and the Gnostic Templars have undertaken a final crusade to spread the teachings of gnosis and how it forms the basis of all religions. A key element of this crusade is the preservation of the religion traditions of the Yezidis. Mark is making people aware of the genocide that the Yezidis are suffering and the truths about their religion through his website yezidiruth.org. He is also helping to establish a Yezidi center in Lincoln, Nebraska and an international shrine... more »

Germany debates arming Iraq | Journal + Helicopter pilot killed in Yazidi rescue crash, mourned in Iraq

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Germany debates arming Iraq | Journal. Source: DW (English). Date Published: August 13, 2014. Description: Berlin is working on sending equipment to Iraqi Kurds to help fight off IS militants. But there's disagreement on whether that should include weapons. Helicopter pilot killed in Yazidi rescue crash, mourned in Iraq. Source: Reuters. Date Published: August 13, 2014.

U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to Marines on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt *Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over' -- Weekly Standard* Fresh off a trip to India and Australia, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addressed a group of Marines in San Diego, California Tuesday, and may have delivered a line that will show up in Republican campaign ads this election cycle. After updating the troops on some issues in the Pacific region and the Middle East, Hagel took questions from some of the Marines and g... more »

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- August 13, 2014

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*With Or Without Maliki, Iraq Will Tear Itself Apart -- Peter Van Buren, Reuters* The word out of Washington is Nouri al-Maliki must go. A new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, will unify Iraq with American help. We’ve seen this movie before — an attempt at a quick fix of Iraq’s problems. Like every other quick fix tried, this one will fail, too. The United States is ignoring the inevitable: Iraq will eventually dissolve into separate nation-states. Efforts are needed to manage that process, not to hope it will go away. *Read more* .... *Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- ... more »

World News Briefs -- August 13, 2014 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *Hamas Agrees To New Cease-Fire; Israel Yet To Comment -- USA Today* The Hamas militant group that controls Gaza agreed Wednesday to extend the current cease-fire another 72 hours, a Hamas official said. The announcement by senior Hamas member Izzat al-Rishq came just a half-hour before a three-day truce was set to expire at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday. Israel had no immediate comment. Two hours before the cease-fire was to end, a rocket was fired from Gaza into southern Israel. It exploded in open country and caused no damage or injuries, Israe... more »

Ferguson: Live Video Streams

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Once again an extremely militarized police force is facing down peaceful protesters in Ferguson and trying to get them to disperse. There are dozens of officers, some counting more than 70 and reports that there are snipers with weapons pointed at the crowd. Reddit has a live stream gathering all the information coming out as it happens here. Infowars has a live UStream right there at the front where it's all going down (below). We have the "I am Mike Brown from Ferguson MO" live stream and the local Fox affiliate's live stream, as well.(you can view all three... more »


Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Here is a vivid example of the anti-Russian propaganda being taught by the US-EU backed regime in Kiev that came to power with the help of Nazi elements in Ukraine. Doing this to children is cruel but likely effective in planting the seeds of hatred of Russia. Very sad. This woman is Irina Farion from the ultra-nationalist camp in Kiev.

Let's talk about Francis Porretto...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*and his books.* Some people write books that inspire. Some write books to teach us something or to make us think, while others write books that are rollicking good fun. Very few writers manage to do all of these things at the same time. Enter Francis Porretto. Francis does that and more. He gives you big issues to ponder through the struggles of his characters and he allows you, the reader, to sort out your own answers. *Disclaimer:* I'm probably one of the worst book reviewers in the history of the world. It reminds me of the book reports we had to do in high school in wh... more »

The Flu Shot: Hunting Season for Eugenicists?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*YouTube - Kenny Valenzuela* Sanofi Pasteur Begins Shipping Seasonal Influenza Vaccine FDA Vaccine Insert Lists Autism as Adverse Reaction Sanofi Pasteur Fluzone Vaccine Insert Who is Censoring the Internet? CDC Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary Vaccine Exemption Forms *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Courtesy of Bob Mankoff we have a cartoonists' guide through the delicate subjects of proper eating habits and weight control

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*"Is everything O.K., sir? We noticedthat you aren't constantly eating."* *This delicious offering from Christopher Weyant comes from the slide show assembled by *New Yorker* cartoon editor Bob Mankoff for his latest blogpost, "Three Amazing Cartoon Diets You Won't Believe!"* *by Ken* As noted in the caption above, the title of Bob Mankoff's blogpost this week is "Three Amazing Cartoon Diets You Won't Believe!" And while Bob does eventually get to the promised cartoon diets, I'm afraid you'll have to check those out for yourself -- we're not going to get to that. In fact, as Bob ... more »

Heart Med Found to Increase Death in People with Irregular Heartbeat

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
Heather Callaghan In *An Account of the Foxglove and Some of its Medical Uses*, published in 1785, Sir William Withering cautioned readers that extracts from the poisonous plant foxglove, also called digitalis, was not a perfect drug. He wrote: ...Time will fix the real value upon this discovery, and determine whether I have imposed upon myself and others, or contributed to the benefit of science and mankind. Fast forward 200 years - researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have finally highlighted that caution with the discovery that patients with atrial fibri... more »

Language as a Weapon of Tyrants

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*James Corbett* Language is the great tool of the tyrants. It always has been, and always will be. Patriots are expected to abide by a PATRIOT Act that destroys their Bill of Rights, support “surgical strikes” against “enemy combatants” by the Department of “Defense,” and cheer the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to those who wage war. Visit CorbettReport.com Visit BoilingFrogsPost.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

AIsha North: The manuscript of survival – part 423

http://aishanorth.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/the-manuscript-of-survival-part-423/ The manuscript of survival – part 423 For eons, mankind has been defined as consisting of single entities, carrying out their life’s work in hardship and toil from birth to death, for then to cease to exist altogether. In other words, you as humans have been defined as someone simply existing between the first and the last breath you take, and whatever comes before or indeed after that, is a subject shrouded in mystery. Be that as it may, you have by now managed to open your eyes to the fact that a hum...more »

Eye of Horus...an ancient esoteric joke?

I found this image tonight HERE, its a variation of the spooky "Eye of Horus" found in Egyptian and occult symbology. The article calls it "The Evil Eye box" (does that identify the "evil eye" as being the Eye of Horus? Here in Morocco the Hand of Fatima (sometimes called *the Hamsa* - or five) is a common piece of jewelry among the superstitous that is said to protect against the "Evil Eye" (Eye of Horus?). Wikipedia says that's a human look of anger or jealousy, but I wonder if really refers to something more ancient as to whatever the eye of Horus was? The Hand of Fatima A... more »

Know Your Rights: Police Checkpoints

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 1 day ago
*Voices of Liberty* Know Your Rights host Britt Hysen speaks with Nina Hodjat of Hodjat Law and DUI Partners about 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. More at VoicesofLiberty.com *Get truth delivered to your inbox every week.* Subscribe to GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING by Email

Libya ( Forgotten ) Updates August 14 , 2014 -- Summing up Libya right now ( Libya Parliament passes law banning Militias by the end of the year , meanwhile the Militias are fighting like mad and shelling each other in Tripoli , EU and UN demand an immediate ceasefire - but who do they make the demand to ? )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/08/13/reports-of-civilians-casualties-following-heavy-shelling-in-western-tripoli/#axzz3AKGUVRAk Reports of civilians casualties following heavy shelling in western Tripoli *By Ajnadin Mustafa.* [image: Fires blaze in Ghot Shaal where the worst of last night's shelling took place (Photo: Social Media)] Fires blaze in Ghut Shaal where the worst of last night’s shelling took place (Photo:*Social Media*) *Tripoli, 13 August 2014:* At least five civilians were wounded with unconfirmed reports of a number of deaths last night following heavy shelling of seve... more »

Hager, rhymes with macabre

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Nicky Hager’s thesis appears to be that negative attack politics damages our political system. He makes the case in a book that is a negative political attack, the fourth in a series of attacks he has hoped each time will change an election. Nicky Hager is a privacy campaigner utterly opposed to government intrusion into private data and communications. Nicky Hager has published four books based on data derived from stolen communications. Nicky Hager is appalled that some bloggers (Cameron Slater, David Farrar) are National Party members, and are part of National Party campaigning... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China. Thanks for stopping by.

Paulo Coelho, “The Stone”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Stone”* by Paulo Coelho "A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said. “I know how valuable thi... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "And Yet..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"And Yet..."* "And yet, though we strain against the deadening grip of daily necessity, I sense there is this mystery: All life is being lived. Who is living it then? Is it the things themselves, or something waiting inside them, like an unplayed melody in a flute? Is it the winds blowing over the waters? Is it the branches that signal to each other? Is it flowers interweaving their fragrances or streets, as they wind through time?" ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

"Emotional Attacks: Choosing Not to Be a Target"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Emotional Attacks: Choosing Not to Be a Target"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "It is important to remember that if you are being attacked emotionally, it is more than likely not about you at all. Hurtful confrontations often leave us feeling drained and confused. When someone attacks us emotionally, we may wonder what we did to rouse their anger, and we take their actions personally. We may ask ourselves what we could have done to compel them to behave or speak that way toward us. It’s important to remember that there are no real targets in an emotional attack and that it is usu... more »

US Special Ops meet 'refugees' on alleged beseiged mountain- Updated!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Last post for today!* * Still looking for some serious thoughts on this post.. feel free to share'm* *1- Air Corridors & Bogus Humanitariansim as cover for wider war in the Middle East?* *And give a listen to-* *2- James Corbett: The Ebola Effect* Making plans? - Briefing the troops? If you haven’t figured it out already, no, I do not believe there are refugees in those mountains. It makes much more sense that the only people really there are NATO’s Islamist fighters- And Special Ops dropping on in just makes that truth all the more clear. *Japan Today* *A U.S. military official... more »

Georgia Town's SWAT Team Video Exemplifies Police Thug Mentality

Donn Marten at Carrying a Flag - 1 day ago
Libertarian blogger Radley Balko has posted a story at the Washington Post that perfectly illustrates the thug mentality of the American police state. In a short video that should scare the living hell out of residents of Doraville, Georgia, death metal music along with ominous military symbols bookend a SWAT team mini-tank zooming around while on a drill. With the ongoing plague of outbreaks of police state violence - in particular the ongoing events in Ferguson, Missouri it is important to understand that the police are completely out of control in this country. The Doraville ... more »

(Bye Bye Dave, Hulloo Toddy) Third-World Status Envied Now (The De-Industrialization of America) One Rich Exec Gets Personal (Gives $$$$$ Back To Help Others) Robin Williams, Adieu

Some final thoughts on "Meet the Flesh." ‘Equally insufferable' Who knew? National Review’s Jonah Goldberg is a Chuck Todd fan. No, really. Comments: LucienCordier • They should hire me and rename it "Meet the Cattle Prod". Start filibustering, speechifying, spewing talking points or avoiding a simple yes/no answer and ride the lightning. Sure to be a hit. NotBuyingItEvenForADollar •

GAIA PORTAL: Stillness at the center of Gaia energetic bodies has been realized in this moment

*Stillness at the center of Gaia energetic bodies has been realized in this moment* by ÉirePort Stillness at the center of Gaia energetic bodies has been realized in this moment. Fragmentation paradigms have been supplanted with unity constructs. Decimation of declinings has completed. Restoration of Gaia Energtics prior to next phase has been completed. Successive Gaia Hue-manity and hu-manity upgrades are next in line. ÉirePort | August 13, 2014 at 12:15 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-si

August 14, part two: (actually posted on July 15 and catching up with the Tand T of August 12))

Graeme Decarie at The Moncton Times@Transcript - Good and Bad - 1 day ago
Readers who check other sites I mention might have been trying to get Information Clearing House a few days ago - to find it closed. This has been a regular occurrence for some years. Unidentified hackers break in to put it out of service. Of course, we know the hackers can't possible be government agencies. I should also mention that if you scroll down a bit on the site, you will find, on the right margin a long list "alternative news and opinion sources". I am not familiar enough with most of them to make any recommendations. Something else to catch up on. The only big news on ... more »

Nanu nanu

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Like any other self-respecting blogger, I only (quite rightly) give credence to reports and opinion polls that back up my own beliefs, so I'm pleased to say that YouGov has it right over Robin Williams: 89% of British people say Robin Williams made them laugh Nine in ten British people say Robin Williams made them laugh... He certainly made me laugh in *Mork and Mindy*. (Not so much in *The Fisher King *though). I was a mere boy when he first called Orson and said 'Nanu nanu' to Mindy's motorcycling granny, but I remember enjoying his performance at the time, and then enjoying re... more »

Pre-K = Childhood's End?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Comment posted following “As the first day of school approaches, the city trains thousands of universal pre-K teachers,” on Chalkbeat Posted on August 12. I wonder how many of those interested in teaching Pre-K in New York have read the "New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core." The document is 62 pages long, filled with an astonishing list of standards that cover Approaches to Learning (e.g. "Asks questions using who, what, how, why, when, where, what if," Physical Development (e.g."runs, jumps and walks in a straight line, and hops on one foot"), Social Develo... more »

A Look At The Desperate Plight Of The Yazidis In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Arab Neighbors Joined ISIS Slaughter, Escaped Yazidi Says -- CNN* Faysh Khabur, Iraq (CNN) -- In an exodus of almost biblical proportions, thousands trudge across a river to escape killers belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Entire families carry nothing but the clothes on their backs. Some are barefoot. Jamal Jamir, a 23-year-old university student from Sinjar, told CNN his family fled to the barren and windswept Mount Sinjar more than a week ago after ISIS captured their town. The group, which calls itself the Islamic State, has been on a rampage, killin... more »

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